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Notorious GOP dirty trickster Roger Stone lashed out on Saturday ahead of Wednesday's public hearing by the House Select Committee Investigating the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol.
"As the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol enters the final months of its inquiry, panel member Rep. Jamie Raskin, Democrat of Maryland, teased Friday that the panel would likely reveal more of its findings related to longtime Trump ally Roger Stone," CBS News reported. "According to a report by Politico, committee aides in August traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark, to review documentary footage related to Stone. A team of Danish filmmakers followed Stone for over two years, over a period that included Jan. 6, 2021, when Trump supporters violently stormed the Capitol."
Wednesday's hearing will not be in primetime, but instead will begin at 1 p.m. eastern.
"I think there might be some clues that surface from the new information we got there," Raskin said at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin in an interview with CBS News correspondent Robert Costa.
CBS News reported, "The Maryland Democrat and former constitutional law professor identified Stone, along with other Trump allies like Michael Flynn and Steve Bannon, as someone who 'was interfacing with the underworld of domestic violence extremists.' Asked how Stone figures in the Jan. 6 story, Raskin replied, 'stay tuned' — but told Costa that Stone 'saw where things were going.'"
Stone lashed out at the report on Donald Trump's Truth Social website.
"A fresh load of BS to be delivered Wednesday," Stone predicted. "Any claim or assertion that I knew in advance about, participated in or condoned any illegal act on January 6 is categorically false. The campaign of 'guilt by association' is obviously going to continue."
"Will this fake pasted up BS never end?" Stone wondered. "Raskin is a congenital liar and con-man like [Adam] Schiff."
\u201cU.S. Rep. @jamie_raskin joins us at #TribFest22 for a live conversation moderated by @costareports on the Jan. 6 investigation and more. Tune in here. https://t.co/Ex8fVSq8Yi\u201d— Texas Tribune (@Texas Tribune) 1663965024
On Friday's episode of "Real Time With Bill Maher," documentary filmmaker Michael Moore expressed his hopes in relation to the upcoming midterm elections in November.
"We've talked about the midterms many times here," said Maher at the top of the segment. "I think there's sort of a bright spot there in the fact that the country is on the brink of disaster which, for the first time I can remember, the midterms are sexy. This is the one we usually have trouble getting people to go out and vote for, but now there's very high enthusiasm for a midterm election. What do you think is gonna happen?"
"Everybody needs to show up," said Moore. "And you need to bring 5 to ten people with you. Bring beer, make it a fun thing, have a party afterwards, whatever."
Being a self-proclaimed pessimist, Moore states emphatically that he's "never felt this optimistic."
"I was on your show six years ago when I said that Trump was gonna win, and the audience booed me . . . I think I had a pretty good sense of what was gonna happen. I think the opposite is gonna happen this time."
"I think that there is going to be such a landslide against the traitors, especially the 147 Republicans who just, hours after the insurrection, voted to not certify the elected president of the United States, Joe Biden. I think there are going to be so many people coming out to vote. I wanna thank the Supreme Court for reminding women they are in fact second-class citizens, and taking their rights away like this . . . I think there's gonna be such a massive turnout of women."
"There are so many signs of this," Moore continues, "I honestly think if we all do our work . . . we have a chance to do something."
Moore's appearance on the show coincides with the 20-year anniversary of his documentary, "Bowling for Columbine," which shed a light not only on the tragic shooting that took place at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999, but on the inherent problems experienced in the country as a result of lax gun laws and regulations.
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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz vehemently defended Texas’ gun laws at The Texas Tribune Festival on Saturday, engaging in a spirited debate with audience members about semi-automatic rifles, mass shootings and school security.
Cruz, in an onstage conversation with the Washington Examiner’s David M. Drucker in Austin, blasted Democrats for their response to mass shootings, saying the party wants to take firearms away from law-abiding citizens.
At the conclusion of the interview, some attendees repeatedly booed and heckled Cruz as he answered an audience question seeking his ideas on how to limit or prevent mass shootings. Cruz, like many Republican officials, adamantly opposes a ban on semi-automatic rifles. He cited the example of Stephen Willeford, the man who grabbed a rifle and ran to First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs when he heard about a shooting there, helping to end the violence that left 26 victims dead.
“The weapon that Stephen used to stop that was an AR-15,” Cruz said.
\u201c.@tedcruz says one of the most effective ways to prevent mass shootings is to "enhance security at vulnerable targets" and add more police in schools.\n\nBut experts say more law enforcement on campuses doesn\u2019t necessarily make schools safer. https://t.co/HYwikriccm #TribFest22\u201d— Texas Tribune (@Texas Tribune) 1664038112
Audience members accused him of not answering the question about how he would end mass shootings and frequently shouted over him as he discussed some of the eight mass shootings that have happened in Texas in the past 13 years.
But as crowd members shouted to the stage, the two-term senator pleaded for audience members to address the issue civilly, saying they could have a “rational discussion about what policy steps would actually work to stop them.”
“If the objective is to stop these crimes, gun control is singularly ineffective,” Cruz said. “When you disarm law-abiding citizens … [they] give up their weapons. The criminals don’t.”
When spectators applauded his allusion to Democrats’ gun control efforts, Cruz brushed the idea off, saying, “You can clap for that, except for the minor problem that it doesn’t work.”
The conversation happened about a three-hour drive from Uvalde, where 19 children and two teachers were killed in May by an 18-year-old with an AR-15. In the aftermath of the shooting, many Uvalde community members and relatives of victims have called for raising the age at which Texans can purchase a semi-automatic weapon from 18 to 21. Cruz notably focused his proposed fixes on school security, calling for armed officers in schools to keep children safe and for limiting the entrance to schools to one door.
Those proposals have received pushback from people who say they would be logistically and financially prohibitive and who note that there were scores of armed officers on the scene in Uvalde within minutes of the shooting. Proponents of some gun restrictions say measures like safe storage laws, enhanced background checks and red flag laws, which allow courts to temporarily take guns away from people judged to be a danger to themselves or others, would be more successful in reducing gun violence.
\u201cAt #TribFest22, an attendee tells @tedcruz \u201cviolence doesn\u2019t solve violence.\u201d\n\nCruz responds: \u201cIt actually is the only thing that does.\u201d\u201d— Texas Tribune (@Texas Tribune) 1664041746
In the wake of the Uvalde shooting, Cruz has pushed legislation that would provide funding to double the number of school resource officers and significantly increase mental health support at schools.
Cruz said people generally have misunderstandings of what constitutes an assault-style rifle and that politicians take advantage of that.
As he spoke, an audience member yelled out, “Violence doesn’t solve violence.”
“It actually is the only thing that does,” Cruz said. “Violence doesn’t solve violence? That is actually why the left wants to abolish police and why you see murder rates skyrocketing.”