Government Unfiltered

Government Unfiltered

Bringing you unfiltered public documents that deserve to be more accessible. Dan Williams, the voice behind the Mueller Report Audio podcast, reads some of the most important government documents for those who want the information, but may be too busy to read or simply want to do other things while consuming the information.


March 27, 2023 3 min

Stewart Rhodes’s and Oath Keepers’ lawyer Kellye SoRelle arrived in Washington on the afternoon of January 5th. They immediately went to Freedom Plaza, where President Trump had instructed rally organizers to give some of his most extreme supporters time to speak. Leaders of different groups, including Rhodes encouraged President Trump to invoke the Insurrection Act and call up combat veterans who are “ready to step in and do what ...

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President Trump’s tweet on December 19th conveyed a sense of urgency which provided the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys the opportunity to work together for a common goal. In the days that followed, this section explains how groups met together through video meetings to discuss plans for January 6th. It also documents where weapons caches were placed outside of D.C. as part of their contingency planning.

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This section describes another organization involved in the January 6 events: The Oath Keepers. The group called for President Trump to invoke the Insurrection Act throughout December 2020, arguing that the President needed to do so to “Stop the Steal.”  In a message to the Oath Keepers, group founder Elmer Stewart Rhodes wrote: “We need to push Tump [sic] to do his duty. If he doesn’t, we will do ours." Rhodes believed that the Pr...

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This section describes the background of the Proud Boys group and how their growth was impacted following a statement by President Trump during a debate.  As former Vice President Joe Biden’s victory became apparent, Proud Boys leaders directed their ire toward others in the Government. The group was involved with a couple key events in Washington D.C. ahead of January 6th. Additionally, they created an encrypted chat to help the g...

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President Trump’s “be wild” tweet immediately mobilized extremists and conspiracy theorists in the “Stop the Steal” coalition. “Stop the Steal” events and other protests throughout 2020 helped build the momentum for January 6th. Two of these rallies in Washington D.C. were critically important. “Stop the Steal” organizers also  tried to use the mob they had assembled—including extremists from the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, Three Per...

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Electors around the country met to cast their Electoral College votes in December 2020. Their vote ensured former Vice President Joe Biden's victory and cemented President Donald J. Trump's defeat. President Trump however, had no intention of conceding. As he plotted ways to stay in power, the President summoned a mob for help. On December 19th, President Trump tweeted: “Big protest in D.C. on January 6th. Be there, will be wild!” ...

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After January 6th, John Eastman reached out to Eric Herschmann, a lawyer in the White House Counsel’s Office, to talk about litigation in Georgia on behalf of the Trump Campaign. Herschmann used the opportunity to berate Eastman and to recommend that he find a criminal defense lawyer. Eastman later reach out to Rudy Giuliani about being on a list for presidential pardons.

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This section describes the actions taken by Vice President Mike Pence on January 6th after rioters broke into the Capitol. The Vice President refused the Secret Service’s first two attempts to evacuate him from his ceremonial office, but was ultimately forced to a more secure location. He decided he was staying in the building unless there was imminent danger to bodily safety, because he did not want to provide a win to the rioters...

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5.3 - President Trump and His Allies Continue to Pressure the Vice President on January 6th, Threatening His Life and Our Democracy

  • President Trump Has a “[H]Eated” Conversation With Vice President Pence Before His Rally on the Ellipse
  • Trump, Eastman and Giuliani Continue to Pressure Vice President Pence at the Ellipse Rally
  • President Trump Directs the Angry Mob at the Capitol to Pressure Vice President Pence
  • The V...
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5.2 - President Trump and His Allies Exert Intense Public and Private Pressure on the Vice President in Advance of the Joint Session of Congress on January 6th

  • January 2, 2021: The Vice President Meets With His Advisors, Cementing His Intended Path for the Joint Session
  • January 2, 2021: Eastman and Bannon Question the “Courage and Spine” of Vice President Pence
  • January 3, 2021: Eastman Drafts Another “January 6 Sce...
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5.1 - President Trump and His Allies Embark on a Desperate Gambit to Block Certification of the 2020 Presidential Election

  • The Intellectual Framework for the Theory That the Vice President Could Change the Outcome of the Election at the Joint Session Emerged From Discussions Among the Lawyers Working With the Trump Campaign After the 2020 Election
  • Kenneth Chesebro Articulated a “President of the Senate” Strategy in...
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As January 6th approached, President Trump turned on his own Vice President. This chapter describes the pressure placed on Vice President Mike Pence in the days leading up to January 6th. It also provides evidence that President Trump knew what he was doing was in violation of the Electoral Count Act and the U.S. Constitution. Finally, sending his supporters to march to the U.S. Capitol was one last attempt to pressure Vice Preside...

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The most senior DOJ officials stopped President Trump from co-opting America’s leading law enforcement agency for his own corrupt purposes. This short section concludes with a quote from Jeffrey Rosen regarding his short time as the Acting Attorney General.

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On January 3rd, Clark informed Rosen that he had decided to accept the President’s offer to serve as the Acting Attorney General. Rosen took four steps to try and prevent Clark’s ascension to Attorney General. At Rosen’s request, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows arranged a meeting with the President that evening. The threat of mass resignations ultimately prevented Clark from taking over as acting Acting Attorney General.


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On Saturday, January 2nd, Rosen and Donoghue told Clark that he should stop meeting with the President. Clark told Rosen that he would decline the offer to become the Acting AG if Rosen and Donoghue signed his letter to officials in Georgia. That same day, President Trump attempted to coerce Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger into finding enough votes to win the state.

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On December 31st, 2020, President Trump returned to Washington, DC, after celebrating Christmas in Florida. The President once again raised the prospect of naming Clark the Acting Attorney General. Trump also floated the prospect of naming a special counsel to investigate the allegations surrounding the elections. During the December 31st meeting, the President also raised the prospect of seizing the voting machines. However, the D...

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On December 30th, Acting Attorney General Rosen had a phone call with President Trump that included a discussion about the proposed United States v. Pennsylvania lawsuit. During the call, Rosen clearly explained to the President that DOJ could not file it.

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In a meeting on December 29th, senior DOJ officials were presented with a draft civil complain tentatively called United States v. Pennsylvania. The DOJ looked at the lawsuit and determined they could not file it for multiple reasons. One primary reason was the proposed lawsuit lacked merit. This chapter also brings up a new allegation of a conspiracy involving an Italian company that was involved in changing votes in the President...

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On December 28, 2020, Jeffrey Clark sent a five-page draft letter to Department of Justice leaders for their signature. If signed and sent, the letter may have provoked a constitutional crisis. The letter was a recommendation to Georgia state leaders to hold a special session in light of "significant concerns that may have impacted the outcome of the election." It also supported the notion of competing slates of electors in other c...

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Representative Perry was one of President Trump’s key congressional allies in the effort to overturn the election’s results. When Perry called Donoghue on December 27th, the Pennsylvania Congressman saidthat President Trump asked him to call. Perry said he didn't think DOJ had been doing its job on the election. Because Pennsylvania’s election site had not been updated, it led to claims that there were more votes counted than there...

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