The January 6 select committee held its second primetime hearing Thursday night, and Rep. Liz Cheney announced that there would be more hearings in September, as new information is coming in and “the dam has begun to break,” which is the new term for “the walls are closing in.” As we’ve said before, the idea of a January 6 select committee might have had some merit if its purpose were to fact-find about the Capitol riots and what went wrong, but instead, it’s turned into a criminal trial of former President Donald Trump, who’s guilty of not just inciting the riots but not doing more to stop the violence.

Law professor Jonathan Turley, who agrees that the events of January 6 were “horrific,” notes that Cheney’s claim that friends and associates of Trump have “confessed” only contributes to the idea that this is nothing but a show trial.

Turley writes:

However, it was the true confessions moment that stood out in the closing summation. Cheney said that more people will be called to come forward. She then added:

“The case against Donald Trump in these hearings is not made by witnesses who were his political enemies. It is instead a series of confessions by Donald Trump’s own appointees, his own friends, his own campaign officials, people who worked for him for years, and his own family. They have come forward. And they have told the American people the truth.”

Declaring that Trump family members and former officials have now “confessed” only played into the criticism of these hearings. By yielding to the temptation to exclude any opposing voices or views, the Committee seems intent on fulfilling the stereotype of the hearings as a show trial. It could be so much more but that requires politicians to do something that they are almost genetically resistant to: yielding time to opponents. It is the difference between creating a case for the next election as opposed to creating a record for history.

The committee has the “confessions” of Trump’s family members, but as Turley has asked before, do they have a criminal case against Trump? Because that seems to be what they’re building.

Yeah, how about that photo of Cheney hugging Cassidy Hutchinson; as Greta Van Susteren said:

She can’t hug any witnesses testifying for Trump because they haven’t invited any.

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