Rachel Maddow said criminal investigations are not hypothetical for tomorrow’s 1/6 Committee hearing. They are already happening.
Video by Maddow:
There has been much discussion, comment and speculation as to what the intersection of this January 6 investigation is that we are seeing all these hearings from. And prosecutors, the possible prosecution of people who tried to pull off the scheme. This whole question just comes up very strongly at all of these hearings, with everything the January 6 investigators revealed for the results of those hearings. What we’re going to see tomorrow, at tomorrow’s hearing, that’s the part where this isn’t a hypothetical discussion anymore.
That Georgia stuff, the threats against the workers, the threats against the state officials that needed them to make fake fraud, election result-changing claims. This is already under definitive criminal investigation. You don’t have to speculate about what might happen if a prosecutor decides to investigate. The public prosecutor examines that. Prosecutors have established a grand jury to work and consider possible charges under state law.
The matter is also reportedly under criminal investigation by the federal Department of Justice. They reportedly interviewed Georgia officials. The pressure on state election officials and poll workers, including the forced fake lists of Trump voters that they hand out from Georgia and six of the states. These are parts of the Trump conspiracy that we already know are actively being prosecuted by federal and state prosecutors working with federal and state juries.
This whole question of whether or not the January 6th inquest is investigating possible crimes, but prosecutors will be interested in what we’re going to get in tomorrow’s hearing, is the part that’s already happening. And what that means for this next hearing, which we’re going to have tomorrow, we don’t yet know. It will be new.
The witnesses testifying tomorrow will speak about acts that will be criminally investigated. The conversation shifts from the possibility of a criminal investigation to individuals and activities that are the subject of criminal investigations.
Tuesday’s 1/6 Committee hearing crosses a threshold and could be Donald Trump’s most dangerous yet.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House press pool and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.
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