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A former GOP insider tells The Independent that former president Donald Trump will “lose his mind” when he watches the January 6 committee hearings on the Capitol riot on Thursday evening and realises no one is there to interject on his behalf.

Kurt Bardella also called House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy’s decision to withdraw Republican committee picks a “massive strategic error”.

Trump allies meanwhile are have called the prime time special “disgustingly out of touch”, saying that Americans care more about inflation and gas prices, and no one will watch.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton has laid into Fox News for its decision not to broadcast the hearings live on its main channel when every other network will. She tweeted that “Fox News won’t air the January 6 hearings because they prefer their sedition made fresh on-site”.

Relatedly, Steve Bannon’s lawyers have subpoenaed House speaker Nancy Pelosi and members of the January 6 committee, Mr Bannon, once a strategist for former president Trump, was indicted in November 2021 by a federal grand jury for his refusal to comply with a subpoena to testify and produce documents.

Now, he is seeking to subpoena the January 6 committee as part of his challenge to whether the panel was properly formed.

Key Points

  • ‘Trump will lose his mind’: The Jan 6 hearings vow to ‘change history’. Here’s what to expect
  • Trump’s inner circle goes on offense over Jan 6 public hearings
  • Steve Bannon ‘revenge-subpoenas’ January 6 committee
  • 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’
  • Hillary Clinton launches damning attack on Fox News

‘What kind of President would have refused to stop this atrocity’

02:05 , Oliver O’Connell

Presidential historian Michael Beschloss tweets: “What kind of President would have refused to stop this atrocity in the Capitol immediately? Listen to the screaming and shouts on this video.”

02:04 , Oliver O’Connell

At the conclusion of a deeply unsettling and graphic film of the attack on the Capitol, the chair declares a 1-minute recess.

Law enforcement officers present that day defending Congress can be seen crying.

01:52 , Oliver O’Connell

Ms Cheney concludes and Mr Thompson introduces a video presentation of the events of January 6.

01:51 , Oliver O’Connell

There was a brief appearance from Jared Kushner, the former president’s adviser and son-in-law:

01:50 , Oliver O’Connell

“Tonight, I say this to my Republican colleagues who are defending the indefensible: There will come a day when Donald Trump is gone, but your dishonor will remain,” says Ms Cheney.

01:49 , Oliver O’Connell

Rep Cheney: “The White House Counsel was so concerned about potentially lawless activity, he threatened to resign, multiple times. That is exceedingly rare and exceedingly serious.”

01:48 , Oliver O’Connell

Ms Cheney shows texts between Sean Hannity and the-press secretaray Kayleigh McEnany.

Hannity says: “Key now, no more crazy people,” and “No more stolen election talk.”

“Yes, impeachment and 25th Amendment are real, and many people will quit.”

Ms McEnany responds: “Love that. Thank you. That’s the playbook.”

01:47 , Oliver O’Connell

Rep Cheney says of Trump: “Not only did President Trump refuse to tell the mob to leave the Capitol, he placed no call to any element of the US government to instruct that the Capitol be defended. He did not call his Secretary of Defense on January 6th.”

She then plays testimony from General Milley saying Pence was taking the lead on activating military and national guard.

He also quotes Mark Meadows as having told him: “We have to kill the narrative that the VP is making all the decisions. We need to establish that [Trump] is in charge.”

Liz Cheney reveals footage of Ivanka Trump testifying she accepted election wasn’t stolen

01:44 , Oliver O’Connell

The committee investigating January 6 and the attack on Congess opened with bombshell video footage on Thursday that showed a number of his most trusted aides and advisers, including his daughter Ivanka Trump, explaining that they knew the election was not stolen.

Read more:

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Liz Cheney reveals footage of Ivanka Trump testifying she knew election wasn’t stolen

01:43 , Oliver O’Connell

Rep Cheney says there was an 18 December 2020 White House meeting where Michael Flynn, Sidney Powell, and Rudy Giuliani discussed “having the military seize voting machines and potentially rerun elections”.

She says Trump met privately with this group.

01:41 , Oliver O’Connell

Ms Cheney says President Trump sent the tweet telling people to come to Washington on January 6, to be there and instructed them it will be wild.

This set off the chain of events that led to the Capitol riot.

Meanwhile on Fox News…

01:38 , Oliver O’Connell

Tucker Carlson began his show on Thursday evening by lashing out at the January 6 committee as it began its first primetime public hearing into the Capitol attack.

“It tells you a lot about the priorities of our ruling class that the rest of us are getting yet another lecture about January 6 tonight – from our moral inferiors, no less,” he said at the opening of his Fox News show.

“They are lying and we are not going to help them do it,” he added.

Richard Hall reports:

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Tucker Carlson calls January 6 committee ‘deranged’ as public hearings begin

01:37 , Oliver O’Connell

Liz Cheney continues: “As you will hear, President Trump engaged in a relentless effort to pressure Vice President Pence, both in private and in public.”

She adds that what Mr Trump asked Mr Pence to do wasn’t just wrong, “it was illegal, and unconstitutional”.

A video is played of Marc Short, Mr Pence’s chief of staff saying this of the former vice president: “He ultimately knew that his fidelity to the Constitution was his first and foremost oath, and that’s – that’s what he articulated publicly and I think that’s what he felt.”

01:35 , Oliver O’Connell

Liz Cheney says multiple House Republicans sought pardons from Trump for their roles in seeking to overturn the 2020 election.

“Rep Scott Perry contacted the White House to seek a presidential pardon,” she says.

Mr Perry is the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus.

01:29 , Oliver O’Connell

Video of Ivanka Trump is played saying she supported what Bill Barr had said, that the election was not stolen and there was no evidence of voter fraud.

“I respect Attorney General Barr so I accepted what he was saying.”

01:26 , Oliver O’Connell

More from former AG Bill Barr: “I repeatedly told the President in no uncertain terms that I did not see evidence of fraud that would have affected the outcome of the election. And frankly, a year and a half later, I still haven’t.”

01:24 , Oliver O’Connell

“President Trump summoned the mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack.”

She says Mr Trump oversaw a “sophisticated seven-part plan” to overturn the election.

01:21 , Oliver O’Connell

Says Cheney:

Tonight, you will see never before seen footage of the brutal attack on our Capitol and the attack that unfolded, while a few blocks away President Trump sat watching television in the dining room next to the Oval Office.

You will hear of the brave police officers battling for their lives and are fighting to defend our democracy against the violent mob Donald Trump refused to call off tonight and in the weeks to come.

You will see evidence of what motivated insiders including directly from those who participated in this attack. You will see video of them explaining what caused them to do it. You will see their posts on social media. We will show you what they have said in federal court. On this point, there is no room for debate. Those who invaded our capitol and battled law enforcement for hours are motivated by what President Trump told them that the election was stolen, and that he was the rightful President.

01:19 , Oliver O’Connell

Ms Cheney continues saying that aware of the ‘Hang Mike Pence’ chants at the Capitol, Mr Trump said: “Maybe our supporters have the right idea. Mike Pence deserves it.”

01:18 , Oliver O’Connell

Mr Thompson introduces Republican Rep Liz Cheney to give her opening remarks who says: “What a tremendous honor it is to work on this committee.”

Ms Cheney leads with Trump’s own words: “President Trump believed his supporters at the Capitol were, and I quote, ‘doing what they should be doing.’”

01:14 , Oliver O’Connell

Thompson says: “I come before you this evening not as a Democrat, but as an American who swore an oath to defend the Constitution. The Constitution doesn’t protect just Democrats or just Republicans. It protects all of us.”

He adds: “January 6th and the lies that led to insurrection have put two and a half centuries of constitutional democracy at risk. The world is watching what we do here. America has long been expected to be a shining city on a hill. A beacon of hope and freedom.”

01:14 , Oliver O’Connell

“Donald Trump was at the center of this conspiracy,” says Mr Thompson. “And ultimately, Donald Trump — the President of the United States — spurred a mob of domestic enemies of the Constitution to march down the Capitol and subvert American democracy.”

“January 6 was the culmination of an attempted coup, a brazen attempt, as one rioter put it shortly after January 6, to overturn the government. The violence was no accident.”

First video evidence: Former AG Bill Bar

01:12 , Oliver O’Connell

After saying that Donald Trump lost the 2020 election, Mr Thompson plays the first piece of video evidence — former Attorney General Bill Barr.

Mr Barr recalls: “I made it clear I did not agree with the idea of saying the election was stolen and putting out this stuff, which I told the president was bulls****.”

Rep Bennie Thompson delivers opening remarks

01:10 , Oliver O’Connell

The hearing gets underway with opening remarks from Chairman Bennie Thompson.

“I’m from a part of the country where people justified the actions of slavery, the Ku klux Klan and lynching. I’m reminded of that dark history as I hear voices today try to justify the actions of the insurrectionists on January 6, 2021.”

“We swore an oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” he says. “That oath was put to test on January 6, 2021.”

Officer Fanone hopes for ‘truth’ but ‘not optimistic’ minds will be changed

01:06 , Oliver O’Connell

Speaking to The Independent’s Eric Garcia shortly before the start of proceedings, former officer Mike Fanone said he was hoping to hear the truth with regards to the assault on the Capitol Building on 6 January 2021.

Asked further if he thought the hearing being on in prime-time would change the minds of people regarding the events of that day, Mr Fanone said he would not speak on behalf of the American people, but that he was not optimistic.

Officer Dunn wants those responsible for the attack held accountable

00:58 , Oliver O’Connell

Officer Harry Dunn wants those responsible for the insurrection of 6 January 2021 held accountable.

00:54 , Oliver O’Connell © Provided by The Independent The scene as the hearing prepares to get underway (Getty Images)

Capitol law enforcement officers arrive at hearing

00:51 , Oliver O’Connell

Among those in the audience for the hearing tonight in the Cannon Room are: Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn, Sergeant Aquilino Gonnell, MPD Officer Daniel Hodges, former officer Mike Fanone, and the late Officer Brian Sicknick’s long-time partner, Sandra Garza.

Mr Dunn has a not-so-subtle message on his t-shirt: “insurrection: a violent apprising against an authority or government.”

GOP Rep Jim Jordan has ideas for counter-programming

00:43 , Oliver O’Connell

Ohio Republican Rep Jim Jordan has a few ideas for counter-programming, tweeting: “When’s the primetime hearing on threats against Supreme Court Justices and their families?”

His other ideas:

“When’s the primetime hearing on Democrats attacking parental rights at school board meetings?”

“When’s the primetime hearing on record high grocery prices?”

“When’s the primetime hearing on record crime in Democrat-run cities?”

Biden and Trump give opposing statements on Jan 6 in hours before hearinf

00:37 , Oliver O’Connell

President Joe Biden has weighed in on tonight’s January 6 public hearing giving a starkly different statement to his predecessor, Donald Trump.

During a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the ninth annual Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, Mr Biden said the Capitol riot on 6 January 2021 was “a flagrant violation of the Constitution”.

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Biden and Trump give opposing statements on Jan 6 hours before hearing

Four key questions that must be answered by the January 6 committee

00:26 , Oliver O’Connell

While the select committee has made some of the evidence it has obtained public in court filings and in highly choreographed business meetings in recent months, the vast majority of what it has learned from the more than 1,000 witnesses who have given evidence and the thousands of documents it has examined remains shrouded in secrecy.

Here are some questions the panel will need to answer over the course of its’ public hearings:

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Four key questions for the January 6 committee hearings to answer

What Trump has said about the January 6 Capitol riot

00:07 , Oliver O’Connell

Here’s what the former president has said about the events surrounding the violent attack on the US Capitol on 6 January 2021.

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What Donald Trump has said about the January 6 riot

Betsy DeVos says she discussed removing Trump after Capitol riot with Pence and cabinet members

23:58 , Oliver O’Connell

Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s education secretary, has revealed for the first time that she and other cabinet members discussed the possibility of invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office following the 6 January attack on the Capitol.

© Provided by The Independent Betsy DeVos who resigned as Trump’s education secretary following Capitol riot (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Ms DeVos told USA Today on Thursday that she explored the possibility with other administration officials before tending her resignation on 7 January 2021. She says then-Vice President Mike Pence would not support the use of the measure.

