So far, 516 people have been arrested for taking part in the January 6th insurrection on the Capitol. They won’t be alone. Attorney General Merrick Garland recently said that more arrests are to come.
Of course, these Republicans, strenuously posing as “principled,” remain quiet about their own election-stealing strategy, even as it sits ponderously front and center as the proverbial elephant in the American political arena.
In an interview on MSNBC‘s “Morning Joe,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) criticized Republicans for their response to the storming of the United States Capitol, saying there have been disagreements over how an investigation into the event would proceed.
Video of Speaker Pelosi:
Speaker Pelosi slams Republicans for trying to include Black Lives Matter in the investigation into the Trump terrorist attack on the Capitol. pic.twitter.com/llQuf9sCi5
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) March 17, 2021
“They want to treat something like Black Lives Matter, or peaceful demonstrations in a similar manner, as they would do January 6,” Pelosi said. “So, the main problem is the scope of the investigation.”
Authorities have arrested Julian Elie Khater, of Pennsylvania, and George Pierre Tanios, of Morgantown, West Virginia, in connection with the assault of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who died after sustaining injuries during the Capitol riot on January 6.
“Khater and Tanios are charged with nine counts including assaulting Sicknick, a U.S. Capitol Police officer identified as C. Edwards and a D.C. police officer identified as B. Chapman with a deadly weapon. They are also charged with civil disorder and obstruction of a Congressional proceeding. The charges are punishable by up to 20 years in prison,” according to The Washington Post.
Khater and Tanios were identified after authorities received information from tipsters responding to wanted images taken from surveillance video and body-cam footage released by the FBI. The two men have not been charged with homicide because a specific cause of death has not been determined.
Five people, including Sicknick, died on January 6 after a mob of former President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the
United States Capitol
Representative Lauren Boebert (R-Col.) has called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to “tear down” security fencing that was installed around the
United States Capitol
Representative Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) has filed a lawsuit against former President Donald Trump and his allies for inciting the Capitol insurrection of January 6, which took place after Trump urged a mob of his supporters to march on the United States Capitol and overturn the electoral certification of President Joe Biden's 2020 election win.
Former Vice President Mike Pence has issued his first public remarks about the 2020 general election, accusing Democrats of ignoring “valid reforms and concerns” regarding the election despite there being no evidence that election fraud took place.
“After an election marked by significant voting irregularities and numerous instances of officials setting aside state election law, I share the concerns of millions of Americans about the integrity of the 2020 election,” Pence wrote in an op-ed for The Daily Signal.
Pence also commented on the Capitol insurrection of January 6, which took place after groups of former President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the United States Capitol in a bid to overturn the results of an election President Joe Biden won decisively.
“The tragic events of Jan. 6—the most significant being the loss of life and violence at our nation’s Capitol—also deprived the American people of a substantive discussion in Congress about election integrity in America,” he said.
Pence went on to accuse Democrats of ignoring the concerns of Republicans who have bought into the former president’s lies about the election.
“While legislators in many states have begun work on election reform to restore public confidence in state elections, unfortunately, congressional Democrats have chosen to sweep those valid concerns and reforms aside and to push forward a brazen attempt to nationalize elections in blatant disregard of the U.S. Constitution,” he said.
The former vice president voiced his opposition to the For the People Act, legislation introduced by Democrats that would expand opportunities to vote by mail, require that states establish electronic voter legislation, and empower the Department of Justice to enforce voting rights law.
Without offering evidence, Pence said the bill “would increase opportunities for election fraud
, trample the First Amendment, further erode confidence in our elections, and forever dilute the votes of legally qualified eligible voters.”
If Democrats want to save democracy and work toward unity, they must remove the obstacle of the filibuster.
Former Republican representative Carlos Curbelo, who served as the U.S. representative for Florida’s 26th congressional district
from 2015 to 2019, has criticized his party for pushing former president Donald Trump’s fictions about the elections, saying that his colleagues have become “engulfed in lies and fear.”
The January 6th attack on the Capitol was one of the most disgraceful moments in United States history. Those behind the attack, though, don’t seem to be chastened by the fallout.
The acting chief of the Capitol Police, Yogananda Pittman revealed on Thursday that there is a plot for more violence. She told the House Appropriations Committee:
“Members of militia groups that were present on Jan. 6 have stated their desires that they want to blow up the Capitol and kill as many members as possible with a direct nexus to the State of the Union.”
