🔴 The Trump Files

 
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With Tweets, Retweets, links to articles and excerpts, I’ve tried to document this national soap opera/tragedy we’re living through. The resources at the beginning are a mixed bag of timelines and documents and I provide a clickable cast of characters (Russians, mostly).

What does this have to do with The Blacklist? A lot, actually. Russian mob figures, spies and apparatchiks. Semion Mogilevich, the Smart Don, reminds me of Red, though Red is a lot nicer and much better-looking.

Featured are drawings (she calls them “maps”) by @Jzikah, and “Mueller, She Wrote” is the best podcast I’ve ever come across. The three women who do it are comedians, though they’re all super smart and A.J. (the lead) has a PhD and is a Veteran.

Caution: You may enjoy this feature a bit more if you’re of the liberal persuasion. This is the single place on this blog where *there are politics* though I tend to stick with MSM, specialized sources (ex-Intel Community, altGov, and reputable sleuths) and other people I’ve learned to trust.

 

🇷🇺 Press Here For Recent (2021) Articles

📀 Press Here For Impeachment #2 Trial on Cspan (2021)

🇷🇺 Press Here For 2020

🇷🇺 Press Here For 2019

🇷🇺 Press Here For 7/26/2017 through 2018

📀 Press Here For Impeachment #1 Trial on Cspan (2020)

Press Here For Biden/Burisma/Ukraine Fact Checks

 
💽Recommended⋙ Mueller She Wrote Podcasthttp://bit.ly/2PgTKWs  or Press   ⇊  ⇊
 
Other Podcasts:

    All The President’s Lawyers (J Barro, R Lowry)
    The Asset (Center for American Progress) 🌟
    The Dworkin Report (Scott Dworkin)
    Gaslit Nation (Sarah Kendzior, Andrea Chalupa)
    The Lawfare Podcast (Benjamin Wittes, Brookings)
    The Josh Marshall Podcast (TPM)
    The Mother Jones Podcast (David Corn)
    Mueller Time (Eric Leval, Chris Carey)
    The Oath (Chuck Rosenberg, MSNBC)
    The Report (Lawfare)
    On Topic (Renato Mariotti)
    Skullduggery (Michael Isikoff, Yahoo)
    Trump Inc (q4- 8qProPublica)
    Trumpcast (Slate)

🔊 PlayerFM: Best Trump Russia Investigation Podcasts (2019) http://bit.ly/2MKbtV8
 
Twitter List: INVESTIGATORS: https://twitter.com/Auriandra/lists/investigators
// Investigative reporters, Trump-Russia sleuths, Intelligence Community, Legislators, “alt-gov,” and Targets
 

Russian Intelligence Services:

Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) – The Foreign Intelligence Service reports directly to the President of Russia.
GRU – Main Intelligence Directorate of the Russian Armed Forces.
Federal Security Service (FSB) – The Federal Security Service is responsible for counter-intelligence, state security and anti-terrorist operations

 

 
🔄 ECFR , Mark Galeotti [EU] (2016): Introduction: Putin’s hydra: Inside Russia’s intelligence services http://bit.ly/2NZWN1h
// 5/11/2016, Intro
⋙ 📒 ECFR, Mark Galeotti [EU] (2016): Report: Putin’s Hydra: Inside Russia’s Intelligence Services [pdf] http://bit.ly/2NYjG5b 20p
// May 2016, Full report

 

 
Key People: Roman Abramovich, Aras Agalarov, Emin Agalarov, Rinat Akhmetov, Rinat Akhmetshin, Yulya Alferova, Anatoly Antonov, Andrii Artemenko, Arron Banks, Andrey Baronov, Vitaly Bespalov, Leonid “Len” Blavatnik, Anna Bogacheva, David Bogatin, Victor Boyarkin, Wm Browder, Mariia Butina, Carole Cadwalladr, Michael Caputo, Yuri Chaika, Igor Chekunov, Michael Cohen, George Cottrell, Oleg Deripaska, Andrii Derkach, Igor Divyekin, Kirill Dmitriev, Aleksandr Dugin, Arkady Dvorkovich, Paul Erickson, Oleg Erovinkin, Nigel Farage, Dmitri Firtash, John Fotiadis, Gene (Evgeny) Friedman, Igor Fruman, Daniel Gelbinovich, Rob Goldstone, Sergei Gorkov, Henry Greenberg, Andrew Intrater, Bidzina Ivanishvili, Brittany Kaiser, Mikhail Kalugin, Vladimir Kara-Murza, Saak Karapetyan, Eugene Kaspersky (Kaspersky Lab), Denis Katsyv, Irakly (“Ike”) Kaveladze, Michael Khodarkovsky, Konstantin Kilimnik, Sergey Kislyak, Artem Klyushin, Ihor Kolomoyskyi, Konstantin Kosachev, Aleksandra Krylova, Elena Khusyaynova, Simon Kukes, Alexander Litvinenko, Howard Lorber, Yuriy Lutsenko, Simona Mangiante, Alexander Mashkevich, Viktor Medvedchek, Josef Mifsud, Semion Mogilevich (Don Semyon), Konstantin Molofeev, George Nader, Valentyn Nalyvaichenko, Alexei Navalny, Eduard Nektalov, Konstantin Nikolaev, Vyacheslav Nikonov, Yevgeniy Nikulin, Alexander Nix, Isabel Oakeshoff, George Papadopoulos, Lev Parnas, Sam Patten, Alexander Perepilichnyy, Dmitry Peskov, Igor Pisarsky, Petro Poroshenko, Yevgeny Prigozhin, Sergei Prikhodko, Vladimir Putin, George Ramishvili, Dmitry Rogozin, Alexander Rovt, Giorgi Rtskhiladze, Dmitry Rybolovlev, Konstantin Rykov, Mikheil Saakashvili, Felix Sater, Igor Sechin, Anastasia Shevchenko, Viktor Shokin, Oleg Solodukhin, Christopher Steele, Ruslan Stoyanov, Oleg Solodukhin, Peter Strzok, Taiwanchik (aka Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov), Andriy Telizhenko, Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov (aka Taiwanchik), Aleksandr Torshin, Vyacheslav Trubnikov, Yulia Tymoshenko, Anastasia Vashukevich (aka Nastya Rybka), Viktor Vekselberg, Natalia Veselnitskaya, Vyacheslav Volodin, Curt Weldon, Andy Wigmore, Alexander Yakovenko, Viktor Yanukovych, Ivan Yermakov, Viktor Yushchenko, Aleksandr Zakharchenko, Maria Zakharova, Joel Zamel, Volodymyr Zelensky

 

 
Bios w links (Wikipedia unless otherwise noted): Roman Abramovich, Aras Agalarov, Emin Agalarov, Rinat Akhmetov, Rinat Akhmetshin, Yulya Alferova (National Compass), Anatoly Antonov, Andrii Artemenko, Arron Banks, Andrey Baranov (Bloomberg), Vitaly Bespalov (NBC), Leonid “Len” Blavatnik, Anna Bogacheva (NYT), David Bogatin (NYT), Victor Boyarkin (TrumpRussia), William Browder, Mariia Butina, Carole Cadwalladr, Michael Caputo, Yuri Chaika, Igor Chekunov, Michael Cohen, George Cottrell, Oleg Deripaska, Andrii Derkach, Igor Divyekin, Kirill Dmitriev, Aleksandr Dugin, Arkady Dvorkovich, Paul Erickson, Oleg Erovinkin, Nigel Farage, Dmitri Firtash, John Fotiadis (Archinect), Gene (Evgeny) Friedman, Igor Fruman, Daniel Gelbinovich (Daily Beast), Rob Goldstone, Sergei Gorkov, Henry Greenberg (Miami Herald), Andrew Intrater, Bidzina Ivanishvili, Brittany Kaiser (Cambridge Analytica), Mikhail Kalugin, Vladimir Kara-Murza, Saak Karapetyan, Eugene Kaspersky (Kaspersky Lab), Denis Katsyv, Irakly Kaveladze, Michael Khodarkovsky, Elena Khusyaynova, Konstantin Kilimnik, Sergey Kislyak, Artem Klyushin (National Compass), Ihor Kolomoyskyi, Konstantin Kosachev, Aleksandra Krylova (NYT), Simon Kukes, Alexander Litvinenko, Howard Lorber, Yuriy Lutsenko, Konstantin Malofeev, Simona Mangiante (Papadopoulos), Alexander Mashkevich, Viktor Medvedchek, Josef Mifsud, Semion Mogilevich (Don Semyon)

 

Cover: KyivPost (10/18/2019): Shady Cast of Characters: Engineers of Trump-Ukraine Scandal http://bit.ly/2MZCilW
 
Valentyn Nalyvaichenko, Alexei Navalny, Eduard Nektalov (NYMag), Konstantin Nikolaev, Yevgeniy Nikulin, Vyacheslav Nikonov, Alexander Nix, Isabel Oakeshoff, George Papadopoulos, Lev Parnas ,Sam Patten, Alexander Perepilichny, Dmitry Peskov, Igor Pisarsky (RIM), Petro Poroshenko, Yevgeny Prigozhin, Sergei Prikhodko, Vladimir Putin, George Ramishvili (Bloomberg), Dmitry Rogozin, Alexander Rovt, Giorgi Rtskhiladze (CNBC), Nastya Rybka (aka Anastasia Vashukevich) (WaPo), Dmitry Rybolovlev, Konstantin Rykov, Mikheil Saakashvili, Felix Sater, Igor Sechin, Anastasia Shevchenko (Amnesty Intl), Viktor Shokin, Oleg Solodukhin, Christopher Steele, Ruslan Stoyanov, Peter Strzok, Taiwanchik (aka Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov), Andriy Telizhenko (BuzzFeedNews), Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov (aka Taiwanchik), Aleksandr Torshin, Vyacheslav Trubnikov, Yulia Tymoshenko, Anastasia Vashukevich (aka Nastya Rybka) (WaPo), Viktor Vekselberg, Natalia Veselnitskaya, Vyacheslav Volodin, Curt Weldon, Andy Wigmore, Alexander Yakovenko, Viktor Yanukovych, Ivan Yermakov (Moscow Proj), Viktor Yushchenko, Aleksandr Zakharchenko, Maria Zakharova, Joel Zamel, Volodymyr Zelensky

 

By @WendySiegelman
 

Key Documents

 
🔆 This❗️⋙ 💙💙🔄 LawfareBlog: Litigation Documents Related to the Mueller Investigation http://bit.ly/2OVch6n
// new November 2018, to be continually updated

🔆 This❗️⋙ 💙💙🔄 JustSecurity: Public Document Clearinghouse: UKRAINE Impeachment Inquiry http://bit.ly/2CEsQ2F ‼️ Links to ALL documents ‼️

🔆 This❗️⋙ 💙💙🔄 AmericanOversight: Trump-Ukraine Key Figures and Documents http://bit.ly/2C24bES
AmericanOversight: The Trump Administration’s Contacts with Ukraine http://bit.ly/2BYSY89 from FOIA requests

🔆 This❗️⋙ 💙💙🔄 JustSecurity, Andy Wright: Just Security Launches the Russia Investigation Congressional Clearinghouse http://bit.ly/2L21uHz
// 8/22/2019

🔆 This❗️⋙ 💙💙🔄 Lawfare: Full Text of the Mueller Report’s Executive Summaries http://bit.ly/2IFLewq
// 4/18/2019

🔆 This❗️⋙ 💙💙🔄 Lawfare: Document: The Mueller Report http://bit.ly/2vcgNpN
// 4/18/2019

🔆 This❗️⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ NYT: The Whistle-Blower Complaint: Read the Document [Interactive] http://nyti.ms/2nq4FAD
// 9/26/2019

🔆 This❗️⋙ 💙💙🔄 WaPo: Trump impeachment inquiry: Latest news and updates http://wapo.st/2P09WuE [Continually updated]

🔆 This❗️⋙ 💙💙🔄 WaPo, Kate Rabinowitz and Kevin Schaul: Who’s involved in the Trump impeachment inquiry http://wapo.st/2W673dg
// orig published 10/21/2019

 

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⋙ 💙💙🔄 📔 Court Filing (1/17/2019): Civil Action No. 1:18-cv-03501 [pdf] http://cnn.it/2CBddZy (111p) Democratic National Committee v.: Russian Federation, DJ Trump For President, Inc (and others)
// 1/17/2019

⋙ 💙💙🔄 TheAtlantic, Yoni Appelbaum: Impeach Donald Trump http://bit.ly/2FykFIP
//March 2019 cover story

⋙ 💙💙🔄 Politico Mag, Darren Samuelsohn: The Only Impeachment Guide You’ll Ever Need http://politi.co/2QHcJGi
// 1/11/2019, As talk of the I-word heats up, here’s POLITICO Magazine’s soup-to-nuts answers to all your questions about the politics—and the practical realities—of removing a president.

⋙ 💙💙🔄 WaPo, Max Boot: Here are 18 reasons Trump could be a Russian asset http://wapo.st/2D7IJQ9
// 1/13/2019
 

By @Jzikah
 
⋙ 💙💙🔄 TheAtlantic, Jeffrey Goldberg (Editor): UNTHINKABLE: 50 Moments That Define an Improbable Presidency http://bit.ly/2RvDFOn
// Jan 2019; Donald Trump’s 50 Most Unthinkable Moments ~ 50 Articles

⋙ 💙💙🔄 Wikipedia: Timeline of investigations into Trump and Russia (2018) http://bit.ly/2Bh12jP

⋙ 💙💙🔄 Axios: Timeline: Every big move in the Mueller investigation http://bit.ly/2Euh3H9
// 12/12/2018
 

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⋙ 💙💙🔄 Moyers&Co: Interactive Timeline: Everything We Know About Russia and President Trump http://bit.ly/2uVHc9j
// continually updated

⋙ 💙💙🔄📒 DocumentCloud: Steele Dossier [pdf] http://bit.ly/2y5ZhnF 35p

⋙ 💙💙🔄📒 FBIRecordsVault: Records Between FBI and Christopher Steele http://bit.ly/2KqLoF1

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ AP: Mueller Investigation documents http://bit.ly/2ihbK0l

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ CitJourno: Trump/Russian Mob Connections http://www.citjourno.org
 

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⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ CNN, Marshall Cohen, Tal Yellen & Liz Stark: Tracking the Russia investigations (documents) http://cnn.it/2hVCpU5

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ NYT: Russian Hacking and Influence in the U.S. Election http://nyti.ms/2NqFXeY

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ BrennanCenter: Trump-Russia Investigations http://bit.ly/2yRKcu6

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ Politico: The people connected to the Russia probes [ Interactive ] http://politi.co/2FUDhz2 //➔ Democrats, Prosecutors, Law Enforcement/Lobbyists/Media,Team Trump, Foreign Nationals

⋙ 💙💙🔄 TheMoscowProject: Trump’s Russia Cover-Up By the Numbers http://bit.ly/2ycY959
// Center for American Progress; 80+ contacts with Russia-linked operatives https://themoscowproject.org/about/ http://bit.ly/2ycY959
 

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⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ NBCNews: Russia timeline: Key players, meetings and investigation details http://nbcnews.to/2vtR3YW

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ DailyBeast: Democrats Release the Fusion GPS Testimony on Trump and Russia http://thebea.st/2qMmH1d w attachment [pdf] ⋙ via Dianne Feinstein http://bit.ly/2FjtlPP

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ NYT: Justice Department Gives Congress Comey’s Memos on Trump http://nyti.ms/2HdLe2Z
// 4/19/2018 ➔ DocumentCloud: http://bit.ly/2HOGC4z

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ DOJ: Indictment of Internet Research Agency LLC et al … [PDF] http://bit.ly/2CqdHzD 37p //➔ Mueller Investigation
// 2/16/2018
 

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⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ Amy Siskind: The Weekly List ~ “This is How Democracy Ends” https://theweeklylist.org

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ NYT: Mueller Has List of Questions for Trump http://nyti.ms/2rfDuqK + http://nyti.ms/2HExEKi
// 4/30/2018, Majority Relate to if Trump Obstructed Inquiry on Russia

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ NYT: The Trump Lawyers’ Confidential Memo to Mueller, Explained [ Document ] http://nyti.ms/2kKPgq9
// 6/2/2018, NYT article about document: http://nyti.ms/2swIZSc

 

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⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ TIME: The Arguments President Trump Has Made Against the Mueller Investigation http://ti.me/2MdeARX
// 6/8/2018

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ TIME: Wikipedia: Links between Trump associates and Russian officials http://bit.ly/2K42VDF

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ WaPo: Who has been charged in the Russia probe and why http://wapo.st/2toNwH2
// continually updated; WaPo Russia page

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ ForeignAffairs Anthology: A New Cold War? Russia and America, Then and Now 1947- http://fam.ag/2KEA4dF

 

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⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ Justice.gov: Mueller Indictment of 12 Russians in the GRU for Election Hacking [pdf] http://bit.ly/2NbphV6 29p
// 7/13/2018

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ FactCheck.org: Timeline of Russia Investigation http://bit.ly/2KZ4qaQ
// posted 6/7/2018, updated 7/13/2018; Key moments in the FBI probe of Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election; Readable

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ Legal Process Server: DNC Lawsuit vs Russia, Wikileaks, et al http://bit.ly/2KIOhBq

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ NYT, Linda Qiu: Truth-Testing Trump’s 250-Plus Attacks on the Russia Inquiry http://nyti.ms/2MY609E
// 8/18/2018

 

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⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ Justice.gov: Manafort Plea Agreement [pdf] http://bit.ly/2CZiVb7 17p
// 9/14/2018

⋙ 💙💙🔄💽 NYT: Opinion | Operation Infektion: A three-part video series on Russian disinformation http://nyti.ms/2OHqSSV
// 11/12/2018

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ PasteMag, Jacob Weindling: A Year of Trump and Russia: The 75 Stories That Defined the Mueller Investigation in 2018 http://bit.ly/2QWN1SU
// 12/28/2018

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ LawFareBlog: Document: Indictment of Roger Stone [pdf] http://bit.ly/2UdQgmj 24p
// 1/25/2019

 

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⋙ 💙💙🔄📋 NYT: Trump and His Associates Had More Than 100 Contacts With Russians Before the Inauguration [Interactive] http://nyti.ms/2MAZCps
// 1/26/2019

⋙ 💙💙🔄 BuzzFeedNews: These Secret Files Show How The Trump Moscow Talks Unfolded While Trump Heaped Praise On Putin http://bit.ly/2DWQ2ed
// 2/5/2019; ⏳TIMELINE ⌛️

⋙ 💙💙🔄 WaPo: What we learned about Trumpworld outreach to Russia since Mueller’s investigation began http://wapo.st/2twkXYE
// 2/19/2019, And what we still don’t know.

⋙ 💙💙🔄 ◕📋 NYT, Larry Buchanan and Karen Yourish: Trump Has Publicly Attacked the Russia Investigation More Than 1,100 Times http://nyti.ms/2T2HSsN
// 2/19/2019

 

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⋙ 💙💙🔄 ◕📋 WaPo, Philip Bump: The 81 people and organizations just looped into the Trump probe — and why they were included http://wapo.st/2SJrw41
// 3/4/2019

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ NYT: Full Document: Trump’s Call With the Ukrainian President [Interactive] http://nyti.ms/2lfBkbC (Annotated)
// 9/25/2019″

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ NYT: The Whistle-Blower Complaint: Read the Document [Interactive] http://nyti.ms/2nq4FAD
// 9/26/2019

 

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⋙ 💙💙🔄 📔 This❗️⋙ HPSCI: Trump-Ukraine impeachment inquiry report http://bit.ly/2LlnJsX
// 12/3/2019; House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

⋙ 💙💙🔄 📔 This❗️⋙ Report: House Judiciary Committee report on their articles of impeachment against President Donald John Trump http://bit.ly/2Ek2rIa 658p
// 10/15/2019

⋙ 💙💙🔄 📔 This❗️⋙ Lawfare: House Releases Impeachment Trial Brief http://bit.ly/2ucCo3Y document 111p
// 1/18/2019

 

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⋙ 💙💙🔄 📔 This❗️⋙ Trial Memorandum of the US House of Representatives in the Impeachment Trial of President Donald J Trump http://bit.ly/2uePNsc
// 1/18/2020

⋙ 💙💙🔄 📔 This❗️⋙ Trial Memorandum of President Donald J Trump http://bit.ly/2NGi2XK 171p
// 1/20/2020

 

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⋙ 💙💙🔄 📔 This❗️⋙ Vox, Matthew Yglesias and Andrew Prokop: The ultimate guide to the Donald Trump impeachment saga http://bit.ly/2SoXpkm
// Updated: Feb 5, 2020, 8:06pm EST, Published: Nov 5, 2019, 8:06am EST

⋙ 💙💙🔄 📔 This❗️⋙ 📀 Press Here For Impeachment Trial on Cspan
// 1/20/2020-2/5/2020

⏳WaPo: The full Trump-Ukraine impeachment timeline http://wapo.st/35odsUl

 

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⭕ Feb 2021 Second Trump #Impeachment Trial

Day One: Rules etc

Day TWO: C-SPAN: U.S. Senate Impeachment Trial Day 2, Impeachment Managers’ Constitutionality Arguments http://bit.ly/3aa1CCQ
// 2/9/2021;

Day 2 of the impeachment trial of former President Trump for incitement of insurrection began with senators voting 89-11 in favor of the trial organizing resolution. Lead Impeachment Manager Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD) then made opening remarks followed by a 13-minute video showing footage of former President Trump’s January 6, 2021, speech and of the actions of those who stormed the U.S. Capitol that day. Afterward, impeachment managers Representatives Raskin, Joe Neguse (D-CO), and David Cicilline (D-RI) presented their arguments for the constitutionality of impeaching a former president. Representative Raskin in his arguments talked about bringing his daughter and son-in-law with him to the Capitol on January 6.

Day THREE: C-SPAN: Senate Impeachment Trial Day 3, Part 1 http://bit.ly/374q3zm
// 2/10/2021;

The first part of Day 3 of the impeachment trial of former President Trump for incitement of insurrection began with House impeachment manager Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD) asserting that the former president had “surrendered his role as commander in chief” and become “the inciter in chief.” He played the January 6, 2021, video Mr. Trump posted on Twitter in which he told his supporters who attacked the U.S. Capitol to “go home.” Representative Joe Neguse (D-CO) then outlined impeachment managers’ plan for arguing their case. In the final segment of part 1, Representatives Joaquin Castro (D-TX) and Eric Swalwell (D-CA) described the former president’s actions leading up to and after the 2020 election

Day Three: C-SPAN: Senate Impeachment Trial Day 3, Part 2 http://bit.ly/3tYOS9Y
// The Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump continued with House managers presenting video and tweets they say indicate that former President Trump incited the deadly January 6 riot.

Day Three: C-SPAN: Senate Impeachment Trial Day 3, Part 3 http://bit.ly/372bYSY
// Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) Entire remarked on the breach of the Capitol and attacks on police officers.

Day Three: C-SPAN: Senate Impeachment Trial Day 3, Part 4 http://bit.ly/3aZ82DV
// An effort by Sen. Mike Lee to remove remarks by the House impeachment managers from the official record sparked confusion on the Senate floor.

 

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Day FOUR: C-SPAN: Senate Impeachment Trial Day 4, Part 1 http://bit.ly/3rXW1pf
// 2/12/2021

Former President Donald Trump’s defense lawyers made their case that Mr. Trump was innocent of charges of inciting an insurrection. They compared speeches by Democrats and others to the former president’s remarks in their defense, and stated that “the article of impeachment now before the Senate is an unjust and blatantly unconstitutional act of political vengeance.”

Day Four: C-SPAN: Senate Impeachment Trial Day 4, Part 2 http://bit.ly/3ddmmeG
// After a recess, Former President Donald Trump’s defense continued to make their case that Mr. Trump was innocent of charges of inciting an insurrection. In this portion of the impeachment trial, attorney Bruce Castor spoke.
Day Four: C-SPAN: Senate Impeachment Trial Day 4, Q&A http://bit.ly/3jLkwD0
// In this portion of the second impeachment trial of former President Trump, senators asked questions of both the House managers and Mr. Trump’s defense lawyers. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) then announced that Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman would be receiving the Congressional Gold Medal, due to his actions during the January 6 riots.

Day FIVE: C-SPAN: Senate Impeachment Trial Day 5 http://bit.ly/3b2haHL
// 2/13/2021

The Senate acquits former President Trump of inciting an insurrection, 57-43. Earlier, the House managers and the defense made closing arguments. Also, House Manager Raskin (D-MD) read a written statement from Rep. Herrera Beutler (R-WA).

Majority Leader Schumer on Impeachment Acquittal of Former President Trump http://bit.ly/2OFAT8V
// Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) delivered remarks after the Senate voted to acquit former President Trump, 57-43. Seven Republicans joined all Democrats in voting to convict Mr. Trump.
Minority Leader McConnell on Impeachment Acquittal of Former President Trump http://bit.ly/3djH5NM
// Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered remarks after the Senate voted to acquit former President Trump, 57-43. Seven Republicans joined all Democrats in voting to convict Mr. Trump.

 

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Twitter Threads

⭕ 9 Feb 2021 Impeachment #2: Day 1
💙 🧵 RT @atrupar Rep. Raskin’s opening impeachment trial statement: “Their argument is that if you commit an impeachable offense in your last few weeks in office, you do it with constitutional impunity.” 📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1359206921039974406?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @atrupar Here is the entire video timeline of the January 6 insurrection as presented by the House impeachment managers 💽 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1359216739054190593?s=20/photo/1

⭕ 10 Feb 2021 Impeachment #2: Day 2
🔄 💙🐣🧵 RT @jentaub It’s on. Day 2 of the Trump Impeachment Trial 2.0. February 10, 2021. We will have a dinner break at 6 p.m. ¤ 1/ 📌 https://twitter.com/jentaub/status/1359548695038087169?s=20
🔄 💙🐣🧵 RT @atrupar Raskin: “This case is much worse than someone who falsely shouts fire in a crowded theater. It’s more like like a case where the town fire chief, who’s paid to put out fires, sends a mob not to yell fire in a crowded theater, but to actually set the theater on fire.”
🔄 💙 WaPo: See all the evidence presented in Trump’s impeachment trial http://wapo.st/3qeb1ii

 

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⭕ 11 Feb 2021 Impeachment #2: Day 3
🔄 💙🧵 RT @jentaub 🇺🇸 It’s on. Day 3. The Trial of Donald Trump 2.0 continues at 12:04 p.m. on February 11, 2021 📌 https://twitter.com/jentaub/status/1359911216588685317?s=20
// Defense
🔄 💙🧵 RT @atrupar The Thursday installment of Trump’s #ImpeachmentTrial begins with a Baked Alaska clip 📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1359914413709492232?s=20

⭕ 12 Feb 2021 Impeachment #2: Day 4
🔄 💙 🧵 RT @jentaub We have begun. It’s Day 4 of the Trump Impeachment Trial 2.0. The defense is putting on their case. The first lawyer is Van Der Veen. 📌 https://twitter.com/jentaub/status/1360274181510807556?s=20
🔄 💙 🧵 RT @atrupar “Lord, infuse them with the spirit of nonpartisan patriotism” — Senate Chaplain Barry Black’s prayer begins the Trump defense portion of the #ImpeachmentTrial 📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1360275280775028740?s=20
⋙ 🔄 💙 🧵 RT @atrupar [Q&A] Lindsey Graham, Kevin Cramer, and Roger Marshall use an impeachment trial question to own the libs 📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1360337066215804930?s=20

⭕ 13 Feb 2021 Impeachment #2: Day 5
🔄 💙 🧵 RT @jentaub Day 5 of the Donald Trump Impeachment Trial 2.0. February 13, 2021. Wonderful! They are going to debate whether to subpoena witnesses and documents ¤ 1/ 📌 https://twitter.com/jentaub/status/1360605971198967809?s=20
🔄 💙 🧵 RT @atrupar “Lord, touch and move them to believe that end does not justify the means” — Senate Chaplain Barry Black’s prayer begins the Saturday portion of the #ImpeachmentTrial 📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1360607971055656962?s=20

 

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⭕ 12 Jun 2021

⭕ 11 Jun 2021

🔆 This❗️⋙ WaPo: Garland announces expansion of Justice Department’s voting rights unit, vowing to scrutinize GOP-backed voting restrictions and ballot reviews http://wapo.st/3gqn4Fv

WaPo, Aaron Blake: New questions about a key GOP impeachment witness for Trump http://wapo.st/359jE4K

When President Donald Trump faced his first impeachment in 2019, Republicans focused on a firsthand witness who they claimed helped exonerate Trump: Kurt Volker.

But new evidence calls into question a key portion of Volker’s testimony, in which he repeatedly downplayed personal knowledge that the investigations the Trump team sought in Ukraine involved now-President Biden.

Volker, who was Trump’s special envoy to Ukraine, was one of the “three amigos” tasked by Trump to work with Ukraine. Despite turning over text messages that detailed the pressure campaign on Ukraine to launch investigations related to the Bidens, Volker’s testimony was frequently highlighted by Trump allies. That’s because he said hadn’t been aware of a quid pro quo in which Ukraine would be given something for launching politically convenient investigations for Trump. And so the GOP called him as its witness.

CNN this week published a recording of a call between Volker, Trump lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani and a top Ukrainian official, Andriy Yermak, from July 2019. In the call, Giuliani discusses the matters involving the Bidens with Yermak. Details of the call had previously been reported, but this gave us a fuller accounting.

The call doesn’t necessarily add a ton to the known facts about what Giuliani et. al. requested of Ukraine. We knew they wanted dirt on the Bidens, as Giuliani himself acknowledged very early on. …

“Heard from White House — assuming President [Zelensky] convinces trump he will investigate / ‘get to the bottom of what happened’ in 2016, we will nail down date for visit to Washington” for Zelensky, Volker said. ¤ One of the witnesses Republicans initially highlighted, Sondland, later confirmed there was a quid pro quo, effectively turning him into a hostile witness for Trump. This would seem to point to valid questions about the testimony of a second key witness cited in Trump’s defense.

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance Merrick Garland: “The Civil Rights Division is going to need a lot more lawyers” announcing he will double it in 30 days & vigorously use existing laws including the Voting Rights Act, the Motor Voter Act, the Help America Vote Act & more to aggressively protect the right to vote

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 BREAKING: Attorney General Garland has announced that the Justice Department will review new and current state voting laws for violations, and publish new guidance on early voting, mail voting and voting audits.

WaPo: Senate Democrats threaten to subpoena Barr, Sessions for testimony over Justice Dept.’s secret pursuit of two House Democrats’ data http://wapo.st/2TVgtLv

⭕ 10 Jun 2021

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Flashback: May 2019 💽 https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1403176488753455107?s=20/photo/1
Harris: Has the president or anyone at the WH ever asked or suggested that you open an investigation of anyone?
Barr: Um. …
Harris: Seems you’d remember something like that and be able to tell us.
Barr: Yeah, but I’m trying to grapple with the word suggest.

WaPo: Trump Justice Dept. secretly subpoenaed records of two Democrats on House Intelligence Committee http://wapo.st/3pG1Ck5

🔆 This❗️⋙ NYT: Hunting Leaks, Trump Officials Focused on Democrats in Congress http://nyti.ms/3gpKkTX
// The Justice Department seized records from Apple for metadata of House Intelligence Committee members, their aides and family members.

🐣 RT @gtconway3d “The recording of the conversation contradicts Volker’s sworn testimony to Congress that he never witnessed any attempt on the part of Trump and Giuliani to muscle Ukraine into launching an investigation of Biden, Trump’s possible opponent in the upcoming presidential election.” https://twitter.com/gtconway3d/status/1403208029374398466?s=20/photo/1-2

WaPo: Alleged supporters of right-wing Three Percenters group charged in new Jan. 6 Capitol riot conspiracy http://wapo.st/359gUEp

WaPo, Greg Sargent: A red-state Democrat shows how to talk about ending the filibuster http://wapo.st/3itbnR0

💙 📊 Pew Poll: America’s Image Abroad Rebounds With Transition From Trump to Biden http://pewrsr.ch/3zh9EUShttps://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1403069507371950089?s=20/photo/1
// World view of US; But many raise concerns about health of U.S. political system

⭕ 9 Jun 2021

📔 HouseJudiciary: House Judiciary Committee Releases Transcript of Interview with Former White House Counsel Don McGahn http://bit.ly/356sEri
⋙ ≣ Full Transcript [pdf] http://bit.ly/3vajWCM 241p

📔 BostonGlobe: The case for prosecuting Donald Trump http://bit.ly/3cvLg7Y
// Week-long series; Saving American democracy for the long run requires a clear condemnation of the Trump presidency. That means making clear that no one is above the law.

⭕ 8 Jun 2021

📔 Senate Bipartisan Report Investigating the January 6 Capitol Attack http://bit.ly/3gkCz1r
// Report focuses on the security, planning, and response failures related to the violent and unprecedented attack on January 6th Full text of the report and recommendations is available for download HERE
⋙ Full Report [pdf] : http://bit.ly/3w4QbEF 128p

Today, U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Rob Portman (R-OH), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), Chairwoman and Ranking Member of the Committee on Rules and Administration, released a bipartisan report on the security, planning, and response failures related to the violent and unprecedented attack on January 6th. 

The report also includes a series of recommendations for the Capitol Police Board, United States Capitol Police (USCP), federal intelligence agencies, the Department of Defense (DOD), and other Capital region law enforcement agencies.

“Thanks to the heroic actions of U.S. Capitol Police, D.C. Metropolitan Police, the National Guard and others – rioters on January 6th failed to achieve their goal of preventing the certification of a free and fair presidential election. The events of January 6th were horrific, and our bipartisan investigation identified many unacceptable, widespread breakdowns in security preparations and emergency response related to this attack,” said Senator Peters. “Our report offers critical recommendations to address these failures and strengthen security for the Capitol to prevent an attack of this nature from ever happening again.”

“On January 6th, brave law enforcement officers were left to defend not only those in the Capitol, but our democracy itself – and they performed heroically under unimaginable circumstances. At our first bipartisan hearing, I announced as Chair of the Rules Committee that our purpose was to find solutions and issue timely recommendations so it never happens again. This report lays out necessary reforms including passing a law to change Capitol Police Board procedures and improving intelligence sharing. I will work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to implement the recommendations in this report that are needed to protect the Capitol and, in turn, our nation,” said Senator Klobuchar.

“The January 6 attack on the Capitol was an attack on democracy itself. Today’s joint bipartisan congressional oversight report from the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and the Rules Committee details the security and intelligence failures in the days leading up to the attack, the lack of preparedness at the Capitol, and the slow response as the attack unfolded,” said Senator Portman. “We make specific recommendations to address key failures in the Capitol Police Board structure and processes; ensure Capitol Police has the training and equipment necessary to complete its mission; update how the intelligence agencies assess and issue intelligence bulletins, particularly as it relates to social media; enhance communications between the chain of command at the Department of Defense; and ensure timely and effective cooperation and coordination amongst federal, state, and local law enforcement. We must address these failures and make the necessary reforms to ensure this never happens again.”

“Over the past five months, our committees have worked together in a bipartisan way to thoroughly investigate the intelligence and security failures prior to and on January 6, and to develop recommendations to address them,” said Senator Blunt. “These recommendations are based on an extensive fact-finding effort that included interviews with key decision makers, firsthand accounts from law enforcement personnel, and the review of thousands of documents. Our focus now should be on immediately implementing these recommendations. We owe it to the brave men and women who responded that day to do everything we can to prevent an attack like this from ever happening again, and in every instance ensure that the Capitol Police have the training and equipment that they need.” … …

WaPo: Capitol Police had intelligence indicating an armed invasion weeks before Jan. 6 riot, Senate probe finds http://wapo.st/2T68jj2

The U.S. Capitol Police had specific intelligence that supporters of former president Donald Trump planned to mount an armed invasion of the Capitol at least two weeks before the Jan. 6 riot, according to new findings in a bipartisan Senate investigation, but a series of omissions and miscommunications kept that information from reaching front-line officers targeted by the violence.

A joint report, from the Senate Rules and Administration and the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committees, outlines the most detailed public timeline to date of the communications and intelligence failures that led the Capitol Police and partner agencies to prepare for the “Stop the Steal” protest as though it were a routine Trump rally, instead of the organized assault that was planned in the open online.

“There were significant, widespread and unacceptable breakdowns in the intelligence gathering. . . . The failure to adequately assess the threat of violence on that day contributed significantly to the breach of the Capitol,” Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), chairman of the homeland security panel, told reporters. “The attack was, quite frankly, planned in plain sight.”

[T]he report provides a vivid picture of how poor communication and unheeded warnings left officers underequipped to face violent threats about which they had not been made aware, leaving the Capitol vulnerable to an attack that otherwise might have been preventable.

Giving the Capitol Police chief the power to call up the National Guard in emergencies is among the report’s 20 bipartisan recommendations for improving the Capitol’s security posture in the future — and the subject of forthcoming legislation from Rules and Administration Committee leaders, Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.). The recommendations also include pointed suggestions for federal agencies, such as exhorting the Defense Department and the D.C. National Guard to devise a standing plan for protecting the Capitol and mounting a faster response to terrorist threats.

The report faults slow mobilization and poor interdepartmental communication — not any sort of stand-down order from the White House, as some Trump critics had speculated — for the fact that it took the National Guard more than three hours to respond to pleas for help from the Capitol during the attack. According to its findings, it was Army staff — not Trump — expressing early reservations about a military intervention, while the Army secretary claimed he was never informed that the D.C. National Guard had a quick reaction force “ready to go” to the Capitol, just awaiting his approval.

⭕ 7 Jun 2021 🎂

🔊 CNN: Exclusive: New audio of 2019 phone call reveals how Giuliani pressured Ukraine to investigate baseless Biden conspiracies http://cnn.it/3cpGI32

NYT: Rejecting Biden’s Win, Rising Republicans Attack Legitimacy of Elections http://nyti.ms/3uYzUjh
// The next generation of aspiring G.O.P. congressional leaders has aggressively pushed Donald Trump’s false fraud claims, raising the prospect that the results of elections will continue to be challenged through 2024.

WaPo, Rosalind Helderman: Trump allies’ push for ballot reviews started quietly in Pa. http://wapo.st/3iwjtYS
// In December, Republican state senators asked several counties in the state to allow a private company to scrutinize ballots cast last fall, a tactic that allies of former president Donald Trump are seeking to employ across the country.

WaPo, Greg Sargent: Republican loyalty to Trump isn’t just about the ‘big lie.’ It’s much worse. http://wapo.st/3x8QvCL The audits and examinations are “dry runs in manufacturing fake rationales for treating legitimate (but despised) election outcomes as illegitimate”

The idea behind these audits and examinations isn’t merely to rewrite the history of Trump’s loss to flatter him and/or energize his supporters. ¤ Instead, these should be seen as dry runs in manufacturing fake rationales for treating legitimate (but despised) election outcomes as illegitimate, thus fake-justifying maximal procedural efforts to overturn them.

WaPo, Max Boot: Too many people are still underestimating the Trump threat http://wapo.st/3we8eby “Donald Trump’s secret weapon has always been that it is hard for educated people to take him seriously”

Former president Donald Trump’s secret weapon has always been that it is hard for educated people to take him seriously. He acts like a preening buffoon with pretensions of grandeur — doltish and delusional in equal measure. Everything about him, from his orange tan and bad combover to his insistence that he is a “very stable genius,” screams: Are you kidding me?

How can we take seriously someone who insisted that taking hydroxychloroquine, or possibly injecting bleach, could cure covid-19? Or who keeps on claiming, as he did in North Carolina on Saturday, that the election was “the crime of the century” even though more than 60 lawsuits alleging election irregularities have been dismissed by the courts?

Now Trump is avidly tracking a cuckoo audit of votes in Maricopa County, Ariz., where a group of conspiracy theorists is looking for evidence of bamboo fibers to show that fraudulent ballots were shipped from Asia. Most bizarre of all, Trump reportedly now insists that he will be reinstated as president in August. Doesn’t this ignoramus know there is no reinstatement clause in the Constitution?

But while Trump is not a serious person, he is a serious threat to our democracy — and we make a grave mistake if we dismiss him as a punch line. We’ve committed that blunder before. Recall that the star of “The Apprentice” was driven to run for the presidency partly because of the ridicule he received from comedian Seth Meyers and then-President Barack Obama at the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. Meyers even said: “Donald Trump has been saying he will run for president as a Republican — which is surprising, since I just assumed he was running as a joke.”

When Trump did run in 2015, most of the bien pensant refused to take him seriously. HuffPost initially announced that it was covering his campaign in its entertainment, not politics, section, because “Trump’s campaign is a sideshow.” (That decision was reversed in December 2015.) The Hillary Clinton campaign hoped Trump would win the Republican nomination because he was seen as so easy to beat. I, too, never imagined Trump would win a single primary, much less the Republican nomination, much less the presidency

Trump benefited, even more than George W. Bush, from being “misunderestimated” by his opponents. The same has been true of many demagogues. For rational people, it’s hard to take seriously preening popinjays such as Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un or Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. Like Trump, many of them have also been in denial about covid-19. Lukashenko, for example, said people could take a sauna or drink vodka to “poison the virus,” and Bolsonaro insisted Brazilians “never catch anything.”

… What has made dictators and demagogues so dangerous is their ability to pull vast numbers of people into their personal delusions — to turn their paranoid fantasies and megalomaniacal dreams into a harsh reality for millions. ¤ Trump has the same malign gift. Despite presiding over what was arguably the worst presidency in U.S. history — with 400,000 dead from covid-19 during his term and the economy in ruins — he won more votes in 2020 (74.2 million) than in 2016 (62.9 million). Now, even after having incited a mob attack on the Capitol, Trump enjoys the approval of roughly 80 percent of Republicans. A Reuters-Ipsos poll even found that 53 percent of Republicans believe Trump is the “true president” now. …

I’m relieved that the news media are not covering Trump’s every inane and ignorant pronouncement, as they did in 2015 and 2016, because that only increased his appeal. But, please, don’t make the same mistake we made back then of assuming he is not a viable candidate for the presidency. His ability to hornswoggle tens of millions of voters is no laughing matter.

🧵 RT @SteveSchmidtSES History is not science, there are no algorithms or immutable laws. There is only memory and evidence. The history we all share and our understanding of it is highly variable and dependent on the story tellers. Where I grew up, everyone I ever met shared a story. (1) 📌 https://twitter.com/SteveSchmidtSES/status/1401980212687028226?s=20

🐣 RT @ZelenskyyUa Thank you @POTUS @JoeBiden for inviting me to visit the @WhiteHouse in July during our phone conversation. I look forward to this meeting to discuss ways to expand strategic cooperation between Ukraine and #USA

RawStory: ‘QAnon Shaman’ Jacob Chansley moved to federal prison for ‘forensic evaluation’ – Raw Story – Celebrating 17 Years of Independent Journalism http://bit.ly/3w2VJzx

⭕ 6 Jun 2021

📊 WaPo, EJ Dionne: The GOP superspreaders of Trump’s contagion http://wapo.st/2T5raus

Donald Trump took his campaign against American democracy to North Carolina on Saturday and offered a rambling, grievance-laden harangue that ought to catalyze Republican leaders to repudiate a man whose lies, bigotry and irrationality are turning their party into a moral sinkhole.

Fat chance, I know. But Republicans should watch Trump’s 90-minute diatribe in its entirety. They might realize that tying their fate to a washed-up demagogue and the extremists he cultivates is not only an affront to decency. It could also be a colossal political mistake.

Most Washington Republicans say they want to “move on” from Trump. But they avoid anything that might offend his delicate sensibilities or those of his supporters. ¤ Sorry, guys, but you won’t be able to “move on” to the responsible governing you purport to believe in until you confront the anti-democratic virus in your party and the vile man spreading the contagion. …

Take the bizarre QAnon conspiracy. Pollsters at PRRI recently asked Americans if they agreed or disagreed that “the government, media, and financial worlds in the U.S. are controlled by a group of Satan-worshipping pedophiles who run a global child sex trafficking operation.”

An astonishing 23 percent of Republicans agreed, and 28 percent of Republicans agreed that “because things have gotten so far off track, true American patriots may have to resort to violence in order to save our country.”

How far do things have to go before GOP leaders join a brave few in their party in insisting that enough is enough? We’ve already had a violent assault on the Capitol, yet only 35 GOP House members and six senators were willing to support a bipartisan investigation into the events of Jan. 6. Silence or, at best, mumbled words of dissent leave the conspiracists, the advocates of violence and the believers in Trump’s nonsense unchallenged.

The GOP figures that staying close to Trump will rally his supporters to the polls in 2022. But Republican pollster Whit Ayres cites the 2017 governor’s race in Virginia as a cautionary tale: Turnout went up in pro-Trump rural counties but “went up far more in anti-Trump suburban and metropolitan counties,” leading to the defeat of Republican Ed Gillespie by Democrat Ralph Northam.

⭕ 5 Jun 2021

≣ Rev[.]com: Donald Trump Speech Transcript at North Carolina GOP Convention Dinner June 5 http://bit.ly/3z7dJuH

WaPo: Joe Biden: My trip to Europe is about America rallying the world’s democracies http://wapo.st/3uTAxdV

WSJ: G-7 Nations Agree on New Rules for Taxing Global Companies http://on.wsj.com/3cgr9L2
// Deal marks step toward adopting a global minimum corporate-tax rate sought by Biden administration

⭕ 4 Jun 2021

WaPo, Phillip Bump: Mike Lindell’s ‘fraud’ allegations are even more ridiculous than you might think http://wapo.st/3cfhapi

WaPo: Pence hopes the people who wanted to murder him on Jan. 6 will consider voting for him in 2024 http://wapo.st/3pm00eY

“Up to the 18th century, double negatives were used to emphasize negation” ~ Wikipedia http://bit.ly/34NRWu7 I guess it depends on your definition of “new”; to me it’s new; exceptions exist in certain regional dialects (“ain’t no”)

WaPo: Facebook suspends Trump for 2 years in response to Oversight Board ruling http://wapo.st/2T0mXbK
// The changes in response to the Oversight Board could reshape how the company treats inflammatory political figures.

⭕ 3 Jun 2021

WaPo: Facebook to end a longtime exception made for politicians who break its rules http://wapo.st/2T0mXbK
// The change is part of a series of responses to the Facebook Oversight Board’s ruling on former president Trump.

🐣 RT @HowardMortman “Tragedy in nations Capitol. Jan 6 was dark day in history of Capitol…Thanks to swift action of Capitol Police…That same day we reconvened Congress & did our duty…Trump & I spoken several times since left office. I don’t know if we’ll ever see eye to eye on that day” ¤ Pence 💽 https://twitter.com/HowardMortman/status/1400605089165975552?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @tedlieu We have known for quite some time that #TrumpIsNotWell. But most @GOP legislators are not delusional. Their promotion of the #BigLie is a conscious decision to lie to the American people and to erode our democracy. And they still can’t identify who stole the election.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ProjectLincoln #TrumpIsNotWell: “Donald Trump really does believe that he, along with two former GOP senators, will be ‘reinstated’ to office this summer.”
⋙ NationalReview: Maggie Haberman Is Right http://bit.ly/3wYDcEy
// Donald Trump really does believe that he, along with two former GOP senators, will be ‘reinstated’ to office this summer.

NYT: White House Warns Companies to Act Now on Ransomware Defenses http://nyti.ms/3igtZDy
// An open letter urged them to take many of the defensive steps that the federal government requires of its agencies and contractors.

TheAtlantic, Adam Serwer: The Capitol Rioters Won http://bit.ly/3cdNqcA
// Although some Republican leaders deplored their violence, most have come to support the rioters’ claim that Trump’s defeat meant the election was inherently illegitimate.

⭕ 2 Jun 2021

WaPo: Trump has grown increasingly consumed with ballot audits as he pushes falsehood that election was stolen http://wapo.st/3yYkpve

WaPo: Tampa man pleads guilty to felony in Jan. 6 Capitol riot; his recommended prison sentence could set bar for other cases http://wapo.st 3wRvrAh

WaPo, George T Conway III: Republican senators’ failure to investigate Jan. 6 is worse than their impeachment performance http://wapo.st/3g8Tsfo

They acquitted him even though they surely recognized, as their own leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell (Ky.), blisteringly said on the floor on Feb. 13 after voting to acquit, that Trump had engaged in a “disgraceful — disgraceful — dereliction of duty.” Rather than “do his job,” McConnell said, Trump “watched television happily — happily — as the chaos unfolded,” hoping “to either overturn the voters’ decision or else torch our institutions on the way out.”

And they did so out of raw political fear, this time without fig leaves. McConnell’s own leadership colleague, minority whip Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), actually admitted that Republicans feared that the commission’s findings “could be weaponized politically and drug into next year,” a midterm election year.

[I]f Republicans are worried about what would happen if the public learned more of the truth about Jan. 6, they have only themselves to blame. ¤ After all, they were the ones who acquitted Trump in the first impeachment trial and let him remain in office. They were the ones who stood mute before Jan. 6 as Trump propagated the “big lie” after the election. They were the ones who left open the horrifying prospect of letting Trump hold office again. They are the ones who continue to wish his wrongs away.

They quiver in fear of the man who cost them the presidency and both houses of Congress. As they continue to quake, the “big lie’s” cancer upon democracy grows, with spurious election audits in pursuit of fantasies of fraud, and with some insanely claiming — reportedly including Trump himself — that he’ll be “reinstated” in due course.

Four years of Trump have led to the Republican Party becoming a threat to democracy, a declining sect dominated by crackpots, charlatans and cowards. Of these, it’s the cowards, including the senators who killed last week’s legislation, who bear the most blame.

⭕ 1 Jun 2021

🐣 RT @ProjectLincoln The Republican Party can never again be trusted to lead the United States of America.

WaPo, Max Boot: The Republican plot to steal the 2024 election http://wapo.st/2RawXyk “Senate Democrats have to choose between saving the filibuster and saving democracy. They can’t do both.”

The Brennan Center for Justice reports that “between January 1 and May 14, 2021, at least 14 states enacted 22 new laws that restrict access to the vote” and “at least 61 bills with restrictive provisions are moving through 18 state legislatures.” Those bills are designed not to avert nonexistent voter fraud but to avert another election defeat for Republicans — and they are drawing perilously close to that goal.

While GOP efforts are ultimately aimed at the 2024 election, they will first make their impact felt in 2022. Off-year elections are always tough for the party in power. This one will be tougher still because of Republican-driven voter suppression, reapportionment and gerrymandering. Dave Wasserman of the Cook Political Report writes that Republicans will have full authority to redraw 187 congressional districts, while Democrats will control just 75. He estimates that redistricting in just four states — Texas, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina — could be enough to deliver the House to Republican control.

Willingness to lie about election fraud has become a litmus test for Republicans, with the implicit threat of mob violence if they don’t go along. Republicans are so scared of Trump and his fanatical followers that most of them just voted against a bipartisan investigation of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

Many congressional Republicans will refuse to certify a 2024 Democratic win in swing states. If Republicans control Congress, they could deny the Democrats an electoral college majority and throw the election to the House — where each state delegation, regardless of population, would cast one ballot. Given that Republicans already control a majority of state delegations, they could override the election outcome. If that happens, it would spell the end of American democracy.

I hope I am being overly alarmist. I really do. But after the storming of the Capitol — and the Republican failure to hold the instigators to account — we have crossed a Rubicon. The best way to protect our electoral system is to pass the For the People Act, which would curb partisan gerrymandering and protect voting rights. Senate Democrats have to choose between saving the filibuster and saving democracy. They can’t do both.

⭕ 31 May 2021

≣ WhiteHouse[.]gov: Remarks by President Biden at the 153rd National Memorial Day Observance http://bit.ly/3z1PHRZ
// Arlington National Cemetery; partial transcript

We all know Memorial Day origins lie in the wake of the Civil War — a war for the freedom of all.  A war for union.  A war for liberty and for the preservation of the Constitution. 

In calling for such today, General John Logan, commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, issued General Order Number 11.  He directed the nation set aside a day to honor, and I quote, “those who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard throughout the land.” 

You know, America has been forged in the battle and the fires of war. Our freedom and the freedom of innumerable others has been secured by young men and women who answered the call of history and gave everything in the service of an idea: the idea of America.

It’s the greatest idea in the long history of humankind. An idea that we’re all created equal in the image of Almighty God. That we’re all entitled to dignity, as my father would say, and respect, decency, and honor. Love of neighbor. They’re not empty words, but the vital, beating heart of our nation.

And that democracy must be defended at all costs, for democracy makes all this possible. Democracy — that’s the soul of America, and I believe it’s a soul worth fighting for, and so do you; a soul worth dying for. Heroes who lie in eternal peace in this beautiful place, this sacred place, they believed that too.

The soul of America is animated by the perennial battle between our worst instincts — which we’ve seen of late — and our better angels. Between “Me first” and “We the People.” Between greed and generosity, cruelty and kindness, captivity and freedom.

The Americans of Lexington and Concord, of New Orleans, Gettysburg, the Argonne, Iwo Jima and Normandy, Korea and Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq, and thousands of places in between — these Americans weren’t fighting for dictators; they were fighting for democracy.

They weren’t fighting to exclude or to enslave; they were fighting to build and broaden and liberate. They weren’t fighting for self; they were fighting for the soul of the nation, for liberty and simple fair play — simple fair play and decency.

Today, as we remember their sacrifice, we remind ourselves of our duty to their memory, to the future they fought for. We owe the honored dead a debt we can never fully repay. We owe them our whole souls. We owe them our full best efforts to perfect the Union for which they died.

We owe them the work of our hands and our hearts, to make real the promise of a nation founded on the proposition that all of us — all of us — all of us are created equal and deserve to be treated that way throughout our lives.

Democracy is more than a form of government. It’s a way of being; it’s a way of seeing the world. Democracy means the rule of the people — the rule of the people. Not the rule of monarchs, not the rule of the moneyed, not the rule of the mighty — literally, the rule of the people.

The lives of billions, from antiquity to our own hour, have been shaped by the battle between aspirations of the many and the greed of the few. Between people’s right to self-determination and the self-seeking of the dictator. Between dreams of democracy and appetites for autocracy, which we’re seeing around the world.

Our troops have fought this battle on fields around the world, but also the battle of our time. And the mission falls to each of us, each and every day. Democracy itself is in peril, here at home and around the world.

What we do now — what we do now, how we honor the memory of the fallen, will determine whether or not democracy will long endure. We all take it for granted. We think we learned in school. You have to — every generation has to fight for it.

But, look, it’s the biggest question: Whether a system that prizes the individual, that bends towards liberty, that gives everybody a chance at prosperity — whether that system can and will prevail against powerful forces that wish it harm.

All that we do in our common life as a nation is part of that struggle. The struggle for democracy is taking place around the world — democracy and autocracy. The struggle for decency and dignity — just simple decency. The struggle for posterity — prosperity and progress. And, yes, the struggle for the soul of America itself.

Folks, you all know it: Democracy thrives when the infrastructure of democracy is strong; when people have the right to vote freely and fairly and conveniently; when a free and independent press pursues the truth, founded on facts, not propaganda; when the rule of law applies equally and fairly to every citizen, regardless of where they come from or what they look like.

Wherever Americans are, there — there is democracy: churches and synagogues and mosques, neighborhoods and coffee shops and diners, bleachers at kids’ baseball or soccer games, libraries and parks. Democracy begins and grows in the open heart and the impetus to come together for a common cause.

And that’s where it will be preserved. For empathy is the fuel of democracy. Let me say that again: Empathy — empathy is the fuel of democracy, a willingness to see each other — not as enemies, neighbors. Even when we disagree, to understand what the other is going through.

To state the obvious: Our democracy is imperfect. It always has been. But Americans of all backgrounds, races, creeds, gender identities, sexual orientations, have long spilled their blood to defend our democracy. The diversity of our country and our arm- — and of our armed services is and always has been an incredible strength.

And generation after generation of American heroes have signed up to be part of the fight because they understand the truth that lives in every American heart: that liberation, opportunity, justice are far more likely to come to pass in a democracy than an autocracy.

If every person is sacred, then every person’s rights are sacred. Individual dignity; individual worth; individual sanctity; the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We say those words so often, but think of it: the right to vote, the right to rise in a world as far as your talent can take you, unlimited by unfair barriers of privilege and power — such are the principles of democracy.

So how would you put these noble principles into practice? How do we do that? How do we make the idea real, or as close to real as we can make it?

This nation was built on an idea — the only nation in the world built on an idea. Every other nation was built on ethnicity, geography, religion, et cetera.

We were built on an idea: the idea of liberty and opportunity for all. We have never fully realized that aspiration of our founding, but every generation has opened the door a little wider, and every generation has opened it wider and wider to be more inclusive, to include those who have been excluded before. It’s a mission handed down generation to generation: the work of perfecting our union.

In 1830, when we were a young nation, dis-unionists put their sectional interests ahead of the common good. A great senator, Daniel Webster, rose in the Capitol to defend the Union. To him, we were not just a collection of competing forces, but a coherent whole.

His cry, first uttered just across the Potomac in the Capitol, resonates even now. He stood on the floor and he said, “Liberty and Union, now on forever, one and inseparable.” Liberty and Union.

More than 142 years later, when I first came to the United States Senate — at a time when our country was so deeply divided over Vietnam, the struggle of civil rights, the fight over women’s rights — I had the notion that my first task, as I stood to make my first speech on the floor of the Senate — it all of a sudden hit me: I’m standing where Daniel Webster had stood; his desk was next to mine.

And I was struck by the weight of history, as corny as it sounds, by the legacy of the work we’re charged to carry forward: liberty and union, now and forever.

We must honor their sacrifice by sustaining the best of America, while honestly confronting all that we must do to make our nation fuller, freer, and more just. We must remember that we may find the light and the wisdom and, yes, the courage to move forward — in the words of that great hymn, fight as they “nobly fought of old.”

For in remembrance lies not just our history, but our hope. Not just our solemn remembrance, but our renewed purpose. Not just our solace, but our strength.

This Memorial Day, remember that not all of us are called to make the ultimate sacrifice. We all are called, by God and by history and by conscience, to make our nation free and fair, just and strong, noble and whole.

To this battle, may we now dedicate our souls, that our work may prove worthy of the blood of our fallen. For this work — the work of democracy — is the work of our time, and for all time. And if we do our duty, then ages still to come will look back on us and say that we too kept the faith. And there’s nothing more important, nothing more sacred, nothing more American than keeping the faith.

WaPo: After defeating restrictive voting bill, Texas Democrats send loud message: ‘We need Congress to do their part’ http://wapo.st/3fFundk

🔄 Wikipedia: 2021 storming of the United States Capitol http://bit.ly/3i3Uv2Y
// A request that this article title be changed to January 6 United States Capitol attack is under discussion

⭕ 30 May 2021

WaPo: Texas Democrats try to block restrictive voting bill before midnight deadline http://wapo.st/2RWnTO0

Texas Republicans scrambled late Sunday to approve one of the most restrictive voting bills in the country, as Democrats made a series of emotional pleas and threw up procedural objections in a last-ditch effort to defeat the measure.

The Republican-majority House took up the legislation after the Senate passed it early Sunday following a marathon overnight debate that stretched more than seven hours. The measure mirrors other GOP-backed legislation approved in Georgia, Florida and other states at the urging of former president Donald Trump, who has falsely claimed that his defeat in the 2020 election was tainted by fraud.

WaPo: Four more indicted in alleged Jan. 6 Oath Keepers conspiracy to obstruct election vote in Congress http://wapo.st/2TvbXmT

Four more Oath Keepers associates have been indicted and three were arrested in Florida in recent days in the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol, bringing the number of co-defendants charged in the largest conspiracy case from that day to 16, court records show.

Joseph Hackett, 51, of Sarasota, Fla., Jason Dolan, 44, of Wellington, Fla., and William Isaacs, 21, of Kissimmee, Fla., each face multiple counts in an indictment handed up Wednesday and unsealed Sunday in Washington. The three appeared Thursday before U.S. magistrates in Tampa, West Palm Beach and Orlando. ¤ The name of a fourth defendant not known to be in custody was redacted.

The four new defendants are charged with conspiring to obstruct Congress’s confirmation of the 2020 presidential election in joint session on Jan. 6. They are accused of forcing entry through the Capitol’s East Rotunda doors after marching single-file up the steps wearing camouflaged combat uniforms, tactical vests with plates, helmets, eye protection and Oath Keepers insignia.

🐣 RT @BillKristol The state of the GOP, May 30, 2021: ¤ Republican senators kill a Jan. 6 commission, Trump’s national security advisor calls for military coup, Republican governors and legislators cater to anti-vaxxers, & Texas Republicans make it harder to vote and easier to overturn an election.
⋙ 🐣 It’s awful, yes, but the GOP has been helped by trouble-makers since Nixon, stoked division and conspiracies since Gingrich and sought votes from the uninformed since the “Moral Majority.” There has not been a true leader since Eisenhower. Finnegan, begin again.

⭕ 29 May 2021

⭕ 28 May 2021

WaPo: The Senate vote on the bipartisan Jan. 6 commission showed Trump’s power and a government under duress http://wapo.st/34sM2P2

WaPo: Sen. Murkowski delivers pointed criticism of fellow Republicans, including McConnell, who oppose Jan. 6 commission http://wapo.st/2RNafNg

⭕ 27 May 2021

TheBulwark, Tim Miller: Mitch McConnell Saw the Insurrection Clearly and Then Decided He Liked It http://bit.ly/3vBELbf
// McConnell now considers protecting the insurrectionists a personal favor.

CNN: Prosecutors announce fresh charges against ‘Maga Caravan’ leader, others in January 6 insurrection http://cnn.it/3vAECVC

NYT: Prosecutors Investigating Whether Ukrainians Meddled in 2020 Election http://nyti.ms/3fv2OD8
// The Brooklyn federal inquiry has examined whether former and current Ukrainian officials tried to interfere in the election, including funneling misleading information through Rudolph W. Giuliani.

NYT: Paul Ryan Critiques Trump’s Grip on the Republican Party http://nyti.ms/3i03gLm
// In a speech, the former House speaker called on the Republican Party not to move forward in Donald Trump’s image, though he did not criticize the former president by name.

🐣 RT @MichaelSteele When you just don’t give a damn: A grieving mother leaves her home to ask GOP Senators to do the right thing. And they still say no. #January6thCommission @DeadlineWH w/ @NicolleDWallace
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @DeadlineWH “This mom has to leave her home, to come up to Capitol Hill, to ask these people to do the very thing they’ve been elected to do… It is unsightly to have Republicans… to say ‘I”ll meet with her but I’m still voting against her'” – @MichaelSteele w/
⋙ 🐣 RT @natsechobbyist [Rachel Vindman]] Betrayal. My heart aches for his family. COWARDS.

💙 🐣 Wow. Stock buybacks! I’ve been harping on this since 2014, when Wm Lazonick wrote “Profits Without Prosperity” in the Harvard Review of Business http://bit.ly/34lTmfh ¤ Biden on Economy. He’s talking about the End of Reagonomics. #TrickleDownDidnt

AP: GOP set to block 1/6 panel, stoking Senate filibuster fight http://bit.ly/3bXwwyL

⭕ 26 May 2021

📊 QuinnipiacPoll: 85% Of Republicans Want Candidates To Agree With Trump, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Americans Support Early Cut To Federal Jobless Benefit http://bit.ly/3wCRD14

As candidates begin to enter races for the 2022 mid-term elections, more than 8 in 10 Republicans (85 percent) say they would prefer to see candidates running for elected office that mostly agree with Donald Trump, according to a Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pea-ack) University national poll of adults released today. Overall, a majority of Americans (53 – 39 percent) say they would prefer to see candidates running for elected office that mostly disagree with Trump.

Asked whether they would like to see Trump run for president in 2024, Republicans say 66 – 30 percent they would. Overall, two-thirds of Americans (66 – 30 percent) say they do not want to see him run.

Six months after the 2020 presidential election, two-thirds of Republicans (66 – 25 percent) say they think that Joe Biden’s victory was not legitimate. Overall, Americans say 64 – 29 percent that Biden’s victory was legitimate. Among registered voters, it’s also 64 – 29 percent, which is fairly similar to polls taken in December 2020 and January 2021. [ ✛ more ]

WaPo: Mother and partner of fallen Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick request meetings with all GOP senators, urging them to back Jan. 6 commission http://wapo.st/34l4Yin

In the statement, which was included in the email, Gladys Sicknick said that her son and his fellow police officers “fought for hours and hours against those animals who were trying to take over the Capitol Building and our Democracy, as we know it.”

“Not having a January 6 Commission to look into exactly what occurred is a slap in the faces of all the officers who did their jobs that day,” she said in the statement. “Because of what they did, the people in the building were able to go home that evening and be with their families. Brian and many other officers ended up in the hospital. I suggest that all Congressmen and Senators who are against this Bill visit my son’s grave in Arlington National Cemetery and, while there, think about what their hurtful decisions will do to those officers who will be there for them going forward.”,

⭕ 25 May 2021

WaPo: Prosecutor in Trump criminal probe convenes grand jury to hear evidence, weigh potential charges http://wapo.st/3vo5mbW

⭕ 24 May 2021
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⭕ 22 May 2021

⭕ 21 May 2021

SelectedWisdom, Clint Watts: Why Does Social Media Lead Us to Believe Things That Are Not True? http://bit.ly/3p3vtCG
// Overcoming vaccine hesitancy in the U.S. – Part 1 (linked series)

⭕ 20 May 2021

TheAtlantic, Peter Wehner: Trump Is Marching Down the Road to Political Violence http://bit.ly/34592TT
// The Republican Party must counteract lies rather than indulge them.

WaPo, Michael Gerson: The threat of violence now infuses GOP politics. We should all be afraid. http://wapo.st/3ve2EWj

WaPo: Several Republicans who oppose Jan. 6 commission are potential witnesses about Trump’s conduct that day http://wapo.st/341s79k

WaPo: The GOP keeps reinforcing the real reason it opposes a Jan. 6 commission http://wapo.st/3fxNKDQ
//. It’s as if Republicans were trying to prove they were just doing this for political reasons

⭕ 19 May 2021

WaPo: Attorney for ‘QAnon Shaman’ questions mental abilities of his client, others in Jan. 6 riot http://wapo.st/3fAIQpq

WaPo, Philip Bump: A significant Trump fear inches closer: Accountability http://wapo.st/3oInXNv

⭕ 18 May 2021

WaPo: Investigation of Trump Organization now exploring possible criminal conduct, N.Y. attorney general’s office says http://wapo.st/33TaSqO ¤

⭕ 17 May 2021

🐣 RT @BillKristol It’s a tricky moment, but it seems to me that pro-democracy Republicans, ex-Republicans, and conservatives should, for now
1) support elected Republicans, like Liz Cheney and the Maricopa Supervisors, fighting for democracy, &
2) mostly vote for Democrats in the general election.

⭕ 16 May 2021

WaPo, EJ Dionne: Democracy depends on two guys named Joe http://wapo.st/3bw4kCE “These are no ordinary Joes. I am, of course, speaking of President Biden and Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) … At stake is the For the People Act”

⭕ 15 May 2021

WaPo: Republicans’ conflicting message: Embracing Trump election lie is key to prominence, just stop asking us about it http://wapo.st/2S0Pk8T

⭕ 14 May 2021

CNN: Biden administration gives House panel documents related to Trump hotel http://cnn.it/3byyvt7

WaPo: Republican chairman of Arizona county calls state-led election review ‘dangerous’ as tensions rise over 2020 recount http://wapo.st/3eMRQbW

WaPo: House members announce bipartisan deal for Jan. 6 commission http://wapo.st/3bsbckA

The proposed 10-member commission, which emulates the panel that investigated the causes and lessons of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, would be vested with subpoena authority and charged with studying the events and run-up to Jan. 6 — with a focus on why an estimated 10,000 supporters of former president Donald Trump swarmed the Capitol grounds and, more important, what factors instigated about 800 of them to break inside. Trump’s critics in both political parties view it as a means to bring further public scrutiny to his role in inspiring the violence.

“There has been a growing consensus that the January 6th attack is of a complexity and national significance that what we need [is] an independent commission to investigate,” said Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, announcing that he had reached agreement with the panel’s top Republican, Rep. John Katko (N.Y.). “The creation of this commission is our way of taking responsibility for protecting the U.S. Capitol.”

On the heels of the commission deal, House Democrats on Friday also announced their proposal for $1.9 billion of supplemental funds to pay for security upgrades for the Capitol and other parts of the federal government.

The bill puts over a half-billion dollars toward hardening the Capitol and congressional office buildings with movable fences, door and window reinforcements, and additional security cameras and checkpoints. It also dedicates $21.5 million to stepping up security details for members facing threats, whether in Washington, their home districts or traveling between the two — and $18 million to better train and equip the U.S. Capitol Police to respond to riot situations.

But the largest part of the hefty spending bill — nearly $700 million — is simply to pay money owed to the Capitol Police, D.C. police, the National Guard and other federal agencies for costs they incurred in responding to the riot and its aftermath. It also dedicates more than $200 million to the federal courts to address threats to judges and to meet various other costs related to prosecuting those charged in connection with the insurrection.

The commission would have the power to subpoena witnesses, but not without an agreement between the Democrat-appointed chair and the Republican-appointed vice chair, or a majority vote of the panel. Current government officials, including those holding elective office, would not be allowed to serve on the panel, to maintain its independence.

The commission would be tasked with producing a final report detailing its findings, as well as any recommendations for preventing similar attacks in the future, by the end of this year, giving it only about six months to complete its work — if Congress approves the commission in short. By comparison, the 9/11 Commission took 20 months to publish its findings.

In his announcement, Thompson predicted that legislation would be on the House floor as soon as next week. While it is almost certain to gain majority support from the Democratic-led House, Republicans will have to decide whether to side with moderates like Katko or with GOP leaders who have resisted efforts to hold Trump accountable for the violence. Many Republicans fear that supporting the commission risks alienating the former president’s followers, a base of political support they consider vital to reclaiming majorities in the House and Senate.

DemocracyDocket, Marc Elias: The Big Lie is a Pillar of the State http://bit.ly/3uStwej

⭕ 13 May 2021

MotherJones: Leaked Video: Dark Money Group Brags About Writing GOP Voter Suppression Bills Across the Country http://bit.ly/3ojFc7e
// “We did it quickly and we did it quietly,” said the executive director of Heritage Action.

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: The stampede away from the GOP begins http://wapo.st/3yaoxYw

That’s where a new group of challengers to the GOP comes in. On Thursday, 150 former governors, members of Congress, Cabinet officials, senior administration officials, strategists and grass-roots leaders issued their own declaration of independence with an explicit threat to leave the party if the GOP does not abandon the MAGA mentality. In a document titled, “A Call to American Renewal,” the signatories reference Cheney’s ouster and write, “This ‘common-sense coalition’ seeks to catalyze the reform of the Republican Party and its recommitment to truth, founding ideals, and decency or, if unsuccessful, lay the foundation for an alternative.”

The group set out a list of principles, emphasizing democracy, constitutional order, truth, ethical government, conservation (“stewardship of America’s resources — natural, environmental and financial”), pluralism (rejecting the notion that America is defined by race, religion or birthplace) and rejection of “all forms of bigotry.”

Some of the stated principles hint at stances on current issues. In declaring they “oppose disenfranchisement of voters,” for example, the signatories position themselves as opponents of the voter suppression laws growing like weeds around the country. Other statements avoid specific positions, such as their support for “policies that further public safety, health, and defense as required for national sovereignty and prosperity.”

For now, Cheney and this group of dissident Republicans might embrace a common endeavor: stripping the bark off McCarthy and his enablers to make sure voters know the danger in handing over the House to MAGA cultists.

WaPo: CDC says fully vaccinated Americans no longer need masks indoors or outdoors in many cases http://wapo.st/3uO1hgH
// The relaxation of restrictions incentivizes people to get the shots and helps pave the way for a full reopening of society.

⭕ 12 May 2021

WaPo: U.S. has entered unprecedented climate territory, EPA warns http://wapo.st/3bmYvri
//. The Trump administration delayed the report, which cites urban heat waves and permafrost loss as signs of global warming, for three years

‼️ 🐣 RT @ jcartiller “I don’t think anybody is questioning the legitimacy of the presidential election” ¤ Kevin McCarthy

⭕ 11 May 2021

🐣 RT @BillKristol Liz Cheney’s speech marked her farewell to the House GOP leadership. But it also marked the beginning of an effort to save the Republican Party for democracy, freedom, and the rule of law. If that effort results in a 2024 presidential campaign, this speech will have launched it.

🔆 This❗️⋙ NYT: Liz Cheney delivers defiant speech on House floor ahead of vote to oust her from G.O.P. leadership. http://nyti.ms/3eBAw9Q

Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming delivered a defiant last stand hours before facing a vote to purge her from House Republican leadership for her outspoken repudiation of former President Donald J. Trump’s election lies, declaring Tuesday night on the House floor that she would not sit back quietly as her party aided Mr. Trump’s attempts to undermine democracy.

Ms. Cheney, who is facing a vote Wednesday morning that is almost certain to succeed in ousting her from House Republicans’ No. 3 post, declared on Tuesday that the nation was facing a “never seen before” threat in a former president who provoked the Jan. 6 Capitol attack and who “has resumed his aggressive effort to convince Americans that the election was stolen from him.”

“Remaining silent and ignoring the lie emboldens the liar,” Ms. Cheney said. “I will not participate in that. I will not sit back and watch in silence, while others lead our party down a path that abandons the rule of law and joins the former president’s crusade to undermine our democracy.”

The Wyoming Republican’s remarkable broadside illustrated her unrepentant response to the effort to dethrone her. She has cast her almost certain expulsion from the leadership ranks as a “turning point” for her party and told allies that the leadership post is simply not worth having if it requires her to lie.
Rather than fighting to hold onto her post, Ms. Cheney has embraced her downfall, offering herself as a cautionary tale in what she is portraying as a battle for the soul of the Republican Party. Emphasizing that framing Tuesday night, Ms. Cheney wore a replica pin of George Washington’s battle flag as she spoke on the House floor.

🐣 RT @stuartastevens What’s happening in this moment is that @RepLizCheney is becoming an international symbol for anti-authoritarian freedom. She is a dissident facing down a thuggish power structure just as Alexei Navalny is in Russia. We are a democracy in da
⋙ 🐣 “They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds” — Mexican Proverb

NYT: Over 100 Republicans, including former officials, threaten to split from G.O.P. http://nyti.ms/2RbaC3L

Politico: House, Justice Department report deal on McGahn testimony http://politi.co/3o6OJ1E
// The “accommodation” to end the dispute over a subpoena for the former White House counsel does not involve former President Donald Trump, who could try to scuttle it.

🐣 RT @CNN The House of Representatives and the Biden administration say they have reached an agreement “in principle” on the long-running standoff over a subpoena for former Trump White House counsel Don McGahn to testify about the ex-President’s obstructive acts
🔆 This❗️⋙ CNN: House and Biden administration reach deal on subpoena for former Trump White House counsel Don McGahn’s testimony http://cnn.it/3xYFOE1

🐣 RT @djrothkopf Rep. Cheney is standing up for the country. Set her past politics aside for a moment. The stakes are very high right now and courage like hers is essential. There will be plenty of time for debating policies later…if we can save our democracy now. First things first.

🐣 RT @RadioFreeTom If the coalition for democracy includes everyone from Liz Warren to Liz Cheney, that’s a pretty big tent, and I’m in. ¤ If you’re one of the people whose purity demands that you can’t be in a coalition with either of them, you’re not focused on the real problem here.

≣ CNN: READ: Liz Cheney’s remarks on the House floor on the night before her expected removal from leadership post http://cnn.it/3uI4aQ6 transcript
⋙ CNN: Video: http://cnn.it/2SAKZcS

… “Today we face a threat America has never seen before. A former president, who provoked a violent attack on this Capitol in an effort to steal the election, has resumed his aggressive effort to convince Americans that the election was stolen from him. He risks inciting further violence.

“Millions of Americans have been misled by the former President. They have heard only his words, but not the truth, as he continues to undermine our democratic process, sowing seeds of doubt about whether democracy really works at all.

“I am a conservative Republican and the most conservative of conservative principles is reverence for the rule of law. The Electoral College has voted. More than sixty state and federal courts, including multiple judges he appointed, have rejected the former president’s claims. The Department of Justice in his administration investigated the former president’s claims of widespread fraud and found no evidence to support them. The election is over. That is the rule of law. That is our constitutional process.

“Those who refuse to accept the rulings of our courts are at war with the Constitution.

“Our duty is clear. Every one of us who has sworn the oath must act to prevent the unraveling of our democracy. This is not about policy. This is not about partisanship. This is about our duty as Americans. Remaining silent, and ignoring the lie, emboldens the liar.

“I will not participate in that. I will not sit back and watch in silence while others lead our party down a path that abandons the rule of law and joins the former president’s crusade to undermine our democracy.

“As the party of Reagan, Republicans championed democracy, won the Cold War, and defeated the Soviet Communists. As we speak, America is on the cusp of another Cold War — this time with communist China. Attacks against our democratic process and the rule of law empower our adversaries and feed Communist propaganda that American democracy is a failure. We must speak the truth. Our election was not stolen, and America has not failed.

“I received a message last week from a Gold Star father who said, ‘Standing up for the truth honors all who gave all.’ We must all strive to be worthy of the sacrifice of those who have died for our freedom. They are the patriots Katherine Lee Bates described in the words of America the Beautiful: ‘Oh beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife, who more than self their country loved and mercy more than life.’

“Ultimately, this is at the heart of what our oath requires — that we love our country more. That we love her so much we will stand above politics to defend her. That we will do everything in our power to protect our constitution and our freedom — paid for by the blood of so many.

“We must love her so much we will never yield in her defense.

“That is our duty.”

WaPo: Jeff Flake: In today’s Republican Party, there is no greater offense than honesty http://wapo.st/3vU1vD6

“The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.” — George Orwell

Near the beginning of the document that made us free, our Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote: “We hold these truths to be self-evident.”

There you have it. From the very beginning of America, our freedom has been predicated on truth. For without a principled fidelity to truth and to shared facts, our democracy will not last.

On Wednesday, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) will most likely lose her leadership post within the House Republican Conference, not because she has been untruthful. Rather, she will lose her position because she is refusing to play her assigned role in propagating the “big lie” that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump. Cheney is more dedicated to the long-term health of our constitutional system than she is to assuaging the former president’s shattered ego, and for her integrity she may well pay with her career.

No, this is not the plot of a movie set in an asylum. Ladies and gentlemen, this is your contemporary Republican Party, where today there is no greater offense than honesty.

It seems a good time to examine how we got to a place where such a large swath of the electorate (70 percent of Republican voters, according to polling) became willing to reject a truth that is so self-evident.

This allergy to self-evident truth didn’t happen all at once, of course. This frog has been boiling for some time now. The Trump period in American life has been a celebration of the unwise and the untrue. From the ugly tolerance of the pernicious falsehood about President Barack Obama’s place of birth to the bizarre and fanatical fable about the size of inauguration crowds, to the introduction of the term “alternative facts” into the American lexicon, the party’s steady embrace of dishonesty as a central premise has brought us to this low and dangerous place.

I don’t know what will happen to Cheney politically after Wednesday. For me, I knew that I couldn’t support Trump’s election or reelection after his seminal falsehood about Obama’s birth certificate, to say nothing of the cascade of untruths, from the trivial to the consequential, that followed daily. I had hoped that, over time, my Republican constituents would feel differently about the former president, or at least value a Republican who pushed back, and that I could stand for reelection in 2018 with a reasonable chance of surviving a Republican primary. It soon became apparent that Republican voters wanted someone who was all in with a president that I increasingly saw as a danger to the republic. That could not be me, so I spoke out instead and didn’t stand for reelection.

When I became an unwitting dissident in my party by speaking in defense of self-evident truths, I assumed that more and more of my colleagues would follow me. I remain astonished that so few did. Congresswoman Cheney, I know how alone you must be feeling. But just know that history keeps the score, not Kevin McCarthy or Elise Stefanik.

In January 2018, three years before the Capitol insurrection, I said the following on the Senate floor:

“Mr. President, let us be clear. The impulses underlying the dissemination of such untruths are not benign. They have the effect of eroding trust in our vital institutions and conditioning the public to no longer trust them. The destructive effect of this kind of behavior on our democracy cannot be overstated.”

Three years later, it’s clear that I didn’t know the half of it. The destructive effect of the president’s behavior — and the willingness of Republican elected officials to indulge, excuse, defend, justify and, in many cases, just roll with it — has taken a devastating toll.

It is elementary to have to say this, but we did not become a great nation by believing or espousing nonsense, or by embracing lunacy. And if my party continues down this path, we will not be fit to govern.

Cheney has proved her fitness, and today it seems that adherents to the “big lie” will cast her out. Hold your head high, congresswoman. Those of us who believe in American democracy and who live in objective reality are grateful that you have chosen to take a stand for truth — self-evident truth — regardless of the consequences.

⭕ 10 May 2021

WaPo, Michael Gerson: Meet Kevin McCarthy, political hollow man http://wapo.st/

I hereby nominate House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) for the James Buchanan prize, awarded for monumental smallness in a time demanding leadership. The 15th president, you might recall, was a politician who tried to take both sides on a matter of conscience and chose to temporize rather than govern. In his 1857 inaugural address, Buchanan proclaimed that slavery was “happily, a matter of but little practical importance.” Five years later came Antietam.

It wasn’t easy, but McCarthy has managed to fill Buchanan’s teensy, tiny shoes. In a normal political time, it would make perfect sense for a minority leader to keep his caucus happy by throwing a controversial member of the House leadership off the lifeboat. It would make sense to avoid internal GOP debates, wait patiently for likely midterm victories and slip into the speakership with little fuss. It would make sense to take the easiest path to power — which runs, McCarthy believes, through Mar-a-Lago.

These are not, however, normal times. And in a trial testing this claim, McCarthy would be a prime witness. He is the one who made the desperate call to President Donald Trump when the Capitol was under siege by a violent mob Trump had assembled, incited and sent in McCarthy’s direction. McCarthy is the one who, during that chaotic conversation, was reportedly taunted by Trump for lacking the anti-constitutional enthusiasm of the rioters. McCarthy is the one who said that Trump “bears responsibility” for the Jan. 6 attack and floated the idea of censure.

There is a reason McCarthy now resists an impartial investigation of the events of Jan. 6: his honest testimony about Trump would be damning. And that is what makes his reversion to sycophancy so contemptible. McCarthy stands condemned by his own 10 minutes of moral clarity. His slinking to Mar-a-Lago to repent for disloyal honesty shows a tolerance for humiliation akin to masochism. Is the speakership worth achieving when it involves the sacrifice of your character, your country and your dignity?

McCarthy is engaged in an elaborate political ploy. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) is making a moral and historical argument. “Trump is seeking,” she wrote in a Washington Post op-ed, “to unravel critical elements of our constitutional structure that make democracy work — confidence in the result of elections and the rule of law.” And the former president, she warns, is advancing such claims under the vague — and sometimes not so vague — threat of violence. In her view, this has created an inflection point for the GOP. Is it dedicated to the application of conservative ideas or to the maintenance of a personality cult? Does it defend constitutional norms or edge toward authoritarianism?

How does McCarthy respond to these substantive claims? He doesn’t. He probably couldn’t. So he dismisses the discussion as divisive and seeks to throw a deadly riot, including dead and wounded police officers, down the memory hole.

Instead of dealing with reality, McCarthy mouths partisan pablum that the actions of his own party have rendered ridiculous. “Democrats,” he says, “are destroying this nation” — when only the GOP is actively undermining the U.S. system of government. Democrats are responsible for “the greatest expansion of government” — when Trump in power spent money like a drunken socialist. The damage done by Democrats, insists McCarthy, will be irreversible — when it is Republicans who seek to make Trump’s malignant hold on the country permanent.

In handing over Cheney to the braying MAGA crowd, McCarthy explained: “Any member can take whatever position they believe in. … What we’re talking about is a position in leadership.” So it is McCarthy’s official view that “leadership” is no place for, well, leadership. It is a place for limitless fealty to a failed, corrupt and lawless former president. It is dedicated to Trump and Trump eternal.

… In a crisis of national identity, he has done what comes easy to him. He has shown only shallowness, cravenness and negligence. He has been a quailing, simpering paragon of mediocrity. It is the work of a political hollow man — a Buchanan all our own.

The bad news? McCarthy’s party does have a good shot at winning the House in 2022. Smallness of spirit and vision may well be rewarded.

The good news? The 15th president was followed by the 16th president. America has a history of finding large leaders in times of greatest need.

WaPo, Dana Milbank: Kevin McCarthy hits the bottom of the barrel http://wapo.st/3o4jiVH

A few days before the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, the House Republican leader had a conference call with GOP lawmakers. On the call, Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois warned McCarthy that his and other party leaders’ claims — that the election had been stolen and that Republicans had the power to block Joe Biden’s victory from being certified — “would lead to violence on January 6th.”

The response? Crickets, Kinzinger said, and then McCarthy “dismissively” blew off the warning. “Ok, Adam,” the GOP leader replied, “operator next question.” The rest — a Capitol ransacked, certification halted, five dead — is history.

Kinzinger brought all this up, he said, because McCarthy is seeking to oust Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyo.) as the No. 3 House Republican over her refusal to embrace the “big lie” that then-President Donald Trump won the election — the very lie that provoked the Capitol attack. “Liz is being chased out for one thing,” Kinzinger said. “… Her consistency. She said the same exact thing that Kevin McCarthy said on January 6th, which is Donald Trump is responsible” for the insurrection.

But while Cheney continues to speak the truth about Trump’s election fantasies and his role in the Capitol attack, McCarthy went to Florida soon after the insurrection to see a politically finished Trump and “resurrected him politically back to life.”

I’ve been on book leave this spring, watching from a distance as the Republican crazy train careened down the line toward Wit’s End:

● In Arizona, supporters of the defeated Trump are examining ballots with UV light to see “if there’s bamboo in the paper” in support of a conspiracy theory that 40,000 fake ballots were surreptitiously flown in from Asia.

● Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had a Fox News-only signing ceremony for a state law that will disproportionately stop non-White people from voting.

● Republican legislators in Tennessee and Colorado have offered defenses of the three-fifths compromise.

● House Republicans attempted to form a caucus in support of “Anglo-Saxon” traditions.

● Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) got ensnarled in a sex-for-cash probe that involves an underage girl.

● Rudy Giuliani had his home and office raided by federal agents.

● Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced that “100 percent of my focus is on standing up to this [Biden] administration.”

● And at the bottom of the barrel is McCarthy, now publicly backing Cheney’s ouster, which is likely to come to a vote Wednesday. Last week, in hot-mic remarks, McCarthy said: “I’ve had it with her. You know, I’ve lost confidence.” Instead, he’s backing a challenge by Rep. Elise Stefanik (N.Y.), who is far less conservative than Cheney but has the essential credential of supporting Trump’s “big lie” about the election — including the bamboo boondoggle in Arizona.

Kinzinger, like Cheney, is an outlier in the Trump-occupied GOP. Like others who voted to impeach, he has been censured by local Republicans at home and already has a primary challenger. But Kinzinger, who served five tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, isn’t the sort to live in fear of losing an election.

And so he has been relentless in calling out McCarthy’s cowardice. He has tweeted about McCarthy’s attempts to whitewash Jan. 6. He said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that the Republican Party is “basically the Titanic … in the middle of this slow sink” — a condition caused when McCarthy “put the paddles on Donald Trump and resurrected him in the party.”

Kinzinger told me Monday afternoon that he thinks McCarthy, once a good friend, has made an ends-justify-the-means calculation to “accept the lie at the moment so we can win the majority and then address it.” He thinks that only about 10 House Republicans are dumb enough to genuinely believe that Trump won the election. The rest simply fear primary challenges and therefore accept McCarthy’s belief that “winning a majority was more important than a clear-eyed recognition of what happened on January 6.”

But Kinzinger sees this craven acceptance of lies destroying the Republican Party. “I have watched us compromise with crazy basically every two years,” he said. “All that becomes is the starting position for the next iteration towards crazy.”

💙 WaPo, Eugene Robinson: The biggest threat to America is the Republican break with reality http://wapo.st/33vlQmj “For Democrats, losing next year’s midterm elections is simply not an option”

The greatest threat to our nation’s future is not covid-19 or the rise of China or even the existential challenge of climate change. It is the Republican Party’s attempt to seize and hold power by offering voters the seductive choice of rejecting inconvenient facts and basic logic.

For the American experiment and people to survive, much less prosper, this iteration of the GOP must fail.

The blind-loyalty-even-to-dishonest-insanity Republican litmus test that is about to cost Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) her leadership job is only the most acute manifestation of the party’s decline into utter irresponsibility. It’s bad enough that those who want to remain in good standing must embrace the “big lie” about purported fraud in the 2020 election. But the requirement doesn’t stop there. On issue after issue, Republicans are cynically adopting a kind of pre-Enlightenment insistence on the primacy of belief over evidence.

Honest leadership would require leveling with GOP constituents about the impossibility of turning back the flow of history. It would involve telling voters that globalization and information technology have forever changed the U.S. economy. It would involve proposing solutions for the way things are — or are becoming — rather than the way some might want them to be.

And Democrats who want to make real progress on any of these urgent issues need a Republican Party with that fortitude. We laugh about the party being obsessed about Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, Dr. Seuss and whether a few transgender girls can run on their high school track teams at not just our own peril, but that of our political system. 

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) understands how Trump’s lies about the election led directly to the Capitol insurrection; he told us so himself on Jan. 6. But now he is ready to boot Cheney out of her high-ranking post for simply telling the truth and to replace her with Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.). Relative to Cheney, Stefanik is a moderate on policy. That no longer matters. Her core qualification is a willingness to go along with the “voter fraud” lie, and presumably with other lies as well, in the name of her own ambition. Shame on her. Shame on all of them. 

The scary thing is that this GOP, untethered from reality and the material needs of the country, is within a handful of seats of taking back both the House and the Senate. As exhausting as it is to acknowledge this, the 2020 election was just the first step toward restoring a shared reality. For Democrats, losing next year’s midterm elections is simply not an option.

🐣 RT @VABVOX If Democrats lose the House in 2022, Kevin McCarthy will be Speaker. ¤ McCarthy led 140+ GOP in an effort to decertify the 2020 vote. ¤ What do you think he will do in 2024?

🐣🌎 RT @rcooley123 These are the states with the highest and lowest vaccination rates https://twitter.com/rcooley123/status/1391931606814928903?s=20/photo/1
⋙ CNN: These are the states with the highest and lowest vaccination rates http://cnn.it/3vV8UlN

🐣 RT @Amy_Siskind Feels like we are living through what will someday be recorded in the history books as the end of a major politician party.

NBCNews: Kinzinger says McCarthy dismissed warnings of violence ahead of Jan. 6, praises Cheney http://nbcnews.to/3eAfTKW
//. Kinzinger said Cheney is being forced from her leadership position because her refusal to equivocate about Trump’s election defeat makes GOP members “uncomfortable.”

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: Republicans don’t just lie to voters. They lie to themselves. http://wapo.st/33ucHKE

… The truth-tellers and the deniers of the Jan. 6 insurrection cannot coexist. It is one or the other. Republicans who say otherwise really mean that Cheney should just shut up so that the Former Guy does not pitch a fit. Her point is that it is not sustainable for a party to lie to prevent a disloyal authoritarian from having a temper tantrum.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) at least does not try to sell his party a bill of goods. Also appearing on “Meet the Press,” he was blunt: “This is going to be a battle for the soul of the Republican Party.” In other words, Republicans need to dispense with the fantasy that abject liars willing to rewrite history can coexist with principled lawmakers who insist on defending the Constitution.

United on policy? Few Republicans are talking about policy at all. Instead, they are fighting fictitious culture wars and cheering efforts to suppress the vote.

Republican politicians are deceiving themselves about the former president’s toxicity and about the incompatibility of Cheney Republicans and MAGA Republicans. They try to keep up the pretense that all will be fine in the GOP, ignoring the party’s absence of viable policy ideas and its preference for performance politics and right-wing conspiracy theories. Perhaps kicking Cheney out of her leadership spot will force some honest discussion among Republicans. If not, the GOP crackup will only intensify.

⭕ 9 May 2021

WaPo: The making of a myth http://wapo.st/3uFjX2s
// Russell J. Ramsland Jr. sold everything from Tex-Mex food to light-therapy technology. Then he sold the story that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump.

WaPo, Ellen Weintraub: Close this FEC loophole that killed the case over Trump’s payment to Stormy Daniels http://wapo.st/3bcmFVq

NBCNews, MeetThePress: Larry Hogan: GOP turning into ‘circular firing squad’ over Trump loyalty http://nbcnews.to/3f8rhwU
// As House Republicans prepare to oust Liz Cheney from leadership, one outspoken GOP Trump critic says the party should not swear fealty to a “dear leader.”

WSJ: Trump 2020 Election Lawsuits Lead to Requests to Discipline Lawyers http://on.wsj.com/2RGrNu0
// Courts, licensing bodies consider whether attorneys abused the legal system in challenging vote results

⭕ 8 May 2021

🐣 RT @Chrisvance123 YES!! After roughly three months of discussions and planning it is time to launch something new in American politics. Next week is going to be big
⋙ 🐣 RT @MilesTaylorUSA Enough is enough. ¤ We’re going to announce a “resistance of the rationals” against the radicals in the GOP. ¤ Next Thursday. Watch this space.

WaPo: Liz Cheney’s months-long effort to turn Republicans from Trump threatens her reelection and ambitions. She says it’s only beginning. http://wapo.st/3vNaeXG

📊 When staff from the National Republican Congressional Committee rose to explain the party’s latest polling in core battleground districts, they left out a key finding about Trump’s weakness, declining to divulge the information even when directly questioned about Trump’s support by a member of Congress, according to two people familiar with what transpired.

Trump’s unfavorable ratings were 15 points higher than his favorable ones in the core districts, according to the full polling results, which were later obtained by The Washington Post. Nearly twice as many voters had a strongly unfavorable view of the former president as had a strongly favorable one.

⭕ 7 May 2021

🐣 RT @mccaffreyr3 Trump and the Republicans in Congress are now an acute threat to our democracy. They voted to overthrow an election after the 6 Jan assault on the Capitol. Trump in his ignorance and lawlessness governs this great party’s behavior. Danger ahead.

⭕ 6 May 2021

💙 NewYorker, Jane Mayer: The Secret Papers of Lee Atwater, Who Invented the Scurrilous Tactics That Trump Normalized http://bit.ly/3tzhMvF https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1391921225925017601?s=20/photo/1
// An infamous Republican political operative’s unpublished memoir shows how the Party came to embrace lies, racial fearmongering, and winning at any cost.

NYT: Arizona Review of 2020 Vote Is Riddled With Flaws, Says Secretary of State http://nyti.ms/2R0St8H
// Arizona’s top election official said the effort ordered by Republican state senators leaves ballots unattended and lacks basic safeguards to protect the process from manipulation.

⭕ 5 May 2021

🐣 RT @MollyMcKew If you want to imagine how bad & stupid things would have been in a 2nd Trump term—how accelerated the downward spiral of American relevancy could be—feast your eyes upon the marvels of the Arizona ballot recount, where conjurers may as well be dousing for demons in the ballots.

WaPo, Liz Cheney: The GOP is at a turning point. History is watching us. http://wapo.st/3thDl3S “Republicans need to stand for genuinely conservative principles, and steer away from the dangerous and anti-democratic Trump cult of personality”

While embracing or ignoring Trump’s statements might seem attractive to some for fundraising and political purposes, that approach will do profound long-term damage to our party and our country. Trump has never expressed remorse or regret for the attack of Jan. 6 and now suggests that our elections, and our legal and constitutional system, cannot be trusted to do the will of the people. This is immensely harmful, especially as we now compete on the world stage against Communist China and its claims that democracy is a failed system.

For Republicans, the path forward is clear. ¤ First, support the ongoing Justice Department criminal investigations of the Jan. 6 attack. Those investigations must be comprehensive and objective; neither the White House nor any member of Congress should interfere.

Second, we must support a parallel bipartisan review by a commission with subpoena power to seek and find facts; it will describe for all Americans what happened. This is critical to defeat the misinformation and nonsense circulating in the press and on social media. No currently serving member of Congress — with an eye to the upcoming election cycle — should participate. We should appoint former officials, members of the judiciary and other prominent Americans who can be objective, just as we did after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The commission should be focused on the Jan. 6 attacks. The Black Lives Matter and antifa violence of last summer was illegal and reprehensible, but it is a different problem with a different solution.

Finally, we Republicans need to stand for genuinely conservative principles, and steer away from the dangerous and anti-democratic Trump cult of personality. In our hearts, we are devoted to the American miracle. We believe in the rule of law, in limited government, in a strong national defense, and in prosperity and opportunity brought by low taxes and fiscally conservative policies.

… Reagan formed a broad coalition from across the political spectrum to return America to sanity, and we need to do the same now. We know how. But this will not happen if Republicans choose to abandon the rule of law and join Trump’s crusade to undermine the foundation of our democracy and reverse the legal outcome of the last election.

History is watching. Our children are watching. We must be brave enough to defend the basic principles that underpin and protect our freedom and our democratic process. I am committed to doing that, no matter what the short-term political consequences might be.

WaPo, Spencer Hsu: Judge blasts Barr, Justice Dept. for ‘disingenuous’ handling of secret Trump obstruction memo http://wapo.st/3h8Jvkm

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson of Washington ordered the release Monday of a 2019 memo prepared by the department’s Office of Legal Counsel. Barr and a string of Justice Department officials had sought to keep the memo secret, asserting it was part of the department’s internal decision-making process before he selectively announced the Mueller report’s findings that March. ¤ Jackson wrote in a blistering opinion after viewing the memo and other evidence that the department’s claims “are so inconsistent with evidence in the record, they are not worthy of credence.”

In a 35-page opinion ordering the memo’s release in a public records lawsuit, Jackson called suspicions that Barr and department lawyers had been “disingenuous” in withholding the document “well-founded,” saying the department had sought to “obfuscate” its true purpose of justifying a decision that had already been made.“The review of the document reveals that the Attorney General was not then engaged in making a decision about whether the President should be charged with obstruction of justice; the fact that he would not be prosecuted was a given,” Jackson wrote.

Both judges blasted Barr’s four-page letter to Congress in March 2019 that said the special counsel did not draw a conclusion as to whether Trump obstructed the investigation and that Barr’s own opinion was that the evidence was insufficient to bring such a charge.

In reality, Mueller’s report laid out evidence of obstruction but said the special counsel could not fairly make a charging decision, given department policy that a sitting president cannot be indicted.

Jackson’s opinion echoed another federal judge’s criticism last year of Barr over a “lack of candor” and truthfulness in his handling of the release of Mueller’s report.

Writing in March 2020, U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton called Barr’s public statements “misleading” and said he had “grave concerns about the objectivity of the process” that led up to the public release of the Mueller report.

“The Court cannot reconcile certain public representations made by Attorney General Barr with the findings in the Mueller Report,” he wrote, adding, “These circumstances generally, and Attorney General Barr’s lack of candor specifically, call into question Attorney General Barr’s credibility.”

Jackson’s ruling handed a victory to the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which filed a Freedom of Information Act request and lawsuit following Barr’s April 2019 testimony to Congress. Walton’s decision came in a public records lawsuit brought by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, or EPIC, a watchdog group, and BuzzFeed News, seeking to unredact information in Mueller’s report.

Judges typically give the government the benefit of the doubt when officials handling the release of information under the Freedom of Information Act evaluate whether some records should be withheld based on the law’s exemptions, such as for internal deliberations. But that is not the case when judges find evidence of bad faith.

In her opinion, Jackson noted that Barr had asserted to Congress that April that he and his deputy had reached the decision that Trump could not be charged “in consultation” with the Office of Legal Counsel and other department lawyers, testifying after Mueller accused Barr of twisting the findings and undermining public confidence in the investigation. Barr’s assertions, Jackson said, prompted Trump to claim he had been exonerated and came shortly after Barr received the 448-page report but before it was publicly released in March 2019.

“The Attorney General’s characterization of what he’d hardly had time to skim, much less, study closely, prompted an immediate reaction, as politicians and pundits took to their microphones and Twitter feeds to decry what they feared was an attempt to hide the ball,” Jackson wrote. ¤ In fact, Jackson said, Barr’s statement to Congress that Trump hailed and the Office of Legal Counsel’s memo that Barr said his decision was based on were “being written by the very same people at the very same time.”

The memo’s authors and recipients worked “hand in hand to craft the advice” that it supposedly delivered, but it was the letter to Congress that was the priority and that was getting completed first, Jackson said.

“Not only was the Attorney General being disingenuous then, but DOJ has been disingenuous to this Court with respect to the existence of a decision-making process that should be shielded by the deliberative process privilege,” Jackson concluded.

Jackson gave the Justice Department until May 17 to decide whether it would seek to appeal her order or oppose the unsealing of redacted passages.

Jackson was deeply familiar with the special counsel’s work, overseeing its prosecution in Washington of former 2016 Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and the trial of the then-president’s political confidant Roger Stone.

WaPo: Facebook’s Oversight Board upholds ban on Trump. At least for now. http://wapo.st/3xONjgE
// The panel faulted the social network for making a hasty decision without clear criteria and told the company to reevaluate the decision within six months.

⭕ 4 May 2021

💙 NYT, Thomas Friedman: Trump’s Big Lie Devoured the G.O.P. and Now Eyes Our Democracy http://nyti.ms/3emDDSN “Unless more principled Republicans stand up for the truth about our last election, we’re going to see exactly how a democracy dies”

🔆 This❗️⋙ NYT: Judge Says Barr Misled on How His Justice Dept. Viewed Trump’s Actions http://nyti.ms/3b200uI
// by Michael D Schmidt; Judge Amy Berman Jackson said in a ruling that the misleading statements were similar to others that William P. Barr, the former attorney general, had made about the Mueller investigation.
⋙ 📔 Document, Judge Amy Berman Jackson: Memorandum Opinion: CREW v DOJ (pdf) http://bit.ly/3tja1tH 41p

On Friday, March 22, 2019, Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, III delivered his Report of the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election1 to the then-Attorney General of the United States, William P. Barr.2

But the Attorney General did not share it with anyone else. ¤ Instead, before the weekend was over, he sent a letter to congressional leaders purporting to “summarize the principal conclusions” set out in the Report, compressing the approximately 200 highly detailed and painstakingly footnoted pages of Volume I – which discusses the Russian government’s interference in the election and any links or coordination with the Trump campaign – and the almost 200 equally detailed pages of Volume II – which concerns acts taken by then-

President Trump in connection with the investigation – into less than four pages.3 The letter asserted that the Special Counsel “did not draw a conclusion – one way or the other – as to whether the examined conduct constituted obstruction,” and it went on to announce the Attorney General’s own opinion that “the evidence developed during the Special Counsel’s investigation is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense.”4

The President then declared himself to have been fully exonerated.5

The Attorney General’s characterization of what he’d hardly had time to skim, much less, study closely, prompted an immediate reaction, as politicians and pundits took to their microphones and Twitter feeds to decry what they feared was an attempt to hide the ball.
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… [T]he affidavits are so inconsistent with evidence in the record, they are not worthy of credence. The review of the unredacted document in camera reveals that the suspicions voiced by the judge in EPIC and the plaintiff here were well-founded, and that not only was the Attorney General being disingenuous then, but DOJ has been disingenuous to this Court with respect to the existence of a decision-making process that should be shielded by the deliberative process privilege. The agency’s redactions and incomplete explanations obfuscate the true purpose of the memorandum, and the excised portions belie the notion that it fell to the Attorney General to make a prosecution decision or that any such decision was on the table at any time.

Given the fact that the review of the document in camera reveals that there was no decision actually being made as to whether the then-President should be prosecuted, — the Court is not persuaded that the agency has met its burden to demonstrate that the memorandum was transmitted for the purpose of providing legal advice, as opposed to the strategic and policy advice that falls outside the scope of the privilege. Section I of the memo, which was entirely redacted with no separate justification, contains no legal advice at all, but it offers only strategic advice, so — this explanation is entirely deficient to justify the withholding of that portion of the document.

Section II is a blend of legal and strategic advice prepared, at least in part, and reviewed in its entirety, by an attorney within the OLC. However, since the memorandum was being written at the same time and by the same people who were drafting the Attorney General’s letter to Congress setting forth his views on the basis for a prosecution, and the record reflects that the priority was to get the letter completed first, see Attachment 1, one simply cannot credit the declarant’s statement that the Attorney General made the “decision” he announced based on the advice the memo contains. … [T]he chronology undermines the assertion that the authors were engaged in providing their legal advice in connection with any sort of pending prosecutorial decision, and this misrepresentation, combined with the lack of candor about what any legal advice provided was for or about, frees the Court from the deference that is ordinarily accorded to agency declarations in FOIA cases.

NBCNews: Texas leaders, corporations form coalitions to fight voting restrictions http://nbcnews.to/3xNnfCz
// HP Inc, Patagonia and American Airlines are among at least 50 businesses that have formed a coalition known as Fair Elections Texas.

WSJ: Purging Liz Cheney http://on.wsj.com/33gFguX
// GOP leaders shouldn’t have to lie about 2020 to keep their job.

⭕ 3 May 2021

WaPo, Michael Gerson: Elected Republicans are lying with open eyes. Their excuses are disgraceful. http://wapo.st/33971pk

WaPo: The obvious goal of the Arizona recount: Injecting more doubt into the 2020 results http://wapo.st/3nS9XjK

WaPo: Biden says he will raise refugee cap from 15,000 to 62,500, after widespread criticism for extending Trump-era levels http://wapo.st/3xJd6GRhttps://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1389415760116781058?s=20/photo/1
// Part of Statue of Liberty poem by Emma Lazarus

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⭕ 29 Apr 2021

NYT: Firing of U.S. Ambassador Is at Center of Giuliani Investigation http://nyti.ms/333XUWK
// Prosecutors want to scrutinize Rudolph W. Giuliani’s communications with Ukrainian officials about the ouster of the ambassador, Marie L. Yovanovitch.

[T]he federal authorities were expected to scour the electronic devices for communications between Mr. Giuliani and Trump administration officials about the ambassador before she was recalled in April 2019, one of the people added.

The warrant also sought his communications with Ukrainian officials who had butted heads with Ms. Yovanovitch, including some of the same people who at the time were helping Mr. Giuliani seek damaging information about President Biden, who was then a candidate, and his family, the people said.

At issue for investigators is a key question: Did Mr. Giuliani go after Ms. Yovanovitch solely on behalf of Mr. Trump, who was his client at the time? Or was he also doing so on behalf of the Ukrainian officials, who wanted her removed for their own reasons?

Mr. Giuliani’s work to oust Ms. Yovanovitch was part of a larger effort to attack Joseph R. Biden Jr. and tie him to corruption in Ukraine, much of which played out in public.

But intelligence officials have long warned that Mr. Giuliani’s work in Ukraine had become ensnared with Russia’s efforts to spread disinformation about the Biden family to weaken Mr. Trump’s election rival.

The F.B.I. stepped up its warnings about Russian disinformation before the 2020 election, including giving a defensive briefing to Mr. Giuliani, cautioning him that some of the information he was pushing on the Biden family was tainted by Russian intelligence’s efforts to spread disinformation, according to a person briefed on the matter.

… Senior officials had warned Mr. Trump in late 2019 that Mr. Giuliani was pushing Russian disinformation, and the intelligence community had warned the American public that Moscow’s intelligence services were trying to hurt Mr. Biden’s election chances by spreading information about his family’s work in Ukraine.

⭕ 28 Apr 2021

📊 Politico: Biden beats Trump in poll of first 100 days by 12 points http://politi.co/3tCapns
// Biden’s overall approval rate was 60 percent, well above Trump’s 48 percent approaching 100 days in office.

NBCNews: Federal investigators search Rudy Giuliani’s NYC apartment http://nbcnews.to/3vpSjGv
// Prosecutors have been investigating Giuliani, who is former President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and a former mayor of New York, for his dealings in Ukraine.

🔆 This❗️⋙ NYT: Federal Investigators Search Rudy Giuliani’s Apartment and Office http://nyti.ms/2QwxjiI
// Prosecutors obtained the search warrants as part of an investigation into whether Mr. Giuliani broke lobbying laws as President Trump’s personal lawyer.

⭕ 27 Apr 2021

Politico: How Trump’s renewed election rhetoric is complicating Capitol rioters’ legal fight http://politi.co/3dUQWcS
// Judges are citing former President Donald Trump’s rhetoric on election fraud as they deny some accused Capitol rioters bail, saying there’s a risk they’ll commit violent acts in Trump’s name again.

WaPo: White House seeks to make massive boost to IRS enforcement centerpiece of new spending plan http://wapo.st/3xv2wmP
// Republicans have long sought to shrink the tax-collecting agency, but Biden aides believe hundreds of billions of dollars go uncollected each year.

WaPo: To lead ICE, Biden picks Texas sheriff who criticized Trump’s immigration policies http://wapo.st/3dUq8tg “Biden’s pick for ICE director is Harris County, Tex., Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, a veteran law enforcement officer who transformed the sheriff’s office in … Houston”

WaPo, Max Boot: Trump’s first 100 days were sheer craziness. Biden’s are sheer competence. http://wapo.st/3dXy3Gs Making competence cool again

⭕ 26 Apr 2021

WaPo, Aaron Blake: Kevin McCarthy’s bizarre attempt to rewrite the narrative of Jan. 6 http://wapo.st/2QsJMny

🐣 RT @axios Rep. Liz Cheney publicly broke from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, saying an independent commission should focus solely on the Capitol insurrection, not include other instances of political violence, like Black Lives Matter and Antifa protests.
⋙ Axios: Cheney: Congressional commission should narrowly review Capitol siege http://bit.ly/3aKvzJo

⭕ 25 Apr 2021

⭕ 24 Apr 2021

NYT, Frank Bruni: So Anthony Fauci Isn’t Perfect. He’s Closer Than Most of Us. http://nyti.ms/3gGbmbu “We owe him an immeasurable debt of gratitude, not the mind-boggling magnitude of grief that he gets”

⭕ 23 Apr 2021

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⭕ 20 Apr 2021

🐣 RT @lauragreenaura Some QAnon & far-right connections that bear further examination relate partly to Michael Flynn’s connections to the relatively obscure London Center for Policy Research.
⋙ DailyBeast, David Freedlander: The Creepily Influential Trumpist Foreign-Policy Think Tank You’ve Never Heard Of http://bit.ly/3vcvwOp
// Herb London used to be a fringey, failed conservative candidate in New York. Now he’s a fringey, successful guru who’s helping to shape U.S. foreign policy in the Trump era.

🐣 RT @tribelaw Chauvin might never see the light of freedom again. That would be just. But it wouldn’t be nearly enough. The SYSTEM that let him murder George Floyd must be changed. But for a bystander’s iPhone camera, Chauvin wd’ve gotten away with murder!

🐣 RT @davidaxelrod The thing that was so chilling about the George Floyd death scene was Chauvin’s defiant stare at horrified bystanders as he kneeled on Floyd’s neck. ¤ Today, a jury stared back. Chauvin stands convicted of murder. ¤ Justice was done.

🐣 It’s unthinkable to me that a ‘not guilty‘ verdict could be arrived at so quickly. But I’m not a lawyer. ¤ Praying for justice 🙏
// George Floyd; Derek Chauvin trial

WaPo: Judge jails two Proud Boys leaders pending trial tied to Jan. 6 Capitol riot http://wapo.st/2Qla7DR “[B]oth defendants are charged with ‘seeking to steal one of the crown jewels in our country . . . by interfering with the peaceful transfer of power.’”

A federal judge on Monday jailed two Proud Boys leaders pending trial in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, handing a victory to U.S. prosecutors in a closely watched conspiracy case accusing the pair of planning to disrupt Congress and leading as many as 60 others to impede police that day.

U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Kelly of Washington … ruled, “these defendants are alleged by their leadership and planning to have facilitated political violence on January 6th, even if they themselves did not carry a weapon or strike a blow.”

Calling the factual allegations “gravely serious,” Kelly said in an unusual two-hour-long reading of his decision from the bench that both defendants are charged with “seeking to steal one of the crown jewels in our country . . . by interfering with the peaceful transfer of power.” Kelly added that nothing short of jail could assure that they did not mobilize others to violate the law or threaten public safety.

⭕ 19 Apr 2021

🌎 WaPo, Alexandra Petri: We are the Anglo-Saxon caucus! Let us have maethlfrith! Let us have drihtinbeage! http://wapo.st/3aqCIOY The British Isles have seen waves and waves of immigration This map doesn’t even cover the Norman Invasion or the influence of Latin: https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1384558778473926657?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 Ironically, the Scots-Irish Americans who represent a significant segment the GOP base, were Gaelic speakers and were often at odds in with the Germanic “Anglo-Saxons” and the French

⭕ 18 Apr 2021

🐣 RT @Billbrowder This is very disturbing. Val Broeksmit, a source for various journalists and the FBI on alleged corruption at Deutsche Bank has gone missing in LA and hasn’t been seen since April 6th. Apparently his car was found running with the keys in the car.
⋙ 🐣 RT @rocco_castoro Val missing persons report attached below. ¤ It was filed with the INCORRECT date of Val’s disappearance. ¤ Once again: Deutsche Bank whistleblower VAL BROEKSMIT HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE APRIL 6. ¤ If you have info on Val’s disappearance, contact LAPD missing persons — details below. [Missing Person Report:] https://twitter.com/Billbrowder/status/1383728810483355653?s=20/photo/1
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @ScottMStedman .@BikiniRobotArmy is missing. I’ve worked with Val for almost 2 years now on matters about Deutsche Bank, where his father was a senior exec before committing suicide. Val’s car was found last week in LA without him. If you know anything please let me know. https://twitter.com/ScottMStedman/status/1381823464944758784?s=20/photo/1-2

WaPo: NSA official installed as Trump left office resigns after he was sidelined http://wapo.st/3x7EUo4

Michael Ellis, a former Republican political operative, resigned Friday as the National Security Agency’s top lawyer, having been sidelined for three months after President Biden took office. ¤ The NSA director, Gen. Paul Nakasone, had placed Ellis on administrative leave the day President Donald Trump left the White House — just as Ellis was taking up the position. The reasons: a pending Pentagon inspector general probe, an official told The Washington Post at the time, and a security inquiry into Ellis’s handling of classified information, according to a letter from Ellis’s attorney to Nakasone, a copy of which was obtained by The Post.

Nakasone had agreed to install Ellis as general counsel just days earlier under orders from Trump’s acting defense secretary. The role does not require Senate confirmation. … ¤ Ellis joined the Trump White House in early 2017, becoming a lawyer on the National Security Council. Before that, he was chief counsel to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), a staunch Trump supporter who at the time was chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

WaPo: Trump’s grip on GOP looms as support falters for independent probe of Capitol riot http://wapo.st/3dya0Od

Initial negotiations aimed at establishing an independent commission in the style of the panel that investigated the Sept. 11 attacks ran aground earlier this year after Republican leaders insisted that it scrutinize left-wing extremism — including the amorphous antifa movement that Trump and other conservatives have blamed for fomenting violence in D.C. and other cities — alongside the far-right and white nationalist groups suspected of having planned or encouraged the mayhem. Democrats resisted, accusing the GOP of trying to distract the public from the fact that extremist groups in the Republican base were responsible for the riot.

Many rank-and-file Republicans have been forced to walk a political tightrope, as a majority still believe the election was stolen from Trump. The former president still wields outsize influence in the GOP, which is presently the minority party in Washington but is within striking distance of making a comeback in 2022 — if leaders can hold their ranks together.

The pressure to prioritize a political win over accountability for the former president kept the vast majority of Republicans in both the House and Senate from endorsing impeachment charges against Trump accusing him of inciting the riot. The discrepancy was especially apparent in the Senate, where several Republicans — including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) — blamed Trump for the attack but refused to vote to convict him.

🐣 RT @mccaffreyr3 WOWSER! This is demonic. These are extremely dangerous and deluded people. Democrats need to gather people of goodwill to Biden leadership until a rational opposition party can be created. Many in GOP are pandering to these people or intimidated.
⋙ 🐣 RT @PatriotTakes Lin Wood stating Q is the truth and that the Clintons, the Obamas, the Bidens, and the Bushes are all involved in sex trafficking. 💽 https://twitter.com/mccaffreyr3/status/1383712195742105600?s=20/photo/1

⭕ 17 Apr 2021

🐣 RT @BillKristol Worst day for the Anglo-Saxons since 1066.
⋙ CNN: Marjorie Taylor Greene scraps planned launch of controversial ‘America First’ caucus amid blowback from GOP http://cnn.it/3gl8mRt

The reversal from her office comes a day after top House Republican Kevin McCarthy indirectly referenced the congresswoman’s new caucus, tweeting, “The Republican Party is the party of Lincoln & the party of more opportunity for all Americans—not nativist dog whistles.”
And GOP conference chair Liz Cheney, the No. 3 House Republican, responded to the reporting about the new caucus from Greene in a tweet.

“Republicans believe in equal opportunity, freedom, and justice for all. We teach our children the values of tolerance, decency and moral courage,” she wrote. “Racism, nativism, and anti-Semitism are evil. History teaches we all have an obligation to confront & reject such malicious hate.”

Embattled GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, who is under federal investigation over allegations involving sex trafficking and prostitution, tweeted Friday, “I’m proud to join @mtgreenee in the #AmericaFirst Caucus. We will end wars, stop illegal immigration & promote trade that is fair to American workers. This is just a hit piece from the America Last crowd in Big Media, Big Tech & Big Government.”

GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois said that he was “disgusted” following initial reports of the new caucus, and on Friday said that anyone who joins the caucus should have their committee assignments stripped and be expelled from Republican conference participation.
“While we can’t prevent someone from calling themselves Republican, we can loudly say they don’t belong to us,” he wrote on Twitter.

⋙⋙ Document via PunchbowlNews: “America First Caucus Policy Platform [pdf] http://bit.ly/3tv87qO 7p

⭕ 16 Apr 2021

🐣 RT @ChrisAlbertoLaw POTENTIALLY EXPLOSIVE! ¤ After AG Barr abandoned Trump’s authoritarian dreams, Kash Patel became Trump’s point man in a post-Nov 3rd effort to have Trump loyalists take over the Pentagon & US Intel. ¤ Now DOJ is investigating him. He knows a lot.
⋙ WaPo, David Ignatius: How Kash Patel rose from obscure Hill staffer to key operative in Trump’s battle with the intelligence community http://wapo.st/3afWOv4

In the Trump administration’s four-year battle with the intelligence community, a recurring character was a brash lawyer named Kashyap P. “Kash” Patel. He appeared so frequently, in so many incarnations, that he was almost a “Zelig” figure in President Donald Trump’s confrontation against what he imagined as the “deep state.”

Patel repeatedly pressed intelligence agencies to release secrets that, in his view, showed that the president was being persecuted unfairly by critics. Ironically, he is now facing Justice Department investigation for possible improper disclosure of classified information, according to two knowledgeable sources who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the probe. The sources said the investigation resulted from a complaint made this year by an intelligence agency, but wouldn’t provide additional details.

WaPo: Founding member of Oath Keepers enters first guilty plea in Jan. 6 Capitol breach http://wapo.st/32mszhG

A founding member of the Oath Keepers arrested in the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol pleaded guilty Friday and agreed to cooperate against others in the case — the first defendant to publicly flip in the sprawling domestic terrorism investigation that has led to charges against more than 410 people.

The plea comes exactly 100 days after Jon Ryan Schaffer and hundreds of other supporters of former president Donald Trump allegedly stormed the Capitol hoping to prevent Joe Biden from being confirmed as the next president. Prosecutors hope Schaffer’s plea spurs others to provide additional evidence in hopes of avoiding long prison sentences.

The plea marks a new stage in the historic investigation, as prosecutors seek to work up the chain of defendants to gather evidence and better understand the full scope of any planning and organizing of the violence — particularly among groups like the far-right Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys. Dozens of members from both groups appeared to act in concert to storm the building, prosecutors have alleged.

⭕ 15 Apr 2021

CNN, Chris Cillizza: The HUGE Russia 2016 election story you probably missed http://cnn.it/2QDC09N

Consider what we now know:

1. Russia interfered in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump and hurt Hillary Clinton because of a belief that the billionaire businessman would be better for the country’s interest than would the ex- Secretary of State.

2. The highest echelon of the Trump campaign – Manafort and Gates – passed along internal polling and strategy memos that found their way into the hands of the “Russian Intelligence Services.”

Now, that’s not to say that Manafort and Gates knew that Kilminik would (or did) hand over the information to Russian intelligence agencies. (Although given Kilimnik’s background as Russian-linked intelligence operative it probably wasn’t that big a leap of faith.) This also doesn’t mean Trump had any idea what they were doing.

But what it is to say is that proprietary data from Trump’s presidential campaign wound up in the possession of the intelligence service of a country that was seeking to actively interfere in an election to help the guy they thought would be better for them win. And it was that guy’s campaign who provided the data to them (whether wittingly or unwittingly)!

It’s long been true that Trump’s insistence that the investigation into Russia interference was a “hoax” has been without merit. Mueller, the US intelligence community and the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee all arrived at the same conclusion: Russia actively meddled in the 2016 election to help Trump and hurt Clinton. (Earlier this month, the US intelligence community released a report making it clear that Russia again meddled in the 2020 election, with the goal of “denigrating” Joe Biden’s chances and “supporting” Trump’s reelection.)

Mueller did not look for “collusion,” only proof of a criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. He said he didn’t find enough evidence to bring those charges. But this back-channeling of campaign information from Americans to Russians would seem to fit the layman’s definition of “collusion.”

💽 WaPo: 17 requests for backup in 78 minutes http://wapo.st/3ag6GFi
// A reconstruction shows how failures of planning and preparationleft police at the Capitol severely disadvantaged on Jan. 6

🐣 RT @danielsgoldman One note about Kilimnik that is not getting enough attention: this is almost certainly not information new to the US Government given that it happened almost 5 years ago. ¤ So did the Trump admin simply hide this intelligence from Mueller and SSCI?

🐣 RT @MarshallCohen Today the US government confirmed that there was a direct line in 2016 from Manafort –> Kilimnik –> Russian intelligence. Internal Trump campaign data was passed to the Russians. Here’s why that matters, all these years later. w/ @jeremyherb @b_fung
⋙ CNN: Six key takeaways from Biden’s Russia sanctions announcement http://cnn.it/2RF7nl2
● Sanctions are strongest US response to date to massive hack
● Flicking at collusion, all these years later
With one sentence in a 2,000-word press release, the Treasury Department perhaps did more to lay out the case for potential Trump-Russia collusion in the 2016 election than has happened before.
The Treasury statement confirmed that Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian-linked intelligence operative, provided Russian intelligence with “with sensitive information on polling and campaign strategy.” He got that inside information from Trump campaign officials.
● After criticism of Trump, no action on Russian bounties
● GOP knocks Biden for not issuing pipeline sanctions
● Foreign policy — and Russia — will keep Biden’s attention

🐣 RT @DeadlineWH “You now have a direct link of internal, sensitive data, that went form the Trump campaign through Paul Manafort to Konstantin Kilimnik to the Russians. And that was always Robert Mueller’s bet…” – @AWeissmann_ w/ @NicolleDWallace 💽 https://twitter.com/DeadlineWH/status/1382802702229508097?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @FrankFigliuzzi1 There was collusion with Russia:
⋙ 🧵 RT @Tom_Winter NEW: Konstantin Kilimnik, Paul Manafort’s former employee, has been sanctioned by the U.S. for his interference in the 2020 election namely that Kilimnik “sought to promote the narrative that Ukraine, not Russia, had interfered in the 2016” election. [Wanted Poster:] 📌 https://twitter.com/Tom_Winter/status/1382670244444045315?s=20/photo/1
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @Tom_Winter The FBI is offering a $250,000 for information leading to the arrest of Kilimnik. ¤ He is wanted on an indictment for obstruction of justice and has been designated as a Russian Intelligence Services agent.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @Tom_Winter Here’s a story detailing all of what was announced today on sanctions against Russia:
⋙⋙⋙ NBCNews: Biden calls for de-escalation with Russia following sanctions, proposes meeting with Putin http://nbcnews.to/
// President Joe Biden has characterized Russian President Vladimir Putin as a “killer” and said he would “pay the price” for a range of malicious activities Washington blames on Moscow.

🧵 RT @rgoodlaw Trump Campaign Chair Manafort gave sensitive polling data to his associate Kilimnik, Russian intel agent.
What did Kilimnik do with it?
● Mueller report 2019: Don’t know
● Senate report 2020: Don’t know
● Treasury Dep’t 2021: He passed polling data to Kremlin
📌 https://twitter.com/rgoodlaw/status/1382720042517794818?s=20

⋙ JustSecurity, Justin Hendrix: US Treasury Provides Missing Link: Manafort’s Partner Gave Campaign Polling Data to Kremlin in 2016 http://bit.ly/3e0KQqk

Kilimnik is, according to the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee report, a Russian Intelligence Services officer who became central to investigations of Russian interference in the 2016 election thanks to his close ties to Manafort, who served as Donald Trump’s campaign manager in 2016. After being indicted in 2018 on charges of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice related to his unregistered lobbying work on behalf of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, Kilimnik is now being targeted by Treasury for “having engaged in foreign interference in the U.S. 2020 presidential election.” The FBI is offering a reward of $250,000 for information related to his potential arrest. He is currently residing in Russia. 

The Treasury Department’s statement about Kilimnik and his role in the 2016 election definitively connects dots that previous investigations did not. 

The Mueller investigation uncovered that Manafort had directed his associate Rick Gates to provide Kilimnik with polling data repeatedly throughout the summer of 2016, but it was unable to conclude what Kilimnik did with that information afterward. The 448-page Mueller Report, released in a redacted version on April 18, 2019, stated:

Because of questions about Manafort’s credibility and our limited ability to gather evidence on what happened to the polling data after it was sent to Kilimnik, the Office could not assess what Kilimnik (or others he may have given it to) did with it. The Office did not identify evidence of a connection between Manafort’s sharing polling data and Russia’s interference in the election, which had already been reported by U.S. media outlets at the time of the August 2 meeting [between Manafort and Kilimnik]. 

The 966-page Senate Intelligence Committee report, for its part, stated that 

The Committee was unable to reliably determine why Manafort shared sensitive internal polling data or Campaign strategy with Kilimnik or with whom Kilimnik further shared that information. The Committee had limited insight into Kilimnik’s communications with Manafort and into Kilimnik’s communications with other individuals connected to Russian influence operations, all of whom used communications security practices. The Committee obtained some information suggesting Kilimnik may have been connected to the GRU’s hack and leak operation targeting the 2016 U.S. election.

The Committee report also stated: 

While the Committee obtained evidence revealing that Kilimnik shared with [Oleg] Deripaska other information passed on by Manafort–such as links to news articles–the Committee did not obtain records showing that Kilimnik passed on the polling data. However, the Committee has no records of, and extremely limited insight into, Kilimnik’ s communications [redacted]. As a result, this lack of documentary record is not dispositive.

The Treasury Department’s new statement raises questions about why this information is coming out now and why the Special Counsel’s office did not have access to it during its investigation. Was it not available then or did it exist but was not provided to
the Mueller team?

🐣 RT @brianklaas To summarize: Trump’s campaign chair and deputy campaign chair provided an internal strategy memo and private polling to a Russian agent who then passed it onto Russian intelligence agencies. The Kremlin then used that information to try to help Trump win the 2016 election.
🐣 RT @PeterStrzok Confirms our suspicions- ¤ Direct line from the campaign to Kilimnik to Russian intel. ¤ “During the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign, Kilimnik provided the Russian Intelligence Services with sensitive information on polling and campaign strategy.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @MacFinn44 The polling data (and probably #Kilimnik) was most likely taken out of US on Oleg Deripaska’s jet M-ALAY. It landed in New York on the night Manafort met Kilimnik in Grand Havana Club 8/2/16 and flew to Moscow a few hours later. [Flight map 8/3/2016:] https://twitter.com/MacFinn44/status/1382730432194699268?s=20/photo/1
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @MacFinn44 Deripaska’s M-ALAY flew on 8/5/16 from Moscow to Molde and returned to Moscow after a short landing. His M-UGIC flew from Montenegro to Molde on the same day and flew from Molde to Moscow on 8/7/16 (Deripaska, Sergei Prikhodko and Nastya Rybka in Molde). Some “coincidence”, eh?
// 8/3/2018
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @MacFinn44 Two days after Deripaska’s M-ALAY flew the polling data, and likely #Kilimnik, from New York to Moscow Deripaska met with Prikhodko on his yacht Elden in a bay near Molde. [Flight maps 8/5-7/2016]] https://twitter.com/MacFinn44/status/1382751387176603655?s=20/photo/1-3
// 8/3/2018

⋙⋙⋙⋙ Wikipedia: Sergei Eduardovich Prikhodko: “In February 2018, Alexei Navalny published a video alleging that Prikhodko had been receiving various bribes from Russian oligarch and dollar billionaire Oleg Deripaska, including prostitutes services as well as real estate valued at at least 1.5 billion rubles (some 25 million dollars).[6][7][8][9] Prikhodko himself denied the allegations, accusing Navalny of “mixing the facts” about his “friend” Deripaska, Donald Trump and Paul Manafort, while also voicing his wish to have a talk with Navalny as a “man with a man”.[10][11][12] A day after the video was published the Roskomnadzor added the video to the Federal List of Extremist Materials, thus making accessing the video illegal for all Russian citizens.[13][14] In the video known as Fishgate (Russian: «Рыбка-гейт»), Navalny explains the characters and setting for Nastya Rybka’s book Who Wants to Seduce a Billionaire (ISBN 978-5-699-93242-9): Ruslan Zolotov is Deripaska, Papa is Prikhodko, Vitya or Victor or V is Yevgeny Agarkov and the Rybka’s book setting of Greenland is actually Norway.[15][16][17] Rybka refers to Papa as Richelieu, or a Cardinal in the Kremlin who is the person actually responsible for Russia’s foreign policy during the governments of Boris Yeltsin, Vladimir Putin, and Dmitri Medvedev.[15]” http://bit.ly/3e8CUDy

🐣 RT @danielsgoldman I can’t wait for Trump and allies to apologize for falsely claiming that there was no collusion. Perhaps proving conspiracy is too difficult — sensitive intel often cannot be used in court and must prove PM’s knowledge/intent — but there is no longer any doubt about collusion.
⋙ 🐣 RT @MarshallCohen For the first time EVER, the US government said Russian agent Konstantin Kilimnik provided Russian intelligence agencies with the internal Trump campaign polling/strategy data he received from Manafort and Gates in 2016. Even Mueller didn’t go that far. https://twitter.com/MarshallCohen/status/1382705877719908361?s=20/photo/1
🔆 This❗️⋙ USDeptTreasury: Treasury Escalates Sanctions Against the Russian Government’s Attempts to Influence U.S. Elections http://bit.ly/2OSIZvf

WaPo: Biden administration imposes significant economic sanctions on Russia over cyberspying, efforts to influence presidential election http://wapo.st/3mNEDlH

The Biden administration on Thursday imposed the first significant sanctions targeting the Russian economy in several years in order to punish the Kremlin for a cyberespionage campaign against the United States and efforts to influence the presidential election, according to senior U.S. officials.

The administration also sanctioned six Russian companies that support Russian spy services’ cyberhacking operations and will expel 10 officials at the Russian embassy in Washington, most of them identified as intelligence officers working under diplomatic cover, U.S. officials said. The administration formally named the Russian intelligence service SVR as responsible for the hacking operation commonly known as SolarWinds.

The measures were taken under a new executive order and are an effort to make good on President Biden’s vow to hold Moscow accountable for a series of operations, including the election influence and the cyberhacks, that compromised nine federal agencies and about 100 private firms.

Biden, in remarks at the White House, said he had warned Russia during the campaign and after he took office that he would respond to hacking or election interference, but that the U.S action was measured.

The package includes sanctions on all debt Russia issues after June 14, barring U.S. financial institutions from buying government bonds directly from the Russian Central Bank, Russian National Wealth Fund and the Ministry of Finance. The action, experts said, will complicate Moscow’s ability to raise money in the international capital markets.

The European Union, Australia and Canada issued statements of support following the White House’s actions on SolarWinds, noting that European countries were also affected but they did not join in sanctions targeting Russia’s sovereign debt.

The new executive order focuses on Russian activities outside its borders and “is intended to signal to the Russian government that its destabilizing behavior is unacceptable and that the United States will impose economically impactful costs if it continues or escalates,” the senior official said.

The U.S. intelligence community last month issued a report concluding that Putin sought to sway the 2020 election in President Donald Trump’s favor by spreading misleading information about Biden.

In response, the Treasury Department is sanctioning a total of 32 entities and individuals involved in the influence campaign as well as other acts of disinformation. They include Konstantin Kilimnik, a Ukrainian-Russian who worked in Ukraine with Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. A U.S. senate panel last year concluded Kilimnik was a Russian intelligence officer, and Treasury on Thursday offered new details, saying that during the 2016 campaign, Kilimnik “provided Russian intelligence services” with sensitive information on polling and campaign strategy.

Treasury also sanctioned Russian disinformation sites including InfoRos, which calls itself a news agency but is primarily run by the GRU; and the Strategic Culture Foundation, an online journal controlled by the SVR that Treasury said promoted false narratives in the 2020 election and tried to obscure its Russian origins.

⭕ 14 Apr 2021

NYT: Biden Administration to Impose Tough Sanctions on Russia http://nyti.ms/3e2Wwc1
// Administration officials were determined to draft a response that would impose real costs on Moscow, as many previous rounds of sanctions have been shrugged off.

WaPo, James Hohman: Republicans will keep up the craziness until they pay a real price http://wapo.st/3wXay7O “The inmates now run the asylum”

🐣 RT @Kasparov63 Sad commentary on the state of the GOP when we are obliged to applaud the rare member who will say publicly not to drink poison, because that is what Trump is.
⋙ 🐣 RT @MaxBoot Kudos to @Liz_Cheney! Few GOP politicians are brave enough to say this.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @Acyn Question: If Donald Trump were the 2024 nominee, would you support him? ¤ Liz Cheney: I would not [Fox:] 💽 https://twitter.com/Acyn/status/1382428244331307011?s=20/photo/1

CNN: US intelligence community warns of devastating long-term impact of coronavirus pandemic http://cnn.it/3siCOyf
// See also Report from 4/13/2021

The fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic is poised to fracture societies worldwide, increase instability across the globe and reshape political and economic realities for years to come, the US intelligence community warned in a stark report laying out the top security concerns facing the country.

“The economic fallout from the pandemic is likely to create or worsen instability in at least a few—and perhaps many—countries, as people grow more desperate in the face of interlocking pressures that include sustained economic downturns, job losses, and disrupted supply chains,” the report warns.

The report, known as the Annual Threat Assessment, is typically made public annually. But bitter wrangling between the Trump administration and Congress kept the 2020 report locked away, making Tuesday’s release among the first public glimpses into the intelligence community’s assessment of the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. It also offers grim warnings about Russian and Chinese covert influence operations, and an early insight into Iran’s nuclear ambitions since President Joe Biden took office as he attempts to renegotiate an updated version of the 2015 nuclear deal that former President Donald Trump exited in 2018.

The report also issues an unequivocal warning on Russian activity, saying that Moscow “presents one of the most serious intelligence threats to the United States.” It confirmes influence operations targeting the 2020 election, noting that Moscow “almost certainly views US elections as an opportunity to try to undermine US global standing, sow discord inside the United States, influence US decision-making, and sway US voters.”

That this conclusion appeared in an annual threat assessment without fanfare demonstrates an immediate departure from the battle over public intelligence assessments under the Trump administration, when officials faced inevitable blowback from Trump whenever they made information about Russian election interference public.

China, intelligence leaders warn, also “presents a growing influence threat” in the United States — an assertion that may give some political cover to former Trump administration appointees who sought to portray China as the bigger counterintelligence threat during the 2020 election. Declassified documents later showed that China “considered but did not deploy influence efforts intended to change the outcome of the U.S. Presidential election.”

[White supremacists have been responsible “for at least 26 lethal attacks that killed more than 141 people and for dozens of disrupted plots in the West since 2015,” the report says.

“While these extremists often see themselves as part of a broader global movement, most attacks have been carried out by individuals or small, independent cells,” it adds. “Australia, Germany, Norway, and the United Kingdom consider white racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists, including Neo-Nazi groups, to be the fastest growing terrorist threat they face.”

[Separately:] Last month, CNN reported that the summary of a new joint US intelligence assessment said “narratives of fraud in the recent general election” and “the emboldening impact of the violent breach of the US Capitol” will “almost certainly” spur domestic extremists to try to engage in additional acts of violence this year.

That summary was released on the same day that DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told lawmakers domestic violent extremism is the “greatest threat” to the US — a clear reminder that federal officials remain very concerned about the potential for more violence in the coming months.

“Newer sociopolitical developments — such as narratives of fraud in the recent general election, the emboldening impact of the violent breach of the US Capitol, conditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and conspiracy theories promoting violence — will almost certainly spur some (domestic violent extremists) to try to engage in violence this year,” the unclassified summary says.

🐣 RT @FinancialTimes In less than 24 hours during a lonely pandemic lockdown, Leila Hay, a student from northern England, became a supporter of QAnon. ¤ Although its main focus has been the US, the conspiracy theory has drawn in millions of supporters in dozens of countries
⋙ FT: Quitting QAnon: why it is so difficult to leave a conspiracy theory http://on.ft.com/3e4nIHg
// Although its prophecies have proven to be false, the pro-Trump movement remains popular around the world

NYT: Hundreds of Companies Unite to Oppose Voting Limits, but Others Abstain http://nyti.ms/3si6gEi Who didn’t sign? It’s complicated. Some issued separate statements. Some CEOs expressed support personally. A list of signers will appear the @nytimes Wednesday
// Amazon, Google, G.M. and Starbucks were among those joining the biggest show of solidarity by businesses over legislation in numerous states.

⭕ 13 Apr 2021

📔 🔆 This❗️⋙ ODNI: 2021 Annual Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community http://bit.ly/2ONACB9 DNI Avril Haines, in coordination with Intelligence Community leaders, released to Congress an unclassified annual report of worldwide threats to the US
⋙ Report: [pdf] http://bit.ly/3x2NvZt 27p

In the coming year, the United States and its allies will face a diverse array of threats that are playing out amidst the global disruption resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and against the backdrop of great power competition, the disruptive effects of ecological degradation and a changing climate, an increasing number of empowered non-state actors, and rapidly evolving technology. The complexity of the threats, their intersections, and the potential for cascading events in an increasingly interconnected and mobile world create new challenges for the IC. Ecological and climate changes, for example, are connected to public health risks, humanitarian concerns, social and political instability, and geopolitical rivalry. The 2021 Annual Threat Assessment highlights some of those connections as it provides the IC’s baseline assessments of the most pressing threats to US national interests, while emphasizing the United States’ key adversaries and competitors. It is not an exhaustive assessment of all global challenges and notably excludes assessments of US adversaries’ vulnerabilities. It accounts for functional concerns, such as weapons of mass destruction and technology, primarily in the sections on threat actors, such as China and Russia.

Beijing, Moscow, Tehran, and Pyongyang have demonstrated the capability and intent to advance their interests at the expense of the United States and its allies, despite the pandemic. China increasingly is a near-peer competitor, challenging the United States in multiple arenas—especially economically, militarily, and technologically—and is pushing to change global norms. Russia is pushing back against Washington where it can globally, employing techniques up to and including the use of force. Iran will remain a regional menace with broader malign influence activities, and North Korea will be a disruptive player on the regional and world stages. Major adversaries and competitors are enhancing and exercising their military, cyber, and other capabilities, raising the risks to US and allied forces, weakening our conventional deterrence, and worsening the longstanding threat from weapons of mass destruction.

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to strain governments and societies, fueling humanitarian and economic crises, political unrest, and geopolitical competition as countries, such as China and Russia, seek advantage through such avenues as “vaccine diplomacy.” No country has been completely spared, and even when a vaccine is widely distributed globally, the economic and political aftershocks will be felt for years. Countries with high debts or that depend on oil exports, tourism, or remittances face particularly challenging recoveries, while others will turn inward or be distracted by other challenges.

Ecological degradation and a changing climate will continue to fuel disease outbreaks, threaten food and water security, and exacerbate political instability and humanitarian crises. Although much of the effect of a changing climate on US security will play out indirectly in a broader political and economic context, warmer weather can generate direct, immediate impacts—for example, through more intense storms, flooding, and permafrost melting. This year we will see increasing potential for surges in migration by Central American populations, which are reeling from the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic and extreme weather, including multiple hurricanes in 2020 and several years of recurring droughts and storms.

The scourge of illicit drugs and transnational organized crime will continue to take its toll on American lives, prosperity, and safety. Major narcotics trafficking groups have adapted to the pandemic’s challenges to maintain their deadly trade, as have other transnational criminal organizations.

Emerging and disruptive technologies, as well as the proliferation and permeation of technology in all aspects of our lives, pose unique challenges. Cyber capabilities, to illustrate, are demonstrably intertwined with threats to our infrastructure and to the foreign malign influence threats against our democracy.

ISIS, al-Qa‘ida, and Iran and its militant allies continue to plot terrorist attacks against US persons and interests, including to varying degrees in the United States. Despite leadership losses, terrorist groups have shown great resiliency and are taking advantage of ungoverned areas to rebuild.

Regional conflicts continue to fuel humanitarian crises, undermine stability, and threaten US persons and interests. Some have direct implications for US security. For example, the fighting in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria has direct bearing on US forces, while tensions between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan remain a concern for the world. The iterative violence between Israel and Iran, the activity of foreign powers in Libya, and conflicts in other areas—including Africa, Asia, and the Middle East—have the potential to escalate or spread.
The 2021 Annual Threat Assessment Report supports the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s transparency commitments and the tradition of providing regular threat updates to the American public and the United States Congress. The IC is vigilant in monitoring and assessing direct and indirect threats to US and allied interests. As part of this ongoing effort, the IC’s National Intelligence Officers work closely with analysts from across the IC to examine the spectrum of threats and highlight the most likely and/or impactful near-term risks in the context of the longer-term, overarching threat environment.

Page 24: Racially or Ethnically Motivated Violent Extremists
DVEs [Domestic Violent Extremists] motivated by a range of ideologies that are not connected to or inspired by jihadi terrorist organizations like al-Qa‘ida and ISIS pose an elevated threat to the United States. This diverse set of extremists reflects an increasingly complex threat landscape, including racially or ethnically motivated threats and antigovernment or antiauthority threats.

Of these, violent extremists who espouse an often overlapping mix of white supremacist, neo-Nazi, and exclusionary cultural-nationalist beliefs have the most persistent transnational connections via often loose online communities to like-minded individuals and groups in the West. The threat from this diffuse movement has ebbed and flowed for decades but has increased since 2015.

● Violent extremists who promote the superiority of the white race have been responsible for at least 26 lethal attacks that killed more than 141 people and for dozens of disrupted plots in the West since 2015. While these extremists often see themselves as part of a broader global movement, most attacks have been carried out by individuals or small, independent cells.

● Australia, Germany, Norway, and the United Kingdom consider white racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists, including Neo-Nazi groups, to be the fastest growing terrorist threat they face.

● Both these and other DVEs, such as antigovernment or antiauthority extremists, are motivated and inspired by a mix of ideological, sociopolitical, and personal grievances against their targets, which have increasingly included large public gatherings, houses of worship, law enforcement and government facilities, and retail locations. Lone actors, who by definition are not likely to conspire with others regarding their plans, are increasingly choosing soft, familiar targets for their attacks, limiting law enforcement opportunities for detection and disruption.

🧵 RT @OlgaNYC1211 I feel like I have to constantly post this reminder and it’s frustrating. There are no two sides to Russia’s escalation and threats towards Ukraine. Russia invaded Ukraine 7 years ago and has been occupying parts of Ukraine and waging daily war resulting in over 14,000 deaths 📌 https://twitter.com/OlgaNYC1211/status/1382176684963684352?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @OlgaNYC1211 There is no conflict, no civil war. Just Russia’s increasing aggression and threats of further invasion which threatens Ukraine and the West. Also Russia has been using Ukraine as testing grounds for all the hellish tactics they have unleashed on the West including America.
⋙ 🐣 RT @OlgaNYC1211 Ukraine has zero desire to invade or attack Russia and poses absolutely no threat. They recently have been moving military on their sovereign territory to defend themselves in case of an attack. Not sure why this bothsidesism keeps appearing by people discussing what is happening

🐣 RT @starsandstripes NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg expressed the Western military alliance’s “unwavering” support for Ukraine and warned Moscow on Tuesday not to push its troop buildup along Russia’s border with the neighboring country.
⋙ Stars&Stripes: NATO, US vow support for Ukraine, warn Russia on troops http://bit.ly/3uMtRP7

NYT: Capitol Police Told to Hold Back on Riot Response on Jan. 6, Report Finds http://nyti.ms/3sjcNyC “In a 104-page document, the inspector general, Michael A. Bolton, criticized the way the Capitol Police prepared for and responded to the mob violence”
// Despite being tipped that “Congress itself is the target” on Jan. 6, Capitol Police were ordered not to use their most powerful crowd-control weapons, according to a scathing new watchdog report.

The Capitol Police had clearer advance warnings about the Jan. 6 attack than were previously known, including the potential for violence in which “Congress itself is the target.” But officers were instructed by their leaders not to use their most aggressive tactics to hold off the mob, according to a scathing new report by the agency’s internal investigator.

In a 104-page document, the inspector general, Michael A. Bolton, criticized the way the Capitol Police prepared for and responded to the mob violence on Jan. 6. … ¤ Mr. Bolton found that the agency’s leaders failed to adequately prepare despite explicit warnings that pro-Trump extremists posed a threat to law enforcement and civilians and that the police used defective protective equipment. He also found that the leaders ordered their Civil Disturbance Unit to refrain from using its most powerful crowd-control tools — like stun grenades — to put down the onslaught.

The report offers the most devastating account to date of the lapses and miscalculations around the most violent attack on the Capitol in two centuries.

Three days before the siege, a Capitol Police intelligence assessment warned of violence from supporters of President Donald J. Trump who believed his false claims that the election had been stolen. Some had even posted a map of the Capitol complex’s tunnel system on pro-Trump message boards.

“Unlike previous postelection protests, the targets of the pro-Trump supporters are not necessarily the counterprotesters as they were previously, but rather Congress itself is the target on the 6th,” the threat assessment said, according to the inspector general’s report. “Stop the Steal’s propensity to attract white supremacists, militia members, and others who actively promote violence may lead to a significantly dangerous situation for law enforcement and the general public alike.”

But on Jan. 5, the agency wrote in a plan for the protest that there were “no specific known threats related to the joint session of Congress.” And the former chief of the Capitol Police has testified that the force had determined that the likelihood of violence was “improbable.”

Mr. Bolton concluded such intelligence breakdowns stemmed from dysfunction within the agency and called for “guidance that clearly documents channels for efficiently and effectively disseminating intelligence information to all of its personnel.”

That failure conspired with other lapses inside the Capitol Police force to create a dangerous situation on Jan. 6, according to his account. The agency’s Civil Disturbance Unit, which specializes in handling large groups of protesters, was not allowed to use some of its most powerful tools and techniques against the crowd, on the orders of supervisors.

“Heavier, less-lethal weapons,” including stun grenades, “were not used that day because of orders from leadership,” Mr. Bolton wrote. Officials on duty on Jan. 6 told him that such equipment could have helped the police to “push back the rioters.”

Since the Jan. 6 attack, Congress has undertaken a series of security reviews about what went wrong. The three top security officials in charge that day resigned in disgrace, and they have since deflected responsibility for the intelligence failures, blaming other agencies, each other and at one point even a subordinate for the breakdowns that allowed hundreds of Trump supporters to storm the Capitol.

But the inspector general report makes clear that the agency had received some warnings about how Mr. Trump’s extremist supporters were growing increasingly desperate as he promoted lies about election theft.

“Supporters of the current president see Jan. 6, 2021, as the last opportunity to overturn the results of the presidential election,” said the assessment three days before the riot. “This sense of desperation and disappointment may lead to more of an incentive to become violent.”

The Department of Homeland Security warned the Capitol Police on Dec. 21 of comments on a pro-Trump website promoting attacks on members of Congress with a map of the tunnel system, according to the inspector general’s findings. ¤ “Several comments promote confronting members of Congress and carrying firearms during the protest,” a Capitol Police analyst wrote.

Among the comments reported to the Capitol Police: “Bring guns. It’s now or never,” and, “We can’t give them a choice. Overwhelming armed numbers is our only chance.”

On Jan. 5, the F.B.I.’s Norfolk field office, in Virginia, relayed another threat from an anonymous social media thread that warned of a looming war at the Capitol. ¤ “Be ready to fight. Congress needs to hear glass breaking, doors being kicked in, and blood from their BLM and Pantifa slave soldiers being spilled,” the message read. “Get violent … stop calling this a march, or rally, or a protest. Go there ready for war. We get our President or we die. NOTHING else will achieve this goal.”

WaPo, Aaron Blake: Inside Trump’s private, revisionist, grievance-laden speech to the RNC http://wapo.st/3uHHlM0

NYT: U.S. to Increase Military Presence in Germany http://nyti.ms/3s9H2rH Reverses Trump’s planned pull-back and adds 500 troops to “create more space, more cyber and more electronic warfare capabilities in Europe,” per Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III
// Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III, on a visit to Germany, announced an addition of 500 personnel to strengthen deterrence and defenses in Europe.

⭕ 12 Apr 2021

NYT: Defying Republicans, Big Companies Keep the Focus on Voting Rights http://nyti.ms/3dd1VOA “Beyond making statements, business leaders are weighing what actions they can take to influence the policy decisions made by Republican lawmakers”
// A coalition of law firms has joined business leaders in wanting to use their clout to oppose state legislation that would make it harder to vote.

WaPo: Biden faces pressure from Pelosi, Sanders over whether to double down on Obamacare or expand Medicare http://wapo.st/3ddXYcE Why not make pandemic changes to ACA permanent AND let 55yo✛ Opt In to a Public Option that = Medicare? PayFor: ⇈ cap on withholding @SenSanders
// House Democratic leadership and Sen. Bernie Sanders split as Biden administration sculpts next package

📋 🔆 This❗️⋙ TheAtlantic, Adam Jentleson: How to Stop the Minority-Rule Doom Loop http://bit.ly/3tcAie0 “After 1888 until 2000, every president who won the White House won both the popular vote and the Electoral College.” Not anymore.
// The next two years might be America’s last chance to protect the basic democratic principle of majority rule.

President Joe Biden came into office facing four “converging crises”: COVID-19, climate change, racial justice, and the economy. But after a few weeks of fast action on a pandemic relief plan, a fifth crisis will determine the fate of the rest of his administration, and perhaps that of American democracy itself: the minority-rule doom loop, by which predominantly white conservatives gain more and more power, even as they represent fewer Americans.

The doom loop consists of four interlocking components. Candidates who represent white conservatives—Republicans, in our ideologically sorted era—begin every election cycle buoyed by a sluice of voter suppression and gerrymandering (what I call electoral welfare), which makes it easier for them to win. Then antidemocratic features of the American system that have always existed but never benefited one party over the other in any systematic way help those same candidates take control of institutions such as the White House and the Senate, despite winning fewer votes and representing fewer people than their opponents. Once in control of these institutions, these newly elected officials use them to entrench their power beyond the reach of voters. If they are eventually voted out of power, they retain a veto over the agenda of the majority, which they use to block change and feed the conservative case that the government is “broken.” This hastens their return to power—along the very path they greased with voter suppression.

The net effect of this doom loop is a growing divergence between the agenda of the government and the will of the governed, an untenable dynamic in any democracy. With Democratic control of Congress hanging by a handful of seats, the next two years might be the country’s last chance to stop this cycle.

TheBulwark, Tim Miller: The Insurrection Is the Message. And Republicans Are All Still Onboard. http://bit.ly/32a7iry “Trump once again clarified—for anyone who had lingering doubts—that he did, in fact, want the election to be overturned”
// Inside the Republican donor retreat.

The panoply of GOP elites once again made the pilgrimage to one of God-King Trump’s holy sites, choosing Trump International Palm Beach to host their spring donor confab rather than retreating to literally any other high-end club which would’ve brought the dual benefits of (1) not being owned by a failed insurrectionist and (2) serving rock-hard steaks with a side of ketchup. 

Look, I don’t want to torment you with gratuitous reading about the details of the RumpRoast Master of Palm Beach’s unemployment routine, but here’s the deal: When the party’s entire leadership reaffirms their captivity to a man who attempted to overturn our democracy, it merits being called out with specificity. And that’s what happened Saturday night in South Florida. 

The Republican party wants all of us to forget what happened in the lead-up to January 6. Kevin McCarthy said recently that his vote to overturn the election “wasn’t to overturn an election” because it wasn’t really going to happen . . . or something.

Well on Saturday, at an event that also featured such top Republicans as Ron DeSantis, Marco Rubio, Rick Scott, Kristi Noem, Tom Cotton, and McCarthy, Trump once again clarified—for anyone who had lingering doubts—that he did, in fact, want the election to be overturned.

Trump once again stated specifically that he wanted Mike Pence to have “the courage” to not certify the election, for the purpose of keeping Trump in the White House.

⋙ 🐣 RT @jdawsey1 “I wish that Mike Pence had the courage to send it back to the legislatures… I like him so much. I was so disappointed,” Trump said. Most of the speech was about the election.

Now you might think that a former president declaring that he was disappointed that his sincere effort to become an unelected autocrat would get some pushback from attendees. That people with live political careers—people who currently hold elective office and are due to face voters soon—might see some benefit to distancing themselves from the most direct assault on our democracy undertaken by a president in the postwar era. ¤ Crickets.

And while all of the elected officials who are asking voters to entrust them with their judgment were silent in the face of Trump’s continued anti-democratic assault, there was one group that spoke out . . . some of the Republican donors in attendance.

Well, they didn’t speak out exactly. They whispered. On background. To Politico. (What journalistic purpose is being served by granting donors anonymity exactly?) ¤ These donors thought the speech had been a bit “dour” and “negative.” ¤ Donald Trump, negative? You don’t say!

Trump’s anti-democratic fight continues, and DeSantis was there with him on Saturday as he made his intentions explicit and attacked Mitch McConnell, Mike Pence, and others who didn’t stick with him the whole way like the Florida governor did.

DeSantis might think that he can argue sometime in the future that the “fight” he was pushing was something other than an insurrection that resulted in a deadly siege of the Capitol. But Donald Trump continues to publicly disabuse him of that notion every time he opens his mouth. And DeSantis and the rest merely smile and applaud. ¤ Then and now, insurrection was the message. ¤ They are all on board. ¤ We are not. And we will never stop calling them out.

🐣 RT @Acyn Psaki response on Cornyn: I can confirm that the President of the United States does not spend his time tweeting conspiracy theories. He spends his time working on behalf of the American people.

🐣 RT @TheRickWilson No, it begs the question, “Was Trump a corrupt, manic narcissist driven to scrape the bottom of every barrel of attention and who lacked an ability to focus on the work of being President?”
⋙ 🐣 RT @JohnCornyn The president is not doing cable news interviews. Tweets from his account are limited and, when they come, unimaginably conventional. The public comments are largely scripted. Biden has opted for fewer sit down interviews with mainstream outlets and reporters.
⋙ 🐣 RT @JohnCornyn Invites the question: is he really in charge?

◕ WaPo: The rise of domestic extremism in America http://wapo.st/3dZL1lw “Since 2015, right-wing extremists have been involved in 267 plots or attacks and 91 fatalities … [A]ttacks and plots ascribed to far-left views accounted for 66 incidents leading to 19 deaths” ● https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1381639908935278598?s=20/photo/1
// Source: Center for Strategic and International Studies: Data shows a surge in homegrown attacks not seen in a quarter-century; chart is from CSIS report
⋙ New report on domestic extremism: Deaths since 2015: 83% rightwing, 17% leftwing

Domestic terrorism incidents have soared to new highs in the United States, driven chiefly by white-supremacist, anti-Muslim and anti-government extremists on the far right, according to a Washington Post analysis of data compiled by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

The surge reflects a growing threat from homegrown terrorism not seen in a quarter-century, with right-wing extremist attacks and plots greatly eclipsing those from the far left and causing more deaths, the analysis shows. ¤ The number of all domestic terrorism incidents in the data peaked in 2020.

Since 2015, right-wing extremists have been involved in 267 plots or attacks and 91 fatalities, the data shows. At the same time, attacks and plots ascribed to far-left views accounted for 66 incidents leading to 19 deaths.

“What is most concerning is that the number of domestic terror plots and attacks are at the highest they have been in decades,” said Seth Jones, director of the database project at CSIS, a nonpartisan Washington-based nonprofit that specializes in national security issues. “It’s so important for Americans to understand the gravity of the threat before it gets worse.”

More than a quarter of right-wing incidents and just under half of the deaths in those incidents were caused by people who showed support for white supremacy or claimed to belong to groups espousing that ideology, the analysis shows.

Victims of all incidents in recent years represent a broad cross-section of American society, including Blacks, Jews, immigrants, LGBTQ individuals, Asians and other people of color who have been attacked by right-wing extremists wielding vehicles, guns, knives and fists.

Dozens of religious institutions — including mosques, synagogues and Black churches — as well as abortion clinics and government buildings, have been threatened, burned, bombed and hit with gunfire over the past six years.

Left-wing attacks reached 25 in 2020. Those incidents include multiple attempts by extremists to derail trains to hinder oil pipeline construction and at least seven incidents in which police and their facilities were targeted with guns, firebombs and graffiti. The incidents included the burning of a Minneapolis police precinct during protests over the death of George Floyd.

In August, a supporter of President Donald Trump was shot dead in Portland, Ore., by a suspected gunman who was a self-described antifa supporter. That killing was the only death last year attributed to far-left violence, the data shows. There were two deaths attributed to far-right attacks. …

Data released by the CSIS on Monday includes the Jan. 6 breach of the Capitol as one of 11 far-right terrorism incidents that month — the most for any January in the database. The new report highlights more involvement in far-right attacks and plots by military service members, veterans and current and former police officers, some of whom participated in the riot at the Capitol.

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📔◕ CSIS: The Military, Police, and the Rise of Terrorism in the United States http://bit.ly/3fYMLyi
⋙ PDF: http://bit.ly/3mMMrnB 15p

WaPo: How the corporate backlash to Georgia’s new voting law is shaping other fights around the country over access to the polls http://wapo.st/3mH1Zte “Voting access now looms as one of the defining battles between the parties as they prepare for the 2022 midterms”

WaPo: ADL demands Fox News fire Tucker Carlson over anti-Semitic trope: ‘This has deadly significance’ http://wapo.st/3a6AJiF Jonathan A. Greenblatt, Director of the Anti-Defamation League, slammed Carlson and the Murdochs: “Tucker has to go”
// Anti-Defamation League; “white replacement theory”

Last week on Fox News, Tucker Carlson argued that immigration to the United States would “dilute the political power” of Americans in a segment that also referenced “white replacement theory” — a discriminatory trope, often weaponized by white nationalists, suggesting that people of color are “replacing” White Americans.

The segment left the Anti-Defamation League urging Fox News to fire Carlson for his “open-ended endorsement of white supremacist ideology,” the first time the group has made such a demand, according to the Associated Press.

On Sunday, Jonathan A. Greenblatt, chief executive and national director of the ADL, repeated those demands on CNN, slamming Carlson for his remarks and condemning the network’s owners, the Murdoch family, for not immediately taking action. ¤

“I think we’ve really crossed a new threshold when a major news network dismisses this or pretends like it isn’t important,” Greenblatt told to CNN’s Brian Stelter. “This has deadly significance.” ¤ “Tucker has got to go,” he added.

Carlson then referenced the racist theory by name, dismissing it as the motivation for his remarks. ¤ “Everyone wants to make a racial issue out of it. Oh, you know, the white replacement theory? No, no, no,” he said. “I have less political power because they are importing a brand new electorate. Why should I sit back and take that?”

… The theory has evolved into a bogus notion that a cabal of elite Jews are plotting to replace White populations with immigrants, Muslims and Black and Brown people, according to the ADL. ¤ The theory has been employed by far-right groups and mass killers. In 2017 hundreds of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members marched through the streets of Charlottesville, chanting, “Jews will not replace us.” The man responsible for the 2019 massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 51 people at two mosques, cited the theory, as did the gunman who killed 20 people, seven of them Mexicans, at a Walmart in El Paso.

⭕ 11 Apr 2021

🐣 RT @Strandjunker 1923: Hitler’s failed coup.
No real consequences.
No fundamental changes.
1933: Hitler takes power.
I wish I could implant this into everyone’s brain.

🐣 RT @FPWellman January 6th didn’t just happen. Trump lied over and over to build up the anger and encourage his followers to violence. Friday is 100 days since the Capitol Insurrection. We aren’t forgetting. Follow @ProjectLincoln all week as we remember that fateful day. #Jan6NeverAgain
⋙ 🐣 RT @LincolnProject This Friday marks 100 days since the attack on our Capitol. It all started with #TheBigLie. #Jan6NeverForget #100DaysSince 💽 https://twitter.com/FPWellman/status/1381383276707872768?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @atrupar Liz Cheney on Trump’s continued embrace of insurrection: “The former president is using the same language that he knows provoked violence on Jan. 6. As a party, we need to be focused on the future. We need to be focused on embracing the Constitution, not embracing insurrection.” [Face The Nation]

WaPo: More than 100 corporate executives hold call to discuss halting donations and investments to fight controversial voting bills http://wapo.st/3uIGElP “Many of the corporate leaders who joined the call seemed to view the voting restrictions as attacks on democracy”

🐣 RT @Anthony WSJ EXCLUSIVE: Dozens of CEOs and other senior leaders from America’s biggest companies gathered on Zoom this weekend to plot how to fight what they see as voter suppression efforts under way in Texas and other states
⋙ WSJ: CEOs Plan New Push on Voting Legislation http://on.wsj.com/3dVBgoI “The new statement could come early this week, the people said, and would build on one that 72 Black executives signed last month in the wake of changes to Georgia’s voting laws”
// Companies from PayPal to AMC have signaled they will support joining effort for voter access, people say

⏳ AP: ‘Clear the Capitol,’ Pence pleaded, timeline of riot shows http://bit.ly/3tbayyy

TheGuardian, Jon Ronson: Making sense of conspiracy theorists as the world gets more bizarre http://bit.ly/2PSO3QK “64% of [Facebook] users who joined extremist groups were enticed to do so by clicking on the ‘Groups you should join’ and ‘Discover’ buttons”
// It is 20 years since Jon Ronson wrote Them, his eye-popping investigation into conspiracy theorists. Now, in a world awash with tales of paedophile elites and puppet masters, is he any closer to understanding it all?

⭕ 10 Apr 2021

🐣 RT @NoahBookbinder At a RNC event at Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump restated the lie that he won the election and bragged about the crowd at the rally that preceded the insurrection. By giving him business and a forum for this dangerous rhetoric, the RNC is endorsing insurrection.
💙 ⋙ WaPo: Trump slashes at McConnell as he reiterates election falsehoods at Republican event http://wapo.st/3uNZpV8

DailyBeast/AP: Pence Begged Military to ‘Clear the Capitol’ During Jan. 6 Riot, New Docs Show http://bit.ly/3mDgePD

A new document obtained by the Associated Press reveals more details about the timeline of law enforcement responses to the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. The document, which does not appear to have been provided to congressional investigators for their public hearings in February, highlights how President Donald Trump took no steps to contain the chaos. It says Vice President Mike Pence made a phone call around 4 p.m. to the acting defense secretary, saying that the Capitol was not protected and asking that the military “clear the Capitol.” By this point, however, it had been two hours since rioters breached the building, injuring scores of police officers. And it would be another hour before defense officials approved a National Guard deployment.

Additionally, days before Jan. 6, government officials met to discuss the use of the National Guard, but said they’d only be called if the crowd exceeded 20,000. There was an hours-long delay in deploying the military on Jan. 6, leaving lawmakers, congressional staff and outnumbered police to largely fend for themselves.

🐣 RT @maggieNYT Trump rant on McConnell at RNC was brutal, per attendee. He took credit for Mr. McConnell’s margin of win. “Did he ever say thank you to me? No. I hired his wife. Did he ever say thank you to me? No.” He said he feels “sorry” for her, said, “She’s suffered so greatly.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @maggieNYT “A real leader” would not have accepted the results of the 2020 election, Trump said of McConnell, per attendee.
⋙ 🐣 RT @maggieNYT Trump continues attacking Mike Pence, whose life was in danger from Trump supporters on Jan. 6, saying he should have had “the courage” to refuse to certify the results.

⏳ AP: ‘Clear the Capitol,’ Pence pleaded, timeline of riot shows http://bit.ly/3tbayyy

📋 NYT, Anton Troianovski: ‘You Can’t Trust Anyone’: Russia’s Hidden Covid Toll Is an Open Secret http://nyti.ms/3dRqY99 “The country’s official coronavirus death toll is 102,649. But at least 300,000 more people died last year … than were reported in Russia’s most widely cited official statistics” ● https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1381081748000407555?s=20/photo/1

🌎 WaPo: On Ukraine’s doorstep, Russia boosts military and sends message of regional clout to Biden http://wapo.st/323xl3x “Russia’s sudden military surge appears to be more about sending messages than launching a fresh offensive, analysts said” ● https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1381066342606995456?s=20/photo/1
// Russia’s moves are seen more as a statement of resolve than as a prelude to an offensive.

⭕ 9 Apr 2021

💙❤️ ★ ScienceMag, Anthony Fauci: The story behind COVID-19 vaccines http://bit.ly/2QoXCXu

TPM (4/9): Prosecutors Detail Oathkeepers’ Alleged ‘Street Race’ To Capitol Attack — In Golf Carts http://bit.ly/2RmlATE Did they got the keys to the golf carts as part of providing security for Roger Stone?

TheGuardian: Biden orders commission to study supreme court expansion and reform http://bit.ly/2Q77mWe
● Executive order fulfils campaign pledge to examine court reform
● Biden has not said if he favors expanding nine-justice court

NYT: After Capitol Riot, Pentagon Announces New Efforts to Weed Out Extremism Among Troops http://nyti.ms/3mzbFFM ‘With a handful of exceptions, every unit has now had some sort of discussion about why white supremacy and extremism … have no place in the US military’
// Defense Department officials acknowledge that rooting out far-right extremist thinking from a military of 1.3 million active-duty troops will be an uphill slog.

WaPo: In new book, John Boehner says today’s GOP is unrecognizable to traditional conservatives and dishes on his time in politics http://wapo.st/3mxYRzH

WaPo: Trump officials celebrated efforts to change CDC reports on coronavirus, emails show http://wapo.st/3s74g1E
// Political appointees also tried to blunt scientific findings they deemed unfavorable to Trump, according to new documents from House probe

⭕ 8 Apr 2021

NYT: Former In-Law of Trump Executive Gives Prosecutors Boxes of Documents http://nyti.ms/31YRoA9 Jennifer Weisselberg is the ex-wife of Trump Organization financial executive Allen Weisselberg’s son Barry
// The handover of the documents suggests prosecutors are stepping up pressure on the executive, Allen H. Weisselberg.

“I can confirm that Jennifer Weisselberg has been in close contact with the district attorney’s office, has been turning over documents to them and continues to do so,” said Duncan Levin, a lawyer for Ms. Weisselberg, who is the ex-wife of Mr. Weisselberg’s son Barry. “She is committed to cooperating with law enforcement and being fully transparent with investigators.

Ms. Weisselberg said in a recent interview that investigators from the district attorney’s office visited her apartment weeks ago at her invitation, to review a number of documents involving her ex-husband and her former father-in-law. She said investigators took several of the documents. Thursday’s visit suggests that prosecutors are collecting additional records.

🐣 RT @ChristopherJM “Russia now has more troops on the border with Ukraine than at any time since 2014,” says @PressSec. 💽 https://twitter.com/ChristopherJM/status/1380231723598946307?s=20/photo/1

CNN: Mueller fraud investigator brought in to help Vance’s probe of Trump Org. http://cnn.it/3fVUY6s

A former FBI forensic accountant key to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election is one of several accountants working on the Manhattan district attorney’s investigation into the Trump Organization, people familiar with the matter say. ¤ Morgan Magionos, who was a lynchpin to the prosecution of former President Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, is a member of the team of outside experts from FTI Consulting aiding New York prosecutors.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance brought on FTI Consulting last year as part of his office’s wide-ranging investigation into possible insurance fraud, fraud involving lenders, and tax fraud.

Magionos, a certified fraud examiner and accountant, spent nine years at the FBI where she worked in its international corruption squad in Washington, DC. She was detailed to the Mueller investigation and traced Manafort’s assets across four countries. Manafort was charged with multiple counts of bank fraud, failing to report foreign bank accounts, and filing false tax returns, among other crimes. …

Trump has called the district attorney’s investigation a “witch hunt.” The Trump Organization this week beefed up its legal team by bringing on criminal-defense attorney Ronald Fischetti, who decades earlier was a law partner with Pomerantz. Fischetti’s hiring was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

🐣 RT @MSNBC According to NYT, fmr. GOP Speaker Boehner writes in his new book that fmr. Pres. Trump incited the Jan. 6 riot and the former president’s “refusal to accept the result of the election not only cost Republicans the Senate but led to mob violence.”
⋙ 💽 MSNBC, MorningJoe: Trump responsible for ‘bloody insurrection,’ says John Boehner http://on.msnbc.com/3mwAxy4
// Former Republican House Speaker John Boehner blames Donald Trump in his upcoming memoir for losing the Senate and inciting the January 6 Capitol riot. The Morning Joe panel discusses.
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🐣 RT @FridaGhitis Former top GOP leader and ex House Speaker John Boehner on the Jan 6 attack: ¤ Trump “incited that bloody insurrection for nothing more than selfish reasons, perpetuated by the bullshit he’d been shoveling since he lost a fair election the previous November”

🐣 RT @ChrisAlbertoLaw BREAKING: The Capitol Police IG reveals even more failures prior to Jan 6, including “a previously unreported warning more than 2 wks ahead of the insurrection about a map of the Capitol’s underground tunnels that was posted on a pro-Donald Trump website.”
⋙ CNN: Watchdog reveals new warning about map of Capitol’s underground tunnels posted before insurrection http://cnn.it/3wFjrCS

⭕ 7 Apr 2021

🐣 RT @ACEurasia Biden can’t stop at phone-call diplomacy, says @melindaharing. “Washington needs to tell Moscow that if it doesn’t leave the Donbas in six months, the United States will levy more sanctions and begin visa bans on top Russian officials and their children.”
⋙ AtlanticCouncil: FAST THINKING: Russia’s making military moves in Ukraine. What’s it up to? http://bit.ly/3g31KXM
// 4/2/2021

Law&Crime: Ten Lawmakers Join Lawsuit Accusing Trump, Giuliani, Oath Keepers, and Proud Boys of Inciting Capitol Riot http://bit.ly/3rXIpK4

NYT, Thomas Edsall: The Fear That Is Shaping American Politics http://nyti.ms/3my0NYP
// It affects everyone from Joe Manchin to Joe Biden.

CNN: Capitol riot defendant flips to help prosecutors against Proud Boys http://cnn.it/3s2fQuW “Prosecutors had revealed the witness heard Proud Boys members talking about wanting to kill members of Congress and then-Vice President Mike Pence … and had access to guns”

The development is the first indication that people charged in the insurrection are cooperating against the pro-Trump extremist group. Federal prosecutors have made clear they are focused on building conspiracy cases against leadership of the Proud Boys and paramilitary groups like the Oath Keepers.

Court records have made murmurs for weeks about cooperators and plea deals in the works, and prosecutors revealed that a rioter wearing an Oath Keepers hat was in talks to cooperate earlier this week.

What happens next is likely to follow the same pattern as in organized crime or drug investigations, with prosecutors pressuring knowledgeable defendants to become witnesses. Some may sign up to cooperate, and many of those charged are likely to plead guilty to avoid trial or more severe charges. ¤ So far, around two dozen people associated with the Proud Boys have been charged with federal crimes related to the riot.

It’s always been likely that prosecutors would gain cooperators against the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers and other extremist factions involved in the riot, according to several defense attorneys involved in the cases.

[Martin] Tankleff represents a handful of Capitol riot defendants, including alleged Proud Boy “warrior” Dominic Pezzola; Ryan Samsel, who his attorneys say was beaten by a guard at the DC Jail in March; and Richard Barnett, the boastful Arkansas man accused of putting his feet on a desk in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office. Tankleff and his law partner Steven Metcalf declined to comment on the status of their clients’ cases in the Capitol riot investigation.

Weeks ago, [an] attorney for Pezzola wrote in court filings that he believed a so-called “cooperating witness” was sharing information about the Proud Boys. Prosecutors had revealed the witness heard Proud Boys members talking about wanting to kill members of Congress and then-Vice President Mike Pence and return to Washington for Inauguration Day, and that members of the group had access to guns. The witness wasn’t charged with a crime and isn’t affiliated with the Proud Boys, the Justice Department later clarified.

At least one defendant, Jon Schaffer, a guitarist with the heavy metal band Iced Earth, is considering cooperating, according to a filing on Monday. Schaffer allegedly charged at police officers in the Capitol insurrection and is in jail while he awaits trial. In court, he has distanced himself from the Oath Keepers. ¤ Still, Schaffer did “debrief interviews” starting in March, according to the filing, which prosecutors intended to share in court confidentially and mistakenly made public.

📊 WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: Someone shrunk the GOP http://wapo.st/3tcdvik 49% Dem to 40% GOP (including leaners): “That nine-point gap dwarfs the usual four- to six-point Democratic advantage. It has not been this big since the fourth quarter of 2012”

Gallup reports that during the first quarter of 2021 “an average of 49% of U.S. adults identified with the Democratic Party or said they are independents who lean toward the Democratic Party. That compares with 40% who identified as Republicans or Republican leaners.” That nine-point gap dwarfs the usual four- to six-point Democratic advantage. It has not been this big since the fourth quarter of 2012.

House and Senate Republicans continue to oppose Biden’s uber-popular initiatives, engage in silly cultural memes, obsess over the amorphous cancel culture (even as they “cancel” Major League Baseball for taking its All-Star Game to Denver) and perpetuate the Big Lie that the election was stolen. They are leaders of a smaller army, acting as if they can survive with only the MAGA base on their side. This is a winning formula only if they can suppress the vote of non-MAGA voters. Hence, we see the frenzy to shrink the electorate to match the shrunken GOP ranks.

Biden seems ideally suited for a moment when the public embraces more government and a larger percentage of voters are fleeing the MAGA-saturated GOP. So long as he can deliver — a big question mark — and quiet the culture wars, he can set the foundation for a broad coalition that ranges all the way from the center-right to the progressive left.

📊 📋 WaPo, Max Boot: The GOP can’t be saved. Center-right voters need to become Biden Republicans. http://wapo.st/3muNqIN “The GOP remains a cult of personality for the worst president in U.S. history”

Most Republicans don’t care that Trump locked up children, cozied up to white supremacists, tear-gassed peaceful protesters, benefited from Russian help in both of his campaigns, egregiously mishandled the pandemic, incited a violent attack on the Capitol and even faced fraud complaints from his own donors. A new Reuters-Ipsos poll finds that 81 percent of Republicans have a favorable impression of Trump. Wait. It gets worse: 60 percent say the 2020 election was stolen from him, only 28 percent say he is even partly to blame for the Capitol insurrection, and 55 percent say that the Capitol attack “was led by violent left-wing protestors trying to make Trump look bad.”

This is a portrait of a party that can’t be saved — at least in the foreseeable future. The GOP remains a cult of personality for the worst president in U.S. history. It has become a bastion of irrationality, conspiracy mongering, racism, nativism and anti-scientific prejudices.

It’s possible to oppose Biden’s plans on fiscal conservative grounds, but Republicans have no standing left on that issue after supporting Trump’s $1.9 trillion tax cut during an economic expansion. Likewise, Republicans have lost all credibility on free trade by supporting Trump’s trade wars and on foreign policy by backing Trump’s neo-isolationism. What do they have left? Scare-mongering rhetoric (every Democratic initiative is a sign of “socialism”) and culture wars (Dr. Seuss, Major League Baseball) to distract their base.

But while Biden hasn’t gotten any GOP votes in Congress for his agenda yet, he has won broad approval from the country at large. At 53.1 percent, Biden’s approval rating is higher than Trump’s ever was. Polls show that 73 percent approve of Biden’s handling of the coronavirus and 60 percent of his handling of the economy. There is also broad support for his infrastructure plan, with 64 percent backing tax hikes on corporations to pay for it.

Biden is governing from the “new center,” while Republicans are increasingly catering to the far right with shrill, divisive rhetoric and antidemocratic actions such as bills to restrict voting. ¤ Under those circumstances, those of us on the center-right can’t afford a third-party flirtation. We need to become Biden Republicans.

⭕ 6 Apr 2021

🐣 RT @TomJChicago Fox is creating an alternate reality to minimize the 1/6 insurrection. It’s a reminder of the importance of indicting & locking away Trump for the rest of his miserable life for trying to overturn the election. The Senate voted 57-43 to convict him. A real trial would convict him 💽 https://twitter.com/TomJChicago/status/1379593575873318913?s=20/photo/1

NYT: Capitol Rioters Face the Consequences of Their Selfie Sabotage http://nyti.ms/39UtASc
// Joe Biggs and his fellow Proud Boys left an incriminating social media trail for federal investigators before and during the Capitol attack on Jan. 6.

🐣 RT @MilesTaylorUSA Today I joined 100+ former national security, military & elected officials in a letter to Congress calling for a bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan 6 Insurrection. Help us by making sure your representatives see it. https://twitter.com/MilesTaylorUSA/status/1379488755619258369?s=20/photo/1

WaPo, Paul Waldman: The Senate just moved one step closer to sanity http://wapo.st/31P8wbu “Fortunately, Democrats have gotten burned by … GOP strategy too many times, and they seem to finally understand how it works”

🌎 WaPo (3/10): How the 2022 Senate map is shaping up http://wapo.st/3cTDllChttps://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1379559336075231235?s=20/photo/1
// tags 2022 Senate 2022 Senators up for re-election in 2022 map 2022 Senate map
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🔄 “Potentially competitive races as judged by Cook Political Report. 2020 results from Dave Leip’s Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections.”

💙 WaPo, Jonathan Gould, Kenneth Shepsle and Matthew Stephenson: Don’t eliminate the filibuster. Democratize it. http://wapo.st/2Q5BPUo Now THIS is a brilliant idea: https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1379520041880813576?s=20/photo/1

The Senate could change this rule so that ending debate would instead require the support of a majority of senators who collectively represent a majority of the U.S. population, with each senator considered to represent half of his or her state’s residents. This rule, which should be extended to all legislation as well as confirmation of judicial appointments, would allow a bare majority of senators to overcome a filibuster — if those senators together represented a majority of the American people.

WaPo: What an analysis of 377 Americans arrested or charged in the Capitol insurrection tells us http://wapo.st/3cS4RQC “Counties with the most significant declines in the non-Hispanic White population are the most likely to produce insurrectionists who now face charges”
// Robert A. Pape is a professor of political science at the University of Chicago and director of the Chicago Project on Security and Threats.

The Chicago Project on Security and Threats (CPOST), working with court records, has analyzed the demographics and home county characteristics of the 377 Americans, from 250 counties in 44 states, arrested or charged in the Capitol attack.

… Only Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri and Montana appear to have sent more protesters to D.C. suspected of crimes than their populations would suggest.

Those involved are, by and large, older and more professional than right-wing protesters we have surveyed in the past. They typically have no ties to existing right-wing groups. But like earlier protesters, they are 95 percent White and 85 percent male, and many live near and among Biden supporters in blue and purple counties.

But by far the most interesting characteristic common to the insurrectionists’ backgrounds has to do with changes in their local demographics: Counties with the most significant declines in the non-Hispanic White population are the most likely to produce insurrectionists who now face charges.

… [C]ounties that had the greatest decline in White population had an 18 percent chance of sending an insurrectionist to D.C., while the counties that saw the least decline in the White population had only a 3 percent chance.

One driver overwhelmingly stood out: fear of the “Great Replacement.” Great Replacement theory has achieved iconic status with white nationalists and holds that minorities are progressively replacing White populations due to mass immigration policies and low birthrates. Extensive social media exposure is the second-biggest driver of this view, our surveys found.

⭕ 5 Apr 2021

WaPo, Michael Gerson: Why tearing down Fauci is essential to the MAGA myth http://wapo.st/3fI0sBp “Fauci is practicing epidemiology. His critics are practicing idiocy. Both are very good at their chosen work”

… Fauci was a surefire applause line at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February. Former Trump administration officials continue to target him. Republican members of Congress vie with one another to put Fauci in his place.

For Trump officials, including Donald Trump himself, this makes perfect sense. If Fauci has been right about covid, then playing down the disease, mocking masks, modeling superspreader events, denying death tolls, encouraging anti-mandate militias and recommending quack cures were not particularly helpful. If Fauci has been right, they presided over a deadly debacle.

When former Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro claims that Fauci is “the father of the actual virus” or former chief of staff Mark Meadows complains about Fauci’s indifference to the (nearly nonexistent) flow of covid across the southern border, the goal is not really to press arguments. It is to create an alternative MAGA reality in which followers are free from the stress of truth — a safe space in which more than half a million people did not die and their leader was not a vicious, incompetent, delusional threat to the health of the nation.

There were, of course, disagreements along the way about the length of lockdowns and the form of mandates. But on the whole, American citizens have witnessed one of the most dramatic vindications of scientific expertise in our history. We have been healthier when we listened to the experts and sicker when we did not.

All these critics of Fauci have chosen to attack the citadel of science at its strongest point. With squirt guns. While naked and blowing kazoos. … Fauci is practicing epidemiology. His critics are practicing idiocy. Both are very good at their chosen work.

🔄 📋 Insider: 397 people have been charged in the Capitol insurrection so far. This searchable table shows them all. http://bit.ly/3cTYJHs

📊 Reuters: Half of Republicans believe false accounts of deadly U.S. Capitol riot-Reuters/Ipsos poll http://reut.rs/39NKmme (n=1005, 3/30-31/2021) 8 in 10 Republicans hold a favorable view of Trump compared to only 3 in 10 Independents

Since the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, former President Donald Trump and his Republican allies have pushed false and misleading accounts to downplay the event that left five dead and scores of others wounded. His supporters appear to have listened.

Three months after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol to try to overturn his November election loss, about half of Republicans believe the siege was largely a non-violent protest or was the handiwork of left-wing activists “trying to make Trump look bad,” a new Reuters/Ipsos poll has found.

Since the Capitol attack, Trump, many of his allies within the Republican Party and right-wing media personalities have publicly painted a picture of the day’s events jarringly at odds with reality.

Hundreds of Trump’s supporters, mobilized by the former president’s false claims of a stolen election, climbed walls of the Capitol building and smashed windows to gain entry while lawmakers were inside voting to certify President Joe Biden’s election victory. The rioters. – many of them sporting Trump campaign gear and waving flags – also included known white supremacist groups such as the Proud Boys.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll shows a large number of rank-and-file Republicans have embraced the myth. While 59% of all Americans say Trump bears some responsibility for the attack, only three in 10 Republicans agree. Eight in 10 Democrats and six in 10 independents reject the false claims that the Capitol siege was “mostly peaceful” or it was staged by left-wing protestors.

The disinformation campaign aimed at downplaying the insurrection and Trump’s role in it reflects a growing consensus within the Republican Party that its fortunes remain tethered to Trump and his devoted base, political observers say.

According to the new Reuters/Ipsos poll, Trump remains the most popular figure within the party, with eight in 10 Republicans continuing to hold a favorable impression of him.

Some mainstream Republicans contend that after Republicans lost both the White House and control of both chambers of Congress on Trump’s watch, the party must move on from the former president in order to attract suburban, moderate and independent voters.

In the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll, only about three in 10 independents said they have a favorable view of Trump, among the lowest level recorded since his presidency. Most Americans — about 60% — also believe Biden won the November election fair and square, and said Trump should not run again.

🐣 RT @thedailybeast Russia is gearing up for war again, local experts, state media propagandists, and government officials are all saying. The fight will begin once again on the real-world battlefield of Ukraine. But it will extend much, much further
⋙ DailyBeast, Julia Davis: Russia State Media Gears Up for a War ‘Against the West’ http://bit.ly/3uuAINf “When the time comes, pro-Russian forces will stage a provocation and step in to “defend” Russian citizens from the Ukrainian government” – from Russian TV
// One Kremlin propagandist even suggested that the struggle for Ukraine will end in a “nuclear conflict” between Russia and NATO.

🐣 RT @RexChapman Mitch McConnell’s whole career has been kissing up to big corporations. ¤ But if they won’t let him make it harder for Black people to vote, then he wants to break up. ¤ Everyone can see the real Mitch now.
⋙ 🐣 RT @burgessev McConnell takes aim at corporate US: “Parts of the private sector keep dabbling in behaving like a woke parallel government. Corporations will invite serious consequences if they become a vehicle for far-left mobs to hijack our country from outside the constitutional order.”

WaPo, Alyssa Rosenberg: The only question about QAnon that really matters http://wapo.st/3up4W49 “Given the damage QAnon has done to individuals and families, it’s far more important to determine what might bring individual adherents to their senses”

WaPo: A QAnon revelation suggests the truth of Q’s identity was right there all along http://wapo.st/
// The extremist movement’s leader had purported to be a top-secret government operative. But a possible slip-up in a new documentary about QAnon suggests that Q was actually Ron Watkins, the longtime administrator of the 8kun message board.

But in the Sunday finale for the HBO series “Q: Into the Storm,” filmmaker Cullen Hoback points to what he argues is a key piece of evidence that Watkins had lied about his role in the more than 4,000 messages Q had posted since 2017.

In a final scene, after Watkins talked about how he had shared baseless claims about voter fraud after Trump’s loss in the 2020 elections, he told Hoback: “It was basically three years of intelligence training, teaching normies how to do intelligence work. It was basically what I was doing anonymously before, but never as Q.”

⭕ 4 Apr 2021

🐣 RT @SkinnerPm 53 years ago tonight RFK said this about the murder of MLK: ¤ ‘In this difficult day, in this difficult time for the United States, it’s perhaps well to ask what kind of nation we are, and what direction we want to move in.’ ¤ We need ask that question again. And finally answer it

NYT: Biden Steps Up Federal Efforts to Combat Domestic Extremism http://nyti.ms/2R7Mizt
// The administration has taken a series of steps to prioritize dealing with white supremacists and militias, especially after the Capitol riot on Jan. 6.

The attempts to more assertively grapple with the potential for violence from white supremacists and militias are a shift from President Donald J. Trump’s pressure on federal agencies to divert resources to target the antifa movement and leftist groups despite the conclusion by law enforcement authorities that far-right and militia violence was a more serious threat.

President Biden’s approach also continues a slow acknowledgment that especially after the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, the federal government needs to put more attention and money into tracking and heading off threats from inside the United States, after two decades in which it made foreign terrorism the security priority.

In an intelligence report delivered to Congress last month, the administration labeled white supremacists and militia groups as top national security threats. The White House is also discussing with members of Congress the possibility of new domestic terrorism legislation and executive orders to update the criteria of terrorism watch lists to potentially include more homegrown extremists.

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland, who helped investigate the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, said the Justice Department would also make domestic extremism a priority.

F.B.I. agents have worked domestic extremism cases for years. But the renewed focus from the highest levels of government is a major shift, especially as the administration grapples with whether current tactics and resources are enough to prevent future attacks.

The decision to confront the issue more directly stands in contrast to the approaches of the Trump and Obama administrations. In 2009, the Obama administration rescinded an intelligence assessment after it mentioned that veterans could be vulnerable to recruitment by domestic extremist groups, prompting political backlash.

Researchers say that the United States is years behind European countries like Germany and Norway in understanding the threat of far-right extremism. Daniel Koehler, a researcher in Germany who has helped other countries carry out deradicalization programs, said the United States still had not built a system for families who notice a member using threatening language or otherwise signaling that they could engage in violence.

“I have parents writing to me, ‘I don’t know what to do,’” Mr. Koehler said, adding that many American families had reached out to him after the Capitol riot with nowhere else to turn.

The Biden administration’s emphasis on the issue is a welcome sign for many current and former government officials who have said that such efforts were stunted under the Trump administration.

In September, Brian Murphy, a former head of the Homeland Security Department’s intelligence branch, filed a whistle-blower complaint accusing the department’s leadership of ordering the modification of intelligence assessments to make the threat of white supremacy “appear less severe” and including information on left-wing groups to align with Mr. Trump’s messaging. The Homeland Security leadership under the Trump administration denied the accusations.

The Obama administration also treaded carefully on the issue out of political concerns. Before announcing his presidential candidacy in 2019, Mr. Biden asked Janet Napolitano, who served as the homeland security secretary at the start of the Obama administration, about the decision in 2009 to rescind a report warning that U.S. military veterans were vulnerable to recruitment by extremist groups.

During a House Homeland Security Committee hearing last month, Representative Michael McCaul, Republican of Texas, noted the United States did not have a statute that would empower prosecutors to charge and investigate homegrown extremists with the same tools that are used against terrorism suspects from abroad.

Mr. Biden’s campaign platform said he would work to establish such a law “that respects free speech and civil liberties, while making the same commitment to root out domestic terrorism as we have to stopping international terrorism.” …

⭕ 3 Apr 2021

🐣 RT @rulajdbreal How the Trump campaign used prechecked boxes on digital fundraising solicitations to repeatedly take money $$$ from the bank accounts of onetime donors without their realizing it.
⋙ 🐣 RT @atrupar Unsurprisingly, the Trump campaign scammed its donors
💙 ⋙ NYT: How Trump Steered Supporters Into Unwitting Donations http://nyti.ms/3dAVILc
// Online donors were guided into weekly recurring contributions. Demands for refunds spiked. Complaints to banks and credit card companies soared. But the money helped keep Donald Trump’s struggling campaign afloat.

⭕ 2 Apr 2021

AtlanticCouncil: FAST THINKING: Russia’s making military moves in Ukraine. What’s it up to? http://bit.ly/3g31KXM

🐣 RT @FredClarkson What is known & not known about Trump & Russia, Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell, Opus Dei, & William Barr all in one place — in American Kompromat, by @craigunger Strong case that Trump has been a “Russian asset” for decades.

Reuters: Biden offers Ukraine ‘unwavering support’ in faceoff with Russia http://reut.rs/3sPUXV9

WaPo: How America’s surveillance networks helped the FBI catch the Capitol mob http://wapo.st/3cIT6vJ
// Federal documents detailing the attacks at the U.S. Capitol show a mix of FBI techniques, from license plate readers to facial recognition, that helped identify rioters. Digital rights activists say the invasive technology can infringe on our privacy.

⭕ 1 Apr 2021

WaPo: Oath Keepers founder, associates exchanged 19 calls from start of Jan. 6 riot through breach, prosecutors allege http://wapo.st/31WqYPs

DOJ AUSA DC: Oath Keeper Affiliates Charged in Superseding Indictment for Conspiracy Leading to the U.S. Capitol Attack http://bit.ly/3fy8hJQ
// Joshua James and Roberto Minuta are the Latest Individuals to be Indicted for Conspiracy to Obstruct Congress on Jan. 6, 2021

WASHINGTON — Two individuals associated with the Oath Keepers, a large but loosely organized collection of individuals who explicitly focus on the recruitment of current and former military, law enforcement and first responder personnel, were indicted yesterday in federal court in the District of Columbia for conspiring to obstruct Congress, among other charges. James and Minuta are the 11th and 12th defendants to be charged in this case.

Joshua James, 33, of Arab, Alabama, was arrested on March 9, 2021 in Arab, Alabama; and Roberto Minuta, 36, of Prosper, Texas, was arrested on March 7, 2021, in Newburgh, New York. Both individuals were charged by superseding indictment with conspiracy, obstruction of an official proceeding, and entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds. If convicted, James and Minuta each face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

According to the charging documents, James and Minuta communicated with co-conspirators in advance of the Jan. 6, 2021, incursion on the U.S. Capitol. The indictment alleges frequent and consistent communication leading up to the attack, such as in reserving hotel rooms and making phone calls to co-conspirators the morning of the breach.

According to the indictment, in response to a call for individuals to head to the Capitol after the building was breached, James and Minuta drove to the Capitol in a golf cart, at times swerving around law enforcement vehicles with Minuta stating, “Patriots are storming the Capitol…so we’re en route in a grand theft auto golf cart to the Capitol building right now…it’s going down guys; it’s literally going down right now Patriots storming the Capitol building…”

Once they arrived, Minuta aggressively berated and taunted law enforcement officers in riot gear guarding the perimeter of the Capitol near the East side of the building. At 3:15 p.m., Minuta and James forcibly entered the Capitol building through the same east side Rotunda doors through which their alleged co-conspirators had entered earlier.

They then stormed the building, wearing military gear. Minuta additionally wore hard-knuckle tactical gloves, ballistic goggles, a radio with an earpiece and bear spray. Video captures Minuta yelling at an officer: “All that’s left is the Second Amendment!” as he exited the building at 3:19 p.m. Not long after 4:00 p.m., individuals who breached the Capitol – including James, Minuta and many of their alleged co-conspirators – gathered together approximately 100 feet from the Capitol near the northeast corner of the building.

The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Department of Justice’s National Security Division, Counterterrorism Section. Valuable assistance was provided by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices for the Southern District of New York, Eastern District of Texas and Northern District of Alabama. The case is being investigated by the FBI’s New York, Dallas, Birmingham and Washington Field Offices.

NYMag, Jonathan Chait: Russia Keeps Bribing Foreign Politicians. Is Trump Different? http://nym.ag/2PqLgOD

AP: Russian Foreign Minister says relations with West have ‘hit the bottom’ http://bit.ly/2PXfZ5L

Russia’s top diplomat said Thursday that the country’s relations with the United States and its allies have “hit the bottom” and no date has been set for sending the Russian ambassador back to Washington.

Russia recalled its ambassador to the United States after U.S. President Joe Biden was asked in an interview if thought Russian President Vladimir Putin was a “killer” and replied, “I do.”

Addressing the issue Thursday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called Biden’s remarks “appalling” and said they had forced Moscow to rethink its ties with Washington.

Biden has said the days of the U.S. “rolling over” to Putin are done. And he has taken pains to contrast his approach with that of former President Donald Trump, who avoided direct confrontation with Putin and frequently spoke about the Russian leader with approval.

The Biden administration has warned that Russia would face sanctions soon over the massive SolarWinds hacks and attempts to influence last year’s U.S. presidential election to help keep Trump in the White House.

💙 WaPo, Karen Tumulty: How Nancy Reagan helped end the Cold War http://wapo.st/3wlXfxu

CNN: Two US Capitol Police officers sue Trump and say he should be held responsible for January 6 attack http://cnn.it/31Dln0s

⭕ 31 Mar 2021

🐣 RT @SecBlinken Pleased to speak with @DmytroKuleba today to discuss the United States unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. We continue to support Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic integration in the face of Russia’s ongoing aggression in the Donbas and Crimea.

⭕ 30 Mar 2021

WaPo: Two Capitol police officers sue Trump for ‘physical and emotional injuries’ suffered in riots http://wapo.st/3sFc6Rc

⭕ 29 Mar 2021

TheGuardian/AP: Suspected Russian hackers gained access to US homeland security emails http://bit.ly/3cN7wuD
// Intelligence value of SolarWinds hacking of then acting secretary Chad Wolf is not publicly known

NewYorker, Jane Mayer: Inside the Koch-Backed Effort to Block the Largest Election-Reform Bill in Half a Century http://bit.ly/3waJKAu
// On a leaked conference call, leaders of dark-money groups and an aide to Mitch McConnell expressed frustration with the popularity of the legislation—even among Republican voters.

DailyBeast: Dominion Builds Legal Behemoth To Drain Trumpland of Billions http://bit.ly/2O58WHr
// Dominion Voting Systems is adding a new team of lawyers as they prepare for their current lawsuits—and another potential round.

⭕ 28 Mar 2021

🐣 RT @GeoffyPJohnston Just watched the excellent @CNN documentary “COVID War.” Dr. @drsanjaygupta did an outstanding job of both interviewing the doctors at the centre of the U.S. COVID-19 response & of telling the narrative of the ill-fated U.S. handling of the pandemic. Riveting journalism.

💙 🐣 RT @RamCNN The revelations emerging in every minute of this Covid-19 special from @drsanjaygupta, “The Pandemic Doctors”
⋙ 🐣 RT @RamCNN Quite extraordinary
⋙ 🐣 RT @RamCNN Some highlights from the special, captured in updates here: 💽 https://twitter.com/RamCNN/status/1376368035091656705?s=20/photo/1
⋙⋙ 💽 CNN: Pandemic doctors speak out http://cnn.it/3mbLsgF Good summary (with lots of video clips) of this CNN special on COVID-19. It’s one for the history books @drsanjaygupta Thank you.

NYT, Nicholas Kristof: He’s a Famous Evangelical Preacher, but His Kids Wish He’d Pipe Down http://nyti.ms/39jJdT2
// The Rev. Rick Joyner has called on Christians to arm themselves for civil war. But his children would be on the other side.

⭕ 27 Mar 2021

⭕ 26 Mar 2021

Newsweek: Mitt Romney, Only GOP Senator to Back Donald Trump Impeachment in 2020, Wins Courage Award http://bit.ly/2PcoTMr ‘A committee appointed by the JFK Library Foundation decides the annual award honoring public officials unafraid to take unpopular positions’

⭕ 25 Mar 2021

WaPo: Calls, texts by Oath Keepers founder contain ‘substantial evidence’ of Capitol conspiracy, prosecutors allege http://wapo.st/2PqFg8p

⭕ 24 Mar 2021

Vice, David Gilbert: Why QAnon Followers Are Suddenly Saying There’s No Such Thing as QAnon http://bit.ly/2Pv1ZzF //➔ Saying it doesn’t exist proves you think it does
// A lot of recent negative media attention has led to some backpedaling.

NYT: Democrats Begin Push for Biggest Expansion of Voting Since 1960s http://nyti.ms/2P4roR2
// Democrats characterized the far-reaching elections overhaul as the civil rights battle of modern times. Republicans called it a power grab that would put their party at a permanent disadvantage.
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NYT: Republicans Aim to Seize More Power Over How Elections Are Run http://nyti.ms/31gyd4t
// G.O.P. lawmakers in at least eight states controlled by the party are trying to gain broad influence over the mechanics of voting, in an effort that could further undermine the country’s democratic norms.
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NYT: Republicans Fear Flawed Candidates Could Imperil Key Senate Seats http://nyti.ms/2QBPuDc
// Races in Missouri and Alabama, with others to come, reflect the potential risks for a party in which loyalty to Donald Trump is the main criterion for securing nominations.

🐣 RT @hugolowell Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer: “Instead of doing what you should be doing when you lose an election in a democracy, Republicans instead are trying to disenfranchise those voters. Shame on them.”

💙 WaPo: Angus King: What happens to the filibuster depends on how Republicans play their hand http://wapo.st/31dkyLk //➔ Clearly lays out arguments on both sides, but says Voting Rights are a special case because they involve “democracy itself”

Politico: New evidence suggests ‘alliance’ between Oath Keepers, Proud Boys ahead of Jan. 6 http://politi.co/3rkLcg5 “Along with the Oath Keepers cases, the Proud Boys charges are the gravest to arise from the Jan. 6 assault“
// The evidence is the first to suggest coordination among the various extremist groups as they prepared to descend on Washington.

A key member of the Oath Keepers militia told associates he had coordinated alliances with the Proud Boys and other paramilitary groups in advance of Donald Trump’s Jan. 6 rally, according to new evidence filed by the Justice Department.

Spurred on by the president’s incendiary rhetoric at that day’s rally, Trump supporters, including Oath Keepers and Proud Boys, rioted at the Capitol and assaulted police officers later that day in an effort to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Kelly Meggs, the Florida leader of the Oath Keepers — who’s been charged along with nine others with conspiring to stop Congress from certifying the 2020 election — said in private messages obtained by prosecutors that he’d been in touch repeatedly with Proud Boys leadership in particular. He said he had worked out a strategy to confront potential violence from antifa, a loosely organized collection of left-wing extremists.
“This week I organized an alliance between Oath Keepers, Florida 3%ers, and Proud Boys,” Meggs wrote in a Dec. 19 message to an associate via Facebook. “We have decided to work together and shut this shit down.”

In Dec. 22 and Dec. 25 messages, Meggs got more specific, describing tactical maneuvers they would conduct with the Proud Boys if they encountered antifa: “We’re going to march with them for awhile then fall to the back of the crowd and turn off. Then we will have the Proud Boys get in front of them the cops will get between antifa and Proud Boys. We will come in behind antifa and beat the hell out of them.”

The evidence is the first to suggest coordination among the various extremist groups as they prepared to descend on Washington. Oath Keepers attorneys have emphasized in court papers that evidence they were preparing for violence was limited to potential confrontation with antifa — not a plan to storm the Capitol.

But prosecutors say the planning, plus a growing body of evidence that the Oath Keepers executed a coordinated plan to enter the Capitol and rallied to the group’s leader, Stewart Rhodes, after first breaching the building, suggesting it was an element of their effort. In addition, prosecutors revealed messages of Oath Keepers celebrating the Capitol assault and promising to “reload” for further action.

Prosecutors unveiled an indictment last week against four Proud Boys leaders for similarly coordinating movements in advance of Jan. 6, with an emphasis on dividing into small groups ahead of their march on the Capitol. Along with the Oath Keepers cases, the Proud Boys charges are the gravest to arise from the Jan. 6 assault. Prosecutors have arrested more than 300 participants in the Capitol attack. Dozens unaffiliated with either militia have been charged with brutal assaults on police and breaching the building or causing property damage. …

According to court papers filed by prosecutors, the Oath Keepers moved on the building in a military-style “stack” formation and were among the first to enter the Capitol complex. They then dispersed to various points in the building, and messages show they were intent on heading to the Senate, where then-Vice President Mike Pence was presiding over a GOP-led challenge to Arizona’s electoral vote count. Prosecutors note they’re still reviewing footage to determine whether Oath Keepers followed the mob to the Senate chamber.

Meggs’ messages indicated that just days before the Jan. 6 attack, he and others anticipated that Trump would invoke the Insurrection Act, which they viewed as permission to aid his effort to stay in power.

“Trump’s staying in, he’s gonna use the emergency broadcast system on cell phones to broadcast to the American people. Then he will claim the insurrection act,” Meggs wrote in a Dec. 26 Facebook message.

“Any idea when?” an associate replied.

“Next week,” Meggs said. “Then wait for the 6th when we are all in dc to insurrection.”

Meggs’ messages also show that Pence’s actions ahead of Jan. 6 — in which he agreed he would entertain challenges to the counting of electoral votes, as procedures required — emboldened the group. “That checks all the boxes,” Meggs wrote. “I think this is why we were called there.”

Meggs also indicated that about 200 Oath Keepers had heeded what rioters said was a call to come to Washington. It’s unclear how many actually showed up. Ten have been indicted as part of the conspiracy, and prosecutors indicated they anticipate up to about five more being added to these particular charges.

In a court hearing Wednesday morning, Mehta agreed to release one of the 10 charged Oath Keepers, Laura Steele, from pretrial detention. Though he agreed that the charges against Steele were significant, he said prosecutors had presented minimal evidence that she played a role in planning the alleged conspiracy, committed violent acts, carried weapons or destroyed any property during the Capitol siege.

Though prosecutors had claimed that Steele, a former police officer, attempted to destroy evidence of her involvement in the Oath Keepers’ plot, Mehta said it wasn’t enough to keep her detained pending trial. He noted that Steele had no prior criminal history and strong community ties — including a husband and two children who are also in law enforcement.

“Steele doesn’t pose the type of danger to the community that warrants continued detention pending trial,” Mehta said.

Mehta accompanied his release order with strict conditions that include surrendering her passport, refrain from contact with anyone affiliated with the Oath Keepers — including her brother Graydon Young, who is one of the other Oath Keepers charged in the conspiracy. He also restricted Steele to home confinement, required GPS monitoring and barred her access to computers and electronic devices that would permit her to communicate electronically with her associates.

RFE/RL: Ukraine Places Sanctions On Dozens Of Russian Officials, Entities http://bit.ly/3cfJKaw The decree targets “26 foreigners and 81 legal entities, blocking their assets and restricting travel or operations in the country”

⭕ 23 Mar 2021

WaPo: Former top prosecutor in Capitol riot case faces internal review after 60 Minutes interview http://wapo.st/3chkG36 “US District Judge Amit P Mehta called a surprise hearing … on six hours’ notice to discuss his concerns [about] comments by Michael R Sherwin on Sunday”
// “… and a separate article published Monday by the New York Times indicated the Justice Department was not following the court’s rules or the agency’s internal procedures to refrain from speaking about ongoing cases outside of court.“

💙 WaPo: Sidney Powell does an about-face on her Stop the Steal claims http://wapo.st/39aHM9l sort of

Attorney Sidney Powell, you may recall, was the Madame Defarge of the recent attempt to overturn the election results. She knitted elaborate lawsuits from the yarns of unreliable witnesses, patterned with a vast conspiracy to rig voting machines, as the partisans she inflamed rolled their tumbrels toward the Capitol in search of such supposed traitors as then-Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

Sued for defamation by the voting-machine vendor in question, Powell is now scoffing in federal court at the idea that anyone could have taken her seriously. “Reasonable people would not accept such statements as fact,” Powell averred in her motion to dismiss the lawsuit. Instead, the allegations that helped to fuel the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol were mere “claims that await testing by the courts through the adversary process.”

When she said, as the nation was spinning into crisis, that she had evidence of “the greatest crime of the century if not the life of the world” — a world that in living memory has witnessed the Holocaust and other unspeakable crimes — Powell meant nothing of the sort, she now admits. That was just politics. Wrapping herself in an earlier court ruling, she quoted the “well recognized principle that political statements are inherently prone to exaggeration and hyperbole.

In another remarkable contortion, Powell quotes her antagonists at the voting-machine vendor, Dominion Voting Systems, calling her charges “outlandish” and “impossible.” What more proof is needed, she concludes, that folks were onto her fictions and distortions all along?

She had promised a “Kraken,” a fraud so vast and many-tentacled that it would resemble the mythical sea monster, but delivered not so much as a goldfish — and now she’s in court saying, in essence, we should have known all along that Krakens aren’t real. In passing, she says she still believes her own story, but that’s in the context of a 90-page filing that insists no one else ever should have done so.

Powell joins a roster of Stop the Stealers who have tried to wriggle out of their hype. In December, Fox News took the unusual step of airing a video that debunked election-fraud myths during programs hosted by Lou Dobbs, Jeanine Pirro and Maria Bartiromo. The right-wing outlet Newsmax likewise backed off.

Don’t be surprised if former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani soon joins the club. He, too, has been sued by Dominion for damages in excess of $1 billion — enough to make a guy sweat his hair dye. Yet another Dominion lawsuit calls out Mike Lindell on his extravagant claims of election fraud. The My Pillow man may want to pull the covers over his head, but sooner or later he is likely to emerge to offer his own strained “never mind.”

Powell’s confession that no reasonable person could take her seriously, even when she is leveling profoundly serious charges, is important in itself. The implications are perhaps even more important. For example, the former president of the United States, who touted Powell’s lawsuits and news conferences via his once-deafening Twitter megaphone, is not a reasonable person. Many of us have known that for years, but it’s useful to hear it from one of his most ardent supporters.

It’s true that Team Trump, and its cowering minions in Congress, eventually parted ways with Powell as her professional demeanor gradually slipped to reveal her tinfoil hat. They took refuge in an abstruse argument over regulatory powers of election officials in assorted states. But the window-smashing, cop-battering, death-chanting mob at the Capitol wasn’t there for a discussion of delegated authority of various secretaries of state. They had swallowed the hash that Powell & Co. were slinging.

And Powell’s brief offers a fresh suggestion of the real reason why this hash was ever slung in the first place. Hype makes the cash register ring, Powell informs the court: “Public disclosure helps gain public and financial support.” In Powell’s case, the “financial support” poured into an affiliated website called Defending the Republic. Giuliani sought his “financial support” in increments of $20,000 per day from the Trump campaign. The former president continues to raise millions for his lightly regulated PAC from his cheerfully hoodwinked supporters.

As for the Fox News conspiracists, their business model remains unchanged. Election fraud is so yesterday; today, it’s anti-vaccine and cancel culture. Theirs is a steam-powered money machine, requiring only that the pot be kept boiling.

The Post’s Annie Gowen reported recently on her visit with Jenna Ryan, the Texas real estate agent who touted her business on social media while assaulting the Capitol in January. Now facing federal charges, Ryan said: “I bought into a lie, and the lie is the lie, and it’s embarrassing.” Now she tells us.

⭕ 22 Mar 2021

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: Republicans’ war on voting feels increasingly frantic http://wapo.st/3lLdE9J “Republicans do not even attempt to conceal their ambition, which is to diminish non-Whites’ participation in our elections”

The anti-voting crusade has produced, by the Brennan Center for Justice’s count, 253 bills to restrict voting. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says there will be “scorched earth” if Democrats touch the filibuster. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), sounding more hysterical than usual, claims Democrats want “child molesters” and “illegal aliens” to vote.

Republicans do not even attempt to conceal their ambition, which is to diminish non-Whites’ participation in our elections. The New York Times explains that [in Georgia] legislation to limit drop boxes, curb automatic registration and end “Souls to the Polls” efforts to turn out churchgoers to vote early on Sundays “would have an outsize impact on Black voters, who make up roughly one-third of the state’s population and vote overwhelmingly Democratic.” While the state legislature may protect Sunday voting, a proposed amendment would give counties the option to offer early voting on a Saturday or Sunday.

No matter how hard Asian Americans and African Americans advocate for anti-hate legislation or gun safety, Republicans appear determined to ignore them, to play to the extremists in their base and to rely on everything from gerrymandering to curtailing voting access for minorities to keep them in power. Using anti-democratic means to keep Whites in power is the very essence of white supremacy.

Compare that to the worldview expressed in a recent Pew survey, which found that “About a quarter of Republicans (26%) say that White people face a lot of discrimination; just 4% of Democrats say this. White Republicans are 24 percentage points more likely than White Democrats to say that White people face a lot of discrimination.”

Republicans can no longer bank on keeping power merely through pandering to the White base. Their solution: Take away non-Whites’ access to the ballot. The question is not whether we keep the filibuster, but whether we want to permanently enshrine white supremacy and thereby unravel our democracy.

⭕ 21 Mar 2021

WaPo: Evidence in Capitol attack investigation trending toward sedition charges, departing chief says http://wapo.st/3f3WUZR The chief prosecutor also happens to have an eye witness.

Former interim U.S. attorney Michael R. Sherwin, of Washington, reiterated Sunday that he thinks charges of seditious conspiracy could be brought against certain defendants in the Jan. 6 Capitol breach, a rarely invoked charge for those who use violence to hinder the execution of federal law.

In a “60 Minutes” interview aired on CBS two days after he stepped down from supervising the investigation, Sherwin said, “I personally believe the evidence is trending toward that, and probably meets those elements.”

“I believe the facts do support those charges. And I think that, as we go forward, more facts will support that,” he said.

Sherwin’s comments echo those he made Jan. 26, when he said, “We are closely looking at evidence related to the sedition charges. . . . We are working on those cases. I think the results will bear fruit very soon.”

On Friday, authorities unsealed the latest indictment, charging four Proud Boys leaders from Washington state, Florida, North Carolina and Pennsylvania with conspiracy to aid and abet the obstruction of Congress’s confirmation of the 2020 presidential election and police attempts to protect the Capitol from rioting that led to five deaths and 130 police assaults.

Prosecutors and the FBI also have accused 10 members and affiliates of the Oath Keepers with conspiring to obstruct Congress. The Justice Department is now looking at whether a larger conspiracy case can be made, including against senior figures in the group, which recruits military, law enforcement and first-responder personnel and claims authority to disobey government orders that some think are part of a conspiracy to strip Americans of their constitutional rights.

Members or associates of the two groups make up about 10 percent of more than 300 charged so far. Prosecutors have said they expect at least 400 people to be charged.

Federal law makes conspiring to overthrow or oppose by force federal authority punishable by up to 20 years in prison, including the use of violence to prevent, hinder or delay the execution of law.

Sherwin also told “60 Minutes” that he personally witnessed some of the events Jan. 6, noticing some people in Kevlar vets, helmets and tactical gear leave early while he accompanied D.C. police to President Donald Trump’s rally on the Ellipse.

In unaired portions of the interview, Sherwin debunked claims about left-wing extremists posing as Trump supporters and discussed tours of the building that took place before Jan. 6, “60 Minutes” reported.

Sherwin said investigators are examining whether suspects who toured the Capitol days before the attack were “casing or doing reconnaissance runs” or on “a basic tour.” He called the possibility troubling.

Sherwin, a career prosecutor from Miami, was named by then-Attorney General William P. Barr to be the top D.C. federal prosecutor last spring, while he was on detail to Barr’s deputy. Sherwin stepped down March 3, allowing the Biden administration to rename Channing D. Phillips as acting U.S. attorney while the White House and Attorney General Merrick Garland select a permanent nominee.

Reuters: DOJ official says there is evidence to charge sedition in U.S. Capitol assault: ’60 Minutes’ http://reut.rs/311XaRb

CBSNews, 60Minutes: Inside the prosecution of the Capitol rioters http://cbsn.ws/3r8CfX8
// Scott Pelley speaks with Michael Sherwin, the federal prosecutor who was leading the criminal investigation, the largest in U.S. history, into the assault on the Capitol.
⋙ YouTube: https://youtu.be/FoAqWnD7NTI

Until this past Friday, federal prosecutor Michael Sherwin was leading the largest criminal investigation in U.S. history. Sherwin’s team has charged hundreds of suspects in January’s assault on the Capitol. Sherwin has said little. But Wednesday, before he moved to his next assignment for the Department of Justice, he sat down with us to explain the nationwide dragnet that began after the riot.

Michael Sherwin: As looking eight, nine weeks out from the events, we’re over 400 criminal cases, which is a pretty amazing number, I think, in a very limited time frame.

Scott Pelley: 400 defendants?

Michael Sherwin: Correct. 400 defendants. And the bulk of those cases are federal criminal charges, and significant federal felony charges. Five, 10, 20-year penalties. Of those 400 cases, the majority of those, 80, 85%, maybe even 90, you have individuals, both inside and outside the Capitol, that breached the Capitol, trespassed. You also have individuals, roughly over 100, that we’ve charged with assaulting federal officers and local police officers. The 10% of the cases,  I’ll call the more complex conspiracy cases where we do have evidence, it’s in the public record where individual militia groups from different facets: Oath Keepers, Three Percenters, Proud Boys, did have a plan. We don’t know what the full plan is, to come to D.C., organize, and breach the Capitol in some manner.

Michael Sherwin was an eyewitness to that alleged plan. As acting U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia– the top prosecutor– he dressed that morning in running clothes and joined D.C. Police at the president’s rally.

Michael Sherwin: And I wanted to see the crowd, gauge the temperature of the crowd, it was like a carnival environment. People were selling shirts, popcorn, cotton candy, I saw hot dogs. As the morning progressed, I noticed though there were some people that weren’t the typical, like, carnival-type people. I noticed there were some people in tactical gear. They were tacked up with Kevlar vests. They had the military helmets on. Those individuals, I noticed, left the speeches early. ¤ They headed to the Capitol and Sherwin walked with them.

Michael Sherwin: You could see it was getting more riled up. And more people with bullhorns chanting and yelling. And it became more aggressive. Where it was initially pro-Trump, it digressed to anti-government, anti-Congress, anti-institutional. And then I eventually saw people climbing the scaffolding.  The scaffolding was being set up for the inauguration. When I saw people climbing up the scaffolding, hanging from it, hanging flags, I was like, “This is going bad fast.”

Michael Sherwin, 49, is a federal prosecutor from Miami. After successful terrorism and espionage cases, the Trump administration asked him to fill a temporary vacancy leading the Washington U.S. Attorney’s Office. That’s how, on January 6th, Sherwin found himself launching a 50-state manhunt — made urgent by what was coming in just two weeks.

Michael Sherwin: After the 6th, we had an inauguration on the 20th. So I wanted to ensure, and our office wanted to ensure that there was shock and awe that we could charge as many people as possible before the 20th. And it worked because we saw through media posts that people were afraid to come back to D.C. because they’re like, “If we go there, we’re gonna get charged.”

More than 100 arrests were made before the inauguration.

Michael Sherwin: So the first people we went after, I’m gonna call the internet stars, right? The low-hanging fruit. The ‘zip-tie guy,’ the ‘rebel flag guy,’ the ‘Camp Auschwitz guy.’ We wanted to take out those individuals that essentially were thumbing their noses at the public for what they did.

Sherwin told us the most serious cases, so far, focus on about two dozen members of far-right militias.

Scott Pelley: Was there a premeditated plan to breach the Capitol?

Michael Sherwin: That’s what we’re trying to determine right now. We’ve charged multiple conspiracy cases, and some of those involve single militia groups, some of them involve multiple militia groups. For example, individuals from Ohio militia were coordinating with the– a Virginia militia group of Oath Keepers, talking about coming to the capital region, talking about– no specific communication about breaching the Capitol– but talking about going there, taking back the House. Talking about stopping the steal. Talking about how they need a show of force in DC. And we see that in December.

At the center of one video are members of the Oath Keepers in military gear. Michael Sherwin says their tight, single-file formation is evidence of a military-style assault.

Michael Sherwin: That’s what you learn in close, you know, order combat, how you stay with your team to– breach a room where maybe there’s a terrorist, to breach a room where maybe there was an Al Qaeda operative.

Scott Pelley: The infantry calls it a stack.

Michael Sherwin: Correct. A stack or a Ranger File, a column, a close-quarter combat column going up that staircase.

Scott Pelley: The Oath Keepers in that stack, what have they been charged with?

Michael Sherwin: The most significant charge is obstruction. That’s a 20-year felony. They breached the Capitol with the intent, the goal to obstruct official proceedings, the counts, the Electoral College count.

Prosecutors say 139 police officers were assaulted. Brian Sicknick died the next day. This month, Sherwin charged two men with assaulting Sicknick with a spray designed to repel bears.

Scott Pelley: The medical examiner has not yet determined how Officer Sicknick died. If the medical examiner determines that his death was directly related to the bear spray would you imagine murder charges at that point?

Michael Sherwin: If evidence directly relates that chemical to his death, yeah. We have causation, we have a link. Yes. In that scenario, correct, that’s a murder case.

There could have been many more deaths, but Sherwin says two dangerous plots failed.

Scott Pelley: What were the intentions of the suspect who was found with the 11 Molotov cocktail bombs?

Michael Sherwin: So you’re referring, Scott, to Lonnie Coffman. And I think this is emblematic, that that day, as bad as it was, could have been a lot worse. It’s actually amazing more people weren’t killed. We found ammunition in his vehicle. And also, in the bed of the vehicle were found 11 Molotov cocktails. They were filled with gasoline and Styrofoam. He put Styrofoam in those, according to the ATF, because when you throw those, when they explode, the Styrofoam will stick to you and act like napalm.

Coffman’s lawyer did not respond to us. In the other plot, the FBI is looking for a person seen near pipe bombs that were planted by the Capitol.

Scott Pelley: Why didn’t they explode?

Michael Sherwin: It appears they weren’t armed properly. And there could be a whole host of reasons. But they were not hoax devices, they were real devices.

Michael Sherwin: We have to protect the First Amendment. The great majority of the people there were protesters. When do you cross that line? You cross the line when you cross a police line aggressively. You throw something at a cop. You hit a cop. You go into a restricted area, knowing you’re not supposed to be there. These are the plus factors that cross that line from a protester to a rioter.

Scott Pelley: Has the role of former President Trump been part of your investigation?

Michael Sherwin: It’s unequivocal that Trump was the magnet that brought the people to D.C. on the 6th. Now the question is, is he criminally culpable for everything that happened during the siege, during the breach? What I could tell you is this, based upon, again, what we see in the public record. And what we see in public statements in court. We have plenty of people– we have soccer moms from Ohio that were arrested saying, “Well, I did this because my president said I had to take back our house.” That moves the needle towards that direction. Maybe the president is culpable for those actions. But also, you see in the public record too militia members saying, “You know what? We did this because Trump just talks a big game. He’s just all talk. We did what he wouldn’t do.”

Scott Pelley: In short, you have investigators looking into the president’s role?

Michael Sherwin: We have people looking at everything, correct. Everything’s being looked at.

But, so far, prosecutors have not charged sedition–attempting to overthrow the government.

Scott Pelley: I’m not a lawyer, but the way I read the sedition statute, it says that, “Sedition occurs when anyone opposes by force the authority of the United States, or by force hinders or delays the execution of any law of the United States.” Seems like a very low bar, and I wonder why you’re not charging that now?

Michael Sherwin: Okay, so I don’t think it’s a low bar, Scott, but I will tell you this. I personally believe the evidence is trending towards that, and probably meets those elements.

Scott Pelley: Do you anticipate sedition charges against some of these suspects?

Michael Sherwin: I believe the facts do support those charges. And I think that, as we go forward, more facts will support that, Scott.

Scott Pelley: What do you want people to understand about this investigation?

Michael Sherwin: That we tried to move quickly to ensure that there is trust in the rule of law. You are gonna be charged based upon your conduct and your conduct only. Not what you may have posted about the election, not what you may have posted about different political views. The world looks to us for the rule of law and order and democracy. And that was shattered, I think, on that day. And we have to build ourselves up again. The only way to build ourselves up again is the equal application of the law, to show the rule of law is gonna treat these people fairly under the law.

🐣 RT @AJentleson Powerful, pithy summary of the filibuster and its destructive effects on our democracy. Thank you, @FareedZakaria, for turning your incisive eye to this.
⋙ 🐣 RT @FareedZakaria This week’s Last Look: a history of the filibuster—and how ending it could help heal America’s polarized politics 💽 https://twitter.com/AJentleson/status/1373813490205474818?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @60Minutes Prosecutors have not yet charged any Capitol rioters with sedition. But asked whether he anticipates those charges, federal prosecutor Michael Sherwin says, “I believe the facts do support those charges.” https://cbsn.ws/2OMEkuV 💽 https://twitter.com/60Minutes/status/1373782931186024452?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @svdate Your periodic reminder that Donald Trump tried to overthrow American democracy in an attempt to hang onto power. ¤ His people did exactly what he wanted. March on the Capitol and intimidate Pence and Congress into not certifying Biden’s win.
⋙ 🔊NYT: ‘We’ve Lost the Line!’: Radio Traffic Reveals Police Under Siege at Capitol http://nyti.ms/3r83QrA
// The Times obtained District of Columbia police radio communications and synchronized them with footage from the scene to show in real time how officers tried and failed to stop the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

💙 NYT: Evidence in Capitol Attack Most Likely Supports Sedition Charges, Prosecutor Says http://nyti.ms/3c8aSYR
// “I personally believe the evidence is trending toward that, and probably meets those elements,” said Michael Sherwin, who had led the Justice Department’s inquiry into the riot.

The department has rarely brought charges of sedition, the crime of conspiring to overthrow the government. ¤ But in an interview with “60 Minutes,” Mr. Sherwin said prosecutors had evidence that most likely proved such a charge.

“I personally believe the evidence is trending toward that, and probably meets those elements,” Mr. Sherwin said. “I believe the facts do support those charges. And I think that, as we go forward, more facts will support that.”

The last time federal prosecutors brought a sedition case was 2010, when they accused members of a Michigan militia of plotting to provoke an armed conflict with the government. They were ultimately acquitted, and the judge in the case said the Justice Department had not adequately proved that the defendants had entered a “concrete agreement to forcibly oppose the United States government.”

The statute on seditious conspiracy also says that people who conspire to “oppose by force the authority” of the government or use force “to prevent, hinder or delay the execution of any law of the United States” can be charged with sedition. ¤ The government has charged some defendants in the Jan. 6 case with conspiring to derail the final certification of President Biden’s electoral victory.

Mr. Sherwin witnessed the crime as it unfolded. After he dressed in his running clothes and entered the crowd at the rally near the White House, he observed a “carnival environment” of people listening to speeches and selling T-shirts and snacks.

“I noticed there were some people in tactical gear. They were tacked up with Kevlar vests. They had the military helmets on,” he said in the “60 Minutes” interview. “Those individuals, I noticed, left the speeches early.”

“Where it was initially pro-Trump, it digressed to anti-government, anti-Congress, anti-institutional,” Mr. Sherwin said. “And then I eventually saw people climbing the scaffolding. The scaffolding was being set up for the inauguration. When I saw people climbing up the scaffolding, hanging from it, hanging flags, I was like, ‘This is going bad fast.’”

From the start, Mr. Sherwin oversaw the investigation as the acting U.S. attorney in Washington, a role that he ceded to a new interim leader in early March. He stepped down from leading the investigation on Friday and returned to Miami, where he had been a line prosecutor.

Mr. Sherwin told “60 Minutes” that the government had charged more than 400 people. Among them are hundreds accused of trespassing and more than 100 accused of assaulting officers, including Brian D. Sicknick, the Capitol Police officer who died after fighting with rioters.

Mr. Sicknick and two other officers were sprayed with an unidentified chemical agent that one of the assailants said was used to repel bears. ¤ A medical examiner has not determined how Officer Sicknick died, Mr. Sherwin said, so two suspects were charged with assaulting an officer instead of murder. But that could change, he said.

“If evidence directly relates that chemical to his death,” Mr. Sherwin said, “in that scenario, correct, that’s a murder case.”

Mr. Sherwin said that only about 10 percent of the cases so far dealt with more complicated conspiracies planned and executed by far-right extremists — including members of the Oath Keepers, the Three Percenters and the Proud Boys — to organize, come to Washington and breach the Capitol.

He reiterated assertions he made shortly after the attack that prosecutors were examining the conduct of former President Donald J. Trump, who had told his supporters to attend the rally on Jan. 6 and egged them on with baseless claims that he had won the election.

“It’s unequivocal that Trump was the magnet that brought the people to D.C. on the 6th. Now the question is, is he criminally culpable for everything that happened during the siege, during the breach?” Mr. Sherwin said. ¤ “We have people looking at everything,” he said.

💙 Long thread linking numerous articles on the Insurrection:
🧵 RT @Otpor “Secor has openly espoused white supremacy views online … He broadcast a livestream from the Capitol with a username that appears to be a reference to [incel Elliot Rodger], who killed 6 people in Isla Vista, CA in 2014. ¤ Secor previously bragged that he would not be caught.” https://twitter.com/Otpor17/status/1362433602680717317?s=20/photo/1

🔆 This❗️⋙ 🐣 RT @WordswithSteph DOJ has obtained sufficient evidence in their investigation into the Jan. 6 terrorist attack on the Capitol to charge some of the suspects w/ sedition: conspiring to overthrow the govt. 400+ cases, and approx. 10% involve complex conspiracies. #60Minutes 💽 https://twitter.com/WordswithSteph/status/1373788434385473536?s=20/photo/1

⭕ 20 Mar 2021

DailyBeast, Anna Nemtsova: Putin Reignites Ukraine Conflict as Rift With Biden Blows Up http://bit.ly/30XAGRj “Many prominent Ukrainians believe that the country’s only hope for peace is Washington”
// Facing escalating attacks from Russian-backed militants, many say Kyiv’s only hope is “Ukraine’s big friend,” President Joe Biden.

Ukraine has become caught in a broader conflict between the U.S. and Russia, which escalated this week. Russia recalled its ambassador from Washington, after Biden called Putin “a killer.” ¤ The Ukraine war is the only hot conflict between Russia and the West in Europe, and the U.S. and the EU imposed sanctions after the outbreak of conflict in Eastern Ukraine and Russia’s annexation of Crimea. ¤ When tensions rise between Moscow and Washington, there is always a risk of escalation out in the trenches. The conflict is certainly bubbling up again now.

⭕ 19 Mar 2021

NYT: Stay Scattered and Avoid Police, Proud Boys Were Told Before Capitol Riot http://nyti.ms/3cP0FzF
// Prosecutors detailed a chat among group members on the eve of the insurrection by a pro-Trump mob.

WaPo, Alexandra Petri: McConnell threatens to hold the Senate hostage unless he can keep holding the Senate hostage http://wapo.st/3f4YaMi

🐣 RT @petestrzok .@anneapplebaum’s look at the recent DNI report reveals a daunting CI challenge: ourselves. ¤ “Russian disinformation works because Americans allow it to work—and because those same Americans don’t care anymore about the harm they do to their country.”
💙 ⋙ TheAtlantic, Anne Applebaum: The Science of Making Americans Hurt Their Own Country http://bit.ly/3c2r1iH
// A new report lays bare why Russian disinformation succeeds.

⭕ 18 Mar 2021

RawStory, Alison Greene: How Marco Rubio turned the Senate Intel Committee into a Trump defensive team http://bit.ly/3s8QT1P

CNN: Roger Stone makes appearances in pair of Oath Keeper court filings http://cnn.it/3vHttml

TexasTribune: George W. Bush on Capitol insurrection: “I was sick to my stomach” http://bit.ly/30XuRmV
// 2/24/2021, upd today; The former president’s comments came during an interview that was part of this year’s virtual SXSW programming and kicked off Bush’s promotional tour of his new book, “Out of Many, One: Portraits of America’s Immigrants.”

🐣 RT @JuliaDavidNews Based on these screenshots from Putin’s response to Biden calling him a killer, he seems to be taking it well. https://twitter.com/JuliaDavisNews/status/1372664571916353537?s=20/photo/1
// sarcastic; 6-photo collage

💽 FBI[.]gov: FBI Washington Field Office Releases Videos of Assaults on Officers at U.S. Capitol, Seeks Public’s Help to Identify Suspects http://bit.ly/3cLvHIJ

WaPo, David Ignatius: Russia’s disinformation campaign will keep rolling, as long as Republicans are gullible enough http://wapo.st/3r9VU9j “Republicans … continued to peddle Moscow’s line even after they were warned about the Russian disinformation campaign”

Slate, William Saletan: A New Report Adds Evidence That Trump Was a Russian Asset http://bit.ly/3ty2p7e
// He helped Putin manipulate the U.S. election in 2020, as he did in 2016.

🐣 💽 RT @PoliticusSarsh Rachel Maddow just reminded Republicans that Devin Nunes is a Russian asset. #maddow https://twitter.com/PoliticusSarah/status/1372722157864771590?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @MaddowBlog July 31, 2020 – “The information in question pertained to packets reportedly sent to GOP members of Congress, including Nunes, by Ukranian lawmaker Andrii Derkach — who has worked closely with President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani.”
⋙ CNN: Devin Nunes declines to say whether he received foreign information meant to damage Biden http://cnn.it/3cFfYLa
// 7/31/2020

🐣 RT @ Putin, whose government has been fingered in the murders or attempted murders of multiple opposition figures and journalists, objects to being called a killer. @antontroian
⋙ NYT: Russia Erupts in Fury Over Biden’s Calling Putin a Killer http://nyti.ms/3cQFpJQ Methinks the Kremlin doth protest too much
// The Kremlin described the U.S. president’s response to an interview question as “very bad,” and recalled its ambassador to “analyze what needs to be done” about the countries’ relations.

WaPo: Senate confirms William Burns as next director of the CIA http://wapo.st/3tyNRUX

🐣 RT @BradMossEsq Seriously, screen the president’s food and drinks. That’s not a funny joke from Putin.
⋙⋙ 🐣 💽 RT @disclosetv NEW – “I wish you good health,” Putin responds to Biden after the US president called the Russian president a “killer.” https://twitter.com/disclosetv/status/1372569556015800331?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @waltshaub If Putin wants to make threats like this, maybe the State Department can mock him by sending a fresh package of Fruit of the Loom briefs to the Kremlin. I read that Putin is annoyed by taunts that he’s the underpants killer.
⋙ 🐣 RT @docLT2 Coming from Putin it isn’t a joke, it is a direct threat, just as “she’s going to go through some things” was a threat coming from Trump. It’s crime-boss speak for plausible deniability when it comes time to charge them in court. ¤ PS: Cell phone app=can work as geiger counters.
⋙ 🐣 RT @audubon3514 Putin poisoned his chief political adversary who nearly died. That same adversary is now in a Russian penal farm. A former KGB officer, if Putin wished our president good health, I’d worry about what he eats/drinks and would reassess those protecting him.

⭕ 17 Mar 2021

TheIntercept: White Supremacists, Conspiracy Theorists Are Targeting Critical Infrastructure http://bit.ly/3c6AsxE
// Extremist groups joined forces in the weeks after the election to target critical infrastructure and “incite fear,” an NYPD intelligence report said.

WaPo: Postal Service finds no evidence of mail ballot fraud in Pa. case cited by top Republicans http://wapo.st/3eOa6lx
// Letter carrier Richard Hopkins told federal agents he “assumed” supervisors discussed backdating ballots and then recanted his claim, inspector general’s report says

NYT: New Report Warns of Rising Threat of Domestic Terrorism http://nyti.ms/30SP4Kp
// President Biden requested the intelligence community complete the assessment shortly after taking office, and his administration has made fighting domestic terrorism a priority.
⋙ 🔆 This❗️⋙ ≣ ODNI: Domestic Violent Extremism Poses Heightened Threat in 2021 http://bit.ly/2P1e3sj 5p

WaPo, Max Boot: The GOP is accelerating its descent into authoritarianism http://wapo.st/3rYjDdH “The real GOP plan is, of course, to disenfranchise Democrats, and especially minority voters in big cities. This is the most blatant assault on voting rights since the 1960s”

When I was growing up in the 1980s, the Republican Party stood for freedom — freedom from big government at home and from communist tyranny abroad. It was why I, as a young refugee from the Soviet Union, became a Republican in the first place.

I am, therefore, agonized and appalled to see the GOP rapidly metamorphosing into an authoritarian party that has more in common with the Law and Justice party in Poland or the Fidesz Party in Hungary than with mainstream center-right parties such as the Christian Democrats in Germany. The transformation has been in the works at least since Donald Trump’s election in 2016, but it has accelerated alarmingly in the past year.

A newly declassified report from the director of national intelligence confirms that the Trump White House, the Republican Party and their propaganda organs colluded with, or at least worked on parallel lines with, a Russian campaign to defeat now-President Biden. The report notes that Moscow “sought to amplify mistrust in the electoral process by denigrating mail-in ballots, highlighting alleged irregularities, and accusing the Democratic Party of voter fraud.” Russian agents also “spread unsubstantiated or misleading claims about President Biden and his family’s alleged wrongdoing related to Ukraine.”

Sound familiar? It should, because those are precisely the same narratives that were being pushed by Trump and his supporters at places such as Fox News and One America News. That’s no coincidence. The report notes that Russian intelligence sought to “launder” its propaganda “through US media organizations, US officials, and prominent US individuals, some of whom were close to former President Trump and his administration.” The report cites Ukrainian politician Andriy Derkach as one of the “Russian proxies” active in this disinformation campaign; he provided information to, among others, Trump’s lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani.

This was the second election in a row where Trump and his supporters were serenely untroubled by the help he received from a hostile authoritarian regime. The Russian effort to influence our election didn’t succeed this time, but even after Trump lost, he kept pushing the Big Lie that he had actually won and continued to demand that either the courts or Republican lawmakers overturn the results. On Tuesday night, Trump was still at it, lamenting on Fox News that “our Supreme Court and our courts didn’t have the courage to overturn elections.”

This is the kind of blatantly anti-democratic rhetoric that incited the insurrection on Jan. 6. Yet even after a Trump mob stormed the Capitol, 147 Republicans in both houses voted to toss out electoral votes. In other words, nearly 60 percent of Republicans were willing to subvert democracy to win power. By contrast, only 17 Republicans — a mere 6.5 percent of the total — voted to impeach Trump for inciting an insurrection.

Republicans realize that Trump remains unpopular with the country as a whole. (His approval rating among registered voters is only 37 percent.) But instead of renouncing Trump, they are renouncing democracy. “In 43 states across the country,” The Post notes, “Republican lawmakers have proposed at least 250 laws that would limit mail, early in-person and Election Day voting with such constraints as stricter ID requirements, limited hours or narrower eligibility to vote absentee.”

The ostensible justification for this legislation is to combat voter fraud. Except there isn’t any. Republicans looked really, really hard and could not find any widespread voter fraud. The real GOP plan is, of course, to disenfranchise Democrats, and especially minority voters in big cities. This is the most blatant assault on voting rights since the 1960s — and if it succeeds it will greatly increase the chances that Republicans will win back the House and Senate in 2022.

The Democratic-controlled House recently passed a bill, H.R. 1, to strengthen voting rights without a single GOP vote. Republicans are hysterical in their opposition. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) said, “This is a bill as if written in hell by the devil himself.” What are its hellish provisions? Proposals such as automatically registering citizens to vote, allowing same-day voter registration, expanding voting by mail and early voting, making it harder for states to purge registered voters from the rolls, and banning partisan gerrymandering. These are all provisions that would strengthen our democracy. But the GOP is increasingly invested in authoritarianism as the best route to power.

The only way this bill, or any version thereof, can pass the Senate is if the Democrats eliminate or amend the filibuster rule that demands 60 votes to pass most legislation. Unfortunately, there aren’t 10 Republicans in the Senate who can be counted upon to support voting rights. It is hard to imagine a more damning indictment of the party once led by freedom fighters such as Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

CNN, Stephen Collinson: New US intel report shows Russia, Trump and GOP acolytes have same goals http://cnn.it/38RQw45

⭕ 16 Mar 2021

🐣 RT @BusinessInsider What led up to Putin’s rise? 💽 https://twitter.com/BusinessInsider/status/1371702924917768193?s=20/photo/1
// apartment bombings; deals with Yeltsin

NBCNews: Russia tried to help Trump in 2020, Iran tried to hurt him and China stayed out of it, says new report http://nbcnews.to/3cIAWca
// A newly declassified intelligence community assessment also says no foreign actor hacked into the U.S. voting infrastructure, meaning machines or data.

Despite repeated assertions by senior Trump administration officials that China sought to hurt President Donald Trump in the 2020 election, a newly declassified intelligence assessment finds that China did not seek to influence the outcome.

That is perhaps the most interesting revelation from a summary of election interference that proclaims what the government had already been telling the public: that Russian operatives didn’t hack into election infrastructure but that Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized “influence operations aimed at denigrating President Biden’s candidacy and the Democratic Party, supporting former President Trump, undermining public confidence in the electoral process, and exacerbating sociopolitical divisions in the U.S.”

China, on the other hand, “considered but did not deploy influence efforts intended to change the outcome of the U.S. Presidential election,” the assessment says, noting that the intelligence agencies have “high confidence in this judgment.” ¤ The assessment contradicts statements last year by Trump administration officials — National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe, Attorney General William Barr and national security adviser Robert O’Brien — that China was interfering in the election to hurt Trump. ¤ Last fall, Trump administration officials sought to portray China as seeking to influence the election. O’Brien, for example, told reporters in September that “the Chinese have taken the most active role” and that China had “had the most massive program to influence the United States politically,” followed by Iran and then Russia.

In discussing Russian interference, the assessment is in line with previous U.S. government statements describing social media propaganda and disinformation and the use of “cutouts” — people who do Russia’s bidding while appearing unconnected to the government — to spread the Russian message, which centered on accusing Biden of corruption.

One key figure was Andriy Derkach, a member of Ukraine’s Parliament with ties to Russian intelligence who was regularly speaking to Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani. ¤ The report says Putin “was aware of and probably directed” the influence operations, including those of Derkach. ¤ “We assess that Putin had purview over the activities of Andriy Derkach,” the assessment says. “Derkach has ties to Russian officials as well as Russia’s intelligence services.” ¤ The assessment says Derkach worked along with “Russian influence agent” Konstantin Kilimnik, a former associate of onetime Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, “to use prominent U.S. persons and media conduits to launder their narratives to US officials and audiences.”

Among those efforts, “they also made contact with established U.S. media figures and helped produce a documentary that aired on a U.S. television network in late January 2020.” ¤ That appears to be a reference to an hour of programming on One America News Network titled “The Ukraine Hoax: Impeachment, Biden Cash, and Mass Murder with guest host Michael Caputo.” ¤ Caputo is a longtime Trump associate who was a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services. He left the job amid a controversy over remarks urging Trump supporters to prepare for armed insurrection. He declined to comment.

NBCNews: Russia tried to help Trump in 2020, Iran tried to hurt him and China stayed out of it, says new report http://nbcnews.to/3cIAWca
// A newly declassified intelligence community assessment also says no foreign actor hacked into the U.S. voting infrastructure, meaning machines or data.

🐣 RT @BillKristol Whoa. Trump flat-out says that he wanted the courts “to overturn elections.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @atrupar Our Supreme Court and our courts didn’t have the courage to overturn elections” — Trump 💽 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1371967099980120068?s=20/photo/1

WaPo: Russia, Iran sought to influence 2020 election, but no foreign government tried to change votes, U.S. says http://wapo.st/3rTbMy4 China considered interference but did not

MotherJones, David Corn: Putin Did It Again: New Intelligence Report Says Moscow Helped Trump in 2020 http://bit.ly/3wYGA3e
// Konstantin Kilimnik, Rudy Giuliani roles; Anti-Biden propaganda was prepared with the assistance of Russian intelligence.

🐣 RT @emptywheel Pretty much the biggest news in this IC Report (which is mandated by a Trump Executive Order, btw), is that John Ratcliffe used his position as DNI to lie to the American people (as if his selective declassification didn’t already demonstrate that).
↥ ↧
🔆 This❗️⋙ RT @ODNIgov Today #ODNI released the declassified Intelligence Community assessment of foreign threats to the 2020 U.S. federal elections, view the full report here:
⋙ ODNI: Intelligence Community Assessment on Foreign Threats to the 2020 U.S. Federal Elections http://bit.ly/3tsCPAx ⋙ Report: http://bit.ly/30PoBgS 15p
// 3/10/2021

WaPo: Momentum of Capitol riot inquiries stalls amid partisan flare-ups http://wapo.st/2ODMXrq “[D]isputes have cast a pall over leaders’ vow to investigate the insurrection and its significance in the greater context of how the United States responds to such homegrown threats”

NYT, Bret Stephens: America Could Use a Liberal Party http://nyti.ms/3rS3JkU “The debates that used to divide the parties — the proper scope of government, the mechanics of trade — amounted to parochial quarrels within a shared liberal faith”
// The new division in politics isn’t between liberals and conservatives. It’s between liberals and illiberals.

By “liberal,” I don’t mean big-state welfarism. I mean the tenets and spirit of liberal democracy. Respect for the outcome of elections, the rule of law, freedom of speech, and the principle (in courts of law and public opinion alike) of innocent until proven guilty. Respect for the free market, bracketed by sensible regulation and cushioned by social support. Deference to personal autonomy but skepticism of identity politics. A commitment to equality of opportunity, not “equity” in outcomes. A well-grounded faith in the benefits of immigration, free trade, new technology, new ideas, experiments in living. Fidelity to the ideals and shared interests of the free world in the face of dictators and demagogues.

All of this used to be the more-or-less common ground of American politics, inhabited by Ronald Reagan and the two Bushes as much as by Barack Obama and the two Clintons. The debates that used to divide the parties — the proper scope of government, the mechanics of trade — amounted to parochial quarrels within a shared liberal faith. That faith steadied America in the face of domestic and global challenges from the far right and far left alike.

The illiberalism of the right is typified by the likes of Stephen Miller on immigration, Steve Bannon on trade, Josh Hawley on elections and Marjorie Taylor Greene on every manner of lunatic and bigoted conspiracy theory. It is by far the most dangerous form of illiberalism today, because it has shown that it is capable of winning elections and, when it loses, subverting them.

But there’s also the illiberalism of the left, typified by the excesses of the MeToo movement that ruined people’s lives, the anti-Semitism among some of the leaders of the Women’s March, the “antiracism” pedagogy that casts people who disagree with its Manichaean worldview into supposed racists, and the cancellations of careers, book contracts, speeches and dissenting opinions at places like Slate and other presumptively liberal publications. Anyone on the left who hasn’t noticed the climate of fear that now grips liberal institutions needs to start paying closer attention.

The new illiberalism is frightening. It could also be productive. Everyone who has been bitten by it, left or right, is rediscovering how capacious the old liberal faith was, how trivial its internal differences really were, how much they might yet have in common — including common enemies — with people they once regarded as ideological opposites.

This is not a political party, yet. But it could be the seeds of a party. America needs a Liberal Party that represents what we used to be and what we desperately need to become again.

💙 WaPo: CDC identifies public-health guidance from the Trump administration that downplayed pandemic severity http://wapo.st/3vnbcuq “[T]he review provides official confirmation … that political appointees ordered revisions to critical CDC guidance”
// The analysis was done to promote public trust and ensure that the agency’s coronavirus guidance ‘is evidence-based and free of politics,’ a memo says.

TheAtlantic, Renée DiResta: The Misinformation Campaign Was Distinctly One-Sided http://bit.ly/3tpyoqg “21 prominent influencers, including the actor James Woods, Donald Trump Jr., a couple of QAnon leaders, and former President Trump himself, had each amplified misinformation”
// In 2020, false propaganda about voting came almost exclusively from the right, putting tech companies in a bind.

… In fact, the Democrats had not tried to steal the election, but by that point, the facts didn’t matter. The outrage machine had moved on, drawing its audience’s attention to other manufactured grievances.

Research teams participating in the Election Integrity Partnership saw this process play out repeatedly, via many of the same accounts. One team, at the University of Washington’s Center for an Informed Public, looked at which accounts were involved in specific viral misinformation “incidents”—for example, claims that Arizona voters had been improperly given Sharpies to mark their ballot, that Republican poll watchers were illegally excluded from Philadelphia vote-counting sites, that dead people had voted in Michigan. The researchers noted that 21 prominent influencers, including the actor James Woods, Donald Trump Jr., a couple of QAnon leaders, and former President Trump himself, had each amplified misinformation about at least 10 incidents. The University of Washington team also examined the domains of articles that were shared in voting-related viral misinformation incidents. The Gateway Pundit topped the list. It and Breitbart News are among the hyper-partisan media outlets that bundle small kernels of truth—such as the Greenville mail discovery—within concentric applications of falsehood.

The distinct behavior of serial spreaders of misinformation should theoretically make them easy for Facebook or Twitter to identify. Platforms that place warning labels on false or misleading content could penalize accounts that repeatedly create it; after an account earned a certain number of strikes, the platform’s algorithms could suspend it or limit users’ ability to share its posts. But platforms also want to appear politically neutral. Inconveniently for them, our research found that although some election-related misinformation circulated on the left, the pattern of the same accounts repeatedly spreading false or misleading claims about voting, or about the legitimacy of the election itself, occurred almost exclusively among pro-Trump influencers, QAnon boosters, and other outlets on the right. We were not the only ones to observe this; researchers at Harvard described the former president and the right-wing media as driving a “disinformation campaign” around mail-in voter fraud during the 2020 election; the researchers’ prior work had meticulously detailed a “propaganda feedback loop” within the closely linked right-wing media ecosystem.

If the problem were more evenly distributed, policy changes would be harder to miscast as anti-conservative bias. Tech companies are in a bind. They recognize that inaction toward certain crucial types of misinformation puts them at greater risk of regulation by a Democratic administration and investigation by a Democratic Congress. And yet, if any single platform acts too forcefully, it risks provoking the wrath of the hyper-partisan influencers, who take to competing platforms to decry their supposed mistreatment. Social-media companies find themselves in the position of having to act decisively and collectively—and yet, collective action begets further allegations of collusion to silence conservatives.

The question now is what to do about the problem. Online influencers and hyper-partisan micro-media properties don’t all possess robust distribution channels of their own. The Gateway Pundit and Donald Trump Jr. achieve their reach, and their ability to promote viral lies, because social networks allow them to. The platforms—Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, WhatsApp, Parler—offer an audience of millions of users, sophisticated targeting, and curation algorithms that amplify precisely the kind of wildly sensational, high-engagement content that these influencers traffic in. Likes and shares and retweet buttons are the means by which their content spreads; algorithmically produced echo chambers entrench the fan base that they rely on to maintain influence (and, for some influencers, an income stream). The relationship is symbiotic up to a point; tech companies have benefited from the engagement that top influencers generate. But the worst of the repeat misinformation spreaders need Big Tech infrastructure, and have therefore worked hard to frame access to it as a fundamental right. And so these creatures of social media have come to regard the platforms’ growing distaste for high-impact misinformation as an existential threat.

Amid the right-wing effort to deny Trump’s election loss—and its explosive culmination in the Capitol riot—social-media companies felt compelled to step in. The insurrection pushed companies collectively to take policy actions, such as banning Trump from Twitter and Facebook, and eliminating tens of thousands of QAnon accounts and groups, that individually might have left each platform vulnerable to accusations of censorship from the right. But the post–January 6 status quo is unstable.

🧵 RT @anders_aslund Secretary of State @ABlinken’s outstanding speech on March 3 has received far too little attention, perhaps because it is too sound & principled. The first principles are obvious: US leadership and international cooperation. 📌 https://twitter.com/anders_aslund/status/1371661388729479169?s=20

🐣 RT @AmyAThatcher Per WaPo: Two men charged with assaulting Officer Brian Sicknick. Julian Elie Khater and George Pierre Tanios were arrested on Sunday. They are charged with 9 counts and face up to 20 years in prison.

⭕ 14 Mar 2021

NYT: Police Shrugged Off the Proud Boys, Until They Attacked the Capitol http://nyti.ms/3leiX14
// Two Proud Boys accused of leading a mob to Congress followed a bloody path to get there. Law enforcement did little to stop them.

⭕ 13 Mar 2021

Vox: A Trump criminal probe in Georgia expands to include Sen. Lindsey Graham http://bit.ly/38Cw8E7
// A Georgia district attorney is investigating whether Graham violated state law in a call with an elections official.

The investigation, which was opened by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis earlier this month, will probe whether Trump — and now Graham — violated state law in the course of Trump’s attempt to overturn the election results in Georgia following the 2020 presidential election.

According to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, Graham — a Republican from South Carolina — asked Raffensperger in November whether the secretary of state had the power to throw out all mail-in ballots in certain Georgia counties, a move that could potentially have tipped the state, and its 16 electoral votes, to Trump in the November election.

It’s unclear exactly how much legal jeopardy Trump and Graham are facing, but a Wednesday letter by Willis indicates that her investigation will take a broad look at possible criminal violations involving the Georgia election, including “the solicitation of election fraud, the making of false statements to state and local governmental bodies, conspiracy, racketeering, violation of oath of office, and any involvement in violence or threats related to the election’s administration.”

Neither Trump nor Graham are mentioned by name in the letter, but Willis has signaled that prosecutors will look into actions by both men. According to the New York Times, the investigation will also encompass election fraud conspiracies spread by Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, as well as the ouster of Byung J. Pak, then the US Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. ¤ Pak was reportedly forced out of the job by the White House in early January for refusing to open an investigation into nonexistent election fraud.

🐣 RT @BillKristol Straightforward from here:
1. Introduce skinny H.R. 1 focused on securing voting rights and nonpartisan redistricting.
2. By majority vote Senate adopts Manchin rule requiring talking filibuster, with 41 senators on floor, for bills focused on voting rights and fair elections.

⭕ 12 Mar 2021

NewYorker, Jane Mayer: Can Cyrus Vance, Jr., Nail Trump? http://bit.ly/2RGDG3z

WaPo: Army reviewing investigation into Michael Flynn’s dealings with Russia, foreign firm http://wapo.st/3eBcwnI

💙 WaPo: Justice Dept. calls Jan. 6 ‘Capitol Attack’ probe one of largest in U.S. history, expects at least 400 to be charged http://wapo.st/2OOP5fE

U.S. prosecutors on Friday sketched out the gargantuan scope of the investigation in the Jan. 6 Capitol breach, asking for courts to delay most cases by at least two months after being pressed by a handful of defendants and some judges to speed up trials and plea offers.

“The investigation and prosecution of the Capitol Attack will likely be one of the largest in American history, both in terms of the number of defendants prosecuted and the nature and volume of the evidence,” the U.S. attorney’s office in D.C. wrote in morning court filings in seeking a delay before turning over evidence to defendants. …

Charges have been brought against 312 people and are expected against at least 100 more, according to court officials and prosecutors. ¤ Investigators have executed more than 900 electronic and physical search warrants, and amassed more than 15,000 hours of law enforcement surveillance and body-camera video, 1,600 electronic devices and 210,000 tips, prosecutors said.

With the volume of cases and evidence only growing, “the unusual complexity of the Capitol Attack investigation warrants” postponement, Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn L. Rakoczy and others wrote in a filing Friday involving “key figure” Caldwell, who is charged with eight other alleged associates of the right-wing, anti-government Oath Keepers group. ¤ Moving too fast will make prosecution “impossible, or result in a miscarriage of justice,” Rakoczy said.

More than 100 federal prosecutors are working full or part-time on cases — including 30 detailed from U.S. attorney offices around the country — with some prosecutors and judges handling seven cases or more apiece.

In a sign of the probe’s vast scope, several unsealed search warrants have requested subject’s records dating to Nov. 1 — about Election Day — and at least one Feb. 25 warrant sought all of one individual’s Facebook account information dating to Sept. 1. Magistrates have authorized the FBI to search such information for all relevant material to be copied and retained while sealing the rest pending further court order or potential use to authenticate evidence at trial.

🐣 RT @KatiePhang “‘It seems cause-and-effect,’ Miller said, referring to Trump’s speech and the violent riot that left five people dead. ‘The question is, did he know he was enraging people to do that? I don’t know.’”
⋙ VICE: Even Trump’s Defense Secretary During the Capitol Riot Blames Him for Inciting It http://bit.ly/3lhWYqg
// 3/11/2021; Former Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller told VICE on Showtime he believes Trump’s speech caused the violent mob to attack the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

⭕ 11 Mar 2021

🔊WaPo: Recording reveals details of Trump call to Georgia’s chief elections investigator http://wapo.st/3vkfcMr

“The people of Georgia are so angry at what happened to me,” Trump told Frances Watson, the chief investigator for Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, according to the recording. “They know I won, won by hundreds of thousands of votes. It wasn’t close.”

Trump … urged Watson to continue investigating past the Christmas holiday “because, you know, we have the date, which is a very important date” — an apparent reference to Jan. 6, the day a joint session of Congress was scheduled to formalize the electoral college results.

Trump was fixated on that date as a last opportunity to overturn the election results, encouraging thousands of his supporters to descend on Washington and protest the vote. The ensuing riot at the U.S. Capitol left five people dead, including one police officer. Dozens of officers were injured. In the aftermath of the violence, Congress formally recognized President Biden’s win that night.

WaPo: DOJ seeks to build large conspiracy case against Oath Keepers for Jan. 6 riot http://wapo.st/3bGGnJe

🐣 RT @kyledcheney GARLAND has essentially made his first working day at DOJ entirely about the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol. ¤ Aside from some ceremonial stuff, he’s getting briefed by FBI Director Wray on the Capitol riot investigation and meeting with DC prosecutors pursuing those cases.

⭕ 10 Mar 2021

💙 TheAtlantic, Shadi Hamid: America Without God http://bit.ly/3esG7iY
// Apr 2021 issue: tags: Trumpism, wokeism, Qanon; religion in America; As religious faith has declined, ideological intensity has risen. Will the quest for secular redemption through politics doom the American idea?

AP: RICO expert hired by prosecutor investigating Trump call http://bit.ly/30A4t2i
// RICO = Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has engaged John Floyd to serve as a special assistant district attorney to work with lawyers in her office on any cases involving allegations of racketeering, her spokesman Jeff DiSantis said. A Fulton County Superior Court judge swore him in Wednesday morning.

In letters sent to state officials last month asking them to preserve evidence for her investigation into potential attempts to influence last year’s election, Willis mentioned racketeering as one of the possible violations of Georgia law that she was examining.

CNN: Wall Street Journal: Trump pressured Georgia investigator to find ‘the right answer’ in baseless fraud push http://cnn.it/3t3PFVy
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🔊WSJ: Trump Call to Georgia Lead Investigator Reveals New Details http://on.wsj.com/3cjWdsG
// Then-president says ‘Something bad happened’ and presses for investigation into Fulton County votes
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⋙ WaPo: ‘Find the fraud’: Trump pressured a Georgia elections investigator in a separate call legal experts say could amount to obstruction http://wapo.st/38tUosk
// 3/9/2021

WaPo: ‘QAnon Shaman’ stays in jail as judge slams his arguments: ‘So frivolous as to insult the Court’s intelligence’ http://wapo.st/3bDvw34

🔆 This❗️⋙ WaPo: Merrick Garland confirmed as attorney general http://wapo.st/3l4i0s5 Finally, I am really truly ready to heave that big sigh of relief ~ more excited about this ⇈ than the Heroes Act passing OR the fact I got my first Pfizer shot today!

⭕ 9 Mar 2021

NYT: Trump, Hungry for Power, Tries to Wrestle Away G.O.P. Fund-Raising http://nyti.ms/3elULsl
// Angry at his critics in the party and seeking to keep his options for raising money open, the former president is trying to take charge of the online fund-raising juggernaut he helped create.

Last week, Mr. Trump sent cease-and-desist letters — which appear to have little legal standing — to the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee, warning them not to appeal to donors using his name and image.

The jockeying comes as the party struggles to chart its path forward after losing the House, the Senate and the White House during Mr. Trump’s tenure, with moderate party leaders pushing the party to move beyond the divisive former president while much of the G.O.P. base remains firmly behind him. Who controls a majority of donors’ cash is set to be a fiercely contested point of dispute as Republicans try to regroup and take back power in the 2022 midterm elections.

Mr. Trump’s maneuvering is born partly out of his anger toward Republican leaders who he feels were disloyal when they edged away from him after Jan. 6. The former president is also being encouraged by people like Dick Morris, the notorious political consultant known for flipping between the parties, who has been meeting with him in New York and encouraging him to take on the party he once led.

Mr. Trump’s actions could give him a stream of money at a time when his private company is struggling under the scrutiny of investigations, with some discussions of whether properties need to be sold. His business is now politics, and political action committees have few restrictions on how they operate and use their money, according to campaign finance experts. ¤ The former president could, in theory, pay himself and his family members salaries from the money raised there.

🐣 RT @tribelaw Racketeer in Chief Donald J. Trump. It fits.
⋙ Reuters: Georgia prosecutor probing Trump taps leading racketeering attorney http://reut.rs/3ryRmdv
// 3/6/2021

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has enlisted the help of Atlanta lawyer John Floyd, who wrote a national guide on prosecuting state racketeering cases. Floyd was hired recently to “provide help as needed” on matters involving racketeering, including the Trump investigation and other cases, said the source, who has direct knowledge of the situation.

The move bolsters the team investigating Trump as Willis prepares to issue subpoenas for evidence on whether the former president and his allies broke the law in their campaign to pressure state officials to reverse his Georgia election loss. Willis has said that her office would examine potential charges including “solicitation of election fraud, the making of false statements to state and local governmental bodies, conspiracy, racketeering” among other possible violations.

“It’s not a stretch to see where she’s taking this,” said Cathy Cox, the dean of Mercer University’s law school in Macon, Georgia and a former Georgia secretary of state. “If Donald Trump engaged in two or more acts that involve false statements – that were made knowingly and willfully in an attempt to falsify material fact, like the election results – then you can piece together a violation of the racketeering act.”

In a Jan. 2 phone call, Trump urged Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a fellow Republican, to “find” just enough votes to allow him to win. In the hour-long call, Trump repeated false voter-fraud claims, insisting he won Georgia by a landslide and that Democrat Joe Biden received thousands of votes from people who were out-of-state, unregistered, or dead. Trump made another phone call in late December to Georgia’s chief elections investigator, urging the official to “find the fraud.”

On Dec. 5, Trump called the state’s Republican governor, Brian Kemp, to urge him to hold a special session of the legislature to overturn the election results. Three days later, Trump called Georgia’s Republican attorney general, Chris Carr, warning him not to interfere with a Texas lawsuit that challenged the election results in Georgia and other states.

Carr stated publicly that he opposed the Texas lawsuit. The offices of Kemp and Carr did not respond to requests for comment for this story.

Willis’ office has indicated it is also examining efforts to influence the election by Trump’s allies, including a November phone call made by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham to Raffensperger to discuss mail-in ballots; false election fraud claims made by Trump’s then personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, in testimony at state legislative hearings; and the abrupt removal of Byung J. “BJay” Pak, a U.S. attorney in Georgia who angered Trump by not doing enough to investigate his unfounded fraud claims.

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WaPo: Biden’s Justice Dept. already has split from Trump. Merrick Garland will go even further. http://wapo.st/3byXI7c “Garland … will inherit a Justice Department damaged by President Donald Trump’s efforts to use its power to benefit his friends and hurt his enemies”

BuzzfeedNews: Prosecutors Say The Oath Keepers’ Leader Directed Followers During Capitol Riot http://bit.ly/3kURgKI
// “Come to the South Side of the Capitol on steps,” Stewart Rhodes allegedly instructed on Jan. 6.

⭕ 8 Mar 2021

💙★ WSJ: What You Can and Can’t Do if You’ve Been Vaccinated: Travel, Gatherings, Risk Factors, What You Need to Know http://on.wsj.com/3lxKCKJ
// Until we reach herd immunity, vaccinated people must navigate some complicated decision-making. Here’s how to assess the risks.

MSNBC, Steve Benen: After boasting of ‘unity,’ Trump sends cease-and-desist letter to RNC http://on.msnbc.com/3t0XjjF
// Trump doesn’t just intend to lead the Republican Party, he also intends to control it.

🐣 RT @PalmerReport Trump has apparently decided to spend his final days trying to steal all the donations that would have gone to the Republican Party, so he can funnel the money into his legal defense as he faces criminal trials. His life is basically over, and he’s taking the GOP down with him.

R.I.P. GOP 3/8/2021. ¤ Lindsey Graham was right. He destroyed you. And you deserve it. ● https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1369162915606040578?s=20/photo/1
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🐣 RT @maggieNYT He didn’t start his own party, which is complicated to do and be competitive, but Trump is trying to set himself up as the place where money for Republicans should go as opposed to GOP committees Text Block: https://twitter.com/maggieNYT/status/1369110810690285576?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 As JFK said, riding the tiger risks ending up inside

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Cindy McCain: “I just don’t believe that our party can survive by appealing to the dark side of humanity.” ¤ “I don’t understand how we got to where we’re at but now that we’re here we can no longer have our leaders work with fear and anger and hate.” @MSNBC

WaPo: Sen. Roy Blunt won’t run for reelection, marking fifth Senate GOP retirement http://wapo.st/3ctC2bV “Sens. Richard Burr (N.C.), Rob Portman (Ohio), Richard C. Shelby (Ala.) and Patrick J. Toomey (Pa.) already have said they will not seek reelection”
// Sens. Charles E. Grassley (Iowa) and Ron Johnson (Wis.) have yet to announce their intentions.

NYT, Michelle Cottle: Don’t Let QAnon Bully Congress http://nyti.ms/30mKS5o
// Allowing the U.S. government to be held hostage by political extremists is unacceptable.

Last Thursday was not Donald Trump’s triumphant return to power after all. ¤ While this won’t surprise most people, it likely came as a shock to many QAnon followers. According to that movement’s expediently evolving lore, March 4 — the date on which U.S. presidents were inaugurated until the mid-1930s — was when Mr. Trump was to reclaim the presidency and resume his epic battle against Satan-worshiping, baby-eating Democrats and deep-state monsters.

This drivel is absurd. It is also alarming. Violent extremists, obsessed with the symbolism of March 4, were for weeks nattering about a possible attack on Congress, according to law enforcement officials. …

March 4 was just one target. The acting chief of the Capitol Police, Yogananda Pittman, recently warned that extremists have been talking about possibly blowing up the Capitol during President Biden’s first address to a joint meeting of Congress, which has not yet been scheduled, with an eye toward killing “as many members as possible.”

Also in discussion around the QAnon water cooler is that Mr. Trump will be reinstalled on March 20, with the help of the U.S. military. Indeed, the F.B.I. and Homeland Security bulletin cited an increased risk from violent domestic extremists for all of 2021. …

On Monday, lawmakers were briefed on the findings of the security assessment that the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, requested in the wake of Jan. 6. Russel Honoré, a retired Army lieutenant general who led the task force, recommended a variety of permanent enhancements. These include beefing up the Capitol Police force, in terms of increased staffing, improved training, enhanced authority for its leadership and a new emphasis on intelligence work; creating a quick-reaction force to be on call 24-7 to handle imminent threats; installing a retractable fencing system; and adding protections for rank-and-file members of Congress at home and while they are traveling and back in their districts.

Congress can now start haggling over which measures to adopt. Don’t look for the process to be silky smooth. Republicans, many of them desperate to downplay the Jan. 6 tragedy, are already attacking General Honoré as biased. The general has not been shy about criticizing lawmakers and others he regards as having fed the postelection chaos, and he has suggested that some Capitol Police officers may have been complicit in allowing rioters into the building. …

Trump toadies should not be allowed to turn this issue into a partisan game. Steps must be taken to safeguard the seat of government. Going forward, lawmakers cannot be seen as bowing to political thugs, their work upended whenever there is a semi-credible threat. That is not the American way.

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance Minuta is an associate of Roger Stone’s. We’ve all seen how much Stone wants to avoid prison. So if he was involved in Jan 6 in some way, convincing Minuta to cooperate against him could pave the way to learn details of whether there was an organized plan to attack the Capitol.
⋙ 🐣 RT @FBI Over the weekend, we arrested Roberto Minuta and Issac Sturgeon for their respective roles in the assault on the Capitol. Keep the tips coming as we work to identify those responsible so they can be held accountable. See our latest photos at [link]

⭕ 7 Mar 2021

Reuters: Accountant faces pressure to turn on Trump in criminal probe http://reut.rs/3c9WcYa

Few people have been as deeply involved in Trump’s finances as [Allen] Weisselberg, a trusted figure in Trump’s family business who began working for Trump’s father, Fred, in 1973 at the company’s Brooklyn office, paying bills and tracking the rental payments from apartment towers. ¤ Legal experts and a source familiar with the criminal investigation say prosecutors’ apparent goal is to convince Weisselberg to cooperate with the probe into Trump’s dealings.

🔆 This❗️⋙ Politico: Manchin wants to make filibuster ‘painful’ to use http://politi.co/2OAHUaH
// The pivotal West Virginia Democrat is also open to using budget reconciliation to pass voting reforms.

WaPo: Biden signs executive order promoting voting rights on 56th anniversary of ‘Bloody Sunday’ http://wapo.st/2PzIk1C He “warned that the country is witnessing a ‘never-before-seen effort to ignore, undermine and undo the will of the people.’”

⭕ 6 Mar 2021

⭕ 5 Mar 2021

WaPo, Dana Milbank: Republicans aren’t fighting Democrats. They’re fighting democracy. http://wapo.st/3c4M6aR “The Republican Party’s dalliance with authoritarianism can be explained in one word: race”

Trump’s overt racism turned the GOP into, essentially, a white-nationalist party, in which racial animus is the main motivator of Republican votes. But in an increasingly multicultural America, such people don’t form a majority. The only route to power for a white-nationalist party, then, is to become anti-democratic: to keep non-White people from voting and to discredit elections themselves. In short, democracy is working against Republicans — and so Republicans are working against democracy.

