Once upon a time, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was a challenger to Donald Trump in the 2016 Republican presidential primary — but Cruz has long since become an ardent backer of Trump, and Cruz was (according to the Senator’s own telling) “leading the charge” to keep Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential election victory from getting certified. Along with fellow loudmouth Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Cruz helped lead the effort in the Senate to vote against the certification of certain electoral votes that Biden won. Cruz pushed for an investigation into the electoral process — which was ridiculous, because numerous credible examinations of what went on had already taken place all around the country. As Cruz put it, those on his side planned to “object to certification in order to force the appointment of an emergency Electoral Commission to perform an emergency audit of the election results [and] to assess these claims of fraud.”
“An examination by The Washington Post of Cruz’s actions between Election Day and Jan. 6, 2021, shows just how deeply he was involved, working directly with Trump to concoct a plan that came closer than widely realized to keeping him in power. As Cruz went to extraordinary lengths to court Trump’s base and lay the groundwork for his own potential 2024 presidential bid, he also alienated close allies and longtime friends who accused him of abandoning his principles,” as the Post explains it — and now, the Senator’s “efforts are of interest to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, in particular whether Cruz was in contact with Trump lawyer John Eastman,” the Post adds.
Wow. The judge in the John Eastman case says he agrees with the 1/6 Committee's arguments that Donald Trump and John Eastman may have been planning a crime as they sought to disrupt the certification of the 2020 election.
— Annie Grayer (@AnnieGrayerCNN) March 28, 2022
Eastman was asked by a committee lawyer whether he had “any communication with Senator Ted Cruz regarding efforts to change the outcome of the 2020 election,” although he declined to answer, invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. Cruz, meanwhile, also agreed to argue an un-democratic, ramshackle U.S. Supreme Court case in which Texas sought the invalidation of Biden’s wins in four states, but the court declined to take that up. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) — the vice chair of the riot committee — has previously commented as follows regarding the whole thing:
‘It was a very dangerous proposal, and, you know, could very easily have put us into territory where we got to the inauguration and there was not a president… And I think that Senator Cruz knew exactly what he was doing. I think that Senator Cruz is somebody who knows what the Constitution calls for, knows what his duties and obligations are, and was willing, frankly, to set that aside.’
NEW: Federal judge orders John Eastman to turn over records to House Jan 6 Select Committee
Order includes this phrase about Trump's actions on Jan 6: "These actions more likely than not constitute attempts to obstruct an official proceeding.
— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) March 28, 2022
Interestingly, Cruz and Eastman — who pushed steps by which then-Vice President Mike Pence could (supposedly) block the certification in Congress of Biden’s election win — have apparently known each other for decades since they served as clerks together for the same federal judge. Former appeals court Judge J. Michael Luttig — the individual under whom Cruz and Eastman worked as clerks — criticized Cruz, directly implicating him in the eventual events of January 6. As the ex-judge put it, “Once Ted Cruz promised to object [to certain Biden electoral votes], January 6 was all but foreordained, because Cruz was the most influential figure in the Congress willing to force a vote on Trump’s claim that the election was stolen… He was also the most knowledgeable of the intricacies of both the Electoral Count Act and the Constitution, and the ways to exploit the two.” Directly asked by the Post whether Cruz had spoken with Eastman about undercutting the presidential election outcome, Cruz spokeswoman Maria Jeffrey Reynolds did not directly answer the question. Read more at this link.
BREAKING: Judge orders John Eastman to release emails he attempted to withhold from the Jan. 6 committee.
"Trump’s plan had worked, it would have permanently ended the peaceful transition of power,
undermining American democracy and the Constitution."https://t.co/6VjYbzlIN0
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) March 28, 2022