Trump news today: Ivanka hasn’t pled fifth in Jan 6 interview as Elon Musk asked to revoke Twitter ban

GOP senator dodges question on Trump’s praise of Putin

Less than a week after husband Jared Kushner voluntarily tested before the House committee investigating the 6 Jan Capitol riot, Ivanka Trump is appearing virtually in front of the same panel Tuesday, according to NBC News citing three sources familiar with the matter.

Elsewhere, Tesla founder and billionaire Elon Musk, who recently purchased a 9.2 per cent stake in Twitter, is receiving entreaties from Trump supporters to somehow get the former president’s account reinstated.

Among those asking him to intervene is Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, who asked whether as the “majority shareholder” (which he is not) Mr Musk would “return freedom of speech to Twitter”.

Meanwhile, six weeks after its launch, Donald Trump’s Truth Social app has lost two senior executives. The app has been beset by tech problems and about 1.5 million people remain on the waiting list to join, unable to use it.

Mr Trump has also filed a new legal motion seeking to have a judge dismissed in a lawsuit he has filed against former opponent Hillary Clinton, in which he alleges she conspired with some 50 other people to advance false claims about his dealings with Russian contacts during the 2016 election.

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Kinzinger rails against Republican ‘children’ in Congress

Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger of Illinois called his colleagues in Congress “children” for focusing more on Disney and culture war issues than the “genocide“ happening in Ukraine at the hands of Russia.

Mr Kinzinger said that the “world order” was being challenged for the first time since World War II, but that his fellow Republicans were acting like “a bunch of children.”

Oliver O’Connell6 April 2022 06:00

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Five of Trump’s wildest false claims on the Ukraine crisis

The 45th president’s false claims began before he ever took office and continued after he left, writes John Bowden.

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Maroosha Muzaffar6 April 2022 05:50

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CPAC heading to Budapest with Orban as keynote

America’s most prominent conservative gathering, on founded ideals of personal liberty and limited government, convenes in Budapest next month to celebrate a European leader accused of undermining democracy and individual rights.

The May meeting of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is seen by some Republicans as a test of how closely American conservatives are willing to align themselves with a global movement of far-right, Russia-friendly strongmen embraced by former US President Donald Trump .

The event’s keynote speaker is Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, a longtime supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The European Union has accused Orban, who won re-election by a large margin on Sunday, of curbing media and judicial independence, enriching associates with public funds and recasting election laws to entrench his power.

Hungary joined in the EU sanctions imposed on Moscow in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. But Orban has stopped short of criticizing Putin directly, barred weapons shipments through Hungary to neighboring Ukraine and opposed proposals for EU sanctions on Russian natural gas.

Oliver O’Connell06 April 2022 05:15

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Ivanka declines to plead the fifth before Jan 6 committee

Ivanka Trump appeared remotely before the January 6 committee on Tuesday, committee sources revealed, as the panel’s investigation into her father’s role in a violent assault on Congress continues.

The chairman of the House select committee investigating January 6 confirmed Ms Trump’s appearance to reporters and told Politico that Ms Trump’s testimony was still ongoing as of mid-Monday afternoon with five hours already passed in the session. Ms Trump was not subpoenaed, and like her husband is giving information to the committee as a personal choice.

John Bowden reports for The Independent fromWashington, DC.

Oliver O’Connell6 April 2022 04:30

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin hits back at Matt Gaetz

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin appeared so incensed by outlandish lines of questioning from Republican congressman Matt Gaetz that he ended up in a shouting match with the Florida representative by the end of Mr Gaetz’s five minute round.

Mr Austin was on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to testify at a House Armed Services Committee hearing regarding the Defense Department’s fiscal year 2023 budget request, but Mr Gaetz had apparently decided to use his time to berate the former US Central Command boss about what he described as US defense failures caused by the Pentagon’s embrace of “wokeness”.

Andrew Feinberg reports from Capitol Hill.

Oliver O’ConnellApril 6, 2022, 3:45 a.m.

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Trump finally admits he lost the election

Donald Trump was apparently caught admitting that he lost the 2020 US presidential election to Joe Biden in a Zoom meeting last summer, according to a video recirculated in recent days.

The former US president was speaking with a group of Princeton University historians in July 2021 when he appeared to admit to losing the 2020 election to Mr Biden, whom he accuses of “stealing” the vote.

Oliver O’Connell6 April 2022 03:00

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Trump helps seeking NH House seat voted in two states

Matt Mowers, the former Trump administration official now running for Congress in New Hampshire, voted twice during the 2016 primary election season, potentially violating federal voting law and leaving him at odds with the Republican Party’s intense focus on “election integrity.”

Oliver O’ConnellApril 6, 2022, 2:15 a.m.

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The mood on Capitol Hill

Representative Dan Kildee summed up the mood on Capitol Hill to Politico‘s Sarah Ferris:

There are three kinds of days here. There’s West Wing days, when we do some really cool stuff. There’s House of Cards days, where the place just seems like it’s falling apart. Then there are Veep days. Today’s sort of like a Veep day. The fox bites Friend, Fred[Upston}’sleavingItjustsucks[Upston}’sleavingItjustsucks

Oliver O’Connell06 April 2022 01:45

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Police capture fox that bit lawmaker on Capitol Hill

US Capitol police have captured a fox suspected of biting a Congressional lawmaker on the leg.

The police department collared the animal after warning politicians and staffers on Capitol Hill to be on the look out for “aggressive fox encounters.”

Oliver O’Connell6 April 2022 01:30

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Kinzinger rails against Republican ‘children’ in Congress

Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger of Illinois called his colleagues in Congress “children” for focusing more on Disney and culture war issues than the “genocide“ happening in Ukraine at the hands of Russia.

Mr Kinzinger said that the “world order” was being challenged for the first time since World War II, but that his fellow Republicans were acting like “a bunch of children.”

Oliver O’Connell6 April 2022 00:45

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