January 6 Committee members were pleased with the results of their prime-time hearing Thursday evening. It aired on most networks with the exception of Fox News. The message was straightforward.
The committee interspersed their testimony with videos of the attack on the Capitol. Its members also included statements by those close to Donald Trump: Attorney William Barr, son-in-law Jared Kushner, and daughter Ivanka Trump.
Cheney told The Hill:
‘I think that we began the process of laying out the facts to the American people.’
After the hearing was over, Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD) spoke to reporters:
‘From a forensic point of view, and from a legalistic standpoint, the evening was a very powerful success for the committee, because what we laid out was the clarity of the narrative that Donald Trump absolutely refused to accept the results of the 2020 presidential election.’
‘The details of it are just absolutely unrefuted, and they’re irrefutable. And the fact that we have elected officers in the country who are still trying to deny the truth is shocking to me.’
Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) chairs the House Intelligence Committee. He appeared briefly on MSNBC after the first hearing and called it “very powerful,” especially the Capitol Police officer’s testimony:
‘I can’t imagine a more powerful refutation of the lie that this was a normal tourist day, that this was legitimate political discourse. And so we did, I hope, show the country just a bit of the mountain of evidence that we have and gave the country a sense of what lies ahead in our future hearings.’
Schiff further reinforced Thompson’s and Cheney’s strategy:
‘I think the chairman laid out the historical nature of what we went through that day, the unprecedented attempt to interfere with the transfer of power.’
And then I think the vice chair importantly wove together the narrative about these multifaceted efforts to overturn the election, the pressure on state legislatures and legislators, the pressure on the vice president, the continued pushing of these false claims of fraud even when the president’s own attorney general said they were BS, and how it led to that day.’
A number of other committee members commented. Representative Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) told CNN:
‘[This] wasn’t a spontaneous riot [but] a part in a culmination of an effort [to keep Trump in office.] I think the videos and the firsthand testimony that we were able to show last night, you know, you don’t have to take it from us. You can hear the people around Trump and the folks who planned the riot talk about why they were there and what they hoped to achieve that day.’
The Hill asked Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) whether he was happy with the hearing:
‘I thought it was fantastic. Thought it was awesome. It reminded people, and that’s good.’
Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) was “incredibly impressed” with Edwards. And regarding the question about whether she was happy with how it all went, she had a response different from Kinzinger’s:
“Others will have to decide that.’
The next hearing begins Monday morning.
Featured image is a screenshot via YouTube.
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