Liz Cheney calls Kevin McCarthy’s January 6 rhetoric ‘disgraceful’ and says his lack of ‘commitment to the Constitution’ should disqualify him from being House speaker if GOP wins in 2022

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Liz Cheney, Republican of Wyoming, speaks to the press at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on May 12, 2021.

  • Rep. Liz Cheney blasted House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy on Wednesday over the January 6 committee.
  • She called his comments on Pelosi’s select committee “disingenuous.”
  • Cheney also said McCarthy should not be considered for the House speakership if the GOP wins in 2022.
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Rep. Liz Cheney on Wednesday blasted House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy over his “disingenuous” comments about the select committee to investigate the January 6 Capitol insurrection.

“The rhetoric that we have heard from the minority leader is disingenuous,” Cheney told reporters at the Capitol, adding that the riot was “an attack on our Constitution.”

“At every opportunity, the minority leader has attempted to prevent the American people from understanding what happened to block this investigation,” she continued. “The idea that anybody would be playing politics with an attack on the United States Capitol is despicable and disgraceful.”

The Wyoming Republican further criticized McCarthy by suggesting that he should not be considered for the House speakership if the GOP wins back the House in the 2022 midterm elections.

“Any person who would be third in line to the presidency must demonstrate a commitment to the Constitution and a commitment to the rule of law, and minority leader McCarthy has not done that,” she said.

Cheney’s comments came shortly after McCarthy said House Republicans will conduct their own probe into the Capitol riot, separate from the January 6 select committee that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has launched.

It’s unclear what exactly the House GOP investigation will focus on, but McCarthy broadly pointed to the law enforcement failures on the day of the riot.

“Why was the Capitol so ill-prepared for that day … and what have we done to make sure that never happens again?” McCarthy said Wednesday.

McCarthy went on to criticize Pelosi’s efforts to investigate the insurrection, calling the committee a “sham process” and overly partisan.

The top GOP lawmaker originally recommended five House Republicans to join Pelosi’s select committee, including Reps. Jim Banks of Indiana and Jim Jordan of Ohio, two Congress members who objected to the 2020 election certification on January 6.

But McCarthy pulled all of his recommendations and threatened to launch his own investigation in response to Pelosi rejecting his picks, Banks and Jordan, from serving on the committee. Pelosi agreed to McCarthy’s three other GOP appointments, Reps. Rodney Davis of Illinois, Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota and Troy Nehls of Texas.

“With respect for the integrity of the investigation, with an insistence on the truth and with concern about statements made and actions taken by these Members, I must reject the recommendations of Representatives Banks and Jordan to the Select Committee,” Pelosi said in a statement on Wednesday.

“The unprecedented nature of January 6th demands this unprecedented decision,” she added.

Cheney backed Pelosi’s move on Wednesday, telling reporters that the top Democrat is dedicated to carrying out a serious investigation, whereas McCarthy is not.

Pelosi picked Cheney to serve on the select committee earlier this month. The lawmaker has been ostracized by her GOP colleagues, including McCarthy, who voted to oust her from her leadership position in May over her pushback on former President Donald Trump’s lies about the 2020 election.

“The American people deserve to know what happened. People who did this must be held accountable,” Cheney said Wednesday. “There must be an investigation that is nonpartisan, that is sober, that is serious, that gets to the facts wherever they may lead.”

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Mike Pence refused to leave the Capitol during the riot despite Secret Service agents urging him to evacuate, saying, ‘I’m not getting in the car’: book

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence presides over a joint session of Congress on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Congress held a joint session today to ratify President-elect Joe Biden’s 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. A group of Republican senators said they would reject the Electoral College votes of several states unless Congress appointed a commission to audit the election results.

  • Pence did not want to leave the Capitol as rioters stormed the building on January 6, a new book says.
  • “I Alone Can Fix It” reveals how Pence wanted Congress to return to finish the electoral certification.
  • “We can’t let the world see that our process of confirming the next president can be delayed,” he said.
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Former Vice President Mike Pence refused to leave the Capitol as rioters stormed the building on January 6, according to a forthcoming book by Washington Post reporters Philip Rucker and Carol D. Leonnig.

The authors provide a behind-the-scenes account of the Capitol insurrection in their new book, “I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year,” which is slated for release on Tuesday. The Post published an excerpt of the book on Thursday.

Presiding over a joint session of Congress, Pence was leading the certification of the 2020 election results, a constitutional duty that former President Donald Trump wanted him to abandon based on false claims that the race was stolen. The certification started around 1 p.m. on January 6.

When a crowd of Trump supporters breached the Capitol complex about an hour into the certification process, Secret Service agents swiftly escorted Pence to his ceremonial office near the Senate floor, the book said. But Pence’s security detail was worried for his safety because the room they were in had glass windows that rioters could potentially break, the authors wrote.

Tim Giebels, Pence’s lead security agent, asked the former vice president “twice” to evacuate the building, the book says. But Pence did not want to bow down to the rioters and flee the scene, according to the book.

“I’m not leaving the Capitol,” he reportedly told Giebels.

Giebels tried a third time, telling Pence that: “The room you’re in is not secure.”

“I need to move you. We’re going,” Giebels added, per the book.

The protective detail then ushered Pence, along with his wife Karen, daughter Charlotte, and his brother, Rep. Greg Pence of Indiana, down a staircase to the former vice president’s armored limousine, where they could “hold” up, the book says.

Pence refused to get in the car. “I trust you, Tim, but you’re not driving the car,” Pence reportedly told Giebels. “If I get in that vehicle, you guys are taking off. I’m not getting in the car.”

Pence and his family then waited out the riot from an underground but undisclosed location inside the Capitol, the authors wrote. He was adamant that Congress finish its work that same night, the book says.

“We need to get back tonight,” Pence reportedly told top lawmakers and defense officials on a call. “We can’t let the world see that our process of confirming the next president can be delayed.”

Congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell also wanted to stand their ground against the the rioters and complete the election certification, the book says. The top Democrat and Republican as well as fellow leaders Chuck Schumer and Kevin McCarthy were transported from the Capitol to Fort McNair, an Army post in Southwest Washington, during the chaos, per the book.

“We’re going back to the Capitol,” Pelosi reportedly said on the call. “You just tell us how long it will take to get rid of these people.”

“I want it cleared out now. The Senate needs to get its business done,” McConnell also said, according to the book.

Congress reconvened and Pence returned to the chamber at 8:06 p.m., the authors wrote. They certified President Joe Biden’s 2020 victory at 3:24 a.m. on January 7.

Trump did not personally check in on Pence at any point during the riot, the book reported.

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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell says he ‘never even watched footage’ of the Capitol insurrection and believes ‘it was a setup’

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US President Donald Trump listens as Michael J. Lindell, CEO of MyPillow Inc., speaks during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on March 30, 2020.

  • Mike Lindell denied ever witnessing the Capitol insurrection and claimed it was a “setup.”
  • “I’ve never even watched footage of that,” he told Rolling Stone in a recent interview.
  • Lindell joins a growing chorus of Republicans who have downplayed the deadly riot.
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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell in a new interview published Monday denied ever witnessing the January 6 Capitol insurrection and claimed it was a “setup.”

When asked about the deadly riot, Lindell told Rolling Stone magazine: “I’ve never even watched footage of that.”

“But in my opinion it was a setup,” he continued. “I’ve been to over 50 rallies … There has never been one incident. And you don’t think it was a setup? Gimme a break.”

Lindell joins several other Trump allies who have sought to downplay the insurrection or spread falsehoods about it. GOP Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin has previously said the Capitol riot “didn’t seem like an armed insurrection” and has falsely described it as a “peaceful protest.” He most recently reiterated that stance during a Fox News appearance on Sunday.

Widely circulated video footage and photos of the Capitol on January 6 show large numbers of apparent Trump supporters rioting, constructing a gallows on the complex, holding zip ties, and attacking police officers. Federal investigators have charged 521 people so far in connection with the riot.

Former President Donald Trump has been widely accused of inciting the insurrection after he rallied his supporters to protest the 2020 election results based on lies that the race was stolen from him. Lindell, a staunch ally of Trump’s, has repeatedly pushed his false claims about the election.

