The Department of Justice (DOJ) should investigate Donald Trump and former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows for potentially violating the law "by attempting to weaponize the Department of Justice as part of their larger campaign to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election."
The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint on Thursday.
The group noted that "news reports and recently released internal DOJ emails reveal Trump and Meadows engaged in a public and private campaign to pressure federal and state government officials to use their authority to instigate frivolous investigations into voter fraud, file baseless lawsuits challenging the validity of the election in several states and commit election fraud with the intent of overturning the presidential election, which appears to have violated criminal civil rights law."
CREW President Noah Bookbinder called for accountability.
"These alarming and illegal acts were part of a broader conspiracy to deprive American citizens of their right to vote and to have their votes counted. Ultimately, this pattern of misconduct aimed at undermining the democratic process culminated in the seditious attack on the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021," said Bookbinder. "Government officials who try to subvert our republic and undermine democratic rule must be held accountable to the full extent of the criminal law."
"By pressuring top DOJ officials to investigate unfounded conspiracy theories, Trump and Meadows not only wasted crucial government resources, but showcased a brazen attempt to validate misinformation and politicize law enforcement powers to further Trump's personal interests," Bookbinder said.
Read the 14-page complaint (PDF).
According to the New Hampshire Union Leader, a contingent of Proud Boys has been crashing school board meetings in Nashua, New Hampshire, where they have been intimidating locals.
"On Monday, a group of about seven Proud Boys wearing dark sunglasses, hats and facemasks stood outside Nashua High School North at the start of Nashua's school board meeting," reported Kimberly Houghton. "They were spotted in photographs posted on social media displaying the white power symbol and holding signs reading 'All lives matter, black (and) white unite,' and 'Marxism has no home here.'"
According to locals, they were also flashing "white power signs."
School board member Jennifer Bishop said of the incident, "I do find it concerning that we have Proud Boys showing up at our meetings ... We have a community of minorities that we need to support."
Nashua School Board Meeting last night. The large group on the left came to oppose the Proud Boys and support our s… https://t.co/4eg58XG3LV— Gary Hoffman (@Gary Hoffman) 1627386382.0
Proudboys in Nashua showing white pride hand signs #NHPolitics #Nashua https://t.co/O1kXS6aU91— Marc Nozell 🇺🇸 (@Marc Nozell 🇺🇸) 1627348692.0
The Proud Boys - white supremacist group defiles the American flag by coloring its stripe chicken yellow in Nashua… https://t.co/984V7yDf4W— Hon. Wendy E.N Thomas (@Hon. Wendy E.N Thomas) 1627346500.0
The Proud Boys, a far-right "Western Chauvinist" group linked to white supremacists who have been implicated in the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol, have been seeking to infiltrate local politics following their failures on the national level. Activists linked to the Proud Boys have also sought to seize control of the Republican Party of Clark County, Nevada.
New DOJ brief has 'ominous implications' for Trump's efforts to escape accountability for Capitol riots: legal expert
One of America's foremost constitutional law experts broke down how a recent court filing by the Department of Justice bodes poorly for Donald Trump's efforts to escape accountability for the January 6th insurrection.
Laurence Tribe, professor emeritus at Harvard Law School, wrote a Washington Post column about a DOJ brief that "doesn't directly address the former president, yet has ominous implications for his ability to avoid responsibility for his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection."
The filing involves a lawsuit in which Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) and Capitol Police officers are suing Trump and others, including Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL). Brooks argued he was immune under the Westfall Act because he was acting within the scope of his employment.
"U.S. District Judge Amit P. Mehta asked for the Justice Department's position, and, in a filing Tuesday, the department resoundingly rejected Brooks's view. This is a correct — indeed, an unavoidable — interpretation of the law," wrote Trump.
Tribe explained how the ruling applies to Trump.
"Nonetheless, the department's forceful conclusion was that Brooks's alleged actions — conspiring to 'injure members of Congress and Vice President Pence,' 'disrupt the peaceful transfer of power,' or otherwise ensure Trump's installation as the next president — cannot qualify as part of Brooks's official job. That irrefutable logic is equally applicable to Trump," he explained. "Inciting an attack on Congress 'is not within the scope of employment of … any federal employee,' the department reminded us, and Trump, in its brief. That single word, 'any,' marks the difference between a president and a dictator."
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