• Five Unanswered Questions for the January 6 Hearings

    June 18, 2022

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    Imagine a BLM member’s trial in which the prosecution simply played videos of acts of violence over and over, even acts not related to the defendant in question. Sound fair, a quest for truth, a process to establish facts? No? Well, welcome to the Third Trump Impeachment, aka the January 6 televised hearings.

    Having watched a lot of PBS back in the day, I kept waiting for hearing chair Bennie Thompson to appear on my screen asking for a donation to “stop the violence” and promising me a Democratic tote bag if I phoned in my pledge of $50 or more. That was the tone from, as they say, gavel to gavel. But there are so many important things being left out in the Dems desire to showcase violence. Here are just five of the hearings’ unanswered issues.

    1) Dems and groupie Liz Cheney constantly use words like coup, insurrection, incitement, sedition, and treason. Most of them are lawyers and are well aware those words have specific legal definitions. They’re real fighting words, not to be thrown around like casual slurs against a man who once was president and has a very good chance of being president again. So let’s add one more: indict. It is easy to be the bully, ganging up unopposed on TV to say nasty words. But they only count if the Department of Justice indicts Trump for one of them and seeks to bring him to trial. That’s why we have a judicial system, to prevent organs of government from simply making accusations against citizens without due process. Indict him or drop it. If there are not grounds to indict, drop it. Democrats, put up or shut up.

    Like the members of the Warren Commission before them, the people claiming the accepted narrative about January 6 is beyond reproach are the same ones blocking any court challenge that might challenge it. Potential game-changers are wish-washed away as conspiracy theories, not to be spoken of. You will not hear the word indictment raised this week in the hearings.

    2) Are we finally going to hear who Ray Epps is and what the role of the FBI was on January 6? It would take a simple series of questions from the committee: Mr. Attorney General, how many undercover people did you have on the ground on January 6? How many of them traveled to D.C. with groups they had elsewhere previously infiltrated? What was their purpose on January 6? What were their rules of engagement—in other words, what were they allowed to say or do? Could they scream, “Yeah, let’s go!” and lead people forward? Could they give statements to the media misrepresenting the aims and mood of the crowd without revealing their identity? Did any of the agents stray from being after-the-fact accessories and instead become provocateurs?

    You would think, at least, that the raw number of undercover officers on the ground on January 6 would be an easy question to answer. Yet when Representative Thomas Massie asked Attorney General Merrick Garland at an earlier hearing in October 2021 if any federal agents or assets entered the Capitol or incited others to riot, Garland refused to answer. Massie played a video of a man on January 5 saying “we have to go into the Capitol,” and asked Garland if that man was a fed. No comment, said Garland. That man was Ray Epps, president of the Arizona Oath Keepers, who is also seen on video organizing the first group to breach the Capitol. That is just one minute after a pipe bomb had been found, as if the acts were themselves a conspiracy. This all appears to have happened even before Trump finished his “incitement” speech.

    Epps refuses to answer journalists’ questions about whether or not he is a federal agent and is still a free man. Why? Under oath and before the January 6 committee, someone should ask FBI Director Wray, Attorney General Garland, and Ray Epps to give a yes or no answer to this question: Did Ray Epps work for or with the federal government? Why won’t they ask that question? You will not hear Epps’ name on the televised hearings this week.

    3) While the Justice Department has called the inquiry into January 6 one of the largest in its history, why has no information come to light on the pipe bomber? Two bombs were planted near the Capitol. Official Washington is one of the most heavily surveilled spots on earth. Why haven’t the Capitol Police allowed the release of more than a few minutes of the 14,000 hours of the pre-riot security-camera footage? Social media only shows the riot in process. The surveillance video would show what happened before. Who planted the pipe bombs?

    4) Why, and on whose order, did Capitol police allow 300 people to simply walk into the building without resistance on the afternoon of January 6? And who was the man in a bicycle helmet whom video shows initiating the window-smashing that ended in the shooting of Ashli Babbitt? Why was he welcomed behind police lines once things got out of hand?

    5) We’ve heard over and over people died on January 6, and indeed they did. At what point will Ashli Babbit’s killer, who was never punished and never faced a trial (simply an inquiry; because Congress exempts the Capitol Police from the Freedom of Information Act, the family is forced to sue “for notes and summaries of what the officer said regarding the shooting and the reasons he discharged his weapon.”) testify? When will the Committee start showing the video of her being shot by Capitol Police? Babbitt, wearing a Trump flag like a cape, was one of the rioters who smashed the glass on the door leading to the Speaker’s Lobby of the Capitol. A plain clothes Capitol Police officer, without warning, fired a shot and Babbitt fell into the crowd and died. It was the only shot fired in the riot. A SWAT team just behind Babbitt saw the situation differently and never fired on her or those with her. Babbitt was unarmed and was not resisting arrest because the cop never got that far. He just shot her.

    Though these issues will be missing from the hearings, what is missing most of all from the Great January 6 Democratic Telethon is a statement the system worked. The Constitution held. Officials from Vice President Pence on down did their jobs and stood up for the democratic system. Trump was never going to retain office. The whole thing is flim-flam, the truth another victim to Democratic desperateness to frame Trump for something, anything, ahead of 2024.

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  • Recent Comments

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Peter, If 1000 black Antifa psychos carrying flags of Black Panthers attacked law enforcement on the steps of the Capitol and one hundred bodies of black people never reached the doors, it would be BENGHAZI ON STEROIDS trying to connect Barack Obama to it all. As for WHO KILLED ASHLI RABBIT, as Ronnie Insantis would proudly claim, all those law enforcement guys were JUSTIFIED to stand their ground. None would have broken any doors.

      06/19/22 8:43 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      “The whole thing is flim-flam, the truth another victim to Democratic desperateness to frame Trump for something, anything, ahead of 2024.”

      I always wondered why you needed to signup for Iraq to figure out the whole thing was a film-flam. Did you do it just for the money? Everything Donnie Trump did was for the money. Are you just another sellout, in it just for the money?

      06/19/22 1:22 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Damn PVB. The Jan 6th hearings are indeed a telethon by Democrats. I can only offer an
      exclamation point to thoughts.

      06/19/22 4:15 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      The Flim-Flam Man

      Peter says there is nothing to this coup. Just a film-flam.

      To date more than 810 defendants have been arrested in connection with the siege at the Capitol, and around 280 of them have pleaded guilty, according to the DOJ.

      The movie is based on “One Born Every Minute.” Like fooling rubes to believe Trump did nothing wrong.

      So Peter is the Flim-Flam Man?

      06/20/22 9:10 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      The good news is Peter still has more cred than Matt “fortune favors those who don’t take crypto advice from a lousy actor” Damon.

      BTW, Damon advised his fans, those who still have any money left after he talked them into investing in Bitcoin at $55,000, to buy Bitcoin at $15,000…or $14,000. This guy has done more damage than Jason Bourne.

      06/20/22 10:53 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      More unanswered questions

      1. While Congress holds hearings to hold accountable those whose lies created the conditions to set the lunatics to attack the Capitol and resulted in a few deaths, no one has been held accountable for the WMD lies that resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths in Iraq. BTW, where is the Iraq Monument on the National Mall to remember all those who died for nothing?

      2. All those who chose their cushy government jobs and paychecks rather than go public and resign before the riot should be loudly condemned for actively participating in the lies and insurrection. This applies to all those who served in Iraq like Peter who knew it was just film-flam nonsense that Iraq threatened our national security and the wasted trillions on government contracts in support of this lie. But they pay too well..like the Nazis.

      3.

      06/21/22 9:03 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      3. As Trump’s malignant narcissism is a continued threat to National security, is it disqualifying for holding office or representative of this country, which has a foreign policy history of killing thousands based on lies?

      The power of Trump’s rigged election lies are a consequence of 70 years of lies told by our government – Domino Theory, WMD, etc- that morons swallowed without bothering to check if it’s poison. These lies always come back to kill US- Vietnam Agent Orange, Iraq burn pits. Who knows what the future holds for US, as 44 million voters today believe the rigged election lies.

      Beware the Wolf at your foreclosed door, but it Is the Fox News on your tv that will kill you.

      06/21/22 4:28 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      The Flim-Flam Men

      Nice to see Trump “patriots” who went along with the lies, hoping to make it rich one day selling their lies, are finding few want to read about them. The memoir of Deborah Birx, the Covid response coordinator under Trump, has sold fewer than 6,000 copies; Dr. Scott Atlas’ book sold 27,013 copies; Dr. Ben Carson’s book sold 21,786 copies; former White House press secretary turned Trump critic Stephanie Grisham sold 38,249 books; counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway has sold 42,273 books since it was published in late May; and former defense secretary Mark Esper sold 20,900 books. Former attorney general Bill Barr has sold 64,103 books.

      Not surprising as Trumpists have the attention-span of a 10 year-old and haven’t read a book since high school.

      06/23/22 9:49 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      I may have missed it, but another unanswered question is why Peter has not made a statement he believes the Trumpists lied about a rigged election and have no evidence to support them.

      Is he just another Flim-Flam Man hoping to cash in on the stupidity of Trumpists? Is there another book on the ol word processor looking for a publisher?

      06/23/22 10:43 AM | Comment Link

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