House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Saturday that Trump supporters who rioted at the U.S. Capitol last week chose “their whiteness over democracy.”
In an online video meeting with her hometown San Francisco constituents, Pelosi said, “There are people in our country, led by this president, for the moment, who have chosen their whiteness over democracy.”
Pelosi noted that the number of coronavirus deaths last Wednesday and Thursday were records for single-day coronavirus deaths in the United States, highlighted racial injustices in the country.
“When that assault was taking place on the Capitol, 3,865 people in our country died of the coronavirus, many of them people of color because of the injustice of it all,” Pelosi said.
She continued, “The next day, on Thursday, 4,000 people died of the coronavirus. Why? Because decisions were made at the highest level, months before in the Oval Office, of denial, distortion, delay, calling it a ‘hoax.’”
Pelosi is pushing for the impeachment of President Donald Trump days before he’s set to leave office to prevent him from running again.
“This cannot be exaggerated. Not only the complicity, the instigation of the President of the United States, must and will be addressed,” Pelosi said. “It’s only a number of days now before we inaugurate a new President.”
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FBI punishing employees who attended Jan 6 rally by revoking security clearances
The official Twitter account of the GOP House Judiciary Committee released an alarming warning: “Whistleblowers alert that the FBI appears to be attempting to terminate the employment of employees who were engaged in protected First Amendment activity on January 6, 2021.”
#NEWS: Whistleblowers alert that the FBI appears to be attempting to terminate the employment of employees who were engaged in protected First Amendment activity on January 6, 2021.
The employees did not enter the United States Capitol and have not been charged with any crime. pic.twitter.com/0WCIOsg620
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) May 6, 2022
A letter from ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), to FBI Director Christopher Wray, addresses how several whistleblowers exposed the FBI of stripping employees of security clearances.
The letter cites claims of multiple whistleblowers who say the FBI has been purposely punishing those who attended then-president Donald Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally on January 6, 2021, by revoking their clearances. Reportedly many of them did not even enter the U.S. Capitol.
“While FBI employees may not participate in partisan political campaigns, [they] do not give up their rights to engage in political speech activity,” wrote Jordan. “We have serious concerns that the FBI appears to be retaliating against employees for engaging in political speech disfavored by FBI leadership,” he added.
The primary whistleblower is described as a 20-year veteran of the FBI and U.S. military. Jordan believes the FBI’s actions could potentially result in the administrative extermination of the individuals’ employment because the FBI requires top-secret security clearances for majority of its employees.
Jordan has required that the FBI brief the committee on the security clearances matter by May 20.
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