Late Thursday night, the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021 uprising released its final report. The committee was investigating a coup attempt at the Capitol on the day that President Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election was to be confirmed.
Missouri’s own Senator Josh Hawley is intimately connected to the day’s events, as he was photographed raising his fist in support of the anti-election rally in the District of Columbia, and was also filmed running from them after they breached the Capitol. Later he coffee mugs sold printed with one of these two images.
Dissonance between Hawley’s support and fear of the same crowd laughed too when it was emphasized by Rep. Elaine Luria, of Virginia, during the Jan. 6 hearing.
Despite his association with that infamous day, Hawley is only mentioned five times in the committee’s 845-page report (we thought there should have been more). The report focuses primarily on former President Donald Trump, whom the committee calls “the sole cause of the unrest.”
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References in the report to Hawley begin the day before the Capitol riots.
On January 5, an executive assistant to then-President Donald Trump emailed Hawley, as well as Senator Ted Cruz, D-Tex., and Rep. Jim Jordan, D-Ohio. The email (subject line: “from POTUS”) was about Suitcase Gate, which the email cited as one of the “worst scams” in Georgia, a state that Biden narrowly won.
But despite the fact that the former president took the trouble to put the word “gate” after another word, the video that formed the basis of “Suitcase Gate” showed neither electoral fraud, nor even a real suitcase. The report does not say whether Hawley responded to the email.
The next reference in the report to Hawley relates to events in the early evening of January 6th.
Around 6 p.m., with police on their way to guarding the Capitol, the report said that “President Trump’s inner circle was still trying to delay the electoral vote count.” As proof of this, the report cites Trump’s pal Rudy Giuliani calling members of Congress trying to get them to raise objections to the vote so it can be delayed until “tomorrow – ideally until the end of tomorrow.”
One of the people the mayor of America called was Hawley.
The report does not say what Giuliani and Hawley talked about, or if Hawley responded at all (he may have been too out of breath after all this running around to talk).
When the Committee asked Giuliani on 6 January what he wanted to talk to Hawley and other representatives about, the former Saturday night life the host said that these conversations are protected by attorney-client privilege. It was a bold statement, given that Giuliani was not an attorney for Hawley or any of the other senators or congressmen in question.
But we can guess why Giuliani was keen to talk to Hawley, based on a voicemail he left with Alabama Senator and former college football coach Tommy Tuberville around the same time.
In a voicemail for Tuberville, Giuliani said, “Sep. Tuberville? Or should I say Coach Tuberville. This is Rudy Giuliani. I’m calling because I want to discuss with you how they’re trying to speed up this hearing and how we need you, our Republican friends, to just try to slow it down.”
Regarding the chronology of that day, Hawley’s final mention in the report is in a section titled “The Coup in Search of a Legal Theory”.
It notes that even after the uprising, when day-to-day work was able to resume, Hawley still objected to confirming the election results in Pennsylvania and Arizona.
Despite Hawley’s objections, Biden’s election was confirmed shortly before 3:30 am the next day. He was president for nearly two years, and during that time, among other pieces of legislation, he signed the Inflation Reduction Act (which may have done nothing about inflation, but did a lot of good for prescription drug prices and clean energy). ), as well as the Respect for Marriage Act (protection of same-sex and interracial marriages). At the same time, Josh Hawley concentrated his efforts about making a nut-free November the deed of the year.
US Representative Jason Smith, Missouri, appears in the Committee’s January 6 report. He is mentioned in a footnote as an election denier.
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