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The F.B.I. director calls the riot ‘domestic terrorism’ and defends the bureau’s handling of threats.

The F.B.I. director, Christopher A. Wray, told senators on Tuesday that he was “appalled” by the siege of the U.S. Capitol and warned that domestic terrorism is “metastasizing across the country,” while insisting that the bureau issued repeated warnings about the threat in the months before the riot.

Mr. Wray’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee was his first appearance before Congress since the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol, when a mob of Trump supporters protesting the election results stormed the building, resulting in five deaths and scores of injuries to police officers.

“That attack, that siege, was criminal behavior, plain and simple, and it was behavior that we, the F.B.I., view as domestic terrorism,” Mr. Wray said. “It’s got no place in our democracy.”

Mr. Wray said the riot was not an isolated event and that the problem of domestic terrorism had grown dramatically in recent years. He disclosed that the number of domestic terrorism investigations at the F.B.I. had doubled to 2,000 since he became its director in 2017. He emphasized that the potential for racially or ethnically motivated violence remained the greatest threat among potential domestic terrorists.

In his opening statement, Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, the Democratic chairman of the committee, said the riot demonstrated that “for far too long, our federal government has failed to address the growing terrorist menace in our own backyard.”

He accused the Trump administration of playing down the threat from white supremacists while stoking a narrative that left-wing anarchists were the greater danger to the country.

Listing a litany of mass shootings, Mr. Durbin added: “Let’s stop pretending that the threat of Antifa is equal to the white supremacist threat.”

Mr. Wray repeatedly said in response to questions from Democratic senators that people associated with the antifascist movement known as Antifa were not involved in storming the Capitol and that rioters were genuinely Trump supporters, not posing falsely as them.
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Rudy Giuliani's YouTube account just got hit with a 2-week suspension. One more strike, and his channel could get booted for good.
  • YouTube has suspended Rudy Giuliani for two weeks, meaning he can't upload new videos.
  • YouTube said Giuliani broke its rules on election integrity and promoted nicotine.
  • This is Giuliani's second suspension in two months. One more and his channel could be removed permanently.
Giuliani's channel, which has 557,000 subscribers, is still accessible, but he won't be able to upload new videos during the suspension.
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With New York clearing the way, the House reissued a subpoena for Trump's tax records
  • The House Oversight Committee reissued a subpoena for former Trump's accounting firm, Mazar USA.
  • They are seeking eight years of Trump's financial records.
  • Last week, The Supreme Court paved the way for the Manhattan DA's office to access the records.
Democrats have said that Trump's tax records were necessary so they could come up with financial disclosure legislation for future administrations, Politico reported. They suspect that his tax filings would show potential conflicts of interest and inappropriate foreign ties.

"For more than 22 months, the Committee has been denied key information needed to inform legislative action to address the once-in-a-generation ethics crisis created by former President Trump's unprecedented conflicts of interest," Rep. Carolyn Maloney, chair of the House Oversight Committee, said in a memo sent to the Committee.

She added: "The Committee's need for this information — in order to verify key facts and tailor legislative reforms to be as effective and efficient as possible — remains just as compelling now as it was when the Committee first issued its subpoena, and the Committee's legislative efforts remain just as critical to the American people as they were before President Trump vacated the White House on January 20, 2021."
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A former firefighter charged in the Capitol riot took a bus organized by Turning Point USA to DC, filing says
  • A man charged in the Capitol riot said he took a bus organized by Turning Point USA to DC.
  • Robert Sanford, 55, said he rode the bus with 50 other people.
  • Turning Point USA is a conservative organization geared towards young people.
A retired firefighter charged with assaulting Capitol police officers during the January 6 riot arrived in Washington DC by way of a bus organized by Turning Point USA, a recent court filing said.

Robert Sanford, 55, was arrested on January 14 in Pennsylvania for allegedly throwing a fire extinguisher at Capitol police.

He spent 26 years with the Chester Fire Department in Chester, Pennsylvania before retiring last month.

A number of charges have been filed against Sanford, including assaulting officers using a dangerous weapon.

Turning Point USA is a conservative organization geared toward young people, mainly those in college. The group says its mission is "to identify, educate, train, and organize students to promote the principles of freedom, free markets, and limited government."

A few days prior to the riot, TPUSA founder Charlie Kirk, in a now-deleted tweet, advertised that affiliate organization Turning Point Action would be sending more than 80 buses filled with Trump supporters to DC to "fight for the president." Advertisements also said the group would be offering free hotel rooms.

"The historic event will likely be one of the largest and most consequential in American history," Kirk wrote. "The team at @TrumpStudents & Turning Point Action are honored to help make this happen, sending 80+ buses full of patriots to DC to fight for this president."
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The former White House physician made sexual comments about female colleagues and drank while on call, report finds
  • Ronny Jackson was the White House physician to Presidents Obama and Trump between 2012 and 2018.
  • A new DOD report obtained by CNN found Jackson made sexual remarks about female coworkers and drank on duty.
  • Jackson has denied drinking on the job and suggested the report was politically motivated.
The office of the Department of Defense Inspector General has been investigating Rep. Ronny Jackson since 2018, according to CNN. The report is expected to be released later on Wednesday.

Jackson joined the White House Medical Unit during former President George W. Bush's administration, and was elevated to be the top White House physician during Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump's administrations between 2012 and 2018.

White House physicians are typically drafted in from the US Navy, where Jackson is a Rear Admiral, which is why the DOD is spearheading an investigation.

The report cited witnesses saying that Jackson made sexual comments about female colleagues, verbally abused subordinates, and drank on the job, CNN said.

Of the 78 witnesses interviewed, 56 "personally experienced, saw, or heard about him yelling, screaming, cursing, or belittling subordinates," the report said, per CNN.

Words used to describe Jackson's behavior included "meltdowns," "rages," "tantrums," "lashes out," and "aggressive," the report said, according to CNN.

Witnesses also described Jackson's leadership style with terms like "tyrant," "dictator," "control freak," "hallmarks of fear and intimidation," and "crappy manager," the report said, per CNN.

The report also found that Jackson made "sexual and denigrating" comments toward a female employee.
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or Trump-ism

Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by Donald Trump and his supporters. The term Trumpism can also be used to directly refer to an outrageous or idiosyncratic statement made by Donald Trump.

Trump, whom many observers consider an anomaly, left the White House by saying, “We will be back in some form.” His legacy is “Trumpism” – a wave of white nationalism.

Trumpisms are Bushisms on steroids.