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    Bruno Joseph Cua, 18, faces a number of criminal charges after he boasted on social media about storming the Capitol. Department of Justice/Criminal Complaint The youngest suspect charged in the Capitol riots wrote a letter begging a judge to release him. Bruno Joseph Cua, 18, previously boasted on Instagram of storming the Capitol and fighting inside. "I am completely humbled , deeply remoursefull and regretful! [sic]," Cua wrote. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A Georgia teenager who boasted on Instagram about storming the Capitol in January begged a federal judge to release him ahead of his trial, saying his social media posts were "foolish" and that he had learned a "very painful" lesson. Bruno Joseph Cua, 18, faces a slew of federal charges related to the January 6 insurrection, including assault on a federal officer, engaging in physical violence, violent entry or disorderly conduct, and civil...
    Bruno Joseph Cua (left), 18, of Milton, Georgia One of the youngest alleged rioters of the January 6 insurrection has begged a judge to go home to his parents.  Bruno Joseph Cua, 18, of Milton, Georgia, sent a letter to U.S. District Court Judge Randolph D. Moss on Thursday. 'I just want to go home to my Mom and Dad, I am truly sorry,' the letter from Cua said. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Cua was arrested on February 5 and later denied bond a week later, leaving him jailed for a month. Cua has appealed the initial bond denial.   He is the youngest person charged in the insurrection at the Capitol, among more than 300 facing consequences in riot that left five dead. Cua allegedly managed to reach the Senate chambers, one of the few rioters to actually do so. Prosecutors claim he assaulted a federal officer while...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF / CNN) — Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) has quietly posted a nearly 2,000-page report documenting social media posts by her Republican colleagues who voted against certifying results of the presidential election on January 6. The information compiled isn’t secret, but the report is another sign of the deep distrust that has settled into the US Capitol in the weeks since the insurrection. The report chronicles the social media activity of members on public forums immediately before the November election and right after the January 6 riot. The report has been online for a week. READ MORE: Study: Reports Of Mass Exodus From California in 2020 Are False CNN reported earlier Thursday that federal investigators are examining records of communications between members of Congress and the pro-Trump mob that attacked the Capitol, as the investigation moves closer to exploring whether lawmakers wittingly or unwittingly helped the insurrectionists. In...
    Rep. Eric Swalwell filed a new lawsuit Friday in DC's federal District Court against Donald Trump and his closest allies for inspiring the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol that claimed five lives and injured more than 100 police officers. The second federal suit of its kind, it accuses Trump, Don Jr., Rudy Giuliani, and GOP Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama of violating federal civil rights and anti-terrorism laws by inciting the riot, aiding the rioters, and inflicting lasting emotional harms on members of Congress, according to CNN. Last month, Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi filed a lawsuit against Trump, Giuliani, and the right-wing extremist groups the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys. Both lawsuits cite violations of a Reconstruction-era law designed to insulate Black Americans from intimidation by white supremacists.  Swalwell, who was in the House chamber on Jan. 6 and later served as an impeachment manager, charges that...
    A FORMER state department aide has been been charged over the Capitol riot after he was allegedly caught on camera assaulting cops. Federico Klein, who worked on Donald Trump's presidential campaign in 2016 before being appointed to the state department, was taken into custody by the FBI in Virginia on Thursday. 9Klein was charged on Friday with taking part in the deadly siege and assaulting copsCredit: Facebook 9The 42-year-old was spotted on video footage violently shoving a riot shield into an officerCredit: FBI 9It makes Klein the first Trump appointee to be arrested and charged over the riotsCredit: FBI The cops said Klein, 42, was seen wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat amid the mob trying to force their way into the Capitol on January 6. Klein was charged on Friday with taking part in the deadly siege and assaulting officers who were trying to guard the building, court papers show.  He was...
    The FBI arrested a former State Department aide in the Trump administration on Thursday on charges related to the Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol, according to a criminal complaint. Federico Klein, a "Schedule- C political appointee" who resigned from his post on Jan. 19, was seen on body camera footage attacking officers with a stolen riot shield in the tunnel that led to the Lower West Terrace Capitol entrance, court documents obtained by the New York Times said. Klein used the shield to wedge open a door during a scuffle with law enforcement and yelled, “We need fresh people," to a crowd as he stood toe-to-toe with police, investigators said. Klein, 42, worked for the Trump 2016 campaign and was hired by the State Department in 2017, a financial disclosure form shows. He is the first member of former President Donald Trump's administration to be arrested in...
    D.C. National Guard's commanding officer says the brother of retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who is currently a lieutenant general, was among those concerned about the "optics" of the military response to the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6. The revelations are part of a sweeping congressional inquiry into the U.S. government’s intelligence about and response to the siege of Congress that disrupted lawmakers as they certified President Biden’s victory over former President Donald Trump. Major Gen. William Walker, the commander of the District of Columbia National Guard, testified on Wednesday at a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing that the military’s response that day included a 2:30 p.m. phone call with key military leaders, including Lt. Gen. Charles Flynn, the Army’s deputy chief of staff for operations, and Lt. Gen. Walter Piatt, the director of the Army staff. Walker said the two military officials were worried about the...
    FEARS of a QAnon-inspired Capitol siege plot could delay stimulus checks if lawmakers stay away. QAnon followers believe that Donald Trump will again become president today to carry on his war against the "deep state." 4The National Guard are at the Capitol todayCredit: Getty Images - Getty 4An insurrection could delay a stimulus check voteCredit: Getty Images - Getty The Capitol has increased security at the political hub in case of an attempted insurrection. Thousands of National Guard troops will remain in Washington DC over fears QAnon's claim may lead to another attack on the US Capitol, after followers spoke of a "military investigation" into President Joe Biden. The House of Representatives has since canceled it's March 4 session due to the threat that a militant group would attempt to breach the Capitol.  Senate staffers have also reportedly been told to work from home tomorrow while there are threats of an attack. 4Biden has called for Americans to receive...
    The Drug Enforcement Agency suspended one of its agents who was allegedly outside the Capitol on the day that rioters laid siege to the building, his lawyer said. Attorney Gretchen Gaspari's client, DEA agent Mark Ibrahim, was put on leave “because of his presence on Jan. 6,” she said, adding that Ibrahim had his security clearance suspended because of the matter, Reuters reported on Wednesday. The Washington Examiner reached out to Gaspari’s law firm and contacted the DEA for comment about Ibrahim but did not immediately receive replies. Ibrahim, who was off duty at the time, has not been charged with any crimes, and he reportedly insists that he never went inside the Capitol building during the incursion, which featured hundreds of supporters of former President Donald Trump storming the complex. GOP REP. MCCAUL: TRUMP HAS ‘RESPONSIBILITY’ TO TELL SUPPORTERS ‘STAND DOWN’ ON MARCH 4...
