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Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), who serves on the House select committee investigating the attack, recently confronted Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) for spreading debunked conspiracy theories accusing FBI agents of fomenting the riot, and the "Morning Joe" host said that was emblematic of the GOP's response to the insurrection.
"The first part of Jamie Raskin's conversation there, he explains how they had come to an agreement with Republicans," Scarborough said. "They had actually sent their proposals to Republicans, who were taking part in the process and then, as he said, right as the clip began, the cult leader, as he called Donald Trump, the cult leader vetoed it. This is just a self-own by Republicans. They had a chance to actually participate in this process, and they said no to a bipartisan investigation when you had [Sen.] Joe Manchin trying to apply pressure on Republicans, whom he was trying to work with, saying, 'Come on, this is something you don't play politics with, you all should be involved in this for the betterment of the Senate, the House, this country.'"
"They refused," he added. "Then, of course, you had House Republicans, Democrats talking together, working together, and Democrats passing proposals to Republicans who would send proposals back to Democrats and they had actually agreed to work together, and then Donald Trump vetoed it. So here we are with Republicans on the outside of this process and complaining about it when time and time again they had an opportunity to participate, and they just refused to do it. So they turned this entirely over to the Democratic party and [Reps.] Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger."
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Raskin, who taught constitutional law before entering Congress, began by calling out Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) before singling out Reps. Chip Roy (R-TX) and Lauren Boebert (R-CO) for what he called their championing of the "insurrectionist theory of the Second Amendment."
Quoting Gaetz proclaiming the 2nd Amendment, "is about maintaining within the citizenry the ability to maintain an armed rebellion against the government, if that becomes necessary,” Raskin shot back that the Florida Republican is stretching the truth.
"This purported right to overthrow the government means that the people must enjoy access to weapons that are wholly unnecessary for hunting or self-defense, such as military-style assault weapons," the Democratic lawmaker warned before citing Boebert's claim "that the Second Amendment 'has nothing to do with hunting, unless you’re talking about hunting tyrants, maybe.'"
According to Raskin, "Statements such as these were irresponsible enough before Jan. 6. Today, such talk courts disaster. It valorizes the brutality of the worst insurrectionary domestic attack at the Capitol in U.S. history, freezes our ability to pass reasonable gun safety legislation and justifies even more deadly political violence."
"It is essential to reject the myth that frustrated citizens have a Second Amendment right to raise arms against the government — an outrageous betrayal of our Constitution," he added.
Raskin went on to point out that the Constitution already has provisions for insurrections.
"The Constitution treats insurrection and rebellion as political dangers, not protected rights," he argued. "Article I gives Congress the power to 'provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the Union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions.' The guarantee clause in Article IV tells the United States to guarantee a republican form of government to the states and protect them 'against invasion; and on application of the legislature, or of the executive (when the legislature cannot be convened) against domestic violence.' These provisions followed Shays’ Rebellion, an armed uprising in Massachusetts in the 1780s."
He also noted, in a pointed barb at GOP lawmakers who continue to excuse the assault on the Capitol in an effort to overturn Donald Trump 2020 presidential election loss, that the 14th Amendment contains a provision that bans from "... public office anyone who had sworn an oath to support the Constitution but then participated in 'insurrection or rebellion' against the United States."
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The two Nord Stream gas pipelines linking Russia and Europe have been hit by unexplained leaks, Scandinavian authorities said Tuesday, raising suspicions of sabotage.
The pipelines have been at the centre of geopolitical tensions in recent months as Russia cut gas supplies to Europe in suspected retaliation against Western sanctions following its invasion of Ukraine.
While the pipelines, which are operated by a consortium majority-owned by Russian gas giant Gazprom, are not currently in operation, they both still contain gas but the environmental impact appeared limited so far.
A leak was first reported on Nord Stream 2 on Monday.
"Authorities have now been informed that there have been another two leaks on Nord Stream 1, which likewise is not in operation but contains gas," Danish climate and energy minister Dan Jorgensen told AFP in a statement on Tuesday.
"It is too early to say anything about the causes of the incidents," the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities said in a statement.
Denmark's energy agency has, however, called for "higher levels of preparedness in the electricity and gas sector" in the country, Jorgensen said.
Russia said it was "extremely concerned" about the situation.
Asked by reporters whether it could be an act of sabotage, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that at the moment "it is impossible to exclude any options".
The Danish energy agency said only the area where the gas plume is located will be affected by the leak, but methane escaping into the atmosphere has a "climate-damaging effect", according to the Ritzau news agency.
"Gas pipeline leaks are extremely rare and we therefore see a reason to increase the level of preparedness following the incidents we have witnessed over the past 24 hours," director of the Danish Energy Agency Kristoffer Bottzauw said in a statement.
"We want to ensure thorough monitoring of Denmark's critical infrastructure in order to strengthen security of supply in the future," he added.
Ola Westberg, spokesman for the Swedish Energy Agency, told AFP on Tuesday that no decision had been taken yet and that they "were in dialogue with Denmark."
Built in parallel to the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, Nord Stream 2 was intended to double the capacity for Russian gas imports to Germany.
But Berlin blocked newly-completed Nord Stream 2 in the days before the war.
Germany, which has been highly dependent on imports of fossil fuels from Russia to meet its energy needs, has since come under acute stress as Moscow has dwindled supplies.
Russian energy giant Gazprom progressively reduced the volumes of gas being delivered via Nord Stream 1 until it shut the pipeline completely at the end of August, blaming Western sanctions for the delay of necessary repairs to the pipeline.
Germany has rebuffed Gazprom's technical explanation for the cut, instead accusing Moscow of wielding energy as a weapon amid tensions over the war in Ukraine.
Meanwhile, German daily Tagesspiegel reported that "the Nord Stream pipelines may have been damaged by targeted attacks and leaked as a result".
According to a source close to the government and relevant authorities, quoted in the newspaper, "everything speaks against a coincidence".
"We cannot imagine a scenario that is not a targeted attack," the source said.
The Nord Stream 1 leaks were first spotted Monday evening, hours after a drop in pressure was reported in Nord Stream 2, according to the Swedish Maritime Administration (SMA).
"Around 8:00 pm (1800 GMT) we received a report from a passing ship saying they saw something on their radar a little further north of the island of Bornholm," Fredrik Stromback, spokesman for the SMA, told AFP.
As a result of the leaks, navigational warnings have been issued for a distance of five nautical miles and a flight height of 1,000 meters (3,280 feet).
"The incidents on the two pipelines have no impact on the supply to Denmark," Jorgensen said.