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    Photo by Evan L’Roy/The Texas Tribune. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) spoke with Mediaite at the 2022 Texas Tribune Festival on Friday about his work with the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, the search of former President Donald Trump’s residence at Mar-a-Lago, and what he hopes the American people get from the committee hearings. The Jan. 6 committee has a hearing this coming Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 1:00 pm ET, currently the only one scheduled. During his TribFest interview with CBS News’ Robert Costa, Raskin left observers with the impression that this week’s hearing would be the last, including his comments near the very end of the hour when he said, “we’re about to finish this story on Wednesday.” U.S. Rep. @jamie_raskin joins us at #TribFest22 for a live conversation moderated by @costareports on the Jan. 6 investigation and more. Tune in here. https://t.co/Ex8fVSq8Yi — Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) September 23, 2022 Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) was also at TribFest and NBC News Capitol Hill correspondent Ali Vitali reported that he had “echoe[d] Raskin that Wednesday’s J6 hearing is...
    Two of the most senior officials on the Jan. 6 committee said this weekend they personally believe the committee could make a unanimous decision to refer former President Donald Trump for criminal prosecution—should that be what it chooses to do. Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Liz Cheney (R-WY) made the claims over a 12-hour period, each of them noting the committee could make a unanimous decision to refer the twice-impeached former president for prosecution. “We operate with a high degree of consensus and unanimity,” Schiff told CNN anchor Jake Tapper on State of the Union. “It will be certainly, I think, my recommendation, my feeling, that we should make referrals, but we will get to a decision as a committee, and we will all abide by that decision, and I will join our committee members if they feel differently. “I do agree ... there have been several laws broken and it is, I think, apparent that there is evidence that Donald Trump was involved in breaking several of those laws,” Schiff continued. “When Congress does find evidence that people have broken...
    (CNN)US Rep. Adam Schiff, who serves on the House committee investigating the January 6, 2021, insurrection, says that if the panel makes a criminal referral for former President Donald Trump related to the riot at the US Capitol, it should be made unanimously. "We operate with a high degree of consensus and unanimity," the California Democrat told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union" on Sunday. "It will be certainly, I think, my recommendation, my feeling, that we should make referrals, but we will get to a decision as a committee, and we will all abide by that decision, and I will join our committee members if they feel differently."CNN reported earlier this year that although the bipartisan committee was in wide agreement that Trump committed a crime when he pushed a conspiracy to prevent the peaceful transfer of power after the 2020 election, panelists were split over what to do about it, including whether to make a criminal referral of Trump to the Justice Department, according to four sources connected to the committee.The internal debate spilled into plain...
    (CNN)Wyoming GOP Rep. Liz Cheney said at The Texas Tribune festival Saturday that if former President Donald Trump becomes the Republican Party's nominee for president in 2024, she will not remain a Republican. "I'm going to make sure Donald Trump, I'm going to do everything I can to make sure he is not the nominee. And if he is the nominee, I won't be a Republican," Cheney said. Cheney also said she will campaign for Democrats to ensure that Republican candidates who promote election lies do not get elected. Cheney was talking about the Arizona gubernatorial race, and how she will work to ensure that GOP nominee Kari Lake, the former television journalist who has become a leading voice behind Trump's lies about election fraud, does not get elected. "I'm going to do everything I can to make sure Kari Lake is not elected," Cheney said. Read MoreWhen asked if that includes campaigning for Democrats, Cheney said, "Yes." But, Cheney would not go as far as saying that she wants Democrats to keep control of the House of Representatives after...
    On the day a mob of angry rioters stormed the halls of Congress on Jan. 6, the White House switchboard connected to a phone with one of the rioters, according to a former adviser to the Jan. 6 committee. Former Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA), who served as a senior technical adviser to the panel before leaving in April, said that he wasn't sure who was on the other end of that call inside the White House but expressed eagerness to learn more. JAN. 6 COMMITTEE IRKED BY FORMER ADVISER'S UNSANCTIONED INTERVIEW WITH CNN: REPORT "You get a real 'aha' moment when you see that the White House switchboard had connected to a rioter's phone while it's happening," Riggleman told 60 Minutes, according to a preview of his interview. "That's a big, pretty big 'aha' moment." The White House switchboard connected a call to a rioter while the Capitol was under siege on January 6, 2021, according to former January 6 committee staffer Denver Riggleman.“I only know one end of that call,” Riggleman said.https://t.co/U5PIrgqDV4 pic.twitter.com/cbkIFuvc6p— 60 Minutes...
    Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich hurled an insult at a Capitol Hill reporter after the journalist pressed him on the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol. 'What do you think about the January 6 committee?' NBC senior congressional reporter Scott Wong asked Gingrich during a press scrum at the Capitol on Thursday.  'I don't,' he replied, before shaking his head. The 79-year-old Gingrich was there to help House Republicans with the upcoming elections. Wong continued: 'You have no thoughts about the committee itself?,' he asked holding his cell phone towards Gingrich as other reporters surrounded the former House Speaker.  Dressed in a dark suit and red tie Gingrich appeared to ignore the reporter before turning towards him: 'I think you have a learning disability,' he said. Wong appeared stunned by the humiliating remark and replied: 'Excuse me?'  Gingrich then gestured with his hands and pointed to his head: 'The fact is, I said three or four times I don't talk about it. Try the phrase - I don't talk about it.' Wong then...
    (CNN)On September 28, Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi has confirmed the January 6 House select committee (which Thompson chairs) will hold its next and possibly final hearing. The details remain unclear other than it won't be held during primetime. The chairman has said that "unless something else develops, this hearing at this point is the final hearing. But it's not in stone because things happen." Thompson said this week he hopes that they will reach "people in the middle." Opinion: Republicans just gave the country a master class on extremismThe committee is expected to complete a report by the end of the year and before the next Congress begins. Thompson said that there might be an interim report before the midterms.But making this the final hearing would be a big mistake. The committee should hold more hearings in October and November, including on primetime, before releasing the final report. The country desperately needs to learn more about the effort to overturn the 2020 election, and that education needs to take place in a public forum. As the midterm elections...
    Former Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA) said he learned during his time as a technical adviser for the Jan. 6 committee that someone inside the White House was in communication with a Capitol rioter as the building was overrun. The former Air Force intelligence officer claims in an upcoming 60 Minutes interview. The show teased the interview on Twitter Friday with a clip of Riggleman speaking to CBS News correspondent Bill Whitaker. “Did it hit you at one point that this is way bigger than it appeared in the beginning?” Whitaker asked the former GOP lawmaker. “Absolutely,” Riggleman said. “You get a real a-ha moment when you see that the White House switchboard had connected to a rioter’s phone while it’s happening. That’s a pretty big a-ha moment.” Whitaker interrupted Riggleman in the interview snippet released by 60 Minutes. “Wait a minute,” he said. “Someone in the White House was calling one of the rioters while the riot was going on – on Jan. 6?” Riggleman said, “Absolutely.” Whitaker inquired if Riggleman knew the parties on both ends of the call. “I...
    Share this: Top allies of former President Donald Trump are creating a new super PAC that’s expected to serve as the main vehicle for his midterm spending and could become a key part of his campaign infrastructure should he move forward with a 2024 White House run. The political action committee, called MAGA Inc., will supersede Trump’s existing super PAC, Politico first reported. Paperwork for the new committee was filed Friday morning with the Federal Election Commission. The buildout comes as Trump, a Republican, is under mounting legal pressure on multiple fronts. The Department of Justice has launched a criminal investigation into how hundreds of documents with classified markings ended up at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, and state and federal officials are probing his efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss to Democrat Joe Biden. And in New York, Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit this week claiming Trump’s namesake company engaged in decades of fraudulent bookkeeping, padding his net worth by billions of dollars and habitually misleading banks.
    Washington (CNN)A federal judge in Arizona has decided the court can't block a House January 6 committee subpoena for GOP state chair Kelli Ward and her husband Michael's cell phone data, a ruling that may deliver more information in the probe about the state-level backing for Donald Trump after his 2020 loss. Judge Diane Humetewa found the court didn't have power to curtail the House's investigative steps in response to the Wards suing the committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol. The Wards' phone company received a subpoena in January seeking certain phone records from November 2020 through January 2021.The Wards' lawsuit was one of several filed by people whose phone records were subpoenaed in the House probe, but it's one of the first among them with such a conclusive ruling. The phone companies have largely allowed their customers whose records were subpoenaed to block the House from accessing them simply by filing a lawsuit, which many allies of Trump have done.The Wards claimed in their lawsuit against the House committee that the demand for the...
    Retired Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer refused to criticize the wife of Justice Clarence Thomas, Ginni, before she is slated to be interviewed by the Jan. 6 committee in the coming weeks. In his first televised interview since he stepped down from the nine-member bench earlier this year, Breyer sat down with CNN anchor Chris Wallace on Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace to speak about a wide spectrum of topics, ranging from the consequential overturning of Roe v. Wade to the House committee's interest in speaking to his former colleague's spouse over her alleged support of former President Donald Trump's 2020 election fraud claims. Asked whether he believed Ginni Thomas’s political activism was damaging to the reputation of the court, Breyer said: "I don’t go through that in that I strongly believe that women who are wives, including wives of Supreme Court justices, have to make the decisions about how to lead their lives, careers, what kind of career, etc., for themselves." GINNI THOMAS TO BE INTERVIEWED BY JAN. 6 COMMITTEE IN COMING WEEKS Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence...
    (CNN)The National Republican Congressional Committee is canceling all their ad reservations in Ohio's 9th Congressional District, according to CNN's ad tracker AdImpact, a sign that Republicans are losing faith in J.R. Majewski's controversial bid to unseat Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur.The committee had planned to spend over $700,000 on the northwest Ohio race, according to the ad tracker, but cut those reservations just days after The Associated Press reported Majewski had misrepresented his military service. The report appears to have been the final straw for a candidate who was a January 6, 2021, rally participant and has repeatedly shared pro-QAnon material, despite denying he followed the conspiracy theory movement.A spokesman for the NRCC did not respond to a request for comment. Majewski also didn't respond to CNN's request for comment.With Democrats' narrow majority in the House, the race between Majewski and Kaptur is key in this year's midterm battle for control of the chamber.Majewski unexpectedly won the newly drawn district's Republican primary earlier this year, defeating multiple, and more establishment Republicans, in the process. He rose to Republican prominence for his...
    Source: Screenshot Fox News contributor and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich insulted NBC News senior congressional correspondent Scott Wong when asked about the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. “What do you think about the January 6 Committee?” Wong asked Gingrich on Thursday. “I don’t,” said Gingrich, who was asked multiple times during a gaggle on Capitol Hill about the committee. “You have no thoughts about the committee itself?” asked Wong. “I think you have a learning disability,” said Gingrich, pointing a book at Wong. “Excuse me,” said Wong. “The fact is, I’ve said three or four times, I don’t talk about it,” said Gingrich, pointing at his own head. “Try the phrase: I don’t talk about it,” he added. Gingrich was on Capitol Hill to help House Republicans push their “Commitment to America” platform were they to take back the lower congressional chamber in November. It is inspired by the 1994 “Contract with America” that Gingrich co-wrote that helped Republicans win back the House that year after four decades of Democratic control. The January...
    by T.A. DeFeo   A bipartisan Georgia House committee will study state programs providing literacy instruction to Georgians and determine whether low literacy impacts the state’s competitiveness. The House Study Committee on Literacy Instruction, established by House Resolution 650, will explore potential changes to the state’s educational standards. It will also determine “the definition of evidence-based literacy instruction.” “A child’s ability to read is pivotal to their academic success, but the pandemic’s lasting effects continue to plague Georgia’s reading levels,” state Rep. Matt Dubnik, R-Gainesville, said in an announcement. Dubnik is chairman of the House Education Committee and will chair the study committee. The group will offer policy and legislative recommendations to help expand literacy programs and improve coordination among the various offerings. Lawmakers will consider the recommended changes when the General Assembly reconvenes in January. According to HR 650, in 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic, only one-third of the state’s fourth graders were reading at or above “proficient levels” per the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Lawmakers said 45% of Georgia’s workforce is at risk of unemployment, and workers...
    Getty Supporters of US President Donald Trump enter the US Capitol's Rotunda on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. Demonstrators breeched security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the a 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification. Those who have been closely watching the Jan. 6 hearings know the House Select Committee announced it would hold its next hearing in September following a recess. But when will the next hearing be televised? Read on for the committee’s schedule. The next Select Committee hearing will be held Wednesday, September 28, 2022, at 1 p.m., the committee announced in a brief statement. The broadcast is expected to last about two hours. The committee did not announce the topic or whether there would be witnesses testifying in person as of today, September 22, 2022. Here are some of the highlights of the hearings so far:Cassidy Hutchinson, an Aide to Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Recounted Conversations She Said She Witnessed Jan. 6 The Jan 6 hearings proved how close Cassidy Hutchinson was to Mark Meadows in the White...
    The House select committee investigating January 6, 2021, has come to an agreement with Ginni Thomas, the conservative activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, to be interviewed by the panel in the coming weeks, according to a source close to the committee. Ginni Thomas’ attorney, Mark Paoletta, confirmed the voluntary interview in a statement, saying, “As she has said from the outset, Mrs. Thomas is eager to answer the Committee’s questions to clear up any misconceptions about her work relating to the 2020 election. ]She looks forward to that opportunity.” Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, who chairs the panel, told CNN on Thursday the committee does not yet have the interview with Thomas scheduled. Members of the panel have long said they are interested in speaking with Thomas, particularly after CNN first reported text messages she exchanged with then-Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows prior to January 6 about overturning the election. But in the months since those messages emerged, there has been little indication that compelling her to testify was a top priority...
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York City has been calling for the impeachment of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in response to reports that his wife, far-right GOP activist and conspiracy theorist Ginni Thomas, tried to help Donald Trump stay in the White House after he lost the 2020 presidential election. Ginni Thomas’ activism, AOC has argued, presents a major conflict of interest for Justice Thomas. Although most Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives haven’t gone so far as to call for Justice Thomas’ impeachment, his wife’s post-election activities have caught the attention of the bipartisan January 6 select committee —which wants to question Ginni Thomas. And according to CNN, she has agreed to talk to committee members. In an article published by CNN’s website on September 22, journalists Jamie Gangel, Ariane de Vogue and Zachary Cohen report, “The House select committee investigating January 6, 2021 has come to an agreement with Ginni Thomas, the conservative activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, to be interviewed by the panel in the coming weeks, according to...
