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Hillary Clinton has laid into Fox News for its decision not to broadcast the 6 January select committee’s upcoming hearings, tweeting that “Fox News won’t air the January 6 hearings because they prefer their sedition made fresh on-site”.

The channel has decided to not air the 6 January public hearings live and instead show only “as news warrants” during its prime time show, with full coverage relegated to its less-viewed sister channel Fox Business. This will make Fox News the only major news network in the US to not carry this Thursday’s hearing live.

Fox News will, however, offer live streams of the hearing without authentication on Foxnews.com and Fox Nation.

The Washington Post reports that witness accounts of 6 January given to the committee include the Secret Service rebuffing Donald Trump’s request to walk to the Capitol with supporters for two weeks before he announced it on the day to the crowd, leaving them scrambling, but ultimately scuttling the idea.

Senior members of the far-right Proud Boys group are facing a new indictment on multiple charges stemming from the 6 January attack on the US Capitol, including counts of seditious conspiracy against the US government.

Key Points

  • Aide warned secret service of security risk to Mike Pence a day before Jan 6
  • Jan 6 committee member says panel has evidence on Trump beyond ‘incitement’
  • Jan 6 committee brings in former news executive
  • Hillary Clinton launches damning attack on Fox News

Matthew McConaughey holds up artwork of children killed in Uvalde in White House briefing

05:45 , Oliver O’Connell

An emotional Matthew McConaughey took to the White House briefing room on Tuesday to plead for stronger gun laws in the wake of the mass shooting that claimed the lives of 19 students and 2 teachers in his hometown of Uvalde, Texas.

The veteran actor became emotional as he held up artwork and photos of children slain by the 18-year-old gunman and described the severity of wounds inflicted by the AR-15-style rifle used in that massacre.

“Make these lives matter,” he said.

Andrew Feinberg reports:

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Matthew McConaughey shows Uvalde victims’ drawings in emotional White House briefing

Fox News could be only major network to not cover Jan 6 hearings

04:45 , Oliver O’Connell

Fox News could become the only major network in the US that will skip covering the first public hearing for the House Select Committee investigating the 6 January Capitol insurrection.

Instead, coverage of the hearings will move to the Fox Business Network and the right-leaning news channel will only cover the hearings “as news warrants”, said a Fox press release cited by Business Insider.

After almost a year-long exhaustive investigation, the select committee will hold its first primetime hearing on Thursday at 8pm ET.

Shweta Sharma reports:

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Fox News could become only major network to skip covering Jan 6 hearings

Son of Buffalo shooting victim demands Senate address ‘cancer of white supremacy’

04:15 , Oliver O’Connell

The son of the eldest victim of the Buffalo grocery store massacre has demanded US senators take action against the “cancer of white supremacy”.

Garnell Whitfield Jr, whose 86-year-old mother Ruth Whitfield was killed in the 14 May attack, called on members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to “yield your positions of authority” if they were unwilling to find a solution to the growing domestic terror threat.

Bevan Hurley reports:

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Son of Buffalo shooting victim demands Senate address ‘cancer of white supremacy’

Senate votes to advance landmark burn pits bill

03:15 , Oliver O’Connell

The US Senate has voted to advance landmark burn pits bill bringing veterans who are sick and dying from toxic exposure one step closer to getting healthcare access and benefits.

The toxic burn pit exposure bill (Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring our PACT Act of 2022) cleared a Senate cloture vote 86-12 on Tuesday.

Graeme Massie reports:

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Senate votes to advance landmark burn pits bill for veterans

Secret Service rebuffed Trump for two weeks over plan to walk to Capitol

02:45 , Oliver O’Connell

The Washington Post reports that former President Donald Trump’s announcement that he was going to walk down to the Capitol with his supporters on 6 January 2021, caused the Secret Service to scramble to try and secure a safe route.

The paper cited two people briefed on witness accounts given to the select committee investigating the events surrounding the storming of the US Capitol building.

