Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré, who was tasked by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with conducting a review of the US Capitol’s security after January 6, on Tuesday said President Donald Trump’s White House was complicit in orchestrating the insurrection.
“It’s my personal opinion that the executive branch was complicit in the planning and the delayed response that occurred in bringing in more federal assistance to the Capitol that day,” Honoré said during an MSNBC appearance, underscoring that he had not reached this conclusion from the security review he spearheaded.
“That’s my own perception, based on what I’ve seen and what I’ve heard and by the fact the former president is continuing to tell people, ‘This was not a riot, it meant no harm, it was like a picnic,'” Honoré said, adding, “The last I heard from him, he told them to go to the Capitol and raise hell.”
He didn’t come out and say it as plainly as that. But it was obvious what Capitol Police Officer, Harry Dunn, was referring to. The comment was made yesterday at the January 6th insurrection Congressional hearing:
In his closing remarks before the House select committee investigating Jan. 6, Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn compared the mob that stormed the Capitol, fueled by Trump’s false claims of election fraud, to a hit man hired to kill someone.
“If a hit man is hired and he kills somebody, the hit man goes to jail. But not only does the hit man go to jail, but the person who hired them does. It was an attack carried out on Jan. 6 and a hit man sent them. I want you to get to the bottom of that,” Dunn told lawmakers at the panel’s first official hearing on Tuesday.
Here’s another “very fine people” moment for Trump. But this time he doesn’t say some. He is calling all of them good people. Of course, his “too bad” comment is an attempt to protect himself legally. But the message is clear. Those who tried to overthrow the government on January 6th had his support. That will serve to inspire them to further action in the future:
Donald Trump can be heard gushing over the “loving crowd” that turned up to hear him speak ahead of the Capitol riot in a newly released audio clip. The audio, from an interview in late March for the new book I Alone Can Fix It, shows Trump at his most misty-eyed about the rioters. “It was a loving crowd too, by the way, there was a lot of love,” he said, referring to the crowd who come to hear him speak before they marched to the Capitol building. “I’ve heard that from everybody—many, many people have told me, that was a loving crowd.” Then, seemingly realizing that he may have been talking too highly of the mob that stormed the Capitol, he added: “You know, it was too bad, it was too bad that they did that.” Asked what he meant when he told the crowd to head to the Capitol, Trump neatly avoided the question and blamed police, who he said “ushered” the rioters into the building. “They were very friendly,” said the ex-president.
That’s actually less time than what Hitler served for his treason. We know what happened as a result. Paul Hodgkins got a slap on the wrist for his treason. The system is a joke. Just start calling America the Weimar Republic.
We should have known. Patriotism and honor are only fleeting things in politics and big business.
Six months after the January 6 Capitol riot, numerous large companies appear to have fallen short of promises not to fund the 147 lawmakers who objected to certifying Joe Biden’s 2020 election win, the Associated Press reported.
The GOP lawmakers objected to certifying the result in relation to false claims made by then-President Donald Trump.
Supporters of Trump breached the US Capitol and clashed with law enforcement on the day Congress was gathered to certify Biden’s victory over Trump.
The AP identified Walmart, Pfizer, Intel, General Electric, and AT&T as some of the companies that said they wouldn’t donate to lawmakers who opposed certification but had since donated thousands of dollars to political action committees that support them.
Some companies used language from the beginning that left open the possibility of only a temporary pause, but the AP also reported that some argued donating to PACs was different from donating directly to lawmakers.
In April, three months after saying it wouldn’t support the 147 lawmakers, Walmart gave $30,000 to the National Republican Congressional Committee, which supports GOP members running in House elections. More than half of House Republicans voted against certification.
Everyday we hear another shocking story about how horribly the insurrectionists treated law enforcement on January 6th. Twenty years is not enough for those involved:
US Capitol Police Sgt. Aquilino Gonell was beaten with a flagpole. His hand was sliced open. He was hit with so much chemical spray that the liquid soaked through to his skin. During intense hand-to-hand combat with rioters on the west front of the US Capitol on January 6, there were moments where Gonell thought he might die.
“They called us traitors. They beat us. They dragged us,” Gonell told CNN, in his first interview about the violence he experienced and witnessed on January 6. “And I could hear them, ‘We’re going to shoot you. We’re going to kill you. You’re choosing your paycheck over the country. You’re a disgrace. You’re a traitor.'” Several hundred feet away that same day, US Capitol Police Officer Byron Evans was inside the locked Senate chamber with 100 senators and Vice President Mike Pence, hand on his weapon and mentally preparing for a life-or-death situation to come through the doors.
A DC Metropolitan Police officer who was brutally assaulted while defending the US Capitol during the January 6 insurrection said Tuesday evening that it’s been difficult to watch some elected officials and others “whitewash” the episode in its aftermath.
Michael Fanone, who was stun-gunned several times and beaten with a flagpole during the attack, told CNN’s Don Lemon on “CNN Tonight” that “some of the terminology that was used, like ‘hugs and kisses,’ and ‘very fine people,’ is like very different from what I experienced and what my co-workers experienced on the 6th.”
Though Fanone didn’t name Donald Trump specifically, the former President falsely claimed in an interview with Fox News last month that the pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol behaved properly with law enforcement and there was “zero threat” to the building.
Trump also claimed that some of the rioters “went in, and they are hugging and kissing the police and the guards.”
A Florida college student has been charged with striking a Metropolitan Police officer over the head with a skateboard at the Capitol riots, according to a Department of Justice press release.
Grady Douglas Owens, 21, from Winter Park, Florida, was arrested on April 1 after being caught on bodycam video using his skateboard, which bore the phrase “White Fang,” to hit a police officer over the head.
The officer, who has not been named, was left with a concussion and an injury to his finger, according to an affidavit released earlier this month.