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The Department of Justice issued a subpoena to a documentary filmmaker who recorded much of the events around the Jan. 6 insurrection.
British filmmaker Alex Holder recorded hours of footage, including interviews with Donald Trump and his family, before and after the U.S. Capitol assault, and federal investigators asked him to testify before a grand jury in a subpoena issued the day newly appointed special counsel Jack Smith took over the probe, reported Politico's Ryan Lizza.
The subpoena doesn't appear to be connected to Trump himself, because the assistant U.S. attorney who signed the order has worked on prosecutions related to the riot.
DOJ investigators ordered Holder to turn over all of the recordings he made around the insurrection by Wednesday, and his testimony would not be necessary if he did, but they granted him an extension to comply by Jan. 30 because he apparently had been ill recently.
Holder has already testified behind closed doors to the House select committee investigating the insurrection.
\u201cNEWS: Jan. 6 investigators recently issued a grand jury subpoena to filmmaker Alex Holder, @RyanLizza scoops this AM. They want all@his raw footage.\n\nSee the subpoena, issued the same day Jack Smith took over the probe, here: https://t.co/pcNVc5B1Xp\u201d— Kyle Cheney (@Kyle Cheney) 1669894018
The convictions of two Oath Keepers leaders on seditious conspiracy charges puts new pressure on the Department of Justice to indict Donald Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection, according to veteran journalist Bob Woodward.
Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes and his lieutenant Kelly Meggs were found guilty this week for their roles in the U.S. Capitol assault, and other militia members were convicted on other charges, and Woodward told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" those cases would weigh on attorney general Merrick Garland and newly appointed special counsel Jack Smith.
"It gives them a strong basis," Woodward said. "I think we are now at this point that the Justice Department, the new special counsel is going to have to indict Trump or explain why they are not indicting him. Now, that's certainly possible that they won't -- prosecutors have discretion, but the case of the violation -- I'm sorry, it's technical 18 U.S.C. 371 -- conspiring, working to subvert a lawful function of government is right there in plain sight."
Garland responded to the Oath Keepers convictions by pledging to hold others accountable for trying to overturn the 2020 election, and the House Select Committee will decide soon whether to make a criminal referral to the Justice Department against the former president.
"In a way, they're interesting fodder for us to discuss," Woodward said, "but I really think if you get, you know, Garland is there talking about the dedication and efforts that people have made in doing this investigation. Dedication and effort is wonderful. What is most wonderful is evidence, and they have compelling evidence."
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'Loser' Ronna McDaniel is still the best RNC chair given the 'MAGA maniac' alternative: former Ted Cruz spokeswoman
Republican National Committee spokeswoman Ronna McDaniel has not exactly run up a stellar track record of electoral success during her tenure, but former Ted Cruz campaign spokeswoman Amanda Carpenter nonetheless believes that she's the best the GOP has to offer.
Even though the Republicans lost control of the House, Senate, and White House under McDaniel's watch, and even though the GOP gained a historically low number of seats in last month's midterm elections despite having an environment with high inflation and gas prices, McDaniel is still likely to hang on to power.
One reason, Carpenter explains in a new column at The Bulwark, is that the GOP has no plausible challengers outside of MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell.
Additionally, Carpenter believes that the party cannot possibly change until it acknowledges that its perpetual obedience to former President Donald Trump and its willingness to back his failed hand-picked candidates are preventing it from decisively winning elections.
As evidence, she cites a prophetic statement made by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) about poor candidate quality earlier this year that has since been buried for fear of offending the former president and his allies.
"Back in August, McConnell lowered expectations and warned about 'candidate quality,'" she writes. "And then he disappeared behind the curtain. Forget any discussion about how the roster of MAGA maniacs came to have standing in the party. Too touchy! Can’t be too specific; can’t name Trump; might offend his voters!"