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Donald Trump’s son Donald Jr has voluntarily testified to the select committee investigating the 6 January attack on the US Capitol. In a session conducted without a subpoena, the president’s oldest child reportedly answered questions without pleading the Fifth Amendment as several other close Trump associates have.

The younger Trump is the third member of his family known to have testified to the commitee, after his sister Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner. The committee is still considering whether and how to request testimony from the former president himself as it tries to piece together his movements and communications on the day of the riot.

Meanwhile, newly released audio from the days after the insurrection shows House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy calling for a “smooth transition” between presidents and saying the time had come for him and Mr Trump to “reach out to Biden” – though he accepts that Mr Trump is unlikely ever to sit down with the man who defeated him.

Key points

  • Donald Trump Jr testifies to Jan 6 committee

  • JD Vance wins GOP Senate primary in Ohio

  • US Capitol riots panel to hold public hearings in June, says chairman

Kinzinger calls for Cawthorn’s defeat

10:27 , Andrew Naughtie

Another unedifying video of Madison Cawthorn adds another stain to his tarnished image, anti-Trump Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger has called on voters to turf out the extreme North Carolina representative in November.

Mr Cawthorn has shared a video message in which he rants against the supposed smear campaign against him. The latest video, which is on the explicit side, comes after one in which his cousin and scheduler apparently grabs his crotch.

Catch up; New McCarthy audio on Trump’s “atrocious” actions

09:48 , Andrew Naughtie

Kevin McCarthy’s political standing has so far suffered little from the audio detailing his anger at Donald Trump after the Capitol riot, but further recordings from the aftermath of the attack are still emerging.

Here’s a new excerpt that was aired on CNN last night. On the recording, which dates from two days after the riot, Mr McCarthy says he wants to “reach out to Biden” to help “make a smooth transition” between the two presidents.

Ohio primary proves the Trump Bump lives on

08:00 , John Bowden

The number one lesson from Tuesday’s GOP primary for Ohio’s open Senate seat? Donald Trump still rules over the Republican Party.

His elevation of JD Vance’s campaign from fourth place to first place over the course of just over a month is an incredible case study into his dominance over the party that appears poised to support him again in 2024, if he runs.

Read more in The Independent:

The Trump bump lives on: Lessons from Ohio’s GOP primary

Oath Keepers member pleads guilty to seditious conspiracy

07:25 , John Bowden

A member of the far-right Oath Keepers militia on Wednesday became the third person to plead guilty to seditious conspiracy in relation to the January 6 attack.

William Todd Wilson plead guilty to a charge of plotting to use force to halt the peaceful transfer of power to the Biden administration in a DC court. He also revealed that the group’s founder attempted to contact Donald Trump through a mediary ahead of the attack itself.

Read more at CBS News:

ICYMI: DHS inspector general says Trump appointee covered up report that made Trump ‘look bad’

06:25 , John Bowden

The former acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, intervened to alter a report’s final wording as well as delay its release because of concerns it made Donald Trump “look bad”, the agency’s Inspector General said on Wednesday.

The report itself detailed foreign interference in the 2016 election, including in particular the efforts on behalf of Russia’s government.

Read more from The Independent’s Andrew Feinberg:

Trump’s DHS boss intervened to downplay Russia threat in intel report, watchdog says

‘The Five’ turns ugly over abortion ruling

05:25 , John Bowden

Fox News’s The Five turned ugly fast on Wednesday as the co-hosts discussed a draft ruling from the Supreme Court leaked to and published by Politico over the weekend.

The network’s longtime correspondent Geraldo Rivera warned that such a move would just drive abortions underground to illegal facilities, increasing the danger for women.

After a back-and-forth with co-host Greg Gutfeld, he lashed out at the “insulting punk”.

Watch below:

Trump ally Madison Cawthorn criticises fellow Republicans again

04:25 , John Bowden

Congressman Madison Cawthorn is once again attacking the reputations of broad swaths of lawmakers on Capitol Hill, including his fellow Republicans.

In a new video apparently shot by Mr Cawthorn’s team and shared online by a Democratic-leaning political firm on Wednesday, the embattled North Carolina Republican says that “most” of his older colleagues would have been disqualified for office if the technology to rapidly take pictures and share them via cell phones was around when they were younger. Mr Cawthorn is the youngest member of the House or Senate.

Trump attacks Biden administration over DHS board on disinfo

03:20 , John Bowden

Donald Trump is weighing in on the growing right-wing backlash against the Department of Homeland Security’s effort to fight disinformation including Russian efforts to interfere in American election systems.

In an interview with CBN, he smeared the agency’s efforts as a Soviet-esque effort to control speech.

“Now they’re saying, ‘Oh, no, it’s just a recommendation.’ That’s where it all began. I guess that’s what they used to say in Russia. That’s what they said in the Soviet Union, right? We’re just going to do a little bit — no, we can’t do that, we can’t do that. That’s a horrible thing,” he said.

Read more at CBN:

GOP leader McCarthy supportive of removing Trump quickly in audio

02:25 , John Bowden

More leaked audio of GOP House leader Kevin McCarthy has been published, today by CNN, and it’s clear that Mr McCarthy was privately completely supportive of removing Donald Trump from office in the hours just after January 6.

The GOP majority leader is heard telling a colleague in the new audio that usage of the 25th Amendment to remove Mr Trump from office was not preferable — but only because it would take “too long”.

Listen to the audio, from CNN:

Louisiana GOP pushes forward with anti-abortion agenda

01:25 , John Bowden

Louisiana Republicans on Wednesday debated a bill that would make abortion a crime of murder in the state.

The shocking legislation, which would have been unthinkable just years ago, is now on the table thanks to a draft opinion from the Supreme Court overturning both Roe V Wade and Planned Parenthood V Casey, two landmark abortion rights cases, leaked to Politico and published by the news outlet over the weekend.

Biden rips GOP’s ‘ultra-MAGA’ agenda

Thursday 5 May 2022 00:25 , John Bowden

Joe Biden swiped at the Republican Party and Donald Trump for what he dubbed their “ultra-MAGA agenda” during remarks about the economy on Wednesday, where he celebrated federal deficit reductions that occurred under the first year of his presidency.

His remarks referred largely to a wide-ranging proposal released by Sen Rick Scott that would, among other things, require all federal programs including Medicare and Social Security to be reauthorised by the Senate every few years.

Mo Brooks uses footage of himself in aftermath of mass shooting in campaign ad endorsed by NRA

Wednesday 4 May 2022 23:12 , John Bowden

Mo Brooks, the Alabama Senate candidate who recently lost Donald Trump’s endorsement, is out with a new ad hitting the media for its reaction to the targeting of Republican lawmakers by a gunman at a congressional baseball practice.

The ad uses footage of Mr Brooks taken moments after the shooting, and slams reporters for asking in the immediate aftermath whether the congressman still opposes gun control legislation.

Read more from The Independent’s Bevan Hurley:

Mo Brooks uses footage from aftermath of mass shooting in campaign ad endorsed by NRA

Jan 6 defendant arrested

Wednesday 4 May 2022 22:25 , John Bowden

The Department of Justice’s effort to prosecute the hundreds of Americans who stormed the Capitol and battled with law enforcement on January 6.

On Wednesday, authorities arrested 20-year-old Justin Michael Smith and charged him with crimes related to illegal entry of the Capitol during the riot. The Brunswick, Ohio native was reportedly identified via an FBI informant who showed officials Facebook photos in which Mr Smith was wearing the same clothes he wore during his attendance at the riot.

NBC News correspondent Ryan J Reilly has more:

Donald Trump Jr testifies to Jan 6 committee

Wednesday 4 May 2022 21:34 , John Bowden

Donald Trump Jr testified remotely before lawmakers on the Jan 6 committee on Tuesday, according to Politico and CNN.

The president’s eldest son and longtime campaign surrogate did not plead the Fifth and instead answered questions from members of the panel, according to CNN.

The cable news channel’s source described the meeting as lasting a little more than three hours and having a “cordial” tone.

Kayleigh McEnany keeping her children away from Disney after “Don’t Say Gay” furore

Wednesday 4 May 2022 19:35 , Andrew Naughtie

Former Trump spokeswoman turned Fox News talking head Kayleigh McEnany has shared a video in which she explains that though her daughter loves all things Disney, she cannot “in good faith” do that, “at least not in the near future”, because of the company’s opposition to Florida’s notorious “Don’t Say Gay” legislation.

The conservative backlash directed at Disney has manifested itself in proposed legislation dissolving the company’s longtime governing agreement in several counties, a move that some say could sharply raise taxes on residents.

Kellyanne Conway complains about people lying on TV

Wednesday 4 May 2022 19:00 , Andrew Naughtie

Kellyanne Conway, whose repeated propagation of falsehoods (or “alternative facts”) via the airwaves made her a figure of both mockery and contempt during the Trump administration, last night joined Fox News’s Laura Ingraham to vent her disgust at people who are never held “accountable” for what they say on TV.

