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    In the middle of Trump impeachment trial proceedings, new reporting from the day of the Capitol riots has dropped. You may remember previous reporting from Axios about a phone call Donald Trump had with Kevin McCarthy the day of the riots, during which the former president made the incredibly false claim it was actually antifa that stormed the Capitol — something even McCarthy called BS on. Now CNN is reporting some more vivid details from that very heated call and what it reveals about Trump’s state of mind while the rioting was underway: “Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are,” Trump said, according to lawmakers who were briefed on the call afterward by McCarthy. McCarthy insisted that the rioters were Trump’s supporters and begged Trump to call them off. Trump’s comment set off what Republican lawmakers familiar with the call described...
    Bradley Cortright February 12, 2021 0 Comments New York State officials withheld information that would have detailed the true number of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes due to fear of a federal investigation, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) top aide told state lawmakers, according to a report. The governor’s secretary Melissa DeRosa told state lawmakers in a video conference, which was first obtained by The New York Post, that state officials did not hand over a tally of the number of nursing home residents who died from COVID-19 because they were nervous that it could be used against them in an investigation. She said officials were nervous that then-President Donald Trump would direct the Department of Justice “to do an investigation into us.” Additionally, she said they were worried he would use the numbers as a political cudgel, “[Trump] starts tweeting that we killed everyone in nursing homes…He...
    More On: new hampshire Mom sent 3-year-old to daycare alone in Lyft: cops New Hampshire mom, son found dead amid abuse accusations Fired cop facing felony charge can have guns for work, judge says New Hampshire House speaker dies of COVID-19 a week after swearing in New Hampshire isn’t kitten around. Lawmakers in the Granite State say they have been ordered to keep their pets out of the room when they log on for remote hearings. Rep. Anita Burroughs’ two cats, Yoshi and Jack, have often vied for FaceTime during recent House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee hearings. The Democrat said she hadn’t received any complaints about her politically-active pets but after a hearing Wednesday — when Yoshi’s fluffy black-and-white face partially obscured her own — a colleague told her that the committee chair had enacted a pet prohibition. “The chair talked to her and said no animals in...
    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Politically active pets are out of luck in New Hampshire, where some lawmakers say they have been told to keep their cats and dogs out of the room when they log on for remote hearings. Rep. Anita Burroughs, a Democrat from Glen, said her cats, Yoshi and Jack, have made appearances during several recent House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee hearings — including Wednesday, when Yoshi’s fluffy black-and-white face partially obscured her own as he moved in for some attention. No one objected at the time, but a colleague later passed along a message from the committee chair, Republican Rep. John Hunt of Rindge. “The chair talked to her and said no animals in the room,” Burroughs said. “I can try to keep the cats off the screen. Keeping them out of the room is going to be impossible.” Hunt, however, denied issuing a ban. “I...
    Several Republican lawmakers involved in some way with the rally ahead of the storming of the Capitol earlier this month sought with Donald Trump for a pardon – but the president's legal advisors warned against granting the pleas. Two people familiar with the plans told CNN that Trump decided not to grant the pardons to lawmakers before he leaves office Wednesday. He also decided Saturday night, according to sources, that he would not pardon himself or his family members. Although it is not clear from the Tuesday report which Republican lawmakers directly asked the president for clemency, there are a number who were involved in the rally Democrats are claiming incited the ensued deadly riot. Among those who spoke to the rally at the Ellipse before the mob rioted were Representatives Paul Gosar and Andy Biggs of Arizona and Mo Brooks of Alabama.  Top 'Stop the Steal' organizer Ali Alexander...
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyTrump stares down new impeachment threat Republicans warn Democrats against impeaching Trump again GOP lawmakers voice frustration with leadership response to Trump riots MORE (R-Calif.) said on a Monday GOP conference call that President TrumpDonald TrumpOutgoing Capitol Police chief accuses House, Senate security officials of hindering efforts to call in National Guard: WaPo PGA announces plans to move 2022 championship from Trump property Former Democratic senator: Biden Justice Department may investigate Jan. 6 rally speakers for incitement MORE told him he takes some responsibility for inciting the riots that took place at the Capitol on Wednesday, two GOP sources confirmed to The Hill. The call marked the first time the entire caucus convened in the wake of the Capitol being breached, with multiple members voicing concerns about security in the future.   A sizable number of House Republican lawmakers have expressed strong frustration with the rhetoric Trump...
    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A GOP caucus meeting that resulted in at least four lawmakers testing positive for the coronavirus was “horribly managed," but lawmakers, not public health officials, should have alerted Democrats, Republican Gov. Chris Sununu said. Democrats learned of the Nov. 20 meeting held indoors at McIntyre ski area on Tuesday, the day before the Legislature was to be sworn-in at the University of New Hampshire. “It was horribly managed," Sununu said Thursday when asked about the caucus meeting. There was an open buffet at the gathering, and “a lot” of the participants were not wearing masks or socially distancing, he said. The Department of Health and Human Services conducted contact tracing to alert lawmakers who were in close contact with their infected colleagues, and a letter went out to the rest of the GOP members, he said. Republican leaders should have also notified Democrats, he said. “It...
    By DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey on Tuesday sought to downplay his recent meeting with Donald Trump amid the president's efforts to challenge Joe Biden's win in Michigan, saying Republicans told Trump that state law does not give legislators a say in awarding electoral votes. Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield were among seven GOP lawmakers who met with Trump at the White House last week, days before the state elections board certified Biden's victory and closed the door to any longshot, legally suspect bid to not award Michigan's 16 electoral votes to the former vice president. “It was a very innocuous meeting. It was high on expectations and low on results,” Shirkey told The Associated Press. At one point, Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani — who called in — repeated allegations he had made at a news conference the day before regarding...
    Fox News meteorologist Janice Dean became emotional on Tuesday as she talked about her exclusion from testifying about nursing home deaths in New York throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Dean emerged as one of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s fiercest critics in recent months with regard to his handling of the health crisis. Dean’s parents-in-law both died from Covid-19 at assisted living facilities, and as such, she repeatedly slammed Cuomo for failing to protect seniors in nursing homes and refusing to accept responsibility for the consequences of his policies. On Monday, Dean said she was called to speak at a public hearing on New York’s nursing home deaths, but her invitation was revoked and she accused Cuomo or his administration of being behind that. Speaking with her Fox & Friends colleagues on Tuesday, Dean elaborated on how she was pulled off the witness list. “Late last night, after I appeared...
    The FBI under Director Christopher Wray's leadership deceived lawmakers on the Senate Intelligence Committee during a 2018 briefing on the Russia investigation, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham told "Hannity" Monday, citing a document he obtained from the Department of Justice. "This is really unbelievable ... " said Graham, R-S.C. "A year after they knew the Russian dossier was no longer reliable, they told the same lies to the Congress, not just the [FISA] court, as a completely new front of legal liability, and I'm going to find out what happened." DECLASSIFIED SENATE INTELLIGENCE REPORT SHOWS STRONG DOUBTS ABOUT STEELE DOSSIER IN DECEMBER 2016 According to Graham, the committee called the FBI to testify on the reliability of the notorious Steele Dossier. The dossier was pivotal to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants the bureau obtained for former Trump aide Carter Page as part of its "Crossfire Hurricane" investigation into Russian election interference. The senator said that the FBI told the committee there was no reason to doubt...
    WASHINGTON - Senior U.S. lawmakers walked out of a White House briefing early Tuesday, saying they are not satisfied with what the administration had to say about allegations Russia offered bounties to Taliban fighters to kill American and coalition troops in Afghanistan.   The briefing, the second in as many days, was set up to share intelligence about the alleged Russian plot with senior Democratic lawmakers, following a similar briefing late Monday with members of President Donald Trump’s party.   “The most concerning part about it is that the White House didn’t have very clear answers,” House Armed Services Committee Chairman, Rep. Adam Smith, told reporters, following Tuesday’s White House briefing.   “Very concerning to me was that their initial response was that they just wanted to make sure we knew that the president didn’t know anything,” Smith added.  “That’s actually not normal.”   “Their basic position is that...
    The Department of Justice (DOJ) has told lawmakers that it is considering launching a probe into potential discriminatory practices taking place at the Minneapolis Police Department, according to The Wall Street Journal. The potential probe would be in addition to an investigation already taking place at the DOJ into whether the May 25 death of George Floyd, a Black man who died in Minneapolis police custody, violated federal hate crime laws.   The probe — proposed to lawmakers as an "option" — would look into behaviors beyond just Floyd’s death, which sparked massive protests nationwide calling for an end to police brutality. Some Republicans have reportedly opposed such probes because they could be a financial burden on cash-strapped cities and hurt police morale. The state of Minnesota has already launched a civil rights investigation into years of “systemic discriminatory practices” by the Minneapolis Police Department. Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis officer who was...
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