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Federal Judge Questions Why Capitol Rioters Are Going To Jail While Trump Still Walks Free

A federal judge said Friday at a sentencing hearing for a Capitol rioter who participated in the storming of the building on Jan. 6 that he doesn’t understand why so many people are going to prison and yet failed, one-term former President Donald Trump hasn’t even been charged for inciting the horror that unfolded on that fateful day.

U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta was sentencing Capitol rioter John Lolos when he made his remarks, according to Zoe Tillman of Buzzfeed.

The judge noted that those who showed up on Jan. 6 and stormed the Capitol “were called to Washington, DC, by an elected official, prompted to walk to the Capitol by an elected official.

“People like Mr. Lolos were told lies and falsehoods and told that an election was stolen when it clearly was not. Regrettably, people like Mr. Lolos for whatever reason are impressionable and will believe such falsehoods and such lies… And they are the ones who are suffering the consequences.”

Judge Mehta went on to say that those are were behind the “Stop the Steal” rally which ended with rioting “in no meaningful sense of the word have been held to account.”

Turning to Lolos, Mehta remarked:

“You are a pawn in a game that’s played and directed by people who should know better.”

Here’s the full Twitter thread from Tillman’s reporting on today’s court hearing:

Of course, Judge Mehta is absolutely correct. Trump and others (Steve Bannon, Roger Stone, etc.) should all be charged with criminal offenses if the evidence supports them being prosecuted. And if they’re found guilty, they should have to serve prison time for inciting the crowds who did so much damage on that dark January day.

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House Dems Consider Using Sergeant-At-Arms To Arrest Those Defying Subpoenas From Jan. 6 Committee

With the Justice Department seeming to slow-walk criminal referrals sent from the House Select Committee on the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection for those who have refused to comply with subpoenas for the committee, Democrats are now looking closely at an alternative way to enforce the power of their subpoenas.

According to Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), it may be time to go back to having the House Sergeant-at-Arms detain anyone who defies a subpoena.

During an appearance on MSNBC Monday, Connolly explained how the process would work:

“So we used to have a process, until 1930, from the beginning of the republic to 1930, in which Congress enforced its own compulsory testimonies. That meant that, if necessary, we sent the Sergeant-at-Arms… and arrested people and detained them until the cooperated with the congressional subpoena.”

Keep in mind the DOJ has yet to move on the criminal referral for contempt of Congress that was issued against former Trump administration aide Steve Bannon. That referral was made on October 20, and yet Bannon still walks free.

MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace asked Connolly if he’d “seen enough” of the DOJ’s lack of action when it comes to indicting Bannon. The congressman replied:

“I think the Justice Department takes too long. And I think the courts take too long.”

There’s an old expression most of us have probably heard since we were children: Justice delayed is justice denied. That could not be more true in the case of what transpired at the Capitol on Jan. 6. The longer we are forced to wait for answers, the longer it will take to punish those responsible and formulate solutions to make sure such a horrific thing never takes place again in this country.

Here’s Congressman Connolly on MSNBC:

 

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‘Karen’ Taylor Greene Gets Humiliated When She Berates A Warden At A Jail Holding Jan. 6 Rioters

When you consider how much she whines and complains about everything, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene really needs to change her name to “Karen.”

For example, Karen Taylor Greene showed up at a jail in Washington, D.C. (along with Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas) and demanded to visit with some of the Jan. 6 rioters/insurrectionists who are being held there, with Greene telling a deputy warden who denied the two entry (because they didn’t get approval from the Federal Bureau of Prisons in advance) that she was convinced he was “hiding” something:

“What do you have to hide here? Really, what are you hiding? I would like to see the whole facility. I’m concerned about every single person staying here.”

The warden refused her and Gohmert entry, asking in a calm, even tone:

“Is there anything else I can do for you?”

Clearly in need of a hearing aid, Greene remarked:

“Yes, you can open this door.”

Once again as calm as can be, the jail official told her:

“I’ll give you the phone number to the director’s office.”

Getting even more agitated, Greene retorted:

“You cannot deny them visitors. You’re clearly out of line in your position.”

At that point, Gohmert laughably suggested that he could have the deputy warden held in “contempt” by a federal judge, adding:

“We’ll be seeing you again.”

But what’s even more amazing is that Greene seemed to think the confrontation at the jail had been a win for her, so she shared a video of it on Twitter:

While her video will probably be a big hit with her acolytes (most of whom are the same brainless zombies that worship the failed, one-term former president), Karen Taylor Greene was quickly taken apart by others on social media, with many noting that the entire episode had been little more than a setup to garner attention:

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Tucker Carlson Says It’s ‘Appalling’ Trump Hasn’t Sent Money To Any Of The Jan. 6 Rioters

Proving yet again that he’s one of the most willfully ignorant people on the planet, Fox News host Tucker Carlson says he’s upset that failed, one-term former President Donald Trump hasn’t sent a dime of money to any of the Jan. 6 rioters.

According to Mediaite, Carlson had this to say during an interview he was conducting:

Carlson, while interviewing right-wing commentator Julie Kelly, said he finds it “appalling” that Trump had yet to donate any money to his supporters who were arrested on January 6th at the U.S. Capitol.

Since leaving office, Trump has continued to raise large sums of money from supporters with claims to fight election fraud and help elect Republicans. As of July, the last federal reporting date, Trump’s three major fundraising operations declared more than $100 million in cash on hand.

Specifically, Carlson said he found it “appalling” that Trump hadn’t shared any of that $100 million with the insurrectionists:

“People are going to be offended that I ask this, but I can’t control myself. What about the president on whose behalf they were gathered that day? Has anybody sent them money? The people around him, Brad Parscale, all these people are getting rich, right? Complaining that the last election was rigged, which it clearly was, obviously. And they’re making all this money and all these people are sending all this money down to Florida. But is any of that money going to defend these people who went to this rally on behalf of that candidate?”

Kelly, who has been fond of sharing election conspiracy theories, agreed with Carlson, remarking:

“Not that I know of. And I will say no. No. And it’s a question that I have been asking myself and I a lot of them have been asking too. A lot of them were there to support Trump. They were there to protest the election being taken from him unlawfully. But aside, really, from a few comments about political prisoners — he has said a few things about Ashli Babbitt — to my knowledge… no, there has not been any financial aide coming from anyone of a prominent position to help these people.”

That led Carlson to go all-in on his condemnation of the notoriously greedy Trump:

“I just find that appalling. I really do. I really find that appalling.”

Do you, Tucker? Then why don’t you give Dotard Donnie a phone call and tell him the exact same thing you just said? He’d probably take your call, and what would it hurt?

You’d think Carlson would know that Trump isn’t exactly known for being generous with his money. He’s planning to use that $100 million to try and run for another term in 2024 or to help pay some of his loans, many of which are coming due in the near future.

What’s really “appalling” is that it took this long for Tucker Carlson to temporarily pull his head out of his ass, look around, and acknowledge that Donald Trump doesn’t give a damn about anyone but himself.

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Attorney For Jan. 6 Rioter: My Client Has Info About The ‘Kings And Queens’ Who Organized The Attack

An attorney for some of the rioters who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 is hinting that her clients are about to spill the beans on what she calls the “kings and queens” who organized the insurrection.

According to Politico, Heather Shaner, who represents several of the defendants who have been charged in connection with the Capitol riots, is helping the committee get a better picture of everyone who was involved in the violence:

Shaner also revealed that she helped connect the committee with another source — not one of her clients — who claimed to have information related to associates of Alex Jones, the far right broadcaster who helped promote pro-Trump election conspiracy theories.

Shaner told NBC News that her intent is to make sure her clients aren’t made to pay for the crimes of other, more senior members of the group that planned the attempted coup on the same day Congress was meeting to certify the Electoral College votes from last November’s election which was overwhelmingly won by President Joe Biden:

“We want to see the queens and kings prosecuted not the pawns.”

The Jan. 6 Select Committee has also been hearing testimony from others who have been charged with crimes connected to the insurrection, Politico notes:

The committee has been interviewing and collecting documents from those involved in planning the rallies, though it’s unclear if all of the depositions have gone forward. A deposition set for Friday with a former Justice Department official who aided Trump’s effort to overturn the election was postponed after he switched attorneys.

Several former Trump administration officials — i.e. Steve Bannon and former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows — have also been subpoenaed for documents and testimony regarding what if any role they may have played in the attack on the Capitol building. Despite the subpoena, Bannon is refusing to comply and has been charged by the Justice Department with criminal contempt of Congress.