The House Select Commission, which investigates the January 6 hearing, will listen to President Donald Trump’s video at the Cannon House office building in Washington, DC, on Thursday, June 9, 2022.
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At that first hearingThe House Election Commission investigating the January 6 parliamentary turmoil delivered a clear message: There is a calculated effort to overturn the 2020 election results, with former President Donald Trump taking responsibility. I owe it.
“Donald Trump was at the center of the plot,” Democratic Party Rep. Benny Thompson, chairman of the Commission, said frankly in the opening statement. “Ultimately, US President Donald Trump spurred a crowd of domestic enemies in the Constitution and went down the Capitol to destroy American democracy.”
A rigorously scripted two-hour hearing, broadcast live Thursday night at Prime Time, is new from an interview with investigators with witnesses such as Trump’s son-in-law, former Attorney General William Barr. It was dotted with video and audio clips. Jared Kushner And Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump..
Two other witnesses, a US Capitol police officer and a documentary filmmaker, talked about the “genocide” they saw directly during the riots. The Commission then replayed a disastrous montage of new footage from the riot itself, which rushed towards the Capitol, flocking police officers and showing the prospects of a pro-Trump mob when they attacked them with weapons. rice field.
The nine-member committee also revealed that it is far more common to share from more than 1,000 witness interviews and 140,000 documents accumulated during the course of the investigation so far. The investigation was underway, emphasizing that the Justice Department had more evidence, including encrypted material, and had not yet been reviewed.
Liz Cheney, Wyoming, Vice-Chairman of the Commission and one of the two Republican members, provided a framework for how the next six hearings will take place. .. Her opening statement on Thursday night focuses on a separate part of what each hearing called “a sophisticated seven-part plan to overturn the presidential election and prevent the transfer of presidential power.” Suggested to hit.
Trump himself oversaw and coordinated the multifaceted plan, Chainy said.
“As we will see in upcoming hearings, President Trump believed in his supporters at the Capitol, and I quote,” they were doing what they were supposed to do, “Chainy said. “This is what he told his staff when he begged him to stop the mob to instruct his supporters to leave.”
Thursday night and Friday morning Trump opposed the committee in a series of posts on the conservative social media platform Truth Social, with lawmakers not showing “many positive witnesses and remarks” and “negative.” I accused him of playing “only the video”.
The first hearing helped set up a table for subsequent presentations that are expected to take place over the next few weeks. There were at least three more days of hearings on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Officially scheduled..
Evidence at the hearing on Monday shows that Trump and his adviser were well aware that they had lost the 2020 Joe Biden presidential election, according to Mr. Chaney. “But nevertheless, President Trump has made extensive efforts to disseminate false and fraudulent information to convince most of the U.S. population that fraud has stolen elections from him. This wasn’t true, “Chainy said.
She then played a clip of a witness interview. In this interview, former Trump campaign spokesman Jason Miller explained that Trump was “quite frankly” told by campaign data experts that he would lose to Biden shortly after the election day.
She also recalled telling Mark Meadows, then White House Chief of Staff, in mid-to-late November that she couldn’t find evidence of fraudulent elections with Trump’s campaign lawyer Alex Cannon. I played an excerpt from the interview. Change the results in one of the major states. “
Meadows’ reaction was to conclude that “there was nothing”, Cannon testified.
After playing a clip of Bar, who called a particular fraud contest a “perfect nonsense,” Chainy played a clip of Ivanka Trump, saying the Justice Department did not find widespread evidence of fraud. He told the committee that he had “accepted” Barr’s conclusion.
A public inquiry set at 10 am (Eastern Time) on Monday will also be featured. Testimony from Chris StillwaldFormer Fox News political editor, fired by Trump supporters after Fox called Arizona to Biden on election day 2020. Stillwald, who was fired from Fox in January 2021, unveiled his plans to testify on the NewsNation cable on Friday morning.
At the third hearing, Mr. Chaney said the committee would show that Mr. Trump “wrongly planned a change of Attorney General to spread his falsely stolen election claim.” rice field.
She touched on Trump’s attempt to set up Jeffrey Clark on behalf of the Attorney General and sent a letter to major states claiming that the government “identified significant concerns that could have affected the outcome of the election.” Let me.
“This letter is a lie,” Chaney said, saying the Justice Department told Trump “opposite” to what Clark wrote.
At the third hearing, Mr. Chaney said, a high-ranking judicial ministry official threatened to resign Trump and Clark in the Oval Office, revealing a direct confrontation.
“Several other Republicans have also sought the president’s amnesty for their role in overturning the 2020 elections,” she said. For one thing, she nominated Republican Rep. Scott Perry, who allegedly tried to promote Clark. Refused to testify in front of the committee..
At the fourth hearing, when Trump presided over Congress on January 6, 2021, Trump tried to win his Vice President Mike Pence to reject a major vote in the Electoral College. Focus on the method.
“”This can be heard in great detail from the Vice President’s former corporate lawyer. Witnesses to these hearings will explain how the former Vice President and his staff informed President Trump over and over again that it was illegal to put pressure on Mike Pence. “.
The hearing will also delve into the actions of John Eastman, a lawyer involved in Trump’s efforts, Chainy said. She also displayed a letter from Pence’s chief adviser, Greg Jacob, to Eastman on the day of the riot.
At the fifth hearing, Mr. Chaney said the committee will analyze how Mr. Trump “wrongly pressured state legislators and election officials to change election results.” This includes Trump calling on Georgia’s electoral authorities to “find” 11,780 votes. This is the number Trump thought he needed to beat the state.
At the last two hearings, Mr. Chaney said, “immediate action to stop violence” after Mr. Trump “summoned a violent mob and instructed him to illegally march to the U.S. Capitol.” I couldn’t take it. “
The hearing represents the first finding from the Commission’s investigation. The panel must issue a final report and make recommendations on its results. Thompson has indicated that the report may arrive by the fall.