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Donald Trump has torn into the 6 January committee over its third public hearing, ranting on Truth Social that he did not order former Vice President Mike Pence to overturn the 2020 election – directly contradicting evidence from multiple witnesses without contesting the main issue at hand.

Bombshell testimony revealed a pressure campaign by Mr Trump and law professor John Eastman to get Mr Pence to halt the congressional certification process on 6 January 2021 and throw the decision to Republican-led states.

The former president was the keynote speaker at a conservative conference on Friday, where he amplified his baseless election fraud conspiracy theories and lashed out at Democrats. He continued this on Saturday morning with further posts calling the committee “political thugs”.

Meanwhile, the select committee has requested testimony from Ginni Thomas, the wife of US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, about texts and emails she sent to Mark Meadows and Mr Eastman in advance of the Capitol riot. The longtime right-wing activist has said she will oblige.

Trump’s advisers say he has grown angry and unhappy watching the 6 Jan hearings and is frustrated seeing clips of his family members including Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner being used against him, NYT journalist Maggie Haberman reports.

Key points

  • Cowboys for Trump founder sentenced to 14 days in jail for breaching Capitol grounds
  • Trump denies he called Pence ‘wimp’ in conspiracy-laden remarks
  • Ex-president lashes out at ‘radical left’ House select committee
  • Ginni Thomas agrees to talk to riot committee
  • Trump knew election plot was illegal but stoked riot that threatened Pence’s life
  • Pence told Trump ‘many times’ that plan to overturn election was illegal

Texas GOP senator booed for negotiating bipartisan gun deal

15:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Senator John Cornyn of Texas was booed at a GOP convention in his home state on Friday, apparently over the senator’s work on a bipartisan gun deal in the works in Congress.

While victims of recent mass shootings in Buffalo, New York; Uvalde, Texas; and Tulsa, Oklahoma have called on leaders to do more about gun violence, the crowd at the 2022 Texas State Republican Convention seemed upset for the opposite reason.

Josh Marcus reports:

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GOP senator work on Congress gun deal gets booed at Texas Republican convention

GOP 2024 presidential hopefuls plan Iowa visits

15:06 , Oliver O’Connell

At least a half-dozen GOP presidential prospects are planning Iowa visits this summer, forays that are advertised as promoting candidates and the state Republican organization ahead of the fall midterm elections. But in reality, the trips are about building relationships and learning the political geography in the state scheduled to launch the campaign for the party’s 2024 nomination.

Read more:

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Iowa doors swing open for Republicans eyeing White House run

Trump claims he never asked Pence to overturn 2020 elections

14:39 , Oliver O’Connell

Donald Trump has denied ever asking vice president Mike Pence to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.

“They said that I wanted him to decide the election,” the former president said during a speech at the Faith and Freedom conference. “I didn’t say that…they made up the story, it’s not true.”

He added that he wanted Pence to send results to legislators to check for irregularities that he ‘was seeing’.

Aides of Pence told the committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol that Trump had put ‘pressure’ on him.

Eric Garcia and Andrew Feinberg report:

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Trump claims he never asked Pence to overturn the election after Jan 6 hearing

Trump rants about ‘political thugs’ on Jan 6 committee

14:20 , Oliver O’Connell

In a further post on Truth Social on Saturday morning, Donald Trump has again lashed out at the House select committee investigating the events of 6 January 2021.

The former president called them “political thugs and scoundrels” and accused them of trying to “railroad people into the arms of the Justice Department” and “criminalise politics”.

He deemed the whole investigation a “Kangaroo Court” and “a USA embarrassment”.

Here’s the full post:

The Unselect Committee of political thugs & scoundrels is trying to use disinformation and outright lies to RAILROAD people into the arms of the Justice Department. They are doing everything within their power to criminalize politics, an absolute no no! I watched this lowlife Raskin yesterday making things and statements up, from out of nowhere. Pure fiction! The Dems play very dirty, but Republican leadership should never have allowed this Kangaroo Court to happen. A USA embarrassment!

Donald J Trump via Truth Social

Trump comments on CNN’s decision to phase out the use of ‘the big lie’

14:15 , Peony Hirwani

Trump says the reported plan by CNN to phase out the use of “the big lie” when referring to the former president’s “stolen election” claims is “a big step”.

