It’s old-fashioned, hard-nosed inquiry. And if Congress won’t do it, journalists must.
[ Editor’s Note: The Republicans have revealed their strategy on defending themselves on supporting the insurrection. They have zero concern about what Democrats think and will be solely focused on grandstanding to the Trumpers to make sure they have their best shot at taking control of Congress back to set themselves up to have a better shot in 2024.
Efforts to embarrass them for this would be a waste of time. So the battle is shaping up as whether the courts can work their way through to convictions to settle the matter of the ‘protest’ versus riot or insurrection.
The big problem I see is the huge log jam in the DC court system, perfect for the Republicans to drag these cases, especially the serious terrorism and sedition ones even out PAST 2024.
What is needed is way more court manpower thrown into the trial process, but there may not be a pathway to that, as no one has proposed anything in five months, and that includes the judges themselves.
On the flip side we can expect Trump to be indicted this summer, with others among his posse possibly joining him, like Rudy. If Trump becomes politically toxic, there are a number of Republicans waiting to run for president, yet the Donald will be doing all he can to remain somehow relevant… Jim W. Dean ]
First published … June 22, 2021
This week, Gosar, a Donald Trump ally, all but donned a Sherlockian deerstalker hat and wrapped himself in a houndstooth cape in his pursuit of Jan. 6 truth as he cross-examined FBI Director Christopher Wray during a House Oversight Committee hearing.
Gosar claimed that protester Ashli Babbitt had been “executed” by a policeman who had been “lying in wait” for her and demanded to know why her killer had not been named. Did Wray know Babbitt was unarmed?
Would Wray approve the release of all surveillance recordings from the Capitol? The release of all surveillance recordings of the suspected pipe bomber, not just clips?
Wray backpedaled—the Babbitt killing wasn’t his case, nor did he control the Capitol tapes, and as for the pipe bomber, he offered that releasing only a clip was consistent with protecting the integrity of the investigation. But Gosar wasn’t really looking for answers as much as he was attempting to portray a governmental cover-up of Jan. 6.
Along with Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), Gosar is one of the leading proponents of a brand of Jan. 6 revisionism that seeks to unsettle the consensus view that frames the Capitol disturbances as a dangerous uprising.
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