    Ethan Nordean, center, leads a cluster of Proud Boys and other MAGA marchers toward the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. The arrests and indictments in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol are now up to 257 and counting. And as they continue to mount and the evidence in these cases becomes public, we’re starting to get a clearer picture of what happened that day—both the larger picture of who participated in the assault, as well the more detailed story of how they conspired to make their invasion plans work. George Washington University’s Program on Extremism compiled data from all 257 cases and assembled a detailed analysis of the event based largely on information from the court filings. The details contained therein are telling and important, but its broader conclusion—namely, that the universe of domestic right-wing extremists who came together on Jan. 6 has grown massive, is constantly expanding,...
    The FBI views the January siege of the U.S. Capitol as “domestic terrorism," according to Director Christopher Wray, who assured senators on Tuesday the bureau is working hard to investigate anyone who stormed the halls of Congress. “I was appalled, like you, at the violence and destruction that we saw that day. I was appalled that you, our country’s elected leaders, were victimized right here in these very halls,” Wray said during his opening statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. “That attack — that siege — was criminal behavior, plain and simple, and it’s behavior that we — the FBI — view as domestic terrorism. It’s got no place in our democracy, and tolerating it would make a mockery of our nation’s rule of law.” “Our greatest partner in this investigation has been the American people," Wray said, as he pointed out that the bureau had...
    FBI Director Christopher Wray told senators on Tuesday that he viewed January’s unrest in Washington, D.C. as “domestic terrorism.” “I was appalled, like you, at the violence and destruction that we saw that day,” Wray said during an appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee. “I was appalled that you, our country’s elected leaders, were victimized right here in these very halls. That attack, that siege, was criminal behavior, plain and simple. And it behavior that we at the FBI, view as domestic terrorism. It is got no place in our democracy, and tolerating it would make a mockery of our nation’s rule of law.” Wray, a holdover from former President Donald Trump’s administration, has led the FBI since 2017. However, he fell out of favor with Trump toward the end of his term in office for refusing to publicly agree with the former president’s claims of voter fraud. Watch above...
    FBI Director Christopher Wray, one of the most high-profile Trump-era officials to be asked to stay under President Biden, will appear before the Senate Tuesday for his first public testimony since the Capitol riot. Wray will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee starting at 10 a.m. EST, where he is expected to face questions from both sides of the aisle on the Jan. 6 siege and the bureau’s efforts to combat domestic extremism. In a letter to the FBI director last week, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) asked what Wray and top brass were doing to counter domestic terrorism. The letter, released by Durbin along with a statement late last month, offered a preview of how Democrats planned to approach Tuesday’s hearing. Durbin said that along with the letter, he spoke to Wray by phone. During the call, “I raised my concerns about whether the FBI is...
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    DONALD Trump has blamed Nancy Pelosi for the Capitol riot violence and said the pre-siege rally was a "lovefest." The former president made the comments during an interview with Fox News, shortly after his almost two-hour-long CPAC speech. 4Trump has blamed Pelosi for the riotCredit: Alamy Live News 4The riot left at least five deadCredit: AFP or licensors "The press doesn't like to talk about it, but the real number was much, much bigger," Trump said of the rally that took place on January 6 before his supporters overtook the Capitol. "It was tremendous numbers of people, not the Capitol, I'm talking about the rally itself, and it was a lovefest, it was a beautiful thing." Following the rally, Trump supporters marched down to the Capitol as the Electoral College were voting on the result of the 2020 presidential election. Trump claimed that he warned that there would be "hundreds...
    Clockwise, from upper left: Ryan Ashlock, William Chrestman, Louis Enrique Colon, Cory Konold, Felicia Konold, and Christopher Kuehne. (Images via federal court documents.) A federal grand jury has indicted six members of the “Proud Boys,” federal prosecutors said in a Friday news release.  Indicted are William Chrestman, 47, Christopher Kuehne, 47, and Ryan Ashlock, 21, of Kansas; Louis Enrique Colon, 44, of Missouri; and Felicia Konold, 27, and Cory Konold, 25, of Arizona. As Law&Crime previously noted, Felicia Konold is “a rare female self-proclaimed recruit of the anti-feminist” group.  Court papers cite a social media post where she says she was “recruited” by the Proud Boys of Kansas City, even though she was from Arizona, and that they told her she was “with them now.” The defendants face the following indictments: (1) Conspiracy, with a possible maximum penalty of five years in prison; (2) Obstruction of an official proceeding, with a possible 20...
    A MAGA-hatted insurrectionist toys with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's desk during the Jan. 6 Capitol siege. One of this woman's compatriots, Riley Williams, has been identified as an active neo-Nazi accelerationist. Earlier this week, as part of his campaign to gaslight the public about the Capitol insurrection, Tucker Carlson tried to claim on his Fox News program that “there’s no evidence white supremacists were responsible for what happened on Jan. 6. That’s a lie.” Of course, the claim was immediately debunked, but that hasn’t prevented Republicans from continuing to lie and mislead the public into believing up is down about the event and its meaning, and for online trolls to continue repeating Carlson’s claim. Multiple examples abound to prove Carlson a baldfaced liar, but the most striking was revealed this week: An investigation by Bellingcat’s Robert Evans found that Riley Williams, the 22-year-old woman from Pennsylvania who faces multiple charges in...
    Pictured: Richard Michetti using his phone during the Capitol riot A man present at the Capitol riot was turned in by his ex-girlfriend after he called her a 'moron' in a text sent during the siege, recently unsealed court papers have revealed. Richard Michetti, from Pennsylvania, sent several messages to the unnamed woman on January 6 - the day of the siege - as well as the night before, the documents allege. Just after 2 p.m., Michetti texted the woman, saying: 'It's going down here we stormed the building they held us back with spray and teargas and paintballs.'  'Gotta stop the vote it's fraud this is our country' one of the texts read.  The New York Post reported that federal police said Michetti had also sent the woman two videos from the scene, which showed rioters inside the building as well as a 'large interior room' of the Capitol....
    More On: capitol riot Law enforcement warns extremists want to ‘blow up’ Capitol during Biden address Top Capitol police can’t answer for leadership communications failures Capitol riot hearing: Security officials testify on intel failures Top Capitol security officials to testify before Congress today An alleged Capitol rioter called his ex-girlfriend a “moron” in a text message during the siege — and she then turned him into the feds the next day, authorities said in recently unsealed court papers. The suspect, Pennsylvania man Richard Michetti, allegedly sent several messages to the woman the night before the riot and on Jan. 6, when he allegedly stormed the Capitol building with throngs of former President Donald Trump supporters. “Gotta stop the vote it’s fraud this is our country,” he said to his ex in one of the texts, soon before the protesters ransacked the building, according to the documents. ...
