Roger Stone claims Steve Bannon blackmailed Trump to get pardon
Jan 6 select committee chair Bennie Thompson has tested positive for Covid-19, it has been announced. The Democratic congressman says he is suffering only mild symptoms, and the panel’s primetime hearing on Thursday is expected to go ahead as planned.
The hearing 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 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, at the start of the trial of Trump ally Steve Bannon for criminal contempt of Congress, the former president’s longtime lieutenant and hardcore right-wing agitator claimed to have still been negotiating with the panel when the charge against him was brought. Prosecutors say he deliberately “decided he was above the law”.
‘MAGA movement is dying’ warns Dr Oz
Pennsylvania’s Senate race may represent a setback for Donald Trump’s “MAGA” wing of the Republican Party, and his chosen candidate seems to know it.
Dr Mehmet Oz declared in a fundraising email, first reported by The Daily Beast, on Monday that the former president’s political movement was “dying” as he trails Democrat John Fetterman in both poll numbers and fundraising totals in the hotly-contested Rust Belt state.
Trump-backed Dr Oz warns ‘MAGA movement is dying’ in Senate campaign ad
Dr Oz has struggled in his pivot to general election after bruising primary
Oliver O’Connell20 July 2022 03:45
Georgia voter water bottle ban faces legal challenge
A group of voting rights advocates in Georgia have asked a judge to block enforcement of a measure that outlaws handing out food and water to people standing in line to vote, part of a sweeping election law that has faced widespread criticism and a series of legal challenges from civil rights groups.
Georgia’s ban on handing out water to voters challenged in court
Advocates are urging a judge to immediately block restrictions and argue GOP-backed law infringes on First Amendment rights
Oliver O’Connell20 July 2022 02:45
Buttigieg shuts down GOP congressman for claiming electric vehicles too expensive
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg came prepared with a list of prices to a hearing where a GOP congressman claimed electric vehicles are too expensive.
Pennsylvania Republican Representative Scott Perry said suggestions have been made that Americans “should buy an electric vehicle and absolve themselves of that 80 per cent increase per gallon”.
“Just look at a Kelly Blue Book, the price of an [electric vehicle] is about $55,000”, he said.
But Mr Buttigieg was ready with his own figures, and better yet they were American-made.
Buttigieg recites list of prices to shut down GOP congressman
‘This exchange with Pete and GOP’s Scott Perry shows why many Dems continue to think he’s one of the best communicators in the party’ said one supporter
Oliver O’Connell20 July 2022 01:45
Georgia fake electors fighting election probe subpoenas
A group of Georgia Republicans who have been informed that they are at risk of being indicted in an investigation into whether former President Donald Trump and others illegally interfered in the 2020 election in Georgia are fighting subpoenas to testify before a special grand jury.
All 11 signed a certificate declaring falsely that then-President Donald Trump had won the 2020 presidential election and declaring themselves the state’s “duly elected and qualified” electors even though Joe Biden had won the state and a slate of Democratic electors was certified. They filed a motion Tuesday to quash their subpoenas, calling them “unreasonable and oppressive.”
Georgia fake electors seek to quash election probe subpoenas
A group of Georgia Republicans who have been informed that they are at risk of being indicted in an investigation into whether former President Donald Trump and others illegally interfered in the 2020 election in Georgia are fighting subpoenas to testify before a special grand jury
Oliver O’Connell20 July 2022 01:00
Russia preparing sham vote as pretext to annex Ukrainian territory says NSC
Russia is preparing to illegally annex territory it has captured during its’ unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby has said.
Speaking at the daily White House press briefing on Tuesday, Mr Kirby said Russia is “laying the groundwork” for annexation “in direct violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty,” and pointed to “ample evidence in the intelligence and in the public domain” showing Moscow’s intentions.
Andrew Feinberg reports from Washington, DC.
US says Russia preparing sham vote as pretext to annex Ukrainian territory
‘Annexation by force will be a gross violation of the UN Charter, and we will not allow it to go unchallenged or unpunished’ said National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby
Oliver O’Connell20 July 2022 00:15
Herschel Walker claims to be former FBI agent
Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker falsely claimed that he used to be an FBI agent and told a crowd about how he once came close to killing a man in a newly-resurfaced footage.
Mr Walker has repeatedly mentioned having a varied past in law enforcement over the course of his campaign, despite reporting showing that the assertion is untrue.
Herschel Walker falsely claims to be former FBI agent in resurfaced clip
GOP Senate nominee said he heard ‘voices’ and asked God for help to avoid doing something ‘stupid’
Oliver O’Connell19 July 2022 23:30
Who are ex-Trump aides Matt Pottinger and Sarah Matthews, set to testify at the next hearing?
When the January 6 committee’s next prime-time hearing airs on Thursday, lawmakers will hope to show how Donald Trump’s “dereliction of duty” on the day the US Capital was attacked was a key element of what unfolded.
On Thursday evening, the panel will reportedly have the help of two star witnesses from within the former US president’s White House, who sources familiar with the matter informed CNN of on Monday night.
According to reports, the pair are Matthew Pottinger, a former deputy national security adviser, and Sarah Matthews, a former press aide.
Here’s what we know about the pair:
The ex-Trump aides set to be lead witnesses at next Jan 6 hearing
Former deputy press secretary has previously called Capitol riot a ‘coup attempt’
Oliver O’Connell19 July 2022 22:45
More Republicans are prepared to turn away from Trump over Jan 6, says pollster
The Independent’s Andrew Buncombe spoke with Sarah Longwell.
Pollster says more Republicans ready to turn away from Trump amid Jan 6 hearings
Controversy over Jan 6 ‘entered into ether’, Sarah Longwell tells Andrew Buncombe
Oliver O’Connell19 July 2022 22:15
Despite anger of 9/11 families, Trump tells golfers to ‘take money now’ from Saudi-backed league
Donald Trump has urged golfers to “take the money now” from LIV Golf, while ignoring pleas from the families of 9/11 victims to shun the Saudi-backed breakaway league.
The Trump National Golf Bedminster course in New Jersey is hosting the next event in the LIV series from 29 to 31 July, and Mr Trump urged golfers to turn their backs on the PGA Tour.
Trump tells golfers to ‘take the money’ from Saudi-backed league despite 9/11 anger
The Trump National Golf Bedminster course in New Jersey is hosting the next event in the LIV series
Oliver O’Connell19 July 2022 21:45
AOC, other lawmakers arrested amid protest for abortion rights
A group of lawmakers, including Reps Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, Andy Levin, Cori Bush, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Jackie Speier, Alma Adams, Veronica Escobar, and Carolyn B. Maloney, were detained and arrested on Friday outside of the Supreme Court amid an abortion rights demonstration.
In an official statement from Capitol Police, they reported 34 arrests for “Crowding, Obstructing or Incommoding (DC Code § 22–1307).”
AOC, other lawmakers arrested outside Supreme Court at protest for abortion rights
Capitol Police confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that they’d arrested 16 members of Congress
Oliver O’Connell19 July 2022 21:15