In a post on Truth Social, Trump wrote: “Fake News CNN has announced that it will no longer allow the use of phrase, ‘The Big Lie,’ probably because they are open to legal exposure as facts are now out, with more coming, that the 2020 Presidential Election was indeed Rigged and Stolen, and that the term Big Lie now represents the exact opposite of what the Democrats and Fake News media was conning the public to believe. A Big step by CNN. Congratulations!”

Trump has grown angry watching hearings, say advisers

13:45 , Peony Hirwani

Donald Trump’s advisers say he has grown angry and unhappy watching the 6 Jan hearings and is frustrated seeing clips of his family members such as Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner being used against him, according to NYT journalist Maggie Haberman.

“Mr. Trump has grown angry watching the hearings, knowing that he lacks a bully pulpit from which to respond, according to his advisers,” she wrote.

Ivanka Trump gives testimony on father’s final phone call with Pence

13:30 , Peony Hirwani

ICYMI: The details of Donald Trump’s final phone call to Mike Pence on January 6 were revealed during testimonies on Thursday (16 June) to the House Select Committee investigating the events of the Capitol insurrection.

Nicholas Luna, a former assistant to Mr Trump, recalled the moment the former president called Pence a “wimp”.

Mr Trump’s daughter Ivanka said that the “loose and casual” conversation was “heated”.

The former president told Mr Pence that he was not “tough enough” to overturn the election, Mr Pence’s former national security advisor General Keith Kellogg testified.

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Jan 6: Ivanka Trump gives testimony on father’s final phone call with Pence

Who is testifying at the third Jan 6 hearing?

12:30 , Peony Hirwani

The January 6 committee has scored high ratings with its first two televised hearings, indicating that the detailed and sometimes disturbing evidence it’s gathered may be cutting through.

It abruptly postponed Wednesday’s hearing until next week, but is now pressing ahead with its next session: an unpacking of the efforts made by the Trump team to pressure Mike Pence into overturning the election in Congress.

The panel has Greg Jacob and Michael Luttig to testify about the pressure campaign.

Andrew Naughtie reports:

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Who is testifying at the third Jan 6 hearing?

Previously unreleased photos show Trump and family in Oval Office on Jan 6

10:30 , Peony Hirwani

ICYMI: Previously unreleased photographs from inside the White House provided to the House select committee investigating the attack on the US Capitol on 6 January, 2021 show then-president Donald Trump with his children and aides inside the Oval Office that day.

The images show Mr Trump and Donald Trump Jr, Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump and chief aides and members of the administartion at the White House as the joint session of Congress convened to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election, which the former president baselessly asserted as fraudulent and stolen.

Mr Trump is also photographed on the phone.

Alex Woodward reports:

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Previously unreleased photos show Trump and family in Oval Office on Jan 6

Jan 6 committee sees video of Trump setting up fraud claims in advance of 2020 election

08:30 , Peony Hirwani

ICYMI: The January 6 Committee played a video of former US president Donald Trump’s “sustained effort” to set up claims of election fraud in 2020.Democratic committee member and California representative Zoe Lofgren said in the committee’s second hearing on Monday (13 June) that Mr Trump “laid the groundwork” for claims that the 2020 US Presidential Election was “rigged” well in advance.In the video, Mr Trump repeatedly peddled false theories that mail votes were dumped or sold, and that the only way he would lose an election would be by “fraud”.

Holly Patrick reports:

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Jan 6 committee sees video of Trump setting up fraud claims in advance of election

Ex-Trump adviser Peter Navarro pleads not guilty to contempt of Congress charges

07:30 , Peony Hirwani

ICYMI: Donald Trump’s adviser Peter Navarro pleaded not guilty on Friday (17 June) to two misdemeanor counts of contempt of Congress, after he refused to provide testimony or documents to the US House of Representatives Committee investigating the January 2021 attack at the Capitol.

Mr Navarro, who appeared in the US District Court for the District of Columbia for his arraignment on Friday, wrote a book called Green Bay Sweep after he left the White House, in which he talked about a plan to delay Congress from certifying president Joe Biden’s victory, according to the indictment.

Andrew Feinberg reports:

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Ex-Trump adviser Peter Navarro pleads not guilty to contempt of Congress charges

Cowboys for Trump founder sentenced to 14 days in jail for breaching Capitol grounds

06:30 , Peony Hirwani

A Republican member of a governing commission in New Mexico who founded a group called “Cowboys for Trump” was sentenced in federal court on Friday to 14 days in jail over his role in breaching the US Capitol grounds during the 6 January riot.

But the man, Couy Griffin, will get credit for the 20 days he already served in pretrial detention, and will not be required to report to prison, the judge said.

He was also ordered to pay a $3,000 fine and serve 60 days of community service.

Bill Clinton says he’s ‘never’ been more worried about US democracy than in Trump era

05:30 , Peony Hirwani

ICYMI: Former president Bill Clinton says he has “never” been as worried about the fate of US democracy as he is right now.

“I actually think there is a fair chance we could completely lose our constitutional democracy for a couple of decades if we make bad decisions,” Mr Clinton told Late Late Show host James Corden in an episode airing Thursday. “I am not naive about this. I have been in a lot of fights. I have lost some and won a bunch. I have been elated and heartbroken. But I have never before been as worried about the structure of our democratic form of government.”

However, the former president said he hoped America would come to its senses soon.

Josh Marcus reports:

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Bill Clinton tells James Corden he’s ‘never’ been more worried about US democracy

Trump said he will pardon Jan 6 defendants if president

03:57 , Graeme Massie

ICYMI: The ex-president claims defendants accused of participating in the Capitol riots are being treated “worse than terrorists and murderers”.

More than 840 people been arrested in connection with the assault, and roughly 255 are charged with assaulting, resisting or impeding officers or employees. Roughly 90 people have been charged with using a deadly or dangerous weapon or causing serious bodily injury to an officer; more than 100 law enforcement officers were injured in the attack, and four officers killed themselves in the days and months after the attack. Another officer died from strokes associated with the attack the following day.

He said he will look “very, very seriously” at pardoning defendants, if he becomes president.

Profile: Ginni Thomas, devotee of the ‘Trump cult’

02:02 , Graeme Massie

ICYMI: As she finally prepares to talk to the 6 January committee after months of controversy, Ginni Thomas remains a figure of intense fascination because of her long history of conservative activism, her sometimes bizarre statements (in public and private), and her background as a self-described cult survivor.

Bevan Hurley has this profile of Ms Thomas, whom one expert suspects holds a cult-like devotion to Donald Trump.

Dr Hassan says it’s almost impossible to believe that Justice Thomas doesn’t share her beliefs that the election was stolen.

“I think that based on their history, they were always enmeshed,” he said.

“There are people who are puppeteers of Trump, and then there are different cults that are his base. It seems to me that Clarence and Ginni are part of this religious Christian-right group.”

Read the full story:

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Expert says Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court justice, is in ‘Trump cult’

John Eastman profile: Who is the author of the “coup memo”?

01:07 , Graeme Massie

ICYMI: Andrew Buncombe has this profile of John Eastman, the law professor whose legal advice to Donald Trump in advance of 6 January was at the core of the effort to overthrow the election result – a plan one judge has described as “a coup in search of a legal theory”.

Read his piece below.

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Who is John Eastman and why did he ask Trump for a presidential pardon?

Opinion: What we’ve heard about Trump is beyond the worst-case scenario

Saturday 18 June 2022 00:05 , Graeme Massie

ICYMI: Writing for The Independent, Ahmed Baba tries to convey just how serious the evidence laid out by the 6 January committee is.

These hearings are weaving together a story. Trump knew he lost the election, but declared victory anyway. Trump knew his voter fraud claims were false, but continued to radicalize his supporters and litigate them in court anyway. Trump knew that it would’ve been illegal for Pence to overturn the election, and pressured him to do it anyway.

These hearings are clearly outlining that Trump was in no way ignorant of the laws he would go on to violate. This truth should echo in our minds as we read Judge Luttig’s chilling final words that closed out today’s hearing. Luttig claimed that Trump, his allies, and his supporters are a clear and present danger to American democracy — not just because of January 6, but because they will try and overturn the 2024 election as well. Americans should pay attention.

