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Trump news – live: Ex-president announces Texas rally as Katko becomes third GOP impeachment rep to retire



Fox News host says Trump must ‘learn to lose’

Donald Trump has announced a second rally this month, with meetings planned on Saturday in Arizona and on 29 January in Texas.

The former president – expected to champion baseless 2020 election conspiracy theories with his allies at his Arizona event – celebrated an announcement that US Rep John Katko, among Republican lawmakers who voted for his impeachment for inciting a riot fuelled by the same false election narrative, will not seek re-election.

Meanwhile, the federal government has brought a charge of “seditious conspiracy” against the leader of the Oath Keepers, a far-right militia that prosecutors argue played a role in organising an attack on the US Capitol on 6 January last year.

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy has refused to provide the committee investigating the attack with information about his conversations with Mr Trump. US Rep Liz Cheney, one of the committee’s only two Republicans, said Mr McCarthy is attempting to “cover-up” what happened, and that the committee would evaluate other options for obtaining his testimony.

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What is seditious conspiracy?

The US Justice Department’s efforts to hold those responsible for the 6 January insurrection shifted into a higher gear this week with the unsealing of a 48-page indictment against Oath Keepers founder Elmer Stewart Rhodes and 10 other members of his right-wing militia group.

All but Mr Rhodes and another defendant – Edward Vallejo of Phoenix – had previously been charged with crimes for their roles in the worst attack on the Capitol since British troops commanded by Major General Robert Ross set it ablaze in 1814.

Prosecutors have filed criminal charges against more than 730 people over the year that has passed since the attack, but the indictment of Mr Rhodes and his alleged co-conspirators stands out because it charges them under a rarely used provision of law that can be found in the chapter of the US criminal code titled “Treason, Sedition, and Subversive Activities”.

Oliver O’Connell15 January 2022 08:30

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ICYMI: Oath Keepers leader charged for role in Jan 6 riot

Elmer Stewart Rhodes, the founder of the right-wing militia group known as the Oath Keepers, has been arrested and charged with seditious conspiracy for his role in the 6 January attack on the US Capitol, according to the Department of Justice.

Oliver O’Connell15 January 2022 06:30

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United Blue America?

When you crunch the numbers, a ‘national divorce’ between blue and red states starts looking pretty good — for Democrats, writes Benedict Cosgrove.

Oliver O’Connell15 January 2022 05:30

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Texas AG given days to hand over Jan 6 texts

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been given four days to hand over his digital communications from 6 January or face a lawsuit, the Travis County district attorney has stated.

Oliver O’Connell15 January 2022 04:30

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Interview: Mary Trump – From 2024 predictions to Donald’s psychological deterioration

Mary Trump, Donald Trump’s niece, spoke to The Independent’s Andrew Feinberg about her uncle’s mental deterioration and possible 2024 run for president.

Oliver O’Connell15 January 2022 03:30

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Ray Epps: The Capitol riot figure who disappeared from the FBI’s wanted list

Oliver O’Connell15 January 2022 02:30

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Jan 6 committee subpoenas records from social media giants

The House select committee investigating the 6 January insurrection has issued subpoenas to Twitter, Reddit, and the parent companies of YouTube and Facebook for information “relating to the spread of misinformation, efforts to overturn the 2020 election, domestic violent extremism, and foreign influence in the 2020 election” after the companies spurned prior voluntary requests.

Oliver O’Connell15 January 2022 01:30

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ICYMI: New texts show Laura Ingraham worried about further violence after Capitol riot

Fox News host Laura Ingraham worried about further violence after the Capitol riot on 6 January last year, a newly released text message has revealed.

Six days after the insurrection, on 12 January, Ingraham wrote to the then-Chief of Staff in the Trump White House, Mark Meadows, to ask him to urge then-President Donald Trump to speak to his supporters and dissuade them from mounting armed protests against the election results at state capitols across the country.

Gustaf Kilander and Tom Fenton report.

Oliver O’Connell15 January 2022 00:30

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Biden approval rating sinks to near Trump’s at same point in presidency

As Joe Biden approaches the first anniversary of his presidency, his approval rating is dwindling. It’s now approaching levels comparable to former President Donald Trump at the same time in his term.

Oliver O’Connell14 January 2022 23:30

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Proud Boys leader seen leaving jail

Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio left jail a month early wearing a T-shirt saying “free the Proud Boys by any means necessary” after saying he no longer wants to lead the far-right group.

Tarrio left the Central Detention Facility in Washington, DC on Friday after serving four months of his five-month sentence.

Oliver O’Connell14 January 2022 22:47



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