What to expect January 6 hearings day 5:

CNN — Thursday’s hearing before the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, insurrection turns the panel’s focus toward how former President Donald Trump tried to use the Justice Department to bolster his attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election. Three top officials who led the Justice Department in the final days of the … Read more

Election standoff ends in New Mexico county after false fraud claims threw primary certification into question

CNN — The majority of a county commission in a rural swath of New Mexico on Friday voted to certify the results of the June 7 primary, ending a standoff with state officials that had set off national alarms about potential election subversion. The Otero County Commission voted 2-1, with one of the central figures … Read more

Couy Griffin: New Mexico county commissioner who refuses to certify recent election results sentenced for role in January 6 attack

CNN — Couy Griffin, a New Mexico county commissioner, ardent election-fraud conspiracy theorist and founder of “Cowboys for Trump,” avoided more jail time on Friday for his role in the January 6, 2021, US Capitol attack. He was sentenced to 14 days with time served, fined $3,000 and given one year supervised release with the … Read more

Takeaways from Monday’s January 6 hearing

CNN  —  The House committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol detailed Monday how those around then-President Donald Trump told him he lost the 2020 election – but he refused to listen, turning instead to his attorney Rudy Giuliani to embrace false claims that the election was stolen. The hearing Monday … Read more

Kremlin critic Bill Browder recounts escaping a Russian plot against him

One of the most prominent critics of President Vladimir Putin says he narrowly escaped a plot against him by Russian operatives at a previous summit of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. US-born financier and rights activist Bill Browder told CNBC’s Geoff Cutmore at Davos that in January of 2020, “I got a phone … Read more

Guatemala attorney general’s reappointment raises alarm | Courts News

Guatemala City – Guatemala’s controversial attorney general has started a second term, but Maria Consuelo Porras’ last-minute reappointment this week has sparked widespread condemnation and new sanctions amid alarm over backsliding on the rule of law. President Alejandro Giammattei speaks in Porras for another four-year period on Monday, despite critics who accuse her of playing … Read more

Fact check: Jody Hice, running to oversee Georgia elections, makes yet more false 2020 claims

Washington CNN — At a Monday debate between the Republican candidates for Georgia secretary of state, incumbent Brad Raffensperger said his leading opponent, US Rep. Jody Hice, “he has just not been honest for the last 18 months, and he has been spreading misinformation, disinformation.” Factcheck: true. Hice, who has been endorsed by former President … Read more

Kemp and Perdue clash over 2020 election results at Georgia GOP governor’s debate

atlanta CNN — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and former Sen. David Perdue clashed over the results of the 2020 election during the state’s GOP governor’s debate Sunday night, blaming each other for Democratic gains in the last election cycle. It marked the first primary debate between Perdue, whose most prominent supporter is former President Donald … Read more

Takeaways from Friday’s January 6-focused hearing on the bid to disqualify Marjorie Taylor Greene

CNN — The hearing Friday on the longshot bid to remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from the ballot forced the far-right lawmaker to confront some of the incendiary rhetoric she’s used in the past, even as she vehemently denied that she encouraged the violent January 6 attack on the Capitol. The activists challenging her congressional … Read more

DOJ accuses 2 in California of $144 million Covid testing fraud

Signage is seen at the United States Department of Justice headquarters in Washington, DC, August 29, 2020. Andrew Kelly | Reuters The US Department of Justice on Wednesday announced criminal charges against two people in California in a scheme that allegedly made $144 million in false and fraudulent health claims to federal programs for unnecessary … Read more