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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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  • January 6 committee subpoenas Kevin McCarthy

Trump divides conservatives with ‘gutless’ jab on boosters as Ann Coulter lashes out

01:00 , Justin Vallejo

Donald Trump has called politicians who refuse to say whether they’ve had a Covid-19 booster shot “gutless” – and he appeared to be referring to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who has dodged questions on if he has taken up the latest coronavirus shot.

Speaking on conservative One America News Network, the former president said “You gotta say it. Whether you had it or not, say it.”

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter lashed out at Mr Trump in defence of Mr DeSantis on Twitter.

“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,” she wrote on Twitter.

Jade Bremner has the story.

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Trump divides conservatives with ‘gutless’ jab on boosters as Ann Coulter lashes out

Kevin McCarthy hits out at CNN in testy exchange over his refusal to testify in January 6 probe

00:47 , Justin Vallejo

Kevin McCarthy mocked CNN after one of the network’s reporters asked if the House Minority Leader was covering up his role in the US Capitol riot.

CNN”s chief congressional correspondent Manu Raju asked Mr McCarthy why the public shouldn’t conclude he was trying to “hide something” and prevent the “facts from coming out”.

Mr McCarthy, who has rejected a January 6 select committee’s request for information, fired back it was a “great question”, but before answering added in a knock on Mr Raju’s network

“I hope that everything gets corrected at CNN, work through all that with the, your employees,” Mr McCarthy said.

CNN is facing several scandals with its news staff beyond the sexual assault allegations against Don Lemon, which he denies, and the high-profile firing of primetime anchor Chris Cuomo for helping his brother, former Governor Andrew Cuomo, defend against sexual harassment allegations of his own.

The network also fired John Griffin, a veteran producer who had previously worked with Cuomo, after a federal grand jury in Vermont indicted him for allegedly attempting to “induce minors to engage in unlawful sexual activity,” according to the Justice Department.

Rick Saleeby, a top producer for Jake Tapper, resigned after he was arrested as part of an investigation into “serious allegations involving potential juvenile victims”.

Trump ally Jeanine Pirro given permanent hosting gig on daily Fox News programme

00:00 , Justin Vallejo

Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro has been named as a new host on the right-wing network’s panel talk show The Five.

The promotion from her weekly Saturday night show Justice with Jeanine comes after she was named as a co-defendant in a $2.7bn defamation lawsuit filed by voting software company Smartmatic.

The lawsuit names Ms Pirro, along with Fox News, host Maria Bartiromo, Rudy Giuliani and attorney Sidney Powell as falsely accusing Smartmatic of rigging the 2020 presidential election against Donald Trump.

The Independent’s Bevan Hurley has the story.

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Trump ally Jeanine Pirro given permanent hosting gig on daily Fox News programme

BREAKING: Accused Capitol rioter Baked Alaska jailed for 30 days for macing Arizona bouncer

Thursday 13 January 2022 23:19 , Justin Vallejo

Right-wing internet personality Baked Alaska, who is facing separate charges for allegedly joining in on the 6 January storming of the US Capitol, was sentenced to 30 days jail time on Thursday for pepper-spraying a bouncer at a Scottsdale, Arizona, nightclub.

The Independent’s Josh Marcus is following the breaking news.

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Accused Capitol rioter Baked Alaska jailed for 30 days for macing Arizona bouncer

BREAKING: Accused Capitol rioter Baked Alaska jailed for 30 days for macing Arizona bouncer

Thursday 13 January 2022 23:19 , Justin Vallejo

Right-wing internet personality Baked Alaska, who is facing separate charges for allegedly joining in on the 6 January storming of the US Capitol, was sentenced to 30 days jail time on Thursday for pepper-spraying a bouncer at a Scottsdale, Arizona, nightclub.

The Independent’s Josh Marcus is following the breaking news.

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Accused Capitol rioter Baked Alaska jailed for 30 days for macing Arizona bouncer

Liz Cheney accuses McCarthy of ‘clearly trying to cover up what happened’ on January 6

Thursday 13 January 2022 20:55 , Justin Vallejo

Liz Cheney accused House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of trying to cover up what happened during the insurrection at the Capitol on 6 January of last year.

Ms Cheney, who serves as the vice chairwoman of the select committee investigating the riot, made the remarks to CNN after Mr McCarthy rebuffed a request by the committee to provide information.

“I wish that he were a brave and honorable man,” Ms Cheney told CNN. “He’s clearly trying to cover up what happened. He has an obligation to come forward and we’ll get to the truth.”

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Liz Cheney accuses McCarthy of

Kyrsten Sinema to speak in Senate

Thursday 13 January 2022 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.

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

Thursday 13 January 2022 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.”

House of Representatives passes new voting rights bill

Thursday 13 January 2022 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.

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House Democrats pass latest voting rights bill heading for Senate showdown

Ilhan Omar goes after McCarthy – with his own words

Thursday 13 January 2022 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

Thursday 13 January 2022 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”

Thursday 13 January 2022 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

Thursday 13 January 2022 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

Thursday 13 January 2022 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

Thursday 13 January 2022 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

Thursday 13 January 2022 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

Thursday 13 January 2022 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

Thursday 13 January 2022 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

Thursday 13 January 2022 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

Thursday 13 January 2022 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

Thursday 13 January 2022 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

Thursday 13 January 2022 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”.

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:

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Video resurfaces of Rand Paul admitting ‘misinformation works’

Large QAnon presence expected at Donald Trump’s Arizona rally

Thursday 13 January 2022 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:

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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

Thursday 13 January 2022 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:

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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

Thursday 13 January 2022 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:

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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

Thursday 13 January 2022 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:

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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

Thursday 13 January 2022 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:

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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

Thursday 13 January 2022 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:

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

Human Rights Watch criticises Biden for weak defence of democracy

Thursday 13 January 2022 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

Thursday 13 January 2022 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.