🔴 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, 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, 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

 

By @jzikah has a new book! Cartoon President http://amzn.to/2QUeZhk @Jzikah
 
⋙ 💙💙🔄 📔 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
 

By @Jzikah
 
⋙ 💙💙🔄 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
 

By @Jzikah
 
⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ 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
 

By @Jzikah
 
⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ 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
 

By @Jzikah
 
⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ 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

 

By @Jzikah
 
⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ 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

 

By @Jzikah
 
⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ 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

 

By @Jzikah
 
⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ 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

 

By @Jzikah
 
⋙ 💙💙🔄📋 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

 

By @Jzikah
  ;
⋙ 💙💙🔄 ◕📋 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

 

By @Jzikah
 
⋙ 💙💙🔄 📔 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

 

By @Jzikah
 

 

By @Jzikah
 
⋙ 💙💙🔄 📔 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

 

By @Jzikah
 
⋙ 💙💙🔄 📔 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

 

By @Jzikah

 
⭕ 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.

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

⭕ 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

 
⭕ 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
// 3/3/2021 ↥ ↧
⋙⋙⋙⋙ 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

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

~~~~~~~~~~~

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
↥ ↧
💙 📔 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
↥ ↧
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/1346900228264308737?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @NumbersMuncher If you saw this in ANY other country, you’d immediately say that the leader causing the capitol building to be stormed is trying to stage a coup. ¤ This isn’t difficult, and every Republican who has signed on to try and overthrow the election should forever be remembered for it.

🐣 RT @igorbobic Police officers are holding them steps away from the Senate chamber, which is locked. Senators are inside. I see a few confederate flags. https://twitter.com/igorbobic/status/1346899437520621568?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @rgoodlaw On the comparison between the Stop-the-Steal myth and the Stab-in-the-Back myth (that helped give rise to fascism in Germany), this valuable analysis by @JochenBittner sticks in my mind:
⋙ NYT, Jochen Bittner: 1918 Germany Has a Warning for America http://nyti.ms/3olx0m9
// 11/30/2020; Donald Trump’s “Stop the Steal” campaign recalls one of the most disastrous political lies of the 20th century.

🐣 RT @RepJasonCrow I’m in the House chamber for debate while just a few feet away supporters of Donald Trump riot and fight with Capitol police outside the Capitol. It didn’t need to be this way. Enablers of Donald Trump led us to this point.

💙 🐣 RT @cspan Full remarks from @senatemajldr: “We cannot simply declare ourselves a national board of elections on steroids. The voters, the courts and the states have all spoken…If we overrule them it will damage our Republic forever.” 💽 https://twitter.com/cspan/status/1346892934097072128?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @AVindman To protect our democracy we need accountability. This is what happens when you ignore a “perfect phone call”. The next thing you know, there’s an attempted coup. The Administration and its enablers must be held accountable in the courts and through elections. #HereRightMatters
⋙ 🐣 RT @Renew_Democracy Don’t look away.
This isn’t normal.
This isn’t democracy.
This is a failed coup. 💽 https://twitter.com/Renew_Democracy/status/1346859874483728385?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @jonflan McConnell says he will not overthrow the will of the people expressed by their votes, nor ignore the actions of the the states, nor the decisions in the courts. He spoke against the objections, criticized those who who would vote the wrong way because other members vote rightly. 🖼 https://twitter.com/JonFlan/status/1346890673023307778?s=20/photo/1
// photo of sad Mitch McConnell

🐣 RT @mitchelreports Mitch McConnell calls for observance of truth and allegiance to constitution. Says he will not pretend this is harmless protest vote. Where was this @senatemajldr when GOP denied hearing to #MerrickGarland?

🐣 RT @AndrewDesiderio OBAMA on the Georgia runoffs: “My friend John Lewis is surely smiling down on his beloved Georgia this morning, as people across the state carried forward the baton that he and so many others passed down to them.” Text Block: https://twitter.com/AndrewDesiderio/status/1346883483474518017?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @neal_katyal What a disgrace
🚫 ⋙ 🐣 RT @MikeSackEsq Trump on his SCOTUS noms: “They rule against me so much. You know why? Because the story is I haven’t spoken to any of them since virtually they got in. But the story is they’re my puppet…they hate that it’s not good on the social circuit…”
// questionable

🐣 RT @rebeccaballhaus Full Pence letter to Congress: Text Block: https://twitter.com/rebeccaballhaus/status/1346878701523382272?s=20/photo/1-3

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Crowd here should fill in after Trump rally but pretty underwhelming rn https://twitter.com/daveweigel/status/1346855495177564161?s=20/photo/1
// Trump rally very small

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Breaking Politico: Joe Biden has selected Judge Merrick Garland to serve as his attorney general, according to two people with knowledge of the decision.
⋙ Politico: Biden to tap Merrick Garland for attorney general http://politi.co/2LohuaS
// The pick comes after Democrats appear poised to gain control of the Senate, making the task of finding a replacement for the judge far easier.

🐣 RT @stuartpstevens I’ve worked on the Republican side in Senate and governor’s races in every Deep South state. What @ReverendWarnock and @ossoff just pulled off is one of the more amazing political feats of our time. Like winning the World Series by pitching four perfect games. Extraordinary.

🐣 RT @jaketapper He won’t and
You won’t and
They don’t and
They didn’t and
It wasn’t and
He can’t
⋙ 🐣 RT @real 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!

💙 ≣ RepublicanLeader: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today regarding the Electoral College challenge: Transcript http://bit.ly/3nIzKZU

We are debating a step that has never been taken in American history: Whether Congress should overrule voters and overturn a presidential election. I have served 36 years in the Senate. This will be the most important vote I have ever cast.

President Trump claims this election was stolen. The assertions range from specific local allegations to constitutional arguments to sweeping conspiracy theories.

I supported the President’s right to use the legal system. Dozens of lawsuits received hearings in courtrooms across the country. But over and over, the courts rejected these claims — including all-star judges whom the President himself nominated.

Every election features some illegality and irregularity and it’s unacceptable. I support strong state-led voting reforms. Last year’s bizarre pandemic procedures must not become the new norm.

But nothing before us proves illegality anywhere near the massive scale that would have tipped this entire election. Nor can public doubt alone justify a radical break when that doubt was incited without evidence.The Constitution gives Congress a limited role. We cannot simply declare ourselves a national Board of Elections on steroids.

The voters, the courts, and the states have all spoken. If we overrule them all, it would damage our republic forever. This election was not unusually close. Just in recent history, 1976, 2000, and 2004 were all closer. This Electoral College margin is almost identical to 2016.

If this election were overturned by mere allegations from the losing side, our democracy would enter a death spiral. We’d never see the whole nation accept an election again. Every four years would bring a scramble for power at any cost. The Electoral College would soon cease to exist, leaving the citizens of entire states with no real say in choosing presidents.

The effects would go even beyond elections themselves. Self-government requires a shared commitment to truth and shared respect for the ground rules of our system. We cannot keep drifting apart into two separate tribes; with separate facts, and separate realities; with nothing in common except hostility toward each another and mistrust for the few national institutions that we still share. …

Our duty is to govern for the public good. The United States Senate has a higher calling than an endless spiral of partisan vengeance. Congress will either overrule the voters, the states, and the courts for the first time ever… or honor the people’s decision.We will either guarantee Democrats’ delegitimizing efforts after 2016 become a permanent new routine for both sides… or declare that our nation deserves better.

We will either hasten down a poisonous path where only the winners of elections accept them… or show we can still muster the patriotic courage that our forebears showed, both in victory and in defeat.

The framers built the Senate to stop short-term passions from boiling over and melting the foundations of our Republic. I believe protecting our constitutional order requires respecting limits on our own power. It would be unfair and wrong to disenfranchise American voters and overrule the courts and the states on this thin basis.

And I will not pretend such a vote would be a harmless protest gesture while relying on others to do the right thing. I will vote to respect the people’s decision and defend our system of government as we know it.

🐣 RT @EWErickson Republicans in Georgia in November won 51% of all votes cast for congressional races; 53% for state house races; and 54% for state senate races. Then the President and the State GOP Chairman spent two months telling Republicans the game was rigged and the election was stolen.

Politico: Republicans turn on Trump after Georgia loss http://politi.co/3s0ryaz
// Fissures are forming as Republicans decide whether it’s useful to cling to Trump — even as he tries to subvert an election — or to distance themselves.

⭕ 5 Jan 2021

🐣 RT @EWErickson Republicans in Georgia in November won 51% of all votes cast for congressional races; 53% for state house races; and 54% for state senate races. Then the President and the State GOP Chairman spent two months telling Republicans the game was rigged and the election was stolen.

Politico: Republicans turn on Trump after Georgia loss http://politi.co/3s0ryaz
// Fissures are forming as Republicans decide whether it’s useful to cling to Trump — even as he tries to subvert an election — or to distance themselves.

NYT: What to Expect When Congress Meets to Certify Biden’s Victory http://nyti.ms/2KZpPlw ● Text Block: https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1346752796247392256?s=20/photo/1

“The last four years have demonstrated that law only gets you so far in running a democracy,” said James A. Gardner, a professor of law at the State University of New York who is an expert in constitutional and election law. “What has really been driven home is that the entire constitutional edifice sits on top of a foundation of norms and beliefs and social consensus.” He added of the lawmakers, “If they are not willing to submit themselves to those norms, then there is nothing to restrain them, except force.”

NYT: Trump Says Pence Can Overturn His Loss in Congress. That’s Not How It Works. http://nyti.ms/2XbLwBj
// The vice president plays a crucial but largely ceremonial role in formalizing the election results in Congress. Here’s how the election tally actually works.

WaPo: Biden camp girds for Wednesday’s culminating electoral dispute http://wapo.st/392nD4F

🐣 RT @brhodes The fact that Mitch McConnell – a man with an unrelenting commitment to undermine America’s first Black president – could lose his veto power over American democracy bc of Raphael Warnock, John Ossoff and Stacey Abrams is some kind of American justice.

🐣 RT @Delavegalaw 😅 Funniest tweet of the day!
⋙ 🐣 RT @AutumnChiklis My mom in 2016: What is a “majority leader”?
Mom in 2021: It looks like the most populous counties are counting their Mail-ins first, but if Democrats can hold their margins in Savannah and Fulton, chances are they’ll maintain their lead…

NYT: Matt Flegenheimer: Bearish G.O.P. strategist texts: “This jump-starts the debate we’ll see through the ’24 election: Is Trump the problem or the solution?” Given suburban tallies, strategist says, it’s plainly the former. http://nyti.ms/2LorTmK
// Senate GA both seats leaning Dem, flipping the Senate

NYT: Matt Flegenheimer: Bearish G.O.P. strategist texts: “This jump-starts the debate we’ll see through the ’24 election: Is Trump the problem or the solution?” Given suburban tallies, strategist says, it’s plainly the former. http://nyti.ms/2LorTmK
// Senate GA both seats leaning Dem, flipping the Senate

🐣 RT @kathrynw5 Oh, boy. https://twitter.com/kathrynw5/status/1346652016630759424?s=20/photo/1
// Trump denies Pence and he talked about Pence not being able to overturn election

🐣 RT @JenniferJJacobs The only living GOP ex president, George W. Bush, will attend Biden inauguration, his 8th inauguration. He wants to witness “the peaceful transfer of power” that is “a hallmark of our democracy that never gets old,” aide says. @laurawbush coming, too.
⋙ Bloomberg: George W. Bush to Attend Biden’s Inauguration in Signal of Unity http://bloom.bg/3s03Yuy
// George W. Bush, the only living former Republican president, will attend the inauguration of Joe Biden later this month, a spokesman

