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Former president Donald Trump has appeared to fall further into the world of QAnon after he reposted a video on his own Truth Social network containing images and slogans associated with the fringe conspiracy.

Scenes including a US Capitol building with lightening bolts and the words “It’s going to be biblical”, as well as the phrase “prepare for the storm”, were among the images featured along with “Q” symbols. Mr Trump has previously denied having knowledge of the conspiracy despite many of his supporters and Capitol rioters being connected to it.

Ahead of his Friday rally appearance in Wilmington, North Carolina, some commentators have also accused the former president of “QAnon outreach” and of signalling his support for the fringe theory,

In other news, Mr Trump’s attorneys have been ordered to say one way or the other whether they actually believe the FBI planted incriminating evidence in the documents seized from Mr Trump’s home – or whether the former president is merely bluffing to save face.

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  • Trump promises to deport 'millions' if reelected
  • New York AG suing Trump for ‘numerous acts of fraud'
  • Trump claims he can declassify top secret documents just ‘by thinking about it’
  • Special master calls Trump’s bluff on ‘planted’ docs
  • Mike Lindell under investigation for damaging election computer, identity fraud

Report says Trump’s new lawyer for Mar-a-Lago case already being sidelined

23:20 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump‘s newest lawyer has reportedly already been sidelined from the Mar-a-Lago document investigation, according to sources familiar with the probe.

CNN spoke with a pair of unnamed sources familiar with the investigation and reports that Chris Kise, the newest addition to the former president’s legal team, has been shifted away from the Mar-a-Lago probe just a month after singing on to help Mr Trump.

According to the report, the reason for his shift is unclear, but Mr Kise will be focusing on other investigations involving Mr Trump.

Graig Graziosi reports.

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Trump’s new lawyer for Mar-a-Lago case already being sidelined, report says

Trump sends condolences on occasion of Abe funeral

22:58 , Oliver O'Connell

Former President Donald Trump has expressed his condolences as the leaders gather to mourn the late Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe.

Mr Trump wrote on Truth Social:

Melania and I send our deepest respect and condolences to the memory of a truly great man and Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe of Japan. Quite frankly, there was nobody like him. He loved his country and fought so hard that it remained free and safe. We became very close friends, and there was nobody with a greater passion for peace than Shinzo. The world has lost a truly incredible leader—but his words and thoughts will never be forgotten. He will be greatly missed by all!

The United States will be represented at the state funeral by Vice President Kamala Harris.

Trump rejoins Forbes 400 list of richest Americans

22:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump is once again a member of the Forbes richest Americans club, rejoining the magazine’s list of the top 400 richest US citizens after falling off in 2021.

The magazine made the announcement on Monday, noting that Mr Trump’s wealth had risen from $2.5 bn to $3.2 bn over 2021-2022.

Editors of Forbes did, however, note the massive fraud lawsuit facing the former president, which threatens the value his hoard if it ends in a judgement against him.

John Bowden has the story.

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Donald Trump rejoins Forbes 400 list of richest Americans

Capitol rioter sentenced to seven years in prison for role in Michael Fanone taserattack

22:19 , Oliver O'Connell

A January 6 rioter who supplied the taser used to attack a police officer during the Capitol attack will spend years behind bars.

Kyle Young, 38, was sentenced to seven years in prison during a tense hearing on Tuesday. Young, who brought his 16-year-old son to Washington DC from Redfield, Iowa, for the insurrection, had pleaded guilty to assaulting, resisting or impeding officers in May.

During his victim’s statement at the sentencing hearing, Michael Fanone recounted the negative effects of January 6 on his life and said he hoped Young suffered in prison, prompting an election denier to call him a “piece of [expletive]” before the heckler was removed from the courtroom.

Andrea Blanco reports.

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Jan 6 rioter sentenced to seven years in prison for assaulting officer

Can Trump keep his QAnon supporters under control ahead of the midterms?

22:05 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump has promoted increasingly overt QAnon conspiracy theories in recent weeks, The Independent’s Eric Garcia and Alex Woodward report on what has also become more and more evident at the former president’s rallies.

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Can Donald Trump keep his QAnon supporters under control before the midterms?

McConnell backs post-January 6 revisions to elections law

21:40 , Oliver O'Connell

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he will “proudly support” legislation to overhaul rules for certifying presidential elections, bolstering a bipartisan effort to revise a 19th century law and avoid another January 6 insurrection.

The legislation would clarify and expand parts of the 1887 Electoral Count Act, which, along with the Constitution, governs how states and Congress certify electors and declare presidential winners. The changes in the certification process are in response to unsuccessful efforts by former President Donald Trump and his allies to exploit loopholes in the law to overturn his 2020 defeat to Joe Biden.

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McConnell backs post-Jan. 6 revisions to elections law

Doug Mastriano’s campaign ‘sputtering’ with tiny rallies and no ads

21:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Doug Mastriano, the Pennsylvania state senator who rode to the GOP gubernatorial nomination on a platform of election denial and overt appeals to Christian nationalism, struggled to draw more than a few dozen people to a rally at the state capitol in Harrisburg on Saturday.

According to the New York Times, Mr Mastriano’s event was in the same spot where he’d drawn a crowd of thousands at an April 2020 rally against Covid-19 mitigation measures, but unlike that prior event his audience this time consisted mostly of his own campaign staffers. The report described Mr Mastriano’s campaign as “sputtering”.

Andrew Feinberg has the story.

