Ex-Trump adviser Peter Navarro charged with contempt of Congress
As the investigation into the attack on the US Capitol continues to provide more information about the events leading up to the Jan. 6 attack, a memo has been released detailing a new perspective on the Trump team’s efforts to undermine the 2020 election .
Written by attorney Kenneth Chesebro, it features a twisted multi-day plan to give Mike Pence control of Senate election certification, which the vice president ultimately declined despite intense pressure from the then-president.
Meanwhile, Democratic Congressman Jamie Raskin, a member of the House’s January 6th Committee, has said Donald Trump will “get his comeuppance” over the attack on the US Capitol.
A recently leaked memo reportedly broadcast by the Republican National Committee reveals the inner workings of the Trump loyalists’ strategy to fan the airwaves with counter-programs ahead of the first televised hearings of the special committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot examined, take place.
Former Trump adviser Peter Navarro has now been indicted by a federal grand jury for defying the committee’s subpoenas to appear and produce documents. He was arrested and brought to court on Friday.
The select committee is scheduled to begin its public hearings later this month.
Man arrested in US Capitol with fake badge, body armor and ammunition
A Michigan man was arrested outside the US Capitol this morning after being found with a fake badge, BB gun, body armor, high-capacity magazines and other ammunition.
According to the U.S. Capitol Police:
Just before 5:00 a.m., a US Capitol Police patrol officer began speaking to a man who had parked his 2017 Dodge Charger near the Peace Circle on the west side of the Capitol.
The man has been identified as 53-year-old Jerome Felipe of Flint, Michigan.
Felipe, a retired police officer from New York, presented USCP officers with a fake badge that read “Department of the INTERPOL.” Felipe also made a statement that he was a detective with the agency.
Felipe gave officers permission to search his vehicle. Officers discovered a BB gun, two ballistic vests, several high-capacity magazines and other ammunition in the car. No real weapons were found.
Investigators are still working to determine the reason why Felipe was parked near the US Capitol.
Felipe is charged with unlawful possession of high capacity magazines and unregistered ammunition.
Oliver O’ConnellJune 3, 2022 6:47 p.m
Elon Musk says Mackenzie Scott kidnapped Democrats to target Jeff Bezos
The exchange began on Twitter on Memorial Day. The following was said:
Oliver O’ConnellJune 3, 2022 6:57 p.m
The Independent‘s Andrew Feinberg notes that a US judge ordered the indictment sealed against Peter Navarro at 4:34 p.m. Thursday, about two hours before he gave an interview to MSNBC about his refusal to speak to the Jan. 6 committee .
Here is part of that interview:
Oliver O’ConnellJune 3, 2022 7:11 p.m
Ron DeSantis is trying to ban transgender youth and Medicaid recipients from all transitional care in Florida
The administration of Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has asked a state medical association to effectively ban all transitional treatment for young transgender people, while another state agency issued a report to review the ban on transgender people in Medicaid — the federal health care program for low-income earners – justifiable Americans – from access to gender-affirming care.
The government’s moves follow a recommendation from the Florida Department of Health and Human Services to ignore federal health guidelines and discourage all gender-affirming care for transgender minors in the state, including social transitional measures such as changing pronouns or wearing different clothing.
Oliver O’ConnellJune 3, 2022 7:29 p.m
Full Story – Man arrested in US Capitol with fake badge, body armor and high capacity magazines
A man was arrested at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, with a fake badge, body armor, a BB gun, high-capacity magazines and other ammunition, Capitol Police said.
The Michigan man was arrested outside the Legislature on Friday morning. Just before 5 a.m., a patrol officer began speaking to the man “who had parked his 2017 Dodge Charger near the Peace Circle on the west side of the Capitol,” the United States Capitol Police (USCP) said in a statement.
Oliver O’ConnellJune 3, 2022 7:48 p.m
Biden and Musk trade barbs on US economy
Joe Biden and Elon Musk have exchanged barbs on the health of the US economy after the Tesla boss said he had a “super bad” feeling about the future.
Mr Biden responded to the Tesla and SpaceX boss who reportedly told executives he wants to cut 10 percent of the electric vehicle company’s workforce by saying, “Good luck on your trip to the moon.”
The president’s joke came after he listed all of the investments other automakers are currently making in electric vehicle manufacturing facilities in the US.
Oliver O’ConnellJune 3, 2022 20:07
Report: Pence’s chief of staff warned VP in danger Jan 6
Marc Short, who served as Mr Pence’s chief of staff, reportedly met with Tim Giebels, the vice president’s senior intelligence agent, to warn that the president would direct his anger at the vice president for failing to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election , which could jeopardize Mr Pence penny.
Eric Garcia reports from Washington, DC:
Oliver O’ConnellJune 3, 2022 20:22
Navarro did not give himself up
NBC News reports that Peter Navarro did not turn himself in today but was taken into custody during an arrest operation.
His indictment is currently pending.
Oliver O’ConnellJune 3, 2022 20:25
Navarro chooses to represent himself
Peter Navarro is representing himself in court, alleging “prosecutorial misconduct” because he was unable to make a phone call when arrested and found himself in a jail cell with no means of contacting a lawyer.
It appears he was arrested at the airport, which should mark the start of a trip to Nashville for a television appearance.
Claiming there is collusion between the White House and Congress to strip Trump of executive privileges, he says his arrest is a “pre-emptive strike” on the civil lawsuit he has already filed and plans to advance before he will be charged.
“This isn’t America,” he says, calling the Jan. 6 investigation a “sham committee” “collaborating with the White House.”
Oliver O’ConnellJune 3, 2022 20:34
Navarro rails against treatment and restrictions
“America shouldn’t work like that,” says Navarro. “No American should be treated the way these people treated me today.”
The government will not seek custody, but would like him to call weekly, notify authorities of travel within the United States, and surrender his passport.
Mr Navarro says these restrictions are excessive and he poses no flight risk. The Justice Department argues that there are standard restrictions, and in this case for someone who fails to comply with a lawful order.
The presiding judge says he doesn’t think it’s necessary to surrender the passport, but that notification of domestic travel isn’t a burden as it can be done via text message or email.
Oliver O’ConnellJune 3, 2022 8:39 p.m