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The Capitol Mob Was Only The Finale Of Trump’s Conspiracy To Overturn The Election

T he mood was already tense in Detroit’s expansive ballot-counting hall when President Trump tweeted on Nov. 4 that “a terrible thing” was “happening” in Michigan. It was the third day of processing ballots, and that morning Chris Thomas had heard a weird rumor traveling around the counting floor. A fellow election worker told Thomas, who was advising Detroit on its election after serving for 36 years as the state’s election director, that calls were welling on social media and email list...
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House transmits article of impeachment against Trump to the Senate, setting the stage for his second impeachment trial

Trump speaks at the "Stop The Steal" Rally on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump supporters gathered in the nation's capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images The House of Representatives on Monday transmitted its article of impeachment against Trump to the Senate. Trump was impeached in January for "incitement of insurrection" related to the Capit...
Tags: Politics, News, Washington, Senate, Trends, Joe Biden, House, House Of Representatives, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Kamala Harris, Trump, Capitol, Democratic House, Pelosi


GOP Sen. Josh Hawley wrote a column in defense of militia members in the wake of Oklahoma City bombing when he was 15

Sen. Josh Hawley makes a statement on October 22, 2020, in Washington, DC. Samuel Corum/Getty Images Sen. Josh Hawley wrote a column defending militia members when he was 15 years old.  The column was published in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing.  Hawley supported Trump's voter-fraud claims in the wake of the 2020 presidential election. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Republican Sen. Josh Hawley, who backed former President Donald Trump's voter fraud claims follow...
Tags: New York Post, Politics, News, Washington, Senate, Los Angeles, Trends, Gop, Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, Cruz, Trump, Oklahoma City, Capitol, Simpson, Electoral College


GOP Sen. Josh Hawley wrote a column in defense of the Oklahoma City bomber when he was 15

Sen. Josh Hawley makes a statement on October 22, 2020, in Washington, DC. Samuel Corum/Getty Images Sen. Josh Hawley wrote a column defending militia members when he was 15 years old.  The column was published in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing.  Hawley supported Trump's voter-fraud claims in the wake of the 2020 presidential election. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Republican Sen. Josh Hawley, who backed former President Donald Trump's voter fraud claims follow...
Tags: New York Post, Politics, News, Washington, Senate, Los Angeles, Trends, Gop, Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, Cruz, Trump, Oklahoma City, Capitol, Simpson, Electoral College


Rep. Madison Cawthorn, who sought to overturn Biden's win, acknowledges the election 'was not fraudulent'

CNN's Pamela Brown interviewing Rep. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina. Screenshot/CNN GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn's long-standing claims of voter fraud collapsed Saturday. Cawthorn maintained that he contested the election "to hold up the Constitution." When pressed by CNN's Pamela Brown to cite specific cases of fraud, Cawthorn was unable to do so. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina entered office pledging to contest Joe Bid...
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Rep. Madison Cawthorn, who sought to overturn Biden's win, admits that the election 'was not fraudulent' on CNN

CNN's Pamela Brown, left, interviews Rep. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina. Screenshot/CNN GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn's longstanding claims of voter fraud collapsed on Saturday. Cawthorn maintained that he contested the election "to hold up the Constitution." When pressed by CNN's Pamela Brown to cite specific cases of fraud, Cawthorn was unable to do so. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina came into office pledging to contes...
Tags: Politics, Trends, Joe Biden, Cnn, Pennsylvania, Democrats, Gop, Arizona, Wisconsin, Republican Party, Biden, North Carolina, Donald Trump, Madison, Trump, Brown


Thousands of members of the National Guard will remain stationed in DC during Trump's impeachment trial

Members of the National Guard are given weapons before Democrats begin debating one article of impeachment against U.S. President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol, in Washington, U.S., January 13, 2021 Joshua Roberts/Reuters About 5,000 members of the National Guard will remain stationed in DC through Trump's impeachment trial. The trial is set to begin in early February, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said. Members of the National Guard were stationed in DC after the insurrection at...
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A Republican congressman from Pennsylvania was instrumental in Trump's plan to shake up the Justice Department and overturn the election

Th House Homeland Security Committee's Oversight and Management Efficiency Subcommittee Chairman Scott Perry (R-PA) holds a hearing about the possibility of transferring Guantanamo Bay detainees out of Cuba and into the United States on Capitol Hill April 28, 2016. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images A little-known GOP congressman from Pennsylvania helped former President Donald Trump with a plan to oust the acting attorney general in an effort to overturn the election, reported. Republi...
Tags: Politics, Guantanamo Bay, Supreme Court, Congress, Senate, US, Trends, Georgia, Fraud, Pennsylvania, Gop, United States, House, Ted Cruz, The Times, Capitol Hill


5 people died in the Capitol insurrection. Experts say it could have been so much worse.

Rioters clash with police using big ladder trying to enter Capitol building through the front doors. Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images Five people died in the Capitol insurrection on January 6, including a Capitol Police officer.  But experts told Insider that the insurrection could have been much deadlier.  Experts said that swift thinking to bring Congress members and staff to safety likely saved lives.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. One hundred f...
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5 ways the Biden administration can bridge the divide between rural and urban America

A worker eats behind plexiglass screens at a cafeteria in Guymon, Oklahoma in May 2020. Reuters Rural and urban America are experiencing a cultural, economic, and ideological divide that has only grown wider in recent years. Law professors Ann Eisenberg, Jessica A. Shoemaker, and Lisa R. Pruitt say the Biden administration can help bridge this divide by allocating government resources to the programs that distressed rural communities need. Improving K-12 schools, providing internet access ...
Tags: Politics, Justice, Obama, Congress, Opinion, US, America, Trends, Joe Biden, Policy, US Postal Service, Federal Communications Commission, US Senate, Biden, Rural America, Nordic


Microsoft president Brad Smith candidly confesses politics are pay-to-play in response to criticism over the company's donations to lawmakers who objected to US election results

Microsoft president Brad Smith. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson Microsoft president Brad Smith defended the company's political contributions, reported. Microsoft paused donations amid criticism of its gifts to GOP lawmakers who objected to election results. But Smith said donations are vital for getting invited to events so Microsoft can lobby lawmakers. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Microsoft CEO Brad Smith offered his employees a candid take this week on why the company g...
Tags: Politics, News, Enterprise, Supreme Court, Microsoft, Congress, US, America, Trends, Markets, Joe Biden, Gop, United States, Citizens United, PACs, Money In Politics


There was almost a Trump coup at DOJ, part of scheme to overthrow election

"He met with Mr. Trump over the weekend, then informed Mr. Rosen midday on Sunday that the president intended to replace him with Mr. Clark, who could then try to stop Congress from certifying the Electoral College results." Incredible Katie Benner scoop. — Read the rest
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A former Trump White House spokesperson said the Capitol riots gave the ex-president's legacy a 'black eye'

AP Photo/Patrick Semansky Hogan Gidley, Trump's former deputy press aide, called the Capitol siege a "black eye" on his legacy.  Five people died when Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6.  Trump has since been impeached on charges of "inciting an insurrection," his second impeachment.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A former White House deputy press secretary said the Capitol siege will be a "black eye," on former President Donald Trump's legacy. In an i...
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7 Democratic senators call for ethics probe into Cruz and Hawley to determine whether their electoral college objections contributed to the Capitol siege

Josh Hawley is the subject of an ethics complaint from seven Democratic senators. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images Seven Democratic senators have now called for a probe into Republican Senators Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz's role in the Capitol siege.  The Democrats filed an ethics complaint to investigate if Hawley's and Cruz's objections to the Electoral College vote on January 6 contributed to the violence that led to five deaths.  Cruz and Hawley have previously faced critic...
Tags: Politics, Congress, Senate, Trends, House, Ted Cruz, Associated Press, Biden, Donald Trump, Cruz, Trump, Capitol, Sherrod Brown, Electoral College, Hawley, Sen Joe Manchin


Biden's unrivaled ability to work with Senate Republicans like Mitch McConnell will define his presidency

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell looks on as US President Joe Biden delivers his inaugural address at the US Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images Democrats now have control of the White House and Congress after Joe Biden's inauguration and the Georgia Senate elections. This makes things easier for Biden's administration, but don't be fooled, as he'll still need to exhibit an ability to be bipartisan. Biden's relationship with Senate Minority Leader Mi...
Tags: Texas, Republicans, Congress, Washington, Senate, White House, US, America, Barack Obama, Trends, Joe Biden, Iran, Gop, House, Ted Cruz, Mitt Romney


Ted Cruz claims Joe Biden is 'more interested' in Paris than Pittsburgh, weeks after attempting to overturn Pennsylvania's election results

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas at a campaign rally in Georgia on January 2, 2021. Brynn Anderson/AP Sen. Ted Cruz criticized President Biden with a comparison that may have missed the mark. He said Biden rejoining the Paris climate agreement showed he cared more for Paris than Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is in fact doing well on climate targets, though Cruz did recently challenge its election results. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas kicked off Joe B...
Tags: Politics, Texas, Science, Climate Change, France, China, US, Trends, Georgia, Joe Biden, Pennsylvania, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Paris, Capitol Hill, Republican


Corporate America is pausing its financial support for the 147 GOP lawmakers who challenged Biden's victory. Here are all the S&P 500 companies who gave them money - and then stopped.

