Trump returning to Capitol after gifting Logan Paul mugshot T-shirt and boasting of ‘eclipsing’ Elvis: Live

Donald Trump is preparing for his first return to the US Capitol since his supporters laid siege to it on January 6 2021 in protest at his defeat by Joe Biden in the previous November’s election.

The Republican presidential candidate and convicted felon will meet with House and Senate GOP lawmakers in Washington DC behind closed doors on Thursday.

He has also recorded an appearance on social media star Logan Paul’s podcast that will drop later today and will address a gathering of CEOs in DC this evening.

Trailing his interview with Paul, Trump was seen in an X video presenting the host with a pair of MAGA caps and a T-shirt bearing his mugshot taken last summer in Fulton County, Georgia, declaring the image was so famous it had enabled him to “eclipse” Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra.

In another preview, Paul is seen discussing the possibility of getting President Biden to appear on his Impaulsive show, estimating his chances as “less than one per cent”.

Former Georgia special prosecutor Nathan Wade has meanwhile said he believes Trump will still face a trial in his state even if he returns to the White House.

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Not every Republican is pleased to welcome Trump back to Capitol Hill

10:15 , Joe Sommerlad

While the former president plans to address the Republican congressional conference today in the hope of unifying the party, his detractors don’t plan to listen to him at all, writes Eric Garcia.

Not every Republican is pleased to welcome Trump back to Capitol Hill

Trump to address top CEOs during DC visit

09:45 , Joe Sommerlad

On what is already looking like a busy day for Trump, he will also reportedly address some of the world’s most powerful corporate leaders on Thursday – although there will be some notable absences in the audience.

President Joe Biden’s chief of staff Jeff Zients will also speak to the Business Roundtable in DC in Biden’s place, while he attends the G7 meeting in Italy.

Approximately 100 chief executives will attend the meeting, according to a spokesperson for the group, which holds quarterly meetings in Washington.

CNBC yesterday asked companies listed as members of the group whether their CEOs planned to attend.

Only 17 responded to the network, with four saying they would attend: JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon; Citigroup CEO Jane Fraser, Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan and the CEO of Edison International Pedro Pizarro.

Another 13 of them said their CEOs will not be going to see Trump and Zients speak, including Blackstone CEO and Trump ally Steve Schwarzman; Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon; Steelcase CEO Sara Armbruster, ExxonMobil CEO Darren Woods; Delta CEO Ed Bastian; Morgan Stanley CEO Ted Pick and the company’s executive chairman James Gorman; and Lynn Good, the CEO of Duke Energy.

Some have travel conflicts (Armbruster, Good and Solomon) while BlackRock CEO Larry Fink and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella are reportedly at the G7 summit.

Biden spoke at a private meeting of the group in 2022.

Trump to appear on Logan Paul podcast on Thursday

09:15 , Joe Sommerlad

The former president will appear on the latest episode of Impaulsive, the podcast of social media sensation Logan Paul, on Thursday, a guest spot he trailed by gifting the host with a couple of MAGA caps and a T-shirt featuring his Georgia mugshot, which he claimed had helped him to “eclipse” Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra.

Trump used his new TikTok account to announce the appearance:

Meanwhile, Jake Paul, the podcaster’s brother, told Jesse Watters on Fox last night that Joe Biden’s failure to appear on Impaulsive was reason enough for young people not to vote for him.

We live in strange times.

Here’s the latest from Indy100’s Catherine Shuttleworth.

Logan Paul facing backlash for interviewing Donald Trump

Trump to return to Capitol for first time since Jan 6 riot

08:45 , Joe Sommerlad

The Republican will make his first return to Capitol Hill in Washington DC on Thursday since his supporters laid siege to the US Capitol on January 6 2021 in protest at his defeat to Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.

Trump was already scheduled to meet behind closed doors with GOP senators but will now also reportedly sit down with their House counterparts in a separate session.

House GOP Conference chairwoman and prospective Trump running mate Elise Stefanik notified lawmakers on Tuesday about the upcoming meeting with their party’s presumptive nominee.

Here’s our report.

Trump to return to Capitol for first time since Jan 6 to meet with top Republicans

Trump plans Wisconsin rally for next week

08:20 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump will hold a rally in Racine, Wisconsin on June 18.

The former president will deliver remarks at 3pm CT as part of his effort to win the state that he lost in 2020 but won in 2016.

In early May, President Joe Biden visited Wisconsin to announce plans to invest $3.3bn in a high-tech data center. The facility in Racine County is being built on the same site where Trump had once planned with Foxconn to construct a $10bn factory, that he referred to as the eighth wonder of the world. The planned factory was never built.

Biden trolls Trump by replacing his ‘eighth wonder of the world’ in Wisconsin

‘So rude!’: Republican snaps at rival for reminding him Trump was found guilty by a jury

06:20 , Ariana Baio

Republican Representative Ralph Norman reprimanded his Democratic colleague Jerry Nadler after he interrupted to correct him about Donald Trump’s conviction during a House Rules Committee meeting on Tuesday.

During his allotted time, Norman said that he spent hours of the hearing “listening to these smokescreens” from Democrats about Trump’s New York criminal trial where the former president was found guilty on 34 counts of falsifying business records.

“They bring up the trial of Donald Trump, a convicted felony. Really? By a judge that is a known anti-Trumper,” Norman said.

At that moment, Nadler interrupted to correct his colleague that he was not found guilty by a judge, a lie that Trump has amplified, but rather by a jury.

Read on...

Republican snaps at rival for reminding him Trump was found guilty: ‘So rude!’

ICYMI: Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg set to be dragged to the Hill one day after Trump’s sentencing

04:20 , Oliver O'Connell

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is set to testify before a Republican-controlled House committee one day after Donald Trump is scheduled for sentencing on 34 felony convictions that were secured by Bragg’s office.

A spokesperson for the district attorney’s office confirmed to The Independent Tuesday that Bragg and Assistant District Attorney Matthew Colangelo have agreed to “voluntarily appear” before the House Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government on July 12.

“The Manhattan DA’s Office is proud to play a crucial role in upholding and enforcing the rule of law for the people of New York,” a spokesperson for the office said in a statement shared with The Independent.

Alex Woodward reports:

Alvin Bragg set to be dragged to the Hill one day after Trump’s sentencing

CNN calls out Fox News hypocrisy over reactions to Hunter Biden and Trump guilty verdicts

02:20 , Oliver O'Connell

CNN aired a montage on Tuesday evening comparing and contrasting the very different reaction of Fox News hosts to the criminal convictions of Donald Trump and Hunter Biden at their respective trials, a surprisingly direct attack on a media rival.

Joe Sommerlad unpacks what was said:

CNN calls out Fox’s very different reactions to Hunter Biden and Trump convictions

Coming up: Trump to return to Capitol for first time since Jan 6 riot

01:20 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump will make his first return to Capitol Hill in Washington DC on Thursday since his supporters laid siege to the US Capitol on January 6 2021 in protest at his defeat to Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.

The Republican presidential candidate and convicted felon was already scheduled to meet behind closed doors with GOP senators but will now also reportedly sit down with their House counterparts in a separate session.

House GOP Conference chairwoman and prospective Trump running mate Elise Stefanik notified lawmakers on Tuesday about the upcoming meeting with their party’s presumptive nominee, according to the Associated Press.

Joe Sommerlad has the details...

Trump to return to Capitol for first time since Jan 6 to meet with top Republicans

AOC says Hunter Biden verdict is proof Dems are ‘willing to accept when our justice system works’

Thursday 13 June 2024 00:20 , Oliver O'Connell

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has said the Democratic reaction to the Hunter Biden verdict demonstrates that the party is “willing to accept” negative legal outcomes, unlike their Republican counterparts.

The New York congresswoman, who is known for her liberal stance and activism, blasted previous accusations of a “two-tiered justice system” from the GOP.

Her statement comes after a jury found the president’s son guilty on felony gun charges. The decision marks the first time a sitting president’s child has been found guilty of a crime.

Mike Bedigan reports:

AOC speaks out after Hunter Biden verdict on Republican claims of ‘two-tier’ justice

New poll: Nearly half of US adults approve of Trump’s conviction

Wednesday 12 June 2024 23:40 , Oliver O'Connell

Almost half of all American adults approve of the conviction of former President Donald Trump, an AP-NORC poll shows.

Trump became the first former US president to be convicted of felony charges after he was found guilty on 34 counts of falsifying business records in connection to a hush money payment to adult actor Stormy Daniels who alleged she had an affair with Trump in 2006. The payment was made shortly before the 2016 election in the wake of the Access Hollywood tape in which Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women.

