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    Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Samuel Corum/Getty Images William Norwood told a sibling that he dressed up as an Antifa member at the January 6 insurrection. He claimed Antifa members were "bussed in" and given special protections, though intelligence inquiries say members of the group weren't involved. "You are 'antifa' my guy," the sibling responded to Norwood. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A person charged in connection with the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol bragged to a friend that he dressed up as a member of "Antifa" at the riot, beat up police officers, and then said he "saved several cops from being killed by Antifa." The messages, sent from South Carolina resident William "Robbie" Norwood on January 7, were included in an FBI affidavit to support charges against him,...
    MSNBC “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough on Monday addressed the coverage of former President Donald Trump’s speech at CPAC last week. Scarborough noted it may “extraordinarily irrelevant” to still be covering Trump, but said that “if Benedict Arnold had been invited to CPAC after he switched sides,” they would be running his “two-hour rant as well.” “If you look … at all the attacks that were being launched against Joe Biden, I mean, we showed the polls last week. This is The Hill and their Harris Poll that actually has Joe Biden at 59% and disapproval only 41%. A Pew Research Poll that was taken right after … Donald Trump’s insurrection had him at 29% — disapproval at 68%. He’s probably up in the 30s now — high 30s, mid-30s, high 30s. One or two might even have him in the low 40s. Rasmussen has him at 99%, so we’ll...
    Jacob Chansley, also known as the "QAnon Shaman," at the "Stop the Steal" rally in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021. Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images The lawyer for "QAnon Shaman" Jacob Chansley wants to use Trump's January 6 speech for his defense. He's blamed Trump for misleading his client into thinking it was OK to storm the Capitol building. It's the "public authority defense," where defendants say officials told them to break the law. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The lawyer for Jacob Chansley, the "QAnon Shaman" who stormed the Capitol building at the vanguard of the January 6 insurrection, wants to use Donald Trump's words as part of his legal defense. In a court filing Saturday, the attorney, Albert Watkins, included "Transcripts generated of words spoken by Former President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021" in the list of material he intends to examine as part...
    There’s only one way to restore a cynical and traumatized majority’s faith in the rule of law and the Department of Justice, and that’s to drain the GOP swamp, hold Trump accountable for his numerous crimes, and—to quote from Gladiator—“unleash hell” on his criminal allies and enablers. Just yesterday Donald Trump returned to face his adoring cult at the annual CPAC conference and kept promoting the Big Lie that he won the 2020 election, a lie that inspired a violent insurrection that killed five people. This dangerous, reckless behavior, supported by the GOP and its media propagandists, will only continue absent any legal consequences. “The Biden administration needs to bring what I call a ‘season of reckoning’ for the corruption and grift that we have suffered through the last four years,” trial attorney Katie Phang told me. Trump and his enablers are “the common denominator” she said behind the insurrection,...
    Protesters broke into the Capitol on January 6. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) A pro-Trump mob descended on the Capitol January 6, and hundreds are facing criminal charges. It took four hours to secure the building so Congress could certify Joe Biden's victory. Over a month later, 269 people have been charged. This searchable table shows all of them so far. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Since supporters of President Donald Trump swarmed the US Capitol on January 6 — forcing Congress to go into lockdown and damaging the halls of government — 269 people have been arrested and charged with crimes. The FBI is seeking the public's help to identify people who took part in one of the most documented crimes in US history. But since many rioters were allowed to walk free on January 6, it's taking some time to track them down. At...
    Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they push barricades to storm the US Capitol in Washington D.C on January 6, 2021. ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP) (Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP via Getty Images A man who was charged for his role in Capitol riot made multiple posts online about his participation. In a Facebook post, James Rahm said he urinated in Nancy Pelosi's office, Penn Live reported.  "I should have sh-t on her chair," Rahm said in a post, according to court documents.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A man accused of taking part in the insecurrection at the Capitol building last month wrote he "pissed" in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office online.   The FBI was tipped by three people who provided authorities with photos and videos of James Douglas Rahm's posts on Facebook that linked him to the Capitol riot on Jan. 6,...
    Caroline Brehman/ZUMA Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.It took less than two weeks for Mitch McConnell to go from condemning Donald Trump’s role in the Capitol insurrection as a “disgraceful dereliction of duty” to voicing his unequivocal support for the twice-impeached former president should he win the Republican nomination in 2024. “The nominee of the party?” the Senate minority leader told Fox News on Thursday when asked if he’d back Trump. “Absolutely,”  McConnell’s full-throated commitment to a man he claimed to find “practically and morally responsible” for the deadly January 6 insurrection is further evidence of Trump’s hold among Republicans, despite rumblings of dissensions within the party. But the timing of McConnell’s latest comments is notable, as more and more Republicans surrender to the notion that Trump’s grasp will endure till...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on congressional testimony about the Capitol insurrection (all times local): 10:55 a.m. The acting chief of the U.S. Capitol Police says cellphone records back up the account of former Chief Steven Sund that he repeatedly asked his superiors for National Guard help during the Jan. 6 insurrection. Testifying before Congress Thursday, acting Chief Yogananda Pittman listed several times she says Sund called the sergeants-at-arms of the House and Senate as a violent mob was surging outside the Capitol building. Pittman says Sund’s phone records show he called former House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving at 12:58 p.m. to request the Guard, then called ex-Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Michael Stenger at 1:05 p.m. Pittman says Sund made at least four more calls in the next 40 minutes. Sund and Irving disagreed earlier this week on when the chief asked for the Guard. Sund testified he requested the Guard at 1:09...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on congressional testimony about the Capitol insurrection (all times local): 11:10 a.m. The acting chief of the U.S. Capitol Police says the agency’s incident command protocols “were not adhered to” on the day of the Capitol insurrection. Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman says commanders in charge of supervising the officers were supposed to be giving directions as the violent mob stormed the Capitol. But she says there was a “multi-tiered failure.” Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler on Thursday laid out a series of leadership failures at the U.S. Capitol Police as thousands of pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol while Congress was meeting to vote to certify Joe Biden’s presidential win over Donald Trump. Beutler says officers were operating without proper communication or strong guidance from the supervisors. Pittman says officials are working on communications and have streamlined communication with other agencies. Five people died in the riot,...
    Joy Behar told her co-hosts Wednesday on ABC’s “The View” that Fox News host Tucker Carlson should be “tied up and put in a corner” for downplaying the storming of the U.S. Capitol but then clarified she was not advocating anything “harmful.” Discussing the Senate’s hearing over the deadly Capitol riots on January 6, co-host Sunny Hostin, “You have Tucker Carlson on television last night saying that there was no evidence of white supremacists at the riot. Well, the evidence was clear at the riot, at the insurrection. I mean, you had people carrying Confederate Flags. You had Harry Dunn, a Capitol police officer, a black Capitol police officer saying he was called racial slurs at that insurrection. I was disgusted by what Tucker Carlson said. How dare he say there was no evidence of white supremacy there? There was evidence everywhere.” Behar said, “Tucker Carlson needs to be tied...
    Savannah Rychcik February 24, 2021 0 Comments Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) is urging Republicans to “make clear” they are not the “party of white supremacy.” During a Reagan Institute event Tuesday, Cheney reminded Republicans why it is so important to denounce white supremacy in the wake of the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol. She expressed her support for the creation of a 9/11-style commission to investigate the insurrection. “It’s very important for us to ignore the temptation to look away,” Cheney said. “It’s very important, especially for us as Republicans, to make clear that we aren’t the party of white supremacy. You certainly saw anti-Semitism, you saw the symbols of Holocaust denial, for example, at the Capitol that day.” She added, “You saw a Confederate flag being carried through the Rotunda. And I think we as Republicans, in particular, have a duty and an obligation to stand against...
    (CNN)Former officials who were responsible for security at the US Capitol testified Tuesday at the first congressional hearing about the failure to prevent the deadly insurrection on January 6, admitting some failures but also deflecting blame to other security agencies, saying that the FBI did not provide any warnings beforehand that there would be a coordinated assault.Lawmakers grilled former US Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, former House sergeant-at-arms Paul Irving and former Senate sergeant-at-arms Michael C. Stenger, who all resigned after the attack. Also testifying was Michael Contee, the acting chief of local police in Washington DC.Here are five takeaways from the Senate hearing.Communication failures put lives at riskOne of the most stunning revelations came from Sund, who told lawmakers that he only learned this week about a bombshell FBI memo sent one day before the insurrection with an explicit warning about potential violence. Read MoreThe much-discussed "Norfolk memo," named...
