I mostly want to talk a bit about last night’s televised hearings, but also have another snippet … or maybe two … who knows? 🤷
January 6th Committee hearings
I watched the televised hearings of the January 6th committee tonight, and I have to tell you, by the time they took a 10-minute recess after the first hour, I was more than ready for a break! I was shaking and couldn’t catch my breath after watching some of that footage. I’ve never wanted to hurt somebody more in my life than I wanted to hurt those ugly people storming the Capitol.
The hearing was interesting … nay, fascinating … but not much new information has been presented as yet. Still, watching the first-hand account by the police officer, Caroline Edwards, who was wounded, knocked unconscious, then resumed her duties to protect the Capitol upon regaining consciousness, only to be injured yet again, was riveting. She did not cry as she described the ‘carnage’ and ‘chaos’, but I wanted to cry for her.
Initially, the investigation was going to be held by an independent, non-partisan group of people similar to the 9/11 Commission, but the Republicans, namely Kevin McCarthy, protested that they wanted a partisan, congressional committee. Presumably, he thought this would give him and his minions a degree of control over what information was sought and revealed. His attempt to put two Republican members of Congress on the committee who were to some extent involved in the events of that day, Jim Jordan and Jim Banks, proved his intent, and since then he has made no secret of the fact that if he gets the opportunity after the November elections, he will shut down the committee and destroy its work. Too late, Kev … we’re seeing it and we cannot … will not unsee it.
That said, I think a non-congressional, non-partisan investigative body would have been a better solution because the Republicans already have and will continue to claim that it’s a “witch hunt” to “get Donald Trump” by “people who don’t like him.” With a non-congressional, non-partisan committee, it would have been much more difficult for them to make that claim and be believed. Then again, their followers will believe almost anything, as we saw from the various testimonies tonight by people who honestly (or so they say) believed that Trump had told them to come do their dirty deeds that day.
However, McCarthy forced the hand of Nancy Pelosi and I think she put together a great committee. Sadly, the two Republicans who voluntarily joined, Representatives Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, have been bullied and harassed by their peers in the Republican Party. Ms. Cheney is holding her own, but Mr. Kinzinger announced early on that he will not run for re-election in November.
Just from what we saw tonight, it appears the committee has done good work, despite the fact that numerous people they needed to talk to have foolishly ignored their subpoenas or refused to answer questions, invoking their 5th Amendment right not to incriminate themselves … meaning, of course, that they are guilty to a greater or lesser extent. The committee is still gathering information, crossing their ‘t’s and dotting their ‘i’s, and their report will live on far past their tenure in Congress. I hope … I am sure … that there are numerous copies of the entirety of their work stored in secure locations away from the Capitol just in case some disaster should befall the Capitol.
A seditionist for Governor of Michigan???
Ryan Kelley is … or was … running on the Republican ticket for Governor of Michigan, hoping to unseat Gretchen Whitmer. His campaign may have just sounded the death knell, though, as on Thursday morning, Mr. Kelley was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for his role in the January 6th insurrection/attempted coup. Kelley is charged with committing violence against a person or property on restricted grounds, damaging federal property, disorderly conduct and entering a restricted building or grounds without permission. All four charges are misdemeanors, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office … which I do not understand. How can these be only misdemeanors? Violence against a person? A misdemeanor??? WHY???
Kelley was released after appearing briefly in federal court and was not even required to post bail! Grrrrrrrrrrrr. The evidence is incontrovertible that Kelley was at the Capitol on January 6th 2021, but some are already claiming that his arrest was an attempt by the FBI to undermine his campaign for governor. I said a minute ago that this could be the death knell for his campaign, but on the other hand, seeing how the Republican mentality works, this might just give his campaign a surge! The nastier they are, the better the Republicans like them.