Thursday, June 09, 2022

RE: January 6

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The House Jan. 6 select committee is holding a series of televised public hearings to make its case to the American public about the role of former President Donald Trump and associates in the events leading up to the attack on the Capitol.

The House select committee is holding the televised hearings this month, with the first one set for tonight at 8 p.m.

The first hearing tonight will air on a number of cable news networks. The final hearing, also slated for prime time, is expected to take place on June 23. 

The news media is ready to pounce on every word that could possibly salvage the Biden presidency, and keep the "hated one" from ever entering the Oval Office again.

If we take a step away from the noise and examine a few actual facts, the Liz Cheney Production gets canceled after the first performance. But we'll see how the public responds to this performance.

Be informed, not misled.

Opening night.

Liz Cheney, hand in hand with Nancy Pelosi, has put a great deal of effort into the presentation the nation will see on television tonight. Bonded by their mutual hate for Donald Trump, they are hoping for a blockbuster. A hit production. 

The Wall Street Journal says, "Members of the select committee see their primary goals as setting the historical record about what caused the attack, trying to sway public opinion about the alleged role played by Mr. Trump and his associates in inciting it and making recommendations for legislative fixes to bolster the integrity of presidential elections."

The Republicans, however, have called the investigation a politically motivated witch hunt designed to embarrass the party and Mr. Trump, who is considering another run for president in 2024. He has denied responsibility for the violence and continues to maintain the election was stolen.

I'm not sure what Republican Liz Cheney, who co-chairs the committee, is thinking beyond her profound personal dislike for Donald Trump, but I'd bet that President Biden is hoping upon hope that this prime time noise will distract from his own failed presidency.

Writing the script.

U.S. Representative Andy Biggs represents Arizona's 5th Congressional District. He also serves on the House Judiciary and Oversight Committee.

He knows what Pelosi and Cheney know and published a warning yesterday, encouraging the public to be informed rather than misled.

He says, "The FBI found no evidence President Trump, or his allies, coordinated any part of the Capitol riots. The January 6th Committee would like you to ignore that."

He notes that Pelosi's stacked commission has proven to be exceptionally effective with at least one thing: "ignoring any piece of evidence that does not align itself with the committee's predetermined outcome."

Biggs knows that peddling emotion-filled accounts of January 6 with undisguised partisan vitriol is far more effective in furthering the Left's messaging strategy than conducting a balanced fact-finding investigation.

In August 2021 reports began to emerge confirming the FBI did not have any sort of evidence connecting President Trump or his allies to an organized effort to enter the Capitol or overturn the 2020 election results. 

In fact, Rep. Biggs says, "They could find no evidence of a plot to overturn the election at all. But key members of the committee have ignored that evidence, choosing instead to flock around television cameras and present a darker, inaccurate version of events.

Biggs wrote:

Liz Cheney, undoubtedly screen-testing for her post-Congress surrogate gig on cable news, rebuffed the FBI’s reporting on MSNBC. She contradicts the Bureau’s findings and cast aspersions on her fellow Americans about their intentions that day.

“We are determined to ensure we understand the entire effort to overthrow the election and overturn the rule of law,” she tweeted on the one-year anniversary of January 6th. Her colleague, Adam Kinzinger, was more direct in his baseless accusations: “(Trump) upset me with his attempt to overthrow the Republic.”

Cheney, Kinzinger, and other members of the committee must trot in front of the cameras and recite Democrat-written talking points because the legitimacy of their entire anti-Trump narrative is continually undermined by evidence emerging from law enforcement investigations. The committee is not getting their preferred results from the FBI, so they’re requesting that the American people ignore them.

The final act draws no standing ovation.

Biggs says, "The bottom line is, you're going to get a second opinion on January 6 from the committee whether you wanted it or not."

He says:

The fundamental issue with ignoring key evidence and pursuing kangaroo court-style proceedings is that Congress is not a prosecutorial body. They are a partisan legislative body with limited investigative oversight. The January 6th Committee, however, wants to pretend as if they’re a grand jury indicting fellow members in their political crosshairs. The court of public opinion is their only chance of winning any sort of argument, which is undoubtedly why Nancy Pelosi chose to kick two fact-finding Republican warriors off the committee before their witch hunt even began.

Expect the committee’s upcoming public hearings to be rife with half-truths, partisan monologues, and maybe even fabricated evidence (which they’ve already been caught red-handed peddling) to prove their assertions. You will not see evidence defending the President because that would undermine the intent of the hearings. Playing audio of President Trump calling for marchers exercising their First Amendment right to free speech and protest by asking for rally attendees to “peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard,” puts a damper on CNN’s primetime audience. So does playing the video of President Trump instructing the crowd to “go home,” and also condemning political violence.

Rep. Biggs rightly predicts that "In a matter of months, the committee will cease to exist. Many of its key players will no longer be members of the House, and its faux authority will be reduced to the ash heap of history."

He also notes that "its members are keenly aware of this reality, and they'd rather go down spouting vitriol and partisanship than go away quietly."

His advice to those who attend the production?

"The committee is quite unhappy with the facts of January 6 as they exist today. Their public hearings will be a way for them to kindly ask that you sit back, relax, enjoy the show...and please, 'for the good of the Republic', don't do your own research."

Be Informed. Be Sober.  Be Discerning. Be Vigilant. Be Prayerful.