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    Madison Summers January 23, 2021 0 Comments Former White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley is weighing on President Donald Trump’s final days before he left office. Gidley, who became the press secretary for Trump’s reelection campaign, spoke with Alex Wagner for Showtime’s “The Circus” where Wagner suggested Trump is “going to be remembered for, the final act of his presidency, is a white supremacist mob storming the Capitol and trying to kill lawmakers.” In response, Gidley said, “Look, there are a lot of things in that administration that happened in four years that people are going to try point to as one seminal thing,” before Wagner added, “He’s getting impeached for a second time for this thing.” “I’m just trying to point out the fact that, he accomplished a lot from a policy standpoint, he was a lightning rod from a personality standpoint,” the former White House aide said. He,...
    To open her show on Friday evening, CNN’s Erin Burnett laid out a damning indictment of Sen. Josh Hawley’s (R-MO) excuses and unapologetic defenses of his role in spreading the “big lie” of 2020 election fraud conspiracies and the subsequent pro-Trump Capitol insurrection. The CNN host singled out Hawley as a stalwart supporter of the former president, but also as a possible accomplice in potential efforts by Congress to sanction them both. “There are very loud voices in the Republican Party who are still standing firmly behind the former president. Josh Hawley, first and foremost,” Burnett said, showing the now-infamous image of the the Missouri Republican raising his fist in the air in solidarity with the MAGA crowd, many of whom would soon be violently assaulting the Capitol. She then played an exchange between CNN Congressional reporter Manu Raju and Hawley from earlier on Friday. “Do you reject objecting given what we saw on January...
    Former Trump White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley acknowledged that the pro-Trump siege of the Capitol two weeks ago left a stain on the former president’s legacy. In an interview with Alex Wagner for Showtime’s The Circus, the ex-press aide was pressed on the disastrous ending of the his former boss’s time in the White House. “You know, Hogan, the thing he’s going to be remembered for, the final act of his presidency, is a white supremacist mob storming the Capitol and trying to kill lawmakers,” Wagner pointed out. “Look, there are a lot of things in that administration that happened in four years that people are going to try point to as one seminal thing…” Gidley began, starting to spin. “He’s getting impeached for a second time for this thing,” Wagner broke in to say. “I’m just trying to point out the fact that, he accomplished a lot from a policy...
    More On: capitol riot NYC garbage man charged in Capitol riot sprung on a $250K bond Capitol rioter allegedly dragged cop down stairs, attempted suicide Man charged in Capitol riot was ‘following the schedule Alex Jones’ promoted Realtor who took jet to Capitol riot begged for legal fee donations on PayPal A former Marine who once went viral for his role in rescuing dogs from rising floodwaters has been charged with attacking a federal officer and inciting violence during the Jan. 6 uprising on Capitol Hill. Ryan Nichols, 30, from Longview, Texas, was caught on camera pepper spraying a law enforcement official and using a bullhorn to encourage his fellow rioters to deploy weapons against authorities, according to court documents. It was a far cry from Nichols’ last brush with fame. He appeared on the “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in 2018 after he was caught on camera rescuing six...
    An overwhelming majority of Democrats and almost a fifth of Republicans want former President Donald Trump convicted by the U.S. Senate on impeachment charges brought by the House of Representatives. A Reuters/Ipsos poll released Friday and conducted Wednesday and Thursday, the first two days of President Joe Biden’s presidency, found that 51% of Americans overall want Trump convicted of inciting the Jan. 6 riot that left five dead, including one Capitol Police officer. Trump was impeached by the House on Jan. 13, just one week after the storming of the U.S. Capitol, by a vote of 232-197. Ten Republicans voted with every Democrat to impeach the former president for the second time in his term. Supporters of US President Donald Trump clash with the US Capitol police during a riot at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. (Photo by ALEX EDELMAN / AFP) (Photo by ALEX...
    Juliette Kayyem, who was the assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security under President Barack Obama’s administration, believes that Donald Trump is the “spiritual leader” of a “domestic terrorism movement.” “I don’t feel comfortable calling Trump a terrorist just because I think that then we’re going to get into that debate,” she said to Dahlia Lithwick during a recent episode of the Amicus legal podcast. “But it’s important to say that he’s the spiritual and operational leader of a domestic terrorism movement and that’s where we’ve landed.” The former Obama official argued that Trump is fueling stochastic terrorism, which Dictionary.com defines as “public demonization of a person or group” that leads to the “incitement of a violent act.” This act, the website said, is “statistically probable but whose specifics cannot be predicted.” According to Kayyem, the attempted terrorism cases and reported increase in activity of white supremacists under Trump...
    A former Houston police officer who on Wednesday was charged in the early January siege of Congress claimed he was there to see "historical art." Tam Dinh Pham, who was off-duty during the siege, initially denied he was present at the U.S. Capitol, but when he was confronted with photo and video evidence, he told FBI investigators he was there only to see the building's collection of paintings and sculptures, according to court documents obtained by the Washington Post. The 48-year-old resigned from the Houston Police Department on Jan. 14 and insisted he “had no intention of committing any act of violence or vandalism" despite reportedly admitting to law enforcement that he scaled a wall to breach the Rotunda. The photos and videos referenced by authorities were found in the former officer's "deleted folder" on his personal device, according to court documents. One picture showed Pham posing in...
    More On: chuck schumer Schumer: Trump impeachment article going to Senate on Monday Biden attends church service with Pelosi, McConnell before inauguration Mitch McConnell’s betrayal hurts the nation: Goodwin McConnell, Pelosi, Schumer will join Biden at church before his inauguration This going to be hard to live down. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer got a rise out of lawmakers on the Senate floor Friday when he fumbled his words and said that they will have to decide if former President Trump incited the “erection” against the US. “Make no mistake, there will be a trial and when that trial ends senators will have to decide if they believe Donald John Trump incited the erection against the United States,” Schumer said. Noticing his boneheaded slip-up, he corrected himself and said “insurrection,” but that didn’t stop online wags from roasting him. “Well, sometimes insurrection is a HARD word to pronounce,” one Twitter...
    Former White House adviser and hardline nativist Stephen Miller made his first TV appearance since leaving the Trump administration, landing on an Ingraham Angle panel on Thursday night to heap vitriol on President Joe Biden’s just-announced 100-day deportation freeze. Host Laura Ingraham kicked off the conversation with a not-so-subtle attempt at equating Biden’s temporary halt to immigrant removals to the violent, Capitol insurrection by a pro-Trump mob two week ago. “For all the left’s talk of former President Trump’s alleged incitement, well, our next guest says President Biden open the door to violence. Joining me now is Miller — Stephen Miller,” she said by way of introduction. “If you read the text of this order, it is breathtaking and mind-boggling,” Miller said, wasting no time in assailing Biden. “It holds all deportations, all deportations, for 100 days, including the most hardened criminals living in United States. That means child molesters, sex offenders, drug dealers, gang members, MS-13, all...
    Michael Moore thinks former President Donald Trump is headed to prison. The liberal firebrand filmmaker posted a celebratory tweet to mark Trump's exit from the White House on Wednesday. 'He has just left the White House for good,' the acclaimed producer of hit films like Roger & Me and Bowling for Columbine tweeted on Thursday. 'We the people have evicted him. I will go ahead & cancel the U-Haul.' Moore added: 'He now flies over the wreckage he has created, knowing we are not done with him. 'Trial. Conviction. Imprisonment. 'He must pay for his actions - a first-ever for him.' Michael Moore (left), the liberal filmmaker behind such hits as Roger & Me and Bowling for Columbine, thinks former President Donald Trump (right) is headed to prison 'We the people have evicted him. I will go ahead & cancel the U-Haul,' Moore tweeted. 'He now flies...
    The woman accused by a former romantic partner of stealing Nancy Pelosi's laptop during the Capitol riot and allegedly planning to sell it to Russia was ordered released from jail under supervision on Thursday. The attorney for Riley Williams told the court that some of the accusations against her client are "overstated," and said the ex-boyfriend who reported Williams to the FBI has been abusive. Williams surrendered to authorities in Pennsylvania on Monday, after her ex called the FBI multiple times to report having seen her in videos inside the Capitol, according to court documents.  Riley Williams shown in a photo provided in the criminal complaint.  FBI She is facing charges of "Aid Abet Others to Embezzle, Steal, Purloin," "Obstruct, Influence or Impede any Official Proceeding," "Knowingly Entering or Remaining in any Restricted Building or Grounds Without Lawful Authority" and "Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct on Capitol Grounds," according to the...
    A Maryland man accused of beating police officers during the Capitol riot that took place on January 6 previously confessed that he was not at the protest for former President Trump. Emanuel Jackson turned himself in to authorities on January 18, identifying himself as one of the rioters at the January 6 Capitol protest. He has been accused of participating in violent mob events, beating police officers with a baseball bat. According to CBS Baltimore, video surveillance apparently shows Jackson beating a Capitol Police officer as he attempted to storm the building: Several hours later, Jackson was again spotted among the aggressive crowd assaulting police officers,  He was seen striking a group of Metropolitan and U.S. Capitol police officers with a metal baseball bat, according to the warrant. “I had a bat. They were pepper-spraying people. Then, they got me in the eye,” Jackson said in a video posted to social...
    HADDONFIELD, N.J. (CBS/AP) — The FBI on Thursday arrested a dating and relationship strategist from Haddonfield in connection with the U.S. Capitol riots. Prosecutors say Patrick Stedman chronicled his storming of the building online. According to a criminal complaint, the 32-year-old resident, who lives with his parents, posted videos of himself traveling to Washington, D.C. and taking part in the breach of the Capitol on Jan. 6. In a video, Stedman said he and other rioters climbed up the back part of the Capitol window and got all the way into the chambers. “I was pretty much in the first wave, and we broke down the doors and climbed up the back part of the Capitol building and got all the way into the chambers,” he posted, according to a criminal affidavit. The FBI was alerted to Stedman by a former high school classmate and a former college classmate,...
    Alan DershowitzAlan Morton DershowitzGiuliani won't be part of Trump defense at Senate trial Sunday shows preview: Washington prepares for an inauguration and impeachment; coronavirus surges across the US In calling out Trump, Nikki Haley warns of a more sinister threat MORE, the celebrity attorney who defended President TrumpDonald TrumpClinton, Bush, Obama reflect on peaceful transition of power on Biden's Inauguration Day Arizona Republican's brothers say he is 'at least partially to blame' for Capitol violence Biden reverses Trump's freeze on .4 billion in funds MORE during his first impeachment trial, on Wednesday, argued that the Senate should throw out the current article of impeachment against Trump now that he is a private citizen. In a piece published in the Wall Street Journal, Dershowitz shared the argument that many GOP lawmakers have made that it is unconstitutional to hold an impeachment trial for a former president. "For the victorious Democrats to seek revenge against...
    Williams was arrested on Monday and new theft charges were added on Tuesday Riley Williams, the woman accused of stealing Nancy Pelosi's laptop during the Capitol riots so she could sell it to the Russian secret service, is a victim of a vengeful ex-boyfriend, her lawyer claims. And the ex's allegations are 'overblown,' public defender Lori Ulrich said Thursday outside federal court in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Ulrich was talking after a judge granted Williams bail. The 22-year-old must confine herself to her mother's ground floor Harrisburg apartment, leaving only for work, church, and doctors' and court appointments. Williams was seen in video of the January 6 melee directing other rioters to go upstairs to Pelosi's office. There she is alleged to have taken the House Speaker's computer. In Federal Court Thursday, Williams answered questions in a confident, firm voice as her case was transferred to a court in Washington, D.C....
    Loading the player... Lt. General Charles A. Flynn, the brother of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, was present during a meeting about the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol Building.  According to a report in The Washington Post, the Army denied for days that Charles Flynn was present. However, he confirmed to the newspaper Wednesday that he was indeed in the room during a call in which Capitol Police and D.C. officials “pleaded” with the Pentagon to urgently dispatch the National Guard to help quell mounting tension.  Former White House National Security Advisor Michael Flynn leaves the Prettyman Federal Courthouse following his 2017 sentencing hearing. Flynn lied to the FBI about his communication with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) The report notes Flynn left the room before the meeting ended, asserting that then-Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy would manage the situation.  “I entered the room...
    Former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyJuan Williams: The real 'Deep State' is pro-Trump Comey: Biden should consider pardoning Trump Comey: 'Greatest punishment' for Trump after Capitol riot is to 'move past' his presidency MORE said in an interview published Thursday that the Republican Party must “be burned to the ground” before it can rebuild now that former President TrumpDonald TrumpClinton, Bush, Obama reflect on peaceful transition of power on Biden's Inauguration Day Arizona Republican's brothers say he is 'at least partially to blame' for Capitol violence Biden reverses Trump's freeze on .4 billion in funds MORE's term in the Oval Office has ended.  Comey told Australia’s ABC “7.30” news program that the GOP “doesn't stand for anything that is valuable to our country.”  “It doesn't stand for anything, that is other than a cult of personality around a man who is a demagogue and a liar,” he added.  The longtime Republican, who now describes himself as...
    In the weeks ahead of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, Sam Andrews had a message for the right. “Contact your friends with rifles,” he said in a mid-December appearance on a right-wing podcast. “And tell them to join you. That's who you contact. And then you get a map and you drive to D.C.” But since rioters stormed the Capitol, leaving five people dead in the melee, Andrews has changed his tune. “I have rescinded the idea that patriots should go to D.C. in protest,” he told The Daily Beast on Wednesday. “Americans going armed to D.C. to protest would be a lot like standing in a field with your best friend over a cowpatty and stabbing each other for who gets to keep the cowpatty.” “It’s a lot of bloodshed for a little shit,” he added. Andrews was outside the Capitol on Jan. 6, but says...
    Kamala Harris shattered two centuries of history on Wednesday when she was sworn in as the first female vice president of the United States.  The former California senator who previously served as the state’s tough-on-crime attorney general took the oath of office outside the US Capitol while her beaming husband, attorney Doug Emhoff, looked on.  Emhoff will also hold a norm-shattering role, becoming the nation’s first ever “second gentleman” and the first Jewish person married to a president or vice president.  Harris is the daughter of a Jamaican father and an Indian mother, and a first-generation American. Her swearing-in as Joe Biden’s vice president was historic for multiple reasons.  Not only is the 56-year-old former prosecutor the first woman to occupy the vice president’s office, but she is also the first black person and the first South Asian.  Harris shared a heartfelt moment on stage with former President Barack Obama,...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic and the risk of civil unrest made the inauguration of the 46th president one of the most unusual in American history. Some 200,000 American, state and territorial flags were planted on the National Mall to represent people who could not attend because of COVID-19, which has killed 400,000 people in the United States. In the past, the Capitol was packed with thousands trying to witness history. This year, VIPs were seated several feet apart, and they wore facial masks to prevent the spread of the virus. In 1961, the world could see every expression on President John F. Kennedy’s face. Biden’s face was covered with a mask except for when he spoke. The Capitol, the epicenter of democracy that was invaded by violent loyalists of former President Donald Trump just two weeks ago, was surrounded with multiple rings of heavy steel fencing, topped with...
    Win Mcnamee/CNP/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.Today, two weeks after an armed mob stormed the US Capitol, Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States. Kamala Harris was sworn in as Vice President, making her the first woman, the first Black person, and the first Asian-American to hold the office. In his inaugural address, the new president painted a picture of hope and collective effort, a dramatic contrast with former president Donald Trump’s dystopian “American carnage” speech from four years ago. “This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge,” Biden said in his address. “And unity is the path forward.” Listen to DC Bureau Chief David Corn report live from outside the Capitol on this special inauguration episode of the Mother Jones Podcast: Listen to...
    A man who is being charged with assaulting police officers while storming the Capitol told federal investigators that he "got caught up in the moment." Barton Shively, who is a former Marine and a Pennsylvania resident, was arrested on Tuesday and is facing several charges including civil disorder, forcibly assaulting, impeding or interfering with any federal officer or employee and violent entry into restricted grounds or any Capitol building, for his alleged involvement in the violent riots that happened at the Capitol on Jan. 6, according to CNN. The news outlet reported that recently unsealed court documents revealed an FBI bulletin with photos of people who were at the Capitol during the riots and an FBI tip that identified Shively as one of the people pictured. Shively reached out to local police and confessed that he was at the Capitol and that he wanted to self-surrender. In an interview with the...
    HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM) – The Houston Police Department is now reviewing previous arrests made by former officer Tam Pham after he turned himself in Wednesday on charges related to the U.S. Capitol riot. Pham is facing federal charges of entering a restricted building and engaging in disorderly or disruptive conduct on U.S. Capitol grounds. Last week, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said the 18-year veteran of the force was under investigation after he received a tip. Pham was placed on administrative leave, but he eventually resigned from the department. KTRK reports Pham turned himself in after charges were brought on Tuesday. Chief @ArtAcevedo statement on todays arrest of a former Houston police officer involved in last weeks protest and riot at the nations Capitol. #hounews pic.twitter.com/gKkHLg3s5b — Houston Police (@houstonpolice) January 20, 2021 Now, Acevedo says the police department is looking into Pham’s history with the force, including previous arrests...
    Jennifer Lopez sang at Joe Biden’s inauguration, and her fiancé – former MLB All-Star Alex Rodriguez – had himself a grand ol’ time accompanying her. Rodriguez documented his day on Instagram, which began with a video of his seat on the Capitol and a selfie wearing a suit that matched the uniform of his former team. “Pinstripes for life,” the former Yankee wrote. He then posted a picture of himself and J-Lo on the Capitol steps, captioned, “2021,” with hearts and an American flag emoji. A-Rod was caught on camera several times during the inauguration, and social media had fun pointing out the oddity of seeing him on the stage during such a momentous occasion. “At least once a year, i turn on a national event and a-rod will somehow just be there for some reason, fulfilling his destiny as baseball’s forrest gump,” wrote ESPN’s Joon Lee. Chris McNeil,...
    (CNN)A former US Marine charged with assaulting officers during the Capitol riot told FBI investigators that he got "caught up in the moment." Barton Shively, of Pennsylvania, who faces multiple charges in federal court in Washington, DC, was arrested Tuesday. The charges against him include aiding and abetting, civil disorder, forcibly assaulting, resisting, opposing, impeding or interfering with any federal officer or employee and violent entry into restricted grounds or any Capitol building, according to a criminal complaint. He has not yet entered a plea.Fearing more violence, online platforms are cracking down on livestreams from Washington Court filings that were unsealed Tuesday include an FBI bulletin with photos of people seen at the riot, and prosecutors said the FBI received a tip that one of the men pictured was Shively. Shively contacted local law enforcement to "admit that he was at the US Capitol" during the insurrection and said he...
    The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that former President TrumpDonald TrumpLil Wayne gets 11th hour Trump pardon Trump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Trump expected to pardon Bannon: reports MORE made a total of 30,573 false or misleading claims during his time in office. The Post only counted one inaccurate claim per topic per venue, such as during a particular speech, tweet or interview. Among the most repeated false claims that Trump spread was that he was responsible for the greatest economy in history. As the Post notes, former Presidents Eisenhower, Johnson and Clinton all were responsible for larger economic growth than Trump when using modern metrics. The number of falsehoods from Trump reportedly increased exponentially around October with the approach of the presidential election that he eventually lost, though he has yet to acknowledge that the vote was free and fair. Trump’s baseless claims of voter fraud and a...
    The ceremony for the inauguration of President Biden was sparsely attended due to concerns over coronavirus, but the notable figures who were there did not always appear to follow social distancing guidelines. While attendees, including former presidents and first ladies, wore face masks, they did not always stay six feet apart and in a number of cases were seen high-fiving, hugging or otherwise in close contact. BIDEN TO MANDATE MASK-WEARING ON FEDERAL LAND IN EXECUTIVE ORDER next Image 1 of 4Sen. Elizabeth Warren, left, D-Mass., Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, center. D-N.Y., and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., wait before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.(Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP) prev next Image 2 of 4House Majority Whip James Clyburn of South Carolina, and former President George Bush, take a selfie before the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol...
    Inauguration security: 25,000 National Guard members in a fortified D.C. Under the Radar ‘Varsity Blues’ Trump Pardon Is Particularly ‘Inexplicable,’ and Swampy Harris, Emhoff bid Pences farewell from Capitol steps Vice President Harris spoke briefly with her predecessor former Vice President Mike Pence on the steps of the Capitol as he and his wife left President Biden's inauguration ceremony Wednesday. © Julia Nikhinson Harris, Emhoff bid Pences farewell from Capitol steps In what appeared to be a congenial sendoff, Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, were seen in video footage posted on Twitter exchanging words with Pence and former second lady Karen Pence outside the Capitol. The couples appeared to share a laugh, though it was not clear what was said between them. Harris and Emhoff then remained on the steps and waved goodbye to the former vice president and his wife as they entered their vehicle to...
    Salvation Army, José Andrés are feeding the National Guard in DC for inauguration After Months Of Refusing to Admit He Lost, Donald Trump Left a Traditional Note for Joe Biden at White House Vice President Harris bids farewell to Pence Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff escorted former Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence as they departed the Capitol on Wednesday, stepping in to fulfill a post-inauguration tradition typically carried out by incoming and departing presidents. © Joe Raedle/Getty Images Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Douglas Emhoff see former Vice President Mike Pence and former second lady Karen Pence off after President Joe Biden's inauguration. Harris and her husband escorted the Pences from the Capitol to their motorcade, a moment that traditionally would have seen President Joe Biden accompanying former President Donald Trump for his predecessor’s send off in a ceremonious...
    January 20, 2021 1:40 PM | With information from EFE 15 minutes. Former Republican candidate for the Florida Legislature (USA) Gabriel García, who is a member of the far-right group Proud Boys, was arrested on Tuesday and accused of participating in the assault on the Capitol that occurred on January 6. “We broke into the Capitol, things are about to get ugly,” Garcia said in a video about the shot that he himself posted on social media. García, 40, a former member of the US Army, was arrested on Tuesday, according to the Miami Herald newspaper, which had access to the judicial file. He explained that the Latino had his first day in court on Tuesday in which he faces charges related to the assault on the Capitol. Proud boys Garcia, who unsuccessfully participated in the primary elections for Florida’s 116th District, was crying out for the release of “Enrique.”...
    Former Republican candidate for the Florida Legislature (USA) Gabriel García, who is a member of the far-right group Proud Boys, was arrested on Tuesday and accused of participating in the assault on the Capitol that occurred on January 6. “We broke into the Capitol, things are about to get ugly,” Garcia said in a video about the shot that he himself posted on social media. García, 40, a former member of the US Army, was arrested on Tuesday, according to the Miami Herald newspaper, which had access to the judicial file. He explained that the Latino had his first day in court on Tuesday in which he faces charges related to his participation in the disorders and the violent entry to the Capitol that led supporters of President Donald Trump. García, who participated unsuccessfully in the primary elections for Florida’s 116th District, was crying out, as seen...
    President Biden acknowledged the difficult task before him as he was sworn in as 46th president of the United States during an unprecedented public health and economic crisis. In an inaugural that bucked many traditions, Biden was became president at the constitutionally-stipulated time of noon Wednesday. He takes office after a White House primary campaign defined by the Democratic Party’s ascendant Left, a general election marred by a once-in-a-century pandemic, and a transition hindered by a recalcitrant incumbent, now former President Donald Trump. “Today, we celebrate the triumph not of a candidate, but of a cause — the cause of democracy," Biden said on the U.S. Capitol's west front. He added: "We've learned again that democracy is precious. Democracy is fragile. And at this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed." After four turbulent years of the Trump administration, Biden, 78, is the oldest president to be sworn into office...
    JFK’s inauguration was 60 years ago today: Look back at the days history-making moments Strategic Petroleum Reserve Fast Facts Inauguration Day like no other: Dignitaries arrive at the U.S. Capitol WASHINGTON - Former presidents, lawmakers, governors and other dignitaries have begun arriving at the Capitol on a chilly but mostly sunny day that will serve as the backdrop to Joe Biden’s inauguration as the 46th president of the United States. © Pool photo by Tasos Katopodis Final preparations are made ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. The U.S. Marine Band is playing on the West steps of the Capitol, right below where Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will soon take their oaths of office. Small groups of invited guests – all wearing masks — have begun filling up the widely spaced chairs, all protected by fencing, a wall and thousands of National Guard troops.  Load...
    Riley Williams, the woman who was accused by a former romantic partner of stealing a computer from Nancy Pelosi's office during the U.S. Capitol riot, is facing new charges, according to court documents released Tuesday. The amended criminal complaint cites a video from that day in which Williams allegedly instructs a man to put on gloves before he touched Pelosi's laptop, and claims she can be seen entering and leaving Pelosi's office.  Williams is now charged with "Aid Abet Others to Embezzle, Steal, Purloin" and "Obstruct, Influence or Impede any Official Proceeding." She is still facing her initial charges of "Knowingly Entering or Remaining in any Restricted Building or Grounds Without Lawful Authority" and "Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct on Capitol Grounds."  Williams surrendered to authorities in Pennsylvania on Monday, after a person who identified themselves as her former romantic partner called the FBI multiple times in the days after...
    Former Florida Republican candidate Gabriel Garcia, who is a member of the far-right Proud Boys group, was arrested this tuesday and accused of participating in the assault on the Capitol carried out by supporters of Donald Trump on January 6. “We broke into the Capitol, things are about to get ugly”, García said in a video about the shot that he himself published on social networks. García, 40 years old and former member of the Army from the United States, was arrested on Tuesday, according to the newspaper Miami Herald, who had access to the judicial file. The newspaper detailed that the Latino had his first day in court on Tuesday in which he faces charges related to his participation in the disorders and the violent entry to the Capitol that led supporters of the outgoing president. García, who participated unsuccessfully in the Florida Congressional primary elections for the 116th...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump has decided to pardon his former chief strategist Steve Bannon, in a last-minute decision made only hours before he is scheduled to depart the White House for a final time. Officials cautioned CNN that Trump's decision was not final until he signed the paperwork. Trump told people that after much deliberation, he had decided to pardon Bannon as one of his final acts in office. Bannon faces a federal case that began in August when New York federal prosecutors charged him and three others with defrauding donors of more than a million dollars as part of a fundraising campaign purportedly aimed at supporting Trump's border wall.Bannon's pardon would follow a frantic scramble during the President's final hours in office as attorneys and top aides debated his inclusion on Trump's outgoing clemency list. Despite their falling out in recent years, Trump was eager to pardon his former aide...
    VIDEO3:4403:44Former DHS Sec. Napolitano on the rise of right-wing extremism in the U.S.The News with Shepard Smith Former Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano told CNBC's "The News with Shepard Smith" that the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6 was "incited" by President Donald Trump, and criticized him for fueling the "Big Lie" that the Nov. 3 election was stolen from him. "He hasn't said what would be the most helpful, which is, that he lost the election fair and square, and that  it is time for the peaceful transition of power as is the great tradition of our country," said Yellen, who was Secretary of Homeland Security from 2009 to 2013.  "...He hasn't recognized that some of this violence is fueled by what is known as the 'Big Lie' and he is the chief proponent of that." An internal Homeland Security report leaked in 2009 warned that right-wing extremism...
    HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A former Houston police officer was charged Tuesday, Jan. 19, for his alleged role in the mob attack at the U.S. Capitol, authorities said. Tam Pham is facing two federal misdemeanor charges for entering a restricted building and engaging in disorderly or disruptive conduct on Capitol grounds. Pham had been placed on administrative leave after authorities determined he had been at the Capitol, but the 18-year veteran of the force later resigned. Tam Pham Pham attended a Jan. 6 rally in Washington, D.C., in support of President Donald Trump. He initially told FBI agents he did not join the mob that entered the Capitol building, but agents found photographs and video on Pham’s cellphone that showed he went inside, according to court documents. Pham later told agents he went inside but was there only 10 to 15 minutes before leaving. Nicole DeBorde, Pham’s attorney, said her client...
    Jorge Riley, a former officeholder of the California Republican Assembly, was arrested by the FBI on Tuesday for his role in the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, according to reports. Riley was arrested weeks after photos and videos uploaded to social media detailed his participation in the riot. The Sacramento resident claimed to have been among those who breached House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office during the incident, ABC-10 in Sacramento reported. Riley is expected to appear in federal court on Wednesday. While it wasn’t immediately clear what charge Riley faces, the Sacramento Bee reported it is a felony offense. FBI representatives did not immediately return a request for comment. Riley resigned from his posts as corresponding secretary for the state board of the California Republican Assembly and the president of its Sacramento chapter last week. The grassroots volunteer organization said that it "demanded" Riley’s resignation after it learned of...
    Rudy Giuliani said Tuesday that blame for unrest in the Capitol should be attributed, at least in part, to former Attorney General William Barr. Giuliani was responding an assertion by the former attorney general that President Donald Trump “precipitated” the Jan. 6 unrest in Washington, D.C. “It was treacherous, what he just did,” Giuliani said. “He has no basis for it. He was gone, in the sense of being able to investigate any of the facts.” “The real cause of the violence, I think, if you want something other than antifa, is Bill Barr not investigating,” Giuliani added. “If the people are angry, they are angry that these crimes have gone unredressed, and we’ve gone two years with crimes unredressed.” Giuliani, a personal attorney to the president, said Saturday that he would be “involved” in defending the president during his impeachment trial in the Senate this month, despite reports that...
    Vice President Pence is not expected to attend a send off for President TrumpDonald TrumpGiuliani used provisional ballot to vote in 2020 election, same method he disparaged in fighting to overturn results Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Fox News' DC managing editor Bill Sammon to retire MORE at Joint Base Andrews on Wednesday, joining a host of other GOP officials who have declined to see the president off for his official departure from the White House. Trump will leave the base around 8 a.m. on Wednesday for Florida. Officials are planning a formal ceremony for the president, who is declining to attend his successor's inauguration in a break with more than a century of tradition. Pence is slated to attend the inauguration of President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenWoman accused of trying to sell Pelosi laptop to Russians arrested Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Trump moves to...
    (CNN)After the deadly sacking of the US Capitol this month, President Donald Trump's reelection campaign has insisted it had nothing to do with the National Mall rally that preceded the riot and featured a speech from the President.But many of the individuals who helped put on the bombastic rally that day had worked to stage other Trump rallies just a few months earlier. Ten of the 12 people listed as onsite emergency contacts on the government permit approving the January 6 rally have previously worked for or been paid by Trump's reelection campaign, according to a CNN review of Federal Election Commission records, and several worked in the Trump White House. The rally, billed as a "March for Trump," was organized by Women for America First, a conservative nonprofit group founded by a longtime Tea Party activist. The National Park Service approved a permit for an event that the group...
    William Barr claimed he found the violence at the U.S. Capitol 'despicable.' In an interview aired by British network ITV on Tuesday, former Attorney General William Barr said Donald Trump's lies about voter fraud and a stolen election helped incite the violent insurrection by Trump's supporters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6. Journalist Rohit Kachroo suggested to Barr, "Perhaps the debate about the integrity of the election was the final straw." Barr responded, "I think that that was the thing that precipitated the riots on the Hill." "I'm sad to see, but not surprised, in a way, to see the kind of violence we saw on Capitol Hill. I consider it despicable," Barr said.
    An alleged Capitol rioter accused by a former partner of stealing a laptop or hard drive from Nancy Pelosi's office has surrendered to authorities, two sources confirmed to CBS News. The former partner of Riley Williams told authorities that she planned to give the device to a friend who would sell it to Russia's foreign intelligence service, a claim that authorities are investigating but have not yet confirmed.  Williams' former romantic partner called the FBI multiple times in the days following the riots to report that they had seen her in videos inside the Capitol, according to court documents. The partner, referred to as Witness 1, allegedly said friends of Williams had shown them a video of her taking a laptop computer or hard drive from Speaker Pelosi's office during the riots.  The witness told the FBI that Williams "intended to send the computer device to a friend in Russia,...
    U.S. Capitol Police failed to implement emergency security plans before the Jan. 6 riots despite receiving the same intelligence briefings as law enforcement agencies that did prepare adequately, according to a top government official. Chad Wolf, who resigned last week from his post as acting Homeland Security secretary, told the Washington Examiner Monday that the departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Justice, Interior, along with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington and Capitol Police, spoke daily in the days leading up to President Trump’s "Stop the Steal" rally and shared internal information with one another about what was expected. “Leading up to the sixth now, we're on daily calls, not only at my level, but then at the staff level as well, with DOJ, with the DOD, with MPD, with others here in the National Capitol complex leading up to the sixth,” said Wolf, adding that the senior-level calls included the...
    A former New York City firefighter texted a photo of himself surrounded by rioters inside the US Capitol during its Jan. 6 occupation by supporters of outgoing President Trump — and claimed he was at the “tip of the spear,” according to federal authorities. Thomas Fee, 53, of Freeport, LI, is being sought for arrest, a law-enforcement source briefed on the matter said Monday. Thomas J. Fee may be arrested for his role in the Capitol riot. Facebook Thomas J. Fee is seen storming the Capitol January 6, 2021. Thomas J. Fee is seen in photo released by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. Ad Up Next Close Sen. Hawley gets new book deal after publisher dumps him amid Capitol riots Hawley's (R-Mo.) tome, titled "The Tyranny of Big Tech" and... 3 View Slideshow Back Continue Share this: Facebook...
    Far-right media personality Tim Gionet, who calls himself “Baked Alaska,” has been arrested by the FBI for his involvement in the riot at the U.S. Capitol, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press. He formerly worked for Buzzfeed in Los Angeles, and reportedly attended Azusa Pacific University. Related: We worked together on the internet. Last week, he stormed the Capitol. Gionet was arrested by federal agents in Houston on Saturday, according to the official, who was not authorized to discuss the matter before the public release of a criminal complaint and spoke on condition of anonymity. Thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 as Congress was meeting to vote to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral win. Five people died in the mayhem. Law enforcement officials across the country have been working to locate and arrest suspects who committed federal crimes and so far...
