What we know about the attempt by former President Donald Trump and some of his underlings to have the results of the 2020 election overturned is terrifying and should stand as a warning to us when we start to take our representative democracy for granted. Because it appears we were that close to losing what Madison, Franklin, and Washington so carefully constructed in their incredible wisdom and foresight back in 1787 as they affixed their signatures to the Constitution.
Trump tried to use the Justice Department to have states where the election was close (Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania) refuse to certify the results and send the matter to the state legislatures. That would have sent things into a tailspin and set off what can only be called the greatest crisis since the Civil War.
Fortunately, acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen refused to be a part of such a plan and the will of the people prevailed, with Joe Biden becoming 46th president of the United States.
But there remain many unanswered questions that have to be considered by the January 6 House Select Committee and the Department of Justice under the leadership of Attorney General Merrick Garland, with the most important question being: What did the president know and when did he know it as it relates to the Capitol insurrection?
Additionally, did Trump have co-conspirators such as Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley who agreed not to certify the election in the Senate and be part of a larger plan that would have been a coup? How can we ever get answers to these questions?
Award-winning actor and director Rob Reiner hit the nail right on the head when it comes to how we can get the facts about January 6, and he spelled it out succinctly on Twitter:
Yes, the White House call logs would indeed shed a great deal of light on who exactly Trump was talking and plotting with in the days leading up to the Capitol insurrection. Did he orchestrate the entire event, or was he merely part of a larger plan that was constructed by others?
The call logs must be given to the committee and the DOJ. Whether it takes a court order or not, they have to be a part of what the committee and AG Garland consider as they look at the horror that took place seven months ago.