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Former Cody Resident Pleads Guilty To Participating In Capitol Riot

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

A former Cody resident pleaded guilty late last month to participating in the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Andrew James Galloway, who now lives in Tennessee, reached a plea agreement in which he pleaded guilty to demonstrating in a Capitol building, admitting to his role in attack on the Capitol.

Galloway was charged Jan. 4. He will be sentenced in July and faces up to six months in prison or five years of probation. He will also pay $500 in restitution toward the $1.5 million in damages caused at the Capitol.

According to court documents, after the Capitol attack, the FBI received an online tip concerning Galloway’s participation in the riot.

The tip referenced a TikTok video in which Galloway states “Yeah, that was us today. No, it wasn’t Antifa.” While the video has been deleted from TikTok, a similar one was uploaded to YouTube.

After receiving the tip, the FBI identified Galloway in Capitol surveillance footage. At 2:24 on Jan. 6, 2021, he entered the Capitol through a breached window. He walked around in the building and left through the same window about 10 minutes later, the affidavit said.

In the YouTube video, a man identified as Galloway is clearly visible due to his wool cap that had “TRUMP” written on it. The man is wearing the hat in the TikTok video.

After identifying Galloway in the video, the FBI interviewed him at his home in Cody. He positively identified himself in the video and did not dispute that he was at the Capitol. However, he said he did not enter the building, but only approached from the outside.

However, agents identified him in surveillance footage and also noted that his cell phone GPS pinged inside of the Capitol.

Former President Donald Trump was impeached following the Capitol attack for the alleged role he played in inciting it, although he was later acquitted.

The deaths of two people have been tied directly to the incident, a woman who was shot by a Capitol police officer and an officer who suffered a series of strokes in the hours following the invasion.

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Cody Man Charged With Participating In Capitol Riot

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

More than one year after it took place, a Cody man has been charged with participating in the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Andrew James Galloway was charged in federal court on Jan. 4 with entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building, disorderly conduct in a Capitol building and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building.

Galloway has not yet entered a plea to the charges.

According to documents filed in U.S. District Court, Galloway was one of the people who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in response to Congress certifying the vote count that confirmed President Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election.

Five people died as a result of the attack.

Following the Capitol attack, the FBI received an online tip concerning Galloway’s participation in the riot, according to an affidavit filed by an investigator.

The tip referenced a TikTok video in which Galloway states “Yeah, that was us today. No, it wasn’t Antifa.” While the video has been deleted from TikTok, a similar one was uploaded to YouTube.

After receiving the tip, the FBI identified Galloway in Capitol surveillance footage. At 2:24 on Jan. 6, he entered the Capitol through a breached window. He walked around in the building, and left through the same window about 10 minutes later, the affidavit said.

In the YouTube video, a man identified as Galloway is clearly visible due to a winter toboggan hat that had “TRUMP” written on it that he wore. The man is wearing the hat in the TikTok video.

After identifying Galloway in the video, the FBI interviewed him at his home. He positively identified himself in the video and did not dispute that he was at the Capitol. However, he said he did not enter the building, but only approached from the outside.

However, agents identified him in surveillance footage and also noted that his cell phone GPS pinged inside of the Capitol.

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Cheney Says House Minority Leader ‘Clearly Trying To Cover Up’ What Happened On Jan. 6

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. House Minority Leader U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy is “clearly” trying to hide information he has about the Jan. 6, 2021, invasion of the Capitol by refusing to cooperate with a House committee investigating the incident, according to U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney.

On Wednesday, McCarthy, R-California, said he would not cooperate with a request from the committee to voluntarily provide information including details about former President Donald Trump’s state of mind both during the Capitol attack and in the weeks after.

“As a representative and the leader of the minority party, it is with neither regret nor satisfaction that I have concluded to not participate with this select committee’s abuse of power that stains this institution today and will harm it going forward,” he said in a statement.

Cheney, however, said that this meant McCarthy was “clearly trying to cover up” what happened during the invasion.

“I wish that he were a brave and honorable man,” she told CNN late Wednesday. “He’s clearly trying to cover up what happened. He has an obligation to come forward and we’ll get to the truth.”

The committee asked McCarthy to discuss conversations he had with Trump before, during and after the Jan. 6, 2021, attack.

“It appears you may also have discussed with President Trump the potential he would face a censure resolution, impeachment or removal under the 25th Amendment,” the committee said in a letter it sent Wednesday. “It also appears you may have identified other possible options, including President Trump’s immediate resignation from office.”

Cheney was one of the few Republicans to vote to impeach Trump on allegations he incited the invasion. She is also only one of two Republicans serving on the investigation committee.

McCarthy removed Cheney from her position as House Conference chair last year following her impeachment vote for taking positions contrary to those of her fellow congressional Republicans.

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Cheney’s January 6 Committee Asks Sean Hannity To Cooperate With Investigation

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney is asking Fox News host Sean Hannity to cooperate with her committee in its investigation into the events surrounding the storming of the U.S. Capitol building one year ago.

In a letter sent to Hannity on Tuesday, Cheney and U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Mississippi, the vice chairs of the committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, invasion, wrote that they seek “voluntary cooperation on a specific and narrow range of factual questions” and are not seeking “information regarding any of your broadcasts, or your political views or commentary.”

The letter implied that Hannity had advance knowledge of a riot or some type of situation that was to occur on Jan. 6, 2021, the day Congress met to certify the presidential election results.

“We can’t lose the entire WH counsels office,” Hannity texted President Donald Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows on Dec. 31, 2020. “I do NOT see January 6 happening the way he is being told. After the 6 th. He should announce will lead the nationwide effort to reform voting integrity. Go to Fl and watch Joe mess up daily. Stay engaged. When he speaks people will listen.”

In one text sent on Jan. 5, Hannity wrote that he was worried about the next 48 hours, but did not specify as to why.

“With the counting of the electoral votes scheduled for January 6th at 1 p.m., why were you concerned about the next 48 hours?” the chairs asked in the letter.

This request to Hannity comes less than one month after Cheney revealed texts from him and fellow Fox News host Laura Ingraham sent to Meadows during the riot.

According to Cheney’s reading, Ingraham told Meadows that Trump was destroying his legacy by not telling the protestors to leave.

“Mark, the president needs to tell people in the Capitol to go home,” Ingraham texted Meadows that day. “This is hurting all of us. He is destroying his legacy.”

Cheney also read from a text sent to Meadows by Sean Hannity which asked if Trump could make a statement and tell the rioters to go home.

In mid-December, Hannity said Cheney’s unveiling of the texts showed she was attempting to smear him.

“Surprise, surprise, surprise: I said to Mark Meadows the exact same thing I was saying live on the radio at that time and on TV that night on Jan. 6 and well beyond Jan. 6,” he said. “By the way, where is the outrage in the media over my private text messages being released again publicly? Do we believe in privacy in this country? Apparently not.”

Hannity added that he was an honest and straightforward person.

“Liz, let’s release your phone records and texts, and your family discussing Donald Trump, considering you’re so free to release everybody else’s,” Hannity said. “You’re a rock star now to the media mob, temporarily. They’ll turn on you again.”

Meadows received numerous text messages from members of Congress, the press (including the Fox News hosts) and Trump’s own family, urging him to persuade Trump to take action and call off the rioters.

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Wyoming Only One Of Six States That Has Seen No Arrests From Capitol Riot

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Wyoming is one of only six states that has seen none of its residents arrested for participating in the U.S. Capitol riot earlier this year.

More than 440 people have been arrested so far in connection with the Capitol siege that occurred on Jan. 6 at the same time Congress was certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election that confirmed Joe Biden as the winner over former President Donald Trump.

Five people died as a result of the attack.

The people who have been arrested have come from all over the nation, except for six states: Wyoming, North and South Dakota, Rhode Island, Vermont and Mississippi, according to Yahoo News.

The largest number of arrests have come from Texas, Pennsylvania and Florida, respectively.

While some people from Wyoming did attend a rally held by Trump not long before the attack occurred at the Capitol, no one from the state has yet been identified as taking part in the riot.

Men outnumber women among those arrested by 7 to 1, with an average age of 39. A total of 44 are military veterans.

More than 60 of those arrested so far face some of the most serious charges: assaulting officers with the U.S. Capitol Police and Washington’s Metropolitan Police departments.

Officials said 140 officers were injured during the riot.

A majority of the arrests have resulted from posts on social media accounts.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is continuing to make arrests in the case, though.

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for the role he allegedly played in inciting the riot during the rally he held just hours beforehand.

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More Than 170 Wyoming Republicans Changed Party Affiliation After Capitol Siege

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

More than 170 Wyoming Republican voters changed their party affiliation following the invasion of the U.S. Capitol earlier this month.

Approximately 176 Republicans changed their party affiliation over the last month, according to a redacted change of party report provided to Cowboy State Daily by the Wyoming Secretary of State’s office.

Of the Republicans who changed their affiliation, 33 switched to the Democratic Party.

Most of the others changed their party affiliation to independent, although a few changed to either the Libertarian or Constitution parties.

Wyoming Republican Party Chair Frank Eathorne did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Just over 200 Wyoming voters in total have changed their party affiliations in the last three weeks.

As of December, Wyoming had a total of 303,049 registered voters: 209,347 Republicans, 51,268 Democrats and 38,731 unaffiliated.

About 3,500 registered voters were affiliated with either the Libertarian or Constitution parties.

The attack on the U.S. Capitol was conducted by thousands who have been identified as supporters of former President Donald Trump.

The attack occurred the same day that Congress met to certify the Electoral College election results confirming Democrat Joe Biden as president.

The incident led to something of a division in Wyoming’s Republican Party with the state’s lone represenative, U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, voting for Trump’s impeachment on allegations he incited the riot.

U.S. Sens. John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummis, meanwhile, both voted against conducting an impeachment trial in the Senate.

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Wyoming GOP Urges Against Rush To Judgment In Capitol Invasion

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By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily

While the Wyoming Republican Party has condemned the violence that saw hundreds of people storm the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, it is also urging people to withhold judgment about who may have been responsible for the incident.

The party, in a statement, suggested the media rushed to identify those who infiltrated the Capitol as supporters of President Donald Trump.

“While the media rushes to label the protesters Trump supporters while not knowing who was actually responsible for the breach, we sit back and wait for the facts,” the statement said.

One person was killed in the incident and a Capitol police officer died from injuries he sustained while trying to repulse the crowds of people who have been described as Trump supporters.

The invasion of the Capitol came after a rally where Trump spoke and repeated his allegations of voter fraud in November’s presidential election. At the time the Capitol was stormed, members of Congress were meeting to discuss certification of the Electoral College votes that confirmed Democrat Joe Biden as the winner of the election.

The Republican Party’s statement said it is still too early to determine who was responsible for the incident.

“We do not condone violence and would hope people would make good decisions,” the statement said. “Since the facts are still unknown, any statement regarding the events is premature, as we all know this is the media side of the story. We will not jump to conclusions and point fingers until we have the facts.”

The statement also referenced the rioting associated with rallies held around the country in 2020 to protest the deaths of people at the hands of police.

“The protests the last several months have resulted in burned down buildings, destroyed businesses and people killed, yet there was no outrage from the corrupt media,” it said. “It is our hope that the media will report the truth and that the justice system will prosecute those responsible, first for the riots in the spring of 2020 and then, when the facts come out regarding the events of this day, those responsible for (Wednesday’s) chaos.”

Party Chairman Frank Eathorne, who attended the rally, said Thursday he saw no sign of violence during the event and first learned of the storming of the Capitol from news reports.

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Cheney, Lummis Send Condolences to Family of Fallen Capitol Officer

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney and U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis have both sent their condolences to the family of a U.S. Capitol police officer who died after sustaining injuries in the mob attack on Wednesday.

“There are no words to express my sadness for the friends and family of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick,” Lummis wrote in a tweet. “His devotion to his nation will not be forgotten. My prayers are with his friends and family at this difficult time.”

“My deepest sympathies for the family of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick,” Cheney wrote in a tweet. “Officer Sicknick was killed defending our Capitol from the violent mob on January 6. Please keep Brian and his family in your prayers.”

