Jan6: The American Gulag

grarpamp grarpamp at gmail.com
Sun Nov 27 21:25:29 PST 2022

Cheney trying to make a name for herself, sanctify Pelosi's
corrupt "committee", continue her daddy's Deep State.

True Colors: J6 Staff Lash Out At Liz Cheney For Allegedly Burying
Parts Of The Investigation




There is a deepening division on the J6 Committee as staffers turn on
Liz Cheney over the final report on the January 6th riot. Angry
rhetoric is flying with staffers accusing the Committee of becoming a
“Cheney 2024 campaign” while both the Cheney spokesperson and
Committee spokesperson lashed out at the staff members as
“disgruntled” and producing shoddy or biased work. The underlying
issue, however, is important and revealing. The Committee’s color
coated teams include a “Blue Team” on the failure to prepare
adequately for the riot. That part of the investigation is reportedly
being dumped or reduced.  Members of the “Green” and “Purple” teams
are also reportedly irate.

Cheney was soundly defeated in her primary in Wyoming and will soon
leave Congress. She is being pushed by some Democrats as a possible
surprise candidate for House Speaker if they could get a few
Republican votes. That seems highly unlikely. The Republicans are
likely to end up with the identical margin held by the Democrats for
the past two years. Alternatively, some Democrats want Cheney to run
for president either to dog Donald Trump in the primary debates or to
run as an independent to siphon off votes in the general election.

That seems to be the suspicion for some staffers in the Washington Post story.

    Fifteen former and current staffers, who spoke on the condition of
anonymity to discuss internal deliberations, expressed concerns that
important findings unrelated to Trump will not become available to the
American public…

    Several committee staff members were floored earlier this month
when they were told that a draft report would focus almost entirely on
Trump and the work of the committee’s “Gold Team,” excluding reams of
other investigative work.

    Potentially left on the cutting room floor, or relegated to an
appendix, were many revelations from the “Blue Team” — the group that
dug into the law enforcement and intelligence community’s failure to
assess the looming threat and prepare for the well-forecast attack on
the Capitol. The proposed report would also cut back on much of the
work of the Green Team, which looked at financing for the Jan. 6
attack, and the Purple Team, which examined militia groups and

    “We all came from prestigious jobs, dropping what we were doing
because we were told this would be an important fact-finding
investigation that would inform the public,” said one former committee
staffer. “But when [the committee] became a Cheney 2024 campaign, many
of us became discouraged.”

If true, the report will largely track the virtual exclusive focus of
the hearings with open references to the 2024 election as an
overriding concern.

Some of us have lamented that the J6 Committee could have been so much
more than a one-sided, highly partisan investigation. House Democrats
barred two Republican members originally selected by GOP leaders, who
then boycotted the panel in response.

Even with the GOP boycott, the Committee could have followed the type
of balanced inquiry that pursued allegations tied to the Pearl Harbor
attack or Watergate. It could have insisted on balanced hearings with
witnesses and dissenting views.

Nevertheless, the committee revealed important, often disturbing
details. It was important for Americans to hear from figures like
former attorney general Bill Barr and White House lawyers who
struggled to counter unfounded advice given to Trump by outside
lawyers on challenging the 2020 election. There were painful scenes of
Capitol police overwhelmed at barricades and members of Congress
hunkered down in offices.

Yet, the focus on a single approved narrative gave the hearings the
feel of an infomercial selling a product that most of us bought two
years earlier.

Now, staffers are turning on Cheney who appears to have objected to
parts of the final report and wants the report to focus on Trump.
Cheney’s spokesman Jeremy Adler said that the staffers in the other
teams produced “subpar material” full of “liberal biases.”

Tim Mulvey, the spokesperson for the committee, criticized the
staffers speaking to the media as “disgruntled” and added that
“they’ve forgotten their duties as public servants and their cowardice
is helping Donald Trump and others responsible for the violence of
January 6th.”

It is obviously hard to address the alleged shoddy work on these other
teams or claims of liberal bias. However, the “Blue Team” was a
particular interest for some of us. The J6 Committee virtually ignored
the issue despite ample questions over decisions by Congress leading
to the riot.

The Democrats in the final hearing hammered away at documents showing
that the agency knew about violent threats in the days leading up to
Jan. 6th. However, the Democrats have refused to pursue the lack of
preparations on Capitol Hill as a focus of the hearing. On the day of
the riot, many of us noted (before the breach of security) that there
was a relatively light police presence around the Capitol despite the
obvious risk of a riot. Once the crowd surged, they quickly were able
to gain access to the building. Conservative media have featured a
video showing an officer standing by as crowds poured into the

That obviously does not mean that there was not violence or that
Capitol police did not bravely fight to protect the building. Most of
us have denounced the riot as a desecration of our constitutional

Moreover, at some point, officers may have shifted to deescalating as
crowds surged into the building. The question is why there were not
more substantial barriers, like those used at the White House.
Instead, some barriers were composed of a few officers using their

The available evidence indicates that the House was warned and that
the need for National Guard deployments were discussed.

There is a concern that, after criticizing such deployment and fencing
around the White House in the earlier riots, the Democrats did not
want to be seen following the same course.

An Inspector General report indicated that police were restricted by
Congress in what they could use on that day. Previously, it was
disclosed that offers of National Guard support were not accepted
prior to the protests. The D.C. government under Mayor Muriel Bowser
used only a small number of guardsmen in traffic positions.

That focus was rejected by the Committee members and there were no
dissenting views voiced on the Committee as well as a virtual bar on
opposing explanations or interpretations of evidence.

The GOP is now expected to fully investigate what the Congress knew
and what it did in the days leading to the breach of the Capitol.
Clearly, Cheney and others did not believe that the Blue Team full
findings were ready to be released. However, those findings could be
reviewed by the new GOP majority as it seeks full disclosure on why
the Capitol was so quickly overrun on January 6th.

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