GOP senator dodges question on Trump’s praise of Putin
New York Attorney General Letitia James has filed a motion to hold former President Donald Trump in contempt for not complying with a court order to turn over documents in her ongoing civil probe. Her office de ella wants him to pay $10,000 per day, every day until he turns over the documents.
Meanwhile, in Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s criminal probe into Mr Trump’s business dealings, investigators are reviewing “evidence not previously explored”
In a new interview with the Washington PostDonald Trump has insisted he does not regret urging his supporters to come to Washington, DC on 6 January 2021 – and has even said that he himself would have marched to the Capitol had the Secret Service not restrained him.
“Secret Service said I couldn’t go,” the paper quotes him saying. “I would have gone there in a minute.”
The interview comes after the House of Representatives voted 220-203 to refer ex-Trump White House aides Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino for prosecution on criminal contempt of Congress charges for defying subpoenas to produce documents and give evidence before the select committee investigating the 6 January insurrection.
Trump says Secret Service stopped him marching to Capitol on Jan 6
Former president Donald Trump claims he wanted to join a riotous mob of his supporters in marching from the Ellipse on the way to attacking the Capitol on 6 January 2021, but was prevented from doing so by his security detail.
Oliver O’Connell8 April 2022 03:30
New York AG files motion to hold Trump in contempt with $10,000 daily fines
New York Attorney General Letitia James has filed a motion asking the state Supreme Court to hold Donald Trump in contempt for failing to turn over evidence as part of her investigation into his family’s business, with $10,000 daily fines for every day he has refused to comply with to court order.
“The judge’s order was crystal clear: Donald J Trump must comply with our subpoena and turn over relevant documents to my office,” she said in a statement on 7 April. “Instead of obeying a court order, Mr Trump is trying to evade it. We are seeking the court’s immediate intervention because no one is above the law.”
Alex Woodward has the latest.
Oliver O’Connell8 April 2022 02:45
Refusal to share Trump’s Mar-a-Lago docs with Congress suggests DoJ is investigating
It’s the clearest suggestion so far that the issue is under investigation, CNN noted.
Gustaf Kilander reports from Washington, DC.
Oliver O’Connell8 April 2022 02:00
Ted Cruz slams Marjorie Taylor Greene’s ‘pro-pedophile’ insult to fellow Republicans
Texas Senator Ted Cruz criticized fellow Republican and Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene for saying that three GOP senators are “pro-paedophile” after they announced their support for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.
When Mr Cruz was asked if he supported Ms Greene’s sentiments, he laughed and said “no, I think that’s silly”.
Oliver O’Connell8 April 2022 01:15
Despite governor’s veto, Kentucky GOP could ban transgender athletes from women’s sports
Kentucky’s Democratic Governor Andy Beshear has vetoed a bill passed by the Republican-led state legislature banning transgender student athletes from girls’ and women’s sports, arguing that it is likely unconstitutional discrimination against transgender women and girls.
Oliver O’Connell8 April 2022 00:30
Ted Cruz accused of hypocrisy for attacking Mr T’s masking decision
Former wrestler and actor’s decision to continue masking after his second Covid-19 vaccine booster shot drew the ire of Senator Ted Cruz who labeled it “bizarre”.
As one person commented: “Bizarre that you’ve got problems with someone making their own medical choices.”
Graig Graziosi has the story.
Oliver O’Connell7 April 2022 23:45
GOP may block Disney copyright over ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill row
A number of Republican lawmakers have signaled they may block Disney from renewing copyright on an iconic Mickey Mouse cartoon as punishment for the company’s stance on Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill.
Rep Jim Banks, chair of the Republican Study Committee, is circulating a letter among the GOP caucus in which he tells Disney CEO Bob Chapek of his intention to oppose any future extension of Disney copyrights, National Review reports.
Bevan Hurley has the story.
Oliver O’Connell7 April 2022 23:15
GOP congressman who served as Trump’s doctor under investigation
In a statement, Ethics Committee Chairman Ted Deutch and Ranking Member Jackie Walorski said the panel had taken up a matter referred to it in December of last year, and would announce a “course of action” by 23 May.
Andrew Feinberg has the latest from Washington, DC.
Oliver O’Connell7 April 2022 23:00
Voices: Trump knows what the Jan 6th Committee are probably asking Ivanka. That’s why he’s panicking
“Ivanka spent eight hours testifying to the committee rather than refusing a subpoena or invoking the Fifth, much to many people’s surprise. The week before, so did Jared Kushner. This hints at an interesting new strategy,” writes Ahmed Baba.
Oliver O’Connell7 April 2022 22:35
Alabama legislators pass nation’s first bill making gender-affirming care for trans youth a felony
Alabama’s state legislators gave final approval to a bill that could imprison doctors for up to a decade for prescribing medical treatments to transgender youth.
The bill criminalizing gender-affirming care for transgender people younger than 19 years old is the first in the US to make healthcare for young transgender patients punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Oliver O’Connell7 April 2022 22:23