1/6 Select Committee ready to up Trump’s risk of prison

The Jan. 6 Select Committee has signaled it intends to explore potential criminal wrongdoing by former President Trump, marking a significant escalation for the investigation that could put pressure on the Biden administration.

The panel has said it could refer Trump to the Justice Department for prosecution if it finds damning evidence, in what would be seen as an open invitation to Attorney General Merrick Garland to be more aggressive toward the former president than he has been in his tenure thus far…

The comments about Trump’s potential wrongdoing come after months of growing frustration among Democrats and Trump critics that Garland and the Department of Justice (DOJ) aren’t doing enough to address potential illegal activity in the highest levels of the previous administration.

Any criminal referral from the select committee alleging that Trump violated the law would be an overt escalation of lawmakers’ efforts to pressure the Biden DOJ into being more aggressive toward the former president.

El Trumpo may blow a gasket in his tiny brain when this happens!

42 thoughts on “1/6 Select Committee ready to up Trump’s risk of prison

  1. Follow the money says:

    Taylor Budowich, current spokesperson for former President Donald Trump, on Friday sued the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riots, trying to block it from gaining access to his financial records.
    Besides the Jan. 6 committee and its nine individual members, Budowich also sued House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and J.P. Morgan Chase Bank. Budowich indicated in the suit that he had already provided “more than 1,700 pages of documents“ and “roughly four hours of sworn testimony” to the panel, cooperation that he said should have precluded the subpoena for his records. https://www.politico.com/news/2021/12/24/trump-spokesperson-sues-jan-6-committee-financial-records-526139

  2. Update says:

    Rep. Bennie Thompson, chair of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, said his panel has evidence of interactions between members of the House and the rioters that day but not necessarily of a significant nature.
    Thompson clarified that there was not evidence of House members participating in a conspiracy with rioters or offering substantial assistance — at least not yet. https://www.politico.com/news/2022/01/02/bennie-thompson-jan-6-526357
    Members of the House select committee investigating January 6 said Sunday that they have critical testimony about communications to former President Donald Trump on the day of the deadly attack.
    Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the vice chair of the committee and one of its two Republican members, told ABC News that the panel has “firsthand testimony” that during the attack, Trump’s daughter and then-senior adviser Ivanka Trump asked him to intervene. And Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat, told CNN the panel has “significant testimony” that the White House “had been told to do something.” https://www.cnn.com/2022/01/02/politics/bennie-thompson-trump-capitol-insurrection/index.html

  3. Meanwhile says:

    The New York attorney general’s office has subpoenaed two of former President Donald Trump’s children for testimony as part of its civil investigation into whether the Trump Organization manipulated the values of its properties.
    The disclosure was made public Monday in a court filing where the judge set a briefing schedule to handle a dispute that has arisen over the subpoenas for Trump’s testimony as well as Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr.
    The attorney general’s office previously subpoenaed Trump for testimony and set a deadline of January 7. Trump’s lawyers have said they would move to quash the subpoena. https://www.cnn.com/2022/01/03/politics/ivanka-donald-trump-jr-subpoena/index.html

    • p/s says:

      (1/12/22): Representative Adam Kinzinger, Republican of Illinois and a member of the committee investigating the attack: “Looking at the role that Kimberly Guilfoyle played, that Don Jr. played — it would be obvious we would need some information from them, or people that would know … what they were doing. We all saw the selfie video of them dancing and laughing after the President’s speech.
      We just …all we want is answers, it’s not like there’s anything nefarious here, besides let’s find out what the truth is and we will. https://twitter.com/therecount/status/1481366060024610820

  4. 2roads diverge says:

    Nearly a year after rioters sought to overturn the free and fair presidential election of 2020, the Republican Party faces a stark choice — framed perfectly by Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney on Sunday.
    “We can either be loyal to Donald Trump or we can be loyal to the Constitution, but we cannot be both,” said Cheney during an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
    That’s a really succinct way of putting it. And, again, a stark choice before Republicans.
    As Cheney notes, you simply can’t be the servant of two masters — especially when those masters are directly contradicting one another.
    Trump has spent the last year-plus telling anyone who will listen that the 2020 election was stolen — despite every available piece of evidence showing that it wasn’t. The Constitution — and those who adhere to it — is based on the peaceful transfer of power and the rule of law. You can’t simultaneously put the Constitution at the center of your political beliefs and support Trump’s attempts to undermine it at the same time. It just doesn’t work. https://www.cnn.com/2022/01/03/politics/liz-cheney-trump-republicans-constitution/index.html

  5. p/s says:

    “Former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham will meet Wednesday evening on Capitol Hill with the select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection, according to multiple sources familiar with the meeting.
    Grisham’s meeting with the committee came after the former White House aide and chief of staff to first lady Melania Trump had a phone call with committee member, Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, during which Raskin encouraged her to meet with the panel.
    A source tells CNN that Grisham and Raskin had in-depth phone call about her knowledge of events behind-the-scenes at the White House on January 6. The source told CNN that Grisham was “candid” about events in the White House at the time, many of which Grisham was present for, including knowledge of conversations involving former President Donald Trump that day.” https://www.cnn.com/2022/01/05/politics/stephanie-grisham-committee-meeting/index.html
    Stephanie Grisham’s Book Details Trump’s ‘Terrifying’ Temper : The former press secretary is reflective in her tell-all: “I should have spoken up more.” (NYT Sept 28, 2021) https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/28/us/politics/stephanie-grishams-book-trump.html

    • Update says:

      Former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said Thursday that more than a dozen of her former Trump administration colleagues plan to meet next week to try and stop former President Donald Trump as he continues to “manipulate people and divide our country.”
      Grisham met Wednesday on Capitol Hill with the House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection.
      She confirmed that the committee was interested in what was happening inside the White House as the insurrection was unfolding at the US Capitol on January 6.
      “Planning things that were happening outside, conversations that were had broadly. Those were some of the things we talked about,” she said, adding that the committee also sought “any details I had with timelines and conversations that were happening, and intentions beforehand and during, what was going on.”
      Asked if she shared new information that committee did not know, Grisham replied, “There were a couple of things that they didn’t know. There were things that I was able to confirm. And I think there were things that I was able to kind of help put together like a puzzle.” She declined to go into further detail.
      She said that she did not know who specifically spoke with Trump on January 6 to try to get him to stop the violence, except that Melania Trump did not try and plead with her husband.
      “All I know about that day is he was in the dining room, gleefully watching on his TV, as he often did. ‘Look at all of the people fighting for me,’ hitting rewind, watching it again. That’s what I know,” Grisham said.

    • p/s says:

      Trump’s Cable Cabinet: New texts reveal the influence of Fox hosts on previous White House https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-cable-cabinet/2022/01/09/96fac488-6fe6-11ec-b9fc-b394d592a7a6_story.html
      …text messages — newly released by the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection — between Fox News hosts and former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows, crystallize with new specificity just how tightly Fox News and the White House were entwined during the Trump years, with many of the network’s top hosts serving as a Cable Cabinet of unofficial advisers.

  6. Update says:

    Rep. Liz Cheney, the vice chairwoman of the House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection, said Thursday she is looking forward to Vice President Mike Pence’s cooperation and his team “continuing” their cooperation in the panel’s investigation.
    The Wyoming Republican also called him a “hero” for his actions that day. https://www.cnn.com/2022/01/06/politics/cheney-pence-january-6/index.html
    The House investigators who are trying to piece together exactly what Donald Trump was up to when his supporters were ransacking the Capitol a year ago are being helped out by some of former Vice President Mike Pence’s closest allies, according to a report from Axios. The report states that some of Pence’s most senior staffers—including his former Chief of Staff Marc Short and ex-press secretary Alyssa Farah—have voluntarily offered up testimony without being subpoenaed. https://www.axios.com/pence-team-helping-jan-6-committee-d634d742-77f9-4e1f-a0ef-d92b81fbcfcb.html

  7. Stay tuned says:

    In the past three days, five targets of House select committee subpoenas have rushed to court to try to stop the sweeping January 6 investigation from obtaining their phone records. They include right-wing media personalities Mike Lindell and Sebastian Gorka, a married couple accused of taking part in a conspiracy among the Oath Keepers to storm the Capitol on January 6, and a person who’s so far remained anonymous.
    The four new lawsuits, all challenging the House committee’s ability to collect the information, are in their earliest stages, before the House has responded, and they come as more than a dozen other witnesses close to former President Donald Trump attempt to stymie the committee as well, including by asking courts for help. https://www.cnn.com/2022/01/05/politics/sebastian-gorka-sues-january-6-committee/index.html
    The House select committee obtained financial records for Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich from the bank JPMorgan in late December as part of its probe, according to a new court filing this week.
    Budowich went back to court on Tuesday asking for emergency intervention to “disgorge, promptly return, sequester, or destroy private financial records” from his bank that the committee has, according to his latest filing.
    House General Counsel Douglas Letter, at a short court hearing on Wednesday, made clear he believes that appeals court precedent says the judiciary has no power to do what Budowich is asking.
    Budowich, the House committee and JPMorgan will be back before a judge on January 20.

  8. Update says:

    (1/7/22): Rep. Jamie Raskin, a member of the Jan. 6 select committee, said he believes the investigation will reveal the full truth about the insurrection.
    “America is going to be shocked and surprised at what we all come to learn this year,” he told CNN.
    Raskin also said that former Trump press secretary Stephanie Grisham “names a lot of names I had not heard before” and “identified some lines of inquiry that had never occurred to me” during a conversation he had with her prior to her interview yesterday with the committee.
    (1/5/22): Jan. 6 panel weighing prime-time televised hearings, chairman says
    Meanwhile: Congressman Jim Jordan refuses to cooperate with 6 January committee
    The Ohio Republican, claiming an ‘outrageous abuse’ of authority, is the second member of Congress to resist the investigation https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jan/10/us-capitol-attack-jim-jordan-refuses-cooperate

  9. Uppity Auntie says:

    “Trump news – live: Kevin McCarthy refuses interview request by Jan 6 panel as report on probe rocks Matt Gaetz” https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/trump-news-today-january-6-committee-b1992062.html
    Plus: “Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Wednesday appeared before the House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection, CNN sources claim.” https://edition.cnn.com/2022/01/12/politics/kayleigh-mcenany-january-6-committee/index.html

  10. Thérèse Defarge says:

    “The House select committee investigating the January 6 riot issued a subpoena Tuesday for Rudy Giuliani, a central figure in former President Donald Trump’s failed bid to overturn the 2020 election on the basis of unfounded allegations of widespread voter fraud.
    In addition to Giuliani, the committee issued subpoenas to two other attorneys who pushed various election fraud conspiracies on Trump’s behalf: Jenna Ellis and Sidney Powell.
    Former Trump campaign adviser Boris Epshteyn, who was among those working with Giuliani at the post-election Willard Hotel “command center,” was also subpoenaed Tuesday.” https://www.cnn.com/2022/01/18/politics/rudy-giuliani-january-6-subpoena/index.html
    Also: “The House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol has subpoenaed and obtained records of phone numbers associated with one of former President Donald Trump’s children, Eric Trump, as well as Kimberly Guilfoyle, who is engaged to Donald Trump Jr., sources tell CNN.” https://www.cnn.com/2022/01/18/politics/eric-trump-kim-guilfoyle-subpoena-jan-6/index.html

  11. Muffin Man says:

    “Donald Trump is often his own worst enemy. But sometimes, he gets competition from his lawyers.
    Perhaps no better example of that can be found than in Wednesday’s order from the Supreme Court, which summarily rejected the former president’s “emergency” request to block, on grounds of executive privilege, the release of documents to the select House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.
    The court’s decision was a brutal, and personally stinging, loss for Trump. And the arguments his own lawyers advanced may have made the defeat worse.” George Conway, Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/01/21/courts-hand-donald-trump-loss-after-loss-after-loss/
    Unanimous opinion by Judge Patricia A. Millett: https://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/opinions.nsf/913002F9EFB94590852587A60075CC4F/%24file/21-5254-1926128.pdf

  12. Coup d'état says:

    Among the records that Donald Trump’s lawyers tried to shield from Jan. 6 investigators are a draft executive order that would have directed the defense secretary to seize voting machines and a document titled “Remarks on National Healing.”
    POLITICO has reviewed both documents. The text of the draft executive order is published here for the first time. https://www.politico.com/news/2022/01/21/read-the-never-issued-trump-order-that-would-have-seized-voting-machines-527572

  13. Step by step says:

    “Jan. 6 panel probing Trump’s role in effort to seize voting machines: report” https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/592399-jan-6-panel-probing-trumps-role-in-effort-to-seize-voting-machines
    “Former Pence Chief of Staff Has Testified to the Jan. 6 Committee
    Marc Short, who has firsthand knowledge of former President Donald J. Trump’s pressure campaign on his vice president to throw out the election results, appeared under subpoena.
    Keith Kellogg, a retired lieutenant general who was Mr. Pence’s national security adviser, has also testified before the committee.” https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/31/us/politics/marc-short-mike-pence.html
    “One of Axios’ sources noted that Short would not have cooperated without first receiving permission from Pence himself. Short’s appearance last Wednesday was the result of months of talks between the committee and Short’s lawyer, Emmet Flood, who briefly served as White House counsel under Trump.
    Short also provided the committee with documents prior to testifying last week, including a memo from White House personnel director Johnny McEntee” https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/pences-right-hand-man-reportedly-dished-to-the-jan-6-committee-1293002/ According to one report Short testified for 9 hours.

  14. Stay tuned says:

    “Prosecutors late Monday began laying out their trial strategy for Jan. 6 cases in the clearest detail yet, indicating they intend to call multiple Capitol Police officers, a former Senate aide, a member of the Three Percenters militia who was granted immunity and the Secret Service agent who helped supervise then-Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to the Capitol that day.
    Prosecutors revealed their proposed witness list in the case of Guy Reffitt, a Texas man who was charged with storming onto Capitol grounds, attacking multiple Capitol Police officers and carrying a firearm. Reffitt is charged with civil disorder, obstructing Congress’ proceedings, carrying a semiautomatic handgun to the Capitol and later, after returning home, attempting to obstruct justice.” https://www.politico.com/news/2022/02/08/prosecutors-witness-list-jan-6-trial-00006592

  15. Update says:

    The House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection issued a subpoena Wednesday to Peter Navarro, former President Donald Trump’s one-time trade adviser who following the US Capitol riot has consistently defended efforts to overturn the election.
    In its subpoena letter, the panel said it wants to speak to Navarro because of press reports that suggest Navarro worked with Trump ally and adviser Stephen Bannon, among others, to help develop a plan to delay the certification of the 2020 presidential election results.
    The panel also cited lines from Navarro’s new book where he calls the plan to delay and change the outcome of the election as “the Green Bay Sweep,” and describes the effort as the “last, best chance to snatch a stolen election from the Democrats’ jaws of deceit.”

  16. Goose-pimples says:

    “The House January 6 committee issued another round of subpoenas Tuesday as congressional investigators dig more deeply into illegitimate electors from key swing states that former President Donald Trump lost, who were put forward to try to justify delaying the certification of Joe Biden’s victory.
    The committee issued subpoenas to six individuals, including two members of the Trump campaign and four prominent GOP officials from battleground states, as part of its investigation into the US Capitol attack on January 6, 2021.” https://www.cnn.com/2022/02/15/politics/january-6-subpoena-fake-elector-plot/index.html

  17. Follow the money says:

    “Backstage drama at Jan. 6 rally for Trump draws interest of House committee” https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/02/26/trump-pierson-wren/
    “Low-profile heiress who ‘played a strong role’ in financing Jan. 6 rally is thrust into spotlight” https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/publix-heiress-capitol-insurrection-fancelli/2021/12/08/5144fe1c-5219-11ec-8ad5-b5c50c1fb4d9_story.html
    p/s: “MEGAPHONE FOR CONSPIRACY, the Alex Jones Story” airs Sunday, February 27 at 10 pm ET on CNN. https://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/2022/02/22/cnn-special-report-megaphone-for-conspiracy-the-alex-jones-story/

    • Drama Queen says:

      “A tense confrontation between the House select committee investigating the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol and Kimberly Guilfoyle unfolded privately on Friday morning, with Guilfoyle and her lawyers abruptly ending her conversation with the committee over concerns about its ground rules, according to four people familiar with the exchange.
      Guilfoyle, a longtime adviser to former President Donald Trump, was scheduled to meet virtually with the committee on February 25, following discussions between the committee and her lawyers.
      Guilfoyle is engaged to Donald Trump Jr., the former president’s eldest son, and is one of the most high-profile confidants of the Trump family to meet with the committee.
      She also spoke at the January 6, 2021, rally at the Ellipse near the White House and was backstage that day with the Trump family and administration officials.” https://www.cbsnews.com/news/kimberly-guilfoyle-january-6-meeting-clash/

  18. Cromulent says:

    “The House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol, released a statement Friday giving former President Donald Trump more time to turn over documents it subpoenaed but offering little explanation as to why the extension was granted.
    “We have informed the former President’s counsel that he must begin producing records no later than next week and he remains under subpoena for deposition testimony starting on November 14th,” the committee said in the statement.
    The panel subpoenaed Trump last month seeking a wide array of documents by 10 a.m. Friday and for Trump to sit for an interview under oath beginning on November 14 and “continuing on subsequent days as necessary.”
    The committee also said it “received correspondence from the former President and his counsel in connection with the Select Committee’s subpoena” but did not provide additional information.” https://www.cnn.com/2022/11/04/politics/trump-january-6-subpoena-deadline/index.html

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