And it is funny how quickly the media gets scrubbed to fit the establishment narrative. "Q Shaman" Jake Angeli's Mom (Martha Chansley) has been on various local media pointing out that her son did not actually break any laws and was a patriot not a rioter. She is sometimes portrayed borderline loony in the national news media in doing so, but in my opinion presents a very competent case that all he did was walk into open doors, walk around, and be photographed in the Speaker's chair. Q Shaman's only real crime are those God-awful tattoos.
The defendants are better off not trying to make it about Trump. Basically, the Feds hope to get plea bargains and to go fishing, but anyone who did not break windows and doors should not plead guilty to any felonies. The July 6 protesters were unarmed but they were mostly White. The Black Panthers marched into the California State Capitol in the 1960s with loaded guns and they were never even charged.
Especially given that Trump's Impeachment was not convicted in the Senate, the case about the Insurrection is extraordinarily lame. Since Trump was not in office any longer for his Senate trial and is only a private citizen now anyway, they can't pass laws to take away his Constitutional rights or pass Bills of Attainder, as this is specifically prohibited in the Constitution.
They also can't invoke 14th Amendment rhetoric about disqualifying him for Federal office for Insurrection because that was American Civil War fallout─and a straw grasped to appease Democrat butthurt, the Constitution is not meant.
Had Trump's second Impeachment led to a Conviction in the Senate, it would have been nothing more than a Censure (condemnation) which has no force of law behind it.
When Nixon resigned in 1974 under the threat of Impeachment, President Ford pardoned him for any possible statutory crimes related to the Watergate break-in that his enemies were still trying to conjure up. Basically this is because the sitting President is the enforcer of Federal law and a pardon is an order to his minions not to pursue a legal matter (and customarily would probably be honored by successive Chief Executives).
Nixon could have nipped the Watergate scandal in the bud by dismissing and prosecuting those responsible for the actual break-in (the so-called Committee to Re-elect the President) plus ruthlessly dismissing any Attorneys General who were or persisted in undermining his Administration. Nixon's true crime was trying to cover it up, but I digress.
With the January 6th, 2021 protest, the Feds and the Democrats have an extraordinarily weak case. And President Trump was well within his rights to call for his supporters to petition Congress for redress of grievances and to protest the election certification. Political speeches are often over-the-top, but never does Trump tell minions to break into the Capitol or to do acts of violence on Congresspersons.
Both the Democrat Arizona Senators voted to Convict. They are echoing the conspiracy-tard nonsense about the January 6th "Insurrection" being the preservation of Democracy and the Constitution─and this after a full Summer of bloody Negro and Antifa riots in the middle of nearly a year of mandated Covid lockdowns for everybody else.
Yeah, the Senators swore an oath to protect the Constitution, but the Constitution says nothing about "Democracy," only that it guarantees a "republican" form of government. I hope the few Republican Senators like Mitt Romney get their asses handed to them by the voters, but I am not optimistic.
I don't see any resolution to this matter about rigged elections either unless all precincts in the country require Voter ID and proof of citizenship. Mail-in balloting is incredibly convenient but I would be willing to ban it if it forces a basic check for citizenship and eligibility and eliminates the now omnipresent threat of ballot-box stuffing.
Democrats call this "Voter Suppression" because their minority constituents do not have the personal agency to get their heinies in gear and go vote on election day. Democrat fortunes always hinge on better turnouts and this varies. Usually "Community Organizers" must bus them in to vote, tell them who to vote for, and then haul them over to the Black Baptist Church for wings and malt liquor afterwards. That is the kind of Democracy that the Baltimore Sage H.L. Mencken feared when he complained about "Voting Cattle."
The Republican Party has to see if they can recapture the White populist magic that Trump tapped into in 2016 without intending to really change anything but his own political campaign. They need to punish the RINOs and stop being the Party of Israel and Corporate Globalization. I am not too optimistic, however.