Is This the Smoking Gun of Trump’s Treason?

Trump’s trial may have to shift from insurrection to treason

Thom Hartmann
5 min readFeb 1, 2021


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Probably the largest question that the Trump impeachment trial must answer is both simple and straightforward: “Did the President lead or participate in a conspiracy to overthrow the government of the United States and install himself as a strongman dictator-for-life?”

Proving this first requires connecting Trump to the traitors who actually, physically tried to seize the Capitol and murder Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, killing five other people in the process.

It’ll also require proof that Trump or people in his immediate circle directed that insurrection with his knowledge; that he himself directed people to march on the capital and suggested or implied they should act violently; and that he or his agents took active steps to prevent the federal government from protecting the Capitol or Pence, Pelosi, and the constitutional process of counting the votes.

New reporting from the New York Times brings shocking detail to this investigation, and a recently released document raises troubling questions.

First, it appears that the invasion of the Capitol to “stop the steal” wasn’t spontaneous, but was the result of a conspiracy that promoted it directly to the people who ultimately carried it out.

“The rally had taken on new branding, the March to Save America, and other groups were joining in, among them the Republican Attorneys General Association,” the Times reporters noted. “Its [RAGA’s] policy wing, the Rule of Law Defense Fund, promoted the event in a robocall that said, ‘We will march to the Capitol building and call on Congress to stop the steal,’ according to a recording obtained by the progressive investigative group Documented.”

Additionally, there are multiple reports of a shadowy meeting the evening before, January 5, at the Trump Hotel in Trump’s private suite that may be a key to a possible conspiracy to overthrow the American government the following day.

An associate of Alabama Senator Tommy Tuberville, “the then-director of the Republican Attorneys General Association,” noted on Facebook that Tuberville was among the



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