‘Proud’ to defend democracy: Michigan SOS preparing for attempts to interrupt 2022 election process
As midterm elections approach, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says she is committed to her work, which she defines as defending the democratic process and ensuring each Michigander’s vote is counted.
Southgate man charged in connection with deadly attack on US Capitol
SOUTHGATE, Mich. – The FBI had asked for tips from people to help identify those involved in the deadly Jan. 6 siege on the U.S. Capitol Building. Anthony Williams, a man from Southgate, was identified and reported. Police said he likely deleted photos and videos from his Facebook page, but authorities were able to get copies anyway. The tipster even supplied screenshots from William’s Facebook page. The FBI said photos of Williams inside the Capitol Building were deleted and perhaps Williams thought he was in the clear, but investigators were able to retrieve the deleted photos and videos.
2 Metro Detroit men arrested in connection with deadly attack on US Capitol
MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. – Two more Michigan men were charged Thursday after photos and other evidence showed they were at the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. The FBI said Robert “Bobby” Schornak and Daniel Herendeen -- both from Macomb County -- traveled to Washington in support of President Donald Trump and got inside the U.S. Capitol Building. A Roseville mother had a feeling when the FBI raided a home on Commonwealth Street she knew why. Her gut told her it was to go after someone involved in the deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol Building. They said a friend of Herendeen tipped them off and they found Facebook Messenger plans were made by both men.
Wixom man accused of attacking police at Capitol with hockey stick denied bond
WASHINGTON – The Wixom man accused of beating a police officer with a hockey stick during the Capitol riot on January 6 was denied bond on Monday. Attorneys for Michael Foy argued that he was trying to save a woman from being trampled when he struck police with a hockey stick. READ: Wixom man accused of attacking police at Capitol with hockey stick pushes for release from custodyAdFoy has been in custody in Washington D.C. since he was arrested at his Wixom condo in late January. Officials said he used a hockey stick to beat officers, the assault was recorded on a body camera. The man in the photo appears to be throwing a sharpened poll at police outside of the Capitol, prosecutors said.
Wixom man accused of attacking police at Capitol with hockey stick pushes for release from custody
WASHINGTON – The Wixom man accused of beating a police officer with a hockey stick during the Capitol riot on January 6 is asking to be released from custody until his trial. READ: Body cam footage shows Wixom man attacking police at US CapitolAdFoy has been in custody in Washington D.C. since he was arrested at his Wixom condo in late January. Court documents said that Foy traveled to D.C. to attend former President Donald Trump’s rally and then moved to the Capitol. Officials said he used a hockey stick to beat officers, the assault was recorded on a body camera. He repeatedly used the hockey stick to beat police officers in the face, head, neck and body area.
Calls for discipline mount against Michigan GOP Sen. Mike Shirkey
LANSING, Mich. – Calls for discipline have grown over the weekend after state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey was caught in two controversial hot mic conversations. He said he regretted the words he chose and apologized for his “insensitive comments.”AdThe next day on the Michigan Senate floor, Shirkey told Lt. Gov. READ: How Michigan played a role in Donald Trump’s 2nd impeachmentThe pressure to discipline Shirkey even extended to the U.S. Senate. Ad“It’s outrageous that you have, yet again, another Republican leader engaging in conspiracy theories and lies,” Peters said. Apparently, the leader of the state Senate in Michigan now wants to tell an even bigger lie.”Michigan Republican Speaker of the House Jason Wentworth released a statement of his own, distancing himself from Shirkey.
How Michigan played a role in Donald Trump’s 2nd impeachment
LANSING, Mich. – Enough senators have cast “not guilty” votes Saturday to acquit Donald Trump of inciting the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Protest moves inside Michigan Capitol. Lots of Michigan State Police and House sergeants at arms blocking door. pic.twitter.com/4FNQpimP4W — Rod Meloni (@RodMeloni) April 30, 2020“The Michigan State House was effectively a state-level dress rehearsal for the seizure of the U.S. Capitol,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin. Livonia Sen. Dayna Polehanki’s photo of armed men in the Michigan State Senate Gallery is now official record of American history.
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.
Michigan Sen. Mike Shirkey appears to double down on Capitol ‘hoax’ conspiracy theory
WASHINGTON – Questions are being raised about the public apology sent out on Tuesday night by Michigan’s highest-ranking Republican, State Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey. READ: Top Michigan Republican stands by Capitol ‘hoax’ commentsShirkey apologized on Tuesday after a video was released of a Feb. 3 meeting in which he told Republicans that the siege at the Capitol “wasn’t Trump people. He claimed to believe it was a hoax. During Wednesday morning’s Senate session, Shirkey appeared to double down on those beliefs in a side conversation that was caught on a nearby live microphone. READ: Michigan Sen. Mike Shirkey falsely claims US Capitol riot was ‘hoax from day one’ in videoAdIn a private conversation with Democratic Lt. Gov.
Michigan Sen. Mike Shirkey falsely claims US Capitol riot was ‘hoax from day one’ in video
Gretchen Whitmer and questioned him when he told them voter fraud was not a factor in the state’s presidential outcomes. In the video, Shirkey was asked about the Jan. 6 Capitol riot in Washington D.C. That was all prearranged.”AdREAD: Man charged in US Capitol riot worked for FBI, lawyer saysThe video was posted Feb. 4 on YouTube by R.O.A.R. When asked about the video, Whitmer said she hadn’t seen it but had been told of comments being made. “That’s what I’m going to continue putting my energy toward.
Body cam footage shows Wixom man attacking police at US Capitol
Federal prosecutors said newly-released body cam footage shows a Wixom man attacking police on Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol earlier this month. Prosecutors used the video, pointing out who they said is Michael Foy using a hockey stick to swing at officers guarding the doors of the Capitol. The video also shows Foy jumping through a broken window to gain access to the Capitol. AdFoy had no prior criminal record and spent five years in the Marine Corps but was not deployed. Lawmakers will pay tribute Wednesday morning before a ceremonial departure for Arlington National Cemetery, where Sicknick will be interred.
Local 4 News at 5 -- Jan. 21, 2021
Here’s what you missed on Local 4 News at 5:What we know about the Michigan man accused of attacking US Capitol officers with hockey stickA 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. The FBI announced Thursday that Michael Foy, of Wixom, has been arrested and faces multiple charges.
US Capitol placed on short lockdown after nearby fire
A sign displayed outside the Capitol building in Frankfort, Ky., advises that the grounds are closed, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)WASHINGTON – A message on Monday morning said an “external security threat” was present at the U.S. Capitol. “All buildings within the Capitol Complex: External security threat, no entry or exit is permitted, stay away from exterior windows, doors. UPDATE: U.S. Capitol Police: "In an abundance of caution following an external security threat under the bridge on I-295 at First and F Streets, SE, Acting Chief Pittman ordered a shutdown of the Capitol Complex. Unclear if this is the cause of/related to Capitol lockdown- but it’s in the same area where the security threat was supposedly located https://t.co/Dev82K5nBt — Garrett Haake (@GarrettHaake) January 18, 2021
Morning Briefing Jan. 17, 2021: Preparing for potential violence at Michigan Capitol, 29-year-old woman killed in Detroit shooting, nation on high alert inauguration week
Both local and state officials are asking people to avoid Downtown Lansing Sunday due to a protest scheduled to begin at noon. On Friday, the state reported a total of 533,602 cases and 13,701 deaths. The State of Michigan reported a total of 442,408 recoveries from the virus on Saturday. Michigan officials no longer provide statewide coronavirus data updates on Sundays. Here’s a look at more of the data:NEW: Coronavirus in Michigan: Here’s what to know Jan. 17, 2021
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.
President Trump releases new video condemning US Capitol riot
President Donald Trump speaks with reporters as he walks to Air Force One upon departure, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has released a video Wednesday condemning the riot at the Capitol last week. Trump called on his supporters to remain peaceful amid concerns about additional violence in the days before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. The Democratic-led House took just two days to impeach the president this time, garnering a handful of Republican votes in favor, including Michigan Congressmen Fred Upton and Peter Meijer, both from West Michigan. Trump did not reference the impeachment in his video.
Democrats criticize ban on open carry of guns inside Michigan Capitol for not going far enough
DETROIT – On Monday, the Michigan State Capitol Commission voted unanimously to ban the open carry of guns at the Lansing Capitol building. Details: Michigan commission votes to ban open carry of guns from Capitol buildingThat comes just days after the siege at the US Capitol and months since a group armed with assault rifles made its way inside the Michigan Capitol building. Democratic lawmakers had requested an outright ban of all guns from inside the Capitol building, including the concealed carry guns. The Michigan State Capitol Commission has not done enough to protect lawmakers, school kids, tour groups and others inside the state’s Capitol, House Democratic leaders said Monday. “The ban on open carry firearms is long overdue and it is my hope we see further action.”Read more
LIVE STREAM: House meets as Democrats consider Trump impeachment
'We must take action,' Pelosi says about plans to impeach TrumpWASHINGTON – Watch live coverage as the House of Representatives meets for a pro forma session as Democrats consider bringing articles of impeachment against President Trump. The House action could start as soon as Monday as pressure increases on Trump to step aside. After that, Pence and the Cabinet would have 24 hours to act before the House would move toward impeachment. House Democrats were expected to introduce articles of impeachment on Monday. Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I, a leader of the House effort to draft impeachment articles accusing Trump of inciting insurrection, said Sunday that his group had 200-plus co-sponsors.
