Decryption: Hearings on January 6 | Bomb or belly?

(New York) Jimmy Raskin’s prediction sets the bar very high.

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On April 26, during a speech at Georgetown University, the Democratic representative from Maryland claimed that the upcoming public hearings for Congress on the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol Building will “remove the roof” of the building.

Three days later, he gave the former law professor and member of the House Special Committee responsible for investigating this assault an extra layer.

PHOTO STEFANI REYNOLDS, Associated Press Archives

Jimmy Raskin, in February 2021

We now have evidence of the worst presidential political attack on the Union in American history. January 6 Committee Hearings […] It will display all aspects [cet] An attack on our democracy and our constitution.

Jimmy Raskin, Democratic Representative of Maryland, on Twitter

The six-day televised exams will begin Thursday at 8 p.m. and end on June 21, also during prime time, unless changed. They will come after an investigation that lasted nearly 11 months during which more than 1,000 witnesses were interviewed.

Composed of seven Democrats and two Republicans, the committee focused not only on what happened on the day of the attack. It also considered efforts by Donald Trump and his associates to pressure federal or local officials, including former Vice President Mike Pence, to nullify the results of the 2020 presidential election.

On March 2, in an appeal to a California judge, the committee had already expressed its conviction that Donald Trump had violated several federal laws to obstruct the transfer of power, notably by obstructing Congress and defrauding the United States.

If public hearings prove it, it could have had the effect of the bombshell raised by Jimmy Raskin (note the clause). Otherwise, they will be failures.

Six chilling words

Last week, the commission promised to present “unpublished documents” on January 6 during public hearings. The list of witnesses to be heard in person has not yet been published. But information site Axios revealed that former federal judge Michael Lutigieg will be a part of it.

Lutigieg, who has a reputation among conservatives, advised Mike Pence in the days before the Capitol attack. In particular, he told him that no constitutional authority would allow him, on January 6, 2021, to prevent Congress from certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election. Donald Trump and members of his entourage then tried to persuade the Vice President to the contrary.

Even if he is not an expected witness, Mike Pence must occupy an important place during the hearings.

During his speech at Georgetown University, Representative Raskin insisted on the incident that occurred as Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, some of whom chanted “Hang Mike Pence!” “.

The incident is described in the book I can fix it on my ownjournalists from Washington Post Carol Leonig and Philip Rucker. According to the authors, Tim Gibbles, the head of the Secret Service agents tasked with protecting Mike Pence, has repeatedly called for a ride in an armored limousine parked under the Capitol.

“I’m not in that car, Tim,” the vice president told him, noting his fear that the limo driver would take him off and God knows where.

According to Jimmy Raskin, Mike Pence said “the six most chilling words on this entire affair”.

The representative added that Mike Pence “knows exactly” what would happen if he left the Capitol before the presidential election results were certified.

He added, “It was a coup led by the president against the vice president and against Congress.”

Who has the role of star witness?

newspaper revealed Washington Post. This is Cassidy Hutchinson, a former collaborator of Mark Meadows, the last White House chief of staff under Donald Trump.

Photo by Alex Brandon, Associate Journalist

Cassidy Hutchinson, right, weeks before the 2020 presidential election

In several testimonies, Hutchinson described the very active role of her former president in the campaign to overturn the results of the November 2020 ballot. She also told the committee that Meadows had indicated to others that Trump had indicated he would prefer to hang his vice president. The president, after learning that the rioters who stormed the Capitol, began chanting “Hang Mike Pence!” “.

The committee will also hear, through videos, excerpts of testimony collected from Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.

Regardless of the evidence it provides, the commission does not have the authority to bring charges against Donald Trump or members of his entourage. However, it can recommend that the Department of Justice indict the former president or someone else. Such a decision would be explosive.

It should be remembered that the administration conducts its own investigation on January 6. After indicting nearly 900 people for their role in the Capitol attack, including 11 far-right militiamen on charges of seditious conspiracy, its investigators are trying to determine whether Donald Trump or his associates themselves broke the law by trying to overthrow the 2020 outcome. Presidential election.

Public hearings on January 6 could influence the Justice Department’s final decision. But will they change the opinion of one person in the United States about the responsibility of Donald Trump in an attack on American democracy likely to be repeated in 2024?

The answer may disappoint Jimmy Raskin, the Maryland Democrat.

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