Capitol Insurrection Report

By Scott Koon

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 Mar 24, 2022
There's just something about this podcast -- it's long, rambling and not terribly well produced (as the author, rather whimsically, admits). But it's INTERESTING and well researched, and I keep coming back for more.


A podcast about the events of the Capitol Insurrection of January 6th, 2021, with updates on official hearings and cases developed by the Justice Department.

Episode Date
Season 2, Episode 19: The Right Candidate
Discussion and analysis of the latest news related to January sixth, including the Dobbs decision, the death of former Senate Sergeant at Arms Michael Stenger, and the seizure of Jeff Rosen's phone. The main theme is the fifth public hearing of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack held on June 23rd, featuring testimony from Jeff Rosen, Eric Herschmann and Seth Engel on the subject of Jeff Clark's campaign in the waning days of the Trump administration to fire his own boss and have himself appointed Acting Attorney General of the United States, and his plan to send notices from the Justice Department to state legislatures in states where the Trump campaign sought to overturn the lawful slates of electors and replace them with unlawfully self-selected slates of fraudulent electors.
Jun 28, 2022
Season 2, Episode 18: You Got Served
A response to the public hearing held by the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack held on June 21, which revealed the Committee's findings regarding the fake elector scheme and the efforts to pressure state officials to overturn the election results in key states. Also brief analysis of the fraudulent elector certificates. Includes information on the recent subpoenas issued to various figures in the fake electors scheme, which may ultimately conclude with charges to defraud the US government.
Jun 23, 2022
Season 2 Episode 17: The Hit on Pence
Detailing the central allegations in the third public hearing of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack, including the bombshell revelation that a Proud Boys witness has given sworn testimony that they sought to kill Mike Pence, Nancy Pelosi, and "anyone else they could get their hands on." Includes also new details about the abuse leveled by Trump at Pence on January sixth, as well as compelling testimony from Judge Michael Luttig and top Pence Attorney Greg Jacob that Eastman's scheme to obstruct the peaceful transfer of power was unconstitutional and illegal, and that Eastman was certainly aware of this at the time.
Jun 17, 2022
Season 2, Episode 16: Rudy the Drunk's Big Lie
An examination of testimony before the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on June 13th, 2022, to include the allegation that Donald Trump preferred to accept the advice of an inebriated Rudy Giuliani to declare victory on election night, rather than the advice of campaign professionals such as Bill Stepien that he ought to wait for a final tally. Includes the dismantling of the election fraud disinformation by many witnesses, and also the potential charges of wire fraud stemming from fundraising appeals for an electoral litigation fund that did not actually exist. Some discussion as well of the latest revelations regarding sedition reconnaissance tours conducted by Representative Barry Loudermilk.
Jun 16, 2022
Season 2, Episode 15: A Rare Day in June
A brief description of the hearing for the defendants in the Proud Boys seditious conspiracy case on June 9 in Judge Timothy Kelly's court, including the assertion by Carmen Hernandez that the Committee and DOJ seem to be working closely together. The rest of the episode concerns what we learned from the first House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack hearing on June 9th, and also some of what we can expect from future hearings.
Jun 13, 2022
Season 2, Episode 14: Path to Trump
The last episode of the podcast before the public hearings of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack at 8:PM eastern on June 9th. Topics include the new superceding indictment for seditious conspiracy in the Proud Boys conspiracy case, witnesses who are scheduled to appear in public testimony before the Committee, and the order by Judge Carter that John Eastman must hand over 159 documents to the Select Committee. In the final segment of the show, I'll examine issues raised by the "Path To Trump " whiteboard featured by far-right podcaster Clay Clark, including the significance of the New Apostolic Revival movement in Trumpism and the role of Hans von Spakovsky in undermining public confidence in US elections.
Jun 08, 2022
Season 2, Episode 13: Countdown to June 9th
In the last episode before the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack holds its first public hearing on June 9th at 8:00 PM eastern time, we look at some of the potential bombshells that could be revealed at the hearings, including links between the attackers and the funders behind the coup attempt, the possibility of evidence from witnesses covered under sealed indictments, the various reconnaissance tours conducted by members of the Sedition Caucus on January 5th, testimony from Marc Short and Judge Luttig, and the arrest of Peter Navarro for contempt of Congress.
Jun 03, 2022
Season 2, Episode 12: Blowing the Roof Off the House
An examination of what we can expect from the public hearings of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack beginning on June 9, 2022. Includes the revelation that the Committee has evidence that at least seditionist member of the House conducted a "Reconnaissance tour" on January 5th, 2021, the reported testimony and cooperation of William Barr with the January sixth Committee, and questions regarding a nonprofit promoted by Steve Bannon that claims to be fundraising on behalf of January sixth defendants, while having a Stop the Steal founder serve as a trustee.
May 20, 2022
Season 2 Episode 11: Midterm Election Fraud
An update on some developments as the focus shifts away from individual criminal defendants in the mob that attacked the Capitol on January 6th, 2021, and towards the figures at the center of the scheme to overturn the election victory of Joe Biden, as we look ahead to the public hearings scheduled for June 9th, now less than a month away. Some notes on latest developments, to include information requests from three additional members of Congress as well as new emails from John Eastman, this time sourced via a FOIA request made to his university email address at the University of Colorado. The rest of the episode then turns to the question of how the narrative that Democrats will inevitably lose the upcoming midterm elections is factually incorrect, defeatist and dangerous to electoral democracy in the US, as it will certainly be used by the Trumpist movement to amplify their fraudulent claims of fraud in if that Democrats do well in the midterms.
May 11, 2022
Elmer Rhodes + MTG = OMG
A summary and review of the discovery documents submitted by Oath Keeper Ed Vallejo in his effort to win release from pretrial detention. New revelations in the discovery material are reviewed in the context of the well-publicized "Marshall Law" text from Marjorie Taylor Greene to Mark Meadows, which demonstrates a common thread of similar elements in the overall case against the plot to install Trump in the White House for a second term, despite his loss to Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election. This discovery material is also directly relevant to the case of Todd Wilson, the third Oath Keeper to plead guilty to seditious conspiracy and obstruction of an official proceeding, whose charges include the bombshell revelation that Elmer Rhodes was communicating with Donald Trump through an intermediary, and that Rhodes attempted to communicate directly with Trump at 5:00 pm on January 6th. Apologies for the length of this episode, it's recommended that you listen in multiple sessions. CORRECTION: I reportef that the person who described the "pods" scheme in the transcript from the Oath Keepers call on November 9th was Kelly Meggs. I had actually known there was an error in the charging documents, because Meggs was referred to using feminine pronouns, but had assumed this was the only error. In fact, the actual speaker was Kellye SoRelle, the General Counsel for the Oath Keepers. The government has corrected the error in subsequent court documents, and I regret any confusion this error may have caused.
May 05, 2022
A Change of Venue
Description and analysis of the latest developments in the investigation of the January sixth attack on the US Capitol, to include: guilty verdict against Thomas Robertson, the first acquittal of a January 6th defendant, contempt referrals against Navarro and Scavino, the reported claim that the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack now has sufficient evidence to issue a criminal referral for Donald Trump, the claim that there's a split on the Committee on that question, new material related to the Oath Keepers seditious conspiracy case, new evidence demonstrating links between attackers and rally organizers, texts from Senator Mike Lee demonstrating his willingness to overlook the Constitution and overturn the 2020 presidential election, new testimony from persons closely connected to Trump before the Select Committee, the story of federal law enforcement officers who allegedly accepted free apartments from men posing as federal law enforcement, and a new effort by Alex Jones to negotiate a deal in exchange for cooperation. In the latter half of the show, I'll analyze three recent change of venue motions by January sixth defendants seeking to move their cases away from DC.
