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June 24, 2022

Trump And Those "R. Congressmen" (Scott Perry Edition)

This is what former AG Holder was talking about:

This is from the notes Richard Donoghue took during the DOJ/Trump phone call when Trump was trying to pressure The Department to help him overturn the election he lost.

From The Deadline:

Richard Donoghue, who was acting deputy attorney general, also spoke with and met with Trump multiple times. He told the committee today that at one time, after he told the president that the election fraud claims were false, Trump told him, “Just say the election is corrupt and leave the rest to me and the Republican congressmen.” At the time, Donoghue took notes of the quote, and he told the committee those were Trump’s exact words.

In a 90-minute conversation with Trump on December 27, Donoghue said that he went through fraud allegations one by one and explained how they had been investigated and was “very blunt” that they were without merit. “I wanted to cut through the noise,” he said.

Rosen said that Trump suggested the DOJ appoint a special counsel to investigate election fraud, that he meet with his campaign counsel Rudy Giuliani and that they merely hold a press conference, essentially to sow doubt on the results of the election.

The idea, as I understand it, was to sow enough doubt about the results of the election (even though there was no evidence to doubt the results) for the doubt itself to be used. The fact that there was lotsa doubt about the election to then turn around and overturn the election.

Even though, let's remember, there was no evidence to doubt the election.

And let me say again. Among those "R. Congressmen" undoubtedly was PA's own Representative Scott Perry.

Perry's in this deep.

From CNN:

US Rep. Scott Perry pushed for then-Justice Department lawyer Jeffrey Clark to take over the department during meetings at the White House in late December 2020 and early January 2021, according to taped testimony by a former aide to White House chief of staff Mark Meadows played during Thursday’s House Jan. 6 committee hearing. 

“He wanted Mr. Clark – Mr. Jeff Clark to take over the Department of Justice,” Cassidy Hutchinson, the former Meadows aide, says about Perry in the clip. 

Hutchinson’s testimony underscores how Perry acted as a conduit between Clark and former President Donald Trump as he sought to enlist the Justice Department in his bid to overturn the 2020 election. 

From NBC:

Rep. Scott Perry, the Pennsylvania Republican now heading the House Freedom Caucus, was intimately involved in the effort to replace acting Attorney General Jeff Rosen at the Justice Department with Jeff Clark, text messages presented by the committee as well as testimony from Richard Donoghue showed.

On Dec. 26, 2020, Perry messaged White House chief of staff Mark Meadows asking him to "call Jeff, I just got off the phone with him and he explained to me why the principal deputy won't work with the FBI."

Clark messaged again two days later: "Did you call Jeff Clark?"

The day of Perry's Dec. 26 outreach to Meadows, he called Donoghue "at the behest" of Trump, Donoghue testified, adding that Perry made false fraud claims during that conversation including that more votes were counted in Pennsylvania than were actually cast.

And then there's this from Governor Tom Wolf:

Of course if PA State Senator (and now GOP candidate for PA Gov) Doug Mastriano wouldn't resign for his participation in Trump's attempted coup, I can't see Scott Perry resigning over this.

But he, reportedly, did do this:

The committee also showed testimony from Cassidy Hutchinson, a former special assistant to Trump, and several other former Trump White House officials stating that Perry was among several members of Congress who sought a preemptive pardon from Trump for their activities in the run-up to the Jan. 6 violence.

Of course Scott Perry, who actually believed that Italian satellites transmuted Trump votes to Biden votes
denies asking for a pardon.

Of course he did.

June 23, 2022

January 6 Committee Hearing - What To Listen For (Pennsylvania Editition)

From the AP:

The Jan. 6 committee will hear from former Justice Department officials who faced down a relentless pressure campaign from Donald Trump over the 2020 presidential election results while suppressing a bizarre challenge from within their own ranks.

The hearing Thursday will bring attention to a memorably turbulent stretch at the department as Trump in his final days in office sought to bend to his will a law enforcement agency that has long cherished its independence from the White House. The testimony is aimed at showing how Trump not only relied on outside advisers to press his false claims of election fraud but also tried to leverage the powers of federal executive branch agencies.

The witnesses will include Jeffrey Rosen, who was acting attorney general during the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol. Three days earlier, Rosen was part of a tense Oval Office showdown in which Trump contemplated replacing him with a lower-level official, Jeffrey Clark, who wanted to champion Trump’s bogus election fraud claims.

And CNN:

Thursday's hearing before the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, insurrection turns the panel's focus toward how former President Donald Trump tried to use the Justice Department to bolster his attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

Three top officials who led the Justice Department in the final days of the Trump administration will testify at Thursday's hearing about how the then-President and his allies sought to enlist the department to give their baseless fraud allegations credibility and how Trump considered replacing the acting attorney general with an official who bought into his claims of fraud, according to committee aides.

