The Congressional Select Committee investigating the Trump-inspired January 6, 2021 riots (and the attempt to prevent the confirmation of Joe Biden’s election) ended Monday with some big surprises but amassed damning evidence against the former president. The committee’s last and expected action was to transfer the criminal charges against Donald Trump to others.
They left behind a solid, though not very surprising, list of Trump’s possible crimes. But since the Republicans are due to take control of the House in January, these accusations won’t get the follow-up that was previously expected, at least not in Congress.
In contrast, among the dozens of judges who ruled against Trump for his 1/6 fraud and his attempts to cover it up, there were 11 who were nominated by Trump (one-sixth of the total number of federal judges he appointed).
It should be noted that Trump has never stopped asserting his Big Lies and the various smaller lies that underlie them, and opinion polls show that a large proportion of Republicans believe him, or at least say they do.
Committee member Adam Schiff, D-Calif., summarized aspects of the committee’s findings. This included the story of Trump’s now-famous phone call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger asking him to “just find another 11,780” Trump votes, which Trump noted was one more than he needed to steal the state that Joe Biden had. . . (Of course, until today, Trump has never acknowledged that Biden supported Georgia.)
U.S. Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Cal., led the committee through an episode in which Trump forced former Vice President Mike Pence to go along with insane schemes to help overturn Biden’s victory during the ceremonial electoral vote count.
Trump, you remember, later denounced Pence, inspiring his aggressive followers to chant “Hang Mike Pence” when they attacked the Capitol and put Pence in physical danger due to his unwillingness to join Trump’s plan.
Pence did show considerable courage in this episode, as well as a commitment to democracy in the US. But in a clip shown during Monday’s testimony, former Trump aide Nicholas Luna recalled hearing Trump call Pence a “weakling” for refusing to help Trump steal a second term. (Trump also expressed regret for choosing Pence as his running mate.)
During Monday’s TV broadcast, there was no support for such views. It would be funny to know if Mr. T is watching.
Perhaps a fitting end to this chapter on Trump’s ego – and perhaps his capacity for self-deception, or perhaps his inability to ever match his fans – would be to quote a tweet in which he finally called off the crowd that whined:
“These are the things and events that happen when a sacred electoral crushing victory is so unceremoniously and viciously deprived of the great patriots who have been treated so long and unfairly. Go home in love and peace. Remember this day forever!
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