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Capitol rioter who bludgeoned cop with flagpole blames officer for attack: He was 'mocking several protesters'

A U.S. Capitol rioter says he attacked a police officer during the Jan. 6 insurrection because the officer made fun of the Donald Trump supporters violently storming the building.

Newly released video shows 54-year-old Thomas Webster, a Marine Corps veteran and former New York City police officer, screaming profanities at officers and striking at least one of them with a flagpole before tackling the officer, but his defense attorneys intend to blame the victim for the attack, reported MSNBC's Scott MacFarlane.

"Showing little regard for the peaceful protesters present, Officer N.R. can be seen reaching over the metal barrier and pushing a peaceful male protester wearing a maroon sweatshirt who was blinded by pepper spray," a court filing says. "Officer N.R. can also be observed mocking several protesters who were complaining about this Officer's excessive use of force."

Webster's attorneys will make the claims in court Friday as they seek his release from jail while awaiting trial on seven federal charges, including assaulting police, unlawfully entering Capitol grounds with a dangerous weapon and engaging in physical violence.


GOP Congressman: FBI 'participated' in insurrection to 'entrap' harmless protestors and 'frame the MAGA movement'

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) is demanding the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Dept. of Justice tell Congress what they know about their own alleged "participation" in Donald Trump's January 6 insurrection, which led to at least seven deaths. Gohmert falsely claims the attack on the U.S. Capitol – which in reality was an attempted coup designed to overturn a free and fair election – was instead a "monumental entrapment scheme used as a pretext to imprison otherwise harmless protestors" and used to “frame the entire MAGA movement as potential domestic terrorists."

News organization The Recount calls Gohmert's assertions "a bullshit baseless conspiracy theory."

The Texas Republican congressman, explained on Thursday on the floor of the House that his "friend," Fox News white supremacist host Tucker Carlson "covered this last night," called the conspiracy theory "really disturbing... because we don't like to see government agents stirring up trouble or find that there are criminal acts that would not likely have occurred had not the federal government been participating."

Having no evidence that January 6 was an "inside job," which is what Gohmert is asserting, he goes on to make up possible scenarios, again, without any basis in fact.

"Whether they were actual agents, or an undercover agents, or informants that were working for the federal government. But this is scary stuff this is, This is kind of third world stuff, this is not only third world stuff but this is like Putin-like kind of activity. So, if there were federal agents that were involved on January 6, we really need to know what the FBI knew and when they knew it, and not only that, we need to know how much participation did any of our federal friends either at DOJ, FBI, or any of the Intel Community, what kind of role were they playing?"

It's almost like he is demanding Speaker Pelosi form a Special Committee to investigate the January 6 insurrection.

Rep. Greene files bill to eliminate ATF then attacks Biden over drug cartels – which ATF targets and investigates

U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) on Thursday announced she has filed a bill that would eliminate the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). One hour later in a spottily-attended press conference Greene angrily attacked President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, whom she falsely accused of allowing the U.S. southern border to be "wide open" to allow drug trafficking.

"President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are in business with the cartels," Greene declared, lying to reporters. "They are in business with the criminals. Because their border policies, of ripping our southern border wide open is allowing the cartels to get rich beyond their wildest dreams, as they traffic humans and drugs across our border."

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives works to target, investigate, and prosecute cartels that traffic in illegal guns – and drugs.

Earlier this month, for example, the Dept. of Justice published a press release announcing "Eight Members of Armed Drug Trafficking Organization Charged by Federal Indictment."

"This case," DOJ says, "was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, and the Lake City Police Department."

The indictment charges "eight individuals in Florida with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute MDMA, also known as 'ecstasy' or 'molly', and α‑Pyrrolidino­pentiophenone, also known as 'alpha-PVP' or 'flakka.' If convicted, each faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. The indictment also notifies the defendants that the United States intends to forfeit property that was used to facilitate the offense or that is traceable to proceeds of the offense, including approximately $185,000 in cash, a 2015 BMW 550i, a 2015 Lexus IS 250, a 2013 Audi A8 L Quattro, a 2020 Ryker Rally Edition motorcycle, two Rolex watches, numerous pieces of jewelry, and five firearms."

It's the forfeiture of the firearms that Greene has a problem with.

"I just introduced the bill to eliminate the ATF," Greene says in her recorded video Thursday, during which she mispronounced the word "introduced."

