The Democrat-led Jan. 6 Committee held its first-night primetime hearings Thursday, attracting criticism from Republican lawmakers accusing the committee of attempting to distract the public from soaring inflation.
In the aftermath of Jan 6, a highly partisan committee was created to investigate the events at the U.S. Capitol, initiating a political witch hunt to blame 45th President Donald Trump and GOP lawmakers for the "attempted coup," as reported by the Daily Wire.
The hearings aired several video excerpts of testimonies to the committee and a 10-minute never-before-seen video depicting what transpired as protesters flooded the U.S. Capitol after the certification of the contested 2020 presidential results.
As reported by Fox News, Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., accused Trump of spurring "a mob of domestic enemies..to march down the Capitol and subvert American democracy."
Vice Chairman Liz Cheney, one of the two Republicans sitting on the committee, echoed similar remarks stating, "President Trump summoned the mob, assembled the mob and lit the flame of this attack."
The outlet further noted that the committee presented video clips from former Trump officials' depositions, including former Attorney General Bill Barr discrediting election fraud concerns in the 2020 election.
"I made it clear I did not agree with the idea that the election was stolen, which, I told the president, was bulls--t," Bar said. "And you know, I didn't want to be a part of it, and that's one of the reasons that went into me deciding to leave when I did."
"You can't live in a world where the incumbent administration stays in power based on its view, unsupported by specific evidence, that the election--that there was fraud in the election," Barr added.
Video testimony from Ivanka Trump was also shown, conveying she accepted Barr's perspective on the election, which Trump quickly refuted.
"Ivanka Trump was not involved in looking at, or studying, Election results. She had long since checked out and was, in my opinion, only trying to be respectful to Bill Barr and his position as Attorney General (he sucked!)," Trump posted on Truth Social.
As news emerged revealing that inflation soared to 8.6 percent for 12 months ending in May, a myriad of Republicans took hits at the hearings, calling it a distraction from the many problems the country is facing under the Biden administration.
Rep. Jim Banks took to Twitter, writing, "Last night's hearing was Democrats' attempt to distract you from the fact that inflation just hit a 40 year high on their watch."
Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy also took to Twitter, calling on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrats to "hold a primetime hearing on the out-of-control inflation their policies have created."