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Doug Mastriano’s campaign ‘sputtering’ with tiny rallies and no ads

Trump moves one step closer to dodging E Jean Carroll rape defamation lawsuit

20:45 , Oliver O'Connell

A federal appeals has tipped the balance in Donald Trump’s favour in a long-running defamation suit from writer E Jean Carroll, who accused the former president of raping her in a New York department store in the 1990s.

On Tuesday, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled in a split decision that Mr Trump was a government employee when denied the rape accusation and accused Ms Carroll of inventing it to sell books, a determination that’s key to his claim that he’s protected under federal law shielding government employees from liability related to their duties of office.

The 2-to-1 decision, however, avoided passing judgment on whether Mr Trump’s comments were themselves defamatory, and instead asked a Washington, DC, appeals court to weigh in on whether such remarks from a government employee were protected under district law.

Josh Marcus reports.

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Trump moves one step closer to dodging E Jean Carroll rape lawsuit with court ruling

Jan 6 committee: Postponement date coming soon

20:27 , Oliver O'Connell

Tomorrow’s Jan 6 committee hearing postponed

20:18 , Oliver O'Connell

The Independent has confirmed multiple reports that tomorrow’s House committee hearing on the events of 6 January 2021 has been postponed.

Andrew Feinberg reports from Washington, DC.

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January 6 committee hearing postponed due to Hurricane Ian

Marsha Blackburn ridiculed for tweeting in support of women’s freedom in Iran despite opposition to abortion

20:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn, an anti-abortion rights Republican who once called the Supreme Court decision that legalised a right to birth control “constitutionally unsound”, was ridiculed online for voicing her support for Iranian women protesting for freedom.

The GOP senator took to Twitter to share a message of seeming allyship with the Iranian women who have been pouring onto city streets across the world to protest the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who was detained by the country’s morality police for allegedly having some hair visible under her headscarf.

Joanna Chisholm reports.

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Anti-abortion Republican ridiculed for tweeting in support of Iranian women’s freedom

Secret Service hands over two dozen cell phones in Jan 6 missing texts probe

20:00 , Oliver O'Connell

The US Secret Service recently handed over two dozen phones to investigators with the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) as part of the investigation into missing text messages from January 6.

NBC News reported on Tuesday that the agency had done so “shortly after” a letter was sent on 19 July from the OIG’s office demanding their confiscation. The letter reportedly followed OIG Joseph Cuffari’s launch of a formal criminal investigation into the matter.

John Bowden reports.

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Secret Service handed over two dozen cell phones in missing texts probe

Texas attorney general Ken Paxton mocked for fleeing subpoena

19:47 , Oliver O'Connell

Ken Paxton, the Republican Texas state attorney general, fled a subpoena in a vehicle alongside his wife, state Senator Angela Paxton.

Mr Paxton was being given a subpoena at his home on Monday in connection to a court hearing set for Tuesday linked to a lawsuit by nonprofits attempting to fund abortions outside of the state for Texas residents.

Gustaf Kilander reports.

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Texas attorney general Ken Paxton mocked for fleeing subpoena: ‘Run, Ken, run!’

19:30 , Oliver O'Connell

A Democrat hoping to defeat Lauren Boebert is calling her out for her lack of support for bills meant to help US military veterans.

Adam Frisch laid out his opponent’s votes on more than a dozen pieces of legislation over the weekend after Ms Boebert, a first-term congresswoman championed by the far right and known for her racist comments about colleagues, touted her work on veterans’ affairs.

“I voted for four pro-veteran bills that were signed into law and led several amendments to provide funding for mental health and other important services for our veterans,” wrote Ms Boebert in a tweet that also urged her followers to click and learn more about “the work I’m doing to support America’s heroes”.

John Bowden looks at how that may not be the case.

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Boebert slammed for 15 anti-veteran votes after boasting of support for troops

Everything you need to know so far about the January 6 hearings

19:10 , Oliver O'Connell

The public hearings of the House Select Committee investigating the insurrection on January 6 have revealed new footage from the attack on Congress and have featured testimony from rioters, law enforcement, and members of the Trump administration.

Most of the witnesses have been Republicans, several of them considered to be loyal to former President Donald Trump.

Gustaf Kilander reviews all of the testimony we have heard so far.

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The Jan 6 hearings so far: Everything you need to know

Trump bid to dodge suit from rape accuser heads to DC court

18:53 , Oliver O'Connell

An appeals court in Washington D.C. has been asked to help decide whether Donald Trump was doing his job as president when he denied raping a woman and dismissed his accuser as “not my type.”

The columnist, E. Jean Carroll, sued Trump in 2019, claiming the Republican raped her in the mid-1990s inside a dressing room at a Bergdorf Goodman department store in Manhattan, then lied about it and besmirched her character when she decided to tell her story publicly.

Since then, the case has gotten bogged down in a technical legal dispute over whether Trump should have to defend the lawsuit as a private citizen, or whether the U.S. government should step in as the defendant because Trump was performing his duties as president at the time he issued his denials.

Read more:

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Trump bid to dodge suit from rape accuser heads to DC court

Documentary clips of Roger Stone predicting violence to be shown at Jan 6 hearing

18:15 , Oliver O'Connell

New clips of Roger Stone, lobbyist and longtime informal advisor of Donald Trump, are set to be shown at the final January 6 committee hearings in which he is reportedly predicting violence after the 2020 election.

The hearing of the House select committee starting on Wednesday will include the clip from a documentary called A Storm Foretold which is expected to be released later this year, according to US media reports.

One of the clips recorded by the Danish crew for the documentary shows Mr Stone predicting violence and misuse of power by the former president, the Washington Post reported quoting sources.

Stuti Mishra reports.

