Alex Jones’s Text Messages Turned Over to House Jan. 6 Committee

The messages only cover a period up to mid-2020, disappointing investigators who hoped they would shed light on the conspiracy theorist’s role in the events leading to the attack on the Capitol.

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Lawyer Says He Intends to Give Alex Jones’s Texts to House Jan. 6 Panel

At a hearing in the defamation case against the conspiracy theorist, the plaintiffs’ lawyer said he would turn over the materials to the committee unless the judge ordered him not to.

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John Eastman Proposed Challenging Georgia Senate Elections in Search of Fraud

On the day of President Biden’s inauguration, John Eastman suggested looking for voting irregularities in Georgia — and asked for help being paid the $270,000 he billed the Trump campaign.

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Democrat Seeks Inspector General Inquiry Into Pentagon’s Missing Jan. 6 Texts

Messages from the phones of top Trump administration officials at the Defense Department who were involved in the response to the Capitol riot appear to have been erased.

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Is It All About ‘Fealty to Trump’s Delusions’? Three Writers Talk About Where the G.O.P. Is Headed

How should we assess the Republican Party?

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Top Democrats, Alleging Cover-Up, Seek Testimony on Secret Service Texts

The leaders of two House committees told the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general that they had developed “grave new concerns over your lack of transparency and independence.”

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The Fake Electors Scheme, Explained

The plan to reverse the outcome of the 2020 election by creating slates of electors pledged to Donald Trump in states he had lost was expansive, long-running and often confusing.

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Could Trump Face Criminal Charges?

One of the last federal prosecutors to lead an investigation into Donald Trump discussed the challenges of bringing charges against him in the Jan. 6 case.

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Justice Dept. Asking Witnesses About Trump in Its Jan. 6 Investigation

Federal prosecutors sought information about the former president’s role in the efforts to overturn the election as the inquiry accelerates.

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Emails Reveal Details of Trump Fake Electors Plan

Previously undisclosed communications among Trump campaign aides and outside advisers provide new insight into their efforts to overturn the election in the weeks leading to Jan. 6.

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Biden Lashes Trump Over Jan. 6, Saying He ‘Lacked the Courage to Act’

In rare comments on the investigation unfolding in the House, President Biden said his predecessor sat in the comfort of the White House as his supporters stormed the Capitol.

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Marc Short Testifies to Grand Jury in Jan. 6 Investigation

Marc Short, who was chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, was subpoenaed in the Justice Department’s expanding inquiry into the efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

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Sharp Contrasts With Other Jan. 6 Inquiries Increase Pressure on Garland

The continued revelations from the House select committee and the rapid pace of the Georgia investigation have left the Justice Department on the defensive.

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There’s Hot and Then There’s Hot as … Politics

In healthy democracies, the fringe bends toward the center. In our democracy, the center always seems to be lurching toward the fringe.

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The Jan. 6 Hearings Have Turbocharged the Georgia Investigation of Trump

Any charges in that investigation may define a big part of the committee’s legacy.

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We Can’t Afford Not to Prosecute Trump

He will never willingly walk away from the presidency. It was the greatest grift of his life.

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In Jan. 6 Hearings, Gender Divide Has Been Strong Undercurrent

An investigation that has revealed grave threats to democracy, plotted and carried out mostly by men, has a heavily female cast of narrators who have paid a public price for speaking out.

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The Jan. 6 Hearings Did a Great Service, by Making Great TV

Investigating a threat to democracy was always going to be important. But this time, it also managed to be buzzworthy.

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The Myth of the Good Trump Official

It’s good some are testifying. They’re still culpable.

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The Jan. 6 Panel After 8 Hearings: Where Will the Evidence Lead?

The House committee has set out a comprehensive narrative of the effort to overturn the 2020 election. But it’s unclear if that will be enough to achieve its legal and political goals.

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As a Mob Attacked the Capitol, Trump Stood By

Readers discuss the latest hearing by the Jan. 6 committee. Also: War poetry; child care funding; pregnant at 10; shrugging at the pandemic.

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Jury Begins Deliberations on Contempt Charges in Bannon Trial

If convicted of both charges stemming from his defiance of the Jan. 6 panel’s subpoena, he could face a fine of up to $1,000 and up to a year in prison for each.

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The Good, the Bad and Donald Trump

A smattering of people provided some of the more memorable lessons about how our democracy came so close to total meltdown.

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Video: Josh Hawley Cheered on Jan. 6. Then He Fled.

Video footage of the Missouri Republican sprinting out of the Capitol as a mob closed in went viral, showing how a promoter of Trump’s election lies came face to face with their consequences.

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Jan. 6 Panel Presents Evidence of Trump’s Refusal to Stop the Riot

The House panel painted a detailed picture of how, as officials rushed to respond to an attack on the United States government, the commander in chief chose for hours to do nothing.

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Service Service Asked to Stop Investigating Jan. 6 Texts Amid Criminal Inquiry

The Homeland Security Department’s inspector general told the Secret Service to halt its internal investigation into how phone records from around Jan. 6 were purged.

