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    The U.S. Capitol Police has suspended six officers with pay for their actions on Jan. 6, when a pro-Trump mob attacked the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to stop the certification of President Biden's Electoral College victory, according to a department statement.

    An additional 29 officers remain under investigation as part of the department's ongoing probe into the events that unfolded that day.

    "The investigation into the January 6 attack remains under investigation. Our Office of Professional Responsibility is investigating the actions of 35 police officers from that day. We currently have suspended six of those officers with pay," the department said in a statement.

    Capitol Police Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman further directed that any member whose behavior is not in keeping with the department's Rules of Conduct "will face appropriate discipline."

    Last month, Pittman announced that the department is conducting an investigation after images and videos shared on social media raised questions about the actions of some USCP officers.

    The department "has been actively reviewing video and other open source materials of some USCP officers and officials that appear to be in violation of Department regulations and policies," she said on Jan. 11.

    Videos from the day of the attack appear to show some officers escorting rioters inside the building. In one video, USCP officers can be seen opening barricades allowing the mob to enter the Capitol complex without resistance.

    At least 140 Capitol Police officers sustained injuries during the riot, according to a statement by Gus Papathanasiou, chairman of the USCP Labor Committee, the union representing Capitol Police officers.

    "I have officers who were not issued helmets prior to the attack who have sustained brain injuries. One officer has two cracked ribs and two smashed spinal discs. One officer is going to lose his eye, and another was stabbed with a metal fence stake," he said.

    Capitol Police Officer, Brian Sicknick died of injuries suffered during the riots. Two other officers who responded to the riot, one with the Capitol Police and the other with the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department, later died by suicide.

    Following the events, the union said that the department's leadership failed its officers by not relaying important information ahead of Jan. 6.

    "The disclosure that the entire executive team ... knew what was coming but did not better prepare us for potential violence, including the possible use of firearms against us, is unconscionable," Papathanasiou said. "The entire executive team failed us, and they must be held accountable. Their inaction cost lives."

    The current turmoil within the USCP was further highlighted by last week's overwhelming no-confidence vote for the force's top brass.

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    https://www.wesh.com/article/marion-...riots/35570340

    Central Florida couple accused of storming US Capitol building during riot


    A Marion County couple is among a new group of people who are being linked to forcibly entering the U.S. Capitol building during the riot on Jan. 6.

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    Kelly and Connie Meggs of Dunnellon were both arrested Wednesday in Ocala. Authorities say the Meggs, Graydon Young of Englewood, Laura Steele of North Carolina and Sanda Ruth Parker and Bennie Alvin Parker of Ohio were all a part of an organization known as the Oath Keepers.

    According to an indictment, the group, excluding Bennie Alvin Parker, were wearing paramilitary gear and joined Donovan Crowl and Jessica Watkins in a military-style formation to march up the steps on the east side of the U.S. Capitol where they breached the door and then stormed the building.

    The group faces one count of conspiring to commit an offense against the United States a count of depredation against federal government property, unlawful entry, disorderly conduct, or violent conduct in restricted buildings or grounds.

    The indictment says Kelly Meggs is the self-described leader of the Oath Keepers Florida chapter, which Connie Meggs, Young and Steele are allegedly members of.

    According to the indictment, Meggs wrote the following Facebook message in December:

    "Trump said It's gonna be wild!!!!!!! It's gonna be wild!!!!!!! He wants us to make it WILD that's what he's saying. He called us all to the Capitol and wants us to make it wild!!! Sir Yes Sir!!! Gentlemen we are heading to DC pack your s---!!"

    Meanwhile, Young is accused of setting up training from a Florida company that provides combat training for himself and others, the indictment says.

    Kelly Meggs allegedly made statements that he would not need to be armed for the chaos at the Capitol because there would be a quick reaction force, the indictment says.

    It goes on to say that after the attack, Caldwell and Young deleted Facebook content.

    The case will be prosecuted by a number of groups including the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia with assistance from the U.S. Attorney's Offices for the Middle District of Florida.
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    A woman and five other individuals associated with the organization known as the Oath Keepers were arrested and charged relating to the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.

    The FBI said Laura Steele, 52, of Thomasville, North Carolina, was arrested in Greensboro Wednesday. Graydon Young, 54, was arrested Monday in Florida; Kelly Meggs, 52, and Connie Meggs, 59, were both arrested in Florida Wednesday; and Sandra Ruth Parker, 62, and Bennie Alvin Parker, 70, were arrested Thursday.

    The indictment alleged that Kelly Meggs, Connie Meggs, Young, Steele and Sandra Parker wore paramilitary gear and joined Watkins and Crowl in a military "stack" formation that marched up the center steps on the east side of the U.S. Capitol, breached the door at the top and then stormed the building.
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    https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/19/polit...cop/index.html

    Pennsylvania cop charged in Capitol riot: 'FBI may arrest me ..lol'

    A Pennsylvania police officer is facing criminal charges after posting a video of himself fighting with other officers during the US Capitol insurrection.

    Federal prosecutors said video footage shows Joseph Fischer, 55, running at a police line outside the Capitol and yelling, "Charge!" A patrolman with the North Cornwall Township Police Department, Fisher allegedly yelled "motherf---ers" as he clashed with officers on January 6.

    During the scuffle, Fischer allegedly tried to help an officer who fell down, and said, "I am a cop, I am a cop," according to police body camera footage described by prosecutors in court filings.

    One day after the attack, Fischer allegedly sent a private message to an associate saying, "I may need a job" because "(w)ord got out that I was at the rally..lol." In the messages, Fischer said he was confronted by his police chief but told him he had "no regrets and give zero sh--s."

    "The FBI may arrest me ..lol," Fischer told the associate, according to court documents.

