As if we needed any more confirmation that the January 6th select committee was nothing more than an electoral interference vessel, the group’s final public hearing is said to be centered around the blunt vilification of Donald Trump.
The committee, which formed under the auspices of “bipartisanship” and a promise not to be a re-do of the former President’s 2nd impeachment trial, has failed on both accounts, and their final public hearing is now set to taint Trump just ahead of the 2022 midterms.
“Tune in for our discussion of Trump’s clear and present danger presented to democracy and freedom in America by a movement that he’s galvanized,” panel member Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) said this week at a virtual People for the American Way event.
The panel intends to focus on evidence that Trump has “consistently and increasingly” been using rhetoric “that we knew caused violence on Jan. 6,” Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) told reporters recently. Cheney cited recent comments by U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson in which she upbraided elected Republicans for continuing to indulge “one man, who knows full well that he lost, instead of the Constitution he was trying to subvert.”
They may even trudge toward charging the former Commander in Chief with a crime.
By contending that even amid the wreckage of Jan. 6, Trump continued to plot ways to remain in power, the hearing will also function as a segue of sorts to the criminal case that federal prosecutors are piecing together — bolstered by the recent issuance of dozens of grand jury subpoenas and court-authorized searches of some of Trump’s top allies.
The timing of this final hearing, and the absurd use of the phrase “clear and present danger” tells us all we need to know about the committee’s true motives, and their conclusions must be viewed through this partisan lens.