Jan 6 hearings today: Trump rants about ‘political thugs’, ‘lowlife’ Dems and DoJ in outburst

Jan 6 hearings: Ivanka Trump recalls father called Pence ‘a wimp’ in final call

Donald Trump has torn into the 6 January committee over its third public hearing, ranting on Truth Social 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 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 was the keynote speaker at a conservative conference on Friday, where he amplified his baseless election fraud conspiracy theories and lashed out at Democrats. He continued this on Saturday morning with further posts calling the committee “political thugs”.

Meanwhile, the select committee has requested from Ginni Thomas, the wife of US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, about texts and emails she sent to Mark Meadows and Mr Eastman in advance of the Capitol riot. The longtime right-wing activist has said she will oblige.

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

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Production team for Stephen Colbert’s Late Show arrested in Capitol Hill office building

US Capitol Police said on Friday that officers arrested a group of unauthorized people in a congressional office building on Thursday night and charged them with unlawful entry.

The people identified themselves as being affiliated with CBS’ Late Show with Stephen ColbertFox News first reported and The Associated Press confirmed.

Oliver O’Connell18 June 2022 20:15

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Jan 6 hearing finds Trump lied about Pence agreeing he could overturn election

An attorney who served as Mike Pence’s chief legal counsel in the days leading up to January 6 rebuked Donald Trump and said that a statement the president put out claiming that the vice president agreed he had the power to overturn the election was “categorically false”.

Greg Jacob made the declaration on Thursday just before the House January 6 committee.

Oliver O’Connell18 June 2022 20:00

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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’Connell18 June 2022 19:49

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Thirst for power: Watergate 50th meets January 6 with common thread

The wreckage of Watergate and January 6 are a half-century apart yet rooted in the same ancient thirst for power at any cost.

Two presidents, wily and profane, tried an end-run around democracy.

Mysteries from both affairs endure as the House inquiry into the January 202 uprising at the Capitol intersects with this week’s Watergate 50th anniversary.

Oliver O’Connell18 June 2022 19:43

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Rioters got within 40 feet of Pence

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 reports from Washington, DC.

Oliver O’Connell18 June 2022 19:30

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Donald Trump Jr mocks Biden falling off bike

Former President Donald Trump’s eldest son and namesake Donald Jr has mocked President Joe Biden falling off his bike earlier today while on a ride in Rehoboth Beach.

Mr Trump tweeted: “I’m just shocked they let him ride a bike without training wheels.”

Posting footage of the fall, he also tweeted: “How long till they blame Putin?”

Oliver O’Connell18 June 2022 19:23

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Video shows Capitol riot mob threatening to kill Pence

The threats against Mr Pence came after Mr Trump falsely told them that Mr Pence had the power to change the outcome of the election.

Oliver O’Connell18 June 2022 19:00

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CDC: US ​​children under five may receive a Covid vaccine from next week

Children under the age of five could start receiving the Covid-19 vaccine in a matter of days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gave the green light to rolling out the shots.

In a meeting on Saturday, CDC’s independent panel of advisers voted to approve the Pfizer vaccine for children aged six months to four years and the Moderna vaccine for children aged six months to 17 years.

Now, the decision will head to the desk of CDC Director Dr Rochelle Walensky to give the official signoff.

Oliver O’Connell18 June 2022 18:49

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ICYMI: Jan 6 hearing hears how gasoline Trump was ‘pouring on fire’ during Capitol riot

The third public hearing into the Capitol riot evidence heard that Donald Trump was repeatedly telling his plan to overturn the election result was illegal, even by the lawyer urging him to do so.

Attorney John Eastman also asked for a pardon after pushing a scheme to pressure then vice president Mike Pence into unilaterally rejecting electoral votes from swing states won by Joe Biden.

Video depositions made public by the House January 6 select committee revealed that Mr Trump knew the plan to have his vice-president commandeer the 6 January 2021 session of Congress and declare themselves winners of the election that violated the law.

The Independent‘s Washington team watched Thursday’s hearing on Capitol Hill.

Oliver O’Connell18 June 2022 18:30

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Despite mounting political challenges, Biden remains optimistic

Democrats are going to hold onto the House after November’s midterm elections. They will pick up as many as four seats in the Senate, expanding their majority and overcoming internal dissent that has helped stifle their agenda.

As the challenges confronting President Joe Biden intensify, his predictions of a rosy political future for the Democratic Party are growing bolder. The assessments, delivered in speeches, fundraisers and conversations with friends and allies, seem at odds with a country that acknowledged this week was “really, really pandemic down,” burdened by a surging gas prices and spiking inflation.

Oliver O’Connell18 June 2022 18:00

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