On Thursday, CBS News' Scott MacFarlane reported that federal prosecutors are urging a judge to deny pretrial release to Stewart Rhodes, longtime leader of the far-right paramilitary group the Oath Keepers, and order him into pretrial detention, ahead of a hearing on the matter scheduled for Monday.
"A grand jury has found probable cause to charge Rhodes with initiating and leading a conspiracy to forcibly oppose the lawful transfer of power in the United States," said the court filing. "It is difficult to imagine conduct that poses a graver risk to our society."
\u201cIt is difficult to imagine conduct that poses a graver risk to our society\u201d\n\nFeds file motion seeking pretrial detention for OathKeepers founder Stewart Rhodes in seditious conspiracy case. Hearing Monday\n\nFeds \u201cRhodes set in motion his co-conspirators attack on the Capitol\u201dpic.twitter.com/1GsgKERxIz— Scott MacFarlane (@Scott MacFarlane) 1642725774
The Oath Keepers are a group consisting mainly of current and former law enforcement and military, who swear an "oath" to uphold an extremist view of the Constitution and refuse to follow orders they consider unlawful. They were heavily involved in the planning for the January 6 insurrection, and are a key focus of prosecution for the attack, with Rhodes and 10 others charged with seditious conspiracy.
The recommendation of pretrial detention for Rhodes comes on the same day that another high-level Oath Keepers defendant, Edward Vallejo, was also denied release.
Rhodes' estranged wife, Tasha Adams, has described him as a "complete sociopath" and a "dangerous man" in interviews.
Former President Donald Trump's one-time "fixer," attorney Michael Cohen, is calling on state and federal prosecutors — as well as Democrats in Congress — to speed up their investigations into his old boss.
Appearing on MSNBC on Thursday night, Cohen reacted to a letter from the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol insurrection to Ivanka Trump, in which congressional investigators detailed the former first daughter's efforts to get her father to call off his supporters on Jan. 6.
Asked by host Joy Reid whether Ivanka Trump had enough influence over her father to "talk him down," Cohen responded, "Absolutely not."
"People overestimate Ivanka's — we'll call it control — over Donald," he said. "Nobody has control over Donald, not even Donald himself, and so the notion that just Ivanka sitting there in the dining room off the Oval Office saying 'Daddy, daddy this needs to stop, somebody's going to get killed.' We already know this to be true."
Cohen added that the Select Committee has taken testimony from more than 300 people.
"We already know all this stuff," he said. "We have the text messages. We have the emails. You have the verbal depositions of these individuals. I understand the point about taking this investigation slow, making sure that it sticks, making sure that Donald and his cohorts don't get a chance to slip away, that it needs to be rock solid, but ... we'd like to see it move a tad bit faster."
Cohen also predicted that Ivanka Trump will refuse to testify before the committee.
"How many more people do we have to listen to when we already know?" he said. "We saw it with our own eyes, we heard it with our own ears. People died, they attacked the Capitol, they attacked the police officers. This was a coup. Anyone who doesn't think that it was a coup is a kook."
Cohen went on to say that he's more optimistic about investigations of his former boss by New York Attorney General Letitia James, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, and the Fulton County, Georgia prosecutor.
"It's my true belief that that's where we're going to finally see that no one is above the law, where we're going to see justice be had," he said. "We can all blame (Attorney General) Merrick Garland. This one is really on (President) Joe Biden, it's on (Vice President) Kamala Harris. They're the ones that need to be speaking to Merrick Garland and to really push this thing a little bit faster."
"I'm not for these expedited hearings, these expedited indictments, I'm all for methodical," Cohen added. "But again, we've now spoken to 300-plus people.
"They all have the goods," he said. "(Letitia) James has the goods on (the) Trumps, so does the (Manhattan) district attorney, so does the Georgia (prosecutor), and so does the federal government. And it's really time to start to act."
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'She has fallen short': Kyrsten Sinema slammed by Arizona Dem Party for failing to stand up for voting rights
On Thursday, in a highly unusual move, the Arizona Democratic Party publicly condemned their own senator in a press release, sharply criticizing Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) for her vote against reforming Senate rules to pass a pair of voting rights bills.
"Unfortunately, the US Senate failed to protect our democracy that is under attack by Republicans across the country," said ADP Chair Raquel Terán. “This should not be a partisan issue — the duty to protect our most fundamental right to vote is one that we all share. Despite last night’s outcome, our fight to protect the rights of Arizonans by passing the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act continues."
"We were counting on Senator Sinema to fight for Arizona, find a path forward, and protect our democracy, but on this issue she has fallen short," continued the statement. "Right now, Arizona is ground-zero for the modern-day fight for voting rights, and we don’t have any time to waste.”
The Freedom to Vote Act would abolish partisan gerrymandering and establish a minimum standard of voting access for all voters nationwide, prohibiting many tactics Republicans use to restrict the vote like making it hard to register or to vote by mail. The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act would restore key voting rights protections gutted by the Supreme Court.
Sinema has endorsed both of these bills, but opposes any change to the filibuster rule in the Senate, which allows Republicans to perpetually block both pieces of legislation. Her fellow Arizona senator, Mark Kelly, supports such a change, as do all other Senate Democrats except for Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV).
This debate comes as key Arizona Republican candidates for office, like Kari Lake, have endorsed former President Donald Trump's Big Lie that the 2020 election was stolen and even called on election officials to be arrested.