A former US lawmaker known as ‘Putin’s favorite congressman” marched to the Capitol on January 6

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Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) speaks during a House Foreign Affairs Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats Subcommittee hearing.

  • A former California congressman participated in the January 6 march to the Capitol that preceded the insurrection.
  • Internet detectives identified Dana Rohrabacher in video footage from the scene earlier this month.
  • Rohrabacher told the Portland Press Herald he discouraged his fellow protesters from entering the building.
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An ex-congressman from California confirmed he participated in the January 6 march to the Capitol that preceded the deadly insurrection, after internet detectives discovered him in video footage from the scene, according to the Portland Press Herald.

Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican who represented California in the US House of Representatives from 1989 to 2019, told the outlet he participated in what started as a “peaceful” march, but denied entering the Capitol and said he discouraged his fellow protesters from doing so as well.

“I marched to protest, and I thought the election was fraudulent and it should be investigated, and I wanted to express that and be supportive of that demand,” Rohrabacher told the Press Herald. “But I was not there to make a scene and do things that were unacceptable for anyone to do.”

The polarizing figure, who has been called “Putin’s favorite congressman” due to his prominent pro-Russia opinions and an unusual friendship with the Russian president, is one of the most high-profile figures to be outed as a rally attendee thus far.

Rohrabacher, who fashioned himself as a Trump ally, was the longest-serving House member to lose reelection in 2018 and moved to Maine shortly after.

According to the Press Herald, a group of anonymous sleuths using the account @capitolhunters identified Rohrabacher in four videos that place him near the Lower West Plaza from around 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on January 6. Identified by his knit hat and overcoat, the internet investigators determined he was almost 500 feet beyond police barriers inside the restricted zone, but concluded there was no evidence suggesting he climbed the West Plaza steps or entered the building.

In an interview with the Press Herald on Monday, Rohrabacher blamed the left-wing for the historic Capitol attack and its ongoing fallout.

“By going into the building, they gave the Left the ability to direct the discussion of what was going on in a way that was harmful to the things we believe in,” Rohrabacher told the outlet, saying he believed “Leftist provocateurs” encouraged the crowd to enter the Capitol. There is no evidence that the riot was provoked by “leftists.”

Since January, more than 500 people have been arrested in connection to the Capitol riot, many of whom have ties to right-wing extremist groups like the Proud Boys, the Oath Keepers, and the Three Percenters, as well as followers of the right-wing conspiracy theory QAnon.

In the footage uncovered by @capitolhunters, Rohrabacher can be seen with another man, whom he told the Press Herald was his friend from Japan who is active in the cannabis industry.

In addition to his support of several far-right and authoritarian European leaders during his time in office, Rohrabacher was also a vocal supporter of marijuana legalization.

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Accused Capitol rioter who yelled at police for ‘protecting pedophiles’ served jail time for statutory rape of a 14-year-old girl, report says

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Sean McHugh, right, is pictured with a megaphone at the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021.

  • During the Capitol riot, Sean McHugh used a megaphone to accuse police officers of “protecting pedophiles.”
  • McHugh served jailed time for the statutory rape of a 14-year-old girl in 2010, CNN reported.
  • He is charged with eight federal crimes relating to the deadly insurrection.
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A man accused of storming the Capitol and yelling at police officers for “protecting pedophiles” previously served jail time for the statutory rape of a teenage girl, according to a review of court records by CNN.

Footage obtained by the Metropolitan Police Department reveals that Sean McHugh used a megaphone at the Capitol riot to heckle police officers. “You guys like protecting pedophiles?” he said, according to federal prosecutors.

Yet, ironically, McHugh was convicted in 2010 on a California state charge of unlawful sex with a minor, CNN reported.

He was sentenced to 240 days in jail and four years of probation for the statutory rape of a 14-year-old girl when he was 23, former prosecutor Todd Kuhnen told the media outlet. McHugh pleaded no contest to the charge, Kuhnen said.

Read more: A Trump-appointed prosecutor blindsided the Biden DOJ with a ’60 Minutes’ interview on the Capitol riot cases. Now a federal judge wants to talk about it.

The Californian has been in jail since his arrest on May 27.

He is charged with eight federal crimes relating to the Capitol riot, including physical violence on Capitol grounds and assaulting a law enforcement officer with a deadly or dangerous weapon.

Videos from January 6 show McHugh pushing a large sign into a line of uniformed police officers, spraying an unknown chemical at officers, and encouraging others to be disruptive, federal prosecutors said.

At the time of the deadly insurrection, he was on probation for driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license, the criminal complaint shows.

According to Insider’s searchable database, more than 500 people have been charged in the Capitol insurrection so far.

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Capitol riot attendee argued she was allowed inside the building on January 6 because she looked up the hours online and it said it was open

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Screenshots taken from open source video that show Baez in the Capitol crypt on January 6.

  • A California woman was arrested and charged in connection to the Capitol riot on Friday in Alabama.
  • Stephanie Baez boasted about her attendance on her Instagram during and after the insurrection, prosecutors allege.
  • She told authorities she was allowed to be in the building because she previously confirmed online that the Capitol would be open.
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An alleged Capitol riot attendee, who prosecutors say boasted about her presence at the pro-Trump insurrection on social media, told authorities that she had permission to be in the Capitol on January 6 because she had previously looked up the building’s operating hours to confirm it was open so she could tour the site.

Stephanie Baez, a 27-year-old California woman, told authorities she traveled to Washington, DC, in January to attend then-President Donald Trump’s rally and to look at medical schools, according to court documents.

She was arrested in connection to the riot on Friday in Alabama, according to the Department of Justice.

Baez documented her experience during the attack in extensive Instagram posts, praising the “patriots” who “stormed” the Capitol and offering to give an interview to a fellow Instagram user, according to a criminal complaint.

“I cannot believe the hypocrisy on the left from this. The only bad thing Trump supporters did, which I will call out, was break windows,” she told an Instagram user later that night, according to court documents. “Cops LET THEM PAST the barriers. And the citizens of America are ALLOWED TO BE IN THE CAPITOL BUILDING WHEN ANYTHING IS IN SESSION.”

Months later, during a non-custodial interview with Justice Department officials, Baez would parrot the same justification for her presence in the Capitol that day.

Around January 6, the FBI received an anonymous tip pointing authorities to an Instagram user who posted videos of herself during the riot. The tipster identified the user as Baez and officials confirmed her identity using her listed phone number and California Department of Motor Vehicle records, the criminal complaint said.

The FBI was later alerted to another video posted to Instagram of Baez being interviewed in front of what appeared to be the Capitol on January 6, court records said. The video was captioned, “Girl is ‘Looking for Proud Boy!'” a seeming reference to the neo-fascist group whose members were present during the Capitol attack.

Authorities confirmed Baez was inside the Capitol on January 6 by identifying her in video footage and using cellphone GPS data to place her in the area, the complaint said.

Baez posted a photo of herself to Instagram on January 8 dressed in the same black shirt she was seen wearing in open source video footage from the day of the Capitol attack. The shirt features a photo of author George Orwell and attributes to him the quote “BOY DID I CALL IT OR WHAT?”

“Welcome to 1984! Things are going to get crazy,” Baez’s photo caption reads. “But as long as Patriots love America, she won’t fall…”

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Screenshot of a post to Baez’s Instagram on January 8.

In April, officials interviewed Baez about her attendance and she identified herself as the owner of the Instagram accounts in question, documents said. She reportedly told authorities that she believed she could be inside the Capitol because police told her so. She also said “everyone was calm” and some people were “just following groups,” and she thought it was “insane” not to take that into consideration.

She said she believed that several participants were not aware that they weren’t supposed to be in the building and claimed she had authority to be inside the Capitol because she had previously confirmed it was open for tours, according to the complaint. Prosecutors said Baez also told officials she had looked up the hours because it was “so close” to where Trump was speaking and she was “just checking out what else” was in the area to see.

During the interview, Baez identified herself in screenshots of video footage taken inside the Capitol on January 6, according to the complaint. Authorities also obtained a search warrant for Baez’s Instagram accounts, which revealed several messages confirming her attendance at the insurrection, court documents showed.

“My proudest moment…,” she said about a picture showing her at the Capitol.

Baez was arrested on two charges, including knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

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A Capitol Riot attendee is auctioning off signed photos of himself in Pelosi’s office on January 6 to fundraise for his legal defense

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A supporter of US President Donald Trump sits inside the office of US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi as he protest inside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 6, 2021

  • Richard “Bigo” Barnett was photographed in Speaker Pelosi’s office during the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.
  • Now, the Capitol riot attendee is sending supporters a signed version of the infamous photo to raise money.
  • A fundraising website in Barnett’s name details is asking “patriotic” supporters to help fund his legal defense.
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An Arkansas man arrested and charged in connection with the Capitol attack is offering a unique “token of his appreciation” to supporters who help financially support his legal defense fund.

Richard “Bigo” Barnett, a self-described white nationalist who posed for a now-infamous photo in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office during the January 6 insurrection, is offering an autographed version of the notorious photo in exchange for contributions of $100 or more, according to a “bigobarnett” fundraising website.

The site is called “Richard ‘Bigo’ Barnett Legal Defense Fund” and details “The Trial of Richard Barnett,” and “The Fight for America’s Soul.” A section on the website dedicated to “Learn about the Man” says more information is coming soon.

Barnett was arrested in January and indicted on several federal charges, including violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds; knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building without lawful authority; and theft of public money, property, or records.

A judge granted him pretrial release in April after his lawyers filed a new request for bail, arguing that in a note he left on Pelosi’s desk during the riot, he called her a “biatch” instead of a bitch, which his defense team argued was “less offensive.”

In the filing, Barnett’s defense team accused federal prosecutors of misquoting the defendant’s note to Pelosi in a “deliberate attempt to mislead the court.”

At a subsequent hearing, a federal judge said he believed Barnett to be potentially dangerous, noting the defendant’s attempts to avoid arrest following the attack, but acknowledged that the Justice Department had not provided enough evidence to keep him in jail ahead of his trial.

According to the website, for contributions of $25 or more, Barnett will “email you a copy of his court filing that resulted in his release.”

Barnett is asking for donations from “America’s Patriots” for both his legal fight and his family expenses and bills, according to the website.

“…the DOJ will stop at nothing in order to bleed Richard Barnett’s family and defense team dry, because it knows that Barnett will win at trial,” the website says. “Do not let this happen!”

Barnett reportedly needs financial support after losing his job as a “top salesman” at a company where he worked for more than fifteen years. According to the website, Barnett was fired because of “public pressure” after his arrest.

Robert Steinbuch, a law professor at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that the fundraiser is likely legal since Barnett has not been convicted of any crime.

Defense attorneys for Barnett did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

The website alleges that GoFundMe refused to allow him to raise money on the site.

According to the website, Barnett “admits that he ended up in Speaker Pelosi’s office, put his feet up on one of the desks, smiled for the reporter’s camera, and left her a non-threatening note…” but believes his actions were not criminal, but instead, a form of political protest.

The website also alleges that Barnett was “regularly roughed up by prison guards” and held in solitary confinement “for long periods of time” during his pretrial detention.

“Contribute today to Richard’s family and show the world that poverty should not be the penalty for patriotism,” the website says. “For this is only the beginning of a long fight with the federal prosecutors!”

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Republicans are putting America’s democracy in mortal danger, more than 100 scholars warn

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President Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House minority leader Kevin McCarthy

  • Over 100 democracy scholars warned the GOP is putting US democracy in mortal danger.
  • The scholars excoriated Republicans for rejecting the 2020 election results.
  • They also ripped into GOP-led efforts across the country to restrict voting access.
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Republican efforts to restrict voting across the US are posing an existential threat to democracy in the US, over 100 scholars of democracy warned in a new statement released by the New America think tank on Tuesday.

“We, the undersigned, are scholars of democracy who have watched the recent deterioration of US elections and liberal democracy with growing alarm,” the statement said. “Specifically, we have watched with deep concern as Republican-led state legislatures across the country have in recent months proposed or implemented what we consider radical changes to core electoral procedures in response to unproven and intentionally destructive allegations of a stolen election.”

The scholars said that the GOP-led initiatives “are transforming several states into political systems that no longer meet the minimum conditions for free and fair elections.”

“Our entire democracy is now at risk,” the scholars warned. “History will judge what we do at this moment.”

The professors, deans, and other scholars who signed the statement come from a range of universities and institutions across the US, including Harvard, Princeton, Cornell, Duke, Stanford, and more.

Over the past several years and particularly since the fatal insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6, top scholars have repeatedly stated that the GOP has morphed into a fundamentally anti-democratic party determined to win elections by any means.

Republican efforts to whitewash the events of January 6 and shield former President Donald Trump from blame for the riot have increased alarm in this regard. Trump provoked the deadly insurrection and was impeached as a result, but Republican leaders have continued to kowtow to the former president.

“Elected Republican leaders have had numerous opportunities to repudiate Trump and his ‘Stop the Steal’ crusade, which led to the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6,” the scholars said in the new statement. “Each time, they have sidestepped the truth and enabled the lie to spread.”

Top Republicans across the US have refused to accept the results of the 2020 election, perpetuating the false notion that President Joe Biden did not legitimately win. There’s no evidence of widespread or mass voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election, and voter fraud is extraordinarily rare in the US more generally.

Meanwhile, Republican-led legislatures nationwide have taken steps to make it harder to vote. At least 14 states enacted 22 new laws that restrict access to the vote between January 1 and mid-May, according to a tracker from Brennan Center for Justice.

The democracy scholars in the new statement on Tuesday condemned Republicans for rejecting the 2020 election results and for continuing to push for anti-democratic laws.

“These actions call into question whether the United States will remain a democracy,” they said, referring to these recent actions as “a betrayal of our precious democratic heritage.”

The scholars urged Congress to suspend the filibuster – and do whatever else is necessary – to pass national voting and election administration standards that would guarantee “the vote to all Americans equally, and prevent state legislatures from manipulating the rules in order to manufacture the result they want.”

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Bernie Sanders slams Republicans who blocked Jan. 6 commission as ‘too intimidated by Trump to do the right thing’

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Sen. Bernie Sanders said the Derek Chauvin verdict was “accountability,” but not true justice.

  • Bernie Sanders blasted Republicans for blocking a January 6 commission.
  • Sanders said many Republicans are “too intimidated by Trump to do the right thing.”
  • “It is a painful day for American democracy,” Sanders said.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont on Friday ripped into his Republican colleagues in the Senate who blocked a bipartisan bill to authorize the establishment a commission on the fatal January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol.

“It is a painful day for American democracy that Senate Republicans blocked legislation creating a commission to investigate the Jan. 6th insurrection. Today in America, democracy is under assault and authoritarianism, conspiracy theories and political violence are on the rise,” Sanders said in a statement.

“I applaud the six Republicans who voted for the commission, but I am saddened that so many others are too intimidated by Trump to do the right thing,” Sanders added.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer also criticized Republicans for derailing the bill.

“Shame on the Republican Party for trying to sweep the horrors of that day under the rug because they’re afraid of Donald Trump,” Schumer said on Friday.

Former President Donald Trump vehemently opposed setting up a January 6 commission. “Republicans in the House and Senate should not approve the Democrat trap of the January 6 Commission,” he said in a statement. “Republicans must get much tougher and much smarter, and stop being used by the Radical Left.”

The 10-member commission would’ve had subpoena power to gather information about the deadly attack. It would’ve been similar to the 9/11 commission, with the bill mandating the release of a final report by the end of the year with findings on the causes of the riot and recommendations on how to prevent similar attacks on the future.

The bill, which passed in the House with the support of 35 GOP lawmakers, didn’t garner the 60 votes necessary to overcome a Republican filibuster in the upper chamber. On Friday, a motion to invoke cloture and advance the bill was defeated in a 54-35 vote. Just six Senate Republicans joined Democrats to vote in favor of advancing the bill.

Though a number of Republicans supported the bill, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell both came out against it. Republicans opposed the bill because they worried a January 6 commission would hurt their chances in the 2022 midterms by keeping the focus on Trump and his role in provoking the insurrection.