Watch: Marjorie Taylor Greene confronted over “craziness”

Wednesday 4 May 2022 18:25 , Andrew Naughtie

Extreme Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, who was recently obliged to testify in a lawsuit accusing her of violating an anti-insurrection clause in the 14th Amendment, has been confronted on camera by a constituent and veteran who accused her of “disrespecting the United States Congress” and described himself as “saddened that the 14th district has gone to such craziness”.

Watch the footage below.

Ohio Republican delivers campaign message in rap

Wednesday 4 May 2022 17:45 , Andrew Naughtie

Some more mainstream Republicans were dismayed by last night’s primary in Ohio’s 9th congressional district, whose incumbent Democrat Marcy Kaptur will be now challenged by JR Majewski – a 6 January riot attendee who rose to fame by painting a Trump mural on his lawn and giving an interview about it wearing a QAnon t-shirt.

Here he is “rapping” in a “Let’s Go Brandon”-themed music video – of sorts.

Biden tears into “truly outrageous” GOP agenda

Wednesday 4 May 2022 17:00 , Andrew Naughtie

The Republican Party has not been enthusiastic about putting forward a concrete policy platform for this year’s midterm elections, leaving it up to Senate campaign chair Rick Scott to launch a plan of his own – one that’s been ridiculed for suggesting raising income taxes for 50 per cent of adult Americans.

Now, Joe Biden has delivered a speech not only touting his party’s own plans but laying into Mr Scott’s self-proclaimed “ultra-MAGA” agenda.

“Let me tell you about this ‘ultra Maga agenda’ — it’s extreme, as most Maga things are,” he said. “it will actually raise taxes on 75 million American families, over 95 per cent of whom make less than $100,000 a year.

“The working class folks are gonna pay a hell of a lot more — and it goes further than that,” Mr Biden continued. “It’s hard to make this up — meanwhile, millionaires and billionaires and corporations skate by … I think it is truly outrageous,” he said.

Read more below from Andrew Feinberg.

‘Truly outrageous’: Biden attacks GOP plan to sunset Social Security and raise taxes

Oath Keeper pleads guilty to Jan 6 sedition charges

Wednesday 4 May 2022 16:25 , Andrew Naughtie

A member of the self-styled milita the Oath Keepers, William Todd Wilson, will appear in court today to plead guilty to offences related to the 6 January attack on the US Capitol.

Specifically, he faced charges of seditious conspiracy and obstruction of an official proceeding. Other members of the group, including its founder, Stewart Rhodes, are being held on similar counts., which are among the most serious facing any accused 6 January rioters.

ICYMI: What’s going on on Truth Social

Wednesday 4 May 2022 15:45 , Andrew Naughtie

Donald Trump has lately started posting on his troubled social media platform Truth Social, which suffered a disastrous launch earlier this year and saw downloads and user engagement crash to dizzying lows as many conservatives declined to migrate across from other places – while many of those who did languished on a glitch-ridden waiting list.

The ex-president’s return to the platform seems to have been spurred by Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter, to which Mr Trump says he will not return even if his account is reinstated. Alex Woodward has taken a look inside the Truth Social ecosystem, where the president for now (mostly) remains.

What you’ll find on Truth Social, Trump’s social media platform for ‘free expression’

Outgoing GOP Senator praises Vance after complaining about polarisation

Wednesday 4 May 2022 15:15 , Andrew Naughtie

Rob Portman, the Ohio Republican whose retirement has paved the way for this year’s open-seat race, has offered up his endorsement of JD Vance after his victory in last night’s primary – but as the Bulwark’s Amanda Carpenter points out, his embrace of the Trump critic-turned-acolyte sits uneasily alongside his given reasons for standing down…

Trump promotes debunked 2020 election fraud “documentary”

Wednesday 4 May 2022 14:45 , Andrew Naughtie

Donald Trump’s fixation on the 2020 election is not abating, and even as he faces legal action over claims that he improperly pressured Georgia officials to overturn the result in their state, he is now promoting a film helmed by right-wing agitator Dinesh D’Souza that claims at least 2,000 “mules” were paid to illegally collect ballots and deliver them to drop boxes in key swing states ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

However, the film is in fact riddled with falsehoods and largely restates claims that have already been debunked elsewhere over the last 18 months. Here’s a fact check:

FACT FOCUS: Gaping holes in the claim of 2K ballot ‘mules’

Watch: GOP governor urges party to abandon Trump

Wednesday 4 May 2022 14:10 , Andrew Naughtie

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, a Republican elected in a reliably blue state, is one of his party’s few nationally known elected Trump critics – and despite every indication that Mr Trump still effectively controls the GOP, he is still imploring his comrades to shake off the former president’s influence.

