If you needed any further evidence that Donald Trump’s impeachment trial is a complete farce, you need do nothing other than glance at the charges the FBI is bringing against many of the perpetrators guilty of storming the U.S. Capitol. The more affidavits that come in, the more it becomes clear that this was a pre-planned attack, and that’s what the federal government intends to prove when they bring these folks to trial. The problem? If this attack was weeks in the making, how can it be true that Trump caused it to happen with his speech on January 6th?
According to the FBI affidavits filed against hundreds of accused Capitol perpetrators, the defendants had been planning the attack on social media in the weeks leading up to the 6th.
In remarks to Just The News, former independent counsel Kenneth Starr challenged the Republicans who voted for impeachment to look at this collection of evidence and reconcile the two mutually-exclusive stories.
“I would hope that those 10 Republicans and hopefully even some Democrats would say as we now look at the timelines that the media, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and all are reporting on, here’s exactly it, the facts,” said Starr. “They’ve made a huge, colossal blunder. So walk back, and apologize to the former president, apologize to the American people that I never should have voted in favor of this without the benefit of all the facts. I rushed to judgment.”
Indeed, the FBI is not only aggressively pursuing leads that indicate that the storming was pre-planned but that some of those in attendance were not even motivated by the election – or at least not primarily so.
The Washington Post reports:
Social media posts by a Washington state member of the Proud Boys arrested Wednesday indicate that he and others were planning in advance to organize a group that would attempt to overwhelm police barricades and breach the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, U.S. prosecutors alleged. Ethan Nordean, 30, and others appeared motivated in part by what they perceived to be an insufficient police response to the stabbing of one of their members who attended a December pro-Trump demonstration in D.C., the FBI said in charging papers.
Nordean, also known as Rufio Panman, was charged with attempting to obstruct Congress’s certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral college victory, punishable by up to 20 years in prison, as well as additional counts, the Justice Department said.
In a 12-page affidavit, an FBI agent alleged a string of confrontational communications aimed in part at police and “this corrupt system” by Nordean and the Proud Boys, a far-right group with a history of violence.
If you were to put Trump into a criminal trial and present all of this mitigating evidence, the jury would have no choice but to acquit – EVEN IF Trump actually told his followers to storm the Capitol, which he of course did not. As for the Senate, acquittal is a foregone conclusion, but Democrats ought to be embarrassed at even putting the country through this joyless charade.