The Secret Service Text Cover-Up Keeps Getting Bigger

The growing super-scandal surrounding text messages from 1/6 that were deleted by the Secret Service, Homeland Security and now the Department of Defense leaves one grasping for adjectives that fit the moment. Journalist Seth Abramson was unequivocal on Tuesday — “Biggest Cover-up in American History” — and I am hard-pressed to dispute him. “So now we have missing Secret Service texts that could establish contacts between Donald Trump and the domestic terrorists of Stop the Steal, missing DHS texts that would reveal secret lobbying by Trump’s ‘legal team,’ and possibly missing Pentagon texts about *martial law*,” Abramson wrote on Twitter.…

Jan. 6 Committee Has Requested Alex Jones Texts, Sandy Hook Parents’ Lawyer Says

The House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol building has asked Mark Bankston, a lawyer representing parents of victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting, to hand over text messages and other phone data from right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. On Thursday, Bankston revealed that the committee has contacted him regarding the messages, which he had received during the defamation trial that was brought against Jones by the parents of Sandy Hook victims. The committee has not yet announced the request for the data. Jones was found guilty of defaming the parents of…

National Archives Probes Potentially Illegal Deletion of Secret Service Texts

The National Archives and Records Administration is probing the U.S. Secret Service over texts exchanged around the January 6 attack on the Capitol that the agency says it has deleted, despite the fact that they could be key to uncovering details about how law enforcement officials reacted to the attack. In a letter sent to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which oversees the Secret Service, on Tuesday, National Archives Chief Records Officer Laurence Brewer says that National Archives officials are looking into the “potential unauthorized deletion” of the texts. Brewer asks the Secret Service to determine whether or not…

Steve Bannon’s Contempt of Congress Trial Formally Began Today

The contempt of Congress trial of Steve Bannon, a former White House political strategist for former President Donald Trump, formally began on Monday, with the selection of jurors who will eventually determine his legal fate. Bannon faces two contempt of Congress charges based on his refusal to adhere to subpoenas from the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol building. Bannon is the first individual from Trump’s inner circle of former aides and confidantes to be tried due to the committee’s work, although the charges he faces are unrelated to anything the panel has unearthed…

January 6 Committee Subpoenas Secret Service in Search for Deleted Texts

The congressional committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the United States Capitol subpoenaed the U.S. Secret Service Friday evening as the panel attempts to recover text messages that were deleted shortly after oversight officials requested them. “The committee is absolutely determined to get to the bottom of this and to find all of the missing texts,” Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), a member of the panel, told reporters Friday. “They are missing, but in the age of high technology, we should not give up.” In a letter to United States Secret Service (USSS) Director James Murray, Rep. Bennie Thompson…

At the 1/6 Hearings, Trump the Troll Is Getting a Taste of His Own Medicine

“Can I say a word about Vice President Pence? I think the vice president did the right thing, I think he did the courageous thing,” former White House attorney Pat Cipollone said via videotape before the January 6 House Select Committee yesterday. “I think he did a great service to this country. I suggested to someone he should get the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his actions.” Thus was Donald Trump, Master Troll, himself trolled to the Oort Cloud and back, and by an in-house lawyer no less, right there on live television. Can you imagine the reaction? One of…

New Documentary Film Evidence Shows Trump Wanted GA Lawmakers to Overturn Result

In footage never seen before, documentary filmmaker Alex Holder shows how former President Donald Trump wanted the Georgia state legislature to engage in illegal actions so that they could give him the state’s 16 Electoral College votes from the 2020 presidential race, even though he lost the election to President Joe Biden. Trump’s calls for lawmakers to change the election result were based on false claims of widespread election fraud, which made his improper demands all the more dubious. In the video, which the filmmaker shared with CNN, Holder interviews Trump in early December 2020, where Trump makes many unwarranted…

Corporations and Trade Associations Gave Nearly $2M to Election Objectors in May

This May, as House lawmakers probed and exposed the Republican Party’s deep ties to the January 6 Capitol attack, corporations and industry groups were busy shelling out millions of dollars to Republicans who voted against certifying the 2020 election, a new report reveals. Fortune 500 companies and trade associations gave over $1.9 million to election objectors in just one month, Accountable.US found in a report released Thursday. Donations came from corporations like Boeing, Exxon, Anthem, Lockheed Martin, and a long list of other companies, many of which gave tens of thousands of dollars to the group of lawmakers. This brings…

Pat Cipollone to Testify Before Jan. 6 Committee This Week

Former White House counsel Pat Cipollone, who served under former President Donald Trump, has reached an agreement to testify before the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol building. The committee has spoken with Cipollone before, but only in an informal, limited scope. After weeks of negotiations to impel him to speak under oath and in more depth about his work during the final weeks of the Trump White House, the committee finally subpoenaed Cipollone last week, leading the former White House counsel to agree to testify on Wednesday. Although Cipollone’s interview with the…

The Men Disputing Hutchinson’s Testimony Are Two of Trump’s Biggest Acolytes

It was testimony that, for a moment, stopped the world in its tracks. So, once the president had gotten into the vehicle with [Secret Service agent] Bobby [Engel], he thought that they were going up to the Capitol. And when Bobby had relayed to him we’re not, we don’t have the assets to do it, it’s not secure, we’re going back to the West Wing, the president had a very strong, a very angry response to that. [White House chief of operations] Tony [Ornato] described him as being irate. The president said something to the effect of I’m the f’ing…

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…

Did a White House Aide Just Pierce the Seemingly Impenetrable Trump Bubble?

“They’re not here to hurt me,” White House Aide Cassidy Hutchinson told the 1/6 select committee, quoting Donald Trump’s reaction to the crowd on that fateful day. “Let them in. Let my people in. They can march to the Capitol after the rallies are over. They can march from — they can march from the ellipse. Take the effing mags away. Then they can march to the Capitol.” And with that, for all practical purposes, the case against Donald Trump was made. He and everyone there knew there were protesters armed with AR-15s and other weapons standing outside the perimeter.…

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