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Hearing delivers gripping ‘finale’ full of damning details about Trump

Jan 6 hearingThey did it. They pulled it off. Anyone who feared that the January 6 committee’s season finale would turn into an anti-climax – more Game of Thrones than M*A*S*H – need not have worried. There were shocks, horrors and even laughs.

The eight “episodes” have exceeded all expectations with their crisp narrative and sharp editing, a far cry from the usual dry proceedings on Capitol Hill. Each has recapped what came before, teased what is to come and compellingly joined the dots against Donald Trump.

Much of the credit must go to James Goldston, the former president of ABC News, who was brought in to help produce the hearings like a true crime series. Give that man an Emmy (if only to infuriate Trump, a TV obsessive).

Some viewers might have been disappointed on Thursday by the absence of chairman Bennie Thompson due to coronavirus (though he did join to open and close the hearing via video link). Yet with Liz Cheney in the chair and Goldston in the editing suite, a Grand Guignol was guaranteed.


Hawley takes flack for running from Capitol after encouraging Jan. 6 protesters

Josh Hawley running

A video of Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) running from the U.S. Capitol after it was besieged by Donald Trump supporters ― and just after he had saluted them with a raised fist ― received the treatment on social media last night.

The Jan. 6 House select committee revealed surveillance footage Thursday of Hawley fleeing the building during the insurrection that he helped incite. The audience at the hearing broke into laughter as it aired.

Not long after, Hawley became a laughingstock on Twitter as well. One Twitter user even created a viral thread of the video set to everything from “Chariots of Fire” and the Benny Hill theme song to Kate Bush’s hit “Running Up That Hill.”

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Secret Service provided a single text exchange to IG after request for many records

Secret Service provided a single email to IG

The Secret Service was only able to provide a single text exchange to the DHS inspector general who had requested a month’s worth of records for 24 Secret Service personnel, according to a letter to the House select committee investigating January 6, 2021, whose details were first reported by CNN.

The revelation provides insight into the concern raised in a recent letter to Congress by the inspector general, who accused the agency of not retaining records needed for the January 6 investigation.

Inspector General Joseph Cuffari – having already received an initial batch of documents including “hundreds of thousands of disclosures of agency documents, policies, radio communications, emails, briefings and interviews” – requested in June 2021 text messages sent and received by 24 Secret Service personnel between December 7, 2020 and January 8, 2021, according to the letter, the details of which had not been previously reported. The letter does not identify the 24 personnel.

TVNL Comment:  How do you spell c-o-r-r-u-p-t-i-o-n?????


House passes bill protecting marriage equality, with 47 GOP members voting ‘yes’

House passes gay rights bill

The House passed a bill on Tuesday to protect marriage equality, a direct response to an opinion from Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas last month that called for reversing multiple decisions that enshrined LGBTQ rights.

The legislation, titled the Respect for Marriage Act, passed in a 267-157 vote, with 47 Republicans joining all Democrats in supporting the measure. Seven Republicans did not vote.

The measure, which faces a shaky future in the 50-50 Senate, calls for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a bill former President Clinton signed into law in 1996 that recognized marriage as “only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife.” The measure referred to the word spouse as “a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife.”


Former Trump aides Matthew Pottinger, Sarah Matthews expected to testify at Jan. 6 hearing

Matthew Pottinger to testifyFormer White House aides under Donald Trump, Matthew Pottinger and Sarah Matthews, who each resigned because of the Capitol attack on Jan. 6, 2021, are expected to be the next witnesses at the House investigative hearing Thursday, according to reports.

CNN, the New York Times and the Associated Press reported Matthews and Pottinger will testify.

Matthews, who was deputy press secretary, quit the day of the attack. She issued a statement that said she was "honored" to serve in the Trump administration, but was "disturbed" by that day's events.

Matthews has told the committee she saw then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows meet with Trump in the dining room off the Oval Office as the violence escalated. But as aides urged Trump to tweet a message to restore calm, Trump instead called Vice President Mike Pence a coward in a tweet at 2:24 p.m.


Ted Cruz Says Supreme Court Was Wrong to Legalize Gay Marriage: 'Ignored 2 Centuries of Our Nation's History'

Ted Cruz

Just weeks after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz believes the court should reconsider another landmark case: Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage.

On Sunday's episode of his podcast, Verdict With Ted Cruz, the Republican said the 2015 case that legalized gay marriage in the U.S. "was clearly wrong when it was decided."

"It was the court overreaching," Cruz added, USA Today reports.

Elsewhere in the episode, Cruz compared the Obergefell case to Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion until being overturned by the court in June.

The issue, Cruz suggested, is that the legality of same-sex marriage should be left to the states.

TVNL Comment: Cruz claims the Hodges decision overturned two hundred years of history.  For the record, slavery was part of our history for centuries.  Should we now go back andoverride the Emancipation Proclamation or the amendment that freed slaves?  What a jackass!


IRS head is getting questioned by lawmakers after former FBI officials were audited

IRS head to be questioned

Lawmakers will question IRS head Charles Rettig on Thursday regarding a report from the New York Times last week that showed two former top FBI officials, who were critical of former President Donald Trump, had been audited by the agency in 2017 and 2019.

Former FBI Director James Comey and former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe led investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible coordination with Trump's campaign. Both men were fired from their posts in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

"We are working on getting to the bottom of these stunning allegations," House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., said in a statement.

The committee will hold a closed-door meeting Thursday with Rettig, who was appointed by Trump in 2018 and retained his post in the Biden administration. Members from both parties will be able to ask Rettig questions directly. The meeting is not open to the media or public due to the personal financial information involved.


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