Trump calls for Putin to release dirt on the Biden family
Donald Trump’s son-in-law and former White House adviser Jared Kushner has appeared virtually before the House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot. His testimony of him is said to have been “really valuable”.
The meeting comes as White House records turned over to the committee by the National Archives and Records Administration do not include any calls made or received by Mr Trump between the hours of 11.17am and 6.54pm on the day of the storming of Congress.
The panel is now probing whether Mr Trump or his advisers used untraceable “burner phones” to evade official record-keeping systems which documented the president’s inbound and outbound phone calls that day. Mr Trump denied doing so in a statement in which he claimed to have “no idea what a burner phone is” and has never used the term. However, law suits filed on his behalf and a statement by former national security adviser John Bolton indicates otherwise.
Meanwhile, the current administration blasted Mr Trump’s request for Russian President Vladimir Putin to release potentially damaging information on President Joe Biden’s son in the middle of the war in Ukraine.
“What kind of American, let alone an ex-president, thinks that this is the right time to enter into a scheme with Vladimir Putin and brag about his connections to Vladimir Putin? There is only one, and it’s Donald Trump,” White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield said to reporters on Wednesday.
Kushner Jan 6 testimony “really valuable”
Donald Trump’s son-in-law and former White House adviser Jared Kushner has testified virtually before the House select committee investigating the events of January 6 2021 leading up to and during the violent assault on the US Capitol.
Representative Elaine Luria said in an appearance on MSNBC this afternoon said: “He was able to voluntarily provide information to us to verify, substantiate, provide his own take on this different reporting, so it was really valuable.”
Oliver O’Connell31 March 2022 22:45
Russia state TV calls Gabbard ‘our friend Tulsi’
Oliver O’Connell31 March 2022 22:40
Debunking Donald Trump’s false claim that he ‘built up’ oil reserves
Former president Donald Trump’s recent claim that his administration “built up” US strategic petroleum reserves that were “virtually empty” for a half-century is a complete falsehood, according to US Department of Energy records.
Andrew Feinberg explains.
Oliver O’Connell31 March 2022 22:10
How an explosion of GOP bills targeting LGBT+ Americans created a crisis
Conservative Christian groups and ‘parental rights’ agendas target young transgender people with an unprecedented wave of legislation that has nearly doubled within two years, Alex Woodward reports.
Oliver O’Connell31 March 2022 21:40
Rules committee to take up Navarro and Scavino contemplate referral
CNN’s Ryan Nobles reports that the House Rules Committee plans to take up the criminal contempt of Congress referral of former Trump aides Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino on Monday.
Oliver O’Connell31 March 2022 21:21
‘I won’t bow to the mob’
Republican North Carolina Representative Madison Cawthorn has tweeted that he “won’t stop fighting” and that he “won’t bow to the mob” amid scrutiny of his comments in which he alleged that other politicians have done cocaine in front of him and invited him all orgies
“The radical left, the establishment, and the media want to take me down. Their attacks have been relentless. I won’t stop fighting. I won’t bow to the mob. They want to silence the America First movement. I’m not going anywhere,” Mr Cawthorn wrote on Thursday.
Gustaf Kilander reports from Washington, DC.
Oliver O’Connell31 March 2022 21:10
GOP candidate shoots at ‘godless commie’ vote counting machine in new ad
Jarrin Jackson, who is running for state office in Oklahoma, posted the video on Monday. In the advertisement, he approaches a printer and asks “Who owns this?”
The lid of the printer is labeled “Property of: Godless Commies.”
Dominion Voting Systems was the focus on numerous conspiracy theories following the 2020 election. There has never been any evidence that the company engaged in any fraudulent activity regarding the election.
Oliver O’Connell31 March 2022 20:40
Trump claims he wasn’t attracted to adult film star Stormy Daniels
Donald Trump took to his spokesperson’s Twitter on Wednesday to release a statement that once again gloated over the money Stormy Daniels owes the former president since losing her defamation lawsuit, while finding space to add an extra dig about how he wasn’t attracted to the adult film star.
“Today, the 9th Circuit issued yet another attorney fees ruling in my favor against Stephanie Clifford (AKA “Stormy Daniels”) – this time, awarding me $245,209.67 for my fees incurred in her 9th Circuit appeal of her failed lawsuit against me,” the former president began in his statement.
Ms Daniels, who already missed a crucial 30-day deadline to appeal a lower court’s decision on paying Mr Trump’s legal fees, had previously been told that she owed the former president nearly $300,000.
Johanna Chisholm reports.
Oliver O’Connell31 March 2022 20:11
Caitlyn Jenner hired as Fox News contributor
The former Republican candidate for California governor and reality TV celebrity will appear on the network for the first time in her new role as a paid contributor on Thursday.
Oliver O’Connell31 March 2022 19:40
An audience of one
David Drucker reports in The Washington Examiner that Donald Trump is being urged to drop his endorsement of Michigan attorney general candidate Matt DePerno in a new television advertisement running solely in the Palm Beach, Florida, media market.
Many Republican insiders in Michigan are said to be adamantly opposed to Mr DePerno who supports the former president’s claim the 2020 election was stolen and is described in the ad as a “grifting loser”.
His opponents are hoping Mr Trump will withdraw his endorsement in the same way he did with his backing of Mo Brooks.
Oliver O’Connell31 March 2022 19:10