“‘Our soldiers, our border guards, our territorial defence, even simple farmers capture Russian soldiers every day, and they all say the same thing: they don’t know why they are here,'” Mr Zelensky said in a speech posted on his Facebook page. “They’re not warriors, they’re just lost children.”
Media lock: “Moscow is also stepping up pressure on social media sites and news outlets in its country, the Washington Post said. Amy Chen reports. “He strangled public access to news hubs like Twitter and Facebook and silenced reporting of the invasion by shutting down news outlets.”
Where are things going: Just over a million people have fled Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion, according to data from the UN refugee agency – an exodus that is expected to become Europe the worst humanitarian crisis of this century. This figure already corresponds the number of refugees who were displaced from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan in 2015. The International Criminal Court has also opened an investigation into possible war crimes in Ukraine, the intergovernmental organization’s prosecutor said in a statement.
What we read about the war:
January 6 committee alleges Trump and his allies engaged in potential crimes in trying to void 2020 election
New details: “Lawyers for the House panel investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol said in a court filing on Wednesday that the former president donald trump and key allies engaged in potential crimes during their effort to nullify the election: conspiring to defraud the United States and obstruct official congressional proceedings – the counting of electoral votes,” our team covering the reports survey of January 6.
“The alleged foul play was raised by the committee in a California federal court filing challenging a conservative attorney John Eastmanrefusal to deliver thousands of emails requested by the panel regarding his role in trying to persuade the vice president Mike Pence reject voters in states won by Joe Biden. Eastman cited attorney-client privilege as a shield against handing over the documents,” per Josh Dawsey, Tom Hamburger, Jackie and Roz Helderman.
The argument: “The committee argued in its filing that Eastman’s claim of privilege was potentially negated by the ‘crime/fraud’ exception to confidentiality generally afforded to attorneys and their clients, which states that communications must not be kept confidential if a lawyer is found to be helpful. their client in the commission of a crime. They asked the judge to decide whether he should release Eastman’s emails to privately review the evidence the committee has so far gathered to see if he thinks it establishes that Eastman was helping Trump in criminal acts.
“The select committee also has a good faith basis for concluding that the president and his campaign members engaged in a criminal conspiracy to defraud the United States,” depending on the file.
Eastman has so far turned over about 8,000 pages of emails to committee investigators. But he withholds about 11,000 documents citing solicitor-client privilege.
To help make its case, committee attorneys have attached to their brief excerpts of depositions from several key Justice Department officials and Pence aides who were interviewed by the committee which provided new colors and details. on Trump’s role on January 6.
The former president’s top advisers told him that his allegations of voter fraud were false:
Some of the ways Acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue tried to inform Trump that his allegations of voter fraud were unfounded:
“And I said, no, sir, there’s no suitcase. You can watch this video over and over; there’s no suitcase.” pic.twitter.com/3rFLthUE3G
— Jacqueline Alemany (@JaxAlemany) March 3, 2022
The committee also released copies of emails exchanged between Eastman and Greg Jacob, an aide to Pence, as the siege unfolded. The Washington Post previously reported that the pair exchanged tense missives as the attack unfolded and that Eastman continued to demand Jacob that the vice president delay the counting of electoral votes, even after rioters were kicked out of the building and that Congress reconvened that evening.
But the newly released emails provide new details about the dramatic January 6 exchange:
Here are emails where Trump’s attorney John Eastman urges Pence not to follow the voter count law and alleges it’s Pence’s fault they’re under siege, after Pence’s attorney Greg Jacob , blamed him. And Pence’s attorney tells Eastman he did POTUS a disservice with his advice. pic.twitter.com/9XeGwPSpJt
—Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) March 3, 2022
Former Federal Prosecutor Randall Eliason told Tom that the filing was “a major development” but noted that “this is only a civil proceeding regarding solicitor-client privilege. To prove the actual crimes beyond any doubt reasonable, prosecutors should bear a much greater burden”.
Eliason said the importance of the record “is that the evidence uncovered clearly points to possible criminal conduct by Trump himself in the effort to nullify the election. We can be sure the Justice Department is in contact. with the Committee and keep a close watch.”
A longer period: The committee has pushed back the schedule for the much-anticipated public hearings to April, the committee chair said. Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.) told reporters earlier this week.
- The committee has scheduled depositions with people involved in efforts to overturn the election results through the end of March.
- “The timeline evolves based on the information we see, and as new information comes in, it evolves,” Thompson told reporters Tuesday.
It is not yet known whether the Justice Department will indict Trump’s former White House chief of staff, mark the meadowsfor failing to comply with a committee subpoena.
But the DOJ has been busy prosecuting the defendants who are now on trial in the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol. The first: Guy Wesley Reffitt.
- Prosecutors pointed to words spoken by Reffitt, who said he “ignited the match” that led members of a pro-Trump mob to push back the police and chase lawmakers from the chambers, our colleagues Spencer S. Hsu and Rachel Weiner report.
- “A mob needs leaders and this man, Guy Wesley Reffitt of Wylie, Texas, has come all the way from his home in Texas to DC to step in and fill that role,” said Assistant United States Attorney- United. Jeffrey S. Nestler told a panel of jurors in a federal courthouse during opening statements in the case.
Another defendant, Joshua James, 34, of Arab, Alabama, became the first to admit engaging in a seditious plot to keep Biden from taking office.
- James “pleaded guilty in federal court in Washington on Wednesday to helping lead a group that prosecutors say sent two tactically equipped teams into the Capitol and organized a weapons cache at a hotel just outside of the city”, Tom Jackman and Rachel Weiner report.
Look forward: Today, the committee isexpected to get documents related to a December 2020 lawsuit filed by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) against “Pence”, Politicsit’s Kyle Cheney and Nick Wu report. “These documents, held by the National Archives, are expected to describe Trump’s White House involvement in the lawsuit, in which Gohmert tried to force Pence to reveal whether he would single-handedly attempt to void the election, as Trump demanded it.”
Republicans push back against congressmen’s unionization efforts
Republicans cold to Hill staff unions: Republican lawmakers derided efforts to unionize congressional personal offices and committees on Wednesday, with one committee member calling the move “a solution in search of a problem.”
In a hearing before the House Administration Committee, Republican lawmakers and brand strandpresident of the Congressional Institute, expressed his skepticism about unionization.
“I believe unions can and do play an important role in helping to facilitate a fair work environment in many industries across America,” Representative Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), a ranking member of the committee, said in his opening remarks. “They’re just not the right answer for congressional offices.”
Strand, a former Hill staffer, agreed. “I think unionization would ultimately harm Congress, hamper the work of elected representatives and threaten their independence.”
Despite the myriad of objections, the Congressional Workers Unionthe group behind the movement, welcomed the audience.
“Today we saw the very protections we need to have a voice at work being debated in a hearing that would not have been possible without workers,” the CWU said in a statement to the Early . “Today’s hearing made it clear that there is absolutely nothing left on our right to unionize except the question of when House leaders will bring the resolution to a vote. Keeping your promise to protect workers’ rights starts with yours. It’s time to do it.
Next steps: “Lofgren did not specify when the committee might vote on the resolution,” Jim Saksa of Roll Call reports. “While every Democrat at Wednesday’s hearing sounded positive, many others have yet to signal their support for unionizing staff.”
Ukrainians rush to take refuge in neighboring countries
- “If the fighting continues, no less than 4 million – about 10% of the Ukrainian population – could be displaced in the coming weeks. »
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