    Fischer has been charged with four federal crimes: obstruction of law enforcement, unlawful entry into a restricted building, obstructing Congress and violent conduct in the Capitol.
    A lawyer for Fischer wasn't listed in his court docket as of Friday evening.
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    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/an...out&li=BBnb7Kz

    An Oath Keepers leader arrested for participating in the Capitol riot said she met with Secret Service and was providing 'security' to legislators and other key figures

    A woman arrested for her alleged participation in the January 6 riot at the US Capitol said she was at the riot to provide security to legislators and other important people and had met with Secret Service agents.

    In new court filings this weekend, lawyers for Jessica Watkins, a leader with the far-right, anti-government militia group Oath Keepers, argued that Watkins was not a participant in the insurrection but was instead working security to speakers at former President Donald Trump's rally that preceded the insurrection that left five people dead, CNN first reported.

    "On January 5 and 6, Ms. Watkins was present not as an insurrectionist, but to provide security to the speakers at the rally, to provide escort for the legislators and others to march to the Capitol as directed by the then-President, and to safely escort protestors away from the Capitol to their vehicles and cars at the conclusion of the protest," the Saturday court filing said.

    "She was given a VIP pass to the rally," it continued. "She met with Secret Service agents. She was within 50 feet of the stage during the rally to provide security for the speakers. At the time the Capitol was breached, she was still at the sight of the initial rally where she had provided security."

    In a statement to Insider, a spokesperson US Secret Service said it did not employ the assistance of any private citizens on January 6.

    "To carry out its protective functions on January 6th, the U.S. Secret Service relied on the assistance of various government partners," the statement said. "Any assertion that the Secret Service employed private citizens to perform those functions is false."

    In the filing, attorneys for Watkins, who has been jailed since mid-January, said she believed Trump would evoke the Insurrection Act and use the US Military to stop President Biden from assuming office. Her lawyer said she and others "would have a role" in assisting the former president in his attempt to remain in office.

    "However misguided, her intentions were not in any way related to an intention to overthrow the government but to support what she believed to be the lawful government," Watkins' attorney Michelle Peterson. "She took an oath to support the Constitution and had no intention of violating that oath or of committing any violent acts."

    As Insider reported Friday, nine members of the far-right Oath Keepers have been charged with conspiracy to obstruct Congress with the January 6 riot. Three, including Watkins, had previously been charged, but six new charges were announced by the Justice Department on Friday.

    Prosecutors said in the indictment Friday the defendants planned to besiege the Capitol as early as November 3 and coordinated plans on social media for weeks beforehand the insurrection in DC.

    Watkins, an Army veteran who served in Afghanistan, also this weekend petitioned for release on safety grounds due to her treatment as a transgender woman. She claimed she was "treated harshly" and is at "particular risk in custody" because she is transgender.

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    https://www.wptv.com/news/region-s-p...ill-fbi-agents

    BOCA RATON, Fla. ? Federal prosecutors said Friday a 59-year-old Boca Raton woman faces charges after she threatening to kill FBI agents.

    Authorities said they received an online tip Jan. 16 that Suzanne Kaye posted information on her Facebook page that she was present at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

    Agents then contacted Kaye by phone Jan. 28 and informed her that the FBI was interested in interviewing her about traveling to Washington, D.C.

    Kaye asked the agents if they had proof that she traveled to Washington D.C., the affidavit states.

    Prosecutors said she denied traveling to Washington but claimed she was aware of individuals who did travel there. The FBI said she agreed to speak with the FBI and gave them her address.

    Then on Jan. 31, Kaye is accused of posting a video on her Facebook page titled "ANGRY Patriot Hippie" captioned, "F--- the FBI!!"


    In the video, federal investigators said Kaye announced she received a telephone call from the FBI asking about her travel to Washington D.C.

    Kaye stated in the video she would not talk to the FBI without counsel and would exercise her "second amendment right to shoot your f------ ass if you come here," according to federal prosecutors with the Southern District of Florida.

    On that same day, they said Kaye also posted the same video to her Instagram and TikTok accounts, the affidavit states.

    Kaye had an initial appearance this week before a federal magistrate judge in West Palm Beach where she was arrested.

    A bond hearing is scheduled for Feb. 24.

    The FBI division in West Palm Beach is handling the investigation.

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    https://www.wesh.com/article/ex-flor...arges/35587461

    Ex-Florida police officer, Marine latest charged in Capitol breach

    A former Florida police officer and Marine Corps veteran is the latest person to be charged with taking part in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

    Court documents filed Sunday show that Nicholas Lentz is charged in a criminal complaint with illegally being in a restricted building and disruptive and disorderly conduct.

    The 41-year-old is a former North Miami Beach police officer who also served with the Marines in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to an FBI affidavit.

    The FBI says Lentz has admitted being the the Capitol on Jan. 6 but says he committed no violent acts.

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    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/oath-ke...osecutors-say/

    Oath Keepers member committed "crime of terrorism" in Capitol riot, prosecutors say

    An Oath Keepers leader, Jessica Watkins, committed a "crime of terrorism" when she "gleefully" participated in a mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol, prosecutors said Tuesday as they argued that she should be detained as she awaits trial. Watkins became the third Capitol rioter accused by prosecutors of a crime of terrorism, following two Proud Boys members, Dominic Pezzola and Ethan Nordean.

    Unlike involvement in a foreign terrorist organization, domestic terrorism is not itself a criminal charge, but it is a factor that judges can consider when deciding whether to release defendants on bail and when determining the length of their sentence if they are found guilty.

    Watkins was indicted this month on four charges, one of which was aiding and abetting the destruction of government property — a crime that, if found to be politically motivated, could be considered terrorism. Prosecutors argued Tuesday that because Watkins' actions were "calculated to influence or affect the conduct of government," it amounted to a federal crime of terrorism and meant that she should be detained before trial.

    During a hearing Tuesday, the judge delayed making a decision on whether Watkins should remain behind bars until trial, and questioned whether her crime qualified as a crime of violence. The judge said the case poses a "threshold legal question" which could affect potentially dozens of other similar cases, and ruled that Watkins will remain in detention as she awaits her next hearing.

