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    Bryan Olin Dozier/AP Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.A man crashed his car into a barricade a block from the US Capitol grounds in the early hours of Sunday morning before ultimately shooting himself, US Capitol Police confirmed Sunday.  According to the US Capitol Police, the man’s car became engulfed in flames, and he climbed out and began shooting down East Capitol Street, which intersects the grounds of the US Capitol. “When our officers heard the sound of gunfire, they immediately responded and were approaching the man when he shot himself,” the press release states. “Nobody else was hurt.” The man’s identity and motive are unknown, but the incident was a reminder of a fatal attack in April 2021 in which a Capitol Police officer was killed when a car drove into a barricade outside the Capitol. Thankful to our Capitol police who put their lives on the line every day. What happened today—a car running into a Capitol barricade—reminds all of us of Officer Billy Evans who, in 2021,...
    A man is dead after he drove his car into a barricade near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. and then began firing gunshots in the air as he emerged from the burning car before fatally shooting himself.  The incident happened just before 4 a.m. on Sunday at a vehicle barricade set up at East Capitol Street and 2nd Street in Washington. Capitol Police said the man, whose identity has not been released, crashed into the barricade and that as he was getting out of the car, the vehicle became engulfed in flames.  The man then opened fire, firing several shots into the air as police approached. He then turned the gun on himself and was later pronounced dead.     No other injuries were reported and police do not believe any officers returned fire. A motive for the incident is not known at this time, but police are investigating.  A man shot and killed himself after driving his car into a barricade near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. early Sunday morning. No one else was injured and a motive is...
    (CNN)Prosecutors want the first US Capitol rioter convicted by a jury to spend 15 years behind bars -- nearly a decade longer than the most severe sentence a rioter has received so far. In a court filing Friday, the prosecutors said Guy Reffitt, a Texas father and member of the right-wing militia the Three Percenters, should spend significant time in jail because he brought two guns to Washington, DC, guided the mob forward and planned for more violence after January 6, 2021. "Initiated by the most fervent smaller groups and individuals within the crowd — individuals like Reffitt — and using the mob itself as a cloak for their actions, each blow helped the crowd penetrate further into the United States Capitol Police's defenses until the building itself was accessible and its occupants were at risk," prosecutors wrote. The request from the Justice Department comes after some public outrage that rioters are not facing harsh enough prison sentences. Reffitt's attorney, F. Clinton Broden, asked the court for a sentence of no more than two years, saying that his client did...
    The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol presented evidence on Tuesday that Trump's allies had also planned to march on the Supreme Court. During the seventh public hearing, one of the proposed tweets for Donald Trump to send out was telling people to come to the Ellipse and that they would then march to the Capitol. "After her January 2 call with Mr. [Mark] Meadows, Katrina Pierson sent an e-mail to fellow rally organizers. She wrote 'POTUS expectations are to have something intimate and call on everyone to march to the Capitol,'" said Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL). "The president's own documents suggest the president had decided to call on his supporters to go to the Capitol on Jan. 6, but he chose not to widely announce it until his speech that morning. The committee has obtained this draft... tweet from the National Archives including a stamp stating the president has seen it. The draft tweet reads. 'I will be making a big speech at 10:00 a.m. Jan. 6 south of the White House. Please...
    Washington (CNN)Former House Speaker Paul Ryan was "sobbing" as he watched the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol unfold on television, a new book reports. Ryan, who has criticized former President Donald Trump and his hold on the Republican Party, "found himself sobbing" during the insurrection, journalist Mark Leibovich writes in his forthcoming book, "Thank You For Your Servitude," a copy of which was obtained by CNN. "I spent my whole adult life in that building," Ryan, who served as a Republican congressman from Wisconsin for two decades, later told Leibovich, according to the book. "And I saw my friends, a lot of cops, some of my old security detail -- I'm still friends with a bunch of those guys. It really disturbed me, foundationally." Leibovich writes that Ryan told him he's not much of a crier, but "something snapped in him" as he watched the Capitol attack. CNN has reached out to a senior adviser at Ryan's American Idea Foundation for comment.Read MoreRyan has kept a relatively low profile since leaving Congress in 2019. He was seen...
    (CNN)Brazil faces potentially dangerous unrest around the country's upcoming presidential vote, a senior elections official has warned.Speaking at the Wilson Center in Washington DC on Wednesday, Superior Electoral Court Minister Edson Fachin said that the next elections run a risk of unrest "more severe" than the January 6, 2021, insurrection, when rioters violently stormed the US capitol fueled by the false belief that the 2020 election had been stolen. Brazil's own contentious presidential elections in October are expected to pit current President Jair Bolsonaro against former President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva. "Brazilian society will put a mirror in front of itself on October 2. If it wants a war of everyone against everyone, or if it wants democracy," said Fachin, who had been invited to comment on preparations and challenges ahead of the vote.He described several steps the electoral commission has taken to improve transparency and legitimacy in the vote, which will take place electronically and in person at voting centers. The Organization of the American States (OAS) has agreed to be an observer in the Brazilian elections, he...
    Donald Trump is still the current President of the United States, despite losing the election to Joe Biden on November 7. Trump, who is the 45th US president, will remain in office until Biden is inaugurated later this month. 3Trump claims that the Democrats 'stole' the electionCredit: AFP or licensors Who is the current US president? Donald Trump is the current US president, and will remain in post until Biden is inaugurated on January 20. Biden will assume office later this month after he dramatically sealed election victory on November 7, after finally taking Pennsylvania to end Trump's four years in the White House. Biden fought back a deficit in several battleground states riding a huge wave in mail-in ballots which Trump branded “fraudulent” and repeatedly demanded counting be stopped. Trump has been US president since his own inauguration on January 20, 2017 following his surprise victory in the 2016 Presidential Election. The Republican firebrand accused his opponent of trying to “steal the election” after declaring victory prematurely on election night. When was Trump inaugurated? Trump was sworn in as US...
    'The Late Show' host Stephen Colbert wisecracked about his staffers being arrested for unlawful entry to the US Capitol, and insisted they did nothing wrong.  The host dismissed the comparisons between his staff's arrest and the January 6 riot as a 'non-surrection' and joked that Triumph the Insult Comic Dog should be charged with 'first degree puppetry.' Colbert began his monologue by saying: 'How was your weekend? I certainly had an interesting one, because some of my staff had a memorable one.'  He continued: 'Triumph offered to go down to DC to interview some Congress people to highlight some January 6 hearings.'  Colbert joked: 'I said, 'Sure, if you can get anyone to talk to you. Because, and please don't take this as an insult, you're a puppet.' The funnyman insisted his team had scheduled chats with both Democrat and Republican lawmakers, and that everything had been organized and cleared with the appropriate officials.  On January 16, at least seven people associated with Colbert's CBS talk show were arrested in the nation's capital. Among those arrested was the comedian behind...
    A GROUP of people tied to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert were charged with unlawful entry at the US Capitol, according to reports. The United States Capitol Police provided a statement to The US Sun regarding the June 16 incident. 1A group associated with The Late Show has been arrested near the US CapitolCredit: Getty “On June 16, 2022, at approximately 8:30 p.m., U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) received a call for a disturbance in the Longworth House Office Building," the statement begins. “Responding officers observed seven individuals, unescorted and without Congressional ID, in a sixth-floor hallway. “The building was closed to visitors, and these individuals were determined to be a part of a group that had been directed by the USCP to leave the building earlier in the day. “They were charged with Unlawful Entry.  This is an active criminal investigation, and may result in additional criminal charges after consultation with the U.S. Attorney." The group had been in the Cannon House Office Building earlier on Thursday attempting to get interviews during the time the January 6 hearing was taking...
    (CNN)A father and son were sentenced by a federal judge Thursday for their role in the January 6 US Capitol attack after pleading to a misdemeanor charge earlier this year.DC District Judge Rudolph Contreras sentenced William Michael Sywak to 4 months home confinement and 2 years' probation and his son William Jacob "Billy" Sywak to 2 months home confinement and a year probation, plus $500 each in restitution.The father and son, as well as their attorneys, described how the pair had been estranged since William Sywak left the family shortly after his son's birth but had been working on a better relationship leading up to January 6, 2021. FBI arrests Michigan gubernatorial candidate on charges related to involvement in January 6 riotThey decided to travel to DC together from upstate New York after both had been swept up in conspiracies surrounding the 2020 election, which they both disavowed at sentencing.The trip was "to bond because they had not had a close relationship in the past," William Sywak's attorney said in court.Read MoreAfter the riot, Billy Sywak described in text messages...
    After more than 1,000 interviews conducted behind closed doors and mountains of evidence — some public, much not — the House committee looking into the events of Jan. 6, 2021, is meeting the people via a televised prime-time session on Thursday, June 9, 2022. The nine-member panel investigating the pro-Donald Trump mob’s breaching of the halls of Congress while lawmakers were attempting to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election is formally called the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol. The committee’s website — and investigation — goes so far as to solicit tips on the attack from the public. The chairman of the committee is Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Mississippi. Additional members are Democratic Reps. Zoe Lofgren of Silicon Valley, Elaine Luria of Virginia, Adam Schiff of Burbank, Pete Aguilar of San Bernardino, Stephanie Murphy of Florida and Jamie Raskin of Maryland. Republicans on the committee are Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois. Britain’s Nick Quested, who filmed members of the extremist Proud Boys group as they entered the...
    Brazen shoplifters filled garbage bags and a shopping cart with laundry detergent inside a DC grocery store, located just one mile from the US Capitol.  Three thieves were filmed stealing loads of detergent inside Giant Food grocery store on H Street in DC on Tuesday afternoon as shoppers ignored them.  A video, posted to Twitter by Nathan, who asked to only be identified by his first name, shows the thieves languidly putting in multiple bottles and containers of laundry detergent and fabric softeners into their cart and bags.  Alongside the cleaning products, it appears the thieves stole a can of mayonnaise and a large jar of salsa, among other things.  A second thief, who appears to be wearing a Vera Bradley-style purse was caught shoving Gain fabric softener into a large black trash bag.  A third thief was seen running down the aisle with a reusable grocery bag. It is unknown what items he had in his bag.  Store security reportedly didn't bother to intervene with the robberies and let the thieves continue their rampage, Fox News reported.  Three thieves were...
    A United States Capitol Police officer has been suspended after discharging their service weapon inside a congressional office building, officials say. The officer, who was not immediately identified, fired the weapon in the break room of the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, DC, Tuesday morning around 8:30 am, US Capitol Police told DailyMail.com. Sources familiar with the matter told DC outlet Roll Call that the discharge was accidental. No injuries were reported following the incident, cops said, adding that the officer has since been suspended. An investigation is currently underway. A United States Capitol Police officer has been suspended after discharging their service weapon inside a congressional office building, officials say. The officer, who was not immediately identified, fired the weapon in the break room of the Cannon House Office Building (pictured) in Washington, DC, Tuesday morning around 8:30 am RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Missing female jail guard, 56, who helped 6ft 9in 'monster',... Giant 6ft 9 Alabama jail escapee, 38, who is on the run... Share this article Share 'The Capitol Police’s...
    (CNN)Texas will send busloads of undocumented immigrants to the steps of the US Capitol, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Wednesday, in response to the Biden administration ending a pandemic-era health order that effectively blocked migrants from entering the US.Former President Donald Trump implemented the order, known as Title 42, at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. His administration said the order was to help prevent the spread of the virus across the US' borders with Mexico and Canada, but public health officials, at the time, suspected political motivations.The Biden administration announced last week the order would end on May 23."To help local officials whose communities are being overwhelmed by hordes of illegal immigrants who are being dropped off by the administration, Texas is providing charter buses to send these illegal immigrants who have been dropped off by the Biden Administration to Washington, DC," Abbott said during a news conference Wednesday along the US-Mexico border in Weslaco, Texas.The state has assembled a pool of up to 900 buses for the operation, according to Texas Division of Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd, who...
    Illegal immigration advocates immediately excoriated Abbott over his announcement. "This is a sick and reprehensible stunt that will increase militarization and violence against people seeking asylum!" tweeted the official account for United We Dream. "We have the resources to welcome refugees + treat people with dignity, but Abbott is choosing to meet people with violence and his twisted attempt at humiliation." Among those critical of the Biden administration over the rescission of Title 42 was Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. "Title 42 has been an essential tool in combatting the spread of COVID-19 and controlling the influx of migrants at our southern border. We are already facing an unprecedented increase in migrants this year, and that will only get worse if the Administration ends the Title 42 policy," said Manchin. "We are nowhere near prepared to deal with that influx," he added. Here's Abbott's statement: Abbott: Texas will charter buses of illegal immigrants to DC | FOX 7 Austin www.youtube.com
    "For your safety, please do not approach any foxes," they tweeted. "Animal Control Officers are working to trap and relocate any foxes they find." The next day, the police tweeted that animal control had caught the animal. #BREAKING: Captured. pic.twitter.com/LJAn2ZjH9J — U.S. Capitol Police (@CapitolPolice) April 5, 2022 Bera, who is a doctor, tweeted that he was in good shape. "Happy to report that I am healthy and back at work serving the people of #CA07," he wrote. Here's more about the Capitol fox attacks: Fox caught on Capitol grounds after reports of attacks www.youtube.com
    (CNN)A Navy veteran and possible congressional candidate who drank a bottle of wine and stole a book on Senate procedure during the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol was sentenced on Monday to serve 90 days in jail.Jason Riddle of New Hampshire had pleaded guilty to theft of government property and illegally protesting inside the Capitol -- both misdemeanors. Riddle was also sentenced to three years of probation and will pay more than $750 in restitution for the stolen book and damage done to the building during the riot."He was witnessing violence in front of him while he was chugging wine and celebrating," said Judge Dabney Friedrich as she handed down the sentence. "It is hard to fathom, given Mr. Riddle's foreign military service and time in the Navy reserves" that he would "celebrate this attack."Riddle is the most recent rioter accused of stealing something from inside the Capitol to be sentenced. Robert Petrosh, who was convicted of stealing two microphones off of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's lectern, was sentenced in March to 10 days in jail. Adam...
