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Former Prosecutor: These 7 Words Should Disqualify Mike Pence From Ever Holding Public Office Again

Former Vice President Mike Pence recently made it clear that he will not agree to testify before the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol that left 5 people dead.

Appearing on “Face the Nation” recently, Pence was asked by Margaret Brennan about cooperating with the committee, to which he replied:

“I never stood in the way of senior members of my team cooperating with the committee and testifying. But Congress has no right to my testimony. We have a separation of powers under the Constitution of the United States. And I believe it would establish a terrible precedent for the Congress to summon a vice president of the United States to speak about deliberations that took place at the White House.”

Those seven words, according to former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner, should disqualify Pence from ever holding public office again.

“Let’s be clear: By extension, Mike Pence is saying, ‘The American people have no right to my relevant testimony as Congress goes about trying to craft laws to keep this from ever happening again.'”

Kirschner added that Pence has “some of the most directly relevant evidence [as] to what happened.”

Now that Republicans have retaken control of the House of Representatives, it’s safe to predict that they will shut down the Jan. 6 committee. But their work can be transferred to the Senate, which will remain under Democratic control.

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McCarthy Pledges GOP Will Read Constitution Aloud In The House – Gets Reminded Of Jan. 6

Even though it remains unclear that he will even be the next Speaker of the House, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is already making promises about what he and his Republican colleagues will do when they become the majority party.

On Thursday, McCarthy made an announcement on Twitter.

“On the very first day of the new Republican-led Congress, we will read every single word of the Constitution aloud from the floor of the House—something that hasn’t been done in years.”

In other words, the GOP will continue to be all about theatrics and nothing else. They have no solutions to the problems facing Americans and nothing but talking points when it comes to any domestic or foreign policy issues.

It will also be interesting to see if House Republicans read the entire Constitution, including the amendments. If they do, they’ll find this tucked away Section 3 of the 14th Amendment:

No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.

January 6, 2021 was an insurrection which included a violent attack on the U.S. Capitol. And yet nearly every member of the GOP caucus has made endless excuses for ex-president Donald Trump’s role in that horrific day.

Some Republican members of Congress have also expressed their support for what transpired on Jan. 6, yet the Constitution clearly states they should not be allowed to serve.

As you would expect, Twitter couldn’t wait to remind McCarthy about the treasonous actions and words of his fellow Republicans.

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DOJ Requests Testimony From Pence As Part Of Its Criminal Investigation Of Trump: Report

The Justice Department has contacted former Vice President Mike Pence and his legal team requesting Pence’s witness testimony as part of the ongoing criminal investigation of disgraced ex-president Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election so he could remain in power.

According to The New York Times, “Thomas Windom, one of the lead investigators examining the efforts to overturn the election, reached out to Mr. Pence’s team in the weeks before Attorney General Merrick B. Garland appointed a special counsel on Friday.”

Garland appointed Jack Smith as special counsel to oversee the DOJ’s investigations regarding January 6, 2021 and his hoarding of classified documents at Mar-a-Lago in violation of federal law.

The Times notes:

“Mr. Pence, according to people familiar with his thinking, is open to considering the request, recognizing that the Justice Department’s criminal investigation is different from the inquiry by the House Jan. 6 committee, whose overtures he has flatly rejected.”

While the Justice Department has reached out to Pence’s attorneys, the report adds, “the discussions about questioning Mr. Pence are said to be in their early stages. Mr. Pence has not been subpoenaed, and the process could take months, because Mr. Trump can seek to block, or slow, his testimony by trying to invoke executive privilege.”

Pence could prove to be very important as the DOJ continues to weigh what actions it will take against Trump. Multiple federal grand juries are currently sitting to investigate both Jan. 6 and the classified document matter. Those could result in indictments against the former president for charges ranging from seditious conspiracy and violations of the Espionage Act.

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Former Solicitor General Has A Way To Keep The Jan. 6 Investigation Going After GOP Takes House

The latest election returns from the still undecided Congressional races across the country suggest that Republicans will retake the House, though their margin of victory will likely be one of the smallest in history.

If indeed the House is under control of the GOP when the new Congress convenes in January, one of the first moves by the new leadership will probably be to pull the plug on the select committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

But former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal has a way to make sure the investigation continues, and he shared his idea on the Open Arguments podcast.

In the lame-duck session of Congress, Katyal explained, the committee can transfer their investigation to the Senate, which would then take over the investigation and preserve all of the evidence and records accumulated so far.

Today was the day that disgraced former president Donald Trump was supposed to appear before the Jan. 6 committee. He refused to do so, no doubt worried that if he testified under oath he would commit perjury and be charged with that crime.

Trump’s refusal to appear may trigger a House vote to hold the ex-president in contempt of Congress and make a referral to the Justice Department for that crime.

Trump is also facing criminal charges from the DOJ for his role in the Capitol insurrection. It remains unclear when Attorney General Merrick Garland will choose to make any announcement on a possible indictment of the former president.

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Tom Cotton: The Price Of Gas Is More Important Than What Happened On January 6

 

According to Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton (R), what transpired on January 6, 2021 when thousands of pro-Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol and called for then-vice president Mike Pence to be hanged isn’t the important fact to recall about that fateful day.

Instead, Cotton told former Fox News host Megyn Kelly on her Sirius XM show, what Americans need to remember is that gasoline only cost $2.40 at the time.

“The J6 Capitol riots had many terrible crimes, but what most Americans remember most about Jan 6, 2021 was that gas was $2.40 a gallon.”

Ah, yes: Another day, another excuse from Republicans for what took place on Jan. 6. Their fingerprints are all over the planning and coordination of the attack, so now they want to try and shift the debate to the price of gas.

But what has actually caused the rise in gas prices? To hear the GOP tell it, it’s all President Joe Biden’s fault, but as NBC News noted last month, that’s far from the truth.

Prices are likely to keep going higher from here as oil prices climb, according to Patrick De Haan, chief petroleum analyst at the gas price tracking group GasBuddy.com.

“With OPEC+ deciding to cut oil production by two million barrels a day, we’ve seen oil prices surge 20%, which is the primary factor in the national average rising for the third straight week,” he said in a blog post Monday.

For the rest of the country, De Haan said he expects prices to rise as much as $0.30 from their September lows, which would put them at around $4 a gallon.

In a note to clients Monday, Andy Lipow, president of Lipow Oil Associates LLC consultancy, said he also expects gasoline prices to rise to as high as $4. Lipow also noted gasoline inventories have plummeted across much of the U.S. because the previously lower pump prices increased demand among drivers, which caused prices to climb.

Translation: The Saudis and their OPEC brethren are greedy bastards who are trying to gouge the world by reducing production.

Tom Cotton is a fool, and his attempts to paper over his and many in his party’s complicity in a direct attack on American democracy is a new low, even for bottom feeders like them.