🐣 RT @EvanMcMullin I’ve never been more optimistic about the New Conservatives, who stand for truth, reason, decency, hope, the Constitution and a just, free America for every patriotic soul who labors on its soil and dreams in its heavens. 🇺🇸

NYT: Pence Said to Have Told Trump He Lacks Power to Change Election Result http://nyti.ms/3hKwhbK
// A day before he presides over a joint session of Congress to ratify Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory, the vice president tried to lower the president’s expectations while seeking ways to mollify him.

🐣 RT @BillKristol “This is an attempted coup d’état under color of law. It would be entirely appropriate to impeach Trump a second time and remove him from office before his term ends. No one who has participated in this poisonous buffoonery should ever hold office again.”
⋙ NatRev, Kevin Williamson: Trump’s Final Insult http://bit.ly/3q5eGhZ

🧵 RT @atrupar So, uh, the Trump rally in DC is off to a good start 📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1346531619029594118?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @ […] these pro-Trump rallies in DC really illustrate how Trumpism has merged with batshit views of all stripes, including anti-vaccine conspiracy theories, coronavirus trutherism, QAnon, anti-Semitism, and so forth […]

🐣 RT @W7VOA Judge bans Proud Boys leader from nation’s capital after arrest on vandalism, weapons charges, reports @AP.

🐣 RT @amybwang “What may be Trump’s final signature political rally as president felt like a grasping, wistful last hurrah. If this was the last stop on the Trump roadshow, it ended not with a bang but a whine.” ¤ via @agearan:
⋙ WaPo, Anne Gearan: The Trump roadshow whines to a close with a grasping, wistful last hurrah http://wapo.st/2Xr2j3v

🐣 RT @CISAgov Just released: Joint statement with our partners at @FBI, @ODNIgov, and @NSAGov on the recent significant cyber incident involving federal government networks: http://go.usa.gov/xA5Pj

🐣 RT @dnvolz The White House has dismissed the director of public affairs at the federal agency responsible for responding to an ongoing, massive suspected Russian hack of government computer systems and helping states secure their elections. [link wsj]

🐣 RT @renatto_mariotti For Trump to personally appoint an outsider as “acting” successor to the U.S. Attorney in Atlanta who abruptly resigned yesterday is beyond unusual. ¤ There is likely more to this story, given Trump’s desire to get DOJ to investigate his bogus allegations of election fraud. [link TPM]

🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote I don’t wanna hear any of this “let’s move forward” shit. We can move forward AND hold criminals accountable at the same time. In fact, I don’t think we *can* move forward unless we sort out the past.

⭕ 4 Jan 2021

NYT, Michelle Goldberg: To Defend Democracy, Investigate Trump http://nyti.ms/2XeUKwq
// There needs to be a cost to trying to overthrow an election.

🐣 RT @tribelaw “Fani Willis, the newly elected DA of Georgia’s Fulton County, said her office stands ready to prosecute Trump for telling Secy of State Raffensperger in a phone call Saturday to ‘find’ him enough votes to overturn Biden’s narrow win in the state.“ [link NYDN]

WaPo, George Will: Hawley, Cruz and their Senate cohort are the Constitution’s most dangerous domestic enemies http://wapo.st/2Xclgqg

America’s three-party system — Democrats, Hawley-Cruz Republicans, and McConnell-Sasse Republicans — will continue to take shape on Wednesday. Watch how many of these Republican senators who might be seeking reelection in 2022 have the spine to side with the adults against Hawley-Cruz et al. and the Grassy Knollers among their constituents: John Boozman, Richard Burr, Mike Crapo, Charles E. Grassley, John Hoeven, Mike Lee, Jerry Moran, Lisa Murkowski, Rand Paul, Rob Portman, Marco Rubio, Tim Scott, Richard C. Shelby, John Thune, Todd C. Young. By aligning with Cruz, four — Ron Johnson, John Neely Kennedy, James Lankford and Kelly Loeffler — have reserved their seats at the children’s table.

🐣 RT @RadioFreeTom I tuned in the Georgia rally. It’s a volcano of delusion and madness, and it’s increasing the chances that someone’s going to get hurt at some point in the coming days.

💙 🧵 RT @atrupar Kimberly Guilfoyle is one of the opening acts at the Trump rally in Dalton, Georgia — and she is YELLING 📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1346261102385106944?s=20
💙 🧵 RT @ “Hello, Georgia. By the way — there’s no way we lost Georgia. There’s no way. That was a rigged election.” — the first words out of Trump’s mouth in Dalton, Georgia
📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1346278421802987520?s=20

🐣 RT @ruthbenghiat What is most interesting about Zhirinovsky’s post is his belief that Trump has Putinesque powers. “As long as he is President, everyone will obey him.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @olgaNYT1211 Sociopath Russian nationalist politician Zhirinovsky offers Trump his full support and backing for his last attempt of overturning our election and seizing power in a post on Telegram. He was Trump’s most vocal supporter in 2016 Text Block: https://twitter.com/OlgaNYC1211/status/1345614386350628865?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ReliableSources “Trump essentially announced that he was going to carry out a coup. He has been doing this for six months,” @TimothyDSnyder said. And “because he announced it in advance, it numbed us all…”
⋙ 💽 CNN: Timothy Snyder on how to cover Trump’s coup attempt http://cnn.it/3909c0L
// Yale professor Timothy Snyder, author of “On Tyranny,” says Donald Trump is “moving from the territory of the medium-sized lie into the big lie” about the election. Snyder tells Brian Stelter the news media should “take a deep breath” and “talk about the context” of Trump’s anti-democratic actions, including what it means for the integrity of future elections..

🐣 RT @ Former DoD official Eric Edelman tells @BryanDBender he “had heard things that were eerily similar” to David Ignatius’ reporting that officials feared Trump could invoke the Insurrection Act to mobilize the military & re-run the election in swing states.
⋙ Politico: Ex-Defense secretaries say military must stay out of election battles http://politi.co/359XXlz
// The 10 who signed on to an opinion column include two who served under President Donald Trump.

🐣 RT @BillKristol “This evening, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue will put the final seditious exclamation point on a re-election campaign in which they promised to be whatever the MAGA hordes demanded they be. No more. No less.”
🐣 RT @Timodc I wrote about the astonishing fact that two incumbent senators are holding a joint rally tonight with a man who just yesterday was caught trying to steal an election in their state. ¤ MAGA Nihilism on the Ballot in Georgia.
⋙ TheBulwark, Tim Miller: MAGA Nihilism Is on the Ballot in Georgia http://bit.ly/38brJIi
// We believe in nothing . . . except God-King Trump.

