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Jan. 6 committee called staff 'uninformed' for attacking Liz Cheney — but former GOP official doesn't buy it
Former Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA) was "stunned" when he read the recent Washington Post report about staffers on the House Select Committee working to uncover the attempt to change the 2020 election and attack the Capitol. According to the Post, the staff said that the committee turned to become the 2024 Liz Cheney presidential campaign and go directly after Donald Trump and not focus the report on a broad effort to uncover all of the people involved from the House to the Senate and White House.
"Fifteen former and current staffers, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations, expressed concerns that important findings unrelated to Trump will not become available to the American public," said the Post.
The staffers were told to draft a report that would focus almost entirely on Trump. Left out would be the "Blue Team," a group of staff and officials "that dug into the law enforcement and intelligence community’s failure to assess the looming threat and prepare for the well-forecast attack on the Capitol. The proposed report would also cut back on much of the work of the Green Team, which looked at financing for the Jan. 6 attack, and the Purple Team, which examined militia groups and extremism."
But it was the committee's spokesperson, Tim Mulvey, that made Riggleman concerned. In a statement, Mulvey said that the committee has been a “historic, bipartisan fact-finding effort speaks for itself, and that won’t be changed by a handful of disgruntled staff who are uninformed about many parts of the committee’s ongoing work.”
Riggleman was concerned about why there would be key staffers uninformed about anything after working for almost a year on the efforts.
"I'm a little stunned that many people talking about it," Riggleman said of the report. "I think what got to me is the committee remarks to the staffers. I don't know the outline of the report. I don't know what the appendices are and going with it. I don't know what it will look like but if you have the committee talking about staffers uninformed, why are they un uninformed? They thought that they needed to go in another direction and the committee didn't."
He also noted that Cheney is one of many on the committee, and she doesn't run the show.
"What bothers me more than the leaks in that report which did stun me a little to be reported is that we're close to a final committee report and you have people or the leadership saying that they have uninformed staffers," Riggleman continued. "As someone who led people in battle and CEO and looked at the targeting of terrorist programs, I wonder if there's a leadership challenge not met with communication in the staff and the leadership element. For me, it is difficult because I'm not there anymore."
Riggleman went on to rail against Donald Trump for pretending like he didn't know a white supremacist and Holocaust denier was joining them for a meal. In the aftermath, Riggleman said that Fuentes and his host, Kanye West were mocking Trump just as expected from a reality show.
"If you look at Kanye and Fuentes is saying it's a merging of groups," said Riggleman noting that the merging of groups was really just Nazis and white supremacists. "They leave Mar-a-Lago and then they start talking smack about Donald Trump and it has to do with the fact to make money. It's always the root cause of this."
"But they're hateful individuals with xenophobic and racist ideologies out there. My guess is they will support Donald Trump after all this because this is a reality show. This is pathetic that anybody would think that Donald Trump didn't know who was sitting at the table," Riggleman continued.
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A single-engine plane hit the power lines in Gaithersburg, Maryland on Sunday, leaving tens of thousands without power, WTOP reported Sunday.
Photos and videos on Twitter revealed the plane was still dangling from the powerlines. Luckily, no one was killed.
"Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service spokesman Pete Piringer said emergency crews are still trying rescue the pilot and passenger from within the plane, seen in images dangling from overhead wires near the intersection of Rothbury Drive and Goshen Road in Montgomery Village," said WTOP.
The crash happened around 5:30 p.m. EST on Sunday. According to the rescue services, two people were in the plane while dangling 100 feet above the ground.
Small plane dangling from powerlines in Gaithersburg, Maryland; passengers trapped inside pic.twitter.com/4P8h4Tz7EG
— RawNews1st (@Raw_News1st) November 27, 2022
Update - Gaithersburg, Maryland, @MontgomeryCoMD small plane into powerlines & tower plow, suspended about 100 feet in the air, two persons on board uninjured at this time, @mcfrs on scene, Widespread power outages, some roads closed in area, https://t.co/VRLGfpyFaA pic.twitter.com/3iCMW0v94j
— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) November 27, 2022
BREAKING: #BNNUS Reports
In #Gaithersburg, Maryland (@MontgomeryCoMD), a small plane collided with powerlines and a tower plow, leaving it suspended about 100 feet in the air, with two people on board unharmed at the time, while @mcfrs are on the scene. pic.twitter.com/gVQJKX8bR5
— Gurbaksh Singh Chahal (@gchahal) November 27, 2022
Fox commentator melts down over vaccinations — saying she's going to be sent to a concentration 'camp'
Fox contributor Lisa Booth ranted on Sunday that the United States isn't all that much better than China when it comes to taking away the freedoms of Americans who refuse to be vaccinated.
Chinese citizens have been protesting as people continue to be quarantined at home, lacking food and medicine. The public has grown angry after the deaths of two children as a result of anti-virus controls restricting their parents from being able to get medical help.
In the United States, Americans can leave their home whether they have the vaccine or not and they're able to do whatever they want regardless of their vaccine status. Similarly, the U.S. has medical assistance that comes to one's home when they dial 9-1-1.
Still, Booth maintained that the U.S. and China are really the same, thanks to liberals.
"Nearly half of Democrats wanted to put people like me, who haven't had a vaccine, in a government camp," said Booth. She went on to complain that she couldn't even go out to dinner at restaurants if she wasn't vaccinated.
"You have Joe Biden, still, purging military heroes who don't want to get a vaccine," said Booth.
It's a mischaracterization of the idea that Biden is purging the anti-vaccine people. The reality is that because soldiers are sent all over the world, they're required to have all vaccines from Malaria to Hep A and B, the flu vaccine each year, as well as specific immunization for the country to which they're being deployed, all of which are listed here.
In the case of the military, it is a national security issue, if a virus spreads through an entire unit while overseas it means that the full unit is out of commission. Soldiers who are unwilling to adhere to military rules and the orders of commanders are always free to leave. Following military leaders and orders, however, are key requirements of being in the military.
Vaccinations were a big strategy that helped Americans be safe in World War II. During the Spanish-American war, Civil War and World War I, the disease death rate compared to battle deaths was enough that it dramatically impact the power of the American military, one key report explained in 2016.
"Before World War II, soldiers died more often of disease than of battle injuries. The ratio of disease-to-battle casualties was approximately 5-to-1 in the Spanish-American War and 2-to-1 in the Civil War," said the report. Improved sanitation reduced disease casualties in World War I, but it could not protect troops from the 1918 influenza pandemic. During the outbreak, flu accounted for roughly half of US military casualties in Europe."
A recent report revealed that in Republican counties deaths from COVID-19 are six times higher than that of Democratic counties.