Bipartisan senators’ group reaches deal on gun control bill, Sarah Palin makes comeback win, Biden White House met with several “defund the police” activists, Schiff wants DOJ to investigate Trump over Jan. 6.
A bipartisan group of 20 senators comprising ten Democrats and ten Republicans announced on Sunday they have reached a tentative agreement on gun control legislation, signing a statement announcing the framework deal, the Washington Post reported. The deal includes a federal grant program to encourage states to implement red flag laws to allow authorities to keep guns away from people who are a potential threat to themselves or others.
The statement includes nine points of focus which includes: (1) Under 21 enhanced review process, (2) finding school safety resources, (3) funding for school-based mental health and supportive services, (4) protection for victims of domestic violence, (5) investment in children and family mental health services, (6) support for state crisis intervention orders, (7) telehealth investments, (8) clarification of federally licensed firearms dealers, (9) penalties for straw purchase, the Daily Wire reported.
Former Alaska Governor and one-time vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin overtook a crowded field of both Democrats and Republicans by a wide margin in the first round of a special election to fill the state’s sole seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Daily Wire reported. Palin will advance to the next round of the state’s first-ever ranked choice, non-partisan primary.
Despite President Biden publicly distancing his administration from the “defund the police movement,” top aides have held repeated meetings with “defund the police” activists over the past year, White House visitors logs show, Fox reported.
Biden has espoused pro-police rhetoric while filling key positions in his office with people who are in sync with the “defund police” movement. In May, Biden signed an executive order on law enforcement reform that drew sharp criticism from some police groups who called it “political theater” that will demoralize and endanger police officers.
Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) said the Department of Justice should investigate “any allegation of criminal activity” against former President Donald Trump and his allies raised by the House’s Jan. 6 select committee in its public hearings this month, the ABC reported.
“There are certain actions, parts of these different lines of effort to overturn the  election, that I don’t see evidence the Justice Department is investigating,” Schiff said. “Once the evidence is accumulated by the Justice Department, it needs to make a decision about whether it can prove to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt the president’s guilt or anyone else’s.”
“But they need to be investigated if there’s credible evidence, which I think there is,” Schiff added.