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

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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.

Key points

  • FBI raids, subpoenas and new evidence leads Jan 6 committee to expand hearings

  • GOP officials and election workers reveal dramatic cost of Team Trump intimidation

  • Arizona GOP official on ‘rigged’ 2020 election: ‘That would not be true’

  • Filmmaker Alex Holder releases statement after being subpoenaed by Jan 6 committee

  • Senator Ron Johnson aide reached out to Pence team to offer alternate Electoral College votes

  • Election worker gives emotional testimony about threats by Trump supporters

DeSantis beating Trump in New Hampshire GOP primary polling

04:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Florida’s Ron DeSantis would win the New Hampshire Republican primary were it held today, even if he faced Donald Trump, according to a poll released on Wednesday.

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.

DeSantis pulls past Trump in New Hampshire GOP primary polling

Even Fox News analysts say Trump should face criminal charges

03:45 , Oliver O'Connell

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.

Analysing the fourth hearing by the panel investigating the Capitol insurrection, former assistant US attorney Andy McCarthy was asked by Fox News host Anita Vogel if the panel was trying to charge the former president with “conspiracy to defraud the United States”.

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

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Fox News analysts say Trump should face criminal charges as channel airs hearings

What we’ve learned, and what’s next in the Jan 6 hearings

03:00 , Oliver O'Connell

The House committee investigating the Capitol insurrection heard from election workers and state officials on Tuesday as they described President Donald Trump’s pressure to overturn his 2020 election defeat. On Thursday, the nine-member panel will hear from former Justice Department officials who refused Trump’s entreaties to declare the election “corrupt.”

The committee’s fourth and fifth hearings, held this week, are part of an effort to show how Trump’s pressure eventually shifted to Congress, where his false declarations of widespread election fraud led directly to the riot on Jan. 6, 2021, when hundreds of his supporters violently breached the Capitol and interrupted the certification of President Joe Biden’s election victory.

In July, the panel will hold at least two more hearings that are expected to focus on the far-right domestic extremists who attacked the Capitol and what Trump was doing inside the White House as the violence unfolded.

Jan. 6 hearings: What we’ve learned, and what’s next

Three months in jail for former West Virginia lawmaker at Capitol riot

02:15 , Oliver O'Connell

A former West Virginia lawmaker who livestreamed himself on Facebook storming the U.S. Capitol and cheering on what he described as a “revolution” was sentenced Wednesday to three months in prison.

Derrick Evans, 37, who pleaded guilty to a felony civil disorder charge, told the judge that he regrets his actions every day and is a “good person who unfortunately was caught up in a moment.”

Former West Virginia lawmaker gets 3 months in Jan. 6 riot

Senator busted faking phone call to dodge reporters’ questions over Jan 6 texts

01:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson attempted to avoid answering reporters’ questions as he left the Capitol by pretending to be on his phone, but he was called out by one of the journalists who spotted his screen.

Mr Johnson was walking out of the congressional building on Tuesday after the hearing of the January 6 House Select Committee. The hearing presented texts between one of the senator’s staffers and an aide to then-Vice President Mike Pence.

The conversation took place not long after the congressional certification of President Joe Biden’s victory was halted by the violent mob of Trump supporters laying siege to the Capitol.

Gustaf Kilander reports:

Ron Johnson busted faking phone call to dodge reporters’ Jan 6 questions

Jan 6: Even Fox News analysts say Trump should face criminal charges

01:15 , Oliver O'Connell

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.

Analysing the fourth hearing by the panel investigating the Capitol insurrection, former assistant US attorney Andy McCarthy was asked by Fox News host Anita Vogel if the panel was trying to charge the former president with “conspiracy to defraud the United States”.

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

Sweta Sharma reports:

Fox News analysts say Trump should face criminal charges as channel airs hearings

Jan 6: Previously unknown film of Trump and family at time of riot obtained by probe

Thursday 23 June 2022 00:45 , Oliver O'Connell

The House January 6 select committee has taken possession of recently discovered video footage shot by Alex Holder, a documentary filmmaker who had access to former president Donald Trump, former vice president Mike Pence, Mr Trump’s children and other confidantes in the months leading to the Capitol riot.

A spokesperson for Mr Holder, Liz Trotter, told The Independent Mr Holder has provided the select committee with “all the footage” it requested in a 15 June subpoena, and said the documentarian will appear before the panel for a deposition on Thursday.

Andrew Feinberg reports:

Jan 6 committee obtains previously unknown film of Trump and family at time of riot

Alabama primary: Katie Britt beats Mo Brooks after Trump switches his endorsement

Thursday 23 June 2022 00:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Katie Boyd Britt beat Representative Mo Brooks in the runoff race to win the Republican nomination for Senate in Alabama after former president Donald Trump endorsed her.

Mr Trump took credit for Ms Britt’s victory on his Truth Social networking platform.

“With the great ALABAMA win by Katie Britt tonight, I am please to announce that WE (MAGA!) are 12 WINS & ZERO LOSSES in US Senate Primary races this cycle”, he said.

Eric Garcia reports on the Alabama results:

Katie Britt beats Mo Brooks after Trump switches endorsement in Alabama Senate runoff

With primary behind him, Dr Oz backs away from Trump support

Thursday 23 June 2022 00:00 , Oliver O'Connell

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.

John Bowden has the story.

Dr Oz backs away from Trump support after GOP primary win

Former congressman sparks outrage with slavery tweet

Wednesday 22 June 2022 23:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Former Iowa congressman Steve King has sparked widespread outrage with a tweet comparing enslavement to abortion on Tuesday morning.

The condemnation Mr King faced was a throwback to his final years in the House, when his far-right politics frequently drew criticism from Republicans as well as Democrats.

Mr King’s ties to and defense of white nationalism saw him stripped of his committee assignments during his final term in the House of Representatives.

Josh Marcus reports:

Former congressman Steve King sparks outrage with slavery tweet

ICYMI: Takeaways from Tuesday’s primaries

Wednesday 22 June 2022 23:15 , Oliver O'Connell

A Republican who was backed by Donald Trump at the last minute prevailed on Tuesday in an Alabama Senate runoff. But in neighboring Georgia, the former president’s losing streak deepened.

Meanwhile, moderate Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser won her Democratic primary, offering a fresh warning to progressives.

Takeaways from the latest round of midterm primary elections:

Takeaways: Trump's conditional loyalty, new warning for left

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

Wednesday 22 June 2022 23:00 , Oliver O'Connell

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.

Gino Spocchia reports:

Voters more aware of Elon Musk than judge’s warning to Jan 6 hearing

New video shows Ivanka Trump wanted father to ‘fight’ election

Wednesday 22 June 2022 22:52 , Oliver O'Connell

Ivanka Trump wanted her father to continue fighting the 2020 election result well into December, new documentary footage shows, contradicting her testimony in the recent 6 January hearings that she quickly accepted Donald Trump’s election loss.

The former president’s daughter wanted Mr Trump to “continue to fight until every legal remedy is exhausted,” she told a film crew in mid-December, as part of a yet-to-be-released documentary, The New York Times reported.

Josh Marcus reports:

Ivanka Trump wanted father to ‘fight’ election, despite claims she accepted 2020 loss

Right wing news channels face reckoning of their own over false election claims

Wednesday 22 June 2022 22:33 , Oliver O'Connell

Proponents of the lie that the 2020 election was stolen are currently facing a very public reckoning. Millions of Americans are tuning in to watch the January 6 House committee outline evidence of a concerted effort by Donald Trump and his allies to overturn the election.

But another reckoning, largely out of view until now, may yet take place for the people and institutions that promoted those lies. In the courts, right wing media companies that broadcast false claims about voting machines being rigged are being hit with billion-dollar lawsuits — and they are not going away.

Richard Hall reports for The Independent.

Right wing news channels face a reckoning of their own over false election claims

Recap: Jan 6 committee hearing - Day 4

Wednesday 22 June 2022 22:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Newly revealed video contains 11 hours of interviews with Trump and family, report says

Wednesday 22 June 2022 22:15 , Oliver O'Connell

The House Select Committee investigating the Capitol riot has received 11 hours of previously unseen interviews and footage featuring former President Donald Trump and his family in the months leading up to and the immediate aftermath of the 6 January insurrection, reports indicate.

According to CBS’s Bob Costas, the documentary footage the panel subpoenaed from British filmmaker Alex Holder includes more than 10 hours of interviews, including statements from Mr Trump.

