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Devastating New Evidence: Trump Campaign Paid Organizers of Pre-Riot Rally $2.7 Million
An impeachment functions identically as an indictment. For this reason, the House needs only a majority to send the articles of impeachment over to the Senate. The proceeding in the Senate is called a trial and the Constitution says that the Chief Justice presides over that trial. The burden is heavier, as over two-thirds of the Senate must vote to convict, as is proper in any trial.
Trials require evidence or there is damned near no point in having them. Many of us were very disappointed in Chief Justice Roberts in the trial of Trump’s first impeachment. The Constitution specifically says the C.J. is the judge of the impreachment trial. We don’t know why the C.J. felt compelled to follow Trump and McConnell’s direction in not having evidence. Roberts could’ve said, “If you don’t have evidence, there is nothing to try and I have better things to do. The Constitution says have a trial, and trials are about evidence. Put on the evidence.”
Given that Schumer will settle the rules in the trial set (currently) for next week, we suspect they will present evidence. Until now, the only real evidence consisted of “what happened on television days before the insurrection and day of the insurrection” and as obvious as it is to some of us, the MAGAs in the Senate don’t see it that way.
But now Bloomberg is reporting findings that will be critical to any trial. Follow the money. The Trump campaign paid many of the costs to fund the rally/protest in which he commanded his followers to get to the Capitol and “fight harder.”
Bloomberg reports that legal filings show the Trump campaign paid $1.7 million to Event Strategies Inc., the organization that was primarily responsible for the rally’s stage and production management.
In addition to Event Strategies, several prominent GOP operatives raked in campaign cash for organizing the rally, including Maggie Mulvaney, the niece of former Trump chief of staff Mick Mulvaney; Megan Powers, who was an operations manager for the rally; and GOP fundraiser Caroline Wren.
We were told that they were holding a protest.
Campaigns do not pay for protests. If the Trump campaign was paying for the event, why didn’t they call it a rally? They called everything else a rally. Why did they make it so difficult to track payments?
Because they knew that paying for the protest in which Trump would whip the people up to crash the Capitol would be evidence that Trump had even stronger ties to what happened. It might lead to proof that the White House worked with people at the protest and knew their intentions. It could lead to proof of the worst kind of crime. That Trump ordered people to get up to the Capitol, break-in, and look for people to “influence.”
That would get him convicted, the first president ever.
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