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A new interview airing on NPR hears Donald Trump irritably ending his discussion with the broadcaster over questions about the Capitol insurrection and his fixation on non-existent election fraud in 2020.

Speaking to interviewer Steve Inskeep, Mr Trump disowned Republicans who have recognised his fraud claims as false, calling Mitch McConnell a “loser” for agreeing and decrying all those in his party who agree as “RINOs”. According to Mr Inskeep, the interview was meant to go on for 15 minutes but in the end only lasted nine because Mr Trump left the call.

The ex-president is facing further pressure from the select committee investigating the events of 6 January 2021, with the panel issuing subpoenas to a former White House speechwriter and aides to Donald Trump Jr. So far, many White House and Trump associates have refused to comply with the panel’s demands, but many others are thought to have given evidence in private and handed over relevant documents.

Meanwhile, the one-term president’s middle son, Eric Trump, lashed out at New York Attorney General Letitia James, who is leading a long-running probe into whether he or his company violated New York tax laws. Coming off the back of a lawsuit claiming Ms James’s efforts “are in no way connected to legitimate law enforcement goals, but rather, are merely a thinly-veiled effort to publicly malign Trump and his associates”, the president’s son claimed that her probe was unconstitutional.

The younger Trump made the incorrect statements during an appearance on Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News in which he claimed Ms James’s investigation into whether his family business violated New York tax laws is meant to keep his father from running for president in 2024 and amounts to “effectively handing” that election to President Joe Biden.

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Key Points

  • Mary Trump interview: From 2024 predictions to Donald’s psychological deterioration
  • Capitol riot committee subpoenas ex-Trump speechwriter and Donald Trump Jr advisers
  • GOP senators refuse to back Trump’s election lies
  • Poll finds wide majority fears political instability, collapse of American democracy
  • January 6 committee subpoenas Kevin McCarthy

January 6 committee subpoenas Kevin McCarthy

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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…

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

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

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.

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West Virginia governor ‘extremely unwell’ with Covid

Catch up: Trump’s implicit attack on Ron DeSantis

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.

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Trump attacks ‘gutless’ GOP politicians who dodge vaccine question

Independent Voices: Trump is a shadow of his former self

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

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

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

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.

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

Watch Trump’s NPR interview

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

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

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

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”.

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Justice Department forms new domestic terrorism unit

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

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

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.

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

What Trump told NPR before hanging up

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:

NPR trails acrimonious Trump interview

10:51 , Andrew Naughtie

As listeners to its Morning Edition await NPR’s first interview with Donald Trump since his first presidential campaign, interviewer Steve Inskeep offers a preview of what’s in store…

Trump calls Republicans who won’t back vaccines ‘gutless’

09:55 , Andrew Naughtie

Donald Trump has lately confused and embarrassed many right-wing Republicans with his enthusiastic promotion of Covid-19 vaccines, which have become unfashionable at best and loathed at worst among the party and its base. Now, in an interview with far-right outlet OAN, Mr Trump has fought back.

“I’ve had the booster,” he said. “Many politicians – I watched a couple of politicians be interviewed 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. But the fact is that I think the vaccines saved tens of millions throughout the world. I’ve had absolutely no side-effects.”

The New York Times’s Maggie Haberman speculates that Mr Trump may have had one particular Republican in mind…

Trump tries to use Abrams’ absence from Biden’s voting rights speech against president

09:24 , Andrew Naughtie

As Joe Biden gave one of the most forceful speeches of his presidency on the importance of passing voting rights legislation, his predecessor attacked him not on substantive grounds but on his supposed clash with other Democrats over the issue. In particular, he seized on the news that Stacey Abrams would not attend Mr Biden’s address in her own state.

“Stacey Abrams helped Biden steal the 2020 Election in Georgia,” Mr Trump falsely claimed, “but now she won’t even share a stage with Joe. Stacey knows that Biden actually lost BIG in Georgia, and in the 2020 Presidential Election as a whole, and he’s been so terrible she now wants nothing to do with him. Even the woke, radical left realizes that Joe Biden’s Administration is an embarrassment!”

Mr Trump may face legal charges for pressuring Georgia officials to “find” votes for him after it became clear he had lost the state to Mr Biden.

Ms Abrams and Mr Biden claim that she missed the speech because of a scheduling conflict. Many Democrats have criticized Mr Biden’s address as insufficient given the challenges presented by the Senate.

Fauci vs GOP Senator: ‘what a moron’

09:00 , Andrew Naughtie

Donald Trump isn’t the only major figure openly clashing with Republican senators. At a hearing yesterday, Dr Anthony Fauci not only clashed with his bitter nemesis Rand Paul but was also heard calling Kansas’s Roger Marshall a ‘moron’.

Mr Marshall used his time at the hearing to attack Dr Fauci and other witnesses, including by asking the government adviser whether he thought he should have to fill in a publicly available financial disclosure form. Dr Fauci pointed out his disclosures have been available for years, calling the senator “totally incorrect”.

