Atlantic magazine contributing writer Quinta Jurecic did not use the f-word but used the phrase “weirdly static” as a stand-in for “flopped” when writing about the failure of the congressional January 6 Committee investigation. The problem is, none of these alleged insurrectionists were actually indicted with the crime.
Jurecic explained how the January 6 Committee investigation flopped on Saturday in “Why the January 6 Investigation Is Weirdly Static.”
The effort to discover what actually happened on January 6th is moving ahead. In another way, however, it seems that the post-insurrection investigation landscape is remarkably static. Though a steady stream of rioters are pleading guilty to relatively minor offenses, the Justice Department has yet to announce any breakthroughs in untangling the planning of the attack or unveil any blockbuster charges such as insurrection or “seditious conspiracy.” In Congress, the select committee has yet to convene any public hearings or announce new discoveries since its inaugural July 2021 hearing with law-enforcement officers who were attacked by insurrectionists.
They were attacked by “insurrectionists”, who weren’t charged with insurrection. This could explain why January 6 investigations are “weirdly stationary.” Jurecic expressed concern about the possibility that it will fall apart like Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian collusion.
…the House committee’s lack of visible progress has some onlookers feeling antsy. “The members of the select committee need to tell the full story of January 6 clearly, publicly and dramatically,” argues Jonathan Bernstein in Bloomberg. “And they’re already very late.” The sense of urgency is all the more pronounced because the House is racing against the clock. Given that the Republican Party has the strongest chance of capturing control of the chamber at the 2022 elections, the committee needs to make plans to end its work no later than the end of 2018. Otherwise, a GOP majority could shut it down.
While the Democrats and media may claim that the Committee is not acting in any political matter, the truth is the purpose of the committee is to change the “political landscape” in favor for the Democrats.
Whatever the findings of the committee, it’s hard to see it substantially altering the political landscape.True reckoning will not be possible, which would include a complete repudiation of Trump by both Republicans and Democrats, as well as the ugly ideology that fueled the riot. This is frustrating—not to mention profoundly unjust—but it’s not cause to write off the work of the January 6 committee.
As much as Liz Cheney wants to re-paint the January 6 riot narrative in “vivid color,” Jurecic put her fears out there: “the public’s expectation is that the January 6 committee will be able to tell a substantially new and even more damning story about the attack, Americans may be setting themselves up for disappointment.”