Early reports suggest that tonight’s final House Select Committee hearing at 8 p.m. on the Jan. 6 Capitol attack will be quite unsettling. According The Washington Post, a central element of the evening will consist of showing excerpts from a video that Donald Trump tried to make the day after the attack. The video was intended to calm the waters, but as the Job he said, “For an hour trying to record the message, Trump resisted holding the rioters to account, trying to call them patriots, and refused to say the election was over.”

You knew Dr Strangelove trying to suppress a Nazi salute was going to be in there somewhere.

It gets deeper. We all remember how passionate everyone was in the aftermath of the attack. No less illuminating than Mitch McConnell, Kevin McCarthy, and even notorious licker Lindsey Graham have publicly washed their hands of Trump. In this climate, according to one CNN report, Trump was pressured into making this video because “his own cabinet may be gearing up to use the 25th Amendment to remove him from office.”

Trump Fried Chicken isn’t the only menu item, because rolling stone reports:

The Jan. 6 committee plans to use its Thursday night hearing to call out pro-insurgency lawmakers who cowered during the Capitol attack but have since downplayed the severity of the insurgency, according to two sources familiar with the matter. committee planning.

“They intend to paint a truly startling picture of how some of Trump’s biggest enablers in his coup plot were – no matter what they say today – shaking in their boots. and doing everything shy to mourn their mothers,” a source tells Rolling stone. “If one of [these lawmakers] were capable of shame, they would be humiliated.

In other words, tonight’s festivities will seemingly be a humble, nationwide pie, and everyone in Trump’s corner needs to take a bite of it. The hearing also comes just after the prosecution closed its case against Trump ally Steve Bannon for contempt of Congress. Only two witnesses were called. The defense attempted to “flood the area with shit,” in the immortal words of Mr. Bannon, but were severely reprimanded by Judge Carl J. Nichols. “I don’t intend for this to become a political affair,” warned the defense judge, “a political circus, a forum for partisan politics.” Thus Bannon was deprived of the use of the most worn club in his bag.

All good things come to an end. So it is with tonight’s seemingly final event. These hearings, without fail, were a showcase of what the government can accomplish if it chooses to go out of its own way and let the facts speak. Although the panel is made up mostly of Democrats, with two notable GOP expats in the mix, nearly all of the witnesses have been Republicans, and their testimony has been ruinous for Trump and the previous administration. If the shreds of that democracy are ultimately salvaged, much of the credit will rightfully go to this group of lawmakers, led by Bennie Thompson of the Delta and Liz Cheney of the Range.

“I think it’s the most important thing I’ve ever done professionally,” Cheney said recently. The New York Times, “and possibly the most important thing I’ve ever done.” No argument from me on this; before the insurrection, “important” to Cheney involved continuing FoxNews to defend torture, support Donald Trump 93% of the time and denounce the Democrats as anti-Semitic jihadist baby-killing socialists. She was Matt Gaetz’s favorite Republican. As Adam Serwer said in Atlantic last year, “Cheney now finds herself on the wrong side of a line she has spent much of her political career upholding.”

As unpleasant as it may have been for progressives and other mammals to tolerate Cheney on the committee, his presence lent credence to hearings that might otherwise have been dismissed as a partisan spectacle.

Make no mistake: these were all incredibly vital moments in the life of this republic. The committee had to prove beyond doubt that Trump was responsible for the violent chaos that befell us all, that every opportunity he had to straighten things out – before, during and after that fateful day – he deliberately used to make everything worse. This matter has been made and will apparently be emphasized with emphasis tonight.

Simply put, if the Democrats had been allowed to stage Trump’s impeachments the way they staged these hearings (looking at you, Nancy Pelosi), the odds of his removal would have increased dramatically, especially after the riot-inspired second proceeding. This committee has no such power, so it falls to Attorney General Merrick Garland to take up the standard of battle and charge to the heights. Garland’s recent missive to the agency warning everyone to be nice to politicians makes me think nothing will happen with that until November, except maybe to motivate Trump to intervene early.

And it doesn’t matter to all that. The Department of Justice has been a goddamn nightmare factory for as long as I can remember, so why should tonight be any different? Still, the testimony was worth it, because we all deserved to know the truth.

I see you tonight. Be sure to bring a crying towel for all the Congressional Trumpers who are about to be humiliated in prime time. Let the millions of flowers bloom.