Trump news – live: Jan 6 committee obtains secret service communications as Mark Meadows co-operates with DoJ

Trump phones mother of shot Capitol rioter Ashli Babbitt

The select committee investigating the 6 January attack on the US Capitol has obtained “thousands” of communications between Secret Service staff around the time of the riot, according to chair Bennie Thompson.

Mr Thompson said he and his members are now in possession of “thousands of exhibits” including text messages and radio traffic between agents working on 5 and 6 January 2021.

It is unclear what if any materials included in the data are new to the committee, but the announcement comes after two months of back-and-forth between the panel and the service after it emerged that the latter had deleted messages sent by agents before, during and after the insurrection.

Meanwhile, former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has co-operated with a subpoena from the Department of Justice issued as part of its own grand jury probe into efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

According to CNN, Mr Meadows has turned over materials that he provided to the select committee before refusing to testify to its members, for which he was found in contempt of Congress.


White House slams Lindsey Graham’s ‘wildly out of step’ anti-abortion bill

The White House has condemned a proposal from South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham to outlaw abortions nationwide at 15 weeks of pregnancy, the first such bill proposed by a US senator in the wake of the US Supreme Court’s decision to revoke a constitutional right to abortion care.

Senator Graham’s bill marks the sixth time that the Republican senator has introduced a national ban on abortion, with previous drafts proposing that abortion be outlawed at 20 weeks.

“This bill is wildly out of step with what Americans believe,” according to a statement from White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.

Alex Woodward reports.


How the Pennsylvania governor’s race might determine if the 2024 presidential election could be stolen

Doug Mastriano led the effort to overturn the 2020 election while Josh Shapiro beat Trump in court. Now the two are running for governor in one of the most important swing states, Eric Garcia reports from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.


Woman charged for threatening voicemails to Trump Mar-a-Lago judge

A Texas woman was taken into custody after allegedly threatening the life of a judge connected to the seizure of classified government documents from Donald Trump‘s Mar-a-Lago golf resort.

Tiffani Gish, who lives near Houston, allegedly left voicemails on 1 September for US District Judge Aileen Cannon telling her she was “marked for assassination” and warning that she was “Donald Trump’s hitman.” Her alleged messages are outlines in court documentation collected by Law and Crime.

Graig Graziosi has the story.


House oversight committee ‘concerned’ Trump may have more stolen documents

The chair of the powerful House Oversight Committee wants the National Archives and Records Administration (Nara) to determine whether any more records that should have been given to the archives at the end of former president Donald Trump’s term remain missing.

In a letter to Acting Archivist of the United States Debra Wall, Representative Carolyn Maloney raised the possibility that Mr Trump is continuing to harbour stolen government records at properties other than the Florida beach club where he maintains his private residence.

Andrew Feinberg reports.


Fox News anchor warns of “Arab Spring” in the US

The US’s grim inflation figures have met with a grim reception of Fox News, whose take on the economy is not just negative but apocalyptic.

Here’s a host earlier this morning warning of $8/gallon gasoline and a civil conflict sparked by “empty bellies”.


House Committee writes to National Archives over Trump documents

The Department of Justice is still working on its examination of the documents Donald Trump hoarded at Mar-a-Lago, pending the appointment of a special master to vet them – but in the interim, a key House of Representatives committee is taking the initiative.

Oversight Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney has written to the National Archives asking it to seek “a personal certification from Donald Trump that he has surrendered all presidential records that he illegally removed from the White House after leaving office.”

Read the letter here:


Kinzinger: Jan 6 panel likely to make criminal DoJ referral

Adam Kinzinger, one of two Republicans on the 6 January select committee, said in an interview this morning that a criminal referral from his committee to the Department of Justice is “likely”.

However, he also acknowledged that the department has “a pretty fulsome investigation” underway – one that he apparently knew little about until two months ago.

Watch his remarks below:


Oath Keepers founder wants special master in sedition trial

Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes is trying once again to delay his trial on seditious conspiracy charges relating to the 6 January insurrection – and his latest effort to do so has drawn inspiration from none other than Donald Trump.

In a new filing, Mr Rhodes’s lawyer asks the court to appoint a “special master” to “promote efficiency in discovery”. Mr Rhodes claims that the amount of material his team needs to review is onerously large, supposedly justifying his proposed delay.

He also apparently intends to call as a witness the militia group’s sometime lawyer, Kellye SoRelle, who has herself been separately indicted on 6 January-related charges.


Guiliani’s ex-wife says he’s “embarrassing himself”

Rudy Giuliani’s ex-wife claims that the man she married more than 20 years ago possesses little resemblance to the election denying Trump-pundit she sees in today’s political arena.

“I can certainly tell you – the person you see now is not the man I married,” Judith Giuliani said in an interview with Inside Edition, set to air on Tuesday night. “We, for a long time, were a very good team. Then things changed.”

The candid remarks from Ms Giuliani, who was married to the former Trump attorney from 2003 until filing for divorce in 2019, arrive as a series of tell-alls are set to be released on Tuesday. The tell-alls have been teased in recent weeks to paint an unflattering picture of the politician once toasted as America’s mayor.

Johanna Chisholm has more: