Jan 6 hearings today: Trump could run in 2024 to ‘avoid criminal cases’ as Steve Bannon trial begins

Roger Stone claims Steve Bannon blackmailed Trump to get a pardon

A new report from Rolling Stone says that while Donald Trump is seriously considering running for president in 2024, one of his main motives for doing so could be to seek the protection of presidential immunity from multiple escalating legal investigations that could result in criminal charges.

The story comes as Trump ally Steve Bannon faces the start of his trial for criminal contempt of Congress. The former lieutenant and far-right firebrand refused to comply with the House select committee subpoena, and his various last-minute efforts to avoid or delay the trial have failed.

On another front, the Jan. 6 committee is expected to receive the text and audio messages that the Secret Service deleted today.

“We hope to have them by this Tuesday,” said Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a California Democrat. “We need all the texts from January 5 and 6.”

The committee’s next hearing will focus on Trump’s inaction during the attack on Capitol Hill. It will take place in prime time on Thursday.

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Thursday’s primetime audience will build a ‘minute-by-minute’ account of Trump’s actions on January 6

The committee’s second prime-time hearing on Jan. 6 will take place Thursday and will feature a “minute-by-minute” account of Donald Trump’s actions as his supporters stormed the Capitol, a panel member said Sunday.

Three members of the House select committee, Zoe Lofgren, Elaine Luria and Adam Kinzinger, appeared on Sunday’s shows to talk about the hearing. Republican Congressman Kinzinger also noted that it may not be the last time the panel presents its findings to the public.

John Bowden has more information on what to expect from Thursday’s hearing.

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Kinzinger attacks Secret Service for ‘highly contradictory’ statements about deleted texts

Republican congressman and January 6 committee member Adam Kinzinger accused the Secret Service of contradicting claims about whether text messages sent during the deadly attack on the US Capitol were still accessible.

Last week, the inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security (OIG) informed the bipartisan committee that the Secret Service was delaying efforts to deliver materials related to that day and had apparently deleted relevant text messages.

Kinzinger said Sunday that the agency claimed it had lost some or all of the texts requested by the panel, later stating that all “relevant” messages were turned over to the OIG.

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NRA criticizes Trump’s candidate in Wisconsin for false endorsement

The National Rifle Association issued a harsh rebuke Monday against former President Donald Trump’s pick for Wisconsin governor, accusing him of misleading his members after his campaign falsely claimed the gun advocacy group had endorsed him.

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Prince Harry condemns ‘rolling back of constitutional rights’

Prince Harry criticized the “rolling back of constitutional rights” in the United States in a keynote address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Monday.

“The few use lies and misinformation as a weapon at the expense of the many,” Harry said in a thinly veiled criticism of the US Supreme Court’s decision to end abortion rights during a speech marking International Women’s Day. Nelson Mandela.

“And from the horrible war in Ukraine to the rollback of constitutional rights here in the United States, we are witnessing a global assault on democracy and freedom, the cause of Mandela’s life.”

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Jody Hice Refuses to Comply with Subpoena in Georgia Trump Election Criminal Investigation

Georgia Rep. Jody Hice refuses to comply with a subpoena ordering him to testify before the special Georgia grand jury investigating former President Donald Trump’s attempt to pressure Peach State officials to overturn the election victory of Joe Biden in 2020 there.

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Paul accuses McConnell of closing a “secret deal” with the White House

Sen. Rand Paul on Monday accused Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of making “a secret deal with the White House that fell through,” further exposing long-simmering tensions between the two Republican senators from Kentucky.

Mr. Paul blamed miscommunication from his fellow Kentucky native, Mr. McConnell, for the failure of a federal judicial nomination for anti-abortion attorney Chad Meredith, the Associated Press reported.

“Unfortunately, instead of reaching out and building support for him, Senator McConnell chose to make a secret deal with the White House that fell through,” Paul said.

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Jan. 6 hearing to showcase Trump’s ‘dereliction of duty’ during Capitol riots

The prime-time hearing of a House committee on Thursday will offer the most compelling evidence yet of then-President Donald Trump’s “rejection of duty” on the day of the January 6 insurrection, with new witnesses detailing his failure to stop an angry mob from storming the Capitol. committee members said Sunday.

“This will open people’s eyes in a big way,” said Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois, a member of the House committee investigating the unrest and who will help lead Thursday’s session with Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Ill. Virginia. “The president did nothing.”

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No major problems with the ballot box in 2020, according to survey reports

The expanded use of mail-in ballot drop boxes during the 2020 election did not create any widespread problems, according to an Associated Press survey of state election officials in the US that revealed no cases of fraud, vandalism or theft that may have occurred. affected the results. .

The findings from the Republican- and Democratic-controlled states contradict claims made by former President Donald Trump and his allies, who have strongly criticized their use and falsely claimed they were being targeted for fraud.

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Twitter singles out Marjorie Taylor Greene for ‘hateful content’

Twitter flagged a tweet by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene as hateful content after she confused the gender with Dr. Rachel Levine, who is transgender and serves as an assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services.

Ms. Greene posted a video of Dr. Levine in which she said she wanted to “support and empower” transgender youth and not limit their participation in sports or their ability to receive gender-affirming treatment in their state.

“We must do everything we can to prevent Dr. Dick Levine’s preteen #WeenieChop,” Ms. Greene tweeted.

the independents Eric Garcia has the story:

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Two former White House aides will testify at next hearing

Matthew Pottinger, a former deputy national security adviser, and Sarah Matthews, a former press adviser, are expected to testify at the House committee’s January 6 hearing on Thursday.

Testimony from the two former White House aides will come as the panel examines what Donald Trump was doing when his supporters stormed the Capitol, a person familiar with the plans told reporters. Associated Press.

The two had resigned immediately after the insurrection last January.

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