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Jan 6 hearing today: Election worker Shaye Moss tears up recalling threats to family over Trump’s false fraud claims

Jamie Raskin says Trump has ‘essentially’ admitted to January 6 crimes

The 6 January select committee has subpoenaed previously unseen footage from a documentary filmmaker who had access to Donald Trump and his inner circle around the time of the 2020 election.

In its subpoena to Alex Holder, which was first released by Political, the committee asks for any raw footage shot from 6 January 2021, that features discussion of election fraud or election integrity or featuring interviews with Mr Trump, his children, or Mike Pence. Mr Holder has agreed. Some of Mr Trump’s own aides appear blindsided by the news a film crew had access to the former president and his family.

The committee today turned its focus to two pivotal swing states for its fourth public hearing, telling the story of Mr Trump’s efforts to personally pressure election officials in Georgia and Arizona to overturn his defeat in their respective states. They gave detailed accounts of how they protected the integrity of the election and emotional testimony about the threats they endured.

Mr Trump, meanwhile, has taken to Truth Social to once again attack the committee. Deriding it as a victim of “Trump Derangement Syndrome”, I have smoked that “crazed” Democrats are “playing the ridiculous Insurrection Card” because of his supposedly strong polling of him.

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Suspicious package found near Jan 6 committee building

Capitol police have issued an all-clear after a “suspicious package” was found in the House building where the January 6 committee was meeting to investigate the events of the Capitol riot.

The package was reportedly located outside the northwest door of the Cannon House Office Building. All of the staff and visitors to the area were advised to stay clear of the area.

The incident did not affect the House select committee hearing, which continued on Tuesday.

Oliver O’Connell21 June 2022 22:30

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Former president says January 6 allegations due to ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome’

It was a phrase used to mock and try to silence Donald Trump’s myriad of critics while he was in the White House.

Republicans and MAGA supporters delighted in their attribution of “Trump Derangement Syndrome” (TDS) alongside memes and merchandise that celebrated the drinking of “liberal tears.”

The twice-impeached president’s 2020 election defeat by Joe Biden could have seen an end to the worn phrase.

Oliver O’Connell21 June 2022 22:15

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Supreme Court ‘continues to dismantle the wall of separation between church and state’ says Sotomayor

The US Supreme Court has ruled that the state of Maine cannot exclude private Christian schools from a taxpayer-funded school voucher program that helps students attend private schools.

The 6-3 decision from the high court’s conservative majority in the case of Carson v Makin could have wider implications for impacts to public schools and whether the government is obliged to support religious institutions on the same level as private ones.

In her dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote that the Supreme Court “continues to dismantle the wall of separation between church and state that the Framers fought to build.”

Oliver O’Connell21 June 2022 22:00

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AOC shares messages from former Republicans who crossed the aisle

“[Former] hardcore [Republican] here. Thank you for the work you do. I changed thanks to you,” one of the messages says.

“That’s amazing!” Ms Ocasio-Cortez responded in her Instagram Story about her. “Thank you so much. I’m so excited to hear about journeys like yours.”

“Are you a former [Republican]?” the Congresswoman asked her followers of her.

Gustaf Kilander has the story.

Oliver O’Connell21 June 2022 21:45

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Donald Trump and his associates engaged in a plot to overturn the election that violated multiple criminal laws. I think there’s sufficient evidence to open that investigation. Now whether the Justice Department will conclude there’s proof beyond a reasonable doubt is up to the Justice Department … our role is to find the facts to share them with the American people and to prescribe remedies to keep our country safe and, as we saw today, one of the things that’s necessary to keep this country safe is to put the Big Lie to rest. To restore people’s confidence in our elections, to push back on the idea that when you lose an election it’s somehow rigged or illegitimate.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)

Oliver O’Connell21 June 2022 21:40

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Five key takeaways from today’s January 6 hearing

The January 6 committee’s latest hearing focused on Georgia and Arizona, where state officials weathered an unprecedented campaign waged by the sitting president and his legal team to urge them to overturn the lawful results of the election.

Several witnesses at the hearing described how the Trump legal team spent weeks attempting to raise new issues of fraud and resist the lawful transfer of power by any means necessary in the days leading up to January 6, when thousands of the president’s supporters would storm Capitol Hill .

And the campaign was not limited to Donald Trump and his closest advisers themselves: Members of Congress were involved in the expansive effort as well in what amounted to a unified effort by the Trump wing in Washington to wart the will of the voters.

Here are five of the most important takeaways from the committee’s evidence and witness testimony:

Oliver O’Connell21 June 2022 21:30

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Was Trump a drag on the Republican ticket in 2020?

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger noted one interesting detail about the final election results in his state.

While Donald Trump lost to Joe Biden by approximately 12,000 votes, some 28,000 voters who chose Republican candidates down-ballot refused to vote for the incumbent president.

Oliver O’Connell21 June 2022 21:25

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I thought the testimony today was enormously powerful. I think we had good illustrations of the courageous public servants who stood up to the president of the United States, from the Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives of Arizona to the Secretary of State of Georgia, to election workers whose lives were the subject of the most thick threats.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)

Oliver O’Connell21 June 2022 21:19

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Watch: Ruby Freeman says there is nowhere she feels safe

Oliver O’Connell21 June 2022 21:15

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I think you’ve seen throughout the hearings that we are putting forward very clearly a number of instances in which there are serious questions about the actions of the former president. We’ll continue to do so. I think the testimony you saw today was particularly compelling.

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY)

Oliver O’Connell21 June 2022 21:13

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