Biden plans to deliver Jan. 6 speech once House committee completes investigation: report
President Biden plans to deliver a speech on the House committee’s findings on Jan. 6 once the panel completes its investigation, according to reports.
The speech will focus on what Mr. Biden thinks is at stake if former President Donald Trump returns to the White House, according to NBC, citing a senior administration official and a Democrat familiar with the planning.
The White House has not confirmed the president’s plans to respond to the committee’s findings and has previously noted the panel’s independence.
The committee began releasing its findings in a series of public hearings this month after its nearly year-long investigation, which is still ongoing.
Lawmakers on the panel teased future hearings before the committee releases its final report, expected in the fall.
The expected timing of the committee’s report and the president’s potential speech coincides with the upcoming midterm elections this year in which Democrats are expected to face a tough sell to voters facing soaring inflation, at prices of high gasoline prices and rising crime rates.
Republicans argue that the problems facing the country are the direct result of Democratic policies.
Mr. Trump’s influence in House and Senate races nationwide is unmistakable. The former president has deployed the full force of his political and financial capital to ensure his picks win in Republican primary races across the country.
Mr Biden has sought to counter Republican challengers by rallying Democratic voters to flood the polls and give Congress the votes needed to “reinstate the protections” of the old Roe v. Wade.
He laments the Supreme Court’s decision that overturned the 1973 Roe decision as an ideological holdover from his Republican predecessor.
But Democrats are also banking that voters will be swayed by the committee’s findings, and early indications from the committee’s series of public hearings suggest that the Capitol riot has at least maintained its appeal with Americans.
A poll released Thursday by The Associated Press and the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center showed 48% of US voters say Mr Trump should face criminal charges over the riot at the US Capitol, up from 31% who said he shouldn’t and 20% who had no opinion.
Fifty-nine percent said Mr Trump deserved “a lot” or “a fair bit” of blame for the riot.
The poll was conducted from June 23 to 27 among 1,053 voters. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.
President Biden has already used the Capitol riot as a rallying cry for his party.
On the anniversary of the attack, Mr Biden spoke from the United States Capitol’s Statuary Hall, offering a scathing criticism of Mr Trump, calling him a “defeated former president” and linking him to an extremist movement that he says threatens American democracy. .
“Those who stormed this Capitol, and those who instigated and incited, and those who called them to do so, held a dagger to the throat of America – to American democracy,” he said. -he declares.