On Monday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," former Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe broke down how the plan concocted by far-right lawyer John Eastman on behalf of former President Donald Trump to overturn the 2020 election constituted a "seditious conspiracy."
"I know you call this an attempted coup, not just in the general use of the word that so many have adopted, but in a very specific way. You say Eastman delivered the blueprint," said anchor Erin Burnett. "Tell me why you now feel so confident that that is exactly the word which describes exactly what it was he was trying to do, and that that was Trump's intention."
"Well, there's no doubt from the information we now have about the meeting that Trump was holding with people like Giuliani and Eastman shortly before the insurrection that we all saw on live television, that they were planning, step by step, to twist arms and pressure people, including building a gallows if necessary with Pence's name on it, in order to get the vice president to perform a role that the Constitution doesn't assign the vice president," said Tribe.
Tribe then went on to cite the specific law that he believes Trump and his allies broke with their actions before and during the Capitol riots.
"It was seditious conspiracy," he said. "That's the term that the U.S. Criminal Code uses, 18 U.S. Code section 2384, and then it led to inciting an insurrection. It was all part of a long plan, much more public than most coups that we see."
Tribe went on to detail how the former president might try to replicate his illegitimate attempt to take power in 2024.
"The back-up plan is to get states to disregard the votes of the people even after the suppression of votes and the counting by people who are partisans if it doesn't go their way," he said.
Tribe concluded by warning Americans against complacency, as "we can't just let that go on while we go over the cliff and destroy our democracy."
Laurence Tribe says Trump and his associates attempted a "seditious conspiracy" www.youtube.com
Two men arrested in connection with the January 6 Capitol riot are facing new conspiracy and assault charges while awaiting trial in federal custody, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced today.
Ronald Sandlin, 34, of Memphis and Nathan DeGrave, 32, of Clark County, Nevada had their charges increased in a superseding indictment unsealed last week, authorities say. Both men pleaded not guilty to all charges.
"Sandlin and DeGrave planned to interfere with the peaceful transition of presidential power, beginning in December 2020," the DOJ stated. "On Dec. 23, 2020, Sandlin posted to Facebook asking who else was traveling to Washington. DeGrave replied that he was considering joining him and the two exchanged further messages about the activities in D.C."
Sandlin and DeGrave were joined in the planning by a third man, Josiah Colt, but he pleaded guilty in July, the DOJ said. The three reportedly joined in a group chat in which "they discussed shipping guns and shared meeting information."
Here's how the DOJ described their interactions:
"On the day of the riots, Sandlin, DeGrave and Colt met in a hotel room in Maryland and recorded video discussions for a social media audience. In one video, the Colt mentioned a "debate we've been having for days now: should we carry our guns or not?'"
DeGrave replied that "for the camera's sake, we're not going to carry."
Later that day, the defendants created a video in which Sandlin called on 'fellow patriots' to watch his live stream on social media, the DOJ reported. In the video, he stated four times that 'freedom is paid for with blood.' He also stated that 'there is going to be violence.'"
While inside the Capitol, Sandlin and DeGrave pushed several U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) officers guarding an exterior door to the Capitol rotunda. DeGrave shouted, "get the f*** through" and "kick [the door] the f*** open," and Sandlin attempted to rip the helmet off an officer.
And there was this from the DOJ:
"After forcing open the door, the defendants went together up a set of stairs in search of the Senate Chamber. As they walked, Colt stated numerous times to Sandlin and DeGrave, "let's get to the Senate," adding, "where they're meeting."
The defendants eventually reached the Senate Gallery where they encountered several USCP officers who were attempting to lock the doors to prevent rioters from entering. Sandlin and DeGrave tried to wrestle past the officers and eventually managed to enter the Gallery – a balcony overlooking the Senate Chamber.
Colt climbed into the Senate Chamber and sat in a chair reserved for the Vice President. While Colt was on the floor of the Chamber, DeGrave shouted at him and others to "take laptops, paperwork, take everything."
"Before exiting the Capitol, Sandlin stopped to live stream himself smoking marijuana inside."
Sandlin and DeGrave have both detained since last winter. Sandlin has received a bit more attention, first for proclaiming to his family that he was proud about what he had done -- right after contritely saying in court that it was "shameful" -- and also for boasting about the historic significance of smoking weed at the riot.
You can read the superseding indictments of Sandlin and DeGrave here.
The Root reported Monday that a FedEx driver was caught refusing to do his job out of partisanship.
A profanity-laced video surfaced on TikTok after the FedEx driver was fired because he refused to deliver to homes showing support for Black Lives Matter, Joe Biden or Kamala Harris.
"What's up TikTok?" says 39-year-old Vincent Paterno. "Just wanted to come on here and let all you know, if you don't have a flag in front of your house, and if you have a Joe Biden, Kamala f*cking camel toe posted up in front of your house, Black Lives Matter — I will not deliver your sh*t. I will not deliver your sh*t. I will bring that back to the station. And I will keep doing that sh*t. Have a good day."
The Root noted that Paterno appears to try to "own the libs," but ultimately lost his job in the process.
"We are appalled by the behavior depicted in this video, which does not reflect the views of FedEx," said Fed Ex spokesperson.
The video was first posted on Sept. 16, but after going viral over the past several days it was removed. It was already downloaded and spread, however.
"You about to lose your job 😂😂😂," one-person replied.
See the video below:
Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Raw Story Investigates and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.
$95 / year — Just $7.91/month
I want to Support More
$14.99 per month