As Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s hand-picked January 6 Committee continued its public hearings this week, its hypocrisy over protests was on full display. The committee opened its hearing on Tuesday by complaining about protests around the country outside the homes of election officials while remaining silent on the protests at the homes of Supreme Court justices.
The Biden White House has encouraged protests outside of the home of justices for weeks, despite the acts appearing to be in violation of a specific federal law. Meanwhile, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) continues to lead the condemnation of President Donald Trump for not doing what he thinks should have been done about the protests of the 2020 election.
Members of the committee are now likely to receive personal security details as they report threats against them and their families. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) said this week that he received a letter over the weekend at his residence addressed to his wife that threatened to murder him and his family.
Committee member Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) said on Wednesday that threats are a “relatively new experience” for some members and for others it’s “an old experience.” He described the threats as being on a spectrum and all members are committed to making sure the “process is secure.”
Raskin added that the committee wanted to be sure that the “brave witnesses” are able to come forward in safety.
In addition to encouraging the protests at the justices’ homes, Biden has never said anything to personally condemn the attempted assassination of Justice Brett Kavanaugh at his Maryland home. Even though staffers have said Biden made a personal statement, it in fact came through a spokesperson.
Pelosi’s committee has worked to portray Trump’s criticisms of the 2020 election as an effort to push state legislatures to hold election fraud hearings and to declare alternate electors to be submitted to vote in the electoral college.
Schiff and his staffers have claimed that Trump was part of a “fake election scheme.” In fact, the Trump campaign prepared alternate slates of electors in the event that the election results were challenged in the House. The precedent for such action dates back to the 1876 election, and the campaign wanted to be prepared in the event a group of states had their electoral college votes rejected for any reason.