Stupid Is … Notes from Charlie Pierce on the gang that couldn’t shut up.
WASHINGTON—I would have preferred a mass bust like the one they dropped on the mob families in Apalachin, New York, back in 1957, where there was one big gathering of ratfckers in one place, and the law broke in, and all the ratfckers had to scatter through the woods in a blind panic and their good shoes. But this will do, people. This will surely do. From the Washington Post:
Agents conducted court-authorized law enforcement activity Wednesday morning at different locations, FBI officials confirmed to The Washington Post. One was the home of Brad Carver, a Georgia lawyer who allegedly signed a document claiming to be a Trump elector. The other was the Virginia home of Thomas Lane, who worked on the Trump campaign’s efforts in Arizona and New Mexico. The FBI officials did not identify the people associated with those addresses, but public records list each of the locations as the home addresses of the men.
Among those who received a subpoena Wednesday was David Shafer, the chairman of the Georgia Republican Party, who served as a Trump elector in that state, people familiar with the investigation said. Shafer’s lawyer declined to comment. Separately, at least some of the would-be Trump electors in Michigan received subpoenas, according to a person who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation. But it was not immediately clear whether that activity was related to a federal probe or a state-level criminal inquiry.
The Feds also grabbed the cellphone belonging to the Nevada state GOP chairman. So, basically, if you took a call from any member of the Cockamamie Corps working for Camp Runamuck in the aftermath of the 2020 election, the DOJ would like a word with you. And if you happened to talk to the person, the DOJ would like several words with you—and, perhaps, with your attorney as well. This was a serious roundup of serious varmints, and there’s every indication that it is not even close to over, especially if these folks start turning on each other, which they will, because they can’t all be as stupid as Rudy Giuliani.
FBI agents delivered a subpoena to Lane on Wednesday morning at his home in Virginia, according to the person who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation. After leaving the Trump campaign, Lane has worked for the Republican National Committee’s election efforts in Virginia, this person said. A video posted online in 2020 appears to show Lane handing out paperwork for electors at the Arizona Republican Party’s Dec. 14 alternate elector signing ceremony in Phoenix.
They had videos, because of course they did. They had a ceremony. Throughout this whole sorry episode, from the day of the insurrection onward, I had running through my head the scene from The Wire in which Stringer Bell is pitching the idea of a co-op to the leaders of all the other drug gangs and, at the end, he catches Shamrock writing the minutes of their meeting.
Is you taking notes on a criminal fucking conspiracy?
Videos. Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. Ceremonies for the appointment of fake electors. These people simply could not shut up. Stringer Bell would have taken one look at these clowns and gotten out of the business entirely. Thursday’s public hearing of the House Select Committee, the last one for a while, will focus on how the plotters tried to pressure the DOJ to get in line with the fake-electors scam. In the current DOJ, I suspect this will occasion great hilarity.