The eagerly awaited congressional hearings into the attack on the United States Capitol, January 6, 2021, are set to begin Thursday evening. Rep. Jamie Raskin, member of the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol, has fueled the rising anticipation. reporting, “The select committee has found evidence about a lot more than incitement here. We’re going to be laying out the evidence about all of the actors who were pivotal to what took place on January 6.”
However, it seems that some are too concerned about gathering an audience that they allow some heavy bricks to come down early. Or maybe someone is simply not ready to wait 17 months. Whatever the reason, the torrential leaks that started Monday have now become a torrent.
“The Georgia email has not been disclosed publicly until now,” reported CNNon Monday morning. “It was sent by Robert Sinners, [former President Donald] Trump’s election day operations lead in Georgia on December 13, 2020, 18 hours before the group of alternate electors gathered at the Georgia State Capitol, according to multiple sources familiar with it. ‘I must ask for your complete discretion in this process,’ Sinners wrote. ‘Your duties are imperative to ensure the end result — a win in Georgia for President Trump — but will be hampered unless we have complete secrecy and discretion.’”
This email is in the hands of the January 6 committee; the Justice Department’s investigation into the attack; and the Fulton County, Georgia, district attorney’s office, where they have been investigating Trump’s direct effort to have Georgia elected officials “find” more than 11,000 votes after the election was over.
It is quite alarming on the surface. If it were done with any degree of competence, the scheme to send alternate electoral candidates to Congress could have severely hampered the election process. The same tactic is used. worked all too wellIn 1876. At a bare minimum, the demand for “complete secrecy” betrays the fact that the actors here knew full well they were operating well outside the parameters of good faith and the law in search of a different election result.
Miles Taylor, a former official at the Department of Homeland Security, will speak out later on Monday a tweet for the ages:
Trump wanted to incite insurrection, as a pretext for declaring some kind of marshal law. He mused about invoking the Insurrection Act YEARS before Jan 6 — calling it a “magic power” — in convos I witnessed & was briefed on.
— Miles Taylor (@MilesTaylorUSA) June 6, 2022
Let’s forget about the urgent need for Someone to sit these folks down and teach them how to spell “martial law,” (paging Marjorie Taylor Greene) is the fact that, if Taylor’s account is accurate, we now have two distinct tracks to follow: 1.) The original idea behind the mob actions was to force Mike Pence, the Vice President at the time, into overturning the election resultsDuring the certification hearing; 2. If that fails, the violence of the insurrection could be used as a reason to impose martial law, which would at the very least have threatened the election results.
Thursday must be quick, lest the show get interrupted by all the cats. “The House select committee investigatingThe Capitol attack will unveil new evidence at Watergate-style public hearings this week showing Donald Trump and top aides acted with corrupt intent to stop Joe Biden’s certification,” reports the Guardian. “As the Justice Department mounts parallel investigations into the Capitol attack, the select committee is hoping that the previously unseen evidence will leave an indelible mark on the American public about the extent to which Trump went in trying to return himself to the Oval Office.”
The committee isn’t content to let the evidence speak for themselves. James Goldston (ex-president of ABC News and master documentarian for “Nightline” and “Good Morning America.” AccordingTo Axios, “Goldston is busily producing Thursday’s 8 p.m. ET hearing as if they were a blockbuster investigative program. He intends to make the material raw enough that skeptical journalists can read the disclosures and digest them in future coverage. And he wants it to draw the eyeballs of Americans who haven’t followed the ins and outs of the Capitol riot probe.”
Brookings Institute was kind enough assemble a highly detailed primer for Thursday’s events. “The report covers key players in the attempt to overturn the election, the known facts regarding their conduct, and the criminal law applicable to their actions,” according to the executive summary. It is a vital document for those who want to be fully prepared on Thursday.
This moment is fraught in extreme tension. On Monday, four members of the hard right militia group Proud Boys — leader Henry “Enrique” Tarrio and lieutenants Ethan Nordean, Joe Biggs and Zachary Rehl — were indicted in federal court on charges of seditious conspiracy: “opposing the lawful transfer of presidential power by force.” AccordingTo The Washington Post, “The charges show prosecutors pulling together a wider picture of organization within extremist groups that shared overlapping if not common goals. The investigations have exposed hints of coordination among groups, even as the FBI and Justice Department are expanding their investigations into the political orbit of former president Donald Trump.”
The Proud Boys and groups like it are the fascist fist within Trump’s insurrectionist glove, the implicit promise of extreme violence if the will of the maximum leader is thwarted. It remains to be seen how this group and others will react to these charges. Some have cooperated, but the others, those still free? I am sure security at the Thursday hearings is tight.
A retired judge in Wisconsin, Jack Roemer, was just days ago found in his homeZip-tied to a chair, and shot to death. His assassin shot himself, but survived. Tony Evers, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer & Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Although it is possible that the killer was a rogue element of society, George Wallace was also assassinated. Arthur Bremer. The fear of a return to an age where assassinations are a possibility in a country that is experiencing an upward spiral of violence political is all too real.
Many people today are tired, disoriented, afraid, and out of patience. People have been led on snipe hunting trips that lead nowhere since the Iran-Contra hearings, the Great Big Nothing that was Robert Mueller investigation, and a pair of deliberately futile impeachment proceedings were horribly damned close. I have never met anyone who expected anything to happen at these hearings. In my capacity as journalist, I am required to keep an open mind… but I, too, share in that collective exhausted despair.
The impressive building thunderclouds are certainly impressive. We will see if they bring rain or just more wind.