“He lit the fuse that ultimately resulted in the violence,” declared the United States Capitol vice-chair Liz Cheney during Thursday’s prime-time hearing in which the House select committee is investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S Capitol. The vice-chair left no doubt about what its members hoped to achieve over the next few months of televised sessions.

The committee is presenting the prosecution case against Donald Trump who “summoned the mob, assembled the mob” in an “attempt to undermine the will of the people” who had collectively declined to re-elect him to the White House. The evidence against Trump has never been heard in an official context until now because the Republican-dominated Senate refused to put his second impeachment on trial.