Jan. 6 panel shutting down after referring Trump for crimes
WASHINGTON — (AP) — The House Jan. 6 committee is shutting down, having completed a whirlwind 18-month investigation of the 2021 Capitol insurrection and sent its work to the Justice Department along with a recommendation for prosecuting former President Donald Trump. Lawmakers have said they want to make their work public to underscore the seriousness of the attack and Trump’s multi-pronged effort to try to overturn the election. It is unclear whether the GOP-led House could enforce the provision and what they would do with the materials. The panel formally or informally interviewed more than 1,000 witnesses, collected more than 1 million documents and held 10 well-watched hearings. The panel recommended that the Justice Department prosecute Trump on four crimes, including aiding an insurrection.wftv.com
After Pelosi attack, House chair wants answers from police
House Administration Committee Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., sent a four-page letter to Capitol Police Chief Thomas Manger on Wednesday, saying the attack on Paul Pelosi raises "significant questions about security protections for Members of Congress." Threats to lawmakers have skyrocketed in recent years — almost 10,000 threats were investigated last year — and the agency has struggled to protect lawmakers, their families and the Capitol campus with limited resources. The San Francisco Police Department often posted a patrol car at the Pelosi house, particularly after the Jan. 6, 2021, attack at the Capitol, but there was no police car present at the home during the time of the attack, the person said. Paul Pelosi remained in the Intensive Care Unit in a San Francisco hospital, and was receiving regular visits from Nancy Pelosi and other family members. This summer, she convened a call with other House Democrats to crowdsource how to stay safe while in their districts and out campaigning.wftv.com
Top Democrat demands answers from police after Pelosi attack
House Administration Committee Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., wrote a four-page letter to Capitol Police Chief Thomas Manger on Wednesday, saying that the attack on Paul Pelosi raises "significant questions about security protections for Members of Congress." The man who beat Paul Pelosi with a hammer was looking for Nancy Pelosi and later told police that he wanted to hold her hostage and break her kneecaps to make a political point, authorities said. Threats to lawmakers have skyrocketed in recent years — almost 10,000 threats were investigated last year — and the agency has struggled to protect lawmakers, their families and the Capitol campus with limited resources. The San Francisco Police Department often posted a patrol car at the Pelosi house, particularly after the Jan. 6, 2021, attack at the Capitol, but there was no police car present at the home during the time of the attack, the person said. Paul Pelosi remained in the Intensive Care Unit in a San Francisco hospital, and was receiving regular visits from Nancy Pelosi and other family members.wftv.com
Trump planned to falsely declare victory months prior to 2020 election: Jan. 6 committee
The House Jan. 6 Committee presented evidence Thursday that showed that former President Donald Trump planned to falsely declare that he had won the 2020 election "months" before Election Day. Frankly, we did win this election," Trump declared on election night, adding, "We want all voting to stop." "It was a premeditated plan by the president to declare victory no matter what the actual result was. He's going to declare victory. The committee further showed documentary film footage of Roger Stone, an informal Trump adviser whom the president pardoned in December 2020, discussing his view that Trump should prematurely declare victory.wftv.com
Jan. 6 hearing promises 'surprising' details before election
WASHINGTON — (AP) — The House Jan. 6 committee is set to unveil "surprising" details including evidence from Donald Trump's Secret Service about the 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol in what is likely to be its last public hearing before the November midterm elections. Several people who were among the thousands around the Capitol on Jan. 6 are now running for congressional office, some with Trump’s backing. The hearing is expected to reveal fresh details from a massive trove of documents and other evidence provided by the Secret Service. Even after the launch of its high-profile public hearings last summer, the Jan. 6 committee continued to gather evidence and interviews. Under committee rules, the Jan. 6 panel is expected to produce a report of its findings, due after the election, likely in December.wftv.com
Jan. 6 House Committee to hold public hearing on Thursday
The committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol will hold a public hearing Thursday. >> Read more trending newsRep. Bennie Thompson, D-Mississippi, who is the chairman of the committee, said the hearing will be unlike the previous hearings in that it will not feature witnesses. “We still have significant information that we’ve not shown to the public,” Thompson told reporters on Capitol Hill. Other members of the committee said the hearing will continue to focus on the actions that day of former President Donald Trump. The committee wants to look at Ward’s phone records from the day.wftv.com
