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‘The lie hasn’t gone away’: Jan 6 committee chairman says Trump threat to elections is ongoing

Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows’s top aide Cassidy Hutchinsonis reportedly expected to testify before the committee investigating the 6 January attacks at the Capitol.

Ms Hutchinson has already provided information to the committee behind closed doors, sitting with the investigators over the span of three separate interviews. She would be the first White House employee to testify publicly before the committee.

The committee had announced a surprise extra hearing that will contain new evidence of Donald Trump’s “dereliction of duty”.

“The final hearing will cover what the president was doing and more importantly, what he was not doing as we were being attacked,” Mr Schiff told NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday.

The latest round of the highly watched inquiry will take place at 1pm ET on Tuesday, 28 June.

Previously, the special congressional committee had no more planned hearings until lawmakers returned from their 4 July recess.

The final hearing will bring to a close a month that featured five other days packed with shocking testimony before the committee.


The mystery witness in Tuesday’s hearing could be…an Ivanka clone?

Many staunch supporters of former President Donald Trump, such as the ones who came out to hear him speak in Mississippi as part of his American Freedom Tour last weekend, are not closely following the January 6 committee’s hearings on the Capitol riot.

On Thursday evening, The Daily Show released a nearly seven-and-a-half minute video of correspondent Jordan Klepper quizzing rally attendees about the committee’s work. One of the clips Mr Klepper showed was of the president’s daughter Ivanka Trump testifying that she accepted Attorney General William Barr’s assertion that there was no widespread fraud in the 2020 election.

But the Trump supporters Mr Klepper interviewed appeared unwilling to believe either Mr Barr or Ms Trump.

“It don’t even look like her. It might be one of those — what do they got, clones out there these days?” one supporter said of Ms Trump’s testimony.

Maybe this cloan will be the mystery witness in tomorrow’s hearing.

More on the wild fan theory here.

Trump fan pushes wild theory Ivanka Trump who appeared at Jan 6 hearing was ‘a clone’

Trump supporters struggled to wrap their minds around Ms Trump’s testimony in interviews with The Daily Show’s Jordan Klepper

Josh Marcus28 June 2022 07:56

Are Republicans doing enough to defend Donald Trump?

Donald Trump is lashing out over suggestions that the Republican Party is rejecting him because of the January 6 insurrection as the House Select Committee lays out a detailed description of what led up to and followed the attack on Congress.

On Sunday, Mr Trump took aim at conservative columnist Peggy Noonan, saying that she doesn’t understand his base and its politics.

In a statement issued via his political action committee Save America, the former president said: “I listen to all of these foolish (stupid!) people, often living in a bygone era, like the weak and frail RINO, Peggy Noonan, who did much less for Ronald Reagan than she claims, and who actually said bad things about him and his ability to speak”.

Mr Trump was responding to a piece Ms Noonan wrote in the Wall Street Journal on Thursday that “both parties are rejecting their leaders, Donald Trump and Joe Biden. It’s a continuing tectonic shift and the story underlying every daily political story. It’s building and will only grow. Both parties are starting to scramble for what’s next, who’s next. Both are casting about”.

Get the scoop on the intra-party dustup here.

Trump lashes out over rumours Republicans are ditching him over Jan 6

‘Where do these people come from? They have no idea what the MAGA movement is’ said the former president in a statement this weekend

Josh Marcus28 June 2022 06:56

ICYMI | Trump obsesses over exact position of water glass in bizarre clip

In a clip shared by the 6 January documentary filmmaker Alex Holder, former president Donald Trump can be seen fussing over a glass of water in the camera frame.

Mr Holder, the maker of ‘Unprecedented’ — a three-part documentary about the final months of the Trump presidency — tweeted a clip from it and wrote: “The Trumps did not have editorial control. Full stop.”Unprecedented is slated to be released this summer and has been bought by Discovery Plus.

In fact, Mr Holder’s documentary footage has been subpoenaed by the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol riot of last year.

The clip shows Mr Trump checking himself in the frame after he takes a seat for the interview. Then goes: “I don’t think you want to have the water in the picture. You can take it. Yeah.”

Maroosha Muzaffar has more.

Trump obsesses over exact position of water glass in bizarre clip from Jan 6 film

Documentary footage subpoenaed by House Select Committee investigating the Capitol riot

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar28 June 2022 06:19

Donald Trump hit with yet another investigation

The so-called “blank check” company behind former president Donald Trump’s Truth Social platform now appears to be the subject of an investigation by federal prosecutors who are looking into whether the company or its executives violated federal securities laws.

Shares of the Special Purpose Acquisition Company, known as Digital World Acquisition Corporation, fell nine per cent in early trading on Monday after CEO Patrick Orlando filed a statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission to report that the company, which is pursuing a merger with the former president’s Trump Media and Technology Group, was issued a subpoena by a federal grand jury in the Southern District of New York.

