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  • Donald Trump
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The House select committee investigating the 6 January insurrection has requested “voluntary cooperation” from House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy to provide information about his conversations with former president Donald Trump during the worst attack on the Capitol since 1814.

However, McCarthy has refused to cooperate with the committee, citing the “illegitimate” investigation by the panel, in a statement hours after the request.

Liz Cheney, one of the panel’s only two Republicans, said her party’s House leader is attempting to “cover up” what happened on 6 January 2021 and that the committee would evaluate other options for obtaining his testimony. “I wish that he were a brave and honorable man,” she told CNN.

This came after Trump grabbed headlines for hanging up on an NPR journalist who challenged him with questions about the Capitol insurrection and his fixation on non-existent election fraud in 2020. He also drew attention with an interview in which he poured scorn on Republicans who refuse to say whether or not they have been vaccinated against Covid-19.

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Liz Cheney nods at Oath Keeper arrests in January 6 probe

20:23 , Justin Vallejo

One half of the GOP contingent on the committee investigating January 6 nodded at today’s charge of the Oath Keeper’s founder and other members.

In response to the new indictments, Liz Cheney tweeted simply “seditious conspiracy”, in reference to the new charge that carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

Joe Manchin praises Kyrsten Sinema’s refusal to tweak filibuster as voting rights bill stymied

19:55 , Justin Vallejo

Senator Joe Manchin praised fellow conservative Democrat Senator Kyrsten Sinema’s speech in which she indicated she would not vote to eliminate the filibuster to advance voting rights legislation.

Mr Manchin spoke with The Independent on the way to a meeting between President Joe Biden and Democratic senators as the White House seeks to enact legislation ahead of the 2022 midterms and the next presidential election.

“Very good,” Mr Manchin said of his colleague’s remarks. “Excellent speech.”

Erica Garcia and John Bowden have the story.

Manchin praises Sinema’s refusal to tweak filibuster as voting rights bill stymied

Woman with loaded shotgun saying she ‘wanted to talk’ about January 6 arrested outside US Capitol Police HQ

19:37 , Justin Vallejo

Capitol Police arrested a woman they say turned up to their headquarters with multiple firearms saying she “"wanted to talk about information she had about" the January 6 attack.

Police said in a statement the Michigan woman illegally parked in front of their building on Wednesday when an agent saw a gun case in the vehicle.

Police allegedly discovered a cache of weapons and ammunition, including an unloaded .22-caliber rifle and .50-caliber muzzle loader, a loaded shotgun, and a pellet gun.

The woman, identified as Kery Lynn McAttee, was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of unregistered ammunition and unlawful transportation of a semi-automatic rifle, police said.

"At this time, there is no evidence the 58-year-old suspect was coming here to do anything, except speak with our officers," the Capitol Police said.

Oath Keepers founder and 10 others charged with ‘seditious conspiracy’ to attack US Capitol

19:01 , Justin Vallejo

The Justice Department has charged the leader of the “Oath Keepers” and another 10 defendants with “seditious conspiracy” in connection to the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.

The leader of the right-wing group, Steward Rhodes, 56, and another man, Eduard Vallejo, 63, were arrested on Thursday, the Justice Department said in a statement.

Another nine previously charged defendants also face the new charge of seditious conspiracy, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, along with other offences.

According to the Justice Department indictment, Rhodes, of Texas, allegedly conspired with his co-defendants to forcefully oppose the execution of the laws governing the transfer of presidential power.

The indictment alleges that Vallejo, of Arizona, along with other members, coordinated “quick reaction force” (QRF) teams stationed outside the city that were prepared to transport firearms and other weapons into Washington DC to support operations to forcefully stop the transfer of presidential power.

Oath Keepers founder and 10 others charged with ‘seditious conspiracy’ to attack US Capitol

19:01 , Justin Vallejo

The Justice Department has charged the leader of the “Oath Keepers” and another 10 defendants with “seditious conspiracy” in connection to the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.

More to follow.

Watch: Iran creates a bizarre video showing a CGI Trump targeted for drone strike while playing golf in Florida

18:19 , Justin Vallejo

A CGI animation threatening to assassinate Donald Trump by drone strike has reportedly been released by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei.

Titled “Revenge is inevitable”, the video threatening retaliation for the 2020 killing of Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani was released by Iran’s Supreme leader, according to Iranian Americans for Liberty activist group.

The video shows a drone targeting Trump while he’s playing golf in Palm Beach at “Florida-Trump’s House”, in an apparent reference to Mar-a-Lago.

As the drone targets Trump’s back, a member of the group receives a text message saying “Soleimani’s murderer and the one who gave the order will pay the price”.

17:40 , Justin Vallejo

Sen Kyrsten Sinema ripped apart Democratic voters’ hopes of seeing changes to the filibuster that would allow voting rights legislation to pass in a speech on Thursday that reiterated her support for both the legislation itself and the 60-vote threshold that is keeping its passage an impossibility.

In a floor speech, the Arizona Democrat portrayed the Senate’s rule allowing members to block debate on legislation with a 41-vote minority as a necessary tool for safeguarding democracy in a time of unprecedented political divisions.

“I strongly support, and will continue to vote for legislative responses to these state laws,” said the senator.

But, she added: “I will not support separate actions that worsen the underlying disease of division infecting our country.”

The Independent’s John Bowden has more on the breaking news.

Sinema kills chance for filibuster change

17:40 , Justin Vallejo

Sen Kyrsten Sinema ripped apart Democratic voters’ hopes of seeing changes to the filibuster that would allow voting rights legislation to pass in a speech on Thursday that reiterated her support for both the legislation itself and the 60-vote threshold that is keeping its passage an impossibility.

In a floor speech, the Arizona Democrat portrayed the Senate’s rule allowing members to block debate on legislation with a 41-vote minority as a necessary tool for safeguarding democracy in a time of unprecedented political divisions.

“I strongly support, and will continue to vote for legislative responses to these state laws,” said the senator.

But, she added: “I will not support separate actions that worsen the underlying disease of division infecting our country.”

The Independent’s John Bowden has more on the breaking news.

