Committee Details Pressure Campaign To Elevate Trump Ally In Doj
The committee is rolling out extensive evidence of how Trump allies pressured the Justice Department to elevate Jeffrey Clark, a mid-level official attempting to get the DOJ to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the election results.
They showed December text messages from US representative Scott Perry, who texted Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows that we gotta get going with plans about challenging the election and elevating Mr Clark to a high level position.
I got it. I think I understand, Mr Meadows replied.
Later that month, Mr Clark urged Richard Donoghue, the former acting deputy attorney general, to sign a letter criticising Georgias election results and proposing sending a slate of pro-Trump electors.
Mr Donoghue said he thought the letter was extreme and highly innappropriate, given the lack of evidence about election irregularities in the state.
This is a grave step for the Department to take and could have tremendous constitutional, political and social ramifications for the country, Mr Donoghues response read.
This was not based on fact, the former DOJ official added during his testimony on Thursday. It was actually contrary to the facts.
It may very well have spiralled us into a constitutional crisis, he added.
Trump Wondered What Do I Have To Lose As He Pondered Elevating Conspiracy Theorist At Doj
In the days just before January 6, Donald Trump met with top Justice Department officials in the Oval Office.
He told the assembled leaders he was considering clearing house among the top leadership, who didnt go along with the former presidents election conspiracies, and elevating Jeffrey Clark, a mid-level DOJ official who did.
What do I have to lose? Mr Trump wondered aloud, according to testimony from Richard Donoghue, former acting deputy attorney general.
I said, Mr. President, you have a great deal to lose, Mr Donoghue testified.
The top DOJ official said the decision to elevate Mr Clark, an environmental attorney with no background in criminal investigations, would be a disaster.
Its impossible, its absurd. Its not going to happen. And he is going to fail, Mr Donoghue continued in the meeting, according to his testimony.
He also said he warned the president the decision would prompt mass resignations.
Former White House counsel Pat Cipollone compared elevating Mr Clark, who wanted states that went for Biden to submit illegitimiate pro-Trump electors instead, to a murder-suicide pact.
How Jared Kushner Washed His Hands Of Donald Trump Before Jan 6
Mr. Kushners role in the final months of the Trump White House could come into sharp relief once the committee investigating the attack on the Capitol opens hearings.
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By Peter Baker
WASHINGTON On Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, barely 24 hours after President Donald J. Trump claimed in the middle of the night that frankly, we did win this election, Jared Kushner woke up in his Kalorama mansion and announced to his wife that it was time to leave Washington. Were moving to Miami, he said.
The election had not even been called for Joseph R. Biden Jr., but as Mr. Kushner later told the story to aides and associates, the White Houses young power couple felt no need to wait for the official results. They saw which way the votes were going and understood that, barring some unforeseen surprise, the president had lost his bid for a second term. Even if he refused to accept it himself.
No matter how vociferously Mr. Trump claimed otherwise, neither Mr. Kushner nor Ivanka Trump believed then or later that the election had been stolen, according to people close to them. While the president spent the hours and days after the polls closed complaining about imagined fraud in battleground states and plotting a strategy to hold on to power, his daughter and son-in-law were already washing their hands of the Trump presidency.
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Most American Support The Investigation
According to a June pollconducted by Navigator Research, 71% of respondents opposed the actions of the rioters on 6 January compared to 22% who supported it with 64% in favour of the select committees investigation to uncover the truth. A majority 54% voted in favour of the Department of Justice filing criminal charges against Donald Trump for his involvement in the Capitol riot, compared to 37% who opposed the suggestion.
Our polling not only shows that an overwhelming majority of Americans oppose the actions of the individuals and groups who perpetrated the assault on the Capitol, but nearly two in three support the investigation being carried out by the January 6th Committee. said Bryan Bennett, Senior Director of Polling & Analytics at the Hub Project and Advisor to Navigator Research. The unity across partisanship on these questions underscores the crisis in confidence Americans have in our democracy, and the desire to ensure that attacks on free and fair elections never happen again.
Talk About How People Should Treat Each Other
Much of the behavior we are seeing this primary season is childish: name calling, pushing, shoving, finger pointing. I find that when children see this behavior, they are often shocked, and they may find it silly that adults would act this way. Its a great opportunity to talk about how they feel when they see such behavior and how we think about itand its a way for us to draw lines about what kind of behavior is appropriate.
Albert Banduras social learning theory tells us that children watch the behavior of the grown-ups around themand then try on behavior by doing things that they see at home, on the TV, or even in the streets. When our children see presidential candidates spew insults or endorse violence against peaceful protesters, they are learning from these messages how to treat each other. Check in to see how they understand the behavior theyre observing and what they think about it:
- Did you notice how those people were treating each other?
- What do you think about it?
Then directly tell them how you feel about it, as their parent:
- We are not a family that believes that we should use violence to get our point across.
- We think its really important that people get to express their opinion even when they disagree.
Greater Good wants to know: Do you think this article will influence your opinions or behavior?
Pence’s Reaction Takes Center Stage At Third Hearing
Select committee aides told reporters on Wednesday afternoon that the latest hearing will delve into one of Trump’s theories rejected by most top legal minds and ultimately by Pence himself that the vice president could unilaterally refuse to count Electoral College votes from disputed states.
Pence on Jan. 6, 2021, was tasked with presiding over a joint session of Congress to confirm the Electoral College results. He stoked Trump’s fury when he said in a letter just before the proceedings that he cannot claim “unilateral authority” to throw out electoral votes.
The nine-member committee will plans to show how Trump heaped pressure on Pence to follow this theory, and how that helped stoke the Capitol riot and “put Pence’s life in danger,” an aide said. The panel is also expected to unveil new material documenting Pence’s moves at the Capitol as the insurrection was unfolding.
Live Blog: Former President Trump Speaks In Memphis
The tour is “designed to equip conservatives across the country to Win Back America,” and it highlights what it claims are the four pillars of conservatism: “faith, family, finances and freedom.” The event is different from Trump’s “Save America” tour, where the former president holds campaign-style rallies for preferred candidates in a largely unscripted and unstructured format. Another “American Freedom” tour stop is slated for July 15 in Greensboro, North Carolina, with the former president set to attend.
Trump was joined by his son, Donald Trump Jr., his former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and other conservative allies at Saturday evening’s event, which marks the former president’s second event this week after speaking at the Faith and Freedom Caucus in Nashville, Tennessee.
Follow along here for event updates as they happen.
The former president closed by offering some of his usual messages, praising the “MAGA” platform as “the greatest political movement in history.”
“I ask you to get ready to work, get ready to fight, and get ready to win, and we’re going to win like never before,” he told the crowd.
Trump turned his ire toward Twitter after calling his Truth Social platform “hot.” The former president began by saying that he thinks “Twitter is going to hell.”
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The Reform Party of the United States of America , generally known as the Reform Party USA or the Reform Party, is a in the United States, founded in 1995 by .
Perot believed Americans were disillusioned with the state of politics as being corrupt and unable to deal with vital issues. After he received 18.9 percent of the popular vote as an independent candidate in the , he founded the Reform Party and presented it as a viable alternative to and . As the Reform Party presidential nominee, Perot won 8.4 percent of the popular vote in the . Although he did not receive a single electoral vote, no other has since managed to receive as high a share of the popular vote.
The party has nominated other presidential candidates over the years, including and . Its most significant victory came when was elected in , although he left the party shortly into his term. was a member of the Reform Party during his brief . In around the year 2000, party infighting and scandals led to a major decline in the party’s strength. Beginning with in the , no Reform Party presidential nominee has been able to gather 1 percent of the popular vote.
Here Are Key Takeaways From Day 3 Of The Jan 6 Committee Hearings
From CNN’s Jeremy Herb, Marshall Cohen and Zachary Cohen
The House select committee investigating the Capitol insurrection on Thursday detailed how former President Donald Trump tried to pressure his vice president to join in his scheme to overturn the presidential election and how Pence’s refusal put his life in danger as rioters called for Pence’s hanging on Jan. 6, 2021.
Two witnesses testified during Thursday’s hearing who advised Pence that he did not have the authority to subvert the election: former Pence attorney Greg Jacob and retired Republican judge J. Michael Luttig.
The committee walked through how conservative Trump attorney John 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 nevertheless was embraced by the former President.
The next committee hearing is scheduled for this upcoming Tuesday at 1 p.m. ET. The witnesses have not yet been announced.
Here are the key takeaways from the committee’s third hearing this month:
Trump was told that Eastman’s election plan was wrong but tried it anyway: There were many revelations, but the perhaps most important one: Trump was told repeatedly that his plan for Pence to overturn the election on January 6 was illegal, but he tried to do it anyway.
Some of the most compelling evidence came from the rioters themselves.
Read more more takeaways from today’s hearing here.
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Reaction in Arizona to the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning the constitutional right to abortion broke down along predictable party lines, with Republicans celebrating and Democrats blasting the ruling.
Roe v Wade was a poorly-reasoned ruling that had no Constitutional basis. The Supreme Court has made the right decision by finally overturning it and giving governing power back to the people and the states, Gov. Doug Ducey said via Twitter. I am proud that Arizona has been ranked the most pro-life state in the country. Here, we will continue to cherish life and protect it in every way possible.
Both Democratic U.S. senators expressed outrage.
In a landmark opinion handed down Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court brought an end to the nearly 50-year period in American history when the right to have an abortion was secured by the nations highest court.
Now, in some states, seeking an abortion could make someone a criminal and advocates warn that the burden will fall disproportionately on pregnant people of color, who are more likely than white people to be arrested and detained.
Republicans Talk Trash About Trump As Endorsements Flop
There have been some successes, with J.D. Vance in Ohio and Doug Mastriano in Pennsylvania, but the intra-party conflicts sparked by Trump’s endorsements of unpopular loyalists has made GOP heavyweights more willing to challenge the twice-impeached former president, reported Politico.
It shows that while people realize Donald Trump is virtually, in every way, still the leader of the Republican Party, people are willing to stick their necks out and support good candidates opposite of Trump when they see them, said Missouri-based GOP strategist Gregg Keller.
Former president George W. Bush, former vice president Mike Pence and former New Jersey governor Chris Christie all campaigned for Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, whose Trump-endorsed opponent flopped, and Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Rand Paul campaigned for Rep. Mo Brooks in his Alabama Senate primary, after the former president withdrew his endorsement.
Trump picked this fight,” Christie added.
Pence has more openly challenged Trump, who reportedly liked his supporters chanting their intentions to hang his vice president, as he prepares a possible 2024 presidential run, and his advisers are trashing the former president behind the scenes.
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