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Dem Congressman reveals some GOP lawmakers expressed 'glee' and 'were having a good time' during Capitol riot
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) revealed some details about his experience on Jan. 6 when the Capitol was under siege.
According to the Congressman, while the Capitol was being torn apart, an attacker was being shot and terrified congressional staffers were hiding afraid for their lives, some Republicans were filled with "glee."
Maloney explained that the American public should know the truth and he encouraged the Biden White House to release Trump-era documents related to the hours when the riot took place.
"It's pretty simple," he began. "Let the facts come out. If the president and Kevin McCarthy and other members of Congress were involved in inciting or encouraging a violent attack on the Capitol, I think we should know that. If they weren't, we will know that, too. But I do think that it's important that this special committee get all the information about a completely unprecedented attack on our Capitol, and the American public should want that."
MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace asked him why Republicans seem to care so much about covering up their actions when so much of what they were saying and doing was in public view. She recalled Trump saying, "we want Mike to do the right thing."
"Where do you think the fervor comes from to keep secret their conversations with Donald Trump?" she asked.
He explained that's the question they hope to answer with the Jan. 6 committee.
"You are right, we already have, out in the open, outrageous conduct, inciting an insurrection against the Capitol, there is really no debate about that," said Maloney. "Denying the science and trying to flip the results in Georgia and other places. Let's know the details, too, let's know who on Capitol Hill was involved in it. That's fair. I think there is a reason why they are so freaked out about their conduct and their actions being revealed on that terrible day."
Wallace asked about the Republican officials who had already confirmed that they spoke to the president, so she and Maloney both didn't understand what they have to hide.
"Let's just get the facts," Maloney began. "I was there on the House floor, at that location with a bunch of Republicans who were -- one in particular who was gleeful of the events transpiring outside. It took me a minute to understand why she was having such a good time. But I saw it. I saw it with her staff who caught up with her. They were excited about what was going on. They had been at the White House, I believe, the day before talking about what was going to happen."
He noted that it wasn't exactly a mystery when Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) was at the rally "whipping up the crowd and pointing them to the Capitol, I believe with a bullet-proof vest on."
Malone explained that the important facts are about deciding what Trump knew and when he knew it and how he was coordinating with Republicans on the ground in the Capitol.
"Congressman, who was the gleeful Republican?" Wallace asked.
"Well, I don't want to say but her initials were Marjorie Taylor Greene," he said.
Maloney went on to recall what it was like being in the undisclosed location with Republicans mocking Democrats trying to give them masks.
"It took me a minute to notice why they were having a good time," he said. "Look, I am reading into their behavior but it seemed to me like they were enjoying what was happening and when they united with some of their staff and some of the people they had been separated from, it was clear to me that they were happy in a way that made no sense given the tragedy that was unfolding."
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The Republican district attorney of Somerset County, Pennsylvania is facing multiple charges related to an alleged sexual assault he committed over the weekend.
The Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that Somerset County DA Jeffrey Lynn Thomas has been charged with rape, strangulation, criminal trespass, and other charges after a woman reported that he came to her house and assaulted her.
"Police said Mr. Thomas entered the home of a female acquaintance and refused to leave after being told to get out of the house," writes the Post Gazette. "The district attorney is then said to have sexually and physically assaulted the woman."
The Daily Beast notes that the 36-year-old Thomas ran for DA as a tough-on-crime candidate, although he's now been charged with several crimes of his own.
The publication also points to reports that Thomas's alleged victim "knew Thomas in a professional capacity and that she had for years rebuffed his persistent sexual advances."
Thomas was arranged on Wednesday and is being held on $5,000 bail.
New poll finds broad support -- even among Trump voters -- for a pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants
The survey of 323 Arizona voters between Sept. 10 and 18 found broad support, even among Trump voters, for “earned citizenship" for undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children (often called dreamers), farmworkers, essential workers and those with Temporary Protected Status. Earned citizenship is a term that broadly means naturalization that is granted after immigrants pay a fine, pass language tests or other meet requirements to comply with eligibility.
It comes as Democrats in Congress struggle to pass a pathway for citizenship for millions, but not all, undocumented immigrants through the budget reconciliation process.
The poll was commissioned by the American Business Immigration Coalition and FWD.us, an immigration and criminal justice reform advocacy group, and released during a press call. The survey was conducted by Democratic polling firm BSP Research and Republican firm Shaw & Company Research. Arizona was one of 11 battleground states polled.
Rep. Greg Stanton, D-Ariz., spoke at the press event. He said Arizona is home to an estimated 170,000 undocumented residents who are dreamers, farmworkers and TPS holders.
“No state stands to benefit more from immigration modernization than my home state of Arizona," Stanton said. “It's clear to me that Americans, regardless of political affiliation, are demanding immigration reform. It's up to us to deliver."
Stanton, who supported the House version of the reconciliation package that includes a pathway to citizenship for some immigrants, called on other Democrats in Congress and the White House to end the paralysis in the Senate.
GOP pollster Daron Shaw, of Shaw & Company Research, said conservatives have supported a pathway to citizenship for certain kinds of undocumented immigrants for a long time.
The poll also showed that, when considering the economic contributions of some immigrants with no permanent status in Arizona, the majority of voters support a path to citizenship for dreamers, farmworkers, and essential workers.
Majorities of Trump supporters and self-described conservatives backed a pathway to citizenship. Among Trump voters, 61% support a pathway to citizenship for dreamers, 58% for farmworkers and 50% for essential workers who are undocumented. Those polled who identified as conservatives support citizenship by 66% for dreamers, 59% for farmworkers and 56% for essential workers. Overall, nearly 4 out of 5 Arizona voters supported this pathway.
Democratic pollster Matt Barreto, a principal at BSP Research, said Arizona voters have changed significantly from the late 2000s, when anti-immigrant sentiment was at its height in the state. Barreto said the poll showed a majority of Arizona voters don't want to see the removal of undocumented immigrants and they understand that undocumented immigrants contribute to the economy.
“They can relate to the immigrants they work with in their communities," he said.
The poll also showed most Arizona voters polled support Democrats taking action now even without Republican votes of support, Barreto said.
“Simply put, Arizona voters are tired of inaction and are ready for reforms they believe will benefit small businesses and the economy as a whole," the pollsters concluded in their analysis of the results.
The poll found over 60% of Arizona voters say immigrant laws and regulations are not working.
“Voters don't believe the system is working well, (and) it's been a 20-30 year issue," Barreto said. “Now we have an opportunity here."
Alejandra Gomez, co-executive director of Living United for Change Arizona, said the poll also signals what community members who talk with voters have known for years: that “being anti-immigrant no longer provides a viable path to victory."
“(The poll) further validates the fact that immigration is no longer an issue among conservatives because most are in support of a pathway to citizenship," she said.
Gomez said the poll should send a message to U.S. Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly that their constituents want them to pass a pathway to citizenship.
“This poll perfectly illustrates that, at the end of the day, Arizonans are not worried about Senate rules and procedures, they grow weary of the centrists in Congress conducting performative and self-defeating theatre," she said. “Positioning yourselves a few steps closer to the center no matter the cost despite the reality of public opinion to prove a point is not a winning strategy."
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