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The leader of the Oath Keepers will remain jailed ahead of his tentative July trial, a judge ruled Wednesday. Prosecutors allege Stewart Rhodes helmed a sweeping plot to lay siege to the US Capitol on Jan. 6. Rhodes' estranged wife told the FBI that she feared for her and her children's lives if he was released. Prosecutors have charged more than 760 people in the siege, but the Oath Keepers' case marks the first sedition charges filed. The government also cited the potential risk his release might pose for his co-defendants and other Oath Keepers charged in the attack.
Persons: Stewart Rhodes, Rhodes, Elmer Stewart Rhodes, Nancy Pelosi, Kimberly Priest Johnson of, Johnson, Tasha Adams, Adams Organizations: Prosecutors, Capitol, FBI, Service, Kimberly Priest Johnson of Texas, CBS News Locations: Virginia, Washington, Montana
A man photographed wearing an antisemitic sweatshirt during the Capitol riot has pleaded guilty. Robert Packer on Wednesday pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor trespassing charge. Robert Packer, 57, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one trespassing charge stemming from his role in the insurrection. The count carries a possible six-month prison sentence, though other Capitol rioters who have pleaded guilty to the same charge have received little to no jail time. A photo of Robert Packer wearing his "Camp Auschwitz" sweatshirt inside a Virginia store in December 2020.
Persons: Robert Packer, Packer, , Ashli Babbitt, tipster, Justice Packer, Hitler Organizations: Service, Capitol, CNN, The, Justice, FBI Locations: Washington, Virginia, Nazi
A group of millionaires that advocates for progressive tax policies is backing primary challenges to two centrist House Democrats the organization believes are obstructing President Joe Biden's agenda. The Patriotic Millionaires, a group whose members have annual incomes of over $1 million or assets of over $5 million, is endorsing progressive Jessica Cisneros over Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas. It is also endorsing Rep. Lucy McBath, D-Ga., over Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux, D-Ga., in a face-off that resulted from redistricting. Cisneros challenged Cuellar in 2020, and Cuellar won the primary by around 3 percentage points. McBath represents Georgia's 6th District, while Bourdeaux represents the 7th District.
Persons: Joe Biden's, Jessica Cisneros, Henry Cuellar, Lucy McBath, Carolyn Bourdeaux, Cuellar, Cisneros, Bourdeaux Organizations: House Democrats, Patriotic, Rep, FBI, ABC News, Bourdeaux, Patriotic Millionaires, Democratic, Republicans Locations: Texas, Georgia's
A federal judge ordered a married couple who participated in the Capitol siege to serve 24 months probation. The Wilsons pleaded guilty last year to one count each of parading, demonstrating, or picketing in the Capitol building. "I know that what I did was wrong and I know that it was detrimental to the country," Zachary Wilson said at the sentencing hearing. When asked why he lied to the FBI about his role in the riot, Wilson replied: "I just panicked." Mehta then told Wilson that he was "lucky" not to have been charged with an additional count of lying to the FBI.
Persons: Zachary, Kelsey Wilson, Kelsey, Zachary Wilson, Amit Mehta, Mehta, regrettably, Zachary Wilson's, Wilson, Nancy, Jacob Strain, , Trump, I'm Organizations: Capitol, FBI, Service, The Justice Department, Justice Department, Capitol Police, Trump
Democrats reacted to the news Wednesday that Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, 83, will retire with praise for his decision and discussion of a potential replacement, while some Republicans suggested that they will fight the next nominee. “If all Democrats hang together — which I expect they will — they have the power to replace Justice Breyer in 2022 without one Republican vote in support. Elections have consequences, and that is most evident when it comes to fulfilling vacancies on the Supreme Court,” Graham said. “Justice Breyer has led an exemplary and distinguished career in public service. He has always been a scholar and a gentleman whose record on the Supreme Court is solidly in the liberal camp."
