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WASHINGTON- donald trumpThe last-minute ploy to overthrow democracy so he could stay in power put the life of Mike Pence and his family as Trump’s social media attack on the vice president further inflamed the crowd that had previously raped the Capitol, the House committee began Thursday Jan. 6.

Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi, said Pence himself had explained in a recent speech that it was “un-American” to do what Trump wanted.

“Mike Pence said no. He resisted the pressure. He knew it was illegal. He knew it was wrong,” Thompson said, then added that Trump responded by publicly lashing out at him. “Donald Trump has turned the crowd against him.”

As in the other two hearings last week, the panel shares testimony from Trump’s own inner circle to show how damning Trump’s actions were in the weeks leading up to the Capitol storming and on that day. same.

On Thursday, it comes from Greg Jacob, Pence’s former White House attorney, who is testifying in person, and former Pence chief of staff Marc Short, who provided videotaped testimony.

Also appearing in person is J. Michael Luttig, the retired federal appellate judge who, at Pence’s request, assisted him with a statement that was released while Trump was still speaking at his pre-insurgency rally. near the White House on January 6. .

Luttig told the committee that if Pence “had obeyed his president’s orders,” it would have thrown the country into the first real constitutional crisis since the founding. “This declaration by Donald Trump as the next president would have plunged America into what I believe would amount to a revolution in a constitutional crisis,” Luttig said Thursday.

An image of a fake gallows on the grounds of the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 is shown June 9, during the first public hearing of the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.
An image of a fake gallows on the grounds of the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 is shown June 9, during the first public hearing of the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.

The fake pro-Trump voter lists that Trump’s campaign began organizing soon after his defeat was confirmed were an integral part of Trump’s plan. These groups came together in seven states won by Joe Biden on December 14, 2020, the day of the Electoral College vote, to send fraudulent Trump ballots to Washington, D.C.

The strategy was for Pence, having before him “competing lists” of voters from those states, to invalidate them all, leaving Trump with a majority of electoral votes from the remaining states – which would allow Pence to award a second term to him. Trump. Alternatively, Pence could return ballots to states, where GOP-controlled legislatures would override popular votes in those states and declare Trump the winner.

This theory was pushed by a group of pro-Trump lawyers, led by John Eastman, who were urging Pence to act unilaterally.

Jacob, who had conducted a lengthy discussion with Eastman on the subject, said his own research into the Constitution and the Voter Count Act of 1887 made it clear that the framers of the Constitution, having recently freed themselves from a tyrannical king of England, did not put such power in the hands of the vice-president.

“There was no way they were giving one person the task of determining who would be the president of the United States,” Jacob said Thursday.

Luttig said Eastman was simply wrong. “There was no basis in the Constitution or the laws of the United States for the theory adopted by Mr. Eastman. None,” he said.

Pence, in any event, refused to accept the schemeand in the days leading up to Jan. 6, he sought help from Luttig, a longtime icon in conservative legal circles who was considered for the U.S. Supreme Court by former President George W. Bush.

Luttig on January 5 published a series of tweets explaining why Pence had no authority to do what Trump demanded. “The Constitution does not authorize the vice president to alter in any way the votes that have been cast, either by rejecting some of them or otherwise,” Luttig wrote.

Pence’s team later cited this Twitter thread in the letter it released to Congress and the public at the start of the January 6 certification ceremony.

After annoyed Trump supporters traveled to the Capitol at his request and the President learned that Pence had been kicked out of the Senate chamber for his own safety, Trump further stirred up the rioters with a tweet stating that Pence “n didn’t have the courage”. to undo Trump’s loss.

The bipartisan committee is nearly halfway through a series of public hearings designed to expose Trump’s role in stoking the anger of his millions of supporters after his election defeat, then inviting them to Washington, D.C., for the express purpose of intimidating Pence and lawmakers into letting him stay in power regardless.

Trump, despite losing the election by 7 million votes nationally and 306-232 in the Electoral College, became the first president in more than two centuries of elections to refuse to hand over power peacefully. He encouraged the Jan. 6 Capitol Riot — a last-ditch attempt to stay in power — that killed five people, including a police officer, injured 140 other officers and led to four police suicides.

Nonetheless, Trump remains the dominant figure in the Republican Party and is openly talking about running for president again in 2024.



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More than eight hours after firing a “high-powered rifle” from a rooftop onto a crowd attending Highland Park’s Fourth of July parade, killing six people and wounding dozens in one of the worst mass shootings in Illinois history, a gunman suspected of causing the carnage was pulled over peacefully on U.S. 41 in Lake Forest.

