All Americans should be watching the prime-time hearings of the House January 6th report beginning on Thursday, as these represent the eerie reincarnation of the Watergate hearings almost 50 years ago.
I will be especially interested in seeing what the actual audience is. We can only hope for our democracy’s sake they are huge as the pursuit of the House findings could affect us more than for those who heard the Watergate testimony.
Of course, this listening estimate will be accurate, not like Trump’s early lie which he made as President about the size of the crowd at his inauguration.
CNN’s current series on Watergate with its first episode aired on Sunday, June 5th featuring the mea-culpa of John Dean, Nixon’s White House counsel, was clear to link the episode with Trump and the events of January 6th.
We can expect the House hearings will disclose salient facts heretofore not reported, but the American people have seen firsthand and been inundated with this story of the treasonous behavior of Trump and his co-conspirators ever since that historic attack on our Capitol.
It is evident that many Trump supporters are not listening, which is so dangerous as the continuation of our democracy is on the line. You can read Republican Liz Chaney’s admonition here.
— Reuters (@Reuters) June 5, 2022
However, no better twosome could have been found to cover this horrendous pair of episodes in our democracy’s history than Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein whose Sunday June 5th Washington Post article entitled “Woodward and Bernstein thought Nixon defined corruption. Then came Trump,” which you can read here is must reading for anyone who cares about truth and its pursuit.
Perspective: As Watergate’s 50th anniversary nears, Woodward and Bernstein write that they thought Nixon defined corruption. Then came Trump. https://t.co/MXswRS1Nsc
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) June 5, 2022
So how can these hearings pack the kind of impact necessary to avoid the no impact Mueller report which allowed the Trump Administration off the hook on its massive obstruction of justice as reported by numerous credible sources. Again, this June 6th Washington Post article by Jennifer Rubin tells us what we hope will be the result. She argues that the committee has 2 audience to reach.
The most critical is the public at large. Rational Americans not already determined to exonerate Trump should be convinced of his intimate involvement in the coup, of the seriousness of his actions and of the need for prosecution. Ideally, there should be a groundswell of support for prosecution.
The evidence must be so compelling that Republicans’ ongoing efforts to perpetrate the “big lie” and to rationalize or downplay the insurrection make them look foolish, dishonest and malicious. Perhaps that will encourage the media to stop treating Trump enablers as normal politicians and confront them at every opportunity about their betrayal of the country.
The second audience is the Justice Department. Its attorneys must be convinced by the facts presented that failure to prosecute is unthinkable. While the committee will not be bound by rules of evidence, the proceedings can go a long way toward illustrating just how compelling an account can be painted for a jury. Whether the committee makes a formal referral or not, Justice Department officials confident of successful prosecution should come away with powerful ammunition to convince their more reluctant colleagues.
Read her full article here.
Opinion by Jennifer Rubin: Democrats, remember the Mueller report? Do the opposite. https://t.co/iFy509N8pR
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) June 6, 2022
The main hope now for our democracy is that, as Rubin tells us, the Justice Department must feel it can indict and convict. Here is the historic case of a clearly guilty criminal, who to date has hornswoggled so many Americans for so long and gotten away with his crimes.
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