World Louie Gohmert Avoids Mentioning Jan. 6 Riot in Bill to Award Capitol Police Congressional Medals
QAnon Shaman Jacob Chansley's Jail Release Request Denied as Capitol Riot Case Continues
Jacob Chansley is one of more than 270 people facing federal charges in connection with the January 6 riot, according to a George Washington University tracker.Jacob Chansley, also known as Jacob Angeli, became known as the "QAnon Shaman" after law enforcement officials shared photos of protesters who were inside the U.S. Capitol on the day of the riot. Chansley called the FBI on January 7 and identified himself as the protester who was photographed wearing a furry hat with horns and face paint, according to court documents.
Texas Republican Representative Louie Gohmert has proposed a bill to award Capitol police with Congressional Gold Medals. But the legislation did not include a mention of the January 6 attack that resulted in the deaths of Officers Brian Sicknick, Jeffrey Smith and Howard Liebengood.
Gohmert's bill proposes that police be awarded three gold medals for their efforts to protect and serve the U.S. Capitol, which would be on display at the Capitol Police Headquarters, the D.C. Metropolitan Police Headquarters, and the Smithsonian.
McConnell says 'overdone' Capitol security reminds him of war-torn Afghanistan
Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell said the fortified security at the Capitol two months after the Jan. 6 riot is "overdone," and he compared the militarization in Washington, D.C., to Afghanistan. "I'm extremely uncomfortable with the fact that my constituents can't come to the Capitol," McConnell, R-Ky., said Wednesday during a news conference. "With all this razor wire around the complex, it reminds me of my last visit to Kabul. This is the Capitol of the United States of America." McConnell last visited war-weary Afghanistan in October 2015.
The legislation listed multiple officers who have "paid with their lives in their line of duty," including Sicknick, Smith and Liebengood, who died in the wake of protecting the Capitol from a violent attack by pro-Trump supporters on January 6.
But the bill only stated that the three officers "passed in January 2021," and does not provide details into the events of that day, according to Politico reporter Melanie Zanona.
Scoop: Rep. Louie Gohmert is circulating a competing bill to award congressional gold medals to the Capitol Police.
But his bill doesn't mention Jan. 6. or the Capitol attack. Instead, it says "we mourn the losses" of Brian Sicknick & Jeffrey Smith, who "passed in January 2021." pic.twitter.com/eHuQ0xBsqH— Melanie Zanona (@MZanona) March 17, 2021
"The United States Capitol Police are essential to the protection of the U.S. Capitol, and each person who works in or visits the complex depends on them for their safety," the proposed legislation read.
Capitol National Guard Operation Could Last Beyond May Due to 'Domestic Threat': Pentagon
Some 2,300 troops will remain in the capital until at least May 23, the Department of Defense said Tuesday.The troops were first deployed after the storming of the U.S. Capitol by a mob of Donald Trump supporters on January 6.
"In their dedication to provide this essential safety to the U.S. Capitol, numerous Capitol police and other law enforcement have even paid with their lives while in the line of duty."
"Most recently, we mourn the losses of Capitol Police Officers Brian Sicknick and Howard Liebengood, and Metropolitan Police Department Officer Jeffrey Smith, who all passed away in January 2021," it added.
Sicknick died shortly after sustaining injuries from protecting the Capitol after rioters stormed the building on January 6. The 41-year-old police officer was reportedly hit in the head by a fire extinguisher and
Sicknick has since been heralded as a hero, and was granted the tradition ofin February.
Liebengood, a fellow Capitol police officer, along with Smith, a D.C. police officer, both died by suicide in the aftermath of the attack. Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee confirmed to a House Committee on January 26 that the officers "took their own lives in the aftermath of that battle."
Capitol riot investigation: DOJ expects at least 100 more to be charged
The Justice Department expects to charge at least 100 more people in connection to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot that left five people dead, court filings show. Federal prosecutors are requesting a 60-day delay in cases related to the riot due to a large influx of defendants and evidence discovered in the months after the attack, according to court documents filed Friday in the Washington, D.C., federal court. "The investigation continues and the government expects that at least one hundred additional individuals will be charged," prosecutors wrote in the filing, citing a Justice Department investigation.
Last month, the families of both Smith and Liebengood said that they want the officers deaths to be acknowledged as "line of duty" deaths, The Washington Post reported.
"It is time the District recognized that some of the greatest risks police officers face lead to silent injuries," David P. Weber, the Smith family's attorney, told the newspaper. "Why do we say that one person is honored and another person is forgotten? They all faced the exact same circumstances."
Gohmert repeatedly supported former President's false claims that the presidential election had been stolen due to voter fraud.
The Texas Republican even presented a lawsuit asking Vice Presidentto challenge 's victory in the election ahead of the riot. When it was rejected, Gohmert appeared to suggest using violence.
"The bottom line is, the court is saying, 'We're not going to touch this. You have no remedy' — basically, in effect, the ruling would be that you gotta go the streets and be as violent as antifa and BLM," Gohmert told Newsmax in early January.
2 Men Charged with Assaulting Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick With Bear Spray
Julian Khater and George Tanios were arrested on Sunday and face nine counts that are punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Your browser does not support this video Newsweek reached out to the U.S. Attorney's office for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication. Khater was reportedly seen on video deploying a canister of bear spray into the face of Sicknick and two other officers, according to the Washington Post. Someone allegedly identified the two from images released by the FBI. The two men allegedly grew up together in New Jersey.
But the congressman has since denied that he advocated for violence, and condemned the attack on the Capitol.
"Please people; no violence. That only hurts our cause," Gohmert tweeted on January 6. "Those leading the charge like the guy in yellow with the communist hammer & sickle tattoo: stopping the violence applies to you too."
Newsweek contacted Gohmert for additional comment, but did not hear back in time for publication.
Capitol Police officers involved in the Jan. 6th riot now sharing their stories on USCP social media platforms .
U.S. Capitol Police officers who experienced the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol have taken to social media to share their experiences of that day. Their stories were shared in snippets titled "Stories from January 6" on the agency’s Twitter and YouTube page. In one video, Captain Neysha Mendoza says she was concerned that a member of congress would get injured if one of the rioters were able "to get to them" after breaching the Capitol. "That was my fear factory, because I realized that’s what they were there for," Mendoza says. "In the beginning you just think, well, they’re trying to disrupt congress.