Politico Demands Josh Hawley Stop Using Infamous 1/6 Photo On His Campaign Merchandise

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Politico has demanded that Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) stop using the infamous photo of Hawley raising his fist in the air as if in approval toward protesters who would later participate in the Capitol riot of January 6, on his campaign merchandise.

Hawley’s campaign, vying for re-election, began selling ceramic coffee mugs featuring the phrase “Show Me Strong” with copies of the photo for $20.

“We do not authorize its use by the Hawley campaign for the purpose of political fundraising, which the campaign has been put on notice of by legal counsel,” a spokesperson for Politico told The Hill in a statement today. “We are eagerly awaiting a response, but in the interim again respectfully ask that the campaign immediately cease and desist unauthorized use of the image.”

Later, Hawley spokesperson Kyle Plotkin told E&E News that the campaign had not received Politico’s letter.

“We haven’t received any correspondence from POLITICO or anyone else, but we are in full compliance with the law,” Plotkin said. “Perhaps POLITICO can show us the correspondence they sent to the many liberal groups who also used the photo.”

Hawley has refused to accept responsibility for the role he played on January 6, the day he voted against certifying President Joe Biden‘s election win and groups of former President Donald Trump‘s supporters laid siege to the Capitol in a failed bid to stop the electoral certification.

The attack, which resulted in five deaths, was spurred by President Trump’s falsehoods about the election, which Hawley often regurgitated despite the lack of any credible evidence.

Hawley later told a Missouri news outlet that his critics are part of a “woke mob” and pushed back against any suggestion that those who participated in the violence are also guilty of sedition.

These criticisms are “not only crazy—it’s a lie. It is simply false and I’m not going to give into it for a second,” Hawley claimed, though in the same breath he rebuked the violence, saying those involved must be “punished to the fullest extent of the law.”

Hawley’s actions ultimately made him the target of an ad campaign by the Republican Accountability Project that also criticized Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for his actions on January 6.

“These representatives and senators helped incite the attack on the Capitol by spreading lies about the election,” Sarah Longwell, the executive director of the Republican Accountability Project, said in late January 2021. “They have proved that they are unfit to hold office. They should be nowhere near power.”

“It took a lot of players within the Republican party to convince the vast majority of their voters that the election was fraudulent,” Longwell added. “We are here to be an institutional memory of what happened and who said what.”

Romney Warns That “Democracy is Fragile” on 1/6 Anniversary

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Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) warned that “democracy is fragile” one year after the attack on the United States Capitol and called on Republicans to heed the lessons of that day, saying democracy cannot survive without “leaders of integrity” who can rise above the fold.

“We ignore the lessons of January 6 at our own peril. Democracy is fragile; it cannot survive without leaders of integrity and character who care more about the strength of our Republic than about winning the next election,” Romney  read more

Trump Lashes Out After Biden’s Speech and Continues to Push The Big Lie

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Former President Donald Trump lashed out after President Joe Biden’s speech on the anniversary of the January 6 insurrection, calling it “political theater” and “a distraction from the fact that Biden has completely and totally failed.”

“Biden used my name today to try to further divide America,” the former President said, adding that Biden “is destroying our nation with insane policies of open borders, corrupt elections, disastrous energy policies, unconstitutional mandates, and devastating school closures.” read more

Mark Meadows Now Refusing to Sit for Deposition with January 6 Committee

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Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows is now refusing to sit for a deposition with the House Select Committee tasked with investigating the events of January 6. The move marks a reversal from an announcement last week that he would comply with the committee’s subpoena ordering him to appear.

“We agreed to provide thousands of pages of responsive documents and Mr. Meadows was willing to appear voluntarily, not under compulsion of the Select Committee’s subpoena to him, for a deposition to answer questions about non-privileged matters. Now actions by the Select Committee have made such an appearance untenable,” George J. Terwilliger III, an attorney for Meadows, wrote in the letter obtained by CNN.

“In short, we now have every indication from the information supplied to us last Friday – upon which Mr. Meadows could expect to be questioned – that the Select Committee has no intention of respecting boundaries concerning Executive Privilege,” he added, noting that Meadows is still willing to answer written questions.

