Trump calls Liz Cheney ‘despicable’ as she declines to rule out 2024 run – live
Adam Schiff says Donald Trump has engaged in ‘wrongdoing’
Donald Trump has taken to Truth Social to lay into January 6 committee vice chair Liz Cheney, calling her a “despicable human being” and raging at the news that the “fake unselect committee” on which she sits may recommend that the Justice Department bring ciminal charges against him.
In an interview broadcast on Sunday, Ms Cheney opined that “a man as dangerous as [Donald Trump] can never be anywhere near the Oval Office ever again” – and declined to rule out running for president herself in the next election.
“I haven’t made a decision about that yet,” she said. “And I’m obviously very focused on my re-election. I’m very focused on the 6 January committee. I’m very focused on my obligations to do the job that I have now. And I’ll make a decision about ‘24 down the road.”
The New York Times reported that Mr Trump may announce a 2024 bid for the White House as soon as this month.
Cheney for president?
She may be favoured to lose her re-election primary in Wyoming, but in her interview broadcast yesterday, Liz Cheney made clear she has not yet decided whether or not to run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024.
If she did, she could end up on a debate stage opposite Mr Trump himself. The ex-president is expected by many to announce a re-election bid soon, perhaps even this month.
Liz Cheney says she hasn’t decided whether or not to run for president
Andrew Naughtie4 July 2022 15:59
Trump “truthing” about Liz Cheney again
Donald Trump is awake and active on Truth Social, his semi-cloistered “free speech”-themed bespoke social media platform, and his first target today is Liz Cheney, whose interview with ABC News broadcast this weekend clearly seems to have riled him up:
Andrew Naughtie4 July 2022 15:18
Interview: Trump documentarian Alex Holder
The Independent’s Andrew Feinberg has spoken to Alex Holder, a British filmmaker who was following Donald Trump and his close family (with authorisation) in the weeks leading up to the 2020 election and the crucial two months after it. His footage only recently became known to the public when it was subpoenaed by the 6 January committee.
Read the full interview below.
Andrew Naughtie4 July 2022 15:05
Lofgren knocks back reports of DoJ-committee friction
Speaking on Meet the Press yesterday, 6 January committee member Zoe Lofgren had this to say about stories that the Justice Department was “blindsided” by the Cassidy Hutchinson hearing:
“We’re not an arm of the Justice Department,” she said. “We’re a legislative committee. They have subpoena power. They could subpoena Ms. Hutchinson. I’m surprised they had not done so.”
Ms Lofgren also reiterated that Ms Hutchinson, who switched lawyers not long before her public testimony, is apparently being intimidated by people with an interest in keeping her from sharing what she knows with investigators.
Andrew Naughtie4 July 2022 14:30
Kinzinger calls out right-wing paper on Hutchinson testimony
The Washington Examiner, which covers DC politics from the right, has headlined a story about Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony with a claim that there is “no corroboration” for what she told the 6 January committee last week.
Adam Kinzinger, whose name also appears, is unimpressed.
Andrew Naughtie4 July 2022 13:50
Adam Schiff on the danger of not charging Donald Trump
The Justice Department could choose to bring charges against Donald Trump whether or not the 6 January committee makes a criminal referral, but the panel members’ interviews in recent days and weeks have made plain that they do view the evidence they’ve gathered as grounds for criminal proceedings.
More than that, Adam Schiff yesterday told CBS News that should the department fail to charge him, the precedent that would set for presidential immunity could be incredibly dangerous.
Andrew Naughtie4 July 2022 13:07
Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that the 6 January committee’s televised hearings have notched up disappointing ratings. This is one of his most-used lines of attack against rivals and adversaries in general, and this time, it’s wide of the mark: the committee’s broadcast sessions have in fact attracted millions of viewers much in line with its members’ hopes.
And as Scott MacFarlane points out, the size of the audience is notable enough that it’s been mentioned in court filings from 6 January defendants themselves.
Andrew Naughtie4 July 2022 12:25
Jan 6 committee shares July 4 warning
As the US celebrates its declaration of independence on 4 July 1776, the official Twitter account for the 6 January committee has shared a warning from chair Bennie Thompson that not everyone empowered to shape the US’s future has the same interests at heart…
Andrew Naughtie4 July 2022 11:45
Kinzinger dismisses GOP claims committee is “unfair”
Addressing various right-wing attempts to discredit Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony last week, Adam Kinzinger has spelled out in his characteristically blunt style why Republicans’ claims that his committee is biased or unfair are at best wide of the mark and at worst downright false.
And in the process, he calls out house minority leader Kevin McCarthy by his first name.
Andrew Naughtie4 July 2022 11:00
Former US justice department veteran questions DOJ over Trump indictment
Sarah Isgur, former veteran of the US Justice Department called the testimony by Cassidy Hutchinson last week “bombshell evidence.”
When asked by ABC News what was the strongest evidence against the former president, she said, “this bombshell evidence that we heard this week was about him wanting armed people from his rally to go to the Capitol.”
“The problem is, they have such a high hurdle to clear when it comes to incitement, because of the First Amendment, and because we protect political speech. So, when he says something like fight like hell, we don’t want to criminalise that in our political conversations, candidates around the country.”
She continued: “The incitement level that you need in order to charge anyone with inciting violence is just so high. The Department of Justice doesn’t usually hide the ball on these things. They haven’t taken any of the steps you’d expect to be in moving toward charging a sitting president.”
Andrew Naughtie4 July 2022 10:15