This is the last Jim-written Morning Jolt until June 20. Expect Alexandra DeSanctis and Isaac Schorr to step in for me next week. On the menu today, the House’s January 6 Committee holds its first prime-time public hearing and lays out how Trump cheered on the chaos on Capitol Hill; the new inflation numbers are really, really bad — again — as the country faces the psychological threshold of $5 per gallon gas.
What Should the Consequence for January 6 Be?
On a Thursday night in early summer, the House of Representatives’ January 6 Committee held a prime-time hearing, hoping to seize the public’s attention and get it to focus upon terrible events 519 days ago and put those events, and what the consequences for them ought to be, front and center in the public’s mind.
By and large, the committee told us what we already knew: Donald Trump simply could not accept any scenario in which he legitimately lost the 2020 election; he was — and judging by the furious statement he issued last night, still is — in an all-consuming ...