GOP senator dodges question over Trump’s praise of Putin
The House of Representatives voted 220 to 203 to charge ex-Trump White House staffers Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino with criminal contempt for Congressional charges of failing to comply with subpoenas to produce documents and testify before the Special Committee investigating the riot of January 6 to be prosecuted.
Wednesay’s vote comes after both Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump testified before the committee within the past week. Both reportedly answered questions for several hours without invoking the Fifth Amendment, a break with various other close associates of Donald Trump.
The committee also eventually obtained a cache of emails from former Trump attorney John Eastman, who had attempted to withhold them from the committee’s scrutiny, citing various arguments that were dismissed in court.
Meanwhile, Trump’s Truth Social app has lost two senior executives six weeks after it launched. The app has been plagued by technical issues and about 1.5 million people remain on the waiting list to sign up without being able to use it.
ICYMI: Ivanka Trump testifies before Jan. 6 committee
Ivanka Trump appeared remotely before the Jan. 6 committee on Tuesday, committee sources said, as the panel’s investigation into her father’s role in a violent attack on Congress continues.
The Chairman of the House Inquiry Committee on Jan. 6 confirmed and announced Ms. Trump’s appearance to reporters Politically that Ms. Trump’s testimony was still ongoing as of Monday afternoon and five hours had already elapsed into the session. Ms. Trump has not been subpoenaed and, like her husband, is providing information to the committee as a personal decision.
John Bowden and Andrew Feinberg share what former first daughter’s testimony could mean.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 7, 2022 4:15 am
Report: FBI has hundreds of names of Capitol Riot suspects, but DOJ needs more attorneys
The US Department of Justice has been tracking down and prosecuting participants in the Capitol riots for more than a year, but is now faced with an unprecedented problem; it does not have enough lawyers to carry out the prosecution.
NBC News reports that more than 775 supporters of Donald Trump, who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, have been arrested. More than 225 people have pleaded guilty so far, and two have been convicted at trial. More than 50 were sentenced to prison terms.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 7, 2022 3:30 am
AOC is confident GOP immigration rules will not be included in the Covid Relief Act
The Independent‘s Eric Garcia spoke with Ms. Ocasio-Cortez at the US Capitol.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 7, 2022 2:45 am
The Ohio GOP legislature introduces a sweeping Don’t Say Gay bill that also targets lessons on race
Republican lawmakers in Ohio have introduced what opponents call “Don’t Say Gay” legislation, mirroring a Florida law that critics warn will have a chilling effect on LGBT+ students, teachers and their families .
The bill goes further, including school bans against “divisive or inherently racist concepts,” including critical race theory, and “diversity, equity and inclusion learning outcomes,” including professional development initiatives for teachers and school staff.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 7, 2022 02:00
Judge issues first outright acquittal for January 6 defendant
A judge has issued the first acquittal for a defendant in the Jan. 6 riots after a federal defense contractor claimed police waved him into the US Capitol.
New Mexico engineer Matthew Martin was found not guilty on four misdemeanor charges after a two-day trial before US District Court Judge Trevor McFadden after declining a jury trial.
Graeme Massie has more details.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 7, 2022 1:15 am
Marjorie Taylor Greene reports Jimmy Kimmel to the Capitol Police
U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene reported Jimmy Kimmel to U.S. Capitol Police on Wednesday after the late-night host made a joke about Will Smith slapping the Georgia Republican for her unsubstantiated allegation that Republicans who vote for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson “pro” are pedophiles.”
“ABC, this threat of violence against me by Jimmy Kimmel has been filed with Capitol Police,” she wrote on social media Wednesday.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 7, 2022 00:35
House of Representatives votes to hold Trump aides Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino in defiance of Congress
The House of Representatives voted 220 to 203 to try two other ex-Trump White House aides on criminal contempt charges from Congress for resisting subpoenas to produce documents and appear before the Special Committee investigating the April 2019 riot to testify on January 6th.
Just two Republicans — select committee members Liz Cheney of Wyoming, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois — joined 218 Democrats on Wednesday to endorse a resolution that included former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Daniel Scavino and former director of National Trade Council, Peter Navarro, are despised and recommended to be prosecuted for refusing to comply with subpoenas issued as part of the nine-member panel’s investigation into the worst attack on the US Capitol since Major General Robert Ross attacked British troops in 1814 ordered it set on fire.
Andrew Feinberg and Eric Garcia report from Washington, DC.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 7, 2022 00:11
‘Maggot-infested’ Tom Cotton and GOP’s ‘fascism’ torn apart by Dem party leader
The Democratic Party leader continued to attack, telling voters that the Republican Party’s embrace of “fraud, fear and fascism” should not be rewarded with a return to power in Washington.
DNC chairman Jamie Harrison made the comments during an appearance on MSNBC morning joewith particular aim at GOP Sen Tom Cotton of Arkansas, whose criticism of Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson has been widely criticized as cheap and based on a willful misreading of her earlier work.
John Bowden got the story from Washington, DC.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 6, 2022 11:45 p.m
Not to be outdone by Texas, DeSantis says Florida will take a similar approach
Not to be outdone by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis claims he will send undocumented migrants to President Joe Biden’s home state of Delaware.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 6, 2022 11:10 p.m
Texas will send illegal immigrants to DC
Mr Abbott told Fox News he was sick of migrants being released by the federal government to small towns in Texas and he plans to drop the migrants off near the steps of the US Capitol.
A state official said as many as 900 buses could be deployed to transport the migrants to DC.
Oliver O’ConnellApril 6, 2022 11:00 p.m