If it’s true that Trump is glued to the television watching the Jan. 6 House select committee investigation—and even if he isn’t—the reports should leave him a bit rattled and fuming, and that’s a good thing.
Even better is to witness how the investigation is proceeding as it mounts more evidence of his role in the insurrection, and Tuesday’s session was loaded with explosive details, including from members formerly associated with the white extremist groups, the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers.
Trump probably wanted to reach into the tube and strangle some of his former staffers and his counsel with the same anger he has recently expressed about his daughter’s testimony and the business flip flops of Elon Musk.
But the best revelations from the hearings was the accumulation of information that could bring a charge of seditious conspiracy and Trump’s tampering with a witness who is slated to appear at the next proceedings of the committee.
On the question of a possible charge of sedition, it’s being discussed by legal experts suggesting that Trump, fully aware of the attack on the Capitol, did nothing to stop it and in fact could be implicated in the planning. In effect, his failure to intercede in the upheaval lends itself to obstruction of an official proceeding, that is, the Electoral College count to determine the winner of the 2020 election, which many witnesses contend he knew he had lost.
As the committee proceedings draw to a close, the drama intensifies and let us hope it crests with enough irrefutable evidence of Trump’s involvement in the insurrection and that he was directly in contact with the leaders of the uprising.
An incontrovertible pile of evidence still needs the DOJ and the attorney general to step in and apply the criminal charges, and until that part of the scenario occurs we know that Trump will look for every opportunity to negate and manipulate the findings as he mounts another charge of his own for the Oval Office.