Former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said on Thursday that Donald Trump watched the Capitol riot unfold “gleefully” on January 6, proudly rewinding footage of the insurrection on his television. “All I know about that day was that he was in the dining room, gleefully watching on his TV as he often did, ‘look at all of the people fighting for me,’ hitting rewind, watching it again — that’s what I know,” Grisham told CNN’s “New Day.” Her remarks, made on the anniversary of the riot, align with past reports about Trump apparently glued to the TV screen as the riot played out. Last year, Washington Post reporter Carol Leonnig said in a CNN interview that the president was in the dining room of the Oval Office” during the insurrection, “watching it and almost giddy.”
Source: Trump’s former spokesperson reveals that he was “gleefully” rewinding Capitol riot footage on Jan. 6 | Salon.com
“Yeah, I absolutely do. I think we’re going to start to see a lot of movement now. There’s a lot of momentum going on both at the DA’s office, as well as the attorney general,” he said. “This case is not over simply because Cy Vance is now out of office. To the contrary, I believe things are going to start ramping up. I think they’ll start moving quickly. I do believe that in 2022, especially the early part, we’re going to see some indictments and some very exciting ones for those of us that want to see justice.”
Source: Michael Cohen Predicts NYC Trump Investigation Will Ramp Up | Crooks and Liars
Asked what questions he felt the January 6 committee should investigate, Officer Fanone urged the committee to investigate whether there was any coordination between members of the Congress, their staff and the insurgents. Officer Dunn used a powerful analogy to describe what he wants—that of a hitman. If a hitman kills someone, he goes to prison, Dunn said. So too must the person who hired the hitman. “It was an attack carried out on January 6, and a hitman sent them,” Dunn said. “I want you to get to the bottom of that.” You couldn’t ask for a clearer mandate.
Source: The First Hearing of the Jan. 6 Committee Completely Demolished Key Myths about the Capitol Attack | The Smirking Chimp
Trump’s critics in both parties are ignoring the distractions, saying the Jan. 6 attack was a threat to the nation’s underlying democratic traditions — and one that deserves a thorough examination. “It’s going to be … a really important opportunity to remind everybody about the necessity of accountability for what happened, [and] for making sure that it never happens again,” Cheney said.
Source: GOP brawls over Trump on eve of first Jan. 6 hearing | TheHill
US federal agents have searched the Manhattan home and office of Rudy Giuliani, former President Donald Trump’s attorney, a law enforcement official says. The raid marks an escalation of the investigation into the Ukrainian business dealings of Mr Giuliani. Mr Giuliani’s lawyer, Bob Costello, confirmed search warrants had been executed, and that authorities had seized mobile phones. Mr Giuliani, 76, did not immediately respond to a request for comment as members of the media assembled outside his apartment. The warrants included an allegation that Mr Giuliani failed to register as a foreign agent, a violation of lobbying laws.
Source: US federal officers raid Rudy Giuliani’s home, office
Israeli politicians, civil servants, generals and soldiers should have to think twice before they participate in these crimes, knowing that by doing so there is a very real chance they could end up in a prison cell in The Hague.
via Israeli leaders must know they can go to prison | The Electronic Intifada
From Reefgate to the Banking Royal Commission and Joyce versus Husar to Cash and the AWU raids, the case for a Federal ICAC is comprehensive, writes John Passant.
JUSTICE IS BLIND, so the old saw goes.
It is certainly blind to the crimes and misdemeanours of our political and economic overlords, the one per cent.
via #Reefgate, Joyce versus Husar and other scandals: The case for a federal ICAC
Western countries are attempting to derail Russia’s fact-finding initiative in Syria to examine the site of the chemical incident in Idlib province
Source: What Are They Hiding? Western Countries Blocking Investigation Into Syrian Chemical Attack – MT
Dr Evan Jones continues his six-part analysis on the series of parliamentary inquiries into systemic bank corruption as the victims of fraudulent foreclosures continue to wait for justice.
Source: Bank holdups to be certified A-OK? (Part 2)