Investigating a Legally Dubious Fake Electors Plan with the Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney
The prosecutor in Georgia is looking into whether then- President Donald Trump and others tried to interfere with the election in 2020.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney, who is overseeing the grand jury, approved the petitions certifying that each witness is necessary and material for the investigation.
Flynn did not respond to email and phone messages seeking comment, as well as his lawyer who did return an email seeking comment. Gingrich referred questions to his attorney, who declined to comment. Herschmann could not immediately be reached.
The case leading up to the November midterm election is one month away, so she will be taking a break from public work for a month.
The potential witnesses were sought to appear in November after the election. But the process for securing testimony from out-of-state witnesses sometimes takes a while, so it appears Willis is putting the wheels in motion for activity to resume after her self-imposed pause.
The petition for Gingrich’s testimony relies on “information made publicly available” by the U.S. House committee that’s investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.
He was involved with the plan to run ads that were false and encouraged people to contact state officials to get them to challenge the results of the election based on the false claims.
In addition to Eastman, the committee identifies a little-known pro-Trump attorney as being the original architect of the legally dubious fake electors plan: Kenneth Chesebro. The report states that a number of legal memos written by an outside legal advisor to the Trump campaign ended up coming up with the fake elector plan.
The petition seeking Flynn’s testimony says he appeared in an interview on conservative cable news channel Newsmax and said Trump “could take military capabilities” and place them in swing states and “basically re-run an election in each of those states.”
On December 18th, 2020, he met with Trump, Sidney Powell and others at the White House for a meeting that was said to focus on appointing Powell as a special counsel to investigate the 2020 election.
Herschmann was a senior adviser to Trump during the time he was in office and was present at multiple meetings related to the 2020 election, according to the petition.
She identified Penrose as “a cyber investigations, operations and forensics consultant” who worked with Powell and others known to be associated with the Trump campaign in late 2020 and early 2021.
He also communicated with Powell and others regarding an agreement to hire data solutions firm SullivanStrickler to copy data and software from voting system equipment in Coffee County, about 200 miles southeast of Atlanta, as well as in Michigan and Nevada, Willis wrote. Penrose did not respond to the email or the phone message.
A petition seeking Lee’s testimony says that he was part of a campaign to make false claims about an elections worker in Fulton County. He wasn’t available for comment.
The House Select Committee on January 6, 2021: Why the Ex-President Trump is Responsible for the insurrection, and why he should be prosecuted
Special grand juries are impaneled in Georgia to investigate complex cases with large numbers of witnesses and potential logistical concerns. They can compel evidence and subpoena witnesses for questioning and, unlike regular grand juries, can also subpoena the target of an investigation to appear before it.
When its investigation is complete, the special grand jury issues a final report and can recommend action. It’s then up to the district attorney to decide whether to ask a regular grand jury for an indictment.
The House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol has concluded that former President Donald Trump was ultimately responsible for the insurrection, laying out for the public and the Justice Department a trove of evidence for why he should be prosecuted for multiple crimes.
The evidence used in the hearing came from the Secret Service records, as well as deposition footage from former Trump Cabinet secretaries and White House officials.
The footage shows how Trump administration officials collaborated with congressional leaders to put down a riot that he had inciting, according to Rep. Jamie Raskin. The committee showed these clips to the public in order to give them new material to see on January 6.
Liz Cheney, the panel’s top Republican, said they were obligated to seek answers from the man who set this all in motion. “And every American is entitled to the answers, so we can act now to protect our republic.”
The need for the committee to hear from Donald Trump is more than just our fact finding. This is a question about accountability to the American people. He must be accountable. He is required to answer for his actions,” Thompson said.
Given the ex-President’s history of obstructing efforts to examine his tumultuous presidency, it would be a surprise if he does not fight the subpoena, although there might be part of him that would relish a primetime spot in a live hearing.
A Videotape of the Jan. 6 Capitol Committee: Bringing Back the Role of the Mob in the 2021-2019 Insurrection
If Republicans take control of the House, the January 6 committee will no longer exist, meaning that there will be less than three months for the panel to issue a final report.
The panel labeled the footage as showing at an undisclosed location during the hearing. The public has known since January 6th of 2020 that senior congressional leaders from both parties took refuge at Fort McNair during the takeover of the Capitol.
The video shows Nancy Pelosi, then-Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and other officials working the phones and coordinating with other officials to get the resources needed for quelling the insurrection in the Capitol.
The footage also showed two phone calls between Pelosi and then-Vice President Mike Pence, who took on an impromptu leadership role on January 6, coordinating the emergency response.
The new footage shows Schumer as the acting Attorney General. During their heated argument, Schumer demanded that Rosen tell Trump to call off the mob and that he intervene directly with Trump. Pelosi said the pro-Trump riots were at the instigation of the president.
CNN reported in August that Senate Minority Leader McConnell’s wife, Chao, had met with the committee. But after condemning the attack in her resignation letter in early 2021, Chao has largely stayed out of the national spotlight, with her recent comments to the committee providing fresh insight into her thinking on the deadly attack.
At a certain point, it was not possible for me to continue, given my values and philosophy. I came as an immigrant to this country. I believe in this country. I believe in peaceful transfer of power. I believe in democracy. She said that it was a decision she made on her own.
Hutchinson’s testimony had been some of the most damning against Trump during the summer hearings, as she provided detailed accounts about Trump’s actions on the day of January 6.
“I remember looking at Mark, and I said ‘Mark, he can’t possibly think we’re going to pull this off. Like, that call was crazy.’ He was shaking his head when he looked at me. And he’s like, ‘No, Cass, you know, he knows it’s over. He knows he didn’t win. But we’re going to keep trying,’” Hutchinson told the committee.
Hutchinson said she witnessed a conversation between Trump and another person, that was meant to protest the Supreme Court’s rejection of the lawsuit.
“The President said … something to the effect of, ‘I don’t want people to know we lost, Mark. This is not nice at all. Take a moment to figure it out. We need to figure it out. I don’t want people to know that we lost,’” Hutchinson said.
On January 6, one Secret Service agent texted at 12:36 p.m., according to the committee, “With so many weapons found so far; you wonder how many are unknown. Could be sporty after dark.”
Days before January Trump’s communication adviser, Jason Miller, boasted to Meadows that he “got the base FIRED UP,” and shared a link to a pro-Trump webpage containing hundreds of threatening comments about killing lawmakers if they went ahead with certifying Joe Biden’s legitimate electoral victory, according to a new text message the panel showed Thursday.
In Thursday’s hearing, Democratic congressman Adam Hersh said that the Secret Service received online threats against Vice President Mike Pence before the Capitol insurrection.
The Trump/Short Committee on Investigating the 2020 Election: What has the former President learnt from his campaigning? And what is left after he left office?
President Trump made a decision not to call the vote counting off on election night, but it was not a simple one. The summary states that it was premeditated.
The committee said it obtained from the National Archives a memo Jacob drafted for Short after they talked on November 3, 2020.
The memo said that the public should not see the VP as having decided questions about disputed electoral votes before the full facts are known.
The new details included in the report were from the emails, and include how Eastman sent Trump’s assistant an email about the false claim that he could block certification of the election. The committee obtained phone records that showed that Eastman received a call from the White House switchboard.
Despite saying for months that they wanted to hear from Thomas, members of the panel downplayed the significance of her testimony following her interview, and it was clear ahead of Thursday that she was not expected to be a central part of the hearing that was instead solely focused on Trump.
But her absence was notable considering the panel did use testimony from several other high-profile witnesses who had been interviewed since the committee’s most recent hearing earlier this summer.
He was subpoenaed by the House on January 6 after it was revealed that he tried to overthrow the 2020 election while his mob was in the US Capitol.
But the developments that could hurt Trump most happened off stage. The legal thicket surrounding the ex- President is extraordinary, because he has not been accused of a crime, as well as the distance still left to run for efforts to account for his departure from power and Presidency that constantly tested the rule of law.
There is a sense that Trump is sliding into an even deeper legal hole since launching his presidential campaign in 2015.
The Supreme Court told the House that they were not interested in being sucked into Trump’s effort to derail the Justice Department probe.
The emergency request was turned down by the court and could have delayed the case. The conservative justices Trump brought on to the bench and whom he often seems to believe owe him a debt of loyalty were not noted.
The Mueller Investigation into a Case for Obstruction of Justice at a Florida, FL, Courthouse: CNN’s Pamela Brown Observation
For all the political drama that surrounds the continuing revelations over one of the darkest days in modern American history on January 6, it’s the showdown over classified documents that appears to represent the ex-President’s most clear cut and immediate threat of true criminal exposure.
The former President has a point in asking why the panel waited so long to call him. He is on thin ice in criticisms because of his obstruction and attempts to prevent former aides from testifying. And it is not unusual for investigators to build a case before approaching the most prominent potential target of a probe.
A man is seen leaving a Washington, DC, courthouse. Short had been compelled to testify to the grand jury for the second time, according to a person familiar with the matter, CNN’s Pamela Brown reported. The grand jury is meeting near an area where a Trump adviser was also seen walking. He wouldn’t let reporters know what he was doing.
CNN’s Brown had reported late on Wednesday that a Trump employee told the FBI about being told to move boxes out of a basement storage room at his Florida club after they received a subpoena for any classified documents. The FBI has a staffer that is shown in the footage moving boxes.
The development may suggest a pattern of deception that may lead to an obstruction of justice charge. On the initial search warrant before the FBI showed up at Trump’s home in August, the bureau told a judge there could be “evidence of obstruction” at the resort.
Still, David Schoen, who was Trump’s defense lawyer in his second impeachment, told CNN’s “New Day” that though the details of what happened at Mar-a-Lago raised troubling questions, they did not necessarily amount to a case of obstructing justice.
If President Trump or someone acting on his behalf knew they weren’t allowed to have these documents, they hid them or kept them, then they had no right to have them.
New York’s Attorney General asked a state court to block the Trump Organization from moving assets and continuing to perpetrate what she has alleged in a civil lawsuit is a decades-long fraud.
James believes that the defendants will continue to engage in fraudulent conduct up to the trial unless checked by the court.
During its Monday meeting, the committee laid out the case for both the public and the Justice Department that there’s evidence to pursue criminal charges against Trump on multiple criminal statutes, including obstructing an official proceeding, defrauding the United States, making false statements and assisting or aiding an insurrection.
Those aren’t even the only probes connected to Trump. There is another investigation in Georgia regarding attempts to overturn the election in a crucial 2020 swing state.
Budowich’s Catastrophe: The Case for a D-term U.S. Senate Subpoena
One of those days when the seriousness of a crisis can be gauged from the vehemence of the rhetoric he uses, is when Trump came out fighting on Thursday.
First Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich mocked the unanimous 9-0 vote in the select committee to subpoena the former President for documents and testimony.
“Pres Trump will not be intimidate(d) by their meritless rhetoric or un-American actions. Budowich said that the Trump-endorsed candidates would sweep the Midterms.
There was a political reaction from his supporters after the former President weighed in on his Truth social network with another post that did not answer the accusations against him.
“Why didn’t the Unselect Committee ask me to testify months ago? Why did they wait until the end of the meeting? Because the Committee is a total ‘BUST,’” Trump wrote.
It could take months and involve many battles to follow a similar path if Trump doesn’t testify. It is unclear if the Justice Department will consider this a good investment given the advanced state of its own investigation. And there’s a good chance the committee will be swept into history anyway, with Republicans favored to take over the House majority following the midterm elections.
Given the slim chance of Trump complying with a congressional subpoena then, many observers will see the dramatic vote to target the ex-President as yet another theatrical flourish in a set of slickly produced hearings that often resembled a television courtroom drama.
But the committee’s Republican vice chair, Rep. Liz Cheney, said the investigation was no longer just about what happened on January 6, but about the future.
“With every effort to excuse or justify the conduct of the former President, we chip away at the foundation of our Republic,” said the Wyoming lawmaker, who won’t be returning to Congress after losing her primary this summer to a Trump-backed challenger.
The House Select Committee on Investigations into the US Capitol Attack: A Brief Report on Engel, Ornato, and Hutchinson
The head of Trump’s security detail, Bobby Engel, testified to the committee that he shared critical information with Ornato as a means to convey messages to the White House.
The witnesses from the Secret Service are in a position to give testimony again in the near future, the California Democrat said during an interview on CNN.
Not only did Ornato once run Trump’s detail, but he also made the unprecedented move of joining White House staff as the deputy chief of staff in December 2019 on a temporary assignment and eventually returned to the Secret Service to run its training program.
Ornato is not sure whether he will be testifying about the claims from Cassidy Hutchinson. Hutchinson specifically testified that Ornato had told her about Trump lashing out in anger and lunging at a member of his protective detail as he demanded to be taken to the Capitol on January 6.
Lofgren said she couldn’t comment on the committee’s investigation of a possible attempt to obstruct testimony related to the incident.
We want to make sure that we’re getting the truth. We need to understand that some of the testimony seems to not match with some of the documents, so we have to take that into account.
The Department of Justice is in possession of evidence from the House select committee probe, according to two sources.
The committee did not give any additional information on the former President and his counsel.
The Select Committee is aware of multiple attempts by President Trump to contact witnesses. The Department of Justice is aware of at least one of those circumstances.
The broad request asked for all documents and communications relating to or referring to the Oath Keepers, the Proud Boys or any other extremists from September 1, 2020 to the present. The panel’s document request spans 19 different categories.
The committee has not officially decided whom to refer to the Justice Department for prosecution and for what offenses, sources said. The four individuals who are among those under consideration, and whose names have not been previously reported, provide a window into the panel’s deliberations.
The criminal referrals would be meaningless in nature, as the DOJ has already undertaken a broad investigation into the US Capitol attack, but committee members say it is still a way to document their views for the record.
Committee members are expected to make a determination on criminal referrals when they meet virtually on Sunday, according to the committee chairman.
Why does President Donald Trump try to circumvent the Fifth Amendment? The Raskin Subcommittee’s Role in Pence’s Campaign to Overturn the 2020 Election
“I think the more we looked at the body of evidence that we had collected, we just felt that while we’re not in the business of investigating people for criminal activities, we just couldn’t overlook some of them.”
Jamie Raskin of Maryland, who heads the subcommittee on January 6 tasked with presenting recommendations on criminal referrals, said on Thursday that anyone who engages in criminal actions needs to be held accountable. And we are going to spell that out.”
“The gravest offense in constitutional terms is the attempt to overthrow a presidential election and bypass the constitutional order,” Raskin told reporters. There are a lot of statutory offenses that are related to that violent assault on America.
They are all members of the subcommittee along with the panel’s vice chair Liz Cheney of Wyoming.
Meadows did not turn over other documents he had, and the House committee voted to hold him in criminal contempt of Congress for it and for his refusal to testify, referring the matter to the Justice Department. The Justice Department has declined to indict Meadows for evading his subpoena, given his high level position in the Trump West Wing and claims of executive privilege.
Raskin also suggested Thursday that previous referrals to DOJ for contempt of Congress would not impact how the panel handles these criminal referrals.
He said that there is a process for making contempt of Congress happen. “But you know we will explain our decisions in detail – why we are making certain kinds of referrals for certain people and other kinds for others.”
A federal judge in California ordered him to give the House Select Committee 101 emails he tried to keep secret from them.
In the hearing, the committee walked through how Eastman put forward a legal theory that Pence could unilaterally block certification of the election – a theory that was roundly rejected by Trump’s White House attorneys and Pence’s team, but was nevertheless embraced by the former President.
During his testimony before the committee, Clark referred to the Fifth Amendment 100 times. Federal investigators have raided Clark’s home as part of their own criminal investigation.
The panel dedicated much of a June hearing to Clark’s role in Trump’s attempts to weaponize the Justice Department in the final months of his term as part of the plot to overturn the 2020 election and stay in power.
The committee in particular zeroed in on the efforts of Rep. Scott Perry, the Pennsylvania Republican, who connected Clark to the White House in December 2020.
CNN has previously reported that the committee in court filing released text messages that showed that the role that Perry played was more than previously reported.
“He wanted Mr. Clark – Mr. Jeff Clark to take over the Department of Justice,” Cassidy Hutchinson, a former Meadows aide, said about Perry in a clip of her deposition that was played at that hearing.
Giuliani, Trump’s onetime personal attorney and a lead architect of his attempt to overturn the 2020 election results, met with the panel in May for more than nine hours.
The Georgia Secretary of State has been subpoenaed as part of the Justice Department investigation into efforts to overturn the 2020 election and the US Capitol attack.
The grand jury activity expands on previous investigative steps the Justice Department has taken to understand efforts by former President Donald Trump and his allies in battleground states after the election.
There is a chance that Raffensperger could be a particular compelling witness. After the 2020 election, his profile increased when he resisted Trump attempts to get him to vote for Trump in Georgia.
In the excerpts of the one hour call, Trump lambasted his fellow Republican for refusing to falsely say that he won the election in Georgia and for constantly accusing the other side of election fraud.
“The people of Georgia are angry, the people of the country are angry. And there’s nothing wrong with saying that, you know, um, that you’ve recalculated,” Trump said in one part of the call.
The Georgia Republican has already spoken with the House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection, and he testified publicly this summer about the threats he received after standing up to Trump.
It’s unclear how long Smith, who will also oversee the investigation into the potential mishandling of federal records taken to Mar-a-Lago after Trump left the White House, may continue to work before deciding on any charges in the probes. According to people familiar with parts of the probe, Smith could continue to organize and expand his team despite the fact that the investigations will likely result in charges within months.
Special counsel Jack Smith, who was appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland to oversee parts of the DOJ’s investigation into the insurrection, sent a letter to the committee earlier this month requesting all of the information from the panel’s investigation, one of the sources told CNN.
The handover comes during a key week for the committee. The panel on Monday held its final public meeting, during which committee members voted to refer former President Donald Trump to the DOJ on at least four criminal charges. The panel is slated to release its full final report on Wednesday.
The committee has been sending documents and transcripts over the course of the last week, the second source added, with the production focusing specifically on former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Trump’s former election lawyer John Eastman.
The panel has also started to share transcripts of witness interviews pertaining to the false slates of electors and the pressure campaign by Trump and his allies on certain states to overturn the 2020 election results.
The 2016 Capitol Attack Attack Investigated by the Garland Advisory Committee on Investigations of Self-Incrimination and Other Phenomenology
Garland will make the final decision on charging decisions if the facts and evidence support a prosecution.
A report on the attack on the US Capitol in January, 2015, is scheduled to be released Thursday.
Kevin McCarthy and other members of the House could be reprimanded for their refusal to comply with committee subpoenas.
The full report — which was originally slated for Wednesday and is expected to be eight chapters long — will include additional evidence, along with detailed descriptions of the scheme pushed by Trump and his allies to overturn the 2020 election. The committee members conducted more than 1,000 interviews during the course of their investigation.
Some of the transcripts from depositions, interviews with numerous witnesses who invoked their Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination and testimony from Hutchinson were released by the committee this week.
Nancy Pelosi praised the work of the committee, but didn’t say what she saw as the next steps for the referrals of four House members.
“The Committee has reached important conclusions about the evidence it has developed, and I respect those findings. Our Founders made clear that, in the United States of America, no one is above the law. This bedrock principle remains unequivocally true, and justice must be done,” Pelosi said.
The Central Cause of January 6th is President Donald Trump and the Committee on Investigating Its Role with the Judiciary Branch of Government
A bill updating the Electoral Count Act has bipartisan backing and has been attached to the omnibus spending bill moving through Congress in the coming days.
“That evidence has led to an overriding and straight-forward conclusion: the central cause of January 6th was one man, former President Donald Trump, who many others followed,” the committee writes in a summary of its final report released on Monday. “None of the events of January 6th would have happened without him.”
The summary revisits a phone call Trump had with the Georgia Secretary of State where he begged him to prevent Biden from winning the election in the state. The summary also highlights that Trump doxed the leader of the Michigan Senate by tweeting out his cell phone number after he publicly said he wouldn’t undermine the election results.
