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January 6 Committee Now Has ‘Smoking Gun’ Evidence Against Donald Trump: Report

Now that the January 6 House Select Committee has been able to determine that failed, one-term, twice-impeached former president Donald Trump did indeed play a major part in the conspiracy to overturn the 2020 election and remain in power via a coup, that has opened up new avenues of investigation and potential charges, according to a former federal prosecutor.

Glenn Kirschner was a guest on MSNBC Sunday, and host Cori Coffin noted as she introduced him:

“As we learn more about potential witness tampering during the Jan. 6 committee’s investigation, this week’s testimony of former White House staffer Cassidy Hutchinson could explain why those in Trumpworld were so worried about what she might have to say.

“According to Hutchison, Trump knew that some of his supporters would be armed that day, sent them to the Capitol anyway, even hoping to join them. So, does this open up the former president to be criminally liable?”

Kirschner responded in the affirmative:

“Yeah, this is what I would call smoking gun evidence.”

He then added:

“And interestingly, at the last J6 public hearing, we got both smoking gun evidence, and we got loaded gun evidence. And what I mean by that is, as you just played in your lead-in, Cori, the president knew. He was briefed that his crowd was armed with assault rifles and pistols and knives and brass knuckles and bear spray, etc.”

But it was what Kirschner said next that should be of special concern to the ex-president and his cultish followers:

“And you would think a reasonable response from a president would be, oh my goodness, let’s make sure the metal detectors are operating properly. He said just the opposite, take them down, let the armed members of the group in, and they can march to the Capitol from there. To do what? To stop the certification of his political opponent’s election win. So in a very real sense, that smoking gun evidence that Donald Trump wanted to lead what we now know is an armed attack on the Capitol. The loaded gun evidence is, the witness tampering information, and you know, witness tampering just strikes at the very heart of the integrity of investigations, whether congressional or criminal.”

Donald Trump deserves to be indicted and tried for his crimes. Let’s just hope it happens soon.

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Confirmed: Secret Service Sources Say Trump DID Try To Grab The Steering Wheel On January 6

Since Tuesday, failed, one-term former president Donald Trump and his defenders have insisted that he never tried to grab the wheel of the presidential vehicle on January 6, 2021 in an effort to make sure he was driven to the Capitol where thousands of his supporters were rioting.

Former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson told the House Select Committee on June 26 that she had been informed by other staffers Trump had demanded he be taken to the Capitol and lashed out at a Secret Service officer on his security detail, grabbing him by the clavicle and ordering the agent to do as he instructed:

And now we have confirmation of what Hutchinson said, according to CNN’s Ryan Nobles, who said Friday on the network:

“This comes from two different sources within the Secret Service who spoke to our Noah Gray who said that this story of the former president being irate and demanding to be taken to the Capitol on the day of January 6th was something that was spread around the Secret Service in the weeks, months and days after what happened on January 6th.”

Not one but TWO sources confirmed what Hutchinson told the Jan. 6 committee. And that’s not all, Nobles noted:

“Some recounting this story as early as February and the two different sources have stories that are very similar to the one that Cassidy Hutchinson testified to in the hearing on Tuesday saying that the president was mad and that he lunged toward the steering wheel in an effort to try and get the detail to take him to Capitol Hill, and what’s also important is that that second source that we spoke to said that they had heard the story directly from the driver of the presidential suburban that Trump was in on that day. Now, both of these sources never said the stories they heard indicated that there was any type of physical altercation or that the president himself ever was able to grab hold of the steering wheel.

“It’s important to point out that Hutchinson never makes that direct claim either, just saying that he was lunging in that direction. What it does more than anything is it corroborates the most important part of the story, the president was angry and demanding he would be taken to the Capitol.”

The president was angry and demanding he would be taken to the Capitol. Exactly as Hutchinson said.

Or, to put it another way: Trump and his minions were lying their asses off, just like they always do.

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Former Bush Attorney General Says DOJ Has The Evidence To Indict Trump For 3 Crimes

Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is convinced that the Justice Department now has enough evidence to indict failed, one-term, twice-impeached former president Donald Trump for at least three felonies.

Gonzales, who served as AG for George W. Bush, was a guest on CNN Thursday afternoon, was asked about a speech given by Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), who serves as vice chair of the January 6 House Select Committee in which she said:

“The reality we face today as Republicans, as we think about the choice in front of us, we have to choose, because Republicans cannot be loyal to both Donald Trump and to the Constitution at this moment.”

That led host Jake Tapper to inquire of Gonzales:

“Do you agree? Do you see it that way?”

“I think that that is a very accurate statement, quite frankly,” Gonzales replied, adding:

“I believe that the Department (of Justice) is going to move forward with a more serious investigation now that this new information and there may be some indictments.”

Tapper followed up by asking:

“Have you seen evidence or at least possible evidence that leads you to wonder whether Donald Trump committed a crime? And if so, which crime?”

Gonzales then laid out the three crimes he believes Trump could potentially be indicted for:

“Yeah, I think that if you can tie him — he knew about — he knew the crowd was dangerous, he encouraged the crowd to go to the Capitol and he knew the crowd was armed, and he knew that the purpose of the — what was going on in Congress, which was to certify the Electoral College count, and yeah, I think one might make the argument that there is certainly the beginnings of a case full of seditious conspiracy, obstruction of Congress. So there are some things there that I think the attorney general will look at, along with witness tampering.

Seditious conspiracy, obstruction of Congress, and witness tampering. The penalty for those crimes is 20 years, five years, and 20 years, meaning if Trump got the maximum, he’d be looking at a sentence of 45 years in federal prison. Considering what he tried to do, that seems like a just punishment.

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Trump Was Hoping Pence And Members Of Congress Would Be ‘Killed Or Taken Hostage’ On Jan. 6: Report

Based on testimony from former Trump administration official Cassidy Hutchinson on Tuesday, it’s now clear that failed, one-term, twice-impeached former president Donald Trump wanted to see his vice president, Mike Pence, and members of Congress “killed or taken hostage” according to presidential historian Michael Beschloss.

During an appearance on MSNBC Wednesday morning, Beschloss noted:

“Everything that [Richard] Nixon did in the 1970s is put in the shade by what we have seen here. Nixon didn’t send armed terrorists up to the Capitol, and by everything that we are learning now what Donald Trump wanted to see on the 6th of January was violence. There’s every sign that he wanted to see members of Congress shot or killed or taken hostage, including his vice president, who, of course, is the president of the Senate.”

Beschloss added:

“Have we ever seen a president do 100th of that in the whole history of the United States? Historically, every other president is in one category. Donald Trump is in a category of his own.”

Consider a few more of the things Hutchinson revealed on Tuesday during her two hours of testimony, courtesy of New York magazine:

She said Trump was furious with his security officials, and she overheard him saying, “I don’t f- – -ing care that they have weapons. They’re not here to hurt me.” Later, she said that Trump wanted them to march to the Capitol after his speech.

Previous witnesses had told the January 6 committee that Trump had been saying he wanted to march to the Capitol with his supporters in the weeks leading up to the rally, but Hutchinson revealed that Trump actually tried to go as soon as he finished his speech calling on the thousands assembled before him to march there. Trump boarded a vehicle with the Secret Service, thinking he was being taken to the Capitol.

As we’ve seen many times before, Donald Trump demands loyalty from others, but will toss anyone (even family) under the bus when it suits his purposes. That’s just plain evil.

Here’s Michael Beschloss on MSNBC:

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Jim Jordan Calls Cassidy Hutchinson’s Testimony ‘Hearsay’ – Gets Reminded Of His College Sex Scandal

Ohio Republican Congressman Jim Jordan is such a clueless fool, and he proved it today when he sent out a tweet suggesting that former Trump administration aide Cassidy Hutchinson had provided nothing more than “hearsay” when she testified before the January 6 House Select Committee earlier this afternoon.

Using the Twitter account of the House Judiciary GOP (which Jordan’s office controls), the congressman posted:

“It’s literally all hearsay evidence. What a joke.”

That led former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti to give Jordan a lesson in the law, which he so clearly needs:

And then Ken White, a partner at Brown, White & Osborn, who tweets under the handle of “Popehat,” shredded Jordan by bringing up the sexual assault scandal he was part of while an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State University.

“So if a player comes up to you and says ‘hey coach I went to the team doctor for a bloody nose and he grabbed my genitals instead,’ that’s not hearsay because he’s not repeating an out-of-court statement, it’s something that person perceived.”

“But if people came to you and said ‘hey coach a bunch of people are complaining that the team doctor is perving on them in the showers and doing gratuitous genital exams,’ that would be hearsay, because they’re talking about other people’s statements.”

“Now, say you were being sued for something — say, some sort of grotesque dereliction of duty for failing to report or stop the serial sexual abuse of people under your care — and a witness said ‘I told coach about it and he said ‘I have nothing to do with this.” That’s not hearsay either, because in that case you’re a party opponent and a statement of a party opponent is not hearsay. Just like first-hand witness testimony about what Trump said would be a statement of a party opponent in, say, a prosecution of Trump.”

As a finishing touch, Jones also noted that he thinks Trump is facing prosecution:

Jim Jordan just loves owning himself, doesn’t he?