Michigan GOP leader: ‘We told Trump we were going to follow law’ after meeting on 2020 election
Michigan GOP Leader Mike Shirkey’s testimony was featured in a video that aired during the Jan. 6 committee’s hearing on how President Trump pressured state legislators to overturn election results in 2020.
‘Labels matter’ -- Michigan lawmakers push for stronger federal terrorism laws
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan is once again taking the lead on domestic terrorism across the country. The Homeland Security subcommittee on terrorism -- led by former CIA analyst and Department of Defense official Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotkin -- argued the U.S. should shift its focus from foreign terrorism to domestic. “While external threats remain, the single greatest threat to our country right now is the threat of domestic terrorism and the tensions and polarization between us,” Slotkin said. AdSlotkin cited a new Homeland Security threat assessment that detailed that 2020 was a perfect storm for radical domestic groups. “Our government must send its own message back by labeling extremist violence as domestic terrorism.
Senate seeks explanation for lacking security amid deadly US Capitol attack
On Wednesday, March 3, national security officials testified in the second Senate hearing on the deadly Jan. 6 attack, which is being held in an effort to better understand why security officials were ill-prepared for the insurrection despite intelligence identifying the potential for violence at the Capitol. AdDuring the first Senate hearing on the insurrection, former security officials testified that bad intelligence was to blame for the failure to anticipate the violent intentions of the pro-Trump mob. Far more advanced security measures were in place during the largely peaceful civil justice protests last year, compared to the lack of security measures in place for the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol attack. AdOn Wednesday, the Senate appointed a new sergeant at arms after former official Michael Stenger resigned after the riot. Members of the Three Percenters were among the extremists who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6.
Michigan Sen. Shirkey defends controversial comments on Jackson radio show
After a video of Michigan Senator Majority Leader Mike Shirkey with the Hillsdale County Republican Party was posted on YouTube, the senator stands by his comments, but perhaps not his exact choice of words. The hour-long video was posted on Feb. 4. On Tuesday, Shirkey addressed the comments on “AM Jackson with Greg O’Connor” on WKHM. “President Trump could and should have acted sooner and more forcibly even to call off the attack, but he did not cause the attack. “I’ve had first-hand experience over this past week with regular spanking by the media,” Shirkey said.
Explosive new report details call with Trump and top Republican about Capitol rioters
WASHINGTON – With an impeachment vote expected Saturday afternoon a report detailing a phone call with former president Donald Trump and a top Republican about the Capitol rioters has emerged. There is new information about a phone call involving Trump during the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. CNN is reporting House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy called Trump while the Captiol was under attack and begged him to publicly call on the rioters to stand down. Sources tell CNN the call turned into a shouting match with Trump saying the rioters cared more about the election than McCarthy did. That report was released as Trump’s defense team took questions from senators on what the former president did to stop the attack.
As impeachment trial ends, GOP senators face big decision
If Trump were convicted, the Senate could take a second vote to ban him from running for office again. While none of them are locks to vote for conviction, they have joined with Democrats twice to vote against GOP efforts to dismiss the trial. AdHEADED OUTPennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey, who is retiring from the Senate in 2022, has also voted twice with Democrats to move forward with the trial. All three voted to dismiss the trial, but Portman says he still has an open mind about conviction. EYES ON McCONNELLSenate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has twice voted to dismiss the trial, indicating he will ultimately vote to acquit.
Shelby Township man is 3rd from Michigan charged in connection with US Capitol attack
On Thursday, a Shelby Township man became the third person from Michigan to be charged in connection with the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. According to court documents, the FBI received a tip that Mels was at the Capitol during the attack. AdAfter searching the man’s phone, the FBI found several photos from inside the Capitol, including a selfie of Mels. Mels was formally charged with knowingly entering a restricted building, in addition to violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. AdThe third man, 30-year-old Michael Foy from Wixom, was also charged for his role in the Jan. 6 attack.
NYT details Michigan GOP’s involvement with militia groups, empathy for insurrectionists
(AP Photo/Al Goldis, File)DETROIT – A New York Times article published Tuesday details Michigan GOP leader Mike Shirkey’s involvement with militia groups and his empathy for insurrectionists at the U.S. Capitol. Allied Itself With Militants,” offers an inside look at how involved Michigan GOP leaders were in coordinating with militia groups through various protests in 2020, leading up to the riot at the U.S. Capitol in January. Next time tell them not to bring guns,” complained Mike Shirkey, the State Senate majority leader, according to one of the protest organizers. AdThe NYT also reports that Shirkey held a meeting with militia groups in his office to establish a “code of conduct.”“Do you tell your people to make sure that there’s not a live round in a chamber? You can read the full, in-depth New York Times article right here.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib recounts past death threats in tearful Capitol riot speech on House Floor
The hearing, which detailed the most violent domestic attack on Congress in U.S. history, was emotional for some -- particularly for Rep. Rashida Tlaib from Michigan. Late Thursday night, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., led colleagues in an hourlong session in which Congress members shared their stories from that distressing day. “And I feel bad for Alexandria (Ocasio-Cortez) and so many of my colleagues that were here,” Tlaib said on the House Floor. During her Thursday speech, Tlaib called on members of Congress to rebuke hate speech and urged them do stop downplaying the insurrection. Tlaib isn’t the only member of Congress -- and not even the only one from Michigan -- to receive death threats.
Wixom man charged in connection with US Capitol riot is due in court
Michael Foy, the Wixom man charged with attacking a Capitol police officer at the pro-Trump riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6., is expected in court on Monday. A video from the violent riot at the U.S. Capitol Building shows a man using a hockey stick as a weapon to strike a police officer who had been knocked to the ground. That video is one piece of evidence that led FBI agents to a condo in Wixom and Foy. READ: ‘He didn’t care who was in his way’ -- New details revealed in arrest of Wixom man at US Capitol Building riotThe hearing on Monday is regarding detention. Body camera video from a police officer at the Capitol that shows Michael Foy, according to police.
Schumer: Trump impeachment trial to begin week of Feb. 8
(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)WASHINGTON (AP) – Opening arguments in the Senate impeachment trial for Donald Trump on the charge of incitement of insurrection for the Capitol riot will begin the week of Feb. 8. READ: House votes to impeach President Trump for violent Capitol insurrectionSenate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced the schedule Friday evening after reaching an agreement with Republicans, who had pushed to delay the trial to give Trump a chance to organize his legal team and prepare a defense. Trump will be the first former president to face an impeachment trial after leaving office. “We all want to put this awful chapter in our nation’s history behind us,” Schumer said about the deadly Capitol siege. And that is what this trial will provide.”
‘He didn’t care who was in his way’ -- New details revealed in arrest of Wixom man at US Capitol Building riot
WIXOM, Mich. – Michael Joseph Foy, a Marine from Wixom, has been charged with attacking a police officer with a hockey stick during the deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol Building that left six dead. A video that captured a violent riot breaking into the U.S. Capitol Building as D.C. Metro Police tried to keep them out went viral worldwide. “It’s a hockey stick. He’s hitting him very very hard,” Dolunt said of the viral video. At some point, Dolunt said he had been radicalized and the hockey stick was brought for a reason.
Wixom man charged with attacking police officers during deadly siege on US Capitol Building
WIXOM, Mich. – A viral video is being used as a huge piece of evidence by the FBI against a Wixom man. The video is from the deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol Building that left six dead. The FBI said Foy beat a D.C. Metro Police officer while the officer was on the ground outside the Capitol. READ: FBI: Michigan man used hockey stick as weapon in Capitol riotThe video referenced by the FBI can be viewed here. A Wixom man has been arrested by #FBIDetroit on charges related to the violence at the US Capitol on January 6th.
FBI: Michigan man used hockey stick as weapon in Capitol riot
A Michigan man is accused of using a hockey stick to attack Capitol Police officers during the pro-Trump riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. He was identified by the FBI as a man seen carrying and swinging a hockey stick toward police officers. According to an FBI criminal complaint, these images show Michael Foy, of Wixom, with a hockey stick at the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021. The tip provided a single image or photograph of a male carrying a hockey stick. Images show Foy with the hockey stick at first being used as a flag pole.
Wixom man charged in connection with US Capitol riot, accused of violence
(AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)A Wixom resident has been charged in connection with the pro-Trump riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. He was identified by the FBI as a man seen carrying and swinging a hockey stick toward police officers. According to an FBI criminal complaint, these images show Michael Foy, of Wixom, with a hockey stick at the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021. The tip provided a single image or photograph of a male carrying a hockey stick. Images show Foy with the hockey stick at first being used as a flag pole.
