On the upcoming US elections and Jan. 6

Obama reportedly warns Biden over strength of Trump 2024 challenge

By Martin Pengelly
Aug. 2, 2023

Barack Obama has reportedly warned Joe Biden about how strong a challenge Donald Trump will be in their second election battle in 2024, should Trump win the Republican nomination next year as expected.

Polling now shows Trump and Biden closely matched for a second presidential contest.

At a private White House lunch with Biden in June, Obama also “promised to do all he could to help the president get re-elected”, the Washington Post reported. Citing two sources familiar with the meeting, the Post said Biden welcomed the offer of help from the man under whom he was vice-president between 2009 and 2017.

Biden, the newspaper said, “is eager to lock down promises of help from top Democrats, among whom Obama is easily the biggest star, for what is likely to be a hard-fought re-election race”.

Trump faces unprecedented legal jeopardy including 78 criminal charges, over hush-money payments, retention of classified information and his attempt to overturn Biden’s election victory in 2020.

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Ex-Capitol Police Chief Sounds Alarm That Jan. 6 Was ‘Cover-Up’

By Anna Skinner
Aug. 3, 2023

A leaked interview between ex-Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund and former Fox News host Tucker Carlson revealed that Sund believed officials were aware of the January 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection before it happened and covered it up.

Right-wing news company The National Pulse leaked the interview, which was never aired by Fox. The previously unseen footage came after former president Donald Trump was saddled with four criminal charges regarding his alleged involvement in the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. An indictment released on Tuesday said that Trump “was determined to remain in power” following his 2020 election loss to President Joe Biden. He has been charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States; conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding; obstruction of and attempt to obstruct an official proceeding; and conspiracy against rights.

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Trump continues to deny any wrongdoing.

The actions, or lack thereof, taken by the government leading up to the January 6, 2021, riot led Sund to believe that intelligence officials in power were aware of the attack in advance and covered it up by failing to disseminate the information to those who needed it. After facing mounting pressure from Congress and the union representing the Capitol Police, Sund resigned from his position shortly after the riot.

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