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Regulars here at the shebeen know that the management is one of those Give The Man Time types when it comes to Attorney General Merrick Garland’s investigation into the events of January 6, and the extended run-up prior to the actual insurrection at the Capitol. However, if the strategy of the special committee investigating those events is to keep releasing damning documents so as to change the minds of people like me, let me tell you this: It’s working. From Politico:

The voluminous documents state election officials have sent the Jan. 6 committee, obtained by POLITICO through open records requests, underscore the depth of Trump’s pressure campaign directed at the typically lower-level administrators of presidential balloting. The emails, texts and phone recordings also add consequential context to previously reported incidents, such as Trump’s call to Georgia’s top elections investigator and Mark Meadows’ outreach to Georgia election officials. The select panel asked states for any scrap of evidence to justify allegations of election fraud that Trump baselessly promoted, focusing much of its efforts on officials in Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Those states found virtually no evidence of fraud, according to Thompson.

Mainly, the records show state officials trying to either mollify or ignore Trump and his allies without distorting election results or embracing debunked claims of vote tampering. A spokesperson for the select panel declined to comment on the documents.

This latest batch of evidence shows quite clearly that the inside game played by the forces of Camp Runamuck aimed at subverting the results of the 2020 presidential election was widespread. It involved not only administration* officials, but members of Congress as well. (Senator Lindsey Graham has a starring role, as he apparently went a’meddlin’ down in Georgia.) And there were more serious shenanigans in other pivotal states.

As Trump’s team pushed its discredited voter fraud narrative, the National Archives received forged certificates of ascertainment declaring him and then-Vice President Mike Pence the winners of both Michigan and Arizona and their electors after the 2020 election. Public records requests show the secretaries of state for those states sent those certificates to the Jan. 6 panel, along with correspondence between the National Archives and state officials about the documents.

Those rats aren’t going to fck themselves, are they, America’s Mayor?

“By affixing the state seal to documents containing false and misleading information about the results of Arizona’s November 3, 2020 General Election, you undermine the confidence in our democratic institutions,” [Arizona Secretary of State Katie] Hobbs wrote to one of the pro-Trump groups. That group’s leader, Lori Osiecki, had told the Arizona Republic in December 2020 that she decided to send in the certificates after taking part in post-election rallies and after attending a daylong meeting in Phoenix that had included Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.

So, it’s pretty clear at this point that, behind all the bear spray and antler hats, there was a whole posse of ostensible public servants allegedly operating to steal the election by pressuring state officials to betray their public trusts. Alas, for them, the further they got from the White House, the more integrity they ran into, and it screwed up their plans. It’s time for the DOJ to have the backs of all the people who stood up against the pressure.

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