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The coup’s aftermath, part 3

December 13, 2021

More details have emerged about Trump’s plan to pressure Pence to play a key role in his coup, well summarized by Heather Cox Richardson. It is scary how close that came to succeeding. There were alternate plans in the case Pence didn’t cooperate. My eye caught this:

That night, Trump called his people in the so-called “war room” at the Willard Hotel, where loyalists had been trying to figure out a way to delay certification if Pence didn’t cave. He called the lawyers and the non-lawyers separately, since Giuliani wanted to preserve attorney-client privilege.

My suspicion is that Giuliani’s move was less a display of arrogance, rather, an attempt to avoid culpability, if the coup failed. Little proves intent quite as much as written plan and related documentation. The marquee trial that should be worrying Trump’s lieutenants is that of Elizabeth Holmes, who is trying to defend her fraud with the excuses of “I don’t remember,” “I didn’t know,” and “I didn’t intend.”

Republican efforts to corrupt and control US elections continue. One part of that is intimidating honest election workers. Ruby Freeman is one of the unfortunate targets.  Among many other threats, Trevian Kutti, a former publicist for Kanye West, threatened Freeman that she was in danger, unless she falsely confessed to the bogus accusations against her. I am surprised that doesn’t violate some Georgia law, and that the police investigating it did not more pursue it. I am skeptical that Kutti did that on her own initiative. Will we learn in the future whose idea that was? Likely not, unless at some point Kutti faces some legal consequence for her action.

The storming of the Capitol and subsequent votes on certifying the election and on impeaching Trump were moments of truth for Congressman Peter Meijer, a freshman Republican from Michigan. He had to deal with colleagues who were Trump supporters, with his own radicalized constituents, with other colleagues who kowtowed to threats of violence from such constituents, and with the vacuity of Republican House leadership. That was quite an initiation into current American politics. 

 

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