From the Insurrection, we know that conspiring to commit felonies is also a felony. We know with greater certainty that Trump knew what was going to happen, despite Pence’s resistance and his cronies were guided by the John Eastman blueprint for the coup. Scaramango, the man with The Midas Touch Gold, knew what he was doing, even if he is The Worst Super-Villain Ever.
“WHAT DID HE KNOW, AND WHEN DID HE KNOW IT?”x
thread on Willard from “Peril”
After Pence leaves Oval on Jan. 5, Trump is furious. Pence isn't breaking. He opens the door near the Resolute Desk. “A rush of cold air blasted the room.” He can hear the mob in the streets outside the Willard. He's elated to hear them. (p. 230)
— Robert Costa (@costareports) October 23, 2021
- “As staffers filed in, some began to shiver. Still, Trump did not close the door… The noise outside grewe louder, almost like a party.
'Isn't that great?' Trump exclaimed. 'Tomorrow is going to be a big day.'” (p. 231)
- “Trump went around the room, asking for advice about congressional Republicans. 'How do we get them to do the right thing?' he asked. No one offered an answer that satisfied him.”
- Trump then calls Senator Cruz. You need to object to all the states that could be raised by the House, Trump said. Cruz says his group will object to Arizona and focus on calling for his proposed commission to probe the election. Trump is unhappy, wants more to be done. (p. 232)
With his back to the wall and Pence not budging, and Senate Rs holding to doing their own thing, Trump decides to turn to the Willard group for backup, for more aggression. He knows the mob is outside. He knows Bannon, Giuliani, Boris, Eastman, etc. are over there. (p. 232-233)
- “People in the streets were yelling, delighted and almost euphoric about Trump possibly taking back the election on Wednesday. They waited to see Giuliani and other Trump stars emerge from the Willard. They nodded warmly at others in red hats, a movement in total solidarity.”
- Trump decides to act, with help from Willard war room. Push Pence to brink.
“Late Tuesday evening… Trump directed his campaign to issue a statement claiming that he and Pence were in 'total agreement that the Vice President has the power to act.' [Marc] Short was stunned.”
- “This breaks protocol,” Short said tersely.
- [Jason] Miller refused to retract a word.
- “The vice president has the ability to do this, he needs to be loyal,” Miller said.
- Trump soon called Giuliani, and then called Steve Bannon, who was also at the Willard. (p. 234)
- With Bannon, Trump brought up his meeting with Pence. There had been a power shift. “He was very arrogant,” Trump said. “Very arrogant,” Trump repeated. To Bannon and others, Trump's four words were sobering. Pence was not going to break.
- But Trump, Willard crew kept pushing…
Giuliani wonders if he should go see Pence at the Naval Observatory. A 1-on-1. Make it happen. Old school, Trump lawyer to VP. For Pence advisers, the suggestion “felt straight out of a bad mafia movie.” (p. 233)
- Based on our reporting, the Willard scene on Jan. 5, 2021 and into early hours of Jan. 6, 2021 is the culmination of a pressure campaign to prevent Biden from taking office. They first tried (and failed) in the courts. Then they pushed Eastman memo/argument to VP. Relentless.
- By the time Trump takes the stage on Jan. 6, he has pulled every possible lever of power to try to stay in power. Courts via Rudy. VP via Eastman. Lawmakers. DOJ. Now, all that is left to stoke, the last lever, is the sprawling crowd before him./end
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John Hay’s, Lincoln’s private secretary described the Willard Hotel this way in 1864, “contemptible in cuisine, magnificent in meanness”Sounds like the Trump hotel in 2018. It can be their own private Fuhrer bunker as the walls come down around this vile lot. https://t.co/MB2LWwe0f2
— Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) June 24, 2018
a Willard Hotel bunker during the Insurrection dealt Trump's 'TRUTH social' network an ironic birth https://t.co/j3xvVnzjWP
— eState4column5©2013 (@eState4Column5) October 21, 2021
Courts must expedite this case to quickly dispose of Trump’s specious arguments. He’s merely seeking to delay to run out the clock but the judges have total control over the timing, not Trump. https://t.co/OEP9IUMGqT
— Daniel Goldman (@danielsgoldman) October 24, 2021
RIP GETTR, 2021-2021 https://t.co/g2vK4eDRZF
— TrumpRussiaTies Mapping Project (@TrumpRussiaTies) October 23, 2021
Facebook is an existential danger to democracy and a global public safety hazard. Like previous products that endanger people, it necessitates aggressive government action with strong enforcement. https://t.co/bdCd2P5ci3
— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) October 23, 2021
For governments to function amid deep disagreements between major players, they evolve shared understandings.
For instance, executive privilege claims against oversight typically result in negotiated settlements.
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) October 22, 2021
Some people are freakin’ out about the collapse of American democracy, the rise of fascism, and a slide towards authoritarianism.
Just not *enough* people.
A 4-part thread.
— Dave Palmer #FreedomToVoteAct (@DP611) October 22, 2021
The decision of every single Senate Republican to vote against even debating the right to vote, as state republicans restrict access to the ballot, is a continuation of the January 6 insurrection. The goal of both actions is to replace the republic with authoritarian government.
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) October 20, 2021
— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) October 23, 2021