At 6:45 p.m. Monday, the Highland Park police said a “person of interest” — identified as Robert E. “Bobby” Crimo III, 22 — had been “taken into custody without incident” on U.S. 41 at Westleigh Road in Lake Forest.

The arrest came after he was spotted by a North Chicago police officer and following a short chase. Crimo was taken to the Highland Park police station, police Chief Lou Jogmen said.

Christopher Covelli of the Lake County sheriff’s office and the Lake County major crimes task force said authorities were using the terms “suspect” and “person of interest” interchangeably.

As of 9 p.m., no charges had been filed, and the police gave no indication of what the motive for the shootings might have been.

As news of the arrest spread, people began driving by the Highland Park police station and expressing their thanks to officers, yelling “thank you” and “good job.”

Robert E. “Bobby” Crimo III, 22.

Robert E. “Bobby” Crimo III, 22.

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Stacy Shaulman, a lifelong Highland Park resident, was among a few dozen people who gathered outside the police station to await Crimo’s arrival.

“It’s been a horrific day,” Shaulman said. “I’m glad they got him. And, unfortunately, he’s a Highland Park kid, and people knew his family. His family has been around a long time.”

The shooter used “a high-powered rifle” that has been recovered, said Covelli, who said the gunman fired from a rooftop. “He was very discreet and very difficult to see.”

He called the crime “very random, very intentional.”

It appeared that the gunman had used an “unsecured” ladder to climb to the rooftop, Covelli said.

Authorities said the ownership history of the rifle was being examined by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Victims range in age from 8 to 85

Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek said five people were dead at the scene, all adults, and another died at a hospital. It wasn’t clear how old the sixth victim was. All of the victims have been identified, she said.

Among them was Nicolas Toledo, a grandfather visiting family in Highland Park. Also killed was Jacki Sundheim, according to North Shore Congregation Israel, where she worked as a teacher.

Dozens of the injured were taken to Highland Park Hospital, Lake Forest Hospital and Evanston Hospital. The “vast majority” were treated for gunshot wounds, though some “sustained injuries as a result of the ensuing chaos at the parade,” according to NorthShore University Health Systems, which owns the Highland Park and Evanston hospitals.

At Highland Park Hospital, Dr. Brigham Temple said 25 of the 26 people treated there were gunshot victims and that 19 of them had been treated and sent home.

Temple said they ranged in age from 8 years old to 85. About “four or five” of them are children, he said. One child was transported from there to the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, and another was transferred to Evanston Hospital.

Dr. Brigham Temple gives an update outside of Highland Park Hospital about the 26 victims who were treated there.

Dr. Brigham Temple gives an update outside of Highland Park Hospital about the 26 victims who were treated there.

The injuries varied. “Some of them were minor,” Temple said. “Some of them were much more severe.”

“It breaks your heart to see innocents wounded,” said Dr. Mark Talamonti, a surgeon who was among those treating the injured.

Shots fired ‘in rapid succession’

At the parade scene, one witness said he counted more than 20 shots.

Miles Zaremski, a Highland Park resident, told the Chicago Sun-Times: “I heard 20 to 25 shots, which were in rapid succession. So it couldn’t have been just a handgun or a shotgun.”

Zaremski said he saw “people in that area that got shot,” including “a woman covered with blood …. She did not survive.”

Monday’s Fourth of July parade was the first in Highland Park since before the pandemic.

As panicked paradegoers fled the parade route on Central Street in downtown Highland Park, they left behind chairs, baby strollers and blankets as they sought cover, not knowing just what happened.

Adrienne Drell, a former Sun-Times reporter, said she was sitting on a curb along Central Avenue watching the parade when she saw members of the Highland Park High School marching band start to run.

“Go to Sunset,” Drell said she heard the students shout, directing people to nearby Sunset Foods.

A man picked her up off the curb and urged her to get out, Drell said.

“There’s panic in the whole town,” she said. “Everyone is just stunned beyond belief.”

She ran across to a nearby parking lot with other people who had been watching the parade.

“It was a quiet, peaceful, lovely morning, people were enjoying the parade,” Drell said. “Within seconds, to have that peacefulness suddenly ripped apart, it’s scary. You can’t go anywhere, you can’t find peace. I think we are falling apart.”

Terrified paradegoers fled Highland Park’s Fourth of July parade after shots were fired, leaving behind their belongings as they sought safety.

Terrified paradegoers fled Highland Park’s Fourth of July parade after shots were fired, leaving behind their belongings as they sought safety.

Eric Trotter, 37, who lives blocks from the shooting, echoed that sentiment.

