Members of the Committee attend the general public hearing of the U.S. House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the USA Capitol, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 9, 2022.
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Members of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot were tightlipped about what to anticipate on this week’s public hearings, giving few details beyond their road map to prove that former President Donald Trump is in charge for the efforts to overturn the 2020 election results.
The primary public hearing held by the nine-member committee happened on Thursday evening, and three more days of hearings have been officially scheduled for Monday, Wednesday and Thursday this week.
Among the many revelations from the primary hearing was that multiple Republican congressmen asked for presidential pardons. Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the committee’s vice chair and one in every of its two Republican members, named Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., as one such representative. Perry has denied the claim, calling it a “shameless” and “soulless” lie.
The identities of the opposite congressmen who sought pardons remain unknown, but several members of the committee said during Sunday television appearances that they imagine that those requests show they knew they were doing something illegal.
“To me, I believe that’s a few of the most compelling evidence of consciousness of guilt. Why would members try this in the event that they felt their involvement on this plot to overturn the election was someway appropriate?” California Rep. Adam Schiff said on ABC’s “This Week.”
Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger, the opposite Republican representative on the Jan. 6 committee, echoed that thought in an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
“Normally, if someone asks for a pardon, it’s because they’ve real concern that they’ve done something illegal. I’ll leave it at that, but I’ll say that more information will probably be coming,” he said.
Latest York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who shouldn’t be on the committee, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” the identical day that each member of Congress should give you the chance to reply if she or he requested a pardon.
“If you do not know which of your colleagues were a part of a possible conspiracy, then we’d like to search out out,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “I feel that the committee would never make an allegation so serious without very substantial evidence to present to the American public.”
Maryland Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin, who sits on the select committee, said that the investigation is not just for the general public.
“I suppose our entire investigation is a referral of crimes each to the Department of Justice and the American people, because this can be a massive assault on the machinery of American democracy,” he said during an appearance on “State of the Union.”
But he fell in need of saying that the Department of Justice should indict Trump, as an alternative saying that he’s respecting the independence of law enforcement. Schiff, for his part, told ABC’s Martha Raddatz that he wants the DOJ to research.
“I would love to see the Justice Department investigate any credible allegation of criminal activity on the a part of Donald Trump or anyone else. The rule of law needs to use equally to everyone,” Schiff said.
Monday’s hearing is slated to start at 10 a.m. ET. The committee is anticipated to give attention to Trump’s misinformation campaign and the dearth of evidence supporting allegations of election fraud.