In the wake of the House Select Committee referring four counts of criminal charges to the Department of Justice on the latest former president for his role in the January 6 insurrection and obstruction of justice thereafter, the brief words of Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell are compelling. In a piece called “McConnell on Jan. 6 criminal referral of Trump: ‘Entire nation knows who is responsible for that day’” by Alexander Bolton of The Hill, McConnell says the following.
“’The entire nation knows who is responsible for that day. Beyond that, I don’t have any immediate observations,’ McConnell said in a statement reacting to the House panel voting to refer four criminal charges against Trump to prosecutors in connection to his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.“
I applaud the work of the House Select Committee and the vast testimony of many Republicans who told the truth under oath over the concerns and criticisms of the former president’s role. It should be noted the sycophants and allies of the former president, including the person himself, are condemning the actions of the Committee without being under oath. Steve Bannon went to jail for ignoring a subpoena and four Republican Congress members, including Kevin McCarthy and Jim Jordan, were including in referrals for Ethics violations for doing the same. If they were so adamant, why not testify?
I have long been a supporter that action like this is needed. I also believe the Department of Justice should follow the recommendations and bring charges against the former president. We cannot and should not allow him to not be held accountable for his role in sedition against the US government. He must answer for his actions. And, from what I have read, his obstruction of justice to coerce several of the Republicans who testified to change their story is also telling.
To this independent and former Republican and Democrat voter, this is a great day for our democracy as it shows that even presidents are not above the law. And, for those who claim that the Committee was hyperpolitical, please note that Kevin McCarthy had recommended two people for the Committee out of his five that were persons of interest in the insurrection. When they were turrned down by the Speaker, McCarthy made a huge error in judgement and pulled all five. To the Speaker’s credit, she asked to two truth seeking Republicans – Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger – to serve on the Committee.
The former president likes to claim all organized criticism of his illicit behavior is a “witch hunt.” Well, if it is, then he must be a witch, because he does a lot of bad things and usually gets away with it. We cannot let it happen this time. Quite simply, the insurrection of the Capitol does not happen if there is anyone else in the White House. Full stop.
Note to Readers: Please check out Jill’s post of yesterday:
The wheels of justice are slow but may their actions be mighty
VJ, they are slow, but these are headed in the right direction. Keith
Excellent take on the subject. I, too, was pleased by the decision of the committee … they have done so much work to get to the bottom of the story of what happened on January 6th, and their evidence should not be taken lightly. I sense a hesitation from the Justice Department to charge a former president, but if they fail to do so, then it sets a precedent for all future presidents, letting them know that they are, in fact, “above the law”. We cannot afford that. So, my fingers are crossed that at the very least, charges will be filed and convictions made such that he can never hold a public office again. He breached the trust the American people placed in him and should pay a price for that. Thanks, my friend, for linking to my post … I greatly appreciate it!
Jill, you are welcome. I agree he should be prosecuted. Keith
Note to Readers: Courtesy of an editorial by a Republican Congressman from Florida per Raw Story.
“In an interview with the New York Times, former Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) said there was little hope of Trump coming back from the multiple self-inflicted wounds he has suffered since losing the 2020 election to President Joe Biden.
‘I don’t think that anything can save Donald Trump,’ he said. ‘He’s decidedly on the path to irrelevance. He reduces himself by the day.’
Although Trump has been politically left for dead several times before, including when a video showed him boasting about being able to use his celebrity status to get away with grabbing women’s genitals, Curbelo said it looks like he’s finally worn out his welcome even among Republican voters.”
I’m glad to hear that Trump has not gotten away with it by a long shot.
Agreed, Erika. He will continue to spiral out of control. Keith
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It seems we’re heading in the right direction.. or so I thought and then a friend bought an NFT with his Superman Pic on it.
I disowned him… don’t worry! ❣️
Cindy, like many IPOs, the value can get overinflated quickly only to drop in value after the honeymoon wanes. It is not an investment I would want to own, much less be proud to own. Keith
I agree with all you say Keith, My understanding fails me however why recommendations were not made that other members of Congress with a proven involvement are not to be prosecuted unless the DoJ can do it without the recommendation of the committee..
David, that surprised me as well. My hope is the DoJ will be more inclusive. I do like McConnell’s matter-of-fact statement. Keith
Note to Readers: Several Republican Senators agreed with Mitch McConnell. Here is Lisa Murkowski’s opinion as noted in an article in The Hill:
“Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who voted to convict Trump in his second impeachment trial, said she was not surprised by the criminal referral by the House committee.
‘Obviously they spent considerable time and [went into] great detail over many months they have investigated this,’ she said. ‘It’s really up to [the Department of Justice] where they go next.’
‘I think it’s going to be important for us to read this report that will be coming out Wednesday,’ she said.
Asked about McConnell’s statement that the entire nation knows Trump is responsible for the Jan. 6 attack, Murkowski replied, ‘I agree. I voted to impeach him.’”