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Jan 6 hearings – live: Committee announces next date as Trump allies subpoenaed in Georgia probe



Liz Cheney says she hasn’t decided whether or not to run for president

The committee investigating the 6 January attack has confirmed that its next live in-person public hearing will take place next week with a focus on Mr Trump’s role in assembling the mob that would go on to attack the US Capitol.

The session is expected to pay particular attention to the role of the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers, two extremist groups whose leaders are facing charges including seditious conspiracy for their part in the attack.

Adam Kinzinger, one of only two Republicans on the 6 committee, has shared a compilation of threats and abuse phoned into his office by furious Trump supporters angry at his criticism of the former president.

Meanwhile, the Fulton County, Georgia, grand jury investigating former president Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory has issued subpoenas to South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, Rudy Giuliani, and several other attorneys who played roles in Mr Trump’s machinations, including the ploy of submitting fake slates of pro-Trump electors to the National Archives.

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GOP accuses Jan 6 panel of Watergate-style data grab over fundraising subpoena

One of the 6 January committee’s most fraught subpoenas is one served to technology company Salesforce, whom it wants to turn over specific information about fundraising emails sent out by the Republican National Committee to supporters after the 2020 election.

The party has been fighting the subpoena in court for some time, claiming in a new filing that it amounts to a shameless violation of political privacy and a “strategic decapitation of its political opponents” on the level of Richard Nixon’s machinations as exposed in the Watergate scandal. The RNC has already lost one legal action on this front, in front of a Trump-appointed judge no less, but it appears to be trying the same arguments again.

The next hearing will focus on how the crowd that attacked the Capitol was assembled, with radicalisation of the Republican grassroots expected to be a key theme.

Andrew Naughtie6 July 2022 11:00

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Adam Kinzinger shares threats phoned into his office

Illinois Representative Adam Kinzinger’s criticism of former president Donald Trump and his service on the House January 6 select committee have prompted Mr Trump’s supporters to repeatedly call into his office and leave vulgar death threats on the office’s voicemail box.

Mr Kinzinger, an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran who still holds a reserve commission as a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air National Guard, revealed the horrific threats in a compilation of them which he posted to his Twitter account on Tuesday.

“Threats of violence over politics has increased heavily in the last few years. But the darkness has reached new lows,” he wrote, adding that the compilation of threats was put together by the interns who are charged with answering his phones at his Washington, DC office.

One caller gets right to the point, telling the congressman: “I guess I can’t say a whole lot more other than I hope you naturally die as quickly as f***ing possible you f***ing piece of s***”.

Andrew Naughtie6 July 2022 10:20

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Next Jan 6 hearing date revealed as focus turns to Trump’s role in gathering Capitol mob

The Jan 6 committee will meet for its next public hearing a week from Tuesday, lawmakers have announced.

A short notice was posted on Twitter by the panel’s members late Tuesday afternoon. The news comes a week exactly since the last hearing of the riot committee featured the explosive testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson, a high-ranking White House staffer.

The next hearing will focus on Donald Trump and his allies’ role in luring thousands of Mr Trump’s supporters to the nation’s capital for the day of the riot itself, members revealed in interviews over the weekend.

Oliver O’Connell6 July 2022 09:45

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Lindsey Graham and Rudy Giuliani subpoenaed in Georgia election probe

The Fulton County, Georgia, grand jury investigating former president Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory has issued subpoenas to South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, former Trump attorney Rudolph Giuliani, and several other attorneys who played roles in Mr Trump’s scheme.

In addition to Mr Graham and Mr Giuliani, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the 23-person special grand jury has also moved to compel attorneys John Eastman, Cleta Mitchell, Kenneth Chesbro, and Jenna Ellis, as well lawyer and podcast host Jacki Pick Deason to give evidence in the probe of efforts by Mr Trump’s associates to pressure Georgia officials into taking illegal actions to reverse Mr Biden’s win after he became the first Democrat to carry the Peach State since then-Arkansas governor Bill Clinton defeated then-president George HW Bush in 1992.

Oliver O’Connell6 July 2022 09:15

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ICYMI: Cheney keeps powder dry on presidential run

Liz Cheney, the vice chair of the House January 6 select committee, said during her first sit-down interview since the public hearings kicked off last month that she hasn’t ruled out making a bid for president in 2024.

“I’m obviously very focused on my reelection,” added Ms Cheney, who’s facing an uphill reelection campaign after she was censured by her home state’s GOP for accepting a role on the congressional committee investigating the violent insurrection on the US Capitol and for continuing to be a thorn in Donald Trump’s side.

“I’m very focused on the January 6 committee. I’m very focused on my obligations to do the job that I have now.”

Johanna Chisholm has more.

Oliver O’Connell6 July 2022 08:30

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Watch: Ivanka Trump jokes about using dog as prop

Ivanka Trump jokes about using dog as prop in documentary trailer

Oliver O’Connell6 July 2022 07:45

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Opinion: The terrible Republican response to a shooting — and the Democrats who helped it along

Here in Illinois, we’re watching what happens when Democrats take a calculated risk as part of a midterm election strategy.

Oliver O’Connell6 July 2022 07:00

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Cheney indicates committee could refer Trump to DOJ for criminal prosecution

House January 6 select committee vice-chair Liz Cheney on Sunday said the panel the US Capitol riot may yet make formal criminal referrals of former president Donald Trump and his associates to the Department of Justice.

A criminal referral is essentially a letter from another part of the US government to the Justice Department, informing prosecutors that there is cause to believe a crime has been committed, warranting further action by the department.

Oliver O’Connell6 July 2022 06:15

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Patriot Front accused of assault after ‘sickening’ march through Boston

Members of the far-right extremist group Patriot Front have been charged with assault after an incident occurred while the group was masked and marching through Boston.

According to police, a Black man said he was assaulted by Patriot Front members during their march. The man was reportedly trying to film them on his cellphone.

Oliver O’Connell6 July 2022 05:30

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‘I’m not a crazy Republican. I’m a reasonable person’

Brian Dahle, the Republican Party’s longshot hope to unseat Gov. Gavin Newsom in California, knows that to win in his progressive home state he can’t allow Democrats to label him as an election-denying, abortion-hating, gun-loving, bombastic right-winger.

It’s why Dahle, an affable farmer and state senator from the sparsely populated northeast corner of the state, goes out of his way to make one thing clear: “I’m not a crazy Republican. I’m a reasonable person.”

Oliver O’Connell6 July 2022 04:45



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