"The war on gun owners' rights has been waged long enough and it's time to stop it."

Those eight individuals captured by federal authorities, including by the ATF, are U.S. citizens, gun owners, living and operating in Florida, who "were part of an armed drug trafficking organization that distributed illegal narcotics, primarily out of a 'trap house' on 14th Street in Jacksonville, beginning in July 2018 and continuing until April 13, 2021, when six of the defendants were arrested," the DOJ statement says.

That investigation is far from the only one that makes Greene's desire to eliminate ATF problematic if she actually is concerned about drug trafficking and cartels.

A few headlines:

"ATF targets gun dealers to stem sales to Mexican cartels."

"Where do Mexican drug cartels get their guns? The US."

"More than 36 pounds of drugs, guns seized in three month period," revealing:

It is a joint effort-- the Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team aims to stop the trafficking of illegal drugs in South Dakota, comprised of Pennington County Sheriff's deputies and Rapid City Police officers, they work with the State Division of Criminal Investigations, Highway Patrol, and federal agencies like the DEA, ATF, and Homeland Security to fight illegal drug distribution, from the top down.

If Greene wants to get rid of illegal drugs getting rid of the agency that gets rid of illegal guns isn't going to help.

Trump-loving 'candy man' congressman demands president Biden take cognitive test

Despite a highly-successful eight-day overseas trip culminating with a U.S.-Russia Summit displaying his ability to right the national "ship" on the world stage, and despite favorable response from world leaders, President Joe Biden is being asked by a group of 14 Republican congressmen, led by Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX), to take a cognitive test to judge his mental acuity.

It all feeds into the Fox News narrative, one blown to pieces by Biden's performance in the UK with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Queen Elizabeth, the G7 in Brussels, meeting with NATO leaders and separately with the president of Turkey, and finally to Geneva where he held the Summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Congressman Jackson, the former Obama and Trump White House physician, along with 13 other House Republicans in a letter to President Biden (below) cited a news report of an incident where Biden allegedly called Senator John Cornyn "Representative – Senator Cornyn," correcting himself.

In the letter they also claim he mixed up the time of day, and once "while on the campaign trail," Biden "grew testy" when asked if he would take a cognitive test.

They cite other news reports of Biden mispronouncing names, and saying he was allegedly unable to recite part of the Declaration of Independence.

"Most school-age children could recite that famous and revered patriotic phrase by heart, but you could not," the letter charges.

As White House physician Rep. Jackson told reporters President Trump, who he strongly supports, had "incredibly good genes" and praised his performance on a test for Alzheimers as "exceedingly well." That was the test where Trump impressed himself by being able to remember five words, in order: "person, woman, man, camera, TV," and then told a reporter he did "amazing."

In March NBC News reported that Jackson had "engaged in 'inappropriate conduct' while serving as the top White House physician, according to a Pentagon inspector general report."

"The scathing report, NBC said, "alleges abusive behavior toward subordinates including sexual harassment."

The inspector general's review, first reported by CNN, says Jackson drank alcohol, made sexual comments to subordinates and took the sedative Ambien while working as White House physician. The watchdog also found that Jackson mistreated subordinates and “disparaged, belittled, bullied and humiliated them."

Jackson had been nominated by then-President Donald Trump to become Secretary of the Veterans Administration, when it was revealed that he had handed out prescriptions "like candy," and was nicknamed “the candy man" inside the White House, CNN reported in 2018.

Democratic Senator John Tester "described reports to the Veterans' Affairs Committee that alleged that on overseas trips, Jackson would 'go down the aisle way of the airplane and say, 'All right, who wants to go to sleep?' And hand out the prescription drugs like they were candy … and put them to sleep and then give them the drugs to wake them back up again.'"

"Tester's staff told CNN that Jackson would hand out Ambien and Provigil," CNN reported. “These are called controlled substances for a reason," Tester said.

Dr. Jackson, CNN added, "also faces allegations of being drunk while overseas with then-President Barack Obama."

“If you are drunk and something happens with the President, it's very difficult to go in and treat the President," Tester said. “That's what multiple people told us, this was the case on several different trips."

Tester said there had been comments that Jackson would not be able to respond “because he had been drinking so much."

Jackson has denied all the allegations.

