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    Prosecutors identified these people in the Senate chamber during the Capitol riot as Eric Munchel and his mom, Lisa Eisenhart. Win McNamee/Getty Images A lawyer for Eric Munchel, who stormed the Capitol, said he did it because Trump told him to. Munchel became known after photos showed him carrying plastic handcuffs while in the building. He is among the more than 240 people charged with crimes surrounding the January 6 riot. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A lawyer for the "zip-tie guy" who stormed the Capitol said her client participated in the January 6 insurrection only because then-President Donald Trump said the election was rigged. In a court filing Wednesday, the attorney, Sandra Roland, argued that Eric Munchel — who attended the riot with his mom, Lisa Eisenhart — should be released from jail ahead of his trial. Roland cited the House of Representatives impeachment memo, pointing...
    ▶ Watch Video: More details from investigation into assault on U.S. Capitol America watched as hordes of rioters broke into the U.S. Capitol on January 6 — crushing through windows, pressing up stairways, and sending both lawmakers and law enforcement running for their lives. The flood of protesters who streamed into the Capitol that day left federal authorities with an equally immense task: finding and charging those responsible. Last month, acting U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin said, “The scope and scale of this investigation in these cases are really unprecedented, not only in FBI history but probably DOJ history.” So far, federal prosecutors say they’ve charged at least 211 people for their alleged roles in the riot and opened over 400 investigations into possible criminals. As law enforcement continues to round up alleged attackers, here’s what CBS News has learned about the people who were arrested: How many have been charged?...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former President Donald Trump's second Senate impeachment trial (all times local): 2:20 p.m. Democrats are arguing that former President Donald Trump “built” the mob that attacked the Capitol. Prosecutors at Trump’s impeachment trial on Wednesday said Trump fired up his supporters with lies about a stolen election and followed up with an invitation to a Jan. 6 rally near the White House. House impeachment manager Eric Swalwell detailed how Trump announced the rally on Twitter, writing on Dec. 19: “Big protest in D.C. on January 6th. Be there, will be wild!” Swalwell said Jan. 6 was Trump’s “last chance to stop a peaceful transition of power.” Swalwell said Trump’s tweet wasn’t a “casual, one-off reference or a single invitation.” Swalwell said for the next 18 days, he reminded his supporters ”over and over and over” to show up. Swalwell said, “This was never about...
    More than half of the people facing charges for participating in the Jan. 6 Capitol Riot with available public records have faced serious financial woes, according to an analysis. More than 200 people have been arrested for participating in the Capitol Riot, which caused five deaths and temporarily delayed the certification of President Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory, according to USA Today. In the wake of the insurrection, the focus of Congress, the White House and the media has been on addressing online misinformation and QAnon, but this new analysis shows there might be another dimension. Of the 200 arrests, the Washington Post was able to analyze the financial records of 125 people. Nearly 60% of those people, about 75, faced financial difficulties, including bankruptcy and eviction, according to that analysis. NEW: The majority of the people arrested for Capitol riot had a history of financial trouble -$37,000 lien for...
    Senator Ted Cruz has slammed Democrats as 'hypocrites' for their second impeachment push against Donald Trump, claiming they 'cheered on BLM and Antifa' while accusing Trump of inciting the fatal riot at the U.S. Capitol.  'The president's language at times is a little over heated. But if you look at the language he used, saying things like 'fight', saying things like 'go retake our country', if that is now incitement then we better prepare a long line to indict every candidate for office, anyone who's ever run,' Cruz said in an interview on Tuesday with Fox News host Sean Hannity. 'The president was careful to say that the protesters should be peaceful,' claimed Cruz, a Texas Republican, speaking after the first day of Trump's impeachment trial in the Senate.  He said that anyone who attacked police or engaged in violence during the January 6 riot should be harshly prosecuted, but...
    One of Donald Trump's impeachment attorneys has slammed House Democrats for presenting a 'spliced and manufactured' video as their first piece of evidence in the Senate trial on a charge of incitement to insurrection. Attorney David Schoen was reacting to the first piece of evidence presented by House impeachment managers on Tuesday, a 14-minute video which inter-cut footage of the January 6 U.S. Capitol riot with Trump's speech earlier that day urging his supporters to 'fight'.  'It's very easy to stand up and show spliced and manufactured films. Literally the Democrats, the House managers, hired a large movie company and a large law firm to put together this thing,' Schoen said in an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity. 'It's a matter of tricking the American people, to play as if the rioting was going on in real time with the speech,' he added. 'What's the purpose of that?...
    CNN host Jake Tapper said on Tuesday that he believes the current state of the Senate, amid the ongoing impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, would be the same even if former Vice President Mike Pence was killed in the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol. Tapper was hosting CNN’s special coverage of Trump’s second impeachment trial, alongside Dana Bash and Abby Phillip, when he made the comment. (RELATED: Congresswoman Says Capitol Riot Reminded Her Of Being Nearly Killed By Jonestown Cult) Bash began the topic by giving her analysis on the House impeachment managers’ presentation to the Senate and how it was intended to remind the senators of their experiences during the attack. She pointed out that even though they are jurors, “they are also witnesses and they are also victims.” She then said, “Hard to imagine even the Republicans, who are looking for a political out...
    Democratic Rhode Island Rep. David Cicilline said Tuesday that former President Donald Trump’s tweet after the Capitol riot “chills me to the core.” “Now virtually every American who saw those events unfold on television was absolutely horrified by the events of January 6th. But we also know how President Trump himself felt about the attack. He told us,” Cicilline said. (RELATED: Trump Tells Mob Storming Capitol That Election Was Stolen, But They Should Go Home Peacefully) Cicilline read one of Trump’s now-deleted tweets from Jan 6., where the former president said the Capitol riot was in response to alleged election fraud and told people to “go home with love & peace.” “Every time I read that tweet, it chills me to the core. The president of the United States sided with the insurrectionists. He celebrated their cause,” Cicilline said. “He validated their attack. He told them, ‘remember this day forever,’...
    FARMINGDALE, Long Island (WABC) -- A Long Island man who prosecutors say celebrated the storming of the U.S. Capitol by smoking a joint in the rotunda has been arrested.Greg Rubenacker was arrested at his Farmingdale home and appeared in federal court in New York on Tuesday to face disorderly conduct and other charges filed in Washington.He will be released on $50,000 bond.ALSO READ | Trump's 2nd impeachment trial opens with jarring video of Capitol siege Prosecutors said evidence including a video showing Rubenacker smoking what appeared to be a marijuana cigarette and saying, "Smoke out the Capitol, baby."They said the video was one of several selfies he posted on Snapchat about his participation in the siege.Rubenacker is among the scores of protesters arrested after the January. 6 riot, including many like him who are accused of making no effort to hide their identities and instead chronicled their exploits on social...