This scramble happened after two weeks of pressure from Mr Trump on the Secret Service to prepare for such a trip that had been rebuffed by the agency.

A rush to try to accommodate the president only began after he told the 30,000-strong crowd gathered for his rally at the Ellipse that morning: “We’re going to walk down to the Capitol.”

Calls to DC police to help secure streets and block intersections were declined as they were already stretched thin with protests, and later a growing mob outside Congress.

Eventually, the plan was called off by the presidential detail as “untenable and unsafe”.

A DC official confirmed the request to the Post. Mr Trump has previously told the outlet that his desire to go to the Capitol on 6 January 2021 was blocked by the Secret Service.

Jan 6 committee still finalising witness list

02:15 , Oliver O’Connell

According to reporting by The New York Times, the final witness list for the upcoming primetime televised herding of the January 6 committee is still being finalised.

It could still mean that high-profile former Trump administration officials could appear and give testimony.

Key aides to former Vice President Mike Pence will be appearing during the first night of TV coverage, and the public will be presented with a multimedia presentation including fresh material.

Further to that though, the committee is said not to have “nailed down the full slate of witnesses” that could appear. This could include former Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen who served after Bill Barr stepped down near the end of the Trump administration.

According to the Times:

The panel is waiting for Jeffrey A. Rosen, the former acting attorney general, and Richard P. Donoghue, the former acting deputy attorney general, to respond to formal requests to testify, according to two people briefed on the matter.

Both Mr. Rosen and Mr. Donoghue have already told multiple congressional committees that Mr. Trump and his allies pressured the department to say falsely that it had found voter fraud and to use its power to undo the results.

In addition, there are also reportedly ongoing informal talks with Pat Cipollone, the former White House counsel, as well as Byung Pak, the former US attorney in Atlanta, who left his role on 4 January 2021 after finding out the president wanted to fire him for not finding voter fraud.

Trump revisits long-held Mount Rushmore fantasy

01:45 , Oliver O’Connell

Donald Trump is sharing old memes and envisioning himself on monuments to America’s most well-known presidents as the January 6 committee prepares for its first public hearing later this week.

One of the images was actually a photograph taken by the Associated Press in 2020 that captured Mr Trump grinning in front of the monument during a visit to the site; due to the framing, Mr Trump’s visage is squared near-perfectly with an emply spot on the monument.

It was shared by his daughter, Ivanka, on Twitter shortly after it was taken.

Another photo, this one edited, depicted Mr Trump as part of the monument itself.

John Bowden has the story.

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Trump posts Mount Rushmore with his face as Jan 6 committee promise bombshells

Department of Homeland Security warns of threats to public gatherings

01:15 , Oliver O’Connell

In a new bulletin, the Department of Homeland Security has warned that high-profile events and public gatherings across the US could be increasingly targeted with violence.

“In the coming months, we expect the threat environment to become more dynamic as several high-profile events could be exploited to justify acts of violence against a range of possible targets,” the bulletin said on Tuesday.

“These targets could include public gatherings, faith-based institutions, schools, racial and religious minorities, government facilities and personnel, U.S. critical infrastructure, the media, and perceived ideological opponents,” it read. “Threat actors have recently mobilized to violence due to factors such as personal grievances, reactions to current events, and adherence to violent extremist ideologies, including racially or ethnically motivated or anti-government/anti-authority violent extremism.”

Eric Garcia has more.

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Homeland Security issues new alert warning US public gatherings could be targets

Another GOP effort to fight “voter fraud” fails

Wednesday 8 June 2022 00:45 , Oliver O’Connell

A Republican effort in Michigan to put what they describe as an anti-voter fraud initiative on November’s ballot has failed after tens of thousands of signatures on a required petition were discovered to be fraudulent.

The Wolverine State GOP had mounted a petition drive to place something they call “Secure MI Vote” on the ballot during the November midterm elections. The initiative is nearly identical to a bill restricting absentee voting and imposing voter ID requirements that was vetoed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer last year.

If successful, the initiative would’ve enacted the restrictions into law without any chance for Ms Whitmer to veto it.

