GOP congressman calls second Trump impeachment ‘the conservative vote’
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.
According to the indictment, the five defendants – among them the groups’ former leader, Enrique Tarrio – conspired “to oppose the lawful transfer of presidential power by force, by opposing the authority of the Government of the United States and by preventing, hindering, or delaying by force the execution of the laws governing the transfer of power”.
Meanwhile, Fox News has decided not to air the 6 January public hearings live and instead show only “as news warrants” during its prime time shows, the network has said in a press release. The live coverage of the hearings will instead be carried on its less-viewed sister channel Fox Business.
This makes Fox News the only major news network in the US to not carry the 6 January committee live when they start this Thursday.
Kinzinger rips Fox News for sidelining 6 Jan hearings
Adam Kinzinger, one of the two Republicans on the 6 January select committee, has made clear his contempt for Fox News after the network announced it will not be airing the panel’s hearings live, instead relegating them to the less-watched Fox Business.
Tucker Carlson, whose show clashes with the hearings but will air as usual, is boasting about his supposedly more accurate rendering of the events of the riot. He has repeatedly suggested the event was far less serious than claimed and/or that it was staged by federal agents as a pretext to round up conservative “patriots” in a gigantic Guantanamo-esque ideological incarceration programme.
Andrew Naughtie7 June 2022 12:08
Documentary maker to appear before 6 January committee
As several Proud Boys leaders face a new seditious conspiracy indictment, the 6 January committee is preparing to hear testimony from a filmmaker, Nick Quested, who was embedded with the group in advance of the insurrection and captured footage of a meeting the night before between Enrique Tarrio and the leader of the Oath Keepers, Stewart Rhodes. The video, shot in an underground parking garage, does not clearly record what the two men discussed, but their identities and the fact that they met are clear.
Read more on Mr Quested’s upcoming appearance below.
Andrew Naughtie7 June 2022 11:05 am
Read the full Proud Boys sedition indictment
The five Proud Boys indicted yesterday for numerous offenses in the Capitol riot face nine charges each, with one of them also charged with robbery of personal property of the US.
The full indictment, available in PDF format here, spells out what it refers to as “the conspiracy”, whose purpose it says “was to oppose the lawful transfer of presidential power by force, by opposing the authority of the Government of the United States and by preventing, hindering, or delaying by force the execution of the laws governing the transfer of power.”
Alex Woodward has more on the case below.
Andrew Naughtie7 June 2022 10:30 am
A viewer’s guide to 6 Jan attack’s first public hearing
Nearly a year since its inception, the House committee investigating the 6 January attack on the US Capitol will go public with its findings starting this week as lawmakers hope to show the American public how democracy came to the brink of disaster.
The series of hearings that will take place over the next several weeks begin with a prime-time session on Thursday night in which the nine-member panel plans to give an overview of its 11-month investigation.
More than 1,000 people have been interviewed by the panel, and only snippets of that testimony have been revealed to the public, mostly through court filings.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the hearing:
Stuti Mishra7 June 2022 10:00 am
5 Republicans vie for governor in New Mexico primary
Republican voters are choosing a nominee for New Mexico governor from a field of five candidates in Tuesday’s primary election campaign dominated by concerns about the economy, violent crime and security at the southern US border.
The winner of today’s GOP contest will take on incumbent Democratic governor Michelle Lujan Grisham as she seeks a second term after guiding New Mexico through the coronavirus pandemic with aggressive public health restrictions and a surge in state government spending linked to record-setting oil production.
Stuti Mishra7 June 2022 09:30
GOP incumbents face House primaries in Democratic California
A slate of Republican US House members in heavily Democratic California are facing primary challengers today in races that will help determine control of Congress.
No incumbents appear at risk of losing their primary, but the districts will be among the country’s marquee races in November.
Stuti Mishra7 June 2022 09:00
Trump-backed Senate candidate blames gun violence on Black people
ICYMI: Donald Trump last week made an endorsement in Arizona’s crucial senate primary, choosing Peter Thiel-backed candidate Blake Masters – and as with other Trump endorsements, now the attention is on, the chosen candidate’s past words are coming back to haunt him.
The Daily Beast reports that in an April interview on a right-wing podcast, Mr Masters opined that “It’s people in Chicago, St. Louis shooting each other. Very often, you know, Black people, frankly. And the Democrats don’t want to do anything about that.”
Read more on Mr Masters and the Trump endorsement below.
Stuti Mishra7 June 2022 08:30
Liz Cheney describes “extremely well-organized” and “chilling” effort to subvert 2020 election
ICYMI: In an interview yesterday, Liz Cheney offered CBS News a flavor of the upcoming 6 January committee hearings – and her words indicate that the evidence to be unveiled is grievous indeed.
Asked if the events that led to the riot amounted to a conspiracy, she replied that she does. remarking that she was troubled by “how broad this multi-pronged effort was”.
She also accused house minority Kevin McCarthy of sticking by Donald Trump out of “craven political calculation” and accused him of leader of “lying about what happened on 6 January”.
Watch the clip of her remarks below.
Stuti Mishra7 June 2022 08:00
Explainer: Hundreds charged with crimes in Capitol attack
More than 800 people across the US have been charged in the January 6 riot at the US Capitol, which left officers bloodied and sent lawmakers into hiding, and federal authorities continue to make new arrests practically every week.
The charges against members of the angry pro-Trump mob range from low-level misdemeanours for those who only entered the Capitol to felony seditious conspiracy charges against far-right extremists.
It’s the largest prosecution in the history of the Justice Department, whose leader, Attorney General Merrick Garland, has vowed to hold accountable “all January 6th perpetrators, at any level.”
Stuti Mishra7 June 2022 07:30
When are the 6 January hearings?
The committee is set to hold two hearings in primetime at 8pm on Thursday 9 June and on 23 June. In between the primetime hearings, additional public sessions will be conducted at 10am on 13 June, 15 June, 16 June, and 21 June.
The hearings are expected to outline how Donald Trump and some of his associates violated the law as they tried to overturn the 2020 election.
Gustaf Kilander has more:
Stuti Mishra7 June 2022 07:00