The upcoming US Capitol riot hearings will “blow the roof off the house,” Representative Jamie Raskin claimed.
Speaking to a group of progressive activists at a Zoom meeting on Thursday, the Maryland Democrat previewed the hearings the House of Representatives selection committee on the riot plans to televise in the coming months.
“We will do everything we can to subpoena all the information we need and enforce our subpoenas,” Raskin said in the comments first reported by Yahoo News.
“But even if we don’t get all the last people in, we’re going to have hearings that I think will be compared to the Watergate hearings because they’re going to blow the roof of the House in terms of explaining to America what really happened in the attack.” on our democracy.’
“I hope everyone will look and I hope everyone will discuss it and then it will lead to a report that, I hope again, will be a game changer in terms of American history,” Raskin said.
Raskin spoke to a group of progressive activists at a Zoom meeting on Thursday and previewed the hearings the House select committee is planning in the coming months.
The panel examines the causes of the attack on the Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump, and the role Trump himself played
Democrats hope to link the violence of the riots directly to former President Donald Trump and his allies in Congress, tainting Republicans ahead of the pivotal midterm elections in November.
While the nine-member panel includes just two Republicans — anti-Trump moderates Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger — Raskin said it was the “most bipartisan” committee he had ever served on.
While some close Trump allies from the previous administration have defied the commission’s subpoenas, Raskin said the group spoke to more than 400 witnesses and obtained thousands of records and documents.
A schedule for the hearings has not yet been finalized, and it remained unclear whether the commission planned to release a single bomb report, or to plot its disclosures to maximize coverage.
The committee’s earlier publication of text messages from the likes of Fox News host Sean Hannity and Ivanka Trump has already made headlines.
Meanwhile, Senator Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican, said on Thursday he would not have voted “no” to a resolution honoring the work of Capitol personnel during the riots, which passed by one vote.
Senator Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican, said Thursday he would not have voted “no” to a resolution honoring the work of Capitol personnel during the riots
Hawley explained that he opposed the resolution because it referred to “violent insurgents” as the perpetrators of the attack.
“No person from that day has been charged with the crime of insurrection,” Hawley said in comments first reported by Politico.
“If we want to honor the workers of Capitol Hill — and we should — we must do it in a way that focuses on their service to their country, not on false stories designed to divide us.”
Hawley added that the resolution was written to score “cheap partisan political points.”
The select committee on Thursday sued Facebook parent Meta, Google parent Alphabet, Twitter and Reddit, seeking information about how their platforms were used to spread misinformation and violent extremism.
“We cannot allow our important work to be further delayed,” House Select Committee chairman Bennie Thompson said in a statement.
The subpoenas are the latest development in the panel’s investigation into the causes of the attack on the Capitol by Trump loyalists, and the role played by Trump himself, who has made false claims that he won the election.
Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy Claims Inquiry Is Not Legitimate, Accusing Panel Of ‘Abuse Of Power’
Two key questions for the Select Committee are how the spread of misinformation and violent extremism have contributed to the violent attack on our democracy, and what steps – if any – social media companies have taken to prevent their platforms from becoming a breeding ground. for radicalizing people to violence,” said Representative Thompson.
“It’s disappointing that after months of engagement, we still don’t have the documents and information needed to answer those fundamental questions.”
Republican leader Kevin McCarthy’s refusal to provide information to the committee about his conversation with then-President Donald Trump during the Capitol riots deepens the standoff between the committee and GOP lawmakers.
McCarthy joined two other Trump allies, Representatives Jim Jordan of Ohio and Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, in rejecting the panel’s requests for interviews and documents.
McCarthy, a California Republican, labeled the committee an “abuse of power” and said he had little to offer.
There is “nothing I can offer” to the committee, he said, as it investigates what Trump was doing in the White House, and his state of mind, when hundreds of his supporters violently stormed the Capitol.
The stance of the three GOP lawmakers has left the committee of seven Democrats and two Republicans with a stark choice: take the extraordinary step of suing their own colleagues or leave the requests and defiance of their work unanswered.
Committee leaders, Chair Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Vice Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., have said they are willing to subpoena any witness crucial to the investigation.
But privately, committee members grapple with the potential legal and political complications of such a move.
While congressional ethics committees have the power to subpoena lawmakers, there is little modern precedent for any other committee doing so.