The Jan. 6 committee in the U.S. House of Representatives will hold its final televised hearing of the summer, a prime-time session that will dive into the 187 minutes that President Donald Trump failed to act on Jan. January 2021, when the Capitol was attacked.
Featuring live testimony from two former White House aides and mine excerpts from more than 1,000 interviews, the nearly two-hour session will focus on that three-hour period, after earlier hearings heard from testimony regarding Trump’s weeks pursuing voter fraud claims after the November 3, 2020 vote he lost to Joe Biden
“He didn’t call the military. His secretary of defense didn’t take any orders. He didn’t call his attorney general. He didn’t speak to the Department of Homeland Security,” the statement said. panel vice-chair, Liz Cheney, Republican of Wyoming. previous hearing.
Digging into the timeline, the panel aims to show what happened between when Trump left the stage at his “Stop the Steal” rally shortly after 1:10 p.m. on January 6, 2021, after telling supporters to march. to the Capitol, and about three hours later when he posted a video address from the Rose Garden in which he told the rioters to “go home”, but also praised them as “very special”.
“The president didn’t do much but watch TV happily during this time,” said panelist Adam Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican.
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The committee also expects to produce additional evidence about Trump’s confrontation with Secret Service agents who refused to drive him to the Capitol.
Matt Pottinger, who was deputy national security adviser, and Sarah Matthews, then press secretary, are due to appear in person at Thursday evening’s hearing. Both tendered their resignations on January 6, 2021, after what they saw that day.
This hearing comes a day after a bipartisan group of senators agreed on proposed amendments to the electoral count lawthe post-Civil War law to certify presidential elections that has come under scrutiny after the attack on the Capitol and Trump’s efforts to void the election.
‘No one is above the law’: US Attorney General
Although the Jan. 6 committee cannot charge individuals based on what it finds, there have been more signs this week that criminal cases are being considered outside of its jurisdiction.
Attorney General Merrick Garland said Wednesday the department has pledged to hold “anyone criminally responsible for attempting to nullify the presidential election,” calling the events leading up to and on Jan. 6 an investigation. the largest in the department. never undertaken.
“No one is above the law in this country, I can’t put it any clearer than that,” Garland said, after being asked by a reporter if his statement even applied to a former president. .
No former president has ever been prosecuted federally by the Department of Justice. President Gerald Ford in 1974 pardoned his predecessor Richard Nixon before the possibility could be seriously considered, just a month after Nixon resigned for the Watergate crimes.
Meanwhile, the Georgia prosecutor, who is investigating through a special grand jury whether Trump and others unlawfully interfered in the state’s 2020 general election, briefed 16 Republicans who served fake voters. that they could face criminal charges.
An attorney for Fulton County District Attorney’s Office Fani Willis said in a court filing on Tuesday that each of the 16 people was the target of the investigation after they signed a certificate falsely stating that Trump had won the 2020 presidential election and declaring himself “duly elected and qualified voters.” Biden had won the battleground state of Georgia.
In regards to the violence and trespassing seen on Capitol Hill on January 6, 2021, more than 840 people have been charged with federal crimes. More than 330 of them have pleaded guilty, mostly to misdemeanors. Of the more than 200 defendants to be convicted, about 100 were sentenced to prison terms.
No credible allegations of widespread 2020 voter fraud have been presented in dozens of cases that have been brought to court and later dismissed. The Trump administration’s cybersecurity and infrastructure security agency called the election in a statement “the most secure in American history,” and former Trump-chosen attorney general William Barr dismissed it. numerous claims of fraud by the former president and his staunchest defenders.