Congressional Republicans last month voted to block the creation of a bipartisan commission to investigate the Capitol insurrection. Trump had been against the bill.

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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell falsely claims Trump will be ‘our real president’ in 6 months

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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell waits outside the West Wing of the White House on January 15, 2021 in Washington, DC.

  • Mike Lindell continues to push the conspiracy theory that Trump will be reinstated as president.
  • In a new interview with the Rolling Stone, he said Trump will be president in six months.
  • He initially said that Trump will take back the White House in August.
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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell in a new interview pushed back the date for when he believes former President Donald Trump will be reinstated as president.

“Six months from now, Trump will be our real president and our country will be heading toward its greatest rebirth in history,” Lindell told the Rolling Stone in a report published Monday.

The comments come after Lindell promoted a conspiracy theory that the Supreme Court will put Trump back in the White House by August. By then, Lindell previously said, he will have obtained evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election to present to the nation’s highest court, which will delegitimize President Joe Biden’s win.

Now, it appears Lindell needs until December to do so.

Lindell told the Rolling Stone that the total amount of voter fraud will be confirmed once all 50 states carry out election audits, similar to the current GOP-led audit in Arizona’s Maricopa County, where Biden won.

Lindell first spread the conspiracy theory, which has gained traction in far-right circles, on Steve Bannon’s “War Room” podcast in March.

“What I’m talking about, Steve, is what I have been doing since January 9. All of the evidence I have, everything that is going to go before the Supreme Court, and the election of 2020 is going bye-bye,” Lindell said at the time.

To be clear, the conspiracy theory has no constitutional basis, as Insider has previously reported. The Supreme Court is not able to overturn a presidential election. The only way to remove a sitting president is through impeachment. And in any case, the vice president would then take over.

It’s been more than seven months since the 2020 race and there has been no evidence of widespread voter fraud. Federal, state, and local election officials have repeatedly pushed back on the false claims spread by Trump and his allies. The Trump campaign filed and lost dozens of lawsuits in an attempt to challenge the results.

Lindell, however, still contends that the race was stolen from Trump, specifically by 20 million votes, he told The Rolling Stone. The MyPillow founder is currently being sued for $1.3 billion by the voting-technology company Dominion for repeatedly asserting the company rigged the election.

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who compared mask rules to the Holocaust, once said AOC ‘should be shamed’ for comparing migrant detention centers to concentration camps

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York; Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia

  • Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene once said invoking Nazi history is “insulting.”
  • Greene made the comments in a since-deleted 2019 Facebook live reported by CNN’s KFile.
  • Greene attacked AOC at the time for comparing migrant detention facilities to concentration camps.
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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has been denounced for her repeated comparisons of mask-wearing and coronavirus vaccination efforts to the horrors suffered by Jews during the Holocaust, once said invoking Nazi history is “insulting” and “incomprehensible.”

According to CNN’s KFile, the Georgia Republican made the comments in a since-deleted 2019 Facebook live post, before she was a member of Congress.

Greene directed her remarks at Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, who at the time had come under fire for tweeting that migrant detention facilities at the US-Mexico border under the Trump administration function like concentration camps. “We are calling these camps what they are because they fit squarely in an academic consensus and definition,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter.

Several GOP lawmakers, including Reps. Kevin McCarthy of California and Liz Cheney of Wyoming, criticized Ocasio-Cortez’s statements, while Democrats, such as Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York, came to her defense.

Greene slammed Ocasio-Cortez at the time, saying the comparison is “just so disturbing,” per CNN.

“She should be shamed by everyone that she’s actually using those terms and making that comparison,” Greene said. “And I think it’s an embarrassment to our country that we actually have a congresswoman that would do such a thing. And I’m calling her out big time. I think everyone should call her out.”

“She should never, ever, make that comparison,” Greene continued. “It’s insulting, extremely insulting to the families who have family members that were murdered or survived concentration camps. And that just shows you a lot about who she is as a person. And then also anyone that agrees with her and the Democrat party.”

Greene’s newly-unveiled comments come as top House Republicans, including McCarthy, have condemned the congresswoman for her recent likening of mask-wearing and vaccine rules to the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany.

