Trump’s Antifa Obsession Diverted Feds From Right-Wing Threats: Officials

This was by design:

President Trump’s obsession with the bogeyman threat of antifa led law enforcement agencies to direct resources away from right-wing threats and may have affected their ability to anticipate and prepare for the far-right attack on the Capitol, current and former officials told The New York Times. The DOJ pulled some prosecutors and FBI agents away from assignments focused on white supremacists and asked them to instead investigate anarchist groups like antifa over summer, the officials said. One official was concerned enough to go to the agency’s independent inspector general.

Officials said efforts to alert colleagues to white supremacist activity were tamped down and mentions of “domestic terrorism” were discouraged. Requests for funding to track white supremacist activity online were denied. Meanwhile, threats of violence at the Capitol were visible on social media in the days preceding the Jan. 6 attack, an event for which law enforcement agencies have admitted they were unprepared.

 

Ex-KGB Spy: Trump is a Real life Manchurian Candidate

It is no longer speculation that Trump is a Russian asset. This article (and a book, American Kompromat, by Craig Unger) put to rest any doubt that the former reality show host was recruited by the KGB to work for Russia:

A former spy for the KGB is making explosive claims about Russia’s efforts to “cultivate” former President Donald Trump as an intelligence asset.

In an interview with the Guardian, former KGB official Yuri Shvets claims that the then-Soviet government starting in the 1980s began to see Trump as a potential instrument for spreading anti-NATO propaganda.

In fact, Shvets says that Soviet agents even planted the idea of running for office in Trump’s head when he visited St. Petersburg and Moscow in 1987.

 

Is Trump Selling Pardons?

Sounds like what Clinton did before he left office. Donald obviously needs the money. And so does Giuliani:

An associate of Rudy Giuliani told a former CIA officer a presidential pardon was “going to cost $2m”, the New York Times reported on Sunday in the latest bombshell to break across the last, chaotic days of Donald Trump’s presidency.

The report detailed widespread and in some cases lucrative lobbying involving people seeking a pardon as Trump’s time in office winds down. The 45th president, impeached twice, will leave power on Wednesday with the inauguration of Joe Biden.

The former CIA officer John Kiriakou, who was jailed in 2012 for leaking the identity of an operative involved in torture, told the Times he laughed at the remark from the associate of Giuliani, the former New York mayor who as Trump’s personal attorney is reportedly a possible pardon recipient himself.

“Two million bucks – are you out of your mind?” Kiriakou reportedly said. “Even if I had two million bucks, I wouldn’t spend it to recover a $700,000 pension.”

An associate of Kiriakou reported the conversation to the FBI, the Times said.

Trump Must be Arrested on January 21st

Officer SickNick being murdered

The evidence is overwhelming that Donald Trump planned and orchestrated the attack on the Capitol on January 6th. Based on what happened that day and everything that led up to it, Trump has committed treason against the United States. And we must demand he be arrested the day ceases to be president. He no longer will have protection. He will be a private citizen, thus subject to immediate arrest.

A police officer was killed. He should be charged with murder:

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Trump is to Blame for the Murder of a Police Officer During Attack On Capitol

Trump incited, promoted, encouraged, and called for the violence that led to the death of this police officer. He should be charged with murder. Along with Giuliani and Don Jr.:

U.S. Capitol Police announced late Thursday that an officer hurt during this week’s violent assault on the chambers of Congress by protesters loyal to President Trump has died from his injuries.

“At approximately 9:30 p.m. this evening (January 7, 2021), United States Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick passed away due to injuries sustained while on-duty,” a statement from the U.S. Capitol Police said.

“Officer Sicknick was responding to the riots on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol and was injured while physically engaging with protesters. He returned to his division office and collapsed,” the statement said.

It said that Sicknick had been taken to a local hospital and that his death will be investigated by the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch, the U.S. Capitol Police and “our federal partners.”

The confirmation follows an earlier, premature report that the officer had died, which NPR incorrectly reported based on information from a well-placed source.

More than 50 criminal cases are being opened against pro-Trump extremists who engaged in violence during the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

Impeaching Trump Again is a Waste of Time. Charge him with Sedition.

Impeaching Trump a second time at this point is a complete useless exercise. No impeachment could happen within two weeks. They should be working on holding hearings leading up eventual charges of treason against the current occupant of the White House. Americans must demand that the incoming president prosecute Trump for his crimes against our country.

The best course of action is for Trump to be charged with sedition (if treason charges are deemed too difficult to prosecute.) Many of those who breached the Capitol stand to be charged with sedition. The term itself has been used repeatedly even by Republicans:

The strength of our republic rests in its norms, norms that have been consistently shredded by the president. The real dangerous precedent would be to ignore acts of sedition, or to merely punish the feckless rioters who took Trump’s attempt to steal the election to heart.

This was a coup attempt, even if it failed. Trump has already threatened more and sustained action, both fundraising, and therefore profiting from this crime, and teasing future attempts to regain the presidency. Failing to pursue sedition charges will allow Trump to continue even after he is out of office. It will also set up a tiered system of justice, encouraging future demagogues to attempt coups, safe in the knowledge that they will not face severe consequences if they fail. If this is not sedition, then there is no such thing. It is our duty to uphold democracy even when others won’t.

Trump can and should be brought on charges once he’s out of office. The main precedent it would set would be that acts of sedition are intolerable, regardless of who commits them. In other words, no-one is above the law. Let the legal system decide whether or not he ought to face jail time. Let justice be served, impartially, and fully.