    Prosecutors said Watkins, a U.S. Army veteran who is now the self-described commanding officer of the so-called Ohio State Regular Militia, was filmed with other Oath Keepers members "gleefully embedded" in a mob outside the Capitol. Although Watkins argued that she did not intend to destroy property, prosecutors say she participated in a violent mob that broke a door, which she passed through moments later to forcibly enter the U.S. Capitol. She and other Oath Keepers were seen on video moving through the crowd together in a tactical "stack" formation to reach the building.

    While at the riot, Watkins used a walkie-talkie-style app called Zello to communicate with other associates, prosecutors said. She said on the app: "We have a good group. We have about 30-40 of us. We are sticking together and sticking to the plan."

    That plan became clear, prosecutors said, when an unknown voice said on the Zello app: "You are executing citizen's arrest. Arrest this assembly, we have probable cause for acts of treason, election fraud."

    A voice believed to be Watkins responded, "We are in the mezzanine. We are in the main dome right now. We are rocking it. They are throwing grenades, they are fricking shooting people with paint balls. But we are in here."

    An unknown male replied to her, saying, "Get it, Jess. Do your f***ing thing… Everything we f***ing trained for."

    While prosecutors have so far only invoked terrorism when arguing that Watkins should be detained, legal experts say allegations of terrorism could lead to hefty prison sentences — a threat that will surely loom over defendants as their cases progress. If a judge finds Watkins guilty of a crime of terrorism, she would face an automatic 10-year prison sentence on that charge alone.

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    Standing on the Capitol steps on Jan. 6, Richard Michetti allegedly took a break from the rioting to argue with his ex-girlfriend over text message. After sending photos and videos of the mob and boasting how he had avoided tear gas, Michetti parroted Donald Trump?s false claims of election fraud.

    "If you can't see the election was stolen you're a moron," Michetti wrote in a text to the woman, according to court documents.

    The next day, the woman he had insulted promptly told the FBI that her ex was at the Capitol, handing over to law enforcement the string of texts, photos and videos he had sent to her.

    Michetti, who lives in Ridley Park, Pa., has now been charged with knowingly entering a restricted building, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, and obstruction of Congress. If convicted, Michetti, who was arraigned Tuesday in federal court in Philadelphia, faces up to 20 years in prison, reported the Philadelphia Inquirer.

    Neither Michetti nor his attorney, federal public defender Kathleen Gaughan, immediately responded to a request for comment late Wednesday.

    Michetti joins the growing list of more than 200 people who have been charged in the insurrection. Many of the alleged rioters were identified by law enforcement through text messages sent to family and friends that bragged of their presence in D.C. last month. more at link:
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    Quote Originally Posted by puzzld View Post
    Standing on the Capitol steps on Jan. 6, Richard Michetti allegedly took a break from the rioting to argue with his ex-girlfriend over text message. After sending photos and videos of the mob and boasting how he had avoided tear gas, Michetti parroted Donald Trump?s false claims of election fraud.

    "If you can't see the election was stolen you're a moron," Michetti wrote in a text to the woman, according to court documents.

    The next day, the woman he had insulted promptly told the FBI that her ex was at the Capitol, handing over to law enforcement the string of texts, photos and videos he had sent to her.

    Michetti, who lives in Ridley Park, Pa., has now been charged with knowingly entering a restricted building, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, and obstruction of Congress. If convicted, Michetti, who was arraigned Tuesday in federal court in Philadelphia, faces up to 20 years in prison, reported the Philadelphia Inquirer.

    Neither Michetti nor his attorney, federal public defender Kathleen Gaughan, immediately responded to a request for comment late Wednesday.

    Michetti joins the growing list of more than 200 people who have been charged in the insurrection. Many of the alleged rioters were identified by law enforcement through text messages sent to family and friends that bragged of their presence in D.C. last month. more at link:
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    https://www.ksl.com/article/50114280...ce-chief-warns

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Donald Trump supporters who launched a deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol last month have indicated they want to "blow up" the building and kill members of Congress, the acting chief of the Capitol Police said on Thursday.

    Threats suggest extremists could target the building during an address by President Joe Biden, Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman told lawmakers as she advocated for continued high security around the building. "Members of 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," Pittman told members of the House Appropriations Committee.

    "We think that it's prudent that Capitol Police maintain its enhanced and robust security posture until we address those vulnerabilities going forward," she said.

    A date has not been announced for Biden to deliver his State of the Union address to Congress, which typically happens early in the year.

    Unprecedented security measures were imposed in Washington following the deadly Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol, including fences topped with razor wire and checkpoints manned by the National Guard.

    About 5,000 troops are expected to stay through mid-March.

    Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in an attempt to stop Congress from certifying Democrat Biden's electoral victory over the Republican president, who falsely claimed the November election had been marred by widespread fraud.

    The attack delayed the certification of Biden's win by several hours, as lawmakers were forced to flee the mob. Five people died in the violence, including a Capitol Police officer.

    More than 200 people have been charged so far for their roles in the riot, including some with ties to far-right fringe groups such as the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys.

    (Reporting by Susan Cornwell in Washington and Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Scott Malone and Peter Cooney)

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    ‘Historic Day for ‘Merica!!’: Capitol Rioter Luke Coffee Accused of Assaulting Police with a Crutch



    Of the many videos that impeachment managers unspooled during former President Donald Trump’s Senate trial, one of the most brutal scenes showed rioters engaging in hand-to-hand combat with authorities inside the tunnel leading to the U.S. Capitol. Federal prosecutors charged one of the alleged combatants captured by police body cameras using a crutch as a weapon against the officers.

    On Feb. 11, just one day after footage of the melee inside the tunnel became public, the FBI Newark Field Office interviewed an unidentified witness who contacted them about Dallas resident Luke Coffee, whom authorities believe to be the crutch-wielding assailant.

