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The hallmark of any authoritarian regime is politicized justice. Below that system, your opponents go to jail, your supporters can do no matter they need and this reveals that the state exists to not serve the individuals who stay in it, however to protect itself and to crush all dissent. Hate to assume we have reached a degree anyplace close to that right here in the US as a result of there’s nothing worse than that or scarier or more durable to repair, however actually, we now have reached that time. That is the place we’re.
Yesterday, for instance, a person leaped on stage at a marketing campaign occasion and tried to stab Lee Zeldin. Zeldin is sitting member of Congress. He is difficult the unelected incumbent, Kathy Hochul, within the governor’s race in New York.
So ordinarily, trying to assassinate a federal officeholder could be thought-about a giant deal. However Lee Zeldin is a Republican, so it is not a giant deal anymore. The person who tried to homicide Lee Zeldin was launched instantly with no bail. Lower than 24 hours later, in contrast, former Trump adviser Steve Bannon was convicted of crimes that till not too long ago weren’t crimes in any respect, for which he now faces a jail time period of two years. Bannon has been declared responsible of one thing known as contempt of Congress. Which will strike you as an unintentionally hilarious time period, since more often than not Congress invitations our contempt. However the level is, it is a crime the Democrats usually are not convicted of ever.
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Lawyer Basic Eric Holder and IRS government Lois Lerner have been as soon as discovered to be in contempt of Congress, each of them, and for actual crimes. In Holder’s case, it was gunrunning in Mexico. In Lerner’s case, it was focusing on conservatives for audits, however neither one went to trial. Holder claimed government privilege, which was sufficient, even after a choose dominated that government privilege didn’t apply in Eric Holder’s case, however it did not matter. He walked. Lois Lerner cited the Fifth Modification. It was so simple as that. Each of them, at the moment, Lerner and Holder are free and richer than ever, however these requirements don’t apply to Steve Bannon.
Steve Bannon was subpoenaed by the January 6 committee regardless of the very fact he had actually nothing to do with January 6. We all know that as a result of he left the White Home three years earlier than it occurred, however it did not matter. He aggravated the unsuitable individuals, so he will jail. Now, this should not shock you, actually, as a result of we have been constructing towards this second for a while. You would possibly recall Greg Craig, that will be Barack Obama’s former White Home counsel. He was acquitted of violating the International Brokers Registration Act, FARA. Again in 2019, he’d been working for Ukraine. Now at virtually precisely the identical second. Paul Manafort, who employed Greg Craig to work on Ukraine, was convicted of violating the identical regulation, FARA, on the identical account for Ukraine. How does that work precisely?
It looks like a double customary and certainly it’s a double customary. But it surely’s a constant customary. We have seen it repeatedly and once more. Former Clinton lawyer Michael Sussmann was simply acquitted by a D.C. jury of mendacity to the FBI. That occurred in Could. The idea was that basically who is aware of what Michael Sussmann informed the FBI about nonexistent Russian servers in Trump Tower. Okay. So long as you are utilizing that idea, does it work for everybody? Effectively, it did not work for George Papadopoulos, did not work for Michael Flynn. Alternatively, neither a kind of guys had a key card to FBI headquarters like Michael Sussmann did and that got here in helpful, that relationship.
However Mike Flynn did not have that relationship. His life was destroyed. Why? Due to handwritten notes by Peter Strzok, now you can see on MSNBC about their dialog within the White Home about Russian sanctions. “Get him to lie,” the pinnacle of counterintelligence of the FBI wrote to Strzok, talking of Flynn.
So, on the premise of that, the setup, they hounded Mike Flynn into poverty. The identical factor occurred to George Papadopoulos. Papadopoulos’ crime? Not being as forthcoming as doable about his job standing with the Trump marketing campaign, unpaid. That is what the DOJ informed the court docket in a submitting, “The defendant didn’t present substantial help.” Oh, that is the usual. So, Papadopoulos went to jail, so did the 69-year-old grandmother not too long ago name Pam Hemphill. She’s presently serving a two month sentence in federal jail. Why? As a result of she, “paraded within the Capitol on January 6,” did not damage anybody. She’s bought breast most cancers. She’s going to jail.
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A choose in Washington had no downside issuing that sentence at precisely the identical second the U.S. lawyer for D.C. dropped all expenses towards Stephen Colbert’s manufacturing crew for doing the identical factor, however worse. So, Stephen Colbert’s group could have lied to federal authorities once they stated they’d keep out of restricted areas. However they did not mislead federal authorities in fairly the identical manner, apparently and naturally, they’d the appropriate politics, not like Roger Stone.
Roger Stone bought a three-year jail sentence. He had a SWAT group present up at his home at daybreak with a CNN crew in tow tipped off by the Justice Division for optimum humiliation. What was his crime? Nobody can keep in mind as a result of there wasn’t one. So, in the event you’ve been paying any consideration in any respect to our justice system, significantly underneath Merrick Garland, you had some sense of the place this was going. It was transferring towards the authoritarian system we now have the place justice is an phantasm. Offend the individuals in cost, get punished. Help the individuals in cost, do no matter you need.
Nonetheless, even understanding that at the moment’s conviction of Steve Bannon is an escalation. There was not even a pretense in his trial that the prosecution of Steve Bannon was lawful. So, the Structure requires equal safety. Heard that phrase? That implies that selective prosecution is just not allowed. It is unconstitutional. If you happen to do not strive one individual for against the law, you aren’t getting to cost one other individual for a similar crime as a result of that is selective. It is political, however underneath Merrick Garland, that is the brand new rule. Offend us, go to jail. At his trial, Steve Bannon was not permitted to say that his attorneys had recommended him towards bending the knee of the January 6 Committee. He could not even say that. Nor was he allowed to argue the subpoena was legally invalid.
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Why could not he argue that? All Steve Bannon was allowed to do was shut up. He needed to stay silent and await his conviction and that is what he did. Exterior a federal court docket at the moment, Steve Bannon identified that he subpoenaed members of the January 6 Committee to testify at his trial. Why cannot you face your accusers? Is not that assured underneath our system? Not on this case as a result of having the January 6 Committee members present up would expose them to the one factor they can’t tolerate, which is cross-examination. So, they refused. Watch.
STEVE BANNON: I need to thank the jury for what the trouble they did, the choose, significantly the court docket administration right here, everyone. I solely have one disappointment, and that’s the gutless members of that present trial committee, the J. Six Committee did not have the heart to come back down right here and testify in open court docket.
Did you count on Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger to indicate up? They do not must testify. They by no means do something they do not need to do. They’ll simply ship their enemies to jail.
So, their conduct is de facto not that stunning as a result of the January 6 committee itself doesn’t enable cross-examination throughout its hearings. You could have seen this. It would not even enable the identification of many witnesses. They do it anonymously. How do you outline present trial? That is the way you outline present trial. So, these usually are not hearings in any recognizable sense. It is a present trial. That’s precisely what it’s. That is not overstatement.
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The committee didn’t enable the cross-examination of former White Home aide Cassidy Hutchinson, for instance. Even after she made claims that have been insane, they made no sense. She claimed that Donald Trump tried to carjack his personal presidential limo and drive it to the Capitol.
So, if she’d been cross-examined – which in any listening to is permitted underneath the Western system of justice, not the woke system of justice that Liz Cheney has introduced us, however her the traditional system that each one of us grew up with – you’d have a cross-examination and somebody may need identified that the Secret Service brokers in that limo denied her account. However in the event you have been watching on MSNBC or CNN, which have taken this propaganda stay after which bragged about it, “We’re doing the bidding of the state. We’re so proud. We’re calling it journalism” we have refused to do this as a result of we now have dignity and we’re not liars, not like them, however in the event you’re watching us on these channels, you don’t have any concept that the Secret Service denied this account.
The Secret Service was by no means contacted by Liz Cheney or Adam Kinzinger earlier than the testimony and that is weird as a result of if the committee needed to get to the reality of the Trump grabbed the wheel of the limo allegation, they might have talked to individuals who have been there, however they did not. Republicans, in the event that they’d been allowed to cross-examine, in the event that they demanded to cross-examine (We’re not defending Republicans. They’ve fallen down on the job. That is an understatement.)
But when somebody had been allowed to ask grownup questions of the witness, we’d have realized what CNN viewers won’t ever know and that is that Hutchinson reportedly tried to get a job at Mar-a-Lago afterward, however none of that was allowed as a result of it is pure propaganda. It has been happening for months now.
Final evening, the January 6 committee placed on testimony from an nameless official (Are you able to think about, an nameless official?) claiming that Secret Service brokers assigned to Mike Pence have been utilizing their radios to inform their households goodbye like they’re on the deck of the Titanic as a result of they assumed they might die within the Capitol as a result of some man in Viking horns on mushrooms was spinning and spherical in circles and speaking about peace. They have been so afraid. Watch this nonsense.
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SECURITY OFFICIAL: The members of the VP element right now, have been beginning to worry for their very own lives. There have been quite a lot of, there was quite a lot of yelling, quite a lot of, quite a lot of very private calls over the radio, so it was disturbing. I do not like speaking about it, however there have been calls to say goodbye to members of the family, so on and so forth. It was getting, for regardless of the purpose was on the bottom, the VP element tells us that this was about to get very ugly.
It is simply completely shameful, completely shameful, that the opposite channels performed this c— with out pushing again in even the mildest manner. “Oh, it is information.” It is not information and your job in journalism is to carry the highly effective accountable. It is to not do their bidding or put their lives on TV unedited in primetime, which is what each different channel has accomplished besides Fox Information and we’re happy with that. “Effectively, you have to be ashamed.” Yeah, you have to be ashamed.
However there was no cross-examination allowed in any of this as a result of this committee wouldn’t enable it, no rebuttal of any sort. So, course, there was no inquiry as to why a Capitol Hill police officer with a documented historical past of recklessly mishandling firearms shot an unarmed lady within the neck, an Air Power veteran. He shot her within the neck. Why? You are not allowed to ask.
What occurred to these 1000’s of hours of surveillance footage? Why cannot we see these? You are not allowed even to ask why we’re not allowed to see them. We will not know why police are on video letting individuals into the Capitol advanced on January 6. Why is that? Not allowed to ask. And that is going to proceed. As Adam Kinzinger stated, this charade, which actually does corrode the center of our system, this may proceed all the best way till the midterms as a result of as Kinzinger, who’s dumb sufficient to see the quiet half out loud, admitted it is a political train. Watch.
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REP. ADAM KINZINGER: This investigation is just not winding down. We could also be in direction of the tip of this tranche of hearings. We could have extra hearings sooner or later and the investigation continues to be ongoing. So, we’re attending to the underside of what we have to know.
Yeah. Okay. We’re attending to the underside of this. Really, you are stopping respectable, apparent questions from being requested. And simply really, regardless of how lengthy these hearings go on, they may go on eternally and Adam Kinzinger will nonetheless be a tragic, tormented, tiny man with a depressing private life. So, , that is some consolation, however the prosecutors right here working for Kinzinger and Cheney and the remainder of this committee, similar to the college boards and the academics unions final 12 months, labored in tandem with the Justice Division to punish the enemies of the Democratic Get together. What’s that? Effectively, it is the one best risk to the rule of regulation within the historical past of United States. That is true.