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Former FBI special agent Clint Watts told MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace Monday that he thinks more people will be charged with sedition as the cases move forward.
Last week, 11 Oath Keepers were indicted for their participation in planning the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Among the charges were seditious conspiracy, which marked the first time federal prosecutors had leveled that specific charge.
"Between the one year of what we've learned and what people have watched, what they've seen repeatedly, anyone that doesn't believe Jan. 6 was an absolute disaster and that the White House was ultimately responsible has just buried their head in the sand and doesn't want to hear what's really going on in the world," Watts began.
He noted that many Republicans on Capitol Hill are just pretending that Jan. 6 even happened.
"Or try and change the story, but what they keep forgetting is the number of indictments that will continue to land, probably, in the coming months that are similar to the indictment, the seditious indictment that came out last week about the Oath Keepers, which is an awful document," Watts continued. "It's like nothing we've ever seen in terms of a domestic extremism case that was literally there to try and overthrow the country. So, that's going to be hard to just sit and ignore and not speak about. As those roll out, those are hard facts, and it reminds me of other times where we have seen government investigations unfold."
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Alaska GOP lawmaker who is a member of the Oath Keepers rails against 'politically-driven indictments' of his allies
A state representative in Alaska outed in September as a member of the Oath Keepers has doubled down on his loyalty to the group by blasting the Department of Justice for indicting its leader, Stewart Rhodes, and 10 others.
Rep. David Eastman, R-Wasilla, issued the following statement Friday in response to an interview request from the Anchorage Daily News in the wake of the indictments:
“Politically-driven indictments out of D.C. during an election year are nothing new to Alaskans. The indictment against Ted Stevens disappeared once Mark Begich was elected. The January 6th commission’s narrative is falling apart, and with it the Democrats’ last hope of keeping their majority in Congress,” Eastman said. “I predict that narrative will continue to fall apart, regardless of how many indictments they put forward, and that Republicans win back Congress in November.”
Suffice it to say Eastman wasn’t chastened by having been revealed as a life member of the Oath Keepers through a leak shared with ProPublica by the whistleblower group Distributed Denial of Secrets.
He was one of 10 sitting state lawmakers outed, but among the only ones to confirm his Oath Keepers status.
“Eastman has publicly acknowledged his presence at the Jan. 6 'March to Save America,' and posted a photo of himself standing with a group of Alaskans near the Capitol that day," The Anchorage Daily News reported. "No evidence has been released that links him to the violence that erupted, in which police officers were injured and Capitol offices ransacked.”
This week, however, “Eastman did not directly respond to several questions about his connection to Oath Keepers, including whether his membership is still active, whether he had any contact with Rhodes during or before the attack, or whether he brought any firearms with him to Washington,” the newspaper reported.
Also declining to comment about their Oath Keeper colleague were Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan and Rep. Don Young -- the three Republicans who comprise Alaska’s congressional delegation. That was consistent with the state party’s unwillingness to call out Eastman, as reported by the newspaper:
“Alaska House leaders, in interviews, said they’re aware of the Oath Keepers indictments and Eastman’s ties to the group. But even though the news has prompted some discussions, there are no plans for immediate action against Eastman, said House Speaker Louise Stutes, R-Kodiak.
“I’m not aware of any conversations in the Capitol that pertain to removing him or any kind of disciplinary action,” Stutes said in a phone interview. “He’s an elected official, and I would think it would be left up to his constituency, unless I or we as a Legislature see or have actual proof of his involvement in the incitement of what went on.”
On the other hand, according to the report, “Dozens of graduates of the U.S. Military Academy have called on Eastman, a fellow West Point alumnus, to resign.”
Speaking to MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel cited a Detroit News report that said a fake elector admitted that he got his marching orders from former President Donald Trump's campaign.
Republicans in Michigan, as well as other states, attempted to install an alternate slate of electors to replace the ones who would have followed the will of the public vote in the state. Nessel hasn't yet investigated or spoken to the fake elector, but she did turn over all of the evidence and information that her office found relating to the fake electors to the Justice Department.
"It's an open and shut case," said Nessel, saying that they committed the crime in full view of the public.
Wallace, along with commentator Charlie Sykes, noted that the documents were signed by the false electors and given to the government as official documents, which is fraud for all who signed the documents.
The host also said that she couldn't help but notice that the forms, the fonts, each detail in the documents all looked exactly the same from each of the states where Trump electors attempted to overthrow the valid electors.
Nessel said that it appears the principal actors transmitted the form to every state that they took issue with. Because of the multi-state nature of the crime, it was necessary to take everything to the DOJ.
The Detroit News detailed how the fake electors were working with a Republican lawmaker with a Capitol office who could figure out a way to get them inside the elector room where the official count was taking place. The building was sealed off, however, after electors tried to barge in.
"...(W)e convened and organized in the state Capitol, in the city of Lansing, Michigan, and at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the 14th day of December 2020," said a false certificate signed and submitted to the National Archives that MSNBC Rachel Maddow pointed to last week.
Nessel said Monday that those fake electors should be prosecuted.
Shelby Township Clerk Stan Grot told the Detroit News that he was asked to show up in Lansing to sign the document. He said he didn't know who called him and told him to do it, and claims it was merely "a call from an attorney working on behalf of Trump in Washington, D.C."
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