Published: Saturday 23 July 2022 | 11:54:30 pm.
Juana Carrasco Martin | email@example.com
Translated and edited by Walter Lippmann for CubaNews.
Everything points to Donald Trump in the hearings of the U.S. House of Representatives Panel investigating the events of January 6, 2021, when a mob of supporters of the outgoing president, under the claim of fraud, stormed the Capitol in an attempt to reverse the election results that had given the triumph to Democrat Joe Biden.
Already that committee -chaired by Democratic Representative Bennie Thompson, and whose vice-chair is Republican Liz Cheney-, enunciated in the first of six public hearings that there was an “attempted coup d’état” and held Trump responsible. But the question floating in the ether is: why is the Justice Department of the Biden administration not accusing and prosecuting him when the former president’s actions led to a serious disruption of American democracy and endangered the representatives of one of its main institutions?
Some of those representatives, the so-called progressives, are clamoring for him to be tried -even though at the time he was able to dodge impeachment-, and now without presidential powers, he can be convicted. This is because they consider that not prosecuting him can have serious consequences for democracy, since each testimony given in the hearings is demonstrating that the insurrection was violent and coordinated to silence the decision of the voters, the people. Furthermore, it showed and that far-right groups discussed the need to keep Trump in office and that he would have supported the mob’s calls to “hang” Vice-President Mike Pence, who was fulfilling his role of presiding over the House session that would certify Biden’s victory.
Progressive legislators warn that if the Attorney General has brought charges against more than 850 people for their participation in the events, and if all the pieces of the puzzle are falling into place, why not do it with the main instigator?
When things reach this point, the recent statements to CNN by Trump’s former National Security Advisor, John Bolton, about his express participation in the organization of coups in other countries -a confession to be taken into account, since he also served in the administration of Ronald Reagan, George Bush and George W. Bush, the son-, seal the riddle about the character in question, who was warned by more than one of his close collaborators in the administration that he had lost the elections, among them his Attorney General, Bill Barr.
But he did not listen to any of them and decided to speak to the most extremist of his followers in front of the White House that “Three Kings Day”. Their “gift” shook the United States and perplexed the world, urging them to march to the legislative hill, to “fight like hell” for his presidency, there where the session presided over by his vice-president, Pence, who in Trump’s eyes turned out to be a “traitor”, was taking place.
Cassidy Hutchinson’s recent statements before the panel are among the most enlightening about the degree of Trump’s stubbornness and contribution to the events in his intention of not moving out of the White House. This is because even though some of his mansions were waiting for him. Among them was the one located in the most sympathetic, understanding, warm and Floridian Miami, headquarters of other extremist, anti-Cuban and anti-Bolivarian groups, which Trump served in abundance.
As much as they tried to influence and intimidate Hutchinson, a senior aide to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, she dropped very high-caliber bombshells to the panel in her 20 hours of testimony. Among these was that Trump knew that some of those listening to him on January 6 were armed and, moreover, demanded official protection for those supporters and even wanted to march with them to reclaim “his presidency.”
The moment of chaos depicted on Trumpian grounds after the November 2020 presidential election, with the then-president insisting on his victory, staff members at the Pennsylvania Avenue executive mansion, campaign operatives, members of his Cabinet and Congressional leaders urging and even pressuring him to admit Biden’s victory and withdraw the rhetoric that the election had been stolen from him, became more acute that January 6. It was only the decision by Secret Service bodyguards not to allow him to go to Capitol Hill and Barr’s warning that such an attitude could lead to criminal charges against him, prevented his intention to do so.
There are other facts that make him responsible for what happened: he did not give the order to deploy the National Guard in view of the seriousness of the situation. He did not make the slightest effort to work with the Justice Department to coordinate and deploy law enforcement forces, among other contemplative or complicit attitudes.
According to the video statement of U.S. Armed Forces Chief of Staff Mark Milley, it was Mike Pence who ordered National Guard troops to respond to the attack.
The reality is that although new evidence of his involvement comes to light with every witness, he continues to say that January 6 “represented the greatest movement in the history of our country.”
If Trump faces several possible charges, there are already those who advocate adding one more, that of witness intimidation, under the legal title of 18 USC 1512(b), given the pressures exerted on Hutchison.
The big decision
But the worst of all is that Donald Trump, without officially declaring it, wishes to be reelected in 2024 and, campaigning for politicians of his tendency for representative, senatorial or gubernatorial positions that will be at stake in the mid-term elections next November, he [in fact] crusades for himself.
