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Old 17-12-22, 06:37   #51
 
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Capitol Riot: Committee to Seek CRIMINAL Charges For Trump

The congressional inquiry into last year's Capitol riot will reportedly recommend three criminal charges against former President Donald Trump.

BBC News 17 DEC 2022.





The House of Representatives select committee will seek an unprecedented charge of insurrection against a former US president, according to US media.

The panel is expected to publish its final report next week.


Trump supporters stormed Congress on 6 January 2021 in a bid to stop Joe Biden's certification as president.

The justice department - which is already investigating Mr Trump's role in the unrest - is not obliged to consider referrals from any congressional panel.

Mr Trump denies wrongdoing. On Friday his spokesman, Steven Cheung, said in a statement: "The January 6th un-Select Committee held show trials by Never Trump partisans who are a stain on this country's history."

The select committee is scheduled to hold its final meeting on Monday when any charging recommendations would be unveiled.

As well as insurrection, according to various outlets, the panel will suggest Mr Trump be charged with obstructing an official proceeding and conspiracy to defraud the United States.

The nine panellists are expected to approve the final eight-chapter report, drawing on interviews with more than 1,000 witnesses, and submit it to the Department of Justice (DoJ).

The full report will be made public on Wednesday, said chairman Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat who is helming the select committee.

California congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, another member of the panel, told CNN on Friday that the lawmakers have "been very careful in crafting these [charging] recommendations and tethering them to the facts that we've uncovered".

The House select committee has argued Mr Trump spread claims that he knew were false about the 2020 presidential election being stolen, before pressuring state officials, the justice department and his own vice-president to help subvert his defeat. The panel accuses him of inciting the Capitol riot in a last-ditch bid to remain in power.

The DoJ is already investigating the then-Republican president's actions surrounding the riot.

Seven days after the raid on Congress, the House impeached Mr Trump for a second time on the grounds of incitement of insurrection.

Trump, who is the only president to ever be impeached twice, was cleared by the US Senate.

Last month, Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a former war crimes prosecutor to decide whether Mr Trump should be prosecuted.


Jack Smith is tasked with determining if the 2024 presidential candidate should be put on trial for mishandling classified files that were recovered during an FBI search of Mr Trump's Florida estate in August, or for encouraging the violent mob on 6 January 2021.


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US Capitol Riot Committee Recommends Criminal Charges Against Donald Trump

BBC News 20 DEC 2022.



The committee of lawmakers investigating the attempted insurrection at the US Capitol building has recommended criminal charges against former president Donald Trump and his allies.

While it will be up to the Department of Justice and Attorney General to decide whether to prosecute, it is a decisive end to one of the most extensive and aggressive congressional probes in memory.

The House January 6 committee released a lengthy summary of its final report, including findings that Mr Trump engaged in a “multi-part conspiracy” to overturn the 2020 Presidential election result.

Made up of seven Democrats and two Republicans, the committee alleged four criminal offences by Mr Trump, in both the run-up to the 2021 riot, and during the insurrection itself.

The charges recommended by the panel are conspiracy to defraud the United States, obstruction of an official proceeding of Congress, conspiracy to make a false statement and aiding an insurrection.
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What New Transcripts on Jan. 6 May Reveal About TRUMPs' Mindset

BBC News 29 DEC 2022.


Paula Reid reports on new transcripts that reveal how Donald Trump approached the aftermath of the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol, including pushing for pardons for those around him. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) weighs in on the details with Wolf Blitzer.


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President Joe Biden Awards Medals to January 6th Heroes

BBC News 8 JAN 2023


President Joe Biden on Friday marked the second anniversary of the U.S. Capitol attack with an award ceremony for those who battled to defend America's democracy against attackers he said were "fuelled by lies" about the 2020 presidential election.


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Proud Boys Face Seditious Conspiracy Trial For Capitol Riot

The defendants include Proud Boys national leader at the time, Henry "Enrique" Tarrio.


BBC News.11 JAN 2023






Five members of the far-right Proud Boys group will go on trial this week charged with seditious conspiracy in the latest case involving alleged ringleaders of the 6 January 2021 Capitol riot.




Proud Boys, many wearing orange hats, along with other rioters outside the US Capitol on 6 January 2021



In addition to seditious conspiracy, the five have been charged with eight other crimes including obstructing law enforcement and destruction of government property.

If convicted, the Proud Boys will be looking at significant time in prison. The seditious conspiracy charge alone carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.


Who is on Trial and Why?

Alongside Mr Tarrio, who was at the violent Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017 and became the group's leader the following year, the Proud Boys on trial are:

Ethan Nordean, 31, of Washington state, who goes by the alias "Rufio Panman". Mr Nordean was active in street protests and brawls with anti-fascist activists in the Pacific Northwest. In video from 6 January, he's seen leading members of the group around the Capitol
Joe Biggs, 38, of Florida.



Mr Biggs is a US Army veteran and former broadcaster for Alex Jones's Infowars. He was pictured next to Mr Nordean throughout the riot


Zachary Rehl, 37, a former US Marine and the leader of the Philadelphia branch of the Proud Boys


Dominic Pezzola, 44, of Rochester in New York state. Prosecutors say Mr Pezzola, also a former US Marine, was one of the first people to reach one of the entrances to the Capitol, where he took a riot shield off a police officer and smashed a window




Joe Biggs (l) and Enrique Tarrio at a rally in Portland in September 2020




Prosecutors say Proud Boys repeatedly posted a number of violent threats online, for instance in November 2020, Mr Tarrio wrote on a post by Joe Biden: "YOU need to remember the American people are at war with YOU. No TRUMP…No peace. No quarter." Others posted about civil war, firing squads and "traitors".


In late December 2020, the Proud Boys leaders created a new chapter which they referred to as the "Ministry of Self Defense". Government prosecutors say the group then began planning for violence in earnest.

Proud Boys gathered near the Washington Monument on the morning of the riot before making their way to the Capitol. More than 100 members of the group were present that day, and dozens have subsequently been arrested.

Lawyers for the defendants are expected to argue that the group was poorly organised and that there was no preconceived plan to storm the building. They've also noted in a pre-trial motion that Mr Tarrio was in touch with police before 6 January and informed law enforcement of the group's plans for the day.

Jury selection for the trial began before Christmas but has been relatively slow as many potential jurors have expressed negative views of the group. Opening statements in the trial are set to begin later this week.


Who are Proud Boys?

The Proud Boys were founded in New York City in 2016 by Gavin McInnes, a co-founder of Vice who left the media company to embark on a career as a right-wing commentator and podcaster.

They describe themselves as an all-male drinking club with bizarre initiation rituals, or a "pro-Western fraternal organisation".

But they are better known for their frequent brawls with left-wing anti-fascist activists in cities across the US.

In a 2019 BBC documentary, Proud Boys in Portland, Oregon, boasted about arrests and street fighting.

They later came to widespread fame after a presidential debate in September 2020. During a discussion about extremism, Joe Biden mentioned the organisation. Donald Trump responded by saying: "Proud Boys, stand back and stand by."

While they have a number of non-white members and Mr Tarrio himself has Afro-Cuban heritage, they are designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which notes that their "actions belie their disavowals of bigotry" and that members "regularly spout white nationalist memes and maintain affiliations with known extremists".


How is this trial different from the Oath Keepers case?


In November last year the leader of the Oath Keepers militia, Stewart Rhodes, and head of the group's Florida chapter, Kelly Meggs, were convicted of seditious conspiracy - the most serious charges levelled against the more than 900 people who have been arrested in connection with the Capitol attack.

Unlike his co-defendants, Mr Tarrio was not in Washington during the riot. He faced charges after burning a Black Lives Matter banner that was stolen from a Washington church and was also charged with violating weapons laws.

He was arrested on 4 January 2021, and when he was bailed he was ordered by the judge to leave Washington and ended up watching events from a hotel room in nearby Baltimore.

Although both Oath Keepers and Proud Boys were staunch supporters of Donald Trump, documents released by a congressional committee investigating the riot showed a sharp rift between the two groups over allegations of racism.

Oath Keepers agreed to provide security for an event organised by Proud Boys in Portland - one of the hotbeds of the group's activities - in 2019. But Rhodes pulled his group out of the event when he found out about an invited speaker who allegedly held white nationalist views.

Mr Tarrio was angry at the move, and he told congressional investigators: "I didn't like Stewart Rhodes. I still don't like Stewart Rhodes."

While the Oath Keepers have mostly stopped functioning since the Capitol riot, Proud Boys have continued to remain active, including holding protests at drag shows and supporting anti-abortion activists.






Proud Boys have continued to hold events and protests since January 2021



What is Seditious Conspiracy?


Under US law, seditious conspiracy is defined as a plot to overthrow the government or use force "to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States".


It's a rarely used law that dates from the Civil War, and the Oath Keepers case was the first successful prosecution for seditious conspiracy since 1995. Three other members of that militia were acquitted of the charge during last year's trial.

Seditious conspiracy is less serious than treason, which is the only crime specifically spelled out in the US Constitution and requires a high standard of proof - the testimony of at least two witnesses in open court or a confession. Treason can also be punishable by the death penalty.

Two Proud Boys, Charles Donohoe and Jeremy Bertino, have already pleaded guilty to seditious conspiracy and may be called as witnesses at the trial.

Voluminous evidence in the form of messages, videos and social media posts, along with a long list of potential witnesses, means that the trial is likely to last at least six weeks.
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Oath Keepers Guilty of Sedition in Capitol Riot Trial

US jury convicts man pictured with feet on Pelosi’s desk during Capitol attack


BBC 24 JAN 2023




Four members of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group were found guilty Monday of sedition for taking part in the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol.

A jury convicted Roberto Minuta, Joseph Hackett, David Moerschel and Edward Vallejo of conspiring against the US government when they sought to block Congress's certification of Joe Biden's victory over Donald Trump in the November 2020 election.



In a separate Washington courtroom Monday, meanwhile, Richard Barnett, the man famously photographed on January 6 with his feet on a desk in House speaker Nancy Pelosi's office, was convicted of disrupting Congress and other crimes.

The convictions brought to around 530 the number of people who have been found guilty or pleaded guilty for taking part in what prosecutors have called an insurrection to keep Trump in the White House after his election loss.

More than 950 people have been arrested for taking part, most on lesser charges of illegally entering the Capitol or causing property damage.

But more than 280 have been charged with assaulting law enforcement officers and 50 with serious conspiracy crimes.

Monday's verdicts came two months after the conviction of two January 6 Oath Keepers for seditious conspiracy. It is extremely rare for prosecutors to press this charge, and conviction can bring up to 20 years in prison.

The verdicts appeared to increase the chance for a similar ruling in the ongoing trial of another far-right group, the Proud Boys, for their roles in the attacks.

The success of federal prosecutors in obtaining convictions for sedition among the January 6 rioters could raise the stakes for Trump and his advisors in the Justice Department's investigation into whether they plotted or fomented the Capitol attack.

Barnett, 62, was not accused of conspiring against the government. He became one of the faces of the January 6 attack for the pictures of him leaning back in a chair and propping his boots on the desk in the office of Democrat Pelosi, the most powerful politician in Congress at the time.

He was convicted on eight counts including obstructing Congress's certification of the election, illegally entering the Capitol and disorderly conduct with a dangerous weapon, the latter referring to an electric stun weapon disguised as a walking stick.

But while in Pelosi's office he wrote a crude message to her and then took with him an envelop she had signed.

After he left the room he told media that he had bled on the desk.
"I put a quarter on her desk even though she ain't f...ing worth it," he said, according to a court filing.
"And I left her a note on her desk that says 'Nancy, Bigo was here, you Bitch,'" he said, using his nickname.

Barnett, described in court filings as a supporter of the QAnon conspiracy theory alleging a global liberal plot to kidnap children, had defended his actions as an exercise of his constitutional right to protest.

He faces in total up to 47 years in prison.






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‘You Can BLAME Him’: TRUMP Shifts Responsibility For January 6 on Pence

Pence Declines to Support Trump if He’s 2024 Nominee: ‘I’m Confident We’ll Have Better Choices’

Ex-president’s remarks come after his former vice-president said that history will hold Trump accountable for the violence


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TRUMP on Monday responded to Mike Pence’s contention that history will hold him accountable for the January 6 attack on Congress, saying the deadly attack was his former vice-president’s fault.

“Had he sent the votes back to the legislatures, they wouldn’t have had a problem with January 6, so in many ways you can blame him for January 6,” Trump told reporters on a flight to Iowa for a campaign appearance.

He was referring to his attempt to have Pence, in his role as Senate president, refuse to certify election results in battleground states, on grounds of supposed electoral fraud, thereby overturning Trump’s conclusive defeat by Joe Biden.


Trump added: “Had he sent them back to Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona … I believe, number one, you would have had a different outcome. But I also believe you wouldn’t have had ‘January 6’ as we call it.”





Nine deaths have been linked to the attack on Congress, including law enforcement suicides. The riot happened after Trump told supporters to “fight like hell”. More than a thousand rioters have been arrested, hundreds charged and many convicted, some with seditious conspiracy. Others remain wanted.

Trump was impeached for inciting an insurrection but acquitted when enough Senate Republicans remained loyal. Last year, the House January 6 committee made four criminal referrals of Trump to the Department of Justice. Its investigation continues.

The January 6 committee outlined how Pence refused to go along with Trump’s plan to block certification, after advisers told him he did not have the authority to do so.