“I spoke with the vice president and just let him know I was there to do whatever he wanted and needed me to do or help with, and he made it very clear that he was not going to go in that direction or that path,” she told USA Today. “I spoke with colleagues. I wanted to get a better understanding of the law itself and see if it was applicable in this case. There were more than a few people who had those conversations internally.”

Voices: The infuriating reason why Fox News won’t broadcast the January 6 hearings live

23:48 , Oliver O’Connell

Noah Berlatsky writes:

Thanks to the increasing dominance of hyper-partisan right-wing media, however, scandals these days often have a different trajectory. Now, when conservative politicians do something horrible, Fox News and its like-minded imitators don’t try to expose the truth. They rush to cover it up.

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The infuriating reason why Fox News won’t broadcast the Jan 6 hearings live

Thompson’s opening remarks echo McCarthy immediate after Jan 6

23:38 , Oliver O’Connell

Committee Chair Bennie Thompson echoes what House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told his fellow Republicans shortly after the 6 January 2021 Capitol riot:

“We cannot just sweep this under the rug.”

January 6 committee chairman warns American democracy ‘remains in danger’

23:32 , Oliver O’Connell

The chairman of the House January 6 select committee will open the first of the panel’s hearings on the worst attack on the Capitol since 1814 with a stark warning: American democracy ‘remains in danger’.

In an except of his opening statement obtained by The Independent, Mississippi Representative Bennie Thompson will tell viewers across the country that America cannot “sweep what happened” on 6 January 2021 “under the rug” as many of his Republican colleagues would wish, because the same types of threats that existed before that day remain extant.

Andrew Feinberg reports from Capitol Hill:

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January 6 committee chairman warns American democracy ‘still in danger’

What is the official Republican line on the hearing?

23:28 , Oliver O’Connell

Today, the Republican National Committee Communications Director Danielle Alvarez released the following statement:

Pelosi’s committee is partisan and illegitimate. Instead of investigating the radical who placed a pipe bomb outside the RNC’s headquarters on January 6, tonight’s hearing is nothing more than political theater. Americans want Congress to focus on the most pressing crises created by Biden and Democrats – record gas prices, the worst inflation in 40 years, empty shelves, and rising crime – not conduct a political circus in prime time.

‘The conspiracy to thwart the will of the people is not over’

23:18 , Oliver O’Connell

January 6 Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson will give this evening’s opening statement. Here is an excerpt:

We can’t sweep what happened under the rug. The American people deserve answers. So I come before you this evening not as a Democrat, but as an American who swore an oath to defend the Constitution. The Constitution doesn’t protect just Democrats or just Republicans. It protects all of us: ‘We the People.’ And this scheme was an attempt to undermine the will of the people.

So tonight, and over the next few weeks, we’re going to remind you of the reality of what happened that day. But our work must do much more than just look backwards. Because our democracy remains in danger. The conspiracy to thwart the will of the people is not over. There are those in this country who thirst for power but have no love or respect for what makes America great: devotion to the Constitution, allegiance to the rule of law, our shared journey to build a more perfect Union.

January 6th and the lies that led to insurrection have put two and a half centuries of constitutional democracy at risk. The world is watching what we do here. America has long been expected to be a shining city on a hill. A beacon of hope and freedom.

A model for others-when we’re at our best. How can we play that role when our own house is in such disorder?

We must confront the truth with candor, resolve, and determination. We need to show that we are worthy of the gifts that are the birthright of every American.

Bennie Thompson

Jan 6 committee sets date for fourth public hearing

23:06 , Oliver O’Connell

Another January 6 Committee hearing date has been announced.

The fourth hearing will be next Thursday, 16 June at 1pm, meaning that there will be three hearings next week, on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Testimony from Ivanka and close Trump confidantes could be shown tonight

23:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Videotaped depositions from Ivanka Trump could be presented publicly in the first House January 6 select committee hearing.

According to committee aides, Chairman Bennie Thompson and Vice Chair Liz Cheney will play excerpts of testimony taken from close confidantes of the ex-president at the outset of Thursday’s prime-time televised hearing, consisting of “a small … but meaningful portion” of the evidence in the committee’s possession.

The hearing is set to begin at 8pm ET.

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Testimony from Ivanka Trump could be shown at January 6 committee opening hearing

AOC eviscerates Matt Gaetz after he invokes suicide of Jamie Raskin’s son

22:42 , Oliver O’Connell

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has eviscerated Matt Gaetz for referring to the suicide of Jamie Raskin’s son in an attack on the 6 January committee member.

She described him as a “bad haircut in a cheap suit”, was only in Congress because of his father’s money, and was no comparison to Mr Raskin.

The Florida Republican representative said Maryland Democrat lawmaker Mr Raskin was in a dark place and “unable” to do his job because of his son’s suicide.

The 6 Jan hearings vow to ‘change history’. Here’s what to expect

22:34 , Oliver O’Connell

From Washington, The Independent’s Eric Garcia and Andrew Feinberg explain what we can expect from tonight’s prime time public hearing of the January 6 House select committee.

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The 6 Jan hearings vow to ‘change history’. Here’s what to expect

Proud Boys leader asks to move trial away from DC because of Jan 6 hearing

21:50 , Oliver O’Connell

The leader of the Philadelphia Proud Boys has asked for his trial for sedition to be moved out of Washington, DC.

Zachary Rehl argued in court papers that the June public hearings of the House select committee investigating the events of 6 January 2021 might influence the jury of his August trial.

He says the focus on the Proud Boys extremist group to which he belongs will cause “prejudicial pretrial publicity”.

His codefendant, Enrqiue Tarrio, the group’s former leader, has also demanded a venue change because of the possible negative publicity.

Mr Rehl, Mr Tarrio, and three others are in pretrial detention pending an 8 August trial in the District of Columbia’s District Court.

On Monday, they were handed new seditious conspiracy charges.

House Dem ‘Gallery Group’ to sit together at Jan 6 hearing

21:40 , Oliver O’Connell

Axios reports that the group of House Democrats known as the Gallery Group — those who were trapped in the House gallery during the Capitol riot — will attend tonight’s hearing together.

Minnesota Rep Dean Phillips told the news outlet: “About eight of us will be gathering for dinner prior to tonight’s hearing and sitting together during the proceedings.”

