Rep. Banks to Newsmax: Political 'Theater' Will Dominate Jan. 6 Hearing U.S. Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) speaks at a press conference following a Republican caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol on June 08, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty)
By Jay Clemons | Thursday, 09 June 2022 05:34 PM
Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., says Thursday's primetime broadcast of the House select Jan. 6 committee hearings will be a highly partisan event full of needless theater.
The hearings have nothing to do with "security at the Capitol. … It's all about politics," Banks told Newsmax host Eric Bolling on Thursday.
"Here's what you won't hear tonight. You won't hear about my constituents [in Indiana] paying $5.25 per gallon of gas. … And you won't hear about record-high inflation making it harder to make ends meet."
There won't be a "partisan" or even good-faith-balanced effort for Thursday's proceedings, he added.
Banks, who was originally earmarked as the Republican watchdog for the Jan. 6 hearings, also slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrats for booting his assignment.
"This is the first time in the 232-year history of the United States … that the appointments of a Minority Leader" had been denied.
"It's never happened before."
"[Speaker Pelosi] knows that [Congressman] Jim Jordan and I would have asked the tough questions that would change the narrative away from what Pelosi wants this committee to be all about it — which is the witch hunt to go after Donald Trump and to deny his name from ever appearing on [a presidential] ballot, to go after Trump's staff, Trump supporters, Trump voters. That's what this is all about."
The Jan. 6 panel, which has no formal judicial power, comprises of seven Democrats and two Republicans — Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., and Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo.
Kinzinger and Cheney have been outspoken critics of former President Trump for some time.
Banks told Newsmax had he been the Republican point man on the Jan. 6 committee, he would have had three Pelosi-related questions queued up:
- Was Pelosi in the room when officials called off the National Guard on Jan. 6, 2021?
- Was Pelosi part of that decision to remove the National Guard, prior to the unrest?
- Why were the police departments in charge of overseeing the Capitol area only half-staffed that day?
"These are the questions that you will not hear on live TV, primetime TV tonight … because those questions would quickly change the narrative that Democrats don't want to hear," said Banks, while adding the hearings have nothing to do with "security at the Capitol. … It's all about politics."
The Jan. 6 committee has reportedly conducted hundreds of interviews with witnesses, including former "high-level Trump White House officials," such as the former president's eldest children, and surveyed official documents provided by the National Archives.
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