The upcoming hearings on the US Capitol riot will ‘blow the roof off the House’, Rep. Jamie Raskin has claimed.
Speaking with a group of progressive activists on a Zoom meeting on Thursday, the Democrat from Maryland previewed the hearings that the House of Representatives select committee on the riot plans to televise in the coming months.
‘We are going to do everything we can to subpoena all the information we need and to enforce our subpoenas,’ Raskin said in the remarks first reported by Yahoo News.
‘But even if we don’t get every last person in there, we are going to have hearings that I believe will be compared to the Watergate hearings, because they are going to blow the roof off the House in terms of explaining to America what actually happened in the attack on our democracy.’
‘I hope everybody will watch and I hope everybody will discuss it and then it will lead to a report that, I hope again, will be a game changer in terms of American history,’ Raskin said.
Speaking with a group of progressive activists on in a Zoom meeting on Thursday, Raskin previewed the hearings that the House select committee plans in coming months
The panel is investigating the causes of the attack on the Capitol by then-President Donald Trump’s supporters, and the role played by Trump himself
Democrats hope to tie the violence of the riots directly to former President Donald Trump and his allies in Congress, tarnishing Republicans ahead of the crucial midterm elections in November.
While the nine-member panel includes just two Republicans – anti-Trump moderates Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger – Raskin said that it was the ‘most bipartisan’ committee he had ever served on.
Though some close Trump allies from the prior administration have defied the committee’s subpoenas, Raskin said that the group had spoken with more than 400 witnesses and obtained thousands of records and documents.
A schedule for the hearings has not yet been finalized, and it remained unclear whether the committee planned to release a single bombshell report, or string out its revelations to maximize news coverage.
The committee’s prior release of text messages from Fox News host Sean Hannity and Ivanka Trump, among others, has already garnered headlines.
Meanwhile, Senator Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican, on Thursday said that he would not have voted ‘no’ on a resolution honoring the work of Capitol personnel during the riot, which passed by a voice vote.
Senator Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican, on Thursday said that he would not have voted ‘no’ on a resolution honoring the work of Capitol personnel during the riot
Hawley explained that he opposed the resolution because it included language referencing ‘violent insurrectionists’ as the perpetrators of the attack.
‘Not a single person from that day has been charged with the crime of insurrection,’ Hawley said in remarks first reported by Politico.
‘If we are going to honor Capitol Hill workers—and we should—we must do so in a manner that focuses on their service to their nation, not on false narratives that are meant to divide us.’
Hawley added that the resolution was written to score ‘cheap partisan political points.’
The select committee on Thursday subpoenaed Facebook parent Meta, Google parent Alphabet, Twitter and Reddit, seeking information about how their platforms were used to help spread misinformation and violent extremism.
‘We cannot allow our important work to be delayed any further,’ the House Select Committee’s chairman, Bennie Thompson, said in a statement.
The subpoenas are the latest development in the panel’s investigation into the causes of the attack on the Capitol by Trump loyalists, and the role played by Trump himself, who has pushed false claims that he won the election.
Republican leader Kevin McCarthy claims the investigation is not legitimate and accuses the panel of ‘abuse of power’
‘Two key questions for the Select Committee are how the spread of misinformation and violent extremism contributed to the violent attack on our democracy, and what steps – if any -social media companies took to prevent their platforms from being breeding grounds for radicalizing people to violence,’ Representative Thompson said.
‘It’s disappointing that after months of engagement, we still do not have the documents and information necessary to answer those basic questions.’
Republican leader Kevin McCarthy´s refusal to provide information to the committee about his call with then-President Donald Trump during the Capitol riot is deepening a standoff between the committee and GOP lawmakers.
McCarthy joined two other Trump allies, Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, in rejecting the panel´s requests for interviews and documents.
McCarthy, a California Republican, decried the committee as an ‘abuse of power’ and said he had little to offer.
There is ‘nothing that I can provide’ to the committee, he said, as it investigates what Trump was doing inside the White House, and his state of mind, as hundreds of his supporters violently stormed the Capitol.
The stand by the three GOP lawmakers has left the committee of seven Democrats and two Republicans with a stark choice: take the extraordinary step of subpoenaing their own colleagues or allow the requests, and the defiance of their work, to go unanswered.
The committee’s leaders, Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Vice Chairwoman Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., have said they are prepared to subpoena any witness crucial to the investigation.
But privately, committee members are wrestling over the potential legal and political complications of such a move.
While congressional ethics committees have the authority to subpoena lawmakers, there is little modern precedent for another committee doing so.