Attorney General Merrick Garland is about to give a speech on voting rights in the Justice Department’s Great Hall. He’ll call the expansion of voting to all eligible citizens "the central pillar” of democracy. huffpost.com/entry/doj-voti…
"That means ensuring that all eligible voters can cast a vote; that all lawful votes are counted; and that every voter has access to accurate information.” huffpost.com/entry/doj-voti…
"The Department of Justice will never stop working to protect the democracy to which all Americans are entitled.” huffpost.com/entry/doj-voti…
Prosecutor in case against Jose Padilla tells court they’ve made a formal plea offer, defense says they are still considering offer on the table. No details on the offer. Padilla remains incarcerated. huffpost.com/entry/jose-pad…
Standard reminder that plea deals are how the overwhelming majority of federal cases are settled.
Judge says a 60 day extension is appropriate, but warns that they’re not just going to keep doing extensions. He says government will “have to do some real soul-searching” if global Capitol discovery is going to take six months.
Both Twitter and Facebook were compelled to comply with a search warrant issued in connection with the case against Capitol defendant Antionne De Shaun Brodnax, aka bugziethedon, who was shooting a music video on Jan. 6. Government says both companies have now provided records.
After Brodnax was notified about the search warrant by Twitter and tried to quash, Twitter told the government they’d suspend processing the request. The government argued they can’t do that. storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.usco…
Chris Wray's explanation of why the FBI's Jan. 6 probe differs from the bureau's response to last summer's riots is worth a watch. His main (somewhat obvious) points:
1) An attack on the U.S. Capitol triggers more federal laws.
2) The Jan. 6 crowd gave the FBI a lot of layups.
You can see why he gets interrupted there: It’s a thorough and logical explanation that guts a key talking point on the right.
The notion that the feds treaded lightly last summer is really just plainly inaccurate. More than 300 defendants were charged in the course of four months. Some of the approaches were pretty experimental. huffpost.com/entry/anti-rio…
"The invidual is wearing a dark baseball type hat with 'KEEP AMERICA GREAT' in bright orange letters on the hat. The individual was also wearing a dark coat with a Burberry print around the hood of the coat.”
Capitol defendant Christian Kulas was arrested in Chicago today.
Kulas was publicly IDed about a week after the attack.
Something that’s stuck in my head: The violent Capitol rioter who was nabbed off a facial recognition hit on his girlfriend’s Instagram grid is about as off-the-grid as 31-year-olds get these days. Didn’t even have his own cell phone! huffpost.com/entry/facial-r…
Imagine how much effort it takes to live without a cell phone these days, and then you get nabbed by a facial recognition hit on your girlfriend’s public Instagram grid.
"He is an anomaly for his generation – he has no cellular phone and almost no presence on social media… [he was] persuaded by the rhetoric of President Trump and the Republican party, and was led to believe that the 2020 election was stolen.” storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.usco…
The feds also said "the government expects that at least one hundred additional individuals will be charged" in March and in April. It's a real lowball figure! If they only end up making 100 additional arrests, something went terribly wrong.
There are now 400 suspects listed on the FBI's Capitol website. Take a look at how many of those suspects have been arrested. That's not even the entire universe, there are plenty more who aren't featured on the FBI's website because the bureau already has the info they need.
The government in March, when there were 300+ cases: "the government expects that at least one hundred additional individuals will be charged.” abcnews.go.com/Politics/doj-1…
Stephanie Baez, who was recorded saying she was “looking for a Proud Boy,” was arrested today in Alabama in connection with the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.
"The defendant further claimed that she had authority to be inside the Capitol because she had looked up the Capitol's hours ahead of time and confirmed that the Capitol would be open... The defendant later stated that it is possible that she read the website wrong.”
"Nah. I'll be fine. I'm not on Twitter and I doubt anyone would recognize me. I mean, they can do ahead and do whatever, I practice my 2nd amendment.”
Because Samsel would be locked up by Pa. authorities anyway, judge is considering allowing him to be held by the state but placing a federal hold on him in case he’s released by state before federal case is resolved.
U.S. Marine veteran Carey Jon Walden was arrested in Kansas City in connection with the Capitol attack. Feds interviewed him back on Feb. 3 after receiving a tip.
“This is from my Facebook,” he wrote on a printout of his Facebook post.
“I, Carey J. Walden, climbed a wall into the Capitol building on 6 Jan 21, at approx 1:00pm to 1:30pm. I took pictures and videos of where I entered. I went into a broken window, which was already broken… I fist bumped and ‘Devil horned’ the swat line.”
“That’s where I think I was during protest,” Waldren wrote on the back of this map, the FBI said. Case unsealed on D.C. court docket today. Uploaded the FBI affidavit here: storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.usco…
One of the handful of Capitol rioters who were actually arrested on Jan. 6 has a status conference hearing shortly.
Mark Leffingwell reportedly “spontaneously apologized” for punching a Capitol Police officer.
He’s currently facing a seven count superseding indictment.
You could argue that being arrested on the spot the day of the attack is actually better for Capitol defendants in the long term. There aren’t any viral photos of Leffingwell out there, and not a ton of coverage of his case.
"There's a hundred thousand of us, what's it going to be?"
"Last friend, last bullet. What's it going to be?”
Audrey Ann Southard-Rumsey, a 52-year-old from Florida, was arrested today for assaulting cops at the Capitol on Jan. 6.
"SOUTHARD-RUMSEY started pushing Sgt. V. with the flagpole and drove him back into the first set of doors leading onto the House floor. When Sgt. V. hit the doors, the doors flew open and he was pushed into the Lafayette marble statue striking the back left side of his head…”
"I'm doing a live feed. Standing in front of the Capitol Building ready to take it. As soon as we get enough people up here. To run the Capitol Building. It's going to be fun.”