Tag: January 6

How the Charlottesville Verdict Can Inform the January 6 Committee’s Strategy

Last month, a jury in Charlottesville considered civil charges against the organizers of the white supremacist Unite the Right march in 2017, which resulted in the death of Heather Heyer and injuries to dozens of others when a neo-Nazi plowed his car into counterprotesters. (He is serving life in prison without parole.) Through powerful testimony […]

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Trump Spent the Night Before Jan. 6 Calling Allies to Keep Him In Office: Report

Former President Donald Trump speaks during a rally on July 3, 2021 in Sarasota, Florida. (Eva Marie Uzcategui/Getty Images) Former President Donald Trump was still trying to figure out a way to stop Congress from certifying his election defeat hours before the Capitol riot took place, according to the Guardian—indicating Trump himself was deeply involved […]

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Patriotic Allies

Several recent articles, after taking stock of the apparently increasing divide between Big Business and the Republican Party, its traditional political ally, have speculated about the potential for an alliance between the business community and its traditional political antagonist, the Democratic Party. These include an April 14 piece in The New York Times by Thomas […]

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Jan. 6 Organizers Used Burner Phones to Talk to Trump Family: Report

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a “Save America Rally” near the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. (Shawn Thew/EPA/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Organizers of the “Save America” rally where former President Donald Trump spoke before the Capitol riot on Jan. 6 allegedly used burner phones to communicate with White […]

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The January 6 Defendants Are the Most Pathetic Revolutionaries I Ever Saw

But at the sentencing hearing itself, Ryan sang a very different tune. She said she was “very sorry.” She said, “I was foolish.” She said she “just shouldn’t tweet,” which was probably more than the judge was looking for, and which she didn’t mean, because she was back on Twitter the same day. Chansley is sorry, Fairlamb […]

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The Dark Side of Steve Bannon’s Contempt Case

After Democrats captured the House in 2018, however, Trump embraced a scorched-earth approach to most high-profile congressional investigations. In litigation battles over allowing testimony from his aides and handing over his financial records, he sought to delay and drag out litigation as long as possible. During his presidency, that meant pushing its outcome past the […]

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Why Did The Washington Post Publish an Op-Ed by One of Trumpworld’s Big Liars?

Rita Lavelle, who ran the Superfund environmental clean-up program during the Reagan administration, was the last person to be put on trial for contempt of Congress. She beat that rap in 1983, but the following year she was sentenced to six months in prison for lying to Congress. (She served four.) Thirty years later, in […]

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Why Did The Washington Post Let Mark Meadows’s Lawyer Rewrite History?

Rita Lavelle, who ran the Superfund environmental clean-up program during the Reagan administration, was the last person to be put on trial for contempt of Congress. She beat that rap in 1983, but the following year she was sentenced to six months in prison for lying to Congress. (She served four.) Thirty years later, in […]

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There’s Another Trump Coup Memo, and Mark Meadows Was Involved

Then presidential candidate Donald Trump stands with vice presidential candidate Mike Pence at the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images) We’re going to need a filing system to organize all these memos. Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows sent Mike Pence’s top […]

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Can Democrats Pull America Back From the GOP’s Psychotic Break?

The second theory is just that people have become overwhelmingly cynical about all things political. They believe the halls of power are lined with liars and crooks. This isn’t really the case, of course. Politicians spin as easily as breathing, but most don’t tell outright lies on a regular basis—although this is far less true […]

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Jan. 6 Rioter Hiding Out in Belarus Called Capitol Police ‘Little Bitches’

An American man who’s been charged with multiple felonies including assaulting cops during the Capitol riot told Belarus state television Thursday that the government staged the riot and he would be tortured if he returned to the United States. Evan Neumann of California is wanted by authorities for his alleged role in the Capitol riot, […]

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Here’s Why the Bill Stepien Subpoena Is the Most Interesting of the New Batch

The letter goes on to say that the Stop the Steal “messaging was echoed by individuals who attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6 in an attempt to interfere with the peaceful and orderly transfer of power. Additionally, the campaign reportedly urged state and party officials to affect the outcome of the November 2020 election […]

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Virginia Candidate’s Largest Donor Helped Foment the January 6 Riot

And GOP attorneys general played a major role in the larger Republican effort to overturn the 2020 election. Many of them sought to get the Supreme Court to toss out the election results in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Georgia. The attorney general’s office for Virginia has a wide range of responsibilities as, essentially, the state’s “law […]

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A Pair of Jan. 6 Planners Just Rolled on Their Congressional Accomplices

Trump supporters attempt to breakdown the fences in front of Congress on January 6, 2021. They forced their way into the building later that day. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar, a close ally of former […]

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Capitol Rioters in Jail’s ‘Patriot Wing’ Have Their Own Rituals and a Growing Fan Base

Trump supporters near the U.S Capitol, on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Shay Horse/NurPhoto via Getty Images) At 9 p.m. every night, inmates in the so-called “Patriot Wing” of the D.C. Correctional Treatment Facility reportedly stand at attention and sing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” You can even listen, if you want, to an […]

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Merrick Garland Is Enraging Democrats Who Want to See Trump Behind Bars

Beyond his two impeachment trials, which are noncriminal proceedings, Trump has not been personally charged with any state or federal crime since he became president. But there are multiple investigations underway that could carry potential legal liabilities for Trump. The Manhattan district attorney’s office charged the Trump Organization and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, […]

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Trump’s Defense Against the January 6 Commission Discovers New Depths of Cynicism

The lawsuit also criticized the Biden administration for giving Congress access to the records, which prompted Trump’s lawsuit in the first place. “Notably, the Biden administration’s waiver of executive privilege is a myopic, [sic] political maneuver designed to maintain the support of its political rivals and is not based on any discernable legal principle,” Trump’s […]

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Release the January 6 Documents!

Democrats have huffed and puffed threatened him with contempt, but thus far the tactic is working. Bannon can use bad faith legal arguments to keep the January 6 Committee at bay, knowing that the only option at Congress’ disposal is to file suits that will take time to worm their way through the judicial system […]

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The Story Behind Donald’s Bizarre Statement About Republicans Not Voting

In a July op-ed in The Washington Post, Ruth Ben-Ghiat wrote: “Authoritarians use propaganda and corruption to get their people to see violence differently—as a civic duty and a righteous course of action when the nation is threatened. And so it is today with the Republican Party, many members of which have decreed that nothing […]

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Trump Rally Uses Flag From January 6 for Pledge of Allegiance

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a “Save America Rally” near the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. (Eric Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images)  Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. So much for one nation, indivisible. A right-wing rally featuring former President Donald Trump and […]

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Who Is Jeffrey Clark, and How Did He Try to Destroy Democracy?

To watchdog groups, Clark has been a person of interest for months. In August, the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington urged Attorney General Merrick Garland to look into whether Clark broke federal law for following Trump in trying to use the Justice Department to cast doubt on the 2020 election results. In the […]

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The Laughable Defenses of Trump’s Personal Coup Lawyer

Why did they rest their defense of Eastman on this fallacious foundation? I am not telepathic, so I cannot say for certain why Klingenstein and Williams took this approach. Perhaps they were misinformed about the nature of the criticism that Eastman had faced. Maybe they came across some criticism of him that I have missed. […]

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Donald Trump Can Still Trigger a Major Constitutional Crisis

The House committee has already interviewed Donoghue. An ongoing question over the investigation is how far the select committee can go in forcing aides to a former president or the former president himself to give information. The Trump aides defying the subpoenas could, if convicted of contempt of Congress, face fines as high as $100,000 […]

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Why Is a GOP Candidate Speaking At a Fringe Gun Church?

Teddy Daniels, a Republican who is running for congress in Pennsylvania, speaks during a pro-police rally on June 20, 2020. (Photo by Preston Ehrler/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. When Pennsylvania congressional candidate Teddy Daniels takes the stage at the Rod of Iron Ministries’ “Freedom […]

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Elise Stefanik Gets Trumpier Still With New Immigration Attack

In 2018, the New York congresswoman trumpeted supporting an immigration compromise bill that, in her office’s words, “would protect the [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] eligible population, prevent family separation at our border, and provide funding for border security.” Family separation, in particular, is something that Trump’s most anti-immigration backers (like Stephen Miller) embraced. But Stefanik […]

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The Capitol Riot Sequel Was a Sad Media Circus

Emotions ran tepid as American discourse prevailed at the J6 rally in D.C. yesterday, for better or for worse. The expectation of violence, or any attempt the protesters made to do anything other than raise their homemade signs or shout a bit, was quickly overpowered by encircling journalists and law enforcement, whose numbers matched those of the rallygoers […]

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