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FBI SWAT Team Conducts Early-Morning Raid, Arrests Pro-Life Activist At Pennsylvania Home

The FBI is out of control. They have become very (not totally) politicized. The FBI is an ‘intelligence’ organization, not a policing one. And they are to be concerned about National threats, not local, which should be dealt with by local law enforcement. US Citizens need to stand (physically and verbally) against this kind of “totalitarian” action by the government. mrossol

Source: FBI SWAT Team Conducts Early-Morning Raid, Arrests Pro-Life Activist At Pennsylvania Home: Report | The Daily Wire
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FBI agents reportedly raided the home of a pro-life activist in Pennsylvania on Friday and arrested him.

A group of between 25 and 30 FBI agents raided the Bucks County, Pennsylvania, home of pro-life activist Mark Houck early Friday morning, his family told LifeSite News. Houck is the leader of a nonprofit group that provides sidewalk counseling at abortion clinics in Philadelphia. The arrest seemed to stem from a court case that was dismissed by a federal court in Philadelphia, but was somehow picked up by the Department of Justice, his family said.

“The kids were all just screaming,” Houck’s wife, Ryan-Marie, told LifeSite. “It was all just very scary and traumatic.”

Ryan-Marie Houck told the outlet that the group of agents in SWAT gear arrived in 15 vehicles outside the family home at around 7:05 a.m. Friday morning. The agents quickly surrounded the house and began pounding on the door, demanding they open up. Houck reportedly tried to get the agents to calm down, noting that his seven children were scared, but the agents kept shouting. “[T]hey had big, huge rifles pointed at Mark and pointed at me and kind of pointed throughout the house,” his wife said.

Houck and his wife asked the agents why they were there, to which the agents allegedly replied that they were there to arrest him. His wife asked for a warrant, but “they said that they were going to take him whether they had a warrant or not,” Ryan-Marie Houck recalled. She protested, saying that what the agents were doing was tantamount to kidnapping. Only then did they provide a copy of the warrant. Shortly afterward, Houck was apparently taken out and put into one of the vehicles.

But the FBI agents quickly softened once they realized the distress they had inflicted on the family, Houck’s wife recounted. “After they had taken Mark, and the kids were all screaming that he was their best friend, the [agents] kind of softened a bit,” she said. “I think they realized what was happening. Or maybe they actually looked at the warrant.”

“They looked pretty ashamed at what had just happened,” she added.

According to the warrant, shared by LifeSite reporter Patrick Delaney, Houck’s arrest stems from an indictment on charges of violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act of 1994, specifically for “attack[ing] a patient escort.”

According to his wife, Houck was providing sidewalk counseling at abortion centers in Philadelphia last year, and had taken his then 12-year-old son. On multiple occasions over weeks, a “pro-abortion protestor” allegedly shouted vulgarities and insults at the boy. Houck repeatedly told the protestor not to speak to his son, but the protestor continued to encroach on the boy’s personal space, still spewing vulgarities. Finally, Houck shoved the man away, causing him to fall down. The protestor was not injured, but tried to sue Houck. Though the case was thrown out this summer, it was somehow picked up by the DOJ, Ryan-Marie Houck said.

Conservative leaders slammed the FBI raid as another example of the political weaponization of the FBI.

“In case you hadn’t caught on already, the satanic Biden administration is waging war on Christians,” Daily Wire podcast host Michael Knowles tweeted, linking to the original report.

“This is a disgrace and should not be happening in America,” LifeSite co-founder and editor-in-chief John Henry Westen wrote on Twitter. “Pray for Mark Houck and his family.”

“So, a man who does nothing but run an org that teaches men to be strong Catholics and sidewalk counsels outside Planned Parenthoods had 30 armed federal agents sent to his house and is now facing jail time over an incident that resulted in a failed lawsuit,” conservative digital strategist Greg Price said.

