Trump reportedly returned to social media after Meta lifted the ban
Donald Trump celebrated his return to Facebook and Instagram on Wednesday after parent company Meta announced its decision to reinstate the former president’s accounts in the “coming weeks.”
In a statement to Truth Social – where he described himself as “my favorite president” even though he was not elected to a second term – Mr Trump argued that “something like this should never happen again to the current president or anyone else who is not they deserve restitution’.
Mr Trump has been banned from platforms for two years following the attacks on the US capital on January 6, 2021, fueled by his baseless narrative that the 2020 election was “stolen” from him.
Nick Clegg, the Meta’s president of global affairs, announced on Wednesday that the platforms could return but that new safeguards would be put in place to “deter repeat offenders”.
The former president’s transportation secretary, Elaine Chao, meanwhile, issued a rare public rebuke after enduring racist remarks from the former president directed at her and her husband, Trump’s Republican rival, Mitch McConnell.
Full Story: Trump rages at ‘radical leftist’ AT&T over ‘disgraceful’ move to ditch Newsmax
While Trump once depended on Fox News for favorable coverage, he has recently experienced a more fractious relationship with the conservative broadcaster, favoring its upstart right-wing rivals such as Newsmax and One America News Network.
But on Wednesday, US telecommunications giant AT&T announced it would drop Newsmax from its DirecTV service, just as it previously dropped OAN. The move provoked violent reactions from the former president and the former hostess Apprentice.
Alex WoodwardJanuary 26, 2023 6:45 p.m
Proud Boys trial on sedition charges abruptly canceled to resume Monday
The tenth day of proceedings in the trial of five members of the far-right Proud Boys gang, including former leader Enrique Tarrio, was canceled on Thursday morning for no apparent reason.
The cancellation comes a day after the defendants — who are charged with treasonous conspiracy after storming the halls of Congress on January 6, 2021 — proposed subpoenaing Donald Trump.
The process will continue on January 30.
Alex WoodwardJanuary 26, 2023 6:30 p.m
The National Archives is asking former presidents and vice presidents to sweep for documents
The National Archives is officially urging former presidents and vice presidents to review their personal records for potentially classified documents and related records following the discovery of sensitive materials at the homes of Trump, Pence and Biden over the past few months.
The letter, reviewed by CNN, was sent to representatives of former presidents and vice presidents from the past six administrations, asking them to check and recheck the files to ensure that materials believed to be personal do not ” inadvertently” contain records that are required by law to be in the archive’s possession.
“Responsibility to fulfill [Presidential Records Act] will not decrease after the end of the administration,” the letter reads, according to CNN.
Alex WoodwardJanuary 26, 2023 6:15 p.m
Trump, Biden, Pence – anyone else? Inside the presidential retreat to inspect classified documents
After former Vice President Mike Pence’s lawyers discovered a “small number of classified documents” at his Indiana home at the end of the Trump-Pence administration, people across Washington were wondering whether other former officials might be hiding classified contraband from their time in office .
Experts say The Independent’Andrew Feinberg that Joe Biden is unlikely to face any legal consequences from the document revelations:
Alex WoodwardJanuary 26, 2023 6:00 p.m
Trump ordered the House “Arms” committee to investigate his grievances in the video rant
Trump has demanded that the new House Judiciary Subcommittee focus its investigative work on a series of his long-running complaints and often told lies about investigations into his conduct.
In a video posted on his Truth Social platform on Wednesday, Mr Trump called the new commission, which will be chaired by Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio, a “rare opportunity to expose the breathtaking corruption of the security state, the media and the Washington swamp”. .
He then launched into a list of “questions” the panel was “hopefully … asking.”
Alex WoodwardJanuary 26, 2023 5:45 p.m
Former Trump DHS official Ken Cuccinelli testifies to DC grand jury
A federal grand jury is questioning former Homeland Security official Ken Cuccinello as federal prosecutors investigate attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election as part of an investigation led by special counsel Jack Smith.
“Yes,” Mr. Cuccinelli told CNN when asked if he was there to testify to the grand jury. He told reporters that he did not know what he would testify about.
Mr. Cuccunilli was among the Trump-era officials who also testified before a House select committee investigating the attack on the US Capitol.
Alex WoodwardJanuary 26, 2023 5:30 p.m
The House Oversight Committee plans to interview an archives official about the Biden documents
The new Republican-controlled House Oversight Committee has scheduled a transcribed interview with Gary Stern, general counsel for the National Archives, according to Politico.
