WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 10, 2022)— the House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riots held its first public hearing Thursday.
Representative Benny Thompson (D-MS) delivered his opening statement with referencing of the attack on Washington during the War of 1812 by the British and the Civil War during in the summer of 1864. Thompson referenced former President Abraham Lincoln’s campaign concession letter:
Thompson used the video of former Attorney General Barr to influence the outcome of the public hearing before key witnesses are allowed to testify before the committee. Thompson said “We’ve obtained substantial evidence showing that the president’s December 19 tweet calling his followers to Washington, D.C., on January 6 energized individuals from the Proud Boys and other extremist groups.” But yet, no one has been charged from the Proud Boys.
Evidence Omitted By The Committee:
Thompson’s committee did not mention that the U.S. Senate acquitted former President Trump on an impeachment charge of inciting an insurrection during the impeachment process on February 13, 2021.
A majority of U.S. Senators voted to convict Trump — 57 to 43, including seven Republicans. But two-thirds, or 67 votes, was needed to convict. It was the second time Trump was acquitted in an impeachment trial.
“This has been yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our Country. No president has ever gone through anything like it, and it continues because our opponents cannot forget the almost 75 million people, the highest number ever for a sitting president, who voted for us just a few short months ago,” Trump said in a statement.
During the impeachment hearings like Thompson the House impeachment managers “argued that the Jan. 6 riot was Trump’s final attempt to overturn the presidential election.” The managers claimed that he was not an innocent bystander, but rather, an insider and the instigator. They claimed he had been laying the groundwork for months with false claims and no proof the election was stolen, riling up Americans who would turn to violence on Jan. 6.
The House members based their findings on flags and banners used by rioters when protesting.
The House impeachment managers and the U.S. Senate looked into Trump’s actions including his claims of widespread fraud and Trump’s speech that he delivered to the crowd prior to the Capitol riot.
The Thompson’s January 6th Special Committee’s first public hearing is a reinvestigation a matter which has been investigated, and decided by the American people representatives in the House and U.S. Senate more than a year ago.
The January 6th Special Committee focus has been on GOP supporters including former key staff members of the Trump’s administration and members of the GOP in Congress and the U.S. Senate.
A Witch Hunt:
In a new interview, Representative Jim Banks said that the January 6th Committee is working to “prevent former President Donald J. Trump’s name from ever being on the ballot again.” Trump has announced that there is a great possibility of a rematch between Trump and now President Joe Biden.
Trump remains popular among GOP voters across our Nation. Including receiving 90 percent approval ratings in a recent poll, posted by Trump on his Truth social media platform.
GOP Poll Watchers Not Permitted In Room During Ballot Tallying
President Trump wrote following the committee’s hearing “So the Unselect Committee of political HACKS refuses to play any of the many positive witnesses and statements, refuses to talk of the Election Fraud and Irregularities that took place on a massive scale, and decided to use a documentary maker from Fake News ABC to spin only negative footage.” “Our Country is in such trouble!”
Liz Harrington tweeted “Evidence they want you to ignore: Kicking out GOP poll watchers in Philadelphia, to count over 600,000 ballots in secret.
Evidence they want you to ignore:— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) June 10, 2022
Kicking out GOP poll watchers in Philadelphia, to count over 600,000 ballots in secrethttps://t.co/gIfCdCPTyH
Arrest, Charges and Trials
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has arrested more than 850 people and charged since the violent and aggressive riot on January 6, 2021. The DOJ has obtained more than 300 guilty pleas and the leaders of the ‘Proud Boys’ and the ‘Oath Keepers’ were either incarcerated or put on probation and house arrest.
“Read the list of defendants charged in federal court in the District of Columbia related to crimes committed at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C, on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.”
The DOJ arrested two Texas men this week and charged with assaulting law enforcement officers during the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Their actions and the actions of others disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress convened to ascertain and count the electoral votes related to the presidential election.”
“Brian Jackson, 47, and his brother, Adam Jackson, 42, both of Katy, Texas, are charged in the District of Columbia with assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers, civil disorder, and related offenses. They were arrested in Katy, Texas, and are expected to make their initial court appearances later today in the Southern District of Texas,” wrote the DOJ in a released statement.
“According to court documents, the Jacksons were among rioters illegally on the grounds of the Capitol on Jan. 6. At approximately 5 p.m. that day, they assaulted a line of law enforcement officers outside of the tunnel area of the Lower West Terrace. Brian Jackson hurled a flagpole at officers. Adam Jackson hurled a large red or orange object at officers and then charged at the line of officers with what appeared to be a U.S. Capitol Police riot shield.”
Arrests made: More than 725 defendants have been arrested in nearly all 50 states and the District of Columbia. (This includes those charged in both District and Superior Court).
- More than 225 defendants have been charged with assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers or employees, including over 75 individuals who have been charged with using a deadly or dangerous weapon or causing serious bodily injury to an officer.
- Approximately 140 police officers were assaulted Jan. 6 at the Capitol including about 80 U.S. Capitol Police and about 60 from the Metropolitan Police Department.
- Approximately 10 individuals have been arrested on a series of charges that relate to assaulting a member of the media, or destroying their equipment, on Jan. 6.
- Approximately 640 defendants have been charged with entering or remaining in a restricted federal building or grounds.
- Over 75 defendants have been charged with entering a restricted area with a dangerous or deadly weapon.
- More than 45 defendants have been charged with destruction of government property, and over 30 defendants have been charged with theft of government property.
- At least 275 defendants have been charged with corruptly obstructing, influencing, or impeding an official proceeding, or attempting to do so.
- Approximately 40 defendants have been charged with conspiracy, either: (a) conspiracy to obstruct a congressional proceeding, (b) conspiracy to obstruct law enforcement during a civil disorder, (c) conspiracy to injure an officer, or (d) some combination of the three.
- Approximately 165 individuals have pleaded guilty to a variety of federal charges, from misdemeanors to felony obstruction, many of whom will face incarceration at sentencing.
- Approximately 145 have pleaded guilty to misdemeanors. Twenty have pleaded guilty to felonies.
- Six of those who have pleaded guilty to felonies have pleaded to charges related to assaults on law enforcement. Four face statutory maximums of 20 years or more in prison as well as potential financial penalties. Two face statutory maximums of eight years in prison as well as potential financial penalties.
- Approximately 70 federal defendants have had their cases adjudicated and received sentences for their criminal activity on Jan. 6. Thirty-one have been sentenced to periods of incarceration. Eighteen have been sentenced to a period of home detention, and the other defendants have been sentenced to probation with no term of incarceration.
- Citizens from around the country have provided invaluable assistance in identifying individuals in connection with the Jan. 6 attack. The FBI continues to seek the public’s help in identifying more than 350 individuals believed to have committed violent acts on the Capitol grounds, including over 250 who assaulted police officers.
January 6th Special Public Hearing Testimony
Officer Caroline Edwards, who was front and center, trying to defend the White House from intruders gave the public her testimony about what took place during the January 6th riot on the U.S. Capitol.
“There were officers on the ground, they were bleeding, they were throwing up… I saw friends with blood all over their faces, I was slipping in people’s blood,” said Edwards.
Edwards added “…It was carnage, it was chaos, it can’t even be describe what I saw, never in my wildest dreams did I think that that a police officer, as a law enforcement officer that I would find myself in the middle of a battle…”
Committee Lacks Transparency
Representative Thompson opening statement focused on the Oath of Office, but yet, the Committee failed to inform the American people about previous trials held in the U.S. House of Representatives and two acquittals of Trump in the U.S. Senate. The committee in its first public hearing violated the U.S. Constitution… in regards to honesty and transparency. The acquittals should have been included in the opening statements.
The members of the committee are acting as prosecutors.
Four main types of prosecutorial misconduct
- failure to disclose exculpatory evidence,
- introducing false evidence,
- using improper arguments, and.
- discriminating in presenting evidence to the jury (the people)
Source: US Department of Justice, ABC News, NPR, Fox News and Julia Nixon, Bee News Daily Reporter contributed to the article.