NEW: It’s hard to believe but today is Congress’ first chance to demand answers from key officials who oversaw the botched security response that allowed an armed insurrection to overtake the Capitol.

@AndrewDesiderio and I are tracking the hearing.

politico.com/news/2021/02/2…
Things we might learn:

-Why the sergeants at arms seemed to be concerned about ‘optics’ as the mob breached the Capitol

-What happened to Officer Sicknick

-What preparations were made in advance of Jan. 6, and which lawmakers were briefed?

politico.com/news/2021/02/2…
More possible revelations:

-What is the status of the Capitol Police review of lawmakers/staff who have Jan. 5 tours?

-Why are 35 officers being investigated for their Jan. 6 conduct (including six suspended)?

politico.com/news/2021/02/2…
AND ANOTHER THING: It’s important to remember what a violent horror show Jan. 6 actually was (and how much worse it could have been). There’s a budding effort among Trump allies to deny the existence of an armed insurrection and It’s begun metastasizing.

politico.com/news/2021/02/2…

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23 Feb
NEW: There are some disastrous aspects of what went wrong with security on Jan. 6, but it all seemed to culminate in this 2:28 p.m. conference call, when the Pentagon heard pleas for help — and didn't respond for hours.

Per Sund:

politico.com/news/2021/02/2… Image
When you hear lawmakers like Sen. Johnson suggest that the armed insurrection wasn't an armed insurrection, recall former Capitol Police Chief Sund's description:

"These criminals came prepared for war." Image
In unannounced testimony at Senate hearing, Capitol Police Captain Mendoza describes experience of facing the Jan. 6 rioters.

She notes rioters deployed "Military grade CS gas" inside the Capitol and received chemical burns to her face.

politico.com/news/2021/02/2…
Read 7 tweets
22 Feb
"Lindell—a talented salesman and former professional card counter—sells the lie to this day because the lie sells pillows."

Quite an opening to the Dominion defamation suit:
"While Lindell was on Facebook blaming Antifa for the storming of the Capitol by people shouting 'Fight for Trump,' MyPillow was offering discounts to people who used the
promotional code 'FightForTrump' at checkout."
"MyPillow began offering a promotion where if customers entered the promo code 'QAnon” at check out, they would receive a $45 discount—a not-so-subtle nod to the 45th President of the United States."
Read 4 tweets
19 Feb
NEW: Nine Oath Keepers — five previously charged and four newly charged — have been linked in an indictment for conspiracy.

The nine planned their actions in DC together and taked openly of stashing "heavy" weaponry just outside of DC. justice.gov/usao-dc/case-m…

More TK
"Where are you? Pence has punked out," one of them, Thomas Caldwell, said in a message to Jessica Watkins.

This was just as the Capitol was beginning to be breached — about 18 minutes before Trump tweeted an attack on Pence.
In case anyone needed to know how the Oath Keepers interpreted Trump's call for a "wild" protest.
Read 4 tweets
17 Feb
INCREDIBLE: A newly filed affidavit against a Capitol rioter shows that this man, Daniel Egtvedt, fought with an entire room full of police, was kicked out, returned, fought/injured police again, left, returned, fought with police again and still wasn't arrested that day.
Scuffle #1
Scuffle #2
Read 5 tweets
17 Feb
NEW: The 9/11 commissioners have been advising Pelosi as she works to replicate their highly regarded, bipartisan probe for the 1/6 insurrection.

But they’re clear-eyed about just how toxic government has become since 2002-2004 (which was also messy).

politico.com/news/2021/02/1…
The commissioners agree that 9/11 and 1/6 aren’t particularly comparable except for the enormous damage to American’s psyche. One noted that on 9/11, terrorists wanted to hit the Capitol but failed. politico.com/news/2021/02/1…
The most important things for a new 9/11-type commission:

-Members and staff with non-partisan cred
-Subpoena power
-Carefully worded mandate from Congress
-No artificial deadline

politico.com/news/2021/02/1…
Read 4 tweets
13 Feb
NOW: The impeachment managers are giving a press conference after Trump's acquittal.
RASKIN says that McConnell's comments after the vote went even further than Democrats by suggesting Trump could be criminally charged.
PLASKETT says seeking key witnesses would have taken months of litigation. She notes they're still in court for testimony for MCGAHN from 2019.
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