    In an interview with MSNBC broadcast on Saturday, former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci said that President Donald Trump will never recover from the riots at the U.S. Capitol. Per Raw Story, host Alex Witt kicked off the segment by pointing out that dozens of banks and businesses have blacklisted Trump, accusing him of inciting violence. In addition, Trump was recently banned from virtually all major social media platforms, Shopify took his stores offline and several major banks — including Deutsche bank — severed all ties with him. “I don’t see how he will revive that brand. People say he got through bankruptcies and all this other stuff, but this is totally different,” Scaramucci said, stressing that the commander-in-chief cannot recover from the scandal because he will always be considered a “domestic terrorist.” “I think he’s really damaged himself and I think he’s damaged the future of the Trump...
    Robert Sanford, the former firefighter charged with assaulting three Capitol Police officers by hitting them in the head with a fire extinguisher during the U.S. Capitol siege on January 6, has obtained legal counsel. His attorney, Enrique Latoison, obtained some ill-advised notoriety of his own on Friday evening. The video of the lawyer who thinks it’s okay to throw a fire extinguisher at cops as long as it’s empty… [email protected]’s reply: “Give me a break. I hit you in the head with an empty fire extinguisher and you’re going to feel good about it?!” pic.twitter.com/A1wMdErTRA — Josh Campbell (@joshscampbell) January 16, 2021 “It’s very important to separate Mr. Sanford from some of the other things that were shown,” Latoison said during an appearance on CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time. “He was not walking around with a six-foot spear, he was not, you know, physically attacking Capitol officers–” Eponymous host...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — In his 32 years as a Chicago firefighter, David Quintavalle has put out a few fires, but he could not put out the fire lit by internet trolls this week. The retired firefighter tells CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar it’s been hell. Quintavalle has received all sorts of threats this week after he was wrongly identified online and accused of throwing a fire extinguisher at police during the assault on the United States Capitol. “You are a f****** murderer and traitor, and I can’t believe you killed a cop. Your son’s a cop. Wow. Good luck in prison, b****,” one caller said in a voicemail. “That’s just one of the numerous pleasant calls that I’ve received during this time,” he said. Quintavalle said he is constantly concerned for his safety. “My life has changed,” he said. “People driving by the house. I was being called a murderer. I...
    The FBI has arrested the woman seen with a fellow rioter next to Vice President Mike Pence’s Senate chair during the Capitol riots last week, according to NBC News. Christine Priola, a 49-year-old former Cleveland school therapist was identified as the woman seen in a viral video holding up a sign that read “The Children Cry Out for Justice”, while she and other rioters breached the Senate Chamber according to NBC News. NBC also reported that the FBI received a tip from an anonymous source that led to her arrest on Thursday in the same report. Christine Priola, a former occupational therapist for the Cleveland schools, was arrested Thursday and accused of taking part in last week’s attack on the U.S. Capitol. https://t.co/64smgmqjfK — clevelanddotcom (@clevelanddotcom) January 14, 2021 Prior to her arrest, Priola voiced concerns about pedophilia and child sex trafficking conspiracies in her January 6th resignation letter from...
    Four more Pennsylvania residents including a retired firefighter accused of chucking a fire extinguisher at police have been charged in connection with the Jan. 6 riots on Capitol Hill, PennLive reports. Terry Brown, 69, of Myerstown, is facing a federal charge of unlawful entry of the U.S Capitol, and was charged by the U.S. Attorney in Washington D.C. with entering the Capitol without lawful authority or with intent to impeded governmental business or official functions, and engaging in disorderly conduct and violent entry. Brown was accused by federal authorities of being at the head of a group who were cursing and shouting at Capitol Police officers. The officers reportedly told the group to leave an area near the atrium of the U.S. House of Representatives.  Brown was taken out of the Capitol in handcuffs and released five days later. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Jan. 21. Retired Chester firefighter Robert Sanford, 55, was...
    Former Republican Congressman Mickey Edwards of Oklahoma announced on Thursday that he is leaving his party because it has become unrecognizable under President Donald Trump’s leadership. In an interview with KFOR, Edwards said that the Republican Party has completely abandoned its own philosophy, turning into a political entity that no longer cares about conservatism. “It’s gone. I mean there is no Republican Party anymore that has values, principles, morals, anything,” Edwards said, stressing that he still agrees with what used to be the GOP’s platform. “We thought taxes could be too high and harmful, we thought regulation could be too much and harmful, we should have a strong military — I agreed with all of that,” he continued, noting that he idolized Republican politicians growing up. Edwards served in the House of Representatives from 1977 to 1993. In 2016, when Trump entered the political arena, he issued a letter deeming...
    Staffers who worked for former Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillEx-GOP senator blasts Hawley's challenge to electoral vote count as 'highly destructive attack' Harrison seen as front-runner to take over DNC at crucial moment McCaskill: 'Hypocrisy' for GOP to target Biden nominee's tweets after Trump MORE (D-Mo.) launched a political action committee this week aimed at thwarting any future political ambitions for Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyTrump impeachment ignites GOP civil war Hawley pens op-ed to defend decision to object to electoral votes amid pushback GOP lawmaker gives up honorary college degree in wake of Electoral College vote MORE (R-Mo.). The group — called the JOSH PAC, an acronym for "Just Oust Seditious Hacks" — launched roughly a week after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol as Congress met to certify the election results. Former McCaskill aides Travis Mockler, Thomas Hatfield and Zoe Gallagher are working with the group, according to Politico. The...
    The self-styled “QAnon Shaman” seeking a pardon from President Trump for storming the US Capitol sought to kill elected officials during the deadly siege – and left a threatening note for Vice President Mike Pence, federal prosecutors said. Jacob Anthony Chansley — the 33-year-old Arizona man seen inside the Capitol wearing a bearskin headdress and red, white and blue face paint – was among the rioters who plotted to capture lawmakers once inside the building, according to a detention memo filed late Thursday. “Strong evidence, including Chansley’s own words and actions at the Capitol, supports that the intent of the Capitol rioters was to capture and assassinate elected officials in the United States government,” federal prosecutors in Phoenix wrote. The 18-page memo also alleges that Chansley, who remains held in a federal lockup in Phoenix, left behind a note for Pence on the Senate chamber dias – just minutes after...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump’s supporters massed outside the Capitol last week and sang the national anthem, a line of men wearing olive-drab helmets and body armor trudged purposefully up the marble stairs in a single-file line, each man holding the jacket collar of the one ahead. The formation, known as “Ranger File,” is standard operating procedure for a combat team that is “stacking up” to breach a building — instantly recognizable to any U.S. soldier or Marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. It was a chilling sign that many at the vanguard of the mob that stormed the seat of American democracy either had military training or were trained by those who did. An Associated Press review of public records, social media posts and videos shows at least 21 current or former members of the U.S. military or law enforcement have been identified as being at...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tapped nine of her most trusted allies in the House to argue the case for President Donald Trump’s impeachment. The Democrats, all of whom are lawyers and many of whom have deep experience investigating the president, face the arduous task of convincing skeptical Senate Republicans to convict Trump. A single article of impeachment — for “incitement of insurrection” — was approved by the House on Wednesday, one week after a violent mob of Trump supporters invaded the Capitol. At the time, lawmakers were counting the votes that cemented Trump’s election defeat. As members of the House who were in the Capitol when it was attacked — several hiding under seats as rioters beat on the doors of the chamber — the Democrats are also witnesses to what they charge is a crime. So are the Senate jurors. “This...
    Complaint Robert Sanford Robert Sanford is a retired Pennsylvania firefighter who is accused of throwing a fire extinguisher that struck several Capitol police officers during the Capitol riot. The complaint says Sanford recently retired from the Chester Fire Department, located in Chester, Pennsylvania. A prosecutor alleged in court that Sanford has suspected ties to the Proud Boys, according to Morning Call. A judge denied bail. Although Sanford’s lawyer said he wasn’t linked to extremist groups, authorities said they found a T-shirt at his home linked to the right-wing group. His lawyer also said he didn’t go inside the Capitol building. Sanford was captured in video frames wearing a blue “CFD” hat. That led Internet sleuths to launch a question to identify him, although some people on Twitter falsely named a Chicago man who wasn’t even in Washington D.C. at the time. Some on social media to speculate that...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Mike Downing is a former LAPD deputy chief who headed up the department's counter-terrorism program. He now works for a private security firm with the same specialty. He says the extremists who stormed the Capitol pose a real threat for further violence."They are highly trained, some are militia trained. They know how to make bombs, they know how to handle heavy weapons, and their intent is insurrection," he said.With reports of plans to target the Capitol again, as well as the capitols of all fifty states, Downing says law enforcement agencies are scouring social media and other resources to find out who is still out there.Glendora man charged with participating in U.S. Capitol violenceEMBED More News Videos Robert Sanford, a retired firefighter from Pennsylvania, has been arrested, accused of being the man seen on video throwing a fire extinguisher that hit three police officers at th...