On the plane to Iowa on Monday, Trump falsely claimed again Pence “had the right” to refuse to certify results.

Pence was otherwise a doggedly loyal vice-president but he is now preparing his own presidential bid. He addressed Trump’s culpability for the riot on Saturday, in remarks to the Gridiron dinner in Washington.

“President Trump was wrong,” he said. “I had no right to overturn the election, and his reckless words endangered my family and everyone at the Capitol that day, and I know that history will hold Donald Trump accountable.”

On January 6, some rioters chanted “Hang Mike Pence” while a makeshift gallows was erected outside. Pence was spirited to safety by his Secret Service detail, whose fears amid the chaos were highlighted by the January 6 committee.

“What happened that day was a disgrace,” Pence said on Saturday, adding: “For as long as I live, I will never, ever diminish the injuries sustained, the lives lost, or the heroism of law enforcement on that tragic day.”

Pence has however resisted a subpoena for testimony in the justice department investigation.


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A federal judge has ordered several former Donald Trump aides, including Mark Meadows, to testify before a grand jury as part of the criminal investigation into efforts to overturn the 2020 election, rejecting the former president’s claims of executive privilege, multiple sources confirmed





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Donald Trump held the first campaign rally for his 2024 presidential campaign on Saturday, held at the Waco Regional Airport in Texas, making a dramatic entrance with a flyover to the tune of Top Gun single “Danger Zone” as hundreds of his MAGA followers in attendance cheered.

Meanwhile, “Christian Worship Artist” Vanessa Horabuena took the stage, splashing paint onto a black canvas to quickly turn Rorshach-like splashes of orange, yellows and neutrals into a serious, side-faced profile portrait of Trump with an American flag in the background.


The event also featured the track “Justice for All” featuring Donald J. Trump and the J6 Prison Choir.


During the rally — attended by endorsers that included Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz, Ted Nugent, and several Texas politicians, including Lieutenant Governor of Texas Dan Patrick — Trump revisited his favorite MAGA rallying cry hit lists: falsely blaming immigrants, the media, the Democrats, a stolen election, and more for the demise of America, where he purports to be the cure.


Trump’s return to his favorite mega-rally ways comes as he faces a number of legal challenges. A possible indictment looms in New York over him paying adult film actress Stormy Daniels hush money over their alleged affair ahead of the 2016 election.

(Trump has reacted as predicted with warnings of “death and destruction” and calls for protests over the impending charges.)

In Georgia, a grand jury is investigating whether he and some of his cohorts meddled in the state’s 2020 presidential election. And then there’s the criminal investigation from special counsel Jack Smith who was appointed by the Justice Department to independently investigate Trump’s campaign to overturn the results of the 2020 election and his role in the bloody events of Jan. 6.


Trump addressed his current legal woes, claiming between the release of his tax returns and other documents that have been provided for the investigations against him, he’s blameless. “And yet after going over 11 million pages of documents, I built a great company — they’ve got nothing, they’ve got nothing,” he claimed.
“And my tax returns on top of it, and they’re a big return. It probably makes me the most innocent man in the history of our country.”

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Trump went on to claim he has been done so dirty in the investigations into his alleged conduct that people quit in solidarity — another lie of many he told during the rally. “They even had numerous prosecutors who resigned because I was being treated unfairly,” Trump claimed. “That made me feel so good when I heard that. Think of it. People actually in a Democrat area, Democrat office, they resigned. Did you know that they resigned?” he asked (The answer is no, because it is not true). “A lot of them resigned the office because they said, ‘You can’t treat a man like this. He didn’t do anything wrong.’”

During the two hours of his rally, there were numerous fibs, from him blaming once again immigrants for pretty much all societal woes to calling Democrats “arsonists” and the country’s “biggest threat.” And then there was his oft-repeated lie: that the 2016 election was rigged.

“We won in 2016. We won by much more in 2020, but it was rigged,” he claimed. “You know, in 2020, I got the most votes of any sitting president in history.”






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WASHINGTON, March 28 (Reuters) - A federal judge has ruled that former U.S. Vice President Mike Pence must testify to a grand jury about conversations he had with former President Donald Trump leading up to the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol, a source familiar with the ruling said on Tuesday.


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U.S. former Vice President Mike Pence delivers remarks, in part addressing his opposition to a grand jury subpoena for testimony about efforts to overturn then-President Donald Trump's 2020 reelection loss, to the Coolidge Presidential Foundation conference at the Library of Congress in Washington, U.S. February 16, 2023.




In a ruling that remains under seal, the judge also said that Pence can still decline to answer questions related to Jan. 6, the source said, adding that Pence can still appeal the ruling. The appeal option is being evaluated, the source said.


The source, confirming reports by CNN and NBC, said the judge's decision compels Trump's former vice president, and potential challenger for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, to appear before the Federal Grand Jury but shields him from testifying about Jan. 6, 2021, itself.



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Four Proud Boys GUILTY of Seditious Conspiracy Over US Capitol riot..

Four members of the far-right Proud Boys, including former leader Enrique Tarrio, have been found guilty of seditious conspiracy for their role in the US Capitol riot.


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Henry 'Enrique' Tarrio, the former national leader of the Proud Boys



The jury was unable to come to a decision on two charges against a fifth co-defendant.

The verdicts came after a trial lasting nearly four months.

The seditious conspiracy charge alone carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison.



All five defendants were convicted on a range of lesser charges stemming from their activities on 6 January, 2021.
Who are the defendants?

The group's leader at the time of the riot, Henry "Enrique" Tarrio, was at the violent Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017 and became the leader of the Proud Boys the following year.

He's a Cuban-American from Miami, a former Florida director of Latinos for Trump - and off the back of his notoriety made a brief run for Congress in 2020.

Unlike his co-defendants, Tarrio was not in Washington DC during the riot. He faced charges after burning a Black Lives Matter banner that was stolen from a Washington church and was also charged with violating weapons laws. He was arrested two days before the riot, and ordered by a judge to leave the city. He ended up watching events from a hotel room in nearby Baltimore.




The other co-defendants were:

Ethan Nordean, 31, of Washington state, who goes by the alias "Rufio Panman". Nordean was active in street protests and brawls with anti-fascist activists in the Pacific Northwest. In video from 6 January, he was seen leading members of the group around the Capitol

Joe Biggs, 38, of Florida. Biggs is a US Army veteran and former broadcaster for Alex Jones's Infowars. He was pictured next to Nordean throughout the riot

Zachary Rehl, 37, a former US Marine and leader of the Philadelphia branch of the Proud Boys

Dominic Pezzola, 44, of Rochester in New York state. Pezzola, also a former US Marine, was one of the first people to reach one of the entrances to the Capitol, where he took a riot shield off a police officer and smashed a window. The jury could not reach a decision on charges of seditious conspiracy and conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding against Pezzola



Proud Boys gathered near the Washington Monument on the morning of the riot before making their way to the Capitol. More than 100 members of the group were present that day, and dozens have subsequently been arrested.

In court, prosecutors introduced a large volume of text messages, social media posts and videos to prove that the group's actions amounted to a co-ordinated plot to try to stop the certification of the 2020 election result.

The Proud Boys repeatedly posted a number of violent threats online. For instance, in November 2020, Tarrio wrote on a post by Joe Biden: "YOU need to remember the American people are at war with YOU. No Trump…No peace. No quarter."


Others posted about civil war, firing squads and "traitors".


The trial took more than twice as long as expected and was delayed by slow jury selection, motions for mistrial by defence lawyers, numerous arguments over witnesses and evidence, and concerns about possible juror intimidation.

Lawyers for the defendants argued that the group was poorly organised, mostly non-violent, and that there was no preconceived plan to storm the building.

They also noted that Tarrio, a long-time police informant, was in touch with Washington police before 6 January and informed an officer of the group's plans for the day.

In closing arguments their lawyers placed the blame on Donald Trump, saying they merely followed his suggestion to show up in Washington DC on 6 January.


"'Be there, it's going to be wild,' the commander-in-chief said. And so they did," said Norm Pattis, an attorney for Biggs, referencing one of Mr Trump's tweets.




Proud Boys, many wearing orange hats, along with other rioters outside the US Capitol on 6 January 2021


Who are Proud Boys?


The Proud Boys were founded in New York City in 2016 by Gavin McInnes, a co-founder of Vice who left the media company to embark on a career as a right-wing commentator and podcaster.

They describe themselves as an all-male drinking club, or a "pro-Western fraternal organisation".

But they became better known for their frequent brawls with left-wing anti-fascist activists in cities across the US.

In a 2019 BBC documentary, Proud Boys based in Portland, Oregon, boasted about arrests and street fighting.

They achieved mainstream fame after a presidential debate in September 2020. During a discussion about extremism, Joe Biden mentioned the organisation.


Donald Trump responded by saying: "Proud Boys, stand back and stand by."


Video of the debate was aired in court, and defence lawyers unsuccessfully attempted to subpoena Mr Trump in an apparent attempt to argue the defendants were following presidential orders on 6 January, 2021.




Proud Boys have continued to hold events and protests since January 2021


What is Seditious Conspiracy?

Under US law, seditious conspiracy is defined as a plot to overthrow the government or use force "to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States".


It is a rarely used law that dates from the US Civil War. Last year two leaders of the Oath Keepers - one of the other major organised groups present at the Capitol riot - were convicted in the first successful prosecution for seditious conspiracy since 1995. Three other members of that militia were acquitted of the charge during last year's trial.

Seditious conspiracy is less serious than treason, which is the only crime specifically spelled out in the US Constitution and requires a high standard of proof - the testimony of at least two witnesses in open court or a confession.

Treason can also be punishable by the death penalty.

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Oath Keepers Leader Stewart Rhodes Sentenced to 18 Years for Capitol Riot

The leader of a far-right militia has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for his role in the US Capitol riot.


BBC 25 MAY 2023




Stewart Rhodes, the founder of the Oath Keepers, was convicted on charges of seditious conspiracy and other crimes.

The sentence is the longest yet given to a Capitol rioter. Prosecutors had asked for 25 years.

Meanwhile, Kelly Meggs, the leader of the militia's Florida chapter, was jailed for 12 years.


Rhodes remained outside the Capitol, but co-ordinated with Meggs and other members who stormed the building.

Rhodes and Meggs were also convicted of obstruction of an official proceeding and tampering with documents or proceedings in one of the highest-profile trials related to the riot on 6 January 2021.

At a hearing on Thursday, Rhodes showed little remorse, claiming he was a "political prisoner" and insisting that the Oath Keepers were standing in opposition to people "who are destroying our country".

Judge Amit Mehta rejected those claims and expressed concern about Rhodes' violent rhetoric, including a threat to hang former US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

"I dare say, Mr Rhodes, and I've never said this about anyone who I've sentenced: You, sir, present an ongoing threat and peril to this country, to the republic and the very fabric of our democracy," the judge said.

"We all now hold our collective breaths with an election approaching," he said. "Will we have another January 6th? That remains to be seen."

Rhodes' sentence was the longest handed out so far for the riot, where thousands of supporters of Donald Trump who objected to the result of the 2020 presidential election stormed the US legislature.

Prosecutors had asked for 25 years for Rhodes and 21 years for Meggs. Defence lawyers had argued for much lighter sentences of less than three years each.

Rhodes, a former US Army paratrooper and Yale-educated lawyer, founded the Oath Keepers in 2009.

Armed members of the anti-government group showed up at a number of protests and standoffs, and eventually became staunch supporters of Donald Trump. Dozens were present at the riot.




Kelly Meggs at a pro-Trump rally held the day before the Capitol riot


What Did The Oath Keepers Do on January 6?


Rhodes began a campaign to reject the results of the election two days after the November 2020 vote, while ballots were still being counted.

He messaged supporters: "We aren't getting through this without a civil war… Prepare your mind, body, spirit."

Rhodes and other Oath Keepers then spent thousands of dollars on weapons and equipment and stashed them in a hotel room in nearby Virginia just prior to 6 January 2021.

During the riot itself, Rhodes stayed outside the building taking phone calls and messages while other Oath Keepers, including some led by Meggs, stormed the building. Prosecutors said Rhodes acted like a "battlefield general" during the melee.



Members of the Oath Keepers pictured just before the Capitol riot on 6 January 2021



Defence lawyers argued that the weapons stash was never used and that the militia was on a purely defensive mission. They plan to appeal the convictions.

In interviews with the BBC last year, Rhodes' estranged family said they had suffered years of abuse and neglect while the militia leader organised anti-government activists across the country.

Earlier this week his ex-wife Natasha Adams tweeted that a Montana court has granted her a divorce from Rhodes.


What is Seditious Conspiracy?


Rhodes and Meggs were convicted of seditious conspiracy, a little-used Civil War-era law that carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence.



It's distinct from the crime of treason, which carries a high burden of proof outlined in the US Constitution, and can lead to the death penalty.

Three other Oath Keepers who went on trial at the same time were found not guilty of seditious conspiracy but were convicted of lesser charges.

Judge Mehta ruled in favour of prosecutors who argued for a stiffer sentence for Rhodes under a so-called "terrorism enhancement". They argued that the Oath Keepers sought to use "intimidation or coercion" against the US government.

Four other Oath Keepers were convicted of seditious conspiracy in January, and four members of the far-right Proud Boys were convicted on the charge earlier this month.

