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Lawmakers ‘perturbed’ when House Sergeant-at-Arms told them at least none of them died in Capitol attack: report
January 26, 2021
On Tuesday, The Washington Post reported that the private briefing of House lawmakers on the violent Capitol invasion left many members shocked and unsatisfied as to the failures of law enforcement to restrain the rioters.
"Multiple participants in the briefing, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the closed-door sessions, said law enforcement officials appeared to still be grappling with the extent of the peril that faced lawmakers that day," reported Karoun Demirjian, Aaron Davis, and Peter Hermann. "Among the new details discussed in the meeting: that a group of lawmakers being evacuated from the House chamber were mistakenly first directed to the wrong room on Capitol grounds, instead of to the secure room where members were gathering, according to a person familiar with the briefing."
<p>"Lawmakers were particularly perturbed by the testimony of acting House sergeant at arms Timothy P. Blodgett, who touted the fact that 'every Member and House staff went home without death or serious injury,' crediting that to the performance of both his office and the Capitol Police," continued the report. "Following the briefing, Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), a committee member, said in an interview that no dead or maimed lawmakers was 'a pretty low bar,' adding, 'I firmly believe that is due to the courage of Capitol Police officers and blind luck.'"</p><p>The briefing also featured the testimony of former Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, acting chief of D.C. police Robert Contee, D.C. National Guard Maj. Gen. William Walker, and "representatives from the Secret Service, FBI, Justice Department, the D.C. U.S. attorney's office and the Park Police." It is the first of what is expected to be several hearings on the attack.</p><p>The invasion ultimately was a major factor in the second impeachment of former President Donald Trump, which will move forward in the Senate after a motion from Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) to declare the trial unconstitutional was defeated.</p>
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Keith Olbermann calls on FBI to investigate Marjorie Taylor Greene after she threatened several Democrats
January 26, 2021
Newly elected Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA) lashed out at liberal commentator Keith Olbermann on Twitter, alleging that he threatened her after he alleged that she would end up in jail as a traitor. It apparently didn't work because Olbermann is back with another attack on Greene and calling for the FBI to investigate her social media posts.
Greene reportedly posted several things on her social media in 2018 and 2019 that called for the deaths of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, FBI agents and other Democrats.
<p>Olbermann mocked Greene for blaming "others" who have access to her Facebook account but noted that the new Georgia Congresswoman made the comments in a video she filmed for that page. </p><p>Greene's wild words would be normal QAnon issues, Olbermann said, but she helped spur the insurrection, carries a cache of weapons with her and has access to the woman she said should be killed. </p><p>"When on Twitter I had suggested that she would eventually go to prison as a traitor, she replied that 'This is extremely violent, threatening rhetoric,' even though it was neither threatening nor violent. She also claimed that this was part of a 'sickening witch hunt by the deranged, violent left. In her reply to me, Taylor Greene also tagged the Twitter account of the FBI. 'My coms team,' her coms team, 'is recording and archiving everything with the media because of dangerous liars like this.' Dangerous liar? Hi, hello, how are ya?"</p><p>See Olbermann's statement below: </p> <div class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="2c7a7c5579b17c029a3b0b9b3fbc233f" id="590cf"><blockquote class="twitter-tweet twitter-custom-tweet" data-partner="rebelmouse" data-twitter-tweet-id="1354228880903528451"><div style="margin:1em 0">NEW VIDEO: The "Olbermann Vs. Trump" series is now "Olbermann Vs. _____" and we begin here: Congress must expel,… https://t.co/qQA2P6wCaA</div> — Keith Olbermann (@Keith Olbermann)<a href="https://twitter.com/KeithOlbermann/statuses/1354228880903528451">1611708300.0</a></blockquote></div>
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January 26, 2021
On Tuesday, Business Insider reported that former Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen do not have a permanent residence since leaving the vice president's mansion — and though Republicans close to the couple aren't exactly sure of their current living arrangements, they believe the former second couple is "couch-surfing" at the residences of various Indiana officials.
"According to one source, the Pences are staying at the dolled-up cabin nearby that the Indiana governor uses as a retreat. If so, they'd need permission to spend the night from Pence's former lieutenant governor, who now serves as governor, Eric Holcomb," reported Tom LoBianco. "Two Republicans close to the Pences said they heard that the former second couple was staying at Pence's brother's place in Columbus. The one thing everyone is certain of is that when the Pences moved out of the vice president's residence at the US Naval Observatory in Washington, they had nowhere to go. The former second couple doesn't actually own a house."
<p>Per the report, the Pences are in a precarious position since leaving office.</p><p>"Republicans who spoke with Insider also said they wondered whether Pence and his team are closely guarding their new domicile because of the wave of death threats he faced just three weeks ago," said the report. "The Trump-incited mob that stormed the Capitol earlier this month shouted that they wanted to hang Pence, and some of the people came within about 100 feet of confronting him and his family as they were hurried to a secure location in the Capitol."</p><p>Furthermore, the report noted, Pence has essentially been cut off from all contact with former President Donald Trump, who was enraged by his refusal to try to overturn the election results during congressional certification. Pence, for his part, is reportedly <a href="https://www.rawstory.com/donald-trump-and-mike-pence/" target="_blank">resentful</a> that Trump put his life in danger.</p>
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