Jan. 6 Panel Members Propose Reforms to Electoral College Certification Process

Two members of the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol submitted a bill that would reform the count of Electoral College votes. The Presidential Election Reform Act — sponsored by Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-California) — would change aspects of the Electoral Count Act, making it more difficult for elected officials to overturn the will of voters. “Our proposal is intended to preserve the rule of law for all future presidential elections by ensuring that self-interested politicians cannot steal from the people the guarantee that our government derives its…

Oath Keepers Were Emboldened by Trump Tweet, New January 6 Audio Shows

The House committee investigating the January 6 attack released an audio recording Thursday in which members of the far-right Oath Keepers militia react in real-time to one of former President Donald Trump’s tweets as his supporters stormed and ransacked the U.S. Capitol. The new audio makes clear the militia members were emboldened by Trump’s response to the attack, which urged rioters to “please support our Capitol Police, they are on our side.” Communicating via a walkie-talkie app, Oath Keepers who were inside the Capitol and in other locations responded positively to Trump’s message, with one noting that “he didn’t say…

Trump’s Political Operation Has Raised Over $500 Million Since the 2020 Election

Former President Donald Trump’s political operation has raised more than $500 million since the 2020 presidential election while using donor money to pay millions of dollars in legal bills and steer millions more to the coffers of Jan. 6 rally organizers, a new OpenSecrets analysis of federal campaign finance filings found. ABC News reported Thursday that a federal grand jury investigating the push to overturn 2020 election results and activities leading up to the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol has expanded its probe. Federal investigators are now seeking information about a central node of Trump’s political operation…

Report: Oath Keepers Include Hundreds of Lawmakers, Police Officers & Military

A new report reveals that hundreds of current lawmakers, law enforcement personnel and people serving in the U.S. military are listed as members of the far right extremist group the Oath Keepers, which was instrumental in the attack on the U.S. Capitol building on January 6, 2021. The report is based on a leak of the Oath Keepers’s membership rolls, which was published last year by the nonprofit journalist collective Distributed Denial of Secrets. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Center on Extremism delved into the names in the leak and published findings on the professions of many of those included. The…

Judge Removes “Cowboys for Trump” Founder From Office for Role in Jan. 6 Attack

In a district court decision on Tuesday, a judge ruled that the January 6 attack on the Capitol was an insurrection for the first time to remove a participant in the attack from elected office in New Mexico. District Court Judge Francis Mathew has ordered Cowboys for Trump founder Couy Griffin to be removed from his post as a county commissioner in New Mexico, which he has held since 2019, for his participation in the insurrection. Couy will also be barred from holding public office ever again. This is the first time that a court has barred a public official…

5 Years After Charlottesville, We Can See Its Legacy in January 6 Violence

On August 12, 2017, the largest fascist-led rally in the United States in many decades was held in Charlottesville, Virginia. What happened shocked the country out of its complacency about how right-wing politics were unfolding under then-President Donald Trump, and foretold the years of far right violence to come. Charlottesville’s effects still reverberate today, both on those who were present and in local and national politics. And there is a direct line from that rally to the storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021. The Violence Begins The evening before the “Unite the Right” rally, attendees of a torchlit…

How Palestinian resistance tore down the Green Line long ago

Israel's consolidation of a single regime unwittingly enabled Palestinians to rebuild their national fabric between the river and the sea. Now, despite their physical dispersal, Palestinians have never been more connected. The post How Palestinian resistance tore down the Green Line long ago appeared first on +972 Magazine.

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…

Trump Claims “Absolute Immunity” Protects Him Against Jan. 6 Civil Lawsuits

Lawyers for former President Donald Trump have filed a legal motion to the D.C. Circuit Court, appealing a judge’s ruling from February that said civil lawsuits against the former president surrounding the January 6 Capitol attack can move forward. In their argument, Trump’s lawyers claim that this and other lawsuits relating to the events of January 6, 2021, cannot move forward because Trump was still in office during the attack and therefore had “absolute immunity” regarding his speech to his loyalists. Absolute immunity is a legal standard that protects presidents from being held accountable for their words or actions if…

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…

Garland Issues Memo Shielding Political Candidates From DOJ Inquiries

A Department of Justice (DOJ) memo approved by Attorney General Merrick Garland extends a policy, which originated under the Trump administration, on how the department can investigate political candidates, potentially giving the former president added protection from federal inquiries as he considers another run for office. The memo, which was first reported on by MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, demands that investigators receive written permission from the attorney general before opening inquiries into individuals running for president or vice president, or into senior members involved in their political campaigns. It also limits what DOJ officials can say or how they can…

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