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Tue Jul 19, 2022, 12:57 PM

Matthew & Matthews

As the news that Matthew Pottinger and Sarah Matthews will testify during Thursday's January 6 Committee hearing is being reported, we must keep in mind that we are not alone in keeping our eyes on the prize. Indeed, many others are aware of how this hearing can impact things ranging from the Department of Justice experiencing public pressure to prosecute Trump, to the 2022 elections. More, we know that Trump will be watching, and feeling increased anxiety.

Both Matthew and Matthews resigned from their positions in the Trump White House on the day of the insurrection. Pottiner had been the Deputy National Security Advisor, and Sarah Matthews the deputy press secretary. Both were in the White House during the 187 minutes that Thursday's hearing will focus on.

It is also being reported that Trump thinks announcing he is running in 2024 might provide him with some type of legal protection, including if he were to win. Many in his party do not want him to announce before the November elections, as it would be a ball & chain on candidates in November. But we know two things: Donald does not listen to those republicans who say "no" on anything, and that sociopaths under pressure act out in desperate ways. Will this hearing result in his announcing soon? Let us hope.

As I have in the past, I recommend that people contact the Department of Justice after the next hearing, to express their hopes that the DOJ will prosecute all of those involved in the insurrection, including Trump. Below is contact information:

https://www.justice.gov/contact-us

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cilla4progress Jul 19 #1
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Hekate Jul 19 #5
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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Jul 19, 2022, 01:08 PM

1. H2O Man,

I'm feeling good about this hearing.

The J6 Committee has done a stellar job - pacing, narrative-weaving, presenting the arc, PR.

Even if everything to now is not black-and-white in terms of tfg's centrality - motive, intent, "mens rea" - the fact that at 2:24 (or any other time) he could have called off the murderous mob - IN FACT WAS THE ONLY ONE WHO COULD - but instead sent a tweet egging them on, as they were invading the capitol and beaing in police officers' heads is undeniable, and puts all that preceded it - and followed - in context.

There's a reason the committee built to this point and saved it for its preliminarily final hearing. In primetime. On a Thurday. Valuable real estate.

Gift article (no paywall).

https://wapo.st/3uWOX00


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THE PLUM LINE

Opinion A new Jan. 6 witness shows why Trump’s 2:24 p.m. tweet is lethal
By Greg Sargent
Columnist
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July 19, 2022 at 11:59 a.m. EDT

This week, the House select committee on Jan. 6 will hold a prime-time hearing designed to demonstrate Donald Trump’s depraved and venal conduct as the violence raged on the day itself. If you wanted to boil down the significance of this into two sentences, here’s one way you might do it:

During his final days as president, Donald Trump launched an extraordinarily corrupt effort to persuade his vice president, Mike Pence, to abuse his official duty in order to help Trump cling to power illegitimately and probably illegally.

When that pressure campaign failed, Trump turned to a violent mob as the weapon that might finish the job for him.

...

That 2:24 tweet represents a key moment, when the procedural coup and the mob violence became one and the same story. In it, Trump ripped Pence for lacking the “courage” to delay the congressional count of presidential electors, suggesting this would have allowed states to revisit the voting and appoint electors for Trump, which was his underlying coup scheme.


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Response to cilla4progress (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 19, 2022, 01:18 PM

3. Thanks for the article!

I re-watched a couple interviews with Mary Trump last night. She also noted that he is a sociopath, and prone to taking desperate measures when under pressure. This hearing will, I think, be the most explosive yet -- and the J6 Committee is the very best congressional committe I've ever seen.

There are, of course, numerous other very important issues confronting us. But this is the key to our getting in a position where we can effectively deal with them. And it is why our opposition will attempt to distract us.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Jul 19, 2022, 01:15 PM

2. I hope that the stress of the next hearing

causes TFG to choke on his hamberder.

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Response to jmbar2 (Reply #2)

Tue Jul 19, 2022, 01:19 PM

4. You are not alone!

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Jul 19, 2022, 01:33 PM

5. KnR!

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Response to Hekate (Reply #5)

Tue Jul 19, 2022, 01:53 PM

6. Thank you!

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