Monday, January 18, 2021

ProPublica Posts 500+ Videos Uploaded To Parler During The Capitol Attack:
"Evidence Not Only Of Trump's Culpability But Also The Metastasizing Cancers Of Disinformation, White Supremacy, And Warped/Radicalized Christian Fundamentalism . . . And Mental Illness And Protracted Adolescence In The White American Male"

What Parler Saw During The Attack On The Capitol
Lena V. Groeger, Jeff Kao, Al Shaw, Moiz Syed and Maya Eliahou, with 31 ProPublica contributors, January 17, 2021

This story contains videos that viewers may find disturbing.

As supporters of President Donald Trump took part in a violent riot at the Capitol, users of the social media service Parler posted videos of themselves and others joining the fray. ProPublica reviewed thousands of videos uploaded publicly to the service that were archived by a programmer before Parler was taken offline by its web host. Below is a collection of more than 500 videos that ProPublica determined were taken during the events of Jan. 6 and were relevant and newsworthy. Taken together, they provide one of the most comprehensive records of a dark event in American history through the eyes of those who took part. Read more: Why We Published Hundreds of Videos Taken by Parler Users of the Capitol Riots | Inside the Capitol Riot: What the Parler Videos Reveal

Videos are ordered by the time they were taken. Scroll down to start watching or click on the timeline to jump to any point in the day.

Tim Carman, Washington Post:

This is an extraordinary collection of videos. It doubles as a body of evidence. The vids come from around the District, near the Capitol and inside the Capitol. It's like watching a mob, hypnotized for weeks, finally acting out the implanted directive.

A Reporter's Footage From Inside The Capitol Siege
The New Yorker, January 17, 2021

Luke Mogelson followed Trump supporters as they forced their way into the Senate chamber.

When Luke Mogelson attended President Donald Trump's speech on the National Mall, in Washington, D.C., on January 6th, he was prepared for the possibility that violence might erupt that day. Mogelson, a veteran war correspondent and a contributing writer at The New Yorker, had spent the previous ten months reporting on the radical fringe of Trump supporters, from anti-lockdown militias to fascist groups such as the Proud Boys. After Election Day, he interviewed Trump supporters who showed up at ballot-tabulation sites, and who believed the President's lies that the results had been "rigged" and his victory "stolen." At one post-election pro-Trump rally in D.C., Mogelson witnessed racist violence against Black residents of the nation's capital. At another event, he watched the host of the white-supremacist Web program "America First" declare, "Our Founding Fathers would get in the streets, and they would take this country back by force if necessary. And that is what we must be prepared to do."

After Trump's incendiary speech, Mogelson followed the President's supporters as they forced their way into the U.S. Capitol, using his phone's camera as a reporter's notebook. What follows is a video that includes some of that raw footage. Mogelson harnessed this material while writing his panoramic, definitive report, "Among the Insurrectionists," which the magazine posted online on Friday. (It appears in print in the January 25th issue.) His prose vividly captures how the raging anger and violence of the initial breach of the Capitol was followed by an eerily quiet and surreal interlude inside the Senate chamber, where Mogelson watched people rummaging through desks and posing for photographs. Although the footage was not originally intended for publication, it documents a historic event and serves as a visceral complement to Mogelson's probing, illuminating report.

Dan Zak, Washington Post:

The entire Senate should be made to watch this video [The New Yorker footage] during Trump's second trial. It is evidence not only of Trump's culpability but also the metastasizing cancers of disinformation, white supremacy, and warped/radicalized Christian fundamentalism.

Dan Rodricks, Baltimore Sun:

Yes, and mental illness and protracted adolescence in the white American male.

41 Minutes Of Fear: A Video Timeline From Inside The Capitol Siege
Dalton Bennett, Emma Brown, Sarah Cahlan, Joyce Sohyun Lee, Meg Kelly, Elyse Samuels, Jon Swaine, Washington Post, January 16, 2021

At 2:12 p.m. on Jan. 6, supporters of President Trump began climbing through a window they had smashed on the northwest side of the U.S. Capitol. "Go! Go! Go!" someone shouted as the rioters, some in military gear, streamed in.

