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GOP’s Promised Jan. 6 Probe Has One Problem: No One Wants It
When he appeared before the press on July 21, the day that Speaker Nancy Pelosi booted two Republicans from a panel to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy made a pledge. “We will run our own investigation,” the California Republican said. “Why was the Capitol so ill-prepared for that day… and what have we done to make sure that never happens again?” More than six weeks later, and well into the official Jan. 6 committee’s own work, there’s no sign that McCarthy and the House GOP will make good on that pledge. Several House Republican aides said they hadn’t seen any indication that such a probe is imminent.
- Ex-President Donald Trump condemned the criminal prosecution of hundreds of his supporters who were part of the mob that invaded the Capitol complex on Jan. 6.
- Trump's claim that those people are being "persecuted" came as police in Washington prepared for Saturday's planned "Justice for J6" rally outside the Capitol, which is being held to support the defendants.
- Trump was impeached for inciting the riot, which interrupted confirmation of the Electoral College win by President Joe Biden, but was acquitted after a Senate trial.
Ex-President Donald Trump, who was impeached for inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, on Thursday condemned the criminal prosecutionwho were part of the mob that invaded Congress that day.
Local, federal police brace for upcoming rally supporting Jan. 6 Capitol riot defendants
Experts say the failure to predict and prevent the violence on Jan. 6 means officials should prepare for the worst this time around. The rally also comes a month after the Capitol complex was evacuated because of a bomb threat followed by an hours-long standoff with a suspect. © Provided by USA TODAY Senate Republicans blocked a bipartisan commission to study the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot. Partisanship was the reason Republicans gave to oppose it. Start the day smarter. Get all the news you need in your inbox each morning. Retired Lt. Gen.
Trump's statement that those people are being "persecuted" came as police in Washington prepared for, which is being held to support the defendants.
Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-New Jersey, quickly blasted Trump's statement, accusing the former president of "trying again to gin up insurrection and get people killed."'
"I've called for trump to be arrested and prosecuted for his Jan 6 treason," Pascrell wrote in a Twitter post. "Nothing has changed."
In expectation of Saturday's rally, fencing that for several weeks was placed around the perimeter of the Capitol building on the heels of the Jan. 6 insurrection has been reinstalled.
that will allow Capitol Police to deputize outside law enforcement officers.
Fact check: Social media users misinterpret DHS terrorism bulletin
The advisory suggests that extremist takes on those beliefs and behaviors could lead to future violence.“Behavior the White House and DHS deemed as terrorism today! Resisting Covid regulations, opposing government, spreading ‘misinformation,’ thinking the election was rigged,” reads text in an Aug. 14 Instagram post by the conservative social media agency Voiceban.
The department said Wednesday it had asked the Pentagon to make National Guard members available to respond to the rally if need be.
The Capitol Police did not immediately comment on Trump's statement.
In late August, seven Capitol Police officers sued Trump, far-right "violent extremist groups" and others of being directly responsible for the Capitol invasion.
who was speaking at a rally outside the White House, urged the crowd to march to Congress and fight against an ongoing joint session there that was certifying the election of Democrat Joe Biden as president.
Once inmates, Taliban now in charge in a Kabul prison
KABUL (AP) — Once, Kabul’s main prison was crowded with thousands of Taliban captured and arrested by the government. On Monday, a Taliban commander strolled through its empty halls and cell blocks, showing his friends where he had once been imprisoned. It was a sign of the sudden and startling new order in Afghanistan after the militant group swept into the capital nearly a month ago and threw out the crumbling, U.S.-backed government it had fought for 20 years. The Taliban now run Pul-e-Charkhi Prison, a sprawling complex on Kabul’s eastern outskirts.
Trump since Election Day had falsely claimed that he lost to Biden only as a result of widespread ballot fraud in a number of swing states, a belief that has been embraced by many Republicans.
Thousands of Trump supporters swarmed the Capitol after the rally, with a number of them battling with police and invading congressional buildings, including the Senate chamber, forcing members of Congress into hiding.
Four people died that day in connection with the riot, including a woman shot by a police officer as she tried to crawl through a window toward the House of Representatives chamber.
Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick died the following day after collapsing hours after he was attacked by rioters. Four police officers who responded to the insurrection have died by suicide since the attack.
The joint session resumed hours after the Capitol was cleared of the mob, and confirmed Biden's victory.
Since then, more than 500 people have been arrested and charged with crimes related to the riot.
Trump in his written statement Thursday, said, "Our hearts and minds are with the people being persecuted so unfairly relating to the January 6th protest concerning the Rigged Presidential Election."
"In addition to everything else, it has proven conclusively that we are a two-tiered system of justice. In the end, however, JUSTICE WILL PREVAIL!" Trump said.
While many of his supporters face criminal charges for the riot, Trump himself has avoided criminal prosecution.
The House impeached Trump on a charge of inciting the riot before Biden took office. A Senate trial after Trump left office — which was his second impeachment trial — ended with his acquittal.
Matt Braynard, the former Trump campaign staffer who has organized the upcoming rally Saturday, wrote on Twitter Tuesday that the rally was not about any specific candidate.
Braynard also asked participants not to wear any pro-Trump, or pro-Biden, signs or clothing.
Massive Capitol security operation awaits rally to support hundreds charged in deadly January riot .
Eight months after the Capitol was breached by waves of violent Trump supporters, a fence is back up and Capitol Police are standing by.Eight months after the Capitol building was breached by waves of violent supporters of former President Donald Trump, the grounds are once again sheathed in iron fencing, as a possible new test awaits an army of law enforcement officers who were badly overwhelmed in January.