Erin Schaff/Getty Images S&P 500 companies gave $23 million to the 147 GOP lawmakers who contested Electoral College results. After GOP efforts to overturn Biden's victory led to violence, some companies paused their support. Here's a list of how much each corporate PAC had given and whether they've paused contributions. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. On January 6, Congress convened a joint session to formally certify President Joseph Biden's Electoral College victory...
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Expensify CEO slams corporate America's response to the Capitol riots: 'Defending the free market does not mean standing by as people destroy it'

David Barrett. David Barrett Expensify CEO David Barrett slammed corporate America's response to the attacks on the US Capitol. Barrett told Insider that defending free markets requires first defending democracy. He also told Protocol most CEOs are "cowards" for refusing to take those stands. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. As more companies publicly condemn the violent attacks on the US Capitol and pause their financial support for the lawmakers who helped fuel an atte...
Tags: Politics, Enterprise, Finance, US, America, Trends, Markets, Corporate Social Responsibility, Joe Biden, Money In Politics, Republican, Biden, Donald Trump, Coinbase, Expensify, Trump


McConnell: Trump ‘fed lies’ to the crowd about election

By Lisa Mascaro and Mary Clare Jalonick | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell opened the Senate on Tuesday saying the pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol was “fed lies” by the president and others in the deadly riot to overturn Democrat Joe Biden’s election. McConnell’s remarks are his most severe and public rebuke of outgoing President Donald Trump. The Republican leader vowed a “safe and successful” inauguration of Biden on Wednesday at the Capitol, which ...
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An accused Capitol rioter threatened to kill his children if they turned him in, FBI says

Guy Reffitt pictured at the Capitol siege. FBI/Fox News video Guy Reffitt, of Wylie, Texas, was arrested by the FBI on Sunday in connection to the January 6 US Capitol riot. According to a charging affidavit, Reffitt threatened to kill his children if they told the FBI he had taken part in the riot.  Video from the insurrection cited by the FBI shows Reffitt standing on the US Capitol's steps as rioters who support President Donald Trump stormed the building. Visit Business Insider's homep...
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Trump is planning to sneak away to Florida instead of attending the Biden inauguration, FAA data reveals

President Donald Trump boarding Air Force One. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP President Donald Trump appears to be heading south to Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida instead of attending Joe Biden's inauguration.  The Federal Aviation Administration issued temporary flight restrictions over the private club for January 20, indicating the president's arrival. One of Trump's final tweets confirmed suspicions that he wouldn't be at the Biden inauguration.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for m...
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The man accused of breaking the window Ashli Babbitt tried to climb through when she was shot during the Capitol insurrection has been arrested

Riots at the US Capitol Building. Michael Nigro/Pacific Press:LightRocket/Getty Chad Barrett Jones, 42, of Coxs Creek, Kentucky, was arrested in Louisville on Saturday, the FBI said in a news release. Jones is accused of breaking a window of the Capitol building moments before Ashli Babbitt was fatally shot during the insurrection earlier this month.  He's facing multiple charges, including assault on a federal officer, destruction of government property, obstruction of justice, unlawful e...
Tags: Politics, Texas, Crime, News, Congress, Washington Post, Kentucky, Trends, Joe Biden, Fbi, Washington Dc, House, Biden, Donald Trump, Jones, Louisville


Hoping for a lot more "regular" folks on Prez Trump's coming final clemency list

CNN has this big new piece about Prez Trump's clemency plans under the headline "Trump to issue around 100 pardons and commutations Tuesday, sources say."  There is a lot of interesting reporting in this piece, and here are excerpts: President Donald Trump is preparing to issue around 100 pardons and commutations on his final full day in office Tuesday, according to three people familiar with the matter, a major batch of clemency actions that includes white collar criminals, high-profile rapper...
Tags: Law, White House, Cnn, Julian Assange, Biden, Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Trump, Electoral College, US Capitol, Douglas A Berman, Prez Trump, Trump The New York Times, Steve Bannon, Alice Marie Johnson


The FBI is investigating whether a woman stole a laptop from Pelosi's office to sell it to Russia, after receiving a tip from someone claiming to be her ex

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sanitizes the gavel after Vice President Mike Pence walked off the dais during a joint session of Congress to certify the 2020 Electoral College results on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images The FBI is investigating whether a woman stole a laptop from Nancy Pelosi's office to sell it to Russia, an affidavit said. The tip came from someone who claimed to be a former romantic partner of the woman, Riley June Williams.  Williams faces c...
Tags: Politics, Law, Congress, Washington, Russia, US, Trends, Fbi, Pennsylvania, Williams, House, Nancy Pelosi, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Trump, Mike Pence, Harrisburg


GOP Rep. Nancy Mace said that Trump 'put all of our lives at risk' during the Capitol riots, but rejected impeachment, calling the process 'rushed'

Rep. Nancy Mace (R-South Carolina). AP Photo/Mic Smith Freshman GOP Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina said on Sunday that President Donald Trump's actions related to the Jan. 6 Capitol riots "put all of our lives at risk." "We feared for our lives, many of us that day, and our staff," she said. "My children were supposed to be up there. If they had been there like they were supposed to be, I would have been devastated, so we do need to find a way to hold the president accountable." Despite...
Tags: Politics, Nbc, California, Trends, Cnn, Gop, House, House Of Representatives, Mace, Mitch McConnell, Louisiana, Republican Party, Donald Trump, South Carolina, Trump, Capitol


Small numbers of protesters gather at fortified U.S. capitols

Small groups of right-wing protesters — some of them carrying rifles — gathered outside heavily fortified statehouses around the country Sunday as National Guard troops and police kept watch to prevent a repeat of the violence that erupted at the U.S. Capitol. There were no immediate reports of any clashes. Security was stepped up in recent days after the FBI warned of the potential for armed protests in Washington and at all 50 state capitol buildings ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inaugu...
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Rep. Jamie Raskin on Trump impeachment: 'I'm not going to lose my son' in 2020 and 'lose my country' in 2021

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Maryland). Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times via AP, Pool Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland on Sunday said that he's "not going to lose my son at the end of 2020 and lose my country and my republic in 2021" as he reflected on the recent death of his 25-year-old son, Tommy, and his own role as the lead House manager in President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial. On CNN's "State of the Union" with host Jake Tapper, Raskin said that the memory of his son drove him to ...
Tags: Politics, Maryland, Senate, US, America, Trends, Cnn, Gop, United States, Wyoming, House, House Of Representatives, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, American University


Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene was suspended by Twitter for 12 hours not long after she told Trump supporters to 'mobilize' in a deleted tweet

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene seen here on the floor of the US House wearing a mask that incorrectly states "Trump won." Erin Scott-Pool/Getty Images Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican from Georgia known for her promotion of the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory, was suspended by Twitter for 12 hours, her office said in a statement. Twitter confirmed to Insider that Greene had been temporarily "locked out" from the account, citing violations of its civic integrity policy. On Saturday, ...
Tags: Twitter, Politics, News, Congress, US, America, Trends, Georgia, Joe Biden, Atlantic, Gop, Washington Dc, House, US Senate, Fox News, Biden


Republicans and conservatives are whining about being 'silenced,' but these complaints are completely detached from reality

An image on a monitor shows US President Donald Trump speaking during in a video posted on the White House Twitter feed, in the empty Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC on January 13, 2021 Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post/Getty Images Conservatives have complained about being "silenced" in the wake of Trump's boot from Twitter and the Parler ban. But Fox News, the highest rated news channel, is conservative and GOP officials and conservative pundits have a variety o...
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Ted Cruz's former staffers say they are 'disgusted' by his role in the US Capitol insurrection and his unflinching support of Trump, report says

Sen. Ted Cruz at the joint session to confirm the Electoral College votes on January 6, 2021 Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP At least six of Sen. Ted Cruz's former aides have expressed their disgust at the recent actions of their former boss, according to New York Magazine's Intelligencer. Ted Cruz is under fire for spreading election misinformation, objecting to the results of the 2020 election being certified, and having fundraised during the US Capitol insurrection. Democratic lawmakers have cal...
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