Jan 6 hearings – live: FBI raids, new subpoenas issued as committee expands investigation over fresh evidence

‘I’ve lost my name, I’ve lost my reputation’: Voting official givers testimony at Jan 6 hearings

As the ongoing 6 January committee hearings lay out a devastating account of his extensive effort to overturn the 2020 election, Donald Trump has criticised Kevin McCarthy for pulling Republicans out of the select committees.

Mr Trump told Punchbowl News that “I think in retrospect, I think it would have been very smart” to have Republican congressmen sit on the committee.

As things turned out, two Republicans were seated on the committee: unsparing Trump critics Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, both of whom voted to impeach him after the Capitol riot.

Meanwhile, it emerged that the previously unseen footage subpoenaed from a documentary filmmaker may contradict testimony given to the panel by Ivanka Trump in which the ex-president’s daughter said she agreed with Bill Barr that the 2020 election was not stolen.

Meanwhile, a flurry of law enforcement activity on Wednesday and a steady stream of new evidence has seen the committee decide to schedule further hearings after the House’s 4 July recess, with more dates set to be announced for when lawmakers return to Washington on 12 July.

Security for January 6 committee members is being increased in the face of a spike in threats against them.


With primary behind him, Dr Oz back away from Trump

Pennsylvania Senate candiate Mehmet Oz is making a strong pivot towards a centrist electorate as he hurtles towards a general election showdown with the state’s lieutenant governor in November.

The celebrity TV doc better known as “Dr Oz” has removed any mention of former president Donald Trump from his Twitter bio, background image, campaign website splash page, and even recent advertisements, following a primary campaign that relied heavily on his endorsement from the 45th president. The changes were first reported on Wednesday by Axios.

Oliver O’Connell23 June 2022 12:00


Ron Johnson calls fake electors ‘non-story’ says he didn’t look in envelope

Senator Ron Johnson said today that he has not looked into the alternate electors’ controversy that involved his office any further.

He told CNN’s Ted Barrett: “No, I haven’t. Haven’t looked in any further because it’s a non-story.”

Asked if he had looked inside the envelope that supposedly contained the fake electors, he said: “I don’t believe I ever did, no.”

Here’s our earlier coverage of the senator’s initial reaction to being asked about the revelations from the January 6 hearing.

Oliver O’Connell23 June 2022 11:15


Watch: Minority Leader McCarthy says ‘President always has a right to question an election’

Kevin McCarthy says ‘the President always has a right to question an election’

Oliver O’Connell23 June 2022 10:15


Poll shows more heard Elon Musk voted Republican than judge’s Trump takedown at Jan 6 hearings

More Americans have heard about Elon Musk’s pledge to vote Republican than have heard about retired federal judge Michael Luttig’s takedown of Donald Trump during the January 6 hearings, a poll has found.

The poll, which was carried out following last week’s initial televised January 6 hearings, suggests some of the damning revelations aired by witnesses have not been noticed by the American public.

Oliver O’Connell23 June 2022 09:15


Watch: Senator caught by reporters avoiding questions by pretending to be on phone

Senator Ron Johnson caught by reporters pretending to be on the phone to avoid questions

Oliver O’Connell23 June 2022 08:15


Senators Booker and Tester tackle each other in slapstick video about reforming agriculture

A slapstick political ad from senators Cory Booker and Jon Tester is hoping to draw focus to a topic not often discussed at the water cooler: agriculture reform.

“Consolidation in the agriculture industry is costing consumers and producers, so @SenBooker and I are teaming up to *tackle* it,” Sen Tester tweeted on Wednesday, teasing the video where he and his Democratic colleague ham it up on camera to jokingly showcase all the lengths – and friendly charges – they’re willing to take to get a bill that would place an immediate moratorium on acquisitions and mergers within the food and agriculture sector across the president’s desk.

Johanna Chisholm reports.

Oliver O’Connell23 June 2022 07:15


Watch: Biden outlines plan for federal gas tax holiday

President Biden outlines plans for federal gas tax holiday in bid to cut fuel prices

Oliver O’Connell23 June 2022 06:15


Monica Lewinsky expertly mocks Ron Johnson over his reaction to Jan 6 revelations

On Wednesday, the Vanity Fair contributor offered her two cents in response to a video of Mr Johnson that went viral on Tuesday.

Oliver O’Connell23 June 2022 05:15


DeSantis beating Trump in New Hampshire GOP primary polling

The survey from the University of New Hampshire indicated that Mr DeSantis would win the support of 39 per cent of GOP primary voters, compared to just 37 per cent who said they would support Mr Trump. Those were the only two names to even breach double digits in the poll.

Those results represent a surge in support for Mr DeSantis, who trailed the ex-president in a previous survey published by the university in October.

Oliver O’Connell23 June 2022 04:30


Even Fox News analysts say Trump should face criminal charges

Fox News analysts have said evidence from the January 6 House select committee showed Donald Trump’s “unfitness” to lead the country and that he may be guilty of a crime.

“No, I don’t think so, I think the most plausible crime is obstruction of Congress,” Mr McCarthy replied.

Oliver O’Connell23 June 2022 03:45


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