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Jan 19 5 tweets 3 min read
One of the things the “war room” was trying to do up until the last minute was to stop the proceedings and “send the issue back to the States” for 10 days to look into allegations of “fraud”

The same thing Ted Cruz later tried to to do on the Senate floor… Why send it back? Because by that point, the Trump legal clown car had convinced lawmakers in several states that they could “decertify” the returns for Biden. This was increasingly important as they realized Pence would not go along with Plan A (approve false slates/go to House)
Jan 15 11 tweets 4 min read
THREAD. Since there’s so much [waves hands everywhere] crazy coming up all of a sudden, let me break down the theory of how the overturning of the election was supposed to go down: STEP 1: John Eastman concocts a “legal blueprint” whereby VP Pence elides the requirements of the Electoral Vote Act based on 7 states submitting dual slates of electors, allowing Pence to either count the alternate slate or not count those states at all…
Jan 15 4 tweets 2 min read
Remember that at DOJ, Jeffrey Clark had a letter drafted to officials in Georgia, making false claims of voter fraud to be investigated. He reportedly had similar drafts ready to go for several other states, as well… the same states where forged slates of electors were prepared? The connection here are that if they were the same states (likely, as the WH was clearly focused on his loss margin in specific states), the forged slates of electors are bolstered by the real election results being “investigated” with DOJ’s imprimatur. It was one big scam
Dec 8, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
I'm not "beating a rum," or "agitating." I'm asking for the AG to explain a declination to prosecute Trump for obstruction. There are practical reasons, but thoughtful lawyers are willing to weigh those against other important interests, like precedential value or deterrence 1/ Anyone who studies or practices law knows that most legal questions exist in a grey area -- that's why there are often compelling arguments on either side! Suggesting that an answer is so obvious as to not warrant discussion is facile
Dec 6, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
Can someone remind me why Trump hasn't been indicted for even one count of obstruction of justice, given that he has admitted to it publicly (again)? Garland should explain his reasoning if he does decline to prosecute Trump for obstruction. Mueller would have given such an explanation if he were not constrained by DOJ policy (or would have indicted him)…as it stands, the evidence is just out there, hanging, w no action 1/
Dec 3, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
THREAD. Just a few thoughts on Michigan's laws and the theory that the Oakland County prosecutor appears to be putting together in charging the parents with involuntary manslaughter: 2. Michigan has a law that would hold the parents liable if their child commits a firearm offense in a school zone, and the parent knows of or acts to further the violation. Parents conduct here would appear to apply -- BUT, this is only a misdemeanor…