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    (CNN)"He chose not to act," declared Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger at the outset of Thursday's January 6 committee hearings. With those words, the congressman got right to the heart of the final hearing of the summer. The committee examined the 187 minutes then-President Donald Trump spent watching Fox News in his private dining room while the insurrection was unfolding at the US Capitol. Meanwhile, members of his inner circle tried and failed for hours to get Trump to issue an unequivocal statement denouncing the violence and urging the mob to go home. Through the testimony of figures such as former Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Matthews and former Deputy National Security Adviser Matthew Pottinger, the committee made a convincing case that Trump wasn't just negligent -- he didn't want to stop the violent insurrection he incited against Congress on that dark day. Opinion: Why Trump didnt want to lift a finger on January 6As this phase of the hearings concludes, one outstanding political question will certainly be debated: have the January 6 hearings significantly damaged Trump's standing within...
    Donald Trump is appearing before a crowd of young Republican voters in Tampa, Florida on Saturday night - where he will be greeted by a billboard reminding him he lost the 2020 election to Joe Biden. Trump is speaking at the second night of Turning Point USA's Student Action Summit, an annual multi-day gathering of MAGA world teens and young adults. But hours before his appearance, the Democratic National Committee is rolling out a campaign to make sure voters are aware that it was Biden who won the popular vote. DailyMail.com got exclusive early access to the billboard campaign, which will debut in Tampa later on Saturday morning.  A truck with a massive video screen will be driving through the city's streets displaying the results of the last presidential race, along with a slide of Biden and the caption: '81 million Americans voted for President Joe Biden (Most votes in history).' In an added jab at Trump, the data is punctuated by clips from Fox News announcing his loss in November 2020.  'Donald Trump, the 45th President in the United...
    Former President Donald Trump touted Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake and U.S. Senate candidate Blake Masters at his rally in Prescott Valley. The event, which attracted hundreds of supporters to the arena, featured speeches from former Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell, Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb, and Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward—in addition to multiple candidates. After taking the stage, Trump encouraged voters to flock to the poll to fire “radical Democrats.” “You are going to elect a truly great woman, who I got to know well, Kari Lake. You are young to send a brilliant guy, who I also got to know very well, Blake Masters, to the U.S. Senate,” Trump said in his opening remarks. Polling has indicated that both candidates are leading their races ahead of the August 2nd primary. Lake is narrowly ahead of Karrin Taylor Robson, who has closed the gap in recent weeks. On the other hand, Masters has pulled away from his GOP opponents, including businessman Jim Lamon and Attorney General Mark Brnovich. Furthermore, the rally reiterated support for multiple candidates...
    Former President Donald Trump gave what is perhaps his strongest indication that he will run for president again. Speaking at a rally on Friday night in Prescott Valley, Arizona, Trump rattled off a series of grievances against President Joe Biden, who defeated him in the 2020 presidential election. Trump baselessly reiterated that the election was rigged against him and stated he actually “won” a second term. “I ran twice, I won twice, and did much better the second time than I did the first, getting millions. more votes in 2020 than we got in 2016,” Trump claimed. “And likewise, getting more votes than any sitting president in the history of our country by far.” The former president suggested he’s going to run again. “And now, we may have to do it again,” he declared to thunderous applause. “I mean, look at, look at what has happened to our country and less than two years. Our country is like a different–it’s like a different place. It’s so sad to see.” Some Republicans have reacted with consternation to a report that Trump...
    EXCLUSIVE — Ex-President Barack Obama’s longtime former doctor said the White House may be shielding President Joe Biden’s physician from broader questions about the president's health following a COVID-19 diagnosis. Biden’s COVID-19 case comes as prominent Democrats voice unease about his age. At 79, Biden is the oldest person to ever serve as president. “If you have the physician, you might ask him questions that are straying into different areas, which could be problematic,” said Dr. David Scheiner, who was Obama's personal physician for more than two decades before he became president, “especially if he wants to run again.” NEWSOM AND HARRIS COURT DEMOCRATS AND DONORS AS ONE-AND-DONE BIDEN SPECULATION BUILDS White House officials have declined repeated requests to make Biden’s physician, Dr. Kevin O'Connor, available to reporters since he began treating the president for COVID-19. They insist that providing a daily letter from O’Connor should suffice. “You’ve heard from the letter. That is hearing directly from him,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on Friday. “We’re not playing telephone here. You’re hearing directly from the physician.” She demurred...
    By Jonathan J. Cooper | Associated Press PEORIA, Ariz. — Former President Donald Trump and his estranged vice president, Mike Pence, are holding rival campaign events in Arizona on Friday, turning the governor’s race into a broader referendum on the Republican Party’s future. Pence talked up the successes of what he called the Trump-Pence administration but did not directly address his growing feud with the former president as he urged voters to support Karrin Taylor Robson for governor. If you elect Robson, Pence said, “you can send a deafening message heard all across America that the Republican Party is the party of the future.” The remark appeared to be an oblique critique of the Republicans still pushing the lie that Trump was the real winner in 2020, including Robson’s rival, Kari Lake, a former television anchor who has embraced Trump’s combative approach to his political enemies and the media. Trump was scheduled to hold an evening rally in Prescott Valley on behalf of Lake and other candidates he has endorsed in Arizona’s Aug. 2 primary. “Kari will make her wonderful...
    Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon was convicted Friday of contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena from the committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot.  A jury found Bannon, 68, guilty of two misdemeanor counts for refusing to provide testimony or documents to the House of Representatives select committee. He faces up to two years in federal prison when he's sentenced on Oct. 21. Each count carries a minimum sentence of 30 days in jail, as well as a fine of $100 to $100,000. The verdict by the jury of eight men and four women, after less than three hours of deliberations, marked the first successful prosecution for contempt of Congress since 1974, when a judge found G. Gordon Liddy, a conspirator in the Watergate scandal that prompted President Richard Nixon's resignation, guilty. His conviction ends a chapter for a stunning rise and fall for a man who seemingly came out of nowhere to lead Donald Trump to the presidency.   The famed flame-thrower was Trump's campaign manager in the final stages of the 2016 election, having risen from...
    MIAMI (AP) — A former president of Paraguay who has been investigated for his alleged participation in money laundering operations was included on Friday on a U.S. corruption list. The Department of State announced the designation of former President Horacio Manuel Cartes “for his involvement in significant corruption”. Cartes served as president of Paraguay between August 2013 and August 2018. He owns a conglomerate of some 25 companies, including media and tobacco companies, and a supermarket chain. The former president has been investigated about alleged irregularities in his multimillion-dollar assets and for his alleged links with the leader of a money laundering network. The former president “obstructed a major international investigation into transnational crime in order to protect himself and his criminal associate from potential prosecution and political damage,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement. He added that his actions “undermined the stability of Paraguay’s democratic institutions” and enabled the involvement of Cartes with “foreign terrorist organizations” and other U.S.-designated entities. The statement did not provide details on the investigations or alleged involvement in terrorist...
    As President Donald Trump makes plans for a potential 2024 campaign and second administration, his daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner, who were once top advisors, are reportedly out of Trump’s inner circle and have been replaced by figures including MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell. Jonathan Swan of Axios published an extensive report revealing Trump and his allies are already planning a potential 2025 administration. “Trump has reduced his circle of advisers and expunged nearly every former aide who refused to embrace his view that the 2020 election was ‘stolen,'” Swan reported. Jared and Ivanka, who moved to Florida after leaving the Trump White House, are “no longer involved in Trump’s political operation.” Earlier this year, in testimony to the January 6 Committee, Ivanka said she accepted former Attorney General Bill Barr’s conclusion that claims of election fraud were “bullshit,” prompting an angry response from her father on TruthSocial, in which he coldly referred to her by her full name and claimed she had “long been checked out.” Kushner also reportedly pulled back from Trump in the aftermath of...
    The Washington Examiner's politics editor Jim Antle predicted that some Republicans may ditch former President Donald Trump to avoid constant discussion of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot in the 2024 presidential election. “There is a possibility Republicans are going to say to themselves, ‘Is this what we even want to be talking about in 2024?'” Antle said on C-SPAN's Washington Journal Friday. There's also been a decline in Republican polling favoring Trump, he said. OFFICER BEATEN BY RIOTERS ON JAN. 6 SLAMS HAWLEY FOR RUNNING FROM MOB “I don’t know that very many people who don’t already agree with the basic argument the committee is making are watching, but I think some are,” Antle added. He further referenced a recent poll from the New York Times that showed Trump was only 49% of Republicans' favored candidate for 2024. This is still a lot, Antle conceded. However, it's notable that several Republicans would like to see someone else face off with President Joe Biden. He also touched on the production quality factor...
    Last week, I wrote about an overlooked feature of the former president’s failed hostile takeover of the United States government. Lacking a better term, I called it Donald Trump’s congressional coup. Last night’s hearing, however, suggested one more layer. A cover-up of the congressional coup. READ MORE: Eighth January 6th hearing provided the 'starkest illustration' yet against Donald Trump: journalists By the Congress. Hinting hard The goal appears to have been getting enough members of the US Congress to vote to overturn the results of the 2020 election. The GOP had a Senate majority at the time. They could have, in theory, overruled the will of the people, at least temporarily. Ultimately, however, just 147 Republicans, including eight senators, objected. I don’t know, had they amassed enough votes in the Senate, where things would have gone after that. Perhaps it would have triggered the 12th Amendment. Perhaps it would have thrown the process back to red states that Joe Biden had won, where friendly Republican legislators would have fixed things so Trump could stay in office. READ MORE: Watch:...
    Former U.S. President Donald Trump's White House chief strategist Steve Bannon arrives following his trial on contempt of Congress charges for his refusal to cooperate with the U.S. House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol, at U.S. District Court in Washington, U.S., July 22, 2022. Evelyn Hockstein | Reuters A federal court jury in Washington began deliberations Friday morning in the trial of Steve Bannon, the former top Trump White House aide who is charged with criminal contempt of Congress. Bannon is accused of willfully failing to comply with subpoenas issued by the House select committee that is investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol by a mob of supporters of then-President Donald Trump. He faces a minimum criminal sentence of 30 days in jail if convicted of two counts of contempt. Prosecutor Molly Gaston told jurors in her closing arguments that Bannon "chose allegiance to Donald Trump over compliance with the law." "When it really comes down to it, he did not want to recognize Congress' authority or play by the government's...
