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    Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) unloaded on House Republicans over their criticisms of the House Jan. 6 select committee investigating the 2021 Capitol insurrection on which he serves. During a meeting of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Raskin went off on Thomas Massie (R-KY) and other GOP lawmakers opposed to the Jan. 6 committee. Massie questioned the integrity of the committee and floated a right-wing conspiracy theory about a man Ray Epps, who was at the Capitol on that day. The theory holds that Epps was acting as an agent provocateur working for the deep state who was at the Capitol to rile up supporters of Donald Trump and get them to cause mayhem. Trump himself held a rally that morning and encouraged his supporters to march to the Capitol as the 2020 presidential election was being certified by members of Congress. The former president falsely claimed the election was stolen from him. Massie’s mention of Epps sent Raskin raging. The Maryland Democrat rehashed House Republicans’ initial support of a panel to investigate the insurrection, but that support faltered after...
    The House Oversight Committee voted down a GOP resolution aimed at forcing the Biden administration to release documents concerning the Biden family’s international business deals on Tuesday as the panel gears up to launch investigations into Hunter Biden if the GOP takes back the majority. Republicans, led by ranking member Rep. James Comer (R-KY), forced the vote. Twenty-three Democrats voted against it advancing out of committee, with 19 Republicans supporting the measure. BIDEN LOOKS TO THREE BILLS TO BLUNT SLIDE BEFORE MIDTERM ELECTIONS “This resolution of inquiry requires President Biden to hand over documents in his possession that are related to the Biden family’s international business schemes and influence peddling. Oversight Republicans’ ongoing investigation has revealed the Biden family has peddled access to the highest levels of government to enrich themselves — and, unfortunately, often to the detriment of U.S. interests,” Comer said in his remarks ahead of the vote. “By passing this resolution of inquiry, we will provide the American people with much-needed transparency to understand the Biden family’s businesses. It is time President Biden...
    (CNN)The House Oversight Committee on Tuesday rejected a GOP effort to seek documents related to the Biden family's international business deals, as Republicans attempt to lay the groundwork to investigate Hunter Biden under a GOP-led House.Republicans on the committee forced a vote on a so-called "resolution of inquiry," which called on the administration to hand over a wide swath of documents related to the Biden family's business deals overseas. Democrats, however, voted down the resolution following two hours of debate over the issue. (The final tally was 23 Democrats voted to report the resolution unfavorably out of committee, while 19 Republicans voted against reporting it unfavorably.)Rep. James Comer, the top Republican on the Oversight panel, accused the Bidens of peddling "access to the highest levels of government to enrich themselves" and said it was imperative to get answers because of national security concerns."If the Democrats vote against this resolution, then they are continuing in their coordinated effort to shield a potentially compromised President from necessary congressional oversight," Comer said. "We must shed light on the Biden family's international business schemes...
    "As the September 30th federal funding deadline approaches, Republicans must do what is necessary to ensure that not one additional penny will go toward this administration’s radical, inflationary agenda. Any legislation that sets the stage for a 'lame duck' fight on government funding gives Democrats one final opportunity to pass that agenda," they added, vowing to oppose any continuing resolution put forward by the Democratic majority before the next Congress. The Senate letter makes a similar plea for Senate Republicans to reject "anything short of a 'clean' Continuing Resolution ('CR') that contains no additional spending or extraneous policy riders." "Failure to stand strong against lame-duck spending and caving to the Democrats will likely worsen inflation, prolong the current economic recession, and advance policies contained in the Biden administration’s progressive wish-list," Senate Republicans wrote. "The American people cannot afford another Washington feeding frenzy. We must not let them down." The Senate letter was signed by Senate Republican Conference chairman Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), and National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman Rick Scott (R-Fla.). The House letter was...
    Pennsylvania Republican legislators seeking solutions to the crime and violence in Philadelphia that have spilled into other communities across the Keystone State denounced city District Attorney Larry Krasner this weekend for suing to escape their oversight.  GOP general assembly members, who allege Krasner has demonstrated a “willful refusal to enforce Pennsylvania’s criminal laws,” made it clear they want to impeach the far-left prosecutor and introduced a resolution to that effect months ago. They almost certainly, however, lack the two-thirds of Senate votes necessary to do so.  In July, Republicans who control the State House of Representatives formed the Select Committee on Law and Order to examine causes of and responses to violent crime in the City of Brotherly Love. Chaired by State Representative John Lawrence (R-West Grove), the committee also includes Representatives Wendi Thomas (R-Richboro), Torren Ecker (R-Abbottstown), Amen Brown (D-Philadelphia) and Danilo Burgos (D-Philadelphia). Neither of the Democrats appointed by House Speaker Bryan Cutler (R-Quarryville) supported creating the ad hoc panel. Pursuant to its goals, members are seeking various documents from the city prosecutor’s office, including grand jury records...
    by Eric Lendrum   On Monday, Republican members of the powerful House Oversight Committee announced their intentions to pursue investigations of Dr. Anthony Fauci when they reclaim the majority, even after Fauci announced his plans to step down in December. As reported by The Daily Caller, Fauci will be leaving his positions at the White House, the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in December, after spending 38 years in government. The 81-year-old Fauci said that he will remain active in public health to some degree, and that after leaving government he will enter the “next chapter” of his career. Congressman James Comer (R-Ky.), the ranking Republican member of the Oversight Committee, issued a statement declaring that “retirement can’t shield Dr. Fauci from congressional oversight.” “Emails obtained by Oversight Committee Republicans reveal what Dr. Fauci said publicly about COVID origins was very different than what was said privately,” Comer continued. “Dr. Fauci was warned by top scientists early on that the virus looked genetically manipulated and likely leaked from the Wuhan...
