Earlier today we listed the names of the 21 far right fringe House Republicans who voted against rewarding the policemen-- both alive and dead-- who protected the members of Congress from Trump's violent mob during his failed coup. Remember, every Democrat plus 188 Republicans voted for the congressional gold medals. Only 21 voted against it-- some notorious crackpots like Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and QAnon congressmembers Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA), Lauren Boebert (CO) and Mary Miller (IL) and other well known miscreants like sex trafficker Matt Gaetz (FL). One who should never be ignored and is under investigation for his role in the coup attempt is Arizona sociopath and fascist Paul Gosar.
Just yesterday, at a House Oversight Committee hearing, Gosar was still trying to stir up seditious trouble, insisting that a Capitol police officer was "lying in wait" for rioter Ashli Babbitt before shooting her as she tried to break into the House chamber, through a shattered glass door during the 1/6 coup attempt. Gosar claimed Babbitt was "executed" by a police officer and demanded the name of the officer involved in shooting. Liz Cheney responded to Gosar on Twitter:
The 21 Republicans, like Gosar, who voted against the medals, insist the 1/6 riots were not an insurrection or a coup attempt. One of the pro-coup Republicans, north Georgia extremist Andrew Clyde, has claimed the rioters were just well-behaved tourists. This morning, Judd Legum wrote more about the emails proving the insurrection was an outright coup attempt, flat-out stating that "After he lost the election, Trump attempted a coup to keep himself in power."
Trump's effort to cast aside the results of the 2020 presidential election and install himself for a second term was obvious from his tweets, his public statements, and the actions of his motley crew of lawyers. But a trove of emails and other documents, released on Tuesday by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, provide new insight into the intensity of Trump's efforts to stay in the Oval Office.
The new documents involve communications between the White House and the Department of Justice in the last few weeks of Trump's presidency. They suggest that Trump sacked Barr in mid-December in an effort to find a new Attorney General who would assist him in overturning the election result.
On December 14, Trump's personal assistant, Molly Michael, sent an email to then-Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen with the subject line "From POTUS." Attached to the email was a document full of wild accusations about the vote in Michigan.
...After dispensing with Barr, Trump attempted to convince the Department of Justice's new leadership to file an extraordinary brief with the United States Supreme Court.
...[T]he emails reveal that Trump was absolutely serious about overturning the election results to stay in power. He was willing to do anything and everything possible to achieve this goal. Trump is no longer in the White House, but his quest to overturn the election results continues.
...Trump has continued his quest to overturn the election from his properties in Florida and New Jersey. The facts and the law continue to be against him. But he presses forward anyway. Trump reportedly believes he will be "reinstated" as president sometime in August.
Recently, his focus has been on the recount of Maricopa County, Arizona. The recount, which is unofficial and cannot impact the results, is being run by Cyber Ninjas, an obscure firm with no experience in election audits. The CEO of Cyber Ninjas is Doug Logan, "who has a history of posting unsubstantiated claims of election fraud online." Logan deleted his Twitter account, @securityvoid, in January. But archives of the account preserved online shows that he trafficked in numerous conspiracy theories alleging the election was stolen from Trump.
The process has dragged on for months but is apparently nearing completion. Republican politicians from around the country, seeking to establish their MAGA bonafides, are making pilgrimages to Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix where the count is taking place.
Trump is pushing for similar recounts in other key states that Biden won, including Pennsylvania. He published the following statement to his website on June 4:
Great patriots led by State Senator Doug Mastriano, Senator Cris Dush, and State Representative Rob Kauffman went to Maricopa County, Arizona, to learn the best practices for conducting a full Forensic Audit of the 2020 General Election. Now the Pennsylvania Senate needs to act. Senate President Jake Corman needs to fulfill his promise to his constituents to conduct a full Forensic Audit. Senator Dave Argall, Chairman of the State Government Committee, has to authorize the subpoenas, if necessary. The people of Pennsylvania and America deserve to know the truth. If the Pennsylvania Senate leadership doesn’t act, there is no way they will ever get re-elected!
Republicans in states Trump won last November are now pushing for audits because "[f]ocusing on fraud claims allows Republican officials to raise money and attention from devoted Trump supporters."
None of this activity will put Trump back in the White House. But it has been effective in convincing millions of people to believe the lie that the election was stolen from Trump. As the world saw on January 6, that is very dangerous.
Despite his obsessive focus on undermining the democratic process, Trump remains a revered figure in the Republican Party. Key Republican leaders in Congress are validating Trump's conduct by continuing to embrace Trump and his message.
One particularly close ally of Trump in 2021 is the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), which is chaired by Senator Rick Scott (R-FL). In April, Scott traveled to Florida to present Trump with an award on behalf of the NRSC. There have been no other winners of the award. It was made up for Trump.
In June, Trump appeared in a fundraising video on behalf of the NRSC. In the video Trump said, "we’re gonna take back the White House, and… sooner than you think." The message appears intended to bolster the conspiracy theory that Trump will be "reinstated" later this summer.
The NRSC, despite legitimizing and publicizing Trump's efforts to undermine the democratic process, has attracted significant corporate support. The corporate PACs of Walmart ($30,000), General Electric ($30,000), Pfizer ($15,000), T-Mobile ($15,000), GM ($15,000), Ford ($15,000), and Altria ($15,000) have all donated to the NRSC this year.
The complicity in the coup attempt by several Republican members of Congress is clearly behind the shocking and indefensible decision of McConnell and McCarthy to oppose-- successfully in the Senate-- the establishment of a special commission to investigate the insurrection. Among the suspects who aided and abetted the rioters were Gosar, Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), Lauren Boebert, Louie Gohmert, Mad Cawthorn (Nazi-NC), Marjorie Taylor Greene and Andy Biggs (R-AZ). There were likely others and all of the ones involved need to be expelled from Congress, tried and punished. And then there's Trump and the QAnon leader... who need to face a firing squads.