Apr 21, 2022
The Grand Jury
Topics include the testimony before the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack by Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, the release of over 100 emails by John Eastman to the Committee, and the usual update on the progress of the criminal proceedings against members of the mob that attacked the Capitol on January 6th, 2021. The main topic of the episode is the bombshell revelation that the Department of Justice has been actually taking action to hold rally organizers accountable, that a grand jury has been operating in DC for several weeks, according to reporting by the Washington Post. Finally, this is tied back in with the idea that links between organizers of the rally and individuals who attacked democracy on January sixth is a smoking gun in the overall progression of the January sixth investigation.
Apr 06, 2022
Season 2, Episode 7: Ginni's Drunk Texts
Mainly focusing on a series of bizarre text messages sent from Ginni Thomas to Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows between 11/5/20 & 1/10/21. Also updates on the conviction of Guy Reffitt, the failure of the DOJ to properly issue charges against one Texas paramilitary gang president, the detention of Enrique Tarrio, the second Proud Boys superceding indictment, the parking garage meeting between Tarrio, Rhodes and others, Manafort's attempt to travel to Dubai on a revoked passport, and the revelation that a 15-page error-ridden report on Dominion Voting Systems, previously thought to have been authored by volunteer Trump attorney Kathrine Friess was actually a cut-and-paste job by Joanna Miller, a young former intern who was promoted ahead of her competency to a job as a "senior" aide to Peter Navarro.
Mar 25, 2022
Season 2 Episode 6: A Roadmap for the Prosecution
A close reading of Judge Mehta's 112-page decision finding that Donald Trump does not have absolute immunity in the January 6th Attack, and how this ruling contains valuable information pointing towards criminal prosecution of alleged conspirators.
Mar 11, 2022
Season 2 Episode 5: The Continuation of Politics
Examining the latest developments in the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack, the brief filed by the Committee in the appeal of the Eastman privilege case, suicidality in the criminal justice system, the latest subpoenas from the Committee, and the backstory of the war in Ukraine as it relates to Trump.
Mar 04, 2022
Season 2 Episode 4: A Sinking Ship
We catch up on some of the bad news as this phase of the fallout from the Capitol Insurrection moves forward, including Senate Minority Leader McConnell's criticism of "legitimate political discourse" messaging being applied to the Insurrection by the RNC, the discovery of 15 boxes of material taken to Mar-A-Lago by Trump in violation of the Presidential Records Act, disclosures regarding Trump's regular habit of destroying government documents, the news that the accounting firm employed by the Trump Organization disavows the statements of financial condition they produced on behalf of the Trump Organization, and the ruling that Donald Trump and two of his children must give sworn depositions in a civil brought in New York sometime in the next 21 days. In the last half of the show, I'll examine the motion Rhodes' attorneys, James Bright and Phillip Linder, have brought before Judge Amit Mehta in DC seeking Rhodes' release from pretrial detention.
Feb 18, 2022
Oath Keepers, Part Two
Continuing the examination of the folk ideology created by Elmer Stewart Rhodes and posted on the website for his nationwide paramilitary gang, examining how the pretense of nonpartisanship and libertarianism faded away over time to focus increasingly on a reactionary agonal politics that defines domestic political opponents as existential threats to be fought with political violence in an increasingly apocalyptic and milliniarian account of politics as a secularized eschatology.
Feb 05, 2022
Oath Keepers Part One
The seditious conspiracy charges against Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes and 10 other members of his paramilitary gang prompt an examination of Rhodes’s redefinition of politics in founding the group, particularly how he defines politics as a potentially armed struggle against a domestic political enemy, an ideologically defined "other" that would have been recognizable to Frankfurt School political scientist and critic of Nazism Franz Neumann. Other topics include the latest news from the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack, a "Presidential Findings" memo that appears to outline a plot to unconstitutionally use the military to install Trump as a dictator, an information request issued to Ivanka Trump, and much more.
Jan 27, 2022
Season 2, Episode 1: A New Phase
Commemorating the first anniversary of the vicious, cowardly attack on democracy in the US on January sixth, 2021.
