Pelosi introduces legislation to form Capitol commission
Efforts to form a bipartisan, 9/11-style commission into 6 January US Capitol riot may have failed, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has long committed to forming a select committee to investigate the attack. Today, she introduced legislation forming that committee.
JUST IN: @SpeakerPelosi has introduced legislation to form a select committee to investigate the 1/6 Insurrection.
Committee would be 13 members total- 8 chosen by Pelosi.. 5 by McCarthy.
A Pelosi aide tells @CNN she is seriously considering a Republican for one of her 8 picks.
June 28, 2021
Obama condemns Trump election ‘hooey’
This weekend, we had former attorney general William Barr calling Donald Trump’s election fraud claims “all bullshit”. Today, we have former president Barack Obama calling them “a whole bunch of hooey”.
Speaking at his first virtual fundraiser since the 2020 election, Obama said Trump violated “that core tenet that you count the votes and then declare a winner”.
“What’s been called ‘the big lie’ suddenly gains momentum,” which in turn has fueled moves by Republican-controlled legislatures to reduce access to voting and gain more control over voting operations, Obama said.
“Here’s the bottom line. If we don’t stop these kinds of efforts now, what we are going to see is more and more contested elections … We are going to see a further de-legitimizing of our democracy,” he said.
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New York prosecutors gave attorneys for Donald Trump 24 hours today to respond with any last arguments as to why criminal charges should not be filed against his family business, the Washington Post reported.
If you’ll recall, Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance has been investigating the Trump Organization for some time now for “possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct”, including tax and insurance fraud and falsification of business records.
Politico is reporting today that Ronald Fischetti, an attorney representing the former president, said the charges were related to alleged failures to pay taxes on corporate benefits and perks. The charges had nothing to do with Trump himself, any allegations made by Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen or by adult film star and director Stormy Daniels.
Vance and his office did not return requests for comment to Politico.
Former president Donald Trump went hard at his former attorney general William Barr this weekend after an upcoming book excerpt was published in the Atlantic revealing that Barr thought Trump’s election fraud claims were “all bullshit”.
Trump snarked a bit at senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, who had urged Barr to come out publicly against the election fraud claims, referring to him as “another beauty”. But today he released another statement all about McConnell, blaming him for losing two senate seats in Georgia and “making the Republicans the minority in the Senate”.
“Had Mitch McConnell fought for the Presidency like he should have, there would right now be Presidential Vetoes on all the phased Legislation that he has proven incapable of stopping,” Trump said in the statement.
‘Checking the boxes’: why Biden is losing the voting rights fight
For months, Joe Biden and other Democrats have raised alarm about efforts to restrict the vote. Republicans have succeeded nonetheless.
Republicans in Georgia, Florida, Iowa, Arkansas and Montana have enacted new legislation that impose new barriers to voting. The successful Republican filibuster last week – which stalled the sweeping voting rights legislation, the For the People Act – only underscored how Democrats have failed.
Activists told the Guardian it did not feel like Biden and Democrats were meeting the moment and treating the fight for voting rights with the urgency it deserved.
“They’re checking the boxes,” said Cliff Albright, a co-founder of Black Voters Matter. “They’re not acting like we are facing an existential crisis. That’s the problem. It’s from the top down.”
A familiarly staggering report from Ben Jacobs, late of this parish, for Vice News.
In short, a rightwing group, the American Principles Project (APP), is aiming to influence legislation in the states on hot-button Republican issues, stoking the culture war in a determined push on trans rights and other such subjects.
And its president, Terry Schilling, told Jacobs he wants to make the APP the “NRA for families”.
“There are 130m families in America,” Schilling said. “That’s a lot of people. I don’t need all 130m; I need a million signed up and engaged. And if we can do that, we can have an impact on legislation, political races, campaigns and elections – you name it.”
The National Rifle Association has found trouble of late but there’s no doubting its example as a group which has come to utterly dominate its chosen subject and indeed hold captive a vast chunk of the local, state and national political class.
Ben’s full piece is here.
And here’s more on the NRA, from Peter Stone:
The Fox News anchor Chris Wallace made headlines of his own on Sunday, by pointing out to a senior Republican that he and his party recently voted against $350bn in funding for law enforcement.
“Can’t you make the argument that it’s you and the Republicans who are defunding the police?” Wallace asked Jim Banks, the head of the House Republican study committee.
The conversation … did not proceed smoothly for Banks.
Here’s our story:
And here’s a bonus interview with Wallace, by David Smith last year: