The Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol featured emotional testimony from four officers who fought off insurrectionists at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th and the makeup of the panel could spell trouble for Donald Trump, according to Punchbowl News reporter Jake Sherman.
U.S. Capitol Police officer Sgt. Aquilino Gonell, officer Harry Dunn, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department officer Michael Fanone, and officer Daniel Hodges testified before the committee, which only includes two Republicans after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy's nominations.
In her opening remarks, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) described herself by saying, "I have been a conservative Republican since 1984 when I first voted for Ronald Reagan." Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) said, "I am a Republican, I am a conservative, but in order to heal from the damage caused that day, we need to call out the facts. It's time to stop the outrage and conspiracies that fuel violence and division in our country, and most importantly, we need to reject those that promote it."
Sherman explained to Chuck Todd on MSNBC on Tuesday that former President Donald Trump likely isn't happy to see that there are two members of the committee identifying as conservative Republicans who are not interested in defending him.
"If I were Donald Trump, Chuck, I would be less than pleased that this is going down without any sort of meaningful rebuttal, although I am not sure what you can deflect because the facts are so clear. Nothing from his wing of the party at all," he explained.
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Newsmax cuts away from Officer Fanone's testimony and airs guest blaming 'BLM and antifa' for Capitol riot
While airing D.C. Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone's emotional testimony at the first House committee hearing to investigate the Capitol insurrection this Tuesday, the right-wing pro-Trump network Newsmax cut away to a guest who disparaged Fanone's testimony, claiming that the attack on the U.S. Capitol was actually carried out by left-wing factions.
Fanone, who was tased, beaten and stripped of his badge, said lawmakers who deny the violence of Jan. 6 are "betray[ing] their oath of office."
But as Fanone spoke, Newsmax cut to former Texas state legislator Rick Green, who said that it's nice to "finally hear Democrats say nice things about police officers."
"If this was a real investigation, we'd be asking ... who gave the stand down order? Why were there not enough police officers there? And, I gotta say, one of the officers said, you know, 'Donald Trump was egging [the mob] on instead of sending help' -- Donald Trump wanted more military presence there and more police officers there, and it was turned down, so why did Nancy Pelosi allow this situation to happen in the first place?"
"And why are we not asking the questions about all the video that we've seen of the Capitol police officers literally removing the barricades and inviting people into the Capitol?" he continued. "What they're after here is to take the ones that should be in jail for the violence and attacking police officers, taking those few, and trying to make it look like anybody that supported Donald Trump was a part of that. In fact, that was FBI informants, antifa, BLM, very radical anti-Trump people, we already know that, who were involved in this."
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The man accused of killing eight people at a string of Atlanta-area spas pleaded guilty on Tuesday to four murder charges, ensuring he will spend the rest of his life in prison, local media reported.
A judge in Cherokee County, Georgia where one of the spas was located, sentenced Robert Aaron Long to four life sentences without parole, plus 35 years, based on a plea deal that spared the 22-year-old from the death penalty, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
However Long could still face capital punishment for the killing of four other victims in Fulton County, where Atlanta is located, with the district attorney saying she will seek the death penalty as well as an enhanced sentence for hate crimes.
Defense lawyer Daran Burns had urged the Cherokee County judge to accept the plea deal, saying Long understands "the gravity of his actions," according to the paper.
Long was arrested hours after opening fire in three Asian massage parlors on March 16 in Atlanta and its surroundings, later admitting to the crime.
Six of the eight victims were women of Asian origin, with Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis saying in a court filing that Long selected his victims because of their "actual or perceived race, national origin, sex, and gender."
However, during his interrogation, Long, who is white, denied he had been motivated by racial hatred, claiming instead he had a sexual addiction and wanted to "eliminate" a temptation.
The targeting of women of Asian origin stoked fears in an Asian-American population already alarmed by a surge in hate crimes during the coronavirus pandemic.
The crime sparked rallies of thousands of people in major cities in the United States and Canada days after the shooting to denounce anti-Asian racism.
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