DC Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone shut down a right-wing conspiracy theory about what happened to him on January 6th during testimony before the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol.
"Forgive me for these questions, but I've got to ask you," Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) said.
"Apparently in some nether regions of the internet it's being said that you, Officer Fanone, were mistaken for antifa and that's why you were nearly beaten to death that day and carried into the crowd," Raskin noted.
The conspiracy theory has been pushed by Newsmax personality Greg Kelly.
Is it possible FANONE was mistaken for ANTIFA ? He often, for media appearances, has worn all Black but no insigni… https://t.co/y6DewLfvpO— Greg Kelly The PROJECT is Secret (@Greg Kelly The PROJECT is Secret) 1627395941.0
The tweet came seven minutes after Kelly noted Fanone was wearing his uniform when he responded to the Capitol, something the plainclothes officer had not done in a decade.
First time in a decade he put on a uniform and just showed up. This haphazard response is PART OF THE PROBLEM.— Greg Kelly The PROJECT is Secret (@Greg Kelly The PROJECT is Secret) 1627395539.0
"Is there any way that you were mistaken for antifa?" Raskin asked Fanone.
"Well, I was in full uniform. I was -- like I said, wearing my uniform shirt adorned with the Metropolitan Police Department's patch," he explained. "I had my badge on until someone ripped it off my chest. I do not believe I was mistaken for a member of antifa."
Kelly later tweeted: "None of these cops can be trusted with weapons. Resign."
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The Washington Post editorial board is calling on the Democrats' January 6 select committee to subpoena Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump, his son-in-law Jared Kushner, and former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.
"Top of the list is precisely what then-President Donald Trump did before, during and after the attack," they wrote in a Tuesday op-ed. "How did he prepare his speech preceding the insurrection, in which he told the crowd to fight? What did he anticipate his audience's reaction would be? When did he know the pro-Trump mob was threatening the Capitol?"
The board added: "Answering such questions calls for subpoenaing former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows; Mr. Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner; and other White House aides with useful information."
According to a forthcoming book by the Washington Post journalists Carol D. Leonnig and Philip Rucker, Ivanka Trump attempted to calm the former president down on the day of January 6, encouraging him to call off the violent riot – a request Trump repeatedly rebuffed.
"I'm going down to my dad. This has to stop," she reportedly told her aides while spending "several hours walking back and forth" from the Oval Office in an effort to defuse the situation.
In their op-ed, the Post's editorial board also called on the select committee to investigate a number of top Trump allies in Congress, including Reps. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Mo Brooks, R-Ala., Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala, all of whom, the Post reports, may have interacted with Trump on the day of the insurrection. McCarthy, who voted in favor of overturning the 2020 election, has been adamantly opposed to the Democratic-backed select committee and has often downplayed Trump's role in the insurgency. However, back in February, just a month after the riot, CNN reported that Trump and McCarthy had gotten into a "shouting match" over the former president's refusal to tell the rioters to stand down.
"Well, Kevin," Trump told McCarthy over the phone. "I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are."
"Who the f--k do you think you are talking to?" the lawmaker responded.
CNN also reported that Rep. Tuberville spoke with Trump on the day of the riot, calling the former president via phone to announce that Mike Pence, the former vice president, had been evacuated in time to avoid the violent horde.
The phone call has since come under scrutiny in the light of Trump's tweet attacking Pence less than ten minutes after the call.
It's not clear whether Rep. Brooks spoke with Trump on the day of the riot. However, the Alabama lawmaker did deliver a White House-approved speech during the "Stop the Steal" rally just outside the Capitol building, where he bandied Trump's election lies and told Trump's supporters: "Today is the day American patriots start taking down names."
Brooks has since personally disavowed the riot, directly attributing Trump for inciting the violence on January 6.
The Post's editorial board also argued that lawmakers should put the leaders of far-right extremists groups on the stand – particularly leaders "at the center of the violence" – as well as
Justice Department and Capitol Police officials who "failed to anticipate the riot."
Months after the riot, it was reported in various media that the Pentagon had denied multiple requests to deploy the National Guard, even as the chaos was unfolding. Capitol Police also reportedly had extensive intelligence that there would be violence on January 6, but the former Capitol Police chief dismissed the concerns as alarmist.
Unvaccinated teen with COVID-19 put into a medically-induced coma as cases surge in Florida: 'This virus is not a joke' – she 'was 100% healthy'
A South Florida teenager is in a medically-induced coma and has been placed on a ventilator after being diagnosed with COVID-19, according to local news outlet WPLG.
Paulina Velasquez, 15, reportedly planned to get vaccinated but hadn't received her first shot. Her vaccinated mother tested positive for the virus but only experienced mild symptoms.
"I just want to tell people this virus is not a joke, it's a real thing," Paulina's brother Tomas Velasquez told WPLG. "Before this, my sister was 100% healthy. Fifteen-year-old girl, always wore her mask, never took it off in public and this still managed to happen."
While children historically have not been hit that hard by the virus, Paulina's case is a reminder that children are not immune and severe illness in children due to COVID is still an occurrence.
The teen's family has set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for medical expenses.
"It's very hard, my heart is broken into a million pieces," said Paulina's mom. "I keep asking God, why, why my daughter, why not me in that bed?"
According to FloridaPolitics.com, COVID-19 cases are surging in South Florida's tri-county area. But now that vaccines are widely available, the death toll has not reached the highs seen last summer.
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