“We bore witness to the insurrection on January 6, 2021, and tonight we will bear witness to the commission’s investigation. People of all political dispositions must unite behind truth and accountability and resolve to preserve, protect and invest in our fragile foundations of self-governance,” he added.

Madison Cawthorn tweets about Ray Epps conspiracy theory

21:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Republican congressman Madison Cawthorn marked the day of the first publica hearing of the January 6 committee by tweeting simply: “Where’s Ray Epps?”

Mr Cawthorn’s tweet refers to a debunked conspiracy theory that Ray Epps was a federal agent who encouraged Trump supporters to storm the Capitol in order to frame them in a staged attack on Congress.

The conspiracy gained traction when social media users, cable TV hosts, and even sitting members of Congress speculated about it. The select committee investigating the Capitol riot even went as far as to interview Mr Epps, a Trump supporter who lives in Arizona and has ties to the Oath Keepers far-right anti-government group.

Here’s what we wrote about Mr Epps back in January:

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Who is Ray Epps? The FBI’s Capitol riot figure who has not been charged

Who are the members of the January 6 select committee?

21:08 , Oliver O’Connell

With the House January 6 select committee’s first prime-time hearing just hours from getting underway, The Independent has helpfully put together a primer on all the who’s who of the televised event.

The spectacle is naturally going to elevate the panel’s members to a higher level of public notoriety – so in advance of the incendiary sessions, read a full rundown of who exactly they are.

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Who are the members of the January 6 select committee?

Biden calls Capitol riot ‘flagrant violation of Constitution’ in stark contrast to Trump

20:52 , Oliver O’Connell

President Joe Biden has weighed in on tonight’s January 6 public hearing giving a starkly different statement to his predecessor, Donald Trump.

During a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the ninth annual Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, Mr Biden said the Capitol riot on 6 January 2021 was “a flagrant violation of the Constitution”.

Read more:

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Biden and Trump give opposing statements on Jan 6 hours before hearing

Don Jr unabashed after peddling fake rumour Paul Pelosi DUI charges dropped

20:35 , Johanna Chisholm

Donald Trump Jr was typically unapologetic after spreading a false rumour on social media that DUI charges against the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had been dropped.

The former first son took to Twitter on Wednesday to wrongly claim that “all charges have reportedly been dropped against Paul Pelosi for his DUI crash”.

“As I was saying!!! It’s just too obvious and predictable these days,” he wrote.

“They don’t have to play by their rules only you do folks. Hope you’re all waking up.”

On Wednesday night, Trends Journal editor Edmund DeMarche tweeted that the charge against Mr Pelosi is “under review”, a standard procedure when a criminal complaint is passed from police to a district attorney’s office.

“Reports that they were dropped are false,” he added.

Keep reading the full report from The Independent’s Bevan Hurley.

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Don Jr unabashed after peddling fake rumour Paul Pelosi DUI charges dropped

Rep Jim Jordan: ‘When’s the primetime hearing on baby formula shortages?’

19:55 , Johanna Chisholm

Last week, Axios reported on how top House GOP leadership, Donald Trump and his loyalists had all buddied together to coordinate a behind-the-scenes effort to counterprogram the Jan 6 committee’s televised hearings.

That effort, no longer left behind closed doors, has been notably brought to the fore in the hours ahead of the first broadcast of six public hearings.

“When’s the primetime hearing on baby formula shortages?” tweeted Republican Jim Jordan, which followed an earlier trolling tweet that asked: “When’s the primetime hearing on $5 per gallon gas?”

Two of the central counterprogramming talking points that Conservative lawmakers were directed to push out ahead of the hearings included highlighting the proceedings as “illegitimate” and shifting the focus to Democrats being considered “out of touch” by most Americans.

This point was picked up in the hours before the hearing by Rep Elise Stefanik, who took to Fox News to try and deflect the conversation about the Jan 6 committee’s findings to gas prices.

“House Democrats have not held any hearing, let alone a prime-time hearing on any of these crises that you pointed out,” the Republican congresswoman told Fox News Thursday. “Whether it’s the skyrocketing gas prices, which are unaffordable for my rural constituents.”

Read more about the counterprogramming strategy being led by Republicans this week below.

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Trump’s loyalists go on offense ahead of the January 6 public hearings

Brad Raffensperger in talks to appear in-person for Jan 6 hearing

19:15 , Johanna Chisholm

Georgia’s top election official Brad Raffensperger, who memorably dug his heels in when Donald Trump attempted to bully him to “find” the votes in the southern state during the former president’s failed attempt to decertify the results of the 2020 election, could be among some of the in-person witnesses called upon by the House January 6 select committee.

Politico first reported on how the Georgia Secretary of State is in talks with the panel investigating the Capitol riot after he was reportedly subpoenaed, along with top deputy Gabriel Sterling, according to the news outlet.

Mr Raffensperger could potentially provide details in his public testimony about the call he took from the former president on 2 January 2021, where the one-term president reportedly prodded the Georgian politician to secure him a victory in his state.

Raffensperfer, who beat out a Trump-backed candidate in a primary campaign last month, also stood before a special grand jury earlier this week as part of the Fulton County district attorney’s investigation into Trump’s Georgia election pressure.

Opinion: Impeachment didn’t work. Here’s why the January 6 hearings probably will

19:04 , Johanna Chisholm

It’s been two years, six months and six days since The Independent’s Andrew Feinberg took his seat for the first of a series of hearings that Democrats hoped would end Donald Trump’s presidency.

Now, the DC correspondent writes, House Democrats — and two Republican allies — have their third and perhaps final chance to bring about some measure of accountability for the man who by most accounts tried to end American democracy.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected both Banks and Jordan, citing the possibility that both men would be called as witnesses in the investigation. But rather than pick two other equally Trumpy Republicans to serve on the committee instead, McCarthy took his ball and went home in a fit of pique. Now, no Republicans who denied the legitimacy of Biden’s victory or denied the seriousness of the attack on the Capitol sit on the committee, which means these hearings — unlike the prior Trump impeachment hearings — won’t have anyone sabotaging them from the inside.

And perhaps that means the third time will indeed be the charm.

The Independent’s Andrew Feinberg

Continue reading Andrew Feinberg’s full op-ed ahead of the blockbuster hearings broadcast.

