Donald Trump adviser and coup supporter Steve Bannon’s trial for criminal contempt of Congress began with jury selection today; given the glibness with which Bannon ignored House subpoenas, it may be a short trial, indeed. The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 coup is now expecting Secret Service texts from that date to be delivered by tomorrow, after originally being told by Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general that the messages had been deleted. And a new report by the Texas House lambasts the state’s law enforcement agencies for the failures during the Uvalde, Texas, mass murder of schoolchildren. Nearly 400 officers are now reported to have been at the scene during the standoff.
Texas lawmakers aren’t as eager to confront the plain truth that it’s their own laws that enabled the murders in the first place, however. Texas Republicans bragged at length about loosening firearms laws in the state, and continue to boast that they won’t be tightening any of them now.
Here’s some of what you may have missed:
- Criminal contempt trial for right-wing bombast Steve Bannon finally kicks off
- Jan. 6 probe says it expects to see erased Secret Service text messages by Tuesday
- ‘Enough is enough’: Immigrants sue private prison company GEO Group over $1 a day wages
- Texas House report: Nearly 400 officers responded to Uvalde shooting, but none immediately went in
- Pharmacists get reminder from Biden administration that withholding birth control is illegal
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