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    Former Capitol security officials clashed publicly on Tuesday over the events surrounding last month’s deadly assault on the Capitol complex, casting blame at the intelligence community and the Pentagon while delivering conflicting accounts of how the tragedy unfolded. Here are five takeaways from the day’s proceedings. Congress will need to probe contradictions There were major discrepancies between former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund and former House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving as they recounted their actions before and during the Jan. 6 attack. The two officials couldn’t even agree whether a phone call had taken place between them as rioters were breaking into the building. Sund testified that two days before the attack, he approached both Irving and then-Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Michael Stenger to request aid from the National Guard. Irving said he was concerned about the “optics” of a military presence at the Capitol and didn’t feel the intelligence supported it, according...
    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...
    Savannah Rychcik February 21, 2021 0 Comments House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) claims “there’s a lot of blame to go around” for the events that took place at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. The host of ABC’s “This Week,” Jonathan Karl, asked Scalise if he questioned Trump during his visit with him at Mar-a-Lago about his role in the riots and whether he takes responsibility for it. “I was in Florida doing some fundraising throughout a number of parts of Florida, ended up at Mar-a-Lago, and the president reached out, and we visited,” Scalise said. He continued, “I hadn’t seen him since he had left the White House, and it was actually good to catch up with him. I noticed he was a lot more relaxed than his four years in the White House… It was a conversation more about how he’s doing now and what...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s acquittal at his second impeachment trial may not be the final word on whether he’s to blame for the deadly Capitol riot. The next step for the former president could be the courts. Now a private citizen, Trump is stripped of his protection from legal liability that the presidency gave him. That change in status is something that even Republicans who voted on Saturday to acquit of inciting the Jan. 6 attack are stressing as they urge Americans to move on from impeachment. “President Trump is still liable for everything he did while he was in office, as an ordinary citizen, unless the statute of limitations has run,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said after that vote. He insisted that the courts were a more appropriate venue to hold Trump accountable than a Senate trial. “He didn’t get away with anything yet,” McConnell...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s acquittal at his second impeachment trial may not be the final word on whether he’s to blame for the deadly Capitol riot. The next step for the former president could be the courts. Now a private citizen, Trump is stripped of his protection from legal liability that the presidency gave him. That change in status is something that even Republicans who voted on Saturday to acquit of inciting the Jan. 6 attack are stressing as they urge Americans to move on from impeachment. RELATED: COVID-19 In Maryland: 7.4K Total Deaths Linked To Coronavirus In Maryland As Hospitalizations, Positivity Rate Continue To Decline “President Trump is still liable for everything he did while he was in office, as an ordinary citizen, unless the statute of limitations has run,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said after that vote. He insisted that the courts were a...
    By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's acquittal at his second impeachment trial may not be the final word on whether he’s to blame for the deadly Capitol riot. The next step for the former president could be the courts. Now a private citizen, Trump is stripped of his protection from legal liability that the presidency gave him. That change in status is something that even Republicans who voted on Saturday to acquit of inciting the Jan. 6 attack are stressing as they urge Americans to move on from impeachment. “President Trump is still liable for everything he did while he was in office, as an ordinary citizen, unless the statute of limitations has run,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said after that vote. He insisted that the courts were a more appropriate venue to hold Trump accountable than a Senate trial. “He didn’t get...
    Politicians from the Democratic Party twice impeached and twice failed to convict Donald Trump — once as president, once as a private citizen for acts undertaken while president. Legal experts say they don’t expect much will come of the underlying incidents leading up to Trump’s second impeachment after the fact — at least not in criminal terms. A sea change briefly appeared possible during the late morning and early afternoon hours on Saturday after House impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) — whose impassioned delivery and case-in-chief had been broadly praised throughout the proceedings as astute, erudite, and emotionally-stirring — said that Democrats were prepared to subpoena a necessary witness. The source of that news-generating witness call was a weeks-old statement from Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.) which detailed Trump’s alleged nonchalance in the face of the Jan. 6 insurrection on his behalf. To hear Herrera Beutler tell it, Trump...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former President Donald Trump’s second Senate impeachment trial (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Senators are submitting written questions to the prosecution and the defense in the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. One of the first questions came from Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who have been critical of Trump’s actions. They asked Trump’s lawyers to lay out in detail what Trump did to stop the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, and when Trump first learned the building had been breached. Trump lawyer Michael van der Veen did not answer directly, instead accusing Democrats of denying Trump due process during the impeachment process. “The House managers did zero investigation and the American people deserve a lot better than that,” he said. Trump’s defense wrapped up their opening arguments earlier Friday, telling senators the impeachment...
    DALLAS (AP) — A North Texas man was arrested Wednesday after he was charged with participating in the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol. Court papers filed Tuesday in the federal district court in Sherman charge Daniel Ray Caldwell, 49, with assaulting a federal officer, as well as with trespassing on restricted grounds, the violent entry on those grounds and participating in civil disorder. No other details of the allegations were immediately available. Caldwell was booked without bond into the Collin County Jail in McKinney. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Texas, Associated Press
    When the Senate trial for Donald Trump gets underway, one of the tasks for the House impeachment managers is going to be laying out events between Election Day and Jan. 6 to show how Trump encouraged his supporters in a lie and incited them to violence. But it’s going to have to wait until later hearings before the House and Senate bring in additional testimony on security issues related to the insurgency. Which is frustrating. Because a month after the assault on the Capitol, it seems the police, the Pentagon, and intelligence agencies still can’t agree on who knew what, who asked for help, or how things got so royally mucked up. Since the Jan. 6 insurrection, the House has heard testimony about the lack of preparations made by the Capitol Police—despite an assessment by the acting chief, who said: “We knew that militia groups and white supremacist organizations would be attending...
