Jamie Raskin says Trump has ‘essentially’ admitted to January 6 crimes
The January 6 committee is turning its focus to the states for its next public meeting.
The panel will meet on Tuesday for its fourth public hearing. The subject of the hearing will be Donald Trump’s efforts to personally pressure elected officials in Georgia and Arizona to interfere in the electoral process and overturn his defeat in their respective states.
In Georgia, lawmakers are set to give special attention as several state officials outline how Donald Trump went above and beyond to call on personal loyalties and even threaten criminal prosecution as he coaxed those in the Peach State to do his bidding.
Meanwhile, Rep Adam Kinzinger has published evidence of vivid death threats he has received in recent weeks in response to the panel’s work, which he said was unprecedented in his congressional career.
What to expect at Tuesday’s January 6 committee hearing
Tuesday’s meeting of the January 6 commitee will take the focus out of Washington, DC to Georgia and Arizona — two states where Donald Trump attempted to pressure local officials to interfere in the certification of election results reporting his defeat.
The unprecedented campaign by a sitting president to meddle in the official processs in order to stave off his defeat was made clear in a now-infamous phone call between Mr Trump and Georgia’s top voting official in which Mr Trump urged him to “find” more than 11,000 votes.
Read more about what to expect tomorrow from The Independent’s Andrew Feinberg:
John Bowden20 June 2022 22:18
GOP effort to bus migrants out of Texas is racking up costs
Greg Abbott’s plan to charter buses to transport undocumented migrants out of his state has already cost the state nearly $3m – and transported a proportionately-low number of migrants for that total.
What the White House once derided as a “publicity stunt” has led to less than 2,000 migrants leaving the state over the course of two months.
Read more in The Independent:
John Bowden20 June 2022 21:15
Twitter adds warning to Greitens ad
Twitter has joined Facebook in enforcing its rules against Missouri Senate candidate Eric Greitens over an ad appearing to call for “hunting” of Republicans who are in his eyes insuffiiciently conservative.
But unlike Facebook, Twitter has elected to only place a warning on the tweet itself, while allowing the video to remain.
Read more about the ad from The Independent’s Eric Garcia:
John Bowden20 June 2022 20:32
Texas’s Republican Party affirms support for election fraud lies
The Republican Party of Texas met over the weekend and laid out its party platform. At the top of the list: a full-throated endorsement of the false claim that Joe Biden was elected president in part or entirely due to fraud.
Somehow, that wasn’t the most shocking part of the party’s far-right platform, which has been wholly overtaken by the right-wing fringe of the conservative movement.
The Independent’s Andrew Naughtie breaks down the Texas GOP’s new extreme bent:
John Bowden20 June 2022 19:52
Trump-backed candidate who joined anti-drag panic used to frequent drag shows
A Republican candidate for governor in Arizona running with the support of Donald Trump is being branded a hypocrite after it was revealed that she previously attended drag shows and was a fan of the art before joining the right-wing fearmonguering over the issue that has erupted in the past year.
Kari Lake is now blaming the media for exposing her sudden change of views.
Read more from The Independent’s Johanna Chisholm:
John Bowden20 June 2022 19:06
Poll: Most Americans think Trump should face Jan 6 charges
While Donald Trump insists to his followers that the 6 January committee is subjecting him to a “witch hunt”, it seems that most Americans disagree, with a new poll indicating that the majority think he should face criminal charges over the insurrection.
It’s worth bearing in mind that the Justice Department could bring such charges whether or not the committee decides to make a criminal referral, a decision on which its members have differed in public.
John Bowden20 June 2022 18:30
Facebook confirms removal of Eric Greitens ad
A spokesperson for Facebook parent company Meta confirmed the removal of an ad published by Eric Greitens’ Senate campaign on Monday due the ad’s shocking imagery and messaging.
In the ad, Mr Greitens and a squad of heavily-armed men in military-style gear breach an empty house while Mr Greitens declares he is “hunting” RINO’s – “Republicans in Name Only”.
“We removed this video for violating our policies prohibiting violence and incitement,” a spokesperson for Meta told CNN.
Read more from The Independent’s Eric Garcia:
John Bowden20 June 2022 18:01
Analysis: Five Senate races to watch in November
The midterms are expected to see the Republican Party take control of the House of Representatives, but the Senate is a slightly different matter. As Eric Garcia writes, some of the GOP’s chosen candidates have problems serious enough that they could lose winnable races, allowing Democrats to hold and even flip crucial states that might decide the balance of power in the upper chamber.
Read his full analysis below.
Andrew Naughtie20 June 2022 17:30
Hardcore Republican posts ad threatening “RINOs”
Controversial Missouri Senate candidate Eric Greitens has refused to drop out of his Republican primary despite being accused of horrific domestic abuse. And as he and his rival candidates jockey for a possible Trump endorsement, he has released a stunningly militaristic campaign ad that features him and several armed troops (of some kind) storming into a house, rifles blazing, in seach of a RINO.
It’s worth remembering that just days ago, the 6 January committee unveiled a devastating account of how Donald Trump helped spur a violent mob of supporters into hunting down Mike Pence. Some, the panel said, clearly intended to hurt or kill him if they found him.
Andrew Naughtie20 June 2022 17:00
Kinzinger shares death threat sent to him and his family
One of two Republicans on the committee along with congresswoman Liz Cheney, Mr Kinzinger shared a picture of the threat on Twitter.
“This threat that came in, it was mailed to my house,” the Illinois Republican said in an interview on Sunday. “We got it a couple of days ago, and it threatens to execute me, as well as my wife and 5-month-old child”.
Mr Kinzinger continued by saying he had “never seen or had anything like that” before, despite his long-running condemnation of former president Donald Trump.
Andrew Naughtie20 June 2022 16:30
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