"At this point, anyone who isn’t calling what happened a year ago on Jan. 6 the failed coup of a presidential traitor either belongs to one of the world’s few remaining uncontacted tribes or only watches Fox News...If he’s not prosecuted, we have no reason to expect any better behavior in the future. And in that case, we will have only ourselves to blame"- Melinda Hennberger, 'Trump Broke The White House China and Our Democracy', Sacramento Bee
The January 6th Committee "Surprise hearing" yesterday turned into another blockbuster with surprise witness Cassidy Hutchinson exposing Trump as a treasonous, unhinged brat who liked to toss dishes during his tantrums, e.g.
What received less air play is the news that the Traitor's coup architect John Eastman had all his electronic devices confiscated Monday by federal agents - who even used his Iphone to grab a face print of the slimeball. This had us both howling with laughter, so much that I could even forget my PSMA cancer scan was delayed. The idiot Eastman also plans to file a law suit about some sort "of invasion" of his rights, when the only rights a traitor has are .... none.
He lost them when he betrayed his country, trying to use Mike Pence in a bizarre scheme to transfer electoral votes from Biden to Trump - as well as concocting a twisted fake electors plan. The latter, in case this genius doesn't know is fraud, and perpetrated against federal election law. That was why he got busted and his toys taken. In this case, Eastman betrayed his American citizen birthright by acting as the primo architect of Trump's plan to overturn the 2020 election. So he merits no special considerations at all.
Pence lawyer Greg Jacob even ridiculed the scheme which called for Pence to either reject electoral votes in swing states that went for Biden and declare Trump the president, or send disputed delegates (fake electors) home for their state legislatures to decide. Then congress could be called in for a special session to declare Trump president. Jacob even warned the turd about potential violence on January 6th - but the asswit remained unmoved. He was licking his chops wanting it to happen, even having the nerve to tell WH lawyer Eric Herschmann "There's always been violence in the history of our country to protect democracy".
So one can see this cockroach deserves what he got and even more. But that leaves unanswered why a major university would have this degenerate on its staff in the first place - at the Benson Center. In this regard, The Denver Post Editorial of June 19th was totally correct in declaring the University of Colorado Benson Center ought to condemn Eastman -- formerly a professor at the school- if you can believe it. As the Editorial noted:
"House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol has made it abundantly clear this week that then-President Donald Trump planned and executed an immoral scheme to retain the White House over the will of American voters.
Trump’s right-hand man in this coup attempt was John Eastman, a professor who at the time was in a position of power at the University of Colorado’s Bruce D. Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization.
Let the irony of that sink in.
The closest that our nation has come to a constitutional crisis in more than a century happened largely because of the actions of the Benson Center’s top thought leader during the 2020-21 school year.
Eastman also used his university email, according to documents given to The Denver Post, to have conversations with state lawmakers in Pennsylvania, about various ways to thwart the election results and seat alternative electors, a key part of the plan to persuade Pence to hand the election to Trump.
The center has refused to distance itself from Eastman. No strongly-worded condemnation of Eastman’s actions or the coup plot has been issued. The center cited low enrollment in Eastman’s courses as the reason for Eastman’s courses being canceled, "
The piece went on to point out as a "cornerstone of Western civilization" one generally recognizes attributes that have allowed some nations to prosper in ways that have eluded other regions. The most profound of these is "the peaceful transition of power, a democratic process that prevents the disruption and destruction of violent insurrections." This the swine Trump, and his pawn Eastman, have totally rejected. But that's why I regard them as traitors.
Incredibly, and ironically, a big talking point for Heidi Ganahl - in her campaign running for governor in the CO primary- was her membership on the CU Board Of Regents. This was the same Board that cowardly screwed Prof. Ward Churchill out of his professorship over 15 years ago, after his essay "On Roosting Chickens'" was sent to it. This was an essay dug up from an obscure online journal (by a grudge-filled punk with too much time on his hands), written after 9/11. It compared the investment specialists and brokers in the World Trade Center to "little Eichmanns". In the wake of its exposure every little anti-free speech dunce in Colorado went batshit crazy calling for Churchill's head. Next thing you know all his previous research was being vetted, turned over for any signs of "plagiarism" - and he was cut loose after the Board decided they found one or two. Some years later the broken prof took the case to court -and actually won when CU's reaction was found heavy -handed. He was rewarded with a few bucks as compensation. He never taught again.
The whole episode showed the "free speech" meme for the hypocritical bollocks it was because - while someone could depict Muslims as "ragheads" in cartoons - he couldn't dare call into the question the U.S. role in inciting blowback - as Churchill did.
This is germane now given Ganahl recently told The Colorado Sun that she wished "Eastman had not involved CU in the whole conversation on what happened on January 6th". Adding: "But I also believe in academic freedom and we've got to let these things play out." Funny how little her "academic freedom" meant when Ward Churchill's essay was put under the CU Board of Regent's microscope, and it had far less grievous consequences for U.S democratic survival than Trump and Eastman's conspiracy.
Indeed, as columnist Mike Littwin observed ('Eastman: American Villain', COS Indy, June 22-26, p. 18): "If I'm Attorney General Merrick Garland, I'm putting everyone on the staff on double overtime." Noting also:
"On the night of January 6th when the Senate was back in session, Eastman was still plotting. On the day after he asked Rudy Giuliani if there was still a Trump pardon list, and if so if he could get on it."
At least the wheels of justice are grinding onward now in Eastman's direction as well as another cockroach collaborator, Jeffrey Clarke. And thanks to Cassidy Hutchinson's brave testimony who knows how many other traitor heads will finally roll. As for Tony Ornato and Secret Service pal Engel who contradicted her testimony- i.e. that Trump tried to grab the limo steering wheel- let them come forward and testify to that under oath. Else they are just emitting noxious fumes like Trump and merit no serious consideration.
Let's hope for all our sake's we get every last Trump upper level ally involved in this most despicable recent event in the nation's history. And maybe we can also get Trump in the end, despite, as Littwin write (ibid.): "Illegality is not a problem for Trump. Even getting caught isn't a problem. He has always weaseled his way out of trouble, hasn't he?" - Well, maybe not this time around - if Merrick Garland has the same level of stones as Eric Holder.
FBI Seizes Phone of Trump Lawyer Eastman
FBI Seizes Phone of Trump Lawyer Eastman
We now know that Donald Trump imagined himself as the head of the violent, armed mob storming the Capitol on Jan. 6 to steal the election. He repeatedly tried to make his fantasy a reality, even as his lawyers and security personnel recommended against it. And when that didn't work out for him, he threw a tantrum like the thuggish bully that he is, physically assaulting a Secret Service member in an attempt to force the agent to let Trump play out the Leni Riefenstahl remake in his head.
There will be a world of deflection, bullshit, hand-waving and dithering from Republicans to distract from Tuesday's revelations. But it will be difficult to erase the vivid picture painted by Cassidy Hutchinson.
Donald Trump didn’t just conspire to overturn the election. He ripped off his own supporters while doing it. Treason, it turns out, is a lucrative endeavor.
After today’s explosive testimony by Cassidy Hutchinson — who served as chief assistant to Mark Meadows and was literally and figuratively in the middle of Trump’s White House — I don’t see how Attorney General Merrick Garland can avoid prosecuting Trump, as well as Mark Meadows and Rudy Giuliani.
If you didn’t hear or see her testimony, Hutchinson portrayed a plot, in which Trump was directly involved, to stop the counting of electoral ballots on January 6. Meadows, Giuliani, Mike Flynn, and Roger Stone were also directly involved. Trump knew rioters were coming to Washington with weapons, and knew they had weapons on January 6. He knew they were threatening the life of Mike Pence. He knew they were dangerous. He wanted to be on Capitol Hill when they stormed the Capitol. He could have stopped them at any point, but he chose not to.
It was the most chilling depiction yet of a president in charge of an attempted coup. Trump knew exactly what was happening and what he was doing. He knew he was acting in violation of his oath of office and inciting violence in order to stay in office. He repeatedly refused to listen to reason, or to change course.