Since the season ending episode of the J6 hearings last Thursday night, I’ve heard more and more network news hosts and talking heads keep drawing comparisons between the J6 Committee and the Mueller investigation into Trump/Russia.
This is ridiculous, like comparing peaches to kumquats. The Mueller investigation, with Mueller as Special Counsel was designed to operate in secrecy, like a grand jury. From its inception, the J6 committee was set up as a kind of public/private partnership, it was known from day one that at least some of the hearings would be televised.
But the biggest difference is that Mueller lost control of the narrative by Trump’s design. Mueller was required to submit his final report to the Attorney General, Tubby the Ewok, who violated his oath of office by spinning the report for Trump like Belgian lace. Mueller and the Democrats could never get the narrative back.
That is anything but true for the J6 committee, and for a very simple reason. Because Kevin McCarthy and Mitch McConnell are brain dead morons. McConnell because he burned his last bridge with his caucus by nixing an independent commission with equal GOP representation. And Kreepy Kevin because he took his ball and went home when he couldn’t get flamethrowers on the panel, and pulls everybody.
Follow the logic here, because it’s critical when you think about it. Thanks to his Trumpian stupidity, McCarthy has no eyes and ears on the committee, the way he would have if he had been an honest broker. He, McConnell, and Trump have no idea of who the panel is talking to, what they’re saying, or what’s being asked. News Flash! It’s kind of hard to shape the narrative when you have no fucking idea of that the narrative is!
Which is killing the GOP. The J6 committee started out with a splash, with a public hearing featuring 4 DC and Capitol Hills cops that got the shit kicked out of them on January 6th, along with never-before-seen footage of the carnage on the ground. The hearing was a well watched, cold slap in the face that shocked the country back into focus as to exactly what had happened, and what was at stake.
And then the J6 committee public hearing theater went dark. All future hearings and depositions were conducted in closed session hearings. But, wait for it, Here’s the McGuffin. While the J6 committee may have gone dark on public hearings, they by no means went radio silent.
From day one of the start of the closed session hearings, the J6 committee was not in the slightest bit interested in shutting up completely and operating in the dark. Think back. From day one, there was a steady trickle of leaked, or publicly released information as to what was going on behind the scenes. Names of witnesses who had come forward were released, along with names of witnesses who were being subpoenaed. Hell, they even released full or partial transcripts of depositions to show incriminating information, or resistance from some witnesses.
The J6 committee has never lost control of the messaging. And Bennie Thompson and Liz Cheney have played the tune brilliantly. As Keith Olbermann used to say, Iz genius I tells ya! Genius. Now you know why the GOP has chosen to try to ignore the revelations from this committee. Because they can’t counter-message it! They have no idea what’s coming, until it breaks, with damning corroborating evidence. And what coherent counter argument can the GOP make? None, because they don’t know what else the committee knows.
The GOP Axis of Evil, Trump, McConnell and McCarthy must have breathed a sigh of relief that changed upper air currents in the atmosphere when they learned that Thursday’s hearing would be the last one until sometime in September. Finally! A 6-7 week respite from the constant bombardment of J6 committee shit being dumped down on their heads. Only it isn’t going to work out that way. Because Thompson and Cheney learned the old adage Nothing breeds success like success.
The last J6 committee hearing was on Thursday, right? And today, on Monday, J6 committee member Elaine Lauria from VA tweeted out a link to never-before-seen deposition footage of people trashing Trump. Jared Kushner saying he didn’t know why his father-in-law had stricken various lines that condemned the rioters from his January 7th speech. And more testimony from Ivanka, saying that the Sharpie written changes to the speech appeared to be in her father’s handwriting.
Guys, forget about it, okay? As legendary boxer Joe Louis once said, Once you step into the ring, there’s nowhere to run, and nowhere to hide. The J6 committee is gleefully bragging that every day brings new information, new documents, and new witnesses, and that new subpoenas may be on the way.
And I’d bet my left arm that Thompson and Cheney have absolutely no intention of letting the American public move on to other issues while they’re on public hearing hiatus. Elaine Luria’s tweet today was the first drip from the spigot. On Sunday, Liz Cheney said on a Sunday morning show that a subpoena for Ginni Thomas is not out of the question if she didn’t come in voluntarily.
This is not going anywhere. Not today, and not for the next 6 weeks. Think of it as the release of a new Star Wars movie. The teaser ads with scenes already in the can start months before the movie’s release date. And that’s exactly what the carefully timed leaks between now and September will be, teasers to keep the audience engaged for Episode 2 of the new J6 committee hearing schedule in September. There is no rest for the wicked.