That footage is in addition to many hours of footage Mr Holder shot that are not direct interviews with Mr Trump and his family.

Jan. 6 panel in possession of new Trump documentary footage

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

Wednesday 22 June 2022 22:00 , Oliver O'Connell

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.

Senators Booker and Tester jokingly tackle each other in recent political ad

Opinion: I was so wrong about Eric Greitens

Wednesday 22 June 2022 21:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Stephen Lyons writes:

In all my years of interviewing people for articles, there have only been two people whose charisma made an immediate impact. When I say “impact”, I mean that upon meeting them I wanted to run through a wall for them and be part of whatever they were doing.

The first encounter was with Chad Pregracke, the founder of Living Lands and Waters, an organization that plies the inland rivers of America cleaning up decades of refuse. I spent a day with Pregracke on the Mississippi hauling out refrigerators, Styrofoam coolers and other garbage. Despite my fear of snakes, it was one of the best twelve hours of my life.

The second person that I would have followed into battle was Eric Greitens. Yes, that Eric Greitens, the disgraced former governor of Missouri, and the star of the recent “hunting RINOs” (Republicans In Name Only) campaign ad in his doomed quest to resurrect his dismal reputation and become the Republican candidate for Senator from the Show Me state.

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I was so wrong about Eric Greitens

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

Wednesday 22 June 2022 21:39 , Oliver O'Connell

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.

Ron Johnson busted faking phone call to dodge reporters’ Jan 6 questions

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

Wednesday 22 June 2022 21:26 , Oliver O'Connell

Monica Lewinsky’s Twitter account is a treasure trove of hits and her latest remark to Sen Ron Johnson is no exception.

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

Jenna Amatulli reports.

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

Bannon to address GOP lawmaker spouses... day after his contempt of Congress trial begins

Wednesday 22 June 2022 21:14 , Oliver O'Connell

Politico reports that former Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon is set to headline a seminar in July for the spouses of GOP lawmakers.

The event is set to take place on 19 July, the day after his trial for contempt of Congress is set to begin for charges following his defiance of a subpoena from the January 6 committee.

Other scheduled speakers include Kellyanne Conway and Dr Robert Malone, a Covid vaccine conspiracist, and Frank Gaffney, who has faced charges of trafficking in Islamophobia.

Steve Bannon faces trial for contempt of Congress (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
Steve Bannon faces trial for contempt of Congress (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

ICYMI: Lots of theories, no evidence

Wednesday 22 June 2022 20:55 , Oliver O'Connell

FBI raids, subpoenas and new evidence leads Jan 6 committee to expand hearings

Wednesday 22 June 2022 20:50 , Oliver O'Connell

The Justice Department’s investigation into the January 6 Capitol riot moved up a gear on Wednesday when federal agents dropped subpoenas on people in at least two states, as part of a widening probe into the use of fake electors to overturn the 2020 election.

The Washington Post reports that agents conducted court-authorised actions at the home of Brad Carver, a Georgia lawyer who allegedly signed a document claiming to be a Trump elector, and at the Virginia home of Thomas Lane, who worked on the Trump campaign’s efforts in Arizona and New Mexico.

Further subpoenas were issued in Michigan according to a person who spoke to the Post on condition of anonymity.

In light of this steady stream of new evidence, a person close to the House Jan 6 committee investigation confirmed to The Independent the panel was holding off on scheduling any further hearings until after the Independence Day recess.

January 6 committee pushes back hearings ‘several weeks’ to examine new evidence

Senator may need amputation after suffering ‘serious’ hand injury

Wednesday 22 June 2022 20:36 , Oliver O'Connell

Senator Kevin Cramer says that he has suffered a serious injury to his right hand doing yard work in North Dakota and that it may require an amputation.

“While working in the yard over the weekend, I sustained a serious injury to my right hand, which required immediate surgery,” Mr Cramer said on Wednesday, without being specific on the injury.

“I continue to remain in North Dakota close to medical care as there is a high risk of infection and the possible need for amputation.”

Graeme Massie reports:

US Senator may need amputation after suffering ‘serious’ hand injury

Greitens says violent video about hunting RINOs was meant to be humorous

Wednesday 22 June 2022 20:17 , Oliver O'Connell

Former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has claimed that an advert for his senate campaign in which he hunts RINOs (Republican In Name Only) was meant to be humorous and that no one in the state took it seriously.