“They would like to continue to litigate the former president into the future,” McConnell said at a news conference on. Tuesday. “We think the American people going forward and in the fall of ’22 ought to focus on what this administration is doing to the country.”

Both McConnell and McCarthy were initially heavily critical of Trump over the Capitol attack. The House GOP leader said Trump bore responsibility for the events that day, while McConnell excoriated the former president for a “disgraceful dereliction of duty.”

Trump incited the Capitol riot via repeated lies about the result of the 2020 election. He falsely and repeatedly claimed that the election was stolen, pushing baseless assertions of mass voter fraud. The former president was impeached for a second time in mid-January for provoking the deadly insurrection. Five people died during or shortly after the attack, including a Capitol Police officer.

Despite criticizing Trump’s actions, McCarthy opposed impeaching him and McConnell ultimately voted to acquit the former president.

Trump in his post-presidency has persisted in falsely insisting that he won the 2020 election, and polling has consistently shown that a majority of Republicans falsely believe that President Joe Biden did not legitimately win. There’s no evidence of mass voter fraud regarding the election. Voter fraud in the US is extraordinarily rare.

Republican lawmakers in Washington have continued to exhibit unwavering loyalty to Trump, as evidenced by Friday’s vote on the January 6 commission as well as the recent ouster of GOP Rep. Liz Cheney as the number three Republican in the House. Cheney refused to endorse Trump’s “big lie” about the election, and was ostracized as a result.

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A former GOP activist in Palm Beach County has been charged in connection with the Capitol riot after she posted about it on Facebook

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In this Jan. 6, 2021 file photo rioters supporting President Donald Trump storm the Capitol in Washington.

  • A woman in Florida was arrested and charged after her January 6 Facebook posts caught the FBI’s attention.
  • Jody Tagaris was identified at the Capitol riot by one of her coworkers and an anonymous tipster.
  • According to court documents, her own posts and cell phone data also helped investigators build a case.
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A former prominent player in Palm Beach County’s conservative circles was arrested earlier this month over her alleged participation in the deadly January 6 Capitol insurrection, which investigators were able to confirm with the help of the woman’s own social media posts and one of her coworkers.

Jody Tagaris, 67, faces four federal misdemeanor charges, including entering and remaining in a restricted building, and disorderly and disruptive conduct in a Capitol building, according to charging documents.

In mid-January, the FBI was alerted to a Facebook post under the name Jody Echevarria-Tagaris, that featured a photo of the defendant which indicated she had entered the US Capitol during the pro-Trump attack earlier that month, according to court documents.

The photo showed a woman dressed in distinct clothing, including an American Flag scarf, a unique US Olympics American flag jacket, and a red “Make America Great Again” hat, posing in the frame of a broken window next to the Senate Wing Door at the Capitol with the caption, “The Capital … back at hotel safe! Got tear gassed but okay!”

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Facebook photo from Jody Echevarria-Tagaris’s account.

According to investigators, the FBI then identified a coworker of Tagaris, who confirmed the Facebook account belonged to Tagaris and identified her in the photo. A different anonymous tipster alerted authorities to Tagaris’ photo and provided another Facebook photo of Tagaris in the same American flag jacket that showed her face uncovered, according to investigators.

The FBI obtained a warrant to search the Facebook account, where they found an unmasked photo of Tagaris posted on January 6 in the same attire, court documents said. Investigators also found statements Tagaris made on Facebook about her travels to Washington, DC, on January 5 in order to attend former President Donald Trump’s rally.

Surveillance video from the Capitol on January 6 and Washington Metropolitan Police Officers’ body camera footage also captured Tagaris in and around the Capitol throughout January 6, according to investigators.

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Jody Tagaris.

During the investigation, the FBI used Tagaris’ listed phone number on Facebook to confirm the number belonged to her and then to obtain a search warrant showing Tagaris’ cell phone location data placed her at multiple locations around the US Capitol on January 6.

Tagaris had a video hearing in West Palm Beach on Tuesday where she was released after posting a $50,000 bond, according to The Palm Beach Post. She will next enter a plea in federal court at an unspecified date.

