Chesebro Memo outlines Trump’s voter count bill plan for Mike Pence

If the people investigating the expensive lawsuits that were busy until January 6, 2021 are focusing their efforts on trying to make constitutional salad out of constitutional shit, then I commend them for their insight. It was always going to be a long dirt road to connect the various administration-affiliated hacks and portmanteaus to the actual violence of that day, but they are all clearly vulnerable to charges related to the more “respectable.” strategy of twisting the Constitution to maintain vulgar language in the White House against the expressed will of the American people. Politicsit is Kyle Cheney found a tasty morsel in the sleaze and muck buffet that the January 6 Special Committee recently released.

It’s a note from December 13, 2020 written by an obscure lawyer named Kenneth Chesebro, addressed to a more famous lawyer named Rudy Giuliani. He outlines another method of getting Vice President Mike Pence to relinquish his constitutional authority as Senate Speaker in favor of the Senate Speaker. temporary Chuck Grassley, or another collapsible tool. Thus, explains the Chesebro memo, the president* and vice president* will be “insulated” against accusations of ratifying the electoral count. There’s even a forward-looking timeline that Chesebro has put in place for the proposed action. Last March, a federal judge called the memo “probably furthered the crimes of obstruction of official process and conspiracy to defraud the United States” and ordered it released. Of Politics:

Chesebro’s proposed plan depended on the existence of competing lists of presidential voters in a handful of states where Biden won the popular vote. In fact, just a day after Chesebro sent his memo to Giuliani, pro-Trump activists gathered in several state capitals and signed documents falsely claiming to be their states’ true presidential voters. Then, Chesebro’s strategy compelled Pence to “firmly take the position that ‘he, and he alone, is charged with the constitutional responsibility of not just opening the votes, but counting them – including making judgments on what what to do if there are conflicting votes. .'”

It is worth remembering that none of these ideas are new. In 2000, while Florida was still on fire, the Republican state legislature threatened to send Congress a list of voters promised to George W. Bush, regardless of the recounts. Monkeying around with the archaic voter count law, in order to monkey with the more dangerously archaic electoral college system, has been in the conservative playbook for some time. This is why so many conservatives defend so fiercely this grating relic of the original slave power.

And Chesebro’s letter also cites how Republicans in 1877 used the Senate presidency as “leverage” to force the creation of the ad hoc election commission that ultimately awarded the presidency to Rutherford B. Hayes. It was based on a terrible deal that ended federal reconstruction in the South, opening the door to Jim Crow. Even then, this was seen as a profound flaw in the Constitution. Write in the North American Review, a Pennsylvania congressman named Charles Buckalew, a longtime critic of the country’s election conduct, said:

It has proven difficult to draw the exact boundary between federal and state jurisdiction in presidential elections, and it is even questionable whether, on some part of this field of power, the jurisdiction of both is not concurrent, or at any rate the jurisdiction is permissive. to the states until Congress intervenes.

Buckalew wrote that, faced with an impossible entanglement in the Electoral College, Congress “found [itself] greatly embarrassed by the absence of definite laws, fundamental or statutory, to direct them and control their action. Between the two chambers, and between the two great parties of the country represented by them, the conflict of opinions was intense, and to overcome the difficulties of the time, a very peculiar and extraordinary measure of legislation was adopted.

Charles, old man, you hadn’t seen anything yet.

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