Mr Greitens, 48, served as the governor of Missouri between 2017 and 2018 before resigning amid allegations of sexual assault and campaign finance violations.

Gustaf Kilander has the story :

Greitens says violent video about hunting people was meant to be humorous

Trump-supporting Arizona GOP candidate calls official who testified at Jan 6 hearings a ‘traitor’

Wednesday 22 June 2022 20:08 , Oliver O'Connell

A Republican Arizona Congressional candidate called the state’s House speaker a “traitor” for testifying during the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol riot.

Josh Barnett, a Republican running for the state’s 1st district, tweeted a screenshot of Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers — a Republican — alongside a message calling him a traitor.

Graig Graziosi reports:

Trump-supporting candidate calls official who testified at Jan 6 hearings a ‘traitor’

DeSantis pulls past Trump in New Hampshire GOP primary polling

Wednesday 22 June 2022 19:49 , Oliver O'Connell

Florida’s Ron DeSantis would win the New Hampshire Republican primary were it held today, even if he faced Donald Trump, according to a poll released on Wednesday.

John Bowden reports:

DeSantis pulls past Trump in New Hampshire GOP primary polling

Is enthusiasm for Trump finally waning?

Wednesday 22 June 2022 19:30 , Oliver O'Connell

The results of the University of New Hampshire poll showing Ron DeSantis beating Donald Trump by two percentage points among likely Republican primary voters has caused a stir among political observers.

Sarah Longwell, CEO of Longwell Partners, publisher of The Bulwark, and founder of The Republican Accountability Project — a Trump adversary — says she has noted a shift among Trump voters.

“I’ve done two 2020 Trump-voter focus groups since the Jan 6 hearings began. And something happened that’s never happened before: ZERO of the participants in either group wanted Trump to run again in 2024,” she tweeted.

“To be clear, they still like Trump fine. And I’m not suggesting they’re being persuaded by the hearings. (They’re mostly not watching/hate the hearings). But it’s possible the hearings are making voters who want to move on from Jan 6 more open to also moving on from Trump,” Ms Longwell clarified.

She further notes: “That plus having an alternative in DeSantis they’re genuinely excited about — who they view as ‘Trump without the baggage’ — could be diminishing enthusiasm for another Trump run.”

“I’ve been very skeptical of the ‘Trump’s grip on the GOP is slipping’ narrative, in large part because in dozens and dozens of focus groups roughly half of Trump voters want to see Trump run again. It’s too soon to say for sure, but *possible* that’s changing,” Ms Longwell concludes.

Jennifer Rubin, a self-described “Never-Trump” and opinion writer at The Washington Post, replied to Ms Longwell’s thread: “Theory: When not forced to say ‘I don’t like Trump’ or ‘I was wrong to vote for Trump’ they’ll gladly jump ship to say ‘I found an even better Trump!’ The duped rarely admit they were duped. But they remain easy marks.”

Jan 6 committtee publishes Bowers’ journal excerpt

Wednesday 22 June 2022 19:04 , Oliver O'Connell

The January 6 select committee has published an excerpt from Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers’ journal from 4 December 2020.

I do not want to be a winner by cheating. I will not play with laws I swore allegiance to with any contrived desire toward deflection of my deep, foundational desire to follow God’s will...

Rusty Bowers

‘Some anxiety’ in Trump family about new documentary footage

Wednesday 22 June 2022 18:51 , Oliver O'Connell

The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman, somewhat of an expert on Trumpworld through her years of reporting on the former president, appeared on CNN’s New Day this morning to talk about the family’s reaction to the news that the January 6 committee is talking with the British filmmaker who spent weeks documenting them in late 2020 and early 2021.

“My understanding is that there is some anxiety among some family members about what might have been said,” she told CNN’s John Berman, later adding that it may be at odds with other statements that have been made.

For example, Ms Haberman says that she suspects what Ivanka Trump said under oath about the election not being rigged was what she truly believed, but what she said in the documentary video was what she was saying to her father.

“It is a real reminder about how little people were saying to Donald Trump’s face about what they though about what he was doing,” says Ms Haberman.

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