Republicans launch counter-programming at Jan. 6 committee hearings with Stefanik, Scalise, Jordan media event

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FIRST ON FOX: House GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik leads an event with House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, and Representatives Jim Banks and Jim Jordan as Republicans prepare their counter-programming for the Committee’s first televised hearings on Jan. 6.

Wednesday’s 10:45 a.m. press conference is expected to be a show of unity by two prominent members of the GOP leadership and two from House Republican Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who was voted out of the committee. Jordan himself was subpoenaed by the committee, along with a handful of other members, including Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.

Representative Elise Stefanik, RN.Y., speaks during a press conference Thursday, May 12, 2022.
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“I’m working closely with President Trump, Leader Kevin McCarthy, Jim Jordan and my colleagues to help House Republicans push back against Speaker Pelosi’s bogus political witch hunt,” said Stefanik, RN.Y. , to Fox News. on the event.

“House Republicans will be all over the airwaves setting the record straight, telling the American people the truth, sharing the facts, and asking the real questions like why is Nancy Pelosi the only person excluded from this investigation?” Stefanik also said.

Representative Jim Jordan, a Republican from Ohio, speaks to the press in the Rayburn House Office building in Washington, DC on Friday, June 4, 2021. Jordan was one of the Republicans subpoenaed by the Committee on January 6.

Representative Jim Jordan, a Republican from Ohio, speaks to the press in the Rayburn House Office building in Washington, DC on Friday, June 4, 2021. Jordan was one of the Republicans subpoenaed by the Committee on January 6.
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Stefanik’s event will be one of many events and media appearances for her and other top Republicans as she plays a pivotal role in the fight against the Investigative Committee.

The January 6 Committee was formed last summer as a select committee by the House of Representatives after talks for a bipartisan commission broke down. He spent nearly a year investigating the cause of the mob attack on the Capitol for supporters of former President Donald Trump, including through subpoenas to dozens of Trump associates. , campaign workers and more.

FILE - On this Jan. 6, 2021, rioters attempt to break through a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

FILE – On this Jan. 6, 2021, rioters attempt to break through a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
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But the committee has held few public hearings so far. That is set to change this week, with a Thursday night prime-time hearing set to be the first in a long series aimed at explaining to the public how the attack could have happened and who was at fault.

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The committee has already announced another hearing to follow on Monday morning.

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, supporters of the file photo of former President Donald Trump are confronted by United States Capitol Police officers outside the Senate Chamber inside the Capitol at Washington.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, file)

FILE – In this Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, supporters of the file photo of former President Donald Trump are confronted by United States Capitol Police officers outside the Senate Chamber inside the Capitol at Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, file)

Democrats generally claim that it was Trump and his allies who were responsible for Jan. 6 because they repeated false claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen for months. Then Trump staged a rally near the White House where he repeated these false claims the same day Congress counts the electoral votes.

Republicans, meanwhile, point to the fact that Trump said at least once in his rally speech that protesters should march “peacefully” toward the Capitol. They also say Pelosi should have taken the security situation more seriously.

Another major argument Stefanik and other Republicans are making this week is that the committee is not legitimate because Pelosi refused to elect the Republicans chosen by McCarthy. Reps. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., and Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., are the only two Republicans on the panel and they both voted to impeach former President Trump, along with 8 other GOP members in the House.

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“This committee is illegitimate, unconstitutional and designed to punish political opponents of Pelosi,” Stefanik said. “It won’t stop another January 6 from happening, and it does nothing to solve the many crises that Americans are suffering from because of the far-left radical agenda of Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi.”

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