Watch the exchange here:

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Fauci caught on hot mic calling senator ‘a moron’ after heated questioning

Jim Jordan ribbed over ‘truth’ by 6 January panel member Jamie Raskin

08:24 , Andrew Naughtie

Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan, a key ally Trump ally on Capitol Hill, is refusing a call to testify to the 6 January select committee and explain what he knew in advance of the day of the insurrection and what communications he had with Mr Trump and the White House while the riot was underway.

In an interview, committee member Jamie Raskin reminded viewers of the aggressive way Mr Jordan conducted himself during the investigation into what Hillary Clinton knew about the Benghazi attack. Quoting Mr Jordan’s own demand that “the truth must come out”, Mr Raskin made clear what he thought of his colleague’s stonewalling.

“Jim Jordan, more than anybody else, knows what a dogged, aggressive investigation is about,” the Maryland Democrat said. “Even when he’s on a wild goose chase, he demands all the information he wants, and we’re not on that. We are on the central investigative mission certainly of this decade, if not this century, to get to the bottom of this terrible political crime that was incited and to a substantial extent organized by Donald Trump.”

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Democrat uses Jim Jordan’s own words against him over 6 January interview refusal

Ex-NYC police commissioner Kerik to sit for interview with Jan 6 committee

07:04 , Shweta Sharma

Bernard Kerik, the former New York City police commissioner, has agreed to voluntarily sit for an interview with the House select committee investigating the 6 January riots, his attorney said.

Kerik was subpoenaed by the committee in November for his involvement with former president Donald Trump in its efforts to retain control of the White House.

Kerik’s attorney, Timothy Parlatore, told the Hill that they had planned to appear but walked out of Thursday’s slated deposition with the committee, citing opposition to Republicans role within the panel’s structure.

But he said they made the decision after the committee agreed to allow the former New York police commissioner to appear outside of a formal deposition.

“I believe that they lack the authority to conduct depositions. However, Mr Kerik does want to meet with them and to provide them with information and so therefore, we will do it by voluntary interview,” Parlatore said.

Don Jr roasted after he called Eric Swalwell a ‘moron’

06:33 , Shweta Sharma

Donald Trump Jr was brutally roasted in an online feud after he attacked Democrat Representative Eric Swalwell, a key member of the House Intelligence Committee who pushed to investigate the Trump family.

The Twitter feud kicked off after Trump Jr called Mr Swalwell, California Representative and a lawyer, a “moron”

“You think China targeted Swalwell because he’s so “effective” or because they thought he was a moron?” former president’s son said.

Swalwell was, however, quick to respond to the sneer directed at him and responded by taking a jibe at Trump Jr’s history of being manipulated by foreign nationals.

“Why did Russia target you? Probably not for coke. If it’s what you say, I love it, especially later in the summer,” Swalwell said.

Trump Jr targeted Swalwell referring to the incident when the Democrat was approached by an alleged Chinese spy Christine Fang and attempted to reportedly get romantically involved with him. It was only after the FBI informed him of the woman’s affiliations that Swalwell cut off ties with her to prevent a potential national security breach.

Biden calls capitol riot an ‘attempted coup’ for first time

05:55 , Shweta Sharma

US president Joe Biden on Tuesday dubbed the 6 January Capitol riot a “coup” attempt for the first time in a year, as he sharpened his attack on the former president Donald Trump.

“We’re here today to stand against the forces in America that value power over principle — forces that attempted a coup, a coup against the legally expressed will of the American people by sowing doubt, inventing charges of fraud and seeking to steal the 2020 election from the people,” Mr Biden.

His remarks came during a speech pushing for the passage of voting rights legislation in a shared Atlanta venue for historically black colleges.

The president added: “They want chaos to reign. We want the people to rule. The battle for the soul of America is not over. We must stand strong and stand together to make sure Jan. 6 marks not the end of democracy, but the beginning of a renaissance of our democracy.”

It was the first time Mr Biden referred to it as a “coup” after previously calling it an “armed insurrection”.

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Donald Trump says GOP Rep Elise Stefanik could be president in 2028

05:36 , Shweta Sharma

Addressing a fundraiser event at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, former president Donald Trump praised representative Elise Stefanik and said she could be president in about six years.

“I want to congratulate Elise on her success. Man is she moving fast. That means at this rate she’ll be president in about six years,” Mr Trump said about the US representative for New York’s 21st congressional district.

“She’s always been a friend and people would say she’s upwardly mobile. She goes to Washington as a young beautiful woman who took over and all of a sudden she becomes a rocket ship, she’s the boss. She’s been a great boss, a strong boss,” he added.

The fundraiser with 200 attendees raised $3.2 million.

Trump’s Arizona rally features long list of election deniers

03:58 , Graeme Massie

ICYMI: The one-term president’s Arizona rally on Saturday will feature a long list of election deniers, including Kari Lake, who Mr Trump has endorsed for governor and who says she would not have certified Joe Biden’s victory if she had been in office.