    Belarus has granted political asylum to an American citizen who is wanted by the FBI on criminal charges stemming from the assault on the US Capitol by supporters of Donald Trump. Evan Neumann, 49, received documents confirming his refugee status in a ceremony broadcast by Belarusian state media on Tuesday, after first entering the country last summer. 'Now you are completely under the protection of the Republic of Belarus,' a uniformed official, identified by state media as Yuri Braziyskiy, told Neumann as he handed over the document. Neumann, a former California resident who has been on the lam since last year, faces 14 criminal charges in the January 6, 2021 riot, including assaulting police officers, which he has denied. Evan Neumann, 49, received documents confirming his refugee status in Belarus during a ceremony broadcast by state media on Tuesday Now on the FBI most wanted list, and thought to be the only international fugitive charged in the Capitol riot, Neumann is preparing to make a new life in the former Soviet satellite state, which is closely allied with Russia and has...
    (CNN)A plan to reopen the US Capitol after being shut down to the public for two years as the result of the coronavirus pandemic is under review, a source familiar with the plans tells CNN.On Monday, United States Capitol Police met with the House and Senate sergeants at arms, staff for the Committee on House Administration, and staff on the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration to discuss the drafted proposal that would open the Capitol in phases.According to the source familiar with the plan, the Capitol would reopen in three phases starting on March 28. First, the limit for the number of official business visitors would raise from nine to 15. Staff led tours, which are currently prohibited, would be allowed to resume with a limit of 15 individuals. And from 10 a.m. ET to 2 p.m. ET on weekdays, two tours per hour can be provided to students from kindergarten through 12th grade, with a limit of 50 students. Tour guides would be able to work for a total of eight hours per day.Phase two would become effective...
    (CNN)Federal prosecutors walked out of court this week with new confidence -- that a Washington, DC, jury would be willing to convict participants in the January 6 US Capitol attack for serious crimes. In the first guilty verdict from a jury related to the January 6 Capitol riot, a Texas man was convicted of obstructing the congressional proceeding and other charges. The man, Guy Reffitt, a member of the Texas Three Percenters, was hit by chemical irritants on the steps of the Capitol, then waived on others in the crowd, but did not go inside the building. The case wasn't about Reffitt alone. In addition to cataloging his actions, the prosecutors explained to the jury the destruction of the crowd around him on January 6 that broke into the Senate, and the effect the riot had on US Capitol Police officers who were overwhelmed. And the jury didn't need to take the Justice Department's words alone because the evidence was comprehensive. Exhibit shown during trial of Guy Reffitt in March 2022. Video and witnesses used together, like in the...
    Road closures starting at 5:30 p.m. near the U.S. Capitol due to the State of the Union address could affect commuters in D.C. Here’s what you need to know. Metro is advising bus customers of possible disruptions Monday night, as road closures may result in detours or delays in the downtown D.C. area. Some 36 Metrobus routes may be affected. “Customers should avoid the area if possible and are encouraged to use Metrorail as an alternative,” Metro said in a statement. The black, chain link fencing is also back up around the U.S. Capitol complex. The unpopular security measure was known to be under consideration in recent days ahead of Tuesday’s State of the Union speech, and on Sunday, U.S. Capitol Police confirmed it would be back in place ahead of possible protest activity timed for President Joe Biden’s speech. Capitol ditches mask requirement ahead of State of the Union More Local News More D.C. News The move to reinstall the fencing is one of several other security measures that were put in place. Police have also requested...
    What is the background? The CDC released updated indoor masking recommendations last week, which now determine the necessity for masking based on COVID-19 positivity rates and hospital admissions in a particular community. The changes mean that more than 70% of Americans can go indoors without a face mask. The CDC's updated recommendations and Monahan's new guidance come as Democratic leaders nationwide drop pandemic-related mandates. The swift changes have raised suspicion that midterm polls — and particularly the fact that a majority of polls show Democrats could lose big-time in November — are driving the decisions as opposed to public health considerations, but Democratic leaders say decreasing COVID case numbers and hospital admissions are behind the mandate rescissions. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky also stressed the importance of rolling back mandates now to bolster government credibility should they be deemed necessary in the future. "None of us knows what the future may hold for us and for this virus," Walensky said Friday. "We need to be prepared and ready for whatever comes next. We want to give people a break from things...
    (CNN)Keith Scott says January 6, 2021, was "the greatest day" of his life. The 49-year-old had arrived in Washington, DC, as a member of the "Stop the Steal" movement, which believes former President Donald Trump's lies that the 2020 election was stolen from him, and marched to the US Capitol with them. "I felt like a patriot that was standing beside our Founding Fathers speaking up against King George," Scott told CNN in an interview on the one-year anniversary of the insurrection. A year on, Scott is blunt about the movement he was a part of, calling it a cult. His story is complicated -- he still believes much of the "Stop the Steal" propaganda, for example -- but his journey is illustrative of how Americans like him, who said he had never attended a Donald Trump rally, get caught up in a movement based on misinformation and how it takes over their lives. Scott, who was living on the south side of Atlanta during the 2020 election, was angry at Fox for calling Arizona for now-President Joe Biden, so...
