Trump news today: Rudy Giuliani withdraws from January 6 committee interview

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

Former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who played a leading role in the ‘stop theft’ effort to overturn the 2020 election in courts across the country, has waived an interview with the committee from January 6 to the last minute.

The meeting was scheduled for today and had been agreed after months of negotiation, and apparently fell apart when Mr Giuliani insisted he be allowed to videotape the meeting, a request the committee refused .

Meanwhile, 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 attempted to contact Mr. Trump after the Capitol. the riots had ended.

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.

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Greene claims black lives don’t matter to Democrats while sharing abortion rights video

Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene, an outspoken pro-life lawmaker, rejoiced this week to learn that Supreme Court justices were considering overturning the decision deer against Wadecalling it a “victory for God”.

She continued that celebration throughout the week, but on Friday she seemed to use reproductive rights news to dig into a civil rights conversation.

“Do black lives matter to the Democratic Party? The answer is no,” the Georgia MP wrote in a tweet on Friday alongside a video where a man asks a group of healthcare workers protesting for the protection of abortion access if “black babies killed in the abortion clinic count”.

The group falls silent as the man in the video continues to ask ‘does the future of our black babies matter’.

“If you’re black, they’re using you for your vote pretending to care while their policies cause crime in your neighborhoods and Democrat-funded abortion factories kill your children,” the lawmaker concludes. ‘far right.

Last year, the freshman lawmaker co-sponsored a bill that would prevent US embassies from displaying LGBT+ pride and Black Lives Matter flags, and called the racial justice movement a “radical Marxist group “.

Johanna ChisholmMay 7, 2022 04:22

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After it was revealed in excerpts this week that former Defense Secretary Mark Esper said in his new book, A sacred oath, that former President Donald Trump allegedly asked him in 2020 to launch missiles at Mexico to “destroy the drug labs”, another former Secretary of Defense is wading into the arena to shoot Mr. Trump.

According to NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, former Defense Secretary William Cohen was “not surprised” when he heard the excerpts from Mr Esper’s upcoming book.

“Honestly, I’m not surprised. We have seen the proof, that former President Trump has no respect for the rule of law. He thinks he has Putin-like credentials,” said the moderate Republican, who served under Bill Clinton as Secretary of Defense.

Mr Hope, The New York Times reported, citing book excerpts, was told by Mr. Trump that “we could just fire Patriot missiles and take out the labs, quietly.”

Johanna ChisholmMay 7, 2022 2:22 a.m.

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Capitol rioters plead guilty to assaulting police officer

A group of accused Capitol rioters partially admitted to attacking police officer Michael Fanone on Jan. 6 and will now likely have to spend time behind bars.

Two members of the group, from different US states, appeared in court on Thursday and pleaded guilty to assault allegations against Mr. Fanone, a former officer, The Washington Post reported.

Kyle Young, 38, told the court how he brought his teenage son to Washington DC from Redfield, Iowa, for the ‘Stop the Steal’ rally and then drove to the US Capitol.

Mr Fanone, speaking in testimony after the attack, said he was dragged into the crowd of rioters and assaulted. He ended up suffering a heart attack and traumatic brain injury on January 6, which ultimately led to his retirement from the Capitol Force last year.

Keep reading the full story of The Independents Gino Spocchia below.

Johanna ChisholmMay 7, 2022 12:43 a.m.

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2016 campaign trail interview shows host taking Trump to task over his stance on abortion

An old interview unearthed from the campaign trail from 2016 has new relevance this week and is making the rounds on social media again.

CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski shared the music video of MSNBC host Chris Matthews taking Donald Trump to task over his stance on abortion in 2016, a topic that became more controversial this week after a leaked draft opinion late Monday night suggested the Supreme Court could nullify Roe against Wade.

“You say you want to ban it. What does that mean?” the MSNBC host presses, as Mr Trump tries to dance around the question.

“I am pro-life yes,” the former president says, as Mr Matthews continues to chime in with questions trying to lock in what his definition of pro-life actually means.

