Jan. 6 miniseries reveals plot: Barr calls bulls**t, Rudy was drunk, and Trump is in trouble


On the first day of the Jan. 6 select committee hearings — a prime-time spectacle produced by prosecutors, politicians and TV executives and ridiculed by poltroons — Donald Trump chose the moment to send emails to his supporters encouraging them to purchase “Limited Edition” Trump Commemorative Golf Balls.

What was the former president commemorating? Why, the alleged hole-in-one Trump claimed during a recent golf outing, of course.

In the second hearing, Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California took center stage to talk about Trump’s continued “big lie,” then described his “big scam,” pointing out how Trump scammed his supporters for money. money in a quest to challenge the results of the 2020 election.

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Lofgren also revealed on Monday how Turning Point Action, a pro-Trump conservative organization, paid Kimberly Guilfoyle $60,000 to introduce her fiancé, Donald Trump Jr., in a speech that lasted less than three minutes at the “Stop the Steal” at the Ellipse in Washington on January 6, 2021.

Lofgren also told CNN’s Jake Tapper that the House Select Committee’s investigation into the insurrection uncovered evidence that members of Trump’s family personally benefited from the money raised. based on Trump’s “big lie”.

The Trump campaign, Lofgren said, “used these false claims of voter fraud to raise hundreds of millions of dollars from supporters who were told their donations were for the legal fight in court. But the Trump campaign didn’t use the money for it.. The Big Lie was a big rip off too.”

As if to underscore Trump’s continued scam, even as Lofgren spoke to the audience, the ex-president was busy reminding everyone of his upcoming birthday: For a small $75 donation, he would happily provide an autographed smiling photo of himself as president.

Lofgren’s pointed presentation was intended to open the door to criminal fraud charges against Trump, his company and his family members. But wait, there’s more. During Monday’s hearing, we were also introduced to “Drunk Rudy” and Trump’s claims of “mass dumping” – allegedly illegal votes, of course. It was fodder for the talk show circuit, with Stephen Colbert taking a cutting edge approach to these “massive dumps” and describing Trump’s response to my September 2020 question about a peaceful transfer of power as “Exhibit A-hole.” “.

Trump is consistent in his fuss. Give that to the guy. He has the energy and imagination of a Tony Montana, but fewer and fewer want to say hello to his “boyfriend”.

In case anyone missed the overall story of the first two hearings, here it is: Trump planned and executed the insurgency — and took advantage of the chaos to try to stay in power.

This is not new information. When Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney, testified before Congress in February 2019, he warned the world: “I fear that if he loses the presidential election in 2020, there will never be a transition peaceful power”.

We heard the same from Donald Trump himself on On September 23, 2020, just six weeks before the election, when he said that if you just stopped counting the ballots (when they favored him, of course), “there would be no transition” . He did not commit to a peaceful transfer of power when I asked him directly. It wasn’t a guess. This was the president speaking for himself, laying the groundwork for the insurgency, telling us for the very first time – Direct – that he had no respect for democracy and intended to stay until he wanted to leave.

But we are now in 2022 and many of us have seemingly forgotten these events. I guess that’s why the early hearings spent so much time going through the territory that many of us have already gone through. However, this trip had its surprises.

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Jason Miller introduced himself as the “Masked Witness”, a secondary character in the second episode. A longtime confidant of Trump, Miller testified that Rudy Giuliani was acting drunk on election night. It was then, Miller and others testified, that Giuliani began to spread the seeds of the Big Lie.

Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien went so far as to describe two camps within Trump’s inner circle: “Team Normal,” led by Stepien and . . . you know, the Drunk Rudy team.

Bill Stepien has attempted to define two camps within Trump’s inner circle: Team Normal (led by him) and Team Drunk Rudy. But there was nothing normal about the Trump White House.

The close professional relationship of Trump, Stepien and Miller speaks to the fact that Trump probably knew everything the two men intended to say. After all, they are still with him, in various capacities. So the question is: Did Trump suggest their testimony regarding Giuliani? It doesn’t matter in the end because Trump will certainly exploit it. Rudy is destined to be the next Michael Cohen. He will be crushed under the bus; either charged or forced to surrender for a mental investigation that will reveal the hallucinogenic chemicals in his hair treatment.

Time and time again during Monday’s hearing, the questioning came back to Giuliani. He’s going to be Trump’s last defense before Donald is finally stuck with nowhere to run. Trump’s daughter “checked out” and Rudy was drunk. Bill Barr, according to Trump, is a big RINO loser and everyone, I mean everyone, who turned on Trump is big old poopy-pants. He alone can save us.

Barr is certainly singing a different tune these days, calling Trump’s voter fraud allegations “bullshit.” Just weeks ago, Barr said he would vote for Trump again. But apparently no one in Trump’s inner circle supports the claim that the election was stolen – except Donald Trump.

Normal team? How could there be a normal team inside the Trump White House?

It’s not a rhetorical question, as Homelander of “The Boys” might say.

But as “January 6: The Limited Series” unfolds, it becomes increasingly clear where the narrative takes us. Trump is a traitor, and it seems Rep. Liz Cheney has him squarely in her sights. Let’s hope she’s a better shot. metaphorically speaking, than his father actually was.

It’s also apparent that the hearings are aimed at bringing charges against Trump on various criminal charges, including fraud.

Trump will use Rudy Giuliani to take it all on. Michael Cohen knows how it works. “Of course he will throw Giuliani under the bus,” he told me.

And as I suggested earlier, it’s also clear that Trump will use Giuliani to take it all on. The precedent is already set. Trump successfully threw Michael Cohen under the bus; The Trump Organization’s chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, and Trump himself continue to blame Cohen for the ongoing investigation into Trump’s private company.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg denied this, saying in a recent filing: “Indeed, the assertion that [Cohen] triggered this investigation as part of a vendetta resulting from Weisselberg’s immune testimony is incorrect.”

Cohen recently told me there was no doubt about the Trump plan. “He never accepts responsibility for anything he does,” Cohen said. “Of course he will throw Giuliani under the bus. He will throw anyone under the bus to save himself.”

Trump’s actions over the years offer ample proof of this. So it’s bitterly funny to see Trump fail dramatically by throwing Bill Barr under the bus.

It was Barr, instead, who threw Trump under the bus — completely and effectively. For some, that makes Barr the new hero among Trump defectors. But Barr is no hero, only a wiser version of Trump. He’s a cold-blooded politician who used Trump to get his way, then washed his hands before they got soiled with an orange stain he couldn’t wash off.

Barr’s video testimony before the committee shows the former AG chastising Trump for trying to use the Justice Department as his personal lawyer – but that’s exactly how Barr acted when Trump wanted him to crush Michael Cohen . It’s just that Barr knew enough to back off when he saw the writing on the wall. He’s a veteran of DC corruption, a veteran of the Iran-Contra scandal, a man who’s spent his professional life dodging legal stilettos aimed at his heart.

Bill Barr has been called arrogant, corrupt and incompetent. But no one ever said they didn’t know how to survive in Washington.

He has been called arrogant, corrupt and incompetent. But he’s a survivor, and he certainly understands the Washington scene better than Trump could ever hope. That’s why Barr will survive — and Trump may not. Barr has more cunning and greater survival skills — and as his testimony shows, he can twist the truth better than Trump could ever hope to.

Trump supporters, of course, will tell you never to count him. That’s also what they said about John Gotti before he ended up wearing orange.

These hearings present themselves as a solid roadmap to erase this human stain and this plague from our national psyche. It is not a mistake that Lofgren referred to the “Big Ripoff”. This directly targets those who still support Trump. These hearings are meant to cut Trump off from what he values ​​most: money. The committee intends to politically bring him to his knees, and then issue indictments, once he has been humiliated and exposed to his supporters for the crook the rest of the world knows he is.

At this point, even his most loyal supporters will likely follow Bill Barr’s lead, refusing Trump’s rescue and watching him fall with glee.

At this point, you might be able to get 75 cents for a picture of Trump — unless it’s used as a dart board. The sad thing is that Trump and his family wouldn’t even care, as long as they had the money.

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