On Saturday, The Washington Post reported that the FBI and Department of Justice are investigating whether former President Donald Trump ally Roger Stone and far-right webcaster Alex Jones played a significant role in encouraging the invasion of the U.S. Capitol in January.
“Officials at this stage said they are principally seeking to understand what the rioters were thinking — and who may have influenced beliefs — which could be critical to showing their intentions at trial,” reported Spencer Hsu and Devlin Barrett. “However, investigators also want to determine whether anyone who influenced them bears enough responsibility to justify potential criminal charges, such as conspiracy or aiding the effort, the officials said. That prospect is still distant and uncertain, they emphasized.”
The Wall Street Journal previously reported that Jones, an ally of Trump and an infamous conspiracy theorist who has claimed the government is feminizing the population through tap water and the Sandy Hook shooting was staged, pledged money to the pre-riot “Save America” election protest in exchange for a speaking slot, and also secured funding from Julie Jenkins, a Trump megadonor and the heiress to the Publix supermarket chain.
Stone, a former Trump campaign adviser who was pardoned for witness tampering and false statements in the Russia investigation, has claimed he had no knowledge of the insurrection beforehand, but has been caught on video in D.C. flanked by a right-wing militia as the attack was beginning to unfold.
“A key task for prosecutors and agents is to sift through the multitude of motives and intentions of the roughly 800 people in the mob that descended upon the Capitol — from those who came as individuals drawn to the idea of derailing Joe Biden’s presidency before it began, to those who allegedly began organizing immediately after the election to show up in Washington in large numbers to use force to try to keep Trump in power,” said the report.
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‘Do You Realize You Are Describing a Coup?’: Trump Aide Peter Navarro Describes How They Tried to ‘Overturn’ the Election
Top Trump White House aide Peter Navarro on live, national television Tuesday evening explained how he and Trump allies were plotting to overturn the free and fair 2020 presidential election.
Speaking very candidly and openly to MSNBC host and chief legal correspondent Ari Melber, Navarro got so detailed in how they were trying the keep Trump in office despite the will of the voters that Melber was forced to interject, saying, “Do you realize you are describing a coup?”
Navarro insisted that was not the case.
“Do you realize you are describing a coup?” pic.twitter.com/Sl8ANp9SoF
— Acyn (@Acyn) January 5, 2022
At another point in Navrro’s rambling interview, Melber was again forced to interject, this time saying, “People like you are who the Constitution is trying to stop.”
“We have an entire system designed to thwart … people like you.”
Navarro says he never got to talk to Pence because of “Never-Trumper” Marc Short and describes Pence’s actions as a betrayal of Trump.
Ari: We have an entire system designed to thwart people like you pic.twitter.com/3erh8dJMY1
— Acyn (@Acyn) January 5, 2022
Navarro has been promoting his new book. The Washington Post‘s Aaron Blake in response to its revelations on Tuesday wrote: “We’ve reached the ‘Yeah, it was pretty much an attempted coup, so what?’ stage of the Jan. 6 probe.” He calls Navarro’s revelations “further confirmation that the Trump team’s brazen attempt to overturn the 2020 election result was what we thought it was.”
Calls Mount for January 6 Commission After GOP’s Kinzinger Reveals McCarthy Ignored His Warning of Likely Violence
Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) revealed on Monday he had warned House GOP Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy that the words and actions of the Republican Party and its leaders would lead to violence on January 6.
“A few days before Jan 6, our GOP members had a conference call,” Kinzinger tweeted. “I told Kevin that his words and our party’s actions would lead to violence on January 6th. Kevin dismissively responded with ‘ok Adam, operator next question.’ And we got violence.”
It is a monumental revelation, given the degree of violence, death, and destruction the nation saw unfold that day, as Trump supporters literally hunted down the Vice President and Speaker of the House in an attempted coup incited by the then-president of the United States. Hundreds have been arrested and charged, with more to come, according to DOJ.
House Republicans so far have managed to block a widely-discussed 9/11-style commission to determine the full scope of illegal and treasonous actions that led up to the January 6 insurrection.
But Kinzinger’s announcement today has renewed calls for a January 6 commission, and made McCarthy the target of calls for him to step down.
It appears the commission may yet happen now:
New: House Oversight chair Carolyn Maloney announces she will hold a hearing this Wednesday to examine unanswered questions from the Capitol attack and the need for a Jan. 6 commission into the insurrection.
— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) May 10, 2021
>@PunchbowlNews this AM
Between now & Memorial Day, @JoeBiden and hill leaders in will scramble to deal w infrastructure, taxes, police reform, guns, Jan. 6 commission, Capitol security, election reform and China
House Rs have al eadership fight. Biden could move on Iran
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) May 10, 2021
Here’s how many are responding to Congressman Kinzinger’s revelation:
Kevin McCarthy is as responsible for what occurred on January 6th as Trump is. Time to hold him accountable for the lies, the insurrection and the deaths of that day…and his continued lies. Bring on the January 6th Commission. #NeverForgetJanuary6th #RIPBrianSicknick https://t.co/tJxgTcPJ7D
— Bruno 🇺🇸 4 Congress CA23 Against Kevin McCarthy (@BrunoAmato_1) May 10, 2021
It’s not that certain elected Republicans didn’t know there could be an armed insurrection, it’s that they didn’t care https://t.co/NU7AjUFImr
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) May 10, 2021
Republicans knew before the Jan. 6 attack that their lies about the election were increasing the threat of violence. That was the point. https://t.co/x02IpapYMo
— Mark Jacob (@MarkJacob16) May 10, 2021
— Outspoken (@Out5p0ken) May 10, 2021
Congressman Kevin McCarthy is unfit to be in leadership or God forbid a million times Speaker. He not only ignored the threats of violence on January 6, but fomented it. And even worse, now McCarthy wants to downplay it and even pretend it was no big deal.
The GOP is a cult. pic.twitter.com/T1Yd5ON55h
— Russell Drew (@RussOnPolitics) May 10, 2021
— Bryan Bourque (@bryanbourque74) May 10, 2021
Time to get the January 6 Commission up and running. https://t.co/NjHdwGWpKw
— Tim Hogan (@timjhogan) May 10, 2021
The demand for a January 6th Commission is clearly as bipartisan as it’s going to get. https://t.co/SjnII9O1AU
— Alternative Fax (@daveblend) May 10, 2021
Why do we not have a 1/6
Commission yet? Why are we failing so miserably in holding our government officials responsible for their attempts to destroy our democracy and steal an election? Why? https://t.co/ZR8nboX6x3
— Anti/Social/Media (@Terrista2) May 10, 2021
— Freedom & Whisky 🇮🇪🇺🇸🥃 (@TheBlueApe) May 10, 2021
On Jeopardy you’d say: What is “dereliction of duty?” https://t.co/e3OoV4NUuY
— Logan Mitchell PhD 🇺🇸 (@loganemitchell) May 10, 2021
MCCarthy needs to go https://t.co/VbrfakegZ5
— Eddie Hamilton (@eddiepgl) May 10, 2021
Where is our January 6 Insurrection Commission? Surely this is worth investigation?
— Blaine Collison (@blainecollison) May 10, 2021
— Gators’n’Raiders (@gators_n) May 10, 2021
“I think there are 2 people Putin pays, Rohrabacher and trump, swear to God” – Kevin Mccarthy
— 🇺🇲trump cheated and STILL lost🇺🇸 (@EricSpahn2) May 10, 2021
Welp – there it is. A smoking gun. https://t.co/rSzhiLvW2K
— Michael Bee (@mountain_rider_) May 10, 2021
Watch: Kevin McCarthy Squirms as Chris Wallace Grills Him on Trump’s Seditious Behavior on Jan. 6
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on Sunday disputed allegations that President Donald Trump reached out to him to coordinate an alibi after the Capitol was attacked by Trump-supporting insurrectionists on Jan. 6.
Fox News host Chris Wallace confronted McCarthy about a telephone call he had with Trump soon after the attack on the Capitol was underway.
“Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are,” Trump reportedly told McCarthy at the time, according to Rep. Herrera Beutler (R-WA).
“Is she right?” Wallace asked. “Is that what President Trump said to you?”
“What he ended the call, was saying — telling me he’ll put something out to make sure to stop this [riot],” McCarthy said. “And that’s what he did. He put a video out later.”
“Quite a lot later,” Wallace pointed out. “And it was a pretty weak video. But I’m asking you specifically. Did he say to you, some people are more concerned about the election than you are?”
“No, listen,” McCarthy replied. “My conversations with the president are my conversations with the president. I engaged in the idea of making sure we could stop what was going on inside the Capitol at that moment in time. The president said he would help.”
Wallace pressed: “Has the president ever reached out to you since that report came out to discuss what you and he talked about in the January 6th phone call? And did you say to him, ‘I can’t because we’re under oath.'”
“No,” McCarthy stated.
“That never happened?” Wallace asked.
“That’s never happened,” McCarthy insisted. “Never even close.”
“And if it did happen, you would agree that would be witness tampering?” Wallace observed.
“Yeah, but it never happened!” McCarthy said. “Never even came close, never had any conversation like that.”
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