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On Tuesday, the Idaho Statesman reported that a Boise woman who pleaded guilty to multiple charges stemming from the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol has been sentenced to 2 months in jail.
"Pam Hemphill of Boise will also be on probation for three years and must pay a $500 fine, U.S. District Senior Judge Royce Lamberth said," reported Rebecca Boone. "Hemphill pleaded guilty earlier this year to one misdemeanor count of parading, demonstrating or picketing in the Capitol Building. In exchange, prosecutors dropped three additional misdemeanor charges."
"Like many other defendants who have been charged in connection with the siege, Hemphill posted videos to social media sites that showed her in Washington, D.C., in the days surrounding the insurrection and at the Capitol when it was happening," continued the report. "Hemphill told the judge that she regrets everything she said and did on Jan. 6. She said she intended to record the protest but got caught up in the moment."
The "caught up in the moment" defense has been used by several Capitol rioters, including Robert Ehmke of Glendora, California, who was caught on tape smashing a window to allow entry to other attackers.
Lamberth did not accept Hemphill's request for leniency, saying, “Because it’s such a serious event in the history of our country, that I have to agree with the government’s recommendation in this case, I believe there has to be a penalty when there is a serious offense like this.”
Nearly 850 people have been charged for their roles in the Capitol insurrection. Charges range from misdemeanor picketing and trespassing to assaulting police officers, and, in the case of paramilitary Oath Keepers leaders, seditious conspiracy.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced record turnout as he sought to fend off a Trump-backed primary challenge.
"As polls in Georgia close on primary day, the Secretary of State’s Office is projecting that the state will break its turnout numbers from 2018, meaning more than 300,000 will have cast a ballot by the close of the polls for a total of more than 1.2 million in the primary," The Washington Post reported shortly after the polls closed.
Raffensperger is being challenged by Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) after refusing Donald Trump's demands to overturn the 2020 presidential election in the state.
"The state’s record-breaking numbers underscore Georgians’ high engagement in a state where access to the ballot is again defining politics," the newspaper reported. "Voting rights organizations claim that the high voter turnout is despite restrictive election laws passed by Georgia Republicans, while conservative lawmakers argue that claims that their election policies would lead to voter suppression have been proved unfounded."
Trump is also backing former Sen. David Perdue's campaign against Gov. Brian Kemp, also for refusing to overturn the 2020 election.
In the state's Senate race, former footballer Herschel will be facing off against Sen. Raphael Warnock.
Controversial Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is also on the ballot in first attempt at re-election.
Kevin McCarthy argues against subpoenas in amicus brief filed in support of Jan. 6 committee target Steve Bannon
On Tuesday, the right-wing Daily Caller reported that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) filed an amicus brief in favor of former Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon in his trial for contempt of Congress.
"In a motion to dismiss filed in April, Bannon and his attorneys argue that his contempt charges are unlawful because the Select Committee violates the rules of the House of Representatives due to its lack of a minority-appointed ranking member," reported Michael Ginsberg. "McCarthy’s brief supports that position, noting that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi described an ''unprecedented' approach to forming the Select Committee.'"
"'It is therefore not at all extraordinary that the House failed to contemplate the possibility of less than thirteen (13) Members being appointed upon passage of Resolution 503,' which requires the inclusion of thirteen committee members, including five appointed by the minority, McCarthy’s brief says."
McCarthy indeed did not appoint any Republican members to the committee, which was empaneled after Senate Republicans shot down a bipartisan 9/11-style Commission to look into the attack on the Capitol. However, this is not because Pelosi didn't allow it. Rather, she shot down two specific proposed members by McCarthy -- Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Jim Banks (R-IN), owing to their explicit public opposition to the existence of the committee and involvement with figures being investigated by it. McCarthy withdrew his other picks and boycotted the committee altogether after Pelosi's action.
McCarthy also opposed the establishment of the bipartisan commission, which would have given Republicans far more power over the proceedings. Also, even after declaring his boycott, Pelosi appointed two Republicans to serve on the committee, Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL).
Bannon was indicted for contempt of Congress after a blanket refusal to cooperate with the committee, claiming executive privilege — which legal experts believe does not apply in this case as Bannon was not a member of the White House on Jan. 6, 2021.