The Weekly National News Roundup | Shlomo Rudman

Trump Officials Subpoenaed in Jan 6 Probe Lawmakers probing the deadly January 6 assault on the US Capitol issued subpoenas Monday to top aides of Donald Trump who are accused of plotting to overturn his defeat in a “war room” at a luxury Washington hotel. Lawyer John Eastman was among a number of advisors summoned to explain their role in the talks at the Willard InterContinental in the days surrounding the attack, when Trump supporters stormed Congress to halt certification of Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential election victory. Eastman is said to have drafted a memo advising Trump that his vice president Mike Pence had the authority to simply reject the results in certain states and deny Biden the victory. He also reportedly hosted a January 2 meeting where he told around 300 state legislators it was their duty to fix “this egregious conduct and make sure that we’re not putting in the White House some guy that didn’t get elected.” Crucially, Eastman reportedly participated in a January 5 “war room” meeting at the Willard and spoke at a rally near the White House that preceded the attack.

Durham Charges Steele Dossier Analyst – The Russian national arrested and charged as part of special counsel John Durham’s investigation into the source of the Trump-Russia probe, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to five counts of making false statements to the FBI. Igor Danchenko, 43, entered his plea in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Alexandria six days after being arrested by federal authorities. Judge Anthony John Trenga ordered that Danchenko remain free on bond, Fox News reported. Danchenko is considered the primary researcher of the Steele dossier. The charges against the Russian citizen and Virginia resident stemmed from statements relating to the sources he used in providing information to a United Kingdom investigative firm that prepared what are identified in the indictment as “Company Reports.” Former Attorney General William Barr appointed Durham to probe the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Inflation Keeps Rising – Consumer prices continued to climb at an alarmingly rapid pace last month, according to data from the Labor Department on Wednesday, as inflation woes have cast a shadow over the post-pandemic economic recovery. The Consumer Price Index, often used as an inflation barometer as it measures the prices consumers pay for everyday goods and services, jumped by a higher-than-expected 0.9% last month. It surged 6.2% since last October, the largest 12-month increase since November 1990, the government said. The so-called “core index,” or measure for all items except the more volatile food and energy indices, rose 4.6% over the last 12 months. This represents the largest one-year increase since August 1991, the Labor Department said.

Capitol Rioter From NJ Gets 3-Year Prison Sentence – A New Jersey gym owner and former MMA fighter was sentenced to 41 months in prison Wednesday for obstruction of an official proceeding and assaulting a Metropolitan Police Department officer during the Jan 6. Capitol riot — becoming the first person to be sentenced for assaulting law enforcement on that deadly day. Scott Fairlamb, 44, had pleaded guilty to the charges in August and his sentencing will likely serve as a benchmark for dozens of similar cases. Fairlamb’s sentence is the longest of the 32 riot-related penalties handed down so far. Sentencing guidelines calculated by the court’s probation department recommend a term of imprisonment ranging from 41 to 51 months.

US, China Agree to Collaborate on Climate –  China and the United States on Wednesday vowed to work together to accelerate climate action this decade, in a surprise new pact in the face of global warming that is already wreaking disasters across the world. The announcement came as the crunch COP26 summit in Glasgow entered its pivotal final days, with negotiators wrestling over ways to limit global warming to 1.5-2 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels. “This document contains strong statements about the alarming science, the emissions gap, and the urgent need to accelerate action to close that gap,” US special envoy John Kerry told reporters in a surprise announcement. “It commits to a series of important actions now this decade when it is needed.” The plan is light on concrete targets but heavy on political symbolism at a conference that began with the US and China — the world’s two biggest emitters — seemingly at loggerheads.

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