    Lawmakers gathered on the Capitol steps Monday evening to pay tribute to the more than 900,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, sporting a face mask and holding a lantern, stood in the center of the group of a few dozen politicians for the event which included the singing of two songs by the United States Army Chorus and a moment of silence. The program began with the hymn Shall We Gather at the River and then a singing of God Bless America.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led several dozen members of Congress in a moment of silence to mark 900,000 Americans perishing from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic An aide carries an umbrella over the head of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as she arrives to lead other lawmakers in a moment of silence Monday night  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wore a mask and held a lantern as Congress marked the grim milestone Monday  Members of the House of Representatives and senators participated in the event, which lasted just a few minutes  House Speaker...
    Congressional leaders gathered on the Capitol steps Monday evening to pay tribute to the more than 900,000 Americans who have perished from COVID-19 since the advent of the pandemic.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, sporting a face mask and holding a lantern, stood in the center of the group of several dozen lawmakers for the brief event, which included the singing of two songs by the United States Army Chorus and a moment of silence. The program began with the hymn Shall We Gather at the River and then a singing of God Bless America.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led several dozen members of Congress in a moment of silence to mark 900,000 Americans perishing from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic An aide carries an umbrella over the head of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as she arrives to lead other lawmakers in a moment of silence Monday night  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wore a mask and held a lantern as Congress marked the grim milestone Monday  Members of the House of Representatives and senators participated in the event, which...
    The U.S. ranks as the 27th least corrupt nation in the world, well ahead of adversaries like Russia and North Korea but behind allies such as France, Norway and Japan, according to an annual list released Tuesday by Transparency International. The organization measures 180 countries and territories in its Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). Nations are scored on a scale ranging from zero, meaning most corrupt, to 100, meaning very clean. For 2021, Transparency International gave the U.S. a score of 67, falling from a recent high of 76 in 2015. Factors in its 2021 score included the Jan. 6 insurrections at the U.S. Capitol and campaign finance laws. "The country's lack of progress on the CPI can be explained by the persistent attacks against free and fair elections, culminating in a violent assault on the US Capitol, and an increasingly opaque campaign finance system," researchers wrote.   The U.S. first dropped to a score of 67 in 2020, marking its lowest ever recorded. Chile also has a score of 67 and tied with the U.S. for the No. 27 spot in...
    A majority of Americans says in a stunning new poll that U.S. democracy is at risk of 'extinction.' The assessment comes in a new poll near the anniversary of President Joe Biden's first year and office, just days after the anniversary of the Capitol riot.   About half, or 26 per cent, said U.S. democracy's survival 'is secured for future generations,' according to the poll from Schoen Cooperman Research. Slightly fewer, 23 per cent, said they weren't sure, with 51 per cent saying the democracy was in danger of extinction. The result comes after President Joe Biden spoke about the Capitol riot during a voting rights speech in Atlanta, saying that a year ago a 'dagger was literally held at the throat of American democracy.' A new Schoen Cooperman poll shows a 51 percent majority believe the U.S. democracy is at risk of extinction Only 54 per cent of Americans said President Joe Biden was the legitimate winner of the election in a new poll On Saturday, former President Donald Trump, who launched an unsuccessful election overturn effort last year, once again...
    By Lisa Mascaro | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Former Sen. Harry Reid was remembered Wednesday as a “legendary leader,” as colleagues and friends gathered at the U.S. Capitol to pay tribute to a hardscrabble Democrat who rose from poverty in a dusty Nevada mining town to the most powerful position in the Senate. Reid lay in state at the Capitol Rotunda while Vice President Kamala Harris, senators and others joined for a ceremony almost as succinct as his own dry-humored style of hanging up the phone rather than engaging in lengthy goodbyes. Reid, who had pancreatic cancer, died last month at age 82. “Harry Reid made the world a better place,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. “To see him lead and legislate was to see a master at work,” said Pelosi, who worked side by side with him when they were the top two Democrats in Congress. She called Reid “a legendary leader of great integrity.” Reid served longer in Congress than anyone from his Battle Born state and was the Senate majority leader alongside two...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The January 6 riot at the nation’s Capitol involved thousands of former-President Trump’s supporters. Since that day the FBI and the U.S. Attorneys Office have been working to prosecute individuals guilty of assaulting officers, trespassing on government property, and physical violence. READ MORE: Man Convicted Of Murder, Attempted Murder In May 2021 Shooting, Crash In West SacramentoSeveral Californians were among the hundreds of people charged. “I may or may not have rubbed my butt on Nasty Pelosi’s desk,” said former Sacramento Republican leader Jorge Aaron Riley. Riley was arrested just days after the insurrection and pleaded not guilty to all charges, despite admitting to his role on camera. “We broke windows, we went into the door we pushed our way in,” Riley said in the video. Small business owner Tommy Allan was arrested in Granite Bay. Charges include theft of government property for stealing documents from the Senate chamber. READ MORE: Crews Battle Commercial Fire In Fairfield“I mean, it didn’t stop anything,” said a neighbor of Allan, who CBS13 previously interviewed. Sean Michael McHugh was arrested in Auburn...
