A GoFundMe page aimed at raising $5 million bail for the Wisconsin man accused of plowing his SUV through a Christmas parade in Waukesha has been pulled from the platform. Darrell Brooks Jr. was charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide following the holiday event on Sunday. Five people were pronounced dead on the scene while a sixth victim, 8-year-old Jackson Sparks, died days later in an area hospital. During a court appearance on Tuesday, Brooks was ordered held on $5 million bail — sparking swift backlash given prosecutors previously admitted Brooks was only able to rip...
Capitol riot committee 'quietly issued an unknown number of subpoenas' to key Trump officials: report
On Tuesday, the Huffington Post reported that the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 Capitol attack has been doing an enormous amount of work "beneath the radar" that has not been made public — and have "quietly issued an unknown number of subpoenas" to former Trump administration officials.
This suggests that the committee's public steps, which include securing the cooperation of former Mike Pence chief of staff Marc Short and threatening a contempt referral against Trump chief of Staff Mark Meadows, could barely scratch the surface of the committee's activity.
“'While we’ve announced roughly 40 subpoenas, the select committee has heard from 275 witnesses, both individuals complying with subpoenas and those participating with our investigation voluntarily," one unnamed aide told Huffington Post reporter S.V. Date. "We’ve taken in more than 30,000 pages of records, received hundreds of tips, and are making rapid progress in this phase of our investigation."
According to the report, "while the committee in August released letters to 35 telecommunications and technology companies asking them to preserve records of certain individuals, the names of those people were not released, and it was not until Meadows’ lawyer told the committee his client would not be cooperating that it became clear that Meadows — who was with Trump all that day — was among them."
Meadows recently reneged on his offer to cooperate with the committee, claiming that the House investigators were not respecting the former president's executive privilege.
All of this comes amid fears that if Republicans win control of the House in 2022 and the committee has not yet arrived at its final conclusions, they will move to shut down the committee.
NBC 4 Washington reporter Scott MacFarlane on Tuesday posted a new video in which he discussed the upcoming cases involving pro-Trump Capitol rioters that he believes are "can't miss."
MacFarlane started out by noting how difficult it can be to keep track of all the MAGA rioter cases, as hundreds of people so far have been arrested for breaching the Capitol and temporarily halting the certification of the 2020 presidential election.
"There's a small subset of cases that I've circled on my calendar... because they are not to be missed," he continued.
MacFarlane then explained that he's particularly looking at the MAGA rioters who have decided to represent themselves in court because those hearings can be "the least predictable" of all.
He brought up the specific example of Minnesota MAGA rioter Brian Mock, who pleaded not guilty to assaulting Capitol Police officers and who allegedly threatened a fellow Trump supporter who went with him to the Capitol because he feared she might rat him out to the FBI.
"He's representing himself and filed a 43-page handwritten motion recently to get his indictment dismissed," MacFarlane said. "Among the things he argues is that the police were unprepared and that they used excessive force that day."
However, MacFarlane argues that such arguments would be best used during his trial -- and that they were not going to convince any court to flat-out throw away his indictment.
Check out some more cases MacFarlane is watching in the video below.
The last time former president Donald Trump visited the Amway Center in Orlando, it was for a free MAGA rally kicking off his re-election campaign in 2019. On Sunday, Trump will return to the Amway Center, but this time supporters will have to "pay big" to see him, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
The newspaper notes that tickets for the event – the second stop on Trump's "History Tour" with disgraced former Fox News Host Bill O'Reilly — "start at $100 for upper deck seats and run into the thousands of dollars for VIP packages," which reportedly include “floor seats, a 45-minute reception before the show, and photos with Trump and O’Reilly.”
Aubrey Jewett, a professor of political science at the University of Central Florida, told the Sentinel: “It’s interesting because one assumes that if Trump really does decide to run for office again, he will mostly hold free events as campaign rallies to try to get thousands and thousands of people to show up. But now he’s trying to cash in, I guess. … And given the cost, it’s the intersection of two groups: people who are big Trump fans, and people who have some money.”
Jewett called the ticket prices eyebrow-raising for an event where Trump will presumably bash “elites."
“I’m sure you’ll probably see some blue-collar people, because even people who are, quote, unquote, ‘blue collar’ make a great living if you’re in a trade like construction, electrical, plumbing,” he said. “But for many blue-collar Trump fans, it’s probably outside their budget, and they’ll probably wait for a free event, assuming that Trump runs again.”
When Politico reported in July that ticket sales for the "History Tour" weren't going well, O'Reilly threatened to sue the site's reporter. The Sentinel reported Tuesday that while most seats on the floor and in the lower bowl were listed as sold or unavailable for Sunday's event, there were plenty of available seats in the rear lower bowl and upper decks.
“If it’s mobbed, I think that just reiterates that Trump’s popularity within the Republican Party and the conservative movement is still really strong. And it probably also would be an indication that it’s more likely that he’ll run again for president," Jewett told the newspaper. “But on the flip side, if not many people show, then I think Democratic and liberal critics will say that it shows that the Trump phenomenon has maybe hit its peak. And that there is a limit to what he can get away with.”