Fox News host says Trump needs to ‘learn to lose’
Donald Trump will share a stage in Arizona for his first rally of 2022 with a host of allies who have amplified baseless conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election, including Mike Lindell, as well as members of Congress who have opposed to certification of Joe Biden’s victory.
The former president also celebrated the announcement that U.S. Representative John Katko, among Republican lawmakers who voted to impeach him for inciting a riot fueled by the same false election narratives, will not seek re-election.
Meanwhile, the feds have brought a ‘seditious conspiracy’ charge against the leader of the Oath Keepers, a far-right militia that prosecutors say played a role in organizing an attack on the Capitol. American on January 6 last year.
Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy declined to provide the committee investigating the attack with information about his conversations with Mr Trump. US Representative Liz Cheney, one of only two Republicans on the committee, said Mr McCarthy was trying to “cover up” what had happened and the committee would assess other options to obtain his testimony.
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Trump shoots Arizona governor
The day before his appearance in the state, Trump hit out at Arizona Governor Doug Doucey, a frequent target of the former president after endorsing the results of the 2020 presidential election, while Trump allies continue to insist unfoundedly that the results were fraudulent.
“Rumors have it that Doug Ducey, the weak RINO governor of Arizona, is being pressured by Old Crow Mitch McConnell to run for the United States Senate,” Trump said in a statement. “He will never have my approval or the support of MAGA Nation!”
Doucey has not indicated whether he plans to run for a Senate seat. He has no plans to attend Trump’s event.
Alex WoodwardJanuary 15, 2022 6:47 p.m.
Pence equates federal voting rights legislation with attack on Capitol Hill
In an editorial by The Washington Post, former Vice President Mike Pence condemned the mob that “tackled the Capitol, largely to try to get Congress and me, as Senate Speaker, to use federal authority to overturn the results of the presidential election that had been certified by all 50 states.”
He went on to characterize Republican attempts to restrict ballot access and consolidate election oversight in the hands of GOP-dominated legislatures as “steps to try to restore confidence in the integrity of our elections” in the aftermath. of the attack.
He then accused Biden and congressional Democrats of waging “another power grab” with federal voting rights legislation, using the “January 6 recollection” to defend the filibuster’s break.
This federal legislation would create a national framework for voter registration, mail-in ballots, early voting, and voter identification laws. It would also make Election Day a public holiday, combat attempts to remove oversight from nonpartisan election officials, and protect election workers from harassment and violence.
He likened the efforts to an attack on the Capitol that sought to block the certification of votes representing millions of Americans, as a crowd chanted that they were there to “hang” him.
He also erroneously asserted that “the idea that Congress would violate the filibuster rule to pass legislation amounting to comprehensive federal takeover of elections is inconsistent with the history of our nation and constitutes an affront to the structure of our constitution”.
The US Constitution gives Congress the power to establish rules for federal elections.
Alex WoodwardJanuary 15, 2022 5:28 p.m.
2020 election deniers take center stage at Trump rally in Arizona
Trump is heading to Arizona, a hotbed of GOP-led conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election, where a central figure in the QAnon movement is running for Congress, Holocaust deniers vying for key government positions that play a role essential in election monitoring, and a far-right congressman accused of fantasizing about murdering Democrats faced no repercussions in office.
The former president has made it clear that loyalty to his baseless narrative that the election was rigged against him is key to winning his approval.
On the guest list for his Saturday night rally: Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake; US Representatives Paul Gosar, Andy Biggs and Debbie Lesko; and Mike Lindell, among the most notorious voter fraud conspiracy theorists who spent millions on a bogus campaign to nullify the results.
Alex WoodwardJanuary 15, 2022 4:39 p.m.
What is a seditious conspiracy?
The US Department of Justice’s efforts to hold those responsible for the January 6 insurgency kicked into high gear this week with the release of a 48-page indictment against Oath Keepers founder Elmer Stewart Rhodes. , and 10 other members of his right-wing militia.
All but Mr Rhodes and another defendant – Edward Vallejo of Phoenix – had previously been charged with crimes for their role in the worst attack on the Capitol since British troops under Major General Robert Ross burned it down in 1814.
Prosecutors have filed criminal charges against more than 730 people in the year since the attack, but the indictment of Mr Rhodes and his alleged co-conspirators stands out because it charges them under a rarely used provision of law that can be found in the chapter of the US Criminal Code titled “Treason, Sedition, and Subversive Activities.”
Olivier O’ConnellJanuary 15, 2022 08:30
ICYMI: Oath Keepers leader charged for role in Jan 6 riot
Elmer Stewart Rhodes, the founder of the right-wing militia known as the Oath Keepers, has been arrested and charged with seditious conspiracy for his role in the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, according to the Justice Department.
Olivier O’ConnellJanuary 15, 2022 06:30
united blue america?
When you parse the numbers, a “national divorce” between blue and red states starts to look good — for Democrats, writes Benedict Cosgrove.
Olivier O’ConnellJanuary 15, 2022 05:30
Texas AG has days to deliver January 6 texts
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been given four days to turn over his digital communications from Jan. 6 or face legal action, the Travis County prosecutor said.
Olivier O’ConnellJanuary 15, 2022 04:30
Interview: Mary Trump – From 2024 predictions to Donald’s psychological deterioration
Mary Trump, Donald Trump’s niece, spoke to The Independentit is Andrew Feinberg on his uncle’s mental deterioration and his possible run for president in 2024.
Olivier O’ConnellJanuary 15, 2022 03:30
Ray Epps: The Capitol Riot Who Missed From the FBI’s Wanted List
Olivier O’ConnellJanuary 15, 2022 02:30
January 6 committee subpoenas social media giants’ cases
The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection issued subpoenas to Twitter, Reddit, and the parent companies of YouTube and Facebook for information “relating to the spread of misinformation, efforts to cancel the 2020 elections, domestic violent extremism and foreign influence in the 2020 elections” after the companies rejected earlier voluntary demands.
Olivier O’ConnellJanuary 15, 2022 01:30