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July 24, 2022

Steve Bannon Convicted on Contempt Charges

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Steve Bannon has been convicted of two counts of contempt of Congress for failing to comply with a subpoena from the Jan. 6 committee.

Bannon, who previously served as former President Donald Trump’s campaign CEO and White House adviser, faces up to one year in jail for each count.

According to a report, the federal jury reached a verdict after deliberating for less than three hours.

Prosecutors had argued that the case was “not complicated, but it is important.”

“When it came down to it, he did not want to recognize Congress’s authority or play by the government’s rules,” said assistant U.S. attorney Molly Gaston during her closing argument.

The committee’s subpoena, issued September 23, 2021, ordered Bannon to supply documents by October 7, 2021, and appear for a deposition on October 14, 2021.

Robert Costello, Bannon’s lawyer, had informed the committee that his client wouldn’t be complying because Trump had asserted executive privilege. Costello had also cited an ongoing civil case between Trump and the Jan. 6 committee.

Bannon’s sentencing is scheduled for October 21.

July 23, 2022

Trump Rails Against “Disloyal Sleaze Bag” Mitch McConnell

Former President Donald Trump slammed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), calling him a “disloyal sleaze bag.”

“Is this the same Mitch McConnell who was losing big in Kentucky, and came to the White House to BEG me for an Endorsement and help? Without me he would have lost in a landslide. A disloyal sleaze bag!” Trump wrote in a post on Truth Social.

The post came after the House Jan. 6 committee played a video clip of McConnell’s speech during Trump’s second impeachment trial, in which he blamed the former president for inciting the riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Trump railed against several others connected to the Jan. 6 trial on Thursday night, including Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), who he called a “sanctimonious loser.”

Liz Cheney is a sanctimonious loser. The Great State of Wyoming is wise to her. Why not show the tapes, or interview, those that, with evidence, challenge the election?” he wrote on Truth Social.

Trump addressed CNN’s Jake Tapper, decrying him as “biased and pathetic.”

“Fake Tapper of CNN is so biased and pathetic,” Trump said. “No wonder CNN’s ratings are at an all time low! P.S. Almost all Trump Endorsed candidates have won, or are winning!”

The former president lamented the situation and the state of the country.

“I had an election Rigged and Stolen from me, and our Country. The USA is going to Hell. Am I supposed to be happy?” Trump wrote.

@realDonaldTrump on Truth Social
July 18, 2022

AOC Says Capitol Officers Were “Opening the Doors” for Jan. 6 Rioters

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) railed against the U.S. Capitol Police for failing to impede the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, alleging that some officers were “sympathetic” to the participants.

Ocasio-Cortez told a reporter that authorities never “got to the bottom” on officers who were “opening the doors” for the rioters.

“…And that there were actual officers working with this? And we never got to the bottom of that, and we never got any answers about that? And to this day, we’re just supposed to pretend that that never happened?” Ocasio-Cortez is heard saying in the video.

“I have no idea what happened to the people on the inside, who were very clearly sympathetic with what was going on and opening doors wide open for that, and I’m supposed to sit here and pretend like none of that ever happened?”

The congresswoman continued, saying: “And then right afterward, you have a massive, you know, you just have this idea that throwing money at that problem is going to make it go away without any accountability.”

“And so this is, this is where these things are breaking down. We’re not safe. And it’s not just about members of Congress not being safe. The food staff workers aren’t safe. the janitors aren’t safe — like, we need to get to the bottom of this.”

Ocasio-Cortez later reiterated her opinion on Twitter.

“Remember how there was tons of footage and evidence of officers & others inside on 1/6 supporting insurrectionists, but then everyone decided it was too politically risky to investigate thoroughly so they brushed under the rug and now we still have no idea who or what is safe?” she tweeted.

Steve Cortes, former advisor to the Trump campaign, called for the release of Capitol security footage in response to Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks.

“Wait, so AOC says Capitol Police did, in fact, invite protestors into the building? One way to get to resolve all such issues? Release the tapes. All of them,” he tweeted.

