On Sunday, CNN’s Dana Bash asked Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) why the House Jan. 6 committee is not hearing from individuals who challenge the committee’s version of events regarding the United States Capitol riot and former President Donald Trump.
During the end of Schiff’s appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Bash noted that each public witness before the Jan. 6 committee had only corroborated the committee’s narrative to date.
“Why aren’t you inviting people to testify in a public manner who might dispute the committee?” Bash inquired. “Is it on purpose because you don’t want to deviate from the storyline you’re trying to convey to the public, and, of course, maybe to the Department of Justice?”
Representative Schiff rejected that it is “deliberate” and said the committee is prepared to hear from any witness possessing “relevant information.” However, he did not reveal whether or not the committee has, in fact, heard from any witness who contradicts their account.
“So, for example, why not request that Mike Pence be subpoenaed?” Bash asked. “I’m aware you requested he appear voluntarily. That didn’t happen.”
“The Jan. 6 committee is not ‘taking anything off the table’ when it comes to witnesses who have yet to testify,” Rep. Schiff said in his defense, referring to unnamed high-ranking individuals who the committee wants to interview.
In the end, Schiff stated that Mike Pence is “certainly an option.”
The committee’s line of inquiry highlighted a concern raised by former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy last week, namely that the hearings were being held in a manner similar to a kangaroo court.
They have a compelling narrative to tell, as I’ve previously stated. The difficulty is that they’ve established it up in an unfair manner that is not aimed at getting the truth.
And as a result, it’s more like political messaging than it is like a true investigation. Essentially it’s like a court case where the government has its own witnesses, own exhibits, and then does not allow cross-examination or defensive arguments.