    NEW YORK (AP) — A Long Island man who prosecutors say celebrated the storming of the U.S. Capitol by smoking a joint in the rotunda has been arrested. Greg Rubenacker was waiting to appear in federal court in New York on Tuesday to face disorderly conduct and other charges filed in Washington. Prosecutors said evidence including a video showing Rubenacker smoking what appeared to be a marijuana cigarette and saying, “Smoke out the Capitol, baby.” They said the video was one of several selfies he posted on Snapchat about his participation in the siege. Rubenacker is among the scores of protesters arrested after the Jan. 6 riot, including many like him who are accused of making no effort to hide their identities and instead chronicled their exploits on social media. A message was left with his attorney on Tuesday seeking comment. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This...
    (CNN)Lead House impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin on Tuesday delivered a tearful account of his experience during last month's US Capitol insurrection, charging that the deadly episode "cannot be the future of America."Addressing lawmakers during former President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial, Raskin explained that his younger daughter, Tabitha, and son-in-law, Hank -- the husband of Raskin's oldest daughter -- had accompanied him to Capitol Hill to witness the counting of electoral votes on January 6.Just a day earlier, Raskin's family had buried his 25-year-old son, Tommy. Raskin recalled that Tabitha and Hank had asked him if it would be safe, and he said he had told them, "Of course it should be safe; this is the Capitol." The Maryland Democrat then choked up as he talked being separated from the pair as the pro-Trump mob breached the Capitol complex and spurred hours of chaos. "I couldn't get out there...
    In a brief filed on Monday, Donald Trump’s defense attorneys claimed that the real estate mogul was “horrified” by the violence that broke out at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. As noted by The Washington Post, the brief pushed back on claims that Trump failed to take the necessary actions to quell the riot and argued that he took “immediate steps” to take control of the situation. The lawyers also underlined that Trump called for peace after hearing of the violence at the historic American building. Elsewhere, The Seattle Times noted that the filing contradicts other reports of Trump’s actions amid the riot. According to the publication, the claims in the filing are tantamount to “revisionist history” and contradict the real timeline of events on January 6 — as well as the accounts of people who claimed the real estate mogul was initially pleased by the day’s events. “Some...
    (CNN)Marjorie Taylor Greene has this all figured out. "If the #Jan6 organizers were Trump supporters, then why did they attack us while we were objecting to electoral college votes for Joe Biden?" the Georgia Republican House member tweeted on Tuesday morning, hours before former President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial was set to start. "The attack RUINED our objection that we spent weeks preparing for, which devastated our efforts on behalf of Trump and his voters."Huh?This is wrong -- on two main fronts. Let's go through them.1) The January 6 rally in Washington, DC, which led to the insurrection at the US Capitol, was expressly organized by those who -- like Trump -- believed the 2020 election was somehow stolen. The reason that January 6 was chosen as the date for the rally because that was the day that Congress was set to affirm the Electoral College votes from all...
    Defense lawyers for several people accused of breaking the law during the January 6 Capitol riot are telling courts their clients should not be found guilty or punished severely because they were acting after being inspired by President Donald Trump. The left-wing Mother Jones magazine has highlighted twelve such cases — which will almost certainly be cited by House impeachment managers this week as they attempt to prove their case that Trump is guilty of “incitement” in the riot. Many of the accused cite the fact that Trump invited protesters to come to Washington, DC, or to march to the Capitol. Jacob Chasney, for example, told NBC News previously “that he drove to Washington, D.C. as a part of a group effort, with other ‘patriots’ from Arizona, at the request of the President that all ‘patriots’ come to D.C. on January 6, 2021.” There do not seem to be any examples, however,...
    Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) received criticism over the weekend when she showed support for the rioters inside a St. Louis jail. “Inmates at the City Justice Center​ broke windows, started fires and tossed debris onto the sidewalk for hours beginning early Saturday morning after a prisoner and a guard got into a scuffle,” the New York Post reported Sunday. In a tweet posted Saturday, Bush quoted Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., writing, “‘A riot is the language of the unheard.’ – Dr. MLK Jr.” “I want to talk to my constituents in the window,” she continued. “Their lives and their rights must be protected. My team and I are working to ensure that the urgent needs of people who are incarcerated are not ignored”: “A riot is the language of the unheard.” – Dr. MLK Jr. I want to talk to my constituents in the window. Their lives and their...
    Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) said former President Donald Trump’s tweet sent out during the riot on Capitol Hill on January 6 was enough evidence to convict Trump of incitement. In a tweet that has been deleted, Trump wrote, “Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!” Murphy said, “So he incited people to go fight like hell, then he said something different, and as they were attacking the Capitol, he had a chance, right, as the insurrection was beginning, to tell them to stand down. I was in the Senate chamber literally as those rioters were outside our doors. While we were being locked down in the Senate chamber, instead of...
    Warning: the above video contains offensive language. New video unearthed from the Parler archives of the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol shows Jacob Chansley, also known as Jake Angeli or the “QAnon Shaman,” bragging during the aftermath of the deadly riot about former President Donald Trump having “won the f***ing day” because “Donald Trump is still our president” and he felt that they had succeeded in “sending a message” to former Vice President Mike Pence. The video first aired on CNN Newsroom with Pamela Brown on Saturday, showing an unknown videographer asking Chansley about what had happened inside the Capitol building. Anchor Pamela Brown introduced the video by saying that “it underscores how some of the rioters were taking cues directly from Trump.” “What was your message to everybody now, like, what are you yelling at?” the videographer asked Chansley. “Donald Trump asked everybody to go home,” Chansley said. “He just said, he just put...
    Ethan Nordean is seen in an image embedded in court documents filed by the U.S. Department of Justice. Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to hold admitted Proud Boys member Ethan Nordean, also known as “Rufio Panman,” in jail without bond on charges that he played a role in a Jan. 6th siege on the U.S. Capitol Complex.  Nordean poses a “serious risk of flight,” prosecutors said in a memorandum in support of pretrial detention filed Friday, Feb. 5. “[T]here are no conditions, or combination of conditions, which would ensure Defendant’s presence at trial or the safety of the community if he is released,” prosecutors told a Washington, D.C. federal judge. They argued that Nordean’s association with the Proud Boys makes him different from other defendants. “Whereas some of these rioters traveled to Washington, D.C., individually, a number of extremist and militia groups coordinated together to gather in Washington, expressing...
    Rep. Nancy Mace spoke with the Daily Caller News Foundation’s Samantha Renck about arguments she had this week with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, why she thinks it’s important the truth is heard and more. “I guess earlier this week on Wednesday I saw a news report that was describing Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez’s experience,” Mace said. “When I read it, I knew immediately that some of the information presented was inaccurate.” “One of the things that Newsweek had intimated and said was that rioters were basically here [in the Cannon Building], like there was that imminent danger when you read the article,” she said. “That just wasn’t the case.” (RELATED: Hear A Congresswoman Describe The Capitol Riot From Inside The Evacuation) Mace, a South Carolina Republican, also discussed tweets Ocasio-Cortez posted accusing her of minimizing people’s experiences. “We should never ever, you know, accuse someone whose been a victim of trauma of exaggerating...
    BOSTON (AP) — A New Hampshire man who admitted to storming the U.S. Capitol last month and chugging wine that he found in a lawmaker’s office now faces federal charges. Jason Riddle is charged with knowingly entering a restricted building, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, and theft of government property, according to a criminal complaint filed Friday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. While inside the building he found a liquor cabinet inside a lawmaker’s office and helped himself to some wine. Attempts to reach Riddle on Saturday were unsuccessful, and it was unclear if he was represented by an attorney. On Friday, Riddle told The Keene Sentinel that he was unaware of the charges but knew he might face prosecution and plans to turn himself in when contacted by law enforcement. (© Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be...
    Newly surfaced video shows Trump crony Roger Stone being flanked by members of far-right group Oath Keepers on Jan. 6 - including one man who was cited as being a part of the Capitol riots.  The video is a part of the evidence being used by the House impeachment managers to determine whether there are links between the former president and those who stormed the building in Washington D.C., last month.  'So, hopefully we have this today, right?'' a man - who goes by the Black Conservative Preacher on social media - can be heard asking Stone at the Willard InterContinental hotel, just blocks from the White House. Stone responds: 'We shall see.'   Scroll down for video  The video was captured by the Black Conservative Preacher and is part of the evidence used by Congressional investigators Posing with fans for photos after that moment, Stone takes a photo...
              Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio who pondered several unanswered questions surrounding the riots on Capitol Hill on January sixth and questioned why there were not any questions into why standard command and control protocols in place. Leahy: We are joined as we almost always are at 6:30 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday by our good friend, the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael. Good morning Crom. Carmichael: Good morning Michael. Leahy: Now just to your left… Carmichael: Yes. Leahy: Is a beautiful, delicious birthday cake for The Tennessee Star made by our good friends at Puffy Muffin. It is a red velvet cake. Carmichael: Oooh. Leahy:...
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has slammed critics who accuse her of exaggerating her experiences in the riot at the U.S. Capitol, saying they are 'minimizing the experiences of survivors.' Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, appeared on CBS This Morning on Friday to defend her account of the January 6 riot and slam those who suggested she's making a 'mountain out of a molehill'. The controversy has spanned the week, after Ocasio-Cortez described her stark terror and fear of death in an Instagram Live video on Monday, while critics, including Republicans in the House, pointed out that she was in an office complex during the attack, not the Capitol building itself. 'You know, so many survivors fear being publicly doubted. But the fact of the matter is, is that the account is accurate,' she said in the interview. 'And you know, when it comes to minimizing the experiences of survivors, that is extremely...
    Rep Dean Phillips, D-Minn., told fellow Democrats on Thursday that it took last month’s riot at the Capitol for him to truly understand what "privilege" means. Democrats, led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., held an hour-long session and shared their personal experiences of the Jan. 6 riot. No Republican joined the meeting. Phillips said at one point during the incident, he considered moving to the Republican side of the chamber to blend in and hopefully be spared by the mob. OCASIO-CORTEZ CAMPAIGN URGES SUPPORTERS TO REPORT CRITICS TO TWITTER AND FACEBOOK "But within moments, I realized that blending in was not an option available to my colleagues of color," he said, growing emotional. "So I’m here tonight, to say to my brothers and sisters in Congress and all around our country, I’m sorry. I’m sorry. For I have never understood—really understood what privilege really means. It took a violent mob of insurrectionists...
    Bank of America searched through customer transactions to target people who may have been involved in the Capitol riot and handed information over to federal authorities, according to a new report. At the request of federal investigators, the bank identified 211 customers who fit the profile after making purchases in the D.C. area or spending money on flights or accomation in the days around the violent riot, Fox News' Tucker Carlson claimed on Thursday. Carlson reported that one person identified by their transactions was taken in for questioning but was found to have no links to the event, as he accused the bank of spying on its customers and sharing their private information without their knowledge. He also accused the bank of treating its customers 'like a member of Al Qaeda' for handing over the information. Carlson later accused the left of 'creating extremists like they did in Iraq' as...
    Rep. Dean PhillipsDean PhillipsLawmakers say they are 'targets,' ask to boost security Marjorie Taylor Greene expressed support on Facebook for violence against Democrats Democrats poised to impeach Trump again MORE (D-Minn.) gave an emotional address on the House floor Thursday evening, saying he had not fully understood privilege until the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Addressing the House, Phillips recounted the events of Jan. 6, recalling that lawmakers had looked for objects to defend themselves when the Capitol was breached and realized “a pencil is about all we had.” “But I'm not here this evening to seek sympathy or just to tell my story [but] rather to make a public apology,” said Phillips. “For recognizing that we were sitting ducks in this room as the chamber was about to be breached. I screamed to my colleagues to follow me, to follow me across the aisle to the Republican side of the...
    More On: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez AOC, GOP lawmaker and office neighbor trade barbs over Capitol riot AOC faces blowback over riot ‘trauma,’ as she wasn’t in Capitol building during siege Noxious Nancy’s cynical timing: Devine Rep. Katie Porter recounts AOC’s terrifying Capitol riot experience One would be forgiven for forgetting that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a nationally prominent elected official with the most powerful social media platform in the country — because for much of the online-addled and increasingly millennial-driven media, she’s regarded more like a friend in constant need of a sympathetic ear and a helping hand. Perhaps AOC did genuinely fear for her life during the Capitol riot on January 6, but since when are a politician’s purported “fears” mindlessly validated by journalists, instead of probed for factual and logical accuracy? For one thing, there is no evidence that any of the scatterbrained MAGA rioters ever entered the...
    Alexandria Ocasio Cortez on Thursday got into a bitter Twitter spat with Republican Rep. Nancy Mace who she accused of 'minimizing the terror' of the C by pointing out their office building was never actually breached by the mob on January 6 as she fended off claims she'd lied about the experience.  AOC has spoken repeatedly said she feared for her life on January 6 when rioters took over the Capitol. Both she and Mace were in their offices in the Cannon Building - which is 0.3 miles from the Capitol. It was not breached but it was evacuated by SWAT teams.  AOC, in a 90-minute video on Monday night on where she also revealed she had once been sexually assaulted, described seeing a Capitol cop enter her office unannounced, yelling 'where is she?'  She was hiding in the bathroom and thought he was there to hurt her, she said.  Even after...
