Politics Bannon says viral 'hell' quote preceding Capitol riot was about Pence
New chief picked for Capitol Police six months after riot
A former Maryland and Virginia law enforcement official was picked to be the U.S. Capitol Police's new chief more than six months after the Jan. 6 riot rocked the federal law enforcement agency. © Provided by Washington Examiner J. Thomas Manger, who served from 2004 to 2019 in Montgomery County, Maryland, was selected for the role after an intensive search from the department's board, which includes the House and Senate sergeant-at-arms and the Architect of the Capitol, according to the Associated Press, which cited four sources.
Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon denied giving an ominous premonition of the U.S. Capitol siege in January after a quote of his went viral on Thursday.
When he said "all hell is going to break loose" on Jan. 5, the day before the riot, Bannon insisted he was referring to the farfetched notion of Vice President Mike Pence rejecting the 2020 election results as he presided over the certification process in Congress.
"I'm trending on Twitter now because I said, 'All hell is going to break loose.' What I was talking about was Pence. Call the play, run the play. Pence was going to send it back to Arizona. Send it back to Georgia. Send it back to Pennsylvania. And let the Senates at that time, on the 6th of January, start to ... that was 'all hell is going to break lose' because Democrats were going to go crazy. That didn't happen because Mike Pence blinked," he said on his podcast show, War Room.
Ad hoc extremist groups come into focus in post-January 6 criminal charges
When officers arrested Robert Morss of Pennsylvania on charges related to the January 6 Capitol riot, they found in his car a notebook with a page titled, "Step by Step to Create Hometown Militia."Beneath it Morss allegedly scribbled bullet point reminders, fleshing out the idea of forming a violent cell -- "bring assault rifle" and "set up your kit" -- and notes on "formation.
Bannon's quote came from an episode of War Room, following clarification that Sen. Chuck Grassley would preside over the certification of the election vote instead of Pence only if the vice president skipped or left the ceremony, as opposed to his absence being a sure thing.
"All hell is going to break loose tomorrow. Just understand this. All hell is going to break loose tomorrow. It’s gonna be moving. It’s gonna be quick," said Bannon, who had then-Trump personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani as a guest on his show that day.
Pence did not try to send the results back to certain states former President Donald Trump lost in November. In fact, hesaying he did not have the power to reject Electoral College votes, dealing a further blow to Trump’s hopes to deny victory to then-President-elect Joe Biden.
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Andrew Quentin Taake, 32, is accused of pepper-spraying and assaulting police officers, federal authorities said. He's charged with obstruction of an official proceeding, felony assaulting police, obstruction of law enforcement, disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, demonstrating in a Capitol building, and engaging in physical violence on restricted grounds. He made his initial court appearance Friday in the Southern District of Texas.
Trump spoke at a rally in Washington, D.C.,, "we will stop the steal," among other things ahead of hundreds of people storming the Capitol, disrupting the certification process. The former president was impeached by the House on a charge of incitement of insurrection before being acquitted by the Senate, but now, as the House's Jan. 6 commission gets underway this week, some pointed to Bannon's "all hell is going to break loose" comments as evidence that implicates Trump having foreknowledge of the siege.
"If Bannon knew, so did Trump,"Harvard constitutional law professor emeritus Laurence Tribe.
Pence, who was, that he and Trump "have spoken many times since we left office." However, he acknowledged, "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 for the American people over the last four years."
To get to the truth about Jan. 6, Democrats need to ignore most of the Republicans
At this point, believing that Republicans can, or will, act in good faith requires magical thinking.Yet now the Republican party leadership says that none of that really happened - and they're asking people to believe a series of lies about that day's events.
Bannon served on Trump's 2016 campaign and then in the White House for much of 2017. He remains a vocal supporter of Trump,in the final hours of his presidency to his former adviser as he faced for his role in an alleged “We Build the Wall” scam that raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars from unsuspecting donors.
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House GOP's new midterm headache: Candidates tied to the Capitol riot .
Several Republican candidates were in the vicinity of the Jan. 6 attack, raising uncomfortable questions for the party's House campaign arm.House Republican leaders have forcefully condemned the violent Capitol riot by Donald Trump's supporters. But the GOP campaign arm is now in the uncomfortable position of watching several of its own candidates face sharp questions about their role in the deadly siege that injured scores of police officers.