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    Capitol Police leadership had plenty of intelligence warning that armed extremists were planning to target the Capitol over President Donald Trump’s election loss, according to new testimony Thursday. But their rank-and-file officers were still left exposed against armed rioters who came within steps of lawmakers. In an appearance before a House subcommittee, acting Chief Yogananda Pittman said none of the warnings forecast the mass attack that actually took place. Both Democrats and Republicans took issue with that, saying the intelligence sounded both specific and credible. “I cannot get past a glaring discrepancy between intelligence received and preparation,” Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., said during Thursday’s hearing before the House Appropriations Committee. Pittman became acting chief when her predecessor, Steven Sund, resigned in the wake of the insurrection. At the time of the attack, she was serving as assistant chief for protective and intelligence services. Here’s some of what was learned from...
    Capitol Police leadership had plenty of intelligence warning that armed extremists were planning to target the Capitol over President Donald Trump’s election loss, according to new testimony Thursday. But their rank-and-file officers were still left exposed against armed rioters who came within steps of lawmakers. In an appearance before a House subcommittee, acting Chief Yogananda Pittman said none of the warnings forecast the mass attack that actually took place. Both Democrats and Republicans took issue with that, saying the intelligence sounded both specific and credible. “I cannot get past a glaring discrepancy between intelligence received and preparation,” Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., said during Thursday’s hearing before the House Appropriations Committee. Pittman became acting chief when her predecessor, Steven Sund, resigned in the wake of the insurrection. At the time of the attack, she was serving as assistant chief for protective and intelligence services. Here’s some of what was learned from...
    Roger Stone greets supporters after he spoke in front of the Supreme Court on January 05, 2021 in Washington, DC. Members of the Oath Keepers militant group provided security. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images 6 men who guarded Roger Stone in DC stormed the Capitol, The New York Times found. All of those guards are reportedly associated with the Oath Keepers, a militant extremist group. Some Oath Keepers planned for the insurrection, according to court documents obtained by Insider. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Six people who guarded Roger Stone in Washington, DC, before the January 6 Capitol riot participated in the insurrection, according to an investigation by The New York Times. It was previously reported by Vice that several of the men who accompanied Stone, a friend and former adviser of former President Trump, were associated with the Oath Keepers, a militant anti-government extremist group. All six...
    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...
    London (CNN Business)Donald Trump's businesses generated nearly 40% less revenue last year as the coronavirus pandemic slammed the hotel industry, putting the former president under financial pressure even before corporate partners and banks ditched him in the wake of the insurrection at the US Capitol. Posted on Wednesday as he left the White House, Trump's final financial disclosure as president reveals a steep decline in revenue at some of his marquee properties in 2020 and the first 20 days of this year. Sales at the Trump International Hotel Washington plummeted by 63% compared with 2019 to $15.1 million, while revenue fell 62% to $9.8 million at Scottish golf resort Turnberry. Revenue at one of the former president's biggest businesses, the Trump National Doral golf resort near Miami, declined to $44.2 million from $77.2 million in 2019. Trump has mortgages on the property totaling between $55 million and $75 million, according...
    Republican Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert slammed Democratic Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen on Monday after he suggested she led a tour of the Capitol building before the Jan. 6 riot. All claims of my involvement with the attack on Jan. 6th are categorically false. These lies are irresponsible & dangerous. The left would like to bog my name down in conspiracies because they want to slow down my work for the people of CO-03. I will continue on regardless. — Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) January 18, 2021 “All claims of my involvement with the attack on Jan. 6th are categorically false,” Boebert tweeted. “These lies are irresponsible and dangerous.” Boebert then sent a letter to Cohen explaining she gave her family a tour of the Capitol on Jan. 2, and they were present for her swearing in ceremony on Jan. 3. Boebert sends letter to Cohen about allegations. She says she...
    The FBI still has not been able to identify the person who left pipe bombs at the Capitol on January 6 while thousands stormed the Capitol and agents fear they may still be active but they insist they've made it a 'top priority' to find the suspect before Biden's inauguration tomorrow. The bomber was filmed on surveillance cameras leaving devices outside the Republican National Committee headquarters and the Democratic National Committee headquarters.  They were wearing a grey hoodie, black pants, gloves and an N-95 mask. While around 100 people have been arrested for their role in the riot and many have been charged, police are still no closer to closing in on the bomber.  The FBI has not even clarified if they think the bomber is a man or a woman.  The FBI has still not been able to identify the person who left pipe bombs at the RNC and...
    Bradley Cortright January 17, 2021 0 Comments Freshman Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) did not vote to impeach President Donald Trump over his rhetoric at a rally before a mob of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol. However, she signaled that she would have supported a censure resolution to hold Trump accountable. During an interview on NBC’s “Meet The Press” on Sunday, Mace told host Chuck Todd that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) blocked efforts by lawmakers to discuss a censure resolution rather than impeachment. Additionally, she said Pelosi blocked efforts to examine whether Congress could vote to prevent Trump from running for office again without impeachment. “With censure, that was one of the things that I believe we should have had up for debate,” Mace said. She continued, “It’s complex, constitutionally, but there were folks in both chambers and in both parties having the ability to look at that as an...
    A woman who had a violent altercation with a black security guard prior to the storming of the U.S. Capitol has been fired from her hospital job after her daughter outed her on Twitter. Therese Duke, 50, was fired from UMass Memorial hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts following the January 5 incident in Washington DC, her daughter Helena said and the hospital appeared to confirm. Duke was identified after Helena, 18, tweeted video of the confrontation, adding a caption that read: 'Hi mom remember the time you told me I shouldn't go to BLM protests bc they could get violent…this you?'  Footage from a protest on January 5, the day before the Capitol riot, shows Duke trying to snatch a phone out of the hands of security guard Ashanti Smith, 28, who immediately wheeled around and jabbed the Trump supporter in the face with her fist.  Smith was also fired after the...
    A North Carolina State trooper is under investigation for Facebook posts calling Black Lives Matter a 'racist money laundering hate group' and attending 'Stop the Steal' rally ahead of the riot at the U.S. Capitol last week. Master Trooper Mark Melvin, 40,  made the post, which has since been deleted, on December 16, 2020 and has been placed on administrative duty. First Sgt. Christopher Knox, a Highway Patrol spokesman, confirmed to DailyMail.com that Melvin is under investigation but said the law enforcement agency does not provide details on personnel matters. “Effective Monday, January 11, 2021, Master Trooper Mark S. Melvin was placed on administrative duty in response to an ongoing internal administrative investigation,” Knox said. Master Trooper Mark Melvin, 40 has been placed on administrative duty after calling Black Lives Matter a 'racist money laundering hate group' The veteran trooper also posted two dozen photos from the 'Stop the...
    A counter-protest by Students for Life, an anti-abortion group, in front of the Supreme Court. Stephen Zenner/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.A week after the violent insurrection at the Capitol, we’re learning more and more about the people who charged the building. And recent reporting from Vice, Jezebel, and others reveal there were quite a few anti-abortion extremists at the pro-Trump rally, if not in the Capitol afterward as well. You’re probably thinking, hmm, ok, that makes sense—and it does! But the overlap of these universes cannot simply be boiled down to the fact that Trump supporters are more likely to strongly oppose abortion. The violence we saw at the Capitol—and the inflammatory rhetoric and disinformation that led up to it—in fact mirrors what’s been plaguing the debate around abortion for...
    A NEW Jersey congresswoman has made a startling claim about several lawmakers leading groups around the Capitol for “reconnaissance” one day before a pro-Trump mob besieged the building in a deadly attack. Democratic Representative Mikie Sherrill leveled the allegations at unnamed colleagues during a Facebook live video on Tuesday, where she also revealed her intention to hold president Donald Trump to account for the riot. Read our Donald Trump live blog for the very latest news on the President... 3Democratic Representative Mikie Sherrill addresses her constituents in a Facebook Live videoCredit: congresswoman Mikie Sherrill/ Facebook 3A rioter confronts U.S. Capitol Police in the hallway outside of the Senate chamber at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021Credit: AP:Associated Press During the video, Sherrill alleged that she witnessed “members of Congress who had groups coming through the Capitol that I saw on 5 January– a reconnaissance for the next day.” She did not provide any...
    A Democratic representative revealed Tuesday she witnessed members of Congress leading 'reconnaissance' tours through the Capitol the day before the mob stormed the building – as more details emerged over the attack indicating three Republican lawmakers may have helped protesters get inside. Mikie Sherrill, who represents New Jersey's 11th district, said during a Facebook Live video Tuesday night that she wants members of Congress who 'abetted' President Donald Trump and the violent crowd who descended on the Capitol to be held accountable and prevented from running for office in the future. 'We can't have a democracy if members of Congress are actively helping the president overturn the elections results,' Sherrill said of her colleagues she claims assisted Trump in inciting a crowd to storm the Capitol last Wednesday, January 6. 'Not only do I intend to see that the president is removed and never runs for office again and doesn't...
    Post-riot accounts from last Wednesday reveal that not only did President Trump egg on supporters who wreaked havoc in the Capitol – but he was glued to the television as the events unfolded, incapable of responding to desperate pleas to use influence to stop it and enjoying seeing it unfold. There were two major areas where the president fell dramatically short of what was being asked of him: using his personal popularity with his followers to urge them to vacate the Capitol immediately; and using the vast powers of his office to try to speed a federal response.  But when key current and former aides and family members tried to reach him, he was 'busy enjoying the spectacle,' according to a Washington Post account. President Donald Trump called his pre-riot remarks 'totally appropriate' President Donald Trump was glued to the television at the White House as his supporters...
    Christopher A. Wray, the director of the FBI who took over from James Comey in 2017, has not spoken publicly since Wednesday's riot The FBI circulated an internal memo warning that a 'war' was coming to the Capitol the day before thousands stormed it but did nothing to stop it, it has been revealed.    On January 5, the FBI's office in Norfolk, Virginia, blasted an internal memo which cited social media posts talking about spilling the blood of 'BLM slave soldiers' on the Capitol.   The memo was obtained by The Washington Post on Tuesday. It read: 'As of 5 January 2021, FBI Norfolk received information indicating calls for violence in response to ‘unlawful lockdowns’ to begin on 6 January 2021 in Washington. D.C.  'An online thread discussed specific calls for violence to include stating ‘Be ready to fight. Congress needs to hear glass breaking, doors being kicked in, and...
    Madison Summers January 12, 2021 0 Comments President Donald Trump believes his words from his speech last week were “totally appropriate.” A reporter asked as Trump departed for Alamo, Texas, on Tuesday what his “role in what happened at the Capitol” was and what his “personal responsibility” is. Trump defended the speech he gave at a rally last Wednesday, which happened just before protestors stormed the U.S. Capitol. “If you read my speech, and many people have done it… it’s been analyzed… People thought that what I said was totally appropriate,” Trump said. Watch the video below: Q: "What is your role in what happened at the Capitol? What is your personal responsibility?"President Trump: "If you read my speech…people thought that what I said was totally appropriate." pic.twitter.com/90Pdt8xFSz— CSPAN (@cspan) January 12, 2021 During the president’s speech at the “Save America” rally last Wednesday in Washington, D.C.,...
    High on a flyer of FBI suspects in Wednesday’s attack on the Capitol building is a picture of a shouting man in a cap with a yellow insignia. Though the FBI doesn’t name him, his identity is no mystery: he’s Jon Schaffer, guitarist in Ice Earth, according to the metal band, which has condemned his alleged actions at the Capitol. But more striking than the appearance of a semi-well known musician at the Capitol putsch was the hat he wore. The baseball cap bore the logo for the Oath Keepers, a paramilitary group that cloaks itself in patriotic rhetoric and openly recruits law enforcement. With connections to politicians and police, the Oath Keepers spent the months ahead of the Jan. 6 riot promoting civil war. And unlike other far-right groups like the Proud Boys, they often manage to avoid outright condemnation from authorities. Schaffer, 52, is wanted by the...
    DONALD Trump Jr filmed party-like scenes backstage before his dad's inflammatory speech that sparked the Capitol invasion in Washington DC. The Trump family was filmed in a celebratory mood - with Kimberly Guilfoyle dancing - hours before the deadly riot. 8Don Jr. with his dad, the President, in the background 8Donald Trump getting himself ready to address the crowd What happened at Trump's party before the Capitol riots? Donald Trump Jr shared a video of his dad, the President, getting himself hyped up to address supporters hours before the Capitol Hill riot. The livestreamed footage shows Donald Trump, Ivanka and brother Eric as they get ready to go on stage for the Save America March on January 6, 2021. At the start of the clip, a smiling Donald Trump Jr says, “I think we’re T-minus a couple of seconds here, guys, so check it out, tune in, if you’re livestreaming.”...
    President Donald Trump considered deploying the National Guard to hold off would be anti-Trump counter protesters, according to advisers familiar with the matter.  Trump is said to have expressed interest beforehand in calling the National Guard to Wednesday's demonstration and eventual assault on the Capitol to protect his own people, the New York Times reports.  Instead, Trump was resistant in calling the troops even after the mob of brazen Trump supporters descended on the Capitol and stole property. Trump is said to have expressed interest beforehand in calling the National Guard to Wednesday's demonstration and eventual assault on the Capitol Instead, Trump was resistant in calling the troops even after the mob of brazen Trump supporters descended on the Capitol.  In addition to calling the National Guard for his supporters, Trump is said to have also told advisers in the days leading up to the march that he...
    Portland police declared a riot for a second night running last night as protesters tried to smash into an ICE building on the 84th day of violence in the city.  Cops fired pepper spray to disperse the crowds after protesters pounded on the window of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement complex and spray-painted expletives on the walls.   Footage showed one man breaking a window at the federal building while riot police faced down demonstrators outside and protesters lit fires in the streets.  Police claimed protesters were throwing glass bottles and 'softball-sized rocks' and shining lasers at federal officers leaving the ICE building, while two people were arrested before the crowd was finally cleared after 1am.  Portland's police chief yesterday pleaded with protesters to call off the 'endless destruction' as he condemned the 'senseless criminal activity' in the city.   Protesters on the streets of Portland last night where a...
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