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New clips of Roger Stone predicting violence to be shown at Jan 6 hearing

6 January 2021 — What happened at the US Capitol on that day?

17:30 , Oliver O'Connell

As the House of Representatives select committee prepares to hold its next televised hearing to investigate the January 6 attack, Joe Sommerlad offers a refresher on why they are pouring over the details of an assault mounted by supporters of 45th president Donald Trump determined to prevent the Senate from certifying the previous November’s presidential election result and officially confirming Democrat Joe Biden as the winner.

Read on:

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What exactly happened on January 6, 2021?

Pennsylvania senate race: Is Dr Oz closing in on John Fetterman?

17:05 , Oliver O'Connell

Pennsylvania Democratic Senate nominee John Fetterman’s lead against former television host and retired physician Mehmet Oz has narrowed, according to a new poll from New Insider Advantage and FOX 29 Philadelphia.

Eric Garcia has the latest.

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John Fetterman’s lead against Dr Oz narrows in Pennsylvania

Mark Meadows communicated directly with pro-Trump operative to seize voting machines

16:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Text messages obtained by CNN showed that one of the operatives behind efforts to seize voting machines communicated directly with former president Donald Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows.

Phil Waldron, who had promoted election-related conspiracy theories, reportedly texted Mr Meadows on 23 December saying that a judge in Arizona dismissed a lawsuit by Republicans who supported the then-president which would have demanded that the state hand over voting machines and other election equipment as evidence that the election was stolen.

Mr Waldron reportedly told Mr Meadows it would allow their opponents to engage in “delay tactics” that would prevent Mr Waldron and his allies from accessing the voting machines, to which Mr Meadows replied, “Pathetic.”

Eric Garcia reported on the news yesterday.

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Texts show Mark Meadows spoke with pro-Trump operative to seize voting machines

ICYMI: Capitol rioter who received White House call is identified

16:15 , Oliver O'Connell

The recipient of an outgoing phone call made from the White House switchboard to January 6 rioter was a New York man who spent approximately 10 minutes inside the Capitol that day.

According to CNN, the nine-minute call was placed to a mobile phone belonging to Anton Lunyk, a 26-year-old supporter of former president Donald Trump who travelled to Washington from Brooklyn, New York, and attended the “Stop the Steal” rally at the Ellipse which immediately preceded the attack on the Capitol.

Andrew Feinberg reports on the strange circumstances of the call.

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Capitol rioter who received call from White House on Jan 6 is identified

Kyrsten Sinema mocked for trading compliments with Mitch McConnell

15:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona defended her support for the filibuster at an event held at an institution named for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday.

The Arizona Democrat spoke at the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville, where the Republican Senate leader praised the freshman Democrat who has frequently opposed her own party.

Eric Garcia reports.

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Sinema mocked for trading compliments with Mitch McConnell and defending filibuster

Book claims Oath Keepers lawyer in contact with Trump aide Andrew Giuliani ahead of January 6

15:30 , Oliver O'Connell

A member of the Oath Keepers extremist organisation, who served as the group’s lawyer and is facing charges related to the January 6 attack on the Capitol, had contact with a then-TrumpWhite House aide in the weeks leading up to the attack.

According to The Breach, a new book by ex-GOP congressman turned January 6 select committee staffer Denver Riggleman, Oath Keepers attorney Kelly SoRelle exchanged text messages with Andrew Giuliani, a Trump White House official, in the days between the November 2020 election and the pro-Trump riot on January 6.

Andrew Feinberg reports from Washington, DC.

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Oath Keepers lawyer had contact with Trump White House aide Andrew Giuliani

What are the biggest revelations from Maggie Haberman’s forthcoming book on Trump?

15:15 , Oliver O'Connell

No journalist has followed Donald Trump more closely than Maggie Haberman. From his time as a subject of senationalistic New York talbloid headlines, to his presidential campaign, to his tenure at the White House and his time since leaving 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Ms Haberman has chronicled every step.

Her proclivity for giving America an inside look into Mr Trump’s world has culminated in Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America, due to hit shelves on 4 October.

The book has already made a lot of news. The Independent’s Eric Garcia reviews some of the biggest revelations so far.

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The biggest revelations from from Maggie Haberman’s forthcoming book on Trump

What to expect from the final 6 January hearing

15:01 , Oliver O'Connell

The House select committee investigating the attempted insurrection at the US Capitol on 6 January 2021 will convene for what is widely expected to be its final public hearing on Wednesday 28 September.

Once the panel concludes its proceedings – which have seen Mississippi Democrat Bennie Thompson’s bipartisan team interview over 1,000 people and examine 130,000 documents over the course of the last year – it will retire to complete a report on its findings, which is expected to be published once November’s midterm elections have concluded.

Joe Sommerlad previews what we might see tomorrow.

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What to expect from the final 6 January hearing

DeSantis privately calls Trump ‘moron’ and vents about him running for president

14:44 , Oliver O'Connell

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has privately vented to staffers that Donald Trump, a likely contender for the Republican presidential ticket in 2024, is a “moron” and has no business running for the Oval Office for a second time.

The revelations about the inside murmurings from the Republican governor arrive from a deeply reported Vanity Fair profile, which tracks the firebrand Florida politician’s rise from a controversial figure in the GOP to a likely challenger in the 2024 presidential election.

Though the governor has been mum publicly about any animus he holds towards the former president, behind closed doors it’s apparently a different story.

Joanna Chisholm reports for The Independent.

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DeSantis privately calls Trump a ‘moron’ and vents about him running for president

What to expect from the Jan 6 hearing

14:16 , Johanna Chisholm

The House select committee investigating the attempted insurrection at the US Capitol on 6 January 2021 will convene for what is widely expected to be its final public hearing on Wednesday 28 September.

Once the panel concludes its proceedings it will retire to complete a report on its findings, which is expected to be published once November’s midterm elections have concluded.

That dossier will detail precisely how a mob of conspiracy-minded Donald Trump supporters came to storm the legislative complex in the heart of Washington DC, in a misguided protest against the 2020 presidential election result, a dark day for American democracy in which five people were killed and hundreds injured.

Speaking to CNN’s Jake Tapper on State of the Union on Sunday morning, committee member and California Democrat Adam Schiff offered a rather cagey preview of Wednesday’s hearing in which he said only: “We’re not disclosing yet what the focus will be. I can say that, as this may be the last hearing of this nature – that is, one that is focused on sort of the factual record – I think it’ll be potentially more sweeping than some of the other hearings.

Read the full briefing from The Independent’s Joe Sommerlad here:

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What to expect from the final 6 January hearing

Politico poll places Trump-backed Ted Budd in deadlock with Democrat Cheri Beasley in North Carolina

14:02 , Johanna Chisholm

The North Carolina Senate race between Democratic candidate Cheri Beasley and Trump-endorsed Ted Budd is tightening.

A recent internal poll found that the pair of senate candidates are tied up in a 46 per cent to 46 per cent standoff, which the news outlet noted was in line with other independent surveys which have found the GOP nominee to have a small lead within a margin of error, Politico reported.

That survey, conducted by Global Strategy Group, collected a sample of 800 likely general election voters between the dates of 12 and 20 September.

Oath Keeper charged in Capitol riot texted with Andrew Giuliani about election, NBC News reports

13:35 , Johanna Chisholm

A member of the far-right extremist Oath Keepers group who was charged in connection with the January 6 riot was reportedly in contact in the months before the violent insurrection with former Trump White House aide Andrew Giuliani about election issues, NBC News reported.

Kellye SoRelle was in contact with Mr Giuliani in November 2020, just weeks before the mob would descend on the Capitol steps. The Oath Keeper member reportedly also tried to text a White House number on 20 December 2021, according to a new book from Denver Riggleman, a former Republican congressman from Virginia, and journalist Hunter Walker.

That message, however, never made it after was delivered to a White House switchboard line.

Boebert slammed for 15 anti-veteran votes after boasting of support for troops

13:08 , Johanna Chisholm

A Democrat hoping to defeat Lauren Boebert is calling her out for her lack of support for bills meant to help US military veterans.

Adam Frisch laid out his opponent’s votes on more than a dozen pieces of legislation over the weekend after Ms Boebert, a first-term congresswoman championed by the far right and known for her racist comments about colleagues, touted her work on veterans’ affairs.

“I voted for four pro-veteran bills that were signed into law and led several amendments to provide funding for mental health and other important services for our veterans,” wrote Ms Boebert in a tweet that also urged her followers to click and learn more about “the work I’m doing to support America’s heroes”.

Mr Frisch responded in his own lengthy tweet thread, blaming her for opposing a wide range of bills including legislation expanding veterans’ access to treatment for exposure to toxic “burn pits” as well as a bill to automatically enroll veterans in Department of Veterans’ Affairs healthcare.

“Lauren Boebert is no friend of Veterans. I will protect their interests once in Washington,” he concluded.

Keep reading with John Bowden’s report here:

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Boebert slammed for 15 anti-veteran votes after boasting of support for troops

GOP Trump allies point to Italian far-right victory as sign of coming midterm success

12:40 , Johanna Chisholm

House and Senate Republicans aligned with former president Donald Trump are hailing the emergence of the first Italian fascist leader since the Second World War as a sign that the world is embracing Mr Trump’s brand of authoritarianism and a harbinger of a GOP victory in November’s midterm US elections.

Their hopes aren’t being dashed (yet) by new polling that shows Democrats with a slight advantage over the GOP in polling of Americans’ preference for which party controls Congress — or the fact that Donald Trump’s approval ratings continue to drop, while Joe Biden’s are rising.

Andrew Feinberg has more:

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Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene under fire for cheering Italian far-right victory

New clips of Roger Stone predicting violence to be shown at Jan 6 hearing

12:20 , Johanna Chisholm

New clips of Roger Stone, lobbyist and longtime informal advisor of Donald Trump, are set to be shown at the final January 6 committee hearings in which he is reportedly predicting violence after the 2020 election.

The hearing of the House select committee starting on Wednesday will include the clip from a documentary called A Storm Foretold which is expected to be released later this year, according to US media reports.

One of the clips recorded by the Danish crew for the documentary shows Mr Stone predicting violence and misuse of power by the former president, the Washington Post reported quoting sources.

Continue reading the full briefing from my colleague Stuti Mishra here:

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New clips of Roger Stone predicting violence to be shown at Jan 6 hearing

Trump-endorsed GOP candidate Kari Lake trolls Arizona Democratic party

12:00 , Johanna Chisholm

Kari Lake, the Trump-endorsed election denier who is running on the GOP ticket for Arizona governor, took to Twitter on Monday night to troll her state’s Democratic Party.

“This is fun! @azdemparty has had 13 years to build their audience @KariLakeWarRoom beat it in just 7 months We have a Movement, folks,” tweeted the Republican gubernatorial candidate, while sharing two pictures of the aforementioned Twitter accounts and their respective followers.

