From the get-go, conservatives were concerned about what they saw as the true aim of the select committee investigating the events of January 6th, and little that the group has done in the meantime has persuaded them otherwise.
For many, the ruse is simple: The Democratically-controlled committee is seeking to make a second attempt at pinning the attack on the Capitol on Donald Trump, having already seen him acquitted on such a charge by the Senate during his second impeachment trial. Under the guide of leftists and never-Trumpers, they believe that they have a chance with this re-do.
And, while they were once shy about admitting this, the one-year anniversary of the riot brought out some heavy new talking points that blow the facade away.
Reps. Bennie Thompson and Liz Cheney, chair and vice chair of the House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection, are not ruling out the possibility of concluding that the actions of former President Donald Trump and some of his associates constituted a crime.
Cheney was particularly clear about it.
Speaking with CNN’s Jake Tapper inside the Capitol on the anniversary of the attack, Cheney lamented on Thursday how Trump had “watched the attack happen on television.”
“The president of the United States is responsible for ensuring the laws are faithfully executed; he’s responsible for the security of the branches. So for the President to, either through his action or inaction, for example, attempt to impede or obstruct the counting of electoral votes, which is an official function of Congress, the committee is looking at that, whether what he did constitutes that kind of a crime,” the Wyoming Republican said. “But certainly it’s dereliction of duty.”
This will likely reinforce the idea among many that the January 6th select committee’s main purpose is to damage Donald Trump’s chances of reelection in 2024.