✅ PolitiFact: Donald Trump stated on January 2, 2021 in a phone call with Georgia’s Secretary of State: “We won Georgia easily. We won it by hundreds of thousands of votes.” http://bit.ly/3b2M3O2 🔥 PANTS ON FIRE 🔥

✅ WaPo, Glenn Kessler: Fact-checking Trump’s call to the Georgia secretary of state http://wapo.st/3hFYErP

🐣 RT @JohnJHarwood “The GOP attempt to overturn the election doesn’t pose an imminent threat to the Republic – Biden will be sworn in Jan 20 regardless – but it’s hardly meaningless. We’re watching another iterative stage in the party’s long evolution into authoritarianism”
⋙ NYMag, Jonathan Chait: The Trump Era Could Only End in a Final Attack on Democracy http://nym.ag/3nhSSO2
// Four years of mainstream Republican denial have come crashing down.

🧵 RT @gregolear As we now have an hour-long recording of Donald John Trump going full mobster on a Georgia state official, I thought I’d do a thread highlighting some of my work on the criminality of Trump & his associates. 📌 https://twitter.com/gregolear/status/1346058029016502272?s=20

🐣 RT @AWeissmann_ BREAKING- This is a considerable red flag. The outgoing US Attorney in Georgia needs to be interviewed by law officers ASAP about why he resigned and any pressure exerted by Trump to take election actions beforehand. Same for Barr. [link]

🐣 RT @BillKristol I did a double-take when I saw this. Yes, other Republican occasionally distance themselves from Trump, demur or differ some, express a measure of disappointment or concern–but how many boldly and clearly and unapologetically refute his lies? What a breath of fresh air!
⋙ 🐣 🖼 RT @JustinGrayWSB Georgia Secretary of State staff about to hold a press conference refuting 1 by 1 the claims President Trump made on the call with @GaSecofState https://twitter.com/JustinGrayWSB/status/1346184101838127104?s=20/photo/1
// chart: list of Claims Vs Facts

NBCNews: Trump pushed QAnon and 4chan-created conspiracy theories in Georgia call http://nbcnews.to/358AEIJ
// The call offered a look at just how much Trump is now relying on some of the most outlandish theories from obscure corners of the internet to make his case for election fraud.

WaPo: Business leaders urge Congress to certify Biden win http://wapo.st/3pSzXeD Almost 200 of business leaders from “banks, airlines, investment firms, pharmaceutical companies, professional sports leagues, real estate conglomerates, top law firms and media companies”

WaPo, Michael Gerson: Let the anti-constitutional Republicans reveal themselves http://wapo.st/38dtvc7

Politico: Raffensperger: Trump could face investigation over election call http://politi.co/393YI0m
// Legal experts and lawmakers have expressed alarm at the president’s conversation with Georgia’s secretary of state.

🐣 RT @kurteichenwald In tossing the most recent Trump election “fraud” suit, the courts have stepped up their “this is absurd” rulings and are finally letting lawyers know they may be subjected to sanctions for using the courts for political theater. Text Block: https://twitter.com/kurteichenwald/status/1346177984093368321?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @bluestein The @ajc front page today didn’t hold back … https://twitter.com/bluestein/status/1346073464885682177?s=20/photo/1

NYT, Peter Baker: An Insurgency From Inside the Oval Office http://nyti.ms/2XgccR7
// President Trump’s effort to overturn the election he lost has gone beyond mere venting of grievances at the risk of damaging the very American democracy he is charged with defending.

🐣 RT @john_sipher “…a former French military officer…said that the Trump call ‘shows that the current president is in a mind-set to do anything — absolutely anything — before Jan. 20. There is zero standard, zero reference, zero ethics.”
⋙ NYT: Trump’s Call Leaves Allies Fearful for American Democracy http://nyti.ms/3of7dfD
// Many now take the president’s disregard for democratic and ethical norms for granted, but also fear its effect on America’s standing in the world.

🐣 RT @hugolowell Just in: House Dems Ted Lieu and Kathleen Rice make a criminal referral to FBI Director Wray and demand an investigation into Trump after he demanded that the Georgia secretary of state subvert the election.

WaPo, Greg Sargent: A leading historian of U.S. democracy issues an urgent warning http://wapo.st/38aq4Tt Harvard’s Alexander Keyssar, the leading historian of U.S. democracy, fears the norm of Congress not meddling in elections “is being broken

⭕ 3 Jan 2021

🐣 RT @mccaffreyr3 Trump Georgia phone call intervention is at face value a criminal attempt to intimidate a public official to overthrow a legitimate election. This is gangster stuff. Utterly shocking.

🐣 RT @brhodes America will not be able to effectively support people fighting for democracy and human rights around the world unless and until we do some serious soul searching and repair our democracy at home.

🐣 RT @goss30goss Want to give Georgia Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger a shout-out. He did something NO Republican member of Congress has been brave enough to do in 4 yrs. ¤ He stood up to the bully & didn’t back down. ¤ Integrity means everything. ¤ History will remember.

🐣 RT @BeschlossDC Just like in 1975, after Watergate, the next Congress must pass new laws that will reduce the chance for a future President to follow in Trump’s footsteps by abusing power and attacking our democracy.

🐣 RT @C_C_Krebs That phone call was an hour of mainlined #disinfo crazy, effectively countered by @GaSecofState & his General Counsel, consistent w/ the courts, experts, common sense, & US and state constitutions. What’s next, including any bloodshed, is on the President and the objectors.

🐣 RT @Mpolymer Correct. And if this happened in another country, the US would strongly condemn the behavior, issue demarches and public statements, cut off military aid, and sanction the officials who were behind the coup. This is pure insanity what is happening in 🇺🇸. Are we dreaming?
⋙ 🐣 RT @carlbernstein In any other conceivable moment in US history, this tape would result in the leadership of both parties demanding the immediate resignation of the President of the United States.
⋙⋙ 💽 CNN: Carl Bernstein: This is the ultimate smoking gun tape http://cnn.it/38beMOF
// Legendary Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein reacts to audio obtained by the Washington Post of President Donald Trump pushing Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” votes to overturn the election results in the state.

🐣 RT @AWeissmann_ Trump on the full tape is an amalgam of a criminal mob boss and Captain Queeg of The Caine Mutiny. He uses the abuse of the power of the presidency, lies, and threats of criminal liability to coerce state officials to undermine democracy. Sounds like Nixon’s tapes, only worse.

🧵 RT @SteveSchmidtSES The seditious actions of GOP Members of Congress will not succeed on January 6th. Joe Biden will be inaugurated POTUS January 20th at noon. However, if their ACTION was sucessful it would destroy the government of the United States and cause the collapse of the Republic. 📌 https://twitter.com/SteveSchmidtSES/status/1345919807972106240?s=20

