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Donald Trump says if he didn’t run for office the ‘persecution would stop’

The Jan 6 committee isn’t planning on taking “no” for an answer from Ginni Thomas, the conservative activist whose role in trying to help Donald Trump overturn the election has come into new focus in recent weeks.

Congresswoman Liz Cheney said in an interview on Sunday, that the “committee is fully prepared to contemplate a subpoena” for Ms Thomas should she continue to refuse to testify about her role in the Trump campaign’s bid to “decertify” electors in key battleground states.

She added “we’re not finished yet” as she suggested interviewing additional members of Trump campaign, as well as US Secret Service members.

Mr Trump gave two speeches this weekend bemoaning his “persecution” by the January 6 committee investigation into the Capitol riot and denouncing the witnesses who have testified about his actions.

Speaking at a rally in Arizona on Friday night, he said: “They want to damage me in any form so I can no longer represent you.”

At the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit, he claimed to be “the most persecuted person in the history of the country”, while rattling through a list of gripes and supposed triumphs from his time in office.

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Former Capitol police officer Michael Fanone unloads on Josh Hawley

The ex-Washington, DC police officer who was attacked with a stun gun during the January 6 riot said a clip of Missouri Senator Josh Hawley running from the mob he’d offered a raised fist to hours before was a show of cowardice that indicated his true character.

“The first thought that popped into my mind was Josh Hawley is a b**** and he ran like a b****h,” Michael Fanone said. “The fist pump, combined with what he did in the immediate aftermath just shows the true character or lack thereof.”

Andrew Feinberg reports.

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Trump fires off barrage of furious messages after Jan 6 hearing

Donald Trump used his Truth Social app to let out his anger after the Jan 6 committee’s latest public hearing on Thursday revealed further damning evidence of the former president’s inaction during the Capitol riot.

An angry barrage of posts from his Truth Social account attacked the usual suspects who have questioned him or are opposed to his politics.

Nancy Pelosi, Jake Tapper, Liz Cheney and Hillary Clinton were not spared by Mr Trump’s social media spree.

Maroosha Muzaffar reports.

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Watch when Donald Trump teased idea of another presidential campaign

At his rally in Prescott Valley, Arizona, Donald Trump said that if he announced the decision to not pursue the presidency again, his “persecution” will immediately stop.

But he won’t do that, Mr Trump said.

“If I announced that I was not going to run any longer for political office the persecution of Donald Trump would immediately stop,” Mr Trump. “But that is not what I do. I can’t do that, I can’t do that. Can’t do that. Because I love this country and I love you.”

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Pence’s bodyguards were saying goodbye to family during Capitol attack

The violence that unfolded as a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol on the day Congress certified Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory so alarmed the Secret Service agents charged with protecting then-vice president Mike Pence that some of them called their family to say goodbye, all while then-president Donald Trump did nothing, according to testimony delivered before the House January 6 select committee on Thursday.

Andrew Feinberg was at the hearing.

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Cheney and Kinzinger say Secret Service is not cooperating with Jan 6 committee

The January 6 committee is turning up the heat on the Secret Service after a spokesman for the agency claimed that agents were willing to testify under oath and refute parts of the testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to ex-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.

Ms Hutchinson testified weeks ago to the select committee in Washington DC and said under oath that she was told by an agent that Donald Trump had grown furious with agents in his vehicle after the 6 January 2021 rally at the Ellipse, where he vowed to join his supporters and march on the Capitol.

Read John Bowden’s report.

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Secret Service may be put ‘under oath’ to explain deleted text messages

A member of January 6 committee has said that Secret Services agents and staff could be put under oath for interviews related to alleged deleted text messages.

Democratic representative Adam Schiff told CBS that the committee is keen on knowing what happened on 5th and 6th January.

“If they’re hiring criminal defense counsel then they probably have a concern about their criminal liability,” he said. “We want to hear from these witnesses. Some we want to hear from again. We want to put them under oath if they weren’t previously under oath so that we can understand exactly what was happening on Jan 5th and Jan 6th.”

“And we have profound concerns about what’s going on at the Secret Service,” he added. “We are now, for the first time, getting documents that we had requested long, long ago.”

He went on to suggest that the panel could investigate the agency for failing to provide the documents in a timely manner.


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Five takeaways from Thursday’s primetime Jan 6 hearing

Thursday’s hearing of the January 6 committee was the panel’s second primetime meeting and focused exclusively on the actions of Donald Trump and his team during the attack on Congress itself.

As lawmakers presented their case and heard from White House witnesses, viewers were treated to shocking revelations about the sheer danger that Vice President Mike Pence and members of Congress found themseles in, as well as the unprecedented lack of care that Donald Trump showed as the events unfolded.

The hearing once again examined a day that has been picked apart endlessly by US media organisations while coming up with shocking new revelations about the day in question that upend how we understand what happened during the attack.

John Bowden takes a look at the most significant pieces of information gleaned from Thursday’s hearing:

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Man accused of attacking Republican representative Zeldin faces federal charges

A man who was arrested after allegedly attempting to attack US representative Lee Zeldin at a campaign event in New York last week faces federal assault charges.

David G Jakubonis, 43, of Fairport appeared before a magistrate judge on Saturday and was ordered held until a bail hearing on Wednesday.

He was arrested after he climbed on stage where the New York gubernatorial candidate was giving speech and tried to attack him with a weapon. Mr Zeldin escaped the attack unhurt and continued his speech minutes after.

The new federal charge on the alleged suspect carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison if convicted.

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Video shows Josh Hawley running away from protesters hours after raising fist in solidarity to them

Video footage released by the January 6 committee shows Republican senator Josh Hawley running away from pro-Trump protesters just hours after he was pictured raising his fist in solidarity with them.

Democratic congresswoman Elaine Luria revealed the video at a prime-time hearing on Thursday after first showing a photograph of Mr Hawley showing his support to protesters before Congress met to certify the presidential election.

Richard Hall reports on the video that spawned a slew of memes.

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Trump defends efforts to pressure Pence to overturn election results

Donald Trump has defended his actions on the day of January 6 and those running up to it – claiming the country would have been “very different” if he had secured a second term.

As the Jan 6 committee held its eighth presentation, focussing on the 187 minutes between the former president delivering his speech near the White House and putting out a video message urging his supporters to go home, Mr Trump claimed he had done nothing wrong.

Andrew Buncombe has the story.