The debate over whether Donald Trump is acutely delusional or merely a pathological liar rages on. However, there is no question that he continues to disseminate utter nonsense that bares little to no resemblance to reality.
In a post on his pitifully floundering Twitter ripoff, Truth Social, Trump engaged in some more of his tedious and petulant whining about the House Select Committee that investigated the January 6th insurrection he incited. Clearly Trump is rattled by the Committee’s findings after a year and half of hearings that uncovered abundant evidence of his guilt.
True to form, Trump’s criticism was wholly devoid of factual substance or even a smidgen of the maturity one might expect from a septuagenarian political figure. He seethed that he…
“Was just advised that the Unselect Committee of political Thugs has withdrawn the Subpoena of me concerning the January 6th Protest of the CROOKED 2020 Presidential Election. They probably did so because they knew I did nothing wrong, or they were about to lose in Court. Perhaps the FBI’s involvement in RIGGING the Election played into their decision. In any event, the Subpoena is DEAD!”
Trump is still reverting to elementary school nicknames, calling the Committee “Unselect.” And he is dismissing the grave consequences of the deadly riots by referring to them as a “protest.”
More dementedly, Trump thinks that, because the Committee waived the subpoena for his testimony, they believe that he “did nothing wrong.” This is after they issued four criminal referrals to the Department of Justice for inciting the insurrection, obstruction of justice, conspiracy to defraud the U.S., and conspiracy to make a false statement. The incitement charge alone could result in prohibiting Trump from holding any federal or state office in the future.
Trump is also suffering under the delusion that the Committee dropping the subpoena request indicated that they were afraid that they were about to lose in court. The truth is that the Committee has completed its work. They will be disbanded in few days as the next session of Congress begins. They have already published their final report. Consequently, there is no further need for Trump’s testimony, which if the past is any indication, would have been filled with either lies or pleadings of the Fifth Amendment to avoid incriminating himself.
Trump actually knows all of this. The Committee chair, Bennie Thompson, sent a letter to Trump’s attorney spelling out the circumstances of the subpoena withdrawal. He wrote that…
“As you may know, the Select Committee has concluded its hearings, released its final report and will very soon soon reach its end. In light of the imminent end of our investigation, the Select Committee can no longer pursue the specific information covered by the subpoena.
“Therefore, through this letter, I hereby formally withdraw the subpoena issued to former President Trump, and notify you that he is no longer obligated to comply or produce records in response to said subpoena.”
1/ BREAKING! After my firm filed suit on separation of powers grounds to block January 6 House Select Committee’s illegitimate subpoena to President Trump over his activities while president— the committee waved the white flag & withdrew subpoena. We were confident of victory/ pic.twitter.com/7ElOXljpt1
— Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban) December 29, 2022
Trump’s attorney, Harmeet Dhillon (who is also running to replace Ronna McDaniel as chair of the Republican National Committee), badly misunderstood the letter, claiming falsely that “the committee waved the white flag & withdrew subpoena.” The Committee had already won. Legally, they had all the evidence needed to prove the charges against Trump. And Trump wasn’t going to provide anything else of value. Plus, the Justice Department, and the Special Counsel, Jack Smith, have greater power to compel testimony and document production.
Nevertheless, Trump lives in his fantasy world, or the world of his dishonest contrivances designed to gaslight his cult followers. And that’s enough for him. Which is convenient because surely no one else believes any of his pathetic bullpucky.
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