from the Washington Post
[ Editor’s Note: Some of the Republican Congress might not have had as much fun over Christmas, like in the past, as the allegations over their alleged contacts with January 6th plotters are supported with sworn testimony from people such as Ali Alexander.
For the public record, they are portraying themselves as angels. Boebert seems to forget that she gave large tours on January 5th to what afterwards looked like suspected insurrectionists, who were getting a feel for whose Congressional offices were where.
That was the time when Boebert herself was caught carrying a weapon into the House floor, and fortunately metal detectors have good memories and make good witnesses.
Many Trumpists are scrambling now to keep their phone records hidden, and possibly their burner phones, too. But as the Insurrection ship springs more leaks, those looking for a lifeboat seat will move quickly to deploy their smoke and mirror covers.
Initial reports indicated that some might be refusing to accept Jan 6 Committee sworn testimony subpoenas, but going into the courts to resist, à la Trump. Despite that looking bad, it could be the lesser of two evils.
Rest assured that the Committee has a lot of material that it is saving for what I expect to be explosive January hearings. The wild card will be the Supreme Court ruling if it can come quickly in January, as both Trump and the Committee have requested.
The quickest decision would be to let the DC Appeals court decision stand, as it covered the legal basis quite well, that Trump was pulling his privilege claims out of his butt, where he has always had a large collection of claims stored away.
Trump’s sudden love of vaccines, and the unhappiness that it is bringing to the rabble Trumpers, seems to have been a well timed move to polish up his image, as rally attendance was in the 30% range in the fall.
There are clear signs showing that more Republicans are tiring of Trump, preferring to go forward fighting the Dems on the current issues. Hyping the Steal is being viewed more as a dead end, but with the question ‘whose dead end’… Jim W. Dean ]
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First published December 29, 2021
For a GOP that has often said Jan. 6 wasn’t as bad as advertised and absolved Donald Trump of blame for it, its efforts to distance itself from the events of the day and to obscure details of Trump’s response continue to suggest it’s not so sure.
On Friday, we analyzed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) sudden legitimization of the House Jan. 6 committee (which other Republicans have derided as a partisan witch hunt). McConnell’s response suggests he sees something potentially significant coming out of it.
…Another Jan. 6 rally organizer told Rolling Stone in October: “We would talk to Boebert’s team, [Rep. Madison] Cawthorn’s team, Gosar’s team like back to back to back to back.” The organizers cited in that piece have since revealed their identities as Dustin Stockton and Jennifer Lynn Lawrence, and they’re cooperating with the Jan. 6 committee.
…Boebert issued a statement at the time denying personal involvement — while not necessarily ruling out staff involvement.
“Let me be clear,” Boebert said. “I had no role in the planning or execution of any event that took place at the Capitol or anywhere in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6. With the help of my staff, I accepted an invitation to speak at one event, but ultimately I did not speak at any events on Jan. 6.”
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With both Steve Bannon and Donald Trump running around free as birds, it’s hard to see how the planners of the 1/6 insurrection will ever face any serious consequences. All I can think is that everyone is waiting for the other shoe to drop, for “some catastrophic and catalyzing event, like a new Pearl Harbor.” (PNAC) that will change everything. That will be the end of democracy and the rule of law in the USA and the beginning of God only knows what. Needless to say, 50 million US Christian Zionists are all for it.
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