With an assist from Sarah Ferris
FINAL CONCLUSIONS: “CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER”— That’s how the Jan. 6 panel sets out to describe the threat former President Donald Trump posed to democracy and freedom, backed by a movement and supporters he spurred to action.
Today the panel will ‘step back’ to consider efforts to overturn President Joe Biden’s victory during a two-and-a-half-hour hearing with promises of new video footage and documents from the Secret Service treasury – but no live witnesses are expected.
In some ways, the hearing will serve as something of a transition into the criminal case that federal prosecutors are building, though the panel has clearly defined its mission separate from that of the prosecutors. They see their role as informing the public and developing legislative recommendations to prevent future attacks on the peaceful transfer of power.
“We think we’ve really made the case convincingly at the end of this round of hearings,” panel member Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) told Kyle and Nicholas in a recent interview. “And now, frankly, on the criminal side, because we’re not the criminal committee, it’s up to the DOJ to decide. … They have the torch, and we’ll see where they go with it.
The hearing will likely include evidence obtained after the list of summer hearings, such as interviews with cabinet members about conversations regarding the potential invocation of the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from power and documentary footage of the Trump ally. Trump’s longtime Roger Stone.
A clip to watch: Stone, a day before Election Day, told an associate, “To hell with the vote, let’s get straight to the violence,” laughing.
In the two weeks since the hearing was scheduled and then postponed due to Hurricane Ian, the committee obtained testimony from conservative activist Virginia Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. . He also heard from a key Proud Boy chief who pleaded guilty to seditious conspiracy.
Work still to come: This final hearing is not the end of the panel’s work. The select committee is writing its final report, with the aim of publishing a final document in December. They are also considering when to release hundreds of recordings and transcripts of witness interviews.
JAN. 6 AND THE ELECTION NEEDLE — Democrats have hammered the GOP all year as a danger to democracy. But with less than a month to go until the midterm elections, the Jan. 6 issue and Holocaust deniers play a much more minor role midterm compared to issues like abortion.
Indeed, even though the majority of House Republicans voted to oppose certification of the 2020 results, the reality is that almost all of them occupy ruby-red seats, which limits the force with which Democrats can hammer them. On the question. In total, less than 2% of all TV spend on home races went to Jan. 6 ads, according to ad tracking firm AdImpact.
But, but, but: Democrats are still running ads about the issue in a handful of swing seats — think: rural Wisconsin, suburban New Jersey and Phoenix’s East Valley — where they say it’s making a dent. And while they aren’t ads, Democratic candidates talk about them in other contexts, like debates. That includes Greg Landsman, the Dem running against Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), who called the congressman’s vote to not certify the election “dangerous” and “disqualifying.”
Jordan, Sarah and Ally deconstruct why Jan. 6 isn’t a central message for midterm Democrats.
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THE JUDICIAL CLOCK TICKET— A major question looms over the Senate midterm elections: Does the chamber have just two months left to approve President Joe Biden’s judicial choices or two more years?
On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee accepted six more lifetime judicial appointments, maintaining a rapid pace that matches that of former President Donald Trump. But if Republicans take the Senate, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle anticipate a return to what judicial approval looked like at the end of the Obama administration: historically slow.
“Over the past two years, the Democratic-led Senate has been more of a rubber stamp than an equal partner on judicial appointments,” Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in a statement. at POLITICO. “I expect that to change if Republicans have a majority next year.”
If Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) takes the judicial hammer, he promises “more scrutiny than they’ve had in the last two years” for the candidates. He notoriously refused to hold a hearing for Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, current Attorney General Merrick Garland, in 2016.
That leaves Democrats both racing to keep receiving confirmations as they battle to retain control of the Senate.
“We have something like 80 federal vacancies – more to come. To leave these judicial seats vacant is really to question the Republican message of this campaign that they are all for law and order,” Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said in a statement. interview Wednesday. “You can’t have law and order with an empty bench and no judge.”
Burgess has learn more about judicial calculus in the Senate.
RUBIO FIXES A PRICE TAG — Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is asking for $33 billion in federal funding for disaster relief as his home state begins to recover from Hurricane Ian. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is still assessing the devastation and final cost estimates are yet to be finalized. Rubio’s request includes:
- $12 billion to Army Corps of Engineers to repair damage and manage flood control
- Nearly a billion dollars for the pollution caused by the storm
- $10 billion to top up FEMA’s disaster relief fund
- $400 million for fishing and debris removal
- $150 million for the Coast Guard
- $120 million to clean up national parks and wildlife sanctuaries
- $5 million for Community Development Block Grants.
Caitlin has more on Rubio’s Application and Current Status of FEMA’s Disaster Relief Account.
LAXALT RECEIVES GOSAR’D – When fourteen members of your own family approve of your opponent, we call it the energy of the Gosar family. It’s brewing in Nevada, where fourteen members of Republican Senate nominee Adam Laxalt’s family announced on Wednesday that they would support incumbent Democratic Senator Catherine Cortez Masto in one of the most watched races this midterm cycle. they did not record a powerful adlike Rep. Paul Gosar’s (R-Arizona) six siblings, but they wrote a three-page letter praising Cortez Masto. The Nevada Independent has more about the split in the Laxalt family, including the letters his family exchanged when he ran for governor in 2018.
We attended John Fetterman’s endorsement interview. Here’s what he said about Bob Casey, abortion and inflationby Jonathan Tamari and Julia Terruso at the Philadelphia Inquirer
Herschel Walker says his grandmother was “pure-blooded Cherokee”. His mother says otherwiseby Jennifer Bendry at HuffPost
How Democratic men are centering abortion access on the campaign trailfrom Shefali Luthra to the 19th
The most surprising battleground for the House: New Englandby Leigh Ann Caldwell and Theodoric Meyer at the Washington Post
US reaches settlement with victims of doctor who abused Native American patientsby Christopher Weaver and Dan Frosch at The Wall Street Journal
Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson shows strength in state Biden wonby John McCormick at the Wall Street Journal
Sam Franco is now Deputy Director of Legislative and Public Affairs at the Architect of the Capitol. He was most recently head of the legislative team at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Liz Natonsky is now director of programming for Senator Martin Heinrich (DN.M.). She was most recently chief operating officer for Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.).
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WEDNESDAY WINNER:Dan Cohen correctly answered that Abraham Baldwin wrote the charter for America’s first chartered university, the University of Georgia. He also served in the Senate and as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention.
Dan’s QUESTION OF THE DAY: This 35-year-old war hero and military veteran ran on those credentials to reach the White House, but he never saw active combat.
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