Biden news latest: President to hold news conference, as Trump lawyers subpoenaed

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Psaki dismisses criticism of Biden’s voting rights remarks, calls it ‘hilarious’

The White House is planning a Wednesday press conference for Joe Biden to promote his administration’s efforts to combat the Omicron surge and the greater availability of home testing kits.

The president will also announce a plan to distribute hundreds of millions of N95 masks for free to Americans, according to Politico.

The masks will reportedly come from the federal government’s stockpile of 737 million N95 masks in the Strategic National Stockpile, which have been sourced from 12 domestic manufacturers.

Last week Mr Biden acknowledged that for some Americans getting hold of high-quality masks was “not always affordable or convenient.”

Meanwhile, the House committee investigating the January 6 insurrection of the US Capitol has subpoenaed and obtained records of phone numbers linked to Eric Trump and Kimberly Guilfoyle, Donald Trump Jr’s fiancee, according to CNN.

It comes as additional subpoenas have been issued on Tuesday to other members of Donald Trump’s inner circle, including Rudy Giuliani, Jenna Ellis, Sidney Powell, and Boris Epshteyn.

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Could Biden be about to bounce back?

Joe Biden’s poor approval ratings have sent many in his party into a state of abject gloom, with his numbers now approaching Trumpian lows. But as Politico’s Jack Shafer sees it, the president might be in for a comeback.

“This isn’t to suggest that Biden is about to become so popular that they’re going to break ground for his presidential memorial next week,” he writes. “But there’s most of a year before the 2022 elections, and nearly three years before Americans vote for president again — and two big things have sorted themselves out over the last couple of weeks that could play to the president’s political advantage over the long haul.”

Andrew Naughtie19 January 2022 09:12

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US website for free at-home Covid-19 tests launches

The Biden administration has launched a website for Americans to order free at-home Covid-19 tests.

More than a million visitors were ordering the tests at one point on Tuesday evening. The launch went ahead earlier than announced, with President Biden’s press secretary saying that the site had begun taking orders during a “beta testing phase”.

The White House is also expected to announce on Wednesday that it is making 400 million N95 masks available for free at community health centres and pharmacies.

Holly Bancroft19 January 2022 08:51

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Jan 6 panel to obtain records Trump tried to conceal

Four pages of White House records that Donald Trump has tried to shield from the 6 January House select committee by asserting privilege could soon be released.

Trump’s request to block the handover of these records among others is still pending at the Supreme Court

Arpan Rai has more details.

Shweta Sharma19 January 2022 08:08

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Eric Trump and Kimberly Guilfoyle’s phone records subpoenaed

The House committee investigating the 6 January insurrection at the US Capitol has subpoenaed and obtained records of phone numbers linked to Eric Trump and American television personality Kimberly Guilfoyle, who is also the fiancee of Donald Trump Jr, according to a report.

Both were part of the rally at Ellipse and addressed a crowd before the mob stormed the Capitol.

Read Shweta Sharma’s detailed report here:

Shweta Sharma19 January 2022 08:00

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DeSantis could be ‘far more dangerous’ than Trump

Ron DeSantis would be “far more dangerous” than Donald Trump as the leader of the MAGA wing of the party, former US Republican lawmaker David Jolly says.

In an interview with MSNBC on Tuesday, Mr Jolly described relations between Mr Trump and Mr DeSantis as “icy” as speculation continues of a widening rift between the two Republican politicians.

“No one learned better at the knee of Donald Trump than Ron DeSantis, but no one in American politics has more successfully used Donald Trump than Ron DeSantis — and I mean used almost in a personal way,” said Mr Jolly.

“Ron DeSantis was an early spokesperson for Trump on Fox News, not because he supported Trump, but because he wanted to be the frontrunner for the governorship.”

He also accused the Florida governor of using Mr Trump “to get to Tallahassee”.

“Ron DeSantis is far more dangerous than Donald Trump because he’s more savvy, he’s more coy, and he doesn’t have the pitfalls that Donald Trump does,” Mr Jolly said.

Shweta Sharma19 January 2022 07:30

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New York AG ‘uncovered significant evidence’ of Trump Organization fraud

New York attorney general Letitia James filed a motion on Tuesday in a bid to compel former president Donald Trump and his two children to testify, citing “significant evidence” of fraud.

“For more than two years, the Trump Organization has used delay tactics and litigation in an attempt to thwart a legitimate investigation into its financial dealings,” said Ms James.

“Thus far in our investigation, we have uncovered significant evidence that suggests Donald J Trump and the Trump Organization falsely and fraudulently valued multiple assets and misrepresented those values to financial institutions for economic benefit.”

She said the former president must comply with lawful subpoenas for documents and testimony because “no one in this country can pick and choose if and how the law applies to them.”

The statement noted that the evidence has been found that the Trump Organization intentionally used wrong property valuations “to obtain a host of economic benefits, including loans, insurance coverage, and tax deductions.”

Shweta Sharma19 January 2022 06:45

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Giuliani and ‘Kraken’ lawyer among four Trump allies subpoenaed

The House select committee investigating the 6 January insurrection has issued subpoenas to ex-New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, attorney Sidney Powell, and two other attorneys involved in ex-president Donald Trump’s push to overturn 2020 election results with nonsensical legal claims.

Mr Giuliani and Ms Powell are already facing the permanent loss of their law licences for their involvement in former president Donald Trump’s push to overturn the 2020 election

Read The Independent’s Andrew Feinberg detailed report.

Shweta Sharma19 January 2022 05:32

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What time is President Joe Biden’s press conference?

Scheduled for 4pm ET on Wednesday, this is Mr Biden’s first press conference of 2022 and will occur on the eve of the anniversary of his inauguration.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki made the announcement on Friday, saying: “The president looks forward to speaking directly to the American people.”

Graeme Massie19 January 2022 03:01

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Trump-DeSantis feud continues as Florida governor scorches ex-president on Covid

Florida Gov Ron DeSantis returned fire in his ongoing feud with ex-President Donald Trump in a podcast interview recorded last week and released over the weekend.

Speaking with the Ruthless podcast, Mr DeSantis hit Mr Trump on the issue of Covid-19 lockdowns in response to Mr Trump’s criticism of politicians who refuse to support vaccinations and do not share their own vaccine status.

“I was probably the first governor in January of 2020 to call for travel restrictions from China. I supported President Trump when he did that,” Mr DeSantis said. “But we have to take a step back and acknowledge that those travel restrictions just didn’t work.”

Mr Trump touted that travel restriction as recently as Saturday during a rally with supporters in Arizona, where he did not mention the Florida governor.

The two men are considered to be among the most likely contenders for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.

John Bowden19 January 2022 02:00

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Candidate running for governor in New York begs for leniency for rioter

A New York state sheriff who is running for the Republican Party’s nomination in the state’s 2022 gubernatorial race is asking for leniency from a judge set to sentence his friend for his role in the attack on the US Capitol.

According to prosecutors, William Tryon was told explicitly by officers as the attack unfolded that entry into the Capitol was not allowed, only to enter the building when law enforcement was overwhelmed.

Sheriff Michael Carpinelli wrote to a judge before 71-year-old Mr Tryon was sentenced last week to 50 days in jail, asking for leniency for his “good friend”, who he said had good intentions clouded by poor judgement. The letter came in on official letterhead from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office according to CBS News.

John Bowden19 January 2022 01:30

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