Mr Hogan, who has acknowledged that a 2024 presidential run is not out of the question for him, gave an interview to CBS News in which he insisted that Mr Trump should not run for a second term, and that the party should not nominate him if he does.

Read more from Alisha Rahaman Sarkar:

GOP governor calls on fellow Republicans to ‘move on’ from Trump

ICYMI: Trump settles inauguration lawsuit

Wednesday 4 May 2022 13:39 , Andrew Naughtie

After years of back-and-forth, Donald Trump has finally agreed to settle a lawsuit over the use of his hotel for the 2017 inauguration – more specifically, allegations that it deliberately overcharged the inauguration committee for the use of its facilities.

The settlement sees Mr Trump agree to pay $750,000 to Washington authorities while admitting no guilt or culpability.

Read more:

Trump agrees to pay $750k to settle DC hotel lawsuit

What JD Vance said about Trump

Wednesday 4 May 2022 12:59 , Andrew Naughtie

The story of Ohio primary victor JD Vance’s conversion from Trump critic to Trump endorsee is being told in great detail across the internet today, but perhaps the best way to gauge how big the transformation is is to read the now-candidate’s own words from 2016.

Writing in The Atlantic, which he has lately been denigrating, Mr Vance explained Mr Trump’s rise with a riff on his thesis that white working-class “Scots-Irish” Americans were to blame for their own drug addictions:

Folks back home speak of heroin like an apocalyptic invader, something that assailed the town mysteriously and without warning. Yet the truth is that heroin crept slowly into Middletown’s families and communities—not by invasion but by invitation…

During this election season, it appears that many Americans have reached for a new pain reliever. It too, promises a quick escape from life’s cares, an easy solution to the mounting social problems of U.S. communities and culture. It demands nothing and requires little more than a modest presence and maybe a few enablers. It enters minds, not through lungs or veins, but through eyes and ears, and its name is Donald Trump.

JD Vance and Donald Trump at a rally just before the Ohio Senate primary (Getty Images)

Trump blasts out another Letitia James rant

Wednesday 4 May 2022 12:30 , Andrew Naughtie

The Trump legal team yesterday failed to convince a New York judge to halt a $10,000 daily fine imposed while the ex-president’s business fails to comply with a subpoena from the state’s attorney general, Letitia James.

As usual when he is confronted with such setbacks, Donald Trump responded to the news with a livid statement decrying Ms James as a “racist” and accusing her of “harassment”.

Mike Huckabee hawks “Kids Guide to President Trump”

Wednesday 4 May 2022 12:01 , Andrew Naughtie

Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor who twice ran for president, appeared in an ad on Fox News last night to promote a new book meant to give children an upbeat primer on Donald Trump and his presidency.

“Schools and the media don’t want you to hear anything positive,” he said in the spot, “And that’s why my team created The Kids Guide to President Trump. It’ll teach your kids all about President Trump’s accomplishments and his vision for America. And I want you to have it for free.”

The ad has been widely derided for its cult-like feel.

The Kids Guide is the latest contribution to a bibliography of pro-Trump literature that also includes a $20 coloring book – one that comprises a mere 16 single-sided pages.

Trump campaign sends text to sell voters his colouring book as US coronavirus deaths pass 90,000

Other Ohio candidates back Vance

Wednesday 4 May 2022 11:30 , Andrew Naughtie

JD Vance rocketed to the top of the Ohio Senate primary field after Donald Trump backed him, much to the chagrin of less extreme candidates – but two of the other Republicans in the field, Jane Timken and Matt Dolan, have already thrown their weight behind him.

Flashback: Hillbilly Elegy’s disastrous big-screen adaptation

Wednesday 4 May 2022 11:00 , Andrew Naughtie

JD Vance’s memoir of Appalachian misery, Hillbilly Elegy, was hailed on both sides of the mainstream political spectrum when it was published in 2016, and its stock surged after Donald Trump’s win as people sought to explain why white working-class voters had deserted the Democrats in many parts of the country.

But as the Trump years wore on and onetime critics like Mr Vance started to embrace the president they once claimed to loathe, many lost patience with the book’s thesis of self-induced decline. And by the time the movie adaptation of the book dropped in 2020, the appeal had gone – something that Clarisse Loughrey’s review for The Independent conveyed in the bluntest terms.

