Schiff claims there’s a ‘great deal’ folks haven’t seen about Jan 6 ahead of prime time dog and pony show


As a member of the House Select Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) promised Americans “there’s a great deal they haven’t seen” about the events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Schiff joined CBS host Margaret Brennan on Face the Nation on Sunday to tease the committee’s first televised hearing, set to air in prime time this week.

“Our goal is to present the narrative of what happened in this country, how close we came to losing our democracy, what led to that violent attack on the 6th?” Schiff said. “The American people, I think, know a great deal already. They’ve seen a number of bombshells already. There’s a great deal they haven’t seen. But perhaps most important is the public hasn’t seen it woven together, how one thing led to another, how one line of effort to overturn the election led to another and ultimately led to terrible violence, the first non peaceful transfer of power in our history.”

With respect to the Justice Department’s decision not to prosecute former chief of staff Mark Meadows or Dan Scavino for refusing to cooperate with the investigation, Schiff warned that declining to prosecute was “dangerous.”

“They were both involved in campaign matters. They both have documents that they could offer,” he said. “None of this is protected by privilege and the idea that you can simply refuse to show up rather than show up and say as to this question, I’m going to exert a privilege, that just invites others to be in contempt of Congress or be in contempt of judges around the country, in other courtrooms, and I think it’s a very dangerous precedent to set.”

The first hearing will air on Thursday at 8 p.m., and while Schiff offered a lot of hype about the event, he failed to provide much substance, including whom the American audience can expect to see testify.

“Margaret, we’re not commenting on specific witnesses, so I can’t confirm or deny who will appear before us,” Schiff said. “I can say that certainly one of the themes that we will be fleshing out is the — the fact that in advance of the 6th, that there was an understanding of the propensity for violence that day, of the participation of white nationalist groups, of the effect that the continued propagation of this big lie to rile up the country and rile up the president’s base was likely to lead to violence.”

“So you will see that theme among the narratives that will be exhibited during these hearings,” he said. “But as to a particular witness, I really can’t comment.”

What Schiff did reveal, whether intentionally or not, was the real reason for this dog and pony show: Get Independent voters.

While he didn’t say it those words, his meaning was clear. Dems are using a block of prime time network air time to lay out their carefully constructed narrative in the hopes of convincing voters with “an open mind” that the events of January 6 were the worst thing since the Civil War before they head to the polls this November.

“So we want to tell that comprehensive narrative, and we’re aiming at people and audience, frankly, that still has an open mind about these facts,” Schiff said. “We want to counter the continuing propagation of big lies. And that’s– that’s what our goal is.”


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