    FORMER president Donald Trump has been accused of dereliction of duty as a result of the January 6 Capitol Riots. Now, many Americans want to know what that means and if it's a criminal offense. 2Donald Trump was accused of dereliction of dutyCredit: Getty What is dereliction of duty? Dereliction of duty is a specific offense that applies to all branches of the United States military. Under the United States Code Title 10, Section 892, Article 92, dereliction of duty means that a service member "violates or fails to obey any lawful general order or regulation." The term made headlines in July 2022 after the House committee investigating the January 6 Capitol Riots accused Trump of the offense after he allegedly failed to call off his supporters at the Capitol building. Read More on The US Sun'DARK DAY' A complete timeline of the Capitol Riots on January 6, 2021'PLANNING & EXECUTION' This is what Melania Trump had to say about the January 6 protests A never-before-seen clip from January 7, 2021, was revealed during the investigation...
    Donald Trump has plans to purge the so-called 'deep state' beyond what any president has done before if he runs for and wins the presidency in 2024 and as many as 50,000 government workers could find themselves on the chopping block.  The former president, if elected again, would move in with a plan being drawn up now to 'drain the swamp' and cut tens of thousands of civil servants from what are typically apolitical roles, according to an Axios report.  He would clean house of mid-level staffers at the Pentagon, Justice Department, State Department and beyond and bring in thoroughly vetted candidates who were found to be more closely aligned with his 'America First' agenda.   After interviews with over a dozen Trump-world insiders the outlet's investigation found that Trump is planning to use an executive order called 'Schedule F,' which he issued in October 2020 and Biden later rescinded.  The order would reclassify tens of thousands of civil servants who were deemed to have some influence over policy as 'Schedule F' employees, which would strip them of their employment protections. ...
    The political events of 2022 have been unprecedented in United States history. On one hand, former President Donald Trump’s numerous critics — from liberals and progressives to centrist Blue Dog Democrats to right-wing Never Trumpers — are hoping that the evidence being skillfully presented by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s select committee on the January 6, 2021 insurrection will lead to Trump facing a federal prosecution and going to prison. But on the other hand, Trump’s diehard loyalists are hoping that he will run for president in the 2024 election, win and return to the White House in January 2025. Never before in U.S. history have Americans asked the question: Will our former president be going to federal prison for promoting a violent insurrection, or will he be returning to White House Oval office three years from now? Trump’s critics fear that U.S. democracy as we know it will cease to exist if Trump becomes president again, and a disturbing report by Axios’ Jonathan Swan describes the ways in which Trump and his MAGA allies would like to “radically reshape”...
    The House January 6 committee's first series of public hearings came to a close Thursday with a primetime event featuring fresh evidence that former President Donald Trump gave a "green light" to the right-wing mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol last year and ignored pleas to stop the violence. Sarah Matthews, former deputy press secretary, said Trump was treating the January 6 assault like a "celebratory event" and telling the insurrectionists that "what they were doing at the steps of the Capitol and entering the Capitol was okay, that they were justified in their anger." Matthews was referring to Trump's tweet attacking then-Vice President Mike Pence for lacking the "courage" to help overturn the 2020 election as rioters entered the Capitol in an effort to block certification of President Joe Biden's victory. READ MORE: Inside the Jan. 6 committee’s 248-page motion to paint Meadows as Trump’s point man in bid to overturn the election Former deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger, who resigned along with Matthews on January 6, told the House panel that Trump opted to pour "gasoline on...
    By LISA MASCARO, MARY CLARE JALONICK and FARNOUSH AMIRI WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite desperate pleas from aides, allies, Republican congressional leaders and even his family, Donald Trump refused to call off the Jan. 6 mob attack on the Capitol, instead “pouring gasoline on the fire” by aggressively tweeting his false claims of a stolen election and telling the crowd of supporters in a video address how special they were. The next day, he declared anew, “I don’t want to say the election is over.” That was in a previously unaired outtake of a speech he was to give, shown at Thursday night’s prime-time hearing of the House investigating committee. The committee documented how for some 187 minutes, from the time Trump left a rally stage sending his supporters to the Capitol to the time he ultimately appeared in the Rose Garden video, nothing could move the defeated president, who watched the violence unfold on TV. Even a statement prepared for Trump to deliver — which said, “I am asking you to leave the Capitol Hill region NOW and go home...
    By LISA MASCARO, MARY CLARE JALONICK and FARNOUSH AMIRI WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite desperate pleas from aides, allies, Republican congressional leaders and even his family, Donald Trump refused to call off the Jan. 6 mob attack on the Capitol, instead “pouring gasoline on the fire” by aggressively tweeting his false claims of a stolen election and telling the crowd of supporters in a video address how special they were. The next day, he declared anew, “I don’t want to say the election is over.” That was in a previously unaired outtake of a speech he was to give, shown at Thursday night’s prime-time hearing of the House investigating committee. The committee documented how for some 187 minutes, from the time Trump left a rally stage sending his supporters to the Capitol to the time he ultimately appeared in the Rose Garden video, nothing could move the defeated president, who watched the violence unfold on TV. Even a statement prepared for Trump to deliver — which said, “I am asking you to leave the Capitol Hill region NOW and go home...