“Nonetheless, as we have before, we reiterate our willingness to consider an interrogatory process of Select Committee written questions and answers from Mr. Meadows so that there might be both an orderly process and a clear record of questions and related assertions of privilege where appropriate,” Terwilliger wrote.

Members of the select committee did not immediately respond to requests for comment Tuesday.

Former President Donald Trump and his allies have insisted for months that they have the right to exert executive privilege to resist cooperating with the House Select Committee. read more

Prosecutors Slam Bannon for Trying to Make His Case a Trial by Media “Rather Than in Court”

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Prosecutors criticized former White House strategist Steve Bannon, saying that he is trying to make his case on contempt of Congress for defying subpoenas from the House Select Committee tasked with investigating the January 6 insurrection a trial by media “rather than in court.”

The prosecution’s comments came after Bannon’s defense requested that the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s office unseal all evidence in the case, including grand jury testimony.

“The defense’s misleading claims, failure to confer, unexplained wholesale opposition, and extrajudicial statements make clear the defense’s real purpose: to abuse criminal discovery to try this case in the media rather than in court,” the prosecutors wrote in a court filing, arguing that unsealing the evidence would undermine the privacy of any witnesses who may have testified to the grand jury and undermine their testimony during trial. read more

Cheney and Kinzinger Only Two Republicans to Back Censuring Paul Gosar

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Representatives Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) are the only two Republicans to back censuring Representative Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) and are expected to vote for a resolution today that would take away his committee seats for posting an animated video that showed him killing Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and attacking President Joe Biden.

That the two Republicans will vote to censure Gosar is not a surprise.

Cheney told The Associated Press last week that she supports censuring Gosar “for his continued indefensible activities.” Kinzinger, meanwhile, tweeted yesterday that the House has “to hold Members accountable who incite or glorify violence, who spread and perpetuate dangerous conspiracies.”

We have to hold Members accountable who incite or glorify violence, who spread and perpetuate dangerous conspiracies. The failure to do so will take us one step closer to this fantasized violence becoming real.⁰⁰To be clear, I’ll be voting yes on the Gosar censure resolution. read more

Hypocrite Mike Pence Claims He Took Inspiration from James Madison When He Certified the Election

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Vice President Mike Pence claimed he took inspiration from former President James Madison when he certified President Joe Biden’s election win on January 6.

Pence made the claim in an interview with CNN. He also cited the Bible, saying, “Psalm 15 says he who keeps his oath even when it hurts.”

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was presiding over the Electoral College count in Congress when a mob of former President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the United States Capitol in a bid to stop certification of the election results. Spurred by Trump’s lies that the election was fraudulent, they engaged in violence with the Capitol Police. Five people died that day. read more

Trump Praises Pence for Downplaying and Lying About 1/6

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Former President Donald Trump, who has continued to openly and brazenly lie about the events of January 6, the day a mob of his supporters stormed the United States Capitol in a bid to overturn the 2020 election results, praised his former Vice President, Mike Pence after Pence appeared on Fox News and accused the media of focusing on “one day in January.”

“Vice President Mike Pence’s statement during his interview with the great Sean Hannity very much destroys and discredits the Unselect Committees Witch Hunt on the events of January 6th,” Trump said in a statement. “It will continue anyways, however, because the Fake News doesn’t want to focus on Afghanistan, Russia, Taiwan and China, the Border, inflation, and a failing economy.”

During his appearance on Fox, Pence said that the media is focused on January 6 to “distract from the Biden administration’s failed agenda.”

“They want to use that one day to try to demean the character and intentions of 74 million Americans who believed we could be strong again and prosperous again and supported us in 2016 and 2020 but for our part I truly believe we all ought to remain completely focused on the future,” Pence said at the time.

Mike Pence suggests that the media is demeaning Trump supporters by reporting on the 1/6 investigation, "They will use that one day to try to demean the character and intentions of 74 million Americans." pic.twitter.com/1EQkxRJ0bw read more

Roger Stone Was Served with a Capitol Riot Lawsuit During a Radio Interview

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Conservative political operative Roger Stone was served with papers relating to a Capitol riot lawsuit while live on radio. At the time, Stone was answering a question about whether former President Donald Trump, who had urged his supporters to march on the United States Capitol, should run for office in 2024.

