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Newly Uncovered Evidence Suggests Congressional Republicans Played A Direct Role In Jan. 6

While it’s been clear for months that former President Donald Trump was directly involved in fomenting the violence that took place on January 6 at the U.S. Capitol, reporting from The New York Times suggests that some Republicans in Congress also played a role in the efforts to subvert the 2020 election and keep power through a violent uprising.

Specifically, the Times reveals that notes taken by a top deputy to then-Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen point directly to a coordinated effort between Trump and members of Congress. Those notes, which were handwritten by deputy AG Richard Donoghue, report what Trump told Rosen:

“Just say that the election was corrupt + leave the rest to me and the R. Congressmen.”

That, many legal experts said after reading the Times report, is a literal smoking gun, and it means that several Republicans in Congress are facing subpoenas for their testimony before the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol.

Philip Bump of The Washington Post focused in on the notation from Donoghue:

“What Donoghue’s notes suggest is that Trump had fully bought into the effort that would eventually become his Alamo: having Republican legislators block the electoral-vote counting due to take place at the Capitol on Jan. 6.”

Failing to certify counting of the electoral votes would have resulted in a Constitutional crisis. The added chaos of a riot at the Capitol would have provided the perfect opportunity for Trump to declare a national emergency and refuse to hand over the reins of power to Joe Biden. It also would have provided an “excuse” for a coup d’etat. And it would have even had the blessing of a faction in Congress.

Once again, quoting Philip Bump:

“Some congressional Republicans clearly did their best to aid Trump’s effort. On the morning of Jan. 6, (Rep Mo) Brooks spoke before Trump at a rally outside the White House. It was time, he said, to ‘start taking down names and kicking ass.’ It’s not clear if any of those in attendance did the former, but some clearly did the latter.”

Brooks, along with Reps. Jim Jordan, Jim Banks, Lauren Boebert, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Kevin McCarthy (and perhaps others) should be compelled to testify before the 1/6 committee. If they aren’t, expect a repeat of what we saw in January to take place in 2024. And if that happens, it will be the end of the American experiment with democracy and self-rule and the beginning of fascism.

 

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Jared Gets Buried In Mockery Over Report He Plans To ‘Leave Politics’ And Start An Investment Firm

Bang the drum slowly and lower the flags to half-staff today because Jared Kushner is leaving the world of politics and starting an investment firm. In other words, he’ll be using other people’s money to enrich himself, much the same as he did while serving as an “adviser” in the Trump administration, a job he only managed to land because his father-in-law was president.

 

According to Reuters:

“Kushner, the former chief executive of Kushner Companies, who served as the Republican president’s senior adviser in the White House, is in the final stages of launching an investment firm called Affinity Partners that will be headquartered in Miami,. Kushner, who is married to Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, is also looking to open an office in Israel to pursue regional investments to connect Israel’s economy and India, North Africa and the Gulf, said two people briefed on the plan, who spoke on condition of anonymity.”

That’s an interesting list of countries Jared will be focusing on. But one nation is missing: Russia. As we’ve seen on multiple occasions, Russian President Vladimir Putin has always been fond of backing useful idiots who can help him engineer his destruction of the United States. Putin already has his hooks in the failed, one-term, twice-impeached former president who was only elected with the help of several Russia’s intelligence agencies.

 

So Jared is leaving the political world? That makes sense when you consider that he’s 1 for 2 on presidential races and lost the second election for his father-in-law by a record drubbing in the popular vote and even saw Georgia swing towards Democrats in both the general election and the special Senate runoff.

Twitter had some thoughts on Jared’s career change:

Jared Kushner truly is the grift that keeps on giving.

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Rudy Giuliani Was Given Secret Service Protection On January 6 – Why?

The House select committee investigating what transpired at the U.S. Capitol on January 6 is holding its first public hearing today, and it’s expected most of the testimony will come from police officers serving in the departments that were called to protect the Capitol on that fateful afternoon.

But in the days and weeks yet to come, there will be many more hearings — some public and some held behind closed doors for security reasons — that will widen the scope of inquiry for the committee and hopefully provide us all with more information about what happened that day and how we can prevent such a horrific event from taking place again.

Just Security had two former U.S. Attorneys (Barbara McQuade and Joyce Vance) sit down with Ryan Goodman, who serves as co-Editor-in-Chief of Just Security, and come up with questions that need to be asked by the committee.

At one point in their extensive document, we learn that on the day of the Capitol insurrection, former President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, was given Secret Service protection, which is highly unusual. That led to these questions:

“Are you aware that Rudy Giuliani received Secret Service Protection on Jan. 6? Were you aware of communications as to whether he should receive Secret Service Protection? What senior U.S. officials were involved in that decision? Were you aware of anyone raising concerns about whether it was appropriate to provide Secret Service protection to someone so far outside the ambit of normal protectees?”

We have this information thanks to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by public advocacy group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW):

Giuliani played a key role in the buildup to the Capitol riots, giving a speech with then-President Donald Trump’s blessings in which he urged the crowd:

“Let’s have trial by combat!”

Giuliani will likely be called (or subpoenaed) by the select committee, and considering the fact that he received Secret Service protection on the very same day he basically called for the violent overthrow of the government, he damn well should be.

But why was that protection afforded to him, and who ordered it? Only a few high-ranking White House officials could have made such a request of the Secret Service.

The fact that Giuliani was given such enhanced security suggests that the person or persons who thought that necessary knew in advance that actions were planned which would put him at risk, and that points to a larger conspiracy that may well reach all the way to the Oval Office.

The House select committee has its hands full. But as McQuade and Vance rightly suggest, they shouldn’t be satisfied until they get the answers the American people deserve.

 

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Calls For Michael Flynn’s Arrest Grow After He ‘Jokes’ About Assassinating Someone In Washington, DC

Back in May, disgraced former national security adviser Michael Flynn suggested that it was time to stage a coup and reinstall Donald Trump in the White House, remarking when asked why a military coup such as the one that took place in Myanmar couldn’t happen in the United States. The retired Lt. General responded:

“I mean, it should happen.”

And now Flynn is again suggesting that violence needs to be visited on the nation’s capital.

On Sunday in Yuba, California, Flynn was presented with a semiautomatic rifle and told the audience:

“Maybe I’ll find someone in Washington, D.C.”

If you or I said something like that in public, there’s an excellent chance the FBI would pay us a visit and tell us to knock it off or we’d be standing in front of a federal judge, charged with a serious crime.

Why isn’t Flynn under arrest? That’s exactly what Twitter users want to know, too:

Michael Flynn is the lowest form of scum on the face of the planet. He’s a fake patriot who is constantly looking for new ways to destroy this country. For that alone he belongs behind bars for a very long time.

 

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Sarah Sanders Gets Cold Busted For Lying About The COVID-19 Vaccine

Believe it or not, former White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders is actually encouraging people to get vaccinated for COVID-19, writing an op-ed that was published Sunday in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in which she repeatedly gives her former boss, failed, one-term former President Donald Trump, all the credit for the vaccine.

For example, Sanders writes:

“A few months ago, I decided to take advantage of President Trump’s Operation Warp Speed and get vaccinated.

“When the Trump administration initiated Operation Warp Speed in May 2020, the president stated that a vaccine would become available by December of that year at the very latest. From the moment he made his announcement, the ‘expert’ class tried to undermine those statements with baseless fear-mongering.”

Why were so many of us skeptical about what Trump said regarding the vaccine? Probably because he spent four years lying about everything and even suggested that as soon as warmer weather arrived in the summer of 2020, COVID would completely disappear. It didn’t, and hundreds of thousands of Americans died as a result of his misinformation and attempts to minimize the seriousness of the pandemic.

Just like her former boss, Sanders also resorts to lying to make her case, suggesting that President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris tried to discourage people from getting vaccinated:

“The New York Times ran an opinion piece claiming that whatever the Trump administration released would likely be a dangerous political stunt. CNN did the same. But no one did more to undercut public confidence in the vaccine than Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Biden doubted that the vaccine would be ‘real,’ while Harris said in a nationally-televised debate that she would not take any vaccine the Trump administration had a hand in creating.”

But as CNN White House correspondent John Harwood noted on Twitter, Sanders is also lying with her accusation:

Here’s the video of exactly what Harris said during the VP debate:

Of course, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Sarah Sanders is praising Trump and lying about the candidates who defeated him and Mike Pence by nearly 8 million votes. After all, Sanders is running to be governor of Arkansas. She’ll say whatever it takes to divert attention from the truckload of bullshit she uttered from the podium as press secretary.

Does Trump deserve some of the credit for the coronavirus vaccine? Yes he does. But that has to be balanced against the endless lies he told about the disease as thousands of Americans perished under his so-called “leadership.”

COVID is one of the main reasons Trump lost the 2020 election. And it’s also the reason a majority of Americans will never trust him again.