Your dad might be eying on an army of right-wingers who want to storm the U.S. Capitol to overthrow the president’s election. The only way to convince him is to send his little brother a text message.

That’s the predicament Donald Trump Jr., son of the former president, found himself in early on Jan. 6.

The American people found this week Trump Jr. was blowing up Mark Meadows’ cellPhone his father and get him to end the violence at the Capitol on that day.

The texts, which the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol released this week, revealed that there’s a decent chance the former president doesn’t take calls from his eldest child.

It was obvious where future investigations would lead after Donald Trump’s impeachment earlier in the year. Congress did not convict him again. First, Democrats suggested a 9/11 commission. Republicans rejected that proposal. The House instead formed the Select Committee, which consisted of seven Democrats, two Republicans and was composed of six Democrats. They were almost excommunicated for being willing to investigate the Capitol attack.

American citizens have been exposed to shocking details by law enforcement personnel who faced rioters at Capitol Hill since July when the committee was formed. The select committee has issued numerous subpoenas to right-wing activists as well as Trump White House staff who may be involved.

It trove of text messagesThe committee’s release this week contains messages from Meadows and unnamed legislators. Some were even privately worried about Jan. 6th, while others spoke out openly about their wish to overthrow the U.S. government.

If America were a prestigious television drama, the current political climate suggests we’re approaching the mid-season cliffhanger.

But while the cache of texts offers a little bit more insight into just how close Trump came to overturning the 2020 election, what’s more worrisome is how little this committee can really do about it.

“If the most Congress can do is hold the coup plotters in contempt, well, I’ve got bad news for you.”

Steve Bannon was held in criminal contempt of Congress in October for ignoring the committee’s subpoena, and last month, the Department of Justice formally indicted him. Bannon was granted bail, and appeared unaffected by the charges. The probe has actually encouraged members of the Republican base, who consider it a form of political persecution.

“This is going to be the misdemeanor from hell,” Bannon said last month.

Others in Trump circles have compared the committee to “political games.”

January 6, 2008Th Select Committee is nothing more than a political witch hunt aimed to attack Donald J. Trump and his supporters,” Rep. Barry Moore (R-Ala.) said in a statement earlier this week.

The committee met this week voted to hold Meadows in contempt as well. It is a terrible thing for a man to be willing to take that risk. called his book about his time in the White House “fake news” to appease his former boss? If the most Congress can do is hold the coup plotters in contempt, well, I’ve got bad news for you.

Let’s consider what actually happens when Congress doles out this punishment.

After Chad Wolf skipped his hearing regarding allegations that he altered national security intelligence, Congress decided to disqualify him as the head of Department of Homeland Security.

Wo is Wolf? He’s doing what every former member of a Republican administration is doing: He’s leading a right-wing think tank, the America First Policy Institute, is a visiting fellow at the Heritage Foundation, and has been busy tweeting about President Joe Biden’s supposed socialist tendencies.

The Trump Administration was already in power at the time, so it wasn’t surprising that the Department of Justice refused to take action. With Biden now in charge, anti-Trumpers and liberals may expect some harsh punishments. They will not be able to escape criminal contempt for Congress. exceedingly hard case for the DOJ to prove. This happened the last time in 1982 under Ronald Reagan.

It was obvious where future investigations would lead after Donald Trump’s impeachment earlier in the year. Congress did not convict him again.
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The GOP’s insistence on unity at all costs is a real problem for both the Democrats and Republicans who make up the Select Committee. It’s not only Republican lawmakers who are a problem, but TV talking heads and prominent right-wing figures who support the GOP agenda. Nearly a year after the insurrection, the Big Lie about the “stolen” 2020 election is canon, and one would be hard-pressed to find a Republican who speaks ill of Trump, while many are still actively promoting him.

Meanwhile, Democrats control all three branches of government but are still struggling to push Biden’s agenda. It’s hard to imagine that a party that can’t even pass politically popular legislation will be able to do something substantial about the massive threat to democracy the country faces.

In February, Democrats extended Trump’s second impeachment trial with a vote on whether or not the Senate should call witnesses to the stand, which surprised everyone when it passed with five Republicans. That would have allowed them to hear more from those involved in the rebellion. The Democrats refused to listen. They didn’t want the trial to go on too long, and there was a planned break that was clearly more important to them than consequences for Trump.

The same Democrats who squandered that opportunity just can’t be expected to do anything groundbreaking this time around.

I’m sure in the coming months, the public will find out even more harrowing and insidious details about what happened on Jan. 6. Millions of people witnessed live the Trump supporters storming the Capitol. And so far most people punished have not been those in power at that time.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy certainly won’t be interested in investigating the insurrection should the GOP take the House next year ― and it has a pretty good chance.

In the end, Jan. 6, was all about overthrowing an election free and fair. Many of those who did not succeed in the first attempt are trying again and learning from their mistakes. And there’s no committee that can stop them.


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