House passes Liz Cheney-backed election reform bill in Dem push to prevent another Trump ‘insurrection’
The bill is squarely aimed at former President Trump's dispute of the 2020 election results, and would clarify that the vice president's role when counting election results is ministerial only.foxnews.com
House to vote on election law overhaul in response to Jan. 6
WASHINGTON — (AP) — The House will vote on an overhaul of a centuries-old election law, an effort to prevent future presidential candidates from trying to subvert the popular will. The bill would set new parameters around the Jan. 6 joint session of Congress that happens every four years after a presidential election. Both Cheney and Lofgren are also members of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack. The House bill would set out very narrow grounds for those objections, an attempt to thwart baseless or politically motivated challenges. The House vote comes as the Senate is moving on a similar track with enough Republican support to virtually ensure passage before the end of the year.wftv.com
Lofgren says Trump’s Saturday rally ‘proving’ Biden’s case on MAGA Republicans
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) on Sunday called former President Trump’s rally the day prior “bizarre,” saying he was proving right President Biden’s warnings about “MAGA Republicans.” Trump on Saturday traveled to Wilkes-Barre, Penn. in support of Republican candidates in the state’s upcoming gubernatorial and Senate elections. During his speech, the former president criticized the FBI…news.yahoo.com
Ivanka Trump pushed her father to calm down Jan. 6 rioters, aides testified
Trump, meanwhile, remained in the White House dining room, where he watched the attack unfold in real time for more than two hours. Were you joined in that effort by Ivanka Trump?” lawyers for the committee asked former White House counsel Pat Cipollone. “Eric Herschmann?” the lawyer asked in reference to the former White House lawyer. Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to Meadows who worked in White House, corroborated Cipollone’s recollections about Trump’s eldest daughter on Jan. 6. “White House consul’s office wanted there to be a stronger statement out to condemn the rioters.wftv.com
Jan. 6 panel probes Trump's 187 minutes as Capitol attacked
Thursday's prime-time hearing will dive into the 187 minutes that Trump failed to act on Jan. 6, 2021, despite pleas for help from aides, allies and even his family. The events of Jan. 6 will be outlined “minute by minute,” said the panel's vice chair, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo. “Mike Pence did all of those things; Donald Trump did not.”Testifying Thursday will be former White House aides who had close proximity to power. The White House aides were not alone in calling it quits that day. Five people died that day as Trump supporters battled the police in gory hand-to-hand combat to storm the Capitol.wftv.com
Secret Service set to turn over ‘erased’ Jan. 6 texts
The tug of war between Jan. 6 investigators and the Secret Service will hit a critical point on Tuesday when the panel examining the Capitol riot expects to receive a trove of agency text messages that could lend new insights into former President Trump’s actions that day. The transfer, if it materializes, follows several days…news.yahoo.com
Report: Conservative Newsmax peddles Jan. 6 misinformation
Scott Applewhite, File) (J. Scott Applewhite)Washington — (AP) — A conservative TV channel is presenting viewers with an “alternate universe” of how the deadly siege at the U.S. Capitol unfolded on Jan. 6, 2021, a new research report finds. The false claims broadcast on the Trump-friendly Newsmax echo the misleading defenses regularly offered by Trump, as well as his allies, about the violent day at the U.S. Capitol. Newsmax, which is available on most cable, satellite and streaming services, is watched by roughly 200,000 viewers daily. Brewster, who has been monitoring television misinformation around the Jan. 6 hearings, said Newsmax has most regularly aired falsehoods about the insurrection compared to other conservative TV channels. “These are false claims that are not new.wftv.com
Jan. 6 Capitol attack: Prime-time public hearing is set for this week
Chaos at the Capitol: A timeline of the Jan. 6 riot (NCD)The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol will hold a prime-time hearing on Thursday night. A Secret Service spokesperson said the agency has turned 800,000 records over to the committee, the Hill reported last week. Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Virginia, a committee member, said the hearing would also feature more of the videotaped testimony from former White House counsel Pat Cipollone. For now, Thursday’s hearing is the last of eight hearings the committee has held in public. Thursday’s hearing will begin at 8 p.m.wftv.com
Jan. 6 panel sets prime-time hearing on Trump, awaits Bannon
