An Arkansas man stormed the Capitol waving the US flag and used its pole to beat a police officer, said a federal grand jury. He faces up to 40 years in prison.

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Peter Francis Stager, 41, is filmed in front of the Capitol building in Washington DC, on January 6, 2021.

  • Peter Stager was among a group of Trump supporters who were dragging an officer down the Capitol stairs.
  • A federal jury indicted Peter Stager of Conway, Arkansas on a total of seven charges.
  • Stager is accused of using a dangerous or deadly weapon to “forcibly assault, resist, impose, impede, intimidate and interfere with an officer.”
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A Capitol rioter who used a flagpole to beat a police officer on January 6 could be facing jail time of up to 40 years, according to a federal indictment released Wednesday. 

A federal grand jury in the District of Columbia indicted Peter Stager, 41, of Conway, Arkansas, on seven charges, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.

Stager is accused of using a dangerous or deadly weapon to “forcibly assault, resist, impose, impede, intimidate and interfere with an officer,” the indictment said, according to Newsweek.

The charge combined with another against Stager -“obstruction of an official proceeding and aiding and abetting” – can carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in jail.

An FBI criminal complaint, cited in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, said Stager was part of a mob of Trump supporters scuffling with police officers on the steps of the Capitol building on January 6.

“Some of these individuals were throwing and swinging various objects at the group of law enforcement officers,” the affidavit states, according to Newsweek.

The group ended up “dragging” a Metropolitan police officer, who was only identified in the document as B.M., down the Capitol stairs.

“These individuals forced B.M. into a prone position on the stairs and proceeded to forcibly and repeatedly strike B.M. in the head and body with various objects,” the complaint said.

According to the affidavit, the FBI was able to confirm that Stager was beating the police officer with a flagpole after reviewing two videos that had appeared on Twitter.

One of the videos, posted below, shows Stager speaking to a reporter during the event.

“Everybody in there is a treasonous traitor,” he says in the video. “Death is the only remedy for what’s in that building.”

 

Stager was first arrested on January 14 in Conway Arkansas.

A growing number of rioters are being charged with more serious crimes in the aftermath of the Capitol insurrection, which resulted in the deaths of five people.

More than 250 people have been charged so far. Here is a full table of all the charges.

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People are boycotting Publix because a member of its founding family gave $300,000 to the Trump rally that led to the January 6 Capitol riots

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Trump supporters gather outside the U.S. Capitol building following a “Stop the Steal” rally on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC.

  • People are boycotting Publix after heiress Julie Jenkins Fancelli was unmasked as a top donor to the January 6 Trump rally.
  • Fancelli is not a Publix employee but is set to inherit from the $8.8 billion founding family’s fortune.
  • Fancelli contributed most of the roughly $500,000 total raised for the “Stop the Steal” rally, the WSJ reported.
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People are calling for a boycott of Publix after the Wall Street Journal unmasked an heiress to the Southern grocery empire as the top donor to the Trump rally that led to the Capitol riots on January 6.

Julie Jenkins Fancelli, an heiress to the Publix founding family’s nearly $9 billion fortune, has previously donated millions to Republican causes and candidates. On January 30, the WSJ reported Fancelli as having contributed $300,000 out of the roughly $500,000 total raised for Trump’s now-infamous “Stop the Steal” rally.

Publix has a dedicated fanbase, but Fancelli’s contribution to the rally was the last straw for many loyal customers, The Guardian reported Monday. On Monday, the hashtag #BoycottPublix was trending on Twitter, with many users expressing outrage and claiming betrayal over Fancelli’s donation.

Fancelli’s donation was facilitated by far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who himself donated $50,000 to the rally that led to the deaths of five people, the Journal reported.

After the riots, corporations raced to cut ties with former president Trump and to end donations to political candidates that supported Trump’s attempt to overturn the election.

After the publication of the WSJ article, Publix rapidly distanced itself from Fancelli in a Twitter statement, and said it did not employ her.

