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Pipe bombs planted at RNC, DNC headquarters night before Jan. 6 riot: FBI

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The pair of pipe bombs found at the DNC and RNC headquarters on January 6 were planted the night before the deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol, the FBI announced on Friday.

In a wanted poster, the FBI said that it has learned new information about the bomber, stating that the bureau now believes the still-at-large suspect planted the devices between 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. (EST) on January 5 at both political parties’ headquarters.

The bureau has increased its monetary reward to up to $100,000 for information leading to the location, arrest, and conviction of the individual—or individuals—responsible for the placement of these pipe bombs.

The wanted poster, which shows what appears to be a still photo of the suspect from security footage, says the person “wore a face mask, a grey hooded sweatshirt, and Nike Air Max Speed Turf shoes in yellow, black, and gray. The individual carried a backpack in their hand.”

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As the mob descended on Capitol Hill on January 6, the pipe bombs were discovered within minutes of each other around 1 p.m. before they could be detonated.

The bombs were eight inches in length and constructed out of galvanized steel, according to a law enforcement official, CNN reported Wednesday. The devices had been rigged to egg timers and packed with an explosive powder, the official said. Currently, investigators are examining the remains of the bombs at the FBI lab in Virginia.

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You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’

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Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social,  “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”

Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”

It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.

Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.

And the escalation of war is visible.

Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.

Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.

Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”

The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”

F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.

Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.

 

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