The New York Times cautioned on Saturday the January 6 panel is setting a dangerous precedent by breaching Congress’ constitutional authority in a way Republicans can exploit if they retake the House.
They are Setting a Dangerous Precedent
The council is borrowing methods from national court cases, while employing extreme methods generally used against mob bosses and terrorist groups, to develop evidence that might stimulate a criminal trial against Donald Trump.
This is according to the New York Times’ Michael S. Schmidt, as well as Luke Broadwater, who got to share a special award for the disproved Russia “collusion” story.
The panel wants Attorney General Merrick Garland to file charges on Trump and his allies. This comes despite President Biden’s frequent assurances the Department of Justice will not be used as a political tool during his presidency.
The January 6 Committee is nothing more nor less than a political persecution intended to strike fear into all who dare to challenge the political Establishment–particularly the Party of Government, the Democrats.
Vote EVERY Democrat OUT!!https://t.co/qWHBoXwH1V
— Nan Hayworth, M.D. (@NanHayworth) February 6, 2022
However, the New York Times cautioned if conservatives win the 2022 midterm elections, they could employ the same techniques against Democrats.
“Despite living through each and every major congressional inquiry over the last fifty years, from Iran-contra to Whitewater to anything else, this is the mom of all inquests and a subatomic leap for Congress in a manner I’ve not seen before,” said Stanley Brand.
Brand is a Democrat who is now going to represent Dan Scavino, one of Trump’s close associates, in the inquiry.
Brand argued this is a development Democrats may come to regret in the future. “A frontier that is pushed back does not retreat,” he explained.
“They believe they are battling for civilization’s survival and the aims justify the means. Wait until the Republicans take control.”
The Committee Can’t Find Evidence Against Trump
The committee’s robust approach comes with another immediate threat: failing to unearth compelling new material about Trump’s attempts to cling to power after his defeat or failing to make a clear case for a Justice Department investigation.
Trump has escaped two impeachment proceedings and years of inquiry by Robert S. Mueller III, the independent prosecutor in charge of the Russia probe.
Despite the fact he has been the subject of a slew of fresh investigations since leaving office, the past president remains the most powerful figure in Republican politics.
The Democrats' January 6 committee is operating like a criminal investigation, which it has no authority to do. 'They think they’re fighting for the survival of the democracy and the ends justify the means.' GOP is watching and learning. From NYT: https://t.co/239BBmoWR8
— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 6, 2022
“Some of the liberals on the panel were worried that if the committee was too harsh, conservatives may turn the wheels when they regain control of both congressional bodies,” according to the Times.
Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming is also described as an instigator. Ms. Cheney, on the other hand, pushed on the committee to be as forceful as necessary.
Cheney and fellow member of the committee, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), were censured by the National Republican Committee when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) denied the party’s official selections.