“The FBI has turned into Biden’s secret police force,” Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX) wrote. “Sending a small army of heavily armed agents to raid Mark Houck’s home should frighten EVERY American. The FBI using fear & intimidation tactics to go after conservatives needs to END!!”

“The continued weaponization of the FBI and persecution by Joe Biden’s DOJ against ordinary Americans is an outrage,” Republican Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano said in a statement. “Citizens across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania join me in expressing our outrage at this early-morning raid executed on a young family. This show of force carried out by the Biden regime against ordinary Americans is an abuse of power that stands against the fundamental principles our nation was founded on.”


Mar-a-Lago Raid: Kash Patel Talks Search Warrants, Law Enforcement, Magistrate Judge Reinhart

What Kash Patel describes should make any American’s blood boil. It really has little to do with Donald Trump; it is about the two tier system of justice, and the blatant destruction of due process by the federal law enforcement agencies and Department of Justice. (This might be behind a pay-wall. Let me know and I will provide access, somehow. 419-349-1406) mrossol

Source: Mar-a-Lago Raid: Kash Patel Talks Search Warrants, Law Enforcement, Magistrate Judge Reinhart

In this episode of Kash’s Corner, Kash Patel dives into the Mar-a-Lago raid and the many unanswered questions surrounding it.

“Nothing these guys do is inadvertent. Everything they do is intentional, including this intentional raid on President Trump’s home,” argues Kash Patel.

We discuss what Kash Patel sees as the failure to apply blind justice as well as the government’s abandonment of due process and its selective application of the law.

“Jurisdiction is supposed to be blind,” says Kash Patel. “They are selectively applying federal jurisdiction by going to a magistrate judge that they know hates President Trump as much as they do, and applying their political bias to what’s supposed to be an apolitical investigation.”

Does this constitute a modern-day Watergate?

“It’s the same individuals that ran Russiagate. It’s the same individuals that said Hunter Biden’s laptop was Russian disinformation. It’s the same individuals that falsified FISA warrants. These people are running this investigation? When is it going to be enough?”

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C&C. CDC Reverses. The search affidaviT. Garland is a hack.

Source: Coffee & Covid ☙ Friday, August 12, 2022 ☙ THE BIDEN RAID


🔥 In what looks a whole lot like the CDC taking advantage of the public’s focus on the Biden Raid, and just in time to allow a few months for people to calm down before the midterm elections, the United States’s “Gold Standard” public health agency effectively ended all of its most serious covid restrictions yesterday.

NPR summarized the changes in a nifty infographic:

Not only that, but the CDC also ended “test to stay,” which means that students exposed to covid aren’t even recommended to take a test. So if your school district continues testing, they are “going against” the CDC, the gold standard. Get ready to hear all the screeching from some hysterical teachers and their unions threatening to quit.

There’s a lot to say about this. But maybe the most remarkable is NPR’s third bullet point: “Unvaccinated people now have the same guidance as vaccinated people.”

How about that.

Why? What changed? You better believe outraged reporters ran that one down. Rochelle Walensky couldn’t make it, apparently, so Greta Massetti, director of the CDC’s Field Epidemiology and Prevention Branch, answered the question at a press conference:

Natural infection! This may be the very first official recognition from the CDC that natural infection provides comparable protection to the jabs. It’s better, of course, but the CDC hasn’t even admitted this much until now.

But look closer at her statement. She said, “Both prior infection and vaccination confer SOME protection against severe illness.” SOME protection. “Some.”

In other words, they aren’t saying the jabs confer “good protection” anymore. Just “some.”

If I’d taken the jab last year based on the government’s assurances at that time, I’d be pretty hot about all this. It sure seems like people who took the jab got gypped. They believed the shots were VASTLY superior to natural infection — because the government said so. Not anymore, apparently.

Who’s going to restore the reputations of all the scientists who got booted from Facebook and Twitter for saying natural infection was just as good as the jabs?

