On Tuesday, the committee held its fourth session, which centered on the efforts of former President Donald Trump and his allies to overturn the outcomes of the 2020 election and the ensuing political violence and harassment suffered by many who resisted.
Over the weekend, Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-Illinois) revealed a letter to his wife that threatened to execute them and their five-month-old baby. He warned that the political violence of January 6, 2021 was not an aberration but the result of his party’s repeated lies.
“There’s violence forward, I will let you know,” Kinzinger said on ABC’s “This Week.” “Till we management telling folks the reality, we will not anticipate something totally different.”
Committee Vice Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo) has been surrounded by security details since last year, and has been unable to hold large public campaign events, in part due to security concerns, according to aides.
During Trump’s second impeachment trial, held shortly after the rebellion, security details of all nine impeachment managers were presented.
“For security causes, the USCP doesn’t focus on potential safety measures for members,” a United States Capitol Police spokesperson said in a statement.
Tuesday’s hearing featured some of the most emotional testimony to date, including an appearance from mother and daughter election workers in Georgia, Robbie Freeman and Wandrea ArShaye “Shaye” Moss, who described the consequences of targeting the former president and his allies.
“It turned my life the other way up,” Moss said. “I do not need anybody to know my identify. I do not need to go anyplace with my mother as a result of she would possibly shout my identify over the grocery aisle or one thing. I do not go to the grocery retailer in any respect. I have never gone anyplace in any respect. … I I suppose it is all I do. It is affected my life in a giant approach — in each approach. It is all due to lies, for me doing my job, the identical factor I have been doing endlessly.”
The remaining sessions will likely focus more on the culture of political violence on the right. Representatives Jimmy Raskin (D-MD) and Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) are scheduled to co-lead a hearing exploring the path to the extremism that motivated the insurrection to attack the Capitol on January 6, 2021.