Trump’s endorsements bring mixed results as Mace survives in South Carolina – live

Trump’s endorsements bring mixed results as Mace survives in South Carolina - live
Tom Rice becomes first Republican to lose primary after voting to impeach Trump

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‘The Big Lie was also the big-rip off’: Jan 6 committee hears Trump’s fraud claims

Representative Nancy Mace, a Republican who had angered Donald Trump by voting to ceritify president Joe Biden’s victory in 2020, has won her GOP primary over the former president-backed challenger Katie Arrington in South Carolina’s 1st district.

On the other hand, Representative Tom Rice, who voted to convict former president Donald Trump for his role in the 6 January riot last year, lost his primary race for reelection in South Carolina’s 7th district on Tuesday evening.

He was defeated by state representative Russell Fry, endorsed by Mr Trump.

Meanwhile, the House select committee investigating the assault on the US Capitol appears to have split over the possibility that it could refer Mr Trump to the Department of Justice on potential criminal charges.

The former president spent his birthday ranting at the “kangaroo” committee on Truth Social claiming it had poor ratings.

The first hearing, however, drew in 20 million viewers.

The committee has postponed its Wednesday’s hearing to Thursday.


Democrats and GOP take contrasting views on LGBTQ survey bill

An effort to be more inclusive or attempted intrusion by the federal government? Democrats and Republicans took starkly contrasting views Tuesday of proposed legislation that would put voluntary questions about sexual orientation and gender identity on federal surveys.

Under the bill debated by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, federal agencies that collect data through surveys would be required to ask about sexual orientation and gender identity, but no one would be required to give the information nor would they be penalized for refusing to do so.

Democrats, GOP take contrasting views on LGBTQ survey bill

An effort to be more inclusive or attempted intrusion by the federal government

Oliver O’Connell15 June 2022 08:15

Committee releases teaser of Thursday’s hearing

The January 6 Committee has released a teaser for its hearing on Thursday with a video clip from their deposition of former Trump White House attorney Eric Herschmann.

In the clip, Mr Herschmann explains how he warned conservative attorney John Eastman to back off plans to file appeals in Georgia based on the 2020 election results after the events of the Capitol insurrection on 6 January last year.

“He started to ask me about something dealing with Georgia and preserving something, potentially, for appeal,” Mr Herschmann says in the video.

“And I said to him, ‘Are you out of your effing mind? Because I only want to hear two words coming out of your mouth for now on: orderly transition.’ I said ‘I don’t want to hear any other effing words coming out of your mouth no matter what, other than ‘orderly transition.’ Repeat those words to me.”

Sravasti Dasgupta15 June 2022 08:00

Trump fans ‘aghast’ at report Kimberly Guilfoyle was paid $60k of donors’ money

Some Trump supporters are reportedly furious that Donald Trump Jr’s girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle was apparently paid $60,000 for a speech that lasted barely three minutes during the rally that preceded the Capitol riot on 6 January, 2021.

On Tuesday, January 6 committee member Zoe Lofgren, a California Democrat, told CNN: “We know that Guilfoyle was paid for the introduction she gave at the speech on January 6th. She received compensation for that,” Ms Lofgren said.

“I’m not saying it’s a crime, but I think it’s a grift.”

“People in Trumpworld are sharing that clip. They are aghast that this is the amount of money she got for a speech to introduce her boyfriend,” New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman told CNN on Tuesday.

Gustaf Kilander reports:

Trump fans ‘aghast’ at Kimberly Guilfoyle’s $60k paycheck to introduce boyfriend

Trump was ‘raising money in small amounts from retirees, telling them that this was going to some legal fight that didn’t really happen’

Sravasti Dasgupta15 June 2022 07:45

Trump claims hearing postponed over lack of interest despite the initial 20m viewers

Donald Trump bizarrely claimed on Tuesday that the January 6 committee was postponing a hearing and changing course after not seeing the viewership that lawmakers had hoped for despite news that the panel’s first public meeting last week rivaled some Sunday Night Football events in terms of ratings.

The ex-president’s theory came in the form of a “Truth” from his new Truth Social platform, which the president has vowed to remain on even if he is readmitted to Facebook and Twitter, where he remains banned.

John Bowden reports.

