Trump Today news app: Rudy Giuliani withdraws from January 6 committee interview

Trump says he took cognitive test because people kept calling him stupid

Former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who played a leading role in the ‘stop theft’ effort to overturn the 2020 election in courts across the country, has waived an interview with the committee from January 6 to the last minute.

The meeting was scheduled for today and had been agreed after months of negotiation, and apparently fell apart when Mr Giuliani insisted he be allowed to videotape the meeting, a request the committee refused .

Meanwhile, a member of the Oath Keepers militia has pleaded guilty to seditious conspiracy in relation to the January 6 riot – and with the plea deal sealed, it emerged he was present when the militia leader attempted to contact Mr. Trump after the Capitol. the riots had ended.

According to court documents filed in the case of William Todd Wilson, who is now cooperating with the government, Chief Stewart Rhodes called “an individual” on loudspeaker after he left the Capitol and implored that person “to tell President Trump to call on groups like the Oath Keepers to forcibly oppose the transfer of power”.

However, the unidentified person on the other end of the line apparently refused to put Mr. Trump on the phone.

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Opinion: Dr. Oz is running for the Senate. Even if he means well, it’s a very bad idea

Dr. Mehmet Oz, who is running for the Pennsylvania Senate and has already won the endorsement of GOP kingmaker Donald Trump, might have gained enough fame to warrant the former US president betting on him, but his medical judgments are concerning, writes Julie Charnet.

“As a doctor, he always expressed a strong desire to help people and I believed him; I still do. But not all of his efforts involved the holistic wellness game. When Covid-19 hit the United States, its endorsement of another product, this time an antimalarial drug, was in a different league,” she wrote for The Independent on the doctor’s controversial opinions on the treatment of Covid-19.

“What I do know is that the US Senate has the power to decide some major issues that affect us all, beyond health care. I don’t know if this is the right place for a doctor who plays one on TV and in real life simultaneously.

Read the full opinion piece from The Independent below.

Johanna ChisholmMay 6, 2022 8:04 p.m.

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Judge in January 6 sentencing points to Europe as warning

Speaking during the sentencing of Aaron Mostofsky for his role in the Jan. 6 riot, a judge made these sobering remarks about the importance of holding the Capitol attackers accountable for their actions:

Johanna ChisholmMay 6, 2022 6:30 p.m.

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Musk says he didn’t buy Twitter for Trump’s sake

While Donald Trump has insisted he’s sticking with Truth Social for now – and has even started posting at least on his troubled platform – many of his supporters hoped the purchase of Twitter by Elon Musk could pave the way for the president to return to his time. soap box of your choice.

But whether or not Mr. Musk, a self-proclaimed “free speech absolutist,” offers to reinstate Mr. Trump’s account, he insists for now that the two men have not, as reported, discussed the takeover of Twitter.

“This is wrong,” Mr. Musk wrote in response to a New York Post story requesting. “I have had no communication, direct or indirect, with Trump, who has publicly stated that he will be exclusively on Truth Social.”

Andrew Griffin to the story:

Andrew NaughtyMay 6, 2022 5:05 p.m.

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Cases of January 6: the son of a judge who dressed with pets faces a conviction

One of the Capitol’s best-dressed rioters is about to be sentenced.

Aaron Mostofsky, whose father is a Democratic-leaning judge in Brooklyn, was photographed on January 6, 2021 inside the Capitol wearing a bizarre assemblage of animal parts. According to her defense attorney, the outfit was her Purim 2020 costume; in one file he was described as a “raccoon”.

Here is a video interview Mr. Mostofsky gave inside the Capitol during the riot.

You can follow more of the sentencing below courtesy of Law and crimefrom Adam Klasfeld:

Andrew NaughtyMay 6, 2022 4:35 p.m.

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ICYMI: Rudy Giuliani leaves January 6 interview

Rudy Giuliani and the Jan. 6 select committee reportedly spent months negotiating the interview due to take place today, with Trump’s former lawyer insisting certain issues be left out due to alleged attorney-client privilege. lawyer.

However, the last straw for Mr Giuliani seems to be that the committee refused to let him film their session together.

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Andrew NaughtyMay 6, 2022 4:05 p.m.

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Mike Pompeo claims Trump-endorsed Dr. Oz is a security threat

Pennsylvania Senate candidate Dave McCormick is waging a tough primary campaign against Dr. Mehmet Oz, the TV doctor who won Donald Trump’s endorsement despite the scorn of many conservatives.

So far, Mr McCormick has mostly criticized the controversial doctor’s multiple ideological backflips, but he recently opened a new line of attack: the Turkish-American dual citizen’s activities in Turkey. This now extends to Dr Oz’s vote in a previous Turkish election – with Mr McCormick framing former Trump secretary of state Mike Pompeo to say it raises the question of a security risk national.

Andrew NaughtyMay 6, 2022 3:27 p.m.

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Report details far-right infiltration of law enforcement

In recent years there has been growing concern about far-right radicalization in the military and law enforcement – and according to a new Reuters survey, private police trainers are increasingly part of the problem, spreading extreme and violent ideas among dozens of new recruits. .

In one example, the story focuses on Idaho-based law enforcement consultant Richard Whitehead:



Whitehead was listed in a database of members of the Oath Keepers, a far-right anti-government group, which was leaked in September by the non-profit organization Distributed Denial of Secrets, which says it aims to publish data in the public interest. The membership list included about 15 others who identified themselves as law enforcement trainers and dozens more who said they were retired officers or trainers, or firearms instructors. fire, according to a review of the data by Reuters. The anti-government militia focuses on recruiting police and military, according to some experts who track extremism, and claims to have thousands of members. Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes has been charged with seditious conspiracy for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riots. He pleaded not guilty.

Kellye SoRelle – an attorney for the Oath Keepers who called herself the group’s acting president during Rhodes’ remand – did not respond to a request for comment on the law enforcement officers listed in the database. data.

Andrew NaughtyMay 6, 2022 2:55 p.m.

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Ex-Trump aide confirms story of Mexico drug lab missile attack

Elizabeth Neumann, a former counterterrorism official at the Department of Homeland Security, has confirmed Mark Esper’s bizarre book story in which the former defense secretary claims Mr Trump suggested hitting labs drugs in Mexico with Patriot missiles.

Andrew NaughtyMay 6, 2022 2:20 p.m.

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Oath Keepers will appear in court again on the January 6 charges

The Oath Keepers militia defendants are due back in court today as their January 6 sedition case continues. The group is accused of planning its role in the violent attack on the Capitol and, according to prosecutors, the leaders arranged to bring firearms to the protest and stashed them in hotels in the greater metropolitan area of DC.

The court appearance comes after a member of the group agreed to plead guilty to sedition, during which it emerged he heard indicted chief Stewart Rhodes make a call on which he asked an intermediary to Trump to put the then-president online. .

Read more about this shocking news below.

Andrew NaughtyMay 6, 2022 1:48 p.m.

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GOP Congressman: Don’t Call It Terrorism

When it comes to Trump loyalists, one of the greatest sins a Republican can commit is to label the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol as a riot, an insurrection, or particularly an act of ” terrorism” – as noted by Ted Cruz. the hard way when he used that word on the anniversary of the event this year.

Now another congressman has weighed in on the conservative side, insisting he refused to back an independent commission to investigate the riot because of the language used.

“It was a protest, that’s what it was,” Trump-backed West Virginia Rep. Alex Mooney said in an interview. “A few people got in and the law should be enforced for those who broke it,” Mr Mooney said. “I don’t think this is a domestic terrorist attack.”

The number of people accused of taking part in the riot now exceeds 800.

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Andrew NaughtyMay 6, 2022 1:07 p.m.