For those who found Tuesday’s videos of the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by Trump-incited insurrectionists disturbing or difficult to watch, many seem to be saying Wednesday’s videos were even more difficult to watch.
The videos, never before seen security camera footage of the assault on the building and on hundreds of Capitol Police officers, show just how close the domestic terrorists came to coming in contact with the Vice President and the Speaker of the House – the second and third elected officials in line to the presidency – and Senate lawmakers.
Politico congressional reporter Andrew Desiderio says Democratic Senators Dick Durbin and Kirsten Gillibrand “looked away” during the footage of Metropolitan Police Officer Daniel Hodges being crushed by the insurrectionists.
But a few Republicans were also emotionally affected.
Senator Lisa Murkowski, Republican of Alaska, told CNN’s Manu Raju, “I don’t see how Donald Trump could be re-elected to the presidency” after the videos were shown in the Senate trial, if Senators don’t vote to bar him from running for office. She also told him “that the evidence that was presented thus far is pretty damning.”
Desiderio also says Oklahoma’s GOP Senator James Lankford “was incredibly shaken up after that last video of Officer Hodges being crushed. I and other reporters in the chamber observed Lankford appearing to get teary-eyed. Sen. Daines (R-Mont.) was comforting him and was holding his arm.”
Sen. Lankford afterward says of his reaction: “It’s painful to see … Who in God’s name thinks, ‘I’m going to show that I’m right by smashing into the Capitol’? Who would do that?” https://t.co/G5QRZrhF7R
— Andrew Desiderio (@AndrewDesiderio) February 10, 2021
And one unnamed GOP Senator confessed they hope all Americans watched today’s videos.
Sen. Angus King tells @MSNBC a Republican senator, not one of the six who voted to advance the trial, said to him: “I hope everyone in the country is seeing this.”
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 10, 2021
But not all Republicans were affected.
“I’ve got nothing for you now,” Senator John Cornyn told CNN’s Raju, who says the Texas Republican is usually very “talkative.”
Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin appeared to be in total denial of Trump’s complicity.
GOP Sen. Ron Johnson would not say to me that Trump is accountable for what happened on Jan. 6, instead pointing to the rioters, saying: “I hold those people responsible.” He added: “Those aren’t the Trump supporters I know.”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) February 10, 2021
Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, a Trump die-hard, was untouched.
Blunt: “I don’t know what the other side will show from Seattle and Portland and other places, but you’re going to see similar kinds of tragedies there as well.”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) February 10, 2021
As was Senator Mike Braun of Indiana – Mike Pence’s home state:
Several GOP senators make clear they view the footage as chilling and are shaken by what they saw – but are singaling they won’t change their plans to vote to acquit
“Same way that I was before,” Sen. Mike Braun told me when asked if he was shaken.
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) February 10, 2021
It’s hard to convict, Braun added, “When you think the process is flawed in the first place.”
The Senate voted 56-44 that the process was not flawed, that the Senate had jurisdiction to try the case. Senators are jurors, and swear an oath to deliver “impartial justice.” As a juror, Braun does not get to decide whether or not the “process is flawed,” because the Senate said it was not, as CNN legal analyst Elzie Honig, a former federal prosecutor, suggests:
This is a vital point that is getting too little notice. Now that the Senate has voted that trial *is* constitutional, Senators should not rely on an unconstitutionality argument for final verdict. (It would be off limits in a real trial; I recognize impeachment is different). https://t.co/psSfzPLjy4
— Elie Honig (@eliehonig) February 10, 2021
Meanwhile, Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) called Tuesday’s proceedings a waste of time.
“This is a complete waste of time,” Scott said, per NBC News. “It’s not doing anything to help American families, it’s not helping people get jobs, it’s not helping get the vaccine out … it’s vindictive.”
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‘Do You Realize You Are Describing a Coup?’: Trump Aide Peter Navarro Describes How They Tried to ‘Overturn’ the Election
Top Trump White House aide Peter Navarro on live, national television Tuesday evening explained how he and Trump allies were plotting to overturn the free and fair 2020 presidential election.
Speaking very candidly and openly to MSNBC host and chief legal correspondent Ari Melber, Navarro got so detailed in how they were trying the keep Trump in office despite the will of the voters that Melber was forced to interject, saying, “Do you realize you are describing a coup?”
Navarro insisted that was not the case.
“Do you realize you are describing a coup?” pic.twitter.com/Sl8ANp9SoF
— Acyn (@Acyn) January 5, 2022
At another point in Navrro’s rambling interview, Melber was again forced to interject, this time saying, “People like you are who the Constitution is trying to stop.”
“We have an entire system designed to thwart … people like you.”
Navarro says he never got to talk to Pence because of “Never-Trumper” Marc Short and describes Pence’s actions as a betrayal of Trump.
Ari: We have an entire system designed to thwart people like you pic.twitter.com/3erh8dJMY1
— Acyn (@Acyn) January 5, 2022
Navarro has been promoting his new book. The Washington Post‘s Aaron Blake in response to its revelations on Tuesday wrote: “We’ve reached the ‘Yeah, it was pretty much an attempted coup, so what?’ stage of the Jan. 6 probe.” He calls Navarro’s revelations “further confirmation that the Trump team’s brazen attempt to overturn the 2020 election result was what we thought it was.”
Calls Mount for January 6 Commission After GOP’s Kinzinger Reveals McCarthy Ignored His Warning of Likely Violence
Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) revealed on Monday he had warned House GOP Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy that the words and actions of the Republican Party and its leaders would lead to violence on January 6.
“A few days before Jan 6, our GOP members had a conference call,” Kinzinger tweeted. “I told Kevin that his words and our party’s actions would lead to violence on January 6th. Kevin dismissively responded with ‘ok Adam, operator next question.’ And we got violence.”
