Jan 6 hearings live: Pat Cipollone to testify before committee as another Trump aide agrees to appear in public

Liz Cheney says she hasn’t decided whether or not to run for president

The committee investigating the 6 January riot at the US Capitol has secured the closed-door testimony of former White House counsel Pat Cipollone, who has been under pressure to speak to the panel for some time. His recollections of him are expected to provide crucial insight into Donald Trump’s attempts to instrumentalize the Department of Justice to overturn the 2020 election.

The panel will also be hosting a televised hearing with Sarah Matthews, a former deputy press secretary who resigned after the Capitol was attacked. The date of her session is not confirmed, but the next live in-person public hearing will take place next week with a focus on Mr Trump’s role in assembling the mob.

Meanwhile, the Fulton County, Georgia, grand roles jury investigating Mr Trump’s attempts to overturn Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory has issued subpoenas to South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, Rudy Giuliani, and several other attorneys who played in Mr Trump’s machinations. Mr Graham has confirmed he will refuse to comply with the subpoena’s demands.

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Russian state TV host muses whether Putin should ‘reinstall Trump’

Russian state television propagandist Olga Skabeeva took aim at former president Donald Trump, implying the Russian government may think twice about mounting any campaign to support him should he choose to run in the 2024 presidential election.

Skabeeva made the remarks during the recent edition of her 60 Minutes political talk show, according to a clip with English translations posted to Twitter by Russian media analyst Julia Davis.

Oliver O’Connell7 July 2022 02:45

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McConnell says Americans aren’t working because they are ‘flush’

Mitch McConnell has claimed that the US labor is due to people unwilling to work because they are “flush at the moment”.

The Republican Senate Minority Leader was speaking at an event in Paducah, Kentucky on Tuesday when he pitched his theory of why businesses are struggling to hire people.

“You’ve got a whole lot of people sitting on the sidelines because, frankly, they’re flush for the moment,” Mr McConnell said. “What we’ve got to hope is once they run out of money, they’ll start concluding it’s better to work than not to work.”

Oliver O’Connell7 July 2022 02:00

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Lindsey Graham will not comply with Georgia election probe subpoena

Attorneys for Senator Lindsey Graham say he will not comply with a subpoena issued to him as part of a Fulton County, Georgia grand jury investigation into former president Donald Trump’s push to overturn Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory in the Peach State.

In a statement provided to The Independent, Bart Daniel and Matt Austin say Fulton County investigators have told them Mr Graham is “simply a witness” and “neither a subject nor target of the investigation” but dismissed the investigation being overseen by Fulton County DA Fani Willis as “all politics”.

Andrew Feinberg has more details.

Oliver O’Connell7 July 2022 01:15

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Biden jokes ‘Trump calling me’ as phone goes off mid-speech

President Joe Biden was speaking about the next phase of his economic agenda and his American Rescue Plan in Cleveland, Ohio, when a phone rang in the audience.

Gustaf Kilander reports on how the president made light of the moment.

Oliver O’Connell7 July 2022 00:30

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Former Trump White House counsel Pat Cipollone to testify to Jan 6 committee

Former Trump White House counsel Pat Cipollone will give evidence in closed session before the House January 6 select committee this week, following multiple calls for his testimony from committee members.

Mr Cipollone, who served as former president Donald Trump’s top White House lawyer from 2019 to the end of his term in January 2021, has previously met with the panel on an informal basis, but he has now agreed to a transcribed interview with select committee members and investigators.

Andrew Feinberg has the latest.

Oliver O’Connell6 July 2022 23:45

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Giuliani says Trump should have pardoned himself

Disgraced lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who played a key role in the long chain of events leading to the January 6 attack on the Capitol, has mused that Donald Trump should have pardoned himself before leaving office.

Speaking on his personal podcast, Mr Giuliani remarked that it appears the ex-president is likely to face charges because of what has been uncovered by the committee investigating the riot.

Oliver O’Connell6 July 2022 23:00

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Trump teases return of his Boeing 757

Former President Donald Trump has teased the return of his Boeing 757 on which he campaigned in the 2016 election.

He posted on Truth Social it will be returning to the skies in the Fall of 2022 “or maybe sooner” adding to rumors that he may announce a 2024 run for the presidency sooner than expected.

During my four years in the White House, I didn’t use everybody’s favorite airplane, the Boeing 757 we campaigned on for our big 2016 WIN. Now it has been completely modernized and renovated, and looks GREAT, all done in the Great State of Louisiana, and coming back to the skies in the Fall of 2022, or maybe sooner. Get ready!

He linked to a YouTube clip of the refurbishment of the aircraft.

Oliver O’Connell6 July 2022 22:51

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Opinion: What Donald Trump Jr’s creepy obsession with Amber Heard really tells us

Don Jr. implied he believed Amber Heard back in 2017, when he tweeted about her injuries and referred to Johnny Depp as left-wing. But then his viewpoint changed—and thus he began a spiraling obsession with no end in sight.

Oliver O’Connell6 July 2022 22:30

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Another former Trump aid to appear at public Jan 6 hearing

The former Trump White House staffer who resigned after the 6 January riot at the US Capitol is set to testify publicly to the select committee investigating the incident.

Sarah Matthews, who served as deputy press secretary in the later phase of the administration, will reportedly be appearing by agreement at a future hearing after receiving a subpoena, according to CNN.

Ms Matthews has already testified to the committee in a videotaped deposition, part of which was featured at a hearing last month. She has also been an outspoken critic of the Trump team’s conduct leading up to the events of January 6, and spoke out to defend her former colleague Cassidy Hutchinson after the latter’s devastating testimony at a recent televised hearing.

Oliver O’Connell6 July 2022 22:00

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ICYMI: Trump still trading on supposedly resilient popularity

Donald Trump was consistently unpopular with the American people throughout his presidency, but never admitted as much. And based on his activity on Truth Social lately, he is still as fixated as ever on the idea that he is scoring high ratings among the electorate.

This he tried to prove by sharing a month-old piece from CNN.

Maroosha Muzaffar has more.

Oliver O’Connell6 July 2022 21:30

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