Trump News Today: Oath Keepers chief tried to call ex-president on Jan. 6, court hears

Trump says he took a cognitive test because people kept calling him stupid

A member of the Oath Keepers militia has pleaded guilty to seditious conspiracy in relation to the January 6 riot – and with the plea deal sealed it emerged he was present when the militia leader tried to contact Donald Trump after the Capitol riot. finished.

According to court documents filed in the case of William Todd Wilson, who is now cooperating with the government, Chief Stewart Rhodes called “an individual” on loudspeaker after he left the Capitol and implored that person “to tell President Trump to call on groups like the Oath Keepers to forcibly oppose the transfer of power.” However, the unidentified person on the other end of the line apparently refused to put Mr Trump on the phone.

The news comes after Mr Trump’s eldest son, Donald Jr, voluntarily testified before the select committee investigating the insurgency. In a session conducted without a subpoena, the president’s oldest child reportedly answered questions without pleading the Fifth Amendment.

The committee is still considering whether and how to seek testimony from the former president himself as it tries to piece together his movements and communications on the day of the riot.

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Trump Jr accused FBI of ‘Gestapo tactics’ in arresting man who urged Capitol rioters

The ex-president’s eldest son compared the arrest of a far-right figure who pleaded guilty to helping people get into the US Capitol to “Gestapo tactics”.

Brandon Straka stood outside an entrance to the Capitol on January 6, 2021 and urged a crowd of intruders inside, shouting “come on, come on, come on”, and then encouraged the rioters to seize the shield of a Capitol Police officer.

Alex WoodwardMay 6, 2022 05:00

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Dr. Oz will campaign with Trump and JD Vance in Pennsylvania

Television personality and Republican Senate candidate Mehmet Oz will be joined by Trump and newly nominated Ohio GOP Senate candidate JD Vance at a rally in Pennsylvania on Friday.

Alex WoodwardMay 6, 2022 04:00

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‘He said I got him in trouble’: Biden meets Amazon labor leader at White House

After speaking to a Senate budget committee on union-busting efforts and federal contracts for companies like Amazon that allegedly violated federal labor law, Amaon union president Christian Smalls joined a meeting at the White House with Kamala Harris and Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh as well as the Starbucks union. workers and other organizers.

Mr Smalls – in a red, yellow and black jacket with “eat the rich” printed on the front – also met Joe Biden.

Alex WoodwardMay 6, 2022 03:00

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Here’s what you’ll find on Trump’s Truth Social

Truth Social — Trump’s platform to “resist the tyranny of Big Tech,” as he described it — is the most prominent among several new platforms to be launched as a direct challenge to social media platforms. mainstream social media, seen among right-wing figures and users as too restrictive or conspiring to suppress their views after being kicked out for flouting rules on Covid-19 misinformation, violence and harassment.

Despite marketing itself as a platform for “free speech” against the alleged tyranny of corporations like Twitter, Truth seems singularly devoted to the Trump universe and the right-wing media ecosystem.

Alex WoodwardMay 6, 2022 02:00

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Madison Cawthorn says someone is out to catch her amidst a ‘drip’ of embarrassing leaks – is he right?

The 26-year-old far-right congressman – the youngest member of the House – has faced a slow leak of embarrassing videos and photos over the past month, after telling a right-wing broadcaster that at about alleged “orgies” among his colleagues in Washington.

He claims the leaks are meant to discredit him, a punishment for talking about members of Congress. His standing in the upcoming primary election – in which polls show him trailing – has only one life raft: Donald Trump.

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Alex WoodwardMay 6, 2022 01:00

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Karine Jean-Pierre will replace Jen Psaki as White House press secretary

Karine Jean-Pierre will assume the role of White House press secretary this month.

She will be the first openly LGBT+ person and the first black person to serve as the president’s top spokesperson, having served as Ms Psaki’s top deputy since Joe Biden took office last year. She joined the Biden campaign in 2020 after serving as director of public affairs for MoveOn.org and political analyst for NBC News.

Alex WoodwardMay 6, 2022 12:00 a.m.

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Much-maligned DC fencing returns around Supreme Court over Roe protests

The much-hated Capitol Hill fence, used last year to secure the area around the Capitol for months after Jan. 6, is back and reinstalled around the Supreme Court amid tensions over the court’s alleged plans aiming to topple Roe V Wade in the weeks or months to come. .

Perimeter videos showed an entire city block, including one of the prettiest green spaces in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, being cordoned off by the black metal barricades as of Thursday.

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John BowdenMay 5, 2022 11:00 p.m.

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More than a dozen members of the so-called ‘Trucker Convoy’ are suing the District of Columbia after the city allegedly denied them entry when it closed some exit ramps leading into the district from the ring road on the day of their protest .

According to the lawsuit, on at least four occasions, participants in the convoy (which included both trucks and smaller vehicles) were prevented from entering the city itself.

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John BowdenMay 5, 2022 10:30 p.m.

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Madison Cawthorn says someone is out to catch her amidst a ‘drip’ of embarrassing leaks – is he right?

Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina is the youngest member of Congress, and also one of the most controversial.

The 26-year-old Trump loyalist faces a contested primary election in two weeks amid a steady ‘drip’ campaign of leaked photos and videos of Mr Cawthorn in embarrassing situations.

But the deputy also faces real controversy: he was recently cited for bringing a firearm into an airport, as well as for driving under the influence on a revoked license.

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John BowdenMay 5, 2022 10:00 p.m.

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Amazon union leader clashes with Lindsay Graham in court hearing

Amazon Labor Union President Christian Smalls appeared before the Senate Budget Committee for a hearing on the use of federal money in dealings with companies that violate federal labor laws, such as Amazon.

Top Republican member Lindsay Graham challenged Mr Smalls on his organizing efforts and whether his complaints about the company could be dealt with by the US legal system.

“Senator Graham, you forgot it’s the people who run these businesses,” Smalls told the South Carolina senator. “If we’re not protected, the accountability process of these companies doesn’t work for us – that’s why we’re here today.”

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Alex WoodwardMay 5, 2022 9:30 p.m.