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Jan 19 4 tweets 3 min read
Listen to and read these segments of #OathKeepers interviews.

Justice Department cited some as incriminating.
We found, analyzed, and present several more.

Shows militia members' expectations on morning of #January6th, disappointment in Trump following.
2. Oath Keepers were prepared for insurrection on morning of Jan. 6.

Were poised to act in concert with Trump to try keep him in power.

Oath Keepers' leader Stewart Rhodes was disappointed Trump did not carry out full powers (eg invoke Insurrection Act)
3. #OathKeeper on morning of #January6th:

"We have a little bit of inside information with ... the powers that be, but this is a tinderbox. It just is a question of what is the precipitating event.”


4. Oath Keeper on morning of #January6th:

"That brutal truth is still the determining factor about who controls what. So if he has the military behind him, Trump will win. If he does not, he won’t."

Report here: justsecurity.org/79889/exclusiv…

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More from @rgoodlaw

Jan 20
<thread> #January6thCommittee's letter to Ivanka Trump signals:

Committee has testimony (via General Kellogg) and docs that point to Trump's illegally pressuring Pence to overturn the election.

Key here: criminal obstruction of 1/6 proceedings for which many have been indicted. Image
2. The Committee's letter should be read in conjunction with statement made by DOJ attorney in court.

From @joshgerstein's excellent reporting in November.

3/3. Here's the key part of the exchange between the federal judge and the Justice Department's James Pearce.👇

(with a h/t to @emptywheel who has long been emphasizing this line of analysis and this specific exchange) Image
Read 5 tweets
Jan 11
Senator Ted Cruz tries to prove himself to you-know-who by using Senate hearing with senior FBI official to press debunked conspiracy of "FBI agents" and Capitol attack.

Background reading: Fact Checks on Ray Epps conspiracy theory
2. Thanks to Chairman @SenatorDurbin and his staff.

Very soon after Senators Cruz and Cotton promote disinformation around bogus Epps-"FBI agent" conspiracy theory in the United States Senate, Durbin enters @PolitiFacts' fact check into the record.

(cc: @SamPutterman)
3. To round out this thread, the January 6 Committee has interviewed Mr. Epps and, in a statement, completely debunks this conspiracy theory.

Reporting by @lukebroadwater @alanfeuer

Read 4 tweets
Jan 6

Six items about #January6th that have been unreported/under-reported or deserve more attention.

Item No. 1: We came extremely close to DOJ as lead agency for security on Jan. 6 with Trump coup co-conspirator (for lack of a better term) Jeff Clark as Attorney General.
2. On Jan 3

3:45pm: Clark tells Rosen that Trump has decided to fire Rosen and put Clark in as Attorney General.

5:30pm: Trump meets Miller, Milley and agrees DOJ will be lead agency.

6:00pm: Trump meets Rosen, Clark, others and backs down from firing and replacing Rosen.

added note: Trump backs down due to DOJ threat of mass resignations

added note: Rosen says he was not subsequently told DOJ would be lead agency for Jan 6
Read 10 tweets
Dec 21, 2021
I co-authored this sweeping analysis w/@justinhendrix

Bottom Line:
Pentagon restrained National Guard on #January6th concerned Trump would invoke Insurrection Act.

We include little-noticed witness interviews in recent inspector general report.

2. Former acting defense secretary Chris Miller in IG interview:

"There was absolutely no way…I was putting U.S. military forces at the Capitol, period,” he said citing media stories alleging Trump's advisors were pushing him to declare martial law to invalidate the election.
3. In congressional testimony, former acting SecDef Miller:

"My concerns regarding the appropriate and limited use of the military in domestic matters were heightened by commentary in the media ... that advisors to the President were advocating the declaration of martial law..."
Read 4 tweets
Dec 11, 2021
PSA on #MarkMeadows and #PowerPoint slides

This isn't a hair-on-fire moment. Mainstream media has been responsible not reporting it as such.

I’ve written Meadows has significant criminal exposure

But this is not strong evidence of that.

A few key points to consider…
2. All we know is Mark Meadows had the slides on this phone.

Not that he plotted it, not that he or any administration officials created it, not that he did something nefarious (or did anything) with it.
3. Meadows’ lawyer says the reason they voluntarily turned over the document is because Meadows did nothing with it -- and is accordingly not claiming it is ‘privileged’ info that should be kept from congressional investigators.

via NYT

Read 10 tweets
Dec 6, 2021
We dove deep into this...

Out of hundreds of #January6th criminal cases, the #FBI cites defendants’ posts on FB, Twitter, Parler.

Absent: A public social media site that served as a staging ground for the attack on the Capitol (thedonald.win).

2. Our analysis is thanks to interviews with really great experts:

@AdvDemocracy's @DanielJJonesUS
@GeorgetownICAP’s Mary McCord
@RANDCorporation's @donell_harvin
@DFRLab’s @jaredlholt
Future Frontlines' @CandaceRondeaux

3. We build on prior important reporting by @KenDilanianNBC @oneunderscore__ in an NBC News piece that also relied on research by @AdvDemocracy at the time.

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