(🔐) NEW: PROOF readers have been asking for this report for a long time—and rightly so.

On January 6, 2021, Sen. Grassley was third in line to the presidency—and is a more important witness than Kevin McCarthy.

I hope you’ll subscribe, read and RETWEET. sethabramson.substack.com/p/new-the-comi…
1/ Americans already know the information House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy would testify to before the House January 6 Committee (though to be clear, PROOF still believes he must be subpoenaed and deposed).

We know what he’ll say because he’s said it publicly at least twice.
2/ CNN reports McCarthy revealed the content of his January 6 call with Trump both in a January 12, 2021 radio interview *and* in a transcribed GOP caucus meeting—and we also have testimony from another Republican rep, who McCarthy described the call to shortly after it happened.
3/ But there are even more reasons than this for the House January 6 Committee to start focusing more on Chuck Grassley now than even Kevin McCarthy (though again, it can and should do both): because *we already know* how Donald Trump responded to the January 6 attack in private.
4/ I'm not just talking about the recent testimony of former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham, whose supposedly "new" testimony only echoed what *six* major media outlets reported back in January 2021: Trump *loved* the attack on the Capitol. rollingstone.com/politics/polit…
5/ Yes, the House Special Committee needs McCarthy to go on record on this issue—and must refer him to DOJ for criminal prosecution if he perjures himself or refuses to honor a subpoena. That’s basic rule-of-law stuff. But from an *investigative* standpoint, Grassley offers more.
6/ It’s for this reason that readers of PROOF and this feed have long asked me—or, really, *anyone* in media—to research and write about Sen. Grassley’s *stunning* Insurrection Eve statement on Vice President Mike Pence and the certification of Biden’s landslide election victory.
7/ At the time, no less a right-wing outlet than THE HILL reported that the man who was, on Insurrection Eve, third in line to the American presidency sent "shock waves" through DC on the eve of one of the most tense days in modern American history—causing "chaos" with his words.
8/ What PROOF details here, to a degree never before seen, is *exactly* what Grassley said on Insurrection Eve, and to whom, and why, and where, and how—as well as the *many* lies his team told to cover up what his words imported. And what did they import? A potential conspiracy.
9/ You may think you know everything Chuck Grassley said and did on Insurrection Eve—I know I foolishly thought that, before starting this research—but you do not.

The matter of what Grassley did on Insurrection Eve, and why, is much more complicated than we previously realized.
10/ What I can’t understand is why media is so little interested in this subject. The January 6 mob Trump sent to the Capitol wanted to hang two people only—Mike Pence and Nancy Pelosi.

Do you know who the two people ahead of Grassley in the line of succession were on January 6?
11/ I say this not to suggest Grassley was part of a plot to harm Pence or Pelosi—I’ve seen no evidence of that—but to underscore the *stakes* on January 6, and how closely Grassley was tied to those stakes. There’s a reason he was one of 3 people federal agents rushed to safety.
12/ And there’s a *reason* that Trump’s seditious plot (which we now know—thank you, Peter Navarro—went by the name THE GREEN BAY SWEEP) had an out clause—indeed one that appeared in Step 1 of the plot!—that involved removing Pence from the picture in favor of.... Chuck Grassley.
13/ Grassley is a canny political operator who has been treated as a non-entity in the insurrection *solely* because of his age.

But the fact—the actually *documented* fact—is that not a single Trumpist insurrectionist misunderstood how central Grassley could be to the 1/6 coup.
14/ So when the implication is left that a canny political operator was merely speaking over-casually about *the most important political issue in America on Insurrection Eve, namely what Pence was about to do or not*—and that this explains his *many* bizarre statements, it’s BS.
15/ Needless to say, PROOF doesn’t merely submit this as some sort of *opinion*: it does an exhaustively researched deep dive on the *facts* of the matter, using reliable major-media sources and (most of all) *quotes from Grassley and his political operation* on Insurrection Eve.
16/ If you’ve ever, even for a moment, wondered about Chuck Grassley’s "shock wave"–producing, "chaos"–inducing statements on Insurrection Eve, this is an article you *have* to read. Be aware that it’s dense, long, and probably requires multiple reads. The issue is a complex one.
17/ What the article makes clear—again, with evidence, not speculation—is that the House January 6 Committee *must* subpoena Chuck Grassley to testify *under oath* about January 6. His coy statements from September 2021 will not do, and no other witness can replace his testimony.
18/ I ask folks to RETWEET the first article in this thread not just because I know PROOF to be a valuable resource on the insurrection as we head into next month’s public hearings on January 6—though that’s true—but because the Grassley Question has gone unanswered for too long.
19/ As I’ve written here over the last week, we came closer to losing our democracy on January 6 than most realize.

