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    Prince Charles's charitable fund will not be investigated by a watchdog for accepting £1million from the family of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden. It received the donation after the Prince of Wales had a private meeting with the terrorist's half-brother Bakr bin Laden in 2013 – two years after the Al Qaeda leader was killed by US special forces. But today the Charity Commission said trustees could take money from whomever they wanted and said it would not launch a probe into the cash gift.  A spokesperson told MailOnline: 'Whether to accept a donation is ultimately a matter for trustees. 'Based on current information, this historic donation does not appear to be unlawful. 'There is therefore no role for the Commission.'  Royal sources denied reports that Charles, 73, had 'brokered' the donation, or that he agreed to it in the face of opposition from his advisers. Clarence House said the trustees of the Prince of Wales's Charitable Fund (PWCF) had agreed to accept the donation without the prince's involvement, and that they carried out 'thorough due diligence'. Prince Charles was accused of...
    (CNN)The Wisconsin Elections Commission plans to meet next week to consider making a criminal referral against a Racine County man who ordered absentee ballots in the names of a top state lawmaker and other voters in what he says was an effort to expose vulnerabilities in Wisconsin's voting system.In a letter to state officials posted on video-sharing platform Rumble, Harry Wait -- the president of a group called Honest, Open and Transparent Government -- said he went online this week and successfully ordered absentee ballots in the names of Wisconsin State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, Racine Mayor Cory Mason and other voters to show the "ease of harvesting election ballots online."Wait, whose group has focused on fraud claims surrounding the 2020 election, said he stood ready "to be charged for exposing these voting vulnerabilities." Wisconsin assembly speaker says Trump called him this month to decertify 2020 electionHe has expounded on his actions in multiple media interviews in recent days."If that's what it takes to stop the fraud in our elections, so we can have real, safe, secure elections, yes,...
    A Washington state judge was blasted for telling a serial criminal he'd be sent to prison and raped by an inmate named 'Bubba' if he didn't change his ways. Judge Virginia Amato was officially reprimanded after telling the unnamed domestic abuse suspect last August that he was on course 'to be Bubba's new best girlfriend in the state penitentiary.' 'That may hopefully give you a graphic image to think about… And if you think I'm kidding, I'm not,' the judge said, according to a complaint.  The man said he understood, and Amato continued to bestow her judge's wisdom: 'The folks at the penitentiary have mothers and sisters and nieces and cousins that they do not want someone out there abusing,' she warned, 'And they will take that out on you, at the penitentiary. So think about that because you're racking up felonies at this point.'   Amado made the controversial remark during an arraignment hearing for the man, who was on probation at the time of the suspected misdemeanor violence incident. Further details on that incident, or his criminal past, have...
    At Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s swearing-in ceremony in 2018, a section of seats up front was cordoned off for deputies from the East L.A. sheriff’s station. The special treatment raised eyebrows. The station had been under scrutiny at the time because of an alleged assault involving deputies linked to the Banditos — one of the controversial groups scattered across the department often referred to as “deputy gangs.” Matthew Burson, at the time a captain in the Sheriff’s Department who was overseeing a criminal investigation into the assault, took particular notice. “You’re sheriff of the entire county — you don’t single out one station as your favorite,” Burson, who was promoted by Villanueva to chief and is now retired, testified Friday before the Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission. Burson appeared as part of the commission’s ongoing public hearings into the “deputy gangs,” which have plagued the department for decades. Under oath, Burson said he was directed to steer the investigation away from the Banditos, confirming a written declaration filed in a lawsuit last month in which Burson said he...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tony Evers said Friday he can’t think of anyone worse to fill a vacancy on Wisconsin’s bipartisan elections commission than a Republican-hired election investigator and he prays that the former state Supreme Court justice isn’t named to the panel. Evers’s comments come a day after the Republican Assembly leader said he wasn’t ruling anyone out for the job, including the investigator he hired, former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman. His work questioning President Joe Biden’s win in Wisconsin has received widespread bipartisan criticism. Evers, speaking at a campaign event outside the Capitol, also praised outgoing Republican elections commissioner Dean Knudson, saying he was disappointed the former lawmaker decided to resign under pressure from fellow Republicans upset that he didn’t question Donald Trump’s loss in 2020. Knudson’s departure creates a vacancy to be filled by Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos. He refused to rule anyone out for the appointment, including Gableman. When asked what he thought of the possibility of Vos naming Gableman to serve on the commission that oversees elections in Wisconsin, Evers...
    President Joe Biden suffered another brain cramp during a ceremony to commission the Navy's newest nuclear submarine, saying the first lady previously held the office of Vice President during the Obama administration.  Biden, 79, was praising his wife Jill Biden, 70, for her work and commitment to military families after she was named the USS Delaware's sponsor during its commissioning in Wilmington, Delaware, on Saturday.  'I'm deeply proud of the work she is doing as First Lady with Joining Forces initiative she started with Michelle Obama when she was Vice President and now carries on,' the president mistakenly said.  It was the latest blunder for the president, leading the White House to send out an updated transcript which said changed the reference from she to I. 'And I'm deeply proud of the work she is doing as First Lady with Joining Forces initiative she started with Michelle Obama when she [I] was Vice President and now carries on,' the White House official transcript reads.  President Joe Biden said the first lady previously held office as Vice President during the Obama administration in his latest blunder...
    Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday filed a lawsuit against the state's ethics commission, the latest move in an ongoing dispute over his earnings from a book about his efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the lawsuit, filed in state Supreme Court in Albany, Cuomo accused the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, JCOPE, of violating his constitutional rights and showing 'extraordinary bias against him.' A spokesperson for JCOPE said they had no comment. In December, JCOPE ordered Cuomo to turn over money from his book 'American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic.'  Cuomo's camp decried the order and promised a legal fight. Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday filed a lawsuit against the state's ethics commission 'The (former) Governor will seek the intercession of the court to protect his rights and prevent further abuses by JCOPE of its authority,' Justice James McGuire said in January in the letter to commission chair Jose L. Nieves. 'I therefore put JCOPE’s commissioners and its staff on notice that they must preserve all records, including emails, texts, and all...
    Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) came out in opposition to leniency for U.S. Capitol rioters, and MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said that showed he wanted Donald Trump purged from the Republican Party. The Kentucky Republican said he would not shorten the sentences for any of the insurrectionists who pleaded guilty to crimes related to the Jan. 6 attack, after Trump pledged to pardon some or all of them if re-elected, and the "Morning Joe" host said McConnell's position on the riot has been consistent. "It's one thing that time and again,Mitch has been unambiguous about," Scarborough said. "That is that people that committed crimes on Jan. 6 should be punished, that Jan. 6 was an atrocity, and whatever Donald Trump is saying about Jan. 6 is not true. Again, he wants to empower the Jan. 6 commission -- which, of course, he was against, bipartisan commission, which was a mistake. [Sen. Joe] Manchin thinks it was a mistake, a lot of people do, but he's certainly gotten behind this one." "He wants the dirty truth told about Donald Trump because...
    CNN anchor Kate Bolduan pulled no punches after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was grilled about the Jan. 6 committee at a press conference, exclaiming “HE WAS LYING!” Seconds after McCarthy exited his weekly press conference after enduring a contentious grilling about the House Select Committee Investigating the Jan. 6 Attack on the Capitol — with which McCarthy has declined to cooperate — Bolduan drew a pronounced breath before introducing John Harwood and Melanie Zanona to analyze the presser. And when Harwood was too generous for her taste, Bolduan jumped in to correct him. “Liz Cheney said yesterday ‘I wish Kevin McCarthy were a brave and honorable man.’ He just demonstrated in that news conference why she does not see those qualities in him,” Harwood said. “He was not willing to talk about the events of January 6th in any reasonable way. He was deflecting and ducking and dodging about the things that he said that night–” “HE WAS LYING! He was lying,” Bolduan interrupted. “–yes, right,” Harwood continued, “when when he condemned President Trump. He evaded all attempts to...
    Disgraced alleged sex harasser, abuser and former New York State governor Andrew Cuomo has been ordered to pay back all money, totaling about $5 million, that he made from the writing and sale of 'American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic.' Judging from the self-righteous objections of Cuomo's lawyer and spokesman, he plans to fight this tooth and nail.  Cuomo's profoundly tone-deaf, self-gratifying book extolled his supposed leadership in the early days of the pandemic, as the chief executive of the Empire State. The wildly profitable New York Times bestseller stuck in the caw of many as Cuomo is also accused of rampant sexual harassment and worse as governor, as well as, supposedly covering up the full scope of pandemic-related nursing home deaths on his watch. In October, he was charged with groping a female aide's breast 'for the purposes of degrading and gratifying his sexual desires,' according to a criminal complaint. The gov resigned in the face of the exploding sex misconduct and abuse scandal in August. Now, though it may come as little consolation to Cuomo's critics, it...
    Governor Ron DeSantis tore into President Joe Biden's 'clandestine' flights reportedly bringing undocumented migrants to Florida and threatened to send those people to Biden's home state of Delaware during a press conference on Wednesday. He also condemned Biden's 'absurd' double standard in raising concern over the recent migrant crisis on the border between Poland and Belarus while staying silent on the US's own southwest border in a separate statement to DailyMail.com.  Reports that migrants are being flown in to Jacksonville, Florida and other US destinations in the middle of the night surfaced last month on the city's local News 4 Jax.   'So, here's what happens with these flights - there's no notification to the state of Florida. They're done mostly in the middle of the night, and it's clandestine, and we really have no say into it,' DeSantis said on Wednesday. The Republican governor warned, 'My view would be, if they're going to come here, you know, we'll provide buses and provide them. I will send them to Delaware.' 'If [Biden's] not going to support the border being secured, then...
    President Joe Biden told a CNN town hall on Thursday that it was “not appropriate” for him to say the Justice Department would prosecute those who fought subpoenas issued by the Jan. 6 House committee. CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked Biden about a comment he made last week that the Justice Department should prosecute Trump administration officials who defied subpoenas issued by the committee. “I do, yes,” Biden told reporters when he was asked whether the department should prosecute officials including former Trump adviser Steve Bannon. “The way I said it was not appropriate,” Biden told Cooper on Thursday. “I said — they asked me, would I — do I think that they should be prosecuted for denying the — for not showing up at the committee. And I said, ‘Yes.'” Biden said the department was “corrupted” under Trump and added, “I should have chosen my words more wisely. I did not, have not, and will not pick up the phone and call the attorney general and tell him what he should or should not do in terms of who he...
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki delivered some bad news to former President Donald Trump over his bid to “fight” subpoenas from the January 6 select committee investigating the Capitol insurrection. The commission issued subpoenas for former Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and others this week, a move that Trump responded to in a randomly capitalized statement vowing to “fight the Subpoenas on Executive Privilege and other grounds.” Psaki was asked about Trump’s statement Friday, and whether President Joe Biden would support a claim of executive privilege. Her response was not favorable to the person this White House has taken to calling “the former guy”: Q Jen, thanks. The former President, last night, in response to these subpoenas that were announced by the January 6th Committee, said that he was going to assert executive privilege. He’s not in the executive branch anymore, so I don’t think he can do that. Has he reached out or have his people reached out to the Biden administration to say, “Hey, we don’t want communications between former President Trump and Mark Meadows,” for example,” to be...
    CONOR MCGREGOR has claimed he's 'owed commission' from Manny Pacquiao's recent fight with Yordenis Ugas. Former eight-weight world champion Pacquiao suffered a unanimous decision defeat to the WBA welterweight champion last weekend in Las Vegas. 3Manny Pacquiao came up short in his clash with Yordenis Ugas last weekendCredit: GETTY 3Conor McGregor claims he's due 'commission' from Pacman's last foray to the ringCredit: GETTY Among the interested observers was UFC superstar McGregor, who was in talks to box the Filipino before losing his rematch with Dustin Poirier in January. And The Notorious has claimed he's due a pretty penny from the fight, tweeting: "I’m owed commission off that manny fight and I want it." A showdown between McGregor and Pacquiao is unlikely to come to fruition as the pride of the Philippines is contemplating hanging up his gloves. In the post-fight press conference, he said: "In the future, you may not see Manny Pacquiao fight again in the ring. "I don't know. But for how many decades, I'm so happy with what I've done in boxing. "I contribute a record in...
    A former federal prosecutor revealed in a new report that she believes New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo tried to hinder her efforts to lead an investigation of New York state government corruption that he himself picked her for because she was digging into his political allies. Danya Perry told the New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow that when she was chief of investigations for the Moreland Commission in 2014, Cuomo and his aides used the same tactics demonstrated in his response to recent scandals in attempting to thwart her investigation. CUOMO IMPEACHMENT: NY DEMOCRATS CANNOT ‘SLOW WALK’ GOVERNOR'S OUSTER AFTER DAMINING AG REPORT, STEFANIK SAYS "Every single thing I’ve seen in the past couple of months was foreshadowed," Perry said. "He obstructed, he lied, he bullied, he threatened," she explained. "It’s an M.O., and all of the different components of it — he tried them on for size with Moreland." Those alleged methods, the report said, included Cuomo personally telling Perry to back off from pursuing criminal cases and even calling the White House complaining about then-U.S. Attorney for the Southern District...
    A large activity will face Sampson Boxing together with Tello Box in the just started month of August, where there will be televised billboards, evenings without TV, a great function in Panama and, as usual, good international opportunities for Argentine fighters. Next weekend two shows without TV We will start on Friday, August 13, without television, at the Chess Club, in La Calera, Córdoba, being the background fight that will be held by local welterweight Williams Herrera against Jonathan Ruiz from Entre Ríos, 8 laps away. In the same evening, which will be made up of 3 professional fights, Nicolás Vergara from Córdoba will make his second rented fight, who will cross gloves with Ángel Comán from Santiago, at 4 rounds at super bantamweight. The next day, at the Paraná Fútbol Club in San Pedro, Buenos Aires, another function without TV will take place in which the undefeated local featherweight Laureano Ubiedo Sciuto (4-0-0, 2 KO) will face 8 episodes with the Pampean Daniel Coronel. Right there, the promising super welterweight from Buenos Aires León Gavilán (2-0-0) will fight...
    Republican congressman Jim Jordan has admitted he spoke with Donald Trump on January 6 but refused to reveal what they discussed - after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blocked him from joining a special committee to investigate the Capitol riots. Fox News host Bret Baier asked Jordan, the 57-year-old Trump loyalist, on Tuesday if he had spoken with the then-president on the day of the deadly Capitol insurrection. Jordan deflected, saying: 'I've talked to the former president umpteen times, thousands. I mean, not thousands–' Baier jumped in asking for clarity, saying: 'I mean on January 6.' 'I talked to the president. I never talk about what we talk about. I just don't think that's appropriate, just like I don't talk about what happens in Republican conferences,' Jordan responded. He continued: 'So I talked to the president numerous times. I continue to talk to the president.' Baier once again asked for a straight-forward answer from the Ohio politician, saying: 'No, no. I mean on January 6, congressman.' 'Yes. I mean I've talked the president so many – I can't remember all the days...
    Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., claimed Monday that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., would have denied the Sep. 11th terrorist attacks happened to prevent a commission from investigating if he were Republican leader at the time. "Had Kevin McCarthy been the leader then, there would have been no 9/11 commission. There would have been an effort to persuade the country that it didn’t happen, or it’s overblown, or who knows what the explanation would have been," he said.  Schiff made the brazen remark during an appearance on CNN, comparing the commission to investigate the Capitol riot events on Jan. 6 to one investigating the worst terrorist attack in American history. Numerous figures on the left have directly compared the two, outraging some of the family members of 9/11 victims. MCCARTHY CALLS CHENEY, KINZINGER ‘PELOSI REPUBLICANS’ "You could have made the same point after 9/11: Do we really need an investigation?" Schiff said after host Anderson Cooper described the politicization of the debate surrounding the Jan. 6 commission as "stunning," and compared it to the investigation following 9/11.  "Don’t we know...
    DONALD Trump controversially asked his Sarasota rally "who shot Ashli Babbitt" - his supporter who was gunned down in Washington DC. While in Florida, he urged the unknown Capitol cop to be named - as he teased "we are looking at the 2024 election, more than looking at it". 7Donald Trump speaks during a rally on July 3, 2021 in Sarasota, FloridaCredit: Getty Images - Getty 7Ashli Babbitt was killed inside the Capitol buildingCredit: Twitter The Saturday rally - which drew thousands of supporters - was billed as a Fourth of July celebration with fireworks. It was the latest in a series of appearances as the former president tries to keep Republicans' focus on him. He denounced the policies of his Democratic successor, Joe Biden, and teased of 2024: "We are looking at the election, more than looking at it," prompting cheers from the pumped-up Sarasota crowd. Trump has been under fire for demanding the identity of the Capitol police officer who shot and killed the rioter during the January 6 insurrection. His contentious question at the rally came days...
    A Boston police officer created a fake arrest report for his best friend's brother in a bizarre bid to help him avoid getting fired for missing work.   Boston Police Officer James Clark violated the state's conflict of interest law by filling out a false criminal complaint application for his friend's brother who was a bus driver for the the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, the state's Ethics Commission said in a statement.  The unnamed bus driver was under a 'Last Chance Agreement' and subject to immediate discharge for violating the MBTA's attendance policy when he overslept and missed his work shift in July 2016, the commission said.   The bus driver, desperate to come up with an excuse to avoid termination turned to Clark, a 25-year BPD veteran who happened to be his brother's best friend. Officer Clark initially denied the bus driver's request to provide him with documentation that showed he was arrested, according to a Public Education Letter from the Ethics Commission.    But he later agreed to fill out an obsolete form, saying the driver had been arrested in Brighton for assault and battery...
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (KDKA) — U.S. Senator Pat Toomey said he supports a bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and is waiting for a second vote to be taken on the issue. In a wide-ranging interview on Wednesday with KDKA political editor Jon Delano, Toomey rejected claims that he was holding up a transportation bill because he opposed more funding for public transit. READ MORE: Rocks And Debris From Train Trestle Damage Mans Truck While He Was Driving Pennsylvania’s Republican senator has announced his retirement, but he’s still in the thick of things at the U.S. Capitol. Generally conservative, Toomey, who voted to convict Donald Trump for his actions on Jan. 6, is not always predictable — and he’s not quitting early. “Don’t push me out the door too early. I’ve got 18 months before I retire, so that’s a lot of time, a lot of time to be as productive as I can,” said the senator. WATCH: Jon Delano Reports The Jan. 6 riots at the Capitol disturbed him, and although he missed...
    A Washington, DC, police officer who was beaten as he tried to prevent rioters from entering the Capitol on January 6 has said he and his colleagues feel abandoned by the lawmakers they tried to protect. Michael Fanone was on the front lines when a group of far-right protesters descended on the Capitol on January 6 in an effort to prevent Congress from certifying the results of the results of the 2020 presidential election. Body camera footage from the riot showed a large group of protesters pulling Fanone into the crowd, as one man yelled 'I got one,' before protesters were seen beating him. Last month, Senate Republicans blocked a proposal to create an independent commission to investigate the events of that day, and in recent weeks, several members of Congress have promoted conspiracy theories that the FBI was involved in the attack and that it was a 'normal tourist visit.' And just last week, 21 House Republicans voted against a measure to award Capitol Police a Congressional Gold Medal for their work in the riots. The bill ultimately passed, however,...
    British scientist Peter Daszak has been removed from the COVID commission looking at the origins of the pandemic after significant questions were raised about his scientific impartiality. Daszak, president of the New York-based EcoHealth Alliance, was one of 28 experts from around the world asked to analyze how best to respond to the pandemic. The panel comprised leading global figures in public health, economics, philanthropy, diplomacy and politics. On Monday, his profile was updated to include the note: 'recused from Commission work on the origins of the pandemic'. On Monday the COVID commission updated their website to show that Daszak was recused
    https://www.mediaite.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Joe-Rogan-January-6th-Commission.mp3 On The Joe Rogan Experience podcast on Wednesday, Rogan told guests Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti that a commission to investigate the January 6 Capitol riot is needed. Last month, a measure that would have established a bipartisan one failed to gain enough Republican votes in the Senate. At one point during the show, Enjeti suggested that there are more pressing issues that need to be addressed – such as a “national reckoning” on home prices – than a bipartisan commission about the Capitol riot. “Ok, but they’re not mutually exclusive,” said Rogan. Enjeti responded by saying that such a commission would dominate the headlines, but Rogan pushed back. I think it’s really important. And one of the reasons why I think it’s important is because it highlights the reasons why a guy like Donald Trump is so fucking dangerous. [It] is because a guy can incite a bunch of morons to do something really fucking stupid. And now that he’s silenced off of social media, and now that that actually did happen, once it becomes a thing,...
    Former Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday night he and former President Donald Trump might not ever agree on what happened during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. “January 6 was a dark day in the history of the United States Capitol,” Pence said while speaking at the Republican Committee’s Lincoln-Reagan Dinner. “But thanks to the swift action of the Capitol Police and federal law enforcement, violence was quelled, the Capitol was secured. And that same day we reconvened the Congress and did our duty under the Constitution and the laws of the United States.” Pence on Jan. 6: “President Trump and I have spoken many times since we left office. And I don’t know if we’ll ever see eye to eye on that day. But I will always be proud of what we accomplished…” pic.twitter.com/AibOUha531 — Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) June 3, 2021 “You know, President Trump and I have spoken many times since we left office,” he added. “And I don’t know if we’ll ever see eye to eye on that day. But I will always be proud of...
    Joshua Roberts / Getty Images Former President Donald Trump put out a statement on Tuesday going after former Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R- VA). Comstock has been somewhat outspoken in calling out the former president over the big lie about the 2020 election, and said last month she can’t fathom why the Republican party would continue anchoring itself to him after his big loss. She was with Brian Sicknick’s mother and partner last week when they were on Capitol Hill to meet with Republican senators and push them to back the 1/6 commission. Just two days ago, Comstock said on Meet the Press that if Trump “disappeared tomorrow,” not many Republicans would search for him. Trump’s statement goes after Comstock for losing her race and says, “She had no problems being with me while in the Oval Office, or when she needed something.” He throws Comstock in a list with others like “Little Ben Sasse” and Liz Cheney and Mitt Romney as “RINO losers.” Trump blasts former Rep. Barbara Comstock as a RINO and includes a picture of himself signing something...
    MICHIGAN Republican Rep Peter Meijer appeared to blast the GOP as a party of "treacherous snakes salivating for civil war" in his blistering Memorial Day statement. Meijer is a US Army veteran who served in Iraq, worked as a conflict analyst in Afghanistan, and voted to impeach Donald Trump after the January 6 Capitol riots. 14Rep Peter Meijer posted a blistering statement on Twitter yesterdayCredit: Twitter 14Trump supporters stormed the Capitol earlier this yearCredit: STEPHANIE KEITH 14The supporters clashed with copsCredit: AFP After speaking out about his struggle with "stupid hot takes [and] brow-beatings from the holier-than-thous" on Memorial Day, the congressman then apparently slammed his own party. "Then there are those who take this sacrifice for granted, waxing patriotic while salivating for civil war," he raged. "Claiming they need to destroy the Republic in order to save it in the ultimate betrayal of oaths sworn. Those treacherous snakes can go straight to hell." "Today & always, remember the fallen and those who loved them. Remember what it was they sacrificed for." "And remember the need to protect it from the...
    Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., told reporters Friday that he would rather be fishing or golfing for Memorial Day Weekend ahead of a congressional vote on whether to establish a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. "We’re in the fourth quarter of life. You know who we’re doing this for? You," Tuberville said while gesturing toward reporters. "I’d rather be fishing right now, or golfing," he added. Tuberville was one of 35 Republicans who voted nay during a procedural vote to determine whether the Senate should take up a House-passed bill on the establishment of a commission. The 66-year-old senator assumed office in January. The final vote was 54-35, falling six votes short of the 60 required to bypass the filibuster. The Senate adjourned for a Memorial Day recess soon after the vote.  Six Republicans – Sens. Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Bill Cassidy, Ben Sasse and Rob Portman – voted to advance the measure. The bill called for the creation of an independent bipartisan panel to study what led to the events of Jan. 6,...
    Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerSenate votes to advance China bill after Schumer strikes deal Pelosi: 'Personally devastated' by latest mass shooting in home state Schumer says Senate will move on Biden's infrastructure agenda in July MORE (D-N.Y.) warned on Friday that he could force a second vote on a House-passed bill setting up a commission to probe the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Schumer, in a letter to Senate Democrats, signaled that the measure could come back up, after most Senate Republicans voted against it in a key test vote Friday afternoon. "Senators should rest assured that the events of January 6th will be investigated and that as Majority Leader, I reserve the right to force the Senate to vote on the bill again at the appropriate time," Schumer wrote. The letter was shared shortly after Republicans successfully launched their first filibuster of the 117th Congress, pouring fuel on progressive calls for Democrats to get rid of the 60-vote hurdle needed to pass most legislation. Schumer, during a floor speech Friday, lashed out at Republicans after the vote, accusing them of...
    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer will force a vote this week on the House-passed bill that would create a 9/11-style commission to investigate the January 6 Capitol attack.   The New York Democrat said Wednesday on the floor that he filed cloture on the bill the night before, with a test vote expected Thursday.   'There is an obvious and urgent need to establish such a commission,' Schumer said. 'What happened on January 6 was a travesty. The culmination of months of deliberate lies about our elections, propogated by the former president - a dishonest man - and his allies.'  'I shouldn't need to remind this chamber of the scene on January 6. We were all there,' Schumer continued. 'At one point I was within 20 feet of these white supremacist hooligans,' he added.  Footage of Schumer's narrow escape had been shared during former President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial.  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer will force a vote Thursday on the House-passed bill that creates a 9/11-style commission to investigate the January 6 MAGA riot  Supporters of former President Donald...
    Senator Mitch McConnell dismissed Democratic efforts to create a bipartisan 9/11 style commission to look into the events that occurred before, during, and after the Capitol attack on January 6th. But McConnell’s derisive words come in stark contrast to what he said on the Senate floor when he thoroughly condemned the January 6th actions of former President Donald Trump, calling out his “disgraceful dereliction of duty ” and calling for further investigations. At a news conference on Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader McConnell called an outside January 6th commission a “purely political exercise” before accusing Democrats of wanting “to litigate” Trump through next year’s midterms. But McConnell sang a completely different tune just 101 days before, during a Senate floor speech that came moments after Trump was acquitted on his second impeachment. As I wrote at the time, he delivered perhaps the best argument for convicting the former president for inciting the Capitol attack. McConnell explained his “not guilty” vote on a very narrow constitutional procedural definition, but that explanation came after nearly 10 minutes of brutal condemnation of Trump, in...
    More On: capitol riot NJ man who railed against ‘tyrannical’ gov’t charged in Capitol riot Nancy Pelosi doesn’t care about the truth: Devine National Guard deployed in US Capitol are finally going home Two Republican lawmakers at odds on Capitol riot commission Sen. Mitt Romney says he “would support” the House-passed bill establishing a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, making him the first Senate Republican to come out in favor of the proposal, after House Republicans opposed it. Speaking to reporters at the Capitol Monday evening, Romney (R-Ut.) made the revelation after being asked how he would vote if Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) brought the legislation to floor for debate. “I would support the bill,” he responded. The Senate is split 50-50 between Republicans and Democrats, though Vice President Kamala Harris, as Senate president, has a tie-breaking vote. Still, 51 votes are not enough under current rules to break through the filibuster. The legislative filibuster is the Senate rule requiring 60 members to end debate on most topics and move forward to a vote....
    Mitt Romney became on Monday the first Republican senator to say he will vote for the formation of a commission to investigate the January 6 Capitol riot. 'I would support the bill,' the Utah senator told reporters on Capitol Hill Monday. Romney's comments are the most definitive yet from a GOP senator, but colleague Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Susan Collins of Maine have said they 'strongly' support the creation of a '9/11-style commission'. Romney's support is important to Democrats, but with an evenly split Senate, they need to garner 10 GOP votes to avoid the threat of a filibuster when Majority Leader Chuck Schumer attempts to bring a vote to the floor to launch a debate on the bill. Without 60 votes in the Senate, Republicans can block the legislation from ever getting to the floor by using the filibuster, which Democrats are trying to nix as they face complications in Congress with the smallest majority in modern history. Mitt Romney on Monday became the first Republican senator to say he would vote for the creation of a...
    Washington — GOP Senator Mitt Romney of Utah indicated Monday he would support the House-passed bill establishing a commission to examine the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, breaking from other Senate Republicans who have come out against the proposal. Romney told reporters on Capitol Hill "I would support the bill" if it were to come up for a vote in the Senate. The measure, approved by the House with backing from all Democrats and 35 Republicans, requires 60 votes to advance in the evenly divided Senate. Calls for a 9/11-type commission to investigate the attack on the Capitol came from members of both parties in the immediate wake of the riots by the violent mob of former President Donald Trump's supporters. But in the months since January 6 and with the 2022 midterm elections on the horizon, Republicans backed away from the idea of a commission, taking issue with the proposed structure and scope and arguing the standing congressional committees can examine the attack and the factors leading to it. While the bill establishing the panel was...
    Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyDemocrats worry Jan. 6 probe could divert their agenda Trump knocks 'wayward' House Republicans who voted for Jan. 6 commission GOP's Burr, who voted to convict Trump, opposes Jan. 6 commission MORE (R-Utah) said on Monday that he would support a House-passed bill to create a commission to probe the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Romney’s comments make him the first GOP senator to say that they would vote for the bill, which needs the support of 10 Republicans to pass the Senate. Asked how he would vote if Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBiden adviser says reducing red meat isn't sole climate change solution The practical and political implications of Democrats pressuring Israel Democrats, GOP face crowded primaries as party leaders lose control MORE (D-N.Y.) tries to start debate on the House bill, a move that requires 60 votes to defeat a filibuster, Romney told reporters, “I would support the bill.” Romney wasn’t asked how he would vote on final passage of the House bill, where it would only need a simple majority....
    Bradley Cortright May 20, 2021 0 Comments House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is revealing whether he would be willing to testify before a commission designed to investigate the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. McCarthy was asked on Thursday whether he would be willing to testify before the commission about a conversation he had with former President Donald Trump in the midst of the violence. He responded, “Sure, next question.” CNNs @mkraju asks House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy if he would be willing to testify to an outside commission about his conversation with former President Trump on January 6th.McCarthy: "Sure, next question." pic.twitter.com/lLZOT3HmFv— The Recount (@therecount) May 20, 2021 Earlier this year, it was reported that McCarthy and Trump got into a “shouting match” during a phone call as Trump supporters were storming the Capitol. McCarthy was reportedly heard asking the former president, “Who the f**k do you think you are talking to?” Additionally, Trump allegedly told him, “Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are.” However,...
    McConnell said Trump was "practically and morally responsible for provoking the events" of Jan. 6, but refuses to investigate. On Wednesday evening, the House authorized the creation of an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate the the January 6 assault on the Capitol. In the process, 35 Republican representatives bucked GOP leadership to vote in favor of the commission that will investigate not just events of that day, but just how the nation came to face a violent insurgency and an attack on democracy.  The overwhelming 252-175 vote in the House came after Republican leaders at first expressed support for the idea of such a commission in the immediate wake of the attack. The actual design for the commission came from a bipartisan agreement of the Homeland Security Committee, and gave Republicans equal representation in the investigation, as well as what amounts to  veto power over any subpoenas. That such a Republican-friendly agreement was reached seemed to surprise Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, who initially refused to say whether he would support the deal. Then McCarthy let it be known that he would not whip other Republicans to...
    DONALD Trump has called for an investigation into Black Lives Matter protests rather than the Capitol Hill riots. The former President branded the proposed January 6 commission a “Democrat trap” as a bill to set up the investigating body is expected to be passed by the House. 6Trump supporters gathered outside the CapitolCredit: Getty 6A Black Lives Matter flag in front of a fire in PortlandCredit: AFP 6Trump has called for the riots of summer 2020 to be investigatedCredit: AP An agreement to establish the commission was reached last week by House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson and a top Republican on the panel, Rep John Katko of New York. Trump fanatics stormed the Capitol in bid stop Congress from certifying the Electoral College vote for Joe Biden after attending a ‘Stop the Steal’ rally addressed by the former President. Five people died during the riots and several others were injured. But amid calls for him to testify, Trump has slammed the idea and called for there to be a commission to look at Black Lives Matter protests, though he didn’t refer to the movement...
    Savannah Rychcik May 19, 2021 0 Comments Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is not throwing his support behind what he calls a “slanted and unbalanced” proposal for a commission to investigate the events that took place on January 6 at the U.S. Capitol. “After careful consideration, I’ve made the decision to oppose the House Democrats’ slanted and unbalanced proposal for another commission to study the events of January the 6th,” McConnell said on Wednesday. Watch his remarks below: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell: “I’ve made the decision to oppose the House Democrats’ slanted and unbalanced proposal for another commission to study the events of January the 6th.” pic.twitter.com/DwoNRrxzPb— The Recount (@therecount) May 19, 2021 Others have opposed the proposal for the commission including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), as IJR reported. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) tore into Republicans following McCarthy’s comments on the matter. “I’m very pleased that we have a bipartisan bill to come to the floor,” Pelosi said while speaking to reporters on Tuesday, adding, “And [it’s] disappointing but not surprising that the cowardice on...
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump calls for Jan. 6 commission debate to end 'immediately' Republicans defy mask rules on House floor GOP splits open over Jan. 6 commission vote MORE (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that he doesn't support legislation that would create a commission to probe the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.  "After careful consideration, I've made the decision to oppose the House Democrats slanted and unbalanced proposal for another commission to study the events of January 6,” McConnell said from the Senate floor.  McConnell's opposition is the latest sign of doubt that the bill, which is getting a vote in the House on Wednesday, will be able to get the 10 GOP votes needed to pass the Senate. The leader's remarks are also a shift from Tuesday when he described Republicans as "willing to listen" and "undecided." The news comes after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyTrump calls for Jan. 6 commission debate to end 'immediately' Problem Solvers Caucus backs Jan. 6 commission Scalise urges House Republicans to vote against Jan. 6 commission MORE (R-Calif.) came out against the bill...
    Senator Lisa Murkowski (R- AK) told CNN’s Manu Raju on Tuesday that former President Donald Trump was a “key individual” when asked if he should testify before a commission investigating the January 6 Capitol riots. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said Tuesday he does not support the legislation to create a bipartisan commission to investigate the events of January 6 because the scope is too narrow. Republicans have suggested broadening the probe to include riots that took place last summer in the wake of  George Floyd’s death. Murkowski said, “I will look to what he has stated in terms of how broad it needs to be. If you’re really making this a very broad brush approach, it might be difficult to really get value from a specific type of commission. But again, I think this is something where you need to look closely to the details and how it’s configured.” Raju asked, “Do you think former President Trump should talk to this commission,” Raju asked, “and detail what was happening on that day?” Murkowski responded, “If you put together a commission...
    LISA Murkowski, a Republican senator from Alaska, thinks former President Donald Trump should testify in a commission to investigate the January 6 Capitol riots. Sen Murkowski spoke with CNN’s Manu Raju on Tuesday. The anchor asked, “Do you think former President Trump should talk to this commission and detail what was happening on that day?” 8Sen Murkowski was asked if Trump should have to speak to a commission investigating the January 6 insurrectionCredit: AP 8“If you put together a commission that is focused on the events of January 6th, I think he’s obviously a very key individual,” Murkowski saidCredit: Getty 8The crowd of people storming the Capitol were supporters of former President TrumpCredit: The Mega Agency “If you put together a commission that is focused on the events of January 6th, I think he’s obviously a very key individual,” Murkowski replied. The people who stormed the Capitol in what many called an insurrection were trying to stop Congress from certifying the Electoral College vote for President Joe Biden and were supporters of former President Trump. Some Republicans support the idea...
    Washington — House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday announced his opposition to legislation to form a bipartisan commission to investigate the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, undercutting negotiations by one of his own conference members and signaling the unwillingness of House Republicans to dwell on the assault. Democratic Congressman Bennie Thompson and Republican Congressman John Katko, the chair and ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee, reached a deal late last week on legislation to create a bipartisan commission. The bill made two significant concessions to Republicans, as the panel would be evenly divided between members appointed by Democrats and Republicans and give the GOP-appointed commissioners veto power over any subpoena.  But it would also be narrowly focused on January 6. Some Republicans have argued the panel should also investigate violence that occurred last summer related to protests against racism and police brutality. In a statement announcing his opposition to the bill, McCarthy claimed that it "is drafted in such a way that could interfere with and ultimately undermine" other congressional investigations and federal prosecutions...
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyTrump signals he's ready to get back in the game Manchin, Murkowski call for bipartisan Voting Rights Act reauthorization 8 in 10 Republicans who've heard of Cheney's removal agree with it: poll MORE (R-Calif.) on Tuesday said he will not support bipartisan legislation for the 9/11-style commission to probe the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.  “Given the political misdirections that have marred this process, given the now duplicative and potentially counterproductive nature of this effort, and given the Speaker's shortsighted scope that does not examine interrelated forms of political violence in America, I cannot support this legislation,” McCarthy said in a statement released Tuesday morning. This statement comes after the top Democrat and Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee reached an agreement last week on legislation to create the commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack that resulted in the deaths of several people, including a Capitol Police officer.  McCarthy said he could not support the legislation because House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSenators shed masks after CDC lifts mandate House extends proxy voting to July...
