…from ABC News
[ Editor’s Note: Ex-FBI officer Brad Garrett gives the best concise overview of the January 6th Capitol attack I have heard so far, and definitely worth the seven minutes.
He is a good contrast to what came out today in some of the first Senate hearings, where Capitol officials claimed they were given no hard intelligence, just an unverified FBI warning.
They presented an echo chamber consensus that everyone agreed that the worst case scenario would be similar to the Black Lives matters DC protest during the summer, where throngs would be battling each other on the streets and not attacking the government directly.
But this does not jive with the reality of Trump’s The Steal being on the line that day. During the summer riots, he had not lost an election where he was soon to become raw meat for hungry criminal prosecutors.
Mr. Garrett, who oozes professionalism, makes a good case that a blind man could have seen that a major effort was needed to defend the Capitol, when Trump’s political and financial life could be over if he did not quash the election certification.
Garrett is also a realist, knowing that the main goal for many testifying is survival, like the 9-11 commissioners who admitted they knew their main job would be to protect their respective parties from taking a big political hit on that event.
As Gordon does so love to say, the world can be a nasty place… Jim W. Dean ]
First aired … February 22, 2021
Attorney general nominee Merrick Garland says he will establish an independent outside panel to investigate the Capitol siege.
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