🐣 RT @DanLamothe Mixed messages from Pentagon: ¤ Last week, Acting SECDEF Miller said USS Nimitz was coming home amid Iran security concerns. Was seen as deescalatory. ¤ Tonight, Miller announces the Nimitz has been turned around. ¤ What changed? The threats were ongoing. ¤ Pentagon isn’t saying. Text Block: https://twitter.com/DanLamothe/status/1345914833418514432?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @DanLamothe Aircraft carriers, and their accompanying escort ships, draw attention and strategic calculations. That makes tonight’s announcement a head scratcher unveiled on the anniversary of the U.S. killing of Iranian general Soleimani.

🐣 RT @DMRDynamics “Pathetic” and “Sickening” are strange ways of describing omertà. ¤ More appropriately, it’s considered a criminal conspiracy.
⋙ 🐣 RT @kelliwardaz I don’t record my calls with the President of the United States. It’s humbling to have the opportunity to speak with the leader of the free world. Betraying the trust of the honor of those conversations is abominable. #Pathetic #Sickening

🐣 RT @awprokop I think any take on the nature of the “Republican Party” re: Trump’s election-stealing effort really has to grapple with the fact that no R swing state governor, swing state legislature leader, judge helped him in any substantive way. And McConnell and Barr didn’t either
⋙ 🐣 RT @awprokop What’s unfolding now is that Trump is making corrupt requests (that don’t seem to be working), and that many House Rs and some Senate Rs (though not their leaders) are willing to back him in a congressional vote that’s 100% certain to fail.

🐣 RT @awprokop I think any take on the nature of the “Republican Party” re: Trump’s election-stealing effort really has to grapple with the fact that no R swing state governor, swing state legislature leader, judge helped him in any substantive way. And McConnell and Barr didn’t either

🐣 🖼 RT @cliffordlevy ON TAPE, TRUMP PUSHES GEORGIA TO ‘FIND’ VOTES ¤ — Monday’s banner headline in @nytimes https://twitter.com/cliffordlevy/status/1345943091753209863?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @natsechobbyist [Rachel Vindman] True story.
⋙ 🧵 RT @SpanbergerVA07 I can tell you this — every foreign diplomat and intel officer posted to the United States is surely writing cables back home tonight about the fragility of America’s democracy and the depravity of her President. 1/8 📌 https://twitter.com/SpanbergerVA07/status/1345930246017740801?s=20

WaPo, Dan Balz: Trump knows no limits as he tries to overturn the election http://wapo.st/3hCY6D1 “The content of the [Trump’s] call [with Raffensperger] speaks for itself, and the audio excerpts should be heard by anyone who cares about the integrity of elections in America.”

🧵 RT @BandyXLee1 Please remember that, in every other situation, with any other citizen, he would be deemed a danger to himself, others, and the public and would meet criteria for an involuntary mental health hold. 📌 https://twitter.com/BandyXLee1/status/1345809960253485056?s=20

🐣 RT @mehdirhasan Here’s the harsh reality for Americans who’ve long believed we lived in the greatest democracy on earth: if Raffensberger wasn’t Sec of State in GA and/or if GOP controlled both chambers of Congress, there’s more than a high chance that Biden wouldn’t be president come Jan 20th.

🐣 RT @RWPUSA GA Code § 21-2-604 (2016) ¤ “A person commits the offense of criminal solicitation to commit election fraud in the first degree when, with intent that another person engage in conduct constituting a felony under this article, he or she solicits, requests, commands, importunes ….”
⋙ 🐣 RT @RWPUSA “or otherwise attempts to cause the other person to engage in such conduct.” GA Code § 21-2-604. ¤ Article 2 of the Constitution does not protect the President from criminal process, including arrest, if he enters Georgia. See Trump. v. Vance, 591 US ___ (2020).

🐣 RT @carlbildt It is deeply worrying that all ten living former 🇺🇸 Secretaries of Defense felt the necessity of coming together and write this.
🐣 RT @RuthMarcus Sign of the dangerous times: every living former defense secretary, all 10, warn Trump, not by name, against misusing military and argue for importance of peaceful transition of power. Imagine how alarmed they must be to have done this.
🐣 RT @JakeTapper The fact that these 10 former Secretaries of Defense felt the need to unprecedentedly sign this letter should absolutely be a cause for alarm.
🐣 RT @mccaffreyr3 Very powerful group of former Sec Def’s. Their letter publicly gives strong bipartisan endorsement to the Constitution and the Armed Forces. Trump has already had WH criminal conversations to discuss military seizing vote responsibilities in swing states.
🐣 RT @BillKristol It’s good news all ten living former defense secretaries put out this statement. It’s bad news that, from Dick Cheney to Don Rumsfeld to Bob Gates to Leon Panetta to Mark Esper, they felt it was necessary to do so.
🐣 RT @NPRKelly All 10 living fmr Defense Secs calling on current Pentagon leaders to “refrain from any political actions that undermine the results of the election or hinder the success of the new team.” ¤ What do they know, that they believe such a warning is necessary?
🐣 RT @mccaffreyr3 All 10 living former defense secretaries declare election is over in forceful public letter – TRUMP A CLEAR DANGER TO THE CONSTITUTION.
🐣 RT @SCClemons Wake up folks. When 10 former SecDefs, including Esper and Mattis, join up & warn of dangers of military intervention in elections, they smell something, they feel something, they are worried. People need to have courage of their convictions on this one
🔆 This❗️⋙ WaPo: All 10 living former defense secretaries: Involving the military in election disputes would cross into dangerous territory http://wapo.st/2LjUrh3

🐣 RT @neal_katyal This tape demonstrates impeachable offenses. It is unAmerican and unDemocratic. Trump has had his shot to have his complaints heard. In court. He lost. Many, many times. Browbeating election officials to try to “find” votes for him is Soviet.

🐣 RT @beschlossDC Definition of “extortion”: ¤ The practice of obtaining something, especially money, through force or threats. ¤ (Oxford English Dictionary)
⋙ 🐣 I’d rank 11K votes right up there with money

🐣 RT @PaulBegala Former Justice Department Inspector General.
⋙ 🐣 RT @mrbromwich Unless there are portions of the tape that somehow negate criminal intent, “I just want to find 11,780 votes” and his threats against Raffensperger and his counsel violate 52 U.S. Code § 20511. His best defense would be insanity.

🐣 RT @JohnJHarwood Trump and fellow Republicans have reframed what distinguishes them from Democrats
the spectrum of recent decades, ranging from conservative to-liberal, has been supplanted by new ones:
lies—>truth
insanity—>sanity
authoritarian—>democratic
un-American—>American

🐣 RT @WolfBlitzer Just to recap. In the national vote, @JoeBiden won 81,283,098 votes (51.3%) and @realDonaldTrump won 74,222,958 votes (46.8%). All 50 States & DC certified the results. On Dec. 14, the Electoral College affirmed Biden won 306 Electoral Votes to Trump’s 232. (270 needed to win)

