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« Reply #950 on: August 08, 2022, 11:42:07 PM »
First on CNN: Alex Jones' texts have been turned over to the January 6 committee, source says
https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/08/politics/alex-jones-january-6/index.html

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« Reply #951 on: August 08, 2022, 11:54:28 PM »
New Jan. 6 panel evidence shows Trump altered his post-Capitol riot speech

Several former Trump aides said in interviews that they pushed the president to put out a stronger statement on Jan. 7 condemning the riot.

Former President Donald Trump removed key lines from a draft document of his Jan. 7, 2021, speech that would have condemned rioters at the Capitol insurrection the day prior as not representing “our movement.”

A screengrab of Trump’s draft speech, which he made handwritten edits to, is shown in a video of Jan. 6 committee evidence and testimony shared by panel member Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.) on Twitter. The video shows edits and various lines crossed out of the prepared remarks in black Sharpie, which Trump’s daughter Ivanka identified as her father’s handwriting in an interview with the committee.

POLITICO originally obtained and reported on Trump’s draft speech, titled “Remarks on National Healing,” in January.

The former president specifically crossed out a line directed at Jan. 6 rioters that said: “I want to be very clear. You do not represent me. You do not represent our movement.” He also changed a line that originally said those who broke the law “belong in jail” to instead say that they “will pay.”

Another portion crossed out by Trump reads: “I am directing the Department of Justice to ensure all lawbreakers are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. We must send a clear message — not with mercy but with JUSTICE. Legal consequences must be swift and firm.”

In an interview with the Jan. 6 panel, Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner said he didn’t know why Trump crossed those lines out.

Several former Trump aides also said in interviews with the panel that they pushed the president to put out a stronger statement on Jan. 7 condemning the riot, especially following an influx of criticism and talk of invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office. Trump’s former director of the presidential personnel office, John McEntee, said in an interview with the committee that he believed the former president was reluctant to give the speech and that Kushner urged him to “nudge this along” with Trump.

Both former White House counsel Pat Cipollone and Kushner said in interviews that they felt it was important for Trump to give the speech to de-escalate the criticism and detach himself from the rioters who stormed the Capitol.

“In my view, he needed to express very clearly that the people who committed violent acts, went into the Capitol, did what they did, should be prosecuted and should be arrested,” Cipollone said.

Former Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson said in an interview with the committee that she believed there was concern among people around Trump that the 25th Amendment would be invoked if he didn’t make a statement condemning the violence. She also said there were concerns about Trump’s legacy.

“The secondary reason for that was think about what might happen in the final 15 days of your presidency if we don’t do this. There’s already talks about invoking the 25th Amendment. You need this as cover,” she said.

https://www.politico.com/news/2022/07/25/jan-6-trump-insurrection-speech-00047785

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« Reply #952 on: August 09, 2022, 05:41:52 AM »
Jan. 6 committee to depose Pennsylvania GOP gubernatorial nominee Doug Mastriano

- Doug Mastriano, the Republican nominee for Pennsylvania governor, plans to appear Tuesday for a deposition by the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

- But he doesn’t expect to talk for long, because it appears the panel won’t agree not to edit video clips of his testimony, his lawyer Timothy Parlatore said.

- Mastriano’s concern is that such a video could affect his chances in the upcoming election, where he faces Democratic nominee Josh Shapiro, Parlatore said.

- The committee wants to question Mastriano about his efforts to help former President Donald Trump reverse his 2020 election loss to President Joe Biden.




Doug Mastriano, the Republican nominee for governor of Pennsylvania, plans to appear Tuesday for a deposition by the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot — but he doesn’t expect to talk for long, his lawyer told CNBC.

Timothy Parlatore, who’s representing Mastriano, said the first-term state senator anticipates leaving “in less than 10 minutes” due to an unresolved issue over the terms of his deposition.

Mastriano is not willing to testify unless the panel agrees not to edit video clips of his appearance and release a potentially misleading video afterward, Parlatore said.

Mastriano’s concern is that such a video could affect his chances in the upcoming gubernatorial election, where he faces state Attorney General Josh Shapiro, the Democratic nominee, the lawyer said.

“He’s got nothing to hide,” Parlatore said of his client.

A spokesman for the committee declined CNBC’s request for comment.

The panel wants to question Mastriano about his efforts to help former President Donald Trump reverse his 2020 election loss to President Joe Biden.

In a letter in February to Mastriano, the committee’s chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., wrote, “We understand that you have knowledge of and participated in a plan to arrange for an alternate slate of electors to be presented to the President of the Senate on January 6, 2021, and we understand that you spoke with former President Trump about your post-election activities.”

Parlatore said that his issues with the deposition are “individualized” to Mastriano because of his status as a political candidate in a pending election.