    Using this tip, the FBI’s field office in Dallas picked up the investigation two days later on Feb. 13, and prosecutors say that Coffee conceded to authorities that he was the man pictured holding up the crutch above his head. But Coffee denied attacking anyone with it.

    “Coffee stated he did not engage in any type of physical confrontations with the police while at the Capitol Building,” FBI agent Jeffrey Johannes wrote in a 20-page statement of facts.

    Believing that was false, authorities kept collecting tips on Coffee from the public and secretly opened a sealed case against him on Feb. 16, charging him with six counts that included assault with a dangerous weapon.

    Those charges became public on Thursday, in court papers replete with images of the confrontations inside, outside and around the tunnels.

    “This video shows that, after being forced back from the officers, Coffee charged at the officers while still holding the crutch,” Johannes wrote in a 20-page statement of facts. “The video also shows Coffee holding the crutch in a more aggressive manner and position towards the police officers. It appears to your affiant, based on this footage, that Coffee intended to further use the crutch as blunt object weapon by positioning the crutch directly toward the officer’s upper chest/head area. During this same recorded MPD body cam footage, it appears to your affiant that two MPD officers are required to hold back Coffee.”

    Authorities embedded still frames from the video in court papers.

    Inside the FBI agent’s statement of facts, images show the melee inside, outside and surrounding the Capitol tunnel from various angles, including from security camera footage and YouTube videos shot by civilians.

    Prosecutors charged Coffee with assaulting a federal law enforcement officer with a dangerous weapon, interfering with a law enforcement officer during a civil disorder, obstructing an official proceeding, unlawfully entering onto restricted grounds, and engaging in disorderly conduct in the Capitol.

    Authorities note that Coffee was hardly alone in these attacks—or even in his alleged choice of weapons.

    “In the various videos I have reviewed in connection with my investigation, I have observed this same crutch used by rioters to attack MPD and USCP officers,” the FBI agent wrote.

    Prosecutors have previously estimated that there were some 140 assaults against U.S. Capitol and Metropolitan police on Jan. 6.

    “[S]everal MPD and USCP police officers were injured by these violent confrontations, to include at least one MPD officer who was violently dragged down the Lower Terrace steps by the protesters,” the agent added. “I observed this to be around the same time Coffee appeared in videos as being in the Lower Terrace area. In addition to being struck by the rioters with various blunt objects, officers were also being injured by various items being thrown at them in the Lower Terrace tunnel area. I observed Coffee approaching these same officers at the same time the officers were being violently engaged by other protesters.”

    Court papers refer to Coffee’s Facebook page, which currently appears to be inactive.

    In an article titled “The Insurrectionists Among Us in North Texas,” the Dallas publication Central Track quoted Coffee calling Jan. 6th an “Historic Day for ‘Merica!!” in a caption of photographs taken in Washington, D.C.

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    https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/02/polit...rnd/index.html

    Feds charge man who claimed he dressed up like Antifa and beat, stole gear from police during Capitol riot



    South Carolinian William Robert Norwood III is facing federal charges after allegedly telling a family member he assaulted and stole gear from police officers during the Capitol riot.

    "I'm dressing in all black," Norwood wrote under the name "Robbie" on January 5, the day before the riot and insurrection, according to text messages cited in an FBI affidavit. "I'll look just like ANTIFA. I'll get away with anything."

    After the riot on January 6, additional text messages obtained by the FBI show Norwood claimed he tested his theory.

    "I got away with things that others were shot or arrested for," Norwood wrote, according to the affidavit.

    Norwood repeatedly claimed in the text messages the only reason why police allowed him to assault him was because he was dressed like Antifa.

    "I fought 4 cops, they did nothing," Norwood went onto say, according to the affidavit. "When I put my red hat on, they pepper balled me."

    He also claimed that he witnessed Ashli Babbitt being shot, saying that the police officer, "allowed 'ANTIFA Trump supporters' to assault him."

    Norwood went onto to claim that he was "one of them" that assaulted the officer.

    Norwood has been charged with theft of government property, obstruction of Congress, disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and knowingly entering a restricted building.

    An attorney for Norwood was not listed in court records.

    The affidavit described a text that investigators say Norwood claimed he disarmed a police officer and, "got a nice helmet and body armor." A selfie photo obtained by the FBI depicts what investigators say is Norwood, "wearing what appears to be a US Capitol Police tactical vest underneath a zipped up camouflage jacket."

    Even though he had just claimed he assaulted four police officers, in the same text thread obtained by the FBI, Norwood also claimed that he "saved several cops from being killed by Antifa."
    "I defended them after they assaulted me," he said, according to the affidavit.

    During the course of the text conversation, a family member confronted Norwood about his claims, and hypocrisy.

    "Robbie literally bragged about pretending to be this mysterious Antifa y'all go on and on about, and then you say no no REAL antifa did this," a family member respond, according to the FBI affidavit. "You admitted to going and being something you're accusing other people of being. And then got mad and blamed others for the same thing you did. What the actual f--k is wrong with you?"
    Norwood responded saying in part that, "the one cop who deserved it, got it."

    "I'm anti s--tty cop," he explained, according to the affidavit. "The cops who acted s--tty, got exactly what they deserved. The ones who were cool got help."

    Except that when Norwood was interviewed by the FBI on January 22, the affidavit indicates that his story appeared to change drastically.

    When asked about his claims of assaulting police officers, FBI investigators write in the affidavit that Norwood, "denied assaulting law enforcement officers, and claimed that any statements he made in text messages were meant to make NORWOOD sound tough."

    He repeated his claims that he helped protect police officers from being assaulted, according to the affidavit. FBI investigators also said that Norwood admitted he took some a police helmet and vest, "from a pile of equipment." Norwood told investigators he left the equipment in the hotel room of an Ohio couple they met outside the Capitol building.