“I felt shocked,” Trotter said. “How could this happen in a peaceful community like Highland Park.”

Chaos, and a frantic search for family members

As police cars sped by on Central Avenue, sirens blaring, Alexander Sandoval, 39, sat on a bench and cried. He’d gotten up before 7 a.m. to set up lawn chairs and a blanket in front of the main stage of the parade. He lives within walking distance from there, so he went home to have breakfast with his son, partner and stepdaughter before going back for the parade.

Hours later, he said he and his family ran after hearing the gunfire, afraid for their lives.

“We saw the Navy’s marchers and float pass by, and, when I first heard the gunshots, I thought it was them saluting the flag and shooting blanks,” Sandoval said. “But then I saw people starting to run, and the shots kept going. We started running.”

He said that, in the chaos, he and his partner Amairani Garcia ran in different directions, he with his 5-year-old son, Alex, she with her 6-year-old daughter, Melani.

“I grabbed my son and tried to break into one of the local buildings, but I couldn’t,” Sandoval said. “The shooting stopped. I guess he was reloading. So I kept running and ran into an alley and put my son in a garbage dumpster so he could be safe.”

Then, he said he ran in search of the rest of his family and saw bodies in pools of blood on the ground.

“I saw a little boy who was shot being carried away,” Sandoval said. “It was just terror.”

He found his partner and stepdaughter, safe, inside a McDonald’s nearby.

“This doesn’t happen here,” he said. “It shouldn’t happen anywhere.”

Don Johnson, 76. who lives about two blocks from the shooting scene, thought at first the gunfire was a car backfiring. He said he ran with several other people to a nearby BP gas station and described the scene as “surreal.”

“It’s just a terrible thing,” he said. “I never would’ve thought this would’ve happened in downtown Highland Park.”

Johnson said his daughter lives in Chicago with her son and that he’s been urging them to move to Highland Park, telling her recently, “It’s safe.”

Now, he said, it’s clear that “it can happen anywhere.”

David Goldenberg, the Midwest regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, was among those at the parade. He’d gone early to set up chairs for his family along the parade route. He said he ended up moving their chairs to be closer to friends.

If not for that, Goldenberg said, “We would have been awfully close” to the shooting.

“It was chaotic,” he said. “Those sorts of things that you hear about — those split-second moments accounting for everyone in your family as people are yelling, ‘There’s a shooter! There’s a gun!’ ”

He said he knows of an adult who was killed, though he declined to discuss details.

Meg Coles drove from Atlanta with her 11- and 13-year-old sons to visit her sister-in-law for the Fourth of July, a family tradition.

“I just tried to explain to them that this is rare and probably won’t happen again,” said Coles, whose family was sitting about two blocks away along the parade route when the shooting happened.

But they weren’t buying it, she said: “I think it’s going to take them awhile.”

Sisters Christina Sendick, 20, and Angela Sendick, 22, showed up late for the parade, as people ran, some screaming, others bleeding. They grew up near Waukesha, Wisconsin, where someone drove a sport-utility vehicle into a Christmas parade crowd last November, killing six people and injuring 62 others.

“It’s just crazy no one can figure out how to put a stop to all this,” Angela Sendick said.

Pritzker: Mass shootings an American tradition

Speaking in Highland Park Monday evening, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said: “If you are angry today, I’m here to tell you to be angry.

“I’m furious that yet more innocent lives were taken by gun violence. I’m furious that their loved ones are forever broken by what took place today.I’m furious that children and their families have been traumatized. I’m furious that this is happening in communities all across Illinois and America. While we celebrate the Fourth of July just once a year, mass shootings have become our weekly — yes, weekly — American tradition.”

In a written statement, President Joe Biden said: “Jill and I are shocked by the senseless gun violence that has yet again brought grief to an American community on this Independence Day.”

News of the shooting spree in Highland Park prompted other suburbs to cancel their Fourth of July celebrations.

Former Obama White House adviser David Alexrod tweeted that someone he knew was at the parade, writing: “A friend took his kids to July 4th Parade in Highland Park today. His son has special needs. When shots rang out, they ran for their lives, the dad pushing his grown son’s wheelchair —which at one point tumbled over. On America’s day, what has become a sickeningly American story.”

After Crimo’s arrest, across the street from a mobile command center that the police had set up, Jerry Felsenthal, who’s lived in Highland Park for 32 years, said he worries that, with so many guns on the streets, there will be more mass shootings.

“It’s going to happen again,” Felsenthal said. “It’s inevitable.”

