At no point did any Trump-affiliated group band together to help fund a legitimate defense for the insurgents themselves. But now that the House Committee has called out people who helped organize that rally, things are changing fast.
Two of Donald Trump’s closest allies, Matt Schlapp and Mercedes Schlapp, have taken the proactive step of organizing the “First Amendment Fund” to provide legal representation to four low-level organizers by January 6, according to Rolling clip.
Significantly, the money raised will not be used to obtain representation from Latham and Watkins or any of the other power companies in Washington DC, but from the firm representing the unfortunate former acting attorney, General Mathew Whittaker, Kansas City’s Graves Garret employed. The choice over the firm has led some legal experts to speculate that the Trump allies want to take advantage of Whittaker’s experience of a former insider at DOJ.
According to the report, “[T]the four individuals who were part of this group and represented by the fund include Maggie Mulvaney, a former Trump campaigner who is also the cousin of former White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney; Tim Unes, who worked with Trump’s campaign and now runs an event management firm called Event Strategies Inc. management; Justin Caporale, Unes’ partner at Event Strategies who previously worked in Trump’s White House as a leading representative; and Megan Powers, a political consultant and former Trump campaign aide, “
The names are relatively anonymous, but the positions listed should jump off the page positively. Just days ago, this site reported on the peculiar role of event strategies in current MAGA-Right politics and conferences. Event strategies provided the most important percentage of services for the 6th of January rally and are still used almost exclusively to organize “MAGA World” events.
Furthermore, the fact that the four people come from within the campaign and enter the White House itself inevitably creates the impression that the Schlapps – and whoever can support them anonymously – believe that these four lower-level witnesses could be a gateway to the “higher-ups” in both the rally organization and the White House.
One lawyer made it clear that this attempt had nothing to do with protecting rioters, but the “next level” players, the organizers:
“Oh, fuck no. Their fund is to defend the people who embarked on the Trump rally. ”
Interesting. Top-level MAGAs moved quickly to secure defense when the Select Committee sued many low-level rally organizers and White House staff, despite the fact that we were assured during the prosecution proceedings that the rally had nothing to do with the uprising …
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