Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during much of the Trump administration, said in an interview aired Friday that he believes COVID-19 likely originated from a lab in Wuhan, China, but he did not provide evidence to support the theory. Redfield’s personal opinion is not in line with the prevailing scientific premise that the virus emerged either through animal-to-human transmission or shipment of frozen food products. “I still think the most likely etiology of this pathology in Wuhan was from a laboratory,” Redfield told CNN. “Other people don’...
A 71-year-old Pennsylvania man has been charged by the Department of Justice with assaulting police officers during the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
Like many other MAGA rioters that day, Howard Charles Richardson of King Prussia was captured on video as part of the crowd fighting with law enforcement outside the building. But Richardson was also betrayed by an unusual witness, according to the Feds: His own diary.
The FBI visited Richardson October 25 at his home, according to the criminal complaint against him. Here’s how that went:
‘Agents executed a search warrant for Richardson's residence and person. During the search, agents located two red hats and a black and blue windbreaker with a "Brigantine Beach" logo on the upper left chest, which matches the jacket Richardson is seen wearing (at the riot). Agents also found a day planner that Richardson acknowledged was his. Richardson wrote that he parked at 11:00 a.m., was at the front of the Capitol building at 12: 15 p.m., "gates were breeched" at 1:00 p.m., "moving up to steps" at 1:30-1 :45 p.m., and "got pepper sprayed" at 2:00 p.m. He noted that he "started to leave" the Capitol at 3:30 p.m. (U.S. Capitol surveillance footage in fact shows RICHARDSON, identified by the same blue windbreaker and khaki pants, walking away from the Capitol building at approximately 3: 10 p.m. on January 6.)”
The FBI also cited more conventional video evidence against Richardson, as reported in a DOJ new release:
“Video footage depicts Richardson in a group near the bicycle rack-style barricades outside the Capitol. At approximately 1:38 p.m., carrying a metal flagpole with a blue flag attached, he approached an officer with the Metropolitan Police Department. In the video, Richardson can be heard yelling, “here it comes,” before swiftly approaching the officer’s position and striking the officer with the flagpole three times. He only stopped swinging after the flagpole broke in his hands.”
Richardson is charged with engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds, civil disorder, and assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers with a dangerous weapon, among other charges.
You can read the FBI complaint against Richardson here.
Stacey Abrams announces run for governor in Georgia -- just over a year after she helped flip the state blue
Stacey Abrams is setting herself up for a rematch with Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp.
Abrams on Wednesday announced her intention to run for governor in the Peach State next year, and released a video where she said that "my job has been to put my head down and keep working toward one Georgia, for that farmer in Peach County, for that teacher in Sparta, for that mechanic in College Park."
Abrams is widely credited with helping President Joe Biden win Georgia in 2020 with her work identifying and registering Democratic voters in her state.
In addition to helping elect Biden, who was the first Democratic presidential candidate to win Georgia since Bill Clinton in 1992, Abrams also helped elected Sens. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) and Jon Ossoff (D-GA), who together gave Democrats their current majority in the Senate.
Incumbent Brian Kemp, who narrowly defeated Abrams in 2018, has been the focus of ire from former President Donald Trump, who even went so far as to suggest that he would prefer to see Abrams win the state than for Kemp to win reelection.
Watch Abrams's campaign video below.
I\u2019m running for Governor because opportunity in our state shouldn\u2019t be determined by zip code, background or access to power. #gapol\n\nBe a founding donor to my campaign:\nhttps://secure.actblue.com/donate/afg22-tw?refcode=120121\u00a0\u2026pic.twitter.com/z14wUlo8ls— Stacey Abrams (@Stacey Abrams) 1638390049
The suspect in the Michigan school shooting has been identified by Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald as 15-year-old sophomore student Ethan Crumbley.
Police said that a Crumbley opened fire with a semi-automatic handgun at Oxford High School, which is near Detroit, shooting at least 30 rounds that have now left four students dead and six students and one teacher wounded.
The suspect's father allegedly purchased the 9mm Sig Sauer that was in the shooting just four days earlier on Black Friday. Prosecutors say that charges are being considered against both of his parents.
Ethan Crumbley, only 15, is identified as the accused shooter who killed four classmates at a Michigan high school. He had posted on Instagram just days ago a photo of his father\u2019s gun, pretending it was his. Yet this didn\u2019t raise any red flags? Sirens should have been blaring.pic.twitter.com/ySLdrdgPuq— Mike Sington (@Mike Sington) 1638387253
Crumbley has been charged as an adult with murder, terrorism, assault, and weapons possession charges. He had posted photos of the gun, and him firing it, to social media just before the shooting.
“I am absolutely sure after reviewing evidence that it isn’t even a close call," McDonald said at a briefing. "It was absolutely premeditated.”
There was no immediate explanation for the attack, which sent panic through the 1,800 students at the school, according to police.
Crumbley surrendered to police in the hallway of the school, with several rounds still in the gun, police said.
"In investigating the incident with the school, the suspect had been involved in a meeting over behavior issues the prior day and the day of the shooting. The Sheriff's Office was not made aware of the meeting or became aware of any issue until after the event occurred. Nothing of concern was noted in his school file prior to the first meeting. There are also no documented cases of bullying of the suspect with the school," the Oakland County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.
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With reporting from AFP