Nicolle Wallace discussed these comments with former CIA John Brennan during her Thursday show. Brennan told the MSNBC host:
“Frankly I’m disgusted by what I have heard coming out of the mouths of senators. Ron Johnson, Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz, and others who continue to give credence to these conspiracy theories. This is just a dereliction of responsibility. I don’t care which political party they’re from. They have a responsibility to the people, not just of their state and their constituents, but also to this country, to try to do everything possible to defuse these sentiments that are leading to this violent expression of anger and violence against our Capitol. So, therefore, again, I just shake my head. I cannot believe when I hear these things, they continue to fuel the sentiments. They know better. They know they’re being dishonest, and they’re just antagonizing individuals who are looking for reasons to carry out their acts of violence.”
Facebook’s Oversight Board has confirmed that it received a statement from former President Donald Trump regarding the case of whether or not to keep the ban against him in place.
“We can confirm that a user statement has been received in the case before the Oversight Board concerning President Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts,” a spokesperson said in a statement.
Facebook requested the
board’s “observations or recommendations on suspensions when the user is a political leader,” a sign that the board’s decision on Trump could influence how the platform handles future bans on world leaders.
Speaking to ABC News, Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn said groups of former President Donald Trump’s supporters yelled racial slurs at him and beat his fellow officers with Blue Lives Matter flags during last month’s Capitol insurrection, which left five people, including Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, dead.
“I got called a [N-word] a couple dozen times … protecting this building,” he said. “Is this America? They beat police officers with Blue Lives Matter flags. They fought us, they had Confederate flags in the U.S. Capitol.”
“The floors are covered in white dust, water bottles, broken flagpoles, mask, empty canisters of pepper spray, helmets, Trump flags, everything in the rotunda, just laying there on the floor,” he added.
Dunn, a 13-year veteran of the Capitol Police, called the people who stormed the Capitol “terrorists.” The attack took place after Trump ordered his supporters to march to the Capitol and overturn the results of the 2020 general election, which President Joe Biden won decisively. Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives for inciting the insurrection against Congress. He was later acquitted by the Senate: Although a majority of lawmakers did vote to convict Trump for his role in the violence, the upper chamber could not secure the two-thirds threshold required to convict.
“They tried to disrupt this country’s democracy — that was their goal… And you know what? Y’all failed because later that night, they went on and they certified the election,” Dunn said.
“There were dozens of Eugene Goodmans that day,” Dunn observed, referring to his colleague Eugene Goodman, who was later awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his efforts protecting the Capitol and diverting insurrectionists from the Senate chamber. “Eugene got caught on camera and I’m not surprised that he did the right thing, the brave thing, the heroic thing — there were so many Eugene Goodmans that weren’t caught on camera that day. … and I’m proud to work with all of them.”
You can watch Dunn’s interview below.
"It wasn't just a mob or a bunch of thugs, they were terrorists."
One of the Capitol Police officers who stood their ground during the January 6th insurrection speaks out for the first time, exclusively with @PierreTABC: https://t.co/Y7J7I6SQF8 pic.twitter.com/rjnBDbHIVb
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Republicans have long suggested that it is unconstitutional to impeach and hold a trial for a president who is no longer in office.
McConnell, in an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, claimed he was defending the Constitution by voting to acquit former President Donald Trump on the charge that he incited an insurrection against Congress. Trump was formally impeached last month after a mob of his supporters stormed the United States Capitol in a failed bid to overturn the results of the 2020 general election.
“There is no question former President Trump bears moral responsibility. His supporters stormed the Capitol because of the unhinged falsehoods he shouted into the world’s largest megaphone,” he wrote. “His behavior during and after the chaos was also unconscionable, from attacking Vice President Mike Pence during the riot to praising the criminals after it ended.”
“But senators take our own oaths,” he added. “Our job wasn’t to find some way, any way, to inflict a punishment. The Senate’s first and foundational duty was to protect the Constitution.”
“The House’s ‘sole power of impeachment‘ and the Senate’s ‘sole power to try all impeachments’ would constitute an unlimited circular logic with no stopping point at former officers,” he continued. “Any private citizen could be disqualified. This is why one House manager had to argue the Senate possesses ‘absolute, unqualified’ jurisdiction. But nobody really accepts that.”
“The Constitution presupposes that anyone convicted by the Senate must have an office from which to be removed,” McConnell later explains, saying that his own constitutional philosophy is aligned with constitutional scholar Justice Joseph Story, who posited that removing a president is “mandatory” upon conviction.
“This doesn’t mean leaving office provides immunity from accountability. Former officials are ‘still liable to be tried and punished in the ordinary tribunals of justice.’ Criminal law and civil litigation ensure there is no so-called January exemption.”