    Getty Former National Security Council member Matthew Pottinger and former Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Matthews are sworn in during a hearing by House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol in the Cannon House Office Building on July 21, 2022 in Washington, DC. The bipartisan committee, which has been gathering evidence on the January 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol, is presenting its findings in a series of televised hearings. On January 6, 2021, supporters of former President Donald Trump attacked the U.S. Capitol Building during an attempt to disrupt a congressional vote to confirm the electoral college win for President Joe Biden. Matthew Pottinger is married to wife Yen Pottinger. The former Former Trump National Security Council official was called to testify at the House Select Committee Jan. 6 hearings on Thursday, July 21, 2022. Pottinger and his wife have two children, according to The Washington Post. The July 21 hearing aimed its focus on former President Donald Trump’s inaction to stop supporters who breached the U.S. Capitol building as...
    Getty Former National Security Council member Matthew Pottinger and former Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Matthews are sworn in during a hearing by House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol in the Cannon House Office Building on July 21, 2022 in Washington, DC. The bipartisan committee, which has been gathering evidence on the January 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol, is presenting its findings in a series of televised hearings. On January 6, 2021, supporters of former President Donald Trump attacked the U.S. Capitol Building during an attempt to disrupt a congressional vote to confirm the electoral college win for President Joe Biden. Matthew Pottinger is married to wife Yen Pottinger. The former Former Trump National Security Council official was called to testify at the House Select Committee Jan. 6 hearings on Thursday, July 21, 2022. Pottinger and his wife have two children, according to The Washington Post. The July 21 hearing aimed its focus on former President Donald Trump’s inaction to stop supporters who breached the U.S. Capitol building as...
    Former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the White House has been preparing for President Joe Biden's eventual COVID diagnosis for months during her first spot after joining MSNBC.  Calling into the network on Thursday following news of Biden's positive diagnosis, Psaki said the White House had long been bracing for an eventual COVID infection from the president. She advised her former boss and colleagues to make sure Biden appeared 'active' following the diagnosis to quell worries from the American people.  'What they need to do over the next couple of days is show him working and show him still active and serving as president and I'm certain they'll likely do that,' Psaki said.   Former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki (above) called into MSNBC to discuss what the White House needs to do to prevent worry over President Joe Biden's COVID diagnosis The White House confirmed the president caught the coronavirus on Thursday, with regular messages in between to show that the president was doing fine. Psaki said they will need to keep displaying that Biden is up...
    CNN’s John King shared a summary of text messages sent to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows from high-profile Donald Trump allies during the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. As the building was stormed by a mob, Trump reportedly watched it unfold on TV. Meadows, meanwhile, received text message after text message which urged him to have the former president intervene. One exchange at 2:15 p.m. that day between Meadows and former Trump attorney Pat Cipollone reads: CIPOLLONE: Mark, we need to do something more. They’re literally calling for the vice president to be f’ing hung. MEADOWS: You heard him, Pat. He thinks Mike deserves that. He doesn’t think they’re doing anything wrong. CIPOLLONE: This is f’ing crazy, we need to do something more. Nine minutes later, Trump tweeted Vice President Mike Pence lacked the “courage” to help him stop the certification of the election results. The riot at the Capitol continued. He later tweeted the Capitol Police were not the enemy at the request of staffers. Meanwhile, Meadows’ phone was inundated with messages from friends, family...
    Getty Former White House Counsel Pat Cipollone. Pat Cipollone is an American lawyer who served as White House Counsel during President Donald Trump’s administration. Cipollone’s name has come up often during the January 6 Committee televised hearings. Committee members and witnesses have said Cipollone expressed legal concerns about the former president’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election, CBS News reports. The committee has played clips from Cipollone’s closed-door testimony during the televised hearings. What has Cipollone been up to since leaving the White House? Here’s what you need to know.Cipollone Became a Named Partner at a Litigation Firm & Opened a New Office in Washington, D.C. GettyPat Cipollone, former President Trump’s White House counsel, exits a conference room during a break in his interview at the Thomas P. O’Neill Jr. House Office Building July 8, 2022 in Washington, DC. The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot is conducting a closed-door transcribed interview with Cipollone. Cipollone returned to the private sector after leaving the White House in 2021. He...
    Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) gave viewers a sneak peek at the January 6 Committee’s upcoming hearing by posting a montage of Donald Trump’s former White House officials talking about what the former president was doing while his supporters were rampaging around the U.S. Capitol. The committee’s eighth hearing is scheduled to begin Thursday night at 8:00 p.m. ET, and it’s expected to focus on Trump’s actions at the White House while the Capitol was coming under assault by his followers. The committee intends to examine Trump’s refusal to act against the violent mob, his refusal to condemn them, and the argument that the former president welcomed the chaos as he watched them fight on his behalf to overthrow the 2020 election. Kinzinger gave his Twitter followers an idea of what to expect by posting a series of deposition clips from former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, former Mike Pence National Security Adviser Keith Kellogg, former Executive Assistant Molly Michael, and former White House Counsel Pat Cipollone. All four were asked what was Trump doing as the Capitol attack transpired,...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Jan. 6 Committee investigating the riot at the US Capitol will hold its final hearing in primetime Thursday night. The hearing will center around the actions and inactions of President Trump on that day. There will be several key witnesses in the prime-time hearing. These are people who worked in the White House on Jan. 6. READ MORE: Sixers Announce Plans To Explore Building New Arena In Center CityIn fact, two of them resigned following that violence at The Capitol. They haven’t said much since, but we expect to hear from that pair in-person Thursday night in what will be its last scheduled hearing of the summer. Jan. 6 House Committee members said the focus will be on what former President Trump was doing as a mob rampaged through the Capitol Building. “Focusing on those critical 187 minutes between when the attack on The Capitol started and when Donald Trump finally issued a video statement asking people to leave The Capitol,” Former Jan. 6 Committee Lead Investigator John Wood said. “That’s so important to know...
