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Under-the-radar court case helps piece together cop dragging during Capitol riot

Under-the-radar court case helps piece together cop dragging during Capitol riot

Stay Updated on Developing StoriesView in AppBy Katelyn Polantz, Marshall Cohen and Hannah Rabinowitz CNN(CNN) The Justice Department has built out one of its most gripping and complex investigations to date from in a court case which has gotten far less attention than others about at least five rioters who dragged and beat police with flag poles and a crutch on the US Capitol steps.Investigators' illustration of the violence in court from the rhetoric of right-wing commentators and Donald Trump himself, who have attempted to downplay anti-police violence from the former President's...

Apr 23
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Two US Capitol Police officers sue Trump and say he should be held responsible for January 6 attack

Two US Capitol Police officers sue Trump and say he should be held responsible for January 6 attack

(CNN)Two US Capitol Police officers who say they were injured during the January 6 insurrection are suing former President Donald TrumpThe officers -- the first police to sue in court following the riot -- say they suffered physical and emotional damages because Trump allegedly "inflamed, encouraged, incited (and) directed" the violent mob that stormed the Capitol.Capitol Police Officers James Blassingame and Sidney Hemby, who have been with the force for a combined 28 years, said they were injured during the attack. Hemby "was crushed against the doors" of the Capitol, was "sprayed with...

Mar 30
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News outlets ask for access to Sicknick assault videos shown in court

News outlets ask for access to Sicknick assault videos shown in court

(CNN)A coalition of 14 major national media outlets, including CNN, is asking a federal court to make and other close-up footage of and other police with bear spray outside the US Capitol on January 6. The 10 video clips, shown by the Justice Department at a court hearing this week, have become public records and are key to a major criminal case against two men accused in the assault of the police, lawyers for the media companies wrote to the court. The clips are also the most graphic depictions publicly seen so far of the attack, and of Sicknick's reaction to it."Without question, the...

Mar 24
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Sidney Powell argues in new court filing that no reasonable people would believe her election fraud claims

Sidney Powell argues in new court filing that no reasonable people would believe her election fraud claims

Washington (CNN)Right-wing lawyer is claiming in a new court filing that reasonable people wouldn't have believed as fact her assertions of fraud after the 2020 presidential election.The election infrastructure company Dominion Voting Systems sued Powell for defamation after she pushed lawsuits and made appearances in conservative media on behalf of then-President Donald Trump to sow doubt about the 2020 election results. Dominion claims that Powell knew her election fraud accusations were false and hurtful to the company.In a new court filing, Powell's attorneys write that she was sharing...

Mar 23
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Former top Capitol riot prosecutor says 'maybe the President is culpable' when asked about Trump

Former top Capitol riot prosecutor says 'maybe the President is culpable' when asked about Trump

(CNN)The former top prosecutor for the US Capitol riot said former President Donald Trump might be "culpable" for the January 6 insurrection and are "looking at everything," according to an interview airing on CBS Sunday night. Michael Sherwin, the former acting DC US attorney, also said he believes made against some Capitol riot defendants. "It's unequivocal that Trump was the magnet that brought the people to DC on the 6th," Sherwin said in response to a question from "60 Minutes" about whether Trump is part of the investigation. "We have soccer moms from Ohio that were arrested saying,...

Jan 8
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Two more Proud Boys indicted for Capitol riot as prosecutors detail evidence of planning

Two more Proud Boys indicted for Capitol riot as prosecutors detail evidence of planning

(CNN)Four leaders among the Proud Boys in Washington, DC, for conspiracy and other charges related to the siege of the US Capitol, as prosecutors reveal more of what they've learned about the pro-Trump extremist group's encrypted communications and their attempts to avoid detection.The indictment adds two defendants to a criminal case already open against Proud Boys Seattle leader Ethan Nordean and Florida Proud Boys event organizer Joseph Biggs.The conspiracy indictment alleges Zachary Rehl, 35, of Philadelphia, and Charles Donohoe, 33, of North Carolina, worked as local Proud Boys chapter...

Feb 26
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Family torn apart as they speak to investigators about father's participation in Capitol riot

Family torn apart as they speak to investigators about father's participation in Capitol riot

(CNN)A 16-year-old testified against her father in court on Monday, as prosecutors used against him what they had learned from his children about his resolve to take part in the US Capitol riot."My heart is broken. I see people in your family suffering. I see an American family suffering," Magistrate Judge Zia Faruqui said at the hearing in Washington on Monday about how politics -- -- has divided American families.During the almost two-hour hearing, the daughter's testimony about her father, Guy Reffitt, a Texas Three Percenter, became one of the most searing examples of have aided...

Jan 23
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Trump State Department appointee violated his oath of office at Capitol riot, DOJ says

Trump State Department appointee violated his oath of office at Capitol riot, DOJ says

(CNN)The Justice Department says a violated his oath of office when he allegedly pushed against a police line in storming the US Capitol on January 6. Federico Klein's "actions on January 6, 2021, appear to be a considered decision to place himself above the law; not only did he demonstrate an unwillingness to follow lawful orders, but he also showed a blatant disregard for his commitments to those in authority," ."Klein's behavior revealed that his true allegiance lies elsewhere," the prosecutors added.A judge in Washington, DC, largely agreed during a court hearing Tuesday and decided to...

Mar 5
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Swalwell sues Trump and close allies over Capitol riot in second major insurrection lawsuit

Swalwell sues Trump and close allies over Capitol riot in second major insurrection lawsuit

Washington (CNN)Former House impeachment manager Eric Swalwell has sued former his son Donald Trump Jr., Rudy Giuliani and Republican Rep. Mo Brooks in a for at the US Capitol on January 6. by Swalwell, a California Democrat who helped to lead impeachment arguments against Trump for inciting insurrection, follows last month by Rep. Bennie Thompson against Trump, Giuliani and the extremist groups the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys. Swalwell's case makes some of the same claims as Thompson's -- citing a civil rights law meant to counter the Ku Klux Klan's intimidation of elected officials. But...

Jan 8
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Trump supporters could be incited to future violence by his continued promotion of 2020 election lies, DOJ and judges say

Trump supporters could be incited to future violence by his continued promotion of 2020 election lies, DOJ and judges say

(CNN)Former President Donald Trump's continued promotion of about could still incite his followers to violence, the Justice Department and judges noted repeatedly this week, as courts weigh the future dangerousness of US Capitol riot defendants. Two federal judges this week brought up the disinformation about 2020 from right-wing figures, and even Trump himself, as they considered keeping alleged Capitol rioters in jail before trial. And prosecutors from the Justice Department are arguing more explicitly that violent threats stemming from Trump-backed conspiracy theories are still alive,...

Apr 24
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