Dems Spent A Whopping $8.6M To Hold A Lopsided Public Investigation Against Donald Trump

The House’s Jan. 6 committee will shortly wrap up its almost 18-month inquiry into the circumstances behind the riot in the U.S. Capitol, leaving a number of unresolved legal disputes and doubts about whether it was successful in causing former President Donald Trump lasting electoral harm.

Although much of the panel’s work was made public during a series of hearings intended to focus on Mr. Trump’s efforts to rig the 2020 presidential election and his role in inciting the violence that occurred in the Capitol, the panel promised to release “all the evidence” it had gathered by the end of the month.


According to a review of committee disbursement statistics kept by the House administrator, the Democratic-led committee is anticipated to spend nearly $8.6 million on its inquiry. The majority of those costs have gone toward paying the 57-person committee staff, which consists of attorneys, detectives, and TV production specialists.

In contrast, the nearly $7 million inquiry into the terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, took more than two years. The committee gathered evidence by speaking with tens of thousands of witnesses and poring over reams of emails, texts, and other documents to support its contention that Mr. Trump put the safety of lawmakers, election officials, and his vice president in jeopardy by spreading false claims of election fraud.

Along the way, the committee took the unprecedented action of summoning five members of Congress who were still in office, including the leader of the House Republicans.

The committee’s members repeatedly emphasized that Mr. Trump posed a threat to American democracy and that the disturbance at the Capitol was a result of a revolution he orchestrated.

The majority of Republican members are still persuaded that the panel’s principal objective is to use the events of January 6, 2021 as a political weapon against Democrats’ opponents.

The group was composed of eight Democrats and two Republicans, all chosen by California Democrat and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The investigation was a political career hazard for certain members. Only five of the nine panelists made it through the midterm test. Republicans’ indignation over Rep. Liz Cheney’s unwavering opposition to Mr. Trump was reflected in her resounding defeat in the Wyoming primary.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a Republican from Illinois, and Rep. Stephanie Murphy, a Democrat from Florida, chose not to run for reelection.

Rep. Elaine Luria, a Democrat from Virginia, was defeated by voters in favor of Jen Kiggans, a Republican. Ms. Luria used her knowledge from the committee to depict the close election as a test of democracy.

Despite the committee’s efforts, Mr. Trump maintained a firm hold on the Republican Party and went on with his 2024 presidential campaign without hesitation.

The committee work, according to Ms. Luria, was the most significant professional endeavor she has ever undertaken. She claimed that the impact of its work would last long after the group was disbanded.

According to Ms. Luria, “Our responsibility is legislative oversight and to give suggestions to avoid this from happening ever again.” However, the results of the elections in 24 will undoubtedly be known. Personally, I have the impression that the American people do not want another Trump administration. After nearly a year of primarily private meetings, the panel staged a series of eight public hearings this summer.

Former White House aides, state election officials, documentary makers, and Capitol Police officers all gave live testimony throughout the hearings. The committee also released excerpts from depositions that were kept confidential as well as emails and text message chains that it had collected over the course of the investigation. Key moments from the riot were recreated with the use of digital models of the White House and Capitol.

The committee displayed the turmoil at the Capitol on January 6 and explained what they claimed was Mr. Trump’s pressure campaign to rig the election during the hearings, which presented a made-for-TV rollout of evidence.

The committee concentrated on what they perceived as Mr. Trump’s efforts to exert pressure on Vice President Mike Pence and state officials in order to postpone or invalidate the election results.

The panel also discussed the former president’s efforts to incite racial unrest over the election and his silence in the face of the violence at the Capitol, according to the panelists.

The Democrats’ sole motivation for having the hearings, according to Mr. Trump, was to keep him from running for president in 2024. He branded the committee a “kangaroo court.”

According to national polls, the people seems unmoved by the committee’s argument.

In a late July Monmouth University poll conducted following the committee’s open hearings, 38% of those surveyed said Mr. Trump was directly to blame for the Capitol violence. It was 42% prior to the hearings.

The poll found that Mr. Trump’s favorability rating stayed essentially unchanged from its level shortly following the 2020 election, with 4 in 10 respondents saying they would support his reelection in 2024.

The committee unanimously decided to issue a subpoena requiring Mr. Trump to provide papers and testify as the culmination of its final session last month. The action triggered more criticism and a legal dispute that will probably endure longer than the panel’s charter.

The former president referred to the committee as a “witch hunt of the highest level” in a 14-page document. The panel was eventually sued by Mr. Trump. He said that the subpoena violated the concept of the separation of powers and pointed out that while previous presidents spoke before congressional committees willingly, none had ever been required to do so.

Despite his outspoken condemnation of Mr. Trump’s behavior after losing the 2020 election, Mr. Pence has likewise eliminated any chance of testifying before the committee.

In a recent interview with CBS News, he asserted that the committee “had no right” to hear him testify and added fuel to Republican concerns of the panel’s unbalanced composition.

The partisan tone of the January 6 committee, I must reiterate, has disappointed me, he remarked. In the beginning, it seemed to me that there was a chance to thoroughly explore what happened on January 6 and to do it more in the spirit of the 9/11 commission, nonpartisan, and nonpolitical, but that chance was lost.

After the committee adjourns, other disputes involving reluctant witnesses are expected to continue for months.

Due to their refusal to cooperate with the committee’s subpoenas for testimony, two former White House aides, Steve Bannon and Peter Navarro, have been charged by the Justice Department with contempt of Congress.

After being found guilty of counts of contempt of Congress in July, a federal judge sentenced Mr. Bannon to four months in prison and imposed a $6,500 fine. He was also given this month.

Mr. Bannon challenged the judgment. In the meanwhile, his sentence to prison has been suspended.

The trial for Mr. Navarro is expected to start in January.

Members are racing to the end to present their final arguments with only a few weeks before the committee’s sunset date.

“Within a month, the public will have access to all of the information and proof we have gathered. Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a Democrat from California, said to CBS News’ Face the Nation

The previous president, she continued, “was at the forefront of the campaign to overturn a legitimately elected election, assembled the crowd, and sent it over to Congress to try and interfere with the peaceful transfer of power. I think we’ve made a persuasive presentation of that in our hearings,” she added. It is quite disturbing.




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