Trump calls on Putin to let go of the Biden family
Donald Trump’s son-in-law and former White House adviser Jared Kushner appeared virtually before the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. His testimony would have been “really valuable”.
The meeting comes as White House records given to the committee by the National Archives and Records Administration do not include any calls made or received by Mr. Trump through the White House switchboard for eight hours that day. The panel is now investigating whether Mr. Trump or his advisers used untraceable “burn-in phones” to evade official record-keeping systems.
Meanwhile, Mr. Trump’s bespoke social media platform, Truth Social, is reportedly in poor shape, with downloads down 93% and low user engagement. The platform has been promoted as a censorship-free environment where its followers can get along without ‘big tech’ sanctions, but the president has yet to post a message on it and has reportedly complained about its issues to his advisers.
In other news, The former president invited controversial congressman Madison Cawthorn to speak at his upcoming rally in the rep’s home state of North Carolina, despite his recent rebuke by management from the party for comments on cocaine and orgies.
Finally, Mr Trump could face a day in court thanks to reggae singer Eddy Grant as the discovery phase of a copyright infringement lawsuit is extended. The former president failed to have the case dismissed.
Biden privately said Trump should be prosecuted: report
US President Joe Biden has said privately that he believes Donald Trump should be prosecuted for the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, according to a report.
Mr Biden told members of his inner circle late last year that the one-term president was a threat to democracy and that action against him needed to be taken, according to The New York Times.
But the president reportedly never said that directly to Attorney General Merrick Garland, who is in charge of the Justice Department and oversees cases related to Mr Trump’s supporters’ attempt to prevent the certification of Mr Trump’s election victory. Biden.
Graeme MassieApril 2, 2022 9:16 p.m.
CNN: Custodians of White House archives ‘stepped down’ ahead of Capitol riot
CNN reports that White House archivists were receiving fewer details about Donald Trump’s schedule and calls in the days leading up to the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill. A source described how they appeared to be “frozen”.
Will Trump be indicted on January 6?
The Senate last year acquitted former President Donald Trump of inciting the Capitol insurrection. But neither Trump nor any of his top advisers have been charged with the attack in court, and it’s unclear if they ever will.
But increasingly, lawmakers on the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 assault are pressing Attorney General Merrick Garland to investigate Trump and his associates. They exposed possible crimes in at least one court filing and openly discussed others, all related to the violent attack that day by Trump supporters seeking to disrupt Congress’s official certification of his defeat in the re-election.
Here is an overview of some of the crimes suggested by the House panel:
Olivier O’ConnellApril 2, 2022 6:45 a.m.
GOP senator says colleagues grilled Ketanji Brown Jackson for TV exposure
Senior Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, a longtime member of the Judiciary Committee, was recorded agreeing with a town hall voter that the way some of his colleagues were treating Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson was “appalling” – and mostly fueled by a desire to generate clips that would get widespread coverage on right-wing media.
Olivier O’ConnellApril 2, 2022 5:45 a.m.
ICYMI: Jared Kushner’s testimony welcomed by the January 6 committee
The select committee investigating the January 6 riot at the US Capitol sat for six hours yesterday for a virtual session with Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner – and according to Congresswoman Elaine Luria, one of the panel members, their conversation was positive and helpful:
Reporting by Johanna Chisholm.
Olivier O’ConnellApril 2, 2022 4:45 a.m.
Analysis: How Mitt Romney Became the Most Valuable Republican Senator
Of all the Republicans in the Senate, none have been a thorn in Donald Trump’s side like Mitt Romney – but despite his sometimes iconoclastic behavior towards his party, the relatively moderate Utah senator and former GOP presidential candidate has become a crucial intermediary. on major legislation to get funds allocated to the Covid-19 response.
Here, Eric Garcia explains how Mr. Romney became so relevant again.
Olivier O’ConnellApril 2, 2022 3:45 a.m.
Other Jan. 6 defendants added to DC civil lawsuit
Washington, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine announced his team is adding new defendants to a civil lawsuit filed by the city against extremist groups allegedly involved in the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol. He promises to “bankrupt” the groups in question, many of whose members have already been arrested and/or charged in connection with the riot.
Olivier O’ConnellApril 2, 2022 2:45 a.m.
Analysis: What Madison Cawthorn’s ‘Coke Orgies’ Saga Says About the GOP
As the Republican Party turns against Madison Cawthorn for her bizarre claims that other members of Congress offered her cocaine and invited her to orgies, The Independent‘s Eric Garcia wrote this analysis of the case — and what it says about the future of the GOP in Congress.
Olivier O’ConnellApril 2, 2022 1:45 a.m.
House Republicans reject insulin price cap
The House of Representatives yesterday passed a bill capping the cost of insulin at $35 a month, a move that will make a huge difference to Americans whose lives depend on access to medicine. More than 37 million Americans live with diabetes of one type or another, and a quarter of them
The majority of House Republicans, however, frowned on the measure, with just a dozen Democrats to vote for it.
For more on the reasons, see below:
Olivier O’ConnellApril 2, 2022 12:45 a.m.
Truth Social’s problems eat away at Trump’s mind
The launch of Truth Social was followed by a sharp drop in the app’s performance, with downloads apparently crashing last month as the president refused to post on his own bespoke social media platform.
Reports say its underperformance and negative coverage of its launch have eluded the president, and he has notably made no public effort to promote or defend it since it went live.
Olivier O’ConnellApril 2, 2022 12:00 a.m.