    US Capitol siege in Washington DC on January 6, 2021. Samuel Corum/Getty Images A Florida woman was arrested after threatening to shoot FBI agents investigating her ties to the Capitol siege. Suzanne Kaye, 59, was charged with one count of knowingly and intentionally transmitting in interstate commerce a communication containing a threat to injure a person. Kaye and her lawyer invoked the Fifth Amendment and will not speak to investigators during the case. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A Florida woman who threatened to shoot members of the FBI during an ongoing investigation of her ties to the January 6 Capitol insurrection was arrested, according to the Department of Justice. Suzanne Kaye, 59, was charged with one count of knowingly and intentionally transmitting in interstate commercea communication containing a threat to injure a person. According to court filings, the FBI received a tip in mid-January suggesting...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on congressional testimony about the Capitol insurrection (all times local): 11:55 a.m. The key officials in charge of security at the U.S. Capitol disagree on why they didn’t seek National Guard help before the Jan. 6 insurrection. Steven Sund resigned as chief of the Capitol Police the day after the riot. Sund testified Tuesday that he requested the National Guard be called at 1:09 p.m. on Jan. 6. Paul Irving is the former House sergeant-at-arms and was one of Sund’s superiors. Irving says he didn’t receive a request until after 2 p.m. Irving says he did not remember Sund making a request at 1:09. Rioters breached the Capitol’s west side just after 2 p.m. Irving says he and other Capitol security leaders agreed before Jan. 6 that “the intelligence did not support the troops and collectively decided to let it go.” The result was Capitol...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on congressional testimony about the Capitol insurrection (all times local): 11:30 a.m. The former chief of the U.S. Capitol Police says he learned this week that his officers had received a report from an FBI field office in Virginia that forecast in detail the chances extremists could commit “war” in Washington the following day — the day of the Capitol insurrection. The head of the FBI’s office in Washington has said that once he received the Jan. 5 warning from the Virginia office, the information was quickly shared with other law enforcement agencies through the joint terrorism task force, including the Capitol Police. Former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund testified to Congress on Tuesday that an officer on the joint terrorism task force had received the FBI’s memo and forwarded it to a sergeant working on intelligence for the Capitol Police. But Sund says the...
    CNN’s John Berman went after Fox News host Tucker Carlson for attempting to “suppress the memory” of the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, calling his primetime show “Fantasy Island.” Berman noted that the Senate will hold the first public hearing about the attack, which will include the top officials responsible for securing the Capitol on Jan. 6 — many of whom are now out of jobs. “And I don’t think this could come at a more important time because you are seeing a wave of revisionism among some Republican senators like Ron Johnson who says it wasn’t an armed insurrection, and Tucker Carlson on his show, which I called Fantasy Island last night, devoted a big chunk of it to saying it wasn’t white supremacists. There was no armed insurrection. There is an effort to really, I think, suppress the memory of what happened.” Punchbowl News founder Anna Palmer agreed with Berman, calling Johnson’s comments...
    Mother Jones illustration; Getty Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.For a moment last month, it looked like Telegram was finally doing something about its neo-Nazi problem. The secure messaging app, whose largely untraceable platform has laudably provided a safe haven of communication for people in autocratic countries even under government pressure, has also proven popular among racists who have been kicked off other platforms. Telegram largely did nothing about those users until last month, when, shortly after the January 6 riot at the Capitol, the company finally started taking down white supremacist and neo-Nazi channels, the app’s term for public-facing chat groups which, similar to Twitter, allow creators to send messages to anyone who signs up. “Banned groups just immediately reformed and gained back huge numbers.” But within weeks, Telegram appears to...
    The FBI is reportedly investigating members of Congress as 'suspects' in a probe of the January 6 insurrection and has swept up lawmakers' phone data.  The Intercept reported Monday that within hours of the Capitol break-in the FBI began securing thousands of phone and electronic records connected to people at the scene.  Through special emergency powers, the FBI collected reams of private cell phone communications, some of which were from lawmakers and their staff.   The FBI is reportedly investigating members of Congress as 'suspects' as part of the bureau's probe into the January 6 insurrection, The Intercept reported Monday, detailing the amount of cell phone data investigators have collected  Investigators are 'searching cell towers and phones pinging off cell sites in the area to determine visitors to the Capitol,' a retired senior FBI official told the news site.   The Intercept said investigators have relied on data 'dumps' from cell...
    CNN’s Brian Stelter has updated Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News, and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth, his bestselling book about the relationship between former President Donald Trump and Fox News, to include coverage of the end of Trump’s presidency, the growing influence of right-wing media outlets Newsmax and One America News Network, and other post-election topics. The changes to the book include coverage of the end of Trump’s presidency, false claims of voter fraud which culminated in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, and the apparent increased influence of Newsmax and OAN, according to a report by Associated Press media writer David Bauder. “With Trump out of office and Fox out of its usual first place spot in the ratings, the story now seems complete,” Stelter said in the Sunday edition of his Reliable Sources newsletter. “So I wrote a brand new beginning; updated the text throughout;...
    Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they push barricades to storm the US Capitol in Washington D.C on January 6, 2021. ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP) (Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP via Getty Images A mother and son from Iowa were charged in connection to the US Capitol siege on Jan. 6. The FBI Omaha Field Office said Deborah Sandoval and Salvador Sandoval Jr. were arrested Friday.  The charges are from their alleged participation in the riot that resulted in five deaths.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A mother and her son were charged for their participation in the Jan. 6 US Capitol insurrection, according to a statement by the FBI Omaha Field Office.  According to the statement, Deborah Sandoval and Salvador Sandoval Jr. of Iowa were arrested on Friday by the office's Des Moines Resident Agency. They face charges for knowingly entering or remaining...
    A U.S. Capitol Police officer wears a mourning band over his badge following a police procession of the hearse carrying the casket of Brian Sicknick, U.S. Capitol Police Officer who died from injuries following the U.S. Capitol building siege on Wednesday, on January 10, 2021 in Washington, DC. Al Drago/Getty Images A total of 35 Capitol Police officers have been investigated over the Capitol insurrection. Six of the officers were suspended without pay with week, Capitol Police said. Videos circulated online showing some officers smiling with rioters as they stormed the Capitol. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The US Capitol Police Department has suspended six officers and is investigating 29 others for actions taken during the January 6 insurrection, the department said this week. The department said in a statement that the six officers were suspended with pay and the 29 others were being investigated by...
    Last week, Democrats accused former President Donald Trump of inciting an “insurrection” against the United States when he urged his supporters to protest the certification of the 2020 election results. They suppressed the fact that he told them to protest “peacefully and patriotically.” But there was, in fact, an insurrection in America. It happened throughout the last year, as left-wing rioters took to the streets and attempted, in the late spring, to topple the Trump administration. The scene that unfolded in front of the White House in late May looked like the “color revolutions” — the protests that have toppled governments in the former Soviet empire in recent decades. Masses of people gathered in Lafayette Square, joined by leaders of the opposition party — including then-Sen. Kamala Harris and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. By night, rioters hurled bricks and bottles at the Secret Service; Trump had to be...
    The fact that the Senate has acquitted former President Donald Trump does not necessarily mean that attempts to prevent him from ascending to the White House have failed. If Trump runs as a candidate again in 2024, his rivals will most likely wield a constitutional clause passed after the Civil War to try to stop him and the matter could ultimately be left to the Supreme Court. The 14th Amendment to the Constitution prohibits any candidacy of political or military leaders “who participated in an insurrection or rebellion” against the United States. The clause, ratified in 1868, specifically contains in its Section Number 3 a prohibition that prevents the rise to power of leaders of the Confederacy. It could well apply to people who incited or participated in the January 6 assault on the Capitol, experts say, noting that the imminent Congressional investigation and the numerous lawsuits brought against...
    Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger drew fulsome media praise at the end of last year after revealing Donald Trump’s illegal attempts to meddle in Georgia’s 2020 election certification process. Former Obama adviser David Axelrod celebrated Raffensperger’s “courage,” highlighting him as an exception to the GOP’s moral decline. There was even a brief media boomlet about awarding Raffensperger the Presidential Medal of Freedom. But Raffensperger is no hero today. Like other Republicans around the country, he’s focusing his energies on passing severe voter suppression proposals that undermine election integrity without the public visibility of an unhinged Trumpian call. In December, Raffensperger endorsed ending no-excuse absentee ballot requests in Georgia, arguing that it “opens the door to illegal voting.” In reality, the plan is aimed at making it harder for the over 1 million largely Democratic Georgians who cast absentee ballots to ever do so again. He’s not alone. Republican legislatures...
