Jan 6 hearings – live: Security increased for committee members as Trump doubles down attacks

‘I’ve lost my name, I’ve lost my reputation’: Voting official givers testimony at Jan 6 hearings

As the ongoing 6 January committee hearings lay out a devastating account of his extensive effort to overturn the 2020 election, Donald Trump has criticised Kevin McCarthy for pulling Republicans out of the select committees.

Mr Trump told Punchbowl News that “I think in retrospect, I think it would have been very smart” to have Republican congressmen sit on the committee. “And again, I wasn’t involved in it from a standpoint so I never looked at it too closely. But I think it would have been good if we had representation.”

As things turned out, two Republicans were seated on the committee: unsparing Trump critics Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, both of whom voted to impeach him after the Capitol riot.

Meanwhile, it emerged that the previously unseen footage subpoenaed by the 6 January committee from a documentary filmmaker may contradict testimony given to the panel by Ivanka Trump in which the ex-president’s daughter said she agreed with Bill Barr that the 2020 election was not stolen.

Security for January 6 committee members is being increased in the face of a spike in threats. Rep Kinzinger revealed a specific threat to his family earlier in the week.

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Jan 6 committee to be given security details

Following an uptick in the number of violent threats against lawmakers on the January 6 committee, all members will likely receive a security detail, according to a report in The Washington Post, citing three people involved with the investigation.

Rep Adam Kinzinger, when asked about reports regarding increased security said: “We’re taking efforts to protect ourselves.”

He cited an “increased threat” nationwide, adding: “I guess people generally feel more open to talking about execution.”

Earlier this week Mr Kinzinger revealed threats against him and his family.

Oliver O’Connell22 June 2022 18:25

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Arizona Republican receives outpouring of support after Jan 6 testimony

Arizona’s election chief Rusty Bowers has received an outpouring of support after he gave an emotional testimony against former president Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election.

Many politicians, lawyers and political commentators praised Mr Bowers for his testimony following the hearing.

“I’ve rarely agreed with Rusty Bowers but he deserves credit for standing up for democracy,” wrote Democratic Arizona Congressman Ruben Gallego on Twitter. “MAGA Republicans in Arizona were ready to stage a coup.

“Today’s hearing reveals yet another example of just how far Trump and his cronies were willing to go to overthrow our government. Speaker Bowers and I will never agree on most politics but I hope I can raise my son to have the same integrity as he does”.

Gino Spocchia has more.

Andrew Naughtie22 June 2022 18:20

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Could DeSantis beat Trump in a New Hampshire primary?

With the caveat that a poll is just a poll, especially more than 18 months in advance of a vote being cast, a new survey from the University of New Hampshire has a pretty stunning finding: among likely GOP voters in the first-in-the-nation primary state, Ron DeSantis is marginally outpolling Donald Trump.

Andrew Naughtie22 June 2022 17:55

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Watch: Ron Johnson pretends to be on the phone to avoid Jan 6 questions

Yesterday’s hearing included a bombshell piece of evidence indicating Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson may have had at least some role in the advanced stages of the “fake electors” scheme to thwart Joe Biden’s victory, with the committee displaying a text exchange between his staff and the vice president’s on the day of the certification.

This revelation of course led to the senator, who is running for re-election, being chased down by reporters around the Capitol – and in one embarrassing incident, he pretended to be on a phonecall to try and avoid giving any answers.

Andrew Naughtie22 June 2022 17:25

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Harrowed Arizona speaker would vote for Trump again

Rusty Bowers, the Republican speaker of the Arizona State House of Representatives who yesterday detailed his distress at the pressure he came under to help illegally overturn Joe Biden’s victory, has told the Associated Press that despite everything Donald Trump put him and the country through, he would vote for the 45th president again should he run in 2024.

“If he is the nominee, if he was up against Biden, I’d vote for him again,” Bowers said. “Simply because what he did the first time, before COVID, was so good for the county. In my view it was great.”

Andrew Naughtie22 June 2022 16:55

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Raskin: “National catharsis” of evidence means more hearings may be needed

6 January committee member Jamie Raskin yesterday appeared on CNN to discuss the impact of the hearings so far and what might be coming up for his panel as its investigation continues.

Saying the panel would “love to hear” from Ron Johnson given the evidence that his staff were involved in trying to relay fake electoral votes to Mike Pence on 6 January itself, he explained that the committee is still being inundated with new evidence it intends to investigate seriously.

“More evidence is pouring out every day. More witnesses are coming forward. It’s almost like a national catharsis, as people who have information are deciding to turn it over…I’d hoped that we would be done with the hearing process by the end of June, it may be that the incorporation of all the new evidence coming in requires us to go a little further into the summer.”

Watch his remarks below.

Andrew Naughtie22 June 2022 16:25

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‘I’ve lost my name, I’ve lost my reputation’: Election worker gives emotional testimony about threats by Trump supporters

Election worker Ruby Freeman asked the committee, “do you know how it feels to have the President of the United States target you? The president is supposed to represent every American, not to target one. But he targeted me, Lady Ruby, a small business owner, a mother, a proud American citizen who stood up to help Fulton County run an election in the middle of a pandemic”.

Ms Freeman’s daughter, Shaye Moss, also worked as an election worker in Georgia during the 2020 election. Ms Moss testified in person in front of the committee during its hearing on Tuesday while her mother sat behind her to support her.

Andrew Naughtie22 June 2022 15:55

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More Trump rantings about committee on Truth Social

After another harrowing hearing detailed how various individuals were subjected to horrific threats and abuse because of his various campaigns against them, Donald Trump has issued another salvo against the 6 January committee on his bespoke platform, Truth Social:

Such tremendous lies and innuendo took place yesterday at the Unselect Committee on January 6th. They don’t want the facts of the Election, or discussions of the Security Breach by Pelosi and the Dems, they only want to continue the Greatest Witch Hunt in our Country’s history. You will never get the truth when you have biased and hateful witnesses who are allowed to go on and on without even the slightest cross examination. Republicans should be allowed representation!!!

Andrew Naughtie22 June 2022 15:33

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Watch: McCarthy defends president’s right to question an election

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was asked this morning about the implications of a president questioning the legitimate results of an election. As is often his way, he answered the question by pointing to other examples without noting the radically different circumstances in which they occurred:

Kevin McCarthy says ‘the President always has a right to question an election’

Mr Trump, who is clearly growing more angry at the hearings as they progress, has laid into Mr McCarthy for pulling the GOP of the committee when Nancy Pelosi refused to seat two of his five nominees on it.

Eric Garcia has more.

Andrew Naughtie22 June 2022 15:14

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Read Trump documentary maker’s response to Jan 6 subpoena

The news broke yesterday that the 6 January committee has subpoenaed hours of raw footage from British filmmaker Alex Holder, who had access to Donald Trump and much of his inner circle as they fought to overturn Joe Biden’s victory in late 2020 and early 2021.

Mr Holder is now co-operating with the committee’s subpoena, which was sent last week. Here’s what he had to say about it:

Andrew Naughtie22 June 2022 14:45

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