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Federal Investigators Believe Phone Records May Prove Coordination Between Republicans And Capitol Rioters

Investigators working for the Department of Justice and looking closely at phone records to determine if members of Congress communicated and coordinated with some of the rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, resulting in the deaths of five people, including a Capitol police officer who was beaten to death,

CNN reports that the FBI has been especially interested in cell phone data to determine whether the insurrection might have been an inside job, at least in part:

“Law enforcement officials say one of the first steps taken after the insurrection was to seek cell phone tower data to try to identify people at the Capitol that day, a tactic allowed under existing law. That was necessary, the officials say, because among the multiple failures that day was the US Capitol Police allowing the hundreds of people who had attacked the building to leave without arrest.”

Interestingly, some Republicans were very eager to ask about cell phone metadata this week when FBI Director Christopher Wray testified on the Hill:

“FBI collection of phone metadata and geolocator data — permissible under federal law — was the subject of multiple lines of questions this week by some senators who pressed FBI Director Christopher Wray to reveal what investigators were doing with communications and financial data. Republican Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Josh Hawley of Missouri suggested at a hearing Tuesday that the FBI could be overstepping its authority by scooping up communications data.”

Hawley, who gave a raised fist salute to the protesters just hours before the Capitol was attacked, sounded especially concerned about what the phone data might reveal:

“How are we going to know what you’re doing with it and how are we going to evaluate the bureau’s conduct if we don’t know what authorities you’re invoking, what precisely you’re doing, what you’re retaining? You’re basically saying ‘just trust us.'”

Isn’t that exactly the same thing Hawley said to the voters of Missouri? And as the world has already seen, the junior senator from the Show Me State cannot be trusted in the least.

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House Republicans Accused Of Providing Insurrectionists With ‘Reconnaissance’ Tours Of The Capitol Prior To Riots

Could the pro-Trump protesters who stormed the Capitol and rioted once inside have been given inside information by Republican members of Congress? It certainly sounds like they were.

On Wednesday, 30 House Democrats wrote a letter that requests a formal investigation of some Republicans providing tours of the Capitol complex just 24 hours before the rioting began.

The letter reads in part:

“Many of the Members who signed this letter … witnessed an extremely high number of outside groups in the complex on Tuesday, January 5.

“The visitors encountered by some of the Members of Congress on this letter appeared to be associated with the rally at the White House the following day. Members of the group that attacked the Capitol seemed to have an unusually detailed knowledge of the layout of the Capitol Complex. The presence of these groups within the Capitol Complex was indeed suspicious.”

Rep. Mickie Sherrill (D-NJ) is one of the members of Congress who says she saw what she called “reconnaissance” tours being given by House Republicans:

“Sherrill made the startling claim in a Facebook Live broadcast on Tuesday night as she accused Republicans of inciting the pro-Trump mob that vandalized the Capitol and attacked police officers.

“Sherrill, a former Navy helicopter pilot, described seeing ‘members of Congress who had groups coming through the Capitol that I saw on Jan. 5 for reconnaissance for the next day.’

“’I’m going to see that they’re held accountable,’ Sherrill added.”

Sherill also made it clear that she holds President Donald Trump to blame for inciting the crowds that later stormed the Capitol:

“Sherrill accused President Trump of inciting the attack to ‘ensure that we could not have a peaceful transfer of power.’ She also blamed GOP lawmakers who ‘abetted’ Trump, and ‘those members of Congress who incited the violent crowd, those members of Congress that attempted to help our president undermine our democracy.'”

Every person who supported sedition and domestic terrorism in any way whatsoever needs to be charged. And if they’re a member of Congress, they should also lose their elected office. Sedition and murder can never be condoned. They must be met with steely resolve.

 

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White House Officials Are Resigning En Masse Because They Fear Being Charged With Treason: Report

In the 24 hours since Donald Trump gave his blessing to rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol building, more and more members of the administration have resigned in protest, CNN reports:

“Several senior figures were weighing resignations or have already stepped down, including Trump’s deputy national security adviser, Matt Pottinger, who resigned Wednesday.

“Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced in a statement Thursday that she will resign effective Monday, saying she was ‘deeply troubled’ by the ‘entirely avoidable’ events at the Capitol building.

“On Thursday morning, a senior administration official confirmed that John Costello, the Commerce Department’s deputy assistant secretary for intelligence and security, resigned from his post. Ryan Tully, senior director for European and Russian Affairs, also resigned from the National Security Council, a White House official confirmed. And Tyler Goodspeed, the acting chairman of the Counsel of Economic Advisers at the White House, submitted his resignation Wednesday, according to a person familiar with the matter.”

Did all of these people resign out of a crisis of conscience, or could their reasons for distancing themselves have to do with the fact that they’re afraid of repercussions if they remain?

According to Gabriel Sherman of Vanity Fair, the real motivation behind the raft of resignations is that many of the officials are terrified they might be charged with treason if they remain until the bitter end:

“As the violent mob incited by President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, some West Wing staffers panicked that they were possibly becoming participants in a coup to overthrow the government. ‘What do I do? Resign?’ one nervous White House staffer asked a friend on Wednesday afternoon, shortly after news broke that a woman had been shot and killed inside the Capitol. The West Wing staffer told the friend that White House Counsel Pat Cipollone was urging White House officials not to speak to Trump or enable his coup attempt in any way, so they could reduce the chance they could be prosecuted for treason under the Sedition Act. ‘They’re being told to stay away from Trump.’

“Cipollone’s purported concern that Trump was committing treason—a federal crime—illustrates the chaos and fear of Wednesday’s unprecedented events.”

Treason and sedition are words that are in the air all around Washington, D.C., and they damn well should be. Because when a head of state and his enablers in Congress begin suggesting that an election was “stolen” and that protesters need to “take the country back,” it certainly has the Jacobin ring of “off with their heads” that was heard back in the darkest days of the French revolution. At least then people were unseating a malevolent monarch who cared only for himself.

Now, however, we have Trump, along with Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) taking a massive shit all over the Constitution and daring to defend the wildest conspiracy theories birthed in the darkest corners of the internet.

Treason and sedition? There’s a case to be made that many who consider themselves “leaders” of this country could and should be charged with both. But instead of a guillotine, let’s give them life in prison without parole so they can ponder their treachery for decades.

 

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Trump’s Election Fraud Extortion Tape Could Be What Finally Destroys The GOP

After the Washington Post released tapes of President Donald Trump attempting to extort the Georgia Secretary of State to commit election fraud on his behalf, there was almost universal silence from Congressional Republicans, including the ones who have been accusing Democrats of “stealing” the 2020 election while resolutely refusing to provide any proof of their accusations.

Listening to the tape, it soon becomes clear that Trump has committed a crime — perhaps several of them — by telling Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger:

“The people of Georgia are angry, the people in the country are angry. And there’s nothing wrong with saying, you know, um, that you’ve recalculated.

“So look. All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state.”

As veteran Watergate report Carl Bernstein noted on CNN shortly after the Post story broke, the GOP can either call for Trump to resign or they can kiss their viability as a political party goodbye:

“That’s really what we ought to be hearing. ‘Mr. President, resign, leave the White House, this is unconscionable, it is wrong, and we of your party will not permit it.’ We won’t hear it. We might from a few Republicans, but that’s what’s really called for from here. The heroes of the Watergate were Republicans who would not tolerate Richard Nixon’s conduct.”

If Republicans refuse to condemn Trump and push him from office immediately, Bernstein continued, they too will be part of Trump’s crime:

“Also in the long run, I don’t have a crystal ball, but I would think that the Republican Party, this presidency, particularly in its end and supporting what this president is doing in the final days of his presidency — may be the end of the Republican Party as a constructive, decent source.”

Bernstein is absolutely right. If the GOP wants to be complicit to what is nothing short of a coup, then they too have to be destroyed and cast into the outer darkness of American politics.

The GOP has become the party of sedition and treason. They are a threat to this republic until they prove otherwise.

 

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Kremlin Expert Says She’s Convinced Lindsey Graham Is Being Blackmailed By Vladimir Putin

There was a time not so long ago when Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was one of the harshest critics of Donald Trump. When others were only too happy to carry water for the Trump administration, Graham called out the president, especially on the issue of Russia. As recently as July, right after Trump’s summit in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Graham tweeted out:

But during Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election, Graham told Fox News this regarding the investigation being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller:

“These [FBI] investigations against Trump were corrupt to the core. They gave Clinton a pass, and we need a special counsel to look at all things at the Department of Justice and FBI when it came to the Trump investigation, particularly the counterintelligence investigation.”


What happened in such a short period of time? According to an expert on authoritarian regimes such as the one Putin runs in Russia, Graham may have changed his tune because he’s being blackmailed by the Kremlin.


Sarah Kendzior was a guest on MSNBC, and she posited this theory:

“There are a few things we should remember. The RNC was hacked; no one knows what happened to those emails. Lindsey Graham personally was hacked and nobody knows who has those emails. The RNC is complicit financially and politically and broadly in what the Trump campaign has done in terms of illicit interactions with Russia.”

Kendzior also noted that it all comes back to money:

“We have tracked all of those financial ties and there’s pretty good chance that either voluntarily or involuntarily Senator Graham has gotten mixed up in the situation and cannot be an objective observer. I find that sad because in the past he has asked for a nonpartisan look at what Trump has done. He stood up against corruption and he should go back to that.”


This could also explain why so many Republicans have been eager to defend Trump no matter what he does. They have financial ties to Russian entities or oligarchs that they have to try to protect for their own economic self-interest. Also, if they’ve taken laundered money from Russia, they would also be guilty of being an accessory to that crime, too.

It’s beginning to look like the vast majority of the Republican Party is in the pocket of the Russians. And that’s a very serious threat to this country’s national security.