Members of the Committee attend a public hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 9 June 2022.
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Members of the House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riots have been kept secret about what will happen during public hearings this week, giving some details. beyond their road map to prove that former President Donald Trump was the cause of efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
First public hearing organized by the nine-member committee took place Thursday night, and three more hearings are officially scheduled for Monday, Wednesday and Thursday this week.
Among the revelations from the initial hearing were that many Republican congressmen had asked for the president’s pardon. Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, vice chair of the committee and one of two Republicans, taking the name Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., is one such representative. Perry has denied the claim, calling it a “shameless” and “soulless” lie.
The identities of the other MPs seeking pardons are still unknown, but several members of the committee said in Sunday television appearances that they believed the requests showed they knew they were being pardoned. do something illegal.
“For me, I think that’s one of the most compelling evidences of a sense of guilt. Why would members do it if they feel it’s appropriate to participate in this conspiracy to overturn this election? fit somehow?” California Representative Adam Schiff said on ABC’s “This week”.
Illinois Representative Adam Kinzinger, the other Republican representative on the January 6 committee, echoed that thought in an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
“Generally speaking, if someone asks for a pardon, it’s because they’re really worried that they’ve done something illegal. I’ll leave it at that, but I’ll say more information will be available.” , I said.
New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is not on the committee, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” the same day that any member of Congress would be able to respond if they asked for a pardon.
“When you don’t know which of your colleagues are part of a potential conspiracy, we need to find out,” says Ocasio-Cortez. “I believe the committee would never have brought such a serious charge without substantial evidence to present to the American public.”
Maryland Democratic Representative Jamie Raskin, who sits on the selection committee, says the investigation is not just for the public.
“I think our entire investigation is about attributing crimes to both the Department of Justice and to the American people, because this is a massive attack on the machinery of American democracy,” he said in a statement. once appeared on “State of the Union.”
But he erroneously said that the Justice Department should prosecute Trump, saying instead that he respects the independence of law enforcement. For his part, Schiff told ABC’s Martha Raddatz that he wants the DOJ to investigate.
“I would like to see the Department of Justice investigate any credible allegations of criminal activity on the part of Donald Trump or anyone else. The rule of law needs to apply equally to everyone,” Schiff said. speak.
Monday’s hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. ET. The committee is expected to focus on Trump’s disinformation campaign and the lack of evidence to support allegations of election fraud.