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Former President Trump's comments during the Jan. 6 Capitol attack egged on the rioters, said Michael McConnell, co-chair of Facebook's independent Oversight Board, to Fox News Sunday.

Why it matters: McConnell said Trump's comments posted to social media — in which the former president asked the mob to go home, while falsely claiming the 2020 election had been stolen from him — were a key reason for the board upholding Facebook's continued suspension of Trump's account.

What they're saying: "On Jan. 6, President Trump issued those statements as a mob was rampaging through the Capitol, as members of Congress were cowering in fear, as the rioters were threatening Vice President Pence's life, and at that time, he issued these statements which were just egging [them] on — with perfunctory asking for peace, but mostly he was just egging them on — to continue."

  • "This is a plain violation of Facebook's rules against praising dangerous individuals and organizations at a time of violence," he said. "Mr. Trump is subject to the same rules on Facebook as everyone else."

McConnell added that although the board found Facebook was justified in suspending Trump's account, the social media site was not justified in taking the former president's statements down indefinitely.

  • "They did not provide any reasons for that, that is not a provision in their rules, that was wrong. And we gave them a certain amount of time to get their house in order," he said.
  • "They needed some time because their rules are in shambles. They are not transparent, they are unclear, they are internally inconsistent. So we made a series of recommendations about how to make their rules clearer and more consistent."

What to watch: The board has "insisted" that Facebook find a "proportionate response" within six months.

Go deeper: Oversight Board knocks Facebook for "lazy" Trump referral

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New ruling grants House Democrats access to some Trump tax records from accounting firm

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A new court ruling Wednesday will allow House Democrats to access some of former President Donald Trump's financial records from his accounting firm Mazars USA.

Why it matters: Trump has aggressively fought to keep his financial records secret, and the ruling notes that Trump unsuccessfully sued to stop Mazars from complying with the subpoena.

Chris Cuomo accuser: On-air "hypocrisy" spurred report

Journalist Chris Cuomo. Photo: Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images

A woman who accused fired CNN journalist Chris Cuomo of sexual misconduct said Sunday she decided to come forward after learning of his comments about women who made similar accusations about his brother. He denies her allegations.

Why it matters: Her attorney Debra Katz said in a statement that she heard "the hypocrisy" of his on-air words about his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and was "disgusted by his efforts to try to discredit these women," so "retained counsel to report his serious sexual misconduct against her to CNN."

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Omicron dashboard

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  1. Health: CDC director says number of U.S. Omicron cases "likely to rise" — Two years of COVID-19 — Prior coronavirus infections may not protect well against Omicron.
  2. Vaccines: Data demonstrates most-vaccinated counties less vulnerable to worst of COVID — Omicron adds urgency to vaccinating world — Omicron fuels the case for COVID boosters.
  3. Politics: Nevada to impose insurance surcharge on unvaccinated state workers — New Jersey GOP lawmakers defy statehouse COVID policy — Oklahoma sues Biden administration over Pentagon vaccine mandate.
  4. World: Vaccine mandates lose steam in the U.S. while Europe doubles downWHO: Delta health measures help fight Omicron — COVID cases surge in South Africa in sign Omicron wave is coming.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.