Most of the Capitol rioters were not part of an organised group, however.

In total, more than 1,000 people have been arrested in connection with the riot, and more than half have pleaded guilty to crimes including assault, theft, weapons charges, trespassing and obstructing an official proceeding.

Around 80 have been found guilty following a trial, according to the US Justice Department.

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A jury in Washington convicted four of the men in May of seditious conspiracy.


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Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021 in Washington.



The Justice Department is seeking three-decade prison sentences for the leaders of the Proud Boys convicted of seditious conspiracy for plotting and leading the crowd at the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot, positioning the men as failed, thuggish political revolutionaries.

In a new court filing, prosecutors say Enrique Tarrio, Ethan Nordean, Joseph Biggs, Zachary Rehl and Dominic Pezzola “intentionally positioned themselves at the vanguard of political violence in this country” for years and on January 6 sought to “change the course of American history.”

Prosecutors seek 33 years in prison for Tarrio and Biggs; 30 years for Rehl; 27 years for Nordean; and 20 years for Pezzola. The Proud Boys leaders are set to be sentenced August 29 by Judge Timothy Kelly of the US District Court in Washington.



Tarrio was not on the grounds of the Capitol on January 6 but had stayed in touch with the others expressing his support. The other men were at the front of the crowd, breaking past barriers and the police line and smashing windows to let rioters inside the historic building in the first breaches that eventually led to Congress evacuating and temporarily halting their certification of the 2020 presidential election results.

The jury found Pezzola not guilty of seditious conspiracy, and he was not alleged to have a leadership position in the organization.
“The defendants understood the stakes, and they embraced their role in bringing about a ‘revolution.’ They unleashed a force on the Capitol that was calculated to exert their political will on elected officials by force and to undo the results of a democratic election.

The foot soldiers of the right aimed to keep their leader in power. They failed. They are not heroes; they are criminals,” prosecutors wrote in the new filing.

The court filing, in many ways, is the summation of the yearslong effort by the US Attorney’s Office in the District of Columbia to prosecute hundreds of rioters who inflicted violence at the US Capitol on January 6.

The Proud Boys leaders, the prosecutors argue, are even more responsible for the attack than the leadership of another militia group, the Oath Keepers, who stashed weapons just outside Washington as backup and suited up in military gear to march into the riot.

Stewart Rhodes, the founder of the Oath Keepers, received a sentence of 18 years in prison for his role on January 6 following his conviction of seditious conspiracy, the longest sentence so far among any defendant from that day.

The Justice Department had asked for Rhodes to receive 25 years.
“The conduct of these defendants is more egregious than that of the Oath Keeper defendants and warrants greater sentences,” the prosecutors wrote about the Proud Boys leaders.


“It is critical that this court impose significant sentences of incarceration on all the defendants in this case to convey to those who would mobilize such political violence in the future that their actions will have consequences.”
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Two MORE Proud Boys Sentenced For Roles in Capitol Attack on January 6.

Proud Boys Dominic Pezzola, (10 Years) and Ethan Nordean, (18 Years) Were Handed Two of The Lengthiest Sentences Linked to January 6th.

Leader Joe Biggs Was Jailed For 17 Years on Thursday. Zachary Rehl, Former President of The Philadelphia Proud Boys, Received 15 Years.


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A federal judge handed down hefty sentences against two members of the Proud Boys for their role in attacking the Capitol on January 6, 2021, one who broke open a window to the building and another who took over the leadership role of the group that day.


Their sentences, both among the longest yet of the over 1,000 people charged as part of the riot, are emblematic of how judges are working to separate key figures who furthered the violence that day from those who were swept up in the crowd.


“If we don’t have the peaceful transfer of power, I don’t know what we have,” District Judge Timothy Kelly said during one of the hearings Friday. “Because that is the reflection of when we go to the ballot box, when we exercise the right to vote. That is the manifestation of that. And so, if we don’t have that, we don’t have anything.”

Kelly continued, “that didn’t honor the founders, it was the kind of thing they wrote the constitution to prevent.”

The first man to be sentenced Friday, Dominic Pezzola, was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Pezzola smashed through a window to the US Capitol with a police riot shield on January 6, allowing the first wave of rioters to storm the building as members of Congress were being evacuated. Pezzola quickly became a symbol of the violence that day.

Ethan Nordean, a Proud Boy from Washington State who took over leading the group after longtime Proud Boys chairman Enrique Tarrio was arrested on his way to Washington, DC, days before the January 6 riot, was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Nordeans’ 18-year prison sentence is tied for the longest handed down in connection with the January 6 insurrection. Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes was also sentenced to 18 years in prison for seditious conspiracy.




Pezzola





Images of Pezzola, nicknamed “Spazzolini,” using the police riot shield to first breach the Capitol building quickly became a symbol of the violence that day.



“The reality is you were the one who did it,” Kelly said during his sentencing hearing Friday. “You were the one who smashed that window in and let people begin to stream into the Capitol building and threaten the lives of our lawmakers. It is not something I would have ever dreamed I’d see in our country.”

“You were really, in some ways, the tip of the spear,” the judge said.

Before leaving the courtroom, Pezzola, with a raised fist, shouted, “Trump won!” just minutes after Kelly – who had already left the courtroom – said he hoped Pezzola had turned a corner.

Pezzola was the only one of the five Proud Boys defendants not convicted of seditious conspiracy. Pezzola joined the Proud Boys shortly before January 6, according to evidence shown at trial, and was praised by the organization’s leadership for his violent actions at a separate rally weeks before the Capitol riot.

The New York native was convicted of multiple other charges including assaulting or resisting a police officer, robbery of a police shield, destruction of government property and obstructing an official proceeding.

In the at times rambunctious trial, which spanned several months, prosecutors argued that Pezzola’s co-defendants, leaders of the Proud Boys, pushed lower-level members like Pezzola to be on the front lines of the violence at the Capitol.

In a written statement read aloud by prosecutors earlier this week, former Capitol police officer Mark Ode, who was assaulted by Pezzola, recounted being attacked by the mob and feeling like his life was leaving his body.

Ode wrote that he was haunted by the memory of being “pinned down by multiple assailants, being pinned down by all of their weight, while simultaneously being choked by the chinstrap of my helmet.”

“I felt my life fleeing my body,” Ode wrote, adding that he had “the most vivid visual of my own funeral.”

During Friday’s sentencing hearing, prosecutor Erik Kenerson said that “many Americans will approach the ballot box in 2024 with trepidation” and “will go to bed on January 5, 2025 afraid of what might happen the next day.

Mark Ode certainly will.”






Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick, DIED After Suffering Injury in Riot



Pezzola, dressed in an orange jumpsuit, addressed the court during Friday’s hearing, while his wife, mother, daughter and a friend who served with him in the military sat in the courtroom.

“I need to extend my sincere apology to Officer Ode,” Pezzola said, “and if he were here, I would look him in the eyes and apologize for all the grief I caused him.” Pezzola also apologized to his wife and children and the country, adding that “the events of J6 have crumbled the reputation of the nation I served in the Marine corps.”

His wife, Lisa, told Kelly how her daughters have suffered through depression and been bullied at school since their father was arrested, saying that it “is very hard as a mother – to not be able to protect them from the outside world.”

“In no way am I making excuses for Dominic’s actions that day. As I said on the stand, he was a f**king idiot,” she said through tears.

Pezzola’s youngest daughter, Angelina, also spoke to the judge, saying that she was “everything good that my father has done” and that it’s because of him she’s a successful college student.

“I hope you give him some mercy so he can see me graduate college, so he can see me get my first home, my first job,” she said as her father sobbed at the defense table.

“All I crave is a hug from my father.”


Nordean






Nordean – who goes by the moniker “Rufio Panman” after a member of Peter Pan’s Lost Boys – rose to prominence within the organization in 2017 after a video of him knocking out an anti-fascist protester with one punch went viral online.



On the morning of January 6, Nordean and his co-defendant Joseph Biggs, led a group of approximately 100 Proud Boys towards the Capitol, donning walkie-talkie style radios and leading chants over a bullhorn.

Standing before the judge late Friday afternoon, Nordean apologized for his actions during the riot and said that “for a long time I thought of myself merely as an individual, comparing my actions that day to others… but I had to face the sobering truth: I didn’t come to January 6 as an individual, I came as a leader.”

“The truth is I did help lead a group of men back to the Capitol,” Nordean said. “I had ample opportunity to deescalate… and I did nothing.’

Defense attorney Nicholas Smith noted repeatedly Friday that Nordean “consumed at least six alcoholic beverages” on his way to the Capitol on January 6 and that his pockets were filled with empty containers. His wife and sister also addressed the judge, pleading for Nordean to be allowed to return home to his daughter.
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Ex-Proud Boys Leader Enrique Tarrio Jailed For 22 Years For Capitol Riot

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RUMPS' Proud Boys former leader has been jailed for 22 years for orchestrating the US Capitol riot, the longest sentence so far for a ringleader of the raid on the seat of American democracy.

BBC 6 SEP 2023








Enrique Tarrio was convicted of seditious conspiracy, a US Civil War-era charge, and other counts in May...

Tarrio, 39, was not in Washington during the riot, but helped organise the far-right group's involvement.

More than 1,100 people have been arrested on Capitol riot charges.




Before he learned his fate on Tuesday, an emotional Tarrio apologised to police and residents of Washington DC for his role in the 6 January 2021 riot, when supporters of then-US President Donald Trump stormed Congress as lawmakers certified Joe Biden's election victory.

"I am extremely ashamed and disappointed that they were caused grief and suffering," he told Washington's federal courthouse. "I will have to live with that shame for the rest of my life."

Tarrio, wearing an orange jail uniform, added: "I was my own worst enemy.

"My hubris convinced me that I was a victim and targeted unfairly."

Acknowledging that Trump had lost the November 2020 presidential election, Tarrio said: "I am not a political zealot.

"Inflicting harm or changing the results of the election was not my goal.

"I didn't think it was even possible to change the results of the election."

"Please show me mercy," Tarrio asked the judge. "I ask you that you not take my 40s from me."

At one point earlier, he could be seen wiping tears from his eyes as his mother asked the judge for leniency.

Tarrio was national chairman of the Proud Boys. Founded in New York City in 2016, members of the far-right group have described themselves as an all-male drinking club.

They regarded themselves as Mr Trump's foot soldiers and have often been involved in street clashes with far-left anti-fascist activists.

Tarrio's lawyer argued in court on Tuesday that his client was a "keyboard ninja" and "misguided patriot" who tended to "talk trash", but had no intention of overthrowing the government.

However, US District Judge Timothy Kelly, a Trump nominee, noted that Tarrio had on many previous occasions expressed no remorse for his actions.

"Seditious conspiracy is a serious offence," said Judge Kelly. "Mr Tarrio was the ultimate leader of that conspiracy."


Tarrio was also found guilty in May of obstruction and conspiracy charges, civil disorder and destruction of government property.

Prosecutors had called his actions "a calculated act of terrorism", meriting a sentence of 33 years in prison. The defence wanted no more than 15 years.



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Tarrio stood silently while the judge handed down the penalty. As he was led from court, Tarrio waved to his family in the public gallery and flashed a peace sign.

His lawyers said he plans to appeal.

In the aftermath of the 2020 election, Tarrio and other Proud Boys had posted threatening messages online, warning of violence and unrest if Mr Trump left office.

He was stopped by police two days before the US Capitol riot as he entered Washington DC.

The siege of the US Capitol stunned the world

Tarrio, who has described himself as Afro-Cuban, was arrested on a warrant charging him with burning a Black Lives Matter banner that had been taken from an African-American church in the city about three weeks earlier.

He was also found with a high-capacity ammunition magazine, which is illegal under the city's gun laws. He was released on bail and ordered to leave the nation's capital.

On the day of the riot, he was in Baltimore.

As Trump supporters laid siege to the congressional complex, Tarrio posted online that he was "enjoying the show".


"Do what must be done," he wrote, urging on the rioters.

Tuesday's was the last in a series of sentencing hearings for the ringleaders of the US Capitol riot.

Until now, the longest sentences were the 18-year terms handed down last week to another Proud Boy, Ethan Nordean, and in May to Stewart Rhodes, founder of the Oath Keepers, a far-right militia.

Three other Proud Boys received prison sentences last week for their roles in the riot.

Former US Marines Dominic Pezzola and Zachary Rehl received 10 and 15 years, respectively.

Joe Biggs, a US Army veteran, got 17 years.

Trump has promised to pardon most or all of the rioters if he's re-elected president in 2024.



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The charges against the rioters have varied - from relatively minor crimes like entering a restricted area, to destruction of government property, assault and conspiracy. Around 200 have pleaded guilty to felony charges.

The investigation is still ongoing - the FBI is still trying to locate 14 rioters captured on video assaulting police officers or members of the media.





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Judge Issues Gag Order For TRUMP in Jan. 6 Case

TRUMP has made disparaging remarks about numerous individuals, including prosecutors and witnesses.


BBC 16 OCT 2023







Former President Donald TRUMPS legal team was present at the E. Barrett Prettyman federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., Monday morning for a hearing over whether Trump would be faced with a gag order in the federal case relating to the efforts to overturn the 2020 election.



Trump, however, will not be able to make statements about special counsel Jack Smith or witnesses, saying his campaign does not give him the privilege of conducting a smear campaign.