Anyway, this change in recommendations is HUGE. All the local governments and private employers who treat their unvaccinated people differently now find themselves opposed to CDC guidance. In other words, employers don’t have cover from the CDC anymore. And since the feds are signaling they don’t want these restrictions interfering with the elections by reminding people of government overreach, employers better believe the EEOC will also not cover for them.

Let the lawsuits begin against employers who are still discriminating against unvaccinated workers! This is the day we’ve been waiting for.

Finally, in the same presser, Dr. Massetti also said that recommendations “such as the healthcare guidance, travel guidance, and guidance for congregate settings at high risk of transmission, will be updated by CDC in the coming week or so.”

So it looks like a certain unvaccinated tennis star may be able to play in the U.S. Open after all.

Covid-philes on Twitter were outraged by the CDC’s sudden betrayal! It’s not the Gold Standard anymore! They’re political hacks! This pandemic isn’t over! Everyone is immunocompromised since about ten minutes ago! Here are a few examples from posters having hundreds or thousands of followers:

I don’t know quite what to say about these folks except I feel a profound sympathy for them; their brains were broken by military-level psyops during the pandemic.

🔥 The Biden Raid roundup.

The Swamp, quickly realizing its dreadful mistake, began to organize its pushback yesterday, which included an appearance by Merrick Garland, competing demands to release documents, selective leaks, and more precedent-shattering politics.

First, Liz Cheney is just mad as a hornet at all the anti-Raid outrage.

Okay Liz, calm down. Stay focused on your primary election next week.

Next, the Washington Post ran a story headlined, “FBI Searched Trump’s Home to Look for Nuclear Documents and Other Items, Sources Say.” The article explains an anonymous source (uh huh) said the federal agents were searching for NUCLEAR DOCUMENTS among other things:

Classified documents relating to nuclear weapons were among the items FBI agents sought in a search of former president Donald Trump’s Florida residence on Monday, according to people familiar with the investigation.

Nuclear documents? I guess that explains why they spent so long searching Melania’s clothes closet and asked for the Mar-a-Lago cameras to be turned off.

“Nuclear documents” sounds important but means nothing. Last month I described a Russian nuclear submarine and even included diagrams. I discuss nuclear weapons all the time here on C&C. All those posts are “related to” nuclear weapons but nobody cares. So it means nothing if they were seeking documents “relating to” nuclear weapons. It would be one thing if they claimed Trump had the only copy of the top secret plans to a next-generation hydrogen bomb that could fit in a double-scoop ice cream cone.

But THIS “leak” is meaningless, obviously intended to manufacture fake drama and a provide a patina of propriety. And my guess is even if the FBI suddenly produces all the top secret nuclear missile launch codes, claiming they were found rolled up in a Bill Clinton memorial cigar case in the back of Melania’s lingerie drawer, nobody would believe it anyway.

Think I’m joking? Remember the fake Russia dossier and its bizarre claims about President Trump paying prostitutes to urinate on him? The FBI swore the dossier was true in its affidavits supporting the FISA search warrants used to spy on Trump during the election. I don’t think the FBI has a lot of credibility left down at the bottom of the trust barrel. Why would anyone believe them now?

🔥 Under irresistible political and media pressure, Attorney General Garland popped out of his gopher hole and held an impromptu press conference on short notice yesterday.

I’m sorry, but Merrick Garland looks and sounds like an old woman. I mean no disrespect to old women by saying that. I’m just saying.

During the presser, he appeared feisty and combative, complained bitterly about unfair criticism of the FBI, admitted that HE PERSONALLY had approved the search, and promised to ask Epstein’s old lawyer to unseal the search warrant and the Raid inventory. Remember that part about the warrant.

Deranged Trump haters thought Garland’s performance was just terrific! He’s so angry! Trump is in for it!

Biden spokeslady Karine Jean-Pierre denied that Joe knew anything about Garland’s presser or the Raid; he’s just learning from the news like everybody else. He might not even be up from his nap time yet.

As I suggested he would, Trump immediately responded to Garland, upping the ante by demanding that HE wants ALL the documents IMMEDIATELY unsealed, even though they were drafted by Swamp Creatures.

It seems similar but there’s a Grand Canyon between what Garland said he would ask Magistrate Reinhart to unseal, and what Trump said HE wants made public. Let me explain.

As I told you yesterday, the process for obtaining a search warrant begins with a substantial affidavit prepared by law enforcement officers. The sworn affidavit describes all the evidence allegedly justifying “probable cause,” and is signed under oath by an investigator on the case. The affidavit is then presented to a judge who is required to accept its contents as true. Obviously the search’s target gets no chance to present competing evidence — they don’t even know it’s happening.

In this case, given the political stakes, it had to be a very substantial affidavit. I’d guess it was easily over a hundred pages long, including exhibits.

Once the judge reviews the affidavit and finds probable cause, the Court issues the search warrant, which sets out the LEGAL parameters for the search; what the agents are allowed to do or not do, take or not take, and so forth. Significantly, the search warrant generally does NOT recapitulate the probable cause predicate or recite any of the facts from the affidavit. It’s usually only a few pages long.

So between the two documents, the search warrant is the least interesting and least informative. The AFFIDAVIT is what you want to see. Garland didn’t mention the affidavit, only the search warrant. So despite the gleeful anticipation of the anti-Trump crowd, Garland’s offer will not result in anybody learning anything useful about the Biden Raid.

You almost never get to see it. The affidavit is the LAST thing that law enforcement usually turns over. They usually claim investigative privilege citing “sources and methods,” and want to wait until the entire investigation and any criminal charges are completely resolved before turning it over. But in the last case where I did get hold of the search warrant affidavit, after we saw what it said, and after we picked our jaws up from the floor, we immediately filed an emergency motion listing eight pages of incorrect facts or mischaracterized events.

For example, one complex set of events was described in seemingly random order, if you knew the actual dates when things happened. If you didn’t know the background, and read the affidavit carefully, it looked like it was intended to be a timeline. In that order — out of order — a crime looked likely to have been committed. But if you rewrote that section, putting the facts back in true chronological order, it then became crystal clear that NO crime had occurred.

In that case, law enforcement did not even bother to respond to my motion, but instead promptly agreed to return my clients’ seized property, which was what we were asking for in the first place.

So at best, the search warrant affidavit is a one-sided view of the facts, completely favoring law enforcement. But imagine the kind of things an unfairly biased investigator might sneak into an affidavit confident that nobody would ever see it except the judge, who doesn’t know anything about the case, and then it would be sealed up until it was far too late for anybody to do anything about it. The proverbial horse is out of the barn, down the field, and has visited Epstein’s island several times by then.

The two men are miles apart. Trump wants ALL documents, including the affidavit, to be released. Garland is only offering the useless search warrant. Draw your own conclusions.

🔥 By holding his presser, old lady Merrick Garland confirmed that HE is running the Trump investigation. This is perhaps the most insane and unbelievable part of the story, to date. The Attorney General is directly hired and fired by the President and is commonly understood to be working with him as a team. Everyone knows it; once Attorney General Eric Holder famously described himself as “President Obama’s wing man.”

Garland is a weird choice to run the investigation even if he wasn’t Biden’s Siamese twin. Think about it. Garland doesn’t have any law enforcement background. He was a judge, then he failed to get a Supreme Court nomination after Trump withdrew him from consideration. Then suddenly he was attorney general. Why on Earth would he be personally running the highest-profile case the FBI has ever had? Wouldn’t you want someone with decades of investigatory and law enforcement experience, not to mention unimpeachable nonpartisan credentials?

Garland is a hack.

If Biden’s hand-picked Attorney General is running the investigation, you might as well say Joe Biden is running the investigation. Biden ran against Trump in the last election and will probably run against him in the next one. Biden and Garland are hopelessly biased and legally conflicted. No one is going to trust anything they say about the case, nor should anyone trust them.

Given all that, why didn’t they appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Trump? If you want even more evidence the Biden Administration is its own little Banana Republic, look no further than this example. Real governments don’t let political operatives investigate their opponents.

I don’t think this is going to end well for Garland. The Biden Raid: Attorney Generals check in, but they can’t check out.

🔥 Governor DeSantis, who has been a quiet little mouse for several days following the Raid, announced a nifty new program yesterday to recruit veterans to teach kids in Florida schools.

After the examples we’ve seen on social media over the last couple years, I think we can all agree that there is room for improvement in the quality levels of some grade-school teachers. The quality of teachers in our schools is a fundamental problem, and the new program shows the Governor is taking the long view and leading again.

Note: It’s an easy target, but I’m NOT going to criticize DeSantis for staying out of the Biden Raid story for now. I’ll write more about this soon.

🔥 There’s an interesting lawsuit unfolding in Canada right now over that country’s draconian travel restrictions, and what is most fascinating is that they’ve finally gotten well into discovery. It may be the first major covid case to take depositions of high-ranking public officials and their cherry-picked experts, and it is starting to look JUST like what we always expected it would look like. I want to show you one recent example, because it reinforces what we’ve known about so-called covid “experts.”

The excerpt from a deposition transcript below is of Dr. M. Hodge, an “expert” the Canadian government principally relied on to pass its unprecedented travel mandates. Dr. Hodge holds a PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. In the excerpt below, the lawyer asks Hodge what studies or reports he relied on to craft his recommendation to ban unvaccinated Canadians from traveling.

Let me sum up Dr. Hodge’s testimony.

1) He said he didn’t use any reports or studies to craft his recommendation.

2) He admitted he did not even bother to ask if there were any studies or reports that he could use.

3) Over a year later, he’s still never found out if there even were any studies or reports that would have supported his recommendation, but he HOPES that those kinds of studies and reports exist.

That’s a professional expert for you. That one man, Dr. Hodge, probably caused more human misery than any single person in Canada’s entire history, and it was just because he felt like it. Then the government put the whole weight of official state violence behind this genius’s deranged opinion.

Over the last two years, I’ve written several long-form essays about experts. I am an expert in experts, as all litigating lawyers must be. We use experts ALL THE TIME, in any case where a scientific, medical, or professional opinion is needed as evidence in the case. There are always at least TWO experts. They say what they are paid to say. And they always say the exact opposite things.

During covid, all the government did was squelch the opposing experts and declare that that science was settled. People like Hodge should have to answer for what they’ve done.

This is how we will get to the bottom of the pandemic. The time of reckoning will come. It comes slowly, in fits and starts, but it is irresistible. Each deposition is a brick that is used to build the foundation for the next level of lawsuits with their own depositions, et cetera, ad infinitum.

Have a fabulous Friday, and I’ll update you in the morning tomorrow with the weekend edition.


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EXCLUSIVE: Video Used to Charge Jan. 6 Defendant Exonerates Him on Charge of Assaulting Police, Attorney Says

Source: EXCLUSIVE: Video Used to Charge Jan. 6 Defendant Exonerates Him on Charge of Assaulting Police, Attorney Says

After nearly a year in jail, court motion seeks his release
By Joseph M. Hanneman  July 27, 2022

Maybe it was the death threat delivered by a fellow law-enforcement officer while he stood shackled in belly chains.

Perhaps it was being described as a “terrorist” by a federal judge who will preside over his trial.

It could have been being released on bail by a U.S. magistrate judge in Tennessee, only to be ordered held until trial by a U.S. district judge in Washington D.C.

Former sheriff’s deputy Ronald Colton McAbee, 28, of Tennessee, has faced a difficult road since being indicted for alleged criminal actions at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Arguably the most trying situation for McAbee was being denied bail for nearly a year based on video evidence that his attorney now says exonerates him.

