Trump is making people believe 'insane things' — and it's driving them to violence: Ex-prosecutor Preet Bharara
On CNN Tuesday, after new reporting on the DOJ's reaction to former President Donald Trump's demands to investigate his voter fraud conspiracy theories, former Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara outlined the real harm done by the former president's behavior.
"You know, as you say, it is incredible to see how top Department of Justice officials reacted, calling it 'pure insanity,'" reported anchor Wolf Blitzer. "But the former president and his supporters have embraced this insanity. How dangerous is that?"
"I think there's a tendency on the part of some folks to not think it is that dangerous because the former president left office," said Bharara. "There's great concern, would he leave peacefully, allow Joe Biden to take office. It is still incredibly dangerous because people that believe insane things can perpetuate fraud on other folks. People believe insane things, the big lie, in particular, engage in insurrections like Jan. 6th, that could happen again. Continued perpetuation of the big lie fueled by other bigger lies, including insane stories about Italian satellites changing votes in the United States of America, for which there's no evidence that any reasonable person would not believe there's evidence in favor of, that causes people to engage in anti-democratic behavior."
"It is incredibly dangerous going forward because they're perpetuating it still," added Bharara.
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Justice Department officials didn't protest Trump because they knew how to 'handle' his illegal demands: reporter
Emails from the Justice Department were revealed Tuesday showing some of the absurd and illegal requests from Donald Trump's White House to overturn the 2020 election by having the Supreme Court declare 6 states invalid.
The DOJ emails illustrate why Dick the Butcher in Henry VI, Part II says, “The first thing we do, let’s kill all th… https://t.co/xqHCyuvXjH— Asha Rangappa (@Asha Rangappa) 1623791146.0
New York Times reporter Katie Benner explained that another document revealed is a brief written by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, which had already failed before the Supreme Court. Trump and his team wanted the Justice Department to use the same brief again and try to get the High Court to accept the suit from the DOJ.
"Officials inside the department, you can see from some of these emails, and some great reporting in Wall Street Journal, they believed this to be specious, with no legal standing, and you see them trying to push back," explained Benner. "You see them trying to hold meetings with Jeffrey Rosen. It's chaotic, but the attack on the officials was coming from all sides at the White House, from the president himself, from his chief of staff, from allies of the president who had nothing to do with the White House, even from somebody working within the Justice Department who had become connected with Trump, who Trump had courted, and who also believed there was election fraud, that the department itself had said it did not find."
She went on to call it "shocking" to see all of the things coming together through the emails exposed to the public. The president truly believed that he could use the DOJ to overthrow the election.
"That's something we should be thinking about as we understand that former President Trump still has such control and sway over his party," she explained.
Benner went on to say that they're still awaiting information about the communications with then-Attorney General Bill Barr.
"But we know that the president was often calling him and had aides calling him," Benner continued. "A lot of the pressure campaign that we see with Rosen was happening to Barr as well. And there is an understanding from our reporting that one of the reasons that Barr felt he needed to leave the Justice Department is that it got to a point where he was not going to be listened to. No matter what he said, no matter how he pushed back, it didn't matter. What was the point in staying?"
While some hoped that Barr would have stayed to block such illegal behavior, he didn't and ran, claiming he wanted to spend more time with his family.
See the discussion below:
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GOP lawmaker humiliated telling FBI director it was 'totally debunked' Trump supporters made violent attacks
On Tuesday, during a House Oversight Committee hearing on the January 6 attack on the Capitol, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) suggested that it's been "totally debunked" that Trump supporters committed any acts of violence at that event.
Rep. Andy Biggs: "Why is it so important for Democrats and the mainstream media to continue with the lie that Trump… https://t.co/EqD2dTaNLV— Michael McAuliff (@Michael McAuliff) 1623791140.0
Biggs, who chairs the far-right House Freedom Caucus, noted as proof the fact that no guns were recovered from the Capitol rioters — ignoring the fact that the rioters attacked Capitol Police with other objects including flagpoles, and that 140 officers were injured in the clash.
According to Ali Alexander, who helped plan the "Stop the Steal" rally that fed Trump supporters into the Capitol riot, Biggs and a few other GOP lawmakers helped plan the event.
Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) mocked Biggs by quoting Mark Twain, "get your facts first, then you can distort them as you wish."
See the video below:
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