Federal authorities arrested two men on Sunday who were seen at Capitol riots in photos wearing military style protective armor and carrying zip tie restraints.
Eric Gavelek Munchel of Tennessee and Larry Rendell Brock of Texas, a retired Air Force Reserve officer, are shown in photos that have circulated online since the attack carrying zip ties often used to restrain someone.
The Davidson County Sheriff‘s Office in Tennessee records show Munchel is being held on behalf of federal authorities. Munchel was charged with
- one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
The allegations for the other suspect were not yet available from the Justice Department as of this writing.
Many more have been charged in the mayhem of this past Wednesday, including three now infamous faces;
- Adam Johnson, the man seen all over social media carrying House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s lectern.
- Richard Barnett who was photographed sitting with his foot on House Pelosi’s desk
- Jacob Anthony Chansley, 33, aka Jake Angeli, a longtime QAnon supporter seen in multiple photos shirtless with red, white and blue makeup, wearing horns, fur and holding a flag with a six-foot spear
Can Trump pardon all these men and others charged with various offenses?
The answer is yes. Nancy Pelosi posed this awful idea in an interview on 60 Minutes last night.
Trump’s pardon power does not exclude acts of sedition and he may very well be waiting to the last minute until all charges are made before pardoning the unpardonable. But he’s already done that with Roger Stone, Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort and others.
Given the real threat Trump is to the country, he’s now facing the VERY real prospect of becoming the first president to be impeached TWICE.
Not funny really, but New Yorker humorist Andy Borowitz nailed my sentiments saying,
“Fauci says immunity from Trump requires two doses of impeachment.”
But Pelosi does plan to seek unanimous consent this morning calling on VP Pence and the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment. This will almost certainly fall on deaf ears.
So, then the House (which is in recess until Inauguration) will then be called back for a full vote on impeaching the president on Tuesday.
Pelosi said in a letter to Democrats in the House,
“In protecting our Constitution and our Democracy, we will act with urgency, because this President represents an imminent threat to both.
As the days go by, the horror of the ongoing assault on our democracy perpetrated by this President is intensified and so is the immediate need for action.”
Another big motivating factor for impeachment is that a conviction in a Senate (which could come even after Trump leaves office on the 20th) could likely bar Trump from ever seeking public office again.
This would spare us all from his inevitable 2024 run, no doubt beginning in February.
BREAKING: Eric Gavelek Munchel, who brought zip ties to the Capitol insurrection, has been arrested by the FBI. pic.twitter.com/xi36sIJwk6— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) January 10, 2021
Larry Rendall Brock, Capitol rioter holding zip ties, arrested in Texas https://t.co/Tbc5YK8Txl— Newsweek (@Newsweek) January 11, 2021