Jan 06, 2022
Episode 20: The Plot Thickens
Topics include: reaction to comments by Liz Cheney, new arrests of AFO defendants, analysis of a possible scheme to pay to bring violent men to DC for the January 6th Insurrection, the referral to the DOJ of former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows for contempt of Congress, the release of the Army Report that Colonel Matthews alleges served as the basis for incorrect claims made in the DODOIG Report, the release of a PowerPoint authored by Philip Waldon aimed at ending electoral democracy in the US, and the private spectacle of Roger Stone taking the fifth in his testimony before the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack.
Dec 17, 2021
Episode 19: The Matthews Memo
Being in the main a page by page account of the content of the memorandum authored by Colonel Earl Matthews of the DC National Guard dated December 1, 2021. This memo is consequential because it draws into question the findings in the official DODOIG Report into the events of January sixth, particularly drawing into question the actions of Acting Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy in "planning" the deployment of the DC National Guard, and also accusing General Charles Flynn and Walter Piatt of perjury. I would urge regular listeners to read the memo and judge for yourselves. You can find the memo at
Dec 09, 2021
Episode 18: A Family Outing
Catching up on the latest developments: Bannon's self surrender, new subpoenas from the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack, an update on the National Archives executive privilege case, and the report by Representative Zoe Lofgren that the Committee now has spoken with 200 witnesses, to include figures in the MAGAsphere. Then we turn to this week's theme, a review of the people who have been charged in the January 6th Attack who also have relatives charged in the January 6th Attack.
Nov 23, 2021
Episode 17: Hurry Up and Wait
Reviews recent developments in the January 6th Attack cases, to include the Rolling Stone article listing what some are calling the "Sedition Seven." Also examines the question of what we know about the ancestry of 631 Capitol Insurrection defendants and relates this to theories of political culture in political science.
Nov 04, 2021
Episode 16: Subverting Justice
On October 7, the Senate Judiciary Committee issued its staff report: "Subverting Justice: How the Former President and his Allies Pressured DOJ to Overturn the 2020 Election." This episode summarizes and analyzes the findings of this report, along with the transcript of the testimony of former Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen before the Senate Judiciary Committee. You can find the staff report here.
Oct 14, 2021
Episode 15: The Trumpenproletariat
Reviewing the 15 persons issued subpoenas by the House Select Committee to investigate the January 6th attack on the Capitol, and the release of the Eastman memo detailing plans to circumvent the peaceful transfer of power following the 2020 election. I also examine the data on the educational attainment and employment histories of 100 of 623 January sixth defendants, and how the classical Marxist category of the "lumpenproletariat" can help to understand the character of the Insurrectionist mob that continues to pose a threat to electoral democracy in the US.
Oct 01, 2021
Episode 14: Three Percenters Gang
Following a recap of the events in the ongoing investigations and criminal cases in the Capitol Insurrection, the episode proceeds to the main subject, the activities and ideology of one of the largest extremist gangs that took part in the Capitol Insurrection, the Three Percenters, with special attention to the indictment of the "DC Brigade" of paramilitary terrorists from California, and a summary of the ideas of the folk ideology of Mike Vanderboegh, a self-described former leftist who founded the Three Percenter gang in 2008.
Sep 15, 2021
Episode 13: The Panglossian Fallacy
Topics include the strange story of John Pierce, the Capitol Insurrection attorney representing 17 defendants who appears to be missing court dates because he is an anti-vaxer who is on a ventilator, the arrest of several violent offenders in the Capitol Insurrection, including #flaggaitercophater, a California Proud Boy identified by volunteer internet sleuths working to protect electoral democracy in the US from the threat of political violence, an analysis of a controversial Reuters article that relied on anonymous sources to suggest that the FBI has rejected the possibility that more high profile defendants involved in planning "stop the steal" protests would be charged in the Insurrection, a description of the latest developments in the investigation by the House Select Committee to investigate January sixth, and my critique of the failure of political science to adequately address the danger of authoritarian populism in the United States.
Sep 01, 2021
Episode 12: The New Normal
Topics include the Jeffrey Rosen testimony, the MyPillow cyberfraud telethon, the role of online volunteer activists in the January 6th investigations, and the latest example of far right political violence in DC, this time in the form of a bomb threat at the Library of Congress by an apparent neoconfederate from North Carolina. I'll also use Vilfredo Pareto's theory of circulation of elites to examine the Trumpist attempt to build a successful electoral coalition to elect "America First" seditionists to office across the US.
