Has the January 6 committee proven itself? A point-by-point breakdown of its main claims and the evidence presented

Through live testimony, video depositions and never-before-seen documents, the committee attempted to paint a picture of the former president’s plan to stay in power and the role he played on January 6.
Vice President Liz Cheney (R-WY) used her opening statement at the first hearing in June to outline the panel’s agenda. Here are some of the key points Cheney said the committee will explore during the hearings and what they’ve uncovered so far. The panel plans to meet again for further hearings in September.

“President Trump called the crowd together, gathered the crowd together and lit the flame for this attack.”

During the seventh hearing, the committee presented new information about the “lopsided” Oval Office meeting that took place on December 18, 2020, after which then-President Donald Trump tweeted what the representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD) called it an “explosive invite.” calling on supporters to come to DC on Jan. 6. During his speech that day, Trump told the crowd to “march” to the Capitol and that they should “fight like hell.” to action followed weeks of false claims by Trump about the election results.

Watch the video presented by the panel showing how supporters reacted to his plea.
At the seventh hearing, Stephen Ayres, a rioter who pleaded guilty to illegally entering the Capitol on Jan. 6, said he had no intention of even going into the building until he had heard Trump’s speech at the Ellipse.

“Well, basically, you know, the president pissed everyone off and told everyone to get off,” said Ayres, who lost his home and his job. “So we were just following what he said.”

“While the violence was ongoing, President Trump took no immediate action to stop the violence and ordered his supporters to leave the Capitol.”

The committee used its final hearing in the series to detail the 187 minutes former President Trump refused to act as the Capitol was attacked, despite learning of the assault just minutes after returning to the White House.

Witnesses testified to Trump’s more than three-hour disregard for the safety of his own vice president, responding officers, and the joint session of Congress, despite seeing the violence unfold on Fox and to have received numerous calls from aides and Republican allies to call the crowd. .

And according to never-before-seen video testimony released during Thursday’s hearing, Trump did not make a single call to any of his law enforcement or national security officials while the riot unfolded.

“You will see that Donald Trump and his advisers knew that he had, in fact, lost the election…President Trump corruptly pressured state lawmakers and election officials to alter the election results. elections.”

The committee showed that the then-president and his team continued to press false election claims even after receiving findings that their plots had no merit.

Several former Trump advisers testified before the committee that they tried to tell the then-president there was no credible evidence of significant voter fraud and refused to accept his plan to void the election. .

The panel used the fourth hearing to detail the private and public effects Trump’s pressure campaign had on election officials. Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, told the committee that he and his family had received threats he believed were attempts to get him to resign over his reluctance to participate in the cancellation. elections.
During the third hearing, the committee highlighted how Trump’s lawyer John Eastman knew his plan to try to stall the election would fail if taken to the Supreme Court – but the right-wing lawyer has continued to fuel Trump’s hopes.
Learn more about Trump’s efforts to cancel the Georgia election here.

“President Trump has engaged in a massive effort to spread false and fraudulent information…and has invested millions of dollars in campaign funds to deliberately spread false information…”

In the second hearing, the committee presented several conspiracy theories pushed by Trump advisers to convince state lawmakers to help him nullify the election.

Some theories included accusing Dominion Voting Systems of changing Trump votes into Biden votes in large numbers, a truckload of ballots being shipped from New York to Pennsylvania, and Georgia election workers scanning tens of thousands of ballots. vote for Biden that came from a suitcase. (All of these claims have been debunked.)

CNN’s Fredreka Schouten wrote during the second hearing that approximately $250 million that was raised after the election largely went to the former president’s political action committee, rather than the effort” electoral integrity” touted by its donors, the committee said.

“You will see that President Trump corruptly planned to replace the United States Attorney General so that the United States Department of Justice would spread his false, stolen election allegations.”

During the fifth hearing, the panel described a January 2021 meeting in which the then-president considered replacing acting attorney general Jefferey Rosen with Jeffrey Clark, a senior Justice Department official who is became a supporter of Trump’s bogus voter fraud allegations.
Rosen, who replaced Bill Barr after he resigned in December 2020, investigated allegations of voter fraud and, after finding nothing that would change the result, refused to use Justice Department powers to help Trump. to cancel the election. Rosen told the committee that when he walked into the January 3, 2021 meeting, Trump said “you don’t even agree with the voter fraud allegations, and this other guy could at least do something about it.” , Rosen said, referring to Trump considering installing Clark.

Richard Donoghue, Rosen’s deputy, testified that during the presidential transition, he and another senior Justice Department official were told by the then president that they should “just say that the election was corrupt and leave the rest to [him] and Republican congressmen.

“…we will focus on President Trump’s efforts to pressure Vice President Mike Pence to refuse to count electoral votes on January 6…in private and in public.”

During a speech at the Ellipse on Jan. 6, Trump called on then-Vice President Mike Pence to “do the right thing” by declaring electoral votes from battleground states illegitimate and returning them to their state government to be recertified by the Republican. officials to vote for Trump.

Trump was repeatedly told by advisers that his plan for Pence to cancel the Jan. 6 election was illegal, but he tried to do it anyway, and the committee showed video of Capitol rioters expressing anger against Pence for failing to carry out Trump’s wish.

The committee also heard from the testimony of former Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson that she heard her boss, Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, say that Trump seemed to agree with the suggestion by some rioters, recorded that day, that Pence should be hanged.

“I remember (White House attorney) Pat (Cipollone) saying something like, ‘Mark, we need to do something more, they’re literally asking for the vice president to be hanged,’ he said. She added. The sign said. “And Mark had responded something like, ‘You heard it, Pat, he thinks Mike deserves it, he doesn’t think they’re doing anything wrong.'”

On Thursday, the committee showed how dire the security situation during the riot had become for Pence, and a White House security official testified that members of Pence’s security detail began saying goodbye to their relatives.


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