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Donald Trump’s son-in-law and former White House adviser Jared Kushner is today set to appear virtually before the House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot. Mr Kushner is of interest to the investigation as an integral part of that administration.
The meeting comes as White House records turned over to the committee by the National Archives and Records Administration do not include any calls made or received by Mr Trump between the hours of 11.17am and 6.54pm on the day of the storming of Congress.
The panel is now probing whether Mr Trump or his advisers used untraceable “burner phones” to evade official record-keeping systems which documented the president’s inbound and outbound phone calls that day. Mr Trump denied doing so in a statement in which he claimed to have “no idea what a burner phone is” and has never used the term. However, law suits filed on his behalf and a statement by former national security adviser John Bolton indicate otherwise.
Meanwhile, the current administration blasted Mr Trump’s request for Russian President Vladimir Putin to release potentially damaging information on President Joe Biden’s son in the middle of the war in Ukraine.
“What kind of American, let alone an ex-president, thinks that this is the right time to enter into a scheme with Vladimir Putin and brag about his connections to Vladimir Putin? There is only one, and it’s Donald Trump,” White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield said to reporters on Wednesday.
White House slams Trump’s call for favour from Putin
Communications director says only one American would even think this is the time to scheme with Putin
Pelosi: Ginni Thomas a ‘proud contributor to a coup’
Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a withering condemnation of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on Thursday as it becomes clear that the highest court’s ethical standards and practices are facing historic scrutiny.
At her weekly press briefing, the House Democratic leader told reporters that she never believed that Mr Thomas should have joined the Court in the first place, and added that his wife had been revealed as a “admitted and proud contributor to a coup of our country”.
The remarks were some of the sharpest criticism issued so far by a high ranking Democratic leader as the fallout over text messages Ginni Thomas sent to then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows both prior to and following the January 6 attack continues.
John Bowden reports from Washington, DC.
Speaker adds he never should have been appointed to court in the first place
Republican Senate campaign chief not backing down from party fight
Barely halfway through his first Senate term, Florida Republican Rick Scott is already leaning into a fight against his own party’s leadership as he navigates a delicate alliance with former President Donald Trump and pushes a handcrafted policy agenda that many Republicans reject.
Florida Sen. Rick Scott is barely halfway through his first term
DNC, Clinton campaign agree to Steele dossier funding fine
Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee have agreed to pay $113,000 to settle a Federal Election Commission investigation into whether they violated campaign finance law by misreporting spending on research that eventually became the infamous Steele dossier.
That’s according to documents sent Tuesday to the Coolidge Reagan Foundation, which had filed an administrative complaint in 2018 accusing the Democrats of misreporting payments made to a law firm during the 2016 campaign to obscure the spending.
Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee have agreed to pay $113,000 to settle a Federal Election Commission investigation
Jared Kushner to meet with Jan 6 committee today
Jared Kushner is today expected to meet virtually with the House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot.
Committee chairman Bennie Thompson told ABC News Mr Kushner is of interest “because he was an integral part of the administration. It’s, I think, important for us to find out if he knew anything about the planning before January 6, and to get it from him.”
The committee has no evidence that he was involved in the planning for the events of 6 January 2021 and has not sought to obtain his email or phone records, Mr Thompson further told reporters.
John Bolton: Trump knew about ‘burner phones’ despite denial
Former president Donald Trump was aware that the slang term “burner phone” is used to describe an untraceable mobile phone used to evade surveillance and used the term on multiple occasions, his former national security adviser has said.
Andrew Feinberg reports from Washington, DC.
Amb John Bolton says Mr Trump’s claim to not know the slang term for a disposable, untraceable mobile phone is false
Trump hits out at Morning Joe hosts over condemnation for Putin favour
Donald Trump once again launched an attack on an all-too-familiar target for the former president: Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, the husband and wife duo who co-host MSNBC’s popular Morning Joe programme alongside Willy Geist — this time about their reporting about his request to Vladimir Putin.
Johanna Chisholm reports on the former president’s latest angry statement.
The former president called the ‘low-rated’ Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski ‘psycho’
Trump attacks Biden gas price plan
In a statement released through his spokesperson, Donald Trump has hit out at President Joe Biden’s plan to release one million barrels per day of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve for the next six months in a bid to combat high gas prices.
The former president says: “So after 50 years of being virtually empty, I built up our oil reserves during my administration, and low energy prices, to 100% full. It’s called the Strategic National Reserves, and it hasn’t been full for many decades. In fact, it’s been mostly empty. It’s supposed to only be used for large-scale emergency or conflict. Now I see where Biden has just announced he’s going to take what we so carefully and magically built, and what will be a futile attempt to reduce oil and gasoline prices. They will soon bring it down to empty again. It just never ends!”
White House slams Trump for Putin request
Here’s the moment White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield blasted Donald Trump for asking Vladimir Putin to dig for dirt of Hunter Biden in the midst of Russia’s war on Ukraine.
Trump claims he doesn’t know what burner phones are, but court papers show otherwise
Attorneys for former president Donald Trump used the term “burner phones” — a slang term used to describe an untraceable mobile phone which he has denied knowing — in a September 2021 civil lawsuit, according to court documents.
Andrew Feinberg reports.
Revelation comes after former national security adviser said he had heard the ex-president use the phrase