Crooked Media - What A Day: For crying out Loudermilk

Wednesday, June 15, 2022
BY BRIAN BEUTLER & CROOKED MEDIA

 -Ginni Thomas, on escaping her first cult

Things keep getting juicier and juicier, even on the days between House January 6 Committee hearings. Or, as Republicans would say, NOTHING TO SEE IN THIS HERE SECURITY CAM FOOTAGE.
  • Thursday's hearing will focus on disgraced former president Donald Trump's efforts to pressure then-Vice President Mike Pence to refuse to count certified electoral votes for Joe Biden and then either declare Trump the winner or hold both candidates under a 270 electoral vote majority. Under the terms of the 12th Amendment, that would've thrown the election to the House's 50 state delegations (one vote per state), and allowed the 27 states with more Republican than Democratic representatives to declare Trump the winner.  
     
  • It also was a crime, and committee members are becoming less shy about saying so. In a video previewing Thursday's presentation, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) explained that, per a federal judge, Trump's "relentless effort on January 6 and in the days before hand to pressure Vice President Pence to count lawful electoral votes" likely "violated two federal criminal statutes." Trump, Cheney said, "had been told" that what he was doing "was illegal."
     
  • Trump was following a scheme devised by his hand-picked, unethical lawyer John Eastman. Thursday's hearing will feature live testimony from Pence's counsel Greg Jacob, and former Judge J. Michael Luttig—a mentor to some of the most right-wing Republicans in Washington—who were among the lawyers advising the White House that Eastman's "January 6" strategy was illegal. It'll also include testimony from Trump's hand-picked adviser and first-impeachment lawyer Eric Herschmann who says on January 7 he told Eastman, "Get a great fucking criminal defense lawyer, you're gonna need it."
That's just the scheduled part. The committee is also making news in less visible ways.
  • Disproving a seemingly false statement from Capitol Police, the committee on Wednesday released its evidence that Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) did indeed conduct a reconnaissance tour on January 5 for people planning to participate in the insurrection the next day. That evidence includes footage of him leading people (including a man in a MAGA hat) to tunnels under the Cannon and Longworth House office buildings that provide access to the Capitol. (Note, this is not part of most Capitol tours). The next day one of the men on Loudermilk's "tour" was caught on video at the Capitol shouting, "we're coming for ya, for Pelosi, Nadler, Schumer, even you AOC, we're coming to take you out."
     
  • We also may find that the hearing originally scheduled for today was delayed for more than just a technical snafu. On MSNBC Tuesday night, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) reiterated that the delay was "primarily logistical.” But when pressed to expand on the word "primarily," she said, "I'll just leave it at that."
Like Trump and the rest of the pro-coup GOP, Loudermilk's plan is to stonewall the committee and lie his way through it in the press. But you can't lie to the FBI without risking big trouble, which is why the committee and all leading Dems need to be a broken record about all the crimes DOJ is obligated to investigate.

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Tuesday was another so-so primary night for Donald Trump and his slate of pro-insurrection candidates, though the fact that he's larded up the GOP ticket with so many enemies of democracy is awful and should be disqualifying for the GOP. Rep. On one hand, Tom Rice (R-SC), who voted for Trump's second impeachment and has defended his vote consistently, lost his primary to Trump-endorsed GOP state Rep. Russel Fry. On the other hand Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) fended off her Trump-endorsed primary challenger, though her only Sin Against Trump was condemning his actions on January 6 (she voted against impeachment and against creating a commission to investigate the insurrection). On the third hand, Republicans in Nevada nominated Trump-endorsed Jim Merchant to be secretary of state, and have nominated several other Trump-endorsed candidates running to be elections officers in other states, too. 

Climate change-induced droughts in the west have caused major water reservoirs along the Colorado River to dry up so rapidly that officials anticipate huge reductions in water supply to California and Arizona next year. Currently California and Arizona are entitled to 4.4 million and 2.8 million acre-feet of Colorado river water per year, respectively; the cuts next year will amount to between two- and four-million acre feet. These drastic cuts come on top of earlier agreements between California, Arizona, and Nevada to take less water out of Lake Mead and Lake Powell, both which have nevertheless plummeted to about one-quarter of their full capacities. If those levels fall much further, the effects could be catastrophic: Glen Canyon Dam on Lake Powell might no longer be able to generate electricity, and water could stop passing through the Hoover Dam altogether, turning Lake Mead into a "dead pool" and denying Colorado River water to 25 million Americans. Happy Wednesday!
 

 

 

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President Biden announced the U.S. will send Ukraine another $1 billion worth of heavy weaponry and ammunition

Biden has also signed an executive order banning the use of federal funds to finance conversion therapy

FDA's vaccine experts have advised the agency to authorize the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines for children aged six months to five years.

A Trump-appointed federal judge has refused to dismiss criminal contempt of Congress charges against Steve Bannon.
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