Read his full op-ed below.

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What we just heard about Trump and Pence on Jan 6th is beyond the worst-case scenario

How serious are Mike Pence’s 2024 plans?

Friday 17 June 2022 23:01 , Graeme Massie

ICYMI: As the 6 January committee yesterday unpacked the chain of events that almost led to his murder at the hands of a radicalised mob, Mike Pence was out on the road campaigning for Ohio governor Mike DeWine, who is seeking re-election this year.

The Wall Street Journal has taken a (paywalled) look at whether the ex-vice president’s political activities really are the groundwork for a 2024 presidential run, as many suspect. Here’s a key quote, in which Mr Pence gives the same kind of vague answer he’s trotted out when asked the question before…

Eric Garcia: After another devastating hearing, three new questions for the 6 January committee

Friday 17 June 2022 21:40 , Alex Woodward

From Washington, The Independent’s Eric Garcia outlines three big questions before the Capitol riot committee:

What will Ginni Thomas’ testimony look like? Why did Eastman want a pardon? And when will the committee comply with the Justice Department?

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Three new questions for the 6 January committee

Meanwhile in Texas: state GOP signs resolution against bipartisan gun control efforts in Congress

Friday 17 June 2022 21:19 , Alex Woodward

Less than a month after 19 schoolchildren were gunned down in their classroom in Uvalde, Texas, the state’s Republican Party issued a resolution rejecting bipartisan framework on gun reform making its way through Congress.

A crowd at the state’s party meeting on Friday booed Texas GOP Senator John Cornyn, among senators leading the efforts.

“All gun control is a violation of the Second Amendment,” the resolution says.

The deal would mark the first major gun legislation in Congress in decades, strengthening background checks and closing a so-called “boyfriend loophole” that held up domestic violence legislation. Proposed legislation would close a federal loophole by adding dating partners to a federal law that bars firearm purchases for those convicted of domestic violence against someone they have been married to, lived with, or with whom they have a child.

Trump ends 96-minute remarks targeting public schools and trans people with pledge to win back Congress

Friday 17 June 2022 21:13 , Alex Woodward

Trump has ended his remarks from Nashville, where he suggested teachers should be prosecuted for civil rights violations for providing honest lessons on racism and gender and called on his followers to withdraw their children from public schools and receive vouchers for private education.

He also amplified hateful, modern-day GOP rhetoric against LGBT+ people that has surrounded debate over state-level legislation aimed at eliminating discussion of LGBT+ people and issues in schools, which has become a wedge issue for GOP camaigns in midterm elections to attract support.

Trump suggests the crowd at his DC speech outnumbered MLK’s ‘I have a dream’ remarks

Friday 17 June 2022 20:30 , Alex Woodward

Trump appears to suggest he drew a crowd that was bigger than Martin Luther King Jr’s remarks at the March on Washington in 1963.

Trump claims committee is getting ‘terrible ratings’ and says he doesn’t like Twitter

Friday 17 June 2022 20:17 , Alex Woodward

Trump claims that the House select committee is “wasting everyone’s time” with a “theatrical production” that is getting “terrible ratings”. Millions of people watched livestreams across several news networks on YouTube.

“If they were lawyers they’d get disbarred for what they’re doing … We can’t even speak,” he said.

He then pivoted to promoting Truth Social, where he posted that he demanded “equal time” in the hearings, and said he doesn’t like Twitter because of the “bots.”

Trump lashes out at ‘radical left’ House select committee

Friday 17 June 2022 20:00 , Alex Woodward

The ex-president lambasted the House select committee investigating the 6 January attack, asserting that “every single member” of the House select committee investigating the Capitol riot is a “radical left hater” – including the two Republicans on the committee.

He lashed out at “crazy” Republican congressmembers Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger; “he cries every time he speaks. There’s something wrong with that guy,” he said.

He also hailed a slew of discredited election conspiracy theories and a bogus documentary about voter fraud, attempting to legitimise his arguments to reject the outcome of the 2020 election.

