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Attempted Coup

Donald Trump not only tried to benefit from the coup attempt on the Congress as they were counting the electoral votes to elect Joe Biden as President, but he engineered the whole thing. Trump should be impeached and removed from office, and also tried and imprisoned for the sedition and other crimes he has committed. Five people are dead.

Here is how I have determined that Trump planned and implemented the coup:

Shortly after the November election, he abruptly fired Mark Espy, his Secretary of Defense, and installed on November 10, 2020 a number of Trump sycophants at the top of the civilian leadership of the Defense Department. They are:

  • Christopher Miller, Acting Secretary of Defense. Miller was formerly Director of the National Counter Terrorism Center (NCTC), located at Liberty Crossing near Tyson’s Corner in McLean, Virginia. The NCTC was formed in 2012 to collect, store and analyze extensive data collected on U.S. citizens compiled from government and nongovernment sources. It was created to catalogue suspicious behavior and potential domestic criminal threats, including compiling detailed lists of domestic terrorists and terrorist groups. (Miller formerly reported as Director of the NCTC to John Ratcliffe, until recently an extreme right wing Trumpster Member of Congress. Ratcliffe was sworn in as Director of National Intelligence on May 26, 2020 after initially being rejected for the DNI position. Thereafter, Ratcliffe declassified 2016 Russian disinformation that asserted Hillary Clinton personally approved a scheme to associate Trump with Putin and Russian hacking of the DNC. He provided the information to Sen. Lindsey Graham, who then released it. Ratcliffe also has worked to sideline career members of the intelligence community.)
  • Anthony Tata, Acting Undersecretary for Defense Policy. A former Army Brigadier General, Tata retired in 2010 after heading the 10th Mountain Division in Afghanistan. He has since become a rabid pro-Trump commentator on Fox News, promoting conspiracy theories that the CIA planned to assassinate Trump.
  • Ezra Cohen-Watnick, Acting Undersecretary for Intelligence. He formerly was Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict, where he dealt with the U.S.’s “use of military force applied selectively and with restraint to enforce compliance with its policies and objectives”. He was trained at the CIA, as one of 500 members of the Defense Clandestine Service (DCS), a highly secret part of the Defense Intelligence Agency. The DCS “conducts clandestine espionage activities around the world to answer national-level defense objectives for senior U.S. policymakers and military leaders”, in cooperation with the CIA’s Directorate of Operations and the U.S. military’s Joint Special Operations Command.

Shortly after Trump was defeated, he placed operatives at the top of the Department of Defense, and conspired with them to plan the coup attempt to overthrow the U.S. Government.

Shortly after Trump was defeated, he placed these operatives at the top of the Department of Defense, and conspired with them to plan the coup attempt to overthrow the U.S. Government. He would stage the coup if he could not steal the election in other ways, such as litigating to overturn election results in the battleground states, or strongarming GOP election officials to add fake votes to the totals in these states so Trump could be declared the winner of the election.

The DOJ operatives used the information they had collected about the domestic terrorists associated with QAnon, The Proud Boys, KKK operatives, neo-Nazis and other right wing groups to encourage them to come to Washington, D. C. on January 6, 2021 to stage the coup attempt as the electoral votes were being counted. Trump himself, starting on December 10, 2020, advocated and endorsed the January 6 protest, tweeting: “Big protest in D.C. January 6. Be there, will be wild!” Also, “JANUARY SIXTH, SEE YOU IN DC!” He had also encouraged two prior protests on the streets of Washington,D.C. which resulted in late night brawls.

As January 6 approached, the permit obtained by the protestors from the National Park Service on the Ellipse near the White House was increased from 5,000 expected attendees to 30,000. The conspirators made sure that only the Capitol Police were on hand to handle any protests that resulted from the Trump rally that began on that morning. Seditionists flew in from all over the country to participate.

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The January 6, 2021 Coup

On the Ellipse, before Congress convened at 1pm, Trump thundered to his assembled supporters at the Save America rally from behind bullet-proof glass on the stage: “We’re going to the Capitol. If you don’t fight like Hell, you’re not going to have a country any more! I will be walking with you! (Of course, he was too much of a chicken to do that; he went back to the White House to watch the coup on television.) At the rally, Donald Trump, Jr. threatened, regarding those who don’t support his father, “We’re coming for you!” Rudy Giuliani also urged the rioters to get ready for “Trial by combat!

Before Trump spoke, he gathered with his family and flunkies in a white tent near the stage to watch the crowds assemble, in a party-like atmosphere, rock music blaring. Kimberly Guilfoyle, Don Jr’s girlfriend, shouted at his webcam camera: “Have the courage to do the right thing! Fight!”.

There may have also been pro-Trump conspirators embedded in the leadership of the Capitol Police. The D.C. Metropolitan Police were assured before the event that the Capitol Police had everything well in hand, and the National Guard, commanded by the very conspirators at the top of the Department of Defense, was not alerted to be ready if there was trouble. It took the National Guard several hours to get ready to move on the Capitol, in spite of pleadings from embattled Congress Members. Curiously, no one at the top of the Defense Department could initially be reached.

The rioters somehow had detailed maps of the Capitol, so that they could find their way around after they broke in. They were looking for Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Pence, so they could kill the persons next in line for the Presidency after Trump.

They also headed to the Office of the Parliamentarian of the House, looking for the leather boxes containing the certified electoral votes from the states that were being counted as the riots enfolded. Fortunately some of the Congressional Interns who brought them into the House Chamber to be counted took them out with them as they escaped, to prevent them from being destroyed by the Trumpster rioters.

At 2:14pm, Arizona GOP Congressman Paul Gosar began to make his objections to the Arizona electoral vote count. Gosar, along with Congressmen Andy Biggs of Arizona and Mo Brooks of Alabama, have just been revealed as being deeply involved in planning the Save America rally that morning. Brooks was also one of the speakers. Biggs was among the hardcore Trump loyalists who met with Trump in the days before January 6 to discuss challenging the Electoral College vote.

At 2:39pm, a number of plainclothed Capitol Police and Secret Service dragged a large heavy desk in front of the doors to the House chamber that the President always enters to deliver his State of the Union Address to Congress each year. The glass in the door windows was being broken by rioters, and guns were drawn by the people guarding the door. Rioters could be seen looking in, as the guards tell them “You don’t want to do this!” The rioters retreated.

At 2:45pm, on the other side of the House chamber, near the entrance to the Speaker’s Gallery, rioters were pushing against the closed doors leading into the Gallery, perhaps 10 feet from the entrance to the House chamber. Several cops suddenly left their posts guarding the doors, and two Trumpsters started pounding on the glass windows on the doors with large sticks, punching out the glass. A female rioter, Ashli Babbitt, was hoisted up to the opening, thrust one leg through, and started to enter the Gallery. At that point she was shot dead by someone inside.

Many years ago, when I was a Park Ranger in the Tetons, late one night when I was guarding an entrance station, I was informed that a killing had taken place at Jackson Lake Lodge, that the killer was headed my way, and I was to use all necessary force to stop him from escaping. He approached at high speed in his large truck, headed right for me, and I unloaded all the bullets in my Colt .45 at him. I missed him, and he sped away (to later be captured, tried and convicted).

If I had been that guy holding the gun at the door of the Speaker’s Gallery, I would have shot the person trying to enter, too. The rioters were trying to kill Members of Congress and the Speaker and the VP. The woman was rabidly screaming things, totally out of control, as the videos shot at that moment show, and many of the others pounding on the doors were in a complete frenzy. When she tried to enter, a red line was crossed, and deadly force was justified. As a result, the rioters temporarily moved back, and all Members of Congress and others inside were able to escape; none were injured or killed.

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All of those involved in this conspiracy must pay a heavy price. Trump must be removed from office, and charged with Sedition and other crimes (including murder), and imprisoned. He may try to pardon himself, his family, and his fellow co-conspirators, including complicit Members of Congress, and Trump may even try to pardon the rioters who did his bidding. All such pardons have to be challenged in court. Until then, they all should rot in prison.

Ted Vaill