Demonstrators carry a mannequin wearing a rope labeled “Betrayal” during a protest at the Washington Monument in Washington, DC, USA, on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.
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The House of Commons election committee investigating the January 6 parliamentary riots on Thursday helped former Vice President Mike Pence try to overturn the 2020 election results by then-President Donald Trump. I spotlighted the refusal to do.
At the Commission’s third hearing, Trump and his allies reject key voter votes when presiding over a joint parliamentary meeting on January 6, 2021 to confirm President Joe Biden’s victory. I checked the strong pressure applied to the pence. The hearing also focused on John Eastman, a lawyer who advised Trump on advancing the questionable legal theory that Pence had virtually one-sided power to overturn the election.
The main points from the hearing are as follows.
Pence came within about 40 feet of some of the Protrump riots that struck the US Capitol building, said Democrat Pete Aguilar, who led most of Thursday’s hearings.
“Don’t make a mistake about the fact that the Vice President’s life was at stake,” Aguilar said.
A Proud Boys confidential informant told the FBI that members of the far-right group “would have killed Mike Pence if they had a chance,” according to a court recently filed by the Justice Department.
Pence did not leave the Capitol on January 6, but was moved to a safe place during the riots.
Pence showed “courage” by opposition to Trump that day, Democratic Party chairman Bennie Thompson said at the beginning of the hearing.
But that determination put the Vice President in “tremendous danger” when Trump “turned the mob at him,” Thompson said.
Witnesses testified that many officials told Trump and Eastman that Pence could not carry out a legal plan to overturn the 2020 contest, both directly and by taking testimony on tape. But still, Trump and Eastman continued to put pressure on Pence and his team.
In a recorded interview with the Commission, Pence’s former Chief of Staff Mark Short “many times” said the Vice President had no legal authority to block Trump from proving the election before January 6. Said said.
Former Trump campaign spokesman Jason Miller said former White House adviser Pat Chiporon said, “I thought this idea was crap and at some point I faced the same emotions as Eastman.”
Other officials would think Eastman’s theory was “crazy” and say “anyone who listens,” Miller said.
In addition, former Pence lawyer Greg Jacob admitted to the panel that Eastman would be rejected 9-0 if his legal theory was submitted to the Supreme Court the day before the Capitol riots. Told.
On the morning of January 6, Trump was furious at Pence on a tense phone call. Witnesses told the Commission that the Vice President was weak and “weak.” Julia Radford, former Chief of Staff of Ivanka Trump, said Trump’s daughter told her after a call that the president called Pence a “P word.”
At a rally outside the White House that began shortly before the mob broke the Capitol, Trump again pressured Pence to reject the election results. president. “
Mr Eastman told former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani that he would like to be added to the list of beneficiaries of the presidential amnesty, the commission said.
“If it’s still in progress, I’ve decided I should be on the amnesty list,” said Eastman, according to a screenshot of the email that was displayed during the panel’s third hearing.
The email was sent a few days after the parliamentary riots, Aguilar said. It also came after a January 7 conversation with White House lawyer Eric Hirschman. He told Eastman: Lawyer; you will need it. “
Trump did not forgive Eastman. Mr. Aguilar said Eastman had sued the fifth round 100 times under cross-examination by a parliamentary riot investigator.
Trump pardoned many allies during his last term.
Scheduled to hold a special committee Four more hearings in June.. Between each, lawmakers intend to place different elements of the conspiracy coordinated to overturn the 2020 elections.
The panel how Trump tried to get the Justice Department to challenge the election results, how he urged major state officials to revoke Biden’s victory, and how the violent mob. I made fun of the plan to show at a future hearing whether I had marched to the Capitol. January 6th.
The Commission’s aides emphasized that the hearing was only the first result of an almost year-long investigation and that the investigation was underway.
It was especially revealed on Thursday, as confirmed by Commission leader Thompson and Republican Rep. Liz Cheney. They want to talk to Ginni Thomas, A conservative activist and wife of Judge Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court.Ginny Thomas has been under close scrutiny of her in recent months following her report on her. Efforts to challenge the 2020 election results..
Retired federal judge J. Michael Rutig was in a serious threat on January 6 at a hearing on Thursday, now “clear and present” to American democracy “at the edge of the knife.” I warned that it was a “danger”.
The next inquiry is set for Tuesday at 1:00 pm ET.