Persons: Stephen Breyer, Sen, Lindsey Graham, Breyer, ” Graham, Josh Hawley, Joe Biden, Hawley, Lauren Boebert, Patty Murray, Murray, , Biden, Dick Durbin, Durbin, Joe Manchin, Biden’s, ” Manchin, Ayanna Pressley, Jamaal Bowman, Jen Psaki, Ketanji Brown Jackson, Graham, Republican Sens, Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Breyer’s, Collins, Breyer's, Organizations: Democratic, GOP, America, FBI, Electoral, , NBC News, Supreme, United, White, U.S, Circuit, D.C, Republican, Judiciary Locations: United States, Washington, Alaska, Maine
Olivia Munn said she experienced "Zoombombing" during a virtual seminar she hosted for Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) community members. “Zoombombing" is a form of online harassment in which someone hijacks a group video call to show something inappropriate or unexpected. Munn said the "zoombombing" occurred while she was on a call with the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) and Asian American beauty brand Cocokind to discuss how to mitigate and address violence toward the AAPI community. We were communing to celebrate, elevate and protect the AAPI community and we were subjected to a hate crime in real time.”“Cheap tactics like these won’t stop our quest for equality, equity, and to stop Asian hate," she wrote. Earlier this month, the death of Michelle Go, who died after she was shoved in front of an oncoming train in New York City, left the Asian American community feeling a sense of tragic loss.
Persons: Olivia Munn, , Munn, ” Munn, , Cocokind, Michelle Go Organizations: American, Pacific Islanders, National Asian Pacific American Women’s, FBI, NBC Locations: American, New York City
An Iowa man was arrested this month in connection to the Capitol riot after a family member contacted the FBI. Prosecutors say video footage from the siege shows Rader inside the Capitol building on January 6. Kenneth Rader faces four charges stemming from his role in the insurrection, including entering a restricted building, parading in a Capitol building, and disorderly conduct. Prosecutors say Rader was inside the Capitol for approximately three minutes before leaving. More than 760 people have been arrested in connection with the deadly Capitol attack and more than 175 have pleaded guilty thus far.
Persons: Kenneth Rader, Rader, Mike Pence, Trump Organizations: Prosecutors, Service, Des Moines Register, Capitol, Justice, Facebook, FBI Locations: Iowa, Sioux City
A Georgia lawyer charged in the Capitol riot will proceed to trial after rejecting a plea deal. Prosecutors say Calhoun documented his participation in the attack with detailed social media posts. But during a Monday status hearing, Calhoun's legal team announced he had declined the government's plea deal, according to WUSA. Prosecutors say Calhoun documented his participation in the Capitol riot with detailed social media posts that included photos and videos. He also admitted to overrunning multiple police barricades and swarming the building looking for members of Congress in his Facebook posts.
Persons: William McCall Calhoun Jr, Calhoun, Nancy Pelosi's, Nancy, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Jessica N, Sherman, Stoltz, Verden Andrew Nalley, Nalley Organizations: Prosecutors, Service, Capitol, WUSA, Facebook, Justice, of Justice, FBI, Democrat Locations: Georgia, Washington, Verden, Calhoun
Dominion Voting Systems says there's no "realistic possibility" of settling their defamation lawsuit with Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, and Mike Lindell. MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell told Insider on Tuesday that he will "never settle" with Dominion either. In August, Nichols denied attempts from Powell, Giuliani, and Lindell to dismiss Dominion's lawsuits against them. Lindell told Insider, claiming that "many new charges and lawsuits" will be brought against Dominion in the "next two to three weeks." Since Dominion filed its lawsuits against them in early 2021, Giuliani and Lindell have continued to double down on their baseless claims of voter fraud.
Persons: Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, Mike Lindell, Powell, Giuliani, Carl J, Nichols, Lindell, Trump, Smartmatic Organizations: Systems, Dominion, Service, Voting Systems, Trump, US, FBI, Supreme Locations: Manhattan
On January 16, a cluster of Afghan women marched near Kabul University to demanded the right to return to work and continue their education. A representative for the Kabul police did not respond to Insider's request for information on the location and condition of the young women. Afghan women march as they chant slogans and hold banners during a women's rights protest in Kabul on January 16, 2022. In addition, Afghan women have little resource if they experience domestic abuse – something that, women say, has been made worse by the soaring rate of unemployment and approaching famine this winter. They held signs urging Afghan women to "respect your worth" and saying that the protesters were not "representatives of chaste Afghan women."
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Another is in state custody in North Carolina on unrelated charges, the prosecutor’s office said in a news release. The suspected ringleader and his son were also charged with money laundering, and two others were accused of illegal possession of ammunition. Authorities seized an additional 250,000 rounds of assault rifle ammunition and 100,000 rounds of .223-caliber bullets. The group has continued to traffic tons of methamphetamine and fentanyl to the U.S. each month, authorities have said. Lawyers for Santillan and the other suspects did not immediately respond to requests for comment Monday.
