The former reality TV game show host, and coward-in-chief, Donald Trump, has launched another twittered tirade against the House Select Committee that is investigating his role in the violent and deadly January 6th insurrection in Washington, D.C. But Trump's pitifully impotent tweet isn't landing any better than his prior Twitter tantrums.
The complaint by Trump is a tedious reprise of previous protests by the “most fabulous whiner” (in his own words), seeking to malign the congressional probe into criminal acts by Trump and his seditious confederates. The tweet (posted by Twitter ban defying spokes-shill) grumbled that…
“The Unselect Committee of Radical Left Democrats, and two failed Republicans, has just dropped a large portion of their request for my records and documents – a very big story even though the New York Times refused to put it on the front page. The reason that they dropped the records request is that they don’t want this horror show to happen to Biden and Hunter in three years. This also changes the entire complexion of their request, not that there are any documents that would be incriminating or a problem for me – but the Witch Hunt continues!”
Typical of Trump's 2nd grade sense of humor, he thinks that calling the Committee “Unselect” repeatedly is a funny and effective epithet. But setting aside that infantile insult, Trump's statement is, as always, riddled with lies.
To begin with, the Committee did not “drop a large portion of their request” for his records and documents. In fact, the Committee merely deferred a relatively small subset of the thousands of documents originally requested. What's more, the reason for the deferral had nothing to do with President Biden or his son Hunter (as if that needed to be clarified). All of this was stated clearly in the official request:
“The documents for which the Select Committee has agreed to withdraw or defer its request do not appear to bear on the White House’s preparations for or response to the events of January 6, or on efforts to overturn the election or otherwise obstruct the peaceful transfer of power.”
So the Committee simply excluded documents that had nothing to do with their inquiry. That, contrary to Trump's kvetching, was not a “very big story,” nor front page worthy. It certainly didn't “change the entire complexion of their request.” However, Trump's panicky reaction is pretty good proof that he is worried that there are indeed “documents that would be incriminating.”
And if any other evidence of his anxiety were needed, it could be found in the recent filing by his attorneys to obstruct the Committee's investigation. Trump's crack(ed) legal team is asking the Supreme Court to block the release of documents because the Committee chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson, was quoted in an interview saying that…
“The committee's investigation into Trump's delay in calling for his supporters to end their rioting at the US Capitol could lead to a criminal referral to the Justice Department.”
In other words, Trump wants the Supreme Court to help him cover up his crimes. That's an argument that he already lost when the case was before the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. It is entirely within the jurisdiction of Congress to examine unlawful activities in the process of drafting legislation.
But to Trump that's a “Witch Hunt.” Although his argument would be much more persuasive if every investigation into hiss corrupt presidency didn't catch him casting so many felonious spells with his coven of nefarious cohorts.
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