The rapidly deteriorating mental state of Donald Trump has been evident since at least November of 2020 when he decisively lost the presidential election to Joe Biden, a man he tried (and failed) to malign as a senile communist. And Trump’s debilitating dementia has not been helped by his mounting legal peril.
Trump has now been indicted three times on 78 felony counts, with more to come. This has resulted in his relentless stream of fear-drenched comments on his floundering Twitter ripoff, Truth Social, bemoaning his pitiful victimhood at the hands of political foes that he apparently concedes are smarter and stronger than he is. Even Fox News is having trouble defending Trump without inadvertently portraying him as feeble and failing.
Late Tuesday night Trump exercised his thumb muscles to post several comments expressing his dismay over something that he saw on Fox News. Never mind that he has lately been trashing the network for not adoring him enough, he still watches faithfully and, like many other elderly American right-wingers, gets his daily dose of outrage from their propaganda spewers.
What Trump saw on this occasion was a segment on Jesse Watters’ program alleging that the House Select Committee that investigated the January 6th insurrection that Trump incited had destroyed materials it had accumulated during their probe. Watters, and subsequently Trump, were incensed at what they considered to be proof that the Committee was suppressing evidence. Trump raged…
“So now that I have full Subpoena Power because of the Freedom of Speech Sham Indictment by Crooked Joe Biden, Deranged Jack Smith, and the DOJ, it has just been reported that the Unselect January 6th Committee of Political Hacks and Thugs has illegally destroyed their Records and Documents. This is unthinkable, and the Fake Political Indictment against me must be immediately withdrawn. The system is Rigged & Corrupt, very much like the Presidential Election of 2020. We are a Nation in Decline!”
Skipping over the routine infantile nicknames and insults, the subpoena power that Trump is drooling over comes with his being a defendant on dozens of federal criminal charges. Which is nothing to brag about. However, if thinks that he will be able to use it to compel testimony regarding the January 6th Committee, he’s even nuttier than we thought. Special counsel Jack Smith has not charged Trump with anything related to the riots on January 6th. So any attempts to subpoena testimony from the Committee will likely be challenged and dismissed.
What’s more, Trump is badly misguided if he thinks that his indictments will be withdrawn over this. For one thing, the claim that records were illegally destroyed is utterly false. And Trump’s whining that “these Indictments aren’t “Legit,” they were all thrown up at me, quickly an haphazardly,” is particularly comical, since he has also been complaining bitterly that the indictments came too slowly and should have come two and half years ago. Which would have been in January of 2021, just days after the insurrection and before the stolen classified documents were found at Mar-a-Lago.
The reporting by Watters likely came from a Fox News report that was typically filled with innuendo and lies. The entire report was based solely on information provided to Fox by ultra-MAGA GOP congressman, Barry Loudermilk.
The January 6th Committee chairman, Benny Thompson, responded to Loudermilk saying that his letter contained “factual errors” and that “the committee had followed the rules and turned over ‘4 terabytes’ of data.'” Thompson further disclosed that the Committee had fully complied with “guidance from the Office of the Clerk and other authorities” as to preserving and archiving documents. Only “temporary” records that were not part of the Committee’s probe were not preserved. Neither Loudermilk nor the Fox News article provided any evidence that any relevant documents were withheld or, as Trump alleged, were “Discarded, Deleted, [or] Thrown Out.” The Committee’s report, and supporting materials, are all available online.
So as usual, this is another nothingburger courtesy of the GOP Crackpot Conspiracy Complex. All it does is give Trump material to freak out over, and Fox News another few days of falsehoods to tack onto the news cycle. It’s further proof that all they have left are baseless accusations and factless gossip. Fortunately for them, their cult followers eat that crapola up.
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