What the January 6 Committee Might Have Been

Source: Town Hall
by Victor Davis Hanson

“Congress should investigate fully the January 6 riot at the Capitol — and similar recent riots at iconic federal sites. But unfortunately, it never will. Why not? The current committee is not bipartisan. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., forbade Republican nominees traditionally selected by the House minority leader to serve on the committee. No speaker had ever before rejected the minority party’s nominees to a select House committee. Pelosi’s own cynical criteria for Republican participation was twofold: Any willing minority Republican members had to have voted to impeach former President Donald Trump while having no realistic chance of being reelected in 2022. … A real investigation would have ignited argumentation, cross-examination, and disagreements. … In contrast, the January 6 show trial features no dissenting views. Its subtext was right out of the Soviet minister of Internal Affairs Lavrentiy Pavlovich Beria’s credo: ‘Show me the man and I’ll show you the crime.'” (06/16/22)