Jan. 6 hearing to show Trump’s ‘dereliction of duty’

Adam Kinzinger says the hearing will be “a huge eye opener” by showing how Trump did nothing when a mob stormed the Capitol.

WASHINGTON — A House committee hearing in prime time on Thursday will provide the most compelling evidence yet of then-President Donald Trump’s “dereliction of duty” on the day of the Jan. 6 riot, with new witnesses calling his failure to contain an angry mob storm detailing the Capitol, committee members said Sunday.

“It’s going to be eye-opening for people,” said Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., a member of the House committee that is investigating the riot and will help open Thursday’s session with Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va to direct. “The President did nothing.”

After a year-long investigation, the Jan. 6 panel of the House of Representatives is attempting to complete what may be its final hearing, even as its investigation continues to heat up.

The committee says it continues to receive new evidence every day and does not rule out additional hearings or interviews with a host of others close to the president. One such figure is Steve Bannon, whose trial begins this week on criminal contempt of congressional charges for refusing to comply with a subpoena from the House of Representatives.

The committee also issued an extraordinary subpoena last week for the Secret Service to produce texts by Tuesday, January 5-6, 2021, following conflicting reports as to whether they were deleted.

However, panel members say Thursday’s hearing will be the most specific yet when it comes to laying out and pieced together previously known details about how Trump’s actions conflicted with his constitutional duty to stop the Jan. 6 insurgency . Unlike the public, which generally has no obligation to take any action to prevent a crime, the Constitution requires a President to “see that the laws are faithfully carried out.”

“The commander-in-chief is the only person in the constitution whose duty is specifically stated to ensure that the laws are faithfully carried out,” Luria said. “I see it as a breach of duty. (Trump) did not act. He had a duty to act.”

Thursday’s hearing will be the first in prime time since its June 9 debut, seen by an estimated 20 million people.

Luria said the hearing will highlight additional testimonies from White House Attorney Pat Cipollone and other witnesses, who have never been seen before, “which will add much value and information to the events of this critical time on January 6.” She cited Trump’s inactivity marked the day for more than three hours, along with a tweet this afternoon criticizing Vice President Mike Pence for not having the courage to challenge Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election, which may have served to do so to stir up the mob.

“We’re going to go pretty much minute-by-minute over that period of time, from the moment he left the stage at the Ellipse, came back to the White House and was actually sitting in the White House dining room with his advisers constantly urging him to take action to more to do,” Luria said.

The hearing comes at a critical juncture for the panel as it seeks to summarize the findings for a final report this fall. The panel originally expected to complete much of its investigation with a final hearing, but is now considering possible options for additional interviews and hearings, panel members said.

“This investigation is ongoing,” said Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif. “The fact that a series of hearings will conclude this Thursday does not mean that our investigation is complete. It is very active, new witnesses are coming forward, additional information is being released.”

For example, the committee took a rare step last week by issuing a subpoena to the Secret Service, an executive branch. This comes after it received a closed briefing from the Homeland Security Department’s watchdog that the Secret Service had deleted texts dated Jan. 6, according to two people familiar with the matter.

The finding raised the chilling prospect of lost evidence that could shed further light on Trump’s actions during the riot, particularly after earlier testimonies about his confrontation with security forces when he attempted to join supporters in the Capitol.

“We need to get to the bottom of this,” Luria said, noting any missing lyrics. “Where are these text messages? Can they be restored? And we subpoenaed them because they are legal records that we need to see for the committee.”

Luria spoke on CNN’s State of the Union, Lofgren was on ABC’s This Week, and Kinzinger appeared on CBS’s Face the Nation.

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