Included among the targets of Trump’s invective have been the prosecutors (who he called “a team of thugs”), his former attorney general Bill Barr (referred to as a “gutless pig”) and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley (suggested he might deserve to be executed).



Trump attorney John Lauro made the case Monday that supporters of the former president threatening or committing violence wasn’t enough to curtail his client’s free speech rights, saying, “Are we going to tell Americans that they can’t speak because some crazed person might do something inappropriate? That would end the First Amendment as we know it.” Lauro also called it “an order of censorship.”

Lauro also returned to an argument he has made often, suggesting the trial could be delayed until after the election. Chutkan has floated the possibility of moving up the start date of the trial —currently set to begin on March 4 — in order to avoid a tainted jury pool.




Why it matters: If Trump violates the gag order, Chutkan said she would consider “sanctions,” which could range from issuing warnings to the possibility of jailing him.

With Trump set to be making numerous campaign appearances in the coming months and his frequent posting to social media, a gag order violation seems certain




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BBC Our World ~The Trial of Enrique Tarrio 2023

Proud Boys Leader Enrique Tarrio Sentenced to 22 Years, Harshest Jan. 6 Penalty Yet


BBC 22 OCT 2023









He was the leader of the Proud Boys, a far right group which was at the forefront of the Capitol riots on 6 January 2021. So was Tarrio the puppet master behind the assault on US







Former Proud Boys national chairman Enrique Tarrio was sentenced to 22 years in prison in Sept – the longest sentence yet related to the Capitol attack on Jan. 6, 2021 – after his conviction for seditious conspiracy to overturn the 2020 election and to keep Donald Trump in the White House.


Prosecutors sought 33 years in prison for Tarrio, 39, of Miami. He was not at the Capitol on Jan. 6 but had organized Proud Boys members who were among the first to breach the historic building and who temporarily prevented Congress from counting Electoral College votes to certify the election.

Tarrio argued at the trial he was blamed for riot after TRUMP inflamed the mob. He was in Baltimore the day of the attack and didn't direct anyone to assault police or destroy property, said his lawyers, who proposed a sentence of no more than 15 years.




“I am not a political zealot. Inflicting harm or changing the results of the election was not my goal,” Tarrio said Tuesday. “Please show me mercy,” he added. “I ask you that you not take my 40s from me.”


U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly agreed with prosecutors that Tarrio's actions could be punished more harshly as "terrorism," for trying to influence the government through intimidation or coercion, but not at the level of trying to blow up buildings.







The longest previous sentence went to Stewart Rhodes, former leader of the Oath Keepers, who got 18 years for seditious conspiracy and other crimes. The Justice Department has appealed that sentence and asked for a longer term.


TRUMP was indicted Aug. 1 on conspiracy charges related to obstructing Congress, but not inciting the Capitol attack or seditious conspiracy. He pleaded not guilty and has a trial scheduled 4 March 2024.





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Hear TRUMP Describe What He Wanted to Do on January 6 in Audio Recording

CNN Airs Audio of TRUMP Telling Reporter Secret Service Wouldn’t Let Him Go to the Capitol on Jan. 6: ‘I Would’ve Been Very Well Received’


BBC 17 NOV 2023






CNN aired new audio of former President Donald Trump telling ABC News that he wanted to go to the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, where he “would’ve been very well received,” but that the Secret Service would not let him.


During an interview with ABC News chief Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl, dated March 18, 2021 — just over two months after the Capitol riot — Trump said, “If you look at the real size of that crowd, it was never reported correctly. There were— it’s the biggest crowd I’ve ever spoken in front of by far. By far.”

After Karl said, “You told them you were going to go up to the Capitol, ” Trump replied:

'I was going to and then Secret Service said you can’t, and then by the time— I would have, and then when I get back, I saw— I wanted to go back. I was thinking about going back during the problem to stop the problem, doing it myself. Secret Service didn’t like that idea too much'

And I could have done that, and you know what? I would have been very well received. Don’t forget, the people that went to Washington that day, in my opinion, they went because they thought the election was rigged. That’s why they went.'


Trump is under federal indictment and faces four criminal charges in Washington, D.C. over his attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

The trial is scheduled to begin on March 4, just one day before Super Tuesday.
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US House Speaker Mike Johnson to Publicly Release 44,000 Hours of Sensitive Jan 6 Footage

House speaker to make good on promise to far-right Republicans including Matt Gaetz and Trump


BB C 19 NOV 2023





House speaker Mike Johnson said Friday he plans to publicly release thousands of hours of footage from the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol



“This decision will provide millions of Americans, criminal defendants, public interest organizations and the media an ability to see for themselves what happened that day, rather than having to rely upon the interpretation of a small group of government officials,” Johnson said in a statement.

The newly elected speaker said the first tranche of security footage, around 90 hours, will be released on a public committee website Friday, with the rest of the 44,000 hours expected to be posted over the next several months. In the meantime, a public viewing room will be set up in the Capitol.

For the last several months, the GOP-led House Administration Committee has made the video available by appointment only to members of the media, criminal defendants and a limited number of other people.

The video shows some of the fighting up close and gives a bird’s-eye view of the Capitol complex – one that visitors rarely see – as hundreds of president Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the building, violently attacking police officers and breaking in through windows and doors.

By expanding this access to the general public, Johnson is fulfilling one of the pledges he made last month to the most conservative members of his party, including the representative Matt Gaetz of Florida, who orchestrated the ouster of the former speaker, Kevin McCarthy. Both Gaetz and Trump – who is currently running for re-election as he faces federal charges for his role in the January 6 attack – applauded Johnson’s decision.

In a post on his Truth Social platform, Trump congratulated the speaker “for having the courage and fortitude” to release the footage.

The move by Johnson will grant the general public a stunning level of access to sensitive and explicit January 6 security footage, which many critics have warned could endanger the safety of staff and Congressmembers in the Capitol complex if it gets into the wrong hands.

The hours of footage detail not only the shocking assault rioters made on US Capitol police as they breached the building but also how the rioters accessed the building and the routes lawmakers used to flee to safety.

Johnson said Friday that the committee is processing the footage to blur the faces of individuals “to avoid any persons from being targeted for retaliation of any kind”. He added that an estimated 5% of the footage will not be publicly released as it “may involve sensitive security information related to the building architecture”.


Gripping images and video from the Capitol attack by Trump supporters have been widely circulated by documentarians, news organizations and even the rioters themselves.


But until this year, officials held back much of the surveillance video from hundreds of security cameras stationed in and around the Capitol.






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D.C. Appeals Court Rules TRUMP Doesn't Have Presidential Immunity From Lawsuits Over January 6

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a long-awaited ruling Friday determining that former President Donald Trump can be sued for allegedly inciting the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, rejecting his claims of absolute immunity.

BBC 2 DEC 2023





The decision, making NEW LAW around the presidency, will have significant implications for several cases against Trump




The courts' ruling emphasizes repeatedly that it only focuses on the singular issue of the former president's claim that he should be immune from any civil exposure because he was acting in his official capacity in the days leading up to and on Jan. 6.

The decision will now allow members of Congress and officers with the Capitol Police to move forward with a series of lawsuits filed against Trump that are seeking damages for harms they say they suffered as a result of the riot.



"The sole issue before us is whether President Trump has demonstrated an entitlement to official-act immunity for his actions leading up to and on January 6 as alleged in the complaints," the court said in its ruling. "We answer no, at least at this stage of the proceedings. When a first-term President opts to seek a second term, his campaign to win re-election is not an official presidential act."

The court notes that while Trump was still in office trying to overturn his 2020 election loss, he actually recognized he was acting in his personal capacity as a presidential candidate when he filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit that was before the Supreme Court.

"In arguing that he is entitled to official-act immunity in the cases before us, President Trump does not dispute that he engaged in his alleged actions up to and on January 6 in his capacity as a candidate," they write. "But he thinks that does not matter.

Rather, in his view, a President's speech on matters of public concern is invariably an official function, and he was engaged in that function when he spoke at the January 6 rally and in the leadup to that day. We cannot accept that rationale."


The court notes, however, that their ruling does not prevent Trump from attempting to raise claims of immunity as the civil lawsuits move forward. Instead, they say that at this stage where Trump has not yet taken a position on the factual allegations leveled against him in each lawsuit, they are rejecting his blanket attempt to claim every action was taken based on his role as the president.

The ruling is related solely to the civil lawsuits that were brought against Trump in the wake of the Jan. 6 attack, and not special counsel Jack Smiths' federal criminal case that is set for trial in March.






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Coup Smoking Gun: GOP’s New Speaker ADMITS Plot to Hide TRUMPS Fans' Faces From Prosecutors

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) said Tuesday that Republicans are blurring faces in security footage from inside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, to protect rioters from prosecution.


The Guardian UK 6 DEC 2023





“We have to blur some of the faces of persons who participated in the events of that day because we don’t want them to be retaliated against and to be charged by the DOJ,” Johnson said at a news conference.



The Department of Justice has long had access to the footage and has used it in some of the roughly 1,200 criminal cases against people linked to the riot, when hundreds pushed past police to storm the Capitol.


Johnson’s comment is a remarkable statement of sympathy for supporters of then-President Donald Trump who illegally entered a restricted federal building as part of a violent attack on Congress as it met to certify the Electoral College vote before Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Though prosecutors already have the video, blurring people’s faces could prevent amateur investigators from sending tips to the FBI. Online sleuths have previously used social media and facial recognition software to help the government track down a number of suspects.

In a follow-up statement on Tuesday, a Johnson spokesperson said blurring faces would “prevent all forms of retaliation against private citizens from any non-governmental actors.”

Shortly after becoming speaker in October, Johnson announced that Republicans would release thousands of hours of footage from security cameras, fulfilling a pledge he made to the far-right flank of the House GOP conference. The video has previously been available to criminal defendants and reporters by request.

Johnson initially said that the footage would allow people to see for themselves what happened that day so that the public would not have “to rely upon the interpretation of a small group of government officials” ― as though Trump supporters had not really ransacked the building as part of an effort to undo his loss in the 2020 election.

Conspiracy theorists and some Republican lawmakers have pointed to video snippets as evidence that it was actually the Justice Department that orchestrated the riot. Several lawmakers claimed that video showed a Trump supporter flashing a badge at Capitol Police officers, for instance. The object in the man’s hand turned out to have been a vaping device.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), who claimed from the House floor on the day of the attack that it had actually been perpetrated by leftists in disguise, led the push for releasing the footage.

Johnson said Tuesday that Republicans “trust the American people to draw their own conclusions” about Jan. 6, but the decision to blur faces suggests Republicans think it would inappropriate for members of the public to use the footage to try to identify suspects.

The chair of the subcommittee overseeing the gradual release of the footage said Tuesday that it was important to hide the identities of people who walked into the Capitol after the forward assault of rioters had already smashed through windows and forced open doors.

“When these people arrive, they see the doors open and Capitol Police just standing there with people walking in,” Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.) told HuffPost. “There’s too many people out there just trying to go after anyone who was here.”



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US House Speaker Mike Johnson Makes Fatal Mistake With Public Admission

Mike Johnson Didn’t Want Reporters to Hear His Latest Speech.
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MSNBC 9 DEC 2023






US House Speaker Mike Johnson announced this week he’ll blur the faces of rioters in Jan. 6 footage, saying "We don’t want them to be retaliated against and to be charged by the DOJ.”


His office later noted that the DOJ already has the raw footage. But as MSNBC’s Brian Tyler Cohen argues, Speaker Johnsons' words reveal that the Republican Party is not so much concerned with “law and order” as it is with power.


At the Museum of the Bible on Tuesday night, just a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol, House Speaker Mike Johnson evaded scrutiny by reporters. He was there to receive the American Patriot Award for Christian Honor and Courage at a gala hosted by the National Association of Christian Lawmakers, a small Christian nationalist nonprofit group based in Conway, Arkansas. While reporters were allowed to watch other portions of the gala, they were not permitted to watch Johnson’s keynote.

Or so Johnson thought. According to Rolling Stone magazine, the speaker was “perhaps unaware that the event was being recorded for the NACL Facebook page.” The video is no longer available, but Rolling Stone reports that Johnson thanked the organization for not letting journalists in.

“I’ll tell you a secret,” he said, “since media is not here.” God had spoken to him throughout Republicans’ weekslong effort to find a new Speaker, Johnson said. Eventually, God revealed to Johnson that he would be a Moses-like figure leading the GOP and the country through a “Red Sea moment.”

Not everything in Johnson’s speech was a divine revelation. “What we’re engaged in right now is a battle between worldviews,” he declared in a short clip an attendee posted on Facebook. “It’s a great struggle for the future of the Republic.” That’s standard Christian nationalist fare, and yet another sign that Johnson believes himself to be at war with the majority of Americans.

The attempt to hide these remarks from the public came the same week that Johnson announced that, in releasing security footage of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, Republicans would blur out the faces of rioters “because we don’t want them to be retaliated against and to be charged by the DOJ.”

He is clearly telling Americans that he and his extremist friends want to carry out their assault on our Constitution in secret and without accountability.


At the NACL, Johnson knew he had a receptive audience. The group’s founder and president, Jason Rapert, a former Arkansas state senator, recently fretted to a reporter that “with all the troubles facing our country, with Democrats and leftists that are advocating cutting penises off of little boys and breasts off of little girls, we have reached a level of debauchery and immorality that is at biblical proportions.”

