Jan 6, 2021
Kene Lazo, who was arrested in May 2021 for his role in the Capitol siege, was arrested again three months later in Norfolk, Va., on domestic violence charges.
Lazo pleaded guilty earlier this year in the Capitol riot case. He was sentenced to 45 days in prison. At sentencing, prosecutors argued that on Jan. 6, 2021, Lazo wore an American flag cape, carried a Captain America-style shield affixed to a small wooden-handled broom, and he wore what appeared to be a black tactical vest and body armor. 9-16.22
- Former President Donald Trump hinted that there could be 'big problems' if he is indicted.
- Trump didn't reject that he was referring to violence, but said his comments were "not inciting."
- Trump is involved in several investigations around the US capitol attack and the 2020 elections. 9.15.22
Guy Reffitt, who carried a gun to the US Capitol during the January 6th insurrection, was sentenced to over seven years in prison on Monday. In addition to bringing a firearm to the Capitol, Reffitt threatened House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Reffitt was a member of the Three Percenters, a right-wing militia group, and decided to go to trial instead of taking a plea deal. ....Reffitt’s two daughters spoke to the press after the sentencing. One daughter said that Trump should face “life in prison” for his actions, while the other said that “it didn’t seem right” that Trump could potentially get re-elected after the events of January 6th.
August 1, 2022: Slate: The Jan. 6 Rioter Whose Son Turned Him In
Today, the federal government is saying, yes, words do matter and they’re asking a judge to sentence Reffitt to 15 years behind bars. The longest sentence for a writer so far. They’re calling Guy a domestic terrorist. I mean, as you say, you’ve gotten to know Guy Reffitt and his family pretty well. Would you classify him as a domestic terrorist?
It’s highly unlikely that Attorney General Merrick Garland has already decided whether to include the former president in any prosecution, say former prosecutors. He would want first to let his department’s gathering of evidence run its course. But bits that have emerged – plus testimony from the congressional Jan. 6 committee – show that it is indeed possible Mr. Trump could be indicted for some of his actions, say experts. For Attorney General Garland, the choice may turn on a more difficult and politically fraught question: Would such a prosecution be good for the country? --July 29. 2022: Christian Science Monitor: Attorney general’s dilemma: Whether to indict a former president
In each of the public hearings held by the House select committee investigating Jan. 6, a few standout moments have captured the public's attention. Thursday's prime-time hearing was no different, with a clip of Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley immediately taking over social media.
While previous hearings explored the rioters, Trump's speech at the Ellipse preceding the riot, and other aspects of his actions after the November 2020 election, the eighth hearing held this summer focused on the 187 minutes of then-President Donald Trump's inaction while rioters descended on the Capitol. Committee vice chair Rep. Liz Cheney said there could be more hearings this fall.
Bannon, 68, was convicted after a four-day trial in federal court in Washington on two counts: one for refusing to appear for a deposition and the other for refusing to provide documents in response to the committee's subpoena. The jury of eight men and four women deliberated just under three hours.
He faces up to two years in federal prison when he's sentenced on Oct. 21. Each count carries a minimum sentence of 30 days in jail.
Even though a record number of Americans are watching U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson lead the committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection, his Mississippi congressional colleagues do not appear to be interested in his efforts.
None of Mississippi’s other five members of Congress — Sens. Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith, and Reps. Trent Kelly, Michael Guest and Steven Palazzo — responded to questions from Mississippi Today asking for their thoughts on the often bombshell testimony that has come out of the Jan. 6 committee hearings.
It would be foolhardy to expect dramatic change of the kind MAGA enthusiasts think they're looking for. They can cheer all they want for a gangster former president who basically called in a hit on his own running mate, but the deck remains stacked against them.
The Colorado Springs Gazette newspaper has endorsed Pro-Seditionist Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., in the June 28 Republican primary. When I lived in Colorado Springs I used to love the Gazette. It leaned Libertarian. Apparently it now endorses the insanity. Colorado Springs has been becoming a bit of a right wing haven for quite a few years now. Appears they have now jumped the shark.
Enrique Tarrio, the former chairman of the Proud Boys, and four other members of the far-right group were indicted on Monday for seditious conspiracy in connection with the storming of the Capitol in January 2021, the most serious criminal charges to be brought in the Justice Department’s sprawling investigation of the assault.
A hundred years ago, 250,000 vigilantes terrorized German Americans, minorities and union organizers to further the goals of the elite in the name of national security. Seventy-five years ago, we terrorized Japanese Americans. Today, vigilantes are terrorizing political opponents and women in the name of political and religious ideology. When will America learn that vigilantism is un-American in any form? -Joan Korb
For much of the past year, Ms. Robertson’s husband, T.J., has been in jail, charged with a felony related to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. She’s been living alone in their single story house at the end of a mile-long gravel road at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains. A menagerie of goats, chickens, and German shepherds roams around the backyard.
Mar 15, 2022: ArcaMax: Miami judge orders Proud Boys' leader Enrique Tarrio to remain behind bars as he faces Jan. 6 charges
Enrique Tarrio, the high-profile leader of the Proud Boys extremist group, appeared subdued in Miami federal court Tuesday as a magistrate judge ordered that he remain behind bars before his trial on charges of plotting the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol building to stop Congress’ certification of the presidential election.
"If funds were raised for the Jan. 6 event by an organized group, then there might be an opportunity for us to know who it was and what was paid," said Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., who chairs the House select committee.
Authors of history textbooks writing about the failed insurrection of January 6, 2021 must not ignore the event’s white supremacist underpinnings. The influence of white supremacy on American history has largely been disregarded by past and present writers, especially in accounts of the Civil War.
Washington Post reporter Carol Leonnig called this pre-insurrection message “particularly foreboding.”
There is speculation from the legal community that Rudy Giuliani might be using the threat of 1/6 Committee cooperation to get Trump to pay his legal bills.
It has emerged that the committee investigating the 6 January insurrection at the US Capitol has identified gaps in the White House call logs from the day of the riot, posing another obstacle to establishing what Mr Trump said and did in the hours before and during the event. According to the New York Times, there is no evidence the records were deliberately deleted, but it is well known that Mr Trump frequently used his own and others’ cellphones to talk to his allies while in office.
Feb 5, 2022: Politicususa: The Feds Are Coming For Steve Bannon With 3 Prosecutors And 4 FBI Agents On The Case
The Department of Justice is not messing around with Steve Bannon as three prosecutors, and four FBI agents are working his contempt of Congress case.
Feb 4, 2022: CNN: Exclusive: Newly obtained records show Trump and Jim Jordan spoke at length on morning of January 6
Two sources who have reviewed the call records tell CNN that Trump spoke on the phone at the White House residence with Jordan for 10 minutes on the morning of January 6. That afternoon, Jordan took to the House floor to object to the certification of President Joe Biden's Electoral College win, and pro-Trump supporters attacked the US Capitol.
Feb 4, 2022: New York Times: G.O.P. Declares Jan. 6 Attack ‘Legitimate Political Discourse’
The Republican National Committee voted to censure Representatives Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger for participating in the inquiry into the deadly riot at the Capitol.
A Tuesday letter from White House Counsel Dana Remus directed the agency to begin releasing the documents to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany turned over text messages to the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, according to a source familiar with the investigation -- the latest indication of the extensive level of cooperation the committee has received from many witnesses.
Feb 1, 2022: NBC News: Trump gave $1M to Meadows nonprofit weeks after Jan. 6 panel's creation
The contribution was made to the Conservative Partnership Institute, where Mark Meadows, the former White House chief of staff, is a senior partner.
Jan 31, 2022: Bipartisan Report: 2+ Years In Prison For Trump Rioter Sought By Feds For Assaulting Police
Federal prosecutors are seeking over two years in prison — 27 months, to be exact — for Seattle resident and Capitol rioter Mark Leffingwell, who pleaded guilty to assaulting law enforcement after punching two officers while at the Capitol last January.
Jan 30, 2022: Arca Max: GOP lawmakers call out Trump on pardons for Jan. 6 rioters
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham forcefully disagreed with former President Donald Trump for saying he might pardon people convicted in the U.S. Capitol riot if reelected, saying they should be jailed “and get the book thrown at them.”
Jan 6, 2022: Anglican Ink: Presiding Bishop marks the Epiphany with a speech on the January 6 capital riot
The nightmare of last January 6th was not just an event. It was a revelation. It was a revelation of deeply dangerous divisions in our nation—some political, some ideological, some racial, and some disguised as religious.
How ironic it is that on this same date, Jan. 6, 2021, our democracy was once again challenged by some who profess Christianity and yet fear what the celebration of Epiphany represents: the coming together of diverse cultures and faiths across imposed geographical boundaries. On the grounds of our Capitol some citizens stormed the seat of our government, waving American and confederate flags and “christian” banners conflating God and government, in a futile attempt to thwart the peaceful transition of power for which our democracy is known.
Jan 6, 2022: Kentucky Today: Why we cannot look away from the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol
Unlike so much else in our current political environment that is fabricated, the attack of Jan. 6, 2021, was real. In the rush to define that riotous afternoon in political terms, which makes it easier to push away, we often miss the real agony of it all. There was an actual human toll from the events of that day — multiple lives lost and a heavy trauma inflicted upon those in the building — that cannot be waived away or dismissed. Instead, Christians should engage this moment for several reasons.
An organization that provided hefty sums of money to nonprofits that spread misinformation about the 2020 presidential election and organized the Jan. 6, 2021, attack at the U.S. Capitol building has also funneled millions of dollars in anonymous donations to right-wing Catholic nonprofits and official Catholic groups.
The organization, known as Donors Trust, has been described as a "dark money ATM" for the political right and has provided funding to groups linked to white supremacist and anti-democratic elements, as the Daily Beast reported on Nov. 22.
Included in those receiving funds were the Diocese of Spokane, Washington; the Thomas More Society; the Acton Institute; and the San Francisco Archdiocese's Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship.
The day after the January 6th attack on the Capitol—some six weeks before his death—Rush Limbaugh logged on for his first show of 2021. He managed to find a way to throw some blame at the Democrats for the previous day’s violence: “So you can set fire to a downtown strip of any blue-state city—Portland, Seattle, Minneapolis, New York—and it’s called a peaceful protest. But you dare not set foot where the political class lives and works and does its job.”
The Jericho March may have shut down after the insurrection but its ideas and members haven’t gone away.
Jan 5, 2022: Religion News Service: Violence isn’t the only way Christian nationalism endangers democracy
One year ago at the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021, the world witnessed one way in which Christian nationalism imperils American democracy. We’ve all seen photos and footage of the mob violence perpetrated by Americans waving Christian flags, clad in Christian clothing, saying Christian prayers. As some increasingly isolated and radicalized religious conservatives react to their loss of power, the threat of their political violence is real. But it is not the only way Christian nationalism jeopardizes our democracy.