    Liz Cheney said that if her party were to launch an inquiry into the creation of the January 6 select committee, she would comply with a subpoena to testify if issued by her colleagues. The Wyoming Republican, who recently lost her at-large House seat in the primary elections Tuesday, said Sunday that Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy shouldn't become speaker if the GOP wins in November because he is 'unfaithful to the Constitution.' Cheney is one of the two Republicans on the House select committee probing the January 6, 2021 Capitol attack. She is joined by Representative Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and seven Democratic lawmakers. Donald Trump made it his revenge mission to get Cheney booted from her House seat in Wyoming. The primary elections on Tuesday proved the former president successful when Cheney lost to the Trump-backed challenger Harriet Hageman by 37.4 points. Representative Liz Cheney said that if her GOP colleagues subpoenaed her in any future investigations into the January 6 select committee, she would comply Upon joining the Pelosi-created panel attempting to prove a link between Trump's rhetoric...
    CNN contributor Phil Mudd disagreed with Don Lemon Thursday about the extent to which Americans care about the Capitol attack, and also dismissed a redacted Mar-a-Lago raid affidavit as “boring.” Mudd joined the host on Don Lemon Tonight for a debate about releasing a partial affidavit that led to a search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence. A judge commented Thursday some of the documents might soon be revealed. The former member of both the CIA and FBI opined documents being sought by the media on the raid of former President Donald Trump’s home would be “boring” if not released in full – although he did not argue against the redactions. He jokingly said a partial document would be “Leave it to Beaver,” whereas a full affidavit would be Sex and the City. After Lemon inquired about what he meant, Mudd explained: I didn’t actually see Leave it to Beaver, but it’s boring. Sex and the City, I did see that. It’s interesting. The documents are going to be boring. How much do I need to explain to you, Don? Mudd argued the...
    House Republicans, including Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), the chair of far-right Republican Study Committee, traveled to Donald Trump‘s Bedminster, New Jersey golf resort one day after the FBI raided his Mar-a-Lago home to urge him to announce his 2024 run for president. Congressman Banks is a far-right Republican who spread Trump’s “Big Lie,” the false claims about the 2020 election, objected to the certification of the election results, and falsely claimed Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was to blame for the January 6 insurrection. Tuesday night Rep. Banks posted a photo of himself and other members of the House Republican Study Committee at Bedminster, tweeting, “House conservatives are united in standing with President Trump. We will Make America Great Again!” \u201cHouse conservatives are united in standing with President Trump.\n\nWe will Make America Great Again! @RepublicanStudy\u201d — Jim Banks (@Jim Banks) 1660090051 CBS News chief election and campaign correspondent Robert Costa writes, “Conservative House Republicans have publicly and privately rallied behind Trump in the past 24 hours, including the visit below to Bedminster, where several GOP lawmakers encouraged him to...
    Members of the Republican Study Committee are set to travel to Bedminster Tuesday night to have dinner with former President Donald Trump, a day after FBI agents raided Mar-a-Lago.  Punchbowl News reported Tuesday morning that Rep. Jim Banks, who chairs the RSC, a caucus of conservative House members, would be taking a dozen lawmakers with him to New Jersey later in the day.  Breitbart News reported last month that Banks and other Republican Study Committee members would be traveling to Bedminster to meet with Trump 'in a few weeks.'  'RSC has visited with him many times before. We have a very close relationship with him, and the Republican Study Committee believes he's the most effective president in a lifetime or more,' Banks told Breitbart in July.  The timing of Tuesday's dinner is fortuitous as many members of the party have rushed to publicly show their support for Trump in the aftermath of Monday's FBI raid.  Former President Donald Trump was spotted leaving Trump Tower in New York on Monday night after announcing his Mar-a-Lago home had been raided by the...
    FBI Director Christopher Wray promised whistleblowers would be protected under his watch during a Senate hearing on Thursday. It comes after Republican lawmakers claimed to have heard from current and former bureau officials and Justice Department employees who accused the FBI of attempting to discredit probes into Hunter Biden in 2020. Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley, then its chairman, along with then-Senate Oversight Committee Chair Ron Johnson had launched an investigation into President Joe Biden's son after a leaked hard drive from Hunter Biden's laptop appeared to show signs of leveraging his father's position to further foreign business dealings. Grassley wrote a letter to the FBI last month claiming to have heard 'highly credible' allegations from within the DOJ that the bureau coordinated to dismiss 'derogatory information relating to Hunter Biden' as disinformation. Without going into specifics on the president's son's case, Grassley pressed Wray on Thursday on the need to shield whistleblowers from retaliatory measures. 'I think retaliatory conduct against whistleblowers is unacceptable. They serve a very, very important role in our system,' Wray said. The Trump-appointed...
    Republicans are fighting back against Democrats' plans to bolster IRS enforcement to bring in revenue to pay for their Inflation Reduction Act spending bill.  Tucked into the $433 billion reconciliation deal reached between Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and key moderate Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin is $80 billion  over 10 years to expand the IRS and ensure Americans are paying their fair share in taxes.  According to the Congressional Budget Office the beefed-up enforcement would bring in net $127 billion over 10 years.   Dubbed the Inflation Reduction Act, Democrats hope to push through the bill without any Republican votes next month.  It involves at least $260 billion in new spending over 10 years, and would also raise taxes by $326 billion over that time period, according to an analysis from the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation.  The deal, which would include $433 billion in government spending on climate and health programs, would finally give President Biden and Democrats a major policy win ahead of the midterm elections. Democrats plan to enforce existing laws and close loopholes and set a corporate minimum tax...
    Hunter Biden's financial adviser and former Clinton Administration appointee Edward Prewitt (pictured) is being asked by Republicans to turn over all documents related to Biden family business House Republicans on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform are requesting that Hunter Biden's financial adviser hand over to the group all information on the Biden family business dealings.  'Committee Republicans are committed to following Hunter Biden's money trail— consisting of many complex, international transactions worth millions of dollars,' the panel wrote in a letter sent Wednesday morning and spearheaded by Ranking Member James Comer. 'The American people deserve to know the President's connections to his son's business deals, which have occurred at the expense of American interests and may represent a national security threat,' the Kentucky representative added. Among the information requested by Oversight Committee Republicans are a list of accounts opened by Hunter and his longtime business associate Eric Schwerin, as well as any communication between employees of the Prewitt, Mahler, Tucker Private Wealth Management Group with Hunter, his uncle James Biden, President Joe Biden and Schwerin. The minority party has...
    An analysis of recent elections shows that Democrats' chances of holding onto one or both congressional majorities might be better than previously expected, even with President Joe Biden's support in free fall. Biden's poll numbers have cratered in recent months, with any number of aggregates showing his approval currently hovering between 30% and 40%. BIDEN LOOKS TO THREE BILLS TO BLUNT SLIDE BEFORE MIDTERMS However, one analysis concluded Tuesday that generic congressional ballot polling, which asks respondents if they would vote for a nameless Republican or Democrat running in their district, is a significantly more accurate predictor of midterm results than presidential approval ratings. Across the previous four elections, FiveThirtyEight found, generic polling "missed" the House national popular vote margin by 2.5 points on average, compared to a 5.5 point average margin of error for presidential approval ratings. That would mean Democrats are significantly more competitive with Republicans in 2022 than Biden's numbers suggest. Democrats trail on generic ballots by just 1 point heading into late July. For comparison, Biden's current net approval rating of minus 19 points marks...
    Fresh off of being convicted for contempt of Congress for defying a House Jan. 6 committee subpoena, Steve Bannon called for a new congressional panel to investigate the Capitol riot. Shrugging off his conviction, Bannon stressed that he has a "long appeals" process ahead of him and implored Republicans to ratchet up their ideological war with Democrats. He underscored how he believes a new congressional committee on Jan. 6 is needed to help get to the bottom of the intelligence failures that day. STEVE BANNON FOUND GUILTY OF CONTEMPT CHARGES "We need a commission or committee on January 6. It's got to be with the new Congress, with Republicans in charge — we got to get to the bottom of the intelligence failures, FBI involvement, DHS involvement, the intelligence services — what happened to the Pentagon and the National Guard," he told Fox News's Tucker Carlson. Throwing shade on the current Jan. 6 committee for lacking a ranking member appointed by the minority party, Bannon insisted a new panel should grant Democrats adequate representation. The committee...
    Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the Republican head of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is part of a group of GOP lawmakers getting creative in their strategies to keep the U.S. dependent on oil and gas and moving away from net-zero goals. This week, House Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Michael Regan about their fears that transitioning to renewables will somehow make an already over-stressed U.S. power grid entirely unreliable. The lawmakers, who are more or less looking for an excuse to call on the Biden administration to ramp up fossil fuel production, freaked out over the potential of closing down coal-fired power plants. In their letter, they offer the example of the agency “deciding whether to revoke permits for upwards of 50 gigawatts of coal-fire generation to meet requirements of its coal combustion residual rule.” The rule is meant to address dangerous coal ash disposal methods that frequently harm marginalized communities, among other concerns. Regan addressing a major environmental justice issue falls in line with his commitment to equitability, yet the GOP...
    (CNN)Republican leaders are trying to send a not-so-subtle signal to Donald Trump these days: Do NOT announce for president before the November midterm elections."Yeah, I think we'd like to just kind of keep the accelerator down and push hard into November," Sen. John Thune, the second-ranking Republican in the chamber, said Monday. "I think we've got, you know, the issues set and everything the political landscapes, environment's favorable. And I think the fewer disruptions obviously, the better, but, you know, I don't have any control over what he may or may not do or when he may do it."The message is clear: Don't screw this up for us.Thune's warning comes amid increasing signs that Trump is itching to announce a third candidacy -- and to do so before the midterms.CNN's Gabby Orr reported this earlier this month:Read More"Trump has told associates he is eager to launch another presidential campaign as early as this month to capitalize on President Joe Biden's increasingly dismal poll numbers and put his potential GOP rivals on notice. ... One GOP source familiar with those conversations...
    Americans tend to believe the January 6 hearings are partisan in nature, and most believe they are designed to stop former President Donald Trump from running in 2024, July’s I&I/TIPP poll released Monday found. The survey asked 1,643 adults nationwide if they agreed or disagreed with two statements, one of which states, “Some say that the Jan. 6 committee’s main aim is to ensure President Trump can’t run in 2024.” Sixty percent, overall, agree that the committee’s main aim is to prevent Trump from running in the next presidential election. Further, 62 percent of Democrats, 70 percent of Republicans, and a plurality of independents — 48 percent — share that view. According to the survey, independent voters “were the only group of the more than 21 demographic categories the I&I/TIPP Poll follows that was below 50%.” “Every other category had a majority, liberal-left, black-white-hispanic, north-south-east-west, male-female, you name it,” the survey found. Americans also tend to believe that the January 6 committee — comprised of such representatives as Adam Schiff (D-CA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Liz Cheney (R-WY), and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) —...
    Mark Levin said on his Westwood One radio show on Thursday the House committee investigating the January 2021 Capitol riot attempted to get him involved in the probe. Levin, who also hosts a weekly show on Fox News, did not elaborate on what the committee allegedly wanted from him. “I expect nothing out of Mitch McConnell,” Levin said of the Senate majority leader. “He’s a buffoon. He’s not a leader, he’s a joke.” The host added that he expects better from House GOP leadership. “You guys and gals better be taking notes,” he continued. Levin said if Republicans retake the House in November’s midterm elections, they should not recognize attorney-client privilege or executive privilege. “You need to investigate Democrat colleagues of yours, starting with the Speaker of the House, and get get texts and emails,” he added. “Her communications, her phone logs, and dig into Jan. 6 and beyond. And that goes for the nine politburo members on this Stalinist committee.” Levin also demanded Republicans investigate the Washington, D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office and Attorney General Merrick Garland. “You’re gonna...
    House Republicans are reportedly planning to issue subpoenas as part of a broader attempt to discredit the Jan. 6 select committee if they win back the chamber’s majority, seeking to turn the tables on a panel whose high-profile hearings featuring explosive testimony from former White House aides have dominated headlines for weeks. A senior Republican aide on the House Administration Committee — the jurisdiction of which includes security of the Capitol complex, as well as oversight over the Capitol Police — told Axios that if the party holds a majority in the House following the midterm elections, GOP members of the committee “will exercise our oversight responsibilities including subpoena authority to review all transcripts and information that the [Jan. 6] committee has access to in order to identify the truth.” CASSIDY HUTCHINSON ‘STANDS BY ALL OF THE TESTIMONY,’ COUNSEL SAYS Another GOP aide said, “The base is out for blood on subpoenas,” and that whether or not House Republicans decide to issue them “will just depend on how far [House Minority Leader Kevin] McCarthy wants to...
    A new defense bill expected to be voted on by the House of Representatives later this month revitalized calls from Democrats to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba. Congressional Republicans claimed the move was a doomed endeavor. The defense bill, advanced to the House floor by the House Appropriations Committee, is not expected to pass the Senate, where Democrats have a slim majority. AFGHAN NATIONAL HELD IN GUANTANAMO BAY FOR 15 YEARS RELEASED “They have such slim majorities right now. It’s difficult for them to do anything," Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), the ranking member on the House Armed Services Committee, told the Hill. "So getting something that controversial done is just, as a practical matter, not going to happen." However, Democrats who support the effort argued the taxpayer funds allocated for the facility should go to something more beneficial in national security rather than keeping the doors open on something presidents from both parties have agreed should close. “We should’ve closed it years ago,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), chairman of the Senate Appropriations...
    (CNN)Nothing ever really seems to bring Donald Trump down.But the sustaining truism of the ex-President's riotous political career -- not to mention a tumultuous personal and business life -- might at least be worth revisiting given staggering revelations this week about his conduct in his final days in office.Trump has weathered everything anyone could throw at a president, including sexual assault allegations and accusations of profiting from his office. He saw aides jailed for corruption, coddled tyrants and threw tantrums on the world stage. History will remember him as the only President to be impeached twice. He left office in disgrace after effectively inciting a coup in a bid to steal an election he lost and nearly shattered America's traditions of peaceful transfers of power.Despite all that, Trump's Teflon reputation has some serious people thinking he could end up in the Oval Office again after 2024 -- especially given a brutal political environment hampering Democrats and President Joe Biden's reeling approval ratings. Former Trump campaign CFO testifies to January 6 committeeThat assumption has now become more complicated. Read MoreThe House...
    Republicans have been lashing out at former Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson after her bombshell testimony before the House Select Committee Investigating the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol. On his Truth Social platform, without providing any evidence, Trump claimed Hutchinson "made up phony and completely outrageous stories" and falsely claimed Hutchinson had been "caught in a ridiculous lie." He also called her a "phony social climber." But the attacks are complicated by Hutchinson's history. "Worked for Steve Scalise, Ted Cruz & Mark Meadows. Cassidy Hutchinson was fully dug-in and a true believer. So there’s a lot of nervousness out there tonight. The lame attempts to discredit her testimony demonstrate the levels of anxiety," argued civil rights attorney Sherrilyn Ifill. Yet the attacks continued, as was noted by select committee member Adam Kinzinger (R-IL). "Watching the desperation of Trump world to discredit the brave Cassidy Hutchinson reminds me of…. Everything Trump does when he is busted and cornered," Kinzinger wrote. On Wednesday, Hutchinson addressed the attacks in a statement issued through attorneys Jody Hunt and William Jordan, CNN's...
    Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks (pictured above) has shared an email of former President Donald Trump’s alleged instructions for Senate and House Republicans seeking preemptive pardons for their roles in helping Trump overturn the 2020 presidential election. The January 11, 2021 email — which Brooks addressed to then-Special Assistant to the President and Oval Office Operations Coordinator Molly Michael — begins with the line, “President Trump asked me to send you this letter.” “It is clear that deep-pocketed and vitriolic Socialist Democrats (with perhaps some liberal Republican help) are going to abuse America’s judicial system by targeting numerous Republicans with sham charges deriving from our recent fight for honest and accurate elections, and speeches related thereto,” the email continues. Brooks then suggested that pardons be granted to any Republican who signed onto Texas’ lawsuit asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reject the outcome of the election, as well as any Congress members who rejected the Electoral College vote submissions of Arizona and Pennsylvania. \u201cRep. Mo Brooks just texted this document to @CBSNews\u201d — Robert Costa (@Robert Costa) 1656022959 The email shows...
