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August 17, 2022

Primaries – August 16, 2022

Yesterday’s primaries in two states featuring three women—Liz Cheney, Lisa Murkowski, and Sarah Pain—hit the media, one with a decision within hours and the other not decided for several days.

Alaska:

State election officials hope to have some results on August 23 and 26 with final numbers at the end of the month. The reason is the new ranked-voting system passed through ballot initiative last year and used for the first time this year.

For primaries, the top four candidates move on to the general election. In the election to replace the late Rep. Don Young, Alaska’s only U.S. representative, winning Democrat Mary Peltola and two GOP opponents Sarah Palin and Nick Begich, move to the November general election along with the undeclared fourth person in the contest. If one of the four candidates don’t get at least 50 percent, votes are redistributed until one person gets the majority. Palin hates the system, perhaps because the intention was to elect politicians with a wider rather than a narrower appeal. Maine was the first state to employ this ranked voting.

Peltola and Palin were winners in the special election to replace Young until 2023, and a ranked system is employed because neither of them received 50 percent of the vote. For voters who picked Begich, their second-choice votes are assigned to that pick. In an attempt to rig the system, Deposed Donald Trump (DDT) told Palin voters “to pick only one” candidate, but that system would lessen the possibility of a Republican winning the seat by losing any power to rank a second choice. If enough voters pick only one candidate or select Peltola for their second choice, she could go to Washington for four months this fall.

Palin’s former in-laws won’t be voting for her, and they threw a big pre-Election Night party for opponent Nick Begich. As far back as her vice-president candidacy, they questioned Palin’s ability. Faye Palin said about Sarah Palin, “I’m not sure what she brings to the ticket other than she’s a woman and a conservative.” Sarah and Todd Palin were divorced in 2020 at Todd’s choice.

Lisa Murkowski, DDT’s target for losing the election, came in first of 19 candidates for U.S. Senate but didn’t rise to 50 percent of the vote. She is the only senator to vote to convict DDT in his second impeachment trial. Murkowski will compete against DDT-endorsed Kelly Tshibaka, who moved to Alaska to run for the position, and two others, not yet identified. The four candidates will follow the same one as Palin and her three candidates in the November election. Tshibaka is only four points behind Murkowski, but she may lose some of that lead because Election Day votes counted first would be more favorable to her. Murkowski’s top Democratic opponent also received only six percent of the vote indicating that she may be the choice for Democrats.

Carpetbagger Tshibaka, who returned to the state for the election and was investigated when she applied for a residential fishing permit after eight months residency. This permit requires one year living in the state. She also kept her Maryland voting registration when she applied to vote in Alaska. Murkowski has such a strong presence that she won her 2010 campaign as an independent after losing the GOP primary. At the end of December 2010, she was certified the winner over Joe Miller with 101,091 votes to his 90,839 even after he filed a lawsuit against her write-ins and won some of his conditions before the state Supreme Court.  

Mike Dunleavy will go to the general election for the gubernatorial seat and follow the same ranked-vote process with three others. DDT gave Dunleavy “Complete and Total Endorsement”—”subject to his non-endorsement of Senator Lisa Murkowski…  In other words, if Mike endorses her, which is his prerogative, my endorsement of him is null and void, and of no further force or effect.” Dunleavy didn’t “non-endorse” Murkowski, but he did say DDT “has nothing to worry about which seemed to satisfy DDT.

Wyoming:

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) lost her election to DDT-endorsed Harriet Hageman, as predicted, by over 37 points after she supported the constitution instead of DDT. He declared the primary the most important in the nation, and his attacks against her were so severe that she couldn’t campaign in open venues. Threats of violence by DDT’s supporters forced her to have invite-only house parties and not provide advance notice about her travel in the state.

DDT was so desperate to elect her opponent that he and Republicans used an obscure shell company to fund Cheney’s primary challenger, violating the “straw donor” ban in the Federal Election Campaign Act forbidding contributions using another’s name. One donation was for $50,000.

In an early July debate with her opponents, Cheney, the vice-chair of the House January 6 investigative committee, challenged Hageman to prove her statement that the 2020 presidential election was rigged and that DDT won the election. To win the election, Hageman reversed her position from 2016 when she called DDT a “racist and xenophobe” and said this about Liz Cheney:

“I know Liz Cheney is a proven, courageous, constitutional conservative, someone who has the education, the background, and the experience to fight effectively for Wyoming on a national stage.”

In accepting the Profile of Courage Award from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Cheney said, “Everyone has a duty to set aside partisan battles and stand together to preserve our great republic.” She posted the transcript and video of her remarks on her congressional site. Kennedy’s grandson presented Cheney with the award while his mother, Ambassador Caroline Kennedy watched.

Chuck Gray, a DDT-endorsed election conspiracy theorist stating that President Joe Biden was not elected in 2020, won the GOP race for secretary of state in charge of elections. Democrats had no candidates so he has been de facto elected.

The Lincoln Project, a group of Republicans opposing DDT, may agree with him about the importance of Cheney’s loss: the organization declared her loss is the death of the GOP:

“Tonight, the nation marks the end of the Republican Party. What remains shares the name and branding of the traditional GOP, but is in fact an authoritarian nationalist cult dedicated only to Donald Trump… Liz Cheney stood up to the lawless, reckless attack on our nation led by Donald Trump, and millions of Americans saw leadership that transcended ideological boundaries… She remains an essential leader of the pro-democracy forces in the United States today and we encourage her to continue to engage in the fight to save our Republic and protect our democracy.”

The Lincoln Project describes itself as a pro-democracy organization dedicated to the preservation, protection, and defense of democracy.

Updates:

DDT is endorsing candidates without consulting them. It appears he is selecting those most likely to be elected because of polling or no opponents in the primaries.

During her campaign, newly-elected DA Coty Wamp in Tennessee’s Hamilton County said she might prosecute librarians and teachers who have LGBTQ books in libraries because the content “is called contributing to the delinquency of a minor.” Now she says she never made that claim. The far-right group Moms for Liberty is disappointed.

The Senate GOP Campaign Arm pulled $13.5 million in targeted advertising from Arizona (Blake Masters), Nevada (Adam Laxalt), Pennsylvania (Mehmet Oz), and Wisconsin (Ron Johnson) since August 1. All of them are losing in the polls. Chris Hartline, NRSC communications director, said the money had been transferred into independent expenditures to coordinate with campaigns but didn’t give the amount. States have limited coordinated amounts; in Arizona no more than $622,000.  Masters received $15 million from billionaire Peter Thiel but has only $1.6 million remaining, compared to the $24.8 million that his Democratic opponent, Mark Kelly, has. 

Blake Masters, Arizona’s GOP U.S. Senate candidate, tried to separate himself from the white supremacists, but Andrew Torba, founder of the far-right social media platform Gab, said “it’s a flat-out lie” that Masters doesn’t know who Torba is. The response was to Masters’ rejection of Torba’s endorsement in the Arizona Mirror where the candidate stated, “I’ve never heard of the guy … because he’s a nobody and nobody cares about him except the media.” DDT had endorsed Masters. Torba wrote back that Masters is “already become a typical politician before he is even elected!”

Rep. Lee Zeldin, New York’s GOP gubernatorial candidate, may face a criminal investigation for a “dubious petitioning effort” to add third parties to the August 23 primary ballot who would siphon votes away from Democratic incumbent Gov. Kathy Hochul. Signed Independence Party petitions were dropped at the GOP party headquarters—and bound in volumes—before submission to the state Board of Elections on the May 31 deadline.” According to the Times Union, almost 20 percent of the 52,000 signatures required to put “upstart third parties” on the ballot were “xeroxed copies of other, original signatures within those same records interspersed in a manner leading some election experts to conclude their inclusion may have been intentional, possibly to inflate the number of signatures to surpass the daunting new threshold of 45,000 valid signatures for upstart state parties to gain ballot access.” Over 12,800 signatures were invalid, including over 11,000 photocopied ones. The total was 6,000 short of an Independence Party ballot line to sway certain close elections for GOP candidates.” Another example of Republican “election integrity.”

July 21, 2022

January 6, 2021 Hearing – July 21, 2022

The eighth hearing from the House January 6 investigative committee lasted 135 minutes and covered 187 minutes while supporters of Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) followed following his orders to violently destroy the orderly process of announcing electoral votes for the next president of the United States, Joe Biden. For that entire time, congressional members, their staff, and others were hiding from the insurrectionists while the Capitol Police tried to protect them. The Secret Service, who also feared for their lives and made goodbye calls to their loved ones, smuggled VP Mike Pence out of the Capitol and into safety from the mob chanting “Hang Mike Pence” because he didn’t follow their demands.

Complainers about how the hearings’ information has already been in the news are, in part, correct, but witness testimony verifies what was formerly called hearsay. DDT attacked a Secret Service driver when he demanded he was going to the Capitol for the insurrection and had to be forced back to the White House where he sat in his dining room and watched Fox reporting on the insurrection. For almost three hours he refused to take any action, despite begging from family, friends, and advisers; as Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-OH) said, “He chose not to act.” DDT would not allow any photographs and legal record-keeping of his communications during that time. 

Committee Vice-chair Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) facilitated the session, and Chair Bennie Thompson (D-MS), isolated after testing positive for COVID, spoke by video at the beginning and end of the hearing. Kinzinger and Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA) led the questioning of witnesses Matthew Pottinger, former National Security Council official, and Sarah Matthews, DDT’s deputy white House press secretary. Matthews, a House GOP staffer, has already been attacked as a liar and a pawn for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on the House GOP account from the office of Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY). Jeremy Adler, one of Cheney’s top aide, shamed Stefanik’s team because Matthews is “doing her patriotic duty.” The tweet was then deleted. A second tweet calling tonight’s hearing “heresy,” perhaps meaning hearsay, was also deleted.