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Iran Issues Interpol Arrest Request For President Trump Over Top Military Assassination

Trump should be turned over to the World Court once he leaves office on January 20th. Additional to the assassination of the Iranian leader was Trump’s violation of human rights along the southern border:

Iran has issued a “red notice” request to international police organization Interpol seeking the arrest of U.S. President Donald Trump and 47 other American officials for the role it says they played in the assassination of top general Qassem Soleimani in early 2020, a move that coincides with the anniversary of Soleimani’s death.

He should face justice for his mistreatment of immigrants along the border. The separation of families was a horrendous crime reminiscent of the worst regimes in the world:

The Trump administration violated international law when it separated migrant children from their families, a United Nations expert said Monday.

That’s not all, said Manfred Nowak, the independent expert leading a global study on children deprived of liberty. With over 100,000 children still in migration-related detention, the United States leads the world with the highest number of children in migration-related custody in the world.

Trump Caught on Tape Demanding Vote Tampering

The phone call featured Trump, days before he is set to leave office, pleading with Raffensperger to alter the vote total and launching into a barrage of discredited conspiracy theories about the election. Trump even suggested that Raffensperger may face criminal consequences should he refuse to intervene in accordance with Trump’s wishes.

Raffensperger and his office’s general counsel, Ryan Germany, pushed back on the president’s claims and said President-elect Joe Biden’s victory of more than 12,700 votes was accurate.

“The people of Georgia are angry, the people in the country are angry,” Trump said in the call. “And there’s nothing wrong with saying, you know, um, that you’ve recalculated.”

“Well, Mr. President, the challenge that you have is, the data you have is wrong,” Raffensperger responded.

In a separate exchange, Trump said he wanted Raffensperger to “find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state.”

NBC News

Here’s the audio:

Trump Supporter Calls for Mike Pence’s Execution

Has Trump denounced these comments yet? And if not why, why not. And I wonder if the VP has raised some concern about these remarks with his boss yet:

Lawyer Lin Wood is continuing his battle against the 2020 election results in support of Donald Trump and continues to stir controversy with his attacks on Vice President Mike Pence.

“If Pence is arrested, @SecPompeo will save the election. Pence will be in jail awaiting trial for treason. He will face execution by firing squad. He is a coward & will sing like a bird & confess ALL,” he tweeted on Friday.

Pence is set to oversee the ratification of Electoral College votes on January 6, which will certify Democrat and President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. Although Wood and others have attempted to pressure Pence to interfere, legal historian Jed Shugerman noted that the former Indiana governor does not have the authority to alter the outcome of the congressional session.

As reported by the Washington Examiner, Justice Department lawyers representing Pence on Thursday pushed for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas to throw out Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert’s lawsuit, which is allegedly part of a plan to overturn Biden’s victory. According to a tweet from Washington Examiner reporter Jerry Dunleavy, Wood’s recent comments at the U.S. lawmaker are due to his role in opposing the lawsuit.

Trump Trying To Incite ‘White Nationalist Riot’ In D.C. The Day Election Results Certified, January 6th.

This will be his last gasp at somehow keeping power. Like Hitler in his final days, he will engage in any atrocity to try and stay in office. And if he can’t then he will burn the country down. That’s what you would expect from any cult leader:

Political commentator and columnist David Frum asserted that with the coronavirus relief bill signed after a delay from the president, he appears to have shifted his attention to inciting violence in the nation’s capital in the coming days.

“Now Trump can focus like a laser on his top priority, inciting a white nationalist riot in Washington on January 6,” Frum tweeted.

As The Washington Post reported, Trump has already been using his Twitter feed to foreshadow a “wild” protest set to take place in the nation’s capital on that day. The report noted that the organization Women for America First had requested a protest permit for the event. The same group organized a “Stop the Steal” rally in D.C. last month that drew thousands and led to a number of violent clashes.

We know what the plan is. Trump and his minions are always telegraphing their punches:

Not to be alarmist, but we should recognize that the United States will be in the danger zone until the formal certification of Joe Biden’s election victory on Jan. 6, because potential domestic and foreign turmoil could give President Trump an excuse to cling to power.

This threat, while unlikely to materialize, is concerning senior officials, including Republicans who have supported Trump in the past but believe he is now threatening to overstep the constitutional limits on his power. They described a multifaceted campaign by die-hard Trump supporters to use disruptions at home and perhaps threats abroad to advance his interests.

The big showdown is the Jan. 6 gathering of both houses of Congress to formally count the electoral college vote taken on Dec. 14, which Biden won 306 to 232. The certification should be a pro forma event, but a desperate Trump is demanding that House and Senate Republicans challenge the count and block this final, binding affirmation of Biden’s victory before Inauguration Day.

Trump’s last-ditch campaign will almost certainly fail in Congress. The greater danger is on the streets, where pro-Trump forces are already threatening chaos. A pro-Trump group called “Women for America First” has requested a permit for a Jan. 6 rally in Washington, and Trump is already beating the drum: “Big protest in D.C. on January 6th. Be there, will be wild!”

Government officials fear that if violence spreads, Trump could invoke the Insurrection Act to mobilize the military. Then Trump might use “military capabilities” to rerun the Nov. 3 election in swing states, as suggested by Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser. Trump “could take military capabilities and he could place them in those states and basically rerun an election,” Flynn told Newsmax in a Dec. 17 interview.