January 6 hearings today: Trump slams ‘political thugs’, ‘lowlife’ Democrats and angry DoJ

January 6 hearings: Ivanka Trump recalls her father calling Pence a ‘wimp’ during final call

Donald Trump tore into the January 6 committee during its third public hearing, fuming on Truth Social that he did not order former Vice President Mike Pence to void the 2020 election – directly contradicting evidence from several witnesses without contesting the main problem to be solved.

Explosive testimony revealed a pressure campaign by Mr. Trump and law professor John Eastman to get Mr. Pence to halt the Congressional certification process on January 6, 2021 and reject the decision on Republican-run states .

The former president was the keynote speaker at a conservative conference on Friday, where he amplified his baseless voter fraud conspiracy theories and lashed out at Democrats. He followed that up on Saturday morning with further posts calling the committee “political thugs.”

Meanwhile, the select committee has sought testimony from Ginni Thomas, the wife of US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, about the texts and emails she sent to Mark Meadows and Mr Eastman before the Capitol riot. The longtime right-wing activist said she would oblige.

Trump’s advisers say he grew angry and disgruntled watching the Jan. 6 hearings and is frustrated to see clips of his family members, including Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, being used against him, reports the NYT reporter Maggie Haberman.


January 6, witnesses heard push Trump loyalists deeper into conspiracy theories

Bill Barr’s testimony that Trump was repeatedly told there was no voter fraud? He was paid by a voting machine company, according to a false claim that went viral this week. Ivanka Trump saying she doesn’t believe Trump either? It’s all part of Trump’s grand plan to confuse his enemies and save America.

On January 6, Witnesses Push Trump Pillars Down a Rabbit Hole

Instead of convincing Donald Trump’s staunchest supporters of his wrongdoing, the revelations from the hearings about the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol are prompting many to reaffirm that he was right to falsely claim victory.

Olivier O’ConnellJune 18, 2022 11:30 p.m.


Biden hails ‘monumental step’ in fight against Covid as children under five given green light for vaccine

Statement from President Biden on the first COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5

Today is a monumental step forward in our country’s fight against the virus, with virtually all Americans now eligible for the protections provided by COVID-19 vaccines. After rigorous and independent scientific review, the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have now authorized and recommended the first COVID-19 vaccines for children under five.

For parents across the country, it is a day of relief and celebration. As the first country to protect our youngest children with COVID-19 vaccines, my administration has been planning and preparing for this moment for months, effectively securing doses and delivering safe and highly effective mRNA vaccines for all children from the start. six months old.

We are poised to build on the progress of our historic immunization program that has seen more than 220 million Americans fully immunized, more than 100 million Americans boosted, and more than 2 million American lives saved.

This week, parents can start scheduling appointments at places like pediatricians’ offices, children’s hospitals and pharmacies. Appointments will ramp up as more doses are shipped, and in the weeks to come, every parent who wants a vaccine will be able to get one. As the vaccination program ramps up, will go live next week with vaccine availability and appointments increasing throughout the week.

These vaccines are safe, highly effective and will give parents peace of mind knowing their child is protected from the worst consequences of COVID-19. If you are a parent who wants to protect your child, I urge you to speak with your child’s pediatrician and make a plan to get your child vaccinated as soon as the vaccine is available to you.

Olivier O’ConnellJune 18, 2022 11:00 p.m.


ICYMI: Jan. 6 witness rejects Trump lawyer’s argument to void election

A retired federal judge who once counted a top lawyer for Donald Trump’s campaign among his legal aides, has flatly rejected the notion that Vice President Mike Pence had the power to interfere in the Electoral College count .

J Michael Luttig, former judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, rejected the idea supported by his former clerk, John Eastman, that the vice president could reject the results of the states where the campaign Trump had claimed fraud (without proof).

“There was no basis in the Constitution or the laws of the United States for the theory adopted by Mr. Eastman. At all. None,” Mr. Luttig told the House Jan. 6 Committee on Thursday.

John Bowden looked at testimonials and reports to The Independent of Washington, DC.

Olivier O’ConnellJune 18, 2022 10:30 p.m.


Watch: Trump mocks Biden for falling off his bike

Trump mocks Biden’s fall on bike with golf video

Olivier O’ConnellJune 18, 2022 10:20 p.m.


Right-wing activists confront GOP’s Dan Crenshaw, shouting ‘Eyepatch McCain’

Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw and his team were confronted and harassed by right-wing social media activist Alex Stein at the Texas Republican Party convention on Saturday.

Mr. Stein and others, whom witnesses described to Mediated as the Proud Boys, began shouting “eyepatch McCain” at the Republican lawmaker, whom they also called a “globalist Rino”.

Olivier O’ConnellJune 18, 2022 10:15 p.m.


Biden jumps to show he’s okay after falling off his bike

President Joe Biden says he is fine after his bike spill this morning, jumping up and down a few times as he exited church this afternoon.

Olivier O’ConnellJune 18, 2022 10:13 p.m.


Notice: Three new questions for the January 6 commission

The Independentby Eric Garcia writes:

The select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot spent its first prime-time hearing last week trying to convey the issues to the American public, mostly by illustrating how dangerous and deadly the riot was. . But the committee’s second week of hearings focused primarily on how the Trump administration pushed the “big lie” — first the effort to sell it to the American public, then Donald Trump’s campaign and of some of his lieutenants to force the vice-president of the time. President Mike Pence to overturn the results of the 2020 congressional election on January 6.

Yesterday’s session showed how Mr Trump’s legal team, led by attorney John Eastman, tried to force the vice president to overturn the January 6 election results and noted that “he there has been violence in the history of our country to protect democracy or protect the republic”.

It was a seismic and heartbreaking hearing, and explained Mr. Eastman’s machinations in stunning detail. But the committee is now entering new territory: The Justice Department criticized the committee for not providing witness transcripts, and the panel said it wanted Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, the judge’s wife. of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, testifies.

Here are the three main questions facing the committee after the second week of hearings.

Olivier O’ConnellJune 18, 2022 10:00 p.m.


Hillary Clinton rules out running for the White House again

Hillary Clinton has ruled out another bid for the White House, saying it would be “disruptive” to compete with President Joe Biden.

The former secretary of state told the FinancialTimes that the possibility of her running again was “out of the question” after her 2016 loss to Donald Trump, as she said she expects Mr Biden to run for a second term.

“No, out of the question,” she replied when asked about a possible 2024 bid.

Olivier O’ConnellJune 18, 2022 9:45 p.m.


Peter Navarro pleads not guilty to contempt of Congress charges

Former Trump administration trade adviser Peter Navarro pleaded not guilty on Friday to two counts of criminal contempt of Congress he was charged with earlier this month.

Andrew Feinberg reports from Washington, DC.

Olivier O’ConnellJune 18, 2022 9:30 p.m.


Opinion: ‘They knew. They all knew.

Ahmed Baba gives his thoughts on Thursday’s House Select Committee hearing.

Olivier O’ConnellJune 18, 2022 9:00 p.m.

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