Investigators find gaps in White House phone records from Jan. 6: report
Investigators from the House select committee probing the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol have found gaps in the White House phone records on the day of the insurrection, reports The New York Times.Investigators were unable to find the logs of calls by former President Trump during hours on that day when they know he was sometimes on the phone.There is no evidence that official logs were changed or deleted, the Times reports, and Trump often...news.yahoo.com
Donald Trump slams Jan. 6 panel after Ivanka Trump interview request: 'They'll go after children'
Former President Donald Trump slammed the Jan. 6 committee investigating the Capitol insurrection after it asking his daughter Ivanka Trump to sit for an interview."It's a very unfair situation for my children. Very, very unfair," Donald Trump told The Washington Examiner in an interview for an op-ed published Friday."It's a disgrace, what's going on. They're using these things to try and get people's minds off how incompetently our country is...news.yahoo.com
Planners of Jan. 6 Trump rally subpoenaed by House panel
The House panel investigating the U.S. Capitol insurrection has issued subpoenas to two Republican strategists and a Trump administration official regarding their involvement in the planning and preparation of one of the rallies that preceded the deadly attack.
‘I Alone Can Fix It’ book excerpt: The inside story of Trump’s defiance and inaction on Jan. 6
In the Oval Office later that morning, Trump huddled with aides and family members. The president went in and out of the dining room to check on TV coverage, hoping to gauge the size of the crowd on the Ellipse. Senior White House officials Mark Meadows, Keith Kellogg and Eric Herschmann were there, too, as were the president’s adult children Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump, and Kimberly Guilfoyle, Trump Jr.'s girlfriend. Some of those around the president encouraged his fantasy of Pence the hero stepping in to overturn the election. Guilfoyle, referring to the growing crowd on the Ellipse, told him, “They’re just reflecting the will of the people.washingtonpost.com
CPAC Attendees’ Unexpected New Enemy: Fox
Elijah Nouvelage/GettyDALLAS—It comes at no surprise that disdain for mainstream media was a common theme among both attendees and speakers at the Conservative Political Action Committee conference, held last weekend in Dallas, Texas.“I love CPAC because it blows up the fake news narrative of the liberal media time and time again,” Kimberly Guilfoyle said in a speech to the crowd on Friday afternoon.Jeff Johnson, an attendee who sells large-print copies of the Declaration of Independence, echoednews.yahoo.com
Trump the dominant force at conservative conference
A conference attendee takes a selfie photo in front of a statue of former president Donald Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)WASHINGTON – A conference dedicated to the future of the conservative movement turned into an ode to Donald Trump as speakers declared their fealty to the former president and attendees posed for selfies with a golden statue of his likeness. Trump on Sunday will be making his first post-presidential appearance at the conference, and aides say he will use the speech to reassert his power. “If we do, we will lose the working base that President Trump so animated. Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., lit into Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the No. “And I assure you that it will solidify Donald Trump and all of your feelings about the MAGA movement as the future of the Republican Party.”
Donald Trump Jr. video shows happy family, friends backstage at rally prior to Capitol riot that killed 5
It also shows Eric Trump, Donald Jr.'s brother, being congratulated for his birthday that same day. CNBC has requested comment on the video from the Trump Organization, which Donald Jr. runs with Eric Trump, and from the White House. Donald Trump Jr. speaks during a rally of supporters of US President Donald Trump on The Ellipse outside of the White House on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. Zoom In Icon Arrows pointing outwards Donald Trump Jr and Mark Meadows at Trump TV viewing party"Thank you Mark!" Zoom In Icon Arrows pointing outwards Donald Trump, Jr. and Eric Trump at Trump rally TV partycnbc.com
Spokesman: Trump's eldest son tests positive for coronavirus
FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump watches as Donald Trump Jr. speaks at a campaign event at the Kenosha Regional Airport in Kenosha, Wis. A spokesman says President Donald Trumps eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., has been infected with the coronavirus. The spokesman says the younger Trump learned his diagnosis earlier this week, has no symptoms and has been quarantining. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)
Florida GOP fights to animate Trump's base without president
“I’d like to see President Trump. Don Jr. is fine,” said Rick Scott, a 64-year-old retired construction manager who joined the modest crowd in Panama City Beach on the shores of the Gulf Coast. There is no question Trump will win the Florida Panhandle this fall. The president's campaign dispatched its best available assets to Panama City Beach this week, including Donald Trump Jr., Gov. Diane Vitale, 74, who lives in Panama City Beach, said she never worried about Trump's infection: “He's strong.
