KENOSHA, Wis. — The Kyle Rittenhouse trial ended much as it began, with defense attorneys painting the teen gunman as a do-gooder who came under attack and prosecutors portraying him as a wannabe soldier who fatally shot two unarmed men. The dueling portraits reflect the way a polarized country has viewed the shooting since it happened, and the closing arguments occasionally mimicked the vitriolic sound bites that have inflamed the case from the start. In a trial based on a very specific legal question, the politics surrounding the case — the First Amendment, the Second Amendment and police sh...
Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" with host Dana Bash, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) was closed-mouth on any evidence that House committee investigating the Jan 6th insurrection has gathered so far, but did say a decision to refer former Donald Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows to the Justice Department for a criminal indictment could come this week.
Saying the committee will follow any evidence, even if it leads to colleagues in Congress, Schiff said the subpoenaed Meadows is next for consideration for a criminal referral because he is refusing to speak to the committee or turn over documents related to the Jan 6th Capitol riot.
"We will follow the evidence if it leads back to members of Congress," Schiff told the host after stating, "For everyone who is trying to obstruct, like the former president, like Mr. Bannon and others, there are dozens and dozens of people who are coming forward voluntarily."
Asked about Meadows, he replied, "I think we will probably make a decision this week on our course of conduct with that particular witness and others. I can't go into any communications we are having with the witnesses, but we are moving with alacrity with anyone who obstructs the committee, and that was certainly the case with Mr. Bannon and the case with Mr. Meadows."
"We will follow the evidence if it leads back to members of Congress," Schiff says, adding that for every Steve Bannon there are dozens of people cooperating with the 1/6 committee.\n\nHe also says there could be a decision this week on referring Mark Meadows to DOJ for contempt.pic.twitter.com/wEW9D2fbpF— Jan Wolfe (@Jan Wolfe) 1638110053
'Unacceptable': GOP lawmaker in a panic that Marjorie Taylor Greene is becoming 'the face of the party'
During a CNN "Inside Politics" panel on the chaos being created within the Republican Party by far-right extremists members, CNN's Melanie Zanona reported that one GOP lawmaker expressed panic that the party is going to be defined by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) when the midterm elections come around.
On Saturday Zanona tweeted that a Republican in Congress told her House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is ignoring moderates to cater to the extremists in the caucus before warning McCarthy, "Our side isn't going to take this much longer."
During her Sunday appearance, Zanona elaborated on rumblings in the House against both McCarthy and Taylor Greene.
After sharing a quote from Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) expressing dismay at GOP discord, the CNN congressional correspondent told host Kaitlan Collins, "That's Chip Roy, he is a conservative in Texas. I heard from a moderate Republican who said, this is unacceptable. Marjorie Taylor Green cannot be the face of our party. It's going to hurt us in swing districts, it's going to undermine our chances of winning back the majority."
"He said, Kevin McCarthy needs to stop taking his moderates for granted," she continued. "Yes, they are catering to some of these fringe members because they are the most vocal, they're willing to go on the record about McCarthy."
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Appearing on CNN to talk about the conduct of Republican lawmakers who have been threatening and disparaging their Democratic colleagues to the point where they have been censured, former Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA) discussed the work she is doing to oust Reps. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) from Congress.
Speaking with host Jim Acosta, Comstock slammed Boebert for her highly-publicized and vile comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar (MN) where the Colorado Republican compared the Democrat to a terrorist.
"We know since January 6th and even before, there have been more threats to members of Congress than ever," Comstock told Acosta. "This year is going to be the highest sort of threat level that there's ever been. When you have this kind of just unconscionable attack -- and it's not just that she needs to apologize to the congresswoman who she attacked, she needs to apologize to the American people. She needs to apologize to the Republican party and a lot of other people. It goes way beyond that."
Continuing speaking on Boebert, she added, "I'd also like to point out that she has a Republican opponent, Marina Zimmerman, who in response to [Rep] Adam Kinzinger pointed out Lauren Boebert is 'trash,' I would agree, and Marina Zimmerman said help me take out the trash and that's what I think needs to be done here."
"Both Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Greene have Republican women who are running against them in the primary," she explained. "I'm on two PACs that support Republican women who we specifically do not support Marjorie Greene or Lauren Boebert, and you know, even -- those are very red districts, you're going to end up with a Republican. You can have a conservative Republican woman without having a crazy, you know, very unpleasant, you know, nasty, you know, unconscionable congressperson who, by the way, neither of these women are getting anything done in Congress for their constituents. Zippo, nothing."
"These women aren't doing anything of help to the country, and they're divisive, and they are dangerous," she added.
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