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Monday, June 27, 2022

The Jan. 6 select committee, in a surprise announcement with about 24 hours' notice, scheduled a Tuesday hearing "to present recently obtained evidence and receive witness testimony."

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"The shift was particularly jarring after the panel had foreshadowed a two-week hiatus to assess and analyze a flood of new evidence. The committee's chair, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), told reporters last week that investigators were poring over new documentary footage from a British filmmaker who had access to Trump and his family before and after Jan. 6.

The panel was also anticipating a new tranche of documents from the National Archives, due to arrive on July 8."

Cool... now Trumpers can deny the existence of this video of Trump just like they deny the existence of dozens of Trump lawyers, his own AG and DOJ officials, and election officials all swearing to his guilt.

Ignorance is indeed bliss.

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2022-06-27 04:12 PM | Reply

... receive witness testimony ...

Hmmm... I wonder who they will be calling upon to testify?

That aside...

More from the cited article...

...The Tuesday hearing plan quickly set Capitol Hill abuzz, even though details were sparse. Committee aides and members were tight-lipped about the substance of the hearing but were clear that it was scheduled with extreme urgency, interrupting what many of them had planned to be a quieter-than-usual week....


#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-06-27 04:19 PM | Reply

Hopefully they want to time it like they did with the raid on insurrection conspirator Jeff Clark's house.

Prolly to much to hope that it's being coordinated with Trump's frog walk.

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2022-06-27 04:23 PM | Reply

@#3 ... insurrection conspirator Jeff Clark ...

What to know about Jeffrey Clark, the one DOJ official willing to do Trump's coup
www.vox.com

...For a brief moment in early January 2021, it looked like Jeffrey Clark's moment in the sun had arrived. He was poised to become a major player in Washington.

All he needed to do was successfully convince then-President Donald Trump to install him as acting attorney general, then demand that key swing states won by Joe Biden send a separate slate of pro-Trump electors to Congress, thus overturning Biden's Electoral College win.

Up to that point, Clark was, in the eyes of true Washington insiders, a schnook, a comparative nobody.

It wasn't that he was unaccomplished. Clark had a solid resume as a graduate of Harvard and Georgetown Law, and spent over a decade as a partner at the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis. He had even been Senate-confirmed. In 2018, Trump nominated Clark to be assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division at the Department of Justice. He was confirmed on a near party-line vote, with opposition due to the fact that Clark, who represented BP in his private practice, was a climate science skeptic. Clark was exactly the type of smart guy with a ceiling that makes up the upper-middle class of Washington policymakers.

But Washington law firms and Nationals Park box seats are jam-packed with unobtrusive Republicans who represent the fossil fuel industry. There are fewer who sought to actively overturn a democratic election and vied to be the hatchet man for an outgoing president determined to stay in power....



#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-06-27 06:14 PM | Reply

Judge Carter:

"The illegality of the plan was obvious. Our nation was founded on the peaceful transition of power, epitomized by George Washington laying down his sword to make way for democratic elections.

Ignoring this history, President Trump vigorously campaigned for the Vice President to single-handedly determine the results of the 2020 election.

As Pence stated, "no vice president in American history has ever asserted such authority."

Every American, and certainly the President of the United States, knows that in a democracy, leaders are elected, not installed. Based on the evidence, the Court finds it more likely than not that President Trump corruptly attempted to obstruct the Joint Session of Congress on January 6, 2021."

fullertonobserver.com

Basically the whole plan is laid out there.

My question is, if Eastman is so brilliant, why did he use his university email which was archived?

But that's beside the point, I guess. It's obvious that neither Trump nor Eastman cared that what they were doing was criminal, because literally dozens of their own lawyers told them exactly that.

I mean, what made them think they could get away with it?

Their abilty to tell the Big Lie, that's what.

#5 | Posted by Corky at 2022-06-27 11:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

more from the above link..

"In Judge Carter's concluding thoughts, he writes,

"More than a year after the attack on our Capitol, the public is still searching for accountability. This case cannot provide it.

The Court is tasked only with deciding a dispute over a handful of emails. This is not a criminal prosecution; this is not even a civil liability suit.

At most, this case is a warning about the dangers of "legal theories" gone wrong, the powerful abusing public platforms, and desperation to win at all costs.

