NEW: In February, Elliot Resnick scored an interview with Trump impeachment lawyer David Schoen. In March, he wrote an op-ed defending the Capitol riot.

What he didn’t mention either time: He was inside the building during the attack.…
Resnick, chief editor of the New York-based Jewish Press, is best known for commentary denying the existence of white nationalism, denouncing LGBT people and calling African religions “primitive.”

Lately, he’s defended Trump claim the election was stolen…
Footage during the Capitol attack shows Resnick crossing the rotunda and approaching a Capitol Police officer as the officer is being accosted by a group of rioters.…
Resnick and his publisher have refused for weeks to say why he was there during the attack, despite numerous inquiries. They have not claimed he was there in a professional capacity — and none of his writing or posts about 1/6 have suggested he was in DC.…
Resnick does not hold a Capitol press pass that might have authorized his entry. After declining comment for two weeks, publisher Naomi Mauer sent this statement Monday:

“As we understand the facts, we believe that Mr. Resnick acted within the law.”…
Resnick has not been charged, and the footage does not show him committing or encouraging violence. He’s declined multiple detailed inquiries by phone, email and social media messages over the past 2.5 weeks.…
Here’s what Resnick wrote in the American Thinker on March 17:…
UPDATE: In a statement, Resnick’s editors confirm he entered the Capitol on 1/6. They say he was there to report — but that they ultimately decided not to publish anything he gathered “because of the heated atmosphere surrounding the day’s events.”…
More from the statement:
NOTE: This statement does not address Resnick’s 3/17 op-ed defending the Jan. 6 attack — using his title as Jewish Press editor — without disclosing he was in the Capitol.…
AND ANOTHER: Despite the stated goal not to inflame the “heated” post-1/6 environment, the Jewish Press ran an incendiary syndicated column about it on Jan. 15 — it’s second issue after 1/6 — but opted not to use its own editor’s firsthand account. 🤔…
On March 5, the paper's editorial board criticized Merrick Garland for a "preoccupation with ‘white supremacists and others who stormed the Capitol."…

And on Feb. 26, it ran this graphic.

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9 Apr
IT'S FRIDAY: After staring long enough at spreadsheets of the 300+ Capitol defendants, I couldn’t unsee some of the themes in their names. So I thought I'd share some of them. Apologies in advance.
For those inclined to MUNCHEL on something SWEET, try the HONEYCUTT ORANGIAS with a swig of STRONG COFFEE. Unless you'd prefer BAKED ALASKA
There's a set of Capitol defendants for animal lovers too: COLT, LYON, LYONS, STURGEON, MINK, FAIRLAMB, FISHER and GRIFFIN, as well as other assorted livestock found in BARNES
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6 Apr
NEW: Three months to the day a mob of Trump supporters stormed Congress, leaving dozens of officers battered, the Capitol Police are in crisis.

Friday’s deadly attack is raising new worry about the toll on officers’ mental health.

w/ @nicholaswu12…
Even those who weren’t physically injured on Jan. 6 have described haunting hand-to-hand encounters with rioters, some hurling racist epithets, others brandishing tasers, knives and bats to threaten them.…
Since Jan 6: The force has faced intense scrutiny and an IG’s rebuke, 34 officers are under internal investigation, one died by suicide, two are suing Trump. All amid a Covid crisis that has taxed frontline workers like police more than most.…
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1 Apr
NEW: A federal DC judge has rejected an effort by a local reverend to force the Capitol Police to allow him to hold a Friday prayer vigil in a restricted spot on Capitol Grounds, where rioters caused severe damage.

"I don’t think this is a very close case," Judge Boasberg said.
Rev. Patrick MAHONEY sued, claiming a violation of speech rights and emphasizing that he felt "led by god," his attorney said, to lead a vigil on the Lower West Terrace of the Capitol grounds. Alternative spots proposed by Capitol Police were insufficient, he argued.
The US Attorney, representing Congress, emphasized that all applications to hold events in restricted areas of the Capitol — shuttered due to 1/6 — have been blocked.

Boasberg called the restrictions "reasonable" and said he wouldn't second-guess lawful security decisions.
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31 Mar
NEW: Two Capitol Police officers are suing Donald Trump, saying he bears responsibility for the physical and psychological injuries they suffered during intense hand-to-hand combat with his supporters on Jan. 6.…
“For the first time in his life, people were yelling into his face, calling him a [n——] repeatedly and throughout the attack in the Crypt,” the suit says of Officer James Blassingame, who says he suffered a back injury when he was slammed into a column.…
Blassingame later guarded the committee room where lawmakers were in lockdown during the riot, and he noted he was unable to leave for hours even though many present refused to wear masks.…
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30 Mar
NEWS: Capitol Police have shared 14,000+ hours of surveillance footage with lawmakers probing Jan. 6 — as well as "numerous clips" requested by House impeachment managers.

It's the first glimpse of the secretive dept's cooperation with investigators.…
The court filing from Capitol Police counsel Thomas DiBiase indicates that the department has provided entirety of Jan. 6 footage — tens of thousands of hours — to House admin and Senate Rules Committees.…
The department has shared much of that with the FBI and DC Police but is worried that sharing it with defendants charged in Jan. 6 cases could expose sensitive security information about the Capitol to the people who attacked it.…
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29 Mar
NEW: Proud Boy leader Ethan Nordean reveals in a court filing that prosecutors have turned over 1,500 pages of Telegram messages between the group's members surrounding Jan. 6.

Many make clear the group believed it lacked a coherent plan.
NORDEAN also submits affidavits from musician Michale Graves and his manager Arturo Santaella, who say Nordean asked Graves to perform for the group on the afternoon of Jan. 6 — evidence the defense said proves there was no premeditated plan to infiltrate the Capitol.
Judge MEHTA has made clear a conspiracy can be hatched minutes before it happens, so premeditation isn't required. But Nordean's effort is to show Proud Boys did not go into Jan. 6 with a plan for violent siege.
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