Mr Orlando also wrote that each member of DWAC’s board of directors has also been issued a subpoena by the same grand jury.

All the details here.

Company behind Trump’s Truth Social now under investigation by federal prosecutors

The so-called ‘blank check’ company is also the target of a separate Securities and Exchange Commission probe

Josh Marcus28 June 2022 05:56

Former Meadows aide to testify in surprise hearing

Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows’s onetime top aid Cassidy Hutchinson is set to testify before the House committee investigating the 6 January attacks on the Capitol.

Ms Hutchinson has already provided information to the committee, sitting with its investigators over the course of three separate interviews, The Hill reported.

She would be the first White House employee to testify publicly before the committee.

The investigating committee on Monday announced a surprise hearing, just days after chairman Bennie Thompson said the panel would pause a series of hearings it has held this month while committee members review newly-acquired evidence.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar28 June 2022 05:42

Ilhan Omar calls for investigation into justice Clarence Thomas’s role

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar called for a full impeachment investigation into justice Clarence Thomas’s role in the 6 January coup, in a reference to his wife Ginni’s alleged involvement in efforts to overturn the results of the presidential election.

“Congress also has the authority to impeach Members of the Supreme Court and has done so before,” she tweeted.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar28 June 2022 05:22

The January 6 hearings have an unexpected upside—for Ron DeSantis

Ron Desantis sees the January 6 hearings as a possible way for former President Donald Trump to be indicted, according to a report.

A Republican consultant told Politico over the weekend: “That’s where his head is at. He thinks the goal here is to get main justice to go after him.”

“That’s what Ron thinks this is all about,” the consultant, said to be familiar with the governor’s thinking, told the outlet.

Catch up with Gustaf Kilander’s full report.

DeSantis wants Jan 6 hearings to get Trump indicted, report claims

‘Ron DeSantis is lying in wait, sharpening his knives,’ GOP donor says

Josh Marcus28 June 2022 04:56

Senate sergeant-at-arms in charge of security during 6 Jan riot dies

Michael Stenger, who served as the Sergeant at Arms for the US senate during the 6 January riot at the Capitol last year, has died.

His death comes amid the House of Representatives’s attempt to investigate the riot at the US Capitol last year wherein supporters of former president Donald Trump raided the complex in an attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

Stenger assumed the role in 2018 after he served as chief of staff to his predecessor Frank Larkin, Roll Call reported at the time. He previously served in the United States Marine Corps and for 35 years in the US Secret Service.

Eric Garcia reports.

Senate sergeant-at-arms in charge of security during Jan 6 riot dies

Comes amid the probe into the Capitol riot.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar28 June 2022 04:22

The documentary that changed the January 6 hearings

Alex Holder, the British filmmaker who recently provided the House January 6 select committee with a trove of footage shot in the months leading up to the 2021 attack on the US Capitol, says members of former president Donald Trump’s family appeared largely unconcerned about the possibility that his repeated lies about a “stolen” election could lead to violence.

Last week, the select committee received hours of video from Mr Holder after he was issued a subpoena calling for “raw footage” taken by him and his colleagues on the day of the Capitol attack. The subpoena also requested footage of interviews with Mr Trump, Mr Pence, Donald Trump Jr, Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump, or Jared Kushner and “any footage pertaining to discussions of election fraud or election integrity surrounding the November 2020 presidential election”.

In an interview with The Independent, Mr Holder said the focus of the series, which is set to premiere later this year on the Discovery+ streaming service, was on Mr Trump and his three eldest children — Donald Trump Jr, Eric Trump, and Ivanka Trump — and spanned from September 2020 through the last days of Mr Trump’s tumultuous presidency.

Read more on the film of the moment here.

Filmmaker who upended Jan 6 probe talks Trump ‘aggression’, what he saw

Documentarian Alex Holder tells Andrew Feinberg that former president Donald Trump’s family did not seem concerned by the prospect of violence as January 6 approached

Josh Marcus28 June 2022 03:56

The January 6 committee’s June surprise

The House January 6 select committee will hold a surprise hearing on Tuesday 28 July at 1.00 pm, just days after chairman Bennie Thompson said the panel would pause a series of hearings it has held this month while committee members review newly-acquired evidence.

In a press release on Monday, the committee said the hearing’s purpose will be to “present recently obtained evidence and receive witness testimony,” but the panel did not elaborate on the identity of the witnesses or the nature of the evidence.

On Thursday, Mr Thompson closed the panel’s fifth public session by telling attendees and viewers that the committee’s next hearings would “show how Donald Trump tapped into the threat of violence, how he summoned a mob to Washington, and how after corruption and political pressure failed to keep Donald Trump in office, violence became the last option”.

Andrew Feinberg has the details.

Josh Marcus28 June 2022 02:56