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The select committee investigating the 6 January attack on the US Capitol has obtained “thousands” of communications between Secret Service staff around the time of the riot, according to chair Bennie Thompson.
Mr Thompson said he and his members are now in possession of “thousands of exhibits” including text messages and radio traffic between agents working on 5 and 6 January 2021.
It is unclear what if any materials included in the data are new to the committee, but the announcement comes after two months of back-and-forth between the panel and the service after it emerged that the latter had deleted messages sent by agents before, during and after the insurrection.
Meanwhile, former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has co-operated with a subpoena from the Department of Justice issued as part of its own grand jury probe into efforts to overturn the 2020 election.
According to CNN, Mr Meadows has turned over materials that he provided to the select committee before refusing to testify to its members, for which he was found in contempt of Congress.
Speaking to reporters, 6 Jaunary committee chair Bennie Thompson not only said that his committee had obtained “thousands of exhibits” from the Secret Service – including texts and radio traffic between agents – but also confirmed that he and his colleagues are aiming to hold another public hearing on 28 September, as was reported earlier this week.
Watch his remarks below:
Punchbowl News has dropped a startling report this morning giving a glimpse into the usually behind-closed-doors decision-making of the 6 January select committee. It seems that the committee has decided not to co-operate with the Department of Justice on the department’s own 6 January investigation.
As per the site’s AM newsletter, here’s a sample of what’s going on:
The Jan. 6 panel’s decision not to cooperate comes after a months-long request from the Justice Department for transcripts from the roughly 1,000 interviews conducted by the select committee. It’s also a huge about-face for the select committee, which until recently had been telegraphing plans to share at least some of its evidence with DOJ officials.
Two sources told us the decision is not to cooperate with DOJ “at this time,” although this could change in the future depending on certain factors, including if the scope of federal officials’ request changes.
One of the main concerns for the select committee’s members is what would happen to the panel’s transcripts if they were turned over to DOJ. If the Justice Department were to seek an indictment based on evidence provided by the panel, that person would then have access to this material ahead of trial. Another source said handing over transcripts to DOJ could potentially delay pending trials as defendants request time to review the new evidence.
Donald Trump is awake and “truthing” on his social media platform, Truth Social, and the first topic of the day is the US’s border with Mexico:
Mr Trump’s likeliest successor as the most prominent national Republican, Ron DeSantis, has made news this week by flying two planes of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, mimicking a policy implemented at huge expense by his Texas counterpart Greg Abbott.
Graeme Massie reports.
Barack Obama owns a $12m estate on the exclusive island off coast of Massachusetts
Among those jumping to Mike Lindell’s defence after the FBI seized his phone in connection with a case in Colorado is Rudy Giuliani, former Trump lawyer and the target of a billion-dollar lawsuit from Dominion Voting Systems focused on his promotion of false conspiracy theories about the company’s voting machines.
The confiscation of Mr Lindell’s phone is being framed by many right-wingers as another example of Joe Biden supposedly weaponising the FBI against his political opponents. In fact, it is related to an FBI investigation of Tina Peters, a Colorado county clerk who is alleged to have illegally downloaded data from voting machines in an attempt to substantiate false claims circulating about the “theft” of the 2020 election.
Josh Marcus reports.
FBI questioned Trump ally about ties to Colorado election machine breach
Fox News’s Laura Ingraham last night interviewed GOP congressmen Thomas Massie and Jim Jordan, both exceptionally pugnacious defenders of Donald Trump even by the standards of the House of Representatives. In the course of their discussion, she floated the issue of 6 January defendants, whom Mr Trump has lately suggested pardoning en masse should he be re-elected – a promise he has dangled before.
The supposed mistreatment of the people who violently stormed the Capitol has become something of a cause for much of the right, but even Mr Jordan declined to go there, instead talking about the Mar-a-Lago raid and other law enforcement actions against Mr Trump and his associates – all of which he falsely attributed to Joe Biden.
Among the most significant figures in the plan to overturn the 2020 election is John Eastman, a law academic who advised Donald Trump that it was possible for Mike Pence to throw out the certification in Congress on 6 January 2021. The theory was baseless and Mr Pence refused to put the plan into action, leaving Mr Eastman out in the cold.
He has appeared before the 6 January committee after unsuccessfully fighting efforts to obtain reams of his correspondence, but spent most of his deposition pleading the fifth amendment. However, the panel apparently remains undeterred, and is now trying to get its hands on thousands more of his emails:
Writing for The Independent, Ahmed Baba takes a look at why the saga of Mike Lindell’s latest run-in with the FBI is so ludicrous.
As we watch accountability descend on Trump and his allies, I can’t help but laugh at the irony. The same people who spent the past two years falsely accusing their political opponents of breaching voting machines are being criminally investigated for breaching voting machines. Who could’ve predicted this?
Read his piece below.
This whole conspiracy is like Watergate if it happened in the movie Idiocracy
MyPillow CEO and Trump ally Mike Lindell makes a lot of outrageous claims related to the 2020 election, but this one was serious.
On Tuesday, the millionaire businessman and prominent 2020 election denier said he had his phone seized by the FBI in Minnesota while driving through a fast-food pickup window, which the agency later confirmed.
Here’s everything you need to know about what happened.
FBI questioned Trump ally about ties to Colorado election machine breach
Former Biden White House Secretary Jen Psaki made her first appearance as an MSNBC commentator, arguing that Democrats are becoming increasingly engaged in the midterms the more former President Donald Trump inserts himself into the race.
Gustaf Kilander has the story.
‘The anger is among the members of the Democratic Party, which is the party in power, which is so rare for that to be the case’
As primary races come to a close heading into November’s general elections, Americans in at least 27 states will see candidates on their ballots who have denied the outcome of the 2020 presidential race, according to a new report.
At least 43 candidates for statewide offices that oversee election administration – including governor, secretary of state and attorney general – have amplified baseless claims that President Joe Biden was fraudulently elected and relied on conspiracy theories with spurious claims of voter fraud in their campaigns.
If elected, those officials would have the ability to certify or reject the outcome of future elections, file election-related lawsuits and prosecute election workers – including in 2024, when Donald Trump could mount a re-election campaign.
Alex Woodward reports.
November ballots in more than half the US will include candidates running for governor, secretary of state and attorney general who have rejected 2020 election results
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