    The FBI on Thursday arrested a former occupational therapist for Cleveland schools and charged her in connection with the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol after they identified her as the woman in a viral photo standing next to the vice president's chair in the Senate. According to a criminal complaint filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 49-year-old Christine Priola has been charged with unlawfully entering and remaining on restricted grounds, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and unlawful parading while at the Capitol. The filing says the Cleveland Division of the FBI received an anonymous tip on Friday that Priola was the woman pictured in the photograph, taken by a Getty Images photographer, holding a sign that read, “The Children Cry Out for Justice,” while standing next to the chair reserved for Vice President Pence in the Senate chamber. Users on Twitter also...
    More On: capitol riot Ex-firefighter arrested for allegedly tossing fire extinguisher at Capitol cops Security guard who punched MAGA mom in viral video claims self-defense At ease! National Guard says thanks for donations, but troops just napping Confederate flag-waving Capitol rioter and son arrested by feds The former Cleveland school employee who was pictured near Mike Pence’s chair on the Senate floor during the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol Building was arrested by federal authorities on Thursday, according to court papers. Christine Priola, 49, was arrested after the FBI raided her home and examined her cellphone to determine she was at the scene of the Capitol riot, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Thursday in Washington, DC. Priola, a former occupational therapist at Cleveland Metropolitan School District, was hit with several charges, including violent entry on Capitol grounds and remaining in restricted buildings, according to the complaint. Priola...
    The Defense Department on Thursday outlined measures taken across the force to prevent and root out extremism as an expected 20,000 National Guard members arrive in Washington to provide inauguration security. “Members of the National Guard have undergone a background investigation, are subject to continuous evaluation, and are enrolled in an insider threat program,” Gary Reid, the Defense Department's director for defense intelligence, told Pentagon journalists on a briefing call. Reid said the department is doing everything possible to eliminate extremism, including working closely with the FBI to identify current and former service members who may pose a danger. “DOD policy expressly prohibits military personnel from actively advocating supremacist, extremist, or criminal gang doctrine, ideology, or causes,” he said. Senior defense officials on a background call refused to disclose how many former and current members of the military were known to have participated in the Jan. 6 riot that breached...
    Getty FBI Crest In the famous words of Kris Jenner, “this is a case for the FBI…” Recently, a Twitter user accused former Real Housewives of New Jersey star Siggy Flicker of being at the capitol riots which took place on January 6, 2021. The user, who is an actress and writer named Vivicca A. Whitsett, showed a picture of a woman who looked like the former RHONJ star standing in the middle of the capitol building. Whitsett wrote, “@FBI this woman is Siggy Flicker, former Cast member of #RHONJ #wwhl.  @BravoTV @Andy“ [email protected] this woman is Siggy Flicker, former Cast member of #RHONJ #wwhl [email protected] [email protected] pic.twitter.com/RTyaSn3Jf1 — Vivicca A. Whitsett (@2tall4u2) January 13, 2021 So, was there a former Real Housewives star at the capitol riots? Here’s what you need to know:Siggy Flicker Denied Allegations That She Was There Fake News ???????????????????????? pic.twitter.com/VuJADwyo5z — Siggy...
    Former Acting Homeland Secretary Chad Wolf praised the security measures around President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration next week in the wake of last week's deadly Capitol riots. In an interview on "America's Newsroom," Wolf also discussed his resignation from his post this week, which he said was due to "misguided" court rulings undermining department efforts in a number of areas. He was critical of President Trump's actions in the wake of the riots, although he praised him for calling for an end to violence this week in the waning days of his presidency. CHAD WOLF: I think certainly the president's words matter, and I think I've said that publicly on several occasions now. But obviously the individuals that stormed the Capitol, the rioters, the criminals that did that obviously have a lot of blame for their actions themselves and I think that's important to keep in mind ... Actions in Portland and Oakland and areas like that where the activities of...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA/AP) – Former University of Southern California swimmer Klete Keller, who won two gold medals with the U.S. Olympic team, has been charged in connection with the U.S. Capitol riots. U.S. swimmer Klete Keller smiles after winning the men’s 4 x 200m freestyle relay swimming heat at the National Aquatics Center in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on Aug. 12, 2008. (Getty Images) Keller was charged after a video allegedly showed him in the Capitol building on Jan. 6 donning a USA Olympics team jacket. A still image from the video appearing to show Keller in the Capitol Rotunda was included in criminal complaint filed Wednesday in U.S. district court charging the 38-year-old with obstructing law enforcement engaged in official duties incident to civil disorder, knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and violent entry and disorderly conduct on capitol grounds. It’s...
    A smiling MAGA rioter strolled out of a Texas courthouse yesterday after she uploaded a viral video from inside the Capitol bragging about breaking down Nancy Pelosi's door. Jenny Cudd, a flower shop owner and former mayoral candidate, was arrested by the FBI on Wednesday and charged with entering a restricted building and disorderly conduct.  Despite facing up to a year behind bars if found guilty, Cudd smiled from ear-to-ear as she strode past reporters outside the Midland courthouse after the judge granted her bail. Cudd went viral last week when she made a video from inside the Capitol, saying: 'We didn't knock down any statues, we didn't vandalize anything - but we did break down Nancy Pelosi's office door.' Scroll down for video.  Jenny Cudd, front, a flower shop owner and former Midland mayoral candidate, and Eliel Rosa, rear, leave the federal courthouse in Midland, Texas, Wednesday ...
    Former acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf said in a statement Wednesday that President Donald Trump bears some responsibility for last week’s deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol. “The president’s words matter and they do,” Wolf told ABC News. “He certainly has some level of responsibility for at least the words that he said.” “I’ve talked about my disappointment in wishing that he had come out sooner to condemn the violence and just talk more vocally about that,” he added. NEW: I talked to former Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, and he told me that president’s words matter and on last Wednesday “he certainly has some level of responsibility for at least the words that he said.” https://t.co/OdenKzCQMH — Luke Barr (@LukeLBarr) January 13, 2021 Wolf announced his resignation Monday, citing “recent events” and “meritless court rulings” about his authority as acting secretary. Wolf previously issued a...
    Bradley Cortright January 13, 2021 0 Comments Former Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf says President Donald Trump bears some responsibility for a mob deciding to storm the U.S. Capitol.  In an interview with CNN days after stepping down from his post, Wolf said, “He’s the President. What he says matters.” “People listen to him — particularly supporters of his, I would say, really listen to him — so there is responsibility there,” he continued.  However, he told the network that it is up to Congress to decide whether Trump’s actions leading up to the moment rioters breached the Capitol constitutes an impeachable offense. The House made history on Wednesday when it voted to impeach Trump a second time in a 232-197 vote — the first time a U.S. president has been impeached twice. Shortly after the incident, Wolf urged Trump and “all elected officials to strongly condemn the violence that took place yesterday.” While Trump released a video message as rioters rampaged...
    Recently resigned Homeland Security leader Chad Wolf said President Trump and his supporters are each partly responsible for causing a riot at the U.S. Capitol last week. "He's the president. What he says matters," Wolf told CNN in an interview released Wednesday afternoon. "People listen to him — particularly supporters of his, I would say, really listen to him — so, there is responsibility there." Wolf said it is up to Congress to decide if Trump's actions are impeachable. Wolf's resignation earlier this week means there is no possibility that he would have to vote with other Cabinet members if the 25th Amendment were to be invoked, as demanded by House Democrats. Wolf, 44, took to Twitter hours after the attack last Wednesday, calling for rioters to be held accountable, but he did not ask Trump to step in. On Thursday, he called on Trump to take a harsher...
    Olympic gold medalist Klete Keller has been charged in federal court after reportedly participating in the Capitol riot. “Former USA Olympic swimmer Klete Keller has been charged in federal court for participating in the Capitol riot, court records show,” NBC News White House correspondent Geoff Bennett tweeted Wednesday. “Keller, who medaled in the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympics was seen on video in the Capitol wearing a USA Swimming jacket,” he added. (RELATED: Man Who Stormed Capitol Regrets Nothing After His Dating Profile Blows Up) Former USA Olympic swimmer Klete Keller has been charged in federal court for participating in the Capitol riot, court records show. Keller, who medaled in the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympics was seen on video in the Capitol wearing a USA Swimming jacket. — Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) January 13, 2021 Keller was charged with obstructing law enforcement, knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted...