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Impeachment didn’t work. Here’s why the January 6 hearings probably will

Trump calls Jan 6 attack ‘greatest movement’ in US history hours ahead of hearing

18:16 , Johanna Chisholm

Just hours before the House January 6 select committee was about to broadcast the first of six nationally televised hearings, Donald Trump came out raging that the very event the panel has spent the better part of year investigating was “the greatest movement in the history of our Country to Make America Great Again”.

The former US president took to Truth Social, which is currently the only social media platform where he is currently not blocked from airing his grievances.

In addition to slamming the “Unselect Committee” for misrepresenting the violent insurrection, which left more than 150 officers with injuries, the one-term president repeated “The Big Lie” that the 2020 US presidential election was stolen.

“The Unselect Committee didn’t spend one minute studying the reason that people went to Washington, D.C., in massive numbers, far greater than the Fake News Media is willing to report, or that the Unselects are willing to even mention, because January 6th was not simply a protest, it represented the greatest movement in the history of our Country to Make America Great Again,” Mr Trump wrote on his Truth Social account.

“It was about an Election that was Rigged and Stolen, and a Country that was about to go to HELL..& look at our Country now!”

Read the full report from The Independent’s Andrew Feinberg below:

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Trump calls Capitol attack ‘greatest movement’ in US history ahead of Jan 6 hearing

Twitter blocks Jan 6 committee’s request for company’s internal Slack messages

17:45 , Johanna Chisholm

Twitter is fighting back against the January 6 House Select Committee request for the social media company’s internal messages, including Slack messages concerning how they moderated tweets regarding the 2021 insurrection, according to a report.

The company is claiming its First Amendment rights to reject the committee’s request, Rolling Stone reported.

Committee members have grown frustrated at the pushback from Twitter, as they think the messages can help them show how online extremism boosted the violence and chaos on that day.

Twitter said in a statement to the magazine that “since last year, we have had an ongoing, productive engagement with the Select Committee, and have provided appropriate, relevant information to contribute to this important investigation”.

Gustaf Kilander has more on the social media giant digging its heels in against the Jan 6 committee.

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Twitter blocks Jan 6 committee’s request for company’s internal Slack messages

Republican arrested for role in Capitol riot hours before first Jan 6 hearing

17:12 , Johanna Chisholm

The FBI arrested Republican Ryan Kelley and charged the Michigan gubernatorial candidate on misdemeanor charges related to his involvement in the 6 Jan riot at the US Capitol, according to a criminal complaint filed on Thursday as was reported by The Detroit Free Press.

The Detroit-based news outlet reported that the real estate broker from Allendale, who filed paperwork to launch his committee to run for the state’s governor early in 2021, is expected to appear before a federal court later on Thursday.

Video footage of the Michigan Republican reportedly surfaced where Mr Kelley was visible at the Capitol on the day of the violent January 6 insurrection.

Federal agents raided and searched Mr Kelley’s Michigan home just hours before the first public hearing of the House select committee investigating the Capitol riot was to get underway.

In federal court records, Mr Kelley is described as being an active participant in the chaos that unfolded outside and inside of the Capitol, and that agents from the FBI opened up an investigation into his conduct within days of the riot, The Detroit Free Press reported.

“At approximately 2:20 pm, Kelley continued to gesture to the crowd, consistently indicating that they should move towards the stairs that led to the entrance of the U.S. Capitol interior spaces,” the criminal complaint reads.

Prosecutors have reportedly filed four charges against Mr Kelley, including: knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building; disorderly and disruptive conduct; knowingly engaging in any act of physical violence against person or property in a restricted building or grounds; and willfully injuring or committing depredation against property of the US.

If Mr Kelley is found guilty and is convicted, he could serve a maximum punishment of up to 10 years in federal prison.

Read the full report from Graig Graziosi below:

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Michigan Republican candidate Ryan Kelley arrested by FBI for role in January 6 riot

Rep Raskin: ‘There will be multiple breakthroughs and epiphanies’

17:01 , Johanna Chisholm

While appearing on MSNBC ahead of the January 6 hearings, Rep Jamie Raskin informed Chris Hayes that the televised event will reveal some major “epiphanies” and “breakthroughs” that were otherwise unknown to the general populace.

“One of my Republican colleagues who’s not on our committee told me about 15 minutes ago that he was a little bit jealous that I was on a bipartisan committee where the two sides are actually working together,” said the Maryland congressman while appearing on All in With Chris Hayes on Wednesday night.

“I think there will be multiple breakthroughs and epiphanies for people along the way. And at the end, I think everybody is going to be able to answer for himself or herself — including members of Congress — is this something that we ever want to allow to happen again? And if not, they are going to have to listen to the final act of our committee which is we will be issuing recommendations on what should be done in order to fortify ourselves against coups and insurrections in the future.”

Just days earlier, Rep Raskin, a member of the House select committee, had teased that the panel had uncovered damning evidence during a Q&A with The Washington Post.

“But the Select Committee has found evidence about a lot more than incitement here, and we are going to be laying out the evidence about all of the actors who were pivotal to what took place on January 6th,” the Democratic lawmaker said ahead of the first prime time hearings.

Jan 6 committee teases unreleased video footage of Capitol riot

16:41 , Johanna Chisholm

Lawmakers on the January 6 committee are sitting on unreleased on-the-ground footage of the Capitol riot that is expected to be released to the public during its hearings, which begin Thursday evening.

News of the unreleased footage was first reported by Good Morning America on Thursday morning, just hours before the committee’s first public hearing on Capitol Hill.

According to ABC News, the footage obtained by the panel includes the moments during which a crowd of previously peaceful Trump supporters turned into a violent mob who attacked the Capitol resulting in the deaths of several members of law enforcement.

In addition to the more than 1,000 people who were interviewed by the committee who were either directly or indirectly involved in the US Capitol insurrection, the pandel has reportedly also obtained roughly 14,000 hours of Capitol Police bodycam video.

The Independent’s John Bowden has more below:

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Navarro complains about legal fees in letter to judge: ‘I’ll be eating dog food if I stay out of jail’

16:14 , Johanna Chisholm

Peter Navarro, the former economic adviser to Donald Trump, told a federal judge on Wednesday that he is “at a severe disadvantage” and is facing trouble putting together a team of legal experts.

In a letter to judge Amit Mehta of the DC district court, Mr Navarro argued that although he remained without legal representation, the prosecution has begun filing motions to push for a speedy trial.

The justice department last Friday indicted Mr Navarro for contempt of Congress after he refused to comply with a congressional subpoena from the select committee investigating the 6 January riot at the US Capitol. He was arrested on Friday morning as he was boarding a plane to Nashville.

Mr Navarro said in his letter that he is “very actively seeking a legal team” but facing “a number of hurdles”. Earlier, he had hinted at defending himself to avoid paying a large sum in legal fees.

Continue reading the full story from The Independent’s Alisha Rahaman Sarkar below.

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Peter Navarro complains about legal fees in letter to judge

Trump lands in New Jersey ahead of counterprogramming effort

15:45 , Johanna Chisholm

Donald Trump arrived in New Jersey Thursday, hours before the first January 6 public hearing was scheduled to air.

The former US president was seen in a video meeting with House Republican Conference Chair and Trump ally Elise Stefanik, who has accused the January 6 select committee’s public hearings of being performative by scheduling the televised proceedings during prime time rather than being focused on uncovering the truth.

Four key questions for the January 6 committee hearings to answer

15:25 , Johanna Chisholm

Over the year and a half since a mob of former president Donald Trump supporters assaulted police officers and overran the seat of America’s legislative branch in hopes of stopping certification of Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory, the nine-member panel has amassed a staff of more than 40 personnel — including many investigators and former prosecutors — working in teams to untangle multiple lines of inquiry regarding the facts and circumstances which led to the worst attack on the Capitol since Major General Robert Ross ordered British troops to set it ablaze in 1814.

Here are some questions the panel will need to answer over the course of its’ public hearings, as reported by Andrew Feinberg here:

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Four key questions for the January 6 committee hearings to answer

January 6 opening hearing will feature top Trump aides and family members

14:40 , Johanna Chisholm

The House January 6 select committee will have help presenting its findings from the members of Donald Trump’s inner circle who have given evidence in videotaped depositions, including Trump family members such as his daughter and former adviser, Ivanka Trump, and her husband Jared Kushner, also a senior advisor.

According to committee aides, Chairman Bennie Thompson and Vice Chair Liz Cheney will play excerpts of testimony taken from close confidantes to the ex-president at the outset of Thursday’s prime-time televised hearing, consisting of “a small … but meaningful portion” of the evidence in the committee’s possession.

Confirmed for the first of six public hearings is British filmmaker Nick Quested, who recorded members of the far-right Proud Boys as they stormed the building, and Caroline Edwards, a US Capitol Police officer who was seriously injured in last year’s attack.

Greg Jacob, chief counsel for then-Vice President Mike Pence, is also expected to provide live testimony to the commitee, according to the Wall Street Journal’s reporting.

Keep reading the full story from The Independent’s Andrew Feinberg.

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Testimony from Ivanka Trump could be shown at January 6 committee opening hearing

Capitol riot: What happened on 6 January 2021?

14:00 , Maroosha Muzaffar

Botched assault on cradle of American democracy by misguided Donald Trump supporters remembered as deeply shameful climax to his chaotic and divisive reign, Joe Sommerlad writes:

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What happened at the US Capitol on 6 January 2021?

Hearings guide: What to know as the January 6 panel goes public

13:00 , Maroosha Muzaffar

The House committee investigating the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol will hold the first in a series of hearings laying out its findings on Thursday night.

With the televised hearings, the seven Democrats and two Republicans on the nine-member panel hope to grab the attention of the American public and drive home the sheer violence of that day in 2021, as some have attempted to downplay the attack. And they plan to use the more than 1,000 interviews they have conducted to spotlight people who played pivotal roles in the siege — and to show that it was a deliberate, unprecedented attempt to block the certification of Joe Biden’s victory.

Read the full piece by Associated Press here:

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Hearings guide: What to know as the Jan. 6 panel goes public

Peter Navarro calls potential gag order against him DOJ ‘hypocrisy’

12:00 , Maroosha Muzaffar

Peter Navarro may be hit with a gag order pertaining to his arrest for ignoring a 6 January Committee subpoena, if the Department of Justice so deems, it was reported.

Mr Navarro told Fox News on Wednesday that the reasoning for the potential gag order reflects a “glaring hypocrisy.”

Meanwhile, in a letter to judge Amit Mehta of the DC district court, Mr Navarro argued that although he remained without legal representation, the prosecution has begun filing motions to push for a speedy trial.

He also said that that he is “at a severe disadvantage” and is facing trouble putting together a team of legal experts.

Peter Navarro complains about legal fees in letter to judge: ‘I’ll be eating dog food if I stay out of jail’

11:00 , Maroosha Muzaffar

Peter Navarro, the former economic adviser to Donald Trump, told a federal judge on Wednesday that he is “at a severe disadvantage” and is facing trouble putting together a team of legal experts.

In a letter to judge Amit Mehta of the DC district court, Mr Navarro argued that although he remained without legal representation, the prosecution has begun filing motions to push for a speedy trial.

Read the full story by Alisha Rahaman Sarkar here:

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Peter Navarro complains about legal fees in letter to judge

What Mike Pence has said about the January 6 riot

10:00 , Maroosha Muzaffar

Ex-vice president remains at odds with Donald Trump over Capitol riot, when violent insurrectionists threatened to hang him for failing to co-operate with plot to overturn election.

Read the full piece by Joe Sommerlad here:

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What Mike Pence has said about the January 6 riot

What we know about Trump’s actions as insurrection unfolded

09:30 , Maroosha Muzaffar

Members of the House committee investigating the events of January 6 will hold their first prime-time hearing Thursday to share what they have uncovered about former president Donald Trump‘s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election, which culminated in the deadly storming of the US Capitol.

Part of their mission: Determining the former president’s actions that day. Much is already known about where Mr Trump was, what he said, and how he reacted. But large gaps remain.

Read AP’s piece on what we know so far:

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What we know about Trump’s actions as insurrection unfolded

Who are the members of the January 6 select committee?

09:00 , Maroosha Muzaffar

The select committee impanelled to investigate the 6 January 2021 attack on the US Capitol will soon begin what it hopes will be a high-impact, attention-grabbing series of televised hearings meant to spell out its findings for the benefit of the American public.

The spectacle is naturally going to elevate the panel’s members to a higher level of public notoriety – so in advance of the incendiary sessions, here’s a rundown of who they are.

Read the profiles by Andrew Naughtie here:

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Who are the members of the January 6 select committee?

Joe Biden talks gun control with Jimmy Kimmel: ‘Don’t want to emulate Trump’s abuse of the Constitution’

08:30 , Maroosha Muzaffar

The 46th President blamed the lack of any progress on gun safety on intimidation by the gun lobby, as he called on voters to make it a deciding issue come November during his first in-person appearance on a late-night talk show.

Read the full story by Peony Hirwani here:

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President Joe Biden talks gun control with Jimmy Kimmel

Jan. 6 panel’s 1,000 witnesses: From Trump aides to rioters

08:00 , Maroosha Muzaffar

The House Select Committee investigating January 6 riots has interviewed more than 1,000 people who were directly or indirectly involved in the US Capitol insurrection as it’s probed the violent attack and former president Donald Trump’s unprecedented efforts to overturn his election defeat.

Read the full piece by Associated Press here:

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Jan. 6 panel’s 1,000 witnesses: From Trump aides to rioters

The 6 Jan hearings vow to ‘change history’. Here’s what to expect

07:30 , Maroosha Muzaffar

The panel’s first hearing in prime time will feature a filmmaker who captured footage of a meeting between Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio and Oath Keepers founder Elmer Stewart Rhodes, Eric Garcia and Andrew Feinberg report.

Read the full story here:

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The 6 Jan hearings vow to ‘change history’. Here’s what to expect

When are the January 6 hearings?

07:00 , Maroosha Muzaffar

The House select committee investigating the Capitol insurrection on 6 January 2021 will hold six public hearings, according to a draft schedule.

The committee is set to hold two hearings in primetime at 8pm on Thursday 9 June and on 23 June. In between the primetime hearings, additional public sessions will be conducted at 10am on 13 June, 15 June, 16 June, and 21 June.

Read the full story by Gustaf Kilander here:

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When are the January 6 hearings?

What Donald Trump has said about the January 6 riot

06:30 , Maroosha Muzaffar

Ex-president continues to gloat over size of the crowd at ‘Stop the Steal’ rally, portray jailed participants as innocent victims and shrug off responsibility ahead of televised congressional hearings.

Read the full piece by Joe Sommerlad here:

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What Donald Trump has said about the January 6 riot

Donald Trump set to testify in New York fraud probe in July

06:00 , Maroosha Muzaffar

Former president Donald Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr and daughter, Ivanka Trump are scheduled to testify in New York’s civil probe into alleged fraud at their family business from 15 July.

Court documents revealed on Wednesday that New York state attorney general Letitia James and her team of investigators will have to conclude their questioning “by the following week.”

Mr Trump, his son and daughter have until 13 June to appeal to New York state’s highest court for a stay, according to the document filed by a lower court.

What has Donald Trump said about the January 6 riot?

05:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Joe Sommerlad reviews everything former President Donald Trump has said about the events of 6 January 2021.

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What Donald Trump has said about the January 6 riot

Jared Kushner reportedly planned move to Miami before Trump had even lost election

05:01 , Oliver O’Connell

Senior White House adviser and son-in-law of Donald Trump reportedly began etching his plans to flee the coop before the former president had officially even lost his bid for reelection in 2020, according to The New York Times.

“We’re moving to Miami,” Mr Kushner reportedly told his wife Ivanka Trump, also a senior adviser in her father’s administration, just a little more than 24 hours after the last polls had closed in Alaska at midnight on 4 November.

Johanna Chisholm reports:

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Kushner began plotting his move to Miami before Trump had even lost the 2020 election

What has Mike Pence said about the January 6 Capitol riot?

04:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Joe Sommerlad reviews what former Vice President Mike Pence, caught up in the centre of the events of 6 January 2021, has said about the Capitol riot since that day.

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What Mike Pence has said about the January 6 riot

Trump’s inner circle goes on offense over Jan 6 public hearings

03:30 , Oliver O’Connell

A number of Republicans from Donald Trump’s inner circle have begun what many have called a mass counterprogramming effort ahead of the first public hearings from the January 6 committee, scheduled to begin this week.

The House Select Committee investigating the violent insurrection at the Capitol, which resulted in about 140 officers getting injured and one police officer dying, has conducted its work largely behind closed doors for the better part of a year. On Thursday, however, the bipartisan panel is set to open its first of six hearings during a primetime televised event.

Joanna Chisholm reports:

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Trump’s loyalists go on offense ahead of the January 6 public hearings

Jan 6 committee members on diverging political paths

03:00 , Oliver O’Connell

The nine members of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection are on diverging political paths as they prepare for public hearings that could become a defining moment in their careers.

Working in private rooms in a Capitol office building, the seven Democrats and two Republicans have participated in hours of interviews, hearing testimony from members of former President Donald Trump‘s family, former Justice Department officials and Trump White House aides. They’ve issued dozens of subpoenas, interviewed more than 1,000 witnesses and gathered tens of thousands of pages of documents in an effort to piece together the worst attack on the Capitol in two centuries.

But as the lawmakers wrap up their investigation, many are at a personal crossroads.

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Jan. 6 committee’s members are on diverging political paths

Armed man arrested near Brett Kavanaugh’s home

02:30 , Oliver O’Connell

A man with at least one weapon was arrested near the Maryland home of US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and threatened to kill him, according to The Washington Post, citing people familiar with the investigation.

A suspect with “at least one weapon and burglary tools” was detained on a nearby street early on Wednesday in Montgomery County, according to the report, which claims that the man was angry about a forthcoming decision on the 1973 ruling in Roe v Wade and abortion access in the US.

A statement from the Supreme Court’s public information officer to The Independent also reports that a man was arrested at 1.50am.

Read more:

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Armed man who planned to kill Kavanaugh and himself arrested near justice’s home

Trump will ‘lose his mind’ over prime time committee hearing

02:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Andrew Feinberg and Eric Garcia write:

Allies of Mr Trump who’ve questioned the panel’s legitimacy in lawsuits seeking to block the committee from obtaining documents have pointed to the lack of GOP members when arguing that the panel is improperly constituted, but multiple federal courts have rejected such arguments.

Kurt Bardella, a former adviser to ex-GOP House Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa who now advises the Democratic National Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told The Independent that Mr McCarthy’s decision to withdraw all his picks in a fit of pique was a “massive strategic error” that has left the former president without anyone to defend or run interference for him.

He also predicted the former president would “lose his mind” when he watches the select committee’s hearings and realises no one is there to interject with talking points representing his side of the argument.

Read more:

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The 6 Jan hearings vow to ‘change history’. Here’s what to expect

‘We Build The Wall’ trial ends in mistrial

01:00 , 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

Republican Accountability Project drops new Jan 6 ad

Thursday 9 June 2022 00:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Conservative anti-Trump group The Republican Accountability Project has released a new ad about tomorrow’s public hearings on the 6 January 2021 Capitol riot.

The ad asks why it took former President Donald Trump 187 minutes to respond as Congress was under attack.

The big campaign question for Democrats heading into the midterms

Thursday 9 June 2022 00:00 , 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?

Mother of Buffalo shooting victim invites lawmakers to ‘clean son’s wounds’

Wednesday 8 June 2022 23:30 , Oliver O’Connell

The mother of a survivor of the Buffalo mass shooting has invited lawmakers to come to her home and clean the wounds on her son’s bullet-ridden body if they continue to refuse to tackle America’s escalating gun violence.

Zeneta Everhart gave emotional testimony before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday morning as lawmakers come under growing pressure to enact tighter gun control measures in the wake of a string of recent mass shootings.

Rachel Sharp reports:

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Buffalo victim mom tells lawmakers to ‘clean son’s wounds’ if they won’t tackle guns

GOP lawmakers’ evolution on the Capitol riot

Wednesday 8 June 2022 23:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Most every Republican lawmaker expressed outrage in the days after the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on 6 January 2021. Some even blamed then-President Donald Trump.

But the larger GOP narrative shifted in the weeks and months that followed. Republican House leader Kevin McCarthy, who had said in the hours after the attack that it had been “the saddest day I have ever had serving as a member of this institution,” went on to visit Trump at his Florida home only weeks after the riot.

Others went further, with some Republican lawmakers defending the rioters or playing down the violence of the mob that beat police officers and smashed its way into the Capitol.

A few Republicans have consistently criticized Trump, putting their own political future in peril.

Here’s what key members of the GOP have said since January 2021.

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Then and now: GOP lawmakers’ evolution on the Capitol riot

Will Trump’s key congressional allies watch the Jan 6 hearing?

Wednesday 8 June 2022 22:45 , Oliver O’Connell

The House select committee investigating the January 6 riot at the Capitol will convene for its first prime time hearing on Thursday evening. But don’t expect former president Donald Trump’s biggest apologists in the House of Representatives to be watching.

Eric Garcia spoke to some of the ex-president’s closest congressional allies:

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Trump allies Boebert, Taylor Greene and Gaetz reveal how they’ll watch Jan 6 hearing

How many January 6 rioters are in jail?

Wednesday 8 June 2022 22:30 , Oliver O’Connell

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.

Here’s how many people have been arrested since that day in 2021:

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How many January 6 rioters are in jail?

Trump NY civil probe: Former president set to undergo questioning in July

Wednesday 8 June 2022 22:15 , Oliver O’Connell

Former President Donald Trump, his namesake son and his daughter Ivanka have agreed to answer questions under oath next month in the New York attorney general’s civil investigation into his business practices, unless their lawyers persuade the state’s highest court to step in.

A Manhattan judge signed off Wednesday on an agreement that calls for the Trumps to give depositions — a legal term for sworn, pretrial testimony out of court — starting July 15.

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Trump set to undergo questioning in July in NY civil probe

Jared Kushner reportedly planned move to Miami before Trump had even lost election

Wednesday 8 June 2022 22:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Senior White House adviser and son-in-law of Donald Trump reportedly began etching his plans to flee the coop before the former president had officially even lost his bid for reelection in 2020, according to The New York Times.

“We’re moving to Miami,” Mr Kushner reportedly told his wife Ivanka Trump, also a senior adviser in her father’s administration, just a little more than 24 hours after the last polls had closed in Alaska at midnight on 4 November.

Johanna Chisholm reports:

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Kushner began plotting his move to Miami before Trump had even lost the 2020 election

House GOP to hold press conference about ‘illegitimate and partisan committee’

Wednesday 8 June 2022 21:42 , Oliver O’Connell

House Republicans will hold a press conference tomorrow morning to discuss “Speaker Pelosi’s illegitimate and partisan committee”.

Also in attendance will be those Republican lawmakers Kevin McCarthy selected to serve on the committee investigating the events of 6 January 2021 “who Speaker Pelosi rejected”, the statement reads.

What has Mike Pence said about the January 6 Capitol riot?

Wednesday 8 June 2022 21:27 , Oliver O’Connell

Joe Sommerlad reviews what former Vice President Mike Pence, caught up in the centre of the events of 6 January 2021, has said about the Capitol riot since that day.

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What Mike Pence has said about the January 6 riot

Peter Navarro asks for 45-day delay of arraignment on contempt of Congress charges

Wednesday 8 June 2022 21:17 , Oliver O’Connell

Former Trump adviser Peter Navarro has asked for a 45-day delay of his arraignment on criminal contempt of Congress charges.

In a letter addressed to the federal judge presiding over his prosecution, Mr Navarro said he is facing “a number of hurdles” in hiring a legal team to represent him.

Mr Navarro faces the charges for defying subpoenas from the House select committee investigating the 6 January 2021 attack on the US Capitol.

In his letter, he claimed prosecutors were pushing for a “speedy trial” as part of their strategy to “exploit the unrepresented”.

At his initial court appearance, he was represented by a public defender but said he may represent himself.

Mr Navarro is currently set to appear before Judge Amit Mehta on 17 June. If a 45-day delay is granted that would move his court date to the end of July or the beginning of August.

Here’s our previous coverage:

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Former Trump aide Peter Navarro indicted for contempt of Congress

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