Trump claims Jan 6 hearing postponed over ratings after 20m+ people watch premiere

Committee still plans to hold another hearing this week

Oliver O’Connell15 June 2022 07:30

Boebert wants fentanyl declared a weapon of mass destruction

Colorado Rep Lauren Boebert introduced new legislation that seeks to classify the opioid fentanyl, which can be lethal if not administered by a trained medical professional, as a weapon of mass destruction.

“It is time to call fentanyl what it is: a weapon of mass destruction that is destroying our nation,” the congresswoman wrote in a press release introducing the “Fentanyl is a WMD Act” on Monday.

Joanna Chisholm has the story:

Lauren Boebert wants fentanyl declared a weapon of mass destruction

‘It is time to call fentanyl what it is: a weapon of mass destruction that is destroying our nation,’ the Colorado Republican said

Sravasti Dasgupta15 June 2022 07:15

GOP commission refuses to certify New Mexico primary vote

Democratic Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver on Tuesday asked the New Mexico Supreme Court to order the three-member Otero County commission to certify 7 June primary election results, reported Associated Press.

The move comes as the Republican-led commission on Monday refused to approve primary election results over distrust of Dominion vote-tallying machines.

Ms Oliver asked for the state supreme court’s intervention to ensure voters are not disenfranchised and that political candidates have access to the general election ballot in November.

“I have huge concerns with these voting machines,” said Otero County Commissioner Vickie Marquardt on Monday. “When I certify stuff that I don’t know is right, I feel like I’m being dishonest because in my heart I don’t know if it is right.”

Sravasti Dasgupta15 June 2022 07:02

More than 100 GOP primary election winners support Trump’s ‘big lie’

More than 100 Republicans who won their 2022 primary elections have supported Donald Trump’s assertion that the 2020 presidential election was stolen.

The former president’s fraudulent claim fuelled riots at the US Capitol last January and is central to a House committee investigation into the attack.

An analysis from The Washington Post has revealed that in total, voters have selected 149 candidates for statewide office and Congress who have repeated Mr Trump’s claims or campaigned on platforms promoting “election integrity” and restoring “voter confidence” that Mr Trump himself undermined, expanding a nationwide strategy in GOP-dominated state legislatures to restrict ballot access and roll back voting rights.

Alex Woodward reports:

More than 100 GOP primary winners have embraced Trump’s stolen election claims

Ex-president’s ‘big lie’ fuels dozens of Republican candidates in state and federal elections

Sravasti Dasgupta15 June 2022 06:40

Nancy Mace beats Trump-backed candidate in South Carolina primary

Rep Nancy Mace, a South Carolina Republican who angered Donald Trump, has won her GOP primary over Trump-backed challenger Katie Arrington, reported the Associated Press.

Ms Mace had ticked off the former president last January after she voted to certify president Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory.

She had also voted to hold Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress last October.

Mr Trump had endorsed Ms Arrington as part of his crusade to stamp out perceived disloyalty within the Republican Party, reported Axios.

Sravasti Dasgupta15 June 2022 06:20

What happens if committee issues a criminal referral for Trump?

Speculation has grown over whether Donald Trump will face criminal charges resulting from last year’s 6 January attack after it became clear that the House select committee was laying out a case to prove his various wrongdoings.

While the committee members now appear to disagree on whether they will issue a criminal referral for Mr Trump to the Department of Justice, we break down what would happen if it does.

The Independent’s John Bowden has more:

What would happen if the Jan 6 committee issues a criminal referral for Donald Trump?

Committee members have disagreed whether to formally request charges against ex-president

Sravasti Dasgupta15 June 2022 06:00

ICYMI: Trump knew he lost election but pushed fraud claims anyway, 6 Jan committee hears

Former president Donald Trump’s decision to lie about the nature of the 2020 election came after his top advisers told him there was no basis to claim he had won, witnesses told the House 6 January select committee.

The panel’s second hearing focused on what a committee aide described as “Trump’s Big Lie” – the collection of outrageous theories and accusations Mr Trump and his allies floated to justify his election night claim of victory.

The Independent’s Washington, DC team review the second hearing.

Trump knew he lost election but he pushed ‘nuts’ fraud claims anyway

The revelations come on the second day of testimony from the 6 January committee investigating the attack on the Capitol

Sravasti Dasgupta15 June 2022 05:49