    Sen. Ron Johnson shared an article that criticized law enforcement's response to the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol and laid blame for that harrowing event on "fake Trump protesters" during a hearing Tuesday on the attack. The Wisconsin Republican, who critics said was spreading a wild conspiracy theory about the siege, opened his time for questions by calling the violence "repugnant" and adding that he had a "long list of questions, which this format doesn't lend itself to asking." The senator then shared several excerpts of an article written by J. Michael Waller, a senior analyst for the Center for Security Policy, a far-right organization that critics say espouses an anti-Muslim sentiment, and republished by the Federalist. The article, titled "I Saw Provocateurs At The Capitol Riot On Jan. 6," claims the riot had the "markings of an organized operation planned well in advance of the Jan. 6 joint session...
    WASHINGTON -- Testifying publicly for the first time about the Jan. 6 insurrection, former security officials are poised to cast blame on the Pentagon, the intelligence community and each other for the disastrous failure to anticipate the violent intentions of the mob and defend the Capitol.In prepared remarks before two Senate committees Tuesday, former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund will describe a scene that was "like nothing" he had seen in his 30 years of policing."When the group arrived at the perimeter, they did not act like any group of protestors I had ever seen," the ousted chief will say, arguing that the insurrection was not the result of poor planning but of failures across the board from many agencies.Congress is set to hear from the former U.S. Capitol security officials for the first time about the massive law enforcement failures on Jan. 6, the day the violent mob laid...
    WASHINGTON -- Congress is set to hear from former U.S. Capitol security officials for the first time about the massive law enforcement failures on Jan. 6, the day a violent mob laid siege to the building and interrupted the presidential electoral count.Three of the four scheduled to testify Tuesday before two Senate committees resigned under pressure immediately after the deadly attack, including the former head of the Capitol Police.Much remains unknown about what happened before and during the assault, and lawmakers are expected to aggressively question the former officials about what went wrong. How much did law enforcement agencies know about plans for violence that day, many of which were public? How did the agencies share that information with each other? And how could the Capitol Police have been so ill-prepared for a violent insurrection that was organized online, in plain sight?The rioters easily smashed through security barriers on the...
    A leader of the far-right Oath Keepers group who was charged in connection with the US Capitol riot claims she was in Washington D.C. on Jan. 6 to “provide security” at the pro-Trump rally and met with Secret Service agents, according to court filings. Jessica Watkins, 38, was allegedly given a “VIP pass” to the rally where then-President Donald Trump spoke before the siege, her attorneys wrote in a defense petition filed Saturday. “Ms. Watkins was present not as an insurrectionist, but to provide security to the speakers at the rally, to provide escort for the legislators and others to march to the Capitol as directed by the then president, and to safely escort protesters away from the Capitol to their vehicles and cars at the conclusion of the protest,” the filing states. “She was given a VIP pass to the rally. She met with Secret Service agents.” The Ohio...
    Woman identified as Jessica Watkins. The defense for Jessica Watkins, one of the “Oath Keepers” charged in the siege of the U.S. Capitol Building, say she should be released to home confinement because prosecutors showed no evidence she engaged in violence that day. She was there to protect speakers at a rally that preceded the riots, had a VIP pass to the rally, and met with Secret Service agents, the motion stated. “On January 5 and 6, Ms. Watkins was present not as an insurrectionist, but to provide security to the speakers at the rally, to provide escort for the legislators and others to march to the Capitol as directed by the then-President, and to safely escort protestors away from the Capitol to their vehicles and cars at the conclusion of the protest,” the motion stated. “She was given a VIP pass to the rally. She met with Secret Service...
    The Justice Department charged a half dozen more Capitol rioters tied to the right-wing Oath Keepers group with a conspiracy to obstruct Congress, with the six joining a trio of militia-affiliated leaders who had already been hit with similar criminal charges. This week, six additional individuals tied to the Oath Keepers were arrested and charged in federal court in the District of Columbia. Thomas Caldwell, Donovan Crowl, and Jessica Watkins had already been charged, and the DOJ said Friday that Graydon Young, Kelly Meggs, Connie Meggs, Laura Steele, Sandra Ruth Parker, and Bennie Alvin Parker had been arrested this week too. A 21-page superseding indictment unveiled Friday alleged an obstruction “conspiracy” in which Caldwell, Crowl, Watkins, Sandra and Bennie Parker, Young, Steele, and Kelly and Connie Meggs “planned with each other, and with others known and unknown, to forcibly enter the Capitol on January 6, 2021, and to...
    ANTI-Donald Trump Capitol rioter John Sullivan allegedly sold footage of the attack to CNN and NBC for $70,000 after "encouraging" the siege. Sullivan, who maintains that he was at the riot to document it as a journalist, was arrested in January for the role he played in the attack. 4John Sullivan claimed he was at the riots to document themCredit: Toeele County Sheriff's Office 4Sullivan sold footage he took of the January 6 riots to CNN and NBC for $35K a popCredit: AFP or licensors Sullivan was captured on video telling other rioters things like, "it's our house," and, "we got to get this s**t burned." He claims that he works for the website Insurgence USA, and his lawyer has now filed invoices showing that Sullivan was paid for the videos he captured. According to the documents, CNN and NBC each paid Sullivan $35,000 for footage he recorded inside...
    Accused Capitol rioter John Sullivan sold video footage he recorded at the Jan. 6 siege to NBC and CNN for $35,000 each, according to new court papers. The news came as prosecutors on Tuesday tried to ban the Utah provocateur — a self-styled anti-Trump activist who they allege infiltrates protests to cause chaos and record video footage — from accessing social media, according to Politico.  Sullivan maintains that he is a journalist for his website Insurgence USA — and his defense attorney filed invoices for the $35,000 that NBC News and CNN each apparently paid for rights to use the videos. But the feds allege in a criminal complaint that Sullivan was actively participating in and encouraging the siege.As throngs of President Donald Trump supporters stormed the building, Sullivan helped one of the rioters scale a wall leading up to an entrance of the Capitol, an affidavit alleges.  LEFT-WING CAPITOL ACTIVIST JOHN SULLIVAN ACCUSED OF VIOLATING TERMS OF RELEASE...
    Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that while U.S. democracy is resilient, “recent events” have caused a strain. Blinken, whom the Senate confirmed days after President Biden's inauguration, said the Jan. 6 Capitol siege has interfered with U.S. diplomatic efforts, although he emphasized that the country is continuing to work through the issues. “There is no doubt that our ability to wave the banner of democracy and human rights to some extent has been tarnished by recent events, especially the egregious attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6,” Blinken said. “On the other hand, what's so powerful about it is that our democracy is resilient,” he told National Public Radio, noting that just hours after the insurrection, lawmakers returned to the very building the violence transpired in to vote to certify Biden’s Electoral College win. “They stood up for the institution. And even as we're grappling with...
    WASHINGTON — An independent, 9/11-style commission will be established to review the deadly security failures at the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Monday. In a letter to her Democratic colleagues, Pelosi said a preliminary review by retired four-star general Russel Honoré indicated that a full commission was needed to ensure against another deadly breach of Congress. “It is clear from his findings and from the impeachment trial that we must get to the truth of how this happened,” Pelosi wrote. “To protect our security, our security, our security, our next step will be to establish an outside, independent 9/11-type Commission,” she continued. The body will “investigate and report on the facts and causes relating to the January 6, 2021 domestic terrorist attack upon the United States Capitol Complex.” It will also review how Capitol Police and local law enforcement were easily overpowered by thousands of pro-Trump...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- For President Joe Biden's first 100 days in office, Eyewitness News will have a special election edition of "The Countdown" to get you caught up with all of the day's political and campaign news.You can watch it online, on the ABC7NY app or on our Connected TV apps for Fire, Roku, Apple TV and Android TV. Click here to learn more.Monday, Feb. 15Pelosi says independent commission will examine Capitol riotHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday that Congress will establish an independent, Sept. 11-style commission to look into the deadly insurrection that took place at the U.S. Capitol. Pelosi said the commission will "investigate and report on the facts and causes relating to the January 6, 2021, domestic terrorist attack upon the United States Capitol Complex ... and relating to the interference with the peaceful transfer of power."Trump looks to reassert himself after impeachment acquittalDonald Trump took...
    Roger Stone greets supporters after he spoke in front of the Supreme Court on January 05, 2021 in Washington, DC. Members of the Oath Keepers militant group provided security. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images 6 men who guarded Roger Stone in DC stormed the Capitol, The New York Times found. All of those guards are reportedly associated with the Oath Keepers, a militant extremist group. Some Oath Keepers planned for the insurrection, according to court documents obtained by Insider. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Six people who guarded Roger Stone in Washington, DC, before the January 6 Capitol riot participated in the insurrection, according to an investigation by The New York Times. It was previously reported by Vice that several of the men who accompanied Stone, a friend and former adviser of former President Trump, were associated with the Oath Keepers, a militant anti-government extremist group. All six...
    Ever since footage of him outside of the U.S. Capitol went viral on the day of the Jan. 6th siege, Texas-based lawyer Paul M. Davis has embarked upon a self-styled quest of J.R.R. Tolkien-esque proportions. Davis filed a federal lawsuit asking nothing less than the wholesale replacement of the U.S. federal government. He said the FBI visited his home to ask him for his statement, and a federal judge referred him to the Disciplinary Committee for the Western District of Texas. After Law&Crime obtained his once-confidential disciplinary inquiry through an anonymous source, Davis granted what he described as his first interview to the press since he went to Washington. “I’ve gotten so many requests in the media, and I haven’t responded to a single one because I’ve been so focused on the case,” Davis said in a phone interview, referring to his embattled lawsuit asking a judge to block his...
    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...
    Man via Russell James Peterson at left, with woman identified as his mother. A man was arrested in Pennsylvania on Friday for being in the Capitol Building during the January 6 siege, according to the Department of Justice. He is Russell James Peterson. According to the affidavit, closed-circuit television spotted him within the Capitol Building’s Crypt and Crypt lobby. Investigators obtained a federal search warrant on his Facebook account, and they claimed to discover he was livestreaming video from within the premises. Supporters of then-President Donald Trump raided the Capitol Building that day after he continued to lie that he actually won the 2020 presidential election, and it was being stolen from him. They postponed but did not prevent Congress from counting votes weighing in favor of winner Joe Biden. Five people died amid the chaos: four Trump supporters, and one Capitol officer. Another Capitol officer, a D.C. Metro officer, and...
    (CNN)His staff endured racist taunts. His voicemail overflowed with threats and wild conspiracy theories. And then one day, a caller warned that the Christmas Day bombing in Nashville "was a practice run for what was coming to our polling places."The abuse and threats hurled at Fulton County, Georgia, Elections Director Richard Barron and his staff in Atlanta between last year's general election and the state's high-stakes Senate runoffs on January 5 marked a new low in his 21-year career working on elections. "I used to have a sense of pride about this work," Barron told CNN. "But I don't think that I do anymore."Around the country, election supervisors and the rank-and-file workers who helped carry out the nuts and bolts of American democracy still are reeling from the barrage of threats and the flood of falsehoods they had to navigate as they helped a record number of people cast ballots...
    A Friday report from CNN provides more insight into Donald Trump’s state of mind as rioters infiltrated the United States Capitol on January 6. “He is not a blameless observer, he was rooting for them. On January 13, Kevin McCarthy said on the floor of the House that the President bears responsibility and he does,” one Republican member of Congress told the publication. The publication notably spoke to multiple Republican lawmakers who were briefed on a call between Trump and House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy that took place during the Capitol siege. “The Republican members of Congress said the exchange showed Trump had no intention of calling off the rioters even as lawmakers were pleading with him to intervene. Several said it amounted to a dereliction of his presidential duty,” the outlet reported. The heated exchange was allegedly laced with expletives as McCarthy urged Trump to call the rioters off....
    An alleged member of the Oath Keepers, a right-wing militia group, was waiting for a signal from former President Donald Trump to attack the U.S. Capitol last month, according to the Justice Department. Prosecutors explored the motivations of Jessica Watkins, Thomas Edward Caldwell, and Donovan Crowl, who were arrested and charged in connection to the Jan. 6 riot, as lawmakers sought to affirm President Biden's victory, making the case that the trio should remain in jail as they await trial. A filing Thursday by Michael Sherwin, acting U.S. attorney for the nation’s capital, zeroed in on Watkins, an Ohio bartender and leader of the anti-government militia group. "As the inauguration grew nearer, Watkins indicated that she was awaiting direction from President Trump," the Justice Department said, adding, “her concern about taking action without his backing was evident.” She sent a Nov. 9 text, saying, “I am concerned this...
    WASHINGTON -- House Democrats prosecuting Donald Trump's impeachment said Thursday the Capitol invaders believed they were acting on "the president's orders" and reflected his violent rhetoric when they stormed the building aiming to stop Congress from certifying Democrat Joe Biden's election.The prosecutors described in stark, personal terms the horror they faced that day and showed the many public and explicit instructions Trump gave his supporters - both in the weeks before the Jan. 6 attack and at his midday rally that unleashed the mob on the Capitol. Rioters in videos, some posted to social media by themselves, talked about how they were doing it all for Trump."We were invited here," said one. "Trump sent us," said another. "He'll be happy. We're fighting for Trump." Five people died.AUDIO: DC police officers call for backup during Capitol siege EMBED More News Videos House impeachment managers on Wednesday played police radio audio from...
    Trey Gowdy said on Fox News Wednesday that Donald Trump’s team needs a specific “factual defense” for his actions after the riots began on January 6th. Gowdy started the segment telling Martha MacCallum the Trump team “whiffed it yesterday,” referencing the much-derided performance of defense lawyer Bruce Castor. More specifically, he said there was one notable omission from the Trump team’s presentation. Gowdy noted the argument that Democrats have engaged in overheated rhetoric in the past, but said beyond Trump’s words, there’s a question of his specific actions the day of the riots: “The president’s lawyers need to come up with a factual defense for what was he doing once he learned the siege began. You can act like you were shocked it happened. But once it happened, you can’t claim that defense anymore. So why the tweets afterward, why not get more involved, more engaged. And I need to...
    CNN’s Anderson Cooper compared the riots in the Capitol last month to the Rwandan genocide of the 1990s when 800,000 people were killed. “We’ve seen it in Bosnia, we’ve seen it in Rwanda, where radios was telling people, you know, Hutus were telling the radio listeners that the Tutsi were cockroaches, you know, getting them ginned up for genocide,” Cooper said Tuesday on CNN while speaking with Rep. Adam Kinzinger. “And you see it in these videos where people who claim they are patriots are in the face of a police officer,” Cooper said. Kinzinger didn’t push back against the comparisons during the interview. An estimated 800,000 people were killed in Rwanda in 1994. Five people died during the Capitol siege on Jan. 6, including a woman, Ashli Babbitt, who was shot by law enforcement, and Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick. Cooper previously cited Rwandan genocide...
    WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted 56-44 that Donald Trump's second impeachment trial is constitutional. The Senate is adjourned until noon Eastern Tuesday.THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP's earlier story follows below.House Democrats opened Donald Trump's historic second impeachment trial Tuesday showing the former president whipping up a rally crowd to march to the Capitol and "fight like hell" against his reelection defeat, followed by graphic video of the deadly attack on Congress that came soon after.The lead prosecutor told senators the case would present "cold, hard facts" against Trump, who is charged with inciting the mob siege of the Capitol to overturn the election he lost to Democrat Joe Biden. Senators sitting as jurors, many who themselves fled for safety that day, watched the jarring video of Trump supporters battling past police to storm the halls, Trump flags waving."That's a high crime and misdemeanor," said Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md.,...
    WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted 56-44 that Donald Trump's second impeachment trial is constitutional. The Senate is adjourned until noon Eastern Tuesday.THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP's earlier story follows below.House Democrats opened Donald Trump's historic second impeachment trial Tuesday showing the former president whipping up a rally crowd to march to the Capitol and "fight like hell" against his reelection defeat, followed by graphic video of the deadly attack on Congress that came soon after.The lead prosecutor told senators the case would present "cold, hard facts" against Trump, who is charged with inciting the mob siege of the Capitol to overturn the election he lost to Democrat Joe Biden. Senators sitting as jurors, many who themselves fled for safety that day, watched the jarring video of Trump supporters battling past police to storm the halls, Trump flags waving."That's a high crime and misdemeanor," said Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md.,...
    FBI Benjamin Torre Benjamin Henry Torre, a 23-year-old man from Dawsonville, Georgia, was named as one of the most recent arrests related to the U.S. Capitol siege last month, the FBI announced today. “Benjamin Harry Torre, 23, of Dawsonville, GA was arrested by #FBI Atlanta this morning on charges relating to criminal acts at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021,” FBI Atlanta wrote on Twitter. Benjamin Harry Torre, 23, of Dawsonville, GA was arrested by #FBI Atlanta this morning on charges relating to criminal acts at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. The charging documents are available from DOJ at: https://t.co/w1XMUfb3ZC @FBIWFO @USAO_DC pic.twitter.com/cqNSUgdgWX — FBI Atlanta (@FBIAtlanta) February 9, 2021 He was charged with Knowingly Entering or Remaining in any Restricted Building or Grounds Without Lawful Authority; Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct on Capitol Grounds and arrested in the northern district of Georgia on...
    WASHINGTON -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, the lead House impeachment manager, grew emotional as he concluded the Democrats' first round of arguments in former President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial.Raskin spoke about his personal experience in the Capitol on Jan. 6. He had been joined by family members that day - the day after he had buried his son, who died by suicide in December.His daughter and son-in-law were in an office in the Capitol and hid under a desk, where they sent what they thought were their final texts. He says, "They thought they were going to die."Separated from them in the House chamber, Raskin described people around him calling to say goodbye to their families, members removing their congressional pins to try to evade detection. And he said he heard the rioters "pounding on the door like a battering ram" - a sound he said he would "never forget."He...
    A man who authorities say is a leader of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group and helped organize a ring of other extremists and led them in the attack last month at the U.S. Capitol has held a top-secret security clearance for decades and previously worked for the FBI, his attorney said Monday.  Thomas Caldwell, who authorities believe holds a leadership role in the extremist group, worked as a section chief for the FBI from 2009 to 2010 after retiring from the Navy, his lawyer, Thomas Plofchan, wrote in a motion urging the judge to release him from jail while he awaits trial. The defense said Caldwell, who has denied being part of the Oath Keepers, has held a top-secret security clearance since 1979, which required multiple special background investigations, according to Plofchan. Caldwell also ran a consulting firm that did classified work for the U.S. government, the lawyer said....
    A man who authorities say is a leader of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group and helped to organize a ring of other extremists and led them in the attack last month at the U.S. Capitol has held a top-secret security clearance for decades and previously worked for the FBI, his attorney said Monday. Thomas Caldwell, who authorities believe holds a leadership role in the extremist group, worked as a section chief for the FBI from 2009 to 2010 after retiring from the Navy, his lawyer, Thomas Plofchan, wrote in a motion urging the judge to release him from jail while he awaits trial. The defense said Caldwell, who has denied being part of the Oath Keepers, has held a top-secret security clearance since 1979, which required multiple special background investigations, according to Plofchan. Caldwell also ran a consulting firm that did classified work for the U.S. government, the lawyer said. SHIRTLESS,...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A man who authorities say is a leader of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group and helped to organize a ring of other extremists and led them in the attack last month at the U.S. Capitol has held a top-secret security clearance for decades and previously worked for the FBI, his attorney said Monday. Thomas Caldwell, who authorities believe holds a leadership role in the extremist group, worked as a section chief for the FBI from 2009 to 2010 after retiring from the Navy, his lawyer, Thomas Plofchan, wrote in a motion urging the judge to release him from jail while he awaits trial. The defense said Caldwell, who has denied being part of the Oath Keepers, has held a top-secret security clearance since 1979, which required multiple special background investigations, according to Plofchan. Caldwell also ran a consulting firm that did classified work for the U.S....
    A man who authorities say is a leader of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group and helped to organize a ring of other extremists and led them in the attack last month at the U.S. Capitol has held a top-secret security clearance for decades and previously worked for the FBI, his attorney said Monday. Thomas Caldwell, who authorities believe holds a leadership role in the extremist group, worked as section chief for the FBI from 2009 to 2010 after retiring from the Navy, his lawyer, Thomas Plofchan, wrote in a motion urging the judge to release him from jail while he awaits trial. The defense said Caldwell, who has denied being part of the Oath Keepers, has held a top-secret security clearance since 1979, which required multiple special background investigations, according to Plofchan. Caldwell also ran a consulting firm that did classified work for the U.S. government, the lawyer said. "He has...
