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The longtime partner of late Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick said Monday that former President Trump "needs to be in prison" for his role in the deadly Jan. 6 riot.

Why it matters: Ahead of the one-year anniversary of the riot, Sandra Garza told "PBS NewsHour" that she holds Trump "100% responsible" for her partner's death.

  • Sicknick suffered two strokes and died of natural causes after clashing with rioters during the Jan. 6 attack, according to Washington, D.C.'s chief medical examiner.
  • Garza also reiterated that Congress should hold the former president accountable for the riot, adding that "if they don't stand up and say enough is enough, it is just going to continue."

What they're saying: "Clearly he doesn't support law enforcement," Garza told host Judy Woodruff about Trump.

  • The former president "watched for hours law enforcement being pummeled and beaten, attacked, and he did nothing," she added.
  • "Donald Trump has been playing these legal wrangling games for decades. He knows how to skirt the system. ... He knows how to play these games to get around things and avoid jail and prison time."

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Jan 11, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Judge questions Trump immunity claims in Capitol riot lawsuits

Former President Trump speaks during an October rally in Des Moines, Iowa. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

A federal judge on Monday challenged former President Donald Trump's claims of "absolute immunity" from three lawsuits related to the U.S. Capitol riot, per Law360.

Why it matters: U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta in Washington, D.C., is for the first time considering Trump's defense that claims against him "directly contravene the absolute immunity conveyed on the President by the Constitution as a key principle of separation of powers."

Trump to elevate election deniers at Arizona rally

Donald Trump. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Former President Donald Trump announced guest speakers today for his Saturday rally in Arizona, and most of them share a common trait: they led efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

Why this matters: Trump, who remains the most powerful figure in the Republican Party, is making his false claims about the 2020 election the centerpiece of the GOP platform.

Trump calls McConnell a "loser" before hanging up on NPR host

Photos: Saul Loeb, Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Trump abruptly cut short an interview with NPR on Tuesday after being pressed about his false, baseless claims of election fraud in 2020 and lambasting Republicans who have spoken out against them.

Why it matters: The interview once again highlights the extent to which Trump is willing to turn against members of his own party if they do not back his unsupported claims.

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