It was the start of the most serious attack on the Capitol since the War of 1812. The mob coursed through the building, enraged that Congress was preparing to make Trump's electoral defeat official. "Drag them out! … Hang them out!" rioters yelled at one point, as they gathered near the House chamber.

Officials in the House and Senate secured the doors of their respective chambers, but lawmakers were soon forced to retreat to undisclosed locations. Five people died, including a Capitol police officer. In all, more than 50 officers were injured.

To reconstruct the pandemonium inside the Capitol for the video above, The Washington Post examined text messages, photos and hundreds of videos, some of which were exclusively obtained. By synchronizing the footage and locating some of the camera angles within a digital 3-D model of the building, The Post was able to map the rioters' movements and assess how close they came to lawmakers — in some cases feet apart or separated only by a handful of vastly outnumbered police officers.

Brian Stelter, Reliable Sources (CNN), January 17, 2021:

Even at this late hour, Trump is delusional about his election loss, or he is still in deep denial, or some combination thereof. He is "still, and I think it’s important to say, according to people I've spoke to, still telling people that he won," Maggie Haberman reported on "Reliable Sources" Sunday morning. "You know, he's still maintaining this. So, the idea that he has accepted the loss, he is not there yet, if he is ever going to get there." . . .

Trump's inability to face the truth of his loss to Biden might explain why he has barely faced reporters at all in the closing weeks of his presidency. Even more remarkably, he rarely ever called into his favorite TV shows. Aside from a couple of chats with Maria Bartiromo and Brian Kilmeade and some WH-produced videos, he's been invisible. . . .

We've been warning for a week that pro-Trump outlets are spending a lot less time reckoning with what happened on 1/6, and here's evidence: This weekend the word "riot" was uttered 11 times on Newsmax, 34 times on Fox News, 80 times on MSNBC and 81 times on CNN. (This data is through 7pm ET on Sunday.) Get it? . . .

The pro-Trump media's fraud has worked. A batch of new polls prove this. Polling from CNN, NBC and other outfits indicate that most Republicans do not trust the results of the 2020 election. They do not believe Biden won fair and square. This is not a fringe view -- it is the "mainstream" view within the GOP. Astead Herndon captured this in a story for the NYT over the weekend. . . .

Axios is releasing a new podcast series, "How It Happened," about Trump's last stand, as a companion to these astonishing "off the rails" stories . . .

With gratitude to Mark Knoller for the data, we made this bar chart of Trump's national TV interviews as president. Does it remind you of a hand with one finger raised in the air? That's Fox News in the middle, with more interviews than all the other networks combined. Trump never granted an interview to CNN during his four years in office, which is a first in the history of the network...

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Since The Election, Trump's Approval Numbers Among Republicans Have Barely Changed

Brian Williams:
That would be Mike Lindell, the conspiracy theorist who makes pillows filled with chopped-up foam. His commercials air on Fox News every few minutes. That qualifies him for statesman status in the Trump White House. He met with the president in the Oval Office today, just as so many foam pillow manufacturers have done, going back to the time of Lincoln. Lindell inadvertently shared his homework with us. As you saw earlier in the broadcast, his thoughts on martial law, on who should run the CIA for the next six days, were clearly visible in still photos. Four years of this and the Trump crowd has never learned the lesson of modern digital photography: We can see you!

Those Numbers Are High Because Of This

Don't Get Your Hopes Up

Rep. Lauren Boebert Helped Terrorists Case The Capitol The Day Before They Attacked It; Her Dream Of A Pardon Vanishes On Wednesday, At 12:01 PM

Fox News Has Its Finger On The Pulse Of The Nation

January 15, 2021

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Several Democrats Are Worried Of Being Murdered By Their Republican Colleagues

Some Democrats In Congress Are Worried Their Colleagues Might Kill Them

Benjy Sarlin, policy editor for NBC News, wrote the article under that headline, which he states should not be read in "a rhetorical sense, but in a direct and immediate way". It should be read literally. Some Democrats believe they could be murdered by their Republican colleagues.

Don Beyer (Democrat, Virginia): "It's the most poisonous I've ever seen. There's the overall sense that maybe if some of them have guns — and likely the ones who are more into conspiracy theories and QAnon with the pedophilic satanic rings — are we safe from them?"

The Republican Sedition Party includes a number of troubling extremists.

Lauren Boebert (Colorado) is a House freshman who insisted on being allowed to bring her gun to the resumption of the impeachment hearings after the terrorist attack on the Capitol. She complained about the new metal detectors and refused to go through them. In the future, members who refuse will face fines of $5,000 (first time) and $10,000 (subsequent times).

On the morning of January 6, Boebert tweeted: "Today is 1776." During the attack, Boebert sent two tweets mentioning the movements of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, despite being told to refrain from revealing that information. Nancy Mace, a fellow Republican (South Carolina), said those tweets made Boebert "culpable" in the attack. Two right-wing terrorists told Boebert in real time that they were grateful for her updates.

Boebert's Communications Director resigned on Saturday.

Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene (Georgia) both support QAnon conspiracy theories, though both women say they no longer do (or they never did). A spokesperson for Greene said: "She has nothing to do with QAnon. She doesn't support it. She doesn't follow it." However, the public record shows that Greene has publicly supported QAnon more than any other elected official in the United States. She described Donald Trump's presidency as a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take this global cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles out". 

Greene also does not believe in wearing masks during a pandemic that has killed more than 400,000 Americans in less than one year. And she promised, during a recent Newsmax interview, that she will file articles of impeachment against Joe Biden next Thursday, January 21.

Madison Cawthorn (North Carolina), who has spoken at pro-Trump rallies and suggested lawmakers who did not support overturning the election results should be "lightly threatened") said he carried a firearm during the attack.

In October, his campaign insulted a reporter for taking a job "to work for non-white males", such as Senator Cory Booker, whose goal is to "ruin white males running for office". Cawthorn insisted he had no racist intentions in that instance . . . which checks out, because we can all agree that race is never on the mind of someone using the term "white males" and criticizing someone who works for "non-whites".

In total, 147 Republicans joined forces with the terrorists by voting to overturn the election results after the attack on the Capitol. And yet some of them are being threatened, also. Jason Crow (Democrat, Colorado) and Peter Meijer (Republican, Michigan) both claimed that some GOP colleagues cast votes to overturn the election results or against impeaching Trump because they fear for their families' safety.

Crow talked with several Republican colleagues the night before the second impeachment vote. "A couple of them actually broke down in tears talking to me, and saying that they are afraid for their lives if they vote for this impeachment." Meijer told CNBC: "I am expecting there will likely be more political violence. So my expectation [is] . . . there will be folks that try to kill us, and that's something we have to grapple with every day."

Republican John Curtis (Utah) reported that a "Wanted For Treason" flyer was taped to his office door.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (New York) said she feared for her life on January 6, in part because she questioned the motives of her Republican colleagues. She mentioned ""white supremacist members of Congress" who she felt might "disclose my location" and "allow me to be hurt, kidnapped, etc."

Mikie Sherrill (New Jersey) saw Republican lawmakers conducting tours of the Capitol the day before the attack, which she believes were "reconnaissance" missions. All tours of the Capitol were stopped in March 2020 and have not resumed. An investigation has begun. "I was flat on the ground as other members were calling loved ones because they thought that might be the last phone call they made. To imagine that colleagues of mine could have aided and abetted this is incredibly offensive, and there is simply no way they can be allowed to continue to serve in Congress."

Kim Lane Scheppele is a professor of sociology and international affairs at Princeton University. She studies how democracies slide into authoritarianism. She told MSNBC that the atmosphere at the Capitol was (as Sarlin reported) "disturbingly similar to those in governments in which dissident politicians live in fear of death threats, including fears that pro-regime extremists might target them with tacit support from government leaders or state security".

Joanne Freeman, the author of The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War, compared the current situation to the decades before the Civil War, when fistfights often broke out on the House floor (though she notes that it was, in general, a more violent time in American history).

The Washington Post reports that the violent mob was charging up the stairs to the Senate chamber about one minute after Vice President Pence had been taken out of the room.

Pence and his family had just ducked into a hideaway less than 100 feet from that landing, according to three people familiar with his whereabouts, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation. If the pro-Trump mob had arrived seconds earlier, the attackers would have been in eyesight of the vice president as he was rushed across a reception hall into the office.

The Post stated that Pence was not whisked away until 14 minutes after Capitol Police reported the first attempted breach of the building. That is a shockingly long time, perhaps indicative of the initial confusion, but it's also possible that Pence was left in a vulnerable position on purpose by Capitol employees sympathetic to Trump and the mob.

There's The Looting . . . When Does The Shooting Start?

Friday, January 15, 2021

A Significant Portion Of American Politics Is Moving Into The Realm Of Extremist Cults

Jonathan V. Last, The Bulwark: "I can't stop thinking about the woman in this picture."

At the time, I was struck by the sign she was holding, which suggested that she was a QAnon follower . . . she was also wearing "Make America Great Again" tights.

I wondered what her story was. . . . She looked like an elementary school teacher. And it turns out that this was pretty close to the mark. Her name is Christine Priola. She lives in Cleveland. And up until last week, she was an occupational therapist who worked for the Cleveland school system.

She quit her job the day after the Capitol attack. Her resignation letter stated, in part: "I will be switching paths to expose the global evil of human trafficking and pedophilia, including in our government and children's services agencies."

Last understands and freely admits he's working with only the barest sketch of her life:

But the broad outlines are of a middle-aged, professional woman who had dedicated her career to helping kids. Who had a steady job. Probably with a pension.

And suddenly she's storming the Capitol with a bunch of clearly insane people.

Twenty-four hours later she quits her job. Says she wants to dedicate her life to fighting a global pedophile ring that involves the U.S. government. Then she's arrested and is now facing up to 2 years in jail. How does this happen? . . .

What we can see is a sudden and cultish devotion to conspiracy theories and a single political figure that is so far out of the mainstream that there's no analogue in recent American politics. . . .

I don't know about you, but what happened to Christine Priola scares the hell out of me. Because it suggests that a big chunk of mainstream American politics has moved into the realm of extremist cults. And the object of this new cult devotion isn't national pride or some random, charismatic figure. It's the president of the United States and his political party.

Something is happening at a very deep level. Donald Trump, QAnon, the Republican party, and much of American Christianity—both Protestant and Catholic—have congealed into an incoherent belief system. Something that's not quite politics, not quite religion, and not quite ideology, but rather a hybrid of the most dangerous aspects of all three.

This new belief system is unfalsifiable. It is powerful. It is virulent. It convinces normal people to take drastic actions that ruin their lives.

And because this system has the support—sometimes outright, sometimes tacit—of the Republican party, it is still in its expansion phase. . . .

I don't have the answers here. I don't know how to save someone like Christine Priola. But I'm pretty sure that if we don't figure out some answers, then January 6 will have been prologue to a dark future.

Note: There is nothing odd in Priola's statement to dedicate herself "to expose the global evil of human trafficking and pedophilia, including in our government and children's services agencies". What she wants to fight certainly exists and it's is an admirable pursuit. But pursuing the QAnon version of "human trafficking and pedophilia" (a bizarre fairytale in which Trump is a messiah sent by God who was put into office to battle a worldwide cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles who currently rule the world, including of course the unholy trinity of politicians, the media, and Hollywood, and there will soon by a world-changing event known as the "Storm" during which thousands of members of the cabal will be arrested and put on trial or put to death) is not the way to do it.

An investigation has begun into whether members of Congress provided pro-Trump insurrectionists access to the Capitol before the terrorist attack on January 6.

Russel L. Honoré, a retired Army lieutenant general, was named to lead "an immediate review of the Capitol's security infrastructure, interagency processes and procedures, and command and control".

Nancy Pelosi: "If in fact it is found that members of Congress were accomplices to this insurrection — if they aided and abetted the crimes — there may have to be action taken beyond the Congress in terms of prosecution for that."

Carlton F.W. Larson, author of On Treason: A Citizen's Guide to the Law (2020), writing in the February 17, 2017 edition of the Washington Post:

No person has been executed for treason by the federal government under the Constitution. The small handful of people who have been convicted of the offense at the federal level — such as two militants from the Whiskey Rebellion and several people after World War II — have mostly been pardoned or released. So we are sometimes told that treason has been "rare" in the United States.

Hardly. During the American Revolution, the rebelling Americans were all committing treason against Britain. Similarly, the thousands of Americans who actively aided the British committed treason against the United States. In the Civil War, the hundreds of thousands of men who fought for the Confederacy all levied war against the United States, as did the people who aided and abetted the rebellion.

Neither the American Revolution nor the Civil War led to mass executions. At the end of the day, the spirit of reconciliation prevailed, and the victors allowed the vanquished to return home peacefully.

 18 U.S. Code, Chapter 115: Treason, Sedition, and Subversive Activities

American Thinker, a far-right nationalist website, has retracted what it now claims are "completely false" claims of election fraud surrounding Dominion Voting Systems. Editor Thomas Lifson:

These statements are completely false and have no basis in fact. Industry experts and public officials alike have confirmed that Dominion conducted itself appropriately and that there is simply no evidence to support these claims. It was wrong for us to publish these false statements. We apologize to Dominion for all of the harm this caused them and their employees. . .  We regret this grave error.

The statement was likely prompted by a legal threat from Dominion, which has also sent warnings to Fox News, Newsmax, and OAN. Newsmax and Fox practically tripped over themselves in a mad rush to debunk their own false claims about the companies. Dominion has filed a $1.3-billion lawsuit against Sidney Powell, one of the more unhinged members of Trump's legal "Elite Strike Force". A second voting software company, Smartmatic, is also threatening legal action.

The Republican party may have given up on blaming "antifa" for the attack on the Capitol (Congressman Kevin McCarthy said, on the House floor, "there is absolutely no evidence of that"), but Russian state television is still pushing that particular lie on behalf of Donald Trump, who has been behaving like a Russian agent for a while. According to Russian reports, any pro-Trump supporters at the Capitol were merely "peaceful demonstrators".

The 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump have received numerous death threats. The Daily Beast reports: "Serious threats materialized almost instantaneously after Wednesday's vote, according to some of the GOP lawmakers. [Peter] Meijer [of Michigan] told NBC News on Thursday that the threats flooded in immediately, and that his GOP colleagues have requested armed escorts . . ."

Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO) spoke to several GOP colleagues the night before the vote. "The majority of them are paralyzed with fear. . . . [A] couple of them broke down in tears—saying that they are afraid for their lives if they vote for this impeachment".

Thursday, January 14, 2021

It Will Be Revealed That Seditious Republicans In Congress Helped Terrorists Case The Capitol On The Day Before The Attack, According Reps. Sean Maloney And Tim Ryan

More than 30 Democrats have requested an immediate investigation into why groups of people involved in the terrorist attack on the Capitol were given a tour of the building by Republican lawmakers on the day before the attack. (Public tours of the Capitol were suspended 10 months ago because of the pandemic.)

Several lawmakers believe the terrorist attack, which left five people dead (not including a police officer who worked that day and committed suicide three days later), was an inside job.

The letter states that some of the signees are military veterans "trained to recognize suspicious activity". They witnessed "an extremely high number of outside groups" on January 5 and want to know if logbooks include the names of visitors and if security footage exists.

Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., stated this week that she saw some of her colleagues (currently unnamed, but presumably Republicans) leading what she termed "reconnaissance" tours, which were "a noticeable and concerning departure from the procedures in place" for the last 10 months, since March 2020. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, added that "a couple" of his colleagues fit Sherrill's description and that the tours consisted of numerous people, not "one-on-one" or "small family" groups.

Sarah Groh, chief of staff to Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., revealed that all of the panic buttons that had been installed in Pressley's office had been ripped out of the wall shortly before the attack. The security devices were necessary because Pressley, one of four Democratic congresswomen known as "the Squad," has received numerous death threats.

Two Democrats stated without equivocation that they believe the terrorists had assistance from sympathetic lawmakers in the Capitol. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., told radio host Rashad Richey he believed the attack was an "inside job". James Clyburn, D-S.C., told CBS he was certain that "somebody on the inside" had helped the insurrectionists.
They knew where to go. I've been told . . . by some other congresspeople that their staff are saying that they saw people being allowed into the building through side doors. Who opened those side doors for these protesters, or I call them these mobsters, to come into the building, not through the main entrance where magnetometers are, but through side doors. Yes, somebody on the inside of those buildings were complicit in this.
Clyburn pointed out that the office marked with his name was left alone, but several rioters were banging on the unmarked door to the office where Clyburn does most of his work. He stated that some Capitol police officers were "not just derelict. You could say they were complicit."

Salon asked one senior Senate aide how the terrorists knew where the electoral votes were being stored ("an obscure space deep in the building"). The aide said it was a "fascinating question. Honestly, I don't know. They somehow got into every nook and cranny." (Two quick-thinking lawmakers grabbed the votes before going into hiding.)

A majority of Republicans supported a seditious attempt to overturn the election, despite no evidence of any sort of fraud, and several have been linked with the violent insurrection. Ali Alexander, chief organizer of "Stop the Steal", publicly thanked Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Arizona, Andy Biggs, R-Arizona, and Mo Brooks, R-Alabama, for helping him plan the rally. Gosar has been connected with Alexander and Stop the Steal since at least late November 2020. Both Alexander and Alex Jones have claimed the Secret Service assisted them in getting away from the rally.

Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colorado, has promoted the nuttiest QAnon conspiracy theories. During the attack, she also tweeted (specifically) about the location of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and later in the day was adamant about bring her gun inside to the continuation of the impeachment hearings.

Even after the armed insurrection, 147 Republicans voted to overturn the election results.

January 13, 2021

The Honorable Timothy Blodgett
Acting House Sergeant at Arms
Room H-124 U.S. Capitol
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Jennifer A. Hemmingway
Acting Senate Sergeant at Arms
Room S-151 U.S. Capitol
Washington, DC 20510

Yogananda Pittman
Acting Chief
United States Capitol Police
119 D Street, NE
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Mr. Blodgett, Ms. Hemmingway, and Acting Chief Pittman:

We write today to request an immediate investigation into the suspicious behavior and access given to visitors to the Capitol Complex on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 - the day before the attacks on the Capitol.

Many of the Members who signed this letter, including those of us who have served in the military and are trained to recognize suspicious activity, as well as various members of our staff, witnessed an extremely high number of outside groups in the complex on Tuesday, January 5. This is unusual for several reasons, including the fact that access to the Capitol Complex has been restricted since public tours ended in March of last year due to the pandemic.

The tours being conducted on Tuesday, January 5, were a noticeable and concerning departure from the procedures in place as of March 2020 that limited the number of visitors to the Capitol. These tours were so concerning that they were reported to the Sergeant at Arms on January 5.

The visitors encountered by some of the Members of Congress on this letter appeared to be associated with the rally at the White House the following day. That group left the White House and marched to the Capitol with the objective of preventing Congress from certifying our election. Members of the group that attacked the Capitol seemed to have an unusually detailed knowledge of the layout of the Capitol Complex. The presence of these groups within the Capitol Complex was indeed suspicious. Given the events of January 6, the ties between these groups inside the Capitol Complex and the attacks on the Capitol need to be investigated.

It is important that we feel safe in the halls of Congress, and we applaud the Sergeant at Arms (SAA) and US Capitol Police (USCP) for their efforts. But the fact remains that there were unusually large groups of people throughout the Capitol who could only have gained access to the Capitol Complex from a Member of Congress or a member of their staff.

To that end, please provide answers to the following questions:

1) Are logbooks of Capitol Complex visitors inspected regularly and collected in any type of database?
a) Do additional law enforcement agencies have access to that database?

b) Does SAA/USCP track visitors by Member?

c) Does SAA/USCP ask for ID from visitors?

d) If yes, will SAA/USCP provide the information, including names of Members or staff who were part of these tours?
2) Does SAA/USCP enforce Members signing in guests?
a) Does SAA/USCP have logs of which Members signed guests in on 1/5/21?

b) If yes, will SAA/USCP provide the information, including names of Members or staff who were part of these tours?
3) Have any additional law enforcement agencies requested access to these logs?

4) What would prevent the SAA/USCP from permitting a visitor from entering the building?

5) What tracking does the SAA/USCP employ to ensure that one staffer did not bring more than their allotted “official visitors” through multiple entrances?

6) Are there video logs of the day in question?
a) If Yes, will SAA/USCP provide the video logs?
7) Is facial recognition software used for visitors entering the complex?
a) If Yes, will SAA/USCP provide the facial recognition results?
8) Are any of the individuals recorded in the Capitol complex on January 5 being investigated for their role in the insurrection the following day?

We appreciate your immediate attention to this matter.


Mikie Sherrill
Katherine Clark
Frank Pallone, Jr.
Daniel T. Kildee
Abigail D. Spanberger
Grace Meng
Tom Malinowski
Pramila Jayapal
Jahana Hayes
Veronica Escobar
Ted W. Lieu
Ann McLane Kuster
Michael F. Doyle, Jr.
Mary Gay Scanlon
Dean Phillips
Jared Huffman
Donald M. Payne, Jr.
Sara Jacobs
Elaine G. Luria
Mike Levin
Norma J. Torres
Susan Wild
Suzanne Bonamici
Jackie Speier
Lizzie Fletcher
Kathleen M. Rice
Nikema Williams
André Carson
Bill Pascrell, Jr.
Marie Newman
Albio Sires
Marilyn Strickland
Josh Gottheimer
Lisa Blunt Rochester
(Members of Congress)

Numerous Lawmakers Have Implied Rep. Lauren Boebert Was
One of The Terrorists' Tour Guides (She Strongly Denies It)

Metal Detectors

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Least Surprising News: Trump Stiffs Rudy On Legal Fees

In this article (which is both wonderfully-headlined and enjoyable to read):

Trump Is Isolated And Angry At Aides For Failing To Defend Him As He Is Impeached Again

is perhaps the least surprising news ever:

Though Trump has been exceptionally furious with Vice President Pence, his relationship with lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani, one of his most steadfast defenders, is also fracturing . . .

Trump has instructed aides not to pay Giuliani's legal fees . . . and has demanded that he personally approve any reimbursements for the expenses Giuliani incurred while traveling on the president's behalf to challenge election results in key states. . . . Trump has privately expressed concern with some of Giuliani's moves and did not appreciate a demand from Giuliani for $20,000 a day in fees for his work attempting to overturn the election.

This is one time where it's okay to blame the victim because: (a) it's Giuliani (fuck that guy); and (b) Trump is notorious and legendary for not paying anyone who works for him.

It's just another case of Buyer Liar Beware.

Update: White House officials have also been blocking Giuliani's phone calls to Trump.

"The Enemy Is Within And We Cannot Trust Our Colleagues"
At Least One Republican Gave Terrorists A Tour Of The Capitol On January 5; AOC and Pressley Feared Being With "Treasonous, White Supremacist Members Of Congress"; Panic Buttons Surreptitiously Removed From Democrat's Office Before The Attack

Thirty-one members of Congress have sent a letter to the acting House Sergeant at Arms, acting Senate Sergeant at Arms, and acting chief of the US Capitol Police asking them to investigate whether members of Congress gave numerous tours of the Capitol on January 5 to some of the domestic terrorists who attacked the building the following day. Rep. Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey, a Navy veteran, referred to the suspicious tours as a "reconnaissance mission".
Many of the Members who signed this letter, including those of us who have served in the military and are trained to recognize suspicious activity, as well as various members of our staff, witnessed an extremely high number of outside groups in the complex on Tuesday, January 5. This is unusual for several reasons, including the fact that access to the Capitol Complex has been restricted since public tours ended in March due to the pandemic. We found these tours so concerning that senior staff questioned the SAA [Sergeant at Arms] on January 5 about what was taking place.
Mary Jo Scanlon, a representative from Pennsylvania and one of the co-signers of the letter, also witnessed the tours given to people wearing pro-Trump clothing. One group consisted of six to eight people.
I had seen what appeared to be tour groups of folks dressed in MAGA attire, in the halls, in the tunnels. . . . . It was just surprising to see that happen because since Covid the building's been shut down. There aren't supposed to be any tours. So I kind of assumed it must be a new member who didn't know the rules or something. But, I mean, I can verify that it happened. There were people who were roaming around in the halls, apparently under the guidance of congressional staff.
The letter notes that groups "could only have gained access to the Capitol complex from a member of Congress or a member of their staff". 

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (New York) confirmed that some insurrectionists were given a tour the day before they attacked the Capitol. Maloney said a male representative witnessed the tours:
He described it with some alarm. There are some of our new colleagues, the same one, of course, who believe in conspiracy theories and who want to carry guns into the House chamber, who today – today – have been yelling at Capitol Police. I saw it earlier, when I went to vote – shoving Capitol Police, who a week ago were risking their lives to save ours. This conduct is beyond the pale. And it extends to this interaction with the very people who attacked the Capitol. That is why making sure every member of Congress goes through a metal detector, which has never happened before, is so important for the security of the Inauguration and our proceedings. It's a sad reality that we find ourselves at a place where the enemy is within and we cannot trust our own colleagues.
Maloney did not disclose the name of the person who gave the tour, but said: "I think you'll find that's going to be a real story." Maloney appeared to reveal-without-saying that it was Rep. Lauren Boebert (Colorado), who supports QAnon and threw a tantrum about bringing her firearm into the Impeachment proceedings.

A possible photo of the tour (including Boebert) was circulating today, but it is a photo from July 2020. I have no doubt security footage exists, so it's only a matter of time before we know for sure.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (New York) stated recently that she feared for her life last Wednesday during the attack. In an hour-long Instagram Live video, she spoke about "a very close encounter where I thought I was going to die. I did not know if I was going to make it to the end of that day alive." She could not discuss specifics because of security reasons.

She also said she did not feel safe among other members of Congress and did not go with others to a protected "extraction point". She said:
There were QAnon and white-supremacist sympathizers and, frankly, white-supremacist members of Congress in that extraction point who I know and who I have felt would disclose my location and would create opportunities to allow me to be hurt, kidnapped, etc. So I didn't even feel safe around other members of Congress.
Rep. Ayanna Pressley (Massachusetts) also had similar reservations about the sheltering plan.
The second I realized our 'safe room' from the violent white supremacist mob included treasonous, white supremacist, anti masker Members of Congress who incited the mob in the first place, I exited.
At least two Democrats have tested positive for the coronavirus after sharing a safe room with Republicans who both refused to wear masks and ridiculed members who were wearing them. Boebert, whose days in government may be seriously numbered, is also being criticized for tweeting twice during the siege about the movements of Nancy Pelosi, who was high on the terrorists' list of people to murder.

The panic buttons installed in Pressley's congressional office had been removed prior to the attack. Last Wednesday, Pressley, along with Sarah Groh, her chief of staff, and Groh's husband, were barricading themselves in the office when they discovered every panic button had been torn out. Groh said the buttons had been used in the past. Security was heightened in 2019 after Donald Trump posted a series of racist tweets about a group of female Congresswomen known as The Squad.

AOC, also a member of The Squad, tweeted: "Even if one assumes this as some totally innocent oversight, how does the department responsible remove ALL the panic buttons from a highly visible member's office and NOT inform that member or their staff?"

Two Virginia police officers (Jacob Fracker and Thomas Robertson) have been arrested and charged with knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building without lawful authority and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds after they took part in last week's terrorist attack and then boasted about it on Facebook. (That link includes reports on police officers from around the country being investigated for being at the attack. The most-popular excuse seems to be that they left before things got violent.) Robertson is an Army veteran and a trained sniper. He posted he was "fucking proud" and "CNN and the Left are just mad because we actually attacked the government who is the problem . . . The right IN ONE DAY took the fucking U.S. Capitol. Keep poking us."

Trump thinks everyone is as stupid as he is. In a new five-minute video, Trump says the Capitol rioters were not his "true" supporters and he was "shocked" by the violence. "Mob violence goes against everything I believe in."

The Biggest Loser:
Trump Is Only President In US History To Be Impeached Twice (Only 393 Days Apart);
197 Republicans Protect And Support A Seditious President Who Incited An Armed Insurrection Against The US Government

December 18, 2019
Abuse of Power: 230-197
Obstruction of Congress: 229-198
January 13, 2021
Incitement of Insurrection: 232-197

Trump Proves He's Dumber Than Dirt Every Single Day

Profiles In Courage

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