“Do you believe in punishment for abortion yes or no,” Mr. Matthews asks again.

“The answer is that there must be some form of punishment,” Mr. Trump finally lands.

Watch the full clip of the interview below.

Johanna ChisholmMay 6, 2022 10:14 p.m.

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Opinion: Dr. Oz is running for the Senate. Even if he means well, it’s a very bad idea

Dr. Mehmet Oz, who is running for the Pennsylvania Senate and has already won the endorsement of GOP kingmaker Donald Trump, might have gained enough fame to warrant the former US president betting on him, but his medical judgments are concerning, writes Julie Charnet.

“As a doctor, he always expressed a strong desire to help people and I believed him; I still do. But not all of his efforts involved the holistic wellness game. When Covid-19 hit the United States, its endorsement of another product, this time an antimalarial drug, was in a different league,” she wrote for The Independent on the doctor’s controversial opinions on the treatment of Covid-19.

“What I do know is that the US Senate has the power to decide some major issues that affect us all, beyond health care. I don’t know if this is the right place for a doctor who plays one on TV and in real life simultaneously.

Read the full opinion piece from The Independent below.

Johanna ChisholmMay 6, 2022 8:04 p.m.

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Judge in January 6 sentencing points to Europe as warning

Speaking during the sentencing of Aaron Mostofsky for his role in the Jan. 6 riot, a judge made these sobering remarks about the importance of holding the Capitol attackers accountable for their actions:

Johanna ChisholmMay 6, 2022 6:30 p.m.

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Musk says he didn’t buy Twitter for Trump’s sake

While Donald Trump has insisted he’s sticking with Truth Social for now – and has even started posting at least on his troubled platform – many of his supporters hoped the purchase of Twitter by Elon Musk could pave the way for the president to return to his time. soap box of your choice.

But whether or not Mr. Musk, a self-proclaimed “free speech absolutist,” offers to reinstate Mr. Trump’s account, he insists for now that the two men have not, as reported, discussed the takeover of Twitter.

“This is wrong,” Mr. Musk wrote in response to a New York Post story requesting. “I have had no communication, direct or indirect, with Trump, who has publicly stated that he will be exclusively on Truth Social.”

Andrew Griffin to the story:

Andrew NaughtyMay 6, 2022 5:05 p.m.

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Cases of January 6: the son of a judge who dressed with pets faces a conviction

One of the Capitol’s best-dressed rioters is about to be sentenced.

Aaron Mostofsky, whose father is a Democratic-leaning judge in Brooklyn, was photographed on January 6, 2021 inside the Capitol wearing a bizarre assemblage of animal parts. According to her defense attorney, the outfit was her Purim 2020 costume; in one file he was described as a “raccoon”.

Here is a video interview Mr. Mostofsky gave inside the Capitol during the riot.

You can follow more of the sentencing below courtesy of Law and crimefrom Adam Klasfeld:

Andrew NaughtyMay 6, 2022 4:35 p.m.

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ICYMI: Rudy Giuliani leaves January 6 interview

Rudy Giuliani and the Jan. 6 select committee reportedly spent months negotiating the interview due to take place today, with Trump’s former lawyer insisting certain issues be left out due to alleged attorney-client privilege. lawyer.

However, the last straw for Mr Giuliani seems to be that the committee refused to let him film their session together.

Learn more about Gustaf Kilander:

Andrew NaughtyMay 6, 2022 4:05 p.m.

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Mike Pompeo claims Trump-endorsed Dr. Oz is a security threat

Pennsylvania Senate candidate Dave McCormick is waging a tough primary campaign against Dr. Mehmet Oz, the TV doctor who won Donald Trump’s endorsement despite the scorn of many conservatives.

So far, Mr McCormick has mostly criticized the controversial doctor’s multiple ideological backflips, but he has recently opened a new line of attack: the Turkish-American dual citizen’s activities in Turkey. This now extends to Dr Oz’s vote in a previous Turkish election – with Mr McCormick framing former Trump Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to say it raises the question of a security risk national.

Andrew NaughtyMay 6, 2022 3:27 p.m.