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January 16, 2021

Off-duty police were part of the Capitol mob. Now police are turning in their own

I'm glad to see the thin blue line is cracking. No more codes of silence.

Source: WaPo
Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/police-trump-capitol-mob/2021/01/16/160ace1e-567d-11eb-a08b-f1381ef3d207_story.html


Kimberly Kindy,
Kim Bellware and
Mark Berman
Jan. 16, 2021 at 9:14 a.m. EST

During the chaos at the Capitol, overwhelmed police officers confronted and combated a frenzied sea of rioters who transformed the seat of democracy into a battlefield. Now police chiefs across the country are confronting the uncomfortable reality that members in their own ranks were among the mob that faced off against other law enforcement officers.

At least 13 off-duty law enforcement officials are suspected of taking part in the riot, a tally that could grow as investigators continue to pore over footage and records to identify participants. Police leaders are turning in their own to the FBI and taking the striking step of reminding officers in their departments that criminal misconduct could push them off the force and behind bars.

The reckoning within police departments comes as plans for new demonstrations this weekend and on Inauguration Day are solidifying, with authorities warning of the potential for violence in state capitals. Participants are expected to protest election results that made Joe Biden president-elect.

January 16, 2021

Rand Paul Warns One Third of Republicans Will Leave Party if GOP Senators Back Impeachment

So, what's the downside???

Source: Yahoo News

Link: https://news.yahoo.com/rand-paul-warns-one-third-175520035.html

Zachary Evans
Sat, January 16, 2021, 12:55 PM

Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) warned Friday that one third of Republican voters could leave the party if GOP senators vote in impeachment proceedings to convict President Trump. Paul made the comments in an interview on Fox News’s The Ingraham Angle.

The senator’s remarks come amid an increasing divide between congressional Republicans who oppose impeaching the president, and a smaller number who support the measure following the riots at the Capitol on January 6. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) is reportedly hopeful that Republicans can use impeachment to purge Trump from the GOP, although he would need the support of at least 16 additional Republican senators to vote to convict.

January 14, 2021

Sean Urbanski sentenced to life in killing of Black Army Lt. Richard Collins III

This case took place about three years ago. I am glad this scumbag is going away for life.

Source: WaPo.
Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/sean-urbanski-sentence-richard-collins/2021/01/14/70a58ea4-55f6-11eb-a931-5b162d0d033d_story.html

Katie Mettler
Jan. 14, 2021 at 5:15 p.m. EST
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Sean Urbanski was sentenced to life in prison Thursday afternoon in the 2017 stabbing death of Richard Collins III — a case that drew nationwide attention and prompted lawmakers to revise the hate crime statute in Maryland.
Urbanski, who is White, was arrested soon after he attacked 23-year-old Collins, who was Black, with a three-inch pocket knife at a bus stop on the University of Maryland campus in College Park. Collins was there visiting friends and was just days away from graduating with a business degree from Bowie State University. He had also been commissioned into the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant.
Urbanski, now 25, was a U-Md. student at the time of the stabbing. He was charged with first-degree murder and a hate crime after authorities discovered that he belonged to a white supremacist Facebook group called “Alt-Reich: Nation” and had racist memes stored on his phone.

During his trial in December 2019, prosecutors said that Urbanski approached Collins and two friends around 3 a.m. the night of May 20, 2017, as many area seniors were preparing for their college graduations.

“Step left, step left if you know what’s best for you,” Urbanski said to Collins, according to court documents. When the young man refused, Urbanski stabbed him.
At trial, Urbanski’s attorneys acknowledged that he killed Collins but said he was acting on an alcohol-fueled impulse. They argued that prosecutors were speculating on the motive based on a handful of vile memes pulled from about 17,000 images on Urbanski’s phone.
Despite prosecutors’ belief that Urbanski was motivated by hate in his killing of Collins, Circuit Court Judge Lawrence V. Hill Jr. threw out the hate crime charge after the state closed its case — ruling that they had not met their legal burden outlined in the state statute.
Hate crime charge dropped against former U-Md. student charged in fatal stabbing
The decision was a crushing blow for Collins’s family and the prosecutor’s office at the time, state’s attorney Aisha Braveboy said in a recent interview, and they spoke with raw emotion about the toll of decision during the sentencing hearing Thursday.

