The House select committee has evidence showing that Donald Trump was plotting a "coup against democracy" -- and congressional investigators say the Justice Department should, too.
Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), a member of the committee, told CNN that House investigators had uncovered evidence that Trump's plot was even more wide-ranging than his public statements of support before and after the Jan. 6 insurrection, when a mob of his supporters marched away from his "Stop the Steal" rally and into the U.S. Capitol as lawmakers certified Joe Biden's election win.
“We have filled in a lot more evidence that he wasn’t just inciting an insurrection, he was working to organize a coup against the democracy," Raskin said. "I can’t imagine that the Department of Justice would not have evidence at this point to that effect.”
Legal expert Daniel Goldman, who served as House impeachment counsel alongside Raskin during Trump's first impeachment, agreed that federal investigators would not need a prompt from Congress to charge the former president with criminal violations related to the riot.
"This is exactly right from Rep. Raskin," Goldman tweeted. "There should be no need for a referral from the states or from Congress in order for [the Department of Justice] to investigate a clear effort to overturn the election results through fraudulent means (and, ultimately, by force on Jan. 6)."
\u201c[Trump] wasn\u2019t just inciting an insurrection, he was working to organize a coup ... I can\u2019t imagine that the Department of Justice would not have evidence at this point to that effect.\u201d\n\n\u2014 Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) on 1/6 investigationpic.twitter.com/ouOUb483EY— The Recount (@The Recount) 1643292607
On Thursday, CBS News' Scott MacFarlane reported that federal Judge Amit Mehta has warned the attorney representing Oath Keepers leader Kelly Meggs to stop proselytizing about politics in his motions to the court.
"Counsel for Mr. Meggs is admonished to keep the moralizing and sermonizing out of his motions," wrote Mehta. "His motions must be tailored to the actual relief sought and must avoid commentary on unrelated matters (e.g., the actions of the Select Committee and the prosecution of Oliver North) or unbriefed requests for relief (e.g., dismissal of charges or a change of venue). These proceedings will not become a platform for counsel's personal political views."
Per docket, attorney in accused Jan 6 OathKeeper case "is admonished to keep the moralizing and sermonizing out of his motions. His motions must be tailored.. must avoid commentary on unrelated matters (the actions of the Select Committee and the prosecution of Oliver North)"pic.twitter.com/EAFiPU5E5W— Scott MacFarlane (@Scott MacFarlane) 1643287260
This comes as Meggs, along with Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes and nine other members of the far-right paramilitary group, face charges of seditious conspiracy for their roles in organizing the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Rhodes, whose estranged wife has testified he is dangerous and detailed evidence of his "elaborate escape tunnels" in his backyard, was denied pretrial release and ordered to remain in lockup earlier this week.
Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) left office a "sore loser," characterized the New York Times, but now a newly unearthed recording captures him whining about being refused a job at Duke University too.
CNN's KFile team found the recording where McCrory lamented he was forced to be a local radio host after losing the governor's race. According to him, Duke University didn't invite him to the staff due to "blacklisting." He then compared it to those who refused to serve Black Americans at lunch counters in the 1960s during the Civil Rights movement.
McCrory is running state-wide for a third time this year as he mounts a U.S. Senate challenge to fill the seat being left by Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC).
"The head of the policy school called me up and said, 'Governor, we've got some problems. We've got some alumni and big donors that don't want you to come back to Duke to be a part of this public policy school,'" McCrory complained Jan. 2021, four years after being ousted from the governor's office.
"You know what I said to him, I said, 'If I come back to the — if I come back to the campus, will you serve me at the lunch counter?' And I meant it," McCrory went on.
"Speaking about the ultimate blacklisting was the African American students from North Carolina A&T University who wanted to eat at the counter at Woolworths, the lunch counter. And they refused them. They were blacklisted because of the color of their skin," he said, on the show. "Other people are now being blacklisted because of our politics. And it's both wrong. It's both deplorable. And we've got to speak out against it."
North Carolina was ground zero for a sit-in at a Woolworth's counter in 1960 when four students from the historically Black North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College refused to leave the "whites only" counter. It sparked a movement of others across the country doing the same.
It was clearly prominent on his mind, even four years after, because he brought it up twice during the show, lamenting to his guest that he was discriminated against as part of the left's "cancel culture."
"I was blacklisted by Duke University, I was -- every former governor of North Carolina was invited to work in the Public Policy School of Duke University, the Terry Sanford Public Policy School -- former governor," McCrory said. "And so I went and talked to them and they said, 'We'd love to have you help us out.' And it wasn't for money or anything. And within an hour of believing there were protests and signatures by both students and faculty signed up saying, 'We don't want Pat McCrory back on the Duke University campus anymore.'"