Merrick Garland comments on DOJ’s Jan 6 investigation
Attorneys representing former president Donald Trump are reportedly in contact with the Department of Justice in hopes of shielding conversations with his former advisers from the criminal probe into his attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
Earlier, investigators leading the federal probe filed a lawsuit against former White House adviser Peter Navarro to recover emails relevant to its investigation into Mr Trump’s role. The emails in question were sent from Mr Navarro’s personal email account, but have been determined to be presidential records – and thus US government property.
The probe has also subpoenaed former White House counsel Pat Cipollone and his deputy Patrick Philbin. The counsel’s office is thought to have been crucial in refusing to let former president Donald Trump politicise the executive branch’s legal apparatus to secure a second term.
Meanwhile, Mr Trump’s children Donald Jr and Ivanka have both been deposed in another investigation, this time the New York attorney general’s long-running probe into the Trump Organization’s real estate dealings and alleged record of over- and under-valuing properties to obtain favourable loan terms while minimising tax obligations. The former president is expected to give testimony in the coming days.
Explainer: What if the Jan 6 committee issues a criminal referral for Trump?
Speculation continues to swirl regarding whether Donald Trump would face criminal charges resulting from the Jan 6 attack after it became clear that the select committee was laying out a case to prove his various wrongdoings.
Attention has turned in recent weeks to the committee’s chair and vice chair, who have appeared to take the opposite positions from a majority of their respective parties regarding whether the committee itself would formally call for Donald Trump’s prosecution.
What would happen if the Jan 6 committee issues a criminal referral for Donald Trump?
Committee members have disagreed whether to formally request charges against ex-president
Andrew Naughtie5 August 2022 09:15
Trump lawyers reportedly in contact with Justice Department over January 6 probe
Attorneys representing former president Donald Trump are reportedly in contact with the Justice Department in hopes of shielding conversations with his former advisers from the criminal probe into his attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
According to CNN, Mr Trump’s lawyers have had “direct communication” with prosecutors with the Washington, DC US Attorney’s office who are working under Thomas Windom, the federal prosecutor overseeing cases related to January 6.
Trump lawyers reportedly in contact with Justice Department over January 6 probe
Mr Trump’s attorneys are in discussions over whether he can shield conversations with his former White House aides from a grand jury
Oliver O’Connell5 August 2022 08:30
Democrats sue to keep Greens off North Carolina ballot
North Carolina Democrats, accused by the Green Party of meddling in its petitioning process to qualify candidates for the November ballot, have asked a state court to overturn a unanimous elections board vote granting the Green Party official recognition despite allegations of fraud.
Democrats sue to keep Green Party off North Carolina ballot
North Carolina Democrats have asked a state court to overturn an elections board vote granting the Green Party official recognition despite allegations of fraud
Oliver O’Connell5 August 2022 07:45
Watch: Dick Cheney calls Trump ‘coward’ and ‘greatest ever threat to our Republic’
Dick Cheney brands Donald Trump ‘greatest ever threat to our Republic’
Oliver O’Connell5 August 2022 06:45
Trump expected to testify soon in NY civil investigation
Donald Trump could be questioned under oath in the long-running investigation by the New York attorney general into his dealings as the real estate mogul.
Top top law officer Letitia James’ office said in May that it was closing in on the end of its probe and investigators have amassed substantial evidence that could support legal action against Trump, his company or both.
Mr Trump’s deposition could be a critical moment in the probe as the former president’s company was alleged to have misled banks and tax authorities about the cost of his prized assets like golf courses and skyscrapers.
His testimony has been dubbed as one of the few remaining pieces, the attorney general’s office said.
Arpan Rai5 August 2022 06:15
Eastman wanted to challenge Senate election results in Georgia after Jan 6 failure
The ex-law professor who hatched former president Donald Trump’s failed plan to keep Congress from certifying his 2020 election loss to Joe Biden continued arguing for Republicans loyal to Mr Trump to press on with searches for alleged election fraud after Mr Trump’s term ended.
According to the New York Times, former Chapman University law professor John Eastman sent an email to Trump lawyer Rudolph Giuliani on 20 January 2021 — the day Mr Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States — advocating that Republicans challenge the results of the recent Georgia special elections in which Peach State voters had elected two Democratic senators.
Andrew Feinberg has the story from Washington, DC.
Trump ‘coup memo’ lawyer also wanted to challenge Senate election results
Eastman is credited with hatching Trump’s failed plan to keep Congress from certifying his 2020 election loss
Oliver O’Connell5 August 2022 05:45
Trump ally and ex-journalist Kari Lake wins GOP primary for Arizona governor
Donald Trump’s ally and former news anchor Kari Lake won the Republican primary for Arizona governor yesterday, advancing the Republicans in the general election sprint.
“Arizonans who have been forgotten by the establishment just delivered a political earthquake,” the ex-journalist, who walked away from her journalism career and was welcomed warmly by Mr Trump and his supporters, said in a statement after the race was called.
The Republican candidate’s victory works against the GOP establishment which picked lawyer and businesswoman Karrin Taylor Robson in a bid to overcome the tumultuous Trump era.
Ms Lake had said that she would not have approved of Joe Biden’s victory in 2020 presidential elections and backed false claims of election fraud as she campaigned.
She is set to face Democratic secretary of state Katie Hobbs in the November election, who said that the “race for governor isn’t about Democrats or Republicans but a choice between sanity and chaos”.
Arpan Rai5 August 2022 05:20
White House lawyers subpoenaed by Jan 6 probe grand jury
A federal grand jury investigating efforts to undo the results of the 2020 presidential election has subpoenaed the White House counsel under then-President Donald Trump and his top deputy, according to a person familiar with the matter.
The subpoenas to Pat Cipollone and Patrick Philbin suggest an intensifying Justice Department investigation into the events surrounding the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, when Trump loyalists stormed the building in hopes of halting the certification of election results. They also suggest that prosecutors regard close advisers to Trump as potentially vital witnesses.
Trump White House lawyers subpoenaed by 1/6 probe grand jury
A federal grand jury investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol has subpoenaed the White House counsel under then-President Donald Trump and his top deputy
Oliver O’Connell5 August 2022 04:45
No regrets for GOP rep who lost primary after voting for Trump impeachment
Republican Rep Peter Meijer said he had no regrets about voting to impeach former President Donald Trump days after he was defeated for re-nomination in his congressional primary in Michigan.
“I would rather lose office with my character intact than stay reelected having made sacrifices of the soul,” Mr Meijer said on the Sirius XM programme Julie Mason Mornings.
GOP representative who lost primary after voting for Trump impeachment has no regrets
Peter Meijer narrowly lost his primary to John Gibbs on Tuesday night
Oliver O’Connell5 August 2022 03:45
Wisconsin: Michels goes after Kleefisch in governor’s race
Tim Michels is on the attack in the waning days of Wisconsin’s tight GOP governor’s primary, with an ad this week faulting his rival for not initially backing Donald Trump in 2016 – even as it emerged Thursday that Michels himself did not vote in that primary.
Michels launched the attack ad against Rebecca Kleefisch days after he said that running negative ads is “just bad policy” and that politicians who do it are “losing.”
The ad faults Kleefisch for not endorsing Trump in the 2016 primary and brands her “the ultimate Madison insider.” Kleefisch, who is backed by former Vice President Mike Pence, is a former two-term lieutenant governor. Michels co-owns the state’s largest construction company, Michels Corp.
Michels goes after Kleefisch in Wisconsin governor’s race
Days after saying that running negative ads is “just bad policy” and politicians who do that are “losing,” the Wisconsin Republican candidate for governor backed by Donald Trump has launched his first attack ad against his primary opponent
Oliver O’Connell5 August 2022 02:45