A months-long, bipartisan Senate investigation report debunks the Jan 6 “insurrection” myth and Donald Trump’s connection to it.
“Whatever legal or constitutional test you apply, Trump incited the violent Capitol attack,” proclaimed a Feb 2021 USA Today headline. Its byline: “What’s at stake is a president’s freedom to incite a violent attack on his own government.”
The month prior, and five days after the Jan. 6 Capitol unrest, a Washington Post opinion piece rested blame for the “invasion” of the United States Capitol Building squarely on the shoulders of President Trump. “As I watched the despicable display by those who invaded the Capitol at the behest of the president, I was moved to tears and consumed with anger,” lamented the WaPo author. “I strongly urge Congress to impeach, convict and remove the president from office.”
Not to be outdone in the use of anti-Trump histrionics, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused the 45th President of being “an accessory” to murder. “The crime, in some cases [regarding the Capitol unrest], was murder,” Pelosi stated in an interview with MSNBC. “This president is an accessory to that crime because he instigated that insurrection that caused those deaths and this destruction.”
Watch Pelosi’s interview:
But a new Senate report has been compiled by the Senate Homeland Security and Rules committee. The 99-page document—titled Examining the U.S. Capitol Attack: A Review of the Security, Planning, and Response Failures on January 6—was spearheaded equally by Democrats and Republicans: U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Rob Portman (R-OH), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), Chairwoman and Ranking Member of the Committee on Rules and Administration.
Here’s the full report.
The report was thorough. In its own words, it focused on “the security, planning, and response failures related to the violent and unprecedented attack on January 6th” and included “a series of recommendations for the Capitol Police Board, United States Capitol Police (USCP), federal intelligence agencies, the Department of Defense (DOD), and other Capital region law enforcement agencies.” If anything could show that President Trump “incited an insurrection,” it’s this Senate investigation.
But did the report reveal that President Donald Trump “incited the violent Capitol attack”? Or that he led “a violent attack on his own government”? That an “invasion” occurred “at the behest of the president”? Or that Trump was “an accessory” to murder?
Not even a little bit.
To begin with, even far-left CNN admits the Senate report fully “omits Trump’s role” on Jan 6. In other words, CNN admits the report hardly even mentions Trump, let alone connect him to any violence or instigation thereof.
You can practically see the big red vein popping out of these CNN writers’ collective forehead (the article was co-authored). Look:
“There are also several glaring omissions in the report including any examination of Donald Trump’s role in the riots,” moans CNN, “raising questions about whether lawmakers, in their quest for bipartisanship, exposed the limits of a Congress divided and unable to agree on certain truths, particularly those related to the former President’s actions.”
Not only does CNN admit the Senate reported no malfesance on the part of President Trump, but they also acknowledge the exhaustive nature of the Senate’s investigation. They say the Senate analysis “marks the most comprehensive government report” regarding security failures leading up to Jan 6. See here:
“Congressional investigators pored through ‘thousands of documents,'” tallies CNN, “received written statements from 50 police officers who defended the Capitol, and got testimony from a wide array of current and former officials who played a role in the security preparations and response. … [T]he evidence and interviews were gathered over months from bipartisan staff and members on two committees.”
Thousands of documents. Written statements. Official testimony. Gathered for months. By Republicans and Democrats. And none of it pushes the myth that President Trump “incited an insurrection.”
Most importantly, however, and as CNN also admits, the language of the Senate report completely excludes the word “insurrection” outside of witness quotes and footnotes, a fact both Democrat committee members as well as their Republican counterparts were pleased with. “The language that was chosen was purposeful—and represents the consensus of the four members and their respective staffs,” a Senate committee aide said, according to CNN. “We did our very best to stick to the facts as we understood them and leave characterizations in quotes where there were characterizations.”
There was no “insurrection.” Trump didn’t “incite” anything. So says the official Senate report compiled by the Senate Homeland Security and Rules committee.
In fact, we all know that in reality, President Trump instructed the crowd not to do anything violent, but to, in his words, “peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.” Here’s the video evidence:
And after learning about the unrest, President Trump immediately also instructed the crowd to “go home now,” adding “We have to have peace. We have to have law and order”:
If anyone’s guilty of inciting violence, it ain’t Trump. It’s the Left:
Jon Fleetwood is Managing Editor for American Faith.
Read “An Invented Insurrection” by Human Events; “DOJ Charges BLM Supporter Who Allegedly Stormed Capitol, Instigated Trump Supporters” by The Western Journal;