    By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER and MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A man who authorities say is a leader of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group and helped to organize a ring of other extremists and led them in the attack last month at the U.S. Capitol has held a top-secret security clearance for decades and previously worked for the FBI, his attorney said Monday. Thomas Caldwell, who authorities believe holds a leadership role in the extremist group, worked as section chief for the FBI from 2009 to 2010 after retiring from the Navy, his lawyer, Thomas Plofchan, wrote in a motion urging the judge to release him from jail while he awaits trial. The defense said Caldwell, who has denied being part of the Oath Keepers, has held a top-secret security clearance since 1979, which required multiple special background investigations, according to Plofchan. Caldwell also ran a consulting...
    Ethan Nordean, pictured, has been arrested by the FBI over his participation in the Capitol siege A federal magistrate judge in Seattle ordered the release of the self-described 'sergeant-at-arms' of the Seattle chapter of the Proud Boys on Monday - but has since halted his own decision to give prosecutors time to appeal. Ethan Nordean, 30, was charged by the FBI last week for his participation in the deadly storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6 and has been described as a flight risk by prosecutors. The Proud Boys leader uploaded a video on Parler encouraging his fellow members to 'Let them remember the day they decided to make war with us', in the days before the siege.  Nordean, who also goes by the name Rufio Panman, also urged supporters to 'bring back 1776,' according to a complaint filed by the FBI. He has been charged in federal court in the...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – A San Francisco man, who is also a self-proclaimed member of the Proud Boys, has been arrested in connection with last month’s deadly siege of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump. Daniel Goodwyn was arrested at his family’s home in Texas on January 29, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Goodwyn faces charges of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or ground without lawful authority, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. According to the FBI complaint, Goodwyn was captured on a livestream of the January 6 siege from far-right extremist Anthime Gionet, who is also known as “Baked Alaska.” The complaint said Goodwyn, who was wearing a cap with Trump slogan “Make America Great Again” and dark sunglasses, walked up to Gionet’s camera and identified himself. Goodwyn posted on his Instagram account that he was inside the...
    KEENE, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man who was inside the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 siege and gave an account to a television station is accused of taking a book from the U.S. Senate and a bottle of wine from an office. Daniel Riddle, 32, of Keene, was arrested Monday on a warrant issued from Washington, D.C., charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; theft of government property; and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. An affidavit says Riddle admitted he took the wine and a leather-bound book titled “Senate Procedure." He said he sold the book to someone for $40. Riddle had given a news media interview saying he entered the U.S. Capitol and saw people smashing computers and other equipment. He also provided the station a photo of himself inside a lawmaker's office, holding the...
    Democratic 'Squad' member Ayanna Pressley says she felt a 'deep and ancestral' terror while she was barricading herself in her office during last month's Capitol riots as she slammed white supremacist mobs. The Massachusetts congresswoman spoke her fear in an interview on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday - exactly one month after the deadly insurrection at the US Capitol. 'As a black woman, to be barricaded in my office using office furniture and water bottles on the ground in the dark, that terror, those moments of terror, is familiar in a deep and ancestral way for me,' Pressley said.  The 46-year-old went on to say that she was haunted by images of black Capitol workers cleaning up after MAGA mob rioters stormed the building on January 6. 'One of the images that I'm haunted by is the Black custodial staff cleaning up the mess left by that violent white supremacist mob,'...
    Democratic Representative Cori Bush has come under fire for her response to an ‘violent’ riot Saturday at a Missouri jail that left one officer hurt and cause 'extensive' damage. Around 117 inmates took over a section of the City Justice Center in downtown St. Louis yesterday, smashing windows, throwing chairs onto the streets below and starting fires. The chaos erupted in a fourth-floor unit just after 2:30am when a ‘defiant’ inmate attacked a corrections officer, prompting several other inmates to join in on the assault. It took officials nearly eight hours to bring an end to the pandemonium, which was described as ‘extremely violent’. The riot was reportedly held in protest over concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19, and limitations on visitors and court proceedings as a result of the ongoing pandemic. Hours after the melee subsided, Bush, of Missouri, appeared to tweet a statement of support for the rioters,...
    Ethan Nordean is seen in an image embedded in court documents filed by the U.S. Department of Justice. Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to hold admitted Proud Boys member Ethan Nordean, also known as “Rufio Panman,” in jail without bond on charges that he played a role in a Jan. 6th siege on the U.S. Capitol Complex.  Nordean poses a “serious risk of flight,” prosecutors said in a memorandum in support of pretrial detention filed Friday, Feb. 5. “[T]here are no conditions, or combination of conditions, which would ensure Defendant’s presence at trial or the safety of the community if he is released,” prosecutors told a Washington, D.C. federal judge. They argued that Nordean’s association with the Proud Boys makes him different from other defendants. “Whereas some of these rioters traveled to Washington, D.C., individually, a number of extremist and militia groups coordinated together to gather in Washington, expressing...
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (CBS / AP) — An Arkansas man who was photographed sitting with his feet on a desk in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office during last month’s riot at the U.S. Capitol pleaded not guilty Friday to federal charges stemming from the breach. Richard Barnett was arraigned in federal court on seven counts from the Jan. 6 riot, including entering and remaining in a restricted building with a dangerous weapon, theft of government property and disorderly conduct. The next hearing for his case was set for March 4. Barnett, 60, was among supporters of President Donald Trump who stormed the Capitol as lawmakers assembled to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory over Trump. Prosecutors say Barnett was carrying a stun gun when he entered the building. Five people died because of the protest and violence, including a Capitol police officer. Photos showed Barnett sitting at a desk in the office...
    PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida Panhandle man was arrested Friday morning in connection to the Jan. 6 invasion of the U.S. Capitol, officials said. Tristan Chandler Stevens, 25, of Pensacola, faces charges of forcibly assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers or employees, knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building. A mob objecting to the election victory of Democratic President Joe Biden broke into the Capitol on Jan. 6 as members of Congress met to certify the results. Most of the attackers had come from a “Stop the Steal” rally led by then-President Donald Trump. Five people died in the violence. At least a dozen other people from Florida have been charged in the Capitol takeover, according to the Justice Department. Online court records didn't list an...
