Pat Cipollone meets panel as report says Oath Keeper head will testify – live

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Biden jokes ‘unfortunately that’s probably Trump calling me’ as phone goes off during speec

The January 6 select committee finally met with former White House counsel Pat Cipollone, who arrived for a closed-door interview on Friday after months of outreach.

Mr Cipollone’s name has featured prominently in recent public hearings, where other witnesses discussed his role in trying to prevent Donald Trump from deploying the Justice Department to illegally overturn the 2020 election.

The former White House counsel spent almost eight hours with the panel investigating the events leading up to the Capitol riot on 6 January 2021.

The committee is reportedly planning to hold another primetime hearing on Thursday 14 July. This is in addition to a session on Tuesday 12 July that will unpack evidence on how the crowd that stormed the Capitol was gathered. It is expected to focus in particular on extremist elements including the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump has taken to Truth Social to defend his campaign to pressure Georgia state officials into overturning the 2020 election, insisting that his phone calls to them were “perfect”. He is facing a grand jury investigation into his actions by the district attorney in the state’s Fulton County, who has subpoenaed certain of his close allies.

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Kellyanne Conway says Kushner trying to ‘wash his hands’ of 2020 election defeat

Former president Donald Trump’s senior counselor Kellyanne Conway has blasted his son-in-law Jared Kushner, accusing him of trying to absolve himself of any responsibility for Mr Trump’s 2020 election loss.

Ms Conway made the remarks to The Washington Times as the woman who managed Mr Trump’s 2016 campaign promotes her new memoir Here’s the Deal. Ms Conway reportedly had a rocky relationship with the man married to Mr Trump’s eldest daughter Ivanka. Both Ms Trump and Mr Kushner held positions in the Trump administration alongside Ms Conway.

Eric Garcia reports.

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In the face of threats, some election workers weigh whether to stay

Election officials and workers have felt threatened since the 2020 presidential election and the false claims that it was stolen from former President Donald Trump. A federal effort to investigate these threats has so far yielded three prosecutions since it was launched a year ago.

In the meantime, the harassment and death threats haven’t stopped against those who have pushed back against the false claims. The threats have contributed to an exodus of election officials across the country, particularly at the local level, and made recruiting poll workers even harder — adding to the challenges of conducting smooth elections in the fall.

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Watch: Trump should have pardoned himself, says Giuliani

Rudy Giuliani says Trump should have pardoned himself
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Steve Bannon’s lawyer asks to be removed from contempt case

One of the attorneys representing former Trump White House adviser Steve Bannon in the criminal contempt of Congress case against him is asking to be released from service as Mr Bannon’s lawyer, because he may be called to testify at the upcoming trial.

Andrew Feinberg reports from Washington, DC.

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Watch: The death threats received by Adam Kinzinger from Trump supporters

Adam Kinzinger receives death threats from Donald Trump’s supporters
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ICYMI: Rudy Giuliani brutally heckled in new video

Rudy Giuliani was brutally heckled by critics in Binghampton, New York, a video posted on social media shows.

The former New York Mayor appeared to be campaigning for his son Andrew Giuliani, whose bid for the Republican nomination for governor ended last week in a primary loss to GOP Congressman Lee Zeldin.

“I’m glad that you can have good days regardless of how you’re destroying this country,” one protester yelled at Mr Giuliani.

And that was tamer barbs leveled at Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, as Gustaf Kilander reports.

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Watch: Adam Schiff says Donald Trump has engaged in ‘wrongdoing’

US representative says Donald Trump has engaged in ‘wrongdoing’
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In a summer marked by anger among Democrats over a string of mass shootings and the Supreme Court’s decision to strip women of the constitutional right to an abortion, several governors are emerging as the party’s leading voices of outrage.

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New conspiracy theory: Normal Rockwell paintings removed from White House

The removal of a set of paintings from display at the White House because the owners wanted them back has become the latest half-hearted attack line for conservatives.

Politico Playbook reported on Tuesday that a set of iconic Norman Rockwell paintings depicting various people waiting to meet with the president were taken down and replaced with images of Mr Biden after the family of Franklin D Roosevelt’s press secretary Steven Early requested them back as far back as a year ago.

Experts told the publication that one reason for their return could be the increased value the paintings now have following their display at the White House.

John Bowden reports.

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Police video shows former DOJ official at centre of Trump’s election scheme in underwear during search

A former US Department of Justice official central to Donald Trump’s attempts to subvert the results of the 2020 presidential election was captured on police video outside his home in a shirt and boxer shorts as investigators searched the property on 22 June.

Law enforcement investigated Jeffrey Clark’s home one day before the House select committee investigating the attack on the US Capitol heard testimony about the former president’s pressure campaign to reverse his election defeat.

Alex Woodward reports.

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