Biden jokes ‘unfortunately that’s probably Trump calling me’ as phone rings during speech
The Jan. 6 select committee finally talks to former White House counsel Pat Cipollone, who arrived today for a behind-closed-door interview after months of outreach. Mr. Cipollone’s name has featured prominently in recent public hearings, where other witnesses discussed his role in trying to prevent Donald Trump from using the Justice Department to illegally nullify the 2020 election.
The committee reportedly plans to hold another primetime hearing on Thursday, July 14, in addition to a session on Tuesday, July 12 that will gather evidence about how the mob that stormed the Capitol had gathered. It is expected to focus in particular on extremist elements, including the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump has taken to Truth Social to defend his campaign to pressure Georgia’s state officials to nullify the 2020 election, insisting his calls to them were “perfect.” He faces a grand jury investigation into his actions by the Fulton County District Attorney, who has subpoenaed certain of his closest allies.
Wisconsin bans ballot boxes
Unmanned drop boxes used by voters across the country to cast their votes are now banned in Wisconsin following a state Supreme Court ruling.
The conservative court ruled that voters must now deliver their absentee ballots to their clerks by mail or in person, a decision likely to have a disproportionate impact on Democratic voters.
Richard Hall reports for the independent†
Wisconsin drop box ban likely to disproportionately affect Democratic voters
Republicans have tried to ban the use of drop boxes while promoting false claims of voter fraud
Oliver O’ConnellJuly 8, 2022 9:00 PM
Cipollone meeting until six o’clock
Pat Cipolline arrived at about 8:45 a.m. for his January 6 committee meeting. After more than six hours it is still going on.
Oliver O’ConnellJuly 8, 2022 8:38 PM
Abrams, far surpassing Kemp, raises $22 million in two months as Georgia gubernatorial race heats up
Stacey Abrams’ fundraising continues to accelerate, flooding Republican government Brian Kemp and raising nearly $50 million in the seven months since the Georgia Democrat announced her campaign in December.
Abrams announced Friday that her direct campaign and associated One Georgia committee raised $22 million during the two months ended June 30 and together had $18.5 million in cash on hand.
Georgia Abrams raises $22 million in 2 months, much faster than Kemp
Stacey Abrams’ Fundraising Continues to Accelerate
Oliver O’ConnellJuly 8, 2022 8:30 PM
Oath Keeper leader to testify before January 6 commission, with conditions
On Friday, Oath Keeper leader Elmer Stewart Rhodes — now facing charges of seditious conspiracy — extended an offer to testify under oath before the Jan. 6 commission investigating the attack on the United States Capitol and the former president’s attempt Donald Trump to undo the results of the 2020 election.
The proposal was first reported by CBS News. And when Daily Kos contacted Rhodes’ lawyer James Lee Bright by phone on Friday, Bright confirmed the offer had been made and said it would only be honored if the committee agreed to Rhodes’ terms.
Rhodes wants his testimony in an “open forum,” Bright said. The comments must be made public in the presence of committee members “face-to-face and subject to cross-examination and under oath with legal counsel present.”
“He will be willing to testify about the history of the Oath Keepers, the way they were founded, their membership, their involvement in the election in terms of supporting Trump or not, the things they did at various rallies over the months. ahead of the election and also what became January 6,” Bright said.
Bright added that Rhodes would also be willing to testify about what specifically the Oath Keepers and himself were up to on January 6.
Oliver O’ConnellJuly 8, 2022 8:20 PM
Biden signs condolence register for Shinzo Abe
President Joe Biden has signed a book of condolence for former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Japanese embassy in Washington DC.
Mr Abe was murdered earlier today while giving a speech in the city of Nara, Japan.
The White House press pool provided a photo of what the president wrote.
Oliver O’ConnellJuly 8, 2022 8:15 PM
Tabloid takes on Pence and Trump
Vanity Fair writer Joe Hagan previously posted a sample of the American gossip about the state of the relationship between former President Donald Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence.
Oliver O’ConnellJuly 8, 2022 8:00 PM
Can the January 6 hearings continue after next week?
The Washington PostJacqueline Alemany notes that this next week may not be the end of the Jan. 6 commission hearings as more witnesses come forward.
Citing people familiar with the investigation, she tweeted: “For those expecting the January 6 finals to be next Thursday, that’s still TBD. As more GOPers come forward and more are expected to come, hearings may continue in August and beyond as investigators gather more evidence.
Oliver O’ConnellJuly 8, 2022 19:47
Biden visits Japanese embassy to register condolence for Shinzo Abe. to sign
Asked about the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, President Joe Biden told reporters at the White House that he called current Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, whom he calls “a very solid man.”
He added that he will visit the Japanese embassy later today “to sign the book of condolence” for the late Japanese leader.
Here are more comments from the president:
In a proclamation issued after Mr. Biden made the comments, he ordered all flags to be flown at half-mast until Sunday as a sign of respect.
A statement on Prime Minister Abe reads:
Abe Shinzo, the longest-serving prime minister in Japan’s history, was a proud servant of the Japanese people and a loyal friend of the United States. He worked with US presidents from both sides to deepen the alliance between our nations and advance a common vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific. Even at the time when he was attacked and murdered, he was engaged in the work of democracy to which he devoted his life.
Oliver O’ConnellJuly 8, 2022 19:30
Many Cipollone can tell the committee that it does not fall under administrative law
Attorney Chuck Rosenberg discusses the concept of executive privilege and the behind closed door testimony of former White House attorney Pat Cipollone and tells Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC, “Executive privilege is a real thing. All presidents have enjoyed it and all presidents have relied on it. That said, there are a lot of things that Mr Cipollone could tell the committee that are not privileged.”
Oliver O’ConnellJuly 8, 2022 19:00
Biden Says We Can’t Let ‘Out of Control Supreme Court’ Take Away Liberties
President Joe Biden says: “We cannot allow a spiraling Supreme Court, collaborating with extremist elements of the Republican Party, to take away our freedoms and our personal autonomy. The choice we face as a nation is between mainstream and extreme.”
Biden made the comments before signing an executive order to protect access to abortion and contraception.
Oliver O’ConnellJuly 8, 2022 18:30