Former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo is questioning the general public hearings held by the House committee probing the January 6 Capitol riot, suggesting that its members depart the investigation to the Justice Department as a result of no case for “criminality” has been offered by the proof.
On a Thursday episode of his new podcast, The Chris Cuomo Project, Cuomo mentioned that whereas there could possibly be legal expenses associated to the 2020 presidential election, he would not see any criminality in “the planning and practical aspects” of the 2021 Capitol assault, “at least in what’s been offered” by the House panel.
“My question is, Are we really learning enough about what matters or is this starting to play like a gotcha game?” Cuomo requested, evaluating the hearings to former President Donald Trump’s first impeachment and particular counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference within the 2020 election.
The January 6 committee has now held 9 hearings, together with two throughout prime-time TV slots, full of explosive testimony from former Trump staffers. The panel is aiming to make clear the president’s function main as much as the assault on the federal constructing and afterward.
Cuomo mentioned that whereas the Capitol riot was harmful and left individuals injured, he questions whether or not it’s within the public’s curiosity to have lawmakers rehash the small print of that day.
“Politicians making politics into a policing action with criminal consequences? No thanks,” he mentioned. He added that he would not imagine lawmakers must be allowed to make a legal case in opposition to anybody, no matter their political affiliation.
“If there are crimes, especially on the elector front, let the Department of Justice figure it out. Let the local prosecutors figure it out,” he mentioned. “We don’t need politicians to tell our prosecutors what to do.”
The Justice Department is reportedly wanting into Trump’s actions as a part of a scheme, involving “fake” state electors, that attempted to dam the transition of presidential energy after Joe Biden’s victory. The former president can also be being investigated as a part of Fulton County, Georgia, District Attorney Fani Willis’ probe of Trump’s try to vary that state’s presidential election consequence.
On his podcast, Cuomo additionally slammed the media, accusing the press of fanning the flames of January 6.
“‘Criminal consequences,’ that’s provocative. [The media is] reflecting what the Democrats and others are saying, but they should be pushing back as well,” Cuomo mentioned. “Not all flames need to be fed, some need to be smothered.”
Instead, Cuomo urged politicians to focus extra on what on a regular basis Americans are involved about, resembling inflation and fuel costs.
“Who cares who is worse? The question is, What will you do to make anything better? Who will fix gas prices? Who will even be straight with us about why they’re high?” he requested.
Newsweek reached out to the January 6 committee for remark.