Trump news today: Ivanka did not plead fifth in January 6 interview as Elon Musk asks to revoke Twitter ban
GOP senator dodges question about Trump’s praise of Putin
Less than a week after her husband Jared Kushner voluntarily testified before the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, Ivanka Trump is appearing before virtually the same panel on Tuesday, according to NBC News citing three sources. close to the file.
Elsewhere, Tesla founder and billionaire Elon Musk, who recently bought a 9.2% stake in Twitter, is receiving pleas from Trump supporters to have the former president’s account reinstated.
Among those asking him to intervene is Georgia MP Marjorie Taylor Greene, who asked if as a “majority shareholder” (which he is not), Mr. Musk would “return freedom of speech to Twitter”.
Meanwhile, six weeks after its launch, Donald Trump’s Truth Social app has lost two senior executives. The app has been plagued with technical issues and around 1.5 million people remain on the waiting list to sign up, unable to use it.
Mr Trump has also filed a new lawsuit seeking the dismissal of a judge in a lawsuit he has brought against former opponent Hillary Clinton, in which he alleges she conspired with around 50 others for making false statements regarding his dealings with Russian contacts during the 2016 election.
Ivanka refuses to plead the fifth before the January 6 committee
Ivanka Trump appeared before the Jan. 6 committee remotely on Tuesday, committee sources revealed, as the panel’s investigation into her father’s role in a violent assault on Congress continues.
The chairman of the House Select Committee investigating Jan. 6 confirmed Mrs. Trump’s appearance to reporters and said Politics that Mrs. Trump’s testimony was still ongoing as of mid-Monday afternoon with five hours already elapsed in the session. Mrs. Trump has not been subpoenaed and, like her husband, gives information to the committee by personal choice.
John Bowden reports for The Independent of Washington, DC.
Olivier O’ConnellApril 5, 2022 9:07 p.m.
Oklahoma State House votes to make abortion illegal
The Oklahoma State House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to pass a bill making performing an abortion in the state a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Olivier O’ConnellApril 5, 2022 8:53 p.m.
CPAC in Budapest with Orban in keynote
America’s largest conservative rally, founded on the ideals of personal freedom and limited government, is meeting in Budapest next month to celebrate a European leader accused of undermining democracy and individual rights.
May’s meeting of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is seen by some Republicans as a test of the willingness of American conservatives to align themselves with a global movement of far-right, pro-Russia strongmen. adopted by former US President Donald Trump. .
The keynote speaker for the event is Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, a longtime supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The European Union has accused Orban, who won re-election with a wide margin on Sunday, of restricting the independence of the media and the judiciary, enriching associates with public funds and overhauling electoral laws to entrench his power.
Hungary joined the EU sanctions imposed on Moscow in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. But Orban refrained from directly criticizing Putin, banned arms shipments through Hungary to neighboring Ukraine and opposed proposed EU sanctions on Russian natural gas.
Olivier O’ConnellApril 5, 2022 8:35 p.m.
Ivanka Trump interview on January 6 ongoing for five hours
Ivanka Trump, the daughter of former President Donald Trump and among those close to her during the Capitol uprising, is still testifying five hours into her allotted time with the Jan. 6 committee.
Speaker Bennie Thompson said the interview was still ongoing and Mrs. Trump was responding to questions, having not pleaded the fifth or asserted privilege to her knowledge.
Mrs. Trump was with her father for much of the day in question, and the panel devoted much of its time to Trump’s actions in the White House as his supporters stormed into the Capitol.
Olivier O’ConnellApril 5, 2022 8:10 p.m.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin hits back at Matt Gaetz
U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin seemed so infuriated by Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz’s outlandish questions that he got into a shouting match with the Florida Rep at the end of the five-minute round of Mr Gaetz.
Mr. Austin was on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to testify at a House Armed Services Committee hearing regarding the Department of Defense’s fiscal year 2023 budget request, but Mr. Gaetz had apparently decided to use his time to reprimand the former head of US Central Command on what he described as US defense failures caused by the Pentagon’s embrace of the “wake-up call.”
Andrew Feinberg reports from Capitol Hill.
Olivier O’ConnellApril 5, 2022 7:34 p.m.
Trump finally admits he lost the election
Donald Trump was reportedly caught admitting to losing the 2020 US presidential election to Joe Biden during a Zoom meeting last summer, according to video recirculated in recent days.
The former US president was speaking with a group of historians at Princeton University in July 2021 when he appeared to admit losing the 2020 election to Mr Biden, whom he accuses of ‘stealing’ vote.
Olivier O’ConnellApril 5, 2022 6:48 p.m.
Ted Cruz criticized for saying Biden started war in Ukraine
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on Monday blamed President Joe Biden for baseless Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as the Trump-aligned segment of the Republican Party continues to insist the former president Donald Trump, who had a warm relationship with Vladimir Putin, would have prevented the war.
Mr. Cruz made the comments Monday night on Fox News, speaking to the network’s Sean Hannity.
Reporting by John Bowden of Washington, DC.
Olivier O’ConnellApril 5, 2022 6:18 p.m.
Trump’s aid to seeking NH House seat voted in two states
Matt Mowers, the former Trump administration official currently running for Congress from New Hampshire, voted twice during the 2016 primary election season, potentially violating federal voting law and leaving him at odds with the Republican Party’s Intense Focus on “Election Integrity”.
Olivier O’ConnellApril 5, 2022 5:45 p.m.
Retired Upton: ‘That’s it for me’
GOP Congressman Fred Upton spoke earlier on the House floor to explain his retirement. Here is a sample of what he said…
Andrew NaughtyApril 5, 2022 5:14 p.m.
Pro-Trump far-right outlet dropped by major cable company
One America News, among the wackiest of all right-wing outlets vying for the attention of die-hard Trump fans, has finally been dropped by DirecTV, which provides satellite cable to millions of Americans.
The move comes even after the network sued parent company AT&T for $1 billion in damages. He claimed that being removed from DirecTV was a politically motivated action that could devastate her financially.
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Andrew NaughtyApril 5, 2022 4:52 p.m.