If Pence gets into that car in the Capitol garage—

If Pence’s escape is just 45 seconds slower—

If Grassley takes that gavel in that Senate—

Everything changes.
20/ Never—ever—believe the insurrectionist lie that the Trumpist coup plot on January 6 was to permanently overwhelm federal forces by violence. That has literally *nothing* to do with January 6 other than in the fevered imaginations of coup plotters aiming to cover their tracks.
CONCLUSION/ The 1/6 coup plot depended on the following:

1⃣ A 2- to 3-day occupation of the Capitol
2⃣ The use of forged documents to delay certification
3⃣ The complicity of state officials Trump had pre-briefed
4⃣ Removal of the VP from the situation

Grassley was *key* to 4⃣.

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Jan 17,
(🔐) ICYMI: The new PROOF report on Sen. Chuck Grassley has gone viral.

It contains info on Grassley’s role in the events of Insurrection Eve that most Americans haven’t seen.

“The Coming Collapse of Trump’s January 6 Conspiracy, Part 4: Chuck Grassley”: sethabramson.substack.com/p/new-the-comi…
(PS) Right now I’m working on a shocking follow-up to this article. By “shocking” I mean that it’s literally full of things that I didn’t previously know and am shocked by. Its focus will be not just on Grassley and—critically—his staff, but also on Clarence Thomas’s wife Ginni.
(PS2) I want to add how thrilled I am at how large the PROOF community is getting. The comment sections are so vibrant—with new leads offered and great comments like this: “Grassley’s statement could’ve been the exact reason Pence didn’t get in the Secret Service car [on 1/6].”
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Jan 15,
Rep. Kinzinger (@AdamKinzinger), note too that in the video Cruz shows it's domestic terrorist Tim Gionet—who was subsequently arrested for storming the Capitol, and from his own livestream always intended to do so—who starts the "Fed!" chant Cruz now deems inculpatory of *Epps*.
PS/ And @AdamKinzinger, PROOF published more sections from the Gionet-Epps exchange that explain *why* Gionet began a "Fed!" chant. Epps had already mentioned storming the Capitol to Gionet on camera—before which Gionet tried to stop him *because he didn't want the words filmed*.
PS2/ So we *know*—the evidence confirms—that the "Fed!" chant was launched by a group that was *planning* to storm the Capitol on January 6 and didn't want Epps (who was not in their group) giving up the plan in a livestream in a way that would lead to a law enforcement response.
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Jan 15,
If you follow the far right closely, you’ve noticed that with greater and greater frequency it is employing a particular disinformation technique on a key topic: it repeatedly—and falsely—says “the left” wants “civil war” as a means of moving the Overton Window in that direction.
(PS) Needless to say, these far-right media personalities would retreat to their bunkers or take a long vacation overseas if there were ever to be widespread civil unrest in America. They’re stoking violent fervor on the right because it gets them attention and makes them money.
(PS2) Also, I guess it goes without saying that what Jones is putting out in this video is somewhere two football fields beyond preposterous. The notion that the FBI whips up an investigation and arrest as a 24-hour “quick response” to something it sees on TV is almost hilarious.
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Jan 14,
I wrote a book on the first Russian invasion of Ukraine (Proof of Corruption, 2020), then took to Twitter to say that the evidence we see now—and all we know about Putin—suggests he’ll invade again. For some reason, folks got angry. Well, see what happens. cnn.com/2022/01/14/pol…
(PS) Putin’s scheme in Ukraine is *so transparently obvious* that not only is it apocalyptically condescending that he’s going through certain motions to pretend he won’t invade, but it’s almost *as* condescending that the federal government keeps telling us this can be avoided.
(PS2) The sort of actions that would be required to prevent Russia from invading Europe for the second time in a decade are just the sort of actions no one in the federal government is willing to take. NATO should have been *melodramatically expanding itself* this entire decade.
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Jan 12,
(🔐) PROOF: "The Story Behind the 'Ray Epps' Conspiracy Theory Now Burning Through Congress and Far-Right Social Media"

This is both absolutely unbelievable *and* absolutely believable. The depths insurrectionists sink to to cover their trail are amazing. sethabramson.substack.com/p/the-story-be…
1/ The key point here is that Ray Epps was *chosen*—he was selected to be the target of this conspiracy theory, and *not* for the reasons the insurrectionists say. (This is why the conspiracy theory makes no sense; it started with a need to "get" Epps, not any coherent evidence.)
2/ The reason the *intent* behind the "Ray Epps" conspiracy theory has to be understood is that otherwise it will seem like the insurrectionists—and those among their leaders in Congress who are now parroting the theory in hearings—are merely delusional. No, it's worse than that.
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Jan 12,
One day America will wake up and realize that if Donald Trump’s political plants inside the Secret Service get VP Pence into that car in the Capitol garage on January 6, 2021, events—and American democracy—turn out very differently.

That’s how close we came to losing everything.
The January 6 scandal inside the Secret Service that PROOF has reported on repeatedly should be a major topic of conversation in America. I’ve detailed a concerted effort by Trump to infiltrate the Secret Service in a way he aimed to exploit on January 6. sethabramson.substack.com/p/a-january-6-…
Remember, Trump’s backup plan was to have six state legislatures meet in special session the week of January 6 to issue declarations casting legal doubt on the slates of electors that had been sent to DC. Giuliani insisted he only needed 48 hours to get competing slates to DC.
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