A lawyer for former Trump strategist Steve Bannon, who faces criminal charges after months of defying a congressional subpoena, told the committee over the weekend that Bannon may now be willing to testify, according to committee members. Thursday's hearing will be the first in the prime-time slot since the June 9 debut that was viewed by 20 million people. Lawmakers on the committee had indicated in mid-June there would be no more hearings until July, but in late June they held a surprise hearing for the testimony of former Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson. Her explosive testimony provided the most compelling evidence yet that Trump could be linked to a federal crime. The committee has said there is evidence that Bannon “had specific knowledge about the events planned for Jan. 6 before they occurred."wftv.com
Jan. 6 panel sets prime-time hearing on Trump, awaits Bannon
The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot is returning to prime time with a Thursday evening hearing that will examine the three-hour plus stretch when Donald Trump failed to act as a mob of supporters stormed the Capitol. The committee is racing to gather newly emerging evidence and the session could be the final one in a series of public hearings that began in early June. A lawyer for former Trump strategist Steve Bannon, who faces criminal charges after months of defying a congressional subpoena, told the committee over the weekend that Bannon may now be willing to testify, according to committee members.news.yahoo.com
Logfren says Cipollone ‘did not contradict the testimony of other witnesses’ in meeting with Jan. 6 panel
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), a member of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot, on Friday said former Trump White House counsel Pat Cipollone did not contradict the testimony of previous witnesses when he met with the panel Friday. The meeting took place behind closed doors and came after explosive public…news.yahoo.com
Trump WH counsel Cipollone gives 1/6 testimony, new info
Former White House counsel Pat Cipollone “did not contradict” testimony of previous witnesses as he appeared Friday before the Jan. 6 committee, a grueling daylong private session that produced new information to be divulged in future public hearings, one lawmaker said. Cipollone was a highly sought-after witness, especially after bombshell testimony that he tried to prevent Donald Trump from challenging the 2020 election results and worked to stop the defeated president from joining the violent mob that laid siege to the Capitol, they said. “He did not contradict the testimony of other witnesses,” Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., said late Friday on CNN.news.yahoo.com
Jan. 6 panel: More turning up with evidence against Trump
A member of the House Jan. 6 committee says more witnesses are coming forward with new details on the Capitol insurrection following former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson’s devastating testimony last week against former President Donald Trump.
Jan. 6 panel member ‘surprised’ by prosecutors’ reaction to Hutchinson testimony
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), who sits on the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot, said she is “surprised” by federal prosecutors’ reactions to testimony given before the panel this week by Cassidy Hutchinson, who previously served as an aide to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. During an appearance…news.yahoo.com
Jan. 6 committee delays hearing schedule until July
The House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol is pressing pause on its hearings for next week and picking them up again in July. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), the chairman of the committee, told reporters Wednesday that the committee would hold off on the two final hearings it had planned for…news.yahoo.com
Wednesday’s Jan. 6 hearing postponed; the next hearing will be held Thursday
Chaos at the Capitol: A timeline of the Jan. 6 riot (NCD)The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack has postponed Wednesday’s hearing. >> Read more trending newsThe committee announced Tuesday that it was dealing with technical issues and that the hearing would be rescheduled. Jeffrey Rosen, who was acting attorney general on Jan. 6, 2021, was set to testify before the committee in Wednesday’s hearing, as was former acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue and Steve Engel, former assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel. That hearing will focus on former President Donald Trump’s efforts to pressure former Vice President Mike Pence “to refuse to count certain electoral votes on Jan. 6,” according to Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyoming. The committee also announced the dates and times for two more hearings: June 21 and June 23, both at 1 p.m.wftv.com
Jan. 6 committee sets prime-time hearing date for findings
The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol will go public with its findings in a prime-time hearing next week, launching into what lawmakers hope will be one the most consequential oversight efforts in American history.
EXPLAINER: How fake electors tried to throw result to Trump
State attorneys general and the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol are digging deeper into the role that fake slates of electors played in the desperate effort by former President Donald Trump to cling to power after his 2020 defeat.
Capitol police chief defends response to ‘criminal’ rioters
Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., stops to look at damage in the early morning hours of Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, after protesters stormed the Capitol in Washington, on Wednesday. ”Make no mistake: these mass riots were not First Amendment activities; they were criminal riotous behavior. Both law enforcement and Trump supporters deployed chemical irritants during the hourslong occupation of the complex before it was cleared Wednesday evening. D.C. police said Thursday that 68 people were arrested, while Capitol police said 14 were arrested, most for unlawful entry. Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., a former police chief, said it was “painfully obvious" that Capitol police “were not prepared” for what took place Wednesday.
Lawmakers vow to investigate police after Capitol breach
(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)WASHINGTON – Lawmakers are vowing an investigation into how law enforcement handled Wednesday’s violent breach at the Capitol, questioning whether a lack of preparedness allowed a mob to occupy and vandalize the building. U.S. Capitol Police, who are charged with protecting Congress, turned to other law enforcement for help with the mob that overwhelmed the complex and sent lawmakers into hiding. Both law enforcement and Trump supporters deployed chemical irritants during the hourslong occupation of the complex before it was cleared Wednesday evening. Three other people died after suffering “medical emergencies” related to the breach, said Robert Contee, chief of the city’s Metropolitan Police Department. Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., a former police chief, said it was “painfully obvious" that Capitol police "were not prepared for today.
Trump administration turns to immigration as vote nears
And it added to charges from Trump critics that DHS and other agencies have become overtly politicized under this president. “Now, he’s trying to use the department to benefit himself electorally.”Few issues are as important to Trump's political base as immigration. But attention to the issue has ebbed in the 2020 race, as Trump has focused more on unrest in Democratic cities, leftist activists and other matters. Then Wolf followed up with the news conference to announce the enforcement operation — a fairly routine operation that resulted in a fairly low number of arrests. Trump has said Biden wants to abolish ICE and end deportations, but that's not correct.
Trump plans to slash refugee admissions to US to record low
(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)SAN DIEGO – The Trump administration has proposed further slashing the number of refugees the United States accepts to a new record low in the coming year. It’s a disgrace what they’ve done to your state,” Trump told supporters. Trump froze refugee admissions in March amid the coronavirus pandemic, citing a need to protect American jobs as fallout from the coronavirus crashed the economy. Between 2017 and 2019, his wife, Ruta, was interviewed, vetted and approved to be admitted to the United States as a refugee. He hopes his wife will be among the refugees who make it to the United States in 2021.
Democrats propose sweeping bill to curb presidential abuses
WASHINGTON – House Democrats on Wednesday proposed a bill to curb presidential abuses, a pitch to voters weeks ahead of Election Day as they try to defeat President Donald Trump, capture the Senate from Republicans and keep their House majority. Each of the bill’s provisions is a response to actions by Trump or his administration that Democrats see as abuses of presidential power. It builds on an elections and ethics reform package the House passed soon after Democrats reclaimed the majority in 2019. Congress has yet to send to the president any legislation to try to curb foreign election interference after Russia meddled on several fronts in the 2016 presidential contest. “The degradation of our democracy over the past 3 1/2 years is not the work of the president alone,'' Schiff said.
Pelosi calls for removing Confederate statues from Capitol
WASHINGTON House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is demanding that statues of Confederate figures such as Jefferson Davis be removed from the U.S. Capitol. In a letter, Pelosi told a House-Senate committee with jurisdiction over the controversial topic that Confederate statues pay homage to hate, not heritage. Protesters decrying racism have targeted Confederate monuments in multiple cities, and some state officials are considering taking them down. Pelosi lacks the authority to order the removal of the 11 Capitol statues honoring Confederates but is urging the little-noticed Joint Committee on the Library to vote to remove them. Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., the top Democrat on the library panel, called for an immediate vote to remove the statues.
What is an impeachment manager?
As President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial nears, we’re now learning a timeline for the proceedings and who will fill certain roles. What does an impeachment manager do? The seven impeachment managers will essentially try to convince the U.S. Senate that Trump deserves to be removed from office. According to CNN, the trial will likely begin with the seven impeachment managers arguing their case. During President Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial, the process took several days.