WaPo: F.B.I. Finds Contact Between Proud Boys Member and Trump Associate Before Riot http://wapo.st/3c5rsHR
// A leader of the far-right group separately said he had been in touch with Roger Stone, but an official said it was not the same contact investigators found through electronic communications records.

🐣 RT @tribelaw Go Eric! This @RepSwalwell lawsuit against Trump in his personal capacity is one Trump won’t easily escape. Its legal basis is solid and its factual predicates are overwhelming.
⋙ CNN: House impeachment manager Eric Swalwell sues Trump and close allies over Capitol riot in second major insurrection lawsuit http://cnn.it/3qpp2sy

Former House impeachment manager Eric Swalwell has sued former President Donald Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr., Rudy Giuliani and Republican Rep. Mo Brooks in a second major lawsuit seeking to hold Trump and his allies accountable for inciting the insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6.

The new lawsuit filed on Friday by Swalwell, a California Democrat who helped to lead impeachment arguments against Trump for inciting insurrection, follows a similar suit filed last month by Rep. Bennie Thompson against Trump, Giuliani and the extremist groups the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys. Swalwell’s case makes some of the same claims as Thompson’s — citing a civil rights law meant to counter the Ku Klux Klan’s intimidation of elected officials.

But it also alleges Trump, Trump Jr., Giuliani and Brooks broke Washington, DC, laws, including an anti-terrorism act, by inciting the riot, and that they aided and abetted violent rioters and inflicted emotional distress on the members of Congress.

“The Defendants, in short, convinced the mob that something was occurring that — if actually true — might indeed justify violence, and then sent that mob to the Capitol with violence-laced calls for immediate action,” the lawsuit, in Washington, DC’s federal District Court, alleges.

The lawsuits will unfurl as Trump faces mounting pressures in investigations by House committees that seek his financial records, as well as in criminal probes related to his private business and his post-election actions. He has not been charged with any crime.

Friday’s suit could bump up against free speech protections for speakers at the rally, as well as immunity Trump could try to claim he had while serving as president. All of the elected officials in the lawsuit, including Trump, are named in their personal capacities in court, meaning they would use private lawyers and not be shielded by their public offices.

But should either this suit or Thompson’s proceed, it would mean the former President and his allies would be subject to discovery and depositions, potentially exposing details and evidence that weren’t released during the Senate impeachment trial.

WaPo: State Department aide appointed by Trump stormed the Capitol, beat police with a riot shield, FBI says http://wapo.st/3ca8pMi Federico Guillermo Klein “has been arrested on charges that he stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 and assaulted an officer with a weapon”

⭕ 4 Mar 2021

💙 WaPo, Max Boot: How Trump’s politicized Pentagon bungled the response to the Capitol invasion http://wapo.st/3bhGr20 //➔ “bungled” is being generous

… Maj. Gen. William J. Walker, the commander of the D.C. National Guard, told a Senate committee Wednesday that he had been prevented by then-Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy from deploying a quick-reaction force or distributing weapons and riot gear before Jan. 6. McCarthy, in turn, was acting on the orders of then-acting defense secretary Christopher C. Miller. Walker said such restrictions were “unusual” and were not imposed during Black Lives Matter demonstrations in Washington.

When the attack on the Capitol began, Walker continued, he received a frantic call for assistance at 1:49 p.m. from the then-head of the Capitol Police and immediately relayed the request to the Pentagon. But it was not until 5:08 p.m. — three hours and 19 minutes later — that Walker finally received permission to deploy his troops. That was long after the Capitol had been overrun.

We still don’t have the full story of what happened; Congress will need to hear from McCarthy, Miller, Piatt and Charles Flynn, among others. Clearly there were multiple failures that day at different government agencies, including the Capitol Police, not just at the Defense Department. But what we already know suggests that the senior Pentagon leadership, installed by Trump, was either incompetent or malevolent. Or, quite possibly, both.

The best-case scenario is that the Pentagon was slow to respond in January because of all the blowback it had received for deploying troops to Lafayette Square in June. This might explain the generals’ concern about “optics,” which was shared by the House sergeant-at-arms. But it should have been obvious that there was a world of difference between using troops to attack unarmed demonstrators and using troops to stop terrorists from overrunning the Capitol.

The worst-case scenario is that Pentagon leaders were slow to act because they did not want to battle a mob that had been mobilized and incited by their commander in chief. As my colleague Dana Milbank notes, Miller, the acting defense secretary, did not finally give permission for the Guard to deploy until after Trump had belatedly told the insurrectionists to “go home.”

The larger problem is that Miller should never have been running the Defense Department even temporarily — and he should never have been surrounded by a coterie of unqualified Trump loyalists with extremist views. They were installed in November after Trump “terminated” Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper, who had angered him by opposing the deployment of active-duty troops to quell racial justice demonstrations.

After four years of assiduous effort, Trump succeeded in politicizing the Defense Department and undermining its effectiveness. The result was the Jan. 6 catastrophe. It is terrifying to imagine how much worse the Pentagon would have gotten if Trump had won a second term. Now it is incumbent on Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to clean up the department and rebuild the battered guardrails of military professionalism.

💙 🐣 RT @tribelaw Smells like it, sounds like it, looks like it, walks like it . . .
⋙ 🐣 RT @waltshaub What conclusion are we supposed to draw from the former Defense Secretary ordering the national guard to stand down, barring them from acting without his personal authorization, the day before the Capitol insurgency? ¤ It smells like a murderous attempt to aid the terrorists.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @ryannobles Stunning-> DC’s National Guard Commander told members of Congress that he had the authority to mobilize troops to respond to a civil disturbance… until the guidance changed the day before the insurrection. ¤ via/ @OrenCNN @ZcohenCNN & @ellieckaufman
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⋙⋙⋙⋙ CNN: DC National Guard commander says ‘unusual’ Pentagon restrictions slowed response to Capitol riot http://cnn.it/3uS6BAp link: https://twitter.com/ryanobles/status/1367195564501307395?s=20
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @Medit8Now Is anyone going to connect the obvious dots of why Christopher Miller was installed?
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @mailelei Something fishy? ¤ Barr left early so he couldn’t do a repeat like in June. ¤ That left tRump to his own devices and to manipulate all the secretaries of all the branches to get his way. To let the rioters tear down the capitol and stop the cert. He wanted to win at any cost.
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @getgoing100 Media/congress is unwilling to acknowledge that the US military was co-opted in the capitol insurrection. It aided & abetted the overthrow of election results by Trump mobs by its acts of omission (delaying deploying national guard) & commission (taking away authority to deploy)
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @Shimha18 Guidance Changes: After Trump fired #DOD Secretary Esper on 11/09/20, he then removed his staff of senior defense officials and installed MAGA loyalists who then changed policy to protect the #January6Insurrection. #CapitolRiotHearing https://twitter.com/Shimha18/status/1367233307784585216?s=20/photo/1
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @mmagersdc Guidance changed day before, this is huge exposure of complicity in this insurrection! ¤ Whom, what & why(we know the why) was behind this hindrance of providing help to Capitol Police. ¤ Prosecute anyone involved in changing this guidance, impeding National Guard from support!
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @Pugmothersue And this is how it happened: [Memo to Walker from Acting Defense Minister Christopher Miller:] https://twitter.com/Pugmothersue/status/1367210977322622976?s=20/photo/1

CNN: Federal investigators are examining communications between US lawmakers and Capitol rioters http://cnn.it/3rkWVMx

🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote If you were wondering why republicans kept asking the FBI if their phones were being tapped or if geo-location was being used without warrants during insurrection security hearings, here’s your answer.
⋙ 🐣 RT @LinkedHD CNN is reporting that investigators are looking into certain members of Congress for their role in the Jan. 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol. Here we go.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @LinkedHD “The data gathered so far includes indications of contact with lawmakers in the days around January 6, as well as communications between alleged rioters discussing their associations with members of Congress, the official said.”

⭕ 3 Mar 2021

WSJ, Karl Rove: Trump’s Appeal Rings Hollow at CPAC http://on.wsj.com/3qoAjcR “Supporters want him to offer a forward-looking vision, but he won’t. Some view his declarations of civil war on Republicans as counterproductive and claims of political power hollow”
// Only 68% of a crowd of Trump’s fervent supporters want him to run in 2024.

📋… [W]hile 97% rated Mr. Trump favorably in a straw poll, only 68% wanted him to run for president again, and 55% said they supported his nomination in 2024.

Why the muted enthusiasm from a crowd of Mr. Trump’s most fervent fans? The explanation may be in what the ex-president said and didn’t say in his 15-minute definition of Trumpism. There was no forward-looking agenda, simply a recitation of his greatest hits. People like fresh material. Repetition is useful to a point, but it grows stale.

Mr. Trump also claimed his “endorsement is the most powerful asset in politics,” crowing that “because of my efforts . . . we had huge gains in the House, and I helped keep many senators in their seats.” This is somewhat true of November’s 10 most competitive U.S. Senate races. Successful Republican candidates ran ahead of Mr. Trump’s percentage and won in three contests—Alaska, Maine and Texas. Five who ran behind him still managed to win, in Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Montana and North Carolina.

Mr. Trump followed up with an extended rant, claiming “this election was rigged and the Supreme Court and other courts didn’t want to do anything about it.” Instead, they “used process and lack of standing” to avoid the controversy. That’s deeply misleading. Judges in all six contested states found the Trump lawyers didn’t produce sufficient evidence.

The Arizona Supreme Court said the Trump campaign didn’t present “any evidence of ‘misconduct,’ ‘illegal votes’ ” while federal courts in the state dismissed complaints as “largely based on anonymous witnesses, hearsay and irrelevant analysis.”

Georgia courts held the Trump claims “rest on speculation” and lack “facts or evidence.”

A Michigan judge characterized the claims “as hearsay” while a federal judge in the Wolverine State dismissed them as “nothing but speculation and conjecture.” A Nevada judge wrote that Mr. Trump’s lawyers “failed” to provide “credible and relevant evidence.”

The Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld lower-court decisions in Pennsylvania that Team Trump didn’t provide “specific allegations and then proof.” In Wisconsin, a judge ruled that “on the merits of plaintiff’s claims,” Trump’s team “has not proved that defendants violated his rights.” The state Supreme Court concurred, saying his challenge was “meritless on its face.”

Perhaps the CPAC poll results are a manifestation of growing skepticism about Mr. Trump’s viability. Supporters want him to offer a forward-looking vision, but he won’t. Some view his declarations of civil war on Republicans as counterproductive and claims of political power hollow. And his repeated cries of stolen elections are causing some supporters to abandon politics altogether and others to doubt his claims.

Elements of Mr. Trump’s speech were fine. But true to form, the former president did it his way. The speech’s divisive, controversial and embittered parts dominated the coverage. He might be pleased by that, but shouldn’t be. Republicans shouldn’t be either.

DailyBeast, David Rothkopf: If Jan. 6 Was ‘Domestic Terror,’ Who Was the Terrorist in Chief? http://bit.ly/3rgkG8s
// Somehow, the FBI director and a committee of senators managed to avoid asking, let alone answering, the most obvious question.

WaPo Editorial: The Pentagon delayed three hours in sending troops on Jan. 6. It still hasn’t given a good reason. http://wapo.st/308SwQT

💙 WaPo, Dana Milbank: Did the Pentagon wait for Trump’s approval before defending the Capitol? http://wapo.st/3sSCl6B

Three hours and 19 minutes. ¤ That’s how long it took from the first, desperate pleas for help from the Capitol Police to the Trump Pentagon on Jan. 6 until the D.C. National Guard finally received permission to help put down the bloody insurrection.

During those 199 minutes, the mob sacked the Capitol. People died. Overwhelmed Capitol and D.C. police were beaten. Lawmakers’ lives were jeopardized. And violent extremists defiled the seat of government, temporarily halting the certification of Joe Biden’s victory.

“At 1:49 p.m., I received a frantic call from then-chief of United States Capitol Police, Steven Sund, where he informed me that the security perimeter of the United States Capitol had been breached by hostile rioters,” Maj. Gen. William J. Walker, commander of the D.C. Guard, testified Wednesday to a joint Senate committee investigating the attack on the Capitol. “Chief Sund, his voice cracking with emotion, indicated that there was a dire emergency at the Capitol, and he requested the immediate assistance of as many available national guardsmen that I could muster.”

Walker immediately alerted senior Army leadership — and then waited. And waited. Approval to mobilize the guard wouldn’t be received until 5:08 p.m.

At best, this was a catastrophic failure of government. At worst, political appointees and Trump loyalists at the Defense Department deliberately prevented the National Guard from defending the Capitol against a seditious mob.

The man ultimately responsible for the delay, Christopher Miller, had been a White House aide before Donald Trump installed him as acting defense secretary in November, as the president began his attempt to overturn his election defeat. Miller did Trump’s political bidding at another point during his 10-week tenure, forcing the National Security Agency to install a Republican political operative as chief counsel.

Also involved in the Pentagon delay was Lt. Gen. Charles Flynn, brother of disgraced former Trump adviser Michael Flynn, convicted (and pardoned) for lying to the FBI. Michael Flynn had suggested Trump declare martial law, and he helped to rile Trump supporters in Washington the day before the Capitol attack. The Pentagon had falsely denied to Post journalists that Charles Flynn was involved in the pivotal call on Jan. 6.

… An hour and six minutes of the holdup was because then-Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy “was asking a lot of questions” about the mission. Another piece of the delay: The 36 minutes between when the Pentagon claims Miller authorized the action and when the D.C. Guard was informed of the decision. “That’s an issue,” Salesses allowed.

Curiously, the Pentagon claims Miller’s authorization came at 4:32 — 15 minutes after Trump told his “very special” insurrectionists to “go home in peace.” Was Miller waiting for Trump’s blessing before defending the Capitol?

The Pentagon’s 199-minute delay looks worse in light of a Jan. 4 memo Miller issued saying that without his “personal authorization” the D.C. Guard couldn’t “be issued weapons, ammunition, bayonets, batons or ballistic protection equipment such as helmets and body armor.”

The Army secretary added more restrictions the next day, saying in a memo that he would “withhold authority” for the D.C. Guard to deploy a “quick reaction force” and that he would “require a concept of operation” before allowing a quick reaction force to react. McCarthy even blocked the D.C. Guard in advance from redeploying to the Capitol guardsmen assigned to help the D.C. police elsewhere in Washington.

Without such restrictions, Walker, the D.C. Guard commander, could have dispatched nearly 200 guardsmen soon after the Capitol Police mayday call. “That number could have made a difference,” Walker testified. …

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: The FBI director confirms the right is lying about Jan. 6 http://wapo.st/3rgYZVE

WaPo: Capitol Police say intelligence shows militia group may be plotting to breach the Capitol http://wapo.st/2Pw5qX4

⭕ 2 Mar 2021

TheConversation, Richard Amesbury: Can QAnon survive another ‘Great Disappointment’ on March 4? History suggests it might http://bit.ly/3qdz5kz
// Millerites

🐣 RT @ZekeJMiller WASHINGTON (AP) — Domestic extremist groups pose a serious threat to the military by seeking to recruit service members into their ranks and, in some cases, joining the military to acquire combat experience, according to a Pentagon report.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ AP: Pentagon report cites threat of extremism in military http://bit.ly/3qbgXHN

💙 🔲 💽 C-SPAN: FBI Director Christopher Wray Testifies on January 6 Capitol Attack http://bit.ly/3bZwfKP

FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the department’s preparations and response to the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. In his opening remarks, Director Wray said he was “appalled” at the attack on the U.S. Capitol and told members the “siege was criminal behavior plain and simple.” He later said the January 6 event was not an isolated issue and answered several questions on the rise of domestic terrorism and white supremacist violence in the country. Committee Chair Dick Durbin (D-IL) said in his remarks, “the insurrectionists who stormed the Capitol on January 6 did not wear white robes and hoods. They might as well have. They are the latest incarnation of a violent white supremacist movement that has terrorized fellow Americans on the basis of their race, religion, and national origin for more than 150 years.” Other questions focused on the diversity in the department, rising cases of hate crimes against Asian Americans, and cybersecurity concerns in the wake of the SolarWinds breach.

🐣 RT @JVLast The GOP is a revanchist minority, which is why their only paths forward are geographic leverage and voter suppression. Which is why the D’s first priority should be expanding voting rights. That’s the cornerstone of the pro-democracy movement.
⋙ TheBulwark, Jonathan Last: Biden’s Future Has Two Parts http://bit.ly/3e43wXK
// definition: four types of conservatism (Trump is none); temperamental, foreign affairs, fiscal, social; There are going to be two different Biden administrations.

WaPo: FBI director says domestic terrorism ‘metastasizing’ throughout U.S. as cases soar http://wapo.st/3kIDtXp

WaPo: Wray delivers a big blow to Jan. 6 baseless claims about antifa, but the GOP keeps feeding them http://wapo.st/3sJKdqV

🐣 RT @ If there’s a lesson to take from the last four years, it is that the work of democracy is never done and that any one of us may stumble, @danbbaer writes.
⋙ ForeignPolicy, Dan Baer: America Is Back. But Can Allies Ever Trust It Again? http://bit.ly/2NW5A9J
// Fears of another Trump make it even more urgent that allies work with Biden now.

⭕ 1 Mar 2021

🐣 RT @TheReidOut The Brennan Center recently reported that state legislatures are currently considering more than 250 bills restricting voting access in 43 states.
⋙ 💽 MSNBC, TheReidOut: The GOP is using ‘The Big Lie’ to push new voting restrictions http://on.msnbc.com/2NSvzig
// Joy explains how Republicans are using ‘The Big Lie’ to promote voting restrictions across the country. The Brennan Center recently reported that state legislatures are currently considering more than 250 bills restricting voting access in 43 states.

💙 WSJ Editorial: The Grievances of Trump Past http://on.wsj.com/3raEhGT
// If he was so great politically for the GOP, why is the party now out of power?

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance Weisselberg is in a position to know what Trump knew & what financial activity he directed. If he flips & works with prosecutors, he could be the key witness they need.
⋙ NYT: Prosecutors Investigating Trump Focus on His Finance Chief http://nyti.ms/3kzsjV3
// Manhattan district attorney investigators who are examining possible financial fraud have asked witnesses about Allen Weisselberg, the chief financial officer at the Trump Organization.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @MaryLTrump Weisselberg started working for my grandfather at Trump Management in Brooklyn in 1971 and most likely followed Donald to Manhattan in order to keep an eye on him. He knows close to everything.

WaPo: Rewriting January 6th: Republicans push false and misleading accounts of Capitol riot http://wapo.st/2MDMFzV

WaPo, Michael Gerson: The GOP is now just the party of white grievance http://wapo.st/301RCFw
// Trump mainstreamed bigotry in the Republican Party.

One of the poisonous legacies of Donald Trump’s presidency has been to expand the boundaries of expressible prejudice. Through the explicit practice of White-identity politics, Trump has obviated the need for code words and dog whistles. Thus his strongest supporters during the Jan. 6 riot felt free to carry Confederate battle flags and wear “Camp Auschwitz” sweatshirts without fear of reproof from their political allies. Many in the crowd surely didn’t consider themselves racists, but they were perfectly willing to make common cause with racists. In social effect, it is a distinction without a difference.

⭕ 28 Feb 2021

CNN: DOJ charges man who allegedly sprayed chemicals at cops in Capitol riot http://cnn.it/2OeRP5A “The use of chemical sprays has been a major focus of the investigation into the death of US Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick”

WaPo: Allies of Rep. Adam Kinzinger launch super PAC to support Republicans who have bucked Trump http://wapo.st/3sGQCDj

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Russian state media remains vehemently anti-American, anti-Biden and consistently pro-Trump. That should tell you all you need to know.

⭕ 27 Feb 2021

⭕ 26 Feb 2021

🚫 Esquire, Charles Pierce: This Year’s CPAC Is Approaching the Wingnut Singularity http://bit.ly/3kA9fpx
// Jesus, what a banana farm. Did they pad the rostrum? ⋙ not much else

NYT: F.B.I. Said to Have Singled Out Potential Assailant in Capitol Officer’s Death http://nyti.ms/2NKKISz They “suspect his death was related to an irritant, like mace or bear spray, that he had inhaled during the riot”
// The death of the officer, Brian Sicknick, after the Capitol riot has been a major focus for investigators scrutinizing the attack by a pro-Trump mob.

WaPo: FBI focuses on video of Capitol Police officer being sprayed with chemicals before he died in pro-Trump riot http://wapo.st/3pZ7mDR

🐣 RT @ryanjreilly NEW: Meet Danny “DJ” Rodriguez, the MAGA hatted Trump fanatic who brawled with cops, smashed out a Capitol window, and appeared to tase D.C. Metropolitan Police Officer Mike Fanone in the neck during the insurrection. Story with @JessReports:
⋙ HuffPo: Revealed: Meet The Trump Fanatic Who Tasered A Cop At The Capitol Insurrection http://bit.ly/3uDIpl9
// Danny “DJ” Rodriguez brawled with cops, tried to smash out a Capitol window, and assaulted a police officer on Jan. 6. He’s still at large.

CBSNews: Over 300 charged from more than 40 states: What we know about the “unprecedented” Capitol riot arrests http://cbsn.ws/307WhpP

🐣 RT @thedailybeast QAnon Shaman: Donald Trump “groomed” me and millions of others to believe conspiracy theories for years
⋙ DailyBeast: QAnon Shaman Whines: Trump ‘Groomed’ Me and Millions of Other Americans http://bit.ly/3spXjt8

💙 WaPo: Capitol riot defendants facing jail have regrets. Judges aren’t buying it. http://wapo.st/3dQApag

WaPo: As fractures emerge among Proud Boys, experts warn of a shift toward extremist violence http://wapo.st/3r0q67h

⭕ 25 Feb 2021

🐣 RT @DeadlineWH “Today in a congressional hearing into the insurrection of January 6th, a new warning from the acting Capitol Police chief about the same right-wing extremist groups who stormed the Capitol… targeting Biden’s first official address to Congress” – @NicolleDWallace 💽 https://twitter.com/DeadlineWH/status/1365067609591476229?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @DeadlineWH “The period of time [Cy Vance] has is important because it predates Trump’s ascent into the White House and helps build the narrative around the money trail and Trump’s motivations for his destructive and obscene dance with people like Putin” – @TimOBrien w/ @NicolleDWallace 💽 https://twitter.com/DeadlineWH/status/1365091382940041216?s=20/photo/1

⭕ 24 Feb 2021

CNN: Pentagon report reveals disturbing details about White supremacists in the ranks http://cnn.it/2O4DoAY

CNN: Close ally of Marjorie Taylor Greene among those in Capitol mob http://cnn.it/3sqWMqZ

⭕ 23 Feb 2021

🧵 RT @BigElad After the January 6 “Stop the Steal” event at the Capitol, @MarkPedroli and I requested records of communications between Missouri’s Attorney General’s Office and dark money groups that issued a robocall recruiting people to the event. ¤ My report: http://bit.ly/3aNMj2V 📌 https://twitter.com/BigElad/status/1364335691149303813?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Twitter just blocked 100 Russian state-affiliated accounts. Russia is already complaining and calling it “censorship.” Meanwhile, good riddance to 100 of my former troll followers. I won’t miss them for a minute. Text Block: https://twitter.com/JuliaDavisNews/status/1364280219260043270?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @Tom_Winter NEW: Statement from the NYPD’s largest union @NYCPBA “This was a disgusting assault on our Capitol Police brothers & sisters, on our government and on everything that NYC police officers stand for. Even worse: the suspect once wore our uniform. Justice must be swift and severe.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @NBCNews A retired New York police officer is facing charges for participating in the Capitol riot last month, where he allegedly attacked a Capitol officer.
⋙⋙ NBCNews: Retired NYPD cop charged in Capitol riot, accused of attacking officer http://nbcnews.to/2ZJMRAv
// Prosecutors said Thomas Webster attacked a Capitol police officer with a flag pole that was flying a Marine Corps flag.

WaPo: FBI alert about possible ‘war’ against Congress reached D.C. and Capitol Police on eve of attack, deepening security questions http://wapo.st/3sjDSCg

WaPo: Life amid the ruins of QAnon: ‘I wanted my family back’ http://wapo.st/2P5ozPo “To some it seemed as if the United States was gripped by an epidemic of conspiracy theories”
// An epidemic of conspiracy, fanned by social media and self-serving politicians, is tearing families apart.

🐣 RT @MarshallCohen Tucker Carlson last night: “There is no evidence that white supremacists were responsible for what happened on January 6. That’s a lie” ¤ Moments ago: ex-Capitol Police chief, DC police chief, ex-House and Senate sergeant-at-arms all testified that white supremacists were involved

🐣 RT @hugolowell Senate Rules chair Amy Klobuchar whacks Ron Johnson over questioning at hearing into Capitol attack, saying he’s always a problem: “Ron Johnson has again engaged in a conspiracy theory — that’s what he does.”
↥ ↧
🐣 RT @jimsciutto A sitting Senator and member of the committee charged with defending the homeland is lying about a terrorist attack, contradicting the witnesses before him and every law enforcement agency. Will his party censure him or sanction him in any way?
⋙ 🐣 RT @atrupar Ron Johnson is using his questioning time during the Capitol security hearing to promote a conspiracy theory that the January 6 insurrectionists weren’t actually Trump supporters, but were “provocateurs” and “fake Trump protesters” 💽 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1364256884044271620?s=20/photo/1

⭕ 22 Feb 2021 Merrick Garland DOJ Hearing

WaPo: At stake in Senate hearing Tuesday: The story of the Capitol riot, and who is responsible http://wapo.st/3siokPd

🐣 RT @warontherocks Why are these events occurring more frequently and more widely now, and what can be done to mitigate the dangers inherent in such encounters?
⋙ WarOnTheRocks, Ralph Clem: Risky Encounters with Russia: Time to Talk About Real Deconfliction http://bit.ly/3pLxQZA
// 2/18/2021

… [T]here is one other issue with Moscow that requires immediate attention and is worth the effort to cooperate on: the growing number of close contacts between U.S. and NATO air, land, and naval forces and their counterparts on the Russian side. Any of these encounters implies a threat of rapid escalation should something go terribly wrong, like a mid-air collision, a prospect made more likely owing to reckless conduct by the Russians during some of these incidents.

WaPo: Half million people should not have died in a country as ‘rich and sophisticated’ as the United States, says Fauci http://wapo.st/

In remarks to Reuters on Monday, Fauci, who is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, called the death toll of 500,000 “stunning” and said that “intense” political divisiveness contributed to the nation’s poor handling of the pandemic. ¤ “This is the worst thing that’s happened to this country with regard to the health of the nation in over 100 years,” he said.

🐣 RT @mccaffreyr3 Powerful reassurance to witness our President and Vice President and spouses recognize the sweeping tragedy that has engulfed and indeed numbed us. This Administration has the competence and organization to lead us out to health.
⋙ 🐣 RT @AP BREAKING: The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 tops 500,000, a staggering total that nearly equals the number of Americans killed in World War II, Korea and Vietnam combined. http://apne.ws/NGY6EfC

📋 🐣 RT @NumbersMuncher Summary of recent polls of how many Republicans believe the election was stolen from Donald Trump:
USA Today/Suffolk: 73%
Quinnipiac 76%
Gallup 83%
CNN 75%
Monmouth 72%
Fox News 68%
These numbers are a barrier to any unity in the country, and this was all cultivated by Trump.

🐣 RT @BillKristol “His outpouring of rage that Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance will finally have access to his financial documents suggests the only plausible reason for Trump’s evident dismay: He is very scared of being charged with crimes.”
⋙ NYMag, Jonathan Chait: Donald Trump Is Extremely Mad Prosecutors Will See His Tax Returns http://nym.ag/
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @Acosta Trump responds to SCOTUS decision on his tax returns, claiming he’s the victim of “political persecution.” Text Block: https://twitter.com/Acosta/status/1363927173489393668?s=20/photo/1

📋 🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Keeping track:
Dominion Voting Systems:
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell — $1.3 billion in damages
Sidney Powell — $1.3 billion in damages
Rudy Giuliani — $1.3 billion in damages
Smartmatic:
Powell, Giuliani, Fox and Fox hosts — $2.7 billion in damages

Reuters: White supremacy a ‘transnational threat’, U.N. chief warns http://reut.rs/3qKMQIz

🐣 RT @JudiciaryDems #FACTCHECK: The polarization of DOJ did not come from President Obama. It came from the four tumultuous years of President Trump treating the Attorney General as his own personal lawyer and demanding that DOJ advance the interests of himself, his family, and his political allies.

NYT: Here’s What’s Next in the Trump Taxes Investigation http://nyti.ms/3pNR5l4
// A Supreme Court ruling has paved the way for prosecutors to begin combing through Mr. Trump’s financial records.

🐣 RT @RachelAbramsNY SCOOP: Congressional Dems sent a letter to Comcast, Amazon, Google, ATT & others, demanding to know what they plan to do about the “the spread of dangerous misinformation” from Fox News, OAN and Newsmax – including whether they will continue to carry them
⋙ NYT: House Democrats Press Cable Providers on Election Fraud Claims http://nyti.ms/3uokOol
// Before a hearing set for Wednesday, Democrats on the Energy and Commerce Committee asked cable companies what they did to combat “the spread of misinformation.”

🧵 RT @NatashaBertrand NEW: Trump staffers prepared a sanctions package targeting Russia over its poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. It was basically ready to go—but never got final sign-off. It was handed off to Biden admin, which is now preparing its own response: 📌 https://twitter.com/NatashaBertrand/status/1363999445747175426?s=20
⋙⋙ Politico: Biden readies his first major penalties on Russia http://politi.co/3sjX7vq
// The Trump administration had prepared a sanctions package in response to the poisoning of Alexei Navalny, but Biden’s national security team wants to chart its own course.
⋙ 🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand The Trump admin package proposed 3 types of sanctions: Magnitsky Act, sanctions under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 (CBW Act); and sanctions under Executive Order 13382. It stalled right when it needed final, high level approval.
⋙ 🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand The new admin is set to respond, likely in form of sanctions coordinated with European allies, in the coming weeks. But it is unlikely to use the exact blueprint left by Trump’s national security team. The current National Security Council views that package as overly unilateral.

💙 NYT: The Lost Hours: How Confusion and Inaction at the Capitol Delayed a Troop Deployment http://nyti.ms/3pQGtlK
// As violence grew out of control on Jan. 6, the head of the Capitol Police made an urgent request for the National Guard. It took nearly two hours to be approved.

🧵 RT @SCOTUSblog BREAKING: After 4 months of inaction, SCOTUS in a one-sentence unsigned order declines Trump’s request to further postpone enforcement of a Manhattan DA subpoena for his financial records. The order clears the way for a NY grand jury to obtain the records & review them in secret. 📌 https://twitter.com/SCOTUSblog/status/1363860115502354436?s=20

🐣 RT @LukeLBarr Perhaps the strongest moment of the hearing – Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland chokes up when he talks about his motivations for taking the AG job. “The country took us in and protected us and I feel an obligation to the country to pay back.” 💽 https://twitter.com/LukeLBarr/status/1363916753458372614?s=20/photo/1

WaPo: Merrick Garland tells senators Capitol riot investigation will be his first priority as attorney general http://wapo.st/3kfKGhG

🐣 RT @BradMossEsq I’ve barely heard a real question directed towards Garland yet by the GOP. There are serious matters of policy, institutional reforms and law enforcement that need to be addressed by a nominee. ¤ So far this is “reaffirm that Trump’s grievances were legitimate” on a loop.

THREADS:
🧵 RT @JoyceWhiteVance Merrick Garland: Willing to step away from lifetime appointment as a federal judge because of the importance of DOJ and the rule of law. 📌 https://twitter.com/JoyceWhiteVance/status/1363867770010673153?s=20

🧵 RT @KlasfeldReports “Watch Live: Merrick Garland Finally Gets a Confirmation Hearing—This Time, for Attorney General” ¤ Follow along with me today. ¤ Chairman Durbin just finished his opening remarks. via @lawcrimenews 📌 https://twitter.com/KlasfeldReports/status/1363862417218932750?s=20
⋙ Law&Crime: Watch Live: Merrick Garland Finally Gets a Confirmation Hearing—This Time, for Attorney General http://bit.ly/3kcEqHb

🧵 RT @benjaminwittes Listening to Chuck Grassley congratulate himself for the way he and the Republicans treated Merrick Garland while Garland has to sit patiently and listen makes me want to throw things across the room. [Thread:] 📌 https://twitter.com/benjaminwittes/status/1363864122723602432?s=20

🧵 RT @emptywheel You can watch Merrick Garland hearing at either of these links:
⋙ 💽 CSPAN: Attorney General Nominee Merrick Garland Testifies at Confirmation Hearing, Part 1 http://bit.ly/3qMWZUX
// Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland testified at a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
⋙ 💽 Senate Judiciary: The Nomination of the Honorable Merrick Brian Garland to be Attorney General of the United States: Day 1 http://bit.ly/3kjYlUU
📌 Thread: https://twitter.com/emptywheel/status/1363859490647474177?s=20

🧵 RT @atrupar Merrick Garland: “If confirmed, I will supervise the prosecution of white supremacists and others who stormed the Capitol on January 6, a heinous attack that sought to disrupt a cornerstone of our democracy.” 📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1363869639286095872?s=20
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💙≣ Rev[.]com: Merrick Garland Opening Statement Transcript: Confirmation Hearing for Attorney General http://bit.ly/3kaSkty

The President nominates the Attorney General to be the lawyer, not for any individual, but for the people of the United States. July 2020 marked the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Department of Justice, making this a fitting time to remember the mission of the Attorney General and of the Department.

It is a fitting time to reaffirm that the role of the Attorney General is to serve the rule of law and to ensure equal justice under law. …

Before I became a judge almost 24 years ago, a significant portion of my professional life was spent at the Justice Department. As a special assistant to Ben Civiletti, the last of the trio of post-Watergate Attorneys General, as a Line Assistant US Attorney, as a supervisor in the Criminal Division, and finally, as a senior official in the Department. Many of the policies that the Justice Department developed during those years are the foundation for reaffirming the norms that will ensure that the Department adheres to the rule of law.

These are policies that protect the independence of the department from partisan influence in law enforcement. That strictly regulate communications with the White House. That established guidelines for FBI domestic operations and foreign intelligence collection. That ensure respectful treatment of the press. That read the Freedom of Information Act generously. That respect the professionalism of DOJ employees, and that set out the principles of federal prosecution to guide the exercise of prosecutorial discretion.

Celebrating DOJ’s 150th year reminds us of the origins of the Department, which was founded during Reconstruction in the aftermath of the Civil War to secure the civil rights that were promised in the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments.

The first Attorney General appointed by President Grant to head the new Department led it in a concerted battle to protect black voting rights from the violence of white extremists, successfully prosecuting hundreds of cases against white supremacist members of the Klu Klux Klan.

Almost a century later, the Civil Rights Act of 1957 created the Department’s Civil Rights Division with a mission to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society. That mission, on the website of the Department’s Civil Rights Division, remains urgent because we do not yet have equal justice.

Communities of color and other minorities still face discrimination in housing, in education, in employment and in the criminal justice system, and they bear the brunt of the harm caused by pandemic, pollution, and climate change. 150 years after the Department’s founding, battling extremist attacks on our democratic institutions also remains central to the Department’s mission.

From 1995 to 1997, I supervised the prosecution of the perpetrators of the bombing of the Oklahoma City Federal Building, who sought to spark a revolution that would topple the Federal Government. If confirmed, I will supervise the prosecution of white supremacists and others who stormed the Capitol on January 6th, a heinous attack that sought to disrupt a cornerstone of our democracy, the peaceful transfer of power to a newly elected government. …

As Attorney General, later Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson famously said, quote, “The prosecutor has more control over life, liberty, and reputation than any other person in America. While prosecutors at their best are one of the most beneficent forces in our society, when they act from malice or other base motives, they are one of the worst.”

Jackson then went on to say, “The citizen’s safety lies in the prosecutor who tempers zeal with human kindness, who seeks truth and not victims, who serves the law and not factional purposes, and who approaches the task with humility.”

That was the prosecutor I tried to be during my prior service in the Department of Justice. That is the spirit I tried to bring to my tenure as a Federal Judge, and if confirmed, I promise to do my best to live up to that ideal as Attorney General. Thank you.

⭕ 21 Feb 2021

WaPo, Rosalind Helderman: Impeachment is over. But other efforts to reckon with Trump’s post-election chaos have just begun. http://wapo.st/2NvVyM6

Although Trump was acquitted by the Senate on a charge that his rhetoric incited the deadly Capitol siege, public officials and private companies are pursuing a multi-front legal effort to hold him and his allies accountable in other ways. The actions target the former president and numerous others — including elected ­officials, media pundits and lawyers — who indulged and echoed his falsehoods that President Biden did not win the election.

The goal, according to lawyers and others supportive of such efforts, is to mete out some form of punishment for those who helped undermine confidence in the election results and fueled the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. But even more, they said, they hope to discourage other public officials from rerunning Trump’s strategy of attempting to overturn an election result by sowing doubt about the legitimacy of the vote.

“There has to be some consequence for telling these lies — because when you lie to people, they take action based on what they think is true,” said Philadelphia City Commissioner Al Schmidt, a Republican who received threats after false allegations of fraud in the counting of the city’s votes. “Because it’s such a dangerous new thing that occurred, there has to be some reconciliation. Moving on isn’t enough.”

A federal judge in D.C. late Friday referred one lawyer for possible disciplinary action. Still, it’s not yet clear how far courts will go in pursuing sanctions against lawyers who may have believed in their own conspiracy theories, or whether prosecutors will ultimately bring criminal charges related to the election. The civil litigation could linger for years.

The most serious ongoing legal actions involve criminal inquiries. More than 225 people have been charged with various crimes directly related to the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6. Justice Department officials have said they do not expect to file criminal charges against Trump or others who gave incendiary speeches in Washington that day before the violence, but they also said the case is complex and the investigation ongoing.

But even without charges against the former president, several lawyers representing alleged rioters have signaled they plan to argue that their clients were merely following what they thought were Trump’s directions that day — meaning there could be lengthy legal wrangling over Trump’s culpability. …

🔆 This❗️⋙ NYT: A Small Group of Militants’ Outsize Role in the Capitol Attack http://nyti.ms/3seC0dV ‘Federal prosecutors have repeatedly highlighted the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys as being the most organized and planning their strategy ahead of time’

As federal prosecutors unveil charges in the assault on the Capitol last month, they have repeatedly highlighted two militant groups — the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys — as being the most organized, accusing them of planning their strategy ahead of time and in some cases helping escalate a rally into an attack.

The two organizations stand in contrast to a majority of the mob. Of the more than 230 people charged so far, only 31 are known to have ties to a militant extremist group. And at least 26 of those are affiliated with the Oath Keepers or the Proud Boys.

The groups differ in their focus and tactics: The Oath Keepers are part of an anti-government militia movement that emphasizes military-style training, while the Proud Boys espouse an ideology of male and Western superiority, with members often expressing white-supremacist and anti-immigrant views. But the groups have been united in their allegiance to former President Donald J. Trump.

Conspiracy charges, among the most serious levied so far, indicate that members of these groups may have worked together and planned their activities, potentially in ways that made them more dangerous than other rioters. Federal prosecutors have said that some members used teamwork to help people escape arrest and to direct and provoke protesters to overwhelm police defenses.

Of the 22 people charged with conspiracy crimes by mid-February, 18 were known to have ties to one of those two groups.

⭕ 20 Feb 2021

NYMag, Jonathan Chait: An Ex-KGB Agent Says Trump Was a Russian Asset Since 1987. Does it Matter? http://nym.ag/2ZAZoX2

If I had to guess today, I’d put the odds higher, perhaps over 50 percent. One reason for my higher confidence is that Trump has continued to fuel suspicion by taking anomalously pro-Russian positions. He met with Putin in Helsinki, appearing strangely submissive, and spouted Putin’s propaganda on a number of topics including the ridiculous possibility of a joint Russian-American cybersecurity unit. (Russia, of course, committed the gravest cyber-hack in American history not long ago, making Trump’s idea even more self-defeating in retrospect than it was at the time.) He seemed to go out of his way to alienate American allies and blow up cooperation every time they met during his tenure.

He would either refuse to admit Russian wrongdoing — Trump refused even to concede that the regime poisoned Alexei Navalny — or repeat bizarre snippets of Russian propaganda: NATO was a bad deal for America because Montenegro might launch an attack on Russia; the Soviets had to invade Afghanistan in the 1970s to defend against terrorism. These weren’t talking points he would pick up in his normal routine of watching Fox News and calling Republican sycophants.

A second reason is that reporter Craig Unger got a former KGB spy to confirm on the record that Russian intelligence had been working Trump for decades. In his new book, “American Kompromat,” Unger interviewed Yuri Shvets, who told him that the KGB manipulated Trump with simple flattery. “In terms of his personality, the guy is not a complicated cookie,” he said, “his most important characteristics being low intellect coupled with hyperinflated vanity. This makes him a dream for an experienced recruiter.” …

This is what intelligence experts mean when they describe Trump as a Russian “asset.” It’s not the same as being an agent. An asset is somebody who can be manipulated, as opposed to somebody who is consciously and secretly working on your behalf.

Shvets told Unger that the KGB cultivated Trump as an American leader, and persuaded him to run his ad attacking American alliances. “The ad was assessed by the active measures directorate as one of the most successful KGB operations at that time,” he said, “It was a big thing — to have three major American newspapers publish KGB soundbites.”To be clear, while Shvets is a credible source, his testimony isn’t dispositive. There are any number of possible motives for a former Soviet spy turned critic of Russia’s regime to manufacture an indictment of Trump. But the story he tells is almost exactly the possibility I sketched out. And it fits the known facts about how Russian intelligence works and what Trump has done pretty tightly.

One reason I think that is because a great deal of incriminating information was confirmed and very little in fact changed as a result. In 2018, Buzzfeed reported, and the next year Robert Mueller confirmed, explosive details of a Russian kompromat operation. During the campaign, Russia had been dangling a Moscow building deal that stood to give hundreds of millions of dollars in profit to Trump, at no risk. Not only did he stand to gain this windfall, but he was lying in public at the time about his dealings with Russia, which gave Vladimir Putin additional leverage over him. (Russia could expose Trump’s lies at any time if he did something to displease Moscow.)

Mueller even testified that this arrangement gave Russia blackmail leverage over Trump. But by the time these facts had passed from the realm of the mysterious to the confirmed, they had become uninteresting.

We don’t know what other sources of leverage Russia had, or how far back it went. Ultimately, whatever value Trump offered to Russia was compromised by his incompetence and limited ability to grasp firm control even of his own government’s foreign policy. It was not just the fabled “deep state” that undermined Trump. Even his own handpicked appointees constantly undermined him, especially on Russia. Whatever leverage Putin had was limited to a single individual, which meant there was nobody Trump could find to run the State Department, National Security Agency, and so on who shared his idiosyncratic Russophilia.

The truth, I suspect, was simultaneously about as bad as I suspected, and paradoxically anticlimactic. Trump was surrounded by all sorts of odious characters who manipulated him into saying and doing things that ran against the national interest. One of those characters was Putin. In the end, their influence ran up against the limits that the character over whom they had gained influence was a weak, failed president.

NYT: Merrick Garland Faces Resurgent Peril After Years Fighting Extremism http://nyti.ms/3aDmbHI
// The fallout from the Capitol attack and the shadow of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing are likely to take center stage at the confirmation hearings for President Biden’s pick for attorney general.

🔆 This❗️⋙ WaPo: U.S. investigating possible ties between Roger Stone, Alex Jones and Capitol rioters http://wapo.st/3duNupx Lots of smoke, but whether purveyors of disinfo and instigators can be charged under existing laws is very unclear, esp given 1st Amendment

“We are investigating potential ties between those physically involved in the attack on the Capitol and individuals who may have influenced them, such as Roger Stone, Alex Jones and [Stop the Steal organizer] Ali Alexander,” said a U.S. official, who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a pending matter.

All three amplified and intensified Trump’s incendiary claims that the 2020 election was illegitimate in the weeks leading up to the riot. But Stone and Alexander have directly credited each other with inspiring and planning the pro-Trump Stop the Steal campaign, with Alexander saying he came up with the idea and helped organize the Jan. 6 rally that drew Trump supporters to Washington. Stone and Jones also promoted the extremist groups Proud Boys and Oath Keepers and had preexisting business or personal ties with members the government has charged with coordinating and planning certain parts of the breach or with violence at an earlier Trump rally, records and documents show.

A key task for prosecutors and agents is to sift through the multitude of motives and intentions of the roughly 800 people in the mob that descended upon the Capitol — from those who came as individuals drawn to the idea of derailing Joe Biden’s presidency before it began, to those who allegedly began organizing immediately after the election to show up in Washington in large numbers to use force to try to keep Trump in power.

The U.S. official and others familiar with the investigation cautioned that the role of firebrands like Stone and Jones may be important mostly to painting a complete picture of that day’s events, regardless of whether they ultimately rise to the level of conspiracy or other crimes.

In recorded videos and on Infowars, Stone and Jones have lifted the profiles of the Proud Boys, a far-right group with a history of violence, and Oath Keepers — a loose network of self-styled militias — branding them as street-level security forces for right-wing causes and VIPs. A half-dozen alleged members of the Oath Keepers have been charged with conspiracy and leading up to 30 to 40 others in the break-in, according to court filings. Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes, has said he gave no direction or signals to members to storm the Capitol. The leader of the Proud Boys has msaid the group did not plan to interrupt Congress.

… [O]fficials have charged three Proud Boy leaders in connection with the Capitol riot or an earlier pro-Trump rally in Washington — Proud Boys chairman Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, organizer Joe Biggs and Seattle leader Ethan Nordean. The three registered a company together last year, and Tarrio and Biggs also have preexisting personal or business connections to Stone and Jones, respectively, according to records and documents.

⭕ 19 Feb 2021

WaPo: U.S. alleges wider Oath Keepers conspiracy, adds more defendants in Jan. 6 Capitol riot http://wapo.st/3k9J6xM

A 21-page indictment alleged that the defendants “did knowingly combine, conspire, confederate, and agree with each other and others known and unknown” to force entry to the Capitol and obstruct Congress from certifying the election of Joe Biden as president in riots that led to five deaths and assaults on 139 police.

The nine-person indictment named three already charged military veterans — Jessica Marie Watkins, 38, and Donovan Ray Crowl, 50, both of Woodstock, Ohio; and Thomas E. Caldwell, 66, of Berryville, Va. The six new defendants include siblings Graydon Young, 54, of Englewood, Fla., and Laura Steele, of Thomasville, N.C. It also includes married couples Kelly and Connie Meggs, 52 and 59, of Dunnellon, Fla.; and Bennie and Sandra Parker, 70 and 60, of the Cincinnati area.

On Dec. 22, Kelly Meggs wrote a Facebook message saying Trump’s comment that Jan. 6 would be “wild” meant he “wants us to make it WILD. . . . He called us all to the Capitol. . . . Gentlemen we are heading to DC,” the indictment alleges.

Kelly Meggs added a few days later that there would be “at least” 50 to 100 Oath Keepers in attendance, the indictment said, and posted on Christmas that he “was named State lead of Florida today.”

WaPo: How the Oklahoma City bombing case prepared Merrick Garland to take on domestic terrorism http://wapo.st/2ZKDrF3 Garland worked not only to convict Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber, but also “The Unabomber,” Ted Kaczynski

⭕ 18 Feb 2021

CNN: 6 Capitol Police officers suspended, 29 others being investigated for alleged roles in riot http://cnn.it/2ZwoLcw

🐣 RT @brhodes Outright and offensive lies and disinformation are at the center of the right wing authoritarian political project in this country today. They have to create an alternate world because they can’t win debates or elections in the real one.

WaPo: Biden memo for ICE officers points to fewer deportations and strict oversight http://wapo.st/3s7bDXj

Reuters: Trump’s former fixer Michael Cohen interviewed by Manhattan DA’s office and newly hired litigator http://reut.rs/2ZsXzeH

ForeignPolicy, Laurie Garrett: Trump Is Guilty of Pandemicide http://bit.ly/3bgJsi1 //➔ The greater impact on communities of color was know from the very early months, so I think it also qualifies as bona fide genocide
// History will show the former U.S. president was staggeringly negligent during the pandemic’s deadly third wave.

🐣 RT @gtconway3d I know everyone’s focused on upgrades on flights from Cancun, but this is huge news. ¤ This strongly suggests an intent to try a case.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Jonesieman New: The Manhattan district attorney has brought in a former federal prosecutor who is an expert on white-collar crime to join the team investigating the Trump family business. From @WRashbaum, @benprotess and me.
⋙⋙ NYT: Manhattan D.A. Recruits Top Prosecutor for Trump Inquiry http://nyti.ms/3pubNWZ
// The Manhattan district attorney has enlisted a former federal prosecutor who is an expert on white-collar crime to join the team investigating the Trump family business.

🐣 RT @JakeTapper .@MittRomney: “Like you, I hear many calls for unity. It is apparent that calling for unity while at the same time appeasing the big lie of a stolen election is a fraud. It is the lie that caused the division. It is in the service of that lie that a mob invaded the Capitol” Jan 6 Text Block: https://twitter.com/jaketapper/status/1362459765725683712?s=20/photo/1-2

WaPo: The 150-year-old Ku Klux Klan Act being used against Trump in Capitol attack http://wapo.st/3av5iz6

⭕ 17 Feb 2021

🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote I love that Russia Ron has to answer to Ossoff.
⋙ 🐣 RT @mkraju Freshman Jon Ossoff named chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, a panel that has done some substantial bipartisan probes in recent years. The ranking member: Ron Johnson, Republican of Wisconsin

WaPo: Trump-McConnell clash threatens to settle into a cold war as GOP eyes midterms http://wapo.st/3qA4oqK

🐣 Limbaugh was smart enough to know better. Yet he took the dark road and led many others down it. I do not rejoice at anyone’s death, but the absence of his voice may save weak souls.

🐣 RT @WIRED To belong to the QAnon pack is to be part of a massive crowdsourcing project that sees itself cracking a mystery
⋙ WIRED, Clive Thompson: QAnon Is Like a Game—a Most Dangerous Game http://bit.ly/3jXqVLz
// The conspiracy theory has the best attributes of a multiplatform game, except that it can cause harm in the real world.

QAnon, as you very likely know, is the right-wing conspiracy theory that revolves around a figure named Q. This supposedly high-ranking insider claims that the deep state—an alleged cabal led by Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and George Soros and abetted by decadent celebrities—is running a global child-sex-trafficking ring and plotting a left-wing coup. Only Donald Trump heroically stands in the way.

ARGs [Artificial Reality Games] are designed to be clue-cracking, multiplatform scavenger hunts. They’re often used as a promotion, like for a movie. A studio plants a cryptic clue in the world around us. If you notice it and Google it, it leads to hundreds more clues that the gamemaker has craftily embedded in various websites, online videos, maps, and even voice message boxes. The first big ARG—called The Beast—was created in 2001 to promote the Steven Spielberg movie A.I. Artificial Intelligence and began with a reference to a “sentient machine therapist” in the credits listed on the movie poster.

First off, QAnon poses a mystery that feels so big it can only be solved by crowdsourcing. It’s thrilling to be involved with other people in something bigger than yourself. Plus, it turns one’s armchair-warrior Googling into a heroic quest for truth.

“They’re all saying, ‘I’ve done my research,’” Hon told me of Q followers. “They’re looking for signals in the noise.”

There’s also the thrill of creativity, of adding to a canon. QAnon followers “don’t just passively receive Q drops. They create new videos and texts,” notes Marc-André Argentino, a public scholar at Concordia University who researches QAnon. Q’s followers behave like religious devotees who pore over their faith’s central texts, crafting interpretations that become part of the official creed.

And, like an ARG, QAnon brings social rewards. If you’re the first to post a new discovery, “other people can see it, and they instantly recognize it,” notes Dan Hon, Adrian’s brother, who helped create the Perplex City ARG.

In a way, ARGs and QAnon are the quintessence of internet culture. The web has always been about making willy-nilly connections: This links to that which links to this. And cyberspace facilitates the obsessive joint scrutiny of everything, from TV shows to knitting patterns to the belief that reptilians walk among us.

… [W]ith QAnon, the appeal has pushed the conspiracy dangerously from the fringes into the mainstream. An internal Facebook review reportedly found millions of people on various QAnon sites, and QAnon believers recently won congressional primary races in Georgia and Florida. All of which suggests that QAnon is, alas, unlikely to fade away soon. Quite apart from its ideological roots, it’s fueled by one of the oldest internet urges: It’s fun.

WaPo: One down, 44 to go’: Inside the House impeachment team’s uphill battle http://wapo.st/3auEtLx
// A group of House Democrats thought they had a chance to secure a
conviction of former president Donald Trump — despite the steep odds.

WaPo, Brian Klaas: Restoring sanity to the GOP will take years. Here’s how to start. http://wapo.st/3dlypXn

⭕ 16 Feb 2021

WaPo, Tom Coleman and John Danforth: Congress must invoke the 14th Amendment to stop Trump from running again http://wapo.st/37lf7NT “Former president Donald Trump poses an existential threat to American democracy.”

The Senate impeachment trial has provided further proof of what can no longer be denied: Former president Donald Trump poses an existential threat to American democracy. The harrowing evidence shows that Trump incited and supported the violent insurrection at the Capitol that aimed to prevent the peaceful transition of power and resulted, tragically, in multiple deaths. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) confirmed these facts in his statement following the Senate vote.

Such anti-democratic conduct should disqualify Trump from ever holding future public office. While conviction by the Senate would have been the best and quickest route to disqualification, because that failed, Congress can — and must — pursue an alternative path to protecting our republic from a future Trump presidency: Section 3 of the 14th Amendment.

Section 3 bars from public office those officials who engage in “insurrection or rebellion” against the United States. Passed in the wake of the Civil War, Section 3 sought to ensure that those who have violated their oaths to defend the Constitution by threatening our democracy cannot hold public office in the future. Importantly, Congress did not limit Section 3 to disqualifying only members of the former Confederacy, but instead deliberately drafted language to encompass any future acts of insurrection or rebellion — such as those of Jan. 6.

In addition to not being subject to a two-thirds majority vote, such legislation has numerous advantages. First, it would provide a strong basis for state election officials or political opponents to challenge his candidacy based on Congress’s finding that Section 3 disqualifies him from holding office. This would create a cloud of illegitimacy over a potential Trump candidacy, deterring supporters and donors. Second, while it is most important to prevent any future Trump campaign, any judicial procedures created by Congress could also be used to disqualify others involved in the Jan. 6 insurrection from holding future office.

In 1868, the republic amended the Constitution with a means to protect against the grave threat of insurrectionists and those who give them aid or comfort. In the face of this modern threat to our republic, Congress must revive Section 3 so it can serve its noble purpose of protecting American democracy against those who would do it harm.

WaPo, Lloyd Austin III: The U.S. can’t meet its responsibilities alone. That’s why we believe in NATO. http://wapo.st/3bgSNGF

At the president’s direction, we are conducting a global posture review that will help us do just that. But we are not withdrawing from Europe. Indeed, we have already halted previously announced drawdowns of U.S. forces in Germany. And any decisions we make as a result of our review will be made in close consultation with our allies and partners.

⭕ 15 Feb 2021

WSJ, Mitch McConnell: Acquittal Vindicated the Constitution, Not Trump http://on.wsj.com/3s2savJ
// Impeachment isn’t a moral tribunal. It is a specific tool with a narrow purpose: restraining government officers

CNN: The accountability era begins http://cnn.it/37h90tV Opinion by Christine Todd Whitman, Norman Eisen and Joanna Lydgate

There is an urgent window for government and private parties to pursue accountability through investigations, prosecutions and litigation. The magnificent work of the House impeachment managers established the roadmap. They revealed a startling pattern of intentional misconduct by Trump in inciting insurrection, and they backed up each of their contentions with a mountain of evidence, some of which was not previously available to the public.

While the US Senate did not ultimately convict, the courageous votes of seven Republicans to hold Trump accountable shows the bipartisan opportunity for the road ahead. Even Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has given Trump much cover and did the same again by voting against conviction here, said Trump is “still liable to be tried and punished in the ordinary tribunals of justice…Trump is still liable for everything he did while he was in office, he didn’t get away with anything yet.”

What might that accountability agenda look like? ¤ Thanks to Trump’s outrageous behavior in the waning days of his reign, he has exposed himself to possible state criminal prosecution in Georgia. Fani Willis, the district attorney for Fulton County, has announced her intent to investigate the ex-president and his shocking call to the Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on January 2. The call may well violate state law, including a statute prohibiting the solicitation of election fraud.

According to The New York Times, her investigation is a broad one, looking at other offenses by Trump and by those around him, such as his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, who is alleged to have provided false information to Georgia officials. Giuliani did not respond to the Times request for comment. Meanwhile, a Trump adviser has said the investigation “is simply the Democrats’ latest attempt to score political points by continuing their witch hunt against President Trump, and everybody sees through it.”

Other jurisdictions might also have criminal cases against Trump for his post-Election Day misconduct, including his alleged incitement of insurrection. Prosecutors have already charged hundreds of people involved in the insurrection with federal crimes, including conspiracy, and we know the insurrectionists came from many states and planned in advance. If Trump was a part of any conspiracy, he could face criminal or civil liability in multiple places. There are laws against insurrection, sedition, racketeering and related misconduct, and they should — and likely will — get a close look.

In addition, there may well be civil action on behalf of those who were killed and injured during the events of January 6 — among them, the Capitol Police officers and other law enforcement. Members of Congress and staff who were traumatized or otherwise harmed may also have civil claims such as for intentional infliction of emotional distress. We can expect that civil litigation to go on for years.

Given the powerful and disturbing footage that has now been seen by virtually every American, the insurrection is something deeply concerning to the American people far beyond the walls of Congress, and judges and juries take these cases seriously.

Yet another category of accountability for the “Big Lie” perpetuated by Trump and his allies: regulatory actions, like bar complaints against the attorneys who allegedly enabled Trump’s misconduct. One complaint has already been filed in New York against Giuliani. Giuliani’s public reactions to the complaint suggest he is at least somewhat ruffled by the action, (“I don’t want to get in trouble. And I have a high sense of ethics, personally. I hate it when people attack my integrity”). Meanwhile, officials in Michigan are seeking disbarment of Sidney Powell and her cohort, and the Georgia bar has opened an investigation of Lin Wood. Wood has taken umbrage with the effort, asking supporters to donate money to fight it, telling them that the Georgia bar authorities “have through the kitchen sink at me,” and calling on his followers to dig for damaging information against members of the Georgia State Bar Disciplinary Board. Powell has not commented on the allegations against her.

Organizations that helped sponsor the January 6 rally and foment the insurrection also face calls for investigation, including under state laws that regulate charitable entities. These avenues are slower and may be seen as less hard-hitting, but it does not change their significant contribution to the accountability effort. If there is no consequence for misconduct, then what is there to prevent such behavior from happening again and again?

The Trump era taught us that pursuing justice for presidents who do wrong, and the individuals and groups who enable them, is not self-executing. The rule of law only works if it is activated. Now come state and federal prosecutors and civil plaintiffs, who must move quickly to hold Trump and his associates and followers responsible for the insurrection and much that preceded it over the past four years.

While the hill might feel steep and the climb slow — the justice system is not always known for its swiftness — there is a solution. Civil society organizations like ours, and many hundreds of others, can and will work together to drive accountability forward.

The law is propelled by argument and evidence. Those of us in the civil society must support prosecutors and plaintiffs by putting our shoulders to the effort of developing and publicizing the analysis of these legal matters. This can help explain accountability measures to the public and even inform the internal decision-making process of the accountability agencies. It can show them that a path is possible and how to pursue it. Whether considered a legal fire starter or an emotional support system, when civil society does its job, our movement does in fact move justice forward.

Will achieving all — or even some — of this accountability be easy? Of course not. The impeachment and trial proved that. But the fact that the majority of the public and the Senate agreed in a bipartisan fashion on Trump’s liability offers hope and motivation. The voluminous record the managers established lays out a detailed roadmap to get there, as does the work of so many dedicated state and local officials over the past four years. ¤ We should, as a nation, drive down those paths with all deliberate speed, knowing that we are in this together.

🚫 🐣 RT @_SOS_whs I believe this was a coordinated effort led by Trump like a terrorist network with cells. The plan was to rile up the crowd and use them as cover to infiltrate the capitol, stop the electoral vote & then declare a state of emergency so he could declare martial law. https://twitter.com/_SOS_whs/status/1361529001760739329?s=20/photo/1
// unfamiliar w this account

💙 🐣 RT @SteveTDennis Thread of [all] Republican senator statements on why they voted Guilty/Not Guilty on Trump’s impeachment on incitement of insurrection 1/ 📌 https://twitter.com/StevenTDennis/status/1361333916494401538?s=20

🐣 RT @RobReiner Witness tampering. Obstruction of Justice. Tax fraud. Bank fraud. Insurance fraud. Money laundering. Campaign finance corruption. Rape/libel. Election tampering. Incitement of a deadly Insurrection to overthrow the US Government. Take your pick. Trump’s done ‘em all.

WaPo, Michael Gerson: Trump’s rot has reached the GOP’s roots http://wapo.st/3u2hY8l “The case presented by the House impeachment managers was so compelling and overwhelming that the extent of Republican cravenness was highlighted in neon”
// Can the GOP really produce a conservatism that opposes authoritarianism?

WaPo, Daniel Goldman: Lack of witnesses at Trump’s trial is not the problem. Witness intimidation is. http://wapo.st/3qvqESE
// The former president has a record of threatening rhetoric toward anyone who crosses him. Now there’s a record of supporters willing to back him with violence.

💙 AP: The superspreaders behind top COVID-19 conspiracy theories http://bit.ly/3jQNBNi
// with Atlantic Council’s @DFRLab Digital Forensics Lab

🐣 RT @People4Bernie “Either the Republican Party will be the party of the Big Lie, the party of conspiracy theories, the party of racism, and divisiveness, the party of violence, or else it will be… a conservative body operating within the framework of a democracy.” @BernieSanders

NYT, Michelle Goldberg: Impeachment’s Over. Bring On the Criminal Investigations. http://nyti.ms/2ZmASbL
// After Mitch McConnell’s cynical speech, Republicans can’t complain.

WaPo, Colbert King: McConnell has basically written the Senate’s censure resolution already http://wapo.st/2LXLBqe

WaPo: Pelosi says there will be a 9/11 Commission-style panel to examine Jan. 6 Capitol riot http://wapo.st/2OD1fYV

⭕ 14 Feb 2021

NYT: First They Guarded Roger Stone. Then They Joined the Capitol Attack. [Interactive] http://nyti.ms/3dLGxPD

WaPo, EJ Dionne: The beginning of the end of Trumpism http://wapo.st/3tZqm8B “By tying themselves to Trump with their votes, most House and Senate Republicans made themselves complicit in his behavior”

Led with extraordinary grace by Rep. Jamie B. Raskin (D-Md.), a diverse and able group of prosecutors laid out an indelible record not only of what happened on Jan. 6 and why, but also Trump’s irresponsibility throughout his term of office: his courting of the violent far right; his celebration of violence; his habit of privileging himself and his own interests over everything and everyone else, including his unrequitedly loyal vice president.

This record matters. We often like to pretend that we can move on and forget the past. But our judgments about the past inevitably shape our future. Every political era is, in part, a reaction to the failures — perceived and real — of the previous one.

By tying themselves to Trump with their votes, most House and Senate Republicans made themselves complicit in his behavior. And Trump will prove to be even more of an albatross than Hoover, who, after all, had a moral core.

🐣📊 RT @lindsaywise 71% of American adults, including nearly half of all Republicans, believe former President Donald Trump was at least partially responsible for starting the deadly Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, according to an Ipsos poll conducted for Reuters. Reuters: http://reut.rs/3jQt77w

WaPo, Margaret Sullivan: ‘A moment of truth’? After years of Trump’s lies, amplified by MAGA media, that proved impossible for most Republicans http://wapo.st/3rNKys2

NYT: Calls Grow for Commission to Investigate Capitol Riot http://nyti.ms/2OFn5Lx
// Lawmakers are increasingly pushing for a 9/11-style panel that would examine failures and make recommendations. It could also be a final chance for Congress to hold Donald J. Trump to account.

WaPo, George Will: Now begins McConnell’s project to shrink Trump’s GOP influence http://wapo.st/3qkOMHi McConnell’s long game

[ McConnell: ]Trump fed his supporters “wild falsehoods” making him “practically and morally responsible” for Jan. 6, which was “a foreseeable consequence” of “false statements, conspiracy theories and reckless hyperbole” and a “manufactured atmosphere of looming catastrophe,” all “orchestrated” by Trump, who then “feign[ed]” surprise about his mob’s behavior, as he “watched television happily.”

While explaining his opposition to the Senate’s convicting Trump, McConnell pointedly noted that “impeachment was never meant to be the final forum for American justice,” and that “we have a criminal justice system” and “we have civil litigation.” Trump’s potential problems, legal and financial, might shrink his stature in the eyes of his still-mesmerized supporters. McConnell knows, however, that the heavy lifting involved in shrinking Trump’s influence must be done by politics.

🐣 💽 RT @frontlinepbs In “Trump’s American Carnage,” FRONTLINE examines how former President Trump stoked division, violence and insurrection, from his first days as commander in chief to his last. STREAM NOW: https://to.pbs.org/39VWBvY

NYT: After the Speech: What Trump Did as the Capitol Was Attacked http://nyti.ms/37cJ2Yw
// New evidence emerged in the impeachment trial about what President Donald J. Trump did from roughly 1 to 6 p.m. the day of the Capitol attack. But many questions remain unanswered.

NYT: First They Guarded Roger Stone. Then They Joined the Capitol Attack. http://nyti.ms/2MY9YER

WaPo: With impeachment over, 9/11 probe leaders lend weight to calls for an independent commission to investigate Capitol attack http://wapo.st/2NobqjE

⭕ 13 Feb 2021 Impeachment #2: Day 5

🔄 💙 🧵 RT @jentaub Day 5 of the Donald Trump Impeachment Trial 2.0. February 13, 2021. Wonderful! They are going to debate whether to subpoena witnesses and documents ¤ 1/ 📌 https://twitter.com/jentaub/status/1360605971198967809?s=20

🔄 💙 🧵 RT @atrupar “Lord, touch and move them to believe that end does not justify the means” — Senate Chaplain Barry Black’s prayer begins the Saturday portion of the #ImpeachmentTrial 📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1360607971055656962?s=20

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Statements of GOP Senators voting to convict Trump:
waiting on Murkowski

🐣 RT @SenBillCassidy Full statement below: “…Now before you disagree, I ask you to go on @CSPAN and listen to the argument yourself and come to your own conclusion.” 💽 https://twitter.com/SenBillCassidy/status/1359655602386051080?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @AndrewSolander Toomey: “His behavior after the election betrayed the confidence millions of us placed in him. His betrayal of the Constitution and his oath of office required conviction.” ¤ Full statement Text Block: https://twitter.com/AndrewSolender/status/1360705829444456450?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @SenatorCollins My statement on the Article of Impeachment: Text Block: https://twitter.com/SenatorCollins/status/1360725182491549697?s=20/photo/1-3

🐣 RT @NBCNews Republican Sen. Burr on vote to convict former President Trump: ¤ “By what he did and by what he did not do, President Trump violated his oath of office to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Text Block: https://twitter.com/NBCNews/status/1360695797843689479?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @JakeTapper Sasse: Text Block: https://twitter.com/jaketapper/status/1360693494206062593?s=20/photo/1-2

🐣 RT @MittRomney My statement on today’s impeachment vote: Text Block: https://twitter.com/MittRomney/status/1360722571004678147?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @EvanMcMullin Republican senators who today voted without justification to protect the leader of an attempted coup against the people have invited further assaults on the republic. They’ve betrayed their oaths and the nation and should be held accountable in 2022 and beyond for having done so.

NYT: One Legacy of Impeachment: The Most Complete Account So Far of Jan. 6 http://nyti.ms/3qqj37S
// Yet for all the heart-pounding narrative of that day presented on the Senate floor, what was also striking was how many questions remained unanswered.

WaPo, Greg Sargent: The massive GOP betrayal of our democracy requires a forceful Democratic response http://wapo.st/3ddlmXY

CNN, David Axelrod: This was no triumph for Trump http://cnn.it/3djuTN0 “[E]ven as the final chapter was known from the start, it was essential that the story of Trump’s brazen acts be told”

🐣 RT @tedlieu 57 United States Senators concluded President Trump was guilty of inciting an insurrection. The highest bipartisan vote to convict in US history. That’s a damning vote.
⋙ 🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 A president has never before received so many votes from his own party to convict in an impeachment trial. 7 Republicans.

🐣 RT @SpeakerPelosi The Congress and Country can take great pride in the House Impeachment Managers, who defended our Constitution & Democracy with a moving presentation demonstrating love of country and loyalty to our oath and the facts.
⋙ Speaker[.]gov: Pelosi Statement on Impeachment Trial of Donald Trump http://bit.ly/3u7k32W
↥ ↧
🐣 RT @WordswithSteph Thank you for the truth, @SpeakerPelosi: “It is so pathetic that Senator McConnell kept the Senate shut down so that the Senate could not receive the Article of Impeachment and has used that as his excuse for not voting to convict Donald Trump.” @TeamPelosi Text Block: https://twitter.com/WordswithSteph/status/1360732234370736132?s=20/photo/1

NYT, Alexander Burns: Republican Acquittal of Trump Is a Pivotal Moment for the Party http://nyti.ms/3tRNqGp
// The vote, signaling how thoroughly the party has come to be defined by the personality of one man, is likely to leave a blemish on the historical record.

🐣 RT @CBSNews McConnell, after voting to acquit, says “there is no question” that Trump is “practically and morally responsible for provoking” Capitol riot. He explains his vote by saying he decided the former president “is constitutionally not eligible for conviction” 💽 https://twitter.com/CBSNews/status/1360705708245864451?s=20/photo/1
// entire speech

💙 WaPo: Trump acquitted on impeachment charge of inciting deadly attack on the Capitol http://wapo.st/2Zdt6kH

🐣 As soon as this is over, my guess is Trump will declare he’s running in 2024 and start holding rallies

🐣 RT @tribelaw I’m in awe of the profound humanity & overwhelming decency of @RepRaskin’s story of his daughter Hannah’s concern for the innocent children of the violent insurrections. She takes after her father. Would that we all had her empathy and insight. It is her spirit that must prevail

⭕ 12 Feb 2021 Impeachment #2: Day 4

🔄 💙 🧵 RT @jentaub We have begun. It’s Day 4 of the Trump Impeachment Trial 2.0. The defense is putting on their case. The first lawyer is Van Der Veen. 📌 https://twitter.com/jentaub/status/1360274181510807556?s=20

🔄 💙 🧵 RT @atrupar “Lord, infuse them with the spirit of nonpartisan patriotism” — Senate Chaplain Barry Black’s prayer begins the Trump defense portion of the #ImpeachmentTrial 📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1360275280775028740?s=20
⋙ 🔄 💙 🧵 RT @atrupar [Q&A] Lindsey Graham, Kevin Cramer, and Roger Marshall use an impeachment trial question to own the libs 📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1360337066215804930?s=20

✅ WaPo FactChecker: A running tally of Trump’s misleading impeachment defense http://wapo.st/3b03zRo

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WaPo, Philip Bump: Once impeachment is over, the threat to Trump shifts to real courtrooms http://wapo.st/2ZflrlU

🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote I said it before and I’ll say it again: senate republicans can vote to convict trump, or vote to convict themselves.
⋙ 🐣 RT @AWeissman_ The Senate is actually on trial now. Will its members be enablers of lawlessness and violate their own oaths of office, as Trump did?

💙 🧵 RT @jason_kint incredibly important to timeline. GOP Senator’s 1st person account which counters Trump’s counsel’s claims of hearsay. And confirm’s Trump’s knowledge of Pence being in danger ten minutes PRIOR to sending tweet attacking Pence for being unwilling to do something unconstitutional.
⋙⋙ 🧵 RT @ NEWS: Tuberville speaks to reporters just now and stands by account he gave to @burgessev on Wednesday ¤ “I said Mr President, they’ve taken the vice president out. They want me to get off the phone, I gotta go … probably the only guy in the world hung up on pres United States” 📌 https://twitter.com/kyledcheney/status/1360372831868121091?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @jason_kint Extraordinary testimony from GOP member of congress. “He is not a blameless observer, he was rooting for them.” New details about Trump-McCarthy shouting match show Trump refused to call off the rioters
⋙⋙ CNN: New details about Trump-McCarthy shouting match show Trump refused to call off the rioters http://cnn.it/3rPNlRG
⋙ 🐣 RT @jason_kint And here is the statement from another GOP Member of Congress. I don’t know why @RepRaskin hasn’t called them to testify. They are acting with incredible courage , practically begging others to share their own details and the broader public isn’t aware of any of this. Text Block: https://twitter.com/jason_kint/status/1360431687776292865?s=20/photo/1
// Statement by Rep Herrera Beutler ⇈

WaPo, Aaron Blake: 5 takeaways from Day 4 of Trump’s impeachment trial http://wapo.st/3aeJJm1

🐣 RT @jdawsey Pence’s team does not agree with the Trump lawyer’s assessment that Trump was concerned about Pence’s safety. Trump didn’t call him that day — or for five days after that. No one else on Trump’s team called as Pence was evacuated to one room & another, with screaming mob nearby.

WSJ, Peggy Noonan: A Vote to Acquit Trump Is a Vote for a Lie http://on.wsj.com/37c2jJJ
// And why didn’t his supporters in Congress go out on Jan. 6 and speak to the crowds, their people?

WaPo: Mounting evidence suggests Trump knew of danger to Pence when he attacked him as lacking ‘courage’ amid Capitol siege http://wapo.st/3jL5bST

🐣 RT @holmescnn A source close to former VP Pence tells @acosta that Trump’s legal team was not telling the truth when attorney Michael van der Veen said “at no point” did the then president know Pence was in danger on January 6th. ¤ Asked whether van der Veen was lying, the source said “yes.”

🐣 RT @MollyJongFast “fight to death” doesn’t sounds like a “primary challenge”
⋙ 🐣 RT @JakeTapper This was the context of “fight to the death” from Dec 26 tweet Text Block: https://twitter.com/MollyJongFast/status/1360381062262718467?s=20/photo/1
// @real Tweet

🐣 RT @renato_mariotti The Secret Service should make a public statement now regarding whether Trump or his staff were informed when Pence was in danger.
⋙ 🐣 RT @PaulBegala I worked with the Secret Service in the Clinton White House. It’s unimaginable that agents with VP Pence would not have informed their counterparts at the WH in real time that VP was in danger. They, in turn, would have informed the President. Trump almost certainly knew.

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Breaking on @MSNBC: Tommy Tuberville was just asked by reporters to repeat his account of his phone call with Trump on January 6. He said, “Mr. President. They’ve taken the Vice President out. They want me to get off the phone. I gotta go.”

🐣 RT @MarshallCohen Trump’s mindset on 1/6:
—When McCarthy begged him to call off the mob, he balked, saying, “these people are more upset about the election than you.”
—When Tuberville told him Pence was in danger, he urged Tuberville to give into rioters’ demands and delay certification.

🐣 RT @aliasvaughn Ohhh, it looks like the well has broken. Time to you know, treat this the way Trump lawyers asked for, like a criminal trial? And put McCarthy’s and Tuberville words officially in records.
‼️ ⋙ 🐣 RT @MarshallCohen During the attack, McCarthy told Trump the rioters were his supporters. Trump replied, “Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are.” McCarthy replied, “who the f*** do you think you are talking to?” (h/t @jamiegangel)
⋙⋙ CNN: New details about Trump-McCarthy shouting match show Trump refused to call off the rioters http://cnn.it/3rPNlRG

✅ WaPo FactChecker: A running tally of Trump’s misleading impeachment defense http://wapo.st/3b03zRo

✅ NYT: Trump’s defense made inaccurate claims about antifa, the Jan. 6 siege and impeachment. http://nyti.ms/3pg0W2X

🐣 RT @gtconway3d As someone who knows something about what happened 22 years ago, I can state unequivocally that there’s no equivalence and no comparison between Clinton’s lying about consensual sex in a civil case and Trump’s attempt to overturn constitutional democracy.

🐣 RT @digby57 And remember, they organizers were originally planning the rally for the days after the inauguration, modeled on the Women’s March in 2017. It was Trump and his people who changed the date to January 6th and that’s when they made it into a StopTheSteal rally. https://twitter.com/digby56/status/1360329095523880960?s=20/photo/1

⭕ 11 Feb 2021 Impeachment #2: Day 3

🔄 💙🧵 RT @jentaub 🇺🇸 It’s on. Day 3. The Trial of Donald Trump 2.0 continues at 12:04 p.m. on February 11, 2021 📌 https://twitter.com/jentaub/status/1359911216588685317?s=20
// Defense

🔄 💙🧵 RT @atrupar The Thursday installment of Trump’s #ImpeachmentTrial begins with a Baked Alaska clip 📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1359914413709492232?s=20

◕ WaPo, Philip Bump: A year of election misinformation from Trump, visualized http://wapo.st/2LJ33OZ “Even today, three-quarters of Republicans falsely believe that there was widespread fraud in the election, according to polling from Quinnipiac University” ● https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1360149221647745026?s=20/photo/1
// chart: mention of election-related terms by Trump or Fox/Fox Business

TheAtlantic, David Frum: Trumpism Is Violence http://bit.ly/3jEvoCK
// The former president made violence integral to his political appeal from the beginning to the end of his tenure in office.

🐣 RT @BillKristol FWIW ¤ Reading a couple of tea leaves, adding rounded teaspoon of wishful thinking:
Likely guilty votes: Romney, Sasse, Toomey, Collins, Murkowski, Cassidy
Could vote guilty: McConnell, Shelby, Burr, Inhofe, Capito, Grassley, Portman, Cornyn, Tillis, Sullivan, Barasso, Hoeven ¤ 68-32
⋙ 🐣 Agree on likelys (true brave souls and/or rational thinkers)
On “coulds”: it will be all or none (CYA factor) 🤞

🐣 RT @nytmike A little more than a month after the Capitol siege, a fuller picture of the injuries suffered by police has emerged, showing how Jan. 6 resulted in one of the worst days of injuries for law enforcement in the U.S. since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
⋙ NYT: Officers’ Injuries, Including Concussions, Show Scope of Violence at Capitol Riot http://nyti.ms/2Nf0hl0
// The impeachment trial of former President Donald J. Trump has heightened attention on the rioters’ attacks on officers, some of which resulted in serious damage.

🐣 RT @TheTweetOfJohn As Hamilton wrote in the Federalist Papers, a core source of original meaning, the framers “borrowed” the model from the English. And, as Raskin pointed out, every English impeachment during the lifetimes of the Founders was of a former official.
⋙ Politico, Jed Shugarman: Impeach an Ex-President? The Founders Were Clear: That’s How They Wanted It http://politi.co/3pdpN7p
// The Trump legal team is getting history wrong—and, oddly, the Senate GOP just voted against their own legal philosophy.

Politico, Jed Shugarman: Impeach an Ex-President? The Founders Were Clear: That’s How They Wanted It http://politi.co/3pdpN7p
// The Trump legal team is getting history wrong—and, oddly, the Senate GOP just voted against their own legal philosophy.

WaPo: Mounting evidence suggests Trump knew of danger to Pence when he attacked him as lacking ‘courage’ amid Capitol siege http://wapo.st/3jL5bST

NYT: Takeaways From Day 3 of Trump’s Impeachment Trial http://nyti.ms/3acvFK1
// The House managers concluded their case by asserting that the Jan. 6 violence wouldn’t have happened without former President Donald Trump and that his supporters believed he had invited their help.

🐣 RT @tribelaw If “conviction [is] out of reach, the House managers are aiming their arguments at two other audiences: the American people whose decision to deny Mr. Trump a second term was put at risk & historians who will one day render their own judgments.”
⋙ NYT: If Convicting Trump Is Out of Reach, Managers Seek a Verdict From the Public and History http://nyti.ms/3d1QCsU
// By Peter Baker; The House Democrats prosecuting former President Donald J. Trump may not win the Senate trial, but they are using it to make the searing images of havoc the inexpungible legacy of his presidency.

WaPo, AaronBlake: Four takeaways from Day 3 of Trump’s impeachment trial http://wapo.st/2Nhplbd

🐣 RT @LincolnsBible The GOP is a domestic terror party. ¤ It must be defeated in the next three national elections (at least) in order for our republic to survive as a democracy.

🐣 RT @NormOrnstein When I lost my son, I was in a fog for weeks, nearly paralyzed with grief. To imagine that @RepRaskin has not just gotten up every day, but has done this master class in constitutional law, philosophy, logic, patriotism & more with eloquence, force, passion…My God. What a hero.

🐣 RT @ChrisAlbertoLaw Dear @RepRaskin: ¤ Thank you for your leadership, dedication to marshaling the evidence, & your compelling presentation of that evidence against Donald Trump. ¤ You & your team demonstrated beyond a reasonable doubt he plotted & intended to end America’s 244-year-old republic.

CNN: Five people associated with Proud Boys arrested for Capitol riot on conspiracy charges http://cnn.it/3tSFmVy

In a criminal complaint, an FBI agent described how the group “moved closely to each other” inside the Capitol on January 6 and wore pieces of fluorescent orange tape affixed to their clothing or gear. ¤ Some are accused of leading crowds of rioters as they pushed through multiple police lines and made their way through the Capitol grounds. They all wore tactical-style gear, including helmets and gloves. One had a wooden club or ax handle that was initially disguised as a flag.

🐣 RT @ What Jamie Raskin meant was, good luck living with your consciences after you vote to acquit this guy. You’re betraying everything this country has claimed to believe about itself all the way back to its founding.
⋙ Esquire, CharlesPPierce: Jamie Raskin Offered Republicans the Chance to Be Winter Soldiers—or Live With the Consequences http://bit.ly/3tY3fvh
// You’re betraying everything this country has claimed to believe about itself all the way back to its founding.

🐣 RT @DanRather Trump’s incitement of an insurrectionist mob didn’t begin on 1/6. It was months in the making, built atop a toxic foundation of white supremacy, false senses of victimhood, and anti-democratic tendencies that sadly has been rooted in American life since the nation’s founding.

🐣 RT @MSNBC Several GOP senators met with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell during an impeachment trial recess. ¤ The group included Sens. Thune, Cassidy, Murkowski, Romney, Moran, and Burr. […]

🐣 RT @burgessct Today’s closing by @RepRaskin masterfully left these five questions on the table for an answer from the defense in the #impeachment trial. https://twitter.com/burgessct/status/1359991736295063554?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @DeanObeidallah “Justice Department says an Oath Keepers leader waited for Trump’s direction before Capitol attack” How much more proof is needed before Trump is indicted for crimes!
⋙ CNN: Justice Department says an Oath Keepers leader waited for Trump’s direction before Capitol attack http://cnn.it/3rIXKOP

🐣 RT @BillKristol “Never before in this country has a sitting president tried to steal an election to stay in power. Yes, it didn’t work…It could have been worse. Had the election been closer, had Republicans controlled the House…they might’ve actually pulled it off.”
⋙ The Bulwark, Tim Miller: Not My Party: Guilty, Guilty http://bit.ly/373Sa1O
// We’re three weeks deep in the Biden presidency. Trump has been dispatched to Mar-a-Lago, where he’s spending his days sitting around a Saddam-Hussein-style drawing room, feeling sad that he can’t hate tweet anymore.

⏳ WaPo, Philip Bump: Timeline: How Trump picked the rioters over his vice president http://wapo.st/3jR2Kyt

WSJ Editorial: The Trump Impeachment Evidence http://on.wsj.com/2MZzVnb “[T]he House impeachment managers this week are laying out a visceral case that the Capitol riot of Jan. 6 was a disgrace for which President Trump bears responsibility”
// He might be acquitted, but he won’t live down his disgraceful conduct.

⭕ 10 Feb 2021 Impeachment #2: Day 2

🔄 💙🐣🧵 RT @jentaub It’s on. Day 2 of the Trump Impeachment Trial 2.0. February 10, 2021. We will have a dinner break at 6 p.m. ¤ 1/ 📌 https://twitter.com/jentaub/status/1359548695038087169?s=20

🔄 💙🐣🧵 RT @atrupar Raskin: “This case is much worse than someone who falsely shouts fire in a crowded theater. It’s more like like a case where the town fire chief, who’s paid to put out fires, sends a mob not to yell fire in a crowded theater, but to actually set the theater on fire.”

🔄 💙 WaPo: See all the evidence presented in Trump’s impeachment trial http://wapo.st/3qeb1ii

NYT: Georgia Prosecutors Open Criminal Inquiry Into Trump’s Efforts to Subvert Election http://nyti.ms/3d5bRtK

TheAtlantic, David Frum: There Is No Defense—Only Complicity http://bit.ly/3jGb4ka
// Republican senators are shrinking before the eyes of the whole country.

💙 🧵 RT @kyledchnney TUBERVILLE tells reporters tonight that when Trump called him on Jan. 6, he informed the president that security had just taken Pence out of the chamber for safety. “I said ‘Mr. President, they just took the vice president out, I’ve got to go.” […]
⋙ 🐣 RT @ From what I can establish from the record:
-Trump spoke to Tuberville sometime between 2-2:15 (Deseret News)
-Pence was evacuated at 2:15pm, prompting Tuberville to relay this to Trump and end the call (Tuberville comment)
-Trump tweeted his attack against Pence at 2:24pm
⋙ 🐣 RT @ NEW: Sen. Tuberville’s claim that he informed Trump *directly* on Jan. 6 that Pence had just been evacuated by security is a new and potentially significant point on the timeline. ¤ Trump tweeted his attack on Pence around the time of that call.
⋙⋙ Politico: Tuberville says he informed Trump of Pence’s evacuation before rioters reached Senate http://politi.co/3rIRs1U
// It’s long been unclear precisely when Trump learned of the danger that Congress and his vice president faced.

NYT: Trump Justice Department Sought to Block Search of Giuliani Records http://nyti.ms/3a9c3GL
// Manhattan prosecutors had been prepared to seek a search warrant for electronic records related to powerful Ukrainians who had helped Rudolph Giuliani dig for dirt on the Biden family.

🐣 RT @ChrisMurpheyCT It’s always struck me as 100% deliberate that Trump made no plan for what the crowd was supposed to do when they got to the Capitol. There was no stage, no speeches, no instructions on what to do. So of course when they arrived, the mob did what Trump said and “fought like hell”
⋙🚫 🐣 🌎 RT @j2dumfounded Have you seen this? They had multiple events, including a Jericho March around the Capitol at noon, encircling it. https://twitter.com/j2dumfounded/status/1359906293213876224?s=20/photo/1
// where did this come from?

🐣 RT @TheLastWord .@SenWhitehouse joins @Lawrence to discuss how the Capitol riot was fueled by a network of Republican support and the possibility of “some connivance” to create a delay that gave the mob enough time to breach the Capitol. 💽 https://twitter.com/TheLastWord/status/1359711753114968064?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @jaketapper This tweet was from 2:24 pm ET Jan 6… ¤ The security camera footage of Pence and his family being whisked out of the Capitol by Secret Service that we saw for the first time today was from 2:26 pm ET https://twitter.com/jaketapper/status/1359635955389509638?s=20/photo/1
// Trump Tweet: “Mike Pence didn’t have the courage … ”

🐣 RT @donie Many, many of videos the House impeachment managers are using as evidence today came from Parler. ¤ But we might not have seen them at all had it not been for @donk_enby.
⋙ CNN: How a quick-thinking computer programmer helped the case against Trump http://cnn.it/3a5ug7T

🐣 RT @HillaryClinton If Senate Republicans fail to convict Donald Trump, it won’t be because the facts were with him or his lawyers mounted a competent defense. It will be because the jury includes his co-conspirators.

🐣 RT @RadioFreeTom The anger I feel watching is only partly about morons overrunning the Capitol. It’s knowing there is a group of Republican senators saying “I don’t care what you see with your own eyes, I’m going to vote to acquit him because I like eating at restaurants in Washington.”

🐣 RT @kentnish Snowfall on Day 2 of #impeachment Part 2, where House prosecutors present dramatic new video of Capitol attack. (: @sarahdwire, @DavidLauter) #ImpeachmentTrial2 https://twitter.com/kentnish/status/1359686926027132932?s=20/photo/1

💽 WaPo: Previously unpublished video shows Pence, Romney, Schumer and others rushing to evacuate the Capitol http://wapo.st/3qbT03Q

🐣 RT @BillKristol We’re only part way through but I’ve seen enough to say this: All honor to the House impeachment managers and their staff, who, under great pressure, have had the coolness and capacity to create a trial record that tells the truth of January 6th to our own and future generations.

WaPo: House impeachment managers emphasize the danger to Pence and other top officials in harrowing retelling of Jan. 6 attack http://wapo.st/2Z4Vu8p

🐣 RT @kyledcheney TUBERVILLE tells reporters tonight that when Trump called him on Jan. 6, he informed the president that security had just taken Pence out of the chamber for safety. ¤ “I said ‘Mr. President, they just took the vice president out, I’ve got to go.”
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @kyledcheney Seems significant that a senator is acknowledging telling Trump *directly* that Pence was under threat, and Trump still didn’t say anything publicly about it.

