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As the investigation into the attack on the US Capitol steadily yields more information about the events leading up to the 6 January attack, a memo has been released detailing a new angle on the Trump team’s efforts to subvert the 2020 election.

Written by attorney Kenneth Chesebro, it spells out a contorted multi-day plan to have Mike Pence take control of the electoral certification in the Senate, something the vice president ultimately refused to do despite intense pressure from the then-president.

Meanwhile, Democratic Congressman Jamie Raskin, a member of the House 6 January committee, has said that Donald Trump will “get his comeuppance” over the attack on the US Capitol.

A recently leaked memo, reportedly sent by the Republican National Committee, reveals the inner workings of Trump loyalists’ strategy to fan the airwaves with counterprogramming ahead of the first televised hearings of the select committee investigating the 6 January Capitol riot.

Former Trump adviser Peter Navarro has now been indicted by a federal grand jury for defying the committee’s subpoenas to appear and produce documents. He was arrested and appeared in court on Friday.

The select committee is set to begin its public hearings this month.

Key Points

  • Trump loyalists plot counterprogramming storm
  • Republicans say Trump could have stopped 6 Jan attack earlier
  • Biden hammers Republicans for opposing AR-15 restrictions
  • Trump ally Peter Navarro subpoenaed by January 6 grand jury
  • Former Trump aide Peter Navarro indicted

Report: Pence chief of staff warned vice president would be in danger on 6 January

13:45 , Oliver O’Connell

Former vice president Mike Pence’s chief of staff warned that the vice president faced a great security risk before the 6 January riot as former president Donald Trump would turn against him, The New York Times reported.

Marc Short, who served as Mr Pence’s chief of staff, reportedly met with the vice president’s lead Secret Service agent Tim Giebels to warn that the president would turn his ire toward the vice president for not overturning the 2020 presidential election results, which could endanger Mr Pence.

The revelation comes as part of New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman’s book Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America.

Read more:

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Pence chief of staff warned vice president would be in danger on 6 January

John Fetterman releases doctor’s letter saying he can campaign for Senate after stroke

13:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Pennsylvania’s Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman has released a letter from his doctor stating that the Democratic nominee for Senate can resume campaigning in the highly watched senate race after he suffered a stroke.

Mr Fetterman’s campaign released a letter from Dr Ramesh Chandra of Alliance cardiology on Friday saying that he saw Mr Fetterman in a follow-up appointment after his stroke on 13 May.

Dr Chandra said he first saw Mr Fetterman at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center East in 2017 when he experienced swelling in his feet.

Eric Garcia reports:

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Pennsylvania Senate candidate Fetterman doctor says he can campaign after stroke

Rep Gohmert says justice system won’t let Republicans lie to Congress, FBI

11:00 , Oliver O’Connell

It actually puts an exclamation point on the fact that we have a two-tiered justice system. If you’re a Republican, you can’t even lie to congress, or lie to an FBI agent or they’re coming after you. They’re gonna bury you.

Rep Louie Gohmert (R)

Biden: Jobs report shows that US is in a good position to combat inflation

08:00 , Oliver O’Connell

President Joe Biden told Americans that the latest jobs numbers show that the United States is in a good position to fight inflation concerns about rising prices persist.

Mr Biden’s words come as the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics report on Friday showed that the US economy added 390,000 non-farm payroll jobs in May while the unemployment rate remained static at 3.6 per cent.

Eric Garcia reports:

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Biden says jobs report shows that US is in a good position to combat inflation

Man arrested at US Capitol with fake badge for ‘Department of the INTERPOL’

04:30 , Oliver O’Connell

A man has been arrested at the US Capitol in Washington, DC with a fake badge, body armour, a BB gun, high capacity magazines and other ammunition, Capitol Police said.

The Michigan man was detained on Friday morning outside the legislature. Just before 5am, a patrol officer started speaking to the man “who had parked his 2017 Dodge Charger near Peace Circle, on the West side of the Capitol”, United States Capitol Police (USCP) said in a statement.

Gustaf Kilander reports:

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Man arrested at US Capitol with fake badge, body armour and high capacity magazines

Report: Pence chief of staff warned vice president would be in danger on Jan 6

03:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Former vice president Mike Pence’s chief of staff warned that the vice president faced a great security risk before the 6 January riot as former president Donald Trump would turn against him, The New York Times reported.

Marc Short, who served as Mr Pence’s chief of staff, reportedly met with the vice president’s lead Secret Service agent Tim Giebels to warn that the president would turn his ire toward the vice president for not overturning the 2020 presidential election results, which could endanger Mr Pence.

The revelation comes as part of New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman’s book Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America.

© Provided by The Independent

Pence chief of staff warned vice president would be in danger on 6 January

Joe Biden and Elon Musk trade barbs over US economy

02:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Joe Biden and Elon Musk have traded barbs about the health of the US economy after the Tesla boss said he had a “super bad” feeling about the future.

