Donald Trump latest news: Hillary Clinton blasts Fox News for ‘sedition’ after network says it won’t air Jan 6 hearings

Jamie Raskin doesn’t say whether the Jan 6 Committee will get Mike Pence to testify

Hillary Clinton has laid into Fox News for its decision not to broadcast the 6 January select committee’s upcoming hearings, tweeting that “Fox News won’t air the January 6 hearings because they prefer their sedition made fresh on-site”.

The channel has decided to not air the 6 January public hearings live and instead show only “as news warrants” during its prime time show, with full coverage relegated to its less-viewed sister channel Fox Business. This will make Fox News the only major news network in the US to not carry this Thursday’s hearing live.

Fox News will, however, offer live streams of the hearing without authentication on Foxnews.com and Fox Nation.

Senior members of the far-right Proud Boys group are facing a new indictment on multiple charges stemming from the 6 January attack on the US Capitol, including counts of seditious conspiracy against the US government.

According to the indictment, the five defendants – among them the group’s former leader, Enrique Tarrio – conspired “to oppose the lawful transfer of presidential power by force, by opposing the authority of the Government of the United States and by preventing, hindering, or delaying by force the execution of the laws governing the transfer of power”.

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Trump revisits long-held Mount Rushmore fantasy

Donald Trump is sharing old memes and envisioning himself on monuments to America’s most well-known presidents as the January 6 committee prepares for its first public hearing later this week.

One of the images was actually a photograph taken by the Associated Press in 2020 that captured Mr Trump grinning in front of the monument during a visit to the site; due to the framing, Mr Trump’s face is squared near-perfectly with an emply spot on the monument.

It was shared by his daughter, Ivanka, on Twitter shortly after it was taken.

Another photo, this one edited, depicted Mr Trump as part of the monument itself.

John Bowden has the story.

Andrew NaughtyJune 7, 2022, 5:45 p.m.

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Department of Homeland Security warns of threats to public gatherings

In a new bulletin, the Department of Homeland Security has warned that high-profile events and public gatherings across the US could be increasingly targeted with violence.

“In the coming months, we expect the threat environment to become more dynamic as several high-profile events could be exploited to justify acts of violence against a range of possible targets,” the bulletin said on Tuesday.

“These targets could include public gatherings, faith-based institutions, schools, racial and religious minorities, government facilities and personnel, US critical infrastructure, the media, and perceived ideological opponents,” it read. “Threat actors have recently mobilized to violence due to factors such as personal grievances, reactions to current events, and adherence to violent extremist ideologies, including racially or ethnically motivated or anti-government/anti-authority violent extremism.”

Andrew NaughtyJune 7, 2022, 5:05 p.m.

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As it becomes clear that Fox News will not be broadcasting the 6 January hearings live, instead relegating them to Fox Business, it is worth revisiting the texts that some of the network’s most-watched hosts sent during the riot to Donald Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows.

Laura Ingraham, for one, messaged Mr Meadows saying that Mr Trump “needs to tell people in the Capitol to go home” and warned that “he is destroying his legacy”. And Sean Hannity, who has featured Mr Meadows on his show since the insurrection, called for a presidential statement asking people to leave the Capitol. (The delay in issuing one is a core issue in the select committee’s investigation.)

ace Andrew Feinberg reported in January, Mr Hannity kept in touch with the White House after the insurrection, at one point texting then-press secretary Kayleigh McEnany to say “no more crazy people” should be allowed near Mr Trump.

New Sean Hannity texts to White House aides after Jan 6 revealed

Fox News host Sean Hannity sent a post-Capitol riot text message to then-White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany urging her and other top aides to then-President Donald Trump to stop “stolen election talk” and keep “crazy people” away from him .

Andrew NaughtyJune 7, 2022 4:35 p.m.

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Another GOP effort to fight “voter fraud” fails

A Republican effort in Michigan to put what they describe as an anti-voter fraud initiative on November’s ballot has failed after tens of thousands of signatures on a required petition were discovered to be fraudulent.

The Wolverine State GOP had mounted a petition drive to place something they call “Secure MI Vote” on the ballot during the November midterm elections. The initiative is nearly identical to a bill restricting absentee voting and imposing voter ID requirements that was vetoed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer last year.