    Russia's former president today warned that Ukraine could 'disappear from the world map' amid Vladimir Putin's invasion of the country. Dmitry Medvedev, a Putin ally, also dismissed US President Joe Biden as a 'strange grandfather with dementia' in a scathing post on Telegram.  Medvedev warned NATO was 'creating a real threat of world conflict and the death of a significant part of humanity' by sending military equipment to Ukraine and troops to countries on Europe's eastern flank, such as Estonia and Lithuania.  His warning comes just days after he said Ukraine and the West will face a 'Judgement Day' response should they attempt to militarily dispute Russia's control of Crimea.  The refusal of Ukraine and Western powers to recognise Moscow's ownership of the peninsula poses a 'systemic threat' for Russia, the former president said on Sunday, before declaring the Kremlin would hit back with maximum force if the territory is attacked.  Russia's former president Dmitry Medvedev (pictured on June 29 in St Petersburg) has warned that Ukraine could 'disappear from the world map' amid Vladimir Putin's invasion of the country...
    Attorney General Merrick Garland promised to go after “anyone who is criminally responsible” for the events surrounding January 6 — when specifically asked if a “former president” could be charged. Amid heightening chatter sparked by the January 6 hearings, those who would like to see former President Donald Trump charged have been on an emotional rollercoaster trying to read between the lines of Garland’s investigation. Most recently, hopes were somewhat dashed by the emergence of a May memo continuing a policy restricting investigations involving candidates for office. Those hopes may have been revived a bit this week. On Wednesday, Garland spoke with reporters as he met with ATF Director Steven Dettelbach and other Justice Department officials, and answered several questions about the investigation. In response to one reporter, Garland spoke generally about the need for the department to treat investigations with impartiality, and on the Jan. 6 probe, made a point of saying they would pursue “every person who is criminally responsible” for the effort to overturn the election: This is the most wide-ranging investigation and the most important investigation...
    (CNN)The House January 6 committee's final prime-time hearing Thursday is all about 187 minutes.That's the period of a little more than three hours as the riot unfolded in the US Capitol that the House select committee has argued then-President Donald Trump was derelict in his duties. The committee says it plans to show, minute-by-minute, how Trump failed to make any effort to tell the rioters to leave the Capitol or to try to help lawmakers -- and then-Vice President Mike Pence -- as they were forced to flee the House and Senate chambers.In the previous hearings, the committee has sought to tie Trump to the violence at the Capitol, showing how he was warned by his aides that his claims the election was stolen were baseless and that there was a risk of violence on January 6, 2021. The committee's final hearing in this series will attempt to illustrate how the former President "refused to act to defend the Capitol as a violent mob stormed the Capitol," according to committee aides.Like past hearings, the committee is likely to rely on...
    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The Rev. T. Anthony Spearman, a civil rights advocate and former president of the North Carolina branch of the NAACP who also served as president of the N.C. Council of Churches, has been found dead, his attorney said Wednesday. Spearman, 71, died on Tuesday, said Mark Cummings, a Greensboro attorney who was representing him in a lawsuit. He declined to provide additional details. “In the mold of Dr. King, he truly was a drum major for justice,” Cummings said. “He saw the good in everybody in every situation, even those of his detractors, even those who would criticize him. He always found a way to see the best in them.” Spearman’s family issued a statement calling him “a man of strong conviction who loved his family with every ounce of his being.” A family member didn’t respond on Wednesday to a request for additional comment. Bishop William J. Barber, who preceded Spearman as the North Carolina NAACP president and who is now president of the national, not-for-profit organization Repairers of the Breach, said in a...
    PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Republican Party has censured state House Speaker Rusty Bowers after his gripping public testimony to the Jan. 6 panel about Donald Trump’s relentless pressure to overturn the 2020 presidential election. The censure Tuesday night by the state GOP’s executive committee came hours after Trump reiterated his support for Bowers’ opponent in his upcoming Republican primary for state Senate. The former president is scheduled to campaign with his favored candidates on Friday in northern Arizona. The censure is largely symbolic, but it’s illustrative of the iron grip that Trump continues to have over the Republican Party, even after a mob of his supporters broke into the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in an effort to stop Joe Biden from becoming president. “(Bowers) is no longer a Republican in good standing & we call on Republicans to replace him at the ballot box in the August primary,” Arizona Republican Party chair Kelli Ward tweeted Tuesday. It’s highly unusual for a state political party to formally take sides in a contested primary, but the Arizona GOP under...
    Washington (CNN)Ivana Trump, a longtime businessperson and an ex-wife of former President Donald Trump, will be mourned Wednesday in New York.Mourners, including the former President, will gather at St. Vincent Ferrer Roman Catholic Church to remember the noted socialite. Her children and their partners -- Donald Trump Jr. and his fiancee, Kimberly Guilfoyle; Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner; and Eric and Lara Trump -- will also be there, a person familiar with the matter told CNN. It was not immediately clear if former first lady Melania Trump or the former President's other children, Tiffany and Barron, were planning to attend.Ivana Trump died at age 73 due to "blunt impact injuries" to the torso, authorities have said. Raised in communist Czechoslovakia, Ivana Trump partnered with Donald Trump on some of his most prominent real estate projects. The two divorced in 1992 in the aftermath of his tabloid affair with Marla Maples, Trump's second wife and mother of their daughter, Tiffany.Read MoreWhen the couple finally settled, Ivana Trump walked away with $14 million, in addition to other perks like a...
