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The Guardian found that 70% of people charged in the Capitol riot were granted pretrial release
  • Trump supporters breached the Capitol January 6 to stop Congress from certifying the 2020 election.
  • Since the riots, local and federal authorities have arrested and charged at least 495 people.
  • The Guardian found that at least 70% of Capitol defendants were granted pretrial release.
Despite charges ranging from violent entry on Capitol grounds to assaulting a federal officer with a deadly weapon, approximately 70% of the charged Capitol rioters from January 6 have been released on pretrial bond, The Guardian reported Friday.

Supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol in an attempt to stop Congress from certifying the presidential election that Joe Biden won. The rioters were briefly successful in delaying the ceremonial vote, but legislators ultimately certified the election in the dead of night.

The Guardian analyzed 398 Capitol defendants through May 10 and found that just 56 were still being held in custody, including the "zip tie guy," Eric Munchel, and the "Q Shaman," Jacob Angeli.

The Capitol rioters currently have much greater rates of release than the average defendant who is allowed pretrial release just 25% of the time.
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Senate Republicans Filibuster Jan. 6 Inquiry Bill, Blocking an Investigation
The vote killed the best chance for an independent accounting of the deadly Capitol attack, which Republicans feared would damage them politically.

Republican senators blocked the creation of a commission to investigate the Capitol riot, dooming the best chance for an independent inquiry on the attack. Only six G.O.P. senators joined Democrats to support advancing the measure as Republicans used their filibuster power in the Senate for the first time this year.

Top Republicans had entertained supporting the measure as recently as last week. But the vast majority of Republicans were determined to shield their party from potential political damage that could come from scrutiny of the storming of the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob.

... Some Republicans expressed disgust with their own party for blocking it, saying that they had put politics over the finding of what promised to be a grim set of facts.

... “Do my Republican colleagues remember that day?” Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York and the majority leader, asked moments after the vote. “Do my Republican colleagues remember the savage mob calling for the execution of Mike Pence, the makeshift gallows outside the Capitol?”

“Shame on the Republican Party for trying to sweep the horrors of that day under the rug because they are afraid of Donald Trump,” he added.

Senator Mitch McConnell, the minority leader, said that “the additional extraneous commission” would not “uncover crucial new facts or promote healing,” adding, “I do not believe it is even designed to do that.”

... Democrats denounced the vote and warned Republicans that preventing an independent inquiry would not shield them from confronting the implications of Mr. Trump’s attacks on the democratic process.

... The six Republican senators who voted to advance debate on the commission included Ms. Collins, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Ms. Murkowski, Rob Portman of Ohio, Mitt Romney of Utah and Ben Sasse of Nebraska. All but Mr. Portman had voted at an impeachment trial in February to find Mr. Trump guilty of inciting the insurrection.

A seventh Republican, Senator Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania, missed the vote — one of 11 senators to do so — but said he would have voted to advance debate on the commission.

Mr. Cassidy argued his party was also making a strategic mistake in blocking the commission, giving Democrats reason to pursue partisan investigations of what happened on Jan. 6 “with or without Republicans.”

“To ensure the investigations are fair, impartial and focused on the facts, Republicans need to be involved,” he said.

... “It’s very disturbing that anyone would not want to support this,” said Sandra Garza, Officer Sicknick’s girlfriend. “Why would they not want to get to the bottom of such horrific violence?”
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Republican Sen. Tommy Tuberville says he'd 'rather be fishing or golfing' before voting against the Capitol riot commission
  • Tuberville said he would rather be fishing or golfing than voting to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
  • "We're in the fourth quarter of life," he said. "You know who were doing this for? You."
  • Tuberville voted against the commission on Friday, despite telling reporters earlier this week that he would support a bipartisan investigation.
Tuberville, who's held office for just 4.5 months, suggested that senators selflessly legislate on behalf of future generations and could use a break.

"We're in the fourth quarter of life," he said. "You know who were doing this for? You."

He added, "I'd rather be fishing right now, or golfing."

Tuberville, a former college football coach who ousted former Democratic Sen. Doug Jones last year, voted against the commission on Friday. Every Democrat and just six Republicans voted for a motion to invoke closure and advance the legislation to establish the commission.

... Tuberville didn't appear to understand the basics of the commission earlier this week when he told Forbes reporter Andrew Solender on Monday that he was opposed to a Jan. 6 commission "until they make it bipartisan." The commission was conceived by a bipartisan group of lawmakers and would have both Republicans and Democrats lead the investigation and sign off on subpoenas.

Tuberville has faced criticism in the past for appearing not to understand basic facts about the US government, including misstating the three branches of the US government.
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These 11 Senators didn't vote on the January 6 commission
The vote on the January 6 commission was 54 to 35, showing the bill had a bipartisan majority of support with six Republicans voting with Democrats. However, the bill needed 60 votes to advance.

Nine Republican senators and two Democrats didn't vote on the January 6 commission.

These are the 11 senators who didn't vote on the bill:
  • Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee
  • Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri
  • Republican Sen. Mike Braun of Indiana
  • Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina
  • Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma
  • Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington
  • Republican Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota
  • Republican Sen. James Risch of Idaho
  • Republican Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama
  • Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona
  • Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania
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Trump will endorse Ryan Zinke, his former Interior secretary, for the new US House seat in Montana
  • Ryan Zinke told Insider that Trump offered to endorse him for Montana's new House seat.
  • Zinke was a House lawmaker before who went on to be Interior secretary.
  • Zinke faced multiple ethics investigations during Trump's tenure — and resigned.
Former President Donald Trump told Ryan Zinke that he'll endorse him for the newly created US House seat in Montana, the ex-Interior secretary told Insider.

"He said, 'Run and I'll endorse you,'" Zinke, a Republican, said Friday in an extensive interview. "I've always got along with the president."

Zinke is a former Navy SEAL who previously served as the lone US House representative from Montana before joining the Trump administration in a role that involves overseeing 500 million acres of public lands.

Zinke will be running for the new 2nd District seat in Montana that'll take effect in 2023 because of the state's population growth as determined by new US Census numbers.

As Interior secretary, Zinke angered environmentalists and Democrats when he enacted industry-supported rollbacks of restrictions on oil and gas drilling.

He resigned after two years because he faced multiple ethics investigations. Reports at the time said Trump disliked the bad press around the investigations but liked Zinke personally.
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Bernie Sanders slams Republicans who blocked Jan. 6 commission as 'too intimidated by Trump to do the right thing'
  • Bernie Sanders blasted Republicans for blocking a January 6 commission.
  • Sanders said many Republicans are "too intimidated by Trump to do the right thing."
  • "It's a painful day for American democracy," Sanders said.
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont on Friday ripped into his Republican colleagues in the Senate who blocked a bipartisan bill to authorize the establishment a commission on the fatal January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol.

"It's a painful day for American democracy that Republicans blocked the creation of a commission to investigate the Jan. 6th insurrection," Sanders said. "I applaud the six Republicans who voted for the commission, but I am saddened that so many are too intimidated by Trump to do the right thing."
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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.