Tagaris’ defense attorney did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

During the early 2000s, Tagaris played a prominent role in Palm Beach County’s Republican community, according to The Palm Beach Post. Then Jody Warmack, she served as a member of the executive committee of the county’s Republican Party, associating with top lawmakers like the late US Rep. E. Clay Shaw.

In 2002, she lost a primary race for county commissioner in a landslide to Mary McCarty.

In later years, she became involved in a hostile fight with her wealthy ex-husband’s children, according to The Palm Beach Post, who accused her of kidnapping their sick father, Nicholas Tagaris, and remarrying him as a way to access his money.

She eventually agreed to divorce him a second time and return millions in assets in exchange for $100,000, a $460,000 house, and a Porsche, The Palm Beach Post reported.

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US seizes $90,000 from insurrectionist who sold footage of Ashli Babbitt’s fatal shooting to news outlets

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John Earle Sullivan, left, recorded the chaos of the Capitol riot and sold the footage to news agencies.

  • John Earle Sullivan, charged with eight criminal counts, claimed to be at the Capitol riot as a documentarian.
  • He recorded Ashli Babbitt’s fatal shooting and sold it to news outlets, Reuters reported.
  • US authorities have now seized around $90,000 – the amount he is believed to have made from selling the video.
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US authorities have confiscated roughly $90,000 from a man who sold footage of a protester being fatally shot during the January 6 storming of the Capitol, according to court filings seen by Reuters.

John Earle Sullivan, a 26-year-old from Utah, recorded videos capturing the chaos of the Capitol riot, Reuters said. He claims to have been there as a “documentarian” but now faces a total of eight criminal counts relating to his involvement in the insurrection, Insider previously reported.

One of the videos he recorded, which included the shooting of Ashli Babbitt by a police officer, was sold to several unnamed news outlets for a total of $90,000, according to a seizure warrant seen by the news agency.

Sullivan licensed parts of the video footage to the Washington Post and NBC, The New Yorker reported in February.

Read more: A Trump-appointed prosecutor blindsided the Biden DOJ with a ’60 Minutes’ interview on the Capitol riot cases. Now a federal judge wants to talk about it.

Sullivan reportedly boasted about the value of the gruesome footage of Babbit- one of the five people who died during the unrest on January 6. “My footage is worth like a million of dollars, millions of dollars,” he said, according to the court filings.

“Dude, this s— is gonna go viral,” Sullivan crowed shortly after watching Babbitt fall to the ground in a pool of blood, The New Yorker reported.

Sullivan is one of the many insurrectionists who is using the legal defense that he was at the Capitol siege purely for journalistic reasons.

But, according to an affidavit against him submitted to the US District Court for DC, he played a more active role in the Capitol siege. He is accused of using a microphone to shout, “Let’s burn this s–t down,” while breaching the Capitol’s security barrier, the affidavit said.

An FBI affidavit also pointed out that the self-proclaimed journalist had no press credentials, the Rolling Stone reported.

Sullivan is charged with eight criminal counts including weapons charges, and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reveals she’s attending therapy and learning to ‘slow down’ after Capitol riot

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) leaves the U.S. Capitol after passage of the stimulus bill known as the CARES Act on March 27, 2020 in Washington, DC.

  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she decided to go to therapy after the January 6 Capitol riot.
  • She told Latino USA on Friday that members of Congress effectively “served in war” during the event.
  • The lawmaker also said the Trump administration had many people “in a very reactive mode.”
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez revealed Friday she’s attending therapy after the “extraordinarily traumatizing” January 6 Capitol insurrection.

The New York Congresswoman told the public radio show Latino USA that she’s learning how to “slow down” after the attack, which resulted in the deaths of five people including a police officer.

“After the 6th, I took some time and it was really [Rep.] Ayanna Pressley when I explained to her what happened to me, like the day of, because I ran to her office and she was like, ‘you need to recognize trauma’,” Ocasio-Cortez said, according to The Independent.

Read more: How Marjorie Taylor Greene became the Voldemort of Congress. Few lawmakers even want to say her name.

