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.


Video shows Capitol riot crowd threatening to kill Pence

The threats against Mr. Pence came after Mr. Trump falsely told them that Mr. Pence had the power to change the outcome of the election.

Olivier O’ConnellJune 18, 2022 7:00 p.m.


CDC: US ​​children under five could receive Covid vaccine starting next week

Children under the age of five could start receiving the Covid-19 vaccine days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gave the go-ahead to roll out the vaccines.

At a meeting on Saturday, the CDC’s group of independent advisers voted to approve the Pfizer vaccine for children aged six months to four years and the Moderna vaccine for children aged six months to 17 years.

Now the decision will head to the office of CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky to give official approval.

Olivier O’ConnellJune 18, 2022 6:49 p.m.


ICYMI: January 6 hearing hears how Trump ‘poured gasoline on the fire’ during Capitol riot

The Third Capitol Riot Public Hearing heard evidence that Donald Trump was repeatedly told his plan to overturn the election result was illegal, even by the lawyer urging him to do so .

Lawyer John Eastman also asked for forgiveness after pushing a scheme to pressure Vice President Mike Pence into unilaterally rejecting swing state electoral votes won by Joe Biden.

Video depositions released by the House Select Committee on Jan. 6 revealed that Mr. Trump knew the plan for his vice president to commandeer the Jan. 6, 2021, session of Congress and declare himself the winner of the election. violated the law.

The IndependentThe Washington team watched Thursday’s hearing on Capitol Hill.

Olivier O’ConnellJune 18, 2022 6:30 p.m.


Despite mounting political challenges, Biden remains optimistic

Democrats will retain the House after November’s midterm elections. They will secure up to four Senate seats, expanding their majority and overcoming internal dissent that has helped stifle their agenda.

As the challenges facing President Joe Biden intensify, his predictions of a rosy political future for the Democratic Party are growing bolder. The assessments, uttered in speeches, fundraisers and conversations with friends and allies, seem at odds with a country it acknowledged this week was “really, really broke”, weighed down by a pandemic, soaring gasoline prices and soaring inflation.

Olivier O’ConnellJune 18, 2022 6:00 p.m.


Girlfriend of deceased Capitol officer says Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s inaction is ‘absolutely despicable’

Speaking to CNN’s Jake Tapper, Sandra Garza explained Thursday night after the third public hearing of the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol riot that she was “more moved” by the testimony she heard during the first prime-time screening, which included appearances from both Ms. Trump and Mr. Kushner.

Read on and watch Ms. Garza excoriate the former president’s daughter and son-in-law.

Olivier O’ConnellJune 18, 2022 5:30 p.m.


Georgia election officials to testify before Capitol Riot Committee

Two senior Georgia election officials are set to testify before the select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the United States Capitol.

Georgia Public Broadcasting reported that Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and that office’s chief operating officer, Gabriel Sterling, will headline the committee’s hearing on Tuesday, the panel’s fourth such public event.

Eric Garcia has the story.

Olivier O’ConnellJune 18, 2022 5:00 p.m.


‘No medical attention needed’ after Biden’s fall

As the president said, his foot got caught in the pedal on the way down and he’s fine. No medical attention is necessary. The president looks forward to spending the rest of the day with his family.

White House official

Olivier O’ConnellJune 18, 2022 4:50 p.m.


‘Cowboys for Trump’ Founder Sentenced for Participating in Capitol Riot

A New Mexico county official whose refusal to certify recent election results is based on debunked conspiracy theories about voting machines has been convicted for his role in the riots at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Couy Griffin – a founder of ‘Cowboys for Trump’ – was sentenced on June 17 to 14 days in prison, including time already served, and was fined $3,000 with a year of supervised release and 60 hours of community service.

Olivier O’ConnellJune 18, 2022 4:30 p.m.


Biden bounces back after falling off bike at Rehoboth Beach

Joe Biden took a fall on Saturday morning during a bike ride in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

The president, 79, fell off his bicycle while riding to greet members of the public at Cape Henlopen State Park.

Bouncing back quickly, Mr Biden said: ‘I’m fine’, adding ‘my foot got caught’.

Olivier O’ConnellJune 18, 2022 4:10 p.m.


Trump’s endorsement upends Kentucky gubernatorial race

Kentucky governor hopeful Ryan Quarles doubled down on his grassroots Republican strategy on Friday, and Kelly Craft hinted at his own continued interest in Kentucky’s top political office — undeterred after Donald Trump rocked the 2023 campaign by endorsing Attorney General Daniel Cameron.

Thursday’s flash announcement came 11 months before the state’s primary, when GOP voters will select a candidate to challenge Democratic Governor Andy Beshear.

Olivier O’ConnellJune 18, 2022 4:00 p.m.

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