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'The speech has ended': Newly revealed recording shows police desperation after Trump fired up a mob

February 10, 2021 in Blogs

By Cody Fenwick

As part of the case against former President Donald Trump, the House impeachment managers unveiled an array of new video and audio clips on Wednesday illustrating danger posed by the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol he is accused of inciting.

One of the new clips played a recording of police communications right at the start of the riot, before 2 p.m. It showed in a new way the desperation the police experienced right at the start of the attack.

And it also included a notable phrase: “The speech has ended.” This placed the timing of the call right at the end of Trump’s infamous speech on that day, illustrating how the attack swelled at that point and strengthening the case that Trump sparked the violence.

“Multiple Capitol injuries! Multiple Capitol injuries!” an officer on the recording said.

“Be advised, the speech has ended,” the dispatcher said.

Another dispatcher said: “You’ve got a group of about 50 charging up the hill on the west front just north of the stairs. They’re approaching the wall now.”

Another officer said: “They’re starting to dismantle the reviewing stand. They’re throwing metal poles at us.”

With desperation in his voice, another officer, perhaps the first one who spoke, pleaded: “Multiple law enforcement injuries. DSO, get up here!”

Another clip recording the D.C. police declaring a riot.

“This is now effectively a riot,” one officer said, with the time given as 1:49 p.m. In a little over thirty minutes after that, Trump would tweet out that Mike Pence “didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution,” even as the vice president and his family were still under threat from the mob.

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WATCH: Never-before-seen security footage reveals how Mitt Romney and Mike Pence escaped the Capitol mob

February 10, 2021 in Blogs

By Raw Story

House Impeachment Managers show closed circuit television videos from Capitol security cameras of the attack on the building.

At first, it can be seen that a Capitol police officer (left) attempted to pepper-spray a man breaking through the windows. It was clear that he was quickly overwhelmed as others began climbing through.

Del. Stacey Plaskett (D-VI) pointed out that one of the men was in full tactical gear.

She went on to show security footage of Officer Eugene Goodman who encountered the attackers on the first floor. He ushered Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) away from the attackers. He then is seen backing up the stairs as the attackers follow him.

It then turns to the video that was seen publicly of Officer Goodman leading the attackers away from the Senate chamber.

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Here's how wacky state Republican Parties are getting as Trump continues to hold sway

February 10, 2021 in Blogs

By Alex Henderson

As decisive as Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election was — Biden won 306 electoral votes and defeated then-President Donald Trump by more than 7 million in the popular vote — the Republican Party hasn’t become any less Trumpian. That is especially true in individual states, where Republicans have been passing resolutions condemning anyone in the GOP who dares to criticize the former president.

But the wackiest resolution in recent weeks might be one in Oregon that describes the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol Building as a “false flag” operation — and that resolution, journalist Russell Berman stresses in an article published by The Atlantic this week, shows how Trumpified many Republicans continue to be at the state level.

“In the view of the Oregon Republican Party, what transpired on Jan. 6 was not an insurrection — and the rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol were not supporters of Donald Trump,” Berman explains. “Rather, the uprising that the world witnessed that day was a ‘false flag.’ Its aim, according to the party, was to discredit Trump and ‘advance the Democrat goal of seizing total power, in a frightening parallel to the February 1933 burning of the German Reichstag.’”

The claim that the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol Building was a “false flag” has even been debunked by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. According to Axios reporter Jonathan Swan, McCarthy told Trump there was zero evidence of Antifa or any other left-wing activists attacking the Capitol — the rioters were clearly “MAGA.”

The Oregon GOP’s resolution was passed on Jan. 18 in a 12-2 vote. And that resolution, according to Berman, points to a larger debate among Republicans in Oregon and other states — one in which they are debating how Trumpified their party should be.

“Elected Republicans in Oregon were aghast that the state party’s leadership would formally embrace an obvious falsehood about the Capitol riot and liken it to the Nazi takeover of Germany,” Berman explains. “Days later, Christine Drazan, the Republican leader in the (Oregon) House of Representatives, secured the support of her entire caucus for a statement repudiating the resolution. At the heart of Oregon’s intra-party feud is a deepening divide over Trump and whether the former president should remain the de facto leader of the GOP. That fight is playing out in states across …read more

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Trump's impeachment lawyer let slip a 'critical mistake' about his case on Fox News, experts say

February 10, 2021 in Blogs

By Alex Henderson

Many cable news pundits, including conservatives like MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, have argued that Rep. Jamie Raskin, a House impeachment manager, performed much better than Donald Trump’s attorneys during the first day of the former president’s second impeachment trial. But Fox News’ Sean Hannity insisted on Tuesday night that Trump’s legal team had the better presentation — and he tried to make his point by interviewing Trump attorney David Schoen.

