Chief Jan 6th investigator fired from his state job by Virginia's new Republican attorney general: report
According to a report from the Washington Post, a University of Virginia counsel who has been on leave to help with the Jan 6th investigation has been fired by Virginia's new Republican attorney general.
AG Jason Miyares took over as the 48th Attorney General of Virginia on January 15 and has proceeded to conduct a mass purge of approximately 30 staffers which included attorney Tim Heaphy.
On August 12,2021, Heaphy was designated by House riot committee chair Bennie Thompson (D-MS) as the Chief Investigative Counsel for the Select Committee. In his annoucement he stated, "It’s good news for the Select Committee and for the American people that Mr. Heaphy has agreed to come onboard as our top investigator. Mr. Heaphy is a committed public servant with deep experience tackling complex and high-profile challenges. The Committee will need his expertise as we push ahead quickly on a number of fronts. I’m grateful for his willingness to support the Committee’s work getting answers about January 6th and protecting our democracy."
That didn't stop Miyarres from firing Heaphy, the WaPo reports.
"Tim Heaphy, who had worked at the state school for about three years, was among roughly 30 staffers who were let go by Jason Miyares shortly before he took office a little over a week ago. Democrats have questioned the firings and how they were carried out," the Post is reporting. "Victoria LaCivita, a Miyares spokeswoman, said the attorney general’s office had also fired the counsel for George Mason University, Brian Walther, but offered no explanation for why he was let go. George Mason referred questions about Walther’s firing to Miyares’s office. Walther did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Both Heaphy and Walther are Democrats."
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Counter-protesters were heard chanting "Let's Go Darwin" at a rally against vaccine mandates in Washington, D.C.
On Sunday, protesters who oppose vaccine mandates gathered at a "Defeat the Mandates" rally that organizers have said "could get out of hand."
Photojournalist Zach Roberts caught counter-protesters on video as they were chanting "Let's Go Darwin," a reference to how Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection could result in the deaths of people who gather without being vaccinated.
According to Roberts, the counter-protesters were eventually asked to move because they were designated to be in different area.
Watch the video below.
Chanting “let’s go Darwin” Small number of counter protesters are being told they can’t protest here as the permit allows for counter protest in a different area. #antimandaterally pic.twitter.com/FBP0x21bnq
— Zach D Roberts - Photojournalist for hire (@zdroberts) January 23, 2022
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) mistakenly claimed on Sunday that Russia has amassed troops on the U.S. border instead of the Ukrainian border.
Cotton made the remark during an interview with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo.
"That's what Vladimir Putin has always wanted," Cotton said. "So why is it that now he has put 100,000 troops on our border?"
"And there," he added, "I think President Biden bears a lot of the blame."
Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin has dubbed Cotton as the "Senate’s biggest hypocrite on Russia" because he refused to criticize then-President Donald Trump's relationship with Putin.
Watch the video below from Fox News.