The Jan. 6 Committee isn’t an objective bipartisan effort to look into the riot on that day. It doesn’t even have any members appointed by the Republicans, like a normal committee, but only members appointed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca). The two “Republicans” on the Committee seem to have been picked because of their pronounced bias against President Donald Trump and have been attacking Republicans as well, so hardly objective people. In addition to that, its purpose has been going beyond the riot, into efforts to try to use the Committee to smear their political opponents.
We saw even on the first day of the public hearings how Rep. Liz Cheney (RINO-WY) spread deception about what President Donald Trump said on Jan. 6.
But that hasn’t been the only false smear. One of the smears was something we’ve previously reported on — the Committee’s effort to tie Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) to the riot by falsely suggesting he was giving a reconnaissance tour of the Capitol complex to protesters. The Chairman of the Committee, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), and Rep. Liz Cheney (RINO-WY) demanded that Loudermilk voluntarily testify before the Committee and explain his actions, and they released that letter to the media to damage Loudermilk and Republicans. Shades of the McCarthy hearings.
“Based on our review of evidence in the Select Committee’s possession, we believe you have information regarding a tour you led through parts of the Capitol complex on January 5, 2021,” Cheney and Thompson wrote. “The foregoing information raises questions to which the Select Committee must seek answers. Public reporting and witness accounts indicate some individuals and groups engaged in efforts to gather information about the layout of the US Capitol, as well as the House and Senate office buildings, in advance of January 6, 2021.”
Notice even the wording is deceitful, “Capitol complex.” As Rep. Loudermilk explained at the time, he met with a constituent family in House offices, something that representatives do all the time, and they didn’t even go to the Capitol. No one in the family had anything to do with the riot or was in any place that was breached by rioters on Jan 6, according to Loudermilk. But the Committee didn’t even ask him about it before they smeared him (and the family) to the media and the world. That’s how concerned about the facts they are.
Then the media blared the “breaking” news as though they actually had something and once again, the walls were “closing in.”
Here’s one example, but it went everywhere like this.
Fake news. pic.twitter.com/ffo5qUsqce
– Dr. Nickarama (@nickaramaOG) June 14, 2022
Notice that the “reporter” — Kyle Cheney of Politico — didn’t report accurately what Loudermilk said. Loudermilk said that the constituent family never even entered the Capitol.
LOUDERMILK says he was leading a “constituent family” through the Capitol on Jan. 5 — a fact he hadn’t disclosed before today — and that none of them havce been investigated or charged for Jan. 5 6 related activities. https://t.co/haZel40Cdm pic.twitter.com/V0jtVzpSY9
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) May 19, 2022
But now the new Capitol Police Chief, J. Thomas Manger, has cleared Loudermilk, basically calling this smear nonsense.
Manger wrote in a letter Monday to Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), which Just the News obtained, that an exhaustive review of security footage found no evidence that Republican Rep. Barry Loudermilk of Georgia did anything other than give constituents a tour of a congressional office building.
In fact, the chief said, the congressman didn’t even enter the US Capitol with the group.
“There is no evidence that Representative Loudermilk entered the US Capitol with this group on January 5, 2021,” Manger wrote in a letter to Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., the ranking Republican on the House Administration Committee. “We train our officers on being alert for people conducting surveillance or reconnaissance, and we do not consider any of the activities we observed as suspicious.” [….]
Manger’s letter unequivocally cleared Loudermilk, noting his constituent group of 12 to 15 people never even reached the Capitol and did not even enter the tunnels from the adjacent office buildings. Instead, they visited an exhibit in the Rayburn House Office building.
“At no time did the group appear in any tunnels that would have led them to the US Capitol,” the chief wrote to Davis. “In addition, the tunnels leading to the US Capitol were posted with USCP officers and admittance to the US Capitol without a Member of Congress was not permitted on January 5, 2021.”
Republicans were furious at yet more from the Committee.
“All I can think of is this is a Soviet-style propaganda trial, like a show trial,” Rep. Claudia Tenney, RN.Y., who spent time working in Communist Yugoslavia earlier in her career, told Just the News. “They put this tape together using propaganda, selected words and clauses cut and pasted to smear the people they want to smear and to get the outcome.”
Rep, Rodney Davis, the Illinois Republican who pressed Capitol Police to review the evidence and clear Loudermilk, said Democrats who besmirched his colleague’s name need to face accountability before the House Ethics Committee.
“The Democrats need to be ashamed of themselves,” Davis told the “Just the News, Not Noise” television show Monday night.
Former Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, who played a role unraveling the Russia collusion narrative, said Democrats have reached the political limits of the proverbial boy-cry-wolf tale, and it is time for their enablers in the mainstream media to push back. Some of the biggest names in media reported the Loudermilk allegations when they surfaced last month.
“I’m wondering how many of these political writers — The New York Times Washington Post, all these folks — are actually lining up to give the retractions,” Collins told Just the News. “…Let’s just be honest. They buy any narrative they can to impugn conservative congressmen, to malign Donald Trump, to make this event that they’re trying to pin basically on the conservative movement. And they’re willing to destroy lives, you know, really to do it without actually investigating, without reporting.”
That’s the other part of this — not just the Democratic deceit but the reporting. You know that there aren’t going to be any apologies for the false stories that they put out there.
Davis said Democrats need to be held accountable for spreading lies.
“This is what we knew all along. We knew that there was no Republican who led anybody who breached the Capitol on a reconnaissance tour, leading up to January 6,” he said. “I had my team go through the tapes back in January to verify that because one of my colleagues, Mikie Sherrill, she started this rumor that somehow Republicans were taking people on reconnaissance tours. She said she used her military training to recognize this. Well, you know what, there is no evidence that that’s ever happened.”
Davis said those who proffered the allegations should “be held accountable by the House Ethics Committee.”
“That is behavior unbecoming of a member of Congress, and you ought to be held accountable for that,” he said.
Just one more reason to vote every Democrat out in November.