‘Stop Using My Name, OK? Because I Donâ€™t Want My Name on It’ Kimmel Tells GOP Senator
Jimmy Kimmel is taking a rare political stand and standing up to Republican Senator Bill Cassidy. A physician, Cassidy, 59, had supported Kimmel after the ABC late-night talk show host’sÂ newborn son was found to have a congenital heart defect, which Kimmel shared with the nation in May after the child underwent expensive surgeries and medical treatment that could have bankrupted other families if they did not have insurance â€“ or good insurance.
Cassidy promised Kimmel on his show that any ObamaCare “repeal and replace” bill he supported would have to pass what he called “the Jimmy Kimmel test.” Basically, that test is,Â “No family should be denied medical care, emergency or otherwise because they can’t afford it.”
But right now Cassidy is pushing his very dangerous Graham-Cassidy bill, which does none of the things Cassidy promised.
Kimmel Tuesday night went after Cassidy, saying “he wasn’t very honest” about theÂ legislation he would support.
“He said he would only support a healthcare bill that made sure a child like mine would get the health coverage he needs, no matter how much money his parents make,” Kimmel charged.
â€œHe said he wants coverage for all. No discrimination based on pre-existing conditions, lower premiums for middle class families, and no lifetime caps. And guess what? The new bill does none of those things.â€
“Most of the Congresspeople who vote on this bill probably won’t even read it. And they want us to do the same thing,” Kimmel told his audience. “They want us to treat it like an iTunes service agreement. And this guy, Bill Cassidy, just lied right to my face.”
â€œAnd by the way, before you post the nasty Facebook message saying Iâ€™m politicizing my sonâ€™s health problems, I want you to know I am politicizing my sonâ€™s health problemsâ€”because I have to,” Kimmel said. “My family has health insurance; we donâ€™t have to worry about this. But other people do. So you can shove your disgusting comments where your doctor wonâ€™t be giving you a prostate exam once they take your healthcare benefits away.â€
â€œYou were on my show,â€ Kimmel concluded. â€œYou seemed like you were a decent guy, but hereâ€™s the thing: nobody outside of your buddies in Congress wants this bill. Only 12 percent of Americans supported the last one, and this one is worse. Right now thereâ€™s a bipartisan group of senators working to approve the healthcare system we have. We want quality, affordable healthcare. Dozens of other countries figured it out. So instead of jamming this horrible bill down our throats, go pitch in and be a part of that. Iâ€™m sure they could use a guy with your medical background. And if not, stop using my name, O.K.? Because I donâ€™t want my name on it,” he said.
â€œThereâ€™s a new Jimmy Kimmel Test for you: itâ€™s called the lie detector test. Youâ€™re welcome to stop by the studio and take it any time.â€
“So if this bill isnâ€™t good enough for you, call your congressperson,” Kimmel urged. (You should call yourÂ Senators and congressperson, all at the same number.) “Thatâ€™s the number, it will go to your congressperson, whoever he or she is: 202-224-3121. You have to do this, you canâ€™t just click like on this video. Tell them this bill doesnâ€™t passÂ yourÂ test.”
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Former US Attorney Calls for ‘Full Investigation’ After Report Secret Service Failed to Share Threat Against Pelosi
A former U.S. Attorney is calling for a full investigation into the U.S. Secret Service’s failure to share intelligence it had detailing a violent threat against Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats.
“This is deeply disturbing,” says Joyce Vance, who is now a law professor and MSNBC/NBC News legal analyst. She says it “requires a full investigation.”
“The Capitol Police are responsible for protecting the Speaker,” Vance continues. “If true” that the U.S. Secret Service “failed to pass on intelligence about threats, that’s very alarming.”
Vance points to a new report from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) that finds the Secret Service discovered a violent social media based threat on January 4, 2021, two days before the insurrection, but did not share that intelligence with the Capitol Police until nearly 6 PM ET on January 6.
The U.S. Secret Service is an agency under the Dept. of Homeland Security. The DHS Inspector General, Joseph Cuffari, is under investigation by two powerful House Committee chairs who on Tuesday accused him of “obstruction.”
In a separate report CREW reveals that “days before the January 6 attack on the Capitol, documents exchanged between the Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies outlined ‘threats of violence’ on the 6th, coming ‘predominantly from right wing groups’ with ‘plans to bring weapons into the District,’ according to documents obtained by CREW. The Secret Service knew that Trump’s supporters would be demonstrating around Freedom Plaza and the Capitol with the intent to cause violence, but the agency does not appear to have taken the threat seriously.”
“While the Secret Service downplayed threats posed by right-wing extremist groups and Trump’s supporters leading up to January 6, the newly obtained documents reveal just how grave and explicit the threats had actually been,” CREW alleges.
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Secret Service Held Onto Violent Jan. 6 Threat Against Pelosi, Watchdog Says
Two days before the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of Donald Trump the U.S. Secret Service discovered a “series of violent threats” made on social media, including against Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, but did not pass them on to the Capitol Police until the evening of January 6 – after the violence of the insurrection had ended, a watchdog reports.
“On January 4, Secret Service agents discovered a Parler account, which we’ve chosen not to name, posting a series of violent threats towards lawmakers. Other profiles with the same name appeared on Twitter, MeWe, Bitchute, Youtube and Facebook,” Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) reveals.
“On December 31, the account posted, ‘January 6 starts #1776 all over again…Fight for EVERYTHING’ and listed ‘Enemies,’ including Pelosi. At 5:55 pm on January 6, after hours of defending the United States Capitol from a violent mob, the United States Capitol Police received the post along with a message from the Secret Service.”
“The language used by the account, as we’ve now seen repeated in recordings released by the January 6th Committee, is a clear call for a violent overthrow of the American government on January 6, 2021,” CREW adds.
The Secret Service found what CREW calls other “troubling” posts tied to that account.
“Biden will die shortly after being elected,” the account posted on January 2, four days before the insurrection. “Patriots are gonna tear his head off. Prison is his best case scenario.”
“We’re all on a mission to save America. Lone wolf attacks are the way to go,” read a Jan. 3 post. “Stay anonymous. Stay alive. Guns up Patriots!!”
CREW takes the Secret Service to task.
“In the past month, we’ve learned that the Secret Service failed to prepare for violence on January 6 despite receiving explicit warnings, then deleted key evidence from the day, likely breaking the law,” the nonpartisan watchdog reports, presumably referring to the deleted text messages from Jan. 5 and Jan. 6, 2021. “The delay in notifying Capitol Police about the threat to the Speaker of the House only adds to the impression that the agency failed to do its job, and leads to more questions. Why did the agency wait two days, until after the Capitol had been breached and Congressional leaders were in hiding to pass it along?”
Watch: Pence Says He Would ‘Consider’ Appearing Before J6 Committee if Offered ‘Invitation’ to ‘Participate’
Former Vice President Mike Pence, asked if he would testify before the U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack, said if invited he would “consider” participating.
“If there’s an invitation to participate, I would consider it,” Pence said Wednesday morning at a political event in New Hampshire, a state presidential hopefuls visit early and often. “It would be unprecedented in history for a vice president to be summoned to testify on Capitol Hill, but as I’ve said, I don’t want to prejudge.”
In fact, as NBC News producer Frank Thorp V noted, “It would not, actually, be unprecedented for a VP to testify on Capitol Hill.”
Pence, as he often does, tried to frame his remarks in a historic context.
“Under the Constitution, we have three coequal branches of government, and um, any invitation that’d be directed to me, I’d have to reflect on the unique role I was serving in as Vice President.”
Thorp notes that “Vice President Schuyler Colfax testified before the House Select Committee to Investigate the Credit Mobilier on January 7, 1873, which was while he was in office.” He also points out that President Abraham Lincoln and President Woodrow Wilson testified before Congress.
Politico’s Kyle Cheney adds that “many” of Pence’s “former top aides have testified at length, presumably with his blessing.”
Pointing to the video below, law professor and CNN contributor Steve Vladeck noted Wednesday morning that “Former Vice President Ford testified before Congress in October 1974 … while he was PRESIDENT.” He also notes that “former Presidents (to say nothing of former VPs) have testified before Congress *sixteen* times.”
NBC News presidential historian Michael Beschloss says the former vice president “needs to testify fully under oath before the House January 6 Committee — and he must not take the Fifth.”
Watch Pence below or at this link:
Former Vice President Mike Pence when asked if he would cooperate if the January 6th committee called on him to testify:
“If there was an invitation to participate, I would consider it.” pic.twitter.com/y9NFrHwYtf
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