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« Reply #1120 on: September 30, 2022, 10:55:36 AM »
Ginni Thomas was a ‘shill’ for her husband in J6 testimony: ex-prosecutor



The question of motivation was raised on Friday after long-sought testimony by Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, before the House Select Committee Investigating the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol.

MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle reported Chairman Benny Thompson said Ginni Thomas is sticking to her misguided claim that the 2020 election was stolen.

"We'll go one step further, it's not misguided, it is a flat-out lie," Ruhle declared.

For analysis, Ruhle interviewed former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner.

"Glenn, what was the committee hoping to hear from Ginni Thomas?" Ruhle asked. "We both know she wasn't gonna say anything."

"No, she wasn't interested in being forthcoming and being candid," Kirschner replied.

"I think it actually turned out worse than we had expected because, in part, she was kind of a shill for her husband, saying things we would never hear from Justice Thomas because he's not going to be asked to testify," he explained. "So she got to say whatever she wanted about how we never discuss cases and we really didn't discuss election fraud and if people believe that, well, there are any number of bridges for sale."

"Then she also stuck with the big lie," he added.

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« Reply #1121 on: September 30, 2022, 09:42:56 PM »
Justice Dept announces Jan 6 charges against Mikhail Slye of PA, alleging "Slye used a bike rack barricade to intentionally trip an officer with the Capitol Police.. As a result of being tripped, the officer fell down the stairs. He suffered injuries as a result of this incident."


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« Reply #1122 on: October 01, 2022, 10:33:05 AM »
'She's in this up to her neck': Morning Joe unravels 'demented' Ginni Thomas' role in Jan. 6 'coup'

Panelists on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" denounced Ginni Thomas for proudly affirming her belief in Donald Trump's election lies during testimony before the Jan. 6 committee.

The wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas testified before the House select committee, whose chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) revealed that she still believes the 2020 election was stolen from Trump, and she emerged smiling from the interview with lawmakers.

"Thomas first came under scrutiny for sending text messages to Mark Meadows encouraging then-president Trump not to concede the 2020 election," said co-host Mika Brzezinski. "In her opening statement to the committee yesterday, she said her husband, Justice Thomas, was, quote, 'completely unaware of my texts with Mark Meadows until this committee leaked them to the press.' Her attorney also issued a statement yesterday arguing that her activities relating to the 2020 election were, quote, 'minimal.'"

"Just the fact that she's still an election denier is staggering to me," Brzezinski added. "It defies every court ruling. Fair to say it defies logic at this point."

Co-host Willie Geist agreed, saying he was troubled by her demeanor after affirming to the select committee her belief in Trump's election lies.

"We've seen some humility from other people who have been called in front of that panel realizing that now that the screws are being turned, it's time to admit what's true, that Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election," Geist said. "Not her, in fact, emerged proudly from the long deposition smiling and proud of her position on that."

Thomas played a key role in connecting various participants in the attempted coup to one another, Geist said, and her involvement raises questions about whether her husband should recuse himself from any cases related to the 2020 election.

"If you had asked me a few years ago about Ginni Thomas," said Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson, "I would have said she is a far-right Republican activist, but I would have sort of left it there. Now she just appears just to be part of the demented fringe, really, just so far out there that she can't see reality anymore. The idea, you know, she is the wife of a Supreme Court justice, the idea that someone that close to the pinnacle of judicial power in this country does not believe in our justice system, does not believe in results of more than 60, you know, court cases, or more than 60 judges looking at this question of, as if there were a question about the 2020 election and saying, no, this is garbage. This is ridiculous. None of these claims is true, and she rejects all of that. That it's irrational is not a strong enough word for it. I just keep coming back to demented. It just doesn't make any sense."

Jonathan Lemire, the White House bureau chief for Politico, expressed alarm that Thomas continues to profess that President Joe Biden had not been duly elected.

"She is still saying this now, and let's remember, this isn't just her saying yesterday, on Jan. 6, this isn't just her texting with Mark Meadows saying keep up the fight," Lemire said. "She was working with state legislatures, pushing two different states, Wisconsin and Arizona, to seat alternate false set of electors to try to overturn Joe Biden's win. She is into this up to her neck, and Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas, I know she claims that there's a wall between the two of them, and they don't speak about this sort of stuff. Let's remember he was the one dissenting voice in the Trump case about keeping the documents at Mar-a-Lago, and many lawmakers, Democrats, have called him to recuse himself for Trump-related efforts going forward. It's hard not to be really worried about the implications of Ginni Thomas's beliefs."

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« Reply #1123 on: October 02, 2022, 01:05:27 AM »
Oath Keepers claim 'opposite' of sedition because Trump could order militia attack on Capitol: analysis



With opening arguments in the Oath Keepers' seditious conspiracy trial scheduled to begin on Monday, the New Yorker took an in-depth look at the legal argument being put forth by founder Stewart Rhodes and co-defendants.

"In the trial, Rhodes’s lawyers will attempt to sway the jury using an argument rooted in Rhodes’s version of right-wing militancy," Mike Giglio reported. "The Oath Keepers, they will argue, were not at the Capitol to fight with law enforcement on January 6, 2021. They were acting more as an extension of law enforcement, awaiting orders from Donald Trump, whom Rhodes had urged to invoke the Insurrection Act, to prevent Joe Biden from taking power. He implored Trump to call up members of the Oath Keepers and other armed Americans to serve as part of a Presidentially sanctioned militia."

The story noted a pre-trial motion where Rhodes' lawyers wrote, "the Government would like this Court to believe that is sedition, when in fact, it is the opposite. It is loyalty to an oath taken in defense of the Country.”

The co-defendants could face twenty years in prison if convicted.

"After Rhodes’s arrest, Phillip Linder, a well-regarded Dallas attorney, and his partner, James Lee Bright, became his defense lawyers. Sidney Powell, the lawyer who’d spread Trump’s false claims about the 2020 election, reportedly hired Linder and Bright via her new foundation, as well as paid defense bills for another Oath Keeper charged alongside Rhodes; a senior member of the Proud Boys; and other defendants in January 6th cases," the New Yorker reported. "Last month, Rhodes attempted to replace the two attorneys and delay his trial; Judge Amit Mehta, of the D.C. district court, denied the motion, but the new lawyer Rhodes had selected, Edward Tarpley, was added to the defense team. Linder and Bright continue to direct Rhodes’s defense."

Bright said they were aware that Rhodes' defense could potentially be used to justify violence in the future and that Jan. 6 could have been worse, noting “how dangerous Trump was in that moment to America.”

He also noted how Trump incited his followers with giving a clear command for violence.

“Isn’t that where Trump is kind of a genius? He knew what to tell people. He figured it out,” Bright said. “He used the hell out of these people. He knew their fears. He knew their dreams.”

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« Reply #1124 on: October 02, 2022, 11:25:30 PM »
Senator Mike Lee was behind getting Sidney Powell on Trump's legal team: new book



Former Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA) began working on the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on Congress not long after it was established. His focus with his four-person team was in sifting through all of the phone calls, text messages and multimedia messages that were uncovered from Mark Meadows' as part of a committee subpoena.

While the 2,319 messages have been released, Riggleman's newly released book, The Breach, detailed that when the text messages came out in April people like Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) didn't look quite as bad as Riggleman said he is.

"In snippets, it was easy to misread the intention of the texts. Wrongdoers could come off as downright, well, if not saintly, decent," he wrote. "Utah senator Mike Lee and Texas congressman Chip Roy were quoted as souring on their colleagues’ efforts to keep Trump in power. They received kudos in the press for their apparent reasonableness during unreasonable times."

The truth is, he said, they were among those who actively worked to undermine the will of the people.

"What other texts revealed was that on November 7, 2020, when the election was called for Biden, Mike Lee wrote Meadows asking that attorney Sidney Powell be brought into the White House," Riggleman said. "Powell had a difficult-to-define role in the postelection period. She dubbed the evidence of election fraud that she said she’d gathered, and eventually herself, as 'the Kraken,' a reference to a legendary Scandinavian sea monster—a colossal octopus—that is released from captivity to fight for the gods in the movie Clash of the Titans. For a time, she was a member of the Trump campaign’s legal team and one of Trump’s personal lawyers, and she appeared in those roles at a notorious press conference alongside Rudy Giuliani."

She has since been flooded with complaints that she be disbarred for false statements in court. She has also raised millions in a legal defense fund that has been used to pay for another disbarred lawyer to help militia members who are now fighting sedition charges.

"On the evening of November 9, Mike Lee sent Meadows a text saying he and other “Republican senators” had held a meeting with Powell at the Conservative Partnership Institute," Riggleman recalled.

"We had steering executive meeting at CPI tonight, with Sidney Powell as our guest speaker,” wrote Lee. “You have in us a group of ready and loyal advocates who will go to bat for him, but I fear this could prove short-lived unless you hire the right legal team and set them loose immediately.”

Riggleman noted later in the book that even Meadows seemed "tepid" in Lee pushing Powell on the president.

"As Lee warned Meadows that Powell was complaining the Trump campaign lawyers were 'obstructing progress,' it’s likely those attorneys shared Meadows’s reservations," the book explains. "Nonetheless, Powell texted Meadows directly on November 10. She only sent an image. We don’t know what the file contained. It’s one of those messages in the log that remain a mystery. Still, the pair clearly had an open line of communication."

Lee is now running for reelection in Utah against former Republican aide Evan McMullin, who is running as an independent candidate. Powell is also part of the Georgia voter fraud investigation, but she refused to show up when the grand jury subpoenaed.

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