Petition Calling for Impeachment of Clarence Thomas Nears 500,000 Signatures

A petition calling for the resignation or impeachment of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is nearing half a million signatures after he refused to recuse himself from a case that was a clear conflict of interest due to his wife’s right-wing activism. Ginni Thomas, a frequent advocate for far right causes, texted former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows at least 29 times after the 2020 presidential election, urging him to seek means to overturn the results. When a case involving Meadows’s documents and communications while in the White House made its way to the Supreme Court, eight of the…

Trump Allies Paid Millions to Jan. 6 Rally Organizers Since 2020

Former President Donald Trump’s political operation and Republican Party committees have paid over $12.6 million to individuals and firms that organized the Jan. 6, 2021, rally that preceded the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol since the start of the 2020 election, a new OpenSecrets analysis found. The full extent of the payments from the Trump campaign political operations to rally organizers during the 2020 election and around the rally in early 2021 remains a mystery because the campaign’s top vendor was American Made Media Consultants LLC, a firm created by Trump campaign aides to act as a clearinghouse for…

Trump Saying He Believed Lies About Voter Fraud Is No Defense, Legal Experts Say

Former President Donald Trump cannot win an acquittal from any potential indictment related to the attack on the Capitol by arguing that he genuinely believed his false claims of election fraud, two highly regarded legal experts said. Laurence Tribe, professor emeritus at Harvard Law School, and Dennis Aftergut, a former federal prosecutor and current counsel to the advocacy group Lawyers Defending American Democracy, made the argument in a joint op-ed for The Hill, published on Thursday evening. The two experts said that a claim of sincere belief in errant claims of 2020 election fraud cannot be recognized as a reasonable…

Video Reveals Man in GOP Congressman’s Capitol Tour Threatened to “Take Out” AOC

The House select committee investigating the breach of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, released evidence Wednesday showcasing how at least one individual who took part in a Republican congressman’s tour of the building on the day prior to the attack was also part of the violent mob of Trump loyalists who marched to the Capitol. The evidence appears to directly contradict claims by Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Georgia), who said last month that his tour group did not include any violent members of the January 6 mob. It also lends credence to notions put forth by the committee that…

Five of the world’s tiniest robots

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Michigan GOP Candidate for Governor Arrested for Involvement in Jan. 6 Attack

Just weeks after a number of Republican candidates in Michigan were purged from the primary ballot for failing to attain enough signatures on their nomination papers, a GOP candidate who did qualify was arrested for his participation in the breach of the U.S. Capitol building on January 6, 2021. Ryan Kelley was arrested at his home on Thursday morning on charges relating to his involvement in the Capitol attack. According to a statement from prosecutors, he faces misdemeanor charges for being on restricted grounds of the Capitol building and for engaging in disorderly conduct, among others. In addition to his…

Progressive Orgs Seek to Bar Trump From Office Through State Elections Officials

Progressive organizations Our Revolution and Free Speech for People are encouraging elections officials in 10 states to deem current and former lawmakers involved in the January 6 Capitol attack as insurrectionists that are unfit to serve in office ever again, per rules set in the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The organizations sent letters to secretaries of state in Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, Oregon and Pennsylvania. They’re also encouraging residents of those states to sign petitions demanding that lawmakers who sought to overturn the 2020 presidential election results be barred from running again. Some of…

Some Jan. 6 Committee Members Say Electoral College Should Be Scrapped

The House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol attack will likely make a series of recommendations on how to avoid further attempted overthrows of power in the future — but one proposal apparently has the committee split. A number of committee members believe that lawmakers should consider abolishing the Electoral College entirely in order to prevent similar violence in the years ahead. Chief among those pushing for the idea, according to reporting from Axios, is Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Maryland). But some are wary of the proposal, none more so than Rep. Liz Cheney, a Republican from Wyoming whose low-population…

Former White House Aide Says Trump Approved of Mob Chanting “Hang Mike Pence”

Former President Donald Trump expressed approval when a mob of his loyalists shouted “Hang Mike Pence” during the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol building, a former White House aide has said. During testimony with the House select committee investigating the events of January 6, 2021, Cassidy Hutchinson, who served under Trump’s former chief of staff, Mark Meadows, said that Trump expressed positive feelings toward the mob calling for his then-vice president’s death. According to Hutchinson, this information was divulged to her by Meadows, who recounted Trump’s words shortly after he said them. Hutchinson’s testimony corroborated a separate deposition…

House Ethics Committee Opens Investigation Into Madison Cawthorn

The House Ethics Committee has announced it is opening an investigation into Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-Georgia), a freshman lawmaker who has been embroiled in many scandals since he was first sworn into office early last year. Cawthorn, the committee said in its report, may have violated ethics rules on financial dealings — specifically by “improperly promot[ing] a cryptocurrency in which he may have had an undisclosed financial interest” — as well as engaging in “an improper relationship with an individual employed on his congressional staff.” In a rare showing of bipartisan unanimity, every Democrat and every Republican on the committee…

Republicans Gave Tours of Capitol Before Attack, According to Jan. 6 Committee

The House select committee investigating the attack on the U.S. Capitol building that took place on January 6, 2021, is requesting information from a Republican legislator who previously said that he did not host a tour of the building on the day prior to the attack. New evidence obtained by the committee suggests that Rep. Barry Loudermilk’s (R-Georgia) and other Republicans’ claims that such a tour never took place were false. “Based on our review of evidence in the Select Committee’s possession, we believe you have information regarding a tour you led through parts of the Capitol complex on January…

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