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The Room is Shrinking
Author: BobR    Date: 12/01/2021 13:40:18

It's been nearly 11 months since the assault on the Capitol by a mob of TFG supporters who were trying to overthrow the government by preventing the peaceful transfer of power to president-elect Joe Biden. Their attempt failed because of the bravery and shrewdness of the Capitol police, and outgoing veep Pence's refusal to go along with the plan. That plan, devised by ex-professor and discredited legal hack John Eastman called for Pence to disallow several state's electoral college electors, and replace them with TFG supporters.

That anyone inside TFG's inner circle thought this could work shows the venality, stupidity, and lack of patriotism of them all.

There's a special panel in the House looking into the Jan 6th assault, and the walls are certainly closing in on TFG and his inner circle. It was already known that they were holed up in a room at the Willard hotel - it's now clear TFG was calling from the Oval Office repeatedly in a vain and quixotic attempt to retain power:
Hours before the deadly attack on the US Capitol this year, Donald Trump made several calls from the White House to top lieutenants at the Willard hotel in Washington and talked about ways to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s election win from taking place on 6 January.

The former president first told the lieutenants his vice-president, Mike Pence, was reluctant to go along with the plan to commandeer his largely ceremonial role at the joint session of Congress in a way that would allow Trump to retain the presidency for a second term.

But as Trump relayed to them the situation with Pence, he pressed his lieutenants about how to stop Biden’s certification from taking place on 6 January, and delay the certification process to get alternate slates of electors for Trump sent to Congress.

The former president’s remarks came as part of strategy discussions he had from the White House with the lieutenants at the Willard – a team led by Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani, John Eastman, Boris Epshteyn and Trump strategist Steve Bannon – about delaying the certification.

We already know that Bannon and Eastman (and Bernie Kerik who was also there) have been subpoenaed by the committee. Bannon has refused to appear, and will likely be charged with Contempt of Congress and jailed until he agrees to testify. TFG's chief-of-staff Mark Meadows has agreed to testify, rather than deal with the legal (and generally futile) nonsense of trying to fight it.

TFG is also trying to shield call logs and documentation from the commission (which is what totally innocent people do, right?), and that appears to be a losing battle as well:
Three federal appellate judges appear likely to reject Donald Trump’s effort to block Jan. 6 investigators from obtaining his White House records — a big potential boost for lawmakers hoping to reveal the former president’s actions as a mob of his supporters attacked the Capitol.

“We have one president at a time under our constitution,” said Patricia Millett, one of the three judges on the D.C. Circuit panel that heard arguments Tuesday in the high-profile fight. “That incumbent president … has made the judgment and is best positioned, as the Supreme Court has told us, to make that call as to the interests of the executive branch.”

[...]

Trump’s lawyers have indicated they plan to appeal if they lose. They could ask the full bench of the D.C. Circuit or the Supreme Court to take up the case, but it’s unclear if either would do so. It’s also unclear if the committee will attempt to fight any efforts to prolong the case while other courts review the matter.

The files at issue are drawn from former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, former adviser Stephen Miller, former deputy White House Counsel Patrick Philbin and former Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, among other top Trump aides. The National Archives has identified the documents in periodic batches since early September and expects to produce additional tranches in the coming months.

Personally, I'd like to see them all hang together (metaphorically) and spend the rest of their lives in jail, along with every siege participant who can be identified . It's the absolute minimum we should expect for one of worst attacks on our democratic institutions.
 

11 comments (Latest Comment: 12/01/2021 17:15:05 by livingonli)
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