Fox News host says Trump must ‘learn to lose’
The sprawling effort to bring the 6 January rioters to justice has crossed a new rubicon with prosecutors bringing charges of “seditious conspiracy” against the leader of the Oath Keepers, a self-styled militia who joined the insurrection. Elmer Stewart Rhodes has been arrested and charged along with 10 other members of the group, who stand accused of plotting to “oppose the lawful transfer of power by force”.
As for the investigation on Capitol Hill, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy has refused to provide the 6 January committee with information about his conversations with Donald Trump during the attack last year, calling the panel “illegitimate”. Liz Cheney, one of the committee’s only two Republicans, said Mr McCarthy is attempting to “cover up” what happened, 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.
Joe Biden, meanwhile, has faced an abject week in Congress – and it seems his popularity is suffering badly. 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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Congressman who tweeted Nazi-vaccine comparison loses press aide
According to Capitol Hill reporter Taylor Popielarz, Congressman Warren Davidson has lost his communications director over a tweet from his office’s official account that compared vaccine mandates to policies enacted by the Nazi Party.
After a public outcry, the congressman has since apologised for drawing the parallel.
Andrew Naughtie14 January 2022 14:05
Lawyer for Oath Keepers leader rants about “the Left’s REICHSTAG FIRE”
Jonathon Moseley, an attorney for indicted Oath Keepers leader Steward Rhodes, has been tweeting furiously since his client was indicted on sedition charges – claiming, among other things, that 6 January investigators are mounting a “malicious prosecution”, that “January 6 was the Left’s REICHSTAG FIRE”, and that “We know that prosecutors know that we know that they are lying”.
Earlier this week, he also tweeted at Fox News’s Tucker Carlson to pitch a Rhodes interview for the host’s show.
Andrew Naughtie14 January 2022 13:45
How unpopular is Joe Biden?
According to political analysis site FiveThirtyEight, Joe Biden’s first year has seen his popularity plummet to alarmingly low levels. So poor is the president’s polling, write Geoffrey Skelley and Jean Yi, that he is approaching the record nadir set by Donald Trump.
Andrew Naughtie14 January 2022 13:16
The real significance of the Oath Keepers indictment
Speaking on the sedition charges brought against the leader of the Oath Keepers over the 6 January riot, former FBI assistant director Frank Figliuzzi last night pointed out that “seditious conspiracy” has not been successfully charged by the US since the mid-1990s. “We charge seditious conspiracy against international terrorists trying to blow us up,” he said to MSNBC’s Nicole Wallace, “and now…