In the wake of the Dobbs decision being used as an opportunity for five justices with a predetermined agenda to overturn Roe it is easy to lose sight of the two January 6th Committee hearings of last week. In fact, I had a though about the timing of the release of the decision among a few others.
Before I get back to facts, I want to explore a gut feeling, (in all honesty first brought to my attention by my wife). At least on the surface it is interesting that the decision was announced late last week and not as the final decision announced before summer recess. Could the timing be such that a weekend news cycle was dominated by the decision leaving much less time to cover the hearings’ revelations? I could find no rule regulating the order or timing of the release of Court opinions other than in the case of split decisions the lead author of the opinion’s seniority mattered to a degree. It could all be coincidence, but I’m a believed in Nance’s Law when it comes to that.
Tuesday the Committee offered proof that Donald Trump meddled in the elections at the state level. Specifically in Arizona and Georgia. This was not the speculation of some wild-eyed liberals. The live witnesses were Arizona Speaker of the House Republican Rusty Bowers, Georgia Secretary of State Republican Brad Raffensperger and his Chief Operating Officer, Republican Gabriel Sterling. Bowers, in particular was convincing.
The session then heard the testimony of former Fulton County elections worker “Shaye” Moss. Much like Capital Police officer, Caroline Edwards, (a University of Georgia alum) in the first session, Ms. Moss gave a very human view of the mob like tactics of Trump and his domestic terrorists. I was impossible to not feel empathy for her.
Back in my days of organized politics, I interacted with many election workers both on election day and the days surrounding it. With the possible exception of one (and she wasn’t in much of a position of power) I found them to be fair regardless of party affiliation. In fact, I made some Republican friends that way. These were people of integrity who deserved my respect and believed in small “d” democracy.
I think one of the “reforms” that is needed is that we have to make elections officials at all levels a class of protected people much like police officers. Without free and fair elections we cannot have a functioning representative democracy; which of course is the goal of the fascists.
During Tuesday’s session the RNC, Arizona Republican and current House member Andy Biggs, former Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson were shown to be complicit in 1/6 and the actions surrounding it. One thing that is now abundantly apparent is that 1/6 was much bigger than a single day.
Thursday the live witnesses were former Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, former Deputy Acting Attorney General Richard Donoghue and former Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel (basically the Justice Deportment’s lawyer) Steven Engel. All Republicans and Trump appointees.
This was the previously delayed session. At the time of the delay, I was skeptical of the reason given. Just prior to Thursday’s session the home of former Trump era Justice Official Jeffrey Clark was raided by the FBI. Coincidence? I’ll invoke Nance’s Law again. Long story (well covered by others) short, Clark was plotting with Trump to take over Justice for the benefit of the Big Lie. In the process Trump wanted Sidney Powell appointed as Special Counsel to investigate massive (and in reality, non-existent) voter fraud in the 2020 election. Clark was an environmental attorney in Trump’s Justice Department. That’s like being a fact checker for a right wing radio show. Not exactly top grade! As to quality of the person, keep in mind that when Clark appeared before the Committee in a sworn deposition, he pled the fifth over 100 times. Why do you think that was?
In addition to Powell Republican Pennsylvania House member Scott Perry was again implicated in the plot. Interesting it was revealed that Republican House members Mo Brooks of Alabama, Matt Gaetz of Florida, Andy Biggs of Arizona and Louie Gohmert of Texas had asked for presidential pardons. There is evidence, though not totally conclusive, that Ohio’s Jim Jordan and Georgia’s Marjorie Taylor Greene also did. Why would someone who did nothing wrong seek a pardon?
So last week alone it was proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Trump lied, had accomplices, tried to corrupt the election results in several swing states and tried to coopt the Justice Department into a wing of the Trump Big Lie machine. And don’t you forget that!
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