Jamie Raskin doesn’t say whether the Jan 6 Committee will get Mike Pence to testify
Steve Bannon’s lawyers have subpoenaed House speaker Nancy Pelosi and members of the Select Committee investigating the 6 January riots.
Mr Bannon, who once served as former President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, was indicted in November 2021 by a federal grand jury for his refusal to comply with a subpoena to testify and produce documents.
Now, he is seeking to subpoena the January 6 committee as part of his challenge to whether the panel was properly formed.
His legal team has subpoenaed 16 lawmakers and congressional staffers to testify at the July trial and produce documents. The subpoenas aimed were at all nine members of the select committee that is investigating the Capitol building riots, three committee staffers and the general counsel for the House of Representatives Douglas Letter, CNN reported.
Meanwhile, 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”.
GOP senators reveal whether they own or have shot an AR-15
The powerful AR-15 rifle has received increased attention and scrutiny following the shootings at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York that killed 10 Black patrons, and the school shooting massacre of 19 children and two adults in Uvalde, Texas.
The recent spate of gun violence across the US has ignited another round of gun control negotiations between Democrats and Republicans.
Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, who was previously endorsed by the National Rifle Association but has since become a negotiator on gun reform, told CNN he would support raising the age to purchase semi-automatic weapons to 21.
Conversely, Republican Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana has said that some people need an AR-15 to shoot feral pigs. Mr Cassidy has since become one of the other negotiators working on a compromised deal.
Here’s what Republican senators told Eric Garcia:
Alisha Rahaman SarkarJune 8, 2022 11:30 am
San Francisco voters recall liberal district attorney Chesa Boudin
Residents of San Francisco voted divisively on Tuesday to recall Democrat district attorney Chesa Boudin over rising crime, policing and public safety reforms.
Partial returns showed Mr Boudin is set to be ousted as 61 per cent of the ballots are in favor of the recall, according to Edison Research.
Recall proponents blamed Mr Boudin, 41, for progressive policies that led to a spike in gun violence and other crimes during the Covid pandemic.
The DA was the target of a multi-million-dollar recall campaign by residents who claimed the liberal California enclave has become an increasingly unsafe place to live in.
Alisha Rahaman SarkarJune 8, 2022 10:45 a.m.
Steve Bannon ‘revenge-subpoenas’ January 6 committee
Steve Bannon’s lawyers have subpoenaed Nancy Pelosi and members of the House Select Committee investigating the 6 January riots.
Mr Bannon was indicted in November last year by a federal grand jury for his refusal to comply with a subpoena to testify and produce documents.
Now, the former Donald Trump aide is seeking to subpoena the January 6 committee as part of his challenge to whether the panel was properly formed.
Mr Bannon’s trial is set for next month. He has pleaded not guilty. According to Mr Bannon’s legal team, he subpoenaed 16 lawmakers and congressional staffers to testify at the July trial and produce documents.
Maroosha Muzaffar reports.
Alisha Rahaman SarkarJune 8, 2022 10:15 a.m.
Trump ally Kristi Noem wins in South Dakota
South Dakota governor Kristi Noem, a staunch ally of former president Donald Trump, won the Republican nomination to seek re-election in November.
Ms Noem, known for her opposition to Covid-19 restrictions, won her primary with 77 per cent of the vote, while former Trump interior secretary Ryan Zinke of Montana was locked in a tight race as he seeks the party’s nomination to return to Congress.
Alisha Rahaman SarkarJune 8, 2022 9:45 a.m.
GOP senate whip mocked for saying AR-15s are needed to shoot prairie dogs
Republican Senate Whip John Thune has become the target of mockery online after he suggested that assault rifles are needed to shoot prairie dogs.
“In my state, they use them to shoot prairie dogs and other types of varmints. And so I think that there are legitimate reasons why people would want to have them,” he added. “So I just think that the issues that they should be focused on is how do you keep those types of weapons out of the hands of these young, in this case, male, very deranged, young men.”
Twitter users quickly seized on Mr Thune’s comments, here’s what they had to say:
Oliver O’ConnellJune 8, 2022 8:45 a.m.
Matthew McConaughey’s emotional White House briefing speech in full
Read the full text of the actor’s emotional speech about the massacre in his hometown of Uvalde, Texas.
Oliver O’Connell8 June 2022 08:15
‘We Build The Wall’ trial ends in mistrial
The trial of a Colorado businessman on charges that he ripped off thousands of donors who contributed $25 million to a campaign to build a wall along the southern US border ended Tuesday in a mistrial after jurors could not reach a unanimous verdict.
The mistrial in the prosecution of Timothy Shea was granted by US District Judge Analisa Torres after the jury reported for a third time that it could not reach a verdict on any count, saying the deadlock was “abundantly clear.” They said extended deliberations had left them “further entrenched in our opposing views.”
After previous notes, the judge urged them to try again.
Shea was left to stand trial alone after Steve Bannon, a onetime adviser to then-President Donald Trump, was pardoned. And two other defendants pleaded guilty.
Oliver O’ConnellJune 8, 2022, 7:45 a.m.
The big campaign question for Democrats heading into the midterms
With Democrats defending narrow majorities in Congress, the divergent paths of focusing on the January 6 probe or not reflect a challenge facing the party as the House committee investigating the insurrection begins prime-time public hearings on Thursday.
Some lawmakers and fresh candidates view this as an invaluable moment to refocus the public’s attention on the violence that day — and what they consider persistent threats to democracy. But polling shows voters are more interested in personal issues like surging grocery and gas prices.
Oliver O’Connell8 June 2022 07:15
Report: House Democrats investigating if foreign gifts to Trump are missing
CNN reports that House Democrats are investigating if gifts from foreign governments and officials to form President Donald Trump have gone missing — potentially amounting to thousands of dollars worth of items.
Lawmakers on the House Oversight and Reform Committee have sent a letter to the National Archives after receiving information from the State Department indicating “the Trump administration ‘did not prioritize this obligation’ and failed to comply with the law that governs foreign gift reporting during President Trump’s final year in office”.
“As a result, the foreign sources and monetary value of gifts President Trump received remain unknown,” it adds. “The Department of State also stated that it was unable to determine the identities of some government officials who received foreign gifts during the Trump Administration, as well as the sources of those foreign gifts.”
The committee wants the National Archives to provide details about all the gifts received during the Trump administration.
Oliver O’ConnellJune 8, 2022, 6:45 a.m.
Matthew McConaughey pounds White House lectern in anger over Uvalde massacre
An emotional Matthew McConaughey pounded the White House lectern in anger as he called for change in the wake of the Uvalde elementary school massacre.
The Oscar-winner choked up as he described how victim Maite Yuleana Rodriguez could only be identified by her favorite green Converse shoes after she was shot and killed.
Oliver O’Connell8 June 2022 06:15