On Ms Lake’s “War Room” account, which is branded as the “Official Campaign Twitter Account for the Arizona Republican Nominee for Governor”, she has amassed 35,700 followers, beating out the Arizona Democratic Party following, which counts 35,100 followers.

Jan 6 panel hearing will screen clips from Roger Stone documentary, report says

11:40 , Johanna Chisholm

The Washington Post reported that during this week’s January 6 public hearing panel members are likely going to screen clips of Trump-ally Roger Stone which were collected by filmmakers in the weeks and days before the violent mob descended on the Capitol in 2021.

Citing sources who were familiar with the matter, the outlet noted how the Danish filmmakers, who had previously been subpoenaed by the congressional investigation and were hesitant about sharing their material, had said this week that they would comply with the committee’s request.

In August, Politico reported that committee investigators had travelled to Denmark to review their material and interview the filmmakers.

Jen Psaki says Democrats know they’re doomed if midterms are a vote about Biden

09:00 , John Bowden

President Joe Biden’s former press secretary has an odd prediction: If Democrats make the midterms a battle over her former boss’s performance, they will lose.

Ms Psaki, who left the Biden administration earlier this year, is now a contributor to NBC and will soon be a host for MSNBC. Appearing on “Meet the Press” on Sunday, she said that Democrats feel that if the election is about who is more extreme, then they can win, specifically citing Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia.

Read more from The Independent’s Eric Garcia:

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Psaki says Democrats know they’re doomed if midterms are a vote about Biden

Sen Kyrsten Sinema defends filibuster at event where Mitch McConnell praises her

07:00 , John Bowden

Kyrsten Sinema is back riling up members of her own party with an appearance at the McConnell Institute, a political foundation set up by Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

And bizarrely, she called for the filibuster to be strengthened during her appearance — despite Mr McConnell famously gutting it to secure GOP nominations to the Supreme Court.

“I’ve only known Kyrsten for four years but she is, in my view, and I told her this, one of the most effective first-term senators I’ve seen in the Senate,” Mr McConnell said to applause. “She is today what we have too few of in the Democratic Party – a genuine moderate and a dealmaker.”

Read more from Eric Garcia:

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Sinema mocked for trading compliments with Mitch McConnell and defending filibuster

Matt Gaetz draws only six viewers to his inaugural Twitch stream

05:05 , John Bowden

Trump ally Matt Gaetz saw a less-than-warm welcome on Twitch when he launched his channel last week.

According to new reporting from The Independent’s Greg Graziosi, Mr Gaetz has only seen a peak viewership count of six people since launching.

Mr Gaetz has 1.7m followers on Twitter, but it appears that very few — at least at this point — have followed him onto Twitch. He has 1,600 followers on the platform, but anyone can follow an account — subscriptions and viewers are what counts toward monetisation on Twitch.

The showing is far fewer than the thousands who poured online to watch Reps Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar play Among Us with Twitch stars Hasan Piker and others.

Read more:

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Matt Gaetz draws only six viewers to his inaugural Twitch stream

When is the next Jan 6 committee hearing?

04:05 , John Bowden

The timing of the ninth January 6 committee hearing of this year, possibly the last for the committee, has been announced.

The panel, which will release a report on its findings before the end of the year, is set for one more meeting before September comes to an end.

California Democrat and panel member Adam Schiff told CNN on Sunday that “we’re not disclosing yet what the focus will be. I can say that, as this may be the last hearing of this nature – that is, one that is focused on sort of the factual record – I think it’ll be potentially more sweeping than some of the other hearings”.

Read more from The Independent:

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When is the next Jan 6 committee hearing?

Tucker Carlson left red faced after trying to insult Fetterman on tattoos

03:05 , John Bowden

John Fetterman fired back at Tucker Carlson’s “fake” tattoos insult as he explained that they each represent a victim killed by violent crime while he was a Pennsylvania mayor.

The right-wing Fox News host had mocked Mr Fetterman’s tattoos as he tried to portray the Democratic candidate for US Senate as weak on crime.

Mr Fetterman, who leads Donald Trump’s pick Dr Mehmet Oz in polling ahead of the November election, fired back in an op-ed for NBC News explaining how his tattoos memorialised murders from gun violence in his city, Braddock.

Read more from The Independent’s Graeme Massie:

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Tucker Carlson left red faced after trying to insult Fetterman on tattoos

How likely is it that Biden will be impeached if the GOP retakes the House?

02:05 , John Bowden

When President Joe Biden returns to work in Washington next January, he could be facing a starkly different reality on Capitol Hill.

Buoyed by Mr Biden’s low approval ratings, pro-Trump Republicans are mounting bids to take control of both the House and Senate from their Democratic rivals. Winning a majority in one or both chambers would be a massive impediment to passing further legislation meant to enact Mr Biden’s political agenda, and could have further-reaching consequences for the White House as well.

Donald Trump’s allies in Congress are frothing at the idea that they will have the chance to enact revenge on Democrats for two unsuccessful impeachment efforts against the former president, including the effort in 2021 to hold him accountable for the January 6 attack on Congress.

Read more from The Independent’s John Bowden:

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Is Biden really going to be impeached?

The 20 major lawsuits and investigations Trump is facing

Monday 26 September 2022 23:59 , Gino Spocchia

Lawsuits and investigations have hung over Donald Trump throughout his business career and his presidency, and have continued as he seeks the 2024 Republican notation – a decision he has been expected to announce following the 2022 midterms.

Now with a Department of Justice investigation into his alleged mishandling of classified documents, and a lawsuit filed last week by New York’s Attorney General, the legal turmoil facing the former president seems to be ever-growing.

Josh Marcus has a rundown of the 20 major legal challenges facing Mr Trump below:

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Here are all 20 major lawsuits and investigations Trump is facing

Majority of Democrats say Biden should step aside in 2024, poll finds

Monday 26 September 2022 23:30 , Gino Spocchia

A new poll confirms that a solid majority of Democrats still want President Joe Biden to step aside in 2024 and let someone else run for the Democratic Party’s nomination — even as his approval numbers continue to rise.

The survey from ABC News and the Washington Post found that 56 per cent of Democrats would prefer another candidate take their party’s mantle in the next election cycle, compared to just over a third who want Mr Biden to be the standard-bearer once again and run for reelection.

John Bowden has the details:

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Majority of Democrats say Biden should step aside in 2024, poll finds

Text messages show Mark Meadows communicated directly with pro-Trump operative

Monday 26 September 2022 23:00 , Gino Spocchia

Text messages obtained by CNN showed that one of the operatives behind efforts to seize voting machines communicated directly with former president Donald Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows.

Phil Waldron, who had promoted election-related conspiracy theories, reportedly texted Mr Meadows on 23 December saying that a judge in Arizona dismissed a lawsuit by Republicans.

Mr Waldron reportedly told Mr Meadows it would allow their opponents to engage in “delay tactics” that would prevent Mr Waldron and his allies from accessing the voting machines, to which Mr Meadows replied, “Pathetic.”

Eric Garcia has the details:

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Texts show Mark Meadows spoke with pro-Trump operative to seize voting machines

Capitol rioter who received call from White House on Jan 6 is identified

Monday 26 September 2022 22:30 , Gino Spocchia

The recipient of an outgoing phone call made from the White House switchboard to a January 6 rioter was a New York man who spent approximately ten minutes inside the Capitol that day.

According to CNN, the nine-second call was placed to a mobile phone belonging to Anton Lunyk, a 26-year-old supporter of former president Donald Trump who travelled to Washington from Brooklyn, New York and attended the “Stop the Steal” rally at the Ellipse which immediately preceded the attack on the Capitol.

In April, Lunyk was sentenced on charges that he’d entered and illegally demonstrated inside the Capitol, which had been filed based on video surveillance.

Andrew Feinberg has more:

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Capitol rioter who received call from White House on Jan 6 is identified

Clinton compares Trump fans doing straight-arm ‘QAnon salutes’ to Nazis

Monday 26 September 2022 22:00 , Gino Spocchia

Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has slammed the hand gestures made by supporters of Donald Trump at his Ohio rally, comparing them to the Nazis.

Ms Clinton, who was speaking at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin on Friday, said her reaction to the index finger salute seen at the rally was similar to how she used to feel about Nazis, adding: “What’s going on?”

The former US secretary of state talked about her years as a student when she would spend time thinking about how people could be drawn to Hitler.

Stuti Mishra has the report:

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Hillary Clinton compares Trump fans doing straight-arm ‘QAnon salutes’ to Nazis

When will January 6 committee release final report?

Monday 26 September 2022 21:30 , Gino Spocchia

The House select committee investigating the riot on January 6 will likely not release its report about the attempted insurrection before the election, Axios reported earlier this month. But that doesn’t mean it could not make news before 8 November.

Chairman Bennie Thompson told reporters that he didn’t want the committee to be “perceived as a partisan committee ... we’ve been fairly free of those kind of complaints, and we would not want to interfere with the election.”

Eric Garcia has more:

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January 6 committee could bring October surprise for the midterms

Election denier who messaged Meadows drafted 36-page Power Point

Monday 26 September 2022 21:00 , Gino Spocchia

Phil Waldron was responsible for helping draft language for an executive order as well as a Power Point presentation about how to overthrow the election, the January 6 committee said earlier this year.

That order – if signed by the former president – would have enabled the Pentagon and Department of Homeland Security to seize voting machines on behalf of the White House over false claims of election fraud in 2020.

On Monday, CNN revealed how Mr Waldron had messaged former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows about a plot to seize voting machines,

Here’s an earlier report by Andrew Feinberg on the allegations and investigation against Mr Waldron...

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Capitol riot committee subpoenas Phil Waldron

Trump claimed he took ‘nothing of great urgency’ from White House – months before Mar-a-Lago raid

Monday 26 September 2022 20:30 , Gino Spocchia

Trump told The New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman he took “nothing of great urgency” with him when he left the White House, months before 11 boxes of classified documents were seized by federal law enforcement at Mar-a-Lago.

In an adapted excerpt from her book book, published in The Atlantic on Sunday, Ms Haberman details the moment that Mr Trump denied removing documents from the White House when he left office:

Rachel Sharp has more:

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Trump claimed he took ‘nothing of great urgency’ from White House, new book reveals

Haberman ‘like my psychiatrist’, Trump reportedly says

Monday 26 September 2022 19:55 , Gino Spocchia

Donald Trump told New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman she was “like my psychiatrist” during a post-presidency interview for her new book Confidence Man.

According to an excerpt published in The Atlantic, the former president turned to two aides during their interview at Mar-a-Lago and said: “I love being with her; she’s like my psychiatrist.”

Ms Haberman cultivated a lengthy and fruitful relationship with the former president dating back to when she covered his business empire for the New York Post and New York Daily News.

Bevan Hurley has more:

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Trump told Maggie Haberman she was ‘like his psychiatrist’

Jen Psaki comments on midterms, Biden and Rep Greene

Monday 26 September 2022 19:20 , Gino Spocchia

Former White House press secretary Jen Psaki has said Democrats know that they will lose the 2022 midterm elections if the focus is on Joe Biden’s record as president, instead of pointing to the extreme far right threat from inside the GOP.