Clips at the beginning and end of the hearing play speeches immediately after January 6 by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) given on their chamber floors. McCarthy said, “The president bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters” because he didn’t act “immediately.” McConnell said, “It was obvious that only President Trump could end this” because people were acting on Trump’s behalf and blamed DDT for using false voter-fraud claims to inflame supporters.   

The committee revealed more hearings are planned for September after Congress returns from its August hiatus. More people are volunteering testimony to support the proof DDT’s dereliction of duty and violating his oath to protect the U.S. Constitution.

Showing DDT’s dereliction of duty, White House counsel Pat Cipollone gave a detailed timeline on DDT’s January 6 activities during the insurrection, beginning as early as 2:00 pm when Cipollone and several others pushed for a statement to call off rioters. After a long pause, he answered a question by adding that everyone in the White House wanted the insurrectionists to leave except DDT.

Outtakes of DDT’s videos to—reluctantly—stop the mob’s violence and his follow-up speech the next day demonstrate his refusal to include any mention of peace and vilification of the insurrectionists (which Republicans still call “tourists”). He also couldn’t say, “The election’s over.” DDT did not call any agency—not Defense, Justice, Homeland Security, or any other—for a response to the attack. That was left of to Pence while he was in hiding. Then White House chief of staff Mike Meadows told Gen. Mark A. Milley, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to say that DDT had called him, not Pence, in an attempt to make him look as if he were in control. Earlier, DDT refused to take a call from the Pentagon that was seeking to “coordinate on the response to the attack.” Adviser Eric Herschman told Cipollone that “the president didn’t want anything done.”

DDT wasn’t through after the failed insurrection. His personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani made calls reinforcing support for the plan of overturning the election to such congressional members as Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), Lindsey O. Graham (R-SC), Josh Hawley (R-Mo), and Ted Cruz (R-TX). A voicemail for Tuberville laid out the scheme: “just slow [this hearing] down.”

DDT left his dining room for his White House residence at 6:27 pm on January 6 after his last tweet of the day, a love note to his followers:

“These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide victory is so unceremoniously, viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly, unfairly treated for so long. Go home with love and peace.”

The last thing DDT said on January 6 was “Mike Pence let me down.” Herschmann said everyone left the White House because they were “drained.”

At the Capitol, congressional members came out of hiding, resumed the electoral vote counting about 8:00 pm, and then finished their job at 3:41 am EST on January 7, 14 hours and 41 minutes after they started. The counting must be done in a session beginning son January 6 unless Congress passes a law changing it.

Senate staff had saved the paper Electoral College ballots when the chamber was evacuated because the mob was breaking into the building.

A lasting video of the eighth hearing is Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) running in terror through the halls and down steps. This was after he thrust his fist in the air in support of the protesters and adding fuel to the violence while he was behind the barricades.

Three days after the insurrection, texts from DDT’s campaign officials and loyalists Tim Murtaugh and Matthew Wolking show their disgust and rage with DDT when he didn’t even acknowledge the death of Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick on the night of January 7. Wolking wrote, “Everything [DDT] said about supporting law enforcement was a lie.”

Viewers see the hearings as building a criminal case against DDT and his enablers of seditious conspiracies in overthrowing the government and forcibly opposing its authority. The DOJ can use the committee’s work. Just as important, however, is “to stop Trump’s continuing attack on American democracy,” according to Robert Reich who lists six ways through the hearings:

Be crystal clear that the continuing attempted coup is based on a lie through repeatedly playing DDT’s former AG Bill Barr stating:  

“I saw absolutely zero basis for the allegations [of voter fraud], but they were made in such a sensational way that they obviously were influencing a lot of people, members of the public, that there was this systemic corruption in the system and that their votes didn’t count and that these machines controlled by somebody else were actually determining it, which was complete nonsense. And it was being laid out there, and I told them that it was—that it was crazy stuff and they were wasting their time on that. And it was doing a grave disservice to the country.”

Showing the battle between democracy and authoritarian is non-partisan with all the GOP witnesses who worked for DDT, GOP legislators, GOP-appointed judges, GOP-elected state officials, etc. They are all citizens disgusted by and worried about DDT’s attempted coup.

Appealing to Republican lawmakers to stop supporting DDT’s continuing attempted coup in stressing oaths to defend the U.S. Constitution. 

Explaining how average people fell for DDT’s treachery with disastrous results with witnesses such as Stephen Ayers representing the ordinary “family man and a working man” who took part in the insurrection because he thought DDT wanted him there.  

Reminding people of their duties to democracy as Committee chair Thompson said in the seventh hearing:

“We settle our differences at the ballot box. Sometimes my choice prevails, sometimes yours does, but it’s that simple. We cast our votes. We count the votes. If something seems off with the results, we can challenge them in court, and then we accept the results. When you’re on the losing side, that doesn’t mean you have to be happy about it. And in the United States, there’s plenty you can do and say so. You can protest. You can organize. You can get ready for the next election to try to make sure your side has a better chance the next time the people settle their differences at the ballot box. But you can’t turn violent.”

Presenting DDT’s attempted coup as ongoing like Cheney did when she described DDT’s attempts at witness tampering.

The hearings are making a difference. Without them, DDT’s popularity would increase as people lack information and forget. Instead, the 57 percent of people say DDT has, at least, a good amount of blame for the January 6 insurrection, up from 53 percent six months ago. Half the people think DDT should be charged with crimes based on the evidence presented in the hearings. At least 58 percent of people in the U.S. are paying either a lot of attention (25 percent) or some attention (33 percent) to the hearings.

The drip, drip, drip accumulation about a corrosive DDT provided by the hearings is eroding support for him, shown in polling, focus groups, and fundraising. Part of DDT’s problem is that he won’t stop litigating the 2020 election, which some describe as “Trump fatigue.”

And new evidence will be back in September hearings!

 

July 6, 2022

House Committee Announces Seventh January 6 Hearing

The hearings from the House January 6 investigative committee return next week, the seventh one on Tuesday, July 12, 10:00 am EST (meaning 7:00 am on the West Coast!) Fortunately, some of the cable channels rerun the event although Fox network may not even show it the first time because their ratings went down for the sixth hearing. The network has trained the audience to watch only angry garbage.

The focus of this hearing will “reveal its findings about the connections between former President Donald J. Trump’s effort to overturn the 2020 election and the domestic violent extremist groups that helped to organize the siege on Congress.” Reps. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) and Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) are expected to lead the hearing “to chart the rise of the right-wing domestic violent extremist groups that attacked the Capitol and how Mr. Trump amassed and inspired the mob.” The DOJ has charged the Stewart Rhodes, leader of the Oath Keepers; ten other Oath Keepers; and and Enrique Tarrio, head of the Proud Boys, with seditious conspiracy.

Sarah Matthews, press secretary in the White House while Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) was there, has agreed to publicly testify after being subpoenaed. She resigned on the night of January 6 after being “deeply disturbed by what I saw” and stated that “our nation needs a peaceful transfer of power.” Matthews also defended Cassidy Hutchinson after people downplayed Cassidy Hutchinson for her testimony to the House committee and her access in the West Wing and added that, to answer the accusation of Hutchinson’s testimony of being “hearsay,” the “the January 6 committee would welcome any of those involved to deny these allegations under oath.”

Hutchinson’s testimony was watched by over 13 million people; the hearing, announced only one day before, was the second-most watched one since the first one in the evening by 20 million watchers. On June 28, Fox, largely ignoring the hearing or misrepresenting it, averaged 1.7 million viewers.

Mick Mulvaney, one of DDT’s chiefs of staff after DDT appointed him to other administrative positions, called on Republicans to pay attention to the committee activities:

“When Republicans start testifying under oath that other Republicans lost the 2020 election and then broke the law to try to change that, Republicans should pay attention. Everyone should.”

Mulvaney said that Republicans arguing that the committee’s hearings are “a made-for-TV show trial” and that “there is no cross-examination of witnesses … are correct… But they still should be paying attention.” He called former AG Bill Barr, Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers, and Meadows’ former aide Cassidy Hutchinson “eminently credible.” Barr called DDT “detached from reality,” and Bowers disagreed that DDT had told the House Speaker the election was rigged. CBS co-president Neeraj Khemlani hired Mulvaney for as a paid contributor the network because Khemlani expects Republicans to take over Congress in the fall.

After the last hearing on June 28, DDT’s rants on his Truth Social indicates Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and the testimony by Hutchinson hit a nerve—or several of them—by describing the elements of DDT’s sedition. He ended this rant on the Fourth of July by wishing people a “Happy Fourth of July!!!”

“Warmongering and despicable human being Liz Cheney, who is hated by the great people of Wyoming (down 35!), keeps saying, over and over again, that HER Fake Unselect Committee may recommend CRIMINAL CHARGES against a President of the United States who got more votes than any sitting President in history. Even the Dems didn’t know what she was talking about! Why doesn’t she press charges instead against those that cheated on the Election, or those that didn’t properly protect the Capitol?”

Cheney has not ruled out the possibility of criminal referrals against DDT. In return, DDT has increased his statements he might make a presidential run for 2024, making Republicans very nervous, in an attempt to avoid criminal charges.

