Trump’s Capitol “Order taker” gets sentenced and apologizes!

By Donald A. Collins | 18 November 2022
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The midterm election results, and the gathering collection of potential felonies related to the January 6th insurrection should lead to the indictment of Trump.

In addition to the House January 6th Committees’ evidence, we now find the Federal courts moving to convict those who led the riot. One sentenced on 11/18/22 blamed Trump for giving him “orders” to do so.

You might find worth reading in full the 11/18/22 AP story. Dustin Byron Thompson on November 18th got this invader some real time (3 years) in jail.

A federal judge on Friday sentenced an Ohio man who claimed he was only “following presidential orders” from Donald Trump when he stormed the U.S. Capitol to 3 years in prison.

Dustin Byron Thompson was convicted in April by a jury that took less than three hours to reject his novel defense for obstructing Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s presidential victory.

The jury also found Thompson guilty of all five of the other charges in his indictment, including stealing a coat rack from an office inside the Capitol during the Jan. 6, 2021, riot.

Thompson apologized and said he was ashamed of his actions.

Related to this case is “a Maryland father, stepson charged with assaulting police in Jan. 6 Capitol riot”.

U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton told Thompson he could not understand how someone who had a college degree could “go down the rabbit hole” and believe “so much in a lie.” The judge said Thompson had to pay a price for a “serious crime” that undermined the “integrity and existence of this country.”

The maximum sentence for the obstruction count was 20 years imprisonment. The government had recommended a sentence of 70 months while the defense sought a year and a day in prison.

Thompson testified at trial that he joined the mob’s attack and stole the coat rack and a bottle of bourbon. He said he regretted his “disgraceful” behavior. But he also said he believed Trump’s false claim that the election was stolen and was trying to stand up for him.

Thompson was charged and convicted on six counts: obstructing Congress’ joint session to certify the Electoral College vote, theft of government property, entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly or disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly or disruptive conduct in a Capitol building and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building.

More than 770 people have been charged with federal crimes arising from the riot. Over 250 of them have pleaded guilty, mostly to misdemeanors. Thompson was the fifth person to be tried on riot-related charges.

I consider this kind of court cases will be just part of a crescendo of events that will engulf many Trump “perps” and will eventually enmesh Trump in a conclusive conviction for crimes against our republic. Jail time for the ex-President remains an open question but Merrick Garland has repeatedly said “No one is above the law” and the public would likely not riot over such an event.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?”, “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?”, “Vote”, “Can Homo Sapiens Survive?” and “Will Choice and Democracy Win?”.

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