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Liz Cheney Claps Back After Gingrich Threatens Jan. 6 Committee Members With ‘Risk Of Jail’

Appearing on the Fox News program “Sunday Morning Futures” former GOP Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich suggested that members of the January 6 House Select Committee could face the “risk of jail” if Republicans retake control of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections.

Gingrich told host Maria Bartiromo:

“You have — both with Attorney General [Merrick] Garland and with this select committee on January 6, people who have run amok. What they need to understand is on January 4 next year, you’re going to have a Republican majority in the House and a Republican majority in the Senate. And all these people who have been so tough, and so mean, and so nasty are going to be delivered subpoenas for every document, every conversation, every tweet, every e-mail.”

The serial adulterer from Georgia then added:

“I think when you have a Republican Congress, this is all going to come crashing down. And the wolves are going to find out that they’re now sheep and they’re the ones who are in fact, I think, face a real risk of jail for the kinds of laws they’re breaking.”

The laws they’re breaking? What about the crimes of insurrection and interfering with Congress that were committed by failed, one-term former President Donald Trump and his toadies in Congress? They’re still facing serious federal criminal charges that could send them to prison for decades.

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), one of only two Republicans who have agreed to serve on the Jan. 6 panel, clapped back at Gingrich’s blatant threats, tweeting out this response:

She was soon joined by her fellow Republican on the committee, Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois:

No one is afraid of you or your GOP goons, Newt. And keep in mind you haven’t won the House or Senate yet. As the committee continues to uncover new evidence and crimes, don’t be surprised if voters reject you and your fellow insurrectionists.

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Jan. 6 Committee Has Had ‘Conversations’ With Former AG William Barr, Chairman Reveals

The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 Capitol insurrection has had “conversations” with former Attorney General William Barr, who was failed, one-term former President Donald Trump’s handpicked choice to run the Justice Department.

According to Jan.6 committee chair Bennie Thompson (D-MS):

“We’ve had conversations with the former attorney general already. We have talked to Department of Defense individuals. We are concerned that our military was part of this big lie on promoting that the election was false. So, if you are using the military to potentially seize voting machines, even though it’s a discussion, the public needs to know. We’ve never had that before.”

Barr resigned in December of 2020 as Trump continued to push his “Big Lie” about the presidential election being stolen from him. The ex-president and his supporters have yet to provide any credible evidence that there were irregularities in how the vote was conducted or counted.

Earlier this week, we learned that an executive order had been drafted for Trump which would have ordered the Secretary of Defense to have the National Guard seize voting machines across the United States:

The order, which was never signed by Trump, would also have appointed a special counsel “to institute all criminal and civil proceedings as appropriate based on the evidence collected,” and calls on the defense secretary to release an assessment 60 days after the action started, which would have been well after Trump was set to leave office on Jan. 20, 2021.

Thompson confirmed that report, telling CBS News host Margaret Brennan on Sunday:

“We have information that between the Department of Justice, a plan was put forward to potentially seize voting machines in the country and utilize Department of Defense assets to make that happen.”

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Trump Is Now Suspected Of Witness Tampering In The Capitol Riot Investigation

It now appears that failed, one-term former President Donald Trump may be charged with witness tampering by the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol.

According to the Washington Post:

On Wednesday, the committee’s chairman (Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-MS) pointed to another area of inquiry with both potential criminal implications and an interesting backstory: witness tampering.

At issue is the evolution of remarks made by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who was informed Wednesday that the committee wants him to voluntarily cooperate. In the asking letter sent by the panel to McCarthy, Thompson notes:

“Your public statements regarding January 6th have changed markedly since you met with Trump,” Thompson wrote. “At that meeting, or at any other time, did President Trump or his representatives discuss or suggest what you should say publicly, during the impeachment trial (if called as a witness), or in any later investigation about your conversations with him on January 6th?”

The former president has engaged in a form of witness tampering before, most notably during the Ukraine investigation which resulted in him being impeached:

Trump also has a history of doing things that certainly at least walk up to the line of witness tampering, including a tweet attacking former Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch even as she testified at his earlier impeachment, and attacks on Michael Cohen invoking Cohen’s family after the former personal attorney for Trump flipped on him. Yovanovitch called Trump’s tweet “very intimidating” in her testimony, while Cohen postponed his own testimony, citing Trump’s “threats.”

This latest evidence of how Trump allegedly sought to make McCarthy change his recounting of what transpired on Jan. 6 could well be added to a growing list of potential crimes committed by the ex-president in connection with that event.

So far, the committee could well send criminal referrals to the DOJ for Trump that include charges of inciting a riot, interfering in an official proceeding of Congress, sedition, and witness tampering. Any of those would result in the former president spending the remainder of his life in federal prison.

 

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Former Watergate Attorney: SCOTUS Has Given 1/6 Committee Everything They Need To Put Trump Behind Bars

With the Supreme Court’s ruling Wednesday evening clearing the way for the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 Capitol insurrection, we should soon know exactly what role failed, one-term former President Donald Trump played in the planning and carrying of the riots that left five people dead, as CNN noted:

The court’s order means that more than 700 documents will be transferred to Congress that could shed light on the events leading up to the insurrection when hundreds of rioters converged on the Capitol attempting to stop certification of the 2020 presidential election results.

Those documents, according to former Watergate prosecutor Nick Akerman, who said Thursday during an appearance on CNN that if it’s proven Trump tried to block Congress from certifying the election, the ex-president could face 20 years in prison:

“There’s no executive privilege they can assert here. Because executive privilege as the Court said in the Nixon case, you can’t use it for conversations in furtherance of criminal activity. With Nixon, it was in furtherance of the conspiracy to obstruct the Watergate chase. Here it’s relating to basically an insurrection that was perpetrated on the Congress. And there’s no way under any circumstance that any court is ever going to say that those conversations are legitimate, executive privilege-covered conversations. The exec privilege relates to legitimate government business that the president is engaged in, most notably military actions, national security, and the like, engaged in, most notably, military actions, national security, and the like. This is certainly why they’re saying it doesn’t make any difference whether Trump is a sitting president or not. These conversations are not covered by executive privilege.”

Akerman then added:

“This really is going to answer the question, can they make a criminal case on Donald Trump for obstructing Congress, which is an extremely serious federal felony carrying imprisonment of 20 years.”

Those 700 pages of documents must contain some incredibly damaging information or Trump wouldn’t have appealed all the way to the Supreme Court to try and keep them hidden.

As for the 20 years in prison, Trump deserves at least that for the damage he did to this country during his presidency. The time has come to LOCK HIM UP!

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January 6 Committee Has Obtained Eric Trump And Kimberly Guilfoyle’s Phone Records: Report

The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol has obtained the phone records of former President Donald Trump’s son, Eric, and those of Kimberly Guilfoyle, who is engaged to Donald Trump Jr.

According to CNN, the phone logs were obtained with a subpoena:

It appears to be the first time the select committee has issued a subpoena that targeted a member of the Trump family, in what marks a significant escalation of the investigation into Trump’s role in the January 6 insurrection. The decision to subpoena communication records involving the Trump family underscores the aggressive tack the committee is taking as it races to complete its investigation while battling Trump in court over access to documents from his administration.

Phone records will show who communicated with whom when it came to planning the Jan. 6 insurrection which left five people dead. They will also help the committee determine if there was a larger conspiracy involving individuals who may have been able to remain anonymous until now.

Eric Trump and Guilfoyle were instrumental in the attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election:

Both Eric Trump and Guilfoyle played prominent roles in Trump’s “Stop the Steal” efforts, including fundraising off the lie that the election was stolen. Both spoke at the January 6 rally on the Ellipse that preceded the attack on the Capitol.

The records may also help the committee flesh out the text messages and phone records it has received from others, like former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, as well as fundraisers and rally organizers.

So far, the Jan. 6 committee has issued subpoenas for the phone records of 100 individuals as they continue to investigate who was responsible for the violence that took place on that day.

The records the panel now has are very specific and came from multiple devices, CNN notes:

The newly obtained records include the cell phone number used by Eric Trump, according to sources familiar with the number. The cell phone number for Guilfoyle was confirmed by sources familiar with her number and her text messages. The committee previously identified this number as Guilfoyle’s number in text message exchanges with other witnesses.

Though it hasn’t yet been confirmed, it’s safe to assume the committee has also subpoenaed the phone records and logs of devices belonging to the ex-president and his son, Don Jr., both of whom are also under investigation for allegedly illegal financial dealings by the Trump Organization.