Jamie Raskin doesn’t say whether the Jan 6 Committee will get Mike Pence to testify
Hillary Clinton has laid into Fox News for its decision not to broadcast the 6 January select committee’s upcoming hearings, tweeting that “Fox News won’t air the January 6 hearings because they prefer their sedition made fresh on-site”.
The channel has decided to not air the 6 January public hearings live and instead show only “as news warrants” during its prime time show, with full coverage relegated to its less-viewed sister channel Fox Business. This will make Fox News the only major news network in the US to not carry this Thursday’s hearing live.
Fox News will, however, offer live streams of the hearing without authentication on Foxnews.com and Fox Nation.
The Washington Post reports that witness accounts of 6 January given to the committee include the Secret Service rebuffing Donald Trump’s request to walk to the Capitol with supporters for two weeks before he announced it on the day to the crowd, leaving them scrambling, but ultimately scuttling the idea.
Senior members of the far-right Proud Boys group are facing a new indictment on multiple charges stemming from the 6 January attack on the US Capitol, including counts of seditious conspiracy against the US government.
Steve Bannon ‘revenge-subpoenas’ January 6 committee
Steve Bannon’s lawyers have subpoenaed Nancy Pelosi and members of the House Select Committee investigating the 6 January riots.
Mr Bannon was indicted in November last year by a federal grand jury for his refusal to comply with a subpoena to testify and produce documents.
Now, the former Donald Trump aide is seeking to subpoena the January 6 committee as part of his challenge to whether the panel was properly formed.
Mr Bannon’s trial is set for next month. He has pleaded not guilty. According to Mr Bannon’s legal team, he subpoenaed 16 lawmakers and congressional staffers to testify at the July trial and produce documents.
Maroosha Muzaffar reports.
Alisha Rahaman SarkarJune 8, 2022 10:15 a.m.
Trump ally Kristi Noem wins in South Dakota
South Dakota governor Kristi Noem, a staunch ally of former president Donald Trump, won the Republican nomination to seek re-election in November.
Ms Noem, known for her opposition to Covid-19 restrictions, won her primary with 77 per cent of the vote, while former Trump interior secretary Ryan Zinke of Montana was locked in a tight race as he seeks the party’s nomination to return to Congress.
Alisha Rahaman SarkarJune 8, 2022 9:45 a.m.
GOP senate whip mocked for saying AR-15s are needed to shoot prairie dogs
Republican Senate Whip John Thune has become the target of mockery online after he suggested that assault rifles are needed to shoot prairie dogs.
“In my state, they use them to shoot prairie dogs and other types of varmints. And so I think that there are legitimate reasons why people would want to have them,” he added. “So I just think that the issues that they should be focused on is how do you keep those types of weapons out of the hands of these young, in this case, male, very deranged, young men.”
Twitter users quickly seized on Mr Thune’s comments, here’s what they had to say:
Oliver O’ConnellJune 8, 2022 8:45 a.m.
Matthew McConaughey’s emotional White House briefing speech in full
Read the full text of the actor’s emotional speech about the massacre in his hometown of Uvalde, Texas.
Oliver O’Connell8 June 2022 08:15
‘We Build The Wall’ trial ends in mistrial
The trial of a Colorado businessman on charges that he ripped off thousands of donors who contributed $25 million to a campaign to build a wall along the southern US border ended Tuesday in a mistrial after jurors could not reach a unanimous verdict.
The mistrial in the prosecution of Timothy Shea was granted by US District Judge Analisa Torres after the jury reported for a third time that it could not reach a verdict on any count, saying the deadlock was “abundantly clear.” They said extended deliberations had left them “further entrenched in our opposing views.”
After previous notes, the judge urged them to try again.
Shea was left to stand trial alone after Steve Bannon, a onetime adviser to then-President Donald Trump, was pardoned. And two other defendants pleaded guilty.
Oliver O’ConnellJune 8, 2022, 7:45 a.m.
The big campaign question for Democrats heading into the midterms
With Democrats defending narrow majorities in Congress, the divergent paths of focusing on the January 6 probe or not reflect a challenge facing the party as the House committee investigating the insurrection begins prime-time public hearings on Thursday.
Some lawmakers and fresh candidates view this as an invaluable moment to refocus the public’s attention on the violence that day — and what they consider persistent threats to democracy. But polling shows voters are more interested in personal issues like surging grocery and gas prices.
Oliver O’Connell8 June 2022 07:15
Report: House Democrats investigating if foreign gifts to Trump are missing
CNN reports that House Democrats are investigating if gifts from foreign governments and officials to form President Donald Trump have gone missing — potentially amounting to thousands of dollars worth of items.
Lawmakers on the House Oversight and Reform Committee have sent a letter to the National Archives after receiving information from the State Department indicating “the Trump administration ‘did not prioritize this obligation’ and failed to comply with the law that governs foreign gift reporting during President Trump’s final year in office”.
“As a result, the foreign sources and monetary value of gifts President Trump received remain unknown,” it adds. “The Department of State also stated that it was unable to determine the identities of some government officials who received foreign gifts during the Trump Administration, as well as the sources of those foreign gifts.”
The committee wants the National Archives to provide details about all the gifts received during the Trump administration.
Oliver O’ConnellJune 8, 2022, 6:45 a.m.
Matthew McConaughey pounds White House lectern in anger over Uvalde massacre
An emotional Matthew McConaughey pounded the White House lectern in anger as he called for change in the wake of the Uvalde elementary school massacre.
The Oscar-winner choked up as he described how victim Maite Yuleana Rodriguez could only be identified by her favorite green Converse shoes after she was shot and killed.
Oliver O’Connell8 June 2022 06:15
Matthew McConaughey holds up artwork of children killed in Uvalde in White House briefing
An emotional Matthew McConaughey took to the White House briefing room on Tuesday to plead for stronger gun laws in the wake of the mass shooting that claimed the lives of 19 students and 2 teachers in his hometown of Uvalde, Texas.
The veteran actor became emotional as he held up artwork and photos of children slain by the 18-year-old gunman and described the severity of wounds inflicted by the AR-15-style rifle used in that massacre.
“Make these lives matter,” he said.
Oliver O’ConnellJune 8, 2022 05:45
Hillary Clinton launches damning attack on Fox News
Fox News announced on Monday that they won’t carry the hearings live on Thursday, but will instead “cover the hearings as news warrants”.
“Fox News won’t air the January 6 hearings because they prefer their sedition made fresh on-site,” Ms Clinton, a former secretary of state, New York senator, and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, tweeted on Tuesday morning.
Oliver O’Connell08 June 2022 05:15