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Trump supporters raise US$5.7M for Arizona election audit

Groups connected to prominent supporters of former U.S. President Donald Trump's movement to cast doubt on the 2020 election results have raised more than US$5.7 million for Arizona Republicans' election audit, according to figures released late Wednesday.

In this May 17, 2021, file photo Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone and other elected officials from Maricopa County refute allegations of irregularities with the county's handling of the 2020 election, during a news conference in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Jonathan J. Cooper, File)

U.S. Capitol police testimony blunts GOP's law-and-order message

The Republican Party's self-portrayal as champions of law and order is colliding with searing testimony from police officers themselves. Officers on Tuesday described in vivid, personal terms the terror of defending the U.S. Capitol from violent insurrectionists inspired by then-president Donald Trump on Jan. 6.

Washington Metropolitan Police Department officer Michael Fanone, right hugs U.S. Capitol Police Sgt. Harry Dunn after a House select committee hearing on the Jan. 6 attack on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 27, 2021. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool via AP)

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This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, orange, emerging from the surface of cells, green, cultured in the lab. (NIAID-RML via AP)