Even if Republicans do manage to win control of the House of Representatives in the upcoming midterm elections, the ongoing investigation of what took place on January 6, 2021 will continue, according to a member of the House Select Committee looking into the attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Committee member Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) said Sunday during an appearance on “Meet the Press” that work will indeed proceed to determine exactly who played what role in the insurrection, which left five people dead. Evidence is being preserved so that others can continue the work of the committee
Raskin was asked by host Chuck Todd:
That led Todd to inquire:
“But it’s my understanding, the investigation, I’m told you’ve got so much evidence that you can’t finish this up by the end of the calendar year. You do need more time. The president could create a committee by executive order to finish this job. And Liz Cheney’s not going to be in Congress, maybe she’s one of the co-chairs. Do you do that to preserve this investigation?”
The congressman replied:
“Look. It would have been a lot better, had Donald Trump essentially not gotten the Republicans in the House to veto the creation of an independent, 9/11-style commission. But we’re going to make sure that all of the evidence is preserved. But the main thing is this coming Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. And in our report, we want America to understand there was a premeditated and deliberate hit on American democracy in attempt to override the will of the people. And the forces that supported that are still out there and would gladly do it again. And a lot of them are running for high offices, like Mastriano in Pennsylvania. These are people who are election-deniers who are committed basically to their party winning, regardless of who actually won the election.”
Despite their pledge to end the probe of what transpired on Jan. 6, it’s now clear that Republicans will be powerless to do so. The Senate can take up the case and follow through on the House’s work. President Biden can also appoint a commission that would do so. That means more damaging evidence will be available to the public, which is a serious threat to both the GOP and Donald Trump.