Trump Subpoenaed for “Central Role” in Effort to Overturn Election

Issuing a subpoena to former President Donald Trump on Friday, the House committee that is investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol demanded Trump provide testimony and documents in response to the panel’s findings that he “personally orchestrated and oversaw a multi-part effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election.” The committee called on the former Republican leader to provide records of any phone calls, text messages, and other messages he sent and received on the day of the attack; records of his communications between November 3, 2020 and January 6, 2021 in which the election and the certification…

Chad: Repression of demonstrations must stop immediately

Reacting to the crackdown against today’s protests and the deaths of demonstrators, Samira Daoud, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for West and Central Africa said: “Violent clashes occurred this morning between security forces and demonstrators in N’Djamena and elsewhere in the country. According to initial testimonies collected by Amnesty International, the security forces fired live ammunition […] The post Chad: Repression of demonstrations must stop immediately appeared first on Amnesty International.

Steve Bannon’s Contempt of Congress Trial Formally Began Today

The contempt of Congress trial of Steve Bannon, a former White House political strategist for former President Donald Trump, formally began on Monday, with the selection of jurors who will eventually determine his legal fate. Bannon faces two contempt of Congress charges based on his refusal to adhere to subpoenas from the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol building. Bannon is the first individual from Trump’s inner circle of former aides and confidantes to be tried due to the committee’s work, although the charges he faces are unrelated to anything the panel has unearthed…

January 6 Committee to Investigate Trump’s Calls to Allies Before Capitol Breach

The House committee investigating the assault on the Capitol last Jan. 6 will probe former President Donald Trump’s phone calls to allies stationed at the Willard Hotel in Washington hours before the attack, committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., told The Guardian. Thompson told the outlet that the panel cannot ask the National Archives for records of specific calls but plans to review White House phone records around the time of the attack in an effort to investigate specific calls Trump made to multiple allies seeking to block the certification of President Biden’s election victory. “If we say we want all…

DOJ Accuses Steve Bannon’s Lawyers of “Frivolous” Complaints in Contempt Trial

On Sunday night, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a 10-page briefing accusing Steve Bannon’s lawyers of trying to issue “frivolous” complaints to stir up public support for their client from Trump supporters. Bannon, who is a former Trump advisor, faces contempt of Congress charges for refusing to adhere to subpoenas filed by the January 6 commission earlier this fall. While justifying his refusal to cooperate with the investigation into the Capitol attack, Bannon made dubious claims of executive privilege, asserting that he was unable to share relevant documents with the commission because it would violate Trump’s purported…

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