Republican senator dodges question about Trump’s praise for Putin
The House of Representatives voted 220-203 to refer former Trump White House advisers Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino to trial for criminal contempt of Congress charges for defying subpoenas to produce documents and present evidence before the select committee investigating the insurrection of January 6.
Wednesday’s vote came after both Jared Kushner and ivanka trump testified before the committee in the last week. Both reportedly answered questions for several hours without invoking the Fifth Amendment, a break with several of donald trump‘s other close associates.
The committee also ultimately received a cache of emails belonging to Trump’s former attorney, John Eastman, who had tried to hide them from committee scrutiny citing various arguments that were thrown out in court.
Meanwhile, six weeks after its launch, Trump’s Truth Social app has lost two top executives. The application has been affected by technological problems and around 1.5 million people remain on the waiting list to join, unable to use it.
Biden jokes with “the last guy” while promoting the tax on the super-rich
During a speech touting his proposal for a higher tax rate for the wealthiest Americans — “for God’s sake, chip in and pay your fair share” — Joe Biden found a moment to fire Donald Trump to the amusement of his audience, referring to him as “the last guy.”
Naughty Andrew7 April 2022 10:57
ICYMI: The Republicans who grilled Ketanji Brown Jackson on the fight for femininity to define it
The insistence on traditional gender roles and identities has become a central part of the Republican culture war strategy, something that played out at Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination hearings when Republican senators demanded that she explain what a woman was.
Ms. Brown Jackson declined to elaborate, citing the fact that she is not a biologist. Many of the right-wingers on the Judiciary Committee scoffed at this, but when asked for their own definitions of what makes a woman, many of them struggled…
Naughty Andrew7 April 2022 10:30
Republican attacks on immigration policy intensify
As the Biden administration prepares for the end of Title 42, a measure that effectively barred people from applying for asylum at their point of entry into the US, to begin sending undocumented immigrants from their state to Washington, DC in protest.
Bevan Hurley has the story.
Naughty Andrew7 April 2022 09:44
Bannon suffers blow in attempt to avoid contempt trial
Steve Bannon was the first person to be charged with contempt for refusing to comply with a Jan. 6 committee subpoena, and he is now waging a legal battle to avoid trial over the matter. That fight is not going well.
As NBC reports, a judge ruled against Bannon’s claim that he is not in contempt of Congress because he acted on the instructions of his lawyers.
If convicted of contempt, Mr. Bannon could face up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $100,000.
Naughty Andrew7 April 2022 09:19
Is Paul Gosar speaking at a white nationalist event?
Arizona Republican Congressman Paul Gosar’s campaign has denied that he is speaking at a conference organized by the white nationalist American Populist Union, a group that, among other things, recently praised the Hungarian autocrat Viktor Orban for building a “right-wing Christian republic on the traditional foundations of Western civilization.”
The conference will be held on Adolf Hitler’s birthday, April 20, a date revered by many neo-Nazis and far-right racists.
The group is promoting Mr. Gosar’s appearance on the conference website, and according to the tucson sentinel, Mr Gosar shared it on his own Instagram page, but his campaign has now told the site he will not be attending and will instead be on a “farm tour”. He now appears to have been removed from the event’s online roster.
Mr. Gosar recently sent a video address to the Racist America First Political Action Conference; similarly, he has claimed that was a mistake and has yet to face any consequences from the Republican leadership.
Naughty Andrew7 April 2022 09:01
ICYMI: DNC chairman describes Tom Cotton as ‘infested with maggots’
Joe Biden and other Democrats of his generation are often criticized by younger members of their party for their nostalgia for a time when the Capitol was a more civilized and camaraderie place, and their apparent determination to return to it despite the behavior of many Republicans.
Among those who see things differently is Democratic National Committee Chairman Jaime Harrison, who yesterday slammed Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton in a tirade on MSNBC, calling him “the lowest of the low” among Senate right-wingers.
Mr. Harrison was speaking specifically about Mr. Cotton’s position on Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. The senator from Arkansas this week made a speech on the Senate floor in which he suggested that Ms. Brown Jackson would likely have defended the Nazis during the Nuremberg trials.
Naughty Andrew7 April 2022 08:31
GOP investigation into Hunter Biden’s dealings targets the president’s brother
While Republicans are showing interest in litigating Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings, a key Senate Republican said the newly obtained bank records raise similar concerns about the president’s first brother, James Biden.
“We have people by the name of Biden dealing with Chinese businessmen who have a relationship with the Communist Party,” Sen. Chuck Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, told CBS News senior investigative correspondent, Catherine Herrridge.
“I think James Biden was a big part of this.”
According to bank records released by Republican senators this week, James Biden’s company, Lion Hall Group, received payments from a Chinese-funded consulting group in 2018, before his brother announced his run for president.
Grassley said it was in the same year that James Biden and the president’s son Hunter received monthly advances totaling $165,000: $100,000 for Hunter and $65,000 for James.
“These records that we obtained are the first records that have been made public on this subject. Nobody else has them,” Grassley said.
The Independent’s John Bowden has more on the Republicans’ plan to litigate Hunter Biden:
Sravasti Dasgupta7 April 2022 07:54
Sarah Palin’s candidacy for the House causes Republican rupture
Although Sarah Palin won the endorsement of former President Donald Trump in her campaign to represent Alaska in the US House of Representatives, her colleagues at home are not so happy.
Lisa Murkowski, the state’s senior senator, said in a statement to CNN: “We have 50 names that Alaskans will have the opportunity to choose from.
“A lot of very well-qualified people that no one else talks about here. Back home, they are. So this is your own kind of bubble. I’m just telling you: you’re not in the Alaskan bubble, because Alaskans are talking about each other.”
“A lot of people I know were very surprised that we didn’t realize she was still a resident of the state,” said Nick Begich III, a Republican challenger.
Mrs. Palin, however, has won the support of hardline Republicans who already plan to invite her to join their congressional caucus.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Wednesday that he is a “big fan” of hers.
Sravasti Dasgupta7 April 2022 06:56
House votes to hold Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino in contempt of Congress
The House of Representatives voted 220-203 to refer two other former Trump White House aides to stand trial on criminal charges of contempt of Congress for defying subpoenas to produce documents and present evidence before the select committee investigating the 6/6 uprising. from January.
Just two Republicans — select committee members Liz Cheney of Wyoming, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois — joined 218 Democrats Wednesday to pass a resolution keeping former White House deputy chief of staff Daniel Scavino and former National Council chief trade. Peter Navarro in contempt and recommending that they be prosecuted for refusing to heed subpoenas issued as part of the nine-member panel’s investigation into the worst attack on the US Capitol since Major General Robert Ross ordered the British troops who burned it down in 1814.
Andrew Feinberg and Eric Garcia report from Washington, DC.
Oliver O’Connell7 April 2022 05:40
No evidence of 2020 voter fraud in Arizona AG letter
The Arizona attorney general released an interim report Wednesday on his review of the 2020 election in Maricopa County.
Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who is in a tough Republican primary for the US Senate, outlined concerns about some election procedures in the report, but provided no evidence of any major issues despite six months of investigation. .
Former President Donald Trump and his supporters have consistently claimed that his 2020 loss in Arizona was clouded by voter fraud.
In Wednesday’s 12-page letter to Republican State Senate President Karen Fann, Brnovich said some of the forms documenting the transport of ballots were missing signatures or other information.
The issue has been raised by Trump supporters who falsely claim they stole the election from him.
But no evidence of tampering has been produced and Mr. Brnovich offered none.
Brnovich seeks the support of the former president for his candidacy for the Senate.
Sravasti Dasgupta7 April 2022 05:24