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‘Model Inmate’: Father Finally Has Crack Sentence Reduced as U.S. Senate Shelves Reform Bill

Maurice Clifton, 57, spent over two decades incarcerated for aiding and abetting the sale of crack cocaine under the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986, which treats one gram of crack cocaine as 100 grams of powdered cocaine. After he left federal prison on Jan. 10, 2020, he now advocates for the passage of the EQUAL Act, a law that will treat the two substances equally and possibly free 7,000 people.

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Pro-Trump protesters approach the entrance to the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
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A Public Hearing Differs from An Investigation–What That Means For The Jan. 6 Committee

“On Thursday, June 9, the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol holds the first of several public hearings,” Congressional Oversight scholar Claire Leavitt writes. “The committee aims to lay out the results of months of investigative work into the involvement of President Donald Trump and his political allies in the 2021 insurrection and other attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.”

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Bennie Thompson sits in the House gallery while other members of Congress lie on the floors of the gallery or hide beneath their chairs during the insurrection
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Jan. 6 Committee Chair Bennie Thompson May Compel Trump, McCarthy To Testify

U.S. House Rep. Bennie Thompson will lead a congressional select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrectionist attack on the U.S. Capitol, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced today. Thompson, who also chairs the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee, told CNN today that he would consider calling former President Donald Trump and Republicans who communicated with him at the time of the insurrection to testify.

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Two Mississippi Reps Vote To Keep White Supremacist Statues In U.S. Capitol

U.S. House Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Black Democrat, was the lone Mississippi member to vote in favor of removing monuments devoted to white supremacists from the halls of the nation’s Capitol today. A 285-120 majority passed the bill, House Resolution 3005, this evening with all 120 nay votes coming from Republican members, including two from Mississippi.

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‘Trump is a Direct Threat to the Homeland’: Rep. Bennie Thompson Backs Impeachment

Congress should take immediate action to remove President Donald Trump from office after yesterday’s insurrection at the nation’s Capitol, U.S. House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson, Mississippi’s most powerful congressman, said in a statement this afternoon. House Democrats introduced articles of impeachment today, charging the president with inciting an insurrection.

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