Last night, on “Deadline White House,” Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA11) had the following to say regarding Donald Trump, Merrick Garland, Trump’s “burner phones,” the 37-minute gap in Trump’s phone records, the 1/6/21 insurrection, etc.
- “Well, you know, we’re dealing with a pathological liar, so why would we start believing him on this? And I tend to think that John Bolton, who spent a lot of time with Donald Trump as National Security Advisor, would know what he’s talking about. I think it stretches credulity to believe Donald Trump doesn’t know what a burner phone is and didn’t take advantage of it in the 7-hour-37-minute gap that makes Nixon’s 18 1/2-minute gap look like a Boy Scout.”
- “The most significant event this week is the opinion of the federal judge, Judge Carter, that almost certainly Donald Trump and maybe John Eastman violated federal law, committed a felony with respected to the January 6 insurrection. I think that’s a profound opinion by a federal judge that deserves attention both by the January 6 committee here in Congress, but maybe more importantly by Merrick Garland, the Attorney General of the United States.”
- “In front of our eyes, [Donald Trump] incited a mob to violence. And it is very clear, in front of our eyes again – he made no secret of it – that he has tried to encourage officials throughout the United States to overturn the actual election results of November. That ought to be a crime. That out to be pursued. That ought to be prosecuted. And I don’t care who it is, in this case the former president of the United States. And as Judge Carter said, not to do it has real consequences too.”
- “Merrick Garland is a former federal judge. He’s a very careful person. I don’t think he’s going to pursue a case based on political pressure, or even Congressional pressure. Hopefully, however, he sees that this case has profound merit and cannot be ignored. There’s real peril in doing that, as Judge Carter pointed out. So I would hope, if he wasn’t already doing it, that Merrick Garland is refreshing his familiarity with the particulars of the impeachment of Donald Trump – the second impeachment – the facts surrounding the insurrection, and Donald Trump’s criminal role in all of that.”