Trump News Today: Ex-president charged with ‘blatant illegality’ in Jan. 6 court backlash

Trump says Ketanji Brown Jackson was ‘incredibly disrespectful’ to GOP senators

The Jan. 6 selection committee has gained access to a cache of emails sent by John Eastman, the lawyer who authored an infamous memo outlining a plan for Mike Pence to win the 2020 election in favor of Donald Trump to tip, were withheld from his examination.

In a scathing statement, the judge handling the case wrote that “Dr. Eastman and President Trump launched a campaign to overthrow a Democratic election, an action unprecedented in American history” – and that “If Dr. Eastman and President Trump had worked, he would have permanently ended the peaceful transfer of power and undermined American democracy and the Constitution. Unless the country commits to investigating and holding those responsible to account, the court fears January 6th will repeat itself.”

“The illegality of the plan was evident,” Judge David Carter wrote of Mr Trump and attorney John Eastman’s proposal to let then-Vice President Mike Pence determine the results of the election.

The news comes as the special committee prepares to vote tonight on referring Trump aides Dan Scavino and Peter Navarro to the House of Representatives for contempt of Congress.

President Joe Biden has denied attempts by the two men to resist the panel’s subpoenas by asserting executive privilege, a claim that numerous subpoenaed witnesses have already failed. According to a report released by the committee Sunday night, Mr. Biden “determined that an assertion of executive privilege was not in the national interest and therefore was not warranted.”


Ivanka Trump thanks volunteers for delivering 1 million meals to Ukraine

Ivanka Trump has thanked the people of Ukraine for “inspiring the world with courage” as she lauded their determination in a video posted to Instagram last night.

The former president’s eldest daughter also thanked her partners’ charities for helping deliver one million meals to the war-torn country.

“To the people of Ukraine, you are in our thoughts and prayers. And our hearts break for what you are going through at this difficult time,” she said.

“You have inspired the world with your courage and bravery as you fight for your country and freedoms.”

Ms Trump worked with religious groups City of Destiny, City Serve and Mercy Chefs to send the food packages to people in Lviv, Kyiv and the northeastern city of Sumy.

In clips Ms Trump posted to social media, rabbis, priests and other faith leaders were seen handing out packages to queues of people.

Ms Trump thanked her “extraordinary partners” for “risking their lives to deliver these meals to the most vulnerable in cities across Ukraine”.

Oliver O’ConnellMarch 28, 2022 6:58 p.m


Rick Scott takes on Fox host who exposes his false tax plan claim

A Republican senator facing backlash from both sides after releasing his “11-point plan” to “save America” ​​clashed with a Fox News anchor over the weekend over whether proposed income tax hikes constitute a “Democratic topic of conversation”.

Oliver O’ConnellMarch 28, 2022 6:40 p.m


DeSantis signs Don’t Say Gay bill into law.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed the Don’t Say Gay Act into law. He previously said: “I don’t care what the media companies say, I don’t care what Hollywood says, I don’t care what big companies say. Here I stand, I’m not backing down.”

Here’s our explainer on the controversial bill.

Oliver O’ConnellMarch 28, 2022 6:15 p.m


‘He is unable’: John Bolton resists calls to include Trump in peace talks with Russia

John Bolton, who once served as former President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, has taken every opportunity to publicly suggest that the war in Ukraine would be worse if the year-old commander in chief were still in office.

“He’s not capable of that,” he told the outlet. “This would require thinking through a policy and weighing the pros and cons, the risks and costs involved. He just doesn’t.”

Oliver O’ConnellMarch 28, 2022 5:50 p.m


Richter says Trump was trying to undermine “this fundamental principle” of democracy.

A federal judge railed against former President Donald Trump’s attempt to subvert democracy’s attorney when he ruled that Mr Trump’s attorney, John C. Eastman, must turn over emails Mr Eastman sent to the committee of inquiry into the riots January 6 in the US Capitol.

Eric Garcia has the latest from Washington, DC.

Oliver O’ConnellMarch 28, 2022 5:27 p.m


January 6 wine-drinking rioter faces conviction

CBS’ Scott MacFarlane reports on a Jan. 6 rioter who could soon be jailed for up to three months after committing what amounts to a drinking bout in the US Capitol…

Andrew NaughtieMarch 28, 2022 5:07 p.m


John Eastman ordered the January 6 emails he was trying to withhold to be declassified

The Jan. 6 select committee managed to obtain emails in court that Trump-affiliated attorney John Eastman withheld from his investigation.

Mr. Eastman is infamous for a memo he authored in which Mike Pence outlined a plan to essentially throw out the 2020 election result during the 2021 certification process.

The judge in the most recent case ruled in favor of the select committee, writing:

dr Eastman and President Trump launched a campaign to overthrow a Democratic election, an action unprecedented in American history. Their campaign was not limited to the ivory tower – it was a coup in search of a legal theory. The plan led to violent attacks on our nation’s seat of government, resulted in the deaths of several police officers, and deepened public distrust in our political process.

More than a year after the attack on our Capitol, the public still seeks accountability. This case can’t provide it. The court’s only job is to decide a dispute over a handful of emails. This is not law enforcement; this is not even a civil lawsuit. At best, this case is a warning of the dangers of “legal theories” gone wrong, the misuse of public platforms by those in power, and the desperation to win at all costs. If the plan of Dr. Eastman and President Trump would have permanently ended the peaceful transfer of power and undermined American democracy and the Constitution. Unless the country commits to investigating and holding those responsible to account, the court fears Jan. 6 will repeat itself.

Andrew NaughtieMarch 28, 2022 4:50 p.m


Catching up: January 6 panel report on Scavino and Navarro

The Independent‘s Eric Garcia has taken stock of the Jan. 6 special committee report on Trump aides Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino. The panel will later vote on whether to refer them to the full House of Representatives to vote on whether they held Congress in contempt; For now, we have the panel’s report to choose from.

The committee specifically noted that Donald Trump’s two former White House advisers refused to release documents or appear for testimony. In particular, the committee noted how Mr. Navarro was attempting to develop a plan to delay certification of the 2020 election.

The report noted that Mr. Navarro said publicly that he would not comply with a congressional subpoena and invoked executive branch privileges, but also acknowledged that he published information relevant to the investigation in his book.

“Mr. Navarro has presented no evidence that former President Trump ever invoked executive privilege with respect to any documents in Mr. Navarro’s personal possessions or testimony that Mr. Navarro might provide,” the report said. “Special Committee staff members responded the same day, stating that there are areas of investigation that imply ‘no concerns at all about executive privilege.'”

Read his full article below.

Andrew NaughtieMarch 28, 2022 4:18 p.m


Truckers protest in DC, pack up and go home

The so-called People’s Convoy, a conglomeration of truck drivers protesting a series of loosely connected grievances in the Washington, DC area, has appeared to have ended their actions in the capital after weeks of driving their trucks around the bypass and into downtown were area.

The protest was inspired by the truckers who descended on Ottawa earlier this year to protest the Canadian government’s Covid-19 restrictions. However, the people’s convoy never managed to cause the same level of disruption as their Canadian comrades; neither did some other American attempts, some of which attracted no more than a handful of riders or ran out of steam en route to DC.

Andrew NaughtieMarch 28, 2022 3:21 p.m


Report: Ted Cruz’s role in attempting to overthrow the 2020 election

the Washington Post has released a shocking (though not entirely surprising) look at Ted Cruz’s role in one of several attempts to overturn the 2020 election result, tying it not only to Donald Trump himself but also to John Eastman, the Author of an infamous memo outlining a plan by Mike Pence to disregard legitimate electoral votes broadcast by various states, Mr Trump narrowly lost:

An exam through The Washington Post of Cruz’s actions between Election Day and January 6, 2021 shows how deeply involved he was, working directly with Trump to hatch a plan that came closer than was widely believed to keeping him in power. As Cruz went to extraordinary lengths to court Trump’s foothold and lay the groundwork for his own potential presidential bid in 2024, he also alienated close allies and longtime friends, who accused him of forsaking his principles.

Now, of interest to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, is Cruz’s efforts, specifically whether Cruz was in contact with Trump attorney John Eastman, a conservative attorney who has served for decades is friends with him and has written major legal memos aimed at denying Biden’s victory.

Andrew NaughtieMarch 28, 2022 3:00 p.m

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