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Former Speaker Newt Gingrich Calls January 6th House Hearings ‘a Show Trial in the Soviet Tradition’

Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2022
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WASHINGTON, DC, July 20 — If the House January 6th hearings were a Broadway play it would get lousy reviews and be called a “flop.” As Newt Gingrich described it in a recent opinion article published by the Epoch Times, it’s “a show trial in the Soviet tradition wherein the outcome was decided, and the spectacle was meant to educate the public on the authority’s version of truth.”

For sure, it’s getting attention, particularly in the leftist media. The polls show that, overall, a majority of Republicans, Democrats and Independents who have been tracking the progress of the hearings say they have not learned anything new, particularly among Republicans and Independents.

Gingrich cites a recent Gallup Poll that tested confidence in 16 groups, including Small Business, which ranked at the top of the list attaining an honorable 68% vote of approval and the U.S. Congress, which landed at the very bottom of the grading with a dismal 7% approval rating.   

The January 6th hearings amount to a “show trial,” as the former House Speaker stated, a term the dictionary meaning of which is, “a judicial trial held in public with the intention of influencing or satisfying public opinion, rather than of ensuring justice.” The proof, he says, is in the fact that “Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to allow Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to make his own appointments to the committee.” It violated “centuries of rules and tradition—which led to the Republican boycott.  Is it any wonder the American people have anger, hostility, and contempt for the Congress and the news media?”

The House January 6th investigating committee consists of nine members, including two Republicans, if you want to call them that. They are Representative Liz Cheney [R-WY] and Representative Adam Kinzinger [R-IL] and they were obviously chosen because they are both anti-Trump RINOs, Republicans in name only. The Democrats on the committee are Representatives Elaine Luria [D-VA], Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), Stephanie Murphy [D-FL], Adam B. Schiff [D-CA], Pete Aguilar [D-CA], Zoe Lofgren [D-CA] and Bennie Thompson [D-MS].  Talk about a stacked deck.

Gingrich calls out Pelosi and her Democratic henchmen in his OpEd for “colluding to keep more than 1,000 videotaped interviews and 25,000 documents secret from the public.”

And then there was the damning testimony of White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson. Her claim that, during the January 6th brou-ha-ha, President Trump went “berserk,” as some might put it, and while in his presidential limousine physically attacked his Secret Service detail in a deranged effort to join the supporters who were violently protesting the presidential election results. According to the New York Post account Hutchinson’s description of the incident claimed that “an ‘irate’ Trump grabbed the wheel of the SUV he was riding in and then lunged at Secret Service agent Robert ‘Bobby’ Engel when Engel told him that he could not join thousands of his fans who were marching to the Capitol.”

President Trump declared it was a “sick and fraudulent…fake story.” And, sure enough, “Both Bobby Engel, the lead agent, and the presidential limousine/SUV driver are prepared to testify under oath that neither man was assaulted and that Mr. Trump never lunged for the steering wheel,” according to a Twitter posting by NBC News White House reporter Peter Alexander.

Bottom line: it seems that the January 6th hearings may wind up having been an over-the-top, partisan publicity stunt on the part of “The U.S. House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol.” As the Brookings Institution points out, “Many Americans are following the January 6th committee’s hearings, but few minds are being changed, according to national surveys conducted since the hearings began…Although the American people see the events of January 6th as significant, they do not consider them to be as transformative as other significant events in recent decades.” 

The Brookings report on the hearings shows that “About 6 in 10 Americans say that they are following ‘news’ about the January 6th committee, but only one-third are closely following the committee hearings, and even fewer are watching them, even in part…Overall, the share of Americans paying attention to the committee has not budged since early April, but the share of Democrats has risen significantly while the share of Republicans has declined.”

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PaulE
PaulE
1 year ago

Well Newt is just describing the Democrat hearings as what they are. If you were to replace the American flags in the picture with the old hammer and sickle of the Soviet Union, it would more accurately represent the proceedings.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
1 year ago

Show Trial day 1 since debut

Boz
Boz
1 year ago

Way to catch up, Newt.

Hilt Josef
Hilt Josef
1 year ago

Tribunal like the Sovjets or like Roland Freisler (Nazi Germany’s president of the Volksgerichtshof). Unilateral false accusations, no chance of defense, looks really like Roland Freisler tribunal, although it’s a little unfair because most of the delinquents got the death penalty at Freisler’s tribunals.
On the other hand if that January 6th (Comedy) committee would have the chance to do that, they would probably do it.

Janie
Janie
1 year ago

DeSantis and Lt Governor of North Carolina

Davidme
Davidme
1 year ago

The Entire January 6th Capital Issue and Panel is a Total Ruse and Continuing Witch Hunt Again Against Our Rightful President Trump!!! They have been Unmercifully Against , Have Slandered, Have Lied, Have Twisted Facts and Deceived the Public with The Demoncrat Deep Dark State Accusations and Socialist Ideologies!!! THIS MUST STOP!!!!

beckyrjh53@gmail.com
1 year ago

Because anyone with intelligence above an idiot level IQ of 70 knows this is all a setup to prevent Trump from running again.
It’s just ANOTHER case of commie fake outrage. Congress can go to hell.

J. Farley
J. Farley
1 year ago

This show trial is a disgrace to the American Justice system, here is a clear-cut case where the Defendant is not afforded the opportunity to defend themselves, not given the right to Council, call Witness’s, question their Accuser, the only people on the jury have a political motive, and have pre-judged the Accused, this group is little more than a Lynch Mob. There is not one shred of Justice, it’s a mockery, it’s fake just like all the other President Trump witch hunts that have been conducted over the last 6 years. It word be kind to call it a Kangaroo Court and you people in Wyoming can do yourselves a good service and oust Old Lizzy Cheney as the people who elect the rest of the committee should do the same.
Make America Great Again

Smike
Smike
1 year ago

Jan 6th shouldn’t have happened….

Bill T
Bill T
1 year ago

It’s obvious what this is really all about, after4 years of delusional liberals that under the false pretense of RUSSIAN COLLUSION tried to destroy DONALD TRUMP out of desperation and total HATRED, are now continuing this circus show with a false narrative of the great insurrection. This is almost as bad as OJ Simpson ( a circus show of bad actors that let a cold blooded murderer walk free because a leather glove didn’t fit? ) this is what’s occupying our leftist democrats while the entire country is literally burning to the ground. These socialist liberals need to take a back seat and disappear forever.

Morbious
Morbious
1 year ago

No its not changing minds but i dont think that was the goal. The goal was more likely to distract dem robot voters with a continual promise of red meat. Distract them from inflation and a demented sociopath president. What better way than to dangle the possibility of trump indicted.

Randall L. Beatty
Randall L. Beatty
1 year ago

I think they are pulling this to take away from there fail for there party with high inflation but I remember every time I go to the pump this is the Dems fault for everything when Trump was in office the month before Biden took office I bought gas at $ 1.79 a gallon that was the last time it was that low people need to remember that the Trump haters on that panel want to side line President because they know Trump will win there dummy for a President will loose for sure.My vote will be for President Trump and hopefully Ron DeSantis will be his running mate for Vice President

Hal
Hal
1 year ago

Pelosi is a prime example of the DemocRat Party’s slovenly adoption of Commusnist tactics. It is obvious that Nasty Pelosi was putting on a propaganda show of what the DemocRats wanted the public to be acceptable of … and it only feeds fact in the debate and discussion that is in accord with the wishes of the DemocRat Party’s leaders. Pelosi is about as good of a demonstrator of why term limits are needed for Congresspeople.

tika
tika
1 year ago

we know that. what does newt propose?

Davidme
Davidme
1 year ago

All This to-do about January 6th is such a Total Waste of Time and Money, Just to try another way to Discredit Our True President Trump!!!! These Anti-American Radicalized Far Left Socialistic Politicians will Stop At Nothing to Continue Their Witch Hunt Against President Trump!!! All They Want is to Bring Down and Further Destroy Our True America!!!
Wake Up America, We Are In Very, Very Serious, Grave and Dire Danger “From Within” By The Washington, DCeivers!!!!

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