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Committee delays hearing as Giuliani claims he only drank Diet Pepsi on election night


The House select committee investigating the assault on the US Capitol on 6 January 2021 appears to have split over the possibility that it could refer Donald Trump to the Department of Justice on potential criminal charges.

Chairman Bennie Thompson told reporters yesterday that “That’s not our job. Our job is to look at Jan. 6. What caused it and make recommendations after that” – a comment that met with pushback from other members, including Liz Cheney, who tweeted that the committee had not in fact decided on whether referrals could be made.

Meanwhile, formerTrump lawyer Rudy Giuliani has insisted that contrary to evidence from multiple witnesses, he was not in fact drunk on the night of the 2020 election, instead confining himself to Diet Pepsi, his favourite drink.

The attorney’s behaviour between the election and the Capitol attack has been the subject of various investigations. Among other things, he is facing a lawsuit from Dominion Voting Systems over his false claims that their machines were used to “hack” the election.

Key points

  • Donald Trump issues 12-page rebuttal to Jan 6 committee investigation
  • Trump knew he lost election but pushed fraud claims anyway, 6 Jan committee hears
  • ‘The Big Lie was a big rip-off’
  • Trump raised $250m to fight non-existent voter fraud but gave most to his own PAC
  • Ex-Trump AG Bill Barr shown laughing at Dinesh D’Souza documentary purporting to prove voter fraud

ICYMI: Committee split over whether to refer Trump to DoJ

16:47 , Andrew Naughtie

The January 6 panel appears to be divided on the question of whether or not to refer Donald Trump to the Justice Department on potential criminal charges, with Bennie Thompson appearing to rule it out yesterday before being contradicted by Liz Cheney and others.

However, the point is arguably moot: the Department of Justice does not need a referral to proceed with a criminal investigation if it believes the evidence is available, and by the same token, it would not be bound to bring charges against Mr Trump just because the committee sent it a letter.

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Jan 6 committee members clash over referring Trump to Department of Justice

“Reconnaissance tours”: Capitol Police say congressman’s tour wasn’t suspicious

16:15 , Andrew Naughtie

Republican Congressman Barry Loudermilk has been under scrutiny over a Capitol tour he gave to constituents on 5 January 2021 – one of several incidents that some have speculated could have given rioters a chance to get the lie of the land before the events of the riot.

Mr Loudermilk has denied that the tour had any such intention, but it remains a matter of interest to investigators. And now, the US Capitol Police have written to the House Administration committee explaining waht they know about the tour.

Among other things, the letter says that one of Mr Loudermilk’s staffers welcomed 12 people to the Rayburn building next to the Capitol, with three others joining them, that they moved between the three House office buildings, and that there is no evidence they entered the Capitol. “We do not consider any of the activities we observed as suspicious,” the letter concludes.

Rudy Giuliani denies being inebriated on election night

15:52 , Andrew Naughtie

Sometime Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani was a major theme of yesterday’s select committee hearing, with various witnesses describing his alleged drunken behaviour on the night of the 2020 election and holding him responsible for feeding Donald Trump unhinged conspiracy theories.

Mr Giuliani, who testified to the committee in May after a row over whether or not his session would be recorded, has now lashed out at the story, insisting he restricted himself to soda on the night in question.

Read more about his supposed inebriation from Gustaf Kilander.






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Giuliani insists he only drank soda on election night after claims that he was drunk

Another Jan 6 panel member insists Trump referral on the table

15:40 , Andrew Naughtie

After Bennie Thompson yesterday appeared to pour cold water on the possibility his panel could refer Donald Trump to the Justice Department for criminal investigation, others on the committee have moved to reiterate that they could yet do so despite the chair’s apparent misgivings.

Here’s what Democratic member Elaine Luria had to say:

Watch: Lofgren on hearing postponement

15:07 , Andrew Naughtie

Zoe Lofgren, who led much of yesterday’s hearing, has explained that the main reason for the postponement of tomorrow’s session is a technical one to do with demands on the committee’s “very small” video staff, who are playing a key role in helping structure and present the hearings to a primetime-ready standard.

Rep Aguilar: Trump was “grasping at straws”

14:40 , Andrew Naughtie

Speaking on MSNBC last night, 6 January committee member Pete Aguilar spoke about the role of a drunk Rudy Guiliani and a “clown car of attorneys” who told Mr Trump he could still overturn the election even as all his other advisers gave him the opposite opinion.

