Trump shot himself in the foot by opposing a Jan 6 bipartisan commission because he now has no allies to defend him in scathing public hearings

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Lawmakers listen as an image of a Trump campaign donation banner is displayed behind them during a House committee hearing on Jan. 6.Susan Walsh/AP

  • Trump is angry that he has no allies in the Jan. 6 committee to defend him.

  • He has lashed out at House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy for boycotting the commission.

  • But Trump had the chance to support a bipartisan commission and chose to oppose it.

As the House Jan. 6 committee lays out in devastating detail Donald Trump’s attempt to undo his defeat in the 2020 election, the former president focuses his anger on House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy.

Trump has complained about McCarthy’s decision to boycott the panel, with the former president who Punchbowl newsletter on Wednesday: “Republicans don’t have a vote. They don’t even have a say.”

It is also said that he eagerly and angrily watching every committee hearingand the feeling that the GOP is doing little to defend it.

But Trump can blame no one but himself for the situation, noted one of his Republican critics, as he was the one who opposed the formation of a bipartisan committee split equally between Republicans and Democrats to investigate the riots.

“Trump opposed the bipartisan commission,” Rep. Fred Upton, a Michigan Republican who voted to impeach Trump for the uprising, told The New York Times Wednesday. “Again, he’s rewriting history.”

In early 2021, the House passed a bill to form a panel on Jan. 6 modeled on the Sept. 11 committee, with the Democratic caucus and 35 Republicans voting in favor. But it was blocked by a Republican filibuster in the Senate after Trump, congressional leaders from the GOP and far-right Congressional Freedom Caucus opposed it.

Criticism of the 35 Republican Representatives Who ignored his call to vote against forming a committee, Trump said at the time that “sometimes ineffective and weak has its consequences.”

But Republican leaders could have used the committee as an effective platform to defend Trump, or at least try to limit the damage.

Under the committee rules, they would have been free to choose five Republicans to sit on the committee and elect a Republican co-chair. Trump allies selected to the panel could have attempted to undermine arguments from Democrats and critics of Trump and cross-examine witnesses.

After the commission bill’s defeat, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi chose instead formed the House committee to investigate the attack, a move that allowed her to veto Republican nominations and give her considerable power to shape the committee.

The democratically controlled committee, in its carefully choreographed hearings made by TV producers for prime-time audiences, has presented a damaging case for Trump’s debt without opposition. It features shocking testimonials from Capitol police officers injured in the riots, and election officials who are threatened and harassed by Trump allies.

Last July, McCarthy said he would not select Republicans to participate in the study after that Pelosi barred two of his choices, Rep. Jim Jordan and Rep. Jim Banks, for their support for Trump’s bid to reverse his defeat in 2020.

However, the committee rules left McCarthy no choice but to comply with Pelosi and select her-approved Republicans to sit on the panel or withdraw from the committee altogether. He chose the latter, and the two Republicans on the current Jan. 6 committee, Representatives Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, are vocal opponents of Trump who have been banned by much of the GOP.

The timing of the hearings is also damaging to Trump.

If he had supported a bipartisan committee, it should have presented its findings by the end of 2021. Instead, the House committee has timed the rollout of its hearings to harm Trump before the 2022 midterms, and remind voters of Republican blame for the riots.

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