Dark and unsettling: The 1/6 committee is homing in on whether Trump and his co-conspirators fully understood the attack as an instrumental weapon to help carry out his procedural coup. Seeking Jim Jordan's testimony is key to this. I laid this out here:
Jim Jordan may be able to shed light on:

*Trump's conduct while the mob attack unfolded -- did Trump indicate he wanted it to continue?

*How Trump and his co-conspirators sought to use fake fraud claims as a deliberate pretext for the procedural coup:


While the violence unfolded, Trump and Rudy pressed at least one GOP senator to try to delay the electoral count.

It's clear the committee is looking at whether the attack became key to securing that delay.

Recall Pence refused to be evacuated:

If you want to understand the potential criminal implications of this idea -- that Trump and his co-conspirators may have knowingly understood the violence as a weapon for helping carry out the procedural coup -- read this piece by @tribelaw and company:


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20 Dec
Manchin is more vulnerable on BBB than you think: Goldman Sachs' finding that failure will harm growth provides a new weapon.

Economist tells me:

“Instead of a Biden boom, we could have a Manchin slowdown."

That quote should drive the debate. My latest:
I talked to @RonWyden about his new proposal for a revised BBB that focuses on child tax credit, enhanced ACA subsidies, and climate.

The goal is to fund all these for 10 years.

"This is really the last chance for climate," Wyden tells me:

@RonWyden Manchin cannot be moved by the immiseration of his own constituents. But he does want to be seen as standing for a good economy in a general sense.

Goldman's finding provides a weapon here.

“Instead of a Biden boom, we could have a Manchin slowdown."

Read 5 tweets
13 Dec
The 1/6 committee's report on Mark Meadows is extraordinary -- it's a detailed blueprint of a coup. Notably, it shows Meadows can testify to Trump's reaction to the violence as it unfolded. This is a huge element of what he's covering up. My latest:
Key: The 1/6 committee discloses that it has "many messages" Meadows received urging him to get Trump to call off the rioters.

So Meadows is a witness to Trump's reaction to the violence in real time.

Here's what Meadows *does not* want to testify to:

The whole coup blueprint is right there in black and white:

Read 4 tweets
10 Dec
At this point, the filibuster is blocking:

*Curbs on election subversion and voter suppression

*Beefed up oversight of WH manipulation of DOJ

*Reform of ECA to prevent future coup

The window for a generational set of reforms is closing fast. My latest:
The House just passed the Protecting Our Democracy Act. It's a great bill. It would fix many things that we saw Trump exploit for years.

It will likely not survive a GOP filibuster.

Same with ECA reform, which would protect against a future coup:

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The window for once-in-a-generation reforms, such as those after Watergate, is rapidly closing.

Democracy advocate Fred Wertheimer tells me:

“The problems here that have to be corrected go much deeper than the problems that existed after Watergate."

washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/… ImageImage
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9 Dec
1) Mark Meadows is suing the 1/6 committee, claiming it has no "legitimate legislative purpose" in subpoenaing him for documents about Trump's coup.

I'm having some dark thoughts about this. In a hidden way, this has very ominous implications.


2) The 1/6 committee has lots of valid legislative purposes. To name just two:

* Reforming the ECA to prevent another coup

* Tightening oversight on WH-DOJ communications.

These are both serious soft spots in our system that Trump corruptly exploited.

3) But Trump and Meadows say none of these constitute a valid legislative purpose.

In response to this effort to overthrow our political system, we should do nothing meaningful to safeguard against another coup attempt.


Read 7 tweets
8 Dec
How can Biden lead at the democracy summit without telling the truth about the authoritarian threat at home -- that it comes from the right and GOP? Will he really paper over his own party's utter failure to safeguard against that threat? My latest:
Biden advisers are struggling with how to address our own democracy problems at the summit. SecState Blinken says he will use it to rally our "better angels" at home.

But this casts the problem as a failure of persuasion, when it's a failure of inaction:

Manchin and Sinema are obviously the problem. But Dems could forcefully commit to a future agenda if more Dems are elected:

*Reform filibuster
*Defend voting rights
*Fix Electoral Count Act
*Protect against manipulation of law enforcement
*SCOTUS reform

Read 4 tweets
7 Dec
Just awful: Steve Bannon is now ripping into David Perdue, who is *Trump's* candidate for Georgia governor, as too much of a squish to wage the war on democracy Bannon wants. This shows that the right is headed toward full-blown insurgency. My new piece:
I had a fascinating conversation with Nicole Hemmer, a historian of conservative media, about Bannon.

Bannon is similar to Oliver North. Both parlayed their willingness to operate outside the law into a media following built around explicit insurgency:

David Perdue supported the lawsuit seeking to invalidate millions of Biden votes. He called for the firing of the Sec of State who rebuffed Trump's pressure to steal the election.

Yet Bannon still sees him as a squish. Only full blown insurgency will do:

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