At a hearing of the House Oversight and Reform Committee this week, freshman Georgia Congressman Andrew Clyde (R) proudly declared there was no insurrection or riot at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, remarking:
“There was no insurrection. And to call it an insurrection, in my opinion, is a bold-faced lie.
“Watching the TV footage of those who entered the Capitol and walked through Statuary Hall showed people in an orderly fashion staying between the stanchions and ropes taking videos and pictures. You know, if you didn’t know the TV footage was a video from January the sixth, you’d actually think it was a normal tourist visit.”
But while Rep. Clyde may have thought his remarks were little more than an attempt to curry favor with right-wing voters in his district and endear him with the Trump faithful, former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner said Saturday that the congressman may have walked right into a perjury trap that he himself created.
On a video he posted to YouTube, Kirschner noted:
“So why is Congressman Clyde’s statement as dangerous as it is idiotic? Well, first of all, he’s plainly giving aid and comfort to those who attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6th. But even more importantly, but making those statements, he has made himself a star witness — a marquee witness — in the upcoming trials of those individuals who attacked the Capitol on January 6th.”
A witness would be under oath and sworn to tell the truth, which is where Rep. Clyde would be in big trouble, Kirschner continued:
“The questions will go something like, ‘Congressman Clyde, you were in the Capitol on January 6th, was there an insurrection that day?’ And Congressman Clyde will say, ‘No, there wasn’t and the prosecutors are engaged in a bald-faced lie when they say there was an insurrection at the Capitol on January 6th.’
“That kind of testimony would be absurd, it would be propaganda, it would be false.”
And that’s when the gun dealer turned member of Congress would find himself between the proverbial rock and a hard place, Kirschner concluded:
“You know, if Congressman Clyde testified that way — the same way he just spoke to the American people during a congressional hearing — he would be probably on the hook for perjury, obstructing justice, accessory after the fact. But let’s face it, Congressman Clyde was willing to lie to 360 million Americans in that congressional hearing, might he be willing to lie 12 jurors in the jury box about what happened on January 6th?
“You know what folks, I have a feeling justice might be waiting around the corner for a guy like gun salesman turned congressman, Andy Clyde. And justice, matters.”
Perjury, obstruction, and accessory. Sounds like exactly what some of these right-wing apologists need to be facing.
Here’s the video:
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