July 1, 2022

Secret Service Cries Foul on WH Aide’s Bogus Story: Report

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Secret Service agents are willing to testify that former President Donald Trump did not try to lunge at them or grab the steering wheel as agents were driving on Jan. 6, 2021, according to multiple reports.

“A source close to the Secret Service tells me both Bobby Engel, the lead agent, and the presidential limousine/SUV driver are prepared to testify under oath that neither man was assaulted and that Mr. Trump never lunged for the steering wheel,” said Peter Alexander, the chief White House correspondent for NBC News.

The Washington Post reported that three Secret Service agents who accompanied Trump dispute that he assaulted or grabbed his security detail or for the steering wheel, according to one current and one former law enforcement official.

A source close to the Secret Service told CBS News that the driver and Robert Engel are prepared to testify under oath that Trump did not lunge at the steering wheel or verbally or physically assault them.

Anthony Guglielmi, a spokesperson for the Secret Service, told Politico that the select committee did not ask Secret Service personnel to reappear at the hearing or answer any questions.

“[W]e were not asked to reappear before the Committee in response to yesterday’s new information, and we plan on formally responding on the record,” Guglielmi told the outlet in a statement. “We have and will continue to make any member of the Secret Service available.”

Attorneys for former Trump White House Aide Cassidy Hutchinson issued a statement defending her testimony.

“Ms. Hutchinson stands by all of the testimony she provided yesterday, under oath, to the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol,” said Jody Hunt and William Jordan of Alston Bird.

June 30, 2022

Former White House Aide Gives Explosive Testimony

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A former White House aide gave an explosive testimony wherein she claimed then-President Donald Trump lunged at his security detail and tried to grab the steering wheel of the presidential vehicle after he was told he couldn’t join his supporters at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Cassidy Hutchinson, who served as an aide to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, told the House Jan. 6 panel that Secret Service agent Bobby Engel told Trump that they weren’t going to the Capitol because it wasn’t secure, “the president had a very strong and very angry response to that.”

Hutchinson said the then-deputy chief of staff Tony Ornato described Trump “as being irate. The president said something to the effect of, ‘I’m the f—— president, take me up to the Capitol now.'”

“[Engel] said, ‘Sir, we have to go back to the West Wing,’” Hutchinson continued. “The president reached up towards the front of the vehicle to grab at the steering wheel. Mr. Engel grabbed his arm and said, ‘Sir, you need to take your hand off the steering wheel. We’re going back to the West Wing. We’re not going to the Capitol.’” 

“Trump then used his free hand to lunge at Bobby Engel,” Hutchinson said.

However, Trump denied Hutchinson’s allegation in a statement.

“Her Fake story that I tried to grab the steering wheel of the White House Limousine in order to steer it to the Capitol Building is ‘sick’ and fraudulent, very much like the Unselect Committee itself – Wouldn’t even have been possible to do such a ridiculous thing,” Trump said.

June 22, 2022

Trump on the Jan 6 Panel’s Biggest Problem

Former President Donald Trump recently said it was a bad decision for there not to be any Republican representation on the House committee investigating Jan. 6.

“Unfortunately, a bad decision was made,” Trump told conservative radio host Wayne Allyn Root. “It was a bad decision not to have representation on that committee.”

“That was a very, very foolish decision because they try to pretend like they’re legit, and only when you get into the inner workings, you say, ‘What kind of a thing is this?'” he continued.

“It’s just a one-sided witch hunt.”

Republican Reps. Liz Cheney (WY) and Adam Kinzinger (IL) are the only GOP members on the panel, but they have been labeled as RINOs by Trump and his supporters.

“We have no representation on this panel. We should have, certainly, some Republicans — real Republicans,” Trump said in the interview.

“It’s a terrible thing when you look at it. It’s a totally one-sided kangaroo court,” he said, adding: “In a way, the Republicans should be ashamed of themselves.”

June 12, 2022

Democrats Capitalize on Jan 6 Hearing

Democrats are utilizing the Jan. 6 committee hearings “to juice small-dollar donor enthusiasm,” according to a report.

Party committees like the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) have sent out several ads and emails about the televised hearings.

“Jan. 6 panel announces eight hearings to be held in June,” one DSCC email subject line read — even though the panel hasn’t said how many it will hold. The email “polled” recipients about whether they’d watch the hearings, then directed them to a fundraising page.

Democratic super PAC American Bridge has sent more than 70 fundraising emails including the terms “Jan. 6” or “insurrection” over the past month, according to data from the Defending Democracy Together Institute.

“The primary purpose of it is going to be fundraising for a lot of the Democratic Party institutions and establishments,” said Murshed Zaheed, a Democratic strategist.

“It’s unclear how much of it to actually move the needle in holding Trump accountable,” Zaheed said, adding that it will “give lots of content for the email programs.”

June 12, 2022

What Did Trump Have To Say About the Jan 6 Hearing?

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Former President Donald Trump responded to the House Jan. 6 committee’s televised hearing via his Truth Social platform.

“So the Unselect Committee of political HACKS refuses to play any of the many positive witnesses and statements, refuses to talk of the Election Fraud and Irregularities that took place on a massive scale,” Trump wrote.

“Our Country is in such trouble!”

Trump also addressed his daughter, Ivanka Trump, after a video clip of her testimony showed that she accepted former Attorney General William Barr’s assertion that the 2020 presidential election wasn’t fraudulent.

“Ivanka Trump was not involved in looking at, or studying, Election results. She had long since checked out and was, in my opinion, only trying to be respectful to Bill Barr and his position as Attorney General (he sucked!),” Trump wrote.

June 11, 2022

5 Noteworthy Moments from Jan 6 Hearing

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The House select committee investigating Jan. 6 has wrapped up its first televised prime-time hearing. Here are five of the most noteworthy moments from the nearly two-hour broadcast.

Liz Cheney’s remarks

Only two of the panel’s nine members spoke during the first hearing, but multiple outlets noted Rep. Liz Cheney’s (R-WY) damning remarks in particular.

“In our country, we don’t swear an oath to an individual or a political party,” Cheney said. “We take our oath to defend the United States Constitution. And that oath must mean something. Tonight, I say this to my Republican colleagues who are defending the indefensible: There will come a day when Donald Trump is gone, but your dishonor will remain.”

Capitol Police officer describes “slipping in people’s blood”

U.S. Capitol Police officer Caroline Edwards described her experience defending the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in graphic detail.

Edwards said she was “slipping in people’s blood” during the “carnage” and “chaos” that day.

Remarks from Ivanka Trump, William Barr

The panel showed clips from the videotaped testimonies of former Attorney General William Barr and Ivanka Trump, the former president’s daughter.

Barr said there was “absolutely zero basis for the allegations” that the 2020 presidential election was stolen and that Trump’s claims were “complete nonsense.”

Ivanka Trump said she accepted that her father had lost the election.

“I respect Attorney General Barr, so I accepted what he was saying,” she said, referring to Barr’s assertion about the election results.

Panel claims “substantial evidence” shows that Trump galvanized Proud Boys

Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) said the committee “obtained substantial evidence showing that the president’s Dec. 19 tweet, calling his followers to D.C. on Jan. 6, energized individuals from the Proud Boys and other extremist groups.”

Harrowing new footage of the Capitol riot

The first half of the hearing ended with a nearly 10-minute compilation of video footage from Jan. 6, 2021.

“The chaos and pain of the scenes were undeniable,” The Hill reported.

You can watch the video in full below:

June 9, 2022

Poll: Fewer Americans Believe This Claim About Trump

Fewer Americans believe that former President Donald Trump was responsible for the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot, according to a recent NBC News poll.

In January 2021, 52 percent of respondents said Trump was responsible. In the latest poll, that number dropped to 45 percent.

Of the 45 percent, roughly 17 percent of participants said Trump is solely responsible, while 28 percent say he is mainly responsible.

Conversely, the percentage of Americans who say Trump was “not really” responsible for the incident increased to 35 percent — compared to 29 percent in January 2021.

The recent NBC News poll was conducted from May 5 to May 7 and May 9 to May 10 among 1,000 U.S. adults. The margin of error is 3 percentage points.

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