Trump lashes out at Gov. Doug Ducey following certification

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Trump Defends His Sedition Speech as Support for Impeachment Grows: A Closer Look
by Seth Meyers
Jan 12, 2021



Seth takes a closer look at House Democrats calling on Vice President Pence to remove President Trump through the 25th Amendment as they prepare to vote on a resolution to impeach Trump.
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Re: Trump lashes out at Gov. Doug Ducey following certificat

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Fmr. Sen. Jeff Flake: Not One GOP Colleague Believed There Was Election Fraud
by Amanpour and Company
Jan 12, 2021



House Republican leaders have announced they’ll not be whipping colleagues at tomorrow’s impeachment vote, instead allowing members to vote their conscience. This comes in the midst of major soul-searching for the GOP after last week’s violent insurrection at the Capitol. What's next for a party that has been dominated by Trumpism these past four years? Jeff Flake, who left the Senate in 2018, was one of the few Republicans to speak out against the President. He speaks with Michel Martin about what lies ahead.

Originally aired on January 12, 2021.
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Postby admin » Wed Jan 13, 2021 7:09 am

Colorado Rep. Boebert Under Scrutiny For Tweets Relaying 'Intel' During Capitol Attack: Rifle Republican says tweets about locations of members of Congress 'mischaracterized.'
by Chase Woodruff
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Posted Mon, Jan 11, 2021 at 8:53 pm MT

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Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert is facing new calls to resign or be removed from Congress over two brief messages sent from her Twitter account during last week's deadly attack by right-wing extremists on the U.S. Capitol.

The tweets, which received fresh scrutiny after being widely recirculated by Boebert's critics on Sunday, were sent in the minutes after a violent mob of President Donald Trump's supporters breached the Capitol building on the afternoon of Jan. 6. As rioters, who killed one U.S. Capitol Police officer and injured many others, began rampaging through the building and vocally targeting elected officials, Boebert's Twitter account relayed information concerning the whereabouts of members of Congress, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

"We were locked in the House Chambers," Boebert tweeted at 2:17 p.m. One minute later, she added: "The Speaker has been removed from the chambers."

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Lauren Boebert @laurenboebert Jan 6, 2021
We were locked in the House Chambers.
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The Speaker has been removed from the chambers.
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In the hours preceding Boebert's tweets, right-wing extremists had descended on the Capitol following a nearby rally at which Trump and other GOP figures demanded that Congress refuse to certify President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory, citing a range of baseless conspiracy theories about the 2020 election. As the demonstration turned violent and the mob gained entry into the Capitol building, shouts of "Where are they?" and "Hang Mike Pence!" could be heard, according to videos and eyewitness accounts.

With more details about the alleged intent of some of the rioters coming to light in the days following the attack, many critics are likening Boebert's tweets to relaying "intel" to the pro-Trump mob.

"Why was (Boebert) live tweeting the location of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the midst of the deadly coup attempt on the Capitol?" asked CNN commentator Keith Boykin. Rural Colorado United, a political action committee that opposed Boebert's 2020 congressional candidacy, has accused her of "divulging" Pelosi's location, characterizing her tweets before and during the Jan. 6 attack as a "timeline of treason."


In a statement sent to Newsline by a spokesperson, Boebert denied those accusations. She called the violence on Jan. 6 "indefensible" and said that those responsible "should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

"Some partisan officials and press have chosen to mischaracterize several of my tweets," Boebert's statement continued. "Let me be clear: I do not support unlawful acts of violence and support the rule of law. Furthermore, my tweets came after both events referenced occurred and I never disclosed secure locations."

'I am the militia'

Over the course of her whirlwind rise from Rifle restaurateur and gun-rights activist to member of Congress, Boebert has faced repeated questions about her ties to extremist movements, including militia groups and the QAnon conspiracy theory. Her rhetoric in the days and hours leading up to the Jan. 6 attack — most notably a tweet that morning reading simply, "Today is 1776" — echoed messages from far-right leaders now under investigation for their role in planning or inciting the riot.

Since announcing her congressional candidacy in December 2019, Boebert has appeared at multiple events alongside members of a nationwide militia movement known as Three Percenters, classified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as anti-government extremists. Last year, a group calling itself the III% United Patriots of Colorado issued a call for members to attend a Boebert campaign rally in Pueblo, the Colorado Times Recorder reported. "Some of us have been asked to run a small perimeter security detail for her," an unidentified militia member said in the message. "I wasn't going to go unless they invited us, which they did."

"I am the militia," Boebert tweeted in June 2020, weeks before pulling off an upset primary victory over GOP incumbent Rep. Scott Tipton in Colorado's 3rd congressional district.

Boebert has continued to earn her reputation as a right-wing firebrand since taking office on Jan. 3, releasing a widely shared video defending her decision to "carry my Glock to Congress" and becoming a high-profile proponent of Trump's legally dubious, long-shot effort last week to block Congress from counting electoral votes affirming Biden's victory.

"Madam Speaker, I have constituents outside this building right now," Boebert said in an impassioned speech on the House floor shortly before the Jan. 6 attack, moving to object to counting electoral votes from Arizona. "I promised my voters to be their voice. … They know that this election is not right, and as their representative, I am sent here to represent them. I will not allow the people to be ignored."

The rhetoric used by Boebert and other Republicans preceding the attack on the Capitol has prompted widespread calls for resignations or possible expulsions from Congress. In a letter sent to House Democrats on Sunday, Pelosi asked members of her caucus for their input on invoking Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, a Civil War-era provision barring those who have "engaged in insurrection or rebellion" against the United States from holding elected office.

Last week, more than 60 Colorado elected officials and community organizations called on Boebert and Rep. Doug Lamborn, a Colorado Springs Republican who also joined the effort to block the electoral-vote certification, to resign, and Boebert was the target of several "Stop the Sedition" rallies held in Colorado on Jan. 8. Organizers labeled her a "conspirator in the insurrection."

Former State Rep. Bri Buentello told Newsline in an interview that Boebert should be held accountable for "just turning up the temperature over and over and over again with these allegations of voter fraud, and the fact is that it didn't happen. And people died."
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'We get our President or we die': FBI issued dire warning day before Capitol riots; 170 suspects investigated
by Kevin Johnson
USA TODAY
Published 2:57 p.m. ET Jan. 12, 2021 Updated 11:30 p.m. ET Jan. 12, 2021

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The FBI issued a dire warning on the day before the Capitol riots that violent extremists were planning an armed uprising in Washington, a plot the attackers described as "war" to coincide with Congress' certification of Joe Biden's Electoral College victory, officials confirmed Tuesday.

Assistant FBI Director Steven D'Antuono said the intelligence report, prepared by the bureau's Norfolk, Virginia, office, included a "thread from a message board" that described an array of preparations for an assault, including a map of Capitol-area tunnels and staging areas in in Kentucky, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.


During a Justice Department briefing, D'Antuono said that while the information could not be attributed to a actual suspect, the information was shared within "40 minutes" with law enforcement partners, including the Joint Terrorism Task Forces, which includes the U.S. Capitol Police, the law enforcement agency that led the failed response.

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Republicans and Democrats share firsthand accounts as pro-Trump supports stormed the U.S. Capitol. USA Today.


The contents of the warning, first disclosed earlier Tuesday by the Washington Post, included ominous language calling for attackers to "be ready to fight."

"Congress needs to hear glass breaking, doors being kicked in ... Go there ready for war. We get our President or we die. NOTHING else will achieve this goal," the Post reported, citing the document.


INTENTIONS: 'It could've been much, much worse' as some rioters were heavily armed, sought out Pence, Pelosi

D'Antuono said the warning was part of a cache of intelligence that the FBI shared with law enforcement partners in the run-up to the Jan. 6 riots. The prescient nature of the Norfolk warning, however, appeared to represent one of the most serious of the alarms touched off prior to the deadly assault.

"In the weeks leading up to the January 6 rally, the FBI worked internally with every FBI field office to ensure they were looking for any intelligence they may have developed about potential violence during the rally on January 6," the assistant director said. "We developed some intelligence that a number of individuals were planning to travel to the D.C. area with intentions to cause violence."

As a result, D'Antuono said some of that intelligence prompted the pre-riot arrest of Enrique Tarrio, leader of the far-right group Proud Boys that supports President Donald Trump.

"Other individuals were identified in other parts of the country and their travel subsequently disrupted," the assistant director said.

The actual assault, which left splintered doors and shattered windows in the mob's wake, proved eerily similar to the call to arms by Trump supporters, as outlined by the FBI Norfolk warning.

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Supporters loyal to President Donald Trump clash with authorities before successfully breaching the Capitol building during a riot on the grounds, on Jan. 6, 2021.

It was still unclear, however, whether officials specifically altered security preparations to account for that warning.

Ultimately, the siege left five dead, including a Capitol police officer whom pro-Trump rioters allegedly beat with a fire extinguisher.

The assault also raised troubling questions about a clear lack of preparation to confront the mob that overwhelmed U.S. Capitol Police and laid waste to the iconic landmark.

'Only the beginning': 170 suspects

Information about the explicit advance warnings came as D'Antuono and D.C. U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin described a sprawling criminal investigation that now includes more more than 170 suspects, some of whom could be charged with sedition.

Sherwin said 70 had been charged with a range of crimes so far, including the possession of weapons and explosives.

Federal authorities have not ruled out that some in the mob, who were carrying plastic hand-restraints known as zip-ties, may have intended to take lawmakers hostage.

Sherwin cast the inquiry as "mind-blowing" in scope.

"This is only the beginning," Sherwin said, adding that some initially charged with minor trespassing charges would likely face myriad felony charges before the investigation was over.

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Lawmakers, aides and legislative staff were forced to take cover and barricade themselves around the Capitol as pro-Trump rioters stormed into the Senate and House chambers.


In addition to the mayhem and violence, authorities raised the prospect that some who had riffled the offices of lawmakers may have taken sensitive national security documents.

The assistant director and the U.S. attorney said the massive investigation was being aided by 100,000 pieces of digital media submitted by the public that is aiding law enforcement in identifying suspects.

Inauguration security

Federal authorities said they also were considering a recommendation from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., who urged officials to place riot suspects on no-fly lists to bar them from attempting a return to Washington to disrupt the Jan. 20 inauguration.

SECRET SERVICE: Inauguration is 'zero fail mission'

The FBI issued a bulletin to law enforcement partners, warning of the potential for additional armed demonstrations in Washington and in state capitals across the country. The bulletin cautioned that actions could begin Jan. 17 and continue through the inauguration.

Already, state authorities have taken action to fortify their capitol buildings to guard from any planned assaults.


ARMED PROTESTS: Violence feared Jan. 17-20

Public 'will be shocked'

Sherwin described the scope of the ongoing inquiry as possibly "unprecedented" and said it could see the filing of hundreds of cases before the inquiry is complete.

The chief federal prosecutor in Washington said a federal grand jury was booked for an entire day Monday to consider an array of charges against suspects. And he suggested that the public "will be shocked" when a full accounting of the siege emerges in the next few weeks and months.

Among the most prominent cases being pursued is the investigation into the murder of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick.

"It cuts to the core that one of our law enforcement brethren has passed away," D'Antuono said.

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A Trump rally in Washington turned violent as rioters stormed the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021
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Republican attorneys general condemned over robocall that urged march to Capitol: Group distances itself from robocall sent by fundraising arm that encouraged Trump supporters to ‘call on Congress to stop the steal’
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The call from the Rule of Law Defense Fund said: ‘We are hoping patriots like you will join us to continue the fight to protect the integrity of our election.’ Photograph: Ardavan Roozbeh/Zuma/Rex/Shutterstock

Leaders from the Republican Attorneys General Association face mounting criticism after sending out a robocall that urged supporters of Donald Trump to join the 6 January march on the US Capitol that resulted in a deadly insurrection.

“At [1pm''] we will march to the Capitol building and call on Congress to stop the steal,” a robocall from the Rule of Law Defense Fund (RLDF), a fundraising arm of the Republican Attorneys General Association, said.

The voice then said: “We are hoping patriots like you will join us to continue the fight to protect the integrity of our election.”


The association’s chair, Georgia attorney general Chris Carr, is now among several officials who claim to have “had no knowledge or involvement in this decision”, distancing themselves from or outright condemning the call.

“The stance of the protesters was not consistent with [the attorney general’s] position on election fraud,” Carr spokesperson Katie Byrd told NBC News. “He has been saying since moments after seeing news break, the violence and destruction we saw at the US Capitol is unacceptable and un-American.”

Alabama attorney general Steve Marshall, who oversees the RLDF, said in a statement that he “was unaware of unauthorized decisions made by RLDF staff”, saying that “despite currently transitioning into [his] role” it was “unacceptable that [he] was neither consulted about nor informed of those decisions”.

Marshall added he had called for an internal review.

The Democratic Attorneys General Association has rejected the Republican defense, releasing a statement highlighting Republican leaders who they say incited the violence by taking up the president’s long-debunked claims of election fraud.

“The Republican [attorneys general] who blindly take their support have no legal or moral ground on which to stand here,” co-chairs Maura Healey of Massachusetts and Aaron Ford of Nevada wrote.

According to Documented, the watchdog group who posted the robocall online, the rally’s promotional website lists the Rule of Law Defense Fund as one of the participating organizations. As of Monday, it had been taken down.

The Democratic attorneys general also said that the Republican association’s “former chair spoke at the rally that incited the mob,” pinpointing Texas attorney general Ken Paxton, and that “former [Missouri attorney general] Josh Hawley led the effort in Congress to undermine the election”.


Paxton and now senator Hawley have championed Trump’s disproved claims of voter fraud in the form of failed lawsuits and legislative challenges.

The robocalls are the latest in mounting backlash Republican officials have encountered for their roles at Wednesday’s “March to Save America” rally, where Trump and allies urged supporters to reject his election loss to Democrat Joe Biden.

Thousands of rioters then stormed the Capitol in a resulting insurrection that killed five people, including a Capitol police officer. A second officer who responded to the call died days later.

Although many Republicans lawmakers have sharply criticized the insurrection, several prominent allies have refused to condemn Trump and have rebuffed calls to impeach the president.
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WATCH LIVE: House debates second Trump impeachment
PBS NewsHour
1/13/21



Lawmakers in the U.S. House are gathering Jan. 13 to to debate an impeachment resolution based on a single charge against President Donald Trump— “incitement of insurrection.” The debate comes one week after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol directly following a rally held by Trump, where he urged the crowd to march as lawmakers were undertaking the counting of Electoral College votes. The impeachment debate also comes one week before Joe Biden is set to be inaugurated, Jan. 20.

House Calendar No. 2
117TH CONGRESS
1ST SESSION H. RES. 41
[Report No. 117–2]
Providing for consideration of the resolution (H. Res. 24) impeaching Donald
John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
JANUARY 12, 2021
Mr. MCGOVERN, from the Committee on Rules, reported the following resolution; which was referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed
RESOLUTION
Providing for consideration of the resolution (H. Res. 24)
impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United
States, for high crimes and misdemeanors.
1 Resolved, That upon adoption of this resolution it
2 shall be in order without intervention of any point of order
3 to consider in the House the resolution (H. Res. 24) im
4 peaching Donald John Trump, President of the United
5 States, for high crimes and misdemeanors. The previous
6 question shall be considered as ordered on the resolution
7 and on any amendment thereto to adoption without inter
1 vening motion or demand for division of the question ex
2 cept two hours of debate equally divided and controlled
3 by the chair and ranking minority member of the Com
4 mittee on the Judiciary or their respective designees.
5 SEC. 2. Until completion of proceedings enabled by
6 the first section of this resolution—
7 (a) the Chair may decline to entertain any inter
8 vening motion, resolution, question, or notice; and
9 (b) the Chair may decline to entertain the question
10 of consideration.
11 SEC. 3. Upon adoption of House Resolution 24—
12 (a) House Resolution 40 is hereby adopted; and
13 (b) no other resolution incidental to impeachment re
14 lating to House Resolution 24 shall be privileged during
15 the remainder of the One Hundred Seventeenth Congress.
16 SEC. 4. Section 5 of House Resolution 8, agreed to
17 January 4, 2021, is amended by striking ‘‘January 28’’
18 each place that it appears and inserting ‘‘February 11’’.


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Lawmaker confronts Jim Jordan for not saying election was fair
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Jan 12, 2021



During a House rules committee debate about a measure to call on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) refused to say that President-elect Joe Biden won the 2020 US presidential election fairly.
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20,000 National Guard troops will defend the Capitol amid threats of violence inauguration week
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Jan 13, 2021



There are 20,000 National Guard troops in Washington to prepare for any possible threats before next week's inauguration. This comes after an angry mob stormed the Capitol last week. NBC's Washington reporter Shomari Stone reports.
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Deutsche Bank, Signature Cutting Ties With Trump After Riots
by Sophie Alexander, Sonali Basak, and Steven Arons
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January 11, 2021, 6:15 PM PST Updated on January 12, 2021, 12:37 AM PST

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Deutsche Bank AG and Signature Bank, two of Donald Trump’s favored lenders, are pulling away from the billionaire president in the wake of last week’s deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol.

The German lender has decided not to conduct any further business with Trump and his company, said two people with knowledge of the matter, asking not to be identified because the deliberations were confidential. Trump owes the Frankfurt-based lender more than $300 million.

Signature Bank, the New York lender that’s long catered to his family, is closing two personal accounts in which Trump held about $5.3 million, a spokesperson for the firm said on Monday. It’s also calling for the president to step aside before his term officially ends on Jan. 20.

“We believe the appropriate action would be the resignation of the president of the United States, which is in the best interests of our nation and the American people,” the bank said in a separate statement on Monday.

The lenders are following social media outlets and other companies in suspending ties with the president after he encouraged attendees at a rally last week to march on the Capitol, where they stormed the building and interrupted the certification of the electoral college vote. At least five people died in the mayhem and its immediate aftermath.

“Yesterday was a dark day for America and our democracy,” Deutsche Bank Americas head Christiana Riley posted on LinkedIn a day after the riot. “We are proud of our Constitution and stand by those who seek to uphold it to ensure that the will of the people is upheld and a peaceful transition of power takes place.”


Signature bank has served Trump and others in his orbit, including Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and Michael Cohen. In 2011, the bank appointed Ivanka to its board, but she stepped down a couple of years later. The New York Times reported the cutting of ties earlier on Monday.

“We have never before commented on any political matter and hope to never do so again,” Signature said in its statement. The bank will not do business in the future with any members of Congress who voted to disregard the electoral college, the spokesperson said.

Deutsche Bank said last month that Trump’s longtime banker resigned. Rosemary Vrablic, who worked in the private banking division, helped manage Trump’s relationship with the bank as the German lender lent hundreds of millions of dollars of loans to Trump’s company over a number of years. That relationship subjected the lender to pressure from lawmakers and prosecutors for information during Trump’s presidency.

The Trump Organization currently still has three loans worth about $300 million outstanding with the bank. They come due in 2023 and 2024.

Deutsche Bank has faced scrutiny over its ties to Trump throughout his presidency. It was so concerned about its exposure after his election, it considered restructuring the loans but ultimately decided not to do new business with him during his presidency, Bloomberg has reported.

(Updates with Deutsche Bank executive’s comment in sixth paragraph, details about lender’s relationship with Trump in final two paragraphs.)

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Deutsche Bank will no longer do business with Trump
Jan 13, 2021
CNN



Deutsche Bank will no longer do business with President Donald Trump, a move that will cut off his business from a major source of loans that once helped fund his golf courses and hotels.

Germany's biggest bank has decided to refrain from future business with the president and his company, a person familiar with the bank's thinking told CNN Business. The news, first reported by the New York Times, follows last week's deadly riot at the US Capitol.

A spokesperson for Deutsche Bank (DB) declined to comment to CNN Business, citing a prohibition on discussing potential client relationships.

The move is the latest example of corporate backlash against the president after his supporters vandalized the Capitol in a brazen assault that left five people dead.

According to the New York Times, Deutsche has lent Donald Trump and his organization more than 2-1/2 billion dollars over the years.
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‘Inside job’: House Dems ask if Capitol rioters had hidden help: On a 3.5-hour caucus call, lawmakers criticized Capitol Police tactics and vowed to investigate what went wrong.
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A growing number of House Democrats say they’re concerned that tactical decisions by some Capitol Police officers worsened Wednesday’s riots and have raised the possibility that the pro-Trump mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol might have had outside help.

Lawmakers have uniformly praised most Capitol Police officers for their heroic response to the riots. Many officers suffered injuries defending members, aides and journalists from the onslaught and one, Brian Sicknick, died late Thursday. But videos have also surfaced showing a small number of officers pulling down barricades for the rioters and, in another instance, stopping for a photo with one of them.

Some of those incidents were raised on a 3.5-hour caucus call by House Democrats on Friday, demanding an investigation not only into the decisions by the Capitol Police leadership but by some rank-and-file officers caught on camera. But the lawmakers also raised general concerns that the rioters had some sort of outside help not necessarily attributable to the Capitol’s police corps.

Rep. Steven Horsford (D-Nev.) told his colleagues he thought the riots were “an inside job,” according to two lawmakers on the call.

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) mentioned that looters had found their way to his unmarked, third floor office and stole his iPad. He questioned how they could locate that office but not his clearly marked ceremonial office in Statuary Hall. Later, another Democrat on the call, Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) specifically raised the question of possible collusion among some Capitol Police officers, according to several people listening.

In an interview airing Sunday, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) said she believes some Capitol Police officers aided the rioters and may have helped steer them once inside the building, calling it “one of the most troubling things” about the assault.

“I am very sad to say that I believe that there were people within the Capitol police and within the Capitol building that were part of helping these insurrectionists to really have a very well-coordinated plan for when they were going to come, how they were going to come,” Jayapal said on Gray TV’s “Full Court Press with Greta Van Susteren.”

Pressed further on whether some Capitol Police officers were not just looking the other way but actually involved, Jayapal said, “It appears that way, both from what happened, how coordinated it was, how easy it was.”

In that vein, House Financial Services Chair Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) told a radio station that Democrats didn’t know yet if the failures by Capitol Police were the result of “poor planning or whether it was because there was certain kinds of infiltration.”


A Capitol Police spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Some of the most acute concerns have been raised by members of color, many of whom have already faced an increase in personal threats during the Trump era and had raised early warnings that the Trump supporters’ planned Jan. 6 demonstration could turn violent. Those members also expressed outrage at the disparity in treatment of pro-Trump rioters, many of whom were allowed to walk free from the Capitol even after ransacking congressional leaders’ offices, and at the crackdown on demonstrators protesting racial inequality over the summer.

“If the ‘protesters’ were Black they would have been shot with rubber bullets, tear gassed, and killed,” said Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), chair of the House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday.

“Police do not take white, right-wing protesters as seriously and they don't treat them as a threat in the way they treat African Americans, Latinos and other groups,” Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) said in an interview. “And I think we saw the consequence of that this week.”

Since Wednesday’s attack, many Democrats have publicly and privately raised alarms about the ease with which rioters were able to not only enter the building but also quickly find their targets in a complex that is difficult for even members of Congress to navigate.

“Somebody must get to the bottom of how they, with such efficiency and such alacrity, moved themselves in mobs into [Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s] office. Into the whip’s third-floor office,” said Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-Pa.), one of the dozen or so Democrats who was locked inside the House chamber as rioters attempted to break in.

“We all joke about the fact that it's so hard to find some of these offices, and we work in the building,” Dean said in an interview.

One of the pro-Trump rioters told The New York Times that a Capitol Police officer directed them to Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer’s office.


Democrats have vowed to investigate all aspects of the assault on the Capitol — Clyburn said on the call that it would take a 9/11 Commission-style investigation — including about the actions of Capitol Police captured on video.

“I saw those videos,” Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) told reporters Friday. “You had people fighting their hearts out and getting hit over the head with a lead pipe … and you had people taking selfies with these terrorists. So there are all of these different levels and we will be examining all of the footage.”

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) chair of the House committee that oversees Capitol security matters, similarly noted that at least some officers may have “taken selfies with these seditionists or even let them in.”

“We need to thoroughly investigate that,” she said.

Democrats are already enraged at the leadership of the Capitol Police for their handling of the security situation. Lofgren said Thursday that the USCP’s chief, Steven Sund, misled her about the resources it had available to protect lawmakers and Vice President Mike Pence, who was in the Capitol for the ceremony to count Electoral College votes. Sund resigned from his post Thursday.

Lofgren said she had pressed Sund about the National Guard’s readiness for possible protests and he assured her they were activated should they be needed.

“What they told me about the National Guard was just not true. The Guard was not even activated,” she said.


Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Md.) said an independent oversight board needed to be put in place for the Capitol Police force.

“The Capitol Police are probably the only law enforcement agency I can think of that does not have non-uniform civilian oversight,” Brown, who was sheltering in his office during the breach, said in an interview Friday. “That's a problem.”

Heather Caygle and Caitlin Emma contributed.
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