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Fri Apr 23, 2021, 09:23 PM

Why Capitol Police offered tours to Oaf Creeper lawyers

Leaders of the Oath Keepers, an anti-government militia network, stand accused of forcing their way into the Capitol on Jan. 6 amid a mob of Donald Trump supporters seeking to stop Congress from certifying the 2020 election. Now, Capitol Police are providing tours of the building to their lawyers.

The department has begun arranging the tours for the Oath Keepers' attorneys as they build their defenses against the Justice Department's charges, some of the gravest lodged in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol.

Prosecutors revealed the planned tours in court papers filed Friday morning. A dozen members of the Oath Keepers stand charged with conspiracy for their role in the Capitol breach on Jan. 6. The Justice Department says they planned to try to prevent Congress from certifying Joe Biden's victory and eventually decided their best course was to infiltrate the Capitol to achieve that goal. The case against them is one of the gravest presented so far in the hundreds of prosecutions to emerge from the Capitol breach.

According to prosecutors, the plans for the tour have hit some turbulence due to "prohibitions that the Capitol Police have placed on taking photographs during the tour."

https://www.yahoo.com/news/why-capitol-police-offered-tours-121034391.html

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Apr 23, 2021, 09:30 PM

1. WTAF. This is insane.

It's the exact opposite of protecting the Capitol.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Apr 23, 2021, 10:15 PM

2. There is no choice. Attorneys are given the ability to prepare their defense.

There is not a lot of wiggle room here.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Apr 23, 2021, 10:28 PM

3. I STILL want to know who gave tours before January 6.

Why is this such a big secret?

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Apr 24, 2021, 01:52 AM

4. More from your link

A Capitol Police spokesperson said the availability of tours is a requirement not an option based on federal rules of criminal procedure, which require prosecutors to offer defense lawyers the ability "to inspect ... buildings or places" relevant to charged offenses. Capitol riot defendants, however, raise particularly acute concerns that the Capitol Police themselves have brought up in legal filings before.

The department's top lawyer, Thomas DiBiase, said in an affidavit provided to Capitol riot prosecutors that sharing surveillance footage, providing details of the building's layout or other "sensitive information" to Jan. 6 defendants could present a security risk.

"Our concern is that providing unfettered access to hours of extremely sensitive information to defendants who have already shown a desire to interfere with the democratic process will result in the layout, vulnerabilities and security weaknesses of the Capitol being collected, exposed and passed on to those who might wish to attack the Capitol again," DiBiase said in the affidavit.

Those concerns have led prosecutors and public defenders to craft a set of strict limits on the ability of defense lawyers to access evidence like surveillance footage that will be used in prosecuting many of the Justice Department's cases. The so-called protective order established to guide the Capitol breach cases permits the government to label some evidence "highly sensitive," which requires strict limits on how defendants may view it and who else they may share it with.

Tourists have long had access to a subset of Capitol hallways from the rotunda to Statuary Hall to the crypt where they're free to take pictures and peruse the art and architecture. But the areas surrounding the House and Senate chambers, as well as key areas on the third floor of the building overlooking the chambers, has long barred photography and video.

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