• July 21st, 2024
  • Sunday, 06:38:01 AM

Thanks to the January 6th Committee, the Facts Are Clear


Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva


Thanks to the work of the January 6th Committee, we now have a thorough timeline of the events leading up to the insurrection, the actors involved and well documented testimony and records placing Donald Trump at the center of a coordinated, violent effort to overturn the 2020 election.


The facts are clear: Donald Trump spread a big lie that the election was stolen, which culminated in inciting a violent mob to attack members of Congress and his own vice president for upholding their constitutional duty.


It was a calculated effort that included armed right-wing, white supremacy groups fomenting violence to overturn the will of the American people. While the lives of the vice president, members of Congress, staff, and Capitol Police officers hung in the balance, Trump refused to call off his misled and violent mob of supporters.


People died, numerous were injured, and the American public watched it all unfold on live television. We must hold Trump and all those accountable for their crimes.


Even now, the former president and his surrogates continue to amplify the Big Lie. They are running for important elected offices across the country including here in Arizona and undermining the integrity of our democratic processes as the midterm elections approach.


The revelations of these hearings are fundamental to our growth as a nation if we are to move past this dark episode in our history. I support the Jan. 6th committee’s vote to subpoena former President Trump. If Donald Trump fights or refuses to comply with the subpoena, it will be abundantly clear he has no defense of the actions he took and should immediately be held accountable for attempting to overthrow American democracy.


We are grateful for the work of the January 6th Committee, staff, for true bipartisanship and for exposing the dangerous truth of the unprecedented coup on our democratic institutions.



Arizona Congressman Raúl Grijalva is the Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee. He also serves on the Committee on Education and the Workforce and is the Chairman Emeritus of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, as well as a long-standing member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.


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