The House select committee established to probe the Capitol riot held its second hearing Monday after its prime-time special last week. But instead of probing the violence at the Capitol, the committee dedicated another two hours to former President Donald Trump’s stolen election claims.
California Democrat Rep. Zoe Lofgren led Monday’s questioning with testimony from GOP operative Ben Ginsberg, former U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia BJay Pak, and former Philadelphia Commissioner Al Schmidt. Also testifying was fired Fox News Political Director Chris Stirewalt, who announced his upcoming appearance before the committee after his prior network refused to air Thursday’s Soviet-style performance.
“If something doesn’t add up with the numbers, you go to court to get resolution,” said Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., at the onset of the proceedings. “We accept those results. That’s what it means to respect the rule of law. That’s what it means to seek elective office in our democracy, because those numbers aren’t just numbers. They’re votes.”
The same standard would ostensibly apply to failed 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, whose past campaign manager, Robby Mook, testified less than a month ago that the former Democratic nominee personally signed off on the grand scheme to frame Trump for Russian collusion. Six years after her historic loss, however, Democrats are left covering for their own long record of election conspiracies while depicting political opponents as domestic enemies of democracy.
Monday’s hearing primarily remained a regurgitation of the same talking points Americans have been subject to since the outburst of political upheaval on Jan. 6, 2021, with a focus on Trump’s allegations of an illegitimate election and the conspiracy around Dominion Voting Systems in particular.
“The big lie was also a big rip-off,” Lofgren said, complaining of Trump’s fundraising off claims of a fraudulent contest. Except Democrats were far from shy to capitalize on the debunked narrative painting the Republican president as a Russian asset.
After failing to capture the White House in 2016, Democrats spent years spouting the conspiracy that Trump was a Russian asset, and even went as far as deploying a deep state coup within the FBI to undermine the will of the voters complete with a two-year special counsel investigation. Despite the effort, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe run with unlimited resources found not one person, let alone Trump himself, colluded with the Russian government. Jan. 6 has merely become the Democrats’ latest hoax.
If mere objections to electoral certification are now criminal, as the Jan. 6 Committee operations indicate, Democrats will still have to answer for their certification protests in 2001, 2005, and 2017.
In 2017, Reps. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, Barbara Lee, D-Calif., Maxine Waters, D-Calif., and Jamie Raskin, D-Md., who was an impeachment manager, each objected to electoral votes when Congress certified President Donald Trump’s triumphant 2016 victory. In fact, Democrats objected to more states in 2017 than Republicans did last year, citing Russian interference and alleged voter suppression. And they even fundraised off of it.
To this day, Clinton still claims the 2016 election was “stolen” from her.
Republicans, meanwhile, remain vilified by the partisan witch hunt probe for raising concerns over an election conducted with a cascade of late-game rule changes that featured record-level turnout in the form of mail-in voting monopolized by left-wing private actors.