In the news today: A jury slammed organizers of a violent 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville over $25 million in damages. The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection has released a new set of subpoenas, this time against far-right leaders of the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, and other groups that participated in the attack on the U.S. Capitol. And it turns out that, while Donald Trump continues to fight investigations of alleged financial fraud in New York, it’s the Republican National Committee paying Donald Trump’s six-figure legal bills.
Why is the Republican Party paying to defend Trump from fraud charges alleged to have happened before he ever became a candidate, in an investigation taking place after he’s already left office? It may have something to do with the Trump team’s systemic purge of anyone in party leadership who was not a gaudily sycophantic suck-up … or it might just be one big grift, all the way down.
Here’s some of what you may have missed: