On Monday, Andrew Solender of Forbes reported that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has decided on five men he plans to put forth for appointment to the House Select Committee that will investigate the January 6 riots and insurrection that took place at the U.S. Capitol:
Politico later confirmed those five names, suggesting that they are indeed the picks to serve on the select committee.
It should be noted that three of those on the list — Banks, Jordan, and Nehls — voted to overturn the results of the Electoral College shortly before the Capitol was attacked.
Banks would be the ranking Republican if he’s approved by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Pelosi has veto power over any appointment.
While you may not have heard of Banks, he wasted no time making it clear that he doesn’t deserve a seat on the committee, insisting in a statement he released that Pelosi was to blame for what transpired on Jan. 6. It reads in part:
Yes, Banks says he’ll agree to serve on the committee, but it’s quite obvious from his statement that he’s already made up his mind and intends to blame everyone except those responsible.
That set off a great deal of debate on Twitter:
All five of McCarthy’s choices are unacceptable. Here’s hoping Speaker Pelosi will reject every damn one of them.
Since January 6, it’s been clear that the rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol and staged an insurrection were operating at the urging of former President Donald Trump, and it now appears that he can be charged in a way that would keep him from ever serving in public office again.
Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe was a guest on MSNBC, and he was asked by host Alex Witt:
That just so happens to be the section of federal law that covers rebellion or insurrection against the government. It reads:
“Whoever incites, sets on foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof, or gives aid or comfort thereto, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.”
According to Prof. Tribe:
If it does, not only would Trump go to prison, he would also be ineligible for any public office for the rest of his miserable life.
The wait is over for some of the people who participated in the January 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol which resulted in the deaths of five people, including a member of the Capitol Police Force.
CNN reports that the U.S. Department of Justice has begun handing down more criminal conspiracy charges against members of the group known as the Oath Keepers:
“The Justice Department has added four new defendants to the federal criminal conspiracy case against Oath Keepers who allegedly prepared for and took part in the US Capitol riot, according to a new indictment made public in DC District Court on Sunday.
“The newly named Oath Keeper defendants are Joseph Hackett, who went by ‘Ahab,’ Jason Dolan, who went by ‘Turmoil,’ and William Isaacs, all from Florida. A fourth new defendant’s name and alleged actions are still redacted.”
All of the Oath Keeper defendants are accused of taking part in a criminal conspiracy and entering the restricted Capitol grounds:
“Isaacs, for instance, allegedly yelled, ‘The fight’s not over’ once the Oath Keepers group had gotten inside the building, and he waved rioters down the hallway toward the Senate, according to the indictment.”
Additionally, five of the individuals already named as defendants are also facing charges of allegedly deleting their social media and cell phone activity, which could lead to them being convicted of obstruction of justice and other federal felonies.
The new court filings also lay out disturbing new details about how the Oath Keepers illegally attempted to smuggle weapons into Washington, D.C. for the Jan. 6 event:
“Department of Justice prosecutors were describing in court filings what else they’ve learned about the group’s so-called Quick Reaction Force, an effort to allegedly bring guns to a Northern Virginia Comfort Inn as backup for the siege.
“Previously, prosecutors had described how the Oath Keepers gathered and stashed weapons at the Comfort Inn, and how defendant Thomas Caldwell of Virginia allegedly had floated an idea of ferrying weapons across the Potomac River to assist with the Capitol siege.”
Before federal prosecutors are finished, many of the Oath Keeper defendants could well be facing charges that would put them in federal prison for the remained of their lives, a fitting punishment for anyone who dares to try and overthrow the elected representatives of the nation as they were going about their official duty of certifying the 2020 presidential election results.
Ironically, the Oath Keepers love to portray themselves as being devoted to the principle of defending the Constitution “against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” But they’re nothing more than terrorist punks who deserve to rot behind bars.
For the sake of history, all of the relevant facts surrounding an event have to be laid on the table and examined carefully. That’s how we know what happened in the past and, more importantly, how we attempt to make certain we never repeat the mistakes of the past.
On Wednesday, we got more new facts regarding what transpired at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, when thousands of pro-Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building and defaced historical artifacts that date back to the founding of this nation.
As president at the time of the Capitol insurrection, Donald Trump had a responsibility to protect the building and those inside it, just as he swore to do when he took the oath of office. But he didn’t. Instead, he waited hours and even then reinforcements were sent by others, not by Trump.
That’s where what we learned during a Congressional hearing yesterday when former acting Secretary Christopher Miller testified and revealed that three days before the Capitol was attacked and five people died, Trump said that if the National Guard was called in, it should be to protect the insurrectionists.
There’s a very good chance that in a federal courthouse somewhere in Washington, D.C. right now, a grand jury has been empaneled and is meeting to hear evidence and hand down indictments for crimes committed on January 6 when an enraged mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, which resulted in the death of five people, including a police officer.
According to former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner, one of the suspects being considered for indictment is none other than former President Donald Trump.
Speaking with Dean Obeidallah, Kirschner explained:
“I do believe that the U.S. Attorney’s office for the District of Columbia, my former professional home for decades, is in the grand jury aggressively investigating the insurrection.
“And after they confess, they will ask the motive question, why did you do this? Indeed, every last one of them will be saying the same thing.
“’Donald Trump told me to. He told me that people in that building up the street that he was going to march on with us, he punked out, they stole my vote. They stole our election. And he told us to go in there and stop them.'”
Take those confessions to a grand jury, along with the people who participated in the rioting, and you’ve got a slam dunk case against Donald Trump, Kirschner continued:
“Well first of all, that’s inciting insurrection, and second, what that does, is it’s building a case against Donald Trump and Don Jr. and Giuliani for, among other things, their pep talk telling these insurrectionists to get up the street and get into the capital.
“I think that all of my friends and colleagues at the DC U.S. Attorney’s office are working night and day to build a seditious conspiracy case, and incitement to insurrection case against Donald Trump and the others, and not to argue against myself, and the argument is Donald Trump should be locked up right now.”
Imagine it: A grand jury hands down an indictment against Donald Trump, Don Jr., and others for seditious conspiracy. The case against them is airtight and they’re all convicted. How long would they be looking at in prison for such a crime? A minimum of 10 years behind bars. But it could be much longer.
When Donald Trump told the crowd to march on the Capitol, he may have sealed his fate.