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Letter: Hennen and Hulett continue to spout misinformation

Linderman writes, "Hennen and Hulett claim the committee is Democrats out to get Donald Trump. The fact is most of the damning testimony is from Republicans, including former Attorney General Bill Barr and former Trump appointees from the Justice Department and the White House itself."

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The House Select Committee investigating Jan. 6th has recently shown us that the events of that awful day were even worse that they appeared and the disgraced former president was even more involved than we knew at the time. Yet, Scott Hennen and Mike Hulett (July 2 Forum opinion) continue to spout disinformation to downplay the seriousness of that attempted coup and try to discredit those that seek the truth. Both used the phrase “kangaroo court.”

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Hennen writes, "Nearly half of Americans believe Trump is not responsible for some dopes who busted their way into the Capitol. We are winning in the court of common sense."

Hennen says it was not a real insurrection because the participants did not fire any guns. I guess beating police officers with flagpoles causing concussions and broken bones does not count. He claims Trump was not responsible. Now we learn that Trump wanted to go to the Capitol with the rioters even when told they were armed and dangerous. He claims Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected Rep. Kelly Armstrong, R-N.D., to be part of the committee. She did not.

Hulett repeats the falsehood about Speaker Pelosi rejecting Republican nominees. She did reject two of five because they were promoters of the big lie about a stolen election and had already made it known that they would be disruptive of committee procedure. She did not reject the other three, including Kelly Armstrong. It is the fault of Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy that there are not five Republicans on the committee. Hulett repeats the discredited lie that Speaker Pelosi rejected additional security offered from the president. (Did then Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reject it also?)

Hennen and Hulett claim the committee is Democrats out to get Donald Trump. The fact is most of the damning testimony is from Republicans, including former Attorney General Bill Barr and former Trump appointees from the Justice Department and the White House itself.

The fact is Speaker Pelosi proposed a national commission to investigate the January 6th attack on the United States Capitol complex. It was to be a 9/11-type commission with equal number of Democrats and Republicans. It passed the House (with 175 Republicans opposed) but was killed in the Senate by Republicans. Republicans have no legitimate complaints about the makeup the Select Committee.

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The committee does include two very conservative Republicans who have the courage to seek truth, Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., and Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.). But for some, there is a litmus test for Republicans. One question, answer yes or no. Do you worship Donald Trump? Yes. Good Republican. No. RINO.

Charles Linderman lives in Carrington, N.D.

This letter does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Forum's editorial board nor Forum ownership.

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