About twelve months after his failed coup effort, the ex-US President Donald Trump’s habit of putting his political benefit over truth is playing out once more as the former commander-in-chief, and his confederates pursue to postpone and deny the House Select Panel investigating the 6th JAN U.S. Capitol attack.
Trump’s obstruction campaign, which has now reached the United States Supreme Court, brings into questions whether the Committee, already experiencing a racing clock before 2022 midterm elections, would fulfill its aim of a historical accounting of his determined attempts to tilt the 2020 election.
Moreover, the former President’s inner circle is locked into a tactic of preventing an extensive reckoning over one of the ill-famed days ever in America and seeking to whitewash history as he prepares an apparent new White House-run.
The House Committee’s attempt to reach deep into Donald Trump’s world and backstage in the West Wing on 6th January kicked into higher gear in the days before Christmas, offering a new vision into its focus area. Mr. Trump responded by stepping up his approach of confronting the truth. As a result, it is now evident members of the panel are trying to build a full picture of exactly what Trump said, did, and thought in the days leading up to the violence and in the hours when it raged on U.S. Capitol Hill after he encouraged the mob with fresh massive election fraud lies.
Rep. Jim Jordan Not likely to Be A Cooperative Witness
For the first time, the House Select Committee publicly called for testimony from legislators closely bound up in Trump’s attempt to discredit the Presidential election in 2020 and cling to power. It asked Representative Scott Perry to converse about his determination to install Jeffrey Bossert Clark, an official who wanted the Department of Justice to pursue Mr. Trump’s lies about election fraud as attorney general. The Pennsylvania GOP declined, arguing the committee was unlawfully constituted – although a full House vote created it.
Moreover, the House Panel asked another Trump ally, Representative Jim Jordan, to deliberate what it says are his many communications with the former American President on 6th January. The Ohio GOP has yet to respond, but his faithfulness to Trump and violent attacks on the panel suggests he’s not likely to be a cooperative witness.
Members of the panel could soon face the decision of whether to subpoena Jordan and Perry, a move that would be definite to worsen further incendiary relations between GOPs and Democrats in the U.S. House. The Democratic-led House has already sent criminal referrals to the United States Department of Justice dealing with two witnesses who declined to submit to subpoenas – Mr. Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s longtime ally, who has already been indicted, and Mr. Mark Meadows, ex-White House Chief of Staff.
Furthermore, there’re latest insights emerging from Court documents involving Taylor Budowich, Donald Trump’s current spokesman, which shows the panel is expanding its inquiry into the financial records of pro-Donald Trump protests leading up to the attack – including one in Washington on 6th JAN at which the then-American President conveyed his followers to ‘fight like hell’ and which evolved into the Capitol insurrection.
January 6 Panel Acquired Huge Amount of Data
The House Select Panel has taken in a considerable amount of data – interviewing over 300 witnesses, announcing over fifty subpoenas, obtaining around 35000 pages of documents, and receiving hundreds of telephone leads through the 6th January tip line, according to aides having knowledge of the matter who, like others, to describe details of the committee’s work.
Last week, the U.S. DOJ released a vivid video of a 3-hour battle in which protestors brandished weapons and officers were sternly beaten in a tunnel on the United States Capitol Hill. The video was taken from a Capitol security camera and was released after media outlets sued for access. It showed pro-Donald Trump demonstrators jabbing law enforcement with flag poles, using a lachrymatory agent, and crushing a security officer in a door.
In addition, Michael Fanone, a Metropolitan Law Enforcement Officer, was pulled out of the police line and into the mob by an assailant who had his arm around his neck. The video displays Fanone finally falling down and disappearing into the mass of protestors, where he expressed he was tased in the neck, beaten with a flag pole, and heard demonstrators screaming kill him with his own gun. Michael Fanone said he suffered a myocardial infarction and fell unconscious during the attack.