Trump news today: Jan 6 texts ‘wiped’ from Pentagon officials’ phones, court

Trump ‘refused to call off attack’ on Capitol during Jan 6 riots, US representative says

Text messages received and sent on the day of January 6 attack on the Capitol last year were “wiped” from government-issued phones of senior defense officials in the Trump administration, according to court documents.

The Pentagon wiped phones belonging to officials such as ex-acting defence secretary Chris Miller, ex-army secretary Ryan McCarthy, and Mr Miller’s former chief of staff, Kashyap Patel, after they turned them in upon their resignations on 20 January.

“That when an employee separates from [Department of Defense] or Army he or she turns in the government-issued phone, and the phone is wiped,” the document said.

Meanwhile, MrTrump’s endorsement of “Eric” for the Republican primary election for a US Senate seat to replace retiring Senator Roy Blunt has caused a stir among the party members.

There are two GOP front-runners named Eric in that race – former governor Eric Greitens and state Attorney General Eric Schmitt. Both of them have seemed to assume that they were endorsed by Mr Trump. There is also a third GOP candidate named Eric McElroy on the Republican primary ballot.

Mr Schmitt won the Republican Senate primary on Tuesday.


Sheriff Arpaio tries to become suburban mayor after losses

Joe Arpaio, the 90-year-old former Phoenix metro sheriff who was ousted by voters frustrated with his headline-grabbing tactics and legal troubles, is attempting another political comeback as he runs for mayor of the affluent suburb where he has lived more than two decades.

The stakes for Arpaio in Tuesday’s election are far smaller than when he served as the top law enforcement officer for 4 million people as the six-term sheriff of Maricopa County.

Now he is trying to unseat Ginny Dickey, the two-term Democratic mayor of Fountain Hills, a Republican-heavy community of about 24,000 on the edge of Phoenix.


Killing of al-Qaeda leader Biden’s ‘Bin Laden moment’ says Fox News host

Fox News host Bret Baier called the killing of Al-Qaeda’s top leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in Afghanistan, President Joe Biden’s “Bin Laden moment.”

Mr Baier told viewers of the right-wing news channel that the drone strike that killed the terror boss was a “major, major get” for the country moments after news of it broke on Monday.


Judd Deere joins Sarah Sanders campaign

A former White House spokesman whose testimony was broadcast before a House committee investigating the U.S. Capitol riot is joining Sarah Sanders’ campaign for Arkansas governor.

Sanders’ campaign on Tuesday announced Judd Deere will serve as its communications director. Deere was among several senior staff hires announced.

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