Already Distorting Jan. 6, G.O.P. Now Concocts Entire Counternarrative

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The New York Times 31 July, 2021 - 02:07pm 49 views

Who are the members of the Jan 6 committee?

On July 19, McCarthy announced the five members he would recommend as the Minority on the Select Committee. He recommended that Jim Banks (R-IN) serve as Ranking Member, and minority members be Jim Jordan (R-OH), Rodney Davis (R-IL), Kelly Armstrong (R-ND), and Troy Nehls (R-TX). wikipedia.orgUnited States House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack

By David Marcus

July 30, 2021 | 1:00pm | Updated July 30, 2021 | 2:37pm

An emotional hearing this week in which police officers attacked in the Capitol riot testified before a House select committee investigating the events of Jan. 6 turned more Americans against the need for the probe, according to a Morning Consult poll.

Among voters of all parties, 53 percent supported the investigation, down from 66 percent in the survey in June and 58 percent just a week ago. Four out of five Democrats were in favor, while only a quarter of Republicans were, along with half of independents.

Only 49 percent of those polled said they had watched all or even part of the committee hearing that dominated the news cycle on Tuesday.

And the survey had more bad news for Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who appointed all of the members of the committee, including the two Republicans, Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois: The number of voters who blame former President Donald Trump for the riot fell to 56 percent from 61 percent in June.

The polling comes at a critical time for the investigatory effort as its members, including Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), promise swift action to subpoena witnesses, possibly including Trump administration officials and Republican members of Congress.

Democrats and their two GOP allies on the committee had hoped that the opening hearing, with its at times searing and heartfelt testimony from the officers, would inspire more Americans to demand answers about the riot. Instead the poll indicates the opposite.

In the run-up to the probe, Pelosi took the risky and unprecedented step of rejecting two members appointed to the committee by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). She argued that Reps. Jim Banks of Indiana and Jim Jordan of Ohio would harm the “integrity of the investigation.”

In response, McCarthy pulled all five of his GOP picks off the panel, leaving only Cheney and Kinzinger, both avowed enemies of Trump, as the sole Republicans, allowing Democrats to call the effort bipartisan.

Thursday’s poll continues a downward trend in multiple surveys, with both CBS News and Rasmussen reporting declining interest in the investigation just days before the hearing.

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Analysis: A telling 'no' on House Republicans' anti-mask vote

CNN 31 July, 2021 - 05:10pm

Updated 12:46 PM ET, Thu July 29, 2021

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AP FACT CHECK: No, Pelosi is not out to arrest mask refusers

The Independent 30 July, 2021 - 03:44pm

Pelosi does not direct law enforcement in the House, and Capitol Police officials, who do, aren't threatening to arrest mask resistors. Instead, staff members and visitors who won't wear masks will be told to leave.

Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York, the No. 3 House Republican, retweeted the false allegation to her 227,000 Twitter followers, called Pelosi “authoritarian” and said she should be locked up. That gave wider visibility to the accusation leveled by Rep. Kat Cammack of Florida, who only has 13,000 followers.

CAMMACK tweet: "In today’s edition of Pelosi’s abuse of power, Capitol Police have been directed to arrest staff and visitors to comply with her mask mandate for vaccinated individuals. For Members, they advise not arresting but ‘reporting Members to SAA (House sergeant at arms) for their failure to comply.’”

THE FACTS: It's not Pelosi's mask mandate and it is wrong to state that Capitol Police have been directed to arrest staff and visitors who won't put on a mask.

The Capitol Police force is overseen by a board made up of three nonpartisan officials: the House sergeant at arms, the Senate sergeant at arms and the Capitol architect. The decision to require masks in most situations inside the House came from another nonpartisan official, the House attending physician, Dr. Brian P. Monahan.

In response to the tweet, the Capitol Police said in a statement that “there is no reason it should ever come to someone being arrested. Anyone who does not follow the rules will be asked to wear a mask or leave the premises.”

The force's guidance — posted in the tweet — said members of Congress and staff members accompanying them should not be arrested for failing to comply, but reported to the sergeant at arms. Other staff members, along with visitors, should be asked to leave. Only if they refuse to leave would they be subject to arrest, the guidance said, and that would be for unlawful entry.

The mask rule was reinstated this week after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended masks be worn in indoor public spaces in parts of the country with substantial coronavirus infections, driven by the delta variant. The recommendations apply both to vaccinated and unvaccinated people.

Monahan, the House physician, also did not threaten arrests. He noted that Congress is a collection of people who travel frequently from various risk areas, that the delta variant can be transmitted from vaccinated people and that it has been found among those in the Capitol.

The Senate, much less crowded than the House, has not instituted a mask mandate. Capitol police officers must wear them.

EDITOR'S NOTE — A look at the veracity of claims by political figures.

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AP FACT CHECK: No, Pelosi is not out to arrest mask refusers

MSNBC 30 July, 2021 - 03:44pm

Pelosi does not direct law enforcement in the House, and Capitol Police officials, who do, aren't threatening to arrest mask resistors. Instead, staff members and visitors who won't wear masks will be told to leave.

Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York, the No. 3 House Republican, retweeted the false allegation to her 227,000 Twitter followers, called Pelosi “authoritarian” and said she should be locked up. That gave wider visibility to the accusation leveled by Rep. Kat Cammack of Florida, who only has 13,000 followers.

CAMMACK tweet: "In today’s edition of Pelosi’s abuse of power, Capitol Police have been directed to arrest staff and visitors to comply with her mask mandate for vaccinated individuals. For Members, they advise not arresting but ‘reporting Members to SAA (House sergeant at arms) for their failure to comply.’”

THE FACTS: It's not Pelosi's mask mandate and it is wrong to state that Capitol Police have been directed to arrest staff and visitors who won't put on a mask.

The Capitol Police force is overseen by a board made up of three nonpartisan officials: the House sergeant at arms, the Senate sergeant at arms and the Capitol architect. The decision to require masks in most situations inside the House came from another nonpartisan official, the House attending physician, Dr. Brian P. Monahan.

In response to the tweet, the Capitol Police said in a statement that “there is no reason it should ever come to someone being arrested. Anyone who does not follow the rules will be asked to wear a mask or leave the premises.”

The force's guidance — posted in the tweet — said members of Congress and staff members accompanying them should not be arrested for failing to comply, but reported to the sergeant at arms. Other staff members, along with visitors, should be asked to leave. Only if they refuse to leave would they be subject to arrest, the guidance said, and that would be for unlawful entry.

The mask rule was reinstated this week after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended masks be worn in indoor public spaces in parts of the country with substantial coronavirus infections, driven by the delta variant. The recommendations apply both to vaccinated and unvaccinated people.

Monahan, the House physician, also did not threaten arrests. He noted that Congress is a collection of people who travel frequently from various risk areas, that the delta variant can be transmitted from vaccinated people and that it has been found among those in the Capitol.

The Senate, much less crowded than the House, has not instituted a mask mandate. Capitol police officers must wear them.

EDITOR'S NOTE — A look at the veracity of claims by political figures.

Find AP Fact Checks at http://apnews.com/APFactCheck

GOP Reps Flail Against House Mask Mandate by Barging Into the Senate

New York Magazine 29 July, 2021 - 06:30pm

According to Texas Representative Ronny Jackson, the goal of the stunt was to show “what it was like on the floor of the Senate versus the floor of the House” following Tuesday night’s order from the attending physician of the Capitol requiring face coverings in the House. “Obviously it’s vastly different,” Jackson, the former physician to the president who drank on the job and allegedly sexually harassed subordinates, told the Hill.

House Republicans are protesting the mask mandate by walking to the Senate, where masks are not mandated by Capitol physician pic.twitter.com/sFD6AVnbr3

Jackson was joined by some of the usual attention-seekers in the Republican caucus — including Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz, Lauren Boebert, Madison Cawthorn, Louie Gohmert, and Chip Roy — as the group entered the Senate chamber to support Senator Mike Lee as he questioned the science behind the Centers for Disease Control’s most-recent order on mask mandates in indoor public spaces amid the nationwide spread of the Delta variant.

A day earlier, several of these representatives defied the order to wear a face covering on their side of the Capitol, due to the surge in cases in Washington, D.C. When Boebert was handed a mask by a Democratic staffer on Wednesday, she reportedly dropped it on the ground; Roy said he wanted to “shut the place down” over the mandate. The return of the mask even caused some open sparring between House party leadership. After House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy tweeted Tuesday that the “threat of bringing masks back is not a decision based on science, but a decision conjured up by liberal government officials,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told NBC News that he is “such a moron.”

The party line among Republicans lashing out against the mandate boils down to the following question: If the senators don’t have to wear masks, why do we? That line of thinking — a workplace-specific update to the general complaints of pandemic oppression brought up by many Republicans — ignores the fact that all but three Republicans on the Senate side of the building have been vaccinated, while dozens of GOP representatives have declined to say if they’ve got the shot. (Every Democrat in Congress has been vaccinated.) In the past two weeks, two Republican congressmen, Vern Buchanan and Clay Higgins, have tested positive for the virus. Meanwhile, as many Republicans complain about unfair treatment, they are not subject to the new Capitol Police order stating that congressional aides and visitors could face arrest if they don’t wear a mask in the House.

Donald Trump promised to give away his $400,000 presidential salary. And he kept that promise, publicly announcing each gift — at least, for his first three and a half years in office.

Then, in the middle of last year, the announcements stopped.

Trump’s White House never said where — or even if — he donated the last $220,000 of his salary, covering the final six months of 2020 and the first 20 days of 2021.

Now, six months after he left office, it’s not clear where Trump donated that remaining salary — or if he donated it at all.

Trump had given all his previous donations to federal agencies, paying out $100,000 every quarter. But The Washington Post surveyed all major federal agencies, and none has reported receiving anything from Trump after a gift in July 2020.

President Biden on Thursday called on Congress to act “without delay” to extend a national eviction moratorium that is set to expire Saturday. The White House said Biden is not able to act on his own because of a Supreme Court ruling.

In a statement, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden would have “strongly supported” a move by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to again extend a moratorium that began nearly 11 months ago in response to the pandemic, particularly given the spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus.

“Unfortunately, the Supreme Court has made clear that this option is no longer available,” Psaki said, referring to a court ruling from last month.

That order allowed the moratorium could remain in place for another month. But Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, who supplied the controlling vote, said that in his view congressional action would be needed to extend it beyond Saturday.

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