‘I’ll Be Paying Attention’: Some In Oklahoma Delegation Await Start Of Jan. 6 Insurrection Hearings

Thursday, June 9th 2022, 5:48 pm


The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol will hold the first of several hearings laying out its initial findings Thursday night, providing Americans with an overview of the evidence the panel has been gathering for the last year.

The hearing will be televised live on the major networks. The nine-member committee -- seven Democrats and two Republicans -- will use witnesses and information collected from more than 1,000 interviews to show the severity of the attack while clarifying who played key roles in attempting to prevent Congress from certifying Joe Biden's Electoral College victory.

Members of the Oklahoma delegation have largely been critical of the committee and its work, insisting that Democratic leadership's unwillingness to allow certain Republicans to serve on the committee made clear from the beginning that the investigation would be biased.

"Republicans had originally agreed to participate in it," said Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK2) in an interview Thursday. “But then, they started kicking Jim Jordan off, Jim Banks off...I won’t pay attention at all. It’s nothing but a dog and pony show."

Still, at least some said it's important to see what evident the committee puts forth.

"They spent a lot of money, They’ve hired lots of investigators, issued lots of subpoenas, gone through a huge amount of material," said Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK3) Wednesday. “We’ll all see together what they have...I’ll be paying attention. Any fact-finding process that brings new information to the top or clarifies information is important.”