The Stupid Coup, part infinity
It is categorically true that it is up to Attorney General Merrick Garland to decide if there is a winnable case to prosecute, but the Jan. 6 Committee sure tipped their hand:
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol said Wednesday for the first time that its evidence suggests crimes may have been committed by former President Donald Trump and his associates in the failed effort to overturn the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
Trump and his associates engaged in a “criminal conspiracy” to prevent Congress from certifying Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the Electoral College, the House committee said in a court filing. Trump and those working with him spread false information about the outcome of the presidential election and pressured state officials to overturn the results, potentially violating multiple federal laws, the panel said.
The House is accusing a former president —in a federal court filing, no less— of committing felonies.
Now the story of WHY they decided to go public with this is actually a good laugh: Hair Füror made them do it:
The committee made the claims in response to a lawsuit by Trump adviser John Eastman, a lawyer and law professor who was consulting with Trump as he attempted to overturn the election. Eastman is trying to withhold documents from the committee.
You see, Eastman sued the committee claiming client-attorney privilege, but that only works as long as the client-attorney are not committing crimes:
“The Select Committee also has a good-faith basis for concluding that the President and members of his Campaign engaged in a criminal conspiracy to defraud the United States,” the committee wrote in a filing submitted in U.S. District Court in the Central District of California.
The whole article is a joy to read. Highly recommended.
And as long as we are talking about legitimate political discourse, one of the Oath Keepers has pled guilty to seditious conspiracy and promises to cooperate with prosecutors:
Joshua James, 34, of Arab, Alabama, pleaded guilty to seditious conspiracy charges on Wednesday as part of deal with prosecutors contingent on his cooperation with the U.S. government in their ongoing prosecution of defendants who were involved in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
The plea deal is the first of its kind for a Jan. 6 defendant and comes nearly a year after James was charged with impeding and obstructing Congress’ affirmation of the Electoral College vote in the 2020 presidential election.
As Scissorhead MDavis points out:
So we got that working for us too.