The Senate has called for former
Senate Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper Michael Stenger, former House Sergeant at Arms Paul D. Irving, former Chief of U.S. Capitol Police Steven Sund, and Robert Contee, chief of the Metropolitan Police Department, to testify on the events of January 6, the day a group of former President Donald Trump
According to the latest Politico and Morning Consult poll, the majority of Republicans––59%––believe former President Donald Trump should continue to play a “major” role in the party after the Senate acquitted him on a charge that he had incited an insurrection against Congress.
“Compared with another survey conducted immediately after the Jan. 6 events, the share of GOP voters who said Trump should play a “major role” in the Republican Party has increased 18 percentage points, to 59 percent, continuing an upward trend
that started before the Senate trial began,” the poll found. “By comparison, just 17 percent said he should play no role at all, at odds with the expectations of some Republican officials, such as Sen. Lisa Murkowski
Former President Donald Trump, his attorney Rudy Giuliani, and
the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers have been accused of conspiring to incite the Capitol insurrection on January 6, according to a new lawsuit from Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.
A majority of Americans believe former President Donald Trump should have been convicted for inciting an insurrection against Congress, according to the latest ABC News/Ipsos survey conducted February 13-14. The survey found that 77% of respondents believe Trump’s impeachment trial was a partisan affair, with senators voting along the party line. Just 23% of respondents said they believe senators voted based on the facts that were before them.
88% of Democrats said Trump should have been convicted based on the evidence while only 14% of Republicans said the same. 64% of independents who participated in the survey said the Senate should have convicted Trump.
Trump was acquitted on Saturday following a quick impeachment trial that examined his actions during the siege of the
United States Capitol
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced she would sponsor legislation to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Capitol Police officers who defended the United States Capitol during a violent insurrection led by former President Donald Trump’s supporters.
“It has been such a sad time for us, but as we see what is being presented, we also see the extraordinary valor of the Capitol police, who risked and gave their lives to save our Capitol, our democracy
In the days following the January 6th insurrection, a number of different videos emerged. Most of them were horrific, with scenes of Trump supporters beating and attacking Capitol police officers.
Other videos, though, showed the heroism of the officers who were under siege. One of these officers, Eugene Goodman was seen single-handedley leading rioters away from lawmakers.
The next time Americans saw Goodman was on January 21st as he escorted Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and their spouses to the inauguration. The police officer had been promoted to Deputy Senate Sergeant-at-Arms.
During Wednesday’s hearing, new footage was shown of the insurrection. And this new footage showed yet another display of Goodman’s heroism. During the chaos, Senator Mitt Romney was headed right towards the rioters. He was turned around by Officer Goodman.
Resounding applause for the entrance of Eugene Goodman, the Capitol Police officer who led rioters away from the Senate chamber during the Capitol assault two weeks ago. He is escorting Vice Pres.-elect Kamala Harris at the inaugural ceremony. https://t.co/uHC59FCV2w pic.twitter.com/WHiF1wc0cN
Senior aides have confirmed that the prosecutors in former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial will use new evidence against him. The aides say it is possible Republican senators who have otherwise expressed hesitation over convicting Trump for inciting an insurrection against Congress would be likely to convict based on this new evidence.
“Once they see that this President did in fact incite a violent insurrection in order to hold onto power, I think it very well may be the case that reluctant senators change their mind and vote to convict,” aides told reporters ahead of the trial, though they did not elaborate further.
In a brief submitted to the Senate yesterday, Trump’s legal team argues that he did not “direct anyone to commit unlawful actions,” adding that he should not take the blame for the actions of a “small group of criminals.” They say the former president’s falsehoods about the election are protected under the First Amendment.
The lawyers, Bruce L. Castor Jr., David I. Schoen and Michael T. van der Veen, make clear they view the trial as little more than a partisan exercise.
“This impeachment proceeding was never about seeking justice,” they wrote. “Instead, this was only ever a selfish attempt by Democratic leadership in the House to prey upon the feelings of horror and confusion that fell upon all Americans across the entire political spectrum upon seeing the destruction at the Capitol on Jan. 6 by a few hundred people.”
You can read the impeachment defense memo HERE.
The trial is likely to be resolved speedily. Under a deal negotiated by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), “there still exists the possibility that senators could vote after four days of arguments to extend the trial by calling witnesses and examining testimony that could shed additional light on Trump’s actions and motivations surrounding the events of Jan. 6,” according to a Washington Post report.
It’s likely the Senate trial could be resolved within a week.
“The merits of the case against the former president will be presented, and the former president’s counsel will mount a defense,” Schumer said. “Ultimately, senators will decide on the one true question at stake in this trial: Is Donald Trump guilty of inciting a violent mob against the United States, a mob whose purpose was to interfere with the constitutional process of counting electoral votes and ensuring a peaceful transfer of power?”