But organisers have dropped plans to submit their petition after realising that roughly 20,000 of the 435,000 signatures gathered were fraudulent.

Andrew Feinberg has the story:

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GOP effort to combat voter ‘fraud’ falls victim to fraud

Former Trump staffer says ex-president discussed martial law years before Jan 6

Wednesday 8 June 2022 00:15 , Oliver O’Connell

Trump critic and former homeland security staffer Miles Taylor, who famously wrote an anonymous op-ed during the Trump administration explaining that he and others were trying to fight the then-president’s worst impulses from the inside, has claimed that Mr Trump was talking about taking control of the country by non-democratic means years before 6 January:

It was recently confirmed by Mr Trump’s former secretary of defence Mark Esper that in the summer of 2020, he wanted to dispatch 10,000 troops to the streets of Washington, DC to crush Black Lives Matter protests.

Memphis lawmakers oppose Trump police escort at rally because of his history of unpaid bills

Tuesday 7 June 2022 23:45 , Oliver O’Connell

City council members in Memphis, Tennessee, are calling for the municipal government to decline any request to provide former president Donald Trump a police escort when he visits the city for a speaking engagement next month, citing the ex-president’s long history as a deadbeat who has stiffed local governments after using local police resources.

In an interview with a local NBC affiliate, Councilmember Martavius Jones said politics have nothing to do with why he’s calling for the city to refuse a police escort for the former president and his Secret Service detail.

“He’s notorious for not paying,” he said. “When you talk about these rallies, there are huge expenses that various jurisdictions have to pay, and these expenditures are not being reimbursed by the Trump campaign or Trump organization”.

According to the Centre for Public Integrity, Mr Trump’s campaign ran up nearly $2m in unpaid bills for police services and other services provided by local governments during his 2020 re-election campaign.

Andrew Feinberg has more.

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Memphis lawmakers call to deny Trump police escort at rally

Alleged Jan 6 rioter accused of leaving underage children at home for Capitol trip

Tuesday 7 June 2022 23:15 , Oliver O’Connell

A woman accused of participating in the 6 January Capitol riot allegedly left behind her six minor children unattended at home to participate in the insurrection, according to court documents.

Rachel Powell had in 2021 “shared custody of six minor children with her ex-husband. When the defendant [Ms Powell] left for Washington DC to attend the events of 6 January, 2021, she left her minor children at home, unattended,” prosecutors said in the court filing on Monday.

In a social media post from October 2020 that’s been entered into evidence, Ms Powell wrote: “I agree with the possibility of civil war happening. I can see that too. Unfortunately, the only way this is probably capable of being fixed is bloodshed because I’m not so sure our government can be fixed the political way anymore…”

Read more from Arpan Rai:

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Trump-loving mother allegedly left children home alone to take part in insurrection

Catch up: Who sits on the Jan 6 committee?

Tuesday 7 June 2022 22:45 , Oliver O’Connell

The select committee investigating the 6 January riot has nine members – seven Democrats and two Republicans. Some are more high-profile than others, but they have managed to keep up a remarkably consistent public front as they prepare to reveal the full details of the evidence they’ve gathered.

Here’s a rundown of who they are, what their particular interests seem to be, and how they’ve behaved during the investigation so far.

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Who are the members of the January 6 select committee?

GOP senate whip mocked for saying AR-15s are needed to shoot prairie dogs

Tuesday 7 June 2022 22:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Republican Senate Whip John Thune has become the target of mockery online after he suggested that assault rifles are needed to shoot prairie dogs.

“In my state, they use them to shoot prairie dogs and other types of varmints. And so I think that there are legitimate reasons why people would want to have them,” he added. “So I just think that the issues that they should be focused on is how do you keep those types of weapons out of the hands of these young, in this case, male, very deranged, young men.”