    FBI investigators say he admitted to entering the Capitol after two US Capitol Police officers were, "waving people inside" and that he wanted to leave, but was prevented because of the crowd.

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    FBI director says Capitol assault 'domestic terrorism,' no evidence of antifa

    Testifying in front of Congress for the first time since the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, FBI Director Christopher Wray told lawmakers Tuesday he was "appalled" about the violent attack while defending the bureau's handling of the rising domestic terror threat in recent years.

    "I was appalled that you, our country's elected leaders were victimized right here in these very halls," Wray said in his opening statement. "That attack, that siege was criminal behavior, plain and simple and his behavior that we, the FBI view as domestic terrorism. It's got no place in our democracy and tolerating it would make a mockery of our nation's rule of law."

    Wray testified as the bureau faces scrutiny over whether it properly shared intelligence leading up to the assault as well as its broader role in addressing the nation's domestic terror crisis.

    Wray told the Senate Judiciary Committee the bureau has arrested more than 270 suspects involved in the violent insurrection with more than 300 facing federal charges and more being identified every day. He called the American public the FBI's "greatest partner" in the investigation with more than 270,000 digital media tips sent to agents so far.
    Pressed by Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin whether the Capitol attack involved white supremacists, Wray said the majority of the people arrested could be categorized as militia extremists.

    "We at the FBI don't tend to think of violent extremism in terms of right, left, that's not a spectrum that we look at. What I would say is that it is clear .... a large and growing number of the people that we have arrested so far in the connection with the 6th are what we would call militia violent extremists ... and some already who emerged that I would have been in the racially motivated extremist bucket," he explained.

    The director said it is getting harder and harder to identify the motives of domestic extremists, but added that racially motivated extremist cases are "the biggest chunk of our domestic terrorism caseload overall."

    "And the most lethality over the last decade has been from these same extremists. The things that drive these people, I think range. One of the things that we struggle with in particular is that more and more the ideologies, if you will, that are motivating some of these violent extremists are less and less coherent, less and less linear, less and less easy to kind of pin down," adding it could be "a little bit of this and a little bit of that" with some personal grievance added in.

    He said at the moment there is no indication that any antifa members participated in the Capitol assault as some Republicans have suggested.

    The FBI director said the smallest, but the most serious, group that attempted to disrupt Congress were domestic terrorists.

    "The smallest group numerically, but by far and away the most serious group. are those who ... breached the Capitol grounds, who engaged in violence against law enforcement who attempted to disrupt the members of Congress in the conduct of their constitutional responsibilities and of those, some of those people, clearly came to Washington, we now know, with plans and intentions to engage in the worst kind of violence, we would consider domestic terrorism," he said.

    Wray told lawmakers that the FBI has been "sounding the alarm" about the rising domestic terror threat for "a number of years now."

    "Whenever we've had the chance we've tried to emphasize that this is a top concern and remained so for the FBI," Wray said. "The FBI will not tolerate agitators and extremists who plan or committed violence. Period. And that goes for violent extremists, of any stripe."

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    Law enforcement was on high alert Thursday around the U.S. Capitol after authorities said intelligence had uncovered a “possible plot” by a militia group to storm the iconic building again. The alert came two months after Donald Trump supporters smashed through windows and doors to try to stop Congress from certifying now-President Joe Biden’s victory.

    The threat appeared to be connected to a far-right conspiracy theory, mainly promoted by supporters of QAnon, that former President Trump would rise again to power on March 4 and that thousands would come to Washington to try to remove Democrats from office. March 4 was the original presidential inauguration day until 1933, when it was moved to Jan. 20.

    There were no signs of disturbance Thursday at the heavily secured building, with Capitol Police and National Guardsmen on duty and a large fence around the perimeter that was put in place after the Jan. 6 riot. The Pentagon is reviewing a request to extend the Guard deployment 60 days beyond its current expiration date of March 12.

    Online chatter identified by authorities included discussions among members of the Three Percenters, an anti-government militia group, concerning possible plots against the Capitol on Thursday, according to two law enforcement officials who were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Members of the Three Percenters were among the extremists who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6.

    The threat came as the Capitol police and other law enforcement agencies were taking criticism from Congress in contentious hearings this week on their handling of the Jan. 6 riot. Police were ill-prepared for the mass of Trump supporters, some in tactical gear and armed, and it took hours for National Guard reinforcements to come. By then, rioters had broken into the building and they roamed the halls for hours, stalling Congress’ certification effort temporarily and sending lawmakers into hiding.

    Lawmakers, congressional staffers and law enforcement officials are still on edge after the attack on Jan. 6, even as security around the Capitol remains at an unprecedented level.

    The U.S. House wrapped up its work for the week Wednesday night, but the U.S. Senate still had a busy day scheduled for Thursday with votes into the evening. Police beefed up their presence in and around the Capitol. About 5,200 National Guard members remain in D.C., the remainder of the roughly 26,000 who were brought in for President Biden’s inauguration in January, which went off with no problems.

    Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, the former chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and among those briefed about the new threat, said lawmakers were braced.

    “I think we’ll see some violence here,” he said in an interview.

    But unlike on Jan. 6, the Capitol is now fortified against intrusions. “We have the razor wire, we have the National Guard. We didn’t have that January 6. So I feel very confident in the security,” he said.

    Initially it seemed as though the online chatter did not rise to the level of serious concern; an advisory sent earlier this week to members of Congress by Timothy Blodgett, the acting House sergeant-at-arms, said the Capitol Police had “no indication that groups will travel to Washington, D.C., to protest or commit acts of violence.”

    But that advisory was updated in a note to lawmakers Wednesday morning. Blodgett wrote that the Capitol Police had received “new and concerning information and intelligence indicating additional interest in the Capitol for the dates of March 4th – 6th by a militia group.”

    Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said during House testimony Wednesday that her investigators had collected “some concerning intelligence,” but declined to provide any details publicly, saying that it was “law enforcement sensitive” and that she would provide a private briefing for the subcommittee members.

