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Search warrant shows Trump is under investigation for possible Espionage Act violations

The Department of Justice search warrant for former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property indicates that the 45th president is under investigation for obstruction of justice and violations of the Espionage Act. 

The Wall Street Journal was first to report details of the warrant, and Daily Kos obtained it after it became part of the public record—when information contained therein could be independently confirmed.

Alex Jones sideswiped by exposure of his own texts in Sandy Hook trial

Conspiracy theory peddler Alex Jones admitted in court Wednesday that the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School was real, citing his newfound belief after a day of brutal testimony offered in court by the parents of one of the children who was murdered. 

Jones is trying to fend off a $150 million defamation lawsuit from the parents of Jesse Lewis, a 6-year-old boy who was shot and killed in the 2012 attack at a school in Newtown, Connecticut.

Pulling back from the ‘appalling descent’: An interview with Jan. 6 investigator Jamie Raskin

Jan. 6, 2021, was madness. Without a proper account of that day, the stain of its violence and betrayal, already indelibly etched into the national history, could continue to spread, shading and infiltrating every institution low and high until finally, this ‘great experiment’ collapses in on itself in a heap of dingy authoritarianism. 

For the last several weeks, the Select Committee Investigating the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S.

LIVE: Follow along with the Jan. 6 committee for its eighth public hearing, #2

Tonight the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol will convene its eighth public hearing where investigators will pore over a gutwrenching 187-minutes of former President Donald Trump’s dereliction during the Capitol attack.

Tonight’s hearing will start at 8 p.m. ET and it is expected to be the final public hearing.

LIVE: Follow along with the Jan. 6 committee for its eighth public hearing

Tonight the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol will convene its eighth public hearing, where investigators will pore over a gut-wrenching 187 minutes of former President Donald Trump’s dereliction during the Capitol attack. 

Tonight’s hearing will start at 8 PM ET and is expected to be the final public hearing.

A cold drink for a crisis in 10 easy steps

This weekend, if you’re milling about the kitchen or backyard as America celebrates its Independence Day and you find yourself feeling, well, a little put off because the Supreme Court has decided you no longer have bodily autonomy, I offer you the following concoction to take the edge off. 

And if you don’t drink, congrats and I support you in your sobriety! This is for those of us who need this right now:

Disclaimer: Do not drink and drive.

Do not be distracted: Some key details that have emerged from the Jan. 6 probe

Between the Supreme Court and the U.S. Capitol, Americans are currently caught between two major historic events that have now collided: Most recently the overturn of Roe v. Wade, and before that affront to human rights, the investigation of the attack on the U.S. Capitol and the mounting and damning evidence of former President Donald Trump’s direct role in those insurrectionary acts.

Jan. 6 committee releases footage raising questions about Rep. Barry Loudermilk’s Capitol visitors

A man who appears to be seen taking photos of security checkpoints and hallways in the U.S. Capitol during a tour led by Republican Representative Barry Loudermilk on Jan. 5, 2021, is also allegedly seen—and heard—in footage captured from January 6 where he is outside of the Capitol screaming threats at Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and Reps. Jerry Nadler and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Three Big Lies about Jan. 6: A quick fact check

This week, opponents of the Jan. 6 committee’s investigation into the attack at the U.S. Capitol will form a united front.

In itself, this is not news. This has been the standard for the past 11 months, where right-wing talking points continue unabated even as investigators rack up more and more evidence, according to a federal judge, that former President Donald Trump was very likely part of a criminal conspiracy to overthrow the 2020 election.

Ex-GOP strategist fumes: Sarah Palin is a ‘degenerate liar’ and Meghan McCain is an ‘entitled bully’

Sarah Palin is running for a seat in the House of Representatives now that a vacancy has been left open by the late Don Young. Meghan McCain, the daughter of the late Arizona Sen. John McCain, is hawking a struggling memoir to renew interest in herself, and presumably in the “traditional values” of the Republican Party. 

Steve Schmidt is having none of it. And he had no problem airing out the reasons why over the weekend.

Jury will soon put ‘self-defense’ theory to test in trial of ex-cop charged with assaulting police

Grasping for a favorable verdict, ex-cop Thomas Webster has told jurors trying his case in Washington, D.C., that when he came to the Capitol on Jan. 6 and proceeded to charge a police officer with a metal pole before tackling him and choking him, it was just self-defense. 

The 56-year-old and his attorney have relied on Webster’s experience as a former U.S.

Why wouldn’t Mike Pence leave the Capitol on Jan. 6?

“I’m not getting in the car.”

This is what former Vice President Mike Pence said on Jan. 6, 2021 to Tim Giebels, the lead special agent tasked to protect him.

Thousands of rioters, many of them armed with weapons makeshift and otherwise, were laying siege to the U.S. Capitol while clamoring to hang him, the second person in line for the presidency of the United States. This conversation reportedly happened just before 2:30 PM.

Jan. 6 committee eyeing subpoena for Ginni Thomas

It’s going to be a long weekend for Ginni Thomas. 

The right-wing activist and Q-Anon conspiracy theory-spouting wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is reportedly on the cusp of receiving a subpoena from Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol, CBS reported Friday.

A lot of action on the Jan. 6 docket, including incoming cooperation from perps

Friday made for a very busy day in court as deals were struck, guilty pleas were entered and sentencing dates scheduled for defendants facing charges—including conspiracy—related to the Jan. 6 assault of the U.S. Capitol. 

First up before Senior Judge Royce Lamberth in Washington, D.C., was ex-police officer Jacob Fracker. The 30-year-old pleaded guilty Friday to corruptly conspiring to obstruct or impede the counting of votes by Congress on Jan. 6.

Late-night taco truck adventures pay off

It was after 9 PM on Isla Mujeres, a lovely little island in Mexico just off the edge of the Yucatan peninsula. I had been in-country for 24 hours. I had finished a dinner hours earlier of panuchos and taquitos but as a traveling woman with a ravenous appetite egged on by much mezcal, I accepted an invitation to search for good street food just before midnight.

Trump’s ex-adviser spells out 2020 election subversion scheme

Former White House trade adviser to former President Donald Trump, Peter Navarro, is currently shilling a memoir. In his book, In Trump Time, he says that it was he and conspiracy blowhard Steve Bannon that were responsible for coordinating an effort among congressional legislators to stop certification of Joe Biden’s win in 2020.

‘Performance artist’ Alex Jones sues Jan. 6 Committee

Fresh off his losses in court over harassing the parents of murdered school children, Alex Jones is now suing the Jan. 6 Committee in hopes of stopping investigators from reviewing records that they say are key to understanding precisely who was involved—and how—in Donald Trump’s scheme to overturn the 2020 election results.

Unsurprisingly, Jones indicated in his lawsuit filed at the U.S.

Elijah McClain’s family may receive $15M settlement

The family of Elijah McClain, a young Black man who died after police restrained him with a carotid hold—a now banned maneuver—may receive a $15 million settlement from the city of Aurora, Colorado.

First reported by CBS News, the settlement figure was confirmed by several sources to a local CBS affiliate and described as a “tentative” agreement.

McClain was 23 years old when he was killed in August 2019.