January 6 panel to lay out entire Trump coup plan at final hearing

WASHINGTON — The House Jan. 6 committee is holding its ninth and likely final hearing Thursday, where it promises to outline Donald Trump’s post-reelection coup attempt — with new details.

“What we’re going to do is take a step back,” a committee aide said on condition of anonymity on Wednesday. “We’re going to look at this whole plan, this whole multi-part plan to cancel the election, and we’re also going to look at it in a larger context and a larger timeline.”

The presentation, which is expected to last about two and a half hours, will offer new insights from before the election to after the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol, the aide said. (Watch the live hearing below.)

Among the new information is said to be evidence gleaned from “hundreds of thousands of pages” of documents provided by the Secret Service following the committee’s subpoena.

“We are going to place particular emphasis on the former president’s state of mind and his involvement in these events as they unfold,” the aide said.

Thursday’s hearing had been scheduled for September 28, but was postponed for two weeks due to the impact of Hurricane Ian in Florida.

The committee plans to release a written report of its findings after the November midterm elections and will almost certainly cease to exist if Republicans take control of the House in January. House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy of California denounced the committee as an attack on Trump — even though he personally pleaded with Trump to call out his crowd during the Jan. 6 attack.

In its previous hearings that began on June 9, the committee presented evidence that Trump had been repeatedly told by his own staff that he lost the 2020 election, but went ahead anyway. with his lies about “electoral fraud”; that he pressured his vice president, Mike Pence, to simply declare him the winner at the Jan. 6 certification ceremony; that he tried to coerce officials in states narrowly won by Joe Biden, particularly Georgia, to reverse the election results in favor of Trump; and that he attempted to subvert the Justice Department by falsely supporting its claims of a “stolen” election.

The initially unscheduled sixth hearing, on June 28, came after Cassidy Hutchinson, Trump’s top White House aide, revealed attempts to intimidate her into sharing explosive revelations about Trump’s actions on January 6. and until January 6. And on July 12, the committee’s seventh hearing showed how Trump and key outside advisers knew all along that he planned to lead his crowd’s march to the Capitol to pressure Pence and lawmakers to cancel. election and let him stay in power.

And at what was to be the final hearing on July 21, Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, a Republican and vice chair of the panel, announced that the committee would continue to hold them due to all the new information it was receiving. witnesses. “The dam is starting to break,” she said.

Trump, despite losing the election by 7 million votes nationally and 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 power — left five people dead, including one police officer, injured 140 other officers, and led to 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 election and the work of the Jan. 6 committee, calling it a “hoax” similar to previous investigations into the acceptance of Russian aid. by his 2016 campaign and his attempt to extort Ukraine into helping his 2020 campaign.


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