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(Video Credit: CNN | The Lead)
Former Republican strategist and Lincoln Project co-founder Stuart Stevens appeared on CNN’s “The Lead” with Jake Tapper and told him that “every level of the Republican Party was involved” in planning the January 6th riot at the U.S. Capitol and that it was not an “impromptu event.”
Stevens is a notorious “Never Trumper” who has been involved in underhanded political subterfuge such as the staged tiki torch incident that took place in front of Virginia gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin’s campaign bus.
The leftist House Select Committee on January 6th is seeking to get their paws on subpoena records and force a long list of GOP members and Republican activists to testify in front of Congress about the riot. They now want to know who was behind funding the rallies that preceded the riot at the Capitol.
Tapper began his segment by turning to CNN’s cherry-picked law enforcement correspondent Whitney Wild who discussed subpoenaed bank records of a spokesman for former President Trump and the ensuing legal battle over them.
(Video Credit: MSNBC)
He then turned to attorney Bakari Sellers, asking him what was the point of digging into who paid for the rallies. The rallies are not being investigated and therefore it seems moot asking who funded them.
“Well, you can’t look at one without the other,” Sellers asserted, comparing it to the process of filing racketeering charges. His premise presupposes that somehow illegal activity took place by merely holding a conservative rally which is a specious argument at best.
“So by digging up and going to find out who financed the rallies, who paid for the buses, who paid for the robocalls, the radio ads, these individuals who actually paid for this rally, which led to an insurrection — they paid for this coup,” he explained, disingenuously insinuating that the rally actually led to the riot which reportedly did not happen.
He also contended that “those individuals who paid for it and elected officials who aided and abetted” should be held accountable which is really stretching the connection of those that were there that day. There has been no proof whatsoever that those who paid for the rally or elected Republicans had anything to do with the riot.
Tapper put forth the possibility that Trump or his campaign had funded the rallies. Then he asked Stevens if that meant that the funding was provided “to create this coup.”
“Sure, I think it does,” Stevens replied. “They were very clear about what they wanted to do. They wanted to stop the peaceful transfer of power. I mean, this is what they wanted Pence to do. There’s no secrets here. It’s just a question of whether people are going to be held accountable.”
“Every level of the Republican Party was involved in this,” he charged. “White House staff, congressmen, senators, their staffs, the Republican Governors Association, was involved. The RNC. Major donors.”
Members of Congress “don’t go out the door without being staffed up,” claimed Stevens.
“This was not just a sort of impromptu event,” he accused. “It was long in the planning. And people paid for it and they tried to overthrow the government of the United States.”
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