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.
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
Fox News could be only major network to not cover Jan 6 hearings
Fox News could become the only major network in the US that will skip covering the first public hearing for the House Select Committee investigating the 6 January Capitol insurrection.
Instead, coverage of the hearings will move to the Fox Business Network and the right-leaning news channel will only cover the hearings “as news warrants”, said a Fox press release cited by Business Insider.
After almost a year-long exhaustive investigation, the select committee will hold its first primetime hearing on Thursday at 8pm ET.
Oliver O’ConnellJune 8, 2022, 4:45 a.m.
Son of Buffalo shooting victim demands Senate address ‘cancer of white supremacy’
The son of the eldest victim of the Buffalo grocery store massacre has demanded US senators take action against the “cancer of white supremacy”.
Garnell Whitfield Jr, whose 86-year-old mother Ruth Whitfield was killed in the 14 May attack, called on members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to “yield your positions of authority” if they were unwilling to find a solution to the growing domestic terror threat.
Oliver O’ConnellJune 8, 2022, 4:15 a.m.
GOP senator caught on phone at opening of emotional hearing into domestic terrorism
A Texas Republican senator was spotted using his phone while witnesses gave their opening statements at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday called in response to the massacre in Buffalo, New York.
John Cornyn was seen looking down and scrolling on his device while a former US district attorney gave his remarks to the panel.
Oliver O’ConnellJune 8, 2022 03:45
Senate votes to advance landmark burn pits bill
The US Senate has voted to advance landmark burn pits bill bringing veterans who are sick and dying from toxic exposure one step closer to getting healthcare access and benefits.
The toxic burn pit exposure bill (Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring our PACT Act of 2022) cleared a Senate cloture vote 86-12 on Tuesday.
Oliver O’ConnellJune 8, 2022 03:15
Secret Service rebuffed Trump for two weeks over plan to walk to Capitol
The Washington Post reports that former President Donald Trump’s announcement that he was going to walk down to the Capitol with his supporters on January 6, 2021, caused the Secret Service to scramble to try and secure a safe route.
The paper cited two people briefed on witness accounts given to the select committee investigating the events surrounding the storming of the US Capitol building.
This scramble happened after two weeks of pressure from Mr Trump on the Secret Service to prepare for such a trip that had been rebuffed by the agency.
A rush to try to accommodate the president only began after he told the 30,000-strong crowd gathered for his rally at the Ellipse that morning: “We’re going to walk down to the Capitol.”
Calls to DC police to help secure streets and block intersections were declined as they were already stretched thin with protests, and later a growing mob outside Congress.
Eventually, the plan was called off by the presidential detail as “untenable and unsafe”.
A DC official confirmed the request to the Post. Mr Trump has previously told the outlet that his desire to go to the Capitol on 6 January 2021 was blocked by the Secret Service.
Oliver O’ConnellJune 8, 2022 02:45
Jan 6 committee still finalizing witness list
According to reporting by The New York Timesthe final witness list for the upcoming primetime televised herding of the January 6 committee is still being finalised.
It could still mean that high-profile former Trump administration officials could appear and give testimony.
Key aides to form Vice President Mike Pence will be appearing during the first night of TV coverage, and the public will be presented with a multimedia presentation including fresh material.
Further to that though, the committee is said not to have “nailed down the full slate of witnesses” that could appear. This could include forming Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen who served after Bill Barr stepped down near the end of the Trump administration.
The panel is waiting for Jeffrey A. Rosen, the former acting attorney general, and Richard P. Donoghue, the former acting deputy attorney general, to respond to formal requests to testify, according to two people briefed on the matter.
Both Mr. Rosen and Mr. Donoghue have already told multiple congressional committees that Mr. Trump and his allies pressured the department to say falsely that it had found vote fraud and to use its power to undo the results.
In addition, there are also reportedly ongoing informal talks with Pat Cipollone, the former White House counsel, as well as Byung Pak, the former US attorney in Atlanta, who left his role on 4 January 2021 after finding out the president wanted to fire him for not finding vote fraud.
Oliver O’ConnellJune 8, 2022, 2:15 a.m.
Trump revisits long-held Mount Rushmore fantasy
Donald Trump is sharing old memes and envisioning himself on monuments to America’s most well-known presidents as the January 6 committee prepares for its first public hearing later this week.
One of the images was actually a photograph taken by the Associated Press in 2020 that captured Mr Trump grinning in front of the monument during a visit to the site; due to the framing, Mr Trump’s face is squared near-perfectly with an emply spot on the monument.
It was shared by his daughter, Ivanka, on Twitter shortly after it was taken.
Another photo, this one edited, depicted Mr Trump as part of the monument itself.
John Bowden has the story.
Oliver O’ConnellJune 8, 2022 01:45