If Eastman and Trump's plan had worked, it would have permanently ended the peaceful transition of power, undermining American democracy and the Constitution. If the country does not commit to investigating and pursuing accountability for those responsible, the Court fears January 6 will repeat itself."

'
The point is that these Witnesses at this Hearing have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt all the conclusions that Judge Carter also found in Eastman's emails.... and oh so much more.

#6 | Posted by Corky at 2022-06-27 11:24 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This is it! This is the Big One, Elizabeth!

#7 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2022-06-27 11:29 PM | Reply

More than a year after the attack on our Capitol, the public is still searching for accountability.

Yes!

We are searching.

My children cannot eat a proper breakfast in the morning. Every day my daughter's eyes well up with tears as she struggles to comprehend living in a society so dysfunctional it still cannot assign accountability for the horrors of that day. She tries to stay strong. She tries to hide it.

But I see it.

And I feel shame.

#8 | Posted by Mao_Content at 2022-06-27 11:32 PM | Reply

You'd feel much better if you had some of Judge Carter's Little Pills.

The truth sometimes hurts, but it's still the truth.

You'd feel better if you could convince yourself, by adequate if not great knowledge of the sworn facts that Judge Carter's conclusions from Eastman's emails of an insurrection conspiracy, a legal term, was being carried out by the President and his men.

Well, only a few of them. All the rest of his own men were telling him this was a -------- theory and definitely a criminal act. They've all sworn so publicly now.

But then, you would have to have decided if you really cared more for a democratic republic or an authoritarian one. Or perhaps you've already decided that might makes right.

That money always wins.

#9 | Posted by Corky at 2022-06-27 11:45 PM | Reply

+++Former Meadows aide to testify in surprise Jan. 6 committee hearing+++

The Jan. 6 select committee is set to hear from a onetime top aide to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on Tuesday, an abruptly scheduled hearing whose announcement riveted Washington.

Among other revelations Hutchinson helped unearth: that the White House counsel informed members of Trump's team that it believed a plan to authorize alternative slates of presidential electors was illegal. She also described Meadows' movements on Jan. 6, as chaos began to unfold at the Capitol.

www.politico.com

Another day, another Trumper testifies against Trump.

It's been dozens of them now. It's almost as if this whole kerfuffle was Trumper on Trumper action.

#10 | Posted by Corky at 2022-06-28 12:25 AM | Reply

Three people familiar with the investigation told the Washington Post that the reason for the secrecy "is in part due to credible security threats to a witness."

The demented-------------------'s ------------ cop killers are out for blood again.

#11 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2022-06-28 12:34 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Democrat porn theater.

#12 | Posted by BellRinger at 2022-06-28 12:36 AM | Reply

#10 | POSTED BY CORKY

You're getting up there, buddy.

You're about my parents age...and every time I walk into the house to visit the goddamn Fox New is blaring at "67" volume and I have to admonish them and tell them to turn the ---- off and go live life.

You probably need to do the same, sir.

Nobody cares about this in the real world.

It's theater. They're going to send you a mailer, reference what you've watched in it, and ask you for money to defeat "DeSantis's Fascist Agenda".

Don't fall for it.

You're smarter than that.

#13 | Posted by Mao_Content at 2022-06-28 01:08 AM | Reply

People have moved past this.

Trump Impeachment 3.0.

Maybe if you clowns hadn't over-shot your wad the first several times this would have more of an impact.

We could also call it Benghazi 2.0.

But by all means - keep harping on this and mocking people who are griping about gas prices because they aren't driving a Tesla.

#14 | Posted by BellRinger at 2022-06-28 01:19 AM | Reply

"You're about my parents age...and every time I walk into the house to visit the goddamn Fox New is blaring at "67" volume and I have to admonish them and tell them to turn the ---- off and go live life."

My dad was the same way. he thought Tucker Carlson was the smartest dude on TV. I had to tell him I couldn't stand Tucker Carlson or his twin sister Rachel Maddow. And neither could be considered remotely intelligent based on their performance in their day jobs.

#15 | Posted by madbomber at 2022-06-28 01:28 AM | Reply

I sent you a message on another forum regarding recent events in Real County that may be of interest to your people.