Mr Biden responded to the Tesla and SpaceX boss reportedly telling executives he wanted to cut 10 per cent of the electric vehicle company’s workforce, by saying “Lots of luck on his trip to the moon.”

The president’s joke came after he listed all the investments that other automakers were currently making in electric vehicle production plants across the US.

Graeme Massie reports:

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Biden and Musk trade barbs as president wishes him ‘lots of luck’ on Moon trip

Biden calls for action on gun violence

01:00 , Oliver O’Connell

President Joe Biden delivered a plea for action on gun violence on Thursday as the US reels from a spate of mass shootings, including horrific massacres in New York and Texas.

The president delivered a rare prime time address as members of the Senate, away from Washington on recess, huddle to discuss possible compromise legislation in response to the shocking scenes of slaughter which unfolded at a supermarket, an elementary school and a hospital over the past few weeks.

John Bowden reports:

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US schools have become ‘battlefields’ says Biden in call for action after shootings

Peter Navarro, former Trump aide, indicted for contempt of Congress

Saturday 4 June 2022 00:00 , Oliver O’Connell

A federal grand jury has indicted former president Donald Trump’s economic adviser Peter Navarro for contempt of Congress for his refusal to comply with a subpoena from the House select committee investigating the riot on 6 January at the US Capitol.

Federal agents arrested the ex-Trump aide on Friday morning as he was boarding an airplane for Nashville.

Eric Garcia and Andrew Feinberg report:

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Former Trump aide Peter Navarro indicted for contempt of Congress

Harris asked about prospects for gun control reform

Friday 3 June 2022 23:45 , Oliver O’Connell

Vice President Kamala Harris was asked about the prospects for gun control reform and said she had a great deal of confidence in lawmakers to work on a plan in a bipartisan way.

Navarro hits out at both Pelosi and Kevin McCarthy

Friday 3 June 2022 23:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Navarro was in John Hinckley’s cell

Friday 3 June 2022 23:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Peter Navarro reveals he was in John Hinckley’s cell after his arrest.

Hinckley attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan on 30 March 1981.

Navarro: Arrest was in manor of ‘Stalinist Russia’

Friday 3 June 2022 22:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Peter Navarro says the manner of his arrest was “terrorism” and akin to “Stalinist Russia.”

He adds: “Shame on Kevin McCarthy,” arguing that the Republican Minority Leader hasn’t done enough to push back against the Jan 6 select committee.

Pennsylvania Senate candidate John Fetterman releases doctor’s letter saying he can campaign after stroke

Friday 3 June 2022 22:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Pennsylvania’s Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman has released a letter from his doctor stating that the Democratic nominee for Senate can resume campaigning in the highly watched senate race after he suffered a stroke.

Mr Fetterman’s campaign released a letter from Dr Ramesh Chandra of Alliance cardiology on Friday saying that he saw Mr Fetterman in a follow-up appointment after his stroke on 13 May.

Eric Garcia reports:

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Pennsylvania Senate candidate Fetterman doctor says he can campaign after stroke

Don Jr calls Johnny Depp ‘first man to win an argument with a woman’

Friday 3 June 2022 21:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Donald Trump Jr. has praised Johnny Depp as the “first man to win an argument with a woman” after the Pirates of the Caribbean actor was awarded $10.35m in damages in his high-profile defamation case against ex-wife Amber Heard.

The eldest son of former president Donald Trump posted a meme on his Instagram page on Friday showing a photo of Mr Depp with his clenched fist held up in the air.

Read more:

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Donald Trump Jr calls Johnny Depp ‘first man to win an argument with a woman’

Rep Louie Gohmert compares Navarro and Sussmann

Friday 3 June 2022 21:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Rep Louie Gohmert compared the case of Peter Navarro with the recent end of proceedings against Michael Sussmann, the former Clinton campaign lawyer found not guilty of lying to the FBI.

“If you’re a Republican, you can’t even lie to Congress or lie to an FBI agent or they’re coming after you,” says Mr Gohmert.

Here’s what we wrote about Mr Sussmann earlier this week:

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Former Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann found not guilty of lying to FBI

Navarro rails against treatment and restrictions

Friday 3 June 2022 20:39 , Oliver O’Connell

“This is not the way that America is supposed to function,” Mr Navarro says. “No American should be treated the way these people treated me today.”

The government is not going to ask for pretrial detention but does want him to report weekly by phone, notify authorities of travel within the US, and surrender his passport.

Mr Navarro says these restrictions are excessive and he is not a flight risk. The Justice Department argues there are standard restrictions and in this case, it is for someone not complying with a lawful order.

The presiding judge says he does not think turning in the passport is necessary but notifying about domestic travel is no burden as it can be done by text or email.

Navarro opts to represent himself

Friday 3 June 2022 20:34 , Oliver O’Connell

Peter Navarro is representing himself in court and alleges “prosecutorial misconduct” because he was not able to make a phone call when he was arrested and found himself in a jail cell without the ability to contact a lawyer.

It appears he was arrested at the airport at what was supposed to be the start of a trip to Nashville for a TV appearance.

Alleging that there is collusion between the White House and Congress to strip Trump of executive privilege, he says his arrest is a “pre-emptive strike” against the civil lawsuit he has already filed which he wants to move forward before he is arraigned.

“This is not America,” he says, calling the Jan 6 investigation a “sham committee” that is “working in collusion with the White House.”

Navarro did not self surrender

Friday 3 June 2022 20:25 , Oliver O’Connell

NBC News reports that Peter Navarro did not self-surrender today, but was taken into custody during an arrest operation.

His arraignment is currently underway.

Report: Pence chief of staff warned VP would be in danger on 6 January

Friday 3 June 2022 20:22 , Oliver O’Connell

Former vice president Mike Pence’s chief of staff warned that the vice president faced a great security risk before the 6 January riot as former president Donald Trump would turn against him, The New York Times reported.

Marc Short, who served as Mr Pence’s chief of staff, reportedly met with the vice president’s lead Secret Service agent Tim Giebels to warn that the president would turn his ire toward the vice president for not overturning the 2020 presidential election results, which could endanger Mr Pence.

Eric Garcia reports from Washington, DC:

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Pence chief of staff warned vice president would be in danger on 6 January

Biden and Musk trade barbs over US economy

Friday 3 June 2022 20:07 , Oliver O’Connell

Joe Biden and Elon Musk have traded barbs about the health of the US economy after the Tesla boss said he had a “super bad” feeling about the future.

Mr Biden responded to the Tesla and SpaceX boss reportedly telling executives he wanted to cut 10 per cent of the electric vehicle company’s workforce, by saying “Lots of luck on his trip to the moon.”

The president’s joke came after he listed all the investments that other automakers were currently making in electric vehicle production plants across the US.

Graeme Massie reports:

© Provided by The Independent

Biden and Musk trade barbs as president wishes him ‘lots of luck’ on Moon trip

Full Story – Man arrested at US Capitol with fake badge, body armour, and high capacity magazines

Friday 3 June 2022 19:48 , Oliver O’Connell

A man has been arrested at the US Capitol in Washington, DC with a fake badge, body armour, a BB gun, high capacity magazines and other ammunition, Capitol Police has said.

The Michigan man was detained on Friday morning outside the legislature. Just before 5am, a patrol officer started speaking to the man “who had parked his 2017 Dodge Charger near Peace Circle, on the West side of the Capitol,” United States Capitol Police (USCP) said in a statement.

Read more:

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Man arrested at US Capitol with fake badge, body armour, and high capacity magazines

Ron DeSantis moves to ban transgender youth and Medicaid recipients from all transition care in Florida

Friday 3 June 2022 19:29 , Oliver O’Connell

The administration of Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis has asked a state medical board to effectively ban all transition-related healthcare for transgender young people, while another state agency issued a report to justify banning transgender people on Medicaid – the federal health programme for lower-income Americans – from accessing gender-affirming care.

The administration’s moves follows an advisory from Florida’s Department of Health to ignore federal health guidance and advise against all gender-affirming care for transgender minors in the state, including social transioning measures like changing pronouns or wearing different clothes.

Alex Woodward reports:

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DeSantis moves to ban transgender people on Medicaid from all transition care

Friday 3 June 2022 19:11 , Oliver O’Connell

The Independent’s Andrew Feinberg notes that a US Magistrate Judge ordered the indictment against Peter Navarro sealed at 4.34pm on Thursday, about two hours before he gave an interview to MSNBC about his refusal to speak with the January 6 committee.

Here’s a portion of that interview:

Man arrested at US Capitol with fake badge, body armour, ammo

Friday 3 June 2022 18:47 , Oliver O’Connell

A Michigan man was arrested outside of the US Capitol this morning after he was found with a fake badge, a BB gun, body armour, high capacity magazines, and other ammunition.

Per the US Capitol Police:

Just before 5.00am, a US Capitol Police patrol officer started talking to a man who had parked his 2017 Dodge Charger near Peace Circle, on the West side of the Capitol.

The man was identified as 53-year-old Jerome Felipe out of Flint, Michigan.

Felipe, who is a retired police officer out of New York, presented the USCP officers with a fake badge that had “Department of the INTERPOL” printed on it. Felipe also made a statement that he was a criminal investigator with the agency.

Felipe gave officers permission to search his vehicle. The officers discovered a BB gun, two ballistic vests, several high-capacity magazines, and other ammunition in the car. No real guns were found.

Investigators are still working to determine the reason Felipe was parked near the US Capitol.

Felipe is facing charges for Unlawful Possession of High Capacity Magazines and Unregistered Ammo.