The Guardian view on investigating 6 January: the truth about the storming of the Capitol

The attitude of Republican politicians to the committee shows exactly why it is needed The investigation into the deadly insurrection of 6 January is not one but two processes. The first is an attempt to discover the truth about those events: not only what happened, but who, beyond the members of the mob, was responsible […]

Firm leading Arizona audit received millions from Trump supporters

Cyber Ninjas received $5.7m in donations, including $3.25m from the CEO of Overstock, who said the 2020 election was ‘rigged’ The firm leading a widely criticized, Republican-backed audit of election ballots in Arizona has received $5.7m in donations, the majority from supporters of Donald Trump, it revealed on Wednesday. Cyber Ninjas, a Florida-based company with […]

The Republican backlash in Joe Biden’s America

It might seem like a post-Trump world, but in red states across the US his most hardline supporters are setting the political agenda. How much power do they have to shape the country’s future, even with a Democrat in the White House? To a casual observer, Joe Biden’s victory in the last US presidential election, […]

Trump officials can testify to Congress about his role in Capitol attack, DoJ says

Move declines to assert executive privilege for then acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen, clearing path for others to testify Former Trump administration officials can testify to Congress about Donald Trump’s role in the deadly January attack on the Capitol and his efforts to subvert the results of the 2020 election, the justice department (DoJ) has […]

Pelosi puts anti-Trump Republican Kinzinger on US Capitol attack panel

Speaker asks Illinois representative to join Liz Cheney Minority leader withdrew support after Trump allies rejected I Alone Can Fix It: Leonnig and Rucker on Trump bestseller The speaker of the US House, Nancy Pelosi, has appointed a second anti-Trump Republican to the select committee which will investigate the deadly 6 January assault on the […]

Arizona secretary of state tells Trump before election lie rally: get over it

Democrat Katie Hobbs says ‘this is nothing more than being a sore loser’ as ex-president heads to Phoenix for event Could sham election audit rebound on Arizona Republicans? Arizona’s secretary of state had a message for Donald Trump before he appeared in Phoenix on Saturday: “Take your loss and accept it and move on.” Related: […]

‘Openly neglected by an obscene administration’: Sean Penn criticises Trump’s handling of pandemic

Premiering new film Flag Day in Cannes, director and actor likens former president’s approach to ‘someone with a machine gun gunning down communities that were most vulnerable’ Sean Penn has criticised Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, likening the former president’s approach to someone opening fire on vulnerable communities. Speaking at a press conference […]

Rupert Murdoch approved Fox News Arizona call that signaled Trump defeat, book says

Loss of Arizona signalled Donald Trump’s 2020 election defeat Murdoch reportedly said: ‘Fuck him’ US politics – live coverage On election night last year Rupert Murdoch reportedly gave his son Lachlan permission for Fox News to call Arizona for Joe Biden, a decision that signalled Donald Trump’s defeat, with “a signature grunt” and a pithy […]

Trump says he will sue social media giants over ‘censorship’

The former president announced a class action lawsuit against Facebook, Twitter and Google claiming anti-conservative bias Donald Trump, the former US president, held a rambling press conference on Wednesday to announce legal action against Facebook, Twitter and Google, accusing the tech giants of censoring conservative voices. Related: Trump filing class-action lawsuit against Facebook, Twitter and […]

Will Trump’s big tech lawsuits succeed? Experts say chances are slim

Legal scholars suggest former president’s complaint may bring the attention he craves but doesn’t present a serious legal argument Donald Trump may have filed lawsuits against Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, claiming he and other conservatives have been censored – but legal scholars say his case is likely doomed to fail. The former president was suspended […]

Pentagon cancels $10bn Jedi contract with Microsoft after Amazon challenge

Amazon suggested Pentagon’s 2019 decision on cloud-computing project was result of ‘improper pressure from Trump’ The US defense department (DoD) has canceled its $10bn Jedi cloud-computing project, pulling the Trump-era award to Microsoft Corp and announcing a new contract that pits the big software firm against rival Amazon.com. The contract awarded by the Pentagon in […]

Republicans’ effort to deny the Capitol attack is working – and it’s dangerous

Six months on, as politicians and the rightwing media downplay the attack or shift the blame, fears of a replay grow It has been described as America’s darkest day since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. But whereas 9/11 is solemnly memorialised in stone, a concerted effort is under way to airbrush the US […]

Corruption allegations increase pressure on Bolsonaro

Reports claim Brazilian president, already accused of mishandling Covid, was involved in embezzlement scheme The Brazilian president has come under further pressure after being personally implicated in an alleged corruption racket involving the supposed misappropriation of his workforce’s wages. Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right populist who admires Donald Trump, took office in January 2019 vowing to […]

The new circus comes to town: fiery support for Donald Trump at rain-soaked Florida rally

Fireworks, a Trump impersonator and undying belief in the former president at his second rally after leaving office Their trust in Trump remains unshaken. Supporters of Donald Trump, the former US president, gathered in their thousands at a rain-soaked rally in Florida on Saturday unmoved by criminal charges against his business. Continue reading…

Donald Trump stages Florida rally, decrying New York charges

Rally billed as Fourth of July celebration featuring fireworks and expected to draw several thousand in state Trump won in 2020 Nightmare Scenario: Trump, Covid and lasting national trauma Donald Trump is set to return to the campaign stage, if not the campaign trail, on Saturday with a rally in Sarasota, Florida. Related: The Trump […]

Trump exposed as prosecutors make first move in high-stakes chess game

The charges against Allen Weisselberg might seem small fry, but the threat to those higher up the food chain is mounting Michael Cohen sounded giddy on the latest episode of his podcast, Mea Culpa. Allen Weisselberg, a key lieutenant to Donald Trump, Cohen’s former boss, was about to be charged alongside Trump’s company with tax […]

Trump Organization tax-crime charges: what it all means

The charges against the company and Allen Weisselberg seem small in scope – but experts say this could be just the beginning After three years of investigations by New York’s top prosecutors against Donald Trump, many people in his circle and the sprawling Trump Organization business empire, it is perhaps no surprise to see charges […]

California saw staggering rise in hate crimes against Asians in 2020

Anti-Asian crimes more than doubled while hate crimes against Black people increased by 87%, state reports reveal Hate crimes against Asians in California more than doubled in 2020, as part of an overall 31% surge in hate-based crimes, according to a pair of new reports by California’s attorney general. The increase in anti-Asian crimes was […]

US must guarantee it will not leave nuclear deal again, says Iran

Tehran’s insistence signals that issue is still a serious obstacle after three months of talks in Vienna A US guarantee that it will never unilaterally leave the Iran nuclear deal again is vital to a successful conclusion of talks in Vienna on the terms of Washington’s return to the agreement, the Iranian ambassador to the […]

Trump Organization financial chief to be charged by New York prosecutors – report

Allen Weisselberg failed to report perks, prosecutors allege More charges expected amid financial fraud investigation One of Donald Trump’s key aides is expected to be charged on Thursday with failing to properly report company perks, including rent-free apartments and cars, in the latest stage of an escalating battle between New York prosecutors and the former […]

Jill Biden makes cover of Vogue after Melania Trump was snubbed

First lady says Joe Biden proving ‘a calmer president’ than Donald Trump in interview In an interview accompanying her appearance on the cover of Vogue as first lady, Dr Jill Biden said her husband was proving “a calmer president” than Donald Trump. Related: Kamala Harris and why politicians can’t resist Vogue (though it always ends […]

Obama says Trump violated ‘core tenet’ of democracy with election ‘hooey’ – live

Former president condemns Donald Trump’s election lies White House spokeswoman says Biden wants Miami investigation Bill Barr calls Donald Trump’s election fraud claims ‘bullshit’ Revealed: far-right group includes military officers and politicians 10.34pm BST Gabrielle Canon in San Francisco, Dani Anguiano in Portland and agencies report: Seattle, Portland and other cities in the Pacific north-west […]

If only Stonehenge were of use in the culture wars, then it might be protected | Catherine Bennett

The government likes heritage when it helps in a fight. Otherwise, it just doesn’t care Thankfully, as the prime minister once reminded us, “there are international conventions in place that prevent the destruction of cultural heritage”. At specific risk (from Donald Trump’s threats) at the time were 52 of Iran’s major cultural sites, 24 of […]

Donald Trump returns to campaign trail with rally targeting Ohio Republican

As New York legal troubles mount, ex-president hints at 2024 run and targets those who voted for impeachment The Constitution of Knowledge: defending truth from Trump Donald Trump was set to return to the campaign trail with a rally in Ohio on Saturday night, campaigning against a Republican who voted for his impeachment and trailing […]

The rogue department: how the Trump DoJ trashed legal and political norms

New investigations will examine the scale of wrongdoing – and experts say there could be more revelations of abuse to come Donald Trump never did much to hide his dangerous belief that the US justice department and the attorneys general who helmed it should serve as his own personal lawyers and follow his political orders, […]

The sycophantic inner circle egging on Trump – and fueling his big lie

Despite audit after audit, the CEO of MyPillow, a state senator and a rightwing TV host remain convinced of election fraud On 7 November 2020, after several days of vote-counting, Donald Trump lost the US presidential election. More than 60 unsuccessful lawsuits and one insurrection later, Trump has still lost the election, but the former […]

Michael Avenatti: prosecutors seek long prison sentence for corrupt lawyer

• Lawyer tried to extort millions of dollars from Nike • Avenatti represented Stormy Daniels against Donald Trump Prosecutors have urged a judge to impose a “very substantial” prison sentence on Michael Avenatti for trying to extort millions of dollars from the sports giant Nike. Prosecutors noted in a Manhattan federal court submission on Wednesday […]

Pelosi: ‘beyond belief’ that Trump DoJ chiefs didn’t know of secret subpoenas

House speaker says reported seizure of Democrats’ private phone data undermined ‘rule of law’ The House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, said on Sunday it was “beyond belief” that the three top justice department officials of Donald Trump’s administration had been unaware of secret subpoenas seeking private data from the former president’s political opponents. Jeff Sessions, Trump’s […]

The Guardian view on the Covid lab-leak theory: act on what we know | Editorial

This pandemic’s precise origins may never be certain. We must address both zoonotic transmission risks and lab security When something goes terribly wrong, it is human instinct to look for the human hand – perhaps to reassure ourselves that life is not wholly beyond our control. As the flu pandemic reached the US just over […]

Joe Biden’s mission at the G7 summit: to recruit allies for the next cold war | Rafael Behr

The US risks being superseded by China as the prime global power within decades. For Washington, the idea is appalling Joe Biden crosses the Atlantic this week on a tide of goodwill. After four years of Donald Trump, European leaders are grateful for the mere fact of a US president who believes in democracy and […]