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Last January 6 hearings: Former Trump staff to appear in Thursday session as Steve Bannon trial begins

Roger Stone claims Steve Bannon blackmailed Trump for pardon

The next January 6 select committee public hearing, scheduled for prime time on Thursday, would feature two former White House aides who will testify about what the ex-president was up to as a crowd of his supporters protested. violently stormed the US Capitol.

The hearing, which committee member Jamie Raskin said would be a “moment of judgment” for the United States, is expected to focus on Mr Trump’s inaction during the attack. The two aides in question are Matthew Pottinger, a former deputy national security adviser, and Sarah Matthews, a former press secretary.

The panel has previously presented testimony about the former president’s behavior during the riot, including that he refused to send a tweet calling out the crowd and that he may have suggested they were right to call for the hanging of Mike Pence.

Meanwhile, Mr Trump’s ally Steve Bannon faces the start of his trial for criminal contempt of Congress. The former president’s longtime lieutenant and hardcore right-wing agitator refused to comply with the House Select Committee’s subpoena, and his various last-ditch efforts to prevent or delay the trial failed.


Watch: A Trump-backed candidate in a bizarre FBI hike

Senior Republicans fear that several of Donald Trump’s nominees could lose winnable Senate races this year, costing them control of the chamber. Among the most concerning on the list is Herschel Walker, the party’s candidate in Georgia, who, in addition to a history of domestic abuse, has also lied about his grades in school and the number of children he has.

Alongside this dubious record, Mr. Walker has repeatedly regaled television and live audiences with wildly bizarre monologues on a variety of topics. The most recent of these eerie performances saw him pretend to have practiced at FBI headquarters before telling a story about picking up a gun to shoot someone while hearing voices in his head:


Who is the January 6 witness, Matthew Pottinger?

Former deputy national security adviser Matthew Pottinger is scheduled to testify Thursday before the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

He is expected to appear alongside former assistant press secretary Sarah Matthews, CNN reported. The committee has yet to publicly confirm the same, however.

Mr Pottinger was the most senior White House official to resign immediately after the riot.

According to video testimony released by the committee during a hearing in early June, he said he decided to resign after former President Donald Trump tweeted that then-Vice President Mike Pense should have done so. show more courage.

“I read that tweet. And decided at that time to quit,” Mr. Pottinger had said. “That’s when I knew I was leaving that day, once I read this tweet.”


DeSantis catches up with Trump – in Michigan

Ron DeSantis’ rise as the GOP’s natural alternative to Trump continues steadily, and now there are more polls to support him. The Detroit News has a new poll putting the Florida governor and the former president face to face in a crucial turning point, and the news is not good for Mr. Trump:

In the July 13-15 poll of 500 registered voters who said they were likely to vote in the Republican primary in August, most signaled they would support another potential Trump re-election campaign, enjoyed his endorsement in the Michigan GOP governor’s primary and trusted his assessment of the 2020 election more than that of Michigan Senate Republicans, whose investigations found no evidence of widespread fraud.


Trump-backed Dr. Oz complains about Democrats raising funds for issues

Appearing on Fox News last night, GOP candidate for the Pennsylvania Senate, Mehmet Oz – a television doctor viewed with deep suspicion by many conservatives – explained that the reason his Democratic rival John Fetterman is so much better funded that it is that Democrats have been able to point to crises like the disappearance of Roe vs. Wade to raise fundraising dollars.

In his account, this is somehow dubious or unedifying, rather than a typical, albeit particularly powerful, example of political mobilization.

The very wealthy Dr. Oz was mocked by Democrats for owning multiple homes when he may not have lived in Pennsylvania at all.


Former Trump aides prepare to testify

This week’s Jan. 6 committee hearing will feature testimony from two Trump White House veterans: former deputy national security adviser Matthew Pottinger and former press secretary Sarah Matthews.

The two are participating in the panel’s eighth hearing this summer, a session expected to focus on Donald Trump’s “dereliction of duty” on the day of the Capitol Riot.

Here’s more on what to expect from their appearance:


Bad news for Liz Cheney in Wyoming

Liz Cheney may deserve applause for her work on the Jan. 6 committee investigation, but her future in Congress looks shaky after two polls show she badly lost her Wyoming GOP primary.

Ms Cheney trailed her Trump-endorsed challenger Harriet Hageman by 22 points in a Casper Star-Tribune poll released on Friday.

A separate poll for the conservative Club for Growth organization obtained by NBC News showed likely primary voters favor Ms Hageman 59% to 31%.


January 6 Star Witness Seeking Re-Election Seeks ‘Miracle’

Rusty Bowers, the Republican Arizona House speaker who nearly burst into tears during his January 6 committee testimony recently, gave an interview to NBC News where he describes the headwinds he faces in his re-election in November, which he acknowledges it will take a “miracle” for him to win given the pro-Trump opposition:

The recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award this year, Bowers said his district’s response to the testimony was mixed.

“Among my friends and people I personally know in the neighborhood, it’s been good,” he said. “But generally it’s not considered good. It was: ‘There you go. The traitor.'”

He also disagrees with people who tell him that his decision to testify took courage.

“I don’t see myself having a brave Don Quixote-esque [moment]. That might be it, but definitely not a Joan of Arc,” Bowers said. “But I did what I had to do. I knew there could be consequences, and in some cases I knew it would end relationships. But I have to tell the truth. That’s that. Beyond that, nothing else.

Read the full report below.


Thursday’s prime-time hearing will build a ‘minute-by-minute’ account of Trump’s actions on January 6

The committee’s second prime-time hearing on January 6 will take place on Thursday and will feature a “minute-by-minute” account of Donald Trump’s actions as Capitol Hill was stormed by his supporters, a member of the panel.

Three members of the House Select Committee — Zoe Lofgren, Elaine Luria and Adam Kinzinger — appeared on Sunday broadcasts to discuss the hearing. Republican Congressman Kinzinger also signaled that this may not be the last time the panel presents its findings to the public.

John Bowden has more information on what to expect from Thursday’s hearing.


Kinzinger hits out at Secret Service for ‘very contradictory’ statements on deleted texts

Republican congressman and Jan. 6 committee member Adam Kinzinger accused the Secret Service of contradicting statements about whether text messages sent during the deadly attack on the US Capitol were still accessible.

Last week, the bipartisan committee was informed by the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security (OIG) that the Secret Service was delaying efforts to turn over documents related to the day and had apparently deleted relevant text messages.

Mr Kinzinger said on Sunday that the agency claimed to have lost some or all of the texts requested by the panel – then said all “relevant” messages had been turned over to the OIG.


NRA slams Trump’s Wisconsin nominee for bogus endorsement

The National Rifle Association issued a scathing rebuke of former President Donald Trump’s pick for Wisconsin governor on Monday, accusing him of misleading its members after his campaign falsely claimed the advocacy group firearms had approved it.