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Opinion: Are the House Jan. 6 hearings political theater or a vital investigation of insurrection?

An image of a mock gallows on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6th is shown as committee members from left to right, Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., Vice Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., and Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va., look on, as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds its first public hearing to reveal the findings of a year-long investigation, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 9, 2022.
(J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

Some see a show trial while others consider them vital to saving U.S. democracy.

Re “Everyone should tune in to learn what House Jan. 6 Committee uncovers” (June 8): The difference between our two worst presidents? Richard Nixon knew when to stop the stupidity, consider the country, do the right thing, quit and stay gone. Donald Trump apparently just has no clue. Doesn’t get it, dishonorable to the core, which is why he is so dangerous.

Julia Viera
Coronado

The liberal Jan. 6 committee is great at diverting our attention from real, current problems — inflation, homelessness, immigration, crime — to accusations, hints, reportedly findings; seems politically motivated. What a waste of time, money and energy.

Phyllis McNeese
Carlsbad

We need to try Donald Trump for treason. He broke his oath to protect the Constitution by laboring to subvert the will of the voters.

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Trump had his day in dozens of courts. He desperately pleaded with Georgia state officials to “find” 11,800 Trump votes, but he couldn’t coerce them to break the law. He didn’t conduct a peaceful transfer of power but instead organized a deadly insurrection.

Trump also undermined our nation’s goals to promote and support democracy when he played politics and temporarily withheld U.S. funding earmarked for Ukrainian defense against Russian aggression, again putting himself first. We must show the world we won’t stand for tyranny, no one is above the law, and we will protect democracy against the lies of any megalomaniac.

Eric Bowlby
North Park

Can we just move on from Jan. 6 and start solving the nation’s problems. People are suffering from inflation, gas prices etc. The stock market is tumbling and yet no help in sight.

Frances Carrigan
Coronado

After watching the Jan. 6 hearings, I am left with the feeling that our system of government has turned into a vast network of personal vendettas, dirty tricks and money-making grifts, with Donald Trump and his GOP as the subject matter experts.

The House committee has done a masterful job of revealing the damage and hopefully their investigation will result in indictments to take out the worst offenders. It reminds me of a termite-infested house. If left untreated, the remaining termites will continue to chomp away and it will collapse. To save the “house,” we need to tent the country and pump in the necessary poison.

Bill Loeber
Del Cerro

The latest poll shows that over 50% of Americans are afraid that we will lose our Democracy in the future. This is true for both Democrats (55%) and Republicans (53%). One could almost say we have reached a critical mass in thinking that the unthinkable could happen. It would be arrogant and naive of Americans to think this would never happen here. It can and will. In history, every form of government fails at some point and something new comes along to replace it. The key is who leads that replacement? Using the recent example of the collapse of the USSR and seeing who has emerged as their new leader, says it all. I think the wheels are in motion for the exact same thing here with “you-know-who” putting the pieces in place today to emerge as our new “leader”, as the majority of us stand by and watch it happen.

Joe Secola
Carlsbad

Trump keeps saying he wants to go on TV to prove his allegations of election fraud. I suggest we have a televised debate where Trump, Rudy Giuliani and Mike Lindell debate William Barr, Liz Cheney and Brad Raffensperger about election fraud in the 2020 election. I think that would be very entertaining TV and show how silly Trump’s claims are.

Robert Kuharski
Rancho Penasquitos


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