The Independent’s Josh Bowden has more on those:

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Discredited Trump theories resurface at Jan 6 hearing

Trump baselessly claims Democrats are wielding ‘sledgehammer’ against free society

Friday 17 June 2022 19:53 , Alex Woodward

Trump opened his remarks claiming, baselessly, that “we don’t have free speech very much anymore” and that his political enemies are wielding a “sledgehammer” to a free society, including “organised religion”.

He claimed that the greatest danger to the US comes not from enemies elsewhere but “the destruction of our nation from the people from within, and you know the people I’m talking about”.

The ex-president – painting his political enemies as both weak and ineffective as well as powerful forces responsible for the collapse of society – called on Republicans to stand up to “left-wing fascism” and “take back our freedom” in November elections.

Trump has arrived

Friday 17 June 2022 19:39 , Alex Woodward

The former president is now addressing the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority Policy Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, where he is the keynote speaker headlining a three-day event featuring right-wing figures and Republican officials and candidates.

His public remarks come in the middle of bombshell testimony and congressional hearings about his involvement to undermine the outcome of 2020 presidental election and his baseless assertions that the results were “stolen” from him, fuelling violence at the US Capitol from a pro-Trump mob.

How Oakley came to be accused of ‘fascism’ for selling Thin Blue Line sunglasses

Friday 17 June 2022 19:15 , Alex Woodward

Among the Trump flags, American flags, Confederate emblems and neo-Nazi and militia insignias at the Capitol on 6 January, 2021 were numerous thin blue line flags. How did the image end up on Oakley sunglasses?

The Independent’s Josh Marcus has this report on the history of the brand, the Blue Lives Matter movement and law enforcement aesthetics.

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How Oakley came to be accused of ‘fascism’ for selling Thin Blue Line sunglasses

Ex-Trump adviser Peter Navarro pleads not guilty to contempt of Congress charges

Friday 17 June 2022 18:52 , Alex Woodward

Former Trump administration trade adviser Peter Navarro has pleaded not guilty to the two counts of criminal contempt of Congress on which he was indicted earlier this month.

The former head of the National Trade Council faces up to two years behind bars should a jury convict him on charges that he refused to honour subpoenas for documents and to appear before the House select committee investigating the Capitol attack.

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Ex-Trump adviser Peter Navarro pleads not guilty to contempt of Congress charges

Trump to speak at conservative Christian conference

Friday 17 June 2022 18:12 , Alex Woodward

Trump is due to address the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority Policy Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, a three-day event featuring right-wing figures and Republican officials and candidates.

The ex-president is the keynote speaker – earning even praise from Senator Lindsey Graham – while the House committee investigating the Capitol attack fuelled by Trump’s baseless stolen election rhetoric reveals damning testimony from members of his inner circle.

Also speaking today are several members of Congrees, RNC chair Ronna McDaniel and former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Poll: Majority of Americans want Congress to launch ethics investigation into Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas

Friday 17 June 2022 17:58 , David Taintor

A new poll finds that a majority of Americans support a congressional ethics investigation into Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas over the jurist’s decision not to recuse himself from cases related to the 2020 election.

The poll, conducted by Hart Research Associates on behalf of Defmand Justice, found that 61 per cent supported the move. The poll comes as the House January 6 committee seeks information from Mr Thomas’s wife, Ginni Thomas, who reportedly made efforts to influence officials to go along with the Trump White House plot to overturn the results of the election.

Girlfriend of dead Capitol officer hits out at Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner

Friday 17 June 2022 17:30 , Andrew Naughtie

The girlfriend of fallen Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick says that testimonies from Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner that illustrated their failure to stop Donald Trump from inciting a violent mob on January 6 were “absolutely despicable”.

Speaking to CNN’s Jake Tapper, Sandra Garza explained on Thursday night after the third public hearing of the House select committee investigating the Capitol riot that she was “more moved” by the testimonies she heard from the first prime-time screening, which featured appearances by both Ms Trump and Mr Kushner.

“There were so many people who could’ve intervened and said, you know what, I’m gonna go to the media … I’m gonna scream from the rooftops and try and stop this,” Ms Garza said during her interview on CNN’s The Lead. “They knew Trump intimately. They knew how dangerous he was. And nobody did anything to stop him.”

Johanna Chisholm has the story.

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Girlfriend of dead Capitol officer hits out at Ivanka, Jared for not stopping Trump

Analysis: Three new questions for the 6 January committee

Friday 17 June 2022 16:45 , Andrew Naughtie

Taking stock of the revelations from yesterday’s 6 January committee hearing, Eric Garcia writes that the panel has some tricky territory to navigate – and it doesn’t have much time to chart a course:

Yesterday’s session showed how Mr Trump’s legal team, led by attorney John Eastman, tried to force the vice president to subvert the election results on 6 January and remarked that “there’s been violence in the history of our country to protect the democracy or protect the republic”.

It was a seismic and harrowing hearing, and spelled out Mr Eastman’s machinations in stunning detail. But the committee is now entering new territory: the Department of Justice has criticized the committee for not delivering witness transcripts, and the panel has said it wants Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, to testify.

Read his full analysis below.

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Three new questions for the 6 January committee

Core Trump adviser pleads not guilty to contempt charges

Friday 17 June 2022 15:18 , Andrew Naughtie

Peter Navarro, the exuberant former economic adviser and Covid-19 denier who played a key role in trafficking “stop the steal” conspiracy theories after the 2020 election, has pleaded not guilty to contempt of Congress charges brought after he refused to comply with a subpoena from the 6 January committee.

Analysis: Why yesterday’s hearing was so significant

Friday 17 June 2022 15:00 , Andrew Naughtie

Coming off yesterday’s mammoth hearing of the 6 January select committee, Eric Garcia and Andrew Feinberg have this in-depth analysis of why the panel’s third session matters so much. From the devastating debunking of John Eastman’s various legal machinations to the “clear and present danger” that Donald Trump, his allies and his supporters pose to American democracy, they have all the details you need to understand how deep the hearing’s implications really go.

Read their dispatch below.

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Trump knew plan for Pence to reject electoral votes was illegal but pushed it anyway

ICYMI: Photo shows Pence watching Trump’s tweet praising rioters

Friday 17 June 2022 14:30 , Andrew Naughtie

Among the most chilling images shown at yesterday’s Capitol riot hearing is a photograph of Mike Pence in a secure subterranean location somewhere in or around the building during the riot, holding a phone on which is displayed Donald Trump’s video praising the rioters who were then stalking the halls looking for the vice president – some of them with explicitly violent intent.

© Provided by The Independent A photo shows Mike Pence in a secure Capitol Hill location watching Donald Trump’s video praising rioters on January 6 2021 (National Archives)

Gustaf Kilander and John Bowden have the story.

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Photo shows Pence in secure location watching Trump’s Jan 6 video praising rioters

“LIES AND MISREPRESENTATIONS”: Trump continues campaign against committee on Truth Social

Friday 17 June 2022 13:25 , Andrew Naughtie

Donald Trump is awake and “Truthing” on his Twitter simulacrum Truth Social, and he has clearly been triggered by yesterday’s 6 January committee hearing.

© Provided by The Independent Trump rages at committee on Truth Social (again) (Truth Social)

It’s worth pointing out that his distinction between overturning the election and sending the certification back to the states is not the point; at issue is whether he and his advisers put pressure on Mike Pence to do the latter, which this post concedes he did. Multiple witnesses yesterday said that that plan was both nonsensical and illegal.

Eric Garcia has more context.

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Trump claims he never asked Pence to overturn the election

Friday 17 June 2022 13:00 , Andrew Naughtie

A leading anti-vaccine California doctor was sentenced to two months of imprisonment for storming the US Capitol and delivering a speech to the rioters during the January 6 insurrection.

Simone Gold, a former emergency room physician known for spreading previously debunked claims about Covid-19 vaccines and promoting disproven treatments like ivermectin, pleaded guilty in March to a misdemeanour charge of unlawfully entering a restricted area.

Gold told the court that she regreted entering the Capitol and didn’t intend to get involved in an event that was “so destructive to our nation”.

“It’s the opposite of who I am,” she told US district judge Christopher Cooper.

Namita Singh has the story.

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Anti-vaxx doctor sentenced to jail for role in Capitol riots

Ginni Thomas agrees to testify

Friday 17 June 2022 12:30 , Andrew Naughtie

The pressure to get Ginni Thomas to explain her communications with the Trump team before 6 January will soon be off, as the longtime right-wing activist and 2020 election conspiracy theorist has now said she “looks forward” to testifying, which she views as an opportunity to clear up unspecified “misconceptions”.

