Categories
Crime Domestic Terrorism Justice Department

Search Warrant Shows FBI Is Investigating Some Capitol Insurrectionists For ‘Seditious Conspiracy’

The FBI is investigating some of the people who participated in the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection for seditious conspiracy, a serious federal crime that can be punished by up to 20 years in prison.

Mother Jones reports that an attorney for the right-wing militia group known as the Oath Keepers found out some of her clients are under investigation for seditious conspiracy when the FBI seized her cell phone:

“Kellye SoRelle, the Oath Keepers’ general counsel, tweeted Wednesday that the FBI had seized her phone. The action would seem unusual, since SoRelle is a lawyer who says she has provided advice to defendants facing prosecution or investigation due to their actions on January 6. ‘[T]hey have all my clients and my comms,’ she commented in a message to Mother Jones. ‘[It’s] unethical as shit on their part.'”

It’s unethical to seize potential evidence from an attorney who represents accused domestic terrorists? Apparently, Ms. SoRelle isn’t familiar with the way the Justice Department pursued the Black Panthers, Weather Underground, and Ku Klux Klan, all of whom were suspected of committing acts of terrorism on U.S. soil.

So far, prosecutors have charged 17 members of the Oath Keepers with being part of a conspiracy to stop Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s electoral victory.

The founder of the group, Stewart Rhodes has not yet been charged as part of the electoral interference conspiracy, but Mother Jones notes that indictments already filed make clear that he was indeed part of a larger plan to attack the Capitol:

“Rhodes is not named, but is identifiable as ‘PERSON ONE’ in court documents detailing his extensive online and phone communications with Oath Keeper members ahead of and during the siege of Congress. FBI agents seized Rhodes’ phone in May as part of their investigation. Rhodes had stated previously that he believes he may ‘go to jail’ over the events of January 6, but he denies wrongdoing and has accused prosecutors of trying to build a false case against him and fellow Oath Keepers.”

Bizarrely, SoRelle is now claiming that the seizure of her phone is part of a conspiracy involving MyPillow founder Mike Lindell, who has spread an absurd conspiracy theory that “Chinese hackers and Democratic Party officials” stole the 2020 election from Donald Trump.

However, the warrant itself makes clear exactly why SoRelle’s phone was taken:

“The warrant says the search is related to potential violations of nine criminal statutes: Those include crimes with which many people who entered the Capitol have been charged, from destruction of government property to trespassing and obstruction of Congress. The agents are also seeking evidence of false statements and obstruction of justice, including destruction of evidence, the warrant says.”

The actions taken against the Oath Keepers and their legal counsel are also potentially bad news for former President Donald Trump, who could also be charged as part of a seditious conspiracy if he had any contact with Proud Boys members prior to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Trump had claimed executive privilege to keep from turning over documents related to his knowledge of the Capitol insurrection, but Reuters reports the Biden administration has turned over all Trump-era information to the Jan. 6 House Select Committee. It’s safe to assume the DOJ will also have access to that information.

 

Categories
Donald Trump Sedition

An Obscure 19th Century Federal Law Could Finally Rid Us Of Donald Trump

Since January 6, it’s been clear that the rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol and staged an insurrection were operating at the urging of former President Donald Trump, and it now appears that he can be charged in a way that would keep him from ever serving in public office again.

Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe was a guest on MSNBC, and he was asked by host Alex Witt:

“So, Laurence, the DOJ has actually named Trump, they’ve cited his false claims about the election, this in a legal argument to try to keep an accused capitol rioter under monitoring. Does that connection create any legal jeopardy for him?”

Tribe responded:

“Well, it’s at least an indication that they’re beginning to connect the dots.

“That is, if it is the case as the Department of Justice has asserted in saying that somebody ought to be constantly monitored and not trusted to be completely at liberty, if they’re saying that part of what is fomenting violence even now is the claim by Trump and some of his followers that the election was stolen, and if that is fomenting violence now, then the claim that it was all stolen and that the mob should use force to prevent the transition of power to Joe Biden by interrupting the counting of the electoral votes on January 6th, all of that seems to be part and parcel of a violation of a very important federal criminal law that goes back to the civil rights, civil war era. That is, 18 U.S.C § 2383.”

That just so happens to be the section of federal law that covers rebellion or insurrection against the government. It reads:

“Whoever incites, sets on foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof, or gives aid or comfort thereto, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.”

According to Prof. Tribe:

“That law, I think, may well apply to Donald Trump.”

If it does, not only would Trump go to prison, he would also be ineligible for any public office for the rest of his miserable life.

Here’s Professor Tribe on MSNBC:

 

Categories
Crime Donald Trump Sedition The Trump Adminstration

Former Prosecutor Says A Grand Jury Is Building A Case For ‘Seditious Conspiracy’ Against Trump

There’s a very good chance that in a federal courthouse somewhere in Washington, D.C. right now, a grand jury has been empaneled and is meeting to hear evidence and hand down indictments for crimes committed on January 6 when an enraged mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, which resulted in the death of five people, including a police officer.

