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WATCH: Jan. 6 Hearing to Detail ‘Flagrant Assault on American Democracy’

"I hope this hearing will remind everyone how fragile our democracy is, how important it is to defend it, and to hold any and all insurrectionists accountable," said Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.
U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), chair of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol, speaks alongside Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) during a panel meeting on March 28, 2022 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

By Jessica Corbett / Common Dreams

The U.S. House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol plans to hold its first of six public hearings at 8:00 pm ET on Thursday—a event that will be livestreamed on the panel’s YouTube channel and aired by most major television networks.

“The committee will present previously unseen material documenting January 6th, receive witness testimony, and provide the American people an initial summary of its findings about the coordinated, multi-step effort to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election and prevent the transfer of power,” the panel said. “The committee will also preview additional hearings.”

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Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-Md.)—who is on the nine-member panel, which includes two Republicans—said earlier this week that they have “found evidence of concerted planning and premeditated activity,” adding that “the idea that all of this was just a rowdy demonstration that spontaneously got a little bit out of control is absurd.”

Raskin served as the manager for former President Donald Trump’s historic second impeachment, which followed the Capitol attack that was provoked by the Republican leader and his allies’ lies about the 2020 election results. The panel could ultimately decide to refer Trump and others to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for prosection.

Ahead of Thursday’s prime-time hearing—which Fox News is declining to broadcast live—progressive advocacy groups and lawmakers welcomed the event and reiterated that the 2021 insurrection was, as Morris Pearl of the Patriotic Millionaires put it, “a clear and flagrant assault on American democracy.”

Pearl also stressed that “it was only possible because of decades of groundwork laid by anti-democratic right-wing billionaires and lawmakers” who “have spent years moving the United States closer and closer to an oligarchy by bankrolling campaigns and events just like the White House Ellipse rally that immediately precipitated the Capitol riot, and in the process undermined the most basic building blocks of our democracy.”

“January 6th was a tragic day, but it was an inevitable consequence of the right-wing campaign to amass power whatever the costs,” he added. “In this spirit, we hope that tonight’s hearings underscore the urgent need to combat election misinformation and hate speech in America but also the equally critical need to dilute the power and influence of big money that enables it.”

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who is not on the panel, also shared her hopes for the hearing in a statement Thursday.

Highlighting that the committee “has pored over thousands of hours of footage and over 140,000 pages of documents during the past 11 months of investigations,” Omar said that “I hope the hearing will make clear to the nation what has been clear to those of us who experienced the events of January 6th: that President Donald Trump waged a deliberate monthslong campaign to discredit the outcome of the presidential election and keep himself in office.”

“He did this in coordination with Republican congressional leadership, along with far-right and militia groups, and he deliberately incited rioters on January 6th to disrupt the congressional certification of the election results,” she added. “I was proud to introduce the first resolution impeaching Donald Trump for this insurrection. And I hope this hearing will remind everyone how fragile our democracy is, how important it is to defend it, and to hold any and all insurrectionists accountable.”

Omar was far from alone in demanding accountability.

“We need to call out the traitors who embraced the Big Lie and incited a violent insurrection against our country,” said Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). “We can’t let them cover up the details of their plot. The House hearings beginning tonight are powerfully important so we can get the facts and ensure accountability.”

“Understand this: The attempt to overturn the 2020 election was part of an ongoing scheme to stop the American people from being able to choose our country’s leaders,” she added. “We must get to the bottom of this and defend the right to vote and the right to have that vote counted.”

Jessica Corbett

Jessica Corbett is a staff writer for Common Dreams.

8 comments

  1. “Men judge generally more by the eye than by the hand, for everyone can see and few can feel. Every one sees what you appear to be, few really know what you are”. Machiavelli

    ‘The storming of The Capitol building is piece of precedented live-firing theatre orchestrated to lead us by the nose into doing exactly what is required to make the viewing audience believe we are in democracy’s driving seat. Whereas the cold-hard truth is that we’re merely emotionalised passengers being driven by a desperately flailing dictatorship – who’ve rifled through every page and exhausted the propaganda playbook’.

    ‘The Party’s POTUS-Capitol Coup: America’s Reichstag Fire’ https://wp.me/p94Aj4-2dB

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  2. It was NOT an assault on American Democracy….Your mythical “democracy” did not exist….That is total BS….It was an attack by angry, wretched and miserable Trump fans expressing their anger at a government (both parties) who never gave a damn thing to them.
    Don’t get me wrong, I despise Trump, his idiotic followers and their violence but I can understand where they are coming from.

  3. This FBI sponsored liefest-while ignoring the 1/5/17 treason meeting
    In the Oval Office – is bathetic proof of the completely illegitimate nature
    of American JUSTUS- this evil empire’s only working railroad.

    How many FBI agents opened the doors to the Crapital?
    Why did the Crapital Police Goon Squad stand down?
    Answer: orders from the traitor PELOSI!!

    How many cowardly and evil cops -Uvalde style- did it take to fabricate
    this wicked lie fest of JUSTUS???

    From a criminal defense attorney with 1/2 century experience with JUSTUS!!

  4. > Pearl also stressed that “it was only possible because of decades of groundwork laid by anti-democratic right-wing billionaires and lawmakers”

    Let’s be honest here, both parties engage in anti-democratic efforts funded by billionaires. The Republicans may be more bold in their efforts, but the insidious nature of how the Democrats undermine democracy for the billionaires is just as bad.

    I have no love for the Republicans, but this partisan show trial will change nothing.

  5. 1. If all three groups involved in January 6 — the protesters, the politicians, and the cops — had all killed each other, the rest of the world would have been better off. I’m not advocating violence, just sayin’.

    2. The American people have far bigger concerns than January 6. They are mostly concerned with economic issues like inflation, with health care, things like that. But the corrupt politicians don’t care about concerns of regular people, so they put on this charade instead, in a really lame attempt to distract people. Sorry, it’s not going to work. Well, not really sorry.

  6. Our entire federal government is a flagrant assault on American democracy because or democracy died a long time ago and amazingly I think I was the only one to notice. At least it sure damn feels that way.

    1. I’m surprised that Ilhan Imar said that….I thought she was one of the few US politiians that made any sense….Our so-called “democracy” is NOT fragile….It is dead.

  7. This isn’t about investigating an event but inventing one, a continuation of manufacturing reality that began before Jan. 6 with such rehearsal of scenarios as provided for example by the (bipartisan) Transition Integrity Project, ostensibly to prepare for while in effect preparing destabilizing potentials of the 2020 election (just as past pandemic preparedness exercises developed playbooks for 2020’s false flag flu).

    The assault on ‘democracy’ is from the forces of the deep state which have captured constitutional government fronts in what Sheldon Wolin called inverted totalitarianism to create narratives which misdirect the general public from the real coup, begun with covid, transitioning us into more techno-totalitarian solutions of national (in)security, as with biodigital surveillance and control implementing a precrime police state.

    Accordingly, Washington is now the scene for staging shows dealing with convenient crises from the dubbed insurrection (in the center of the security state and under its watchful eye) to mass shootings (compliments of MIC weaponry if not agents provocateurs as well) which fuse themes like white supremacy and domestic terrorism and cast enemies from which we must be protected by Big Brother.

    Stay tuned for the midterm elections, shaping up as another major feature presentation.

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