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Jan 6th Committee To Vote on Criminal Charges for Trump Adviser Who Defied Subpoena

But could this escalation backfire politically?

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There have been no shortage of complaints about the manner in which the select committee on January 6th has conducted itself, and the group is set to cross a red line in the sand as early as next week.

The committee has largely been panned a partisan attempt to re-try Donald Trump for his “incitement” of the January 6th insurrection – something that he had already been acquitted of by the Senate during his 2nd impeachment trial.

Now, as their subpoenas are being dodged and ducked left and right, it appears as though the committee is preparing to escalate their battle against the Trump team.

The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol will vote next Tuesday to hold Trump political adviser Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress for not complying with a subpoena.

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Committee Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said in a statement that Bannon has declined to cooperate with the committee and is instead “hiding behind the former President’s insufficient, blanket, and vague statements regarding privileges he has purported to invoke.”

“We reject his position entirely. The Select Committee will not tolerate defiance of our subpoenas, so we must move forward with proceedings to refer Mr. Bannon for criminal contempt,” said Thompson, who said that the vote is scheduled for Tuesday evening.

The move could reignite criticisms of the committee and its blatantly partisan bend, and, in a way delegitimize its allegedly-unbiased ethos.

This would, in turn, give the GOP an easy target during the run-up to the 2022 midterms, as they espouse their belief that the Democrats are acting out recklessly and need to be tamed in Congress.

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Dan Crenshaw Turns on Fellow Republicans, Blasting So-Called ‘Freedom Caucus’

Is the GOP’s civil war going to spill over into the 2022 midterms?

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Within the Republican Party, a civil war is brewing between the MAGA Movement and the more traditional conservatives, with the fractured nature of the party now fully on display.

The latest skirmish between the two sides comes to us a Texas Super PAC event, where Republican Dan Crenshaw took aim at some fellow party members who’ve been growing ever more agitated by the week.

Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, took aim at members of the House Freedom Caucus, calling the group “grifters” and “performance artists.”

“Lie after lie after lie because they know something psychologically about the conservative heart: We’re worried about what people are going to do to us, what they’re going to infringe upon us — that’s the nature of conservatism,” Crenshaw said during an appearance at an event hosted by the Texas Liberty Alliance PAC last week.

And that wasn’t all…

The House Freedom Caucus is made up of members of Crenshaw’s own party, including high-profile Reps. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla. and Jim Jordan, R-Ohio. The group also has several members from Crenshaw’s home state of Texas, such as Reps. Michael Cloud, Louie Gohmert, Chip Roy, Randy Weber, and Ron Wright.

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But Crenshaw accused the group of not being authentic conservatives, arguing instead that they succeed in grabbing attention by repeating slogans.

“They’re the ones you think are more conservative because they know how to say slogans real well,” Crenshaw said. “They know how to recite the lines that they know our voters want to hear.”

The Texas lawmaker also accused the group of failing to fully support former President Donald Trump’s agenda, saying that even famously anti-Trump Rep. Adam Kinzinger voted with Trump “99 percent” of the time.

Should the GOP still wish to cruise to victory in the 2022 midterms, (as many have predicted will be the case), this infighting will need to be culled…and quickly.

 

Within the Republican Party, a civil war is brewing between the MAGA Movement and the more traditional conservatives, with the fractured nature of the party now fully on display. The latest skirmish between the two sides comes to us a Texas Super PAC event, where Republican Dan Crenshaw took aim at some fellow party members who’ve been growing ever more agitated by the week. Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, took aim at members of the House Freedom Caucus, calling the group “grifters” and “performance artists.” “Lie after lie after lie because they know something psychologically about the conservative heart: We’re worried about what people are going to do to us, what they’re going to infringe upon us — that’s the nature of conservatism,” Crenshaw said during an appearance at an event hosted by the Texas Liberty Alliance PAC last week. And that wasn’t all… The House Freedom Caucus is made up of members of Crenshaw’s own party, including high-profile Reps. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla. and Jim Jordan, R-Ohio. The group also has several members from Crenshaw’s home state of Texas, such as Reps. Michael Cloud, Louie Gohmert, Chip Roy, Randy Weber, and Ron Wright. But Crenshaw accused the group of not being authentic conservatives, arguing instead that they succeed in grabbing attention by repeating slogans. “They’re the ones you think are more conservative because they know how to say slogans real well,” Crenshaw said. “They know how to recite the lines that they know our voters want to hear.” The Texas lawmaker also accused the group of failing to fully support former President Donald Trump’s agenda, saying that even famously anti-Trump Rep. Adam Kinzinger voted with Trump “99 percent” of the time. Should the GOP still wish to cruise to victory in the 2022 midterms, (as many have predicted will be the…

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Biden Takes Aim at Putin with Serious Ukraine Threat

But can a weak Biden administration really made a dent in the Russian leader’s plans?

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Russia is almost undoubtedly preparing themselves for an invasion of Ukraine, and there is but one nation that has the leverage to attempt to stop them:  The United States.

Russia’s leader, Vladimir Putin, has long appeared poised to attempt to reunited the old Soviet Union, with Ukraine and Crimea being his first targets.  Crimea’s annexation was likely just the start, in all honesty, and there is little doubt that the former KGB man is thirsty for more.

A recent buildup of Russian forces on the border with Ukraine has now prompted US President Joe Biden to take aim at Putin, and it came with a warning that harkened back to the Obama administration.

President Joe Biden warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that he would be tougher than former President Barack Obama on the issue of Ukraine, as the two leaders spoke on a video call on Tuesday.

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After the meeting, Biden’s national security advisor Jake Sullivan said the president warned Putin not to repeat his incursion into Ukrainian territory after he annexed Crimea in 2014 when Obama was president and Biden was vice president.

The moment was tense.

“I will look you in the eye and tell you, as President Biden looked President Putin in the eye and told him today, that things we did not do in 2014 we are prepared to do now,” Sullivan told reporters at the daily press briefing.

Sullivan said Biden would deploy “clear and decisive” actions, including economic sanctions to punish Russia if they invaded Ukraine.

“The measures we have put on the table are designed to show the Russian government that should it choose to engage in such an invasion, there will be those consequences,” he said.
Biden’s staff did not permit journalists to witness the beginning of the video call between the two leaders or take pictures of the event, but they issued a readout afterward.

Of course, the Biden administration has been a largely ineffectual group on issues ranging from the border to the economy, so there’s no telling how seriously Putin has considered the threat.

Russia is almost undoubtedly preparing themselves for an invasion of Ukraine, and there is but one nation that has the leverage to attempt to stop them:  The United States. Russia’s leader, Vladimir Putin, has long appeared poised to attempt to reunited the old Soviet Union, with Ukraine and Crimea being his first targets.  Crimea’s annexation was likely just the start, in all honesty, and there is little doubt that the former KGB man is thirsty for more. A recent buildup of Russian forces on the border with Ukraine has now prompted US President Joe Biden to take aim at Putin, and it came with a warning that harkened back to the Obama administration. President Joe Biden warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that he would be tougher than former President Barack Obama on the issue of Ukraine, as the two leaders spoke on a video call on Tuesday. After the meeting, Biden’s national security advisor Jake Sullivan said the president warned Putin not to repeat his incursion into Ukrainian territory after he annexed Crimea in 2014 when Obama was president and Biden was vice president. The moment was tense. “I will look you in the eye and tell you, as President Biden looked President Putin in the eye and told him today, that things we did not do in 2014 we are prepared to do now,” Sullivan told reporters at the daily press briefing. Sullivan said Biden would deploy “clear and decisive” actions, including economic sanctions to punish Russia if they invaded Ukraine. “The measures we have put on the table are designed to show the Russian government that should it choose to engage in such an invasion, there will be those consequences,” he said. Biden’s staff did not permit journalists to witness the beginning of the video call between the…

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