6.9.2022

Jan. 6 Hearings, FBI Lawsuit, and Trapped on Mount Hood Everything you need to know for today in five minutes.

Good morning. It's Thursday, June 9, and we're covering the Jan. 6 select committee, a lawsuit against the FBI, and much more. Have feedback? Let us know at [email protected].

NEED TO KNOW

 

Jan. 6 Hearings Begin

Evidence gathered in the events surrounding the storming of the US Capitol last Jan. 6 will receive its first public presentation today, with the House Select Committee holding an initial televised hearing this evening (8 pm ET).

 

In the culmination of a nearly yearlong probe, roughly 1,000 witnesses provided testimony and more than 100,000 pages of documents were examined. The Democrat-led panel—Reps. Liz Cheney (WY-At large) and Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) are the only GOP members—has implied new evidence may be unveiled during the hearings.

 

Five subsequent hearings are expected to provide findings beyond what unfolded during the day itself. Areas include law enforcement and intelligence failures, premeditated efforts by extremist groups, and the degree of involvement of former President Donald Trump and his allies. Critics have framed the panel as politically motivated. 

 

The fallout from the day has led to one of the largest criminal cases in Justice Department history. More than 860 people have been arrested, with charges ranging from entering a restricted building to seditious conspiracy. The select committee itself has no criminal prosecution authority.

 

See our write-up from the day after, and livestream tonight's hearings here.

Mass Shooting Testimony

Eleven-year-old Miah Cerrillo, who survived the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, recounted her experience yesterday via prerecorded testimony played at a House hearing on gun violence. Cerrillo, who covered herself in her friend’s blood and pretended to be dead, was one of nine people testifying before the House Oversight and Reform Committee about the massacres in Uvalde and Buffalo, New York.

 

In related news the Justice Department has selected a team of nine people to help examine the local police response during the Uvalde mass shooting. The department conducted similar reviews after the 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California, and the 2016 mass shooting at an Orlando, Florida, nightclub. 

 

The hearing comes as a bipartisan group of senators continues to negotiate a deal reportedly focused on background checks, mental health, school security, and red flag laws. Sources say an agreement may be reached by the end of this week.

 

Meanwhile, the House passed its own reform package in a largely party-line vote. The bills are unlikely to pass the Senate.

Gymnasts Sue FBI

Roughly 90 women are collectively filing lawsuits against the FBI for $1B over its handling of the allegations against convicted sex criminal Larry Nassar. The group, including former Team USA gymnasts Simone Biles and McKayla Maroney, claims the FBI failed to act after the organization informed the FBI of the sexual assault allegations in Indianapolis in July 2015 and again in Los Angeles in May 2016. Neither office informed Michigan authorities of the charges and Nassar was not arrested until late 2016, after a separate investigation by Michigan State University. In that timeframe, the report alleges Nassar victimized nearly 70 women and girls.

 

The news comes two weeks after the FBI announced the agents who allegedly mishandled the case would not be charged. The Justice Department found in July 2021 that the FBI made numerous errors when it failed to respond to the allegations.

 

The group joins 13 other gymnasts who filed $130M in claims against the FBI in April. Multiple settlements have already been secured concerning Nassar. See our previous write-up here.

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IN THE KNOW

 

Sports, Entertainment, & Culture

> Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics take 2-1 lead over the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals; Game 4 is tomorrow (9 PM ET, ABC) in Boston (More)

 

> Harvey Weinstein charged in the UK with indecent assault stemming from 1996 incidents (More) | "Joker" sequel confirmed by director Todd Phillips (More)

 

> Denver Broncos to be sold to group led by Walmart heir for $4.65B, a record sale for North American franchises (More) | Golf stars Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed are latest to depart PGA Tour for Saudi-backed LIV Golf series (More)

Science & Technology

> Omicron-specific COVID-19 booster from Moderna shows eightfold increase in antibodies effective against dominant strains versus current shot, trial data show (More) | See US COVID-19 data here (More)

 

> Astrophysicists discover region near the tip of solar flares where particles are accelerated to near the speed of light; findings resolve mystery around how flares produce high amounts of energy in short time periods (More)

 

> Examination of crater finds the powerful January eruption off the Tongan coast was driven by large volumes of magma rapidly exposed to seawater, which triggered a number of secondary explosions (More)

Business & Markets

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> US stock markets fall (S&P 500 -1.1%, Dow -0.8%, Nasdaq -0.7%) as investors continue to weigh economic slowdown risks (More)

 

> Sources say Twitter is preparing to provide Elon Musk access to its “firehose” API —which contains all tweets as they’re posted—to address questions on the volume of fake accounts (More)

 

> Last week’s US mortgage application volume fell 21% over same week last year to 22-year low (More)

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Politics & World Affairs

> Ukrainian forces remain in control of outskirts of the eastern city of Severodonetsk; Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says fate of eastern Donbas region to be decided by battle over the city (More) | See updates on the war (More)

 

> California man charged with attempted murder after being found armed near Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's house; suspect said he was upset over looming abortion decision (More)

 

> More than 440 people have died from malnutrition this year through April amid Somalia's worst drought in four decades, reports say; aid organizations suggest true death toll is in the thousands (More)

IN-DEPTH

 

Trapped on Mount Hood

Against the Odds | Cassie De Pecol, Mike Corey. (Podcast) In the spring of 1986, seven students and two staff embarked on a wilderness trip up Oregon's Mount Hood. What followed was one of the worst alpine disasters in US history. (Listen)

A CIA Hacker's Revenge

New Yorker | Patrick Radden Keefe. Was the biggest leak in US intelligence history motivated by workplace conflict? Plus, a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at CIA hacking efforts. (Read, paywall)

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