    Tom Daschle, a former Senate minority and majority leader representing South Dakota, warned his fellow Democrats of the consequences of impeaching President Trump for a second time. Daschle's remarks come as legislators from both parties face mounting pressure to impeach the president in the aftermath of rioting on Jan. 6 on Capitol Hill. Cautioning that impeachment would "galvanize" Trump supporters, Daschle argued that taking the step would be a "mistake." “An impeachment mechanism is just not the right course at all if they want to hold the president accountable,” he said during a Bipartisan Policy Center forum. Daschle said that alienating Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his caucus of GOP members would be counterproductive when the Democrats' hold on power is so tenuous that a single defection could sink the party's legislative agenda. “Give Mitch McConnell reasons to be a partner, reasons to be cooperative,” he said. “Do that,...
    Robert Keith Packer was arrested in Virginia Wednesday and is expected to make appearance in Norfolk court later today The Capitol rioter who wore a 'Camp Auschwitz' sweatshirt was arrested Wednesday.  Robert Keith Packer has been named as the man photographed wearing the sweatshirt which referenced the most infamous Nazi concentration camp, where about 1.1 million people were killed during World War II. He arrested in Virginia and is expected to make appearance in Norfolk court later today. Packer has been charged with knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building without lawful authority, and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. The sweatshirt featured skull and crossbones and appeared to read 'work brings freedom' - a translation of the German phrase on the camp's gates; 'Arbeit macht frei'. A Virigina resident described Packer as having 'extreme' beliefs while another described him as an 'off-beat' character. Packer, described as a...
    Loading the player... A video from the Jan. 6 insurrection at the United States Capitol appears to show a two-time U.S. Olympic gold medalist participating in the riots that left four dead.  Klete Keller is seen maskless — and wearing his Team USA jacket — inside the Capitol Rotunda.  In this 2007 photo, (from left) the United States’ Klete Keller, Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Peter Vanderkaay pose following their victory and new world record in the Men’s 4 x 200m Freestyle Final at the XII FINA World Championships in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images) “[W]e respect private individuals’ and groups’ rights to peacefully protest but in no way condone the actions taken by those at the Capitol last week,” a USA Swimming spokesperson told ESPN on Tuesday. Several of his former teammates and coaches recognized him in the video, according to New York Times reporting, and people who know Keller...
    A man calls for Trump supporters to storm the US Capitol.Joseph Prezioso/AFP/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.In the aftermath of the violent insurrection against Congress on Jan. 6, many national security experts were stunned by what looked like a catastrophic failure to prepare by law enforcement agencies, foremost the Capitol Police. But the idea that the broad assault came as a surprise defied credulity, and concerns quickly focused on whether the attacks by enraged mobs of pro-Trump rioters were more orchestrated than was generally understood. For several weeks before the siege, the national security community was “swimming in threat intel” about far-right Trump partisans with potentially dangerous plans, a senior US law enforcement official told me. Some of the threats metastasized online. According to a social media analysis cited in...
    A former Olympic swimmer was among the crowd of pro-Trump rioters who stormed the US Capitol last week, according to a report. Two-time gold medal winner Klete Keller, 38, was reportedly spotted in a video from inside the Capitol Rotunda posted Wednesday by a reporter for the conservative news outlet Townhall. Swimming website SwimSwam said that at least a dozen people within the sport identified Keller as a bearded man seen in the clip wearing a Team USA Olympic jacket. The footage seems to shows Keller — who stands at 6-feet-6-inches — towering over a crowd that was pushing against police officers who were trying to clear the area. US swimmer Klete Keller smiles after winning the men's 4 x 200m freestyle relay swimming heat at the National Aquatics Center in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Keller was reportedly seen among a crowd of rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol last week. (AFP PHOTO / GREG...
    Former Rep. Barbara ComstockBarbara Jean Comstock22 retired GOP members of Congress call for Trump's impeachment Former GOP congressman calls for Biden to receive presidential briefings Former GOP lawmakers call on Trump to accept election results MORE (R-Va.) said Tuesday that Republicans should vote to impeach President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse GOP leader tells members to quit spreading lies on riot, antifa DC attorney general says Trump Organization improperly paid K bill incurred during inauguration 70K QAnon Twitter accounts suspended in the wake of Capitol riot MORE in connection with last week’s deadly riots at the U.S. Capitol. Comstock told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell that she “dare[s] any Republican” to call President Trump’s comments before the riots “totally appropriate,” referencing his defense of the remarks earlier Tuesday, his first public comments since he was banned from Twitter last week. “I think the president should resign, but unlike Nixon he can’t even rise to that level...
    As Trump visits Alamo, Texas, famed battle is used to commemorate whiteness, historians say What insurrection, sedition and coup mean U.S. Olympic gold medalist swimmer Klete Keller wore an Olympic jacket while invading the Capitol last week There have been quite a few people who have seen consequences after being identified as amongst the mob that invaded the U.S. Capitol building last week, but Tuesday saw a notable sports connection there. On Tuesday, Karen Crouse and Victor Mather of The New York Times reported that former U.S. Olympic swimmer Klete Keller (who won a total of five Olympic medals while competing for the U.S. from 2000 through 2008, including two golds as a member of the 2X200m relay team) was identified by former teammates and coaches as a participant in that insurrection. As Annika Johnson of SwimSwam wrote later Tuesday, “A tall man in that video can be seen wearing...
    (CNN)Among the mob of extremists and Trump supporters that invaded the US Capitol last week in a deadly riot were former members of the very institution that is supposed to protect America from invasion: the US military.They included 35-year-old Ashli Babbitt, an Air Force veteran who'd become infatuated with the QAnon conspiracy theory and on Wednesday was fatally shot by US Capitol Police as the mob tried to force its way toward the House chamber. They included Larry Rendell Brock -- a 53-year-old retired Air Force Reserve officer from Texas -- who could be seen roaming the Senate chamber sporting a military helmet, green tactical vest and black-and-camo jacket while clutching a white flex cuff, which is used by law enforcement to restrain or detain subjects. He's been charged with knowingly entering a restricted building without lawful authority, and violent entry and disorderly conduct, according to the Justice Department.Larry Rendell...
    Melania Trump's former aide has slammed the first lady's belated statement on the Capitol riot, exclusively telling DailyMail.com Melania 'played the victim' and only spoke out in response to her op-ed condemning her for not speaking out. Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, who authored the New York Times bestseller Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of my Friendship with the First Lady, penned a scathing piece for The Daily Beast, saying she is 'ashamed' to have ever worked for Melania, adding she couldn't believe 'how blind I was to the depth of her deception and lack of common decency.' On Monday, five days after the mob's attack, Melania finally put out a statement,  saying she 'absolutely condemns the violence', which was incited by her husband President Trump, and called for 'healing' as the couple prepares to leave office. But Melania quickly pivoted to the 'salacious gossip, unwarranted personal attacks, and false...
    Former Senate Democrat leader Tom Daschle (SD) on Tuesday warned against impeaching President Donald Trump over last week’s riots at the U.S. Capitol.  Bloomberg reports:  Daschle called impeachment at a moment that party control of the Senate is so tenuous a “mistake,” saying it would first “galvanize” Trump’s supporters and then delay work on crucial issues. Incoming Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has favored proceeding, even with the coming 50-50 split in the chamber. “An impeachment mechanism is just not the right course at all if they want to hold the president accountable,” Daschle said at a forum Monday with Lott held by the Bipartisan Policy Center. The House of Representatives will meet Wednesday morning to consider articles of impeachment against President Trump, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) announced during a House Democrat’s caucus call on Monday. Earlier Monday, three House Democrats — Reps. David Cicilline (RI), Ted Lieu (CA), and Jamie Raskin (MD) — introduced a single article...
    Former Republican Congressman Denver RigglemanDenver RigglemanOutgoing GOP congressman criticizes Hawley for fundraising off Electoral College challenge Virginia county Republicans condemn GOP congressman for considering vote for Biden House Republicans who didn't sign onto the Texas lawsuit MORE (Va.) tweeted his support for President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse GOP leader tells members to quit spreading lies on riot, antifa DC attorney general says Trump Organization improperly paid K bill incurred during inauguration 70K QAnon Twitter accounts suspended in the wake of Capitol riot MORE’s impeachment on Tuesday, saying it is “necessary” in order to combat conspiracy theories. The former Virginia Congressman put out a series of tweets explaining why the GOP is wrong to say that impeachment “could cause further violence” and that it “could [b]e more dangerous” not to impeach the president. My thoughts on why impeachment is necessaryGOP colleagues have stated that impeachment is divisive and could cause further violence....
    A group of anti-Trump Republicans are pledging to raise $50 million to help reelect GOP lawmakers who votes to impeach or remove President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse GOP leader tells members to quit spreading lies on riot, antifa DC attorney general says Trump Organization improperly paid K bill incurred during inauguration 70K QAnon Twitter accounts suspended in the wake of Capitol riot MORE from office.  The effort by the new group, the Republican Accountability Project, is intended to offer political protection to GOP lawmakers who may be weighing impeachment but fear potential retribution from Trump and his army of ultra-loyal supporters.  “We want to say to any Republican who votes to impeach or remove Donald Trump: You will not be left alone. We will help you against primary challenges,” Bill Kristol, the board chair of the group, said. “And before the challenges emerge, we will help explain your vote to your constituents....
