In Washington, the January 6 House Select Committee continues to present findings of President Donald Trump’s involvement in the attempt to void the 2020 election, leading residents — including party leaders — to question its relevance in the next election.
A recent ABC News/Ipsos poll shows that nearly six in 10 Americans want Trump to be criminally charged for his role in the attempted coup that took place on January 6, 2021. This number includes nearly 20% of republicans.
During the hearings, the committee revealed that several members of Congress had asked Trump for forgiveness, including Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Alabama; Matt Gaetz, R-Florida; Louie Gohmert, R-Texas; and Andy Biggs, R-Arizona. The committee gathered evidence that Trump repeated false allegations of voter fraud; that he participated in the constitution of an alternative electoral list in key states; and that he pushed Republican Georgia Governor Brian Kemp to “find” votes.
State Rep. Bob Ed Culver, R-Tahlequah, has confidence in the electoral system and doesn’t believe there is reason to question the election results.
“Oklahoma State holds the best elections in the entire country. I’m very confident in their record,” he said.
Asked about other states, he said he thought most of the country was doing a good job.
Cherokee County Democratic Chair Yolette Ross said the hearings provide an important public service.
“They provide the facts before and immediately after the insurgency. The members of the committee are not prosecutors, but investigators disseminating information that hopefully holds the former president accountable for his actions that led to the assault on our capital – a responsibility that could very well lead to criminal penalties,” Ross said.
She said it was not appropriate for sitting presidents to pressure government officials to “find” votes or to manipulate electoral systems in an effort to win.
“His corrupt ‘pressure campaign’ against DOJ officials, secretaries of state and several governors is a stain on our democratic process. As Americans, the people of Oklahom are directly affected by these tragic events. The divisive nature by which the former president ruled shattered the trust of many who lost faith in our democracy,” she said.
Dell Barnes, Vice Chairman of the Cherokee County Democratic Party, followed the proceedings and said he believed Congress had to do its job to protect the integrity of American democracy.
“If we’re going to have faith in these institutions, that’s the kind of work we need to see in the House,” Barnes said. “Whether Americans want to see criminal charges or not is irrelevant. It is the decision of Congress.
But Shannon Grimes, chair of the Cherokee County Libertarian Party, called the Jan. 6 committee a “partisan hack.”
“I’m not saying there are things that shouldn’t be investigated and dealt with, especially those that were violent. These people, however, were the vast minority,” Grimes said.