The bipartisan House Select Committee is not letting accusations that the investigation into the insurrection is all about Trump-hating. The extreme right-wing of the Republican party is using that desperate argument to distract from the fact finding mission of the committee which is to discover what led up to the violent inresurrection against our democracy. The phone records of Republican members of Congress suspected of possible involvement in planning the Capitol attack are being requested by the committee.
Yesterday, the New York Post reported that Rep. Bennie Thompson, Chairman of the Committee declared “requests include information on communications within and among the White House and Executive Branch agencies during the leadup to January 6th and on that day, as well as on issues further removed, such as attempts to place politically loyal personnel in senior positions across government after the election.” Since Jan 6th, it has been rumored that while watching the insurrection on television, Trump was impressed by the mob’s aggressive pursuit to try to illegally keep him in power. The committee will interview those people present at the White House that day who witnessed Trump’s emotional state and behaviors before and during the mob’s violent attack on Capitol and DC law enforcement.
The Post also reported an investigation into Trump’s plan “to place politically loyal personnel in senior positions across government after the election as part of his attempt to steal the election”. During his presidency, Trump engaged in a pattern of firing personnel and appointees who refused to pledge their loyalty to him or who contradicted him on any issue. It began with the firings with FBI Director James Comey and Attorney General Jeff Sessions and ending with Attorney General Wiiliam Barr getting removed from office upon declaring there was no significant fraud found in the 2020 election.
In the same article, The Post stated that “some of the committee requests are new and seek more granular information, and they heavily target former White House staffers and Trump loyalists.” Those who continue to support Trump and the extreme right-wing ideology of the Republican party should ask themselves, “do they support insurrections against our government if their party is not in power? The committee is seeking information from cell phone records, email evidence, and video that will clarify if Trump, members of his family, members of Congress, or members of his administration were complicit in the planning and execution of the Jan. 6th Capitol attack.
Any American who doesn’t comprehend that attempting to overturn a fair, legitimate presidential election signals the end of democracy is stupid, unpatriotic, and under the spell of a cult that is so crazy and anti-American that, fortunately, won’t end well.