House committee to hold a public hearing on the January 6 insurrection in the wake of a 4th inspector general flash report

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Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., speaks during a House Administration Committee hearing on Oversight of the United States Capitol Police on Capitol Hill on Tuesday July 16, 2019

  • A House committee will discuss the findings of the fourth IG flash report on the Capitol siege.
  • The report found “disturbing inadequacies” in the USCP’s preparation and response to the attack, Rep. Lofgren said.
  • The House Administration Committee will hold its fifth public hearing on the January 6 riot.
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The House Administration Committee will hold another public hearing on the Capitol riot in the wake of a flash report by the inspector general, which the chairwoman said revealed “disturbing inadequacies” in the Capitol Police’s preparation and response to the attack.

House Administration Chairwoman Rep. Zoe Lofgren announced Wednesday that the committee will host its fifth hearing on the events of January 6 – more than any other congressional committee has held on the matter. The date of the hearing is yet to be set.

US Capitol Police Inspector General Michael Bolton will appear at the hearing to discuss the findings of the latest flash report, which “identified significant deficiencies pertaining to the Department’s Containment and Emergency Response Team and First Responders Unit and made more than 20 recommendations,” according to a statement from Lofgren.

Lofgren said in the statement that Bolton’s “latest flash report reveals, again, disturbing inadequacies in the Department leadership’s preparation for, and response to, the January 6 attack.”

“Examining these latest findings and recommendations will assist the Committee as we contemplate reforms,” she continued.

The report also raised “such significant and troubling concerns” that Bolton delivered an urgent advisory to USCP leadership before the probe was fully complete.

The announcement of the House Administration Committee’s hearing comes after Senate Republicans blocked a bill to create a bipartisan commission to investigate the January 6 insurrection.

“Despite Senate Republicans’ shameful filibuster of a compromise, bipartisan bill to establish an independent commission to investigate the deadly insurrection and attack on the capitol, the American people deserve answers,” Lofgren said.

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A CA Democrat compiled a report of social media posts by GOP lawmakers who voted to overturn the 2020 election – including 177 pages on Paul Gosar

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Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) walks through the U.S. Capitol, as Democrats debate one article of impeachment against U.S. President Donald Trump, in Washington, U.S., January 13, 2021.

  • Rep. Zoe Lofgren compiled a report of social media activity from lawmakers who voted to overturn the election.
  • The 1,939-page report includes posts from before the election in November and after the Capitol riots.
  • The longest section is Arizona at 257 pages, and 177 pages list social media activity by Rep. Paul Gosar.
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A California Democrat compiled a nearly 2,000-page report documenting social media posts by lawmakers who voted to overturn the 2020 election.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren, who chairs the chair of the House Administration Committee and served as a House impeachment manager in the first impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, asked her staff to compose the 1,939-page report, which has been public online for a week.

It includes posts from other members of the House of Representatives immediately before the election in November and after the Capitol riots on January 6.

In the foreword of the report, Lofgren wrote of the “deep concerns” she has about Trump and “the actions he took which incited and encouraged the domestic terrorists who attacked the Capitol.”

The House voted to impeach the former president for the second time on a single charge of inciting the violence at the Capitol insurrection. He was later acquitted by the Senate.

“Like former President Trump, any elected Member of Congress who aided and abetted the insurrection or incited the attack seriously threatened our democratic government,” Lofgren wrote in the report’s foreword. “They would have betrayed their oath of office and would be implicated in the same constitutional provision cited in the Article of Impeachment.”

“Any appropriate disciplinary action is a matter not only of the Constitution and law, but also of fact,” the California Democrat continued. “Many of former President Trump’s false statements were made in very public settings.”

“Had Members made similar public statements in the weeks and months before the January 6th attack?”

The report proceeds to break down social media activity by representatives by state. The longest section, at 257 pages, is Arizona – with 177 pages listing social media activity by Rep. Paul Gosar, a Republican from Arizona. Gosar has faced recent scrutiny for speaking at a white nationalist conference.

Gosar came under scrutiny after Ali Alexander, who organized the “Stop the Steal” rally that preceded the Capitol riots, said three GOP congressmen – Reps. Reps. Andy Biggs, Mo Brooks, and Gosar – helped him orchestrate it, according to a January report by The Washington Post.

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Republicans and majority of Democrats vote to keep incarcerated people from participating in elections

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Cook County jail detainees check in before casting their votes after a polling place was opened in the facility for early voting on October 17, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. It was the first time pretrial detainees in the jail will get the opportunity for early voting in a general election.

  • Progressive Democrats introduced a measure Tuesday to give incarcerated people the right to vote.
  • The amendment, to major voting rights legislation, failed by a 93-278 vote.
  • It received no Republican support. A majority of Democrats also voted against it.
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“America does not love all its people,” Rep. Cori Bush, a progressive Democrat from Missouri, argued on the floor of the House, saying that more than 5 million Americans are prevented from taking part in an election because they are currently incarcerated.

On Tuesday, Bush and Rep. Mondaire Jones, a New York Democrat, offered an amendment to sweeping voting rights legislation, HR 1. The legislation, as written, would already restore that right for those with felony convictions, but not for those who are now behind bars – one in six of whom are Black.

“This cannot continue,” Bush said. “Disenfranchising our own citizens is not justice.”

The amendment failed. No Republican supported the amendment, and most Democrats opposed it too, leading it to be put down by a vote of 97 to 328.

As it stands, only two states, Maine and Vermont, as well as the District of Columbia never take away the right to vote, even when someone is incarcerated. But, per the National Conference of State Legislatures, 30 states disenfranchise anyone with a felony conviction, even after they have served their prison sentence. And while voting rights are sometimes restored later, there are often additional obstacles.

In Florida, for example, a sweeping majority of voters in 2018 approved a constitutional amendment restoring the right to vote for convicted felons who were no longer imprisoned. But the Republican-controlled legislature eviscerated the measure, requiring those with felonies on their record – disproportionately Black, overwhelmingly Democratic – to pay off any related fines before they could participate in an election again. According to The New York Times, as many as 80% are financially unable to do so.

Despite being denied the right to vote, those who are imprisoned do count: the US Census considers them residents of whichever place they are incarcerated in, meaning Black and Latino prisoners often help boost the congressional representation of largely white, rural populations.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren, chair of the House committee that oversees federal elections, noted that HR 1 would end that practice. Under the bill, incarcerated people would be counted, instead, as residents of their own hometowns. But she said that granting them the right to vote appealed to her sense of justice.

“If you’re going to count the individuals for redistricting purposes, in their prisons, then I think they ought to be allowed to vote there,” Lofgren commented. “Further, it occurs to me, those who oppose it think that denying a vote would somehow be a deterrent to criminal conduct. In fact, empowering people to be full citizens encourages rehabilitation.”

In the meantime, Republicans, in power at the state level, are pushing to roll back access to voting. In Georgia, the GOP, most recently stung by a Democratic sweep of its two Senate seats, is pushing to restrict early voting and limit mail-in ballots.

And at the US Supreme Court, Arizona Republicans are defending a rule that throws out the vote of anyone who casts a ballot somewhere other than their designated polling place. As a lawyer for the party said Tuesday, lifting that restriction “puts us at a competitive disadvantage relative to Democrats.” Politics, after all, “is a zero-sum game.”

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