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OnPolitics: What we learned in the courtroom for Capitol rioter Doug Jensen’s trial

Hello hello, OnPolitics readers!

It’s Ella, back from the brief OnPolitics hiatus. I’ve spent the final two days in a D.C. federal courtroom within the trial of Capitol rioter Doug Jensen,probably the most high-profile cases linked with theJan. 6, 2021 attack on our nation’s legislature.

Accounts of thechaos at the Capitol that dayopened thesecond day of testimony in Jensen’s trialon Wednesday. Several members of police who clashed with Jensen in the building’s halls, including Capitol OFFICER Eugene Goodman, gave testimony for the prosecution, portraying Jensen as”aggressive, “arrogant,” and at one point, the “leader of the mob.” Read that coverage here.

There’s never been a question of whether Jensen was at the Capitol on Jan. 6. Ample photo and video evidence show Jensen parading through the building, wearing a hard-to-miss “Q” t-shirt, in homage to the conspiracist movement QAnon. Jensen’sattorney, Christopher Davis, said plainly in his opening remarks that that is no “whodunnit” case.

Instead, the defense has painted Jensen as less violent than other Capitol rioters among the rioters”dressed up in costume,”not “dressed for battle.”

I’m going to be back at court tomorrow with an increase of updates on Jensen’s trial. For the time being, here aretoday’s top stories out of Washington.

Real quick: Stories you will want to read

  • Save America’s spending: AsDonald Trump worked to mount a legal defense to an unprecedentedfederal search of his Mar-a-Lago estate, among alitany of escalating investigationswith the former president at the guts,his political action committees bills for legal consulting skyrocketed, reporters Erin Mansfield and Kevin McCoy found.
  • Trump investigationspecial master: Thespecial master reviewing 11,000 documentsseized at Donald Trumps Florida estate askedfor help Thursdayfrom the retired judge, Justice Department correspondent Bart Jansen reports.
  • Antifa on trial: A criminal case could change how American police tackles the much-misunderstood movement referred to as Antifa, writes extremism reporter Will Carless.
  • Electoral Count Act overhaul: THE HOME approvedbipartisan legislation Wednesday to clarify how presidential Electoral College votes are tallied and challenged, looking to prevent confusion and a repeat of theCapitol attack on Jan. 6, 2021.
  • ICYMI: Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ wife,Ginni Thomas, decided to be questioned by theHouse committee investigating the Capitol attack.

What’s next On Politics: Arizona’s secretary of state races are usually sleepy campaigns, but this year’s contestwillseize the national spotlight once the two major party contendersclash within their first debate tonight.

Check back at USATODAY.com for coverage of the takeaways.

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