AP Exclusive: Pence to attend event hosted by QAnon backers
FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, file photo, Vice President Mike Pence speaks at a campaign event on the grounds of Kuharchik Construction, Inc., in Exeter, Pa. Labor Day kicks off the unofficial start to fall election campaign. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
AP Exclusive: Pence to attend event hosted by QAnon backers
The hosts of the fundraiser, Caryn and Michael Borland, have shared QAnon memes and retweeted posts from QAnon accounts, their social media activity shows. The baseless conspiracy theory posits that Trump is fighting entrenched enemies in the government and also involves satanism and child sex trafficking. While many Republicans have dismissed QAnon, the fundraiser is another sign of how the conspiracy theory is gaining a foothold in the party. Representatives for the Trump campaign didn't immediately comment on the fundraiser. They posed for photos from the White House South Lawn, including one that shows Michael Alfaro, a Trump fundraiser from Illinois, in the foreground.
Who's in power? Convention lineup has clues to Trump's favor
Donald Trump Jr., speaks as he tapes his speech for the first day of the Republican National Convention from the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON If speaking time at the Republican convention is a measure of President Donald Trumps favor, his family wins by a mile. Instead, the 2020 Republican convention is an exhibit of a party Trump has remade as a largely family-led enterprise. First lady Melania Trump spoke for 16 minutes. The speech solidified his standing as the leading Republican presidential hopeful in 2024.
Guilfoyle's loud RNC speech makes her the comics' favorite
Stephen Colbert mimicked poking his head out from under a table after playing a clip of Guilfoyle on CBS' Late Show." I'm glad we already have kids, because I think I was sterilized by that.He called Guilfoyle a vengeful banshee who will haunt your dreams.On The Daily Show, Trevor Noah said Guilfoyle's speech was so loud that Canada called the cops. I want to wish a speedy recovery for anyone who watched the convention on headphones, he said. MSNBC's Morning Joe ran portions of her speech side-by-side with Dwight Schrute's classic award acceptance speech in The Office.Somewhere, Kimmel was taking notes. That stands in contrast to Colbert, who is doing the Late Show live for the two weeks of the convention.
Republican Convention takeaways: All Trump, all the time
Here are key takeaways from the first night of the convention:AN OMNIPRESENT CONVENTION PRESENCETrump. Never one to shy away from the spotlight, Trump showed he will be omnipresent at the convention, appearing every night and sure to dominate the proceedings. To Trump, the answer to nearly any crisis is almost always more Trump. VIRUS IN REMISSION AT RNCThe Republican National Convention is a testament to the campaign Trump wishes he could run. The speaker ranks on opening night featured familiar Trump validators often featured on his favored cable network, Fox News Channel.
WHAT TO WATCH: After Bidens moment, its Trumps prime time
The convention runs through Thursday and includes a presidential speech from the White House South Lawn and a vice presidential address from Fort McHenry in Baltimore. Theyll hold a roll-call vote to renominate the president, but unlike the Democrats, it wont be a prime-time affair. While Democrats repeatedly mentioned the impact of the virus and hammered Trumps response to it, expect Republicans to defend the president on the issue but feature it less prominently. WHO WONT BE THEREThe Democratic convention featured every living Democratic president and the partys 2004 presidential nominee, John Kerry. ET on the GOP conventions social media channels and AT&T U-VERSE, Direct TV, Twitch, Youtube and Amazon Prime TV.
