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Four officers who defended U.S. Capitol during Jan. 6 attack have died by suicide
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Four officers who defended U.S. Capitol during Jan. 6 attack have died by suicide

D.C. Metropolitan Police confirmed Monday that two police officers who responded to the Jan. 6 attack against the U.S. Capitol took their own lives last month. Veteran Officer Gunther Hashida was found dead last week. Police confirmed to Nexstar that Hashida died by suicide, making him the fourth officer who responded to the Jan. 6 riot to take his own life. Officer Gunther Hashida, assigned to the Emergency Response Team within the Special Operations Division, was found deceased in his residence on Thursday, July 29. Officer Hashida joined MPD in May 2003. We are grieving as a Department as our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Hashida’s family and friends. D.C. Metropolitan Police Dept. PIO Hugh Carew Officer Kyle DeFreytag, who joined the department in November 2016, w...
Judge orders Arizona man who wore horns in Capitol riot to stay in jail
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Judge orders Arizona man who wore horns in Capitol riot to stay in jail

A federal judge in Washington has ruled that an Arizona man who stormed the U.S. Capitol two months ago while sporting face paint, no shirt and a furry hat with horns will remain jailed until his trial. Judge Royce Lamberth concluded Jacob Chansley’s willingness to resort to violence and refusal to follow police orders during the siege signal that he wouldn’t follow court-ordered conditions of release. Lamberth said Chansley doesn’t fully appreciate the severity of the charges against him and found none of Chansley’s “many attempts to manipulate the evidence and minimize the seriousness of his actions” to be persuasive. Another man arrested in the Jan. 6 insurrection, 60-year-old Richard Barnett, was also ordered to remain behind bars during a hearing last week . Barnett, w...
Bill Gates says Trump should be allowed back on social media ‘at some point’
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Bill Gates says Trump should be allowed back on social media ‘at some point’

Billionaire Microsoft co-founder, Bill Gates has stated that former U.S. president, Donald Trump should eventually have his social media accounts re-activated. Twitter cut the former president off from some 88 million followers after the deadly riot on Jan. 6, when a group of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol while Congress was certifying President Biden's victory, leaving five people, including a U.S. Capitol Police officer, dead. At the time, Twitter said that Trump's tweets posed "the risk of further incitement of violence." Facebook, Snapchat and Reddit also suspended Trump's online presence indefinitely following the attack. Now Gates says that social media companies should let President Trump back on their platforms, despite his "corrosive" election fraud claims. &...
Donald Trump’s Entire Legal Team Quits A Week Before Impeachment Trial
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Donald Trump’s Entire Legal Team Quits A Week Before Impeachment Trial

All five of the impeachment lawyers who were expected to represent former President Donald Trump have called it quits, sources told ABC News. The team, led by South Carolina lawyer Butch Bowers, resigned in part because of disagreements over how to mount Trump’s defense, the sources said. The lawyers had planned to argue the constitutionality of holding a trial given Trump is now a former president. The disagreements over strategy varied, sources told ABC News, but Trump wanted his team to argue there was election fraud, while the lawyers and some top advisers to the former president wanted the focus to remain on the constitutionality of a trial with the president no longer in office. A source close to the former president described the change as a "mutual decision" between th...
Woman accused of stealing laptop from Pelosi’s office during Capitol riot
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Woman accused of stealing laptop from Pelosi’s office during Capitol riot

Federal authorities arrested a woman whose former romantic partner says she took a laptop from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office during the riot at the U.S. Capitol earlier this month. Riley June Williams was arrested Monday, according to a Justice Department official. It’s not yet known when her initial court appearance will be. The FBI said in an arrest warrant Sunday that Williams hasn’t been charged with theft but only with illegally entering the Capitol and with disorderly conduct. FBI officials said a caller claiming to be an ex of Williams said friends of hers showed him a video of her taking a laptop computer or hard drive from Pelosi’s office. The caller alleged that she intended to send the device to a friend in Russia who planned to sell it to that country’s forei...
Two off-Duty Virginia Police officers arrested and charged for their roles in the U.S. Capitol riot
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Two off-Duty Virginia Police officers arrested and charged for their roles in the U.S. Capitol riot

Two off-duty police officers in Virginia have been arrested and charged in connection to the deadly breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Rocky Mount Police officers Jacob Fracker and Thomas Robertson were arrested Wednesday January 13, after they were photographed inside the Capitol making an obscene gesture in front of the John Stark statute, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia announced. In a photo included as an exhibit in the criminal complaint, the men were seen posing in front of the statue with their fingers raised. A social media post was also included in the complaint. In the post, Robertson said “CNN and the Left are just mad because we actually attacked the government who is the problem and not some random small business ... The right IN ONE DAY...
Germany’s Merkel: Trump’s Twitter Eviction ‘Problematic’
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Germany’s Merkel: Trump’s Twitter Eviction ‘Problematic’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel considers U.S. President Donald Trump's eviction from Twitter by the company “problematic,” her spokesman said Monday. Twitter permanently suspended Trump from the microblogging platform on Friday, citing a “risk of further incitement of violence” in the wake of the storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of the outgoing president. Asked about Twitter's decision, Merkel's spokesman, Steffen Seibert said the operators of social media platforms “bear great responsibility for political communication not being poisoned by hatred, by lies and by incitement to violence.” “The fundamental right to freedom of opinion is a fundamental right of elementary importance, and this fundamental right can be interfered with, but through the law and within the fr...
EndSARS Promoters Must Be Prosecuted – Festus Keyamo
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EndSARS Promoters Must Be Prosecuted – Festus Keyamo

Those who led nationwide protests demanding extensive police reforms with the #EndSARS hashtag must be prosecuted, says Festus Keyamo. Mr Keyamo, a junior labour and employment minister stated this today while speaking with Peoples Gazette on the recent blockade of the U.S capitol. Supporters of outgoing president Donald Trump had on Wednesday invaded the parliament in a bid to halt the confirmation of Joe Biden as the next leader of the foreign country. While the invaders where arrested by the police, Mr Trump’s social media accounts were deactivated after he sent out messages suggesting he supports their actions. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter said they prohibited Mr Trump from further using their platforms over the latter’s choice of words which are inciting. For the...
Cardi B, 50 cent and others express ‘Embarrasment’ after Trump supporters storm U.S Capitol
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Cardi B, 50 cent and others express ‘Embarrasment’ after Trump supporters storm U.S Capitol

A massive crowd of protestors supporting President Donald Trump violently clashed with law enforcement Wednesday (Jan. 6) storming the U.S. Capitol and sending the building into lockdown. The chaos came amid the vote from lawmakers to certify Joe Biden’s presidential victory. Amid the turmoil, a number of celebrities have taken to Twitter to share outrage, embarrassment and shock over the state of America.
Pence Hits Breaking Point With Trump In Blessing Biden’s Win
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Pence Hits Breaking Point With Trump In Blessing Biden’s Win

Donald Trump’s relationship with his most loyal lieutenant, Mike Pence, splintered on Wednesday after the vice president defied the president’s call to overturn his loss in the November election. Trump attacked Pence on Twitter after the vice president announced he lacked the power to throw out Electoral College votes cast for President-elect Joe Biden. Pence, the president tweeted, “didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done.” Desperate to cling to power, Trump turned what is normally a drama-free joint session of Congress to ratify the election results into a loyalty test for Pence. The gambit had catastrophic results, not just for the relationship between the president and vice president but also for the peaceful transition of power. Pro-Trump protesters viole...
Republicans’ Bid To Overturn Joe Biden’s Victory Ends
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Republicans’ Bid To Overturn Joe Biden’s Victory Ends

The Republican bid to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's victory ended early Thursday morning after the Senate voted 92-7 to dismiss a challenge to Pennsylvania's Electoral College vote. The vote ended a nearly 12-hour saga that saw supporters of President Donald Trump mobbing the U.S. Capitol, in a violent incident that left four dead. Senators had returned to their chamber to debate an objection sponsored by Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley after midnight. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who told GOP senators not to engage in this effort to begin with, skipped two hours of permitted debate and went straight for a vote. Hawley was joined by his co-accomplice, Sen. Ted Cruz, as well as Florida Sen. Rick Scott, Mississippi Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and newly minted...
Biden Calls On Trump Supporters To ‘Pull Back,’ Urges Decency
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Biden Calls On Trump Supporters To ‘Pull Back,’ Urges Decency

President-elect Joe Biden called Wednesday for the restoration of “just simple decency” as a mob incited by his predecessor stormed the U.S. Capitol and delayed Congress from certifying the results of November's election in which Biden won the White House. Biden had planned to deliver a speech focused on how to revive an economy and provide financial relief for small business owners reeling from the coronavirus pandemic from his native Delaware. But shortly before he was to begin speaking, demonstrators broke into the capital, reaching as far as the House floor. The building was locked down and police with guns drawn moved in as Vice President Mike Pence and lawmakers were evacuated to secure locations. National Guard troops were deployed and a citywide curfew called for shortly ...

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