Johanna Chisholm has the story.

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Ginni Thomas agrees to talk to Jan 6 committee to ‘clear up misconceptions’

Ivanka Trump and others testify about overheard Trump-Pence call

Friday 17 June 2022 11:45 , Andrew Naughtie

Among the most important figures interviewed by the 6 January committee over the past year is Ivanka Trump, who gave several hours of virtual testimony apparently without acrimony.

She was expected to have crucial insight into her father’s mood during the riot and in the days leading up to it – and based on video of her interview that was shown during yesterday’s hearing, those expectations were correct.

Watch committee witnesses describe pushing back on Eastman’s ideas

Friday 17 June 2022 11:10 , Andrew Naughtie

One of the main elements of yesterday’s 6 January committee hearing was extensive evidence that multiple members of the Trump administration’s upper echelons, in particular senior legal aides and Mike Pence’s staff, repeatedly conveyed to the president, the vice president and others that John Eastman’s plans for Mr Pence to overturn Joe Biden’s victory were nonsensical and illegal.

Here’s a supercut from the committee pulling some of that evidence together.

Read the Jan 6 panel’s letter to Ginni Thomas

Friday 17 June 2022 10:26 , Andrew Naughtie

The New York Times has obtained the text of the 6 January committee’s letter to Ginni Thomas. Confirming what emerged yesterday, Bennie Thompson and Liz Cheney write that “the select committee has obtained evidence that you had certain communications with John Eastman” during the interregnum between the election and the day of the Capitol riot. The letter also asks Ms Thomas to preserve and provide “documents that are relevant” to the investigation.

Read the letter below:

Trump was repeatedly told vice president lacked legal authority to overturn 2020 election

Friday 17 June 2022 09:30 , Sravasti Dasgupta

The January 6 committee shared a video clip of Marc Short’s testimony in Thursday’s hearing.

Mr Short was the former vice president Mike Pence’s Chief of Staff who served in the Trump administration in multiple positions over four years.

In his testimony, Mr Short said Mr Trump was told repeatedly that Mr Pence lacked the Constitutional and legal authority to do what Trump demanded he do.

Pence did his job that day, says Rep Pete Aguilar

Friday 17 June 2022 08:30 , Sravasti Dasgupta

Committee member Pete Aguilar has said former vice president Mike Pence, who was allegedly pressured by then president Donald Trump to overturn the election results, did his job that day and “acted presidential”.

In an interview with ABC News’s Linsey Davis, Mr

said: “I think Mike Pence stood behind Donald Trump during a lot of times when I would oppose the policies that they advocated.

“I think its important and we need to remind folks that he did his job that day. He acted presidential. He was down in an undisclosed location but he was acting presidential- calling the acting secretary of defence, calling congressional leaders, he was doing the job. While I am frustrated with policies of the Trump-Pence administration, I think it is important to be honest about his role that day.”

In Thursday’s hearing the committee revealed Mr Trump knew he lost the election but “oversaw a scheme” to overturn the result “when the vice president refused to go along with it” and that “he [Mr Trump] unleashed a violent mob against Pence at the Capitol”.

© Provided by The Independent An image of former Vice President Mike Pence on the night of January 6, 2021 is displayed during the third hearing of the US House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Jan 6 hearing – day 3: Trump knew election plot was illegal and egged on riot that threatened Mike Pence’s life

Friday 17 June 2022 08:00 , Oliver O’Connell

The third public hearing into the Capitol riot heard evidence that Donald Trump was repeatedly told his plan to overturn the election result was illegal, even by the lawyer urging him to do so.

The Independent’s Washington team was on Capitol Hill today for the shocking testimony.

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Trump knew plan for Pence to reject electoral votes was illegal but pushed it anyway

YouTube deletes video of January 6 committee hearing, report says

Friday 17 June 2022 07:45 , Sravasti Dasgupta

YouTube has allegedly deleted a video of former Attorney General William P Barr’s testimony to the January 6 Committee hearing on the grounds that it included a clip of former president Donald Trump sharing lies about the 2020 elections, reported The New York Times.

