Attempted Coup in the United States: Tracking Investigations and Fallout

I could die happy after seeing the Trump perp walk. Don’t protect his head when he gets in the car, guys.

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https://archive.ph/gsVht

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Getting hot down in Ga…

In this second edition of our October 2021 report, we review the investigation and its basis. We assess the publicly known facts and relevant law and analyze the extent to which the former president may be held criminally responsible for his conduct in Georgia. We conclude that Trump is at substantial risk of criminal prosecution in Fulton County.

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Garland finally did it. Two focuses of the investigation

One investigation that Smith will handle is currently looking into whether any person, including Trump, unlawfully interferred with the transfer of presidential power following the 2020 election, or the certification of the Electoral College vote in President Joe Biden’s favor on Jan. 6, 2021.

The other DOJ probe is focused on whether Trump broke the law and obstructed justice in connection with his removal of hundreds of documents from the White House, which were shipped to his residence at Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida.

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Larry Brock. (Grapevine (Tex.) Police Department/AP)

Grapevine… that checks out. It’s also adjacent to Southlake.

Before Jan. 6, prosecutors noted, Brock made comments on Facebook, starting in November 2020, saying that “the battle isn’t winnable democratically” and that “fire and blood will be needed soon.” He said he bought a helmet and body armor “for the civil war that is coming.” He wrote five days before the riot that “the castle will be stormed.”

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Caldwell, 68, called his past words “a great exaggeration, just like the charges against me.” He testified that a “militia” is just “neighbors helping neighbors.” And he said messages from him about taking out enemies with sniper fire or staging and transporting “heavy weapons” across the Potomac River by boat were “creative writing.”

Caldwell claimed he saw no violence at the Capitol and thought until days later reports of it were “hooey.” But in messages sent the evening of the attack, he talked about stealing riot shields, throwing fire extinguishers through windows and watching Proud Boys fight the police. “It was a great time,” he wrote.

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Should be non-paywalled…

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Thanks to Cheney, Jan. 6 report will focus almost exclusively on Trump to conceal evidence of bad actors in law enforcement & the GOP, and white supremacist involvement.

No paywall: https://archive.ph/gLIBb

Cheney spokesman Jeremy Adler issued a blistering statement Wednesday to The Washington Post in response to the criticisms.

“Donald Trump is the first president in American history to attempt to overturn an election and prevent the peaceful transfer of power, Adler said. “So, damn right Liz is ‘prioritizing’ understanding what he did and how he did it and ensuring it never happens again.

Adler added, “Some staff have submitted subpar material for the report that reflects long-held liberal biases about federal law enforcement, Republicans, and sociological issues outside the scope of the Select Committee’s work. She won’t sign onto any ‘narrative’ that suggests Republicans are inherently racist or smears men and women in law enforcement, or suggests every American who believes God has blessed America is a white supremacist.”

Translation: Evidence of inherent racism among Republicans, wrongdoing in law enforcement, and white supremacist influence and involvement in the evangelical community will be buried.

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Now, the founder of the far-right militia faces up to 20 years behind bars. Kelly Meggs, a leader of the Florida Oath Keepers chapter, was also found guilty of seditious conspiracy. Their co-defendants—Thomas Caldwell, a retired Navy intelligence officer; member Kenneth Harrelson; and Jessica Watkins, who led an Ohio militia group—were found not guilty of the most serious charge. Every defendant was convicted of obstruction.

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More to come:

Four other Oath Keepers members charged with seditious conspiracy are due to go to trial in December. Members of another right-wing group called the Proud Boys, including its former chairman Enrique Tarrio, also are due to head to trial on seditious conspiracy charges in December. -Reuters

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Of the five Oath Keepers to stand trial, Rhodes, Watkins, and Caldwell made the decision to testify in their own defense.

I’m mildly surprised none of them were stupid enough to try representing themselves in court.

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They were probably stupid enough to ignore their lawyer’s advice not to testify, though, which is nice.

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It’s weird how Rhode’s defense conjured up the absolute worst case scenario–“If only the coup had succeeded, then I would be in the right”

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Glad she got this done before leaving the speakership. It should have been earlier.

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Indeed.

McCarthy would boot them out.

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