Trump's national security adviser recovers from COVID-19
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump's national security adviser, who tested positive for the coronavirus, returned to work Tuesday after recovering from a mild case of COVID-19, the White House said. Robert O'Brien has resumed his meetings with the president, said National Security Council spokesman John Ullyot. “During his quarantine at home, Ambassador O’Brien worked his normal duties. The administration said there was no risk of exposure to the president or Vice President Mike Pence. White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said earlier that O’Brien’s daughter also contracted the virus and that that is how officials think he was exposed.
Watchdog group: Trump campaign improperly masking payments
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s reelection effort allegedly hid nearly $170 million in spending from mandatory public disclosure by routing payments through companies tied to his former campaign manager, a government oversight group said Tuesday. Trump communications director Tim Murtaugh disputed the allegations and said the "campaign complies with all campaign finance laws and FEC regulations.”Most of the payments by Trump's campaign committees were made to American Made Media Consultants, which has received at least $177 million since 2018, according to FEC records. The campaign said that American Made Media Consultants was formed to purchase advertising directly — and save money by not relying on middlemen. "The campaign reports all payments to AMMC as required by the FEC.”Brendan Fischer, an attorney with the Campaign Legal Center, said the campaign is improperly avoiding mandatory disclosure. “This illegal conduit scheme leaves voters in the dark about the entities working for the Trump campaign, the nature of their services, and the full amount they are paid," said Brendan Fischer, an attorney with the Campaign Legal Center.
Trump lags Biden on people of color in top campaign ranks
Twenty-five percent of the Republican president's senior staff are nonwhite, compared to 36% of Bidens senior staff. Along with adding more people of color to his campaign, Biden has promised an administration that looks like America if he is elected on Nov. 3. His campaign declined to discuss minority representation on the campaign staff. The Biden campaign said LGBTQ staff and staff of color hold such positions as senior advisers, deputy campaign managers, national coalitions director, chief financial officer, chief operating officer and national press secretary, among others. Trumps campaign defined its senior staff as senior leaders who meet regularly to make decisions.
South Dakota governor, exposed to virus, joined Trump on jet
Kristi Noem accompanied President Donald Trump aboard Air Force One despite having had close contact with Trump’s son’s girlfriend, who had tested positive for the coronavirus. Noem had tested negative for COVID-19 shortly before welcoming Trump to South Dakota on Friday, a day after she had interacted with Guilfoyle. Noem doesn't plan anything similar or to get tested again for the virus, Seidel said. She cast Noem's decision to fly on Air Force One as a demonstration of how to live with the virus. When Seidel was asked about a risk to Trump's health from Noem's presence on Air Force One, she said, “I don’t understand why Gov.
Trump to hold outdoor campaign rally in Portsmouth, N.H.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is set to hold an outdoor rally Saturday in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, according to the president’s campaign. The campaign rally at Portsmouth International Airport will come three weeks after an indoor rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the president's first of the COVID-19 era, drew a smaller-than-expected crowd amid concerns of rising infections in the region. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said last week that Trump may more frequently opt to turn to outdoor venues to host his campaign speeches. Trump and his campaign hyped his formal return to the campaign trail with last month’s Tulsa rally, which ultimately ended in a disappointing turnout and an outbreak of the virus among staff and Secret Service agents. Separately, a top Trump campaign fundraiser, Kimberly Guilfoyle, tested positive for coronavirus ahead of the president's speech at Mount Rushmore.
The Latest: Australia’s most populous state to close border
(AP Photo/Aaron Favila)SYDNEY, Australia — The leader of Australia’s most populous state says her government’s decision to close its border with hard-hit Victoria state marks a new phase in the country’s coronavirus pandemic. ___CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia has experienced its biggest two-day jump in confirmed coronavirus cases, according to health statistics released Sunday. Texas reported its highest daily increase in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases Saturday with 8,258. The numbers have started to rise in the past days with 21 new cases confirmed on Sunday. Greece’s total number of confirmed coronavirus cases is now 3,519, with 192 dead.
Trump Cabinet members look to reassure battleground voters
With President Donald Trump confronted by skyrocketing joblessness and the coronavirus pandemic as he campaigns for reelection against Democrat Joe Biden, members of his Cabinet are busy making time in pivotal states. They are carrying a message to voters about what the Trump administration is doing for them. A Trump campaign spokesperson did not respond to questions about the Cabinet members' trips. Biden campaign spokesperson Michael Gwin accused the Trump administration of focusing on "scoring political points, not delivering for the people they work for. It was unclear whether the Trump campaign or the federal government paid for Bernhardt's costs on the trip.
Trump pushes racial division, flouts virus rules at Rushmore
MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, S.D. This movement is openly attacking the legacies of every person on Mount Rushmore," Trump said. It will not happen.The speech and fireworks at Mount Rushmore came against the backdrop of a pandemic that has killed over 125,000 Americans. Some Native American groups used Trump's visit to protest the Mount Rushmore memorial itself, pointing out that the Black Hills were taken from the Lakota people. Trump and Melania Trump plan to host events from the White House South Lawn and from the Ellipse.
Kimberly Guilfoyle, Trump campaign official and Donald Trump Jr.s girlfriend, tests positive for coronavirus
Kimberly Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of President Donald Trumps oldest son, has contracted the coronavirus. Sergio Gor, chief of staff to the Trump campaigns finance committee, says Guilfoyle was immediately isolated after the positive result to limit exposure. Gor says Donald Trump Jr. tested negative but is self-isolating as a precaution. The couple was in South Dakota to hold fundraisers for Trumps reelection. Trump is giving a pre-Fourth of July speech at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.
Trump-RNC fundraising committee plans to expand operation with finance chairs in all 50 states
A joint fundraising committee formed by President Donald Trump's campaign and the Republican National Committee is expanding its reach by putting finance chairs in all 50 states as the general election race gets under way. The heads of Trump Victory briefed its top bundlers Tuesday by phone about steps to expand the group's already formidable war chest. Guilfoyle and Bailey told the Trump-RNC financiers that they are planning to deploy multiple finance chairs to every state, these people added. The Trump Victory committee has been a key weapon for the president's reelection bid. Trump Victory, the Trump campaign, the RNC and other fundraising committees combined to raise over $212 million in the first quarter.cnbc.com
Trump says he's likely to be tested after repeat exposure
Trump spent time last weekend at his private club in Florida with at least three people who have now tested positive. The Brazilian Embassy in Washington announced late Friday that the country's chargé d'affaires, Nestor Forster, tested positive after sitting at Trump's dinner table. The president, according to two people close to the White House, has been reluctant to take the test for fear it would project weakness or worry. White House officials insist Trump had only minimal contact with Fábio Wajngarten, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s communications director, who has tested positive for the virus. In addition to his direct exposure, Trump has also had repeated contact with lawmakers who chose to isolate themselves after being exposed to people who later tested positive.
Donald Trump Jr. talk marked by anger over no Q&A
In this Oct. 15, 2019, photo, Donald Trump Jr. speaks to supporters of his father, President Donald Trump, during a panel discussion in San Antonio. Guilfoyle told audience members that they were being rude. Outside the lecture hall, several dozen protesters organized by the Los Angeles chapter of Refuse Fascism protested. The Los Angeles Times reports that protesters chanted "UCLA protects fascists" and "humanity first." Andy Stein, a supporter of President Donald Trump, told the Times that he came to UCLA to listen to Trump Jr. because he sees the son as a "chip off the old block" and admires his "feistiness."