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« Reply #1424 on: July 14, 2023, 08:13:41 PM »
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Sentencing is beginning in Jan 6 case of Audrey Southard-Rumsey.

Prosecutors will ask for 6 years prison, arguing she went on "violent rampage" in Capitol.  And they say, while carrying a pole, she was a "principal agitator" in the mob -- and called "for a 1776-style revolution."

Prosecutor argues Southard “led the mob toward the House Chamber”  on Jan 6.

“She was directly terrorizing Congress”.

Prosecutor argues against the type of “caught up in the moment” defense that’s frequently invoked by Jan 6 defendants.

Asst US Attorney says Southard “worked on a revolutionary manifesto”.

Prosecutor says Southard sought to “install Donald Trump as President”.


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« Reply #1425 on: July 14, 2023, 08:24:01 PM »
WATCH: Jan. 6 rioters came within feet of Pence

Former Vice President Mike Pence was evacuated to a secure location within the U.S. Capitol as rioters were overtaking the building.


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Re: 1/6 Insurrection Investigation
« Reply #1426 on: July 15, 2023, 05:05:28 AM »
'He's looking at everything': Legal expert says Jack Smith's new interviews show he's closing in



Special counsel Jack Smith is ramping up the investigation of the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by interviewing election officials in Pennsylvania and New Mexico.

This is a huge indicator that Smith's investigation is going over the entire scheme with a fine tooth comb, argued former federal prosecutor Elie Honig on CNN Friday.

"As we have learned in recent weeks about truly how broad the January 6th investigation is, we now know it's gone into all seven of these battleground states," said anchor Kaitlan Collins. "What does it signify to you as we learn more about this investigation, where it could be going?"

"Two weeks ago, there were questions about just how broadly is Jack Smith looking here, is he looking narrowly at the submission of fake electors?" said Honig. "We now know the answer. He's looking at everything. He's looking at all seven states. He's focusing on all different aspects of the pressure campaign on state and local officials, on Mike Pence, the submission of the fake elector certificates."

In other words, Honig added, "He's doing what prosecutors have to do. He's getting all the information. Then he's got to sit down and winnow it down and figure out, is any of it criminal."

"One thing that's interesting about Al Schmidt, the Republican in Pennsylvania, is he said he was asked about how misinformation on widespread voter fraud impacted officials," said Collins. "That stood out to me, because [Michigan Secretary of State] Jocelyn Benson said the same thing, that she was asked about the impact these lies had on election officials. What would Jack Smith's team be trying to do with that information?"

"We used to sometimes say that building a case is like building a house," said Honig. "If you think of it that way, the misinformation is the foundation. Everything that followed, all these pressure campaigns, all these schemes were all based on a lot of disinformation. The false claim that Donald Trump had won this election and that there was massive fraud. And it's not surprising we're hearing similar things from different state officials in different states because you would want, as a prosecutor, to ask the same slate of questions. If you find yourself getting the same type of answer over and over, that contributes to an argument that this was coordinated, this was intentional, this was a conspiracy."

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« Reply #1427 on: July 15, 2023, 04:07:42 PM »
Jack Smith can prove 'Trump participated in an insurrection': Former Bush official

Donald Ayer, a former deputy attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, appeared on CNN Friday to make the case that special counsel Jack Smith has the evidence he needs to show former President Donald Trump participated in an insurrection against the United States government.

Ayer started off by arguing that the DOJ would be very careful in bringing charges of supporting an insurrection against Trump, but he argued that prosecutors had what they needed to make such a charge stick.

"It fits like a glove, what Trump did," he said. "You can tell this story in terms of Trump summoning these people to Washington, and his conduct during the day... the tweet that he sent out [saying] Pence isn't doing his job, and then sitting there for 187 minutes and doing nothing, and really lending support. He participated in an insurrection and supported it."

Ayer also said that it was necessary from a practical perspective for Smith to prove that Trump knew he legitimately lost the 2020 election -- but he thinks that Smith has "overwhelming" evidence to support such a charge.

