According to a report from the Daily Beast, one of the alleged Capitol rioters accused of trashing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office and stealing police body armor on Jan 6th. has been released from jail pending his trial.
William Robert Norwood III of South Carolina has been charged with obstruction of an official proceeding and theft of government property -- both felonies -- after boasting to his family about his participation in the deadly attack on the Capitol.
According to the Beast, "Norwood, who goes by Robbie, boasted to family members about assaulting a law enforcement officer, according to court documents. 'It worked,' he wrote to family members. 'I got away with things that others were shot or arrested for.' He went on to brag of his bounty. 'I got a nice helmet and body armor off a cop for God's sake and i (sic) disarmed him,' he wrote in messages to friends and family. 'Tell me how that works.'"
The report notes that Norwood, who lied to the FBI and insisted he was a member of Antifa, asked for home detention and his request was granted with the court noting he had no previous criminal record.
The Beast adds that Norwood was taken into custody after texting his brother about his exploits and a friend of the brother, who was told about the texts, contacted the FBI.
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Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) was not one of the more than 100 House Republicans who voted to block certification of the 2020 presidential election results. However, he did sign onto a frivolous lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton that sought to block certification of four states' election results — a suit so ridiculous the heavily right-wing Supreme Court swatted it aside quickly.
On the Sunday talk show circuit, Crenshaw tried to draw a clear distinction between these things. "You guys in the press painted that as some extreme action, and of course it wasn't," he said. "That amicus brief was a simple question of the Supreme Court, in saying, 'Can you please speak to this question of whether, of whether process changes in the election -- last minute, not approved by the legislature — can be deemed constitutional?' It was a question, and they didn't want to answer that question."
On Monday, writing for CNN, fact-checker Daniel Dale dropped the hammer on Crenshaw's misleading account of events.
"The House Republican amicus brief did not merely ask the court to answer a constitutional question," wrote Dale. "In reality, the brief expressed a firm opinion — that the four Biden-won states had taken 'unconstitutional actions' — and asked the Supreme Court for a specific response: to allow Texas' lawsuit to proceed and to grant Texas' request for a preliminary injunction forbidding the four states from certifying Biden's victories until the lawsuit was resolved. The brief also invoked baseless claims of election fraud, saying that 'the election of 2020 has been riddled with an unprecedented number of serious allegations of fraud and irregularities.'"
Moreover, Dale also took aim at Crenshaw's spokesman Justin Discigil, who said that the brief Crenshaw signed, "doesn't make any specific request of the court or urge any specific outcome, and certainly didn't ask the court to overturn election results in states."
"That's just flat wrong. The conclusion of the amicus brief did make a specific request of the court beyond just objectively reviewing the Texas argument. In fact, it made two specific requests," wrote Dale. "There's 1) an explicit request for the court not to dismiss the Texas lawsuit and 2) an explicit request for the court to impose a preliminary injunction. And right before that, there is an explicit argument that the four states had acted unconstitutionally."
"If Crenshaw wants to distinguish himself from Republican colleagues who continued to try to overturn the outcome right up through January 6, he has solid grounds on which to do so," concluded Dale. "But that doesn't make his attempted whitewashing of the amicus brief any more factual."
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On Monday, at a hearing of the Louisiana House Committee on Civil Law and Procedure, one GOP state representative claimed she knows of doctors who are warning people who receive the COVID-19 vaccine can get "very very sick" and die from it.
"Rep. Valarie Hodges, a Denham Springs Republican, claimed her doctor's friend, who is also a doctor, told patients not to take the COVID vaccine because they could get "very very sick and possibly die from it." She said she's worried the U.S. will require vaccines for certain forms of travel," reported Sam Karlin for The Advocate. "Aly Neel, a spokesperson for the Louisiana Department of Health, said Louisiana has not had a confirmed death tied to the COVID-19 vaccines. Severe side effects from all three vaccines authorized for use in the U.S. are rare."
In the course of that hearing, two anti-vaccine bills were advanced in committee by the Republican majority: one to give lawsuit immunity to businesses for not imposing vaccine mandates on employees, and one that would prohibit denying people access to hearings, permits, or government programs based on vaccine status.
In recent weeks, Hodges has also sought to advance a bill that would require subjects like American exceptionalism and national sovereignty be taught in schools — which critics say is a retread of a shelved bill by Rep. Ray Garofalo, a lawmaker who landed in hot water last month by claiming schools should teach the "good" parts of slavery.
Taxpayers are still footing the bill for Donald Trump to pay aides, Business Insider reported Monday.
"President Donald Trump's advisor Stephen Miller lost his White House access on January 20, but he continues to pocket a government paycheck — and is slated to do so until late July, according to government records," Business Insider reported. "Miller is one of at least 17 people who continued to receive taxpayer-funded salaries while working for Trump's post-presidential transition office, according to government documents released to Insider under the Freedom of Information Act. Trump's post-presidential staff is expected to receive about $1.3 million in federal salary and benefits between January 20 and July 21, when the formal presidential transition period ends, according to an estimate prepared by the General Services Administration."
That allows Trump to spend more than $200,000 a month on salary and benefits.
"For Trump, accepting public money has meant employing 10 transition aides in Palm Beach, Florida — where Trump has been living since he left the White House — and another seven aides in an office building in Arlington, Virginia. The GSA redacted five of the staffers' names in the documents provided to Insider. Miller, a former White House advisor who crafted Trump's immigration policies, has remained on Trump's post-presidential transition staff, earning an annualized salary of $160,000, the documents show," Business Insider revealed. "Scavino is the highest paid staffer on the team, with an annual salary of $172,500, the maximum allowed, according to a GSA document. Scavino was expected to remain on staff through July."
New documents show who's still getting federal paychecks to work on Trump's post-presidential staff. They include:… https://t.co/V73qCgL426— Robin Bravender (@Robin Bravender)1621287850.0
Asked by @seanspicer about this just now on Newsmax, Stephen Miller says he's "very proud" to be a member of Trump'… https://t.co/0wgUtn7TYz— Robin Bravender (@Robin Bravender)1621290250.0
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