WASHINGTON — The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 rebellion at the U.S. Capitol will maintain six extra public hearings this month that includes proof that Trump directed the mob to march on the Capitol and stay testimony from White House workers, rating member Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., mentioned.
Cheney and Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., outlined Thursday night time how they plan to construction the committee’s different hearings that they plan to pack into June.
Thompson mentioned the second listening to, set for Monday, June 13, will “study the lies” that led individuals to storm the Capitol, “to strive to cease the switch of energy.”
Other hearings will study, for instance, Trump’s strain marketing campaign on states to change the election outcomes and the way Trump tried to oust the performing lawyer common in order that he might use the Department of Justice to unfold his claims of a stolen election.
Cheney mentioned lawmakers will current proof throughout future hearings that demonstrates what motivated the violence, “together with immediately from those that participated on this assault.” She mentioned the panel will share movies of them, social media posts and what they’ve mentioned in federal courtroom.
Second listening to
The committee is scheduled to maintain its second listening to on Monday at 10 a.m. ET. One witness who’s anticipated to testify is Chris Stirewalt, who beforehand labored as Fox News’ political editor.
Stirewalt has been sharply essential of his former Fox colleagues’ protection of the election and Trump’s lies about it afterward. Trump and his allies have repeatedly attacked Fox for being the first community to name Arizona for Joe Biden.
While he declined to present particular particulars about his testimony, Stirewalt mentioned on NewsNation Friday, “This is the first time in all of American historical past, that we actually threaten the idea of the peaceable transference of energy.”
“Whatever the political pursuits of the two events and people concerned is, our actual hope has to be that that is that this may train us and assist us to keep away from these issues going ahead,” he added.
Cheney mentioned the listening to will revolve round Trump’s effort “to persuade enormous parts of the U.S. inhabitants that fraud had stolen the election from him” regardless of listening to from quite a few advisers that he had misplaced.
Former Attorney General Bill Barr instructed the committee, for occasion, that he repeatedly instructed Trump that the Department of Justice hadn’t seen any proof of fraud that affected the election. He mentioned he instructed the president his claims about Dominion voting machines have been “loopy stuff.”
Ivanka Trump instructed the committee she “accepted” Barr’s assertion, saying it affected her perspective about the election.
Third listening to
The committee plans to maintain the third listening to on Wednesday, June 15, at 10 a.m. ET.
Former Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen will testify at this listening to, his lawyer Reginald Brown mentioned in a letter to the committee Friday, which was confirmed by NBC News. Former performing Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue and Steve Engel, former Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel, will even seem and testify, Brown mentioned.
This listening to will supply proof about Trump’s unsuccessful plan to oust Rosen and change him with one other DOJ official who was extra supportive of Trump’s fraud claims, Jeffrey Clark, in accordance to Cheney. Clark drafted a letter to states that mentioned the division “recognized vital considerations that will have impacted the final result of the election.”
“In our hearings, you’ll hear first-hand how the senior management of the division threatened to resign, how the White House Counsel threatened to resign, and the way they confronted Donald Trump and Jeff Clark in the Oval Office,” Cheney mentioned Thursday.
Fourth listening to
This listening to, which hasn’t been scheduled but, will concentrate on Trump’s efforts to strain Pence “to refuse to depend sure electoral votes on Jan. 6,” in accordance to Cheney.
Cheney mentioned the committee will current testimony from Pence’s former common counsel, Greg Jacob, saying what Trump demanded of Pence “wasn’t simply unsuitable, it was unlawful and unconstitutional.”
“Witnesses in these hearings will clarify how the former vp and his workers knowledgeable President Trump over and over that what he was pressuring Mike Pence to do was unlawful,” she mentioned Thursday as she previewed the hearings.
The committee will present how Trump pressured Pence each in non-public and public, she mentioned, and can current “proof of that strain from a number of witnesses stay and on recorded video.”
Fifth listening to
The committee’s fifth listening to will reveal proof about Trump’s plan to strain state legislators and election officers to change election outcomes.
Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and his deputy, Gabe Sterling, will publicly testify at the listening to, scheduled for June 21, in accordance to a supply acquainted with the plans.
Trump made the notorious January 2021 cellphone name to Raffensperger, directing him to “discover” 11,780 votes that didn’t exist.
Raffensperger, Sterling and Frances Watson — Georgia’s former chief elections investigator who Trump additionally referred to as in late December 2020 to strain to discover “dishonesty” — beforehand met with the committee.
The listening to will concentrate on Trump’s efforts to get states to rescind licensed electoral slates with none foundation, Cheney mentioned.
“You will hear new particulars about the Trump marketing campaign and different Trump associates’ efforts to instruct Republicans in a number of states to create deliberately false electoral slates, and transmit these slates to Congress and the National Archives, falsely certifying that Trump received states he truly misplaced,” she mentioned.
Final two June hearings
Cheney mentioned that, in the remaining June hearings, the committee will study how Trump summoned a violent mob and directed them to “illegally” march on the U.S. Capitol.
She mentioned a pivotal second got here on Dec. 18, 2020, when Trump posted a tweet telling individuals to come to Washington on Jan. 6, saying it “will likely be wild!” The tweet got here not lengthy after a gathering Trump had at the White House with former Gen. Michael Flynn, Sidney Powell, Rudy Giuliani and others who backed his fraud claims and who stayed late into the night that night time.
“You will even hear that President Trump met with that group alone for a time period earlier than White House legal professionals and different workers found that the group was there, and rushed to intervene,” Cheney mentioned.
The remaining listening to, she mentioned, will likely be “a moment-by-moment account of the hourslong assault from greater than a half dozen White House workers, each stay in the listening to room and by way of videotaped testimony.”
This consists of Trump refusing recommendation from his allies and aides to cease the assault.
“He didn’t discuss to his lawyer common. He didn’t discuss to the Department of Homeland Security. Trump gave no order to deploy the National Guard that day and made no effort to work with the Department of Justice to coordinate and deploy legislation enforcement belongings. But Mike Pence did every of these issues,” Cheney mentioned.
Cheney mentioned that upcoming hearings will characteristic further testimony about Trump’s statements in the White House that day, together with his alleged approval of rioters shouting “hold Mike Pence,” although it is unclear if that can characteristic in these remaining hearings.