The Latest: Pelosi ties rioters' actions to 'whiteness'
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., holds a news conference on the day after violent protesters loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. “It has been an epiphany for the world to see that there are people in our country led by this president, for the moment, who have chosen their whiteness over democracy,” Pelosi said. Pelosi says, “The complicity, not only the complicity, the instigation of the president of United States, must and will be addressed.”___1:25 p.m. Flight attendants have expressed concern that their flights could be carrying supporters of President Donald Trump who took part in Wednesday’s violent protest and siege of the U.S. Capitol. ___2:25 a.m.Democrats in Congress are laying the groundwork to impeach President Donald Trump.
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.
Live stream: Pelosi holds briefing day after pro-Trump rioters stormed Capitol
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks to the media, Wednesday Dec. 30, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)House Speaker Nancy Pelosi holds a briefing a day after pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol to disrupt the confirmation of President-elect Joe Biden’s election win. UPDATE: Pelosi has called on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office. Learn more: What is the 25th Amendment and how does it work? Related: Schumer calls for immediate removal of President Trump by way of 25th AmendmentRelated: Trump’s Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao resigns after Capitol riot
Michigan members of Congress react to riot at US Capitol
WASHINGTON – Michigan’s congressional delegation either evacuated or was told to shelter in place in their offices Wednesday when a group of supporters for President Donald Trump stormed into the US Capitol. Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) was on the House floor when rioters overran the Capitol police. Kildee and his colleagues were evacuated, and he blames the president for inciting the riot. READ: Pro-Trump mob storms US Capitol in bid to overturn electionCongresswoman Lisa McClain (MI-10) was also in the House along with Kildee, and she was also evacuated. McClain said she would still consider an objection to some state’s electoral votes but found the president’s response to the riot to be not enough.
‘A moment of great dishonor and shame’: Former President Barack Obama condemns Capitol riots
History will rightly remember today’s violence at the Capitol, incited by a sitting president who has continued to baselessly lie about the outcome of a lawful election, as a moment of great dishonor and shame for our nation. Their fantasy narrative has spiraled further and further from reality, and it builds upon years of sown resentments. Right now, Republican leaders have a choice made clear in the desecrated chambers of democracy. Or they can choose reality and take the first steps toward extinguishing the flames. We need more leaders like these — right now and in the days, weeks, and months ahead as President-Elect Biden works to restore a common purpose to our politics.
General Motors CEO Mary Barra calls for peace: ‘It’s imperative that we come together’
FILE - In this July 16, 2019 file photo, General Motors Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra speaks during the opening of their contract talks with the United Auto Workers in Detroit. General Motors says it will no longer support the Trump administration in legal efforts to end California's right to set its own clean-air standards. Barra said in a letter Monday, Nov. 23, 2020 to environmental groups that GM will pull out of the lawsuit, and it urges other automakers to do so. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)
After excusing violence, Trump acknowledges Biden transition
Authorities said four people died during the violence, including one woman who was shot by an officer outside the House chamber. Trump only reluctantly issued the tweets and taped a video encouraging an end to the violence. You’re very special.”The violence, coupled with the president’s tepid response, alarmed many in the White House and appeared to push Republicans allies to the breaking point after years of allegiance to Trump. I can’t stay.”Other aides indicated they planned to stay to help smooth the transition to the Biden administration. At one point, he even suggested he might join them — a prospect that was discussed by the White House but eventually abandoned.
Pence defies Trump, affirms Biden's win
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON – Vice President Mike Pence defied President Donald Trump early Thursday morning as he affirmed President-elect Joe Biden’s November victory, putting an end to Trump’s futile efforts to subvert American democracy and overturn the results of the election. Pence acknowledged that reality in a lengthy statement Wednesday laying out his conclusion that a vice president cannot claim “unilateral authority” to reject states' electoral votes. Pence's move was an expected outcome, but one that carved a dramatic fissure between Trump and Pence, his once most loyal lieutenant. “If Mike Pence does the right thing we win the election,” Trump wrongly told supporters, who later marched through Washington and stormed the Capitol. He repeatedly returned to Pence throughout his speech, voicing frustration as he tried to pressure the vice president to fall in line.
Capitol Police chief: Threats against members of Congress increasing
(CNN) - Threats against members of Congress continue to climb, Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund said Tuesday, projecting the number of threats this year will "break last year's record." "We continue to see the threat assessment cases that we're opening continue to grow, for FY 2018, we had approximately 4,894 cases. "The President's rhetoric may insinuate more attacks on Members of Congress." While some members of Congress, including some Republican lawmakers, criticized the President's rhetoric and condemned it as racist, Trump has stood by the attacks, arguing, "I don't have a Racist bone in my body!" Sund added at Tuesday's hearing that the Capitol Police Board will continue to adjust strategies and emphasize a proactive approach in addressing threats against Congress.