    [The stream is slated to start at 9:30 a.m. ET. Please refresh the page if you do not see a player above at that time.] The heads of seven of the biggest U.S. banks, including JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon and Citigroup's Jane Fraser, are set to testify Thursday before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. The hearing, which is focused on industry oversight, comes one day after the CEOs endured more than six hours of questioning from the House Financial Services Committee.TVWATCH LIVEWATCH IN THE APPUP NEXT | ETListen
    Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, has agreed to an interview with the January 6 Committee for their ongoing investigation into the storming of the U.S. Capitol. Mark Paoletta, the attorney representing Mrs. Thomas, confirmed to CNN that the interview will happen. The January 6 Committee has been interested in speaking with Thomas about her conservative activism for some time. The interview’s confirmation comes as the Committee just announced it will resume hearings on September 28. “As she has said from the outset, Mrs. Thomas is eager to answer the Committee’s questions to clear up any misconceptions about her work relating to the 2020 election,” Paoletta told CNN. “She looks forward to that opportunity.” For months, Mrs. Thomas has been under scrutiny by the media for her potential involvement in former President Donald Trump’s attempts to overthrow his 2020 election defeat. Reporting on Thomas has shown that she tried to have officials throw out the election results in multiple states, pushed QAnon conspiracy theories to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, was in contact...
    L: Brent Stirton/Getty Images R: GIORGIO VIERA/AFP via Getty Images The January 6 Committee announced its first hearing since the Mar-a-Lago bombshell exploded six weeks ago — and possibly the last hearing before releasing their report. On Wednesday night, the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol announced on Twitter that “The Select Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday, September 28th at 1:00 pm.” ????️ The Select Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday, September 28th at 1:00pm. — January 6th Committee (@January6thCmte) September 21, 2022 The hearing will be the first since the search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort home, which is part of an investigation of Trump for crimes involving the Espionage Act. Committee Chair Rep. Bennie Thompson told reporters that the hearing is expected to be their last and will feature previously unseen footage of the insurrection and “significant witness testimony”: Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., told reporters at the Capitol on Tuesday that the committee will hold its final hearing on Sept. 28 at 1 p.m. ET. “I...
    The House select committee investigating January 6, 2021, has come to an agreement with Ginni Thomas, the conservative activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, to be interviewed by the panel in the coming weeks, according to a source close to the committee. Ginni Thomas’ attorney, Mark Paoletta, confirmed the voluntary interview in a statement, saying, “As she has said from the outset, Mrs. Thomas is eager to answer the Committee’s questions to clear up any misconceptions about her work relating to the 2020 election. She looks forward to that opportunity.” Members of the panel have long said they are interested in speaking with Thomas, particularly after CNN first reported text messages she exchanged with then-Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows prior to January 6 about overturning the election. But in the months since those messages emerged, there has been little indication that compelling her to testify was a top priority for the panel despite subsequent evidence that Thomas also encouraged state lawmakers in Arizona and Wisconsin to overturn Joe Biden’s legitimate electoral win. In June,...
    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...
    Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, is set to be interviewed by the Jan. 6 committee in the coming weeks. Ginni Thomas has reached an agreement with the committee and will be interviewed within a few weeks, a source close to the panel told CNN correspondent Jamie Gangel. This information was then confirmed by Ginni Thomas's lawyer, Mark Paoletta, marking a major victory for the committee. JAN. 6 COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES DATE FOR NEXT HEARING, SAYS IT MAY BE THE FINAL ONE "I can confirm that Ginni Thomas has agreed to participate in a voluntary interview with the Committee. As she has said from the outset, Mrs. Thomas is eager to answer the Committee's questions to clear up any misconceptions about her work relating to the 2020 election. She looks forward to the opportunity," the statement from Paoletta reads. Statement from Ginni Thomas' attorney, via @Arianedevogue. pic.twitter.com/dG7XTfZWU1— Zachary Cohen (@ZcohenCNN) September 21, 2022 The justice's wife has been a prime target of the investigation into the Jan. 6 riot, with...
    Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' wife Ginni Thomas will speak with the January 6 committee, a new report reveals. The House panel probing the Capitol attack has come to an agreement with Thomas after months of speculation over whether she would comply with the Democrat select committee. Thomas will be interviewed by the panel in coming weeks, a source close with the panel told CNN Wednesday evening. Ginni Thomas (pictured) has reached a deal to be interviewed  by the January 6 committee, a new report revealed Wednesday evening Thomas is married to conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas News that the panel wanted to speak with Thomas after it was revealed the committee was in possession of email correspondence between her and Donald Trump's election attorney John Eastman. They also had text messages between Thomas and Mark Meadows, who at the time of the exchange of messages was Chief of Staff to Trump. These messages showed Thomas urging Meadows to continue the fight to overturn the 2020 presidential election. Thomas is the wife of one of the most conservative justices...
    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-NY) slammed Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) for saying one cannot support Israel and be progressive. During an online event on Tuesday, Tlaib said, “I want you all to know that among progressives, it becomes clear that you cannot claim to hold progressive values, yet back Israel’s apartheid government.” “We will continue to push back and not accept this idea that you are progressive, except for ‘Philistine’, any longer,” she added. Wasserman Schultz did not mince words in responding to Tlaib. “The outrageous progressive litmus test on Israel by @RashidaTlaib is nothing short of antisemitic. Proud progressives do support Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state. Suggesting otherwise is shameful and dangerous. Divisive rhetoric does not lead to peace,” she tweeted. The outrageous progressive litmus test on Israel by @RashidaTlaib is nothing short of antisemitic. Proud progressives do support Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state. Suggesting otherwise is shameful and dangerous. Divisive rhetoric does not lead to peace. — Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (@RepDWStweets) September 21, 2022 Wasserman Schultz...
    EXCLUSIVE — LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman indicated to senior Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee that he is open to testifying before the panel on a hearing pertaining to antitrust issues, two sources familiar with the discussion told the Washington Examiner. Talk about testifying comes shortly after LIV Golf joined a lawsuit filed by players against the PGA Tour after 17 golfers were suspended from PGA events for participating in LIV Golf's inaugural event at the Centurion Club in London. “He said he would likely be willing to be a witness,” one senior GOP source said following the meeting between the Australian golf star, House Judiciary Committee ranking member Jim Jordan (R-OH), and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL). GOP REP. CHIP ROY CALLS FOR SAUDI-BACKED LIV GOLF TO REGISTER AS FOREIGN AGENT According to another source familiar with the meeting, Gaetz inquired who “might be an ideal witness to discuss antitrust issues” next Congress, to which Norman raised his right hand. Gaetz said he’s “encouraged” by Norman’s willingness to discuss the issue, arguing that he...
    The campaign finance watchdog group Campaign Legal Center has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission accusing the National Republican Senatorial Committee of illegally misappropriating funds meant for legal expenditures to purchase political ads. The move comes as the GOP and Democratic Party duke it out for control of the United States Senate in the November midterms. Democrats, who have a one-seat majority because of Vice President Kamala Harris' authority to break ties, are favored to retain control of the upper congressional chamber. "The Senate Republican campaign arm paid for $1 million in political advertising using money that, under campaign finance law, is meant to be for legal expenses. The spending, which appears to have been used for ads in the Senate races in Colorado and Washington State, is part of more than $3 million in media-related spending through the Republican committee’s legal fund, according to federal filings in 2021 and 2022," according to Wednesday's New York Times, in which correspondents Shane Goldmacher and Reid J. Epstein mentioned that End Citizens United joined CLC in its filing. READ...
    The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol will hold its ninth hearing next week, and it will likely be the panel’s last before releasing its final report by the end of the year. The Jan. 6 committee will reconvene publicly at 1 p.m. EST on Sept. 28 and is expected to feature “substantial footage” of the Capitol riot and “significant witness testimony” that has not been previously seen, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) said\ on Tuesday. The hearing comes as the panel is racing to finalize its report on its yearlong investigation into the events leading up to the attack on the Capitol. SECRET SERVICE HANDS OVER ‘THOUSANDS’ OF RECORDS TO JAN. 6 COMMITTEE "I can say that unless something else develops, this hearing at this point is the final hearing,” Thompson, the chairman of the committee, said. “But it's not in stone because things happen.” It’s not yet clear what the substance of the hearing will be, but each of the eight other public meetings over the summer had a specific...
    Tennessee Representative John Rose (R-TN-06), a member of the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services, criticized Democrats on the Committee for “shielding Biden Administration officials from proper oversight.” During a hearing for the Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion, Rose began his remarks by acknowledging the Committee’s upcoming schedule, noting that there has not been a Biden administration official present at a hearing for months. “I was quite disappointed when I saw the hearing schedule for this month,” Rose said. “As Members of the Financial Services Committee, one of our primary responsibilities is conducting oversight of the executive branch. The last time we even held a hearing with a Biden Administration official was July 20th. We’ll have gone nearly four months without holding a hearing with any Biden Administration officials because of the October recess.” Rose added that it is “not right for the Democratic Majority to shield the administration from oversight just because there is an election in November.” The Committee on Financial Services is chaired by Democrat Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA-43). Including Congressman Rose, the Subcommittee on Diversity...
    by John Solomon   A federal appeals court has reversed a lower court ruling ordering the Republican National Committee to comply with a subpoena from the House Jan. 6 committee, poking the Democrat-led investigation for vacillating on key issues and acknowledging there were “important and unsettled constitutional questions” about whether the panel is lawfully constituted. The U.S. Circuit Court for Appeals or the District of Columbia said it was dismissing the case because the Jan. 6 committee withdrew the subpoena to the RNC seeking records of its dealings with a digital fund-raising vendor Salesforce. “The RNC’s appeal has become moot,” the appeals court ruled in dismissing the case. You can read the full ruling here. Ordinarily, when a dispute is withdrawn, a federal appeals court issues a very brief order of dismissal. But the appellate judges went out of their way to acknowledge the RNC’s concerns about the subpoena raising important issues and that the lower court’s ruling needed to be reversed. “The RNC claimed that disclosure of these documents would reveal sensitive information about its digital strategy, so...
    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...
    With less than two months until Election Day, the San Francisco 49ers have already spent a stunning $1.2 million on Santa Clara City Council races, while real estate interests are stepping up to defend one of the team’s largest critics — Mayor Lisa Gillmor — in her re-election bid. In 2022, the 49ers have proven once again that they’re the big spenders in Santa Clara City politics, having formed so-called independent expenditure committees to back Councilmember Anthony Becker’s mayoral campaign and councilmembers Karen Hardy and Raj Chahal’s re-elections. Two years ago, the team’s owner, Jed York, poured $3 million into a political action committee to help elect Vice Mayor Suds Jain and council members Kevin Park and Becker. At least to appearances, the new, 49ers-backed council has been far more supportive of the team’s interests than its predecessors. And the team’s money continues to be transformative. Terry Christensen, a professor of political science at San Jose State University, said the 49ers’ investment in city council campaigns this year is “truly extraordinary, especially for such a small city where campaign spending...
    (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...
    By Annie Grayer | CNN The chairman of the House select committee investigating Jan. 6, 2021, on Tuesday said the panel will hold a hearing next week. Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi said the hearing will take place Sept. 28 at 10 a.m. PDT. As of now, the hearing, which has not been formally announced by the committee, will mark the panel’s last until it releases its final report, which is expected by the end of the year. “I can say that unless something else develops, this hearing at this point is the final hearing. But it’s not in stone because things happen,” he said. Thompson said the panel has decided on a hearing topic, but he did not elaborate on what it would be. The theme will be one the panel has not previously explored, he said. Related Articles National Politics | Minnesota Hardee’s basks in limelight after hosting FBI’s raid on MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell National Politics | Justice Department subpoenas more than 30 people in Trump’s orbit in Jan. 6 probe ...
    "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...
    During the Jan. 6 riot, former Vice President Mike Pence was “essentially the president,” taking charge as his former No. 1 reportedly failed to issue orders to deploy troops to the Capitol, according to Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY). As the crowd of protesters breached the Capitol, Pence took charge as the de facto president, “doing absolutely what you would expect anybody in that situation to do,” she said. The Wyoming Republican’s comments build on a timeline constructed by the Jan. 6 committee that details the 187 minutes from when the riot began to the time that President Donald Trump finally released a video telling rioters to leave the Capitol. LIZ CHENEY BLASTS PARTY FOR TREATING TRUMP ‘AS THOUGH HE WERE A KING’ “If you watched our hearings closely, you know that Mike Pence was essentially the president for most of that day,” Cheney said at an event at the American Enterprise Institute on Monday. “White House staff knew it, and so did every other Republican and Democratic leader in Washington.” The Jan. 6 committee has sought...
    The House is expected to take up as early as this week a bill that a pair of lawmakers on the Jan. 6 select committee said would prevent attempts to overturn future elections. DON BOLDUC WALKS BACK 2020 ELECTION CLAIMS AFTER CLINCHING GOP NOMINATION In the aftermath of the riot, lawmakers in both the House and Senate weighed ways to reform the Electoral Count Act, a 135-year-old election law then-President Donald Trump and his allies tried to use to remain in power even after President Joe Biden won the 2020 election. Trump and his allies sought to use the 1887 law governing the process of certifying Electoral College votes to overturn the 2020 election results, arguing that Vice President Mike Pence could unilaterally refuse to recognize the results from a handful of key states, swinging the outcome to Trump. Constitutional and legal scholars, and ultimately Pence himself, rejected that argument on Jan. 6, 2021, when a violent mob stormed the Capitol, delaying certification of the election by several hours. Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Zoe...
    The race to become the top Republican on the House Committee on Ways and Means is heating up, with three senior lawmakers battling to lead the powerful tax-writing panel next Congress. Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL), the most senior member on the panel, Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE), a senior member who currently serves as the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Trade, and Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO), the ranking member on the House Budget Committee, are vying for the gavel as Republicans express optimism about their odds of taking back the majority. From left to right: Reps. Adrian Smith, Vern Buchanan, and Jason Smith. (AP Photos) As the lawmakers make calls and meet with members of the Steering Committee in an effort to lock down support, Buchanan and Jason Smith are seen as the front-runners in the race, nine members familiar with the conversations told the Washington Examiner. Multiple sources stated that they see Adrian Smith as a strong dark horse who is well respected within the conference. All three lawmakers asserted that their top...
    BP's Deepwater Horizon rig burns in April 2010 following an explosion that led to the worst oil spill in US history.Associated Press This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Campaigners have urged governments to intervene after oil companies were accused of misleading the public about their commitment to reducing carbon emissions. Oil and gas companies including Britain’s Shell and BP were urged to “stop their deception” this week as the US House committee on oversight and reform released documents showing that oil industry executives privately downplayed their public messages on efforts to tackle the climate crisis. The memo claimed that internal BP documents highlighted how carbon capture and storage (CCS)—a nascent technology that involves inserting CO2 emissions into underground rock formations—could “enable the full use of fossil fuels across the energy transition and beyond.” Congressional investigators also unearthed an internal Shell email discussing carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) in which an executive said: “We want to be careful to not talk about CCUS as prolonging the life of oil, gas or fossil fuels writ large.”...
    (CNN)The outgoing Republican speaker of the Arizona House says Trump-backed GOP candidates might send the country "back into the dark ages" if they win key midterm races and help enact laws to make it easier to overturn elections -- which he said was tantamount to "fascism." Rusty Bowers made the comments in an interview for an upcoming CNN special report by Jake Tapper, "American Coup: The January 6th Investigation." The documentary, which details the major bombshells from Congress' exhaustive inquiry into the insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, premieres on CNN on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET.Bowers was a key witness at one of the public hearings this summer of the US House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection.Speaking about an unsuccessful Republican proposal to change how elections are run in Arizona, Bowers expressed alarm over provisions in the bill that would've created a pathway for the state legislature to cast aside the popular vote after an election and essentially anoint a winner."The legislature, after the election, could dismiss the election," Bowers said in describing the...
    Drew Angerer / Congress.Gov via Getty Images California Democrat Rep. Ted Lieu demanded Saturday that GOP leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy remove Rep. Matt Gaetz from the Judiciary Committee, following a Washington Post report that the Florida republican sought a preemptive pardon from Donald Trump in an ongoing sex trafficking investigation. The Post‘s Jacqueline Alemany and Amy Gardner reported on Saturday that, during Trump’s presidency, Gaetz actively sought a pardon in advance in a sprawling Justice Department investigation with allegations of fraud, corruption, and sex trafficking, of which Gaetz is a target. Gaetz was reportedly asking for a pardon because of his alleged entanglement in this wild, sprawling scheme. Never underestimate #FloridaMan’s ability to really make things very, very weird. #flapol https://t.co/MiNzXx6of5 — Sarah Rumpf ???????????????? (@rumpfshaker) September 17, 2022 The latest twist, that he sought a pardon specifically regarding the sex trafficking investigation, is according to an account of testimony given to the January 6 committee, WaPo reports. Johnny McEntee, according to people familiar with his testimony, told investigators that Gaetz told him during a brief meeting...
    by John Solomon   A half century ago, Americans held grave concerns that J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI and other U.S. intelligence agencies had abused civil rights, improperly targeted enemies and illegally gathered evidence, so Congress set out on a great cleansing mission. It formed a special committee chaired by Idaho Sen. Frank Church that laid bare the wrongdoing, overhauled the bureau and created new guardrails to protect civil liberties. A growing number of influential figures in Washington are arguing it’s time for another Church Committee after a tumultuous six years in which the FBI admitted it misled the FISA court while spying on Donald Trump’s campaign, had executives who lied, doctored evidence or usurped prosecutors’ authority, and employed agents who dropped the ball on a sexual abuse scandal involving Olympians and overcollected evidence in a raid of a former president’s home. The revelation this week that the bureau secretly paid a Russian businessman as a confidential informant against Trump even though he was suspected of lying and having ties to the Kremlin’s intelligence agencies only accelerated support for a...
    The D.C. Memo is a weekly recap of Washington political news, journalism, and opinion, delivered with an eye toward what matters for Minnesota. Sign up to get it in your inbox every Thursday. WASHINGTON – Jerry Blackwell, the attorney who helped the state of Minnesota during the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee he grew up in a house with no running water and an outhouse in the back. On Thursday, those senators voted to move Blackwell’s confirmation to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota to a full vote in the Senate. The St. Paul-based court hears federal cases from across the state. “Of all the judges I put forward I feel more strongly about this one that I ever have,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who with fellow Minnesota Democrat Sen. Tina Smith had championed Blackwell’s candidacy. Klobuchar also said Blackwell’s mother told her that her son had never lost a civil case in nearly 35 years of practice. “He will make us proud,”...