Sinema slams Democrat leadership, says their mandate is to work with GOP

17:29 , Justin Vallejo

Krysten Sinema is slamming the division between the Democrats and Republicans, saying they have to find common ground or the division in the country will get worse.

“Our mandate, it seems evident to me, work together and get stuff done,” Ms Sinema said. “When a party in control pushes party line changes exceeding their electoral mandate, the bitterness in our politics is exacerbated. “

“I wish there had been a more serious effort on the part of Democratic party leaders to sit down with the other party and genially discuss how to reforge common ground,” she added.

Senator Kyrsten Sinema defends fillibuster

17:21 , Justin Vallejo

The Democrat senator has taken the podium in the Senate and is currently defending the “guardrail” of the Senate filibuster.

“In reality, millions of Americans represented by the minority party have a voice in the process,” she says.

Senator Kyrsten Sinema defends fillibuster

17:21 , Justin Vallejo

The Democrat senator has taken the podium in the Senate and is currently defending the “guardrail” of the Senate filibuster.

“In reality, millions of Americans represented by the minority party have a voice in the process,” she says.

Democrat scolded for criticizing Biden’s ‘stark’ speech that went ‘a little too far'

17:17 , Justin Vallejo

Democratic Senator Dick Durbin told CNN that the president’s language is “stark, and I will concede that point” on his speech on voting rights.

“Perhaps the president went a little too far in his rhetoric, some of us do, but the fundamental principles and values at stake are very similar,” he added.

The Independent’s Alex Woodward has the swift blowback from within the Dems.

Top Democrat criticized for comments on Biden’s voting rights speech

Kyrsten Sinema to speak in Senate

16:58 , Andrew Naughtie

Arizona Democrat Kyrsten Sinema is shortly to make a rare speaking appearance on the Senate floor, a sign that Joe Biden’s outreach to his Capitol Hill colleagues is in trouble.

McCarthy wraps up briefing

16:55 , Andrew Naughtie

The minority leader ends his briefing with a monologue about holding the Biden administration accountable for a supposed decline in American living standards – and then abruptly leaves as reporters ask whether or not he will comply with any subpoena issued by the insurrection committee.

McCarthy swerves question on Trump conversations

16:53 , Andrew Naughtie

A reporter asks Mr McCarthy if the American public has a right to know the content of his conversations with the president during the insurrection; he replies that there is “nothing in that realm” that he can provide to the committee that would help its work. Again, he claims that the panel are simply “playing politics” by seeking his testimony on such matters.

McCarthy dodges questions about his own 6 January statements

16:50 , Andrew Naughtie

Asked whether he stands by his remarks on 13 January 2021 that Donald Trump “bears responsibility” for the “mob”, Mr McCarthy pivots to what has become his main talking point on the insurrection, asking rhetorically why the Capitol was so ill-prepared that day.

He and other Republicans have sought to blame the law enforcement and security failures at the insurrection on Democratic congressional leaders, who do not have sole or primary jurisdiction over the US Capitol Police.

The minority leader does not address the question he was actually asked. When a reporter points out he previously said he would voluntarily co-operate with the committee he has now refused to testify to, he attacks Nancy Pelosi for “playing politics” with the creation of a select committee – which was established after Republicans blocked an effort to create a bipartisan 9/11-commission style panel.

Raphael Warnock: “You cannot remember Dr King and dismember his legacy at the same time"

16:50 , Andrew Naughtie

Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock, a pastor in whose church Martin Luther King Jr once preached, yesterday laid into Republican colleagues who are falling back on “states’ rights” arguments as they attack Democratic voting rights bills.

“The John Lewis Voting Rights Act, the Freedom to Vote Act is the legacy of Dr King,” he said. “And if you would give lip service to his name, you need to find yourself on the right side of history, pushing to get these bills done.”

McCarthy: Biden agenda is too toxic for Democrats to talk about

16:45 , Andrew Naughtie

Mr McCarthy is pummelling Mr Biden and his party hard over the president’s unpopularity and the high number of retirements from the Democratic House caucus. “The only thing they have to show their constituents for the past year is how they’ve succeeded in making life harder for the average American,” he claims.

Kevin McCarthy starts press conference with attack on Biden

16:43 , Andrew Naughtie

The House minority leader has kicked off a press conference by regaling reporters with a list of problems including murder rates, inflation, and a return to home schooling because of rising Covid-19 rates – blaming the situation on “a year of one-party rule in Washington”.

“By nearly every single measure, America is worse off than we were before Joe Biden took office,” he says.

Watch his briefing here.

House of Representatives passes new voting rights bill

16:35 , Andrew Naughtie

After a string of party-line statements by representatives from both sides, the House has passed voting rights legislation in its latest form. The final tally was 220-203.

House Democrats pass latest voting rights bill heading for Senate showdown

Breaking: US Capitol Police arrest woman with guns

16:28 , Andrew Naughtie

The US Capitol Police have put out a press release announcing that a woman was yesterday arrested at the force’s HQ when she arrived with several guns in her car.

Details remain scant, but the woman from Michigan has been charged with several firearms offences.

Capitol police arrest armed woman outside of Congress

“At this time, there is no evidence the 58 year old suspect was coming here to do anything, except speak with our officers,” the force says. “We cannot provide the details of that conversation because they are now part of an open investigation. She was not on file with the USCP.”

Ilhan Omar goes after McCarthy – with his own words

16:18 , Andrew Naughtie

As the House minority leader resists the call to testify to the 6 January select committee, Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has dug up one of his past statements to undermine his case for refusing:

Rumblings of animosity as Joe Biden reaches out to Senate Democrats

15:48 , Andrew Naughtie

Politico’s Tara Palmieri reports that the attempt to get Democrats on board with changing Senate rules for the sake of getting voting rights legislation passed may not be going to plan, with holdout Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema taking exception to the president’s approach...

Al Sharpton on voting rights legislation: “a roll call on who’s on what side"

15:34 , Andrew Naughtie

Veteran civil rights leader Al Sharpton has weighed in on the latest effort to get voting rights legislation passed. Watch the clip below from Washington Post Live.

