• December 6, 2021

We need to know what happened every minute in the White House that day – HotAir

If you are sacrificing your career to be on this panel, you might as well come to play.

We cannot leave the violence of January 6 and its causes without investigating. The American people deserve the full and open testimony of everyone with knowledge of planning and preparing for January 6. We must know what happened here at the Capitol. We also need to know what happened every minute of that day at the White House: every phone call, every conversation, every meeting before, during and after the attack. Honorable men and women have an obligation to step forward. If those responsible are not held accountable, and if Congress does not act responsibly, this will continue to be a cancer in our Constitutional Republic, undermining the peaceful transfer of power at the heart of our democratic system. We will face the threat of more violence in the coming months, and another January 6 every four years.

Here’s a video of her full opening statement as the highest-ranking de facto Republican member on the panel. Watch, then read on:

Democrats wanted to start the committee’s public work with great drama for two reasons. One was to get people interested in upcoming hearings, the other was to shame Republicans for their various expressions of anti-insurrectionism. Four of the police officers on duty that day were called to testify about whether The minimization of violence by Trump is pleased with what they experienced. It did not.

Harry Dunn was racially abused:

Michael Fanone, the riot’s best known officer and possibly the closest to being killed, focused on anti-anti-propaganda:

Daniel Hodges is the cop seen in a now famous video wedged against a door and screaming in pain as a crowd tried to pass him. He described his surprise at being attacked by people waving the “thin blue line” flag:

He shouldn’t have been surprised. The flag is only nominally about law enforcement support. It became popular last year, particularly at Trump rallies, as a symbol of opposition to Black Lives Matter and riots. The left represents lawless chaos and violence, the right represents law and order and, if necessary, breaks heads to keep the peace: that is the political subtext of the flag. Imagine that people who believed that Democrats were about to steal an election and were prepared to use force to prevent them from doing so would blow up the banned “thin blue line” on January 6 and be shocked when the police did not join his side. They don’t care about the police as police, since online denigration today of the four cops who testified this morning proof. They care about order and the authority of their own tribe to maintain it. “When these people talk about ‘supporting blue,’ what they really mean is that they support violence against their enemies,” he wrote. Jonathan last earlier. The cops who tried to prevent them from “stopping the robbery” turned out to be enemies of “order”, as did the Democrats and Mike Pence.

House Republicans are trying to find a way to counterprogram the committee. This morning, the leadership held a press conference to push the anti-anti talking point that the real scandal of January 6 is why Nancy Pelosi (and Mitch McConnell?) Didn’t better prepare the Capitol Police for what that was to come:

The MAGA wing of the caucus is also holding a press today to complain about the treatment of the rioters, also known as “January 6 prisoners,” which makes them look like political dissidents. That is less an anti-anti-insurrection vision than a pro-insurrection:

Ideally, I think, McCarthy would rather ignore the hearings and the committee entirely, as nothing that comes up will be good for the Republican Party or its midterm chances. Case in point:

If they try to oust Cheney and Kinzinger, that only draws more attention to why it bothers the party so much that two of its members help out in an effort to investigate Jan.6. It is better to pretend that the hearings are not happening and to have the voters have a short memory. But there is a wrinkle. “Do you think McCarthy’s complaints about Pelosi will appease Donald Trump when he turns on his television and doesn’t see any Republicans on the stand defending him?” I ask Political today. Trump will undoubtedly begin to complain about the committee and be furious to see that Republicans do nothing to punish Cheney and Kinzinger for investigating it. It is unfair. Why aren’t they trying to kick them out of the caucus?

Once we get to that point, and we will, the House Republican Party may be forced to vote dead end. If you are opposed to ripping off Cheney and Kinzinger, then you are a traitor to MAGA. If you support it, then you are against the insurrection. McCarthy wants to avoid that vote, but Trump cares about nothing more than loyalty to him personally. He loves trials by fire, the more frequent the better.

Here’s Kinzinger drowning today after hearing police testify about what they went through.

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