The Jan. 6 House Select Committee has only just begun its work and it’s already proving the great value of congressional investigations to the country.
The committee was established against the backdrop of vast gaps in our knowledge about the Capitol attack. It is a national imperative — one that all public leaders should share — to get to the bottom of what happened when thousands of rioters attempted to scuttle a fair election, threatening American democracy itself.
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An earlier version of this article misstated the name of the chairman of the Jan. 6 House Select Committee. It is Bennie Thompson, not Bennie Johnson.
Except all leaders don’t share that goal. Nearly the entire Republican Party attempted to scuttle any inquiry into Jan. 6’s causes, and when that effort failed, the party refused to participate, hoping to demean the investigation as partisan. The only two GOP committee members, anti-Trumpers Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), defied their leaders when they accepted invitations to join the inquiry.
In its first public hearing in late July, select committee Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) made it clear that the group’s investigative power, including subpoenas, could and would be used against members of Congress — a departure from past practices — to get the full story on Jan. 6.
Source : https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2021-09-20/january-6-house-select-committee-jim-jordan-subpoena-power240