"He said it to a bunch of people," he said. "He may have said it to his family members. And so he knew he had lost, and he went ahead and did these things."

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Re: 1/6 Insurrection Investigation
« Reply #1428 on: July 16, 2023, 03:31:18 AM »
More new charges are coming!

Legal experts see strong potential for Trump charges in Jan. 6 probe
https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/4095773-legal-experts-see-strong-potential-for-trump-charges-in-jan-6-probe/

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« Reply #1429 on: July 16, 2023, 09:48:43 PM »
Feds to seek 10-year prison sentence in Jan 6 case of Chris Alberts, arguing he was "wearing metal-plated body armor.. carrying a concealed, fully loaded firearm (containing hollow point.. rounds), gas mask, throat mic, binoculars, bungee cords.. fully loaded ammunition magazine".


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« Reply #1430 on: July 21, 2023, 09:18:02 AM »
The newest wave of Jan 6 criminal cases continues to grow.

Court has unsealed case against Joshua Coker of Toledo, Ohio.

Charging documents allege Coker was inside Senate Chamber, while amid the mob.


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« Reply #1431 on: July 21, 2023, 09:56:37 AM »
Special Counsel Probes Team Trump’s Jan. 6 ‘War Room’

The special counsel's investigators are grilling Trump's allies about a series of meetings at the Willard Hotel ahead of Jan. 6, sources tell Rolling Stone



IN THE DAYS and hours before the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, diehard Donald Trump allies gathered at Washington’s Willard Hotel, hunkered down as the last-ditch efforts to overturn the 2020 election went forward. What exactly they were doing in those meetings was a subject of intense interest for Congress’ Jan. 6 investigation, but the committee ran into the limits of its powers as it struggled to reconstruct the specifics of those eleventh-hour meetings.

Now, special counsel Jack Smith’s office is taking its shot, hoping to figure out exactly what went down in the Willard “war room” — and just how involved Trump himself was in the Willard-based efforts to stop the transfer of power to then president-elect Joe Biden.

Special counsel investigators are grilling witnesses about the crucial Willard meetings, two people with knowledge of the investigation tell Rolling Stone. It could prove to be a fruitful line of questioning. One former senior Trump administration official, who stayed on through the Jan. 6 riot, simply refers to it as “the crime headquarters.”

The Willard, a luxury hotel a block from the White House, became the site of what participants described as a “war room” for Trump-aligned lawyers and diehard MAGA operatives working to overturn the 2020 election. The summit took place in the days and hours before the certification of electoral college votes on Jan. 6, and participants included Trump advisers and allies such as Giuliani, John Eastman, Bernard Kerik, Boris Epshteyn, and Steve Bannon.

Investigators led by special counsel Jack Smith have questioned multiple witnesses — including then-top Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani — about the timeline and deliberations of the meetings, seeking to reconstruct the events, the sources say. The investigators also plan to bring in additional witnesses who have knowledge of the Willard meetings, the sources add.

The federal investigators are also focused on the level of Trump’s direct involvement in the meetings, the sources say. The then-president reportedly called Rudy Giuliani on Jan. 5 to complain about Vice President Mike Pence’s refusal to go along with a plan to block the counting of legitimate electoral college votes, according to interviews conducted by the Jan. 6 Committee.

The special counsel’s office declined to comment on this story. But Smith’s interest in Trump associates’ activities at the Willard Hotel, where the then-president’s lieutenants reportedly oversaw the effort to disrupt the count of legitimate electoral college votes, suggests the special counsel is exploring Trump’s role in and knowledge of the efforts to disrupt the proceedings.

Early this week, the former president was sent a target letter related to this investigation, strongly suggesting that an indictment — Trump’s third of the year — could be coming soon. The letter listed the federal statutes under which Trump is expected to be charged, including conspiracy, obstruction, and civil rights violations.

Smith’s office’s efforts to reconstruct what occurred at the Willard during the tumultuous Trump-Biden presidential transition could address questions left unanswered by Congress’ wide-ranging investigation into Trump and his associates.

The January 6 House committee interviewed a number of Trump allies in attendance about the Willard “war room,” including Giuliani and Kerik. But others, including Trumpist attorney Eastman, invoked their Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination when asked even basic questions about whether they were in attendance at the Trump “war room” in early Jan. 2021.

“We didn’t get to peek behind the curtain there because they stonewalled us,” a former Jan. 6 committee staffer tells Rolling Stone in reference to the Willard investigation.

The House committee also focused on the phone call Trump apparently made to deputies at the hotel the day before the insurrection.

During Giuliani’s interview with the January 6 House committee, investigators asked about a phone call which they said took place between Trump, Giuliani, and Bannon at the hotel. Trump, one investigator said during Giuliani’s deposition, “called you and Mr. Steve Bannon and conveyed to you that the Vice President was very arrogant and that the President wasn’t happy with him,” according to transcripts released by Congress.

Giuliani, citing attorney-client privilege issues, declined to describe the substance of his call with the former president.

The Trump “war room” at the hotel was a subject of particular interest for the committee’s investigation for its role as a hub for the Trump campaign’s attempts to block the counting of electoral votes on January 6. Top Trump advisers used the so-called “command center” while pressuring Vice President Mike Pence to reject the counting of legitimate electoral votes and encourage state legislatures to instead send slates of bogus pro-Trump electors in battleground states where the former president had lost to Joe Biden.

In a sign that the fake electors plot could be a key part of the Smith investigation, the special counsel’s office has issued subpoenas to election officials in Arizona, Michigan, and Wisconsin seeking information about the activities of the Trump campaign.

Despite the “command center’s” importance in Trump’s attempted coup, during the presidential transition, the Willard hub attracted the private ire of other Trump advisers who were quietly embarrassed by Giuliani and others’ efforts. Other members of the administration and Trump campaign advisers, the former official says, regularly mocked their work and had nicknames for the “Star Wars cantina” of 2020 dead-enders.

One former senior Trump campaign official tells Rolling Stone that, in discussions at the time with other Trump aides, they called the Willard hotspot “idiot island.”

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/trump-jan-6-jack-smith-willard-war-room-1234792827/



Trump State Department appointee found guilty of seven felonies in Jan. 6 case

Federico Klein had a bench trial before another Trump appointee



WASHINGTON — A Donald Trump political appointee who attempted to storm the Capitol on Jan. 6 was convicted of seven felonies Thursday, the same day a grand jury deciding whether to indict the former president for his efforts to stop the peaceful transfer of power was hearing testimony from former White House aide William Russell.

Federico Klein, who worked in the State Department during the Trump administration, was convicted by U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden, also a Trump appointee, after a bench trial that unfolded last week. Klein was represented by Stanley Woodward, an attorney for several former Trump officials, including Russell, who was testifying elsewhere in the federal courthouse. Klein, who was 42 at the time of his arrest, faced charges of assaulting, resisting or impeding officers; obstruction of an official proceeding; and civil disorder; as well as misdemeanor offenses.

Klein was originally set to go to trial alongside two other co-defendants, but one of the men — Christopher Quaglin — admitted his guilt. Klein instead went to trial alongside Steven Cappuccio, of Texas, who authorities said ripped off an officer’s mask and joined an effort to try to charge past law enforcement.

Klein was in a tunnel leading into the U.S. Capitol, where some of the worst violence against police took place on Jan. 6, 2021, prosecutors had argued. He did not enter the building, however.

During the trial, Woodward argued that it was in "the eye of the beholder" what Klein was doing in the tunnel. He acknowledged that Klein's presence at the front of the police line was not a factor in his favor but that the government had not proven Klein's intentions that day.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/justice-department/trump-state-department-appointee-found-guilty-seven-felonies-jan-6-cas-rcna95194