NYT: Takeaways From Day 2 of Trump’s Impeachment Trial http://nyti.ms/2Z4KMPd
// Former President Donald J. Trump’s Twitter feed made a prominent appearance, and the House members prosecuting the case leaned on his words and those of his supporters to argue for conviction.

🐣 RT @RepSwalwell The mob, with flex cuffs and rioters in full military gear, was only a mere 58 steps away from Senators and staff. ¤ Down just one hallway. ¤ If the doors had been breached minutes earlier, imagine what the flex cuffs could have been used for.

💽 NYT: Impeachment Video Reveals a True American Horror Story http://nyti.ms/3rI1oZi
// Using never-before-seen footage from Jan. 6, the House impeachment managers wove video from the Capitol into a narrative of terror.

⭕ 9 Feb 2021 Impeachment #2: Day 1

💙 🧵 RT @atrupar Rep. Raskin’s opening impeachment trial statement: “Their argument is that if you commit an impeachable offense in your last few weeks in office, you do it with constitutional impunity.” 📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1359206921039974406?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @atrupar Here is the entire video timeline of the January 6 insurrection as presented by the House impeachment managers 💽 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1359216739054190593?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ChrisMurphyCT I have a feeling Trump’s 6pm tweet from January 6th (“Remember this day forever!”) is going to show up over and over again in this trial (the managers brought it up twice today). It’s essentially an admission of guilt.

🐣 RT @BeschlossDC Castor and Schoen must be the most incompetent legal representation of any modern President, incumbent or otherwise.

NYT: 5 Takeaways From Day One of Trump’s Second Impeachment Trial http://nyti.ms/371y2xj
// Before senators could get started on the charge against former President Donald J. Trump, they spent a day debating whether they had the right to try a former president in the first place.

💽 MSNBC, TheReidout: Neal Katyal: Jamie Raskin gave ‘best oral argument I’ve ever heard’ in Trump impeachment trial http://on.msnbc.com/2MIWkoY
// House Impeachment manager Jamie Raskin gave ‘maybe the best oral argument I’ve ever heard,’ says Neal Katyal: “It was both head and heart.”

Vote on Contitutionality: 56/44: Bill Cassidy (LA), Susan Collins (ME), Murkowski, Mitt Romney (UT), Ben Sasse (NE), Pat Toomy (PA)

NYT, Peter Baker: The First Trial Seemed Abstract. This One Is a Visceral Reckoning Over Trump. http://nyti.ms/2Z3yZ3O
// At issue will be many aspects that defined Donald Trump’s presidency: his relentless assaults on truth, his fomenting of divisions, his shattering of norms and his undermining of an election.

Bloomberg: McConnell Signals to GOP Trump Impeachment Is a Conscience Vote http://bloom.bg/3tIe2tg

WaPo: 6 Republicans join Democrats in rejecting  argument trial is unconstitutional http://wapo.st/3a3l8kg Bill Cassidy (LA) , Susan Collins (ME), Murkowski, Mitt Romney (UT), Ben Sasse (NE), Pat Toomey (PA)
// FP title: Senate votes to pursue Trump impeachment trial after declaring the proceedings constitutional

🐣 🖼 RT @joshscampbell I took this picture today inside the U.S. Capitol as the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump was getting underway. ¤ Physical and emotional scars of the deadly January 6th domestic terrorist attack remain. https://twitter.com/joshscampbell/status/1359276656939122690?s=20/photo/1
// broken window

🐣 RT @chrrislhayes The argument is: there’s no proper procedure with which you can impeach a president for what he did so late in the term NO MATTER WHAT HE ACTUALLY DID. That’s the argument.

NBCNews: In impeachment trial, a clarifying moment for the GOP http://nbcnews.to/3a2RMCo
// Analysis: Across the political spectrum, the expected acquittal of Donald Trump foretells a future of right-wing populism for the GOP.

Romney was joined on the Republican side by Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Ben Sasse of Nebraska. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, voted with Paul and the rest of the GOP, but said he did so only to force a debate on the constitutionality of the trial.

MSNBC Live Coverage:
● Nicolle Wallace on @MSNBC: Impervious to the truth; “Today was the day the GOP broke up with the Constitution.”
● Daniel Goldman: Schoen hard to follow; did not address disqualification clause; did not address that T impeached while in office
● Michael Steele: Republicans will pay a price for January 6th
● Brian Williams: Lawfirm of Meandering and Furious
● Ari Melber: Part My Cousin Vinny and Part Cheshire Cat; few serious questions addressed; but Senate has ruled: Senate does have jurisdiction
● Chuck Rosenberg: Political off-ramp; sole power to try all impeachment’s: dispiriting and disgusting
● Goldman: Democratic-led side dominated: public opinion still matters
● Jeremy Bash: Totally incoherent; defense of Donald Trump utterly collapsed; GOP will engage in jury nullification; “they killed a cop, Nicolle” biggest violation of oaths of office in our history
● John Heilemann: Public opinion could weigh in: puts future of party in danger; not hopeful they will see that writing on the wall

🐣 RT @AWeissmann_ The Trump defense today is like a criminal defense summation that addresses anything and everything but the evidence.

RT @harrylittman This is a seriously wrong-headed argument, i.e he can still be prosecuted criminally. That is specifically for another purpose and another kind of transgression. The abuse of executive power by the one individual who holds it has a special unique remedy under the Constitution.

🐣 RT @danielsgoldman Thinking same thing…
⋙ 🐣 RT @NealKatyal I might have missed it, but have Trump’s lawyers really responded to the main argument of the House managers, which is that Trump was not a former official when he was impeached and when he acted? (The Judge Michael McConnell argument). We are almost 2 hours in.

🐣 RT @BarbMcQuade Article II provides for a mandatory penalty for conviction – removal. It does not in any way limit impeachment or trial to sitting officers. Article I says another remedy is disqualification from office. Hard to take lectures about textualism from this lawyer.

🐣 RT @JillWineBanks Trump lawyer argument re due process is absurd & insulting. The trial is where a defendant gets to confront witnesses against him & present his case — not when House votes impeachment which is equivalent of grand jury indictment where defendant has no role. That is due process!

🐣 RT @.Teri_Kanefield He is talking about the “impeachment of a private citizen.” ¤ Trump was impeached while in office for offenses committing while in office. There wasn’t time for a trial. ¤ He is bulldozing right over the facts and ignoring logic.

🐣 RT @gtconway3d This bill-of-attainder argument is beyond ridiculous.
Second Lawyer ⇈

🐣 RT @gtvonway3d This is making my head hurt
⋙ 🐣 from from Tweedlebumble to Tweedleblather

🐣 RT @RadioFreeTom The president’s lawyer basically saying that if you continue with this trial there will be another Civil War

🐣 RT @davidfrum Schoen angry that the House managers used un-American concepts “experts” “research” “preparation” and “making points”
⋙ 🐣 also “radical” and “partisan” ~ ie trigger word salad
⋙⋙ 🐣 and “cancelled”

🐣 RT @marceelias Trump would have done better if he had just released the Kraken! 🐙

🐣 RT @bradheath President Trump’s lawyer says “the American people just spoke” by choosing a new administration, which is a pretty stark departure from Trump’s false claim that President Biden did not actually win the election.

🐣 RT @KatyTurNBC Trump source on Castor to @PeterAlexander @albamonica “This is about lowering the temperature from the Democrats’ emotionally-charged opening argument before dropping the hammer on the unconstitutional nature of this impeachment witch hunt. Very clear, deliberative strategy.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @jrubinblogger bahahahahahahahhahahahahhahahaha

🐣 RT @sfpelosi Bruce Castor just admitted that Donald Trump lost the election. ¤ Does Trump know that was in the script? ¤ #ImpeachmentTrial

🐣 RT @bradheath President Trump’s lawyer says “the American people just spoke” by choosing a new administration, which is a pretty stark departure from Trump’s false claim that President Biden did not actually win the election.

Trump’s first lawyer ⇊
🐣 RT @McBlondeLand Which one is Bruce Castor, the rape apologist lawyer or the mob lawyer?
🐣 RT @eliehonig Castor: “Congress shall make no law abridging… all of these things.” ¤ Words that shall ring through the ages.
🐣 RT @BrianKlaass Trump is not going to like his lawyer saying that the American people were smart enough to pick a new president if they disliked the old one – and that’s what “they just did.”
🐣 RT @ronfilipkowsky If Trump could tweet, Bruce Castor would have already been fired.
🐣 RT @eliehonig Kids: there’s a fine line between speaking naturally to an audience and straight-up winging it. Castor is demonstrating the dangers of the latter.
🐣 RT @danielsgoldman Has he mentioned the constitutional argument yet?? Isn’t that what this is supposed to be about?
🐣 RT @harrylittman “Nebraska is quite a judicial thinking place.”
🐣 RT @danpfeiffer I’m getting the sense the Trump Legal Team didn’t send their best
🐣 RT @AmyAThatcher I think Bruce Castor is a few fries short of a Happy Meal.
🐣 RT @BradMossEsq Oh my God, you do not wing it at the impeachment trial. You do not start rambling on and making comments about stories you vaguely recall and then end it with I don’t remember.
🐣 RT @maggieNYT I had this and she just…tweeted it out.
⋙ 🐣 RT @seungminkim If Trump still had his Twitter account, he may Tweet-fire this lawyer on the spot.
🐣 RT @gtconway3d This is really, really, really bad.
🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 I don’t know what’s happening.
🐣 RT @BeschlossDC Castor is a fitting choice — reminder of the other fourth-raters (being kind) that Trump hired to advise him for four years.
🐣 RT @maddow Ever have one of those nightmares where it’s your time to talk and everybody’s looking at you, but you haven’t prepared anything?
🐣 RT @MaryLTrump Oy, Trump’s impeachment lawyer. They’re not sending their best.

🐣 RT @MaryLTrump Oy, Trump’s impeachment lawyer. They’re not sending their best.

🐣 RT @MaryLTrump That video alone should be enough. The republicans ignore the evidence at their peril, and ours.

🐣 RT @mehdihasan This is a fantastic and very useful NPR resource and database on the Jan 6th attackers and arrests:
💙 🔄 ⋙ NPR: The Capitol Siege: The Arrested And Their Stories http://n.pr/3aLAl8Q
// More than 200 people have been charged in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. NPR is looking at the cases. Each provides clues to questions surrounding the attack.

DailyBeast, Matt Lewis: Real Conservatives Want the Senate to Convict Donald Trump http://bit.ly/3q4fe88
// I remember when the Republicans were the party of law and order. These senators should be ashamed of themselves.

🐣 RT @MeidasTouch #ConvictAndDisqualifyTrump #ConvictTrump 💽 https://twitter.com/MeidasTouch/status/1359188448670744577?s=20/photo/1
// We are taking on Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz and any elected official or candidate up and down the ballot this cycle who supported the insurrection. Chip in at the link in our video to support our efforts.

NYT, Giovanni Russonello: Trump Isn’t the Only One on Trial. The Conservative Media Is, Too. http://nyti.ms/2MSsQVo
// The former president’s second impeachment trial begins oral arguments on Tuesday. But conservative media organizations face an even more consequential test in the weeks and mon

WaPo: Trump’s lawyers say he was immediately ‘horrified’ by the Capitol attack. Here’s what his allies and aides said really happened that day. http://wapo.st/2Lz7SKG

⭕ 8 Feb 2021

⋙ ForeignAffairs, Danielle Lupton: Biden Has a Narrow Window to Restore U.S. Credibility http://fam.ag/3axMorl
// The Damage to America’s Reputation Is Reparable—but Only If the New Administration Moves Fast

NYT, Giovanni Russonello: Trump Isn’t the Only One on Trial. The Conservative Media Is, Too. http://nyti.ms/2MSsQVo
// The former president’s second impeachment trial begins oral arguments on Tuesday. But conservative media organizations face an even more consequential test in the weeks and months ahead.

ABCNews: Russian statistics soar for virus-linked deaths in 2020 http://abcn.ws/3rFvkp9
// Russia’s updated statistics on coronavirus-linked deaths show that 162,429 people with COVID-19 died last year, a number much higher than previously reported by government officials

🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote ZING! Biden will ask all but 2 trump era US attorneys to resign as early as Tuesday. Of the 2 remaining, one is working on the Hunter Biden investigation, & the other is Durham. Durham will stay on as special counsel but resign as US Atty in Connecticut.
⋙ CNN: DOJ to ask Trump-appointed US attorneys to resign http://cnn.it/3cU0lBq

🧵 RT @CheriJacobus I remember seeing GOP outcast, clownish Roger Stone in his wide-striped mobster suits on TV here & there in some association with Trump. But that was it. I think Ailes & O’Reilly played ball with him bcs they thought he was a clown and it’d be fun. Zucker was a different story 📌 https://twitter.com/CheriJacobus/status/1359015187341312000?s=20

💙 ≣ USNews: READ: House Impeachment Managers Respond to Trump Defense Memo [pdf] http://bit.ly/3p3YxZd 5p
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💙 📔 NYT: Read Trump’s Impeachment Defense Memo [pdf{ http://nyti.ms/3aOqpuZ 78p
// In a 78-page brief submitted to the Senate, former President Donald J. Trump’s lawyers put forward their first sustained legal defense since Mr. Trump was impeached by the House for the second time.

🐣 RT @ForeignAffairs “In the long run, unless the United States embraces a whole-of-society approach that can tackle extremist radicalization at its roots, it will continue to live with the repercussions of the violence it saw at the Capitol.”
⋙ ForeignAffairs, Cynthia Miller-Idress and David Koehler: A Plan to Beat Back the Far Right http://fam.ag/3a3ni3j
// 2/3/2021; Violent extremism in the United States demands a social response.

WaPo, Eugene Robinson: Why progressives should be celebrating Liz Cheney and Ben Sasse right now http://wapo.st/3tHvI8c “It is in everyone’s interest that the GOP become an actual political party again, rather than a cult dedicated … to ‘the weird worship of one dude’”

🧵 RT @RepAdamSchiff You’re going to hear a lot of bad faith arguments about impeachment.
Trump’s team will argue you can’t convict former officials or presidents.
But history shows otherwise! And the Founders disagreed, too.
Let’s turn to 18th Century Britain. (Stay with me, folks)
🚨🚨🚨 THREAD: 📌 https://twitter.com/RepAdamSchiff/status/1358940270230982661?s=20
// highlights from musical Alexander Hamilton

🐣 RT @lawfare On Feb. 4, President Biden specified the organization and membership for his national security decision-making system—with changes that reflect the administration’s focus on science, global engagement, cybersecurity, and rule of law. ¤ Here’s John Bellinger:
⋙ Lawfare, John Bellinger: National Security Memorandum 2—What’s New in Biden’s NSC Structure? http://bit.ly/3q1GwMc

🐣 RT @CNNPolitics BREAKING: The Justice Department is expected to ask Trump-appointed US attorneys to resign, except two overseeing investigations ordered during his administration https://cnn.it/3jvRmYi

NYT, David D. Kirkpatrick and Mike McIntire: ‘Its Own Domestic Army’: How the G.O.P. Allied Itself With Militants http://nyti.ms/2MM34SQ
// Actions taken by paramilitary groups in Michigan last year, emboldened by President Donald J. Trump, signaled a profound shift in Republican politics and a national crisis in the making.

WaPo, Michael Gerson: The Framers weren’t fools http://wapo.st/2N5XQ4i “Think on this a moment. If only current officeholders can be impeached and convicted, only those officials who feel confident of Senate acquittal would choose to remain in office until the vote.”
// full title: Trump supporters want us to believe the Framers were fools

WaPo, Adam Kinzinger: My fellow Republicans, convicting Trump is necessary to save America http://wapo.st/39ZBH0f “If the GOP doesn’t take a stand, the chaos of the past few months, and the past four years, could quickly return”

WaPo, Ann Marimow and Tom Hamburger: It’s not a typical trial. Lawyers in the Trump impeachment case will argue big constitutional questions. http://wapo.st/3p3LKFS 144 constitutional law scholars weigh in

NYT: Georgia Officials Review Trump Phone Call as Scrutiny Intensifies http://nyti.ms/3tCVCKl “Former prosecutors said Mr. Trump’s calls might run afoul of at least three state laws”
// The office of Georgia’s secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, has initiated a fact-finding inquiry into Donald Trump’s January phone call to Mr. Raffensperger pressuring him to “find” votes.

WaPo: U.S. rejoins U.N. Human Rights Council, reversing Trump-era policy http://wapo.st/3tEZN8j

🧵 RT @JYSexton All right. ¤ For people who want to know just how dangerous conspiracy theories like Qanon are, and want to know how and why we must defeat them, let’s talk about the Glorious Revolution of 1688 and what these paranoid appeals are capable of doing. ¤ 1/ 📌 https://twitter.com/JYSexton/status/1358799962520379393?s=20

⋙ 🐣 RT @ Popish conspiracy theories would reach their fever pitch in 1688 as James II, a Catholic monarch, used his powers to make his Catholic son the heir to his thrown. ¤ It was a *sign* and power-hungry officials looking to gain advantage used conspiracy theories to attack. ¤ 5/
⋙ 🐣 RT @ Believing they were “saving their country from a conspiracy,” wealthy elites in England invited William of Orange, a Dutch Protestant, to invade their country. ¤ Follow this. To save their country they invited an outsider to invade it and take it over. ¤ 6/
⋙ 🐣 RT @JYSexton We’ve seen this paranoid framing time and time again. It’s the same thing as the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. It’s the New World Order. It’s the Deep State. ¤ It’s a “state within a state” theory that legitimizes violence, oppression, and coups. ¤ 11/
⋙ 🐣 RT @JYSexton What Fox News and the Right are peddling is a tradition of reactionary fearmongering. These “plots” and “crime syndicates” are the same thing that the powerful have been communicating for centuries now. ¤ It’s the same narrative and for the same purposes. ¤ 12/
⋙ 🐣 RT @ The point is this: we’re not dealing with some new novelty. We’re dealing with the dark side of humanity, a narrative/political tactic that has worked for centuries. ¤ This isn’t something to ignore, it’s something to understand, study, and counteract. ¤ 14/ …

💙 🐣 RT @ProjectLincoln Convict Trump. ¤ #SaveAmerica 💽 https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1358777607723118612?s=20/photo/1

⭕ 7 Feb 2021

💙 DailyBeast, Dean Obeidallah: Forget Impeachment—Donald Trump Should Be Under Arrest http://bit.ly/3tAqrzi “Trump being charged with crimes is not some progressive fever drive. It’s what justice demands”
// The Senate needs to go about its obviously constitutional business. But I sure hope prosecutors in New York and Washington are going about theirs, too.

Donald J. Trump faces his impeachment trial in the Senate this week, and that is good and necessary. But he should already be facing criminal charges arising from his incitement of the deadly attack on our Capitol, plus federal campaign finance crimes he committed with his former fixer Michael Cohen. Remember “Individual 1”? (There’s also Trump’s possible crimes for intentionally lying to the public about the risks of COVID-19 because he believed it helped him politically.)

Former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner explained to me that the delay in Trump being charged with felony level federal election crimes may only be temporary. Kirschner noted that the Southern District of New York prosecutors may “be waiting for Merrick Garland—Joe Biden’s Attorney General nominee—to get in place so they can begin to pull the trigger on indictments.” Let’s hope this is simply justice delayed, not denied.

Now let’s talk Trump’s crimes arising from the deadly insurrection. Given Trump’s conduct leading up to Jan. 6, his actions that day and the countless people who have stated they attacked the Capitol because Trump incited them, Trump should already be charged with the federal crime of “inciting an insurrection” and possibly “seditious conspiracy.”

The relevant part of the seditious conspiracy statute makes it a felony if two or more people agree to “use force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States.” In this instance, the crime occurred when Trump supporters—incited by Trump—delayed the execution of the federal law that mandated Congress meet on Jan. 6 at 1:00 that day to certify the electoral results.

In fact, Kirschner shared that, “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.” They should be.

I encourage people to read the “Statement of Facts” portion of the House impeachment managers’ brief filed Tuesday that lays out more than just the grounds to convict Trump in the impeachment trial—it makes a compelling case to charge Trump with at least insurrection. While the House managers, headed by Rep. Jamie Raskin, do not cite the federal statute for this felony given that the impeachment trial is not criminal, they lay out the roadmap for prosecutors to build a case.

One of the most important points they make is that Trump’s misconduct is not solely about the words of his January 6 speech before the attack. Instead, they argue in powerful detail that Trump laid the groundwork for the insurrection over a period of months beginning with his repeated comments during the campaign that “the only way we’re going to lose this election is if this election is rigged.” Trump was priming his supporters to be on board with this concept if he lost the election.

From there, the House managers highlight Trump’s post-election lies about the election being “stolen” through his call for his most rabid supporters to gather in Washington, D.C.—not on any random day, but on the very day federal law mandated Congress meet to certify the election results.

The House managers’ brief leaves you with the sense that Trump radicalized some in his base —like ISIS does–with a non-stop drumbeat of lies and fiery rhetoric intended to incite them to the doorstep of violence. And finally, on Jan. 6, Trump pushed them through that door, activating them to use force to stop the certification.

In fact, the House managers—without invoking the word “radicalization”—lay out that very concept in this passage of their brief: “By the day of the rally, President Trump had spent months using his bully pulpit to insist that the Joint Session of Congress was the final act of a vast plot to destroy America.” They added, “As a result— and as had been widely reported—the crowd was armed, angry, and dangerous…Incited by President Trump, his mob attacked the Capitol.”

The House managers also emphasis that during the attack, numerous Trump supporters declared via livestream videos that they were there because Trump incited them. For example, they write, one “declared that ‘[o]ur president wants us here. We wait and take orders from our president.’ Yet another rioter yelled at police officers, ‘[w]e were invited here…by the President of the United States!’” …

WSJ, Chuck Cooper: The Constitution Doesn’t Bar Trump’s Impeachment Trial http://on.wsj.com/3jqM1BL “The senators who supported Mr. Paul’s motion should reconsider their view and judge the former president’s misconduct on the merits”
// Removal from office is best understood as akin to a ‘mandatory minimum’ sentence for a crime.

TheAtlantic, David Frum: Impeachment Is Working—Just Not as the Framers Expected http://bit.ly/3cRYvBc “He won’t be scotched. He will be marked. That will not be justice. It may be enough”
// The case against despair

… In 2020, Trump could at least count on support from a majority of Republicans. Not in 2021. This time, only 36 percent of Republicans agree that Trump did “nothing wrong,” down from 56 percent of Republicans who said so last time. ¤ Yes, Trump can probably still expect a second acquittal in 2021. But Trump has three main post-presidential goals, and the forthcoming trial will do severe and possibly lethal damage to all three.

Trump’s maximal post-presidential goal is to position himself for a comeback run in 2024. ¤ Failing that, Trump would like to demonstrate that—president or not—he remains the dominant force within the Republican Party, a leader surpassing all others. ¤ Failing even that, Trump would at a minimum like to prove that he remains a potent-enough figure to frighten away federal and state prosecutors from investigating his businesses for tax or bank fraud. ¤ The second impeachment in the House has already complicated these goals. The second trial in the Senate will complicate these goals further.

The political world is already witnessing demonstrations of Trump’s ebbing impunity within his own party. Ten Republicans voted in the House to impeach. Five Republicans voted in the Senate to proceed with the trial. Two-thirds of the House caucus rejected Trump’s urgings to remove Representative Liz Cheney from leadership for her vote to impeach. Republicans, sadly, are not willing to unite to repudiate Trump. But they are not uniting to exonerate him either.

In his legal briefs, Trump has argued that he was justified in his attempt to overturn the 2020 election. Senate Republicans may want to acquit Trump on technicalities. He will not consent to that. It’s his way to implicate everybody around him in his worst behavior. Will he compel Senate Republicans to disassociate themselves from him? Or will they succumb to the trap set by Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats, who are trying to identify all Republicans with the bigoted conspiracizing of QAnon and the violent sedition of January 6? The trial presents many hazards for both Trump and his party, and the odds are good that they will emerge from the trial exposed and weakened. …

A criminal trial is binary: guilty or not guilty, punishment or release. Politics offers a much wider range of outcomes. The Senate does not have to vote to disqualify Trump to destroy his future political prospects. It does not have to convict him on the impeachment charge to signal state and federal prosecutors that it’s safe to proceed against private-citizen Trump—that ex-president Trump has forfeited some large measure of the deference normally extended to former presidents. ¤ He won’t be scotched. He will be marked. That will not be justice. It may be enough.

NYT, Nicholas Fandos: Impeachment Case Aims to Marshal Outrage of Capitol Attack Against Trump http://nyti.ms/3aHDgPH “To have any chance of making an effective case, the managers believe, they must make clear it is Mr. Trump who is on trial, not his party”
// Armed with lessons from the last impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump, prosecutors plan a shorter, video-heavy presentation to confront Republicans with the fury they felt around the Capitol riot.

… [W]hen the trial opens on Tuesday at the very scene of the invasion, the prosecutors will try to force senators who lived through the deadly rampage as they met to formalize President Biden’s election victory to reckon with the totality of Mr. Trump’s monthslong drive to overturn the election and his failure to call off the assault.

“The story of the president’s actions is both riveting and horrifying,” Representative Jamie Raskin, Democrat of Maryland and the lead prosecutor, said in an interview. “We think that every American should be aware of what happened — that the reason he was impeached by the House and the reason he should be convicted and disqualified from holding future federal office is to make sure that such an attack on our democracy and Constitution never happens again.” …

Behind the scenes, Democrats are relying on many of the same lawyers and aides who helped assemble the 2020 case, including Susanne Sachsman Grooms from the House Oversight and Reform Committee, and Aaron Hiller, Arya Hariharan, Sarah Istel and Amy Rutkin from the Judiciary Committee. The House also temporarily called back Barry H. Berke, a seasoned New York defense lawyer, to serve as chief counsel and Joshua Matz, a constitutional expert.

Mr. Schiff said his team had tried to produce an “HBO mini-series” featuring clips of witness testimony to bring to life the esoteric plot about Mr. Trump’s pressure campaign on Ukraine. Mr. Raskin’s may appear more like a blockbuster action film.

“The more you document all the tragic events leading up to that day and the president’s misconduct on that day and the president’s reaction while people were being attacked that day, the more and more difficult you make it for any senator to hide behind those false constitutional fig leaves,” said Mr. Schiff, who has informally advised the managers.

To assemble the presentation, Mr. Raskin’s team has turned to the same outside firm that helped put together Mr. Schiff’s multimedia display. But Mr. Raskin is working with vastly richer material to tell a monthslong story of how he and his colleagues believe Mr. Trump seeded, gathered and provoked a mob to try to overturn his defeat.

There are clips and tweets of Mr. Trump from last summer, warning he would only lose if the election was “rigged” against him; clips and tweets of him claiming victory after his loss; and clips and tweets of state officials coming to the White House as he sought to “stop the steal.” There is audio of a call in which Mr. Trump pressured Georgia’s secretary of state to “find” the votes needed to reverse Mr. Biden’s victory there; as well as presidential tweets and accounts by sympathetic lawmakers who say that once those efforts failed, Mr. Trump decisively turned his attention to the Jan. 6 meeting of Congress for one last stand.

At the center is footage of Mr. Trump, speaking outside the White House hours before the mob overtook the police and invaded the Capitol building. The managers’ pretrial brief suggests they are planning to juxtapose footage of Mr. Trump urging his supporters to “fight like hell” and march to the Capitol and confront Congress with videos posted from members of the crowd who can be heard processing his words in real time.

“Even with this trial, where senators themselves were witnesses, it’s very important to tell the whole story,” Mr. Schiff said. “This is not about a single day; it is about a course of conduct by a president to use his office to interfere with the peaceful transfer of power.”

But the proximity could also create complications. Several people familiar with the preparations said the managers were wary of saying anything that might implicate Republican lawmakers who echoed or entertained the president’s baseless claims of election fraud. To have any chance of making an effective case, the managers believe, they must make clear it is Mr. Trump who is on trial, not his party.

🔆 This❗️⋙ WaPo: On cusp of impeachment trial, court documents point to how Trump’s rhetoric fueled rioters who attacked Capitol http://wapo.st/3a0lQih “Evidence to bolster the Democratic case has already emerged in federal criminal cases filed against more than 185 people”

The question of what exactly motivated [Jessica Marie Watkins, an Ohio bartender and founder of a small, self-styled militia] and other alleged rioters — and when their plans took shape — will be among the central questions of Trump’s impeachment trial this week, when the Senate will consider whether to convict the former president on charges that he incited the crowd to attack the Capitol.

The nine House impeachment managers leading Trump’s prosecution made clear in an 80-page brief filed last week that they will argue that his role in inspiring the crowd to action began long before the 70-minute speech he gave that day. ¤ They assert that the violence was virtually inevitable after Trump spent months falsely claiming that the election had been stolen from him.

“He amplified these lies at every turn, seeking to convince supporters that they were victims of a massive electoral conspiracy that threatened the Nation’s continued existence,” the House impeachment managers wrote.

After refusing to take the “honorable path” and admit defeat in the election, they wrote, Trump “summoned a mob to Washington, exhorted them into a frenzy and aimed them like a loaded cannon down Pennsylvania Avenue.”

Evidence to bolster the Democratic case has already emerged in federal criminal cases filed against more than 185 people so far in the aftermath of the insurrection.

Trump’s pull on his supporters is a dominant theme. Court documents show that more than two dozen people charged in the attack specifically cited Trump and his calls to gather that day in describing on social media or in conversations with others why they decided to take action by coming to Washington.

Trump’s lawyers have denied that his attacks on the 2020 election can be proved false — or that his comments in the run-up to Jan. 6 or at his rally that day constituted incitement. ¤ “The 45th President exercised his First Amendment right under the Constitution to express his belief that the election results were suspect,” attorneys Bruce Castor Jr. and David Schoen wrote in a response to the trial summons.

Democrats hope to lay out a compelling case to the country of Trump’s responsibility for the insurrection.

They argue that they think Trump’s address on Jan. 6 could be shown to constitute “incitement” under criminal law — which the Supreme Court has held requires showing that speech was “directed” and “likely” to produce “imminent lawless action.”

On Sunday, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), who voted to impeach Trump, called the Senate trial only a “snapshot” and said Trump’s actions should be examined as part of ongoing criminal investigations.

“People will want to know exactly what the president was doing. They want to know, for example, whether the tweet he sent out calling Vice President Pence a coward while the attack was underway, whether that tweet, for example, was a premeditated effort to provoke violence,” she said on “Fox News Sunday.” “There are a lot of questions that have to be answered and there will be many, many criminal investigations looking at every aspect of this and everyone who was involved, as there should be.”

In the Senate, House impeachment managers will argue that regardless of the criminal investigation, Trump’s actions before, during and after the riot represent an assault on democracy that amounts to the kind of “high crimes and misdemeanors” that should cause a commander in chief to be convicted by the Senate under the Constitution and barred from holding public office again.

🐣 RT @AVindman One year ago today @YVindman and I were escorted off the White House grounds because we believe #HereRightMatters. Much has change for my family and me. I wouldn’t change a thing and have no regrets.

🧵 RT @sahilkapur Liz Cheney tells Fox News Sunday she won’t resign. “People have been lied to. The extent to which President Trump for months leading up to Jan. 6th spread the notion that the election had been stolen or that the election was rigged was a lie and people need to understand that.” 📌 https://twitter.com/sahilkapur/status/1358480219502444544?s=20

🐣 RT @tribelaw Trump is trying to have it both ways. He says he didn’t really lose and so deserves to be treated as though he remains president. And he says because he’s no longer president the Senate can’t convict and disqualify him. Which is it, man? Just asking for a friend.

WaPo: GOP Rep. Liz Cheney says Trump ‘does not have a role as a leader of our party going forward’ http://wapo.st/36TclPX //➔ looks like she’s squaring off against MarQorie Taylor Qreen and Minority Leader Qevin McQarthy

⭕ 6 Feb 2021

WIRED, Jeff Golbeck: QAnon Followers Are at a Precarious Pivot Point http://bit.ly/3juPGyc “The process of de-cultification requires patience & suppressing justified anger, recriminations & frustration. It also may not work, but it is grounded in the best professional advice”
// Disillusioned after Biden was sworn in, conspiracy theorists could now be swayed back to reality by conservatives and family members—or toward darker fringes.

THE QANON CONSPIRACY theory, spread in large part through social media, was recently supported by a majority of Republican voters. It is, at its baseless and thoroughly debunked core, the idea that a cabal of Satan-worshipping, cannibalistic, baby-eating pedophiles is operating an international child-sex-trafficking ring from their positions of power. It has grown to encompass many other conspiracy theories, especially around Covid, vaccines, and the election. Donald Trump was held up as a cult-like savior and was the group’s main source of guidance.

Now that the Biden administration has begun, the prophecies of QAnon did not come to pass, and Trump has left for Mar-a-Lago, what’s next? Research into similar groups tells us that, if QAnon followers are to leave the world of conspiracy theories, they need a dignity-preserving path forward. Extremist groups are already working to fill the Q-shaped void by recruiting QAnon believers to their own causes, making it urgent that better alternatives step up. That requires understanding the needs and motives of QAnon followers and providing a viable “off-ramp” from the QAnon world view.

… Seeing patterns connecting Q’s posts to real events felt like discovering secret information. If Q, the anonymous alleged government insider whose information drops launched and fueled the conspiracy theory, posted a photo of a watch with a short comment, his followers would enhance the watch image to see the time and date, interpret what it could mean, connect any bits of text to previous Q posts, and then offer interpretations on the connections. Solving mysteries and the community support made them feel smart. It offered a sense of purpose and control in a time where those things were scarce.

… The failed prophecy, external evidence contradicting the internal narrative, and the resulting disillusionment and cynicism are all core elements necessary for people to abandon cults and conspiracy theories. We need to take advantage of this moment.

NYT: Pushing QAnon and Stolen Election Lies, Flynn Re-emerges http://nyti.ms/39WEjMx
// Recast by President Trump’s most ardent supporters as a MAGA martyr, Michael T. Flynn has embraced his role as the man who spent four years unjustly ensnared in the Russia investigation.

🐣 RT @tribelaw This side-by-side sequence speaks for itself. It’s a devastating demonstration of Trump’s role in fomenting and causing the insurrection of January 6:
💙 ⋙ 🐣 RT @nowthisnews Here’s how former Pres. Trump incited insurrection, step by step 💽 https://twitter.com/nowthisnews/status/1357905104481886212?s=20/photo/1

⭕ 5 Feb 2021

RollingStone, Andy Kroll: Trump’s Impeachment Strategy Is Straight Out of the Pizzagate Conspiracy Playbook http://bit.ly/3aNaugN “Trump’s lawyers … employ the same tactic as the promoters of viral conspiracy theories do”
// By ignoring the facts and repeating lies about the 2020 election, Trump is going full conspiracy theorist to fight off an impeachment conviction

With his second impeachment trial set to begin next week, Trump’s hastily assembled legal team responded in writing this week to the article of impeachment filed against him for “willfully inciting violence against the Government of the United States.” The 14-page rebuttal by Trump’s lawyers hinges mostly on two arguments: That it’s unconstitutional to try a former president for impeachment, and that Trump’s lies about the election result, efforts to pressure state officials to change that result, and incendiary rhetoric on January 6th were government-protected speech. “Like all Americans, the 45th president is protected by the First Amendment,” lawyers Bruce Castor and David Schoen write in their response.

But buried in that rebuttal is still another line of defense, one the victims of viral conspiracy theories will recognize. In defense of Trump’s repeated and outlandish lies about the 2020 election result, the former president’s lawyers write:

“It is admitted that after the November election, the 45th President exercised his First Amendment right under the Constitution to express his belief that the election results were suspect, since with very few exceptions, under the convenient guise of Covid-19 pandemic “safeguards” states election laws and procedures were changed by local politicians or judges without the necessary approvals from state legislatures. Insufficient evidence exists upon which a reasonable jurist could conclude that the 45th President’s statements were accurate or not, and he therefore denies they were false.”

Focus on that last line: “Insufficient evidence exists upon which a reasonable jurist could conclude that the 45th President’s statements were accurate or not, and he therefore denies they were false.” In other words, there isn’t enough evidence to disprove the president’s wild and unsupported claims about the election being stolen, so therefore they’re true.

To be clear, there is ample evidence to back up the claim that 2020 was one of the most safe and secure elections in American history. More than 60 lawsuits were filed in state and federal court in the wake of the election by Trump’s campaign, his political allies, and the Republican Party, and Team Trump lost all but one of those cases. Judges nominated by Democratic and Republican presidents alike, including Trump himself, have roundly dismissed the allegations of fraud or corruption across the country for lack of standing and lack of evidence. As Judge Stephanos Bibas, who was appointed by Trump to a federal appeals court, wrote in a decision denying an appeal brought by Trump’s campaign: “Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here.”

Trump’s lawyers elide this body of evidence in their impeachment trial response. Instead, they employ the same tactic as the promoters of viral conspiracy theories do — arguing, in essence, that if you can’t fully disprove the president’s repeated claims about corrupt voting-machine companies, stolen votes, and corrupt public officials, then you can’t say they’re false.

Joe Uscinski, a University of Miami associate professor and expert on conspiracy theories, describes this as the classic defense of the conspiracy theorist. “This goes to the very heart of conspiracy theory epistemology,” Uscinski tells Rolling Stone.

Uscinski cites as an example the “birther” conspiracy theory about whether former president Barack Obama was born in the United States — a theory that Donald Trump championed for years on his way to winning the presidency. “People claimed Obama didn’t have an American birth certificate,” Uscinski says. “When he brought it out, they said it’s not the long-form birth certificate. When he brought that out, people said it’s a fake.” With powerful conspiracy theories, Uscinski stresses, “Unfalsifiability is baked into the theory.”

💽 CNN: Sasse’s message to Nebraska GOP as he faces censure: ‘Politics isn’t about the weird worship of one dude’ http://cnn.it/2N0MvlI

Sasse’s comments come as the Republican Party at large grapples with warring factions at odds over whether to continue the party in Trump’s likeness or forge a new path veering from the former President’s legacy.

“January 6th is going to leave a scar,” Sasse said, referencing the date of the violent insurrection at the US Capitol, where rioters encouraged by Trump sought to overturn the results of the election. “For 220 years, one of the most beautiful things about America has been our peaceful transfer of power. But what Americans saw three weeks ago was ugly, shameful mob violence to disrupt a constitutionally mandated meeting of Congress to affirm that peaceful transfer of power.”

The resolution, posted by News Channel Nebraska Central, finds that Sasse “warrants and shall incur the penalty of CENSURE” to be imposed by the party on February 13. The state party censured Sasse in 2016 for not sufficiently supporting Trump, according to the senator’s office.

Taylor Sliva, Sasse campaign spokesman, said Thursday night that the committee hadn’t shared the resolution with them but that they had seen it in News Channel Nebraska Central.

“You are welcome to censure me again, but let’s be clear about why this is happening: It’s because I still believe — as you used to — that politics isn’t about the weird worship of one dude,” Sasse said in the video. “The party could purge Trump skeptics, but I’d like to convince you that not only is this ‘civic cancer’ for the nation, it’s also terrible for our party.”

Sasse has been a vocal critic of the former President’s claims casting doubt on the election results’ veracity. In December, Sasse wrote on Facebook that he had been urging his Republican colleagues to “reject” objecting to the certification process of the Electoral College and then-President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, adding that talk of objecting to the process is a “dangerous ploy.”

“The president and his allies are playing with fire. They have been asking — first the courts, then state legislatures, now the Congress — to overturn the results of a presidential election,” Sasse said at the time. “They have unsuccessfully called on judges and are now calling on federal officeholders to invalidate millions and millions of votes. If you make big claims, you had better have the evidence. But the president doesn’t and neither do the institutional arsonist members of Congress who will object to the Electoral College vote.”

Sasse’s intra-state clash comes as the national Republican Party faces its own internal conflicts. On Wednesday, Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, a lifelong ideological conservative, fought off a challenge to her leadership post from members of her own party after she voted to impeach Trump. ¤ At the same time, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, a conspiracy theorist who thinks the GOP’s problem is that it lost the presidential election too gracefully, got a pass from Republican colleagues despite earlier promoting a slew of violent views and conspiracy theories. The full Democratic-led House voted to strip Greene of her committee assignments Thursday.

🐣 RT @RepKinzinger Truth bomb to GOP from Ben Sasse. https://youtu.be/-jCnUHNeTkg via @YouTube
⋙ @SenatorBenSasse Message to Nebraska GOP State Central Committee https://twitter.com/RepKinzinger/status/1357529032204689409?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @TomJChicago BREAKING- Fox cancels Lou Dobbs’ TV show a day after voting software co Smartmatic filed a $2.7 billion defamation suit against Fox, Dobbs, Bartiromo & Pirro. Propaganda is expensive.

🐣 RT @TheTweetOfJohn Retired Adm. William McRaven argued that Russian President Vladimir Putin has outplayed the US and Russia is the greatest external security threat during a recent discussion of the challenges the new Biden administration faces.
⋙ BusinessInsider: Former Navy SEAL commander says Putin has outplayed the US and Russia is the greatest external http://bit.ly/2N4p9fm
// “Putin has outplayed us. He has played the great game better than anyone on the world stage,” McRaven said, calling the Russian president “dangerous.”

⭕ 4 Feb 2021

WaPo: House ejects Marjorie Taylor Greene from committees over extremist remarks http://wapo.st/3jjnEG9

🐣📊 RT @thehill NEW POLL: 64 percent of GOP voters say they would join a Trump-led new party http://hill.cm/PLCGD13

🐣 RT @atrupar Rep. Dean Phillips: “I’m here tonight to say to my brothers & sisters in Congress & all around our country, I’m sorry. For I’ve never understood, really understood, what privilege really means. It took a violent mob of insurrectionists & lightning-bolt moment in this very room.” 💽 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1357488834397765635?s=20/photo/1

💙 📋 NYT: Arrested in Capitol Riot: Organized Militants and a Horde of Radicals http://nyti.ms/3jhMSVn
// By Jennifer Valentino-DeVries, Grace Ashford, Denise Lu, Eleanor Lutz, Alex Leeds Matthews and Karen Yourish

🐣 RT @AmoneyResists .@RashidaTlaib in tears on the House floor just now about the death threats she and her colleagues have received just for existing is one of the most heartbreaking things I’ve heard in a long time. Shame on everyone who enables and incites these threats. 💽 https://twitter.com/AmoneyResists/status/1357500305718575105?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @TeamPelosi If the Q fits.
⋙ 🐣 RT @TheHill Pelosi issues statement blasting “cowardly” GOP leader “McCarthy (Q-CA)” http://hill.cm/a0hvCS1

🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand President Biden says he “made clear to President Putin, in a manner very different from my predecessor, that the days of the United States rolling over in the face of Russia’s aggressive actions…are over. We will not hesitate to raise the cost on Russia”

🐣 RT @DavidRosenTV VIDEO: @POTUS tells #VladimirPutin @KremlinRussia_E: “The days of the United States rolling over in the face of Russia’s aggressive actions…are over.” 💽 https://twitter.com/JamesRosenTV/status/1357442350381948929?s=20/photo/1

WaPo: Smartmatic files $2.7 billion defamation suit against Fox News over election fraud claims http://wapo.st/3tqUeuc
// Fox News Media hosts Lou Dobbs, Maria Bartiromo and Jeanine Pirro were named, along with lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell.

🐣 RT @McFaul “She [Yulia Navalnaya] is incredibly courageous, strong, principled, articulate, and inspiring,” via @voxdotcom
⋙ Vox, Alex Ward: Alexei Navalny is going to prison. Can his movement to depose Vladimir Putin survive? http://bit.ly/
// It’s likely Navalny’s pro-democracy movement is in a bit of trouble.

⭕ 3 Feb 2021

ForeignAffairs, Cynthia Miller-Idress and David Koehler: A Plan to Beat Back the Far Right http://fam.ag/3a3ni3j
// 2/3/2021; Violent extremism in the United States demands a social response.

📊📋 NYT, Thomas Edsall: The QAnon Delusion Has Not Loosened Its Grip http://nyti.ms/3ayOWnO “Millions of Americans continue to actively participate in multiple conspiracy theories. Why?” ● Text Block: https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1357599147575169024?s=20/photo/1

A Dec 30 NPR/Ipsos poll found that “recent misinformation, including false claims related to Covid-19 and QAnon, are gaining a foothold among some Americans.”

According to the survey, nearly a fifth of American adults, 17 percent, believe that “a group of Satan-worshiping elites who run a child sex ring are trying to control our politics.” Almost a third “believe that voter fraud helped Joe Biden win the 2020 election.” Even more, 39 percent, agree that “there is a deep state working to undermine President Trump.” …

The problem of keeping the extremist fringe at arm’s length has plagued the Republican Party for decades — dating back to Joseph McCarthy and the John Birch Society — but nothing in recent American history has reached the crazed intensity of Donald Trump’s perseverating, mendacious insistence that he won a second term in November. That he is not alone — that millions continue to believe in his delusions — is terrifying.

WaPo: McCarthy moves to keep splintering GOP intact, with protection for both Cheney and Greene http://wapo.st/2YKQnKw

🌎 🐣 RT @SidKhurana Largest Educational Group by County, 2019. ¤ High School Graduate is the largest group in the vast majority of counties. College Graduate is #1 in more urban counties (plus Colorado) for the most part. Graduate Degree is #1 in many university counties. https://twitter.com/SidKhurana3607/status/1357139376480862209?s=20/photo/1

DailyBeast, Will Sommer: Proud Boys Dealt Another Blow as Feds Crack Down http://bit.ly/39PGfqh
// The Proud Boys’ former lawyer says he’s taking the name back.

NYT: In Rare Public Statement, Congressional Aides Call for Trump’s Conviction http://nyti.ms/3avuFzF
// More than 370 Democratic aides issued an unusual public appeal, notable because congressional staff members rarely publicly express their own views.
⋙ ≣ Letter: http://bit.ly/3aLIVV9

🐣 RT @BrentNYT Republicans are attacking voting rights – something they are very good at – in preparation to take back the Senate: via @NewYorker
⋙ NewYorker, Steve Collins: State Republican Leaders Are Rushing to Exploit Trump’s Big Lie http://bit.ly/2MuVmMN
// In diverse parts of the country, followers of the former President are attacking voting laws and systems, using his claims that the election was stolen to attack voting laws and systems

⭕ 2 Feb 2021

🐣 🌎 RT @_waleedshahid The United States has now been downgraded to a “flawed democracy” by The Economist. https://twitter.com/_waleedshahid/status/1356734186577682434?s=20/photo/1
⋙ TheEconomist: Global democracy has a very bad year http://econ.st/3oH7YO0
// The pandemic caused an unprecedented rollback of democratic freedoms in 2020

WSJ, Editorial: House Republican Reckoning http://on.wsj.com/3cBqK6X
// The fates of Reps. Cheney and Greene will suggest the GOP future.

💙 HouseJudiciary: Impeachment Managers File Trial Brief, Explain Senate’s Obligation to Hear Case against Donald Trump http://bit.ly/3aHFi2v [Summary with link to Trial Memorandom]
// The brief lays out the case for the conviction of former President Trump for “incitement of insurrection against the Republic he swore to protect.”
⋙ 📔 Trial Brief: Trial Memorandom of the United States House of Representatives in the Impeachment Trial of President Donald J Trump [pdf] http://bit.ly/3jiOVIM 80p

🐣 RT @AaronBlake Trump’s brief today: “It is denied that President Trump intended to interfere with the counting of Electoral votes.” ¤ Trump’s tweet in January: “The Vice President has the power to reject fraudulently chosen electors.”

🐣 RT @Kasparov63 It’s hard to stand up to Putin, but it will only be harder tomorrow. The roadmap is clear. Sanction him and his cronies completely out of the free world. Stop funding his repression and his invasions and his murders. Support the rule of law and divest from dictatorship.

Politico: Austin ousts all Pentagon advisory board members as he roots out Trump appointees http://politi.co/2MrK0sU He “directed the immediate suspension of all committee operations while the Pentagon completes a ‘zero-based review’ of at least 42 defense advisory committees”
// The Trump administration booted several members of the advisory boards after losing the election and installed political operatives and loyalists in their place.

😅 RT @JuddLegum Trump’s formal answer to his impeachment starts off by misspelling “United States.” ¤ It goes downhill from there. https://twitter.com/JuddLegum/status/1356678459989385218?s=20/photo/1

🔆 This❗️⋙ WaPo: Trump’s actions described as ‘a betrayal of historic proportions’ in trial brief filed by House impeachment managers http://wapo.st/3avvKqY

⭕ 1 Feb 2021

🔆 This❗️⋙ Politico: Trump pollster’s campaign autopsy paints damning picture of defeat http://politi.co/36xjPrq Losses among white voters, especially white men, were key to Trump’s loss
// The 27-page report pins Trump’s loss on voter perception that he was untrustworthy and disapproval of his pandemic performance.

🐣 RT @MSNBC “Lately all we’ve been talking about is darkness and division, trying to appeal more to the Proud Boys than the suburban moms and that’s a big problem,” Rep. Kinzinger says about the Republican Party, calling for an intervention within the GOP.
⋙ 💽 MSNBC, KatyTur: Rep. Kinzinger on the future of the Republican Party: ‘I hope it doesn’t mean a split, but it may’ http://on.msnbc.com/2YzR2hw
// Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger of Illinois has said that Republicans need an intervention. He joins Katy Tur with more.

🐣 RT @sergenyt ProPublica & FRONTLINE identified 20 plus Boogaloo Bois or sympathizers who’ve served in the armed forces. In the past 18 months, 13 of them were arrested on charges from possession of illegal automatic weapons to the manufacture of explosives to murder.
⋙ ProPublica: The Boogaloo Bois Have Guns, Criminal Records and Military Training. Now They Want to Overthrow the Government. http://bit.ly/
// ProPublica and FRONTLINE have identified more than twenty members with ties to the armed forces.

🐣 RT @McFaul Oh My God. Listen to @katieporteroc. And never, ever again for one second try to diminish or excuse the horrific violence that Mr. Trump encouraged and inspired on January 6th.
⋙ 🐣 RT @justinbaragona Katie Porter recounts how she and AOC hid in her office during the Jan. 6 insurrectionist riot. ¤ “I’m a mom. I’m calm. I have everything we need. We can live for like a month in this office. And she said, ‘I hope I get to be a mom, I hope I don’t die today.'” 💽 https://twitter.com/justinbaragona/status/1356458365124280320?s=20/photo/1

DefenseOne: The Boogaloo Bois Have Guns, Criminal Records and Military Training. Now They Want to Overthrow the Government. http://bit.ly/36yIXhQ
// ProPublica and Frontline have identified more than twenty members with ties to the armed forces.

🐣 RT @SecBlinken Excellent to speak with Foreign Minister @DmytroKuleba today and reaffirm our unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russian aggression, and commitment to advancing reforms vital to Ukraine’s success.

🐣 RT @chrislhayes People do realize that the Big Event that is promised in QAnon is the massive apprehension and execution of thousands of Democrats, right? It’s very literally the whole climax the movement is pushing for and expecting.
⋙ 🐣 RT @chrislhayes I mean: not just Democrats; also members of the Deep State and various and sundry celebrities who they believe are all members of the satanic child trafficking ring.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @kurteichenwald It’s the political version of the End Times. Literally. That’s why it appeals so much to right wing evangelicals. – the evil ones are destroyed, the faithful flourish. Same old same old.

WaPo, Michael Gerson: Trumpism is American fascism http://wapo.st/3r8r2WM “Call this civic barbarism. Instead of promoting the values of responsible citizenship, Trump and his media enablers are elevating and blessing the very worst among us”

WaPo: As House GOP faces decision on its future, McConnell defends Cheney, rebukes Greene in rare set of statements http://wapo.st/3j7d2dj

“Loony lies and conspiracy theories are cancer for the Republican Party and our country,” McConnell said. “Somebody who’s suggested that perhaps no airplane hit the Pentagon on 9/11, that horrifying school shootings were pre-staged, and that the Clintons crashed JFK Jr.’s airplane is not living in reality. This has nothing to do with the challenges facing American families or the robust debates on substance that can strengthen our party.”

Greene responded Monday night on Twitter. “The real cancer for the Republican Party is weak Republicans who only know how to lose gracefully,” she said. “This is why we are losing our country.”

In a separate statement, McConnell did name Cheney, describing the No. 3 House Republican as “a leader with deep convictions and the courage to act on them.”

“She is an important leader in our party and in our nation,” McConnell said in the statement, first reported by CNN. “I am grateful for her service and look forward to continuing to work with her on the crucial issues facing our nation.”

WaPo: One of Trump’s new lawyers declined to charge Bill Cosby. The other maintains Jeffrey Epstein was murdered. http://wapo.st/36xoWb4

WaPo: Kinzinger says Republicans need ‘an intervention’ to kick Trump habit http://wapo.st/3tkzeoP
// Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL)

Politico: Dems to deliver GOP ultimatum over Marjorie Taylor Greene http://politi.co/2LbBM7G //➔ my guess is having a floor vote might come as a relief to McCarthy, freeing him from the need to cross Trump
// They’re moving to strip the controversial Republican of her committee assignments.

AP: Trump names 2 lawyers to impeachment defense team http://bit.ly/2YLHoJ7 “The two representing Trump will be defense lawyer David Schoen, a frequent television legal commentator, and Bruce Castor, a former district attorney in Pennsylvania …”

NYT: As Trump Raked In Cash Denying His Loss, Little Went to Actual Legal Fight http://nyti.ms/39BGqoL
// The picture that emerged in new campaign finance reports was of Donald J. Trump waging a public relations effort to falsely argue that he had won the election rather than mounting a serious legal push.

🐣 RT @BillKristol “Across those 77 days, the forces of disorder were summoned and directed by the departing president…Throughout, he was enabled by influential Republicans motivated by ambition, fear or a misplaced belief that he would not go too far.”
🔆 This❗️⋙ NYT: 77 Days: Trump’s Campaign to Subvert the Election http://nyti.ms/3oD2fsu
// Hours after the United States voted, the president declared the election a fraud — a lie that unleashed a movement that would shatter democratic norms and upend the peaceful transfer of power.
// By Jim Rutenberg, Jo Becker, Eric Lipton, Maggie Haberman, Jonathan Martin, Matthew Rosenberg and Michael S. Schmidt
// Mr. Stockton, the bus-tour organizer, said that he had been surprised to learn that the protest would include a march from the Ellipse to the Capitol. That march — the prelude to the riot — had not been the plan before the White House became involved.

… [I]nterviews with central players, and documents including previously unreported emails, videos and social media posts scattered across the web, tell a more encompassing story of a more coordinated campaign.

Across those 77 days, the forces of disorder were summoned and directed by the departing president, who wielded the power derived from his near-infallible status among the party faithful in one final norm-defying act of a reality-denying presidency. …

[D]uring the campaign, Attorney General William P. Barr had echoed some of Mr. Trump’s complaints of voter fraud. But privately the president was chafing at Mr. Barr’s resistance to his more authoritarian impulses — including his idea to end birthright citizenship in a legally dubious pre-election executive order. And when Mr. Barr informed Mr. Trump in a tense Oval Office session that the Justice Department’s fraud investigations had run dry, the president dismissed the department as derelict before finding other officials there who would view things his way.

For every lawyer on Mr. Trump’s team who quietly pulled back, there was one ready to push forward with propagandistic suits that skated the lines of legal ethics and reason. That included not only Mr. Giuliani and lawyers like Sidney Powell and Lin Wood, but also the vast majority of Republican attorneys general, whose dead-on-arrival Supreme Court lawsuit seeking to discount 20 million votes was secretly drafted by lawyers close to the White House, The Times found.

As traditional Republican donors withdrew, a new class of Trump-era benefactors rose to finance data analysts and sleuths to come up with fodder for the stolen-election narrative. Their ranks included the founder of MyPillow, Mike Lindell, and the former Overstock.com chief executive Patrick Byrne, who warned of “fake ballots” and voting-machine manipulation from China on One America News Network and Newsmax, which were finding ratings in their willingness to go further than Fox in embracing the fiction that Mr. Trump had won.

… Women for America First … had ties to Mr. Trump and former White House aides then seeking presidential pardons, among them Stephen K. Bannon and Michael T. Flynn

As it crossed the country spreading the new gospel of a stolen election in Trump-red buses, the group helped build an acutely Trumpian coalition that included sitting and incoming members of Congress, rank-and-file voters and the “de-platformed” extremists and conspiracy theorists promoted on its home page — including the white nationalist Jared Taylor, prominent QAnon proponents and the Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio.

With each passing day the lie grew, finally managing to do what the political process and the courts would not: upend the peaceful transfer of power that for 224 years had been the bedrock of American democracy

The Hammer and Scorecard story came together with disparate conspiracy theories about Dominion voting systems that had been kicking around on the left and the right, most forcefully on the Twitter feed of a Republican congressman from Arizona, Paul Gosar.

… Mr. McConnell knew that by [congratulating Biden], he would endanger his own overriding political goal — winning the two runoffs in Georgia and maintaining Republican control of the Senate, which would allow him to keep his power as majority leader. If he provoked Mr. Trump’s anger, he would almost certainly lose the president’s full support in Georgia.

… West Wing officials [Meadows, Kushner, Josh Holmes] had conveyed the same message: They would pursue all potential avenues but recognized that they might come up short. Mr. Trump would eventually bow to reality and accept defeat.

… [A postal worker’s] affidavit, it turned out, had been written with the assistance of the conservative media group Project Veritas, known for its deceptive tactics and ambush videos.

[On Dec 1] … [A]fter the president complained to Fox that the Justice Department was “missing in action,” Mr. Barr told The Associated Press that “we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome.”

… A truck driver on contract with the Postal Service was claiming that he had delivered many thousands of illegally filled-out ballots to Pennsylvania from a depot on Long Island. ¤ Federal investigators had determined that that one, too, was bunk.

… [W]ith the White House counsel, Pat A. Cipollone, backing him, Mr. Barr told the president that he could not manufacture evidence and that his department would have no role in challenging states’ results, said a former senior official with knowledge about the meeting, a version of which was first reported by Axios. The allegations about manipulated voting machines were ridiculously false, he added; the lawyers propagating them, led by Mr. Giuliani, were “clowns.” ¤ … [B]efore Mr. Barr left the building, the president tweeted out the truck driver’s account …

Days later, that allegation was featured in a lawsuit with an extraordinary request: that the court decertify the Pennsylvania result and strip Mr. Biden of the state’s delegates — a call to potentially disenfranchise nearly seven million voters. …

Even after a recount in the tightest state, Georgia, found some 2,000 lost Trump votes, Mr. Biden led by nearly 12,000. And Mr. Giuliani’s arguments that the Trump campaign could prove Dominion voting machines illegally made the difference were summarily dismissed by Mr. Trump’s other lawyers, who were carefully tracking a recount of the machines’ paper receipts.

[Election lawyers] argued that in bending rules to make mail voting easier during the pandemic — extending deadlines, striking requirements for witness signatures — secretaries of state or state courts or election boards had improperly usurped their legislatures’ role. ¤ Yet … the suits failed in court after court across the country …

Mr. Giuliani and his allies were developing a new legal theory — that in crucial swing states, there was enough fraud, and there were enough inappropriate election-rule changes, to render their entire popular votes invalid. … As a result, the theory went, those states’ Republican-controlled legislatures would be within their constitutional rights to send slates of their choosing to the Electoral College. ¤ If the theory was short on legal or factual merit, it was rich in the sort of sensational claims …

Before Thanksgiving, a team of lawyers with close ties to the Trump campaign began planning a sweeping new lawsuit to carry that argument.

They would need to go directly to the Supreme Court, where, they believed, the conservative majority would be sympathetic to the president, who had appointed three of its members.

Only one type of lawyer can take a case filed by one state against another directly to the Supreme Court: a state attorney general. The president’s original election lawyers doubted that any attorney general would be willing to do so, according to one member of the team, speaking on the condition of anonymity. But Mr. Kobach and his colleagues were confident. ¤ The obvious choice to bring the suit was Ken Paxton of Texas, an ardent proponent of the president’s voter-fraud narrative …

Mr. Paxton filed his complaint with the Supreme Court. Mr. Joseph was listed as a special counsel, but the brief did not disclose that it had been written by outside parties.

The lawsuit was audacious in its scope. It claimed that, without their legislatures’ approval, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin had made unconstitutional last-minute election-law changes, helping create the conditions for widespread fraud. Citing a litany of convoluted and speculative allegations — including one involving Dominion voting machines — it asked the court to shift the selection of their Electoral College delegates to their legislatures, effectively nullifying 20 million votes.

Some 126 Republican House members, including the caucus leader, Mr. McCarthy, signed on to the brief, which was followed by a separate brief from the president himself. “This is the big one. Our Country needs a victory!” Mr. Trump tweeted. Privately, he asked Senator Ted Cruz of Texas to argue the case.

At Mr. Trump’s urging, the Republican Attorneys General Association made one final play, asking Mr. Barr to back the suit. He refused. ¤ On Dec. 11, the court declined to hear the case, ruling that Texas had no right to challenge other states’ votes.

The [Dec 12] rally had been planned by Women for America First, which was quietly becoming the closest thing Mr. Trump had to a political organizing force, gathering his aggrieved supporters behind the lie of a stolen election. ¤ The group’s founder, Amy Kremer, had been one of the original Tea Party organizers, building the movement through cross-country bus tours. She had been among the earliest Trump supporters, forming a group called Women Vote Trump along with Ann Stone, ex-wife of the longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone.

The group’s executive director was Ms. Kremer’s daughter, Kylie Jane Kremer, who recently worked on Sean Hannity’s radio show. Two organizers helping the effort, Jennifer Lawrence and Dustin Stockton, were close to Mr. Bannon, having worked at Breitbart … ¤ A onetime organizer for the hard-line Gun Owners of America, according to his LinkedIn page, Mr. Stockton had come to know members of the Three Percenters militia group. … For the Kremers, Ms. Lawrence and Mr. Stockton, the instrument of that fight would be a reprise of the Tea Party Express, a bus tour to enlist state and federal lawmakers in Mr. Trump’s effort to keep states from certifying results ahead of the Electoral College vote.

The group tapped new veins of financing, with sponsorships from Mr. Bannon’s “War Room,” which paid $5,000, and Mr. Lindell, who said he believed he gave $50,000. It helped the group lease the bus and paint it MAGA red, with a huge photo of Mr. Trump and the logos of MyPillow, “War Room” and other sponsors emblazoned on the sides. ¤ As they made their way across the country, they reached out to local elected officials and branches of the Republican National Committee. …

Early on, the “Trump March” website had included promotion for banned extremists and conspiracy theorists like the white supremacist Mr. Taylor, various QAnon “decoders” and the “Western chauvinist” Proud Boys, according to a version saved by the Internet Archive. (The promotion was taken down ahead of the bus tour).

There were early warning signs of the explosion to come.

… Mr. Trump was watching and, seeing the tour’s success, even helicoptered above the Dec. 12 rally on Marine One. But after the 12th, the group found itself in limbo — leading a restive movement without a clear destination.

At the White House, Mr. Trump was still searching for ways to nullify the results, soliciting advice from allies like Mr. Flynn, Mr. Giuliani and Ms. Powell.

On Dec. 18, he met with Mr. Byrne, Mr. Flynn and Ms. Powell in a four-hour session that started in the Oval Office and ended in the White House residence, where Swedish meatballs were served, Mr. Byrne later recalled.

With a team of “cybersleuths,” Mr. Byrne was working with Mr. Flynn and Ms. Powell to develop and promote theories about Dominion and foreign interference. Earlier, Mr. Flynn had publicly raised the notion that the president should use martial law to force a revote in swing states.

The meeting descended into shouting as a group that included Mr. Cipollone, who had absorbed most of Mr. Trump’s frustrations for weeks as he tried to stop a number of legally questionable ideas, tried to dissuade the president from entertaining a range of options the visitors were proposing. “It was really damned close to fistfights,” Mr. Byrne recalled on the “Operation Freedom” YouTube show.

… [U]ltimately Mr. Trump agreed, at least for the moment, to focus on a different goal: blocking congressional certification of the results on Jan. 6. ¤ Mr. Meadows had connected the president to Mr. Martin, the former North Carolina justice, who had a radical interpretation of the Constitution: Vice President Mike Pence, he argued, had the power to stop the certification and throw out any results he deemed fraudulent.

Now, Women for America First had a purpose, too. Objectors were already lining up in the House. So the group planned a new bus tour, this one to travel from state to state helping to sway persuadable senators — 11 by their count. ¤ The cavalry “is coming, Mr. President,” Kylie Kremer tweeted to Mr. Trump on Dec. 19. ¤ This tour took on an edgier tone. Before heading out, the Kremers, Ms. Lawrence and Mr. Stockton visited the Tactical Response marksman training center in Nashville. … At the training center, Kylie Kremer and Ms. Lawrence taped an episode of Mr. [James] Yeager’s “Tactical Response” YouTube show, promoting their tour. They also documented the afternoon with a campy Facebook video of themselves cradling assault weapons and flanking Mr. Stockton, who narrated.

By the time the bus pulled into West Monroe, La., for a New Year’s Day stop to urge Senator John Kennedy to object to certification, Mr. Trump was making it clear to his followers that a rally at the Ellipse in Washington on Jan. 6 was part of his plan. On Twitter, he promoted the event five times that day alone. ¤ The emcee of the Louisiana stop, the Tea Party activist James Lyle, announced that the next day’s event in Missouri was now going to be a thank-you — Senator Josh Hawley had just become the first senator to announce that he would object.

On Saturday, Jan. 2, Kylie Kremer posted a promotional video for Wednesday’s rally on Twitter, along with a message: “BE A PART OF HISTORY.” ¤ The president shared her post and wrote: “I’ll be there! Historic day.” ¤ Though Ms. Kremer held the permit, the rally would now effectively become a White House production. After 12,000 miles of drumbeating through 44 stops in more than 20 states, they would be handing over their movement to the man whose grip on power it had been devised to maintain.

There were new donors, including the Publix supermarket heiress Julie Jenkins Fancelli. She gave $300,000 in an arrangement coordinated through the internet conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who pledged $50,000 as well, The Wall Street Journal reported. ¤ New planners also joined the team, among them Caroline Wren, a former deputy to Kimberly Guilfoyle, the Trump fund-raiser and partner of Donald Trump Jr. The former Trump campaign adviser Katrina Pierson was the liaison to the White House, a former administration official said. The president discussed the speaking lineup, as well as the music to be played, according to a person with direct knowledge of the conversations.

For Mr. Trump, the rally was to be the percussion line in the symphony of subversion he was composing from the Oval Office.

That Saturday, Mr. Trump had called the Georgia secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, and pressed him, unsuccessfully, to “find” the 11,780 votes needed to win the state.

Mr. Barr had resigned in December. But behind the back of the acting attorney general, Jeffrey A. Rosen, the president was plotting with the Justice Department’s acting civil division chief, Jeffrey Clark, and a Pennsylvania congressman named Scott Perry to pressure Georgia to invalidate its results, investigate Dominion and bring a new Supreme Court case challenging the entire election. The scheming came to an abrupt halt when Mr. Rosen, who would have been fired under the plan, assured the president that top department officials would resign en masse. ¤ That left the congressional certification as the main event.

When Mr. Hawley stepped forward, according to Republican senators, Mr. McConnell hoped at least to keep him isolated. ¤ But Mr. Cruz was working at cross-purposes, trying to conscript others to sign a letter laying out his circular logic: Because polling showed that Republicans’ “unprecedented allegations” of fraud had convinced two-thirds of their party that Mr. Biden had stolen the election, it was incumbent on Congress to at least delay certification and order a 10-day audit in the “disputed states.” Mr. Cruz, joined by 10 other objectors, released the letter on the Saturday after New Year’s.

It was coming down to a contest of wills within the Republican Party, and tens of thousands of Trump supporters were converging on Washington to send a message to those who might defy the president. ¤ The rally had taken on new branding, the March to Save America, and other groups were joining in, among them the Republican Attorneys General Association. Its policy wing, the Rule of Law Defense Fund, promoted the event in a robocall that said, “We will march to the Capitol building and call on Congress to stop the steal,” according to a recording obtained by the progressive investigative group Documented.

Mr. Stockton said he was surprised to learn on the day of the rally that it would now include a march from the Ellipse to the Capitol. Before the White House became involved, he said, the plan had been to stay at the Ellipse until the counting of state electoral slates was completed.

The president’s involvement also meant that some speakers from the original Women for America First lineup would be dropped from the main event. So, Mr. Stockton said, he arranged to have them speak the night before at a warm-up rally at Freedom Plaza.

That event had been planned by a sister group, the 80 Percent Coalition, founded by Cindy Chafian, a former organizer with Women for America First.

Defiantly, to a great roar from the plaza, Ms. Chafian cried, “I stand with the Proud Boys, because I’m tired of the lies,” and she praised other militant nationalist groups in the crowd, including the Oath Keepers and the Three Percenters.

Mr. Trump took the stage at the Ellipse the next day shortly before 1 p.m., calling on the tens of thousands before him to carry his message to Republicans in the Capitol: “You’ll never take back our country with weakness.”

As he spoke, some protesters, with Proud Boys helping take the lead, were already breaching the outer security perimeter around the Capitol. Inside, when Mr. Gosar stood to raise the first objection, to results in his home state of Arizona, several Republican lawmakers gave him a standing ovation. … Less than an hour later, the lawmakers would flee to a secure location as the mob streamed into the building. … …

On Jan. 15, Mr. Trump acquiesced to an Oval Office meeting with Mr. Lindell, who arrived with two sets of documents. One, provided by a lawyer he would not name, included a series of steps Mr. Trump could take, including “martial law if necessary.” The other, Mr. Lindell claimed in an interview the next day, was computer code indicating that China and other state actors had altered the election results — vetted by his own investigators after he found it online.

“I said: ‘Mr. President, I have great news. You won with 79 million votes, and Biden had 68 million,’” he recalled. (Mr. Biden had more than 80 million votes, to Mr. Trump’s 74 million; Homeland Security officials have rejected the allegations of foreign meddling.)

A couple of minutes later, Mr. Trump directed his national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, to escort Mr. Lindell upstairs, to Mr. Cipollone’s office. He told the MyPillow founder to come back afterward. ¤ After a perfunctory discussion, aides directed Mr. Lindell to the exit. “I say it loud, ‘I’m not leaving,’” he recalled telling them. He eventually left when an aide made it clear there would be no Oval Office follow-up. The president was done.

The violence at the Capitol, and Congress’s eventual certification of Mr. Biden’s victory that day, may have spelled the end of Mr. Trump’s postelection campaign. The same cannot be said about the political staying power, the grip on the Republican faithful, of the lie he set in motion. …

⭕ 31 Jan 2021

🐣 RT @BillKristol “Across those 77 days, the forces of disorder were summoned and directed by the departing president…Throughout, he was enabled by influential Republicans motivated by ambition, fear or a misplaced belief that he would not go too far.”
🔆 This❗️⋙ NYT: 77 Days: Trump’s Campaign to Subvert the Election http://nyti.ms/3oD2fsu
// Hours after the United States voted, the president declared the election a fraud — a lie that unleashed a movement that would shatter democratic norms and upend the peaceful transfer of power.
// By Jim Rutenberg, Jo Becker, Eric Lipton, Maggie Haberman, Jonathan Martin, Matthew Rosenberg and Michael S. Schmidt

⭕ 30 Jan 2021

Politico: Here’s What Happens to a Conspiracy-Driven Party http://politi.co/3ajSIBe “[T]he QAnon wing now threatens to push Republicans much closer to the fate of Know Nothing Party, even though they don’t know it”
// The modern GOP isn’t the first party to embrace huge conspiracies. But the lessons should be sobering.

ProPublica: Text Messages Show Top Trump Campaign Fundraiser’s Key Role Planning the Rally That Preceded the Siege http://bit.ly/2MtpBnb
// Caroline Wren, a Trump fundraiser, is listed as a “VIP Advisor” in a National Park Service permit for the Jan. 6th rally at the Ellipse. Text messages and a planning memo show the title downplays the active role she played in organizing the event.

🐣 RT @cnnbrk Five of Trump’s impeachment lawyers have stepped aside a little more than a week before his Senate trial in a disagreement over legal strategy, sources say
🔆 This❗️⋙ CNN: First on CNN: Trump’s impeachment defense team leaves less than two weeks before trial http://cnn.it/3pMFljT “Trump is clinging to his election fraud charade and suddenly finds himself without legal representation”

It was a dramatic development in the second impeachment trial for Trump, who has struggled to find lawyers willing to take his case. And now, with legal briefs due next week and a trial set to begin only days later, Trump is clinging to his election fraud charade and suddenly finds himself without legal representation.

Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier, who were expected to be two of the lead attorneys, are no longer on the team. A source familiar with the changes said it was a mutual decision for both to leave the legal team. As the lead attorney, Bowers assembled the team.

Josh Howard, a North Carolina attorney who was recently added to the team, has also left, according to another source familiar with the changes. Johnny Gasser and Greg Harris, from South Carolina, are no longer involved with the case, either. ¤ No other attorneys have announced they are working on Trump’s impeachment defense.

A person familiar with the departures told CNN that Trump wanted the attorneys to argue there was mass election fraud and that the election was stolen from him rather than focus on the legality of convicting a president after he’s left office. Trump was not receptive to the discussions about how they should proceed in that regard.

🐣 RT @ProjectLincoln The Lincoln Project’s legal response to the false and defamatory statements made by Rudy Giuliani. https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1355618315570393090?s=20/photo/1-3

WaPo: ‘Be ready to fight’: FBI probe of U.S. Capitol riot finds evidence detailing coordination of an assault http://wapo.st/3afSkUx

💙 Politico Mag, Michael Kruse: The Antipope of Mar-a-Lago http://politi.co/3t5TdYx
// What a medieval religious schism can teach us about Donald Trump’s unprecedented and radically antagonistic approach to the ex-presidency.

🐣 RT @EvanMcMullin I agree that the center-right needs a new political identity and home, fully committed to American values, truth, reason and democracy. It’s a work in progress.
⋙ 🐣 RT @LarrySabato The Republican Party is no longer salvageable—at least a sane center-right version the country needs as an alternative. I resisted accepting this for a long time. But Trump, Jan 6, Greene et al made me face it. Not sure what’s next & best, or how to get there. #RepublicanParty

WaPo: Ukraine stayed quiet during Trump-era pressures. Now it’s sharing some Giuliani tales. http://wapo.st/2YuNP2Q “Ukraine’s rebuff of [Giuliani’s] demands, said [former Zelensky aide] Novikov, was a victory in keeping the country out of U.S. affairs”

⭕ 29 Jan 2021

NYT, Shoshana Zuboff: The Coup We Are Not Talking About http://nyti.ms/39ASaYI “Dr. Zuboff, a professor emeritus at Harvard Business School, is the author of ‘The Age of Surveillance Capitalism.’” Excellent #longread
// We can have democracy, or we can have a surveillance society, but we cannot have both.
// Dr. Zuboff, a professor emeritus at Harvard Business School, is the author of “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism.”

Deaths of kings and peaceful transfers of power in democracies are critical moments that heighten society’s vulnerability. The norms and laws that guide these junctures are rightly treated with maximum gravity. Mr. Trump and his allies prosecuted an election-fraud disinformation campaign that ultimately translated into violence. It took direct aim at American democracy’s point of maximum institutional vulnerability and its most fundamental norms. As such, it qualifies as a form of epistemic terrorism, an extreme expression of epistemic chaos. Mr. Zuckerberg’s determination to lend his economic machine to the cause makes him an accessory to this assault.

Like baseball, everyday reality is an adventure that begins and ends at home base, where we are safe. No society can police everything all the time, least of all a democratic society. A healthy society rests on a consensus about what is a deviation and what is normal. We venture out from the norm, but we know the difference between the outfield and home, the reality of everyday life. Without that, as we have now experienced, things fall apart. Democrats drinking blood? Sure, why not? Hydroxychloroquine for Covid-19? Right this way! Storm the Capitol and make Mr. Trump dictator? Yeah, we’ve got that!

Society renews itself as common sense evolves. This requires trustworthy, transparent, respectful institutions of social discourse, especially when we disagree. Instead we are saddled with the opposite, nearly 20 years into a world dominated by a political-economic institution that operates as a chaos machine for hire, in which norm violation is key to revenue.

… The corrupt information that dominates the private square does not rise to the top of a free and fair competition of ideas. It wins in a rigged game. No democracy can survive this game.

Our susceptibility to the destruction of common sense reflects a young information civilization that has not yet found its footing in democracy. Unless we interrupt surveillance economics and revoke the license to steal that legitimates its antisocial operations, the other coup will continue to strengthen and produce fresh crises. What must be done now?

The United States and the world’s other liberal democracies have thus far failed to construct a coherent political vision of a digital century that advances democratic values, principles and government. While the Chinese have designed and deployed digital technologies to advance their system of authoritarian rule, the West has remained compromised and ambivalent.

This failure has left a void where democracy should be, and the dangerous result has been a two-decade drift toward private systems of surveillance and behavioral control outside the constraints of democratic governance. This is the road to the final stage of the epistemic coup. The result is that our democracies march naked into the third decade without the new charters of rights, legal frameworks and institutional forms necessary to ensure a digital future that is compatible with the aspirations of a democratic society.

We are still in the early days of an information civilization. The third decade is our opportunity to match the ingenuity and determination of our 20th-century forebears by building the foundations for a democratic digital century.

Democracy is under the kind of siege that only democracy can end. If we are to defeat the epistemic coup, then democracy must be the protagonist.

I offer three principles that can help guide these beginnings:

The democratic rule of law

… Antitrust arguments are important for two reasons: They signal that democracy is once again on the move, and they legitimate more regulatory attention to companies designated as market dominant. But when it comes to defeating the epistemic coup, the antitrust paradigm falls short. Here’s why.

[I]t took decades for lawmakers to finally address the real sources of harm by codifying new rights for workers and consumers. The National Labor Relations Act, which guaranteed the right to unionize while regulating the actions of employers, wasn’t enacted until 1935, 45 years after the Sherman Antitrust Act. We do not have 45 years — or 20 or 10 — to linger before we address the real harms of the epistemic coup and their causes.

There may be sound antitrust reasons to break up the big tech empires, but carving up Facebook or any of the others into the surveillance capitalist equivalents of Exxon, Chevron and Mobil would not shield us from the clear and present dangers of surveillance capitalism. Our time demands more.

New conditions summon new rights

A democratic information civilization cannot progress without new charters of epistemic rights that protect citizens from the massive-scale invasion and theft compelled by surveillance economics. During most of the modern age, citizens of democratic societies have regarded a person’s experience as inseparable from the individual — inalienable. It follows that the right to know about one’s experience has been considered elemental, bonded to each of us like a shadow. We each decide if and how our experience is shared, with whom and for what purpose. … [T]he once taken-for-granted right to know and to decide who knows about us must be codified in law and protected by democratic institutions, if it is to exist at all.

Unprecedented harms demand unprecedented solutions

… We need legal frameworks that interrupt and outlaw the massive-scale extraction of human experience. Laws that stop data collection would end surveillance capitalism’s illegitimate supply chains. The algorithms that recommend, microtarget and manipulate, and the millions of behavioral predictions pushed out by the second cannot exist without the trillions of data points fed to them each day.

Next, we need laws that tie data collection to fundamental rights and data use to public service, addressing the genuine needs of people and communities. Data is no longer the means of information warfare waged on the innocent.

[W]e [must] disrupt the financial incentives that reward surveillance economics. We can prohibit commercial practices that exert demand for rapacious data collection. Democratic societies have outlawed markets that trade in human organs and babies. Markets that trade in human beings were outlawed, even when they supported whole economies.

These principles are already shaping democratic action. The Federal Trade Commission initiated a study of social media and video-streaming companies less than a week after filing its case against Facebook and said it intended to “lift the hood” of internal operations “to carefully study their engines.” A statement by three commissioners took aim at tech companies “capable of surveilling and monetizing … our personal lives,” adding that “too much about the industry remains dangerously opaque.”

Two sentences often attributed to Justice Brandeis feature in the congressional subcommittee’s impressive antitrust report. “We must make our choice. We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we cannot have both.” The statement so relevant to Brandeis’s time remains a pungent commentary on the old capitalism we know, but it ignores the new capitalism that knows us. Unless democracy revokes the license to steal [information] and challenges the fundamental economics and operations of commercial surveillance, the epistemic coup will weaken and eventually transform democracy itself. We must make our choice. We may have democracy, or we may have surveillance society, but we cannot have both. We have a democratic information civilization to build, and there is no time to waste.

WaPo, Kathleen Parker: The GOP isn’t doomed. It’s dead. http://wapo.st/3j0Amt0

💙 WaPo, Matthew Dallek: Forcing out the fringe http://wapo.st/39yM0sb “Dallek, a historian at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management, is at work on a book about the John Birch Society” 🖼 https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1355784538111303689?s=20/photo/1
// Can Republicans exile their most toxic supporters? They’ve done it before.
// illustration: grey vs red elephants facing off

🐣 RT @CNN Former President George W. Bush is making it clear that he supports Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the No. 3 Republican in the House, who voted to impeach then-President Trump
⋙ CNN: George W. Bush to thank Dick Cheney, father of Liz Cheney, ‘for his daughter’s service’ http://cnn.it/2YqIrOe

WaPo, David Ignatius: The U.S. is finally catching up to the domestic terrorism threat http://wapo.st/3oBaJA5

WaPo, John Sipher: Piling up incriminating information about Trump’s Russian connections http://wapo.st/3otXMrT Review of: American Kompromat: How the KGB Cultivated Donald Trump, and Related Tales of Sex, Greed, Power, and Treachery By Craig Unger
// John Sipher worked for the CIA’s clandestine service for 28 years. He is now a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and a co-founder of Spycraft Entertainment.

One of the standard warnings attached to U.S. intelligence reports is that the source of a report intends “to influence as well as inform.” The caveat does not mean that the source’s reporting is wrong or should be discounted, but that the source also has an agenda. Craig Unger’s new book, “American Kompromat,” should be read with a similar understanding, for it opens with the presumption that former president Donald Trump is, as former CIA director Michael Hayden described him, “a clear and present danger.” Unger starts from the premise that Trump is a Kremlin asset and proceeds to advance the argument with great detail.

Unger is a veteran investigative journalist and writer, and “American Kompromat” is a follow-up to his 2018 book, “House of Trump, House of Putin,” in which he made the case for Russian collusion. “American Kompromat” can be read alongside others that examine Trump’s weak spot for Russia — including Greg Miller’s “The Apprentice,” Michael Isikoff and David Corn’s “Russian Roulette,” Luke Harding’s “Shadow State,” Tim Weiner’s “The Folly and the Glory,” and Seth Abramson’s “Proof of Collusion” — as well as books by insiders such as Peter Strzok, former FBI deputy assistant director of counterintelligence; Josh Campbell, a former FBI special agent and special assistant to then-Director James Comey; and Andrew McCabe, former deputy director of the FBI.

As the Trump administration came to a spectacular end, Unger must have felt the need to update his book continually. Day by day, Trump took actions that added to Unger’s thesis. In the closing weeks of his term, Trump sought to divert attention from a damaging Russian cyberhack, refused to concede Russian President Vladimir Putin’s poisoning of his leading political challenger and brazenly pardoned cronies who refused to testify in Robert Mueller’s Russia probe. (Not to mention allegedly inciting the mob that violently overtook the Capitol.)

Unger outlines Trump’s decades-long relationships with Russian criminals and his willingness to abet the laundering of dirty money flowing from Moscow, and explains why Russian intelligence would find him an easy mark. The web of Trump’s damning connections and his actions as president suggest some sort of affinity for Putin.

According to Unger, there are indications that Trump was used as a conduit for Soviet covert messaging campaigns in the late 1980s. He made numerous visits to Russia where he was certainly watched, feted and cultivated. At the time, he publicly expressed thoughts that were far outside of mainstream Western opinion. For example, he complained that Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was destroying the Soviet Union — suggesting perhaps relations with KGB elements that shared such a view. Unger cites former KGB officer Yuri Shvets, who served in Washington at the time, saying of Trump: “The guy is not a complicated cookie, his most important characteristics being low intellect coupled with hyperinflated vanity. This combination makes him a dream for an experienced recruiter.”

By compiling decades of Trump’s seedy ties, disturbing and consistent patterns of behavior, and unexplained contacts with Russian officials and criminals, Unger makes a strong case that Trump is probably a compromised trusted contact of Kremlin interests.

That said, it is not an argument meant to stand up to the scrutiny of a criminal court (that would require evidence hidden in Russian intelligence files). Instead, it is a counterintelligence case, a circumstantial compilation of patterns, relationships and logical inferences. Even though counterintelligence probes often do not lead to arrests, the stakes of such investigations may be of far more serious consequence. We have learned over the past several years that many of the most important firewalls in our democracy are not necessarily written in the legal code. It may not be a crime for a presidential candidate to seek to make money from a hostile foreign power and lie about it, but it is potentially a far more serious challenge to our system.

In short, Unger alleges that Trump’s long-standing ties to Russian organized crime, his lifestyle and his business practices made him uniquely vulnerable to blackmail and extortion by the country that is unarguably the best in the world at those dark arts. His campaign team — with its own unusual shady ties to Russia — was willing to work with a hostile foreign power and eager to accept material stolen from Americans. None went to the authorities to report the illicit contacts, and many of them were subsequently arrested. When the issue of Russian involvement surfaced publicly, every single one of them lied and covered up their actions. Trump then attacked the very institutions that could hold him to account and sought to obstruct investigations, eventually pardoning anyone who could provide evidence of wrongdoing. Even Trump’s most fervent supporters have been unable to provide an innocent explanation for why a domestic political campaign would need such deep engagement with a hostile foreign power.

Unger’s narrative of collusion relies on piling up any and all damning information he can muster. However, in some cases, the very volume of information undercuts the strength of his argument. Trump’s presidency was such a ruinous fiasco, it is tempting to keep adding inexplicable actions to the pile. However, the tangential material often confuses more than clarifies. Chapters on William Barr, the Catholic Opus Dei sect, Robert Maxwell, Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein are interesting but do little to illuminate Trump’s perfidy. For example, Unger ties Barr to FBI traitor Robert Hanssen, suggesting that Hanssen was promoted while Barr was the attorney general in the George H.W. Bush administration. Anyone with experience in government would be hard-pressed to explain how a mid-level FBI promotion of someone not yet suspected of a crime would be of interest to the attorney general.

Further, Unger relies on relatively few sources, and none with direct access to Trump or present-day Russia. Shvets and Oleg Kalugin, his sources on Russian intelligence methodology, were celebrated KGB officers but left Russia in the late 1980s and have no direct knowledge of Trump’s contacts with Russian officials. They provide interesting context and color, but Unger would have benefited from a wider variety of sources.

Trump’s election exposed a previously undetected flaw in our system of protecting national security secrets. A duly elected president cannot be denied a security clearance, yet the Republican Party nominated a candidate whose greed, lack of morals and relationship with criminal elements should have disqualified him for the lowest-level clearance, much less the highest office in the land. What Unger’s books have shown us is that the evidence was there for anyone willing to look. “American Kompromat” uncovers no secrets, nor does it reveal much that is new, but it reminds us that there is still much left to learn. We know that Trump was compromised, but we’re not sure exactly how.

American Kompromat: How the KGB Cultivated Donald Trump, and Related Tales of Sex, Greed, Power, and Treachery By Craig Unger

🐣 RT @thedailybeast BREAKING: Two Montana brothers accused of being among the first 10 people to storm the U.S. Capitol—before chasing a lone Black cop through the building and wreaking havoc inside the Senate chamber—have been charged. https://twitter.com/thedailybeast/status/1355181809940787201?s=20/photo/1
⋙ DailyBeast, Pilar Milendez: Montana Brothers Who Accosted Lone Black Cop During Capitol Riots Are Arrested http://bit.ly/3t2yB38
// Joshua and Jerod Hughes are accused of confronting Capitol Police cop Eugene Goodman, who heroically diverted the mob away from the Senate

🚫 🐣 RT @FlossObama Trump literally rallied people to attack the Capitol and we were perhaps two quick-thinking officers away from that situation being exponentially more tragic… and Republicans are now rallying in support of him again. The whole party is seditious.
// most perhaps, not all

🐣 RT @MollyJongFast Oy vey
⋙ 🧵 RT @ryanjreilly “We broke into the Capitol…we got inside, we did our part. We were looking for Nancy to shoot her in the friggin’ brain but we didn’t find her.” — Dawn Bancroft, arrested in Pennsylvania today, along with Diana Santos-Smith. 📌 https://twitter.com/ryanjreilly/status/1355282121699565568?s=20/photo/1-2

Law&Crime: Pro-Trump Lawyer Lin Wood Says Georgia State Bar Told Him His Law License Is in Danger Unless He Takes Mental Health Exam http://bit.ly/3r3m4dZ Wood has appeared in rallies alongside Trump lawyer Sidney Powell

🔆 This❗️⋙ NYT: Republican Ties to Extremist Groups Are Under Scrutiny http://nyti.ms/3j0wwA3
Named in article (alpha by state):
Mo Brooks (AL)
Andy Biggs (AZ)
Paul Gosar (AZ)
Lauren Bobert (CO)
Matt Gaetz (FL)
Marjorie Taylor Green (GA)
// A number of members of Congress have links to organizations and movements that played a role in the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol.