    Donald Trump has resigned from the Screen Actors Guild ahead of a disciplinary meeting over his membership in the wake of the Capitol riot.  In a letter obtained by Fox News the former president writes 'who cares' at the union's threat to expel him before listing off his on screen credits including on Home Alone 2, Zoolander and on The Apprentice.  Trump, who holds a pension with the Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, wrote: 'I write to you today regarding the so-called Disciplinary Committee hearing aimed at revoking my union membership. Who cares!' The letter, addressed to SAG President Gabrielle Carteris, goes on: 'While I'm not familiar with your work, I'm very proud of my work on movies such as Home Alone 2, Zoolander and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps; and television shows including The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Saturday Night Live, and of course, one of...
    The Justice Department has issued an 'urgent plea' for help from prosecutors across the United States amid 'a significant influx of cases' following the Capitol riot.  In an internal email seen by ABC an official wrote: 'The (office) has an urgent need for assistance with prosecuting hundreds of criminal cases. 'Based on the importance and immediacy of the need, we ask each United States Attorney to consider whether he or she can offer critical assistance to the (office in Washington).'  The email, sent last week, said anyone volunteering to help 'may serve from their home districts or in the District of Columbia' in a reassignment that could last nine months.   More than 170 people have been charged in connection with the January 6 Capitol attack involving suspects from all over the country; the feds have identified at least 400 people they say may have committed crimes at the siege.   One former...
    Snopes declared it was “mostly false” that Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez “exaggerated the danger she was in” during the Capitol riot after critics noted she wasn’t even in the Capitol building during the event. Ocasio-Cortez has repeatedly said she feared for her life during the riot and described her account in detail on live streams. The congresswoman said she hid inside the bathroom in her office during the nearby riot after hearing shouting and banging. Soon after her story came out, though, critics noted that her office is in a different building than the U.S. Capitol. Ocasio-Cortez has an office in the Cannon building, which is down the street from the Capitol. After this revelation, Snopes, a fact-checking website, admitted that it was “true” that “Ocasio-Cortez wasn’t in the main Capitol building where the House and Senate Chambers are located” but declared claims that she exaggerated the danger she was...
    A self proclaimed Hawaii Proud Boys leader and a prominent Texas member both face new conspiracy charges after officials say they planned the Capital riot.  Nicholas DeCarlo, of Burleson, and Nicholas R. Ochs, of Honolulu, were indicted for conspiracy to obstruct Congress on Wednesday following their arrests last month.  The indictment against Ochs, 34, and DeCarlo, 30, said the two men agreed before January 6 to travel to Washington to 'stop, delay and hinder' the certification of President Joe Biden's election victory, the Justice Department said.  The riot led to five deaths, including a Capitol Police officer.    Among other things, the pair stand accused of scrawling 'Murder the media' on a door of the Capitol and stealing a pair of flexible handcuffs that belonged to Capitol police.    If convicted, DeCarlo and Ochs face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, the Justice Department said.  Social media posts by...
    (CNN)Like most Americans, I watched the January 6 Capitol insurrection on television with a tortured mix of horror, disgust and awe. As a former Marine officer, my disgust grew, then eventually boiled over as I noticed that mingling in the throngs of malignant supposed super-patriots and frothing conspiracy junkies were serious-looking guys outfitted in tactical gear, wearing unit patches and insignia that I recognized. David J. MorrisUndoubtedly, I told myself, most of these insurrectionists were merely, as one vet friend put it to me "Navy SEAL cosplayers," and couch potato combat enthusiasts who staged paintball wars on the weekends, but whatever hope I'd had evaporated like a rain puddle in a Laredo parking lot when NPR reported last week that nearly 1 in 5 of the people charged in the insurrection by the FBI were middle-aged military veterans, i.e. guys like me. The attack on the Capitol is an...
    Dear Amy: I saw my next-door neighbor in the footage of the rioters at the Capitol on January 6. Amy Dickinson  After the election in November, this neighbor moved out of his house and back in with his mother, and he got involved in all the “stop the steal” efforts that culminated in him traveling to Washington, D.C., and storming the Capitol. After I showed the footage of him to his (Biden-voting) wife, she told me she’d been texting with him during the day, telling him to stay away, and telling him that it was a federal crime to go inside, etc., but that he’d gone inside, anyway. Later I heard that he was so excited about seeing himself on this video footage that he’s planning to get it made into a photo and have it framed. He’s been my next-door neighbor for nine years. When his tree blew down,...
    Tucker Carlson labelled Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez a 'narcissist' last night after she posted a tearful Instagram about her traumatic experience of the Capitol riot. He accused the 31-year-old Democrat of manipulating voters with a deceitful video targeted at younger generations on social media.  In a live stream on Monday night Ocasio-Cortez described how she was terrified she was going to be killed by Donald Trump supporters storming the Hill on January 6. She also compared those who denied her story to the 'tactics' of abusers, revealing that she was a 'survivor of sexual assault.'  During the riot AOC was in Cannon House - offices which are part of the Capitol complex and not the Capitol Building itself which is around 300 yards away. Carlson commented on her video: 'There she is again. Defender of the common man, yammering on about the only subject she really cares about - herself. 'Wallowing around...
    Some in conservative media have challenged Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) over her claims regarding the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, saying that she was not technically in the actual U.S. Capitol building but in a nearby House office building. RedState and One America News Network (OANN) reporter Jack Posobiec, as well as the Daily Wire, have  published reports stating that Ocasio-Cortez was not actually in the Capitol. While they are technically correct—she was in a nearby office building—Ocasio-Cortez is also correct when she says these reports are misleading, as they are “manipulating the fact that most people don’t know the layout the Capitol complex.” This is the latest manipulative take on the right. They are manipulating the fact that most people don’t know the layout the Capitol complex. We were all on the Capitol complex – the attack wasn’t just on the dome. The bombs Trump supporters...
    (CNN)The Justice Department has exceeded 180 federal criminal cases against rioters and others connected to the US Capitol siege, with prosecutors' latest charges coming against a man seen in videos wearing an "American Supremacist" sweatshirt in the Capitol on January 6.CNN has found that 181 people have been charged in federal court as of Wednesday morning, according to Justice Department announcements and court records.The latest charges, against Dennis Sidorski of northern Virginia, accuse him of four counts related to violent entry into the restricted grounds of the Capitol. He was seen on video, according to a sworn affidavit from investigators, walking through the halls of the Capitol during the riot. CNN has reached out to Sidorski's attorney for comment on the charges.Sidorski's charge -- though notable for his "Supremacist" shirt message -- is emblematic of many of the arrests on low-level charges the Justice Department has made in its nationwide...
    When I found out that an old friend from my former Jewish Haredi community had participated in a violent coup to overthrow the government, I felt pain, anger and despair. But I didn’t feel surprise. For the last five years, I’ve looked on in horror as more and more people from that community have been sucked into the cult of Trumpism. From embracing the tenets of white nationalism to the beatings of two Haredi whistleblowers instigated by the Haredi world’s own little Trump, Heshy Tischler, Trumpism has become an infection within the world I once called home. That infection was raging on Jan. 6, when my friend, who I’m not naming here because the only attention he deserves is from the FBI, joined buses full of Orthodox Jews from New York—including Aaron Mostofsky, the young man in the animal pelt costume seen taking a police officer’s shield and who was...
    (CNN)The mob action that took place at the US Capitol two weeks before the inauguration was a reminder that most White and Black Americans live in different worlds with vastly different realities. Michelle Duster Most White people in America have the privilege to express their anger, to have their humanity recognized and their grievances heard even when they are loud, rowdy or destructive. There is a privilege to being able to scream at police officers and be met with compassion and patience. There is a privilege in feeling free enough to assemble in large numbers armed with assault weapons, to storm federal buildings, crash through windows, roam around a seat of power, take selfies, brandish flags with racist symbols -- and leave unharmed. There is a privilege in being considered an individual making personal choices versus an example of an entire race. This feeling of freedom to take a...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — In legal brief, Trump’s lawyers deny that he incited the Capitol riot and call Senate impeachment trial unconstitutional. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Donald Trump endangered the lives of all members of Congress when he aimed a mob of supporters 'like a loaded cannon' at the U.S. Capitol, House Democrats said Tuesday in making their most detailed case yet for why the former president should be convicted and permanently barred from office. The legal brief forcefully links Trump's efforts to overturn the results of the presidential election to the deadly January 6 riot at the Capitol. It claims the former president bears 'unmistakable' blame for actions that directly threatened the underpinnings of American democracy.  'His conduct endangered the life of every single Member of Congress, jeopardized the peaceful transition of power and line of succession, and compromised our national security,' the Democratic managers of the impeachment case wrote. 'This is precisely the sort of constitutional offense that warrants disqualification from federal office.' The legal brief lays out for the first time the arguments...
    New York Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has tearfully revealed that she is a survivor of sexual assault. Ocasio-Cortez made the revelation during a broadcast on her Instagram Live account as she spoke of her feelings and aftermath of the Capitol riot on January 6th. Around 130,000 followers of the 31-year-old watched the livestream. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was discussing the aftermath of the Capitol insurrection on Instagram Live on Monday night Ocasio-Cortez became emotional as she addressed suggestions by some Republicans that Americans should 'move on' from the attack. 'The reason I'm getting emotional in this moment is because these folks who tell us to move on… these are the same tactics of abusers,' Ocasio-Cortez said. 'And I'm a survivor of sexual assault, I haven't told many people that in my life,' she said as her voice began to break. She explained to her viewers that no matter what kind...
    Donald Trump's impeachment lawyer has said the former president had 'nothing' to do with the Capitol riot as he warned the trial threatened to tear the country apart and damage American democracy. David Schoen, the Atlanta-based lawyer appointed by Trump on Sunday, will defend him next week in his historic second impeachment trial. On Monday Schoen, who previously represented Jeffrey Epstein, insisted that the trial of a former president was 'unconstitutional'. He argued further that Trump was not to blame for the insurrection on January 6, which killed four people including a Capitol Police officer. David Schoen appeared on Fox News on Monday night to discuss the impeachment trial Schoen said that the storming of the Capitol after Trump's January 6 rally was not his fault Trump, pictured leaving Washington on January 20, urged supporters to march to the Capitol At a 'Stop the Steal' rally on...
    A pro-Trump mob is seen after breaching the Capitol building on Wednesday. John Minchillo/AP Federal prosecutors arrested Troy Faulkner on charges related to the January 6 Capitol riot. They were able to easily identify him, the FBI said. Faulkner attended the insurrection wearing a jacket with his phone number on the back. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. One of the people who stormed the Capitol building during January's failed insurrection wore a jacket advertising his phone number on the back, according to an FBI affidavit. Troy Faulkner, who was arrested and jailed Friday on several charges, apparently attempted to overthrow the US government while wearing a jacket advertising his Ohio painting company. The fashion statement made it easy for FBI agents to identify him through public YouTube videos, according to the affidavit, which redacts the full phone number. "On the back of his jacket, there is...
    Madison Summers February 1, 2021 0 Comments Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is expressing that he believes it is hard for the U.S. to be viewed as a “symbol of democracy” after the riot that broke out at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 amid tension over the 2020 presidential election. “We were very shocked, I was very surprised,” Zelensky said during an interview for “Axios on HBO” about the U.S. Capitol riot. “I could not imagine that something like this was possible in the United States of America.” He added, “I believe this was a strong blow to democracy of the United States.” “We are used to believing that the United States has the ideal democratic institutions, where power is transferred calmly. […] In Ukraine, we lived through two revolutions, we sought it. We understood such things can happen in the world. But that it could happen in...
    Riots at the US Capitol Building. Michael Nigro/Pacific Press:LightRocket/Getty Jewish Americans have been politically divided over support for Trump.  The pro-Trump Capitol riot on January 6 that featured at least one Holocaust reference showed the depth of that chasm. While most American Jews voted for Biden, most Orthodox Jews approved of Trump's job as president. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Among the rioters who stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday, January 6, was a white man with long graying hair and a thick white beard. Emblazoned on his hooded sweatshirt, pictured in several photographs from the insurrection, were the words, "Camp Auschwitz." Beneath the reference to the Holocaust concentration camp that killed 1.1 million people during World War II was an image of a skull with the phrase "Work brings freedom," a translation of the German words that were etched into the gates of the camp....
    Madison Summers February 1, 2021 0 Comments U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is weighing in on the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6 during his first TV interview. Blinken was asked during an interview with NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell, which aired on Monday, about U.S. adversaries using the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6 as propaganda against the U.S. and what U.S. democracy stands for. “The attack on our own democracy on January 6 creates an even greater challenge for us to be carrying the banner of democracy and freedom and human rights,” Blinken responded. He added, “When we are challenged, including when we challenge ourselves, we’re doing it in full daylight with full transparency.” Additionally, the secretary of state said that the U.S. government’s response to the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol “sends a powerful message to countries that are trying to sweep everything under...
    When Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) voted to impeach President Donald Trump on Jan. 13 for inciting a riot that tore through the U.S. Capitol, it seemed the door had been cracked ever so slightly for the unthinkable—the loosening of Trump’s vise-grip on the Republican Party. Three weeks later, it’s clear that the opening was a mirage, and that Cheney’s vote could carry even greater consequences than previously thought, but not for the former president. On Wednesday, House Republicans will gather for their first-all member meeting of the new legislative session. Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)—who said after the Capitol riot that Trump bore some responsibility for it—backtracked, and returned fully to the MAGA fold by visiting the ex-president at Mar-a-Lago on Thursday. There, he proclaimed Trump his top ally in winning back the House majority in 2022.READ THIS LIST Capitol Riots Covid-19 Cheat Sheet Politics Entertainment Media World Half Full...
