A U.S. Capitol Police officer is surrounded by rioters at a door on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.

John Minchillo, Associated Press

As we have said before, Congress may not be capable of investigating political wrongdoing in a way that completely skirts politics, but when an investigative body made up of politicians uncovers pertinent facts, those deserve an accounting.

The sad part about the January 6 Commission is that a large portion of the country will dismiss its findings out of hand without hearing any of it. For these people, partisanship rises higher than the need to protect precious democratic institutions.

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The commission, which includes two Republicans, is set to begin its first prime-time public hearing into the events of that day on Thursday at 6 p.m. MDT, to be broadcast over several networks.

In nearly a year of investigating, it has interviewed about 1,000 people about the plans to overturn the 2020 election, and sifted through more than 140,000 documents. The list of people who were subpoenaed to testify is long and noteworthy, ranging from leaders of the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers to people in former President Donald Trump’s inner circle, including his children, Ivanka and Don Jr.

Every American should watch this with an open mind and judge the commission’s work on its merits. 

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