Here's Jackson's letter:

Experts slam Tucker Carlson's baffling suggestion that the FBI is responsible for the Capitol insurrection

Tucker Carlson is putting a new, disturbing spin on the Capitol insurrection, and this time, it involves the (FBI). On Wednesday, June 16, the Fox News host sounded off as he laid out the basis of his latest theory which appears to be another attempt to deflect blame from supporters of former President Donald Trump.

According to The Washington Post, Carlson has suggested that "the presence of unindicted co-conspirators in the Capitol riot indictments means those people are government agents and that this, in turn, means the FBI was involved in organizing the riot."

At one point during the segment, Carlson said, "Strangely, some of the key people who participated on Jan. 6 have not been charged. Look at the document. The government calls those people unindicted co-conspirators. What does that mean? Well, it means that in potentially every single case, they were FBI operatives."

He went on to highlight the indictment of Thomas Caldwell, as an example. Although Caldwell is facing charges, the other two co-conspirators mentioned in his case, have not been charged. Apparently, Carlson believes this may be some form of indication of a conspiracy that supports his assumptions.

But wait, here's the interesting thing: Person Two and Person Three were organizers of the riot. The government knows who they are, but the government has not charged them. Why is that?

You know why: They were almost certainly working for the FBI. So, FBI operatives were organizing the attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6, according to government documents.

And those two are not alone. In all, Revolver News reported there are, quote, "upwards of 20 unindicted co-conspirators in the Oath Keeper indictments, all playing various roles in the conspiracy who have not been charged for virtually the exact same activities, and in some cases, much, much more severe activities as those named alongside them in the indictments."

Huh? So it turns out that this "white supremacist" insurrection was, again by the government's own admission in these documents, organized at least in part by government agents.

Adding to his claims, Carlson also tied in FBI Director Christopher A. Wray as he reiterated the government's intent on infiltrating extremist groups.

However, legal experts are already pushing back against Carlson's claims arguing that the government cannot include names of agents as unindicted co-conspirators. David Ohlin, a criminal law professor at Cornell Law School explained that there are " many reasons why an indictment would reference unindicted co-conspirators, but their status as FBI agents is not one of them."

Lisa Kern Griffin, a Duke University Law School professor, also echoed similar sentiments as she detailed the role of undercover agents. "Undercover officers and informants can't be 'co-conspirators' for the purposes of establishing an agreement to violate the law, because they are only pretending to agree to do so."

She added, "An unindicted co-conspirator has committed the crime of conspiracy, and investigative agents doing their jobs undercover are not committing crimes."

Republican candidate in secret recording says he has access to Russian hit squad and would 'end' opponent's life

In a Politico bombshell report William Braddock, a Florida Republican congressional candidate can be heard saying he has access to Russian and Ukrainian hit squads, "billions of dollars" in offshore cash, and would "end" the life of one of his Republican political opponents, a Trump-endorsed candidate named Anna Paulina Luna, "if it needs to be done."

"I really don't want to have to end anybody's life for the good of the people of the United States of America," Republican William Braddock can be heard saying in the clip (below). "That will break my heart. But if it needs to be done, it needs to be done. Luna is a f—ing speed bump in the road. She's a dead squirrel you run over every day when you leave the neighborhood."

Braddock on Monday filed to run for the seat of U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL), who is not seeking re-election next year so he can run for governor. Luna (photo, top) is also running for that seat, and lost to Crist in 2020 but managed to get 47% of the vote.

"During a 30-minute call with a conservative activist that was recorded before he became a candidate, William Braddock repeatedly warned the activist to not support GOP candidate Anna Paulina Luna in the Republican primary for a Tampa Bay-area congressional seat because he had access to assassins," Politico reports.

"In the recording, Braddock early in the call brought up the alleged assassins. He also made rambling statements about getting financial help from fellow Freemasons or by somehow importing millions of dollars from Malta and Gibraltar."

"I have access to a hit squad, too, Ukrainians and Russians," he said about three minutes into the call, adding "don't get caught out in public supporting Luna. … Luna's gonna go down and I hope it's by herself."

"She's gonna be gone. Period. That's the end of the discussion," Braddock can be heard saying.

Asked how that will happen, he replies: "I call up my Russian — Ukrainian hit squad, and within 24 hours, they're sending me pictures of her disappearing."

"No, I'm not joking," he adds. "Like, this is beyond my control this point."

"Russian mafia. Close-battle combat, TEC-9s, MAC-10s, silencers kind of thing. No snipers. Up close and personal. So they know the person – they know that the target has gone."

He goes on to say, "I know what I'm doing is noble, and I'm just trying to remain a humble servant of God."

The recording was made "just after midnight last Wednesday," Politico says, and the activist who made it "promptly turned it over to St. Petersburg, Fla., police and gave a heads-up to her friend Luna, who filed a petition for an injunction against Braddock."

Below is the audio published by Politico. The activist who recorded it says it was not altered. Braddock told Politico "there is no proof" it is his voice in the recording and called it "a dirty political tactic that has caused a lot of people a lot of stress and is completely unnecessary."

(The captions on the audio appear to be auto-generated and are a poor representation of what is clearly audible, including graphic, offensive, and vile language.)





Republican West Virginia congressman's spending under investigation — including over $1900 at Chick-fil-A

Rep. Alex Mooney of West Virginia, according to Roll Call, is being investigated by the Office of Congressional Ethics for possibly spending campaign funds on personal activities.

Roll Call's Chris Marquette reports, "The inquiry, which began in March, asks for information about the West Virginia Republican's $49,000 worth of campaign spending on resorts, meal purchases, car expenses and other expenses."

According to Marquette, Mooney "spent more than $1900 in campaign money at Chick-fil-A over the course of 53 transactions, many of which took place near his residence. Additionally, he spent more than $4500 at Rooster's Amish Shed on three equipment purchases in 2018."

At issue is whether the money Mooney spent at Chick-fil-A or somewhere else was a campaign expense or a personal expense. Spending campaign funds on something that isn't campaign-related is strictly forbidden.

Marquette reports, "The OCE is also looking into expenditures made by the campaign at St. James Parish and St. Zita's gift shop at the parish in Charles Town, W.Va…. Mooney's campaign has spent over $19,000 since 2018 at St. James and St. Zita's, according to campaign finance disclosures. Further, thousands in reimbursements Mooney received from his campaign, Alex Mooney for Congress, are under scrutiny. In 2020, four payments were made to Mooney from his campaign for over $2500 with no disbursement description."

The 50-year-old Mooney, who was born in Washington, D.C., got into politics via Maryland — which includes some of D.C.'s suburbs. Mooney served in the Maryland State Senate from 1999-2011 and chaired the Maryland Republican Party. But he later moved to West Virginia, where he was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives via West Virginia's 2nd Congressional District in 2014 and took over the seat once held by Republican Shelley Moore Capito (who is now a U.S. senator).

'I understand how you feel': Fox News host comforts guest who calls Joe Biden a 'dumb bastard'

Fox News host Brian Kilmeade admonished a guest on Thursday after he called President Joe Biden a "dumb bastard."

The remark came as Kilmeade was interviewing Brian Dockter, a technician who claimed to be out of work due to Biden's tax policies.

"What is your message to Washington and to the John Kerrys of the world who tell you to go pick another profession?" Kilmeade asked.

"Why doesn't he pick a different profession?" Dockter replied. "He's obviously not good at it so if anybody should lose a job it should be him and his cronies and Biden."

"Biden's such a dumb bastard he just doesn't get anything," he added.

"Yeah, can't talk about the president like that," Kilmeade responded. "But I understand your frustration. Especially with politicians who see bar graphs and pie charts and not people. We like to see people here."

"And I understand how you feel," the Fox News host concluded.

Watch the video below from Fox News.

Fox News guest calls Biden a 'dumb bastard'



via Fox News

Brothers of white nationalist congressman apologize for his false claim insurrectionist was 'executed' by police

Two brothers of U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) went on national TV Thursday to apologize for his accusation this week that Capitol Police were "lying in wait" and "executed" a Trump insurrectionist, 35-year old QAnon believer Ashli Babbitt, on January 6.

"On behalf of the actual sane members of our family, which is everyone but Paul, we apologize," they said on CNN, to D.C. Officer Michael Fanone for their brother's "despicable comments and disgraceful conduct through this whole incident."

On Tuesday during a hearing on the January 6 insurrection Gosar, a white nationalist, demanded FBI Director Chris Wray release the name of the officer who killed Babbitt. Babbitt was attempting to break into the Speaker's Lobby, a hallway in the Capitol just outside the House Chamber.

Calling her killing "disturbing," Gosar told Wray in front of cameras that Babbitt was "executed," which is false.

"The Capitol Police officer that did that shooting appeared to be hiding, lying in wait and then gave no warning before killing her," which is also false.

Gosar is one of the leading members of Congress who have promoted Donald Trump's "big lie," that the election was stolen from him.

Watch:


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'Neoliberal proto-fascism': Noam Chomsky explains how Trumpism has made the GOP a 'white supremacist' cult

Over the years, left-wing author Noam Chomsky has been vehemently critical of both Democrats and Republicans, slamming the United States' two major political parties as servants of Wall Street, big business and the 1%. But during an interview with Truthout's C.J. Polychroniou published on June 16, Chomsky's criticism of the GOP went beyond his usual critiques of conservative economic policy. The Philadelphia-born Chomsky, now 92, argued that big chunks of the modern Republican Party have become "proto-fascist."

"The fascist symptoms are there, including extreme racism, violence, worship of the leader — sent by God, according to former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — immersion in a world of 'alternative facts' and a frenzy of irrationality," Chomsky warned. "Also in other ways, such as the extraordinary efforts in Republican-run states to suppress teaching in schools that doesn't conform to their White supremacist doctrines."

The leader Chomsky was referring to was, of course, former President Donald Trump, who is viewed by many on the far right as America's president in exile even though he was decisively rejected in the 2020 presidential election. When Republican presidents were voted out of office in the past — Herbert Hoover in 1931, George H.W. Bush in 1992 — the GOP did not regard them as presidents in exile. But in 2021, many Republicans in Congress are afraid to say one word against Trump or even acknowledge that President Joe Biden won the 2020 election.

Fox News and other right-wing media outlets have become obsessed with critical race theory, which studies the racism of the past and the effect it has on the United States' institutions today. Pro-Trump Republicans view critical race theory studies as an assault on white Americans in general, and Chomsky finds it disturbing that Trumpistas are violently opposed to even acknowledging that the United States has a history of racism.

"Legislation is being enacted to ban instruction in 'critical race theory,' the new demon, replacing communism and Islamic terror as the plague of the modern age," Chomsky explained. "'Critical race theory' is the scare-phrase used for the study of the systematic structural and cultural factors in the hideous 400-year history of slavery and enduring racist repression. Proper indoctrination in schools and universities must ban this heresy. What actually happened for 400 years and is very much alive today must be presented to students as a deviation from the real America, pure and innocent, much as in well-run totalitarian states."

When he was president, Trump even called for "patriotic education" — a phrase that, Trump's critics noted, sounded like it was right out of Mao Tse Tung's Communist China.

Chomsky told Polychroniou that he is "hesitant" to describe the GOP of 2021 as a "party" because "that might suggest that they have some interest in participating honestly in normal parliamentary politics."

"Attitudes among the voting base are truly ominous," the 92-year-old author warned. "Put aside the fact that a large majority of Trump voters believe that the elections were stolen. A majority also believe that 'the traditional American way of life is disappearing so fast that we may have to use force to save it,' and 40% take a stronger stand: 'if elected leaders will not protect America, the people must do it themselves, even if it requires violent actions.' Not surprising, perhaps, when a quarter of Republicans are reported to believe that 'the government, media, and financial worlds in the U.S. are controlled by a group of Satan-worshipping pedophiles who run a global child sex trafficking operation.'"

The conspiracy theory that the U.S. government has been infiltrated by "Satan-worshipping pedophiles" came from the QAnon cult, which far-right pro-Trump Republicans such as Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado have supported.

Chomsky, however, draws one distinction between the Trumpified GOP of 2021 and the 1930s fascism of Germany's Adolf Hitler and Italy's Benito Mussolini, a.k.a. Il Duce: the GOP of 2021, for all its faux populism, remains committed to economic "neoliberalism."

Indeed, some fascists of the past, including Spain's Francisco Franco, a.k.a. El Generalissimo, at least believed in having some type of social safety net; Trumpified Republicans don't.

Chomsky told Polychroniou, "The term 'neoliberal proto-fascism' captures well both the features of the current (Republican) Party and the distinction from the fascism of the past. The commitment to the most brutal form of neoliberalism is apparent in the legislative record, crucially the subordination of the Party to private capital, the inverse of classic fascism."

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