Trump ‘refused to call off attack’ on Capitol Hill during Jan. 6 riots, US spokesman says
Former President Donald Trump’s endorsement of “Eric” in the Republican primary for a US Senate seat to replace retiring Sen. Roy Blunt has sent members of the party into a frenzy.
There are two GOP frontrunners named Eric in this race – former Gov. Eric Greitens and state Attorney General Eric Schmitt. Both appeared to assume they had been endorsed by Mr Trump.
There is also a third GOP candidate named Eric McElroy on the Republican primary ballot.
Speaking on Twitter, Mr Schmidt wrote: “I am grateful for President Trump’s support.”
But Mr. Greitens also announced that he was “honored to receive President Trump’s endorsement.” “Just had a great phone call with President Trump, thanking him for his support! Together we will do MAGA and Save America,” he added.
Meanwhile, Guy Refitt, the Jan. 6 rioter who was found guilty of five felony counts earlier this year, received on Monday the longest sentence handed down to a participant in the Capitol riot so far.
Reffitt was the first Capitol riot defendant to be tried before a jury after pleading not guilty.
Trump repeats claim he wants troops on Capitol Hill Jan. 6
Donald Trump reiterated his claim that he wanted 10,000 troops on Capitol Hill on January 6, but the request was rejected by Nancy Pelosi and DC Mayor Muriel Bowser.
He wrote on Truth Social:
The Unselect Committee of Political Thugs has not spent a single hour on the massive election fraud and irregularities that occurred in the 2020 presidential election, the reason hundreds of thousands of people marched on Washington on January 6th. When will they start? The Unselects also refuse to look into why crazy Nancy Pelosi and the Mayor of DC rejected 10-20,000 troops. Why is that, I wonder?
But testimony at the Jan. 6 hearings denies that order ever took place.
Trump’s ex-defense secretary contradicts his Jan. 6 sworn testimony on Fox News
“I was never instructed or instructed nor was I aware of any such plans,” former Defense Secretary Chris Miller said in a Jan. 6 video released by the commission.
Oliver O’Connell2 August 2022 21:45
Report: Jan. 6 texts wiped from phones of Trump Pentagon officials
CNN reports that the Defense Department wiped the phones of top officials leaving at the end of the Trump administration, erasing any texts from key witnesses to events surrounding the Capitol uprising, according to court records.
The admission that Pentagon officials’ phones had been wiped was first revealed in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the US Watchdog against the Defense Department and the military. The oversight group is seeking records on Jan. 6, 2021, from former acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller, former Chief of Staff Kash Patel and former Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, among other prominent Pentagon officials — having filed initial FOIA requests just days after the attack on the Capitol.
Here’s Andrew Feinberg with the latest:
Trump Pentagon officials “wiped” the Jan. 6 messages from the phones
Cell phones belonging to top Defense Department officials, including the then-defense secretary and senior U.S. military officials, had text messages sent and received about the Jan. 6 attack on Capitol Hill, according to court documents.
Oliver O’Connell2 August 2022 21:30
Trump slams ‘crazy Nancy Pelosi’ in Taiwan
Former President Donald Trump couldn’t resist taking a swipe at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her trip to Taiwan.
He wrote on Truth Social: “Why is Nancy Pelosi crazy in Taiwan. It always causes trouble. Nothing he does turns out well (Two failed referrals, losing House, etc.). I’M WATCHING!”
Oliver O’Connell2 August 2022 21:15
Trump Attacks ‘Weak’ Arizona House Speaker
Former President Donald Trump has slammed Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers after Mr. Bowers repeatedly criticized the former president.
The former president criticized Mr. Bowers on the social media platform Truth Social this week and called on Republican voters to vote for him in the GOP primary.
Trump attacks ‘weak’ Arizona Republican House speaker after heavy criticism
Trump called Bowers “weak” and “wrong about everything” before the Arizona primary.
Oliver O’Connell2 August 2022 21:00
Trump is targeting GOP impeachment voters
The former president marked today’s primary by calling on the electorate to vote for “Impeachment Slime” Jaime Herrera Beutler, Dan Newhouse and Peter Meijer.
Posted on Truth Social:
Knock out Impeachment Slime Jaime Herrera Beutler, Dan Newhouse, Peter Meijer, TODAY. The rest, including now-disgraced RINO Liz Cheney, are either gone, or soon to be. Five have already resigned because they were too far behind. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
Oliver O’Connell2 August 2022 20:55
“What a vile man”
Morning Joe Host Joe Scarborough has slammed Donald Trump for his “disgusting” comments about jailed WNBA star Brittney Griner.
“We’ve got Donald Trump calling Brittney Griner ‘spoiled’ and Donald Trump talking about her being ‘full of drugs.’ There was no testimony, no evidence, no indication that she was, quote, “loaded with drugs,” Mr. Scarborough said during MSNBC’s Monday morning broadcast.
“It shows once again what a horrible guy he is, what a despicable person. How hard it is. And you can’t help but wonder if she’s saying that because she’s a black basketball player,” the former congressman added.
Morning Joe host tears into ‘despicable’ Trump over Brittney Griner criticism
“You can’t help but wonder if she’s saying that because she’s a black basketball player”
Oliver O’Connell2 August 2022 20:30
Why is Pelosi’s Taiwan trip so controversial?
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, the highest-level trip by a US official in 25 years, has sparked a diplomatic crisis between the US and China.
Beijing warned the United States it was “playing with fire” if it allowed the speaker’s visit to take place, and even Joe Biden had warned against it.
So why is Ms. Pelosi’s trip so controversial? reports Richard Hall.
Why is Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan so controversial?
Taiwan is at the center of a geopolitical struggle between Beijing and Washington
Oliver O’ConnellAugust 2, 2022 7:55 p.m
Four things to watch in tonight’s primary
Michigan, Kansas, Arizona and Missouri will hold primaries on Tuesday night. As usual, former President Donald Trump has endorsed several Republican primaries, hoping to expand his influence in the GOP as he promotes candidates who will spread his lies for the 2020 presidential election.
He may also be getting some help from Democrats in Michigan as they hope to elevate an election denialist to win over a Republican lawmaker who voted to impeach Mr. Trump. Meanwhile, Kansas will be the first test of abortion rights in a post-Roe v. Wade world.
Here’s what to watch in tonight’s primary.
Four things to watch in tonight’s Michigan, Missouri, Arizona and Kansas primaries
Trump seeks to reshape the Arizona GOP in his own image, two Erics vying for his support in Missouri and Democratic meddling in the Michigan primary.
Oliver O’ConnellAugust 2, 2022 19:25
Why is Pelosi and not Biden visiting Taiwan?
When Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s US Air Force jet landed at Taiwan’s Taipei Songshan Airport, she became the highest-ranking US official to visit the island since Newt Gingrich in 1997.
Andrew Feinberg explains the importance of this high-level visit and why the president is not making the trip.
Why is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — not President Joe Biden — in Taiwan?
Taiwan hasn’t seen a US president since Eisenhower, as Andrew Feinberg explains
Oliver O’ConnellAugust 2, 2022 19:00
Voices: Senate Republicans Losing Narrative on Veterans Bill
Last week, Senate Republicans took a beating from the press, the public and veteran activists after 25 Republicans reversed their previous vote for the PACT Act. The act would provide care for US veterans who had been exposed to toxic exposure from burns.
Veterans also saw a boost in publicity for their fight thanks to Jon Stewart, former host of The Daily Show, who spoke out against GOP Senators who opposed the legislation. But now, possibly sensing that public opinion is not on their side, Republican senators have a new line of complaint: Democrats started it.
Senate Republicans Losing Narrative on Veterans Bill
Is this a “Democrats started it” thing or is it revenge?
Oliver O’ConnellAugust 2, 2022 6:30 p.m