Trump news – live: First Jan 6 ‘seditious conspiracy’ charge made as Biden’s approval rating nears record low

Fox News host says Trump needs to ‘learn to lose’

The sprawling effort to bring the January 6 rioters to justice has reached a new milestone with prosecutors bringing charges of “seditious conspiracy” against the leader of the Oath Keepers, a self-proclaimed militia that has joined the insurgency. Elmer Stewart Rhodes was arrested and charged along with 10 other members of the group, who are accused of conspiring to “oppose the legal transfer of power by force”.

As for the Capitol Hill investigation, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy declined to provide the Jan. 6 committee with information about his conversations with Donald Trump during the attack last year, calling the panel of “illegitimate”. Liz Cheney, one of only two Republicans on the committee, said Mr McCarthy was trying to “cover up” what happened and the committee would assess other options to obtain his testimony. “I wish he was a brave and honorable man,” she told CNN.

Joe Biden, meanwhile, has faced an abject week in Congress — and it looks like his popularity is taking a big hit. According to FiveThirtyEight, in the annals of the modern presidency, only Donald Trump had a lower approval rating at this point in his first year.

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The True Meaning of the Oath Keepers Indictment

Speaking on sedition charges against the leader of the Oath Keepers during the January 6 riot, former FBI Deputy Director Frank Figliuzzi stressed last night that the ‘seditious plot’ had not been successfully charged by the United States since the mid-1990s. “We charge with seditious conspiracy against international terrorists trying to blow us up,” he told MSNBC’s Nicole Wallace, “and now we do against ours”.

He also pointed out that members of the Oath Keepers include many retired and active US law enforcement and military personnel.

Andrew NaughtyJanuary 14, 2022 12:51

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Social media and the insurgency

Since Donald Trump’s rise as a political force, social media giants have come under increasing pressure to harbor misinformation and incitement to political violence – and now the January 6 committee has subpoenaed tapes from YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Reddit to try to understand “what steps – if any – social media companies have taken to prevent their platforms from becoming breeding grounds for people to be radicalized into violence.”

Donald Trump himself was banned from Twitter and Facebook after the riot, drastically limiting his ability to communicate directly with his supporters.

Andrew Feinberg has more:

Andrew NaughtyJanuary 14, 2022 12:28

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ICYMI: Biden goes beyond what’s possible in a split DC – Analysis

He was supposed to break the deadlock in Congress. End the pandemic. Getting the economy back on track.

Days before he reaches his first one-year term, a torrent of bad news gnaws away at the fundamental raison d’être of President Joe Biden’s presidency: that he could do the job.

Read the latest analysis from the Associated Press:

Andrew NaughtyJanuary 14, 2022 12:00

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Trump says Biden ‘failed miserably’ after vaccine mandate decision

Donald Trump has announced the Supreme Court’s decision to block the Biden administration’s plan for a vaccination mandate for big business.

In a statement released through his spokesperson, the former president called the proposed mandate “unconstitutional”.

The Supreme Court has spoken, confirming what we all knew: Biden’s disastrous terms are unconstitutional.

Biden promised to stop the virus, not the economy, but he failed miserably on both – and the mandates would have destroyed the economy even more.

We are proud that the Supreme Court did not back down. No warrants!

Ella GloverJanuary 14, 2022 11:20 am

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Rabbi accused of Capitol riot wants to pay $50 to avoid jail time

A Messianic rabbi who is among hundreds charged in the Capitol riot has argued he should be allowed to pay a $50 (£36) fine and not be sent to jail.

Rabbi Michael Stepakoff, who took a selfie inside the Capitol on the day of the riot, is accused of walking in and staying and engaging in disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building.

He is also charged with violent entry and disorderly conduct and marching, demonstrating or picketing the Capitol building.

Ella GloverJanuary 14, 2022 10:23 a.m.

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Biden loses hope over election and suffrage legislation

President Joe Biden appeared to concede defeat to the Democrats’ election and voting rights legislative package that would see the biggest overhaul of US elections in a generation, PA reported.

“The honest answer to God is I don’t know if we can make it happen,” Biden said following a closed-door meeting with Democratic senators.

However, he added: “As long as I am in the White House, as long as I am committed, I will fight.”

But their efforts have stalled in the tightly divided Senate, where they lack the 60 out of 100 votes needed to overcome a Republican filibuster.

The legislation would seek to thwart a number of new state laws, inspired by former President Donald Trump’s misrepresentations about a stolen election, that have made it harder to vote.

However, getting it through the Senate has proven difficult because Democrats lack the 60 out of 100 votes needed to overcome a Republican filibuster.

Ella GloverJanuary 14, 2022 9:33 a.m.

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Accused Capitol rioter raps around January 6 on YouTube, FBI says

A South Dakota man accused of participating in the 2021 Capitol riot has rapped about the insurgency on YouTube, federal agents say.

According to a criminal complaint, Billy Knutson, 36, posted photos of himself outside the Capitol on the day of the attack. One of his relatives told the FBI about the photos, and a second source showed them a video that allegedly showed Mr. Knutson climbing into the Capitol building through a shattered window.

Nathan Place has details here:

Shweta SharmaJanuary 14, 2022 07:45

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A Capitol rioter whips and walks out of court after judge’s orders

Tim Boughner, 41, of Michigan, accused of assaulting a Capitol officer and pepper spraying, slammed the judge and walked out of custody.

His meltdown came when the judge ruled he would remain behind bars during his virtual hearing.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Zia Faruqui said Boughner posed a flight risk and danger to the community, adding that he may attempt to flee to Canada or elsewhere.

“You have these stupid comments you say I said but I didn’t say those things,” Boughner shouted in frustration. “Do we really have to go through all this?

“You don’t know what happened,” Boughner continued. “You really don’t know what happened. You boys [are] going to believe what you want to believe. So hey, that’s what it is.

He then interrupted the judge and said, “You know what, I don’t care, I’m done with this. So I would like to go eat my food and play cards.

Shweta SharmaJanuary 14, 2022 07:15

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16 Michigan Republicans who signed fake voter certificate could face federal charges

As many as 16 Michigan Republicans who submitted bogus certificates to the National Archives falsely claiming Donald Trump won seven states now face potential federal investigations.

On Thursday night, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said her office had referred the case to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan after a year-long investigation into the matter.

“I will say that under state law, I clearly think you have tampering with a public document, which is a 14-year offense, and tampering with election law, which is a five years,” Nessel told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.

“But what we have decided to do with the investigation, in light of the fact that we have of course seen … different fake voters lists from several different states, in what appears to be a coordinated effort between the Republican parties in different states, we believe this is a matter that is best investigated and potentially prosecuted by the federal government.

Trump allies created fake certificates in Georgia, Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Nevada and New Mexico, seeking to replace valid presidential voters, documents show.

Shweta SharmaJanuary 14, 2022 06:25

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Texas AG Ken Paxton urged to hand over Trump rally records

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was given four days to hand over documents for his Jan. 6 communication when he attended the pro-Trump rally before the riots.

The Travis County District Attorney determined that Paxton violated Texas open records law by withholding or failing to preserve his communications that should be subject to public release, Austin American Statesman reported.

Paxton, who is running for re-election this year, is under scrutiny over allegations of an extramarital affair as well as an ongoing investigation into FBI corruption.

The Republican has denied any wrongdoing in the business.

Shweta SharmaJanuary 14, 2022 05:45

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