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The National Commission to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol Complex, known colloquially as the January 6 commission, known colloquially as the January 6 commission, was a proposed commission that would have investigated the 2021 United States Capitol attack.

A federal judge said Monday that former President Donald Trump and right-wing attorney John Eastman may have been planning a crime as they sought to disrupt the January 6 congressional certification of the presidential election. CNN's Paula Reid reports

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The January 6 select committee is considering action against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' wife, Virginia "Ginni" Thomas, over texts she sent to then President Trump's Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. CNN national security reporter Zachary Cohen reports.

Trump likely committed felony obstruction, federal judge rules
A federal judge ruled Monday that President Donald Trump “more likely than not” attempted to illegally obstruct Congress.
By Kyle Cheney, Josh Gerstein and Nicholas Wu

A federal judge ruled Monday that President Donald Trump “more likely than not” attempted to illegally obstruct Congress as part of a criminal conspiracy when he tried to subvert the 2020 election on Jan. 6, 2021. “Based on the evidence, the Court finds it more likely than not that President Trump corruptly attempted to obstruct the Joint Session of Congress on January 6, 2021,” U.S. District Court Judge David Carter wrote. Carter’s sweeping and historic ruling came as he ordered the release to the House’s Jan. 6 committee of 101 emails from Trump ally John Eastman, rejecting Eastman’s effort to shield them via attorney-client privilege. Eastman used the email account of his former employer, Chapman University, to discuss political and legal strategy related to efforts to overturn the 2020 election and had sued the select committee to prevent them from obtaining the emails from the school.

By Katelyn Polantz, CNN Reporter, Crime and Justice, Reporter, Crime and Justice

CNN — A federal judge said Monday that former President Donald Trump and right-wing attorney John Eastman may have been planning a crime as they sought to disrupt the January 6 congressional certification of the presidential election. “Based on the evidence, the Court finds it more likely than not that President Trump corruptly attempted to obstruct the Joint Session of Congress on January 6, 2021,” Judge David Carter wrote Monday. Carter, a federal judge in California, ordered Eastman to turn over 101 emails from around January 6, 2021, that he has tried to keep secret from the House select committee investigating the US Capitol attack.

BY JAKE THOMAS

Texts messages show Virginia Thomas, conservative activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, used her connections to urge a key Trump administration official to block Joe Biden from taking the White House, according to The Washington Post. The texts, obtained by the Post and CBS News, were among over 2,000 that former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows provided the House committee investigating the January 6 attack. The 29 messages show Meadows was receptive to appeals from Thomas, who repeated conspiracy theories circulating in conservative circles following the election. "Help This Great President stand firm, Mark!!! ... You are the leader, with him, who is standing for America's constitutional governance at the precipice," Thomas wrote in a text on November 10, 2020, after media organizations projected Biden the winner of the race, according to the Post. "The majority knows Biden and the Left is attempting the greatest Heist of our History."

If Clarence Thomas were Democrat, Republicans would try to kick off the bench for the actions of his wife.

By Ryan Nobles, Annie Grayer, Zachary Cohen and Jamie Gangel, CNN

(CNN) The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 riot has in its possession more than two dozen text messages, 29 in total, between former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Virginia "Ginni" Thomas, a conservative activist and the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, according to multiple sources familiar with the messages. These text messages, according to sources, took place between early November 2020 and mid-January 2021. Thomas recently revealed that she attended the pro-Trump rally that preceded the US Capitol attack on January 6, 2021, but says she "played no role" in planning the events of that day. The text messages, reviewed by CNN, show Thomas pleading with Meadows to continue the fight to overturn the election results.

Dareh Gregorian | NBC NEWS

The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol advanced a measure Monday to refer former Trump aides Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino to the Justice Department for criminal contempt of Congress charges. The committee voted 9-0 to send the recommendation to the House. The panel consists of seven Democrats and two Republicans, who are participating without the approval of GOP leadership. The panel’s vote paves the way for the House to vote on whether the pair should be referred to the Justice Department for a misdemeanor that carries up to a year in prison and fines up to $100,000.

By Whitney Wild, Annie Grayer and Melanie Zanona, CNN

(CNN) More than 80 officials from law enforcement and federal agencies have testified to the House committee investigating the Capitol insurrection, including members of the Secret Service, in what investigators believe will be the most extensive review yet of security failures that led to the US Capitol breach. The House select committee's so-called "blue team" is focused on understanding the threats leading up to attack, how intelligence was shared among law enforcement and their preparations. In addition to depositions, the team has thousands of documents from more than a dozen agencies that other security reviews didn't have, two committee aides tell CNN. While much of what the Democrat-led committee has made public so far has centered around the plotting by former President Donald Trump and his allies to overturn the 2020 presidential election, aides and lawmakers say this behind-the-scenes review might lead to the bulk of their legislative recommendations and have the most lasting impact.

By Annie Grayer, Ryan Nobles, Gloria Borger, Paula Reid and Jamie Gangel, CNN

Washington (CNN) The House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, insurrection is planning to produce a multi-media presentation and hire a writer as part of its effort to turn its largely secretive work into a compelling narrative, multiple sources tell CNN. The online multi-media presentation, which would include links to key video evidence, would be in addition to a traditional written report, according to a source familiar with the committee's work. Presenting its information in a comprehensive and engaging way will be crucial to creating a convincing argument for potential legislative changes as well as possible criminal referrals. It's also a recognition of how most people consume information in 2022 -- and the massive amount of video evidence the committee has at its disposal. more...

Claudia Grisales

Eight months into the investigation of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, the financial story is one of the most closely held parts of the probe. But the House select committee investigating the 2021 attack has shared some clues through its subpoenas and court filings. The latest peek into questions around the money that might have helped fuel the attack arrived with the Republican National Committee's lawsuit to thwart a subpoena from the committee. The filing reveals that the Democratic-led panel quietly subpoenaed an RNC vendor, San Francisco-based Salesforce, last month. After the suit became public, the committee quickly defended the effort, saying it was looking into a new push led by former President Donald Trump asking for donations after he lost his 2020 bid for reelection. more...

Brad Reed

The House Select Committee investigating the Capitol riots has now obtained video footage from a documentary crew that was following around members of the Proud Boys and the Three Percenter militia ahead of January 6th. Politico reports that the footage obtained by the committee "captured crucial moments during the run up to the assault on the Capitol — including snippets of an encounter between leaders of the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers." Included in the footage is a meeting between Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio and Three Percenters founder Stewart Rhodes that took place just before the riots. Rhodes has been charged with engaging in a seditious conspiracy for his role in the riots, while Tarrio this month was also arrested and charged with conspiracy. more...

Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large

CNN — Buried in a court filing late Wednesday from the January 6 committee is an explosive email exchange between Greg Jacob, a top lawyer for then-Vice President Mike Pence, and John Eastman, a lawyer who was working with then-President Donald Trump’s legal team, that absolutely nails the culpability of Eastman in the events of that terrible day. The email exchange began on January 5, with Eastman attempting to push the idea that Pence had the constitutional authority to reject certain electors from swing states when the votes were counted in Congress the next day. On January 6 at 12:14 pm ET, as it was becoming increasingly clear that there was a Trump-inspired riot brewing at the US Capitol, Jacob was unequivocal in his rejection of Eastman’s theories.  more...

CBS News

The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol said in a court filing late Wednesday that it had evidence that former President Trump and his allies engaged in a "criminal conspiracy" by trying to block Congress from certifying the election. CBS News political contributor Rebecca Roiphe and CBS News congressional correspondent Nikole Killion give an update on the January 6th investigation and cases. video...

By Holmes Lybrand, Hannah Rabinowitz and Katelyn Polantz, CNN

(CNN) An Oath Keeper who served as private security for right-wing figures around January 6 pleaded guilty to seditious conspiracy and is cooperating with the Justice Department, becoming the first person charged with seditious conspiracy related to the attack to strike a plea deal. Joshua James, who led the Alabama chapter of the Oath Keepers, a far-right extremist group, also pleaded guilty to obstruction of an official proceeding. He faces up to nine years in prison and up to a $300,000 fine, according to the deal read aloud during Wednesday's hearing. The development is a major step forward for prosecutors who brought the ambitious case, with some of the most serious charges in the January 6 investigation. Other Capitol riot defendants with ties to the Oath Keepers who did not face sedition charges have already agreed to cooperate. more...

Hugo Lowell

As the House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol attack was negotiating with Donald Trump’s former strategist Steve Bannon to cooperate with its inquiry, the panel affirmed one of their rules: no third-party lawyers could attend witness depositions. That meant when Bannon’s then-attorney asked whether a lawyer for Trump could be present for the closed-door interview to decide what issues were covered by the former president’s invocation of executive privilege, the select committee flatly refused. Now, that refusal appears set to feature as one of Bannon’s central arguments to defend against his contempt of Congress indictment that came after he entirely skipped his deposition last October and refused to produce documents as required by his subpoena.

By Katelyn Polantz and Ryan Nobles, CNN

(CNN) Former President Donald Trump and a right-wing lawyer were part of a "criminal conspiracy" to overturn the 2020 presidential election, the House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot alleges in a court filing Wednesday. The filing is part of an attempt to convince a judge to allow the panel access to emails from lawyer John Eastman, who is claiming attorney-client privilege. The committee said he helped to orchestrate the plot. The filing is the most extensive release to date from the House's January 6 investigators as they try to obtain Eastman's emails -- and comes well before the House select committee releases its final report on its findings on Trump. House members have also signaled they may make a criminal referral to the Justice Department about Trump, depending on their findings, and the House's arguments Wednesday could be seen as a preview of a case that could be made by federal prosecutors. more...

In a major filing, the House committee says it believes the former president was obstructing Congress and defrauding the United States
Hugo Lowell

The House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol attack said in a major filing on Wednesday that it believed that Donald Trump violated multiple federal laws to overturn the 2020 election, including obstructing Congress and defrauding the United States. The revelations came as part of a filing that intended to force John Eastman, Trump’s former lawyer, to turn over thousands of emails and records since his participation in potential crimes destroyed his arguments for attorney-client privilege protections. House counsel Douglas Letter said in the 61-page filing that the select committee had a basis for concluding Trump violated the law by obstructing or attempting to obstruct an official proceeding and defrauded the United States by interfering with lawful government functions. more...

CNBC.com

The congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday said former President Donald Trump may have engaged in criminal conduct in his bid to overturn his election defeat. “Evidence and information available to the Committee establishes a good-faith belief that Mr. Trump and others may have engaged in criminal and/or fraudulent acts,” the committee said in a court filing. “The Select Committee also has a good-faith basis for concluding that the President and members of his Campaign engaged in a criminal conspiracy to defraud the United States,” the filing said. more...

Sonam Sheth

The House select committee investigating the Capitol riot said in a new court filing Thursday that it believes former President Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 election results violated several laws. The panel said the evidence it's gathered so far suggests that Trump tried to obstruct an official proceeding; conspired to defraud the United States; and engaged in common law fraud. Thursday's filing is not an indictment and does not charge Trump with a crime. It comes as part of the January 6 committee's ongoing legal battle with the former law professor and Trump legal advisor John Eastman, who has made broad claims of privilege while refusing to cooperate with the panel's investigation. The committee's filing on Thursday was made in opposition to those claims. more...

Reshaping the Capitol riot probe into a political weapon if Republicans take the majority is an idea with high-profile conservative fans — but an uncertain fate.
By Olivia Beavers and Kyle Cheney

A faction of pro-Trump House Republicans is escalating calls to preserve Democrats’ Jan. 6 select panel — but use it to serve their own purposes. Not all of the conference is convinced. The idea of keeping the Capitol riot committee alive if the GOP retakes the majority this fall, with a wildly different focus, has high-profile fans on the right. Freshman Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) said it would be “asinine” for a GOP majority to disband the panel, and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) has called for using it to pursue unfounded theories about the Justice Department’s involvement in the Jan. 6 attack. more...

By Nik Popli

When the House select committee began its investigation into the Jan. 6 insurrection, its goal was simple: compile a detailed account of what happened, and make recommendations to ensure it never happens again. But piecing together the facts of how that day unfolded has proved to be a much more complicated task—one that now involves a litany of potential criminal violations. After the select committee received a trove of ripped up White House documents in late January and learned that former President Donald Trump took classified material to his Florida property when he left office, investigators expanded their focus into whether Trump breached federal law for violating the Presidential Records Act and conspiring to commit fraud and obstruction. By March 2—roughly ten months into its investigation—the select committee revealed for the first time it had enough evidence to confirm this theory, saying in a court filing that Trump may have engaged in a “criminal conspiracy” in his efforts to overturn and spread doubt about the 2020 election. Now, the committee’s work has potentially set the stage for a criminal referral to the Department of Justice. more...

A new filing from the January 6 Commission details the how Mike Pence was pressured to overturn the election—and provides the basis for possible criminal charges.
Matt Ford

That former President Donald Trump did something morally, ethically, and democratically wrong on January 6, 2021, is not really up for debate. In the heat of the moment, even some of his closest allies realized it: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy implored him to call off the mob he had incited to attack Congress, Fox News hosts begged White House staffers to get him to intercede, and several of his own Cabinet members and top aides resigned in protest in the hours and days that followed. Even those who supported Trump’s actions don’t really believe he did nothing wrong, per se; they simply think his actions were justified by a higher goal of keeping him in power. Did Trump commit a crime? The House January 6 committee came one step closer to answering that question on Wednesday night. In a court filing in a lawsuit over Trump legal adviser John Eastman’s refusal to turn over documents, the committee said it was pursuing evidence that Trump had committed three crimes: obstruction of an official proceeding, namely the January 6 counting of electoral votes; conspiracy to defraud the United States; and common law fraud. Eastman was working in some sort of legal capacity for Trump at the time, but the committee argued that the crime-fraud exception to attorney-client privilege applied. more...

By Katelyn Polantz and Ryan Nobles, CNN

(CNN) Former President Donald Trump and a right-wing lawyer were part of a "criminal conspiracy" to overturn the 2020 presidential election, the House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot alleges in a court filing Wednesday. The filing is part of an attempt to convince a judge to allow the panel access to emails from lawyer John Eastman, who is claiming attorney-client privilege. The committee said he helped to orchestrate the plot. The filing is the most extensive release to date from the House's January 6 investigators as they try to obtain Eastman's emails -- and comes well before the House select committee releases its final report on its findings on Trump. House members have also signaled they may make a criminal referral to the Justice Department about Trump, depending on their findings, and the House's arguments Wednesday could be seen as a preview of a case that could be made by federal prosecutors. more...

Joe WalshForbes Staff

Lawmakers investigating the Capitol riot subpoenaed six lawyers on Tuesday with purported ties to several of former President Donald Trump’s dubious last-ditch strategies to stay in office, including a push for Georgia election officials to “find” extra Trump votes and a drastic proposal to seize voting machines. The committee subpoenaed lawyer Cleta Mitchell, who was on an infamous January 2021 phone call during which Trump falsely insisted to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) that his state was mired with voter fraud and encouraged Raffensperger’s team to “find” just enough votes to reverse President Joe Biden’s win in Georgia. more...

Matthew Chapman

On Tuesday, POLITICO reported that a key aim of the House January 6 Committee's latest rounds of subpoenas for phone records of Capitol insurrectionists is to find out whether they were in communication with anybody in the government. more...

Robert Costa

A tense confrontation between the House select committee investigating the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol and Kimberly Guilfoyle unfolded privately on Friday morning, with Guilfoyle and her lawyers abruptly ending her conversation with the committee over concerns about its ground rules, according to four people familiar with the exchange. Guilfoyle, a longtime adviser to former President Donald Trump, was scheduled to meet virtually with the committee on February 25, following discussions between the committee and her lawyers. Guilfoyle is engaged to Donald Trump Jr., the former president's eldest son, and is one of the most high-profile confidants of the Trump family to meet with the committee. She also spoke at the January 6, 2021, rally at the Ellipse near the White House and was backstage that day with the Trump family and administration officials. more...

By Sarah D. Wire

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has formally rejected President Trump’s effort to block release of documents from his administration to the House Jan. 6 Select Committee, bringing a formal end to his executive privilege claims in connection with the records. The decision follows the court’s Jan. 19 order that led the National Archives, which legally holds presidential records, to hand them over to the House of Representatives as the court weighed whether to accept Trump’s appeal. more...

Bob Brigham

One of the most controversial legal figures during the George W. Bush administration has weighed in on the efforts of Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) to avoid testifying before the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol. Before refusing to cooperate, Jordan had claimed he had "nothing to hide" from the select committee, but has since announced he will refuse to cooperate. In Tuesday's Washington Post morning political newsletter, Jacqueline Alemany and Theodoric Meyer report that Congress is grappling with whether Jordan may have immunity from a subpoena due to the Speech and Debate Clause. Attorney John Yoo, who faced calls for investigation over torture, analyzed Jordan's situation. more...

