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Jan. 6 protest organizers say they participated in ‘dozens’ of planning meetings with members of Congress and White House staff

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    dubteedub
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    For those without access to RS, here is an archive link - https://archive.md/ExS14 Quick summary from the article: This all seems to give a lot more credence to the reports that the insurrection...

    For those without access to RS, here is an archive link - https://archive.md/ExS14

    Quick summary from the article:

    As the House investigation into the Jan. 6 attack heats up, some of the planners of the pro-Trump rallies that took place in Washington, D.C., have begun communicating with congressional investigators and sharing new information about what happened when the former president’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol. Two of these people have spoken to Rolling Stone extensively in recent weeks and detailed explosive allegations that multiple members of Congress were intimately involved in planning both Trump’s efforts to overturn his election loss and the Jan. 6 events that turned violent.

    The two sources, both of whom have been granted anonymity due to the ongoing investigation, describe participating in “dozens” of planning briefings ahead of that day when Trump supporters broke into the Capitol as his election loss to President Joe Biden was being certified.

    “I remember Marjorie Taylor Greene specifically,” the organizer says. “I remember talking to probably close to a dozen other members at one point or another or their staffs.”

    Along with Greene, the conspiratorial pro-Trump Republican from Georgia who took office earlier this year, the pair both say the members who participated in these conversations or had top staffers join in included Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.), Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas).

    “We would talk to Boebert’s team, Cawthorn’s team, Gosar’s team like back to back to back to back,” says the organizer.

    This all seems to give a lot more credence to the reports that the insurrection was an inside job that were floating around right after the January 6th attack.

    At the time, two Democratic Representatives accused GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert specifically of giving Capitol tours to a large group the day before the riots.

    Now, two Democratic lawmakers say they personally saw one Republican — Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado — with a “large” group in a tunnel connected to the Capitol days before the attempted insurrection that left four rioters and one police officer dead.

    Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) said on Monday that he and Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) had both seen Boebert in the tunnel outside the Cannon House Office Building with a group sometime in the three days before the riots. He said he didn’t know who was in the group or if anyone with Boebert later participated in the attack.

    While there were other reports that other multiple members of Congress were also involved.

    Rep. Mikie Sherrill, during a live webcast Tuesday evening, said she witnessed some members of Congress leading people through the Capitol on Jan. 5 in what she termed a "reconnaissance for the next day" when insurrectionists took part in a deadly siege on the legislative branch.

    There were also many other signs that advance notice was given to key terrorist on where to go, some of which was attributed to Capital Police.

    House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) mentioned that looters had found their way to his unmarked, third floor office and stole his iPad. He questioned how they could locate that office but not his clearly marked ceremonial office in Statuary Hall. Later, another Democrat on the call, Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) specifically raised the question of possible collusion among some Capitol Police officers, according to several people listening.

    Some other examples here

    Rep. Boebert on the morning of the attack tweeted “Today is 1776” and also live-tweeted Speaker Pelosi’s location during the attack.

    Rep. Greene has been dubbed Congress’ Qanon lady and has made a number of threats towards “socialist” congresswomen and a ton of racist remarks.

    All of these elected leaders that colluded with terrorists should be expelled from Congress immediately and should be investigated to the fullest extent of the law for potential criminal activity relating to the insurrection.

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    1. vord
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      Treason. And all of the 147 Republicans who voted to overturn election results should be expelled and tried, not just the ones in the article. Pretending those two events are separate things is to...

      All of these elected leaders that colluded with terrorists should be expelled from Congress immediately and should be investigated to the fullest extent of the law for potential criminal activity relating to the insurrection.

      Treason. And all of the 147 Republicans who voted to overturn election results should be expelled and tried, not just the ones in the article. Pretending those two events are separate things is to deny history.

      Would be pretty amazing to see what the Democrats could do with their newfound supermajority.

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  2. JXM
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    The more we learn about this event, the more it becomes apparent just how close we came to a serious, real coup and not just a bunch of random crazy people storming the Capitol.

    The more we learn about this event, the more it becomes apparent just how close we came to a serious, real coup and not just a bunch of random crazy people storming the Capitol.

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  3. dubteedub
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    Via CNN Capital Hill reporter Melanie Zanona: Its treason then

    Via CNN Capital Hill reporter Melanie Zanona:

    Rep. Mo Brooks told me he had "no involvement” in planning the Jan 6 rally but said:

    “I don’t know if my staff did.. but if they did I’d be proud of them for helping to put together a rally lawful under the First Amendment at the ellipse to protest voter fraud & election theft."

    Its treason then

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