The 2020 Election that Won’t Stop

Sometimes it’s good to let go, forget the past and move on.  It can be healthy.  There are other times, however, when letting go is absolutely the wrong thing to do.  Letting go can be dangerous, unhealthy and even, deadly.  I suppose there’s no easy way to tell the difference, and it comes down to a matter of personal preference, personality and beliefs.  I’d like to think there are things on which all humans or American citizens agree, but we have too much evidence to the contrary.  I’d like to think the January 6th coup attempt is a matter on which Americans can agree about what happened and what is to be done – but we now know that’s not the case.  So this post, in essence, is for those Americans who think the coup attempt was an outrageous, illegal threat to American democracy, and those who fomented the events should be punished to the full extent of the law.  That’s my crew.

One person we should not forget is Jeffrey Clark.  We should not forget the role he played in attempting to overthrow democracy by partnering with the twice-impeached ex-president.  We should also not forget the people who blocked his path, like Jeffrey Rosen and Richard Donahue, of the U.S. Justice Department.  They remind us how fragile democracy is and how dependent we are on people in key positions to do the right thing.

The 2020 election deserves our ongoing reflection.  It’s the election that just won’t quit…and as Americans, we shouldn’t let it.  We should not let go.  We should not leave it in the past until all those who threatened the peaceful transfer of power have been dealt with accordingly.

Chris Hayes has been doing a good job, IMHO, of holding on.  He stays on the story of the 2020 election and its’ unending aftermath.  The story below is an example of the kind of reporting and key questions he has raised. I have not forgotten this story.  — LMO

“Jeffrey Clark schemed with Former President Trump and he drafted a document stating falsely that the Justice Department had identified significant concerns that may have impacted the outcome of the election in multiple States, including the State of Georgia….”

“Jeffrey Clark schemed with Former President Trump and he drafted a document stating falsely that the Justice Department had identified significant concerns that may have impacted the outcome of the election in multiple States, including the State of Georgia….”

“CHRIS HAYES…Donald Trump`s coup came closer to succeeding than we ever knew. Tonight, the smoking gun document that could have upended democracy as we know it. And the DOJ official who tried to help Trump steal the election…”

“The coup came closer to succeeding than we ever knew.”

“HAYES…The coup came closer to succeeding than we ever knew. And we know that Donald Trump plotted with his associates to overturn American democracy. He tried everything he could to keep himself in power over the will the people. And day by day, we have been learning more and more about how comprehensive and how dangerous that effort was.

“…the document we learned about yesterday should live in infamy in American history as a truly villainous text.”

“But we did not learn the details of the single most damning piece of evidence yet until yesterday. And frankly, I have to say, it`s so damning and so unnerving, I`ve spent the last 24 hours scratching my head in disbelief that it is not a bigger story. Because the document we learned about yesterday should live in infamy in American history as a truly villainous text.

“The document was drafted by this man, a man you should know. Jeffrey Clark is his name.”

“And if the acting Attorney General at the time had signed that document, it would have likely thrown the United States into the worst constitutional crisis since the Civil War. It may have precipitated actual civil strife and violence. The document was drafted by this man, a man you should know. Jeffrey Clark is his name. He is in a million different ways unremarkable. The kind of functionary lawyer that exists in droves in Washington D.C.

“He went to a good law school, he worked in a big corporate firm, Kirkland and Ellis. He worked in the George W. Bush administration and back to Kirkland and Ellis, came back to the Justice Department 2018. In September of 2020, he was put in charge of the DOJ`s Civil Division.

“…acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and his deputy Richard Donahue were pushing back on Trump`s attempts to use the Justice Department to undermine the election…”

“New York Times reported that in December, as acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and his deputy Richard Donahue were pushing back on Trump`s attempts to use the Justice Department to undermine the election, they were unaware that Mr. Clark, Jeffrey Clark, had been introduced to President Trump by a Pennsylvania politician, and that Clark had told the president he agreed that fraud had affected the election results.

