‘Anyone telling you this was some kind of coup is telling you lies,’ said man arrested for role in coup
John Maron Nassif was arrested today by the FBI in connection with the January 6 Capitol riots, with the help of Facebook posts that "friends" had captured before he deleted them.
Nassif, of Winter Springs FL, has been charged with unlawful and violent entry and disorderly conduct charges. Nassif was reported to the FBI by two witnesses to his Facebook account.
But in his telling on Facebook, it all seemed much ado about nothing:
"I found myself inside the building. The Rotunda was nearly filled with people. No was fighting or being violent. More pushing and I decided to leave. It wasn't until I was walking back that I heard a rumor someone had been shot. It wasn't 'til I got back to the hotel room I learned the specifics. Anyone who is telling you was some kind of coup etc. is telling you lies."
In another Facebook conversation on January 8, Nassif notably told someone, "You know I was there, right? You don't find it odd that police officer (sic) was welcoming us in? Considering the narrative that's being pushed?"
By the next day, however, Nassif did seem aware that extra caution might be in order. He told another Facebook friend that he had deleted his Twitter account and app. And he advised this:
"Download this (Signal app) and turn off auto updates for your app on your phone. Encrypted comms should we need them."
The FBI complaint stated that one of the witnesses against Nassif describing seeing a video in which his voice can be heard indicating he was inside the Capitol building. Another witness identified Nassif from photos shown by the FBI.
Nassif is expected to appear today in federal court in Orlando, reports WKMG-TV News 6 there. The station also reports he is the 16th suspect charged from central Florida.
You can read the FBI complaint here.
Norwegian Cruise Line threatens to keep ships out of Florida over Ron DeSantis’ lax COVID-19 vaccination standards
In Florida, far-right Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed into law a bill that bans businesses from requiring that customers show proof that they have been vaccinated for COVID-19. And Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, according to the Associated Press, is threatening to keep its ships out of Florida ports because of it.
Federal health officials, in their guidelines, have recommended that most passengers and crew members be vaccinated on cruise ships that enter U.S. waters. And Norwegian believes that Florida's law does not follow that recommendation.
Frank Del Rio, CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, told AP, "It is a classic state-versus-federal-government issue. Lawyers believe that federal law applies and not state law, but I'm not a lawyer. And we hope that this doesn't become a legal football or a political football."
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings' corporate office is in Miami. But Del Rio has said that Norwegian cruise ships "that otherwise would have gone to Florida" could go to other U.S. states or the Caribbean instead — although the CEO also said, "We certainly hope it doesn't come to that."
AP reporter David Koenig notes, "Last month, DeSantis signed an order banning businesses from requiring customers to show proof of vaccination and prohibiting state agencies from issuing so-called vaccine passports that document COVID-19 vaccinations and test results. This week, he signed legislation that includes the provision about businesses and gives him power to overrule local measures related to the pandemic, such as mask mandates."
Newsmax hires former Trump adviser and former OAN host in effort to 'bolster its MAGA credentials': report
The pro-Trump news outlet Newsmax announced a new weeknight show hosted by former Trump adviser Steve Cortes alongside former One America News (OAN) host Jenn Pellegrino, The Daily Beast reports.
Cortes & Pellegrino will debut on May 11. The new show comes as Newsmax's ratings took a dip in the wake of the 2020 election. The outlet reportedly has hired several Trump allies to "bolster its MAGA credentials."
Read more at The Daily Beast.
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