Jan 6 hearings today: Trump fears for ‘inner secrets’ as lawyer Pat Cipollone is called to testify

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

Donald Trump expressed fears of his “inner secrets” being revealed before a “hostile Committee in Congress” as his White House counsel was set to be brought before the Jan 6 committee for a closed-door testimony.

Taking to his Truth Social handle, Mr Trump asked why he or any future president would have a “candid and important” conversation with the White House counsel if there was even a small chance that the person would eventually leak the details.

He referred to his former White House counsel Pat Cipollone as a “lawyer acting for the Country” that “may some day be brought before a partisan and openly hostile Committee in Congress, or even a fair and reasonable Committee, to reveal the inner secrets of foreign policy or other important matters. So bad for the USA!”

Mr Cipollone, who has emerged as a key witness into the activities of Mr Trump and his allies, has been under pressure to speak to the panel for some time and his recollections are expected to provide crucial insight into the former president’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election.


Donald Trump fears inner secrets being revealed to ‘hostile Committee’

As Donald Trump’s White House counsel Pat Cipollone is set to testify before the Jan 6 panel, the former president has lashed out at the idea that the “lawyer for the country” could be made to reveal conversations about the “inner secrets” of the White House.

“Why would a future President of the United States want to have candid and important conversations with his White House Counsel if he thought there was even a small chance that this person, essentially acting as a ‘lawyer’ for the Country, may some day be brought before a partisan and openly hostile Committee in Congress, or even a fair and reasonable Committee, to reveal the inner secrets of foreign policy or other important matters,” he said on Truth Social.

“So bad for the USA!”

shweta sharma7 July 2022 06:56


Trump press aid to testify at Jan 6 committee hearing

A former Trump White House staffer who resigned after the 6 January riot at the US Capitol is set to testify publicly to the select committee investigating the incident.

Sarah Matthews, who served as deputy press secretary in the later phase of the administration, will reportedly be appearing by agreement at a future hearing after receiving a subpoena, according to CNN.

Oliver O’Connell7 July 2022 06:15


Capitol rioters’ reaction to Trump video in real time

A new video of the scene inside the Capitol itself shows the minutes immediately following the White House’s release of a video in which Donald Trump instructed his supporters to leave the building.

Posted on Twitter by NBC News’s Ryan J. Reilly on Tuesday, it was apparently shot by Pam Hemphill, a participant in riot who was sentenced to 60 days in prison for her presence inside the Capitol as Trump supporters fought police and stormed the building.

In the video, an unidentified woman is seen demanding to know when the video was recorded, insisting (correctly) that it was not a live feed; she apparently did not realize it had been released by Donald Trump himself on Twitter just minutes earlier.

Oliver O’Connell7 July 2022 05:15


‘I’m not a crazy Republican. I’m a reasonable person

Brian Dahle, the Republican Party’s longshot hope to unseat Gov. Gavin Newsom in California, knows that to win in his progressive home state he can’t allow Democrats to label him as an election denying, abortion-hating, gun-loving, bombastic right-winger.

It’s why Dahle, an affable farmer and state senator from the sparsely populated northeast corner of the state, goes out of his way to make one thing clear: “I’m not a crazy Republican. I’m a reasonable person.”

Oliver O’Connell7 July 2022 04:15


ICYMI: Cheney refuses to rule out 2024 presidential run

Liz Cheney, the vice-chairman of the House January 6 select committee, said during her first sit-down interview since the public hearings kicked off last month that she hasn’t ruled out making a bid for president in 2024.

Johanna Chisholm reports.

Oliver O’Connell7 July 2022 03:30


Russian state TV host muses whether Putin should ‘reinstall Trump’

Russian state television propagandist Olga Skabeeva took aim at former president Donald Trump, implying the Russian government may think twice about mounting any campaign to support him should he choose to run in the 2024 presidential election.

Skabeeva made the remarks 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.

Oliver O’Connell7 July 2022 02:45


McConnell says Americans aren’t working because they are ‘flush’

Mitch McConnell has claimed that the US labor shortage is due to people unwilling to work because they are “flush at the moment”.

The Republican Senate Minority Leader was speaking at an event in Paducah, Kentucky on Tuesday when he pitched his theory of why businesses are struggling to hire people.

“You’ve got a whole lot of people sitting on the sidelines because, frankly, they’re flush for the moment,” Mr McConnell said. “What we’ve got to hope is once they run out of money, they’ll start concluding it’s better to work than not to work.”

Oliver O’Connell7 July 2022 02:00


Lindsey Graham will not comply with Georgia election probe subpoena

Attorneys for Senator Lindsey Graham say he will not comply with a subpoena issued to him as part of a Fulton County, Georgia grand jury investigation into former president Donald Trump’s push to overturn Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory in the Peach State.

In a statement provided to The Independent, attorneys Bart Daniel and Matt Austin say Fulton County investigators have told them Mr Graham is “simply a witness” and “neither a subject nor target of the investigation” but dismissed the investigation being overseen by Fulton County DA Fani Willis as “all politics”.

Andrew Feinberg has more details.

Oliver O’Connell7 July 2022 01:15


Biden jokes ‘Trump calling me’ as phone goes off mid-speech

President Joe Biden was speaking about the next phase of his economic agenda and his American Rescue Plan in Cleveland, Ohio, when a phone rang in the audience.

Gustaf Kilander reports on how the president made light of the moment.

Oliver O’Connell7 July 2022 00:30


Ex-Trump White House counsel Pat Cipollone to testify to Jan 6 committee

Former Trump White House counsel Pat Cipollone will give evidence in closed session before the House January 6 select committee this week, following multiple calls for his testimony from committee members.

Mr Cipollone, who served as former president Donald Trump’s top White House lawyer from 2019 to the end of his term in January 2021, has previously met with the panel on an informal basis, but he has now agreed to a transcribed interview with select committee members and investigators.

Andrew Feinberg has the latest.

Oliver O’Connell6 July 2022 23:45


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