Persons: Joaquín “, ” Kristi Johnson, Marco Antonio Santillan Valencia, Prosecutors, Santillan's, Marco Santillan Jr, Nemesio Rubén Oseguera Cervantes, El, Organizations: Attorney’s, District, Jalisco Nueva Generación, Justice Department . U.S . Justice, AP, FBI, Authorities, U.S . Drug Enforcement Agency, Generación, Santillan Locations: Mexican, U.S, Jalisco Nueva, Mexico, North Carolina, United States, Los Angeles, Nevada, Oregon, Arizona, Sinaloa, Jalisco
Patty Murray and Richard Burr are proposing a bipartisan probe into the pandemic's origin and the US' response. A declassified version of its report found America's top intelligence agencies remained "divided on the most likely origin." If passed into law, this would not be the first panel to investigate the government's pandemic response. Murray chairs the Senate Health committee and Burr is the top Republican, giving their legislation a bipartisan stamp of approval that could greatly aid its chances in becoming law. The bill would require the Department of Health and Human Services to establish an advisory panel focused on communications during health emergencies.
Persons: Patty Murray, Richard Burr, Richard Burr's, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Trump, Murray, Burr Organizations: for Disease Control, Service, Washington Post, World Health Organization, Intelligence, CNN, FBI, Wuhan Institute of Virology, Republican, Health, Centers for Disease Control, CDC, Drug Administration, Biden, of Health, Human Services Locations: Sens, United States
(CNN) A virtual gathering of high-profile Asian American creators, including actress Olivia Munn, became the subject of their own discussion -- after the meeting was "Zoom-bombed" with anti-Asian images. Munn, the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, and Asian-American beauty brand Cocokind had gathered to discuss efforts to stop discrimination against the AAPI community. "We were communing to celebrate, elevate and protect the AAPI community and we were subjected to a hate crime in real time," Munn wrote Monday. "While it disrupted our conversation, we later resumed because these malicious acts will not stop the conversation," both Cocokind and the NAPWF wrote. "We started our event with beautifully-spirited and powerful members of the AAPI community talking about our experiences and using our voices, and we will continue."
Persons: Olivia Munn, Munn Organizations: CNN, National Asian Pacific American Women's, FBI, Cocokind
Rudy Giuliani's lawyers said in a court filing that he can't give Dominion documents for its lawsuit against him. In the same filing, Giuliani's lawyers corroborated that the FBI was in possession of his files. "These electronic files/data are no longer under Giuliani's possession, custody, or control." Dominion said it's seeking documentation surrounding the circumstances of Giuliani's media interviews where he falsely claimed Dominion manipulated election results. In the intervening months, prosecutors and Giuliani's attorneys have fought over whether some of the material taken by the FBI should be protected by attorney-client privilege.
Persons: Rudy Giuliani's, Giuliani, Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, Mike Lindell, Giuliani's, Victoria Toensing, Joseph diGenova, Joe Biden, Lindell, Carl J, Powell, Dominion Organizations: FBI, Dominion, Service, Trump, Prosecutors, Lindell Locations: Manhattan
Rep. Henry Cuellar released a video on Tuesday addressing last week's FBI raid on his home. The investigation "will show that there was no wrongdoing on my part," he said in the campaign video. Just after the raid, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced she was endorsing Cisneros, whom she had backed in 2020. Cisneros, now 28, responded to Cuellar's reelection campaign video shortly after it was posted on Twitter. "Despite being investigated by the FBI, he's all in," she said in a video on Twitter.
Persons: Henry Cuellar, Cuellar, he's, Jessica Cisneros, Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez, Cisneros Organizations: FBI, Service, Privacy, Democratic, ABC News, Congressional Azerbaijan Caucus, Texas Democrat, Congressional District, Politico, Twitter Locations: Henry Cuellar of Texas, Cuellar's Laredo , Texas, Azerbaijan, Soviet, Texas, Alexandria, York
Federal agents executed a search warrant at the Chicago-area headquarters of a national pop-up testing chain called the Center for COVID Control, a spokesperson for the Health and Human Services Inspector General said Monday. The Center for COVID Control has the same registered address as a laboratory called Doctors Clinical Laboratory that conducted hundreds of thousands of PCR tests using specimens collected by the pop-up testing company, according to a company spokesperson. Both the pop-up testing company and the lab have been under investigation by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as well as multiple state attorneys general. In light of growing complaints, the Center for COVID Control paused its business activities on Jan. 13. The pop-up testing company grew quickly in the fall of 2021 and swiftly expanded to 300 sites nationwide.
