Thursday’s House Commission prime-time hearing provided the most compelling evidence of President Donald Trump’s “missing duties” at the time of the January 6 riot day, with new witnesses Details that the angry mob attacking the Capitol could not be stopped, a member of the committee said on Sunday.
“This will open the eyes of the people,” said Adam Kinzinger, a member of the House Committee investigating the riots that help lead the meeting with Elaine Luria on Thursday. “The president did nothing.”
After a year of investigation, the House January 6 panel is trying to summarize what could be the final hearing, even though the investigation continues to heat up.
The Commission states that it continues to receive fresh evidence daily and does not exclude additional hearings and interviews with additional groups of people near the president. One such person is Steve Bannon, whose trial begins this week with a criminal contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with the House Commission’s subpoena.
The Commission also issued an extraordinary subpoena to the Secret Service last week, following conflicting reports of whether it was deleted, and prepared the text between January 5, 2021 and January 6, 2021. did.
However, panel members said Thursday’s hearing was a previously known detail of how Trump’s actions were in conflict with his constitutional legal obligation to stop the January 6 riots. It is said to be the most concrete so far in laying out and interweaving. Unlike the general public, who are generally not obliged to take action to prevent crime, the Constitution requires the president to “be careful that the law is enforced faithfully.”
“The Commander-in-Chief is the only person in the Constitution that has a clear obligation to ensure that the law is faithfully enforced,” Luria said. “I see it as dereliction of duty. (Trump) didn’t act. He was obliged to act.”
Thursday’s hearing will be the first time of golden time that an estimated 20 million people have watched since its debut on June 9.
Luria said the hearing would highlight additional testimony from White House adviser Pat Siporone and other witnesses. She quoted Trump’s inaction that day for more than three hours, criticizing Vice President Mike Pence for not having the courage to challenge the victory of Democrat Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election that afternoon.
“Since he left the stage in the Ellipse, returned to the White House, actually sat in the White House’s dining room, and was prompted by an advisor, we passed quite every minute during that time frame. He will continue to take action and take more action. “
The hearing will be an important turning point for the panel competing to compile the findings for the final report this fall. The Commission initially expected that much of the investigation would be completed at this point in the final hearing, but panel members said they are now considering additional interviews and possible hearing options.
“This investigation is very ongoing,” said D-Calif Rep. Zoe Lofgren. “The fact that the series of hearings will end this Thursday does not mean that our investigation is over. It is very active, with new witnesses and additional information. . “
For example, last week the Commission took the unusual step of issuing a subpoena to the Secret Service, an executive branch. This was after a private briefing from a Homeland Security observer that the Secret Service had deleted the text from around January 6th.
This finding can further shed light on Trump’s actions during the riot, especially after previous testimony about security conflicts when he tried to join supporters at the Capitol. Caused an amazing outlook.
“That’s what we have to get to the root,” Luria said, perhaps with respect to the missing text. “Where are these text messages? Can they be recovered? And we summoned them because they are legal records that need to be seen for the Commission.”
Luria starred in CNN’s “State of the Union”, Lofgren in ABC’s “This Week”, and Kinzinger in CBS’s “Face the Nation”.