    Anti-Trump conservative group the Lincoln Project has threatened Rudy Giuliani with a defamation suit after he claimed the group organized the deadly Capitol riots last month in a bid to discredit the then-president. Trump lawyer Giuliani told Steve Bannon's War Room podcast that he believed the riots were not organized by Trump supporters, but by leftist 'Antifa' activists and conservative 'wolves in sheep's clothing'. He said: 'One of the people who organized this is well known for having worked with the Lincoln Project in the past.' The Lincoln Project is a political action committee formed in late 2019 by Republicans who wanted to get rid of Trump. In a scorching letter to Giuliani released on Saturday, the group threatened legal action, writing: 'You have until Wednesday, February 3rd to retract your statement fully and to apologize publicly to The Lincoln Project. Refuse at your peril.' Giuliani told Steve Bannon's...
    The first Saturday Night Live Weekend Update of 2021 began with a look at what the weeks since their last December show hath wrought, and it was a bit more optimistic than Kate McKinnon’s assessment in the show’s cold open, cheering on the inauguration of President Joe Biden, Christmas, and a win for diversity. ‘Well, guys, a lot has happened since our last show,” Weekend Update anchor Colin Jost welcomed the audience back to Studio 8H, and noted that “some of it was good,” mentioning the Biden inauguration — “that was nice” — and the holidays. “I like Christmas.” “And, hey, now the Terrorist Watch List includes white people, so yay for diversity. Yay for diversity. It’s important to see yourself represented.” Watch the video above, via NBC. Have a tip we should know? [email protected]
    A top Republican donor and heiress to the Publix supermarket fortune provided much of the funding for the Washington DC rally that ended in the Jan. 6 riot at the US Capitol, fundraising documents reveal. Longtime Trump supporter Julie Jenkins Fancelli kicked in $300,000 to help the “Stop the Steal” group stage the event at the Ellipse, where then-President Trump exhorted the crowd to “fight like hell” against election results that gave Joe Biden the presidency, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday. His rhetoric led to an impeachment vote this month, as House Democrats accused the president with “incitement of an insurrection.” The funding documents confirmed the claims of far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who has said that he helped plan the event and broker its funding. “Thank God a donor came in and paid like 80 percent of it,” Jones said in a video posted to his InfoWars...
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    Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick, who died from injuries after the January 6 pro-Trump insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, will lie in honor in the Rotunda next week.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Friday that Sicknick's body will arrive at the Capitol on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. ET for a viewing ceremony for Capitol Police officers overnight. On Wednesday morning, Congress members will have a viewing period, followed by a tribute from lawmakers.  "The U.S. Congress is united in grief, gratitude and solemn appreciation for the service and sacrifice of Officer Brian Sicknick," Schumer and Pelosi said in a statement Friday. "The heroism of Officer Sicknick and the Capitol Police force during the violent insurrection against our Capitol helped save lives, defend the temple of our democracy and ensure that the Congress was not diverted from our duty to the Constitution. His sacrifice...
    The main donor behind the Washintgon D.C. 'Stop the Steal' rally that sparked a riot on the U.S. Capitol on January 6 has been revealed as the heiress to the Publix Super Markets Inc. chain.  Julie Jenkins Fancelli, a prominent Trump donor, pledged $300,000 to the MAGA rally in an arrangement set up by far-right show radio host Alex Jones.  Fancelli's donation funded most of the event, which cost $500,000 in total to run.  After being initally arranged by Jones, Fancelli tapped Caroline Wren, a top fundraising official on the Trump 2020 campaign, to organize and fund the rally on her behalf. According to records, Wren and her fundraising consultancy firm were paid $730,000 by the Trump campaign and a joint GOP committee in the 2020 election cycle.    Jones himself also contributed more than $50,000 in seed money to the event in exchange for a 'top speaking slot of his choice', according to...
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    By Paul P. Murphy | CNN Federal prosecutors charged a woman in connection to the January 6 riot at the US Capitol in Washington who they say can be heard on video making violent remarks about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The woman, Dawn Bancroft, was charged along with Diana Santos-Smith for violent entry on Capitol grounds, remaining in a restricted area and disorderly conduct in a restricted building. In an affidavit, investigators cited a “selfie” video they say was taken by Bancroft. Investigators claim she is heard saying, “We broke into the Capitol. … We got inside, we did our part.” “We were looking for Nancy to shoot her in the friggin’ brain, but we didn’t find her,” Bancroft says, according to the affidavit. Related Articles Moving on from QAnon? Experts say these tips could help Letters: Revise mask advice | Bumbling bureaucracy | Lottery limits...
    (CNN)The Justice Department on Friday announced conspiracy charges against two members of the far-right Proud Boys who allegedly participated in the insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6.The new indictment against Dominic Pezzola and William Pepe, both of New York, is the first riot-related case to accuse Proud Boys members of working together to attack the Capitol. The Proud Boys are a far-right extremist group, with some members who espouse sexist, White nationalist and anti-Semitic views.But the men are not accused of planning the attack before coming to Washington. They have been charged with conspiring to interfere with police officers defending the Capitol, participating in civil disorder, unlawfully entering restricted grounds and other federal crimes.Both men were first hit with charges two weeks ago. Prosecutors alleged they had removed metal barricades at the Capitol and that Pezzola had smashed a window using a police officer's riot shield. Footage of...
    Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis accused former President Donald Trump of 'fomenting' the MAGA mob who ransacked the Capitol three weeks ago, making him the top former cabinet official to level the charge. Matt, who Trump once celebrated and more recently dismissed after the two men parted on bad terms, called out Trump and cited the danger of 'internal threats,' at a time the Homeland Security Department has warned of the 'heightened' threat from domestic violent extremists. Mattis cited internal threats 'with every bit as much gravity as the external problems, and perhaps more so.' Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the Jan. 6 riot was 'fomented by a sitting president' 'There are also internal threats right now,” he said, pointing to “the lack of unity on the consensual underpinnings of our democracy, and what we saw on Jan. 6, fomented by a sitting president.”  His comments, in...
    Two South Carolina Republicans introduced legislation Thursday for Officer Brian Sicknick to lie in honor at the Capitol, CNN reported. Sicknick was hit in the head with a fire extinguisher during the breaching of the Capitol on Jan.6, CNN reported. He died the next day from his injuries. He was one of five people who died due to the violence of the riot at the Capitol. The legislation, introduced by Rep. Ralph Norman and Sen. Tim Scott, calls for Sicknick to lie in state and for a plaque to be placed in the Capitol in Sicknick’s honor. The House Sergeant at Arms to pay for his funeral arrangements under the bill, according to CNN. “[Sicknick’s] selfless heroism, and the bravery of all the officers who defended democracy that day, should be honored and remembered,” Sen. Scott told The Hill. “Officer Brian Sicknick risked his life serving our country in uniform...