“In my opinion,” Dawn Collins said, “My son’s greatest crime was that he said no to a white man.”
Braveboy’s office had taken over the case from former state’s attorney Angela Alsobrooks, now the county executive. Collins’s parents were the first family Braveboy met with as state’s attorney, she said.
“It was, I knew, the biggest case I was going to have, at least in my first term here as state’s attorney,” Braveboy said. “And it was a case that was very near and dear to me. I went to the University of Maryland, and I knew that there was racial tension on the campus even then. And so for this to happen on a campus that I walked on at one point, it touched me.”
Prince George’s County State’s Attorney discusses the murder of Richard Collins III

Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy (D) discussed the death of 1st Lt. Richard Collins III and how his legacy continues on Jan. 11. (The Washington Post)
She said she met with Collins’s parents to reassure them, and with her prosecution team to encourage them to refocus on the remaining murder charge.

After two hours of deliberation, the jury returned with a verdict. Braveboy said she prayed over her Bible in her office with a feeling that “justice was going to happen that day.”
“And it did,” she said.
The jury found Urbanski guilty of murder.

January 13, 2021

I Would LOVE To Be A Fly On The Wall

In the White House tonight. I am sure Trump is enraged beyond belief.

January 11, 2021

At least 25 troops under investigation for terrorism in connection with Capitol riot

Source: USA Today

Link: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/at-least-25-troops-under-investigation-for-terrorism-in-connection-with-capitol-riot/ar-BB1cDuiO


WASHINGTON – At least 25 troops are under investigation for terrorism related to Wednesday's siege at the Capitol, according to a Defense official and a member of Congress.

Rep. Jason Crow, a Democrat of Colorado and a former Army Ranger, said he spoke with Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy on Sunday and was told that "at least 25 domestic terrorism cases have been opened as a result of the assault on the Capitol.

January 9, 2021

'Find the fraud': Trump pressured a Georgia elections investigator in a separate call legal experts

Source: Washington Post
Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-call-georgia-investigator/2021/01/09/7a55c7fa-51cf-11eb-83e3-322644d82356_story.html?wpmk=1&wpisrc=al_news__alert-politics--alert-national&utm_source=alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=wp_news_alert_revere&location=alert&pwapi_token=eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.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.l92ula642bNQsnoL0Fl7X3k25r6-7P2687NETAbria4


Amy Gardner
Jan. 9, 2021 at 12:20 p.m. EST
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President Trump urged Georgia’s lead elections investigator to “find the fraud” in a lengthy December phone call, saying the official would be a “national hero,” according to an individual familiar with the call who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the conversation.
Trump placed the call to the investigations chief for the Georgia secretary of state’s office shortly before Christmas — while the individual was leading an inquiry into allegations of ballot fraud in Cobb County, in the suburbs of Atlanta, according to people familiar with the episode.

January 8, 2021

Too Late, Mr. President

Source: Washington Post


7:37 p.m.
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Trump acknowledges ‘a new administration will be inaugurated on January 20’
By Amy B Wang
Trump acknowledges there will be a new administration on Jan. 20
A day after the insurrection at the Capitol, President Trump on Jan. 7 said he will focus on ensuring a "seamless transition of power." (@realDonaldTrump/Twitter)
In a video message released Thursday evening, more than 24 hours after mobs of his supporters besieged the U.S. Capitol in a shocking insurrection, President Trump denounced and tried to distance himself from the attack in his name.
“America is and must always be a nation of law and order. The demonstrators who infiltrated the Capitol have defiled the seat of American democracy,” Trump said. “To those who engaged in the acts of violence and destruction: You do not represent our country. And to those who broke the law: You will pay.”
Reading off a script in a flat voice, Trump claimed he immediately deployed the National Guard to help secure the building and expel the intruders. Other officials have disputed that account. Trump also claimed his attempts to overturn the election results were simply his efforts to “ensure the integrity of the vote.”
Nevertheless, the video appeared to be the closest Trump has come to formally conceding to Biden.

January 7, 2021

Pence is said to oppose invoking 25th Amendment to strip Trump of his duties.

Source: NY Times


Vice President Mike Pence is opposed to a call by Democrats in Congress and some Republicans to invoke the 25th Amendment to strip President Trump of his powers before his term ends, a person close to the vice president said.

It is unclear when Mr. Pence will alert Congress of his position. But the decision by Mr. Pence is said to be supported by several Trump cabinet officials. Those officials, a senior Republican said, viewed the effort as likely to add to the current chaos in Washington rather than deter it.

— Maggie Haberman

January 7, 2021

Ashli Babbit's Death Is On Trump's Head

Her blood is on his hands.


I have no sympathy for her; she should not have been there yesterday. But her death is on Trump and his co-conspirators.

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