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DOJ transcript request shows criminal probe of Trump allies just moved into the open: legal expert

The Department of Justice has asked for transcripts of interviews conducted by the House select committee, and a legal expert explained how that shows the criminal investigation of Jan. 6 has moved out into the open.

The pace of the DOJ probe of the insurrection has reportedly frustrated the White House, but MSNBC legal analyst Barbara McQuade told "Morning Joe" the request for evidence collected by congressional investigators shows federal authorities have widened the scope of their criminal investigation.

"I think this is a very significant development," said McQuade, a former U.S. Attorney. "It tells us that the Justice Department is looking at more than just the physical attack that occurred on Jan. 6 at the Capitol, but the full scope of all of the things that the Jan. 6 committee has been investigating that includes aides to Mike Pence, we've talked about the pressure that Donald Trump put on him to stop the certification. It includes DOJ high-level officials who were pressured by Trump to say that there was fraud in the election."

McQuade doesn't believe their ongoing investigation has expanded, but she said the request does signal a new phase to the criminal probe.

"I don't think it means necessarily only now are they beginning that expansive investigation." she said. "I think they've just reached a point where they've decided it's okay to go overt. It's likely they've been doing covert investigations to get email, for example, is likely completed and now ready to proceed to this phase."

‘What is Merrick Garland waiting for?’ There’s ‘growing frustration’ in White House over AG’s inaction on Jan. 6

Panelists on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” bashed Attorney General Merrick Garland for taking a methodical approach to prosecuting former President Donald Trump’s allies for refusing to comply with congressional subpoenas.

The House Select Committee this week issued five subpoenas to five GOP lawmakers — House minority leader Kevin McCarthy, Reps. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Mo Brooks (R-AL), Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Scott Perry (R-PA) — but they have made clear they intend to defy those orders, just as Trump ally Mark Meadows has done with no real consequences.

“I mean, come on — this is ridiculous,” said panelist Elise Jordan. “What is Merrick Garland waiting on? Come on, get in the game — fight, fight. He’s going to be on the other end of power, the losing end. You think Republicans are going to sit back and be like, ‘Oh, we’re not getting much legislating done because we’d look political if we did these investigations.'”

“This is legitimate, there are subpoenas out there,” Jordan added. “The fact that sitting members of Congress don’t care enough to reply and to actually go and report and speak the way that you and I are petrified to not go to jury duty is ridiculous. They need to get on with the business of the day.”

Panelist Mike Barnicle agreed, saying Garland has failed to show the appropriate sense of urgency toward the Jan. 6 investigation.

“Merrick Garland, I’ve never heard anyone say anything negative about him, he’s obviously a good guy, a smart guy, an honorable guy, but he acts like a judge,” Barnicle said. “You need a prosecutor in these situations.”

MSNBC’s Jonathan Lemire said senior Biden administration officials and advisers shared that frustration with the attorney general’s inaction.

“There is growing frustration,” Lemire said. “One does not have to be in Washington to know this. There is growing frustration among Democrats, among the inner circle of the White House, at how slowly Merrick Garland has proceeded here. They’re not going to publicly pressure him, this president said he’s not going to do what his predecessor did — bright lines between the White House and DOJ — but there is a real sense that Garland has been unwilling to begin the investigations which are cut and dry — people defying subpoenas, they’re held in criminal contempt.”

“The question you hear a lot from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Democratic leadership, what is Merrick Garland waiting for?” he added.

Republican grills legal expert over Supreme Court’s integrity — and she throws GOP’s antics back in his face

A Republican senator pressed a legal expert to explain ethical responsibilities for U.S. Supreme Court justices, and she turned his arguments against him.

Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) repeatedly asked Amanda Frost, a law professor at American University and a critic of existing recusal provisions, whether it was improper for then-Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer to put public pressure on the court to uphold abortion rights, which he suggested undermined their integrity.

"Unfortunately, over the last decade, particularly the last five years or so, I have seen the court come under attack from so many different sources," Frost said, before Kennedy interrupted to rephrase his question. "I would certainly not support a senator criticizing the court. It's also a problem when the Senate of the United States will not confirm a nominee for over a year, leaving the court with eight justices."

Then-Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell refused to allow nomination hearings for Merrick Garland, whom Barack Obama had tapped to replace the late Antonin Scalia nearly eight months before the 2020 election, and GOP senators held the seat open until Donald Trump was inaugurated and selected Neil Gorsuch.

"It's also a problem when Congress will not amend existing legislation to improve the process of recusal so that all the justices can weigh in on a recusal position," Frost said, "and protect the integrity of that court. All of those are a problem."

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New texts reveal Marjorie Taylor Greene’s panicked response on Jan. 6

Thousands of newly revealed text messages show former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows was in contact with Donald Trump's family, Republican lawmakers, conservative media figures and election fraud conspiracists between the November 2020 election and President Joe Biden's inauguration.

CNN has obtained 2,319 text messages between Meadows and various figures in Trump's orbit, including the former president's children and more than 40 current and former GOP lawmakers -- such as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH).

"Mark I was just told there is an active shooter on the first floor of the Capitol Please tell the President to calm people," texted Greene at 2:28 p.m. as the Jan. 6 insurrection raged. "This isn't the way to solve anything."

Greene had helped plan the congressional objections to Biden's certification, and she was among numerous other Trump allies who pleaded with Meadows to get the president to call off the mob -- or spread conspiracy theories about them.

"Mark we don't think these attackers are our people. We think they are Antifa," Greene texted at 3:52 p.m. "Dressed like Trump supporters."

However, the very next day Greene sent an apology that the effort to block Biden's certification had failed.

"Yesterday was a terrible day," Greene texted on Jan. 7, 2021. "We tried everything we could in our objection to the 6 states. I'm sorry nothing worked. I don't think that President Trump caused the attack on the Capitol. It's not his fault. Absolutely no excuse and I fully denounce all of it, but after shut downs all year and a stolen election, people are saying that they have no other choice."

"Thanks Marjorie," Meadows replied.

Other text messages show Greene had been deeply involved in the fight to keep Trump in office despite his election loss.

"Good morning Mark, I'm here in DC," Greene texted on Dec. 31, 2020. "We have to get organized for the 6th. I would like to meet with Rudy Giuliani again. We didn't get to speak with him long. Also anyone who can help. We are getting a lot of members on board. And we need to lay out the best case for each state."

Greene was elected in November 2020 but was not sworn in as a member of Congress until Jan. 3, 2021, and she continued to fight Biden's election win until just ahead of the Jan. 20, 2021, inauguration.

"In our private chat with only Members, several are saying the only way to save our Republic is for Trump to call for Marshall (sic) law," she texted Meadows on Jan. 17. "I don't know on those things. I just wanted you to tell him. They stole this election. We all know. They will destroy our country next. Please tell him to declassify as much as possible so we can go after Biden and anyone else!"

'On his knees': Conservative explains that Trump has Kevin McCarthy exactly where he wants him

Donald Trump won't likely cut House minority leader Kevin McCarthy loose, according to one conservative, because he's got the GOP leader right where he wants him.

The California Republican was caught in a blatant lie when a recording surfaced showing that he intended to ask for Trump's resignation after the Jan. 6 insurrection, for which he said the former president accepted some blame, but conservative Charlie Sykes told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that McCarthy would likely remain in his leadership role.

"Well, you know, what's interesting about Kevin McCarthy's groveling and lying about this particular incident is the nature of his lie," Sykes said. "I mean, think about this. What he's saying is, you know, 'No, I didn't really have a moment of decency, principle and duty, I never did anything about it, and I got over it very, very quickly.'"

"Not only does he have to continue to lie about it, he has a pretend that one of those brief moments where he had some clarity about what was right and what was wrong needs to be memory-holed," Sykes added. "So, yes, the Republicans have created an alternative reality."

Sykes said the GOP's corrupt path was apparent as soon as Trump took over the party, but he said it's gotten even worse than he expected.

"Things have gotten much, much worse than I expected, and I was not an optimist back then," he said. "It's accelerated because Donald Trump keeps raising the ante. I think he likes this, he likes this as an instrument of humiliation. 'How far can I push people? What can I get you to say? What can I get you to apologize for?'"

"So it's not surprising that we wake up on Monday morning and find that Donald Trump is completely happy to have the next speaker of the House of Representatives, possibly, on his knees, apologizing to him and acknowledging that he has no political future except by believing and repeating Donald Trump's lies," Sykes added. "This is exactly the way Donald Trump wants Republicans to behave right now. Republicans are more than willing to go along with this."

Trump’s ‘MAGA goon Squad’ is ‘grasping at straws’ as they scramble for campaign cash: report

Appearing on the Daily Beast’s “The New Normal,” Roger Sollenberger — who has been investigating the campaign finance woes of Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) and Matt Gaetz (R-FL) — explained that fundraising for the three has become more difficult as they scramble to ramp up the outrage that normally shakes loose cash from supporters of Donald Trump.

Last week Sollenberger reported that Taylor Greene is spending enormous amounts of cash on fundraising which has created the illusion that she is taking record sums, but now it is catching up with her.

Added to that, he notes, the far-right House lawmakers — including Rep Lauren Boebert (R-CO) — are falling on hard times getting the kind of attention that generated donations.

Labeling them the “MAGA Goon Squad,” Sollenberger pointed out to the “New Normal” hosts, that the four GOP lawmakers as a group spent “$275,000 more than they took in in the first quarter of 2022.”

Focusing on Greene — who is facing being bumped off the ballot due to her ties to the Jan 6th insurrection — he explained, “… this has been a pattern of her fundraising for a long time. Her numbers are kind of a sleight of hand in that way. People really see how much money she’s bringing in, but they don’t see that she spends a whole lot to get there. And this quarter gave the lie to that. She switched over to this like direct mail campaign and stopped doing so much digital stuff. And then just kind of ate it pretty hard.”

He went on to elaborate that trying to raise cash using Jan 6 has lost its luster and the four are “grasping at straws” trying to find a fresh approach to ramp up new outrage.

“They raised so much money off of the controversy that they could stir on the heels of that tumultuous and explosive event that generated so much resentment from the far right and they tapped right into that and were able to stir up millions of dollars last year on the heels of the riot,” he stated. “And so in the past few months they’ve been kind of grasping at straws, right? Greene hasn’t really been able to attract much controversial lightning. Gaetz is—you know, his own investigation, we haven’t heard much out of it recently, it’s ongoing clearly, but it’s just not in the news.”

"The only person who’s been in the news is Cawthorn for his orgy and cocaine remarks, and he just got blasted for that stuff. So they haven’t really been able to turn the magic on. The sauce hasn’t been there for the past few months and it really shows in the money,” he added.

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'The most powerful witness against Marjorie Taylor Greene' is herself: hearing on MGT's insurrection role begins

A civil rights attorney laid out the insurrection case against Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) in a lawsuit that seeks to remove her from the ballot.

Ron Fein, the legal director of Free Speech for People, on Friday gave an opening statement during a court hearing in a lawsuit brought by a group of Georgia voters who want her disqualified for office under the 14th Amendment, which bars anyone who “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” from federal office.

"This is a solemn occasion," Fein said. "This is not politics. This is not theater. This is a serious case that the voters we represent have brought."

He compared the Jan. 6 insurrection by Donald Trump supporters to the Civil War, Shays' Rebellion and the Whiskey Rebellion, but he said Greene incited the violence through social media, rather than personally riding into battle.

"The evidence today does not include surveillance tapes, purporting to show that Marjorie Taylor Greene was directing the plotting of the attack," Fein said. "That's not going to happen today."

He told the court that no "turncoat witness" would reveal Greene's role in planning and inciting the insurrection, but he said the first-term congresswoman's own testimony would implicate her.

"The most powerful witness against Marjorie Taylor Greene's candidacy, the most powerful witness in establishing that she crossed the line into engagement of insurrection is Marjorie Taylor Greene herself," Fein said.

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'We need ammo': texts from GOP lawmakers to Mark Meadows show ongoing effort to subvert the 2020 election

Two Republican lawmakers -- Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) -- exchanged more than 100 text messages with then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows aggressively pushing strategies to overturn Donald Trump's election loss.

The newly revealed texts show Lee and Roy pushed hard to challenge the former president's election loss through November but grew increasingly concerned about the tactics proposed by Trump's outside allies -- which Roy feared by the first day of 2021 was "driving a stake in the heart of the federal republic," reported CNN.

"The president should call everyone off," Roy texted to Meadows on Dec. 31, 2020. "It's the only path. If we substitute the will of states through electors with a vote by congress every 4 years... we have destroyed the electoral college... Respectfully."

But as early as Nov. 7, 2020, the day Joe Biden was projected as the election winner, both GOP lawmakers were fully on board with challenging the results, with Lee offering his "unequivocal support."

"This fight is about the fundamental fairness and integrity of our election system," Lee texted Meadows. "The nation is depending upon your continued resolve. Stay strong and keep fighting Mr. President."

Roy was even more enthusiastic.

"We need ammo. We need fraud examples. We need it this weekend," Roy texted on Nov. 7, 2020.

Kremlin foes in Ukraine show symptoms of poisoning: report

Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich and other Ukrainian peace negotiators reportedly suffered symptoms of a suspected poisoning earlier this month.

Abramovich and other negotiators, including Crimean Tatar lawmaker Rustem Umerov, developed symptoms including red eyes, constant and painful tearing, and peeling skin on their faces and hands after a meeting in Kyiv, although they have since improved and their lives are not in danger, reported the Wall Street Journal.

"They blamed the suspected attack on hard-liners in Moscow who they said wanted to sabotage talks to end the war," the newspaper reported. "A person close to Mr. Abramovich said it wasn’t clear who had targeted the group."

Western experts who have looked into the incident say it's difficult to determine whether the symptoms were caused by a chemical or biological agent or an electromagnetic-radiation attack.

Clarence Thomas’ wife says she attended Jan. 6 'Stop-the-Steal' rally before Capitol attack

Ginni Thomas confirmed she was present at Donald Trump's "Stop the Steal" rally that preceded the Jan. 6 insurrection.

The wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas told the Washington Free Beacon that she briefly attended the rally but got cold and left before Trump addressed his supporters, some of whom then descended on the U.S. Capitol and stormed inside as Congress certified Joe Biden's election win.

"I was disappointed and frustrated that there was violence that happened following a peaceful gathering of Trump supporters on the Ellipse on Jan. 6," Thomas said. "There are important and legitimate substantive questions about achieving goals like electoral integrity, racial equality, and political accountability that a democratic system like ours needs to be able to discuss and debate rationally in the political square. I fear we are losing that ability."

Thomas said she did not help organize the rally at the White House Ellipse and insisted that her involvement in the event, which has fallen under investigation by the Department of Justice and the House select committee, had no bearing on her husband's service on the Supreme Court.

"Like so many married couples, we share many of the same ideals, principles, and aspirations for America," Thomas said. "But we have our own separate careers, and our own ideas and opinions too. Clarence doesn't discuss his work with me, and I don't involve him in my work."

According to a pair of reports earlier this year in the New Yorker and the New York Times Magazine, Thomas reportedly acted as an intermediary between event organizers Jenny Beth Martin of Tea Party Patriots and Amy Kremer of Women for America First, but she and both other women denied those claims.

"I played no role with those who were planning and leading the Jan. 6 events," Thomas said. "There are stories in the press suggesting I paid or arranged for buses. I did not. There are other stories saying I mediated feuding factions of leaders for that day. I did not."

'Be very careful about the rhetoric': Fiona Hill explores Russia's possible endgame in Ukraine

Fiona Hill explained the most likely scenarios for the end of the Russian war against Ukraine, and she doesn't think any of them will be good.

The foreign policy adviser and Russia expert told New York Times columnist Ezra Klein that Vladimir Putin remains in control of the situation, and he would likely remain in control of how and when the conflict would end -- and he won't accept defeat.

"A lot of this depends on -- a deep sigh there -- on how we respond," Hill said. "We have to be extraordinarily careful given the dangers that we already outlined. We are dealing with somebody, in the form of Vladimir Putin, who sees himself as all tied up with the Russian state. He cannot lose, so we have to kind of figure out about how to formulate something that deals with that and the fact that he's likely to react strongly, badly to any perceived intervention on the part of NATO, of NATO forces, painting the Russians into a corner."

"Discussions of economic warfare, we have to tamp all of this down and really focus on getting Russia out of Ukraine, focusing on ceasefires, focusing on withdrawals of Russian men and equipment, you know, heavy artillery, these barbaric, high-end weapon systems that they're bringing in there, trying to head off these cruise missiles, these ballistic missiles," Hill added. "We've got to focus on these things and be very careful about the rhetoric."

Hill said she's reluctant to outline these scenarios with much detail because she's afraid those discussions could become self-fulfilling prophecies.

"The only scenario that is really going to work is one in which Russia pulls out of Ukraine but we find some kind of mechanism to make Putin feel like he's gotten something out of this," she said.

Liz Cheney fires off a warning to Trump and his allies in scathing Wall Street Journal column

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) vowed to continue the House select committee's investigation of the Jan. 6 insurrection.

The Wyoming Republican published a defiant op-ed in the Wall Street Journal standing up to threats and attacks from Donald Trump and his allies and calling out fellow Republicans who enable their efforts to undermine the rule of law.

"Republicans used to advocate fidelity to the rule of law and the plain text of the Constitution," Cheney wrote. "In 2020, Mr. Trump convinced many to abandon those principles. He falsely claimed that the election was stolen from him because of widespread fraud. While some degree of fraud occurs in every election, there was no evidence of fraud on a scale that could have changed this one."

The committee has found no evidence to back Trump's fraud claims, and she said the former president knows he's lying.

"Almost all members of Congress know this — although many lack the courage to say it out loud," Cheney wrote. "Mr. Trump knew it too, from his own campaign officials, from his own appointees at the Justice Department, and from the dozens of lawsuits he lost. Yet, Mr. Trump ignored the rulings of the courts and launched a massive campaign to mislead the public."

The committee will hold hearings later this year to show the lies that provoked the violent insurrection, Cheney said, and she warned that other Trump allies will pay the price, as Rudy Giuliani has by losing his law license, for helping spread falsehoods.

"Those who do not wish the truth of Jan. 6 to come out have predictably resorted to attacking the process — claiming it is tainted and political," Cheney said. "Our hearings will show this charge to be wrong. We are focused on facts, not rhetoric, and we will present those facts without exaggeration, no matter what criticism we face."

'This story is fairly shocking': WaPo reporter breaks down latest 'bonkers' reports on Trump’s final days as president

A Michigan prosecutor revealed that Rudy Giuliani and other Donald Trump allies asked him to seize his county’s voting machines and hand them over, and a Washington Post reporter explained how the new revelation fits into the final days of his presidency.

Antrim County prosecutor James Rossiter told the newspaper that Giuliani and others called him around Nov. 20, 2020, and pressed him to hand over the voting machines so they could be examined for fraud, as part of an ongoing scheme to undo Trump’s loss in Michigan, and journalist Jackie Alemany explained the significance of her colleagues’ findings to MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“Well, it’s amazing, first of all, we are continuing to find so much new information that has yet to be uncovered, which is exactly what the Jan. 6 committee is doing,” Alemany said. “But this story especially is just fairly shocking because it shows them actually trying to implement some of their plans that we’ve seen sketched out in executive orders to seize voting machines. Here is a situation where they dialed in on a specific county and found a reason to do so despite it being obviously quite unconstitutional.”

“Even in the conversations I’ve had just in the past few months there are still a lot of people involved with this effort who believed that these voting machines needed to be seized to be protected so they could prove fraud,” she added. “These people are true believers.”

That revelation came the same day the New York Times revealed that some of the presidential records found stashed at Mar-A-Lago may have contained classified documents, in possible violations of the law, and Alemany said a series of remarks Trump made about Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified material were particularly damning.

“That’s why those clips that were just played are so important for everyone to remember, especially when this investigation might potentially lead to whether or not this was negligence or actually intentional behavior,” Alemany said. “But it is clear that the former president knew exactly what was wrong with doing these things. He called up Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton on ripping up documents, taking classified information, accepting gifts, mischaracterizations because he knew it was politically damaging and gave the appearance of being corrupt. That’s what I think ultimately the DOJ is going to have to do if they decide ultimately to investigate the 15 boxes taken from Mar-A-Lago, which is what the archives has asked them to do according to our reporting yesterday.”

'Trump may have shot himself in the foot' and 'handed prosecutors another gift' at Texas rally: Legal experts

Legal experts were dumbfounded by Donald Trump's pledge to pardon the Jan. 6 rioters, and they agreed the shocking comments at his Texas rally suggested he was feeling the strain from the investigations into his business and political activity.

The former president's anxiety was glaringly apparent when he urged his supporters to carry out “the biggest protests we have ever had in Washington DC, in New York, in Atlanta and elsewhere” if he was charged in criminal investigations there -- but legal experts say those threats pose additional legal problems for Trump, reported The Guardian.

"[Trump] may have shot himself in the foot,” said Dennis Aftergut, a former federal prosecutor who is now of counsel to Lawyers Defending American Democracy.

The comments could been seen as obstruction of justice, and certainly show his support for the violent insurrection, which Aftergut said could be used as evidence of his corrupt intent on Jan. 6.

“Criminal intent can be hard to prove," Aftergut said, "but when a potential defendant says something easily seen as intimidating or threatening to those investigating the case it becomes easier."

A former U.S. Attorney in Georgia said Trump's comments could be seen as intimidation against witnesses or grand jury members, which he said was a felony in that state.

"[Trump] is essentially calling for vigilante justice against the justice system," said Michael Moore, the former U.S. Attorney. "He’s not interested in the pursuit of justice but blocking any investigations."

Other former prosecutors agreed, saying the Texas rally threats were part of a broad pattern Trump has engaged in for years.

“Our criminal laws seek to hold people accountable for their purposeful actions,” said Paul Pelletier, a former acting chief of the fraud section the Department of Justice. “Trump’s history of inciting people to violence demonstrates that his recent remarks are likely to cause a disruption of the pending investigations against him and family members.”

If anyone carries out those threats to impede those investigations, Pelletier said Trump could be in even more trouble.

“Should his conduct actually impede any of these investigations, federal and state obstruction statutes could easily compound Mr Trump’s criminal exposure," Pelletier said.

Aftergut said the former president also plainly stated his corrupt intent for holding the "Stop the Steal" rally on Jan. 6, where he sent his supporters to march on the U.S. Capitol.

“Trump handed federal prosecutors another gift when he said that Mike Pence should have ‘overturned the election,'" Aftergut said.

Even veteran Republican operatives agree that Trump seems increasingly nervous about the investigations.

“Trump’s prosecutor attacks are wearing thin with the broad Republican electorate,” said Arizona GOP consultant Chuck Coughlin “He’s trying to whip up the base for his personal gain. This is another iteration of Trump’s attacks on the government.”

'This memo is different': WaPo reporter explains latest revelations in ‘fringe’ plot to steal the 2020 election

One of the reporters who broke the bombshell news explained the significance of a memo showing that Donald Trump's allies tried to use the National Security Agency and Defense Department to overturn his election loss.

The Washington Post obtained a document that laid out a plan for Trump to appoint a military lawyer, a former National Security Council official and a failed Republican congressional candidate to seize unprocessed NSA data to justify the former president's claims of election fraud.

"We've seen a number of memos and fringe-y ideas surfaced in recent days and weeks, but this one is a little different in that the players involved in it, whose names were on this memo, have not been yet surfaced before," said Post reporter Jacqueline Alemany. "One of them actually is still currently a military lawyer, this guy named Frank Colon, who I'm sure you might recognize his name. It was famously photographed on Mike Lindell's papers as he walked into the Oval Office in the lead-up to Jan. 6 by our photographer Jabin Botsford, but Colon is still a lawyer in the U.S. military. His name, again, was on the memo along with someone named Michael Del Rosso, who unsuccessfully ran for Congress in Virginia along with, again, some pretty fringe-y conspiracy theorists, [including Richard Higgins] a former NSC staffer who left the White House under Trump because he was too extreme, anti-Muslim, thought the U.S. was controlled by the 'deep state.'"

"But this memo is different in that it did not necessarily layout a plan to seize voting machines, but rather wanted to analyze and secured unprocessed raw data to prove that there was foreign interference in the 2020 election," Alemany continued. "That could then sort of lay a foundation for then taking further steps, to maybe seize voting machines or do something more extreme. But we do know a bunch of senators, Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Ron Johnson (R-WI), via Zoom, were briefed on this memo. They attended a meeting Jan. 4 at the Trump Hotel, two days before the insurrection."

"Now Cramer came on and said that he didn't buy the presentation given by Sidney Powell, Dell Rosso and a few other of these players in a conference room in the hotel," she concluded, "but they were asked by these people to raise the memo to the president. It is unclear how far the memo made it into the mainstream channels of the administration, though."

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McConnell 'wants the dirty truth told' about Jan. 6 because 'he wants Trump out of the GOP': Morning Joe

Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) came out in opposition to leniency for U.S. Capitol rioters, and MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said that showed he wanted Donald Trump purged from the Republican Party.

The Kentucky Republican said he would not shorten the sentences for any of the insurrectionists who pleaded guilty to crimes related to the Jan. 6 attack, after Trump pledged to pardon some or all of them if re-elected, and the "Morning Joe" host said McConnell's position on the riot has been consistent.

"It's one thing that time and again,Mitch has been unambiguous about," Scarborough said. "That is that people that committed crimes on Jan. 6 should be punished, that Jan. 6 was an atrocity, and whatever Donald Trump is saying about Jan. 6 is not true. Again, he wants to empower the Jan. 6 commission -- which, of course, he was against, bipartisan commission, which was a mistake. [Sen. Joe] Manchin thinks it was a mistake, a lot of people do, but he's certainly gotten behind this one."

"He wants the dirty truth told about Donald Trump because I think he wants Trump out of the party as much as, well, a lot of people," Scarborough added. "As much as [Rep.] Liz Cheney or some others."