Fancelli is still president of the George Jenkins Foundation, Inc., Publix founder George Jenkins’s charity, which is not affiliated with the grocery chain. Since posting the statement on January 30, the Publix Twitter account – which previously posted around once a day – has been uncharacteristically silent.

This isn’t the first time Publix has courted controversy over its political donations. It came under fire after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis awarded the chain an exclusive vaccine distribution contract. This followed the Publix PAC donating $100,000 donation to his campaign – a spokeswoman for DeSantis said any implication that the contract was a reward for the donation was “baseless and ridiculous,” per the Lakeland Ledger.

Leaders from predominantly Black communities throughout the state also criticized the contract, saying it deprived many Black Floridians of the chance to get vaccinated.

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At least 10 people charged in the Capitol siege are blaming Trump for their involvement in the attack

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Trump supporter and QAnon follower Jake “The Q Shaman” Angeli attends a “Stop the Steal” rally .

  • Of the nearly 250 charged in the Capitol attack, at least 10 have blamed Trump for their attendance.
  • Legal experts say the outcome of Trump’s impeachment trial could help rioters shift blame to Trump.
  • “The logical thinking was, ‘He invited us down,'” one lawyer said about Trump’s incitement.
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As Donald Trump’s impeachment team prepares to argue this week that the former president did not play a role in inciting the deadly Capitol insurrection on January 6, a growing group of his own supporters is claiming the exact opposite.

Lawyers for at least 10 people charged over their roles in the Capitol attack so far have blamed Trump directly for their clients’ involvement in the siege that left five dead. 

A month after the attack, nearly 250 people have been charged in connection with the pro-Trump riots. 

This week, Trump faces his second impeachment trial as House impeachment managers try to make the case that he incited the insurrection by telling a crowd to “fight like hell” right before a mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol building last month.

Though it looks like Trump will have the votes he needs for an eventual acquittal, the result of the trial could have legal impacts beyond the former president’s political future. Criminal law experts told Insider’s Jacob Shamsian that the outcome of the trial could help Capitol rioters shift the blame to Trump in their own criminal cases. 

Trump has already faced accusations of blame for his role in the riots. Family members of Rosanne Boyland, a 34-year-old woman from Kennesaw, Georgia, who was one of four civilians who died during the Capitol attack, have blamed Trump for her death.

“I’ve never tried to be a political person, but it’s my own personal belief that the president’s words incited a riot that killed four of his biggest fans last night…,” Justin Cave, Boyland’s brother-in-law, told local Atlanta media.

Now, some of those charged in the riots have started to use Trump’s incitement as a defense for their own actions on January 6.

Here are the alleged rioters so far who are blaming Trump:

Jenna Ryan

Jenna Ryan, a Texas realtor who made headlines for flying to DC on a private jet, told Spectrum Local News her only mission in attending the protest was to support Trump. 

“Because our president, President Donald Trump, asked us to go to the march on the 6th. And he said, ‘Be there.’ So I went and I answered the call of my president,” she told the news station.

Riley Williams

Lori Ulrich, an attorney for Riley Williams, the 22-year-old who was accused of stealing Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s laptop during the siege, said her client “took the president’s bait.”

“It is regrettable that Ms. Williams took the president’s bait and went inside the Capitol,” Ulrich said in a Pennsylvania court hearing last month.

Matthew Miller

An attorney for Matthew Miller, said the 22-year-old accused of discharging a fire extinguisher at Capitol Police, was “merely following the directions of then-President Donald Trump.”

“On January 6, 2021, Mr. Miller attended a rally in Washington, DC, where many speakers, including the then-President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, exhorted attendees to march to the Capitol to protest the certification of the vote count of the Electoral College for the 2020 Presidential Election,” Miller’s attorney wrote in a pre-trial release motion.

“QAnon Shaman” Jacob Angeli Chansley

Once one of the former president’s most loyal supporters, Jacob Chansely has apparently changed his tune.

His lawyer, Al Watkins, has said the “QAnon Shaman,” as Chansley became known, feels betrayed by the former president.

Watkins said his client acted on “months of lies and misrepresentations and horrific innuendo and hyperbolic speech by our president designed to inflame, enrage, motivate.” 

“Our president, as a matter of public record, invited these individuals, as president, to walk down to the Capitol with him,” Watkins told a local NBC News affiliate, adding that Chansley “regrets very very much having not just been duped by the president, but … allowed that duping to put him in a position to make decisions he should not have made. 

Chansley was one of many rioters who asked Trump for a presidential pardon in his final days but did not receive one. 

Robert Sanford

Robert Sanford, a retired firefighter charged with assaulting Capitol Police officers, told a friend that he had “followed the President’s instructions and gone to the Capitol,” according to the Justice Department’s statement of facts accompanying its criminal complaint.

Sanford’s lawyer, Enrique Latoison, told The New York Times that his client would not have been at the Capitol at all if not for Trump’s words.

“You’re being told, ‘You gotta fight like hell,'” Latoison told the newspaper. “Does ‘fight like hell’ mean you can throw stuff at people? Maybe.”

Emmanuel Jackson

Court filings say Emmanuel Jackson is a “recently homeless” man who voluntarily turned himself in to the FBI and identified himself in pictures and videos from the riots. Jackson allegedly struck a police shield with a metal baseball bat during the siege.

In a pre-trial release request, Jackson’s lawyer, Brandi Harden, argued that Trump “encouraged the crowd to walk down Pennsylvania Ave,” and “roused the crowd by telling them ‘we will stop the seal’ and ‘you’ll never take back our country with weakness, you have to show strength and you have to be strong…… if you don’t fight like hell you are not going to have a country anymore.'”

Harden wrote, “the nature and circumstances of this offense must be viewed through the lens of an event inspired by the President of the United States.”

Dominic Pezzola

An alleged member of the right-wing extremist group the Proud Boys, Dominic Pezzola is accused of using a Capitol Police shield to shatter a window in the Capitol, allowing rioters to enter the building, according to the Department of Justice.

Pezzola’s defense lawyer, Michael Scibetta, told Reuters that Trump encouraged the mob.

“The boss of the country said, ‘People of the country, come on down, let people know what you think,'” Scibetta, told the outlet. “The logical thinking was, ‘He invited us down.'”

Edward Lang

Edward Lang was arrested last month after he posted numerous incriminating videos and photos on social media documenting his time in the Capitol building, according to charging documents. 

CNN reported that Lang’s lawyers released a statement in January citing comments Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnel made following the attack that Trump had” provoked” the violence.

“The mob was fed lies,” McConnell said in January. “They were provoked by the president and other powerful people.”

Kenneth Grayson

The FBI received three separate tips regarding the same image of Kenneth Grayson, a 51-year-old Pennsylvania man, inside the Capitol on January 6, court documents say.

Charging records reveal Grayson sent multiple private messages before the siege discussing his travel plans and saying he would follow the president’s orders.

“I’m there for the greatest celebration of all time after Pence leads the Senate flip!! OR IM THERE IF TRUMP TELLS US TO STORM THE F***** CAPITAL IMA DO THAT THEN! We don’t want any trouble but they are not going to steal this election that I guarantee bro!!” Grayson wrote.

Garret Miller

A lawyer for Garret Miller, an alleged capitol rioter charged for his role in the siege who also reportedly tweeted death threats to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and a Capitol Police Officer, said his client “certainly regrets what he did.”

“He did it in support of former President (Donald) Trump, but regrets his actions,” Attorney Clint Broden told CNN.

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A woman charged in the Capitol riot can take a trip to Mexico after a federal judge rules in her favor

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A photo shared by the FBI, which it says shows Jenny Cudd in the Capitol during the January 6 riot.

  • A federal judge granted Jenny Cudd’s request to leave the country for a retreat in Mexico.
  • Cudd was charged last month for her participation in the Capitol insurrection on January 6.
  • Following the attack, Cudd told a local news outlet that she would “do it again.”
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Jenny Cudd, who was charged with participating in the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol, made headlines last week after asking a federal court to grant her permission to leave the country for a retreat in Mexico.

According to new court documents, she will get to take her trip.

