July 21, 2022

The Jan. 6th committee returns to prime time tonight to sum up the case against Trump for failing to call off the assault carried out in his name. Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA) and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) will lead the presentation. Via the New York Times:

Ms. Luria, the only Democrat on the panel involved in a competitive re-election race, served in the Navy for more than 20 years and achieved the rank of commander. Mr. Kinzinger is an Air Force veteran who flew missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. One of the witnesses they plan to question in person, Matthew Pottinger, who was deputy national security adviser under Mr. Trump and the highest-ranking White House official to resign on Jan. 6, 2021, is a Marine Corps veteran.

In an interview previewing the hearing, which is scheduled for 8 p.m. on July 21, Ms. Luria said the panel planned to document in great detail how Mr. Trump did nothing for more than three hours while his supporters stormed the Capitol, raising ethical, moral and legal questions around the former president.

“The captain of a ship cannot sit there and watch the ship burned to the waterline and not do anything to stop it,” Ms. Luria said, invoking her experience in the Navy, where she worked on nuclear reactors. “And that’s exactly what he did.”

These hearings sound so staid and even boring in the previews, and they always turn out to be absolutely riveting. So I'll be watching and hope you will, too.

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