The Capitol riot committee now has a clear roadmap for subpoenas: Pulitzer Prize-winning Post reporter
There's a clear roadmap for the U.S. House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter explained on MSNBC on Tuesday.
MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace interviewed Carol Leonnig as Politico is reporting the select committee is poised to begin issuing subpoenas.
The process was explained by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, was the lead impeachment manager during Donald Trump's first trial, and is a member of the select committee.
"In some cases, we're making requests we think will be complied with," Schiff said. "In other cases, we're going straight to subpoenas where we think we're dealing with recalcitrant witnesses."
Wallace asked Leonnig about a tweet by Miles Taylor, a former Trump administration official who served as chief of staff of the Department of Homeland Security.
"I firmly believe Trump provoked the attack on the Capitol so he could declare martial law. For years he talked in private about the Insurrection Act & his 'magical powers' to deploy the military on to the streets. The January 6th select committee needs to investigate this," Taylor tweeted.
I firmly believe Trump provoked the attack on the Capitol so he could declare martial law. For years he talked in… https://t.co/uVCJurSJby— Miles Taylor (@Miles Taylor) 1632227888.0
Leonnig explained that "the most central unanswered questions sort of circle around the drain that Miles Taylor is smartly focusing on. And that is, the days before January 6th."
"This is why, to me, subpoena power is so powerful and I wish as a journalist I had it," she explained. "We need to know about the conversations that Republican lawmakers, Donald Trump, and White House staff had with each other and with organizers of the protest. We need to know those conversations in detail -- their communications about what they plan to do."
"We already know from very good reporting that — unfortunately, not with a subpoena — that there were protest members who were warning the senior White House folks that there was going to be a likely storming/march on the capitol," she continued. "So, the White House should have been on alert."
Republicans in Congress are also under scrutiny.
"There was also a crucial meeting in late December between the president and other lawmakers in that special caucus that wanted to stop the certification of the vote. They were all sort of fist-bumping after that meeting where they were going to discuss how they would stop the steal, how they would stop the certification. We need to know what they discussed and we need to know what White House staff notes were taken," she explained.
The meeting was announced on Twitter by then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.
Several members of Congress just finished a meeting in the Oval Office with President @realDonaldTrump, preparing t… https://t.co/QjZGsxNSnh— Mark Meadows (@Mark Meadows) 1608591796.0
Reuters reported that the meeting was attended by Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Mo Brooks (R-AL).
"We need to know the degree to which then President Trump was aware of the likelihood and potential for violence," Leonnig said.
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Anti-vax nurses' threats of mass resignations over mandates look like a gigantic bust in Maine: report
Nurses and other health care workers opposed to getting vaccinated against the novel coronavirus have threatened a mass resignation campaign if their institutions implement vaccine mandates.
However, the Maine Beacon reports that this threat has been mostly hot air so far in the Pine Tree State.
"Employment data shows that very few Maine health care workers have quit their jobs over the recent statewide COVID vaccine mandate, despite a number of lawsuits and ongoing protests organized by anti-vaccine activists," the publication writes.
The Maine Beacon specifically pointed to Northern Light, the second-largest health care provider in Maine, which said recently that only 20 of its 10,000-plus staff members had quit in protest of Maine Gov. Janet Mills's vaccine mandate for health care workers.
And Maine Health, the largest in-state health care provider, said that only 45 staff members out of its 23,000-plus staff resigned due to the vaccine mandate.
In fact, the combined resignations of staff members is just a fraction of the number of Maine residents currently hospitalized with COVID-19, as more than 200 Mainers are currently receiving treatment at a hospital for the disease.
The Maine Beacon notes that Republicans in the state have been pushing back against the Mills mandates, although so far it seems as though the mandates are not having dire impacts on health care staffing at major providers.
Trump campaign aides flew off the handle when president demanded Newsmax's Dick Morris get new poll numbers
Dick Morris, a former friend and adviser to President Bill Clinton, turned against his friend years ago and since has become a far-right, anti-government ideologue pushing his theories on Newsmax and other right-leaning publications.
Thus, it's no surprise he joined on as an informal adviser to President Donald Trump as he mounted his 2020 reelection campaign.
Morris and Fox News host Sean Hannity were too close to Trump for the likes of top campaign officials.
Peril, the new book by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa revealed that as Trump's poll numbers were falling just months before the election, the campaign was trying to guard against the extremist voices influencing the president.
"Outsiders like Dick Morris and Sean Hannity had too much influence, feeding him ideas and advice that cut against poll-tested strategy," said the book Peril.
"On Wednesday, September 23, at 8:20 a.m., Trump adviser Jason Miller emailed Stepien and the campaign's pollsters, John McLaughlin and Tony Fabrizio," said Peril. "The subject line: 'Was this new poll shared with Dick Morris???' Fabrizio responded at 11:23 a.m., writing 'the President had told me to share numbers with him.'"
Woodward and Costa wrote that Miller responded, seemingly furious about it.
"Well, that was a f*ck up. Now he's 'threatening' to tell the President our numbers have 'tanked.' I don't want anybody talking to Dick Morris about anything ever," he said.
In the final days of the campaign, Trump was swinging at anything he could potentially hit. The last 48 hours before Election Day, he held 11 rallies during the pandemic. At the time, his advisers told him that he might be able to "bump up his vote by half a percentage point to a full point by demonstrating 'effort' and 'energy,'" reported NBC News at the time.
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