News Wrap: Jan. 6 committee calls on more GOP House members to testify

In our news wrap Monday, the Jan. 6 congressional committee has asked three more GOP House members to testify, a federal jury in Washington, D.C. convicted a retired New York police officer of assault and other charges in the Jan. 6th Capitol riot, the biggest wildfire in the U.S. keeps growing in New Mexico, and a former Philadelphia police officer was charged with murdering a 12-year-old boy.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    In the day's other news: A federal jury in Washington, D.C., convicted a retired New York police officer of assault and other charges in the January 6, 2021 riots at the U.S. Capitol. Thomas Webster was found guilty of attacking a D.C. police officer with a flagpole. He claimed self-defense. Webster could get 20 years in prison on the assault charge alone.

    The January 6 Congressional Committee has asked three more Republican members of the U.S. House to testify. Congressman Andy Biggs of Arizona, Mo Brooks of Alabama and Ronny Jackson of Texas are being asked to appear voluntarily. Biggs said today he would not participate. The focus is on White House meetings and talks with then-President Trump and rallies leading up to the U.S. Capitol assault.

    The biggest wildfire in the U.S. kept getting bigger today, after destroying or damaging more than 170 homes in recent days. The fire is burning in Northeastern New Mexico, near the small community of Las Vegas. It has scorched about 190 square miles so far. Fast-moving flames forced more people to leave today, following those who got out Sunday.

  • Willaim Sandoval, Evacuee:

    I got up in the morning at 6:00. And at that time, the smoke was still miles away. By 9:00, 9:30, the smoke in the valley was so thick, you needed a butter knife to cut through it.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    The evacuation order also included some 200 patients at a small psychiatric hospital.

    In Philadelphia, a former police officer charged with murdering a 12-year-old boy in March. Investigators say the boy, Thomas "T.J." Siderio, had fired a shot at an unmarked car and wounded a plainclothes officer. But they say video shows that he threw the gun away and was on the ground when officer Edsaul Mendoza shot and killed him. Mendoza has since been fired.

    Tennessee's Governor Bill Lee declared a moratorium on executions today to allow an independent review of lethal injections. He said the state has not properly tested the drugs that are used for executions. The moratorium applies for the rest of the year.

    On the pandemic, the COVID-19 outbreak in China that has led to a lockdown of millions of people in Shanghai may be slowing. Over the weekend, daily cases fell to 7,000 a day. That's down from a peak of 27,000. Still, authorities today sealed off new areas that had not been locked down after cases appeared there. The restrictions have fueled rare displays of public anger.

    And back in this country, Wall Street managed to get the month of May off to a winning start, after the heavy sell-offs of April. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 84 points to close at 33061. The Nasdaq rose 201 point, more than 1.5 percent. The S&P 500 added 23.

    Still to come on the "NewsHour": we examine the influence and increasingly extreme views of FOX News host Tucker Carlson; our Politics Monday team weighs in on the start of the primary election season; a museum exhibit chronicles the career of a South African activist fighting for trans visibility; plus much more.

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