NEW: Law enforcement leaders are pushing back on a wildly misleading attack ad targeting Vanita Gupta, Joe Biden’s nominee for the no. 3 position at the Justice Department.…
Vanita Gupta would arguably be the most progressive top DOJ official in history. You’d have to go back to Thurgood Marshall to find a civil rights leader that high up the DOJ org chart.

She’s also got a ton of conservative and law enforcement allies.…
Even by political attack ad standards, the Judicial Crisis Network attack ad is pretty shameless.

It claims, over a photo Dylann Roof, that Gupta wants to “reduce” sentences for white supremacists.

Gupta oversaw Roof’s prosecution.… Image
Even the national Fraternal Order of Police — which twice endorsed former President Trump — praised Vanita Gupta, saying she worked with them “to find common ground even when that seemed impossible.”…
“The real crisis in this country is partisan demagoguery and the politics of personal destruction,” the FOP’s Jim Pasco told me when I asked about the Judicial Crisis Network ad attacking Vanita Gupta.… Image

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19 Feb
Insurrections are for the boys.
Just a casual guys’ trip to overturn the results of a democratic election, as you do.…
I’m endlessly curious about the steakhouse plan. Setting aside the fact that settling for a DC steakhouse is a pretty basic move for a vineyard owner, the idea of like Yelping restaurant reviews while taking part in an effort to overturn a free and fair election is just bonkers.
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17 Feb
Got overtaken by the Brent Bozell IV news, but yesterday the feds also unsealed charges against Dean Egtvedt, an “incoherent” Trump fan who yelled “SHOOT ME” at officers and told members to “grow a spine or fucking resign” on Baked Alaska’s livestream during the insurrection.
"Officer M.D. tried to grab EGTVEDT below the waist but could not, due to EGTVEDT’s size. He then attempted to push EGTVEDT back in the direction of the south exit door and 'held on for dear life’ due to EGTVEDT’s size.”…
About a month after Dean Egtvedt assaulted cops during the attack on the U.S. Capitol, “Dan Egtvedt” posted Benny content about “disrespect towards the National Guard."
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16 Feb
NEW: Brent Bozell’s son charged for actions during Capitol riot. Story w/ @PaulBlu:…
Internet sleuths did a ton of work here, but the earliest mentioned tip to the FBI on Jan. 14 came from W-1, who “was affiliated with the same school that Bozell’s children attended.” The school-banded apparel started some discussion. W-2 is more of a pure internet sleuth.
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16 Feb
Several Capitol insurrectionists, upset that Antifa was getting credit for their work, complained on social media (and generated evidence the feds used against them).

My latest Capitol trendspotting piece:…
Live by the conspiracy theory, get charged because you took to Facebook to convince your fellow conspiracy theorists that their latest conspiracy theory wasn’t true.…
"Listen up: I hear so many reports of ‘Antifa’ was storming the capital [sic] building. Know that every single person who believes that narrative have been DUPED AGAIN!”…
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16 Feb
“Don’t you dare try to tell me that people are blaming this on antifa and BLM. We proudly take responsibility for storming the Castle. Antifa and BLM or [sic] too pussy… We are fighting for election integrity. They heard us.” — new Capitol attack defendant John Gennaro
“We storm THE SWAMP for FREEDOM!!!”…
"MELLIS can be heard saying 'Knock their masks off' before the BWC shows MELLIS’ hand – wielding the stick – come over the top of the first individual, striking at the officers who were protecting the entryway to the Capitol Building.”
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15 Feb


My look at the bureau’s evolving strategy to identify suspects in the U.S. Capitol attack.

#CapitolRiots #SeditionHunters #BOLO #YOLO…
You Won’t Believe What The FBI Is Doing To Get Their Capitol Insurrectionists Photos On Your Timeline…
The FBI’s Capitol Attack “Seeking Information” Page Doesn’t Look Like THIS Anymore.…
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