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Former President Donald Trump has defended his “perfect” phone call with Georgia officials regarding election fraud in the state. Earlier on Thursday, the Fulton County district attorney requested a special grand jury as part of the investigation into Mr Trump’s interference in the 2020 election results.
In a public letter that reveals some of the information that the committee has gathered to date, chair Bennie Thompson said they would like to question Ms Trump on her knowledge of various White House conversations relating to that day, as well as her father’s state of mind.
Mr Trump’s former press secretary Stephanie Grisham has previously told the committee about “off-the-books” secret meetings before January and has provided the names of aides who may know the details.
The former president was dealt a blow by the Supreme Court on Wednesday when justices rejected his bid to block the release of White House documents about the riot in an 8-1 decision. Diaries, visitor logs, and other materials will no longer be kept confidential under executive privilege.
Man charged with sedition jailed until trial
A judge on Thursday refused to release from prison a member of the far-right militia group Oath Keepers.
Eleven members of the group were charged with seditious conspiracy over allegations they helped plan the 6 January insurrection.
Magistrate Judge John Boyle concluded that 63-year-old Edward Vallejo posed a danger to the community and will remain behind bars until his trial.
Prosecutors argued that Mr Vallejo coordinated “quick reaction force” teams that kept guns at a hotel in nearby Arlington, Virginia, and were prepared to bring the weapons into Washington.
Hannity urged White House aides to end ‘stolen election talk’
Fox News host Sean Hannity sent a post-Capitol riot text message to then-White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany urging her and other top aides to Donald Trump to stop “stolen election talk” and keep “crazy people” away from him.
Mr Hannity’s 7 January message laid out what Ms McEnany called a “playbook” for conversations with the former president during his final days in office.
Andrew Feinberg reports.
Fox News host Sean Hannity sent a post-Capitol riot text message to then-White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany urging her and other top aides to then-president Donald Trump to stop “stolen election talk” and keep “crazy people” away from him.
Ivanka Trump a critical figure, says Raskin
We are closing in on the target, said Rep Jamie Raskin, hours after the US congressional panel asked the daughter of the former president and one-time White House adviser Ivanka Trump to voluntarily testify about last year’s Capitol riot.
“Ivanka Trump is a critical figure because she was there. We believe she was there when [Donald] Trump was trying to twist Mike Pence’s arm. She was also a key figure to pull Trump back, apparently,” he told MSNBC.
“She could, perhaps, complete the portrait on what happened on 6 January,” Mr Raskin said.
ICYMI: Trump did not want to tweet ‘stay peaceful’ during Capitol riot
Former president Donald Trump initially refused to tweet the words “stay peaceful” when his supporters laid siege at the Capitol building on 6 January last year, according to a former aide.
The anonymous source told CNN that Mr Trump was “very reluctant to put out anything when it [the Capitol riot] was unfolding”.
It took Mr Trump almost 20 minutes to urge people to stay peaceful as the unprecedented chaos ensued, in which lawmakers scrambled to save their lives.“Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful,” he finally tweeted.
Shweta Sharma reports.
Aide says Donald Trump did not want to tweet the words ‘stay peaceful’ and was ‘letting it play out’
Trump defends ‘perfect’ Georgia phone call as prosecutor calls for grand jury
Donald Trump insists he “didn’t say anything wrong” on a phone call with Georgia’s top elections official in which the former president appeared to pressure him to “find” votes that would overturn Joe Biden’s definitive victory in the state.
“My phone call to the Secretary of State of Georgia was perfect, perhaps even more so than my call with the Ukrainian President, if that’s possible,” the former president said in a statement through his spokesperson.
“I knew there were large numbers of people on the line, including numerous lawyers for both sides,” he said. “Although I assumed the call may have been inappropriately, and perhaps illegally, recorded, I was not informed of that. I didn’t say anything wrong in the call, made while I was president on behalf of the United States of America, to look into the massive voter fraud which took place in Georgia.”
The Independent’s Alex Woodward has the full story.
Former president lashes out at Fulton County probe and amplifies baseless election fraud claims
Trump tries to twist Biden’s words to justify his 2020 election claims
Despite failing to support his claim multiple times, Donald Trump tried to twist president Joe Biden’s words to falsely argue that the 2020 election was fraudulent.
“President Biden admitted yesterday, in his own very different way, that the 2020 election may very well have been a fraud, which I know it was,” the former president said in a statement on 20 January, the anniversary of his last day in office.
During his first press conference of 2022, Mr Biden was asked if he believes the upcoming midterms will be fairly conducted.
The president responded saying: “it all depends on whether or not we’re able to make the case to the American people that some of this is being set up to try to alter the outcome of the election”.
Gustaf Kilander has more.
President ‘absolutely is not predicting that the 2022 elections would be illegitimate,’ press secretary says
Rudy Giuliani led Trump officials in effort to overturn election – report
Rudy Giuliani, former president Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, led campaign officials in an effort in December 2020 to put forward illegitimate electors from seven states where Mr Trump had lost, it has been reported.
Sources told CNN that members of Mr Trump’s campaign team were far more involved than previously known in the plan, a part of the broader initiative to overturn Joe Biden’s presidential victory.
The House panel investigating the Capitol riot have issued a subpoena to Mr Giuliani.
ICYMI: Trump held ‘secret meetings’ in days before riots
Donald Trump held secret meetings in the days before the 6 January Capitol riots, according to former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham. Jade Bremner reports.
Stephanie Grisham told the 6 January Committee that off-the-books meetings were organised by the former president in the lead up to the insurrection
Ivanka Trump hits back at Jan 6 committee request saying she didn’t ‘speak at the rally’
“Ivanka Trump just learned that the January 6 Committee issued a public letter asking her to appear. As the Committee already knows, Ivanka did not speak at the January 6 rally,” said a spokesperson for Ms Trump.
“As she publicly stated that day at 3:15pm, ‘any security breach or disrespect to our law enforcement is unacceptable. The violence must stop immediately. Please be peaceful,’” the spokesperson noted.
The Independent’s John Bowden has the story:
Daughter of former president is first Trump family member to be targeted
GOP rep called hypocrite for lauding infrastructure funding she voted against
US Representative Ashley Hinson is being called a hypocrite after praising and taking credit for infrastructure funding allocated to her region, despite having voted against the bill that made it possible.
Graig Graziosi reports.
The response to the Republican’s post began trending on Twitter under the phrase “YOU VOTED AGAINST IT”