January 6 hearings final: Liz Cheney warns of Donald Trump’s ‘domestic threat’, as Melania lyrics revealed

Liz Cheney gives a speech on the future of the GOP

US Republican Representative Liz Cheney gave a fiery speech calling on Donald Trump and GOP leaders at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Wednesday night, receiving thunderous applause from the audience.

Ms. Cheney, the vice chair of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot, said Mr Trump’s efforts have proved “more chilling and menacing” than first thought.

“Republicans cannot be loyal to Donald Trump as well as loyal to the Constitution,” she said to applause.

While her panel subpoenaed Trump White House adviser Pat Cipollone, whose opposition to Mr Trump’s false claims was reiterated this week during this week’s bomb hearing with former Mark Meadows aide Cassidy Hutchinson, the Wyoming congresswoman warned that Americans in Donald Trump are facing a “domestic threat” unlike anything seen before.

Meanwhile, former Trump White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham has revealed a text exchange she had with Melania Trump during the Jan. 6 attack, in which the then-first lady refused to tweet condemning the violence on Capitol Hill.

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‘Absolutely crazy’: Trump rages over Cassidy Hutchinson hearing

Donald Trump, who is quite selective in interviews these days, has passed his verdict on this week’s devastating January 6 committee meeting with Cassidy Hutchinson. The former president described Mark Meadows’ former aide as a “social climber” and mocked the hearing as “absolutely crazy,” the former president is clearly unhappy with the evidence that came out.

Watch the interview below:

Andrew NaughtieJune 30, 2022 15:50

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Biden to address Jan 6 implications when commission finishes work – report

The White House has largely stayed away from the Jan. 6 commission’s work as the seismic hearings continue. But according to NBC News, Joe Biden plans to address what has come to light once the panel concludes its public sessions, which is expected to happen well before the midterm elections.

Read the full report here.

Andrew NaughtieJune 30, 2022 3:44 PM

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Liz Cheney takes her stand

Liz Cheney on Wednesday expressed a scorching condemnation of her party and Donald Trump after an explosive committee hearing on Jan. 6 a day earlier.

Speaking to guests at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, a monument to one of the GOP’s best-known leaders, Ms. Cheney denounced the former president for his continued efforts to undermine confidence in the American electoral system and the rule of law in general.

“Right now we are faced with a domestic threat that we have never seen before – and that is a former president trying to unravel the foundations of our constitutional republic,” she told those in attendance.

Ms. Cheney will debate her main primary opponent of the GOP tonight in Wyoming, Trump-backed Harriet Hageman, along with three other challengers. Although she’s beaten Ms. Hageman 2-to-1 so far, she has to climb a steep climb to hold the seat, which is considered an ultra-secure Republican grab.

John Bowden has the story.

Andrew NaughtieJune 30, 2022 3:28 PM

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Analysis: The GOP Has Put Trump Worship Above Government

As the Republican Party fights hard to retake Congress in this year’s midterm elections, Eric Garcia writes, they are making increasingly clear where their priorities lie: not with the task of making laws for the benefit of Americans’ lives, but with performative expressions of loyalty to their de facto leader.

“Today, the top priorities for Republicans are no longer governing and passing legislation, but loyalty to Mr Trump and ‘owning the libraries’. Republicans could probably regain a majority in both chambers — which would hamper Joe Biden’s agenda — but a lack of institutional knowledge could make it harder for the next president to pass legislation.”

Andrew NaughtieJune 30, 2022 3:00 PM

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Monica Lewinsky’s January 6th meme raises eyebrows

Trump wanted to go to the Capitol so badly that he tried to grab the wheel of “The Beast” after being told he would be going back to the White House instead, she testified. He also grabbed the collarbone of a Secret Service agent, she added.

Tony Ornato, then White House deputy chief of staff, told Ms. Hutchinson that Robert Engel, the Secret Service agent in charge on Jan. 6, 2021, had repeatedly told Trump on his way back to the White House that it was not safe. to go to the Capitol.

Namita Singh | has the story.

Andrew NaughtieJune 30, 2022 14:30

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ICYMI: Giuliani employee linked to Trump’s Ukraine scandal jailed for fraud and campaign finance

Lev Parnas, who helped Rudy Giuliani’s efforts to find harmful information about Joe Biden in Ukraine, has been sentenced to just under two years in prison for fraud and campaign finance violations during the 2018 election.

Parnas, a Soviet-born Florida-based businessman, was convicted in October of seeking money from Russian businessman Andrey Muraviev to use in a campaign of influence. He will be in prison for a year and eight months.

Giuliani’s former ally, along with former associate Igor Fruman, also appeared to have concealed that they were the source of a $325,000 donation to a pro-Trump group. The October conviction further alleged that in 2018 Parnas made an illegal donation to start an energy company.

Andrew NaughtieJune 30, 2022 14:00

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Lawyer who left the Jan. 6 panel seeking seat in the US Senate of Missouri

A lawyer who held a key role in the George W. Bush administration and who last week resigned from his position as senior investigator for the U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurgency said Wednesday that he is running for a seat in the United States Senate in Missouri as an independent.

John F. Wood announced in a prepared statement that he is making an effort to run for the November general election to step down from the seat of GOP Sen. Roy Blunt.

The announcement comes as some Republican leaders voiced concern that former Governor Eric Greitens could triumph in a field of 21 Republican nominations for the seat in the Aug. 2 primaries, losing in November because of the sex and gender bias. campaign finance scandals that pushed him out of office in 2018. Greitens is also facing allegations of physical abuse by his ex-wife, which he has denied. With the Senate split evenly, the GOP cannot afford to lose what would otherwise be a safe seat.

Read the Associated Press report on what comes next.

Josh MarcusJune 30, 2022 13:30

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The Invisible Cost of the January 6 Hearings

Ms. Hutchinson, a former White House aide, gave firsthand knowledge of what she saw and heard in the run-up to the riots in the US capital during a surprise hearing Tuesday of the select committee investigating the insurgency.

“I am grateful for people like Cassidy who are telling the truth about what the reality was in the days and aftermath of the election,” Ms Troy told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Wednesday.

Josh MarcusJune 30, 2022 12:46 pm

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Giulani deletes confusing tweet about (not) asking for pardon

The attempt by former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, along with his Trumpworld compatriots, to attack January 6 House witness Cassidy Hutchinson went awry. He posted a tweet denying allegations that he had asked for a presidential pardon, which was worded in a way that seemed to corroborate the claim.

“The witch-hunt clique of January 6 has now surpassed even the previous fraudulent practices,” he said. “The last witness was a reckless liar. Contrary to her false testimony, she was never present when I asked for a pardon,” he wrote.

Giuliani, who is currently under federal investigation for work he was doing on behalf of Trump in Ukraine, later added that he told former President Donald Trump he “didn’t want or need a presidential pardon.”

Confusing things even further, he then deleted the tweet.

Andrew Feinberg has the story.

Andrew NaughtieJune 30, 2022 11:59

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Meanwhile in Europe… a major NATO expansion

President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that the US is strengthening its long-term forces in Europe to bolster regional security following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Meeting NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Madrid for the opening of the alliance’s annual leadership summit, Biden said: “NATO is strong and united, and the steps we take at this summit will increase our collective strength. further increase.”

Biden says the US is setting up permanent headquarters in Poland, sending two additional F-35 fighter jet squadrons to the UK and sending more “air defense and other capabilities” to Germany and Italy.

“Today I announce that the United States will strengthen our military position in Europe and respond to the changing security environment and strengthen our collective security,” said Biden, explaining the announcements in detail.

Josh MarcusJune 30, 2022 11:15 am

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