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Investigators want evidence Roger Stone created 'line of communication' from White House to extremists: Former prosecutor
On Monday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," former federal prosecutor Elie Honig responded to CNN's newly-obtained clips from the House January 6 Committee of longtime Donald Trump ally Roger Stone's activity in the months before January 6, likely to be aired at the committee's next hearing on Wednesday.
The new clip, obtained by Danish filmmakers in the weeks before the attack, shows Stone predicting Trump would plot to stay in power in the event of an election loss, and even a moment where he said, “F**k the voting, let’s get right to the violence. Shoot to kill, see an antifa, shoot to kill. F**k ’em. Done with this bullsh*t.” He immediately said he was joking.
"How revealing do you think that clip is which we just saw on tape from that Roger Stone documentary?" asked anchor Alex Marquardt. "What does it tell us?"
"This is one of the big remaining unanswered questions from the Jan. 6 Committee," said Honig. "They've answered a heck of a lot of questions, but one of the big ones that we don't know the answer to is was there a direct line of communication from the White House to some of these extremist groups."
Roger Stone, argued Honig, is the key to figuring out whether that sort of link existed.
"A lot of people have focused on Roger Stone because he has known connections to Oath Keepers and Proud Boys, and seen with those members leading up and on January 6," said Honig. "But we don't know if there was a line of communication established through Roger Stone, and that is a big focus on Wednesday."
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Clips of Roger Stone documentary show him trying to make a quick escape from DC after the insurrection
Far-right operative Roger Stone will be a piece of the Wednesday public hearing of the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on Congress and attempt to overthrow the election.
Stone had a video crew following him around for two years, from 2019 to 2021, and they captured Stone as he was participating in the Jan. 6 activities.
One clip MSNBC revealed showed Stone being told he needed to get out of town after the attack.
"All right, well we're going to start pulling our stuff together," Stone says on the phone. "All right, very good. Bye."
He turns to Kristin Davis and says, "Let's pack. We're outa here."
"Was that Lori?" Davis asks as Stone nods. "What time?"
"As soon as possible. They want to get out of town," says Stone.
MSNBC's Katie Phang, standing in for Ari Melber, said that it seems like Stone was running away from something.
"Yeah, well, we know that these filmmakers actually attended the Stop the Steal rally with Stone as he traveled to Washington and was in touch with the rioters that caused the violence at the Capitol and he was in part encouraging the violence and coordinating it," said Washington Post reporter Jackie Alemany. "What we still don't know and I'm curious to see, as I'm sure you both are as well, is whether or not Stone was directly in touch with the former president that day and just how closely he was coordinating with the president or whether or not there was some sort of liaison, a middleman that was relaying those communications."
It was reported earlier Monday that one of the clips of Stone shows him encouraging attackers to "shoot to kill" anyone they think might be anti-fascist protesters. He then claimed "I'm only kidding."
"The irony is that the documentary that rogers Stone did because he thought it would secure his legacy as a shrewd political operator looks look it's going end up potentially securing him a cell in federal prison," said former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal. "And you're exactly right to point to this notion of the law of criminal intent. Were you intending to do something? You've got a kind of classic Trumpian double-speak here from Roger Stone, where he first says, you know, he wants violence, bring it on. Then he says, of course, I'm only kidding. Yes, spatially you could say that means he's kidding. But read in context, and you do now have this film crew that's following him around for weeks and weeks, generating exactly that context. It's the kind of stuff that you can present to a jury and say, this is criminal intent."
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Last month, Etowah County in Alabama was exposed for putting pregnant women and women who'd just given birth in jail if they were charged with a crime. Thus far, ten women have been put in jail in the past three months and their lawyers took it to court on the grounds that it was unconstitutional, reported AL.com. That is finally changing, however.
One of the women, Ashley Banks, was charged with possession of marijuana and confessed to smoking cannabis two days earlier. She was immediately charged with "chemical endangerment of a child" and told she would only be allowed out of jail if she entered a drug rehabilitation facility and paid $10,000. She's not a drug addict, however, so no rehab center would accept her unless she lied that she was addicted to something. She has been evaluated twice.
Her family was able to raise the money for her bail, but she was denied because she had to go to rehab. While pregnant, she was forced to sleep on the floor and starved for three months before she could finally be let out, said National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW).
Another mother, who'd just given birth to her second child, tested positive for antihistamine and was put in jail for being an alleged meth addict while her newborn was still in the hospital.
After the lawsuits, pregnancy advocate groups and international attention, Etowah County has finally decided that perhaps it wasn't the best move.
Lawyers working with NAPW filed habeas petitions fighting the bail conditions and they were finally reduced to $2,500 and the rehab requirement removed. They're still making the women pay for pretrial monitoring, including drug tests every 48 to 72 hours.
NAPW staff lawyer Emma Roth, told AL.com that she hops it will mean fewer pregnant women or postpartum women are thrown in jail.
“This is a really significant victory and a huge step forward,” Roth said, “But it is not until the statute is amended or repealed that we can say that pregnancy and substance abuse will not be criminalized, but treated as a public health issue.”
Read the full report at AL.com.