January 6 hearing to draw links between Trump advisers and groups that attacked the Capitol

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s advisers Roger Stone and Michael Flynn were in communication with the extremist groups that carried out the attack on the U.S. Capitol, according to the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot. , and he plans to present that evidence at a hearing. Tuesday.

Their roles took center stage after the Electoral College ratified the former president’s loss to Democrat Joe Biden on Dec. 14, a committee aide said Monday on condition of anonymity.

“In the weeks leading up to the 6th, Donald Trump grew more desperate and summoned the crowd to Washington,” the aide said, describing a meeting Trump held with Flynn, his first national security adviser, and lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell in December. 19.

The then-president tweeted an hour later telling his supporters to come to Washington on the day of the congressional election certification ceremony. “It was a pivotal moment for the chain of events,” said the assistant.

The committee also intends to expose the role of the QAnon movement, “which is based on deranged and often anti-Semitic conspiracy theories in which Donald Trump is a savior figure battling dark forces in the ‘Deep State'” , according to the wizard. .

Tuesday’s hearing will also be the only one this week. The one scheduled for Thursday evening has been pushed back to next week, although no date has yet been announced.

Although the committee plans to have in-person appearances as well as use excerpts of videotaped testimony, aides said on Monday they would not release the names of the scheduled witnesses to ensure their “safety” and the protect against harassment.

“We will hear from a number of White House officials. We will hear from a number of people who were involved in the post-election efforts to nullify the election results and stop the transfer of power,” said another committee aide, who also spoke on condition of anonymity.

At the latest hearing, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), vice chair of the committee, revealed that Trump advisers had contacted witnesses with threatening messages, and she warned against witness tampering .

Earlier this year, committee members spoke of a series of hearings to outline their findings, but more recently ― and particularly after the first hearings attracted large television audiences and widespread attention ― staff members spoke of the hearings that began on June 9 as “this series of hearings.

Although there are no announced plans for further public hearings after next week, the committee has received so much information over the past month that there may well be another round, the committee said. second assistant.

“We continue to gather more information on a daily basis, we continue to hear from witnesses, we continue to uncover new facts. And so I think it would be premature to take anything off the table,” the official said. assistant, adding that the facts collected by the committee help to fully explain the events surrounding the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021. “We will do what is necessary to ensure that we tell this full story.”

Members of the Oath Keepers gather on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. A House Select Committee hearing investigating the insurgency is expected to examine connections between people in former President Donald’s orbit Trump and extremist groups that played a role in the Capitol Riot.

Manuel Balce Ceneta/Associated Press

Tuesday’s hearing follows explosive revelations by top White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson on June 28, when she testified publicly that Trump knew many members of the crowd he had gathered in Washington this that day were armed but he still wanted to take them to the Capitol.

Trump became so angry when his Secret Service detail refused to drive him to the Capitol that he got up from the back seat and tried to grab the steering wheel, then lunged at one of the agents, a said Hutchinson, recounting a conversation with officers. supervisor that afternoon.

The committee originally planned to hold seven hearings over a two-week period in June to present to the public the evidence they had gathered about Trump’s attempts to stay in office despite losing his re-election bid.

During the first five hearings, the committee showed new video of the pro-Trump crowd at the Capitol; evidence that Trump was told by his own staff that he had lost the 2020 election, but still continued his “voter fraud” lies; his pressure on Vice President Mike Pence to simply declare Trump the winner at the January 6 certification ceremony; attempts to coerce officials in states narrowly won by Biden, particularly Georgia, to reverse election results in favor of Trump; and Trump’s attempts to subvert the Justice Department into falsely supporting his claims of a “stolen” election.

The sixth hearing was not initially scheduled. It happened suddenly and in great secrecy due to the nature of Hutchinson’s disclosures as well as the efforts of Trump’s allies to intimidate him.

Trump, despite losing the 2020 election by 7 million votes nationally and by 306-232 in the Electoral College, became the first president in more than two centuries of elections to refuse to hand over power peacefully. His instigation of the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol — his latest attempt to stay in office — resulted in the deaths of five people, including one police officer, and the injury of 140 other officers and four police suicides.

Nonetheless, Trump remains the dominant figure in the Republican Party and is openly talking about running for president again in 2024.

In statements on his personal social media platform, Trump continued to lie about the 2020 election and the Jan. 6 committee’s work, calling it a “hoax” similar to previous aid acceptance surveys. Russia through its 2016 campaign and its attempt to extort Ukraine. to help his 2020 campaign.


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