President Joe Biden said Saturday that the video and testimony shared during this week’s Jan. 6 hearing was “devastating” and that the committee as a whole has made a “tremendous” case.
Asked for his thoughts on the hearing during an unannounced stop at a Baskin-Robbins in Portland, Oregon, Biden said, “I think the testimony, the video, is absolutely devastating. And I’ve gone out of my way not to comment, let’s see what happens, but just it’s not – I think it’s been devastating.”
The final pre-midterm session of the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol revealed new evidence and testimony from former Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson, who said then President Donald Trump knew. he lost his chance, although he continued his efforts to overturn the results.
Thursday’s hearing included footage of congressional leaders scrambling to respond to the attack on the Capitol as they worked around Trump and coordinated with other federal and local government officials, fresh evidence of a plan to thwart the ongoing violence and claim Trump’s victory. election results
“I mean, the case has been made, I think it’s pretty awesome,” Biden said Saturday.
Saturday’s comments are a growing rebuke of the President, who has not regularly commented on January 6.
Biden, who has often said he will not stand in the way of the Justice Department’s independence, declined to comment further and reiterated that he had not spoken to Attorney General Merrick Garland “at all” about the matter.
In a rare move, the Jan. 6 committee also voted Thursday to subpoena Trump for documents and testimony. The former president is not expected to comply with the subpoena, but the move serves to set a mark for the committee and show it wants information directly from Trump as the committee investigates the attack.
The select committee’s inquiry is working towards a final report, although it is not yet clear what form it will take or when it will be released. Sources say the grand jury has yet to make any decision on whether to file criminal citations with the Justice Department.