Jan 6 hearings today: Trump lashes out ahead of evidence about him telling official to ‘find’ Georgia votes

Trump claims he never asked Pence to overturn 2020 elections

Donald Trump has turned into the 6 January committee over its third public hearing, ranting on Social Truth that he did not order former Vice President Mike Pence to overturn the 2020 election – directly contradicting evidence from multiple witnesses without contesting the main issue at hand.

Bombshell testimony revealed a pressure campaign by Mr Trump and law professor John Eastman to get Mr Pence to halt the congressional certification process on 6 January 2021 and throw the decision to Republican-led states.

The former president has made two speeches this weekend amplifying his baseless election fraud conspiracy theories and lashing out at Democrats. Further social media posts called the investigating committee “political thugs” and revived his oft-used phrase: “WITCH HUNT!”

On Sunday Mr Trump posted a furious rant on Truth Social, turning his attention to the next hearing set for Tuesday, which will feature Georgia election officials he asked to “find” him votes.

Trump’s advisers say he has grown angry and unhappy watching the 6 Jan hearings and is seeing clips of his family members including Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner being used against him, according to reports.

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Biographer claims Ivanka had a ‘bad feeling’ her father was setting up Mike Pence on Jan 6

Tim O’Brien, author of TrumpNation: The Art of Being The Donaldhas suggested the former president’s older daughter had a “bad feeling” about the pressure her father was putting on Mike Pence in the days leading up to 6 January.

Clips of Ivanka Trump’s testimony have been played at the public hearings into the Capitol riot, which have also heard that Mr Trump was repeatedly told his scheme to get Vice President Pence to send back electors to the states – in the hope of overturning the election result – was illegal.

Oliver O’Connell20 June 2022 05:30

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Trump mocks Biden falling off bike with fake video of him doing it

Donald Trump is mocking Joe Biden for falling off his bike, via his platform, Truth Social, where fake clips of the former president causing the accident are doing the rounds.

Mr Biden was on a trip to Delaware when the tumble was caught on camera, but he is doing “fine”.

In the fake version, Trump can be seen taking a powerful swing on his golf club, with the ball’s distance hitting the current President and causing him to fall. The clip is now being widely-shared among Trump supporters.

Trump mocks Biden falling off bike with fake video of him doing it

Donald Trump is mocking Joe Biden for falling off his bike, via his platform, Truth Social, where fake clips of the former president causing the accident are doing the rounds.Biden was on a trip to Delaware when the tumble was caught on camera, but he is doing “fine”. In the fake version, Trump can be seen taking a powerful swing on his golf club, with the ball’s distance hitting the current President and causing him to fall. The clip is now being widely-shared among Trump supporters.Click here to sign up to our newsletters.

Maroosha Muzaffar20 June 2022 04:32

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Hillary Clinton rules out running for White House again

Hillary Clinton has ruled out another run for the White House saying that it would be “disruptive” to compete against President Joe Biden.

The former Secretary of State told the Financial Times that the possibility of her running again was “out of the question” following her 2016 loss to Donald Trump as she said that she expects Mr Biden to run for a second term.

Rachel Sharp has the story.

Oliver O’Connell20 June 2022 04:30

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House committee to reveal evidence of Trump’s failed efforts to overturn election, committee member says

Representative Adam Schiff said on Sunday that the 6 January committee investigating the Capitol riot will reveal evidence that Donald Trump was involved in an effort to overturn the election by appointing pro-Trump voters in states won by Joe Biden.

During an interview with CNNMr Schiff said: “Yes, we’ll show evidence of the president’s involvement in this scheme.”

He added: “We’ll also again show evidence about what his own lawyers came to think about this scheme. And we’ll show courageous state officials who stood up and said they wouldn’t go along with this plan to either call legislatures back into session or decertify the results for Joe Biden.”

Maroosha Muzaffar20 June 2022 04:24

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Senator dealing bipartisan gun deal gets booed at Texas GOP convention

Senator John Cornyn of Texas was booed at a GOP convention in his home state on Friday, apparently over the senator’s work on a bipartisan gun deal in the works in Congress.

While victims of recent mass shootings in Buffalo, New York; Uvalde, Texas; and Tulsa, Oklahoma have called on leaders to do more about gun violence, the crowd at the 2022 Texas State Republican Convention seemed upset for the opposite reason.

Oliver O’Connell20 June 2022 03:30

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Trump denies he called Mike Pence ‘wimp’

Former president Donald Trump on Friday claimed he never called Mike Pence a “wimp” after the then-vice president said he would not hijack the 6 January 2021 certification of Joe Biden’s election victory by declaring himself and Mr Trump the winners against the wishes of American voters.

“One guy got up and said that he heard me calling Mike Pence a wimp… I think they said at my desk. I don’t even know who these people are,” Mr Trump said, referring to the allegation made by Nick Luna, his former “body man”, in a sworn deposition with the House January 6 select committee.

Oliver O’Connell20 June 2022 02:30

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Proud Boys ‘were willing to kill vice president’

One of the most stunning moments of Thursday’s hearing of the January 6 committee came as members presented a 3D model of areas of the Senate basement where Mike Pence was evacuated to after leaving the Senate floor with Secret Service.

According to security footage of the day, rioters came dangerously close to the vice president while members of the crowd inside and outside of the Capitol chanted, “hang Mike Pence”.

And according to committee member Pete Aguilar, a confidential witness has testified to the FBI that members of the Proud Boys, who were present in the riot, “would have killed Mike Pence if given the chance”.

John Bowden has the story.

Oliver O’Connell20 June 2022 01:30

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ICYMI: Peter Navarro pleads not guilty to contempt of Congress charges

Former Trump administration trade adviser Peter Navarro on Friday pleaded not guilty to the two counts of criminal contempt of congress on which he was indicted earlier this month.

Mr Navarro, who served as the head of the National Trade Council under Donald Trump, faces up to two years behind bars should a jury convict him on charges that he refused to honor subpoenas commanding him to produce documents and appear to give evidence before the House of Representatives select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol.

Oliver O’Connell20 June 2022 00:30

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Jen Psaki highlights fake Twitter account after it posts joke about Trump

A screenshot of a post from a fake Twitter account with a fake blue check mark — though labeled as a parody — purports to show Ms Psaki saying: “President Biden might need kneepads for riding his bike, but the last guy needed kneepads for visiting the Kremlin.”

Oliver O’Connell20 June 2022 00:00

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Jan 6 hearing recap: Trump and Eastman put pressure on Pence

The January 6th Committee has published a recap video of key moments from Thursday’s hearing.

The focus of the third public hearing in the committee’s investigation focused on how Donald Trump plotted with lawyer John Eastman to pressure Mike Pence to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

What the president wanted the vice president to do was not only unconstitutional but led to the violent attack on The Capitol, the committee asserts.

Oliver O’Connell19 June 2022 23:30

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