Contributing: Zack Miller, Frank Main, Mitchell Armentrout, Michael Loria



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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Wawa Welcome America festival returns to the boardwalk this holiday weekend, and the city released information on Friday regarding road and transit closures for festival-goers and city residents.

Philadelphia police say they will have increased patrols in and around the festival areas.

GUIDE: Where to watch the 4th of July fireworks in the Philadelphia area

Jason Derulo and Ava Max will be headlining this summer’s concert at the Art Museum and along the promenade on Monday July 4th.

Here is information on road closures and public transport.

ROAD CLOSURES

Friday – July 1

Our America Now: Expressions of Freedom and Waterfront Fireworks
The east and west parking lanes of Columbus Boulevard between Race and Arch streets will be closed from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Sunday – July 3

POP on Independence
The east and west parking lanes of Columbus Boulevard between Race and Arch streets will be closed from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • North side of Market Street between 5th and 6th Streets, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • 5th Street between Chestnut and Market Streets, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The city will also close 6th Street between Chestnut and Walnut streets, from 8 a.m. to noon, to prepare for the celebration of freedom ceremony.

Logan Circle and Winter Street, between 21st Street and Ben Franklin Parkway, will be closed from 3 p.m. Sunday until approximately 4 a.m. Tuesday, July 5 for worry and the festival.

MLK Drive closed to cars Sunday morning ahead of the festivities. The city says it will give people a safer place to watch the fireworks. The road will remain closed until 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Monday – July 4

Tribute to America Independence Day Parade
The following streets will be closed for parade formation.

  • 2nd Street between Race and Chestnut Streets starting at 6 a.m.
  • Chestnut Viaduct/Market Street between Chestnut and Front Streets to 2nd and Market Streets starting at 6 a.m.
  • Market Street between 3rd Street and Front Street from 6 a.m.
  • Front Street between Dock Street and Market Street from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Chestnut Street between 2nd and Front streets from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

And the following streets will be closed from 10:30 a.m. until the end of the parade.

  • 3rd Street between Race and Streets
  • 4th Street between Race and Chestnut Streets
  • 5th Street between Race and Chestnut Streets
  • 6th Street between Race and Chestnut Streets
  • 7th Street between Race and Chestnut Streets
  • 8th Street between Race and Chestnut Streets
  • 9th Street between Race and Chestnut Streets
  • 10th Street between Race and Chestnut Streets
  • 11th Street between Race and Chestnut Streets
  • 12th Street between Race and Chestnut Streets
  • JFK Boulevard between Market and 15th Streets
  • North Broad Street between JFK Boulevard and Vine Street
  • South Penn Square from South Broad Street to East Market Street
  • East Market Street from Front Street to City Hall
  • 12th Street between Vine and Market streets
  • 13th Street between Vine and Market streets
  • Arch Street between 12th and Broad Street

Freedom Celebration Ceremony
6th Street, between Chestnut and Walnut streets, will be closed from noon to 4 p.m.

Boardwalk Party & 4th of July Concert & Fireworks
The city says the following road closures will take effect at 5 a.m. Monday and last until 4 a.m. Tuesday.

  • Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 18th Street to Eakins Oval (all lanes)
  • Eakins Oval (all routes)
  • Kelly Drive between Eakins Oval and Fairmount Avenue
    • The Kelly Drive entrance will be closed at Fountain Green Drive beginning at 5 p.m.
  • Back of the art museum – Promenade Anne d’Harnoncourt
  • 2000-2100 Winter Street
  • MLK Drive from Falls Bridge to Eakins Oval
  • Spring Garden Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and 31st Street
  • 23rd Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Eakins Oval

The city says the following road closures will take effect at 5 a.m. Monday and last until 2 a.m. Tuesday.

  • 1900 race street
  • 1800-1900, rue de la vigne
  • I-676 Exit Ramp at 22nd Street
  • I-676 on-ramp at 22nd Street
  • I-76 eastbound exit ramp at Spring Garden Street
  • Spring Garden Tunnel
  • Park Towne Place between 22nd and 24th Streets
  • 22nd Street between Winter Street and Pennsylvania Avenue
  • 21st Street between Winter Street and Pennsylvania Avenue
  • 20th Street between Arch Street and Pennsylvania Avenue
  • 19th Street between Callowhill and Cherry Streets

The following road closures will come into effect at 1 p.m. Monday and last until 1 p.m. Tuesday.

  • All roads from Arch Street to Spring Garden Street, 18th Street to 22nd Street (local access maintained for residents)
  • All roads from Arch Street to Fairmount Avenue, 22nd Street to Corinthian Street (local access maintained for residents)
  • 16th and 17th streets, between Arch and Spring Garden streets, will only be closed if conditions warrant in the interest of public safety
  • 1600-1700 Benjamin Franklin Parkway will only be closed if conditions warrant in the interest of public safety

Finally, the following roads will be closed from 8 p.m. Monday until approximately 1 a.m. Tuesday due to public safety concerns related to fireworks.

  • Kelly Drive from Fairmount Avenue to Fountain Green Drive
  • Lemon Hill Drive
  • Sedgley Promenade
  • Walk of the aqueducts
  • Poplar walk

The city says that depending on the size of the crowd, closures on the boardwalk may begin earlier in the night.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

The city says people can easily get to the festival and activities throughout the weekend using SEPTA’s subway lines, regional rail service and buses.

SEPTA will operate on a Sunday schedule for July 4, but additional journeys on the Broad Street Line and Market Frankford Line for the fireworks. Click here for more information on the SEPTA schedule.

Buses will be in place from approximately 4:15 p.m. Monday for people leaving the parkway until the end of the event on the following streets:

  • 21st Street – West side of street facing south between Winter and Race streets

The city says the PPA will not enforce residential parking meters, kiosks or time limits just for Monday.

MORE INFORMATION

  • The city recommends that ADA vehicles pick up and drop off along 22nd Street for the concert and along 18th Street for the boardwalk party. The city says there is no parking, however, at locations
  • The downtown Philly PHLASH bus loop will have a special holiday service schedule on Monday. You can find information about this in click here.
  • There will be designated carpool and taxi drop-off locations for the concert and party at 17th and Callowhill Streets or 19th and Callowhill Streets.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Monday, with the fireworks set to begin at 9:45 p.m.

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Akron police say black driver was unarmed when officers fatally shot him

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Police in Akron, Ohio have released footage showing the moments leading up to the death of jayland walkera 25-year-old black man who was fatally shot by eight police officers after fleeing an attempted traffic stop last Monday.

Authorities released body camera footage of two officers at a press conference on Sunday, while confirming that Walker was unarmed when he was shot.

Akron Police Chief Steve Mylett described the footage, which Walker’s body was blurred out at the request of his family, as “hard to watch” and “shocking”.

Body camera footage, captured just after midnight on June 27, shows a police officer following Walker’s car during a high-speed chase. Police can be heard reporting a “sound of gunfire” coming from the door of the suspect’s car. During the press conference, police also showed still images taken by surveillance cameras which they say show a flash coming from Walker’s car window during the chase.

Footage eventually shows the car slowing down until Walker jumps out of the vehicle wearing what appears to be a ski mask. As seen in the footage, the officers begin to pursue Walker, who appears to be looking over his shoulder, and the officers open fire.

Mylett said Walker appeared to reach for his belt and turned toward the officers, prompting them to open fire.

While authorities say Walker was unarmed when he was shot, police presented footage of a handgun they said they found in Walker’s car, along with a loaded magazine and a golden wedding ring.

Disclaimer: The images below are graphic.

Autopsy records show Walked had more than 60 wounds on his body. Mylett said the Bureau of Criminal Investigations is working to confirm the number of shots fired at the 25-year-old.

Mylett said officers immediately began providing first aid to Walker after the shooting. According to records from the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office obtained by the Akron Beacon Journala medical examiner arrived at the scene of the shooting on Monday and found Walker lying on his back in handcuffs.

Officials say the fatal incident began after officers attempted to arrest Walker for a traffic violation and an equipment violation. The officers involved in the shooting are currently on paid administrative leave, a standard procedure exercised when lethal force is used. Seven of the eight officers who shot Walker are white, according to WKYC-TV.

At a press conference after the police footage became public, Walker’s family attorney Bobby DiCello accused police of trying to “turn him into a masked monster with a weapon. to fire” and pointed out that Walker was unarmed when he was shot.

“It was absolutely excessive,” DiCello said when asked by a reporter about the number of shots allegedly fired at Walker. “The law requires you to use reasonable force.”

Mylett said Sunday the officers involved had to explain their actions and thought processes on the night of the shooting.

“When an officer makes the most critical decision of his life, he must be prepared to explain why he did what he did,” Mylett explained. They must be able to articulate the specific threats they face…and they must be held accountable.

In the aftermath of the shooting, there were protests across Akron. In response to community outrage over Walker’s death, Akron has canceled its July 4 events, including the city’s annual event Festival of coasts, whites and blues.

Lakers superstar and Akron native LeBron James said he’ll be “praying for my city today” on Twitter.



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