And:

Former acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, former acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue and the head of the Office of Legal Counsel Steven Engel will testify on Thursday.

These are names here are important:

  • Jeffrey Rosen 
  • Jeffrey Clark
  • Richard Donoghue

When have we seen them before?

Well, they all show up in the subpoena issued to Rep Scott Perry in May

Among other topics, we are examining issues relating to an effort by former President Trump and others to install Mr. Jeffrey Clark in the days before January 6, 2021, as acting Attorney General of the United States. In the weeks before January 6th, then-President Trump’s appointees at the Justice Department informed the President repeatedly that his claims of election fraud were not supported by the evidence, and that the election was not, in fact, stolen. Then-President Trump considered appointing Jeffrey Clark as acting Attorney General, as Mr. Clark pressed his Department of Justice superiors to use agency authorities to challenge the election results.

And:

We have received evidence from multiple witnesses that you had an important role in the efforts to install Mr. Clark as acting Attorney General. Acting Attorney General Rosen and acting Deputy Attorney General Donoghue have provided evidence regarding these issues, and we have received evidence that others who worked with Mr. Clark were aware of these plans. We are also aware that you had multiple text and other communications with President Trump’s former Chief of Staff regarding Mr. Clark—and we also have evidence indicating that in that time frame you sent communications to the former Chief of Staff using the encrypted Signal app. Mr. Clark has informed us that he plans to invoke his 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination in anticipation of a deposition to be conducted by the Committee. When Mr. Clark decided to invoke his 5th Amendment rights, he understood that we planned to pose questions addressing his interactions with you, among a host of other topics.

Scott Perry, in case you didn't know, represents Pennsylvania's 10th Congressional District in the House of Representatives.

The Hill reported sometime ago that:

An otherwise little-known figure in the Justice Department, Clark was introduced to Trump by Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.), another person the Senate Committee recommended the House focus on. [Emphasis added.]

And as we're on the subject of Trump's pressure campaign on DOJ, we should note that these names (Rosen, Clark, Donoghue AND Perry ) show up in that now-infamous Trump/DOJ phone call

That's the call, memorialized in Donoghue's notes where Trump said:

Don't expect you do do that, just say the election was was corrupt + leave the rest to me and the R. Congressmen.

This was a response to DOJ saying that it couldn't just snap its fingers and overturn the election.

The "R. Congressmen" in this exchange included Rep Scott Perry, the man who introduced Jeffrey Clark to Donald Trump.

But in that phone call Donald Trump also mentions another Pennsylvania politician.

State Senator (and GOP candidate for PA Gov) Doug Mastriano.

My transcript of Donoghue's notes:

DAG Call - on w/ POTUS + wants to conference me in

P - Country is up in arms over the corruption

Scott Perry (PA) + Senator from PA - Guy Mastriano - some of the (many?) calling

At the time I noted that:

Since the reference is to a "Senator from PA" it's easy to assume Trump meant State Senator Doug Mastriano rather than Pennsylvania Representative Guy Reschenthaler.
What to listen for in today's January 6 Committee hearing. (Among many other things) the names:

  • Scott Perry
  • Doug Mastriano

 So just how deeply are they involved in Trump's plot?


June 22, 2022

Each Took An Oath - (Rusty Bowers And Doug Mastriano)

This is the Oath of Office Arizona Speaker of the House Rusty Bowers took when he took office:

I, _____do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution and laws of the State of Arizona, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same and defend them against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge the duties of the office of _____(name of office)_____ according to the best of my ability, so help me God (or so I do affirm).

He was asked what his reaction was he was asked to by Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani to participate in an electoral vote switch. This is what he said:

[Giuliani] said, well, we have heard by an official high up in the Republican legislature that there is a legal theory or a legal ability in Arizona that you can remove the — the electors of President Biden and replace them. And we would — we would like to have the legitimate opportunity through the committee to come to that end and — and remove that. 

And I said that's — that's something I've — that's totally new to me. I've never heard of any such thing. 

And he pressed that point. 

And I said, look, you are asking me to do something that is counter to my oath when I swore to the Constitution to uphold it, and I also swore to the Constitution and the laws of the state of Arizona.

And this is totally foreign as a — an idea or a theory to me, and I would never do anything of such magnitude without deep consultation with qualified attorneys. And I said I've got some good attorneys and I'm going to give you their names, but you are asking me to do something against my oath, and I will not break my oath. [Emphasis added.]

And this is the oath of office that State Senator (and now GOP candidate for PA Gov.) Doug Mastriano took when he became State Senator:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support, obey and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of this Commonwealth and that I will discharge the duties of my office with fidelity.

And yet Mastriano took a very different path than AZ House Speaker Bowers. Mastriano participated in an legislative attempt to replace Pennsylvania's real electors with some Trump fake electors even though the factual basis for the need of this switch (a rigged election) has been shown to be utterly false.

Rusty Bowers:

As a conservative Republican, I don’t like the results of the presidential election. I voted for President Trump and worked hard to reelect him. But I cannot and will not entertain a suggestion that we violate current law to change the outcome of a certified election. 

Doug Mastriano:

At the request of Senator Doug Mastriano (R-Adams/Cumberland/Franklin/York), the Senate Majority Policy Committee is holding a public hearing Wednesday to discuss 2020 election issues and irregularities. The hearing will feature former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Two republicans. Two conservative republicans. Two men of deep faith.

One upheld his oath of office and remained loyal to the rule of law.

And the other one is PA State Senator (and current GOP Candidate for PA Gov) Doug Mastriano.



 

 


 



June 21, 2022

Um, Brock? I Think Your Boss Wendy Bell Just Questioned Your Manhood

On her FB page yesterday, here's what award-winning journalist Wendy Bell wrote:

On Father’s Day… it’s good to see a man get his inner Rambo on. Thanks to my friend Brock Schneider for always having my six and becoming armed and masculine!! [Emphasis added.]

Um, what?

What did the noxious Wendy Bell think of Brock before he "became" armed?

And what's that "inner Rambo" crap? Has she not actually seen the movie or read the book it's based on?

The character John Rambo was a decorated Vietnam veteran, a Green Beret, who's tormented by his experiences in Vietnam and is only pushed back into brutal blood soaked violence by the harassment of local law enforcement. They draw first blood and he kills lots of police officers.

Is that what she's celebrating in Brock?

Does The Angel of Death really think that Brock (or any man for that matter) becomes more masculine simply by shooting an AR-15 into a target? On Fathers' Day??

Does she not realize that that's part of the problem?

June 20, 2022

Meanwhile, Outside

From the weather scientists at NOAA:

The May global surface temperature was 1.39°F (0.77°C) above the 20th-century average of 58.6°F (14.8°C). This ranks as the ninth-warmest May in the 143-year record, 0.30°F (0.17°C) cooler than the warmest May months (2016 and 2020). It was the coolest May since 2013, but it still marked the 46th consecutive May and the 449th consecutive month with temperatures, at least nominally, above the 20th-century average. The ten warmest May months have all occurred from 2010 to present.

And:

The March-May 2022 global surface temperature was 1.53°F (0.85°C) above the 20th-century average. This ranks as the sixth-warmest March-May period in the 143-year record, 0.49°F (0.27°C) cooler than the warmest March-May period (2016). The ten warmest March-May periods have all occurred from 2010 to present.

The March-May period is defined as the Northern Hemisphere’s meteorological spring and the Southern Hemisphere’s meteorological fall. The Northern Hemisphere spring 2022 temperature was the fifth warmest on record, and the Southern Hemisphere autumn temperature was the 10th warmest on record.

Asia had its fourth warmest spring on record.

That's what the science says.

 


June 17, 2022

A Clear And Present Danger To American Democracy

That's what he said.

That's what J. Michael Luttig, a very conservative former U.S. Court of Appeals judge for the Fourth Circuit, said yesterday.

In his opening statement, Judge Luttig talked about a "war on democracy" - that "we Americans are at war over our democracy" and that that democracy is now on a "knife's edge."

He explained:

The war on democracy instigated by the former president and his political party allies on January 6 was the natural and foreseeable culmination of the war for America. It was the final fateful day for the execution of a well-developed plan by the former president to overturn the 2020 presidential election at any cost, so that he could cling to power that the American People had decided to confer upon his successor, the next president of the United States instead. Knowing full well that he had lost the 2020 presidential election, the former president and his allies and supporters falsely claimed and proclaimed to the nation that he had won the election, and then he and they set about to overturn the election that he and they knew the former president had lost.

The treacherous plan was no less ambitious than to steal America’s democracy.

And then there's this:

Over a year and a half later, in continued defiance of our democracy, both the former president and his political party allies still maintain that the 2020 presidential election was “stolen” from him, despite all evidence -- all evidence now --that that is simply false. All the while, this false and reckless insistence that the former president won the 2020 presidential election has laid waste to Americans’ confidence in their national elections. More alarming still is that the former president pledges that his reelection will not be “stolen” from him next time around, and his Republican Party allies and supporters obeisantly pledge the same.

False claims that our elections have been stolen from us corrupt our democracy, as they corrupt us. To continue to insist and persist in the false claim that the 2020 presidential election was stolen is itself an affront to our democracy and to the Constitution of the United States -- an affront without precedent.

He said that, "To continue to insist and persist in the false claim that the 2020 presidential election was stolen is itself an affront to our democracy and to the Constitution of the United States."

So sending a memo to all the members of the PA Senate announcing legislation disputing the 2020 General Election would be such an affront, wouldn't it? 

Especially if it contains:

THEREFORE, be it RESOLVED that the Pennsylvania Senate —
 
1. Recognizes substantial irregularities and improprieties associated with mail-in balloting, pre-canvassing, and canvassing during the November 3, 2020 election; and

2. Finds, based on the facts and evidence presented and our own Board of Elections data, that the Presidential election held on November 3, 2020, in Pennsylvania is irredeemably corrupted; and 

3. Disapproves of the infringement on the General Assembly’s sole authority pursuant to the United States Constitution to regulate the selection of Electoral College delegates; and
 
4. Disapproves of and rejects the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s premature certification of the results of the November 3, 2020 election regarding presidential electors; and
 
5. Declares that the selection of presidential electors and other statewide electoral contest results in this Commonwealth is in dispute; and

6. Directs that, pursuant to our authority granted in Article II of the United States Constitution and the numerous illegal acts committed, encouraged and ignored by the Governor, Secretary of State, and certain election officials, we hereby take back and reserve to the Pennsylvania General Assembly the power to designate Presidential electors for the State of Pennsylvania for the December, 2020 meeting of the Electoral College and withdraw any prior statement or direction to the contrary given by us or any other official or body; and
 
7. Directs the Secretary of the Commonwealth and the Governor to withdraw and vacate the certification of presidential electors and to delay certification of results in other statewide electoral contests voted on at the 2020 General Election; and

8. Commands all Presidential electors and other officials to act in conformity with this resolution and not interfere with the authority of the Pennsylvania General Assembly under Article II, Section 1, Clause 2 and under Article I, Section 4, Clause 1 of the United States Constitution; and
 
9. Urges the United States Congress to recognize and count as the State of Pennsylvania’s electoral votes for President and Vice-President only such electoral votes as are certified directly by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the Pennsylvania Senate by subsequent resolution.
Remember PA's fake electors? Remember how they changed this:

WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, being the duly elected and qualified Electors for President and Vice President of the United States of America from the State of Wisconsin, do hereby certify the following... 

Into this:

WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, on the understanding that if, as a result of a final non-appealable Court Order or other proceeding prescribed by law, we are ultimately recognized as being the duly elected and qualified Electors for President and Vice President of the United States of America from the State of Pennsylvania, hereby certify the following...[Emphasis added.]

In those fake filing documents? What do you think "or other proceeding prescribed by law" meant to them? This resolution, of course.

Guess who was among the crew who sent out that memo?

If you guessed PA State Senator (and now GOP candidate for PA Governor) Doug Mastriano, you'd be 100% correct.

We already know about his wanderings around The Capitol on January 6. We already know about Doug's deep involvement in Trump's attempt to pressure DOJ. We already know about how Steve Bannon praised Doug's election denial conference.

All these were threats to American democracy.

Then there's this threat from Mastriano:

On March 30, Mastriano told WPIC’s Eric Bomback radio show that “I get to appoint the secretary of state who’s delegated from me the power to make the corrections to elections, the voting logs and everything. I could decertify every machine in the state with the stroke of a pen via the secretary of state.”

Trump political ally Doug Mastriano is a clear and present threat to American Democracy.

June 16, 2022

And Now A Word From The Lincoln Project (The Traitor Mastriano)

Look:

The text:

Pennsylvania's story is the story of America.

Our nation was born in Philadelphia and saved on the fields of Gettysburg.

But today, a man who has been part of attacks on America from within wants to be our governor.

Doug Mastriano could have stood with those bravely defending the Capitol that day.

Instead, he stood with the insurrectionist mob that assaulted police officers, with those who chanted to hang the vice president as they smashed windows and waved the Confederate battle flag.

Mastriano was investigated by the FBI after lying about where he stood that day and who he stood with.

The truth was Doug Mastriano is the very enemy he once swore an oath to stand against.

How could this man be our governor?

Pennsylvania's story is the story of American patriots.

Doug Mastriano's is the story of a traitor.

I want to focus on the fourth to last line:

The truth was Doug Mastriano is the very enemy he once swore an oath to stand against.

PA State Senator (and now GOP candidate for PA Governor) Doug Mastriano joined the United States Army after college and was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant. 

This is the oath every commissioned officer takes:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.
And each time (and there have been two) he was sworn into the Pennsylvania Senate, Doug Mastriano took this oath:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support, obey and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of this Commonwealth and that I will discharge the duties of my office with fidelity.
And yet:

Another look:

Doug Mastriano violated his oath by participating in Trump's attempted coup.

Senator, as Representative Cheney said, "There will come a day when Donald Trump is gone, but your dishonor will remain."