    Former Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was elected as the country’s president on Wednesday after months of protests demanding he and other leaders resign from their governmental positions. Wickremesinghe is set to be sworn in on Thursday and will finish the current term vacated by former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who fled the country last week amid violent demonstrations. The new power dynamic comes despite pushback from protesters who demanded the six-time prime minister step down, even setting his office and personal residence on fire last week in defiance of his leadership. ACTING LEADER OF SRI LANKA DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY DAYS AHEAD OF ELECTION “I need not tell you the status our country is in,” Wickremesinghe said on Wednesday. “Now that the election is over we have to end this division.” Wickremesinghe won the election with 134 votes from the 225-member Parliament, securing his expected victory over two other candidates. However, several protesters signaled they would not end their efforts to oust him from office for good. "We're shocked. He's a person handling...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Former Vice President Mike Pence is becoming increasingly brazen in his willingness to counter former President Donald Trump. The two will hold dueling rallies in Arizona on Friday as they stump for rival candidates who offer dramatically different visions of the Republican Party in a critical battleground state. Days later, they will once again cross paths as they deliver major speeches on the same day in Washington, D.C. The encounters mark a more confrontational phase in the fraught relationship between the former running mates and once close confidantes who could soon find themselves competing against one another in the 2024 GOP presidential primary if they both ultimately choose to run. “I think this is a continuation of the larger message that Pence is trying to embody here, which is the Republican Party should look to the future,” said Scott Jennings, a longtime party strategist. “This is going to be the existential question for the Republican Party: Are we going to listen to a slightly different view than Donald Trump’s? Right now, the standard-bearer for this...
    (CNN)America's CEOs made 324 times more than the workers at their companies last year, according to a new report from one of the nation's top union groups. S&P 500 CEOs on average got a roughly 18% bump in compensation -- about $18 million each -- while many of their workers struggle with wages that can barely keep up with inflation.Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)1.TrumpGeorgia prosecutors are moving closer to possible criminal charges against those involved in former President Donald Trump's "fake electors" scheme. In an attempt to overturn the 2020 election, Trump campaign officials tried to subvert the Electoral College process by installing fake GOP electors in seven swing states. The Trump backers then signed fake certificates proclaiming their votes for president and vice president. Court documents filed late Tuesday revealed all 16 of the individuals who signed the unofficial certificates may be indicted in the ongoing probe. Separately, concerns...
    NIKKI Haley made a name for herself while serving as the first female governor of South Carolina. Now, Americans want to know if she plans on running for president during the 2024 elections. 2The former South Carolina governor severed as the US Ambassador to the United Nations under former President Donald Trump's cabinetCredit: AFP or licensors Who is Nikki Haley? Haley, 50, is an American politician, diplomat, and author who served as the first female governor of South Carolina from 2011 to 2017. She was the US Ambassador to the United Nations under former President Trump's cabinet from 2017 to 2018. At the time, she affirmed the US' willingness to use military force in response to further North Korean missile tests in the wake of the 2017-18 North Korea crisis. Read More on The US SunNATIONAL GUARD HUBBY Meet former US Ambassador Nikki Haley's husband MichaelTWO WAYS What to know about Nikki Haley's political affiliation She strongly defended Israel at the Security Council and led the effort to withdraw the US from the United Nations Human Rights Council. Haley voluntarily stepped down from...
    Colombo, Sri Lanka (CNN)Sri Lankan lawmakers on Wednesday elected former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as President of the crisis-hit South Asian country, in a move likely to anger protesters who have been demanding his removal from office for weeks. Wickremesinghe -- a six-time former prime minister and key ally of former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa -- won a parliamentary ballot after his predecessor fled the country amid escalating protests over an economic crisis marked by dire shortages of essential imports such as fuel, medicine and food.He received 134 votes from a possible 223.Addressing parliament shortly after the result, Wickremesinghe said while the country had been "divided on party lines" the "time has now come to work together." Earlier this month, protesters set Wickremesinghe's private residence on fire and overran the presidential palace in a desperate attempt to overthrow the government and end the chaos that has enveloped Sri Lanka since March.Read MoreThe protesters appeared to have scored a victory when Rajapaksa fled and Wickremesinghe -- prime minister at the time -- vowed to resign to make way for a unity government.But...
    The speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly said former President Donald Trump called him last week to try and get the state to decertify its 2020 presidential election results.  Robin Vos, 54, claimed Trump asked him yet again to throw out Biden's 2020 victory in Wisconsin after the state ruled absentee ballot drop boxes illegal earlier this month, WISN reported.  Vos said he shot down the former president's request, and appeared unfazed after Trump blasted him on Monday in a post on his Truth Social platform, calling the state assembly leader a Republican in Name Only (RINO) who is aiding Democrats.  'It's very consistent,' Vos said as he described the calls he said he has received from Trump over the 2020 election. 'He makes his case, which I respect.  'He would like us to do something different in Wisconsin. I explained it's not allowed under the constitution,' Vos added.   'He has a different opinion, and then he put out the tweet. So that's it.' Robin Vos, speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly (left), said former President Donald Trump asked him...