It is a monumental revelation, given the degree of violence, death, and destruction the nation saw unfold that day, as Trump supporters literally hunted down the Vice President and Speaker of the House in an attempted coup incited by the then-president of the United States. Hundreds have been arrested and charged, with more to come, according to DOJ.
House Republicans so far have managed to block a widely-discussed 9/11-style commission to determine the full scope of illegal and treasonous actions that led up to the January 6 insurrection.
But Kinzinger’s announcement today has renewed calls for a January 6 commission, and made McCarthy the target of calls for him to step down.
It appears the commission may yet happen now:
New: House Oversight chair Carolyn Maloney announces she will hold a hearing this Wednesday to examine unanswered questions from the Capitol attack and the need for a Jan. 6 commission into the insurrection.
— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) May 10, 2021
>@PunchbowlNews this AM
Between now & Memorial Day, @JoeBiden and hill leaders in will scramble to deal w infrastructure, taxes, police reform, guns, Jan. 6 commission, Capitol security, election reform and China
House Rs have al eadership fight. Biden could move on Iran
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) May 10, 2021
Here’s how many are responding to Congressman Kinzinger’s revelation:
Kevin McCarthy is as responsible for what occurred on January 6th as Trump is. Time to hold him accountable for the lies, the insurrection and the deaths of that day…and his continued lies. Bring on the January 6th Commission. #NeverForgetJanuary6th #RIPBrianSicknick https://t.co/tJxgTcPJ7D
— Bruno 🇺🇸 4 Congress CA23 Against Kevin McCarthy (@BrunoAmato_1) May 10, 2021
It’s not that certain elected Republicans didn’t know there could be an armed insurrection, it’s that they didn’t care https://t.co/NU7AjUFImr
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) May 10, 2021
Republicans knew before the Jan. 6 attack that their lies about the election were increasing the threat of violence. That was the point. https://t.co/x02IpapYMo
— Mark Jacob (@MarkJacob16) May 10, 2021
— Outspoken (@Out5p0ken) May 10, 2021
Congressman Kevin McCarthy is unfit to be in leadership or God forbid a million times Speaker. He not only ignored the threats of violence on January 6, but fomented it. And even worse, now McCarthy wants to downplay it and even pretend it was no big deal.
The GOP is a cult. pic.twitter.com/T1Yd5ON55h
— Russell Drew (@RussOnPolitics) May 10, 2021
— Bryan Bourque (@bryanbourque74) May 10, 2021
Time to get the January 6 Commission up and running. https://t.co/NjHdwGWpKw
— Tim Hogan (@timjhogan) May 10, 2021
The demand for a January 6th Commission is clearly as bipartisan as it’s going to get. https://t.co/SjnII9O1AU
— Alternative Fax (@daveblend) May 10, 2021
Why do we not have a 1/6
Commission yet? Why are we failing so miserably in holding our government officials responsible for their attempts to destroy our democracy and steal an election? Why? https://t.co/ZR8nboX6x3
— Anti/Social/Media (@Terrista2) May 10, 2021
— Freedom & Whisky 🇮🇪🇺🇸🥃 (@TheBlueApe) May 10, 2021
On Jeopardy you’d say: What is “dereliction of duty?” https://t.co/e3OoV4NUuY
— Logan Mitchell PhD 🇺🇸 (@loganemitchell) May 10, 2021
MCCarthy needs to go https://t.co/VbrfakegZ5
— Eddie Hamilton (@eddiepgl) May 10, 2021
Where is our January 6 Insurrection Commission? Surely this is worth investigation?
— Blaine Collison (@blainecollison) May 10, 2021
— Gators’n’Raiders (@gators_n) May 10, 2021
“I think there are 2 people Putin pays, Rohrabacher and trump, swear to God” – Kevin Mccarthy
— 🇺🇲trump cheated and STILL lost🇺🇸 (@EricSpahn2) May 10, 2021
Welp – there it is. A smoking gun. https://t.co/rSzhiLvW2K
— Michael Bee (@mountain_rider_) May 10, 2021
Watch: Kevin McCarthy Squirms as Chris Wallace Grills Him on Trump’s Seditious Behavior on Jan. 6
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on Sunday disputed allegations that President Donald Trump reached out to him to coordinate an alibi after the Capitol was attacked by Trump-supporting insurrectionists on Jan. 6.
Fox News host Chris Wallace confronted McCarthy about a telephone call he had with Trump soon after the attack on the Capitol was underway.
“Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are,” Trump reportedly told McCarthy at the time, according to Rep. Herrera Beutler (R-WA).
“Is she right?” Wallace asked. “Is that what President Trump said to you?”
“What he ended the call, was saying — telling me he’ll put something out to make sure to stop this [riot],” McCarthy said. “And that’s what he did. He put a video out later.”
“Quite a lot later,” Wallace pointed out. “And it was a pretty weak video. But I’m asking you specifically. Did he say to you, some people are more concerned about the election than you are?”
“No, listen,” McCarthy replied. “My conversations with the president are my conversations with the president. I engaged in the idea of making sure we could stop what was going on inside the Capitol at that moment in time. The president said he would help.”
Wallace pressed: “Has the president ever reached out to you since that report came out to discuss what you and he talked about in the January 6th phone call? And did you say to him, ‘I can’t because we’re under oath.'”
“No,” McCarthy stated.
“That never happened?” Wallace asked.
“That’s never happened,” McCarthy insisted. “Never even close.”
“And if it did happen, you would agree that would be witness tampering?” Wallace observed.
“Yeah, but it never happened!” McCarthy said. “Never even came close, never had any conversation like that.”
Watch the video below from Fox News.
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