The panel’s attempt to penetrate deep into the Trump world and behind the scenes of the West Wing on January 6 has shifted into high gear in the days leading up to Christmas, offering new insight into its areas of interest. Trump responded by stepping up his own strategy of defying the truth. It is now clear that committee members are trying to paint a detailed picture of what Trump said, did and thought in the days leading up to the insurgency and in the hours it raged on Capitol Hill after inciting the crowds. with new lies of electoral fraud. .
Trump associates unwilling to testify are relying on his broad claims of executive privilege, which many legal scholars consider dubious, to avoid saying what they know about the Capitol uprising. Two days before Christmas, Trump, who has long used the justice system to avoid and delay accountability, went to the Supreme Court, appealing to the Tory majority he helped build to block the House’s release White. documents to the committee. Trump has called on the nation’s supreme magistracy to conduct a full review of the case to stop the publication of the speeches, activity logs and schedules and to put an inferior court ruling allowing them to be reinstated.
The committee responded quickly, seeking to avoid an attempt by the former president to block it in a long legal battle, asking the court to say by the middle of next month whether it takes the case. Trump’s legal team argues that it is essential for future presidents to be confident that their deliberations with their advisers will remain confidential even after they leave office. But President Joe Biden, now responsible for matters of assertion of executive privilege, argued that it is vital for the nation to understand what transpired during the Capitol Riot and denied the assertions of Trump. The idea that the twice-impeached former president is acting to defend the office he has often compromised with abuse of power and used to pursue personal goals is hard to read with a straight face. But it threatens to spark a constitutional row that could thwart the committee’s attempts to clarify Trump’s intentions and actions on January 6.
The committee can be suspended
The committee does not have the luxury of time. It’s already clear that Republicans, who have a good chance of taking over the House in the November midterm election, will shut down the panel as soon as they take power.
Kinzinger is not running for re-election as Cheney faces a main challenger backed by Trump. Another Republican who voted to impeach Trump for the insurgency, Rep. Fred Upton, also drew a senior challenger endorsed by the ex-president who gave credence to the lies of voter fraud.
“I watched people walk down the mall and saw them come back,” Michigan congressman Dana Bash told CNN on Sunday on “State of the Union,” describing her experience on Jan.6. “And I heard the noises and obviously I was watching what happened. But it was real and shocking and… it was a scary day.”
Upton’s reluctance to embrace Trump’s personality cult, which demands fact-defying obedience to the fantasies of a stolen election, could cost him his political career. If so, he will join the growing list of Republicans ousted from power by the former president in a move that ensures that a possible future House GOP majority will be under his sway and likely be an armed force for Trumpism. on the occasion of the presidential election of 2024. looms.
From the outside, it’s hard to say how successful the House select committee was in penetrating what was going on in Trump’s west wing on January 6. While several prominent associates of the former president refuse to testify, the committee has conducted several hundred interviews with people inside and outside the former administration. Not everyone has the political commitment or the financial resources to engage in a legal battle by defying a subpoena. And details of the trial that emerged on Christmas Eve showed Budowich had provided the committee with more than 1,700 pages of documents and provided about four hours of testimony. He sued Friday night to prevent the committee from obtaining records from a bank. The request for previously undisclosed documents is another indication that the committee has made substantial progress behind the scenes and could at least partially derail the Trump cover-up despite its best efforts.
The ever-emerging horror of the insurgency
It is a measure of the horror of January 6 – now almost a year later – that new details of the frantic and dangerous hours on Capitol Hill and the heroism of police officers insulted by the GOP’s attempt to deny it story, still emerge.
The power of this lie, and the ex-president’s apparent determination to regain power on his strength in 2024, shows why the efforts of the House select committee to expose the truth are so important.