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Fri May 13, 2022, 10:00 AM

House coup plotters stand firm -- but DOJ and the Jan. 6 committee are closing in


House coup plotters stand firm — but DOJ and the Jan. 6 committee are closing in
Rep. Scott Perry was up to his eyeballs in the Trump plot, and remains defiant. Will he really get away with it?

By HEATHER DIGBY PARTON
PUBLISHED MAY 13, 2022 9:50AM


(Salon) Back in December of 2020, according to notes taken by then-Acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donohue, Donald Trump tried to pressure Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen to falsely assert that the presidential election had been corrupt and illegal even though the Justice Department had found no evidence of voter fraud. Donohue's notes said Trump told them, "Just say that the election was corrupt + leave the rest to me and the R. Congressmen." The "R" is shorthand for —well, you know what for. Trump had a plan — and he had accomplices.

Rosen refused to play ball and one of those "R congressmen," Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, had lined up a replacement for him, a relatively obscure DOJ official named Jeffrey Clark who was ready and willing to carry out the plan. Clark allegedly attempted to coerce Rosen to sending a letter to Georgia election officials claiming that DOJ had identified "significant concerns that may have impacted the outcome of the election," telling Rosen that Trump was about to fire him but Clark would refuse to take the job if Rosen sent the letter. Rosen didn't comply, and the White House counsel's office finally told Trump that if he followed through on his plan to fire Rosen and install Clark as acting AG, the entire top level of the Justice Department would walk out. Even Trump could grasp that that wouldn't go well, so he backed off that plan and moved on to the next one.

According to the interim report on the Jan. 6 insurrection by the Senate Judiciary Committee, it was Scott Perry — who was involved in strategy meetings at the White House, along with other members of the House Freedom Caucus — who introduced Jeffrey Clark to Trump. He also took it upon himself to call Donohue, the no. 2 official at the Department of Justice, and demand that he investigate debunked election fraud allegations in Pennsylvania, effectively reading him the riot act for not pursuing all these ludicrous claims. (I can't imagine it's common for congressmen to harangue leading law enforcement officials and importune them to lie. Maybe under the Trump administration it happened all the time.) ............(more)

https://www.salon.com/2022/05/13/coup-plotters-stand-firm--but-doj-and-the-jan-6-committee-are-closing-in/




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Reply House coup plotters stand firm -- but DOJ and the Jan. 6 committee are closing in (Original post)
marmar May 13 OP
Historic NY May 13 #1
RainCaster May 13 #2
2naSalit May 13 #3
msfiddlestix May 13 #4
gab13by13 May 13 #13
msfiddlestix May 14 #14
Novara May 13 #5
Walleye May 13 #6
Novara May 13 #7
Walleye May 13 #9
rso May 13 #10
Walleye May 13 #11
Hoyt May 13 #8
rso May 13 #12

Response to marmar (Original post)

Fri May 13, 2022, 10:25 AM

1. Today is Friday the 13th wishing for a disastrous Republican day for the Jan 6th crew.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Fri May 13, 2022, 10:49 AM

2. I'll believe it when I see it

Color me a skeptic, but I've heard these happily hoped stories for too long. Remember the Mueller Report? When DFT is taken away in chains, I will believe.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Fri May 13, 2022, 10:56 AM

3. K&R

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Fri May 13, 2022, 11:02 AM

4. Most of these details were reported out as it happened at the time, some info in real time

other details learned shortly after.

It's good to get a refresher on the specific history and the specific players involved.

At the moment however, I remain skeptical as to the OP's headline. The part about "closing in"....


The way it feels to me, is that the "case" is fading away, because the sell by date is expiring very soon.

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Response to msfiddlestix (Reply #4)

Fri May 13, 2022, 01:00 PM

13. Post of the year.

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Response to gab13by13 (Reply #13)

Sat May 14, 2022, 03:12 PM

14. ty..

much appreciated. It's somewhat comforting to see I'm not the only one seeing things sans rose colored glasses.

maybe rose colored glasses helps stay in the fight, but when that fight is over, and the ship has sailed beyond the horizon....

well, suffice to say it's a very sad experience to put it mildly.



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Response to marmar (Original post)

Fri May 13, 2022, 11:06 AM

5. J6 committee appears to have the goods on the seditionists

If they didn't, they would not have issued yesterday's subpoenas. They've previously publicly expressed concerns that, should the Rs take over, they'd be investigated themselves, but that concern seems to no longer be an issue for them. If it was, they wouldn't have issued subpoenas to their fellow congresspeople. I see yesterday's actions as an indicator that they know they have the goods.


Take heart. From the article:

During the Watergate scandal of the 1970s, 69 government officials were charged with crimes and 48 were found guilty, including the former attorney general, the White House chief of staff, a White House domestic affairs adviser, the White House Counsel, the Secretary of Commerce and various others, mostly on charges of obstruction of justice and perjury. It can happen.


I am far, far, far from being a pollyanna, but shit is happening. I can't wait for the public hearings. Better stock up on popcorn.

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Response to Novara (Reply #5)

Fri May 13, 2022, 11:14 AM

6. Their threat to investigate Dems means nothing if we can just blow off the subpoenas

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Response to Walleye (Reply #6)

Fri May 13, 2022, 11:20 AM

7. Their threat means nothing if we keep the House

But it appears the J6 committee isn't worrying about it anymore. And to me, it indicates they have the goods.

I wonder if they will call them to testify in the public hearings and make a big deal about the no-shows. We all know they won't show up.

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Response to Novara (Reply #7)

Fri May 13, 2022, 11:31 AM

9. That's what I would like to see. Let's see some of that Raskin righteous anger

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Response to Walleye (Reply #6)

Fri May 13, 2022, 11:46 AM

10. 1/6

Precisely, that’s the bind that McCarthy and the others find themselves in.

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Response to rso (Reply #10)

Fri May 13, 2022, 11:47 AM

11. As usual they haven't thought it through

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Response to Novara (Reply #5)

Fri May 13, 2022, 11:29 AM

8. Or, they don't have the goods, but will keep looking with subpoenas.

 

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Response to Hoyt (Reply #8)

Fri May 13, 2022, 11:48 AM

12. 1/6

I don’t think so, they know it will be next to impossible to get these crooks to testify, so they are just making a political point to demonstrate how crooked the republicans are.

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