What the Jan. 6 committee has revealed thus far — and what may happen when it concludes

GOP candidate for governor Ryan Kelley has gotten a campaign boost after his arrest by the FBI for participating in the insurrection, says reporter Rick Pluta.

Fed by the lie that an election was stolen and stoked by the most powerful person in the United States at the time, tens of thousands of people stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, to prevent Donald Trump from leaving office. The insurrection attempted to disrupt the long-honored peaceful transfer of power in America.

And while the insurrection occurred in the nation’s capital, insurrectionists came from across the country, including Michigan. A number of those folks are now running for office in the state. One of those individuals is Ryan Kelley, who was arrested by the FBI recently for his participation in the insurrection. Now he’s been released on bond, and is back on the campaign trail.

“In his resignation letter, [Bill Barr] praised the president and we did not hear much from him after December, after the fact, as the president continued this campaign to overturn the results of the election, and then in [Barr’s] absence, tried to use the DOJ to execute that plan.” — Jacqueline Alemany, Washington Post


Listen: What a House committee has unveiled about the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection.

 


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Jacqueline Alemany is a congressional investigations reporter for the Washington Post. She has been covering the commission, and says while former attorney general Bill Barr recently said damning things about then-President Donald Trump, he did not sufficiently explain that the false election claims were a lie before the Jan. 6 insurrection occurred.

“In his resignation letter, [Bill Barr] praised the president and we did not hear much from him after December, after the fact, as the president continued this campaign to overturn the results of the election, and then in [Barr’s] absence, tried to use the DOJ to execute that plan,” says Alemany.

Rick Pluta is a senior state Capitol correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He says Kelley has gotten a campaign boost after being arrested by the FBI for participating in the insurrection.

“He’s turned out to be pretty popular in the Republican base, especially the angry portion of the Republican base,” says Pluta.

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