    Former President Donald Trump has entered the LIV Golf debate and he’s urging those who have the opportunity to ‘Take the money now’. LIV Golf will head to New Jersey next week for the league’s next stop at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster. Former President Donald Trump took to his social media platform, Truth Social, on Monday to share his thoughts on the PGA’s newest competitor. In his post, Trump wrote, “All of those golfers that remain ‘loyal’ to the very disloyal PGA, in all of its different forms, will pay a big price when the inevitable MERGER with LIV comes.”Former President Donald Trump urges golfers to join LIV GolfLIV Golf has been a thorn in the side of the PGA Tour since its inception. The upstart tour has grabbed more than just the headlines, it’s grabbed some of golf’s biggest names in the process. Led by its CEO Greg Norman, LIV Golf has secured the services of former major champions Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Sergio Garcia, and Louis Oosthuizen just to name a few. There are also rumors...
    (CNN)A version of this story appeared in the CITIZEN BY CNN newsletter. To get it in your inbox, sign up for free here.A political organization created by Black business executives is planning to invest in down-ballot contests in the midterms, in an effort to influence races the group views as crucial to democracy's future.The Black Economic Alliance's PAC will endorse candidates for lieutenant governor, attorney general and secretary of state for the first time this year, according to plans shared first with CNN.The group will engage in five states: Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and North Carolina with the potential to invest in a sixth, Maryland, said David Clunie, the group's executive director.The group picked the targeted states, in part, because the Black voting population in each is large enough to be decisive in these races.Read MoreThe nonpartisan alliance launched in 2018 with the goal of improving economic outcomes for African Americans. Its leaders raised more than $6 million and nearly $5 million in the 2018 and 2020 cycles, respectively, to boost Black turnout and influence races for the White House,...
    (CNN)Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Iran on Tuesday for his first international trip beyond the borders of the former Soviet Union since he launched Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February.Putin met with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran, and was also scheduled to hold discussions with Turkish President Recep Erdogan.It is just his second trip outside Russia since he ruptured the country's ties with the West by launching his invasion of Ukraine. Putin visited Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, both former Soviet nations in central Asia, last month. The visit comes amid Ukrainian claims that more than 20 million tons of grain remain stuck in Ukraine due to the Russian blockade of various Black Sea ports. Putin and Erdogan are set to discuss the issue of exporting grain from Ukrainian ports, the Kremlin said ahead of the trip, according to state news agencies RIA Novosti and TASS."The work is very active. You know that on July 13, the first four-party meeting on grain was held in Istanbul with the participation of representatives of Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the UN. We are...
    Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis are effectively tied in Michigan among Republican voters in a fresh poll, suggesting the former president may not be as invincible as previously presumed in a 2024 White House primary. In a survey from the Glengariff Group, Trump led DeSantis 45% to 42% in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup, with 12% undecided. The former president’s vulnerability in a primary against DeSantis in Michigan, a key battleground state, is evident among college-educated Republicans and Republicans who support the GOP first and Trump second. TRUMP ANNOUNCING 2024 BID BEFORE MIDTERMS COULD BACKFIRE, INVITE MORE COMPETITION Among college-educated Republicans, DeSantis led Trump 51% to 37%; among party-first Republicans, the Florida governor led the former president 53% to 33%. Keeping Trump in the game are his advantages among Republican voters without a college degree and GOP voters who support the former president first and the party second. Among the former, Trump led DeSantis 55% to 29%; among the latter, he topped Florida’s governor 71% to 24%. This July 13–15 poll, surveying 500 likely Republican primary...
    The daughter of a firefighter who died in 9/11 denounced Donald Trump for hosting a tournament for the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series at his golf courses. Trump’s properties in Doral, Florida and Bedminster, New Jersey are set to receive a lucrative financial injection by hosting the controversial golf league, and the former president doubled down on his decision by lashing out the PGA Tour as a continuation of his grudge against them. 9/11 Justice, a group of families who lost loved ones in the terror attacks, has condemned Trump for hosting the Saudi-sponsored league despite the fact that the former president held the Saudi government responsible for 9/11 in the past. On Tuesday, CNN’s Kaitlan Collins spoke to Juliette Scauso — daughter of firefighter Dennis Scauso, who died in the 9/11 attacks. Scauso expressed her shock that LIV Golf will now have an event “in the backyard of Ground Zero.” “And for that to be hosted by a former president is even more disgusting,” she said. “It’s hard to find the words.” Collins and Scauso discussed the evidence of Saudi...
    Donald Trump’s flirtation with announcing a 2024 White House bid before the midterm elections is sending signals of self-doubt and political vulnerability, with Republican operatives saying the former president is motivating challenges to his supremacy over the party. Trump would begin any presidential primary with overwhelming advantages in popularity, name identification, and resources. But pulling the trigger on a third White House campaign prior to Election Day this November, as Trump concedes is possible, might boomerang. Rather than box out potential 2024 opponents and clear the field, such a move by the former president could reek of fear, inviting more competition for the Republican nomination. “If Trump thinks he needs to keep others from running against him by announcing first, then he must realize he’s losing influence in the party and will only encourage others to get into the race,” said a GOP strategist who advises one of several Republicans vying to supplant Trump atop the party and requested anonymity to protect clients from reprisal by the former president and his supporters. Trump has lately convened meetings with wealthy Republican...
    Comedian Joe Rogan speculated that former president Donald Trump boosted his attention span and his energy level with Adderall, called him a 'man baby' for his inability to handle bad news. During last Thursday's interview with fellow comic Tom Segura on The Joe Rogan Experience, the two marveled at the former president's vim and vigor while he was in office. 'The thing that's incredible about that guy is, even when you watch him as president, he was full of f***ing energy,' Segura said. 'And everybody said he slept for four hours a night. He was one of those people.' To which Rogan shot back: 'He's on Adderall' then put the question to his guest. Adderall is a stimulant used to treat Attention Deficit Hypertension Disorder which is often abused by people to keep awake and alert.  Podcaster Joe Rogan, pictured, speculated that ex-president Donald Trump was on the drug Adderall, used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Comedian Tom Segura, pictured above, said that he heard that the former commander-in-chief need to take the drug to stay focused and alert...
    Donald J. Trump speaks during a press conference at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster of New Jersey, United States on July 7, 2021.Tayfun Coskun | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images Families and survivors of the 9/11 terrorist attacks criticized former President Donald Trump for hosting an upcoming tournament for the Saudi-funded LIV golf league at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. The group 9/11 Justice, in a letter dated Sunday, expressed "deep pain and anger" over Trump's decision to host the tournament. The letter also pointed to a number of moments in which the former president assigned blame to Saudi Arabia for the attacks, which killed 2,977 people in 2001. "It is incomprehensible to us, Mr. Trump, that a former president of the United States would cast our loved ones aside for personal financial gain," the group wrote. Fifteen of the 19 attackers on 9/11 were Saudi citizens, and terrorist mastermind Osama Bin Laden was born in the country. The Saudi government has repeatedly denied that it was involved in the attacks. A receptionist at Trump...
    Legal and government experts are responding to a report that reveals Donald Trump has told advisors he will run for president to protect himself from being prosecuted. “Trump has ‘spoken about how when you are the president of the United States, it is tough for politically motivated prosecutors to ‘get to you,’ says one of the sources, who has discussed the issue with Trump this summer,” Rolling Stone’s Asawin Suebsaeng and Adam Rawnsley report, citing four individuals with knowledge of the situation they spoke with. One source reportedly told Rolling Stone: “He says when [not if] he is president again, a new Republican administration will put a stop to the [Justice Department] investigation that he views as the Biden administration working to hit him with criminal charges — or even put him and his people in prison.” READ MORE: Mary Trump: Donald will 'turn on everybody' if he is indicted “Trump’s teams of lawyers and former senior administration officials speak about it commonly. ‘I do think criminal prosecutions are possible…for Trump and [former White House chief of staff Mark] Meadows...
    Former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev has warned that Ukraine and the West will face a 'Judgement Day' response should they attempt to militarily dispute Russia's control of Crimea. The refusal of Ukraine and Western powers to recognise Moscow's ownership of the peninsula poses a 'systemic threat' for Russia, the former president said yesterday, before declaring the Kremlin would hit back with maximum force if the territory is attacked.    'Judgement Day come very fast and hard. It will be very difficult to hide,' he announced, according to Russia's TASS news agency. Russia annexed the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 after a pro-Moscow president in Kyiv was toppled amid mass street protests.  The Kremlin then also backed pro-Russian armed separatists in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, which its army has since supported to seize the Luhansk and much of the Donetsk oblasts since the February 24 invasion. Medvedev's comments were aired a day after a Ukrainian official suggested that Crimea could be a target for U.S.-made High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) missiles, recently deployed by Kyiv...
    CHELSEA’S boardroom reshuffle continues to take shape after they appointed Tom Glick as their new president of business. He arrives at Stamford Bridge having previously worked for Manchester City as chief commercial officer. 1Tom Glick has been appointed as Chelsea's new president of businessCredit: Getty His new role will see him have responsibility for the day-to-day running of the West London outfit, similar to ex-CEO Guy Laurence. Glick also has experience in various other sports, including in the USA. Glick has also worked on the Football League Board, the FA Council, and the Professional Game Board. He most recently served as President of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers franchise where he managed improvements to Bank of America Stadium.  READ MORE CHELSEACHELSEA LATEST Blues beat Club America in friendly, Koulibaly signs, Kimpembe latest The chief also played a huge role in the creation of Major League Soccer club Charlotte, who Chelsea face next on their US pre-season tour. The appointment is the latest in owner Todd Boehly’s shake-up at Chelsea. Petr Cech stepped down from his role as the Blues' technical and...
    THE VIEW fans are begging show producers to hire the former president's daughter Chelsea Clinton to be a permanent co-host as fans want Whoopi Goldberg fired. Fans loved seeing Chelsea guest co-host on the morning talk show as many fans have been frustrated by Whoopi's recent performance. 5The View fans are begging producers to add a new host to their panelCredit: ABC 5Fans think Chelsea Clinton was a 'smart and classy' guest host and want to see her on the show full-timeCredit: ABC As fans have been calling for Whoopi to be fired, they think Chelsea would be a great addition to The View panel. One fan thought: "I hope - if she wanted - they add her to the panel. I think she’d be a great moderator." About her time guest-hosting the show, a fan commented: "She was just classy, smart and knows how to work a panel discussion." Another agreed and wrote: "She is so smart. You can hear it when she speaks." Read More on The ViewSHOW STOPPER The View's Whoopi stops show to make emotional plea...