    Republicans still say it's a mystery why a mob of Trump supporters assembled by Trump and his allies on the day of the election's certification for the explicit purpose of blocking or overturning that certification attacked Congress in an attempt to do exactly that. On Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told House Democrats that a 9/11-styled, independent commission on the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol would in fact be formed. The details are still being worked out, but the goal is something that would mimic the 9/11 Commission formed after the Al Qaeda-plotted terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. in 2001: An independent committee with subpoena power comprising equal numbers of Republicans and Democrats and the staff and resources to fully investigate the events leading up to the unprecedented attack. The White House has signaled President Joe Biden's support for a commission as well, suggesting that it’s all but...
    It’s been a month since the Capitol insurrection, but each day, news on what happened and who was involved prior to the riots continues to surface. At least 57 local elected Republicans attended the “Stop the Steal” Trump rally that occurred moments before the Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6, according to HuffPost. As of this report, only two of the 57 elected officials have resigned: West Virginia delegate Derrick Evans, who filmed himself storming the Capitol, and Jorge Riley, a Republican leader in Sacramento. Because most of the others have refused to vacate their positions or take responsibility for their involvement in the Capitol riots, Run For Something, an organization dedicated to helping diverse people run for local and state office, is encouraging individuals to run against every official who was confirmed to be at the Trump rally. “16 GOP members of state houses, 4 state senators, 6 county commissioners, 7 city...
    The acquittal of Donald Trump in the second ‘impeachment’ the assault on the Capitol was just the first step by Democrats to hold the former president responsible for a black day in the political history of the United States. The Democratic Party does not want the assault on Congress on January 6 to be forgotten, and has already announced alternatives to try to convict the Republican. On Monday, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, called for the creation of a independent inquiry commission like the one made after the September 11 attacks to clarify the facts. A day later, a senior Democratic official has sued Trump and his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, for his alleged conspiracy with far-right nationalist groups in the assault on the Capitol. Independent Commission on the assault on the Capitol Democrats approved impeachment of former President Trump for incitement to insurrection...
    Rioters clash with police using big ladder trying to enter Capitol building through the front doors. Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images The FBI has linked at least 40 defendants in the Capitol riot to extremist groups and movements. Court documents so rioters were linked to the Oath Keepers, the Proud Boys, and other groups. A review from from the Associated Press found another 59 were linked to extremist rhetoric. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Dozens of rioters charged in the January 6 Capitol insurrection have been linked to extremist groups and rhetoric in the weeks since the attack. According to a report from the Associated Press, extremist ideologies and conspiracy theories have been cited as evidence in nearly have half of the more than 200 federal cases tied to the insurrection. The FBI has linked at least 40 defendants to extremist groups and movements, while...
    Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity said Monday night on his show that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was “sanctimonious” for condemning former President Donald Trump in a speech on the Senate floor after the impeachment vote adding his leadership will soon be challenged. Hannity said, “Voters in this country are smart, not stupid. We can see the snap impeachment was nothing but political theater, no due process, no evidence, no defense, none of it. Now finding out it was all preplanned ahead of time and another needless smear that accomplished nothing. It’s been five years of this. They’ve also had it with Republicans and Democratic swamp creatures.” He continued, “This is the question Republicans have to ask themselves tonight. Where was John Thune and Mitch McConnell fighting against the biggest abuse of power corruption scandal in our history with Operation Crossfire Hurricane? They were missing in action.” He added, “Where’s the sanctimonious Mitch McConnell, John Thune, demanding that Kamala...
    It is fair to say that Joe Scarborough is not impressed with  Ron Johnson. The Morning Joe host had in the past derided the Wisconsin Senator, comparing him to the Brick Tamlund, the dimwitted weatherman played by Steve Carrell in Anchor Man, but on Tuesday morning, Scarborough took his criticism up a few notches. At issue is a recent radio interview in which Johnson defended his vote to acquit former President Donald Trump during his second impeachment vote for alleged inciting of the Capitol insurrection that was led by his supporters on January 6th. Appearing on Milwaukee radio station WISN condemned the attack but said he does not view it as an armed insurrection. “The fact of the matter is, this didn’t seem like an armed insurrection, to me,” Johnson said. “When you hear of armed, don’t you think of firearms? Here’s the question I would’ve liked to ask, How many firearms were...
    Fox News host Sean Hannity scolded Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Monday for speaking out against former President Donald Trump after voting to acquit him in his impeachment trial over the weekend. The "Hannity" host took aim at "Republicans who have turned their backs on the former president," in his opening monologue, pointing specifically to the "sanctimonious" McConnell as well as the seven Republican lawmakers who voted to convict Trump of inciting the Jan. 6th Capitol riot. "Where was John Thune [R-S.D.] and Mitch McConnell fighting against the biggest abuse of power corruption scandal in our history with Operation Crossfire Hurricane?" Hannity asked. "They were missing in action. Where’s the sanctimonious Mitch McConnell, John Thune, demanding that Kamala Harris, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters — when is he going to give a speech on the Senate floor and hold those Democrats accountable for their incitement of insurrection and their insurrection-like language? The time is now coming...
    Sean Hannity called Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell “sanctimonious” on Monday night for his speech condemning Donald Trump after voting to acquit him. McConnell made it clear in his speech that he still believes Trump to be morally responsible for the attack on the Capitol, but ended up voting to acquit him because he didn’t believe the Senate could take this action with Trump out of office. Hannity said all seven Republicans that voted to convict Trump, as well as “other Republicans who have turned their backs on the former president,” are “way out of touch” with the GOP base. He showed a pro-Trump rally in Florida earlier Monday before remarking, “I have a question, Mitch McConnell, John Thune. How come you never had this kind of enthusiasm at any of your events?” Hannity elaborated: “Where was John Thune and Mitch McConnell fighting against the biggest abuse of power corruption...
    (CNN)Immediately following his impeachment acquittal, former President Donald Trump issued a statement saying his movement "has only just begun." He is right about one thing: Something has only just begun, but it's not another chapter of the conspiracies and lies to which Trump clings. The movement that just got kicked into high gear is an era of accountability. JUST WATCHEDCNN's Avlon: There may be penalties for Trump's lawyers. Here's whyReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHCNN's Avlon: There may be penalties for Trump's lawyers. Here's why 03:21Some are greeting the outcome of the impeachment trial with dismay, and as three people who have spent the last four years fighting Trumpism in courts of law and in the court of public opinion, we might be expected to be among them. But far from it, we see the trial as a positive first step in what we predict will be a far-reaching campaign to...
    A prominent senator is downplaying the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol — objecting to the media’s characterization of the riots as an “armed insurrection.” Appearing on Milwaukee radio station WISN, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) condemned the attack, but said he does not view it as an armed insurrection. “The fact of the matter is, this didn’t seem like an armed insurrection, to me,” Johnson said. “When you hear of armed, don’t you think of firearms? Here’s the question I would’ve liked to ask [at former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial]. How many firearms were confiscated? I’m only aware of one.” Johnson added, “If that was a planned armed insurrection, you really have a bunch of idiots.” Federal prosecutors indicate that the rioters brought a host of guns and explosives to the Capitol on Jan. 6. Five people died in the attack and and according to the Capitol police...
    Donald Trump broke new ground as the first president—the first American, period—to be impeached twice. However, thinking of him solely in those terms fails by a long shot to capture how truly historic his crimes were. Forget the number of impeachments—and certainly don’t be distracted by pathetic, partisan scoundrels voting to acquit—The Man Who Lost The Popular Vote (Twice) is the only president to incite a violent insurrection aimed at overthrowing our democracy—and get away with it. But reading those words doesn’t fully and accurately describe the vile nature of what Trump wrought on Jan. 6. In this case, to paraphrase the woman who should’ve been the 45th president, it takes a video. Senate Republicans acquitted Donald Trump of high crimes and misdemeanors twice. So make them pay: Donate $1 right now to each of the Democratic nominee funds targeting vulnerable Senate Republicans in 2022. Although it’s difficult, I...
    In the event that the necessary majority is reached to impute Trump, something that seems distant today, the case would remain in the hands of the Supreme Court of the United States, which has a conservative majority and three judges appointed by Trump. But that, as happened in the case of his attempts to reverse the election, may not mean much. “The judges are not necessarily married to protecting whoever appointed them, in any case they are more concerned about who can remove them. If there would be a greater possibility of taking this through the normal courts, although that will depend on the calculation you make. the Democratic Party in power, “Calleros said. Even if the Senate, as all indicates, votes against finding Donald Trump guilty of insurrection, the Democrats can take the case before a common court later. Since the crime of insurrection does not prescribe,...
    Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyThe Memo: GOP senators face defining vote on Trump  Lawmakers give standing ovation for Officer Eugene Goodman Senate passes bill to award Capitol Police officer Congressional Gold Medal MORE (R-Utah) on Saturday explained why he voted to convict former President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol Police issues no confidence vote in leaders Graham's post-election call with Georgia's Secretary of State will be investigated: report Trump told McCarthy that rioters 'more upset about the election than you are': report MORE on the charge that he incited the mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.  Romney issued a statement in the early evening on Saturday in which he explicitly declared that Trump “incited the insurrection” that led to several deaths, including that of a Capitol Police Officer. “President Trump incited the insurrection against Congress by using the power of his office to summon his supporters to Washington on...
    Savannah Rychcik February 13, 2021 0 Comments The Senate voted to acquit Former President Donald Trump on the charge of inciting an insurrection on Saturday after falling short of the 67 votes needed to convict him. The majority of senators voted to declare Trump guilty of the charge in a 57-43 vote, including seven Republicans. Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) all sided with Democrats. The Senate acquitted Donald Trump at his second impeachment trial. Vote is 57-43 aye. Needed 67.These Republicans joined all Democrats:Richard Burr (R-NC)Bill Cassidy (R-LA)Susan Collins (R-ME)Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)Mitt Romney (R-UT)Ben Sasse (R-NE)Pat Toomey (R-PA) pic.twitter.com/8VHZzfRc0a— The Recount (@therecount) February 13, 2021 The failure to convict Trump makes him the only president to be impeached and acquitted twice in the history of the United States. Trump released a statement following the...
    Left-wing singer and actress Bette Midler told her two million Twitter followers that former President Donald Trump “killed people at the insurrection.” Twitter has not slapped a manipulated media tag on Midler’s tweet accusing the former president of murder. But the company continues to suspend, ban, and purge conservative accounts. “#DonaldTrump KILLED people at the Insurrection. If he had put a gun to their heads, he could not have done a more efficient job,” tweeted Bette Midler. “And two policemen killed themselves from shame. Have you no hearts, #Republicans? Never, ever again say ‘#BlueLivesMatter.’ You’re fucking liars.” #DonaldTrump KILLED people at the Insurrection. If he had put a gun to their heads, he could not have done a more efficient job. And two policemen killed themselves from shame. Have you no hearts, #Republicans? Never, ever again say “#BlueLivesMatter.” You’re fucking liars. — bettemidler (@BetteMidler) February 11, 2021 “As sad as January...
    Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call/AP Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.Mitch McConnell refused to hold an impeachment trial while Donald Trump was in office. And on Saturday morning, he told his colleagues he would acquit Trump because the trial is unconstitutional since Trump is no longer in office. “While a close call, I am persuaded that impeachments are a tool primarily of removal and we therefore lack jurisdiction,” McConnell wrote to Senate Republicans. (He joined 44 Senate Republicans earlier in the week in voting that the trial was unconstitutional.)   McConnell helped created the very timeline he’s now claims is forcing his hand. Of course, McConnell helped created the very timeline he’s now claims is forcing his hand. A week after Trump incited a violent insurrection at the US Capitol, Democratic leader Chuck...
              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 Cornell Law Professor Dr. William Jacobson to the newsmakers line. During the second hour, Jacobson outlined his new website criticalrace.org that lists colleges and universities that do and do not perform special race training activities and programs on their campuses. He explained how the site was to provide a guide for parents and students that would allow them to make a more informed decision in regards to what they were looking for in their college campus life. Leahy: We are joined on our newsmaker line for the first time by a very good friend Professor William Jacobson. Founder of the Legal Insurrection blog. We’re going to talk a little...
    The Senate has voted to give the Congressional Gold Medal to Eugene Goodman, a Capitol Police officer who led a violent mob away from the Senate doors on January 6 as they hunted for lawmakers during the presidential electoral count. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called the vote at the end of the day's impeachment proceedings, noting Goodman's 'foresight in the midst of chaos, and his willingness to make himself a target of the mob's rage so that others might reach safety.' The Senate voted to award Goodman the medal - the highest honor Congress can bestow - by unanimous consent.  Goodman, 40, has also been promoted to Acting Deputy House Sergeant-at-Arms.  Senators and staff give a standing ovation to U.S. Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman Goodman was awarded on Friday the highest Congressional honor for his bravery Goodman was in the Senate chamber as Schumer spoke, and...
    (CNN)In today's partisan political world, we often hear folks on both sides of the aisle say, "Elections have consequences," to explain policy shifts they support. Coming from Alabama, where we all too often have witnessed political figures using "dog whistle" style rhetoric to inflame passions and in many cases incite violence, I also remind people that words have consequences as well. And when those consequences include a violent insurrection in our nation's Capitol like the one on January 6, accountability is an absolute necessity, in order to protect our democracy. In my view, the House impeachment managers presented a concise and compelling case that former President Donald Trump incited the insurrection of January 6.At the outset, it is important to be clear that two "legal" issues have been dispensed with and should not be part of any senator's deliberations. First, regardless of one's personal opinion about the Senate's jurisdiction to...
    Protesters broke into the Capitol on January 6. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) A pro-Trump mob descended on the Capitol January 6, and hundreds are facing criminal charges. It took four hours to secure the building so Congress could certify Joe Biden's victory. Over one month later, 254 people have been arrested. This searchable table shows all the charges so far. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Since supporters of President Donald Trump swarmed the US Capitol on January 6 — forcing Congress to go into lockdown and damaging the halls of government — 254 people have been arrested and charged with crimes. The FBI is seeking the public's help to identify people who took part in one of the most documented crimes in US history. But since many rioters were allowed to walk free on January 6, it's taking some time to track them down. At...
    Wednesday on FNC’s “Hannity,” conservative talker Mark Levin slammed the impeachment trial underway in the U.S. Senate by calling it “one of the stupidest events” in American history. Levin highlighted some of the abnormal circumstances surrounding the January 6 Capitol Hill riot and argued the proceedings were unconstitutional act by a “rogue” Congress. Transcript as follows: LEVIN: First of all, we are watching one of the stupidest events by some of the stupidest people in American history, and history will fix this. We have a man who slept with a Chinese spy as one of the House Democrat managers. We have a man in Raskin, who was one of the most-loud opponents in one of the recent past elections of certifying the electors. We have a political party that cheered on Antifa and Black Lives Matter and called federal law enforcement storm troopers, and here they are bringing this Soviet-style...
    Reports of Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) tuning out Wednesday during the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump caused Joe Scarborough to hit the roof. In a heated monologue Thursday on Morning Joe, the MSNBC host bashed the Missouri senator for ignoring the trial — and suggested that the reason Hawley did so is that he is complicit in the Capitol riots, given his repeated promotion of false stolen election claims. “You have people that are clearly unfit to serve in the United States Capitol, in the United States Senate,” Scarborough said. “Of course, if you’re Josh Hawley, you actually are the person who led the insurrection. You’re the person most responsible — other than Donald Trump — for that insurrection. You’re the person most responsible for a police officer being beaten to death. You’re the person most responsible for the cop killing, for the cop beating, for the abusing.”...
    Greg Rubenacker inside the Capitol building smoking. FBI Greg Rubenacker, from Farmingdale, New York, was taken into custody on Tuesday.  The FBI says he smoked inside the Capitol building during the January 6 insurrection.  In a criminal complaint, the FBI cited videos Rubenacker posted on Snapchat during the riot. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A self-proclaimed DJ who posted video of himself smoking what appears to be marijuana in the Capitol building during last month's insurrection has been arrested, officials say. Greg Rubenacker, from Farmingdale, New York, was taken into custody on Tuesday, the FBI announced on Twitter. Rubenacker, who on Facebook says he's a DJ, has been charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. According to a criminal complaint seen by Insider, the FBI says Rubenacker posted several...
