The hearing of the House Select Committee on the traumatic events of January 6, 2021, was filled with remarkable quotes and even some revelations. Trump’s Attorney General Bill Barr blasted his “rigged election” accusations as “bullshit” in front of the cameras on Thursday night.
They found out that Trump’s own daughter, Ivanka, was on board with Barr’s position. – They also uncovered that Mark Meadows, Trump’s White House chief of staff, had been briefed by one of Trump’s own campaign lawyers on the total and utter emptiness of Trump’s bogus election claims. As a matter of fact, no. Meadows enquired of the attorney.
The most memorable statements, however, came from Wyoming Republican Liz Cheney, who, in defiance of her own party, is helping to head the House panel’s inquiry. Despite a pro-Trump mob storming the Capitol and forcing them to flee for their lives, the vast majority of Republican members of Congress have continued to support and promote Trump, and she concluded her speech by warning them: “There will come a day when Donald Trump is gone, but your dishonor will remain.”
As the select committee laid out its case against Trump for forty minutes, Cheney was given the spotlight. When the former President’s statements about the election were proven to be false, he exploited them to inflame his supporters and call for their attendance at the Capitol, even though he knew that they were untrue. She did a fantastic job.
A Republican Emerged.
In the end, it was fitting that a Republican emerged as the most brutally effective prosecutor of Trump, the former President who has not only escaped being banished and disgraced by his party but also remains its leader and the putative front-runner for its Presidential nomination, should he run again in 2024.
Cheney concluded her testimony by playing a clip of Jared Kushner’s statement, which may have been the most telling part of the evening’s proceedings. During the interview, Trump’s White House lawyer Pat Cipollone and his team repeatedly threatened to resign in order to stop Trump from attempting to overturn the election.
Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who worked as one of the former president’s closest aides during his four turbulent years in the White House, said he didn’t take Cipollone’s resignation threats seriously. Cipollone’s “whining” was all he could think of.
It was a harrowing experience. Kushner was skeptical of Trump’s election claims. That’s why he, like so many others who were close to Trump, and like so many of Cheney’s Republican colleagues on Capitol Hill, chose to wash his hands of it. For the sake of his narrative, he and Ivanka purchased a 32.2 million-dollar property in December 2020 on an elite private island near Miami. Definitely a whiner.
Won the Election.
Election denialists, pay attention. In previously unseen video testimony, Ivanka Trump and their husband Jared Kushner both supported Trump and his attempts to disrupt a peaceful transfer of power to the next administration.
When asked if she thought Trump had won the election, Ivanka Trump said she did not. One of the most talked-about 2024 presidential hopefuls, Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming (the Republican with the steely manner), presented a compelling and at times scary presentation.
In the course of several months, Donald Trump directed and managed a complex seven-part strategy to reverse the presidential election and prevent the transfer of presidential power. Each of these elements will be demonstrated in our hearings,” Cheney added.
In her opening remark, she was clear and concise. She reduced it to its simplest form. The Proud Boys and Oath Keepers are fueled by Trump’s tweets, which are part of a seven-step strategy. As the Capitol was being attacked on Jan. 6, Cheney expressed an important fact about Trump’s abdication of duty — which, in a more ideal environment, should give Trumpists some pause.
President Trump refused to inform the crowd that they had to leave the Capitol and did not call on any part of the U.S. government to order that the Capitol be defended. On the 6th of January, he did not make a phone call to his Defense Secretary. He did not consult with his Attorney General. He did not contact the Homeland Security Department. That day, neither President Trump nor the Department of Justice made any effort to coordinate or deploy law enforcement assets as a result of his lack of executive authority. Mike Pence, though, did each and every one.
A Result of Trump’s Falsehoods.
As a result of Trump‘s falsehoods, the committee was able to establish that it was effective in inciting violence. Using the real-time radio transmissions from the D.C. and Capitol police as the mob invaded the Capitol, the panel effectively used a sort of documentary-style narration to explain the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys plots and how Trump’s tweets inspired them,
as well as a storytelling technique not common in a congressional hearing. Cheney, who had been ousted from her leadership post in the House of Representatives by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, chopped him down with a single phrase. McCarthy was “scared” on January 6, she claimed.