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January 18, 2022

Report: There’s a ‘Good Chance’ DOJ Will Prosecute Trump

Senate Democrats believe there’s a “good chance” that Attorney General Merrick Garland will prosecute former President Donald Trump over the January 6 Capitol riot, according to a new report from The Hill.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) told the outlet that “clearly what [Trump] did” in the days leading up to January 6 “falls in the ambit of what’s being investigated and perhaps is criminal.”

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) said it’s up to the Justice Department to decide to charge the former president, but he believes Trump’s actions on and before January 6 likely violate federal law.

“My intuition is that they are” looking carefully at whether Trump broke the law, Kaine told the outlet. “My sense is they’re looking [at] everything in a diligent way, and they haven’t made a decision.” 

“I believe there are federal statutes that are very much implicated” by Trump’s efforts to overturn Biden’s victory in the 2020 election, he added.

When asked if Trump violated the law, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) said, “I’m not going to say he’s guilty before I see evidence,” but there’s “a lot of evidence that he was complicit.”

An unnamed Democratic senator said many Democratic lawmakers believe Trump violated the law by attempting to halt the certification of the 2020 presidential election. But, the anonymous lawmaker told The Hill that it could be difficult to win a conviction in court.

“If you pull the trigger on this one, you have to make sure that you don’t miss, because this is one if you miss it essentially validates the conduct,” a second unnamed Democratic senator said.

One legal expert told Bloomberg that Trump’s First Amendment rights would make any case against him difficult to prosecute.

“You can’t allow the government to lock up protest leaders whenever the protests produce violence,” said Andrew Koppelman, a constitutional law expert at Northwestern University. “The Trump speech was full of lies, but that’s not a crime. He told them to ‘fight like hell,’ but that’s familiar political language that does not ordinarily produce violence.”

Meanwhile, in Georgia, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis (D) recently told the AP that she’s leaning toward requesting to authorize subpoenas to advance her investigation of Trump’s conversation with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R).

A decision whether to bring criminal charges against Trump would likely come within the next six months, Willis said.


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Democrats see good chance of Garland prosecuting Trump

January 17, 2022

Oath Keepers Leader Pleads Not Guilty

The founder and leader of the far-right Oath Keepers group, Stewart Rhodes, pleaded not guilty to charges of seditious conspiracy for his alleged role in the January 6 Capitol riot.

Rhodes entered his plea in a federal courtroom in Plano, Texas. A prosecutor said at the hearing that the Justice Department would request that Rhodes be detained while awaiting trial.

“He believes he will be found not guilty,” said James Lee Bright, a lawyer for Rhodes, adding that he will oppose the request for pretrial detention. “He has no reason to flee. He has no passport. He has nowhere to go.”

Another Oath Keepers member, Edward Vallejo, appeared in court to face sedition charges.

Vallejo didn’t enter a plea in the Phoenix courtroom, but his lawyer indicated he plans to enter a not guilty plea at a future hearing.

The Justice Department charged Rhodes, Vallejo, and nine other members or associates of the Oath Keepers with seditious conspiracy.


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Oath Keepers founder pleads not guilty to sedition in U.S. Capitol attack

January 14, 2022

Oath Keepers Leader Indicted

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A founder and leader of the far-right Oath Keepers group, Stewart Rhodes, was arrested and charged in connection with events surrounding and including the January 6 Capitol riot.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Rhodes and 10 others had been charged with seditious conspiracy.

“The seditious conspiracy indictment alleges that, following the [2020, presidential election], Rhodes conspired with his co-defendants and others to oppose by force the execution of the laws governing the transfer of presidential power,” the DOJ said. 

“Beginning in late December 2020, via encrypted and private communications applications, Rhodes and various co-conspirators coordinated and planned to travel to Washington, D.C., on or around January 6, 2021, the date of the certification of the electoral college vote, the indictment alleges. Rhodes and several co-conspirators made plans to bring weapons to the area to support the operation. The co-conspirators then traveled across the country to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area in early January 2021.

The indictment alleged the defendants conspired “through a variety of manners and means,” including recruiting members and affiliates to participate, organizing into teams “willing to use force and to transport firearms and ammunition into Washington, D.C.,” and “continuing to plot” ways to prevent the transfer of presidential power after the events of January 6.

Rhodes’ arrested is noteworthy because he’s “the most prominent figure arrested on charges related to the Capitol insurrection,” according to Axios.


