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GOP pulls last-minute stunt in desperate bid to get Jim Jordan on Capitol riot commission

House Republicans will attempt to hold a procedural vote on Monday on the eve of the first hearing by the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol.

"House Republicans will offer a privileged resolution this evening on the floor to demand [Speaker Nancy Pelosi] seat all of [GOP leader Kevin McCarthy's] selections to the Jan. 6 committee," Punchbowl News correspondent Jake Sherman reports.

"Democrats will defeat [it], of course," his colleague John Bresnahan added.

Pelosi denied McCarthy's recommendation of Reps. Jim Banks (R-IN) and Jim Jordan (R-OH) to join the committee, but accepted his recommendations of Reps. Rodney Davis (R-IL), Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) and Troy Nehls (R-TX). In response, McCarthy withdrew all of his recommendations and Pelosi subsequently appointed Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL). Pelosi had previously appointed Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY).

Watch: Angry constituent curses out Rand Paul during town hall meeting

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) faced off against an angry constituent during a virtual town hall meeting broadcast on TikTok.

A staffer who was moderating the event introduced a woman who had called in to the meeting.

"You are live with the senator, you can go ahead and ask your question," the staffer said.

"Hi senator, I am a proud Kentucky citizen and I just wanted to tell you get f*cked," she said.

After an awkward pause, the staffer moderating said, "alright, we'll go ahead to our next question."

Paul is being challenged by former Kentucky state legislator Charles Booker in the 2022 election.

Anti-vaxxer warns doctors and nurses of execution by hanging for administering life-saving vaccines

The conspiracy theories promoted by anti-vaccine activists reached a fevered pitch during a Saturday rally.

Conspiracy theorist Kate Shemirani suggested there could be Nuremberg-like trials where doctors and nurses would be hanged for administering the coronavirus vaccines, which promoted one British doctor to alert London's Metropolitan Police Service.

Shayan Sardarizadeh, who covers online disinformation, conspiracy theories and extremism for the BBC, posted a thread documenting the rally:

GOP lawmaker defies Trump by defending Capitol cop who killed Ashli Babbitt

President Donald Trump has celebrated Ashli Babbitt as a martyr after she was shot while attempting to climb through a window into the Speaker's Lobby outside the House of Representatives.

Trump falsely claimed Babbitt was "innocent" and called her a "wonderful, incredible woman" despite the fact the QAnon conspiracy theorist and Air Force veteran violated her oath to defend the Constitution by attempting to overturn the 2020 election results.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) broke with Trump during a CSPAN interview looking back at what he experienced during the January 6th insurrection.

Mullin explained that he talked with the officer who shot Babbitt.

"He was the last person in the world who ever wanted to use force like that and he wasn't one to do that," Mullin said. "I know for a fact, because after it happened, he came over. He was physically and emotionally distraught. I actually gave him a hug and I said, 'Sir, you did what you had to do.'"

"And I mean that," he added.

"He was doing his job, he got put in a situation where he had to do his job because there were members still in the balcony. And if you're going to present your weapon in a manner and give commands and they still don't listen and they still approach, you don't have a choice because either you have to at that point discharge your weapon in a manner of self-defense or that weapon is going to be taken away from you, it's going to be used on you and put all of our lives in danger, too," Mullin explained.

A Justice Department investigation found "there is insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution" of the officer who killed Babbitt.


Republican's own sister goes on CNN to say he is so ‘hateful and bigoted’ she won't talk to him

One Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives was slammed by his own sister on CNN as "hateful and bigoted."

"Whether it's lying about the 2020 election, distorting the events of January 6th, or sharing the stage with a holocaust denier, far-right Congressman Paul Gosar is making a name for himself as one of the most conspiracy-addled Republicans in Congress," CNN's Pamela Brown reported. "In a new fundraising email obtained by a Washington Post reporter, Gosar baselessly says the FBI may have had a hand in planning and carrying out the capitol attack. Again, that is baseless. If the Arizona congressman actually believed this inside-job nonsense and wanted to get to the bottom of it, then why did he vote against investigating the attack, twice?"

For analysis, Brown interviewed Jennifer Gosar, the congressman's sister.

"When you hear everything I just laid out, what is your visceral reaction?" Brown asked.

"My visceral reaction is disgust, it's nausea, and loathing," Jennifer Gosar replied. "I do not understand why these people continue to work in Congress."

"You've said that your brother is partly responsible for inciting the January-6th attack. I mean, what do you make of his revisionism and conspiracies about that day?" Brown asked.

"Again, nausea-worthy. It's despicable and it's really cynical because Paul uses this to fund raise," Jennifer Gosar replied.

The congressman's sister offered a theory on what might work to bring her brother back to reality.

"I think censure, expulsion, and investigation for criminal activity are the things that, actually, would wake my brother up. I feel my brother to be addicted to control, domination, and power. So in that respect, holding him accountable is the only way to get this person's attention. And as you've seen and covered, you know, CNN has -- has covered this for some time, you know, his actions are only becoming more and more outrageous, egregious, and disgusting."

Brown asked what she would say to her brother.

"I wouldn't communicate with him. I don't -- you know, i don't align myself with the Oath Keepers, the Proud Boys, or any other hate group," Jennifer Gosar noted. "Why would I ally with him — just because we share DNA? I mean, I don't -- I don't wish to speak with him."


Jennifer Gosar

George Conway recalls the Trump tweet which prevents him from using ignorance as defense in tax case

Donald Trump raged about the indictment of the Trump Organization during a Saturday night campaign-style rally in Sarasota, Florida.

During his speech, Trump complained about cities run by Democrats and then said, "And yet they go after good, hard-working people for not paying taxes on a company car. A company car."

Trump basically admitted the conduct Manhattan prosecutors had alleged but questioned whether it is a crime. "I, don't even know what do you have to put? Does anybody know the answer to that stuff?" he asked about the idea of paying taxes on employment compensation.

Attorney George Conway posted a screenshot of a 2016 Trump tweet that destroys any potential defense that Trump was simply ignorant of the idea of paying taxes.

"I know our complex tax laws better than anyone who has ever run for president and am the only one who can fix them," Trump reportedly tweeted before his account was deleted.

Trump aides prepared Insurrection Act order against BLM protests: report

New information is coming to light about the extraordinary actions that almost happened to crack down on Black Lives Matter protests following the murder of Georgia Floyd by Minneapolis police.

"Responding to interest from President Donald J. Trump, White House aides drafted a proclamation last year to invoke the Insurrection Act in case Mr. Trump moved to take the extraordinary step of deploying active-duty troops in Washington to quell the protests that followed the killing of George Floyd, two senior Trump administration officials said. The aides drafted the proclamation on June 1, 2020, during a heated debate inside the administration over how to respond to the protests," The New York Times reported Friday.

"Mr. Trump, enraged by the demonstrations, had told the attorney general, William P. Barr, the defense secretary, Mark T. Esper, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of staff, Gen. Mark A. Milley, that he wanted thousands of active-duty troops on the streets of the nation's capital, one of the officials said."

June 1 is the same day that authorities deployed tear gas on activists in Lafayette Square to clear the park for a photo op where Trump held a Bible upside down.

"Mr. Trump was talked out of the plan by the three officials. But a separate group of White House staff members wanted to leave open the option for Mr. Trump to invoke the Insurrection Act to call in the military to patrol the streets of the capital," the newspaper reported. "According to one former senior administration official, Mr. Trump was aware that the document was prepared. He never invoked the act, and in a statement to The New York Times he denied that he had wanted to deploy active-duty troops. 'It's absolutely not true and if it was true, I would have done it,' Mr. Trump said."

Read the full report.

Watch: Ron Johnson booed for showing up a Juneteenth celebration after trying to block the holiday

Controversial Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) received a cold welcome from constituents in Milwaukee on Saturday.

"Senator Ron Johnson stopped by Milwaukee's Juneteenth Day celebration Saturday afternoon, June 19. A crowd of people at the event booed and heckled Johnson while [he was] speaking to reporters," CBS 58 reported. "Johnson dropped his objection to making 'Juneteenth' a federal holiday earlier this week, after he blocked the bipartisan legislation a year ago."

Johnson's appearance at the celebration came two days after he went on Fox News and told Tucker Carlson that President Joe Biden may be compromised by Russia.

"Most people are getting really tired of the division," Johnson said. "I think people are looking to really heal this nation and certainly that's what I want to do."

Johnson's seat is up in the 2022 midterms and he has not yet announced whether he will seek re-election or retire from the U.S. Senate.

North Carolina GOP blasted by local paper for 'cheating voters out of their vote' with suppression bills

Republicans in North Carolina were blasted for attempting to cheat in elections in a hard-hitting new editorial by the Winston-Salem Journal.

"A little context is in order. Over the years, Republican legislators in North Carolina have invested a considerable amount of time, money and energy in suppressing votes to retain power," the newspaper noted. "And they've accompanied these efforts with constant fairy tales of unsubstantiated 'voter fraud' intended to weaken the public's confidence in election results. That strategy, applied nationwide, contributed largely to the Jan. 6 insurrection."

"And they've not quit yet. Mimicking the nationwide effort to pass new voter-suppression laws — at least 389 bills with restrictive voting provisions have been introduced in 48 states this year, according to the Brennan Center for Justice — N.C. Senate Republicans passed a trio of election measures Wednesday, sending them to the N.C. House, that on the surface may seem benign, but are intended, once more, to suppress votes," the newspaper explained. "Again, these bills may seem harmless, even justifiable, but their intent is clear: to reduce the number of legitimate votes that are accepted and counted."

The newspaper explained how Republicans fear that their party does worse as turnout increases.

"It has been Republican orthodoxy for some time now that when more people vote, more Democrats win. It's an idea that once was only spoken quietly, but more recently has come closer to the surface. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called the idea of making Election Day a national holiday — an idea supported by 65% of the public — a Democratic Party 'power grab.' Last November, Sen. Lindsey Graham said, 'If we don't do something about voting by mail, we're gonna lose the ability to elect a Republican in this country.' And former President Trump said last year that if early and absentee voting options were expanded, as Democrats wanted, 'you'd never have a Republican elected in this country again.' But that doesn't justify cheating voters out of their vote," the newspaper explained.

The newspaper said they weren't asking much of Republicans.

"We're only asking them to win elections honestly — by appealing to a majority of voters. Or to at least stop trying to suppress Black votes," the Winston-Salem Journal wrote.

Fox News now has a conspiracy theory that vindicates both Matt Gaetz and Donald Trump

Fox News personality Tucker Carlson on Friday returned to his debunked conspiracy theory that it was actually the FBI — not Trump and his supporters — who were responsible for the January 6th insurrection.

After Carlson interviewed Glenn Greenwald, the host wondered if maybe the FBI set up not just Donald Trump supporters, but also Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL).

"It does kind of make you wonder about Matt Gaetz, actually. Remember Matt Gaetz? He was engaged in child sex trafficking," Carlson said with a mocking voice.

"We know that Matt Gaetz kind of went after the national security state, repeatedly, and then they told us that he was a child sex trafficker — maybe he is, we don't know," Carlson said.

"But if he is, why hasn't he been charged yet?" Carlson asked. "Anyone wonder that?"

"What is going on here?" he asked.


Tucker Carlson


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