Michigan man in UP charged in investigation of Capitol riot
FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo rioters break into the Capitol in Washington. Far-right media personality Tim Gionet, who calls himself Baked Alaska, has been arrested by the FBI for his involvement in the riot at the U.S. Capitol, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)CALUMET, Mich. – A Michigan man accused of joining the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol has been charged with violent entry and other crimes, the FBI said Wednesday. He posted several messages and joked about the use of tear gas by police at the Capitol. Dresch's late father, Stephen, was a dean at Michigan Technological University and a Republican state lawmaker in 1991-92.
With law enforcement at the ready, only a few dozen protesters gather at Michigan Capitol
LANSING, Mich. – Things were calm at the Capitol Building in Lansing Sunday. At its busiest, close to two dozen armed protesters gathered, but they were significantly outnumbered by police and National Guard. RELATED: Small numbers of protesters gather at fortified US capitolsLansing Mayor Andy Schor said there was no violence and no arrests were made. Timothy Teagan, who has attended protests in Michigan and other states, was armed with a rifle, cigarettes and beef jerky. More: Michigan law enforcement on armed Capitol protests this weekend: ‘We will be prepared’
MSP, FBI, National Guard prepare for armed protests, potential violence in Lansing
READ: Michigan AG asserts Lansing Capitol is unsafe as expected armed protest loomsThings were calm at the Capitol in Lansing Saturday night. Authorities installed six-foot barriers around the Capitol Building in preparation of armed protests Sunday. “I’m feeling much better regarding the events this weekend,” Nessel said. Michigan State Police troopers -- joined with members of the National Guard and Lansing police -- are ready for anything and everything. More: Michigan law enforcement on armed Capitol protests this weekend: ‘We will be prepared’
More backlash for GOP’s Hawley as Loews Hotel cancels event
(Greg Nash/Pool via AP)ORLANDO, Fla. – Loews Hotels said Saturday it has canceled an upcoming fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley, the latest fallout for the Republican lawmaker after the U.S. Capitol uprising. “We are horrified and opposed to the events at the Capitol and all who supported and incited the actions,” according to a Twitter statement from the hotel. Other than Trump himself, no politician has suffered the fallout as Hawley has. Hawley's office released a statement Saturday declaring he was undeterred by the backlash. But to equate leading a debate on the floor of the Senate with inciting violence is a lie, and it’s dangerous.
Michigan AG asserts Lansing Capitol is unsafe as expected armed protest looms
W/O metal detectors, the law enf agencies charged with security are virtually helpless to prevent such an incident. The Michigan AG alluded Friday that the lack of metal detectors may be due to beliefs that they “infringe” upon people’s rights. “The Capitol is not safe.”Just after the insurrection in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6, Michigan’s Capitol Building was closed due to a threat. pic.twitter.com/AgA7uJvl54 — Mallory McMorrow (@MalloryMcMorrow) January 7, 2021The Michigan State Capitol is once again closed due to an outside threat. — Darrin Camilleri (@darrincamilleri) January 7, 2021Lansing Mayor Andy Schor is urging everyone to avoid the Downtown area as expected protests loom this weekend.
New web page lists all people federally charged in connection with violent Capitol attack
FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is listing all of the individuals currently facing federal charges in connection with the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the nation’s Capitol. As of Friday, a total of 46 individuals have been federally charged with offenses related to the violent insurrection that occurred in Washington on Jan. 6, which left five people dead. Read: More arrests in Capitol riot as more video reveals brutalityThe cases of those charged federally are being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. Related: Fearing death, lawmakers obtain body armor, armed guards in wake of Capitol siege, says Michigan GOP Rep. Meijer
Washtenaw County law enforcement, Rep. Debbie Dingell release joint statement ahead of presidential inauguration
ANN ARBOR – Rep. Debbie Dingell and police departments across Washtenaw County have released a joint statement about community safety ahead of Inauguration Day. Although the group said no imminent threat within the county leading up to the inauguration has been reported, officials said they are working closely with their state and federal colleagues to ensure the community remains safe. “Together, we have been monitoring the activities related to the attack on the Capitol building in Washington D.C. and the subsequent fallout leading to the upcoming Presidential Inauguration,” read the statement. Ahead of expected armed protests this weekend at Michigan’s Capitol, Michigan State Police, the Michigan National Guard and the FBI now have an increased presence at the building and throughout downtown Lansing. To see the full statement, click here.