“Basically, he auditioned for the president and let him know that he would be willing to be the trigger man for Donald Trump in his attempt to kill off American democracy in its present form.”

“Basically, he auditioned for the president and let him know that he would be willing to be the trigger man for Donald Trump in his attempt to kill off American democracy in its present form. And that is not hyperbole. Clark met with Trump. He schemed with Trump and he drafted the document I talked about. This letter, it`s a letter to the Georgia governor, the Speaker of the House, and the President Pro-Tem of the Senate, and it`s drafted for Rosen and Donahue to sign officially from the U.S. Department of Justice.

“It says in part, ‘The Department of Justice is investigating various irregularities in the 2020 election for President of the United States. At this time, we have identified significant concerns that may have impacted the outcome of the election in multiple states, including the state of Georgia. While the Department of Justice believes the governor of Georgia should immediately call a special session to consider this important and urgent matter, if he declines to do so, we share with you our view that the Georgia General Assembly has implied authority under the Constitution of the United States to call itself into special session for the limited purpose of considering issues pertaining to the appointment of presidential electors.’

“…Clark and Trump teaming up, spell out what they want. They want the Acting Attorney General and his deputy to publicly state the election in Georgia was too tainted by fraud to be trusted, and that the Georgia General Assembly needed to use the power entrusted to it by the U.S. Constitution to simply come together and send their own electors to Washington.”

“Basically, Clark and Trump teaming up, spell out what they want. They want the Acting Attorney General and his deputy to publicly state the election in Georgia was too tainted by fraud to be trusted, and that the Georgia General Assembly needed to use the power entrusted to it by the U.S. Constitution to simply come together and send their own electors to Washington.

“Now, this would be a violation of Georgia law. But this letter is the Department of Justice telling them they do have the constitutional authority to do it. It would be a violation of the will of the Georgia voters and the will of the American people. It would mean the Department of Justice was literally signing on to the coup attempt in its official capacity. It would be a green light for mayhem…

“And we know from Deputy Attorney General Richard Donahue`s contemporaneous notes released last week that Trump was already pressuring Acting Attorney General Rosen and Donahue, literally telling them just say the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the Republican Congressmen.

“We know Trump is pressuring Republican Georgia Secretary of State famously telling him, ‘I just want to find 11,708 votes.’ But his key ally in this is this guy, Jeffrey Clark, this previously anonymous functionary, a guy that no one really knows, but who is effectively plotting a coup with the President.

“…Rosen and Donohue get this letter and they think, oh, no. They refuse to sign the letter…The New York Times reports…Clark meets with Trump on his own, and then informed Mr. Rosen, the Acting Attorney General, the president intended to replace Rosen with Clark, who could then try to stop Congress from certifying the Electoral College results.”

“OK, so then Rosen and Donohue get this letter and they think, oh, no. They refuse to sign the letter. Well, get this. The New York Times reports the Clark meets with Trump on his own, and then informed Mr. Rosen, the Acting Attorney General, the president intended to replace Rosen with Clark, who could then try to stop Congress from certifying the Electoral College results.

“Clark apparently convincing Trump to make him the Attorney General so he could sign that letter. And again, that letter being issued by the Department of Justice in an act that very likely would have precipitated a crisis from which the country may not have recovered. It would have put inordinate pressure on the Republicans of the Georgia General Assembly, again dominated by Republicans, a green light from the DOJ and they may very well have gone ahead, appointed their own electors pledged Trump, sent them to Washington. Maybe the other states would have followed suit.

“Should Mr. Rosen be fired, they all agreed to resign en masse.”

“It would have thrown us into a frenzy, a suddenly contested election even though there`s nothing to contest. It was very clear electoral results, one man won and one man lost. But the Times reports that Donohue convened a late-afternoon call with the department`s remaining senior leaders laying out Mr. Clark`s efforts to replace Mr. Rosen. Should Mr. Rosen be fired, they all agreed to resign en masse.

“When presented with that ultimatum, Trump seems somewhat swayed by the idea that firing Mr. Rosen would trigger not only chaos at the Justice Department, but also congressional investigations, and possibly recommendations from other Republicans and distract attention from his efforts to overturn the election results.”

“When presented with that ultimatum, Trump seems somewhat swayed by the idea that firing Mr. Rosen would trigger not only chaos at the Justice Department, but also congressional investigations, and possibly recommendations from other Republicans and distract attention from his efforts to overturn the election results.

“And the man who came that close to doing that to committing that grievous act, Jeffrey Clark, is…just out in the world chilling…He got a new job…as the chief of litigation and director of strategy at the right-wing New Civil Liberties Alliance.”

“And so, he backed off, and the guns stayed holstered. But we were this close to a world where the Attorney General United States, Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Clark publicly release that letter. And the man who came that close to doing that to committing that grievous act, Jeffrey Clark, is you know, just out in the world chilling, probably go to nice dinners, probably makes good income. He got a new job. He landed a job as the chief of litigation and director of strategy at the right-wing New Civil Liberties Alliance. Those are all his colleagues right there. They should be very proud. They work with them.

“They do things like sue universities for mandating vaccines and they try to go to court the moratorium on evictions removed. Good folks. Come to think of it, it makes you wonder what the hiring practices are at the New Civil Liberties Alliance. How they all feel in the office — well, maybe they`re not in the office about this guy who`s apparently willing to assassinate American democracy.

“And he can get a job after a lot of this had already been publicly reported. This man who plotted with the president to destroy our form of government to steal the presidency and overturn an election and to essentially install Donald Trump as a tyrant against the will of the people. That man who did that.

“The reason a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol concussing policemen and beating them with their own weapons is because the official mechanisms of power failed Trump thanks to men like Jeffrey Rosen. You got to hand it to him. And Richard Donahue, they did the right thing.”

“The reason a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol concussing policemen and beating them with their own weapons is because the official mechanisms of power failed Trump thanks to men like Jeffrey Rosen. You got to hand it to him. And Richard Donahue, they did the right thing. But if the Department of Justice sends that letter, and the Georgia General Assembly calls a special session, sends a slate of electors for Donald Trump to Washington, well, then, they wouldn`t have needed the mob.

“The man who colluded with Donald Trump on this coup should be disbarred. No one should ever hire him again. He should face eternal public shaming, Jeffrey Clark…He aimed a nuclear weapon at the United States of America’s democracy. There have been little to no consequences for anyone involved in this whole disgusting and [sordid] affair. And unless there are, they’re going to try again. They came very close last time.”

“The man who colluded with Donald Trump on this coup should be disbarred. No one should ever hire him again. He should face eternal public shaming, Jeffrey Clark. It is insane to let this man, Jeffrey Clark, get anywhere near any institution in this country that matters at all. He aimed a nuclear weapon at the United States of America`s democracy. There have been little to no consequences for anyone involved in this whole disgusting and [sordid] affair. And unless there are, they`re going to try again. They came very close last time.

“Charlie Savage is a Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington correspondent for the New York Times. In January, he caught their piece titled Jeffrey Clark was considered on assuming, then he plotted with Trump. Charlie, maybe you could just tell us a little bit about Mr. Clark`s background because what`s striking to me here is this is not someone who comes from the world of like Trump Org as, you know, a loyalist. This is someone who comes up through essentially the mainstream channels of Republican Party lawyers…”  — All In with Chris Hayes

See remainder of the interview with Charlie Savage at the link below.

Published by Loga Michelle Odom @Odomanian

Founder/Host, Reading Changes Lives; Senior Producer, OUR COMMON GROUND Media / TruthWorks Network / If America Fails?: The Coming Tyranny

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