The committee says it also has the evidence to refer Eastman on the obstruction charge, and it names him as a co-conspirator in other alleged criminal activity lawmakers have gathered evidence on.
The committee says it gathered evidence indicating that Trump “raised roughly one quarter of a billion dollars in fundraising efforts between the election and January 6th. The solicitations referred to election fraud that didn’t exist.
It is noted that the former president’s claims had no proof, but Trump’s top allies acknowledged there was no proof.
According to this report, Giuliani admitted in his Select Committee deposition that he did not think the machines stole the election.
Sources familiar with Trump’s legal strategy in the Justice Department probe have told CNN that his attorneys believe prosecutors face an uphill battle in proving he did not believe the election was stolen despite being told as much by senior members of his own administration.
“For example, the Trump Campaign, along with the Republican National Committee, sent millions of emails to their supporters, with messaging claiming that the election was ‘rigged,’ that their donations could stop Democrats from ‘trying to steal the election,’ and that Vice President Biden would be an ‘illegitimate president’ if he took office,’” the summary states.
Lawyers who are paid to defend President Trump have incentives to do so rather than represent their own clients, which is a concern raised by the committee. The Fulton County District Attorney and the Department of Justice have been given some information about this topic.
A witness who had her lawyer paid by a Trump group was told she could tell the Committee that she did not remember facts when she actually did. When the witness raised concerns with her lawyer about that approach, the lawyer said, “They don’t know what you know, [witness]. They don’t know that you can recall some of these things. The report summary says you saying “I don’t recall” is an acceptable response.
The lawyer told his client not to deal with that particular issue that reflected negatively on Trump. We don’t want to go there. We don’t want to talk about that.
The committee’s knowledge of conversations with Trump was blocked due to the invocation of privilege made by former White House counsel Pat Cipollone. The DOJ secured an under-seal court victory that will allow prosecutors to get Cipollone’s testimony.
In Radford’s recollection, the name-calling was upsetting to Ivanka at the time, but when the committee asked Ivanka whether there were any “particular words” her father used in the conversation with Pence, “She answered simply: ‘No.’”
The Committee on Investigating the State of the Capitol Correspondence: Jeff Clark’s “Report on the Investigation of the January 6th Capitol Crime Against President Trump”
According to the summary, this was an intentional choice by Jeff Clark to contradict specific Department findings on election fraud, and be inserted into the Presidential election on President Trump’s behalf, to create oragther a constitutional crisis.
A case for why the Justice Department should prosecute the rioters who were outside the capitol is made in the section outlining the referrals.
The committee says that Trump is above the law, and believes he is in a position of authority because of the checks on Presidential authority.
Like Freeman and Moss, other officials who faced Trump’s ire received death and rape threats and an avalanche of phone calls and emails, and some of them feared for their safety.
The evidence that Trump allies sought pardons as the administration drew to a close shows that they knew their conduct was legally problematic, the committee argues.
CNN had previously reported that the McEntee testimony linked Gaetz’s pardon request to a separate DOJ probe, but Hutchinson said it was different than that.
The summary of the report lays out how the intelligence community and law enforcement agencies were receiving information that January 6 was likely to be violent and shared that information with the White House and US Secret Service.
An intelligence summary of plans to occupy the Capitol was mailed to Department of Justice officials on January 3, 2021. According to testimony from Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, then-Deputy Secretary of Defense David Norquist predicted on a National Security Council call that the Capitol could be the target of violence.
The panel suggests former White House deputy chief of staff Tony Ornato failed to adequately serve as the intermediary between the intelligence community and the White House when it came to security updates ahead of January 6.
Ornato confirmed that Engel understood information sharing but said, “I don’t recall if I talked to Meadows about the threat landscape going into January 6.” So he most likely was getting all this in his daily brief as well.”
Reply to Comment on Donald Trump’s Reaction to the January 6, 2021, Markov Marriot” by Melania Grisham
Stephanie Grisham, a former White House press secretary and chief of staff to Melania Trump, said she learned from people inside the West Wing on January 6, 2021, that Trump thought the rioters “looked very trashy,” but reveled in how they were “fighting for him.”
Donald Trump Jr. told the committee he couldn’t recall key details related to his appearance at a rally that preceded the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol.
The lead Secret Service agent that day, Robert Engel, told a panel that he did not remember the events of that day in the way that Hutchinson described them.
He wanted to be part of the march, and he also wanted to be in the limo with the President, so I recall that as the best recollection.
The report summary tries to prove that Trump was planning to ask his supporters to leave the Capitol during his speech.
The committee says that the January 6 rally organizer texted MyPIllow CEO Mike Lindell. … It can also not get out about the march because I will be in trouble with the national park service and all the agencies but POTUS is going to just call for it ‘unexpectedly.’”
The committee points out that as the riot unfolded, Trump didn’t make any calls for security assistance and resisted efforts from staffers to call off his supporters.
“President Trump did not contact a single top national security official during the day. Not at the Pentagon, nor at the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, the F.B.I., the Capitol Police Department, or the D.C. Mayor’s office,” the committee writes. “As Vice President Pence has confirmed, President Trump didn’t even try to reach his own Vice President to make sure that Pence was safe.”
Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the committee he had this reaction to Trump, “You know, you’re the Commander in Chief. You’ve got an assault going on on the Capitol of the United States of America. There isn’t anything? No call? Nothing? Zero?
The committee states that the White House photographer didn’t take photographs of the President until after 4 p.m.
On the Investigation of Donald Trump and the Hill during the 2016 Capitol Reactions: A Democratic Senate Senator’s Response to a White House Correspondence
According to the report, Brad Parscale, Trump’s former campaign manager, told another of the rally organizers that he felt guilty for helping Trump win.
House GOP leader McCarthy reached out to Trump’s family for help during the riots, which Trump’s son-in-law, and former White House senior adviser, Jared Kushner called “scared.”
In a text to then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene wrote, “Mark I was just told there is an active shooter on the first floor of the Capitol Please tell the President to calm people The way to solve anything is not by this.
He asked the White House employee – whose identity the panel kept anonymous “to guard against the risk of retaliation” – if they had watched his rally speech on television. The employee from the White House said that they cut off the Hughesnet Hughesnet Hughesnet because of the riots at the Capitol.
The summary acknowledges that the House committee ran into some problems in its investigation and said that the Justice Department has the power to deal with those problems.
More than thirty witnesses invoked their Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination and were not allowed to give testimony. They included individuals who were important in the investigation, like Roger Stone and Michael Flynn.
The Department of Justice is investigating the former president and others for aiding or abetting an insurrection. The panel wants congressional committees to create a mechanism for evaluating whether someone should be barred from future federal or state office if they violate the 14th Amendment.
The House Select Committee on the Associated Investigative and Congressional Investigations. I. Report of the 2020/2021 Committee on Investigations of the 2018 January 6 Resurrection
There were no major new bombshells in the report that the committee released Thursday – instead the committee focused on laying out the depth and detail of its work across its investigation.
During the period between the Election Day of November 3, 2020 and the inauguration of Joe Biden on January 20, 2021, the report provided the most comprehensive account to date.
It is a narrative that expands upon the public hearings the committee had in the summer, giving readers step-by-step instructions on how to learn more about the various schemesTrump orchestrated and the help he had from allies inside and outside his administration.
The final report of the report offered a definitive picture of the attack on Congress, along with contributing factors within American discourse as well as law enforcement preparedness and failures.
The committee also interviewed leaders of agencies who were directing law enforcement response, such as the Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser and police force heads.
The select committee also says it interviewed 24 witnesses and reviewed 37,000 pages of documents for a review of the response of the DC National Guard, which attempts to explain the delayed response of the force to the Capitol.
Miller was asked in his January deposition about a proposal in Congress to give the Washington, DC, mayor the same authority to deploy the National Guard that a governor has. The authority to deploy in the District of Columbia is given to the Army secretary by the defense secretary and president.
According to the panel, Egel did not describe the interaction in the manner that Hutchinson described it, and Ornata did not recall Trump gesturing toward him.
The committee’s report underscores how the House’s successful court fights to pry loose documents, emails and phone records played a major role in helping the committee flesh out its narrative of January 6.
