On Monday, public infighting broke out among members of the January 6th committee as they sparred over whether any criminal referrals would be made regarding Donald Trump or anyone else.
The committee’s chair, Rep. Bennie Thompson, stated there wouldn’t be any, leading Rep. Liz Cheney and Rep. Adam Schiff to shoot back that no such decision has been made.
On the heels of that disfunction, the committee has now canceled tomorrow’s hearing. The next hearing will take place on Thursday instead.
They’ve given an official reason, but is anyone buying it?
ABC News reported:
Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., told reporters on Capitol Hill following the committee’s announcement that there was no issue with witnesses in moving the hearing but “technical issues.”
“It’s just technical issues. I mean, we were, you know, the staff putting together all the videos, you know, doing 1-2-3, It was overwhelming, so we’re trying to give them a little room,” she said. “It’s not a big deal.”
Appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” earlier, she said “putting together the video exhibits is an exhausting exercise for our very small video staff … it’s just too much to put it all together.”
But when asked later if Lofgren’s explanation of the hearing postponement is accurate, a committee aide said “no.”
The aide said the hearing has been “postponed to accommodate scheduling demands.”
Not long after the committee issued a statement saying, “The postponement is due to a number of scheduling factors, including production timeline and availability of members and witnesses.”
The schedule change comes after the U.S. Capitol Police undermined claims from Reps. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) regarding a group Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.) led through office buildings near the Capitol one day before the building was breached.
Thomas Manger, chief of the capitol police, said in a letter that there was “no evidence” that Loudermilk took the group to the Capitol, or even into any of the tunnels leading to the building from the office space.
Thompson and Cheney, meanwhile, diverged on whether the panel will be making any criminal referrals to the Department of Justice. Thompson, the panel’s chair, said after Monday’s hearing that the panel would not make any referrals; Cheney soon took to social media to assert the decision was still up in the air.
“We will announce a decision on that at an appropriate time,” Cheney said.
The panel had aired footage from depositions of key figures in President Donald Trump’s administration and in his 2020 campaign, including his daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump, campaign manager Bill Stepien, and Attorney General William Barr. The panel also questioned former Fox News political editor Chris Stirewalt, former U.S. Attorney B. Jay Pak, and several others.
The panel is dominated by Democrats and includes zero Republican members not picked by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).