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October 18, 2022

DOJ Recommends 6-Month Sentence for Steve Bannon

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The Department of Justice says that Steve Bannon serve a six-month prison sentence and pay a $200,000 fine for failing to comply with a congressional subpoena from the House committee investigating Jan. 6, 2021.

Federal prosecutors say that Bannon, who served as the White House’s chief strategist under former President Donald Trump, “pursued a bad-faith strategy of defiance and contempt” and undermined the committee’s investigation.

“By flouting the Select Committee’s subpoena and its authority, the Defendant exacerbated that assault,” prosecutors wrote in court documents.

The federal attorneys allege that Bannon’s “contempt was not aimed at protecting executive privilege or the Constitution, rather it was aimed at undermining the Committee’s efforts to investigate an historic attack on government.”

“To this day, he continues to unlawfully withhold documents and testimony that stand to help the Committee’s authorized investigation to get to the bottom of what led to January 6 and ascertain what steps must be taken to ensure that it never happens again. That cannot be tolerated,” they wrote.

In July, Bannon was convicted on two counts of contempt of Congress for refusing to sit for a deposition or provide documents. His sentencing is set for Friday.


Source: AP

October 16, 2022

New Footage Shows Nancy Pelosi Vowed to “Punch” Trump on Jan. 6 [Video]

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A newly-released video recorded on Jan. 6, 2021, shows an enraged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) vow to “punch” out then-President Donald Trump if he marched on the U.S. Capitol.

The footage was recorded by documentary filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi, the House Speaker’s daughter.

“Tell him, if he comes here, we’re going to the White House,” Pelosi says with a laugh.

Pelosi’s chief of staff Terry McCullough then tells her that the Secret Service “dissuaded [Trump] from coming to Capitol Hill.”

“If he comes, I’m going to punch him out. I’ve been waiting for this,” Pelosi tells aides. “For trespassing on the Capitol grounds, I’m going to punch him out. And I’m going to go to jail, and I’m going to be happy.”

Ultimately, Trump did not march on the Capitol that day.

The footage, exclusively obtained by CNN, was aired after the House Jan. 6 committee’s hearing on Thursday.


Source: CNN

September 19, 2022

Woman Accused of Stealing Pelosi’s Laptop Granted Release to Attend Renaissance Faire — Again

The Pennsylvania woman accused of stealing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) laptop during the January 6 Capitol riot has been granted temporary release from her house arrest to attend a Renaissance Faire — for the second time.

When Riley Williams was released from jail last year, the judge ordered that she would only be able to leave home for work, court appearances, and a few other approved outings. Apparently, that includes the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire.

The judge granted the 25-year-old’s request to attend the faire last week, marking the second time Williams has gone to the event while serving home confinement. She was also allowed to go late last month.

“She is confined to her home 24/7 with exceptions. Every once in a while, if there is an activity that interests her, we ask if she can attend,” Lori Ulrich, Williams’ lawyer, told the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette.

Prosecutors say Williams bragged about stealing Pelosi’s laptop on the social media site Discord.

“I took Nancy Polesis [sic] hard drives. I don’t care. Kill me,” she allegedly wrote.


Sources: CBS News | NPR | Pittsburgh-Post Gazette

September 13, 2022

Elected Official Removed from Office Over Jan. 6

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A politician in New Mexico became the first elected official to be removed from office over their involvement in the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

State Judge Francis Mathew ruled that Couy Griffin be removed from his elected position as one of Otero County’s three county commissioners, citing a violation of a clause in the 14th Amendment by participating in an “insurrection” against the federal government. Mathew is the first judge to formally rule that Jan. 6, 2021, was an “insurrection.”

“Mr. Griffin’s crossing of barricades to approach the Capitol were overt acts in support of the insurrection, as Griffin’s presence closer to the Capitol building increased the insurrectionists’ intimidation by number,” the judge wrote in his ruling.

“Mr. Griffin aided the insurrection even though he did not personally engage in violence. By joining the mob and trespassing on restricted Capitol grounds, Mr. Griffin contributed to delaying Congress’s election certification proceedings.”

The ruling immediately removed Griffin from his position and barred him from holding elected office ever again.

The first-of-its-kind ruling comes after Griffin was convicted of misdemeanor trespassing during the Capitol riot. In June, he was sentenced to 14 days in jail and a $3,000 fine.

Griffin, founder of Cowboys for Trump, told CNN that the judge was being “tyrannical.”

“I’m shocked. Just shocked,” Griffin said. “I really did not feel like the state was going to move on me in such a way. I don’t know where I go from here.”

In his ruling, Mathew said Griffin’s attempts “to sanitize his actions are without merit” and “amounted to nothing more than attempting to put lipstick on a pig.”

According to the group Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington (CREW), the ruling marks the first time since 1869 that a judge removed an elected official from office under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment.

“This decision makes clear that any current or former public officials who took an oath to defend the U.S. Constitution and then participated in the January 6th insurrection can and will be removed and barred from government service for their actions,” CREW President Noah Bookbinder said in a statement.


Sources: The Guardian | CNN

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.”

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