NYT reporter breaks down bombshell new revelations about Trump’s vote-stealing scheme

One of the reporters who broke the news that Donald Trump personally directed efforts to seize voting machines explained the significance of these revelations, and MSNBC's Joe Scarborough agreed they were damning.

The twice-impeached one-term president reportedly directed efforts to get the Department of Justice or other federal agencies to seize machines in states he lost, and when that failed he tried to get local law enforcement to do so and even tried to get the military to take them -- which even Rudy Giuliani refused to do.

"That's when you know you have crossed the Rubicon, when Rudy Giuliani says, 'I don't know, I'm uncomfortable with this,'" Scarborough said.

The "Morning Joe" host said the investigations into Trump's efforts to overturn the election were moving fast.

"Time is not on the side of Donald Trump," Scarborough said. "The further we get away from Jan. 6, the more we find out about him trying to seize voting machines, trying to use the federal government to seize voting machines, the more we find out about fraudulent electors, people who lied about being electors from states, they probably will be going to jail as well. These Jan. 6 convictions keep going on. You have people testifying in front of the Jan. 6 commission that were in Trump's inner circle. I mean, things are going from bad to worse for the former president."

New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt said the new reporting shows Trump worked for months to take control of the voting machines for corrupt purposes, and he took an active role in those efforts, which had previously been understood as a fringe scheme pushed by outside advisers.

"The biggest, most important point out of our reporting in this story is bringing Trump into it, is what these new facts do," Schmidt said. "They tie Trump directly to the efforts to overturn the election in a new way. Yes, we know Donald Trump was trying to overturn the election. He says it out loud, he did things out loud. We now know more about what he was doing behind the scenes, the attempts to, you know, having Giuliani ask the Department of Homeland Security whether they could do this related to the voting machines."

"It shows that the voting machines' employ was more than a ploy of the odd, outside individuals who were advising the president in this period of time," Schmidt continued. "We also now know that Trump's interest, Trump's looking at this idea extended over a longer period of time than we knew before. We know it extends as far back as the middle to the end of November, so this is just a few weeks after the election, where Trump in an Oval Office meeting brings up the idea with [then-attorney general William] Barr and says to Barr, is this something that the Justice Department could do, and Barr says no. This is part of a pattern of Barr emerging as a guardrail in these final days of Barr's term as attorney general, saying no to the president."

"But within a month you have Trump again looking for someone else, looking for someone else to do this and another part of the government to do this," Schmidt concluded. "It is part of a pattern in which Trump tries to get other people and other parts of the government to do things for him."

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Civil war expert recoils in horror at interviews with Trump fans: 'They don’t want democracy anymore'

The U.S. recently fell out of the rankings of democratic nations, and one expert worries that it will happen again -- and tip the country into civil war.

Barbara Walter, a University of California professor and an expert on civil conflicts, recently wrote about the political volatility in the U.S. since the Jan. 6 insurrection, which dropped the country into the anocracy zone, and she told CNN the riot had made the deadly risks from Donald Trump's lies "impossible to deny and ignore."

"Anocracies are neither fully democratic nor fully autocratic; their citizens enjoy some elements of democratic rule (e.g., elections), while other rights (e.g., due process or freedom of the press) suffer," Walter wrote for the Washington Post. "In the last weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency, the respected Center for Systemic Peace (CSP) calculated that, for the first time in more than two centuries, the United States no longer qualified as a democracy. It had, over the preceding five years, become an anocracy."

President Joe Biden's peaceful inauguration moved the polity ranking back into the democratic zone, but Walter warned the threat remained, putting the U.S. at real risk of additional violence and instability, and Walter reacted with alarm when a CNN host showed her interviews with Trump supporters who refused to accept the former president had lost the election.

"Well, 10 years ago, [my reaction] would have been shock and disbelief," Walter said. “I would have thought, ‘Well she’s an outlier and she’s not representative of anything larger than a fringe movement, maybe.' But of course, that’s not the case anymore.”

Walter and others who study civil conflict have been sounding the alarm for years, but she said no wanted to believe the risks, but she said Trump and his right-wing media allies have corroded trust in democracy itself -- with already fatal results.

“Citizens do believe what they are hearing and if they hear it long enough and consistently enough and if that’s all they hear, they absolutely don’t think it’s a lie, they think it’s the truth,” Walter said.

"You know, they're good people," she added. "They are trying to do what they think is right. It's the leadership that's cynical. It's the leadership that knows better who is feeding them lies consistently. They’re priming their supporters to believe that democracy isn’t worth defending because they don’t want democracy anymore."

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A DC insider reveals the cynical reason Republicans aren't making any promises to voters

Republicans aren't planning to offer an agenda for the second straight election cycle, and MSNBC's Joe Scarborough laid bare the cynicism behind that stalling strategy.

The GOP lost promising Senate candidate Chris Sununu, the New Hampshire governor, after he spoke with Republican senators and found they had no policies to offer if they retook the majority, and the "Morning Joe" host said that tracks with the last time the party had a Senate majority.

"They only talked about a wall when they were out of power," Scarborough said. "They get in power, and suddenly Lindsey Graham is saying building a wall makes absolutely no sense. John Cornyn says, yeah, it's crazy. Republican senators, they didn't want to do any of this stuff. They didn't want to build a wall. They had complete power and didn't want to do it. They waited until Democrats got in charge, and then, suddenly, they start parroting Donald Trump again on these insane ideas that none of them wanted in on that, they don't want to do anything when they're out of power, and they're afraid to do anything when they're in power."

Washington Examiner reporter David Drucker, who reported on Sununu's disillusionment with his own party, and he thinks the GOP is trying to manage voter expectations.

"One of the things that's gotten Republicans into so much trouble with their base is overpromising and underdelivering," Drucker said. "As I watched Republicans campaign in 2010, 2014 and even 2016, they made a lot of promises about what they would do once they were in power, particularly when Democrats still controlled the White House, between 2010 and 2014, still controlled the Senate. Republicans ran up against a brick wall because Democrats in the Senate had no interest in helping Republicans accomplish anything on their agenda. They obviously disagreed with President [Barack] Obama on key items, nothing got done."

"Instead of Republican voters saying, well, I'll give you a pass because you didn't have enough control in Washington to do what you wanted, they got mad at them for overpromising and underdelivering," Drucker added. "So if the message in this midterm election in 2022 is, look, we're going to hold the line and stop President [Joe] Biden from doing anything you don't like, at least from a political standpoint, they're guarding against a backlash from their own pace. Then there's, though, this issue of exactly what do voters want from politicians on Capitol Hill? Do they want them to work with the other side when the other side has more power than them and help them accomplish something, or will they be okay with them holding the line?"

