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Trump accused of witness tampering


The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol accused former President Donald Trump of attempting to contact a witness, amongst the key revelations within the panel’s latest hearing Tuesday.

His move to try to attach with certainly one of the witnesses was referred to the Department of Justice, based on Vice Chair Rep. Liz Cheney. A spokesperson for Trump didn’t reply to CNBC requests for comment.

It was amongst a swath of recent information revealed during Tuesday’s public hearing. Former White House counsel Pat Cipollone told the committee in prerecorded testimony that he believed there was no widespread voter fraud, countering lots of Trump’s long-standing claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him.

Fight within the White House

The Tuesday hearing showed witness testimony describing a fight within the White House that pitted Trump’s allies including lawyer Sidney Powell and former national security advisor Mike Flynn against multiple White House attorneys.

The argument got here in December 2020 while Trump and his allies were losing lots of their legal challenges to the election results.

“I remember the three of them were really kind of forcefully attacking me verbally,” Cipollone said in describing the argument. The previous White House counsel said he and other White House officials within the room said they’d one overriding query: Where is the evidence of fraud and general election malfeasance?

Eric Herschmann, a former White House legal advisor, said in his testimony that he took Powell on directly throughout the White House argument.

“I’m being nice. I used to be rather more harsh to her,” Herschmann said.

Parscale says Trump rhetoric ‘killed someone’ on Jan. 6

Ex-Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale blamed then-President Trump’s rhetoric for the death of a girl involved within the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, based on latest evidence shared Tuesday by the committee.

In text messages sent on the evening of Jan. 6, longtime Trump supporter Parscale said that the riot was “about trump pushing for uncertainty in our country.”

“A sitting president asking for civil war,” Parscale said in texts to Katrina Pierson, a former Trump campaign official who was reportedly involved in organizing Trump’s preriot rally.

Screenshots of the texts were displayed throughout the select committee’s latest public hearing Tuesday afternoon, which focused largely on the involvement of domestic violent extremist groups within the Jan. 6 revolt.

“This week I feel guilty for helping him win,” Parscale wrote.

Bannon speaks to Trump on Jan. 5

The House committee also showed that former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon spoke to Trump on Jan. 5 before the infamous attack the following day.

After Bannon’s first of two calls on Jan. 5 with Trump, the previous White House advisor went on his podcast and said “All hell goes to interrupt loose tomorrow.”

The subsequent day, a gaggle of Trump supporters attacked the Capitol.

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