MSNBC's Joe Scarborough blasted Republicans who are continuing to defend Donald Trump and his right-wing allies from the gathering legal storm.
The twice-impeached one-term president continues to spread lies about election fraud to justify the Jan. 6 insurrection those same lies incited, but the "Morning Joe" host warned his GOP apologists that Trump couldn't outrun the law.
"You look at the Oath Keepers, you look at the planning they had in the weeks leading up to Jan. 6," Scarborough said. "There certainly were weapons, there was ammo. They purchased the weapons, they dumped them in a hotel, they had somebody waiting there so when it was time to get them across to Washington, D.C., they could do that, then use them at the Capitol. It's all there, the feds have it."
"I will say, people get discouraged, but I always remind them, you can lie all you want to lie," he added. "Donald Trump spread the big lie for a year before the election, but he couldn't outrun the law. At the end of the day, the courts, even the Trump judges, ruled against him -- one after another after another after another. The United States Supreme Court, with three Trump appointees, ruled against him. He can lie, but he couldn't beat the law."
Scarborough then went after his old friend Newt Gingrich, the speaker of the House when he was elected to Congress in 1994.
"We're frustrated by all the lies, we're frustrated by the liars on TV that are saying nothing happened on Jan. 6," Scarborough said. "We're frustrated by the Republicans who were so outraged on Jan. 6 but then started lying, saying it was just another day, it was just a group of tourists. Guess what? They're not going to outrun the law."
"I saw Newt Gingrich saying yesterday -- again, come on, Newt," Scarborough added. "What's wrong? When are you going to stop? I saw Newt, a guy I've known a long time and, you know, you know Newt, we know newt. Why is Newt going on TV? Why is he still doing this? Why is he going on TV saying that members of the Jan. 6 commission are going to face arrest? This is what happens in Russia, this is what happens in China. You have somebody that's saying we're going to prosecute the prosecutors. It's not even subtle. They're now threatening members of Congress, duly elected members of Congress who are investigating an insurrection, attempted insurrection, against the United States of America."
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‘Bumbling consigliere’ Giuliani exposed dozens of seasoned GOP operatives to legal liability: report
Rudy Giuliani served as Associate Attorney General and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York during the Reagan administration, but his legal maneuvering as part of Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 election has reportedly exposed dozens of top Republican operatives to legal liability.
"As some would have it, former President Donald Trump’s attempt to steal the 2020 election was really no big deal," David Graham wrote for The Atlantic. "These defenses are weak—true, the election was not overturned, but that was in fact the goal—and they are getting weaker each day. As more information trickles out from the House January 6 panel, in court, and in press reports, one rattling revelation is just how many people were in on the coup attempt. The plotters might have been grasping at straws, and they might have been ragtag and disorganized, but they were not just a handful of fringe actors. They were a whole corps."
He noted that 59 phony electors were submitted on behalf of the Trump campaign. In Arizona, the fake document was signed by eleven people. Sixteen signed it in each Georgia and Michigan. Six were submitted from Nevada and another ten from Wisconsin. The number rises to 83 if provisional fake electors submitted by New Mexico (5) and Pennsylvania (20) are included.
"Now, however, the phony electors have become a focus for the House January 6 committee, The Washington Post reports, and the Justice Department is also reviewing the scheme, a top official told CNN. Among the new revelations is just how closely Trump-campaign officials and the president’s loyal but bumbling consigliere Rudy Giuliani were enmeshed in the ploy," he wrote. "The new information is important because it once again underscores that the most dangerous parts of Trump’s election-fraud operation were not the ill-conceived riots but the legal machinations before and on January 6, what I’ve called the “paperwork coup.” Tying the fake electors to the Trump campaign and figures like Giuliani could help rectify the uncomfortable dynamic in which foot soldiers have been prosecuted while kingpins remain unscathed."
Multiple state attorneys general have submitted criminal referrals to the Department of Justice over the scheme, which Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said are being reviewed as part of "ongoing investigations."
"The renewed attention to the phony electors also helps fill in the picture of how large the election-theft push was. On the surface, the whole maneuver looks like the province of a few wild-eyed figures: Trump, Eastman, Giuliani, the attorneys Jenna Ellis and Sidney Powell, Jeffrey Clark, and Mike Lindell. As more information emerges, though, the size of the front grows," he wrote. "A total of 83 phony electors were submitted—and most electors are deeply involved in party politics at the local or state level, meaning these were not simply random Republican voters but seasoned political activists and operators. The list of other participants in the broader effort has continued to grow too. White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows’s role was larger than initially understood. The public has met a series of other players: Philip Waldron, an Army veteran turned cybersecurity investigator; the businessman Russell Ramsland; the Overstock.com founder Patrick Byrne; the professional bad penny Bernard Kerik; and members of Congress such as Representative Scott Perry of Pennsylvania."
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