A former White House aide testified about former President Donald Trump's furious outbursts as rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Fifty people are dead after being found in an abandoned trailer in Texas. And a 101-year-old Nazi concentration camp guard was sentenced to prison.
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Former White House aide offers explosive testimony on Jan. 6 attack
Trump knew there was an armed mob at his "Stop the Steal" rally on Jan. 6, 2021, and he directed that mob to the U.S. Capitol, according to the explosive testimony of former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson. Hutchinson's role gave her a close-up view of the events on Jan. 6, and she testified about what she heard from others during that time, including Trump's growing fury during his final days as president. Told he wasn't going to the Capitol following his rally on Jan. 6, Trump, sitting in the back of his SUV, reached forward and tried to grab the steering wheel. He later lunged at his security chief in an apparent attempt to choke him. "I'm the f---ing president. Take me to the Capitol now," Trump said, according to Hutchinson. More details from Hutchinson's testimony.
What happened today?
Trump's Jan. 6 speech: There was genuine concern in the White House over the 25th Amendment being invoked and removing Trump as president, which was part of how Trump was convinced to give a speech.
Trump threw his lunch. Furious after Attorney General Bill Barr announced in December 2020 that he found no evidence of widespread voter fraud, Trump threw his lunch against the wall, according to Hutchinson.
Witnesses sitting for depositions for the Jan. 6 committee have received calls from former colleagues advising them about how they should testify before the committee, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., said, adding that the practice raises "very serious concerns."
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Death toll rises to 51 after abandoned trailer found in Texas
At least 51 people are dead and several others remained hospitalized Tuesday after an abandoned tractor-trailer that was part of a suspected human smuggling operation was found in San Antonio, Texas, amid sweltering heat. Forty-six bodies initially were found in the trailer Monday and 16 people were hospitalized, authorities said. By Tuesday afternoon, the death toll had risen to 51. The passengers of the truck were suffering from heat stroke and heat exhaustion, San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said. There were no signs of water or working air conditioning in the truck. Keep reading.
Judge hands down 20 years in prison for Ghislaine Maxwell
Ghislaine Maxwell, the jet-setting socialite who once consorted with royals, presidents and billionaires, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse underage girls. The sentencing in New York was the culmination of a prosecution that detailed how the power couple flaunted their riches and prominent connections to lure vulnerable girls as young as 14, and then exploit them. Prosecutors said Epstein, who killed himself in 2019 while awaiting trial, sexually abused children hundreds of times, and couldn't have done so without the help of Maxwell, his longtime companion and onetime girlfriend. Keep reading.
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101-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard jailed
A 101-year-old man believed to be a former concentration camp guard was convicted by a German court of being an accessory to 3,518 counts of murder. The man, identified only as Josef S., was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison, according to The New York Times. He's believed to be the oldest living person to be tried on charges from the Holocaust era. Josef S. denied working as an SS guard at the camp and aiding and abetting the murder of thousands of prisoners. Keep reading.
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