Rep. Devin Nunes’ war against the free press reached a new low on Tuesday when he barred The Fresno Bee from covering a major water forum in Tulare, Calif.The forum covered matters of crucial public interest. The chief executive officer of Friant Water Authority, a public agency, moderated the event. David Bernhardt, secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, also attended. Yet despite the fact that the McClatchy reporters had reserved tickets, Nunes’ staff banned them.“The Fresno Bee learned at 10 a.m. Tuesday that its reporters would not be allowed to cover the event, after receiving ...
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Kash Patel is among those that Donald Trump appointed to be his representative to the National Archives. Patel revealed after the FBI search warrant was executed on Mar-a-Lago that he was going to post all of the documents that the FBI took to his own personal website.
According to the abbreviations and markings on the outside of the folders in the photo put in the court documents, Trump had nuclear information that previously fell under the Atomic Energy Act and had been moved to the Pentagon.
Patel was also nearly a nominee to serve as the deputy to the CIA. The actual CIA director, Gina Haspel, reportedly threatened to resign if it happened.
The new Patel children's book paints Donald Trump as "the King," and glorifies the fake story about 2020 voter fraud taking away "the King's" power unfairly.
The Trump aide posted on Truth Social that he was offering a special message for the first 10 buyers of his book at a recent signing. A fan who purchased it posted a photo showing that Patel's message was the QAnon slogan "Where We Go One We Go All," abbreviated awkwardly to WWGOWGA.
Trump has turned toward QAnon recently because they remain among those willing to support him at a time other Republicans are abandoning him for Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL). Many QAnon conspiracies claim that Trump will retake power or will be somehow reappointed to the White House. The date for this action keeps moving further out after the deadline comes and goes without Trump being reappointed.
See the moment captured by a fan from Truth Social and "re-truthed" by Patel below:
Kash Patel QAnon slogan in signed bookPhoto: Truth Social
'The Monster': Former GOP lawmaker reveals shocking data of calls to and from the White House from Jan. 6 attackers
Former Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA) told "60 Minutes" that his research team created a graph of all of the text messages to and from those involved in the Jan. 6 attack and officials at the White House. He explained that once he saw the data he simply couldn't "unsee" it.
Previous reports of Riggleman revealed that there was a call from the White House to an insurrectionist. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) told CNN on Sunday that the call only lasted 10 seconds and it didn't connect to the insurrectionist, but that the person the White House was calling was in the Capitol at the time.
That wasn't the only call. A number of cell phones belonging to Mark Meadows, Ivanka Trump, Cassidy Hutchinson, and others in the White House were sending and receiving text messages and calls on and around Jan. 6. Riggleman and his team took those calls and texts, and created a kind of data visualization tying each number to each other. It created what he called "The Monster," a line graph that shows startling conduits between Jan. 6 attackers and the White House.
Phone calls from Jan. 6 insurrectionists to White House staff. Photo: Screen capture of data collected by former Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA)
"Six pretty big centers of gravity or six groups that we looked at and really it came down to Trump team, Trump family, rally goers, unaffiliated DOJ charged defendants, Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, and others which are state legislators, alternate electors, things like that," Riggleman told "60 Minutes" on Sunday. "When you have those six groups of people you can look at the connections between them."
As "60 Minutes explained," the thick line represents tens of thousands of calls and contacts between the groups. Riggleman also collected the text messages from Meadows, putting them in a spreadsheet and gathering info about who was reaching out to Meadows.
Riggleman joked it seemed like everyone in Washington had Meadows' personal cell phone number.
"We don't have text content, but we do have is how long they talked, when they talked, that is very important," said Riggleman about the calls. "And it really does suggest that there was much more coordination than the American public can even imagine when it came to Jan. 6th."
The graph below shows the version of the chart above zoomed out. It shows the major connectors. One section that is highlighted in blue shows one individual and their calls to and from the group.
Calls from Jan. 6 insurrectionists to White House staff. The second in blue is one individualPhoto: Screen capture from former Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA) interview.
An example is the five calls weeks before the Jan. 6 attack and one QAnon organizer, Bianca Garcia, who also attended the Jan. 5 parking garage meeting between the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers.
"And when you have the White House switchboard and certain other cell phone numbers connected to Bianca Gracia that is a link that needs to be investigated," said Riggleman. "The thread that needs to be pulled identifying all the White House numbers and why we have certain specific people, why they were talking to the White House."
Lofgren told CNN on Sunday that every piece of information and data that Riggleman gathered for the committee has been part of the investigation and they have looked into it further.
See the segment below:
Riggleman: Meadows’ text trove revealed a “roadmap to an attempted coup” | 60 Minutes www.youtube.com
Riggleman: Ginni Thomas’ beliefs were an “open secret around the beltway” | 60 Minutes www.youtube.com
Secret Service is cooperating with Jan. 6 committee — it's individuals from Trump's team who are not: legal analyst
Former Justice Department official and Los Angeles Times legal analyst Harry Litman was on hand to watch Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) as she spoke to the Texas Tribune this weekend.
In a clip of Cheney speaking to a crowd, she explained that there would likely be more out of the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on Congress. She is one of two Republican members on the committee.
The Secret Service has been conflicting with the committee, eliminating evidence despite a warning by the House not to delete text messages or emails that happened on and around Jan. 6, 2021.
Saturday, Cheney revealed that the Secret Service is now cooperating fully with the committee. What has changed is that a number of the top leaders have suddenly "retired" from their posts at the U.S. Secret Service.
One of those is Tony Ornato, who was a member of the White House staff on Jan. 6, not a Secret Service member. However, he went back to working for the USSS after the Trump administration ended. After Mark Meadows' aide, Cassidy Hutchinson testified about Ornato and others. Afterward, the Jan. 6 committee thought that Ornato was using his position at the U.S. Secret Service to undermine Hutchinson's testimony.
The Secret Service said that Ornato would cooperate, but after he resigned, or "retired," and immediately stopped cooperating with the committee. When asked about it, Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA) said that he just wanted to point out the timeline; he didn't make a conclusion about it. Litman said Aguilar was being polite.
"That's of course why he [Ornato] retired," said Litman. "And the committee between time and the fact that the people can, unfortunately, thumb their nose at him are going to be hard pressed. Not the Department of Justice, however."
He explained that Ornato would be forced to answer questions when it comes to the DOJ subpoenaing him and he can't fight back against the DOJ as he would with Congress.
See the conversation below:
Litman on Cheney and secret service youtu.be