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Former president Donald Trump speaks to supporters before addressing the Road to Majority conference Friday in Nashville. (Mark Humphrey/AP)
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Today, former president Donald Trump attacked the Jan. 6 hearings, accusing the House select committee investigating the 2021 attack on the Capitol of presenting a “phony narrative,” while repeating his false claims that he won the 2020 election, during an address to a conservative political advocacy group.

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In lengthy remarks, Trump lashed out at the committee, Democrats and even his own former aides and allies, particularly former vice president Mike Pence and former attorney general William P. Barr. “Mike did not have the courage to act,” Trump said Friday at a Faith and Freedom Coalition event in Nashville. Barr, he added, did not support his efforts because he was afraid of being impeached.

The committee’s hearings have focused on Trump’s efforts to convince Pence and Barr to help him stay in office and refuse the results of the 2020 election. Trump, seeking to discredit the committee, accused its members of doctoring video to “create an impression that’s the exact opposite of the truth.”

Meanwhile, President Biden headed to the beach Friday after having announced climate-related initiatives, including steps to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas industry, as part of a virtual forum with other nations. On Thursday, he made headlines on the economy in a rare sit-down interview with the Associated Press, insisting that a recession is “not inevitable” but acknowledging that Americans are “really down” after coping with the far-reaching consequences of the coronavirus pandemic and a long stretch of economic uncertainty punctuated by inflation and high gas prices.

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  • 8:30 a.m. Eastern: Biden hosted the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate from the White House. Watch here.
  • 11 a.m. Eastern: Biden departed the White House en route to Rehoboth Beach, Del.
  • 1:30 p.m. Eastern: Former president Donald Trump addressed the Faith and Freedom Conference in Nashville Watch live here.

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