    (CNN)January 6, 2021 started like lots of days on Capitol Hill for CNN reporter Daniella Diaz. She was braced for a very long day as Congress was set to formalize Joe Biden's Electoral College victory. What transpired over the next 21 hours -- rioters storming the US Capitol in an attempted coup -- was history in the making. On the anniversary of that fateful day, I reached out to Daniella to talk about her recollections -- and what memories have stayed with her. Our conversation -- conducted via email and lightly edited for flow -- is below. Cillizza: Describe the mood at the Capitol when you arrived for work on January 6. Were people aware of the "Stop the Steal" rally? Worried about it?Diaz: For me, I thought it was just going to be another normal day on the congressional beat. I've grown accustomed to the long days that come with this job and I didn't think this day would be any different. I was prepared to work late -- I just didn't realize when I arrived at the Capitol...
    A new poll found that only 9% of voters for Donald Trump believe that President Biden won the 2020 election 'fair and square.'  Meanwhile, three-quarters of voters believe the election was 'rigged and stolen,' according to a YouGov/Yahoo poll.  Last January, even as a mob of Trump supporters breached the Capitol, more of them had believed that Biden won fairly - 13%.  And now almost all voters, 88% of those who support Biden and 89% of those who support Trump say they are 'worried about the future of U.S. democracy.'  The poll was conducted by surveying 1,537 U.S. adults from Dec. 18-22, 2021.  A majority of Trump voters, 52%, believe the next election will be rigged.  But at the same time, only 27% of Americans of both parties believe that the next election will be 'free and fair.' Trump voters are less optimistic the next election will be 'free and fair' - just 10% said so. But only 41% of Biden voters believed the election would be free and fair, signaling worries over new GOP-led voting restrictions in states across...
    By HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH | Associated Press What students are learning about the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 may depend on where they live. In a Boston suburb in heavily Democratic Massachusetts, history teacher Justin Voldman said his students will spend the day journaling about what happened and talking about the fragility of democracy. “I feel really strongly that this needs to be talked about,” said Voldman, who teaches history at Natick High School, 15 miles (24 kilometers) west of Boston. As the grandson of a Holocaust survivor, he said “it is fair to draw parallels between what happened on Jan. 6 and the rise of fascism.” Waukee School District teacher Liz Wagner in her home, Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021, in Urbandale, Iowa. Teachers have already landed on the front lines of the culture war. Now the Jan. 6 anniversary is prompting some to decide how — or whether — to teach their students about the events that sit at the heart of the country’s division. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)  Voldman said he feels fortunate: “There are other parts...
    (CNN)On January 6, rioters streamed past the federal courthouse in Washington, DC, and descended upon the US Capitol. For weeks after the attack, DC's chief judge said she could see National Guard troops from the window in her chambers. And in the year since the deadly riot, as divisive politics rage and the public becomes more divided about just what happened as Congress was trying to certify Joe Biden's election victory, judges have taken to the bench to remind the country how crucial it is for American democracy that the attack on the Capitol never be repeated. JUST WATCHEDAvlon: Leader of an attempted coup aims for the presidency, againReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHAvlon: Leader of an attempted coup aims for the presidency, again 04:17Some judges are calling out former President Donald Trump -- although mostly not by name -- for rallying his most ardent supporters to action and suggest that he and his prominent allies bear responsibly for what happened that day. Trump has continued to stoke anger and promote the lie that the 2020 election was stolen since he left...
    Washington (CNN)This year brought a dizzying mix of triumphs and setbacks in Washington, where lawmakers have grappled with everything from a deadly pandemic to an assault on democracy itself. While President Joe Biden used his inauguration speech to call for unity, division has run through nearly every aspect of US politics. Here are some of the biggest political stories of 2021:January 6Just six days into the year, the US Capitol insurrection defined 2021 in US politics. Read MoreThe unprecedented attack on democracy, which began as members of Congress worked to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election, commanded the nation's attention as violent scenes of rioters attacking officers and destroying parts of the Capitol were broadcast live across the country. The ensuing chaos led to the deaths of multiple people the day of the attack or shortly thereafter, while several officers who responded during the Capitol attack later died by suicide.More than 700 people have been charged by the Justice Department in connection with the riot.The biggest news story of 2021? Our imperiled democracyStill, Republicans in Congress have repeatedly...