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Leader of Oath Keepers and 10 Other Individuals Indicted in Federal Court for Seditious Conspiracy and Other Offenses related to U.S. Capitol Breach

January 12, 2022

Jan. 6 Committee: Ray Epps Not FBI Informant or Agent

The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot said that Ray Epps, a man at the center of theories that federal authorities provoked the incident, is not a law enforcement agent or informant.

The Arizona resident is one of three people to have mysteriously disappeared from the FBI’s Capitol Violence most wanted list without explanation.

“The Select Committee is aware of unsupported claims that Ray Epps was an FBI informant based on the fact that he was on the FBI Wanted list and then was removed from that list without being charged,” a committee spokesperson said in a statement.

“The Select Committee has interviewed Mr. Epps. Mr. Epps informed us that he was not employed by, working with, or acting at the direction of any law enforcement agency on January 5th or 6th or at any other time, and that he has never been an informant for the FBI or any other law enforcement agency.”

Epps, former president of the Arizona Oath Keepers militia group, was seen in videos urging Trump supporters to “go into the Capitol” on the evening of January 5, 2021. The footage sparked theories that Epps was either a federal agent, informant, or otherwise acting under instructions.

On Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) asked about Epps during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on U.S. domestic terror threats.

“According to public records, Mr. Epps has not been charged with anything. No one’s explained why a person videoed urging people to go to the Capitol, a person whose conduct was so suspect the crowd believed he was a Fed, would magically disappear from the list of people the FBI was looking at,” Cruz said.

“A lot of Americans are concerned that the federal government deliberately encouraged illegal and violent conduct on January 6,” Cruz added. He asked Department of Justice officials if federal agents “actively encourage[d] violent and criminal conduct on January 6.”

“Not to my knowledge, sir,” replied Jill Sanborn, a national security official with the FBI.


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House panel dismisses ‘unsupported’ claims about FBI involvement in Jan. 6 Capitol riot

January 10, 2022

Report: FBI Inexplicably Removed Armed Capitol Rioters from Most Wanted List

According to a report from the Washington Examiner, the FBI won’t explain why three individuals who participated in the January 6 Capitol riot disappeared from its Capitol Violence Most Wanted list.

One of the unidentified men, dubbed #GingerGun by online sleuths, wore an earpiece and carried what appeared to be a concealed handgun on his left hip. The Examiner claims he was pictured on the FBI’s list for more than five months before being removed without explanation on the same day the New York Times reported that an FBI informant was at the Capitol on the day of the incident.

Video footage showed another unidentified man, dubbed #HarleyJacketBatonMan, beating police officers with a baton. He was on the FBI’s list for assaulting a federal law enforcement officer before the agency inexplicably removed him in late February — just a few weeks after adding him.

Footage showed the third man, Ray Epps, urging supporters of then-President Donald Trump to breach the Capitol to prevent the certification of Joe Biden’s election victory.

The FBI did not arrest or charge Epps, and they removed him from their list on July 1, 2021. The move “fueled speculation from a member of the House Judiciary Committee that Epps may have agitated people to storm the Capitol at the behest of the FBI.”

Footage from January 5 shows Epps, a former president of the Arizona Oath Keepers militia group, urging a crowd of Trump supporters to “go into the Capitol” the next day, spurring responses from the crowd alleging that he was a federal plant.

According to the Washington Examiner, as Trump spoke outside the White House the next day, Epps corralled people toward the Capitol. “He was also part of the first group of rioters to break through a police barrier on Capitol grounds.”

According to the report:

Only 13 suspects have been removed from the FBI's Capitol Violence Most Wanted list, launched two days after the riot to solicit help from the public in identifying rioters. Hundreds of individuals on the list have been identified, but they remain on the list with a notice they have been arrested.

Online sleuths identified removed suspects 311 and 312 as photojournalists. Two removed suspects were minors. Removed suspect 236 identified herself as a 17-year-old girl to a reporter during the riot, and online sleuths identified removed suspect 310 as a minor. Removed suspect 257 was identified as Andrew Taake of Texas, who was arrested and charged by federal authorities in July. Removed suspects 36, 37, 197, and 198 remain on the list under different numbers.

Removed suspect 171 was identified as Evan Neumann of California, who is currently listed on another FBI most wanted list. Neumann allegedly assaulted police officers with a metal barricade during the riot. He fled the country in February and is currently believed to be in Belarus, according to the FBI notice. Neumann was indicted on Dec. 10 on 14 counts.

During an October hearing, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) presented Attorney General Merrick Garland with video footage of Epps encouraging people to enter the Capitol on January 5 and 6. Massie said Garland “refused to comment on how many agents or assets of the federal government were present in the crowd on [January 5 and 6] and how many entered the Capitol.”


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Federal authorities won’t say why armed Capitol rioters disappeared from FBI’s most wanted list

January 9, 2022

Top Republican Accuses Pelosi of a Coverup

Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL), the ranking member of the House Administration Committee, is accusing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of shielding evidence pertaining to the Capitol building’s security practices ahead of the January 6 riot.

“We know there were intelligence analysis failures at the Capitol Police,” Davis said on the John Solomon Reports podcast.

“The events of January 6, 2021 exposed serious security vulnerabilities at the Capitol Complex,” Davis wrote in a letter to Pelosi. “Unfortunately, over the past twelve months, House Democrats have been more interested in exploiting the events of January 6th for political purposes than in conducting basic oversight of the security vulnerabilities exposed that day.”

Davis said Republican lawmakers launched an investigation into the Capitol’s security vulnerabilities after the incident, requesting records from the U.S. Capitol Police, the House sergeant-at-arms, and the House chief administrative officer. But, he said, only the USCP has complied.

In the letter, Davis noted that the House sergeant-at-arms and chief administrative officer are “the two House officers who report directly” to Pelosi.

Davis accused Democrats of only displaying a “superficial interest in examining the security vulnerabilities highlighted by January 6” and obstructing “Republican access to House records,” yet have held “witnesses in criminal contempt of Congress for raising genuine questions of legal privilege.”

“This double standard only adds to the evidence that Democrats are weaponizing events of January 6th against their political adversaries,” Davis wrote. “If you are truly interested in working with Republicans to improve the Capitol security posture, I demand that you direct all House officers immediately to stop obstructing our oversight.”

Davis, who heads the House Administration Committee, which oversees Capitol security, told Just The News lawmakers are frustrated that Pelosi has blocked the release of information.

“At a time when the Speaker through this sham Select Committee is asking and getting voluntarily thousands of communications from people who are no longer employed by government, she is denying that committee of jurisdiction access to government communications. What is she hiding?”

“All we ever asked for is we want communications leading up to and on Jan. 6, we want to be preserved, we want to be turned over to us, because my job, my job is to make sure that the Capitol is secure. And it’s laughable to think that that’s not germane to making sure that we don’t make those same mistakes again,” Davis said.


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Top Republican charges Pelosi is restricting access to Jan. 6 records in GOP probe of her actions

January 8, 2022

Trump Rebukes Dems, Media Over Jan. 6 Anniversary

Former President Donald Trump emphatically rebuked Democrats and the media after the anniversary of the January 6 Capitol riot, accusing them of using the event as a political tool.

Trump issued a statement through his leadership PAC on Friday, saying Democrats and the “media establishment” had “driven our country into the ground.”

“These radical leftists in Washington care NOTHING for American Democracy,” Trump said. “All they care about is control over you, and wealth and riches for themselves.”

“But they are failing. No one believes them anymore,” he added. “And the day is quickly coming when they will be overwhelmingly voted out of power.”

The former president assigned blame to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for the pandemonium that day, calling it “a Pelosi-led security failure at the Capitol.”

Trump also criticized Democrats’ efforts to pass election reforms, accusing them of dubious intentions.

“The reason the Democrats are doing all of this is not because they believe they will win a fair and honest election,” Trump said. “It’s because they know they will overwhelmingly LOSE one.”

The former president has faced criticism for sowing division and undermining democracy by rejecting the results of an election. He pushed back against those claims in his statement.

“Remember, I am not the one trying to undermine American Democracy,” Trump said. “I am the one trying to SAVE American Democracy.”


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Trump rips Democrats, media over Jan. 6 anniversary

January 7, 2022

Harris Criticized for 9/11 Analogy

Vice President Kamala Harris likened the January 6 Capitol riot to Pearl Harbor and the September 11 terror attacks.

Harris’ remark came during a speech delivered Thursday, addressing the event on its one-year anniversary.

“Certain dates echo throughout history,” Harris said. “Including dates that instantly remind all who have lived them where they were and what they were doing when our democracy came under assault. Dates that occupy not only a place on our calendar but a place in our collective memory. December 7, 1941, September 11, 2001, and January 6, 2021.”

The vice president said the participants sought to attack “the institutions, the values, the ideals that generations of Americans have marched, picketed, and shed blood to establish and defend.”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis condemned the comparison, calling the analogy “an insult to the people that were going into [the Twin Towers].”

“It’s interesting how everything in our society becomes very politicized, and so today – honestly, I’m not going to watch any of it – you’re going to see the D.C./New York media, this is their Christmas, Jan. 6,” DeSantis said. 

“They are going to take this and milk this for anything they could to smear anyone who ever supported Donald Trump,” he continued.

“Look, if you obstruct a proceeding, all about holding people accountable. If you’re rioting, hold them accountable,” DeSantis said.

“But let’s just be clear here: When they try to act like this is something akin to the September 11 attacks, that is an insult to the people that were going into those buildings.”

The White House defended Harris’ comparison, saying detractors should focus on “solving the threat to democracy” instead of the VP’s words.

“Instead of focusing on or analyzing comparisons of moments in history, I would suggest that they be a part of solving the threat to democracy that occurs today, that is happening today,” Psaki told reporters on Thursday. “And they’re using this as an excuse not to be a part of that.”


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Florida’s DeSantis: Comparisons of Jan. 6 to 9/11 ‘insult to the people that were going into those buildings’

January 7, 2022

Dick Cheney ‘Deeply Disappointed’ in GOP

Former Vice President Dick Cheney said he was “deeply disappointed” in Republican leadership over its response to the January 6 Capitol riot.

Cheney and his daughter, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), were the only two members of the GOP on Capitol Hill for the incident’s one-year anniversary on Thursday.

The former vice president told an ABC reporter he decided to attend because of the event’s historical importance.

“I’m deeply disappointed we don’t have better leadership in the Republican Party to restore the Constitution,” Cheney said. “It’s not a leadership that resembles any of the folks I knew when I was here for 10 years.”

“I’m deeply disappointed we don’t have better leadership in the Republican Party to restore the Constitution,” he added.

One by one, Democratic House members approached Cheney to shake his hand.

However, the Democrats received criticism for doing so, with some accusing them of hypocrisy.

“Dick Cheney has done more to hurt American democracy than almost anyone alive. He is not your friend,” the Gravel Institute tweeted.

“Dick Cheney being warmly embraced by Democrats on the House floor is a fitting symbol of what January 6 really represents to the future of America,” Saagar Enjeti, co-host of Breaking Points, tweeted.


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Dick Cheney visits Capitol for Jan. 6, criticizes GOP leadership

January 7, 2022

‘Web of Lies’: Biden and Trump Trade Verbal Jabs

President Joe Biden rebuked former President Donald Trump in a scathing speech, accusing Trump of spreading a “web of lies” and holding a “dagger at the throat of American democracy.”

“The former president of the United States of America has created and spread a web of lies about the 2020 election. He has done so because he values power over principle, because he sees his own interest as more important than his country’s interest, America’s interest, and because his bruised ego means more to him than our democracy and our Constitution,” Biden said during a speech marking the anniversary of the January 6 Capitol riot. “He can’t accept he lost.”

Biden had equally contemptuous remarks for Trump’s supporters who echoed his claims that the results of the 2020 presidential election are illegitimate.

“The former president’s supporters are trying to rewrite history. They want you to see Election Day as the insurrection,” Biden said. “Can you think of a more twisted way to look at this country, to look at America?”

Trump responded to Biden with withering criticism, calling his remarks “political theater” and accusing him of sowing further division.

Biden “used my name today to try to further divide America,” Trump said in a statement. “This political theater is all just a distraction for the fact Biden has completely and totally failed.”

“Our Country no longer has Borders, has totally and completely lost control of Covid (record numbers!), is no longer Energy Independent, Inflation is rampant, our Military is in chaos, and our exit, or surrender, from Afghanistan was perhaps the most embarrassing day in the long and distinguished history of the United States—and so much more,” Trump added.

Trump went on to say that the “big lie” was the election, further reiterating his claims that it was rigged. He asked why the House select committee is investigating January 6 instead of “discussing the rigged Presidential Election of 2020?”

“It’s because they don’t have the answers or justifications for what happened. They got away with something, and it is leading to our Country’s destruction,” Trump said. “They want all conversation concerning the Election ‘Canceled.'”

The former president claimed that Democrats “want to own this day” to “stoke fears and divide America.”

“I say, let them have it,” Trump said, adding that “America sees through” their tactics.


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