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Federal Judge Once Again Reminds Trump He’s a Loser Ex-President

In her 39-page ruling issued on Tuesday, which was the second time she shot down Trump’s request, Chutkan wrote that as a former president, he has exactly zero power to overrule the actual president on issues of executive privilege (Joe Biden has said on two separate occasions that the January 6 committee could access the records it requested). “Presidents are not kings, and Plaintiff is not President,” Chutkan said, a line that no doubt stung considering Trump clearly views himself as king of the world.

In related news, on Wednesday, CNN reported that the House select committee has become interested in gathering information from five former members of Mike Pence’s inner circle, including former national security adviser Keith Kellogg, who was subpoenaed by the committee on Tuesday and was reportedly with Trump for much of the day on January 6. And apparently at least some of the ex-V.P.’s advisers are more than willing to spill:

Multiple sources tell CNN that some individuals close to Pence may be willing, either voluntarily or under the guise of a “friendly subpoena,” to provide critical information on how Trump and his allies tried to pressure the former vice president to overturn the results of the 2020 election. According to sources familiar with the discussions, some Pence aides are proving more willing to engage with the committee than previously made public.

On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that the January 6 committee has interviewed more than 150 witnesses, “some of whom surprised investigators by proactively contacting the committee to testify, according to two people familiar with the investigation.”

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