(Reuters) - Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Monday that there was no point having any nuclear arms reduction talks with the United States and that Moscow should wait until the Americans begged for negotiations. Russia and the United States, by far the world's biggest nuclear powers, have negotiated a series of major strategic nuclear arms reduction treaties since Ronald Reagan came to power in 1981. But Russia's invasion of Ukraine has triggered the most serious disruption in relations between Russia and the West since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, when many people feared the...
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Explosive testimony by former Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson on Tuesday was put into historical testimony following hearings by the House Select Committee Investigating the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol.
"Former President Donald J. Trump has never been seen as the most stable occupant of the Oval Office by almost anyone other than himself, but the breathtaking testimony presented by his former aide, Cassidy Hutchinson, at Tuesday’s House select committee hearing portrayed an unhinged commander in chief veering wildly out of control as he desperately sought to cling to power and egged on armed supporters to help make it happen," New York Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker reported.
Former Nixon Presidential Library historian Tim Naftali said, "The Hutchinson testimony is a game changer and this is no game."
"Other presidents have exhibited erratic behavior behind the scenes, from Andrew Jackson to Lyndon B. Johnson. Richard M. Nixon threw an ashtray across the room upon learning of the Watergate break-in, and on another occasion was seen shoving his own press secretary. In the days of scandal that led up to his resignation, Nixon drank, talked to the paintings of past presidents and seemed so unstable that his defense secretary ordered generals not to carry out any orders he issued without checking with him or the secretary of state first," Baker reported. "Even so, it’s hard to imagine any other president accosting his own Secret Service agent, in a vain attempt to turn his vehicle toward the Capitol, so that he could march into the House chamber to object to his own election defeat."
Presidential historian Michael Beschloss noted a 1993 letter Trump wrote to Nixon, calling him a "great man" and saying "I am proud to know you."
\u201cTrump letter to Nixon, January 26, 1993:\n\u201cYou are a great man, and I have had and always will have the utmost respect and admiration for you. I am proud to know you."\u201d— Michael Beschloss (@Michael Beschloss) 1656460897
Baker interviewed Mark K. Updegrove, president of the L.B.J. Foundation, who told him, “Like almost everything else with Trump, this is utterly unprecedented."
So is the investigation, Naftali said.
"The January 6th Committee is now arguably doing the most historically significant investigative work by any Congressional Committee since the Senate Watergate Committee," he argued.
Baker also spoke with John Dean, who was convicted and disbarred for his role in Watergate as Nixon's White House counsel.
“Cassidy‘s testimony makes clear that Trump is prone to tantrums, like an undisciplined child,” Dean said. “I can’t tell from her testimony if they’re controlled or uncontrolled. I suspect at his age they’re controlled tantrums.”
Yale historian Joanne Freeman, the author of the 2018 book, The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War, focused on one key detail.
"People are focusing on the drama of DJT trying to grab the steering wheel to force his car to go to the Capitol. But far more revealing -- and alarming -- is the fact that he wanted to walk into the House with an armed mob," she explained. "Again: think COUP."
\u201c.@BeschlossDC on Nixon and Trump: "In later years he spent a lot of time, interestingly enough, with Donald Trump in New York City and on Trump's plane. Trump once wrote him, I think you're one of the great presidents of history." #TheReidOut\u201d— The ReidOut (@The ReidOut) 1656463627
\u201cKevin McCarthy crawled to the throne room eight days after Trump left office:\u201d— Michael Beschloss (@Michael Beschloss) 1656445903
\u201cThe altercation Cassidy Hutchinson described in the presidential vehicle wasn\u2019t the first time that Trump was angered about issues relating to the presidential election.\u201d— January 6th Committee (@January 6th Committee) 1656441193
Canadian police shot dead two men during a gunfight on Tuesday at a bank in British Columbia which left six officers injured, and nearby homes were evacuated after the discovery of a possible explosive device, police said.
Emergency response team members arrived on the scene at the Bank of Montreal in Saanich, on Vancouver Island, near the border with the U.S. state of Washington, around 11 a.m. (1800 GMT), law enforcement said.
"This remains an ongoing police incident with a heavy police presence in the area," according to a statement posted by Saanich, British Columbia, police on their website.
"Homes and businesses in close proximity to the scene of the incident have been evacuated due to the presence of a potential explosive device in a vehicle associated to the suspects."
Later, police said they were lifting the shelter-in-place order but that the block near the bank remained closed over the potential bomb.
The suspects were "heavily armed" and initial reports suggest they were wearing body armor, Saanich police chief Dean Duthie told a press conference, saying he did not have any further information about them.
Six officers were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds.
"At this time we anticipate that some officers will be released following emergency treatment, whereas other officers sustained very serious injuries and have been taken into surgery," he said.
(Additional reporting by Rami Ayyub in Washington; Writing by Costas Pitas; Editing by Tim Ahmann and Stephen Coates)
The controversial wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas may have changed her tune on testifying after explosive testimony from Cassidy Hutchinson during Tuesday's hastily organized hearing by the House Select Committee Investigating the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol.
"The House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol has obtained email correspondence between Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and lawyer John Eastman, who played a key role in efforts to pressure Vice President Mike Pence to block the certification of Joe Biden’s victory, according to three people involved in the committee’s investigation," The Washington Post reported on June 15. "The emails show that Thomas’s efforts to overturn the election were more extensive than previously known, two of the people said. The three declined to provide details and spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive matters."
Clarence Thomas refused to recuse himself from a case involving the coup attempt despite his wife's involvement. Thomas also repeatedly pushed White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to overturn the election while spouting QAnon delusions.
“I can’t wait to clear up misconceptions," Thomas told the far-right Daily Caller on June 16. "I look forward to talking to them."
But Thomas may now be reconsidering, according to a letter that the far-right The Federalist obtained from her attorney.
“Mrs. Thomas is eager to clear her name and is willing to appear before the Committee to do so,” lawyer Mark Paoletta wrote. “However, based on my understanding of the communications that spurred the Committee’s request, I do not understand the need to speak with Mrs. Thomas.”