The Republican governor of Arkansas appeared on Fox News Sunday and told its guest host Bret Baier something rather stunning. Asa Hutchinson believes that Donald Trump was “politically, morally responsible” for the January 6 attempted coup at our country’s Washington Capitol. Hutchinson also thought Trump bore “blame for the insurrection.”
At the same time, he felt that the former president was not “criminally responsible,” yet. The governor said that his fellow Republicans needed to be “soul-searching,” though. Then, he spoke on-air about the House January 6 Select Committee, Axios reported:
‘Trump is politically, morally responsible for much of what has happened, but in terms of criminal liability, I think the committee has a long way to go to establish that.’
Hutchinson noted that the January 6 attack was “a costly error” for the nation. Then he urged the entire GOP to disseminate the lessons of the attack:
‘Republicans need to do a lot of soul searching as to what is the right thing here and what is the right thing for our democracy in the future, and not simply adhere to the basic instincts of some of our base.’
The Select Committee held its second hearing last week. The first was late last summer and was an interview of four Capitol Police officers. They told in great detail what events occurred on that fateful day and how they impacted them — physically and emotionally.
After last week’s hearing, there will be three daytime hearings beginning on Monday. The January 6 Committee has worked to create American’s point of reference with Donald Trump at the center of the events. Plus the committee’s members intend to prove that he was guilty of an attempt to overthrow the American democracy and steal the 2020 presidency for himself.
Any Republicans who have criticized the former president’s attempted coup have found themselves out of office, given Trump’s power over the GOP. Two Republicans sit on the January 6 Committee. Adam Kinzinger’s (R-IL) district was deleted. Select Committee Vice-Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) faces a Trump-endorsed candidate during the primaries. Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) also kicked her out of the House’s leadership.
At the next hearing, three former government officials will appear and testify:
- ‘Former Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen
- Former Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue
- Former Assistant Attorney General Steven Engel’
The Washington Post reported that Americans should “be terrified:”
‘Liz Cheney tells America why Jan. 6 should terrify them — and she’s willing to bet her political career on it.’
At an event in Cheyenne, Wyoming, she said:
‘These issues around what happened on January 6th and around Donald Trump and the danger that he poses, those matter to every American. And I just feel very strongly about my responsibility.’
Stay tuned here.
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