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Trump Influencer Brandon Straka Walks Away From Jan. 6 Case With Home Detention

Brandon Straka at Jan 6 riot

Brandon Straka, a 45-year-old former hairstylist who morphed into a pro-Trump social media influencer and encouraged rioters to steal an officer’s shield and storm the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, was sentenced to probation and home detention on Monday.

Judge Dabney L. Friedrich sentenced Straka to three years of probation, three months of which would be served on home detention. She also imposed a $5,000 fine.

Friedrich said Straka’s actions on Jan. 6 served to undermine democracy and the rule of law. Friedrich said Straka was not being sentenced for his First Amendment protected speech, but rather for his conduct. Straka not only participated in Jan. 6 but “celebrated” it in a way, Friedrich said.


Mitch McConnell’s viral Black voter comments cause widespread furor

Mitch McConnellComments by Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell regarding Black voters in the US have gone viral online and sparked widespread outrage.

The Kentucky Republican was speaking after Republican senators once again blocked Democrats’ voting rights legislation on Capitol Hill on Wednesday evening.

Speaking to reporters after the bill failed and the Senate rejected a change to the filibuster rule that could facilitate its passage, McConnell was asked for his message to voters in minority communities who are concerned that voting restrictions being enacted in many states will keep them from the ballot box without new federal laws.

“The concern is misplaced, because if you look at the statistics, African American voters are voting in just as high a percentage as Americans,” McConnell said.


Boebert asked Jewish visitors to Capitol if they were doing 'reconnaissance': report

Laurren Boebert asks Jeewish groups about their 'reconnaissance".

Boebert is said to have seen the group of visitors on Thursday, looked at them “head to toe” and asked if they were visiting the Capitol to do “reconnaissance,” one person who saw the interaction told the outlet.

“You know, I’m not sure to be offended or not,” one of the rabbis in the group told Buzzfeed News. “I was very confused.”

“When I heard that, I actually turned to the person standing next to me and asked, ‘Did you just hear that?’” the rabbi said.

The group was there to meet with Rep. Thomas Suozzi (D-N.Y.), who said reckless language like Boebert's should not be used by lawmakers.

Jan. 6 committee subpoenas leaders of 'America First' movement

America First leaders subppoenaedThe House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol on Wednesday subpoenaed the two leaders of the alt-right “America First” or "Groyper" movement.

Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said in a statement the panel believes Nicholas Fuentes and Patrick Casey have information relevant to the planning, coordination and funding of events that were held in the lead up to the January attack.

“The Select Committee is seeking facts about the planning, coordination, and funding of events that preceded the violent attack on our democracy. We believe the individuals we have subpoenaed today have information relevant to those questions, and we expect them to cooperate with the committee,” Thompson said in a statement.

“The committee will continue to push forward to get answers for the American people and help ensure nothing like January 6th ever happens again,” he added.


Jan 6 committee could get some Trump White House documents as soon as Wednesday

Trump WH papers released to Jan 6 Committee

A special House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack could get access to a small portion of Trump White House documents as soon as Wednesday evening, according to a court filing late Tuesday, even as the former president continues a high-stakes bid to block such a release.

The National Archives, the repository for White House files, was scheduled to release about a half-dozen pages of records that, unlike other tranches of documents, had not been blocked from release as Trump pursues a Supreme Court challenge to the House committee's demand for a swath of his White House records, officials said.

"Absent an intervening court order, the Archivist intends to release records from the fourth tranche to the Committee at 6:00 pm tomorrow," acting Assistant Attorney General Brian Boynton wrote in a letter to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

According to the Justice filing, Trump attorneys had "not raised any arguments about those six pages in this appeal."



CNN: Eric Trump and Kimberly Guilfoyle's phone records subpoenaed by January 6 committee

Eric Trump and Don Jr.'s girlfriendThe House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol has subpoenaed and obtained records of phone numbers associated with one of former President Donald Trump's children, Eric Trump, as well as Kimberly Guilfoyle, who is engaged to Donald Trump Jr., sources tell CNN.

It appears to be the first time the select committee has issued a subpoena that targeted a member of the Trump family, in what marks a significant escalation of the investigation into Trump's role in the January 6 insurrection. The decision to subpoena communication records involving the Trump family underscores the aggressive tack the committee is taking as it races to complete its investigation while battling Trump in court over access to documents from his administration.

Rudy Giuliani, three other Trump allies subpoenaed in January 6 riot probe

Rudy Guiliani ad three others subpoenaedThe select House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot on Tuesday issued subpoenas to Rudy Giuliani, another former lawyer for ex-President Donald Trump, and two other allies.

The subpoenas add to a raft of demands for interviews and evidence that the House panel has already issued to people in Trump’s orbit, a number of whom have resisted cooperating.

The committee said that the new subpoenas were aimed at “four individuals who publicly promoted unsupported claims about the 2020 election and participated in attempts to disrupt or delay the certification of election results.”

The Jan. 6, 2021, invasion of the Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters was the culmination of his claim that he had actually won the election.



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