Desperate Trump ‘summoned the mob’ to D.C. ahead of Jan. 6, committee aide says
U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as he speaks during a rally to contest the certification of the 2020 U.S. presidential election results by the U.S. Congress, in Washington, U.S, January 6, 2021.
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The select committee will show how Trump “grew more desperate” within the weeks before Jan. 6 and “summoned the mob to Washington,” an aide to the panel told reporters Monday in a conference call previewing the hearing.
“We’ll give the American public a more complete understanding of the ultimate phase of President Trump and his supporters’ use of radical measures to stop the peaceful transfer of power and overturn the 2020 election,” the aide said.
The hearing may even offer more details a couple of key moment that Vice Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., touched upon briefly last month: a Dec. 19, 2020, tweet from Trump inviting his supporters to return to D.C. on Jan. 6, promising that it “can be wild!”
President Donald Trump is seen on a screen chatting with supporters during a rally to contest the certification of the 2020 U.S. presidential election results by the U.S. Congress, in Washington, January 6, 2021.
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That tweet got here just over an hour after a gathering through which Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, Michael Flynn, and other Trump allies considered taking drastic actions to reverse Trump’s loss, comparable to seizing voting machines or appointing a special counsel to research the race, the aide said.
Trump’s tweet beckoning his fans to D.C. marked “a pivotal moment that spurred a series of events,” the aide said, “including a pre-planning” by the Proud Boys, the group said to have led the Capitol invasion.
— Kevin Breuninger
‘So much’ of Pat Cipollone’s testimony can be utilized in Tuesday’s hearing, committee says
Pat Cipollone, former White House counsel, during a break while appearing before the Select Committee to Investigate the January sixth Attack on the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., US on Friday, July 8, 2022.
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Cipollone’s hourslong interview before the investigators on Friday will help shape today’s hearing, multiple committee members confirmed.
“I imagine that you just can be hearing things from Mr. Cipollone, but additionally from others that were within the White House,” said Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., on MSNBC’s “Meet The Press” on Sunday morning.
“We’re gonna get to make use of numerous Mr. Cipollone’s testimony to corroborate other things we have learned along the way in which,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., in one other television appearance Sunday.
“He was the White House counsel on the time. He was aware of each major move, I feel, that Donald Trump was making to attempt to overthrow the 2020 election and essentially seize the presidency, and so I considered his testimony worthwhile,” Raskin said of Cipollone.
Quite a few witnesses who spoke in prior public hearings testified about Cipollone’s efforts to ward off on the plans by Trump and his allies to reverse the election.
In bombshell testimony last month, as an illustration, former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson testified that Cipollone warned staff to not let Trump go to the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, where lawmakers had convened to verify Biden’s electoral victory.
“We’ll get charged with every crime possible” if Trump followed through on those plans, Hutchinson recalled Cipollone saying, because “It will appear to be we were obstructing justice.”
— Kevin Breuninger
Committee won’t release witness list because of safety concerns
Jason Van Tatenhove, a member of the Oath Keepers, practices archery at his home in northern Montana, U.S. September 25, 2016.
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The committee declined to disclose the names of witnesses who will appear in Tuesday’s hearing, citing security concerns.
“We’re not planning to announce any witness names ahead of tomorrow,” a committee aide told reporters Monday afternoon in a conference call previewing the hearing.
That call is because of the “same concerns we have had for a few of our witnesses’ security and potential for harassment,” the aide said.
But NBC News and other outlets have nevertheless reported two witnesses expected to seem within the hearing: former Oath Keepers spokesman Jason Van Tatenhove, and Jan. 6 defendant Stephen Ayres, who pleaded guilty last month to charges stemming from him entering the Capitol.
— Kevin Breuninger