Former Top House Lawyer Warns Jan. 6 Committee About Going too Far: 'Just Wait If the Republicans Take Over'


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s hand-picked panel to investigate the Capitol incursion has already made a name for itself for the prosecutorial zeal with which it is pursuing its targets.

The House select committee — made up of seven Democrats along with Republicans Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois — has already interviewed more than 475 people and sent out more than 100 subpoenas, according to The New York Times.

The Times report noted that “Some of the Democrats on the committee were concerned that if the panel was too aggressive, Republicans might turn the tables on the Democrats whenever they took back control of the House. But Ms. Cheney insisted that the committee be as aggressive as possible.”

The Times report likens the tactics being used to those used in investigating organized crime operations, in which low-level individuals are “flipped” to testify against those at the top.

“Having lived through and being a part of every major congressional investigation over the past 50 years from Iran-contra to Whitewater to everything else, this is the mother of all investigations and a quantum leap for Congress in a way I’ve never seen before,” veteran Washington attorney Stanley Brand told The Times.

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Brand is representing former Trump aid Dan Scavino and is a former top lawyer for the House as well as a Democrat.

Brand said the flames of the committee’s scorched-earth approach could singe Democrats.

“They think they’re fighting for the survival of the democracy and the ends justify the means. Just wait if the Republicans take over,” he said.

Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina is among the Republicans just waiting for that moment, according to Business Insider.

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In an interview last week on “The Charlie Kirk Show,” a podcast hosted by Charlie Kirk, founder and executive director of the conservative group Turning Point USA, Cawthorn made his feelings about the committee crystal clear.

“It’s not really a constitutional committee, but I have to tell you, Charlie, I kind of want to keep the committee, as wild as that sounds,” Cawthorn said.

“I think a lot of people actually do want to have answers to what happened on January 6.

“A lot of people actually want to know, was our federal government involved? Was this a false flag operation used by the FBI, whatever three-letter agency you want to use? How many agents did we have inside, infiltrated in this crowd? What did Nancy Pelosi know and when did she know it? What did all the Capitol Police leaders know and when did they know it? Why are we hiding all of these videos?”

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“I just want the truth to come out because I believe we have some very high-ranking, very vile and evil and unpatriotic officials in our federal government, and it’s part of the deep state,” Cawthorn said.

“So I just want to turn the January 6 committee into a committee that will start rooting out the deep state once and for all.”

On Friday, the Republican National Committee adopted a resolution saying the Jan. 6 committee has indulged in “persecution of ordinary citizens engaged in legitimate political discourse,” according to The New York Times.

The RNC noted there was a difference between citizens protesting that day and the violence within the Capitol, and made a point of bringing in Cheney and Kinzinger.

Cheney is the only one of the pair who is running for reelection, facing a stiff primary challenge from Wyoming attorney Harriet Hageman.

“Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger crossed a line,” Ronna McDaniel, chair of the Republican National Committee, said in a statement, according to the Times.

“They chose to join Nancy Pelosi in a Democrat-led persecution of ordinary citizens who engaged in legitimate political discourse that had nothing to do with violence at the Capitol.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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