“Hold on a second, I have a process server at my front door about to serve me in the latest lawsuit,” he could be heard saying on the Real Talk 93.3 radio show in St Louis, Missouri.

“Alright, I have just been served in the 6 January lawsuit. Live, right here on your radio show,” he said. “This is a big, big stack of papers, which is good, because we’re out of toilet paper today.”

You can hear what transpired in the video below.

While Roger Stone was live on the air this morning with ‘Real Talk 93.3’ (St Louis) doing an interview about the 2024 election, he gets served by a process server with the January 6 lawsuit. (Audio) pic.twitter.com/pnXBPQh3Vn read more

Lawmakers and Staff Told to Avoid Capitol Ahead of Saturday’s Pro-Trump Rally

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Capitol security officials have advised lawmakers and their staff to avoid the United States Capitol ahead of Saturday’s pro-Trump rally to avoid a repeat of January 6, the day a mob of former President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the building in a bid to overturn the results of the 2020 general election.

“Unless required to be onsite, Members and staff are strongly encouraged to avoid the U.S. Capitol Complex on September 18th,” House Sergeant at Arms William Walker wrote in a memo. read more

1/6 Committee Will Ask Telecommunications Companies to Preserve Phone Records of Lawmakers Who Participated in “Stop the Steal” Rally

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The House Select Committee investigating the events that led to the Capitol riot of January 6 will ask telecommunications companies to preserve the phone records of lawmakers who participated in the “Stop the Steal” rally ahead of the insurrection.

Phone records include those of several Republican lawmakers and former President Donald Trump, as well as members of the Trump family.

“The records request is the first step in the committee’s investigatory process and could signal the direction they plan to go when they call witnesses,” according to a report from CNN, which noted that while it is unclear how the committee will compel telecommunications to comply with the request, the committee does have the authority to issue subpoenas. Nevertheless, requesting information from members of Congress could result in a legal battle.

Sources who spoke to CNN said the committee opted against making public the names of the lawmakers whose records are under scrutiny, but other sources said the list includes several prominent Republicans who have backed Trump’s “Big Lie” that the 2020 general election was stolen, including Representatives Lauren Boebert (Colo.), Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.), and Jim Jordan (Ohio).

McCarthy to Meet with Trump Before Considering GOP Members for 1/6 Commission

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy will meet with former President Donald Trump before considering which GOP members to place on the committee tasked with investigating the insurrection of January 6.

“Kevin McCarthy will be meeting with me this afternoon at Trump National in Bedminster, N.J. Much to discuss!” Trump announced in a statement today.

McCarthy can appoint five members to the committee following consultation with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). He had earlier threatened

 to strip Republicans of their committee assignments if they accept an offer from Pelosi to serve on the committee.  read more

McCarthy Threatens to Strip GOP Members of Committee Assignments If They Accept Offer to Serve on 1/6 Commission

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has threatened to strip Republicans of their committee assignments if they accept an offer from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to serve on the commission, recently approved by a House vote, to investigate the insurrection of January 6.

The House voted largely on party lines to create the commission, with only two representatives, Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) voting in favor of its formation.

“Our nation, and the families of the brave law enforcement officers who were injured defending us or died following the attack, deserve answers,” Cheney said Wednesday. “I believe this select committee is our only remaining option.”

Said Kinzinger: “It’s not necessarily anything I look forward to doing, but if I thought my voice was needed to get to the bottom of it, it would be something I would be open to.”

The committee will have eight members appointed by Pelosi and five appointed by McCarthy following a “consultation.”

Earlier this week, Pelosi confirmed that she has the authority to veto any of McCarthy’s picks, though she stopped short of confirming whether she will allow any Republican who voted not to certify President Joe Biden‘s Electoral College win on the panel.

Last month, Senate Republicans blocked legislation that would have created a bipartisan committee to investigate the attack and taken the probe outside the halls of Congress.

The Senate voted 54-35  to advance the measure, but it fell short of the 60 votes needed to overcome a GOP filibuster, which would have blocked debate on the bill. The House had earlier approved the commission; 35 Republicans voted for it.