Archives can release requested records because they deal with a critical Constitutional crisis
…from multiple news sources
MSNBC video coverage is below my Editor’s Note
[ Editor’s Note: Only Clarence Thomas was the outlier, and it will be a permanent stain on his Court record. Trump will have nowhere to go on this, as all but one Republican appointee to the Court wanted to be on the right side of history here.
The January6 Committee will probably pass on a wild celebration tonight, knowing they have to regame their schedule now that they know they are going to have the requested Archives records.
How soon? I would suggest just a day or two at the most. Why? Because all the sifting and preparation has been done to have them sorted by topic and ready to go, so it’s just a process of loading them into an armored van for a police escort trip to Congress.
I suspect the Archives people will be celebrating, as they are closer physically to our Democracy than the rest of us, and have known what is in them all of this time.
What is the potential legal and political domino effect here?
I think it could be huge. All of Trump’s co-conspirators are sweating bullets tonight, as they know their involvement will be made public. Remember that the Committee has been promising a big public presentation on the Insurrection case. These Archives are going to pour jet fuel on the process.
Next, what Steve Bannon and all those giving a finger to the committee on cooperating wanted to hide will be exposed soon, not years from now after endless litigation and appeals.
How about roasted Congresscritters for dinner?
Trump’s insider Congressional co-conspirators are probably under sedation tonight, some have taken out the expensive scotch, and a few may be on the roofs of their highrise DC apartments pondering the jump. Those that do, please leave us interesting final notes, and please be witty, as you will be remembered more that way.
How will this impact the DoJ investigation?
Garland will be able to ramp up the speed of the investigation, for example using the material released in the Archives batch to start openly investigating people who are already exposed and know it. Any dreams they had of dragging this on for years just got shortened.
The smart ones will jump into the flippers line to get the best sentence reductions that only the first in line tend to get. The militia people, when they see their bosses on the way to prison, they also will be motivated to cut their losses and cooperate. A lot of them are older, where a 20 year sentence will be a death sentence for some.
And what about The Steal?
Trump was cranking this back into high gear in his Arizona rally. Jim Dean feels pretty sure that The Steal was an early plank for the Jan6 Insurrection, effectively its battle flag to gather all the unwashed Trumpers to rally under. PR-wise it is about to take a big public relations hit over the next couple of months. Don’t forget if the GA DA drops her criminal indictment on Trump this week we might have Trifecta, proof that there is a god.
And the effect on the November elections?
Oh yes, it’s hard to be on offense and defense at the same time, and certainly not as much fun. Think of all the big legal bills some people are going to have to start thinking about, the unhappy wives, kids expecting college money. Getting involved in sedition has serious consequences, especially when you are unsuccessful. The hunt for patsies to tag the blame on will be vicious.
Thus ends my cheery missive for tonight… Jim W. Dean ]
- The Supreme Court rejected a request by former President Donald Trump to block White House records from being sent to a House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot.
- The ruling, which Trump cannot appeal, sets the stage for more than 700 pages of Trump White House records to soon be sent by the National Archives to the committee.
- Trump had argued that he had the authority as a former president to invoke executive privilege to prevent disclosure of the records.
- President Biden had declined to invoke executive privilege for the records, which the committee wants as part of its probe of the invasion of the Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters.