ICYMI: More Breadcrumbs on the Republican AG Trail to Insurrection

January 27, 2021

As more information comes out about the events leading up to the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol, the more links there are to Republican Attorneys General and the Republican Attorneys General Association.

In case you missed it, here is a quick update on recent developments:

It’s about to get more difficult for Republican Attorneys General, especially RAGA leadership, to keep distancing themselves from their ties to the rally and deadly insurrection on January 6th, 2021.

  • According to the Alabama Political Reporter, the night before the attack, Tuesday, January 5th, Alabama Republican Senator Tommy Tuberville and the then-director of the Republican Attorneys General Association Adam Piper met with Donald Trump’s sons and close advisers.
    • Charles W. Herbster, who was then the national chairman of the Agriculture and Rural Advisory Committee in Trump’s administration, in a Facebook post at 8:33 p.m. on Jan. 5 said that he was standing “in the private residence of the President at Trump International with the following patriots who are joining me in a battle for justice and truth.”
    • Among the attendees, according to Herbster’s post, were Tuberville, former RAGA director Adam Piper, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, Trump’s former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, adviser Peter Navarro, Trump’s 2016 campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and 2016 deputy campaign manager David Bossie. Read the full story here.

Additionally, the connection between Republican Attorneys General and the lies and misinformation about the 2020 election that fueled the January 6th mob attack continue to grow.

  • In a new report in The Wall Street Journal, Republican Attorneys General from several states tried to pressure the Department of Justice into supporting Texas AG Ken Paxton’s legally unsound lawsuit to throw out the votes in key battleground states.
    • According to the WSJ, “before the Texas suit was filed, a group of Republican state attorneys general spoke with Mr. Barr about getting the Justice Department to back the claim, particularly if the Supreme Court asked for the department’s views on the case, people familiar with the discussions said. Read the full story here.

These are just the latest revelations regarding Republican AGs and RAGA ties to overturning a free and fair election and contributions to the violence that unfolded in our nation’s capital. Other key examples include:

  • Former RAGA Chair indicted Texas AG Ken Paxton spoke at the rally before the insurrection on January 6th – traveling from Texas to Washington D.C. Later he falsely claimed the rioters were part of Antifa.
  • The Republican Attorneys General Association’s policy arm – the Rule of Law Defense Fund – sponsored and paid for a robocall promoting the rally turned insurrection, encouraging attendees to march to the Capitol building.
  • Republican Attorneys General attempted to throw out legally case votes in Pennsylvania following the count being finalized in the Commonwealth.
  • 18 Republican Attorneys General joined in support of Texas AG Ken Paxton’s effort to overturn the election results in four battleground states ultimately swiftly rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Utah AG Sean Reyes traveled to Nevada after the election in search of non-existent election fraud.

Read more about Republican AGs, RAGA, and the links to the deadly insurrection on January 6th here.