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On Wednesday, NBC4 Washington's Scott MacFarlane, a leading reporter covering the Capitol riot trials, reported that one of the latest cases portends "big warning signs" for participants in the attack.
"Some big takeaways, perhaps some very big warnings, for U.S. Capitol riot defendants today in an otherwise low-level case," said MacFarlane. "Today was sentencing day for Russell Peterson, his day to ask for leniency. Peterson pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in his case, unlawful picketing at the Capitol. He faced up to six months in jail at sentencing, and he ended up getting one month."
Even though the defendant got just one month in jail, MacFarlane said that the judge's remarks during the hearing were nonetheless an ominous sign.
"The judge says Peterson wrote a letter to the court that seemed genuine, seemed to show remorse, and Peterson said very little during the proceedings, saying only that he's sorry and that this is his cross to bear," MacFarlane explained. "Genuine remorse seems to benefit defendants. And the judge went further and said, 'For a lot of other January 6th defendants, their minds haven't changed, their ways haven't changed, they're not showing remorse.'"
MacFarlane added that, according to his own reporting, "at least 40 January 6th defendants are in the D.C. jail as of tonight in pretrial detention, and according to lawyers and some who've served time there, they're almost cult-like in the January 6th wing, segregated from the rest of the population, and that it's a radicalizing dynamic in that jail, and that minds aren't being changed in that wing."
In other words, he said, these defendants should expect the law to come down much harder on them.
"What's more, the judge said this," added MacFarlane. "Donald Trump and the White House rally may have stoked the mob, may be partly responsible for that mob, but that the defendants are, in her words, 'adults,' and they bear responsibility for what they did that day. Another possible warning for the defendants not to assume Donald Trump will be a get-out-of-jail-free card."
Big warning signs for US Capitol riot defendants. What one judge said in a smaller case today could have a big impact. My latest reporting ===>pic.twitter.com/9mO5mkrKro— Scott MacFarlane (@Scott MacFarlane) 1638401202
The mother of Michigan school shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley — 43-year-old Jennifer Crumbley — penned an open letter to then-president-elect Donald Trump in 2016, thanking him for "allowing my right to bear arms."
The Daily Beast reported Wednesday that Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald said her office is considering whether to criminally charge the 15-year-old's parents, who have declined to speak with investigators.
Ethan Crumbley is accused of killing four students and injuring seven others, including a teacher, at Michigan's Oxford High School on Tuesday. After the shooting, Crunbley surrendered and handed over a semi-automatic handgun purchased by his father on Black Friday.
In November 2016, Jennifer Crumbley posted her open letter to Trump on her blog, the Daily Beast reported. Her husband, James Crumbley, wrote above a link to his wife's open letter on Facebook, "My wife can be spot on. Sometimes."
In her letter, Jennifer Crumbley referenced Trump's infamous Access Hollywood tape.
"You made the famous ‘grab them in the p*ssy’ comment, did it offend me? No," she wrote to Trump. "I say things all the time that people take the wrong way, do I mean them, not always. Do I agree that you should of [sic] shown your tax returns? No. I don’t care what you do or maybe don’t pay in taxes, I think those are personal and if the Gov’t can lock someone up over $10,000 of unpaid taxes and you slipped on by, then that shows the corruption.”"
According to the Daily Beast, Jennifer Crumbley went on to tell Trump that she hoped he would “really uncover the politicians for what I believe they really are."
"She was in favor of Trump’s long-promised border wall, and noted that she was 'not racist' because her grandfather 'came straight off the boat in Italy,'" the site reported.
Jennifer Crumbley worked as a real-estate broker, but her staff bio reportedly has been taken down in the wake of the shooting.
“As a female and a Realtor, thank you for allowing my right to bear arms,” she wrote in her open letter to Trump. “Allowing me to be protected if I show a home to someone with bad intentions. Thank you for respecting that Amendment.”
Crumbley also "complained about parents at other schools where the 'kids come from illegal immigrant parents' and 'don’t care about learning,'" according to the Daily Beast.
Her letter was signed, “A hard working Middle Class Law Abiding Citizen who is sick of getting f*cked in the ass and would rather be grabbed by the p*ssy.”
Mark Meadows has a bizarre response when Trump calls the story about his early COVID diagnosis 'fake news'
Less than 24 hours after former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows appeared to agree to cooperate with the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack, news broke that The Guardian had obtained a copy of his new book, and from it the revelation that three days before appearing on stage with Joe Biden at the Sept. 26 presidential debate the then-president, Donald Trump, had tested positive for coronavirus.
Never mind that a second test showed a negative result – one Harvard epidemiologist says that merely meant Trump was not yet infectious but he was, by the debate, “blazing positive” but decided to go on a potentially infect countless others. That act, the noted disease specialist and professor says, “was a massive, dangerous and likely intentional decision.”
Trump, as usual, especially in recent days, issued a quick statement via his spokesperson, this time denying the revelation in Meadows’ book, a revelation The Washington Post Wednesday afternoon reported it had confirmed with two other former Trump aides.
What is stunning is that, as Politico National Political Correspondent Meridith McGraw notes, Meadows himself retweeted Trump’s statement of denial:
Mark Meadows retweeted Trump\u2019s denialpic.twitter.com/hUxZRL2OTP— Meridith McGraw (@Meridith McGraw) 1638392083
The Washington Post also notes that at least six people close to Trump tested positive for coronavirus shortly after the debate, including Melania Trump, Hope Hicks, Stephen Miller, and Kayleigh McEnany.
“Trump on Wednesday was furious that Meadows revealed the anecdote in his forthcoming book and that it was published via the liberal-leaning Guardian website, according to a person familiar with the former president’s reaction, who requested anonymity to reveal a private conversation,” the Post adds. “Meadows through an emissary has offered to put out a statement ‘clarifying things,’ but that offer was rejected, the person said.”
Writer and political activist Don Winslow has another take on the day’s events:
Notice how Donald Trump's three line statement today denying the Covid-test story does NOT mention Mark Meadows even though the claim ORIGINATES in Meadows upcoming book.\n\nIn EVERY other case Trump attacks the person by name + denigrates them.\n\nTrump and Meadows are in lock step.— Don Winslow (@Don Winslow) 1638395320