- Editor’s note: The January 6th Committee Hearings have exposed American democracy’s fragility,
- What we learned last week was that the “good” lawyers around Trump did not go to the FBI when they saw law-breaking. That was wrong. Threatening to resign does not exonerate them.
- This article published January 20, 2022 in Foreign Affairs sums-up where we are: America’s Coming Age of Instability – Why Constitutional Crises and Political Violence Could Soon Be the Norm
- Whatever happened to adhering to the Constitution of the United States?
- A civics lesson in the Constitution is required for ALL Americans!
- These stories last week show how fragile American democracy has become:
Last week’s January 6th Committee Hearings reveal fragility
+ Jennifer Rubin in The Washington Post: Even the ‘good’ lawyers didn’t blow the whistle on Trump. That was wrong. Did they feel bound by the attorney-client privilege or beholden to Trump because they served in his administration? Sorry, but the client of government lawyers is the American people, not an individual president. The oath that government officials take obligates them to “defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” In refusing to publicly short-circuit the coup attempt, they failed to fulfill that most elementary duty.
+ Trump issues his usual diatribe the hearings are a witch hunt, yet all of the witnesses have been his Republican insiders, including his daughter and son-in-law: ABC News: Trump issues 12-page statement amid Jan. 6 hearings alleging he plotted a ‘coup’. Click here
+ The New York Times: Trump, Told It Was Illegal, Still Pressured Pence to Overturn His Loss
+ Just Security: The January 6th Hearings: Criminal Evidence Tracker Second Edition
+ The Seattle Times: WA donors gave $2.7M to Trump ‘defense fund’ that didn’t exist
+ KING-5 TV News, NBC, Seattle: Watergate 50th meets Jan. 6. Common thread: Thirst for power
+ Neal Katal: The Future Criminal Case Against Donald Trump. Mr. Katyal is a professor at Georgetown University Law Center, was an acting solicitor general in the Obama administration and is a co-author of “Impeach: The Case Against Donald Trump.”
+ Jill Wine-Banks, former Watergate prosecutor: The Jan. 6 hearings promise a lot. How they can deliver — and why they could still fail. The committee says it has the goods — and I believe them. But that doesn’t mean that it will ultimately succeed.
+ January 6th Committee: The Select Committee renews request for information from Representative Barry Loudermilk. In a letter to Loudermilk, Chair @BennieGThompson underscored the need to gather more info about certain individuals who were part of the tour through the Capitol complex on Jan 5, 2021.
+ MSNBC Rachel Maddow Show: Why it matters that Ginni Thomas was in contact with John Eastman – While John Eastman claimed to have insights about what was going on at the Supreme Court, he was also in communication with Ginni Thomas.
+ MSNBC’s Frank Figliuzzi: Mike Pence feared for his life on Jan. 6. Americans deserve to understand why. The Jan. 6 committee owes Americans clarification of exactly how realistic Mike Pence’s fear of Trump was during the hours of the insurrection.
+ The Washington Post: More than 100 GOP primary winners back Trump’s false fraud claims