Congressional investigations are designed to root out the waste, fraud and abuse of taxpayer dollars as well as provide transparency on important issues for the American people. And there’s widespread agreement that the most effective oversight committees in history have been honest, bipartisan and fair.
By now the American people know that the House Jan. 6 select committee is none of these things; in fact, it’s the exact opposite. It’s an illegitimate committee that has no minority members or rights, it is completely partisan, and its focus is not on the truth, but rather on stopping former President Donald Trump from running for president again.
In the sham committee’s desperate drive to take down Mr. Trump by any means necessary, they’re crafting a narrative that doesn’t quite add up and omits important facts that would not stand if there were proper Republican representation on the committee. Career-politician Reps. Bennie Thompson, Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger and Adam Schiff, whose failed job performance has helped pave the way for Congress’ 19% approval rating, want the American people to believe that Mr. Trump did nothing to defuse the riot at the U.S. Capitol. This is the big lie that Ms. Cheney continued to spew on Fox News Sunday recently.
According to a November 2021 Department of Defense Inspector General report, at a Jan. 3, 2021, meeting in the Oval Office, Mr. Trump made it clear he wanted sufficient National Guard available on Jan. 6. The report states, “Mr. Miller and GEN Milley met with the president at the White House at 5:30 p.m. The primary topic they discussed was unrelated to the scheduled rally. GEN Milley told us that at the end of the meeting, the President told Mr. Miller that there would be a large number of protestors on January 6, 2021, and Mr. Miller should ensure sufficient National Guard or Soldiers would be there to make sure it was a safe event. Gen. Milley told us that Mr. Miller responded, ‘We’ve got a plan and we’ve got it covered.’”
Furthermore, Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller’s testified under oath before Congress in May 2021 that on Jan. 5, 2021, “The president ‘commented that “they” were going to need 10,000 troops the following day … I took his comment to mean that a large force would be required to maintain order the following day.’” This doesn’t sound like a president uninterested in safety and security.
Indeed, there is much more to the story than the one-sided “unselect” committee would like to admit. Look no further than the Jan. 4, 2021, memo to the secretary of the Army from Mr. Miller approving the District of Columbia’s request for D.C. National Guard support in response to the upcoming event in Washington on Jan. 6. Mr. Miller wrote “… you are authorized to approve the requested support, subject to my guidance below and subject to consultation with the Attorney General …” This authorization came out of the two meetings with Gen. Milley and Mr. Miller and clearly came from the president of the United States.
Then there’s Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Jan. 5, 2021, letter to Mr. Miller, Acting Attorney General Jeff Rosen, and Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy in which she writes, “… the District of Columbia is not requesting other federal law enforcement personnel and discourages any additional deployment without immediate notification to, and consultation with, MPD if such plans are underway.” Let’s face it, a legitimate committee interested in the truth would have called Ms. Bowser to testify publicly.
This Pelosi-appointed committee is un-American on its face because it has no checks and balances. Making once-sided determinations with no mechanism for rebuttal is the order of the day with this anti-Trump group. “Believe us,” they say, just as we were told to believe Mr. Trump was a Russian agent who colluded with Russia to win in 2016. But all of that has turned out to be a concocted lie — the nonstop 24-hour news coverage, the Mueller probe, the countless hearings, the Pulitzer Prizes, all of it. Thanks to Special Counsel John Durham, we’re finding out the truth. As it turns out, it was Hillary Clinton and the left who were colluding with Russia to stop Trump!
You’d hope that because of this colossal failure, the biased mainstream media would approach their Jan. 6 committee coverage differently — as journalists instead of activists. Instead, they’ve decided to double down on their never-ending obsession to get Mr. Trump. That being said, after the Jan. 6 panel is finally shuttered and they release a report containing their Trump-deranged partisan version of the truth, what will we be finding out after the fact about what really happened on Jan. 6?
Over the past 18 months, a lot has come to light about the security failures at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. There are memos, letters, emails and text messages from the White House, the Pentagon and the D.C. mayor’s office — all now in the public domain — but none from Congress itself. The activities of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the House and Senate Sergeant at Arms, and senior congressional staff remain largely a mystery. If the Jan. 6 investigation were interested in the facts or the actual timeline of events, wouldn’t they ask for Mrs. Pelosi’s sworn testimony and her staff’s emails? It simply can’t, because the committee doesn’t want to disrupt its Trump-hating narrative.
The good news is that the truth always prevails. When Republicans retake the majority in the House of Representatives in January 2023, the Committee on House Administration under the leadership of incoming Chair Barry Loudermilk will be conducting an internal investigation of the Jan. 6 investigation, its members and its staff. Mr. Loudermilk will finally disclose to the American people the Jan. 6 committee’s abuses of power and why certain issues were never probed and whether it participated in any cover-up. Those answers will be long overdue, but just like with the Russia hoax, it will be worth the wait.
• David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United and served as deputy campaign manager for Donald J. Trump for President.