Trump News Today: 7-hour gap discovered in former president’s January 6 calls covering Capitol riot

Trump says Ketanji Brown Jackson was ‘incredibly disrespectful’ to GOP senators

White House phone records from Jan. 6, 2021, obtained by the Capitol Riot Investigation Committee, have emerged that included a 7-hour gap in Donald Trump’s communications, a time period that includes the assault. against the building by a horde of his followers.

The news comes after the select committee voted to remove Trump aides Dan Scavino and Peter Navarro to the House of Representatives for contempt of Congress. The panel also gained access to a cache of withheld emails from its investigation by John Eastman, the lawyer who penned an infamous memo outlining a plan to get Mike Pence to nullify the 2020 election in favor of Donald Trump. .

In a scathing opinion, the judge hearing the case wrote that “Dr Eastman and President Trump have launched a campaign to nullify a Democratic election, an action unprecedented in American history” – and that “if the plan of Dr Eastman and President Trump had worked, it would have permanently ended the peaceful transition of power, undermining American democracy and the Constitution.If the country does not commit to investigating and prosecuting those responsible, the Court fears that January 6 does not repeat itself.

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GOP Says Biden Uses ‘Cognitive Decline’ Ratings, But Trump Did Too

Republican Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has argued that President Joe Biden’s use of notes during press conferences is a sign of cognitive decline despite former President Donald Trump doing the same during press conferences. certain public appearances.

Gustaf Kilander reports from Washington, DC.

Olivier O’ConnellMarch 29, 2022 7:20 p.m.

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JD Vance: ‘Nothing Wrong’ With Marjorie Taylor Greene Attending White Nationalist Conference

Ohio Republican Senate candidate JD Vance vehemently defended Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s commitment at a white nationalist conference last month, noting that the congresswoman “is my friend and has nothing hurt.”

Ms Greene spoke in person at America’s first right-wing political action conference earlier this year, but after controversy erupted over her attendance at an event, where the organizer claimed that “young white men” were forgotten, she began to downplay her involvement.

Reporting by Johanna Chisholm.

Olivier O’ConnellMarch 29, 2022 6:50 p.m.

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In other Clarence Thomas stories…

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined the small but growing list of Democratic lawmakers calling for the resignation of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on Tuesday as the blowback continues over text messages the judge’s wife sent to a senior Trump official.

Reporting by John Bowden of Washington, DC.

Olivier O’ConnellMarch 29, 2022 6:25 p.m.

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Trump releases edited video of Willy Wonka to mark release of Clarence Thomas from hospital

The former president, still banned from Twitter, posted a short statement simply saying, “Glad to see Clarence Thomas is healthy and doing well.”

Olivier O’ConnellMarch 29, 2022 6:01 p.m.

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Report: Kevin McCarthy and Madison Cawthorn to discuss cocaine and orgies

Madison Cawthorn, an extremist Republican congresswoman from North Carolina, recently described to an interviewer how the scales had fallen from her eyes since arriving in Washington, DC. According to the freshman rep, he was offered cocaine and invited to sex parties by people he’d looked up to for years before he met them — and now it appears House GOP leader, Kevin McCarthy, maybe want a word…

Andrew NaughtyMarch 29, 2022 5:33 p.m.

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Trump-backed Tennessee candidate could be banned from running

Morgan Ortagus, a former Trump staffer who is running for the U.S. House of Representatives in Tennessee, may soon find himself barred from the ballot thanks to new legislation imposing residency requirements on congressional candidates in the United States. State.

The law, which requires eligible candidates to live in the state and district they seek to represent for at least three years before they can be elected, was passed by both houses of the Tennessee State House in following an interview in which Ms. Ortagus displayed a mortifying misunderstanding of the neighborhood she seeks to represent.

Andrew NaughtyMarch 29, 2022 5:07 p.m.

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Trump’s interview sees him asking for Putin’s help

Donald Trump’s interview today with Just the News is remarkable for its short-sightedness, and here’s an example: In his ongoing efforts to smear Joe and Hunter Biden as corrupt partners of the Eastern European oligarchs, Trump didn’t just repeat unproven accusations – he also asked for help (again) from Vladimir Putin.

Andrew NaughtyMarch 29, 2022 4:49 p.m.

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McCarthy-Trump call missing from January 6 newspapers

One of the key phone calls known to have taken place during the Jan. 6 riot was a conversation between Donald Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who apparently yelled at the president to do more to call the rioters. Lawmakers briefed by Mr. McCarthy himself learned that the president scorned his colleague with the words “Well, Kevin, I guess those people are more upset about the election than you.”

It now turns out that this call, known since the immediate aftermath of the insurrection, does not appear in the White House call records given to the January 6 commission. This in turn raises questions about the device Mr. Trump was using to communicate with the outside world during the riot and where recordings of his communications might be found.

Andrew NaughtyMarch 29, 2022 4:22 p.m.

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Pro-Trump candidate defends Marjorie Taylor Greene for speaking at racist conference

JD Vance, the Hillbilly Elegy author who transformed from critic of Trump to belligerent Republican culture warrior for the Ohio Senate primary, last night defended extremist congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene for speaking at the far-right conference in AFPAC earlier this year.

The AFPAC conference, hosted by hardcore racist activist Nick Fuentes, was also addressed by Republican Congressman Paul Gosar. Neither he nor Ms Greene have so far faced formal sanction from Republican leaders for attending the event.

Andrew NaughtyMarch 29, 2022 3:57 p.m.

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Trump spokeswoman pushes revamped Hunter Biden story

As the mainstream political news cycle focuses narrowly on the missing 7 hours of White House phone recordings from January 6, 2021, Donald Trump’s team is redirecting attention to an interview the ex-president gave to right-wing outlet Just the News, in which he reaffirms a claim he’s made many times before: that Hunter Biden benefited from connections with Eastern European oligarchs in a way that somehow undermines his father, the current president.

Andrew NaughtyMarch 29, 2022 3:26 p.m.