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Why Did It Take So Long to Deploy the National Guard on Jan. 6?

The House select committee’s hearing on Thursday could shed light on what steps were and were not taken by the Trump White House to send troops to help quell the violence at the Capitol.

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Fox News Will Not Carry Thursday’s Jan. 6 Hearing Live

The network will keep its usual prime-time lineup instead. Its sister network, Fox Business, will air the hearing.

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We’re Asking the Jan. 6 Committee to Do the Impossible

Can a country exhausted by scandal still be scandalized?

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We Are Retired Generals and Admirals. Trump’s Actions on Jan. 6 Were a Dereliction of Duty.

A civilian leader’s misuse of the military could imperil one of the foundations of American democracy.

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Liz Cheney, Front and Center in the Jan. 6 Hearings, Pursues a Mission

“I believe this is the most important thing I’ve ever done professionally,” she said, “and maybe the most important thing I ever do.”

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Jan. 6 Panel to Sum Up Its Case Against Trump: Dereliction of Duty

In a hearing aimed at putting a capstone on the public sessions thus far, two military veterans will make the case that Mr. Trump neglected his presidential duties when he refused to call off the mob.

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Pence Backs Trump Loyalists and Skeptics in House Elections

Mike Pence has quietly helped Republican candidates despite their loyalty to Donald J. Trump and support for his election lies, which placed Mr. Pence’s life at risk.

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Trump Electors Targeted in Georgia Criminal Inquiry

A prosecutor in Atlanta is investigating interference in the 2020 presidential election, an inquiry that has engulfed Donald J. Trump and many of his allies.

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Bannon ‘Decided He Was Above the Law,’ Prosecutor Says

The jury in Stephen K. Bannon’s contempt of Congress trial is being asked a simple question: Did he defy the House panel investigating the Jan. 6 attack by ignoring a subpoena?

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Secret Service Says Some Missing Jan. 6 Texts Are Unlikely to Be Recovered

The House committee investigating the attack on the Capitol had subpoenaed text messages from the agents’ phones and other materials.

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Biden’s Fist Bump With the Saudi Prince

President Biden’s visit to Saudi Arabia; Merrick Garland and Donald Trump; the erased Secret Service texts; political changes; Columbia unranked.

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How William Olson, Right-Wing Lawyer, Pitched Trump on a 2020 Election Plot

The role of William J. Olson in advising the president in late 2020, which has not previously been disclosed, shows how fringe figures were influencing him at a critical time.

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Jan. 6 Panel to Dissect Trump’s 187 Minutes of Inaction During Riot

The House committee investigating the attack announced it would hold its next hearing on Thursday in prime time. It was not clear whether it would be the summer finale, as once expected.

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Secret Service Text Messages Around Jan. 6 Were Erased, Inspector General Says

The disclosure drew concern from the House committee investigating the attack, which has heard testimony that President Donald J. Trump wanted agents to take him to the Capitol that day.

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Trump: A Brat, but Not a Child

Trump should not escape responsibility for his self-imposed ignorance.

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Jan. 6 Panel Will Turn Over Evidence on Fake Electors to the Justice Dept.

The department has asked the House committee investigating the Capitol attack to share transcripts regarding the false electors scheme, the only topic it has broached with the panel.

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To Fight Book Banning, Support Librarians

Librarians respond to book bans. Also: The Jan. 6 hearing; a Supreme Court test; anti-abortion states; homelessness in California; acting for change locally.

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‘It’s Just Been Hell:’ Life as the Victim of a Jan. 6 Conspiracy Theory

Ray Epps became the unwitting face of an attempt by pro-Trump forces to promote the baseless idea that the F.B.I. was behind the attack on the Capitol.

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Trump Sought to Conceal Plans for March to Capitol, Panel Says

The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack showed evidence that the former president wanted his call for supporters to descend on Congress to appear spontaneous.

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Trump Preplanned March to Capitol, Panel Says

The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack showed evidence that the former president wanted his call for supporters to descend on Congress to appear spontaneous.

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Tears, Screaming and Insults: Inside an ‘Unhinged’ Meeting to Keep Trump in Power

Even by the standards of the Trump White House, a meeting on Dec. 18, 2020, that was highlighted Tuesday by the Jan. 6 committee was extreme.

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Takeaways From Tuesday’s Hearing by the Jan. 6 Committee

The hearing relied on testimony from Trump aides, right-wing media commentators and militia members to illustrate key events leading up to the Capitol riot.

#house-select-committee-to-investigate-the-january-6th-attack, #oath-keepers, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021

Liz Cheney Says Trump Reached Out to a Jan. 6 Witness

The congresswoman from Wyoming had raised the prospect at the previous hearing that former President Donald J. Trump and his allies were interfering with a witness.

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Raskin Brings Expertise on Right-Wing Extremism to Jan. 6 Inquiry

The Democrat from Maryland has been delving into the rising threat of white nationalism and white supremacy for five years. He will lead the inquiry’s hearing on the subject on Tuesday.

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