CNN host Anderson Cooper compared rioters who were involved in the Capitol raid to third-world genocides in Rwanda and Bosnia, during CNN’s coverage of the Senate impeachment trial on former President Donald Trump Tuesday night.
Genocides in Bosnia and Rwanda left hundreds of thousands of people dead. In just 100 days in 1994, an estimated 800,000 people were slaughtered in Rwanda by ethnic Hutu extremists. The Jan. 6 Capitol raid killed five people.
“We’ve seen it in Bosnia, we’ve seen it in Rwanda, where radios was telling people – you know, Hutus were telling the radio listeners that the Tutsi are cockroaches, you know, getting them ginned up for genocide,” Cooper said last month on CNN.
“And you see it in these videos where people who claim they are patriots are in the face of a police officer calling him you know… gouging out of the eye of one, squeezing one in…suffocating one in the doorway,” he continued.
Back on Jan. 12, Cooper used the same comparison by saying Trump supporters talk about Civil War “as if it’s some sort of a cleansing.”
“I was in Rwanda in the genocide briefly, I was in Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan… I hear people talking about civil war in America as if they know what they’re talking about. As if they know what that looks like…I am so upset when I hear these people at rallies — Trump rallies talking about Civil War as if it’s some sort of a cleansing.”
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Hunter Biden Indicted on Federal Gun Charges Amidst Special Counsel Investigation
In a significant development, Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, was indicted on Thursday on federal gun charges as part of Special Counsel David Weiss’ ongoing investigation. The indictment alleges that Hunter Biden made false statements during the purchase of a firearm, among other charges.
The charges against Hunter Biden include:
• Making a false statement in the purchase of a firearm
• Making a false statement related to information required to be kept by a federal firearms licensed dealer
•Possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance
According to the indictment, the alleged incident occurred on or about October 12, 2018, in the District of Delaware. Hunter Biden is accused of knowingly making a false and fictitious written statement during the acquisition of a Colt Cobra 38SPL Revolver. According to reports from Fox News, the statement, submitted on Form 4473, falsely certified that he was not an unlawful user of, and addicted to, any stimulant, narcotic drug, or controlled substance.
Furthermore, the indictment further states that between October 12, 2018, and October 23, 2018, in the District of Delaware, Hunter Biden knowingly possessed the same firearm despite being an unlawful user of and addicted to controlled substances. This marks the first set of charges brought by Special Counsel David Weiss against Hunter Biden since being granted special counsel status.
The investigation came to public attention when it was reported by Fox News in 2021 that police had responded to an incident in 2018 involving a gun owned by Hunter Biden.
Reports state that, Hallie Biden, the widow of President Biden’s late son, Beau, who was in a relationship with Hunter at the time, discarded the gun. Hunter’s gun was thrown away in a dumpster near a market, located close to a school. It was subsequently revealed that Hunter Biden had purchased a gun earlier that same month.
Hunter Biden’s legal troubles do not end with the gun charges. Earlier in July, an original plea agreement collapsed, which would have seen him plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax counts for willful failure to pay federal income tax, thus avoiding jail time on a felony gun charge. Instead, he pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor tax charges and one felony gun charge.
Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed David Weiss as special counsel to oversee the Hunter Biden investigation and related matters. The White House has declined to comment on these developments, which continue to draw significant public and media attention.
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