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Former Bush Attorney General Says DOJ Has The Evidence To Indict Trump For 3 Crimes

Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is convinced that the Justice Department now has enough evidence to indict failed, one-term, twice-impeached former president Donald Trump for at least three felonies.

Gonzales, who served as AG for George W. Bush, was a guest on CNN Thursday afternoon, was asked about a speech given by Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), who serves as vice chair of the January 6 House Select Committee in which she said:

“The reality we face today as Republicans, as we think about the choice in front of us, we have to choose, because Republicans cannot be loyal to both Donald Trump and to the Constitution at this moment.”

That led host Jake Tapper to inquire of Gonzales:

“Do you agree? Do you see it that way?”

“I think that that is a very accurate statement, quite frankly,” Gonzales replied, adding:

“I believe that the Department (of Justice) is going to move forward with a more serious investigation now that this new information and there may be some indictments.”

Tapper followed up by asking:

“Have you seen evidence or at least possible evidence that leads you to wonder whether Donald Trump committed a crime? And if so, which crime?”

Gonzales then laid out the three crimes he believes Trump could potentially be indicted for:

“Yeah, I think that if you can tie him — he knew about — he knew the crowd was dangerous, he encouraged the crowd to go to the Capitol and he knew the crowd was armed, and he knew that the purpose of the — what was going on in Congress, which was to certify the Electoral College count, and yeah, I think one might make the argument that there is certainly the beginnings of a case full of seditious conspiracy, obstruction of Congress. So there are some things there that I think the attorney general will look at, along with witness tampering.

Seditious conspiracy, obstruction of Congress, and witness tampering. The penalty for those crimes is 20 years, five years, and 20 years, meaning if Trump got the maximum, he’d be looking at a sentence of 45 years in federal prison. Considering what he tried to do, that seems like a just punishment.

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Former Federal Prosecutor: Trump’s Attorneys Will Be Indicted For Jan. 6 And Turn On Him

As the January 6 House Select Committee continues to lay out more evidence with each public hearing showing just how deep the conspiracy to overturn the 2020 election went, many of us have been wondering if and when those closest to failed former president Donald Trump will finally be held accountable and charged with crimes.

Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti says we won’t have to wait much longer, and also suggests in a column for Politico that the first to be indicted will likely be Trump’s former attorneys, who will then have no choice but to turn on their former client in order to save their own asses.

Mariotti notes that the actions of John Eastman, Rudy Giuliani, Sydney Powell, Jenna Ellis, and Jeffrey Clark are clearly a focus of the Jan. 6 panel:

“Of all the evidence uncovered by the committee, what jumps out to me as a former federal prosecutor are the ‘fake elector’ certificates signed by Trump electors and submitted to former Vice President Mike Pence in an effort to delay the certification of the electoral votes on January 6. Those certificates contained statements that are easily proven false. Typically, lawyers are not a weak link. In my experience, lawyers have been the most difficult defendants to convict. They’re usually careful about what they say and what they write down. But Trump’s coterie of dishonest legal advisers — John Eastman, Rudy Giuliani, Sydney Powell, Jenna Ellis and Clark — weren’t careful. In their attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election, they said things that were demonstrably false and were personally involved in lies told to government officials.”

Additionally, Mariotti points out that Eastman, Giuliani, Powell, Ellis, and Clark can’t claim ignorance of the law because they’re attorneys, which makes charging them that much easier:

“Because the statute criminalizing false statements requires knowledge that the statement was false and that the defendant was doing something illegal, the attorneys are the easiest targets for DOJ. As attorneys, it will be hard for Eastman, Giuliani and Ellis to claim that they had no idea that they were acting outside the four corners of state law by convening ‘alternative’ electors and submitting them to the Senate even though the state had already submitted official electors. It will also be hard for Clark to argue that he had no idea that what he was doing was illegal, given that his superiors forcefully told him so.”

Once Trump’s attorneys are charged, it should be able to use them in the case against the twice-impeached ex-president:

“If federal prosecutors build a case against Giuliani, Eastman or Clark first, they could potentially flip one of them and have a key cooperator against Trump. Presumably Trump had forthcoming one-on-one conversations with those attorneys, believing that they were protected by attorney-client privilege.

“If one of them agreed to cooperate, DOJ could go to a judge seeking an order permitting disclosure of Trump’s statements under the crime-fraud exception to attorney-client privilege, which permits disclosure of private communications between an attorney and client if they were about ongoing crimes.”

In the weeks ahead, if we start to see indictments of Trump’s lawyers, we’ll know that Donald’s days as a free man are also numbered.

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Ted Cruz Bizarrely Claims Merrick Garland Will Riot If Roe v. Wade Is Overturned

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) made a bizarre statement Wednesday evening during an appearance on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show.

During a discussion of abortion, Cruz said he “halfway” expects Attorney General Merrick Garland to join pro-choice protesters if and when the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, which made abortion legal in the United States:

“We’re going to see a reprise, I fear, of the Black Lives Matter and the Antifa riots where they’re going to try to use political violence to advance their ends, and the Department of Justice needs to step in and stop them.

“I halfway expect the attorney general to be rioting alongside them because this Department of Justice has been so politicized.”

Hannity asked Cruz:

“What is Joe Biden—what are these big cities doing to protect people in light of a threat that we now know is public?”

Cruz replied:

“The organized left—they’re going to engage in riots. They’re going to engage in violence.”

Actually, Ted, the last time there was a riot in this country, it took place at the U.S. Capitol and was led by pro-Trump domestic terrorists who couldn’t accept that their candidate had lost the 2020 election. And of course Sen. Cruz was one of those who wanted to delay certifying the electoral votes on January 6, 2021 so that Donald Trump could carry out his coup and remain in power against the will of the American people.

Can you imagine how Cruz will whine and moan if his tangerine lord and savior is indicted by the Justice Department? If we’re lucky, Ted will also wind up being charged for his role in the crimes committed on Jan. 6.

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Bad News For Donald: January 6 Committee Is Now Coordinating With The Justice Department

The news just got considerably worse for failed, one-term, twice-impeached former president Donald Trump because the January 6 House Select Committee is now coordinating with the Justice Department and sharing information that could lead to the ex-president being indicted for his role in attempting to overturn the 2020 election.

Bloomberg reports:

The Congressional Jan. 6 committee said it’s working to get the Justice Department access to transcripts of witness interviews, a day after the Capitol riot prosecution of two Proud Boys was delayed due to lack of access.

“The Select Committee is engaged in a cooperative process to address the needs of the Department of Justice,” its spokesman, Tim Mulvey, in a statement Friday. “We are not inclined to share the details of that publicly. We believe accountability is important and won’t be an obstacle to the department’s prosecution.”

This latest development is, as Ken Dilanian of NBC News reported recently, a logical next step as the DOJ decides who will be charged in connection with the Capitol insurrection:

A person familiar with the matter told NBC News there have been conversations inside the Justice Department about the far-reaching implications of pursuing a case against Trump, should it come to that. So far, no public evidence has surfaced that the former president has become a criminal target. 

What might those implications be? Nationwide civil unrest, for one:

Filing criminal charges against Trump in connection with his efforts to overturn the election “will very likely spark civil unrest, and maybe even civil war,” said Barbara McQuade, an NBC legal analyst and a former U.S. attorney.

But, she said, “I think not charging is even worse, because not charging means you failed to hold someone criminally accountable who tried to subvert our democracy.”

Randall Eliason, a former federal prosecutor and currently a lecturer at George Washington University Law School, said there is already enough evidence to charge Trump as part of a larger conspiracy:

“There are a lot of actions that are being laid out that could qualify as conspiracy to obstruct the certification of the election. This was a multifaceted conspiracy that actually went on for a couple of months.”

Also of concern to federal prosecutors is that charging a former president could open all future U.S. heads of state to retaliatory prosecution when he or she leaves office, and that could endanger the overall stability and security of the United States.

Trump isn’t in the clear yet. What remains to be revealed in future public hearings from the Jan. 6 committee could be tipping point that will convince Justice to make Donald Trump a criminal defendant.

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DOJ Again Requests Jan. 6 Committee Witness Transcripts – Cites Need For Use In Prosecutions

For those wondering just how seriously the Justice Department and Attorney General Merrick Garland take the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol, a letter the DOJ sent to the House Select Committee investigating that dark day strongly suggests that Garland’s team of prosecutors is indeed moving ahead with building cases against those who played a role in the attempted coup.

NBC News notes that the DOJ is requesting witness transcripts (which were given under oath) to assist them with “prosecutions that have already commenced.”

“It is now readily apparent that the interviews the Select Committee conducted are not just potentially relevant to our overall criminal investigations, but are likely relevant to specific prosecutions that have already commenced,” read a letter sent to the committee on Wednesday.

“Given this overlap, it is critical that the Select Committee provide us with copies of the transcripts of all its witness interviews.”

The letter was also included as part of a court filing from Justice Department prosecutors who agreed to a delay in the trial of several members of the Proud Boys who have been charged with crimes connected to Jan. 6.

However, the committee has already refused to release the transcripts on a previous occasion when requested by DOJ:

Committee Chair Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., has expressed reluctance in sharing the transcripts with the DOJ, suggesting that officials could still view specific documents in person. “We can’t give them full access to our product,” he said in May. “That would be premature at this point, because we haven’t completed our work.”

Earlier today, the committee heard testimony which provided evidence failed, one-term former president Donald Trump and members of his legal team attempted to pressure former Vice President Mike Pence to participate in an illegal scheme to refuse certification of the 2020 electoral votes in an attempt to invalidate the election results and allow Trump to remain in office despite having lost to Joe Biden in a landslide.

There was a mixed reaction to the Justice Department’s second request for transcripts: