GOP Hijacks Jan. 6 Hearing For Insurrectionists’ Benefit

June 15, 2021

After Senate Republicans killed bipartisan efforts to create an independent Jan. 6 commission, congressional committees have continued their disparate efforts to answer the many questions still lingering from that day.

On Tuesday, dueling hearings in the House Oversight and Administration committees are featuring such key witnesses as FBI Director Christopher Wray and Capitol Police inspector general Michael Bolton, respectively.

The Oversight hearing seeks to clarify mysteries at the heart of the insurrection, and features, alongside Wray, two Army officials involved in preparations for the influx of MAGA supporters. Documents released in advance of the hearing by the Oversight Committee show that the National Guard was told to “stand by” by Pentagon officials multiple times as the attack unfolded.

The Administration Committee will focus on Bolton’s newest “flash report” on the Capitol police response, which found that rioters stole 12 ballistic vests and 12 ballistic helmets that had been strategically placed around the Capitol in case of an emergency.

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