He just published in an interview with New York Magazine that his “big decision” will be announced before or after the midterm elections and added that “people want him to run.” The Post reported that Trump has begun meeting with major donors to discuss the 2024 election, and his team has instructed others to have an online infrastructure ready if he announces soon.
The RealClearPolitics polling average shows Trump well ahead of his likely Republican rivals, averaging 53 percent of the vote, and more than doubling the next closest challenger, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis with 20.5 percent.
In mid-June, Trump released a 12-page rebuttal to the hearing on the events of Jan. 6. In it, he accuses Democrats of creating the panel to distract the country from the problems it faces, which are indeed many: “Seventeen months after the events of Jan. 6, Democrats are incapable of offering solutions,” Trump said in the statement released through his Save America PAC, created in November 2020 for campaign fundraising. “They are desperate to change the narrative of a failed nation,” he added and does not turn the page on their false accusations of fraud in the 2020 election.
The “big decision” would not be this House of Representatives panel that has no power to judge him, it only investigates and collects evidence of the coup attempt. [The “big decision” would be] a judicial process and substantiated accusations by the Attorney General at the head of the Justice Department, Merrick Garland. However, according to The New York Times, he [Garland] “has given no indication that the department is building a case against Trump”.
Of course, the background seems to be the tremendous legal and political implications of the case, and perhaps fears that Trump’s extremist supporters will stage other scenes of pressure and violence.
Perhaps they are waiting for a closer proximity to the November elections of this year or to know the results and the support that the results may or may not give to the politicians supported by Trump and to Trump himself, who as it is known has donors and lawyers to face the trial if it happens.
For now, the former president “is still at large and unvaccinated”, as my grandmother would say.
One of the last crimes of the multimillionaire Donald Trump has triggered worldwide and domestic condemnation, at the same time as it once again proves those who warned that Hitler was back because of the racist, ultra-right-wing, xenophobic, nationalist and isolationist positions of Trump were right
Translated and edited by Walter Lippmann for CubaNews.
Five fatalities, at least a dozen injured police officers, 70 people charged, more than 125 files opened, rewards of up to $50,000 for information about fugitives from justice, damages in the millions for the multiple destructions inside the facilities of the U.S. Congress, a newly-militarized city with more than 25,000 troops and walled up in the face of new threats, are the results of the quantitative analysis of the scandalous assault on the Capitol on January 6.
One of the latest crimes of billionaire Donald Trump has triggered world and internal condemnations, while giving reason, once again, to those who – since his unexpected electoral victory in 2016 – warned that Hitler was back due to his racist positions, ultra-rightists, xenophobes, nationalists and isolationists of the new president, who associated him so much with the fascist, that he also made intentional use of lies to trap the will of millions in Germany and try to bring the world to its knees.
A January 14 Los Angeles Times editorial reflected that, although Trump has never really led the far right, it fell in love with him after finding common ground in his rhetoric, which explains why 74 million supported him in 2020 after seeing his “authoritarian impulses” on display for four years in office.
One week after what many have called “a historic act of domestic terrorism,” media around the world are alternating news of the global pandemic’s resurgence and its current increased threats. These are impacting Americans with record numbers of 4,300 deaths a day, and with the horrors surrounding the acts of violence that shook Washington and U.S. democracy, following the president’s call to prevent, by force, the legislative recognition of Joe Biden’s triumph as president-elect.
While the sessions in Congress for the second impeachment against Trump are taking place in a Capitol that looks like a military camp, with soldiers sleeping in hallways, rooms and staircases, police closures are proliferating throughout the city, in response to indications, detected by the FBI, of new armed rallies before Joe Biden’s inauguration, not only in Washington, but in all 50 states.
The proclivity to allow disorder and let it go has generated suspicions and accusations. It was clear in recent days that the mobilization would attract thousands of people, the security apparatus was surprisingly small. Some wondered whether it was “mere incompetence or a strategy” that was premeditated. Then came the version that when the Capitol Police asked for help from the Department of Defense, led by people with no credentials other than their total loyalty to Trump, it imposed severe restrictions on the mission of the District National Guard, which had no riot gear or ammunition.
Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy alleged that Congress did not ask for riot control assistance and was concerned about the image that the presence of uniformed personnel in the building might convey, despite the fact that, until then, President Trump had not shaken his hand in sending in the military when those protesting are Black Lives Matter supporters.
This time the Pentagon took almost three hours to authorize the deployment of riot police and National Guard reinforcements,. While congress members and senators were being evacuated, the building ended up being taken over by the rebels. Among the garbage and the disorder caused, racist insignias and symbols appeared next to Trump’s hats and flags, and a large gallows with the rope prepared: “Let them cut off their heads,” read a banner, according to local correspondents.
Two months before the Trump’s coup against Congress, US columnist and Nobel Laureate in Economics, Paul Krugman, analyzed in his commentary The United States: A Failed State, the possible impact of Trump’s electoral failure. He predicted “that we are in serious trouble. Trump’s defeat would mean that, for the time being, we would have avoided falling into authoritarianism; and yes, the risks are that great, not only because of who Trump is, but also because the modern Republican Party is that extreme and undemocratic.”
Krugman denounced, during the 2020 election campaign, the Republican strategy based on false conspiracies and trying to scare voters by talking about bad things that are not happening, through “damn lies and Trump rallies.”
The day after the election, another New York Times commentator, Thomas Friedman, wrote an article entitled In the Election, There Was a Loser: America, a view that held that “we have just lived through four years of the most divisive and dishonest presidency in American history, one that attacked the two pillars of our democracy: truth and trust. Donald Trump has not spent a single day of his term trying to be the president of all the people and he has broken the rules and shattered the norms in a way that no president has dared; like last night, when he falsely warned of electoral fraud and called on the Supreme Court to intervene and stop the vote, as if such a thing were even remotely possible.
Using the social network platforms, the stands as President and the freedom of expression as an alibi, Trump and his serial manipulators fomented hatred, attempted against migration, undermined confidence in the democratic processes and fed populism and authoritarianism, taking advantage of the macabre techniques of Joseph Goebbels, Minister of Popular Enlightenment and Propaganda of Adolph Hitler’s Germany. Goebbels used the media to offer biased information, to multiply invented, unreal things, and to make people believe them as unquestionable truths, to expand, to inflame and to manage the genocidal Nazi ideology. More than seven decades later, Trump’s media terrorism took advantage of the fact that today lies reach further, faster and more people than ever before, with technologies.
The end? A broken country, a questioned democracy, a diminished, isolated international authority; a polarized, nervous, fractured society, which appeals more and more to drugs and medicines in the face of so much stress. It is no less concerned with the violence and terrorism generated by the hatred engendered and fueled by Trump, who lived by the lie. The fascists of yesterday and today confirm that delirium is also a deadly virus.
Showcases of “democracy” with which the United States has pretended to give lessons to the world are broken.
U.S. lawmakers were meeting Wednesday to confirm Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election amid protests by Trump supporters both outside and inside the Capitol
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January 6, 2021 19:01:25
Outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump called on his extremist supporters to stop violent demonstrations in Washington, but insisted there was “election fraud.:
“I don’t want anyone to be hurt (…) I love you, you are very special, but go home. I know you are hurt. We have an election that was stolen from us, and you know it, especially from the other side,” said Trump according to Telesur TV.
The outgoing president warned that this is a very difficult time, “there was never a time like this, where something like this happened, that something was stolen, from everyone, from you, from me, from the country. It was a fraudulent election”.
Trump’s call came after a group of extremists stormed Congress to prevent certification of Biden’s election victory. At that time, the congress members left the Capitol in the custody of the authorities.
On Wednesday, president-elect of the United States, Joe Biden, repudiated the violent invasion by supporters of Donald Trump in the Capitol that caused the cancellation of the certification of the votes.
“Attacking the capitol, destroying the US Senate, endangering security. This is not a protest, it is an insurrection … I call them mafiosi, they are not attacking democracy,” Biden said.
The president-elect rejected the position of Trump’s fanatics who attacked the certification of last November’s votes, “we are seeing a small number of extremists who are dedicated to breaking the law. This is chaos and it must end now,” he added.
“The job in the coming years is to restore democracy, honor and respect. Solve the problems by looking at ourselves without stoking hatred,” the new White House tenant said.
Finally, he urged all leaders to work together to recover democracy in the country of the North, “democracy is fragile and to preserve it we need people of good will, courageous leaders, who are not dedicated to power, but to the common interest,” he concluded.
U.S. Congress meets Wednesday to certify Biden’s victory
U.S. lawmakers were meeting Wednesday to confirm Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election amid protests by Trump supporters both outside and inside the Capitol itself.
A session that, every four years, goes unnoticed by most people has as an ingredient this year the announcement of some Republican senators and representatives, who have pledged to support President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the result through a formal sessional objection, in an attempt that is almost certain to fail.
The two houses of Congress, the House of Representatives and the Senate, in a joint session this Wednesday will open sealed certificates from all 50 U.S. states containing a record of their electoral votes.
Under the U.S. system, people cast their votes for “electors,” who in turn formally vote for candidates weeks after the election, which occurred on December 14, when Biden received 306 votes under the electoral college system, compared to 232 under Trump.