In an op-ed which appeared in The Charlotte Observer yesterday called “Former Trump chief of staff: Republicans should pay attention to Jan. 6 hearings” written by Mick Mulvaney, former Chief of Staff to Donald Trump and head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau at Trump’s behest, he noted Republicans need to be paying attention to the House Select Committee’s hearings. Here are a few paragraphs, with a link to the entire op-ed below.
“The significance of last week’s Congressional Jan. 6 committee hearings cannot be overstated. For the first time, evidence was presented that former President Trump knew some of the protesters were armed before encouraging them to go the Capitol, that right-wing extremist rioters communicated directly with the White House, that key Presidential advisers requested pardons, that the chief White House lawyer was concerned about getting ‘charged with every crime imaginable,’ and that someone within Trump world may be trying to tamper with committee witnesses. Serious stuff. But roughly half the country — the Republican half — isn’t watching.
They object that the hearings are a made-for-TV show trial, designed to attack the former president and salvage the Democrats’ dismal prospects in the upcoming midterms. They claim that the ‘Unselect Committee’ is made up entirely of Trump-haters and that there is no cross-examination of witnesses. They complain that the committee has heavily edited the evidence, and that the full testimonies of the witnesses have not been released. They point out that some of the evidence presented is hearsay that would never see the light of day in a legitimate court hearing. And they are correct. On every single point. But they still should be paying attention. That is because, despite all of the flaws in the structure of the heavily Democrat committee, almost all of the evidence presented so far is coming from eminently credible sources: Republicans….
…Yes, it is possible that all of those life-long Republicans succumbed to Trump Derangement Syndrome. It is possible they decided to ignore a life-long political affiliation. It is also possible they chose to perjure themselves about what they saw, heard and know. But if they didn’t, and half of the country isn’t paying attention, then that half of the country is clinging firmly to an opinion of Jan. 6, 2021 that is based on either false or incomplete information. And clinging firmly to a belief based on false or incomplete information can lead to disastrous results. January 6 itself is a stark reminder of that. When Republicans start testifying under oath that other Republicans lost the 2020 election and then broke the law to try to change that, Republicans should pay attention. Everyone should.“
Mulvaney is one of the first Republicans to speak out in favor of Cassidy Hutchinson saying he knows her and believes her. While I do not like some of his references to Trump Derangement Syndrome, as it is one of those labels to discount people, his message is clear – these are Republicans testifying under oath calling the former president on the carpet. I would love to see the former president and his allies under oath repeat their bogus election fraud claims and explain away their role in the insurrection. Lying under oath is a crime.
Read more at: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/opinion/article263174168.html#storylink=cpy