It’s been 9 months since the Capitol strike, and we still don’t have real accountability. Representative Adam Schiff and the rest of the Jan. six House select committee are usually issuing subpoenas to crucial witnesses, including Steve Bannon, Dan Scavino and 2 “Stop the Steal” move organizers. “No one is from the table, ” Schiff states.
But in a political environment that is defined in part from the spread of misinformation plus polarization on platforms such as Facebook and the power associated with right-wing media outlets such as Fox News and One The united states News Network, how much can a congressional investigation in fact move the needle on the democracy at risk? Especially when the time and effort — billed as bipartisan — has only 2 Republican members?
In this conversation, Kara Swisher presses Schiff in the Jan. 6 committee’s capability to bring about change and its initiatives to subpoena key witnesses. As Swisher points out, “Issuing subpoenas is one thing, yet getting people to comply will be another” — and that is showing more difficult as Donald Trump advises allies to escape the committee. They also talk about the Facebook whistle-blower Frances Haugen, how Schiff desires Mark Zuckerberg would have responded to questions about the platform’s role in amplifying polarization and whether Trump may run in 2024. Plus Schiff reflects on the previous president’s nicknames for your pet.
(A full records of the episode will be offered midday on the Times site. )
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