‘I’m a more honest man than you’: Trump ends Piers Morgan interview
The 6 January select committee is reportedly considering how to try and obtain testimony from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy after further leaked audio showed him discussing Mr Trump’s responsibility for the 6 January riot – and calling for extremist members of his caucus to be banned from Twitter.
New audio released last night included Mr McCarthy worrying aloud that some House Republicans were inciting violence, particularly singling out Florida’s Matt Gaetz, whom he said was “putting people in jeopardy”.
Meanwhile, self-proclaimed “free-speech absolutist” Elon Musk’s planned takeover of Twitter has left Donald Trump’s supporters hopeful of his return to the platform, despite his insistence that he is focused making a success of Truth Social.
Some advisers and followers of Mr Trump believe he can be convinced to return to a Musk-owned Twitter, even after he told Fox News on Monday that Twitter has become “boring” and irrelevant.
Donald Trump Jr stands firm with controversial Senate candidate
Despite horrific allegations of domestic abuse and worries from mainstream Republicans that he could lose a winnable race, former Missouri governor Eric Greitens is determined to stay in the GOP primary for the state’s open US Senate seat.
And while Donald Trump has yet to endorse anyone in the contest, the ex-president’s oldest son appears to be all in, sharing a video of himself and the Senate hopeful at an outdoor firing range.
Polling indicates that the primary to run for retiring Republican Roy Blunt’s seat is currently a three-way tie, raising the possibility that a full-blown Trump endorsement could put one candidate or another over the top. The vote will be held in August.
Andrew Naughty27 April 2022 12:01
“Moderate” GOP Senator would let Trump back on Twitter
Maine Republican Susan Collins, who has a reputation as one of her party’s most moderate senators and voted to convict Donald Trump over his impeachment after the 6 January riot, has said that the ex-president should get his Twitter profile back.
“Although I obviously don’t agree with a lot of President Trump’s tweets, I do think he should have his account back. To me, it’s ironic that we allow Russian government sites to be on Twitter but we don’t allow President Trump,” she told HuffPost.
Back in 2020, Ms Collins – who is no Trump fan – voted against convicting Mr Trump in his first impeachment, and drew flak for saying she hoped he had “learned his lesson” from the affair.
Eric Garcia has the story.
Andrew NaughtyApril 27, 2022, 11:15 a.m.
Anti-Trump Republicans mock McCarthy on his home turf
The Republican Accountability Project, a campaign group of anti-Trump GOPers that’s targeting incumbents who toe the ex-president’s line, has launched an attack on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, putting up billboards in his congressional seat that attack him over the newly released recordings revealing what he really thought of the Capitol attack.
On the latest audio to emerge, Mr McCarthy can be heard suggesting that extreme members of his own House caucus should have their Twitter accounts removed – criticizing specific representatives like Mo Brooks Louie Gohmert for their “incendiary” remarks around the time of the Capitol riot.
Andrew NaughtyApril 27, 2022 10:41 a.m.
Catch up: Part 2 of the Trump-Morgan interview
Andrew Feinberg watched the second part of Piers Morgan’s interview with Donald Trump last night – and in case you had something else to do, he’s put together this summary of what was discussed.
Andrew Naughty27 April 2022 10:00
Susan Collins says that Trump should get his Twitter back
Read Eric Garcia’s full report
Shweta Sharma27 April 2022 09:28
Mexico’s president imitates Trump in ‘art of the deal’
Former US president Donald Trump cast himself as a master of “The Art of the Deal,” but his old buddy, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, may be taking over that title.
On Monday, Mr López Obrador became one of the few foreign leaders to say he genuinely liked Mr Trump.
“We understood each other, and it was good for both countries,” López Obrador said of Trump’s time in office.
Shweta Sharma27 April 2022 09:15
Biden reverses Trump rule and shuts down half of Alaska oil reserve to new drilling
The Biden administration has reversed a Trump-era rule and is shutting down almost half of a pristine Alaskan wilderness area to fossil fuel drilling.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), an agency under the Department of Interior, announced on Monday the closure of 48 per cent of the federally-owned National Petroleum Reserve, located on the edge of Arctic Ocean, to oil and gas projects.
The new guidelines reverse a December 2020 rule, issued in the waning days of the Trump administration, which saw 82 per cent of the 36,000-square mile tract opened to oil and gas development.
Ethan Freedman has the story.
Shweta Sharma27 April 2022 08:30
What McCarthy said in the leaked call
Top US House Republican Kevin McCarthy told colleagues he feared members of his party, including Representatives Matt Gaetz and Mo Brooks, would put other lawmakers at risk with their comments following the assault on the US Capitol, according to a New York Times Report.
In his call with other Republican leaders days after the January 6, 2021, riot, Mr McCarthy raised concerns about comments made by members closely aligned with Donald Trump after the then-president’s supporters stormed the Capitol.
“Calling out other members, that stuff’s got to stop,” Mr McCarthy said in a recording of the call published by the Times. “Tension is too high, the country is too crazy. I don’t want to look back and think we caused something and someone got hurt.”
Representative Steve Scalise, the No 2 House Republican, suggested Mr Gaetz’s comments could be illegal, according to the Times.
The offices of Mr McCarthy, Mr Scalise, Mr Gaetz and Mr Brooks did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The newspaper quoted Mr Brooks on Tuesday as dismissing the criticism, saying “Kevin McCarthy spoke before knowing the facts.”
The audio was obtained through reporting for a book by Times reporters Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin.
Mr. McCarthy has denied previous similar allegations.
Shweta Sharma27 April 2022 07:45
Jan 6 panel to give second invitation to McCarthy before considering action
The committee investigating the riots in the US Capitol is considering to send a second request GOP leader Kevin McCarthy to appear for an interview after he previously declined to voluntarily appear before the panel.
The panel is also looking at summoning a widening group of House Republicans for interviews, chairman Bennie Thompson said, as more information is emerging about their private conversations with the Trump White House in the run-up to the Capitol siege.
“We will probably look at engaging some of the lawmakers by invitation at this point, and we’ll go from there,” Mr Thompson said at the Capitol.
Mr Thompson said that the earlier invitation to Mr McCarthy was sent “before this latest revelation that was reported on tape.” He told reporters that “in all probability” Mr McCarthy would get another invitation.
Shweta Sharma27 April 2022 06:30
Matt Gaetz rips into ‘sniveling’ McCarthy over leaked calls
Republican representative Matt Gaetz slammed Republican leader Kevin McCarthy and GOP Whip Steve Scalise after their leaked audio revealed concerns of a Florida man inciting violence on January 6.
“Rep McCarthy and Rep. Scalise held views about President Trump and me that they shared on sniveling calls with Liz Cheney, not us,” Mr Gaetz wrote. “This is the behavior of weak men, not leaders.”
“While I was protecting President Trump from impeachment, they were protecting Liz Cheney from criticism,” he argued. “On the bright side, you no longer have to be a lobbyist with a $5,000 check to know what McCarthy and Scalise really think. You just have to listen to their own words as they disparage Trump and the Republicans in Congress who fight for him. “
Earlier on Tuesday, a New York Times report revealed details of a call of Mr McCarthy with GOP leadership on January 10. Mr McCarthy said that Gaetz was “putting people in jeopardy”. He referred to Mr Gaetz and Mo Brooks of Alabama for endangering the security of other lawmakers and the Capitol complex.
Shweta Sharma27 April 2022 05:45