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Trump news latest: Jan 6 committee debunks claim ex-president ordered military to protect Capitol


Trump’s ex-defense secretary says he didn’t ask for 10,000 Capitol troops

The select committee investigating the 6 January attack on the US Capitol has released audio from sworn testimony in which Donald Trump’s former acting defence secretary, Christopher Miller, confirms the president gave no order for thousands of National Guards to be deployed to the Capitol.

The audio contradicts claims recently made by Mr Trump, as well as ex-staffers including Mark Meadows – and Mr Miller himself.

The news comes alongside reports that the ex-president is now the subject of a US Department of Justice investigation into his attempts to subvert the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.

Attorney General Merrick Garland said yesterday that the Justice Department has no qualms about the political blowback that would inevitably occur as a result of criminally indicting Mr Trump.

Meanwhile, Mr Trump yesterday gave his first speech in Washington DC since leaving office. He did so just hours after Mike Pence also addressed the DC crowd, saying “elections are about the future”.


Analysis: The GOP’s misleading crime claims

Donald Trump relentlessly promoted himself as the president of “law and order”, and despite the spectacle of a mob of his supporters brutalising police officers on 6 January 2021, he and the Republicans have stuck to the line that they are the party who can keep Americans safe from crime.

To back up their claims, they invariably point to problems in Democratic-run states and cities – but as Josh Marcus reports, this is highly misleading:

Texas had the highest number of gun deaths in 2020. Meanwhile, Republican, largely rural states with low populations — Mississippi, Louisiana, Wyoming, Missouri, Alabama, and Alaska — had the six highest per capita rates of gun deaths. These states also had the highest rates of gun ownership for the same period. In Mississippi, about half of adults live in a household with a gun.

In 2020, the per capita murder rate was 40 per cent higher in states Donald Trump won during the 2020 election, according to a recent report from the centre-left thinktank Third Way.

“Murder rates are far higher in Trump-voting red states than Biden-voting blue states. And sometimes, murder rates are highest in cities with Republican mayors,” the report’s authors write. “Yet there is barely a whisper, let alone an outcry, over the stunning levels of murders in these and other places.”

Read Josh’s full piece below.


ICYMI: What Pence said

Former vice president Mike Pence largely sidestepped any mention of Donald Trump during an address to young conservatives in Washington on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, Mr Pence gave a speech to the national conference of Young America’s Foundation in Washington laying out the agenda that he would potentially attempt to sell to voters if he were to make a run for president.

Mr Pence, who is on what amounts to a constant national speaking tour, has more than once confirmed he is at least thinking about a 2024 presidential run, though it is unclear whether he would do so if Mr Trump also ran. In polls of potential GOP primary candidates, he performs poorly in comparison to several other Trump alternatives – in particular Ron DeSantis.


Pompeo in talks to meet with Jan 6 committee, report says

Donald Trump’s former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in talks to speak to the House January 6 select committee, a report claims.

Mr Pompeo is set to give testimony to the committee behind closed doors in the next few days, according to ABC News.

The committee, which is investigating the attack on the US Capitol by a pro-Trump mob, held its final high-profile public hearing for the summer last week but has said it will return for more in September.

Graeme Massie has the latest.


Trump grunts and groans as he mocks athletes in extended transphobic rant

Former president Donald Trump returned to the US capital on Tuesday to make a pitch for his return to the White House with a speech in which he mocked transgender athletes.

While addressing the America First Policy Institute summit, Mr Trump, 76, did a bit where he pretended to be a transgender athlete at a weightlifting competition.

Mr Trump grunted and groaned as he pretended to be a woman struggling to lift a barbell.

He then pretended to be a transgender athlete who easily picks up the weights and wins the competition.

“Then this guy comes along, he’s named Alice, and he looks at the weight,” the former president says as the hundreds strong crowd laughs and cheers loudly.

Read the full story here:


Jan 6 committee pushes back on ex-defence chief’s claims about National Guard order

Donald Trump’s failure to call for military support during the 6 January riot has been one of the main focuses of the select committee’s investigation of events that day, but many of his own former staff have claimed in public that he did in fact want thousands of National Guard troops deployed on the day and that he gave an order to that effect in advance.

This includes two former Defence Department staffers, Kash Patel and Christopher Miller, who has previously appeared on Fox News and claimed that Mr Trump did in fact order troops to be present at the Capitol on the day of the electoral college certification – a claim also made by Mark Meadows, and reiterated more recently by Mr Trump himself.

In response to Mr Trump’s latest claims, the Jan 6 committee has released audio from Mr Miller’s testimony that flatly contradicts what he said on Sean Hannity’s show.

Mr Miller has previously confirmed that he did not speak to Mr Trump on the day of the insurrection, but did communicate with Mike Pence.

Ex-Pentagon chief says Trump never called on January 6


Trump sets out plan to fire civil servants in alleged scheme to fill posts with loyalists

Former president Donald Trump said on Tuesday that it should be easier to “fire rogue bureaucrats” while speaking at the America First Agenda Summit in Washington, DC.

He said: “We need to make it much easier to fire rogue bureaucrats who are deliberately undermining democracy or at a minimum just want to keep their jobs.”

While speaking at the summit, he confirmed reports about his intent to implement “Schedule F” — an executive order which would reassign governmental employees in a way that loosens their employment protections, making it easier to fire them and replace them with political appointees.


Brian Kemp testifies in Georgia election probe into Trump

Georgia’s governor testified this week in a grand jury investigation called by state investigators to probe President Donald Trump’s actions after the 2020 election.

Brian Kemp, a Republican who bucked Mr Trump’s efforts to pressure state officials to help him overturn his defeat, recorded testimony remotely which was presented to the grand jury on Monday, according to a local ABC affiliate.


Chief Justice John Roberts tried to protect Roe report says

Chief Justice John Roberts worked in secret to try to convince his fellow conservatives on the Supreme Court not to overturn Roe v Wade but the leak of Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion in early May likely ruined his chances, a new report suggests.


Justice Department not concerned about blowback over potential Trump indictment, Garland says

The Justice Department has no qualms about the political blowback that would inevitably occur as a result of the agency criminally indicting Donald Trump as it continues its efforts to investigate the attempt to block Joe Biden from assuming office following his election victory, Attorney General Merrick Garland told NBC News.


Trump calls for ‘quick’ death penalty for drug dealers

Former president Donald Trump called for drug dealers to receive the death penalty among a series of harsh policies about crime during his first speech in Washington since leaving office on Tuesday.

He made the remarks while speaking at a summit led by the America First Policy Institute, which features many former administration officials.

Mr Trump used his speech to talk about rising crime rates, though there is some evidence that gun violence is worse in Republican states. The former president called for “very, very severe” penalties.


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