“Vaccinated employees get a vaccination logo just like the Nazi’s forced Jewish people to wear a gold star,” Greene tweeted on Tuesday. “Vaccine passports & mask mandates create discrimination against unvaxxed people who trust their immune systems to a virus that is 99% survivable.”

The “gold star” reference, which historians more commonly refer to as a yellow star, was an identifier that Nazi Germany forced Jews to wear.

Greene said last week that the House mask mandate enforced by Speaker Nancy Pelosi is “exactly the type of abuse” Nazis committed against Jews.

McCarthy, the House minority leader, said on Tuesday that Greene’s language was “wrong” and “appalling.” At least one GOP lawmaker, Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, has called for Greene’s expulsion from the House Republican conference.

Greene has since doubled down on her stances and used the controversy to attack Democrats, saying they are “reminiscent of the great tyrants of history.”

Greene’s office did not immediately return Insider’s request for comment.

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AOC calls Marjorie Taylor Greene a ‘belligerent person that’s not in control of themselves’ after the GOP lawmaker chased her down a hallway in the Capitol

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York; Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia

  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene a “pretty belligerent person.”
  • The comments came after Greene reportedly chased after Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday.
  • “These are the kinds of people that I threw out of bars all the time,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for pursuing her down a hallway in the Capitol and berating her on Wednesday.

“I think it’s pretty public record that this is a pretty belligerent person that’s not in control of themselves,” the New York Democrat told reporters on Thursday.

The confrontation unfolded after the two lawmakers exited the House chamber on Wednesday, according to reporting from The Washington Post. Greene shouted Ocasio-Cortez’s name twice, in an apparent attempt to get her attention, then proceeded to hurry after the New York lawmaker when she did not respond.

“You don’t care about the American people,” Greene yelled. “Why do you support terrorists and antifa?”

Ocasio-Cortez threw her hands up, but did not engage further with the Georgia Republican.

When asked for her reaction to the situation, Ocasio-Cortez told reporters on Thursday that “this isn’t even about how I feel.”

“It’s that I refuse to allow young women, people of color, people who are standing up for what they believe, to see this kind of intimidation attempts by a person who supports white supremacists in our nation’s Capitol,” she said. “I’m not going to let kids see that we’re going to be intimidated out of our fight for justice.”

The comments come hours after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested the House Ethics Committee investigate Greene for reportedly chasing Ocasio-Cortez through the corridor and shouting at her.

Ocasio-Cortez said its up to the committee to make a determination. “She was certainly chasing,” she told reporters.

The progressive Democrat compared the outburst to an incident last year, when she was accosted on the Capitol steps by former Republican Rep. Ted Yoho of Florida, who called her a “f— b–.” At the time, she spoke on the House floor condemning the vulgar language and sent a message to women to stick up for themselves and not “accept abuse from men.”

“I used to work as a bartender. These are the kinds of people that I threw out of bars all the time,” Ocasio-Cortez told reporters on Thursday.

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The Capitol riot defendants are turning on each other and outing Proud Boys leadership

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Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they push barricades to storm the US Capitol in Washington D.C on January 6, 2021.

The brotherhood of the Proud Boys is falling apart, as more than one of the Capitol riot defendants has turned on the group’s leadership.

According to a CNN report, prosecutors have struck deals with more than one Capitol riot defendant. In exchange for plea deals, cooperators may have to work with the Justice Department and prosecutors to build stronger cases and bring more serious charges against the pro-Trump far-right extremist group’s leaders.

This is not the first indication that there might be disloyalty within the Proud Boys’ ranks.

In March, Proud Boys leader Joseph Biggs – who reportedly was one of the first to clamber through a smashed window to get into the Capitol building – broke with the Proud Boys in a bid to escape being held in prison pending trial.

Lawyers for Biggs said in a court filing that he regularly spoke to the FBI and law enforcement agents to tell them about protests that he was involved in, and that these back-channels he had with the authorities should keep him out of jail.

Enrique Tarrio, another well-known Proud Boys leader, was also revealed in February to have been working behind the scenes as an FBI informant. He was outed when Reuters published part of a 2014 court transcript, that said he was working undercover and was helping law enforcement crack drug and human trafficking cases.

