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Ex-DOJ Official Facing Disbarment And Criminal Charges For His Part In Trump’s ‘Election Subversion Scheme’

After it became clear that voters had chosen Joe Biden to be the next president, then-assistant attorney general Jeffrey Clark went into action at the Justice Department, actively trying to get states such as Arizona and Georgia to overturn their results and declare Donald Trump the winner, even though he had lost by an overwhelming margin.

Those actions, in what is being called a coordinated “election subversion scheme,” now have Clark facing disbarment and the possibility of being charged with criminal offenses for his efforts to interfere with the election, according to The Guardian:

The mounting scrutiny of the ex-assistant attorney general, who led the justice department’s environment division for almost two years and then ran its civil division, was provoked by a report from the Senate judiciary committee whose Democratic chairman, Richard Durbin, has asked the DC bar’s disciplinary counsel to examine Clark’s conduct and possibly sanction him.

The panel’s exhaustive 394-page report followed an eight-month inquiry, and included voluntary testimony from former acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen and his deputy, Richard Donoghue, revealing how Clark schemed privately with Trump about ways to pressure Rosen to help launch an inquiry into baseless charges of voting fraud in Georgia and other states that Joe Biden won.

Former DOJ inspector general Michael Bromwich says Clark clearly crossed the line and should indeed face sanctions for his actions:

“It’s no mystery why Clark is playing hard to get with Congress. He faces a meaningful threat of criminal liability based on the facts contained in the Senate report.

“The Senate report provides overwhelming evidence that Jeffrey Clark became a witting pawn of Trump’s in trying to launch a coup in the justice department, which would then serve as the launching pad for the broader coup whose aim was to overturn the results of the election.”

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) echoed Bromwich, noting:

“Either Jeffrey Clark was an enterprising sycophant looking to score points with a transactional president, or he was a cog in a much larger election-theft scheme. Clark’s testimony under oath will be very important to arrive at the full truth, which is why it’s very hard to imagine he avoids testifying – either before Congress or a grand jury.”

Testimony from Clark could also implicate others inside the administration — former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Mike Pence, and Trump — in the attempted coup that reached its apex on Jan. 6 when thousands of pro-Trump protesters stormed the Capitol and staged an illegal insurrection.

Additionally, if any members of Congress played a role in the Capitol attack and were part of the larger conspiracy, they too could be facing expulsion from Congress and referral to the Justice Department for criminal charges including sedition.

Those most likely to be implicated include Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX and Josh Hawley (R-MO), along with GOP Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA), Jim Jordan (OH), and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA).

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Congressional Democrat Says Trump Will Be Compelled To Testify Before Jan. 6 Committee

It’s a question many have asked since the House Select Committee on the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection was formed: Will former President Donald Trump be subpoenaed for his testimony, and if he is, will he actually have to give a deposition?

According to Rep. Stacey Plaskett (D-Virgin Islands), the answer is yes.

Plaskett appeared on MSNBC Saturday morning and was asked by host Ali Velshi:

“The chairman of the January 6th committee, [Rep.] Bennie Thompson, has suggested that Donald Trump himself may receive a subpoena for information and possibly testimony.”

Plaskett responded:

“I think that that’s not something that we should consider farfetched. Bennie Thompson has made it very clear that he is going to take this select committee and its members, who are in full agreement with him, wherever the facts may lead them. They’re going to be bound by the facts and the law, and if that means deposing the president, they will do so.”

The congresswoman then added:

“You know, Ali, we’ve recently seen, even if it’s a civil case, that the president has been compelled to give depositions and so his ability to remove himself from depositions in this matter may be farfetched. You know, not only the deposition of the president himself, but records related to him. whether those be cell phone, whether those be Twitter accounts, communications with individuals, video tapes, if there are in the White House of what he is doing on that day.”

Indeed, Trump was ordered earlier this week to give a videotaped deposition in a case involving some of his bodyguards assaulting protesters outside Trump Tower:

Former President Trump will be required to appear for a videotaped deposition in New York next week, a New York judge ruled Thursday.

“It is hereby ordered…Donald J. Trump shall appear for a deposition on October 15, 2021 at 10 a.m.,” wrote New York State Supreme Court Judge Doris Gonzalez, ruling in favor of a group of Mexican human rights activists who sued Mr. Trump, his business, and his presidential campaign in 2015.

Considering the importance of the work being done by the Jan. 6 committee, it seems likely that a federal judge will also order Trump to give a deposition under oath to the House panel.

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Lara Trump: I Can’t Believe Hunter Biden Is Allowed To Profit From His Father’s Presidency

Lara Trump has virtually no accomplishments other than being married to failed, one-term, twice-impeached former President Donald Trump’s son, Eric, who is ostensibly the “executive vice president” of the Trump Organization, which is reportedly hemorrhaging millions of dollars and could well be on the verge of complete financial collapse.

Despite her lack of any real credentials except marrying into the Trump family, Lara has been hired as a Fox News contributor and often shows up to pontificate on subjects she has zero knowledge of.

Such was the case when she was speaking with host Ainsley Earhardt on the topic of President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, daring to sell artwork he’s produced, according to Mediaite:

The controversial son of President Joe Biden has been selling artwork for five and six-figure sums, despite the fact that he has little experience, training, or standing in the art world. This has raised a reasonable set of ethical questions regarding his ties to the White House, which has taken pains to set up “safeguards” in an attempt to avoid the appearance of impropriety.

That led Lara to remark:

 “The reality is, Ainsley, we know that people would be going absolutely crazy about this, there’d be investigation after investigation. They would try to impeach my father-in-law over something like this, gosh, seems like any chance they got they did that while he was in office.”

Actually, Donald Trump was impeached for blackmailing the Ukrainians for dirt on Joe Biden and then for inciting an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Lara then added this bit of head-shaking stupidity:

“But you’ll never see that happen to Hunter Biden or the Biden family, because there is a very clear double standard, and at a certain point it’s not just about liking personality. It’s about the safety and security of the United States of America.”

What Lara Trump neglected to mention is that Ivanka Trump was given trademark privileges by the Chinese government while there was a trade war taking place between the U.S. and China. At the time, she was serving as a senior White House adviser.

Oh, and let’s not forget that Eric and Don Jr. were running the Trump Organization while their father was president and that the ex-president never divested himself from his company.

There can be a legitimate debate about Hunter Biden and his paintings, but Lara Trump sure as hell isn’t the person who needs to lead that discussion.

 

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DOJ Will Charge Bannon For Criminal Contempt ‘Within A Matter Of Days’: Report

The House Select Committee on the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection acted on Thursday to find former Trump adviser Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress and the Department of Justice will charge him “within a matter of days,” according to Pete Williams of NBC News.

Appearing on “MTP Daily,” Williams was asked by host Chuck Todd how quickly the DOJ would act against Bannon now that they have the referral from the House committee. He responded:

“I think promptly. They will get the referral from Congress. Congress will act quickly. The U.S. Attorney will act within a matter of days.”

Williams made his comments shortly after the chairman of the House Select Committee, Bennie Thompson, made it clear he would indeed refer Bannon for charges:

Mr. Bannon has declined to cooperate with the Select Committee and is instead hiding behind the former President’s insufficient, blanket, and vague statements regarding privileges he has purported to invoke. We reject his position entirely. The Select Committee will not tolerate defiance of our subpoenas, so we must move forward with proceedings to refer Mr. Bannon for criminal contempt. I’ve notified the Select Committee that we will convene for a business meeting Tuesday evening to vote on adopting a contempt report.

Others who have been subpoenaed by the committee — former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino, and Defense Department aide Kash Patel — are being given temporary postponements before they are referred for contempt, according to a committee spokesperson:

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Jan. 6 Committee Interviewed Trump’s Acting AG For Eight Hours On Wednesday: Report

 

Jeffrey Rosen, the former acting Attorney General in the final days of the Trump administration, was interviewed for eight hours on Wednesday by the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.

According to the Washington Post, Rosen told the committee about Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election and how some in the Justice Department resisted those moves:

The committee on Wednesday also took eight hours of closed-door testimony from former acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen regarding the final days of the Trump administration, according to two people familiar with the meeting who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the private testimony, as it also focuses on witnesses willing to voluntarily meet with the panel.

Many of the questions the committee had for Rosen dealt with his interactions with former DOJ official Jeffrey Clark, who was subpoenaed by the committee on Wednesday:

Clark authored and circulated a draft letter dated Dec. 28, addressed to Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) that urged officials in the state to investigate unfounded claims of fraud,” writes the paper. “The Washington Post has previously reported that in early January, Trump entertained a plan to oust acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen and replace him with Clark, who was open to pursuing Trump’s attempts to overturn the election results.

Clark is one of the key figures in Trump’s attempt to use specious claims of voter fraud to decertify the election and allow him to remain as president. Some Republicans in Congress also took part in those efforts, with Sens. Ted Cruz (TX) and Josh Hawley (MO) refusing to approve the electoral votes when both houses met in a joint session to officially name Joe Biden as president.

Rosen’s testimony is seen as essential to determining what former Trump administration officials should be charged with crimes when the Jan. 6 committee issues its final report, the Post notes:

Rosen recounted his detailed handwritten notes with the committee and walked through how DOJ deployed resources on Jan 6, pushing back against the notion that the department was slow to act that day, according to this person. The former acting attorney general testified that he spoke with all of congressional leadership on Jan. 6, along with at least one senior White House official.

The committee is in the process of constructing a comprehensive timeline, starting from the time Rosen was preparing for Jan. 6 to when Trump was considering replacing him with Clark, according to one of the persons familiar with Wednesday’s testimony.

Trump has told former aides such as Steve Bannon and Mark Meadows to ignore subpoenas from the Jan. 6 committee, which could lead to them being charged with contempt and arrested.