Forty-eight percent approve of the conviction, according to the poll, while 29 percent disapprove and 21 percent say they have no opinion.

Gustaf Kilander has the details:

Nearly half of US adults approve of Trump’s conviction, poll shows

Rep Nancy Mace faces ethics investigation

Wednesday 12 June 2024 23:20 , Oliver O'Connell

Congresswoman Nancy Mace is facing scrutiny over expenses she claimed on her $1.6m townhouse in Washington DC while also allegedly advertising it as a short-term rental for events and vacations.

The House Ethics Committee has begun a preliminary review of $23,000 in lodging costs that the South Carolina representative expensed in 2023 after receiving a complaint, according to the New York Times. The expenses amount was notably higher than what other members had filed in claims.

Ariana Baio has the story:

Nancy Mace faces potential ethics probe after listing DC townhouse on VRBO

Trump meeting with House GOP has second link to Jan 6

Wednesday 12 June 2024 22:40 , Oliver O'Connell

Trump attorney Alina Habba says she ‘can’t be fact-checked’ on hardscrabble childhood story

Wednesday 12 June 2024 22:20 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump’s lawyer Alina Habba is defending her supposedly hardscrabble background as her detractors on social media question whether she is concocting a false rags-to-riches story.

Habba appeared on Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk’s show on the right-wing channel Real America’s Voice on Monday and defended remarks she had made over the weekend at a summit held by Kirk’s group.

John Bowden has the story:

Trump attorney says she ‘can’t be fact-checked’ on strange childhood story

Trump to address major CEOs on Thursday

Wednesday 12 June 2024 22:10 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump will address some of the world’s most powerful corporate leaders on Thursday — though some notable absences — CNBC reports.

President Joe Biden’s chief of staff Jeff Zients will also speak to the group in Biden’s place, while he attends the G7 meeting in Italy.

Approximately 100 chief executives will attend the meeting according to a spokesperson for the Business Roundtable which holds quarterly meetings in Washington, DC.

CNBC asked companies listed as members of the group whether their CEOs planned to attend. Only 17 responded to the network with four saying they would attend: JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon; Citigroup CEO Jane Fraser; Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan; and the CEO of Edison International Pedro Pizarro.

Another 13 of them said their CEOs will not be going to see Trump and Zients speak, including Blackstone CEO and Trump ally Steve Schwarzman; Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon; Steelcase CEO Sara Armbruster, ExxonMobil CEO Darren Woods; Delta CEO Ed Bastian; Morgan Stanley CEO Ted Pick and the company’s executive chairman James Gorman; and Lynn Good, the CEO of Duke Energy.

Some have travel conflicts (Armbruster, Good, and Solomon), while BlackRock CEO Larry Fink and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella are reportedly at the G7 summit.

Biden spoke at a private meeting of the group in 2022.

Not every Republican is pleased to welcome Trump back to Capitol Hill

Wednesday 12 June 2024 21:50 , Oliver O'Connell

Eric Garcia writes that while the former president will address the Republican congressional conference on Thursday, and his supporters hope he’ll unify the party, his detractors don’t plan to listen to him at all...

Not every Republican is pleased to welcome Trump back to Capitol Hill

Trump to appear on Logan Paul podcast tomorrow

Wednesday 12 June 2024 21:46 , Oliver O'Connell

Tomorrow Donald Trump will appear on an episode of Impaulsive, the podcast of Logan Paul, the social media influencer, professional wrestler, and entrepreneur.

Trump used his new TikTok account to announce the appearance:

Trump plans Wisconsin rally for next week

Wednesday 12 June 2024 21:20 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump will hold a rally in Racine, Wisconsin on June 18.

The former president will deliver remarks at 3pm CT as part of his effort to win the state that he lost in 2020 but won in 2016.

In early May, President Joe Biden visited Wisconsin to announce plans to invest $3.3bn in a high-tech data center. The facility in Racine County is being built on the same site where Trump had once planned with Foxconn to construct a $10bn factory, that he referred to as the eighth wonder of the world. The planned factory was never built.

Biden trolls Trump by replacing his ‘eighth wonder of the world’ in Wisconsin

Veepstakes: Tim Scott slips down list, report says

Wednesday 12 June 2024 21:05 , Oliver O'Connell

The New York Post reports that South Carolina Senator Tim Scott has slipped down the list of potential Trump vice presidential picks.

Citing “people close to the presumptive Republican nominee”, the tabloid says the one-time frontrunner to be Trump’s running mate is “extremely unlikely” to be selected.

Scott rose through the ranks of possible contenders amid talk that he might help draw Black voters to the party. While he remains a strong contender for the role, the Post sources say the chances are becoming more remote.

Tim Scott, Doug Burgum, and Vivek Ramaswamy have all attended a number of events with former President Donald Trump recently (Getty Images)
Tim Scott, Doug Burgum, and Vivek Ramaswamy have all attended a number of events with former President Donald Trump recently (Getty Images)

Per the Post:

“I think it is extremely unlikely he will be picked,” said one insider. “You go down the list of reasons to choose a VP, and he isn’t a standout or game-changer in any category.”

“His star has become less bright, for sure,” said a second well-connected source. “Still a top five pick — but not the strongest.”

This person also warned that Scott, who has repped South Carolina in the Senate since 2013, “might not resonate with the black community in a way that’s worth putting him on the ticket.

“There are stronger options, and Tim has the potential to serve in the Cabinet, so I think he’ll still play an important role.”

And perhaps most damningly given how Trump likes people to look the part he wants them to play:

A third insider indicated that Scott was “still in the mix, but I suspect his biggest issue is that he’s just not very good on TV.”

Another insider told the tabloid that Trump “doesn’t believe that the VP matters electorally”, implying that demographics won’t play as big a role in the decision as one might expect.

Here’s our earlier coverage of the veepstakes:

Trump’s potential VP picks narrow to four men - here are the frontrunners

Former Trump staffer calls latest fundraising appeal ‘reckless, dangerous, shameful’

Wednesday 12 June 2024 20:50 , Oliver O'Connell

Former Trump White House staffer turned political analyst Alyssa Farah Griffin has called the rhetoric of the former president’s latest fundraising email “reckless, dangerous, & shameful’.

The View co-host and regular CNN contributor wrote on X: “This kind of rhetoric is so reckless, dangerous, & shameful.”

“When will the Right wake up to the fact that the Trump that kicked back & enjoyed 1/6 is who Trump is?”

Why the Hunter Biden guilty verdict is a new conundrum for Trump

Wednesday 12 June 2024 20:30 , Oliver O'Connell

John Bowden writes:

The lack of a unified response from Republicans on Tuesday as the Hunter Biden verdict played out illustrated one thing, however: Donald Trump and the Magasphere were largely unprepared for this outcome. Especially because it came in such close succession with Trump’s conviction in New York, it put the Trump-loving side of the GOP in a tough spot.

Trump himself — usually quick to comment on every twist and turn in politics — had not even commented on Truth Social hours after the verdict was announced. His campaign issued a brief statement; press secretary Karoline Leavitt called the trial “a distraction from the real crimes of the Biden Crime Family”.

Democrats have just been handed a clear counter to Trump’s argument that the justice system is treating him unfairly or holding him to a different standard.

Read more...

A guilty verdict for Hunter Biden means a new conundrum for Trump

Full story: Trump to return to Capitol for first time since Jan 6 riot

Wednesday 12 June 2024 20:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump will make his first return to Capitol Hill in Washington DC on Thursday since his supporters laid siege to the US Capitol on January 6 2021 in protest at his defeat to Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.

The Republican presidential candidate and convicted felon was already scheduled to meet behind closed doors with GOP senators but will now also reportedly sit down with their House counterparts in a separate session.

House GOP Conference chairwoman and prospective Trump running mate Elise Stefanik notified lawmakers on Tuesday about the upcoming meeting with their party’s presumptive nominee, according to the Associated Press.

Joe Sommerlad has the full details:

Trump to return to Capitol for first time since Jan 6 to meet with top Republicans

McConnell will attend GOP Senate meeting with Trump

Wednesday 12 June 2024 19:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was asked whether he’ll attend the Senate Republican meeting tomorrow with former president Donald Trump on Capitol Hill.

Said McConnell: “I support him. He’s earned the nomination by the voters all across the country. And of course, I’ll be at the meeting tomorrow.”

White House for sale

Wednesday 12 June 2024 19:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Richard Hall and Andrew Feinberg report on how Donald Trump, no stranger to quid pro quo, is selling policies for a second term to the highest bidders.

White House for sale: Trump is selling his policies to the highest bidders

How Democrats are plotting against Project 2025, the ‘dystopian’ manifesto for Trump’s second term

Wednesday 12 June 2024 19:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Alex Woodward writes:

A group of House Democrats have launched a task force to combat a right-wing think tank’s roadmap for Donald Trump’s agenda if he returns to the White House.

Project 2025 — a blueprint for Trump’s presidency spearheaded by the Heritage Foundation and Trump’s former aides and allies — is essentially a wishlist for his administration with plans to expand his executive authority and replace civil servants with ideologically aligned appointees.

At the core of the plan is the gutting of checks and balances that would give Trump unprecedented, concentrated executive authority over federal agencies.

Read on...

How Demsts are plotting against Project 2025, the manifesto for Trump’s second term

Bannon asks appeals court to keep him out of prison for Trump’s campaign

Wednesday 12 June 2024 18:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Steve Bannon, the former Trump aide and far-right podcaster who was recently sentenced to prison, is asking a judge to intervene and keep him out of jail so that he can fulfill his “important” role in the Trump campaign.

Bannon filed an emergency motion to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday, asking it to overturn a lower court’s order for him to report to prison on July 1.

He has asked for more time to appeal his contempt of Congress conviction - up to the Supreme Court if necessary - and continue serving as a “top advisor “to Donald Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign.

Ariana Baio has the story:

Steve Bannon asks court to keep him out of jail due to his importance to Trump

Disturbing Trump campaign email screams ‘haul out the guillotine!’

Wednesday 12 June 2024 18:00 , Oliver O'Connell

A fundraising email blast from the chief political action committees supporting Donald Trump shared a troubling new message: “haul out the guillotine.”

The email went on to blast “sicko” Kathy Griffin for her 2017 image holding a mock-severed Trump head and instead accused his Democratic rivals of wanting to behead him.

Alex Woodward has the story:

Disturbing Trump campaign email screams ‘haul out the guillotine!’

Biden campaign responds to Johnson’s remarks about Trump and peaceful transfer of power

Wednesday 12 June 2024 17:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Speaker Mike Johnson was asked about Donald Trump coming to the US Capitol to meet with Republicans for the first time since the January 6th attack on Congress.

Specifically, he was asked whether he had spoken with the former president about not inciting violence against committing to respecting the peaceful transfer of power that forms the bedrock of US elections.

Johnson responded that of course, Trump respects that.

The Biden campaign doesn’t think he does...

New poll: About half of American public approves of Trump conviction

Wednesday 12 June 2024 17:30 , Oliver O'Connell

About half of the American public approves of Donald Trump’s conviction on the felony charges of falsifying business records in the case stemming from a hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels who said he had an affair with her. Just under 3 in 10 disapprove of the conviction, according to newly released polling by AP-NORC.

The public is closely divided on whether his conviction by a Manhattan jury was motivated by politics.

People are more likely to say Trump’s conviction benefits President Biden’s campaign than the Trump 2024 campaign. There is little consensus on whether the first conviction of a former president is a positive or a negative for either the country’s democratic system or the country as a whole.

A large portion of the country is paying attention to Trump’s conviction. Eighty per cent of adults report reading or hearing at least something about the felony convictions, including 43 per cent who say they’ve read or heard a lot. Just 4 per cent report they haven’t been attending to the news at all. Partisans on both sides of the aisle are more likely to be paying attention to the conviction than independents.

Opinions about Trump’s conviction are highly influenced by partisanship. Most Republicans disapprove of his conviction and consider it to be driven by politics. Democrats tend to approve of the conviction and disagree that there were any political motivations. About half of independents lack an opinion and say they neither approve nor disapprove of the conviction.

Half of Americans approve of Trump’s conviction according to AP-NORC polling (AP-NORC)
Half of Americans approve of Trump’s conviction according to AP-NORC polling (AP-NORC)

White House not ruling out potential commutation for Hunter Biden after conviction

Wednesday 12 June 2024 17:20 , AP

The White House is not ruling out a potential commutation for Hunter Biden, the president’s son who was convicted on three federal gun crimes.

“As we all know, the sentencing hasn’t even been scheduled yet,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters Wednesday on Air Force One as President Joe Biden traveled to the Group of Seven summit in Italy.

She said she has not spoken to the president about the issue since the verdict was delivered Tuesday.

Biden definitively ruled out pardoning his son during an ABC News interview last week.

“He was very clear, very upfront, obviously very definitive,” Jean-Pierre said of the president’s remarks about a potential pardon. But on a commutation, “I just don’t have anything beyond that.”

Hunter Biden was convicted of lying on a mandatory gun purchase form by saying he was not illegally using or addicted to drugs, and illegally having the gun for 11 days.

The three counts carry up to 25 years in prison. But whether the president’s son actually serves any time behind bars will be up to US District Judge Maryellen Noreika. The judge, who was nominated to the bench by former Republican President Donald Trump, didn’t immediately set a date for sentencing.

Senator Collins won’t attend Trump meeting

Wednesday 12 June 2024 17:10 , Oliver O'Connell

Senator Susan Collins of Maine say she won’t be attending the meeting between Senate Republicans and Donald Trump on Thursday.

NBC News reports that she says: “I have a conflict.”

Asked if she would attend if she did not have a conflict, she replies: “I don't really see a purpose for my going, but I truly do have a conflict.”

Watch: Sitting US senator appears to imply interference in justice system to help Trump

Wednesday 12 June 2024 17:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Alvin Bragg set to be dragged to testify on the Hill one day after Trump’s sentencing

Wednesday 12 June 2024 16:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is set to testify before a Republican-controlled House committee one day after Donald Trump is scheduled for sentencing on 34 felony convictions that were secured by Bragg’s office.

A spokesperson for the district attorney’s office confirmed to The Independent Tuesday that Bragg and Assistant District Attorney Matthew Colangelo have agreed to “voluntarily appear” before the House Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government on July 12.

“The Manhattan DA’s Office is proud to play a crucial role in upholding and enforcing the rule of law for the people of New York,” a spokesperson for the office said in a statement shared with The Independent.

Alex Woodward filed this report:

Alvin Bragg set to be dragged to the Hill one day after Trump’s sentencing

Watch: Johnson quizzed on Jan 6 committee subpoenas and Trump respecting transfer of power

Wednesday 12 June 2024 16:30 , Oliver O'Connell

At this morning’s House Republican press conference, Speaker Mike Johnson was asked about the importance of Attorney General Merrick Garland complying with a congressional subpoena versus Republican members declining to appear before the January 6 committee while under subpoena.

He was also asked about Donald Trump’s first visit to the US Capitol since his supporters attacked Congress on January 6, 2021, and whether he had spoken with the former president about respecting the peaceful transfer of power.

Watch his responses below:

‘So rude!’: Republican snaps at rival for reminding him Trump was found guilty by a jury

Wednesday 12 June 2024 16:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Republican Representative Ralph Norman reprimanded his Democratic colleague Jerry Nadler after he interrupted to correct him about Donald Trump’s conviction during a House Rules Committee meeting on Tuesday.

“They bring up the trial of Donald Trump, a convicted felony. Really? By a judge that is a known anti-Trumper,” Norman said.

At that moment, Nadler interrupted to correct his colleague that he was not found guilty by a judge, a lie that Trump has amplified, but rather by a jury.

“A jury. A jury. Not by a judge,” Nadler said.

Ariana Baio reports:

Republican snaps at rival for reminding him Trump was found guilty: ‘So rude!’

Trump’s latest fundraising appeal take dark turn

Wednesday 12 June 2024 16:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump’s latest fundraising appeal has a dark twist, reading: “HAUL OUT THE GUILLOTINE.”

It continues: “They want me BEHEADED after this verdict!”

“And it’s not just me they want gone, THEY’RE REALLY COMING AFTER YOU!”

The email to supporters is referencing the viral photo of comedian Kathy Griffin holding Trump’s severed head that got her canceled in his first term in office.

There have been no calls for a beheading and Trump is unlikely to even get a prison sentence at his sentencing on July 11.

Check out the full email below:

Trump attorney says she ‘can’t be fact-checked’ on odd childhood story

Wednesday 12 June 2024 15:45 , Joe Sommerlad

John Bowden has this on Alina Habba defending her supposedly hardscrabble background as her detractors on social media question whether she concocted a false rags-to-riches story after claiming she lived on Coca-Cola and peanuts as a child.

Trump attorney says she ‘can’t be fact-checked’ on strange childhood story

Stephen King compares Trump to ‘senile uncle’ over weird shark rant

Wednesday 12 June 2024 15:15 , Joe Sommerlad

The sheer breathtaking weirdness of Trump’s rambling story about electric boats and sharks at his Vegas rally on Sunday deserves as wide an audience as possible.

Stephen King compares Trump to a ‘senile uncle’ over weird shark rant

Lara Trump praises Dear Leader for refusing to surrender business interests as president

Wednesday 12 June 2024 14:45 , Joe Sommerlad

The candidate’s daughter-in-law and RNC co-chair would clearly rather have been a country music star but life appears to have led her in another direction entirely.

New House Republican celebrates with insane Trump post

Wednesday 12 June 2024 14:15 , Joe Sommerlad

The GOP is not going to sober up anytime soon, is it?

Ex-House speaker Paul Ryan: ‘Trump has cost us a lot of seats’

Wednesday 12 June 2024 13:45 , Joe Sommerlad

Ryan, no friend of Trump, was on Neil Cavuto’s Fox show yesterday attacking the former president.

It didn’t take long before he was swarmed by the MAGA end of the GOP.

A guilty verdict for Hunter Biden means a new conundrum for Trump

Wednesday 12 June 2024 13:15 , Joe Sommerlad

This was the president’s statement yesterday regarding his son’s conviction and the moving moment they were later reunited in person.

Here’s John Bowden on why responding to the verdict poses a serious problem for Trump and his MAGA minions.

A guilty verdict for Hunter Biden means a new conundrum for Trump

Biden slams Trump on gun control: ‘He made the situation considerably worse’

Wednesday 12 June 2024 12:45 , Joe Sommerlad

Here’s the president on the attack yesterday at a Mom’s Demand Action event in DC, slamming his predecessor’s boasts about doing nothing of firearms despite a spate of mass shootings.

CNN calls out Fox News’s very different reactions to Hunter Biden and Trump guilty verdicts

Wednesday 12 June 2024 12:15 , Joe Sommerlad

The network aired a montage on Tuesday evening comparing and contrasting the very different reaction of Fox News hosts to the criminal convictions of Donald Trump and Hunter Biden at their respective trials, a surprisingly direct attack on a media rival.

Introduced by anchor Abby Phillip, the segment presented the likes of Jeanine Pirro declaring in the wake of the Trump verdict on May 30 that the outcome “goes against the ilk of who we are as Americans and our faith in the criminal justice system”, before praising the Delaware jury for “not being intimidated” by the Bidens and recognising that the case in front of them was “clear-cut… and that no one is above the law”.

Laura Ingraham, Jesse Watters and Greg Gutfeld also got a roasting.

Phillip wrapped up the feature by commenting: “Yes, these are two different trials under very different circumstances. Hunter Biden’s was federal, Trump’s was not. The crimes and the evidence? All completely different.

“You can’t claim the justice system is dead because of a single conviction while also praising it for another.

“And you can’t claim President Biden is weaponizing the Justice Department to go after his enemies when that same department just convicted his own son.”

Phillip actually didn’t have time to include Sean Hannity but, rest assured, he kept it up too.

Democratic representatives Jamie Raskin and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez meanwhile teamed up to offer a postive spin on the Hunter verdict in conversation with Chris Hayes.

Here’s our report.

CNN calls out Fox’s very different reactions to Hunter Biden and Trump convictions

Trump to make first return to US Capitol since Jan 6 on Thursday

Wednesday 12 June 2024 12:09 , Joe Sommerlad

Our man will make his first return to Capitol Hill in Washington DC on Thursday since his supporters laid siege to the US Capitol on January 6 2021 in protest at his defeat to Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.

The Republican presidential candidate and convicted felon was already scheduled to meet behind closed doors with GOP senators but will now also reportedly sit down with their House counterparts in a separate session.

House GOP Conference chairwoman and prospective Trump running mate Elise Stefanik notified lawmakers on Tuesday about the upcoming meeting with their party’s presumptive nominee, according to the Associated Press.

The Trump campaign has not confirmed the meeting with House Republicans but a senior campaign official has said the Senate session will be focused on policy issues, including tax cuts.

Here’s more.

Trump to return to Capitol for first time since Jan 6 to meet with top Republicans