At no time did any Trump-affiliated groups come together to help fund a legal defense for the insurgents themselves. But now that the House Select Committee is calling the people who helped organize that gathering, things are changing rapidly.
Two of Donald Trump’s closest allies, Matt Schlapp and Mercedes Schlapp, took the proactive step of organizing the “First Amendment Fund” to provide legal representation to four low-level 6 January organizers, according to Rolling Stone.
Significantly, the money raised is not used to secure the representation of Latham and Watkins or any other powerful Washington DC company, but by the company employing the hapless former prosecutor, General Mathew Whittaker, Graves Garret of Kansas City. The firm’s choice has led some legal experts to speculate that Trump’s allies want to leverage Whittaker’s experience of a former DOJ member.
According to the report, “[T]he four people who were part of this group and are represented by the fund include Maggie Mulvaney, a former Trump campaigner who is also the granddaughter of former White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney; Tim Unes, who worked with Trump’s campaign and now runs an event management company called Event Strategies Inc .; Justin Caporale, Unes partner at Event Strategies who previously served at the Trump White House as the primary anticipated representative; and Megan Powers, political advisor and former Trump campaign aide, “
The names are relatively anonymous, but the locations listed should jump off the page. Just a few days ago this site reported the unique role of event strategies in MAGA-Right’s current policy and conferences. Event Strategies provided the most significant percentage of services for the January 6 gathering and continues to be used almost exclusively in the organization of “MAGA world” events.
Furthermore, the fact that the four people come from within the campaign and reach the same White House inevitably gives the impression that the Schlapps – and anyone else who can anonymously support them – believe that these four lower-level witnesses may be a gateway to entrance for the “highest” both in the organization of the rally and in the White House.
A lawyer made it clear that this effort had nothing to do with protecting the rioters, but concerned the “next level” players, the organizers:
“Oh, fuck no. Their fund is defending the people who organized the Trump rally.”
Interesting. High-level MAGAs moved swiftly to secure defense when the select committee sued very low-level rally organizers and White House personnel despite the fact that during the impeachment proceedings, we were assured that the rally had nothing to do with the insurrection …
Jason Miciak is a political writer, features writer, author and lawyer. He is originally from Canada but grew up in the Pacific Northwest as a Canadian-American citizen, for which he is more and more grateful every day. Now he enjoys the life of a single father, writing from the beaches of the Gulf coast, receiving advice from his beloved daughter and teammate. He is truly the mystical dreamer who cannot add and loves dogs more than most people. He also enjoys studying cooking, theoretical physics, cosmology and quantum mechanics. He likes pizza.
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