Sicknick died Thursday night from injuries he suffered while trying to repulse protesters who stormed the Capitol.

According to officials, thousands of people identified as Trump supporters invaded the Capitol after the rally, forcing its evacuation as members of Congress discussed the certification of the Electoral College’s vote.

Congress reconvened Wednesday night and certified the Electoral College’s vote.

When Sicknick returned to his division office after the riot, he collapsed. He was taken to a local hospital in Washington, D.C., where he succumbed to his injuries.

Sicknick’s death is being investigated by various law enforcement agencies. He is the fifth person and the first law enforcement officer to die as a result of the riots.

Sicknick joined the Capitol police in July 2008 and most recently served in the department’s first responder unit.

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Wyoming GOP Chair Says DC Rally Was Peaceful

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By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily

The chairman of Wyoming’s Republican Party said although he attended a rally in support of President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, he did not see the storming of the Capitol that left four people dead.

Frank Eathorne, in a statement, said he saw only peaceful protesters during the rally held before Congress met to certify the results of the Electoral College vote that gave Democrat Joe Biden the victory in November’s presidential election.

“I attended the organized and peaceful rally near the White House on Jan. 6,” Eathorne said. “The lawn between the White House and the Washington Monument is a very large area and held an unknown number of peaceful demonstrators who came to listen to speakers including Rudy Giuliani and President Trump.”

Eathorne said as he left the rally, he saw no sign of the storming of the Capitol by thousands of protesters. He added he first learned of the incident while watching news reports later.

“No violence or property damage was observed during my time there including a brief stop in the vicinity of the Capitol building property,” the statement said. “I retired from the public gathering near mid-afternoon and watched the news of some reported events I personally had not witnessed.”

Eathorne endorsed Trump’s call for peace issued Wednesday evening.

“The president’s statement tonight urging peace and love is the right course of action,” his statement said.

According to officials, thousands of people identified as Trump supporters invaded the Capitol after the rally, forcing its evacuation as members of Congress discussed the certification of the Electoral College’s vote.

Congress reconvened Wednesday night and certified the Electoral College’s vote.

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Cheney Blames Trump For Mob Attack on Capitol

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney specifically blamed President Donald Trump for inciting the mob attack on the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday that left four people dead and scores more arrested.

Cheney spoke with Fox News via phone on Wednesday evening before Congress reconvened to confirm former Vice President Joe Biden’s victory in November’s presidential election, solidifying Trump’s defeat.

“We just had a violent mob assault the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to prevent those from carrying out our Constitutional duty,” Cheney said. “There is no question that the president formed the mob, the president incited the mob, the president addressed the mob. He lit the flame.”

The representative was referring to Trump’s comments during a rally held shortly before Congress was to discuss certification of the Electoral College’s vote. During that rally, Trump told the crowd he would “never concede” the election to Biden and attacked Cheney and other “weak Congresspeople.”

Trump posted a video message Wednesday after the storming of the Capitol where he thanked protesters for their support, but asked them to go home. He also continued to claim throughout the day that the election had been rigged and stolen from him.

Cheney criticized Trump’s comments as inciting the protest at the Capitol, and took him to task for what she called his fairly weak call for protestors to leave the building and grounds.

“The president is abusing the trust of the American people and abusing the trust of the people who supported him,” she said. “We’ve never in our 245-year history had a president refuse to concede and leave office after the Electoral College had voted. There are serious questions about the President’s involvement and responsibility for what happened here today at the Capitol, and it cannot be tolerated.” 

Cheney has in recent weeks taken several positions against Trump, including when she confirmed she would not contest the Electoral College votes that showed he lost the election.

This is in stark contrast to newly-elected U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis, who has continued to praise the president into the new year. Lummis did contest some of the Electoral College votes during the Congressional session on Wednesday, but Biden was still confirmed as president-elect.

“This is what America is not,” Cheney said. “The mob will not prevail. What happened today can never happen in the United States, and the President needs to take responsibility for it.”

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Cheney on Capitol Attack: “It Is a Dangerous Moment For Our Country”

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney joined her colleagues on Wyoming’s congressional delegation in condemning the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, but she also took the opportunity to criticize President Donald Trump for creating the atmosphere that led to the attack.

An undetermined number of people described as supporters of Trump breached the security measures in place around the Capitol on Wednesday as members of Congress discussed certifying the results of the Electoral College vote from November’s presidential election.

Cheney placed blame for the attack on Trump and said he failed to adequately address the situation once it got out of hand.

“It doesn’t matter what side of those issues you stand on,” Cheney said during an interview with NBC News on Wednesday afternoon. “The President of the United States’ statement now, in my view, was completely inadequate – what he has done and what he caused here is something that we’ve never seen before in our history.”

Cheney was referring to a short video Trump posted to Twitter earlier Wednesday after the invasion began in which he thanks the protesters for their support, but calls on them to “go home.”

Despite the sharp political differences seen in the country, violent actions are not the answer, Cheney said.

“We have very deep and clear political differences in this country, but we don’t resolve those differences by mob violence,” she said. “It has been 245 years and no president has ever failed to concede or agree to leave office after the Electoral College has voted.”

She added that Wednesday’s attack on the Capitol was a result of Trump’s continued insistence that he actually won November’s presidential election and that there was a conspiracy keeping him from being returning to the White House.

“I think what we’re seeing today is a result of that –  a result of convincing people that somehow Congress was going to overturn the results of this election, a result of suggesting he wouldn’t leave office,” Cheney said. “Those are very, very dangerous things. This will be remembered and this will be part of his legacy, and it is a dangerous moment for our country.”

Trump said during a rally earlier Wednesday that he would “never concede.”

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Wyoming Democratic Party Condemns Attack on U.S. Capitol, Criticizes Lummis

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The Wyoming Democratic Party on Wednesday condemned the attack on the U.S. Capitol building while also criticizing the state’s newest U.S. senator.

Wyoming Democratic Party Chair Joe Barbuto said in a statement that the attack, led by people described as supporters of President Donald Trump who don’t believe he lost November’s presidential election to former Vice President Joe Biden, was the culmination of the last four years of Trump’s presidency.

“These people are not protesters or patriots, they are domestic terrorists who were beckoned by the dog whistle of Trump,” Barbuto said. “The President of the United States is complicit in this violence, as are those who have enabled and defended his actions, conspiracy theories and words over the last four years.”

Barbuto included Wyoming’s congressional delegation as having enabled Trump, primarily newly sworn-in Sen. Cynthia Lummis, who has regularly praised Trump during his presidency, including supporting Trump‘s refusal to concede in the presidential election.

Lummis confirmed recently that she would contest the Electoral College vote confirming Biden as president-elect.

Barbuto criticized Lummis’ choice to contest the Electoral College vote, calling it “disturbing.”

“Her embrace of that rhetoric has only escalated the situation,” he said. “It is a disgrace to democracy, it is a disgrace to our nation and it is a disgrace to Wyoming. Sen. Lummis has no choice but to publicly withdraw her involvement in encouraging the rejection of election results and fulfill her sworn oath and constitutional duties in the peaceful transition of power.”

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Barrasso Calls For End to Storming Of U.S. Capitol

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By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Sen. John Barrasso joined Wyoming colleague U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis on Wednesday in criticizing the crowds who invaded the U.S. Capitol as members of Congress prepared to certify the results of Electoral College votes from November’s election.

“This violence and destruction have no place in our republic,” Barrasso wrote in a Twitter post. “It must end now.”

Laura Menglekamp, Barrasso’s spokeswoman, said Barrasso and his staff were safe following the incident that forced the evacuation of the Capitol earlier in the day.

An undetermined number of protesters described as supporters of President Donald Trump breached the Capitol shortly after noon Wyoming time. The incident occurred shortly after Trump hosted a rally to encourage members of Congress to reject the Electoral College’s vote in favor of Democrat Joe Biden.

Barrasso and Lummis were on opposite sides of the Electoral College issue. Lummis joined 10 other Senate Republicans in announcing she would object to certification of the votes until an audit could be conducted of the elections in six states where Trump has alleged voter fraud occurred.

Barrasso, expressing opinions similar to those of U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, said he would vote to certify the results because their rejection would mean Congress was selecting the next president rather than the voters.

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