    Because Amanda Carpenter — known for her punditry for CNN and her articles for The Bulwark — is such a scathing critic of former President Donald Trump and the MAGA movement, it is easy to forget how conservative she actually is. Carpenter once served as communications director for Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and was a speechwriter for former Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina; DeMint is also a former president of the Heritage Foundation. But while Carpenter has a right-wing resumé, she views Trump and his MAGA devotees not as traditional conservatives, but as dangerous far-right authoritarians — and she has been applauding House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s bipartisan January 6 select committee for shedding light on all the ways in which the MAGA crowd assaulted U.S. democracy following the 2020 election. Carpenter, in an article published by The Bulwark on June 24, focuses on testimony from the committee’s June 23 hearing —stressing that some GOP members of Congress were hoping for presidential pardons during Trump’s final days in office. Those Republicans, according to Carpenter, all did their part...
    On Wednesday, multiple Republicans, including Donald Trump, expressed their dissatisfaction with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy over how he has handled the House select committee on Jan. 6. On Thursday, as the committee prepares to air its next hearing, the “blame McCarthy” message seems to just keep expanding. One thing is absolutely clear: Republicans can see that the series of public hearings are devastatingly effective. When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi informed McCarthy that she would not seat either Rep. Jim Jordan or Rep. Jim Banks on the committee because both were likely to be sought as witnesses because of their involvement in the Jan. 6 conspiracy, McCarthy made an immediate response. Rather than appoint replacements, McCarthy reacted by withdrawing his three other nominees to the committee and refusing to cooperate. The intention from McCarthy was to create the impression that the select committee was, as Trump repeatedly claims, “a partisan witch hunt.” However, McCarthy could not stop Republican Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger from participating. In spite of the continuing cries on the right that the committee is “partisan” and “slanted,” it’s obvious Republicans can see the effect the public...
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is standing by his decision to pull all of his selections for the Jan. 6 select committee after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) blocked Reps. Jim Banks (R-IN) and Jim Jordan (R-OH) from sitting on the panel last July. Former President Donald Trump has both privately and publicly taken aim at the California Republican in recent days, voicing frustrations that his congressional allies are not able to defend him during the televised hearings on the investigation into the riot at the Capitol, and has made it clear that he has not yet endorsed him to be the next speaker. “I think in retrospect, [McCarthy should’ve put Republicans on] to just have a voice. The Republicans don’t have a voice. They don’t even have anything to say,” Trump told Punchbowl News. TRUMP ZINGS MCCARTHY FOR ‘FOOLISH DECISION’ TO PULL GOP PICKS FOR JAN. 6 COMMITTEE “I think it would’ve been far better to have Republicans [on the panel]. [Banks and Jordan] were great," he continued. "They were great and would’ve been great...
    The Jan. 6 committee says that working through new coup evidence will require additions to the planned hearing schedule The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 coup attempt will be adding more public hearings to its schedule due to the continued revelation of new evidence; those hearings will be held "later in July," says committee chair Bennie Thompson. In the meantime committee members are being provided with beefed-up security due to threats of violence by pro-coup Trump supporters. Singled out as the possible avenue through which coup supporters were supposed to slip fake lists of electors to Vice President Mike Pence, Sen. Ron Johnson continues to deflect questions about his role, but he's sure not making his excuses very plausible. The Republican Party has been responding with a ratcheting-up of "culture war" issues, which is the name given to any debate in which conservatives want to discriminate against a targeted set of Americans in a way that most Americans would find objectionable or grotesque. Conservative culture warriors are targeting trans Americans in their latest assault, with new proposed bills...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Dark future awaits drive to renewables President Biden, following progressives’ lead, is doing his best to end America’s use of all fossil fuels. Too often, politicians fail to consider the unintended consequences of their actions. We are asked to switch to electric cars, but summertime “rolling blackouts” reveal that we do not have adequate electricity production to meet current needs, even with the burning of oil. We don’t generate enough electricity to power hundreds of millions of new EVs. Switching to “renewables” will provide even less consistent electricity supplies. Fossil fuels not only produce gasoline, but also the fuel used in airplanes, the hard plastics used in automobile and truck bodies, tires, and dozens of products such as clothing (polyester, etc.), (many) prescription drugs, hair dyes, linoleum, luggage, paint and refrigerants. Not to mention the ravaging of the earth to mine the copper and lithium needed for EVs. A dark future – pun intended – is planned. Fred Korr Oakland Article does disservice to Black Americans...
    House Oversight and Reform Committee ranking member James Comer (R-KY) and Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) told Breitbart News that Oversight Democrats continue the committee’s “sham” investigation of the Washington Commanders football team to distract from the many crises unfolding under President Joe Biden’s watch. Comer and Donalds spoke to Breitbart News as the House Oversight Democrat majority has expanded its investigation of the Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder. Ranking member Rep. James Comer Jr. (R-KY) speaks during a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on gun violence on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 8, 2022. (Andrew Harnik, Pool/AP) As the Washington Free Beacon explained, the Democrats are using the “Me Too” playbook to take down Snyder. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), the committee chairwoman, and Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), the subcommittee chairman on economic and consumer policy, invited Snyder and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to testify before the committee on June 22. Snyder declined to testify before the committee. The Democrats decided to continue investigating the situation after the NFL fined the team $10 million for workplace harassment issues,...