If successful, the initiative would’ve enacted the restrictions into law without any chance for Ms Whitmer to veto it.

But organizers have dropped plans to submit their petition after realizing that roughly 20,000 of the 435,000 signatures gathered were fraudulent.

Andrew Feinberg has the story:

Andrew NaughtyJune 7, 2022, 4:05 p.m.

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Hillary Clinton throws shade at Fox

Fox News’s critics have lined up to lay into the network over its decision to forgo coverage of the 6 January hearings – and one of its all-time favorite targets has put out one of the toughest digs yet…

Andrew NaughtyJune 7, 2022, 3:53 p.m.

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Former Trump staffer says ex-president discussed martial law years before Jan 6

Trump critic and former homeland security staffer Miles Taylor, who famously wrote an anonymous op-ed during the Trump administration explaining that he and others were trying to fight the then-president’s worst impulses from the inside, has claimed that Mr Trump was talking about taking control of the country by non-democratic means years before 6 January:

It was recently confirmed by Mr Trump’s former secretary of defense Mark Esper that in the summer of 2020, he wanted to dispatch 10,000 troops to the streets of Washington, DC to crush Black Lives Matter protests.

Andrew NaughtyJune 7, 2022, 3:35 p.m.

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Memphis lawmakers oppose Trump police escort at rally because of his history of unpaid bills

City council members in Memphis, Tennessee, are calling for the municipal government to decline any request to provide former president Donald Trump a police escort when he visits the city for a speaking engagement next month, citing the ex-president’s long history as a deadbeat who has stiffened local governments after using local police resources.

In an interview with a local NBC affiliate, Councilmember Martavius ​​Jones said politics have nothing to do with why he’s calling for the city to refuse a police escort for the former president and his Secret Service detail.

“He’s notorious for not paying,” he said. “When you talk about these rallies, there are huge expenses that various jurisdictions have to pay, and these expenditures are not being funded by the Trump campaign or Trump organization”.

According to the Center for Public Integrity, Mr Trump’s campaign ran up nearly $2m in unpaid bills for police services and other services provided by local governments during his 2020 re-election campaign.

Andrew Feinberg has more.

Andrew NaughtyJune 7, 2022, 3:05 p.m.

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Alleged Jan 6 rioter accused of leaving underage children at home for Capitol trip

A woman accused of participating in the 6 January Capitol riot allegedly left behind her six minor children unattended at home to participate in the insurrection, according to court documents.

Rachel Powell had in 2021 “shared custody of six minor children with her ex-husband. When the defender [Ms Powell] left for Washington DC to attend the events of January 6, 2021, she left her minor children at home, unattended,” prosecutors said in the court filing on Monday.

In a social media post from October 2020 that’s been entered into evidence, Ms Powell wrote: “I agree with the possibility of civil war happening. I can see that too. Unfortunately, the only way this is probably capable of being fixed is bloodshed because I’m not so sure our government can be fixed the political way anymore…”

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Andrew NaughtyJune 7, 2022 2:35 p.m.

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Catch up: Who sits on the Jan 6 committee?

The select committee investigating the 6 January riot has nine members – seven Democrats and two Republicans. Some are more high-profile than others, but they have managed to keep up a remarkably consistent public front as they prepare to reveal the full details of the evidence they’ve gathered.

Here’s a rundown of who they are, what their particular interests seem to be, and how they’ve behaved during the investigation so far.

Andrew NaughtyJune 7, 2022 2:05 p.m.

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Texas AG investigating proliferation of Twitter bots

Elon Musk’s deal to buy Twitter for $44bn seems to be in trouble because of the tech billionaire’s misgivings about the sheer volume of bots and fake accounts on the platform – thus putting in danger the possibility that Donald Trump and other incendiary right-wingers will be given their accounts back.

As various conservatives pounce on the tech giants for allegedly censoring them, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has launched a full-fledged investigation into Twitter citing misgivings similar to Mr Musk’s– that is, “potentially false reporting over its fake bot accounts in violation of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act”.

Read more on the status of the Twitter deal below.

Andrew NaughtyJune 7, 2022 1:36 p.m.

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