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Jan 6 hearings latest: Ex-Trump staff to appear at Thursday session as Steve Bannon trial begins


Roger Stone claims Steve Bannon blackmailed Trump to get pardon

The Jan 6 select committee’s next public hearing, which is scheduled for primetime this Thursday, will reportedly feature two former White House aides who will testify as to what the ex-president was doing while a mob of his supporters violently stormed the US Capitol.

The hearing, which committee member Jamie Raskin said would be a “moment of reckoning” for the US, is set to focus on Mr Trump’s inaction during the attack. The two aides in question are Matthew Pottinger, former deputy national security adviser, and Sarah Matthews, a former press aide.

The panel has already showcased witness testimony about the former president’s behaviour during the riot, including that he refused to send a tweet calling the crowd off and that he may have suggested they were right to call for Mike Pence to be hanged.

Meanwhile, Mr Trump’s ally Steve Bannon faces the start of his trial on criminal contempt of Congress. The former president’s longtime lieutenant and hardcore right-wing agitator refused to comply with the House select committee’s subpoena, and his various last-ditch efforts to head off or delay the trial have failed.


Star Jan 6 witness seeking re-election looks for “miracle”

Rusty Bowers, the Republican Arizona House speaker who nearly came to tears when testifying to the Jan 6 committee recently, has given an interview to NBC News where he describes the headwinds facing him in his November re-election effort, which he acknowledges it will take a “miracle” for him to win given the pro-Trump opposition:

A recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award this year, Bowers said the response in his district to the testimony has been mixed.

“Among my friends and people that I know personally in the district, it’s been good,” he said. “But generally, it is not seen as good. It’s been: ‘There you go. The traitor.’”

He also disagrees with people who tell him his decision to testify took courage.

“I don’t see me having some courageous Don Quixote-esque [moment]. Maybe that’s it, but certainly not a Joan of Arc,” Bowers said. “But I did what I had to do. I knew that there might be consequences, and in some cases, I knew that it would end relationships. But I have to tell the truth. That’s it. Beyond that, nothing else.”

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Thursday’s primetime hearing will construct ‘minute-by-minute’ account of Trump’s Jan 6 actions

The January 6 committee’s second primetime hearing will take place on Thursday and feature a “minute-by-minute” account of Donald Trump’s actions while Capitol Hill was being stormed by his supporters, a panel member said on Sunday.

Three members of the House select committee – Zoe Lofgren, Elaine Luria and Adam Kinzinger – appeared on Sunday shows to discuss the hearing. Republican Congressman Kinzinger also signaled that it may not be the last time the panel presents findings to the public.

John Bowden has more on what to expect from Thursday’s hearing.


Kinzinger hits out at Secret Service over ‘very conflicting’ statements on deleted texts

Republican congressman and January 6 committee member Adam Kinzinger has accused the Secret Service of contradicting statements on whether text messages sent during the deadly attack on the US Capitol were still accessible.

Last week, the bipartisan committee was informed by the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security (OIG) that the Secret Service was delaying efforts to hand over materials related to that day, and had apparently deleted relevant text messages.

Mr Kinzinger said on Sunday that the agency claimed it had lost all or some of the texts requested by the panel – then declared all “relevant” messages were turned over to the OIG.


NRA slams Trump’s Wisconsin candidate over false endorsement

The National Rifle Association on Monday issued a stinging rebuke of former President Donald Trump‘s pick for Wisconsin governor, accusing him of misleading its members after his campaign falsely claimed the gun advocacy group had endorsed him.


Prince Harry condemns the ‘rolling back of constitutional rights’

Prince Harry has criticised the “rolling back of constitutional rights” in the United States in a keynote address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Monday.

“The few weaponising lies and disinformation at the expense of the many,” Harry said in a thinly-veiled critique of the US Supreme Court’s decision to end abortion rights during a speech marking Nelson Mandela International Day.

“And from the horrific war in Ukraine to the rolling back of constitutional rights here in the United States, we are witnessing a global assault on democracy and freedom, the cause of Mandela’s life.”


Jody Hice refusing to comply with subpoena in Georgia Trump election criminal probe

Georgia Representative Jody Hice is refusing to comply with a subpoena ordering him to give evidence before the Georgia special grand jury investigating former president Donald Trump’s attempt to pressure Peach State officials into overturning Joe Biden’s 2020 election win there.


Paul accuses McConnell of cutting a ‘secret deal’ with White House

Senator Rand Paul accused Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of cutting “a secret deal with the White House that fell apart,” on Monday further exposing the long simmering tensions between Kentucky’s two Republican senators.

Mr Paul blamed a lack of communication by his fellow Kentuckian Mr McConnell for the failure of a federal judicial nomination for anti-abortion lawyer Chad Meredith, reported Associated Press.

“Unfortunately, instead of communicating and lining up support for him, Senator McConnell chose to cut a secret deal with the White House that fell apart,” Mr Paul said.


Jan 6 hearing to show Trump’s ‘dereliction of duty’ during Capitol riot

A House committee’s prime-time hearing Thursday will offer the most compelling evidence yet of then-President Donald Trump’s “dereliction of duty” on the day of the Jan. 6 insurrection, with new witnesses detailing his failure to stem an angry mob storming the Capitol, committee members said Sunday.

“This is going to open people’s eyes in a big way,” said Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., a member of the House committee investigating the riot who will help lead Thursday’s session with Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va. “The president didn’t do anything.”


No major problems with ballot drop boxes in 2020, survey reports

The expanded use of drop boxes for mailed ballots during the 2020 election did not lead to any widespread problems, according to an Associated Press survey of state election officials across the U.S. that revealed no cases of fraud, vandalism or theft that could have affected the results.

The findings from both Republican- and Democratic-controlled states run contrary to claims made by former President Donald Trump and his allies who have intensely criticized their use and falsely claimed they were a target for fraud.


Twitter flags Marjorie Taylor Greene for ‘hateful content’

Twitter flagged a tweet by Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene as hateful content after she misgendered Dr Rachel Levine, who is transgender and serves as assistant secretary for health in the Department of Health and Human Services.

Ms Greene posted a video of Dr Levine in which she said she wanted to “support and empower” transgender young people and not limit their participation in sports or their ability to receive gender-affirming treatment in their state.

“We must do everything we can to prevent Dr. Dick Levine’s pre-teen #WeenieChop”, Ms Greene tweeted.

The Independent’s Eric Garcia has the story:


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