A federal judge ruled in favor of Cudd’s request on Friday afternoon, granting the Texas florist’s motion to visit Mexico for a “planned and prepaid” four-day weekend retreat with her employees later this month in Riviera Maya.

Judge Trevor McFadden of the DC District Court signed the order, noting that Cudd has no prior criminal history. McFadden, a 2017 Trump appointee, also said there was no evidence suggesting she posed a danger to others or was a flight risk.

The motion said Cudd will have to provide her itinerary to her supervising pretrial services officer.

Cudd was charged in January with unlawfully entering a restricted building and with disorderly conduct after the FBI said video footage showed her inside the Capitol on January 6. FBI documents said Cudd walked around various parts of the Capitol and used social media to document her time in the building. 

“I f****** charged the Capitol today with patriots today. Hell yes, I am proud of my actions” she reportedly said in a Facebook video. 

Following the riot, Cudd remained unapologetic. She participated in an interview with a local news station where she confirmed she entered the building and said she would “do it again,” according to FBI documents.

Unlike other rioters charged in the attack, Cudd was put on pretrial release following her arrest. Her lawyer told CNN that she plans to plead not guilty to the charges.

In order to make the case to be allowed on the retreat, which was reportedly planned before her actions on January 6, Cudd’s lawyers described her as a “small business owner” and “established member of her community” who had followed all court orders so far and had no criminal history. 

Mexican tourist destinations have remained busy despite the pandemic. Last month, Insider reported that Mexico was seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases due to Americans vacationing and resettling in the country. 

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New York State Bar Association considers expelling Rudy Giuliani for comments he made before US Capitol riot

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, personal attorney to U.S. President Donald Trump, gestures as he speaks after media announced that Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Joe Biden has won the 2020 U.S. presidential election, in, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., November 7, 2020.

  • The voluntary New York State Bar Association is considering removing Rudy Giuliani from its membership roll after receiving hundreds of complaints for his efforts to overturn and his comments leading up to the US Capitol riot last week. 
  • “Giuliani’s words quite clearly were intended to encourage Trump supporters unhappy with the election’s outcome to take matters into their own hands,” the association said.
  • The move would not prevent Giuliani from practicing law, as that would require a state court committee. 
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The New York State Bar Association is considering expelling the president’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani for comments he made before Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol last week.

The NYSBA, the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation, said in a statement that it has received hundreds of complaints since the election about Giuliani and “his baseless efforts on behalf of President Trump to cast doubt on the veracity of the 2020 presidential election and, after the votes were cast, to overturn its legitimate results.”

The association also cited Giuliani’s statement to Trump supporters just hours before the Capitol riots: “Let’s have trial by combat,” he said at the time.

As a result of the complaints and comments, NYSBA President Scott M. Karson launched an inquiry to determine whether Giuliani should be removed from membership, the statement said. Expulsion from the voluntary organization would not prevent Giuliani from practicing law, though, as attorneys can only be disbarred by a state court committee. The New York State Board of Law Examiners was not immediately available Monday for comment on the matter.

Read more: Trump’s incitement of the deadly US Capitol riot adds to an already massive tsunami of legal peril he’s facing upon leaving the White House. Here’s what awaits him.

The association’s bylaws say no person in the association who advocates the overthrow of the U.S. government can be a member.

“Mr. Giuliani’s words quite clearly were intended to encourage Trump supporters unhappy with the election’s outcome to take matters into their own hands,” the statement said. “Their subsequent attack on the Capitol was nothing short of an attempted coup, intended to prevent the peaceful transition of power.”

Giuliani could not be reached for comment. The former New York City mayor will be provided due process and have an opportunity to explain his words and actions, the association said. 

Earlier on Monday, a top Georgia election official said Giuliani “lied”over election-fraud claims by presenting a deceptively edited video as evidence, despite having access to the full footage. And last week, attorneys working for the city of Detroit filed a complaint asking the state of Michigan to disbar Trump attorneys Sidney Powell and Lin Wood for trying to overturn election results. They said other states should look at disbarring the attorneys as well. 