#16 | Posted by Mao_Content at 2022-06-28 01:34 AM | Reply

REIN

I can see where the urgency of today's surprise hearing might involve Jeff Clark.

I posted a few days ago that I wondered, after the FBI raided Clark's house last Wednesday, how long it would take for him to turn tail and start to squeal on everybody else to save himself. He always seemed to me to be the Mr. Milquetoast among the lot of them.

I can also see where there might be serious security threats to Clark, especially if he told any of his partner-in-crime what he was about to do. At this point I even think Trump would "put out a contract" on Clark to prevent him from testifying.

I can also see where the Committee wouldn't want to give Clark time to cool off about his decision to come clean, or take the chance that someone would talk him out of it.

But the fact that the warrant to search Clark's house was requested, not by the DOJ but by the DOJ's Inspector General, tells me that today's "surprise" is going to be Jeffrey Clark.

But then what do I know? I'm just surmising. It's really anybody's guess.

#17 | Posted by Twinpac at 2022-06-28 03:52 AM | Reply

Evidently, the witness is Cassidy Hutchinson, formerly aide to WH chief of staff Mark Meadows. I believe she's already provided an account of Meadows burning papers in his office after a meeting with Scott Perry (R-Q).

#18 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2022-06-28 06:10 AM | Reply

Nobody expects the Spanish... Correction, Jan 6th hearings.

#19 | Posted by visitor_ at 2022-06-28 08:55 AM | Reply

"We could also call it Benghazi 2.0."

HRC wasn't in the military chain of command during Benghazi. Meanwhile, regarding 1/6, Donnie was pulling every possible illegal thread he could.

So other than being not responsible vs. being 100% responsible, they were EXACTLY the same ...

... If you're a fuqqin' moron, that is. Are you a fuqqin' moron?

#20 | Posted by Danforth at 2022-06-28 09:41 AM | Reply

Maybe if you clowns hadn't over-shot your wad the first several times this would have more of an impact.

Funny, that's not what Mitch McConnell and may other Repub Senators thought after it happened. They wanted to secure the impeachment.

But then a funny thing happened on the way to that result. They weighed having power and money over doing what was right.

And still do today.

Trump is a loser and should be banned from running for office, hell or high water.

#21 | Posted by brass30 at 2022-06-28 10:24 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

And these hearings are having an effect.

Don't go by the ratings. People are getting sound bytes and reading about it. Read the polls. See what people are saying other than the cult.

It's not going to help Dems win the race in 2024 - but it will prevent Trump running and/or winning in 2024.

Sometimes you have to go to greater lengths when things aren't handled correctly the first go around.

#22 | Posted by brass30 at 2022-06-28 10:29 AM | Reply

And I feel shame.
#8 | POSTED BY MAO_CONTENT

And you should you lying POS.

Welcome to the divided states of America and all that entails.

One can only hope you live long enough to fully experience the fruits of your labors and receive the gift of your karma.

#23 | Posted by donnerboy at 2022-06-28 10:37 AM | Reply

"People have moved past this."

Gotta love it when some clown says they know what The People think. You can only speak for yourself and unfortunately you lie. Even to yourself apparently.

YOU have obviously moved past it. Because you are not interested in the truth.

The country is just coming to grips with the reality of what has happened. And you don't want to.

Boo hoo for you!

#24 | Posted by donnerboy at 2022-06-28 10:43 AM | Reply

Apparently the reason they had to have a "surprise" hearing was for the safety of the witness to protect her from rabid Trumpers from "Red States" who might try to intimidate or even harm her or her family and frighten her into not testifying.

That's the Divided States of America we live in right now.

#25 | Posted by donnerboy at 2022-06-28 11:33 AM | Reply

What's this about Michael Stenger, the head of senate security on Jan 6, checking out yesterday?

#26 | Posted by schifferbrains at 2022-06-28 11:56 AM | Reply

@#26 ... What's this about Michael Stenger, the head of senate security on Jan 6, checking out yesterday? ...

This?

Michael Stenger's Death Before Jan. 6 Hearing Sparks Conspiracy Theories
www.newsweek.com

#27 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-06-28 12:00 PM | Reply

Re 26

Suddenly died. I haven't discovered why yet. No reason has been given. Seems very mysterious and suspicious to me. Quite a "coincidence" don't you think?

He was previously a Captain in the Marines.

So he was in pretty good shape and I am sure he had excellent health care.

May he now RIP ...

#28 | Posted by donnerboy at 2022-06-28 12:02 PM | Reply

@#18 ... Evidently, the witness is Cassidy Hutchinson, formerly aide to WH chief of staff Mark Meadows. I believe she's already provided an account of Meadows burning papers in his office after a meeting with Scott Perry (R-Q). ...

Here's some interesting aspects...

Key Trump White House aide to testify before Jan. 6 committee
www.axios.com

...Given her proximity to the chief of staff and her access to the inner workings of the White House, she had an extraordinary view into the events on Jan. 6, possibly including closed-door conversations and paper trails most staff were unaware of....

Why it matters: Hutchinson may be the most dangerous witness for Trump so far because, unlike many others who had paramount access to the former president, she is not directly or indirectly on the Trump payroll....

Hutchinson told the committee she was present when Meadows described hearing Trump's positive reaction to the Capitol rioters calling for then-Vice President Mike Pence to be hanged....

Between the lines: Hutchinson's switch of lawyers while being investigated by the committee -- from Trump-aligned lawyer Stefan Passantino to former Justice Department official Jody Hunt -- signaled she was no longer attached to Trumpworld.

What we know: Recent reports have detailed that Meadows burned papers in his fireplace following the Jan. 6 riot.

- - - The committee has been interested in knowing what those documents contained and what else Hutchinson heard and saw during those final days as Trump plotted to overturn the 2020 election....

[emphasis mine]



#29 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-06-28 12:04 PM | Reply

@#24 ... "People have moved past this."

Gotta love it when some clown says they know what The People think. ...

I look at such lame trivialization of what the Committee is doing more as a substantiation of the excellent work the Committee is doing.

In other words, the person criticizing is unable to provide any manner of substantiated rebuttal to the under-oath testimony and hard evidence being provided by the Committee.

So what is left for the person criticizing the Committee to do? Well, so far we've seen lame deflection attempts, thread hijacking, outright misrepresentations (verging on, and sometimes, outright lies), etc.

So far, a lot (most?) of the evidence (e.g., sworn testimony and hard documents) has been provided by Republicans, most of whom had been Trump supporters, many of whom worked in the Trump White House.


#30 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-06-28 12:15 PM | Reply

Will Cassidy Hutchinson be the John Dean of Insurrectiongate? Let's find out.

#31 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2022-06-28 01:18 PM | Reply

Wow. There goes the claim that nobody brought guns to the insurrection.

#32 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2022-06-28 01:29 PM | Reply

Hutchison's office was just down the hall from the Oval Office.

But she's just a nobody and now Trumpy apparently has never heard of her.

Maybe she was just the coffee girl.

I bet trumpy hopes she will have to "go through a few things" now.

#33 | Posted by donnerboy at 2022-06-28 02:39 PM | Reply

"Will Cassidy Hutchinson be the John Dean of Insurrectiongate?"

Nope just a coffee girl that Trumpy never heard of until today. (Even though her office is just down the hall.)

#34 | Posted by donnerboy at 2022-06-28 03:06 PM | Reply

So... Hutchinson testified that both Rudy and Meadows ax'ed for Pardons right after the 6th.

Mao and the Trumpers (new Trump Grunge Band) have, apparently waited too long to ask for theirs.

- You're smarter than that.

#13 | POSTED BY MAO_Nnaise

Calling the Hearings "theatre" is rather cowardly; it's what people with no argument to the documented facts do.

It's also not very bright, in any respect. Ignoring evidence because you don't care that the Big Lie is a Big Lie is just something you should go ahead and come out and say is the right thing to do.

What becomes obvious is that being a Trumper is much more important to some than being an American.

#35 | Posted by Corky at 2022-06-28 03:11 PM | Reply

Calling the Hearings "theatre"

I called them "theater", actually.

I don't like coming across as some pretentious ----------.

#36 | Posted by Mao_Content at 2022-06-28 03:14 PM | Reply

#36

Great argument!

You almost convince me that 90 percent of Trump's lawyers and aides are lying and the 10 percent that are taking the 5th 100+ times are the true patriots.

And here I thought you'd lost your past excellent debating skills!

