House Committee members who are investigating the January 6 “insurrection” are claiming that there’s enough evidence to indict former President Donald Trump for trying to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
Evidence provided at the first January 6 Committee hearing didn’t seem to be new evidence. The theatrical representation largely showed the violence committed on January 6 rather than the entire event, which was largely peaceful. A handful of individuals caused damage and harmed people, but that’s not the bulk of what happened.
Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) said he wanted to “investigate any credible allegation of criminal activity on the part of Donald Trump.” Schiff is the same politician that doctored text messages from Jim Jordan (R-OH).
Schiff added that “there are certain actions, parts of these different lines of effort to overturn the election that I don’t see evidence the Justice Department is investigating.”
The members laid out a case against Trump by saying he went against his own advisors’ suggestions that the election was not fraudulent. They said that Trump still pushed claims that the election was rigged.
In the coming hearings, the panel plans to present evidence that Trump and his team engaged in a “massive effort” to spread misinformation, pressure the Justice Department to go along with his claims, and try to get former Vice President Mike Pence to go against state electors and block the certification of the election.
The January 6 committee called on key witnesses to testify. Bill Stepien was one of those people.
Stepien testified that he told Trump to wait to make a statement. A clip was shown of Stepien explaining what he told Trump. Stepien said, “My belief, my recommendation was to say that votes were still being counted, it’s too early to tell, too early to call the race.”
Attorney General Merrick Garland is going to be the key focus of the hearings. If Garland doesn’t feel that charges are warranted, then it’s over.
Last month, Garland spoke at Harvard and said, “We will follow the facts wherever they lead.” We’ve seen a different strategy so far, so don’t expect too many “facts” to be involved in the remainder of this show trial.