Ms Psaki, who left the Biden administration earlier this year, said: “If it is a referendum on the president, they will lose and they know that”.

Citing Republican congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, Ms Psaki added that Democrats can win if the election is about who is more extreme, as Eric Garcia reports:

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Psaki says Democrats know they’re doomed if midterms are a vote about Biden

Where was Andrew Lunyk on January 6?

Monday 26 September 2022 18:50 , Gino Spocchia

Lunyk and his friends were convicted and sentenced for breaching the Capitol on January 6 after they were seen in a livestream of the attack entering a “hideaway” office of Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon.

Surveillance footage also showed Lunyk and two others leaving the Capitol through an open window at approximately 3.12 pm that day – before the alleged call from inside the White House.

As Andrew Feinberg reports, the call was not mentioned in the Justice Department’s case against Mr Lunyak...

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Capitol rioter who received call from White House on Jan 6 is identified

Remains unclear who was on ‘White House end’ of phone call

Monday 26 September 2022 18:15 , Gino Spocchia

While the recipient of a nine-second phone call from inside the White House on January 6 to a rioter has been identified by CNN, the person who made that call remains unknown.

Denver Riggleman, a former GOP congressman who served on the January 6 committee’s staff, said on NBC’s Meet the Press that he did not know who was at “the White House end of the call”.

It remains unclear if the call was a mistake or for what purposes the call to Anton Lunyk, 26, was for.

Clinton’s Nazi comparison follows other criticism of Trump

Monday 26 September 2022 17:40 , Gino Spocchia

Hillary Clinton is not the only high profile figure to have issued condemnation of Donald Trump for inspiring a QAnon salute at his latest rallies, which many say echoes those seen during the Nazi era.

Taking to Twitter last week, Walter Shaub wrote: ”If you missed it last night, you should know that the fascists adopted a straight-arm salute reminiscent of the nazi salute at a Trump rally last night.”

Mr Shuab is a former director of the government watchdog, the director of the United States Office of Government Ethics.

What has January 6 committee said about rioter phone call?

Monday 26 September 2022 17:15 , Gino Spocchia

Speaking with NBC’S Meet the Press on Sunday, congressman Jamie Raskin said the House select committee on January 6 was “aware” of the phone call from a White House switchboard to a rioter during the attack.

Mr Raskin said the panel had become aware of a call between a convicted rioter and a switchboard inside the White House, and that it was among “thousands of details” that the January 6 committee is investigating as it prepares for a final hearing on Wednesday.

Biden just ahead of Trump in 2024 rematch, poll says

Monday 26 September 2022 16:45 , Gino Spocchia

Donald Trump and Joe Biden are almost tied when it comes to a 2024 rematch, a new poll from ABC News/Washington Post, which was released Sunday, has found.

While the Democrat was on 48 per cent favourability, Mr Trump was on 46 per cent – about two points lower for the hypothetical 2024 contest among all voters.

It comes as neither of the pair confirms a 2024 run and mounting legal trouble for Mr Trump, who lost in 2020 by about four per cent of the popular vote.

Meadows communicated with election conspiracy theorist, report says

Monday 26 September 2022 16:25 , Gino Spocchia

Donald Trump’s White House chief of staff was reportedly communicating with a vocal supporter of election-related conspiracy theories in the aftermath of Mr Trump’s defeat in late 2020, CNN reported on Monday.

Mark Meadows was said to have communicated by text messages with Phil Waldron in December 2020 about an attempted plan to seize voting machines in Arizona amid allegations by Mr Trump and his allies of election fraud, which were baseless.

Mr Waldron reported to Mr Meadows that those efforts would be hindered by an Arizona judge’s dismissal of an election-related lawsuit, to which Mr Meadows replied: “Pathetic.”

Criminal prosecutors in Georgia are currently demanding Mr Waldron and Mr Meadows testify in front of a jury investigating efforts to overturn the 2020 results in the state, which like Arizona was a key battleground state in 2020.

The messages indicate how figures inside Mr Trump’s inner circle were closely with connected election conspiracy theorists and attempts at overturning the Trump defeat, the report argued.

Capitol rioter who received call from White House on Jan 6 is identified

Monday 26 September 2022 15:55 , Gino Spocchia

The recipient of an outgoing phone call made from the White House switchboard to a January 6 rioter was a New York man who spent approximately ten minutes inside the Capitol that day.

According to CNN, the nine-second call was placed to a mobile phone belonging to Anton Lunyk, a 26-year-old supporter of former president Donald Trump who travelled to Washington from Brooklyn, New York and attended the “Stop the Steal” rally at the Ellipse which immediately preceded the attack on the Capitol.

In April, Lunyk was sentenced on charges that he’d entered and illegally demonstrated inside the Capitol, which had been filed based on video surveillance.

Andrew Feinberg has more:

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Capitol rioter who received call from White House on Jan 6 is identified

The 20 major lawsuits and investigations Trump is facing

Monday 26 September 2022 15:40 , Gino Spocchia

Lawsuits and investigations have hung over Donald Trump throughout his business career and his presidency, and have continued as he seeks the 2024 Republican notation – a decision he has been expected to announce following the 2022 midterms.

Now with a Department of Justice investigation into his alleged mishandling of classified documents, and a lawsuit filed last week by New York’s Attorney General, the legal turmoil facing the former president seems to be ever-growing.

Josh Marcus has a rundown of the 20 major legal challenges facing Mr Trump below:

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Here are all 20 major lawsuits and investigations Trump is facing

How Trump speaks about DeSantis in private...

Monday 26 September 2022 15:10 , Gino Spocchia

Donald Trump has reportedly described Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, expected among political analysts as a likely contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, as “fat,” “phony,” and “whiny,” according to New York Times correspondent Maggie Haberman.

Alex Woodward has the details:

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Man charged with assault for tapping Giuliani signals $2m wrongful arrest lawsuit

QAnon salute appears at another Trump rally

Monday 26 September 2022 14:40 , Gino Spocchia

Supporters of former president Donald Trump at a rally in Wilmington, North Carolina on Friday revived the one-finger salute – that some see as a symbol for QAnon – that had previously occurred at an event in Ohio the previous week.

The salute happened toward the end of Mr Trump’s rally for Republican candidates in the state at the Aero Center in Wilmington as dramatic music played in the background while the video screens on both ends of the stage played an image of the American flag.

The salute has since been criticised by Hillary Clinton, Mr Trump’s 2016 opponent, as reminding her of the Nazi party.

Eric Garcia reports from North Carolina:

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Trump fans do QAnon symbol again at rally despite security trying to stop them

Trump claimed he took ‘nothing of great urgency’ from White House – months before Mar-a-Lago raid

Monday 26 September 2022 14:05 , Gino Spocchia

Trump told The New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman he took “nothing of great urgency” with him when he left the White House, months before 11 boxes of classified documents were seized by federal law enforcement at Mar-a-Lago.

In an adapted excerpt from her book book, published in The Atlantic on Sunday, Ms Haberman details the moment that Mr Trump denied removing documents from the White House when he left office:

Rachel Sharp has more:

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Trump claimed he took ‘nothing of great urgency’ from White House, new book reveals

Wednesday's January 6 hearing will be ‘more sweeping’

Monday 26 September 2022 13:35 , Gino Spocchia

Speaking ahead of what will likely be the final hearing held by the House Select Committee investigating January 6, Democrat Rep Adam Schiff told CNN on Sunday that this week’s event will be more vast than other hearings.

He said: “I think it’ll be potentially more sweeping than some of the other hearings, but it too will be in a very thematic – it will tell the story about a key element of Donald Trump’s plot to overturn the election”.

Andrew Feinberg has a reminder of what we’ve already learned from the other hearings so far, here:

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Jan 6 hearings: What have we learned from the committee so far?

Jan 6 committee member says he supports criminal referrals for Trump

Monday 26 September 2022 12:55 , Gino Spocchia

US Rep Adam Schiff has said ahead of Wednesday’s January 6 hearing that his panel will come to a unanimous decision on whether or not it refers Mr Trump for criminal charges.

The California Democrat told CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday. “It will be certainly, I think, my recommendation, my feeling, that we should make referrals, but we will get to a decision as a committee, and we will all abide by that decision, and I will join our committee members if they feel differently.”

Any charges against Mr Trump will come on top of a number of ongoing lawsuits facing the one term president.

Trump claims he wasn’t watching Capitol attack on television, despite witness testimony

Monday 26 September 2022 12:15 , Gino Spocchia

Donald Trump claims that he was not watching television while a mob of his supporters stormed the US Capitol, despite witness testimony and multiple accounts from people in his administration revealing that he was doing exactly that.

Maggie Haberman, White House correspondent for The New York Times, said she pressed the former president about his actions during the assault on a joint session of Congress as lawmakers convened to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election.

“I didn’t usually have the television on,” he said, according to Ms Haberman, writing in The Atlantic in an article adapted from her book Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America.

Alex Woodard has more:

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Trump claims he wasn’t watching Capitol attack on TV, despite witness testimony

Clinton compares Trump fans doing straight-arm ‘QAnon salutes’ to Nazis

Monday 26 September 2022 11:30 , Gino Spocchia

Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has slammed the hand gestures made by supporters of Donald Trump at his Ohio rally, comparing them to the Nazis.

Ms Clinton, who was speaking at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin on Friday, said her reaction to the index finger salute seen at the rally was similar to how she used to feel about Nazis, adding: “What’s going on?”

The former US secretary of state talked about her years as a student when she would spend time thinking about how people could be drawn to Hitler.

Stuti Mishra has the report:

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Clinton compares Trump fans doing straight-arm ‘QAnon salutes’ to Nazis

QAnon, the Big Lie and misogyny: Inside Trump’s Wilmington rally

Monday 26 September 2022 10:45 , Shweta Sharma

Former president Donald Trump held a rally in Wilmington on Friday, his first since New York attorney general Letitia James announced her civil lawsuit against him, his three eldest children, his business associates, and the Trump Organization this week.

Not surprisingly, his complaints about that lawsuit occupied the majority of his speech, followed immediately by the FBI executing the raid on his Mar-a-Lago home.

But the rally was also the former president’s chance to return as a conquering hero, since most of the candidates he endorsed in the state won their primaries.

Read Eric Garcia’s full report:

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QAnon, the Big Lie and misogyny: Inside Trump’s Wilmington rally

Liz Cheney says she won’t be a Republican if Trump is 2024 GOP presidential nominee

Monday 26 September 2022 10:00 , Shweta Sharma

Congresswoman Liz Cheney has hinted publicly that she could run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, but now says that she may not be in the GOP past that point at all.

The Wyoming Republican told an interviewer at the Texas Tribune festival over the weekend that she would not be likely to remain in the Republican Party should its voters once again select Donald Trump as its standard-bearer in 2024.

John Bowden writes:

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Liz Cheney says she won’t be a Republican if Trump is 2024 GOP presidential nominee

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