Members of the committee attended a public hearing by the U.S. House Select Committee to investigate the January 6 U.S. Capitol attack in Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., on June 9, 2022.
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Members of the House of Representatives investigating the January 6 Capitol incident spoke about what they expected in public hearings this week, giving little details beyond their roadmap to prove that former President Donald Trump is guilty of efforts to overturn the 2020 election. results.
The first public hearing of the nine-member committee was held on Thursday afternoon, and another three-day hearing has been officially scheduled for Monday, Wednesday and Thursday this week.
Among the revelations of the first hearing was that several Republican congressmen had asked for pardon for the presidency. Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, vice chair of the committee, and one of its two Republican members nominated Republican Scott Perry as one of those representatives. Perry has denied the claim, calling it “shameless” and “soulless.”
The identity of the other congressmen who asked for a pardon is unknown, but several members of the committee said in Sunday’s television appearances that they believe these requests show that they were doing something illegal.
“For me, I think that’s one of the most compelling proofs of guilty conscience. Why would members do that if they thought it was somehow appropriate to participate in this election cancellation plot?” California spokesman Adam Schiff said on ABC’s “This Week.”
Illinois Representative Adam Kinzinger, another Republican committee member on Jan. 6, echoed that thought on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
“Generally, if someone asks for a pardon, it’s because they have a real concern that they’ve done something illegal. I’ll leave it at that, but I’ll tell them more information will come,” he said.
New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is not on the committee, told CNN’s “State of the Union” session that all members of Congress should respond on the same day if they ask for a pardon.
“When you don’t know which of your colleagues were part of a potential conspiracy, then we need to know,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “I think the commission would never have made such a serious complaint without very significant evidence to present it to the American public.”
Maryland Democrat Representative Jamie Raskin, who is on the elected committee, said the investigation is not just for the public.
“I suppose our whole investigation is a criminal case against the Department of Justice and the American people, because this is a horrific attack on the machinery of democracy in the United States,” he said in a statement from the State of the Union.
But the Justice Department said Trump should be implicated, instead of saying he is respecting the independence of law enforcement. Schiff, meanwhile, told ABC’s Martha Raddatz that the DOJ wants to investigate.
“I would love to see the Justice Department investigate any credible allegations of criminal activity by Donald Trump or anyone else. The rule of law should apply equally to everyone,” Schiff said.
Monday’s hearing will begin at 10:00 p.m. The commission is expected to focus on Trump’s misinformation campaign and lack of evidence to support election fraud allegations.
Members of the Capitol riot committee on Jan. 6 have made it clear what they expect at this week’s hearings.
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