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By the time the Jan. 6 panel concludes, they'll have Trump dead to rights on criminal intent

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Among the various failings of the Mueller investigation into 2016 was the fact that the probe never managed to establish Donald Trump's clear intent despite the damning web of connections between his campaign and the Kremlin.

The select committee investigating Jan. 6 has made avoiding that trap the central focus of its work. The panel dedicated its first hearing to establishing that Trump was repeatedly informed by his inner circle that his fraud claims were "Bullshit," as then-Attorney General Bill Barr put it.

In Thursday's hearing, the Jan. 6 committee laid bare the utter illegality of conservative attorney John Eastman's scheme to overturn the 2020 election. Not only did White House attorney Eric Hershmann recount in a deposition aptly advising Eastman to "get a fucking criminal defense lawyer," Eastman himself ultimately requested in writing (an email) to be put on Trump's pardon list following Jan. 6.

But perhaps most damning for Trump was a sequence of clips in which the committee established that Trump himself had "dictated" a statement designed to apply ultimate pressure to Vice President Mike Pence to refuse to certify the election on Jan. 6.

Despite the fact that several Trump aides testified........

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