Trump News Today: Kevin McCarthy says ex-president accepted responsibility for Jan. 6 in new audio

McCarthy recorded saying Trump accepts ‘some responsibility’ for the Jan. 6 riot

A newly released audio recording from January 2021 features House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy telling Republican members that Donald Trump “is responsible for his words and actions” around the Jan. 6 riot – and that the then president told him “he has some responsibility for what happened”.

Mr McCarthy yesterday denied a New York Times report that said he had considered urging Mr Trump to stand down following the riot – but shortly after his statement was released, audio of that conversation was released, confirming that the report was correct and that Mr. McCarthy’s denial was false.

Liz Cheney’s office has denied releasing the previous recording of a discussion between the congresswoman and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy in which the two discussed whether Donald Trump should step down after the events of January 6, 2021.

On the recording, Mr McCarthy tells Ms Cheney – now a member of the January 6 committee – that he would suggest that Mr Trump resign from office in the face of impending impeachment.

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Texas GOP donor charged after repairman held at gunpoint over Trump voter fraud conspiracy theory

A Tory activist has been charged in connection with an alleged 2020 incident in which a repairman was held at gunpoint by a man looking for fraudulent mail in ballots that did not exist.

RawStory reports that Steven Hotze, 71, was indicted by a Harris County grand jury on Wednesday and faces one count of unlawful restraint and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Mr Hotze is said to have hired more than a dozen private investigators to research cases of voter fraud ahead of the 2020 election, according to court documents.

Olivier O’ConnellApril 23, 2022 03:30

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Trump brags about telling NATO members he won’t protect them from Russiav

Former President Donald Trump has said he made thinly veiled threats to NATO leaders when he was president, saying the United States would not defend them against Russia if they did not pay.

“[Another world leader] said: “Does this mean that you will not protect us in case – if we do not pay, you will not protect us from Russia” – was the Soviet Union, but now Russia, “said Mr. Trump.” I said, “That’s exactly what it means.

Olivier O’ConnellApril 23, 2022 02:30

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Report: Mark Meadows was registered to vote in three states at once

As North Carolina continues to investigate whether Mark Meadows committed voter fraud, a new report says the former Trump official was registered to vote in three states at the same time.

According to The Washington Post, Mr. Meadows was recorded simultaneously in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia for a period of approximately three weeks. Earlier this month, North Carolina removed him from its voter rolls, but Mr Meadows is still registered in South Carolina and Virginia, the To post reported.

Olivier O’ConnellApril 23, 2022 1:30 a.m.

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Marjorie Taylor Greene forced to admit she asked Pelosi to get the death penalty

Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene scrambled to avoid committing perjury on Friday after an attorney representing voters seeking to disqualify her from this year’s campaign trail confronted her with a video of past statements in which she accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of “treason” and suggested the California Democrat should be executed.

Olivier O’ConnellApril 23, 2022 12:30 a.m.

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How to sign up for The Independent’s US Morning Headlines newsletter

As the Biden administration scrambles to punish Russia for its assault on Ukraine, Congress confirms a new Supreme Court justice and the Jan. 6 investigations heat up steadily, The Independent is launching a new US morning headlines newsletter to keep you up to date.

Olivier O’ConnellApril 23, 2022 12:00 a.m.

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Trump and McCarthy reportedly spoke after revelations Congress considered telling him to step down

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Donald Trump reportedly spoke on the phone after newly released audio recordings revealed the California Republican told the GOP leadership that then-President Trump, is expected to step down following the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol led by a mob of his supporters. .

Olivier O’ConnellApril 22, 2022 11:30 p.m.

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Recap: Marjorie Taylor Greene sidesteps questions about martial law, ‘traitors’ and… alien invasion movies

On Friday, Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene claimed she could not remember who she spoke to or what she said or did in the weeks between former President Donald Trump’s 2020 election loss to Joe Biden and the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol during a court hearing. determine if she is eligible to be on the Georgia ballot this year.

Ms Greene, who testified under oath at an administrative hearing in a lawsuit brought by Georgia voters who say she is ineligible to serve because she backed the pro-Trump crowd that attacked Congress in hopes of preventing certification of Mr. Biden’s 2020 election victory, used the phrase “I don’t remember” more than 50 times in response to a series of questions about his conduct and his public statements during the pre-insurgency period.

Andrew Feinberg is reporting on today’s hearing.

Olivier O’ConnellApril 22, 2022 11:00 p.m.

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DeSantis signs bill to dissolve Disney governance deal in wake of ‘Don’t Say Gay’

Days after his presentation to Florida lawmakers, the state’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a measure to dissolve the Walt Disney Company’s decades-old governance agreement with the state that allowed the company to manage and tax its sprawling theme park and resort properties.

The move comes after Florida Republicans and the DeSantis administration lambasted the corporate giant — the state’s largest employer and a huge economic engine — for opposing what opponents called the law “ Don’t Say Gay,” which critics say will restrict classroom instruction on LGBT+ events and history and limit the representation of LGBT+ students, staff and their families in schools.

The Independents Alex Woodward reports:

Megan SheetsApril 22, 2022 10:30 p.m.

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Trump’s ‘destructive’ wall has taken its toll, says author William DeBuys

In this room of The Independents Louise Boyle, author and conservationist William deBuys, recounts the damage caused by Donald Trump’s border in the ruggedly beautiful Southwest:

Megan SheetsApril 22, 2022 10:00 p.m.

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‘Everywhere Babies’, a picture book celebrating infants, becomes the latest book banned in Florida

A picture book called Babies everywherewhich celebrates infants, is the latest book to be banned from Florida schools.

The Washington Post reports that the book has been the target of a ban at a dozen school libraries in Walton County, Florida.

District Superintendent Russel Hughes told WJGH-TV it was “necessary at this time for me to make this decision and I did so solely for the well-being of everyone involved, including our voters, our teachers and our students”.

The Independents Craig Graziosi reports:

Megan SheetsApril 22, 2022 9:30 p.m.