The House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol is probing former President Donald Trump’s failed effort to overturn the 2020 election as an “attempted coup,” Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA), who serves on the Committee, confirmed on Wednesday.
On MSNBC’s Deadline: White House, host Nicolle Wallace noted that a newly-publicized memo containing a six-point plan to subvert American democracy “serves as a blueprint for a coup” and asked Schiff if that is how Congress is treating the deadly events of January 6th.
The document was authored by Trump attorney John Eastman and outlines how then-Vice President Mike Pence could and should use his ceremonial powers to disrupt the congressional certification of then-President-Elect Joe Biden’s landslide victory in the Electoral College.
“Yes, and I think Adam is exactly right,” Schiff replied, referring to Representative Adam Kinzinger’s (R-IL) assessment on January 6th that Trump was indeed mounting a coup against the duly-elected government.
This is a coup attempt.
— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) January 6, 2021
Schiff explained to Wallace that legal trickery by Trump’s right-wing loyalists is what most endangers the future of our republic, which is precisely what the Eastman memo instructed of Pence.
“The predominant worry I have about our democracy is not that it’s gonna be overthrown by a violent revolution – notwithstanding that we endured a violent attempted insurrection – but rather that there will be quasi-legal means that so undermine our democracy that it creates a crisis and it falls apart,” he said.
“This is what the Republicans tried to do – that the Trump campaign and administration tried to do with this memo – but it’s also what GOP party leaders are trying to do around the country by stripping independent elections officials of their powers and handing them to partisan boards, so they can succeed where they failed with this attempted coup. That is if they can’t disenfranchise enough people and they still lose, this gives them the chance through the patina of legality to overturn the results,” the Congressman continued. “And that, to me, is the most desperate risk that our democracy faces.”
Watch below via Bob Brigham:
The House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack the U.S. Capitol is investigating the day as a coup attempt, Schiff says. pic.twitter.com/aCiiWWlm5a
— Bob Brigham (@BobBrigham) September 22, 2021
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