Republican lawmaker to ask Justice Department to investigate Trumps response to attack on US Capitol

Rep. Mike McCaul speaks during 'Hyundai Hope On Wheels' press conference at Rayburn Building on September 13, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Brian Stukes/Getty Images)Rep. Michael McCaul at a press conference in Washington, D.C., in 2018.

A ranking House Republican is formally asking the Justice Department to broaden its investigation to include President Trump’s conduct during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol when members of Congress and others were reportedly pleading for him to deploy the National Guard and take other steps to quell the riot.

“I would go beyond the article filed by the Democrats and [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi,” Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas said on the Yahoo News “Skullduggery” podcast. “I’m interested in what actions were taken after the Capitol was breached. Once the president knew that the Capitol was under siege and really being invaded by domestic terrorists, what actions did the president specifically take to remedy what happened?

“If it was al-Qaida attacking the Capitol, my God, I would think the president would pull out all the stops to ensure the National Guard was fully deployed and would stop this breach and this invasion of the Capitol.”

McCaul is a former federal prosecutor who previously served as chair of the House Homeland Security Committee and is now the ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He said he will send a letter to the Justice Department as early as Monday requesting that the ongoing investigation into the events of Jan. 6 be widened to specifically include the actions and responses of the president and other senior officials. A Justice Department spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

 

So far, there have been conflicting and incomplete reports about the delay in deploying National Guard troops that day. The Washington Post has reported that then-Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, who has since resigned, made at least five urgent pleas for National Guard troops that afternoon but was first denied by a top aide to Army Secretary Ryan McCa

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Attack on Capitol was the beginning of an American insurgency counterterrorism experts warn

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06:  Police try to hold back protesters who  gather storm the Capitol and halt a joint session of the 117th Congress on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

After ransacking the U.S. Capitol and threatening the lives of members of Congress on Jan. 6, they walked down the building’s broad steps unmolested and into the mythology of right-wing extremism. Many wore shirts identifying them as accolades of QAnon, riders in “the Storm” who believe the fever-dream conspiracy that they are foot soldiers in a war against Satan-worshipping pedophiles in the government’s “deep state” bureaucracy. There were also neo-Nazis and anti-Semites in the overwhelmingly white crowd, including a man wearing a “Camp Auschwitz” sweatshirt. Racists rallied to the Confederate flag of rebellion that some of the insurrectionists waved in the halls of Congress.

With President Trump only days away from an unceremonious departure from the White House, the vision of a mob desecrating the citadel of democracy felt for many observers like the end of a shameful period of norm breaking and tradition smashing. But for counterterrorism experts who have spent the two decades since the 9/11 terrorist attacks closely studying and fighting violent extremist groups overseas, the spectacle looked like something altogether different: the likely birthing of a violent American insurgency.

Retired Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal was formerly the head of Joint Special Operations Command in Iraq and the commander of all U.S. and allied troops fighting the Taliban and al-Qaida in Afghanistan. “I did see a similar dynamic in the evolution of al-Qaida in Iraq, where a whole generation of angry Arab youth with very poor prospects followed a powerful leader who promised to take them back in time to a better place, and he led them to embrace an ideology that justified their violence. This is now happening in America,” McChrystal told Yahoo News.

A radical group of citizens have adopted a very hard-line view of the co

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Biden’s 19 trillion Covid relief plan calls for stimulus checks unemployment support and more

President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday unveiled the details of a $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue package designed to support households and businesses through the pandemic.

The proposal, called the American Rescue Plan, includes several familiar stimulus measures in the hope the additional fiscal support will sustain U.S. families and firms until the Covid-19 vaccine is widely available.

Here’s what Biden calls for:

Direct payments of $1,400 to most Americans, bringing the total relief to $2,000, including December’s $600 payments Increasing the federal, per-week unemployment benefit to $400 and extending it through the end of September Increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour Extending the eviction and foreclosure moratoriums until the end of September $350 billion in state and local government aid $170 billion for K-12 schools and institutions of higher education $50 billion toward Covid-19 testing $20 billion toward a national vaccine program in partnership with states, localities and tribes Making the Child Tax Credit fully refundable for the year and increasing the credit to $3,000 per child ($3,600 for a child under age 6)

The plan is the first of two major spending initiatives Biden will seek in the first few months of his presidency, according to senior Biden officials.

The second bill, expected in February, will tackle the president-elect’s longer-term goals of creating jobs, reforming infrastructure, combating climate change and advancing racial equity.

Senior Biden officials, who have been working on the stimulus plan for weeks, also confirmed that the president-elect still supports $10,000 in student debt forgiveness.

“The crisis of human suffering is in plain sight, and there’s no time to waste,” Biden said as he unveiled the plan Thursday evening from his transition headquarters in Delaware.

“We have to act, and we have to act now.”

Biden acknowledged the ambition — and the cost — of his plan, but he argued that the bold investments will pay dividends for the nation.

“I know what I just described does not come cheaply, but failure to do so will cost us dearly,” he said. “The consensus among

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Rex Tillerson Reveals The Tactics He Used To Make Trump Focus On Important Matters

PHOTO: In this file photo, President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson look up during a Cabinet meeting at the White House on November 20, 2017.

The former secretary of state resorted to pictures, charts and big bullet points to engage with the uninformed and easily distracted president.

Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivered a damning verdict on Donald Trump in a new interview, suggesting the United States is in “a worse place” globally because of the outgoing president.

Tillerson, who Trump fired via tweet in March 2018 following a controversial 14 months leading the State Department, told Foreign Policy magazine this week that Trump’s “understanding of global events, his understanding of global history, his understanding of U.S. history was really limited.”

“It’s really hard to have a conversation with someone who doesn’t even understand the concept for why we’re talking about this,” said the former CEO of energy giant Exxon Mobil, who Trump replaced with Mike Pompeo.

Tillerson recalled having to “constantly evaluate my last conversations” with the president to figure out what he had engaged with the most.

“I would try different approaches with him,” he remembered. “I used to go into meetings with a list of four to five things I needed to talk to him about, and I quickly learned that if I got to three, it was a home run, and I realized getting two that were meaningful was probably the best objective.”

Tillerson said he would often take charts and pictures to briefings with Trump “because I found that those seemed to hold his attention better.”

“If I could put a photo or a picture in front of him or a map or a piece of paper that had two big bullet points on it, he would focus on that, and I could build on that,” he added.

A major impediment to getting things done were the people telling Trump untruths, leading him to “form a view that had no basis in fact,” said Tillerson. “There were other people giving him information that was not accurate, every day, usually before I got to see him.”

As for the U.S.’s standing in the world, Tillerson

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