Flashback: How Kevin McCarthy described the insurrection at the time

15:10 , Andrew Naughtie

As Kevin McCarthy tries to delegitimise the work of the 6 January committee, it’s worth looking back to how he described the events of the Capitol insurrection at the time.

Kevin McCarthy claims 6 January committee is simply trying to take heat off Biden

14:41 , Andrew Naughtie

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told Fox News this morning that the 6 January committee’s request for his testimony is a “distraction” staged “because they don’t want people looking at what’s happening” – specifically, consumer price inflation.

Mr McCarthy, who said after the riot that Donald Trump “bears responsibility for [the] attack on Congress by mob rioters” and that he “should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding”, also dismissed committee members Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger as “not two Republicans that the Republicans have appointed”.

Nancy Pelosi in fact accepted three of his five chosen appointees to the panel; it was he who withdrew them in protest when she rejected the other two – one of whom, Jim Jordan, is now also being sought as a witness.

Watch: Arizona Republican dodges questions on role in slate of “alternate electors” in January 2021

14:21 , Andrew Naughtie

As Arizona became one of the target states in Donald Trump’s effort to overturn the 2020 election result there, some state Republicans deployed a wild tactic: sending a notarised slate of pro-Trump “alternate electors” to the National Archives.

The document was signed by State Representative Jake Hoffman, who has now refused to explain how he came to join the effort, how he first heard of it, or whether he was instructed to by somebody else. A tag-team questioning by two journalists put him in a tight spot.

Before he was elected to the legislature, Mr Hoffman ran an online marketing firm, Rally Forge, that has been likened to a “troll farm”. It was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by right-wing groups for social media services, and was ultimately banned from Facebook for creating accounts that posted “inauthentic” content on clients’ behalf.

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough brands McCarthy ‘spineless’ and ‘gutless’ for Jan 6 U-turn

14:00 , Thomas Fenton

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough has blasted House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy for his recent comments on the 6 January riot.

The California Republican, who previously stated that Former President Donald Trump was directly responsible for the riot, is now refusing to cooperate with the House select committee, which also contradicts his public assurance that he would testify before an outside commission about his conversations that day with the former president.

“We’ve talked about Kevin McCarthy, well, a year ago today saying that [Trump was responsible for Jan. 6] on the floor,” the Morning Joe host said on Thursday (via Raw Story).

“But watching it again today is such dark and a direct reminder of just how shameless, just how gutless he and the Republican Party and all of those who are claiming that Jan. 6 was much adieu about nothing. It just shows they’re not only lying to Americans, but they’re lying to themselves and they know it.”

“Let’s just let that sink in for a second right there. Two weeks earlier he said Donald Trump was the greatest threat to freedom, the lawlessness he was responsible for and two weeks later he’s gripping and grinning and leaking a picture to donors,” Scarborough added.

Eric Garcia: Extreme rhetoric now the GOP norm

13:41 , Andrew Naughtie

The Independent’s Eric Garcia weighs in on the case of a Republican congressman invoking the Nazis in his opposition to vaccine mandates...

Sources indicate Kayleigh McEnany met with January 6 committee on Wednesday

13:25 , Thomas Fenton

Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Wednesday appeared before the House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection, CNN sources claim.

They add that the meeting was a virtual one, and that she was absent from her usual co-hosting duties on Fox’s ‘Outnumbered’ show as a result. McEnany, who worked in the Trump White House and was a spokesperson for Mr Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign, was initially subpoenaed in November.

The committee has requested a significant number of Ms McEnany’s records from the National Archives, which are still tied up in court because Former President Donald Trump has asked the Supreme Court to block the committee’s access to his White House records.

The committee’s original subpoena of Ms McEnany shows a specific interest in her public statements related to spreading misinformation about the 2020 election results.

Lindsey Graham wants McConnell to form a ‘working relationship’ with Trump

12:45 , Thomas Fenton

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has hit out at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, saying he won’t back McConnell to lead the GOP unless McConnell has a “working relationship” with Former President Donald Trump.

During an interview with Fox News on Wednesday, Graham blasted Senator McConnell for his broken-down relationship with the former president.

“Elections are about the future,” Graham said. “If you want to be a Republican leader in the House or the Senate, you have to have a working relationship with President Donald Trump.”

“It’s his nomination if he wants it, and I think he’ll get reelected in 2024.”

“I liked Senator McConnell,” Graham added. “But here’s the question — can Senator McConnell effectively work with the leader of the Republican Party, Donald Trump?”

ICYMI - McCarthy refuses to cooperate with select committee probe

12:05 , Thomas Fenton

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy has refused to cooperate with the House select committee investigating the 6 January insurrection, citing the “illegitimate” investigation by the panel.

In a statement released hours after the committee sent a formal request to him for an interview, Mr McCarthy said that the “illegitimate” panel was trying to interview him about his “private conversations not remotely related to the violence that unfolded at the Capitol.”

“The committee’s only objective is to attempt to damage its political opponents,” he said.

“It is with neither regret nor satisfaction that I have concluded to not participate with this select committee’s abuse of power that stains this institution today and will harm it going forward.”

The panel requested “voluntary cooperation” after noting that he had previously acknowledged having at least one telephone conversation with Donald Trump while a mob of his supporters was storming the Capitol in hopes of stopping Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s 2020 electoral college victory.

Democrats embrace hardball judicial ‘blue slips’ tactics first adopted by Trump

11:26 , Thomas Fenton

Former President Donald Trump and Republican politicians previously broke with Senate convention to confirm 17 federal appeals court nominees over the objection of Democratic senators representing the states tied to their seats on the bench.

President Joe Biden and Senate Democrats are now utilizing that tactic for themselves, as part of their efforts to fill vacancies in red states,CNN reports.

“There’s a lot of focus on President Trump’s record 54 circuit court confirmations,” said Chris Kang, the co-founder and chief counsel of Demand Justice, which advocates for Democrats to take a more aggressive approach to the judicial confirmation process.

“It’s because Republicans use their blue slips to create these openings. And then they ran over Democrats 17 times to fill them,” he adds.

