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Donald Trump’s lawyers knew they were doing all kinds of illegal shit
pro tip: innocent people don't ask for pardons
“I've decided that I should be on the pardon list, if that is still in the works.”
hey, remember that fun little soundbite from the January 6 Committee hearings? that was John Eastman, the crackpot Trump lawyer who pulled from his ass the theory that Mike Pence could unilaterally decide to reject electors. spoiler alert: no, he couldn’t.
Eastman (or, as Jack Smith calls him, “Co-Conspirator 2”) knew that fucking with the electoral process could land him in prison, hence the request for a pardon. spoiler alert: he didn’t get one. Trump only pardoned people who were of use to him.
Eastman’s theory was the basis for the fake elector plot — the insane idea that, after Mike Pence rejected the legitimate Biden electors, Republicans could introduce their own “alternate” electors, thereby throwing the whole certification process into chaos.
yesterday, we all got a look at the December 6, 2020 memo that kicked the fake elector scheme into high gear.
that memo was authored by fellow crackpot Trump lawyer Kenneth Chesebro, known these days as “Co-Conspirator 5.”
Chesebro called the plan “bold and controversial,” which is Trump-lawyer-speak for “super fucking illegal.”
Kenny Cheese knew that not only was his plan super fucking illegal, it was super fucking likely to fail in court.
and so Co-Con 5 had a backup plan:
Donald Trump’s attorneys saw a direct appeal to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as their best hope of derailing Joe Biden’s win in the 2020 presidential election, according to emails newly disclosed to congressional investigators.
yes! Clarence Thomas, every corrupt Republican’s favorite quote-unquote “Justice.”
‘thanks, plutocrat! now, how did you want me to vote?’
could Clarence Thomas possibly be more corrupt?
every day it seems that we find out that the answer is absolutely, yes.
just this morning we’re learning that Clarence’s billionaire pals have paid for
at least 38 destination vacations, including a previously unreported voyage on a yacht around the Bahamas; 26 private jet flights, plus an additional eight by helicopter; a dozen VIP passes to professional and college sporting events, typically perched in the skybox; two stays at luxury resorts in Florida and Jamaica; and one standing invitation to an uber-exclusive golf club overlooking the Atlantic coast.
however, we can be reasonably certain that Clarence would have helped Trump hold onto power free of charge, because Clarence Thomas is, of course, married to Ginni Thomas, the QAnon-adjacent insurrectionist who was in constant contact with John Eastman all though the post-election scheming, bringing this whole sordid tale full circle.
it’s a wise old saying: if it walks like a conspiracy and talks like a conspiracy and looks like a conspiracy, it’s a big fucking conspiracy.
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