Headline RoundupOctober 15th, 2022

Will the January 6 Committee's Latest Hearing Have an Impact?

Summary from the AllSides News Team

The House January 6 committee held its ninth and likely final public hearing on Thursday, revealing video footage of lawmakers during the riot and voting unanimously to subpoena former President Donald Trump for testimony

Key Quotes: In newly released video footage, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was informed during the riot that Trump had originally planned to come to the Capitol. She replied, “If he comes, I’m going to punch him out. I’ve been waiting for this. For trespassing on the Capitol grounds, I’m going to punch him out. And I’m going to go to jail, and I’m going to be happy.” Trump himself responded to the committee’s subpoena with a four-page statement, calling the investigation a “Charade and Witch Hunt” carried about by “highly partisan political Hacks and Thugs.” Trump’s statement began with the phrase, “THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION OF 2020 WAS RIGGED AND STOLEN!”, and included 10 pages of election fraud claims and other complaints.

What the Right Said: Voices from the right either ignored the hearing or criticized it as “theatrical.” Fox News (Right bias) prominently featured an article on opinion writers who thought the committee had been “ineffective” and “tedious.”

What the Left Said: Voices from the left were generally critical of Trump and supportive of the committee, often calling the new footage “dramatic.” Some stressed that the committee’s findings should be backed up with “accountability” for Trump and his allies. 

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