As we await President Biden’s first news conference since November, excuse us from gloating that Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, has been subpoenaed by the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection on the Capitol. Giuliani, along with three other members of Trump’s legal team that fomented baseless claims of election fraud and promoted efforts to overturn the election, must now face a battery of questions about their anti-democratic behavior.
New York City’s former mayor joins several other Trump surrogates, including Mark Meadows, Steve Bannon, Michael Flynn, and Bernard Kerik, a former New York City Police Commissioner subpoenaed by the committee, headed by Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi.
Our guess is that Giuliani will defy the subpoena and then be held in contempt of Congress. Unlike what Biden will say later today during his press conference about voter suppression, we have no idea the ultimate outcome of all those Trump minions called before the committee.
One thing for sure, citing Giuliani brings the committee a little bit closer to Trump and another opportunity to delve deeper into the plans of disrupting the final count of the last presidential election.
In effect, the Big Lie continues to be of considerable importance as the midterm elections loom ever larger on the horizon, just as the issue of passing the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021 passed by the
House and the troubling filibuster are major impediments to assuring the franchise for many Americans.
Few current and political issues have been as divisive as the imminent Senate vote on voting rights, which appears dead on arrival. Given this defeat, and we can applaud all we want about the Trump folks being summoned by the select committee, the DNC, the White House, and coterie of Democrats, whether devoted or fringe, will have to marshal every bit of political muscle in the nation to intercept the spread of voter suppression—and more than 19 states have already passed a number of measures to make those obstacles a reality.
Yes, we got Giuliani in the crosshairs, but his boss remains at large, and so do the lies he continues to tell that have infected the very democratic process now at risk. Watch out Trump, the committee is circling.