PHILADEPHIA — In the early afternoon, hours before the blue sky over City Hall was blotted by plumes of black smoke while Center City businesses were looted, Jamial Hankinson stood near the Philadelphia Museum of Art with a colorful mask on her face and a large white sign in her hand.She’d scrawled “I’m an angry Black woman!” across the poster board, and as a crowd of thousands amassed Saturday in front of the museum to protest the May 25 death of George Floyd at the hands — and knee — of a Minneapolis police officer, Hankinson, a 50-year-old elementary school teacher, explained her pent-up em...
Jewish Capitol visitors left 'confused' after Lauren Boebert asked if they were doing 'reconnaissance'
A group of Jewish Americans who recently visited the United States Capitol building say they felt "confused" after Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) grilled them about whether they were doing a "reconnaissance" mission.
As Buzzfeed News reports, the group was in the Capitol for a meeting with Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-NY) when they encountered Boebert as she was stepping out of an elevator.
"When the doors opened, Boebert stepped out of the elevator and looked the group of visitors 'from head to toe,'" one witness told Buzzfeed. "Boebert then asked if they were there to conduct 'reconnaissance.'"
Many members of the group were wearing yarmulkes, and the person coordinating the visit was an Orthodox Jew who also had a traditional beard.
“When I heard that, I actually turned to the person standing next to me and asked, ‘Did you just hear that?’” one rabbi who was with the group told Buzzfeed. "You know, I’m not sure to be offended or not... I was very confused.”
Boebert was famously accused of bringing Capitol insurrectionists into the building ahead of the January 6th riots to conduct reconnaissance, although no evidence has emerged to justify that claim.
Boebert confirmed to Buzzfeed that that's what she was referencing with her comment and she claimed that she didn't see the visitors' yarmulkes when she made the comment.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was the mastermind of the effort that resulted in fake electors submitting election certificates in five states, according to a new report in The Washington Post.
Republicans were signed on to Arizona's phony election certificate refused to tell the Arizona Republic who organized the effort. One of the fake electors in Michigan said the call from "an attorney working on behalf of Trump in Washington, D.C."
On Thursday, The Post reported it was Giuliani, a former associate attorney general who had his law licenses suspended for spreading Trump's lies about election fraud.
"The Trump electors gathered in plain sight, assisted by campaign officials and Trump attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani, who said publicly that the rival slates were necessary and appropriate. Internally, Giuliani oversaw the effort, according to former campaign officials and party leaders who, like some others interviewed for this report, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations," the newspaper reported. "One of the people familiar with the plan said Giuliani was assisted at times by an anchor from the right-wing network One America News."
The reporter is allegedly Christina Bobb.
"Behind the scenes, in the days leading up to the electoral college vote, Giuliani participated in at least one conference call with campaign staffers and Republican activists that included detailed discussions about preparing the rival electoral slates, according to former campaign officials," the newspaper reported.
Giuliani's alleged role could expose him to legal liability. State Attorneys General Dana Nessel (D-MI) and Hector Balderas (D-MN) have forwarded criminal referrals to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Former federal prosecutors Dennis Aftergut and Melanie Sloan have argued it is important for the Department of Justice to charge those responsible.
"Those who had a hand in crafting and attempting to submit false certificate of electors may have committed multiple crimes, including forgery and fraud. The actions of these state officials are important steps towards uncovering the scope and depth of the attempted plot to steal the election and keep former President Trump in power," they wrote. "Many of the certificates used the same words and font, as if coordinated and copied from a common template. By contrast, the genuine certificates vary greatly in form, language and look."
On Monday, the House Select Committee Investigating the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol issued a subpoena to Giuliani, along with Jenna Ellis, Sidney Powell, and Boris Epshteyn.
"Rudolph Giuliani actively promoted claims of election fraud on behalf of the former President and sought to convince state legislators to take steps to overturn the election results. He was reportedly in contact with then-President Trump and various Members of Congress regarding strategies for delaying or overturning the results of the 2020 election," the committee explained.
Ivanka Trump responds to Committee’s invite by saying she called for end to violence – leaves out ‘patriots’ part
Ivanka Trump is responding to her invitation from the January 6 Committee by issuing a statement that is being seen suggesting she has no intention of accepting. Earlier Thursday the Committee sent the former First Daughter and White House senior advisor a lengthy 11-page letter asking for her voluntary cooperation.
A statement from her spokesperson given to CNN White House Correspondent Kate Bennett references a tweet posted by Ivanka Trump the day of the attack on the Capitol – a tweet she was forced to delete after massive outrage.
"As the Committee already knows, Ivanka did not speak at the January 6 rally," the statement reads. "As she publicly stated at 3:15pm, 'any security breach or disrespect to our law enforcement is unacceptable. The violence must stop immediately."
NEW: @IvankaTrump's spokesperson tells me Ivanka "just learned" of the 1/6 Committee's invitation to appear before them, but from the response below, it sounds as though she isn't planning to do so: pic.twitter.com/VXpUXDnEuP
— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) January 20, 2022
But in the actual Ivanka Trump called the insurrectionists "American Patriots," as CNN reported that day:
Ivanka Trump addressed the rioters as "American Patriots" in a tweet, then deleted it https://t.co/lJvkzNsi1e pic.twitter.com/qSH3T9I5gc
— CNN (@CNN) January 6, 2021