Twitter users quickly seized on Mr Thune’s comments, here’s what they had to say:

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Republican senate whip mocked for saying AR-15s are needed to shoot prairie dogs

Pro-gun group calls for ‘battle’ at Capitol complex… just hours before Jan 6 hearing

Tuesday 7 June 2022 22:15 , Oliver O’Connell

A fundraising email from a far-right gun-oriented organisation told supporters to prepare for “battle” with “commies” in Washington DC just hours before the start of the Capitol riot hearing.

American Firearms Association sent an email on Monday to supporters urging them to help stop potential gun reform legislation in the wake of a spate of mass shootings, including one in Uvalde that left 19 students and two faculty members dead at Robb Elementary School last month.

Graog Graziosi reports:

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Pro-gun group calls for ‘battle’ at Capitol complex hours before Jan 6 hearing

How many January 6 rioters are in jail?

Tuesday 7 June 2022 22:00 , Oliver O’Connell

The indictment for seditious conspiracy unveiled against members of the extremist group the Proud Boys is just the latest set of charges to come out of what Attorney General Merrick Garland has called “one of the largest, most complex, and most resource-intensive investigation” in the history of the US Department of Justice.

According to Justice Department officials, more than 140 federal prosecutors have been working on cases related to the January 6 attack in concert with FBI agents from all 50 states in the year and a half since a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol in hopes of preventing Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory.

It took police from Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia as well as the US Capitol Police and officers from other federal agencies to clear the mob from the building so the House and Senate could resume the quadrennial joint session that had been interrupted by the riot.

While overwhelmed Capitol Police officers made few arrests that day, many of the Trump supporters who breached the Capitol have found themselves in handcuffs since then.

Read more:

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How many January 6 rioters are in jail?

‘We Build The Wall’ trial ends in mistrial

Tuesday 7 June 2022 21:43 , Oliver O’Connell

The trial of a Colorado businessman on charges that he ripped off thousands of donors who contributed $25 million to a campaign to build a wall along the southern U.S. border ended Tuesday in a mistrial after jurors could not reach a unanimous verdict.

The mistrial in the prosecution of Timothy Shea was granted by U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres after the jury reported for a third time that it could not reach a verdict on any count, saying the deadlock was “abundantly clear.” They said extended deliberations had left them “further entrenched in our opposing views.”

After previous notes, the judge urged them to try again.

Shea was left to stand trial alone after Steve Bannon, a onetime adviser to then-President Donald Trump, was pardoned. And two other defendants pleaded guilty.

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‘We Build The Wall’ trial ends in mistrial; jury deadlocked

The big campaign question for Democrats heading into the midterms

Tuesday 7 June 2022 21:12 , Oliver O’Connell

With Democrats defending narrow majorities in Congress, the divergent paths of focusing on the January 6 probe or not reflect a challenge facing the party as the House committee investigating the insurrection begins prime-time public hearings on Thursday.

Some lawmakers and fresh candidates view this as an invaluable moment to refocus the public’s attention on the violence that day — and what they consider persistent threats to democracy. But polling shows voters are more interested in personal issues like surging grocery and gas prices.

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Big campaign question for Democrats: Focus on Jan. 6 or not?

Report: House Democrats investigating if foreign gifts to Trump are missing

Tuesday 7 June 2022 20:56 , Oliver O’Connell

CNN reports that House Democrats are investigating if gifts from foreign governments and officials to former President Donald Trump have gone missing — potentially amounting to thousands of dollars worth of items.

Lawmakers on the House Oversight and Reform Committee have sent a letter to the National Archives after receiving information from the State Department indicating “the Trump administration ‘did not prioritize this obligation’ and failed to comply with the law that governs foreign gift reporting during President Trump’s final year in office”.

“As a result, the foreign sources and monetary value of gifts President Trump received remain unknown,” it adds. “The Department of State also stated that it was unable to determine the identities of some government officials who received foreign gifts during the Trump Administration, as well as the sources of those foreign gifts.”

The committee wants the National Archives to provide details about all the gifts received during the Trump administration.

