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Cheney Hints That ‘Multiple’ Criminal Referrals Against Trump Are Possible

With the January 6 House Select Committee restarting its public hearings when Congress returns from the July 4 holiday, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), who serves as vice chair of the panel, is now indicating that “multiple” criminal referrals against failed, one-term, twice-impeached former president Donald Trump are very possible.

Speaking with Jonathan Karl of ABC News, Cheney had this to say:

“The Justice Department doesn’t have to wait for the committee to make a criminal referral. There could be more than one criminal referral.”

Later in the interview, Cheney noted:

“I think it’s a much graver constitutional threat if a president can engage in these kinds of activities and, you know, the majority of the president’s party looks away or we as a country decide, you know, we’re not actually going to take our constitutional obligations seriously. I think that’s a much ― a much more serious threat.

“I think there’s no question, I mean, a man as dangerous as Donald Trump can absolutely never be anywhere near the Oval Office ever again.”

Though a formal criminal referral from the House Select Committee isn’t necessary for the Justice Department to charge Trump, such a move would add momentum to the case being built against the ex-president and others who were part of the conspiracy to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

However, as Politico reported in April, criminal referrals from Congress almost never cause the DOJ to charge someone:

Congress has no power to initiate a prosecution; that decision rests entirely with the Justice Department. There’s no formal process for making such a referral; the select committee could choose to vote on one and directly send it to DOJ without a vote in the full House. But referrals have long appeared to have little bearing on DOJ’s charging decisions — the department rarely takes them up and other times has charged witnesses for lying to Congress despite no referral from the legislative body.

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January 6 Committee Now Has ‘Smoking Gun’ Evidence Against Donald Trump: Report

Now that the January 6 House Select Committee has been able to determine that failed, one-term, twice-impeached former president Donald Trump did indeed play a major part in the conspiracy to overturn the 2020 election and remain in power via a coup, that has opened up new avenues of investigation and potential charges, according to a former federal prosecutor.

Glenn Kirschner was a guest on MSNBC Sunday, and host Cori Coffin noted as she introduced him:

“As we learn more about potential witness tampering during the Jan. 6 committee’s investigation, this week’s testimony of former White House staffer Cassidy Hutchinson could explain why those in Trumpworld were so worried about what she might have to say.

“According to Hutchison, Trump knew that some of his supporters would be armed that day, sent them to the Capitol anyway, even hoping to join them. So, does this open up the former president to be criminally liable?”

Kirschner responded in the affirmative:

“Yeah, this is what I would call smoking gun evidence.”

He then added:

“And interestingly, at the last J6 public hearing, we got both smoking gun evidence, and we got loaded gun evidence. And what I mean by that is, as you just played in your lead-in, Cori, the president knew. He was briefed that his crowd was armed with assault rifles and pistols and knives and brass knuckles and bear spray, etc.”

But it was what Kirschner said next that should be of special concern to the ex-president and his cultish followers:

“And you would think a reasonable response from a president would be, oh my goodness, let’s make sure the metal detectors are operating properly. He said just the opposite, take them down, let the armed members of the group in, and they can march to the Capitol from there. To do what? To stop the certification of his political opponent’s election win. So in a very real sense, that smoking gun evidence that Donald Trump wanted to lead what we now know is an armed attack on the Capitol. The loaded gun evidence is, the witness tampering information, and you know, witness tampering just strikes at the very heart of the integrity of investigations, whether congressional or criminal.”

Donald Trump deserves to be indicted and tried for his crimes. Let’s just hope it happens soon.

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‘Complicit In Everything’: New Evidence Shows Jim Jordan Was A Key Player In The Jan. 6 Conspiracy 

Thanks to the January 6 House Select Committee, we know the main members of the Trump administration who played the biggest roles in the attempt to overturn the 2020 election.

Former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson, however, began to lay out on Tuesday how members of Congress were also part of the conspiracy which led to the storming of the Capitol.

One name that repeatedly came up during Hutchinson’s testimony was that of Ohio Republican Congressman Jim Jordan, as Jeffrey C. Isaac notes in an article he wrote for The Bulwark:

There was a moment in Hutchinson’s testimony when this question briefly sprang into view. She commented that ‘Jim’ had been trying to reach Meadows by phone as the Capitol was being breached. ‘Jim’ was Representative Jim Jordan, one of the more notable Trumpists in Congress. The substance of the conversations between Jordan and the White House remains unknown, because Jordan has refused to cooperate with the committee.

While we know that Jordan spoke with failed, one-term former president Donald Trump multiple times on Jan. 6, other evidence suggests that the Ohio congressman played an even larger role, Isaac adds:

After the violence of Jan. 6th subsided, Jim led the effort on the floor of the Senate to delay and obstruct the counting of the Electoral Votes, and was perhaps the most vocal and visible of the 147 Congressional Republicans who voted to overturn Biden’s victory.

Jordan has also issued threats about what he has planned if Republicans take control of the House in the November midterm elections, and that, Isaac concludes, tells us that he’s worried about his own complicity:

“In the months since Joe Biden’s inauguration, Jim has waged a relentless rhetorical war against the Democratic party and promised that if the Republicans retake the House in November, he will use his position as incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee to organize a series of public hearings to investigate the Bidens, hearings that would surely make the Benghazi inquisition of Hillary Clinton in 2015 seem like a picnic. Perhaps it is the case that as the violent mob approached his position, ‘Jim’ was frantically trying to convince Mark Meadows to get Trump to do something to prevent the crowd from assaulting him and his friends. Or perhaps not.

“But whatever the case it hardly matters, because ‘Jim’ was innocent of nothing and complicit in everything that transpired that day.”

What exactly was Jordan’s role in the Capitol insurrection? The American people deserve to know.

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Cassidy Hutchinson’s Testimony Set A Daytime Ratings Record And Humiliated Fox News

Former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony on Tuesday was a massive ratings hit, according to the Los Angeles Times, setting a new daytime ratings record.

The Tuesday afternoon hearing, which the committee announced just a day ahead of time, featured 25-year-old Cassidy Hutchinson, who served as an aide to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. Her dramatic testimony attracted 13,231,000 viewers across all major networks, including ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and MSNBC, according to numbers from Nielsen, a ratings firm.

In comparison, some of the most highly-rated shows on television were no match for the ratings Hutchinson received even though they are broadcast in primetime.

The ratings for Hutchinson’s testimony would likely have been even higher had the hearing not taken place in the middle of the day when most people are at work.

Fox, it should be noted, was humiliated with the ratings they drew for programming during the publicized Tuesday hearing, drawing a paltry 1.7 million viewers during the same two-hour time timeframe between 1 and 3 p.m.

Even more embarrassing for Fox is that while the they refused to televise the hearing, many of their hosts spent the rest of the afternoon and evening trying to shoot holes in what Hutchinson had said under oath.

Donald Trump was clearly watching, and has been positively apoplectic in his reaction, The Independent reports:

Deriding her as a “whack job” and claiming he hardly knew her despite her role as a senior aide to former chief of staff Mark Meadows, he also claimed she had asked to decamp to Florida with him for employment after the end of his presidency.

“I was going down to Florida with a group of people,” Mr Trump claimed, “great group of people, patriots, and her name was thrown out there and they said, ‘stay away from her.’ They said bad things about her.”

He did not specify who “they” were. Mr. Trump has denied Ms. Hutchinson’s testimony that when he found out he was not being taken to the Capitol to march on Congress with his supporters, he lunged at the wheel of his presidential car and then grabbed an agent in his detail.

 

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Kinzinger Dubs Boebert ‘Christian Taliban’ For Her Remarks On Separation Of Church And State

Since he’s already decided he isn’t running for reelection, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) is burning the proverbial boats and going after members of his party he believes are a cancer on the GOP and the nation.

For example, Kinzinger (along with Liz Cheney) was brave enough to accept an invitation and serve on the January 6 House Select Committee where he is doing a great job as a member of that panel.

And now the Illinois Republican is pushing back on remarks made by Rep. Lauren Boebert, who had this to say during a speech she made at Cornerstone Christian Center in Basalt, Colorado:

“The reason we had so many overreaching regulations in our nation is because the church complied. The church is supposed to direct the government. The government is not supposed to direct the church. That is not how our Founding Fathers intended it. And I’m tired of this separation of church and state junk that’s not in the Constitution. It was in a stinking letter and it means nothing like what they say it does.”

As HuffPost notes, the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is clear:

The First Amendment, from 1791, states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

This is widely held to mean that church and state should be separate. Amid a spate of recent Supreme Court rulings, though, critics charge that the conservative-dominated court is dismantling that separation and eroding laws intended to prevent the government from pushing any particular faith.

That led Kinzinger to label Boebert a member of what he called the “Christian Taliban.”

“There is no difference between this and the Taliban. We must [oppose] the Christian Taliban. I say this as a Christian.”

Others also clapped back at Boebert, and their comments were on-point. Take a look:

Yes! Can we please ship Lauren Boebert to Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, or Iran? And make sure it’s a one-way ticket. We don’t want her back.