Eric Trump says Putin could say Donald Trump was ‘a very strong person’
Former President Donald Trump started his day with a bizarre phone interview on Fox Business in which he called Vladimir Putin’s nuclear threats an “n word”, dismissed climate change as “a thing called weather”, and insisted he would. continue to run on the supposed theft of the 2020 election despite the host’s suggestion that it could hurt Republicans at the polls.
His exciting morning comes after a weekend event in which he appeared to promise a return to the White House.
“With the support of everyone in this room, we will take back the House, we will take back the Senate and we will take back our country,” he said during the “American Freedom Tour” in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. “And then especially in 2024, we will take back our beautiful White House”.
Following his remarks, Republican U.S. Representative Liz Cheney warned that the ex-president could face criminal penalties for the attacks on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, telling NBC that the House Select Committee investigating the assault was considering recommending criminal punishment for the “kind of supreme dereliction of duty you saw with President Trump.”
New York AG responds to Trump’s attempts to deny subpoenas in Trump Organization investigation
New York Attorney General Letitia James, whose office is presiding over a broad civil investigation into the Trump family business, said she was undeterred by their latest attempt to delay or quash a subpoena request. to appear for their testimony.
“Despite continued efforts to prevent this investigation, no one can stop our quest for justice, however powerful it is,” she said in a statement. “We will continue to follow the facts without fear or favor.”
Alex WoodwardMarch 21, 2022 10:00 p.m.
New Mexico residents file lawsuit to remove county commissioner from office over Jan. 6 turnout
New Mexico County Commissioner Couy Griffin should be removed from office and disqualified from future duties under the 14th Amendment after participating in the events surrounding the attack on the Capitol, according to a lawsuit filed by a group of residents.
Griffin — founder of Cowboys for Trump — is currently on trial on two misdemeanor charges (entering a restricted area of the Capitol and disruptive or disorderly conduct) related to the assault. He is not accused of entering the building.
Noah Bookbinder, president of the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics watchdog group in Washington, said Griffin “used his public platform to spread the false narrative that the election was stolen from Donald Trump and to defend the attack. against our Capitol,” and that “his actions on January 6 were part of and contributed to an insurrection, and his tenure in government continues to be a threat to our democracy.
“It’s time Couy Griffin was removed from his position,” he said.
Alex WoodwardMarch 21, 2022 9:30 p.m.
Ketanji Brown Jackson’s husband in tears as she delivers commencement speech as her daughter looks on smiling
As Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson delivered her opening statement during her Senate confirmation hearings for the United States Supreme Court, her husband, Dr. Patrick Jackson, was understandably emotional behind her.
The IndependentJohn Bowden in Washington says more about the historic moment:
Alex WoodwardMarch 21, 2022 9:09 p.m.
Pro-Trump Senate hopeful Mo Brooks says he’ll ‘fire’ Mitch McConnell if elected
U.S. Representative from Alabama Mo Brooks, who is in a three-way primary for the Republican nomination to replace incumbent Senator Richard Shelby, has accused Mitch McConnell of being a ‘debt addict and weak knees’ in a new campaign ad.
His announcement comes just days after Trump said he could withdraw his endorsement of Brooks, who said the former president was in ‘a war for the heart and soul of the Republican Party’ against the Senate leader. of the GOP.
The IndependentBevan Hurley has more on the Senate hopeful’s attempts to bring Trump back in his favor and the GOP’s battle over insufficient deference to the ex-president.
Alex WoodwardMarch 21, 2022 8:28 p.m.
Ketanji Brown Jackson pledges to be transparent and serve ‘without fear or favour’
Ketanji Brown Jackson closed the first day of her confirmation hearings by pledging to remain transparent and serve without “fear or favor” if confirmed as the 116th justice of the United States Supreme Court.
“If confirmed, I pledge to work productively to uphold and defend the Constitution, and this great experiment in American democracy that has endured for these past 246 years,” she said at the start. of his speech.
“I assess the facts and interpret and apply the law to the facts of the case before me without fear or favor consistent with my judicial oath,” she said.
More follows from The Independentfrom Eric Garcia in Washington:
Alex WoodwardMarch 21, 2022 8:02 p.m.
Montana airport calls police over Ted Cruz after missing check-in window
After Senator Ted Cruz missed his flight out of Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport on Sunday, a clip of his interaction with airport staff and the police who had to respond went viral after the clip was shared on Reddit.
The Independentby Gustaf Kilander has more:
Alex WoodwardMarch 21, 2022 7:45 p.m.
Is Trump even using his new social media platform?
On Trump’s Twitter clone, Truth Social (on which this reporter is still waiting to create an account), the former president does not appear to have posted since its launch last month, according to pollster Frank Luntz:
Alex WoodwardMarch 21, 2022 7:30 p.m.
Trump has more campaign money than both parties combined
Trump’s Save America PAC has more than $110 million in cash, according to documents filed by the FEC.
That’s more than the national committees of the Republican and Democratic parties combined.
Kenneth Vogel with The New York Times reports:
Alex WoodwardMarch 21, 2022 7:15 p.m.
Breaking News: Biden warns US companies of ‘evolving intelligence’ pointing to potential Russian cyberattack
The White House is urging U.S. companies to step up their cybersecurity efforts amid what it calls “evolving intelligence,” saying Russia is considering the possibility of directing cyberattacks against the United States.
Alex WoodwardMarch 21, 2022 7:08 p.m.
Meanwhile, in the Senate…
Opening remarks are underway at hearings for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, and several GOP members of the Judiciary Committee have used their time primarily to complain about hearings for Brett Kavanaugh in 2018, when the current judge was accused of sexual assault.
Here, Ted Cruz offers Mrs. Brown Jackson the assurance that she will not be treated the same “lightly”, although his version of events is rather different from what many others remember.
Andrew NaughtyMarch 21, 2022 6:50 p.m.