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A couple featured in news coverage of the QAnon conspiracy theory has been arrested in connection with the Jan. 6 insurrection.
Jamie Buteau and Jennifer Buteau were taken into custody Thursday morning in Florida after federal authorities found video evidence, possibly using facial recognition technology, that they climbed through a broken window into the U.S. Capitol, reported the Huffington Post.
The 48-year-old Jamie Buteau obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder; assaulting, resisting or impeding officers; and engaging in physical violence on Capitol grounds after investigators said he threw a chair at officers during the riot.
"According to court documents, the Buteaus entered the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 around 2:25 p.m. through a broken door in the Senate wing of the building and stood near an elevator lobby between the Crypt and the Capitol Visitor Center (CVC). As depicted in U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) closed-circuit television video footage and video obtained from social media, Jamie Buteau threw a chair at two USCP officers around 2:30 p.m. From around 2:32 to 2:39 p.m., Jamie was in the orientation lobby where he was captured on video dragging another chair across the ground. The couple exited the Capitol around 2:46 p.m. through the south door," the Department of Justice said in a news release.
Jennifer Buteau claimed on Facebook afterward the riot was staged by Antifa activists to make Donald Trump's supporters look bad.
The 44-year-old woman was charged along with her husband with charges of disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building; parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building; and other misdemeanors.
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Almost three weeks after a cliffhanger presidential election in Peru, the announcement of final results appeared even further off Thursday after a judge on the jury reviewing disputed votes quit.
Leftist candidate Pedro Castillo took a majority of votes, according to the unconfirmed count, in an election slammed as fraudulent by his corruption-accused right-wing rival Keiko Fujimori.
But the election has not been called due to fraud claims from the Fujimori camp, which asked the National Jury of Elections (JNE) to review thousands of votes.
If she loses, Fujimori risks an imminent graft trial which would otherwise be delayed until after her presidential term.
One of four judges on the JNE announced late Wednesday he "declined" to continue his duties, from which he cannot resign under law until after the job at hand is done.
The JNE, in response, said it was weighing "immediate measures to safeguard democracy and to avoid affecting the completion of the electoral process."
The jury can appoint a stand-in judge.
According to the vote count, Castillo received 50.12 percent of ballots in the June 6 runoff election -- some 44,000 more than Fujimori.
Amid the long drawn-out uncertainty, retired soldiers allied to Fujimori have urged the armed forces to intervene to prevent Castillo, who they label a "communist", assuming the presidency.
The United States has declared the vote "free, fair, accessible and peaceful" and the Organization of American States has said it was without any "serious irregularities."
The JNE has already rejected the majority of Fujimori's objections.
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Rudy Giuliani's incompetence and dishonesty exposed by suspension order -- here are 5 damning examples
Former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani on Thursday faced fresh humiliation when the Attorney Grievance Committee for New York State Supreme Court's First Judicial Department suspended his law license.
Specifically, the committee decided to put the former New York mayor's law license on ice after concluding that he "communicated demonstrably false and misleading statements to courts, lawmakers and the public at large in his capacity as lawyer for former President Donald J. Trump."
The order suspending Giuliani's law license is filled to the brim with examples of the rank incompetence and dishonesty that he employed in his failed quest to keep Trump in the White House -- below are five of the most egregious examples.
1.) Rudy Giuliani tells a court that he's claiming voter fraud cost Trump the election -- then admits later he is not claiming voter fraud.
Giuliani responded in the affirmative when asked by a judge last year if he was alleging fraud, but then later backtracked when pressed by the court.
"So the amended complaint -- does the amended complaint plead fraud with particularity?" the judge asked.
"No, Your Honor, and it doesn't plead fraud," he said. "It pleads the -- it pleads the plan or scheme that we lay out... without characterizing it."
The committee notes that Giuliani's initial fraud claim "was made despite an amended complaint in which his very own client withdrew any fraud related claim."
2.) Giuliani defends lies about absentee ballots by saying he sincerely believed them at the time.
The committee shows that Giuliani made multiple false claims about Pennsylvania recording more votes via absentee ballot than the total number of absentee ballots sent out before the election.
Giuliani claimed that his multiple false claims about absentee ballots were an honest mistake -- but the committee didn't buy this explanation.
"[Giuliani] does not deny that his factual statement, that only 1.8 million mail-in ballots were requested, was untrue," the committee writes. "His defense is that he did not make this misstatement knowingly. Respondent claims that he relied on some unidentified member of his 'team' who 'inadvertently' took the information from the Pennsylvania website, which had the information mistakenly listed. There is simply no proof to support this explanation."
3.) Giuliani caught blatantly lying about a dead boxer voting in Philadelphia.
The committee showed that Giuliani falsely claimed to have proof that dead people in Philadelphia were voting in droves for Joe Biden, including most notably the late boxer Joe Frazier, who died in 2011.
A simple check of voter registration information, however, showed this claim to be utter nonsense.
"The public records submitted on this motion unequivocally show that respondent's statement is false," the committee states. "Public records show that 15 Pennsylvania formally cancelled Mr. Frazier's eligibility to vote on February 8, 2012, three months after he died."
4.) Giuliani claimed Biden received over 60,000 votes from underage Americans in Georgia -- the actual number was zero.
In a particularly damning example of Giuliani's reckless disregard for the truth, the commission showed how he concocted a statistic about underage voters out of nothing.
"At various times, respondent claimed that 65,000 or 66,000 or 165,00 underage voters illegally voted in the Georgia 2020 election," the committee explains. "The Georgia Office of the Secretary of State undertook an investigation of this claim. It compared the list of all of the people who voted in Georgia to their full birthdays. The audit revealed that there were zero (0) underage voters in the 2020 election."
Giuliani's defense of spreading this falsehood was that he was merely relying on the "expert" testimony of a man named Bryan Geels, whom the committee said was not an expert in anything.
"Other than respondent calling him an "expert," we do not know Mr. Geels' actual area of expertise or what qualifies him as such," writes the committee. "Merely providing names and conclusory assertions that respondent had a basis for what he said, does not raise any disputed issue about whether misconduct has occurred."
5.) Giuliani persisted in claiming that "a few hundred thousand" undocumented immigrants voted for Biden in Arizona even after being told that there was no data to support that conclusion.
Giuliani claimed on numerous occasions that anywhere from 10,000 to 250,000 undocumented immigrants voted illegally for Biden, and the committee said Giuliani's numerical claims are "so wildly divergent and irreconcilable, that they all cannot be true at the same time."
Furthermore, it showed that Giuliani didn't back down even when presented with contradictory evidence.
"At the November 30, 2020 hearing, when it was brought to respondent's attention that no study to support the conclusions had been done, respondent persisted in making these false factual statements," the committee writes. "In January 2021, respondent even admitted that he did not have the 'best sources' to justify the numbers he was stating as fact. Nonetheless, respondent has failed to produce any sources, whether 'best' or marginal, to support any of the figures he has presented to the public with authority."
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