Republican congressman and oversight chairman James Comer requested the interview, scheduled for Jan. 31 at 2 p.m., in a letter that also requested documents and communications between the archives agency and the White House, Justice Department and Joe Biden’s lawyers regarding classified files discovered at the president’s associate think tank in Washington.
The Treasury Department, meanwhile, rejected the same committee’s initial request for suspicious activity reports for Hunter Biden and other Biden family associates and their associated companies, according to CNN. The cabinet agency asked the committee for a more specific requirement.
Alex WoodwardJanuary 26, 2023 5:15 p.m
77 Democrats are asking Biden to end the Trump-era Title 42 border policy
U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senators Cory Booker and Bob Menendez led a group of more than 70 Democratic lawmakers who demanded Joe Biden rescind a Trump-era policy that blocked people seeking asylum from the U.S.-Mexico border in in accordance with the public health order.
“While we welcome the creation of new legal pathways for Cubans, Haitians and Nicaraguans modeled after existing parole programs for Venezuelans, it is disappointing that these pathways come at the expense of the legal right to seek asylum at the southern border,” they wrote. he added, noting that the right to seek asylum “is enshrined in domestic and international law”.
“Instead of issuing a new asylum transit ban and expanding Title 42, we encourage your administration to stand by your commitment to restore and protect the rights of asylum seekers and refugees,” the lawmakers wrote to Mr. Biden.
The Title 42 order “bypasses domestic law and international law,” they wrote, citing research by human rights groups that found thousands of violent attacks on people seeking asylum who were automatically deported to the Mexican side of the border.
The Biden administration’s recently released plan expands the Trump-era order while restricting entry to migrants from the four affected countries. Up to 30,000 migrants would be accepted under the “parole” program if they had a financial sponsor in the US.
Lawmakers said establishing legal pathways for these migrants was a positive development, but said policies “cannot supersede existing asylum laws.” Requirements for passports, financial support and air travel would leave the most vulnerable behind, they said.
Last month, border officials reported an average of about 7,000 daily encounters with migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, a number that is expected to decline in recent weeks.
The U.S. Supreme Court has temporarily stayed the repeal of Title 42 while courts review a lawsuit filed by Republican officials in 19 states to preserve the policy.
Alex WoodwardJanuary 26, 2023 5:00 p.m
Trump blames ‘radical left’ after DirecTV drops right-wing network from its lineup
Donald Trump erupted after news that DirecTV had dropped the right-wing cable network Newsmax from its programming, a move the former president — who relied on favorable coverage on networks like Newsmax and One America News Network to boost his agenda – called it “disgusting”.
He accused the “radical left” of taking over the “mind and soul” of DirecTV’s parent company AT&T.
The distributor also dropped One American News from its offering last year.
“This is a huge blow to the Republican Party and America itself,” Trump said on his Truth Social account.
“For DIRECTV to drop the very popular NEWSMAX without explanation will not be accepted,” he said. “I, for one, will drop all AT&T and DIRECTV connections, and I have a lot of them. This is just one of the many reasons why we must WIN 2024!!!””
Newsmax still offers a free feed on its website and programming on YouTube. It’s also carried by Roku and other cable operators.
But in the past few years, Newsmax has begun asking providers to change to a model that includes annual license fees, and some smaller carriers are also refusing to carry the network on such terms.
DirecTV said it had hoped to “continue to offer the network,” but the channel’s requests to increase carriage costs would lead to “significantly higher costs that we would have to pass on to our broad customer base,” it said in a statement.
Alex WoodwardJanuary 26, 2023 4:30 p.m
Rick Scott is running for re-election
Republican Sen. Rick Scott of Florida — who chaired the National Republican Senatorial Committee and worked to oust Mitch McConnell from the Senate leadership after the GOP midterms — is running for re-election.
“Our work is not done yet and that is why I am running for re-election,” he said in a statement on his campaign website. “We must save our great state from the destruction wrought by Democrats and continue to work to make Florida the best state to live, work and raise a family in.”
The statement by the senator — among lawmakers who voted to reject the 2020 election results — suggests he is still promoting his “11-Point Plan to Save America,” a controversial GOP agenda that has drawn widespread condemnation for his outrageous tax plans and attacks on LGBT+ people and immigration, among other issues of the so-called culture war.
Alex WoodwardJanuary 26, 2023 4:00 p.m