Jamie Raskin doesn’t say whether the Jan 6 Committee will get Mike Pence to testify
To train GOP insider tells The Independent that former president Donald Trump will “lose his mind” when he watches the January 6 committee hearings on the Capitol riot on Thursday evening and realizes no one is there to interject on his behalf.
Kurt Bardella also called House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy’s decision to withdraw Republican committee picks a “massive strategic error”.
Trump allies meanwhile are have called the prime time special “disgustingly out of touch”, saying that Americans care more about inflation and gas prices, and no one will watch.
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton has laid into Fox News for its decision not to broadcast the hearings live on its main channel when every other network will. She tweeted that “Fox News won’t air the January 6 hearings because they prefer their sedition made fresh on-site”.
Relatedly, Steve Bannon’s lawyers have subpoenaed House speaker Nancy Pelosi and members of the January 6 committee, Mr Bannon, once a strategist for former president Trump, was indicted in November 2021 by a federal grand jury for his refusal to comply with a subpoena to testify and produce documents.
Now, he is seeking to subpoena the January 6 committee as part of his challenge to whether the panel was properly formed.
Kushner began planning Miami move almost immediately after 2020 election
Jared Kushner, son-in-law and one-time adviser to form President Donald Trump, reportedly decided to leave Washington and relocate to Miami even before the final result of the 2020 election was called, according to an upcoming book.
The New York Times reports that in the middle of the night on 5 November 2020, only a day after then-President Trump had declared “frankly, we did win this election”, Mr Kushner is said to have told his wife, first daughter Ivanka Trump: “We’ re moving to Miami.”
According to sources cited for the book The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017-2021by the Times’ Peter Baker and The New Yorker‘s Susan Glasser, neither Mr Kushner nor his wife Ms Trump believed her father had won the election.
The couple are said to have been busy arranging their new life in Florida even as Trump allies pursued ill-fated attempts to overturn the election result.
Their decision to move is said to have “opened a vacuum around the president that was filled by conspiracy theorists like Rudolph W Giuliani and Sidney Powell, who relayed to Mr Trump farcically false stories of dead voters, stuffed ballot boxes, corrupted voting machines and foreign plots,” according to Mr Baker.
In addition, while the president refused to work with the transition team, Mr Kushner reportedly worked “quietly” with the incoming Biden administration to help with the transition.
Both Mr Kushner and Ms Trump spoke at length with the House select committee investigating the events leading up to and after the January 6 2021 Capitol riot. Excerpts of their video testimonies are expected to be shown during upcoming public hearings.
Oliver O’ConnellJune 8, 2022 6:20 p.m.
Biden condemns actions of armed man near Justice Kavanaugh’s home
President Joe Biden has condemned the actions of an armed man who was arrested near the home of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates told Fox News: “President Biden condemns the actions of this individual in the strongest terms, and is grateful to law enforcement for quickly taking him into custody.”
“As the President has consistently made clear, public officials — including judges — must be able to do their jobs without concern for their personal safety or that of their families,” Mr Bates said.
“And any violence, threats of violence, or attempts to intimidate justices have no place in our society.”
Mr Bates also told the network that the president supports legislation to fund increased security for the Court and Judges.
Oliver O’ConnellJune 8, 2022 6:08 p.m.
San Francisco voters recall liberal district attorney Chesa Boudin
Residents of San Francisco voted decisively on Tuesday to recall Democrat district attorney Chesa Boudin over rising crime, policing and public safety reforms.
Partial returns showed Mr Boudin is set to be ousted as 61 per cent of the ballots are in favor of the recall, according to Edison Research.
Recall proponents blamed Mr Boudin, 41, for progressive policies that led to a spike in gun violence and other crimes during the Covid pandemic.
Oliver O’ConnellJune 8, 2022 6:03 p.m.
Steve Bannon ‘revenge-subpoenas’ Jan 6 committee members
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.
Maroosha Muzaffar reports:
Oliver O’ConnellJune 8, 2022, 5:44 p.m.
Attorney General announces DoJ review of police response to Uvalde mass shooting
Attorney General Merrick Garland has announced the Department of Justice will conduct a critical incident review of the law enforcement response to the Uvalde, Texas, mass shooting.
The final report will be made public.
Oliver O’ConnellJune 8, 2022, 5:36 p.m.
Democrat Congresswoman and billionaire advance to runoff election for Los Angeles mayor
Congresswoman Karen Bass and billionaire real estate developer Rick Caruso advanced to lock horns in a runoff this November to become the mayor of Los Angeles.
An early tally of mail-in ballots showed Mr Caruso with 41 per cent and Ms Bass with 38 per cent votes. Although a dozen names were on the ballot, several candidates had dropped out of the race.
City councilman and former state senate leader Kevin de Leon was a distant third with 7 per hundred votes.
Alisha Rahaman Sarkar reports:
Oliver O’ConnellJune 8, 2022 5:25 p.m.
Migration gets top billing at Summit of the Americas
Migration has taken center stage at an assembly of Western Hemisphere leaders, reflecting its emergence as a top foreign policy issue amid red-carpet drama over who comes and who stays home.
The “Los Angeles Declaration,” to be announced while US President Joe Biden meets with his counterparts from North, Central and South America Wednesday through Friday, is expected to be a brief call to action that supporters hope will guide countries on hosting people fleeing violence and persecution and searching for more economic stability.
Oliver O’ConnellJune 8, 2022, 5:06 p.m.
Jan 6 committee members on diverging political paths
The nine members of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 US Capitol insurrection are on diverging political paths as they prepare for public hearings that could become a defining moment in their careers.
Working in private rooms in a Capitol office building, the seven Democrats and two Republicans have participated in hours of interviews, hearing testimony from members of former President Donald Trump’s family, former Justice Department officials and Trump White House aides. They’ve issued dozens of subpoenas, interviewed more than 1,000 witnesses and gathered tens of thousands of pages of documents in an effort to piece together the worst attack on the Capitol in two centuries.
But as the lawmakers wrap up their investigation, many are at a personal crossroads.
Oliver O’ConnellJune 8, 2022 4:47 p.m.
Armed man arrested near Brett Kavanaugh’s home
A man with at least one weapon was arrested near the Maryland home of US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and threatened to kill him, according to The Washington Postciting people familiar with the investigation.
A suspect with “at least one weapon and burglary tools” was detained on a nearby street early on Wednesday in Montgomery County, according to the report, which claims that the man was angry about a forthcoming decision on the 1973 ruling in Roe v Wade and abortion access in the US.
A statement from the Supreme Court’s public information officer to The Independent also reports that a man was arrested at 1.50am.
Oliver O’ConnellJune 8, 2022 4:28 p.m.
Trump will ‘lose his mind’ over prime time committee hearing
Andrew Feinberg and Eric Garcia write:
Allies of Mr Trump who’ve questioned the panel’s legitimacy in lawsuits seeking to block the committee from obtaining documents have pointed to the lack of GOP members when arguing that the panel is improperly constituted, but multiple federal courts have rejected such arguments.
Kurt Bardella, a former adviser to ex-GOP House Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa who now advises the Democratic National Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told The Independent that Mr McCarthy’s decision to withdraw all his picks in a fit of pique was a “massive strategic error” that has left the former president without anyone to defend or run interference for him.
He also predicted the former president would “lose his mind” when he watches the select committee’s hearings and realizes no one is there to interject with talking points representing his side of the argument.
Oliver O’ConnellJune 8, 2022 4:09 p.m.