    Republican voters across the country are switching their party registration to independent in the wake of the terror attack on the Capitol. Since the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, states across the country have seen a growing trend of Republican voters changing their party registration, with the number of Republican voters disaffiliating from the party climbing into the tens of thousands. "It does seem like something is happening, perhaps in response to the attempted insurrection at the U.S. Capitol," Michael McDonald, an elections expert and professor at the University of Florida, tweeted of the trend of voter registration changes since Jan. 6. The biggest surge of voters leaving the Republican Party was in Arizona, where nearly 10,000 GOP voters disaffiliated, according to former Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ).
    Comedian Amy Schumer took a friendly jab at Hilaria Baldwin, the wife of Alec Baldwin, whose claims of Spanish heritage blew up when it was revealed that her real name is Hillary and she comes from Boston. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Amy Schumer addressed the Hilaria Baldwin scandal with a couple of one-liners. “Oh my God, I really don’t even know what to say. I didn’t know that was going to happen, obviously,” Schumer told ET. “I feel like it was so insane and entertaining that I think Hilaria is probably the only person who is happy about the insurrection in the Capitol, because it distracted [people] from that.” She added: “She is amazing and I wish her and her family the best. And I hope she gets to visit Spain as much as she wants.” For years, Baldwin claimed Spanish heritage and even spoke (inconsistently) with a Spanish accent. But the...
    A man from New York has been charged over his alleged role in riots at the Capitol three weeks ago.  The FBI was tipped off that Christopher Ortiz, 27, from Huntington, Long Island, had been at the riot with several people coming forward with the information. Ortiz also posted to his Instagram story that appeared to show him entering the Capitol building alongside other protesters on January 6th.  Hundreds of supporters of Donald Trump stormed the building to disrupt the final, largely ceremonial act by the House and Senate to count electoral votes and declare Joe Biden the winner of the election. Five people died, including an officer for the Capitol Police.  27-year-old Christopher Ortiz is accused of participating in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6th Christopher Ortiz, 27, speaks with the media after leaving Federal Court, in Central Islip, New York. He was arrested on Wednesday afternoon...
    On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, this 92-year-old survivor said it's a special, but somber occasion for him.  "It's kind of a celebration and the fact that those of those of us who did survive were able to make a pretty nice life for themselves and continue," Ben Lesser told CBS News in a Zoom video call on Wednesday.  "But of course, we can't forget our dear departed ones," he said. Wednesday marked 76 years after the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp. Lesser was familiar with the atrocities there. He said that he survived the work and death camps in Auschwitz-Birkenau and Dachau, Poland, two death marches and the infamous Dachau death train — where dozens of train cars carried the corpses of thousands of prisoners to Dachau near the end of World War II. Lesser is believed to be the last known survivor of the latter. Ben Lasser seen in...
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    Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows is struggling to find a new job, according to a report. The 61-year-old has applied for a job in the Trump Organization because he's out of options, sources told Politico.  For former staffers looking to new horizons, the issue was brought into stark focus by the deadly on the Capitol. Trump's press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who was given her big break by Meadows, was due to be working at Fox News but that job offer was put on ice. One former staffer said they knew of 'people who got jobs rescinded because of January 6.' Another Republican strategist put it more bluntly: 'They are really f***ed.' Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows is struggling to find a new job, according to a report. He's now looking to the Trump Organization to bail him out, sources claim (pictured in Washington...
    A Colorado geophysicist accused of beating up a police officer during the Capitol riots claimed to federal authorities he wasn’t violently attacking the cop—just simply “patting him on the back.” Jeffrey Sabol, 51, was charged with civil disorder after he was captured on video dragging a Metropolitan Police officer down a flight of stairs while another rioter hit the cop with an American flag during the Jan. 6 siege. In another video, Sabol was seen holding a police baton across the officer’s neck. After the savage attack, Sabol bought a plane ticket to Zurich in an attempt to flee, prosecutors said. The geophysicist was arrested Friday at Westchester Medical Center after he admitted to assaulting an officer on the steps of the Capitol in a “fit of rage,” prosecutors said. A newly unsealed criminal complaint states the MPD officer was trying to prevent rioters from entering the Capitol when he...
            by Catherine Smith  A self-described ex-liberal activist from New York was arrested Monday in connection with the US Capitol riot. Brandon Straka, 44, was taken into custody on Monday on a felony charge of interfering with police during civil disorder, and illegal entry and disorderly conduct on restricted Capitol grounds, The Washington Post reported. Straka who is most famous for founding the #WalkAway Campaign to encourage people to leave the Democratic Party spoke at the Stop the Steal rally held by backers of President Donald Trump in Washington the day before the storming of the Capitol. An FBI agent’s affidavit describes Straka as an organizer of Stop the Steal and quotes his comments at the Jan. 5 rally held at Freedom Plaza the day before the Jan. 6 riot. It is unclear whether the government views those activities as context for his actions at the Capitol or part of the alleged...
    Rioters clad in paramilitary gear and chanting “balance the federal budget!” swarmed the streets of Seattle last week smashing store windows and bludgeoning innocent citizens walking down the street. Former Vice President Mike Pence issued a fundraising plea to collect bail money for rioters who stormed the Capitol to get them out of jail in time for the next assault on American democracy. Anti-abortion forces attacked a federal building and firebombed police cars before setting up an “autonomous zone” where all abortions are illegal. An “armed gunman” shoots and kills a man in Portland for wearing a hat in support of President Joseph R. Biden. Now, of course, all of these reports are completely false. At least … in terms of who it was that committed the listed atrocities. Conservative budget hawks are not bludgeoning innocent citizens. Republicans did not raise bail money for lawless rioters. Pro-lifers did not firebomb...
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has said 'all violence' will be reviewed as part of the Biden administration's efforts to tackle domestic violent extremism in the wake of the January 6 riot on the US Capitol as well as recent unrest in Portland, Seattle and Denver.  Speaking in the White House press briefing Tuesday, Psaki confirmed that the national security team will look at all violence going on nationwide through the same lens - whether from right-wing extremists or left-wing agitators.  'All violence happening around the country will be reviewed by the tasking by the national security team,' Psaki said.   Her comments came after Fox News Journalist Peter Doocy asked if the office of Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines is branding the people who participated in riots in Portland, Oregon, as 'domestic violent extremists' alongside the Capitol rioters.  White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki (above) has said...