Other groups who banded together to storm the Capitol in January are also seeing instances where defendants refuse to hold the line, and are now considering trading information to escape indictment.

Insider reported this week that prosecutors were negotiating a plea deal with Jon Schaffer – a heavy metal guitarist who was spotted storming the Capitol wearing an Oath Keepers hat, indicating his connection with the paramilitary group.

According to a now-deleted confidential court filing that was erroneously uploaded but seen by BuzzFeed News and Politico, Schaffer was involved in “debrief interviews” with prosecutors.

“Based on these debrief interviews, the parties are currently engaged in good-faith plea negotiations, including discussions about the possibility of entering into a cooperation plea agreement aimed at resolving the matter short of indictment,” the filing said.

Criminal defense attorney Martin Tankleff told CNN that he thought it likely that more cooperators would come forward and turn against the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, and other groups involved in the riot.

“Whenever you have a large group of people arrested and in jail, prosecutors will typically observe the group and pressure defendants to flip on one another, Tankleff said. “They’re going to start talking. They’re going to start sharing information.”

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The Capitol Police officer who died after Capitol attack was honored with a police procession

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This image provided by the U.S. Capitol Police shows U.S. Capitol Police officer William “Billy” Evans, an 18-year veteran who was a member of the department’s first responders unit.

  • Video shows officers a police procession honoring the officer who died at the Capitol attack on Friday.
  • USCP officer William Evans died of his injuries after a car rammed into an outside barrier at the Capitol.
  • Flags at the Capitol, White House, and other federal buildings were flown at half-staff to honor the fallen officer.
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The Capitol Police officer who died after a car rammed into a barrier outside the Capitol was honored with a police procession on Friday.

Video footage of the procession shows officers from both the Capitol Police force and Metropolitan Police Department, as well as members of the Secret Service, standing at attention for a motorcade carrying the body of fallen officer William “Billy” Evans, an 18-year veteran of the USCP.

Earlier Friday, the Capitol went on lockdown after a vehicle rammed into an outside barricade and injured two officers. Evans later died from his injuries sustained during the incident, and the other officer remains hospitalized but in stable condition.

The suspect was shot dead by one of the officers after the driver exited the car brandishing a weapon.

The USCP identified the fallen officer as Evans in a statement following the attack outside the Capitol.

“It is with profound sadness that I share the news of the passing of Officer William ‘Billy’ Evans this afternoon from injuries he sustained following an attack at the North Barricade by a lone assailant,” Yogananda Pittman, acting USCP Chief Officer, said in a statement.

“Evans had been a member of the United States Capitol Police for 18 years,” Pittman continued in the statement. “He began his USCP service on March 7, 2003, and was a member of the Capitol Division’s First Responder’s Unit. Please keep Officer Evans and his family in your thoughts and prayers.”

Flags at the Capitol and the White House were ordered to be flown at half-staff by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Joe Biden respectively to honor the fallen police officer.

Less than three months ago, pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol, resulting in the deaths of five people – including two Capitol Police officers.

“We send our heartfelt condolences to Officer Evans’ family, and everyone grieving his loss,” Biden said in a statement following the incident. “We know what a difficult time this has been for the Capitol, everyone who works there, and those who protect it.”

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US Army reservist charged in Capitol riot was a Nazi sympathizer who sported a ‘Hitler mustache’ to work, federal prosecutors reveal

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Riots at the US Capitol Building.

  • Court documents published by Politico offer an insight into a Capitol rioter’s white supremacist ties.
  • Hale-Cusanelli worked at a New Jersey naval facility where he held secret-level security clearance.
  • Investigators found that Hale-Cusanelli’s coworkers could recall numerous incidents of racist behavior.
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A US Army reservist who is charged with taking part in the Capitol riot was well-known by his co-workers as a “white supremacist,” according to new evidence from federal prosecutors.

Among many other revelations, court documents first published by Politico also reveal that Timothy Hale-Cusanelli was a Holocaust denier who shaved his beard into a “Hitler mustache” and regularly praised the Nazis.

The evidence against Hale-Cusanelli resulted from an extensive investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

NCIS special agents interviewed 44 members of the NWS Earle Security Forces, where Hale-Cusanelli worked and held a secret-level security clearance, in a bid to keep him in prison while he awaits trial following his January 15 arrest.