🐣 RT @tribelaw From Benghazi to Emailgate to the 2020 #Cruz inquiry, the GOP has perfected the circular technique of stirring baseless doubts with endless inquiries — and then pointing to those doubts to undermine the legitimacy of those they oppose politically. It’s a variant of the #BigLie

💙 🔊≣ WaPo: Here’s the full transcript and audio of the call between Trump and Raffensperger http://wapo.st/3ncgS5l
↥ ↧
🔊 WaPo: Audio: Trump’s full Jan. 2 call with Ga. secretary of state http://wapo.st/3pHUkeg
// In a one-hour phone call on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021 with Georgia election officials, President Trump insisted he won the state and threatened vague legal consequences if the officials did not act. This audio has been edited to remove the name of an individual about whom the president makes unsubstantiated allegations.
// Trump call to Raffensburger full audio

🐣 RT @DanRather The audio of Trump with the Georgia secretary of state. Wow. It’s like telling the Nixon tapes to “hold my beer.”

🐣 RT @20committee Dear GOP: The “stolen election” fable was fun, it’s all kayfabe, more fund-raising off your rubes (whom you despise but need), but Trump’s “suggestions” to Raffensberger are obviously criminal in intent. This is verging on a coup, by morons who can’t manage it, but still a coup.

🐣 RT @caminosver Criminal solicitation to commit election fraud. ¤ 2016 Georgia Code, Title 21 – Elections, Chapter 2 – Elections and Primaries Generally, Article 15 – Miscellaneous Offenses § 21-2-604.

🐣 RT @juliaioffe For those of who have studied democratically elected authoritarian regimes, the mantra is: one person, one vote, one time. All it takes is one election to install someone who has no intent of ever leaving.

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews He knows.
⋙ 🐣 RT @jason_kint ****Carl Bernstein*** on @cnn just called this ***the ultimate smoking gun tape.**** let that sink in.

🐣 RT @SamanthaJPower Chilling: Trump doesn’t just demand @GaSecofState “find” 11,780 votes, but threatens him & his lawyer by saying their failure to report electoral fraud (when there was none) was “a criminal offense.” Trump: “You can’t let that happen. That’s a big risk to you. I’m notifying you.”

🐣 RT @thomaskaplan Biden senior adviser Bob Bauer on Trump’s call with Georgia’s secretary of state: “We now have irrefutable proof of a president pressuring and threatening an official of his own party to get him to rescind a state’s lawful, certified vote count and fabricate another in its place”

🐣 RT @RadioFreeTom The President of the United States is threatening the Georgia Secretary of State in order to flip an election and reverse the votes of the citizens of Georgia. ¤ This is an impeachable offense and for anyone enabling it, a criminal conspiracy.

🐣 RT @daveweigel Unexpected statement from Paul Ryan: “It is difficult to conceive of a more anti-democratic and anti-conservative act than a federal intervention to overturn the results of state-certified elections and disenfranchise millions of Americans.” https://twitter.com/daveweigel/status/1345828795996123145?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @brett_mcgurk Remarkable that there have been no resignations from this administration after all that’s transpired over the last 60 days and now today. The oath is to “bear true faith and allegiance” to the U.S. Constitution. It’s written that way for moments like this.

🐣 RT @StevenBeschloss One of Trump’s goals was to benumb people to the crimes he’s committing. How well did he do? He did so well he convinced elected members of the House and Senate to commit sedition in broad daylight, a felony with a punishment of up to 20 years in prison.

🔊WaPo: ‘I just want to find 11,780 votes’: In extraordinary hour-long call, Trump pressures Georgia secretary of state to recalculate the vote in his favor [Audio] http://wapo.st/3pL2fYl
// In a recording obtained by The Washington Post, President Trump alternately berated, begged and threatened Brad Raffensperger

🐣 RT @XSovietNews Vladimir Zhirinovsky advises that Trump’s last chance to stay in power will be to declare a state of emergency.
⋙ 🐣 RT @GazetaRu [trans:] LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky said that the “last chance” of the current US President Donald Trump to remain in power may be the emergency regime.

🐣 RT @AnneApplebaum If the voters don’t eventually punish the Republicans who are calling for a de facto coup, then we have to conclude that a substantial number of Americans no longer believe in our democracy either.

⭕ 2 Jan 2021

WaPo Editorial: The U.S. needs a democracy overhaul. Here’s what Biden’s first step should be. http://wapo.st/2LjWEcn “Mr. Trump and a disturbing number of Republican officials have made obsolete the old assumptions that each major party will play fair”

💙 🐣 RT @brianschatz Some of the same people who voted no on impeachment, saying that the remedy for malfeasance is an election, are now saying the remedy for the election is malfeasance.

🐣 RT @mccaffreyr3 Trump Acting Sec Def orders carrier USS Nimitz home over the objections of the CENTCOM Commander and the Chairman JCS. Tomorrow 3 Jan anniversary of US killing of Quds Force Soleimani. Hyper aggressive then abrupt move. Carrier should stay until 21 Jan. https://twitter.com/mccaffreyr3/status/1345593478021976068?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @AdrienneH2425 These are not the machinations of someone as limited as Trump. Who is pulling the strings in these last-minute bits of puppetry?
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @mccaffreyr3 No clue. Five political ACTING DOD officials with weeks to go over riding the CENTCOM Commander and Chairman JCS.

🐣 RT @BillPascrell The text of the 14th Amendment expressly forbids Members of Congress from engaging in rebellion against the United States. Trying to overturn a democratic election and install a dictator seems like a clear-cut example of that. https://twitter.com/BillPascrell/status/1345478048313970688?s=20/photo/1

💙 🐣 .@SteveSchmidtSES is a modern Thomas Paine. ¤ Hear! Hear!
⋙ 🧵 RT @SteveSchmidtSES Trumpism is an American autocratic movement with Fascistic markers. There are seven specific parts that comprise its core 1. THE LEADER. Donald Trump is the unquestioned leader of this movement. It is a cult of personality and there are no serious challengers against his (1) 📌 https://twitter.com/SteveSchmidtSES/status/1345551423455559680?s=20

🐣 RT @AdamParkhomenko Who do you want to see Biden appoint as Attorney General
⋙ 🐣 a non-partisan, tough-as-nails, by the book individual who will get through Senate confirmation without a hitch, then lower the boom; also needed: a couple of commissions to do damage assessments

🐣 RT @clairecmc There are actually 12 Senators “pointing a loaded gun” at the heart of democracy. They should always be known as the #dirtydozen They all know better. They all know there is no evidence. They all know that every case was thrown out of court, even by Trump appointees.

🐣 RT @StevenBeschloss It still stuns me all these Republicans are so short-sighted they think they can side with Trump and sedition and there won’t be long-term consequences. It only underscores the necessity of holding Trump and all the criminally complicit accountable.

