House Committee The investigation into the Jan. 6 attack never promised a peaceful summer, but when hearings began a month ago, it appeared to be quieter summer. Many of what were thought to be the biggest revelations appeared to have leaked before the hearings began, and the six to eight scheduled public meetings, each expected to last only about two hours each, seemed to convey modest ambitions—especially with 1973. The Watergate scandal compared to the 237-hour hearing, or even the Republican-led Benghazi hearing in 2015, in which Hillary Clinton testified publicly for 11 hours alone.
But then the hearings began, and what followed was an emotional and tense multimedia roller coaster, crafted by former ABC News exec James Goldston to parody a venerable TV series in which every ” episodes” both reveal deeper twists and mounting corruption and anger. Rep. Liz Cheney and surprising witness Cassidy Hutchinson, aide to former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, became summer’s biggest Breakthrough TV star.
Testimony against former President Trump has so far proved more convincing, damning and reputation-damaging than almost anyone imagined. The committee obviously owns the goods and knows how to pack them for maximum effect. They are now preparing to return from their short summer break, with two more hearings this week, one on Tuesday and the second in prime-time on Thursday.
For 18 months, the chaos in the Trump administration leading up to Jan. 6 has been circulating in news reports, documentaries and government documents, educating the public about the scope of wrongdoing and the damage to American democracy. But these events appear to be similar to what the country (and the world) has experienced during Trump’s four years as president — a chaotic and noisy series of flippant and casual statements, ill-considered tweets, hasty policy choices and recklessness roar.
Now the country can see the opposite: Trump’s madness has a way. The events of the 10 weeks from early November to January 6 were more organized and sinister than previously known.
Most importantly, evidence of crime and criminal behavior has been shown to be unavoidable.
In fact, a lot of crime appears to have occurred in the days and weeks leading up to the Jan. 6 riots at the Capitol — and it seems clear to Trump aides that they are heading for criminal reckoning.As Hutchinson recounted what White House counsel Pat Cipollon told her, “If we [let the President go to the Capitol on January 6.]”
All in all, the committee paints a more coherent and coherent picture of the government’s efforts than most imagine. The hearing revealed a seven-part coordinated effort by the Trump White House and the president personally to weaponize every public, political and governmental tool at his disposal to stay in power in the face of a clear and convincing electoral defeat. He and a small group of loyal aides sought to undermine the legitimacy of a Joe Biden victory, encouraged states to overturn valid election results, tried to install election-skeptical loyalists in the Justice Department, and continued to woo Vice President Mike Pence. Put pressure on him to quit. his constitutional role and rejected Electoral College certification. Then — when all else failed — Trump encouraged his supporters to flock to the Capitol and stand by — without doing anything to stop them — and they rampaged through the building, nearly hurting Pence and lawmakers.
Trump knows what he’s doing, and aides have repeatedly and widely told him it’s wrong, and continues his pressure campaign anyway. January 6 was not a spontaneous riot. It was the last attempt at a coup that had failed every step of the way. The fact that so many participants, from members of Congress to Hutchinson, himself said, clearly sought a presidential pardon for their actions in the final days of the Trump administration, clearly shows that there is What prosecutors call a “male rea,” a guilty mind. In the 18 months since the Capitol incident, the Justice Department has brought charges against more than 800 people involved in the unrest, including an “incitement conspiracy” against members of some white nationalist militia groups such as the Oathkeepers. Eye-opening allegations also include the Proud Boys, who should feature prominently in congressional hearings this week. Precisely, none of those who have not yet been charged have entered Trump’s inner circle.