He called it a “non-selection committee,” and his performance up to that point was inconclusive, to say the least.
Of course, Donald Trump his subpoena.
“The Commission is a total BUST that will only further divide our country,” he commented on his Truth social media platform.
From the outset, he dismissed these congressional hearings as witch hunts.
Dragging a former president before this particular group of accusers would mean a fight, given his track record of resisting legal investigations: some legal analysts in the United States have called the move “symbolic.”
Here, in the committee’s final scheduled hearing on Jan. 6, the subpoena may have grabbed the headlines, but the new film of the attack on the Capitol is attracting audiences.
There are convincing new videos of congressional leaders pale and in secure rooms below the Capitol, negotiating with the National Guard to protect their lives and their institutions.
It offers a fresh perspective on this prime-time hearing, bringing American audiences back to the reality of the January 6, 2021 crisis.
The committee’s presentation was crafted over four months, and the finale had the best footage.
It’s a visual aid to pull together the threads of this committee’s uprising story, which it says will put Donald Trump at the center before and after the 2020 election.
Vice-President Liz Cheney said they had “enough information to consider a criminal referral” which could be the key to what happens next.
Once “proxy prosecution” is enacted, the biggest issue will be the actual prosecution in the actual court, which is the decision of the US Department of Justice.
A “formal indictment” will no doubt list many of the same details, but will be tested in court; open to cross-examination and less open to politically motivated charges.
There has been no progress in criminal trials and the Commission is currently satisfied with its operations.
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Its members are not fans of Donald Trump and his remaking of the Republican Party.
They would argue that there is always the best time — if they will — to remind the voting public of one’s influence in undermining democracy, but the best time is probably a month away from their midterm elections.