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JANUARY 6

This week, InForum columnist runs through three things that stink, including the vault bathrooms at the Fargo National Cemetery, the deletion of Wayne Stenehjem's emails and Rep. Michelle Fischbach's recent actions on Capitol Hill.
"In the midst of historic division, adversaries could challenge America with worldwide chaos," writes InForum columnist Mike Hulett. "Are Biden’s critical race theory-focused, woke military leaders — architects of the Afghanistan debacle — prepared to counter existential threats from any international enemy?"
The committee showed videos of top-ranking national security and White House officials saying one by one that Trump did not speak to leaders of the Defense Department, National Guard, FBI, Homeland Security or the Secret Service. Trump also didn’t communicate with Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser or Capitol Police.
Panel to hold hearing in prime time -- 7 p.m. Thursday

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"General Mark Milley accused Donald Trump of preaching 'the gospel of the Führer' on Jan. 6, 2021, and referred to his supporters as 'Brownshirts in the streets.' Need more? 'This is a Reichstag moment,' Milley said. 'These guys are Nazis, they’re Boogaloo Boys, they’re Proud Boys. These are the same people we fought in World War II.'"
In video testimony shown during the hearing, witnesses described a loud late-night six-hour meeting on Dec. 18, 2020, where Trump disregarded White House staffers who urged him to concede the November 2020 election to Democrat Joe Biden.
The hearing could be one of the most consequential held by the panel, potentially answering the long unresolved question of whether Trump knew that far-right extremist groups such as the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers would storm the Capitol, and whether the president was in contact through intermediaries with the groups’ leaders, who have since been indicted for seditious conspiracy.
More than 840 people been charged with taking part in the Capitol riot, attacking police and sending lawmakers scrambling for safety.
"What’s wonderfully ironic about the Democrats’ tyrannical show trial' is they may unintentionally guarantee a Republican presidential win in 2024," writes InForum columnist Mike Hulett.
If our congressional delegation isn't paying attention to the Jan. 6 committee, if they're dismissive of its revelations, then they are derelict in their duties to our state, and our country.

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InForum cartoonist Trygve Olson designs the packaging for this year's Independence Day fireworks.
Cassidy Hutchinson, a top aide to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, described Trump supporters being armed with AR-15-style rifles and other weapons in testimony on Tuesday to the House of Representatives select committee.
The hearing will be held at noon Central time, the committee said in a statement on Monday. A spokesperson for the House Jan. 6 select committee had no comment on the focus of Tuesday's hearing or witnesses who will testify.

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