    By LISA MASCARO, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — The impeachment trial of Donald Trump is more than an effort to convict the former president of inciting an insurrection. It's a chance for a public accounting and remembrance of the worst attack on the U.S. Capitol in 200 years. In the month since the Jan. 6 siege by a pro-Trump mob, encouraged by his call to “fight like hell” to overturn the election, defenders of the former president say it’s time to move on. Trump is long gone, ensconced at his Mar-a-Lago club, and Democrat Joe Biden is the new president in the White House. With the trial set to begin Tuesday, and a supermajority of senators unlikely to convict him on the single charge, the question arises: Why bother? Yet for many lawmakers who were witnesses, onlookers and survivors of that bloody day, it’s not over. One by one,...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The impeachment trial of Donald Trump is more than an effort to convict the former president of inciting an insurrection. It’s a chance for a public accounting and remembrance of the worst attack on the U.S. Capitol in 200 years. In the month since the Jan. 6 siege by a pro-Trump mob, encouraged by his call to “fight like hell” to overturn the election, defenders of the former president say it’s time to move on. Trump is long gone, ensconced at his Mar-a-Lago club, and Democrat Joe Biden is the new president in the White House. With the trial set to begin Tuesday, and a supermajority of senators unlikely to convict him on the single charge, the question arises: Why bother? Yet for many lawmakers who were witnesses, onlookers and survivors of that bloody day, it’s not over. One by one, lawmakers have begun sharing personal accounts...
    By AARON MORRISON, Associated Press A war rages on in America, and it didn’t begin with Donald Trump or the assault on the Capitol. It started with slavery and never ended, through lynchings and voter suppression, the snarling attack dogs of Bull Connor and the insidious accounting of redlining. Today’s battles in the race war are waged by legions of white people in the thrall of stereotypes, lies and conspiracy theories that don’t just exist for recluses on some dark corner of the internet. People like the murderer who fatally shot nine Black parishioners at a church in South Carolina, telling detectives that Black people were taking over the country and raping white women. And the shooter who killed 23 and wounded 23 others at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas — targeting Mexicans, authorities say, because he believed they were invading the country to vote for Democrats. And the...
    Democratic Minnesota Rep. Dean Phillips apologized on Thursday to his colleagues of color for having "privilege" during the Jan. 6 Capitol siege as lawmakers recounted their experiences of that day. House members took time to speak on the event, which saw thousands of Trump supporters clash with law enforcement and breach the U.S. Capitol. Many spoke of fear or hiding from the mob, but Phillips was keen on issuing an expression of regret. "I’m not here this evening just to seek sympathy or to tell my story," he said. "Rather, to make a public apology. For, recognizing that we were sitting ducks in this room as the chamber was about to be breached, I screamed to my colleagues to follow me, to follow me across the aisle to the Republican side of the chamber so that we could blend in. So that we could blend in. For I...
    SEATTLE (AP) — A southwest Washington man has been arrested and charged with entering the U.S. Capitol with a pro-Trump mob during the Jan. 6 deadly insurrection. Jeffrey Grace of Battle Ground was arrested Thursday at his home and charged by complaint in Washington, D.C., with one count of unauthorized entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds, according to charging documents. Grace, 61, made an initial appearance in federal court in Portland, Oregon, on Thursday afternoon, The Seattle Times reported. He faces up to one year in prison, if convicted. It was not clear Thursday whether Grace had a lawyer, and calls the newspaper made to phone numbers listed for Grace were not immediately returned. According to an FBI affidavit, an informant called an FBI tip line on Jan. 19 after learning from a family member acquainted with Grace that he had been at the Capitol during the...
    Bank of America searched through customer transactions to target people who may have been involved in the Capitol riot and handed information over to federal authorities, according to a new report. At the request of federal investigators, the bank identified 211 customers who fit the profile after making purchases in the D.C. area or spending money on flights or accomation in the days around the violent riot, Fox News' Tucker Carlson claimed on Thursday. Carlson reported that one person identified by their transactions was taken in for questioning but was found to have no links to the event, as he accused the bank of spying on its customers and sharing their private information without their knowledge. He also accused the bank of treating its customers 'like a member of Al Qaeda' for handing over the information. Carlson later accused the left of 'creating extremists like they did in Iraq' as...
    By LISA MASCARO and MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers stood before the House late Thursday to tell their personal, often stunning accounts of the siege of the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob, preserving for the record their own memories of the most violent domestic attack on Congress in the nation’s history. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., led colleagues in the hourlong session days before the former president's impeachment trial, saying their stories need to be told at a time when some in Congress and the nation are trying to minimize the damage of Jan. 6 and “move on.” “Sadly, this is all too often what we hear from survivors of trauma,” said Ocasio-Cortez, who was criticized by detractors this week after sharing her own harrowing story of hiding that day, fearing for her life. She said, “Twenty-nine days ago, our nation’s Capitol was attacked. That is...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers stood before the House late Thursday to tell their personal, often stunning accounts of the siege of the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob, preserving for the record their own memories of the most violent domestic attack on Congress in the nation’s history. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., led colleagues in the hourlong session days before the former president’s impeachment trial, saying their stories need to be told at a time when some in Congress and the nation are trying to minimize the damage of Jan. 6 and “move on.” “Sadly, this is all too often what we hear from survivors of trauma,” said Ocasio-Cortez, who was criticized by detractors this week after sharing her own harrowing story of hiding that day, fearing for her life. She said, “Twenty-nine days ago, our nation’s Capitol was attacked. That is the big story. And in that big story...
    Following accusations her account of her personal experience during the Jan. 6 attack was not as dire as she portrayed in an Instagram post, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez lashed out at South Carolina Republican Rep. Nancy Mace for saying the New York Democrat was never in any danger that day. Mace told Ocasio-Cortez, in a tweet, Thursday morning: Hold up ✋ You seem to be triggered by facts so let me be clear:I have not ONCE discounted your experience. It was harrowing for all of us.FACT: Insurrectionists weren’t in our hallways. It’s your eagerness to politicize absolutely ANYTHING that deserves condemnation. https://t.co/9wXruBQfi0— Nancy Mace (@NancyMace) February 4, 2021 “I think that she's trying to make it seem as though the account said something that it didn't,” Ocasio-Cortez told the Washington Examiner, noting her Instagram post is the true account of what happened to her that day. Mace later tweeted, "There...
    Ethan Nordean, center, signs a document demanding Congress overturn the 2020 election results outside the Capitol on Jan. 6, just before helping to lead his group inside the building. Ethan Nordean is fond of repeating the Proud Boys’ threatening slogan: “Fuck around, find out,” and promoted a rap video titled after its acronym, “FAFO,” that directed threats at Washington, D.C. But on Jan. 6 at the Capitol insurrection, he helped lead the charge inside—and is now finding out that it has serious consequences. Nordean, along with two other Proud Boys (one of whom in fact wore an FAFO patch that day), was arrested this week and now faces multiple felony counts for his role in the Capitol siege. Charged with being “chief organizer of a mob of about 100 other members of the group that marched through Washington,” he is scheduled to make a court appearance in Seattle today. So...
    Former President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team will display photos and graphics during his Senate trial as evidence, attempting to prove he did not incite the insurrection during the Capitol siege on Jan. 6, according to a spokesman. Jason Miller, who was a senior adviser to the president's reelection campaign, talked strategy during an interview Thursday on Newsmax. "We'll be putting up images where you can see the attack on the Capitol was already starting before President Trump even started his speech," he said. Miller said Trump's speech at a "Stop the Steal" rally encouraged the thousands of supporters who came to Washington, D.C., to support him to protest peacefully and verbally. "You would have to be so thick in the head to have watched President Trump over the last five years and not realize that he is the most pro-law and order president ever and that he deplores any...
    The mob that attacked the Capitol on January 6 was led by organized right-wing extremists, but the majority of them were ostensibly mainstream Trump supporters radicalized into violence. For people who have been monitoring the growth and spread of right-wing extremism inside the mainstream Republican Party—manifested in the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol—the arrests that came in the aftermath of that event provided some revealing numbers. Of particular interest is the fact that the average age of the arrestees was 40 years old. That’s a surprisingly high number, particularly considering that most of the pro-Trump activists involved in violent protests of the past four years (especially the Proud Boys) have been younger men between 20 and 40 years old. Two University of Chicago researchers, Robert Pape and Keven Ruby, led a deeper dive into the statistics arising from the arrests for The Atlantic, and confirmed the implications of...
    A self proclaimed Hawaii Proud Boys leader and a prominent Texas member both face new conspiracy charges after officials say they planned the Capital riot.  Nicholas DeCarlo, of Burleson, and Nicholas R. Ochs, of Honolulu, were indicted for conspiracy to obstruct Congress on Wednesday following their arrests last month.  The indictment against Ochs, 34, and DeCarlo, 30, said the two men agreed before January 6 to travel to Washington to 'stop, delay and hinder' the certification of President Joe Biden's election victory, the Justice Department said.  The riot led to five deaths, including a Capitol Police officer.    Among other things, the pair stand accused of scrawling 'Murder the media' on a door of the Capitol and stealing a pair of flexible handcuffs that belonged to Capitol police.    If convicted, DeCarlo and Ochs face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, the Justice Department said.  Social media posts by...
    Loading the player... A new report notes that at least one member of the Proud Boys was motivated by a desire for revenge against police in his participation in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.  Ethan Nordean, who goes by the alias Ruffio Panman, reportedly shouted at police through a bullhorn, saying: “You took our boy in, and you let our stabber go.” The statement was a reference to the arrest of Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio and the dismissal of charges against a man accused of stabbing four people at a Dec. 12 pro-Trump rally.  Proud Boys and other far-right protesters argue with police during a protest against COVID-19 restrictions on New Year’s Day in Salem, Oregon. Police declared the event unlawful and dispersed protesters with impact munitions and flash bang grenades after the group refused to leave downtown. (Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images) At that...
    ALEXANDRIA Ocasio-Cortez has denied accusations that she lied about "almost" being killed during the Capitol riots. The lawmaker accused Republican critics of "manipulating" the truth as cruel hashtags began trending following claims that she wasn't in the Capitol building when it was stormed by Trump supporters last month. 5Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says Republican critics have 'manipulated' the truth about where she was during the Capitol riotsCredit: AFP or licensors 5Supporters of Donald Trump stormed the Capitol building on January 6Credit: Getty Images - Getty People were trying to rush and infiltrate our office buildings - that’s why we had to get evacuated in the first place.The attempts of attackers & publicly available communications show how they tried to gain access and share location info on finding members for physical harm.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 3, 2021 Writing on twitter, Ocasio-Cortez said her opponents were "manipulating the fact that most people don’t...
    Ethan Nordean, pictured, has been arrested by the FBI over his participation in the Capitol siege Seattle Proud Boys leader Ethan Nordean, 30, has been charged by the FBI for his participation in the deadly storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6. Nordean, who also goes by the name Rufio Panman, is the self-described 'Sergeant of Arms' of the Seattle Chapter of the Proud Boys and urged supporters to 'bring back 1776' ahead of the violent siege, according to a complaint filed by the FBI. He has been charged in federal court in the District of Columbia with obstructing or impeding an official proceeding, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, and aiding and abetting, which carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison. Nordean, who uploaded a video on Parler encouraging his fellow members to 'Let them remember the day they decided to...
    New York Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has hit back at Republican critics who accused her of lying about her traumatic experiences during the Capitol riot. Ocasio-Cortez, 31, has twice spoken on Instagram Live about her terror on January 6, and on Monday night tearfully revealed that she is a survivor of sexual assault as she talked about the fear she felt during the deadly insurrection. Yet Republicans, led by alt-right agitator Jack Posobiec, have accused her of faking her story. 'AOC wasn't in the Capitol building during her 'near death' experience,' he tweeted. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was discussing the aftermath of the Capitol insurrection on Instagram Live on Monday night He then showed a map, with her office in the Cannon House Office Building highlighted, and an arrow pointing towards the Capitol Rotunda. Ocasio-Cortez responded, describing Posobiec's claims as 'the latest manipulative take on the right.' She pointed...
    Parler has fired CEO John Matze just weeks after the conservative social media site was shut down over violent and incendiary posts about the Capitol siege Parler has fired CEO John Matze just weeks after the conservative social media site was shut down over violent and incendiary posts about the Capitol siege. In a memo Matze sent out to staff this week, first obtained by Fox News, the former CEO said he had been met with 'constant resistance' to his 'belief in free speech' and vision for Parler after Amazon Web Services shut down the site for 'egregious content' related to the Capitol riots.  On Friday, the Parler board decided to to terminate Matze, he wrote in his memo. 'I did not participate in this decision,' Matze wrote. 'I understand that those who now control the company have made some communications to employees and other third parties that have...
    A general view of the US Capitol siege in Washington DC on January 6, 2021. Samuel Corum/Getty Images A Seattle Proud Boys leader was arrested Wednesday in connection to his role in the Capitol siege.  Ethan Nordean, aka Rufio Panman, is charged with interfering with an official proceeding. The FBI says Nordean had planned for conflict before he arrived at the Capitol on January 6.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The FBI has arrested a Proud Boys leader from Seattle in connection to his alleged role in the Capitol siege, according to the Department of Justice. Ethan Nordean, who also goes by Rufio Panman, has been charged with interfering with an official proceeding, aiding and abetting, knowingly entering a restricted building, and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.  Nordean is the self-proclaimed "Sergeant at Arms" of the Seattle chapter of the largely right-wing, all-male,...
    The FBI raided the homes of two men who organized a rally near the U.S. Capitol a day before the deadly siege at which they spewed violent, battle-ready rhetoric, the first known search warrants for those involved in rallies before the attack, CNN reported on Wednesday. The FBI confirmed that agents carried out search warrants last week at two properties in Orange County, California that belong to Russell Taylor and Alan Hostetter, who run the American Phoenix Project, which co-sponsored a rally to back President Donald Trump near the Supreme Court on Jan. 5, one day before the Capitol riot. Neither man has been charged with any crimes, and the FBI declined to comment further about the raids, noting that the case files are still sealed. Footage of the rally shows Hostetter telling the crowd to prepare for "war tomorrow" against "vipers" in Congress who refused to nullify Joe Biden’s election victory,...