Washington (AFP) - The US Capitol police officer who died after being injured in the January 6 attack by pro-Trump rioters will lie in honor at the building's Rotunda, lawmakers said Friday, a mark of respect rarely bestowed. Brian Sicknick was reportedly struck in the head with a fire extinguisher while struggling with the rioters who swarmed through the halls of Congress. The 42-year-old member of the force that protects the ground of the Congress returned to his division office where he collapsed and was taken to the hospital, according to the Capitol Police. He died the next day, they said...
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Steve Doocy calls out Elise Stefanik's anti-law enforcement rant: 'The FBI director was appointed by Trump!'
On Friday morning's edition of "Fox and Friends," Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) went on to attack the FBI — but was caught off guard when co-anchor Steve Doocy actually hit back and pointed out there are several reasons to think the search warrant at former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago country club was justified and serious.
The FBI, as Doocy noted, was in fact looking for highly classified nuclear secrets as part of their search — and he challenged Stefanik to justify why that wouldn't be a legitimate thing to investigate.
"House Republicans are going to follow the facts and demand accountability and transparency," said Stefanik. "The statement by Attorney General Merrick Garland is not nearly enough ... this is Joe Biden's Department of Justice and FBI, targeting his most likely presidential opponent in 2024. It is not news to the American people that President Trump is very likely to run for president. This was incredibly an overreach, it's un-American, and there's going to be a lot more questions from the FBI that the American people deserve."
"Well, of course, the FBI director was appointed by Donald Trump," Doocy corrected her. "But Congresswoman, if — and they're just allegations, and we just have a little taste of the story from The New York Times and The Washington Post — they say, as Peter talked a moment ago, that apparently there was a national security concern about some of the documents, allegedly, at Mar-a-Lago. That they were materials from — they were higher than Top Secret, they were classified higher than that. As you know, they're called special access programs, and apparently they're related to nuclear weapons. We don't know if they're our weapons, we don't know if they're another country's weapons. But if that is true, and they were just in the basement at Mar-a-Lago, that's kind of a big deal."
"Well certainly, Steve, there's been a lot of, again, guesses as to, and media reporting," said Stefanik. "We do not know the facts, which is why it's important to follow the facts wherever they lead. And that's why it's important in our oversight role on the House Intelligence Committee, we continue to see the FBI refuse to answer questions when they create controversies and they overreach, and that should never be the case."
Trump responded to the new reports that the FBI was searching for nuclear material with a new rant earlier in the morning, accusing them of "planting information." However, he has indicated he will not contest the DOJ's move to unseal the warrant.
\u201c.@RepStefanik: [word salad about FBI]\nDoocy the Elder: Trump appointed the FBI director. Isn't it a big deal if there were nuclear secrets at Mar-a-Lago?\nStefanik: [more word salad]\u201d— Andrew Feinberg (@Andrew Feinberg) 1660303206
Intel agencies need to 'assess the damage' Trump created with Mar-a-Lago document exposure: former CIA agent
In a series of tweets on Thursday night, former CIA double agent Naveed Jamali suggested every U.S. government intelligence agency will likely be taking a hard look at the possible damage Donald Trump did to their programs because he stored top secret documents in an unsecured storage room at his Mar-a-Lago report.
Reacting to a report from the Wahington Post that the Department of Justice rushed to serve a warrant at the former president's Florida resort based upon a belief that he took highly secretive documents about nuclear weapons with him when he left the White House eighteen months ago, Jamali claimed the intel agencies must be in a panic.
He also warned, "our entire national security at risk."
"I've held a Top Secret clearance, and had my bags and papers checked to make sure I wasn’t leaving the SCIF with classified info. That a former President would be storing classified material relating to our most important capabilities, put our entire national security at risk," he began by way of explanation.
"It doesn’t matter how 'benign' the info in those docs is, they were classified for a specific reason," He explained. "I can’t even begin to lay out how damaging it is that the information contained in those documents may have been compromised."
He then lamented, "Presumably, the agencies responsible for those programs are going to have to assess the damage of a possible compromise."
You can see his tweets below:
\u201cI\u2019ve held a Top Secret clearance, and had my bags and papers checked to make sure I wasn\u2019t leaving the SCIF with classified info. That a former President would be storing classified material relating to our most important capabilities, put our entire national security at risk.\u201d— Naveed Jamali (@Naveed Jamali) 1660263818
On Thursday, The Guardian reported that a private religious school in Louisiana expelled a five-year-old kindergartner — because her parents are a same-sex couple.
"Emily and Jennie Parker said they were informed by school officials at the Bible Baptist Academy in DeQuincy, Louisiana, during a meeting with the school’s director and a pastor that their same-sex relationship did not follow the teachings of the school and that they would need to find a new school for their daughter, Zoey," reported Gloria Oladipo.
'We got called into the principal’s office for a meeting, they informed us that Zoey wouldn’t be able to go to school there anymore because of our lifestyle choices," parent Jennifer Parker told local news station KPLC.
"Emily Parker, 28, said that the meeting took place only two days before the school year started," the report continued. "During the conference, she and her wife also were told that, as a religious-based school, the school would teach students that marriage was between a man and a woman. The Parkers recently adopted Zoey, who is Jennie’s niece, after her father died in a workplace accident in September 2020. 'She lost her father, she lost her mother and now she’s losing her school which she loves very much,' said Jennie to KPLC."
According to the report, the incident has triggered an outpouring of support from the community, with "several offers from other local Christian schools for Zoey to start her kindergarten year."
Bible Baptist Academy defended its actions in a statement, saying, "As a Baptist academy, we are also committed to provide an environment that is consistent with the beliefs that we hold. We want our students to not only know our beliefs, but we want them to see them as well. Regarding personal relationships, we hold that those relationships, whether in dating or in marriage, should be between a man and a woman."
This news comes as Republican lawmakers around the country have set their sights on eliminating LGBTQ acceptance from the public school system, as well, with some states like Florida adopting draconian "Don't Say Gay" laws. GOP officials claim these laws are solely about preventing age-inappropriate sexual content from being shared with children, but teachers report the laws are chilling any mention of same-sex relationships altogether.