Fox News host says Trump must ‘learn to lose’
The House select committee investigating the 6 January insurrection has requested “voluntary cooperation” from House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy to provide information about his conversations with former president Donald Trump during the worst attack on the Capitol since 1814.
However, McCarthy has refused to cooperate with the committee, citing the “illegitimate” investigation by the panel, in a statement hours after the request.
This came as Trump grabbed headlines for hanging up on an NPR journalist who challenged him questions about the Capitol insurrection and his fixation on non-existent election fraud in 2020.
The ex-president is facing further pressure from the select committee investigating the events of 6 January 2021, with the panel issuing subpoenas to a former White House speechwriter and aides to Donald Trump Jr. So far, many White House and Trump associates have refused to comply with the panel’s demands, but many others are thought to have given evidence in private and handed over relevant documents.
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ICYMI – McCarthy refuses to cooperate with select committee probe
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy has refused to cooperate with the House select committee investigating the 6 January insurrection, citing the “illegitimate” investigation by the panel.
In a statement released hours after the committee sent a formal request to him for an interview, McCarthy said that the “illegitimate” panel was trying to interview him about his “private conversations not remotely related to the violence that unfolded at the Capitol.”
“The committee’s only objective is to attempt to damage its political opponents,” he said.
“It is with neither regret nor satisfaction that I have concluded to not participate with this select committee’s abuse of power that stains this institution today and will harm it going forward.”
The panel requested “voluntary cooperation” after noting that he had previously acknowledged having at least one telephone conversation with Donald Trump while a mob of his supporters was storming the Capitol in hopes of stopping Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s 2020 electoral college victory.
Thomas Fenton13 January 2022 12:05
Democrats embrace hardball judicial ‘blue slips’ tactics first adopted by Trump
Former President Donald Trump and Republican politicians previously broke with Senate convention to confirm 17 federal appeals court nominees over the objection of Democratic senators representing the states tied to their seats on the bench.
President Joe Biden and Senate Democrats are now utilizing that tactic for themselves, as part of their efforts to fill vacancies in red states,CNN reports.
“There’s a lot of focus on President Trump’s record 54 circuit court confirmations,” said Chris Kang, the co-founder and chief counsel of Demand Justice, which advocates for Democrats to take a more aggressive approach to the judicial confirmation process.
“It’s because Republicans use their blue slips to create these openings. And then they ran over Democrats 17 times to fill them,” he adds.
That move helped the former President and the GOP party transform the federal judiciary. The circuit courts are the last step before cases reach the Supreme Court and are often the last word in determining how laws and regulations are eventually interpreted.
Thomas Fenton13 January 2022 11:26
Video resurfaces of Rand Paul admitting ‘misinformation works’ amid Dr Fauci accusations
Senator Rand Paul has been seen in a resurfaced video admitting to spreading misinformation and says “misinformation works”.
The Kentucky senator, who has been accused of issuing an “unbalanced” and “delusional” attack on Dr Anthony Fauci, had on Tuesday been accused of “distorting” information about Covid-19 and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and of issuing “misinformation”.
A video shared to Twitter by Federation of American scientists epidemiologist Dr Eric Feigl-Ding appeared to show Mr Paul in 2013 admitting to telling medical students at the University of Louisville, “misinformation works”, as The Atlantic reported at the time.
Gino Spocchia reports:
Thomas Fenton13 January 2022 10:57
Large QAnon presence expected at Donald Trump’s Arizona rally
A new report is predicting a large QAnon presence at Former President Donald Trump’s upcoming Arizona rally.
According to Vice, Saturday’s event will see Arizona state Representative Mark Finchem address the audience as a “special guest speaker”.
Joining Mr Finchem on stage will be MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, who has been at the forefront of false claims of mass voter fraud in the 2020 election.
Thomas Fenton13 January 2022 10:26
Dems switch strategy on voting bill as Biden pushes action
Senate Democrats are trying to force a public showdown over their sweeping elections legislation, aiming to launch debate on a key party priority even though there’s no assurance the bill will come to a vote.
Matt Mathers13 January 2022 09:45
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell says he has evidence to put 300 million in jail for election fraud
MyPillow CEO and Trump supporter Mike Lindell has made perhaps his most outlandish claim about the 2020 election yet – that he has enough evidence to lock up nearly the entire US population for voter fraud.
My colleague Josh Marcus has more below:
Matt Mathers13 January 2022 09:30
Jen Psaki dismisses GOP criticism of Biden’s voting rights speech by pointing to silence against Trump rhetoric
White House press secretary Jen Psaki dismissed Republican criticism of President Joe Biden’s remarks condemning the GOP’s efforts to restrict ballot access and change the rules of election administration.
My colleague Alex Woodward reports:
Matt Mathers13 January 2022 09:10
Republicans rally around senator who Trump said ‘went woke’ by saying he lost 2020 election
Republican senators rallied to the defence of Sen Mike Rounds this week after he was attacked by former President Donald Trump.
Mr Rounds sparked a feud with the former president when he went on ABC’s This Week on Sunday and reiterated that he did not believe conspiracy theories supported by Mr Trump and his allies about the 2020 election, namely the assertion that Mr Trump had in fact won the election.
John Bowden reports:
Matt Mathers13 January 2022 08:55
ICYMI: Trump’s NPR interview proved he’s a shadow of his former self
The former president accidentally said the quiet part out loud and came across as overwhelmingly fragile, writes Holly Baxter.
Read Holly’s full piece here:
Matt Mathers13 January 2022 08:39
Human Rights Watch criticises Biden for weak defence of democracy
As pressure continues to mount on former president Donald Trump, his successor, Joe Biden, along with other Western leaders were lambasted by Human Rights Watch on Thursday.
The criticism came over the countries’ weak defense of democracy and for failing to meet challenges from the climate crisis and Covid-19 pandemic to poverty, inequality and racial injustice.
Human Rights Executive Director Kenneth Roth said Biden took office in January 2021 with a pledge to put human rights at the center of his foreign policy, in contrast to what he described as former US president Donald Trump’s “embrace of friendly autocrats”.
“But he continued to sell arms to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Israel despite their persistent repression,” Roth wrote in Human Rights Watch’s annual World Report, released on Thursday.
“Other Western leaders displayed similar weakness in their defense of democracy,” Roth wrote, referring to French President Emmanuel Macron and former German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Biden was also critised for seeming to “lose his voice when it came to public denunciation of serious human rights violations” during summits.
“If democracies are to prevail in the global contest with autocracy, their leaders must do more than spotlight the autocrats’ inevitable shortcomings. They need to make a stronger, positive case for democratic rule,” Roth said.
Shweta Sharma13 January 2022 07:00