House select committee examines roles of GOP lawmakers in Trump coup attempt – people’s world

Attack on the United States Capitol | Photographer Lev Radin | Sipa USA via AP

WASHINGTON – The seven lawmakers on the special committee to investigate the Trumpite insurgency of January 6 on Capitol Hill deepen the complicity of fellow Republicans in the coup attempt of former GOP Oval Office occupant Donald Trump .

And once they are done with depositions and testimony behind closed doors – and, if necessary, calling witnesses – they will hold public hearings and issue a report and recommendations before the end of this Congress. Then they’ll turn their evidence over to the Justice Department for prosecution, adds Representative Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Adds.

Schiff, one of the five Democrats on the panel and leader of the first unsuccessful impeachment attempt against Trump, has not named lawmakers for the committee to investigate.

But video of the fatal insurgency shows the complicity of Senator Josh Hawley, R-Mo., And subsequent statements by far-right members of the GOP House add to it. Other lawmakers are seen showing off DC buildings with access to the Capitol to insurgent groups. And the complicity extends beyond those few individuals to all the lawmakers who have followed and continue to follow Trump’s “voter fraud”, Line Schiff said.

“If the investigation leads to other members of Congress, we will follow the evidence” and then make it public in hearings at the end to educate the whole of the United States “But what will happen after that” to lawmakers ” will depend on the Department of Justice to determine whether any of them have broken a criminal law and should be prosecuted.

“What if they keep pushing the big lie” about Trump about a “stolen election” and frauds in key states – Trump singled out states and cities with large numbers of voters of color – ” even after seeing the violence this has entailed, then their responsibility “for endangering and potentially destroying democracy” is even greater, “said Schiff.

The House, however, can also exert its own punishment on lawmakers who aided and abetted the insurgency, ranging from censorship to expulsion, he noted.

Judge rejects Trump privilege claims

Representative Adam Schiff | AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite

Schiff’s analysis preceded a helping hand the committee received from U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan in Washington by a week.

“His (Trump’s) position appears to be … predicated on the idea that his executive branch exists in perpetuity,” Judge Chutkan wrote. “But presidents are not kings, and the complainant” – Trump – “is not president.”

“Executive privilege is not for the benefit of an individual, but for the benefit of the republic” and only applies within defined limits, such as national security, the judge said.

As for Trump, or complicit lawmakers, the 14th Amendment to the Constitution may exclude them from office, the judge noted.

Trump also argued, in essence, that the committee was fishing against him. The judge also rejected it. She said her final report and legislative recommendations could include legislation to uphold the constitutional ban on a future term by “a member of the executive or a member of Congress who has engaged in an insurgency or a rebellion”.

The House panel “might reasonably expect” recordings of Trump, including communications with his aides and with the Trump coup war room at the Willard Hotel “to shed light on the White House planning and strategies for public messaging, any effort to stop or delay elections (voting) tally, and preparations and responses to January 6.

But it’s not just lawmakers such as Hawley and Reps Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., Or Paul Gosar, R-Arizona, who are responsible for the insurgency, Schiff said in a Nov. 3 interview hosted by Los Angeles. Jews united for democracy and justice. The video of the 75-minute session is at

It’s every lawmaker – which means a GOP majority on both sides of Capitol Hill – who continues to swallow Trump’s big lie that the 2020 election was stolen, Schiff said. He is not the only one.

In a recent discussion on voting rights with the Rev. William Barber II, co-founder of the Poor People’s Coalition, Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., Professor of constitutional law and leader of the Second Impeachment Prosecution Trump, the one covering Jan 6 — discussed the same issue.

“The question is: will we be a government of men and women or a government of a president who uses his office to take refuge and then refuses to accept the outcome? Of the election he lost in 2020, Raskin asked. Raskin is also on the seven-member panel.

It’s also a big topic in the subpoenas he issued over the past two days to at least ten Trump aides and henchmen, including GOP attorney John Eastman, who crafted the plan. for Trump’s Vice President Mike Pence to arbitrarily reject electoral votes in the major pro-Biden swing states of Georgia, Pennsylvania, Arizona and Wisconsin.

This would have thrown the election to the House, which would constitutionally vote for a state-by-state president, with each state getting one vote. There, the GOP controls 24 states, most of them small, like Idaho, Kansas, and Utah. Three state delegations – Minnesota, Michigan and Pennsylvania – are tied.

Eastman attended the briefing

“In the days leading up to January 6, Eastman reportedly attended a briefing for nearly 300 state lawmakers regarding alleged electoral fraud, during which he told the group he was” under the duty of legislatures to correct that, this blatant conduct, and make sure we don’t put a guy in the White House who wasn’t elected, ”the panel explained.

“Eastman was said to have attended the Jan. 5, 2021” meeting of top Trumpites in the Willard Hotel’s “war room” before the post-election invasion, the committee said. Eastman definitely spoke to the Trumpite crowd at the Jan.6 rally where Trump urged them to attack the Capitol, he added.

He also subpoenaed other key Trump aides and their records of meetings and communications with Trump and the War Room. Among the recipients were Trump’s campaign manager William Stepien and famed Trump fanatic and senior Trump adviser Jason Miller, who, along with presidential attorney Rudy Giuliani and Trump confidant Stephen Bannon, met in the war room on January 5 to discuss how to cancel the election.

Other subpoenas were issued to former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn and former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, a confidant and business partner of Giuliani. Both participated in the war room meetings on “stopping the flight” and rejecting electoral votes. Kerik also paid for sequels in Dear Willard, though reports show the Trump campaign has paid him back.

“This conservative lawyer wrote a 6 page memo which was a plan for a coup,” Washington post reporter Robert Costa said of Eastman during a panel discussion on Oct. 28 with Chicago Sun-Times Washington Bureau Chief Lynn Sweet.

“On January 5, Trump is in the Oval Office pressuring Pence to hold the election,” Costa continued. Pence resisted and his continued resistance the next day led to the invaders trying to hunt him down. They narrowly missed, due to the bravery of a Capitol Police officer, who kept them away from Pence and Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah.

“Then he (Trump) calls the war room in the Willard” on January 5 to speak with Giuliani and Bannon about the release of a statement saying Pence would agree “even if it was a lie,” said Costa, co-author with Bob Woodward of the book On Trump’s Last Days, Danger.

The panel must also tackle how to prevent a future Trumpite takeover of what is now “our fragile democracy,” both Costa and Schiff say in his book, Midnight in Washington and in maintenance.

Trump’s “peril” “again relates to his rise to the presidency,” Costa warned. By the end of his term, Trump had learned to manipulate the government for his own ends, which include authoritarianism. “He has endangered American democracy to the extreme,” Costa said.

And Trump assured that “anti-vaccines are also election deniers. Faith in institutions has been eroded to the bone ”because people ignore“ the facts and the reality ”.

Schiff also warned of the Trump threat, although he believes the nation will eventually get away with it.

“If we are forced to put up with another four years of Donald Trump as president” – with two years as a Trump clone, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Leading the House if the GOP gains control in 2022 – ” this country and its democracy will be nothing like what it is today.


Marc Gruenberg