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More ‘Bombshells’ Coming From Jan. 6 Committee Early Next Week: Report

Having subpoenaed five Republican members of Congress this week — including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) — the House Select Committee on the January 6 Capitol insurrection is expected to make headlines again early next week with yet another round of what are being called “bombshells.”

According to a report from Axios:

The Jan. 6 committee may seek testimony from additional lawmakers as soon as next week, ahead of blockbuster TV hearings that kick off next month, Axios has learned.

Of particular interest in the Axios report is that more subpoenas could be in the offing, too, though no one with knowledge of the panel could definitively say so:

Chiefs of staff and other aides to members of the House select committee were told Friday on their weekly call with committee staff to brace for more bombshells ahead of the June 9 start to public hearings, according to two sources on the call.

Security for the planned public hearings which begin in June are also underway, with U.S. Capitol Police providing regular updates and giving a formal briefing on May 20.

If there are more subpoenas, some could be for Republican senators, including Ted Cruz (TX) and Josh Hawley (MO), both of whom were eager to delay certification of the 2020 electoral votes when Congress met in joint session on Jan. 6, 2021 for the purpose of formally declaring Joe Biden as winner of the presidential race over former President Donald Trump, who lost by over 7 million popular votes.

Theoretically, there could also be subpoenas for Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence, though both would probably fight such a move by attempting to tie up the matter with court appeals.

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January 6 Committee Subpoenas Five GOP House Members – McCarthy And Jordan Included

The House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol has issued subpoenas for the testimony of five Republican members of Congress, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH).

NBC News reports:

The Democratic-controlled committed previously asked the congressmen, which also include Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Mo Brooks of Alabama and Andy Biggs of Arizona, to sit for voluntary interviews, but all had refused.

With the exception of ethics committee investigations, the subpoenas are believed to be the first congressional subpoenas to sitting members and will almost certainly be challenged in court.

The panel has said that all five congressmen, who are allies of former President Donald Trump, have information critical to its probe of the deadly riot by a mob of Trump supporters seeking to disrupt President Joe Biden’s election victory.

In a letter he sent to McCarthy in January, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) made it clear the panel wanted to know all about discussions he might have had with failed, one-term former President Donald Trump regarding the protests that included storming the Capitol, leaving five people dead, including a police officer.

However, McCarthy said he would decline to cooperate:

“I have concluded to not participate with this select committee’s abuse of power that stains this institution today and will harm it going forward.”

Now that he’s facing referral to the DOJ for criminal contempt, McCarthy might want to give more serious thought to cooperating.

 

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Jan. 6 Committee Public Hearings Will Feature Video Of Don Jr. And Ivanka’s Closed-Door Testimony

With public hearings beginning next month, the House Select Committee on the January 6 Capitol insurrection is finalizing its witness list and the main topics which will be presented to the American people.

CNN reports that the first hearing will be on June 9:

The first hearing, set for June 9, will be a broad overview of the panel’s 10-month investigation and set the stage for subsequent hearings, which are expected to cover certain topics or themes including what President Donald Trump was doing as the riot unfolded, the pushing of baseless election fraud claims that motivated rioters, how law enforcement responded to the attack, and the organizing and financing behind the January 6 rallies, sources tell CNN.

While the setup of the hearings is still a work in progress and evolving, sources note, the presentations will likely feature video clips from January 6, as well as some of the nearly 1,000 interviews the committee has conducted behind closed doors. That could help the committee share more testimony, as well as deal with potentially recalcitrant witnesses.

Those video clips will include ones of people very close to failed, one-term former President Donald Trump:

Among the witnesses whose testimony was videotaped were members of Trump’s family, including recent interviews with Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.

There will also be some key witnesses who may testify at the hearings, including former Justice Department officials Jeff Rosen and Richard Donoghue, who served interim attorney general and deputy attorney general in the final days of the Trump administration. 

Top aides to former Vice President Mike Pence will also be on the final witness list, but it remains unclear if Pence himself will be called to testify at the public hearings.

The Jan. 6 panel’s work has been divided into teams, designated as gold, blue, and green.

The gold team, according to CNN “has examined efforts by Trump and his allies to pressure Justice Department officials, as well as those at the state level, to overturn the results of the election. Thompson told CNN in January that the hearings would likely include testimony from state election officials, as well as former top members of the Trump Justice Department.”

The blue team, on the other hand, will lay out “how government agencies and law enforcement prepared for and responded to the January 6 attack.”

The green team had the task of tracking the money trail connected to January 6, including the funding behind the rallies held that day.

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Jan. 6 Committee Finds A Brilliant Way Around Stonewalling By Former Trump Staffers

Some former staffers who served in the Trump administration have been more than a bit truculent when it comes to cooperating with the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, despite the fact that they have been subpoenaed to do so and still face criminal contempt charges for failing to obey a legal subpoena.

But despite the recalcitrance of people such as former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to show up and testify, the committee has still found a way to get inside the offices of those former officials with a brilliant workaround, according to Politico:

Some of the select panel’s most crucial information has come from Trumpworld staffers, who were often in the room or briefed on sensitive meetings, even if they weren’t central players themselves. It’s a classic investigative strategy that’s paid dividends for select committee investigators, many of whom are seasoned former federal prosecutors.

Committee member Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) notes that staffers have been instrumental and shining a light on what their former bosses were doing behind the scenes to try and overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election:

“We are definitely taking advantage of the fact that most senior-level people in Washington depend on a lot of young associates and subordinates to get anything done. A lot of these people still have their ethics intact and don’t want to squander the rest of their careers for other people’s mistakes and corruption.”

Among the most notable staffers who have provided invaluable information to the committee are “Cassidy Hutchinson, a close adviser to former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows, and Ken Klukowski, who advised former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark, have helped the select committee fill in gaps about Trump’s private meetings, calls and efforts to overturn the 2020 election that investigators could otherwise only obtain from the principal players themselves.”

That level of cooperation by those who worked for Meadows, Steve Bannon, and other top Trump officials makes committee members optimistic that they’ll be able to paint a full picture of who did what in the leadup to the violent storming of the Capitol that resulted in the deaths of five people, including a member of the Capitol Police Force.

Having as much detail as possible is essential as the select committee prepares to being public hearings in June, a move that could well seal the fate of several Trump staffers such as Meadows who were allegedly key players in the failed coup attempt, according to Raskin:

“Washington is a place where decision-makers will make decisions but it takes a staff to execute and implement them. Those people are not bound by the kinds of compromising political allegiances that their bosses are.”

Sounds like Meadows, Bannon, and even failed, one-term former President Donald Trump should be very worried.

 

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Bad News For Cruz: 1/6 Committee Is About To Release His Emails With ‘Coup Memo’ Attorney

There’s an expression you can find in the Bible that seems entirely applicable to what we’re learning each day about who was involved in the Capitol insurrection and accompanying attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election via illegal means:

“For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.” (Luke: 8:17)

Yesterday we learned that on January 6, 2021, when the Capitol was attacked, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) sent the following text message to then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows:

“In our private chat with only Members, several are saying the only way to save our Republic is for Trump to call for Marshall (sic) law. I don’t know on those things. I just wanted you to tell him. They stole this election. We all know. They will destroy our country next. Please tell him to declassify as much as possible so we can go after Biden and anyone else!”

And now a court has ruled that emails between John Eastman (a.k.a. the “coup memo lawyer”) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) must be handed over to the House Select Committee.

The news was broken by attorney Tristan Snell on Twitter:

It’s believed that the Eastman-Cruz emails lay out the plan for how the coup would be accomplished via federal court rulings, including an ultimate appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, even though the high court made it clear by swatting down several election lawsuits that they wanted no part of such an enormous controversy. That’s exactly the opposite of what they did with the 2000 Bush-Gore election, which was decided by a 5-4 SCOTUS ruling.

In other words, the Eastman-Cruz communiques may well be the proverbial “smoking gun” which will connect the puzzle pieces and help explain exactly who played what role in the criminal conspiracy to ignore the will of the voters and install Trump for a second term in office.

Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe had this to say about the pending release of the emails:

All the dirty laundry is being laid our for the world to see. Now it’s time to start indicting these insurrectionists.