Fox News host says Trump must ‘learn to lose’
The sprawling effort to bring the 6 January rioters to justice has crossed a new rubicon with prosecutors bringing charges of “seditious conspiracy” against the leader of the Oath Keepers, a self-styled militia who joined the insurrection. Elmer Stewart Rhodes has been arrested and charged along with 10 other members of the group, who stand accused of plotting to “oppose the lawful transfer of power by force”.
As for the investigation on Capitol Hill, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy has refused to provide the 6 January committee with information about his conversations with Donald Trump during the attack last year, calling the panel “illegitimate”. Liz Cheney, one of the committee’s only two Republicans, said Mr McCarthy is attempting to “cover up” what happened, and that the committee would evaluate other options for obtaining his testimony. “I wish that he were a brave and honorable man,” she told CNN.
Joe Biden, meanwhile, has faced an abject week in Congress – and it seems his popularity is suffering badly. According to FiveThirtyEight, in the annals of the modern presidency, only Donald Trump had a lower approval rating at this point in his term.
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Texas attorney general must hand over Jan 6 texts
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been given four days to hand over his digital communications from 6 January or face a lawsuit, the Travis County district attorney has stated.
Mr Paxton spoke at the pro-Trump rally ahead of the US Capitol attack and aided Donald Trump in his efforts to overturn the result of the 2020 election.
Oliver O’Connell14 January 2022 19:59
‘He is a dangerous man’
Tasha Adams, the ex-wife of Stewart Rhodes, leader of the Oath Keeper, spoke with CNN this morning and called him a ‘dangerous man’.
Mr Rhodes has been indicted by the Department of Justice on charges of seditious conspiracy for his role in the January 6 Capitol riot.
Oliver O’Connell14 January 2022 19:40
Daily Show: RIP ‘no sedition charges’
Oliver O’Connell14 January 2022 19:20
ICYMI: Oath Keepers leader arrested and charged for role in Jan 6 riot
Elmer Stewart Rhodes, the founder of the right-wing militia group known as the Oath Keepers, has been arrested and charged with seditious conspiracy for his role in the 6 January attack on the US Capitol, according to the Department of Justice.
Andrew Feinberg reports from Washington, DC.
Oliver O’Connell14 January 2022 19:01
Ohio Supreme Court rejects GOP-drawn congressional map
The Ohio Supreme Court rejected a new map of state congressional districts Friday as gerrymandered, sending the blueprint back for another try.
In the 4-3 decision, justices returned the map to the powerful Ohio Redistricting Commission, or its map-drawing counterparts in the Legislature, and said they must assure the next plan actually complies with the Ohio Constitution.
Three of seven justices — including Justice Pat DeWine, son of Republican Gov. Mike DeWine, a named plaintiff in the cases — dissented.
Oliver O’Connell14 January 2022 18:46
Covid death toll under Biden soon to eclipse those lost under Trump
The number of dead Americans from Covid-19 had surpassed 846,000 on Friday. During Mr Trump’s last 10 months in office, 425,000 people died from Covid-19. During Mr Biden’s leadership, 421,000 people have died.
Oliver O’Connell14 January 2022 18:26
What would America look like after secession?
It could look pretty good for Democrats, writes Benedict Cosgrove.
Oliver O’Connell14 January 2022 18:02
Trump celebrates Katko not running again
The former president told supporters: “Great news, another one bites the dust. Katko, from Upstate New York, is gone!”
Oliver O’Connell14 January 2022 17:53
McCarthy says Trump has responsibility for Jan 6 in audio clip
This audio clip has come back to haunt Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
In it, he says Donald Trump has responsibility for the January 6th riot and admitted as much. He also strongly urges a commission investigates the attack on the US Capitol.
On Thursday he said he didn’t remember telling lawmakers that the former president took responsibility.
Oliver O’Connell14 January 2022 17:50
Third House Republican who voted to impeach Trump won’t run again
John Katko of New York has become the third House Republican that voted to impeach former-President Donald Trump to announce he will not run for reelection this year.
“My conscience, principles, and commitment to do what’s right have guided every decision I’ve made as a Member of Congress, and they guide my decision today.”
He’s the ranking member of the Homeland Security Committee, in line to be chairman were the House to flip from the Democrats to the GOP. He also voted for the infrastructure bill.
Given the nature of his Democrat-leaning district, it may be tough for a Republican to win it again without a moderate running.
Oliver O’Connell14 January 2022 17:35