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House Democrats introduce an article of impeachment charging Trump with incitement of insurrection

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President Donald Trump speaks at the “Stop The Steal” Rally on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump supporters gathered in the nation’s capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election.

  • House Democrats on Monday formally introduced an article of impeachment charging President Donald Trump with incitement of insurrection.
  • The House is expected to impeach the president later this week unless Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet remove Trump from office via the 25th Amendment.
  • The developments come after Trump incited a deadly riot at the US Capitol last week that resulted in five deaths.
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House Democrats introduced an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Monday charging him with incitement of insurrection.

The House will formally vote on impeaching the president for high crimes and misdemeanors later this week unless Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from power.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer brought a resolution to the floor during a pro forma session on Monday calling on Pence to invoke the amendment and tried to get it passed by unanimous consent, but Republicans blocked the measure.

Read more: Secret Service experts are speculating in group chats about how Trump might be hauled out of the White House if he won’t budge on Inauguration Day

The resolution accuses the president of “inciting violence against the government of the United States” and argues that he “threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power, and imperiled a coequal branch of government” by urging a mob of his loyalists to challenge Congress’ ratification of the presidential election.

The resolution is widely expected to pass on Tuesday, when House Democrats will bring it to the floor again and vote via roll call. At that point, Pence will have 24 hours to move forward on invoking the 25th Amendment or the House will vote on passing the article of impeachment against Trump.

Business Insider reported last week that the vice president is not inclined to take the drastic step, though a source later told CNN that he has not completely ruled out the option.

“As our next step, we will move forward with bringing impeachment legislation to the Floor,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a Monday statement. “The President’s threat to America is urgent, and so too will be our action.”

Politico reported that House Democrats have enough votes to impeach Trump later this week if he isn’t removed from office.

Monday’s developments come after Trump incited a deadly riot at the US Capitol as Congress was counting up electoral votes in the 2020 election and preparing to finalize President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. The failed insurrection resulted in five deaths, including a 42-year-old Capitol Police officer who died from brain injuries sustained after Trump supporters beat him with a fire extinguisher.

At a rally before Congress convened, Trump urged thousands of his supporters to march to the Capitol and stop Congress from cementing Biden’s win.

“You’ll never take back our country with weakness,” he told the crowd. “You have to show strength, and you have to be strong.”

On Monday, House members quoted yet another line from Trump’s speech in the articles of impeachment: “If you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.”

Shortly after Congress began debating Republican election challenges to some states’ electoral votes, rioters breached barricades surrounding the Capitol and easily overtook Capitol Police, some of whom were filmed stepping aside to let the mob swarm into the building and taking selfies with Trump’s supporters.

The insurrectionists went on to ransack lawmakers’ offices and steal property including some records that the Justice Department said may have contained “national security equities.” Some rioters in the pro-Trump mob appeared to be hunting down members of Congress and the vice president.

A crowd of insurrectionists changed to “hang Mike Pence” before breaking into the Capitol, and a Reuters photojournalist said he overheard three rioters saying they wanted to hang the vice president “from a Capitol tree.” A Georgia man was arrested on federal charges over the weekend after sending a text message saying he would “put a bullet” in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and police in Tennessee arrested 30-year old Eric Munchel, who was seen carrying zip-ties, which are used to take hostages, on the Senate floor.

Additional footage and media reports released since the riots indicate that several members of the mob are active law enforcement officers and ex-military members with tactical training. Another man who was seen with zip-ties in the Senate, Larry Rendell Brock, is a US Air Force veteran and was arrested after his ex-wife identified him to the FBI.

The president has been relatively silent since the Capitol siege after being banned from Twitter and blocked from posting on Facebook and Instagram. Parler, a far-right platform popular among violent extremists, was also taken offline Sunday night after being booted from Amazon Web Services’ cloud-hosting platform.

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Here are the most prominent people who got banned from social media platforms after the Capitol riots

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Riots at the US Capitol Building.