Vance’s writing is raw, vulnerable, and intrinsically empathetic. But his politics are deceptive – using “we” as a way to speak on behalf of all Appalachians, he declares that his people’s poverty is largely self-determined. If only the young men of his community didn’t shrug off hard work. If only the women didn’t waste their money and neglect their children. He spares no thought to mass unemployment, the collapse of government support, or the lack of healthcare. “These problems were not created by governments or corporations or anyone else,” he writes. “We created them, only we can fix them.” There is only dead land here, without hope of rescue….[Director Ron] Howard’s adaptation has done nothing to combat the central ethos that made Vance’s work so damaging – the idea that the solution to poverty is for everyone to pull themselves up by their bootstraps and get to work. His film pivots on the half-hearted notion that “where we come from is who we are, but we choose every day who we become”, and that what separates Vance’s fate from his mother’s is purely down to personal choice. That’s a narrative that belongs to a writer who refuses to admit his larger place in the world – and a filmmaker who thinks that a positive outlook alone can fix the world.

Read her full one-star review below.

Hillbilly Elegy is a sickeningly irresponsible parade of death and despair – review

“What a joke”: Tim Ryan ready for his Ohio rival

Wednesday 4 May 2022 10:31 , Andrew Naughtie

Democratic Senate nominee Tim Ryan had already prepared his anti-Vance attack ad, foregrounding the Republican candidate’s increasingly bilious rhetoric about the state of America.

Watch his opening volley below:

Poll finds over half of Americans want Trump to face criminal charges over Jan 6

Wednesday 4 May 2022 10:00 , Stuti Mishra

A little over half of Americans believe that former president Donald Trump should face criminal charges for encouraging the 6 January Capitol riot, according to a new poll.

A Washington Post-ABC News poll found that 52 per cent of Americans, a narrow majority, want to see the twice-impeached president criminally charged, while just 42 per cent say that he should not be charged with a crime.

Abe Asher has more details on the poll here:

Majority of Americans say Trump should face criminal charges over Jan 6, poll finds

Kinzinger unsurprised Trump ‘wanted protesters shot in the legs’

Wednesday 4 May 2022 09:15 , Stuti Mishra

ICYMI: A new book by Donald Trump’s former secretary of defense Mark Esper confirms earlier reports that in 2020, the president was so incensed by Black Lives Matter protesters outside the White House that he suggested calling in the military to shoot them, if only in the legs.

The ex-president’s critics are not surprised.

Nathan Place has more.

Trump wanted troops to ‘just shoot’ BLM protesters, new book says

How Trump passed the test as kingmaker in Ohio

Wednesday 4 May 2022 08:30 , Stuti Mishra

The primary elections in Ohio and Indiana on Tuesday stood as the first real test of former president Donald Trump’s status as the Republican Party kingmaker — and he passed.

Here are the key takeaways from the races:

Primary takeaways: Trump passes test as kingmaker in Ohio

Right-wingers crediting Trump for the end of Roe

Wednesday 4 May 2022 07:45 , Stuti Mishra

ICYMI: The draft Supreme Court opinion leaked last night is not necessarily the final version of the court’s decision, and nor has the vote on that decision been made clear – but many right-wing Republicans are already taking it for granted that Roe v Wade is dead, and that Donald Trump deserves the credit for appointing the jusitices who’ve buried it.

Read more below from Bevan Hurley.

Madison Cawthorn and right-wing Republicans hail Trump for Roe v Wade move

Oath Keepers member pleads guilty to seditious conspiracy

Thursday 5 May 2022 00:48 , John Bowden

A member of the Oath Keepers became the third person to plead guilty to a charge of seditious conspiracy related to the January 6 attack on Wednesday.

William Todd Wilson plead guilty in court to plotting to use force to halt the peaceful transfer of power to the Biden administration.

CBS News has the full story:

Report: Capitol Police officer accidentally discharged gun in House office building

Wednesday 4 May 2022 07:00 , Stuti Mishra

ICYMI: It has emerged that a member of the US Capitol Police accidentally “discharged a weapon” in a breakroom at the Cannon House Office Building, which sits across the street from the US Capitol.

In a statement, Capitol Police spokesman Tim Barber said: “The Capitol Police’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) is investigating the discharge of a USCP weapon inside a breakroom in the Cannon Office Building. The officer has been suspended while OPR investigates the incident.”

There have been other incidents involving Capitol Police officers and their weapons in recent years, including an infamous one where a lieutenant left his service weapon in a bathroom. It was eventually found by another officer.