WASHINGTON — The House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol plans to recount at its Thursday hearing everything that happened in Congress and the White House during the 187 minutes. between then-President Donald Trump’s fiery speech and his video encouraging the crowd to go home.
Committee members argued that Trump’s failure to respond was a breach of duty under the Constitution to protect Congress.
- ⌚ What time is the hearing? 8 p.m. EDT.
- 🎤 Who will testify? The committee has not released the names of witnesses who will appear at Thursday’s hearing, but former Trump aides Matthew Pottinger and Sarah Matthews, who each resigned shortly after Jan. 6, are expected to testify. Also, videotaped depositions of former White House attorney Pat Cipollone; former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson and Greg Jacob, attorney for former Vice President Mike Pence; have already begun to describe that day.
- 🏛️ Why is it important and what will we say? : While snippets of what happened behind the scenes have come to light through testimony and evidence, there are still big gaps from the day that we don’t know about and the committee has promised more details that could be revealed in Thursday’s “minute by minute”. Account. At the end of the last July 12 hearing, committee vice chair Liz Cheney said Trump ignored calls for help from members of Congress and could have called the secretary of defense or his attorney general. to stop the attack, but did not.
Live timeline of Trump’s actions during the Capitol attack:On January 6, Trump was out of public view as his aides urged him to act. A breakdown of those 187 minutes.
Trump was glued to the television in the White House dining room as a pro-Trump crowd stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, according to testimony previewed by Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., one of the members of the January 6 committee. members.
“To the best of my recollection, he was still in the dining room,” former Trump press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told the committee.
Kinzinger posted a short video on Thursday teasing evidence to come at the eighth hearing of the committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. Committee members are expected to focus on the 187 minutes between Trump’s speech that morning and his tweet to get the rioters home.
Keith Kellogg, Trump’s former national security adviser, and Molly Michael, the president’s former executive aide, both told the committee that Trump was watching television as the Capitol came under attack. Former White House attorney Pat Cipollone told the committee that the violence of the attack was visible on television as Trump watched.
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Why watch these 187 minutes?
The committee will review events from 1:10 p.m. EDT, when Trump stopped speaking at his rally near the White House, until 4:17 p.m., when he tweeted with a video urging rioters to go home. them.
The committee gathered evidence from over 1,000 witnesses and 100,000 pages of documents. But gaps remain. For example, White House logs show no calls made to or by Trump from 11:17 a.m. to 6:54 p.m. on January 6.
“He was doing nothing to stop the riot,” committee member Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va., told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. “We’re going to go pretty much minute by minute through that time, from when he left the stage at the Ellipse, came back to the White House, and really sat down in the White House, in the hall at eat, with his advisers urging him continually to act, to act more.
Who are Sarah Matthews and Matthew Pottinger, the witnesses expected to testify?
Two new witnesses expected to testify each resigned in the aftermath of the January 6 attack, as well as cabinet secretaries and a special envoy to Northern Ireland.
Sarah Matthews was deputy press secretary and Matthew Pottinger was deputy national security adviser. Both were disturbed by Trump’s tweet at 2:24 p.m. calling Vice President Mike Pence a coward. Pence had refused to single-handedly reject electoral votes for President Joe Biden, as Trump and his lawyers had demanded.
“It was clear that it was escalating and escalating rapidly,” Matthews said in videotaped deposition during the June 16 hearing. “The situation was already bad, and it was like he was pouring gasoline on the fire tweeting that.”
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Bennie Thompson will conduct the hearing remotely. Adam Kinzinger and Elaine Luria to oversee evidence
The Jan. 6 panel chair, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., will conduct the hearing remotely after announcing on Tuesday that he had been diagnosed with COVID-19. He said in a statement that he had mild symptoms despite being fully vaccinated.
Representatives Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., and Elaine Luria, D-Va., will oversee the presentation of evidence. Members of the nine-member committee took turns during the eight hearings in June and July to conduct witness questioning or present videotaped depositions and documentary evidence.
Political organizations attack Trump ahead of January 6 hearing
Political action committees and public interest groups are preparing for tonight’s January 6 hearing by releasing videos, reports and statements aimed at promoting their case against Donald Trump.
- The Lincoln Project, the organization created by Republicans to oppose Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign, released a video on Thursday depicting the Jan. 6, 2021, uprising as a Trump-led effort to stay in power.
- Just Security, an online forum on national security, foreign policy and human rights issues, has released an update to its “Criminal Evidence Tracker”, summarizing testimony from previous committee hearings on January 6. . The report said, “The January 6 House Select Committee hearings presented powerful and compelling evidence that former President Donald Trump led a criminal conspiracy to steal the 2020 presidential election.”
What was the Secret Service doing?
Former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson said she heard from Anthony Ornato, then White House deputy chief of staff for operations, that Trump tried to grab the steering wheel of his vehicle and threw himself on an officer while trying to join the crowd at the Capitol. Secret Service officials said witnesses volunteered to testify, to challenge aspects of the testimony.
“I was shocked to learn that they didn’t back up their data before resetting their iPhone. It’s crazy,” committee member Rep. Zoe Lofgren told ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday. “But we need to get that information to get the full picture.”
Meanwhile, Steve Bannon is on trial for defying a January 6 subpoena
The federal trial against Steve Bannon, a Trump political strategist, began on Monday. Bannon was charged with contempt after defying a House subpoena for documents and testimony. He faces 30 days in jail and a $100,000 fine for each of the two charges, if convicted.
The committee wants to question Bannon about two calls he had with Trump on January 5, 2021.
After the first call, Bannon said on his podcast, “Hell is going to break loose tomorrow.” The two spoke again for six minutes, but the content of the call is unknown.
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What did the January 6 committee cover in its first seven hearings on its findings?
In seven previous public hearings, the January 6 committee sought to prove that the former president had overseen and coordinated a plan to prevent the peaceful transfer of power.
The hearings focused on: