Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) startled his colleagues Monday when he told reporters that the panel investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol will not make any criminal referrals. Not for former President Donald Trump or anyone else.
Pelosi’s Predetermined Inquisition, sometimes referred to as the Jan. 6 Select Committee, is showing cracks in its armor.
The chairman was clear in his understanding of the role of the body.
Thompson said the panel’s purpose is only to determine the facts of the incident. Its mission is not to refer criminal charges, something the representative says the body doesn’t have the authority to do.
The backlash from other committee members sharply contradicted the chairman’s statement. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), proving there are zoos with fewer RINOs than the select committee, fired back that they have “not issued a conclusion regarding potential criminal referrals.”
Cheney told CNN in April that Trump and his cohorts knew what they were doing was illegal. She promised an announcement at the “appropriate time,” which presumably wasn’t April.
One of the three California Democrats on the balanced and impartial body, Adam Schiff, said he believed that decision would not be made until the investigation wraps up.
Schiff said “we haven’t had a discussion about that” and he “thought” that decision would come at the investigation’s conclusion. Apparently the chairman thought otherwise.
This is the same Adam Schiff who critics charge completely fabricated a conversation between Trump and Ukrainian government officials. The former president suggested treason charges were possible against the House Intelligence Committee chairman. Impartial?
Remember, it was Pelosi who took the unprecedented step of rejecting Republican members of the committee. Her reasoning? They would compromise the panel’s “integrity.”
Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) gave another head-scratching statement to CNN. He said the select committee is not primarily concerned with a “specific statutory offense.” Rather, its purpose is to show the public that there’s no credibility to claims that Trump won in 2020. Huh?
It is a rare person who does not believe that things were said and done on Jan. 6 that should not have been. But this committee is as far from an unbiased panel as there can be, and no window dressing of liberal GOP members changes that. The cracks forming are interesting to watch.