    ECUADOR have kept their place in the World Cup Finals - after a Fifa panel ruled defender Byron Castillo WAS eligible to play for the country. South American rivals Chile had claimed Castillo was not a legitimate player because he was actually born in Colombia and is three years older than his documents suggest. 2Chile claimed Ecuador ace Byron Castillo was ineligible for the World Cup qualifiersCredit: Getty 2FIFA ruled in favour of Ecuador, who are expected to play in the World CupCredit: AP The initial case ended in a victory for Castillo and Ecuador in June but a formal appeal was launched as Chile insisted they had “compelling evidence” of their case. Chile demanded Ecuador forfeit all eight qualification games in which Castillo had featured with a 3-0 defeat, which would have seen them jump from seventh to fourth in the 10-team table and take the last automatic South American qualification place. That would have meant Chile replaced Ecuador alongside Qatar, Netherlands and Senegal in Group A and been potential last 16 opponents for England or Wales. Chile’s case...
    A Pennsylvania House committee announced this week it will investigate cases of “ghost flights” of illegal immigrants, possibly including children, that reportedly landed in the Keystone State.  The state House Government Oversight Committee accepted a referral from House Speaker Bryan Cutler (R-Quarryville) and Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff (R-Bellefonte) which voiced concern about media accounts of nighttime air delivery of persons who unlawfully entered the United States. Cutler and Benninghoff observed that whistleblowers have suggested these flights into the commonwealth’s northeastern region, allegedly chartered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), contain minors as well as adults. The individuals were reported to have been driven out of state after arriving.  “We intend to exercise the important role of the House Government Oversight Committee by investigating the flights into the Commonwealth and work to ensure the welfare of the children who may have been involved,” Mackenzie said in a statement. “We will also guard against revealing the personal or identifying information of any minors. Our goal is to be transparent about whether state resources, agencies, employees or non-governmental agencies...
    The U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack has just released walkie-talkie audio of conversations from members of the extreme Oath Keepers groups that offers a window into what the attackers were thinking and saying during the January 6, 2021 insurrection. The short clip begins with one person saying, “CNN just said that they evacuated all members of Congress into a safety room.” Another person responded with what might be called a vulgar threat: “There’s no place in the United States for any of these motherf*ck*rs right now, let me tell you.” “I hope they understand that we are not joking around,” a woman says. “Military principle 105,” a man can be heard saying. “Cave means grave.” READ MORE: Audio: Trump Warns if Indicted ‘You’d Have Problems the Likes of Which, Perhaps, We’ve Never Seen’ And another voice: “Trump just tweeted, ‘Please support our Capitol Police. They are on our side. Do not harm them.'” “That’s saying a lot by what he didn’t say. He didn’t say not to do anything to the congressmen,” another person responded, to...
    Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), reveals the January 6th committee is still on the fence on whether or not they will call upon former President Donald Trump to testify. Kinzinger who serves on the House Select Committee to investigate the January 6th attack was speaking with former senior advisor to President Obama, David Axelrod for the Thursday edition of his podcast, The Axe Files. Axelrod asked about former President Donald Trump, former Vice President Mike Pence, and members of the House who have not yet testified before the committee. “What are you guys gonna do about any of that? Is that, is that going to — are you going to take any more action to try and compel testimony?” Axelrod said. “Well, it really comes down — So let’s take the members of the House first. There’s not a ton you can do, in theory, we can refer contempt to the Justice Department. I’ll tell you, the Justice Department will not indict members of the House for refusing a House subpoena, because they’ll say as pretty much courts have...
    The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection has confirmed that it has received "thousands of exhibits" from members of the Secret Service as part of their response to the committee's subpoena back in July. Speaking to a group of reporters, Committee Chair Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) revealed that the materials obtained from agents are "a combination of a number of text messages, radio traffic ... thousands of exhibits." According to Axios, Thompson also noted that "the materials consist 'primarily' of texts from agents on Jan. 5 and 6, but declined to go into further detail because the committee is still reviewing them." READ MORE: 'Cover-up': Trump-appointed DHS watchdog’s office told Secret Service to ignore Jan. 6 text request "The tranches we've received have been significant," Thompson said. "It's a work in progress." On Wednesday, September 14, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) also weighed in with more details about the investigative findings saying, "it's been a large volume of information that we really pressed hard for the agency to release." The House Select Committee focused its attention on the...
    Secret Service hands over ‘thousands’ of records to Jan. 6 committee
    Mark Meadows has complied with a subpoena served to him by the Department of Justice, CNN reported Wednesday night. Meadows served as former President Donald Trump’s last chief of staff. In the waning days of Trump’s presidency on Jan. 6, 2021, a mob stormed the Capitol to stop certification of the 2020 election Trump falsely claimed was rigged against him. That event has prompted investigations by both the DOJ and Congress. “He’s complied with a subpoena from the Justice Department as part of the January 6th investigation,” CNN’s Evan Perez reported on Don Lemon Tonight. Now, this makes him the highest-ranking Trump official to comply with a subpoena as part of this criminal investigation.” Earlier this year, Meadows provided a trove of materials to the House select committee investigating the riot. Perez reported Meadows gave the DOJ all the materials he had given the Jan. 6 committee. DOJ and the committee are trying to ascertain what role Meadows and other members of Trump’s orbit played in attempting to overturn the election. After Trump’s loss, he and some of his aides...