Letters from an American: Heather Cox Richardson
"As director of OMB, Mulvaney okayed the withholding of almost $400 million Congress had appropriated for Ukraines protection against Russia. In May 2019, he set up the three amigos, Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, special envoy Kurt Volker, and Energy Secretary Rick Perry, to pressure Zelensky.
...the Washington Post tonight revealed that he had reviewed a recording of a phone call in which the co-president of CBS News, Neeraj Khemlani, suggested they had hired Mulvaney to guarantee access to Republican lawmakers. If you look at some of the people that weve been hiring on a contributor basis, being able to make sure that we are getting access to both sides of the aisle is a priority because we know the Republicans are going to take over, most likely, in the midterms, Khemlani told staff."
'...the most important burner phone principle is to discard it and replace it constantly. But not everyone remembers to do this...So if someone were using a burner phone to orchestrate a coup from the White House, could law enforcement triangulate the user? While it might be possible from a technical standpoint, the greater barriers might be legal ones....
Youve got to have a warrant to get that information on that particular person...It wouldnt necessarily be easy for the US president to keep switching burner phones, either. Youre going to have to tell your nearest and dearest of the new number each time. But how can you trust it? If I get a message from Donald Trump saying this is Donald Trumps new burner phone number, Im going to suspect that its not.
Heather Cox Richardson: Letters from an American
"The missing logs might not, in the end, obscure any phone calls made in that time, though....because last summer, the January 6 Committee instructed 35 telecom and social media companies to preserve records of calls....Crooked Media editor in chief Brian Beutler recalled McCarthys threat to punish telecom companies that cooperate with the January 6 Committee.
While Eastman presented a plan by which Pence could refuse to count Bidens electors, Cruz wrote a plan for congress members to object to the results in six critical states that Biden won, establishing a 10-day audit that would have enabled Republican-dominated state legislatures to overturn the election results in their states. Ten other senators backed Cruzs plan, offering a path to create enough chaos to keep Trump in power."
And then there is this: "Department of Justice yesterday revealed that it wants 131 more lawyers to handle January 6 cases. In the request, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said, "Regardless of whatever resources we see or get, let's be very, very clear: we are going to hold those perpetrators accountable, no matter where the facts lead us,... no matter what level.
"Well, I mean this. Well, I mean that." Pundits, please stop. I'd rather hear, "So, we promise to stop saying, 'Well, I mean' to begin every statement we make."
Just my small complaint.
Heather Cox Richardson: Letters from an American
"Today, United States District Judge David O. Carter of the United States District Court for the Central District of California ordered John Eastman to disclose 101 documents to the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol.
During the riot, Pences lawyer Greg Jacob emailed Eastman that the rioters believed with all their hearts the theory they were sold about the powers that could legitimately be exercised at the Capitol on this day . [a]nd thanks to your bullshit, we are now under siege. Eastman responded: The siege is because YOU and your boss did not do what was necessary to allow this to be aired in a public way so the American people can see for themselves what happened.
Judge Carter concluded that Trumps actions more likely than not constitute attempts to obstruct an official proceeding. He also concluded that Trump likely knew the electoral count plan had no factual justification. The plan, Carter wrote, was a last-ditch attempt to secure the Presidency by any means. He also found that it is more likely than not that President Trump and Dr. Eastman dishonestly conspired to obstruct the Joint Session of Congress on January 6, 2021.
1. Was Clarence Thomas trying for a twofer?
2.After the single most racist confirmation hearing before the US Senate in my long lifetime, Republican leader Mitch McConnell says hes not going to vote for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson
3. Republicans in Arizona just passed the most extreme voter purge in history, requiring anybody who registered to vote more than 18 years ago to re-register before their votes can be counted.
4.Whats going on with Manhattan DA Alvin Braggs decision to abandon his offices prosecution of Donald Trump and his family?
And much more...
Letters from an American:
'Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson endured vicious attacks from Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, who vow to reject her confirmation...the hearings inspired Republicans to challenge many of the civil rights decisions that most Americans believe are settled law....The rights Republicans challenged this week included the right to use birth control, access abortion, marry across racial lines, and marry a same-sex partner
A 2019 speech by thenattorney general William Barr at the University of Notre Dame offers an explanation...by self-government, the Framers did not mean the ability of people to vote for representatives of their choice. Rather, he said, they meant individual morality: the ability to govern oneself. And, since people are inherently wicked, that self-government requires the authority of a religion: Christianity.'
Court remains silent on Thomas condition after he entered the hospital last week
'...the Supreme Court is providing no updates on his condition. For the third consecutive day, the 73-year-old justice was not on the bench when the justices heard oral argument; the courts only comment on Thomas status Wednesday came from Chief Justice John Roberts, who indicated that Thomas was unable to be present but would nonetheless participate in the consideration and decision of Wednesdays case based on the briefs and oral argument transcript.'
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