Candidates backed by Donald Trump prevailed in multiple Republican primaries on Tuesday, while a statewide ballot initiative in Kansas that would have allowed new restrictions on abortion was soundly rejected. The results showed that the former president, and his false claims that the 2020 election was tainted by fraud, still hold sway over Republican voters, while also suggesting that anger over the Supreme Court's June decision to end the nationwide constitutional right to abortion could fire up Democrats ahead of the November midterm elections. In Michigan, Tudor Dixon, a conservative comme...
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Republicans 'have blood on their hands': J6 member says Cincinnati gunman is dead because he 'believed the lies'
Toxic rhetoric by Republicans following an FBI execution of a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago is responsible for the death of the Ohio man who allegedly attacked the FBI field office in Cincinnati, according to a member of the House Select Committee Investigating the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Ricky Shiffer, 42, was reportedly at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 and an account on Donald Trump's Truth Social website appeared to post between his attack and his final, fatal encounter with law enforcement.
"Well, I thought I had a way through bullet proof glass, and I didn't. If you don't hear from me, it is true I tried attacking the F.B.I., and it'll mean either I was taken off the internet, the F.B.I. got me, or they sent the regular cops while —" the post ended, apparently mid sentence.
The same account posted angry posts on Truth Social the day after the search warrant was executed.
"People, this is it," the account warned. "I hope a call to arms comes from someone better qualified, but if not, this is your call to arms from me. Leave work tomorrow as soon as the gun shop/Army-Navy store/pawn shop opens, get whatever you need to be ready for combat. We must not tolerate this one."
Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), a member of the select committee, spoke with Raw Story about the impact of the GOP attacks on the FBI.
"What I am worried about is the irresponsible language that elected officials who have a platform are using, that is causing — that caused people to show up here on Jan. 6 and engage in violence against law enforcement officers," Murphy said.
"I am concerned that the same language on the very same channels at the same level, maybe even higher this time, is going to result in people losing their lives," she said.
"And we already saw that happen once, with the Cincinnati shouting," Murphy continued. "This person believed the lies that were sold to him by people in positions of power, he acted on it and committed crimes and as a result lost his life."
"I think that elected officials who have a platform also have a responsibility to be careful about their language. And so, perpetrating these lies, they have blood on their hands," Murphy concluded.
With additional reporting by Matt Laslo.
United States Congressman Mike Turner (R-Ohio) suggested on Friday that the nuclear documents that the Federal Bureau of Investigation reportedly recovered from former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago mansion in Palm Beach, Florida during the execution of a search warrant on Monday are no big deal.
"I can tell you that there are a number of things that are classified that fall under the umbrella of nuclear weapons but that are not necessarily things that are truly classified," Turner, who serves on the House Intelligence Committee, told reporters at a press conference. "Many of them you can find on your own phone as we stand here and if they fall into that category, they're not an imminent national security threat that would rise to the level of, you have to raid Donald Trump's home and spend nine hours there."
There are "two types of classification," according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's website. "The first type, known as national security information, is information that is classified by an Executive Order. Its release would damage national security to some degree. The second type, known as restricted data, is information that is classified by the Atomic Energy Act. It would assist individuals or organizations in designing, manufacturing, or using nuclear weapons. Access to both types of information is restricted to authorized persons who have been properly cleared and have a 'need to know' the information for their official duties. For additional detail, see Classified Information."
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\u201cTurner: There are a number of things that are classified that fall under the umbrella of nuclear weapons but that are not necessarily things that are truly classified. Many of them you can find on your own phone\u201d— Acyn (@Acyn) 1660314599
Top Wisconsin Republican fires 'election fraud' investigator who demanded 2020 election be decertified: report
On Friday, The Daily Beast reported that Robin Vos, the Speaker of the Wisconsin Assembly and one of the most powerful Republicans in the state of Wisconsin, has fired Michael Gableman, the former state Supreme Court justice he appointed to investigate former President Donald Trump's baseless allegations of voter fraud.
"Under pressure to open a probe, Robin Vos had hand-picked Michael Gableman, a former Wisconsin Supreme Court justice, to lead one," reported Emily Hernandez. "But their relationship soured to the point where Gableman and Trump endorsed Vos’ primary opponent, who narrowly lost to Vos on Tuesday night. Vos, in turn, called Gableman an 'embarrassment to himself' and to the state."
"One catalyst for the firing was Gableman’s suggestion that Wisconsin lawmakers decertify the 2020 election, which is unconstitutional," the report continued. "Gableman even acknowledged privately to Vos that it was impossible. The probe, funded by taxpayers, became widely unpopular on both sides. One Republican senator said she had 'zero respect' for Gableman, and firing him 'would have been a better decision six months ago.'"
Gableman relied on heavy-handed tactics to try to validate Trump's conspiracy theories, at one point even trying to order the Waukesha County sheriff to arrest the mayors of Green Bay and Madison for not responding to his emails that went into their spam folders.
As the probe has continued, legal troubles mounted for Gableman. He was held in contempt of court by a state judge for refusing to turn over records that were part of his investigation. And in June, he blew up at that judge in court, taunting the bailiff and daring court officers to arrest him — an action for which he may be in danger of losing his law license.
Gableman's probe was part of a number of controversial state investigations authorized by Republicans around the country, another being a privately conducted "audit" of votes in Maricopa County by the security firm Cyber Ninjas, that also failed to find any basis for overturning the election.