Eric Trump claims Putin could tell Donald Trump was ‘a very strong person’
Former president Donald Trump began his day with a bizarre phone interview on Fox Business in the course of which he referred to Vladimir Putin’s nuclear threats as “the n-word”, dismissed climate change as “a thing called weather”, and insisted he would continue running on the supposed theft of the 2020 election despite the host’s suggestion it could hurt the Republicans at the polls.
His excitable morning comes after an event over the weekend, Mr Trump appeared to promise a return to the White House. “With the support of everyone in this room, we will take back the House, we will take back the Senate and we will take back our country,” he said at the “American Freedom Tour” in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. “And then most importantly in 2024, we are going to take back our beautiful White House”.
Following his remarks, Congresswoman Liz Cheney warned that the ex-president could face criminal penalties over the 6 January riot, telling NBC that her select committee is considering whether to recommend criminal punishment for the “kind of supreme dereliction of duty that you saw with President Trump”.
Pro-Trump Senate hopeful Mo Brooks says he will ‘fire’ Mitch McConnell if he’s elected
Alabama US Rep Mo Brooks, who is in a three-way primary for the Republican nomination to replace retiring Senator Richard Shelby, accused Mitch McConnell of being a “weak-kneed, debt junkie” in a new campaign advert.
His ad arrives just days after Trump said he might withdraw his endorsement of Brooks, who said the former president is in “a war for the heart and soul of the Republican Party” against the GOP Senate leader.
The Independent’s Bevan Hurley has more on the Senate hopeful’s attempts to bring Trump back in his favour and the GOP’s battle over insufficient deference to the ex-president.
Alex Woodward21 March 2022 20:28
Ketanji Brown Jackson vows transparency and to serve ‘without fear or favour’
Ketanji Brown Jackson closed the first day of her confirmation hearings with a pledge to remain transparent and serve without “fear or favour” if she is confirmed as the 116th US Supreme Court justice.
“If I am confirmed, I commit to you that I will work productively to support and defend the Constitution, and this grand experiment of American democracy that has endured over these past 246 years,” she said at the opening of her remarks.
“I evaluate the facts and I interpret and apply the law to the facts of the case before me without fear or favour consistent my judicial oath,” she said.
More follows from The Independent’s Eric Garcia in Washington:
Alex Woodward21 March 2022 20:02
Montana airport calls police on Ted Cruz after he misses check-in window
After Senator Ted Cruz missed his flight out of the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport on Sunday, a clip of his interaction with airport staff and police who had to step in went viral after the clip was shared on Reddit.
The Independent’s Gustaf Kilander has more:
Alex Woodward21 March 2022 19:45
Is Trump even using his new social media platform?
On Trump’s Twitter clone Truth Social (on which this reporter is still waiting to be able to create an account), the former president doesn’t appear to have posted anything since it launched last month, according to pollster Frank Luntz:
Alex Woodward21 March 2022 19:30
Trump has more campaign cash than both parties combined
Trump’s Save America PAC has more than $110m cash on hand, according to FEC filings.
That’s more than both the national Republican and Democratic party committees, combined.
Kenneth Vogel with The New York Times reports:
Alex Woodward21 March 2022 19:15
Breaking news: Biden warns US companies of ‘evolving intelligence’ indicating potential Russian cyberattack
The White House is urging US companies to beef up their cybersecurity efforts amid what it calls “evolving intelligence” indicating that Russia is considering the possibility of directing cyberattacks against the US.
Alex Woodward21 March 2022 19:08
Meanwhile, in the Senate…
Opening remarks are underway in the hearings for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, and several of the Judiciary Committee’s GOP members have used their time mainly to complain about Brett Kavanaugh’s hearings in 2018, when the now-justice was accused of sexual assault.
Here, Ted Cruz offers Ms Brown Jackson a reassurance that she won’t be treated similarly “frivolously”, though his version of events is rather different than that many others recall.
Andrew Naughtie21 March 2022 18:50
Chris Christie: Trump’s remarks about Putin are ‘dangerous’
Chris Christie – who tells Fox News he could announce a decision by the end of the year about whether to run in 2024 – condemned Trump’s remarks referring to Putin as “genius” and “savvy” in a speech in New Hampshire.
“Do we want to send admiring words to someone [Putin] who as we speak this morning is directing the slaughter of women and children in the Ukraine without any conscience?” he said, according to Fox News.
Trump’s “remarks are dangerous,” he told the network. “They’re not just wrong, they’re dangerous.”
Alex Woodward21 March 2022 18:29
Trouble in Missouri as GOP candidate accused of serious domestic abuse
Eric Greitens, a former Missouri governor now running for the GOP nomination in the state’s US Senate race, has been accused of extremely serious domestic abuse by his ex-wife.
In a sworn affadavit filed as part of a child custody case, Sheena Greitens alleges that her ex-husband threatened to destroy her reputation and meted out physical and psychological abuse to both her and their children, including their 3-year-old son.
She also claims that his behaviour was so alarming that “multiple people” besides her “were worried enough to intervene to limit Eric’s access to firearms”.
Andrew Naughtie21 March 2022 18:20
Marjorie Taylor Greene wants you to know she doesn’t support Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
Georgia Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has come under fire recently for espousing a litany of controversial and false remarks about the current conflict, took to her Twitter account Monday to share a video posted by Time magazine back in January that explains how the Azov battalion, a white supremacist militia in Ukraine, uses Facebook to recruit new members.
“We should be asking many questions about who is receiving funding and weapons from America before blindly sending it,” Ms Greene writes in her caption of the video.
This tweet came after Sunday night, when the Republican representative took to her Twitter account to again engage in spreading false narratives about Ukraine, including one that mirrors Russian propaganda about the de-Nazification of Ukraine.
“We should not spend billions of American’s hard earned tax dollars on lethal aid to be given to possible Nazi militias that are torturing innocent people, especially children and women,” Ms Greene’s tweet reads.
Andrew Naughtie21 March 2022 17:50