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyTrump signals he's ready to get back in the game Manchin, Murkowski call for bipartisan Voting Rights Act reauthorization 8 in 10 Republicans who've heard of Cheney's removal agree with it: poll MORE (R-Calif.) on Tuesday said he will not support bipartisan legislation for the 9/11-style commission to probe the Jan. 6 Capitol riots.  “Given the political misdirections that have marred this process, given the now duplicative and potentially counterproductive nature of this effort, and given the Speaker's shortsighted scope that does not examine interrelated forms of political violence in America, I cannot support this legislation,” McCarthy said in a statement released Tuesday morning. This statement comes after the top Democrat and Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee reached an agreement last week on legislation to create the commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack that resulted in the deaths of several people, including a Capitol police officer.  McCarthy said he could not support the legislation because House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSenators shed masks after CDC lifts mandate House extends proxy voting to July...
    The commission formed to observe the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre has announced that it has booted Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt from his seat on the panel a week after he signed a bill outlawing the teaching of some race and racism concepts in public schools. A statement from the commission did not indicate the reason for the parting, and a spokeswoman said the commission had no further comment.  However, commission project manager Phil Armstrong sharply criticized the Republican governor for signing a bill into law that prohibits the teaching of so-called critical race theory in Oklahoma schools. Oklahoma's Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt has been removed from a panel formed to observe the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre after banning critical race theory from schools A tweet from Gov Kevin Stitt supporting the Op Ed in the Tulsa World of Oklahoma Sec of Education Ryan Walter supporting the passage of the bill that bans critical race theory 'The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commissioners met Tuesday and agreed through consensus to part ways with...
    Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY) said Friday in a preview of an interview with ABC News anchor Jon Karl that will air in full Sunday on “This Week” that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) should “absolutely” testify before a commission investigating January 6 Capitol riot. Karl said, “Should Kevin McCarthy be willing to testify before that commission? After all, he is a person that we know of that was talking to Donald Trump while the attack was taking place.” Cheney said, “He absolutely should, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he were subpoenaed. He very clearly and said publicly he has information about the president’s state of mind that day. The elements of that commission are exactly as they should be. I’m very glad they rejected Leader McCarthy’s suggestions that somehow we should dilute the commission. It is really important to be focused on January 6 and the events leading up to it.” Karl said, “You welcome a subpoena for McCarthy to testify?” Cheney said, “I would anticipate, and I hope that he doesn’t require a subpoena, but I wouldn’t...
    Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R- WY) wants House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy to testify before the January 6th commission. Cheney spoke with ABC News’ Jon Karl after the announcement of a bipartisan deal on a commission into the Capitol mob riots. JUST IN: Rep. Liz Cheney tells @jonkarl that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy should “absolutely” testify before possible commission investigating Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. “I wouldn’t be surprised if he were subpoenaed.” Watch the interview Sunday on @ThisWeekABC. pic.twitter.com/epoEzztHkc — ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) May 14, 2021 Karl asked if McCarthy should “be willing to testify” given his conversation with Trump during the riots. “He absolutely should,” Cheney said, “and I wouldn’t be surprised if he were subpoenaed. I think that he very clarly and said publicly that he’s got information about the president’s state of mind that day.” “I would hope he doesn’t require a subpoena,” she added, “but I wouldn’t be surprised if he were subpoenaed.” Have a tip we should know? [email protected]
    The Federal Election Commission has dropped its inquiry into whether Donald Trump violated campaign finance laws over hush money payments worth $130,000 to Stormy Daniels. Trump's disgraced attorney Michael Cohen claims that he was ordered to make the payment to the porn star to prevent her from disclosing an affair two weeks before the 2016 election. Cohen was jailed for three years after pleading guilty to making the payment to secure a non-disclosure agreement from Daniels, among other charges. On Thursday, four of the six bipartisan commissioners were split in their votes, meaning that, without a majority backing the inquiry, the case was dropped. Donald Trump has denied the affair with Daniels which the porn star claims was carried out in 2006 after his marriage to Melania  Cohen was jailed for three years after pleading guilty to making the payment to secure a non-disclosure agreement from Daniels, among other charges Democrats Shana Broussard, the current chairwoman, and Ellen Weintraub, argued that the case should have proceeded as there were grounds to believe that campaign finance laws had been breached....
    Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) says he supports a commission to look into the attack on the U.S. Capitol — despite the possibility that such a commission could investigate his own conduct. Speaking with the Washington Post on Tuesday, the Missouri senator said he backed a 9/11-style commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack, but objected to proposals from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to limit the commission to Democratic members. “I agree with my fellow Republican senators here that I think a commission would be useful,” Hawley said. “But it’s got to be truly bipartisan, and it ought to be done on the framework — on the style and the pattern of the 9/11 commission. Which is not what the Democrats have proposed. Not what Nancy Pelosi’s proposed.” Of course, the major difference between the 9/11 commission and the proposed commission on the Capitol riot is that the conduct of Republican members of Congress has not come into question with regards to the former. Hawley, in particular, has drawn intense criticism for his behavior ahead of the Capitol riot. On...
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