“They were the only ones who were willing to tell the president what he wanted to hear,” said Mr Aguilar, “and the former president is someone who only wants to surround himself with people who tell him what he wants to hear.”

Watch his remarks below:

Donald Trump Jr wades into criminal referral row

14:09 , Andrew Naughtie

The ever-pugnacious Donald Trump Jr has taken a swipe at Bennie Thompson for downplaying the possibility his panel will make a criminal referral to the Justice Department – with a tweet that reads more like the ex-president’s son is goading the committee into taking action against his father:

ICYMI: The “inebriated” Rudy Giuliani

13:40 , Andrew Naughtie

While Donald Trump’s judgment and calculations after the 2020 election were the main subject of yesterday’s hearing, one person in his orbit came out of it particularly badly. Rudy Giuliani, whom Liz Cheney said was “apparently inebriated” at the White House on election night, was painted by multiple witnesses as the fringe voice of conspiracy theories who told Mr Trump to declare victory against all indications to the contrary.

Among those shown  criticizing him in recorded testimony was Jared Kushner, who said he had warned his father-in-law against taking Mr Giuliani’s suggested approach, while Ivanka Trump described a panicked atmosphere at the White House as it became clear the election wasn’t going her father’s way. Mr Giuliani responded to the criticism by insisting that the committee had “no case” and calling Ms Cheney “completely hysterical”.

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Rudy Giuliani lashes out at Liz Cheney over Jan 6 hearing election night claims

Sean Hannity meets conservative fury over Hunter Biden pardon idea

13:11 , Andrew Naughtie

Fox News’s Sean Hannity is facing severe backlash from conservative commentators for reportedly asking former president Donald Trump to consider a pardon for Hunter Biden to control the fallout from the Capitol insurrection.

The House select committee investigating the Capitol riot has released text messages between Hannity and former White House House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, whom the records show told him that Mr Trump was “intrigued by the pardon idea!! (Hunter)”.

Hannity reportedly proposed a last-minute pardon during a conversation on 7 January, framing it as a gesture to “smooth things over”. But the idea “died on the vine” as, despite initial interest, Mr Trump “never seriously considered” it, a source told The Daily Beast.

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Conservatives turn on Sean Hannity for promoting pardon for Hunter Biden

ICYMI: Trump’s rambling screed against Jan 6 panel

12:33 , Andrew Naughtie

Donald Trump lashed out at the 6 January committee after yesterday’s hearing,

“The January 6th Unselect Committee is disgracing everything we hold sacred about our Constitution. If they had any real evidence, they’d hold real hearings with equal representation,” Mr Trump wrote in a lengthy statement on Monday. “They don’t, so they use the illegally-constituted committee to put on a smoke and mirrors show for the American people, in a pitiful last-ditch effort to deceive the American public…again.”

The missive concluded ambiguously, with Mr Trump seeming to tease a 2024 presidential comeback run.

“This is merely an attempt to stop a man that is leading in every poll, against both Republicans and Democrats by wide margins, from running again for the Presidency,” Mr Trump wrote.

Josh Marcus has the story.






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Donald Trump slams ‘pitiful’ January 6 probe and teases 2024 run in lengthy statement

Kimberly Guilfoyle “paid $60k” for Jan 6 speech at White House

11:38 , Andrew Naughtie

Among the speakers at the 6 January White House rally that preceded the Capitol attack was Donald Trump Jr fiancee and disgraced former Fox News pundit Kimberly Guilfoyle.

She went on to testify to the select committee – and in an interview yesterday, panel member Zoe Lofgren confirmed that she had been paid some $60,000 for her speech on the day of the insurrection.

The former president’s future daughter-in-law gave brief remarks outside the White House on 6 January, where she claimed to the crowd, some of whom would eventually storm the Capitol, “We will continue to stand for president Trump, stand with him and for this country. We will not allow the liberals and the Democrats to steal our dream or steal our elections.”

That day, she was also pictured on Donald Trump Jr’s social media exhorting supporters to “have the courage to do the right thing, fight!”

Ms Guilfoyle was memorably filmed dancing to Laura Branigan’s anthemic 1982 hit “Gloria”, a mainstay of the Trump rally playlist, before going on stage.

Josh Marcus has the story.






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Kimberly Guilfoyle was paid $60k to introduce Trump before Capitol riot: committee

Thompson, Cheney and Lofgren on a Trump referral to DoJ

11:08 , Andrew Naughtie

Arguably the biggest question hovering over the 6 January select committee is whether or not they will refer Donald Trump to the Department of Justice on the basis of potential criminality. And after yesterday’s hearings, the panel’s three most senior members are still keeping their powder dry, perhaps in an effort to avoid the impression that they are pressurising the department into investigating a former president.

As Zoe Lofgren said to CNN, “They’re the prosecutors. Not the legislators.” However, chairman Bennie Thompson also remarked that the committee has no authority in this department – a different claim that has reportedly rankled some of the other members.

Images reveal threats against GOP official’s family after Trump named him in election tweet

10:30 , Oliver O’Connell

A Republican official on Monday revealed the threats he and his family faced after former President Donald Trump named him in a tweet aimed at overturning the result of the 2020 presidential election.

Al Schmidt, who resigned from his position as a Philadelphia City Commissioner last year, was one of three city commissioners serving on the city’s County Board of Elections in November, 2020 when his state’s presidential election vote count was targeted by Mr Trump.

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Republican official reveals threats after Trump named him in election tweet

Letitia James raises possibility of “Stop the Steal” investigation

10:01 , Andrew Naughtie

New York Attorney General Letitia James is already overseeing a major probe of Donald Trump’s business dealings, making her one of his most hated public figures – and now, after yesterday’s hearings, she is apparently considering a look into what happened to the money raised off the back of the “Stop the Steal” campaign after the 2020 election:

GOP election official reveals threats against his family after Trump named him in tweet

09:00 , Oliver O’Connell

A Republican official on Monday revelead the threats he and his family faced after former President Donald Trump named him in a tweet aimed at overturning the result of the 2020 presidential election.

Al Schmidt, who resigned from his position as a Philadelphia City Commissioner last year, was one of three city commissioners serving on the city’s County Board of Elections in November, 2020 when his state’s presidential election vote count was targeted by Mr Trump.

Abe Asher reports.






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Republican official reveals threats after Trump named him in election tweet

Voices: Today, William Barr gave the most damning testimony I’ve seen about Trump in five years of reporting

08:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Ahmed Baba writes:

William Barr’s testimony was absolutely devastating for Trump. Indeed, it was some of the most damning testimony for Trump I’ve ever heard in any of the many Trump corruption hearings I’ve covered over the last five years, and that’s saying something — especially considering it came from one of Trump’s formerly biggest sycophants.

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Truth Social users claim they’ve been banned from Trump platform for posting about Jan 6 hearings

07:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Users of Truth Social — former President Donald Trump‘s ostensibly free speech-oriented social media platform — are claiming that they’ve been banned for posting about the Capitol riot committee hearings.

One of those users, political commentator Travis Allen, posted a screenshot of his Truth Social page to Twitter, showing that he had been “permanently suspended” after discussing the January 6 committee on the platform.

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Truth Social users claim they’ve been banned for posting about Jan 6 hearings

Bernie Sanders challenges GOP to end ‘demagoguery’

06:30 , Oliver O’Connell

While a second hearing from a House committee investigating the events leading up to and surrounding the Capitol riots was underway, the Fox Corporation aired a live debate on its Fox Nation platform between Senators Lindsey Graham and Bernie Sanders, who sparred over healthcare, the economy, gun reform and Donald Trump’s legacy.

The debate – which aired after the right-wing media network faced widespread criticism for rejecting live coverage of the committee’s first bombshell hearing – largely covered well-worn territory for both men, with Vermont’s Independent senator warning against growing wealth inequality and the North Carolina Republican arguing that progressive tax policies would have disastrous economic fallout.






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Bernie Sanders challenges GOP to end ‘demagoguery’ in debate with Lindsey Graham

Trump teases 2024 run as he lashes out at ‘pitiful’ January 6 committee

06:12 , Namita Singh

Donald Trump lashed out at the “pitiful” 6 January Capitol riot investigation on Monday, after the congressional committee held a day of scathing testimony accusing the former president of lying to supporters and losing touch with reality as he tried to overturn the 2020 election.

In the statement, Mr Trump ambiguously teased about returning for the 2024 presidential run.

“This is merely an attempt to stop a man that is leading in every poll, against both Republicans and Democrats by wide margins, from running again for the Presidency,” Mr Trump wrote, before blaming Democrats for inflation and high gas prices.

“The Democrats know that I would correct all of this, and they are doing everything in their power to stop me – but we can’t be stopped,” he continued. “We have to Save America.”

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Donald Trump slams ‘pitiful’ January 6 probe and teases 2024 run in lengthy statement

Voices: Jared and Ivanka are turning on Trump — and now you see the true face of the Republican Party

05:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Noah Berlatsky writes:

One big bonus of nepotism is ensuring that you’re surrounded with unthinking, uncritical loyalists. So Donald Trump must be especially miffed that his own family has been nervously but definitively sliding the knife between his shoulder blades during the ongoing January 6 Congressional hearings.

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Jared and Ivanka are turning on Trump — here’s the true face of the Republican Party

Donald Trump issues 12-page rebuttal to Jan 6 committee investigation

05:24 , Namita Singh

Former president Donald Trump on Monday issued a 12-page statement accusing the Democrats of using the hearing to distract the country from domestic issues including inflation and gas prices.

“Our nation is SUFFERING. Our economy is in the gutter. Inflation is rampant. Gas prices have reached an all-time high. Ships are unable to unload cargo. Families cannot get needed baby formula. We are an embarrassment around the world.”

He also reiterated his previously disproven claim of electoral fraud as he called it a “sham investigation” by the “Unselect Committee”.



A video of former President Donald Trump speaking is shown on a screen as the House select committee tasked with investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)


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Issuing a rebuttal on the second day of House panel investigation, he said the committee is “making a mockery of justice” as they “have refused to allow their political opponents to participate in this process and have excluded all exculpatory witnesses, and anyone who so easily points out the flaws in their story.”

Jan 6 probe hears Trump raised $250m to fight non-existent voter fraud but gave most of it to his own PAC

04:45 , Oliver O’Connell

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign raised $250 million from supporters by telling them the money would be used to fight voter fraud, but the campaign knew those claims of fraud were bogus and instead diverted the money to his own political organisation, the House committee investigating the January 6 attacked claimed on Monday.

Mr Trump’s campaign sent millions of fundraising emails to supporters encouraging them to donate to help fight voter fraud between election day and January 6, the committee said.

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Trump raised $250m to fight non-existent voter fraud but gave most to his own PAC

David Axelrod says Biden’s age will be ‘major issue’ if he seeks re-election

04:00 , Oliver O’Connell

David Axelrod, who once served as an adviser to former President Barack Obama, said Joe Biden‘s age will be a “major issue” for him if he seeks a second term in 2024.

“The presidency is a monstrously taxing job and the stark reality is the president would be closer to 90 than 80 at the end of a second term, and that would be a major issue,”Mr Axelrod told the New York Times.

Mr Axelrod was one of 50 Democrat officials interviewed by the Times over their “frustrations” about Mr Biden.






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David Axelrod says Biden’s age will be ‘major issue’ if he seeks re-election

Bill Barr shown laughing at Dinesh D’Souza documentary purporting to prove voter fraud

03:15 , Oliver O’Connell

Former Attorney General William Barr laughed out loud during testimony played before the 6 January insurrection hearings on Monday at the mentioned of 2000 Mules, a debunked election conspiracy documentary embraced by his former boss Donald Trump.

“My opinion then and my opinion now is that the election was not stolen by fraud,” Mr Barr said. “And I haven’t seen anything since the election that changes my mind on that, including the 2000 Mules movie.”

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Ex-Trump AG Bill Barr laughs at Dinesh D’Souza film claiming to show voter fraud

Trump knew he lost election but pushed fraud claims anyway, 6 Jan committee hears

01:45 , Oliver O’Connell

Former president Donald Trump’s decision to lie about the nature of the 2020 election came after his top advisers told him there was no basis to claim he had won, witnesses told the House 6 January select committee.

The panel’s second hearing focused on what a committee aide described as “Trump’s Big Lie” – the collection of outrageous theories and accusations Mr Trump and his allies floated to justify his election night claim of victory.

