Start popping your popcorn, because the House Select Committee Investigation on the biggest thing to happen in America since the Civil War will soon be going public.
For more than a year now, “January 6” has been the date on everyone’s mind, as the House Select Committee Investigating the riots at the Capitol continues in its attempts to frame the event as a dangerous insurrection.
While the schedule for the primetime hearings has not yet been released, Rep. Jamie Raskin, a member of the committee, sat down with SiriusXM host Dean Obeidallah on Friday to give listeners a preview of what we can expect, starting with when the show may start and a list of potential witnesses who may be testifying for the cameras.
“Well, you know, I’d hoped it would happen in March, I think because of all the obstruction and roadblocks thrown up by the entourage right around Donald Trump,” the Maryland Democrat said.
.@RepRaskin talks to @DeanObeidallah about how the @January6thCmte‘s plans to hold primetime hearings has been slowed down by Mark Meadows’ game of “hokey pokey.”
Watch more #SalonTalks: https://t.co/Eb9ldx13lk pic.twitter.com/gAbv6wUqzZ
— Salon (@Salon) January 28, 2022
“Mark Meadows was kind of doing the hokey pokey, one foot in, one foot out. Steve Bannon, Roger Stone. It’s going to be later in the spring. April or May, more likely,” he added.
Raskin then stressed the significance of the hearings, calling them “the most important hearings in American history.”
“I mean, certainly up there with the Watergate hearings,” he said. “I hope that we will do them during prime time. I hope we will see them every single day so we can tell a complete story to the American people about how this took place.”
“It’s obviously enormously complex, but people are following it closely,” he continued. “And again, the vast majority of Americans reject it, and the vast majority of Americans who we’ve approached as witnesses have testified. So most people, including people who participated, are cooperating and they understand that they’ve got, you know, just a legal obligation, but a civic obligation to help us figure out what happened.”
If Rep. Raskin’s public comments are any indication of the committee’s mindset, it’s difficult to imagine how these hearings could possibly be an honest, unbiased attempt to understand how events unfolded on Jan. 6.
Raskin has taken to Twitter on many occasions to voice his opinions about Trump and several potential witnesses.
In August 2021, Raskin claimed Trump “tried to turn the DOJ into an instrument of his political will and make it part of his campaign to overthrow the 2020 election result,” stating without irony that “It’s a mark of authoritarian rule to convert law enforcement into a political weapon of the Executive.”
Donald Trump tried to turn the DOJ into an instrument of his political will and make it part of his campaign to overthrow the 2020 election result.
It’s a mark of authoritarian rule to convert law enforcement into a political weapon of the Executive. pic.twitter.com/eNNRETovlX
— Rep. Jamie Raskin (@RepRaskin) August 11, 2021
Earlier this month, he depicted Steve Bannon as an “insurrectionist at large.”
The Worst and the Dumbest: The indictment of Stewart Rhodes (Yale Law ‘04) for seditious conspiracy to help Donald Trump (UPenn ‘68) steal the presidency leaves many other Ivy League insurrectionists at large, including Steve Bannon (Harvard Business School ‘85).
— Rep. Jamie Raskin (@RepRaskin) January 15, 2022
And on Jan. 20, he set his sights on Ivanka Trump.
If the former president has no executive privilege to hide evidence of an attempted coup or insurrection, neither do his family or friends. If Ivanka Trump was with Donald Trump as the attack unfolded, she is a material fact witness. I look forward to her testimony.
— Rep. Jamie Raskin (@RepRaskin) January 20, 2022
His disdain for the former president is evident in his interview with Obeidallah:
“It’s only when you get right to that kind of bullseye core, right around Donald Trump and his innermost confidants that people think they’re somehow above the law and can just give the finger to the US Congress,” Raskin said, adding that the public hearings would differ from those held earlier with Capitol Police.
“So, this would be more lining up a bunch of nights in a row, as opposed to one hearing and then coming back three weeks later and having another,” he explained. “Yeah, it would not be episodic. We want to tell the whole story. We will.”
“You know, I felt very strongly that we go to the police officers first,” he continued. “That was my great frustration about the Senate trial, that we weren’t able to have them come and tell the story of what had happened, and we wanted to shock the public into remembrance of what this was about. I mean, this was a violent assault on American democracy, a riot surrounding an insurrection, surrounding a coup. And it was our officers who stood between us and losing it all. So there were a lot of heroes on that day, and we can’t forget who those heroes were.”
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