    Meanwhile, federal agents found no significant increases in the number of hotel rooms being rented in Washington, or in flights to the area, car rental reservations or buses being chartered, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. The person could not publicly discuss details of the security planning and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

    The FBI and Department of Homeland Security also sent a joint intelligence bulletin to local law enforcement officials Tuesday that said a group of militia extremists had discussed trying to take control of the Capitol on March 4 and encouraging thousands of people to come to D.C. to try to remove Democrats from power.

    But there has been a noticeable decline in online activity on some social media platforms surrounding efforts on March 4, and there was already considerably less online chatter than during the lead-up to Jan. 6, a day that Trump repeatedly had promoted for a his rally and encouraged thousands to come to the nation’s capital.

    Also, thousands of accounts that promoted the Jan. 6 event that led to a violent storming of the U.S. Capitol have since been suspended by major tech companies like Facebook and Twitter, making it far more difficult for groups to organize a repeat of the mass gathering.

    So far, about 300 people have been charged with federal crimes for their roles in the riot. Five people, including a Capitol Police officer, died.

    Since his defeat, Trump has been promoting lies that the election was stolen from him through mass voter fraud, even though such claims have been rejected by judges, Republican state officials and Trump’s own administration. He was impeached by the House after the Jan. 6 riot on a charge of incitement of insurrection but was acquitted by the Senate.

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    Federal investigators are examining records of communications between members of Congress and the pro-Trump mob that attacked the US Capitol, as the investigation moves closer to exploring whether lawmakers wittingly or unwittingly helped the insurrectionists, according to a US official briefed on the matter.

    The data gathered so far includes indications of contact with lawmakers in the days around January 6, as well as communications between alleged rioters discussing their associations with members of Congress, the official said.

    With about 300 people facing charges, the investigation has shifted from the roundup of what law enforcement officials consider low-hanging fruit arrests of people accused of participating in the riot to those who allegedly conspired and planned the assault to disrupt the constitutional process of congressional certification of the election results.

    Justice Department officials have assigned more than two dozen prosecutors, including some from outside Washington, to delve into more complex questions, including possible funding of insurrectionists and whether political figures, including lawmakers and staff, aided the attack, the US official said.

    Law enforcement officials say one of the first steps taken after the insurrection was to seek cell phone tower data to try to identify people at the Capitol that day, a tactic allowed under existing law. That was necessary, the officials say, because among the multiple failures that day was the US Capitol Police allowing the hundreds of people who had attacked the building to leave without arrest.

    Authorities announced only a handful of arrests on January 6, and the FBI and other agencies subsequently used a dragnet across the country to find the rioters.
    Law enforcement officers have used what they call an "exclusion list." The list lets investigators see mobile devices that were authorized to be in the Capitol -- such as for Congress members and staff, law enforcement and other government and public safety officials -- while sifting out people who were not authorized to be in the building, according to a federal court filing in a riot-related case.

    The existence of such communications doesn't necessarily indicate wrongdoing by lawmakers and investigators aren't yet targeting members of Congress in the investigation, the official noted. Should investigators find probable cause that lawmakers or their staffs possibly aided the insurrectionists, they could seek warrants to obtain the content of the communications. There's no indication they've taken such a step at this point.

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    FBI arrests Trump appointee Federico Klein in connection with Capitol riot

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation said Thursday that it has arrested Federico Klein, one of former President Donald Trump's appointees to the U.S. Department of State, for his alleged role in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

    Klein, 42, was picked up by federal agents in Virginia, according to a spokesperson for the FBI's field office in Washington, D.C. Details on the charges against him and his alleged role in the deadly riot were not immediately available.

    It was unclear whether Klein has obtained legal representation.

    As of last summer, Klein was listed in a federal directory as serving as a special assistant in the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs since January 2017, and was designated as a "Schedule C" political appointee.

    Klein also previously worked on Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, according to Politico, which was first to report his arrest.

    He is the first known member of the Trump administration to face criminal charges in connection with the storming of the Capitol building by a pro-Trump mob.

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    . WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Eric Swalwell, who served as a House manager in Donald Trump’s last impeachment trial, filed a lawsuit Friday against the former president, his son, lawyer and a Republican congressman whose actions he charges led to January’s insurrection.

    The California Democrat’s suit, filed in federal court in Washington, alleges a conspiracy to violate civil rights, along with negligence, inciting a riot and inflicting emotional distress. It follows a similar suit filed by Rep. Bennie Thompson last month in an attempt to hold the former president accountable in some way for his actions Jan. 6, following his Senate acquittal.



    Swalwell charges that Trump, his son Donald Jr., along with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Republican Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama, had made “false and incendiary allegations of fraud and theft, and in direct response to the Defendant’s express calls for violence at the rally, a violent mob attacked the U.S. Capitol.”

    The lawsuit spells out in detail how the Trumps, Giuliani and Brooks spread baseless claims of election fraud, both before and after the 2020 presidential election was declared, and charges that they helped to spin up the thousands of rioters before they stormed the Capitol. Five people died as a result of the violence on Jan. 6, including a U.S. Capitol Police officer.

    Trump’s spokesman Jason Miller called Swalwell a “low-life” with “no credibility.”

    “Now, after failing miserably with two impeachment hoaxes,” Swalwell is attacking “our greatest President with yet another witch hunt,” Miller said in a statement. “It’s a disgrace that a compromised Member of Congress like Swalwell still sits on the House Intelligence Committee.”

    Brooks said the lawsuit was frivolous and “a meritless ploy.”

    “I make no apologies whatsoever for fighting for accurate and honest elections,” he said, adding he wore the lawsuit “like a badge of courage.”