He has called LGBTQ people a “cult” that promotes “unholiness, unrighteousness and immorality in our nation.” He has expressed hope that in 2024, Americans “will re-elect Jesus to be on the throne here again in our country.”


Rapert believes fetuses have constitutional rights, and that abortion is worse than slavery and the Holocaust.

As a state senator, he sought to amend the U.S. Constitution to obliterate the rights of LGBTQ people through a statement that marriage “is between a man and a woman.”

To most Americans, these views are extreme. In Johnsons’ world, they are unremarkable. They are at the core of the “biblical worldview” that he and Rapert share as the singular lodestar of American government.




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Republican-Appointed FED Judge Denounces Republican Distortions of Jan. 6 With Outright LIES

FED Judge ANGRY & Shocked by Republican Efforts to Rewrite History of Jan. 6 Attack, Those Who Label Perpetrators Hostages'


In a scathing statement, a Reagan appointee quoted statements about the riot that appeared to be from several Republican politicians and called them “preposterous.” The "rhetoric could presage further danger to our country," the judge wrote.

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“In my 37 years on the bench, I cannot recall a time when such meritless justifications of criminal activity have gone mainstream,” Judge Royce C. Lamberth wrote


A senior judge for the D.C. district court issued a scathing rebuke on Thursday of those he says are trying to "rewrite history" of the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, writing he has been "shocked" to see some public figures attempt to label the perpetrators of the violence that day as "hostages."


"I have been dismayed to see distortions and outright falsehoods seep into the public consciousness," senior judge Royce Lamberth, an appointee of former President Ronald Reagan with nearly 40 years of judicial experience, said in a written ruling Thursday.

"I have been shocked to watch some public figures try to rewrite history, claiming rioters behaved 'in an orderly fashion' like ordinary tourists, or martyrizing convicted January 6 defendants as 'political prisoners' or even, incredibly, 'hostages.' That is all preposterous."

"But the Court fears that such destructive, misguided rhetoric could presage further danger to our country," Lamberth added.




Republicans Try to Rewrite the History of the January 6th Insurrection: A Closer Look




In outtake of speech after Jan. 6 attack, Trump didn’t want to say ‘election is over’

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Supreme Court REJECTS Jan. 6 Rioter Couy Griffins' Argument That Worked Just For TRUMP ONLY

Couy Griffin was convicted of trespassing on Jan. 6 and refused to certify primary


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Cowboys for Trump co-founder Couy Griffin rides his horse on 5th Avenue on May 1, 2020 in New York City.

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an argument from a Donald Trump supporter that the justices had accepted from the former president.





Couy Griffin, co-founder of "Cowboys for Trump," was disqualified by a New Mexico judge from holding elected office under the U.S. Constitution's insurrection clause following his conviction for taking part in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, but the Supreme Court turned down his appeal, reported the Associated Press.

Griffin received the first disqualification from office in more than a century under Section 3 the 14th Amendment, which was intended to prevent former Confederates from serving in government, following a 2022 trial in state court, and New Mexico's Supreme Court refused to hear his appeal after he missed procedural deadlines.

The U.S. Supreme Court overturned a Colorado ruling that had disqualified Trump under the same provision, ruling that states don't have the authority to keep Trump or other candidates for federal office from appearing on the ballot, but the justices said different rules apply to state or local office.


"We conclude that states may disqualify persons holding or attempting to hold state office," the court ruled March 4 in favor of Trump. "But states have no power under the Constitution to enforce Section 3 with respect to federal offices, especially the presidency."

Griffin, a pastor who led a series of cowboy caravans to show support to Trump, had served as Otero County commissioner before his Jan. 6 conviction for entering a restricted area on the Capitol grounds and received a 14-day prison sentence.


The Republican former official has argued that he entered the grounds without realizing it was a restricted area and says that he tried to lead the crowd in prayer using a bullhorn but did not engage in violence.










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Convicted January 6 Felon Wants to Storm The Capitol Again — As An Elected Congressman

Derrick Evans posted on social media a picture of himself in an orange prison jumpsuit and his wife in a police uniform.

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“As a J6 Political Prisoner,” Evans wrote, “this is still my favorite Halloween costume.”











In January, he posted a photo of an ID badge and wrote, “Found this today: It's my Prison ID from when they held me hostage as a January 6th Political Prisoner.”


Evans, an admitted felon and Donald Trump acolyte, who spent three months in federal prison, now wants to get back to the Capitol — but this time, as an elected lawmaker.

Evans is running for the Republican nomination in West Virginia’s 1st Congressional District — an overwhelmingly conservative area where the Republican nominee is all but assured to win.

He is running from the right of incumbent Rep. Carol Miller, a Republican who Evans dismissed in a recent social media post as “worse than a RINO,” the political slur for “Republican in name only.”

Added Evans: “She is an undocumented Democrat.”






This week, Evans touted an endorsement from presidentially pardoned Trump operative Roger Stone, who said, “Derrick did time in prison and even in solitary confinement for standing with President Trump and protesting Joe Biden's stolen election.”







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Movies CAPITOL Riot: DOJ Crook Talks + TRUMP-Era DOJ MASS Resignations Threat

Lawyers PANIC After Under-Oath Statement by EX-TRUMP DOJ Official Jeffrey Clark

The Significance of TRUMP-Era DOJ Official Jeffrey Clark - DOJ Warned of Mass Resignations If TRUMP Appointed Clark

Jeffrey Clark — a senior official at former President Donald Trumps Department of Justice may have committed a major verbal error while testifying under oath at his DISBARMENT Hearing.


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The Associated Press reported that Clark, who was acting head of the DOJ's civil division in the waning days of the Trump administration, reportedly had inappropriate and unsanctioned contact with Trump behind the backs of his superiors.


According to the AP, Clark maintained that there was rampant and widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election and urged the DOJ to take action to intervene in various battleground states that Trump lost — like Georgia, where Clark is a co-defendant in the Fulton County RICO case — to void President Joe Biden's victory.

Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and his deputy, Richard Donoghue, made it clear to Clark that while there may have been a few isolated incidents of fraud scattered across various states, it wasn't nearly enough to make a difference in who won the election.

They also learned that Clark had direct contact with Trump, which was a violation of DOJ policy as to who had contact with the White House. Even though Rosen and Donoghue told Clark to cease his contact with Trump, Clark continued to communicate with him in direct violation of DOJ rules.

“My first reaction was, and I said it out loud: ‘You violated the White House contacts policy,’” Donoghue testified during Wednesday's hearing. “I was taken aback... I said, ‘Do not violate it again.’”

During Clark's disbarment proceedings in Washington, DC this week, the lead investigator questioned him under oath about his time at the DOJ in the aftermath of the 2020 election.

While Clark spoke generally about his legal background and experience, he invoked a number of privileges to get around answering most questions. But when Clark invoked attorney-client privilege, he may have gotten himself in even more trouble.

"Mr. Clark, you asserted a number of times attorney-client privilege," DC bar committeewoman Patricia Matthews asked. "For whom were you the attorney?"

Clark then responded that his client was "President Trump, the head of the executive branch, the sole head, the unitary head of Article Two, the executive branch of the United States government."

This prompted Clark's lawyers to interject and urge their client to plead the Fifth Amendment to avoid incriminating himself.

"I would respectfully request my client to invoke questions about the basis for attorney-client privilege because those answers would be intimidating to them as well,” Clark's attorney, Harry MacDougald, said. "So respectfully, I would ask him to invoke [the Fifth Amendment]."

Clark's disbarment proceedings will continue on Thursday. After the proceedings conclude a three-person committee is expected to issue its recommendation to a professional responsibility board as to whether Clark can keep his law license.

Meanwhile, at his own disbarment hearing in California, a committee recommended that former Trump attorney John Eastman's law license be revoked in relation to his attempts to help Trump overturn the election. Like Clark, Eastman is also under felony indictment in Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis' RICO case.



READ MORE: Former Trump White House lawyer reveals new details about Trump's 2020 election ploy: report



The Significance of Trump-Era DOJ Official Jeffrey Clarks' Raid on His Home


DOJ Warned of Mass Resignations If Trump Appointed Jeffrey Clark


Jan. 6 hearing examined Trump-era DOJ official Jeffrey Clarks’ role in Capitol riot




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'You're a LIAR' TRUMP: TRUMPs' MAGA Said He Paid Off Slain Officers' Mortgage

UNWELCOME TRUMP Attended Wake of Slain NYPD Officer Jonathan Diller at The Massapequa Funeral Home -'He WAS NOT WELCOME'


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Right-wing news outlets and MAGA influencers were quick to jump on rumours that Donald Trump had paid off the mortgage of fallen New York police officer Jonathan Diller, but it appears that's NOT TRUE.


According to publicly available information, Diller's mortgage was paid off, but it was by an organization called Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

"Tunnel to Towers is honoured to announce a mortgage payoff for the family of NYPD officer Jonathan Diller, who was fatally shot and killed" the group said. It has nothing to do with Trump

"Officer Diller is survived by his loving wife, Stephanie, and their one-year-old son."




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Movies CAPITOL-SLY House Speaker Says Jan 6 Rioters Were Just 'Walking Through The Build

CUNNING Mike Johnson Says 'Jan. 6 Rioters Just Happened to Be Walking Through The Building'

US House Speaker Mike Johnson says people in the halls of Congress during the January 6, 2021 insurrection were “innocent” and just happened to be there, walking about the building.--DUH!


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Some are viewing his remarks as a further push by Republicans to whitewash the attack, which led to an impeachment of Donald Trump and later criminal charges for the ex-president.


Because of the COVID pandemic, the U.S. Capitol was largely closed to visitors on January 6, and tours were banned for that day. Democrats had raised concerns after they said they saw some Republican members of Congress leading groups of people around the Capitol in the days before the insurrection.

CNN had reported Democrats were “growing concerned about seeing large groups of pro-Trump supporters walking around the Capitol the week around the swearing in of the new Congress leading up to the January 6.”

Speaker Johnson told Newsmax on Monday he was fulfilling the “commitment” he made to release to the public all the video Congress has from the January 6 insurrection, and had recently released 13,000 hours of tape — though he had initially tried to blur the faces of the “innocent.”

“So I made a commitment immediately after I got the gavel that we would start with this and that originally, we were trying to blur some of the faces to protect the innocent, you know, people who were just there and just happened to be walking through the building,” Johnson told Newsmax’s Eric Bolling.

Some critics are comparing Johnson’s remarks to those of Republican members of Congress denying the facts of the insurrection in the days and months after January 6.


U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) had called the insurrectionists “peaceful protestors” who were being harassed by the Dept. of Justice.

U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) had denied the insurrectionists were Trump supporters.

U.S. Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA) had said, “If you didn’t know the TV footage was a video from January the 6th, you would actually think it was a normal tourist visit.”


“There was no insurrection,” Clyde insisted in May of 2021. “To call it an insurrection is a bold-faced lie.”



Bloomberg congressional reporter Steven Dennis, reporting at the time on Clyde’s remarks, had noted: “People died, windows were smashed, they were chanting to hang Mike Pence, 140 police officers were wounded, the House, Senate and VP were rushed into hiding, staff cowered for hours in offices. Clyde suggests it was just an unruly mob with some rioters committing ‘vandalism.'”

Others noted the Republican National Committee, under the leadership of then-chair Ronna McDaniel, had called the January 6 insurrection “legitimate political discourse.”


Even the Biden campaign picked up on Johnsons’ remarks, responding with video from January 6.



U.S. House Speaker moves to protect identities of Jan. 6 rioters



House Speaker Johnson wants to blur January 6 footage to protect Capitol rioters


Jan. 6 panel releases never-before-seen footage of Trump recording message to Capitol rioters



Democrats React To Speaker Mike Johnson Publicly Releasing Jan. 6 Footage






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'Pivotal': Judge May Be About to Spill KEY Information on TRUMPs' Jan. 6 Actions


A judge may be about to open up NEW information to reveal former President Donald Trump took actions in his "PRIVATE Capacity" on January 6, rather than as a public official — with huge implications for his criminal trials.

Trump says members of Jan. 6 Select Committee should go to jail


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According to Law & Crime, "This is a key distinction for a group of former and current U.S. lawmakers and police suing Trump for violations of The Ku Klux Klan Act, as Law&Crime previously reported.



Just this week, the former president filed a motion to stay that civil litigation indefinitely, invoking his brewing immunity question before the Supreme Court." U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta is handling the matter.


"Trump argues the overlap between the civil claim and his criminal indictment prosecuted by special counsel Jack Smith is too great and that going to trial, or even beginning pretrial proceedings like discovery, would threaten his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination," the report noted.

This comes after the lawsuit, which has been underway for years, was allowed to move forward after Trump's claim to being immune from the civil action was rejected. The separate matter of whether Trump is immune from criminal prosecution is currently set to be decided by the Supreme Court.

The attorney representing the plaintiffs, Joseph Sellers, told Law & Crime that the impact on the criminal case could be huge: “The criminal case that’s before the Supreme Court on the question of immunity is framed entirely differently in this respect and it’s quite important. In our civil case, the question is whether his conduct was primarily of an official or private nature. That’s pivotal.”

A big part of the case turns on the things Trump said at his "Stop the Steal" rally at the Ellipse on January 6 as the riot on the other side of the complex was beginning to take shape, said Sellers.

“It’s clear the content of what he said was about seeking and securing his reelection. The courts have repeatedly confirmed that seeking your reelection is a necessarily private act. There is no ‘official’ role that can be performed for people who are campaigning for their election whether you’re incumbent or not.

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SECRET Letter: FBI MUST Accelerate Arrest of VIOLENT Jan 6ers or Risk Time Expiring BEFORE The 2024 Election

Federal law enforcement is running out of time to arrest all those who participated in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, according to members of the loosely organized “sedition hunters” community who have helped the FBI identify hundreds of people involved in the insurrection.


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“There’s a 50-50 chance that if you went to J6 and committed a crime, you’re not going to get arrested,” one sedition hunter, who worked directly with the FBI, told Raw Story.





Raw Story is identifying her by her handle on X — @MsTerryMete — because of her concern about retaliation and violence from Jan. 6 offenders. She also worries that she could face retaliation from the federal government if Donald Trump becomes president again.



MsTerryMete’s warning is echoed by other members of the sedition hunters community, who have compiled a list of profiles of those suspected of committing crimes at the Capitol — some identified, others not — who have yet to be arrested. The sedition hunters, whose work is profiled in NBC reporter Ryan J. Reilly’s book of the same name, created hundreds of individual dossiers for suspected J6ers using extensive photographic and video documentation.

A representative of the sedition hunters community sent a letter to top federal law enforcement officials on Tuesday evening that warns: “It appears that the department and the FBI are not on pace to arrest an alarmingly large percentage” of those “who committed crimes at the Capitol on January 6 but have not been charged yet.”

The letter, which Raw Story has read in draft form, is addressed to Attorney General Merrick Garland and Matthew Graves, the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia.



The author of the letter, one of the founders of the Sedition Hunters group, said the presidential election this year factored, at least in part, in the timing of the letter. This sedition hunter, like MsTerryMete, also spoke to Raw Story on condition of anonymity when confirming the letter.


“These people have already committed political violence once, and for the more violent offenders to remain un-arrested and face no accountability is a concern to me because it’s an election year — and what’s to stop them from committing political violence again this year?” the author of the letter said.


“You combine that with the dramatic increase in threats against elected officials, election workers, judges and the FBI itself, what that means is these people feel empowered and emboldened to act beyond the law because there’s been no consequences for them.”

Patricia Hartman, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, told Raw Story that she would not comment on a letter that her office had not received.

The office of Attorney General Merrick Garland could not be reached for comment.

Since Donald Trump ceremonially launched his 2024 presidential election campaign in Waco, Texas — near the site of a violent FBI standoff with the Branch Davidian cult that is a touchstone for the far-right movement — the former president has put the Jan. 6 defendants at the center of his bid for a second term.

He regularly opens rallies with a recording of jailed Jan. 6 rioters singing the National Anthem and has called them “hostages.” And Trump, who himself faces 88 charges spanning four criminal indictments, regularly demonizes the Department of Justice, including lambasting the “thugs and criminals who are corrupting our justice system” at his Waco campaign kickoff.

Members of the sedition hunters community say they’ve observed about 3,900 people committing crimes at the Capitol on Jan. 6 — a figure that includes people who breached the Capitol and those who engaged in violence on the grounds.

The figure does not include people who were on the Capitol grounds — itself a federal crime — but otherwise didn’t violate any laws. To date, the FBI has arrested upward of 1,375 people, leaving roughly 2,500 yet to be held accountable, by sedition hunters’ tally.

Along with people who illegally entered the Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021, violent insurrectionists — those who injured police officers, brandished weapons, destroyed property and the like — are the primary focus of federal prosecutors, U.S. Attorney Matthew Graves said in a press conference in January.

The number of overtly violent offenders who have yet to be arrested is about 540, according to the sedition hunters letter.

According to numbers publicly reported by the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, about 626 people have been charged with assaulting law enforcement and media, or entering a restricted area with a dangerous or deadly weapon.

Based on those numbers, the arrest rate for violent offenders would need to pick up the pace from about 16 per month to 26 per month in order to meet the deadline before the statute of limitations runs out on Jan. 6, 2026.

The author of the letter to Garland and Graves told Raw Story that after taking a break from Jan. 6 research during the warm months last year, they were concerned to find that the arrest rate had slackened rather than quickened.

“This winter, when I came back, I noticed a significant difference in the DOJ and FBI’s arrest rate — a significant decline,” they said, “and it’s obvious they’re not going to get all the people who committed crimes at the Capitol at the current arrest rate."

Identified as Participating in The Capitol Riot — But NOT Charged

Individuals who took part in the attack on the U.S. Capitol — and have yet to be charged — have gone on to threaten a federal prosecutor, commit assault and armed robbery and even commit a fatal stabbing and hack a man to death with a machete.

A Pennsylvania man nicknamed “#LeadPipeGuy” by sedition hunters has been classified as an “AFO” — an FBI acronym for someone suspected of assaulting a federal officer — and appears on the FBI’s Most Wanted List.

A entry on the Capitol Terrorist Attack website — a repository for Jan. 6 offender profiles compiled by a group of volunteers — describes #LeadPipeGuy as throwing a lead pipe at police on Jan. 6. He’s also seen stealing an officer’s shield.

As early as May 2021, one researcher speculated that #LeadPipeGuy had been identified to the FBI by sedition hunters. Another complained two years later that #LeadPipeGuy was among “violent people” who assaulted officers on Jan. 6, and had yet to be arrested.

Nine days later, the man was taken into custody, but not for anything he did on Jan. 6. On May 25, 2023, police arrested #LeadPipeGuy — real name: Joshua Atwood of Burgettstown, Pa. — for armed robbery and malicious assault following a weeks-long manhunt after he allegedly robbed and stabbed a restaurant owner whom he believed owed him money.

But to this day, Atwood has not been charged for his actions at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.


Atwood could not be reached for comment for this story.

Gabrielle Millenbruck is accused by sedition hunters of body-slamming a police line at the West Plaza of the Capitol where police faced off against rioters. Sedition Hunters’ leader publicly identified Millenbruck in February 2022 as the rioter they dubbed #CapitolCousinIt.

To date, Millenbruck, who works as a realtor in Kirkwood, Mo. — an affluent suburb of St. Louis — has not been arrested.

Reached by phone at a publicly listed number for her real estate service, a woman who answered acknowledged that she was Millenbruck, then abruptly hung up after being asked about her alleged participation in the Capitol riot.

In another example, a woman who was one of the first suspects added to the FBI’s Most Wanted List has yet to be arrested — despite admitting to the FBI that she led rioters into the Capitol with a megaphone and took a baseball from then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office.

A photo of the woman with long, wavy brown hair tucked under a red “Keep America Great” hat is featured as “Photograph #9” on the FBI’ Most Wanted List and comes with a request to call the agency to help “identify individuals involved in the riots at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.”





Megan Dawn Paradise sits at a desk in then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office on Jan. 6, 2021. Courtesy FBI



It didn’t take long for the FBI to track down the suspect.

Megan Dawn Paradise met with the FBI at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 18, 2021 — 12 days after the attack. An official FBI record of the interview indicates that Paradise was accompanied by “several attorneys.”

Among them: Danny C. Onorato, a litigator based in Washington, D.C., who specializes in white collar criminal defense and government investigations, and Setara Qassim, a criminal defense lawyer based in Los Angeles who is employed by the law firm of renowned litigator Mark Geragos.

Paradise told FBI agents that she urged Jan. 6 rioters to advance on a police line by shouting into her megaphone: “Let’s go!”


Later, when rioters massed at one of the doors to the Capitol, Paradise told the FBI that people began to back away when a flash-bang went off. She said she “used her megaphone to shout to the crowd to keep going forward and hold the line,” according to the report.

When Paradise reached Pelosi’s Office, she told agents that she sat at a desk and put her feet up on it. She admitted to taking a baseball from a display cube and a Papermate pen from the office.

Later, when she discovered the baseball was signed, Paradise said she became worried that she shouldn’t have taken it. She gave the baseball to a friend that night. The day after the riot, Paradise said, she informed her lawyer that she had taken the baseball, and she asked the friend to turn the baseball over to her lawyer.

Paradise could not be reached for comment. Onorato indicated to Raw Story that he no longer represents her.

Paradise’s actions on Jan. 6, 2021, are nearly identical to those of Richard Barnett, a self-avowed “white nationalist” from Arkansas, who was seen in news reports with his feet propped up on Pelosi’s desk while smoking a cigar.





Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people try to storm the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Demonstrators breeched security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification.


Barnett and Paradise both sat at desks in Pelosi’s office. Similar to Barnett, Paradise admitted to writing in a notebook on the desk: “You’re fired.”


But Barnett became the media poster child of the insurrection thanks in part to a widely circulated photo of him in Pelosi’s office. Paradise remains virtually unknown to the general public.

Barnett — who also stole correspondence from Pelosi’s office and left a note for Pelosi reading, “Hey Nancy, Bigo was here bi-otch” — is currently serving a 54-month sentence at FCI Seagoville in Texas, following his conviction for disorderly conduct, theft of government property and other violations.

Paradise has not been arrested and remains free.

Questions About Agents’ Commitment to The Investigation


The draft version of the sedition hunters letter reviewed by Raw Story also expresses concern “that the identifications of alleged January 6th crimes provided by our community have not been either entered into federal information systems and/or distributed in a timely manner for FBI Field Offices or the Department of Justice.”

The FBI has revoked the security clearance of at least three agents, including, one, Brett Gloss, who reportedly entered the restricted area of the Capitol grounds on Jan. 6 in violation of federal law.

Another agent, Marcus Allen, reportedly lost his security clearance after he “expressed sympathy for persons or organizations that advocate, threaten or use force or violence.”

A third, Stephen Friend, refused to take part in a SWAT arrest carried out against a Jan. 6 suspect in Florida. The letter raises concern about whether agents sympathetic to the rioters might be undermining the investigations.

“What efforts have been taken to ensure that all FBI field offices are diligently providing the DOJ with the evidence it needs to prosecute January 6 suspects?” the letter asks.

The author of the letter told Raw Story: “There doesn’t seem to be a prioritization system to arrest the most dangerous J6ers who came armed with weapons and assaulted officers. It’s concerning to me that there are going to be AFOs that have not been arrested.”

FBI headquarters declined to comment for this story.

‘You Guys Are Going to Need This Information’


MsTerryMete and other sedition hunters have become increasingly alarmed over the past 12 months or so about what the letter describes as “unacceptably slow pace of arrests.”

“I am not the only one in my role experiencing frustrations and backlog,” MsTerryMete wrote in an email to David Sundberg, the assistant director for the FBI Washington Field Office, in May 2023.
“The current process between my community and yours is statistically proving to not be efficient or effective. There is room and need for improvement if we are to meet both the goal and the deadline.”

MsTerryMete said she was one of at least three sedition hunters who the FBI paid to provide information by scouring public video for matches with social media accounts to identify people who allegedly committed crimes at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

A single mother, MsTerryMete quit her job as a substitute teacher to help the FBI track down Jan. 6 offenders, she told Raw Story.

She said she was promised $500 for each person she identified as assaulting an officer and $250 for each misdemeanor, but she said she only found out later that she wouldn’t get paid until an arrest was made.

From August 2021 through May 2023, she said, she made only $7,000 or $8,000, part of which she shared with other Jan. 6 researchers and part of which went to expenses such as a subscription to PimEyes, a facial recognition program.

By May 2023, MsTerryMete was fed up, and she dumped her designated FBI handler. She asked Sundberg for a new handler. Short of that, she offered to just hand off information about the hundreds of Jan. 6 attack suspects she had backlogged.

“Since I no longer have a handler (and I hope the old ones will be crediting me for my past work), I will need someone to work with to process the additional 220 IDs my community has been sitting on, waiting for your community to catch up,” MsTerryMete wrote to Sundberg.

“Hopefully, someone will be reaching out to be me soon, otherwise I’ll just start sending you all the evidence files,” she added.

MsTerryMete’s three emails to Sundberg in May 2023 went unreturned, she said.

The FBI Washington Field Office did not directly address a question from Raw Story about MsTerryMete’s efforts to speak with Sundberg.

But in a statement to Raw Story, the FBI Washington Field Office said the agency “remains committed to working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and law enforcement partners across the nation to identify, investigate, and prosecute those responsible for the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol.

“While it may appear no overt law enforcement action is being taken on some tips that have been submitted, tipsters should rest assured that the FBI is working diligently behind the scenes to follow all investigative leads to verify tips from the public and bring these criminals to justice,” the statement continues.

By July 2023, MsTerryMete and the leader of the Sedition Hunters team estimated that they had a combined 500 to 600 Jan. 6 suspect identifications backlogged between them.

But no one, from the FBI up to members of Congress, could be bothered, she said.


“Not a single person called me back,” she said. “No one. I couldn’t get the Democrat who represents my district to call me back. I literally bought a burner phone to call them safely and securely. I even called the FBI’s Boston Field Office. I said, ‘I broke with my handler. I still have this information. You guys are going to need this information. I need to transfer this information to you.’ No one called back.”




After receiving an email response from a scheduler for Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) on Sept. 11, 2023. reporting that the congressman wouldn’t be available “to schedule a meeting in the next couple months,” MsTerryMete fired off a follow-up email that brimmed with desperation and sarcasm.


