By Brad Brooks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Travis Cains looks over to the spot where he and George Floyd watched the world go by when they were young. All that's left of the clubhouse across the street from the Cuney Homes projects where they debated sports and hip hop are two battered concrete steps now leading to nowhere. The clubhouse is long gone. It was on those steps that Cains — who considers himself Floyd's older brother and stuck with him through the highs of sports stardom at school to the lows of addiction and incarceration — became convinced that Floyd was destined to make his mark on the ...
On CNN Wednesday, anchor Chris Cuomo called on Republicans to answer for whether they agree with Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and his conspiracy theories in support of the Capitol rioters.
"Let's be honest, near half this country — at least you guys say you don't want to be a member of either of these parties," said Cuomo. "So you have all of you and the 30 percent of the remaining, reasonable people within Republican ranks. Now for those Republicans, I told you everybody else, ignore the game. For those within the game, because you are the game within the game within that party, are you going to keep paying attention to people like Paul Gosar, who helped incite the insurrection? Will you allow him to speak for you by defending the terrorists, like this?"
"Zero firearms from suspects charged with breaching the Capitol, to my knowledge, not a single person has been charged with a crime of insurrection," said Gosar in one clip. "Was Ashli Babbitt armed? No, she was wrapped in a U.S. flag," he said in another. She was actually wrapped in a Trump flag. "The truth is being censored and covered up. As a result, the DOJ is harassing peaceful patriots across the country," he said in yet another.
"He's got to read it because somebody had to make up all that tripe," said Cuomo. "Harass the peaceful patriots? Charging them with crimes is harassing them? These are peaceful patriots? Attacked more than 100 police officers on January 6th, a day of infamy, what's been declared an act of terror? He is full of it, and he knows it. He knows the truth. But he's playing the game. Change the game."
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Rachel Maddow explains how Bill Barr's corruption in document scandal could end in a Trump indictment
One of the biggest revelations this month was in the court decision by federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who ruled that former Attorney General Bill Barr lied to Congress, the court and the country when he claimed that the Justice Department had done an investigation into whether it could charge Donald Trump. Not only was there no investigation or collaboration with deputies and prosecutors, it was Barr's decision, followed by the falsification of documents to justify it after the fact.
Those documents are slated to become public by Monday if the new Justice Department doesn't fight the case. That comes as Democrats got former White House Counsel Don McGahn to agree to testify about what he told special counsel Robert Mueller in the Russia investigation that resulted in so many examples of obstruction of justice in part two of Mueller's report.
Judge Jackson "has already told us what her review of that document and of the Justice Department's actions around that time indicate about the process that was followed in terms of deciding whether or not Trump would be criminally charged," said Maddow. "What she's told us already in her ruling is that the Justice Department didn't substantively consider potential criminal charges against former President Trump, despite the evidence that was laid out against him."
Because it wasn't actually done by Barr, Maddow explained, "now they could" consider potential criminal charges against Trump. When Barr claimed to have done the "consideration," Trump was the president, and due to the Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel decision, presidents can't be indicted while in office. Trump isn't in office anymore. That means if the Justice Department does move forward with redoing the consideration of potential criminal charges and Trump is no longer protected by the OLC decision, he could be indicted for obstruction of justice on at least the ten counts included in the Mueller report.
As the adage goes, it's never the crime; it's always the cover-up. In this case, for Trump, it's both. Due to Barr's refusal to do a legitimate job in his ongoing attempts to protect Trump, it's coming back to haunt Trump without the benefit of protection.
See her full explainer below:
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On Wednesday, writing for The Arizona Republic, columnist Laurie Roberts laid into Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) for repeatedly offering a revisionist history in "spirited defense" of the pro-Trump insurrectionists who violently stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
"During a House hearing on the events of Jan. 6, Gosar chastised the FBI for having the nerve to ask the public's help in tracking down what he called 'peaceful patriots' and he demanded the security footage of what occurred before and during the riot," wrote Roberts. 'Such footage would provide answers that would contain exculpatory evidence regarding outrageous accusations against members of Congress,' he said, 'and most importantly, exonerate the many Americans who peacefully protested and never set foot in the Capitol.' Like the ones who dragged police officers down the Capitol steps and beat them with metal flagpoles and hockey sticks as the mob chanted 'USA USA USA'? The ones armed with wooden clubs and bear spray and knives?"
She also noted that Gosar demanded to know who "executed" deceased rioter Ashli Babbitt. "Babbitt, 35, of San Diego, was shot by a Capitol police officer as she attempted to break into the Speaker's Lobby, deep inside the Capitol, while members of the House were being evacuated," wrote Roberts. "Wearing a Trump flag as a cape, she attempted to crawl through a broken window in the barricaded doorway as officers ordered rioters to stop."
She wasn't wrapped in an American flag as Gosar claimed.
"Gosar himself was heavily involved in the Stop the Steal movement and according to Stop the Steal organizer Ali Alexander, he was one of three congressmen who helped plan the Jan. 6 rally in an effort to stop Congress from certifying the election results that day," wrote Roberts. "Gosar was actually on the House floor waxing on about Arizona's stolen election when Babbitt and her fellow 'peaceful patriots' were attempting to break into the joint ... Luckily for Gosar, it is apparently not a federal crime to flat out lie to Congress."
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