That move helped the former President and the GOP party transform the federal judiciary. The circuit courts are the last step before cases reach the Supreme Court and are often the last word in determining how laws and regulations are eventually interpreted.

Video resurfaces of Rand Paul admitting ‘misinformation works’ amid Dr Fauci accusations

10:57 , Thomas Fenton

Senator Rand Paul has been seen in a resurfaced video admitting to spreading misinformation and says “misinformation works”.

The Kentucky senator, who has been accused of issuing an “unbalanced” and “delusional” attack on Dr Anthony Fauci, had on Tuesday been accused of “distorting” information about Covid-19 and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and of issuing “misinformation”.

A video shared to Twitter by Federation of American scientists epidemiologist Dr Eric Feigl-Ding appeared to show Mr Paul in 2013 admitting to telling medical students at the University of Louisville, “misinformation works”, as The Atlantic reported at the time.

Gino Spocchia reports:

Video resurfaces of Rand Paul admitting ‘misinformation works’

Large QAnon presence expected at Donald Trump’s Arizona rally

10:26 , Thomas Fenton

A new report is predicting a large QAnon presence at Former President Donald Trump’s upcoming Arizona rally.

According to Vice, Saturday’s event will see Arizona state Representative Mark Finchem address the audience as a “special guest speaker”.

Rep Finchem has “repeatedly shared QAnon conspiracies on social media and on QAnon-friendly podcasts and media platforms, and last year he headlined a major QAnon conference in Las Vegas,” Vice reports.

Joining Mr Finchem on stage will be MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, who has been at the forefront of false claims of mass voter fraud in the 2020 election.

Full report:

QAnon followers gather in AZ for Trump rally hoping to be joined by Tupac and JFK

Dems switch strategy on voting bill as Biden pushes action

09:45 , Matt Mathers

Senate Democrats are trying to force a public showdown over their sweeping elections legislation, aiming to launch debate on a key party priority even though there’s no assurance the bill will come to a vote.

Full report:

Dems switch strategy on voting bill as Biden pushes action

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell says he has evidence to put 300 million in jail for election fraud

09:30 , Matt Mathers

MyPillow CEO and Trump supporter Mike Lindell has made perhaps his most outlandish claim about the 2020 election yet – that he has enough evidence to lock up nearly the entire US population for voter fraud.

My colleague Josh Marcus has more below:

Mike Lindell says he has evidence to put 300 million in jail for election fraud

Jen Psaki dismisses GOP criticism of Biden’s voting rights speech by pointing to silence against Trump rhetoric

09:10 , Matt Mathers

White House press secretary Jen Psaki dismissed Republican criticism of President Joe Biden’s remarks condemning the GOP’s efforts to restrict ballot access and change the rules of election administration.

My colleague Alex Woodward reports:

White House dismisses criticism of Biden’s voting rights speech as GOP launch attacks

Republicans rally around senator who Trump said ‘went woke’ by saying he lost 2020 election

08:55 , Matt Mathers

Republican senators rallied to the defence of Sen Mike Rounds this week after he was attacked by former President Donald Trump.

Mr Rounds sparked a feud with the former president when he went on ABC’s This Week on Sunday and reiterated that he did not believe conspiracy theories supported by Mr Trump and his allies about the 2020 election, namely the assertion that Mr Trump had in fact won the election.

John Bowden reports:

Republicans rally around senator attacked by Trump for saying he lost 2020 election

ICYMI: Trump’s NPR interview proved he’s a shadow of his former self

08:39 , Matt Mathers

The former president accidentally said the quiet part out loud and came across as overwhelmingly fragile, writes Holly Baxter.

Read Holly’s full piece here:

Trump’s NPR interview proved he’s a shadow of his former self

Human Rights Watch criticises Biden for weak defence of democracy

07:00 , Shweta Sharma

As pressure continues to mount on former president Donald Trump, his successor, Joe Biden, along with other Western leaders were lambasted by Human Rights Watch on Thursday.

The criticism came over the countries’ weak defense of democracy and for failing to meet challenges from the climate crisis and Covid-19 pandemic to poverty, inequality and racial injustice.

Human Rights Executive Director Kenneth Roth said Biden took office in January 2021 with a pledge to put human rights at the center of his foreign policy, in contrast to what he described as former US president Donald Trump’s “embrace of friendly autocrats”.

“But he continued to sell arms to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Israel despite their persistent repression,” Roth wrote in Human Rights Watch’s annual World Report, released on Thursday.

“Other Western leaders displayed similar weakness in their defense of democracy,” Roth wrote, referring to French President Emmanuel Macron and former German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Biden was also critised for seeming to “lose his voice when it came to public denunciation of serious human rights violations” during summits.

“If democracies are to prevail in the global contest with autocracy, their leaders must do more than spotlight the autocrats’ inevitable shortcomings. They need to make a stronger, positive case for democratic rule,” Roth said.

Former White House press secretary for Trump met Jan 6 panel

06:30 , Shweta Sharma

Kayleigh McEnany, former White House press secretary for Donald Trump and current Fox News host, has appeared before the House select committee investigating the 6 January insurrection.

The appearance was virtual and had been “going on all day”, the panel’s chairman Bennie Thompson told CBS News on Wednesday.

The Fox News host was serving as a top spokesperson for then-president Donald Trump and was an adviser to the Trump 2020 campaign.

She was subpoenaed in November by the committee, asking her to turn over any related records and appear for deposition.

The subpoena expressed interest in speaking with her based on her public statements pushing the former president’s baseless voter fraud claims and noted that her comments contributed to public distrust in the election and fueled insurrection.

The panel also noted that she was with Trump on 6 January when he travelled to Ellipse and delivered the incendiary speech to “fight like hell” and “stop the steal”.

The committee has so far issued 85 subpoenas to Trump allies, former White House officials and individuals who are suspected to be involved in planning of the rally before riots broke out at the Capitol.

Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen gloats as former president is served legal papers

05:49 , Shweta Sharma

Michael Cohen announced on Thursday that Donald Trump was served legal papers for a new lawsuit against him and other members of the Trump administration for allegedly violating his right to free speech and placing him in solitary confinement for two weeks.