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Sen. Angus King on CNN: “To bring this challenge at this date is— it’s Democracy versus Trump at this point. I mean, that’s really what we’re talking about. This is a direct attempt to overturn a democratic election, which is the beating heart of our entire democratic system.”

🧵 RT @SteveSchmidtSES The die is cast for the Republican Party. It will be destroyed on January 6th in much the same way the Whig party was destroyed by the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act in 1854. The act unraveled the Missouri compromise and allowed for the westward expansion of slavery. 1/ 📌 https://twitter.com/SteveSchmidtSES/status/1345533164102541315?s=20

🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ […] Basically, it sounds like Hawley has appointed himself as a one-man “Supreme Court” who gets to second-guess issues of state law by a state high court which has already decided the issue and which the *actual* Supreme Court declined to hear. Sounds a little dictator-y to me.

🐣 RT @brhodes What’s happening in the Senate has nothing to do with polarization. It’s a far right attempt to overthrow an election and institute authoritarian rule. The frame of “polarization” absolves Republicans of being an extremist, far right, authoritarian movement.

🧵 RT @SteveSchmidtSES 2021 will be a hard year in the life of the American nation. There is a great struggle that lies before us and our disbelief at its arrival must not blind us to the lethal danger it poses to the American experiment. 1/ 📌 https://twitter.com/SteveSchmidtSES/status/1345522648772718593?s=20

🧵 RT @ScottMStedman Absolutely devastating. This was a cataclysmic failure of government from the top-down. ¤ “it now appears Russia exploited multiple layers of the supply chain to gain access to as many as 250 [government] networks.” 📌 https://twitter.com/ScottMStedman/status/1345565992391331846?s=20
⋙ NYT: As Understanding of Russian Hacking Grows, So Does Alarm http://nyti.ms/3pINMvT
// Those behind the widespread intrusion into government and corporate networks exploited seams in U.S. defenses and gave away nothing to American monitoring of their systems.

🐣 RT @hurdonthehill When I was undercover at the CIA, I saw firsthand how our enemies steal elections and try to interfere in ours. Elected officials continuing to sow doubt amongst the public for petty political gain is playing into our enemies hands.

🧵 RT @vermontgmg THREAD: Every death from Covid-19 is a tragedy—all 340,000 Americans so far—but it’s hard to ignore that the Republican Party has become a literal death cult, all to assuage Trump’s ego. Every state and federal elected official to die so far from Covid-19 is a Republican…. 📌 https://twitter.com/vermontgmg/status/1344382147046551552?s=20
// links to death reports

🐣 RT @ArletteSaenz Biden spox @MichaelJGwin: “This stunt won’t change the fact that President-elect Biden will be sworn in on January 20th, and these baseless claims have already been examined and dismissed by Trump’s own Attorney General, dozens of courts, and election officials from both parties” [link to CNN]

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance Cliff notes version: Senator Hawley & Senator Cruz are squaring off to compete against each other in the 2024 election & they don’t care how much harm they do to the republic or your rights to gain power. They’ve absorbed the ultimate lessons of Trumpism.
⋙ 🐣 RT @peterbakernyt Mitt Romney on the Trump-Cruz effort to overturn the results of a certified democratic election: “I could never have imagined seeing these things in the greatest democracy in the world. Has ambition so eclipsed principle?”

🐣 RT @ProjectLincoln Meet the Senators from the new #JimCrowCaucus.
#RememberTheirNames: @HawleyMO @tedcruz @RandPaul @SenTomCotton
and the corporate America titans who are funding them: @ATT @Citibank @CharlesSchwab
#EveryVoteCounts 💽 https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1345407824428494848?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @AerariumL […] 💽 https://twitter.com/AerariumL/status/979695373982760962?s=20/photo/1
// Gladiator: “Are you not entertained?”

🐣 I am reminded
Of the monks of Lindisfarne, Iona
Copying Latin—
Scribbling folk tales
In the margins. ¤
Vikings set sail
https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1345521557536444423?s=20/photo/1

TheAtlantic, Lee Drutman: America Is Now the Divided Republic the Framers Feared http://bit.ly/352UBRb
// John Adams worried that “a division of the republic into two great parties … is to be dreaded as the great political evil.” And that’s exactly what has come to pass.

🐣 RT @JohnWDean Now they are racing to see who can hit bottom first. The Republican Party’s dive into dictatorship is pathetic. Not all those 74 million Trump voters are stupid. Many are just greedy tax-free freeloaders. GOP is disintegrating, quickly. It’s not pretty.

🐣 RT @TheRickWilson Let’s be very clear what these people are: seditious traitors. This isn’t about election fraud; they’re the founders of a new #JimCrowCaucus that seeks to disenfranchise tens of millions of African-American voters so Trump can hold power.

🐣 RT @brhodes One problem with politics being covered like sports for so long is that you end up with people in positions of public trust acting like it’s all just a game.

🐣 RT @GovCTW [C Todd Whitman] The 140 representatives & 10 senators who are going to refuse to validate the electors from states Trump lost are not only violating their oaths of office, but actively encouraging a coup. There must be some legal penalty for their actions. via @bpolitics
⋙ Bloomberg: Cruz Set to Lead Group of GOP Senators in Opposing Certification http://bloom.bg/38WBFVg
// A larger group of Republican senators is preparing a push to delay and even oppose certification of President Donald Trump’s loss […]

💙 🧵 RT @SkinnerPm Stop trying to shame the shameless. Just organize and outwork them. If they weren’t afraid of your vote, they wouldn’t try to disenfranchise you or throw away your votes. Day to day. Every day. Stop hoping shame works on the shameless. Just stop it. They don’t care about you. 📌 https://twitter.com/SkinnerPm/status/1345440141654052864?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @SkinnerPm Ignore the endless gushing profiles of the blameless economically anxious voter who is only anxious when women and minorities get near power. Ignore the anger. Ignore the fear. Hold your corners and expand. Day by day. We don’t have to be this way. Do good today then do it again

🐣 RT @sbg1 The Trumperdammerung was always going to include the flames consuming his own party…

🐣 RT @brianklaas Another way of putting this in context: Nearly 1 in 4 Republican Senators will vote to overturn a democratic election, backing an authoritarian power-grab by the man who lost the election. They are voting to destroy democracy in the United States. We shouldn’t mince words.

🐣📋 RT @cchoksy These senators are fascists:
Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) @MarshaBlackburn
Mike Braun (R-IN) @SenatorBraun
Ted Cruz (R-TX) @SenTedCruz
Steve Daines (R-MT) @SteveDaines
Bill Hagerty (R-TN) @BillHagertyTN
Josh Hawley (R-MO) @HawleyMO
Ron Johnson (R-WI) @RonJohnsonWI
John Kennedy (R-LA) @SenJohnKennedy
James Lankford (R-OK) @SenatorLankford
Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) @CynthiaMLummis
Roger Marshall (R-KS) @RogerMarshallMD
Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) @TTuberville
// list of emails from @rgoodlaw ¤ The Anti-Democratic Dozen: [list] ¤ Coup plotters. History’s hall of shame.
🐣 The #Sedition Caucus: @MarshaBlackburn @SenatorBraun @SenTedCruz @SteveDaines MT @BillHagertyTN @HawleyMO @RonJohnsonWI @SenJohnKennedy @SenatorLankford @CynthiaMLummis @RogerMarshallMD @TTuberville

🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger I pledge: When referring to any of the senators voting to overthrow the election I will on whatever topic I am writing refer to their sedition. Please consider adopting this practice.
↥ ↧
🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger all attorneys in that group should be disbarred
🚫 ⋙ 🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance Unfortunately, just now, a Joint Statement from Senators Cruz, Johnson, Lankford, Daines, Kennedy, Blackburn, Braun & Sens-Elect Lummis, Marshall, Hagerty & Tuberville refuses to accept Biden’s win & repeats baseless accusations, rejected by every court to consider them.
// #traitors #seditionists

🧵 RT @gtconway3d “Two people familiar with the matter say that in recent days, Trump has told advisers and close associates that he wants to keep fighting in court past Jan. 6 if members of Congress, as expected, end up certifying the electoral college results.” 📌 https://twitter.com/gtconway3d/status/1345380347031281664?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @thedailybeast “The way he sees it is: Why should I ever let this go?… How would that benefit me?” said one a source who’s spoken to Trump at length about the post-election activities to nullify his Democratic opponent’s decisive victory.
⋙⋙ DailyBeast: Trump Plans to Fight the Election Even After ‘Stop the Steal’ Rally Ends http://bit.ly/3b2Vgpl
// The president has told advisers he isn’t deterred by the setbacks in the courts and won’t be deterred by Congress certifying Joe Biden’s win.

🐣 RT @tribelaw Threatening the life of the President, Vice President, or the Speaker of the House is a federal crime under 18 U.S. Code § 871. Five years in prison is the penalty. Obviously @TwitterSupport must boot #LinWood from this platform now

⭕ 1 Jan 2021 💫🥂🍾💫

NYT: In Abrupt Reversal of Iran Strategy, Pentagon Orders Aircraft Carrier Home http://nyti.ms/2MsjQGb
// After weeks of escalation and threatening language, the Defense Department is sending mixed messages as the anniversary of the death of an Iranian general nears.

🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger Disappointed rules proposed for House do not sanction members seeking to overthrow democracy.

DailyBeast, Michael Tomasky: How Biden Could Become One of the Greats, and How He Could Fail http://bit.ly/3rOmAh2
// Having a president who sounds like one again is a good start, but he’ll be up against Trump, Fox, and the rest of them pulling for the worst once the body count is on Biden.

⋙ DailyBeast, Justin Baragona: Trumpist Lawyer Lin Wood Goes on Unhinged Rant Suggesting Justice John Roberts Is a Murderous Pedophile http://bit.ly/3b1DVgv
// Wood has recently been in touch with President Trump, who has encouraged his election-stealing lawsuits and behavior.

🐣 RT @FrankFigliuzzi1 Conveying threat against a vice president, Title 18 U.S. Code: http://bit.ly/3n5Ht3X
⋙ 🐣 RT @LLinWood If Pence is arrested, @SecPompeo will save the election. Pence will be in jail awaiting trial for treason. He will face execution by firing squad. He is a coward & will sing like a bird & confess ALL.

🐣 RT @real Because of the Trump Administration, hospitals are now required, effective immediately, to publish their REAL PRICES, which will create competition and drive downs costs MASSIVELY. Won lawsuit last week. Bigger than healthcare, it’s called PRICE TRANSPARENCY….
⋙ 🐣 Doesn’t change much since 90%+ of payments are made based on contracts with Medicare, Medicaid and insurance companies. Only the wealthy (often foreigners) and the uninsured pay list prices.

🐣 RT @joycewhitevance President’s lawyer calling for the arrest of the VP https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1345179306419433473?s=20
⋙ 🐣 Is he [Lin Wood] actually one of Trump’s lawyers – or would he just like to be? He’s nuttier than Sidney Powell!

🐣 RT @abeaujon Proud Boys say they’ll “be incognito” for Jan. 6 rallies in DC, spurning trademark black-and-yellow clothing:
⋙ Washingtonian: Proud Boys Say They’ll “Be Incognito” During January 6 Trump Rallies in DC http://bit.ly/3841TWE
// 12/31/2020; The group will not wear its trademark black-and-yellow clothing, its leader says.
⋙⋙ 🐣 they’ll likely be acting as agents provocateur ➔ pretending to be antifa ¤ counter-protestors SHOULD STAY HOME; we won. Trump is looking for an excuse to invoke the Insurrection Act. Don’t make it easy for him

🐣 RT @real Before even discussing the massive corruption which took place in the 2020 Election, which gives us far more votes than is necessary to win all of the Swing States (only need three), it must be noted that the State Legislatures were not in any way responsible for the massive….
⋙🐣 RT @real ….changes made to the voting process, rules and regulations, many made hastily before the election, and therefore the whole State Election is not legal or Constitutional. Additionally, the Georgia Consent Decree is Unconstitutional & the State 2020 Presidential Election….
⋙ 🐣 RT @real ….is therefore both illegal and invalid, and that would include the two current Senatorial Elections. In Wisconsin, Voters not asking for applications invalidates the Election. All of this without even discussing the millions of fraudulent votes that were cast or altered!
⋙⋙ [QuoteTweet ⇈ ] 🐣 RT @kyledcheney Trump falsely says the two Senate special elections in Georgia, just four days away, are “illegal and invalid.”
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @ Therefore, Republicans shouldn’t bother voting. And Trump should just cancel his rally in Georgia.
⋙⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 he should have his rally and tell people the election is illegal and not to vote ⇉ why should he care about McConnell at this point? 🍿

🐣 RT @real Our Republican Senate just missed the opportunity to get rid of Section 230, which gives unlimited power to Big Tech companies. Pathetic!!! Now they want to give people ravaged by the China Virus $600, rather than the $2000 which they so desperately need. Not fair, or smart!
↥ ↧
WaPo: Congress overrides a Trump veto for the first time with Senate vote on defense bill http://wapo.st/3pKqwNZ “The strong bipartisan majorities supporting the defense bill in both chambers … contains several repudiations of his policies as commander in chief”

 
 

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