‘Michigan Capitol is not safe’: AG Dana Nessel warns new ban on firearms not sufficient
LANSING, MICHIGAN - NOVEMBER 07: Armed Trump supporters take part in a demonstration at the Michigan State Capitol building on November 07, 2020 in Lansing, Michigan. I repeat-the Michigan Capitol is not safe,” Nessel’s tweet series concluded. After months of delay the Michigan State Capitol Commission finally put their authority to use and voted in favor of banning the open-carry of firearms inside the State Capitol. Those with concealed weapon permits are still allowed to carry firearms (concealed) into the State Capitol. The Michigan State Capitol Commission must take the next step and ban ALL firearms inside the State Capitol.
DOJ, FBI share update on criminal charges related to deadly Capitol siege
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump supporters gathered in the nation's capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin and FBI Washington Field Office ADIC Steven D’Antuono discussed charges and arrests made in connection with the pro-Trump riot that shook the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. On Friday, Jan. 8, the DOJ announced that more than 50 people had been charged in connection to the deadly siege of the Capitol on Jan. 6. The FBI issued at least one other bulletin — they go out to law enforcement nationwide on the topic — before the riots last week.
Congress members could face $1,000 fine for not wearing a face mask under proposed legislation
A second Democratic member of the House who was forced to go into lockdown during last weeks violent protest has tested positive for COVID-19. Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington says she has tested positive. She criticized Republican members of Congress who declined to wear a mask when it was offered to them. (Graeme Jennings/Pool via AP)Lawmakers are proposing that members of Congress should be fined if they do not wear a face mask on Capitol grounds after several representatives tested positive for COVID-19 this week. The legislation comes after multiple lawmakers tested positive for the virus this week following the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 -- a potential super-spreader event.
DOJ: More than 50 charged so far in connection with deadly Capitol siege
Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington. Lonnie Coffman, of Alabama, was charged on Jan. 7, 2021, with possession of an unregistered firearm (destructive device) and carrying a pistol without a license. Joshua Pruitt, was charged on Jan. 7, 2021, with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority. Council allegedly unlawfully entered the Capitol building, and when stopped by law enforcement, he pushed the officer. “The lawless destruction of the U.S. Capitol building was an attack against one of our nation’s greatest institutions,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin.
Michigan nuns call for immediate removal of Trump from office
(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)Michigan members of a Catholic religious institute are calling on lawmakers to immediately remove President Donald Trump from office following the deadly riot that shook the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. The Adrian Dominican Sisters -- who founded and sponsor Siena Heights University in Michigan -- specifically singled out senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow and Rep. Tim Walberg on Friday to take action to remove President Trump from office. Several Cabinet members and White House employees have resigned from their posts following the deadly siege of the U.S. Capitol. President Trump has since publicly condemned the violence in Washington, and even conceded to President-elect Biden for the first time on Thursday evening. Pelosi told Democrats that the top military official assured her steps are in place to prevent a Trump nuclear launch.
Top federal prosecutor in Michigan seeks tips on Capitol mob
Full Screen Full Screen 1 / 6 Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)Those types of crimes will be prosecuted by the U.S. attorney for Washington, D.C., Schneider said. Related: Several Michigan residents charged after deadly siege on US Capitol Building“It looks like the acts took place in Washington, D.C. But it's under review right now — what's the connection of the people in D.C. to the people in Michigan? We didn't encourage anybody to storm the Capitol, and I don't know any of the people that are involved with storming the Capitol."
Detroit reporter describes differences between US Capitol riot, BLM protests
“I’m still trying to gather my thoughts about what I saw yesterday,” Lewis said Thursday. The reporter had the opportunity to witness two historic events in Washington: Lewis covered the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests during the summer of 2020. He says he was there on the streets covering the events after Minneapolis police killed George Floyd in May. Read: Race double standard clear in rioters’ Capitol insurrectionOver the summer, Lewis says officers dispersed BLM protesters in a matter of minutes. Related: Michigan leaders condemn ‘double standard’ of treatment of mostly white rioters at US Capitol
Schumer calls for immediate removal of President Trump by way of 25th Amendment
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is calling for the immediate removal of President Donald Trump from office. Learn more: What is the 25th Amendment and how does it work? Michigan lawmakers call on Pence to invoke 25th AmendmentAfter the events Wednesday, lawmakers began calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the Constitution’s 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office. Michigan lawmakers joined representatives around the country in asking Pence to invoke the amendment and assume Trump’s duties as president for the remainder of his term. These are the MI members of Congress calling for the removal of the President.