Matthew McConaughey pounds White House lectern in anger over Uvalde massacre

Tuesday 7 June 2022 20:37 , Oliver O’Connell

An emotional Matthew McConaughey pounded the White House lectern in anger as he called for change in the wake of the Uvalde elementary school massacre.

The Oscar-winner choked up as he described how victim Maite Yuleana Rodriguez could only be identified by her favorite green Converse shoes after she was shot and killed.

Graeme Massie reports:

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Matthew McConaughey pounds White House lectern in anger over gun deaths

Matthew McConaughey holds up artwork of children killed in Uvalde in White House briefing

Tuesday 7 June 2022 20:19 , Oliver O’Connell

An emotional Matthew McConaughey took to the White House briefing room on Tuesday to plead for stronger gun laws in the wake of the mass shooting that claimed the lives of 19 students and 2 teachers in his hometown of Uvalde, Texas.

The veteran actor became emotional as he held up artwork and photos of children slain by the 18-year-old gunman and described the severity of wounds inflicted by the AR-15-style rifle used in that massacre.

“Make these lives matter,” he said.

Andrew Feinberg reports:

© Provided by The Independent

Matthew McConaughey shows Uvalde victims’ drawings in emotional White House briefing

Fox News could be only major network to not cover Jan 6 hearings

Tuesday 7 June 2022 19:50 , Oliver O’Connell

Fox News could become the only major network in the US that will skip covering the first public hearing for the House Select Committee investigating the 6 January Capitol insurrection.

Instead, coverage of the hearings will move to the Fox Business Network and the right-leaning news channel will only cover the hearings “as news warrants”, said a Fox press release cited by Business Insider.

After almost a year-long exhaustive investigation, the select committee will hold its first primetime hearing on Thursday at 8pm ET.

Shweta Sharma reports:

© Provided by The Independent

Fox News could become only major network to skip covering Jan 6 hearings

Son of Buffalo shooting victim demands Senate address ‘cancer of white supremacy’

Tuesday 7 June 2022 19:31 , Oliver O’Connell

The son of the eldest victim of the Buffalo grocery store massacre has demanded US senators take action against the “cancer of white supremacy”.

Garnell Whitfield Jr, whose 86-year-old mother Ruth Whitfield was killed in the 14 May attack, called on members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to “yield your positions of authority” if they were unwilling to find a solution to the growing domestic terror threat.

Bevan Hurley reports:

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Son of Buffalo shooting victim demands Senate address ‘cancer of white supremacy’

Senate votes to advance landmark burn pits bill

Tuesday 7 June 2022 18:56 , Oliver O’Connell

The US Senate has voted to advance landmark burn pits bill bringing veterans who are sick and dying from toxic exposure one step closer to getting healthcare access and benefits.

The toxic burn pit exposure bill (Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring our PACT Act of 2022) cleared a Senate cloture vote 86-12 on Tuesday.

Graeme Massie reports:

© Provided by The Independent

Senate votes to advance landmark burn pits bill

Trump plan to walk down to Capitol on Jan 6 caused Secret Service scramble, says report

Tuesday 7 June 2022 18:40 , Oliver O’Connell

The Washington Post reports that former President Donald Trump’s announcement that he was going to walk down to the Capitol with his supporters on 6 January 2021, caused the Secret Service to scramble to try and secure a safe route.

The paper cited two people briefed on witness accounts given to the select committee investigating the events surrounding the storming of the US Capitol building.

This scramble happened after two weeks of pressure from Mr Trump on the Secret Service to prepare for such a trip that had been rebuffed by the agency.

A rush to try to accommodate the president only began after he told the 30,000-strong crowd gathered for his rally at the Ellipse that morning: “We’re going to walk down to the Capitol.”

Calls to DC police to help secure streets and block intersections were declined as they were already stretched thin with protests, and later a growing mob outside Congress.

Eventually, the plan was called off by the presidential detail as “untenable and unsafe”.

A DC official confirmed the request to the Post. Mr Trump has previously told the outlet that his desire to go to the Capitol on 6 January 2021 was blocked by the Secret Service.