Several other rioters who have pleaded guilty are preparing to testify, and more may take cues from Howell’s decision.
While House investigators fight to wring information out of Trump’s confidants, the judges are complementing and bolstering their efforts.
“The rioters attacking the Capitol on January 6 were not mere trespassers engaging in protected First Amendment conduct or protests.
Everyone participating in the mob contributed to that violence,” Howell said at a sentencing hearing last week.
She served as a top aide to the Senate Judiciary Committee under the chairmanship of Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) from 1993 to 2002.
Chutkan, who said she had been listening to the comments other judges had made in these cases, rejected the comparison.
How those courts respond may be one of the most crucial moments in the success of the Jan. 6 committee. »