Of the 44 people interviewed, a majority – 34 – agreed with the description of Hale-Cusanelli as “having extremist or radical views pertaining to the Jewish people, minorities, and women,” according to the court documents.

An unnamed Navy Petty Officer stated that the Capitol rioter had said that “Hitler should have finished the job.”

One Navy Seamen said that Hale-Cusanelli had once said that “babies born with any deformities or disabilities should be shot in the forehead.” He also recalled an incident where he said that if he were a Nazi, he would “kill all the Jews and eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.”

A supervisor told investigators that she once had to discipline Hale-Cusanelli for wearing a “Hitler mustache” to work.

The results of these interviews were published as was a rebuttal to a letter of support from Sgt. John Getz. Hale-Cusanelli’s supervisor wrote a letter to the court urging them to release him on bond, adding that he was “appalled at how he [Hale-Cusanelli] was slandered in the press in regards to him being a white supremacist.”

Prosecutors, however, pointed out that previous statements from Getz contradicted this assertion. He had previously said that Hale-Cusanelli was a “Nazi sympathizer” and a “Holocaust denier.”

The Capitol rioter’s lawyer argued that his client should not be detained pending trial. He told the court that Hale-Cusanelli is not charged with a crime of violence and is not a Nazi sympathizer, according to the court documents.

Prosecutors dismissed these claims, citing photographic evidence of Hale-Cusanelli sporting a Hitler mustache, numerous racist photos saved on his phone, and a now-deleted YouTube channel of his in which he expressed hateful views.

Hale-Cusanelli is one of the many insurrectionists believed to have been a white supremacist. Groups in and around the Capitol wore regalia associated with far-right, racist, and extremist groups on January 6, Insider’s Susie Neilson and Morgan McFall-Johnsen previously reported.

Following the Capitol siege, the FBI had to screen troops from the DC National Guard to ensure that they did not have ties to far-right ideologies. This put the Pentagon under increasing pressure to address white supremacist ties within the US military, Insider’s John Haitlwanger said.

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Capitol Police ask National Guard to stay at the Capitol for 2 more months

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Members of the National Guard wear protective masks on duty outside of the U.S. Capitol on March 4, 2021 in Washington, DC.

  • The Capitol Police asked the National Guard to stay at the Capitol for two more months.
  • The AP reported that the Pentagon is reviewing the proposal.
  • The Capitol complex is on high alert Thursday due to potential violence.
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The Capitol Police asked the National Guard to prolong their stay at the Capitol for two more months, according to an Associated Press report on Thursday.

National Guard members have been deployed at the Capitol complex for additional security purposes since the deadly insurrection on January 6. Roughly 25,000 members were stationed in the nation’s capital for President Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20. Currently, around 5,000 members remain at the Capitol.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin previously said the troops are expected to leave the Capitol on March 12. 

The Pentagon is reviewing the proposal from the Capitol Police, according to the AP. The Capitol Police press office did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

The request for extended security comes as the Capitol complex is on high alert Thursday because of threats of potential violence in the city.

The Capitol Police said on Wednesday that it “obtained intelligence that shows a possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group on Thursday.”

“We have already made significant security upgrades to include establishing a physical structure and increasing manpower to ensure the protection of Congress, the public and our police officers,” the Capitol Police said.

Authorities have been informed that some followers of the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory believe that former President Donald Trump will be reinstated as president on Thursday, March 4 – the original date that presidents were sworn into office. The 20th Amendment, adopted in 1933, shortened the “lame duck” period between the outgoing president and incoming one to January 20. 

The conspiracy theory is rooted in the false belief that Trump won the 2020 presidential election. Federal and state election officials have all determined that no widespread voter fraud occurred in the 2020 race.

Believers in the QAnon conspiracy were among the Trump supporters who had stormed the Capitol on January 6. The violence left five people, including a Capitol Police officer, dead.

The House wrapped up its business earlier than expected this week due to the possible violence on Thursday.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters on Thursday that security decisions are not up to her, but that the troops should stay at the Capitol “as long as they are needed.”

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