January 6 hearings live: Pat Cipollone to testify before committee as another Trump aide agrees to appear in public

Liz Cheney says she hasn’t decided whether to run for president

The committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot in the United States Capitol has obtained behind-closed-door testimony from former White House counsel Pat Cipollone, who has been under pressure to speak to the panel for some time. . His memories are expected to provide crucial insight into Donald Trump’s attempts to instrumentalize the Justice Department to undo the 2020 election.

The panel will also hold a televised hearing with Sarah Matthews, a former deputy press secretary who resigned after the Capitol was attacked. The date of her session has not been confirmed, but the next live in-person public hearing will take place next week with a focus on Mr Trump’s role in putting the crowd together.

Meanwhile, the Fulton County, Georgia grand jury, investigating Mr Trump’s attempts to undo Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory, has issued subpoenas against Senator Lindsey Graham, Rudy Giuliani and several other South Carolina attorneys who played a part in Mr Trump’s machinations. Graham has confirmed that he will refuse to comply with the demands of the subpoena.

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Truck Convoy Leader Arrested Along National Mall

The leader of the truck convoy that tried and failed multiple times to entangle traffic around Washington DC was arrested Wednesday after his group achieved minor success for the first time.

David “Santa” Riddell was arrested early Wednesday morning along the National Mall in downtown Washington DC. The everyday beast reported for the first time dealing with two traffic fines and one arrestable offense: disobeying a police officer’s orders.

John Bowden reports from Washington, DC.

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January 6 panel member on collaboration with witnesses

Stephanie Murphy, one of the Democrats on the Jan. 6 panel, gave an interview this morning discussing the difference made by witnesses to the Trump administration who have decided to put the country above party or political imperatives:

Andrew NaughtieJuly 6, 2022 6:00 PM

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Analysis: Why Sarah Matthews’ Upcoming Appearance Matters

Andrew Feinberg writes that for all the public may not know who she is, Sarah Matthews — like Cassidy Hutchinson before her — is the epitome of a certain kind of Washington insider who can be immensely dangerous to a former boss.



When you look at photos of White House meetings, there’s always an outer ring of seats populated by people manning the decision-makers — or the directors — around the table. People with titles like Special Assistant and Deputy Assistant and Assistant This-or-That often circulate between offices making appointments and passing messages between the bold names they serve.

Yet these directors often forget that the young staff members – often no older than their mid-twenties – are in the room. The twenty-somethings who keep Washington going are often invisible to all but a select few (usually reporters) who know how to pay attention.

Read the full analysis below.

The Problem Donald Trump Didn’t See Coming

Former staffers are often forgotten at White House meetings, something only a select few notice. Now those invisible twenty-somethings are coming back to haunt the people they were supposed to serve

Andrew NaughtieJuly 6, 2022 17:30

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Beware of Cipollone

Kyle Cheney points out that it’s still unclear what Pat Cipollone agreed to the committee’s January 6 offer — and the nature of what they agreed to will largely determine what the public ultimately learns about what he gave them. tells.

Andrew NaughtieJuly 6, 2022 17:00

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Giuliani Says Trump Should Have Pardoned Himself

Rudy Giuliani, who reportedly asked Donald Trump for a preemptive pardon after Jan. 6 and now faces several legal risks, speculated this morning that his former boss might have an easier time today if he had pardoned himself before leaving office.

Andrew NaughtieJuly 6, 2022 16:30

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Pat Cipollone gives behind closed door testimony to the panel on January 6

After the Jan. 6 commission ramped up public pressure on him to testify, former Trump White House adviser Pat Cipollone has reportedly agreed to speak to the panel — albeit behind closed doors. doors.

His perspective on the days through January 6 itself will be crucial because of his direct involvement in fending off Mr Trump’s attempt to fully instrumentalize the Justice Department.

Andrew NaughtieJuly 6, 2022 16:06

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Lindsey Graham defies Georgia subpoena

Attorneys for Senator Lindsey Graham say he will not comply with a subpoena issued to him as part of a Grand Jury investigation in Fulton County, Georgia into former President Donald Trump’s pursuit of Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory. able to undo peach.

In a statement provided to the independent, Attorneys Bart Daniel and Matt Austin say Fulton County investigators told them Mr. Graham is “just a witness” and “neither a subject nor target of the investigation,” but dismissed the investigation overseen by Fulton County DA Fani Willis as “all political”.

The attorneys further accused Ms. Willis of conducting a “fishing expedition” and “collaborating with the January 6 Committee in Washington.”

“Any information from an interview or statement with Senator Graham would be immediately shared with the Jan. 6 committee,” the lawyers said, though they provided no evidence to back up their claims.

Andrew Feinberg has the story.

Andrew NaughtieJuly 6, 2022 15:50

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Russian TV speculates on Trump’s premature return

Russian state television propagandist Olga Skabeeva took aim at former President Donald Trump, implying that the Russian government might think twice about mounting a campaign to support him if he chooses to run in the 2024 presidential election.

Skabeeva made the comments during a recent edition of her 60 minutes political talk show, according to a clip with English translations posted to Twitter by Russian media analyst Julia Davis.

“Recently, Trump promised to destroy the Russian Federation, to destroy Putin’s hegemony, as he put it,” she said.

Andrew Feinberg has more.

Andrew NaughtieJuly 6, 2022 15:30

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Kinzinger pays tribute to Cassidy Hutchinson and other witnesses

Adam Kinzinger, who yesterday shared a shocking compilation of abusive and threatening voicemails received by his staff, has sung the praises of Cassidy Hutchinson and other Trump administration veterans who have come forward to tell the Jan. 6 committee what they have seen during the ex-president’s efforts to undo the 2020 election.

Andrew NaughtieJuly 6, 2022 3:00 PM

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Trump real estate company found contemptuous by New York court

Aside from his issues on Jan. 6, Donald Trump continues to face major problems in the form of the New York Attorney General’s investigation into his business dealings.

Now a real estate company involved in the case has been held in contempt of court for failing to produce documents subpoenaed in the investigation. Cushman & Wakefield now has to pay a $10,000 per day fine until it complies.

In signature style, Mr. Trump has described the probe as a politically motivated witch hunt and denounced Attorney General Letitia James as a “racist.”

Andrew NaughtieJuly 6, 2022 14:30

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