    (CNN)Advisers to former President Donald Trump say he still has not expressed remorse for the siege at the US Capitol, which could end up being important for Senate jurors to consider after House impeachment managers on Wednesday released new video of the violent mob's assault on January 6. One of the new clips show then-Vice President Mike Pence and his family being hustled away by Secret Service as the siege was under way. That affirms what Pence aides told CNN in the days following the deadly insurrection. Some of those aides were outraged with Trump and believed he had put his own vice president in danger. Pence, who plans to keep laying low during the impeachment trial, has not quite patched up his relationship with Trump after what happened, according to a source familiar with the situation. The source said Pence and Trump "discussed everything" that happened on January 6....
    More On: letters to the editor Letters to the Editor — Feb. 10, 2021 Letters to the Editor — Feb. 9, 2021 Letters to the Editor — Feb. 8, 2021 Letters to the Editor — Feb. 7, 2021 The Issue: The House impeachment and Senate trial of former President Donald Trump. I’m hoping Donald Trump is convicted and disqualified from ever running for office ever again (“Dodging Dem firebrands,” Feb. 10). The House of Representatives impeached him for his incitement of an armed insurrection against the United States government to throw out the results of the 2020 election. Now the Senate must act. Trump must be barred from ever holding public office again! The Senate needs to hold him accountable for his attack on our democracy and the rule of law. Dale Katzen Manhattan Democrats continue to embarrass themselves and make a mockery of the Constitution. It’s quite evident...
    Starmax/Newscom/Zuma Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.In a heartbreaking moment in Trump’s second impeachment trial, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), the lead House impeachment manager,  detailed his family’s harrowing experience at the Capitol on January 6, one day after he’d buried his 25-year-old son. Raskin’s youngest daughter and his son-in-law accompanied him to the Capitol for the tallying of electoral votes: “They wanted to be together with me in the middle of a devastating week for our family,” he said. “I invited them instead to come with me to witness this historic event, the peaceful transfer of power in America.” But instead of witnessing a routine and peaceful democratic process, the family encountered sheer terror. “Here is a sound I will never forget,” Raskin said, “the sound of pounding on the door...
    Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters. The second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump kicked off on Tuesday with a powerful, unflinching video montage chronicling the events leading up to the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol attack—and the harrowing violence that ensued once pro-Trump insurrectionists stormed the Capitol building. The video, presented by Democrats’ lead impeachment manager Jamie Raskin as a straight, “just the facts” play-by-play of the deadly event, was immediately damning, even for those well-acquainted with the most familiar images from the murderous attack. It also included Trump’s remarks encouraging his supporters to take matters into their own hands while he repeated his false claims that the election had been stolen from him. “We love you,” Trump is seen telling the insurrectionists in a video just two hours after...
    Sen. Tim Scott said former President Donald Trump is "simply not guilty" of inciting an insurrection at the Capitol building on Jan. 6. “The president is simply not guilty,” Scott said Monday on Fox News. “I was in the chamber when the rioters were coming over. I was taking my jacket off, my tie off, rolling my sleeves up, just in case I had to fight. The chances of me understanding and appreciating the severity of the situation is 100%. The one person I don’t blame is President Trump.” "The Democrats should put the blame where it stands, where it should be," Scott said Monday on Fox News. "And it does not have to do with the president who said go ‘peacefully’ to protest." Scott cited instances where he says Rep. Maxine Waters “told folks to go aggressively toward folks and tell them they’re not wanted,” and how Sen....
    Fox News’ Laura Ingraham opened her show Monday night saying the “real insurrection” is actually coming from President Joe Biden. The House voted to impeach Donald Trump last month for inciting an insurrection after a mob of his supporters violently stormed the Capitol building — fueled by the baseless claims he repeatedly pushed about the election. Ingraham talked at length railing against the Biden administration’s immigration policy — telling viewers Democrats “hope to swamp the voting power of all of you Americans out there who still know the country’s traditions, Constitution, and history” —  before adding, “Democrats are arguing that Trump welcomed and incited a violent incursion into the Capitol. When it is they who are enticing illegals to bust through our borders, exploit our resources, and commit crimes. And we’re not talking about a few hundred. We’re talking hundreds of thousands, eventually millions if the Democrats have their way.” She...
    Washington (CNN)In a new legal filing, lawyers for former President Donald Trump accused the House Democrats who are leading Trump's impeachment trial of playing "shamefully fast and loose with the truth." But at various points in their 75-page trial memorandum, Trump's lawyers themselves twisted or omitted critical facts. The lawyers -- Bruce L. Castor, Jr., David Schoen and Michael T. van der Veen -- made a series of constitutional arguments in the memorandum. Most notably, they argued that the Constitution does not allow the Senate to hold an impeachment trial of a former president. They also argued that it is unconstitutional to impeach Trump over "political speech" they say is protected by the First Amendment. Many legal experts say that both of these arguments are wrong. In this article, though, we'll set the constitutional debate aside. Our focus is the part of the memorandum in which the lawyers tried to...
    Democratic 'Squad' member Ayanna Pressley says she felt a 'deep and ancestral' terror while she was barricading herself in her office during last month's Capitol riots as she slammed white supremacist mobs. The Massachusetts congresswoman spoke her fear in an interview on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday - exactly one month after the deadly insurrection at the US Capitol. 'As a black woman, to be barricaded in my office using office furniture and water bottles on the ground in the dark, that terror, those moments of terror, is familiar in a deep and ancestral way for me,' Pressley said.  The 46-year-old went on to say that she was haunted by images of black Capitol workers cleaning up after MAGA mob rioters stormed the building on January 6. 'One of the images that I'm haunted by is the Black custodial staff cleaning up the mess left by that violent white supremacist mob,'...
    Impeachment prosecutors are planning to prove that Donald Trump incited the January 6 Capitol riots with a dramatic video juxtaposing chaotic scenes at the insurrection with the former president's remarks.    One year after his first impeachment, Trump finds himself the target of an unprecedented second trial beginning Tuesday in the Senate.  The lead prosecutor, Democratic Rep Jamie Raskin of Maryland, offered a preview of the trial in an interview with the New York Times published Sunday.   'The story of the president's actions is both riveting and horrifying,' Raskin said. 'We think that every American should be aware of what happened - that the reason he was impeached by the House and the reason he should be convicted and disqualified from holding future federal office is to make sure that such an attack on our democracy and Constitution never happens again.'   Rather than relying on witness testimony to make their case,...
    Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) said on CNN Sunday the storming of the U.S. Capitol was inherently rooted in the white supremacist beliefs held by the supporters of former president Donald Trump. As Trump is about to face impeachment for inciting the insurrection, Pressley gave an interview to CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday, and she was asked for her thoughts who say the country should just “move on” from the attack on Congress. Pressley responded by pronouncing the rioters a “white supremacist mob,” and she lamented that it took the events of January 6th for much of the country “to appreciate the threat that white supremacy is to every American and to our democracy.” “The reason it took that incident, that harrowing, traumatic — those events on January 6, is because as a country, we have been ‘turning the page,'” Pressley said. “If we really believe that this is a moment...
    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...
    LADERA RANCH, Calif. (KABC) -- The FBI raided the Ladera Ranch homes of two men who held a rally near the U.S. Capitol on the day before the deadly insurrection last month.The FBI says federal agents executed search warrants last week at the two properties in Orange County. The agency added that the homeowners, Russell Taylor and Alan Hotstetter, have not been charged with a crime.Both men run the American Phoenix Project, which co-sponsored a pro-Donald Trump rally near the Supreme Court on Jan. 5.Court documents related to the search warrants are still under seal.Meanwhile, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday that it has exceeded more than 180 federal criminal cases against rioters and others connected to the siege at the Capitol.Earlier this month, federal agents swarmed the Huntington Beach home of a man who was then arrested for his alleged role in the attack on Jan. 6. Mark Simon...
    This story was originally published in partnership with Rolling Stone by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more at revealnews.org and subscribe to the Reveal podcast, produced with PRX, at revealnews.org/podcast.  The Jan. 6 Save America March, where then-President Donald Trump incited a crowd to attack the U.S. Capitol, opened with a prayer. Trump’s longtime spiritual adviser and White House adviser, the Florida televangelist Paula White, called on God to “give us a holy boldness in this hour.” Standing at the same podium where, an hour later, Trump would exhort the crowd to “fight like hell,” White called the election results into question, asking God to let the people “have the assurance of a fair and a just election.” Flanked by a row of American flags, White implored God to “let every adversary against democracy, against freedom, against...