“If January is the only time he has available to discuss the fact that the FBI has no central process to prioritize the remaining arrests of J6ers with 2 years left on the statute and there are currently uncharged violent J6ers roaming his congressional offices, while active naval intelligence officers are doxxing and harassing FBI agents, DOJ attorneys, and sedition hunters… then great… I’ll take it,” she wrote.


Michael Suchecki, Moulton’s press secretary, told Raw Story the congressman does not comment on scheduling matters.

Running Out of Time?

On Jan. 4 — two days before the third anniversary of the attack on the Capitol — Matthew Graves, the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, gave an hour-long press conference that was billed as a “progress report” on the investigation.

In many ways, Graves’ presentation showcased the government’s theory of the case writ large. It provided a narrative arc for how the attack was carried out, highlighting the most egregious acts of violence, and inventorying the weapons used by the rioters.


The press conference also provided Graves with an occasion to take a victory lap for the crowning achievement of the Jan. 6 investigations — seditious conspiracy convictions obtained against leaders of the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, the two militant groups that provided the engine for the attack.

Graves’ press conference opened with a request for “the public’s continued assistance.” The government was particularly interested, Graves said, in “the roughly 80 still unidentified individuals who are believed to have committed acts of violence against law enforcement officers.”

Graves promised: “Today, we will post a list of individuals most wanted by the FBI for violence at the Capitol, calling for any help the public can provide in identifying them.”

“Where is that list?” the draft letter from the sedition hunters asks. “If it was provided on January 4, 2024 it must not have been circulated very publicly because we still have not seen one.”

Asked about the list referenced in Graves’ remarks, Patricia Hartman, the spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, referred Raw Story to the FBI’s Most Wanted List, a working document that the agency has been building since shortly after the Jan. 6 attack.

The FBI Most Wanted list includes 216 profiles suspected of assaults on law enforcement and media who have not been arrested. Sedition hunters claim to have sent the names of at least 19 of those suspects to the FBI, based on a review by Raw Story.

When the U.S. Attorney’s Office issued its annual report on progress made in the Jan. 6 investigation requesting public assistance to identify four of the subjects, sedition hunters reacted with ridicule, noting that they had already provided the names of three of the men to the FBI.



“One of the problems right now is some of the information that we’re providing to the FBI doesn’t appear to be getting acted on in a timely manner,” the sedition hunter responsible for authoring the letter told Raw Story. “That spans from adding profiles to their Most Wanted list to making arrests.”






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The head of the justice department's election threats taskforce, John D Keller, speaks as FBI Phoenix field office special agent in charge, Akil Davis, listens during a press conference in Phoenix, Arizona.


Shortly before midnight on 14 February 2021, James Clark tapped out a message on his home computer in Yarmouth, Massachusetts, that would change his own life and shatter the peace of mind of several others.

Clark, then 38, was surfing the internet having been drinking and taking drugs. Social media platforms were overflowing with heated debate around Donald Trump’s false claim that the 2020 presidential election had been stolen from him.

Five days earlier, Trump’s second impeachment trial had opened over his alleged incitement of the insurrection at the US Capitol. Over in the battleground state of Arizona the online debate was especially raucous, with conspiracy theories raging that the vote count had been rigged.

Though Clark lived 2,700 miles away from Phoenix, the Arizona capital, he felt driven to intervene. He found the contact page of the state’s top election official and typed: “Your attorney general needs to resign by Tuesday February 16th by 9am or the explosive device impacted in her personal space will be detonated.”

Then he signed the message “Donny Dee”, and hit send.

Clark’s bomb threat was discovered two days later, with instant seismic effect. Terrified staff fled from the state executive office building, sniffer dogs scoured several floors, and top state officials had to shelter in place.




Four months after the panic at the Arizona executive building, the US Department of Justice circulated a memo to all federal prosecutors and FBI agents. There had been a “significant increase in the threat of violence against Americans who administer free and fair elections”, the memo said.

The increase in threats amounted to “a threat to democracy. We will promptly and vigorously prosecute offenders.”

The memo announced the formation of a new unit within the justice department, the election threats taskforce. Its job was to respond to a phenomenon that had barely existed before Trump unleashed his 2020 stolen election lie – violent and abusive messages, including death threats, specifically targeting election officials and their families.

The taskforce was devised as a crack multi-disciplinary team bringing together experts from across the justice department and linking them with local FBI and US attorney offices. Its mission: to protect election officials from the intimidation let loose by Trump, by coming down hard on perpetrators.

As the November presidential election fast approaches, the taskforce faces its greatest challenge. With Trump back on the ballot, and with swing states such as Arizona continuing to be roiled by election denial, the federal unit is at the frontlines of what promises to be a combustible election year.

Much is riding on it. The Brennan Center, a non-partisan law and policy institute, has estimated that since 2020, three election officials have quit their jobs on average every two days – that’s equivalent to about one in five of those who run US elections nationwide bowing out in the face of toxic hostility.

“What the election threats taskforce does this year is going to be critical,” said Lawrence Norden, senior director of the Brennan Center’s elections and government program. “They have the biggest megaphone, and they need to use it to make clear that threats of violence against election workers are illegal and will not be tolerated.”

Day-to-day efforts of the taskforce are headed by John Keller, principal deputy chief of the public integrity section of the justice department’s criminal division. As the election year gets under way, his team is preparing itself for whatever lies ahead amid a collapse of confidence among some sections of American society in election results – and by extension, election workers – which Keller described as “incredibly concerning”.



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“Any criminal threat to an election official that seeks to intimidate them, or change their behavior or how they perform their critical functions, is a significant problem,” he told the Guardian. “The election community in the current climate feels attacked, they are scared, and the department recognizes that.”

As part of those preparations, the election threats taskforce is stepping up its contact with election administrators from coast to coast. Since its inception, the team has held more than 100 trainings and engagements with election officials and regional prosecutors to share knowledge on how to deal with hostile attacks.

Over the next eight months the taskforce will continue to hold a series of tabletop exercises in which federal experts and their regional partners role-play responses to possible worst-case scenarios, from serious death threats aimed at election administrators to bomb threats against polling places or other election infrastructure.


Similar war games will act out what would happen in the event of a cybersecurity attack or attempt to bring down the power grid on election day.

At the core of the taskforce’s operations are criminal prosecutions of the most serious threats against election staff and volunteers. In almost three years, the unit has prosecuted 16 cases involving 18 defendants, two of whom are women.

Ten perpetrators have so far been sentenced, with punishments ranging from 30 days to 3.5 years in prison. A further three people have pleaded guilty, and five have been charged and are awaiting plea deals or trials.

Clark was sentenced to 3.5 years’ imprisonment earlier this month for his Arizona bomb threat. At his sentencing hearing in federal district court in Phoenix, a prosecutor from the election threats taskforce requested a strong deterrent punishment, pointing out that within minutes of sending his threat Clark had searched online for information on “how to kill” the then secretary of state.

Arizona is the ground zero of election threats, accounting for seven of the taskforce’s 16 prosecutions. On Monday Joshua Russell was sentenced to 30 months in prison in federal court in Phoenix for leaving a series of voicemails in 2022 for Katie Hobbs, the current Democratic governor of Arizona who was then acting as secretary of state.

One of the striking features of the taskforce is the relatively few cases it has prosecuted compared with the mountain of hostile communications that has been dumped on the election community in the Trump era. In its early stages, the unit invited election offices around the country to forward all the offensive material to its Washington headquarters and was inundated with thousands of obscene, abusive and hostile messages.

But when it pored over the reports it found that up to 95% of them failed to meet the threshold for conducting even a criminal investigation, let alone prosecution.


That standard was set by the US supreme court in the 2003 ruling Virginia v Black, which weighed the need to shield public servants from criminal threats of violence against the robust protections for political speech under the first amendment of the US constitution.

The court’s conclusion was that for a communication to be a crime it has to be a “true threat”. The justices defined that as a “serious expression of an intent to commit an act of unlawful violence”.

Most of the messages reviewed by the taskforce were distressing and inappropriate, certainly, but in its analysis fell short of that criminal bar. They were indirect rather than direct, implicit rather than explicit, ambiguous and aspirational rather than an active statement of intent to carry out illegal violence.

“The difference between what is criminally actionable, and what feels like a threat to an election administrator on the ground, is an inherent problem in this space. What is potentially actionable is closer to dozens of cases, compared with the thousands of hostile communications we have received,” Keller said.

Despite the legal complexities of a “true threat”, some at the receiving end of the vitriol are calling for more urgent action. Adrian Fontes, Arizona’s current secretary of state whose office has been the target of several of the most serious threats, told the Guardian that in his view it was taking “monstrously long” for federal prosecutors to secure sentences.

He called for an increase in penalties, and a broadening of the scope of what constitutes a criminal threat against election officials. “I don’t know that the federal bureaucracy has been nimble enough. They’re not treating it like the domestic terrorism that it is,” he said.

Bill Gates, a Republican supervisor with Arizona’s largest constituency, Maricopa county which covers Phoenix, is quitting his job as a top election administrator after the November election in part because of the terrifying threats he and his family have suffered. He also called on the taskforce to step up the intensity of its operations at this critical moment.

“I’m grateful for what they’ve done, but we feel like they could do more,” he said. “We all feel that the January 6 prosecutions [over the attack on the US Capitol] have been very aggressive and well-publicized, and we’d like to see the same level when it comes to threats against election workers.”

The taskforce said that the 12- to 24-month gestation period for its election threats prosecutions was similar to any other federal case, from violent crime to fraud. Keller agreed though that deterrence was vital.





Bill Gates, chair of Maricopa’s board of supervisors, speaks to the media. He is quitting his job in part because of threats to him and his family.


“The deterrent value of the cases is critical. Like most things in most spaces, I’m sure that we could do more and do better, and we are trying to come up with new ways to attract more attention to this work to maximize that deterrent impact,” he said.

It’s not just legal constraints that affect the number and speed of prosecutions, there are other technical hurdles that the taskforce has to negotiate. Identifying perpetrators who disguise themselves by using foreign internet service providers or burner phones can be a challenge, and subpoenas seeking the information from companies such as Facebook and Twitter or Verizon and AT&T usually take six to eight weeks.

Against such impediments, the taskforce is hoping to build up resilience against the anti-democratic onslaught by improving communications between the central justice department and the FBI’s 56 field offices and 94 US attorney’s offices around the country. Each FBI office has an election crime coordinator, working in tandem with the taskforce’s election community liaison officer.

The network has been used to share information about how to deal with growing problems such as swatting – hoax calls to 911 reporting crimes or fires at public officials’ homes. Lists are being compiled of potential swatting targets in sensitive areas like Maricopa county so that officers are aware that the emergency calls may be false as soon as they come in.

Norden of the Brennan Center said that as the election year hots up, relationships between beleaguered local election workers and the powerful federal hub will become ever more important.


“The taskforce’s presence lets election officials know the federal government has their backs. That’s essential, because a lot of them, particularly in the immediate aftermath, felt kind of abandoned.”



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Republicans appeal that a federal law, which makes it a crime to "corruptly obstruct an official proceeding," cannot be applied to the attack on the Capitol.


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The U.S. Supreme Court is to hear a challenge Tuesday to the use of a law behind one of the charges lodged against former president Donald Trump and hundreds of his supporters who took part in the January 2021 attack on the Capitol.

Special Counsel Jack Smith has slapped the 77-year-old Trump with four federal felony charges in Washington related to efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election he lost to Democrat Joe Biden.



The 77-year-old Republican presidential candidate is charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding and conspiracy to deny Americans the right to vote and to have their votes counted.

He is also charged with obstruction of an official proceeding -- the January 6, 2021 joint session of Congress held to certify Biden's victory.

Joseph Fischer, a former police officer, is among hundreds of Trump supporters facing or convicted of the same obstruction charge and is seeking to have it dismissed, which could have a knock-on effect for all of the cases -- including Trump's.

A federal district court judge, a Trump appointee, agreed to throw out Fischer's obstruction charge on the grounds that the law was intended to prosecute financial crimes following the Enron scandal and did not apply to his conduct on January 6.

That ruling was reversed by an appeals court in a 2-1 decision.


Now the Supreme Court -- which has a 6-3 conservative majority, including three justices nominated by Trump -- will hear Fischer's appeal.


The nation's highest court is expected to issue a ruling by the end of its term in June or in early July -- around four months before the November 5 presidential election in which Trump is expected to face Biden again.

- Immunity Claim -


Trump's trial on the election interference charges had been scheduled to begin on March 4 but is currently on hold pending a Supreme Court examination of Trump's claim that as a former president, he is immune from criminal prosecution.

The Supreme Court is to hear arguments on the immunity claim, which has been dismissed by two lower courts, on April 25 and issue a ruling by the end of its term.

A conviction for obstruction of an official proceeding carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

There are four criminal cases hanging over Trump as he seeks to recapture the White House, and jury selection began in New York on Monday in the first criminal trial of a former president.

In that case, Trump is accused of falsifying business records in a pre-2016 election scheme to cover up an alleged sexual encounter with adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

Trump additionally faces federal charges for alleged mishandling of top-secret documents after he left the White House and has been indicted for racketeering in Georgia on accusations that he tried to overturn the 2020 election results in the southern state.

Trump's lawyers have sought repeatedly to delay his various court cases until after the November election, when he could potentially have the federal charges against him dropped if he wins.


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Republican justices on the U.S. Supreme Court appeared skeptical of a law used to prosecute over 300 January 6 defendants, and Donald Trump, as they heard oral arguments Tuesday.


