Arizona and Nevada are two of the most closely divided battleground states, and both are home to several competitive races ahead of the November 8 midterm elections that will serve as a test of Trump’s popularity among the general electorate. He endorsed more than 200 candidates, most of whom won their GOP primaries, in an effort to maintain his grip on the Republican Party before a potential 2024 presidential bid.
Trump will speak in Minden, Nevada, on Saturday night alongside candidates such as Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, who is running in the gubernatorial race, and former state Attorney General Adam Laxalt, the GOP nominee in the US Senate race. On Sunday, he will travel to Mesa, Arizona, to rally behind Kari Lake in the gubernatorial race and Blake Masters in the Senate race.
The rallies come amid several ongoing investigations into Trump’s conduct and businesses. The House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, riot—when a mob of Trump supporters violently protested at the US Capitol building in a failed attempt at forcing Congress to block President Joe Biden’s electoral win—is set to hold a hearing this week. Several other investigations continue to make slow progress, as well.
January 6 Committee to Hold Hearing This Week
The January 6 committee is set to hold its first hearing in weeks on Thursday, October 13 at 1 pm ET. The committee held a series of public hearings over the summer, in which key witnesses close to the Trump administration tested about the events surrounding Trump’s alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
The committee did not specify what the anticipated hearing would focus on, but the hearing is expected to feature new information. The committee has questioned Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, last week. She faced scrutiny over a series of texts she sent to Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows, apparently urging him to prevent Biden from becoming president.
Past hearings were seen as a political loss for Trump, as several bombshell revelations—including that Trump approved of “Hang Mike Pence” chants—were made. Trump also saw his poll numbers flounder amid the hearings.
The committee rescheduled the hearing from its original late-September date due to Hurricane Ian.
Trump Asks Supreme Court to Intervene in Classified Documents Probe
Trump is also facing investigation from the Department of Justice (DOJ) into whether he improperly stored classified documents, potentially including information related to national security, at his Florida Mar-a-Lago residence. The FBI raided the property on August 8, seizing 20 boxes allegedly containing the classified information.
Trump requested on Tuesday for the conservative-led US Supreme Court to intervene to ensure that the documents would be reviewed by special master Raymond Dearie to determine if they are protected by special or attorney-client privilege.
Legal expert Laurence Tribe predicted on Thursday the DOJ appeared to be taking a step toward indicting Trump for not turning over classified documents. Legal experts, however, told Newsweek last week that it remains unlikely the FBI would arrest Trump before the midterms.
Trump has maintained his innocence and has said he declassified the documents when he removed them from the White House.
Trump Businesses Face New York Lawsuit
Trump’s latest legal woe came from New York, where Attorney General Letitia James sued him last month. James accused him and three of his children of knowingly filing misleading valuations of properties, as well as inflating his net worth.
James has referred the case to prosecutors, as well as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). However, if they decline to pick up the case, he would only face civil penalties, including paying restitution to New York State. Trump has also maintained his innocence in this investigation.
James, at the end of September, moved to expedite the lawsuit to set a trial date before the end of 2023, according to ABC News.
Georgia Investigators Request Gingrich, Flynn Testimony
Georgia’s Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is also investigating whether Trump’s phone call in which he asked Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” votes to tilt the election in his favor violated state election laws. Willis on Friday requested testimony from former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Michael Flynn, who served as Trump’s national security adviser.
Willis wrote in court filings that Gingrich and Flynn said they had “unique knowledge” of the “coordinated effort by multiple states to affect the results of the November 2020 election in Georgia and elsewhere,” according to Georgia Law News.
Newsweek reached out to Trump’s office for comment.
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