    They had his number. Federal authorities identified an Ohio man as a Capitol invader by merely looking at the name and number on the jacket he was wearing while storming the Capitol and kicking in a window. As a result, Troy Faulkner, 39, now faces several federal charges. The FBI said that it saw Faulkner on a YouTube video kicking in a Capitol window. But before that happened, the defendant was facing away from the camera and his jacket was exposed. This was important because that was a jacket identifying his painting business: In the video, before jumping up on a ledge to kick in the window, FAULKNER could be seen facing away from the camera with his back turned. On the back of his jacket, there is the name of a company “FAULKNER PAINTING” and the telephone number “XXX-XXX- 6985.” Your affiant was able to confirm through the Ohio Secretary...
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki declined to comment Thursday about calls for “permanent fencing” surrounding the U.S. Capitol building. “I’m not sure we’re going to have any comment on that specifically, but I’m happy to talk to our national security, homeland security team if we have anything further to add,” Psaki said in response to a question about the proposed Capitol fencing during a press briefing. Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman on Thursday recommended “permanent fencing” be placed around the Capitol following the riots on Jan. 6, according to a United States Capitol Police statement. Pittman called for additional forces to be designated near the Capitol. (RELATED: Video Footage Shows Fencing And Guards Surrounding Capitol Ahead Of Biden’s Inauguration) Pittman ordered her staff to “conduct a physical security assessment of the entire Capitol Complex” when she took the position as acting Capitol Police chief on Jan. 8, according...
    TFW you try to blame Antifa, but only incriminate yourself. Ohio man Stephen Ayres claimed to have special knowledge that it wasn’t Donald Trump’s supporters who orchestrated the siege of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. He tried to blame Antifa, but the only thing he ended up accomplishing was implicating himself in criminal offenses. Ayres was arrested in the Northern District of Ohio on Monday. According to the FBI, Ayres and two unnamed associates took it upon themselves to post a video on social media after the Capitol siege. In that video, Ayres allegedly blamed Antifa for breaking into the Capitol. Dozens of federal criminal cases against Trump supporters show otherwise. In any event, the feds allege that Ayres blamed everyone but Trump supporters for what happened that day. It was just a vast left-wing conspiracy between … police and the media against pro-Trump individuals, Ayres suggested while acknowledging...
    Conservative Republicans have tried to dismantle labor unions as long as there have been labor unions. On the other hand, Republicans also long ago made their bet as the “party of law and order,” a position that has glorified every aspect of policing. That combination meant that of all unions, police unions have flourished not just with Republican blessings, but bolstered by racism, anti-immigrant policies, and disdain for public service that defines the GOP. As a result, when police unions make the news, it’s often because they’re defending officers in the shooting of an unarmed Black person, or defending the use of violence against peaceful protesters. But that’s not the case with a statement that came out from the Capitol Police union on Wednesday. The union isn’t concerned about protecting the actions of some “rogue cop.” They’re outraged over what they see as a betrayal by leadership—at the Capitol police, and...
    A Nebraska man accused of participating in the storming of the U.S. Capitol was arrested Monday in Omaha, the FBI said. Brandon Straka of Omaha faces federal charges of impeding a law enforcement officer during civil disorder, knowingly entering and remaining on restricted grounds, and engaging in disorderly conduct with intent to disturb a hearing before Congress. TEXAS MAN ARRESTED IN DC WITH UNLICENSED PISTOL, OVER 80 ROUNDS AFTER TELLING COP HE NEEDED INFO ON OVAL OFFICE  A federal criminal complaint included a screenshot of a video clip obtained by the FBI showing Straka in a crowd outside the Capitol on Jan. 6. As he neared the entrance, Straka turned the camera to film himself stating, "They’re using gas. We’re being gassed right now." (Justice Department) Straka's initial court appearance is Tuesday, the Omaha World-Herald reported. An eight-minute video filmed by Straka that was sent to the FBI...
    The National Guard has been told to be on the lookout for improvised explosive devices after the Defense Department received a credible threat assessment Wednesday that armed protesters are planning to disrupt events surrounding the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.  WASHINGTON'S SECURITY PREPS IN HIGH GEAR FOR INAUGURATION Members of the National Guard assemble on Capitol Hill on Jan. 12. Photo Credit: Chris Kleponis/Sipa USA Officials increased the number of National Guard members who will be deployed in Washington during the presidential inauguration from 15,000 to 20,000 on Wednesday, more than three times the number of U.S. troops currently deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan combined. Wednesday's security briefing prep is the same one that troops receive before being deployed for Baghdad or Kabul, a senior defense official who is part of planning the security measures for the event told Fox News. Most of the National Guard will be armed with standard-issue...
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    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress’ tally of the Electoral College vote won by Joe Biden (all times local): 3:55 a.m. President Donald Trump now says there “will be an orderly transition on January 20th” after Congress concluded the electoral vote count certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s victory and after a day of violence when his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol. Trump says in a statement tweeted by his social media director Dan Scavino, “Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th.” He adds: “I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again.” Trump’s account is currently locked...
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