January 6 mutiny trials are just heating up. The House Committee investigating the January 6 attack never promised a quiet summer, but it certainly looked like it might be when the investigations began a month ago. Quietly summer Many of what were expected to be the biggest revelations appeared to have been leaked before the hearings began, and the six to eight scheduled public sessions, likely to last only two hours each, seemed to telegraph modest ambitions, especially compared to Watergate of 1973. Of the 237-hour hearings, or the 2015 Republican-led Benghazi hearings, only Hillary Clinton testified publicly for 11 hours.
But then the trials begin, and with them an emotional and tense multimedia roller coaster, masterfully crafted by former ABC News executive James Goldston to emulate the prestigious TV series, in which each “episode” reveals deeper twists and turns and more corruption and outrage. . Rep. Liz Cheney and surprise witness Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to former chief of staff Mark Meadows, emerged as the biggest breakout TV stars of the summer.
The testimony so far has proven more compelling, damning and damaging to former President Trump than almost anyone could have imagined. The committee clearly owns the goods and understands how to package them for maximum impact. They are now preparing to return from the summer break with two more hearings this week, one on Tuesday and a second prime-time hearing.
For 18 months, the tick-tock of the Trump administration’s chaotic structure until Jan. 6 has trickled through news reports, documentaries and government documents, giving the public a sense of the extent of the misdeeds and the damage to American democracy. But these events seem similar to what the country (and the world) has lived through during the four years of Trump’s presidency—a flurry of haphazard and noisy sloppy and chaotic statements, ill-conceived tweets, hasty policy choices, and careless whining.
Now the nation sees differently: There is a method to Trump’s madness. The events that took place in the 10 weeks from early November to January 6 were far more organized and sinister than previously known.
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More importantly, evidence of crimes and crimes proved inescapable.
Actually it seems to be Very guilty In the days and weeks leading up to the Jan. 6 riots at the Capitol — and Trump aides seemed to understand clearly they were headed for a criminal count. As Hutchinson Recalculated White House counsel Pat Cipollone told her, “We’re going to be charged with every crime imaginable. [let the President go to the Capitol on January 6.]”
Overall, the committee paints a more organized and coherent picture of the administration’s efforts than most had imagined. The investigations revealed a coordinated seven-part effort by the Trump White House—and the president himself—to weaponize every public, political and governmental tool at his disposal in the face of clear and convincing electoral defeat. He and a small cadre of loyal aides sought to undermine the legitimacy of Joe Biden’s victory, encouraged states to overturn valid election results, tried to install election-skeptic loyalists in the Justice Department, and exerted constant pressure on Vice President Mike Pence. His constitutional role and the Electoral College denied him confirmation. And then—when literally all else failed—Trump encouraged his supporters to flock to the Capitol, and without doing anything to stop them—they stormed through the building and came close to harming Pence and lawmakers.
Trump knew what he was doing, aides repeatedly and widely said, was wrong, and continued his pressure campaign anyway. January 6 was not a spontaneous riot; It was a last-ditch attempt at a rebellion that had failed at every step up to that point. And according to Hutchinson, the White House chief, many from members of Congress participated. Mark Meadows Herself, in the final days of the Trump administration sought the president’s apology for their actions, making it clear that there was a guilty mind that prosecutors called “mens rea.” In the 18 months since the events at the Capitol, the Justice Department has indicted more than 800 people involved in the riots, including eye-opening charges of “seditious conspiracy” against some members of white nationalist militias such as the Oath Keepers. And the Proud Boys, who should feature prominently at congressional hearings this week. Certainly none of those indicted yet are in Trump’s inner circle.