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Liz Cheney makes clear she's targeting Trump in Jan. 6 investigation

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) made clear Tuesday that she is targeting Donald Trump, the former President, and his administration as she delivered her opening remarks as the Ranking Member of the historic U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack.

Cheney said the American people must "know what happened every minute of that day in the White House."

"The American people deserve the full and open testimony of every person with knowledge of the planning and preparation for January 6," Congresswoman Cheney said.

"We must know what happened here at the Capitol. We must also know what happened every minute of that day in the White House, every phone call every conversation every meeting, leading up to during an after the attack, honorable men and women have an obligation to step forward. If those responsible are not held accountable. And if Congress does not act responsibly. This will remain a cancer on our Constitutional Republic."

During her remarks Cheney also asked, "Do we hate our political adversaries more than we love our country and revere our Constitution?"

"I pray that we all remember, our children are watching, as we carry out the solemn and sacred duty entrusted to us. They will know who stood for truth."

Cheney is a hard core conservative with the bona fides of having a father who served two terms as a Republican vice president of the United States, a Secretary of Defense, and like his daughter, the Chair of the House Republican Conference, and yet she has been all but kicked out of the GOP because she is willing to speak the truth about her own party's attack on the U.S. Capitol, the U.S. Government, and democracy itself.

'Disgraceful': Capitol police officer fights back tears as he calls out Republicans for 'betraying their oath of office'

Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police officer Michael Fanone angrily berated the very elected Republican House and Senate members who have downplayed the January 6 insurrection, calling their behavior "disgraceful!" as he slammed the table with his hand.

"What makes the struggle harder and more painful, is to know so many of my fellow citizens, including so many of the people I put my life at risk to defend are downplaying or outright denying what happened," Fanone told members of the U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack. "I feel like I went to hell and back to protect them in the people in this room. But too many are now telling me that 'hell' doesn't exist or that 'hell' actually wasn't that bad."

"The indifference shown to my colleagues is disgraceful!" Fanone exclaimed in a stirring moment of testimony.

"My law enforcement career prepared me to cope with some of the aspects of this experience. Being an officer you know, your life is at risk whenever you walk out the door," Fanone continued. He suffered a heart attack on January 6, and suffers from a traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder because of the attack on the Capitol.

"Even if you don't expect otherwise law abiding citizens to take up arms against you. But nothing, truly nothing, has prepared me to address those elected members of our government, who continue to deny the events of that day. And in doing so, betray their oath of office."

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Watch: Day one of historic January 6 House Select Committee hearing

It's been 202 days since Donald Trump, then the President, incited the attack on the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to overturn a free and fair election. The January 6 insurrection, an act of domestic terrorism, an attempted coup, is one of the darkest days in American history.

At 9:30 AM Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) will gavel in day one of the United States House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack, a bipartisan investigation into that dark day.

You can watch live below. The proceedings will also be carried and streamed on most major networks, including ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, and CNN. Fox News is expected to have a degree of coverage.

Today's hearing will feature testimony from four officers who defended members of Congress and the Capitol on January 6, or, as Chairman Thompson said, "frontline heroes who put their lives on the line to protect our democracy."

Here are several feeds for you to watch live:

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'Groveling before white supremacists': GOP candidate gets criticized for slamming Jewish anti-hate group

A Republican candidate for the seat currently held by retiring U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) was both criticized for antisemitism and mocked for accidentally yet accurately linking extremism with conservatism on Monday.

Venture capitalist J.D. Vance, whose former boss, billionaire PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel has invested $10 million in a PAC supporting him, posted the strange tweet attacking the Anti-Defamation League. The ADL is a civil rights organization dedicated to "monitoring, tracking and responding to antisemitism in the United States." Vance is the author of "Hillbilly Elegy."

He retweeted this post from disclose.tv and called the ADL "a joke of an organization that just goes after conservatives."

Some slammed Vance's tweet as antisemitic:












Others just mocked him for accidentally speaking the truth about "extremist and hate movements."






A group of Republican lawmakers now want to openly defend the Capitol rioters

The U.S. Dept. of Justice arrested and charged over 500 people who attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6, many in a coordinated effort to overturn a free and fair election. DOJ expects to charge about 100 others as well.

"The investigation and prosecution of the Capitol Attack will likely be one of the largest in American history, both in terms of the number of defendants prosecuted and the nature and volume of the evidence," the U.S. attorney's office in D.C. wrote in March, when the list of people to be charged was estimated at about 400, The Washington Post reported at the time.

On Tuesday, as the newly-minted U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack launches, holding its first day of events, four far right wing House Republicans – some of whom has been linked to white nationalists – will be holding a different type of event.

Instead of working to uncover and piece together all the information about what happened on Jan. 6, including what led up to the attempted coup, four GOP representatives – Matt Gaetz, Louie Gohmert, Paul Gosar, Marjorie Taylor Greene – will hold a press conference on the "treatment" of the January 6 "prisoners," suggesting they are "political prisoners," which is false.

The four extremists will hold that press conference Tuesday at 1 PM, "demanding answers on the treatment of Jan. 6 prisoners" from Attorney General Merrick Garland, per a press release.

"This is taking place on the same day as the Jan. 6 select committee's first hearing," Forbes' Andrew Solender reports. House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy "is also holding a presser ahead of that to counterprogram."

"The lawmakers have all pushed a baseless conspiracy theory that federal agents were behind the attack, with Gosar also casting slain rioter Ashli Babbitt – who was shot by law enforcement while trying to breach the House chamber – as a martyr," Solender says in a Forbes article.

Jen Psaki is forced to explain Covid basics to a Fox News reporter who tries to play the blame game

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Monday was forced to explain the basics of the coronavirus pandemic to Fox News reporter Peter Doocy after he tried to blame the increase in COVID-19 cases on President Joe Biden, bt asking, "whose fault" is it that the numbers are "going in the wrong direction."

Naturally, the answer is those who could be vaccinated yet are still refusing to do so.

"On COVID Dr. Fauci says we're going in the wrong direction. Whose fault is that?" Doocy asked.

"Well," Psaki replied, "I would say first what he was referring to is the fact that because there are still a large population of people in this country who were unvaccinated. And we have the most transmissible variants that we've seen since the beginning of the pandemic that more people are getting sick with COVID, and that's not, those numbers are not moving in the right direction. I think that's accurate and you can see it by data.

Doocy works for one of the top conservative cable channels that possibly has spread more coronavirus and vaccine disinformation than almost any other.

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McCarthy attacks Cheney and Kinzinger as 'Pelosi Republicans' — says he'll 'see' after call to punish them

Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is responding to a growing chorus of his House GOP caucus members, including Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who are calling on him to "punish" Representatives Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) for agreeing to sit on the U.S. Select Committee on the January 6 Attack.

"The push to seek punishment rose to a new level on Sunday, after Pelosi announced that Kinzinger had accepted her invitation to join the committee. Initially, most rank-and-file Republicans were content to let Cheney serve without much of a fight, but Kinzinger's addition has changed the conversation and has put a new level of pressure on McCarthy," CNN reports.

Some members, including Gaetz, want McCarthy to strip the two Republicans of all their committee assignments but CNN notes Speaker Pelosi could merely re-appoint them. Regardless, the extremists on the right "believe Cheney and Kinzinger need to be reprimanded for not remaining loyal to the conference."

The Daily Mail's Emily Goodin reports McCarthy is indulging his more Trumpian tendencies, calling Cheney and Kinzinger names.


Meanwhile, Rep. Gaetz makes clear he sees all this as just a game, angry that one of the GOP's best "players" has been benched.


'Evil in the world': Anti-mask lawmaker pushes conspiracy in claim he and wife have COVID for a second time

.S. Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced on Sunday he, his wife, and son all have contracted the coronavirus and tested positive for COVID-19. This is the second time he and his wife, Higgins claims, have had COVID. Like about half of the House GOP caucus, Higgins refuses to reveal his vaccination status.

"I have COVID, Becca has COVID, my son has COVID," Higgins declared in a Facebook post Sunday. "Becca" is Higgins' fourth wife.

"I keep my family's private business very quiet, because of the evil in the world, yet we are uplifted by the love of God's children, and quiet privacy does not mean secrecy, so, here's the update," Higgins wrote.

"Becca and I had COVID before, early on, in January 2020, before the world really knew what it was. So, this is our second experience with the CCP biological attack weaponized virus," he said, baselessly, promoting a right wing conspiracy theory, "and this episode is far more challenging. It has required all of my devoted energy."

Higgins may be best known for for shooting a selfie political video inside the Auschwitz gas chamber.

In May Higgins and other Republicans announced they would no longer wear a mask while in the House, because, as one said, "We're just tired of it."

In March Higgins – who once appeared to have threatened a retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice – railed against gun control legislation because, he said, murder is in the Bible.

And last year Higgins threatened to shoot Black armed protestors.

House Republicans beg Kevin McCarthy to try to remove 'authoritarian' Nancy Pelosi as speaker

The far-right House Freedom Caucus on Friday sent Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy a letter officially requesting he find a way to remove Nancy Pelosi as Speaker.

Republicans are both furious and terrified that Speaker Pelosi has moved forward with the bipartisan Select Committee on the January 6 Attack, given the possible role some of them played in the insurrection or in the lead up to it.

Politico reports "the far-right group asked McCarthy to file and bring up a privileged motion by July 31 'to vacate the chair and end Nancy Pelosi's authoritarian reign as Speaker of the House.'"

In their letter, the far-right Republicans, led by Reps. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) and Jim Jordan (R-OH), made clear this was about a push for power. Jordan was also one of two House Republicans Speaker Pelosi refused to seat on the January 6 Select Committee.

"Refusing to seat Rep Jim Jordan & Rep Jim Banks on the Select Committee to Investigate Jan 6th is intolerable," they claim on Twitter.

"Speaker Pelosi's tenure is destroying the House of Representatives and our ability to faithfully represent the people we are here to serve," they wrote. "Republicans, under your leadership, must show the American people that we will act to protect our ability to represent their interests."

There have been no changes, other than Republicans becoming the minority party, that affect Republicans' "ability to represent" their constituents' interests, assuming that is who they were referring to.

Should McCarthy indulge the Freedom Caucus, the measure has virtually no chance of passage, but it does allow the Republicans another fundraising opportunity.

Rep. Biggs made headlines earlier this week for attacking President Joe Biden over a massive border seizure of fentanyl. It remains unclear why he was opposed to the seizure of the illegal and deadly drug.

GOP senator dismisses deaths of 400 children from Covid

U.S. Senator Roger Marshall, a Republican of Kansas and an obstetrician, dismissed the deaths of 400 children who have died from COVID-19 during a Senate hearing Tuesday with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.

Senator Marshall's remarks were based on his false claim that "probably zero" of the 400 children who died of COVID (that number has not been confirmed) had no pre-existing condition.

"Children are not supposed to die," Dr. Walensky told Sen. Marshall, right before he delivered his remarks dismissing their deaths, as if having a pre-existing condition makes it acceptable for a child to die of COVID-19.

In questioning the CDC chief, Senator Marshall touted his credentials as a doctor, before attempting to sow doubt on the need of children to be vaccinated against coronavirus.

"As a physician, we always want to be able to know and discuss the benefits and risk of anything that we're prescribing, including a vaccine," Marshall, a hydroxychloroquine-pusher who has said he takes the malaria drug to fight against the coronavirus, told Walensky. "It's estimated that 40, maybe 50% of children have already had the COVID virus. What are the additional benefits to the vaccine to a child who's already had the virus?"

It's unknown where the Kansas lawmaker, whose government website refers to him as "Doc Marshall," is getting his statistics, but the American Academy of Pediatrics reports that as of July 15 over four million children in the U.S. are believed to have been infected with the coronavirus. One abstract posted by the National Institutes of Health, a federal government agency, says "Almost half of children who contract covid-19 may have lasting symptoms."

It's unknown where the Kansas lawmaker, whose government website refers to him as "Doc Marshall," is getting his statistics, but the American Academy of Pediatrics reports that as of July 15 over four million children in the U.S. are believed to have been infected with the coronavirus. One abstract posted by the National Institutes of Health, a federal government agency, says "Almost half of children who contract covid-19 may have lasting symptoms."

Marshall then moved on to acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock, asking her, "how many children under the age of 18 without a pre-existing condition, a significant health condition, have died from COVID in this country?"

The acting commissioner did not have that information so Senator Marshall declared "the answer is probably zero."

That's false, according to the CDC in 2020.

"So," he surmised, "I think if you if you take a deep dive, most of the children that have died had some type of underlying health condition."

Senator Marshall voted to overturn the 2020 election, voted against expanding the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, supports repealing ObamaCare, and has said, "I'm not sure that there is even climate change."

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