    Ethan Nordean, pictured, has been arrested by the FBI over his participation in the Capitol siege Seattle Proud Boys leader Ethan Nordean, 30, has been charged by the FBI for his participation in the deadly storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6. Nordean, who also goes by the name Rufio Panman, is the self-described 'Sergeant of Arms' of the Seattle Chapter of the Proud Boys and urged supporters to 'bring back 1776' ahead of the violent siege, according to a complaint filed by the FBI. He has been charged in federal court in the District of Columbia with obstructing or impeding an official proceeding, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, and aiding and abetting, which carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison. Nordean, who uploaded a video on Parler encouraging his fellow members to 'Let them remember the day they decided to...
    The insurrectionists killed one officer and injured over 100 in an effort to find and assassinate anti-Trump lawmakers. In the aftermath of a pro-Trump insurrection that killed one police officer and appears to have contributed to the suicide deaths of two others, the Department of Veterans Affairs will be sending two "mobile vet centers" to the U.S. Capitol to provide free trauma counseling and other services to U.S. Capitol Police, National Guard members, and congressional staff. Some staffers and members of Congress had to flee for their lives during the Jan. 6 violence. It is now known that some members of the mob that invaded the Capitol intended to assassinate political leaders seen as enemies of Donald Trump. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was one of those members, forced to hide as the mob looted offices and searched for their targets. She had to avoid the "extraction point" specified for members of Congress due...
    TORONTO (AP) — The Canadian government designated the Proud Boys group as a terrorist entity on Wednesday, noting they played a pivotal role in the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. The Proud Boys have faced increased scrutiny after seizing on the former Trump administration’s policies and was a major agitator during earlier protests and the Capitol riot on Jan. 6. The Proud Boys is a far-right, male chauvinist extremist group known for engaging in violent clashes at political rallies. Canada is the first country to designate them as a terrorist entity. During a September presidential debate, Donald Trump had urged them to “stand back and stand by” when asked to condemn them by a moderator. A Canadian government senior official said the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol contributed to the designation. The terrorist designation means the group may have assets seized and face...
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., on Monday, August 24, 2020. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images/Pool AOC said she was a sexual assault survivor during an Instagram live about the capital insurrection.  She said the attack compounded with her previous trauma. Compounded trauma, or complex trauma, is the build-up of multiple traumas in a person's life.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. In an Instagram Live about the Capitol attacks on Monday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she was a survivor of sexual assault. Ocasio-Cortez had tears in her eyes as she discussed how she felt the trauma of both events building on each other, and how she's learned that that's a common experience.  "Whether you had a negligent parent, or whether you had someone who was verbally abusive to you, whether you are a survivor of abuse, whether you experience any sort of trauma in your life,...
    The always impeccably-manicured "QAnon Shaman." Since the culmination of the Republican Party’s dream of a ruling class oligarchy was exposed in the clear light of day on Jan. 6, registered Republicans across the country have been pulling their names off of the party’s register. According to multiple news outlets, thousands of voters in numerous states have changed their GOP affiliations for any other identifier but the Republican Party. Almost 10,000 voters “dropped out of the Republican Party in the first 25 days of the year,” from Pennsylvania’s rolls. In North Carolina, in the two weeks after the Jan. 6 insurrection on our country’s Capitol building was televised and streamed around the world, “59% of 10,766 changes to voter registration came from Republicans re-registering as unaffiliated.” According to the News Observer, that’s 5,855 lost voters for the GOP compared to the Democratic Party losing 210 voters at the same time. Ruh roh. And those...
    CNN anchor John Berman made an unfortunate gaffe Monday while speaking about the upcoming Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump.  The "New Day" co-host was interviewing Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., when the introduction to one of his questions turned unintentionally graphic.  SCHUMER MAKES UNFORTUNATE GAFFE ON SENATE FLOOR, SOCIAL MEDIA ERUPTS "So you are going to sit in and listen to the Senate impeachment trial of the former president of the United States, who has been impeached for inciting the erection," Berman said before awkwardly pausing and correcting himself. "Er, inciting the insurrection at the US Capitol."    This isn't the first time a prominent figure botched the word "insurrection" in the same manner. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. went viral last month after making a similar flub.  CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP  "Make no mistake, there will be a trial and when that trial ends, senators will...
    CNN’s John Berman corrected himself on Monday after saying former President Donald Trump is getting impeached “for inciting the erection.” “So you are going to sit and listen to the Senate impeachment trial of the former president of the United States who has been impeached for inciting the erection, inciting the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol,” Berman said on “New Day With Alisyn Camerota and John Berman.” (RELATED: Donald Trump Announces New Impeachment Legal Team) Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer also mistakenly said “incited the erection” and quickly corrected himself, saying “insurrection” during a Jan. 22 floor speech. Schumer’s error happened after he announced the impeachment article’s anticipated delivery would be Jan. 25 and the Senate would conduct a trial. “Senators will have to decide if Donald John Trump incited the erection,” Schumer said. The House voted 232-197 on Jan. 13 to impeach the former president again, charging him...
    CNN’s John Berman seemed to have a case of the Mondays, evidenced by an accidental and funny moment on New Day when he misspoke about former President Donald Trump’s imminent and second impeachment trial. The moment came as Berman was talking to Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) about how President Joe Biden will react to the 10 Republican senators who’ve mounted a counterproposal to his coronavirus relief plans. After that, Berman tried to move on to Trump’s upcoming impeachment trial for inciting the insurrectionist mob of his supporters who stormed Congress in a violent attempt to overturn the 2020 election. Unfortunately, this happened: So you are going to sit and listen to the senate impeachment trial of the former president of the United States who has been impeached for inciting the erection. Berman managed to catch himself and immediately corrected with “inciting the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.” Despite maintaining his...
    Supporters of former President Donald Trump gather on the west side of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6, 2021. In the media ecosphere, researchers may be among the most undervalued players in the industry—especially those who focus on “opposition research,” which is the practice of collecting information on opponents. For Bobby Lewis, this means studying, tracking, and analyzing the many strands of conservative misinformation in the U.S. that threaten our multiracial democracy. Since 2016, Lewis has been a researcher at Media Matters, a progressive research and information center that monitors misinformation in the U.S. media. In practice, Lewis’ job requires that he monitor everything from far-right message boards to Fox News and mainstream print outlets. During the Trump administration, Lewis’ primary focus was the Fox News morning show Fox & Friends, which he says functioned as “an informal morning briefing” for President Donald Trump that influenced countless...
    Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) Friday on MSNBC’s “Live” said former President Donald Trump was “actively courting a rising of the Confederacy” and “a civil war.” Jayapal said, “We all feel this tension of our colleagues who are continuing to not admit that Joe Biden won the election or continuing to engage with white nationalist extremist groups that were part of the insurrection on the Capitol, are continuing to tie themselves to Donald Trump, the president, who incited the insurrection. The most violent on the Capitol since the War of 1812. the reality is. There are too many members of the Republican Party who are refusing to wear masks, are refusing to go through metal detectors.” She continued, “So it is real, the security threat to us, individually, in our homes, in our districts, and on the floor are real. So is the rage at Republicans who are choosing a cult...
    (CNN)Two Republicans from South Carolina have introduced a bill that would allow US Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who was killed during the insurrection three weeks ago, to lie in honor at the Capitol before his burial at Arlington National Cemetery. Rep. Ralph Norman and Sen. Tim Scott introduced the legislation Thursday. If passed, a plaque would be placed in the Capitol in memory of Sicknick and would allow the House Sergeant at Arms to pay for Sicknick's funeral services. The union representing rank-and-file officers "welcome(s) the proposal," which would need to pass with unanimous consent. Sicknick died after being hit in the head with a fire extinguisher during the hours-long fight for control of the Capitol building. "Officer Sicknick died because he put the lives of Members of Congress and their staff before his own safety -- he did his duty," said Gus Papathanasiou, president of the union representing...
    The Weasel meets his Fuhrer Quavering under explicit threats from Donald Trump that he will start a neo-fascist third party (grossly named “The Patriot Party”), Senate Republicans, led by Kentucky blowhard Rand Paul, have signaled that there is no way they would ever vote to convict Trump for inciting the deadly insurrection that killed five people on Jan. 6, and sent hordes of stinking Trump supporters to smear feces all over the House and Senate chambers while trying to hunt down members of those legislative bodies. Now that we know this, now that it’s clear, let’s just remember who controls the trial and the admissible evidence in that trial: the Democratic Senate. Just like then-Majority Leader Mitch McConnell constrained the first trial by admitting no witnesses or evidence, Democrats are free to admit whatever it takes to paint a clear picture of the environment Trump created, which motivated and aided his incitement...
    Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows sought to distance the Trump family and their loyal allies from taking accountability for their part in inciting the riots at the Capitol.  Meadows was speaking on 'Fox & Friends' Wednesday when he was asked by Brian Kilmeade if it was wise for Trump and his cronies to host the rally prior to the assault  on the federal building that resulted in five dead.   'When we start looking at the rally, Brian, we are focused more on that than we are really we need to be focused on today,' Meadows claimed. 'When we start to look at America, it needs to be about what is important to people on Main Street.'  Scroll down for video  Marl Meadows was speaking on 'Fox & Friends' Wednesday when he was asked if it was wise for Trump and his cronies to host the rally...
    US Capitol siege in Washington DC on January 6, 2021. Samuel Corum/Getty Images Three members of a radical anti-government group have been charged for their roles in the Capitol insurrection. The three are associated with the Oath Keepers, a group that claims tens of thousands of members. They face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison for obstructing an official proceeding, according to the DOJ. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Three people associated with the Oath Keepers, a far-right, anti-government militia group made up of current and former military officers and law-enforcement officials, were indicted in a Washington, DC, federal court Wednesday. The three were charged with conspiracy, obstructing an official proceeding, destruction of government property, and unlawful entry on restricted buildings or grounds for their role in the deadly January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol, according to the Department of Justice.  Members of...
    Everyone knows shares of GameStop are soaring. But the huge retail investor-driven rally is not confined to the video game shop. Shares of headphone manufacturer Koss, for example, are up 275 percent to an all-time high. Shares of AMC are up 182 percent. Blackberry shares are up 16 percent. Shares of Bed, Bath, & Beyond rose around 30 percent on Wednesday. Shares of Nokia are up 40 percent. Brokerages are starting to limit leverage for investors in some of these surging stocks. TD Ameritrade told customers on Wednesday that it has placed curbs on some transactions in Gamestop and AMC. Many of the smaller investors who have organized around the Reddit Group r/wallstreetbets see themselves as engaged in a populist uprising against the Wall Street establishment. “People are tired of feeling like the stock market is controlled by big evil institutions, and it is satisfying when a band of misfits...
    Mark Meadows appeared on Fox & Friends and dismissed accountability for a deadly insurrection on the Capitol building that occurred on Jan. 6. The former Chief of Staff for President Donald Trump appeared on his former boss’s favorite teevee show Wednesday morning and predictably delivered partisan assessments of the first week of the Biden administration, namely criticizing President Joe Biden’s record executive actions that largely undid many of Trump’s own executive actions. Things got more interesting, however, when host Brian Kilmeade asked about the “Save America Rally” that preceded the deadly insurrection of Trump supporters which has led to the second impeachment of the former Commander in Chief. “In retrospect, was that rally on January 6th … a good idea?” “When we start looking at the rally, Brian, we are focused more on that than we are really we need to be focused on today,” Meadows argued. “When we start...
    Tom Williams/ZUMA Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.It didn’t take long for Nikki Haley, in the immediate aftermath of the Capitol insurrection, to denounce Donald Trump. The president’s actions since Election Day, the former South Carolina governor told a group of RNC members in a closed-door speech, “will be judged harshly by history.” That strong-worded prediction, which conveniently left out her own role in fanning the flames of those very actions, was likely enough to placate establishment Republicans in the room, once again burnishing Haley’s reputation as some kind of principled conservative. But weeks later, as the conservative media ecosphere and the rest of her party have come out swinging against the upcoming impeachment proceedings, Haley appears eager to remind Republicans of another side of her rep: as one of the...
    The House impeachment managers delivered the article of impeachment to the Senate on Monday, and the Senate will convene Tuesday afternoon to issue a summons to Donald Trump for his second impeachment trial. But the trial itself won’t begin until February 9, leaving Trump time to try to find a second lawyer willing to take on his defense. South Carolina lawyer Butch Bowers will lead the defense, but other lawyers are proving reluctant to associate themselves with the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, in addition to very reasonable concerns that Trump won’t pay them. While Republicans are trying to forestall the trial by arguing that Trump can’t be tried now that he’s no longer in office, President Joe Biden told CNN on Monday that  “I think it has to happen,” because, while the trial may be cause delays in his own agenda, there would be “a worse effect if...
    Trump’s former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, argued against impeaching her former boss, saying that Donald Trump’s actions leading up to a violent MAGA mob laying siege to the Capitol, threatening to kill Congress, and resulting in the deaths of five people were “not his finest” and “not great.” Speaking with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, the former ambassador and South Carolina governor acknowledged that Trump’s maniacal pursuit of the election fraud “big lie” in the final months of his presidency would tarnish his legacy. But the Fox host wouldn’t even go that far, suggesting instead that the Republican Party’s pro-Trump base will not think less of the former president because of what happened that day. “You thought President Trump would be judged harshly because of what happened at the Capitol. I am not sure most Republican voters think that,” Ingraham said, challenging Haley. “January 6th was a tough day. The actions...
    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...
    Protesters broke into the Capitol Building on January 6, 2021. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) A pro-Trump mob descended on the US Capitol January 6, but relatively few have faced criminal charges. It took law enforcement four hours to secure the building so Congress could certify President Joe Biden's victory. Two weeks later, 179 people have been arrested. This searchable graphic shows all the charges so far. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. In the weeks since likely thousands of Trump supporters swarmed the US Capitol, forcing Congress to go on lockdown and damaging the halls of government, more than 170 people have been arrested and charged with crimes. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is seeking the public's help to identify members of the mob who took part in one of the most well-documented crimes in US history. But since many rioters were allowed to walk free on...
    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...
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    The U.S. Supreme Court is seen through a damaged entrance of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 7, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Reproductive justice advocate Jordyn Close watched with the rest of the nation on Jan. 6 as Donald Trump supporters invaded the Capitol. Some were outfitted in tactical gear and had zip ties at the ready. Others brought nooses and pitchforks and Confederate flags. The insurrectionists broke windows, ransacked lawmakers’ offices, and spread feces on the Capitol walls. By the end of it all, five people died. The escalation from rhetoric to violence at the Capitol has shocked many Americans. Close, who works with Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity (URGE), is an abortion storyteller with We Testify, and serves on the board of the abortion fund Women Have Options Ohio, is less surprised. Very early into the news coverage of the insurrection, Close saw a number of familiar faces. Overwhelmingly, these...
    Supporters of US President Donald Trump hold a rally outside the US Capitol as they protest the upcoming electoral college certification of Joe Biden as President in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021. OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images An Orthodox priest in Ohio was suspended after he attended the Trump rally the preceded the Capitol Hill riot. Rev. Mark Hodges was suspended from his priestly duties for three months by the Orthodox Church. Ex-President Trump spoke to his supporters near the White House before a group went on to storm the Capitol. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A priest of the Orthodox Church in the Midwest was suspended from "all priestly duties" for three months after he attended the January 6 pro-Trump rally in Washington, DC, that preceded the deadly riot at the US Capitol.  Rev. Mark Hodges, of Lima, Ohio, an archpriest associated with the...
    (CNN)The Arizona Republican Party's actions on Saturday night sum up so well what we're seeing from much of today's GOP. Slam those who dare to criticize Donald Trump but don't criticize him for inciting an insurrection. Dean Obeidallah In this case, the Arizona state GOP voted to punish former GOP senator Jeff Flake and Cindy McCain, the widow of John McCain, for endorsing President Joe Biden during the 2020 campaign. The Republicans also voted to censure current GOP Gov. Doug Ducey for using "dictatorial powers" when he used emergency rules to shut down businesses as Covid-19 cases rose in the state last year. At least, that was the ostensible reason. Common sense, though, suggests it was at least in part because Ducey very publicly refused to help Trump overturn his loss in the traditionally Republican state. The reelection Saturday of Trump-loving, election-lie peddling Kelli Ward as Arizona state GOP...
    Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren claimed Sunday that former President Donald Trump directed the mob to “go to the Capitol and invade” on Jan. 6. Warren told host Abby Phillip on CNN’s “Inside Politics Sunday” that Trump encouraged his supporters to “to take up arms against the United States government and its lawful actions.” (RELATED: ‘Single Biggest Stimulus We Could Add’: Warren Ups Pressure On Biden To Cancel Student Debt) WATCH: Phillip began the segment with a question about the second impeachment trial of now-former President Trump, asking whether a delay before the start of that trial would give Republican tempers time to cool. “Is there a risk that Republican opposition to Trump will fade the longer you wait?” Phillip asked. “I can’t imagine how Republican opposition to insurrection would fade over the space of a couple of weeks. We’re talking about a president who stood in front of...
    More On: capitol riot New Jersey gym owner charged in Capitol riot Kevin McCarthy: ‘Everybody’ in US ‘has some responsibility’ for Capitol riot Jill Biden visits National Guard troops, thanks them with cookies ‘Zip-tie guy’ at Capitol Riot had arsenal of weapons, including sniper rifle: feds A Democratic congressman from New Jersey is leading the charge to double the punishment for convicted insurrectionists in the wake of the Capitol Hill riots. “What happened on Jan. 6 at the Capitol — while members like myself were told to duck under chairs in the House Gallery as a violent mob broke down the doors of the House Chambers — was a violent extremist attack on our democracy,” Rep. Josh Gottheimer said Friday as he introduced the Stopping Domestic Terrorists Act. “We can never let that happen again.” Gottheimer’s bill would double the maximum prison term for the crime of insurrection from...
    Michael Brochstein/ZUMA Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.Kevin McCarthy’s shifting views over who’s to blame for the pro-Trump insurrection at the Capitol has landed at its inevitable, meaningless point: “Everybody across this country has some responsibility.” That’s what the House minority leader offered to Greta Van Susteren after she questioned, according to HuffPost in an interview set to air on Sunday, whether he had contradicted himself on Thursday by asserting that Donald Trump had not provoked the Jan. 6 riot. The remark appeared to reverse McCarthy’s statements immediately following the Jan. 6 attack that Trump was at least partly to blame for the violence. “No, I have not changed on that,” McCarthy told Van Susteren. Instead, he insisted that all Americans, which presumably includes Trump, share responsibility—a bold claim that carried strong...
    Amid growing alarm about the power of big tech, unprecedented numbers of people are transitioning to encrypted platforms like Signal, Telegram, and Proton Mail. But at the very moment encrypted platforms are taking center stage in our digital lives, they’re facing an existential threat. Organizations like the Center for Democracy and Technology warn “there is increasing… pressure” for companies to provide law enforcement with access to encrypted information. Police never let a good crisis go to waste, even when they contribute to it forming. With Americans outraged that insurrectionists could take over our Capitol, law enforcement has been quick to lobby, yet again, for expanded surveillance powers. But as we learned the hard way after 9/11, fear is a poor guide for making complex and lasting policy decisions. Rather than myopically taking steps sold as marking us feel safe, we need to invest in evidence-based measures that will make us...
    Chuck Schumer said Donald Trump incited an 'erection' instead of an insurrection on the Senate floor Friday, sending social media users laughing that 'we're in for a long, hard trial next week'. The Senate Majority Leader made the hilarious gaffe while announcing that the House's article of impeachment will be sent to the Senate Monday, kicking off the start of Trump's impeachment trial.  Schumer wanted to impress on lawmakers that the former president was responsible for inciting the MAGA mob that stormed the US Capitol on January 6 in a riot that left five - including a Capitol police officer - dead.  But the Democrat stumbled over his words, muddling 'insurrection' for 'erection' and giving his speech another meaning entirely.   Chuck Schumer said Donald Trump incited an 'erection' instead of an insurrection on the Senate floor Friday, sending social media users laughing that 'we're in for a long, hard...
    The US House of Representatives will send the article of impeachment against the now former President Donald Trump to the Senate on Monday, as confirmed by the leader of the Upper House, Chuck Schumer. Miami World – Telemundo 51 The Lower House approved on Wednesday of last week the opening of a new impeachment trial against Trump, this time under the accusation of “incitement to insurrection” for the January 6 assault on the Capitol. Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, who until Joe Biden’s inauguration as president was majority leader, wanted the process delayed until mid-February. Days ago, in her forceful opening speech, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, stressed that Trump “must go” as he is “a clear and present danger.” Trump, as is known, left the White House last Wednesday. “We know that the president of the United States incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion against...
    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer tripped over his words during a Friday speech from the Senate floor. After announcing that the article of impeachment was expected to be delivered by Monday, Schumer said that the Senate would take it up and proceed with a trial. “Senators will have to decide if Donald John Trump incited the erection,” Schumer said, before immediately correcting himself and adding, “insurrection.” (RELATED: Schumer Says Pelosi To Deliver Impeachment Article To Senate On Monday) WATCH: “It will be a fair trial. But make no mistake, there will be a trial and when that trial ends, senators will have to decide if they believe Donald John — Donald John Trump incited the erection — insurrection against the United States,” Schumer said, appearing to catch his breath as he realized his mistake. I regret to inform you that Chuck Schumer just said ‘erection’ instead of ‘insurrection’ on...
    Washington — With discussions of how best to hold former President Donald Trump accountable for his role in the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol persisting on Capitol Hill even after he's left Washington, an obscure provision of the 14th Amendment has emerged as a possible means of preventing Mr. Trump from holding office in the years to come. Ratified in 1868 after the Civil War, Section 3 of the 14th Amendment states that "no person shall be a senator or representative in Congress" or "hold any office, civil or military" if they, after having taken an oath to support the Constitution, "engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof." The measure allows for Congress to "remove such disability" with a two-thirds vote of the House and Senate. The disqualification provision, scholars say, was meant to keep former Confederate...
    Thursday on MSNBC’s “TheReidOut,” Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) accused Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) of committing a “contribution” to the so-called insurrection earlier this month, which he called a “major offense against the Constitution.” Anchor Joy Reid asked, “Ted Cruz made an attack on the re-joining of the Paris climate agreement, and it was the equivalent that if you don’t like English muffins, you hate British people. President Biden indicates he is more interested in the views of the citizens of Paris. Didn’t he vote to negate the votes of the people of Pittsburgh in the election in, but I’ll leave the final thoughts on that to you.” Merkley said, “Joy, you are so right. When I heard this, I thought this from the man who led the effort to burn the ballots of the people of Pittsburgh just last week, and not to mention that the city elects a climate...
    Washington (CNN)A rookie Republican congresswoman from Georgia, Marjorie Taylor Greene, was suspended from Twitter on Sunday for 12 hours after she repeatedly tweeted election misinformation. Greene has a long history of embracing baseless conspiracy theories. And she has been a serial tweeter of false claims -- about the election, the Capitol insurrection and other subjects -- since she won her seat in November.Below is a fact check of 11 false claims Greene has tweeted in the last month alone, including three related claims about the integrity of the election. After CNN emailed her congressional office to offer her the opportunity to comment on any of these findings, her communications director, Nick Dyer, had only a brief response, "Here's our comment: 'CNN is fake news.'"The insurrection timelineDefending President Donald Trump against accusations that he incited the Capitol insurrection, Greene argued: "The timeline doesn't fit the narrative. Trump supporters could not have...
    Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty As a debate rages within the Republican party about how best to handle the looming impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, noted presidential historian Michael Beschloss is now weighing in and putting Trump’s actions on Jan. 6 in perspective. Beschloss is not some partisan hack — though, in our divided media landscape, that will likely be the allegation from the dwindling pro-Trump media set. He is the NBC News Presidential Historian and a frequent commentator on the PBS NewsHour. He is also a trustee of the White House Historical Association and the National Archives Foundation and sits on the board of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. He is, in laymen’s terms, no joke. He has published nearly a dozen books documenting the legacies of a number of presidents, so his commentary is far more authoritative than that of, say, Dan Bongino or Ana Navarro. And so...
    It's back in deserving hands. Republicans have to keep it that way. The second impeachment trial of Donald Trump in the U.S. Senate is likely to be a real trial, unlike the first time around when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his fellow Republicans conducted a sham process, refusing to hear witnesses and refusing to consider the gravity of Trump's crimes. That's changed, now that their place of work—their essential home—has been defiled by an insurrectionist mob incited by Trump. That the impeachment hearings will go forward this time was made clear Tuesday by none other than McConnell, when he stated on the floor "The mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the president and other powerful people." Despite McConnell's essential granting of the validity of the charges against Trump and recognition that the process will proceed, there will still be Republicans and Trump apologists who will argue that...
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