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11 Jun
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…
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11 Jun
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.
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11 Jun
Back in November, Stop the Steal organizer Alan Hostetter called for “an execution or two or three.” He was en route to the Million MAGA March in D.C.

He’s now one of six Californians charged in this new Jan. 6 indictment: huffpost.com/entry/alan-hos…
“Just wait until the script is flipped.”

Here’s my latest, featuring some fresh reporting about the thinly-veiled threats Hostetter made to the online sleuths who chronicled his actions:

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10 Jun
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.
Brodnax had moved to quash the search warrants, arguing they were over broad. Link: storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.usco…
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…
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10 Jun
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…
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9 Jun
NEW: Kevin Creek of Georgia arrested in Jan. 6 Capitol attack.

Creek, accompanied by his lawyer, reportedly told an FBI special agent that he “did not remember assaulting any officer.”

Video showed otherwise.
"Creek admitted he was armed with mace and a boot knife while at the U.S. Capitol.” CC: @SenRonJohnson
"When asked if Creek regretted his conduct on January 6th, he responded: '50/50’." justice.gov/opa/case-multi…
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9 Jun
“I led the storm!” the 26-year-old Proud Boy told his mother.

His mom was worried about her Proud Boy, and recommended baby shampoo to help with the pepper spray.

Now he’s under arrest.

Story with @JosieHarvey_: huffpost.com/entry/proud-bo…
Proud Boy’s mom to him on Jan. 6: “When are you heading home… You need to get out of there… let me know when your out of the city….” huffpost.com/entry/proud-bo…
Proud Boy’s mom had advice on pepper spray:

"Try washing them with baby shampoo… And water… Baby shampoo or dawn mixed with water for the skin around the area.”

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8 Jun
"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.
Kulas falls into the “MAGA tourist” category, facing relatively minor charges at the moment. His mom apparently helped lock down the ID.
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8 Jun
Hearing now beginning for Douglas Jensen, the QAnon believer who now says he realizes he bought into a “pack of lies.” Background from WaPo: washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/06…
Jensen is being arraigned on the superseding indictment. Lawyer enters standard not guilty pleas, as expected.
Jensen’s full motion for review of his detention is worth a read.

"he fell victim to this barrage of internet sourced info and came to the Capitol, at the direction of the President of the United States, to demonstrate that he was a “true patriot.”

Link: storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.usco…
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8 Jun
Remember Trump impeachment lawyer Michael van der Veen? He’s back! And he’s representing an Oath Keeper who used to worked for Four Seasons. Nice callback for the fans. huffpost.com/entry/trump-la…
Fun fact he appeared by Zoom for his client’s case last week.
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8 Jun
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…
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7 Jun
Over the weekend, Samuel Lazar (no. 275 on the FBI’s Capitol wanted list, who bragged about macing officers at Capitol) showed up to a rally in a “Back The Blue” t-shirt.

There was apparently some drama involving state Sen. Doug Mastriano.

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Apparently Mastriano’s team has realized it’s probably not a great idea to continue to be photographed with someone on the FBI’s wanted list.
Especially because Mastriano organized buses to D.C. on Jan. 6 and was within spitting distance of barrier breaches. huffpost.com/entry/doug-mas…
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5 Jun
Today marks 150 days since the Capitol insurrection. Here’s my look at how Jan. 6 is reshaping the budget and the federal government’s approach to domestic terrorism. huffpost.com/entry/justice-…
Based on publicly available information, the universe of suspects the feds want to charge is nearing 800.

The FBI told Congress this week in a budget request that “approximately 2000 individuals are believed to have been involved with the siege.”

I poured over the detailed DOJ budget requests send to Congress. They paint a portrait of a federal government struggling to keep up with a growing domestic terror threat. huffpost.com/entry/justice-…
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4 Jun
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…
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4 Jun
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.”
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4 Jun
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.
Officer who Samsel knocked unconscious opposed his release from federal custody, issuing a statement through prosecutor.
Officer injured by Samsel described herself as a friend of Officer Sicknick. She described Samsel as “a thief” who had “stolen moments away from me that I can't get back.”
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4 Jun
“I had just climbed the west wall lol."

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…
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4 Jun
Court hearing in progress for Thomas Sibick, who admitted to the FBI that he buried Officer Mike Fanone’s badge in his backyard.

The government hopes to make a plea offer before the next hearing. (Standard reminder that most cases end in plea deals.)
Judge Amy B. Jackson notes that this case is more urgent because it involves three defendants who are locked up. (Sibick was indicted along with Albuquerque Head and Kyle Young.)
Sibick’s lawyer says that Sibick didn’t know his co-defendants Head or Young.
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3 Jun
The Oathkeepers case mystery man was Jonathan Walden, a 46-year-old from Birmingham, Alabama. He was arrested today. (His name was previously redacted in the superseding indictment.)
Walden went by “EoinAL” and was reportedly "equipped with goggles, scissors, a tactical vest with attachments, gloves, a backpack, fatigues, boots, and his dog.”

"WALDEN brought his dog inside the Capitol.”
You know what they say in journalism: Always get the name of the dog.

In this case, it’s a 82 lb. German Shepherd named "Warrior."

Link to unreacted superseding indictment here:

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3 Jun
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.
Here’s a link to the Jan. 7 statement of facts: storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.usco…

And the April 9 superseding indictment: storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.usco…
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2 Jun
"Tell Pelosi we are coming for that bitch."

"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. ImageImage
"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…” Image
"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.”

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