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Judge Gives Prison to Rioter With 'Gobbledygook' Defense

Washington state's Taylor James Johnatakis, 39, was convicted of 3 felonies

(Newser) - A federal judge who called a Jan. 6 defendant's arguments at trial "gobbledygook" sentenced him to seven years in prison on Wednesday, citing the man's lack of remorse. Judge Royce Lamberth said he had concerns that Taylor James Johnatakis would commit violence again if given the opportunity,...

SCOTUS: Yes, 'Cowboy Pastor' Can Be Banned From Office

Justices reject appeal of Couy Griffin over losing county commissioner seat over Jan. 6 insurrection

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from a former New Mexico county commissioner who was kicked out of office over his participation in the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the US Capitol. Former Otero County commissioner Couy Griffin, a cowboy pastor who rode to national fame by embracing...

Board Game 'Celebrates the Violence' of Jan. 6

TrueAnon's 'Storm the Capitol' game, at $64.99, pits 'patriots' against police

(Newser) - On the third anniversary of the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the US Capitol, Americans can do it all over again—on a game board. "Storm the Capitol—TrueAnon Edition," a board game in which players relive the riot, will be released Saturday, per Newsweek . Created by the...

Trump: It's Biden, Not Me, Who's an Insurrectionist

Former president references his own plea for supporters to protest 'peacefully and patriotically'

(Newser) - President Biden says he agrees with a Colorado court's assessment that Donald Trump is an insurrectionist. On Thursday, Trump fired back. "I'm not an Insurrectionist ("PEACEFULLY & PATRIOTICALLY"), Crooked Joe Biden is!!!" the former president wrote on Truth Social, per the Messenger . The line...

Court: Jan. 6 Civil Suits Against Trump Are a Go
Bad News Part II
for Trump on Legal Front

Bad News Part II for Trump on Legal Front

After decision on claims of presidential immunity in civil case, judge in DC criminal case rules similarly

(Newser) - An appeals court on Friday rejected former President Donald Trump's request to dismiss a set of civil lawsuits against him due to what he claimed was presidential immunity on things he did and said after the 2020 election. Later that day, Judge Tanya Chutkan similarly rebuffed Trump's claims...

House Speaker Starts Releasing Jan. 6 Footage

Mike Johnson says he'll eventually post 44K hours' worth of video from the attack on US Capitol

(Newser) - House Speaker Mike Johnson said Friday he plans to publicly release thousands of hours of footage from the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol, making good on a promise he made to far-right members of his party when he was campaigning for the job. "This decision will...

Trump's Post-Insurrection Interview Airs

He claimed he was prevented from going to Capitol, where he would've been 'very well received'

(Newser) - An audio clip of former President Trump discussing his plans on Jan. 6, 2021, that aired Thursday on CNN may become valuable evidence for the prosecution in his election interference case, experts say. In an interview with ABC News' chief Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl, recorded two months after the insurrection,...

Jan. 6 Defendant Questions Son Who Turned Him In

Court exchange was surprisingly civil, with Brian Mock expressing love and forgiveness

(Newser) - A Jan. 6 defendant had the opportunity to question the son who turned him in to the FBI last week as he represented himself in a bench trial hearing that "turned into a kind of family therapy session," NBC News reports. Ultimately, both men expressed love for each...

Capitol Rioter Who Carried Zip Ties Is Convicted
Capitol Rioter
Is Sentenced

Another Capitol Rioter Is Sentenced

Larry Brock Jr., who carried zip-ties, is sentenced to two years

(Newser) - Another Capitol rioter has learned his fate—in this case two years in prison. Larry Brock Jr., a retired Air Force officer who entered the Capitol in combat gear and carrying zip-tie handcuffs, received that sentence in a DC federal courtroom on Friday, reports the AP . US District Judge John...

Arrest Warrants Issued for Jan. 6 Defendants Who Have Vanished

One of them was supposed to go on trial Monday

(Newser) - Olivia Pollock's trial on charges that she attacked police during the January 6, 2021, breach of the US Capitol was set to begin Monday in Washington, DC—but Pollock was nowhere to be found. An arrest warrant has been issued for the Florida woman, CNN reports. The FBI is...

Woman Accused of Stealing Pelosi's Laptop Convicted on 6 Counts

Though not, however, the one involving the laptop

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania woman linked to the far-right “Groyper” movement was convicted Monday of several federal charges after prosecutors said she was part of a group that stormed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office during the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol, the AP reports. Riley June Williams...

Witness at Surprise Jan. 6 Hearing Is Revealed

Cassidy Hutchinson, former aide to Mark Meadows, will testify

(Newser) - A onetime top aide to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows will testify in Tuesday's surprise Jan. 6 hearing , the sixth this month, multiple outlets are reporting. Cassidy Hutchinson, who attended meetings between Meadows and House Republicans who worked to overturn the 2020 election, will testify publicly...

In Jan. 6 Texts, Militia Members Said Trump Doctor 'Needs Protection'

Oath Keepers discussed protecting several Trump allies during riot

(Newser) - Members of the far-right militia group the Oath Keepers discussed providing protection to some of then-President Trump's top allies surrounding the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, including Republican Rep. Ronny Jackson, Roger Stone, and Michael Flynn, newly-released text messages show. Several group members—including Joshua James, who has pleaded guilty...

Pelosi's Lectern Is Back on the Job
Rioter Who Grabbed
Pelosi's Lectern Is 'Ashamed'

Rioter Who Grabbed Pelosi's Lectern Is 'Ashamed'

Adam Johnson sentenced to 75 days over the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol

(Newser) - Updated: A Capitol rioter photographed with Nancy Pelosi's lectern is going to prison, though not for long. A federal judge on Friday sentenced Adam Johnson of Florida to 75 days in prison, plus a $5,000 fine for his role in the Jan. 6 events, reports NBC News . Johnson...

After Graham Balks at Pardons for Rioters, a Trump Slam

'He's a RINO,' former president tells Newsmax

(Newser) - Donald Trump has added another Republican to his list of supposed RINOs : his ally Lindsey Graham. The former president lobbed the insult—that's "Republican in name only"—at the Republican senator from South Carolina on Tuesday after Graham refused to back the idea of presidential pardons for...

Judge Doesn't Believe Accused Attacker Was Trying to Help

Man charged with taking DC cop's badge, radio denied bond in hearing Friday

(Newser) - The man who took DC cop Michael Fanone’s badge and radio said he was just trying to help, and a federal judge isn’t buying it. Thomas Sibick has been in jail since he was arrested in mid-March on several charges including assaulting police, WUSA reports. In a hearing...

Six Capitol Insurrection Officers Recommended For Discipline

'Violations were sustained'

(Newser) - The US Capitol Police said Saturday it has recommended disciplinary action in six cases after an internal review of officer behavior stemming from the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol. The department's Office of Professional Responsibility opened 38 internal investigations and was able to identify 26 of...

McCarthy Pulls All Jan. 6 Picks After Pelosi Objects to 2

He refuses to submit any names after Pelosi rejects Trump allies

(Newser) - House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy submitted his picks for the committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack Tuesday. But the Republican included two congressmen, Reps. Jim Banks of Indiana and Jim Jordan of Ohio, who vocally supported objections to finishing the electoral vote count and formalizing President Biden’s election....

Judge Orders 'QAnon Shaman' to Take Competency Exam

Lawyer argues months in prison have caused client to deteriorate

(Newser) - The man who wore no shirt, a fur-lined hat with horns, face paint, and carried a spear with a flag on it into the US Capitol Building during the Jan. 6 attack has been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation. You may know Jacob Anthony Chansley as Jake Angeli...

US Capitol Police Still Fleeing Months After Attack

Union says around 70 Capitol Police have left due to trauma and budget woes

(Newser) - Over 70 members of the US Capitol Police have left the department in the wake of the January 6 attack by followers of former President Donald Trump. Per Politico , that number was cited by the department's union, whose chair, Gus Papathanasiou, blamed budget woes and the lingering trauma of...

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