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    Bradley Cortright January 26, 2021 0 Comments The acting head of the Capitol Police is apologizing for the department’s failure to adequately prepare for protests on January 6, where rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol. In a statement, Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda D. Pittman said the department “failed to meet its own high standards” in preparing to secure the Capitol ahead of the riot and as people stormed the building. While she noted the riot did not stop Congress from certifying the Electoral College vote count, she said the department’s “inability to immediately secure the U.S. Capitol emboldened insurrectionists and horrified millions of Amerian[s].” “I am here to offer my sincerest apologies on behalf of the department,” she said. Pittman said the department knew by January 4 that militia groups and “white supremacist organizations” planned to attend a protest of the certification, and it planned “to meet these challenges.”...
    (CNN)In prepared remarks obtained by CNN, acting US Capitol Police chief Yogananda Pittman told congressional members the department was aware of a "strong potential for violence" and did not take the appropriate steps to prevent the January 6 riot at the Capitol. Read the statement as prepared:
    'Does he deserve to be impeached? Absolutely not.' Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley excused Donald Trump's incitement of the deadly insurrection at the United States Capitol on Jan. 6, telling Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Monday night that Trump is the real victim of the attack. Haley, a potential candidate for president in 2024, barely criticized the failed coup attempt that led to the deaths of a Capitol Police officer and four other people. She told Ingraham Trump's actions were "not great." But, she said, "Does he deserve to be impeached? Absolutely not."
    Riley Williams, one of the Capitol rioters who is accused of stealing Nancy Pelosi's laptop, is facing a potential ban on internet access after allegedly attempting to destroy evidence. Riley Williams, 22, is accused of taking part in the Capitol riot and stealing Nancy Pelosi's laptop Williams, 22, was arrested a week ago in Central Pennsylvania, according to the Justice Department. She was seen in a video on January 6 guiding some of the rioters to Nancy Pelosi's office, where she allegedly stole the House Speaker's laptop. Federal prosecutors claimed Williams told her ex-boyfriend she would sell it to someone in Russia, who would then send it to the Foreign Intelligence Service in Russia. Now, Scott MacFarlane of NBC 4 is reporting that her internet access is in danger of being restricted due to her actions since she was released on bail last week. 'NEW: US Justice Dept tells...
    Nearly 140 police officers were assaulted when a violent pro-Trump mob stormed the US Capitol on January 6 in an attempt to stop Congress certifying the results of the 2020 election, officials have revealed. In a court filing Monday, the US Department of Justice said that 81 officers from the US Capitol Police and 58 members of the Washington Metropolitan Police Department were assaulted during the insurrection, a total of 139. This is the first time officials have offered an exact count of the number of law enforcement injured in the attack. In total five people were killed in the riots, including Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick, who was bludgeoned with a fire extinguisher and later died from his injuries. A suspect has not yet been identified in his death. The filing comes as it was confirmed that more than three dozen Capitol cops have also tested positive for...
    REUTERS/Brendan McdermidIn 2020, Target’s PAC gave $217,500 to Republican federal candidates, or about 53 percent of its total donations, and $191,500 to Democratic federal candidates, or nearly 47 percent of total donations.It’s always been risky for corporations to funnel money into politics. The insurrection at the U.S. Capitol earlier this month showed just how risky it can be for companies to align themselves with certain political causes and candidates. After a band of pro-Trump extremists stormed the chambers of the Congress on Jan. 6, several Minnesota companies announced plans to suspend political donations in some fashion. Some vowed to end donations to Republican lawmakers who objected to the certification of the Electoral College vote; others opted to suspend all political donations. But it’s not yet clear if these changes will stick, or if they’ll even serve as an effective means to change politics for good. Some observers see the changes...
    A teenager who alerted the FBI to his dad's alleged role in the Capitol riots has said he felt guilty for speaking with the authorities - but would 'do it all again'.  Jackson Reffitt, 18, told Fox4: 'I got in contact with the FBI after the Capitol riots about my dad. It was my moral compass, kind of, to do what I thought would protect not only my family, but my dad himself.'  His father, Guy Reffitt, 48, was arrested Friday at his home in Wylie, Texas, according to court records.  He is charged with obstruction of justice and unlawful entry. According to an affidavit, the 48-year-old was recorded on video outside the Capitol during the January 6 riot and later threatened his wife and children if they turned him in.  According to local news, Reffitt's wife told officials that he was arguing about the incident with his son and daughter when he...
    Megyn Kelly says media outlets like CNN are partially to blame for the harrowing Capitol riot earlier this month because they 'checked their objectivity' when covering Donald Trump and the public 'lost trust' in their coverage.  The former Fox News show host blamed the media for sharing biased reporting on Trump, claiming it led to a loss of trust in news giants like CNN.   'They hated him so much, they checked their objectivity, and it wasn’t just CNN, all of them did. They just couldn’t check their own personal feelings about him,' Kelly said in an interview with BBC Newsnight Saturday. 'The media destroyed itself, but Trump certainly helped. He sort of set a trap that walked right into and it worked really well,' she said.  Megyn Kelly says media outlets like CNN are partially to blame for the January 6 Capitol riot because they failed to cover Donald...
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    Jill Biden, in her first solo outing as first lady, stopped on Capitol Hill to thank National Guard members for their service during her husband's inauguration. She noted the Biden's were a National Guard family, invoking the memory of the late Beau Biden, who served in the Delaware National Guard. 'The National Guard will always hold a special place in the hearts of all the Bidens,' she said.  Beau Biden served in Iraq in 2008 and received a visit from his father, then Vice President Joe Biden, at Camp Victory in 2009. Beau Biden died of brain cancer in 2015.  Jill Biden carried a basket filled with chocolate-chip cookies for the service members, who had to spend part of Thursday's cold night in a garage after being told they could not take their breaks in the Capitol. The report of the guards' treatment caused outrage among lawmakers and the service...
    Prince Harry claims he and Meghan were subjected to the 'mothership of harassment' and blames social media for the MAGA riot at the Capitol and the 'destruction of the Amazon' in a new interview.  Harry was interviewed by Fast Company for an article published on Friday which is in a lengthy Q&A format.  It's unclear when or how the internet took place but he gives long, intense answers where he talks about the 'guiding principle' of his life (the duty to truth and alleviation of suffering) and 'the current consequences of the digital space'.   He says social media has become the root of violence and confusion because it plays host to so much disinformation. He and Meghan are now raking in millions through deals with Netflix, Spotify and through business ventures, which they would not have been able to do without quitting royal life.  Sources close to the pair say...
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    Hawley is hiding behind President Joe Biden's call for unity to avoid consequences for his actions. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) is trying to avoid an ethics investigation into his role in inciting the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 by claiming that any probe into his conduct is a violation of President Joe Biden's call for unity. Hawley made the statement in response to a complaint seven Democratic senators filed with the Senate Ethics Committee demanding an investigation into the role Hawley and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) played in the terror attack at the Capitol — in which a mob of Donald Trump supporters sought to block certification of Biden's victory at the behest of Trump himself. Trump was impeached for a second time for inciting the mob, and Hawley and Cruz are both facing calls to resign,...
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