Are US Attorneys Over-reaching in their Zeal to Get Capitol Rioters?

The January 6th event at the US Capitol has likely slipped from your personal radar screen.  Could that be because it’s a tangled legal web or maybe because the mainstream media has moved along now that Biden’s legal eagles are faltering a bit in making their “insurrection” case.

Capitol ‘rioters’ taking in the beauty of the Capitol rotunda. They could have done an incredible amount of damage had they wished to…

 

The case they are attempting to make is that certain pro-Trump conservative groups had a well-organized plan to attack the US Capitol on January 6th to halt the certification of Biden as the next president of the United States, and possibly kill lawmakers.

They are having trouble finding a plan and judges are noticing.

Maybe you noticed this AP story making the rounds in newspapers large and small.  The story appeared in my local paper on Sunday.

Prosecutors struggle with consistent story in Jan. 6 cases

BOSTON (AP) — There’s little doubt the Oath Keepers were planning for something on Jan. 6. The question at the heart of the criminal case against its members and associates in the attack on the U.S. Capitol is: What, exactly, did they intend to do?

Authorities suggested for weeks in court hearings and papers that members of the far-right militia group plotted their attack in advance in an effort to block the peaceful transition of power. But prosecutors have since said it is not clear whether the group was targeting the Capitol before Jan. 6.

Fellow Obama-era US Attorney love birds! I spent some time searching for a photo of the zealous Justice Department attorney Kathryn Leigh Rakoczy. Although I found no professional pic, I did find this fluffy puffy New York Times story about her marriage to a co-worker in 2015, both 33, who married at the Woman’s National Democratic Club in Washington. Why this news warranted a NYT story is beyond me. https://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/03/fashion/weddings/first-due-diligence-then-romance.html

“The plan was to unlawfully stop the certification of the Electoral College vote … and the plan was to be prepared to use violence if necessary,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn Rakoczy said during a hearing this month. But the Oath Keepers “did not know precisely the way in which force and violence might be needed to support this plan,” she said.

Authorities are still combing through a sea of evidence in what they say is likely the most complex investigation ever prosecuted by the Justice Department. More than 300 people are facing federal charges and more are expected. The most serious charges have been brought against 10 people described as members and associates of the Oath Keepers and several members of another far-right extremist group, the Proud Boys.

Rakoczy over her skis?

But as the sprawling investigation has unfolded, prosecutors have sometimes struggled to maintain a consistent narrative and had to walk back statements made in court hearings or in papers. It has created an opening for defense attorneys to try to sow doubt in the case.

“The government presented a theory (without evidence) that there was a weeks long plan to invade the Capitol,” an attorney for one of the Oath Keepers, Jessica Watkins, wrote in a recent court filing. “There was no such plan.”

In one case, prosecutors declared in court documents in January there was “strong evidence” the pro-Trump mob aimed to “capture and assassinate elected officials.” The Justice Department quickly clarified it had no such evidence, blaming it on a miscommunication between prosecutors.

After she was pressed by a judge in a recent hearing, Rakoczy conceded authorities “do not have at this point someone explicitly saying, ‘our plan is to force entry into the Capitol in order to stop the certification,’” but cautioned that the investigation is ongoing.

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Prosecutors have also apparently been unable to get on the same page about what to say to the press.

A judge recently scolded the Justice Department over a “60 Minutes” interview during which the prosecutor who was leading the investigation suggested some of the rioters could face sedition charges. Former acting District of Columbia U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin’s interview appeared to violate Justice Department rules and Sherwin is now under internal investigation, a prosecutor told the judge.

More here.

See also Politico on March 12th….

Judge orders pretrial release of key Oath Keeper charged in Capitol attack

The decision is a setback for the Justice Department as it seeks to show that some elements of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol were part of sophisticated and organized cells intent on violently blocking the transition of power.

Rakoczy argued that Thomas Caldwell, a 65-year-old Navy veteran who never entered the Capitol on January 6th, remain in custody saying:

…. that Caldwell presents a risk of violence because he and his allies expressed continued belief that the election was stolen even after Jan. 6.

Those factors still exist for them,” said assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn Rakoczy, “that the current political order is something that is problematic and should not be followed.”

Basically she is saying Caldwell should remain in custody because he still believes the election was stolen!

