A Republican attorney general whose political group made phone calls from incentive robots Donald Trump Supporters march to the Capitol on January 6 to protest the results of the 2020 presidential election refusing to acknowledge Joe Biden as a “validly elected” president.
Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshalla Republican, appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday to provide testimony against Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
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In his remarks to the committee, Marshall said he was testifying as “a representative of the community of experienced and dedicated prosecutors who have always cared deeply about the direction of the country.” us when it comes to public safety and law and order.” Marshall just for support for Jackson by groups calling for the “shame of the police” and alleging that Jackson, poised to become the first Black woman on the Supreme Court, would “be inclined to use her position on the Court ” to reform the criminal justice system.
According to the procedure, committee members were given the opportunity to question witnesses after making their prepared remarks, and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (DR.I.) used that time to hone in on Marshall’s possible role in what ended up being an attack on the Capitol on January 6, when Trump supporters unleashed violence. police and flooded the building, temporarily preventing Congress from certifying Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election.
At the time, Marshall was president of the Republican Attorney General Association (RAGA). RAGA’s policy arm, the Rule of Law Foundation (RLDF), has make an automated call encouraged people to “march to the Capitol building and call on Congress to stop the theft,” alluding to false claims by Trump and his supporters that the 2020 presidential election was aborted. tainted by voter fraud.
Although Marshall initially declined to say whether he would be in Washington on January 6, he said Thursday that he was not in person in the nation’s capital that day.
When Whitehouse asked if RAGA or the RLDF had staff present on January 6, Marshall said he “couldn’t speak to that”, and reiterated that the group had “reported unlawful conduct”. both at the Capitol on January 6 and across the country, and tried to shift focus to questions about Jackson.
Whitehouse did not budge.
“Did you personally know or approve of the text of the phone call from the RLDF?” Whitehouse asked.
“No,” Marshall replied.
“Do you know how that auto call is funded?” Whitehouse continued. “Is that the general revenue of the RLDF, or is a specific call being made to fund it?”
“No knowledge,” Marshall said.
“Did you personally fund that auto call?” Whitehouse asked.
“Senator, I’ve made a lot of comments here,” Marshall said, dodging Whitehouse’s question. “The question in front of this body is the recommendation of–”
“I have to ask the question,” Whitehouse reminded Marshall, trying to cut him off, though Marshall could be heard saying the group denounced violence at the Capitol while Whitehouse said he was trying to determine the source. sponsorship behind the call .
“Quite simple question, yes or no, did you personally raise money to support the phone call that brought people to the Capitol and then attacked the Capitol?” Whitehouse emphasized.
“No,” Marshall said.
Whitehouse then asked Marshall if he had “any contact with members of Congress in any effort to keep the electoral process open through objections to letting people attack. Time to invade the Capitol and disrupt the election process?”
Marshall again replied in the negative: “No.”
When Whitehouse asked Marshall if he had anything to say to the police officers guarding the Capitol that day, he reminded Marshall that when he testified before the committee, he was “very happy.”[s] the protection of Capitol police officers. ”
“Senator, I object to the premise of your question that somehow the organization I am affiliated with had something to do with the violence that occurred,” Marshall said, repeating that the group had denounced the violence.
Whitehouse then asked Marshall what seemed like a simple, straightforward question: “Is Joseph R. Biden of Delaware a duly elected and lawfully serving president of the United States of America?”
“He’s the president of this country,” Marshall said.
“Is he the legally elected and lawfully serving president of the United States?” Whitehouse repeats.
“He’s the president of our country,” Marshall said again.
“Are you replying that, intentionally omit the language ‘lawfully elected and lawfully served’?” Whitehouse asked.
“I’m answering the question: he’s the president of the United States,” Marshall replied.
“You have no opinion as to whether he was duly elected or is serving lawfully?” Whitehouse asked.
“I’m telling you he’s the president of the United States,” Marshall said again.
Whitehouse later said he had no further questions and the hearing continued without Marshall acknowledging the validity of the 2020 vote.
[Image via screengrab/Senate Judiciary Committee.]
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