The Point hasn’t covered the Jan 6 committee circus much because there isn’t anything to cover.
Convening a committee, getting some airtime and then sending out fundraising emails is what congress members do in lieu of actually doing anything. Most conservatives have gotten wise to the scam, at least after a whole lot of committees that did nothing, but some liberals are still suckers for the “committee”.
Except it doesn’t matter. Don’t take it from me, take it from the chair.
The chair of the House committee investigating the Capitol riot said Monday night that the panel will not make any criminal referrals, even though its leaders have previously hinted at the possibility of doing so.
Even though they knew that it wasn’t going to happen.
But, much like the Mueller circus, you’ve gotta maintain the illusion that you’re spending millions of dollars of taxpayer money on something more than a glorified campaign ad running in prime time without having to buy airtime.
The trouble is that no one really cares. The only people watching the ad already have a strong opinion on it one way or another. And apart from that, nothing.
When pressed on the matter and whether the committee had ruled out the possibility of referring criminal charges, particularly for former President Donald Trump, Thompson replied: “We don’t have authority.”
He’s being honest, some other committee members aren’t because that would diminish the fundraising and posturing options.