“And I feel like I learned this the hard way after my father had passed away when I was a teenager … That happened at a young age and I locked it away. You have to live with it for years,” she added.

She said, according to the Independent: “Oh yeah, I’m doing therapy but also I’ve just slowed down. I think the Trump administration had a lot of us, especially Latino communities, in a very reactive mode.”

Ocasio-Cortez previously revealed that she hid in the bathroom with a staffer while a mob of angry Trump supporters broke into the Capitol building, many of them chanting her name.

“I thought I was going to die,” she recalled in an emotional Instagram live in February. “I have never been quieter in my entire life.”

In her interview with Latino USA, Ocasio-Cortex said that the insurrection was deeply traumatizing for many members of Congress, who effectively “served in war.” She said the event also “impacted the actual legislative process” in Congress, according to NBC News.

More than 490 people have so far been charged in connection to the Capitol riot so far.

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The 35 House Republicans who defied Trump and voted for the January 6 commission

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In this Jan. 6, 2021 file photo rioters supporting President Donald Trump storm the Capitol in Washington.

  • Thirty-five House Republicans on Wednesday voted to establish an investigation into the January 6 attack on the Capitol building.
  • Many Republicans who had criticized the former president for his role in the events of January 6, broke ranks to vote for an investigation.
  • The vote underscores the ongoing division within the GOP over former President Donald Trump’s influence on the party’s direction.
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Thirty-five House Republicans on Wednesday voted in favor of a bill to establish the January 6 attack on the Capitol building.

Former President Donald Trump this week urged Republican lawmakers to oppose it, saying in a statement: “Republicans must get much tougher and much smarter, and stop being used by the Radical Left.”

The result underscores the ongoing division within the GOP over the future role and influence of Trump on the party’s direction, with many Republicans who had criticized the former president for his role in the events of January 6 – including Rep. Liz Cheney – breaking ranks to vote in favor of establishing a commission.

The bill passed by a vote of 252-175 and was opposed by GOP leadership, Insider’s Grace Panetta and Charles Davis reported.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy spoke out against the bill, claiming the commission “does not examine interrelated forms of political violence in America,” and House Republican leadership had on Tuesday also tried to pressure GOP lawmakers to vote against it, Punchbowl News reported.

The thirty-five House Republicans who broke ranks to vote in favor of the bill, per GovTrack.us, were:

  • French Hill, Arkansas
  • Steve Womack, Arkansas
  • David Valadao, California
  • Carlos Gimenez, Florida
  • Maria Salazar, Florida
  • Mike Simpson, Idaho
  • Rodney Davis, Illinois
  • Adam Kinzinger, Illinois
  • Trey Hollingsworth, Indiana
  • Mariannette Miller-Meeks, Iowa
  • Meijer Peter, Michigan
  • Fred Upton, Michigan
  • Michael Guest, Mississipi
  • Jeff Fortenberry, Nebraska
  • Don Bacon, Nebraska
  • Chris Smith, New Jersey
  • Andrew Garbarino, New York
  • Tom Reed, New York
  • John Katko, New York
  • Chris Jacobs, New York
  • David Joyce, Ohio
  • Anthony Gonzalez, Ohio
  • Stephanie Bice, Oklahoma
  • Cliff Bentz, Oregon
  • Brian Fitzpatrick, Pennsylvania
  • Tom Rice, South Carolina
  • Dusty Johnson, South Dakota
  • Van Taylor, Texas
  • Tony Gonzalez, Texas
  • Blake Moore, Utah
  • John Curtis, Utah
  • Jaime Herrera Butler, Washington
  • Dan Newhouse, Washington
  • David McKinley, West Virginia
  • Liz Cheney, Wyoming

“I’m happy to put a light on all the facts and timelines,” said Rep. Don Bacon, per ABC News, before his vote in favor of the bill. The list was first reported by CNN.

The bill will establish a 10-member bipartisan commission that will investigate the January 6 riot and publish a report by December 31 with “findings regarding the facts and causes of the attack.” Five members will be chosen by Democratic leaders in the House and five members will be chosen by GOP leaders.

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