  • Donald Trump, Sidney Powell, and Michael Flynn were among the people whose accounts were banned following the attack on the Capitol.
  • These accounts, social media platforms said, violate their rules of engagement and pose a risk to the public. 
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Almost immediately after the attack on the Capitol building last Wednesday, social media platforms began suspending and permanently disabling accounts they say disseminate violent rhetoric.  

The most prominent ban was Twitter’s permanent suspension of President Donald Trump’s account Friday night. 

After his account got disabled, top conservatives began sharing their Parler accounts on the platform, encouraging their followers to gravitate there. Parler has become a mainstay in alt-right communication, advertising itself as a platform for unregulated language and “free speech.”

Days after the presidential election, Parler download counts surged, signaling that the platform was at the time seeing an influx of new users. 

After Twitter banned Trump, Gab another far-right website that bills itself as a “free speech” platform, reported massive growth. About 10,000 new users signed up every hour on Saturday, according to Gab, signaling the gravitation from mainstream social media accounts to less-popular ones like Gab known for the circulation of alt-right speech.

Alt-right content is still available on mainstream social media accounts like Twitter. But after the Capitol riots, social media platforms have begun removing accounts they suspect will incite violence. Some users whose accounts have been removed have previously spread misinformation related to the 2020 election results and QAnon content. 

These accounts, social media platforms said, violate their rules of engagement and pose a risk to the public. 

Here are the people who’ve been banned since the Capitol riot attacks: 

Donald Trump

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President Donald Trump.

Trump has been suspended from accessing multiple social media platforms almost immediately after the Capitol riots.

He was permanently suspended from Twitter on Friday “due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” the company said in a tweet. 

Facebook blocked Trump “indefinitely” a day earlier, saying the ban will last at least until President-elect Joe Biden gets sworn into office on January 20. 

Snapchat also banned Trump’s account for concerns about his rhetoric.

Reddit banned r/DonaldTrump, a popular subreddit that violated the platforms “rules against inciting violence,” a spokesperson said to Insider.

Sidney Powell

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Sidney Powell.

Twitter on Friday said it suspended the account of Sidney Powell, the lawyer Trump tasked with proving his baseless claims of election fraud. 

Powell, in her attempt to alter the results of the 2020 presidential election, has been accused of spreading misinformation about Dominion Voting Systems, an electronic voting supplier.

She was sued for $1.3 billion on claims that she facilitated the spread of misinformation. 

 

Steve Bannon

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Steve Bannon.

YouTube removed Steve Bannon’s “War Room” podcast Friday night for “violation of YouTube’s Terms of Service.”

Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani had appeared on the podcast hours before the ban. During his appearance, he blamed Democrats for the Capitol riots. 

Twitter banned Bannon, a former White House strategist, in November after he posted a tweet calling for the decapitation of Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Michael Flynn

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Michael Flynn.

Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was booted off Twitter earlier this week.

Flynn partially used Twitter to urge Trump to use martial law to overturn the results of the presidential election.

He’s also been one of most visible backers of QAnon. In 2019, Flynn was scheduled to speak at a QAnon-organized conference.

Ron Watkins

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Ron Watkins was interviewed by OAN’s Chanel Rion as a “cyber analyst.”

That same day, Twitter banned the account of Ron Watkins, a crucial QAnon figure who ran the alt-right platform 8kun.

Watkins’ misinformation posts have frequently often been amplified by Trump himself. When his account was active, Trump retweeted posts from Watkins. 

Other QAnon accounts were also suspended on Friday, and Twitter has been taking steps to reduce the influence and misinformation that comes out of the group. The same day, for example, Twitter removed thousands of QAnon-affiliated accounts

Still, there are several other QAnon accounts that continue to thrive on the platform. 

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Trump has not ordered flags flown at half-mast over federal buildings to honor the police officer killed in the ransacking of the Capitol

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Flags at the US Capitol fly at half-mast to honor US Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, on January 8, 2021, in Washington, DC.