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Trump knew he lost election but he pushed ‘nuts’ fraud claims anyway

Schiff notes the whole Trump team knew he lost the election

Monday 13 June 2022 22:12 , Oliver O’Connell

GOP election official reveals threats against his family after Trump named him in tweet

Monday 13 June 2022 21:45 , Oliver O’Connell

A Republican official on Monday revelead the threats he and his family faced after former President Donald Trump named him in a tweet aimed at overturning the result of the 2020 presidential election.

Al Schmidt, who resigned from his position as a Philadelphia City Commissioner last year, was one of three city commissioners serving on the city’s County Board of Elections in November, 2020 when his state’s presidential election vote count was targeted by Mr Trump.

Abe Asher reports.






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Republican official reveals threats after Trump named him in election tweet

Truth Social users claim they’ve been banned for posting about Jan 6 hearings

Monday 13 June 2022 21:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Users of Truth Social — former President Donald Trump‘s ostensibly free-speech oriented social media platform — are claiming that they’ve been banned for posting about the Capitol riot committee hearings.

One of those users, political commentator Travis Allen, posted a screenshot of his Truth Social page to Twitter, showing that he had been “permanently suspended” after discussing the 6 January committee on the platform.

Graig Graziosi reports:






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Truth Social users claim they’ve been banned for posting about Jan 6 hearings

Bernie Sanders challenges GOP to end ‘demagoguery’

Monday 13 June 2022 21:15 , Oliver O’Connell

While a second hearing from a House committee investigating the events leading up to and surrounding the Capitol riots was underway, the Fox Corporation aired a live debate on its Fox Nation platform between Senators Lindsey Graham and Bernie Sanders, who sparred over healthcare, the economy, gun reform and Donald Trump’s legacy.

The debate – which aired after the right-wing media network faced widespread criticism for rejecting live coverage of the committee’s first bombshell hearing – largely covered well-worn territory for both men, with Vermont’s Independent senator warning against growing wealth inequality and the North Carolina Republican arguing that progressive tax policies would have disastrous economic fallout.

Alex Woodward reports.






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Bernie Sanders challenges GOP to end ‘demagoguery’ in debate with Lindsey Graham

Biden not watching ‘blow by blow’ of hearings

Monday 13 June 2022 21:08 , Oliver O’Connell

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked if President Joe Biden has been watching any of the January 6 congressional hearings.

She says: “He won’t be catching it blow by blow but he’ll get updates from his staff.”

WHen asked who is updating him, she says: “I don’t have a person to share on who is giving him updates.”

Lindsey Graham says climate change is no reason to ‘destroy’ fossil fuel industry

Monday 13 June 2022 21:00 , Oliver O’Connell

SenatorLindsey Graham, who has in recent years carved out a place within his Republican party as being a climate champion of sorts, said during a debate against Senator Bernie Sanders progress on the country’s renewable agenda shouldn’t come at the cost of the fossil fuel industry.

“I believe climate change is real,” the South Carolina senator began during a one-hour debate against the Vermont Independent, who is also arguably one of the Senate’s most green lawmakers. “But that’s no reason to destroy the fossil fuel industry in this country.”

Joanna Chisholm reports:






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Lindsey Graham says climate change is ‘no reason to destroy the fossil fuel industry’

Committee: Trump amplified election lies despite lack of evidence

Monday 13 June 2022 20:45 , Oliver O’Connell

Voices: Jared and Ivanka are turning on Trump — and now you see the true face of the Republican Party

Monday 13 June 2022 20:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Noah Berlatsky writes:

One big bonus of nepotism is ensuring that you’re surrounded with unthinking, uncritical loyalists. So Donald Trump must be especially miffed that his own family has been nervously but definitively sliding the knife between his shoulder blades during the ongoing January 6 Congressional hearings.

Read more:






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Jared and Ivanka are turning on Trump — here’s the true face of the Republican Party

AG Garland: ‘I am watching and I will be watching all the hearings’

Monday 13 June 2022 20:26 , Oliver O’Connell

Jan 6 hearing: Trump raised $250m to fight non-existent voter fraud but gave most of it to his own PAC

Monday 13 June 2022 20:15 , Oliver O’Connell

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign raised $250 million from supporters by telling them the money would be used to fight voter fraud, but the campaign knew those claims of fraud were bogus and instead diverted the money to his own political organisation, the House committee investigating the January 6 attacked claimed on Monday.

Mr Trump’s campaign sent millions of fundraising emails to supporters encouraging them to donate to help fight voter fraud between election day and January 6, the committee said. Many of those emails asked supporters to donate to an “election defense fund” for legal cases related to the election.

But an investigator for the committee said that fund did not exist, and most of that money went Mr Trump’s Save America political action committee, not to election-related litigation.

Richard Hall has the full story:






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Trump raised $250m to fight non-existent voter fraud but gave most to his own PAC

David Axelrod says Biden’s age will be ‘major issue’ if he seeks re-election

Monday 13 June 2022 20:00 , Oliver O’Connell

David Axelrod, who once served as an adviser to former President Barack Obama, said Joe Biden‘s age will be a “major issue” for him if he seeks a second term in 2024.

“The presidency is a monstrously taxing job and the stark reality is the president would be closer to 90 than 80 at the end of a second term, and that would be a major issue,”Mr Axelrod told the New York Times.

Mr Axelrod was one of 50 Democrat officials interviewed by the Times over their “frustrations” about Mr Biden.

Graog Graziosi reports:






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David Axelrod says Biden’s age will be ‘major issue’ if he seeks re-election

Trump knew he lost election but pushed fraud claims anyway, Jan 6 committee hears

Monday 13 June 2022 19:45 , Oliver O’Connell

Former president Donald Trump’s decision to lie about the nature of the 2020 election came after his top advisers told him there was no basis to claim he had won, witnesses told the House January 6 select committee.

The panel’s second hearing focused on what a committee aide described as “Trump’s Big Lie” — the collection of outrageous theories and accusations Mr Trump and his allies floated to justify his election night claim of victory.

The Independent’s Washington, DC, team reports from Capitol Hill.






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Trump knew he lost election but he pushed ‘nuts’ fraud claims anyway

Voices: Today, William Barr gave the most damning testimony I’ve seen about Trump in five years of reporting

Monday 13 June 2022 19:35 , Oliver O’Connell

Ahmed Baba writes:

William Barr’s testimony was absolutely devastating for Trump. Indeed, it was some of the most damning testimony for Trump I’ve ever heard in any of the many Trump corruption hearings I’ve covered over the last five years, and that’s saying something — especially considering it came from one of Trump’s formerly biggest sycophants.

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Watch: Giuliani blames Antifa for capitol riots and hits out at ‘hysterical’ Liz Cheney

Monday 13 June 2022 19:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Dinesh D’Souza hits out at Barr for laughing at documentary

Monday 13 June 2022 19:22 , Oliver O’Connell

Bill Barr shown laughing at Dinesh D’Souza documentary purporting to prove voter fraud

Monday 13 June 2022 19:15 , Oliver O’Connell

Former Attorney General William Barr laughed out loud during testimony played before the 6 January insurrection hearings on Monday at the mentioned of 2000 Mules, a debunked election conspiracy documentary embraced by his former boss Donald Trump.

“My opinion then and my opinion now is that the election was not stolen by fraud,” Mr Barr said. “And I haven’t seen anything since the election that changes my mind on that, including the 2000 Mules movie.”

The former Trump official called the movie, by conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza, “singularly unimpressive” and accused it of making “indefensible” claims.

Josh Marcus reports:






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Ex-Trump AG Bill Barr laughs at Dinesh D’Souza film claiming to show voter fraud

City commissioner recalls receiving graphic threats after refuting election fraud claims

Monday 13 June 2022 18:58 , Oliver O’Connell

Philadelphia City Commissioner Al Schmidt testified about how he and his family started receiving graphic threats after Donald Trump tweeted about him for refuting election fraud claims.

Watch: Bill Barr laughs at claims made in 2,000 Mules documentary

Monday 13 June 2022 18:50 , Oliver O’Connell

Trump had no basis for declaring 2020 victory, witnesses say

Monday 13 June 2022 18:30 , Oliver O’Connell

‘Someone else to decide’ if Trump committed crime in fundraising off election conspiracies

Monday 13 June 2022 18:25 , Oliver O’Connell

Rep Zoe Lofgren who led today’s questioning of witnesses, was asked after the hearing whether Donald Trump committed a crime by fundraising off of false election claims: “It’s clear that he intentionally misled his donors … Now it’s for someone else to decide whether that’s criminal or not.”





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