Trump phone-ins, near-fights and 15 votes: Key moments from a chaotic House Speaker election
A grand jury convened in Fulton County, Georgia, has concluded its work hearing testimony and evidence regarding whether Mr Trump and his legal team committed crimes in their effort to overturn the state’s 2020 election results. The county’s district attorney will now decide whether to file charges.
Over a weekend of multiple posts on Truth Social, Donald Trump has remained silent regarding the attack on the Brazilian presidential palace and national Congress that mirrored the events of 6 January 2021 when supporters of the former president stormed the US Capitol.
Hundreds of people have been arrested after supporters of Brazil‘s former president Jair Bolsonaro broke through a blockade set up by security forces and invaded ministries and the Congress building in the capital Brasília on Sunday.
Instead, Mr Trump congratulated himself for his part in helping Kevin McCarthy finally win the 15th vote to select the new Speaker of the House of Representatives.
In a post on Monday morning, the former president also lashed out at Mitch McConnell and other Republican senators, calling for them all to be challenged in primary elections as well as again using a racial slur against Mr McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao.
Oliver O’Connell9 January 2023 23:00
What to look out for following the House GOP’s speaker battle
After nearly a week of bruised egos and a circus on the House floor, the lower chamber finally has a speaker: Kevin McCarthy.
But the drama isn’t over just because the leadership elections are finally concluded. Mr McCarthy now faces the prospect of presiding over a GOP majority that is as thin in numbers as it is chaotic in temperament. Just nine votes separate the two parties in a chamber that is set to end proxy (remote) voting after two years of relying on the system.
The stage is set for two years of pitched political battles in the lower chamber while Americans prepare to make their choice for 2024.
John Bowden takes a look at why the US House is suddenly becoming the most interesting part of an increasingly divided government:
Oliver O’Connell9 January 2023 22:30
Biden jabs Trump with infrastructure tweet
Oliver O’Connell9 January 2023 22:00
Scarborough: Trump responsible for exporting anti-democratic movement to Brazil
People across the world are seeing how a former American president, the people around him, and his example on January 6th are now responsible for the exporting of fascism and anti-democratic movements to other countries.
MSNBC Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough.
Oliver O’Connell9 January 2023 21:30
Judge orders unsealing of Trump deposition in E Jean Carroll rape case, then reverses order
All “previously redacted portions” excerpted from Donald Trump’s deposition and included as exhibits in writer E Jean Carroll’s lawsuit accusing the former president of rape are to be unsealed, a judge ruled on Monday.
Judge Lewis Kaplan said that Mr Trump’s legal team had not filed a letter explaining why the redactions should remain within three days as was required.
The former president’s legal team replied to Judge Kaplan’s order by stating that they did not oppose unsealing only because of a discrepancy in the original order — it said that the “plaintiff” had the obligation to oppose unsealing within three days, rather than the defendant, Mr Trump.
Judge Kaplan then reversed the order unsealing the deposition, granting Mr Trump’s team three days in which to file a letter opposing the unsealing.
Oliver O’Connell9 January 2023 21:00
Trump posts all-caps attack on ‘old broken crow’ McConnell
Former president Donald Trump has posted another all-caps attack on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell — and yet again included a racist insult aimed at Elaine Chao, Mr McConnell’s wife.
The all-caps rant accuses Mr McConnell of giving in to Democrats in fights about the debt ceiling. Mr Trump argues that Republicans who fought over making Kevin McCarthy speaker of the House are the “right” negotiators for the next time the issue is tackled.
Oliver O’Connell9 January 2023 20:45
Judge rejects Trump’s claim that New York fraud lawsuit is ‘witch hunt’
In September, New York attorney general Letitia James accused the former president, and his children Donald Trump, Jr, Eric Trump, and Ivanka Trump, of manipulating the value of Trump Organization assets on the order of billions of dollars to receive undue insurance and loan benefits.
On Friday, New York Supreme Court justice Arthur F Engoron overruled Mr Trump’s arguments that Ms James was acting out of political bias and lacked standing to bring the bombshell civil suit, which seeks to bar the Trumps from being an officer in any company registered to do business in the state.
Oliver O’Connell9 January 2023 20:30
Rep Mike Rogers steps down from committee role after lunging at Matt Gaetz
A GOP lawmaker who was at the centre of an awkward clash on the House floor is stepping down from a major committee after issuing an apology.
Oliver O’Connell9 January 2023 20:00
Key differences between the Jan 6 and Brazil riots
Joe Sommerlad explains what differentiates the events in Brasilia over the weekend with what happened at the US Capitol two years and two days before.
Oliver O’Connell9 January 2023 19:30
Sanders prepares to take office as governor
After running a campaign heavily focused on national politics and her time as President Donald Trump‘s spokeswoman, Sarah Huckabee Sanders says she wants to keep her attention on Arkansas as she takes charge as the state’s 47th governor.
Sanders will be sworn in Tuesday, becoming the first woman governor of Arkansas, her home state. She also is ascending to the post her father, Mike Huckabee, held for more than a decade.
Sanders, who served nearly two years as White House press secretary, is the best-known former Trump official to assume elected office.
Oliver O’Connell9 January 2023 19:00