    The lawsuit, through Trump’s own words, accuses the former president of inciting the riot, using much of the same playbook used by Swalwell and others during Trump’s impeachment trial — that his lies over the election results stirred supporters into the false belief the 2020 election had been stolen, that he egged the angry mob on through his rally speech and that he did nothing when faced with the images of throngs of his supporters smashing windows at the U.S. Capitol and sending lawmakers fleeing.



    Those with knowledge claimed that during this moment of national horror, Trump was ‘delighted’ and was ‘confused about why other people on his team weren’t as excited as he was.’ Others described Trump as ‘borderline enthusiastic’ about the unfolding violence,” according to the suit.

    Unlike Thompson’s lawsuit — filed against Trump, Giuliani and some far-right extremist groups whose members are alleged to have participated in the insurrection — Swalwell’s did not specify whether he was filing in his personal or official capacity, which would require additional approvals from the House and involve House attorneys.

    Both lawsuits cite a federal civil rights law that was enacted to counter the Ku Klux Klan’s intimidation of officials. Swalwell’s attorney Philip Andonian praised Thompson’s lawsuit, filed under a Reconstruction-era law called the Ku Klux Klan Act, and said they were behind it 100%, but saw the need for this one, too.

    “We see ourselves as having a different angle to this, holding Trump accountable for the incitement, the disinformation,” he said.

    Presidents are historically afforded broad immunity from lawsuits for actions they take in their role as commander in chief. But the lawsuit, like the one by Thompson, was brought against Trump in his personal, not official, capacity.

    Swalwell also describes in detail being trapped in the House chamber with many other members of Congress as plainclothes Capitol Police officers barricaded the doors and tried to fend off the mob at gunpoint.

    “Fearing for their lives, the Plaintiff and others masked their identities as members of Congress, texted loved ones in case the worst happened, and took shelter throughout the Capitol complex,” the lawsuit reads.

    The lawsuit alleges that Brooks “conspired with the other Defendants to undermine the election results by alleging, without evidence, that the election had been rigged and by pressuring elected officials, courts, and ultimately Congress to reject the results.” It notes that he spoke at a rally supporting Trump at the Ellipse, near the White House, shortly before thousands of pro-Trump rioters made their way to the Capitol and overwhelmed police officers to shove their way inside the building.

    The suit seeks unspecified damages, and Swalwell also wants a court to order all of the defendants to provide written notice to him a week before they plan to have a rally in Washington that would draw more than 50 people.

    “Unable to accept defeat, Donald Trump waged an all out war on a peaceful transition of power,” Swalwell said in a statement. “He lied to his followers again and again claiming the election was stolen from them, filed a mountain of frivolous lawsuits — nearly all of which failed, tried to intimidate election officials, and finally called upon his supporters to descend on Washington D.C. to ’stop the steal.’”

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    A Georgia 18-year-old charged in the Capitol riot told a judge he?ll be a good boy if he?s allowed to go home to Mommy and Daddy.

    Bruno Joseph Cua, who?s been in federal custody since his arrest on Feb. 5 for his role in the attack on the nation?s Capitol, wrote a letter to US District Court Judge Randolph D. Moss Thursday begging to be sent home while he?s waiting for his trial, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.

    The feds charged Cua, of Milton, Georgia, with assault on a federal officer, civil disorder and several other crimes, including entering the floor of the Senate, according to the criminal complaint. Cua was videotaped in the Senate chamber and spotted in a video posted by The New Yorker magazine of the siege, the complaint said.

    "Yes, for everyone asking, I stormed the capital (sic) with hundreds of thousands of patriots," Cua posted on his since-deleted Instagram account. "What happened was unbelievable," he continued. "Yes, we physically fought our way in."

    Cua?s the youngest person charged in the riot, which he joined after attending the earlier rally near the White House with his parents, who drove him to Washington, the Journal Constitution said.


    The feds charged Cua, of Milton, Georgia, with assault on a federal officer, civil disorder and several other crimes.


    Cua sent a plaintive, "I love you, I love you both." to his folks on Feb. 12 when he was denied bond, Atlanta?s 11 Alive reported.

    He promised in his letter "not to step one foot out of line" if was able to go back to his suburban Atlanta home.

    The teen was denied bond in part because of his history of violent rhetoric online, including a Jan. 6 post that said, "We didn?t attack American people. We attacked the swamp rats," according to the Journal Constitution.


    "Given how innaproprite (sic) my social media activity was, I truly understand your worries," Cua wrote. "I am not a danger to anyone, and I will absolutely never act on what I said."

    "I have completely lost those aggressive feelings and moved on from the entire politcal (sic) idea," he added a few sentences later. "I was wrong."

    Prosecutors also objected to Cua?s release to his parents? custody because they drove with him to Washington.
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    Authorities arrest Oath Keeper seen with Trump adviser Roger Stone on morning of insurrection

    A New York man with ties to the Oath Keepers militia group and former President Donald Trump's longtime adviser Roger Stone has been arrested and charged in connection with the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

    Roberto Minuta, of Newburgh, New York, was seen in a video first unearthed by ABC News flanking Roger Stone on the morning of Jan. 6 outside a Washington, D.C., hotel.

    In the video, Minuta can be seen standing with Stone wearing a baseball hat and military-style vest branded with the Oath Keeper logo.

    Minuta, who was spotted on video later that day in the gathering crowd approaching the Capitol, has been charged with obstruction of Congress and unlawful entry.

    "Minuta and others affiliated with the Oath Keepers breached the U.S. Capitol grounds, where Minuta aggressively berated and taunted U.S. Capitol police officers responsible for protecting the Capitol and the representatives inside of the Capitol," according to charging documents.

    The FBI arrested Minuta in Newburgh on Saturday, the official told ABC News.
    MORE: Video surfaces showing Trump ally Roger Stone flanked by Oath Keepers on morning of Jan. 6

    In February, Minuta's wife confirmed to ABC News that her husband had gone to the Capitol on the day of the insurrection, but said that he never went inside the Capitol building.

