In a riveting two-hour prime-time hearing Thursday, the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack did more than just remind Americans of that day’s horror. It revealed new evidence about President Donald Trump’s state of mind during the day, his dereliction of duty as the violence unfolded and how his words fed directly — and predictably — into a frontal assault on U.S. democracy. As ever with Mr. Trump, the situation was even worse than it appeared.
As the committee’s sober hearing proceeded, one could only wonder about what the panel might reveal if uncooperative witnesses were forced to appear, underscoring that only those who have something to fear from the truth would refuse to share what they saw.