“Ours is not a system of justice where foot soldiers go to jail and the masterminds and ringleaders get a free pass.”.- Jamie Raskin, yesterday at January 6th Committee hearing
In a once in a century move, the January 6 committee has referred Donald Trump to the Justice Department to face criminal charges, accusing the brash and bombastic traitor of fomenting an insurrection and conspiring against the government over his attempt to subvert the outcome of the 2020 election, and the bloody attack on the U.S. Capitol. Let's recall here that traumatic event was among the most detestable in American history and marked the first time domestic terrorists savaged the Capitol and the second time it was attacked since the British did it during the War of 1812.
In the words of Committee member Jamie Raskin of Maryland:
“The committee believes that more than sufficient evidence exists for a criminal referral of former President Trump for assisting or aiding and comforting those at the Capitol who engaged in a violent attack on the United States.
The committee has developed significant evidence that President Trump intended to disrupt the peaceful transition of power under our Constitution. The president has an affirmative and primary constitutional duty to act to take care that the laws be faithfully executed. Nothing could be a greater betrayal of this duty than to assist in insurrection against the constitutional order.”
That this judgment is valid and beyond question was manifested in the very deeds and words of Trump on the day and leading up to the assault. See e,g,
Finally, it is critical the current congress pass the update to the 1887 Electoral Count Act, which requires Congress to convene for a joint session after a presidential election, on Jan. 6, to count and ratify the electoral votes certified by the 50 states and District of Columbia. After the fiasco with Trump in 2020, and the extent to which he attempted to retake the presidency by lies, bogus B.S. and exploiting ambiguities in the act- the update is crucial.
Thus the bill update will make it clear that Congress’s role in ratifying states’ Electoral College votes is ministerial only and that the vice president’s role is merely to count the votes publicly. It also would dramatically raise the threshold to sustain an objection to a state’s electors. As Sen. Chris Murphy noted:
essential to cutting down the chances of the wrong president being put in the
White House in 2025,”
While the committee report will provide the most comprehensive account of what transpired in the worst attack on the Capitol in 200 years, it will not include all the most damning evidence, such as: depositions, cell phone and text records, emails, staff notes and analyses by outside organizations. The reason? When the House turns over control to the Reeps in January they will block any further materials getting out and can do so for up to twenty years, if it ever does.
And recall the Republicans blocked the creation of an independent, nonpartisan commission which would have had to disclose all its underlying evidence.. This is what we expected from a treasonous cult and we will now have them to deal with in the House for the next 2 years, at least.
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The gravitas with which the committee conducted itself stood in contrast to the daily cable wars and partisan battles conducted on social media. The committee reasserted the dignity with which important public matters should be hammered out. For all the efforts of Breitbart, Bannon, the Fox foggers, and the like, those committed men and women maintained focus, kept their eyes on the prize, and dispelled the miasma of cynicism and bad faith that has led so many Americans to lose faith in their government and, in fact, most all of the institutions needed for a functioning society, from education, to policing, to belief in the rule of law.
No one can accuse me of being overly optimistic about how things are ever likely to turn out, but at this moment, in the season during which all three major religions celebrate their faith, I have faith that in a most elegant use of the tools that govern us and protect us from tyranny of an errant minority, we were given the most necessary justice that can be had.
During the House's final Jan. 6 hearing Monday, the committee found that leading up to the insurrection, Department of Defense officials worried that Donald Trump would impose an ‘illegal order’ on U.S. troops to support his plan to incite a riot, HuffPost reports.
“The select committee recognizes that some at the department had genuine concerns, counseling caution, that President Trump might give an illegal order to use the military in support of his efforts to overturn the election,” the committee stated in the 161-page executive summary of the report.
You can learn a lot about the people who make up a political party by identifying their heroes. So, who are the heroes of today’s Republicans? If your first thought was Ronald Reagan, you’re showing your age. Reagan was the answer of an earlier time, when we had a different, although not wholly dissimilar, Republican Party. Saint Ronnie, as he was sometimes called back then, was the patron saint of the GOP. Their answer to every question.