According to some legal experts, though, Schoen’s comments gave legal ammunition to the pro-impeachment side.

Hannity declared, “[For] two Februaries in a row, Democrats are conducting a show trial in the U.S. Senate to impeach and convict Donald J. Trump, who’s president-in-exile, according to Jim Acosta. And while the first unsuccessful charade was pretty terrible, the sequel is even worse….. The president’s attorney, David Schoen, had a great day, in my opinion.”

After bringing Schoen on, Hannity asked him, “If we apply the Democratic standards for how they define incitement and insurrection — if that same standard is applied, do they not all deserve impeachment too?” And the attorney responded, “Yeah, I would say, you know, listen, if they tried to impeach them, I would say that also is an abuse, was an abuse, of the impeachment process. But your point is: they’re using rhetoric that is just as inflammatory or more so. The problem is, they don’t really have followers, dedicated followers when they give speeches.”

Law & Crime reporter Colin Kalmbacher noted that “Schoen’s words were immediately interpreted as helpful for Democrats.”

The Daily Beast’s Justin Baragona tweeted:

According to Asha Rangappa — a former FBI special agent who is now a legal analyst for CNN — Schoen’s comments on Hannity’s show were helpful to the pro-impeachment side:

Steve Vladeck, a University of Texas law professor, tweeted:

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Republicans get sent scrambling after Trump's flailing defense makes the GOP squirm

February 10, 2021 in Blogs

By Amanda Marcotte

Tuesday was the first day of Donald Trump’s impeachment trial for inciting an insurrection, and, frustratingly, the day was devoted to the question of whether it was legal to even try Trump, now a former president, in the first place. The whole thing was a dog-and-pony show for Senate Republicans, who don’t want to be caught looking supportive of an insurrection that failed. But they also don’t want to offend their voters, who are still largely enthused about fascist insurrections and want to give Trump an A for effort. And so Republicans have settled on pretending they’re springing Trump on a technicality — even though no one really believes such a technicality exists — in a pathetic bid to have it both ways. It felt like a waste of time because no one actually believes this trial is unconstitutional.

But there’s one silver lining: The Democrats who are arguing the case as the House managers so thoroughly smoked Trump’s defense that even Trump knows it.

Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland introduced a devastating video underscoring how Trump very deliberately sent an angry mob to storm the Capitol on Jan. 6 — telling them, “you’re allowed to go by very different rules” than the usual expectations of non-violence — and highlighting the horrors of the insurrection, which left five people dead and multiple police officers seriously injured.

Raskin ended the House managers’ arguments with a terrifying description of his own experiences that day, breaking into tears as he recounted the terror of his family members who were visiting him following the funeral of his young son the day before.

In contrast, Trump’s lawyers presented arguments that were equal parts smug and incoherent. His first lawyer, Bruce Castor, condescendingly suggested that because people are understandably emotional about the insurrection their arguments are rendered irrational. It’s an especially offensive argument to be made in defense of Trump, a man who is all id and no rationality. Castor’s patronizing tone was made all the more annoying by the fact that his arguments were erratic and inconsistent nonsense. That’s especially so compared to the devastating case made earlier in the afternoon by Rep. Joe Neguse of Colorado, who painstakingly laid out why the trial was constitutional and that no one doubted it before they needed a convenient excuse to …read more

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China’s Technological Predation Threatens U.S. Security

February 10, 2021 in Economics

By Daniel J. Ikenson

Daniel J. Ikenson

With broad, bipartisan support from Congress, the Biden administration is expected to commence an all‐​of‐​government effort to confront the profound and rapidly multiplying challenges presented by China’s rise. Exactly what the program will entail remains unclear, but neutralizing Beijing’s web of predatory technology policies should be a priority.

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For many years, China has been funneling hundreds of billions of dollars annually into technology research, development and production. It has been underwriting technology theft on a grand scale. And it has been extorting technological knowhow and other assets from U.S. businesses, as the price of entry into the Chinese market. These practices have made a mockery of the rules‐​based international trading system and have subverted the proper functioning of markets.

But what compels a firm and committed policy response from Biden is that Beijing’s pursuit of technological supremacy presents an intolerable threat to U.S. security.

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The U.S. government restricts the export of fissile materials as a matter of national security. Lockheed Martin is prohibited from selling F-35 fighter jets to China. Advanced technology is essential to national defense, and in the wrong hands, could be used against Americans—to spy, extort, sabotage and conduct warfare. Technology is already employed in the service of repression in China and there is a clear case for restricting its flow.

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