January 6 panel unveils report, describes Trump ‘conspiracy’

The January 6 House select committee investigating Donald Trump’s role in the 2021 Capitol riot has released another batch of interview and deposition transcripts.

Included in the latest release are some big names from Trumpworld, including Donald Trump Jr, Kimberly Guilfoyle, and Stephen Miller.

There are also White House insiders that turned against Trump including Stephanie Grisham and Alyssa Farah Griffin, as well as other key figures including Washington DC mayor Muriel Bowser and Steven Sund of the Capitol Police.

Also published was the interview with Ray Epps, a Trump supporter who marched on the Capitol and was accused of working for the FBI by rightwing conspirators after he was filmed trying to calm the crowd.

Upon the new Congress taking office on January 3, the committee will be dissolved. It published its full report before Christmas.

Tomorrow, Mr. Trump’s finances will be under the spotlight when the House Ways and Means Committee is expected to release the former president’s tax returns.

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Grisham provides insight into Biden transition efforts

Stephanie Grisham recalls in her interview that first lady Melania Trump pushed back when it was suggested she invite Jill Biden to tea.

Ms. Trump wanted to remain on the same page as the West Wing. Ms Grisham says this was odd as she “never, ever, ever said that” and often went against what the West Wing wanted.

Later, White House chief usher Tim Harleth tried to help the Biden team prepare for a move to the executive mansion, and was filtered back to Donald Trump and Mark Meadows through the Secret Service. They wanted to fire him immediately.

Ms. Trump stepped in and said no, not with just three weeks to go.

Oliver O’Connell29 December 2022 17:18

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Don Jr. asked about money raised after the election and what happened to it

in his January 6 committee transcript, Donald Trump Jr is asked about the $250m raised by the Trump campaign after the election and what happened to all that money.

The former president’s son says he does not know.

Oliver O’Connell29 December 2022 17:10

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Don Jr and Kimberly Guilfoyle invoiced $60k for Jan 6 rally appearance

Donald Trump Jr and Kimberly Guilfoyle invoiced Turning Point $60,000 for their appearance at the January 6 rally at the Ellipse according to testimony by the former president’s eldest son. He is not aware if they were paid.

Oliver O’Connell29 December 2022 17:06

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Trump’s recycles accusations in latest attack on FBI

Donald Trump took to Truth Social on Thursday morning to launch a new attack against the FBI – citing many of his favorite baseless claims.

He wrote: “So, if the FBI illegally suppressed all of the really bad information on the Biden family (laptop!) at a level never seen before, (“it was Russian disinformation,” they said), while at the same time not letting the many positive things accomplished by “Trump” get out to the public, but would instead put out “bad stuff,” that would be the very definition of the Government’s RIGGING of an Election. Pollsters projected this Scam made a difference of Millions of votes. What are the CONSEQUENCES?”

Oliver O’Connell29 December 2022 17:01

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How do you contact a president? What about during an emergency?

Even in the age of smartphones, apparently, you still call the operator, even if the president is your father.

Failing that or in an emergency such as a violent assault on Congress, you text the chief of staff as Donald Trump Jr told the January 6 committee — in this case, Mark Meadows.

Mr. Trump told the panel that he texted Mr. Meadows telling him that his father needed to “condemn this s***” as the Capitol was attacked.

Oliver O’Connell29 December 2022 16:53

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Jan 6: Stephanie Grisham reveals why Melania ‘didn’t trust’ Mark Meadows

Former First Lady Melanie Trump did not trust her husband’s final chief of staff and was angered by the way he’d allowed “harmful” people access to him and the White House‘s private family quarters, her long-serving ex-spokesperson and former top White House aide has said.

Andrew Feinberg has the latest from Washington, DC.

Oliver O’Connell29 December 2022 16:50

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White House tells GOP to hold their horses on oversight requests

The White House has warned top Republicans who will chair the House Oversight and Judiciary committees that they will have to renew any requests for documents or other oversight requests once the GOP formally takes control of the chamber at the start of the 118th Congress next week.

The Independent obtained letters to Representatives James Comer and Jim Jordan — the incoming chairmen of both committees — from Special Counsel to the President Richard Sauber, in which the White House lawyer said the flurry of demands for documents made by the GOP during the 117th Congress carry no legal or constitutional weight because of longstanding executive branch policy which requires such requests to come from the House majority.

Andrew Feinberg reports from Washington, DC.

Oliver O’Connell29 December 2022 16:37

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‘Stop the steal’ organizer pushes blame onto far-right allies during Jan 6 testimony, transcript reveals

The organizer of the rally that preceded the Capitol riot reportedly threw his MAGA-world peer Charlie Kirk to the wolves during a meeting with the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol riot.

Ali Alexander, who organized “Stop the Steal,” told the House Select Committee during a closed-door deposition last year that right-wing media figure and Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk was among those at fault for the riot.

Read more about the infighting and backstabbing taking place on the far right in The Independent:

Oliver O’Connell29 December 2022 16:32

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Ray Epps told the committee about the impact of conspiracy theories on his family

Ray Epps, a Trump supporter and retired US Marine who found himself at the center of a conspiracy theory that he was an undercover federal agent at the Capitol on January 6 to incite a false flag operation, told the committee about the impact of those accusations on his family.

He said he was saddened that leaders he respected tried to laugh off the baseless accusations for their own gain and that his family has been the subject of death threats and his business has suffered.

Oliver O’Connell29 December 2022 16:27

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Melania Trump ‘didn’t trust Meadows’

In her deposition to the Januayr 6 committee, Stephanie Grisham said former first lady Melania Trump “didn’t trust Mark Meadows” among other Trumpworld figures, and expressed frustration that the random people he let up to the White House residence would encounter her in a bathrobe.

Oliver O’Connell29 December 2022 16:22

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