House Jan. 6 committee votes to subpoena Trump, ‘the only person at the center’ of what happened on Jan. 6


On January 6, the hearings of what could be the last public hearing resume

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Committee aides would not say whether they had any additional commitments to Trump or former Vice President Mike Pence about testifying. Pence said this summer that he would “consider” testifying before the committee.

Representative Bennie Thompson, chair of the committee, said last month that the committee plans to produce an interim report in mid-October, with a final report before the end of the year, after the midterm elections.

The committee held a series of public hearings over the summer that were also broadcast nationally. The hearings showed never-before-seen videos of the attack, but also showed video testimony from Trump administration officials on their denial accept the electoral results and the plans of its allies to replace electors in battleground states that President Joe Biden won while also threatening state and local election officials.

Thompson confirmed over the summer that the committee has been having “talks” with the Justice Department about the bogus election plan. In the June 21 public hearingcommittee member Rep. Adam Schiff said those fake electors finally met on December 14, 2020, in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Nevada, and Wisconsin, and signed documents stating that they were duly elected electors. of your state.

The committee said Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin wanted to hand Pence over fraudulent alternative electors before the joint session of Congress, according to texts provided by the committee.

The hearings highlighted the pressure campaigns by Trump and his allies in different branches of government to overturn the results of the 2020 election, including the former president’s attempt to install environmental lawyer Jeffrey Clark at the head of the Department of Justice, the lawyer John Eastman’s argument to Pence that he had the power to overturn the Electoral College, and Rudy Giuliani’s Influence Attempts local and state election officials.

The hearings also included in-person testimony from former Trump administration officials, a former political editor of Fox Newsa capitol police officera troublemaker who pleaded guiltyamong others.

The hearings included explosive revelations about Trump’s reaction to the Jan. 6 attack.

Hutchinson and other former White House aides testified, both in person and on video, that they knew Trump had lost the election and that pushing the narrative that he had won was a lie. Sarah Matthews, former deputy press secretary, testified that when violence broke out on Capitol Hillthe press office was discussing Trump’s response and seemed surprised that a colleague did not want to condemn the riots because to do so would be “handing the media a victory.”

“I couldn’t believe we were arguing about this in the middle of the West Wing… So, I gestured at the TV and said, ‘Do you think we look like we’re winning? Because I don’t think I am,'” Matthews said.

At that same hearing, the committee played a never-before-seen video showing Trump rehearsing for a statement on January 7, 2021. Even after the chaos of January 6 and Congress having certified the Electoral College count, Trump refused to say that he had lost the election.

“I would like to start by addressing yesterday’s heinous attack, and those who broke the law will pay,” Trump said in the footage. “You don’t represent our movement, you don’t represent our country, and if you broke the law, I can’t say that. I already said you’ll pay…”

“But this election is over. Congress has certified the results,” he continued, before pausing and presumably addressing his aides. “I don’t want to say that the elections are over. I just want to say that Congress certified the results without saying that the elections are over.”

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