“State of mind.”
Here we go. Merrick Garland and DOJ are going directly after Trump. And they have already traveled farther down that road than most had thought.
Former V.P. Chief of Staff Marc Short’s testimony before a federal criminal grand jury means it’s on. Garland’s current focus is on Trump putting pressure on Mike Pence to break the law, and even demanding that Pence do so.
That’s illegal. That’s interfering with the function and processes of the federal government. That’s conspiracy to defraud the government of the United States.
Trump’s “defense” will be a fragile one. He and his lawyers will argue that because Trump truly believed—however absurdly—that the 2020 election had been stolen from him, that his efforts to overturn the results reflect no criminal intent.
The problem with that is the means Trump, Eastman, Giuliani, et al chose to pursue that conspiratorial effort.
It has been established beyond any doubt that Trump had been told by dozens of advisors that the election was not stolen, and had been told repeatedly and in no uncertain terms that Pence had no Constitutional authority to do anything other than certify the results.
And yet they persisted. That’s illegal.
Then conspiring to submit sets of fake electors? That’s illegal.
It’s not good to be Donald Trump right now. But it’s even worse to be John Eastman.
I’m trying not to be flippant about a serious subject. But I kinda like Biden’s “Covid Voice.” Not just the tonal growl, but also the substance of what he’s suddenly saying. He appears to be finding a message in his flaw.
Hey, Cultists. You can’t claim to be for law and order and support insurrection. You can’t claim fealty to the Constitution while supporting an effort to overthrow the government. You can’t claim to love America while trying to destroy it.
That’s the point. It has always been the point. But it was high time that Biden and Dems boiled that message down to its essence. Yes, I think Biden has found a message in his flaw.
Yes, that was a mis-step by Fulton County, Georgia, District Attorney Fani Willis. And the superior court judge who ruled that Willis will not be allowed to bring charges against Republican state Senator Burt Jones made the correct decision.
Willis hosted a fundraiser last month for Jones’ Democrat opponent in the upcoming November election for lieutenant governor. That’s a clear conflict of interest, and frankly a brain-dead rookie mistake by Willis.
Don’t get me wrong. Willis has been right in going after Jones, who was one of 16 Georgia Republicans who falsely presented themselves as electors in the 2020 presidential election.
The legal investigation into Jones’ participation in this conspiracy will continue, and Willis can still talk to other witnesses about Jones’ activities. But it will now be up to another prosecutor to determine if charges should be brought against Jones.