Rand Paul’s opponent hands him a righteous smackdown for MLK Day

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) joined in the commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and his Democratic opponent gave him a stern fact check.'

The Kentucky Republican offered a platitude Monday to celebrate the life of the civil rights champion, joining other GOP lawmakers whose statements honoring King were widely panned.

"As we honor MLK today, may his courage inspire us to redouble our commitment to working together for change," Paul tweeted. "Let’s commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King by uniting the two Americas into one: an America that includes justice for one, and justice for all."

Charles Booker, a Louisville Democrat who's running to replace Paul in the U.S. Senate, reminded his GOP rival of his long-standing opposition to the principles for which King fought and died.

"Sincerely, save your empty words," Booker replied. "You are the person who said you would have opposed the Civil Rights Act, singlehandedly blocked the Emmett Till Antilynching Act, and had the audacity to say racism no longer exists."

'Pathetic' Lindsey Graham slammed for 'debasing himself' once again for Trump

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) declared the 2024 nomination belonged to Donald Trump, if he wanted it, and the GOP senator was dunked in mockery.

The South Carolina Republican praised the twice-impeached one-term president, whom he warned would destroy the party before his 2016 nomination and denounced just a year ago after the Jan. 6 insurrection, for appointing three conservative Supreme Court justices and passing tax cut legislation.

“If you want to be a Republican leader in the House or the Senate, you have to have a working relationship with President Donald Trump,” Graham told Fox News host Sean Hannity. “He’s the most consequential Republican since Ronald Reagan. It’s his nomination if he wants it, and I think he’ll get reelected in 2024.”

Jan. 6 committee turns up forged documents declaring Trump the election winner in pivotal states: report

The House select committee has been investigating Donald Trump’s efforts to pressure individual states to declare him the winner of the 2020 election. Lawmakers investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection have obtained thousands of records from state officials — including forged certificates declaring him the winner in both Arizona and Michigan — and interviewed numerous witnesses, including the Democratic secretaries of state in each of those states, reported Politico.

“They mostly discussed election administration in Arizona, the 2020 elections, threats/harassment directed toward the office, and the Cyber Ninja’s partisan ballot review,” said a spokesperson for Arizona secretary of state Katie Hobbs.

Arizona took legal action against one of the pro-Trump “sovereign citizen” group, whose leader met with Rudy Giuliani in December 2020, by sending a cease-and-desist letter ordering them to stop using the state seal and referred the matter to the state attorney general.

“By affixing the state seal to documents containing false and misleading information about the results of Arizona’s November 3, 2020 General Election, you undermine the confidence in our democratic institutions,” Hobbs wrote to one of the pro-Trump groups.

The committee has also obtained emails, texts and phone recordings that include a text message from then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to Georgia secretary of state Brad Raffensperger.

“Mr Secretary. Mark Meadows here,” reads the Nov. 19, 2020, message. “If you could give me a brief call at your convenience. Thank you.”

The committee also received a Dec. 22, 2020, email from Raffensperger aide Jordan Fuchs to Meadows asking the White House official to “clarify a few items” about absentee ballots, along with emails between Sen. Lindsey Graham’s and Raffensperger’s offices showing how the GOP senator came to call the secretary of state about two weeks after the 2020 election.

“Hope you are doing well,” said a Graham staffer on Nov. 12, 2020. “Senator Graham has requested a call w/ Sec. Raffensperger at his earliest convenience.”

Ted Cruz’s daughter knocks him on TikTok: 'I really disagree with most of his views'

Sen. Ted Cruz's teenage daughter admits there's some good things about having a famous dad, but she doesn't always like living in his shadow.

The Texas Republican's daughter Caroline agreed in a video posted on her TikTok account that she enjoys the travel perks that come from her dad's job, and she likes getting candy and other gifts in the mail from the senator's supporters, but she admits some downsides to his political notoriety, reported the Dallas Observer.

"Some of the bad things are, I literally have to have security following me everywhere," she said. "Like, if I want to go on a walk through the neighborhood, like to my friend's house or something, I have to have, like, two security guards behind me the entire time."

“Also, a lot of people judge me based upon him at first glance,” she added, “but I really disagree with most of his views.”

The teen also revealed that her parents had edited her shirt in a family photo used for a Christmas card sent to supporters.

"On the Christmas card, they literally made my shirt longer," she said, showing a selfie photo of her wearing a crop top. "This is how it's supposed to look."

'Danger zone': This longtime observer warns Trump-shaped Supreme Court no longer reflects American values

A longtime observer of the U.S. Supreme Court wrote a scathing assessment of its current state.

Linda Greenhouse, who reported on the court for 30 years and has written biweekly columns on it for 12 years, argued that Americans deserved better from the newly right-wing court in her last column of the year for the New York Times.

"One might suppose that the supercharged conservative majority might proceed with some caution, if not humility, before projecting its agenda on a wary country that never signed up for it," Greenhouse wrote. "After all, of the six Republican-appointed justices, only three were named by a president who won a majority of the popular vote — Justice Clarence Thomas by George H.W. Bush, and Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Alito by George W. Bush in his second term. And given the small-state, red-state tilt of the Senate, it’s not surprising that the senators whose votes provided the narrow margins for confirming the three Trump-chosen justices represent less than half the country’s population."

"Yet what we see from the court is not humility but, to put it politely, a lack of situational awareness," she added.

The court has given every indication it will overturn Roe v. Wade, which three quarters of Americans currently oppose and majorities have opposed since that ruling went into place, and Greenhouse lamented how these current justices came onto the court and the way they approach their jobs.

"The current term finds the court in a danger zone as a willing — and willful — participant in a war for the soul of the country," Greenhouse wrote. "Last term’s cavalier treatment, in a case from Arizona, of what remains of the Voting Rights Act sent a frightening signal about whether the court can be counted on to protect democracy from the Republican-led assault now taking place before our eyes," Greenhouse wrote. "We now have justices apparently untroubled by process and precedent, let alone appearances: Let’s not forget that two of Donald Trump’s three appointments arrived under debatable circumstances, with Justice Neil Gorsuch taking a seat in 2017 that was Barack Obama’s to fill and Justice Amy Coney Barrett being jammed through to confirmation late in 2020."

She argued that the historical consensus about the court and its relationship to democracy had been disrupted by Mitch McConnell's machinations and Donald Trump's ignorance of political norms.

"[We] perhaps chose not to envision a president with the muscle, the will and the opportunity to place young partisans on the court — in other words, aided by the Constitution’s gift of life tenure, to capture the court for the next generation and freeze in place a legacy the American people never chose," Greenhouse wrote.

"Is this the Supreme Court we deserve?" she concluded. "It is not."

Reporter says Trump is 'in a bit of a meltdown’ as the threat from the Jan. 6 committee looms

Donald Trump's actions in the lead-up to the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection have been increasingly coming into focus, according to a reporter who has broken some major news about the congressional investigation.

The House select committee will open an investigation of a call Trump made to the Willard hotel, where his allies Steve Bannon, Rudy Giuliani and others were huddled in a "war room" as part of an effort to disrupt the certification of Joe Biden's election win, and Guardian reporter Hugo Lowell -- who first revealed that call -- told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" what that means for the probe.

"It's a pivotal moment the night of Jan. 5 and Jan. 6 when Trump picked up the phone call from the White House," Lowell said. "According to sources, he instructed his operatives the find ways to stop the certification from taking place at all at the joint session of Congress on Jan. 6. If you speak to Trump's allies, this is not a big deal -- he was just trying to find ways to delay certification and find another day, but I always thought this was a really disingenuous characterization because, either way, through action or inaction, he managed to get the certification stopped, and the Capitol was attacked and now it's going to loom large in the committee's investigation."

The twice-impeached one-term president has claimed executive privilege over hundreds of documents, and Lowell predicted the U.S. Supreme Court would decide in the spring whether Congress may see that evidence, and he agreed the committee would eventually take some action against Trump personally.

"It's increasingly becoming more likely because they are looking at criminal referrals for the former president," Lowell said. "They're still looking at Bannon and they're still looking at Giuliani and [John] Eastman. These are the guys at the Willard that Trump called up Jan. 5 and sought advice. There were multiple war rooms. There is one with Eastman, Giuliani and Bannon and there was a separate one is where people like [Michael] Flynn and Roger Stone and Alex Jones. There was, like, a massive operation happening at the Willard."

"This is going to bloom really pivotally in the investigation," he added. "But it's true, they are now focusing on the culpability of Trump himself and whether he directed the Willard to then direct the Capitol attack, and if there was some sort of ongoing conspiracy."

The select committee has been criticized for moving too slowly ahead of next year’s midterm elections, but Lowell said they had already gathered substantial evidence despite Trump’s efforts to stall the investigation.“

"They're up against this deadline," he said. "It’s a hard deadline, it’s the end of this Congress at the latest because if Republicans retake the majority and this is the end of the committee, they’re not going to want to reinstate committee. So they are up against this time limit, but they have amassed a real trove of evidence. They spoke to [Mark] Meadows, he ultimately decided not to cooperate, and he did provide a trove of documents and communication and text messages which we have only seen a sliver of, and those are already quite damming, and Trump is in a bit of a meltdown, from what we understand, down in Mar-A-Lago."

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Georgia election officials thoroughly debunk Trump's lies about 50,000 'dead' voters

Election investigators in Georgia have officially debunked Donald Trump's claims about ballots cast for dead voters.

The twice-impeached one-term president has claimed thousands of ballots were cast in the names of dead voters in the state, but election officials found only four such cases and referred them attorney general’s office for possible prosecution, reported the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“Remorse is something we hear a lot, and it’s something I appreciate because sometimes we do make these mistakes unknowingly,” said Anh Le, a member of the State Election Board. “However, the law is what it is.”

In one case, a 74-year-old widow returned an absentee ballot for her husband, who had intended to vote Republican before he died in September 2020, but told investigators she regrets the decision.

“She received the absentee ballot and carried out his wishes," said attorney Barry Bishop, who represents Sharon Nelson of Canton. "She now realizes that was not the thing to do.”

Another woman, Alline Rowe, appears to have submitted an absentee ballot on behalf of her late son, who was from Augusta, before she herself died in October 2020.

A third woman, Sherry Cook of Trenton, allegedly returned an absentee ballot for her late husband, who had died several months before the election.

Glynda Jackson, the widow of Herman Robert Jackson of Covington, told investigators she filled out her husband's ballot because she knew how he intended to vote.

Investigators determined that the widow of James Blalock of Covington, which was cited by the Trump campaign as evidence of fraud, cast a vote for herself and not her husband, who had died in 2006.

"What I tell people is what really happened in Georgia, because we proved that none of that was what happened,” said secretary of state Brad Raffensperger.

The The State Election Board has the authority to levy fines of between $100 and $5,000 per violation if the state attorney proves the allegations.


Watch: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unloads on Joe Manchin for killing Build Back Better bill

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) railed against the U.S. Senate after Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) singlehandedly torpedoed the Build Back Better bill.

The New York Democrat appeared Monday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," where she expressed frustration with the process for passing legislation through a narrowly divided Senate.

"This idea that we're going to refit it to Joe Manchin's liking, the bill has already been retrofitted to Joe Manchin's liking," Ocasio-Cortez said. "Let's make that extremely clear. The climate ambitions have been reduced because of Joe Manchin. We have had, for example, the minimizing of Medicare expansion. Much of that is also thanks to Joe Manchin, and we need to really make it very clear that this bill, this framework was signed off by Joe Manchin, and so this is a Joe Manchin Build Back Better Act, and so this idea that we're going to go back to the table and give him the pen again for a bill that he has already -- has his ink all over makes very little sense. I think in terms of that road, we really need to take an assessment of that, because this has been -- being strung along has been the path this entire time, this entire year, and so there's that part aside, but I think also, you know, as an institution, it is important that the Senate, I think, step up in its governing culture."

"I know that may seem vague, but things that," she added, "there are certain reforms that can be made within the culture of the Senate, and decisions that are made within the Senate that can make it harder to do this, and to make the environment harder."

The congresswoman offered withering criticism of Manchin for waiting until the Senate had adjourned for a holiday break to announce that he would not support the legislation.

"It is not lost on me or, I think, many other members of Congress that Joe Manchin had a conversation with the president 48 hours before his announcement," Ocasio-Cortez said. "The Senate adjourned on Friday, and then he waited until everyone was on vacation to say, 'No, I'm not going to vote for this.'"

"He waited until there was a moment of minimal pressure when he didn't have to go back into the Senate, when all of this stuff was happening," she added. "This is a very calculated timing, and if the Senate reconvenes, what that allows us to do, whether it's the Senate reconvening early, I believe Sen. [Chuck] Schumer just announced that they're going to at least have a special caucus. But when we reconvene and we say, 'No, no, no, we're not going to let people play these games anymore because they are relying on norms of the old boys club, and we have to break those cultural norms that the Senate is very entitled, very privileged and very protected,' and say we are not going to allow that deference to membership just because of the self-importance of the institution. We need to govern, and we are going to actually have consequences, and the concern is that if there are no consequences to this kind of betrayal of working families across the country, of the president of the United States, of the party that one is a part of, then it encourages more egregious behavior like this, which will make it impossible to govern."

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'Vivid picture' of Trump criminality emerging from Jan. 6 probe: legal expert

It's becoming increasingly clear from the House select committee that Donald Trump committed felony crimes as he attempted to overturn his election loss.

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) recently sent a not-so-subtle signal that evidence shows the twice-impeached one-term president, through action or inaction, corruptly sought to obstruct or impede the congressional proceeding to count electoral votes on Jan. 6, and former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner laid out the case against Trump in a new MSNBC column.

"As the House select committee investigation into the Capitol riot progresses, a vivid picture is emerging," Kirschner wrote. "It suggests many individuals, up to and including former President Donald Trump, worked hard to obstruct that official congressional proceeding. And I believe, as do other legal experts, that doing so constitutes a federal felony."

The felony statute calls for at least 20 years in prison for anyone who even attempts to corruptly obstruct or impede an official proceeding of Congress, as many U.S. Capitol rioters have ben charged with violating, and Cheney's remarks suggest that committee members believe Trump broke that law -- and Kirschner agrees.

"Trump’s conduct on Jan. 6 — whipping his supporters up into an angry frenzy by lying to them about stolen votes and a rigged election and telling them if they don’t 'fight like hell,' they 'won’t have a country anymore' — plainly constitutes an attempt to influence or impede the Electoral College vote count," Kirschner wrote. "As does Trump’s refusal, for more than three hours, to directly call off the attack, even as his allies — Fox News hosts, congressional Republicans, his own son — furiously texted Trump’s then-chief of staff Mark Meadows, pleading with him to get Trump to tell his supporters to go home."

Steve Bannon, who has already been indicted on two counts of contempt, might also be facing legal jeopardy for his alleged role in obstructing the certification of Joe Biden's win, and Kirschner believes the delay prosecutors sought in his trial means they're looking to add additional charges against him.

"As a former career prosecutor, I heard subtext: The prosecutors wanted to have enough time to add more charges against Bannon via a superseding indictment if they wanted to," he wrote. "Indeed, prosecutors will rarely try a single crime standing alone if they can properly bring a series of crimes in one indictment. This gives the prosecutors the power of context come trial time."

"Much lies ahead in both the House select committee’s investigation and any possible criminal investigations and prosecutions," Kirschner concluded. "But by framing issues using the precise language of our federal criminal code, Cheney seems to be providing a road map for future criminal charges, including obstruction of official proceedings, next year."

Where was Ivanka? Calls grow for Trump daughter’s texts after Lindsey Graham reveals Jan. 6 contacts

Ivanka Trump has been implicated in the Jan. 6 investigation by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and now calls are being made to see her text messages from that day.

The senator told CNN’s Manu Raju that he asked former president Donald Trump’s eldest daughter, then a senior White House adviser, to deliver a message to her father as his supporters violently stormed the U.S. Capitol as Congress was set to certify Joe Biden’s election win, reported The Independent.

“Sen. Lindsey Graham said he didn’t text with [Mark] Meadows on Jan. 6,” Raju tweeted, “but told me he spoke with Ivanka Trump to deliver a message to her dad. He said he wanted then-President Trump to ‘tell his people to leave.'"

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) read a text from Donald Trump Jr. to Meadows, then the White House chief of staff, begging him to ask his father to call off the mob, but it’s not clear what actions — if any — his sister took as Graham reportedly begged her to intercede.

“You need to get these people out of here,” Graham told her, according to the Washington Post. “This thing is going south. This is not good. You’re going to have to tell these people to stand down. Stand down."

The newspaper has reported that Ivanka Trump went between her office in the West Wing, where she saw TV footage of the riot, and the president’s dining room, where her father was watching news coverage and tweeted a message of support for law enforcement.

“Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement,” Trump tweeted at 2:38 p.m. “They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!"

Ivanka Trump reportedly tried to get him to use more forceful language to calm his supporters, and thought she had convinced him at one point, but Meadows later called to say that wasn’t the case.

“I need you to come back down here,” Meadows told her. “We’ve got to get this under control."

Ivanka Trump retweeted another one of her father’s statements, which aides reportedly didn’t think was sufficient under the circumstances, although she quickly deleted that after she was criticized for referring to the rioters as patriots.

American Patriots – any security breach or disrespect to our law enforcement is unacceptable,” Ivanka Trump tweeted at 3:15 p.m. “The violence must stop immediately. Please be peaceful.

Other Twitter users are asking what Ivanka Trump and her husband, then-White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, were communicating with Meadows as the riot unfolded. “I want to see what Jared and Ivanka were texting to Meadows,” tweeted Rick Wilson, a former Republican strategist and co-founder of the Lincoln Project.

'Mark Meadows had a really bad day': MSNBC analyst says ex-Trump aide accidentally blew up his own case

The House select committee released documents that circulated inside the White House laying out plans to steal the 2020 election, and MSNBC's Claire McCaskill said that was one more big piece of evidence against former chief of staff Mark Meadows.

The PowerPoint slides, which Meadows referred to in an email provided to the panel, reveal a plan for Donald Trump to declare a national emergency to delay the certification of Joe Biden's election win, and the former Democratic senator said the evidence was damning.

"Mark Meadows had a really bad day yesterday," McCaskill told "Morning Joe." "When you read that opinion, if a unanimous court of appeals from the D.C. Circuit says what it said about executive privilege then Mark Meadows is on very, very shaky ground where he tries to now retreat and say, 'Hey, I don't have to cooperate because of executive privilege.' You know, you can waive the privilege, given all these documents. There is going to be a vote to hold him in contempt at the beginning of the week."

"You know, he's had a bad week because clearly the president didn't like it that he told everyone he had been very, very sick and, frankly, kept it from people that threatens people's lives," she added. "Now he's not in a strong position trying to hide from this committee after they've gotten all this important information from him. I think the biggest argument against him is he waived the privilege by providing the documents he already has."

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Judge rejects Bannon request to delay trial until October

Federal prosecutors told a court they could try their case against Steve Bannon in one day, but the former White House strategist's attorneys want to delay a possible trial for nearly a year.

Bannon was indicted last month on a contempt of Congress charge, after he defied a subpoena in the Jan. 6 investigation, and prosecutors said Monday in a court filing the case "very straightforward" and would need only one day of testimony, while defense attorneys estimated they would need about 10 days -- and asked for an October start date.

"In our view, this is not the average criminal case on the docket – because it will take more time to obtain discovery, and more time to fully brief the issues," defense lawyers said in the filing.

Prosecutors asked the court to set an April trial date, but the judge said that was too ambitious and the defense request was too late.

The judge set a July 18 start date for a trial expected to last up to two weeks.