Over the span of 13 hours, the country was shaken by two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, where a total of 29 people were killed. Shortly before the attack, the El Paso gunman posted an anti-immigrant manifesto on the far-right message board 8chan, while there is still no clear motive for the Dayton shooting. Senator Bernie Sanders and other Democratic leaders are calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to hold a special session of the Senate to vote on two gun safety bills recently passed in the House. This all comes as the National Rifle Association is imploding. We speak with Alex Yablon, a reporter at The Trace, a news outlet devoted to gun-related news.
Capitol rioter who made over 100 threatening calls to 911 dispatch will be sent for psych evaluation: report
On Tuesday, MLive reported that a New York Capitol rioter who styled himself as "Yankee Patriot" will be sent for a psychiatric evaluation to determine his competency to stand trial.
Jonathan Joshua Munafo is accused of punching a Capitol Police officer, stealing a riot shield, and trying to shatter a window at the Capitol using a flagpole. But he is also accused of making over 100 threatening phone calls to a 911 dispatch center in Calhoun County, Michigan a day before the riot. "B----, I'm gonna cut your throat. I'm gonna make you eat your f---ing nose. I'm gonna hurt you bad for this. It won't be today, it won't be tomorrow, it'll be f---ing soon, though, you stupid c---. Insurrection Act, I'm coming to your door first, and it's public knowledge, you stupid, stupid b----," he allegedly told a dispatcher.
According to the report, officials strongly suspect Munafo isn't competent to stand trial.
"U.S. Magistrate Judge Ray Kent, after meeting with Assistant U.S. Attorney Nils Kessler and defense attorney James Fisher, adjourned the hearing and said Munafo appears to suffer from 'serious mental illness,'" reported John Agar. "Munafo twice attempted suicide this year and suffers from borderline personality disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder, Kent said."
According to the report, Munafo faces ten charges in the U.S. Capitol attack, and his been indicted on Michigan on two counts of making interstate threatening communications and one count of making interstate harassing phone calls.
You can read more here.
The New York Times is reporting that former Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg could be charged as soon as this summer.
The news implies that Weisselberg isn't cooperating with the district attorney's office yet. It was thought that Wisselberg would quickly make a plea deal with DA Cy Vance to save himself legally. Weisselberg would be the first indictment in this case.
"In recent weeks, a grand jury has been hearing evidence about Mr. Weisselberg, who is facing intense scrutiny from prosecutors as they seek his cooperation with a broader investigation into Mr. Trump and the Trump Organization, the people with knowledge of the matter said," reported the Times. "The prosecutors have obtained Mr. Weisselberg's personal tax returns, the people said, providing the fullest picture yet of his finances."
Wisselberg's ex-daughter-in-law has been cooperating with the DA office handing over evidence that she has.
"The investigation into Mr. Weisselberg focuses partly on whether he failed to pay taxes on valuable benefits that Mr. Trump provided him and his family over the years, including apartments and leased cars as well as tens of thousands of dollars in private school tuition for at least one of his grandchildren," said the report. "In general, those types of benefits are taxable, although there are some exceptions, and the rules can be murky."
The Independent noted one particular revelation from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's (R-GA) latest attack on Dr. Anthony Fauci — she refuses to admit whether or not she's been vaccinated against the COVID-19 vaccine.
Greene has spent the better part of the past year spreading conspiracy theories. After emails were released showing Fauci didn't have anything incriminating, she spread suspicion, deciding to call for his firing anyway. But in part of that effort, Greene was asked if she had gotten the vaccine to protect herself against the virus.
"I stand with the Americans that want their privacy, and HIPAA gives us rights to privacy," she said.
"She is a perfectly healthy woman and doesn't see a reason to do so," said Greene's spokesperson Nick Dyer to the Savannah Morning News in March.
But now it's unclear if Greene secretly got the vaccine while telling others that they shouldn't.
As the Independent reported, she falsely claimed HIPPA laws protect her from being asked that question. HIPPA laws are about patient medical records being protected and not being disclosed without their knowledge. Anyone can ask Greene any question about her health.
"'Vax records, along with ALL medical records are private due to HIPPA rights,' Ms. Greene tweeted, both misspelling and misunderstanding the law,'" the Independent reported.
Greene has ranted that all vaccines should stop. She told Steve Bannon last month, "We need to care about the real issues that matter. We need to stop the masks, stop the vaccines and stop Covid-19 from controlling our lives."
Greene also apologized for her previous comments that getting the vaccine was like the Holocaust.
"We can look back at a time in history where people were told to wear a gold star, and ... they were put in trains and taken to gas chambers in Nazi Germany," she said. "This is exactly the type of abuse that Nancy Pelosi is talking about."
Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Raw Story Investigates and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.
$95 / year — Just $7.91/month
I want to Support More
$14.99 per month