1/6 Accountability Update

Stephanie Grisham was Trump’s press secretary for just a few Scaramuccis before being fired and then taking on the role of Melania Trump’s chief of staff. The latter job must have been every bit as challenging as babysitting a potted fern.

But Grisham was in the White House when the insurrection went down, and perhaps she’s the source of the firsthand accounts of Trump’s activities Liz Cheney alluded to on last week’s Sunday shows. Today, Grisham will visit the 1/6 committee, per CNN:

Former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham will meet Wednesday evening on Capitol Hill with the select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection, according to multiple sources familiar with the meeting.

Grisham’s meeting with the committee came after the former White House aide and chief of staff to first lady Melania Trump had a phone call with committee member, Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, during which Raskin encouraged her to meet with the panel.

A source tells CNN that Grisham and Raskin had in-depth phone call about her knowledge of events behind-the-scenes at the White House on January 6. The source told CNN that Grisham was “candid” about events in the White House at the time, many of which Grisham was present for, including knowledge of conversations involving former President Donald Trump that day.

Grisham resigned in protest after 1/6, and IIRC, she’s made critical noises about the Trumps ever since, so it’s not surprising she’s willing to spill the tea. Good.

Between Grisham’s cooperation, Meadows’ generosity with texts before belatedly clamming up, and coup plotters helpfully outlining their strategies on TV, maybe the committee can piece the larger story together.

Meanwhile, it’s not just Do Something Twitter criticizing AG Garland’s handling of the investigation into the attempted coup; Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Arizona) is fed up too:

I have no idea if Gallego’s criticisms of Garland are on point or not. But I share his urgency about addressing the “ongoing, slow coup” taking place in legislatures, boards of elections and recorders offices.

Garland is speaking about the January 6th attack at 2:30 ET. I’ll add a live stream if no one else does and/or I’m not busy cleaning up puppy shit. It should be fascinating.

Open thread!

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