Today was Merrick Garland’s first day. During his confirmation hearings, he clarified that his priority will be to address the Capitol riot on January 6.
Insurrectionists are about to go through some things.
What happened on January 6, at the Capitol Building was an organized attempted coup, one in which congressional insiders were involved.
Last week the Senate Judiciary Committee questioned FBI Director Christopher Wray. Their goal was to understand why the imminent attack on the Capitol building was met without adequate resistance.
Based on their line of questioning, it’s easy to assume that two of the inside co-conspirators were Senator Josh Hawley and Senator Mike Lee. They spent the time they were allotted to question Wray nervously asking about “cell phone metadata.” They may as well have come to the point- How much does the FBI know about my involvement.
Merrick Garland would be celebrating his fifth anniversary on the Supreme Court this year, had Mc Connell not stolen his seat. The vote to confirm Garland to be the next U.S. Attorney General was 70-29.
Why would those twenty-nine senators be against having a qualified attorney general who wants to get to the bottom of the Capitol attack? It will be interesting to learn whom among them, who voted against Garland’s confirmation, was involved:
- Barrasso (R-WY)
- Blackburn (R-TN)
- Boozman (R-AR)
- Braun (R-IN)
- Cotton (R-AR)
- Crapo (R-ID)
- Cruz (R-TX)
- Daines (R-MT)
- Fischer (R-NE)
- Hagerty (R-TN)
- Hawley (R-MO)
- Hoeven (R-ND)
- Hyde-Smith (R-MS)
- Kennedy (R-LA)
- Lee (R-UT)
- Lummis (R-WY)
- Marshall (R-KS)
- Paul (R-KY)
- Risch (R-ID)
- Rubio (R-FL)
- Sasse (R-NE)
- Scott (R-FL)
- Scott (R-SC)
- Shelby (R-AL)
- Sullivan (R-AK)
- Toomey (R-PA)
- Tuberville (R-AL)
- Wicker (R-MS)
- Young (R-IN)
Senator Cramer (R-ND) did not vote. There are some names one would expect to see, missing from the list of nays: Graham, Grassley, and McConnell to name a few.
If that former guy was not a delusional narcissist he would be as nervous about Garland’s confirmation as those listed above, but he has other pressing issues at hand.
California House Representative Eric Swalwell’s lawsuit against that former guy, for his part in the insurrection, has been appointed a judge.
The judge who drew the case was not one of the 200 judges appointed in haste during the former guy’s occupation, it was Justice Amit Mehta, who in 2019 penned an op-ed saying Congress had every right to demand Trump’s financial records.
That former guy might be “about to go through some things.”
In addition to Swalwell’s suit, is the state of New York, Manhattan District Attorney’s investigation. Recently disclosed financial documents from 2012, show a loan for $130 million taken by that former guy, from Fortress Management. By the time he defaulted on payments, with interest and fees, he owed $315 million. The institution settled on a $45 million payment, pennies on the dollar. The problem for that former guy is that the money he did not pay back is taxable income. Donny-two-scoops didn’t pay.
Al Capone had been under investigation for decades but it was tax fraud that fell the don, in 1931. Perhaps tax evasion will topple this Don, in 2021.
Yesterday was a good day for democracy. Merrick Garland was confirmed and President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan. (Not a single Republican voted for this bill.) We should have our $1,400 checks by the end of the month. We won’t see Biden’s name on this check, and he won’t be wasting taxpayer funds by sending out letters telling us the checks are from him.
Some of us will use that money to pay our taxes. I owe tax on a loan I defaulted on, taken on my 401k for my daughter’s tuition. I know it was a bad move all around, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Regardless, I’m not among the wealthiest 1%, so I pay taxes. That’s a lesson Don the con never learned. He may learn it now, the hard way.