The January 6th Committee is suddenly closing in on Donald Trump at high speed

Steve Bannon has been arrested and is going to stand trial. Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has begun turning over evidence in the hope of avoiding arrest. Trump DOJ official Jeffrey Clark is preparing to plead the fifth in regard to what he and Trump did in relation to the 2020 election, even as he tries to fend off an imminent criminal referral. Ali Alexander has come out of hiding and says he’ll testify against everyone because, in his words, he doesn’t want to go to prison.

That’s a whole heck of a lot of progress of late, when you consider that just three weeks ago there were no big names known to be cooperating, and the pundits were still trying to convince us that the DOJ wouldn’t act on the criminal referral against Bannon. Now we’ve got key Trump people cooperating, pleading the fifth, awaiting trial, you name it. In other words, the January 6th Committee’s strategy is working – and now it’s all starting to come together comparatively quickly.

The thing to remember here is that there simply are no magic wands that Trump’s people can use to get the January 6th Committee to just ignore them. As we’re now seeing, privilege isn’t a magic wand, partial cooperation isn’t a magic wand, pleading the fifth isn’t a magic wand, and whatever tactic any of them might try next won’t end up being a magic wand either.

  

Things truly are closing in on Donald Trump. As the committee gears up to hold very public hearings after the holidays, this is all about to get remarkably explosive in nature. And that’s before getting to the part where the committee inevitably subpoenas Trump himself, leaving Trump with the impossible choice of cooperating or being indicted for contempt.

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