Persons: General, Yvonne Gamble, Sam Wasson, , Siyaj, Ali Syed, Ryan Jacobson, Smith Amundsen, ” Jacobson Organizations: for COVID, Health, Human, FBI, NBC News, COVID Control, Laboratory, Medicare, Services, Center for Covid Control, AP, Center for COVID, USA, COVID, NBC, Center for COVID Control, Centers Locations: Chicago, Rolling Meadows, Ill, Santa Fe, Winnetka, Rolling Meadows , IL, Illinois, The Illinois, Colorado , Minnesota, Oregon, Massachusetts
Newt Gingrich in an interview warned that Jan 6 committee members could be jailed. Trump allies are seeking to undermine the commission, portraying it as a partisan witch hunt. "I think when you have a Republican Congress, this is all going to come crashing down," Gingrich told the host, Maria Bartiromo. This is what it looks like when the rule of law unravels," it said. In an op-ed in Newsweek last week, Gingrich accused the Democratic-majority panel of seeking to persecute ordinary conservatives.
Persons: Newt Gingrich, Liz Cheney, Trump, Gingrich, Donald Trump, Clinton, Maria Bartiromo, Cheney, unravels, ensnare Trump, Adam Kinzinger Organizations: Service, Republican, Iowa, Fox News, Republicans, Newsweek, Democratic, Trump, FBI
A man looks at an exhibition about Anne Frank at the Victory museum in Sibenik, Croatia, February 3, 2017. All were deported and Anne died in the Bergen Belsen camp at the age of 15. Goldsmith said the team of researchers, which he called a commercial rather than academic undertaking, had not provided proof supporting their assertion. Simply to disseminate an assertion that then in the public discussion becomes a kind of fact borders on a conspiracy theory," Goldsmith said. Register now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterReporting by Francois Murphy; Editing by Susan FentonOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Anne Frank, Antonio Bronic, Jan, Anne Frank's, Anne, Otto Frank, Vincent Pankoke, Arnold van den Bergh, John Goldsmith, Anne Frank Fund, Blick, Van den Bergh, Goldsmith, Francois Murphy, Susan Fenton Organizations: REUTERS, U.S . FBI, Swiss, Thomson Locations: Sibenik, Croatia, Swiss, Amsterdam, Bergen, Basel
One Capitol rioter said he felt proud of his involvement in the January 6, 2021, insurrection. "It definitely activated me more," Paul Davis told the New York Times. He said the Capitol riot inspired him to start a law firm for anti-vax workers. Paul Davis told the New York Times that he initially felt ashamed of himself for having participated in the Capitol riot. The Capitol riot left five people, including one police officer, dead.
Persons: rioter, Paul Davis, he's, Davis, Donald Trump's, Joe Biden's Organizations: New York Times, Capitol, Service, Times, Southern Poverty Law Center, Washington Post, Twitter, FBI
“Regarding an interim deal, we will not negotiate in the press or comment on specific claims about the negotiations. An interim deal could slow down Iran’s nuclear program while giving negotiators more time to broker a full return to the 2015 agreement. An interim nuclear agreement with Iran could be a difficult sell in Washington and Tehran. Under a law passed after the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, any new nuclear agreement must be reviewed and approved by Congress before it can be implemented. The law, the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, gives Congress 60 days to do so.
Persons: Biden, Trump, Russia’s, Antony Blinken, ” Blinken, Sergey Lavrov, , , Richard Nephew, Nephew, Robert Malley, “ Richard Nephew, Michael McCaul of, “ It’s, Hassan Rouhani, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Vladimir Putin Organizations: U.S, Biden, United Nations, Russian, , Iranian, State Department, Special, Department of State, Congress, Republican, House Foreign Affairs Committee, West, Arms Control Association, IAEA, U.S ., Congressional, Washington, FBI, Boston Marathon Locations: Iran, Russia, U.S, Tehran, Russian, Geneva, “ Russia, Iranian, South Korea, Vienna, Washington, Michael McCaul of Texas, Japan, Iraq, Moscow, Ukraine, Crimea
Federal officials on Friday declared the hostage standoff at a Texas synagogue an act of antisemitic terrorism. For more than 10 hours, suspect Malik Faisal Akram held four hostages, including a rabbi, at Congregation Beth Israel, a Reform synagogue in Colleyville. Hostage Jeffrey Cohen said it started when Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker invited the suspect inside and gave him a cup of tea so he could "warm up." DeSarno on Friday called the incident “both a hate crime and an act of terrorism.”No ties between suspect Malik Faisal Akram, a British citizen, and terror groups have been publicly revealed. "It was his belief that Congregation Beth Israel was the closest synagogue to the federal prison," DeSarno said Friday.
Persons: Jill Sanborn, Malik Faisal Akram, Beth Israel, Jeffrey Cohen, Charlie Cytron, Walker, Matthew J, DeSarno, Akram, Sunday, ” DeSarno, Aafia Siddiqui, She's, Saturday's, Elbially, Al Qaeda, Faizan Syed, they've, Siddiqui Organizations: Homeland, Beth, FBI, Dallas, Federal Medical Center Carswell, Islamic Relations, Fort Locations: Texas, Colleyville, Dallas, British, Afghanistan, Forth Worth, Qaeda, Fort Worth, Plano
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Brian Laundrie left behind writings showing his "responsibility" for the death of girlfriend Gabby Petito, whose disappearance last year launched a massive search from Utah to Florida, the FBI said Friday. Gabrielle Petito and Brian Laundrie. “All logical investigative steps have been concluded in this case,” FBI Denver Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider said in a statement. “The investigation did not identify any other individuals other than Brian Laundrie directly involved in the tragic death of Gabby Petito. "A review of the notebook revealed written statements by Mr. Laundrie claiming responsibility for Ms. Petito’s death," an FBI statement said.
Persons: Brian Laundrie, Gabby Petito, Gabrielle Petito, Michael Schneider, Gabby, Laundrie, Petito’s, Petito, Richard Stafford, , ” Laundrie's, Steven Bertolino, “ Gabby, Brian, Bertolino Organizations: FBI, Forest, FBI Denver Locations: Utah, Florida, Bridger, Teton, Wyoming, , New York, Moab, North Point , Florida
A veteran charged in the Capitol riot was sentenced to home detention and probation on Wednesday. Walden's presence at the Capitol on Jan. 6 was reported to the FBI by a fellow Marine, per court docs. Walden, both a Navy and Marine Corps veteran, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor charge of parading, demonstrating, or picketing a Capitol building in October. According to charging documents, Walden took a bus from Kansas City to DC to attend former President Donald Trump's "Stop the Steal" rally on January 6, 2021. Walden also submitted to a voluntary interview with law enforcement following the siege and provided photos and videos he took, prosecutors said.
Persons: Carey Jon Walden, Walden, I'm, Donald Trump's, Dabney Friedrich Organizations: Capitol, FBI, Service, Navy, Marine Corps, The Kansas City Star, Prosecutors, of Justice Locations: Missouri, The, Kansas City, DC, Washington
Rudy Giuliani and Michael Flynn had their University of Rhode Island honorary degrees revoked. Flynn received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in 2014 and Giuliani got a Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa in 2003. Email address By clicking ‘Sign up’, you agree to receive marketing emails from Insider as well as other partner offers and accept our Terms of Service and Privacy PolicyThe University of Rhode Island on Friday voted to revoke the honorary degrees it had bestowed upon Michael Flynn and Rudy Giuliani. University President Marc Parlange said he received the recommendation from the Honorary Degree Committee, which evaluated Flynn and Giuliani's conduct and actions since having received the degrees. The committee cited his two suspensions as another reason in favor of revoking his honorary degree from the University of Rhode Island.
Persons: Rudy Giuliani, Michael Flynn, Flynn, Giuliani, Margo Cook, Marc Parlange, Donald Trump, General Flynn, Mayor Giuliani, Parlange, Trump's Organizations: University of Rhode, Causa, Service, Trustees, University, Giuliani, FBI Locations: University of Rhode Island, Washington ,, New York
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