Also taking part are Arizona Representatives, Paul Gosar, Andy Biggs and Debbie Lesko, who who all objected to the certification of Mr Biden’s victory on January 6.

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, who says he has spent $25m trying to overturn Mr Trump’s defeat is also expected to attend.

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

03:02 , Graeme Massie

ICYMI: Trump Organization Executive Vice President Eric Trump lashed out at New York Attorney General Letitia James’s probe into his family’s eponymous business, claiming that it is unconstitutional for her office to file lawsuits against his father, twice-impeached former President Donald Trump.

Andrew Feinberg has more.

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

Trump asks court to prohibit New York Attorney General from investigating him

02:01 , Graeme Massie

ICYMI: Lawyers for former president Donald Trump and his eponymous real estate company have asked a federal judge to bar New York State Attorney General Letitia James’ office from investigating them or order her to recuse herself from any investigation into the Trump Organization.

Andrew Feinberg has the story.

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Trump asks court to prohibit New York Attorney General from investigating him

Georgia DA to announce in coming months whether Trump will face charges

Tuesday 11 January 2022 23:28 , Graeme Massie

A Georgia district attorney has claimed that a decision will soon be made over whether to bring charges against former President Donald Trump for his alleged pressuring of state officials to overturn the result of the 2020 Presidential election.

Tom Fenton has the story.

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Georgia DA to announce in coming months whether Trump will face charges

Trump hangs up during NPR interview, reporter says

Tuesday 11 January 2022 23:15 , Graeme Massie

Donald Trump could not get through his latest interview, with NPR journalist Steve Inskeep.

“For about six years I’ve been asking Donald Trump for an interview. It never happened until the former president came on the line today. Tomorrow on Morning Edition we’ll hear what he said, up to the moment that he hung up on me,” tweeted Inskeep on Tuesday.

Mary Trump’s lawyers defend fraud lawsuit against Donald Trump and aunt at court hearing

Tuesday 11 January 2022 22:51 , Graeme Massie

A New York state judge appeared sceptical of arguments made by lawyers for Donald Trump and his sister Maryanne Trump Barry in a bid to dismiss their niece Mary Trump’s lawsuit seeking damages and compensation for allegedly defrauding her out of millions of dollars in real estate interests from her late grandfather’s estate.

Andrew Feinberg has the story.

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Mary Trump’s lawyers defend fraud lawsuit against Donald Trump and aunt at hearing

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

Tuesday 11 January 2022 22:21 , Graeme Massie

The House select committee investigating the 6 January insurrection has issued subpoenas for documents and testimony from two associates of Donald Trump Jr and a former White House speechwriter who reportedly helped draft former president Donald Trump’s speech on the day of the worst attack on the Capitol since 1814.

Andrew Feinberg has the story.

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

Biden takes shot at Trump over voting rights

Tuesday 11 January 2022 21:49 , Graeme Massie

Joe Biden and vice president Kamala Harris gave a voting rights speech in Atlanta, Georgia, and slammed Republicans for blocking legislation to secure democracy.

“The goal of the former president and his allies is to disenfranchise anyone who votes against them. That is the kind of power you see in a totalitarian state – not in a democracy. Today, we call on Congress to act to defend your right to vote – and our democracy,” said Mr Biden on twitter.

Trump attorneys cite immunity, want Jan. 6 lawsuits tossed

Tuesday 11 January 2022 19:28 , Graeme Massie

Attorneys for former President Donald Trump and his associates argued Monday that incendiary statements by Trump and others last Jan. 6 prior to the Capitol riot were protected speech and in line with their official duties.

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Trump attorneys cite immunity, want Jan. 6 lawsuits tossed

NC voters try to get Madison Cawthorn banned from re-election run

Tuesday 11 January 2022 19:09 , Graeme Massie

The group filed the legal challenge on Monday and cited the pro-Trump congressman’s participation in the rally prior to the deadly January 6 Capitol riot.

If successful, the challenge filed to the North Carolina State Board of Elections, would bar him from seeking a second term in office.

The group argues that Mr Cawthorn violated the constitution’s 14th Amendment, which states that no person, “who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress … shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion.”

The challenge also states that Mr Cawthorn or his staff were “in close contact with rally organizers.”

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Rounds dismisses Trump criticism for saying he lost election

Tuesday 11 January 2022 18:28 , Graeme Massie

US Senator Mike Rounds of South Dakota has said he stands by his statement that former President Donald Trump lost the 2020 election, after Trump called his fellow Republican a “jerk” for his comments.

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Rounds dismisses Trump criticism for saying he lost election

Eric Trump falsely claims NY AG lawsuit violates constitution

Tuesday 11 January 2022 18:12 , Graeme Massie

Donald Trump’s son told Fox News that Letitia James was the “most unethical prosecutor in the history of the United States” while saying the NY AG’s probe into his father’s company was unconstitutional.