Tweeting on Thursday, former Trump lawyer said the “case progresses and the guilty will not go unpunished”.

In the lawsuit, Cohen, who was once Mr Trump’s private lawyer, claimed that federal authorities forced him into 16 harrowing days in solitary confinement where he suffered shortness of breath, severe headaches and anxiety inside a small cell.

It was after he threatened to leak damning information about Trump.

The lawsuit seeks damages for “extreme physical and emotional harm” and violations of Cohen’s First Amendment rights.

Former notorious Proud Boys leader arrested

04:44 , Shweta Sharma

Kyle “Based Stickman” Chapman, who is infamous for attacking counter-protesters with a stick during a Donald Trump rally, has been arrested for allegedly attacking a health care worker in Idaho, reported the Daily Beast.

He was arrested on Tuesday after a local hospital called police to report battery on a worker, a felony in Idaho, Boise Police spokesperson Haley Williams said.

During his arraignment, the next day, the former leader of the right-wing group said he was being treated in the hospital for pneumonia. But Chapman allegedly grabbed a hospital employee and became verbally abusive when they went there to fix a device.

Chapman was on probation until 17 July from a Texas case for giving a man a brain haemorrhage and he might have violated his probation terms by attacking the worker.

Trump interviews with NPR, OAN dominate headlines

04:00 , John Bowden

Former President Donald Trump proved his ability to dominate the attention of the US political sphere this week with a pair of interviews given to National Public Radio (NPR) and One America News, a right-wing broadcaster.

In the two interviews, Mr Trump went after his opponents both directly and indirectly; he called Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell a “loser”, a Republican senator who denied his false claims about 2020 “crazy”, and took a shot at politicians (clearly referring to Florida Gov Ron DeSantis, a 2024 rival) who refuse to share their vaccination status as “gutless”.

Andrew Naughtie reports on the NPR interview that was cut short after the host questioned him repeatedly on his false claims about 2020:

Trump hangs up on interviewer when pressed about election ‘fraud’

Tom Fenton examines his attack against Mr DeSantis:

Trump attacks ‘gutless’ GOP politicians who dodge vaccine question

McCarthy refuses to cooperate with 'illegitimate' Jan 6 probe

03:54 , Shweta Sharma

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy has refused to cooperate with the House select committee investigating the 6 January insurrection, citing the “illegitimate” investigation by the panel.

In a statement released hours after the committee sent a formal request to him for an interview, McCarthy said that the “illegitimate” panel was trying to interview him about his “private conversations not remotely related to the violence that unfolded at the Capitol.”

“The committee’s only objective is to attempt to damage its political opponents,” he said.

“It is with neither regret nor satisfaction that I have concluded to not participate with this select committee’s abuse of power that stains this institution today and will harm it going forward.”

The panel requested “voluntary cooperation” after noting that he had previously acknowledged having at least one telephone conversation with Donald Trump while a mob of his supporters was storming the Capitol in hopes of stopping Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s 2020 electoral college victory.

Looking at Ray Epps, the subject of the GOP’s newest conspiracy

03:30 , John Bowden

The Justice Department won’t say why Ray Epps, a man previously identified on a website set up by the FBI to catch Capitol rioters, is no longer facing charges.

The decision has spawned a conspiracy theory on the right, where some supporters of former President Donald Trump have spread the idea that Mr Epps was a federal agent involved in inciting other rioters to violence. There’s no currently-public evidence, however, placing Mr Epps physically inside the Capitol building during the riot.

The House select committee investigating January 6 has said that “Mr Epps informed us that he was not employed by, working with, or acting at the direction of any law enforcement agency on January 5th or 6th or at any other time, and that he has never been an informant for the FBI or any other law enforcement agency”.

Justin Vallejo investigates the conspiracist right’s newest fixture:

Who is Ray Epps? The FBI’s Capitol riot figure who has not been charged

Oklahoma congressman writes letter to judge requesting leniency for rioter

03:00 , John Bowden

A congressman from Oklahoma, GOP Rep Kevin Wallace, penned a letter to a DC judge overseeing numerous Capitol riot-related trials and asked her to show “compassion” in the sentencing of a man who spent only a few minutes inside the US Capitol on January 6.

"I've known his mother, Kristin Sells, and family for more than twenty years," wrote Mr Wallace. "He is and has been a contributing citizen in our small community."

Greg Graziosi reports:

GOP state lawmaker writes letter of support for Capitol rioter ahead of sentencing

GOP lawmaker on January 6 panel seeks to disprove Ted Cruz’s conspiracy theory

02:30 , John Bowden

Adam Kinzinger, a congressman on the House select committee investigating January 6, fired back on Tuesday after his fellow Republican, Sen Ted Cruz, questioned an official at a hearing regarding whether a man present at the January 6 attack was a federal agent.

There’s no evidence to suggest that the man in question, who was targeted by conspiracy theorists after being removed from FBI wanted lists, is a federal agent of any kind. Republicans have long sought to prove that left-wing activists or even the government itself was responsible for the massive crowd of Trump supporters that overran the Capitol last year.

“Take your pick. Truth is they were rioters incited by lies. And Ray is no fed. Just another misled man,” wrote the congressman on Twitter. “While it may break hearts, it’s true. So many are misled by so few. Just look up.”

Andrew Feinberg reports:

Adam Kinzinger shoots down Ted Cruz’s 6 January conspiracy theory

Top Trump ally in the House faces legal trouble of his own

02:00 , John Bowden

One of former President Donald Trump’s most loyal followers in the House, GOP Rep Matt Gaetz, was in his own hot water on Wednesday as the ex-president battled his niece Mary Trump in court and faces the ongoing efforts of the Jan 6 committee.

Rep Matt Gaetz has been under federal investigation for months after being accused of allegedly engaging in sexual contact with a girl who was 17 at the time, and paying for her travel across state lines. The congressman has strenuously denied the accusations, and has not yet been formerly indicted.

But that could change soon. On Wednesday, his ex-girlfriend testified before a grand jury, and his former confidant is supposedly cooperating after being hit with his own similar charges last year.