🐣 RT @craigunger Must see: Watch me and Yuri Shvets, fmr KGB officer who is great source forAmerican Kompromat, on Narativ TV, telling for the 1st, straight from the horse’s mouth, how the KGB cultivated Donald Trump. Buy now: http://bit.ly/2Yo7txF @ZevShalev 💽 https://twitter.com/craigunger/status/1354826792247451649?s=20/photo/1
// 1/28/2021
⋙ American Kompromat. @CraigUnger’s new book reveals Trump’s KGB ties with former KGB officer Yuri Shvets, @lincolnsbible pscp.tv
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TheGuardian: ‘The perfect target’: Russia cultivated Trump as asset for 40 years – ex-KGB spy http://bit.ly/2NDzLlq “The feeling was that he was extremely vulnerable intellectually, and psychologically, and he was prone to flattery”
// The KGB ‘played the game as if they were immensely impressed by his personality’, Yuri Shvets, a key source for a new book, tells the Guardian

… Shvets is a key source for American Kompromat, a new book by journalist Craig Unger, whose previous works include House of Trump, House of Putin. The book also explores the former president’s relationship with the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.

Shvets, a KGB major, had a cover job as a correspondent in Washington for the Russian news agency Tass during the 1980s. He moved to the US permanently in 1993 and gained American citizenship. He works as a corporate security investigator and was a partner of Alexander Litvinenko, who was assassinated in London in 2006.

Unger describes how Trump first appeared on the Russians’ radar in 1977 when he married his first wife, Ivana Zelnickova, a Czech model. Trump became the target of a spying operation overseen by Czechoslovakia’s intelligence service in cooperation with the KGB.

The ex-major recalled: “For the KGB, it was a charm offensive. They had collected a lot of information on his personality so they knew who he was personally. The feeling was that he was extremely vulnerable intellectually, and psychologically, and he was prone to flattery.

Shvets, who has carried out his own investigation, said: “For me, the Mueller report was a big disappointment because people expected that it will be a thorough investigation of all ties between Trump and Moscow, when in fact what we got was an investigation of just crime-related issues. There were no counterintelligence aspects of the relationship between Trump and Moscow.”

He added: “This is what basically we decided to correct. So I did my investigation and then got together with Craig. So we believe that his book will pick up where Mueller left off.”

⭕ 28 Jan 2021

WaPo, Karen Tumulty: The GOP struck a bad bargain. That’s how it got stuck with Marjorie Taylor Greene. http://wapo.st/2YogQgN //➔ “Those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside” ~ JFK

NYT, Paul Krugman: The G.O.P. Is in a Doom Loop of Bizarro http://nyti.ms/2Ypn2VD “If the Trump-incited Capitol insurrection didn’t snap the party back to sanity — and it didn’t — nothing will”
// But will it doom the rest of us, too?

🐣 RT @evanchill The Times’s Visual Investigations team obtained previously unpublished police bodycam video from an officer beaten by the Capitol mob on Jan. 6. It provides an officer’s perspective on the battle to defend an entryway where a rioter was crushed by the mob.
⋙ NYT: Body Camera Footage Shows Capitol Rioters Trampling Over Woman http://nyti.ms/2MDY9mn
// Video obtained by The Times provides a police officer’s view of the deadly battle to defend a key entryway from the surging mob.

As 34-year-old Rosanne Boyland lay dying on the steps of the Capitol on Jan. 6 after being crushed by a mob, fellow rioters were charging over her to attack police officers with crutches, a hockey stick and pepper spray, new police body camera footage shows.

Video obtained by The Times provides a previously unpublished view of the brutal fight between rioters and officers at a central entryway on the west side of the Capitol — the same one that President Biden used to descend to his inauguration ceremony two weeks later.

The footage shows how rioters, in their effort to attack the police, trampled on Ms. Boyland even as her friend, Justin Winchell, shouted that she was dying and needed help.

Federal prosecutors in Detroit played the video at a Jan. 25 court hearing in the case of Michael Joseph Foy, a Michigan man accused of attacking the officers with a hockey stick. The U.S. attorney’s office in Detroit provided the one minute and 20 second clip to The Times.

The footage appears to come from the body camera worn by one of four Metropolitan Police officers dragged out of the doorway and beaten by rioters during the hourslong battle. It begins at 4:26 p.m., just as officers have managed to push the mob out of the doorway. Inside, rioters had packed together in a dangerous crush in their attempt to force their way through the police and into the Capitol.

Seconds into the video, as rioters tumble over one another, a voice can be heard shouting, “Save her!” ¤ As rioters fall out of the doorway, Ms. Boyland is briefly visible in the video, and Mr. Winchell begins to scream, “She’s gonna die! She’s dead!”

“I need somebody!” Mr. Winchell shouts, turning to the crowd. Instead, a rioter behind him sprays a chemical irritant over his head toward the police.

A bearded rioter wearing a hat, brown jacket and University of Michigan sweatshirt then begins to move up the stairs toward the police. ¤ “Knock their masks off!” another rioter in a cowboy hat tells him.

The bearded rioter charges over Ms. Boyland and begins to grapple with the officer, grabbing his baton. At the same time, another rioter jabs the officer with a crutch. The officer is driven to the ground as the crowd cheers the attack.

A man in a hooded winter jacket, whom prosecutors say is Mr. Foy, is seen on the body camera footage advancing with his hockey stick and repeatedly swinging it down at the officers. Prosecutors allege in court documents that Mr. Foy, a former Marine, struck officers at least 10 times in 16 seconds.

“No! No!” Mr. Winchell screams, as the rioters swing at the police over Boyland’s body.

“I’ll kill you,” a rioter says to an officer, using an expletive, before grabbing the officer by his helmet and dragging him out of the doorway.

Mr. Winchell can again be heard screaming “Rosanne! Rosanne!”

After the first officer is dragged away, another rioter can be seen grabbing onto the leg of the fallen officer wearing the body camera. Then the footage ends. Other videos reviewed by The Times showed that rioters dragged the officer down the steps seconds later.

At around the same time, rioters dragged Ms. Boyland from the door and attempted but failed to resuscitate her. They then carried her back to the police battling rioters at the doorway, who moved her into the Capitol Rotunda, where paramedics eventually reached her. She was pronounced dead at a local hospital at 6:09 p.m., around an hour and a half later.

Mr. Foy faces multiple federal charges, including assaulting a police officer, and has been transferred from Detroit to Washington to face prosecution.

🐣 RT @AaronBlake This op-ed from fired Fox News political editor @ChrisStirewalt is something: ¤ He says this all “was partly a cynical, knowing effort by political operators and their hype men in the media to steal an election or at least get rich trying.”
⋙ LATimes: Op-Ed: I called Arizona for Biden on Fox News. Here’s what I learned http://lat.ms/3ataUsz
// fired by Fox for calling AZ first (and correctly); The news business operates in a marketplace that offers penalties for reporting the news but lots of rewards for indulging a consumer’s worst cravings.

💙 NYT, Michelle Goldberg: The First Post-Reagan Presidency http://nyti.ms/3iVayP9
// So far, Joe Biden has been surprisingly progressive.
⋙ See under Entire Articles: NYT Goldb Post-Reagan 1-28-2021

WaPo: Biden administration halts effort to install Trump loyalists on Pentagon advisory boards http://wapo.st/3oxH76F For some appointments, paperwork had not been completed, others serve “at the pleasure of the defense secretary”; a few have already been sworn in

🧵 RT @AshaRangappa_ THREAD. I had to take a little break from political Twitter to gather my thoughts on how the GOP is responding to impeachment. I find that in the face of gaslighting, it is useful to repeat things that we know to be true, and then assess the choices from there. To wit: 📌 https://twitter.com/AshaRangappa_/status/1354964827429462021?s=20

2. TRUTH #1: Donald Trump did not win the 2020 election. He could not accept this outcome. Because of his inability to accept this outcome, he manufactured a Big Lie that he *did* win the election, and put all of the official powers at his disposal to force this to be the case

3. TRUTH #2: As part of this effort, he attempted to 1) shakedown the Secretary of State of Georgia to manufacture 11,780 “extra” votes that would give him a victory in that state; 2) conspired with officials at DOJ to manufacture false cases of voter fraud in Georgia

4. and 3) rallied his supporters using the Big Lie to convene in Washington, D.C. to “fight” against Congress’ Electoral College certification. When this became a violent insurrection at the Capitol, he refused to use his power to either verbally disavow that insurrection or

5. use his official authority to permit the National Guard and other reinforcement mechanisms to protect the official and constitutional functions of a coequal branch of government. In so doing, he violated his oath of office.

6. TRUTH #3: His words and actions, in addition to his failure to act, resulted in the death of 5 people, including law enforcement officials, and the threat to the lives of members of Congress and his own Vice President.

7. TRUTH #4: If he had succeeded, it is unclear what state of functioning our democracy would be in at this moment.

8. TRUTH #5: There are members of Congress who subscribe to the Big Lie, and are effectively representing the interests of the domestic terrorists who invaded our Capitol in our democratic processes. https://twitter.com/AshaRangappa_/status/1354970259262902275?s=20/photo/1

9. Reasonable people cannot disagree on the above Truths. The question is how whether and how Trump should be held accountable for #1-5. Impeachment is one option through which he can be held accountable, and specifically whether he should be barred from holding office again.

10. If Senators hide behind procedural arguments for why Trump’s actions cannot be adjudicated in an impeachment trial (on which the weight of experts agree is permitted), then they are avoiding, but not answering, the question of accountability

11. So the only questions to ask these people is: 1) Do you believe Trump should be held accountable for his actions? (yes or no) and 2) If not an impeachment, then how? (i.e., do they go on record as conceding that criminal prosecution is OK?)

12. Underlying both of these questions, of course, is the more fundamental question of: Do you disavow Trump’s Big Lie? Unless GOP are willing to go on record saying YES, then they are 1) saying the insurrection was justified and 2) Trump should not be held accountable, ever /END

P.S. I am a linear thinker and I think there is a nice graph/flowchart that can be made from the above if anyone is inclined to make it!

WaPo: Hostility between congressional Republicans and Democrats reaches new lows amid growing fears of violence http://wapo.st/3cm8b6w “‘The enemy is within the House of Representatives, … in addition to what is happening outside,’ Pelosi (D-Calif.) said”

⭕ 27 Jan 2021

NYT: U.S. faces heightened threats from violent domestic extremists after Capitol attack, Homeland Security says. http://nyti.ms/3t5W57x “The intelligence official involved with the bulletin [said] that the public warning should have been issued as early as November”

The warning contained in a “National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin” was a notable departure for a Department of Homeland Security accused of being reluctant during the Trump administration to publish intelligence reports or public warnings about the dangers posed by domestic extremists and white supremacist groups for fear of angering Mr. Trump, according to current and former homeland security officials.

Even after the Department of Homeland Security in September 2019 singled out white supremacists as a leading domestic terrorism threat, analysts and intelligence officials said their warnings were watered down, delayed or both. Former officials in the Trump administration have even said that White House officials sought to suppress the phrase “domestic terrorism.”

The intelligence official involved with the bulletin, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss its findings, added that the public warning should have been issued as early as November, when Mr. Trump was making an escalating series of false accusations about the election, and that far-right groups continued to be galvanized by such false statements.

🐣 RT @nytopinion To dampen extremism, “advertisers should stop supporting networks that spread lies and hatred,” @NickKristof writes, “and cable companies should drop channels that persist in doing so.”
⋙ NYT, Nicholas Kristof: A Letter to My Conservative Friends http://nyti.ms/2YlBUEx “You’ve been hoodwinked, exploited & manipulated by con artists waving flags, casting lies & monetizing bigotry”
// Hold us accountable, but please do the same for the charlatans who deceive you, use you and cheat you.

🐣 RT @karissabe Mark Zuckerberg just said Facebook will permanently take political groups out of recommendations globally and is working on ways to reduce political content in News Feed bc “people don’t want politics and fighting to take over” their experience

🐣 RT @shannonrwatts 140 officers injured.
One officer dead from the attack; two from suicide.
Officers without helmets sustained brain injuries.
One officer has two cracked ribs and two smashed spinal discs.
One officer is going to lose his eye; one was stabbed with a metal fence stake.
[link to Cruz]

🐣 RT @kurtbardella The #Benghazi attack occurred on September 11, 2012.
3 years later, on October 15, 2015, @HillaryClinton testified before a GOP-controlled Congressional Committee for 11 hours.
3 weeks ago, our Capitol was under siege by domestic terrorists.
Republicans want us to move on.

WaPo: D.C. police sent 850 officers to the Capitol during insurrection, spent $8.8 million during week of Jan. 6 http://wapo.st/2MxmXg5 “This assault on the Capitol has exposed weaknesses in the security of the most secure city in the country” ~ Acting Police Chief Contee

Acting police chief Robert J. Contee III, in his opening statement Tuesday before a closed session of the House Appropriations Committee, also said for the first time that a D.C. police officer who had been at the riot committed suicide in the days that followed.

D.C. police sent about 850 officers, nearly one-quarter of its force, to help rescue the U.S. Capitol from the mob that broke in Jan. 6, and the department estimates it cost the District $8.8 million to secure the downtown during the week the insurrection occurred.

The chief cautioned that the $8.8 million cost is an estimate that is sure to change, and he said a more detailed financial accounting is forthcoming. He said police and prosecutors will be “engaged for years” investigating and trying insurgents.

Contee said many aspects of local policing will have to be revisited to confront new threats of domestic terrorism, including training that at present “neither anticipates nor prepares” officers for “hours of hand-to-hand combat.”

The chief also said the D.C. police force’s relationship with the myriad federal agencies in the District might be reexamined. “This assault on the Capitol has exposed weaknesses in the security of the most secure city in the country,” Contee told lawmakers.

He said federal and local agencies will now have to consider domestic terrorism as a serious threat, and “harden targets in the federal enclave.” That, Contee said, could make other buildings in the District “more likely targets.”

🐣 RT @WSJPolitics President Biden is expected to revamp the asylum system, after the Trump administration took steps to restrict access to humanitarian protection in the U.S.
⋙ WSJ: Biden to Rescind Curbs on Asylum Policy Enacted by Trump http://on.wsj.com/3adfavN
// President plans to use executive actions to end safe-third-country rule, ‘Remain in Mexico’ program

WaPo: Republicans back away from confronting Trump and his loyalists after the Capitol insurrection, embracing them instead http://wapo.st/2Yj76UU They “accommodate Trump’s most fervent supporters as they continue to champion the falsehood of widespread electoral fraud”

💙 WaPo: Self-styled militia members in three states began planning in November for recruits, weapons ahead of Capitol breach, U.S. alleges http://wapo.st/3t6zhV9 “[T]he group cited the perceived direction of President Donald Trump”

Three self-styled militia members charged in the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol began soliciting recruits for potential violence within days of the 2020 presidential election, later training in Ohio and North Carolina and organizing travel to Washington with a busload of comrades and a truck of weapons, U.S. authorities alleged Wednesday.

A four-count indictment returned in D.C. laid out fresh details and allegations against Jessica Marie Watkins, 38, and Donovan Ray Crowl, 50 — both of Woodstock, Ohio — and Thomas E. Caldwell, 66, of Berryville, Va. The three, all U.S. military veterans, are accused of conspiring to obstruct Congress and other counts, punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Prosecutors have said Caldwell appears to have ties to the anti-government Oath Keepers extremist group — although his attorney said he is not a member. They also have alleged that the retired Navy lieutenant commander helped organize dozens of others who coordinated their movements as they “stormed the castle” to disrupt the confirmation of President Biden’s electoral college victory.

Real-time conversations recovered from a walkie-talkie-style app captured Watkins discussing a group of about 30 to 40 “sticking together and sticking to the plan” during the breach, according to court documents previously filed in the case.

In a 15-page indictment unsealed Wednesday, prosecutors revealed new allegations, accusing Watkins of contacting recruits on Nov. 9, six days after the election, for a “Basic Training” camp outside Columbus, Ohio, in early January so they would be “fighting fit by innaugeration.” Prosecutors also allege that Watkins participated in a “leadership only” conference call via an encrypted app, and that Caldwell arranged with another person bringing “at least one full bus 40+ people coming from N.C.” and weaponry ahead of Jan. 6.

Crowl, a former Marine mechanic, attended a training camp in December in North Carolina, while Caldwell hosted Watkins in Northern Virginia, charging papers said.

At one point, Caldwell wrote Watkins, “Don’t know what [Person One] is cooking up but I am hearing rumblings of another MAGA march 12 December. I don’t know what will happen but like you I am very worried about the future of our country . . . I believe we will have to get violent to stop this.” ¤ “You are my kinda person and we may have to fight next time,” Caldwell added.

Previous charging papers identified Person One as “Stewie,” a possible reference to Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes.

On Dec. 30, Caldwell messaged Watkins saying, “If [Person One] isn’t making plans, I’ll take charge myself, and get the ball rolling,” the indictment stated. On Jan. 2, Caldwell allegedly concluded, “I don’t know if [Person One] has even got out his call to arms, but its a little friggin late. This one we do on our own. This is one we are doing on our own.”

Caldwell allegedly told Watkins that the leader of another group, unnamed in the indictment but described in previous court filings as “Paul,” promised a busload of more than 40 and weaponry.

Paul “is too broken down to be on the ground all day and . . . he is committed to being the quick reaction force and bringing the tools if something goes to hell,” Caldwell said, according to the indictment. “That way the boys won’t have to schlep weps on the bus. He’ll bring them in his truck the day before.” …

In their planning, according to prosecutors, the group cited the perceived direction of President Donald Trump, embracing his false claims of election fraud and readying for a fight in apocalyptic terms.

“Trump wants all able-bodied Patriots to come” to the Jan. 6 “Stop the Steal” rally, Watkins is quoted as saying on Dec. 29. ¤ “If Trump activates the Insurrection Act, I’d hate to miss it,” she added, according to the indictment.

Asked earlier by a recruit what to prepare for, Watkins allegedly wrote in November that if Biden became president, “our way of life as we know it is over. Our Republic would be over. Then it is our duty as Americans to fight, kill and die for our rights.”

Prosecutors previously detailed the group’s alleged communications over the walkie-talkie-style app Zello during the riot.

“You are executing citizen’s arrest. Arrest this assembly, we have probable cause for acts of treason, election fraud,” one man said as Watkins reported undergoing plastic bullet and tear-gas fire. ¤ “This is . . . everything we ­f—ing trained for!” an unknown man told Watkins, according to the court documents.

The new charges against the three were among eight indictments returned Wednesday by a grand jury against previously charged defendants. The indictments come one day after Acting U.S. Attorney Michael R. Sherwin said that investigators are turning their focus to whether militia groups and individuals in several states may have coordinated or planned ahead of time to commit criminal acts. Law enforcement officials have focused on the Oath Keepers, the nativist Proud Boys, and Three Percenters, another anti-government group that takes its name from the bogus claim that only 3 percent of the colonists supported the American Revolution against the British.

WaPo: Homeland security bulletin warns Americans about violence by grievance-fueled domestic extremists http://wapo.st/3ceoNNC

CNN: The Republican Party is at war with itself as it charts its post-Trump future http://cnn.it/2YkQMD2

LegalInformationInstitute (Cornell Law): 18 U.S. Code § 2384 – Seditious conspiracy http://bit.ly/3pAAX76 Text Block: https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1354435558035107842?s=20/photo/1

18 U.S. Code § 2384 – Seditious conspiracy
If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.
(June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 808; July 24, 1956, ch. 678, § 1, 70 Stat. 623; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, § 330016(1)(N), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2148.)

🐣 The Trump Admin had a year to put in place a national database for COVID-19 vaccine appointments and tracking or at least put in place standards for the data to be collected. They didn’t ~ meaning everyone’s doing their own in their own way. Not just states, but each distributor.
⋙ 🐣 I assumed that military logistics was doing this, but they stopped at shipping out the vaccines, with no attention given to point-of-care distribution.

🐣 ◕ RT @eyokley A third [35%] of Trump voters say they’d be interested in joining a “Patriot Party” led by Donald Trump, per our latest poll with @POLITICO https://twitter.com/eyokley/status/1354415926288986117?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 📊 MorningConsult Poll: Senate Republicans Signal Acquittal for Trump as His Standing Improves Among GOP Voters http://bit.ly/3ortGoW
// 75% of Republican voters said they’d disapprove of Trump’s conviction
● Almost half of Independents support Trump’s conviction https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1354426301617213448?s=20/photo/1
● Most Republican Voters want Trump to play big role in party, but not All Voters https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1354427160992342019?s=20/photo/1
// Note first chart in @eyokley tweet

🐣 RT @tribelaw It’s Holocaust Remembrance Day—the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Death Camp.

🐣 RT @kenroth “Alexei Navalny combines two qualities that Russians admire: a mordant sarcasm toward the country’s leaders and great personal bravery. Together, they make him the most potent political threat that President Vladimir Putin has ever faced.”
⋙ WaPo, David Ignatius: Even from prison, Navalny is the most potent political threat Putin has ever faced http://wapo.st/36emN4g In response to Navalny’s video, “Putin on Monday denied that he owned the ‘palace.’ But [Putin’s] aura of invulnerability has been cracked”

Alexei Navalny combines two qualities that Russians admire: a mordant sarcasm toward the country’s leaders and great personal bravery. Together, they make him the most potent political threat that President Vladimir Putin has ever faced.

Navalny’s latest riposte is a wickedly funny video posted Jan. 19 on YouTube, documenting the corruption that surrounds what he calls “Putin’s Palace,” a billion-dollar project on the Black Sea that includes mansions, vineyards, a private casino, even an underground hockey rink. The video alleges a network of payoffs for Putin’s friends and family, as well as for two girlfriends and their relatives.

The mocking video had been seen by more than 90 million people as of Tuesday. And its message of defiance helped bring thousands of protesters onto the streets last weekend in 100 Russian cities to protest Putin’s corrupt and authoritarian regime. Russian security forces arrested more than 3,000 protesters Saturday, and Putin on Monday denied that he owned the “palace.” But his aura of invulnerability has been cracked.

🐣 RT @HotlineJosh Portman adviser Corry Bliss: “If you want to spend all your time on FOX and be[ing] an asshole, there’s never been a better time to serve. But if you want to spend your time being thoughtful and getting shit done, there’s never been a worse time to serve”
⋙ NationalJournal: Mainstream Republicans already surrendering to Trumpism http://bit.ly/39mK1ah
// From opposing conviction in his impeachment trial to a surprise Senate Republican retirement, the GOP establishment anticipates a Trumpian future.

🚫 🧵 RT @bjrich_ #BREAKING: Trump appointee says Tuberville, RAGA director met with Trump family, top advisers on eve of Capitol attack via @BurkhalterEddie 📌 https://twitter.com/bjrich_/status/1354227754212974599?s=20
⋙ AlabamaReporter, Eddie Burkhalter: Trump appointee says Tuberville, RAGA director met with Trump family, top advisers on eve of Capitol attack http://bit.ly/3a7RNnx
// waiting for another source to confirm; RAGA = Republican AG AAssn; Tuberville, through a spokeswoman, said he did not attend the meeting with Trump on the eve of the deadly attack.

CNN, Marshall Cohen: ‘Blame Trump’ defense from alleged Capitol rioters dovetails with Democrats’ impeachment case http://cnn.it/3cecKzI “One by one, die-hard supporters of former President Donald Trump are now blaming him for their actions that day, after being charged”

🐣 RT @McFaul In one phone call readout w/ Putin, Biden & team clearly articulated their new Russia policy: (1) engage on mutual interests, (2) contain Putin’s belligerent actions & (3) speak up in defense of human rights. Rather brilliant:
⋙ WhiteHouse: Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia http://bit.ly/3qNjDw6
// 1/26/2021

🐣 RT @mccaffreyr3 Our new Secretary of State Tony Blinken is brilliant, experienced, and globally known and respected. Under the Trump/Pompeo disaster our allies were vilified and thug strongmen embraced. America is getting back to our values.
⋙ 🐣 RT @mitchellreports #TonyBlinken confirmed 78 to 22 by the Senate as Secretary of State inheriting a department hollowed out and demoralized by Mike Pompeo and former President Trump

⭕ 26 Jan 2021

🐣 RT @chrislhayes The central story of American politics right now is that one of the two parties is *radicalizing against democracy* in front of our eyes. There are tons of other stories as well, but they all come after that, I think.

CNN: Marjorie Taylor Greene indicated support for executing prominent Democrats in 2018 and 2019 before running for Congress http://cnn.it/3qWnOWt

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Duckworth: “At the 1st opportunity, Pres. Joe Biden called out Vladimir Putin for reportedly putting bounties on the heads of our brave servicemembers in Afghanistan. After more than 100 days of silence from Donald Trump, it’s a relief to have a Commander in Chief who cares.”

NYT: Man Charged With Threatening Congressman’s Family as Riot Raged http://nyti.ms/3ooEsw4
// Relatives of Hakeem Jeffries and George Stephanopoulos received threatening text messages as rioters stormed the Capitol, federal prosecutors said.

WaPo: Pentagon restricted commander of D.C. Guard ahead of Capitol riot http://wapo.st/3iRU4XZ but … it’s complicated

🐣 RT @CNN Members of Congress were left stunned in a briefing from law enforcement about their failure to prepare for the insurrection, two members who attended a House Appropriations Committee briefing say, with one saying it was “dumb luck” more people didn’t die
⋙ CNN: Democrats stunned by briefing on Capitol’s security before insurrection: ‘It was only by pure dumb luck’ more weren’t killed http://cnn.it/3pqZTOo

💙 🐣 RT @Lawrence The Senate did NOT vote on the constitutionality of the impeachment trial today. They voted only on whether to debate the constitutionality today. 45 voted to debate it immediately. 55 voted to not debate it today with the understanding that it will be debated in the trial.

🧵 RT @TheRickWilson 1/ A lot of DC groups where were ass-deep in the January 6th violent insurrection suddenly want to whitewash their role in funding and supporting it, and the people who made it happen. ¤ They’re upset to be publicly associated with the Proud Boys, neo-Nazis, cop-killers, et al… 📌 https://twitter.com/TheRickWilson/status/1354125939379216385?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @TheRickWilson 2/ …but the operative word is *publicly*. They were all in, proud as peacocks until they got caught. I’m not talking about people like Trumpjugend Gauleiter Charlie Kirk or the Stop the Steal mooks. They’re just the scuzzy demimonde of Trump world.
⋙ 🐣 RT @TheRickWilson 3/ You start digging into the people who supported the Capitol attack rally and you’ll find a lot of big named groups. ¤ But when you get into the people who funded the Sedition Caucus in the House and Senate, the stakes get higher.

🐣 RT @starsandstripes U.S. authorities have opened case files on at least 400 people and expect to bring sedition charges against some “very soon” in the sprawling investigation of the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol, officials said.
⋙ StarsAndStripes: Prosecutors expect sedition charges in Capitol breach http://bit.ly/39mY7Z8

💙 🔲 💽 PBS: Trump’s American Carnage http://to.pbs.org/3t0c86U
// FRONTLINE traces Trump’s siege on his enemies, the media and even the leaders of his own party, who for years ignored the warning signs of what was to comRed:

🐣 RT @SenSchumer President Biden should declare a national emergency on the climate crisis. ¤ Donald Trump declared some fake emergency for his ineffective, wasteful wall. That wasn’t an emergency. ¤ If there was ever an emergency, the climate crisis is an emergency.

🐣 RT @Tovah1953 Two GOP congressmen, @RepGosar and @RepAndyBiggsAZ sought pardons for their connection to Capitol attack: Now why would they need Presidential Pardons???? Could this be a statement of guilt and complicity in the insurrection, eh?
⋙ Salon (1/20): Two GOP congressmen sought pardons for their connection to Capitol attack: report http://bit.ly/3cdlPJd
// 1/20/2021; Trump, still facing trial in the Senate, turned down House superfans’ requests after meeting with legal advisers

🐣 RT @Robert4787 The #Russian #hackers didn’t get in gradually, they got inside instantly by sneaking a malicious code into a #Software update pushed out to thousands of government agencies and private companies. #CyberSecurity #CyberAttack #securitybreach #CyberCrime
AP: Russian hack of US agencies exposed supply chain weaknesses http://bit.ly/3t1gJpA

🐣 RT @tribelaw Calling it the QAnon “theory” degrades the concept of “theory.” ¤ It’s like speaking of the Flat Earth “theory.” It’s a world view, and not one that can be falsified or verified. That’s what makes it so dangerous.

💙 🐣 RT @RepRiggleman Oregon GOP doubles down on #CapitolRiots False Flag, TX GOP says WE ARE THE STORM, Hawaii goes QAnon, KY GOP hits McConnell, Kemp under fire in GA, VA has QAnon gov front runner, Trump does robo calls for crazy Kelli in AZ, Sanders endorsed by Trump in AR, MI GOP after Rep Upton
// state GOP parties going haywire

🐣 RT @DeanObeidallah Listen closely to the deafening silence of GOP leaders NOT denouncing in one voice QAnon, The Proud Boys, militias and the 22% of GOPers (per polls) who supported the violent attack on the Capitol. Instead they defend Trump. Violence is now an accepted part of the GOP playbook.

🐣 RT @jimsciutto As I watch the events of the last several weeks, I keep remembering this prescient interview with DNI Clapper in 2016: “We pride ourselves on the institutions that have evolved over 100s of years & I do worry about the fragility of those institutions.”
⋙ CNN (2016): Intel chief Clapper worried about instability in the U.S. http://cnn.it/39fIeUh
// 7/29/2026

AP: ‘THIS IS ME’: Rioters flaunt involvement in Capitol siege http://bit.ly/2YcGx3M “Their total lack of concern over getting caught and their friends’ willingness to turn them in has helped authorities charge about 150 people as of Monday with federal crimes”

⭕ 25 Jan 2021

🐣 RT @SteveSchmidtSES There are a number of GOP state parties that are more accurately described as Q Parties. Oregon, California, Texas and Arizona are among them. Understanding what side controls what in the GOP civil war will be key to understanding and covering it.

🧵 RT @SteveSchmidtSES The January 6th vote is as irreconcilable for the GOP as was the Kansas/Nebraska act for the Whigs. It has broken the GOP in two. @mattgaetz has declared Trump as the forever leader of the Republican Party and more ominously “The America First Movement”. Like its ‘85 year old 📌 https://twitter.com/SteveSchmidtSES/status/1353898734426402817?s=20

💙 🔆 This❗️⋙ TPM: The Capitol Mob Was Only The Finale Of Trump’s Conspiracy To Overturn The Election http://bit.ly/3plZXPF ¤ #longread 🖼 https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1354067075770294274?s=20/photo/1
// Trump’s incitement of the Jan. 6 riot, which is now the subject of an impeachment trial, was just one part of his scheme to subvert democracy.

🐣 RT @ In this heavily researched piece, @UrbanAchievr argues that the warning signs for Jan. 6 were obvious and that “the GOP is too compromised by extremists to be trusted with political power any time soon.”
⋙ TheBulwark, Christian VanderBruck: Meet Trump’s Pro-Insurrection “Intellectuals” http://bit.ly/3pkhYOh
// We should have known January 6 was coming, because Trumpism’s “intellectual” wing called for it, for weeks.

For an example of this festering interest in violence, which is both anti-government and anti-police, consider a recent article by Claremont Institute fellow and Boston University professor emeritus Angelo Codevilla. Published just days before the November presidential election, “The Police and Us” argued that it was time for conservatives to start “hurting cops.”

Three days after votes were cast, conservative activist Ned Ryun (who ironically served as a member of Trump’s Advisory 1776 Commission), itemized a number of alleged election irregularities—“you’re telling me the semi-senile basement dweller won roughly 3 million more votes than Obama did in 2008?” “Look at Milwaukee and the statistical improbabilities of the Democratic votes there.”—before channeling Malcolm X to propose violence as a remedy for his grievances: channeling Malcolm X to propose violence as a remedy for his grievances:
Former Trump national security spokesman Michael Anton—best known for authoring the “Flight 93 election” essay analogizing Democrats to terrorists bent on destroying the republic—made a similar argument, suggesting hopefully that Trump supporters might be aroused to “rebellion” ¤ Anton, like Codevilla, is not a shitposter looking for milita-clicks. He’s one of Trumpism’s intellectuals.

Pro-Trump conservatives and elected Republicans echoed and amplified such menacing calls over the next eight weeks, with a particular focus on legislators, state government officials, and judges who refused to help the president remain in power

Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani endorsed threats against lawmakers who refused to help overturn the election results. “Sometimes it even requires being threatened,” Giuliani said about pressuring Michigan state lawmakers.

Freshman congressman Madison Cawthorn urged attendees at Charlie Kirk’s Turning Point USA to threaten their representatives as well.

“So, everybody, I’m telling you, I’m encouraging you, please get on the phone, call your congressman,” he said. “And feel free, you can lightly threaten them, and say, ‘You know what? If you don’t start supporting election integrity, I’m coming after you, Madison Cawthorn is coming after you. Everybody is coming after you.”

Representative Louie Gohmert told Newsmax that the Supreme Court’s refusal to overturn the election left Trump supporters no choice but to resort to violence:

Just days after Trump’s election loss, American Greatness contributor Chuck de Caro recalled the McMinn County War of 1946 (also known as the Battle of Athens) during which a group of two thousand veterans violently rebelled against corrupt local officials with automatic weapons, Molotov cocktails and dynamite, ultimately seizing ballot boxes implicated in a disputed election.

De Caro was explicit about the historical lesson he hoped to impart, suggesting that disappointed Trump supporters consider paramilitary action to combat perceived electoral malfeasance:

In broad strokes, this was the scenario that played out at the U.S. Capitol on January 6 as rioters disrupted Congress’s formal acceptance of Joe Biden’s presidential victory. Reprising the role of returning GI’s were groups like the far-right Oath Keepers militia, which recruits primarily among former military personnel.

Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn attracted widespread condemnation for advocating that Trump invoke the Insurrection Act in the weeks following the election and demanding a “re-vote” under military supervision. Fewer people noticed that Flynn also encouraged his followers on social media to donate to a group called the “1st Amendment Praetorian,” which describes itself as a “volunteer force of military, Law Enforcement & intel agency community professionals standing up to protect the 1st Amendment and those who use it.”

The co-founder of 1st Amendment Praetorian, a former Green Beret named Robert Patrick Lewis, also promoted the Battle of Athens narrative to his followers, while directly threatening Republican officials.

“Tar, feathers, pitchforks, torches and a railroad tie to carry them to the city line would go a long way right now. Or we can go Battle of Athens,” Lewis tweeted in response to a complaint about the Republican governors of Arizona and Georgia. “You should have one of your aides teach you a history lesson on the Battle of Athens,” he tweeted directly at Governor Doug Ducey of Arizona. “You’re skating on thin ice, buster.”

On the day of the insurrection, the official 1st Amendment Praetorian account—the same group Michael Flynn told Americans to support financially—tweeted “#WETHEPEOPLE OWN DC” over a picture showing that demonstrators had “breached the Capitol.” It wrote “Happy Warrior” above a photo of the shirtless “Q Shaman” Jacob Chansley inside the Capitol.

The attacks on police, the threats against legislators, the attempt to violently disrupt the democratic process: All were part of a militant narrative that pervaded right-wing discourse since—and even before—the 2020 election.

… [I]t’s important to note that the idea was for violence [even] if Trump won, and then violence when he lost. The violence is the constant. The violence is the point.

After Rep. Liz Cheney voted to impeach Donald Trump for his role in inciting the insurrection, Wyoming state GOP chairman Frank Eathorne told Trump confidant Steve Bannon that his party was considering support for secession. “Many of these Western states have the ability to be self-reliant, and we’re keeping eyes on Texas too, and their consideration of possible secession,” he said on Bannon’s podcast.

The Texas GOP has also flirted with the idea. State party chairman Allen West, angered by the Supreme Court’s decision to summarily dismiss a petition backed by 18 states to throw out the election results, issued a press release suggesting that “perhaps law-abiding states should bond together and form a Union of states that will abide by the Constitution.”

Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Rush Limbaugh also entered the secessionist fray, telling his audience that America is “trending toward secession” and that “there cannot be a peaceful coexistence” between the right and left.

Things have moved surprisingly quickly for a taboo subject that, in the modern era, has never been more than a plaything for cranks and purveyors of self-published race war fantasy fiction. …

“Trenchard” [pseudonym] predicts/wishes/pleasures-himself-with the idea that, if push comes to shove, today’s unionists would lack the fortitude to impose their will by force, because “there was no moral controversy that would come close to this kind of stark alternative; no higher ideal that would plausibly justify shedding the blood of fellow Americans.”

But this raises the question: What was the moral controversy for which founders of “Trenchard’s” new “United American Counties” were willing to pledge their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor? ¤ A vague opposition to “woke” politics and cancel culture? Anger over pronouns and bathrooms and drag queen story hour? Frustration with stalled Section 230 reform? ¤ Or is it simply personal allegiance to Donald J. Trump?

Who can say. But it is useful to recall that this culture was preparing for violence even if Trump had won. ¤ So maybe it’s not about anything other than hatred of their fellow Americans.

@TheLastWord Fmr. Sen. John Danforth tells @Lawrence that Sen. Josh Hawley is responsible for the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol because he “created an event…that would be the focal point for what turned out to be one of the darkest days in American history.” https://on.msnbc.com/3c7PpQl

🐣 RT @TheRickWilson So THAT explains the subliterate word vomit filling my email tonight.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Acyn Hannity is upset over Rick Wilson 💽 https://twitter.com/TheRickWilson/status/1353904699599151104?s=20/photo/1

WaPo: McConnell relents on Senate rules, signals power-sharing deal with Democrats http://wapo.st/2YbRum4 … “after two Democratic senators — [Manchin (WV) and Sinema (AZ)] — publicly reiterated their previously stated opposition to eliminating the filibuster”

McConnell on Monday said he was prepared to move forward on a deal “modeled on that [2001] precedent” after two Democratic senators — Joe Manchin III (W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) — publicly reiterated their previously stated opposition to eliminating the filibuster. ¤ “They agree with President Biden’s and my view that no Senate majority should destroy the right of future minorities of both parties to help shape legislation,” he said.

Biden said in July that he’d “take a look” at eliminating the filibuster if Republicans became overly “obstreperous” but has otherwise been respectful of the traditions of the Senate, where he spent six terms before becoming vice president in 2009.

🐣 RT @RexChapman Mitch McConnell just folded. ¤ Thank you, Georgia… 💽 https://twitter.com/RexChapman/status/1353914846618791942?s=20/photo/1
// Chuck Schumer on Rachel Maddow: She says rules for committees will be the same as the last time there was a 50/50 split ~ but what is that?

💙 🔆 This❗️⋙ Politico: McConnell agrees to allow Senate power-sharing to move forward http://politi.co/2Mq4f9Q “McConnell backed down from his demand that any Senate power-sharing agreement include protections for the legislative filibuster” after Manchin and Sinema reassurances
// A fight over the filibuster had kept the Senate stalled.
⋙ 🐣 So, if McConnell tries to threaten to filibuster EVERYTHING Dems propose, as in the past, Manchin and Sinema have the option to change their minds. More power to the moderates, more options for Dems: more likely for big chunks of Biden agenda getting through
⋙ 🐣 But there’s this: “The ongoing negotiations have left Senate committee assignments in limbo.” Whut?!

📊 TheHill: Most in new poll support Trump impeachment, want Senate conviction http://bit.ly/3pf43Jc Monmouth Poll: 56% support impeachment; 52% support conviction (44% oppose)
// The survey released Monday from Monmouth University found that 56 percent said they supported the impeachment over Trump’s role in a deadly riot by his supporters at the U.S. Capitol earlier this month. Forty-two percent said they did not support his impeachment.” ¤ A slightly smaller majority — 52 percent — said they wanted the Senate to convict Trump, while 44 percent did not want to see a conviction.  

🐣 RT @TheRickWilson Can confirm.
⋙ 🐣 RT @stuartpstevens Umm..@HawleyMO is asking if @ProjectLincoln has been in touch with Dems. No. But what he should really ask is how many of his staffers, disgusted by his betrayal, have been in touch with LP? You think they all signed up for sedition? The calls are coming from inside the house. twitter.com/projectlincoln…
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @ProjectLincoln Josh Hawley is looking to blame everyone but himself. [Hawley Letter:] https://twitter.com/stuartpstevens/status/1353898685323599873?s=20/photo/1-2

💙 💽 JustSecurity: “Fight for Trump”: Video Evidence of Incitement at the Capitol http://bit.ly/36fAYps
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WaPo: House Democrats plan to focus impeachment trial on how rioters reacted to Trump’s remarks http://wapo.st/3qSC1Uc “One item of particular interest to impeachment managers is a 10-minute video released Monday by Just Security”
// … “an online forum hosted by the Reiss Center on Law and Security at New York University School of Law, which shows how Trump’s words were heard and interpreted by those who ransacked the Capitol, according to the people familiar with the managers’ trial preparations”

🐣 It’s okay for some Democrats to be uncertain about the filibuster now. The point is to leave the option open to nuke it IF McConnell uses it to stop everything the Democrats want to get done. The option must remain open to use later. Or Dems will lose in 2022.
// reply to https://twitter.com/FlossObama/status/1353749812630482944?s=20
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WaPo, Greg Sargent: Mitch McConnell’s latest sabotage effort is a scam. He already showed us how. http://wapo.st/2NvCXzr //➔ McConnell has no intention of using the filibuster to assure bipartisanship; he wants to make Democrats fail so he can win back the Senate
// McConnell is exploiting a convention in political reporting that rewards his bad faith.

WaPo: Dominion voting machine firm sues Giuliani for more than $1.3 billion http://wapo.st/3cbJ86k

🐣 RT @MaxBoot Trump started the fire—and congressional Republicans provided the kindling by refusing to challenge his election lies. ¤ And now they say it’s too divisive to hold a political arsonist to account?
⋙ WaPo, Max Boot: It’s not just Trump on trial. It’s the whole Republican Party. http://wapo.st/3iJLgTU

🐣 RT @pbump Trump was impeached for the insurrection attempt. But in the months prior, he also repeatedly amplified false claims, tried to pressure county- and state-level officials, entertained a plot to overturn DOJ leadership and pushed Pence to act unilaterally.
⋙ WaPo, Philip Bump: What we know about Trump’s efforts to subvert the 2020 election http://wapo.st/2YfFLTq Trump did a lot more than incite a riot to interfere with the election:
● Text Block: https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1353793492670148610?s=20/photo/1

● Repeated claims and lawsuits focused on alleged fraud.
● Pressuring officials in Michigan about certifying the election results.
● Pressuring Michigan legislators to throw out his loss in the state.
● Calling the speaker of the Pennsylvania House to help reverse results.
● Pressuring leaders in Georgia and Arizona to overturn their states’ votes.
● Directly cajoling Georgia’s secretary of state to gin up a reason for throwing out the results.
● Entertaining a plot to oust the acting attorney general so that the Justice Department could allege fraud.
● Encouraging his vice president to ignore the Constitution.

🐣 RT @DemocracyDocket “The potential violations here – incitement to riot and seditious conspiracy – are among the most serious crimes in the U.S. Criminal Code. Seditious conspiracy is literally a crime against democracy itself. In addition, the facts here are especially egregious.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @DemocracyDocket 🚨ICYMI: @Accountable_Org requests formal ethics investigation of Rep. Gosar (R-AZ), Rep. Biggs (R-AZ) and Rep. Cawthorn (R-NC) for their role in the attack on the U.S. Capitol. ¤ Read the complaint👇
⋙⋙ DemocracyDocket: UPDATE: Watchdog Group Calls for Ethics Investigation into Conduct of Gosar, Biggs and Cawthorn http://bit.ly/3caa0nd
// “The group is asking the Office of Congressional Ethics to recommend expulsion of the three Members from the U.S. House of Representatives.”

DailyBeast, Matt Lewis: The GOP Found Their Backbone in Liz Cheney. Trumpists Want to Cancel Her. http://bit.ly/3iLVu6d
// What’s wrong with the GOP, No. 3,867: Cheney cast a brave vote. Her colleagues should be making her speaker. Instead, they want to demote her.

🐣 RT @VeraMBergen The DOJ Office of the Inspector General announces it’s opening an investigation into “whether any former or current DOJ official engaged in an improper attempt to have DOJ seek to alter the outcome of the 2020 Presidential Election” http://bit.ly/3iMZnYs

⭕ 24 Jan 2021

NYT: Son Tipped Off F.B.I. About His Father, Who Is Charged in Capitol Riot http://nyti.ms/3cgxzuF //➔ his father threaten to kill him if he reported him to the police – but his son already had; he is 18
// “I put my emotions behind me to do what I thought was right,” said Jackson Reffitt, who weeks before the siege alerted the F.B.I. that his father was planning “something big.”

WaPo, Margaret Sullivan: Fox News is a hazard to our democracy. It’s time to take the fight to the Murdochs. Here’s how. http://wapo.st/2Y958pV

CNN, Marshall Cohen: Chronicling Trump’s 10 worst abuses of power http://cnn.it/3qPw2Q0

🐣 RT @VelshiMSNBC It was the telling and spreading of “a big lie” after defeat that led Hitler to power in post-WWI Germany. @TimothyDSnyder says the U.S. is now facing a challenge. We can keep telling ourselves lies, or we can do the right thing. Face the facts, get history right. #velshi 💽 https://twitter.com/VelshiMSNBC/status/1353445552487161856?s=20/photo/1

JustSecurity, Andrew Weissmann: Gaps in Trump’s Pardons Apply to Bannon Criminal Charges As Well http://bit.ly/3om1nbG

NYT: Trump Wants Back on Facebook. This Star-Studded Jury Might Let Him. http://nyti.ms/3ofp4Ci
// A new kind of corporate supercourt is looking for legitimacy.

🐣 RT @RepJayapal White supremacy is an issue as old as our nation. It needs to be taken seriously and domestic terrorists, like those who stormed the Capitol, need to be held accountable.
⋙ NPR: Biden Administration Announces Plans To Assess Domestic Violent Extremism http://n.pr/3pjVDAk

🐣 RT @WindsorMann “Where all are guilty, no one is; confessions of collective guilt are the best possible safeguard against the discovery of culprits, and the very magnitude of the crime the best excuse for doing nothing.” —Hannah Arendt

🐣 RT @danielsgoldman Trump’s attempt to cheat in the election led to Impeachment 1. When that failed, he then tried to steal the election, which has now led to Impeachment 2. The only way to ensure this lawless, authoritarian, anti-democratic conduct never happens again is to hold him accountable

⭕ 23 Jan 2021

🔆 This❗️⋙ WSJ: Trump Pressed Justice Department to Go Directly to Supreme Court to Overturn Election Results http://on.wsj.com/3a2n7DY
// The former president dropped the efforts to replace the acting attorney general after top DOJ officials agreed to resign en masse in protest if he succeeded, people familiar said

In his last weeks in office, former President Donald Trump considered moving to replace the acting attorney general with another official ready to pursue unsubstantiated claims of election fraud, and he pushed the Justice Department to ask the Supreme Court to invalidate President Biden’s victory, people familiar with the matter said.

Those efforts failed due to pushback from his own appointees in the Justice Department, who refused to file what they viewed as a legally baseless lawsuit in the Supreme Court. Later, other senior department officials threatened to resign en masse should Mr. Trump fire then-acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, according to several people familiar with the discussions.

Senior department officials, including Mr. Rosen, former Attorney General William Barr and former acting Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall refused to file the Supreme Court case, concluding that there was no basis to challenge the election outcome and that the federal government had no legal interest in whether Mr. Trump or Mr. Biden won the presidency, some of these people said. White House counsel Pat Cipollone and his deputy, Patrick Philbin, also opposed Mr. Trump’s idea, which was promoted by his outside attorneys, these people said.

“He wanted us, the United States, to sue one or more of the states directly in the Supreme Court,” a former administration official said. “The pressure got really intense” after a lawsuit Texas filed in the Supreme Court against four states Mr. Biden won was dismissed on Dec. 11, the official said. An outside lawyer working for Mr. Trump drafted a brief the then-president wanted the Justice Department to file, people familiar with the matter said, but officials refused. …

Mr. Trump has defended his efforts to change the election results by alleging, without evidence, that there was widespread fraud as an attempt to “honor” the votes of those who supported him and ensure Americans “can have faith” in the electoral process. …

NYT: Pennsylvania Lawmaker Played Key Role in Trump’s Plot to Oust Acting Attorney General http://nyti.ms/3qM14bI “Representative Scott Perry…an outspoken Pennsylvania Republican, played a significant role in the crisis that played out at the top of the Justice Department”
// The congressman’s involvement underlined how far the former president was willing to go to overturn the election, and Democratic lawmakers have begun calling for investigations into those efforts.

Representative Scott Perry … an outspoken Pennsylvania Republican, played a significant role in the crisis that played out at the top of the Justice Department this month, when Mr. Trump considered firing the acting attorney general and backed down only after top department officials threatened to resign en masse.

🧵 RT @AVindman Stunning scenes from across Russia. Moscow & St. Petersburg aren’t representative of Russia, so too often events there don’t represent the views of the rest of the country. These protests are different: In the dead of winter, tens of thousands have come out in the streets. 📌 https://twitter.com/AVindman/status/1352990329528610822?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @AVindman […] The attempted assassination & confinement of Navalny have aroused deeper feelings. These protests seem to have legs. If Putin cracks down, which is his proclivity, he may rouse a movement so widespread that even his ruthlessly efficient security forces will find hard to control.

🐣 RT @PaulaChertok One Moscow protester told Reuters: “I’m tired of being afraid. I haven’t just turned up for myself and Navalny, but for my son because there is no future in this country.” NavalnyProtests #FreeNavalny #Navalny #FreeRussia
⋙ 🐣 RT @PaulaChertok #NavalnyProtests “one of the biggest unauthorised rallies for years”—Reuters reports protesters endured bitter cold, brutal beatings
🔥 40,000+ in Moscow
🔥 protests in 70 cities, towns across #Russia
🔥 1000+ arrests
🔥 Yulia Navalnaya @Navalny wife detained
⋙⋙ Reuters: Police arrest over 1,500 at Russia protests backing jailed Kremlin foe Navalny http://reut.rs/2MfGTE7

🐣 RT @McFaul Putin’s criminal police state at work. (But remember, they tell us, he is so popular and beloved by his people as a great leader!)
⋙ 🐣 RT @MBKhMedia Прорыв оцепления в Петербурге [Translated:] Breakthrough of the cordon in St. Petersburg

🐣 RT @brhodes Whatever Putin does makes Navalny more powerful.
⋙ 🐣 RT @maxseddon Two hours and hundreds of arrests later, there are still thousands of people stretching a mile in each direction in Moscow. This must be the biggest anti-Putin rally in years. People I spoke to weren’t necessarily political before, but what Russia did to Navalny infuriated them

🐣 RT @kasparov63 Let us raise our demands of the Biden admin higher than tweets and “serious concerns.” Putin loves to see those, as then he knows there won’t be action that threatens his money and power. Act or be complicit, period.
⋙ 🐣 RT @michaeldweiss Seems like Biden’s first big foreign policy test has arrived. Waiting to see if @jakejsullivan tweets about the protests in Russia and the crackdown on Navalny supporters, journalists and civil society activists.

⭕ 22 Jan 2021

🐣 RT @gtconway3d Here’s my 5022-word essay on why three or four Justice Department special prosecutor’s offices should be established to investigate—and if the evidence and their judgment supports it, to criminally charge—our newest ex-president.
💙 ⋙ WaPo, GT Conway III: Former president, private citizen and, perhaps, criminal defendant: Donald Trump’s new reality http://wapo.st/2KMuWp2 “What follows is a guide to how and why the case or cases, United States v. Donald John Trump, must be pursued”

🐣 RT @BeschlossDC Evidence growing of how the deposed President secretly schemed from the White House to destroy our sacred American democracy.

🐣 RT @chrislhayes Honestly it really seems like there is an extremely compelling case for some kind of seditious conspiracy charge against Trump.

🐣 RT @vkaramurza Those of us who oppose Putin are not asking foreigners for money, political support or regime change. All we ask from the West is that it stay true to its values and stop enabling the Putin regime’s kleptocracy on a global scale.
⋙ WaPo, Vladimir Kara-Murza: Biden’s predecessors emboldened Putin. Here’s how he can get Russia right. http://wapo.st/

WaPo: Senate ends standoff, agrees to start Trump’s impeachment trial Feb. 9 http://wapo.st/3qHWkUk

🐣 RT @marceelias This is a very big deal. Most ethics complaints come from outside groups. Rarely do Senators to file against their colleagues. Here, 7 US Senators did the right thing and signed it. @SherrodBrown @SenWhitehouse @maziehirono @SenTinaSmith @SenBlumenthal @RonWyden @timkaine
⋙ 🐣 RT @DemocracyDocket 🚨ICYMI: Seven Senate Democrats have requested an ethics investigation into Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Senator Josh Hawley’s (R-MO) role in the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Read the full complaint filed with the Senate Committee on Ethics here👇
⋙⋙ DemocracyDocket 🚨UPDATE: Senate Democrats File Ethics Complaint Against Senators Cruz and Hawley http://bit.ly/363MbcG

🧵 RT @SteveSmithSES There is a profoundly important issue that is being grotesquely under covered in the media, particularly the business and tech media. It concerns the actions of 140 House Members led by @GOPLeader. Kevin McCarthy and 7 US Senators on the night of January 6, 2021. This should not […] https://twitter.com/SteveSchmidtSES/status/1352842126627921920?s=20

🐣 RT @Sarahlongwell25 If Senate R’s aren’t willing to convict Trump, that means that inciting a deadly attack on the Capitol, installing stooges at DOJ to overturn an election, and strong-arming a SOS to find 11,780 votes, is not only 👍, but that the guy who did it should continue to run their party.

WaPo: Trump entertained plan to install an attorney general who would help him pursue baseless election fraud claims http://wapo.st/3pdrCC2

Then-President Donald Trump in early January entertained a plan to replace the acting attorney general with a different Justice Department lawyer who was more amenable to pursuing his unfounded claims of voter fraud, nearly touching off a crisis at the country’s premier federal law enforcement institution, people familiar with the matter said.

The plan — if enacted — would have pushed out Jeffrey Rosen as the acting attorney general and installed in his place Jeffrey Clark, whom Trump had appointed to lead the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and who later would come to lead the Civil Division. Clark, then, could have taken steps to wield the Justice Department’s power to help keep Trump in office. But the president was ultimately dissuaded from moving forward after a high-stakes meeting with those involved, the people said.

The people spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a politically sensitive matter. The move was first reported by the New York Times. Legal analysts said it amounted to a disastrous attack on the Justice Department’s independence, and perhaps something worse.

“Before the insurrectionist assault on the US Capitol, there was an attempted coup at the Justice Dept. — fomented by the President of the United States,” former Justice Department official David Laufman wrote on Twitter.

Asked for a response to the article, a Trump adviser said, “President Trump has consistently argued that our justice system should be investigating the broader, rampant election fraud that has plagued our system for many years. Any assertion to the contrary is false and being driven by those who wish to keep the system broken.”

… Even former attorney general William P. Barr — who had been one of Trump’s most loyal and effective Cabinet secretaries — had publicly broken with the president on the issue of voter fraud, declaring publicly that investigators had found no evidence of substantial malfeasance that might affect the result of the election.

Barr’s statements angered Trump, who, along with his allies, had been waging a public campaign to get Barr to appoint a special counsel to investigate election fraud. The men’s relationship was near a breaking point. [Durham, Hunter Biden etc]

… At some point, Rosen was informed Clark would replace him, and he pushed for a meeting with Trump in person, the people said. It was theoretically possible that, if Clark were installed, he could push for some type of challenge to the election results.

At the meeting were Trump, Clark and Rosen, along with Richard Donoghue, the acting deputy attorney general; Steven A. Engel, the head of the department’s Office of Legal Counsel; and Pat Cipollone, the White House counsel, the people familiar with the matter said. The people said Rosen, Donoghue, Engel and Cipollone pushed against the idea of replacing Rosen, and warned of a mass resignation.

Cipollone, one person said, pushed hard against a letter Clark wanted to send to Georgia state legislators, which wrongly asserted the department was investigating accusations of fraud in their state and Biden’s win should be voided, insisting it was based on a shoddy claim.

“Pat pretty much saved Rosen’s job that day,” said one senior Trump White House official. ¤. Trump ultimately left Rosen in place.

🔆 This❗️⋙ NYT: Trump and Justice Dept. Lawyer Said to Have Plotted to Oust Acting Attorney General http://nyti.ms/360Tjqn
// Trying to find another avenue to push his baseless election claims, Donald Trump considered installing a loyalist.

The Justice Department’s top leaders listened in stunned silence this month: One of their peers, they were told, had devised a plan with President Donald J. Trump to oust Jeffrey A. Rosen as acting attorney general and wield the department’s power to force Georgia state lawmakers to overturn its presidential election results.

The unassuming lawyer who worked on the plan, Jeffrey Clark, had been devising ways to cast doubt on the election results and to bolster Mr. Trump’s continuing legal battles and the pressure on Georgia politicians. Because Mr. Rosen had refused the president’s entreaties to carry out those plans, Mr. Trump was about to decide whether to fire Mr. Rosen and replace him with Mr. Clark.

The department officials, convened on a conference call, then asked each other: What will you do if Mr. Rosen is dismissed?

The answer was unanimous. They would resign. ¤ Their informal pact ultimately helped persuade Mr. Trump to keep Mr. Rosen in place, calculating that a furor over mass resignations at the top of the Justice Department would eclipse any attention on his baseless accusations of voter fraud. Mr. Trump’s decision came only after Mr. Rosen and Mr. Clark made their competing cases to him in a bizarre White House meeting that two officials compared with an episode of Mr. Trump’s reality show “The Apprentice,” albeit one that could prompt a constitutional crisis. …

Unbeknown to the acting attorney general, Mr. Clark’s timeline moved up. He met with Mr. Trump over the weekend, then informed [Acting AG] Rosen midday on Sunday that the president intended to replace him with Mr. Clark, who could then try to stop Congress from certifying the Electoral College results. He said that Mr. Rosen could stay on as his deputy attorney general, leaving Mr. Rosen speechless. …

🐣 ◕ RT @ This is how undemocratic US Senate is:
-15 states with 38 million people elect 30 GOP senators
-California with 40 million people elects 2 Dems
-By 2040, 30% of America will elect 70 senators. 70% of America will elect only 30
https://twitter.com/AriBerman/status/1352640990436323332?s=20/photo/1-2

🐣 RT @thehill Trump campaign had paid $2.7 million to organizers of rally ahead of Capitol riot: report http://hill.cm/LeZdkDW

🐣 RT @DeadlineWH “Saying Trump shouldn’t be tried because he left office is like saying you shouldn’t prosecute a murder because the victim’s already dead.” – @neal_katyal w/ @NicolleDWallace

🐣 RT @DeadlineWH “We have a real life autocratic movement… These cynical members are in a coalition that has mainstreamed the participation of the fascists and the white supremacists. Without question they are part of that coalition.” – @SteveSchmidtSES w/ @NicolleDWallace 💽 https://twitter.com/DeadlineWH/status/1352762146086674432?s=20/photo/1

🐣📋 RT @justinhendrix Here are the top 20 promoters of voter fraud disinformation on Twitter as per a data set released yesterday by @informor et al. More on the research here: http://bit.ly/3qJObim https://twitter.com/justinhendrix/status/1352709397164732416?s=20/photo/1

⭕ 21 Jan 2021

🐣 RT @danpfeiffer The fact that Mitch McConnell can use the filibuster to prevent the majority from taking control of the Senate is a pretty good argument against the filibuster.

🐣 RT @kasparov68 Facebook pages of Navalny and Khodorkovsky groups and supporters have been suspended. Even small accounts like the Free Russia Forum’s on Instagram have been blocked after thousands of fake complaints from new Kremlin bot accounts.

🐣 RT @tedlieu “In a Telegram post on Friday, [The Proud Boys] accused Mr. Trump of ‘instigating’ the events at the Capitol, adding that he then ‘washed his hands of it.'”
⋙ 🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 The Proud Boys now mock Trump: ¤ In dozens of conversations on social media, members of the far-right group are calling Trump a “shill” and “extraordinarily weak.” ¤ Members are urging supporters to stop attending protests held for Trump or the GOP.
⋙⋙ NYT: ‘A Total Failure’: The Proud Boys Now Mock Trump http://nyti.ms/3qM3Bmf
// Members of the far-right group, who were among Donald Trump’s staunchest fans, are calling him “weak” as more of them were charged for storming the U.S. Capitol.

WaPo: Biden administration to seek five-year extension on key nuclear arms treaty in first foray with Russia http://wapo.st/3p6kPdn “At the same time, his administration is preparing to impose new costs on Russia pending a newly requested intelligence assessment of its recent activities”

AP: Biden revokes Trump report promoting ‘patriotic education’ http://bit.ly/2KykJfC

President Joe Biden revoked a recent Trump administration report that aimed to promote “patriotic education” in schools but that historians mocked and rejected as political propaganda.

In an executive order signed on Wednesday in his first day in office, Biden disbanded Donald Trump’s presidential 1776 Commission and withdrew a report it released Monday. Trump established the group in September to rally support from white voters and as a response to The New York Times’ “1619 Project,” which highlights the lasting consequences of slavery in America.

In its report, which Trump hoped would be used in classrooms across the nation, the commission glorifies the country’s founders, plays down America’s role in slavery, condemns the rise of progressive politics and argues that the civil rights movement ran afoul of the “lofty ideals” espoused by the Founding Fathers.

The panel, which included no professional historians of the United States, complained of “false and fashionable ideologies” that depict the country’s story as one of “oppression and victimhood.” Instead, it called for renewed efforts to foster “a brave and honest love for our country.”

Historians widely panned the report, saying it offers a false and outdated version of American history that ignores decades of research.

“It’s an insult to the whole enterprise of education. Education is supposed to help young people learn to think critically,” said David Blight, a Civil War historian at Yale University. “That report is a piece of right-wing propaganda.”

🔆 This❗️⋙ Axios, Jonathan Swan and Zachary Beau: THE SIEGE http://bit.ly/2NrdrLR Episode 8: The Final Episode of “Off The Rails” on the collapse of the Trump presidency
⋙ Axios: Off the rails: Behind Trump’s post-election meltdown http://bit.ly/39KmmPO

⭕ 20 Jan 2021 🕯Biden Inauguration🕯

💙 💽 Biden Inauguration https://twitter.com/BidenInaugural

🐣 RT @mccaffreyr3 What a beautiful and moving Biden-Harris inauguration. Decency. Competence. Experience. Honesty. Compassion. The rule of law. The charlatans and skanks are gone. Amanda Gorman speaks for all of us.

🐣 RT @DrTomMartinPhD It’s nice to have a president.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Toure It’s nice to have a President who reads the Presidential Daily Briefing.
Let me edit that…
It’s nice to have a President who reads.

🐣 RT @stuartpstevens Successful conventions & inaugurals are never easy. The Biden organization reimagined and recreated two of our most dominant political set pieces. Astounding achievement. All credit due to @adrienneelrod, @stefcutter. Will be studied and copied for long time.

🐣📋 RT @GlennKesslerWP The final count. Never would have believed this number was possible when we started four years ago. Text Block: https://twitter.com/GlennKesslerWP/status/1351941827163787264?s=20/photo/1
// 30,573 false or misleading claims; Trump lies
⋙ WaPo: In four years, President Trump made 30,573 false or misleading claims http://wapo.st/393jLSg
// The Fact Checker’s database of the false or misleading claims made by President Trump while in office.

🐣 ♫ RT @BruceSpringsteen Leave behind your sorrows
Let this day be the last
Tomorrow there’ll be sunshine
And all this darkness past
Big wheels roll through fields where sunlight streams
Meet me in a land of hope and dreams

🐣 RT @ABC French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed the U.S. back into the Paris Climate Agreement as he sent congratulations to both Vice President Harris and President Biden on what he called a “most significant day for the American people.” https://abcn.ws/3sSYnHc Text Block: https://twitter.com/ABC/status/1352082515704610822?s=20/photo/1

WaPo: Army falsely denied Flynn’s brother was involved in key part of military response to Capitol riot http://wapo.st/39ODvrU

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Inside Biden’s Oval Office:
Busts of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy flank a fireplace.
Behind the Resolute desk is a bust of Cesar Chavez.
A painting of Benjamin Franklin is intended to represent Biden’s interest in following science.
WaPo: A look inside Biden’s Oval Office http://wapo.st/35YOXjg
// The oval office looks different now that President Biden is its occupant.

🐣 ♫ RT @therecount Here’s Lady Gaga’s stunning National Anthem in full. #InaugurationDay 💽 https://twitter.com/therecount/status/1351934023766056963?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @WillieGeist Chris Wallace just told the Fox News audience of President Biden’s speech: “I have been listening to these inaugural addresses since 1961, John F. Kennedy’s ‘Ask not.’ I thought this was the best inaugural address I ever heard.”

🐣 RT @LarryMillerTV CBS News: Eugene Goodman, the U.S Capitol Police Officer, seen leading rioters away from the Senate Chambers during the insurrection was PROMOTED. He’s now the Acting Deputy Sergeant of Arms. You’ll see him on the Presidential platform. He’s a DC native. Congrats, Sir! @wusa9

🐣 RT @LisbethMA QAnon people are going to struggle. Watkins is their leader and he’s throwing in the towel, admitting it’s over. There’s no “storm” coming. And 5 people died because of this garbage.
⋙ 🐣 RT @JessReports Ron Watkins pulls the plug. This will be absolutely crushing to QAnon believers: https://twitter.com/LisbethMA/status/1351956180160159745?s=20/photo/1

NYT, Kevin Roose: QAnon believers struggle with inauguration. http://nyti.ms/2M3YxdM

🐣 RT @cbouzy Oh boy… China just sanctioned Stephen Bannon, John Bolton, Robert O’Brien, Peter Navarro, Mike Pompeo, and several others!!! Whoopsie doodle!!!
⋙ Bloomberg: China Sanctions Trump Administration Figures Including Pompeo http://bloom.bg/3p3nAfH
// China announces decision to sanction 28 U.S. figures who it alleged to have severely violated China’s sovereignty, including officials in the Trump Administration

🐣 RT @duty2warn Donald Trump is now indictable.

🐣 RT @RebeccaBallhaus McConnell just fist-bumped Obama.

🐣 RT @BeschlossDC Lincoln in 1861 inaugural speech: ¤ “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection.”

🐣 RT @Peter_Wehner What a beautiful, lovely, unifying and personal speech. It was masterful, and masterfully delivered. This was the speech America needed; and the day America needed.

🐣 RT @ByBrianBennett President Biden calls on Americans to reject lies. “Recent weeks and months have taught us a painful lesson. There is truth and there are lies, *lies told for power and for profit.* Each of us has a duty,” Biden said, “to defend the truth and defeat the lies.”

🐣 RT @LeahMcElrath If you missed Poet Laureate @TheAmandaGorman reading her poem, “The Hill We Climb,” you can watch below. ¤ It’s worth your time. I promise. 💽 https://twitter.com/leahmcelrath/status/1351947334595334149?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @Shayan86 Current mood in Q circles
“I just want to throw up”
“I’m so sick of the disinformation and false hope”
“What a waste of my life”
“I feel sick”
“Burning my flag”
“Game over”
“Where is the military”
“I’m just so confused”
“I’m just sick”
⋙ 🐣 RT @ @Shayan86 “It’s done and we were played”
“It’s over”
“It’s always tomorrow, next week, stop the BS”
“I’m literally cold sweat. I’m beyond buckled up”
“Now what? All lies and bullshit???”
So many people are getting a dose of reality today. If you know them, please offer suppoprt and help.

🐣 RT @oneunderscore__ Here’s how QAnon people think the next hour will go: ¤ Trump will announce through the Emergency Broadcasting System that The Storm has arrived. Dems will be rounded up and Trump will be declared president. Q supporters have bought CB radios for a blackout.
⋙ NBCNews, BenCollins: Increasingly militant ‘Parler refugees’ and anxious QAnon adherents prep for doomsday http://nbcnews.to/36123wu
// QAnon followers have become more divorced from reality since the Capitol riots as some are targeted by extremists who try to radicalize them further.

🐣 RT @Yamiche President Trump has left the White House for the last time. ¤ Note: He began his political career peddling the racist conspiracy theory that the first black president wasn’t born in the US. He ends his term with the first black and South Asian woman VP coming into the WH. Poetic.

🐣 RT @MaxBoot Trump was the worst President ever.
The most incompetent president ever.
The most corrupt president ever.
The most openly racist president in modern times.
The first president who refused to accept election loss.
The only president impeached twice.
⋙ WaPo, Max Boot: Trump was the worst president ever. But his failures set up Biden for success. http://wapo.st/3sGWtcm
// 1/19/2021

🐣 RT @oneunderscore__ Another QAnon deadline passes. Trump was supposed to at least refer to his grand takeover of the US in that speech. Didn’t happen, didn’t matter to Q supporters. They saw 17 flags behind him. Q is the 17th letter of the alphabet. Goalposts moved until noon.

🐣 RT @kasparov63 Trump is gone. That such a creature became president, and even now has support, requires a reckoning with no time for celebration. Repudiate, rebuild, renew. Above all, remember, so it doesn’t happen again.

🐣 RT @ForTheRuleOfLaw Goodbye and good riddance. 💽 https://twitter.com/ForTheRuleOfLaw/status/1351874715732893696?s=20/photo/1
// peaceful transitions interspersed with scenes from Jan 6

🐣 RT @vanderleyen This new dawn in America is the moment we have been waiting for. ¤ Europe is ready for a new start with our oldest and most trusted partner. ¤ #EPplenary ¤ My address ¤ @Europarl_EN:
⋙ EuroCommission: Speech by President von der Leyen at the European Parliament Plenary on the inauguration of the new President of the U¤ and the current political situation http://bit.ly/38Yrb8Z “This day brings good news: The United States is back”

WaPo: Trump grants clemency to 143 people in late-night pardon blast http://wapo.st/3o0Wzbx
// article time-stamped Jan. 20, 2021 at 1:06 a.m. CST

🐣 RT @brhodes Behold the heart of corrupt darkness. And think about the guts it takes to release this right as Navalny is detained by Putin.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Annaafp Navalny team releases a jaw-dropping report about one of Putin’s residences, which they call the world’s most expensive palace. Located on the Black Sea coast, the secret residence has a casino and a hookah lounge complete with a vertical pole http://bit.ly/3irRUOF https://twitter.com/Annaafp/status/1351551005348032516?s=20/photo/1-2

⭕ 19 Jan 2021

DailyBeast, Rick Wilson (1/19): Trumpists, Here Are Your Terms of Surrender. Also, F*ck You. http://bit.ly/39fpswx “You can stop pretending that you respect him; his Twitter feed is dead. You’re safe now.”
// There’s no repairing the damage he’s done until you confess to the normalization and rationalizations that let him bring us to the edge of a conspiracy-driven insurrection.

Call for the expulsion, censure, or other consequences for the ringleaders in the Senate and House of the coup plot. ¤ You know their names, and let’s be honest; you won’t really miss them. Josh Hawley. Ted Cruz. Rick Scott. Cindy Hyde Smith. Tommy Tuberville. Matt Gaetz. Jim Jordan. Mo Brooks. Kevin McCarthy. Lauren Bobert. Marjorie Taylor-Greene. Devin Nunes.

Donald Trump will go down as the worst president in American history, having reached that height on the wings of dozens of enablers, toadies, and climbers who will not be forgotten or forgiven. Over and over you lied to yourselves, the media, and the country that Trump wasn’t something new and destructive.

He is, we know, a pernicious grotesque, a shambling mound dedicated to causing the most pain, division, and humiliation possible, and always trying to deliver it at scale. He is an embarrassment for the ages, a shame and a stain that will be hard to remove. He is the indefensible man, a sick, sad coda to a party, an era, and a nation that deserved better.

Confess it. Admit it. There’s no repairing the damage he’s done until you confess to the normalization and rationalizations that let him bring us to the edge of a conspiracy-driven insurrection. You can stop pretending that you respect him; his Twitter feed is dead. You’re safe now.

The alternative is brutal and simple: You can watch the GOP be swiftly rebranded as a party of terrorist violence and QAnon batshittery. You give in to the rising calls for political violence and revolution and you go the way of the Whigs.

🐣 RT @jpitney Eisenhower’s reputation improved as scholars learned more about him. With Trump, the opposite will take place. Researching his administration will be like uncovering toxic waste dumps.

NBCNews, Sam Liccardo: Trump’s second impeachment after Capitol riots isn’t enough. He needs to go to prison. http://nbcnews.to/3p3WDsf
// Political sanction did not deter the president from abusing his power again, nor should we believe it would deter anyone else. A criminal conviction will.

🐣 RT @bellingcat Less than 48 hours after his arrest in Russia, @Navalny releases a new, major, investigation into the corrupt money that funds Vladimir Putin’s excesses, including details of the massive palace complex he’s built for himself (with English subtitles)
💽 https://youtu.be/ipAnwilMncI

🐣 RT @ChrisMurphyCT This is a big, big deal. Thank you @JoeBiden and @ABlinken. This move will save lives and make America safer.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Cirincione “President-elect Biden has made clear that we will end our support for the Saudi war on Yemen,” @ABlinken tells @ChrisMurphyCT ¤ It cannot come too soon.

🔆 This❗️⋙ NYT: ‘This Kettle Is Set to Boil’: New Evidence Points to Riot Conspiracy http://nyti.ms/3bUTB5H
// While most arrests in the Capitol riot have been individuals, new charges accused three people tied to a right-wing militia of conspiring to commit violence.

🐣 RT @MSNBC “He sneaks out early tomorrow as the only president in living memory to face the legitimate prospect of post-presidential conviction,” @Maddow says. “Unequivocally and inarguably the worst president in American history, with what may literally may be the rap sheet to prove it.” 💽 https://twitter.com/MSNBC/status/1351718060856664067?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @RBReich We came close to tyranny. We’re not yet free of the threat. But starting noon tomorrow, we have a reprieve. We must use it to rebuild trust, strengthen democracy, fight racism, create good jobs. It may be our last chance.

🐣 RT @myfabulousfind1 This world is full of conflicts and full of things that cannot be reconciled. But there are moments when we can … reconcile and embrace the whole mess, and that’s what I mean by ‘Hallelujah’ – Leonard Cohen
⋙ Kate McKinnon sings Hallelujah on @SNL (Dec 2016) ¤ https://youtu.be/BG-_ZDrypec
💽 https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1351793996369174530?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @NewsHour President-elect Joe Biden, future first lady Jill Biden, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and future second gentleman Douglas Emhoff honored the victims of COVID-19 at a memorial on the National Mall on Tuesday night. ¤ : Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images https://twitter.com/NewsHour/status/1351673803756236803?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @GovChristie And to be clear: those “other powerful people” weren’t trying to help President Trump. These senators put their own political futures and ambitions ahead of their country by knowingly pushing these lies about the election results. We have a right to expect more from US Senators
⋙ 🐣 RT @CSPAN .@senatemajldr on the U.S. Capitol Attack: “The mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the president and other powerful people.” 💽 https://twitter.com/cspan/status/1351578782826721283?s=20/photo/1

TheAtlantic, Tim Naftali: The Worst President in History http://bit.ly/3sFn9dw
// Three particular failures secure Trump’s status as the worst chief executive ever to hold the office.

Politico: A big chunk of Trump’s 1776 report appears lifted from an author’s prior work http://politi.co/3bWnaUr
// The report was meant to be the definitive conservative rendering of U.S. history. But historians have slammed it as sloppy and slanted.

🐣 RT @clydehaberman From @nytimes, the complete list of Trump Twitter insults from 2015-21. https://twitter.com/ClydeHaberman/status/1351695568490409984?s=20/photo/1
⋙ NYT: The Complete List of Trump’s Twitter Insults (2015-2021) http://nyti.ms/3qytKoo

🐣 RT @anneapplebaum Really important story. Fox’s Arizona call *only* mattered because it interfered with Trump’s plan to call the election that night and ‘stop the count.’ If Fox now regrets that, then they regret not helping him steal the election.
⋙ WaPo: Top Fox News managers depart amid Murdoch’s concerns over controversial Arizona election night projection http://wapo.st/3c8cnqH

WaPo: Trump’s final day: A diminished and aggrieved president stays out of public view before exit http://wapo.st/2LFmTec By Philip Rucker, Ashley Parker and Josh Dawsey

🐣 RT @thehill Woman accused of trying to sell Pelosi laptop to Russians arrested http://hill.cm/fbC9XuQ

🐣 RT @TrumpRussiaTies SAG-AFTRA Board Finds “Probable Cause” To Expel Donald Trump, Pending Trial, On Charges He Violated Union’s Constitution ¤ This is BIG. It means he can’t start a media-…anything.
⋙ Deadline: SAG-AFTRA Board Finds “Probable Cause” To Expel Donald Trump, Pending Trial, On Charges He Violated Union’s Constitution http://bit.ly/3sHnqwv
// *Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists

“Donald Trump attacked the values that this union holds most sacred – democracy, truth, respect for our fellow Americans of all races and faiths, and the sanctity of the free press,” Carteris said. “There’s a straight line from his wanton disregard for the truth to the attacks on journalists perpetrated by his followers.”

“Our most important role as a union is the protection of our members,” said White. “The unfortunate truth is, this individual’s words and actions over the past four years have presented actual harm to our broadcast journalist members. The board’s resolution addresses this effort to undermine freedom of the press and reaffirms the principles on which our democratic society rests, and which we must all work to protect and preserve.”

SAG-AFTRA, which represents thousands of broadcast journalists across the country, said that reports of intimidation and physical assaults against journalists “have escalated throughout Trump’s presidency.”

🐣 RT @TrumpRussiaTies SAG-AFTRA Board Finds “Probable Cause” To Expel Donald Trump, Pending Trial, On Charges He Violated Union’s Constitution ¤ This is BIG. It means he can’t start a media-…anything.
⋙ Deadline: SAG-AFTRA Board Finds “Probable Cause” To Expel Donald Trump, Pending Trial, On Charges He Violated Union’s Constitution http://bit.ly/3sHnqwv
// *Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists

🐣 RT @jmeacham From the 25th Psalm, appointed for Evening Prayer today:
“Lead me forth in thy truth…* for thou art the God of my salvation; in thee hath been my hope all the day long.
Call to remembrance, O LORD, thy tender mercies, * and thy loving-kindnesses, which have been ever of old.”

🐣 RT @oneunderscore_ [Ben Collins, NBC] QAnon people are 100% all in on Trump staying in office and starting a coup tomorrow. One Q forum is banning dissent. ¤ “ANY dooming or negative comments pertaining to current situation will result in removal and ban if repeated.” ¤ No idea how they will cope with reality tomorrow.
⋙ 🐣 RT @oneunderscore_ I really do not know what’s going to happen to these QAnon people tomorrow. They have drawn extremely, unprecedentedly hard lines. ¤ They are positive Trump is taking over the country by force during the Inauguration. That’s all they have left.
⋙⋙ 🐣 https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1351707729929375744?s=20/photo/1
// Suicide Prevention Hotline

🐣 RT @BeschlossDC At the end of “The Wizard of Oz” (1939), Auntie Em says to Dorothy, “There, there, lie quiet now. You just had a bad dream.” https://twitter.com/BeschlossDC/status/1351674561876652033?s=20/photo/1

PBS, Frontline: Taking Office in a Time of Crisis: 16 Documentaries on Key Issues Biden Inherits http://to.pbs.org/2M8Q5d3

🐣 RT @nytimes Senator Mitch McConnell said publicly for the first time that the insurrectionists who stormed the Capitol were “provoked by the president.” https://nyti.ms/3bUClxu 💽 https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1351630542236692481?s=20/photo/1
↥ ↧
⋙ 🐣 on CNN, Erin Burnett: Senator Richard Blumenthal: McConnell’s “and other powerful people” likely means ‘probably Hawley and Cruz’

🐣 RT @mitchellreports President Trump just declassified secret documents from Operation Crossfire Hurricane the FBI op that led to the Russia probe. After FBI objected he agreed to some redactions. Is this why he installed political acolyte Michael Ellis today to be NSA general counsel?

🐣 RT @SpeakerPelosi As we mourn the tragic milestone of 400,000 American lives lost to the coronavirus, we must come together to move past the failed Trump response to crush the virus and deliver robust, real relief now. https://speaker.gov/newsroom/11921 https://twitter.com/SpeakerPelosi/status/1351672536870907906?s=20/photo/1

🐣 💽 RT @Acosta Trump farewell video has been posted. https://youtu.be/6h5_d3DUdR4

🔆 This❗️⋙ WaPo: Self-styled militia members planned on storming the U.S. Capitol days in advance of Jan. 6 attack, court documents say http://wapo.st/2Maluw4 “Participants both anticipated violence and continued to act in concert after the break-in”

Self-styled militia members from Virginia, Ohio and other states made plans to storm the U.S. Capitol days in advance of the Jan. 6 attack, and then communicated in real time as they breached the building on opposite sides and talked about hunting for lawmakers, according to new court documents filed Tuesday.

U.S. authorities charged an apparent Oath Keeper leader, Thomas Edward Caldwell, 66, of Clarke County, Va., in the attack, alleging that the U.S. Navy veteran helped organize a ring of what became 30 or 40 people who “stormed the castle” to disrupt the electoral vote confirmation of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

“We have about 30-40 of us. We are sticking together and sticking to the plan,” co-defendant Jessica Watkins, 38, a U.S. Army veteran, said while the breach was underway, according to court documents unsealed Tuesday.

“You are executing citizen’s arrest. Arrest this assembly, we have probable cause for acts of treason, election fraud,” a man replied, according to communications recovered from her phone, the FBI alleged.

“We are in the main dome right now. We are rocking it. They are throwing grenades, they are fricking shooting people with paint balls. But we are in here,” a woman believed to be Watkins said, according to court documents.

A man then responds, “Get it, Jess,” adding, “This is … everything we f——trained for!”

The extraordinary real-time narration of parts of the assault on the Capitol came as investigators made public new details of events in unsealed conspiracy charges in which thousands of pro-Trump supporters forced the evacuation of lawmakers and triggered violence that left five people dead.

FBI charging papers against Caldwell, Watkins and a third man, former U.S. Marine Donovan Crowl, 50, allege that Caldwell and others coordinated in advance to disrupt Congress, scouted for lodging and recruited Oath Keepers members from North Carolina and like-minded groups from the Shenandoah Valley. Participants both anticipated violence and continued to act in concert after the break-in, investigators said in court documents.

Federal prosecutors in Washington have charged more than 100 defendants in the past 13 days. But arrests this weekend of several people with alleged ties to extremist groups, including the Oath Keepers, Proud Boys and Three Percenters, have offered evidence that the riot was not an entirely impulsive outburst of violence but an event instigated or exploited by organized groups. Hours of video posted on social media and pored over by investigators have focused on individuals in military-style gear moving together.

“This is the first step toward identifying and understanding that there was some type of concerted conspiracy here,” said one senior official with the U.S. atttorney’s office for Washington D.C., which is leading the investigation.

“Whether everyone else just happened to be there and got caught up in the moment, or if this is just the tip of the iceberg, how much this will grow at this point I can’t tell you, but we are continuing to investigate aggressively,” the official said, asking for anonymity to discuss a pending investigation.

In charging papers, the FBI said during the Capital riot, Caldwell received Facebook messages from unspecified senders updating him of the location of lawmakers. When he posted a one-word message, “Inside,” he received exhortations and directions describing tunnels, doors and hallways, the FBI said.

Another message read, “All members are in the tunnels under capital seal them in. Turn on gas,” the FBI added. [… more … ]

⭕ 18 Jan 2021

🐣 RT @SpeakerPelosi The attempt to install an unqualified Trump loyalist as NSA General Counsel just 72 hours prior to the start of a new Administration is highly irregular and highly suspect. This placement should not move forward.

WaPo: QAnon adherents discussed posing as National Guard to try to infiltrate inauguration, according to FBI intelligence briefing http://wapo.st/3inpBkk

WaPo, Michael Gerson: A fresh start for Republicans can come only if they abandon authoritarian populism http://wapo.st/39NWpii

In his book “Orthodoxy,” G.K. Chesterton made the point that you can’t paint a fence post white once and think the job is done. “If you particularly want it to be white you must be always painting it again.” No great human institution can simply endure. It must be continually re-founded through the reassertion of its core ideals. And why is this? Because, Chesterton argued, human beings are “naturally backsliders” and human virtue, if left alone, will “rust or rot.”

In the United States, our core political commitment is to a system of self-government based on the rule of law and the protection of the rights of political minorities. This is a different view of politics than many Americans now hold. They think the main purpose of politics is to vanquish some grave evil or defeat ruthless enemies. This is a temptation on left and right, but it has metastasized on the right. Many right-wing populists believe that they are fighting conspiratorial globalists, or child molesters, or oppressive secularists, or “woke” elitists, or the “deep state.” If this is their defining purpose, then constitutional processes are actually obstacles to effective action. A strongman would be more efficient.

This conception of politics is badly and dangerously mistaken. The primary purpose of the American form of government is not to defeat evil; it is to allow people of diverse views and backgrounds to live in peace with one another and find common purpose. That practical arrangement is also a moral commitment. We have a patriotic passion for constitutional procedure — to honor the principle of equal rights and to prevent the exercise of abusive power.

Too many political leaders — most notably in the Republican Party — have allowed these ideals to rust and rot. They have accommodated illiberalism out of selfish interest or abject fear. And this failure has associated people and causes they care about with some of the worst human beings in America. The refusal to defend procedural democracy has put economic conservatives in the same political movement as neo-Confederate thugs. It has placed pro-life Catholics and evangelicals under the same political banner as QAnon and the Proud Boys. Can traditional conservatives not see the massive reputational damage to their deepest beliefs?

For the sake of their party, their ideology and their country, it is essential for elected Republicans to publicly and dramatically distance themselves from authoritarian populism. This means repudiating the lie of a stolen election. This means supporting the Senate conviction of a justly impeached president and ensuring he can never run for office again. This means giving our new president room to govern in the midst of a deadly health crisis.

For Republicans, a fresh start is made possible only by a renewed commitment to democratic ideals.

😅 RT @KatieJohnson214 #BeGone ¤ “Maga ship sunked with everyone on board”! 💽 https://twitter.com/KatieJohnson214/status/1351309258260963331?s=20/photo/1
// Trump dancing on sinking ship

🐣 RT @WUSA9 The U.S. Capitol building is prepared for #InaugurationDay ceremonies for President-elect Joe Biden as the “Field of Flags” is illuminated on the ground on the National Mall on Monday. The flags represent all 50 states and the nation’s territories. http://bit.ly/38SqxtN 🖼 https://twitter.com/wusa9/status/1351328376808726531?s=20/photo/1-3

🐣 RT @ryanstruyk Career approval ratings via ABC/Post polls:
71% Kennedy
65% Eisenhower
65% Roosevelt
63% HW Bush
57% Clinton
56% Johnson
56% Reagan
51% W Bush
50% Obama
49% Nixon
48% Ford
47% Truman
46% Carter
40% Trump

🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote I wonder how all the “Russia hoax” morons square this with their idiot selves.
⋙ 🐣 RT @dtemkin Parler is back up, and being hosted by “DDOS GUARD” out of Russia. If that’s not an obvious sign of its malfeasance, there’s nothing else that could possibly be shown to convince you. https://twitter.com/dtemkin/status/1351240721261584385?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @BarackObama If anyone had a right to question whether our democracy was worth redeeming, it was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Because in the face of billy clubs and lynchings, poll taxes and literacy tests, he never gave in to violence, never waved a traitorous flag or gave up on our country. https://twitter.com/BarackObama/status/1351175956992548870?s=20/photo/1
// 🖼 photo of Obama at MLK memorial

WaPo, Paul Waldman: Twitter’s Trump ban is even more important than you thought http://wapo.st/3p0Vkue “‘Twitter is the space for political and media elites,’… Facebook has many more users, but journalists are on Twitter constantly”

🧵 RT @davetroy So let’s talk about Parler. Where did it come from? Founder John Matze met his now wife, Alina Mukhutdinova, in May 15, 2016 in Las Vegas. Alina is from Kazan, Russia. She was on a two week road trip “vacation” across the USA with a friend. 📌 https://twitter.com/davetroy/status/1327253991936454663?s=20
// 11/13/2020
🐣 RT @davetroy first several thousand accounts on Parler shows that it is the usual Russia aligned operatives that we in this space have tracked for years. This is a large scale op aligned with Russian interests. https://twitter.com/davetroy/status/1327271037847867395?s=20/photo/1
// Parler Russia Parler

TheGuardian, Brendan O’Connor: The Capitol riot wasn’t a fringe ‘uprising’. It was enabled by very deep pockets http://bit.ly/3qx66bW Center for National Policy, Judicial Crisis Network, Republican Attorneys General Association, Rule of Law Defense Fund & more listed
// That siege was just one battle in a decades-long assault on democracy, funded by billionaire donors and corporate interests

⭕ 17 Jan 2021

🐣 RT @howardfineman Is there any doubt at this point that #IvanaTrump was telling the truth when she alleged in her divorce papers that her then-husband Donald had a copy of Hitler’s speeches on his night table?
⋙ TheIndependent, Benjamin Kentish (2017): Donald Trump ‘kept book of Adolf Hitler’s speeches in his bedside cabinet’ http://bit.ly/3ize4i5 Marty Davis from Paramount:”I did give him a book about Hitler. But it was My New Order, Hitler’s speeches, not Mein Kampf”
// 3/20/2017; In a 1990 interview, the billionaire businessman admitted to owning Nazi leader’s ‘Mein Kampf’ but said he had would never read speeches

🧵 RT @shannonwatts Prosecutors have charged a Colorado insurrectionist and so-called “militia” member Robert Gieswein for being at the riot at the Capitol. ¤ And … here he is in a photo taken in front of Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert’s bar, Shooter’s Grill. #coleg [link] 📌 https://twitter.com/shannonrwatts/status/1351005437009797123?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @ Here’s Rep. Lauren Boebert saying she had *constituents* outside the Capitol – a couple of hours after she tweeted “1776” and just before the Capitol rioters broke into the building. #coleg 💽 https://twitter.com/shannonrwatts/status/1351006497485025286?s=20/photo/1

🧵 RT @RadioFreeTom Reading this piece from last summer by @normative, I realize that there is a parallel here between Qanon’s “Storm” and the Cold War cults that sprang up at various times, but especially in the 70s and the 80s. Bear with me. /1 📌 https://twitter.com/RadioFreeTom/status/1351011133264719875?s=20

WaPo, Margaret Sullivan: Three ways the media can vanquish the Big Lie that will linger even after Trump is gone http://wapo.st/2Ne0Vzg 1. No shorthand: Say what the Big Lie is, 2. No both-siderism, 3. “Learn the science about how people absorb truthful information”

🐣 RT @MarkSZaidEsq Good thread on reality
⋙ 🧵 RT @oneunderscore_ [Ben Collins NBC] Over the last few years, I kept in touch with some QAnon supporters through DMs, checking in on them to see if they’d ever come out of it when their next doomsday came and went. ¤ They’d typically first message me calling me a Satanic pedophile. I’d ignore it and ask questions. 📌 https://twitter.com/oneunderscore__/status/1350890475323060225?s=20
⋙ 🐣 This reminds me of the “Great Awakening” in the U.S. in the 19th Century. Perhaps spurred by repeated boom-bust cycles, “prophets” were everywhere, some really wild. Some went on to be established denominations, which the US has most. Striking contrast w Europe.
⋙ See http://amzn.to/35RTdBn

🐣 RT @sbg1 [Susan Glasser] This is such an important piece. Trump incited the riot at a rally planned and executed by his staff.
⋙ 🧵 RT @lrozen The AP’s review found at least 3 Trump campaign aides named on the permit for the Jan. 6 event. Megan Powers was listed as one of two operations managers for the Jan. 6 event, and her LinkedIn profile says she was the Trump campaign’s director of operations into January 2021. 📌 https://twitter.com/lrozen/status/1350912367597649920?s=20
⋙⋙ 🚫🐣 key timeline issues: did Trump know when he said ‘Pence must come through’ that Pence wouldn’t/hadn’t and waited until they were at the Capitol to send the tweet that Pence ‘didn’t have the courage’
🔆 This❗️⋙ AP: Records: Trump allies behind rally that ignited Capitol riot http://bit.ly/2XPjsnr “Members of President Donald Trump’s failed presidential campaign played key roles in orchestrating the Washington rally that spawned a deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol”

Members of President Donald Trump’s failed presidential campaign played key roles in orchestrating the Washington rally that spawned a deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol, according to an Associated Press review of records, undercutting claims the event was the brainchild of the president’s grassroots supporters.

A pro-Trump nonprofit group called Women for America First hosted the “Save America Rally” on Jan. 6 at the Ellipse, an oval-shaped, federally owned patch of land near the White House. But an attachment to the National Park Service public gathering permit granted to the group lists more than half a dozen people in staff positions for the event who just weeks earlier had been paid thousands of dollars by Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign. Other staff scheduled to be “on site” during the demonstration have close ties to the White House.
⋙ [Amy Kremer, listed as the group’s president on records filed with Virginia’s state corporation commission as the group’s president: “I know nothink ‼️”]

The riot at the Capitol, incited by Trump’s comments before and during his speech at the Ellipse, has led to a reckoning unprecedented in American history. The president told the crowd to march to the Capitol and that “you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength, and you have to be strong.”

In a statement, the president’s reelection campaign said it “did not organize, operate or finance the event.” No campaign staff members were involved in the organization or operation of the rally, according to the statement. It said that if any former employees or independent contractors for the campaign took part, “they did not do so at the direction of the Trump campaign.”

At least one was working for the Trump campaign this month. Megan Powers was listed as one of two operations managers for the Jan. 6 event, and her LinkedIn profile says she was the Trump campaign’s director of operations into January 2021. She did not respond to a message seeking comment.

The AP’s review found at least three of the Trump campaign aides named on the permit rushed to obscure their connections to the demonstration. They deactivated or locked down their social media profiles, removed tweets that referenced the rally and blocked a reporter who asked questions.

Caroline Wren, a veteran GOP fundraiser, is named as a “VIP Advisor” on an attachment to the permit that Women for America First provided to the agency. Between mid-March and mid-November, Donald J. Trump for President Inc. paid Wren $20,000 a month, according to Federal Election Commission records. During the campaign, she was a national finance consultant for Trump Victory, a joint fundraising committee between the president’s reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee.

Maggie Mulvaney, a niece of former top Trump aide Mick Mulvaney, is listed on the permit attachment as the “VIP Lead.” She worked as director of finance operations for the Trump campaign, according to her LinkedIn profile.

The AP reviewed social media posts, voter registrations, court files and other public records for more than 120 people either facing criminal charges related to the Jan. 6 unrest or who, going maskless during the pandemic, were later identified through photographs and videos taken during the melee.

The review found the crowd was overwhelmingly made up of longtime Trump supporters, including Republican Party officials, GOP political donors, far-right militants, white supremacists, off-duty police, members of the military and adherents of the QAnon myth that the government is secretly controlled by a cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophile cannibals.

Trump’s incendiary remarks at the Jan. 6 rally culminated a two-day series of events in Washington, organized by a coalition of the president’s supporters who echoed his baseless accusations that the election had been stolen from him. A website, MarchtoSaveAmerica.com, sprung up to promote the pro-Trump events and alerted followers, “At 1 PM, we protest at US Capitol.” The website has been deactivated.

Another website, TrumpMarch.com shows a fist-raised Trump pictured on the front of a red, white and blue tour bus emblazoned with the words, “Powered by Women for America First.” The logo for the bedding company “My Pillow” is also prominent. Mike Lindell, the CEO of My Pillow, is an ardent Trump supporter who’s falsely claimed Trump didn’t lose the election to Biden and will serve another four-year term as president.

Kimberly Fletcher, the Moms for America president, said she wasn’t aware the Trump campaign had a role in the rally at the Ellipse until around New Year’s Day. While she didn’t work directly with the campaign, Fletcher did notice a shift in who was involved in the rally and who would be speaking. ¤ “When I got there and I saw the size of the stage and everything, I’m like, ‘Wow, we couldn’t possibly have afforded that,’” she said. “It was a big stage. It was a very professional stage. I don’t know who was in the background or who put it together or anything.”

In addition to the large stage, the rally on the Ellipse featured a sophisticated sound system and at least three Jumbotron-style screens projecting the president’s image to the crowd. Videos posted online show Trump and his family in a nearby private tent watching the rally on several monitors as music blared in the background.

Justin Caporale is listed on the Women for America First paperwork as the event’s project manager. He’s identified as a partner with Event Strategies Inc., a management and production company. Caporale, formerly a top aide to first lady Melania Trump, was on the Trump campaign payroll for most of 2020 …

Tim Unes, the founder and president of Event Strategies, was the “stage manager” for the Jan. 6 rally, according to the permit paperwork. Unes has longstanding ties to Trump, a connection he highlights on his company’s website. Trump’s presidential campaign paid Event Strategies $1.3 million in 2020 for “audio visual services,” according to the campaign finance records.

Another person with close ties to the Trump administration, Hannah Salem, was the rally’s “operations manager for logistics and communications,” according to the permit paperwork. In 2017, she took a hiatus from the consulting firm she founded and spent three years as senior White House press aide, “executing the media strategy for President Trump’s most high-profile events,” according to her company bio and LinkedIn profile.

WaPo: FBI moves on alleged members of extremist groups Oath Keepers, Three Percenters http://wapo.st/35RN4Fj

🐣 RT @McFaul Strong statement from the incoming @JoeBiden administration on @navalny .
⋙ 🐣 RT @jakejsullivan Mr. Navalny should be immediately released, and the perpetrators of the outrageous attack on his life must be held accountable. The Kremlin’s attacks on Mr. Navalny are not just a violation of human rights, but an affront to the Russian people who want their voices heard.

💽 NewYorker: A Reporter’s Footage from Inside the Capitol Siege http://bit.ly/3bNu12B
// 1/17/2021
↥ ↧
💙 NewYorker, Luke Morgelson: Among the Insurrectionists at the Capitol http://bit.ly/35N6xGU
// 1/15/2021; The Capitol was breached by Trump supporters who had been declaring, at rally after rally, that they would go to violent lengths to keep the President in power. A chronicle of an attack foretold.
⋙ See under Entire Articles: NYkr The Storm 1-15-2021

NYT, Astead Herndon: How Republicans Are Warping Reality Around the Capitol Attack http://nyti.ms/38NWPpL
// Loyalists to President Trump are increasingly relying on conspiracy theories and misinformation, drawing false equivalence with last summer’s racial protests and blaming outside agitators.

⭕ 16 Jan 2021

🧵 RT @JuliusGoat All the bizarre and horrifying things he did are going to come back to us at random moments like half-remembered scraps of dreams. 📌 https://twitter.com/JuliusGoat/status/1350453019956158469?s=20
// Trump’s most cringe-worthy moments

WaPo: Pompeo’s last-minute actions on foreign policy will complicate Biden’s plans for a new direction http://wapo.st/2LFPqQD

💙 🐣 RT @Alyssa_Millano THIS IS WORTH YOUR TIME. ¤ Please watch. Please share. ¤ Thank you, @thematthewcooke. 💽 https://twitter.com/Alyssa_Milano/status/1350691893789696001?s=20/photo/1
// addressed to Republicans; need for deprogramming wake-up call

🐣 RT @propublica The warnings of the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol were everywhere — perhaps not entirely specific about the planned time and exact location of an assault on the Capitol, but enough to clue in law enforcement about the potential for civil unrest.
⋙ ProPublica (1/7): Capitol Rioters Planned for Weeks in Plain Sight. The Police Weren’t Ready. http://bit.ly/3sudZAC
// 1/7/2021; Insurrectionists made no effort to hide their intentions, but law enforcement protecting Congress was caught flat-footed.

🐣 RT @Susan_Hennessey At this point, no one should extend this selection process the benefit of the doubt. By all indication, the Trump admin is violating civil service rules and politicizing an apolitical role. If Ellis is installed tonight, Biden should remove him on Day One.
⋙ WaPo: Acting defense secretary orders NSA director to immediately install former GOP operative as the agency’s top lawyer http://wapo.st/3qsSPkB
// “[Michael] Ellis previously was chief counsel to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), a staunch Trump supporter and former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee”

🐣 RT @ddale8 Sharpiegate. Michigan Man of the Year. Deadly nonsense about the virus and the election. The smearing of Ilhan Omar. The burly crying men. Windmill cancer. Veterans Choice. ¤ The most notable lies of the Trump presidency, and what they tell us about him:
⋙ CNN, Daniel Dale: The 15 most notable lies of Donald Trump’s presidency http://cnn.it/35NreCM

💽 WaPo: 41 minutes of fear: A video timeline from inside the Capitol siege http://wapo.st/2LFnyvZ

🐣 RT @NewYorker What’s required in the aftermath of the insurrection is a way to punish Donald Trump for his sedition, make sure he can’t run for President again, and deprive him of the attention he so craves, @JohnCassidy writes.
⋙ NewYorker, John Cassidy: Trump Can’t Be Allowed to Escape Justice Yet Again http://bit.ly/2XPtcOK
// 1/11/2021; Despite all the outrage sparked by last week’s riot, the President has grounds for believing that he won’t receive any immediate punishment

🧵 😅 RT @jules_su Since Trump’s almost out of office, I figured this would be a fun time to remind everyone of the weirdest & dumbest sh*t our failed dictator did in the last four years that we totally forgot about. ¤ Starting with a classic: ¤ STARING DIRECTLY INTO THE SUN DURING A SOLAR ECLIPSE 📌 https://twitter.com/jules_su/status/1348879180658860032?s=20

🚫🐣 RT @donwinslow I was contacted by someone who I’ve confirmed works at The Capitol who told me the following: ¤ Laura Boebert gave a “tour” on the 5th even though she’s denying it.

🐣 RT @rulajebreal On his first day in office alone, President Biden will rescind the #MuslimBan on Muslim countries, rejoin Paris climate accord, extend pandemic limits on evictions & student loan payments, & order agencies to reunite kids kidnapped from families at border.
⋙ NYT: Biden Seeks Quick Start With Executive Actions and Aggressive Legislation http://nyti.ms/2XJydZ4
// In an effort to mark a clean break from the Trump era, the president-elect plans to roll out dozens of executive orders in his first 10 days on top of a big stimulus plan and an expansive immigration bill.

🐣 RT @TheAmerican22 Ret. Lt. General Russell Honore will conduct a security investigation into the Capitol attack. If you were involved, you best find an attorney. If you know anything about Lt. General Honore, then you know the 100% truth will come out. Perpetrators will be found!

🐣 RT @CNN Capitol Police arrested a man in downtown Washington with a loaded handgun, more than 500 rounds of ammunition and fake inaugural credentials, police say https://cnn.it/2LDewzD

WaPo: Off-duty police were part of the Capitol mob. Now police are turning in their own. http://wapo.st/3nP24d5

🐣 RT @AmbJohnBolton Trump’s tenure would have dismayed the Founding Fathers – most tragically when he incited a mob to disrupt Congress from fulfilling its constitutional responsibility to certify the 2020 election. How did it come to this? More by me in @globeandmail
⋙ Globe&Mail, John Bolton: Opinion: Trump has caused the Republican Party great damage. Here’s what conservatives should do http://team.ca/39vQqi0
// Trump had no philosophy, no principles and no plan to govern, and yet the GOP supported his rise to power – with distastrous consequences.

DailyBeast, Christopher Ketcham: The Boogaloos Are Pitching a Big Tent for Far-Right Violence http://bit.ly/38OFZav “No longer can we laugh at this nightmare vision”
// Future oppressors are often viewed as bumbling idiots. But if we are too complacent, hindsight may show us to be the fools, blind to the threat

In the wake of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol Building in D.C., right-wing militia groups and allied Trump supporters are planning something bigger for the week of Jan. 17, in the lead-up to the inauguration of Joe Biden. A widely disseminated online poster calls for an “armed march on Capitol Hill and all state capitols.”

What might unfold is anyone’s guess. Even prior to the Jan. 6 insurrection, the FBI, as early as Dec. 29, had been apprised by confidential informants that, starting on Jan. 17, a “militant antigovernment movement” called the Boogaloo promised “armed, anti-government actions leading to a civil war.” The National Counterterrorism Center and Department of Homeland Security this week issued a bulletin that “domestic violent extremists” and “boogaloo adherents” intending to trigger a race war “may exploit the aftermath of the Capitol breach by conducting attacks to destabilize and force a climactic conflict in the United States.”

If you haven’t heard of the Boogaloo and their “accelerationist” intentions for the destruction and rebirth of this country in the crucible of civil war, you’re not alone. When in 2019 my friend Jeff Schwilk, a photographer and investigative journalist, approached me to edit a book about neofascists, Nazis, white supremacists, right-wing militias and how Trumpism had served to unite them, I laughed my head off when he described the trappings of the Boogaloo Boys: that they wore Hawaiian shirts under their body armor as a mark of solidarity at protests and marches; that they flew a variant of a Nazi war flag that symbolized a mythic nation called Kekistan; that they had taken on as mascot, maybe sort of as a joke, an internet meme called Pepe the Frog in honor of the Egyptian god of chaos and darkness, the frog-humanoid Kek. This is a movement that deliberately makes itself look comical in order to attract meme-poisoned teenagers with an “aesthetic of violence,” while outwardly downplaying the threat it poses.

The joke’s on me, of course. Members of the Boogaloo have been tied to law enforcement and the military and have trumpeted their involvement in the murder of law enforcement officers; were tied to the plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer; and were among the seditious mob that stormed the Capitol Building. As Schwilk observed in the book that he and I put together, Unflattering Photos of Fascists: Authoritarianism in Trump’s America …

However online and mimetic and ideologically incoherent the Boogaloo may be, says Schwilk, they are at the same time functioning as a kind of big tent of the extreme right with members who might also be Proud Boy street thugs, or Three Percent militia, or retired cops turned Oath Keeper, or white power fanatics (think Aryan Nations), or hard-right Christian militants (think Patriot Prayer), or QAnon crazies, or simply MAGA meatheads with guns.

COVID lockdowns and mask ordinances opportunized the expansion of the Boogaloo tent to include right-wing “plandemic” paranoiacs, anti-vaxxers and anti-maskers. Quite suddenly, there was a cross-over of hardcore neofascist white supremacists with Fox News-watching Trump voters who were being radicalized and finding common cause with the accelerationists.

Whether at Trump rallies, “freedom” marches, Second Amendment celebrations, or lockdown and mask protests, you can literally see the groups merging together in many of Schwilks’ photos. Whatever nominal flag people are there under, they seem increasingly to embrace extremist ideology.

When the second civil war explodes, as they imagine that it will, many members of all these groups–call them the Trumpenvolk–expect to coalesce while “the enemies of the right,” as Schwilk explains, are “exterminated by death squads clad in Hawaiian shirts.” ¤ No longer can we laugh at this nightmare vision.

⭕ 15 Jan 2021

WaPo: Off-duty police were part of the Capitol mob. Now police are turning in their own. http://wapo.st/3nP24d5

WaPo: Identifying far-right symbols that appeared at the U.S. Capitol riot http://wapo.st/2XMhg02

🐣 RT @DeanObeidallah 20,000 national guard troops are protecting the Capitol from Donald trump’s militia. This is where we are as a nation thanks to Fascist trump.

NYT, David Brooks: Trump Ignites a War Within the Church http://nyti.ms/38Qyr6M “One core feature of Trumpism is that it forces you to betray every other commitment you might have: to the truth, moral character, the Sermon on the Mount, conservative principles, the Constitution”
// After a week of Trumpist mayhem, white evangelicals wrestle with what they’ve become.

🐣 RT @brhodes Trump, Kushner and their circle will walk out of government knowing a tremendous amount of very classified and very valuable information. Does anyone really think they won’t try to monetize that knowledge?

🐣 RT @GlennKesslerWP Quite striking from the former deputy DNI for Trump who briefed him dozens of times —-> Sue Gordon: Trump’s intelligence briefings should stop once he leaves office – The Washington Post
⋙ WaPo, Susan Gordon: A former president Trump won’t ‘need to know.’ Cut off his intelligence. http://wapo.st/3ikPxNC

ABCNews: Longtime Trump advisers connected to groups behind rally that led to Capitol attack http://abcn.ws/3bINyRH
// Roger Stone, Steve Bannon and Michael Flynn all promoted the Jan. 6 rally.

🐣 RT @liamstack “If it wasn’t my job I would do it for free. It was absolutely my pleasure to crush a white nationalist insurrection,” he said. “And we’ll do it as many times as it takes.” 💽 https://twitter.com/liamstack/status/1350271918168006657?s=20/photo/1
// Daniel Hodges, DC police officer crushed in door

🐣 RT @ScottyinCo I don’t want to hear a fucking thing about Biden’s $1.9 trillion dollars after Trump added 6 trillion to our deficit, every billionaire skated out of fair taxes, $300m in golf trips, Pompeo’s Christmas party, Javanka’s 3k a month shitter detail and Melanie’s rose garden rape.

CNN, Brian Stelter: Fox News Channel’s ratings have sagged ever since Election Day. And CNN’s ratings have surged to historic levels http://cnn.it/3qq2yIp ‘This month to date, CNN has avgd 2.08M viewers throughout the day; MSNBC has avgd 1.74M; and Fox has avgd 1.41M’

🐣 RT @peterwsinger “Telegram was the fifth most-downloaded app in the United States, compared with its previous ranking of 110th before the Capitol attack, according to app research firm App Annie. Signal, another encrypted chat app, was No. 1, up from its ranking of 750”
⋙ WaPo: Far-right groups move online conversations from social media to chat apps — and out of view of law enforcement http://wapo.st/
// Telegram is surging as Parler went offline and the backlash against Twitter and Facebook grew.

🐣 RT @JerryWillResist GOP congressman Pete Sessions deletes tweet to Stop the steal. He Tweeted “Had a great meeting today with folks from “Stop the Steal” at our nation’s Capitol. I encouraged them to keep fighting and assured them I look forward to doing MY duty on January 6
// 1/15/2021
⋙ RawStory, Sarah Burris: GOP congressman deletes tweet saying he met with ‘Stop The Steal’ and told them to ‘keep fighting http://bit.ly/2LBTMIy
// 1/11/2021

🐣 RT @BillKristol “Spreading disinformation…has real world consequences. Many media property owners have as much responsibility for this as the elected officials who know the truth but choose instead to propagate lies.” [ ~ James Murdoch]
⋙ CNN: James Murdoch criticizes ‘media property owners’ who have ‘unleashed insidious’ forces with election denialism claims http://cnn.it/2XMyXwC
⋙⋙ 🐣 the “second son” who no longer has a voice at Fox, sadly; his brother Lachlan is the heir apparent

🐣 RT @gregpmiller How big a problem does US mil have with violent extremists? Of the 72 people arrested so far in connection to Capitol siege, 11 had military background. @GregJaffe @DanLamothe @JulieATate
⋙ WaPo: Conspiracy theories and a call for patriots ensnare military veterans at the Capitol http://wapo.st/2LsBDwT

NYT: Atlanta Prosecutor Appears to Move Closer to Trump Inquiry http://nyti.ms/38Kji77
// The Fulton County district attorney is weighing an inquiry into possible election interference and is said to be considering hiring an outside counsel.

🔆 This❗️⋙ WaPo: Capitol Police intelligence report warned three days before attack that ‘Congress itself’ could be targeted http://wapo.st/35JKh0N //➔ but the FBI couldn’t decide if the internet buzz was “aspirational” only and so withheld its report?

In a 12-page report on Jan. 3, the intelligence unit for the congressional police force described how thousands of enraged protesters, egged on by Trump and flanked by white supremacists and extreme militia groups, were likely to stream into Washington armed for battle. ¤ This time, the focus of their ire was members of Congress, the report said.

“Supporters of the current president see January 6, 2021, as the last opportunity to overturn the results of the presidential election,” according to the memo, portions of which were obtained by The Washington Post. “This sense of desperation and disappointment may lead to more of an incentive to become violent. Unlike previous post-election protests, the targets of the pro-Trump supporters are not necessarily the counter-protesters as they were previously, but rather Congress itself is the target on the 6th.”

The internal report — which does not appear to have been shared widely with other law enforcement agencies, including the FBI — was among a number of flags that security experts say should have alerted officials to the high security risks on Jan. 6.

A day before the attack, an FBI office in Virginia issued an explicit warning that some extremists were preparing to travel to Washington and threatening to commit violence and “war.” And dozens of people on a terrorist watch list were in Washington that day, including many suspected white supremacists, as The Post previously reported.

Two people familiar with the Capitol Police intelligence memo, who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe security preparations, said the report was conveyed to all Capitol Police command staff by the intelligence unit’s director, Jack Donohue. Another law enforcement official said the report prompted the Capitol Police chief to seek the emergency activation of the National Guard and led the department to place its perimeter barricades farther from the Capitol than during past events.

Former Capitol Police chief Steven Sund, who resigned in the wake of the siege, said in an interview Friday that it would be inappropriate to publicly discuss an internal intelligence memo, given its sensitive nature and the risk of revealing sources and methods. But he said he was familiar with the department’s intelligence reports, which he said guided security planning.

Sund previously told The Post in an interview Sunday that in the days immediately preceding the attack, he grew concerned that additional security measures were needed. He asked top congressional security officials for permission to declare an emergency and activate the National Guard, a request he said they rebuffed.

“We looked at the intelligence,” he said. “We knew we would have large crowds, the potential for some violent altercations. I had nothing indicating we would have a large mob seize the Capitol.”

The memo concluded that Jan. 6 was shaping up to potentially be a perfect storm of danger, because of the size of the expected crowds, the urgency of the group’s mission, the call for demonstrators to bring lethal weapons, the location of the two largest protests in close proximity to the Capitol grounds and the fact that “both have been promoted by President Trump himself.”

“The Stop the Steal protest in particular does not have a permit, but several high profile speakers, including Members of Congress are expected to speak at the event,” the document stated. “This combined with Stop the Steal’s propensity to attract white supremacists, militia members and others who actively promote violence, may lead to a significantly dangerous situation for law enforcement and the general public alike.” ¤ Two people familiar with the report said it was not shared widely outside the police force.

On Jan. 4, the day after the intelligence unit shared its warning and conclusions with more than a dozen Capitol Police command staff members, Sund said he asked the Senate and House sergeants at arms for permission to put the National Guard on emergency standby.

Sund said House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving and Senate Sergeant at Arms Michael Stenger rejected that idea and suggested that he instead informally seek out his Guard contacts, asking them to “lean forward” and be on alert in case Capitol Police needed their help.

On the day of the attack, Sund said he urgently renewed the request for emergency National Guard support after a mob broke through the Capitol barricades around 1 p.m. The minutes ticked by as the sergeants at arms sought approval from congressional leadership. ¤ The initial wave of the military reinforcements would not arrive for more than four hours — at 5:40 p.m.

The Capitol Police intelligence report was a collaborative product of its intelligence division, led by Donohue, a national expert on the rise of radicalization and violence among extremist groups and domestic terrorists who was recently hired by the department.

In July 2020, Donohue testified before the House Homeland Security subcommittee on intelligence and counterterrorism about how social media was being used to radicalize and foment violence in right-wing and left-wing extremist groups. He warned about the increasingly incendiary nature of events billed as free-speech protests and extremists’ attempts to harm government officials and police in their calls for insurrection. …

Meanwhile, a separate FBI internal report prepared the day before the attack by a field office in Norfolk described an online thread that indicating extremists were planning to travel to D.C. for “war.”

Officials said FBI Director Christopher A. Wray and acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen were not briefed on the document in particular because it was considered a raw intelligence product, and investigators had not identified those responsible for the posts. But, the officials said, Wray was briefed in advance more broadly regarding online chatter about violence, as well as information that the FBI’s sources were relaying about possible extremists intending to travel to the Capitol.

Officials have said FBI agents visited some of those extremists to discourage them from traveling. But the bureau did not take other steps — such as issuing a formal threat assessment to law enforcement — that might have raised the level of alarm.

FBI officials have said it is difficult to distinguish cheap talk from actual threats online, where the volume of incendiary posts is astronomical. ¤ “One of the real challenges in this space is trying to distinguish what’s aspirational vs. what’s intentional,” Wray said at a briefing Thursday.

🐣 RT @thenewsoncnbc President-elect Biden says that the coronavirus vaccine rollout in the U.S. has been a “dismal failure” so far. Now, some state governors are accusing the government of lying about vaccine reserves. @megtirrell reports. http://cnb.cx/35M3a33

🐣 RT @TheTweetOfGod The inquiry follows reporting that an arm of the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) sent out robocalls urging supporters to go to the Capitol and “fight” Congress over Trump’s election-fraud conspiracy theories.
⋙ Law&Crime, Adam Klasfeld: Senator Ron Wyden, Soon-to-Be Finance Committee Chair, Urges IRS to Probe Charities’ Role in Inciting U.S. Capitol Insurrection http://bit.ly/3ipE1Aw

WaPo, Philip Bump: The false comparison between last summer’s protests and what happened at the Capitol http://wapo.st/3bR7sKe
● The intent of the Jan. 6 protest was far more nefarious
● The Capitol riots stemmed from a lie
● The encouragement of political leaders was not the same
● Hundreds of peaceful protests happened last summer. One violent protest happened last
week
● Whataboutism isn’t an excuse

🧵 RT @maggieNYT I got a bit more information about the Lindell meeting. It was a brief meeting, Trump sent him upstairs to the WH counsel’s office to be escorted by an admin official sitting next to Lindell in the meeting. That official, according to another official, was Robert O’Brien. 📌 https://twitter.com/maggieNYT/status/1350249367605813250?s=20

🐣 RT @ZcohenCNN MyPillow CEO’s notes visible as he entered the West Wing today showed a suggestion to replace CIA director Haspel w/ current acting Pentagon chief of staff. But multiple sources tell me, @vmsalama & @kaitlancollins it was not the first time this idea was broached inside the WH.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ZcohenCNN Multiple options were discussed, including firing Haspel’s deputy Vaughn Bishop & replacing him w/ Patel, which they believed would force Haspel to quit, & also firing both & making Patel acting director.
⋙⋙ CNN: MyPillow CEO hints at scrapped plan to replace CIA director with Trump loyalist http://cnn.it/3swrGPq

🐣 RT @lrozen “Trump ended the brief meeting by directing Lindell to go upstairs to the office of WH counsel Pat A. Cipollone. Lindell said he showed them material but was sent back downstairs to wait awhile longer. ¤ Officials seemed ‘disinterested’ in what he had to say, Lindell said.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @saddamscribe Photos Capture Notes From My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell’s White House Visit: One image reveals that ‘martial law’ is written in those notes, though Lindell — a conspiracy theorist — denied it, saying it’s ‘fake news.’ – The New York Times
⋙⋙ NYT: Photos capture notes from Trump ally leaving the White House on Friday. http://nyti.ms/2Nd6v53

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Republicans who talk about the need to unite should be asked about the man who helped fuel an insurrection inviting the MyPillow Guy, who just happens to have a document referencing the Insurrection Act and martial law, to the White House.

🐣 RT @johnkruzel MyPillow guy’s recent schedule:
1/5: Share 8kun document openly calling for war (@oneunderscore__ )
1/6: Run ads during Trump rally that morphed into deadly insurrection
1/15: Visit WH holding notes w/ apparent reference to “Insurrection Act,” “martial law” (@jabinbotsford)
https://twitter.com/johnkruzel/status/1350206274659610626?s=20/photo/1-3

🐣 RT @CNNPolitics Justice Department prosecutors have formally walked back their assertion in a court filing that said Capitol rioters sought to “capture and assassinate elected officials” https://cnn.it/3bFI5eB

🐣 🌎 RT @aseitzwald This is basically all of downtown DC. Green is restricted to local business and residents only, red is no go. https://twitter.com/aseitzwald/status/1350179631228477450?s=20/photo/1

😅 RT @ColinPClarke Why are we kidding ourselves? ¤ We all knew this presidency would come down to the My Pillow Guy and Trump together in the bunker. ¤ I never believed in destiny before, but…
↥ ↧
🔆 This❗️⋙ WaPo, Philip Bump: A pillow salesman apparently has some ideas about declaring martial law http://wapo.st/38MQFGi Mike Lindell headed into the WH with an alarming set of notes: The Post’s Jabin Botsford captured an image //➔ 25th Amendment NOW‼️

🚫🐣 RT @ Reup, on Rudy texts. Unless texts are fake, they appear to confirm he was in direct contact w/James Sullivan, Proud Boys affiliate. ¤ They do NOT, however, tie him to Kash Patel. @kyledcheney believes “Kash” reference is instead to convicted gang member.
↥ ↧
🚫🐣 RT @MapleBalsamic 1/ John Sullivan, aka “activist John” was rejected by the BLM and anti-fascist communities last year for being violent, chaotic, self-serving, and having ties to the far right. His bro James is closely tied to the proud boys and started a group for “patriots” who
⋙ 🐣 RT @MapleBalsamic 2/ support trump. John was seen in the Capitol during the insurrection & both brothers have been arrested at this point for this. Giuliani’s text is saying he’s working with Kash Patel, who was appointed to the dept of defense in Nov 2020, to get the insurrection pinned on John
// speculative; Rudy tweet: https://twitter.com/emptywheel/status/1350106404024176644?s=20/photo/1

📊 Pew Poll: Trump Departs With Lowest-Ever Job Mark http://pewrsr.ch/3iiQ2I0 This poll was done 1/8-12/2021
// Full title: Biden Begins Presidency With Positive Ratings; Trump Departs With Lowest-Ever Job Mark
// 68% of public does not want Trump to remain a major political figure in the future
● ‘How would you rate Biden/Trump since the election?’ https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1350137155457331203?s=20/photo/1
● 68% do NOT want Trump to remain a political figure https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1350140141042597889?s=20/photo/1
● 60% of Republicans approve of Trump, down 25% https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1350143242604568578?s=20/photo/1
● 75% think Trump responsible for violence (52% of GOP) https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1350145884378554369?s=20/photo/1
● About 60% of GOP think Trump won and want him active in politics https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1350148564102631429?s=20/photo/1
● Most Americans “strongly disapprove” of Trump’s performance https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1350151003660804100?s=20/photo/1
// by demographic group: gender, race, education

🐣 RT @amandacarpenter Everyone who encouraged and gave cover to the big election lie are responsible for leading people astray.
⋙ TheBulwark, Jonathan Last: This Cult Is Ruining People’s Lives http://bit.ly/2XWcPA1
// How the Republican party failed Christine Priola.

🐣 RT @marceelias What about his Elite Strike Force of Kraken, Crazy and Traffic Court Lawyer?
⋙ Bloomberg: Trump Struggles to Find Lawyers as Impeachment Trial Nears http://bloom.bg/39z1bQW
// President Donald Trump, on the eve of facing a historic second impeachment trial for inciting the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol

🐣 RT @SteveSchmidtSES Appalling and frightening. We must face this and not look away. This needs to be defeated. This insurrection must be punished. There must be accountability. This movement must be crushed. It is unamerican, autocratic and racist.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ThePlumLineGS The new Post poll has some awful findings among Republicans:
51% say GOP leaders didn’t go far enough in nullifying election
56% say Trump bears zero blame for the insurrection
66% say he has acted responsibly
Behold the GOP’s authoritarian core:
⋙⋙ WaPo, Greg Sargent: Trump’s GOP has an ugly authoritarian core. A new poll exposes it. http://wapo.st/35Kh99I

🐣 RT @Acosta Pelosi announces @ltgrusselhonore will lead investigation into Capitol security after last week’s siege.

🐣 RT @AliVelshi BREAKING: Federal prosecutor say Jacob Chansley, also known as Jacob Angelii, who was wearing horns, a fur headdress, & face paint during the Capitol attack, intended to capture & assassinate members of Congress, & that he wants to return to DC for the inauguration.

WaPo: How the rioters who stormed the Capitol came dangerously close to Pence http://wapo.st/2N96lLS “The potential exposure of the vice president underscores how law enforcement agencies struggled to manage the rapidly expanding crisis in real time”

🐣 RT @7im New from the federal government: “the intent of the Capitol rioters was to capture and assassinate elected officials.”
⋙ RollingStone, Tim Dickinson: QAnon Shaman’s Alleged Note to Mike Pence: ‘It’s Only a Matter of Time, Justice is Coming’ http://bit.ly/2LQTpcQ
// A new federal court brief describes Jacob Anthony Chansley — aka Jake Angeli — as “the most prominent symbol of a violent insurrection that attempted to overthrow the United States Government”

🐣 RT @WSJ President Trump has lost the ability to easily communicate with roughly 150 million followers and subscribers due to recent blocks. Here’s the breakdown of how social-media platform shrank his reach.
⋙ WSJ: How Twitter, Facebook Shrank President Trump’s Social Reach http://on.wsj.com/ 2Lrk5Bh
// When President Trump was blocked from posting to major social networks, he lost direct broadcast channels to roughly 150 million followers and subscribers.

WaPo: Inspectors general of several federal agencies open sweeping review of security, intelligence surrounding Capitol attack http://wapo.st/38IyuSi The IGs for the departments of Justice, Defense, Interior and Homeland Security will investigate response on Jan 6
// “Internal investigators for the departments of Justice, Defense, Interior and Homeland Security how security officials prepared for and responded to the pro-Trump rally on Jan. 6”

🐣 📊 RT @ New @ABCNews/WaPo poll finds nearly 7 in 10 [of all Americans] think Republicans should lead the party in a different direction. http://abcn.ws/38HU35n
// so do 33% of Republicans; vs 13% of Republicans in 2018

TheGuardian, Lois Beckett: 100 days of warning: inside the Boogaloo killings of US law enforcement http://bit.ly/35Jn1Qy
// Extremism experts warned that the anti-government movement was planning attacks online. Why didn’t Facebook act?

AP: Capitol rioters included highly trained ex-military and cops http://bit.ly/2XFEDbp

⭕ 14 Jan 2021

TheGuardian, Lois Beckett: 100 days of warning: inside the Boogaloo killings of US law enforcement http://bit.ly/35Jn1Qy
// Extremism experts warned that the anti-government movement was planning attacks online. Why didn’t Facebook act?

💙 🧵 RT @HerreraBeutler In conversations w/residents about this week’s impeachment vote, some are unclear on what transpired before & during that involved President Trump. ¤ Here are the indisputable and publicly available facts 📌 https://twitter.com/HerreraBeutler/status/1349959275922206721?s=20

🐣 RT @christoq Rick Wilson is letting it fly now. ¤ “They act as if they’ve been oppressed somehow, that the world is against them somehow. Well guess what? Twitter and Facebook aren’t banning you because you’re a conservative, they’re banning you because you suck, because you say evil shit!” 💽 https://twitter.com/christoq/status/1349990920322600960?s=20/photo/1

CNN, Daniel Black: The Capitol attack was White supremacy, plain and simple http://cnn.it/3oHqczA

🐣 RT @JohnWDean The Republican Party is on trial in the US Senate. Trump’s been convicted by rational Americans. So far, it appears an estimated half of those who voted for him think he’s guilty. (Luntz focus group 1/7.) The Senate GOP can end Trump’s influence and it is long past time to do so!

🐣 RT @DavidBegnaud Chilling: @DCPoliceDept officer Michael Fanone said on CNN that rioters went for his gun, saying “Kill him with his own gun”. ¤ He told CNN, “It was all about self preservation…I “appealed to their humanity…I just remember yelling out I have kids” 💽 https://twitter.com/DavidBegnaud/status/1349933583964639232?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @joshgerstein UPDATE: FBI in Little Rock, Ark. says agents have arrested Peter Stager, charged with repeatedly striking a Metro DC police officer with American flag-bearing flagpole during the Capitol Riot. Doc: https://bit.ly/35JUiLl Earlier:
⋙ Politico: FBI director says 100 arrests to date from Capitol riots http://politi.co/39D6fnr
// Christopher Wray also said law enforcement was monitoring “an extensive amount of concerning online chatter” ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

🐣 RT @JakeTapper What happened last week was horrific. Five dead that day, two subsequent suicides. Pay attention to the people trying to change the subject and ask yourselves why. Might it be because they bear some responsibility and want to avoid consequences?
⋙ 🐣 RT @JakeTapper A week ago MAGA terrorists, incited by Trump, his son, his lawyer, and months of lies by far too many folks in the GOP and media, tried to stop the Constitutional election process through a terrorist attack on the Capitol. 5 were killed. They are now trying to change the subject.

🐣 RT @BryanDBender “What has violence ever accomplished? What has it ever created? …An uncontrolled, uncontrollable mob is only the voice of madness, not the voice of the people.” – Robert F. Kennedy, Cleveland City Club, April 5, 1968.

💙 🧵 RT @Cleavon_MD I’m an Iraq War vet & ER doctor on the frontlines of the pandemic in NYC and Arizona. My colleagues and I have seen countless people die from COVID who should be ALIVE. Trump dances on the graves of Americans that didn’t have to die #TrumpGraveDancer https://twitter.com/Cleavon_MD/status/1316217799082041345?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @ As an ER doctor that has lost 3 colleagues and a 27 y.o. cousin to the virus, let me RECAP 42 WAYS Trump failed America during the pandemic! ¤ 1. Months before the pandemic, Trump cut the number of CDC experts in China from 47 to 14.

🐣 RT @duty2warn Lots of talk about accountability. We think it is absolutely a prerequisite to healing. But the word needs a modifier. This wasn’t jaywalking. It was sedition. It was almost a massacre. We need proportionate accountability. We need expulsions.

CNN: Trump explodes at Nixon comparisons as he prepares to leave office http://cnn.it/35JxBa9
// In his final days in office, President Donald Trump has found the parts of the job he loved replaced by cold legal warnings, forced video addresses and a shrinking circle of downtrodden aides, all anxiously wondering what life will be like after noon on January 20.

As one of their final acts, Trump’s team is working to organize a crowd to see him off on the morning of Biden’s inauguration, when he plans to depart Washington while still president and is expecting a major send-off. Even though some of his allies had encouraged him to attend Biden’s inauguration, and Trump quizzed his circle on whether he should, few ever expected him to participate in the swearing-in of his successor.

CNN: Trump explodes at Nixon comparisons as he prepares to leave office http://cnn.it/35JxBa9
// In his final days in office, President Donald Trump has found the parts of the job he loved replaced by cold legal warnings, forced video addresses and a shrinking circle of downtrodden aides, all anxiously wondering what life will be like after noon on January 20.

💙 🧵 RT @RadioFreeTom Watching footage of the Loser Sturm overrunning the Capitol during the Beer Belly Putsch, I am struck again by how much of what plagues us is an addiction to the narcissistic idea that everyone is the most important person ever, that everyone should be the boss of everything. /1 📌 https://twitter.com/RadioFreeTom/status/1349868097914740737?s=20

The raging narcissism, particularly of the cosplaying men who now deny that they wanted no part of any of the seditious stuff, is striking. Men who have a huge reserve of self regard that does not extend to shaving or wearing a clean shirt or other basic signs of adulthood. /2

These are people – again, especially the men – trapped in the eternal drama of adolescence. They are creatures of a leisure society, bored by the ordinariness of life, angry that the world is not more interesting and that others refuse to pay them their heroic due. /3

As Eric Hoffer noted – h/t
@WindsorMann
– this is the fetid breeding ground of extremism: “Faith in a holy cause is to a considerable extent a substitute for the lost faith in ourselves…Take away our holy duties and you leave our lives puny and meaningless.” /4

Even in 1951, Hoffer knew the danger of society of bored children: “There is perhaps no more reliable indicator of a society’s ripeness for a mass movement than the prevalence of unrelieved boredom.”
This, not rights or freedom, was what the past years of Trumpism are about. /5

There is no seriousness here, no sense of injustice, no actual injury to rights. Merely the aggrieved boredom of men (and some women) who never learned that life is not ceaselessly interesting and dramatic. That life, even the best life, is boring and repetitive on most days. /6

This is why the legal and *social* response should swift and clear. To remind people that life is not a TV show. It is not Twitter dunks and Facebook memes. To show that hurting other people out of boredom and childish narcissism has real consequences. /7

People who want to be heroes seem to have no patience with a normal workplace or the self-disciple involved in showing up and doing your best no matter what the job is. After all, Thor and Captain America didn’t have to listen to their supervisor. /8

But life is heroic exactly when it is not dramatic. Taking care of your loved ones, looking after a sick friend, letting someone go ahead of you at a stop sign, hold the door for someone at a store. Adults know this. Stunted, selfish, undisciplined, stupid adolescents do not. /9

I am exhausted by turning on the news and realizing that the blessings of life in a liberal democracy have also produced a stubborn knot of bored children who think guns and flags and dumb slogans will give their lives meaning. /10

All I can do is suggest to other people in this society to treat these brutal, overgrown adolescents with as much distance as possible. To show them, by example, what stoicism and seriousness look like. To be the adults.
I know it’s hard. I’m not consistent about it myself. /11

But amidst all the calls for unity, it’s important to remember that unity and understanding can only happen between adults who agree to live peaceably. The people who defended sedition – and especially those who instigated it – are not those people. Those are armed toddlers. /12

I don’t know what will change us. I sometimes think that a bit of social pressure on a man to wash his face in the morning and to dress differently from his pre-teen son might help. Other days, I think that nothing will work and pure, vulgar decadence will just end us. /13

And don’t get me wrong: I don’t underestimate the danger these people pose. They have threatened me directly and many other people I know. But there’s not much you can do about that. But I don’t have to pretend that “dangerous” means “serious and worthy of respect.” /14

So maybe, now and then, we should all ask ourselves if we’re taking things seriously enough – and if they are the *right* things to be taken seriously. And whether we are setting that example for others around us. Again, not sure I do that enough myself. /15

None of this means not to be light-hearted. I am, so often, utterly immature and unserious. (Except I’m right about Led Zeppelin.) But when it comes to living as an American, I hope I am as serious as can be. It’s something we can all do. And we can insist on it from others. /16x

🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger Biden’s team is balanced, deeply experienced, competent and committed to putting “Justice” back in DOJ. Americans got the reassurance they needed after Wed’s deeply unsettling violence and mayhem. Yes, we really are moving toward an infinitely better DOJ
⋙ WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: Joe Biden’s nominees will put ‘Justice’ back in the Justice Department http://wapo.st/3nKvhpB

🐣 RT @DanLaMothe “We got to hold this door” ¤ The Capitol riot, in the words of D.C. police Via @phscoop
⋙ WaPo: How battered D.C. police made a stand against the Capitol mob http://wapo.st/2LTXMnj
// D.C. officers describe being battered by flagpoles, beaten with their own clubs and choked by bear spray as they fought to defend the U.S. Capitol

🐣 RT @Reuters At least 50 elected officials and others in public sector jobs are facing internal inquiries or investigations that, in some cases, have resulted in temporary suspensions pending investigations, based on @Reuters examination of public statements, news reports and video footage https://twitter.com/Reuters/status/1349742191338545152?s=20/photo/1-3

WaPo: Far-right groups make plans for protests and assaults before and after Inauguration Day http://wapo.st/3snWeD0 “FBI Director Christopher A. Wray told reporters that officials were monitoring ‘an extensive amount of concerning online chatter’”

🧵 RT @ZoeTillman A hearing is about to start on whether Cleveland Meredith, charged with threatening to kill Nancy Pelosi and bringing guns + ammo to DC (see: https://buzzfeednews.com/article/salvadorhernandez/man-threatened-kill-nancy-pelosi…) should be kept in custody. He’s arguing for release, govt is arguing to keep him behind bars. Stay tuned. 📌 https://twitter.com/ZoeTillman/status/1349806513972502541?s=20
⋙⋙ BuzzfeedNews: A Man Allegedly Threatened To Kill Nancy Pelosi And Drove To DC With A “Shit Ton” Of Ammunition http://bit.ly/
// Prosecutors say Cleveland Meredith Jr. drove from Colorado to DC and threatened to kill House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on live television.
⋙ 🐣 […] RT @ZoeTillman NEW: A man charged with threatening to kill Nancy Pelosi and bringing multiple guns to DC last week will be kept in custody pending trial. He’d arrived too late to join the Capitol insurrection because of car trouble, according to the govt.
⋙⋙ BuzzfeedNews: A Man Charged With Threatening To Kill Nancy Pelosi Will Be Kept In Custody While His Case Is Pending http://bit.ly/2XFLNwv
// The defendant brought multiple firearms to Washington but arrived too late in the day to join the Capitol insurrection, according to charging papers.

🐣 RT @emptywheel Presidential speech is not like private citizen speech. If you can fire the Secretary of State or pardon a co-conspirator with a tweet, then your calls for violence, too, must be deemed operative.

WaPo: Dozens of people on FBI terrorist watch list came to D.C. the day of Capitol riot http://wapo.st/3qpxTL5 “The majority of the watchlisted individuals in Washington that day are suspected white supremacists”

⭕ 13 Jan 2021

WaPo: McConnell breaks with Trump, says he’ll consider convicting him in Senate trial http://wapo.st/2Ln10Ab

🐣 RT @senatemajldr My full statement on the next seven days and the Senate schedule: https://twitter.com/senatemajldr/status/1349476803514146819?s=20/photo/1

NYT: Under Heavy Pressure, Trump Releases Video Condemning Capitol Siege http://nyti.ms/3smDVhB by Maggie Haberman and Michael Schmidt
// The video was made public after President Trump was impeached a second time and after he told his supporters in the hours following the start of the riot last week that “we love you.”

🧵 RT @jack I do not celebrate or feel pride in our having to ban @realDonaldTrump from Twitter, or how we got here. After a clear warning we’d take this action, we made a decision with the best information we had based on threats to physical safety both on and off Twitter. Was this correct? 📌 https://twitter.com/jack/status/1349510769268850690?s=20

WaPo, Philip Bump: A House Republican wanted proof of incitement. Here are four rioters who came to D.C. because of Trump. http://wapo.st/39upvDx

🐣 RT @ybarrap GOP kept saying, “Whatabout last summer?” ¤ Well, let’s talk about that. ¤ Boogaloo, Proud Boys, Incels, & others were the RWNJs that the DoJ found were the predominant threat at those events. ¤ NOT Antifa et al. ¤ This should be a major point in the punishment phase. ¤ #RemoveThemAll
💙 ⋙ 🐣 📋 Rightwing saboteur provocateurs among BLM Protests: https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1349545143636996096?s=20/photo/1-4

🐣 RT @WhiteHouse 💽 https://twitter.com/WhiteHouse/status/1349492130578919425?s=20/photo/1
// Trump video denouncing violence

🐣 RT @politico Nancy Pelosi signed an article of impeachment against President Trump this evening, a ceremonial step that precedes the article being sent to the Senate http://politi.co/2XQtCV7 💽 https://twitter.com/politico/status/1349509004343603202?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @nycsouthpaw After airing her suspicions yesterday, Rep. Sherrill writes to request an investigation of House Republicans’ complicity in the January 6th attacks. Katherine Clark and Frank Pallone sign on as well. https://twitter.com/nycsouthpaw/status/1349480286824919045?s=20/photo/1-2

🔆 This❗️⋙ WaPo: House impeaches Trump with 10 Republicans joining, but Senate plans unclear http://wapo.st/3nNWNTi

🐣 RT @davidmarco Stop calling these zip ties. They are 27-inch nylon tactical restraints. Zip ties are used for arts and crafts, gardening. Nylon tactical restraints are used to immobilize large amounts of prisoners or hostages. https://twitter.com/DavidMarkoMiami/status/1349302316348952577?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @pbump To be very clear: Trump’s role in last week’s violence is not centered on the speech he gave that morning. It follows from months of coddling fringe actors and months of insistences that the election would be stolen and months of claims that it was.
⋙ WaPo, Philip Bump: Trump’s actions that led to the violence at the Capitol began months ago http://wapo.st/3spE17U

🐣 RT @chrislhayes The safest bet for future predictions, I’ve learned, is things will muddle along, growing ever closer to doom, no one will course correct, and even as things around us crumble, the Breaking Point will always appear to be yet another half length away.

🐣 RT @kasparov63 Republicans calling for unity can’t even unite on reality. Ask them who won the election. Ask them who attacked the Capitol. If they can’t answer correctly, they are liars or fools or both.
💙 ⋙ CNN, Garry Kasparov: What happens next http://cnn.it/2N5sQS1
// 1/12/2021

🐣 RT @ABCNewsLive “Every one of us in this room right now could have died,” @RepRaskin says, warning of future threats. ¤ “It’s a bit much to be hearing that these people would not be trying to destroy our government and kill us if we just weren’t so mean to them.” http://abcn.ws/3oF4kFa

🐣 RT @ABC House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy: “Some say the riots were caused by Antifa. There is absolutely no evidence of that. And conservatives should be the first to say so.” https://abcn.ws/39JoSGn

💙 🧵 RT @atrupar Pelosi: “The President of the United States incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion, against our common country. He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love.” 📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1349409668976807936?s=20
💙 🧵 RT @atrupar Rep. Jim McGovern (D): “We are debating this historic measure at an actual crime scene and we wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for POTUS … the signal [of Trump’s speech last Wednesday] was unmistakable: these thugs should stage a coup so Donald Trump could hang on to power.” 📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1349362831146291201?s=20
// House Impeachment Hearings

◕ ADL: Murder and Extremism in the US in 2019 http://bit.ly/35Dl4oHhttps://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1349424302874103809?s=20/photo/1
// Almost all right wing white supremacists

🐣 RT @MollyMcKew House is getting pretty wild. People worried about concealed weapons, everyone done with conspiracist wackadoos supporting insurrection, members openly accusing other members of aiding the insurgents.
⋙ 🐣 RT @willsommer QAnon backer Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene gets called “literal QAnon lady” by fellow freshman GOP Rep. Nancy Mace in Capitol riot fight. [Axios link]

⭕ 12 Jan 2021

TheIndependent, Andrew Feinberg [UK] (1/12): White House insiders say Trump knew what was about to happen at the Capitol — because of his social media guru Dan Scavino http://bit.ly/3akE8tx Scavino is “the president’s online eyes and ears”

🐣 RT @ForeignAffairs Authorities in both public and private sectors ignored the spread of dangerous ideas on the Internet and the growing networks of radicalized Americans, writes @wiczipedia. After the storming of the Capitol, these online trends are now impossible to ignore.
⋙ ForeignAffairs, Nina Jankowicz: The Day the Internet Came for Them http://fam.ag/3bT0Nzl
// Washington wakes up to the dark reality of online disinformation.

WaPo: Trump defiant and unapologetic about his role in inciting Capitol mob attack http://wapo.st/38Exj69

💙 ≣ Politico: Read Liz Cheney’s full statement in support of Trump’s impeachment http://politi.co/2K9hMSv
// The Wyoming Republican is the third-highest ranking leader in the House GOP conference.

“On January 6, 2021 a violent mob attacked the United States Capitol to obstruct the process of our democracy and stop the counting of presidential electoral votes. This insurrection caused injury, death and destruction in the most sacred space in our Republic.

“Much more will become clear in coming days and weeks, but what we know now is enough. The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the President. The President could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not. There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.

“I will vote to impeach the President.”

WSJ, Jason Riley: This Time, Trump’s Impeachment Is Warranted http://on.wsj.com/3qly1eR “Even after the carnage that ensued, a large majority of Republicans in the House, including Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, voted to … challenge the election results. For shame”
// Republicans should worry more about what’s right for the country than their own electoral futures.

🧵 RT @TimothyDSnyder 1/10. The claim that Trump won the election is a Big Lie. 📌 https://twitter.com/TimothyDSnyder/status/1349046338927919105?s=20
⋙ 🐣 📋 RT @prc4aam https://twitter.com/prc4aam/status/1349062382291709955?s=20/photo/1
// list: Timothy Snyder: The Big Lie

🐣 RT @rgoodlaw Top Republican aide on House Armed Services Committee Jason Schmid resigns. ¤ His blistering letter calls out congressional Republicans who propelled “poisonous lie” that election was illegitimate who now fail to “rebuke these insurrectionists” #CountryOverParty https://twitter.com/rgoodlaw/status/1349064363500589058?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @TheAtlantic Removing Trump from office a week early would emphasize to his supporters that he is losing, @juliettekayyem writes: “Recruitment is easier for a winning team.”
⋙ TheAtlantic: How MAGA Extremism Ends http://bit.ly/3bzeG5z
// If Trump keeps losing, the risk of future violence will abate.

NYT: McConnell Privately Backs Impeachment as House Moves to Charge Trump http://nyti.ms/3nFW9qw
// The House formally called on Vice President Mike Pence to move to wrest power from the president, as Republican support built for impeaching him of inciting violence against the nation.

WaPo: Secret Service launches massive security operation to protect Biden inauguration http://wapo.st/3sjxLPh

🐣 RT @olgaNYC1211 Why is the Acting AG going on YouTube to deliver his message after missing today’s press conference? Is this the new method of speaking with Americans about a terrorist attack we faced and imminent threats we continue to face. I can’t wait to have a real administration again
https://youtu.be/IxvpKgA0-Wg

NYT: Manhunt Intensifies as Authorities Warn Some Rioters May Face Sedition Charges http://nyti.ms/3qj7xKG
// Evidence emerged that top officials, including at the F.B.I., had warnings about violence before the riot at the Capitol.

NYT: Pence Reached His Limit With Trump. It Wasn’t Pretty. http://nyti.ms/3qf8kfY
// After four years of tongue-biting silence that critics say enabled the president’s worst instincts, the vice president would not yield to the pressure and name-calling from his boss.

🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ McConnell is a member of the Gang of 8 which means he is getting way more info than any of us and his conclusion (already) is apparently to run as fast and far as possible from this 💩 show. So.

🐣 RT @justinhendrix An account of one of the videos uploaded by President Trump to YouTube that was removed and prompted the platform to remove his account.
⋙ 🐣 RT @MikeElgan I saw one. It was bonkers. The basic message was that God wants you go to out on January 20 and save America. Be fearless. Your whole life has been leading up to this one day. Have zero fear because God is on your side. ¤ That kind of thing.

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Speaker Pelosi tonight: “Incitement to insurrection. Treasonous activity. If you are associating yourself with that as the proper execution of the president’s duties, you are associating yourself with sedition and treason.”

🐣 RT @pdberger The ri­ot­ers—some car­ry­ing nooses, bats, pipes, chem­i­cal ir­ri­tants and zip ties—were feet or sec­onds away from the law­mak­ers they sought to confront, hop­ing to stop them from rat­i­fy­ing the elec­tion of De­mo­c­rat Joe Biden.
⋙ WSJ: Lawmakers Were Feet and Seconds Away From Confrontation With the Mob in the Capitol http://on.wsj.com/
// The rioters shouted they were searching for lawmakers; some made a narrow escape

🐣 RT @RobGeorge In the Senate, Donald Trump has 99 problems and a Mitch is one.

🐣📋 RT @GoAngelo I think the scale to which Fox News helped create the climate that led to the insurrection is being a bit under appreciated. ¤ In just a 9 day period in November, Fox News directly challenged the election results nearly 600 times. That pattern continued. [mmfa:] https://twitter.com/GoAngelo/status/1349070505106665473?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ruthbenghiat Never forget: this was a coup attempt- necessarily an inside job since a “self-coup.” Scores of elected officials nearly died.
⋙ 🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ Seeing the reporting that Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill stating that some of her colleagues gave some of the insurrectionists a “recon” tour the day before, which reminded me of reporting as it was going on that sources close to the WH were IN TOUCH WITH THE RIOTERS IN REAL TIME […]

🐣 Journalists: Trump’s new title after Jan 20, 2021 should be: ¤ “Disgraced ex-President” ¤ You’re welcome.

🐣 RT @jallepap If this is true, these members must be expelled and prosecuted for their roles in the January 6th seditious conspiracy. ¤ Mikie Sherrill claims Congress members gave ‘reconnaissance’ tours day before Capitol raid … via @northjersey
⋙ NorthJersey: Mikie Sherrill claims Congress members gave ‘reconnaissance’ tours day before Capitol raid http://njersy.co/3slRDB5

🐣 RT @Zaknafein The QAnon nuts kept bragging that they would release the Kraken, but what they’ve actually managed to do is awaken the Leviathan. https://twitter.com/ZaknafeinDC/status/1348966060729528320?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ReutersZengele What a way to bookend the Trump presidency ….
⋙ 🐣 Pussy (n.) ~
how it started: “grab ‘em by … ”
how it’s going: “you can go down in history as … ”

🐣 RT @maddow “1. Trump incites violence.
“2. Lawmakers prepare to impeach Trump for inciting violence.
“3. Trump says Democrats will be responsible for inciting violence by holding him accountable for inciting violence.” [link]

🐣 RT @CindyOtis_ The good(?) news is that details about chartered buses, meeting places, and organizers were all listed on the many Facebook event pages organizing group travel.
⋙ 🐣 RT @NBCNews BREAKING: “We’re looking at and treating this just like a significant international counterterrorism or counterintelligence operation,” US attorney in DC Sherwin says. ¤ “We’re looking at everything: Money, travel records, looking at disposition, movement, communication records.”

🐣 RT @yashar In a phone call with Mike Pence, Trump told him: ¤ “You can either go down in history as a patriot, or you can go down in history as a pussy.” @maggieNYT @peterbakernyt @anniekarni report
⋙ NYT: Pence Reached His Limit With Trump. It Wasn’t Pretty. http://nyti.ms/3qf8kfY
// After four years of tongue-biting silence that critics say enabled the president’s worst instincts, the vice president would not yield to the pressure and name-calling from his boss.

🐣 RT @BillKristol Pence won’t invoke the 25th amendment. Doesn’t say anything against impeachment. Has he spoken to any of his former House colleagues? Letter: https://twitter.com/BillKristol/status/1349167180567482378?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ 🐣 RT @UROCKlive1 BREAKING: Pelosi names impeachment managers.
Jamie Raskin
Diana DeGette
David Cicilline
Joaquin Castro
Eric Swalwell
Ted Lieu
Stacey Plaskett
Joe Neguse
Madeleine Dean
[link] https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1349166788953600000?s=20

🐣 RT @DeadlineWH “[Trump’s] brand is destroyed forever. You cannot do business without any type of partners… When you think about the logo of Trump’s business at this point, it’s those people storming the Capitol” – @DonnyDeutsch w/ @NicolleDWallace

🐣 RT @WSJ The FBI has opened more than 160 case files in connection with the Capitol riot, officials said. Members of the mob could face seditious conspiracy charges. [link] https://twitter.com/WSJ/status/1349096434600210433?s=20

NBCNews: In part due to free speech worries, FBI never issued intel bulletin about possible Capitol violence http://nbcnews.to/39syR2l
// The lack of an intel bulletin left agencies like the Capitol Police without the full picture of what the FBI had learned about what extremists were saying.

🐣 RT @TheRickWilson “Did you see what Trump tweeted?” said no one, ever again.

🔆 This❗️⋙ WaPo: FBI report warned of ‘war’ at Capitol, contradicting claims there was no indication of looming violence http://wapo.st/3bvRl4Q

🐣 RT @UROCKlive1 “Nice country you got there … it’d be a shame if something happened to it.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @rebeccaballhaus Trump says that impeaching him for inciting violence at the Capitol last week would be “very dangerous for the U.S.A” because of the violence at the Capitol last week.
⋙⋙ WSJ: Trump Defends Conduct, Attacks Democrats at First Post-Riot Event http://on.wsj.com/3i5lZDs
// At border wall in Texas, president takes aim at House move to impeach him over his supporters’ violence at Capitol

🐣 RT @JoshuaMatz The final paragraph of the House Judiciary Committee impeachment report is absolutely devastating. ¤ Stop what you’re doing and read it. https://twitter.com/JoshuaMatz8/status/1349139105460981763?s=20/photo/1
🐣 RT @DavidPriess Why, yes—the Judiciary Committee’s just-released report supporting the article of impeachment *does* cite the recent “Can Trump Be Stopped?” Lawfare article by @JackLGoldsmith and me. ¤ Thanks, Jack, for your wisdom in suggesting that we craft this article quickly.
⋙ 🐣 RT @maggieNYT This just in on the impeachment front
⋙⋙ 🐣📔 RT @diakopter Judiciary Committee Impeachment Materials PDF download http://bit.ly/3oIqFBu

🐣 RT @mccaffreyr3 Fully agree. These three are intelligent and experienced Republican Congressmen. They personally led a Trump inspired coup against the Constitution and the election. Their motivation was cynical self gain. Shameful behavior.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ProjectLincoln This is your coup. 💽 https://twitter.com/mccaffreyr3/status/1349058965372506118?s=20/photo/1
// singles out (Trump), Cruz, Hawley, Kevin McCarthy House Minority Leader

Reuters: In rare joint message, top U.S. military leaders condemn Capitol riot http://reut.rs/3nBYmUc “‘The rights of freedom of speech and assembly do not give anyone the right to resort to violence, sedition and insurrection,’ the memo, obtained by Reuters, said”
↥ ↧
🐣 RT @DanLaMothe The Joint Chiefs of Staff, the leaders of each branch of the U.S. military, weigh in on the insurrection at the Capitol in this new memo: https://twitter.com/DanLamothe/status/1349102637778669569?s=20/photo/1-2

🐣 RT @JayRouseDC The GOP purged millions from the voter rolls, tried everything to suppress the vote, including wrecking the USPS, still got beaten badly (7 million votes and 4%) and still claim they won. Not just a “Big Lie” it’s delusional

🐣 ● https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1349133881744744448?s=20/photo/1
// Beavis and Butthead

TheHill: Joint Chiefs denounce ‘sedition and insurrection’ of Capitol attack http://bit.ly/39q5Ep1

🐣 RT @DanRather The hypocrisy of the Trump thuggery can be epitomized by a seditious rioter beating a police officer at the Capitol with an American flag. It was never about the flag, or “blue lives matter.” These were mere props in a movement fueled by power, injustice, and racism.

🐣 RT @mikememoli . @RepLizCheney makes it official, says she’ll vote to impeach President Trump. “There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”

🐣 RT @Amy_Siskind Let’s face it folks: the FBI and DOJ just told us this was a conspiracy of sedition. McConnell didn’t find a soul or conscience. He knows there’s some bad shit about to come out about Republican lawmakers’ involvement in what almost became a bloody massacre of Congress.

WaPo: Justice Dept investigating sedition and conspiracy charges & any terror links to violent storming of US Capitol http://wapo.st/2LLdlh4 “The [DOJ] & FBI have created a sedition & conspiracy task force to pursue charges against participants in the storming of the US Capitol”

🐣 RT @jimsciutto Nothing has changed. He is not taking responsibility. He is deflecting. He is quoting “many people” saying his comments were just fine. He is accusing others of worse.

🐣 📋 RT @BradyBuzz This is urgent. ¤ We joined 70 organizations in sending a letter to Congress urging members to vote immediately to impeach President Trump for creating and inciting the violent January 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol. ¤ We must stem further violence. #RemoveTrumpNow https://twitter.com/bradybuzz/status/1349025389264465923?s=20/photo/1-3

🐣 RT @atrupar Trump on impeachment: “For Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to continue on this path, I think it’s causing tremendous danger to our county and it’s causing tremendous anger. I want no violence.” 💽 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1349018177624289282?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Punchbowl News: Ted Cruz’s communications director announced she was leaving his staff on Monday, fallout from Cruz’s quest to overturn the election results.

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Punchbowl News: “House Republicans are bracing for between ten and 20 of their GOP colleagues to vote to impeach Donald Trump — a hugely embarrassing rebuke for the president at the end of his tumultuous term.”

🐣 RT @CityofAlamo The City of Alamo’s City Commission and City Administration has NOT been officially contacted regarding this visit and therefore, have NO DETAILS regarding his itinerary. https://twitter.com/CityofAlamo/status/1348750304330838018?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @rgoodlaw No remorse. ¤ Adds to the case for impeachment and disqualification from future office.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Jordanfabian Asked whether he bears responsibility for the storming of the Capito, Trump told reporters at JBA his speech on the Ellipse was “totally appropriate”
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @EGallion27 So zero remorse and zero accountability. If he feels this was totally appropriate that means he’s got no problem doing it again. That alone makes it a MUST that he be removed immediately he could incite a riot today at the Alamo

🐣 RT @swin24 From the weekend: Trump “’literally yelled’ the words, ‘I’M NOT GOING TO RESIGN,’ before launching into a tirade about how Democratic lawmakers will regret their push to impeach him a second time, & that they are hurting ‘the country’ by doing so.”
⋙⋙ DailyBeast: Stewing in the White House, Trump Plots a Boastful Media Tour and Screams ‘I’m Not Going to Resign’ http://bit.ly/3i2Ns8M
// Sources say Trump has made comments that gave no indication he was worried about leaving early or being removed.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ChrisSheridan34 BREAKING: Trump spoke to the media while departing for Alamo, Texas. He says impeachment is a “continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics…I think it’s causing tremendous anger.”
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @ChrisSheridan34 Also adds, “we want no violence”, according to White House pool reporter, @noahjrobertson

🐣 RT @MSNBC @HayesBrown: After the Capitol riot, Republicans need to atone for spreading Pres. Trump’s voter fraud lies.
⋙ MSNBC, Hayes Brown: The GOP owes America an apology http://on.msnbc.com/2XvzL8Q
// Where’s the mea culpa from GOP officials?

💙 ⏳ NYT: How a Presidential Rally Turned Into a Capitol Rampage: Timeline http://nyti.ms/3qg4pQ6
// When President Trump railed against the election results from a stage near the White House on Wednesday, his loyalists were already gathering at the Capitol. Soon, they would storm it. We analyzed a crucial two-hour period to reconstruct how a rally gave way to a mob that nearly came face to face with Congress.

DailyBeast, Nico Hines: Rudy Giuliani Ally Sanctioned for Russian Influence Operation Against the U.S. http://bit.ly/2MSmrt3
// Former diplomat Andrii Telizhenko becomes the second of Giuliani’s Ukraine “scandal” team to be named by the U.S. government as part of a Kremlin influence campaign.

🧵 RT @themaxburns It is difficult to overstate the clear and present threat to American government if the Pentagon isn’t sure it can trust our own soldiers to carry out their oaths. 📌 https://twitter.com/themaxburns/status/1348882393806069760?s=20
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @hugolowell Department of Defense says they will review troops deployed to Biden inauguration to ensure they don’t have sympathies to domestic terrorists — meaning the US govt is now trying to prevent a military coup.
⋙ 🐣 RT @themaxburns It’s also a completely unsustainable tension. President Biden and the rest of the government can’t conduct four years of business while looking over their shoulder for a potential Q-radicalized Secret Service agent convinced Biden is drinking baby blood. It must be addressed.
⋙ 🐣 RT @themaxburns It’s not my intention to scare anyone, at least not more than you should be scared about anti-government radicalization in the military. But it drives home that Biden SecDef nominee Lloyd Austin will have a lot of very critical force readiness work to do over a very short time.

🐣 RT @MEPFuller Hey, I know it’s late, but Democrats had an extremely concerning briefing tonight where Capitol Police detailed three different potentially gruesome plots. ¤ One involves encircling the Capitol and assassinating Democrats on their way into the building.
🚫 ⋙ HuffPo, Matt Fuller: House Democrats Briefed On 3 Terrifying Plots To Overthrow Government http://bit.ly/3q9gJkU
// to not disseminate; One plot includes surrounding the Capitol and murdering Democrats to allow Republicans to take control of the government.

⭕ 11 Jan 2021

NYT (1/11): How White Evangelical Christians Fused With Trump Extremism http://nyti.ms/3oSQZZX
// A potent mix of grievance and religious fervor has turbocharged the support among Trump loyalists, many of whom describe themselves as participants in a kind of holy war.

NewYorker, John Cassidy: Trump Can’t Be Allowed to Escape Justice Yet Again http://bit.ly/2XPtcOK
// 1/11/2021; Despite all the outrage sparked by last week’s riot, the President has grounds for believing that he won’t receive any immediate punishment

🐣 RT @JerryWillResist GOP congressman Pete Sessions deletes tweet to Stop the steal. He Tweeted “Had a great meeting today with folks from “Stop the Steal” at our nation’s Capitol. I encouraged them to keep fighting and assured them I look forward to doing MY duty on January 6
// 1/15/2021
⋙ RawStory, Sarah Burris: GOP congressman deletes tweet saying he met with ‘Stop The Steal’ and told them to ‘keep fighting http://bit.ly/2LBTMIy
// 1/11/2021

🐣 RT @ForeignAffairs “The United States is not nearly as unique as many Americans believe, including when it comes to the threat of democratic backsliding. What has happened should put an end to the notion of American exceptionalism.”
⋙ ForeignAffairs, Richard Haass: Present at the Destruction http://fam.ag/35zpOLY
// Trump’s final act has accelerated the onset of a post-American world.

🐣 RT @ryangrim The Office of Congressional Ethics is looking into connections between Jan. 6 organizer Ali Alexander and Rep. Andy Biggs, chair of the Freedom Caucus, as well as Reps. Paul Gosar and Mo Brooks, sources tell me and @aidachavez
⋙ TheIntercept: Freedom Caucus Chair Andy Biggs Helped Plan January 6 Event, Lead Organizer Says http://bit.ly/3ii3Get

NYT, Paul Krugman: This Putsch Was Decades in the Making http://nyti.ms/35yfeop
// G.O.P. cynics have been coddling crazies for a long time.

🐣 RT @john_sipher “You’ll hear Republicans like the House minority leader, Kevin McCarthy, talk about the need for healing. Fine. But this sort of healing first requires cauterizing the wound. It’s called impeachment. Republicans mustn’t shrink from it.”
⋙ NYT, Bret Stephens: Only Impeachment Can Save Republicans http://nyti.ms/35wAvyS
// If the G.O.P. doesn’t turn on Trump now, it will be tainted and crippled for years.

🧵 RT @RCdeWinter In an email from @ChrisMurphyCT Read it. All of it,“The first thing that seemed wrong was how fast the Republican floor staffer was moving toward Senator Chuck Grassley. 📌 https://twitter.com/RCdeWinter/status/1348803145015697419?s=20

🐣📋 RT @katestarbird … And here’s our list of accounts that were influential (>1000 retweets) in spreading >10 different “incidents” or false narratives about voter fraud (from falsely framed narratives around discarded mail-in ballots to SharpieGate to Dominion): https://twitter.com/katestarbird/status/1347572962317144065?s=20/photo/1
// influencer voter fraud claims

≣ NYT: Read the Article of Impeachment http://nyti.ms/39DPMPV

NYT Editorial: Impeach Trump Again http://nyti.ms/3i5Z7DV “In the end, the driving force behind the lies, the chaos and the bloodshed of the past few days and weeks is Mr. Trump”
// It is a dark day for the nation when the president’s behavior forces Congress to hold him accountable.

🧵 RT @Supermansings Found online: ¤ Huge numbers of our population believe in a complete alternate reality. Alternate facts as it were. ¤ But just as intensely as I believe they are deluded, they think I am the one who is deluded. So how can I be confident in my perception? Here’s a tip: 1/x 📌 https://twitter.com/Supermansings/status/1348854307001692166?s=20
// look to see if there are Nazis

🐣 RT @realcpaz I found this piece from Joe Biden’s CIA pick William Burns to be particularly thought-provoking last year:@TheAtlantic
💙 ⋙ TheAtlantic, William Burns (Jul 2020): The United States Needs a New Foreign Policy http://bit.ly/3ibElmb
// 7/14/2020; The global order is crumbling, domestic renewal is urgent, and America must reinvent its role in the world; “Contributing writer at The Atlantic and President of the Carnegie Endowment”

🐣 RT @UROCKlive1 [K’s Ghost] QAnon congresswoman faces calls for arrest after live-tweeting Nancy Pelosi’s location to rioters ¤ The dangerous nut-case does not belong in Congress.
⋙ 🐣 RawStory: QAnon congresswoman faces calls for arrest after live-tweeting Nancy Pelosi’s location to rioters http://bit.ly/3qg1jez
// Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), a gun-toting supporter of the QAnon movement, is facing backlash after she was accused of live-tweeting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) location during the attack on Capitol Hill last week

🐣 RT @RCdeWinter Because our integrity as a country has once again been attacked I am going to post this thread once more to put the identities of the people who support #Trump & his seditious minions in front of your faces again. This is #NotMyAmerica, and it shouldn’t be yours, either.
💙 ⋙ 🧵 RT @RCdeWinter I’m going to tweet photos of some of the people who support @realDonaldTrump and the rest of this #IllegitimateRegime. Just to let the world know the company his oh-so-Christian and other supporters keep. ¤ Be afraid. Then #FightBack All credit to photographer @petersonpixs/@NYMag 📌 https://twitter.com/RCdeWinter/status/1318009146621513737?s=20
// 10/18/2020

🐣 RT @pbump One-quarter of Trump’s tweets from Election Day to Jan. 6 were misinformation about the election. Whatever else he did, it was those lies and others like them that led to the violence.
⋙ WaPo, Philip Bump: Questions of culpability for the Capitol violence must start with Trump’s lies about fraud http://wapo.st/38z7fJD
// Jan. 6 was the finale of a year of specific misinformation.

🐣 RT @marceelias “Ten major companies so far, including some of the biggest corporate givers in politics, have decided to withhold contributions to Republican lawmakers who objected to the certification of the Electoral College votes.”
⋙ Politico: Business titans pull back from GOP after Capitol insurrection http://politi.co/3bx81cm
// The split between the GOP and business is widening after some Republicans voted against Electoral College certification after last week’s riot.

🐣 RT @nickmmark “The great mistake of the Trump years has been not realizing that a thing, or a person, can be both ludicrous and dangerous… The crowd that tried to mug democracy was both cosplaying insurrection & genuinely committing it.” ¤ It seems only luck & bravery prevented a bloodbath.
⋙ NYT, James Poniewozik: The Attack on the Capitol Was Even Worse Than It Looked http://nyti.ms/3oGaJQk
// As new and more graphic videos of the mayhem emerged on social media and TV, the enormity of what happened only deepened.

TheHill: Former Trump official Fiona Hill: “President’s actions have put us on the brink of civil war” http://hill.cm/Pttz4lu

🧵 RT @justinbaragona Both CNN and MSNBC beat Fox News across the board in ratings on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Prior to that, according to Nielsen, the last time Fox News lost to both networks in total viewers was over 20 years ago, on 9/24/2000. 📌 https://twitter.com/justinbaragona/status/1348767557570990083?s=20 […]
⋙ 🐣 RT @justinbaragona Anyway, the ratings shift was almost certainly due to real-time interest over the Capitol riots as viewers flocked to CNN and MSNBC to get live news coverage. ¤ Now, does this bode well for Fox’s new opinion-centric weekday lineup they announced today? I guess we’ll see.

🐣 RT @PhilipRucker President didn’t want to turn away from the TV to answer their cries for help
⋙ 🐣 RT @PostRoz Kevin McCarthy appealed to Jared Kushner. Lindsey Graham called Ivanka. Kellyanne Conway called an aide at the president’s side. All begging him to calm his rioters. But the president was too entranced by the tv. By @AshleyRParker @jdawsey1 @PhilipRucker
⋙⋙ WaPo: Six hours of paralysis: Inside Trump’s failure to act after a mob stormed the Capitol http://wapo.st/3i5yS09

[Trump] returned to the White House, where at 2:24 p.m. he tapped out a furious tweet railing against Vice President Pence, who in a letter earlier in the day had made clear that he planned to fulfill his constitutional duties and certify President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala D. Harris as the winners of the 2020 electoral college vote.

“Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify,” he wrote. “USA demands the truth!”

By then, West Wing staffers monitoring initial videos of the protesters on TV and social media were already worried that the situation was escalating and felt that Trump’s tweet attacking Pence was unhelpful.

Trump aides did three takes of the video and chose the most palatable option — despite some West Wing consternation that the president had called the violent protesters “very special.”

“This was a fraudulent election, but we can’t play into the hands of these people,” Trump said in the video, released shortly after 4 p.m. “We have to have peace. So go home. We love you. You’re very special. You’ve seen what happens. You see the way others are treated that are so bad and so evil. I know how you feel. But go home, and go home in peace.”

At 6:01 p.m., Trump blasted out yet another tweet, which Twitter quickly deleted and which many in his orbit were particularly furious about, fearing he was further inflaming the still-tense situation.

“These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so ­unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long,” Trump wrote. “Go home with love & in peace. Remember this day forever!”

[A]t 6:14 p.m., a perimeter was finally established around the Capitol. About 8 p.m., more than six hours after the initial breach, the Capitol was declared secure.

The following evening, on Thursday, Trump released another video, the closest advisers say he is likely to come to a concession speech.

“Congress has certified the results: A new administration will be inaugurated on January 20th,” Trump said in the video. “My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly, and seamless transition of power. This moment calls for healing and reconciliation.”

His calls for healing and reconciliation were more than a day too late, many aides said. Yet as Trump watched the media coverage of his video, he grew angry. ¤ The president said he wished he hadn’t done it, a senior White House official said, because he feared that the calming words made him look weak.

🐣 RT @MollyJongFast It’s a tell
⋙ 🐣 RT @StevenDennis Twitter announces it deleted *70,000* accounts that were primarily sharing QAnon content at scale. ¤ If you’ve lost a lot of followers, it might just be you had a lot of Q-ers in your midst.
// I only lost a 2-4 of ~4370

🐣 RT @MSNBC “These people are still generally out there and they went to fulfill this mission, especially the QAnon people — they went to go execute members of Congress to see ‘The Great Storm’ realized — and now most of them are back at home doing who knows what,” @brandyzadrozny says. 💽 https://twitter.com/MSNBC/status/1348808932177956864?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @PoliticoMag “I’ve been studying authoritarian regimes for three decades, and I know the signs of a coup when I see them,” writes former Trump administration official Fiona Hill
🔆 This❗️⋙ PoliticoMag, Fiona Hill: Yes, It Was a Coup. Here’s Why. http://politi.co/3qd6Jas
// What Trump tried is called a “self-coup,” and he did it in slow motion and in plain sight.
// “Fiona Hill served as deputy assistant to the president and senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council from 2017 to 2019. She is currently a senior fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution.” She offered riveting testimony during the first Impeachment hearings.

🔆 This❗️⋙ WaPo: Democrats now have the votes to impeach Trump — again http://wapo.st/38AtqiT

💙 🐣 RT @BobMcElvaine Wow! The Lincoln Project gets it exactly right. Spread it widely. #TrumpInsurrection #TrumpCoupAttempt 💽 https://twitter.com/BobMcElvaine/status/1346976741852590080?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @tedlieu Inciting an insurrection, 18 U.S. Code § 2383, is a felony. ¤ No one is above the law. Not the President, not the President’s attorney, and not any Member of Congress. ¤ The @FBI should investigate anyone who may have violated 18 U.S. Code § 2383, including Members of Congress.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ I urge every American to watch and RETWEET this video of what top Trump ally Mo Brooks told the mob just before the insurrection. ¤ Think about what happened on 1/6, listen to his words carefully, and ask yourself why he hasn’t been arrested for incitement. 💽 https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/1348694059951546369?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @TheBeatWithAri “Blue lives matter to this group until it doesn’t. They’re the party of law and order until they don’t like the law and they don’t like the order.” @dgibber123on the pro-Trump rioters who stormed Capitol Hill

🐣 RT @sciam The psychology behind Trump’s destructive behavior, what drives some of his followers—and how to free people from his grip when this damaging presidency ends.
⋙ ★ SciAm, Bandy Lee: The ‘Shared Psychosis’ of Donald Trump and His Loyalists http://bit.ly/3nJ212F
// Forensic psychiatrist Bandy X. Lee explains the outgoing president’s pathological appeal and how to wean people from it

CNN: Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf resigns http://cnn.it/3oCXNdQ

CNN: FBI warns ‘armed protests’ being planned at all 50 state capitols and in Washington DC http://cnn.it/3nydP7t

🐣 RT @joshmargolin New: @FBI now reports in a bulletin “Armed protests are being planned at all 50 state capitols from 16 January through at least 20 January, and at the US Capitol from 17 January through 20 January,” @AaronKatersky reports.

🐣 RT @sfpelosi Madam Speaker has the votes. The House will #ImpeachTrump for his deadly coup attempt at the Capitol. The question for every American – and every corporate entity that funds politics – is whether you are for justice or sedition. Choose wisely.

🐣 RT @starsandstripes Multiple veterans and service members are being investigated for their roles in the mob takeover of the U.S. Capitol building Wednesday, and at least two national veterans organizations want to ensure they’re not on their membership lists.
⋙ Stars&Stripes: National veterans groups plan to purge members found guilty in Capitol attack http://bit.ly/2XIyviZ

🔆 This❗️⋙ RT @tedlieu The Article of Impeachment: Incitement to Insurrection, drafted by Rep @davidcicilline, @RepRaskin, me & @HouseJudiciary staff, has now been formally introduced at the House pro forma session today. ≣ Text Block: https://twitter.com/tedlieu/status/1348666087869616139?s=20/photo/1-4

🐣 RT @EmmaKinery Mark Levin, Ben Shapiro and Dan Bongino’s employer, Cumulus Media, has told its on-air personalities to stop suggesting that the election was stolen from President Trump — or face termination “immediately”
⋙ WaPo: Talk-radio owner orders conservative hosts to temper election fraud rhetoric http://wapo.st/3ozg9MR

🐣 RT @jiveDurkey Dem. Sen. Whitehouse (Judiciary): “The Senate Ethics Committee must consider the expulsion, or censure and punishment, of Senators Cruz, Hawley… Because of massive potential conflict of interest, Senators Cruz, Hawley, and Johnson need to be off all relevant committees.”

🐣 RT @djrothkopf This is a powerful, valuable essential tool from @Just_Security. It is a scathing indictment and should be required reading on Capitol Hill. Incitement Timeline: Year of Trump’s Actions Leading to the Attack on the Capitol via @just_security
⋙ JustSecurity: Incitement Timeline: Year of Trump’s Actions Leading to the Attack on the Capitol http://bit.ly/2MVzrOH

🐣 RT @JTHVerhovek Biden announces “America United” as his inaugural theme ¤ His first post-inauguration event will be a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery with Presidents Bush, Clinton and Obama https://twitter.com/JTHVerhovek/status/1348636761694597126?s=20/photo/1

🧵 RT @RTMannJr Trump could not incite his mob to attack the US Capitol without a Big Lie. That lie was that the election was stolen from him. For that lie to have currency and power, Trump needed leaders to promote his lie or be unwilling to tell the people the truth. He need collaborators. /1 📌 https://twitter.com/RTMannJr/status/1348634450792505348?s=20

🐣 RT @AmericaDialogue 14TH AMENDMENT ¤ Section 3
No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress,or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same,or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.

🐣 Like having a phantom limb, I can’t help but imagine Trump’s reaction each time I see some news that would make him go ballistic and tweet crazy stuff. ¤ Doctor — how long will this PTSD last?

⭕ 10 Jan 2021

🐣 RT @MSNBC Sen. Toomey joins calls from a handful of his GOP colleagues for President Trump to resign for “recruiting thousands of Americans” and “inciting them to attack the Capitol building” last week.
⋙ 💽 NBCNews, MeetThePress: GOP Sen. Pat Toomey calls on Trump to resign http://nbcnews.to/2LBQDrZ
// The Pennsylvania senator says there’s not enough time to impeach the president for his role in Wednesday’s Capital riot.

🐣 RT @SpeakerPelosi The person who is running the Executive Branch of our government is deranged, unhinged, and dangerous. @60Minutes 💽 https://twitter.com/SpeakerPelosi/status/1348464238772297731?s=20/photo/1

🔄 🧵 RT @andrewkimmel Thread on some of those arrested. […] 📌 https://twitter.com/andrewkimmel/status/1348454579348799492?s=20

🐣 RT @gtconway3d And don’t forget this attack on Pence at 2:24 pm, after Trump’s mob had broken into the Capitol. https://twitter.com/gtconway3d/status/1348291739426172931?s=20/photo/1
// Trump’s Pence tweet
⋙ 🐣 RT @philiprucker To recap:
-Trump pressured Pence to subvert the vote, which VP can’t do
-Trump told his supporters to march on the Capitol, where Pence was doing his constitutional duty
-They chanted “Hang Mike Pence”
-Trump hasn’t spoken to Pence, nor condemned the chants for his assassination

DailyBeast, Will Sommer: ‘Stop the Steal’ Organizer in Hiding After Denying Blame for Riot http://bit.ly/2MREnEi “He was invited to the White House for Trump’s ‘Social Media Summit’ with various right-wing internet figures”
// On Sunday night, Twitter banned Ali Alexander’s personal account and an account for “Stop the Steal.”

🚫 🧵 RT @kelly2277 [VentureCapital]] 🔥 WHOA 🔥 ¤ Howard Liebengood, (the Capitol police officer that just died from suicide) father was associated with Paul Manafort. Manafort’s company, Event Strategies, was involved with the planning of the Trump Rally at the Capitol… stay w me… 📌 https://twitter.com/kelly2277/status/1348394949713289219?s=20

Forbes: These Are The 25 Businesses Quietly Paying Trump $115 Million Each Year http://bit.ly/2LlJagD

🐣 A Trump trip to Alamo, TX is hardly a coincidence and would be inflammatory, another incitement. Can HE be put on the “no-fly” list? He’s leading an insurgency. @FBI

🐣 RT @EvanMcMullin Watch Trump’s thugs pull a Capitol Police officer down and beat him to death. Makes me furious. I never want to hear again from these people how “blue lives matter.” To them, no life matters.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Bellingcat The clip, which some may find disturbing, shows the moment where a protester wearing a black, red and white cap climbs over the railing near the door, appears to pull an officer towards him, then drags him down onto the ground then down the steps by the back of his helmet. 💽 https://twitter.com/bellingcat/status/1348288680474128384?s=20/photo/1
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @Bellingcat The full video the clip is from can be found here, and occurs around 2:48. It’s important to note we have not yet confirmed if this is Officer Sicknick. https://instagram.com/p/CJxPQcXgq6H/

🐣 RT @EvanMcMullin I never want to hear again about how Trump “conservatism” is pro-life. You condone torture. You put kids in cages and orphan them. You ignore the poor. You let hundreds of thousands of Americans die in a pandemic. You won’t say black lives matter. You kill cops.

🐣 RT @joshtpm I gotta little carried away and I treasoned.

Politico, John Harris: Trump’s Effort To Overturn the Election Should Be Investigated Like 9/11 http://politi.co/39iruL4 Harris is the founding editor of Politico
// We need a credible and comprehensive record of one of the most dangerous presidential transitions in history.

🐣 RT @EricHolder Be wary of “unity” calls that are designed to excuse, obscure the conduct of people who must be held responsible. There can’t be real unity without accountability. We need instead a coalition of people committed to American Renewal-to rebuild what the past 4 years have damaged.

🐣 RT @Amy_Siskind .@CNN reporting Pelosi plans to offer up a resolution in the morning to give Pence 24 hours to invoke the 25th Amendment. If he does not, the House will proceed with impeachment on Tuesday morning.

🐣 RT @donwinslow NEW! #AnatomyofCapitolAttack TURN SOUND ON! ¤ I submit this video as evidence in the Impeachment of Donald Trump. ¤ Donald Trump engaged in “violent, deadly and seditious acts” which betrayed his trust as President and endangered the security of the United States. 💽 https://twitter.com/donwinslow/status/1348293638648782851?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @Susan_Hennessey Take the time to read through this thread of affidavits about what the terrorists who besieged the US Capitol intended to do and their weapons. People do not fully appreciate how close this came to being a mass casualty event. Every person in that building is lucky to be alive. /photo/1
⋙ 🧵 RT @SeamusHughes And so it begins with 18:1752(a)(1), 18:115(a)(1)(A) and 40:5104(e)(2). Story TK 📌 https://twitter.com/SeamusHughes/status/1347267669494554624?s=20

🐣 RT @brhodes It’s hard to think of anything more offensive in the last 4 years than the same Republicans who incited insurrection against American democracy hiding behind calls for “unity.” It’s actually more offensive than anything Trump has said since the terrorist attack on the Capitol

⭕ 9 Jan 2021

WaPo: A mob insurrection stoked by false claims of election fraud and promises of violent restoration http://wapo.st/3nr3Tgc

💽 RollingStone, Peter Wade: Chris Hayes Exposes Dark Underbelly of Capitol Riots With New Footage http://bit.ly/39cSgV2
// “There was something way, way darker, more violent, more sinister, and more organized happening in that Capitol on Wednesday, and it’s time we see it clearly,” the MSNBC host said

🐣 RT @Olivianuzzi Officer Brian Sicknick was a veteran and thoughtful critic of the wars he served in. In 2016, he was a Trump supporter. Read this anecdote from a former Pelosi staffer who knew him. This is who the mob Trump incited killed. [link] Text Block: https://twitter.com/Olivianuzzi/status/1348119081346600960?s=20/photo/1-2

🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ They don’t want impeachment because it will force them to go on record on Trump’s incitement. They know that there’s very, very bad stuff that will come out in the coming weeks and months about what was going on behind the scenes, and their vote is going to haunt them politically

WaPo, Lawrence Tribe and Joshua Matz: Yes, Congress should impeach Trump before he leaves office http://wapo.st/38smsfJ

🐣 RT @Olivianuzzi Fucking disgusting. What would this mob had done if they’d found her? Text Block: https://twitter.com/Olivianuzzi/status/1348108485851049984?s=20/photo/1
// “Where’s Nancy?”
⋙ WaPo: Inside the Capitol siege: How barricaded lawmakers and aides sounded urgent pleas for help as police lost control http://wapo.st/3s6i125

🐣 RT @slpng_giants CONFIRMED: @paypal and @venmo have banned Ali Alexander, one of the organizers of Tuesday’s insurrection.
⋙ 🐣 RT @parlertakes PayPal and Venmo have stopped providing services to Ali. Text Block: https://twitter.com/parlertakes/status/1348137926589235200?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @craigunger Maybe for now. But failed coup attempts–the Beer Hall putsch, the August ’91 coup against Gorbachev–sometimes signal the beginning, not the end.
⋙ 🐣 RT @SenWhitehouse Business community toleration of Trump is shot — NAM called for 25th!! WSJ has turned on him. No company can be associated with Wednesday. Trump mob’s violence against police exploded Republican law and order message. Maybe at last the spell is broken.

🐣 RT @JesseDamiani Oh my God. In new footage from Jan. 6, this line of men moves as a unit up the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building. ¤ These aren’t just upset civilians. This is a militia conducting a premeditated operation. 💽 https://twitter.com/JesseDamiani/status/1348140297205780482?s=20/photo/1

🧵 RT @themaxburns It is quickly becoming clear that senior figures in our government–and in the White House–not only supported the idea and goals of the January 6 terrorists, but provided material support, funding, and operational intelligence. ¤ It got as far as holding the Guard in barracks. 📌 https://twitter.com/themaxburns/status/1348034917679190023?s=20

🐣 RT @OliviaTroye I don’t know who needs to hear this…But, you can do this. @VP Others will follow. You’ve already been voted off his island. There’s no coming back. @Mike_Pence Do the right thing for our country. The entire world is watching. #25thAmendmentNow
// his former aide

🐣 RT @zachsdorfman Big story from @RobbieGramer @JackDetsch on a “dissent cable” at State on the 25th Amendment. ¤ They landed a copy of the whole cable—it is well worth reading in full. This will enter the history books.
⋙ ForeignPolicy: Group of State Department Officials Call for Consultations on Trump’s Removal http://bit.ly/2Lw2k3f
// Second dissent cable directed at Pompeo also rebukes the secretary of state for not forcefully condemning the president.
↥ ↧
🐣 RT @rgoodlaw […] http://bit.ly/3ntXvVp text: https://twitter.com/rgoodlaw/status/1348058307622277125?s=20/photo/1-4

🐣 RT @jaketapper Hate Organizations involved in the U.S. Capitol Riots per this report:
Proud Boys; American Nationalist Party; American Guard; New Jersey European Heritage Association (White Supremacists)
Oathkeepers (anti Government)
Nick Fuentes and “Groyper Army”; [*]
NSC131 (Neo Nazi)
⋙ NCRI: 1/9/21 – NCRI ASSESSMENT OF THE CAPITOL RIOTS http://bit.ly/3hZhZEf
// Violent Actors and Ideologies Behind the Events of January 6, 2020
*The Groyper movement has been described as white nationalist, homophobic, antisemitic, and an attempt to rebrand the alt-right movement [Wikipedia]

🐣 RT @Reuters Pence to attend Biden’s inauguration, official says http://reut.rs/3orc7pQ

🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote BREAKING: @VP has not ruled out the 25th amendment, but apparently something WORSE needs to happen?
⋙ 🐣 RT @ShimonPro Vice President Pence has not ruled out an effort to invoke the 25th amendment and wants to preserve it as an option in case Trump becomes more unstable, a source close to the VP says. @Acosta

NYT, Timothy Snyder: The American Abyss http://nyti.ms/3bq5q3y Trump “never took electoral democracy seriously nor accepted the legitimacy of its American version”
// A historian of fascism and political atrocity on Trump, the mob and what comes next

Post-truth is pre-fascism, and Trump has been our post-truth president. When we give up on truth, we concede power to those with the wealth and charisma to create spectacle in its place. Without agreement about some basic facts, citizens cannot form the civil society that would allow them to defend themselves. If we lose the institutions that produce facts that are pertinent to us, then we tend to wallow in attractive abstractions and fictions. Truth defends itself particularly poorly when there is not very much of it around, and the era of Trump — like the era of Vladimir Putin in Russia — is one of the decline of local news. Social media is no substitute: It supercharges the mental habits by which we seek emotional stimulation and comfort, which means losing the distinction between what feels true and what actually is true.

Post-truth wears away the rule of law and invites a regime of myth. These last four years, scholars have discussed the legitimacy and value of invoking fascism in reference to Trumpian propaganda. One comfortable position has been to label any such effort as a direct comparison and then to treat such comparisons as taboo. More productively, the philosopher Jason Stanley has treated fascism as a phenomenon, as a series of patterns that can be observed not only in interwar Europe but beyond it.

… It was clear to me in October that Trump’s behavior presaged a coup, and I said so in print; this is not because the present repeats the past, but because the past enlightens the present.

Like historical fascist leaders, Trump has presented himself as the single source of truth. His use of the term “fake news” echoed the Nazi smear Lügenpresse (“lying press”); like the Nazis, he referred to reporters as “enemies of the people.” Like Adolf Hitler, he came to power at a moment when the conventional press had taken a beating; the financial crisis of 2008 did to American newspapers what the Great Depression did to German ones. The Nazis thought that they could use radio to replace the old pluralism of the newspaper; Trump tried to do the same with Twitter.

Thanks to technological capacity and personal talent, Donald Trump lied at a pace perhaps unmatched by any other leader in history. For the most part these were small lies, and their main effect was cumulative. To believe in all of them was to accept the authority of a single man, because to believe in all of them was to disbelieve everything else. Once such personal authority was established, the president could treat everyone else as the liars; he even had the power to turn someone from a trusted adviser into a dishonest scoundrel with a single tweet. Yet so long as he was unable to enforce some truly big lie, some fantasy that created an alternative reality where people could live and die, his pre-fascism fell short of the thing itself. …

In November 2020, reaching millions of lonely minds through social media, Trump told a lie that was dangerously ambitious: that he had won an election that in fact he had lost. This lie was big in every pertinent respect: not as big as “Jews run the world,” but big enough. The significance of the matter at hand was great: the right to rule the most powerful country in the world and the efficacy and trustworthiness of its succession procedures. The level of mendacity was profound. The claim was not only wrong, but it was also made in bad faith, amid unreliable sources. It challenged not just evidence but logic: Just how could (and why would) an election have been rigged against a Republican president but not against Republican senators and representatives? Trump had to speak, absurdly, of a “Rigged (for President) Election.”

The force of a big lie resides in its demand that many other things must be believed or disbelieved. To make sense of a world in which the 2020 presidential election was stolen requires distrust not only of reporters and of experts but also of local, state and federal government institutions, from poll workers to elected officials, Homeland Security and all the way to the Supreme Court. It brings with it, of necessity, a conspiracy theory: Imagine all the people who must have been in on such a plot and all the people who would have had to work on the cover-up.

On the surface, a conspiracy theory makes its victim look strong: It sees Trump as resisting the Democrats, the Republicans, the Deep State, the pedophiles, the Satanists. More profoundly, however, it inverts the position of the strong and the weak. Trump’s focus on alleged “irregularities” and “contested states” comes down to cities where Black people live and vote. At bottom, the fantasy of fraud is that of a crime committed by Black people against white people.

It’s not just that electoral fraud by African-Americans against Donald Trump never happened. It is that it is the very opposite of what happened, in 2020 and in every American election. As always, Black people waited longer than others to vote and were more likely to have their votes challenged. They were more likely to be suffering or dying from Covid-19, and less likely to be able to take time away from work. The historical protection of their right to vote has been removed by the Supreme Court’s 2013 ruling in Shelby County v. Holder, and states have rushed to pass measures of a kind that historically reduce voting by the poor and communities of color.

The claim that Trump was denied a win by fraud is a big lie not just because it mauls logic, misdescribes the present and demands belief in a conspiracy. It is a big lie, fundamentally, because it reverses the moral field of American politics and the basic structure of American history.

When Senator Ted Cruz announced his intention to challenge the Electoral College vote, he invoked the Compromise of 1877, which resolved the presidential election of 1876. Commentators pointed out that this was no relevant precedent, since back then there really were serious voter irregularities and there really was a stalemate in Congress. For African-Americans, however, the seemingly gratuitous reference led somewhere else. The Compromise of 1877 — in which Rutherford B. Hayes would have the presidency, provided that he withdrew federal power from the South — was the very arrangement whereby African-Americans were driven from voting booths for the better part of a century. It was effectively the end of Reconstruction, the beginning of segregation, legal discrimination and Jim Crow. It is the original sin of American history in the post-slavery era, our closest brush with fascism so far. …

… Right now, the Republican Party is a coalition of two types of people: those who would game the system (most of the politicians, some of the voters) and those who dream of breaking it (a few of the politicians, many of the voters). In January 2021, this was visible as the difference between those Republicans who defended the present system on the grounds that it favored them and those who tried to upend it. …

In the four decades since the election of Ronald Reagan, Republicans have overcome the tension between the gamers and the breakers by governing in opposition to government, or by calling elections a revolution (the Tea Party), or by claiming to oppose elites. The breakers, in this arrangement, provide cover for the gamers, putting forth an ideology that distracts from the basic reality that government under Republicans is not made smaller but simply diverted to serve a handful of interests.

At first, Trump seemed like a threat to this balance. His lack of experience in politics and his open racism made him a very uncomfortable figure for the party; his habit of continually telling lies was initially found by prominent Republicans to be uncouth. Yet after he won the presidency, his particular skills as a breaker seemed to create a tremendous opportunity for the gamers. Led by the gamer in chief, McConnell, they secured hundreds of federal judges and tax cuts for the rich.

Trump was unlike other breakers in that he seemed to have no ideology. His objection to institutions was that they might constrain him personally. He intended to break the system to serve himself — and this is partly why he has failed. Trump is a charismatic politician and inspires devotion not only among voters but among a surprising number of lawmakers, but he has no vision that is greater than himself or what his admirers project upon him. In this respect his pre-fascism fell short of fascism: His vision never went further than a mirror. He arrived at a truly big lie not from any view of the world but from the reality that he might lose something.

Yet Trump never prepared a decisive blow. He lacked the support of the military, some of whose leaders he had alienated. … Trump could make some voters believe that he had won the 2020 election, but he was unable to bring institutions along with his big lie. And he could bring his supporters to Washington and send them on a rampage in the Capitol, but none appeared to have any very clear idea of how this was to work or what their presence would accomplish. …

The lie outlasts the liar. The idea that Germany lost the First World War in 1918 because of a Jewish “stab in the back” was 15 years old when Hitler came to power. How will Trump’s myth of victimhood function in American life 15 years from now? And to whose benefit?

The breakers and the gamers … saw a different world ahead, where the big lie was either a treasure to be had or a danger to be avoided. The breakers had no choice but to rush to be first to claim to believe in it. Because the breakers Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz must compete to claim the brimstone and bile, the gamers were forced to reveal their own hand, and the division within the Republican coalition became visible on Jan. 6. The invasion of the Capitol only reinforced this division. To be sure, a few senators withdrew their objections, but Cruz and Hawley moved forward anyway, along with six other senators. More than 100 representatives doubled down on the big lie. Some, like Matt Gaetz, even added their own flourishes, such as the claim that the mob was led not by Trump’s supporters but by his opponents. …

Trump is, for now, the martyr in chief, the high priest of the big lie. He is the leader of the breakers, at least in the minds of his supporters. By now, the gamers do not want Trump around. Discredited in his last weeks, he is useless; shorn of the obligations of the presidency, he will become embarrassing again, much as he was in 2015. Unable to provide cover for their gamesmanship, he will be irrelevant to their daily purposes. But the breakers have an even stronger reason to see Trump disappear: It is impossible to inherit from someone who is still around. Seizing Trump’s big lie might appear to be a gesture of support. In fact it expresses a wish for his political death. Transforming the myth from one about Trump to one about the nation will be easier when he is out of the way.

As Cruz and Hawley may learn, to tell the big lie is to be owned by it. Just because you have sold your soul does not mean that you have driven a hard bargain. Hawley shies from no level of hypocrisy; the son of a banker, educated at Stanford University and Yale Law School, he denounces elites. Insofar as Cruz was thought to have a principle, it was that of states’ rights, which Trump’s calls to action brazenly violated. A joint statement Cruz issued about the senators’ challenge to the vote nicely captured the post-truth aspect of the whole: It never alleged that there was fraud, only that there were allegations of fraud. Allegations of allegations, allegations all the way down.

… For a coup to work in 2024, the breakers will require something that Trump never quite had: an angry minority, organized for nationwide violence, ready to add intimidation to an election. Four years of amplifying a big lie just might get them this. To claim that the other side stole an election is to promise to steal one yourself. It is also to claim that the other side deserves to be punished.

Informed observers inside and outside government agree that right-wing white supremacism is the greatest terrorist threat to the United States. Gun sales in 2020 hit an astonishing high. History shows that political violence follows when prominent leaders of major political parties openly embrace paranoia.

Our big lie is typically American, wrapped in our odd electoral system, depending upon our particular traditions of racism. Yet our big lie is also structurally fascist, with its extreme mendacity, its conspiratorial thinking, its reversal of perpetrators and victims and its implication that the world is divided into us and them. To keep it going for four years courts terrorism and assassination.

When that violence comes, the breakers will have to react. If they embrace it, they become the fascist faction. The Republican Party will be divided, at least for a time. One can of course imagine a dismal reunification: A breaker candidate loses a narrow presidential election in November 2024 and cries fraud, the Republicans win both houses of Congress and rioters in the street, educated by four years of the big lie, demand what they see as justice. Would the gamers stand on principle if those were the circumstances of Jan. 6, 2025?

To be sure, this moment is also a chance. It is possible that a divided Republican Party might better serve American democracy; that the gamers, separated from the breakers, might start to think of policy as a way to win elections. It is very likely that the Biden-Harris administration will have an easier first few months than expected; perhaps obstructionism will give way, at least among a few Republicans and for a short time, to a moment of self-questioning. Politicians who want Trumpism to end have a simple way forward: Tell the truth about the election.

America will not survive the big lie just because a liar is separated from power. It will need a thoughtful repluralization of media and a commitment to facts as a public good. The racism structured into every aspect of the coup attempt is a call to heed our own history. Serious attention to the past helps us to see risks but also suggests future possibility. We cannot be a democratic republic if we tell lies about race, big or small. Democracy is not about minimizing the vote nor ignoring it, neither a matter of gaming nor of breaking a system, but of accepting the equality of others, heeding their voices and counting their votes.

🐣 RT @BillKristol “The impeachment process is the correct procedure for the situation in which we find ourselves—with a president whose actions merit his removal. Impeachment is how the Framers intended Congress punish a president’s crimes, malfeasance, or immorality.”
⋙ TheBulwark, David Head: Use Impeachment, Not the 25th Amendment, to Remove Trump http://bit.ly/3sdKDGK
// The amendment was not intended for this purpose, and could worsen the current instability.

🐣 RT @samstein I think it’s now objectively true that the president, in his actions and rhetoric, has markedly endangered his own Vice President.

🐣 RT @svdate Are people forgetting the goal of what happened? ¤ It was to intimidate the VP and “weak” Republicans into overturning the election so Trump could remain in power. ¤ As what? Not president. That’s not what we call losers of elections. ¤ Trump wanted a coup. Plain and simple.

🐣 RT @BillKristol “Numerous researchers cited a Trump tweet urging supporters to come to Washignton on Wednesday, the day of the presidential vote certification in Congress, that said, ‘Be there, will be wild!’”
⋙ WaPo: Capitol siege was planned online. Trump supporters now planning the next one http://wapo.st/39lwzC8
// Twitter cited dangerous talk and online planning in banning Trump’s account

🐣 In case you don’t know it, the @FBI online tip site is a mess and needs a major redesign and user-friendly interface. I’ve designed dozens of sites and this one is really awful.

🐣 RT @DefTechPat Correlation is not causation…. but it is creepy AF
💙 ⋙ 🐣 RT @mhmck A tie-in between Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the insurrection in the United States. Serhiy Dybynyn is an infowarrior for Inter TV, nominally owned by fugitive oligarch Firtash but beneficially owned by Putin pal Medvedchuk. Donetsk airport (left) was destroyed by RU forces. https://twitter.com/mhmck/status/1347880970435895301?s=20/photo/1-2
// guy who looks like guy at Capitol ID’d as Serhiy Dybynyn, alongside Q leader who wears horns ~ seems to be look-a-likes, but need facial identification

🐣 RT @Mediaite Parler Says It Has Removed Lin Wood’s Posts Calling For Mike Pence to Be Executed [link] https://twitter.com/Mediaite/status/1347998490006319104?s=20

WaPo: ‘Find the fraud’: Trump pressured a Georgia elections investigator in a separate call legal experts say could amount to obstruction http://wapo.st/38tUosk

🐣 RT @frontlinepbs The Capitol rioters had planned online for weeks in plain sight, raising questions about why the police presence was so easily overwhelmed. In collaboration with @propublica.https://to.pbs.org/38vbKoG 💽 https://twitter.com/frontlinepbs/status/1347955948812464128?s=20/photo/1

TheAtlantic, Elaine Godfrey: It Was Supposed to Be So Much Worse http://bit.ly/38vtwbr
// And the threat to the U.S. government hasn’t passed.

Before the protest, pro-Trump radicals had posted online about their intentions to kill Vice President Mike Pence. They brought zip ties and wore Kevlar vests. Rioters erected a wooden gallows next to the Capitol Reflecting Pool, and police discovered two pipe bombs on Capitol Hill.

… It was easy to miss them with all the coverage of the costumes and poop-smearing and poses struck in Statuary Hall, but they were there, these military-styled men, carrying blunt instruments and fistfuls of zip ties, better known as flex cuffs, capable of restraining hostages. At least one was an Air Force combat veteran, The New Yorker reported. They seemed to act with purpose and knew their way around the Capitol. One carried a semiautomatic weapon and 11 Molotov cocktails. Later, police officers found the two pipe bombs. The devices were outside the buildings housing the Democratic and Republican National Committees, just blocks from the Capitol. Federal agents discovered a truck full of rifles, shotguns, and bomb-making supplies parked outside the RNC headquarters.

“We are lucky, more than anything else, there wasn’t a large death toll,” Peter Simi, an expert on extremist groups at Chapman University, told me. “It could have been far, far worse.” ¤ Rioters could have set off these bombs, used the flex cuffs to take lawmakers hostage, or set up a kind of kangaroo court for the politicians they consider to be traitors to the MAGA cause, Simi said. “The idea of taking folks who have committed treason prisoner, those are ideas that are widely circulating in [far-right] circles,” he said. “All the Democratic lawmakers and any of the Republicans that have criticized Trump or not fully supported Trump would be eligible.” A Reuters photographer on the scene said he heard at least three different rioters say they wanted to find and hang Pence, who supported certifying the results of the election.

Some of the rioters were well-known extremists or members of radical groups. Members of the Proud Boys, a group of self-described “Western chauvinists” who have participated in violent street rallies over the past year, attended the riot this week. Other attendees included a white-nationalist social-media personality known as Baked Alaska; at least one neo-Nazi group; and a QAnon adherent named Jake Angeli, who was dressed in an animal pelt and horns, the Daily Beast reports. The man who put his feet up on a desk in Pelosi’s office was Richard Barnett, who’d previously called himself a white nationalist and written on Facebook that he was prepared to die violently. Some of the far-right insurrectionists live-streamed the Capitol invasion on a fringe gaming website.

On sites such as TheDonald.Win and Parler, Trump supporters had been plotting the attack for weeks, promising violence if Congress didn’t overturn the results of the presidential election. They discussed the weapons they would bring and brainstormed which lawmakers they would hang first. “I’m thinking it will be literal war on that day,” one commenter posted on TheDonald’s forum last month, according to the Daily Beast. “Where we’ll storm offices and physically remove and even kill all the D.C. traitors and reclaim the country.”

Law enforcement is preparing for future violence. This week, the Army announced that it will deploy 6,000 National Guard troops for Joe Biden’s inauguration. But far-right extremists are not deterred—far from it. They are already reportedly plotting more rallies, including a return to Washington, D.C., before or on the inauguration, this time with more guns. For many Trump rally-goers, the events at the Capitol on Wednesday may be the “spark” that radicalizes them, Simi told me—or further radicalizes others. Among neo-Nazis on the Telegram app, “there’s been a real hailing of the predominantly MAGA crowd” that stormed the Capitol, he said. “They’re saying, ‘The lemmings are starting to see the light. Our ranks are growing.’”

TheAtlantic, Ron Brownstein: The Deadly Consequences of Apocalyptic Rhetoric http://bit.ly/38y9HjX
// The Capitol riot showed how the ominous tenor of contemporary Republican messaging could be fueling white conservatives’ extremism.

🐣 RT @MalcolmNance FLASH WARNING: @tapstri is identifying RW extremists forums of exMilitary Oathkeepers & Boogaloo bois discussing armed attacks on HQs & offices of major tech companies servers & NEWSMEDIA newsrooms w/ intent to destroy their systems & endanger personnel. #IncreaseYourSecurity

😅 RT @brianklaas I am in favor of Mike Pence becoming president today and staying in power for precisely one Scaramucci.

🐣 RT @donwinslow Everything about the attack on the U.S. capitol was coordinated.

🐣 RT @MarkJacob16 In 1923, Adolf Hitler led a failed coup. He was treated leniently. Germany moved on.
A decade later, he was dictator, and the worst disaster in the history of the civilized world ensued.
In 2021, when the president of the United States leads a failed coup, we must not move on.

🐣 RT @RighteousBabe4 Here’s that pic with the orange hats. Orange. Stop the steal. Color.
⋙ 🐣 RT @DesiotoHB Looks like there’s a DieHard-branded apparel line (yep, the battery brand). Didn’t see this label on any of these gents, but perhaps it’s just folded under .. https://twitter.com/RighteousBabe4/status/1347847129465839617?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @mccaffreyr3 My home state of Washington. An educated physician. Joined a criminal mob with joy to illegally shut down Congress. Trump is her LEADER. She believes. We have some tough years ahead to get back to the rule of law. These are dangerous times.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Cleavon_MD Meet Dr. Tammy Towers Parry a Family Medicine Doctor in Seattle, WA, “We just stormed the Capitol.. it’s the least we can do, so God Bless America. Joe Biden did not win. He’s hopefully going to prison” 💽 https://twitter.com/Cleavon_MD/status/1347598242809139208?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ForeignAffairs The events in the United States on January 6 demonstrated that democracies are self-correcting and resilient because they vest power in institutions, not in rulers. The display should not make the world’s autocrats rest any easier, argues @DCTwining
⋙ ForeignAffairs, Daniel Twining: The U.S. Struggle Proves That Democracy Is Priceless http://fam.ag/3i1evkH
// Authoritarians abroad should take no comfort from the Capital siege.

TheIndependent [UK]: Sacha Baron Cohen calls Trump’s Twitter ban ‘most important moment in history of social media’ http://bit.ly/2Lhgvt5

🐣 RT @RFERL A gift for the Kremlin? A tool for Russia’s opposition? How turmoil in Washington, D.C. is being perceived among some of Russia’s political classes. By
@Mike_Eckel
⋙ RFERL: Gloating, Shock, And Sadness In Russia At U.S. Capitol Chaos http://bit.ly/3pVFiBQ
// A gift for the Kremlin? A tool for the Russia’s opposition? How turmoil in Washington, D.C. is being perceived among some of Russia’s political classes.

⭕ 8 Jan 2021

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Trump had just delivered the biggest parting gift to the Kremlin by inciting a violent insurrection. ¤ “The storefront is shattered. It will be patched up, but the most valuable thing was stolen from the display: trust in American democratic institutions.”
⋙ DailyBeast: Putin Gleeful After Trumpsters’ Violent Insurrection http://bit.ly/35snOVT
// Bemoaning Biden’s election, Russian state media talking heads consoled themselves with the thought that Trump fatally undermined democracy on his way out.

🐣 RT @BernieSanders Some people ask: Why would you impeach and convict a president who has only a few days left in office? The answer: Precedent. It must be made clear that no president, now or in the future, can lead an insurrection against the U.S. government.

🐣 RT @tedlieu Watch the below video. If Impeachment is not used to address this traitorous sedition, then what the hell is it for?
⋙ 🐣 RT @votevets He gave the order, minutes before, to go to the Capitol.
He incited insurrection.
This is the very definition of sedition.
Donald Trump is an ACTIVE THREAT against the United States of America and MUST be removed. 🇺🇸 #TraitorTrump #25thAmendment #ImpeachAndRemove 💽 https://twitter.com/votevets/status/1347546998271049729?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Twitter statement: “Plans for future armed protests have already begun proliferating on and off-Twitter, including a proposed secondary attack on the US Capitol and state capitol buildings on January 17, 2021.”
⋙ [statement on Trump ban]

🐣 RT @BlackCatUnloads This morning Nancy Pelosi spoke to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley to discuss available precautions for preventing an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike.

‼️ 🐣 RT @ChrisMurphyCT This is what they were talking about leading up to the assault. And that’s why we have to take so seriously the likelihood that Trump will incite another insurrection. Text Block: https://twitter.com/ChrisMurphyCT/status/1347749265435734016?s=20/photo/1

RFERL, Ben Gutterman: The Week In Russia: Fact-Check That Schadenfreude? http://bit.ly/2JZbbtX

NBC, Ben Collins and Brandy Zadrozny: Extremists made little secret of ambitions to ‘occupy’ Capitol in weeks before attack http://nbcnews.to/39v5Ao3
// On Thursday, Washington Police Chief Robert Contee said at a news conference that there was “no intelligence that suggested there would be a breach of the U.S. Capitol.”

🐣 RT @ForeignAffairs It should not have been surprising that, since taking office, Trump has promulgated a disturbing set of authoritarian values, writes @PippaN15. But the rot goes deeper than one man.
⋙ ForeignAffairs, Pippa Norris: It Happened in America http://fam.ag/2MCp1mP
// Those who failed to foresee the risks of the United States’ current crisis weren’t paying enough attention to the writing on the wall.
💙 ⋙ 🐣 RT @DDDrewDaniel I can’t stop looking at these two pictures and thinking about the strategic advantage that political incoherence provides. Was MAGA deadly serious or a total farce? It’s both! Binding hostage-taking gun guys & flagwaving grandmas, the elasticity of vague ideas is their strength. https://twitter.com/DDDrewDaniel/status/1347578923618619392?s=20/photo/1-2
⋙⋙ 🐣 I think the reality of real violence and death will freak out a lot of people. Two polls: the first showed GOP approval of the assault on the Capitol at 45%; Marist poll today is at 18%. More will peel away. A dangerous hard core will remain, 10-15% or so.

🐣 RT @brianstelter Twitter execs fear that the American president poses a threat to the public. So they are intervening as a result. That’s astonishing. http://cnn.it/3oou4W5

🐣 RT @Burger_Meister6 Michael Caputo urged trump’s supporters to prepare for an armed insurrection after a contested election and accused government scientists of “sedition” in a Facebook Live chat that he described in detail to The Washington Post.
⋙ WaPo (Sep): Top Trump health appointee Michael Caputo warns of armed insurrection after election http://wapo.st/3q6KTFg
// 9/14/2020

🐣 RT @MikkoAlanne Wow. It appears the man who leads the group that organized the terrorist attack on our Capitol for Trump has been identified. And he’s… the Attorney General of Alabama @AGSteveMarshall. https://twitter.com/MikkoAlanne/status/1347717629079769089?s=20

🧵 RT @AshaRangappa_ THREAD. I am failing to see any better path for Trump apart from resignation. (Yes, I know you will say, “He’ll never do that” but also did you ever think three days ago that he’d be impeached twice?) Here’s me as HIS (competent) lawyer: 📌 https://twitter.com/AshaRangappa_/status/1347778514888642561?s=20

🧵 RT @AshaRangappa_ THREAD. I am failing to see any better path for Trump apart from resignation. (Yes, I know you will say, “He’ll never do that” but also did you ever think three days ago that he’d be impeached twice?) Here’s me as HIS (competent) lawyer: 📌 https://twitter.com/AshaRangappa_/status/1347778514888642561?s=20

WaPo, Greg Sargent: The far-right Trump insurgency just scored a huge propaganda coup http://wapo.st/39iZ7fJ

About Releasing a Video Committing to a Peaceful Transition of Power and Condemning the Violence at the Capitol” ¤ He regrets committing to a peaceful transition—so he must be removed immediately.
⋙ NYT: Democrats Ready Impeachment Charge Against Trump for Inciting Capitol Mob http://nyti.ms/3nnGr3m
// Speaker Nancy Pelosi threatened decisive action against the president for his role in the insurrection against Congress if he refused to resign.
💙 // yep: “Behind closed doors, he made clear that he would not resign and expressed regret about releasing a video on Thursday committing to a peaceful transition of power and condemning the violence at the Capitol that he had egged on a day before.”

🐣 RT @mcuban Josh, let me explain Capitalism to you. Sometimes people decide not to do business with you. It’s their decision. You know the whole “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Service” thing ? In your case it happens to be “No Principles, No Honesty, No Book” thing. Feel free to Self-Publish [link to JDawsey about book]

🐣 RT @AdamParkhomenko “Another man allegedly showed up in the nation’s capital with an assault rifle and hundreds of rounds of ammunition and told acquaintances that he wanted to shoot or run over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, prosecutors said.”
⋙ CNN: Feds say police found a pickup truck full of bombs and guns near Capitol insurrection as wide-ranging investigation unfurls http://cnn.it/2XmBRYH

🐣 RT @ParkerMolloy Thinking back to this story about the guy who used to handle Trump’s social media accounts finding out that Trump learned how to send tweets. ¤ He compared it to the raptors in Jurassic Park learning how to open doors. Politico: http://politi.co/3s7qu50 https://twitter.com/ParkerMolloy/status/1347720611519488015?s=20/photo/1-2

🐣 RT @DrEricDing Wow—I don’t think I have ever witnessed one member of Congress scream at another on Twitter with such passion and frustrated anger. @tedcruz deserves it. ¤ Thank you @RepBrendanBoyle.
⋙ 🐣 RT @RepBrendanBoyle Dear @tedcruz – Just stop. You know better. I know you know better. It’s not a fucking game. 5 people were killed. What the fuck is it going to take for you to end this shit? How many more 20-yr old staffers do you want to be terrorized and hiding in our offices? […]

🐣 RT @reason FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said he does “not intend to move forward with the notice of proposed rule-making” about Section 230 that Trump wanted #ReasonRoundup [link] https://twitter.com/reason/status/1347551895183794178?s=20

🐣 RT @jimbourg [Reuters] I heard at least 3 different rioters at the Capitol say that they hoped to find Vice President Mike Pence and execute him by hanging him from a Capitol Hill tree as a traitor. It was a common line being repeated. Many more were just talking about how the VP should be executed.
⋙ 🐣 RT @andrewfeinberg There are multiple photographs of pro-Trump rioters carrying law enforcement-style flex-cuffs.
Rioters went looking for @VP, @SpeakerPelosi, @SenSchumer.
It raises the question of whether there was an organized plan to take hostages.

🐣 RT @ariehkovler [12/21] How will US Conservatives react? Well, they made Kyle Rittenhouse into a hero. They ignored the Whitmer kidnap plot, except as a way of calling for more violence against her.
⋙ 🐣 On Parler they‘ve been making the woman shot as the mob tried to enter the chamber into a hero. ¤ Hitler did this with a man named Horst Wessel. A song was written in his honor which became the party anthem.

🐣 RT @joshscampbell This is what the pro-Trump mob did to American law enforcement officers after the President incited a deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol ¤ (warning, graphic video) 💽 https://twitter.com/joshscampbell/status/1347749675777011714?s=20/photo/1

NYPost: Trump, Rudy Giuliani and Don Jr. may be charged over Capitol siege, DC AG says http://bit.ly/2Xr4hk4

CNN: As riot raged at Capitol, Trump tried to call senators to overturn election http://cnn.it/3nmPBgA

🧵 RT @rgoodlaw Good analysis by @robertwrighter
Timeline
1. Trump knows Pence will uphold his constitutional duties, but Trump does not tell crowd
2. Trump says: Let’s see what Pence does
3. After mob enters Capitol, Trump tweets that Pence has betrayed him and them
http://bit.ly/3hUBw97 📌 💽 https://twitter.com/rgoodlaw/status/1347764891562758154?s=20/photo/1
// timeline incriminates Trump

😅 RT @peterwsinger “Which of you will allow me to use your Twitter account?” 💽 https://twitter.com/peterwsinger/status/1347747731436163072?s=20/photo/1
// dubbed from Downfall film

🐣 [To Adi:] Thx for your tweet. Yes, was frightening on Jan 6. Trump’s crazy followers tried to stop the votes on the Electoral College with violence. They were stopped, but five people died, including one policeman guarding the Capitol building. …

The police were able to get the Senators and Congressmen to safety before the doors were broken down. The “Trumpists” ransacked the building, while Trump refused to let the National Guard be called to help. Finally the Guard came in cleared the Capitol. …

Congress completed its work and at about 4:00 in the morning, Biden was declared the winner. ¤ Trump is pure evil, a would-be dictator, who stands against everything the US has aspired to be. He is also insane.

Biden is to be sworn in on Jan 20. In the meantime, legal action has begun against Trump for insurrection. Twitter and other social media are banning him to keep him from launching another assault on our country. …

In the meantime, two new Democratic Senators were elected in a run-off election, meaning we will hold the Presidency AND both Houses of Congress. God willing, Justice will “flow down like a mighty river” upon these traitors. ¤ love you always ♡♡♡

🐣 RT @RichardGrennell I’m down 35k plus [followers]

🐣 RT @jbff1755 We are living in a B-movie political thriller inside a B-movie pandemic thriller

😅 RT @champnella uh oh… 💽 https://twitter.com/champnella/status/1347733854841229316?s=20/photo/1
// Morse code being beamed from White House

🐣 RT @engadget Donald Trump is trying (and failing) to get around Twitter’s ban https://engt.co/2XlGUsm

🐣 RT @peterwsinger That was quick. ¤ The problem for Trump’s effort here is that every burner account they burn through is followed by less and less people…
// @teamtrump Twitter account shut down

🧵 RT @C_C_Krebs In the Summer of ’19 @mastersonmv and the @CISAgov elections team started the #WarOnPineapple to raise awareness about how #disinfo campaigns work. Step 5, “Taking the Conversation into the Real World,” is what we saw on Weds when incited insurrectionists stormed the Capitol. 📌 https://twitter.com/C_C_Krebs/status/1347720498109685763?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @C_C_Krebs The rigged election claims had all the hallmarks of a foreign influence operation. From identifying the hot button issue, mobilizing accounts, trolls & other high profile accounts beating the drum, & then hopping into mainstream media. Unfortunately, it was a domestic operation.
⋙ 🐣 RT @C_C_Krebs We saw the rigged election narrative forming over the summer and feared that left unchecked it could land us right where we are, physical violence. So among other efforts, we launched http://CISA.gov/RumorControl to debunk rumors like hacked voting machines & break the #disinfo chain.
⋙ 🐣 RT @C_C_Krebs Solving our domestic #disinfo problem is going to be difficult in the long term, but we have a more immediate problem – continued #disinformation inciting additional violence and acts of insurrection in the run up to inauguration on January 20th. ¤ So how do we prevent that?
⋙ 🐣 RT @C_C_Krebs First, Congressmembers that objected on Wednesday have an obligation to denounce the stolen election claims and implore their constituents to accept the outcome of the election.
Second, State elected officials need to similarly denounce their rigged election claims.
⋙ 🐣 RT @C_C_Krebs Third, news outlets like NewsMax and OAN need to accept reality.
Fourth, social media platforms mainstream or not need to drop the hammer on rigged election #disinfo. There’s no #1stAmendment issue here.
⋙ 🐣 RT @C_C_Krebs Fifth and finally, the President needs to clearly and unequivocally communicate to the MAGA community that this was a free and fair election, and President-Elect Biden prevailed. ¤ It was not rigged and he lost.
⋙ 🐣 RT @C_C_Krebs Of course, he can’t do that by Twitter, so maybe a nice video on http://whitehouse.gov? Thanks @jack!
⋙ 🐣 RT @C_C_Krebs It’s not hard to do what’s right, you’ll survive. Admit you lied to the American people. Do the right thing for the sake of this country. This was a secure election. There was no widespread fraud or anything close to it. ¤ Do your part to #Protect2020. It’s not too late.

🐣 RT @CraigCaplan Speaker Pelosi in letter to House Democrats: “If the President does not leave office imminently and willingly, the Congress will proceed with our action.” Text Block: https://twitter.com/CraigCaplan/status/1347586673312411650?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ Olivianuzzi NEW: a portrait of how things are going for Mark Meadows currently:
“Jared has been telling people, ‘Don’t even deal with him anymore.’”
“He’s a dishonest asshole.”
“The only way it gets to this point are a thousand really bad small decisions.”
⋙ NYMag, Olivia Nuzzi: Senior Trump Official: We Were Wrong, He’s a ‘Fascist’ http://nym.ag/3s4tZcm
// “The legacy of the Trump administration is going to be that the president sparked an insurrection and people died.”

🐣 Twitter: Permanent suspension of @realDonaldTrump ¤ http://bit.ly/3q5neW6

🧵 RT @rgoodlaw On Trump’s potential criminal liability for sedition etc, 18 USC 2383-85:
Exhibit 1:
In real time, Republican House Minority Leader McCarthy demanded that Trump release a statement denouncing the mob as they were attacking the Capitol. Initially Trump would not agree.
📌 https://twitter.com/rgoodlaw/status/1347598170029699074?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 4. It’s not just that Trump did not approve use of the National Guard. ¤ “Trump initially REBUFFED and RESISTED requests to mobilize the National Guard….It required intervention from the White House counsel, Pat Cipollone, among other officials.” [link]

🐣 RT @LukeRussert I cannot stop thinking about how close the 1-2-3 in the line of presidential succession, VP-Speaker-Pro tempore came to being physically harmed on Weds. The terrorists had operable bombs, killed an officer and ransacked difficult to access areas of the Capitol. We need answers.

🐣 RT @AnaCabrera NEW: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Trump incited rioters ¤ “What we witnessed was an assault on democracy by violent rioters, incited by the current president and other politicians,” Trudeau said during a press conference Friday.

🐣 RT @bryantylercohen BREAKING: Apple has given Parler an ultimatum to implement a full moderation plan of its platform within the next 24 hours or face expulsion from the App store. cc: @slpng_giants

🐣 RT @Amy_Siskind The Twitter presidency has ended 🥂🍾

🐣 Journalists may feel they need Parler accounts to do their reporting (I have one), but I hope they don’t use it to post. Trump doesn’t really want to mix with his followers. For him, Twitter has been a way to get attention from “elites,” especially the press.

🐣 📊 RT @ryanstruyk Support for Trump supporters breaking into the US Capitol via new PBS/Marist poll:
All Americans:
8% support
88% oppose
Republicans:
18% support
80% oppose
Democrats:
3% support
96% oppose
⋙ 🐣 yeah ~ that other poll was taken way too early, before videos, photos of the destruction, stories of what had happened ~ not to mention death counts ~ were widely available. GOP support was 45% in first poll, 18% in this one. I expect it to fall more.

🐣 RT @ChristopherBouzy Parler is about to go through some things.

🐣 RT @TheRickWilson Hey, all you chickenshit Republicans who have told me a hundred times, “Oh, I don’t like Trump but he might tweet something bad about me….” ¤ Now’s your moment, you gutless worms.

🐣 RT @chrislhayes I kinda wonder if he tried to tweet something really nuts?

🐣 ‼️ RT @kylegriffin1 Reuters: TWITTER SAYS IT HAS PERMANENTLY SUSPENDED TRUMP’S ACCOUNT DUE TO THE RISK OF FURTHER INCITEMENT OF VIOLENCE

WaPo, Catherine Rampell: RIP, the GOP of ‘Personal Responsibility’ http://wapo.st/39dTMq3 “These arrogant demagogues thought they were merely playing to the mob … It apparently never occurred to them that the mob might someday come for them, too”

🐣 RT @TrickFreee “One current Metro D.C. police officer said in a public Facebook post that off-duty police officers and members of the military, who were among the rioters, flashed their badges and I.D. cards as they attempted to overrun the building”
⋙ Politico: Justice Department warns of national security fallout from Capitol Hill insurrection http://politi.co/3nswrFZ
// Lawmakers are demanding a “full accounting” of what was taken as rioters ransacked congressional offices.

🐣 RT @MSNBC Despite attempts from conservative pundits and some Republican lawmakers to deflect responsibility for the U.S. Capitol attack, there is no evidence that anti-fascist activists were involved in the riots, FBI Assistant Director Steven D’Antuono says.
⋙ ✅ NBCNews: No evidence of antifa involvement in Capitol mob, FBI says http://nbcnews.to/3hUmXCi

💙 🧵 RT @awprokop Ben Sasse, citing conversations with senior White House officials, says Trump was “excited” and “delighted” as his supporters tried to storm the Capitol and was “confused” others weren’t so excited 📌 https://twitter.com/awprokop/status/1347583108934197248?s=20/photo/1
// screenshot of part of iunterview of Sasse by Hugh Hewitt

🐣 RT @Amy_Siskind Flynn, Powell and Lin all suspended from Twitter. But the guy with the biggest megaphone is back. https://twitter.com/Amy_Siskind/status/1347664345275244544?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @maddow Calling Sen. Ron Johnson a “leading member of the Senate’s Sedition Caucus,” Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel says he “deserves to be expelled, just as 10 senators were expelled in 1861 for refusing to accept the will of the voters who elected Abraham Lincoln.”
💙 ⋙ MilwaukeeJS: Editorial: Ron Johnson, Scott Fitzgerald and Tom Tiffany should resign or be expelled for siding with Trump against our republic http://bit.ly/3hWRHm8

RT @atrupar This remarkable footage shows how close we came on Wednesday to a situation where lawmakers were taken hostage or worse by the Trump mob 📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1347629727692050433?s=20
💙 ⋙ 💽 WaPo: Video shows moments leading up to fatal Capitol shooting on Jan. 6 http://wapo.st/2L70zKd

🐣 RT @ScottMStedman Murkowski: “if the Republican Party has become nothing more than the party of Trump, I sincerely question whether this is the party for me”

🐣 RT @AaronBlake Notably includes a prohibition on holding public office in the future.
🔆 This❗️⋙ ≣ 🐣 RT @NBCNews JUST IN: 4-page draft article of impeachment against President Trump that Reps. Raskin, Lieu, Cicilline are planning to introduce Monday: “Incitement of insurrection” https://twitter.com/NBCNews/status/1347651887764557826?s=20/photo/1-4

🧵 RT @MuellerSheWrote THREAD: Okay. I’m about to get SUPER space beans tin foil hat on you, so stop reading if you’re not into that. Based on what we’re learning from public reporting, the pentagon curtailed the response to the trump coup. 1/ 📌 https://twitter.com/MuellerSheWrote/status/1347485104872988676?s=20
⋙⋙ WaPo: Pentagon placed limits on D.C. Guard ahead of pro-Trump protests due to narrow mission http://wapo.st/2MKISAt
⋙ 🐣 What I’m confused about is this letter from Mayor Bowser DECLINING federal support, perhaps sparked by the “little green men” of the summer protests. Maybe the focus is intended to be on “unidentified” fed forces. The complexities of the CoC of natguard in DC makes it worse ● https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1347518249995558913?s=20/photo/1

NYT: Capitol Police Officer Dies From Injuries in Pro-Trump Rampage http://nyti.ms/3s4WIh3 Brian Sicknick was struck with a fire extinguisher. “He returned to his division office and collapsed,” the Capitol Police said. He was taken to a local hospital, where he later died.
// The officer, identified as Brian D. Sicknick, was initially injured while “physically engaging with protesters,” the department said, and later collapsed after returning to his division office.

🐣 [To @HawleyMO] Getting people to think their candidate won an election you know he lost ~ now THAT’S Orwellian. ¤ Turning down a book publishing offer because its expected sales just dropped precipitously ~ that’s just Capitalism.

🐣 RT @EvanMcMullin Sorry, Ted. You misled millions of Americans about the election, enflamed their anger and joined the president’s plot to overthrow the republic of which the invasion of the Capitol was part. You bear responsibility for the resulting murder of this officer.
⋙ 🐣 RT @TedCruz Devastating. Heidi and I are lifting up in prayer the family of the U.S. Capitol Police officer who tragically lost his life keeping us safe. He was a true hero. ¤ Yesterday’s terrorist attack was a horrific assault on our democracy. Every terrorist needs to be fully prosecuted..
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @frankthorp BREAKING: A Capitol Police Officer has died after being injured by a protester in the Capitol on Jan 6 ¤ Per spox: Officer Sicknick was responding to the riots on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol and was injured while physically engaging with protesters. https://twitter.com/frankthorp/status/1347404855606915072?s=20/photo/1
// Brian D Sicknick, joined force in 2008; [other source: struck w fire extinguisher]

⭕ 7 Jan 2021

ProPublica (1/7): Capitol Rioters Planned for Weeks in Plain Sight. The Police Weren’t Ready. http://bit.ly/3sudZAC
// 1/7/2021; Insurrectionists made no effort to hide their intentions, but law enforcement protecting Congress was caught flat-footed.

NYDailyNews, Chris Sommerfeldt: Pro-Trump rioters smeared poop in U.S. Capitol hallways during belligerent attack http://bit.ly/3bqtTpu

Some of the unhinged pro-Trump rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday defecated inside the historic building and “tracked” their feces in several hallways, the Daily News has learned.

A source close to Sen. Chuck Schumer said staffers to the New York Democrat found out about the fecal fiasco on Thursday. ¤ The vile attackers, whose violent invasion of the Capitol left five people dead, apparently went No. 2 in a bathroom and then smeared their extremist excrement around the building, leaving behind brownish “foot-prints,” the source said. ¤ “It looked like they tracked it around,” said the person.

🐣 RT @MaryLTrump We need to talk about the infiltration of law enforcement by right wing extremists. This attempted insurrection was planned and it was coordinated. A Capitol police officer died defending our Capitol from a mob incited by Donald’s violent rhetoric. Impeach and remove him now.

🐣 RT @JohnBrennan What else must Trump do before he is removed from office? Are VP Pence, the Cabinet, and Republicans in Congress waiting for a disaster of unimaginable proportions to take place before they come to their senses? They must act now.

🐣 RT @DavidAFrench [R] As the death toll mounts, do not forget that an unfit president stoked yesterday’s attack. ¤ As the death toll mounts, remember this image. ¤. Will our nation’s leaders at long last have the courage to seek justice? Impeach and remove Trump. Expel Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz. https://twitter.com/DavidAFrench/status/1347413769622843395?s=20/photo/1
// Hawley clenched fist salute

🐣 RT @mikememoli Michael Chertoff, former DHS secretary under Pres. Bush, says in statement: “Whether through resignation, impeachment and conviction, or invocation of the 25th amendment, President Trump must leave office immediately.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @mikememoli Trump “has violated his oath of office and betrayed the public trust. More than that, his ongoing presence and unwillingness or inability to faithfully exercise his constitutional duties pose a direct threat to the peaceful transfer of power and the well-being of the Republic.”

DailyBeast, Adam Rawnsley and Justin Rohrlich: ‘Ready to Die’: Two Months of MAGA Mob Warning Signs http://bit.ly/2Xs2BXv A timeline
// From Trump’s promise of a “wild” protest to far-right calls to “get into Capitol building” and posts of floor plan layouts, all the ways the cops should have seen the riot coming.

DailyBeast, Rick Wilson: The ‘Oh Fuck’ Moment Is Finally Here for Trump’s Enablers http://bit.ly/2Xl0JQt “The invasion and seizure of the Capitol was a perfect extension of the nihilist trolling operation that’s replaced the Republican Party”

🐣 RT @sfpelosi Now we have to wonder anew why Donald Trump fired Defense Secretary Esper … was it to put in a “yes man” to accommodate his whims and refuse assistance to people targeted by his supporters?
⋙ 🐣 RT @RobertMackey Here’s video of @GovLarryHogan saying Maryland’s National Guard was repeatedly denied authorization to deploy to defend Congress on Wednesday during the 90 minutes after a panicked phone call from senior House and Senate leaders who were hiding from the president’s mob https://twitter.com/RobertMackey/status/1347374738369175553?s=20/photo/1
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @lrozen “I was actually on the phone with Leader Hoyer who was pleading with us to send the guard,” Maryland Gov. Hogan. ¤ But Hogan said Maj. Gen. Timothy Gowen, head of the Maryland National Guard, was *repeatedly rebuffed by the head of the National Guard on the federal level.*
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @eilperin NEW: How the U.S. Capitol Police were overrun in a ‘monumental’ security failure, by @phscoop @CarolLeonnig @byaaroncdavis and @Fahrenthold
⋙⋙⋙⋙ WaPo: How the U.S. Capitol Police were overrun in a ‘monumental’ security failure http://wapo.st/3os2K9h
↥ ↧
🐣 RT @lrozen Why did acting Secretary of Defense Chrsitopher Miller not say yes for so long to national guard troops for the Capitol unless he or his advisors believed the White House did not want them to?
⋙ 🐣 RT @lrozen “You didn’t need intelligence. You just needed to read the newspaper,” said former DHS chied Michael Chertoff. “They were advertising, ‘Let’s go wild. Bring your guns.’ You don’t need to have an FBI investigation. You just need to be able to be able to read.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @lrozen Former Trump NSC advisor Fiona Hill: “The president was trying to stage a coup… This could have turned into a full-blown coup had he had any of those key institutions following him. Just because it failed or didn’t succeed doesn’t mean it wasn’t real.”
⋙⋙⋙⋙ DailyBeast, Erin Banco and Asawin Suebsaeng: Trump Officials Rush to Keep Him From Sparking Another Conflict—at Home or Abroad http://bit.ly/3bk5rGn
// Trump is increasingly unhinged. Top national security officials are trying to keep the whole world from paying the price.
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @dcpoll >> Kash Patel ¤ “Defense and intelligence officials have discussed strategies to prevent Trump and his loyalists at the Pentagon—especially Kash Patel, CoS to Chris Miller—from carrying out their own political agendas that could threaten national security.”
⋙⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @dcpoll High-ranking national security officials have spent the last 24 hours scrambling to figure out how to keep Trump from inciting further violence at home, spilling national secrets, or sparking confrontations with international foes. [link to DB ⇈]

🐣 ♫ Blood on My Name for @realDonaldTrump
There’s a reckoning a’comin’
And it burns beyond the grave
With lead inside my belly
‘Cause my soul has lost its way.
Oh, Lazarus, how did your debts get paid?
Oh, Lazarus, why are you so afraid?
https://youtu.be/MOSU_Pw7vO4

🧵 RT @oneunderscore__ [Ben Collins] Extremist forums like TheDonald/4chan are turning on the president after that video. They’re extremely upset at him, Lin Wood, and Q. ¤ This appears to be the moment they realized there was no grand plan to win back the election. ¤ This may not be permanent, but they feel betrayed. 📌 https://twitter.com/oneunderscore__/status/1347349017886412804?s=20

🐣 RT @nytimes There is no evidence that the antifa movement — a loosely organized collective of antifascist activists — stormed the Capitol on Wednesday. https://nyti.ms/2L2PWIl

🐣 RT @WSJopinion The Editorial Board: If Trump wants to avoid a second impeachment, his best path would be to take personal responsibility and resign.
🔆 This❗️⋙ WSJ Editorial: Donald Trump’s Final Days http://on.wsj.com/35iL48w
// The best outcome would be for him to resign to spare the U.S. another impeachment fight.

💙 🧵 RT @RighteousBabe4 Folks need to stop thinking you can appeal to thought/logic of the MAGA base. They have been conditioned for emotional responses. Emotional responses override rational ones. 📌 https://twitter.com/RighteousBabe4/status/1326591314692026374?s=20

🐣 RT @SethAbramson Video surfaces of Trump, Ivanka, Don, Eric, Kim Guilfoyle and Chief of Staff Meadows in a celebratory mood shortly before Trump incited an insurrection against the U.S. government. Guilfoyle is heard urging Trumpists to “fight” for Trump. (h/t @edi_samira) 💽 https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/1347297028381040643?s=20/photo/1

WaPo: ‘The best one I’ve seen’: a storm chaser captured mesmerizing tornado video in Canada in August http://wapo.st/35k7arc
// His footage reveals the visually striking structure of a potent supercell thunderstorm

🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand “The top federal prosecutor in Washington D.C. said Thursday that President Trump was not off limits in his investigation of the events surrounding Wednesday’s riot at the U.S. Capitol”
⋙ WaPo: Trump’s remarks before Capitol riot may be investigated, says acting U.S. attorney in D.C. http://wapo.st/2Xi44je

🐣 RT @kyledcheney Rep. SLOTKIN, a former intel officer, says she’s heard from “a number of senior Trump administration officials” that the president is “increasingly unhinged.” https://twitter.com/kyledcheney/status/1347310784024608778?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @MaryLTrump Democracy didn’t prevail yesterday, it was knee-capped after 4 long years of being pushed to the breaking point. It will survive only if Donald and his fellow seditionists in Congress are removed from office. Now. Otherwise they’ll try it again—and next time they’ll succeed.

NYMag, Kara Swisher: It’s Time for Social Media Platforms to Ban Trump Forever http://nym.ag/35kABK5
// Tech-company executives have let him run rampant for years. The Capitol riot was a glimpse of where that inevitably leads.

🧵 RT @brhodes 1. People like Graham declaring that Trump lost the election doesn’t merit an honorable mention in profiles in courage. What Romney said about leaders needing to tell the truth is more consequential. But what would that mean in practice? That’s what Republicans must consider. 📌 https://twitter.com/brhodes/status/1347296146918502400?s=20

2. First, it means abandoning conspiracy theories that have been literally the foundation of the Republican Party for the last decade, the toxins that are spread constantly on Fox, talk radio, online, and mainlined into peoples’ social media feeds through profit-driven algorithms

3. Could every Republican leader say these things? Barack Obama was born in the US. Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump. Joe Biden didn’t intervene in Ukrainian politics to help his son. There is no cabal of child sex traffickers somehow running the world.

4. Those are just the easy steps – walking back from the brink of tolerating madness, from allowing the grievances of your “base” to be transformed into mass mobilization through an ever-escalating politics of Us versus Them. One that obliterates truth.

5. To be serious about governing in a democracy, though, there has to be a deeper commitment to truth that is separate from ideology, or legitimate differences about things like the size of government, the efficacy of regulation, or the conduct of foreign policy.

6. Could every Republican leader say things like this? Climate change is real, it is an existential crisis, and it is caused by human beings. Then let’s have a debate about what solutions must be government initiated or market driven.

7. Or, more urgently. That COVID is killing hundreds of thousands of Americans. That wearing masks and social distancing will save many thousands of lives. That vaccines are part of the answer, and that those who tell you otherwise are wrong.

8. Then, even more difficult I’m sure, the hard truths about America. That structural racism is real. That Black people or Muslims over-running the U.S. Capitol would have been met with violence, and never would have been permitted to enter and exit with such ease.

9. Again, these are just some basics. And no, I’m not optimistic that Republicans will do this. But some can. I hope they do. It’s a starting point to restoring the sense of objective reality upon which democracy depends, which can be the basis for real debates and compromises

10. Because what happened yesterday is what happens when a major political party, a governing party with a massive propaganda machine lies relentlessly and cynically to tens of millions of people every single day for years.

11. Donald Trump is the apotheosis of this brand of politics, but he is not alone, nor are those people who attempted an insurrection yesterday. If this isn’t addressed, it will happen – in different forms – again and again and again.

12. By all means, disagree with Democrats on all manner of things. Fight, passionately, over things. But not over truth – what is real and what is isn’t. Consider the insanity of telling your voters for months that they won an election that wasn’t even particularly close.

🐣 RT @ASlavitt $750 billion in defense spending and it turns out the duck dynasty cast can overthrow the Capitol.

🧵 RT @LGTHRMcMaster The reasons for yesterday’s criminal assault on our Congress and election process are many.  But foremost among them is the sad reality that President Trump and other officials have repeatedly compromised our principles in pursuit of partisan advantage and personal gain. 📌 https://twitter.com/LTGHRMcMaster/status/1347273185641734144?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @LGTHRMcMaster Those who engaged in disinformation and demagoguery in pursuit of self-interest abdicated their responsibility to the American people.  It was, in every sense of the phrase, a dereliction of duty.
⋙ 🐣 RT @LGTHRMcMaster It is time to educate ourselves about the gifts our republic bestows, recognize our republic requires continuous nurturing, bolster our democratic institutions and processes, and reject conspiracy theories and false narratives designed to polarize us and pit us against each other

DailyBeast: Pelosi Gives Pence an Ultimatum as House Members Draft Articles of Impeachment http://bit.ly/3s42UWH
// Reps. David Cicilline (D-RI), Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Jamie Raskin (D-MD) have authored the articles, according to two individuals familiar with the matter.

🐣 RT @davidcicilline NEW: I am circulating Articles of Impeachment that @RepTedLieu, @RepRaskin and I have prepared to remove the President from office following yesterday’s attack on the U.S. Capitol. https://twitter.com/davidcicilline/status/1347228936594477057?s=20/photo/1-4

🐣 RT @nytmike EXCLUSIVE: Trump has suggested to aides he wants to pardon himself in the final days of his presidency, a move that would mark one of the most extraordinary and untested uses of presidential power in American history. w/@maggieNYT
⋙ NYT: Trump Is Said to Have Discussed Pardoning Himself http://nyti.ms/2L3somF
// The discussions occurred in recent weeks, and it was not clear whether he has brought it up since he incited a mob of supporters to attack the Capitol.

🐣 RT @neal_katyal So @msnbc has just reported that Speaker Pelosi has told Pence, invoke 25th Amendment or we will take up impeachment. ¤ Exactly right.

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 BREAKING: Nancy Pelosi is calling for the 25th Amendment to be invoked. She says impeachment should be considered if that doesn’t happen.

🐣 RT @ShannonWatts Donald Trump greeted with cheers on morning call to RNC as he and Pence cancel public speeches in wake of riots: “We love you!” some in the room yelled.
⋙ TheIndependent [UK]: Trump greeted with cheers on morning call to RNC as he and Pence cancel public speeches in wake of riots http://bit.ly/
// ‘This gathering should send a message to them: This isn’t their Republican Party anymore. This is Donald Trump’s Republican Party,’ his oldest son said Wednesday before violent riot

🐣 RT @JesseRodriguez Fmr AG Bill Barr says Donald Trump’s conduct as a violent mob of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol was a “betrayal of his office and supporters.” In a statement to The AP, Barr said that “orchestrating a mob to pressure Congress is inexcusable.”

🐣 RT @jdawsey1 Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao is resigning, per two officials. Cites yesterday’s events as reason in email to DOT colleagues, per draft. First Cabinet secretary to resign. Chao is married to Mitch McConnell. More TK.
⋙ 🐣 RT @jdawsey1 “Our country experienced a traumatic and entirely avoidable event as supporters of the President stormed the Capitol building following a rally he addressed. As I’m sure is the case with many of you, it has deeply troubled me in a way that I simply cannot set aside.” —Chao says.

🐣 RT @DavidCornDC Whoa….Chertoff was DHS secretary for George W. Bush, and he’s calling for Trump to leave office.
⋙ 🐣 RT @abramowich The president has violated his oath of office and betrayed the public trust. Whether through resignation, impeachment or invocation of the 25th amendment, President Trump must leave office. Statement from me and @freedomhouse chair Mike Chertoff
⋙⋙ FreedomHouse, Michael Abramowich and Michael Chertoff: United States: President Trump Must Leave Office Immediately http://bit.ly/2Xm6FbO
// Through his actions, President Donald J. Trump has violated his oath of office and betrayed the public trust.

🐣 RT @RonWyden As I said last night Donald Trump is a clear and present danger to our democracy. His Cabinet must use the 25th amendment to act. And if Mike Pence and Trump’s “see-no-evil” Cabinet don’t have the stomach to do their duty, Congress should re-convene to impeach this dangerous man.

🐣 RT @JakeSherman It’s a pretty big deal that Schumer has called for Trump to be removed from office. ¤ Pelosi is holding a 1 p.m. presser.

🐣 RT @ChrisMegerian The White House announces that the president has withdrawn Chad Wolf’s nomination to be the permanent Homeland Security secretary, hours after Wolf urged the president to denounce yesterday’s violence.

🐣 RT @File411 Judge Merrick Garland -Attorney General
Lisa Monaco -Deputy Attorney General
Vanita Gupta -Associate Attorney General
Kristen Clarke -Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division

WaPo, Max Boot: Trump is guilty of sedition. Impeach him again. http://wapo.st/3nlhF3P

WaPo Editorial: Trump caused the assault on the Capitol. He must be removed. http://wapo.st/3hQBjDL

WaPo: Congress affirms Biden’s presidential win following riot at U.S. Capitol http://wapo.st/3bjFbvU

🐣 RT @harrylitman It’s in the nature I think of this sort of cataclysmic day that things will feel very different tomorrow but in a way we can’t confidently predict. On the one hand, it was a dark and harrowing day; and he forced us to look directly into an abyss; on the other, it always seemed
⋙ 🐣 RT @harrylitman clear that the Republic was not in danger. Will his tempered pledge for a peaceful transition defuse the calls to exile him from political life? or will his continued insistence that the election was stolen just increase the resolve to take drastic action against him?

🐣 RT @kaitlancollins [2:51am] New POTUS statement: “Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th. I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted…”
⋙ 🐣 RT @kaitlancollins “…While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @kaitlancollins It must be noted this statement promising an orderly transition comes amid semi-serious discussions of the 25th amendment and talk of mass resignations.

WaPo: Aides weigh resignations and removal options as Trump rages against perceived betrayals http://wapo.st/3nn6k3o “One administration official described Trump’s behavior Wednesday as that of ‘a monster,’ while another said the situation was ‘insane’ and ‘beyond the pale’”
// “[S]enior administration officials were discussing Wednesday night whether the Cabinet might invoke the 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to force him out”

Meanwhile, a trio of senior White House aides — national security adviser Robert C. O’Brien, deputy national security adviser Matthew Pottinger and deputy chief of staff Chris Liddell — were contemplating resigning, according to three senior administration officials.

Their possible departures, which were first reported by CNN, could trigger a cascade of other resignations from inside the already hollowed-out West Wing.

O’Brien, traveling in Florida, was appalled at the Capitol mob and angry that Trump attacked Pence even while he and lawmakers were under siege, one person familiar with his thinking said Wednesday. O’Brien tweeted support for Pence and did not mention Trump.

“I just spoke with Vice President Pence. He is a genuinely fine and decent man,” O’Brien tweeted from his personal account. “He exhibited courage today as he did at the Capitol on 9/11 as a Congressman. I am proud to serve with him.”

… One official said Trump would have to issue a statement committing to a transfer of power and to prosecuting the rioters to keep some of his top aides on the job for his final 13 days in office. Officials were urging him late Wednesday to release a statement committing to a peaceful transition.

… There was considerable internal anger directed toward chief of staff Mark Meadows, according to four aides, both because of what many view as his incompetence managing the White House and in his willingness to prop Trump up and indulge his false election fraud claims.

… People who interacted with Trump on Wednesday said they found him in a fragile and volatile state. He spent the afternoon and evening cocooned at the White House and listening only to a small coterie of loyal aides — including Meadows, deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino, personnel director Johnny McEntee and policy adviser Stephen Miller. Many of his top confidants — Meadows, son-in-law Jared Kushner and first lady Melania Trump, among others — were publicly silent. ¤ “He’s got a bunker mentality now, he really does,” the close adviser said.

As rioters broke through police barricades and occupied the Capitol, paralyzing the business of Congress, aides said Trump resisted entreaties from some of his advisers to condemn the marauders and refused to be reasoned with.

“He kept saying, ‘The vast majority of them are peaceful. What about the riots this summer? What about the other side? No one cared when they were rioting. My people are peaceful. My people aren’t thugs,’” an administration official said. “He didn’t want to condemn his people.”

“He was a total monster today,” this official added, describing the president’s handling of Wednesday’s coup attempt as less defensible than his equivocal response to the deadly white supremacist rally in 2017 in Charlottesville

Some aides were mortified that Trump was so slow, and resistant, to telling his supporters to vacate the Capitol, and believed he did irreparable damage to his presidency and his legacy.

Aides and a range of lawmakers begged Trump to call on his supporters to stop rioting at the Capitol. Some former aides echoed those pleas on Twitter, tagging the president presumably in hopes he might see their messages.

“The best thing @realDonaldTrump could do right now is to address the nation from the Oval Office and condemn the riots. A peaceful transition of power is essential to the country and needs to take place on 1/20,” former White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney wrote.

Alyssa Farah, the recently-departed White House communications director, wrote, “Condemn this now, @realDonaldTrump — you are the only one they will listen to. For our country!”

Current White House aides tried to get Trump to call into Fox News Channel, but he refused. He at first did not want to say anything, but was convinced to send some tweets — although Twitter later locked his account, something that enraged the president. Then they scripted a video message for him to record, which he agreed to record and distribute on Twitter. But the president ad-libbed by including references to false voter fraud claims that they had asked him not to include, the administration official said.

“He didn’t want to say anything or do anything to rise to the moment,” the official said. “He’s so driven by this notion that he’s been treated unfairly that he can’t see the bigger picture.”

This official described Trump as so mad at Pence “he couldn’t see straight.” Several White House aides were upset that the president chose to attack Pence when the vice president, secured at an undisclosed location at the Capitol, was in harm’s way.

A former senior administration official briefed on the president’s private conversations said, “The thing he was most upset about and couldn’t get over all day was the Pence betrayal … All day, it was a theme of, ‘I made this guy, I saved him from a political death, and here he stabbed me in the back.’”

Trump’s fury extended to Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short. The president told aides he wanted to ban Short — who was with the vice president all day at the Capitol — from the White House grounds, according to an official with knowledge of the president’s remarks. ¤ Short has told others he would not care if he was banned. …

“Three men made comments today, two of them very helpful and meaningful, and should be remembered,” [John F.] Kelly said. “[Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell’s remarks this afternoon, just before the riots, were, I think, words for the ages and not from a politician, but from a statesman. President-elect Biden’s were presidential and right to the heart of what we have to do to heal ourselves.”

Kelly also seemed to voice regret about Trump’s election. ¤ “We need to look infinitely harder at who we elect to any office in our land — at the office seeker’s character, at their morals, at their ethical record, their integrity, their honesty, their flaws, what they have said about women, and minorities, why they are seeking office in the first place, and only then consider the policies they espouse,” Kelly said.

⭕ 6 Jan 2021 🔥💥🔥 Capital Seige

🐣 RT @RepLizCheney We just had a violent mob assault the Capitol in an attempt to prevent those from carrying out our Constitutional duty. There is no question that the President formed the mob, the President incited the mob, the President addressed the mob. He lit the flame. 💽 https://twitter.com/RepLizCheney/status/1346976173230878720?s=20/photo/1

🚫 🐣 RT @KremlinTrolls This was an inside job. Aided and abetted by law enforcement. cc @MayorBowser
⋙ 🐣 RT @KremlinTrolls Evidence yesterday’s terrorist attack on the Capitol was planned and coordinated by Trump’s lackeys.
🚫 ⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @donlew87 🔥 Inside job? 🔥
– Lin Wood is on a board w/ Bernie Kerik. Kerik’s been close to Giuliani since 1990’s. In the undated photo on the right, Kerik is behind Rudy. Look at the guy shaking hands w/ Giuliani. In the photo on left, look at the guy in the Capital today.
– Interesting
https://twitter.com/DonLew87/status/1347062500056064003?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @JenGriffinFNC Between 6000-6200 National Guard troops from Pennsylvania, NJ, NY, Delaware, MD and VA will stage outside the DC area in case they are needed in addition to the 1100 DC National Guard who staged at DC Armory tonight, a senior US official tells me.
⋙ 🐣 RT @JenGriffinFNC The additional troops will report to the DC National Guard’s Maj Gen Walker and Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy. ¤ No active duty troops being mobilized.

🧵 RT @RespectableLaw JOURNALISTS: Let me help you debunk the lies in the @mattgaetz floor speech about a “facial recognition company” discovering antifa agitators. It all comes from a fake news article from the notorious Washington Times. I will break it all down for you… 📌 💽 https://twitter.com/RespectableLaw/status/1347055062284120064?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @SecDef19 My statement on today’s events at the Capitol: https://twitter.com/SecDef19/status/1347038965786959873?s=20/photo/1

TulsaWorld: Inhofe: “I’ve never seen Mike Pence as angry as he was today” http://bit.ly/3bmGJFv
// “I had a long conversation with him,” said Inhofe. “He said, ‘After all the things I’ve done for him.”

🐣 RT @NormEisen Now what? ¤ I have 3 predictions, 1 of which is that Trump will be convicted before the next midterms. ¤ Headed back @cnn NOW to talk with the great @ChrisCuomo about this historic day (for good & ill) and what it means for for all our lives. ¤ Last hit of a long day. Please join!

🐣 RT @JoeBiden Today is a reminder, a painful one, that democracy is fragile. To preserve it requires people of good will, leaders with the courage to stand up, who are devoted not to pursuit of power and personal interest at any cost, but to the common good.

💙 🧵 RT @TAPSTRIMEDIA The RW extremists who enjoyed today’s #insurrection attempt make no bones about it. They claim victory. They have dubbed it Battle of Capitol Hill on Jan 6, 2021 with recall to the British siege of August 24, 1814. ¤ They have also begun attacks on any GOPer who denounces this. 📌 https://twitter.com/TAPSTRIMEDIA/status/1347063692710584320?s=20

🐣 RT @StarTribune “INSURRECTION” @startribune front page of a historic day, with the U.S. Capitol stormed. Story: http://strib.mn/35egCMW https://twitter.com/StarTribune/status/1347052846705946624?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @byashleyhackett Four people died during Capitol protest Wednesday:
1 shot & killed by police.
3 died after facing medical emergencies on Capitol grounds.
MPD arrested 52 people and recovered firearms, 2 pipe bombs, and a cooler full of Molotov cocktails, acc. to MPD Chief. 14 officers injured

🐣 RT @TVietor08 “after Trump tweeted that Mr. Pence “didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done,” dozens of messages on Gab called for those inside the Capitol building to hunt down the vice president…protesters could be heard chanting “Where is Pence?””
⋙ NYT: The storming of Capitol Hill was organized on social media. http://nyti.ms/2L2oESm

🐣 RT @JebBush The President has provoked the disgusting events at the Capitol today. He has gone from creating chaos to inciting insurrection. Mr. President, accept your defeat, go home to Florida and let our elected officials do their jobs and rebuild confidence in our democracy.

Front Pages:
🐣 RT @OliverDarcy NYT’s Thursday A1: “TRUMP INCITES MOB: RAMPAGE IN CAPITOL FORCES EVACUATIONS; IT’S ‘PART OF HIS LEGACY,’ A REPUBLICAN SAYS” https://twitter.com/oliverdarcy/status/1347041493912059904?s=20/photo/1
🐣 RT @OliverDarcy WaPo’s Thursday A1: “Trump mob storms Capitol” ¤ “PRESIDENT INCITES CROWD TO ACTS OF INSURRECTION, VIOLENCE” https://twitter.com/oliverdarcy/status/1347010764759048197?s=20/photo/1
🐣 RT @OliverDarcy WSJ’s Thursday A1: “MOB STORMS CAPITOL” https://twitter.com/oliverdarcy/status/1347031933730115585?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @PhillipWegman CONFIRMED: Short tells me he is not allowed back on White House grounds: “He’s blaming me for advice to VP.”
// Marc Short, Pence Advisor

🐣 RT @gtconway3d This isn’t surprising. He’s a narcissistic psychopath. He praised the rioters because he views them as vindicating him, thus providing him with narcissistic supply. He also views them as an instrument of revenge, and as a psychopath (and a sadist), revels in that. …
⋙ 🐣 RT @gtconway3d In any event, what matters now is that he’s desperate, cornered, and more dangerous than ever. What’s at stake for him goes beyond assuagement of his narcissistic ego; he understands that once he is forced to leave office, he can be subjected to criminal prosecution. …
⋙ 🐣 RT @gtconway3d Trump is a very dangerous, very unwell man who will do anything he can to maintain power, or failing that, cause maximum destruction. He must be removed now.

🐣 RT @VABVOX Hillary Clinton warned everyone this would happen. You chose not to listen. https://twitter.com/VABVOX/status/1347034600762204160?s=20/photo/1
// “I’m the last thing standing between you and the Apocalypse”

🐣 RT @RHFontaine The tragedy is that the mayhem was all based on a lie. The crowd sought to stop a vote not stolen, protest a system not rigged, save a country not fallen. An insurgency in pursuit of a fever dream. America can do so much better.
⋙ NYT: Trump Told Crowd ‘You Will Never Take Back Our Country With Weakness’ http://nyti.ms/3nmedpI
// As Congress prepared to certify the victory of his successor, President Trump railed against the election and helped set in motion hours of violence.

🐣 RT @TheHill Sen. Chuck Schumer: “President Franklin Roosevelt set aside Dec. 7th, 1941, as a day that will live in infamy. Unfortunately, we can now add January 6th, 2021 to that very short list of dates in American history that will live forever in infamy.” 💽 https://twitter.com/thehill/status/1347027977142480896?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @kaitlancollins National security adviser Robert O’Brien, deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger and deputy chief of staff Chris Liddell are all considering resigning, sources tell me, @jaketapper and @vmsalama.

🐣 RT @Yamiche A source familiar with the president’s thinking today tells me, “The president is living in a reality that he has created for himself. He wants to show that he is in control and has power at any cost.”

🐣 RT @DrLeanaWen “The best way we can show respect to the voters who are upset is by telling them the truth.” —@SenatorRomney

🐣 RT @Joyce_Karam UPDATE:
• 3 White House officials Resign
• More could resign including NSA O’Brian
• Increasing Chatter about 25th Amendment
• Congress session underway to certify Biden’s win > [6 Aye* (pro-Trump)]
• Very few objections so far
• Curfew in DC; Capitol secure
• Trump locked out of twitter
~ *Cruz, Hawley, Hyde-Smith, Marshall, Kennedy, Tuberville

🐣 RT @AliVelshi “The President bears responsibility for today’s events by promoting the unfounded conspiracy theories that have led to this point. It is past time to accept the will of American voters and to allow our nation to move forward.” – Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC)

🐣 RT @McFaul The dangerous divide in America is not between conservatives and liberals, but between autocrats and democrats. Democrats are the clear majority, but revolutionaries around the world have proven many times that you don’t need to be the majority to overthrow or threaten democracy

🐣 RT @kurtbardella It shouldn’t have taken a seditious insurrection to get Republicans to accept the reality that @JoeBiden won the presidency.

🖼 WaPo: Visual Story: Scenes from a violent day at the Capitol http://wapo.st/39c5j94
// Throngs of pro-Trump rioters pushed past police who were trying to block them from entering the building as senators inside debated the certification of the presidential election.

WaPo, Aaron Blake: ‘Let’s have trial by combat’: How Trump and allies egged on the violent scenes Wednesday http://wapo.st/2L96oXl

😅 RT @RogueFirstLady The Donald now officially in Twitter jail. Real jail is take some time.

🐣 RT @Robert4787 #Twitter just blocked Trump’s Twitter account from further tweets. It’s so embarrassing being an American.

🐣 RT @AshaRangappa There is NO reason for anyone to oppose removing Trump, whether through the 25th Amendment or impeachment. Anyone who still supports him wants to retain the support of the same people who tried to overthrow our government today.

🐣 RT @brianklaas Do you really want the guy who encouraged and justified violent insurrectionists who stormed the US Capitol to have sole control over the world’s most destructive nuclear arsenal for another two weeks?

🐣 RT @sahilkapur MITT ROMNEY: “What happened here today was an insurrection, incited by the President of the United States.” https://twitter.com/sahilkapur/status/1346958635692290049?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @kylecheney1 PELOSI confirms the joint session will resume tonight once the Capitol is secured: https://twitter.com/kyledcheney/status/1346962444191719424?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @cspan Statement by President George W. Bush https://twitter.com/cspan/status/1346955842243977216?s=20/photo/1

Trump’s tweets today (rev chron):

🚫 🐣 RT @real These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long. Go home with love & in peace. Remember this day forever!

I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!

Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!

These scoundrels are only toying with the @sendavidperdue (a great guy) vote. Just didn’t want to announce quite yet. They’ve got as many ballots as are necessary. Rigged Election!

The States want to redo their votes. They found out they voted on a FRAUD. Legislatures never approved. Let them do it. BE STRONG!

They just happened to find 50,000 ballots late last night. The USA is embarrassed by fools. Our Election Process is worse than that of third world countries!

THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND, MORE IMPORTANTLY, OUR COUNTRY, NEEDS THE PRESIDENCY MORE THAN EVER BEFORE – THE POWER OF THE VETO. STAY STRONG!

States want to correct their votes, which they now know were based on irregularities and fraud, plus corrupt process never received legislative approval. All Mike Pence has to do is send them back to the States, AND WE WIN. Do it Mike, this is a time for extreme courage!

Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd is so happy with the fake voter tabulation process that he can’t even get the words out straight. Sad to watch!

If Vice President @Mike_Pence comes through for us, we will win the Presidency. Many States want to decertify the mistake they made in certifying incorrect & even fraudulent numbers in a process NOT approved by their State Legislatures (which it must be). Mike can send it back!

BusinessInsider: A well-known QAnon influencer dubbed the ‘Q Shaman’ played a highly visible role in the Capitol seige http://bit.ly/3njlS8k
// A leader in the QAnon conspiracy-theory movement kept popping at Wednesday’s Capitol siege in Washington, DC.

🐣 RT @mjahanna The acting Secretary of Defence confirms it was Vice President Pence NOT #Trump who authorised deployment of National Guard

🐣 RT @Tfort9 Trump has been a domestic terrorist his entire presidency. He is an unrelenting abuser. We have been his victims. Anyone familiar with abusive people recognize that this is what has been happening for years. We need collective therapy. Everyone.

🐣 RT @gtconway3d It should have never come to this, but it was always going to come to this.
⋙ 🐣 RT @sbg1 It should never have come to this. Never.

🐣 RT @ProjectLincoln The Lincoln Project released the following statement about today’s sedition and insurrection: https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1346943978269069314?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @shadhj Implication is that Miller acted without Trump say-so in activating national guard. Good. Less good is that this falls to an inexperienced acting SECDEF, virtually unknown, who has already acquiesced to insertion of partisan hacks in senior DoD positions & purge of its boards.
⋙ 🐣 RT @adegrandpre Acting SECDEF Chris Miller on activation of the D.C. National Guard: ¤ “Our people are sworn to defend the constitution and our democratic form of government and they will act accordingly.” Text Block: https://twitter.com/adegrandpre/status/1346937538775289856?s=20/photo/1
// Miller and Milley spoke with Pelosi, McConnell, Schumer and Hoyer; notably: not with Trump or House Minority Leader McCarthy

🐣 RT @sahilkapur GOP Sen. @BenSasse: “Today, the United States Capitol — the world’s greatest symbol of self-government — was ransacked while the leader of the free world cowered behind his keyboard — tweeting against his Vice President for fulfilling the duties of his oath to the Constitution.”

🐣 RT @stuartpstevens If you don’t think this isn’t what @HawleyMO, @tedcruz and Trump wanted, you aren’t getting their fundraising emails.

🐣 RT @gtconway3d The twenty-fifth amendment could be used to take @realDonaldTrump out for the rest of his term.

🐣 RT @C_C_Krebs We called out #disinfo repeatedly before & after the election. Yet the President & his campaign/lawyers/supporters fanned the flames for their own selfish reasons culminating with today’s objections followed by his video message. WHAT DID THEY THINK WOULD HAPPEN? They own this.

🐣 RT @Tom_Winter NEW: Washington D.C. Metro Police Chief Robert Contee III says they were requested to the Capitol by officers there, “due to the violent behavior towards the police officers…. a riot was declared.” ¤ Says tear / pepper spray was deployed against police.

🐣 RT @RepJasonCrow We have stopped the coup attempt and will be returning to the Capitol today to finish the business of the people. We will never back down, we will return.

🐣 RT @AndrewBatesDC .@JoeBiden: “The work of the moment and the work of the next 4 years must be the restoration of democracy — of decency, honor, respect, the rule of law; just plain, simple decency. The renewal of a politics that’s about solving problems, looking out for one another.” 💽 https://twitter.com/AndrewBatesNC/status/1346932924453691399?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @duty2warn Holy heck. If there were any doubt that he needs to be impeached again AND convicted and removed – now, as in NOW, that doubt disappeared hearing the innuendo and grievances that just punctuated his speech to curtail violence. Dysfunctional. Dangerous. Appalling. Get him GONE!

🐣 RT @Amy_Siskind In a video – which I am not going to post – Trump tells supporters the election was “stolen” from him. Lightly mentions people should go home. But continues the lie that he has not lost.

🐣 RT @brhodes This is the day that Vladimir Putin has waited for since he had to leave East Germany as a young KGB officer at the end of the Cold War.

🐣 RT @benjaminwittes It doesn’t border on sedition. It is sedition. Here is the statute: Text Block: https://twitter.com/benjaminwittes/status/1346928649023287296?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @RamirezReports #BREAKING @realDonaldTrump tweets video to his supporters (still) saying “we had an election stolen from us” and “but you have to go home now. We have to have peace. We have to have law & order…” @fox5dc https://twitter.com/RamirezReports/status/1346930014940491778?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @real [Twitter warning:] This claim of election fraud is disputed, and this Tweet can’t be replied to, Retweeted, or liked due to a risk of violence

🐣 RT @MariaTheresa Ivanka has political aspirations of her own. ¤ She calls armed mob at the Capitol who have injured Capitol police American Patriots. Then deleted it. ¤ She’s complicit in her father’s attempted coup. [screenshot:] https://twitter.com/MariaTeresa1/status/1346925305617928198?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @shelbyholliday AP calls Senate race for Ossoff, giving Dems control of the Senate, House and White House in the coming weeks.
⋙ WSJ: Democrat Jon Ossoff Defeats Republican David Perdue in Second Georgia Senate Runoff http://on.wsj.com/39786jR

🐣 RT @MSNBC “At this hour, our democracy is under an unprecedented assault unlike anything we’ve seen in modern times,” Pres.-elect Biden says after Trump supporters storm the US Capitol. “This is not dissent — it’s disorder, it’s chaos, it borders on sedition, and it must end now.” 💽 https://twitter.com/MSNBC/status/1346929264197652481?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @sfchronicle NEW: Pictures from the Capitol taken by Getty Images photojournalists show members of a pro-Trump mob inside of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office. Pelosi’s daughter, Christine Pelosi, said her mother is safe. ¤ Live updates: https://trib.al/ouMdua4 https://twitter.com/sfchronicle/status/1346921755881967616?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @KatieBoWill DOD: “The DC Guard has been mobilized to provide support to federal law enforcement in the District. Acting Sec Miller has been in contact with Congressional leadership, and Army Sec McCarthy has been working with D.C. gov. The law enforcement response will be led by DOJ.”

🐣 RT @NBCNews JUST IN: Speaker Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Schumer: “We are calling on President Trump to demand that all protestors leave the U.S. Capitol and Capitol Grounds immediately.”

🐣 RT @Sollenberger So why didn’t Trump go over to the Capitol himself, believing as he surely must have that the crowd he personally directed to walk over there, and to “fight much harder” against “bad people” — “you will never take back our country with weakness” — would be peaceful?

🐣 RT @DavidManel There will be a reckoning. There must be a reckoning.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ManuelQ From our Francis Chung, Sen. Josh Hawley greeting protesters in the east side of the Capitol before riots began. https://twitter.com/ManuelQ/status/1346913744736157714?s=20/photo/1
// clenched fist salute

🐣 RT @vermontgmg I hope a lot of GOP representatives and senators are thinking hard about their party affiliation tonight, as their party’s leader has launched a terrorist attack on their coequal branch of government. You’ve made a choice to enable this. This blood and shame is on your hands.

🐣 RT @BryanLlenas House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy confirms on Fox News that shots were fired inside the Capitol. “We can disagree but we should not take it to this level. This is unacceptable…You do not do what is happening right now. People are being hurt. This is unacceptable.”

🐣 RT @toddzwillich .@RepGallagher, GOP of Wisc., is on CNN: “I have not seen anything like this since I deployed to Iraq.” ¤ “The president needs to call it off. Call it off. Call it off. It’s over.”

🐣 RT @SabrinaSaddiqui “This is what you’ve gotten, guys,” Senator Mitt Romney, Republican of Utah, yelled as the mayhem unfolded in the Senate chamber, apparently addressing his colleagues who were leading the charge to press Mr. Trump’s false claims of a stolen election.
⋙ NYT: Pence and lawmakers evacuated as protesters storm the Capitol, halting Congress’s counting of electoral votes. http://nyti.ms/3omC1eu

🐣 RT @marceelias We are witnessing a coup attempt at the US Capitol.

🐣 RT @BillKristol Trump should be impeached and convicted tomorrow.

🐣 RT @BGOonTheScene Trump supporters break into the U.S. Capitol Building after storming the police line here in Washington #DC #Trump #DCRally #BreakingNews
💽 https://twitter.com/BGOnTheScene/status/1346904244008456193?s=20/photo/1
// protestors breaking windows

🐣 RT @MikeLupica From Trump: “Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!” Stay peaceful? What the hell is he talking about.

🐣 RT @harrylitman Senate being evacuated. Unbelievable. Trumpists roving building w/o having gone through metal detector. why shouldn’t House immediately vote out articles of impeachment? What possible greater dereliction could there be or has there been of the president’s duty to take care??!

🐣 RT @ElijahShaffer BREAKING: Trump supporters have breached the Capitol building, tearing down 4 layers of security fencing and are attempting to occupy the building — fighting federal police who are overrun ¤ This is the craziest thing I’ve ever seen in my life. Thousands, police can’t stop them 💽 https://twitter.com/ElijahSchaffer/status/1346881968819105792?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @FrankFigiuzzi1 Make no mistake; the president has incited this violence against police:
⋙ 🐣 RT @Tom_Winter NBC News: 2 buildings on Capitol Hill, one a part of the Library of Congress and the other Cannon House Office Building have been evacuated as protestors engage in violent clashes with police. ¤ Reported by @kasie and @frankthorp

🐣 RT @real Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!

🐣 RT @stevennelson10 Trump protesters just discharged a fire extinguisher outside Senate chamber. Many protesters are inside building, and most people are hiding from them 💽 https://twitter.com/stevennelson10/status/