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Jamie Raskin: 1/6 Committee Has Evidence Of A ‘Lot More Than Incitement’ Against Trump

In a little more than 48 hours, the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol will hold its first public hearing, and one of the key members of the panel, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), is making it clear that the evidence will show former President Donald Trump did a great deal more than just incite the insurrection that left five people dead.

Speaking to the Washington Post on Monday, Raskin noted:

“The select committee has found evidence about a lot more than incitement here.”

Raskin added that what transpired on Jan. 6 had been carefully planned and coordinated, and that the committee has found evidence of concerted planning and premeditated activity.”

“The idea that all of this was just a rowdy demonstration that spontaneously got a little bit out of control is absurd. You don’t almost knock over the U.S. government by accident.”

The committee will explain, Raskin told The Post, all of the details regarding the larger conspiracy to “overturn the 2020 presidential election and block the transfer of power.”

“This is an extraordinary and unprecedented event in our history. You really have to go back to the Civil War to understand anything like it.”

According to HuffPost, Raskin believes the facts support indictments against everyone who played a role in the attack:

Following the committee’s lengthy investigation involving some 1,000 witnesses and the examination of 125,000 documents, “we think that there is overwhelming evidence of this plan to overturn the 2020 presidential election in coordination with a violent assault on our body,” Raskin noted.

“We’re going to lay it all out there, but the prosecutors are going to have to sort it out with respect to individual defendants … I have confidence in the ability of the Department of Justice to do their job.”

The first hearing begins at 8:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, June 9 and can be viewed on most of the major news networks.

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Jan. 6 Committee Has Evidence Rioters Were In Direct Contact With Trump’s Campaign: Report

The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riots now has evidence that the far-right militia groups who attacked the Capitol were in direct with members of the Trump campaign and administration.

According to The Guardian:

And the select committee has also now heard testimony from award-winning documentary film-maker Nick Quested on Wednesday about contacts between the militia group leaders, far-right political operatives and the Save America rally organizers, the sources said.

The information, which could play a large role in establishing for the select committee whether Trump oversaw a criminal conspiracy as part of his efforts to overturn the 2020 election, is being viewed internally as a significant breakthrough, the sources added.

Most crucially for the panel, it could form part of the evidence to connect the militia groups that stormed the Capitol on 6 January to the organizers of the Save America rally that immediately preceded the attack – who in turn are slowly being linked to the Trump White House.

In other words, the committee now has the same sort of evidence the FBI and Justice Department have been using to prosecute people for seditious conspiracy.

For over a year, Trump and his allies in Congress have repeatedly maintained that his supporters were acting independently and didn’t coordinate their attack with anyone connected to the ex-president or any members of his inner circle, including top aides and family members, including Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, both of whom had key roles in the Trump administration.

The Guardian’s report makes it clear the committee is now seeking to prove that the coup attempt was coordinated and had its origins deep inside the Oval Office. That would open the former president up to charges of seditious conspiracy and disqualify him from ever holding office again.

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Liz Cheney: Trump’s Actions On Jan. 6 Could Require ‘Enhanced Criminal Penalties’

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) said Sunday on “Meet the Press” that failed, one-term former President Donald Trump’s words and actions, along with his “supreme dereliction of duty” may require “enhanced criminal penalties.”

Cheney, one of only two Republicans on the House Jan. 6 Select Committee, told host Chuck Todd:

“Our first priority is to make recommendations. And we’re looking at things like, do we need additional enhanced criminal penalties for the kind of supreme dereliction of duty that you saw with President Trump when he refused to tell the mob to go home after he had provoked that attack on the Capitol.”

The Wyoming Republican also noted that what she’s learned since the committee began its investigation has made her even more disturbed by what transpired on Jan. 6:

“I have not learned a single thing since I have been on this committee that has made me less concerned, or less worried, about the gravity of the situation and the actions that President Trump took and also refused to take while the attack was underway.”

While the House committee can make criminal referrals to the Justice Department after their investigation is completed, it remains unclear if Attorney General Merrick Garland will proceed with charges against Trump.

However, something Garland said earlier this month during an interview with NPR certainly sounded like the DOJ would be willing to hold anyone and everyone accountable for what took place at the Capitol:

“We begin with the cases that are right in front of us with the overt actions and then we build from there. And that is a process that we will continue to build until we hold everyone accountable who committed criminal acts with respect to January 6.”

If the Justice Department does indeed proceed with a criminal prosecution of Trump, what might they charge him with? Legal experts have suggested the charges might include inciting a riot, taking part in an insurrection, dereliction of duty, and interfering with the official duties of Congress.

The Jan. 6 committee is expected to begin holding public hearings in the spring.

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CPAC Speaker Says Biden Is ‘Terrorizing’ Jan. 6 Rioters By Letting The DOJ Prosecute Them

This is the weekend for the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) to meet, and they’re doing in so in Florida to keep failed, one-term former President Donald Trump from having to travel too far since he’s become a doddering old man who requires frequent diaper changes during the day.

One of the speakers was a woman named Julie Kelly, who is listed as a Senior Writer for something called “American Greatness,” Media Matters reports:

Kelly began her remarks by rattling off a list of things that had been done by an unnamed person:

“He’s using this law enforcement agency, armed agents, military-style vehicles to conduct pre-dawn raids at the homes of political dissidents. Terrorizing these dissidents in front of their children, and, in some cases, their elderly spouses. Hauling them off, concocting charges against them, fabricating evidence, and in almost 100 cases, hauling them off to prison where they have been denied bail.”

Dissidents? That has echoes of the old Soviet Union, where people were hauled away by the KGB and put in gulags for all sorts of nonsensical charges.

Kelly then continued:

“And dozens of them, actually, shipped off to a special political prison in the nation’s capital, where these detainees are then kept away from their family, their defense attorneys, they can’t see the evidence against them – all the rights that those citizens have from their country’s charter are completely gone. No due process. No presumption of innocence. Trials are delays. Evidence is covered up. Their lives are destroyed. Their families are destroyed. Their businesses are destroyed.”

All of that led Kelly to this conclusion, which was eagerly lapped up by the audience:

“The media, of course, helps out the regime in smearing these people and ruining their lives. Now, who am I talking about? Not Vladimir Putin, of course. Joe Biden.”

Apparently, if you storm the Capitol, terrorize members of Congress, and defecate in the halls of the seat of the U.S. government, you’re not a domestic terrorist. To the right-wing Trumpers, such behavior qualifies you as a “dissident.”

While we’ve known for some time now that conservatives are obsessed with Putin, to hear a member of their ranks compare President Biden to a mass murderer like the Russian tyrant is a new level of disgusting.

 

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January 6 Committee Has ‘Flipped’ Six Trump Staffers – May Grant Immunity To Others: Report

One of the biggest challenges the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 Capitol insurrection has faced is that many former Trump administration officials have either refused to testify or invoked their Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination.

But that may no longer be a hindrance, according to the New York Times, because the committee is ready to grant immunity in exchange for testimony and has already “flipped” six former staffers who are willing to tell what they know about the involvement of failed, one-term former President Donald Trump and others in what transpired:

Armed with reams of telephone records and metadata, the committee has used link analysis, a data mapping technique that former F.B.I. agents say was key to identifying terrorist networks in the years after the Sept. 11 attacks. The F.B.I. said it used a similar tactic last month to identify the seller of a gun to a man in Texas who took hostages at a synagogue.

Faced with at least 16 Trump allies who have signaled they will not fully cooperate with the committee, investigators have taken a page out of organized crime prosecutions and quietly turned at least six lower-level Trump staff members into witnesses who have provided information about their bosses’ activities.

As for those who continue to cling to the Fifth Amendment, the House panel also has a way to get their cooperation, the Times notes:

The committee is also considering granting immunity to key members of Mr. Trump’s inner circle who have invoked their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination as a way of pressuring them to testify.

Among the most important former staffers who might be convinced to tell what he knows if given immunity is former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, who was in contact with Trump, members of the Trump family, Fox News hosts, and GOP members of Congress as the rioting took place in the halls of Congress while the House and Senate met in joint session to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Meadows and others can help fill in any missing information needed for criminal referrals to the Justice Department that would carry the name of Trump and his co-conspirators for the insurrection.

The Jan. 6 committee will begin holding public hearings in March.