Parlatore believes that neither Mastriano nor any other witness can be compelled to testify in a private session because, he said, the committee lacks a ranking member appointed by the Republican minority in the House.

And while Mastriano is willing to testify behind closed doors, he will not do so unless his conditions are met, Parlatore said. The lawyer said if Mastriano was issued a subpoena to testify at a public hearing, he would be unable to force the panel to comply with conditions before appearing.

House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy pulled all of his picks from the committee after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., rejected two of them. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., the committee’s top-ranking Republican member, serves as its vice chair, not the ranking member.

Parlatore said that if his expectations for the deposition come to pass on Tuesday, “we’ll be out shortly and then I am going to start drafting a lawsuit.”

Multiple federal judges have reportedly determined that Cheney is effectively the select committee’s ranking member, despite being appointed to the rank of vice chair by the Democrat-led panel.

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/08/08/jan-6-riot-probe-pennsylvania-gop-nominee-doug-mastriano-to-be-deposed.html

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« Reply #953 on: August 10, 2022, 06:27:07 AM »
Long road ahead.

Court has scheduled a May 2, 2023 trial in the Capitol riot case of Robert Gieswein.

Gieswein is accused of being wielding baseball bat, carrying spray cannister & leading push thru barricades.


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« Reply #954 on: August 10, 2022, 06:30:32 AM »
Bench trial is planned (judge, no jury) for high-level Jan 6 defendant Kyle Fitzsimons, who among other things allegedly wore butcher coat amid mob. In court, Fitzsimons defense attorney said Capitol Police sergeant is expected to testify for prosecution.

Judge is Rudy Contreras.


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« Reply #955 on: August 10, 2022, 09:28:29 PM »
Capitol riot: Trump supporters shown beating Officer Michael Fanone under ‘Blue Lives Matter’ flag

Watch: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/crime/blue-lives-matter-capitol-riot-b1942063.html

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« Reply #956 on: August 11, 2022, 05:54:46 AM »
PLEA AGREEMENT hearing scheduled in Capitol riot case of Geoffrey Sills, who's accused of using "deadly or dangerous weapon.. a pole-like object" to assault/resist police.

It'll be Aug 23

Sills is 1 of approx. 260 Jan 6 defendants accused of assaulting/resisting police... so far.


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« Reply #957 on: August 11, 2022, 06:03:00 AM »
TODAY: Justice Dept will seek 8 years in prison in Capitol riot case of former Rocky Mount, Virginia police officer Thomas Robertson.  Robertson packed a gas mask, food rations, large wooden stick.  And feds say he posted selfie in Capitol captioned "I am f*****g PROUD of it."


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« Reply #958 on: August 11, 2022, 06:12:56 AM »
Secret Service hands agents' phone numbers to Jan. 6 committee: Sources

The committee can now determine which agents' call records they want to review.



The U.S. Secret Service has given the House Jan. 6 committee a listing of agency-issued cell phone numbers belonging to agents based in Washington, D.C., for the period the panel is investigating, according to sources familiar with the matter.

The move is an unusual step amid heightened scrutiny of the agency's cooperation with the congressional panel investigating last year's insurrection and the role then-President Donald Trump played in it.

The committee can now determine which agents' call records they may want to review and, if they decide to do so, could either request them directly or conceivably issue subpoenas to their cell phone providers, an official familiar with the situation explained.

At the same time, the inspector general responsible for the Secret Service has obtained a listing of personal cell phones as part of its own investigation connected to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

The Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the agency, have faced criticism in recent weeks for wiping text messages belonging to agents on and around Jan. 6, 2021. Congressional Democrats have accused the Homeland Security inspector general of abandoning efforts to collect text and phone records from that day.

Seeking and obtaining information from personal devices from federal workers is a "highly unusual" step, according to ABC News contributor Don Mihalek, a retired senior Secret Service agent, and could reflect a renewed effort by the agency to further demonstrate its cooperation with congressional investigators.

The Secret Service has faced serious criticism in recent weeks as committee testimony focused on Trump's conduct on Jan. 6, 2021, and what agents assigned to the White House did and saw that day.

At the same time, Mihalek said, the agency's decision to hand personal device information over to the committee could present thorny legal challenges.

A spokesperson for the Secret Service recently acknowledged that some phone data from January 2021 was lost as the result of a pre-planned data transfer, noting that the transfer was underway when the inspector general's office made the request in February 2021.

ABC News reported Thursday that DHS is reviewing its electronic retention policies and would halt wiping political appointees' phones until the review is complete.

The Secret Service and representatives of the Jan. 6 committee declined to comment.

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/secret-service-hands-agents-phone-numbers-jan-committee/story?id=88045692

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« Reply #959 on: August 12, 2022, 06:42:04 AM »
Initial appearance yesterday in Capitol breach case of Jerod Bargar of Missouri, who's accused of having gun amid mob on Jan 6.


 

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