    (CNN)In one of the most prominent cases against far-right groups that the Justice Department alleges planned to storm the US Capitol on January 6, a New York member of the Proud Boys has pleaded guilty to felony charges, including conspiracy.Matthew Greene, 34, of Syracuse, New York, is the first Proud Boy charged in the alleged conspiracy to plead guilty, and could provide vital information to the government's investigation as he's expected to cooperate. He pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of conspiracy and one count of obstruction of an official proceeding.Greene could face up to 51 months in prison according to the plea deal read aloud during a hearing in federal court in Washington, DC, and he agreed to pay $2,000 in restitution for damage done to the Capitol building.He is the first member of the Proud Boys to potentially give prosecutors information about his organization. Multiple members of the Oath Keepers have been cooperating with the government for months. DC attorney general sues Proud Boys and Oath Keepers members to recoup costs related to January 6According to prosecutors, on...
    A member of the Capitol Police who became 'the face' of the injured and assaulted officers - to the anger of many of his colleagues - has announced that he is quitting the force and joining CNN. Michael Fanone, 41, handed in his resignation on Monday and blasted his former colleagues who he claims believe their oath is to Donald Trump, rather than the American public.  He will leave on December 31 after 20 years on the force - five years short of being able to retire with benefits. During the Capitol riot, Fanone was beaten by the mob attacking the seat of the federal government, and testified in July that he feared for his life.  'I was among a vastly outnumbered group of law enforcement officers protecting the Capitol and the people in it, I was grabbed, beaten, tased, all while being called a traitor to my country,' he testified on July 27.  'I was at risk of being stripped of, and killed with, my own firearm as I heard chants of, 'Kill him with his own gun!' I...
    Donald Trump Jr. told young Republicans attending a conference Sunday that biblical teachings have gotten the party nowhere after damning new texts revealed he was aware of the magnitude of the Capitol riots. Speaking to a Turning Point audience in Arizona, the 43-year-old claimed conservatives have been playing T-ball for the past five decades as Democrats have been 'cheating' while playing hardball. 'We've turned the other cheek and I understand the biblical reference, I understand the mentality,' he said. 'But it's gotten us nothing. 'It's gotten us nothing while we've ceded ground in every major institution in our country.' He put out a rally cry to 'band together.... (to) take on these institutions.' 'We are the front line of freedom,' he said to a cheering crowd. 'We are the front line of liberty. 'If we band together, we can take on these institutions, but we've got to do it together. If we get together, they cannot cancel us all.' Meanwhile, a House Committee revealed last week that Trump Jr. sent panicked texts to former White House chief of staff Mark...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Douglas Wangler and Bruce Harrison drove from Illinois to Washington, D.C. and admit they made a mistake by going into the Capitol building right along with the violent mob; posing with a statue of Washington on the inside and leaving no doubt they were there on January 6. But because they were not riot planners or violent intruders, a judge has given both men straight probation.As crowds swarmed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, prosecutors said 53-year-Doug Wangler and 58-year-old Harrison, both men from the downstate Danville area, walked right in with them.RELATED: Crest Hill couple, 62 and 72, plead guilty in Jan. 6 US Capitol caseDuring their 20 minutes inside the Capitol, Wangler and Harrison sang patriotic songs, took some pictures and Wangler told a witness they were just "taking a tour" of the building according to the FBI.The men had been at a Donald Trump rally a few blocks away where Harrison said he heard loud bangs and later told the FBI it sounded like "a civil war re-enactment."But a few months later, after a...
    President Joe Biden and top congressional leaders on Thursday honored the late Republican Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas at a congressional tribute ceremony as Dole lay in state at the United States Capitol. “We meet here in the very heart of American democracy — the Capitol of the United States of America — to receive a hero of that democracy for a final time,” Biden said. Dole, who had announced in February he was being treated for advanced lung cancer, died on Sunday. Republican and Democratic leaders gathered on Thursday to honor the longtime lawmaker and veteran’s life and service to the nation. Biden, who noted he served alongside Dole for 25 years in the Senate, described the Kansan as a “giant of our history.” “And that’s not hyperbole,” Biden continued. “It’s real. Of wit and grace, of principle and persistence, of courage and conviction.” The President pointed to his own working relationship and friendship with Dole as an example of how lawmakers from different parties with opposing views should work toward common goals. Biden said he and Dole disagreed on...
