Always trying to raise money to fund my efforts on behalf of J6 clients. Many of you are probably suffering from a bit of fatigue in that regard, and for that I apologize in advance. But I have two cases coming up for trial after the holidays -- clients who have no resources. 1/
Living paycheck to paycheck doesn't even describe them. I'm not going to publicly identify them here -- not without getting their permission first. But one was a modest wage earner prior to his arrest. Since his arrest he's been unable to find a job. 2/
The names of J6 defendants are wide spread through a variety of online sites. Some who weren't employed or who lost their jobs in the aftermath of being charged, finding employment is a real struggle unless they posses in-demand job skills. 3/
One client -- living in an area of a friendly state -- has had no luck finding AND KEEPING steady employment for more than a year. He had a court appointed attorney but he never developed a good working relationship with that attorney. 4/
He saw my name online as representing a lot of J6 defendants and gave me a call. He started out telling me he had no money or resources to draw upon. His day to day living expenses are paid by his mother, who he lives with even though he's in his 30s. 5/
He moved back in with her after he lost his job and was unable to find work--even as a laborer. I met with him in a city not far from where he lived when I happened to be there on another case. I told him after 5 minutes I was going to take his case and he started to cry. 6/
I said we'd figure out the money thing as we went ahead -- once you have 25 clients, what's one more?

I didn't start taking J6 cases 6000 miles away from where I live in order to get wealthy - if that was my plan it was a pretty idiotic plan.

But that's where I find myself. 7/
It was 10 months after J6 before I even got involved at all. It never crossed my mind that I should be representing clients in cases on the East Coast like I might if I -- you know -- lived on the East Coast.
And then when I did it was sort of in a sideways fashion. 8/
It was another two months before just "helping behind the scenes" turned into making court appearances a year ago.
Now I meet lawyers on J6 cases and ask "How many J6 clients do you have?" They say "3" or "4" -- and they live here -- and it makes me question my sanity. 9/
The work that continues week after week, with no other regular source of compensation for me -- I have bills to pay too -- has me coming back here more often that I like. This was NEVER the play for trying to make this work. "Plan A" got tossed out the window after 3 months. 10/
I've told the story to some, and all the clients know. But I'm not going to air it here in public. So this is "Plan R" because I never ever thought I'd need to go beyond Plan A.
The only alternative is to simply ask permission to withdraw and go back to working in Hawaii. 11/
I have spent nearly 50 nights in hotel rooms since July. I'm now in my 18th night in a basement apartment that has been provided to me by a very gracious host who is dedicated to J6 defendants having competent legal counsel. 12/
But the availability here is limited -- he's offered it for any night he doesn't already have guests scheduled. I'm relocating after the holidays to another apartment but that one I'm having to rent the entire month of Jan. 13/
I'm long past the point in my career when I expected to become a wealthy trial lawyer.

I started with my first US Attorney's Office in 1992, with the plan to stay 5 years, get some federal court trial experience, and head off to a lucrative partnership in some big law firm. 14/
Nearly 23 years later I "retired" from my second US Attorneys' office. I wasn't attracted to the idea of big firm politics and genuflecting to wealthy clients who can be idiots. I decided to just go out on my own and do mostly what I knew -- federal criminal defense. 15/
What I came to realize before too long was that during my entire time as a federal prosecutor, my professional was spent with federal agents, other federal employees, other prosecutors, and defense attorneys. My only real contact with defendants was when they cooperated. 16/
But cooperating defendants have had the pressure relieved--they know what the outcome of their case is going to be. Everything they do from that point is in an effort to please the agent or prosecutor on their case because that is how they will realize the benefit promised. 17/
Among the first things I realized as a defense attorney is the crushing mental and emotional strain clients are under while their cases are unresolved.

And its not just the defendant--it is their entire family. The toll on parents, spouses, and children is unimaginable. 18/
And that creates an enormous amount of guilt in the mind of the client because they feel they are the cause of all that suffering by others.

The next thing I came to realize for the first time -- I'm the only voice saying "We'll get thru this. You're not alone." 19/
The defense attorney is the source not only of support with regard to understanding the evidence and legal proceedings in the case, but also a source of emotional support that gives the client the ability to face the turmoil that has engulfed every part of his or her life. 20/
I spend hours on the phone with clients/spouses simply trying to get them past those low moments when they feel hopeless and that all is lost. It's very hard in criminal cases to charge clients for that kind of time--for the most part I know they don't have the means to pay. 21/
And at the same time I don't want to discourage those calls because having a confident client makes my job so much easier. They remain engaged and active in helping me prepare their case for whatever path to disposition we choose. 22/
Once you are that "invested" in cases with real humans as clients, and they come along with families who are also living through the uncertainty, there just isn't any "walking away" over money. 23/.

I think that line probably makes my wife frown.
Then I get in a federal courtroom and I look across at the other side like I am right now. I see 5 prosecutors who each will, at some point in time, have some role to play in the trial. I see a supervisor sitting in the first row. I see two paralegals providing support. 24/
I know that 6 or 8 or 10 FBI agents will appear during the trial to assist or testify, fronting a massive bureaucracy behind the case.

Twitter is not letting me add a 26th tweet. 25 must be the limit. So I'm going to finish in a separate Tweet string.
Just received a $1000 donation.
There have been a few of those over the past few months since we started the GiveSendGo account.

I can't express enough my gratitude.
For perspective.

The fund's goal is set at $500,000. That is an enormous amount of money.

But, if you consider it is supporting 25 different clients, that is only $20,000 per case on average.

Other attorneys as asking for $100,000 retainers from these J6 defendants.
Defendants are taking out second mortgages or selling their houses outright to come up with that kind of money.

I'm trying to avoid all that by looking to the broader public for support and assistance.

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I want to return to this from yesterday and make a few clarifying points.

Ryan--do you want to know why this was new to you?

Because the Gov't did not make it part of their exhibits in the McCaughey case.

I marked this as defense exhibit and played it for Judge McFadden.
You and most other reporters covering the daily events in the DC Courthouse are quite consistent in closing up your notebooks when the Govt is done with its examination of witnesses, and presentation of evidence.
This was not shown by the Govt during the Govt case.
Since that is all you pay attention to, that explains why it was "the best footage" you saw of this particular sequence of events.
So, you might want to factor that into your world view about whether you -- a member of the mainstream press -- are seeing evidence in context...
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Michael Cohen wanted to be a "cooperating defendant" against Donald Trump.
Michael Cohen -- a ner-do-well political "fixer" -- wanted a meaningful role in Trump's Presidential Admin. and was told "No."
When he was charged federally, he refused to fully cooperate with the FBI
He refused to provide information about the NY TaxiCab medallion fraud scheme he was involved in with is father-in-law which was the only actual source of his "wealth" -- from his wife's family.
You can't do that as a cooperator. "In for a dime, in for a dollar."
You cannot refuse on any subject if you are asked. A cooperator does not get to define the boundaries of cooperation.
He refused, so he was indicted and he pled guilty. He tried to get a benefit from the Govt and Judge for what he had said about Trump, but both told him no.
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I had an encounter with this issue just recently in a case not involving a J6 client. I learned something I didn't know--that BOP facilities read all messages sent and received by prisoners on the BOP "Corr Links" email system, including emails with their attorneys.
A BOP legal advisor told me there is no mechanism in the system to filter out communications with their attorneys. BOP staff read incoming and outgoing messages, and where appropriate they send the communications to prosecutors. This is done by non-legal BOP staff.
They have no training in how to avoid legal communications. They are told to avoid them when possible but there is no actual mechanism in the system that would protect these communications from being read or shared with law enforcement or prosecutors.
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Tucker wanted Watkins on first because Watkins said he never saw the videos. That's an important aspect of Tucker's reporting on the videos, and it is particularly impactful in Chansley case because of his sentence and what the videos show.
I understand that -- Watkins is the only attorney who could say that because John Pierce and I didn't become Jakes attorneys until after he was sentenced. The reason I took the lead is because I've done dozens of federal appeals and post-conviction relief petitions.
There were other legal issues involving Jake unrelated to his conviction and sentence that John took a look at for him.
But with regard to his conviction, sentence, and Watkins' involvement, all those issues were part of my conversations with Jake.
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The line drawn by politicians over Tucker Carlson's playing of previously undisclosed video is very easy to discern.
GOP politicians who do not want Trump 2024 to gain traction are criticizing Carlson because Jan 6 is the "Silver Bullet" keeping Trump from being a candidate.
That's what the narrative has always been about with the Dems in Congress and the Biden Admin., with the press dutifully doing their bidding.
Any information that undercuts the narrative, or just makes it less impactful, makes the weight of J6 around Trump's next lighter.
The Chansley videos Tucker has emphasized don't change the videos of violence outside the Capitol or in the tunnel.
What they do is pull back a couple layers of the onion built by the Anti-Trump forces in Govt and the press to show not everything they've represented is accurate.
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Albert Watkins and Legel Fees Math:

Jake Chansley was detained in Admin. Segregation at the Fed. Det. Center in Alexandria, VA. He was alone in his cell 22 hours a day. He spoke to his mother on the family line -- recorded by facility -- and to Watkins on the attorney line.
He had no other significant sources of info about the outside world -- unlike J6 Defendants at DOC who were housed together and shared info they received from friends and family they could communicate with.
In August 2021 while convincing Chansley to accept the Gov't plea offer, Watkins told Chansley his legal fees were already over $1 million.
Watkins was hired in Feb., and by Aug. he said his legal fees were $1 million. The rate was $800 per hour.
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