In the first dozen hours of hearings, testimony has shown the central part DDT played to stay in the White House, plotting to overthrow the legitimate presidential election for Joe Biden. Other revelations:

  • DDT rejected his aides’ advice when he announced victory for the presidency before all the ballots were counted and states projected a win for Biden.
  • Many of DDT’s followers, including his own daughter Ivanka, refused to believe in voter fraud.
  • DDT’s personal lawyer and strongest supporter Rudy Giuliani admitted “lack of evidence.”
  • DDT’s legal architect of rejecting electoral votes, his campaign attorney John Eastman, also admitted that his theory to overturn the election was illegal.
  • DDT’s team tried to pick outsiders such as DOJ lawyer Jeffrey Clark to carry out their plan because the government mainstays wouldn’t follow DDT’s orders.
  • DDT knew the crowd had weapons on January 6 but told White House officials to let them through the metal detectors anyway and used his speech to encourage them to march on the Capitol.
  • White House lawyers worried about legal problems from DDT’s speech and his march plans, aware that they would appear to incite a riot, obstruct justice, and defraud the electoral count.
  • DDT thought his VP Mike Pence “deserved” the violence that the crowd threatened.
  • Several lawmakers and DDT associates who asked for pardons in connection with January 6 knew they might be breaking the law.
  • Witnesses, including Cassidy Hutchinson, were sent intimidating messages trying to testify their testimony.

The discovery that DDT’s Save America PAC is paying or promising to pay for several witnesses’ legal fees has raised concerns. Until a month before the June 28 hearing, Hutchinson’s lawyer was supposed by the group; she changed lawyers before her testimony. DDT accused the new lawyer of persuading Hutchinson to lie under oath. Subpoenaed witnesses with lawyers paid by DDT’s organization commonly refuse to answer questions. DDT’s former lawyer Michael Cohen said about DDT and the intimidating messages:

“He behaves like a mob boss, and these messages are fashioned in that style. Giving an order without giving the order. No fingerprints attached.”

During her testimony, Hutchinson brought up White House counsel Pat Cipollone 18 times as a witness to events. The House committee has subpoenaed Cipollone, and he will testify before the committee on Friday, July 8. The question is whether he will answer any of the questions. He did agree to voluntarily cooperate with the probe last April but didn’t full answer some of the questions. 

Tony Ornato, DDT supporter and deputy chief of staff for operations, denied he said DDT lunged for the steering wheel to direct the car to the Capitol, but multiple Secret Service sources verified Hutchinson’s testimony. Also verified were Hutchinson’s accounts of DDT’s frequent dish throwing. One of the intimidating messages to Hutchinson came from her former boss, Mark Meadows, who refuses to obey a subpoena. Mark Meadows denied he asked for a pardon but didn’t say it under oath.

After information about the attempt by Ginni Thomas, Justice Clarence Thomas’ wife, to overturn Biden’s election, she offered to testify before the House committee. Her lawyer, however, sent an eight-page document denying her presence. He wrote that he didn’t “understand the need to speak with Mrs. Thomas.” About the strategy Thomas sent to Meadows, the lawyer said, “She was simply texting with a friend.”  

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who has been removed from all House committees because of her QAnon theories affecting her behavior, tweeted she will create her own 1/6 committee because the existing ones won’t permit “rebuttal witnesses.”

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) also got a lot of media coverage for his shifting explanations when asked about his giving Pence a list of fake electors voting for DDT on January 6 in an attempt to give him false votes to the electoral college. First, he said he didn’t know anything about his staff member trying to give fake slate from Wisconsin and Michigan to Pence’s staff member, who wouldn’t take them. A day later he claimed a Pennsylvania congressman brought the slate to his office—a claim immediately disputed by the congressman who said he hadn’t seen Johnson for almost a decade. Caught in that lie, Johnson said the whole thing didn’t even matter. Johnson is so bad at lying that when he told a reporter he couldn’t answer questions because he was on his cellphone, a video picked up the phone ringing.

The senator is running for another six-year term in 2022. The primary is on August 9. Johnson had promised a year ago he wouldn’t run for a third term but now is spreading a fake story about people crying if he didn’t run again. Some Republicans are “crying” because he is running again. Luckily for Johnson, he’s running unopposed—in the primary.

February 6, 2022

Grand Insurrection Party – The Cult of Donald Trump

According to Rick Ross, “a typical cult has a charismatic, unaccountable leader, persuades by coercion and exploits its members, economically, sexually or in some other way.” The biggest problem with cults is the way that they harm people through the leader, the coercion, and the exploitation. Warning signs for unsafe cult groups and leaders:

  • Absolute authoritarianism without meaningful accountability.
  • No tolerance for questions or critical inquiry.
  • No meaningful financial disclosure regarding budget or expenses, such as an independently audited financial statement.
  • Unreasonable fear about the outside world, such as impending catastrophe, evil conspiracies, and persecutions.
  • No legitimate reason to leave—departing followers are always wrong in leaving, negative or even evil.
  • Repeated stories by those leaving of abuse with a similar pattern of grievances.
  • Records, books, news articles, or broadcast reports documenting abuses of the group/leader.
  • Feelings of inadequacy by members.
  • Demand that the group/leader is always right.
  • The exclusive “truth” or validation comes only from the group/leader with no other ideas acceptable or credible.

Thus the description of the “Grand Insurrection Party (GIP),” Republicans who follow Deposed Donald Trump (DDT) without question and the reason for the RNC vote without discussion and almost no dissent to censure two Republican representatives involved in the process of investigating the events of the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6, 2021. Steve Bannon led the GOP charge against former VP Mike Pence for calling former DDT “wrong” in saying Pence could overturn President Joe Biden’s legitimate election. Other Republicans are staying quiet, but it’s early days. They’re likely waiting to see the direction of the wind. Without the cult of DDT, the RNC would not have visualized insurrectionists as heroes and martyrs—beyond accountability for their crimes.

Over a year ago, DDT said the people who attacked the Capitol should have to pay for their crimes. He even said he was “outraged” at their actions, calling for “law and order,” and said they “have defiled the seat of American democracy.” Reversing his opinion a year later, he attacked loyal followers who don’t follow his new position, such as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), by name-calling such as RINO (Republican in Name Only). DDT lambasted Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) earlier for not saying that Biden stole the election.

More information has recently been released about DDT’s plans to put himself back into the White House even before Pence refused to follow his orders. Soon after the election, DDT asked personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to talk to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) about the government seizing voting machines in battleground states that he lost. When Giuliani told him he couldn’t, DDT went to his AG Bill Barr with the same request. Barr told him “no,” that the election evidenced no crime.

DDT’s allies wrote him to use his National Security Agency (NSA) and Defense Department to look at intelligence, searching for evidence that foreign powers had interfered with election results, allowing extrajudicial responsibilities. To further his efforts, DDT pressured the Pentagon into naming his barely qualified loyalist, Michael Ellis as top NSA lawyer. Unfortunately for DDT, Ellis didn’t take charge until Biden’s inauguration, but three GOP senators—Kevin Cramer (ND), Ron Johnson (WI), and Cynthia Lummis (WY) received the memo. Lummis also attended a meeting where she was falsely told that foreign governments had changed the vote. None of the senators, however, alerted the FBI. The House January 6 investigation committee is looking into these events, helping prompt the RNC to pass its resolution.

Another problem for DDT is the history of fake electors from the battleground states that he wanted to overturn. Recently, memos made public show the involvement of his campaign lawyer at the advice of another lawyer, DDT’s ally, to create “an alternative slate vote, in hopes that its legitimacy will be validated.” It told fake electors to secretly meet and sign fake documents that they submit as if they were real. The advising lawyer, Kenneth Chesebro, examined state law to find loopholes for the process. Fourteen fake electors have been subpoenaed to appear before the House committee, the chairs and secretaries of the groups in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, New Mexico, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. In January, the right-wing Gatewing Pundit falsely reported that the Wisconsin State Assembly unanimously voted to withdraw Joe Biden’s ten legitimate electors. It didn’t happen because the bill was sent to the Rules Committee to die.

DDT, known for keeping all the money donated to him, gave $1.35 million to the Conservative Partnership Institute, a nonprofit organization where his former chief of staff Mark Meadows is a senior partner. The $1.35 million gift was made less than a month after the House committee was formed. Meadows initially turned over about 9,000 documents but then refused to give the committee any more and would not testify, even under the threat of criminal charges. The second largest donation from DDT’s Save America is $10,000, and most were $5,000. Recipients were those who supported DDT’s goal of overturning the election.

On January 26, a judge ordered John Eastman, the man who concocted the scheme to stop the Electoral College vote count on January 6, to quickly get the 94,000 subpoenaed documents, including 19,000 emails, to the House investigation committee. Eastman was told to review 1,500 pages per business day and immediately give them to the committee. The documents, which Eastman had fought to keep secret, are from Chapman College. Eastman tried to stall on the almost four-month job by beginning with the earliest documents and sending in newspaper articles, but the judge issued another order to prioritize documents between January 4 and 7, 2021. When Eastman was subpoenaed for his testimony, he invoked the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination 146 times.

Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany has turned over text messages two months, some of them already public, after they were subpoenaed. They include exchanges with Fox’s Sean Hannity about handling an unbalanced DDT after the Capitol attack, but these messages are a small part of her records.

No one knows if Pence will testify for the House committee, but the National Archives will be turning over some of his documents to the committee. That, however, was only the first round of document production. These materials specifically include “communications concerning the former Vice President’s responsibilities as President of the Senate in certifying the vote of presidential electors on January 6, 2021.”

Marc Short, Pence’s former chief of staff, has testified in defense of his former boss, saying “snake oil salesmen” gave DDT bad advice to overturn the election. Short said he didn’t know if DDT was actually “seeking the bad advice” and confirmed “Joe Biden is the duly elected president of the United States.”

DDT is also calling on his cult members to violently protest any problems from the personal and political criminal and civil lawsuits against him, he said:

“They’re trying to put me in jail. These prosecutors are vicious, horrible people. They’re racists and they’re very sick. They’re mentally sick…. If these radical, vicious, racist prosecutors do anything wrong or illegal, I hope we are going to have in this country the biggest protests we have ever had in Washington, D.C., in New York, in Atlanta and elsewhere.”

DDT also called on his mob to protest en masse to attack three Black law enforcement officials came almost immediately after his suggestion he would pardon violent protesters on January 6.

The House committee has a solution for high level officials who refuse to testify: they turn lower-level staff members into witnesses who provide information about their employers’ activities. The group has interviewed over 475 witnesses with over 100 subpoenas including ones for banks and telecommunications and social media companies which gathered personal data of DDT family members and allies, politicians, and one congressional member, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH). With this data, they use link analysis, a mapping technique key to identifying terrorist networks after 9/11.

DDT’s cult followers have established a legal defense fund for his former aides associated with the January 6 inquiry. The one requirement for the First Amendment Fund from the American Conservative Union is that they disagree with the committee’s mission. DDT won’t be donating any money for them. Anyone not bending before DDT’s will should be eliminated. For example, after GOP Gov. Chris Sununu (NH) opposed DDT’s pardon idea for insurrectionists, DDT wants him removed from office and came out in support of any opponent to Sununu in the upcoming election.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) declared all the “mean” and “nasty” committee members could face jail time when the Republicans take over the House. He didn’t list any “laws” the committee members are “breaking.” Gingrich is working on GOP policy statements for the 2022 election.

DDT’s actions follows all the boxes applicable to a cult leader which can also drive away legitimate Republicans. Before the censure resolution, Mike DuHaime, former RNC political director, tweeted the RNC would be “insane” if it carries through:

“The party that long valued individuality and differences of opinion now demands fealty to the election results lie. And it stupidly keeps the focus Trump instead of Biden.”

Not all members of the GOP support the cult of DDT, but by the RNC is the Republican leadership. Those who allow the cult to continue are enabling it.

February 4, 2022

‘President Trump Is Wrong’

Lots of news on the first Friday of Black History Month, but one lede might be that former VP Mike Pence finally opposed Deposed Donald Trump (DDT) after lying for him since the beginning of their campaign in 2015. The setting was a Federalist Society convention in Florida where Pence, the keynote speaker, was to speak about “constitutional principles and the rule of law,” which included attempts to overturn a legitimate election The subject was DDT’s lie that Pence could legally overturn the 2020 election. DDT also stated the House January 6 investigation committee should probe Pence for not doing so. With a note of optimism, Pence flatly declared DDT’s idea “un-American“:

“President Trump is wrong. Under the Constitution, I had no right to change the outcome of our election, and [Vice President] Kamala Harris will have no right to overturn the election when we beat them in 2024.”

Pence called January 6 a “dark day in the history of the United States capitol” and said that a vice president plays no part disrupting the certified votes from the states for president. Rubbing salt in DDT’s wounds, Pence has also said they may “never see eye-to-eye” about that day and was proud of the completion of the certification after the insurrection.The question is now whether Republicans will turn on Pence or separate themselves from DDT. DDT is even more distressed because two top Pence aides, former chief of staff Marc Short and general counsel Greg Jacob, are talking to the January 6 committee.

February 4, 2022, is also a dark day for the U.S. Supreme Court: Justice Neil Gorsuch is secretly speaking to conference guests—no press allowed. Supreme Court conservatives are tired of being called political hacks, but they keep proving they are.

With the upcoming 2022 election, GOP interest in pursuing a “stolen” election for DDT at its RNC winter meeting in Utah is waning from its platform to take over the country. Attendees know that DDT has a hold on the GOP base, but candidates need to focus on inflation and parents’ rights (aka book censorship and ignorance in school curriculum) in an effort to find new voters. RNC reps also worry about the plethora of federal and state investigation and lawsuits DDT faces and polls indicating less support for him.

On the same day Pence made this speech, RNC representatives censured Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) for their participation in the House investigation of January 6. Kinzinger is not running for election in 2022, and Cheney has outraised her RNC-backed primary opponent by four to one with over $2 million in the last quarter of 2021. The RNC resolution described the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol as “a Democrat-led persecution of ordinary citizens engaged in legitimate political discourse to mask Democrat abuse of prosecutorial power for partisan purposes.” Republicans first resolution was to expel the two representatives from the House, but they said they didn’t want to appear to have dissenting views. 

The one-minute voice vote for censure was meant to keep anyone from being embarrassed by their vote, but some of the delegates spoke out against the decision. During the voice vote, some people shouted “No,” including Henry Barbour (MS) and Bill Palatucci (NJ). Glenn McCall (SC) left the room during the vote because the party needs to stick to resolutions “that are going to advance the party.” Caleb Heimlich (WA) said he voted for the resolution before he found out the last-minute language of “legitimate political discourse.” Even Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) criticized RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel, his niece, for pushing through the resolution:

“Shame falls on a party that would censure persons of conscience, who seek truth in the face of vitriol. Honor attaches to Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger for seeking truth even when doing so comes at great personal cost.”

GOP Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan tweeted:

“The GOP I believe in is the party of freedom and truth. It’s a sad day for my party—and the country—when you’re punished just for expressing your beliefs, standing on principle, and refusing to tell blatant lies.”

Author of the resolution is Citizens United President David Bossie—top DDT adviser in charge of fight DDT’s loss in 2020 until he contracted COVID. Although that put Giuliani in charge, Bossie stayed involved, taking part of the meetings at the Willard Hotel to strategize overturning the election and putting pressure on congressional members to support overturning the legitimate Electoral College presidential votes for Joe Biden.

The censure vote came shortly after DDT’s rally when he promised to pardon the insurrectionists helping him overturn the election and violence if he’s held accountable for both business and political crimes. And the same week as the discovery that DDT tried to get the government to seize voting machines and additional details about his plan to use forged, fake state electoral vote certificates forcing Pence to overturn the election.

The censure beings the new RNC goal of “unity,” not necessarily in accord with Pence’s statement that DDT “is wrong.” Conference-goers also think that Glenn Youngkin has the answer because of his strategy for his winning election to Virginia governor—just pretend that DDT doesn’t exist. The idea may not be successful, however, because Youngkin’s scrupulous allegiance to DDT’s agenda has infuriated many people voting for him as a “moderate.” Plus one of Youngkin’s executive orders signed on his first day in mid-January, the “opt-out” permission for school mask mandates, has already been overturned—at least temporarily. Some GOP leaders also want Pence to run for president in 2024 even if DDT decides to be a candidate.

Other Republicans are getting fed up with the lies from DDT’s supporters.  After Republican officials in Maricopa County rejected the quackery efforts of Cyber Ninjas to “recount” its ballots, GOP House Speaker Rusty Bowers, representing the Mesa area, showed some sanity and support for democracy regarding a voter-suppression bill. It would not only allow the state legislature to reject the popular vote if they didn’t like the results but also require all ballots, totally almost 3.5 million in 2020, to be hand-counted within 24 hours of the election. Electronic machines would be banned except for disabilities so all ballots, at least 3.5 million in a general election would be counted by hand-counted, something taking almost four months for the Ninjas. As last recount proved, hand-counts “harm accuracy, speed, and dependability,” as Bowers said. The bill would also almost eliminate the early voting program used by almost 90 percent of the voters, meaning that the vote couldn’t start until Election Day.

n a headline, the biggest newspaper wrote that “Bowers didn’t just kill a bill to veto our vote. He stoned the thing.” Laurie Roberts continued:

“House Speaker Rusty Bowers has once again refused to give into the collective psychosis that has affected so many of his Republican colleagues since Trump lost the election. [He] has once again saved Republicans from themselves.”

Bowers’ strategy was to assign the bill to committee—all 12 standing committees. Capital reporter Jeremy Duda of the Arizona Mirror tweeted:

“I’ve never seen a speaker or Senate president kneecap a bill as aggressively as this. Triple-assignments? Sure. Been there. But this is Bowers killing the bill, chopping it up, setting the pieces on fire, then digging up the ashes and throwing them into the ocean.”

A conservative Republican, Bowers refused to buy into the “stolen” election theory or call for election results to be overturned. He said he voted for DDT and didn’t like his loss but “will not entertain a suggestion that we violate current law to change the outcome of a certified election.” Bowers told DDT and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani on a November phone call that he would not “break my oath” and “will follow the Constitution.” In response, the Arizona Patriot Party targeted him for recall, and DDT’s supporters came to his neighborhood with loudspeakers, calling him a pedophile. His GOP colleagues have introduced over 70 bills to “reform” Arizona’s elections. A long piece on Bowers. 

One of the bill’s co-sponsors represents Scottsdale, where one of his GOP constituents was one of ten Arizonans$6 thus far indicted for voter fraud in the $9 million effort to count over two million ballots after she cast a ballot for her dead mother. She eventually pled guilty.

In a positive move, father and son Gregory and Travis McMichael, convicted of killing Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, will go to trial for federal hate crime charges after his 2020 stalking and murder of the Black man. Prosecutors had agreed to a plea agreement from McMichael in exchange for a cushier prison location, but the judge refused the agreement allows the two men to plead guilty only to interference with rights. A neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, also faces federal hate crime charges. The deciding judge was appointed by George W. Bush.

There will be a post on Tucker Carlson as a possible 2024 presidential candidate, but I’m finding it too depressing to finish right now. Especially with the official number of deaths in the U.S. over 900,000–924,530 according to the Worldometer—because of people like Carlson.

January 3, 2022

2022: The GOP March to Fascism

A year ago, hopes were high after Deposed Donald Trump (DDT) had to leave the White House after the inauguration of Joe Biden as president. The plan for mass vaccinations was ready to roll, and reasonable people hoped DDT would disappear at Mar-a-Lago. But then came the insurrection on January 6 when DDT’s followers attacked the U.S. Capitol to overturn the election, and the GOP preparation for another coup continued. Despite over 100 judges ruling that the 2020 election had no wide-spread fraud and the failure of even Arizona’s $6 million ballot-counting by a private company, DDT and his followers—including congressional members—lie about a stolen election, inciting more violence. Texas also failed to change votes, and Wisconsin starts a new “audit” every time the old can’t find fraud.

Biden’s economy is far better than during the past four years, but the mainstream and far-right media refuse to publicize positive information. If the bull market, by now with highly overvalued stocks, turns bearish, it can devolve into another depression. The media calls Biden soft while he plays hardball with Vladimir Putin involving Russian threats against Ukraine—ironic DDT ‘s being Putin’s BFF, even allowing Russians to spy inside the Oval Office. China gallops ahead of the U.S. after DDT failed to manage the problems. Congressional hawks cry for blood, threatening world wars, speeding climate warming, and destroying security and economic growth.

The media may beat up on Biden to increase its audience, seriously shrinking without DDT in the White House. It made hay criticizing the withdrawal from Afghanistan and ignored the collapse’s trajectory for 20 years since George W. Bush declared a preemptive war. The media works on the same sensationalism it got from DDT.  

This year’s elections in other countries will help determine the global direction toward democracy or siding with China. South Korea (March 9) and France (April 10 and April 24 runoff) will decide whether to keep a progressive leader while Australia (probably mid-May) will determine whether it has a conservative Parliament. Its decision will determine relationships with the U.S. or China. Sweden’s center-right parties want to take over Parliament (September 11), and Western European far-right is on the rise.

Polls for the presidential election of Philippines (May 9), already leaning toward China, give a strong lead to the son of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos with current President Rodrigo Duterte’s daughter running for vice-president. In Brazil, leftist leader Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who governed the country from 2003 to 2011, has a comfortable lead for October’s election after the Supreme Court threw out his conviction of corruption. Right-wing incumbent Jair Bolsonaro, known as the Trump of South America, is trailing by 30 percent, and Serge Moro, the judge who help to put Lula into jail, has only six percent.

Before DDT lost his election, he endorsed the authoritarian Bolsonaro, and four days before Poland’s election day last July, he endorsed the winner, incumbent President Andrzej Duda, for his restrictions on the judiciary, media, and civil society. Now he formally supports Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in more opposition to democracy. Because of gerrymandered districts, the election in April or May will likely go to Orbán who consolidated hundreds of media outlets to be controlled by political allies, gamed elections, and expanded his power with the excuse of the pandemic. The title of a Vox report was “How Democracy Died in Hungary.”

Thomas Homer-Dixon, a political science professor at a British Columbia University only 35 miles north of the U.S., wrote an op-ed for Globe and Mail about how the United States could be ruled by a fascist dictator eight years from now. The piece covers implications for Canada, for example if “the U.S. regime demands” the return of “high-profile political refugees fleeing persecution.” The entire piece is here.

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), one of two Republicans on the nine-member House investigation committee, said the committee might consider criminal charges against DDT because he did nothing to halt the insurrection for the first 187 minutes. She said, “The Committee has firsthand testimony now that he was sitting in the dining room next to the Oval Office watching the attack on television as the assault on the Capitol occurred.” Twice, he ignored pleas from his daughter Ivanka Trump to go to the nearby briefing room and tell his followers to “stop,” “to stand down,” “to go home.” She added that the committee knows other people, like House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), asked DDT to tell his supporters to stop the violence.

According to Cheney, one criminal statute without question is “dereliction of duty,” and the committee must “look at … enhanced penalties for that kind of dereliction of duty.” She declared that DDT is “at war with the rule of law” and if he repeats the lies about a “stolen election,” he does so, knowing that violence will ensue. DDT plans to do exactly that during a press conference on January 6 at exactly the same time as the Capitol prayer service. Cheney called on her Republican party to choose between being “loyal to Donald Trump or … to the constitution.” She concluded, “We cannot be both.”  

Last year, Democrats passed at least a dozen major bills, including a large infrastructure bill and more financial assistance for a country suffering from the disease that DDT permitted to continue as a benefit to his political campaigning. Yet right-wing media, sometimes with the assistance of mainstream media, claim that Biden has accomplished nothing because two Democratic senators, Joe Manchin (WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ), oppose both the jobs bill, Build Back Better, and the bill to protect voting rights for everyone in red states, both to be addressed during the upcoming year. An appropriations bill must be passed by February 13 to keep the country from shutting down.  

To address the looming monster of the 2022 elections, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said he will force a vote by January 17, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, to change the filibuster if GOP senators block voting rights legislation. A change requires only 50 votes, but Manchin and Sinema block altering it. Sinema even opposes voting rights reform, a serious problem in many states since 2013 when the Roberts Supreme Court overturned part of the 1966 Voting Rights Act. Democrats may try to make the filibuster more difficult that the current method in which one person can stop debate on a bill by calling in with that request.

Voter reform is vital. At least one state, Georgia, permits the legislature to overturn the legal vote in an election by selecting electoral voters who reject the ballot majority. In one poll, only 13 percent was “very confident” GOP state officials would accept election results if Republicans lose.

DDT and his conservative GOP followers, including legislative leadership, work to create another year of turbulence, but polls reflect they don’t necessarily represent the majority of the people. In an ABC News-Ipsos poll, 72 percent agree that the January 6 rioters threatened democracy, and 58 percent think DDT has a great deal or good amount of responsibility for the insurrection. Only 25 percent think DDT has no responsibility for the attack. The media usually reports only the large percentage of Republicans who refused to recognize Biden as the president, but almost two-thirds of the general population accept Biden as being legitmately elected president. Unfortunately, 68 percent of respondents to a CBS poll expect more violence after January 6, 2021.

The courts are also home to a building storm in the next year. Recently, DDT’s two older children, Donald Jr. and Ivanka, refuse to comply with subpoenas from New York AG Letitia James for a civil inquiry into the Trump Organization’s possible inflation of assets value for bank loans and understatements of these values elsewhere to reduce taxes. James already questioned DDT’s younger son, Eric, in her office. She cannot file criminal charges in the case but is involved with Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg’s criminal investigation into DDT’s business affairs. DDT’s lawsuit against the civil inquiry is based on his opinion of “political animus” and the claim that his testimony could be used against him, violating his Fifth Amendment rights.   

Always litigious, DDT will likely be embroiled in lawsuits until he dies. He does it to intimidate, to stall, to cost people money, to make news, to look impressive—almost any reason except to win. And now they aren’t costing him any money; GOP donors are paying for them. Before the 2020 election, he and his businesses were part of 4,095 lawsuits during three decades, over 2,100 as the plaintiff. Biden won the 2020 election, but DDT is still suing to overturn the election. Now he’s in the middle of lawsuits to secrete his shady—possibly illegal—involvement in overturning the election and his business affairs. Here is an amazing list and description of notable cases occurring or starting while he was in the White House.

There’s much more about upcoming events, but that’s for another time. As Rachel Maddow would say, “Watch this space.”

December 29, 2021

Jordan Says He Wants ‘Truth’ about January 6

Last Sunday, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who refuses to talk to the House January 6 committee about his involvement with the insurrection, said, “It is our job to tell the truth and take the truth to the American people.” On the Fox network, political adviser Kristal Knight talked about serious allegations that Jordan concealed sexual crimes while he was a wrestling coach at Ohio State University. She added, “This is the same Jim Jordan who sent a text on Jan. 5 encouraging the insurrection.” Jordan, in his search for the “truth,” has indicated great difficulty remembering the times of his personal calls with Dictator Donald Trump (DDT).

These are some “truths” that Jordan is avoiding.

Jordan’s “truth” can begin with the new three-hour video from DOJ of January 6’s battle between rioters and police with attackers’ weapons and beatings of officers.

For the House investigation committee, a team of 40 investigators and staff members, including federal prosecutors, have compiled over 30,000 records and interviewed over 300 witnesses, including a dozen last week who provided “key” testimony, according to committee members. Committee member Adam Schiff (D-CA) said the committee wants to ask Jordan about coup participants being offered presidential pardons before DDT left the White House.

Also on the hot seat is Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) who refused to submit to voluntary testimony by stating he “will continue to fight the failures of the left.” He also declared “immense respect for the Constitution.” The committee has evidence that Perry, a believer in the “stolen” election, had “an important role” in moving DOJ official Jeffrey Clark into the acting attorney general position. Clark was key in the attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential results, feeding DDT’s lies of voter fraud. Perry communicated DDT’s former chief of staff Mark Meadows through the encrypted Signal app. Clark has already said he will invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

In his fifth term in Congress, Perry has spread lies such as an aide to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) committing a “substantial security threat’ with “massive” data transfers. She was cleared. He also accused then-CNN host Chris Cuomo of exaggerating the lack of water and electricity in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, connected to almost 3,000 deaths, and contradicted law enforcement by trying to connect the mass shooting in Las Vegas to the Islamic State. Perry was one of 18 House Republicans to vote against a resolution condemning QAnon.

Other subpoenaed witnesses for testimony are trying DDT’s ploy of taking their objections to the courts. A federal judge already denied Michael Flynn’s motion for a temporary retraining order. Flynn hasn’t worked in the administration since he was fired as national security adviser under three weeks after DDT’s inauguration. Flynn is also joined by convicted Alex Jones, who is also suing to hide documents.

Peter Navarro, DDT’s trade adviser who was discovered by DDT’s son-in-law Jared Kushner on Amazon books, outlined how he and DDT’s former adviser Steve Bannon planned and carried out “Green Bay Sweep” for January 6. He said they “spent a lot of time lining up over 100 congressmen, including some senators…. At 1 p.m., [Arizona’s Rep. Paul] Gosar and [Texas’ Sen. Ted] Cruz did exactly what was expected of them.” The plan “was designed to get us 24 hours of televised hearings” and “bypass the corporate media.” Each congressional chamber is required to allow up to two hours debate for each challenged state. For six states, that’s 24 hours.

Another committee search is into DDT’s telephone calls to his troops at the Willard Hotel working on plans to overturn the election. Although the committee cannot ask for one specific call from the National Archives, it can request all White House calls on January 5 and 6. Because VP Mike Pence didn’t want to follow DDT’s plan to stop the counting of electoral votes, DDT asked his team led by lawyers Rudy Giuliani, John Eastman, Boris Epshteyn, and strategist Steve Bannon to find another way to delay certification. Giuliani may be getting a subpoena for information. On the evening of January 5, DDT talked with lawyers and non-lawyers at the Willard separately because Giuliani didn’t want non-lawyers on the calls to jeopardize attorney-client privilege claims. Committee member Jamie Raskin (D-MD) said that this privilege doesn’t protect people committing crimes from investigating them. Subpoenas reveal only the target and time of calls.

The January 6 committee wants to see the multiple videos DDT made during the insurrection and not used because the team said they wouldn’t calm the rioting, according to committee chair Bennie Thompson (R-MS). The final one was made out in the open in front of the White House although VP Mike Pence and congressional members of both parties, the first three people in the presidential line of succession, had to hide from the violent attackers. During DDT’s 187-minute delay, five people died, 140 people including police officers were wounded, and lawmakers feared for their lives, some of the contracting COVID because of their forced proximity.

The Pentagon indicated that military leaders didn’t call out the National Guard for fear that DDT would invoke the 1807 Insurrection Act to take power and block the orderly reading of electoral votes. The Guard wasn’t deployed until DDT released his video telling the insurrectionists to leave the Capitol. When DDT walked across the cleared protesters for his photo-op in front of a church, his aides had already prepared a draft of the order to deploy troops in the city under the Insurrection Act. Three days before the insurrection, the ten living defense secretaries published a warning op-ed in the Washington Post about the unconstitutional danger of using “U.S. armed forces in resolving election disputes.

DDT may face the same charge as 240 insurrectionists at the Capitol—obstructing an official congressional proceeding, a tactic never before seen for an event never before seen. A provision in the statute against witness tampering makes it a crime for anyone who “corruptly… obstructs, influences, or impedes any official proceeding,” or tries to do so. Even a DDT-appointed judge approved the use of this provision against rioters.

The question is what happens to the person who led hundreds of people facing time for interrupting Congress during certification of the 2020 election results. Committee vice-chair Liz Cheney (R-WY), an experienced lawyer, made this suggestion when she referred to “another key question before this committee: Did Donald Trump, through action or inaction, corruptly seek to obstruct or impede Congress’ official proceeding to count electoral votes?” Later The New York Times reported that the committee is considering a request for the DOJ charge him.

Legal scholars said this charge could be successful if DDT refused advisers’ pleas to intervene and redirect the crowd after explicitly intending the attack to happen. Another reason would be holding back the National Guard or federal law enforcement forces from rescuing the people under attack. These could fall under Cheney’s term “inaction.” 

Other possible crime by planners of the overthrow is wire fraud by Republicans raising millions of dollars asserting a stolen election knowing it was a lie. The committee subpoenaed a bank for financial records during the weeks before January 6 belonging to Taylor Budowich, DDT’s spokesman and a senior advisor to his 2020 campaign. He allegedly moved $200,000 into advertising for the January 6 rally from an unidentified organization. Budowich is suing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and J.P. Morgan Chase Bank to have the subpoena suppressed. 

To overturn a lower court, DDT went to the Supreme Court to block the House committee from obtaining his records from the National Archives and Records, but a change from the investigating group may stymie his argument. The committee is pulling requests for some records at this time to make sure they get the ones they really need. DDT has lost his argument that the subpoena was too broad with the removal of non-1/6 related documents.

Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC) says he “should have voted to certify because President Trump was responsible for the attack on the U.S. Capitol.” He voted for DDT’s impeachment and tweeted, “I have backed this President through thick and thin for four years. I campaigned for him and voted for him twice. But, this utter failure is inexcusable.” Other Republicans trying to distance themselves from January 6 legal problems include Senate Minority mitch McConnell (R-KY), who has suddenly legitimized the House investigation committee. Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), claimed by rally organizer Ali Alexander to be a part of the team, can’t remember hearing of Alexander. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-) also can’t remember “communicating” with Alexander, as he had claimed. In October, another rally organizer told the media about talking “to Boebert’s team, [Rep. Madison] Cawthorn’s team, Gosar’s team like back to back to back to back.” Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) denied “any role” in the January 6 event, either “planning or execution.” 

The coming year will see the next phase of committee work when it moves to public hearings. Committee chair Thompson said the next progression is also “to see whether or not some of the things that we have uncovered or discovered rises to the level of a criminal referral.”

December 14, 2021

Can Meadows, DDT Lie Their Way Out?

Late Tuesday evening, the House voted 222-208 for the DOJ to send DOJ a recommendation to criminally charge Mark Meadows, former chief of staff for Dictator Donald Trump (DDT), after he refused to appear for his subpoenaed deposition with the House January 6 investigation committee. Desperate to regain DDT’s support after he revealed that DDT had tested positive a week for COVID a week before his hospitalization, Meadows had reversed his cooperation with the committee. Two Republicans, Liz Cheney (WY) and Adam Kinzinger (IL) voted with all the Democrats. Three Republicans and one Democrat didn’t vote.

Meadows, former North Carolina representative from North Carolina and DDT’s last chief of staff, sold his soul to overturn the government and keep DDT in the White House. He also wrote a book revealing secrets about his boss’s time in office and turned over about 9,000 damning documents to the House January 6 investigating committee, such as the PowerPoint presentation laying out plans for Republicans to take over the nation by overturning the 2020 election.

Sunday night and Monday morning, the committee released more information and voted 9-0 to send a resolution of criminal contempt against Meadows to the House members. News from Sunday’s report about Meadows’ communications:  

The National Guard will be present on January 6 to “protect pro Trump people.” No mention of congressional members or their staff. Or VP Mike Pence.

An exchange of emails with congressional members discussed the appointment of alternate slates of electors as part of a “direct and collateral attack.” Meadows said, “I love it” before, “Yes. Have a team on it.”

Text messages “provided guidance to an organizer of the January 6th rally … after the organizer told Meadows that ‘[t]hings have gotten crazy and I desperately need some direction.'” 

Texts from unnamed congressional members stated Pence “should call out all electoral votes that he believes are unconstitutional as no electoral votes at all.” The day after the insurrection, one lawmaker wrote Meadows, “Yesterday was a terrible day. We tried everything we could in our objections to the 6 states. I’m sorry nothing worked.”

Meetings and calls discussed the need to “fight” back against “mounting evidence” of purported voter fraud after courts rejected these claims, one of them tweeted from Meadows’ personal account.

Another call days before the January 6 insurrection with DDT, congressional members, DDT’s election campaign attorneys, and “some 300′ State and local officials [discussed] overturning certain States’ electoral college results on January 6, 2021.”

On Monday, Vice-chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) read desperate texts to Meadows with this introduction:

“These texts leave no doubt: the White House knew exactly what was happening at the Capitol. Members of Congress, the press, and others wrote to Mark Meadows as the attack was underway… Hours passed without necessary action by the president. These non-privileged texts are further evidence of President Trump’s supreme dereliction of duty during those 187 minutes.”

Texts Cheney read:

Donald Trump Jr: “We need an Oval address. He has to lead now. It has gone too far and gotten out of hand.” He also pleaded with Meadows to persuade his father to “condemn this shit Asap. The Capitol Police tweet is not enough.”

Fox’s Laura Ingraham: “Hey Mark, the president needs to tell people in the Capitol to go home … this is hurting all of us … he is destroying his legacy.”

Fox & Friends Brian Kilmeade: “Get [DDT] on tv… [Tell him] destroying everything you have accomplished.”

 Sean Hannity: “Can he make a statement? … Ask people to leave the Capitol.”

People hiding in the Capitol on January 6 sent these texts to Meadows:

“We are under siege here at the Capitol.”

“Mark, protesters are literally storming the Capitol, breaking windows on doors, rushing in. Is Trump going to say something?’

“There’s an armed standoff at the House chamber door.”

“We are all helpless.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) talked to Ivanka Trump, asking her to “tell his people to leave.”

Meadows did official government business through personal email accounts, cellphone, and the messaging system Signal, unlocked only by the person with the account. He forwarded claims of election fraud to DOJ he privately received and introduced DDT to then-DOJ official Jeffrey Clark who wanted to replace the AG and tell state officials to appoint alternate slates of electors.

Conservative media channels, including Fox, gave no coverage of the House committee hearing about texts from them and other insurrectionists until Hannity and Ingraham attacked the media late Tuesday. 

The riot of pro-DDT mob at the Capitol to stop the Electoral Votes affirming Joe Biden’s presidential win on January 6 led to five dead and 140 law enforcement members wounded. Philip Bump wrote a chronological account of DDT during that time:  

While DDT was speaking at the rally, rioters breached the first barricade on the west front of the Capitol. DDT said people who “catch somebody in a fraud [are] allowed to go by very different rules” and “we must stop this deal and then we must ensure that such outrageous election fraud never happens again.”

At 1:49 pm, protesters approached the building inside the perimeter, and DDT said, “If you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.”

Less than 10 minutes later, Capitol Police reported injuries.

At 2:12 pm, attackers breached the Capitol building, and VP Mike Pence was evacuated. On Fox network, a man talked about his disappointment about Pence not following DDT’s plan to overturn the election but said, “But I still believe President Trump has something else left.”

At 2:24 pm, DDT, in his first statement about the insurrection, tweeted, “Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!” National security adviser Keith Kellogg told DDT Pence was secure but added, “Nobody’s carrying a TV on their shoulder. You need to get a tweet out real quick, help control the crowd up there. This is out of control.”

Ten minutes after the attack on Pence, DDT tweeted, “Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!”

Four minutes after that tweet, Ashli Babbitt attempted to enter the Speaker’s Lobby adjacent to the House floor and was shot. She later died. A legislator tweeted Meadows: “Hey, Mark, protesters are literally storming the Capitol. Breaking windows on doors. Rushing in. Is Trump going to say something?” Another tweeted: “POTUS has to come out firmly and tell protesters to dissipate. Someone is going to get killed.” And another: “TELL THEM TO GO HOME.”

At 3:13 pm, DDT tweeted, “I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order—respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!”

An hour later, DDT published a video message talking about the “stolen” election and saying “You have to go home now. We have to have peace.” He continued later in the video, “We love you. You’re very special. You’ve seen what happens. You see the way others are treated that are so bad and so evil. I know how you feel. But go home and go home in peace.”

Less than 10 minutes later, Rosanne Boyland was trampled to death by a mob on the east side of the Capitol attacking police officers in an attempt to get inside.

After 5:00 pm, the National Guard arrived.

Slightly after 6:00 pm, DDT issued his last tweet: “These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long. Go home with love & in peace. Remember this day forever!”

Bump concluded: (1) only DDT, the catalyst, could stop the violence, but he didn’t for hours while he watched it on television; and (2) tweets to Meadows instead of DDT show that only Meadows could get DDT’s attention, that DDT ignored everyone else.

In an interview with Sean Hannity Monday evening, Meadows said about DDT’s behavior: “At the end of the day, they’re going to find that not only did the president act, but he acted quickly.” Meadows’ new book tried to conceal DDT’s part in the insurrection, and Republicans support Meadows’ coverup as shown by Tuesday’s Houe vote against criminally charging him with contempt. The documents, however, show his Meadows complicity and DDT siding with the attackers.    

Disillusioned with DDT, two January 6 organizers, Duston Stockton and Jennifer Lawrence, are coming forward with names, text messages, discussions, and other documents for planning the January 6 rally. They plan to testify next week about congressional members, including Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC), and DDT’s administration planning to overturn the election that led to the insurrection at the Capitol. Also involved was Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) who had suggested DDT might give Stockton and Lawrence a “blanket pardon” in another investigation for their help. The former MAGA leaders, who had been hiding out from both far-right retaliation and the left subpoenas, warned Meadows and others of possible violence on January 6 months before the event.

The committee has promised to reveal names of congressional members involved in the insurrection. More news is guaranteed.  

October 22, 2021

House Votes for Bannon’s Criminal Contempt

The U.S. House voted today to hold Steve Bannon, former White House adviser to Dictator Donald Trump (DDT), in criminal contempt of Congress because he refused to comply with the subpoena from the January 6 Committee investigating the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Nine Republicans joined all Democrats for the 229-202 yes vote; seven of the Republicans also voted to impeach DDT the second time. Bannon, who left the White House 3.5 years before DDT did—and before the attack on the Capitol—has claimed protection from DDT’s “executive privilege.” Legal experts, however, state that the claim cannot apply to private citizens. The charge can result in up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

DDT is also using executive privilege to keep the House investigation committee from obtaining archived records surrounding January 6, but he isn’t the executive. President Joe Biden has already approved the request for the records. At her weekly news conference, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said that Bannon reportedly “had specific knowledge about the events of January 6th before they occurred and had multiple roles relevant to the attack and [was] very outspoken about it.”

Last year, Bannon was charged in a fundraising scam supposedly to collect money for DDT’s wall on the southern border in which he took about $1 million. One of DDT’s last acts before leaving the White House was to pardon Bannon, and a judge dismissed that specific fraud case four months later. After Bannon’s conversations with DDT leading up to the attack, he made a January 5 comment on his podcast that “all hell is going to break loose tomorrow.” The “hell” included five dead, several of them police officers, and over 140 officers injured with ax handles, metal batons, wooden poles, hockey sticks, and other weapons.

Although the January 6 Committee has two Republicans, House Minority Leader (R-CA) Kevin McCarthy falsely claimed that it represents “the first time in the history of Congress that the minority was not able to participate.” McCarthy pulled all his GOP nominations for the committee after Pelosi refused two of them, one of them being Jim Jordan (R-OH) who may receive a subpoena to testify before the committee. The other one, Jim Banks (R-IN) is still claiming the riot on January 6 was a “permitted political rally” and asked why it needed to be investigated. Both Banks and Jordan voted against creating the committee and to overturn Biden’s presidency on January 6.

Banks also wrote letters signing himself as the “ranking member” of the committee in a letter to the Department of the Interior on September 16 when he requested all information provided to the committee. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wy), actually a committee member, called him out for his falsehood on the House floor today. Another committee member, Rep. Jamie Rankin (D-MD) called Banks “not only delusional and fantastical, but it might be some kind of violation of the rules of the House.”

The fireworks were on display both during the debate for the vote and earlier during the Rules Committee hearing when Republicans tried to protect Bannon from the subpoena. The January 6 Committee had unanimously voted to hold Bannon in criminal contempt and refer charges to the DOJ, and the Rules Committee met to determine process for the full House vote. Appearing before that committee, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) argued that DDT’s efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election was legal came to naught when confronted by Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), a constitutional law professor. Raskin said DDT’s over 60 lawsuits to “prove” a “stolen” election failed courts found no evidence of voter fraud, and Gaetz claimed a need for a legal “remedy.” The law professor responded:

“There’s no remedy because there’s no violation, Mr. Gaetz.”

Gaetz said the courts didn’t “take up the facts” on “jurisdiction or remedy,” and Raskin came back at him:

“You know what? That might work on Steve Bannon’s podcast, but that’s not going to work in the Rules Committee in the United States House of Representatives.”

The discussion went to why Gaetz didn’t want a congressional inquiry into the violent January 6 attack. Gaetz declared the inquiry was “unwarranted,” and Raskin accused him of not wanting “to know the answer.” In denying investigations, Gaetz may have been thinking of the FBI probe into Gaetz’s alleged sex trafficking and other crimes with evidence, including witnesses.

The perpetually angry former assistant wrestling coach who ignored reports of his team doctor’s sexually abusing athletes, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), furiously refused to say the 2020 election was “not stolen” by President Joe Biden. Jordan claims he never said the election was stolen but that it should be investigated, later falsely saying that Republicans “condemned violence every stinking time” although many of his colleagues compared the January 6 attack to “tourists” in the Capitol.

Jordan again displayed his poor memory when he told the Rules Committee he couldn’t remember how many times he talked to DDT on that day. He repeated his statement that “it’s not about me” and testified that he didn’t talk to DDT “before or during” the attack.” Yet he told Politico in August that he was “sure” one of the calls was in the safe room where lawmakers were sequestered during the attack. Democratic lawmakers have suggested that Jordan may also be subpoenaed to testify before the January 6 Committee.

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), a member of the committee investigating the January 6 insurrection, also testified before the Rules Committee:

“Mr. Bannon’s and Mr. Trump’s privilege arguments do, however, appear to reveal one thing: They suggest that President Trump was personally involved in the planning and execution of January 6th, and this committee will get to the bottom of that.”

Cheney also directly addressed “my Republican colleagues”:

“Almost all of you know in your hearts that what happened on Jan. 6 was profoundly wrong. You know that there is no evidence of widespread election fraud sufficient to overturn the election; you know that the Dominion voting machines were not corrupted by a foreign power. You know those claims are false. Yet President Trump repeats them almost daily.”   

McCarthy told all the Republicans to vote against holding Bannon in criminal contempt, but he might also be subpoenaed for testimony regarding his events on January 6. Last month, Sidney Powell, one of DDT’s lawyers to overturn the election, implicated both McCarthy and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) in the plot. She suggested the insurrection could delay the election’s certification until DDT’s lawyers could file a 12th Amendment case allowing state electors to change their votes to DDT. Buying time could allow Justice Samuel Alito to block the certification.

In another high-profile subpoena, the January 6 committee summoned Jeffrey Clark, the former little-known DOJ official who tried to overturn Biden’s election. It was the 19th subpoena leading up to the vote on Bannon’s criminal contempt charge. Clark had delivered a letter to George state legislators and others requesting a delay in the election results certification. Despite no evidence of fraud, he also wanted to hold a news conference about allegations of DDT’s claims about a “stolen” election. DDT and Clark discussed ousting the newly-appointed acting attorney general, Jeffrey Rosen, to force Georgia to overturn the state’s presidential election results, according to former DDT administration officials.

