The final hearing of the January 6 committee lays the foundation
If the Democrats fail to unleash the full force of the justice system on Trump, they are guaranteeing that every illegal action by Agent Orange and his minions will not only be repeated, but exacerbated over the next couple of years. It will essentially be an official announcement that the rule of law does not apply if you are rich enough, connected enough, or can delay and obstruct investigations. Our downfall will shortly follow.
Thanks Prof. Reich. Just read a few comments here. This is very serious business!! Trump's resume reads like several pages out of Mein Kampf. He MUST be stopped at all costs. Everything else aside, he is guilty on all counts the Committee and Justice Dept. are looking at. I believe and sincerely hope that Attorney General Merrick Garland will indeed arrest and try Trump, as soon as he has an air tight case. Trump continues to give more and more reason to do this daily. It can't happen before the midterm election, so we must be very careful who we vote for. It is apparent our democracy is seriously at risk.
We all need to email A.G. Garland at DOJ and demand he indict, prosecute, and ultimately remove Trump from any future runs for office: Amendment 14, Section 3. Trump is unfit to serve and should be removed from society, based on his own admissions and performance on 1/6.
Mr. Reich, can you please try and explain to those of us who do not know the legal details but surely see what seems like obvious criminality... what is the DOJ waiting for to move forward? The committee disbands soon. Will this amount to actual indictments, trials and convictions?
He will either lie or take the 5th. He is guilty as sin and they have proved it conclusively. We do need to know more from the secret service especially with the deleted emails. All those now suing him should have access to this information so it needs to be stored securely but still accessible in a view only mode.
An excellent summary of today's hearing about January 6th. The whole thing was compelling. I "watched" every moment of it and was again moved by the dedication and competence of the members of the Congressional Committee. Unlike Donald Trump and his crew, the Committee actually cares about this nation and our democracy. Seeing again the Trump lies, incitement, and whining about the election, it made me realize again, just how impaired mentally Trump is. He now lives in a fantasy world where he can ignore facts, demand a**-kissing from Republican candidates or sick his mob on anyone who doesn't want the "honor."them (only hinted at in this hearing). There were a lot of people in the administration who stood between Trump and disaster, but even after Trump had been replaced by Biden, they said little or nothing, letting Trump keep whining that he won the election and was the "real" president. I am not sure how much of that he believes but he at least, has delusions of grandeur and power he is trying hard to realize and h is sycophantic followers are trying to help him. I love the way Trump insults Biden about his age when Trump is the one age is impairing most. I hope the subpoena goes out tomorrow and Trump is called in as early as next week so he won't have a chance to whip up another mob to help him steal what he didn't win.
I do think that the eventual disposition of this entire affair will determine whether our government survives as a democratic republic or not.
Two thoughts: 1) people under 45 I do not believe are watching these committee meetings. Speaking as a 23 year old, I do not know a single person (except those who work in news) that have watched a committee meeting. Today was my first time watching one. I think the bottom line is this committee is geared down an America that is shrinking by day. The so called middle America. Trump is extremely polarizing and contributing daily to this disappearance of the “middle”. I do not need the committee to tell me that this was pre mediated or that Trump is responsible. We all saw it happen in real time!! Then on the other side, the Republicans that believe that this is all political or a “witch hunt”. Trump has continued to divide this country by demanding blinding allegiance to him and as you share- refusing to accept the 2020 election results. Is the committee meant to convince these people otherwise? Who is this committee for? 2) As an American, a citizen of Earth, and a believer of Democracy- i truly believe and worry of the threat that Trump poses to our democracy and institutions. But subpoenaing him with so many defense mechanisms (executive privilege, the 5th, the SCOTUS he and the GOP stacked) will only add to his rhetoric or witchhunt and when he is deemed not required to give testimony it will be viewed as a maytr defining the odds and “undefeated against the deep state”. I am very grateful for all the committees work, research, testimony, and courage but we need the DOJ to be more active to stop the active threat against our democracy. Thank you for all you do Robert -AT
We also need to know the intentions of the FBI and Secret Service. Were they in league with the insurrectionists?
Wry comment: Bring the guilty bastard in and we'll give him a fair trial.
As I posted yesterday, Biden, Pelosi and Schumer need to reframe the midterms, and energize young voters, with an exciting proposition: If Americans give Pro-Choice Democrats a huge mandate in the midterms, Pelosi and Schumer need to promise NOW that they’ll hand off power to younger Progressive leaders in January 2023, and that Biden won’t run in 2024.
Hopefully, this might increase chances of keeping the House. If not, Democrats should at least keep the Senate with at least 2 more seats (to make Sinema & Manchin impotent, and end the filibuster). So, the House 1/6 Committee can hand off its investigation to a Senate Committee.
You know what I’m fearful of? Trump dying before he’s made accountable. I feel like he’d be turned into a martyr to lionise for an autocratic right, and subvert any sense of justice and accountability a majority of Americans demand. It feels horribly pessimistic, cynical and down-right tin-hatty to think this way, but I feel if it did it’s a win-win scenario for the Republicans...
I’ve listened to all the hearings and quite frankly don’t understand that when the authorities knew this was in the air to happen- please tell me Professor Reich why NOTHING was done to secure the Capitol Building and the government people inside?? I just don’t get it! People died - In my opinion the cops and law enforcement was negligent- no other way to say it!! Why was nothing done?? It’s like a bomb is coming in and don’t tell people to prepare- you want to see those people just killed? And in this case the craziness of Trump is well documented. Please somebody explain this to me. I’m totally baffled out of my mind!!
Trump is really guilty of treason against the United States by violating his oath of office and doing many illegal things to try to hold on to power, including his last desperate effort to lead an insurrection against Congress to deny Biden's indisputable election; one in which people were injured and even killed. The penalty for treason in death, and in his case, I would like to see it enforced.
No matter what happens to him, Trump continues to hamstring our federal government and largely prevent it from attending to any number of other crucial issues. Trump’s modus operandi is to ignore the law and constitutional restraints, thereby effectively tossing a wrench into the mechanism of government. He has sucked the entire nation — even those of us who detest him — into the vortex of his own sociopathology. The damage he already has done to our nation is incalculable and will persist for years. Thus, I merely repeat the question that my European friends kept asking during my recent visit: “Why can’t you Americans just make this guy disappear?”
At all of his rallies Trump repeats that if he is elected President again we will Take This Country Back. He never says how far back!
David Montgomery of the Washington Post has written a roundup of what 21 experts “in the presidency, political science, public administration, the military, intelligence, foreign affairs, economics and civil rights” say would happen should Trump be reelected in 2024.
They argue that upon taking office, Trump would install super loyalists to do his bidding and would ignore the Senate if it tried to stop him, as he largely did in his term. He has, after all, already outlined a plan to fire career civil servants and has explored a rigorous system for guaranteeing loyalists for those posts. Next, the experts suggest, he would deploy the military at home against his enemies while disengaging internationally and turning things over to Putin and other authoritarians. America’s global leadership would end, not least because no other nations would trust our intelligence services. Political violence would become the norm, giving Trump an excuse to declare martial law, and our democracy would fall.
More than half the Republican nominees for office in November are election deniers, and on Saturday, October 8, Republican nominee for Nevada secretary of state Jim Marchant told a rally, “We’re gonna fix the whole country and President Trump is gonna be president again.”
Only True American Patriots can end this!
STOP THIS LOSER !