An accused Capitol rioter and his wife are now facing child endangerment charges after they allegedly hid from the FBI in an unheated travel trailer in the Nevada foothills.
Josiah Kenyon, 34, is accused of assaulting police with several objects — including a table leg with a protruding nail — during the Jan. 6 insurrection. According to the Department of Justice, Kenyon wore a Jack Skellington costume, based on a character from the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas, to the Capitol.
But Kenyon's apprehension last week was almost as unusual as his Jan. 6 costume, according to a report from Reno's ABC affiliate.
"Two Washoe County Sheriff’s deputies, members of the HOPES team assigned to help the homeless, found a woman and two children living in a small, unheated travel trailer on the foothills of Peavine Mountain," the station reports. "They came offering help, but encountered a woman, who according to their report, was evasive, and reluctant to give her name or her husband’s. She was reportedly suspicious at first that they might be policemen, who the woman said were — unlike sheriff’s deputies — 'unconstitutional.'"
At that point, Josiah Kenyon pulled up in a camouflaged and modified Ford Crown Victoria. After Josiah Kenyon explained that his family would be moving on soon, the deputies left — but later decided "on reflection" to run a check on his license plate.
After the deputies discovered that Kenyon was wanted by the FBI, "A traffic stop was set up and Kenyon was arrested on the federal charges, along with his wife, Elizabeth, for child endangerment," according to the station.
And there's more: "Deputies reportedly found an AR-15 rifle, a Glock handgun, ammunition and other weaponry inside the camouflaged car. The children were safe, but while being supervised spoke in the same sovereign citizen, anti-government rhetoric as their parents. It’s unclear how long they’d been living off the grid, on the run."
Watch the report here.
Quite a setup that Jan. 6 rioter Josiah Kenyon had here: https://www.kolotv.com/2021/12/07/search-january-6th-suspect-ends-peavine-mountain/\u00a0\u2026pic.twitter.com/liyULbnCdr— Ryan J. Reilly (@Ryan J. Reilly) 1639015747
Seth Meyers on Wednesday night took aim at Florida Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz — and other "sycophants in the Trump cult" — who've been floating an "insane" plan to install the former president as House speaker if they win back the majority in 2022.
"Their only goal is power, and they're laser-focused on getting ready for the next coup, after nearly pulling off the last one," the Late Night host said of the GOP. "Yesterday a group of Republicans including Matt Gaetz even went so far as to suggest that if they win back power in 2022, they would spend most of their time trying to prove the unhinged conspiracy theory that the Jan. 6 insurrection was actually staged by the FBI. Gaetz added that they would focus on that rather than on working with Democrats to pass legislation."
Meyers then played a clip from the Tuesday news conference in which Gaetz said, "The notion that Republicans are going to take control of the House and we're going to hold hands in the warm spring rain with the Democrats and legislate is ludicrous."
"All right, no one thinks you're going to legislate," Meyers said. "But what was that about holding hands in the warm spring rain? Is that a Four Seasons lyric? Is he in the touring company of The Jersey Boys? Because that would explain the hair."
After singing a few bars from the Four Seasons' "Oh, What a Night," Meyers played another clip of Gaetz saying he wants to install Trump as speaker — which somehow led to a tangent in which the host imitated the former president asking Amazon's Alexa why Melania isn't talking to him. Alexa's response: "Because she hates you!"
"The point is these people's depravity truly knows no bounds," Meyers concluded. "Trump let a deadly pandemic ravage the country leading to mass suffering. He stoked a violent coup to overturn an election, and he personally came into contact with more than 500 people after testing positive for COVID and hiding it. And yet his sycophants in the Trump cult are still willing to do anything to get him back into power."
"Trump could take a dump on the Constitution, and they'd say it was just a little schmeered," Meyers said, referring back to an earlier portion of his "A Closer Look" segment about Fox News reporting on a "cream cheese shortage."
Watch below (the Gaetz stuff begins at the 7:25 mark).
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Trump's Deep State special counsel could see key indictment derailed after new evidence undermines claims
On Wednesday, The New York Times reported that new findings contradict key claims in an indictment against attorney Michael Sussman made by special counsel John Durham in his investigation into whether the origins of the investigation into the Trump campaign's multiple contacts with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential election.
"This week, additional pieces of evidence emerged into public view that were not in the indictment — one of which appears to dovetail with the accusation against Mr. Sussmann by the special counsel, John H. Durham, who was appointed during the Trump administration, while several others appear to conflict with it," reported Charlie Savage. "The material emerged in court filings and at a status conference before a judge on Wednesday."
The report noted, "It is not clear whether all of the newly disclosed evidence will be admissible. But the jostling between prosecutors and defense lawyers could offer a preview of aspects of the trial, which they said on Wednesday would last about two weeks and Judge Christopher R. Cooper said could begin in May or early June."
This comes after another report that Sussman's lawyers are asking the trial to be moved up in light of the case being weaker than initially thought.
Durham, who was tasked by former Trump Attorney General William Barr to investigate the FBI for misconduct surrounding the Russia affair and hopefully validate some of Trump's grievances about the agency, has argued that Sussman, who has ties to Democratic operatives, lied to investigators when he said he was not delivering Russia information on behalf of a client.