Clark’s subpoena was the 19th from the January 6 Committee. Fourteen subjects have scheduled depositions, and three are “engaged. George Baron Coleman representing Ali Alexander, head of Stop the Steal, won’t be deposed. Alexander said he planned the January 6 insurrection with the help of Reps. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Mo Brooks (R-AL), and Paul A. Gosar (R-AZ).

In the Senate on Wednesday, all 50 Republicans voted against the right for Democrats to vote on the Freedom to Vote Act. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) objected to an earlier voting rights bill and promised to write a bill that Republicans could support. He wrote the bill, it was presented, and Republicans voted down any debate on it in a filibuster for the third time regarding a bill blocking many eligible voters in the nation, primarily low-income and minorities, from democratically voting in elections. House Minority Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called the bill permitting eligible voters to participate in elections a “rotten core” and a “radical agenda.” He also claimed that requiring 60 percent of the senators to even discuss a bill came from the “framers,” which it did not. Unlike the past when filibusters required a person’s nonspeaking behavior on the Senate floor, a senator can just call in a filibuster while they are on vacation.

The “rotten core” McConnell claimed: a paper trail for ballots, Election Day a holiday, two weeks of early voting, no permission required for vote by mail, and automatic and same-day voter registration. the bill also prohibits partisan gerrymandering, require transparency in advertising, and protect election officials from attacks. The Federal Election Commission gutted under DDT would be rebuilt. The Senate has an advantage over individual states: the federal lawmakers must have 60 percent to pass a bill whereas state legislatures require only a simple majority. In the U.S. Senate 41 senators represent only 21 percent of the population. 

July 27, 2021

January 6 Hearings First Day

The House select committee hearings began today with four police officers who described what they called an insurrection of white supremacists breaking into the U.S. Capitol on January 6 and viciously attacking them—both physically and verbally with racist slurs. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) had prevented one of the worst circus performers in the House, Jim Jordan (R-OH), from being on the committee so the circus stayed outside where Republican congressional members supported the domestic terrorists who broke into the Capitol, threatening the lives of congressional members and vandalizing the venerated federal building.

Verbal testimony from four police officers trying to keep the insurrectionists from breaking into the Capitol was supplemented by phone videos and body-camera footage. Sgt. Aquilino Gonell said “nothing in my experience” in Iraq prepared him for the January 6 attack; MPD officer Michael Fanone called the House Republicans’ indifference “disgraceful”; and USCP officer Harry Dunn, called an “angry left-wing activist” by Fox’s Tucker Carlson, talked about being repeatedly called the racist n-word while in uniform.

WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 27: Protestors hold an effigy of former President Donald Trump. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

In the circus outside, supposedly a press conference, GOP leadership tried to blame Pelosi for lack of security on January 6, and GOP Reps. Matt Gaetz (FL), Louie Gohmert (TX), Paul Gosar (AZ), and Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA) complained about the “political prisoners” arrested for storming the Capitol. Protesters shut them down. The four G’s had planned to distribute disinformation about the DOJ’s mistreatment of the insurrectionists, but they called off their press conference while Greene, known for her intimidation tactics, was speaking.

Before the hearing, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) tried to pass a privileged resolution, with precedence over regular business, to condemn Pelosi and force her to reappoint his five picks to disturb the committee progress. Both GOP select committee members, Liz Cheney (WY) and Adam Kinzinger (OH), voted with the Democrats to kill the resolution in the 218-197 vote.

In another act of destruction, McCarthy had earlier removed all six GOP representatives from the special committee on economic disparity. One of the Republicans removed, Byron Donalds (FL) had written:

“While serving on this committee, my priority is to empower families, support American workers, and to strengthen and bolster our economy with pro-growth legislation.”

At today’s hearing about January 6, Cheney called for an end to the cover-up. She said:

“On January 6 and the days thereafter, almost all members of my party recognized the events that day for what they actually were. One Republican, for example, said, quote, ‘What is happening at the U.S. Capitol right now is unacceptable and un-American. Those participating in lawlessness and violence must be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.'”

She was quoting Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), now trying to discredit the investigation. Pelosi had refused to put Banks on the January 6 committee after McCarthy picked him. Another committee member, Kinzinger, called the “counter-narratives” and conspiracy theories undermining the insurrectionist violence “toxic” and “a disservice to the officers and their families.”

Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), chair of the far-right House Freedom Caucus, announced his plans for “a rules change that would expel any member of the GOP conference if a House Republican accepted a committee assignment from Democrats.” Complaining about Cheney and Kinzinger accepting posts on the January 6 select committee, he tweeted that they “have effectively removed themselves from the Republican Conference. We should help them out the door by formalizing their departure.”

In a blow to Deposed Dnald Trump (DDT), the DOJ informed him that his attempts to get the DOJ to overturn the 2020 presidential election is not protected by executive privilege and officials serving in his administration may give “unrestricted testimony” to investigative committees into the January 6 insurrection. The letter from Bradley Weinsheimer, a top-ranking career official in the deputy attorney general’s office, stated DDT is trying to use the DOJ to advance his “personal political interests.”

David Corn pointed out that most behind the scenes’ witnesses for the January 6 insurrection are DDT’s sycophants. He gave a partial list of these GOPers:

Former Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC):  DDT’s White House chief of staff on January 6, he could explain whether DDT was really excited about watching the violent rioters try to stop the election certification, as CNN reported.

Reps. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), and Mo Brooks (R-AL): According to Ali Alexander, an organizer of the pro-DDT “Stop the Steal” movement, he worked with the three legislators on a January 6 event putting “maximum pressure” on Congress while voting to certify Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA): A question could be about details between McCarthy’s furious, expletive-filled phone call with DDT after the beginning of the insurrection when DDT said he wouldn’t call them off.

Kimberly Guilfoyle: Alexander said he talked with the former DDT campaigner and Trump Jr’s girlfriend late on January 5 when she encouraged his efforts. What did she say and was her message from anyone else?

Caroline Wren, Guilfoyle’s deputy at the fundraising campaign Trump Victory, and Katrina Pierson, DDT’s 2016 campaign spokesperson and senior adviser to DDT’s 2020 reelection bid: They were involved in the planning of the rally near the White House before the crowd violently stormed the Capitol, and Pierson acted as liaison between the White House and the organizing conservative groups of the pre-attack gathering. How much was the White House involved in the rally and subsequent march, and how much did they know about the violent plans?

Roger Stone, DDT’s longtime adviser: He was seen with people charged in the attack and accused of conspiring to create the raid; several of those people provided security for him. Stone also raised money for “private security” and equipment for January 5 and 6 events in Washington before the raid. He has already been convicted of lying to Congress before DDT commuted his sentence.

Rudy Giuliani, DDT’s former lawyer and dirt-digger:  At the pre-riot rally, he cried out to the crowd, “Let’s have trial by combat.

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump: McCarthy begged Kushner, DDT’s son-in-law and top aide, for help stopping the assault in the afternoon of January 6, and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) phoned DDT’s daughter Ivanka for assistance while she was in the Oval Office

Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL): He received a call from DDT during the midst of the insurrection which mistakenly went to Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT). The call was to get Tuberville’s help in overurning the Electoral College, but the senator said he can’t remember the conversation’s details.

Kellyanne Conway: DDT’s former senior adviser called an aide standing next to DDT during the attack. What was said?

Kayleigh McEnany, White House press secretary on January 6: With DDT during the attack, she supposedly pleaded with him to oppose the violence.

Former AG Bill Barr: He refused to support DDT’s lies about election fraud. What did DDT want Barr to do?

Pat Cipollone, White House counsel while DDT was trying to overturn the election results: How was DDT trying to block the democratic process? Jerry Rosen, Barr’s acting successor, and Jeffrey Clark, senior DOJ official immediately before the end of DDT’s term, should also be asked about DDT’s attempts to invalidate the Georgia election results and keep DDT in the White House.

Former VP Mike Pence: Although he didn’t talk to DDT during the attack, his chief of staff, Marc Short, communicated with DDT.

DDT: It was his riot.

Using the election, the insurrection, the vaccines, and congressional rules, Republican legislators are moving forward in their strategy to destroy democracy in the United States. Their moves:

  • Blame the insurrection on Pelosi. And the FBI. Antifa. BLM. And Hillary.
  • Call the COVID-19 vaccine the “trump vaccine” and blame Biden and immigrants for the unvaccinated masses of the Tepublican stripe.
  • Call the COVID-19 virus the “Fauci virus” and keep attacking him.
  • Keep pushing for recounts and recounts of recounts in AZ, GA, PA, wherever.
  • Keep filibustering in the Senate every bill including the upcoming infrastructure bill.
  • Remove Republicans from positions and blame Democrats for not letting them be involved in decisions.
  • Maneuver to shut down the government over the debt ceiling.
  • Relentlessly push voter suppression and voter disfranchisement efforts.
  • Keep sucking their supporters dry with incessant demands for donations.

In one more victory for democracy, the DOJ refuses to support Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) in a lawsuit brought by Sen. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) regarding Brooks’ part in the insurrection. Brooks had claimed his part in DDT’s rally belonged to his duties when he said, “Today is the day American patriots start taking down names and kicking a**.” Apparently, the DOJ thinks planning a coup against a U.S. election is not part of a Congressperson’s official responsibilities. The General Counsel for the House of Representatives has also declined to represent Brooks.

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