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Dec 17, 2021Liked by Steven Beschloss

Well put! May the perpetrators all receive 20 years and never see freedom again!

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Dec 17, 2021Liked by Steven Beschloss

Thank you for spelling this out with such clarity! The stakes for us, for the values that once defined this nation, could not be higher.

AG Garland, are you listening?

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Thank you, too.

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Dec 18, 2021Liked by Steven Beschloss

Well summarized. Things are moving everywhere except with DOJ. Imagine where we could be if there was actually a focus on this inside DOJ and for that matter, the FBI?

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You wrote, “ Before the unanimous vote Monday night to hold Mark Meadows in contempt of Congress for defying the subpoena to appear before the House Select Committee, Liz Cheney made it clear where she sees their investigation heading: “Mr. Meadows’s testimony will bear on another key question before this committee: Did Donald Trump, through action or inaction, corruptly seek to obstruct or impede Congress's official proceeding to count electoral votes?”

Her question matches the language of a specific criminal statute, 18 U.S. Code § 1512. It states: “Whoever corruptly…obstructs, influences, or impedes any official proceeding, or attempts to do so, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both.” Among this law’s definitions of official proceedings? “A proceeding before the Congress.” You know, something like a proceeding to certify a presidential election.”

I believe that you mistakingly used the wrong specific criminal statute. 18 US Code § 1512 does not state what you claimed. 18 U.S. Code § 1505 does.

https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/1512

https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/1505

And the penalty for 18 U.S. Code § 1505 is not 20 years.

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