January 6 hearing expected to focus on activists’ connection to White House

House Select Committee Investigating January 6, 2021 Insurgency Plans to hold its seventh public hearing on Tuesday, with an expected focus on how former President Donald Trump and his allies summoned far-right militant groups to Washington as he grew increasingly desperate to hold on to power .

The hearing is likely to delve into the period after the states voted for their Electoral College on December 14, 2020, an action that confirmed Joe Biden’s victory. Asset, the committee should argue, and then focused on using the Congressional vote count date of January 6, 2021, to block a peaceful transfer of power.

A committee aide said in a conference call with reporters on Monday that the hearing will explain how far-right militant groups like the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers and others have taken their cues from the former president and his allies. Particular attention will be paid to his Dec. 19, 2020, Twitter post: “Big protest in DC on Jan. 6,” Trump tweeted. “Be there, will be wild!”

The tweet that served as a “pivotal moment that set off a chain of events including pre-planning by the Proud Boys,” noted the committee aide, who was not authorized to speak officially. The tweet was posted “just over an hour after meeting Rudy Giuliani, General Mike Flynn [ret.]Sidney Powell and others where they plan to take actions like seizing voting machines, appointing a special advocate to investigate the election.

The committee will also highlight ties between violent extremist groups and Trump associates — ties committee lawmakers have discussed in previous hearings.

“We will show how some of these far-right groups that came to DC and led the attack on the Capitol had ties to Trump associates, including Roger Stone and General Mike Flynn,” the aide said. of the committee.

During a hearing at the end of last month with Cassidy Hutchinson, a former Aide to Trump’s White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, deputy committee chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) asked Hutchinson about her former boss’s communications with Stone and Flynn.

“I have the impression that Mr. Meadows made a call to both Mr. Stone and General Flynn on the evening of the 5th,” Hutchinson replied.

Hutchinson also testified in videotaped deposition that she generally remembered “hearing the word Oath Keeper and hearing the word Proud Boys closer to the planning for the January 6 rally when [Rudolph] Giuliani would be there.

Tuesday’s hearing, led by Reps. Jamie B. Raskin (D-Md.) and Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.), will also address conspiracy theories, like QAnon, that ultimately radicalized some of the Americans who stormed the Capitol. One of the live witnesses scheduled to appear on Tuesday is Jason Van Tatenhove, who was the national spokesperson for the Oath Keepers and a close associate of Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes from around 2014 to 2018 – a time he called ‘the golden age’ of his group.

Van Tatenhove’s job involved trying to get Rhodes on Fox News or Infowars, an online trafficker of conspiracy allegations. Van Tatenhove was part of the inner circle of the management of Oath Keepers in its formative years, but had left the group well ahead of the 2020 election. In interviews with The Washington Post last year, Van Tatenhove described Oath Keepers as a personality cult around Rhodes.

Von Tatenhove is among many former oath keepers who say Rhodes, who has a law degree from Yale, promoted a violent ideology and called on supporters to revolt, but was adept at shielding himself from legal consequences. Van Tatenhove said Rhodes collected dues to radicalize executives of veterans and ex-police officers. Rhodes amassed a large national network, although he commanded few actual forces; the January 6 broadcast was among the biggest in Oath Keeper history and ultimately caused the band’s downfall.

Rhodes is now among the Capitol Riot defendants facing seditious conspiracy charges and his group has splintered into rogue chapters and spinoffs. A Van Tatenhove book proposal last year described him as working “side by side” with Rhodes for about three years. “Jason waited for the right time to tell his own story in his own words about his misadventures with Oath Keepers,” the proposal reads. “Now is the time.”

The final part of the hearing will examine efforts by White House staffers and the president’s advisers to keep Trump away from the Capitol, despite his attempts to get there. Murphy and Raskin will also focus on “the involvement of members of Congress in the home stretch to Jan. 6, particularly their involvement in a pressure campaign against the vice president in particular,” a committee aide said.

The hearing after Tuesday’s, which is expected to be led by Reps. Elaine Luria (D-Va.) and Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), had been tentatively scheduled for Thursday but is now scheduled for next week at the light of new evidence and testimony obtained by the committee’s investigators.

Lawmakers on the panel said over the weekend that the public can expect to see portions of former White House attorney Pat Cipollone’s transcribed interview from Friday. appear at Tuesday’s hearing.

Committee spokesman Tim Mulvey told The Washington Post on Sunday that Cipollone provided “critical testimony on nearly every major subject of his investigation, reinforcing key points about Donald Trump’s misconduct and providing new information.” very relevant which will play a central role in its next hearings”.

A federal judge on Monday rejected Stephen K. Bannon’s offer to delay his trial until next week after the Justice Department called his offer to testify before the committee a “last ditch attempt to avoid accountability” on charges. charges of criminal contempt of Congress. Bannon had for months resisted testifying before the committee, but reversed himself over the weekend.

Bannon’s name could come up in Tuesday’s hearing, as lawmakers consider the former White House strategist a key figure in radicalizing some of Trump’s supporters. They say they have evidence showing Bannon spoke to Trump and his advisers multiple times before Jan. 6.


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