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Cleveland State University's Dean of Law School answers questions regarding January 6th committee

"Most of the witnesses are Republican and have worked for President Trump at the time [of the incident]. That gives it a special layer of credibility."

CLEVELAND — Lee Fisher, Dean and Professor of Law at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University, spoke to 3News' Lydia Esparra about how the events of January 6th compare to other Presidential scandals including Watergate.

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The January 6 committee hearings have drawn comparisons to the Watergate hearings of 1973. While the two hearings have a lot of similarities, Fisher says are very different in a unique way, "That was a burglary of a little office of the democratic national committee (Watergate). This was an attack on the united states capitol. And while there is some similarities, I think the big difference is that these were acts of violence. It wasn't some small burglary."

Fisher says while most of the committee is a part of the Democratic Party, "Most of the witnesses are Republican and have worked for President Trump at the time [of the incident]. That gives it a special layer of creditability."

On Tuesday Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aid to Chief of Staff for Trump's White House Mark Meadows, told the committee that then President Donald Trump and some of his cabinet knew the insurrection on the capitol was going to happen and protestors were armed.

Hutchinson also testified she was told the Secret Service prevented Trump from taking the wheel of his limo when agents would not take him to the capitol. And grabbed the neck of an agent in that limo. 

A spokesman for the agency Anthony Guglielmi says, "The United States Secret Service has been cooperating with the Select Committee since its inception in spring 2021, and will continue to do so, including by responding on the record to the Committee regarding the new allegations surfaced in today's testimony."

The committee was not to meet again until July but felt this witness was important. When asked what's next for the January 6th committee, Fisher said, "I think, in the end, it will be up to the justice department. Because the congressional committee doesn't have the power to do anything on the criminals side of the law, but the justice department does. Has it been proved? I don't think necessarily. But the evidence is damaging to the former President."

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