    (CNN)Former Senate majority leader and 1996 Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole will lie in state in the US Capitol Rotunda on Thursday, congressional leaders said in an announcement."Senator Dole was an extraordinary patriot, who devoted his entire life to serving our nation with dignity and integrity," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in a joint statement with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.Dole died Sunday at age 98. He had announced in February that he was being treated for advanced lung cancer.In their statement, Schumer, a Democrat from New York, said he always admired the Kansas Republican's "steadfast advocacy for veterans and for Americans with disabilities and his love for his country." "Senator Dole exemplified the greatest generation, and while I never had the pleasure of serving in the Senate with him, his reputation and his achievements, and most of all his character preceded him."Read MoreThe joint announcement also included remarks from Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell who said, "We look forward to honoring his life and legacy at the Capitol.""A bright light of patriotic good cheer burned all the way from...
    NEW YORK -- From the Big Apple to a small city at the edge of the Great Plains, the country's biggest and brightest Christmas trees are decorated to the nines for the 2021 holiday season!Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree The 2021 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree was lit on Wednesday, Dec. 1. Diane Bondareff/AP Images for Tishman Speyer Perhaps the most iconic Tannenbaum in the world, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was lit for the first time at a celebrity-packed ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 1.The 79-foot Norway spruce is covered with more than 50,000 lights in a rainbow of colors and bears a crystal-covered, 900-pound star.2021's tree came from Elkton, Maryland, where it stood for more than 80 years outside a family home. The first Christmas tree was placed in Rockefeller Center by men working there in 1931.World's tallest indoor Christmas tree EMBED More News VideosA time-lapse video shows workers assembling a 95-foot Christmas tree at the Galleria Dallas. It's the tallest indoor Christmas tree in the U.S., according to the mall. According to the Galleria Dallas, their 95-foot indoor Christmas...
    (CNN)Federal prosecutors unsealed charges against a Rhode Island man on Monday who allegedly attempted to hop over security chains behind the FBI headquarters in Washington, DC, with two hatchets just hours after the US Capitol riot on January 6.Timothy Desjardins, 35, was caught on video using a broken wooden table leg to beat Capitol Police officers on the Lower West Terrace of the Capitol, the site of some of the most brutal fighting between officers and the mob, according to the charging documents. In the video, prosecutors say Desjardins was wearing a black leather jacket, a flat cap hat, and a camouflage backpack. Jesus Christ Superstar actor, an accused Capitol rioter, claimed divine authority in court hearingThen, at 2 a.m. on January 7, FBI agents reported a security breach when they found Desjardins attempting to climb over security chains outside FBI headquarters. The agents found "one or two hatchets" inside his backpack, according to court documents.Desjardins allegedly said that he was "good" at using the hatchets and admitted that he was at the Capitol but would not go into any...
    Adam Johnson, 36, pleaded guilty in Washington federal court to one count of entering or remaining in any restricted building A Florida stay-at-home dad photographed carrying House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's lectern during the January 6 Capital insurrection pleaded guilty on Monday for his part in the riot. Adam Johnson, 36, pleaded guilty in Washington federal court to one count of entering or remaining in any restricted building, according to court records. Johnson, from Parrish, faces up to six months in prison, but a judge will make a final decision at a hearing scheduled for February 25. A plea agreement recommends that Johnson pay $500 restitution for his share of the damage.  Prosecutors have said the riot caused nearly $1.5 million in damage to the US Capitol. Authorities say Pelosi´s offices were among those breached by the mob objecting to President Joe Biden's election victory over former Republican President Donald Trump. Five people died in the violence. A photo that circulated around the world after the violent uprising showed a grinning, waving man identified as Johnson carrying the lectern through the...
    A U.S. federal judge in DC has ruled that a congressional committee investigating the deadly January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol can access some of former President Donald Trump's White House records. U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan on Tuesday rejected an argument by Trump's lawyers that telephone records, visitor logs and other White House documents should be withheld from the House select committee. Trump had argued that the materials requested by the House of Representatives panel were covered by a legal doctrine known as executive privilege that protects the confidentiality of some White House communications. He requested an injunction blocking the National Archives, a federal agency that holds his White House records, from complying with the committee's document requests. A U.S. federal judge has ruled that a congressional committee investigating the deadly January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol can access some of Trump's White House records Members of the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack are seen last month. The panel is investigating Trump's alleged role in fomenting the attack RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next...
    Prince Harry has revealed he warned Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey that he was allowing a coup to be staged in the US just a day before the January 6 Capitol riots took place. The Duke of Sussex was speaking on Tuesday on an online panel discussing disinformation in which he aired his grievances at the media. Asked if he had spoken to Mark Zuckerberg or Jack Dorsey about his worries about social media, Harry said: 'Jack and I were emailing each other prior to January 6 where I warned him his platform was allowing a coup to be staged.  'That email was sent the day before and then it happened and I haven't heard from him since.'  On January 6, pro-Donald Trump protesters sought to overturn the election result by storming the Capitol, and the role of social media in spreading the conspiracy theories is being investigated.  Prince Harry has revealed he warned Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey that he was allowing a coup to be staged in the US just a day before the January 6 Capitol riots took place...