Some believers have posted they can “no longer trust the plan.” The bulletin warned some QAnon followers online may feel obligated to engage in real world violence against Democrats and others they feel are “political opposition.” At the same time, the FBI has said the number of those supporters have dwindle, because predictions have failed to happen and QAnon content has been largely removed from social media platforms.
Seven Democratic senators on Thursday said that newly released materials show the FBI failed to fully investigate sexual misconduct allegations against U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh when he was nominated to the court in 2018. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.
The FBI dragged its feet in probing sexual abuse allegations against disgraced USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, the U.S. Justice Department's internal watchdog said on Wednesday, and it accused two FBI officials of lying to cover up "numerous and fundamental errors" that allowed the abuse to continue for months. Gavino Garay reports.
Jared Holt says right-wing political content exists in “a parallel media universe” from other news coverage, “and the two lanes don’t touch.” In that parallel universe, some Americans truly believe that Trump “is still the president,” Anne Applebaum says.
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), who was injured during the Peoples Temple Jonestown Massacre in 1978, says she sees similarities between cult leader Jim Jones and former President Donald Trump in the way they use their charisma to connect with disillusioned American and act as “merchants of deceit.” Speier was shot five times on an airstrip in Guyana while accompanying a lawmaker to investigate the nearby cult.
Anne Applebaum talks about her recent profile of MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell and his efforts to sow doubt about the 2020 election. While Lindell will fail to get Donald Trump reinstated, ‘what he will help to do is loosen further American’s sense that their democracy works, that their voter system is secure, that the people who observe and monitor their elections are honest,” she says.
Congresswoman Jackie Speier says some, though certainly not all, Trump supporters are “members of a cult.” Speier, a survivor of the Jonestown massacre, talks about the factors that make people vulnerable to cult-like organizations.
Tempers flared in the U.S. Congress on Wednesday after its chief physician urged lawmakers to resume wearing masks to slow the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19, with the top Democrat labeling Republican opposition as "moronic" as masks and other measures to control COVID return to daily life in the U.S. This report produced by Garay Gavino.
Democratic Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, who slept on the steps of the US Capitol Friday night to protest the end of the national eviction moratorium, tells CNN’s Ryan Nobles that she believes the White House and the CDC should act on extending the moratorium.
Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) slammed her House colleagues for adjourning for August recess without passing an extension of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s eviction moratorium for renters. CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux reports Bush slept overnight on the steps of the US Capitol in an effort to appeal to her colleagues to extend the moratorium.
Former President Donald Trump suffered twin setbacks on Friday when the Justice Department cleared the way to release his tax records and disclosed a memo showing he urged top officials last year to falsely claim his election defeat was "corrupt." This report produced by Freddie Joyner.
Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) set the record straight about the events of January 6 when a radio show caller demanded to know the name of the Capitol Police officer who fatally shot Ashli Babbitt, a California woman who took part in the riot.