Appearing on MSNBC’s “The Sunday Show” with host Jonathan Capehart, former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance made the case that Don Trump Jr’s texts about overturning the 2020 election results — coming just a few days after the public went to the polls — could end up being the “smoking gun” investigators are looking for.
Reacting to the CNN report that the oldest son of former president Donald Trump was pitching suggestions to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on how to remain in power, Vance called the texts “powerful evidence” that could be used in a criminal indictment.
“Is this proverbial smoking gun, especially after the Ginni Thomas texts?” host Capehart asked.
“It feels like it could be a smoking gun,” Vance conceded. “This is two days after the election, the election result hasn’t been called yet, but Donald Trump Jr. is already acting on the assumption his father is going to lose the election and, of course, the entire predication that his father has for maintaining that everything he did after the election, up to and including the march on the Capitol, was legitimate was this notion that he had not legitimately lost the election.”
“So to the extent that this becomes a powerful piece of evidence that they were aware that they had lost, that they were aware it wasn’t fraud and they were going to have to come up with these alternate schemes, including fake slates of electors to get across the finish line, this really could be very powerful,” she added.
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Trump’s DHS Chief Delayed and Altered Report on Russian Election Interference Because It ‘Made the President Look Bad’
Chad Wolf, Trump’s Acting Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) who was unlawfully installed, delayed and altered a federal government intelligence report on Russian interference in the 2020 presidential election because it “made the President look bad.”
A new Homeland Security Office of Inspector General report says Wolf for months delayed a report that was initially titled, “Russia Likely to Denigrate Health of US Candidates to Influence 2020 Electoral Dynamics.” It later was altered to “blunt” the focus of Russia’s attack on Democratic nominee Joe Biden by adding claims about China and Iran’s alleged attempts to denigrate then-President Donald Trump, who was running for re-election.
“A Tuesday report from DHS’s Office of Inspector General concluded that DHS’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) wrongly let politics interfere with the dissemination of the report, which documented a Russian disinformation campaign surrounding President Biden’s mental acuity,” The Hill reports.
“I&A employees during the review and clearance process changed the product’s scope by making changes that appear to be based in part on political considerations, potentially impacting I&A’s compliance with Intelligence Community policy,” OIG concluded in a report that found that “DHS did not adequately follow its internal processes.”
The Inspector General’s report says “the Acting Secretary [Wolf] asked the product be held because it made President Trump look bad and hurt President Trump’s campaign — the concept that Russia was denigrating candidate Biden would be used against President Trump.”
The Acting Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis “also told us he took contemporaneous notes of the meeting, a copy of which we obtained. The notes…read ‘AS1 – will hurt POTUS – kill it per his authorities.’”
The Office of Inspector General “concluded Wolf’s interference and other changes violated requirements that require intelligence products to be objective and independent of political consideration,” The Hill adds.
Ginni Thomas Demanded Republicans Go ‘Out in the Streets’ to Protest Election, Support Donald Trump
Virginia “Ginni” Thomas demanded Congressional Republicans take the fight to overturn the 2020 election to the streets after Donald Trump lost his re-election bid to Joe Biden.
Thomas, a veteran far-right activist and lobbyist, and spouse to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, is under fire after multiple news organizations Thursday reported on 29 texts she exchanged with then-Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows demanding he work to overturn the election.
“Shortly after the 2020 election,” NBC News reports, Ginni Thomas “sent an email to an aide to a prominent House conservative saying she would have nothing to do with his group until his members go ‘out in the streets,’ a congressional source familiar with the exchange told NBC News.”
That email was sent to “an aide to incoming Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Banks, R-Ind.,” saying “that she was more aligned with the far-right House Freedom Caucus.”
“Just days later,” NBC adds, Texas GOP Congressman Louie Gohmert “appeared at a ‘Million MAGA March’ near the White House and told Trump supporters: ‘This was a cheated election and we can’t let it stand.’ He talked about ‘revolution.'”
As Legal Experts Call for Clarence Thomas to Recuse House Republicans Say ‘We Need More’ Like Him
Republicans in the House, some of whom are believed to have some degree of complicity with the efforts to stage a coup on January 6, 2020 are mounting an all-out effort to defend embattled Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas after bombshell reports of his far-right spouse’s efforts during the Trump White House to overturn the presidential election.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who some believe may have a degree of complicity in the January 6 insurrection, on Friday defended Justice Thomas, falsely claiming that when it comes to any need to recuse from January 6 related cases he is certain the nation’s current longest-serving justice will follow the law.
“I think Justice Thomas could make his decisions like he’s made them every other time. It’s his decision based upon law,” McCarthy told reporters in Florida Friday at a GOP retreat.
The Minority Leader who for months has been engaged in an all-out scheme to become Speaker of the House apparently does not know there are precisely zero laws mandating recusal by Supreme Court justices.
McCarthy at the time was seated next to Rep. Jim Jordan, the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, which just happens to oversee the Supreme Court – including impeachments of Supreme Court justices.
Barely hours after Minority Leader McCarthy defended Justice Thomas, Congressman Jordan’s House Judiciary GOP’s Twiter account ran to Thomas’ defense.
In response to a tweet from the right-leaning media outlet The Hill that reads “Justice Thomas discharged from hospital, faces mounting ethics scrutiny,” Jordan’s Judiciary Committee’s tweeted, “No, he doesn’t. If there’s anything we need, it’s more people like Justice Thomas.”
No, he doesn’t. If there’s anything we need, it’s more people like Justice Thomas. https://t.co/B2WWZKLcro
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) March 25, 2022
Make no mistake: Some believe Jordan, like McCarthy, may have some complicity in the January 6 attack on the Capitol, or in the events of that day or events leading up to it. Among those, who do, allegedly, is Republican Rep. Liz Cheney, according to the 2021 book “I Alone Can Fix It” by Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker.
Earlier Friday The New Yorker’s esteemed investigative reporter Jane Mayer published a piece titled, “Legal Scholars Are Shocked By Ginni Thomas’s ‘Stop the Steal’ Texts.”
“Several experts say that Thomas’s husband, the Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, must recuse himself from any case related to the 2020 election,” Mayer writes.
The House Republican Judiciary Committee members list reads like a who’s who of right-wing congressional extremists. In addition to Jordan, some of the Committee’s members include Reps. Louie Gohmert and Chip Roy of Texas, Steve Chabot of Ohio, Ken Buck of Colorado, Matt Gaetz of Florida, Mike Johnson of Louisiana, Arizona’s Andy Biggs, the far-right head of the extremist Freedom Caucus, Thomas Massie of Kentucky, and Dan Bishop of North Carolina, among others.
An October article in Rolling Stone revealed at least two members of the House Judiciary Republicans were tied to meetings about the March for Trump and Stop the Steal events.
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