Trump blames Pence for Jan 6 violence – latest

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Donald Trump declared that his former vice president Mike Pence is to blame for violence at the US Capitol on January 6 because he didn’t back efforts to overturn the 2020 election results.

Mr Trump launched his latest attack on Mr Pence while travelling to a rally in Iowa on Monday, saying: “Had he sent the votes back to the legislatures, they wouldn’t have had a problem with January 6, so in many ways you can blame him for January 6.”

It came two days after Mr Pence took a shot at his former boss at the Gridiron Dinner in Washington DC over the weekend, saying “history will hold Donald Trump accountable” for the Capitol riot.

Mr Trump also laid into his likely 2024 rival Ron DeSantis at the Iowa rally, calling him “sanctimonious” and comparing him to Mitt Romney.

And the mercurial tycoon hit out at the New York state investigation into hush money payments made to adult film star Stormy Daniels during the 2016 presidential election, having earlier on Monday declined an invitation to testify before the grand jury.

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Trump blames Pence for January 6 violence

Donald Trump attacked his former vice president while traveling to an Iowa campaign event on Monday, saying that Mike Pence can be blamed in “many ways” for the January 6 riots at the US Capitol.

“Had he sent the votes back to the legislatures, they wouldn’t have had a problem with January 6, so in many ways you can blame him for January 6,” the former president told reporters on his private plane.

Pointing to the former vice-president’s refusal to outlaw the electoral college votes in Congress as sought by him, Mr Trump said: “Had he sent them back to Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona, the states, I believe, number one, you would have a different outcome. But I also believe you wouldn’t have had ‘January 6’ as we call it.”

This comes just two days after Mr Pence took an aim at his former boss and said that he knows history will hold Mr Trump accountable over the January 6 insurrection, amping up the tussle between them as they prepare to battle over the Republican nomination in next year’s election.

The Independent’s Arpan Rai has more:

Megan Sheets14 March 2023 10:19

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Trump issues scathing attack at DeSantis, says he regrets endorsement

Donald Trump went even further on his warpath against Ron DeSantis on Monday, according to Politico, which reports that the former president trashed the governor to a small group of reporters during a flight to Iowa in preparation for a campaign rally.

“He was dead as a dog, he was a dead politician. He would have been working perhaps for a law firm or doing something else,” the ex-president reportedly said on Monday.

He was then asked if he regretted endorsing Mr DeSantis in 2022, and responded: “Yeah maybe, this guy was dead. He was dead as a doornail…I might say that.”

John Bowden14 March 2023 10:15

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Trump reveals a spatter of mini campaign videos

Donald Trump went on the offensive against Florida Gov Ron DeSantis on Monday with a new video in which the former president, talking directly to camera, denies that people are moving to Florida out of any love for the governor or his policies.

It was an odd line of attack that seemed to reveal Mr Trump’s own worries about his likely 2024 rival’s ability to run on the success of his term in office.

John Bowden14 March 2023 09:15

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Donald Trump’s lawyer says he has ‘no plans’ to testify in Stormy Daniels hush money probe

Donald Trump will not testify before a grand jury investigating the hush money payments made to adult film star Stormy Daniels during the 2016 presidential election, according to his attorney.

Joe Tacopina told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Monday that Mr Trump has “no plans” to participate in the probe – as possible criminal charges against the former president loom.

“We have no plans on participating in that proceeding,” he said.

“Decision needs to be made still. There’s been no deadline set, so we’ll wait and see.”

John Bowden14 March 2023 08:15

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Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen insists he’s not seeking ‘revenge’ before testifying in hush money probe

Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen is set to testify before a grand jury in Manhattan looking into the hush money payments he made on behalf of Mr Trump.

Mr Cohen is set to testify regarding Mr Trump’s involvement in payments made during the 2016 campaign to women who alleged he had had affairs with them.

“My goal is to tell the truth,” he told the assembled press outside the courthouse, according to the Associated Press.

“This is not revenge,” he added. “This is all about accountability. He needs to be held accountable for his dirty deeds.”

Gustaf Kilander has more:

John Bowden14 March 2023 07:15

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Justice Department shoots down claims that Tucker Carlson footage of QAnon Shaman exonerates Jan 6 rioters

Federal prosecutors have shot down any suggestion that footage aired on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News programme has in any way exonerated the so-called QAnon Shaman who joined a mob that stormed the halls of the US Capitol on January 6.

Jacob Chansley was sentenced to 41 months in prison after he was convicted of a felony count of obstructing an official proceeding before Congress. An attorney for another rioter charged with seditious conspiracy argued in court filings that the footage showing Chansley interacting with officers directing him to leave the building was “exculpatory”.

“Chansley was not some passive, chaperoned observer of events for the roughly hour that he was unlawfully inside the Capitol,” prosecutors replied.

“He was part of the initial breach of the building; he confronted law enforcement for roughly 30 minutes just outside the Senate Chamber; he gained access to the gallery of the Senate along with other members of the mob … and he gained access to and later left the Senate floor only after law enforcement was able to arrive en masse to remove him,” they continued.

John Bowden14 March 2023 06:15

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Trump blamed over Silicon Valley Bank collapse

Critics looking to assign blame for the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank have found possible culprits in Donald Trump and Republican senators.

Though little known outside of Silicon Valley, the SVB was the leading lender to tech firms and startups before it crumbled on Friday.

SVB announced on Wednesday that it had sold a number of securities at a loss, and that it planned to sell $2.25bn in new shares to help right its balance sheet.

John Bowden14 March 2023 05:15

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Mitch McConnell discharged from the hospital

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was discharged from the hospital on Monday after suffering a fall and a concussion. He is set to return to the Senate in the coming days, after returning from inpatient physical therapy.

The top-ranking Senate Republican also suffered a fractured rib, according to his office’s statement Monday afternoon.

Donald Trump is a long-running critic of the GOP Senate leader, who whipped his caucus against supporting Mr Trump’s objections to the certification of the 2020 election. But the former president has wished his rival a speedy recovery.

John Bowden14 March 2023 04:15

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Trump attacks testimony of Michael Cohen

Donald Trump issued a furious response on Monday when asked by reporters about his former fixer, Michael Cohen, testifying to a New York grand jury about a hush payment he made to Stormy Daniels on Mr Trump’s behalf in 2016.

“ He’s a sick person. He’s a convicted felon. He’s a convicted liar. Lied before Congress said the greatest things about me too, by the way, you know, then all of a sudden one day he went crazy because he wanted to make a deal for him,” said Mr Trump, according to CBS News.

Mr Cohen is set to testify to the grand jury again on Tuesday after spending three hours behind closed doors offering his take on Monday.

John Bowden14 March 2023 03:16

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Mike Pence says ‘history will hold Trump accountable’

Mike Pence said he knows history will hold Donald Trump accountable over the Jan 6 insurrection and also made jokes at the expense of his former boss about the secret documents found at Mar-a-Lago.

The former vice president and Trump loyalist’s comments are some of the harshest he has made about the one-time president.

“President Trump was wrong,” he said at the event attended by politicians and journalists.

“I had no right to overturn the election. And his reckless words endangered my family and everyone at the Capitol that day, and I know history will hold Donald Trump accountable.

John Bowden14 March 2023 02:15

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