10 things you need to know today: April 6, 2023

Trump calls for cutting DOJ, FBI funding, Pence decides not to appeal judge's order to testify in special counsel's Trump investigation, and more

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1. Trump calls for 'defunding' FBI, Justice Department

Former President Donald Trump, facing criminal charges in Manhattan and potential indictments elsewhere, on Wednesday called for congressional Republicans to slash funding for the FBI and the Justice Department. "REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS SHOULD DEFUND THE DOJ AND FBI UNTIL THEY COME TO THEIR SENSES," Trump posted on his social media platform, Truth Social. Trump pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to felony charges of falsifying business records to cover up a $130,000 hush payment to porn actress Stormy Daniels. Trump was allegedly buying her silence to keep her claim they had an affair from damaging his 2016 presidential campaign. Trump's proposal would mark a reversal for Republicans, who in recent years have blasted left-wing calls to "defund" local police departments.

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Harold Maass is a contributing editor at The Week. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 debut of the U.S. print edition and served as editor of TheWeek.com when it launched in 2008. Harold started his career as a newspaper reporter in South Florida and Haiti. He has previously worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, ABC News and Fox News, and for several years wrote a daily roundup of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance.