Jan. 6 Panel Is Poised to Return Amid Growing Signs That Accountability Is Coming

As the House Select Committee investigating Jan. 6 prepares for another round of public hearings, coverage has begun to re-emphasize a supposed rift between the congressional inquiry and the Justice Department’s widening criminal investigations. Pay it no mind.

While it drives compelling copy, a sprawling plot to overturn the will of the voters and destroy American democracy investigated by two different branches of government takes time. The framers of our constitution did not design the most efficient government, but they anticipated different branches of government working on common problems in different ways and at different speeds.

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