The special committee set up by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to “investigate” the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the Capitol started out badly. Pelosi refused the GOP’s nominees for the committee and to her own party’s picks added a couple of rabidly anti-Trump GOP members, making the entire process partisan.
Then it has demanded testimony from hundreds of witnesses, and even has attacked members of the U.S. House with subpoenas and threats, unprecedented in House disputes.
Observers have noted it has made clear from the outset that the results of the investigation are to be that President Trump is to be punished, no matter the facts.
Now this week it is holding “hearings” to publicize the selected information it wants Americans to hear.
And in advance of that Axios is reporting there are divides within the committee on what members actually want to do.
But what is possible is alarming.
“The House’s Jan. 6 committee has split behind the scenes over what actions to take after the public hearings: Some members want big changes on voting rights — and even to abolish the Electoral College — while others are resisting proposals to overhaul the U.S. election system, Axios has learned,” the report said.
But, the report noted, “the committee’s legacy depends in large part on what reforms it pursues after those hearings to prevent another Jan. 6 from happening — and that’s where the united front breaks down.””
Abolishing the Electoral College and making the voters in dozens of lower-population states irrelevant is one idea being floated, but not unanimously supported.
Same with “vastly expanding voting rights like same-day registration or tightening the Insurrection Act to make it harder for a president to deploy the military domestically for use on civilians,” the report said.
The report prompted popular commentator and author Mark Levin to weigh in:
“Purpose of January 6 committee: imprison Trump, destroy electoral college, and nationalize voting system.”
Purpose of January 6 committee: imprison Trump, destroy electoral college, and nationalize voting system.https://t.co/tfwdj41Xga
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) June 6, 2022
Which further prompted another commentator to explain what the committee’s agenda now looks like:
Sounds like an insurrection
— Politicatsayz (@politicatsayz) June 6, 2022
A commentary at Twitchy explained. “C’mon, you guys didn’t really think the committee cares about January 6, right? This has never really been about justice or anything else they pretend they’re working toward, sort of like the multiple impeachments of Trump. No no, this has always been about securing the Democrats’ power.”
Axios cited its sources in explaining that Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., one of the two GOP members hand-selected by Pelosi for the committee, has an agenda to “pursuing Trump for inciting the attack on the Capitol.”
However, she’s apparently not willing to go along with extremists like Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., who is going for anything that would move power to the Democrats, including abolition of the Electoral College. That would mean that candidates would only have to campaign in the few, most populous states, and their combined vote numbers would make the populations of states with lower populations entirely irrelevant.
Axios reported, “Committee members know it’s going to be extremely hard to get unanimous agreement on the legislative recommendations in their final report. So they’ve deferred those decisions.”
For now, they’re working on “the public hearings” beginning this week, and then “tackle the hard stuff on the other side.”
“We do recognize that there are significant differences [in legislative recommendations] that we’re going to have to work through because everybody has to sign the final report,” the source told Axios.
All sorts of misbehavior has been, or is being, investigated following the 2020 presidential election.
What is known about the 2020 election is that the results almost without doubt were influenced by the $420 million in Mark Zuckerberg money that he handed out to mostly leftist elections officials, who often used it for get-out-the-vote efforts in Democrat strongholds. That money was distributed outside the channels of any regulation that normally applies to political campaign spending.
Further, the legacy and social media corporations cooperated in suppressing accurate, but very damaging, reporting about Joe Biden, his son Hunter and the family’s international business schemes just days before the election.
Analysts have concluded that either of those actions along could have pushed the election results into the Biden column.
Even further, many local elections officials simply ignored their own state laws regarding mail-in and absentee ballots, counting them days after the voting was supposed to have been closed.
The committee is facing multiple lawsuits because while it is trying to enforce subpoenas, its authority is being challenged because it was not set up in accordance with the resolution adopted by Democrats that created it.
The report said Raskin has been pushing for provisions in the Democrats’ failed For the People Act and John Lewis Voting Rights Act, which were not adopted after it was revealed they essentially would take control of all elections nationwide.
The report said, “For the committee to be successful, ‘it has to look at all the ways in which somebody with the will can subvert the law,’ said a source familiar with the committee’s internal conversations, because ‘our Constitution and our laws … depend on people of good integrity seeking public office and being unwilling to go there.'”
However, the committee is facing a possibly limited timeline, the report said. “There’s a finite number of days on the Senate calendar, and if Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) becomes speaker next year, he’s not going to do anything this committee recommends,” the report said.
The Department of Justice recently told the committee it would not prosecute former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and former deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino for contempt of Congress, as the Democrats insisted.
Color me shocked, the Jan 6th committee is yet another democratic sham used to stay in power forever.
— Syzmon Thomas (@ThomasSzymon) June 6, 2022
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