“The excerpt, which was uploaded June 14, included recorded testimony from former Attorney General William P Barr. But the problem for YouTube was that the video also included a clip of former President Donald J Trump sharing lies about the election on the Fox Business channel,” the report said.

In a statement, YouTube spokesperson Ivy Choi said: “Our election integrity policy prohibits content advancing false claims that widespread fraud, errors or glitches changed the outcome of the 2020 US presidential election, if it does not provide sufficient context.”

The video of the committee’s Thursday hearing is still available on YouTube.

Thursday 16 June 2022 23:15 , Oliver O’Connell

DOJ hits out at January 6 committee for not sharing witness transcripts

Thursday 16 June 2022 21:59 , Oliver O’Connell

The Justice Department has accused the January 6 committee of withholding witness transcripts that would aid the prosecution of people who attacked the US Capitol.

In a letter sent to the committee on Wednesday, the DOJ said the “failure” to grant it access to the transcripts “complicates the department’s ability to investigate and prosecute those who engaged in criminal conduct” in relation to the Capitol attack.

“It is critical that the Select Committee provide us with copies of the transcripts of all of its witness interviews,” continued the letter, which was signed by Assistant Attorneys General Kenneth Polite, Jr and Matthew Olsen, as well as US Attorney Matthew Graves.

Richard Hall reports.

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DOJ hits out at January 6 committee for not sharing witness transcripts

New photos emerge of Trump family in Oval Office on Jan 6

Thursday 16 June 2022 21:50 , Oliver O’Connell

Informant reveals Proud Boys ‘were willing to kill vice president’ as rioters got within 40 feet of Pence

Thursday 16 June 2022 21:40 , Oliver O’Connell

One of the most stunning moments of Thursday’s hearing of the January 6 committee came as members presented a 3D model of areas of the Senate basement where Mike Pence was evacuated to after leaving the Senate floor with Secret Service.

According to security footage of the day, rioters came dangerously close to the vice president while members of the crowd inside and outside of the Capitol chanted, “hang Mike Pence”.

And according to committee member Pete Aguilar, a confidential witness has testified to the FBI that members of the Proud Boys, who were present in the riot, “would have killed Mike Pence if given the chance”.

John Bowden reports.

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Jan 6 informant reveals Proud Boys ‘were willing to kill vice president’

Raskin: Question of Eastman email is if it is indicative of guilt

Thursday 16 June 2022 21:26 , Oliver O’Connell

The Independent’s Eric Garcia asked Rep Jamie Raskin about the prospect of prosecution for John Eastman based on his email asking for a presidential pardon following January 6.

Said Mr Raskin: “It’s obviously not illegal for him to seek a pardon, that’s not a criminal act of itself. The question is whether it is indicative of his consciousness of guilt or his fear of prosecution based on all of the actions he had undertaken in conjunction with Donald Trump. I think those are all legitimate questions and they all bear factual inquiry.”

Jan 6 chair says will not stop work to turn over transcripts to DoJ

Thursday 16 June 2022 21:21 , Oliver O’Connell

After the hearing, January 6 committee chair Rep Bennie Thompson was asked by reporters if the group would be turning over the transcripts of depositions to the Department of Justice to help with criminal prosecutions as has been requested by letter.

Mr Thompson responded: “We go the letter yesterday. We’re reviewing it, we’ll respond to it. But we’re in the midst of conducting our hearing, we have a programme to get over. We have to get the facts and circumstances behind January 6.”

“We will work with them, but we have a report to do,” he adds. “We are not going to stop what we’re doing to share the information we’ve gathered so far with the Department of Justice. We have to do our work.”

Thursday 16 June 2022 20:32 , Oliver O’Connell

Former Trump White House lawyer Eric Herschmann says he talked with Eastman on January 7 and told him: “Get a great effing criminal defense lawyer. You’re going to need it.”

Eastman then emailed Rudy Giuliani saying that he wanted to be on the Trump administration pardon list.

“I’ve decided that I should be on the pardon list, if that is still in the works,” he wrote. Eastman did not received a pardon.

Video is then shown of Eastman’s depisition for the panel where he pled the fifth 100 times, according to Rep Aguilar.