  • President Donald Trump did not order flags to be flown at half-mast over the White House and federal government buildings in honor of Brian D. Sicknick, the Capitol Police officer killed in riots by Trump supporters. 
  • The president has also not contacted Sicknick’s family to offer his condolences, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence told The New York Times. 
  • Sicknick was struck over the head with a rioter’s fire extinguisher after Trump incited supporters to attack the Capitol Wednesday. 
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President Donald Trump has not ordered flags to be flown at half-mast over federal government buildings in honor of Brian D. Sicknick, the police officer killed in the storming of the Capitol on Wednesday.

An aide to Vice President Mike Pence told The New York Times that while Pence has contacted Sicknick’s family to offer his condolences, Trump has not contacted them. 

Flags over the US Capitol were flown at half-mast in honor of Sicknick Saturday, while the White House did not lower its flag. 

 

The White House did not immediately reply to a request for comment on why flags at the executive mansion were not lowered. 

Trump had made his support for law enforcement one of the cornerstones of his reelection campaign last year. 

The Capitol Police announced Sicknick’s death on Thursday, which in a statement said he “was injured while physically engaging with protesters” as they swarmed the US Capitol.  

“He returned to his division office and collapsed.  He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries,” said police. 

Law enforcement sources have told media outlets, including the Associated Press, that Sicknick was killed from brain injuries after being struck on the head by a fire extinguisher by a rioter. 

 

Before the riot, Trump addressed the protesters, who had gathered to support his baseless allegations that the election had been stolen from him as a result of mass fraud.

The president told them they would have to “fight much harder” and urged them to march on the Capitol, where lawmakers were certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. 

In the Capitol’s resulting violence, a Trump supporter, Ashli Babbit, was fatally shot by a police officer and three people died in medical emergencies. 

On Thursday, police and law enforcement officers from several agencies lined the streets of Washington DC to pay tribute to Sicknick, only the fourth Capitol Police officer in its history to die in the course of duty. Lawmakers, including Senate Majority Mitch McConnell, have paid tribute to Sicknick. 

Many of the protesters on Wednesday directed their fury at Pence, who had refused to comply with Trump’s demands and find a way to block the certification of Biden’s win. 

 

 

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Two private institutions revoked Trump’s honorary degree following the Capitol siege

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President Donald Trump.

  • Lehigh University and Wagner College both announced on Friday that they would revoke President Donald Trump’s honorary degrees.
  • Trump received the honorary degree from Lehigh in 1988 after speaking at the institution’s commencement ceremony. He received a degree from Wagner in 2004.
  • Both Lehigh and Wagner cited the violence that rose out of the attempted coup at the US Capitol on Wednesday as reasons for revocation. 
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Two educational institutions announced that they are revoking their honorary degrees given to President Donald Trump in light of the riots at the Capitol building on Wednesday. 

Lehigh University and Wagner College both announced the revocation on Friday. 

Board of trustees “voted to rescind and revoke the honorary degree granted to Donald J. Trump in 1988,” a statement from the Lehigh University account on Twitter reads.  

Lehigh faculty members have for years urged the university to rescind Trump’s degree, which he received upon speaking at its 1988 commencement ceremony.  In 2018, nearly 300 Lehigh faculty members urged the board of trustees to rescind the degree. They argued that Trump’s statements and actions as president did not fall in line with the values of the school, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. The trustees did not budge. 

The Wagner board of trustees also voted Friday to rescind an honorary degree he had received from the institution in 2004, according to a statement posted online.

The riot, which began after Trump encouraged his supporters to protest the results of the election, has been characterized as an attempted coup. Rioters stormed the Capitol building as lawmakers were meeting inside to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Five people, including one police officer, died. Members of the Proud Boys, which is classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, were reportedly present

Many lawmakers began to shelter in place upon notice that the riot broke out. Many evacuated the Capitol building. A quick-thinking Senate aide secured the boxes containing the electoral votes, rescuing them from possible damage. 

The vote to certify President-elect Joe Biden went on as planned hours after the riot ended. 

A day after the riot, Trump said there would be “an orderly transition” on January 20, Inauguration Day.

The riot spurred calls to once again impeach Trump, this time on a charge for “incitement of an insurrection.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell circulated a memo to Republicans saying Trump cannot logistically be removed from office before Inauguration Day.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

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