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Jan. 6 “poster boy of the insurrection” Doug Jensen sentenced to 5 years in prison

Calling Capitol riot defendant Doug Jensen a leader of the riot, D.C. federal Judge Tim Kelly sentenced Jensen to five years in prison. Kelly slammed Jensen for his lack of remorse and for goading rioters to attack Officer Eugene Goodman and the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. FILE - Trump supporters, including Doug Jensen, center, confront U.S. Capitol Police in the hallway outside of the Senate chamber, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington.  Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP The judge said Goodman had prevented bloodshed by "miraculously" luring Jensen and the mob away from the Senate. Prosecutors called Jensen the "poster boy of the Insurrection" and an emboldener of the attack,...
Judge warns of threat to democracy and lawlessness in one of the final Jan. 6 sentencing hearings before Election Day
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Judge warns of threat to democracy and lawlessness in one of the final Jan. 6 sentencing hearings before Election Day

A federal judge in Washington warned of the risk of "autocracy" and the rise of lawlessness in America, as she sentenced a convicted U.S. Capitol riot defendant to eight months in prison.  In lengthy and at times blistering remarks during the Thursday sentencing hearing of a former U.S. Marine, U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly warned of parallels between Jan. 6, 2021, and the election that preceded the U.S. Civil War. Jan. 6 defendant Jesus Rivera approaching U.S. Capitol. Screenshot from live stream. Government exhibit Kollar-Kotelly's remarks five days before the end of this year's heated midterm election campaigns included references to the risk of the dissolution...
House Jan. 6 committee releases Oath Keepers’ reaction when Trump tweeted during attack
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House Jan. 6 committee releases Oath Keepers’ reaction when Trump tweeted during attack

The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol Thursday released walkie talkie communications from the far-right group Oath Keepers on the day of insurrection. In the audio, the group says that former President Donald Trump did not tell the rioters to "stand down" when he tweeted to support Capitol police amid the attack. At about 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 6, 2021, Trump tweeted "Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!"The House Jan. 6 committee tweeted Thursday said that the released walkie talkie communication was between some members of the Oath Keepers who were at the Capitol, and some who were monitoring intelligence elsewhere.  In the recording, a memb...
Justice Dept. to seek longest sentence in any Jan. 6 Capitol riot case so far
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Justice Dept. to seek longest sentence in any Jan. 6 Capitol riot case so far

Former NYPD officer could face longest sentence in Jan. 6 riots by CBS New York on YouTube The Justice Department will seek the longest prison sentence in any U.S. Capitol riot case next week, when it argues at the sentencing of former New York City police officer and U.S. Marine Thomas Webster. Webster, who once served on the protective detail of former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, was convicted in a Washington, D.C., federal court in May on charges of assaulting law enforcement.    In a new court filing ahead of Thursday's sentencing hearing, the Justice Department seeks a sentence of 210 months in prison for Webster — more than 17 years. The sentence is nearly the double the longest prison terms handed down in any Capitol riot case so far...
Hershel “Woody” Williams, last to receive Medal of Honor from World War II, will lie in honor at U.S. Capitol
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Hershel “Woody” Williams, last to receive Medal of Honor from World War II, will lie in honor at U.S. Capitol

Hershel W. "Woody" Williams, the last remaining Medal of Honor recipient from World War II, will lie in honor at the U.S. Capitol, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday.A date and other details will be announced later, Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement."Woody Williams embodied the best of America: living a life of duty, honor and courage," Pelosi said. Schumer said: "Woody Williams was an American hero who embodied the best of our country and the greatest generation." Williams, who died on Wednesday at 98, was a legend in his native West Virginia for his heroics under fire over several crucial hours at the battle for Iwo Jima. As a young Marine corporal, Williams went ahead of his unit in Febru...
John F. Wood launches run for Senate in Missouri as independent
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John F. Wood launches run for Senate in Missouri as independent

John F. Wood, who resigned as the lead investigator for the House Jan. 6 committee last week, launched a bid Wednesday to run for U.S. Senate in Missouri as an independent, he confirmed to CBS News.To get on the ballot, Wood needs to collect 10,000 signatures, or 2% of the number of people who voted in the last Senate election, whichever is less, according to a spokesperson for the Missouri Secretary of State's Office. The deadline is Aug. 1. "I really thought it was important there would be a third option," he told CBS News in an interview.  Wood would be entering the open race for retiring Republican Sen. Roy Blount's seat. In the 50/50 Senate, both parties are fighting tooth and nail to hold onto every seat they can. Wood said he plans to cauc...