Justice Samuel Alito trended on Twitter Sunday morning thanks to attorney Sidney Powell, and a clip in which she appears to link him to the January 6th attack on Congress. In it, she seems to lay out a role for him following the attack, and suggest that he might have fulfilled that role, if Congress hadn’t reconvened and finished the process so quickly.
Powell and others who have pushed false election claims have repeatedly claimed that the Supreme Court was on their side and would rule in their favor, so it’s no great surprise that Powell would claim the same about one specific Justice, but one thing that stands out in this clip is that she appears to be describing a strategy. She seems to suggest that no one expected Congress to reconvene after rioters entered the Capitol Building on January 6th, and that the plan was to use this delay time to get Justice Alito’s assistance intervening.
This new interview by Powell is interesting. It suggests that the purpose of the insurrection was to DELAY the electoral college certification to give Alito time to intervene on this legal challenge. But, Powell says they didn’t anticipate Pelosi reconvening Congress that day. pic.twitter.com/HnmpcOci3Q
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) September 26, 2021
We were filing a 12th Amendment Constitutional challenge to the process that Congress was about to use under the Electoral Act provisions that simply don’t jive with the 12th Amendment to the United States Constitution. Justice Alito was our circuit justice for that. Louie Gohmert was the plaintiff in our lawsuit, and we were suing the vice president to follow the 12th Amendment as opposed to the Electoral College Act. That was the main point, and Nancy Pelosi had finagled to file an amicus brief in it…She got notice when we made our filing because she had filed an amicus brief. Everything broke loose and she had to really speed up reconvening Congress to get the vote going before Justice Alito might have issued an injunction to stop it all, which is what should have happened.
Powell stops short of quite suggesting that the attack itself was planned, but seems to affirm that there was willingness to use the attack as part of the delaying tactics to hold off confirmation of the electoral vote until a Justice could intervene. She also doesn’t make it clear whether Alito was aware of the role she expected him to play in this, or what reason, if any, she had to expect his intervention.
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