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GOP lawmaker introduces measure for New Hampshire to secede: 'Our state's sovereignty has been stolen'
On Thursday, WMUR's Adam Sexton reported that New Hampshire Republican state Rep. Mike Sylvia has introduced a constitutional amendment to allow New Hampshire to secede from the United States.
"Some believe that the question of independence has been settled," said Sylvia at a House hearing. "If so, then our state's sovereignty has been stolen."
Rep. Mike Sylvia, (R) Belmont, introducing a constitutional amendment to have N.H. declare its independence (secede) from the United States: \n\n"Some believe that the question of independence has been settled. If so, then our state's sovereignty has been stolen." #NHPolitics #WMURpic.twitter.com/gwKoz7jxd5— Adam Sexton (@Adam Sexton) 1642726375
New Hampshire state lawmakers have been embattled in a series of controversies over the past several months. In October, state Rep. Ken Weyler stepped down as chair of the House Finance Committee after claiming that the COVID-19 vaccines are a Satanic plot by the Catholic Church and contain tentacled creatures and 5G mind control technology.
The party's conspiracy theories have grown so bizarre that one Republican member of the New Hampshire House, Bill Marsh, defected to the Democratic Party in protest.
Former president Donald Trump was "psychologically out of control" on Jan. 6, according to Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), a member of the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol insurrection.
Appearing on MSNBC on Thursday night, Raskin was asked about the committee's letter requesting testimony from former first daughter Ivanka Trump,
"We’re closing in on the target," Raskin said, adding that it's been "a very good week" for the committee, and pointing to the Supreme Court's decision rejecting former president Trump's bid to keep White House Jan. 6 records secret.
"We're really developing a fine-grain portrait of what happened on that day," he said. "Ivanka Trump is a critical figure because she was there in the morning, we believe she was there when Trump was still trying to twist (vice president) Mike Pence's arm — remember the 'you will go down in history as a patriot or a p*ssy' overture towards him. And she was also a key figure in trying to pull Trump back, apparently. So she could really perhaps complete the portrait of what happened on Jan. 6 for us."
Raskin said Ivanka Trump's pleas to her father were among multiple "successive entreaties" made directly to the former president, urging him to "call off the dogs and get everyone to go home."
"I think Ivanka Trump figures highly now in this, because people thought that he might listen to her," Raskin said. "But what we’re getting is a very clear sense that the people in the media entourage of Donald Trump knew what a terrible thing this violence was — that it was illegal, it was unlawful, it was unconstitutional. We believe the White House counsel was rendering advice to that effect, and yet Trump continued to try to march everybody off the plank."
Raskin said Trump had been "setting in motion a political coup," and then apparently "helped to activate" extremist groups, pointing to the indictment of 11 members of the Oath Keepers on charges of seditious conspiracy last week.
"But also he had been activating this huge demonstration of tens of thousands of people to become a mob, by essentially siccing them on Mike Pence," Raskin said, referring to Trump's Stop the Steal rally that preceded the insurrection.
"And we have statements from a lot of people who were in the demonstration, saying they were waiting to hear what Mike Pence would do, and when they got the message that he was not going to cooperate and bow down to the president, at that point all bets were off, and they decided to tear up the place," Raskin said.
He added that there are "different ways of interpreting" some of the details revealed in the committee's letter to Ivanka Trump.
"Obviously there were people participating in this political effort up until the point when everything got really deranged and insane, but it's also suggestive of the possibility that there were people who felt like they had to try to contain and control Donald Trump, and psychologically he was out of control, and they were looking at ways to rein him back in," Raskin said.
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As Merrick Garland explained in his big speech earlier this month, the way to dismantle a criminal conspiracy is to start at the bottom and work up. It’s a slow process, but it can be devastatingly effective.
That’s why the fifty-nine Republicans who cast fake electoral votes are a gift to investigators seeking to understand Trump’s role in the plot to overturn the 2020 election. These pseudo-electors impersonated public officials in a bid to overturn a presidential election.
They signed forged paperwork and sent it to the government. It’s an open-and-shut case, but investigators could parlay this into something much bigger than prison terms for a few dozen local GOP operatives.
In a group of nearly 60 people facing serious prison time, at least some of them will be willing to implicate the higher ups to save themselves.
“Once those individuals see that they could possibly be facing prison time, I do think we’re going to see some people flip and we’ll get some further information as to who orchestrated this in the first place,” Michigan attorney general Dana Nessel told MSNBC viewers last week, adding that, “It may go all the way to the top.”
Nessel noted that under Michigan law, those who signed the fake certificates could face up to 14 years in prison for forging a public record and five years for election law forgery.
The AG said she’s prepared to prosecute if she has to, but said the federal government is better suited to handle what is clearly a sprawling conspiracy orchestrated across state lines. Wisconsin's Attorney General Josh Kaul agrees this is a case for the feds.
They’re not wrong.
The fake certificates come from seven states, but they have nearly identical verbiage and formatting. Real certificates of ascertainment all look slightly different because there’s no standardized form. Yet the fake ones all look alike. The question: Who supplied the template?
Trump’s inner circle was obsessed with the fake electors scheme. Memos by Trump lawyer John Eastman show that he assigned these fake electoral votes a starring role in his procedural coup. It was these fake votes he hoped Mike Pence would count instead of the real ones.
Weeks before the electoral vote, Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows was texting about how much he loved a plan to seat fake electors. Trump advisor Steven Miller even went on television to describe the plan to present congress with “alternative” electoral votes. US Rep. Mo Brooks led an effort to throw out the electoral votes of the Biden swing states, reportedly with Trump’s blessing.
US Rep. Louie Gohmert teamed up with some of the pseudo-electors to sue Mike Pence in a doomed bid to force the VP to count the phony votes. The connection between the fake electors and that lawsuit was reported well ahead of J6.
“[The fake electors] are counting on Pence and congressional Republicans to treat those informal votes as equal to the slates certified in those states where Trump was defeated,” Kyle Cheney of Politico wrote on Dec 28.
The pressure is on, and the cracks in the facade are spreading.
Arizona state Rep. Jake Hoffman refused to answer a reporter’s question about how he came to cast a fake vote for Trump, nervously referring all questions to “the party chair.”
The chair of the Arizona GOP is Dr. Kelli Ward, who was not only a fake elector but also Gohmert’s co-plaintiff. A number of the fake electors are high-ranking officials in their state parties. Wisconsin’s fake votes were even submitted by the state party’s chair on Wisconsin GOP letterhead.
Pennsylvania’s fake electors are already distancing themselves from their co-conspirators, stressing they refused to sign the electoral vote paperwork unless they could include a proviso that they weren’t the lawful electors unless a court recognized them as such.
“We were not going to sign unless the language was changed to say ‘if,’ fake elector Sam DeMarco told a local paper. “This was in no way, shape or form us trying to go around the election.”
The fact that Pennsylvania and Nevada felt it necessary to include a disclaimer makes the states that didn’t look even worse, like they were trying to, well, go against the election.