The much-anticipated “report” on the disturbance that occurred at the Capitol Building in the wake of the 2020 election is finally about to be released by the January 6th committee.
But is it? Yes, a report will be produced (along with a separate release of felony referrals), but based on the first specifics of what it will really contain that have leaked, it won’t have anything to do with the turmoil at the Capitol Building. Instead, the committee’s fixation with Donald Trump, who wasn’t even present, will be continued in its entirety.
Politico received information from sources concerning the chapter list, and wow, do I have some ideas.
The report will begin with an extensive executive summary detailing Trump’s conduct from start to finish. It will track and supplement the story laid out in the public hearings. https://t.co/7FUwOpjYqK
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) December 12, 2022
1. Trump’s attempt to spread doubt about the election results
2. Trump’s pressure on state legislatures or governments to reverse Joe Biden’s successes
3. Trump’s campaign’s attempts to send voters who support him from states that Biden won to Washington
4. Trump’s efforts to use the Justice Department in his election-related plan
5. Trump and his attorneys’ pressure campaign against Mike Pence, who was vice president at the time
6. Trump’s attempt to bring in backers in Washington who later inflamed the mob on January 6
7. The 187 minutes that Trump resisted ordering protesters to leave the Capitol.
8. A critique of the Capitol attack
The January 6th commission was first intended as an impartial investigation to highlight the structural problems that made it possible for the events on that day to occur. Concerning the oversight function of the House, jurisdiction truly begins and ends with inquiries into why the USCP was so unfit in spite of several warnings. Liz Cheney and her associates are not members of the police. They have no business to “investigate” those who are not affiliated with the government for alleged “incitement.”
Who am I kidding, though? Anyone in Washington who wants to take on Donald Trump disregards convention, and it appears that the focus of this investigation will be virtually exclusively on the previous president. The only chapter on the leaked chapter list that isn’t obviously about him is the very last one, and even then, the “analysis” will presumably still be primarily about Trump.
This information essentially exposes the committee for what it is and always has been: a partisan stunt designed to influence the elections in 2022 and 2024. The hearings haven’t yielded anything novel or worthwhile, and the purported “bombshells” have all been duds.
More on this story via The Red State:
Think about the ridiculous standards at play here that would never stand up in any other setting. In chapter seven, for example, the accusation is that Trump didn’t tell people to leave the Capitol for 187 minutes. In fact, that’s been the January 6th committee’s primary piece of evidence in this entire ordeal. What is that supposed to prove, though? Putting aside that Trump did put out a message telling the rioters to stop fighting with police officers, a person who isn’t in control of a group of people not telling them to leave somewhere is not incitement. It’s a Kafka trap, whereby Trump’s non-involvement is somehow spun as proof of his involvement.
And that’s the January 6th committee in a nutshell. It’s a bunch of partisans looking to spin the most mundane, inconclusive (at best) evidence into a damning indictment of one man. CONTINUE READING…