Silly me.

#37 | Posted by Corky at 2022-06-28 03:18 PM | Reply

My fav part today was Trump trying to wrap his tiny little hands around his Sec Chief's throat while in the, "Beast"!

Orange on black action!

#38 | Posted by Corky at 2022-06-28 03:24 PM | Reply

Its not our fault trumps insane antics are amusing at times.

#39 | Posted by Tor at 2022-06-28 03:29 PM | Reply

#37 | Posted by Corky

Nothing makes ol' mao se dung happier than getting the response to it's posts that you provide.

Stop feeding th' fuggin troll.

#40 | Posted by Angrydad at 2022-06-28 03:30 PM | Reply

Un-American and un-patriotic.

Couldn't have summed up her testimony any better.

And it's what you are if you still support Trump.

#41 | Posted by brass30 at 2022-06-28 03:33 PM | Reply

- th' fuggin troll.

He's a smart guy, little wet behind the ears, but a nice guy... we exchanged a few cordial emails years ago. I think of him as a much brighter JeffyJ, lol.

Both of them, howsomever, have apparently become radicalized to point of deciding that the ends do indeed justify the means; that the law doesn't matter because it's all just politics.

It's sad to see.

When I first got here many years ago, he and Gal were prominate posters and I hadn't written anything expressing views in years. He beat up on me pretty badly, but Gal protected me, lol.

#42 | Posted by Corky at 2022-06-28 03:43 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


Mick Mulvaney
@MickMulvaney
twitter.com

...
A stunning 2 hours:

1)Trump knew the protesters had guns
2)He assaulted his own security team
3)There may be a line from ProudBoys to the WH
4)Top aides asked for pardons
5)The commission thinks they have evidence of witness tampering.

That is a very, very bad day for Trump.

The Press is going to focus on some sensational revelations from today: guns, grabbing a secret service agent, etc.

But the real bomb that got dropped was the implied charge of witness tampering.

If there is hard evidence, that is a serious problem for the former President.

Cheney's closing is stunning: they think they have evidence of witness tampering and obstruction of justice.
There is an old maxim: it's never the crime, it's always the coverup.
Things went very badly for the former President today. My guess is that it will get worse from here

One thing is clear in my mind: Meadows will get indicted for his failure to appear. My guess is that ultimately he shows.

My guess is that before this is over, we will be hearing testimony from Ornato, Engle, and Meadows.

This is explosive stuff. If Cassidy is making this up, they will need to say that. If she isn't they will have to corroborate.

I know her. I don't think she is lying.
...



#43 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-06-28 03:44 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

(6) He told Security to take away the metal detectors that were stopping armed people coming in... because it was ruining the photo of his "yuge" crowd. And the weapons weren't for him anyway.

(7) His code name was, "Mogul", rofl!

mogul1
/m'l/

1.
INFORMAL
an important or powerful person, especially in the motion picture or media industry.
"the Hollywood movie mogul, Sam Goldwyn"

2.
a steam locomotive with three pairs of driving wheels and one pair of smaller wheels in the front.

#44 | Posted by Corky at 2022-06-28 03:53 PM | Reply

Also... apparently Trump is posting on his own social media network:

"Why isn't anyone talking about the election fraud?"

aka, the Big Lie, as there was not any relevant election fraud.

#45 | Posted by Corky at 2022-06-28 03:58 PM | Reply

aka, the Big Lie, as there was not any relevant election fraud.
#45 | POSTED BY CORKY

It's all been gaslighting ever since Barr explained to him the very basic truth: Trump lost fair and square. He's a narcissist that will never concede the 2020 election.

Which is a shame. Had Trump simply conceded the election, just like every other losing POTUS candidate in history, Ashli Babbitt would still be alive.

Who else will die because of Trump's Big Lie?

#46 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2022-06-28 04:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Did I miss anything in the hearings? I need to ketchup.

#47 | Posted by Nixon at 2022-06-29 07:41 AM | Reply

Also... apparently Trump is posting on his own social media network:

"Why isn't anyone talking about the election fraud?"

He is melting down BIGLY.

I have a suspicion the walls at Mar A ------- have a fresh coat of ketchup today.

#48 | Posted by Nixon at 2022-06-29 07:42 AM | Reply

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