Jan 6 hearing latest updates: Liz Cheney battles primary challengers as Trump Secret Service row rages

Trumps hits out at former White House aide

Trump critic and 6 January committee member Liz Cheney last night faced a slate of primary challengers for a TV debate as she fights to retain her Wyoming seat in the House of Representatives.

The seat is among the most heavily Republican in the US, so whoever wins the primary is all but certain to take it in November. Ms Cheney’s leading challenger, Harriet Hageman, has been endorsed by both Mr Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

Meanwhile, claims and counter-claims are flying over testimony from former Mark Meadows aide Cassidy Hutchinson that Donald Trump lunged for the wheel of a car and grabbed a Secret Service agent when he realized he was being driven away from the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

The former agent whom Ms Hutchinson says told her the story, Tony Ornato, says that no such event occurred. He has already tested to the 6 January committee, and may do so again. However, more than one former Trump aide has said he has a reputation for denying the truth of well-known conversations and events after the fact.

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Jan 6 filmmaker forced to hire armed security

British documentary filmmaker Alex Holder, whose testimony to the House select committee investigating the Capitol riot made him a household name in US politics last week, told the BBC on Wednesday night that he now needs multiple armed guards to protect his safety.

“My life changed about a week ago and I now literally have two armed guards outside this studio right now that follow me around everywhere,” Mr Holder said on the programme.

Andrew NaughtieJuly 1, 2022 11:30 am

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Trump blasts Jan 6 witness as ‘social climber’ living in ‘fantasy land’

Former president Donald Trump pushed back against former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson after her explosive testimony before the select committee investigating the January 6 riot.

The former president spoke to Newsmax and disputed the story Ms Hutchinson said she heard secondhand – that Mr Trump tried to lunge at a US Secret Service agent in his presidential limousine in an attempt to take him to the US Capitol to join his supporters.

“Is there something wrong with her?” Mr Trump said.

Oliver O’ConnellJuly 1, 2022 10:45 am

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Liz Cheney: Trump as ‘domestic threat’ trying to ‘unravel’ US rule of law

Rep Liz Cheney said on Thursday that the Jan 6 committee will consider criminal referrals for attempts by members of Trumpworld to intimidate or affect the testimony of witnesses before their panel.

Ms Cheney told Good Morning America: “It’s something we take very seriously. And it’s something that people should be aware of. It’s a very serious issue, and I would imagine the Department Justice would be very interested in and we’ll take that very seriously as well.”

The attempts they have witnessed so far “gives us a real insight into how people around the former president are operating”, she added.

John Bowden reports on what the Wyoming Republican said:

Oliver O’ConnellJuly 1, 2022 09:45

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Ex-White House counsel Pat Cipollone subpoenaed by Jan 6 committee

The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol has issued a subpoena commanding former Trump White House Counsel Pat Cipollone to give evidence in a deposition set for 6 July.

Mr Cipollone, who served as former president Donald Trump’s top White House lawyer from 2019 to the end of his term in 2021, met with committee investigators for an informal interview on April 13, but has heretofore refused repeated requests for him to sit for a deposition or give evidence in a public hearing.

Oliver O’ConnellJul 1, 2022 08:45

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Cassidy Hutchinson stands by testimony

Cassidy Hutchinson is standing by her description of a confrontation between former president Donald Trump and Secret Service agents who were refusing to heed his command to drive him to the Capitol during the Jan 6 riot.

Andrew Feinberg in Washington, DC, has the story:

Former Trump White House aide is standing by testimony amid denials

Former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson says two Secret Service agents told her that former president Donald Trump assaulted a member of his protective detail and tried to grab the wheel of an armored SUV after he was told he could not join a riotous mob of his supporters at the US Capitol

Oliver O’ConnellJuly 1, 2022 07:45

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House inquiry suggests Trump trying to influence witness testimonies

The House inquiry suggests that former president Donald Trump’s political organizations and his allies have paid or committed to cover the legal fees of more than a dozen witnesses called in the Jan 6 congressional investigation.

The New York Times reported that the House select committee might believe that Mr Trump is trying to influence the testimonies.

Marosha MuzaffarJul 1, 2022 07:42

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Oath Keepers to tell jury they believed former president would federalize them

The Oath Keepers will tell a jury they really believed former president Donald Trump would turn them into his own, personal militia on 6 January last year.

It was reported that lawyers for Elmer Stewart Rhodes will tell jurors that the far-right group believed Mr Trump would federalize them.

They will argue at their September 28 trial that this, and not sedition, was their lawful reason to be at the Capitol on January 6.

The jurors will be told that the far-right extremists believed that the former president would invoke the Insurrection Act as they gathered at the Capitol and turn them into his own, ultra-loyal federal militia.

Marosha MuzaffarJul 1, 2022 07:26

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Supreme Court says Biden can end Trump-era immigration policy

The US Supreme Court on Thursday said that Joe Biden can end the controversial Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” immigration policy.

This is a big win for the Biden immigration agenda as the administration has suffered several losses in lower courts in its efforts to reverse Trump’s policies related to immigration.

Marosha MuzaffarJul 1, 2022 07:12

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Lawyer: Ginni Thomas has ‘serious concerns’ about testing to Jan 6 committee

The lawyer for Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, said the conservative activist has “serious concerns” about testing before the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 riot at the US Capitol.

Oliver O’ConnellJul 1, 2022 06:45

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Donald Trump Jr calls Cassidy Hutchinson ‘coffee girl’

Oliver O’ConnellJul 1, 2022 05:45

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