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I beg your pardon


My divisive view is that when people effectively confess to seditious conspiracies they should be indicted:

John Eastman, the conservative lawyer who insisted that the vice president had the power to unilaterally reject the Electoral College results before they were certified, suggested a few days after the Capitol riot that he should be on the list for a presidential pardon.

The information was among the biggest revelations of the third public hearing held by the House select committee investigating the lead-up to Jan. 6 and the Capitol attack.

Committee members played recorded video of testimony from Eric Herschmann, a top White House adviser and a lawyer who had worked for a firm representing President Donald J. Trump, who said that Mr. Eastman continued to press for a scheme to subvert Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory even after the riot.

“He said he couldn’t reach others. He started to ask me about something dealing with Georgia and preserving something potentially for appeal,” Mr. Herschmann said. “And I said to him, are you out of your f-ing mind. I only want to hear two words coming out of your mouth from now on: orderly transition. I don’t want to hear any other f-ing words coming out of your mouth no matter what.”

Then, he said, he told Mr. Eastman: “Get a great f-ing criminal defense lawyer. You’re going to need it. And I hung up on him.”

According to the committee members, a few days later, Mr. Eastman emailed another Trump lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, requesting that he be considered for a pardon as Mr. Trump prepared to issue dozens of them.

“I’ve decided that I should be on the pardon list if that is still in the works,” the email said. Mr. Eastman was not ultimately on the pardon list.

The wording of Eastman’s desperate request is darkly hilarious, like he actually thought he had some actual authority over Trump as opposed to being instrumentally useful in his Carl Schmitt for Morons role.

I am looking forward to the results of Paul’s investigation into how this fascist clown was able to use a highly-paid barely-work job at a major research university as a platform to end democracy in America more than ever.

…it is indeed amazing that this wasn’t Succession dialogue:

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