"A decision rejecting the government’s interpretation of the law could not only disrupt those prosecutions but also eliminate two of the federal charges against former President Donald J. Trump in the case accusing him of plotting to subvert the 2020 election," The New York Times reports.

"January 6 insurrectionists had a great day in the Supreme Court today," Vox's Ian Millhiser reported. "Most of the justices seem to want to make it harder to prosecute January 6 rioters."

Millhiser on social media put it this way: "On Monday, the Supreme Court effectively eliminated the right to hold a Black Lives Matter protest in three US states. On Tuesday, the same justices were very, very afraid that January 6 insurrectionists are being treated unfairly."

Right-wing justices on the Supreme Court suggested the law, which makes it a crime to obstruct an official proceeding, could be used too broadly.


"Would a sit-in that disrupts a trial or access to a federal courthouse qualify?" Justice Neil Gorsuch asked, as NBC News reported. "Would a heckler in today's audience qualify, or at the State of the Union address? Would pulling a fire alarm before a vote, qualify for 20 years in federal prison?"






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Some legal experts appeared stunned and disappointed by the right-wing justices' remarks.

"In oral argument today, Justice [Clarence] Thomas is minimizing the severity of the 1/6 insurrection at the Capitol. Perhaps that's because his wife was part of the conspiracy. What a disgrace that he's sitting on this case," attorney and frequent CNN guest Jeffrey Toobin commented.

"The text of the obstruction law the Supreme Court is considering today pretty clearly applies to January 6 defendants. Will the purportedly textualist conservative majority, as in Trump v. Anderson, once again bypass text to avoid accountability for Trump and his supporters?" asked former federal corruption prosecutor Noah Bookbinder, who is now president of the government watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).

"Supreme Court expressed concern that Jan 6 prosecutions could chill violent insurrections against democracy," wrote Scott Shapiro, a Yale Law School professor of law and professor of philosophy.

Elie Mystal, The Nation's justice correspondent, did not hold back.

"The six conservative justices are absolutely trying to figure out how to throw out the obstruction charges against their cousins and wives and pledge brothers who attacked the Capitol on January 6," he wrote.

Similar to Millhiser's comparison, Mystal remarked, "If you think that trash you just heard from the Supreme Court about protecting J6 rioters will *ever* be applied to peaceful Black protesters, think again."







Did SCOTUS Make Protesting Illegal Ahead Of 2024 Election?

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Michael Fanone, a Medically Retired Washington, D.C. Police Officer Who Suffered Life-Threatening Injuries During The Jan. 6 Attack on The U.S. Capitol, Condemned TRUMP Friday For Celebrating The Rioters as He Seeks a Second Term in Office.


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The cop appeared Friday on MSNBC to discuss the former presidents' claim of absolute immunity that's under consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court.

He blasted the arguments from Trumps' attorney and questions asked by the conservative justices as infuriating.

"It was pretty difficult listening to the Supreme Court justices debate this in the abstract, having experienced so much of the end result of the president's conduct firsthand," Fanone said.



"Where is the urgency to address the matter at hand, the former president's conduct? I mean, the other thing that struck me is I'm less concerned with what the inevitable outcome is. I'm not a legal scholar and, frankly, I don't have a clue, but why has it taken so long to get here?

It's three and a half years after the American people witnessed firsthand, you know, what Donald Trump's supporters did, inspired by his lies, in a scheme, this elector scheme to subvert democracy, when they stormed the Capitol and beat the hell out of police officers.

"You know, why did it take that effort — why did we need a congressional select committee to investigate this and spoon-feed the American people probable cause, spoon-feed [Attorney General] Merrick Garland probable cause before the Department of Justice would get its act together and pursue criminal charges against the former president?"

"All of these missteps and mishandling of this conduct has resulted in, you know, what we all now, I think, have come to accept, which is this effort may be too little and too late," Fanone added.

"The American people will not see a criminal trial in which this conduct is laid to bear for all Americans, so that we can fully appreciate and understand and make a decision come November in the election."

Multiple witnesses have testified that Trump ignored family members and advisers who implored him to call off the Capitol rioters, and he has more recently celebrated them on the campaign trail and suggested he would pardon them if re-elected.

"I think you know me well enough that you can only imagine what my reaction is," Fanone said. "Listen, Donald Trump is sick, he is a sick individual, and the idea that he would align himself with criminals who attacked and assaulted law enforcement officers who were only there doing their job, it's sick. Anybody who would support that is equally demented."





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Movies Capitol RIOT: Steve Bannon Faces Jail After FED Appeals Court Upheld Conviction

Steve Bannon May Face Jail Time After FED Appeals Court Decision

Steve Bannons' contempt of Congress conviction upheld by appeals court

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Bannons' four-month jail sentence had been on hold pending appeal.



A federal appeals court upheld the criminal conviction of ex-Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon for defying a subpoena from the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.





Bannon was sentenced to four months in prison for contempt in October 2022, but U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols agreed to postpone the jail term while Bannon appealed the decision.

"We conclude that none of the information sought in the trial subpoenas was relevant to the elements of the contempt offense, nor to any affirmative defense Bannon was entitled to present at trial," the three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals said in its opinion Friday.

"The judgment of conviction and sentence [is] affirmed," the judges concluded.

Former Trump White House adviser Peter Navarro is currently serving a four-month sentence in prison after he was convicted of two counts of contempt of Congress.

Prosecutors had been seeking a six-month sentence for Bannon, though he could've faced up to two years in prison.






Bannon was also ordered to pay a $6,500 fine, much less than the $200,000 the government had been seeking.




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Movies Capitol RIOT: GOP Release of NEW Jan. 6 Footage BLOWS Up Their Biggest LIE

'Did NOT Happen': GOP Release of NEW Jan. 6 Footage BLOWS Up Their Biggest LIE:

Yet another FALSE claim by Trump supporters in defense of the January 6 rioters has been blown to pieces after House Republicans released their latest batch of footage of the attack on the U.S. Capitol


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Specifically, Dupree wrote, the footage puts the lie to the assertion that police at the Capitol stood by and opened the doors to let the rioters in — a claim that is often used as evidence that the whole event was somehow an entrapment operation to trick Trump supporters into committing acts of violence.




"Courtesy of House Republicans, I went to watch 3 more hours of Jan. 6 security tapes from the Capitol today," wrote Dupree in a post on X. "The tapes show the biggest lie about Jan. 6 is that the cops 'opened the doors' to let Trump supporters in. That did not happen."

The footage in Dupree's post showed police trying to hold the line and prevent the mob from bursting in through several doors at the Capitol, often being overpowered by a flood of people rushing them. At no point in the footage did police stand aside or open doors to allow people in.




Ever since the Capitol attack, which led to widespread injuries among officers, millions of dollars in damage throughout the building, and jeopardized the safety of members of Congress certifying the electoral count, defenders of the participants have pushed a number of false claims, including that none of them were armed — which was swiftly debunked as several were arrested on various weapons charges.


In recent months, House Republicans have released thousands of hours of raw security footage of the January 6 attack. This marks a reversal from a previous assertion by House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) that the footage couldn't be released unaltered because those who participated in the attack could be "retaliated against," which led to widespread outrage.





All that lead to the attack on January 6, 2021.




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Angry Capitol: TRUMP Returns to Scene of The Crime & Wants His Face on Mt. Rushmore

TRUMP Wants His Face on Mt. Rushmore PLUS His Idea of Eliminating Federal Income Tax

TRUMP Serenaded by Republicans on First Visit to Capitol Since January 6


GOPs Sing Happy Birthday to TRUMP 78 on Friday, Who Called Convention Host Milwaukee Horrible


Pelosi condemned Trump: ‘Returning to the scene of the crime’


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A convicted felon next to Abraham Lincoln at Mount Rushmore? It could happen if former President Donald Trump eliminates the federal income tax, an idea he reportedly floated Thursday.



Trump floated the radical idea of an “all tariff policy” that would lead to the elimination of the federal income tax, reporter Emily Wilkins reported on X.

"Also discussed using tariffs to leverage negotiating power over bad actors, per another person in the room," Wilkins tweeted.

Democrats quickly seized on the reporting, saying the former president's idea helps the rich.

"Donald Trump wants to completely eliminate income taxes on the wealthy and replace them with what would effectively be enormous new taxes on working families," Rep. Don Beyer wrote in response to Wilkins. "The rich pay far less, working people pay far more."


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Trump went to the US Capitol to rally congressional Republicans in his first visit since 6 January 2021, when his supporters descended on the building in an effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election result in Trump’s favour.



A packed room full of House Republicans sang Happy Birthday to Trump, who turns 78 on Friday.

Reports emerging from the meeting attributed radical policy proposals and a variety of freewheeling comments across a range of topics to the former president, including a description of Milwaukee – which will host next month’s Republican national convention at which Trump’s nomination will be made official – as a “horrible city”.

The comment could be politically awkward given Milwaukee was chosen because Wisconsin, the state in which it sits, is expected to be a key battleground in November’s election.

Trump also reportedly raised the idea of imposing an “all-tariff policy” that would eventually replace income tax, according to CNBC.

The proposal suggested that Trump – who raised import tariffs during his presidency, at one point triggering a trade war with China – was contemplating a vastly more protective regime if he wins re-election.

Mainstream economists condemned it as unworkable. “Broadly substituting tariffs for income tax is a sure way to hit hard low and middle income Americans and reward [the] top,” David Kamin, a professor at New York University law school and former member of the Biden and Obama administrations, wrote on X.

Trump also reportedly urged the party to talk “correctly” about abortion – reflecting a concern that the issue could be a major vote-winner for Democrats following the US supreme court’s decision in 2022 to overturn Roe v Wade, which had guaranteed the constitutional right to an abortion.

The matter should be left to the states to decide rather than subject to a nationwide ban, said Trump – who has repeatedly claimed credit for the annulment of Roe v Wade. He added that he supported exceptions to restrictions in the case of rape, incest or threats to the life of the mother.

In a bizarre digression, the president revisited his long-running feud with Nancy Pelosi, the former Democratic House speaker. He cited one of Pelosi’s four daughters – whom he described as “a wacko” – as saying he and Pelosi could have been “perfect together” in different circumstances.

He did not name the daughter and expressed reservations over his difference with Pelosi, who is 84.

One of Pelosi’s daughters, Christine, responded on X: “Speaking for all 4 Pelosi daughters – this is a LIE. His deceitful, deranged obsession with our mother is yet another reason Donald Trump is unwell, unhinged and unfit to step foot anywhere near her – or the White House.”

The high-profile meeting was meant to set out Trump’s priorities for a second presidency, but is also expected to see him demand that the GOP further intensify efforts to overturn a recent conviction by a New York court on felony charges.

Before the meeting, anti-Trump and pro-Palestinian protesters were seen gathering outside the Capitol Hill Club. One sign visible from one protester read: “No one is above the law.” Some protesters implored Republicans entering the meeting to not “drink the Kool-Aid”.

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Movies Capitol: Supreme Court Delivers WIN to Cult of a Thug MAGA Rioters

Supreme Court Delivers WIN to Cult of a Thug MAGA Rioters Charged With Obstructing An Official Proceeding

Supreme Court rules in favour of Jan 6 rioter challenging obstruction charge


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The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday issued a ruling that could upend hundreds of January 6th-related cases.

In the ruling, the court ordered that prosecutors who charged rioters with obstructing or impeding an official proceeding must show that they tampered with physical evidence in order to meet the criteria met by the statute.



The vote was 6-3, with Justice Amy Coney Barrett dissenting, joined by Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.



In the explainer, SCOTUS Blog wrote, "The court holds that to prove a violation of the law, the government must show that the defendant impaired the availability or integrity for use in an official proceeding of records, documents, objects, or other things used in an official proceeding, or attempted to do so."

About 27 individuals are still in prison today and they could be released today because they haven't served their full charge


The case the court was deciding involved Joseph Fischer, an off-duty Pennsylvania police officer who entered the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 and was charged with obstruction of an official proceeding. It's the same crime many other Jan .6 defendants have been charged.

Fischer, Edward Lang, and Garret Miller were indicted for their role in the riot. They were charged with "assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers and misdemeanor offenses of disorderly conduct," the indictment read. All of the charges were involved in the broader attempt to obstruct a congressional proceeding.

But Fischer's lawyers argued before that Supreme Court that the obstruction of a congressional proceedings charge should be thrown out because the law that he was charged with violating was only intended to apply to evidence tampering.

The decision will have major impact on Jack Smith's election interference case against Donald Trump, who is charged with the same crime.

A lower court agreed with him, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C. reversed it and it was ultimately sent to the Supreme Court.

"Some justices expressed concerns that the government’s interpretation of the law could sweep in too much conduct, while others appeared to agree with the government that the law was intended as a 'catchall' provision to cover all kinds of conduct," SCOTUSBlog said.

"And still others appeared to propose a narrower reading of the statute that would still allow the charge against Fischer to stand."





About 300 cases for Jan. 6 attackers will be impacted by the decision.




MORE; Trump Shouldn't Celebrate Supreme Court's Jan. 6-Related Ruling Just Yet:






'Big news!' Trump celebrates Supreme Court's shock Jan. 6 ruling

'Huge and Ominous': Experts decry Supreme Court's Jan. 6 ruling as MAGA celebrates





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