Eric Garcia reports:

Gaetz ex-girlfriend appears before grand jury investigating sex trafficking claims

Mike Rounds refuses to back down in face of Trump criticism

01:30 , John Bowden

South Dakota’s Sen Mike Rounds, a Republican, is refusing to cease his criticism of former President Donald Trump and his false claims about the 2020 election.

On Wednesday, he responded after several statements from the former president excoriating him for saying on Sunday during an interview that the election was not stolen; he urged his fellow Republicans to join him, and more persistently call out the former president’s falsehoods.

“If we want to keep the trust and gain the trust of more individuals that are wondering, we have to probably say it a little bit louder and in more places that many of us normally either aren’t invited to talk or have chosen not to get into the fray,” he told The Associated Press.

Sen. Rounds pushes GOP to get 'louder' on false Trump claims

Eric Trump disses NY AG in Fox News rant

01:00 , John Bowden

President Trump’s son Eric Trump unloaded on New York state Attorney General Letitia James on Tuesday, furious over the Democratic official’s ongoing investigation of the company that he runs alongside his brother, Donald Trump Jr.

“You have Letitia James out there, probably the most unethical prosecutor in the history of the United States, who literally said on video ‘I'm going to go into office every single day and I'm going to sue Trump and then I'm going to go home’,” he said.

“She ran on the campaign promise of suing my father because she didn't believe in his political party, because she didn't like us, because the people of Washington, DC told her to do that. It violates the Constitution, it's unethical, it's wrong,” added Eric Trump.

Andrew Feinberg has the story:

Eric Trump lashes out at New York’s top prosecutor in unhinged Fox News rant

Mike Lindell says he has evidence that could incriminate every living American adult

00:30 , John Bowden

One of former President Donald Trump’s most loyal supporters, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, made a bizarre claim on Wednesday in which he said that he supposedly had evidence that would incriminate “300 and some million” Americans relating to the 2020 election and the Trump campaign’s baseless charges of fraud.

There are just over 258 million adults in the US.

Josh Marcus reports:

Mike Lindell says he has evidence to put 300 million in jail for election fraud

Latest appearance of Fauci on Capitol Hill sees escalation of his feud with GOP

00:00 , John Bowden

The appearance of Dr Anthony Fauci at this week’s committee hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions saw an escalation of the ongoing feud between the top infectious disease specialist under two presidents and far-right figures in Congress.

Two GOP senators on the panel, Rand Paul and Roger Marshall, took turns belittling the doctor and accusing him of supporting supposedly draconian public health measures.

Dr Fauci battled back and accused the senators of spreading misinformation that was leading to threats of violence against him. And he was heard calling Mr Marshall a “moron” after a particularly testy back-and-forth over whether Dr Fauci’s financial disclosure forms were public record.

Ann Coulter blasts Trump over DeSantis remark

Wednesday 12 January 2022 23:30 , John Bowden

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter, formerly one of Donald Trump’s biggest supporters in right-wing media, called the former president a “liar” and a “con man” on Wednesday.

Her comment came in response to Mr Trump saying in an interview that “gutless” politicians were refusing to say whether or not they had taken the vaccine out of fear of angering anti-vaxxers in the GOP.

"I watched a couple politicians be interviewed and one of the questions was, 'Did you get a booster?' Because they had the vaccine and they're answering like... in other words, the answer is 'yes' but they don't want to say it, because they're gutless," said Mr Trump in the interview with One America News.

Ms Coulter fired back on Twitter, writing: “Trump is demanding to know Ron DeSantis's booster status, and I can now reveal it. He was a loyal booster when Trump ran in 2016, but then he learned our president was a liar and con man whose grift was permanent. I hope that clears things up.”

Riot committee is back in full swing

Wednesday 12 January 2022 23:10 , John Bowden

This week saw another flurry of activity by the House select committee investigating the Capitol riot, indicating that lawmakers are back and focused on the investigation with the intent of finishing it in the coming months.

On Tuesday, the committee issued several subpoenas, including one targeting a former speechwriter for Donald Trump.

Capitol riot committee subpoenas ex-Trump speechwriter and Donald Trump Jr advisers

The next day, the committee took its most unprecedented step since the subpoena for former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and issued a voluntary request for information from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the House’s #1 Republican.

Capitol riot committee seeks information from House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy

Psaki hits Romney over response to Biden speech

Wednesday 12 January 2022 22:50 , John Bowden

White House press secretary Jen Psaki did not mince words on Wednesday when asked to respond to Sen Mitt Romney, who had complained that President Joe Biden’s speech about voting rights on Tuesday was divisive.

Republicans have claimed as such due to the president’s portrayal of opponents of the legislation as on the side of noted Jim Crow figures like Sheriff “Bull” Connor and former Gov George Wallace.

“I know there’s been lot of claim of the ‘offensive’ nature of the speech yesterday, which is hilarious on many levels given how many people sat silently over the past four years for the former president,” said the press secretary.

“What is far more offensive is the effort to suppress people’s basic right to exercise who they want to support and who they want to elect. That’s not a partisan thing,” she said.

January 6 committee subpoenas Kevin McCarthy

Wednesday 12 January 2022 20:55 , John Bowden

The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol moved on Wednesday to request that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the top-ranking House Republican, voluntarily provide information to the panel.

The move is a significant step for the panel, which so far has requested the same from just one other member of Congress, Rep Jim Jordan. Mr Jordan refused to comply with the committee’s request, and Mr McCarthy is likely to do the same.

The requests from the committee raise the potential that the lawmakers could face congressional subpoenas from the panel in the months ahead.

Three in four Americans say ‘political instability’ is US’s greatest threat while Trump spreads election lies

Wednesday 12 January 2022 20:23 , John Bowden

Three in four Americans said in a new Quinnipiac University poll that “political instability” is the greatest threat facing the US today. The feeling is widespread and Americans of all political backgrounds named it when responding to the survey.

One finding of the poll, which also saw dismal approval ratings for both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, was particularly bleak: “A majority of Americans, 58 - 37 percent, think the nation's democracy is in danger of collapse.”

The survey comes as former President Donald Trump continues to push his baseless complaints of election fraud more than a year after losing the 2020 election, and simultaneously looks to be the favoured pick for GOP voters in the 2024 primary thus far.

Donald Trump Jr groans about ‘Lord Fauci’ being a victim of Rand Paul

Wednesday 12 January 2022 19:46 , John Bowden

Donald Trump Jr. went after Dr Anthony Fauci on Twitter after the latter chastised Sen Rand Paul at a committee hearing for spreading misinformation that Dr Fauci said was leading to death threats against him and his family.

In a pair of tweets, the former president’s eldest son reacted to the footage of Tuesday’s hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

“If @RandPaul was a democrat people would also remember he was at the congressional baseball shooting and violently attacked by a neighbor on top of the below. But as a conservative/libertarian that will all be conveniently forgotten. Fauci ain’t seen nothing compared to Rand,” said Mr Trump Jr.

“Remember Lord Fauci is always the victim folks, no one else! Not your dead relatives, not your kids or their education, not your destroyed businesses/livelihoods, not Freedom as we knew it. It always has been and always will be about him,” he added.

Read More from The Independent’s Andrew Feinberg:

Donald Trump Jr groans about ‘Lord Fauci’ being a victim of Rand Paul

Washington Post: NPR interview with Trump didn’t change any minds

Wednesday 12 January 2022 19:23 , John Bowden

The Washington Post’s Philip Bump analysed former President Donald Trump’s disastrous interview with NPR’s Steve Inskeep on Wednesday, describing it as doing little to move the dial in terms of support for Mr Trump’s falsehoods regarding the 2020 election.

The Post went on to explain that it was necessary for reporters to continue challenging falsehoods with facts, even if supporters of the former president were basing their beliefs about election fraud on emotions rather than facts.

“No one’s mind was changed by Inskeep’s interaction with Trump. But an honest actor should call him out on his falsehoods. It’s important to challenge a dishonest assertion that continues to power dangerous anger in the country. And, I would argue, it’s revealing that Trump’s attempts to parry Inskeep were so wan that he simply had to give up the fight,” wrote Mr Bump.

GOP senators refuse to back Trump’s election lies

Wednesday 12 January 2022 18:11 , John Bowden

A handful of GOP senators including members of Senate Republican leadership are coming to the defence of Mike Rounds, a South Dakota senator who ignited a feud with former President Donald Trump over the weekend.

Mr Rounds earned Mr Trump’s ire with a comment made during an ABC News interview, in which he said that the 2020 election had not been stolen by President Joe Biden. The quip resulted in a furious statement issued by the former president and a jab at Mr Rounds and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell during an NPR interview.

Mr McConnell defended Mr Rounds on Tuesday, telling CNN that he agreed with Mr Rounds’s assessment of Mr Trump’s 2020 falsehoods.

“I think Sen. Rounds told the truth about what happened in the 2020 election,” he said.

Sen John Thune, another South Dakota senator and the Senate Minority Whip, added: "I don't think re-litigating or rehashing the past is a winning strategy. If we want to be a majority in 2023, we've got to get out and articulate what we're going to do with respect to the future the American people are going to live and the things they're going to care about when it comes to economic issues, national security issues."

Ex-girlfriend of Trump ally Gaetz set to testify on Wednesday

Wednesday 12 January 2022 17:47 , John Bowden

An ex-girlfriend of Congressman Matt Gaetz entered a federal courtroom to testify before a grand jury on Wednesday as it considered an indictment for Mr Gaetz, who is under federal investigation for sex trafficking.

A lawyer for the woman declined to comment to CNN. Mr Gaetz is accused of having sexual contact with a woman who was 17 at the time, and allegedly paid for her travel expenses.

Mr Gaetz has strongly denied the accusations, and portrayed the Justice Department’s investigation as a supposedly partisan effort by the agency to attack one of former President Donald Trump’s most loyal acolytes in the House.

His former confidant, Joel Greenberg, pleaded guilty to several similar charges last year and is thought to be cooperating with federal authorities in their pursuit of Mr Gaetz.

Conspiracy theories about insurrection continue to spread...

Wednesday 12 January 2022 17:00 , Andrew Naughtie

Many of the more lurid (and baseless) counter-narratives about what happened on 6 January are being driven by hosts at Fox News, in particular Tucker Carlson, who held Ted Cruz’s feet to the fire last week.

HuffPost’s Christopher Mathias has charted how, in just a few days, the Texas senator went from calling the Capitol riot a “terrorist attack” to floating a conspiracy theory about it in the very building where it occurred.

Biden to meet with Democrats to discuss voting rights legislation

Wednesday 12 January 2022 16:39 , Andrew Naughtie

Reports are coming thick and fast that Joe Biden will be having lunch with Democratic senators tomorrow as they try to hammer out a path forward on voting rights legislation – specifically on whether and how to change the chamber’s rules to pass it without Republican votes.

West Virginia governor feeling “extremely unwell” with Covid-19

Wednesday 12 January 2022 16:20 , Andrew Naughtie

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, a Democrat-turned-Republican who has often spoken out in favour of vaccination, will be skipping his State of the State address after developing Covid-19 symptoms.

In a statement, the governor – who has been vaccinated and boosted – said he is “surprised” to have tested positive but is thankful for the shots he’s received, and that he is receiving monoclonal antibody treatment.

“For this to happen just one night before the State of the State – knowing I won’t be able to be there – saddens me … but, because of this pandemic, we all must adjust and realise that our lives aren’t the same as they were a few short years ago,” he said.

Read more here:

West Virginia governor ‘extremely unwell’ with Covid

Catch up: Trump’s implicit attack on Ron DeSantis

Wednesday 12 January 2022 16:01 , Andrew Naughtie

Donald Trump’s latest defence of Covid-19 vaccines – which he recently described as one of humanity’s all-time great achievements – saw him attacking Republicans who won’t say they’ve received their booster shots.

“I watched a couple of politicians be interviewed,” he said, “and one of the questions was, ‘Did you get the booster?’ Because they had the vaccine, and they’re answering like – in other words, the answer is ‘yes,’ but they don’t want to say it, because they’re gutless. You gotta say it, whether you had it or not, say it.”

Many have interpreted the ex-president’s words as an attack on Ron DeSantis, the Florida Governor who is widely seen as a likely successor to Mr Trump if he does not or cannot run in 2024. Mr DeSantis has repeatedly dodged questions about his vaccination status.

Read more here:

Trump attacks ‘gutless’ GOP politicians who dodge vaccine question

Independent Voices: Trump is a shadow of his former self

Wednesday 12 January 2022 15:38 , Andrew Naughtie

The Independent’s Holly Baxter writes that Donald Trump’s petulant, “toe-curling” performance on NPR this morning shows off not just the former president’s delusional beliefs, but also his desperation.

“Trump entered his presidency in 2016 with a sense of combative enjoyment,” she says. “Now, it seems, he’s lost his sense of joy in the fight. His voice is tired, demoralized, unsure. He’s pushing a conspiracy that reasonable Republican voters find distasteful. And he can’t stick out an interview on mainstream media for even 10 minutes. How the heck’s he going to survive another campaign?”

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Trump’s NPR interview proved he’s a shadow of his former self

The emperor’s new clothes

Wednesday 12 January 2022 15:13 , Andrew Naughtie

After years of arguments over whether or not journalists should bother confronting Donald Trump with facts when he makes brazenly false claims, the Washington Post’s Philip Bump writes that today’s confrontational NPR interview matters – whether or not Mr Trump’s thinking will have been shifted.

No one’s mind was changed by Inskeep’s interaction with Trump. But an honest actor should call him out on his falsehoods. It’s important to challenge a dishonest assertion that continues to power dangerous anger in the country. And, I would argue, it’s revealing that Trump’s attempts to parry Inskeep were so wan that he simply had to give up the fight.

I refuse to believe that it’s unimportant to tell the emperor that he’s not wearing clothes, even if it doesn’t prompt him to put on pants.

Read the full article here.

Romney says Biden “goes down the same tragic road” as Trump on elections

Wednesday 12 January 2022 14:50 , Andrew Naughtie

Speaking on the Senate floor after Joe Biden’s speech in Georgia, Mitt Romney – the most prominent Republican Trump critic in the Senate – criticised the president’s advocacy for changing the chamber’s rules to get voting rights legislation passed. He not only compared Mr Biden to Mr Trump, but also warned of what might happen if the 45th president were able to return to power with a Republican Congress at his disposal.

Opinion: Why Joe Biden’s voting rights speech in Georgia fell so badly short

Wednesday 12 January 2022 14:15 , Andrew Naughtie

As observers digest the voting rights speech Joe Biden delivered in Georgia yesterday, Michael Arceneaux writes for The Independent that the president left some “glaring omissions” in his address – auguring ill for the fight to get legislation through the Senate before Republicans take it back.

You should know why Biden’s speech in Georgia was such a colossal disappointment

Watch Trump’s NPR interview

Wednesday 12 January 2022 13:54 , Andrew Naughtie

NPR has released footage of the interview that saw Donald Trump hang up on its host.

State-level races to decide who runs elections draw record donations

Wednesday 12 January 2022 13:33 , Andrew Naughtie

One of the key elements of Trumpworld’s strategy to retake power is to install sympathetic figures in the state-level offices where elections are managed and scrutinised. Axios reports that as Democrats wake up to the prospect that key swing state elections could soon be overseen by out-and-out Trump supporters working under little oversight, record sums of money are pouring into elections that usually fly under the national radar.

The ‘radicalisation’ of the GOP continues – former Ted Cruz aide

Wednesday 12 January 2022 13:09 , Andrew Naughtie

One of the legacies of the Trump era is that the overwhelming majority of Republicans cannot risk breaking ranks on major right-wing narratives without provoking their own side into full-blown rage. This is what played out last week when Ted Cruz was forced to apologise on Fox News for using the word “terrorism” to describe the Capitol insurrection, even though he and many others on the right used it at the time.

According to his former aide Amanda Carpenter, now a vocal Trump critic, the senator’s interview with Tucker Carlson was an example of how Republican officials who used to stand on principle against violence and lawbreaking have been effectively “radicalised” by pressure from Mr Trump and his right-wing media outriders.

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Ted Cruz aide weighs in on Tucker Carlson appearance, says he’s been ‘radicalised’

Justice Department forms new domestic terrorism unit as concerns about extremism mount

Wednesday 12 January 2022 12:36 , Andrew Naughtie

In the aftermath of the Trump presidency and the Capitol riot, many have worried that the federal government has been essentially asleep at the wheel when it comes to combating homegrown far-right extremism – this as the president’s extravagant claims of widespread election fraud encourage his supporters to take action against elected officials of both parties.

Now, the Justice Department has opened a new unit to address rising threats on this front. The head of the department’s National Security Division yesterday told a Senate committee that the unit will tackle “individuals in the United States who seek to commit violent criminal acts in furtherance of domestic social or political goals”, including “those who are motivated by racial animus, as well as those who ascribe to extremist anti-government and anti-authority ideologies”.

Read more below.

Justice Department forms new domestic terrorism unit

GOP and Democratic senators argue over elections: ‘Mind if I borrow your chart?'

Wednesday 12 January 2022 11:55 , Andrew Naughtie

As Democrats push to change Senate rules in order to pass new voting rights legislation, Texas Republican John Cornyn took to the floor to claim that voting has not in fact been made harder.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer responded by “borrowing” Mr Cornyn’s chart and turning his own point back on him.

What Trump told NPR before hanging up

Wednesday 12 January 2022 11:25 , Andrew Naughtie

The transcript of the president’s full interview with NPR is now live, along with audio from the call. It shows the president not only insisting that the election was stolen but repeating his talking point that sparse attendance at Biden rallies (which were held under Covid-19 restrictions) makes it implausible that the now-president could have won more votes than any candidate in history.

Read more here:

Trump hangs up on interviewer when pressed about election ‘fraud’

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