    He was "another patriot outside the Capitol Building ... standing up for freedom," she said.

    Attempts to reach her Monday were unsuccessful.

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    A federal judge has ruled that the so-called "QAnon shaman" who was charged in the Capitol insurrection is too dangerous to release and must stay in jail while his case moves forward.

    https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/08/polit...9T05%3A01%3A07

    A federal judge ruled Monday that the so-called "QAnon shaman" who was charged in the Capitol insurrection is too dangerous to release and must stay in jail while his case moves forward.

    Judge Royce Lamberth said that Jacob Chansley was unrepentant and could plot further attacks against the US government if put on house arrest. He rebuked Chansley as having shown "a detachment from reality" by claiming his actions on January 6 were peaceful and harmless.
    "Defendant characterizes himself as a peaceful person who was welcomed into the Capitol building on January 6th by police officers. The Court finds none of his many attempts to manipulate the evidence and minimize the seriousness of his actions persuasive," Lamberth wrote.


    Chansley had asked the judge to release him from jail in recent weeks, in a series of attention-grabbing moves from him and his lawyer. Lamberth's decision on Monday rejected several of Chansley's arguments but primarily hinged on the fact that Chansley carried a spear on January 6.


    Chansley's lawyer had argued it was a flagpole, but Lamberth determined it was clearly a dangerous weapon.

    Lamberth's 32-page opinion methodically dismantled most of Chansley's arguments and sided with the Justice Department's request to keep Chansley behind bars pending trial. The judge used Chansley's words against him, including his recent jailhouse interview, which seems to have backfired.
    "The statements defendant has made to the public from jail show that defendant does not fully appreciate the severity of the allegations against him," Lamberth wrote. "To the contrary, he believes that he -- not the American people or members of Congress -- was the victim on January 6th."

    Chansley isn't charged with attacking anyone, but the Justice Department has maintained that his behavior during the insurrection makes him too dangerous to release. He was a well-known figure in the QAnon conspiracy community -- one of many QAnon believers who have been charged in the Capitol riot.

    Lamberth also said he was not persuaded by Chansley's attempts to argue that the spear he brought into the Capitol was not a weapon. The dangerousness of the item was an important sticking point in whether he would be jailed before trial, as it relates to the violent nature of the charges he's facing.
    "A six-foot pole with a metal spearhead fixed to the top is, undoubtably, a dangerous weapon," Lamberth wrote, agreeing with the Justice Department's point of view regarding the weapon.
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    US narrows in on organized extremists in Capitol siege probe-Authorities investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol say two extremist groups that traveled to Washington along with thousands of other Trump supporters weren’t whipped into an impulsive frenzy by President Donald Trump that day

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    Attorneys for a woman who bragged in a Facebook live stream about storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 asked a federal judge Wednesday to move her case from Washington, D.C., to near her home in western Texas, saying a more Republican-friendly jury would decide her guilt or innocence more fairly.

    Jenny Cudd, a 36-year-old florist and former mayoral candidate from Midland, Tex., has been indicted on five counts including obstruction of an official proceeding, trespassing, disorderly conduct, and parading, demonstrating or picketing in the Capitol building.

    ?Pretrial publicity and community prejudice in Washington D.C. is so likely to have affected the jury pool that the [entire panel] must be presumed as tainted,? Cudd?s attorney Marina Medvin argued.

    ?The facts of this case center around Donald Trump and his supporters. The evidence in this case is emotionally political in every respect,? the Alexandria attorney wrote. ?But the jury who would hear the facts in Washington D.C. is the most politically prejudiced jury in the entire country? against Trump.

    Cudd and co-defendant Eliel Rosa were charged Jan. 12 and arrested a week after the riot that left five dead, forced the evacuation of the Capitol and disrupted Congress?s confirmation of the presidential election. Cudd faces charges that carry a maximum of 20 years in prison.

    Cudd?s motion for a venue change is believed to be the first brought by a defendant among the more than 300 people federally charged so far. Federal law usually requires that defendants be tried where a crime occurred, and the U.S. attorney?s office and FBI field office for Washington have spearheaded the sprawling investigation.

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    Veteran charged in Capitol attack worked in Marine One unit

    One of the veterans charged in the Capitol insurrection worked in the Marine Corps unit responsible for transporting the president and operating his helicopter, Marine One, according to Pentagon records.

    Military records obtained by CNN show that John Andries served in the Marine Corps from 2004 to 2009 and was assigned to the Marine Helicopter Squadron One, the unit responsible for transporting the president, also known as HMX-1. Andries was not a pilot, but his records indicate he was a Helicopter Crew Chief.

    It is not immediately clear to CNN whether he ever had any direct contact with former President George W. Bush or former President Barack Obama while serving in the helicopter unit, which requires higher security scrutiny for members. Andries' role with the presidential squad was first reported by The Washington Post.

    Prosecutors say Andries, 35, breached lightly-protected barriers outside the Capitol and entered the building through a broken window. Video footage shows him facing off with police inside the Crypt, in the basement of the complex, getting "within inches" of officers but not physically engaging with them, prosecutors said.

    The FBI got at least two tips from the public about Andries' alleged role in the attack. FBI agents surveilled his home in January and saw him wearing the same jacket he wore to the Capitol, according to court documents.

    He has pleaded not guilty to five federal crimes: entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct, violent entry into the Capitol, impeding passage through the Capitol and unlawful demonstration at the Capitol.

    The Justice Department did not seek his detention and a federal judge released him shortly after his arrest last month. He isn't charged with any violent crimes, and the five counts against him are misdemeanors.

    A lawyer for Andries did not respond to CNN's request for comment on Thursday morning.

    Veterans are disproportionately represented among the nearly 300 people facing charges in connection with the Capitol attack. At least 29 current and former servicemembers have been charged so far, and several are allegedly part of extremist groups, according to a CNN analysis of Pentagon records and court documents.

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