Aug 20, 2021
Episode 11: Truth and Competency
Addressing ongoing disinformation by unindicted co-conspirators in the Capitol Insurrection and also the process at least five Insurrection defendants will undergo to assess their competency to assist counsel in preparing their cases.
Aug 05, 2021
Episode 10: Ceilings and Floors
Examining the Munchel decision by the Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, and how the standard of dangerousness established may not be adequate in the face of the threat of far right political violence. We'll also explore the 8 month sentence awarded to Paul Hodgkins, the first felony defendant to be sentenced for his crimes committed during the Capitol Insurrection.
Jul 21, 2021
Episode 9: The Politics of Acclamation
Outlining what the theory of the public sphere presented by Habermas has to tell us about our current political predicament.
Jul 15, 2021
Episode 8: The Worst
This week's episode examines some of the worst allegations of violence against defendants in the Capitol Insurrection. For comments, feedback or suggestions, follow the show on Twitter @capinsurrep
Jul 08, 2021
Episode 7: 500+ Defendants
This week, the Justice Department announced that a Florida man had been arrested, becoming the 500th individual charged federally in the Capitol Insurrection. We'll step back to assess what is known about these defendants to date, and also assess what information revealed in the latest sets of charging documents tells us about what we can expect in what are likely to be hundreds of cases yet to come. Also, the show is now on Twitter, so you can address questions, comments and suggestions @capinsurrep Update: 12 more defendants charged on June 30, the day after this was uploaded. Many more in the pipeline.
Jun 30, 2021
Episode 6: The Impunity of White Mobs
In this episode, I examine the Capitol Insurrection in the context of the long history of civil disturbances perpetrated by white mobs in the United States, with special consideration for why these mobs are so often allowed to operate with the expectation of complete impunity.
Jun 20, 2021
Episode 5: Grand Old Party Animals
Exploring the danger that the Republican Party is in the process of becoming an insurrectional Party that will take part in electoral politics, but also use political violence when it is unsuccessful in elections. I'll review 18 defendants who have established ties to the Republican Party and its affiliated institutions.
Jun 11, 2021
Episode 4: Misguided Tourists
Exploring the legislative history of the laws under which over half of the Capitol Insurrection defendants have been charged, debunking claims such as those of Representative Clyde of Georgia who minimized the severity of the 1/6 Attack by describing it as tourism, and also an analysis of how it was that laws inspired by Congressional fear of the militant left ultimately are being applied with urgency against the far right.
Jun 04, 2021
Episode 3: Monkey see, Monkey do: The Proud Boys
Consisting of a description of the chauvinistic group "Proud Boys," and their alleged role in the Capitol Insurrection on January 6th, 2021, drawn from the charging documents and published media accounts. Is this the last hurrah of the most important alt-right extremist group in America, or will the Proud Boys somehow continue, despite the fact that most of its leadership is in federal custody?
May 27, 2021
Episode 2: Shane Leedon Jenkins
This episode serves as a case study of one of the more allegedly violent mob members, reconstructing the radicalization of an ex-convict who was at the Capitol on January 6th, and detailing the allegations against him in his indictment. His increasing frustration at the loss of Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election is evident in his Twitter feed, which provides a record of the process whereby he was incited to come to the Capitol, allegedly prepared to commit political violence. I'll also ask what it means for our political system that one of the two major political parties is willing to resort to violence in the face of an election loss.
May 19, 2021
An introduction to the themes we will be exploring as we investigate the Capitol insurrection
1. An updated account of the Capitol insurrection 2. Case studies of participants 3. Development of cases 4. Conspiracy theories 5. Relationships between elites and mass public 6. Myths and lies 7. Massive failures 8. Reason and reasonableness 9. Impunity of white mobs 10. Visibility and recognition in the digital age 11. Political violence in a state founded by revolution 12. Predictions regarding findings.
May 12, 2021
Capitol Insurrection Report (Trailer)
May 11, 2021