Trump news latest: Ex-president tried to cling to power for financial gain, says Jan 6 member

Trump’s Former Defense Secretary says he didn’t ask for 10,000 Capitol troops

Donald Trump has lashed out at reports that he is now the subject of a US Department of Justice investigation into his attempts to subvert the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.

Attorney General Merrick said yesterday that the Justice Department has no qualms about the political blowback that would inevitably occur as a result of criminally indicting Mr Trump. The department is reportedly reaching out to witnesses who have testified to the select committee investigating the Capitol attack, including former Mark Meadows aide Cassidy Hutchinson.

The panel last night released audio from sworn testimony in which Donald Trump’s former acting defense secretary, Christopher Miller, confirms the president gave no order for thousands of National Guards to be deployed to the Capitol in advance of the certification of the result on 6 January.

The audio contradicts claims recently made by Mr Trump, as well as former staff including Mark Meadows – and Mr Miller himself.


Trump wanted to stay in power ‘at all costs’ because he was making ‘millions’ says Raskin

Donald Trump wanted to stay in power “at all costs” because he was making “millions” off of being president, a January 6 committee member has said.

Maryland Democrat Jamie Raskin appeared on Washington Journal on C-SPAN on Wednesday, saying that “to my mind, Donald Trump was really engaged in a lot of for-profit money-making activities in his administration, which would also explain his determination to stay in office at all costs”.

Gustaf Kilander reports from Washington, DC.


China issues ‘solemn’ warning ahead of Pelosi visit to Taiwan

China has threatened unspecified “resolute and strong measures” if US House speaker Nancy Pelosi visits Taiwan, according to reports.

Last week, the Financial Times reported that Ms Pelosi planned to visit Taiwan in the next month. She was originally scheduled to visit in April but had to postpone after testing positive for Covid.

While it is still not clear whether she will be traveling to Taiwan, if she does Ms Pelosi will be the highest-ranking American lawmaker to visit the island since Newt Gingrich, a Republican, traveled there 25 years ago when he was House speaker.

Sravasti Dasgupta reports.


Cheney ad calls out opponents’ stance on Trump’s ‘Big Lie’

Liz Cheney’s re-election campaign has launched a new ad contrasting her rejection of Donald Trump’s opponents lies about the 2020 election with the stances taken by her primary opponents.

Ms Cheney, who was ousted from the House Republican leadership last year, is campaigning to remain as the lone Wyoming representative in the House, but she’s facing stiff competition from candidates who haven’t rejected former President Donald Trump.

Gustaf Kilander reports from Washington, DC.


ICYMI: Trump’s former acting defense secretary confirms in the call for Jan 6 troops

Donald Trump’s former acting defense secretary contradicted his previous remarks about his former boss lodging a formal request to have more than 10,000 troops deployed to the Capitol on 6 January 2021, according to a video released by the committee investigating the riot.

Chris Miller, who served under the former president in the waning months of his first term after he tweeted in November 2020 that he’d “terminated” Mr Miller’s predecessor, Mark Esper, from the position, was heard in a newly released closed-door testimony from the House select committee stating that he was never ordered by Trump to send National Guard troops to protect the Capitol, contradicting previous statements and testimonies he’d provided months earlier.

“I was never given any direction or order or knew of any plans of that nature,” Mr Miller said in the video, shared by the January 6 Committee official Twitter account on Tuesday night.

Johanna Chisholm reports.


Analysis: Republicans bury their heads in the sand (again)

In today’s Inside Washington dispatch, Eric Garcia writes that Donald Trump’s first DC speech since he left office has forced Republicans back into the awkward posture they took for much of his presidency: claiming they had not seen or heard statements that had received near-inescapable coverage:

The former president made headlines yesterday when he suggested that homeless people be housed in suburban tent cities, and that the US should combat drug dealers by emulating authoritarian countries by bringing in the death penalty for drugs offenses. “If you look at countries throughout the world, the ones that don’t have a drug problem are those that institute a very quick trial death penalty sentence for drug dealers,” he said.

I asked Kevin McCarthy if he agreed. The Minority Leader asked me in return when Trump floated that proposal. I reminded him that he’d just said it — at a conference McCarthy himself had attended. McCarthy responded by equivocating about “what the Democrats have done at the border” with drugs, adding that fentanyl is now the number one killer of Americans.

Read the full piece below.


Former DHS staffer says Trump wanted criminals bussed into Democratic-run cities

Reflecting on Donald Trump’s madcap speech yesterday in which the ex-president creating proposed encampments for homeless Americans on the fringes of major cities, former Department of Homeland Security staffer Miles Taylor had this anecdote to share…

Mr Taylor famously wrote an anonymous New York Times op-ed in 2018 assuring readers that there were staff inside the Trump administration trying to curb the then-president’s worst impulses. Since outing himself in 2020, he has become a prominent Trump critic and TV talking head.


Biden compares his ‘quick recovery’ to Trump’s ‘severe’ illness

Joe Biden compared his “quick recovery” to former President Donald Trump’s “severe” illness in a speech to the nation from the White House after he tested negative for Covid-19 and returned to work in person.

The 79-year-old said he was infected by the BA.5 variant, which is connected to the Omicron variant of the virus that wreaked havoc across the US this winter.


No regrets: Josh Hawley brags about fundraising off Jan 6

Missouri Senator Josh Hawley, who infamously offered a fist-pump to Trump supporters outside the Capitol on 6 January 2021 just hours before the riot, has been widely ridiculed over the last week over a clip screened at the last select committee hearing that showed him running away from the same crowd a few hours later.

But based on his remarks to reporters today, he seems less than embarrassed.


Former president Donald Trump on Wednesday took to his own Truth Social platform to air a string of grievances following reports that the Department of Justice is investigating his push to overturn the 2020 election results.

Writing on the platform owned by his nascent Trump Media and Technology Group, Mr Trump assailed the report as “more disinformation by the Democrats” and compared the probe into his post-election conduct to the long-running investigation into his 2016 campaign’s ties to the Russian government, the House impeachment probe into his 2019 attempt to blackmail Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, and his second impeachment over the January 6 attacks.

“People forget, this is all about a Rigged and Stolen Election. But rather than go after the people who Rigged and Stole it, they go after the people who are seeking Honesty and Truth, and have Freedom of Speech, and many other defenses, on their side,” he wrote.

Andrew Feinberg has more:


DoJ values ​​remorse in Jan 6 rioter cases

NBC News’s Ryan Reilly, who has been closely following the cases of charged and convicted Capitol Rioters, has picked out an interesting nugget: the Justice Department is arguing for one co-defendant to be given a lesser sentence than the other specifically because of his behavior and statements after the riot and since his arrest.

Jenna Ryan is one of the most infamous members of the 6 January crowd to have been sentenced to jail time for her part in the riot. In March 2021, she tweeted: “Definitely not going to jail. Sorry I have blonde hair, white skin, a great job, a great future, and I’m not going to jail. Sorry to rain on your hater parade. I did nothing wrong.”

She later pleaded guilty to misdemeanour charges and was sentenced to jail for 60 days.

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