Donald Trump is even more unhinged than we thought

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An image of former President Donald Trump is displayed on a screen during a hearing of the House January 6 committee in Washington, D.C., on July 12, 2022.

Photo by Doug Mills/The New York Times/Bloomberg via Getty Images

End of Tuesday’s hearing of the House January 6 committee, Rep. Liz Cheney revealed yet one more bombshell from a congressional investigation that has been full of them.

Cheney stated that Trump’s former president called a witness to try to influence their future testimony. Cheney did not identify the witness but said that the committee was alerted about the call by the witness’s lawyer. Trump called the witness in the last few days — after the committee’s previous hearing, in which former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson delivered Explosive testimony about Trump’s volatile behavior on January 6. The matter has been referred to the Justice Department by the committee for an investigation into possible witness tampering.

The January 6 committee’s investigation into the insurrection and Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election has turned into perhaps the best congressional inquiry since the Church Committee’s legendary investigation of the intelligence community in the 1970s. The House committee has patiently and meticulously laid out the evidence of Trump’s illegal efforts to overturn the election and incite a violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, making it clear, once and for all, that he was the puppet master behind the surging mob seeking to prevent the congressional certification of Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election.

The committee has already made several other criminal allegations against Trump, including the one of witness tampering. In seven hearings so far, the committee has portrayed the former president’s behavior as far worse than was previously known. The House committee has revealed much more than media expected. It has also provided mountains of evidence that the Justice Department should use to expand its criminal investigation into Trump and his cronies.

During Tuesday’s hearing, the committee showed that Trump carefully planned to incite the mob to march on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, when Congress was meeting to certify the election results. The fact is that the organizers of the rally on January 6 were aware in advance that Trump would urge the crowd towards the Capitol. “POTUS is going to have us march there/the Capitol,” said Kylie Jane Kremer, a rally organizer, in a January 4, 2021, text message shown by the committee.

The committee also found that Trump incited the insurrection even though all his illicit attempts to overturn the election had failed. Tuesday’s hearing focused in part on A bizarre meeting at the White House on December 18, 2020, in which Trump surrounded himself with conspiracy theorists, including attorney Sidney Powell and former national security adviser Michael Flynn, to discuss seizing voting machines. Pat Cipollone, Trump’s former White House lawyer, testified about how he fought the crazed ideas coming from the people whispering to Trump in his final days in the White House. Trump incited an insurrection shortly after the marathon meeting was over in the middle of night. On December 19, at 1:42 a.m., Trump sent out a tweet encouraging his supporters to go to Washington. “Be there, will be wild.”

Tuesday’s astonishing hearing added to the portrait of Unhinged Trump that was sketched by Hutchinson in her June 28 hearing. Hutchinson, a key aide to Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows, disclosed that Trump knew that some in the crowd on January 6 were armed and still urged them to go to the Capitol. She revealed that Trump was eager to lead the crowd to the Capitol and tried to grab the steering column from a Secret Service agent after his detail refused to transport him there.

The hearings of the January 6 committee, including Hutchinson’s testimony, have been must-see television, depicting Trump as a psychopath and a criminal who sought to turn the U.S. into a dictatorship.

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