Latest from Trump: Ex-president tried to cling to power for financial gain, member says Jan 6

Trump’s former defense secretary says he didn’t ask for 10,000 troops from the Capitol

Donald Trump has denounced reports that he is now under investigation by the US Department of Justice over his attempts to overturn the result of the 2020 presidential election.

Attorney General Merrick Garland said yesterday the department had no qualms about any political backlash following Mr Trump’s criminal indictment. The department reportedly contacted the Jan. 6 committee to hear from witnesses, including Mark Meadows’ former assistant, Cassidy Hutchinson.

Last night the committee released audio of sworn testimony in which Mr Trump’s former acting defense secretary, Christopher Miller, confirms that the president gave no orders for thousands of National Guardsmen to be deployed before the Capitol Riot. The audio contradicts claims by Mr Trump, former employees – even Mr Miller himself.

Meanwhile, Rep. Jamie Raskin told C-Span he believes, “Donald Trump was really engaged in a lot of for-profit pursuits in his administration, which would also explain his determination to stay in office at all costs. .”

In other news, the former president threatened to sue CNN for calling him a liar and calling his baseless claims about the 2020 election a “big lie.”

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Trump hits out at ‘misinformation’ after DoJ investigation report

Former President Donald Trump took to his own Truth Social platform on Wednesday to air a series of grievances following reports that the Justice Department was investigating his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results.

Writing on the platform owned by his fledgling Trump Media and Technology Group, Mr Trump called the report “more disinformation from Democrats” and likened the investigation into his post-election conduct to the investigation long-running over his 2016 campaign’s ties to the Russian government, the House impeachment inquiry into his 2019 attempt to blackmail Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, and his second impeachment following the Jan. 6 attacks.

“People forget that this is a rigged and stolen election. But rather than go after the people who faked it and stole it, they go after those who seek honesty and truth, and who have freedom of speech and many other defenses on their side. “, he wrote.

Andrew Feinberg has more:

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Georgia poll shows draws in crucial races

A New Atlanta Journal-Constitution survey showed that Republican incumbent Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock have narrow leads.

The survey shows that 48% of likely voters say they support Trump’s apostasy Kemp, compared to 43% who say they support former state lawmaker Stacey Abrams. The two are in a rematch after Mr Kemp narrowly beat Ms Abrams in 2018. Ms Abrams never fully conceded her race to Mr Kemp due to voter suppression allegations.

Similarly, Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock – who won a special election last year – leads Donald Trump’s chosen candidate, former University of Georgia running back Herschel Walker, 46% to 43%. . Mr. Walker’s erratic behavior and a series of personal scandals have jeopardized what was thought to be an eminently winnable race for the GOP.

Eric Garcia has the story.

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Voice: The big difference between Biden and Trump’s Covid experiences

Biden used drugs and diagnostic tools that are all available to the public, while Trump chose a treatment that was not available to ordinary Americans at the time.

Trump had a “brush with death”, while Biden isolated himself with mild symptoms at home.

And their victory laps were also very different.

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Senate passes computer chip bill to be more competitive with China

The Senate passed legislation to support research and development in the computer chip and semiconductor industry, with almost all Democrats voting for the legislation and a large number of Republicans joining them. Passing the bill triggers a vote in the House of Representatives.

The legislation aims to support manufacturing of semiconductor chips in the United States as a way for the United States to compete with China and create jobs.

Eric Garcia has the details.

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“The View” apologizes to Turning Point USA

View apologized live to Turning Point USA after the daytime talk show was threatened to cease and desist for falsely stating earlier this week that a group of neo-Nazis who staged a small gathering outside the conservative group’s conference in Florida was linked to the event.

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Capitol riot co-defendant charged with assaulting police officers pleads guilty

A co-defendant pleaded guilty to reduced charges in the Capitol riot assault on three police officers, including Brian Sicknick, who died after the insurgency.

George Tanios pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors — trespassing and disorderly conduct on restricted Capitol grounds.

It was a reduction from what the 40-year-old initially faced – 10 charges, including felony charges such as assaulting officers, obstructing certification by the Congress 2020 election results and riots, according to The Washington Post.

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Analysis: Republicans are (again) burying their heads in the sand

In today’s Inside Washington dispatch, Eric Garcia writes that Donald Trump’s first speech in DC since leaving office has forced Republicans to revert to the embarrassing posture they’ve taken for much of his presidency: claiming they haven’t seen or heard statements that had received almost unavoidable coverage:

The former president made headlines yesterday when he suggested the homeless be housed in suburban towns and that the US fight drug traffickers by emulating authoritarian countries by introducing the death penalty for drug-related offences. “If you look at countries around the world, the ones that don’t have a drug problem are the ones that institute a very quick death sentence for drug dealers,” he said.

I asked Kevin McCarthy if he agreed. The Minority Leader asked me back when Trump launched this proposal. I reminded him that he had just said it – at a conference McCarthy himself had attended. McCarthy responded by dithering on “what the Democrats have done on the border” with drugs, adding that fentanyl is now the number one killer of Americans.

Read the full article below.

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Viktor Orban still ready to speak at CPAC Texas despite aide quitting over ‘Nazi talk’

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is still set to address crowds at CPAC Texas in early August despite massive backlash from a recent speech that one of his longtime advisers called “pure Nazi speech” worthy of Joseph Goebbels .

Orban gave the speech in question last weekend in Romania, balustrade against Islamic immigration in Europe and arguing that countries in which people of different ethnicities coexist are “no longer nations”.

“That’s why we have always fought: we are ready to mix, but we don’t want to become mixed-race people,” Orban said.

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Furious scenes at gun hearing as Republican justifies violence against FBI and ATF agents

A GOP congressman has sparked a furious exchange after claiming Democrats may be responsible for the deaths of federal agents while trying to enforce gun restrictions.

The fracas erupted as Rep. Clay Higgins of Louisiana questioned how gun reform could be safely implemented during a House Oversight Committee hearing on Wednesday.

Bevan Hurley recounts what happened next.

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‘Sorry Jared, there’s nothing I can do,’ Murdoch told Kushner after Fox News called Arizona for Biden

In his new book, Jared Kushner writes about when he called Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch on election night in November 2020 to ask why the network had just called Arizona for President Joe Biden.

Breaking History: A White House Memoir by Mr. Kushner is due out August 23. New York Times journalist Kenneth Vogel tweeted several pages of the book on Wednesday.

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