    Former FBI and CIA director William Webster called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump in a Monday op-ed published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Webster described himself as a “lifelong Republican” and was first appointed FBI director by President Jimmy Carter in 1978 before being appointed CIA director by President Ronald Reagan in 1987. He alleged in the editorial that Trump helped fuel the Capitol riot Jan. 6 and announced his support for “those who speak of censure, impeachment or removal.” 96 year old former Federal Judge, CIA and FBI director William Webster a lifelong Republican is calling for the removal, impeachment and censure of the President. And slams fellow Missourian Sen. Josh Hawley https://t.co/ooLzq9Vk7J — Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) January 12, 2021 “Never in my 96 years did I imagine a sitting president of the United States, abetted by numerous members of Congress, using tools of deception and...
    George Erwin Jr., a former Henderson County Sheriff, rescinded his support for new-elected Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.), saying Cawthorn’s words played a role in the deadly riot that took place at the Capitol on Wednesday. Erwin was set to serve as Cawthorn's district director, but changed his mind after seeing the destructive storming of the Capitol, according to Blue Ridge Public Radio (BPR). “Once a word leaves your mouth you can’t take it back in. And you can either incite or you can calm with the words you use. And I have seen no calming words,” Erwin said. Cawthorn spoke at the “Stop the Steal” rally prior to the insurrection at the Capitol, where he said, “This crowd has some fight in it ... the Republicans hiding and not fighting, they are trying to silence your voice.” He later called the group of people who stormed the Capitol “disgusting and pathetic,” and...
    Getty Protesters gather outside the U.S. Capitol Building. James McCoy Taylor was a fifth place finisher on season 12 of The Bachelorette, but in the years since his time on the show, Taylor has mostly garnered attention for his staunchly conservative political beliefs. On January 5, Taylor shared that he was in Washington, D.C. for the “March for Trump” and urged his followers to join him and “fight for a man who’s been fighting for you.” On January 6, that march devolved into a riot with a mob storming the United States Capitol, resulting in the death of five people. Taylor was absent from social media after his January 5 post, but returned on January 11 to thank “conservative producers” from “The Bachelor family” for supporting him. An ABC source told Heavy that Taylor’s tweet “is unequivocally false.” Big thanks to #TheBachelor family for supporting me during this...
    The former Capitol Police chief, Steven Sund, described a "frustrating call" with a U.S. Army official as he tried desperately to get the Pentagon to send help to police outmanned in the Capitol by throngs of Trump supporters last Wednesday. "I needed boots on the ground, immediate assistance right then and there, helping to form police lines to help secure the foundation of the United States Capitol building," Sund said in a brief interview outside his home his first on-camera comments. "They were more concerned with the optics." The Army is charged with approving National Guard deployments in Washington, D.C. On Wednesday, as rioters pushed past police and smashed windows to force their way into the Capitol, Congress was evacuated in the 1 p.m. hour, as Congress was debating whether to count Arizona's electoral ballots.  On the call with Sund were D.C. Police Chief Robert J. Contee III and...
    Former FBI Deputy Assistant Director Danny Coulson urged the Biden transition team to move next week's inauguration indoors in the wake of last week’s Capitol riot. Coulson told "Your World" Monday that "terrifying times" call for heightened security measures and urged the president-elect's team to consider hosting the Jan. 20 inaugural ceremony in an enclosed sports stadium.  "If it were up to me, and it’s not, I would not have this inauguration outside," he told Fox News host Martha MacCallum. "I’d do it in a football stadium. We know how to secure football stadiums. We can control access, we can control everything from drones to people, and they need to do that." The Secret Service has announced plans to begin security operations Jan. 13 in preparation for the inauguration, six days earlier than planned. SECRET SERVICE TO BEGIN BIDEN INAUGURATION PREP EARLY Earlier Monday, a federal law enforcement source told Fox News that an internal FBI memo has warned of plans for armed protests in all 50...
    The New York State Bar Association is looking to remove Rudy Giuliani from its ranks after the former New York City mayor used his platform to spread election lies and stoke an armed attack on the U.S. Capitol Building Jan. 6. Guiliani, a former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York and a partner at various white shoe law firms, has served as President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer throughout his time in office. In a speech at the White House last week, Giuliani called for a “trial by combat” ahead of the Capitol invasion. NYSBA President Scott Karston on Monday condemned Giuliani for encouraging the violent insurrection and said the organization is investigating whether it can remove the ex-mayor based on its bylaws, which forbid members from advocating for “the overthrow of the government of the United States.”
    Former federal agent and MSNBC national security analyst Clint Watts said the FBI has been deluged by more than 40,000 tips since the pro-Trump Capitol insurrection last week and is now under the most stress since the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks. Speaking with Deadline: White House host Nicolle Wallace, Watts explained that the U.S. Capitol Police’s gross negligence was due to a institutional blind spot that ignored the threat from the president’s MAGA supporters. “Clint, can you make some sense of all of this?” Wallace asked. “You don’t have to figure out to get onto Parler to find out what they were planning, they were talking it about it all over television.  Michael Flynn did an event, Rudy Giuliani did an event, the whole fam and all their girlfriends were at a rally that was televised. This was broadcast all day long and many days before it. It’s not what did they miss, it’s why...
    Former Trump National Security Council member Fiona Hill on Monday said 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’s “actions have put us on the brink of civil war” after pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol last week.  Hill, who served as the senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council, called the Capitol raid a “coup” in a Politico op-ed, saying that a coup does not need to be a “sudden, violent seizure of power involving clandestine plots and military takeovers.” “Trump disguised what he was doing by operating in plain sight, talking openly about his intent,” she said “He normalized his actions so people would accept them. I’ve been...
    Associated Press Former House Speaker John Boehner said Monday that President Donald Trump should “consider resigning his post.” The Republican former Ohio congressman began his remarks during a webinar on health care policy Monday by talking about Trump’s baseless claims of widespread election fraud and last week’s siege of the Capitol by pro-Trump insurrectionists. “Here’s the president of the United States, in my view, inciting a riot … and the Capitol being threatened,” Boehner said. “It’s time for Donald Trump to consider resigning his post. He has violated his oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Boehner was speaker from 2011 to 2015, and he has largely steered clear of publicly commenting on Trump. But on Monday he said Trump “has abused the loyalty of the people who voted for him.” Related Articles Parler sues Amazon for cutting off its services ...
    Joe Biden will lay a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery shortly after he takes the oath of office with former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama joining him in a show of unity. Jill Biden will also be there as will Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, Michelle Obama, incoming Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff - part of Biden's inauguration theme of 'America United.'  It will be one of Biden's first acts as president, taking place on January 20th, following the swearing-in ceremony and Pass In Review at the U.S. Capitol, in an open display of bipartisanship. But it will also show the increased isolation of outgoing President Donald Trump, who said last week he would not attend his successor's swearing-in - a decision Biden said he agreed with. Joe and Jill Biden will lay a wreath at the...
    More On: DC Protests 2021 NYPD probing at least one cop who may have attended Capitol siege FBI agents reportedly visited extremists ahead of Capitol riots in DC Payment processor Stripe drops Trump campaign site after Capitol riots Woman arrested in Capitol siege claims she didn’t know she was on building’s grounds The FBI raided the home of a former Cleveland school employee accused of participating in the deadly riots at the US Capitol building. Federal agents visited the home of 49-year-old Christine Priola, who resigned last week as an occupational therapist from Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Spectrum News reported. Several file boxes and a large plastic bag of unknown materials were taken Friday night from the Lake County home, though no arrests were made, news station WKYC reported. Priola had been accused of storming the US Capitol building Wednesday after photos surfaced on social media, but neither she...
    A man who broke into the Capitol during Wednesday’s riot was arrested Sunday after authorities were allegedly tipped off by his ex-wife, an arrest affidavit shows. Larry Rendell Brock of Grapevine, Texas, was arrested by the FBI and charged with knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building along with violent entry and disorderly conduct. A witness claiming to be Brock’s ex-wife alerted authorities on Jan. 8 that she could positively identify Brock from a picture taken inside the Capitol, according to the arrest affidavit. “I just know that when I saw this was happening I was afraid he would be there,” the witness said, according to the report. “I think you already know he was there. It is such a good picture of him and I recognize his patch.” CAPITOL RIOT ARREST UPDATE: *Larry Rendell Brock, a Texas man who was photographed in tactical gear on the Senate floor,...