by Jonathan Swan (team), …with Axios
[ Editor’s Note: Jonathan Swan has a source who attended the December 18 meeting with the Trump gang, watching as they fought over how best to steal back the election. From his description, the image of rats fleeing a sinking ship comes to my mind.
Many weeks have now gone by, and a lot more has been reported about the effort that was made by a desperate Trump. General Flynn was the star of this show, wanting the U.S. Military to seize the Dominion Voting machines as evidence. Sounds like a bad Hollywood script.
Trump knows that without presidential immunity for another four year term, his financial and legal goose is cooked. Hence, no effort would be spared, no risk not taken to avoid his being exposed to the prosecutors waiting to get their hooks into him.
That will also include many others. The recent report of RICO charges being evaluated for using not only on the rioters, but also all those who aided and abetted the attack on the Capitol by providing material support.
The conspiracy theory surrounding the election being stolen was the lynch pin of the whole effort. And while all the claims made seemed bizarre to many of us, the fact that they were made over and over again, in court loss after court loss, could end up being used to tie the whole “gang” into a mass RICO charge of “running a continuing criminal enterprise”.
What would the purpose of this be? All those involved are planning to just continue the “election was stolen” work after the Trump impeachment trial is over, thinking that they are covered by political speech protection for their opinion.
Nevertheless, if a RICO case is brought, it could trigger a cease and desist order, and a freezing of all assets and funds by the deemed criminal organization. We will have to wait until the new Biden DoJ people are in office, but we now see that the investigation work is already happening… Jim W. Dean ]
First aired … February 03, 2021
Axios reporter Jonathan Swan describes a December 18 meeting between President Donald Trump, White House officials and conspiracy theorists that ended in a profanity-laced shouting match. Swan, who has covered Donald Trump’s presidency for years, called it one of the most dark and demented meetings of the administration.