    (CNN)House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy recently counseled rank-and-file Republicans in private to largely ignore the investigation into the Capitol riot and stay focused on the issues that are top of mind to voters, like gas prices and inflation, GOP sources told CNN. But over the past week, some of Donald's Trump's fiercest acolytes on Capitol Hill have been jockeying to prove their loyalty to the former President by waging a full-scale attack against the select committee, using news conferences, social media posts and conservative-friendly cable news appearances to blame Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the security failures on January 6, 2021, and accuse Democrats of a political witch hunt designed to damage Trump.And in the coming days, sources involved in the GOP's messaging effort say Trump's allies plan to turn up the heat on one of the former President's favorite top targets: GOP Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the vice chairwoman of the select committee who has been leading the panel's public hearings on the Capitol Hill insurrection. "Certainly, for some people, in some districts, there are political upsides" to defending...
    In the tumble toward the 2020 election, as Donald Trump was already pre-declaring that he had been cheated out of an election months before the election even happened, Senate Republicans did a pretty smart thing. They released the results of a bipartisan, multi-year investigation into the connections between Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia. The resulting series of reports from the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee was far more damning than the Mueller report. It documented over 100 contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian agents, pulled no punches about how Russia interfered in the election expressly to help Trump, detailed how Trump’s campaign chair was forwarding information to Vladimir Putin, and explained how Trump’s campaign team eagerly sought additional assistance  from the Kremlin. In short, that Senate report confirmed that all the substantive claims about Trump’s connections to Russia were absolutely true. And somehow, amazingly, everyone seemed to immediately forget all about it as soon as it appeared. The national media went on to ignore both Putin’s interference in the 2020 election and his cheering on the Jan 6. insurrection. And now, as...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans used a legislative bill-shuffling strategy Monday to voluntarily relinquish a Pennsylvania House committee’s control over four bills that address gun violence. The Judiciary Committee voted to ask the speaker to have another panel take over the bills after Democrats tried to force consideration of the proposals. The vote, after a testy exchange between the two parties during a Judiciary Committee meeting, concerned proposals regarding safe gun storage, an assault weapons ban, a red flag bill and a measure to give local governments power to enact their own protections. READ MORE: Philadelphia School District To Announce Funding For Security Cameras Near Some SchoolsAll Republicans and about half of the Democrats voted to send the bill package back to Speaker Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, with a recommendation that he pass them over to the Local Government Committee. Democrats who voted with the GOP said they did so in hopes the proposals might somehow advance there, believing there is no hope for action on the bills in the Judiciary Committee. “These are efforts that are supported by 80%, 90% of our citizens,” said the committee’s...
    "Ok, we know Scott Perry. Who were the other members of Congress who asked Trump for a pardon?" That's what the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and others wanted to know after U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said Thursday night that the Pennsylvania Republican was among multiple GOP members of Congress who sought a pardon from then-President Donald Trump early last year. "Rep. Scott Perry… has refused to testify here," said Cheney, vice chair of the U.S. House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol, during the panel's public prime-time hearing. "As you will see, Rep. Perry contacted the White House in the weeks after January 6 to seek a presidential pardon," Cheney continued. "Multiple other Republican congressmen also sought presidential pardons for their roles in attempting to overturn the 2020 election." Perry claimed Friday that "the notion that I ever sought a presidential pardon for myself or other members of Congress is an absolute, shameless, and soulless lie." Meanwhile, Common Cause Pennsylvania executive director Khalif Ali said Friday...
    It comes at the end. After his supporters march on the U.S. Capitol chanting “Whose streets? Our streets!” after they breach police barricades, after they smash windows and climb through, after they chant “Hang Mike Pence” and erect a gallows for that purpose, after one of them yells, “White power!” after police are beaten and sprayed and left pleading for backup, after congressional aides flee for their lives, after the proud old American tradition of a peaceful transfer of power has been laid waste forever in an unprecedented bacchanal of carnage. After all that, the voice of Donald Trump is heard in an interview given five days later. “They were peaceful people,” he says. “These were great people. The crowd was unbelievable. . . . The love in the air, I’ve never seen anything like it.” That moment of cognitive disconnect caps a video played during Thursday night’s televised hearing by the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection last year. That committee has multiple missions: to determine the causes, to establish a record of events, to evaluate the performance...
    Thursday night's public hearing by the House Jan. 6 committee made one thing very clear: Donald Trump is personally in the crosshairs. They are coming for him with receipts, in the form of testimony from some of his closest aides and allies. The committee seems prepared to destroy any pretense that Trump was a casual bystander to the insurrection. In fact, its members are building a case that he actively encouraged it, and that by refusing to take action for many hours that day, he was an actual accomplice. The committee plans to going to knock down the Big Lie by answering a big legal and moral question: Did Trump know he had lost the election? The answer is clear: Yes, he did. Everyone around him told him so. His former aide and current associate Jason Miller testified that their own number-crunchers told him he had lost. Attorney General Bill Barr told him that spreading the lie that the election was stolen was "bullshit." His own daughter, Ivanka Trump, testified that she believed what Barr said. And we learned all...
    This article was paid for by Raw Story subscribers. Not a subscriber? Try us and go ad-free for $1. Prefer to give a one-time tip? Click here. More than half of Republicans in the Senate tell Raw Story they have no plans to watch the historic Jan. 6 select committee hearing this evening. “That's the House’s business,” Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) told Raw Story at the Capitol. “Even though it was an attack on the U.S. Capitol?” I asked the attorney and member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “That’s all I got for you,” Kennedy says as he turned. More so, many Republican senators say don’t care what the House select committee finds, which was evident while asking 40 of the Senate’s 50 Republicans what they think of the special committee. “I was here, and I saw it and know what I saw,” Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) told Raw Story. During the Watergate hearings, Republican senators were as inquisitive, transfixed, appalled, and eventually as angered as the American people became as the facts unfolded. Not so today. “It has nothing...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol will hold the first in a series of hearings laying out its initial findings Thursday night, a highly anticipated look at evidence the panel has been gathering for the last year. With the televised hearings, the seven Democrats and two Republicans on the nine-member panel hope to grab the attention of the American public and drive home the sheer violence of that day in 2021, as some have attempted to downplay the attack. And they plan to use the more than 1,000 interviews they have conducted to spotlight people who played pivotal roles in the siege — and to show that it was a deliberate, unprecedented attempt to block the certification of Joe Biden’s victory. The committee will sort through the mountain of information it has collected into different hearing topics, from domestic extremism to security failures to what former President Donald Trump was doing in the White House that day as hundreds of his supporters brutally pushed past police and forced their way...
    Leading House Republicans say they are flooding the media this week and “setting the record straight” to counter the January 6 Committee’s primetime hearing scheduled for Thursday night. House Republican Conference chair Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) kicked off the week by leading a press call Tuesday with conservative media outlets, detailing Republicans’ disapproval of the committee’s activities amid polling showing the majority of Americans are more concerned with issues other than January 6. “Our members will be all over the media all of this week, during the hearing, after the hearing, rapid response,” Stefanik said. “And we have members from all across the country, all across the House Republican Conference, so we will be pushing back, setting the record straight.” Recent polling has shown Americans are overwhelmingly concerned with economic issues, such as the cost of groceries and gas. A new NBC News poll found a declining number of Americans believe former President Donald Trump, the committee’s main target, bears responsibility for the January 6 riot. FiveThirtyEight wrote in April, “Americans Are Moving On From Jan. 6 — Even If Congress Hasn’t,” and cited...
    House Republican lawmakers aligned with former President Donald Trump are planning to host counter-programming events in order to set the record "straight” ahead of the Jan. 6 hearings starting this week, according to a top GOP member. Republican leadership in the House will address the media at 10:45 a.m., an event which will include Reps. Jim Banks (R-IN) and Jim Jordan (R-OH), both of whom were rejected by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) from sitting on the select committee investigating the Capitol riot. Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-NY), and Republican Conference Secretary Richard Hudson (R-NC) are also scheduled to appear. WIDOWS OF OFFICERS WHO COMMITTED SUICIDE AFTER JAN. 6 RIOT ATTENDING HEARING The Capitol Hill stakeout will take place after the House Republican conference's weekly meeting. The Jan. 6 committee's summer hearings, set to begin Thursday, will be just one topic lawmakers discuss, a spokesperson for the House Republican Conference told the Washington Examiner. A representative for Scalise even went as far as to say the stakeout is "not a...
    (CNN)Former President Donald Trump has made it clear he is looking for cover from his closest allies around the upcoming public hearings by the House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection -- and some prominent names in Congress and the Republican Party are answering the call.Trump's team has communicated to some of his most loyal soldiers on Capitol Hill that the former President wants people vigorously defending him and pushing back on the select committee while the public hearings play out, according to GOP sources familiar with the request. Committee members have teased that the hearings could be focused on Trump's direct role in undermining the election results. The committee has been working toward a thesis that Trump's obsession with losing the election and his peddling of false claims about the results is what laid the groundwork for the violent and deadly riot at the Capitol.Trump's insistence that his allies defend his honor has mobilized Republicans both on and off the Hill into action, with a broad range of plans to protect him. This despite the belief by some...
    Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) is touting counter programming by Republicans to Thursday night’s January 6 committee hearing, which is set to air in primetime on Thursday evening. Speaking to Breitbart News, Stefanik claimed the moment will be one for Republicans to “shine,” despite the committee’s investigation centering around former President Donald Trump and numerous allies and their alleged role in the Capitol riot last year. “[Democrats] are doubling down looking for any desperate attempt to try to change the narrative. But look, the American people are smart. They see through this, they want a Congress that’s focused on the issues that matter to them,” Stefanik said, citing current crises Congress should instead be focusing on like inflation and supply chain shortages. Stefanik said Trump is directly involved with creating a conservative media blitz to provide “rapid responses” to anything said at the committee hearing, which is sure to involve plenty of negative comments about the former president. “We’re working very closely with President Trump and his team with [House Minority] Leader Kevin McCarthy, with [Rep.]...
    Republican Reps. Jim Banks of Indiana, Mary Miller of Illinois, Diana Harshbarger of Tennessee, Claudia Tenney of New York, Vicky Hartzler of Missouri, Doug Lambron of Kansas, Ronny Jackson of Texas, Doug LaMalfa, Victoria Spartz of Indiana, Ralph Norman of South Carolina, and Barry Moore of Alabama submitted the bill along side Lesko. Banks, who also serves as the chairman of the Republican Study Committee, argued that this legislation is critical in order to protect the rights of women from leftist attacks. He said, “The modern Democrat party has put the Left’s woke agenda before the rights of women. These days, Democrats refuse to even admit women exist or recognize them as unique beings, with unique abilities. While radical liberals strip away the progress and protections that generations of women fought to achieve. Republicans must fight back and acknowledge these basic biological truths. AS the father of three daughters, I’m proud to co-lead this resolution reaffirming the legal protections afforded to them under federal law.” According to a press release from the Republican Study Committee, H. Res. 1136...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The congressional committee investigating the U.S. Capitol insurrection sent a letter Thursday to a House Republican in an effort to learn more about a tour he led of the building the day before the deadly attack. Rep. Barry Loudermilk of Georgia is the latest GOP lawmaker to be asked to cooperate with the House select committee probing the violence that took place on Jan. 6, 2021. “Based on our review of evidence in the Select Committee’s possession, we believe you have information regarding a tour you led through parts of the Capitol complex on January 5, 2021,“ Reps Bennie Thompson and Liz Cheney, the chairman and vice-chairwoman of the committee, said in a letter Thursday. “Public reporting and witness accounts indicate some individuals and groups engaged in efforts to gather information about the layout of the U.S. Capitol, as well as the House and Senate office buildings, in advance of January 6, 2021,” they wrote. The voluntary request to Loudermilk comes a week after the committee, comprised of seven Democrats and two Republicans, subpoenaed...
    With primary season in full swing and the general election field taking shape, the Republicans’ agenda of what they’ll do if they retake the House is becoming tantalizingly close. Republican leaders have been picking priorities since last year and have settled on several front-runners they see as winners with the people in the midterm elections and beyond. Chief among these are immigration and border reform, ending proxy voting, and using control of the committees to investigate Hunter Biden. The GOP has been laser-focused on securing the southern border, and this would become a high priority for Congress if it turns red after the midterm elections. Though the minority party has focused chiefly on the Biden administration’s failure as illegal border crossings skyrocket, an influential coalition of conservative think tanks released a 15-point plan this week that would likely form the basis of the Republican strategy. It calls for zero amnesty for illegal immigrants, finishes the border wall, and tightens asylum rules. Pandemic adjustments to the legislative process have rankled many Republicans, who see specific changes as unconstitutional....
    (CNN)The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol is taking the extraordinary step of sending subpoenas to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and four other Republican lawmakers who have rejected the panel's requests to voluntarily cooperate.In addition to McCarthy, the Democrat-led panel is subpoenaing Republican Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Mo Brooks of Alabama, Andy Biggs of Arizona and Scott Perry of Pennsylvania.Lawmakers on the panel have been weighing whether to subpoena their Republican colleagues for months, wrestling with whether they had the constitutional right to do so, and debating if they wanted to set such a precedent.In its initial letter to McCarthy in January, the panel made clear it wanted to question him about his communications with former President Donald Trump, White House staff and others in the week after the January 6 attack, "particularly regarding President Trump's state of mind at that time."The committee also wanted to understand how McCarthy's public comments since the attack had changed from critical to in defense of Trump over time, and questioned whether Trump pressured him to...
    The Jan. 6 select committee tasked with investigating the deadly attack at the Capitol is calling for a trio of House Republicans to cooperate voluntarily with its investigation, according to letters sent to the lawmakers on Monday. The panel, probing the Capitol riots in which supporters of defeated President Donald Trump tried to overturn President Joe Biden's 2020 victory, wants cooperation from GOP Reps. Andy Biggs (AZ), Mo Brooks (AL), and Ronny Jackson (TX). While it’s unclear whether the Trump-allied lawmakers will comply with the request, members of the panel are hoping they will meet with the committee as soon as next week after the House returns from its recess. “The Select Committee has learned that several of our colleagues have information relevant to our investigation into the facts, circumstances, and causes of January 6th. As we work to provide answers to the American people about that day, we consider it a patriotic duty for all witnesses to cooperate,” Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and Vice Chairwoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) said in a statement. MIKE LINDELL REVEALS...
    According to a report from NBC News' Scott Wong, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) may soon rue the day he pulled GOP lawmakers off the House select committee investigating the Jan 6th insurrection because Democrats objected to some of his choices to be seated. Now, with the committee reportedly having enough evidence to ask for a criminal referral on Donald Trump, the report notes televised public hearings are set for this summer and McCarthy has no one on the committee who can push back on behalf of the former president. That, in turn, could hurt Republicans looking to make major gains in the midterm elections where they are expected to take back the House and elevate McCarthy --barring a revolt by the House's far-right wing led by Rep. Marjorie Talor Greene (R-GA) -- to House Speaker. As Wong points out, McCarthy took a "gamble" that looks like it won't go his way although he doesn't see it that way. Speaking with NBC, McCarthy claimed, "This is nothing but a political show. They already have the report written and...
    As Democratic lawmakers worked to finalize the confirmation of US Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, a number perplexing events took place in national political theater this week. One of the most pivotal moments centered on Democratic National Committee Chair Jaime Harrison’s attack on Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) following the Republican senator's suggestion that Jackson is a Nazi sympathizer, per The Washington Post. Harrison described Cotton as a “maggot, infested man” while collectively calling out the Republican Party and labeling it a political party “built on fraud, fear, and fascism.” Almost immediately after Harrison made the remarks, the Republican National Committee (RNC) fired back with a response. But instead of criticizing the Democratic official for his charge about the party, the RNC focused more on his remarks targeting Cotton. In a newly published op-ed, The Washington Post's Dana Milbank highlighted the seemingly odd argument from the party. "Interestingly, a statement from the Republican National Committee taking offense at the 'maggot-infested' charge did not dispute the “fraud, fear and fascism” formulation," Milbank wrote. "As your self-appointed fact-checker, I have...
    The House on Wednesday voted 220-203 to hold Trump insiders Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino in contempt of Congress, a referral that will now be sent to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for possible criminal charges.   Navarro, a Trump trade advisor, and Scavino, who headed the former president's social media operations failed to appear before the committee investigating Jan. 6, ignoring a subpoena to do so.  The DOJ can now choose whether to move forward with misdemeanors that can result in up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.  Reps. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., and Liz Cheney, R-Wyo, were the only two Republicans to join all Democrats in voting in favor of contempt. They are the only two GOP members of the Jan. 6 committee and none of the other eight Republicans who voted in favor of Trump's second impeachment joined them in voting for contempt.   But frustrations have mounted among the committee as the Justice Department has  so far failed to take action on its last criminal referral of former White House chief of staff...