What the January 6 Committee Might Have Been

Victor Davis Hanson
American Greatness

Congress should investigate fully the January 6 riot at the Capitol—and similar recent riots at iconic federal sites.

But unfortunately, it never will. Why not?

The current committee is not bipartisan. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) forbade Republican nominees traditionally selected by the House minority leader to serve on the committee.

No speaker had ever before rejected the minority party’s nominees to a select House committee.

Pelosi’s own cynical criteria for Republican participation were twofold: Any willing minority Republican members had to have voted to impeach Donald Trump while having no realistic chance of being reelected in 2022.

Of some 210 Republican House members, that left just Representatives Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) who were willing and able to fit Pelosi’s profile.

A real investigation would have ignited argumentation, cross-examination, and disagreements— the sort of give-and-take for which congressional committees are famous.

In contrast, the January 6 show trial features no dissenting views. Its subtext was right out of the Soviet minister of Internal Affairs Lavrentiy Pavlovich Beria’s credo: “Show me the man and I’ll show you the crime”.

If Donald Trump was not considering a third run for the presidency, would the committee even have existed?

Its slick Hollywood-produced optics demonstrate that the committee has no interest in inconvenient facts. Why did a Capitol officer lethally shoot a petite unarmed woman entering a Capitol window? And why was the officer’s identity and, indeed all information about his record, withheld from the public?

Why did the committee not investigate whether large numbers of FBI agents and informants were ubiquitous among the crowd? After all, progressive New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg who was there January 6, claimed, “There were a ton of FBI informants amongst the people who attacked the Capitol.”

About his own journalistic colleagues advancing a psychodramatic “insurrection” narrative, Rosenberg scoffed, “They were making too big a deal. They were making [Jan. 6] some organized thing that it wasn’t.”

A real committee would also investigate why there were lots of warnings that a large crowd would assemble, but apparently little government follow-up to ensure security, should rogue elements turn violent.

A real committee would learn why the government and media insisted that officer Brian Sicknick was killed by Trump supporters—even when it was known he died of natural causes.

None of the questions will be answered because none will be asked because the committee’s role is not inquiry but confirmation of a useful narrative.

A real committee would also investigate the other, far larger and more lethal riots on iconic federal property months earlier.

On May 31, 2020, for example, violent demonstrators tried to rush the White House grounds. Rioters sought to burn down the nearby historic St. John’s Episcopal Church.

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser mysteriously did not send police to reinforce overwhelmed Secret Service agents who at moments seemed unable to keep the mob from the White House itself.

The giddy New York Times later crowed, “Trump shrinks back.” Was the Times preening that the president was a coward for retreating from a righteous mob?

As a precaution, the Secret Service removed the president and first family to a safe underground bunker.

Such riots near or at the White House continued for much of the fall, before mysteriously tapering off in the last weeks before the election.

Less than three weeks after the violent Washington riot, Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris seemed to incite the continuing violent protests, “They’re not going to stop . . . This is a movement . . . they’re not going to let up. And they should not, and we should not.”

Note that Harris’ cheerleading was joined by a host of prominent left-wing luminaries who contextualized the violence. The “1619 Project” architect Nikole Hannah-Jones boasted, “Destroying property, which can be replaced, is not violence.”

Former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo pontificated, “And please, show me where it says protesters are supposed to be polite and peaceful.”

Note that the 2020 summer rioting, arson, and looting continued for nearly four months. Its toll resulted in over 35 dead, some 1,500 police officers injured, around 14,000 arrests, and between $1-2 billion in property damage.

The violence was often aimed at iconic government buildings, from courthouses to police precincts. There were never any federal investigations to determine why state, local, and federal officials allowed the destruction to continue.

Why were the vast majority of those arrested simply released by authorities?

And how had antifa and BLM radicals orchestrated the violence using social media? What was the role of prominent elected officials in either condoning or encouraging the violence or communicating with the ring leaders?A truly bipartisan House select committee dedicated to ending all violence directed at the White House, the Capitol, or federal courthouses might have been useful in probing this dark period in American history.

And that is precisely why there was no such committee.

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6 thoughts on “What the January 6 Committee Might Have Been”

  1. The Ayn Rand Institute says it was a physical attack designed to stop certification of the vote and so was domestic terrorism.

    The January 6 Hearings
    The House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol has begun a series of public hearings, which have included previously unreleased footage of the rioters and testimony from White House officials. Join Onkar Ghate and Elan Journo as they analyze the philosophic significance of the attack, the investigation into it, and the …

  2. The Ayn Rand Institute says this was a physical, violent attack on congress designed to thwart the certification of the 2020 vote and that it amounted to domestic terrorism; that though the hearing committee leaves much to be desired, the event overwhelms all of those concerns. Both before the Nov vote and after, none of the accusations of voting fraud produced a scintilla of evidence supporting the call to protest, or worse. Therefore, the Trump strategy was at the least immoral, and the legal verdict is waiting to be decided.

    Much more is covered concerning the state of the present-day American culture and what it forecasts for its future. Suffice it to say that if the present anti rule of law continues, we are heading to a banana republic form of government with a military dictatorship.

    It is 85 minutes long and covers much philosophical ground with reference to the two previous videos about this same event.


    1. Wrong O great one. So far about a dozen people are either charged or convicted of vote tampering/fraud. The dominoes are starting to fall. Get out the popconr or stay in your cave if you want to ignore the show.

  3. I refuse to watch the televised crap that the DemonRats are trying to pile up at President Trump’s doorstep. It makes my blood boil to see the misuse of U.S. Congress’ resources for such a partisan political purpose for which the goal is to deny constitutional rights to a duly elected President of the United States. What will it take for the voters/citizens of this country to realize that 4 years of attempting to overthrow President Trump was not enough to satisfy their evil passion? The J6 Sham Show Trial is an extension of the Russian Collusion Hoax Show Trial which–by virtue of this latest addition–has now wasted over 6.5 years of congressional resources, a travesty that the American taxpayers should be ‘up in arms’ over. (BTW, the parenthetical quote should be taken figuratively, not literally; DemonRat idiots like to manipulate the truth) So, if the J6 committee is rewarded with what they truly deserve, then there will be a ‘red wave’ in the November elections and those cowards will be unseated from any elected office. Additionally, the J6 committee should be subject to an investigation to determine the corruption which has been woven into the presentation of this show trial. Their actions are being recorded for future reflection and historical analysis. It will be one of the biggest stains upon U.S. politics, thanks to the Dems.

    Ok, just for fun here, today…… Who out there believes that the 2020 Presidential Election was honestly performed and executed, and there

  4. This is one of the greatest travesty’s ever inflicted upon the American public, and it is in direct conflict with the U.S. Constitution, including the core principle of separation of powers.

    The ‘committee’ is drawing its resources from U.S. Congressional budgets, thus the American taxpayer. It represents via their presentation only a limited faction of American citizenry–a very limited representation. The farce that they deem as a ‘hearing’ is simply an extended political campaign opposing Donald Trump, the GOP, and any communications that do not fall in sync with support of their failed administrative policies.

    I see clearly what is happening, and I refuse to watch this fiasco being imposed upon the American people. By any truthful measure, it is unimaginably grotesque.

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