The judge disagreed and released Caldwell to home detention saying that the government’s evidence “falls short of the burden they need to prove he’s a danger to the community if released pending trial.”

The Conservative Treehouse has a story on the government’s faltering arguments here a few days ago:

Media Starting to Admit Federal Prosecutors Have Scant Evidence Against January 6th DC Protestors as Judges Start Asking Questions

 

According to the AP story this case “is likely the most complex investigation ever prosecuted by the Justice Department” so there is a lot at stake for the Dems, for Biden and for up-and-comers like Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn Rakoczy.

Is “complex” just a nice way of saying that they are having trouble proving their case that what we witnessed was a well-planned effort to overthrow our government that would justify a witch hunt and constrain our freedom—freedom of speech and assembly.

Oh, and by the way, what happened with Hunter’s laptop? Or, the Russia, Russia, Russia hoax? And, where is Durham?

Colorado Congresswoman: Tear Down this Wall!

“It’s time to cut the crap!”

(Rep. Lauren Boebert)

I love this, this is what America First! Republicans look like!  Watch and get it out to your friends quickly in case Twitter removes it!

***Update***  Greg Kelly at Newsmax featured this video and talked with Rep Boebert last night.  She is phenomenal!

 

Here is the Update on the Big Riot at Nancy’s Place Yesterday!

“If this day passes without incident, will they tear down these walls?”

 

Of course, there was no attack on the Capitol on March 4th and the Warroom’s Raheem Kassam was there and blasted the Republicans for quietly going along with the Democrats’ BS by not demanding a supposed intelligence report that such an attack was planned.

Dems Claim Threat of Massive March 4th Insurrection – Shut Down Business for the Day – Weak Republicans Too Afraid to Ask for Intel Supporting This Crazy Accusation

Watch! The Dems will now say it was the show of force that kept the marauders away!

Back to January 6th…..

I don’t have time to go into it, but I want you to have a look at this story from NBC about a study done of those arrested for being in the Capitol on January 6th.

Most charged in Capitol riot had no connection to extremist groups or one another, report finds

The closest NBC comes to mentioning that there might have been some Leftists in the scrum is after they say that the majority had no involvement in any known network, the “hodgepodge of individuals” had “varied and often conflicting ideologies.”

Many of those arrested were turned in as a result of the FBI’s public outreach, but others were found in this way:

FBI officials have said investigations also used facial recognition software. And a recently filed court document revealed that federal agents used a third method to identify rioters — obtaining lists of all smartphones and other cellular devices at the Capitol that were in use the day of the riot.

The document said investigators then compiled an “exclusion list” of people authorized to be in the building at the time. People whose numbers were tracked but were not on the list would be considered potential suspects, law enforcement officials confirmed Monday.

Just a reminder! CAIR wants to get rid of the use of facial recognition technology:

Moratorium Demand: Muslim Activist Group Wants Biden to Ban Facial Recognition Technology

Nutty Nancy Shuts Down House Today—March 4th—in Response to Conspiracy Theory

These Q people (whoever they are) sure have Nancy (and the FBI?) in a tizzy.

Check out Psyops 101! (just saying!)

Is she attempting to make up for her failures in advance of January 6th?

***UPDATE***  REST EASY! 7:30 PM AND NO ATTACK ON NANCY’S ARMED GUARDS TODAY.  She looks so foolish getting spoofed by a bunch of creepy Q guys!

If you haven’t heard the news, here is Gateway Pundit‘s story:

More Insanity: House Shuts Down Thursday Session Over Garbage Claims of Pro-Trump Militia Attack

 

More on the story at the Washington Times:

Capitol Police say they have identified a militia threat to breach the Capitol on March 4

The U.S. Capitol Police said Wednesday that it has uncovered a possible plot by a militia group to breach the Capitol on March 4, the date QAnon conspiracy theorists believe former President Donald Trump will return to power.

In a statement, the Capitol Police said it is “aware and prepared for” any potential threats toward members of Congress or the Capitol complex.

We have obtained intelligence that shows a possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group on Thursday, March 4,” the statement read. “We have already made significant security upgrades to include establishing a physical structure and increasing manpower to ensure the protection of Congress, the public and our police officers.”

More here.

And another report from CBS:

Only the House went into recess, the Senate will be at work.

Intel bulletin warns of potential for violence at Capitol March 4 and House scraps Thursday session

The U.S. Capitol is the target of a potential plot by a militia group to attack Democratic lawmakers on March 4 and remains a target for domestic violent extremists, according to a new intelligence bulletin issued by the FBI and Department of Homeland Security obtained by CBS News.

Nancy’s armed guards.

“As of late February, an unidentified group of militia violent extremists discussed plans to take control of the U.S. Capitol and remove Democratic lawmakers on or about 4 March and discussed aspirational plans to persuade thousands to travel to Washington, DC, to participate,” the bulletin reads.

It also notes that Acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said militia groups have expressed a desire to blow up the Capitol when lawmakers are attending the President Biden’s first presidential address to a joint session of Congress, which has yet to be scheduled.

Continue reading here.

Don’t forget, in early January, the FBI warned that there would be “armed” pro-Trump rioters at every state capital in advance of the Inauguration of Biden/Harris and clearly the FBI was spoofed.  See what I said here.

Meanwhile, not to be outdone by the Trump (ha! ha!) militia, the Antifa kids are going to go all-out worldwide on Saturday, March 6th.

They must be experiencing withdrawal since they haven’t caused much violence in recent months, except for a little bit on the Left Coast where elected officials tolerate them.

Remember Chairman Joe says Antifa is just an idea!

Antifa Violent National Autonomous Day of Action Planned – The Kids Won’t Be Quiet, They’re Going To Start A Riot

Where is Chairman Joe’s State of the Union Address?

Update!  So where is Joe?  Seems that everyone is noticing that the State of the Union address went missing in February.

Why Is Biden First President Since 1981 To Not Give First SOTU Speech By End Of February?…Will Kamala Have To Step In?

 

The traditional address to the nation happens in February, so as we flip the calendar to March, inquiring minds are asking when do we see the Joe Show?

The speech often runs two hours long and we wonder if Biden can stand and speak that long.

My guess is that it will not happen and they will blame fears of a domestic terror attack as previewed by the acting head of the Capitol police last week.

In the meantime….

President Trump gave a rousing state of the union address yesterday at CPAC which I am sure most of you witnessed.  The big news of course is that he plans to continue his control of the Republican Party and hinted that he is considering a run in 2024.

Heads surely exploded when he uttered this line: “I may even decide to beat them a third time.”

 

Trump’s ability to speak without pause for hours stands in contrast to the man in the White House that 80 million Americans supposedly elected to lead the free world who can’t seem to go a few minutes without a gaff.

Here is the Washington Times wondering where is Joe?

So where’s the big Biden speech?

There were some observers who declared that former President Donald Trump‘s speech before CPAC on Sunday was actually a State of the Union address. There is some truth to that. His comments covered the state of the union, the state of unity within the Republican Party and conservatism, and the prospects for the future.

Mr. Trump’s appearance, however, occurred just as the public, media and lawmakers themselves are wondering whether President Biden will make the traditional presidential speech before a joint session of the Congress.

[….]

In historical perspective, Mr. Trump gave his first address to Congress on Feb. 28, 2017; former President Barack Obama on Feb. 24, 2009; and former President George W. Bush on Feb. 27, 2001.

So where is the 46th president in all this?

My guess is that Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman is setting up the excuse and blaming it on us, on Trumpsters: No state of the union this year because of the threat of domestic violence.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi advised on Feb. 11 that Mr. Biden would not be making any big speeches until “we pass our COVID relief bill.” The House did that on Saturday.

[….]

Other factors, such as the threat of the virus in close quarters, and the security challenge on Capitol Hill, have been cited as a reason for the delay.

“We know that members of the militia groups that were present on Jan. 6 have stated their desires that they want to blow up the Capitol and kill as many members as possible with a direct nexus to the State of the Union,” Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman told the House Appropriations Committee during an appearance Friday.

More here.

See my previous post on Pittman, here.

By the way!

I was shocked when I saw the stats last night on yesterday’s post, part 3 on community organizing.  And, this morning I see the post has been visited nearly 24,000 times.

That is unheard of for a little blog like mine.  However, mystery solved when a friend notified me that Sidney Powell posted the link at her Telegram account.  Thanks to whoever brought it to Powell’s attention!