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According to a report from Politico, testimony by the former senior aide to ex-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows about Donald Trump's knowledge of his supporters carrying weapons during the Jan 6th Capitol riot gave a huge boost to civil suits that have been filed against the former president.
During her stunning testimony before the House committee investigating the riot that forced lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to flee for their lives, White House staffer Cassidy Hutchison revealed that Trump knew weapons were present and demanded the Secret Service allow them to proceed to the Capitol from the "Stop the Steal" rally.
In one key revelation, Trump reportedly said of his armed supporters, "Take the f*cking mags [magnetometers] away. They’re not here to hurt me.”
As Politico's Josh Gerstein wrote, "Trump faces at least six civil suits over Jan. 6 that could gain traction from testimony by the aide, Cassidy Hutchinson, that Trump was told many of his supporters had weapons and that he urged they be allowed through metal detectors anyway," and the testimony gave those lawsuits a "major boost."
Attorney Joseph Sellers, who filed one of the civil suits, told Politico that Hutchinson's testimony would be used in pressing his lawsuit.
“The testimony that came today I think was very powerful confirmation that Trump knew and expected the crowd that was assembled was going to engage in violent action directed at the Capitol with the intention of interfering with the ability to ratify the results of the election,” he explained.
Politico's Gerstein added, "The new information also seems to dovetail with U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta’s explanation of why he was turning down Trump’s bid to dismiss three of the suits. Mehta said it was plausible Trump countenanced the violence on Jan. 6 through a combination of his public exhortation to the crowd to march to the Capitol and his later resistance to issuing a statement calling on his supporters to retreat."
The report adds, "Trump’s strongest defense to the suits could be his claim that he was acting in his official capacity as president during his speech on Jan. 6 and related activities. His attorneys have claimed that he’s entitled to absolute immunity in the cases as a result. Mehta rejected that argument, but Trump has appealed his decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit."
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Liz Cheney ratchets up pressure on Pat Cippollone to testify after explosive Cassidy Hutchison hearing
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) is ratcheting up pressure on former White House counsel Pat Cipollone after former Mark Meadows aide Cassidy Hutchinson leveled a number of explosive claims during her testimony at a House Select Committee hearing.
Writing on Twitter, Cheney implored Cipollone to stop hiding behind executive privilege claims and formally testify about what he knows about former President Donald Trump's actions before, during, and after the January 6th Capitol riots.
"As we heard yesterday, WH counsel Pat Cipollone had significant concerns re. Trump’s Jan 6 activities," Cheney wrote. "It’s time for Mr. Cipollone to testify on the record. Any concerns he has about the institutional interests of his prior office are outweighed by the need for his testimony."
During her testimony, Hutchinson said that Cipollone desperately tried to get her to stop then-President Donald Trump from marching to the United States Capitol with his followers, on the grounds that "we’re going to get charges of every crime imaginable if we make that move."
Hutchinson said specifically that Cipollone feared getting charged with the crimes of obstruction of justice and interference with an official congressional act.
So far, Cipollone has met informally with the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th riots, but has so far refused to sit down to testify under oath.
Last week, former Trump Department of Justice officials testified under oath that Cipollone had helped them resist Trump's efforts to get the DOJ involved in disputing the results of the 2020 election, and they said he called former DOJ official Jeffrey Clark's proposed letter to state election officials a "murder-suicide pact."
Controversial Mesa County clerk Tina Peters is refusing to concede after losing her efforts to secure the GOP nomination for secretary of state in Colorado.
"Anderson beat Tina Peters, the embattled County Clerk from Mesa County. Anderson took 44.7% of the votes; Mike O’Donnell took 28.8%; and Peters secured 26.5%," CBS Denver reported.
The Associated Press also projected Anderson won.
Colorado Public Radio reported Peters, "gained a national profile for allegedly violating the security of her office's election equipment to allow an authorized person to hunt for evidence of fraud. She is currently under criminal indictment and has been banned from overseeing elections in her county this year."
But Denver Post reporter Saja Hindi reported, "Peters said they won't back down, won't give up, no matter what the results are."
Peters, a 2020 election denier, offered a conspiracy theory about the election.
"Tina Peters is now speaking after AP calls the SOS GOP primary for Pam Anderson," Hindi reported. "She says the numbers are flipped and the results are fraudulent. 'It's not over,' she said."
Colorado Public Radio photojournalist Hart Van Denburg posted a photo from Peters' party.
\u201cConservative podcaster Joe Oltmann and Sec of State candidate Tina Peters confer over messages on his phone during a watch party Tuesday night in Sedalia. Peters lost her race to Pam Anderson. With @BenteBirkeland for @CPRNews\u201d— Hart W. Van Denburg (@Hart W. Van Denburg) 1656473156