The January 6th House Select Committee’s long-running investigation into the fatal Capitol insurrection is finally coming to a close, as the panel prepares to disband ahead of Republican leadership moving into the US House of Representatives following the GOP’s razor-thin win in the midterm election. The panel of investigators has released their final 845-page report, a series of damning testimony transcripts, troves of critical evidence, and brutal criminal referrals to the US Department of Justice against multiple key Trump allies and the corrupt ex-president himself.
The entire ordeal has been brutally damning for the former president, specifically, who just recently launched his already struggling 2024 presidential campaign.
But one key J6 House investigator, Rep. Adam Schiff, has spoken out in a scathing new op-ed for the New York Times and said that there is “one line of effort” to overthrow the US 2020 presidential election that has failed to garner the appropriate attention among the mountain of scandal against the ex-president, and it’s even more horrifying than we were prepared for.
In his piece, Schiff openly addressed the House Select Committee’s final report on the January 6th Capitol insurrection, but the Democratic House Rep. focused his attention specifically on Republican members of Congress who openly voted in favor of overturning Joe Biden’s clear and fair presidential election win.
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Schiff’s NYT op-ed reads:
Even after Capitol Police and Metropolitan Police put down the insurrection at great cost to themselves, the majority of Republicans in the House picked up right where they left off, still voting to overturn the results in important states.”
Ultimately, a staggering 147 members of the United States Congress voted in favor of overturning the results of the 2020 presidential election — 139 of the 221 Republican members of the US House of Representatives and 8 out of 51 Republicans in the Senate.
Following the four criminal referrals sent to the Justice Department against former President Donald Trump, Schiff urged the DOJ to “ensure a form of accountability that Congress is not empowered to provide” — meaning prosecution.
“Bringing a former president to justice who even now calls for the ‘termination’ of our Constitution is a perilous endeavor,” the Democratic House Rep. and J6 investigator wrote. “Not doing so is far more dangerous.”
Schiff penned a separate op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, where he called on the Department of Justice, headed by Attorney General Merrick Garland, to “hold itself to the standard it set at the beginning of its investigation” into the deadly attack on the US Capitol.
“Follow the evidence wherever it leads,” Schiff urged.
“But there is more needed to protect our democracy,” the congressman wrote, “than oversight, accountability, and even justice.”
Schiff went on to call on his fellow members of Congress to take tangible action that would prevent “another would-be autocrat from tearing down our democratic institutions” by enacting reform based on the Committee’s findings from their long-running, extensive investigation.
“The oversight the Jan. 6 committee did was difficult, and the pursuit of justice may be even more so,” Rep. Schiff penned, “but the steps we take to prevent another despot from subverting our democracy in the future may be the most challenging and consequential of all.”
Read Adam Schiff’s full op-ed in the New York Times here.
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