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Authorities in Alabama have launched a massive manhunt after two deputies were shot while trying to make an arrest.
"A massive manhunt is underway for 26-year-old Austin Patrick Hall, a convicted felon who has been arrested on 46 criminal charges since he was 17," Carol Robinson reported for the Birmingham News. "District Attorney Michael Jackson said the Bibb County Sheriff’s deputies were chasing a male in a stolen vehicle when the suspect got out and fired shots, striking both deputies."
The newspaper reported at least one deputy is in critical condition.
Hall, a white male, stands 5'9" and weighs 169 lbs.
"More than 100 law enforcement officers from at least 17 agencies are currently searching for Austin Patrick Hall. He is considered a serious threat to the public," Robinson reported.
She provided a list of departments involved that included "troopers with ALEA’s Highway Patrol Division, Aviation Unit and Special Agents with ALEA’s State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Alabama attorney general’s office, Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, Perry County Sheriff’s Office, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Chilton County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Wilcox County Sheriff’s Office, Clarke County Sheriff’s Office, Vestavia Hills Police Department, Demopolis Police Department, Thorsby Police Department, Moundville Police Department, Pelham Police Department and officers with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources."
A prayer vigil was held Wednesday evening:
Donald Trump took to his Truth Social alternative to Twitter to complain about the investigation being conducted by the House Select Committee Investigating the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Trump's posted his thoughts after the select committee issued a subpoena to Trump White House counsel Pat Cipollone.
“The Select Committee’s investigation has revealed evidence that Mr. Cipollone repeatedly raised legal and other concerns about President Trump’s activities on January 6th and in the days that preceded," Chair Bennie Thompson (D-MS) said in announcing the subpoena.
"The inquiry includes examination of former President Trump's awareness of and involvement in activities undertaken to subvert the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, including the submission of fake electoral ballots to Congress and the executive branch, and the attempted appointment of Jeffrey Clark as acting attorney general, and efforts to interfere with the Congressional certification of the electoral results on Jan. 6, 2021," the select committee wrote in its subpoena letter. "Our investigation has revealed credible evidence that you have information concerning these and other issues with the scope of the select committee's inquiry."
Trump apparently did not like the direction the select committee was headed.
The former president wrote, "Unselect Committee (sic) is asking to interview the former White House counsel for dirt, even though that would set a terrible precedent for future Presidents. NO!"
Trump also denied he "tried to commandeer control of a moving White House Limo."
The Department of Justice was "blindsided" by Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony as the House Select Committee Investigating the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol, The New York Times reported Wednesday.
On May 19, the same newspaper reported DOJ had requested interview transcripts from the select committee.
On June 16, committee member Zoe Lofgren told Raw Story they would be turning over evidence and transcripts.
"The federal prosecutors working on the case watched the aide’s appearance before the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, riot and were just as astonished by her account of former President Donald J. Trump’s increasingly desperate bid to hold on to power as other viewers. The panel did not provide them with videos or transcripts of her taped interviews with committee members beforehand, according to several officials, leaving them feeling blindsided," The Times reported.
The select committee subpoenaed Trump White House chief of staff Pat Cipollone on Wednesday. He held the same position that Watergate hearing star witness John Dean held in the Nixon administration.
The newspaper noted Tuesday's hearing "came at a critical moment in parallel investigations that will soon converge, and possibly collide, as the committee wraps up a public inquiry geared for maximum political effect and the department intensifies a high-stakes investigation aimed at securing airtight convictions."
Democrats control both the legislative and judicial branches in Washington, DC.
"Committee members have repeatedly suggested that Attorney General Merrick B. Garland has not moved fast enough to follow up their investigative leads. But for reasons that are not entirely clear — classic Washington bureaucratic territorialism, the department’s unwillingness to share information or the desire to stage-manage a successful public forum — members have resisted turning over hundreds of transcripts until they are done with their work," the newspaper reported. "Senior Justice Department officials say that has slowed their investigation. Ms. Hutchinson’s name has not yet appeared on subpoenas and other court documents related to their investigation into the effort to overturn the 2020 election, and she did not seem to be a primary witness before the hearings."
The split has also angered Democrats who are not on the select committee.
“We need some action from the D.O.J., and we need it now,” Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) told the newspaper.
“We’re in a time crunch now. Every day these criminals walk free is one more day of them evading justice. As we get closer to the midterm elections, I fear not acting will only empower the complicit Republicans more if they take power," he said.
Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA), who practiced law for a quarter-century before being elected to Congress, scolded Garland to do his job.
\u201cToday shows clear evidence from a brave insider who heard & saw a seditious conspiracy that included a compliant Mark Meadows & an unhinged Donald J. Trump. Merrick Garland Do Your Job!\u201d— Rep. Hank Johnson (@Rep. Hank Johnson) 1656441243