“What makes the government’s case weak is the fact that the videos actually exonerate Mr. McAbee of the very allegations made against him, and Mr. McAbee is motivated to appear for trial, take the stand and narrate those videos for [the] jury,” wrote attorney William Shipley in a May 2022 motion to have his client released from jail.

McAbee, a former sheriff’s deputy in Tennessee and Georgia with more than seven years of law-enforcement experience as a deputy and correctional officer, was charged by federal prosecutors with seven alleged crimes.

Charges included assaulting, resisting, or impeding a federal officer, two counts of civil disorder, entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon, engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon, and committing an act of physical violence in the Capitol grounds or buildings.

McAbee was outside the Lower West Terrace tunnel during some of the worst violence on January 6. Several times he tried to render lifesaving aid to a dying Rosanne Boyland, 34, of Kennesaw, Georgia. His interactions with Metropolitan Police Department officers resulted in most of the charges and served as justification for a D.C. judge to jail him until trial.

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Ronald McAbee renders aid to a pulseless Rosanne Boyland outside the Lower West Terrace tunnel at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. “He just was in life-saving mode,” Sarah McAbee said of her husband. (Graphic by The Epoch Times)

McAbee was arrested on Aug. 17, 2021, in Tennessee. At a detention hearing on Aug. 26, prosecutors argued that McAbee assaulted Metropolitan Police Department Officer Andrew Wyatt. They said after Wyatt fell at the tunnel entrance, McAbee—who had a broken shoulder from a car accident nine days earlier—pulled him down the concrete stairs into a hostile crowd.

The prosecutor played a video for the court, but there was no sound, according to Sarah McAbee, Ronald McAbee’s wife. The lack of audio would later prove to be a crucial element of the story.

After the detention hearing was continued on Sept. 8, 2021, Magistrate Judge Jeffery Frensley ruled against the U.S. Department of Justice and ordered McAbee released pending trial.

No Danger to Community

“I do not believe that Mr. McAbee poses a future danger to the community if he were to be released between now and the time that he resolves this case,” Judge Frensley said. “And the government, despite my request that they provide me any evidence that he’s presented any sort of a danger to the community, have been able to point to absolutely nothing beyond the events around and during January the 6th.”

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Ronald McAbee was a deputy for the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office in Tennessee when he went to the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. (Courtesy of Sarah McAbee)

Judge Frensley said what he saw on the video was open to interpretation. McAbee’s guilt or innocence could not be part of the consideration for bond, he said.

“We have a system that presumes innocence, and for me to make a decision where I become judge, jury, and executioner all in the same role without affording him the rights he’s entitled to under the constitution is inappropriate,” Frensley said. “And that’s the important distinction between the bond decision and the decision on guilt that will follow at a trial.”

That victory for McAbee was short-lived. Prosecutors filed an emergency appeal the same day in U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. Senior District Judge Emmet Sullivan stayed Frensley’s order and scheduled hearings on the government’s motion to keep McAbee behind bars until trial.

During a hearing on Sept. 22, 2021, Sullivan seemed to telegraph his eventual decision to hold McAbee without bond.

When being shown a video with McAbee wearing body armor with a patch that read “Sheriff,” Judge Sullivan said, “That’s pretty outrageous,” according to the official hearing transcript. A short time later, Sullivan said, “These videos are very disturbing.” He made several statements agreeing with the prosecutor’s assessment of the evidence.

Sullivan then suggested McAbee is a terrorist.

“So it appears clearly to this court that the defendant is pulling the officer back into the crowd of other terrorists,” Sullivan said, according to the transcript.

After another hearing on Oct. 13, 2021, Sullivan reversed Frensely’s order and ruled that McAbee should not be released pending trial. Sullivan said he would issue a written ruling, which was released more than two months later on Dec. 21, 2021.

While Frensley told prosecutors they did not show evidence that McAbee had done anything to prove he was a danger during the eight months between January 6 and his August arrest, Sullivan ruled that the only way to protect the community is to keep McAbee in jail.

“The court concludes that clear and convincing evidence supports a finding that no condition or combination of conditions will reasonably assure the safety of the community,” Judge Sullivan wrote (pdf) in his 41-page ruling.

Sarah McAbee was stunned.

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Ronald McAbee falls on top of Metropolitan Police Department Officer Andrew Wyatt after being pulled from behind on January 6, 2021. (Christopher Chern via Storyful/Graphic by The Epoch Times)

“It’s just the craziest situation, them saying he’s a danger to the community when he’s been a law enforcement officer and never has had stripes on his record, let alone a speeding ticket,” Sarah McAbee told The Epoch Times.

A break in McAbee’s case came when video investigator Gary McBride of Decatur, Texas, studied the bodycam footage shown in court, except with the audio track turned on. It painted a vastly different picture of what took place, McBride told The Epoch Times.

“The prosecutors did not play the audio of AW [Andrew Wyatt] and McAbee talking during this point,” McBride said in a video he made about the evidence. “McAbee is trying to save AW. Prosecutors didn’t play that in court.”

McBride said his analysis showed McAbee did not pull the officer down the stairs, but was swept backward and lost his balance, due to two protesters pulling on the officer’s legs. McAbee was standing over Wyatt at the time. As a result, McAbee fell on top of Wyatt and was over him for about 25 seconds.

While McAbee was on top of Wyatt, bystanders called him a traitor, ostensibly for helping the officer. When someone in the crowd tried to grab at Wyatt, McAbee shouted, “No!” and “Quit!”

“At that point, my husband just saw an officer down and an officer needing help, because the first thing he says, when he pops in around the tunnel before he gets around the rail is, ‘Hey, you guys have a man down,’” Sarah McAbee said. “They literally did nothing to help that guy. So he’s the one who jumped into action.”

Sarah said she was relieved when she learned the audio track from the evidence videos backs up what her husband told her that day.

Story is Consistent

“My husband’s story has not changed from January 6. There’s actually a picture of him that they have on the FBI website of him on the phone,” she said. “I know that’s a phone call with me about everything that just went down.

“His story has not changed from that day to today. He’s just not a liar. That’s just not who he is and even the little details have always remained the same.”

McBride and Sarah McAbee said the audio track should have been disclosed to the defense as exculpatory evidence.

If you listen to the audio, he says, ‘Hey, I’m one of you. Let me know when you’re ready to get up. I’m going to help you up.’ And they get up together,” Sarah McAbee said. “That’s not him assaulting anybody. It’s the same videos, they just wouldn’t play the audio in court, because the audio is so detrimental to their case.”

According to the transcript developed by McAbee’s legal team, after someone in the crowd shouted, “[expletive] traitor!” McAbee asked Officer Wyatt, “You ready?” and then added, “I’m one of you. I’m one of you.”

Wyatt replied, “Let go of me, man!” McAbee then told him, “I’m helping you.” Wyatt replied, “I know. I know. Help me up.”

William Miller, public information officer for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, declined to comment. “We typically do not comment on cases beyond our public filings and statements to the Court and have no comment,” Miller said in an email statement to The Epoch Times.

A Difficult Journey

The road since January 6 has been a rough one for the McAbees. Ronald McAbee was in a serious automobile accident on Dec. 27, 2020, and suffered a broken shoulder. His decision to attend President Donald Trump’s speech wasn’t necessarily a popular one in the McAbee home.

McAbee asked a friend to order him a pair of motorcycle gloves that have carbon-fiber reinforcements in the knuckles and fingers. The gloves are designed to protect the hands from flying debris while riding, or from injury in the event of a crash. Prosecutors classified the gloves as a “deadly weapon” in the charges against McAbee.

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The bodycam of Metropolitan Police Department Officer Andrew Wyatt shows Ronald McAbee after McAbee was pulled on top of him at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. (Metropolitan Police Department/Screenshot via The Epoch Times)

According to McAbee’s filings in the case, he wanted to have the gloves because there had been attacks on Trump supporters by Antifa at other events in Washington. There is no evidence he used the gloves in any attack or offensive manner, his attorney said.

The ordeal has been a trying one for Sara McAbee. She married her high school sweetheart in 2016 and had recently moved back to Tennessee from Georgia to be closer to family. Then came January 6.

When her husband was initially arrested and jailed, she drove five hours to a detention center in Kentucky to see him. She said she spoke to someone at the jail the night before to make sure it was okay to visit. After a more than five-hour drive, she showed up, only to be told McAbee had just left on a bus for another facility.

Ronald McAbee was flown from Lexington to Atlanta and then to Oklahoma. While waiting to board the flight in Atlanta, a law enforcement officer guarding McAbee asked about his charges for allegedly assaulting a police officer, Sarah McAbee said.

“He’s trying to explain it to him. [The officer] looked at him and said, ‘You touch one of my officers, you’re dead,’” she said. “My husband is like, ‘You can’t threaten me like that. … I’m bound by waist chains. What do you think I’m going to do?’”

McAbee eventually was transferred to the District of Columbia’s Central Detention Facility, dubbed by January 6 defendants as the “DC Gulag.”

New Efforts to Secure Freedom

The motion (pdf) seeking reconsideration of McAbee’s pretrial detention is pointed in its criticisms of Judge Sullivan, and accuses prosecutors of “misrepresentation of the video evidence.”

“There is no evidence—it did not happen as admitted by the government—that Mr. McAbee assaulted Officer AW while Officer AW was in that vulnerable position,” attorney Shipley wrote.

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Ronald McAbee lets a neighbor boy, 4, wear his Cherokee County, Ga., sheriff’s uniform. “That little boy just beamed with pride,” Sarah McAbee said. “That’s who my husband is.” (Courtesy of Sarah McAbee)

Shipley noted that McAbee was thanked by Metropolitan Police Department Officer Steven Sajumon for helping Officer Wyatt get back to the police line. “That exchange is captured on the audio of the video submitted with this motion,” Shipley wrote. McAbee’s previous attorney in Tennessee, Isaiah Gant, said the officer told McAbee: “Hey, man, thank you. We appreciate you.”

Makhetha Watson, a spokeswoman with the Metropolitan Police Department Office of Communications, declined to comment on McAbee’s assertions.

Judge Sullivan made repeated statements that he accepted prosecution evidence and believed McAbee guilty, Shipley wrote.

Sullivan said McAbee allowed his personal beliefs “to override his sworn duty to uphold the rule of law as a law enforcement officer and even [fought] against officers with whom one would expect he held a mutual respect or kinship,” the motion said.

“That is another pronouncement of Mr. McAbee’s factual guilt by this court,” Shipley wrote.

Sullivan has yet to rule on the motion.

Sarah McAbee said she is left with many questions after a nearly year-long ordeal. How did her husband survive a potentially deadly vehicle crash, only to end up in jail from a protest?

“You just have to believe this is bigger than any of us could ever fathom,” she said. “And that hopefully, because he does have such a unique perspective of being in law enforcement and being inside the jail, and now he’s on the other side of the wall, maybe reform will come from this if enough good men stand.”

She said she is especially proud of her husband for the aid he rendered to Boyland. Video shows McAbee assisting another bystander as they gave CPR to Boyland after she was pulled away from the police line where she was beaten. He helped carry her in front of the police line, then tried starting CPR on her again.

“I would expect nothing less of him. It makes me proud to be his wife to know that he, at the expense of himself, tried to save somebody else,” Sarah McAbee said. “You know, he just runs into action. … He just was in life-saving mode.”

Joseph M. Hanneman is a reporter for The Epoch Times with a focus on the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol incursion and its aftermath; and general news in the State of Wisconsin. His work over a nearly 40-year career has appeared in Catholic World Report, the Racine Journal Times, the Wisconsin State Journal and the Chicago Tribune. Reach him at: