The two Republicans appearing on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s special committee to review the Jan. 6 violence at the U.S. Capitol aligned themselves quickly with Democrats, emphasizing the one-sided agenda after Pelosi earlier refused to seat Republicans picked by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
Politico said Liz Cheney, of Wyoming, and Adam Kinzinger, of Illinois “called out” the GOP after they accepted Pelosi’s invitation to be on her panel.
Cheney immediately put the blame for Jan. 6 on President Trump, despite the hearing only just beginning to hear the evidence.
“We must know what happened here at the Capitol. We must also know what happened every minute of that day in the White House – every phone call, every conversation, every meeting leading up to, during, and after the attack,” she charged.
The violence developed when a few hundred Trump supporters, with the possibility of Trump critics being embedded in the crowd, invaded the building and vandalized it. It was the day Congress was voting to endorse the still-suspect results of the 2020 presidential election and award the White House to Joe Biden.
Audits of those results still are ongoing, with evidence suggesting that there may have been malfeasance enough to flip the results from Trump to Biden even though multiple fact-checkers have stated over and over that there was no fraud, no wrongdoing, and no mistakes in the count.
Cheney said, “We cannot leave the violence of January 6th – and its causes – uninvestigated. The American people deserve the full and open testimony of every person with knowledge of the planning and preparation for January 6th.”
She described the events as a “cancer” on America, and warned the nation “will face the threat of more violence in the months to come, and another January 6th every four years.”
She insisted that the review be nonpartisan, although she did not mention that Pelosi had refused to allow several other Republicans, those who have not indicated support for the Democrat agenda in the hearing, to take part.
Analysts have noted that the Democrats must keep the Jan. 6 events in the headlines, as the 2022 midterms are arriving in little over a year, and their party so far has accomplished essentially nothing under Biden, and has nothing to run on.
In fact, the nation’s situation at the southern border has become a crisis under Biden, inflation has surged dramatically, and crime is on the rise.
Cheney said the question is whether the nation will follow the rule of law and “preserve the peaceful transition of power,” without mentioning the possibility of criminality in the election processes, which was without doubt, as multiple state officials arbitrarily changed state law regarding the 2020 election even though the Constitution allows only state legislatures to do that.
Kinzinger, who got choked up over the momentous event in which he was participating, once again at the invitation of the Democrat leader, call the events a “coup.”
“I want to know what happened that day, but more importantly, I want all Americans to be able to trust the work this committee does and get the facts out there, free of conspiracy,” he said.
He did point out that Congress was unprepared on that day – without adequate security even though President Trump had offered to provided more manpower.
He said, “There is a difference between breaking the law and rejecting the rule of law, between a crime — even grave crimes — and a coup.”
Instead of raising questions about what happened that day, Kinzinger spent much of his time criticizing Republicans.
McCarthy, in fact, has called the two “Pelosi Republicans” for their decision to take part on the one-sided process.
It was Republican Reps. Jim Jordan and Jim Banks who Pelosi ordered removed from the panel, a move that is unprecedented in the House.
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