According to former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner, one of the suspects being considered for indictment is none other than former President Donald Trump.

Speaking with Dean Obeidallah, Kirschner explained:

 “I do believe that the U.S. Attorney’s office for the District of Columbia, my former professional home for decades, is in the grand jury aggressively investigating the insurrection.

“And after they confess, they will ask the motive question, why did you do this? Indeed, every last one of them will be saying the same thing.

“’Donald Trump told me to. He told me that people in that building up the street that he was going to march on with us, he punked out, they stole my vote. They stole our election. And he told us to go in there and stop them.'”

Take those confessions to a grand jury, along with the people who participated in the rioting, and you’ve got a slam dunk case against Donald Trump, Kirschner continued:

“Well first of all, that’s inciting insurrection, and second, what that does, is it’s building a case against Donald Trump and Don Jr. and Giuliani for, among other things, their pep talk telling these insurrectionists to get up the street and get into the capital.

“I think that all of my friends and colleagues at the DC U.S. Attorney’s office are working night and day to build a seditious conspiracy case, and incitement to insurrection case against Donald Trump and the others, and not to argue against myself, and the argument is Donald Trump should be locked up right now.”

Imagine it: A grand jury hands down an indictment against Donald Trump, Don Jr., and others for seditious conspiracy. The case against them is airtight and they’re all convicted. How long would they be looking at in prison for such a crime? A minimum of 10 years behind bars. But it could be much longer.

When Donald Trump told the crowd to march on the Capitol, he may have sealed his fate.

 

Categories
Congress Donald Trump U.S. Senate

Historian: Ted Cruz And Josh Hawley May Wind Up Being Booted From The Senate

Ever since pro-Trump supporters rioted and stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, a larger debate has been raging: Should the political figures who supported and empowered them face federal criminal charges for their actions, which have so far cost five people their lives?

According to noted historian Michael Beschloss, Donald Trump may well face charges for his incendiary speech and tweets on the day of the rioting, but Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) could wind up being expelled from Congress under a section of the U.S. Constitution which calls for such.

Appearing on MSNBC recently, Beschloss noted that there remain many unanswered questions about what transpired on Jan. 6 in Washington, D.C.:

“The other questions linger. Was this an assassination attempt against the vice president, against the speaker of the House, others in the line of succession to Donald Trump? Were these people trying to steal those mahogany boxes? Was this a coup attempt? Why did law enforcement allow this terrorist mob to get into the capitol and were there ties between this effort and a foreign government? All those are big questions, we now have to refer them to the courts, to Congress and to the next president of the United States, maybe a commission.”

A blue ribbon commission might be a good idea, and it’s something Congress should consider, if only to help better plan for such an eventuality in the future and put more stringent security measures in place.

And then Beschloss moved on to another decision Congress may have to make: To expel members who were complicit in what happened:

“And one more thing, if I might add to this, 14th Amendment of the Constitution says if you’re a member of Congress — senator or representative — and you have aided an insurrection, you can’t sit in Congress. As far as I’m concerned that may well define Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz, others involved with this. Congress is going to look very hard at these people and say, ‘Are they allowed to continue in Congress under our Constitution?'”

Cruz and Hawley — along with others in Congress such as Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) — have dishonored themselves and their colleagues with their words and actions. They should have to pay for what they’ve done. If nothing else, they should forever be shunned by their colleagues and made to feel the full humiliation for what they’ve done.

Here’s Michael Beschloss on MSNBC:

 

Categories
Donald Trump Elections The Trump Adminstration WTF?!

Ivanka Trump Refers To The Seditious Capitol Rioters As ‘American Patriots’

January 6, 2021 will go down as one of the darkest days in U.S. history, as thousands of pro-Trump protesters stormed the Capitol building, egged on by their lord and savior, Donald Trump.

As NPR reports:

“Violent protesters were seen smashing windows, and occupying the House and Senate floors and various offices. Police were seen with guns drawn in the House chamber, pointing their firearms at windows that were smashed.”

As you’d expect, Donald Trump posted a mealy-mouthed tweet hours after the riots began by his supporters:

That’s bad enough, but it’s not nearly as bad as what his daughter — who just so happens to be a senior White House adviser — had to say to the thugs who attempted a coup Wednesday afternoon.

Ivanka Trump called the rioters “American Patriots,” later realized she had made a huge mistake, and deleted her tweet. But the internet is forever, and so her tweet will live in infamy:

Ivanka and her father have set off this orgy of lawlessness, but now they want the un-American traitors who are acting on their behalf to be peaceful. That genie does not go back into the bottle so easily.

And how are these people “patriots”? Patriots don’t behave in such a way.

Ivanka got an earful from others in Twitter:

Exactly! Fuck the Trumps. And while we’re at it, arrest them, charge them, try them, and if they’re found guilty, put them away for the rest of their lives.