There are more transcripts expected in the committee’s final days from other witness testimony, teasing out evermore details in the hours before the committee is dissolved, as is expected in the new Congress.
Several parties are eagerly awaiting their release, including GOP lawmakers and Trump himself, who is facing legal scrutiny on several fronts for his role in the January 6 insurrection and efforts to overturn the 2020 election.
The released transcripts have provided illuminating insights into the final weeks of the presidency of Donald Trump with accounts from inside the Trump White House, federal and state officials who resisted pressure to overturn the Electoral College results, and many others.
Donald Trump Jr. told the committee that the reason he texted Meadows a detailed plan about how to ensure his father would get a second term two days after the 2020 presidential election was because he thought the ideas were “the most sophisticated” and “sounded plausible.”
Trump Jr.’s testimony, revealed by the select committee on Thursday, provides new context to a text message CNN first reported on in April where he lays out various ideas for keeping Trump in power by subverting the Electoral College process.
“Perhaps in reading it, it was the most sophisticated, you know, and detailed, and again, about things I don’t necessarily, you know, know too much about, but it sounded plausible and I wanted to make sure that we were looking into the issues brought up in the text,” Trump Jr. said.
Meadows did not initially respond to the original November 5 text, but when Trump Jr. followed up the next day to make sure he saw, Trump’s then-chief of staff texted, “much of this had merit. Working on this for PA, so Pennsylvania, Georgia and North Carolina already.”
The Trumps were paid $30,000 each by Turning Point Action for their speeches at the White House rally. He thought the money was for an event in December, according to a transcript released Thursday.
“My recollection was that we had spoken for them prior to Christmas at an event that we did annually and always got sort of paid for speaking fees to show up,” Trump Jr. said.
“I was not involved in any of that certification stuff. She said that she didn’t know about the significance of the January 6 rally and that she couldn’t explain it to you.
Sen. Lindsey Graham and the 2016 Election Fraud Causal Committee: What do we have to do about illegals in the West Wing?
After the 2020 election, Sen. Lindsey Graham pledged to become a “champion” of then-President Trump’s election fraud claims – if only Trump’s advisers would give him information about dead voters, according to an account given to the January 6 committee.
Graham told me he would love to support the cause. I think it would be great to, you know, really show all the fraud. Send a memo that shows me what you have got, and I’ll let you know. I will champion it. Bobb also recalled from the conversation with Graham.
Give me an example of illegals voting. Bobb wasrelaying what Graham said when he said to give him a very small snapshot.
Grisham said that he had heard from several people in the West Wing, more on the military aide or Secret Service side, but then a couple just people, but he was watching it all unfold.
Grisham told the committee that she never thought the kids were doing things in the best interest of their father.
Grisham said that, like lawyers Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani, she distrusted people that she suspected were giving her husband bad advice. She would say that he was getting bad advice and she didn’t think it was smart.
Miller said of the mayor giving more power to the Guard, “I will let you know exactly what I think and leave.” Yes, yeah.
The O’Brien Interview with Jack Smith: Preferences on 2020 Election Interference During the White House Correspondence with Rep. Cuccinelli
Former national security adviser Robert O’Brien has been subpoenaed by special counsel Jack Smith in both his investigation into classified documents found at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence and the probe related to efforts to overturn the 2020 election, according to a source familiar with the matter.
Separately, Trump’s former acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf was interviewed by Justice Department lawyers in recent weeks as part of the ongoing special counsel investigation related to 2020 election interference, according to two sources familiar with the matter.
Wolf declined to comment on his recent interview with federal investigators, which was first reported by Bloomberg. A spokesman for Smith also declined to comment.
The interview comes after Wolf’s former deputy, Ken Cuccinelli, testified last month before a federal grand jury as part of Smith’s election interference probe. When Cuccinelli was asked at the time whether privilege claims arose, he said: “They did, and I didn’t say anything.”
Two other sources told CNN that Smith did not seek testimony from a lot of other people in the Trump administration.
“While I have consistently condemned political violence on both sides of the aisle, specifically violence directed at law enforcement, we now see some supporters of the President using violence as a means to achieve political ends,” Wolf said at the time. This is not acceptable.