Day 4 of the January 6 Hearings: Still Full of Schiff
The January 6 committee is scheduled for its Day 4 hearing today at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. (Remember, if you’d prefer to spend your day in more worthwhile pursuits than sitting through a boatload of Democrat propaganda, “we watch the news, so you don’t have to.”) At least watching it won’t be quite so torturous after the fun of watching Tucker Carlson’s Monday night monologue, about the other security breach at the Capitol building by alleged comic Stephen Colbert’s group of “white extremists.” It’s hilarious.
Attorney General Merrick Garland needs to demand an investigation immediately! Sean Hannity would no doubt agree.
‘Trump is Guilty’ — Day 4
But, all right, it’s time to get serious, because, let me assure you, the Democrats are deadly serious about this, as they always are about going after Trump and his supporters. As Michael Anton, research fellow at Hillsdale College, wrote yesterday in Compact magazine (by subscription only),
The Committee has brought to light no important new evidence, no smoking gun that points to, much less proves, ‘insurrection’ or ‘overthrow.’ All they can do is scream in America’s faces. That is, until Merrick Garland brings criminal charges against the former President and God knows how many of his associates. That’s the real plan.
Anton appeared with Laura Ingraham on The Ingraham Angle Monday night, saying he thinks that’s what they’re after.
That’s what they would like to do, he said. Whether they have the nerve to do it will depend on whether they think they’ve built enough of a case and have built up enough support in the general public, in the bureaucracy of the media…That’ll just be a calculation or a judgment. Many of them have already said — and I’ve seen new articles every day, saying — ‘slam-dunk case, open and shut, Trump is guilty of X or Y or Z; it’s time to try him.’ There’s a lot of mainstream, grassroots, Democratic pressure on Merrick Garland and the DOJ.
Desperately Changing the Conversation
He called Adam Schiff’s relentless teasing of what evidence he might have (Editorial Note: as he did fraudulently with the Russia Hoax) “a desperate attempt to do something about their looming…disastrous, likely, defeat this fall in the House and, perhaps, in the Senate, too. And 2024 — it’s a long way away but it’s not looking that great for them, either.” They’re trying to change the conversation, he said, when the most pressing problems in the country are issues such as inflation and the border.
“They’ve made it very plain that they don’t intend to do anything about any of those problems that would actually work.” Any practical solutions would “go against their ideology and would anger their base” he said. “They’ve got to come up with something, and this is what they’ve got.”
“Nobody liked the spectacle of January 6,” he said, “…but most people think it was a protest that went too far. It was regrettable; it shouldn’t have happened. But now that it happened, it wasn’t that big a deal; it’s not the second Civil War. It’s not another 9/11.” And it doesn’t outweigh the problems people have in their everyday lives. There’s a “cynical leadership that says, ‘We can use this to whip up our base and we don’t have anything else to do right now; we don’t have anything else to go on.’”
He pointed out something we recently reported here: that the percentage of American voters who think Trump was largely responsible for January 6 has actually gone down. A minority now believe he was mostly or largely responsible. We would add that this is one reason they’re holding these hearings through the summer — to try to get that statistic back up. But they are so obviously stacking the deck that it’s more off-putting than ever, particularly in swing states.
Here’s another, albeit minor, example of the two-tiered “justice” system as relating to security at the Capitol. In March, Capitol Police asked federal prosecutors for an arrest warrant for Timothy Hysom, a longtime staffer for Adam Schiff before becoming top aide to Democrat Massachusetts Rep. Jake Auchincloss, who coincidentally is one of the congressmen responsible for letting Colbert’s “comedy” team into the Capitol. Hysom was captured on security cameras defacing posters outside Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s office. He declined to be interviewed by Capitol Police, their report says, and “retained counsel.”
Defacing posters. In the congressional swamp, this is the level where Democrat staffers swim.
Anyway, federal prosecutors declined prosecution. Auchincloss’s spokesperson called the idea of prosecuting Hysom for that “ridiculous” but couldn’t resist adding that the real victims were people forced to read Greene’s posters that stated there are only two genders — male and female — calling Greene’s message “bullying.” I wonder if prosecutors would have gone after GOP staffers if they had defaced posters about, say, gun confiscation or abortion on demand. I have a feeling the cops would be at their doors with handcuffs and leg irons.
A Frivolous Partisan Side Show
Saving the best for last, here’s David Harsanyi at The Federalist, saying, “The day Adam Schiff was named to the ‘Jan. 6’ committee was the day we knew the investigation was going to be a frivolous partisan side show.” That’s exactly what it has turned out to be.
Schiff went on TV this weekend to re-use his tired strategy of claiming he had evidence against Trump. When pressed to be more specific, he said he did not “want to get ahead of our hearing.” I’m not holding my breath, and, really, I don’t think anyone is, with the possible exception of a few deranged MSNBC hosts. And Laurence Tribe.
Harsanyi’s must-read piece goes into a whole series of Schiff’s fabrications. “Schiff’s lying goes beyond the political norm,” he writes, “which, needless to say, is bad enough.” And, of course, when found out, he never apologizes. Pelosi’s appointment of Schiff for this committee is just one more way of showing total disdain for the right. We all know what a serial liar Schiff is, but it doesn’t even matter to the Democrat leadership. They know we know about his lies, and their attitude is “So. What are you gonna do about it?”
Harsanyi says it’s “become insufferable watching the same people who spent four years spinning conspiracies about 2016 lecture us about the importance of honoring the outcomes of presidential elections.” This means you, Hillary — and, of course, Schiff. “The committee has spent most of its time conflating what looks like completely legal, if often destructive and dumb, actions with the violence of rioting.” The reason they’re able to do this is there are no lawyers allowed in the room who might defend Trump’s attempts to stall the certification, or, goodness knows, dare to present a factual basis for at least some of his claims.
Mike Huckabee is the former governor of Arkansas and longtime conservative commentator on issues in culture and current events. A New York Times best-selling author, he hosts the weekly talk show Huckabee on TBN.
Originally published at MikeHuckabee.com. Reprinted with permission.