By Kris Kolesnik, opinion contributor

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) just had a very telling little meltdown on Fox News’s “The Ingraham Angle,” ranting against the makeup of the House Jan. 6 select committee staff. His big concern? The committee has brought in too many former prosecutors. This is not a criminal investigation, he says. Jordan’s criticism is both irrelevant and ignorant; perhaps, more generously, he’s playing provocateur. The committee has staffed up with 14 or so ex-prosecutors because: a) the task is vast; b) they have the resources to hire well-trained lawyers who have handled complex federal cases; and c) typical congressional staffers just can’t handle such a colossal undertaking. In other words, Jordan and other Trump World lackeys are facing their worst possible nightmare in the mother of all congressional investigations. more...

By Kaitlan Collins and Jeremy Diamond, CNN

(CNN) President Joe Biden has rejected a request by former President Donald Trump to shield White House visitor logs from the committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, including appointments for individuals granted entry to the White House complex that day. In a letter to the National Archives, White House counsel Dana Remus wrote Biden has determined that asserting executive privilege "is not in the best interests of the United States, and therefore is not justified, as to these records and portions of records." The New York Times was first to report on Biden's decision. more...

By Ryan Nobles, Zachary Cohen, Annie Grayer and Jamie Gangel, CNN

(CNN) White House call records now in possession of congressional investigators do not reflect calls made to or from then-President Donald Trump as the violence unfolded on Capitol Hill on January 6, 2021, leaving them with gaps so far in their understanding of what transpired that day, three sources familiar with the House investigation into the insurrection tell CNN. The records the House select committee has obtained do not contain entries of phone calls between the President and lawmakers that have been widely reported in the press. Trump was known to make calls using personal cell phones, which could account for those. Two of the sources, who have also reviewed the presidential diary from that day, say it contains scant information and no record of phone calls for several hours after Trump returned to the Oval Office after giving a speech to his supporters at the Ellipse until he emerged to address the nation in a video from the Rose Garden. more...

Brent D. Griffiths

Former President Donald Trump on Thursday denied a claim that he flushed documents down a White House toilet and said he was told he was under "no obligation" to turn over his administration's records, which flies in the face of presidential-records law. "Also, another fake story, that I flushed papers and documents down a White House toilet, is categorically untrue and simply made up by a reporter in order to get publicity for a mostly fictitious book," Trump said in a statement released by his Save America PAC after Axios reported on excerpts of the New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman's upcoming book, "Confidence Man." Jennifer Jacobs, a Bloomberg White House reporter, said Haberman's reporting about the documents in toilets was "100% accurate" and that sources at the time confirmed staff found torn up pieces of papers in toilets and thought that Trump was behind it. more...

CNN

White House call records now in possession of congressional investigators do not reflect calls made to or from then-President Donald Trump as the violence unfolded on Capitol Hill on January 6, 2021, leaving them with gaps so far in their understanding of what transpired that day, three sources familiar with the House investigation into the insurrection tell CNN. CNN's Ryan Nobles reports. video...

By Jason Lemon

Attorney Neal Katyal, who previously served as principal deputy solicitor general and acting solicitor general for the Justice Department, said that former President Donald Trump, Representative Jim Jordan and Trump allies are utilizing "bad mob tactics" in response to the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack against the U.S. Capitol. Hundreds of Trump supporters assaulted the federal legislative building 13 months ago in an apparent effort to disrupt the formal certification of President Joe Biden's Electoral College victory. That riot followed Trump repeatedly claiming that the 2020 election had been "stolen" and urging his supporters to walk to the Capitol and "fight like hell." more...

Several key players close to Trump are quietly cooperating.
By Jonathan Karl

Former Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, has answered questions from the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, two sources familiar with the deposition told ABC News. Short's testimony was given last week, sources said. It was first reported by CNN. Short's decision to answer questions from committee investigators rather than fight the subpoena issued to him is the latest reminder that several key players close to former President Donald Trump are quietly cooperating with the Jan. 6 investigation. more...

Dan Mangan

The select House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol issued subpoenas to 14 people connected to an effort to submit an alternate slate of Electoral College voters for then-President Donald Trump. The committee said Friday it wants information from people who met and submitted false Electoral College certificates in seven states: Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, New Mexico, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. The committee said it has received information that groups of people met on Dec. 14, 2020, in the seven states mentioned in the subpoenas and “then submitted bogus slates of Electoral-College votes for former President Trump.” more...

By Daniella Diaz and Chandelis Duster, CNN

(CNN) The House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection has been having conversations with former Attorney General William Barr, the committee's chairman said Sunday. "To be honest with you, we've had conversations with the former attorney general already," Rep. Bennie Thompson told CBS' Margaret Brennan on "Face the Nation" when asked if the committee would go to Barr. "We've talked to Department of Defense individuals. We are concerned that our military was part of this big lie on promoting that the election was false." The Mississippi Democrat continued, "So, if you are using the military, to potentially seize these voting machines, even though it's a discussion, the public needs to know, we've never had that before." more...

Lauren Frias

Former President Donald Trump campaign officials, with Rudy Giuliani at the helm, coordinated the scheme to put forward illegitimate pro-Trump electors in December 2020, CNN and The Washington Post reported Thursday. The report further reveals the lengths the Trump campaign went to overturn President Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 election. In March 2021, American Oversight, a DC-based watchdog group, obtained the seven phony certificates of pro-Trump electors in seven battleground states — Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — in a failed attempt to falsify that Trump won the majority of votes in the state. more...

The Jan. 6 select panel has obtained the draft order and a document titled "Remarks on National Healing." Both are reported here in detail for the first time.
By BETSY WOODRUFF SWAN

Among the records that Donald Trump’s lawyers tried to shield from Jan. 6 investigators are a draft executive order that would have directed the defense secretary to seize voting machines and a document titled “Remarks on National Healing.” POLITICO has reviewed both documents. The text of the draft executive order is published here for the first time. more...

GOP officials in five states illegitimately claimed to be qualified to declare Donald Trump the winner in 2020. And Trump allies were openly involved.
By KYLE CHENEY and NICHOLAS WU

As Capitol attack investigators dig into efforts by state-level Republicans to send Congress “alternative” slates of 2020 presidential electors, they're zeroing in on the involvement of Donald Trump's White House and campaign operations. As presidential electors gathered in December 2020 to affirm Joe Biden’s victory, the Republicans who would have been Trump’s electors in several states that Biden won gathered anyway to cast unofficial votes. In five of those states — Arizona, Nevada, Wisconsin, Michigan and Georgia — those electors then signed certificates claiming they were “duly elected and qualified” to represent their states. more...

By Lawrence Hurley

WASHINGTON, Jan 19 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected former President Donald Trump's request to block the release of White House records sought by the Democratic-led congressional panel investigating last year's deadly attack on the Capitol by a mob of his supporters. The decision means the documents, held by a federal agency that stores government and historical records, can be disclosed even as litigation over the matter continues in lower courts. Trump's request to the justices came after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Dec. 9 ruled that the businessman-turned-politician had no basis to challenge President Joe Biden's decision to allow the records to be handed over to the House of Representatives select committee. more...

By Andrew Kaczynski and Melanie Zanona, CNN

(CNN) House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said publicly and privately in the days following the deadly riots at the US Capitol that President Donald Trump admitted personally bearing some responsibility for the attack -- one of several reasons why the select committee on January 6 wants to hear from the House's top Republican. McCarthy shared the details of his conversation with Trump in a little-noticed local radio interview done a week after the insurrection, in which McCarthy said he supported a committee to investigate the attack and supported censuring then-President Trump. While McCarthy made similar comments about supporting censure and a bipartisan commission in other places around the same time, the radio interview -- in which McCarthy has harsh words for Trump and strongly condemns the violent attack -- provides yet another example of how the California Republican has shifted his tone in the year since the insurrection. "I say he has responsibility," McCarthy said on KERN, a local radio  station in Bakersfield, California, on January 12 of last year.  "He  told me personally that he does have some responsibility. I think a lot  of people do." more...

CNN

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said he will not cooperate with a request from the House select committee investigating the January 6 riot, hours after the panel asked the California Republican to voluntarily provide information, including details about former President Donald Trump's state of mind during the Capitol attack and in the weeks after. more...

Graeme Massie, Andrew Naughtie, John Bowden, Shweta Sharma, Matt Mathers

The House select committee investigating the 6 January insurrection has requested “voluntary cooperation” from House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy to provide information about his conversations with former president Donald Trump during the worst attack on the Capitol since 1814. However, McCarthy has refused to cooperate with the committee, citing the “illegitimate” investigation by the panel, in a statement hours after the request. Liz Cheney, one of the panel’s only two Republicans, said her party’s House leader is attempting to “cover up” what happened on 6 January 2021 and that the committee would evaluate other options for obtaining his testimony. “I wish that he were a brave and honorable man,” she told CNN. more...

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