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What To Expect From The Second Public Jan. 6 Committee Hearing


The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol will hold a second public hearing at 10 a.m. ET Monday because it continues to present its findings related to former President Donald Trump’s role within the violence that day.

The primary hearing aired for 2 hours on prime-time television on Thursday and drew 20 million viewers. All broadcast and cable news networks except Fox News carried the hearing live.

The committee has six public hearings planned in total, and at the very least yet one more will likely be during prime time.

Throughout the first hearing, the committee released never-before-seen video of the violence and showed testimony from former Attorney General William Barr and Ivanka Trump, Trump’s daughter and former White House adviser.

Trump responded to the primary hearing with a barrage of messages on his Truth Social app, his major approach to communicating with supporters since he was banned from Twitter for spreading election falsehoods.

You possibly can catch up here on the large moments you would possibly have missed from the primary hearing. Here’s what to anticipate from the following round:

The main focus of the hearing will likely be that Trump and his allies knew he lost but pushed election fraud lies anyway

Jamie Raskin on CNN says he thinks the January 6 committee can prove that Trump knew he lost the 2020 election while he was lying about it and attempting to overturn the result pic.twitter.com/eeZG1q7r8n

— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 12, 2022

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), the committee’s vice chair, said last week that the second hearing will show that Trump and his advisers knew he lost the election to President Joe Biden, but that, despite this, Trump “engaged in a large effort to spread false and fraudulent information to persuade huge portions of the U.S. population that fraud had stolen the election from him.”

Barr’s testimony aired Thursday already touched on this point. Barr said he told Trump his claims around election fraud were “bullshit” and that he didn’t agree with the concept of claiming the election was stolen.

We will expect more testimony and findings from people in Trump’s orbit saying they told him he had lost the election and there was no evidence to support Trump’s allegations.

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) said Sunday that the committee could “prove to any reasonable, open-minded person who Donald Trump absolutely knew” he lost.

“Any reasonable person in America will let you know, he needed to have known he was spreading an enormous lie, and he continues to spread it to this very day,” Raskin told CNN.

Conservative Republican election attorney Ben Ginsberg will reportedly testify there was no evidence of widespread fraud

On this June 23, 2012, file photo, campaign counsel Ben Ginsberg walks at a personal donors’ conference for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at The Chateaux at Silver Lake at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah.

AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File

Ben Ginsberg, a Republican attorney who is taken into account an authority on elections, will testify there was no evidence of widespread fraud within the 2020 election, in response to CNN. He will even testify on the numerous failed legal challenges by Trump’s team.

CNN cited sources on Ginsberg’s testimony, because the committee investigating Jan. 6 hasn’t publicly released the names of those testifying.

Ginsberg played an important role within the 2000 presidential recount and defeat of Al Gore to George W. Bush.

He also criticized Trump in a November 2020 opinion piece in The Washington Post, saying Trump had launched an “all-out, multimillion-dollar effort to disenfranchise voters.”

It would include testimony from Chris Stirewalt, a fired Fox News editor who called Arizona for Biden

Chris Stirewalt, a former Fox News political editor, is ready to testify Monday.

While Stirewalt said he couldn’t discuss exactly what his testimony will likely be, it needs to be related to the committee’s theme of what Trump and his team knew versus how they acted.

Stirewalt was fired from the network in January 2021 after receiving right-wing backlash to his decision to call Arizona for Biden on election night 2020, which reportedly infuriated Trump.

Stirewalt defended his decision in an editorial within the Los Angeles Times in January 2021 and criticized American media. “Having been cosseted by self-validating coverage for thus long, many Americans now consider any news that may suggest that they’re in error or that their side has been defeated as an attack on them personally,” he wrote.

While the primary hearing provided an summary, we’ll get more details within the second and subsequent hearings

Kinzinger on January 6: “I feel it is rather obvious that the president didn’t do anything but gleefully watch television when this was taking place.” pic.twitter.com/LtlodkYq2m

— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 12, 2022

Committee member Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Unwell.) on Sunday touched on the quantity of misinformation that flooded the zone across the time of the Jan. 6 attack and continues to be pervasive.

Kinzinger said Thursday’s hearing was meant to be a top-line have a look at what happened. He also responded to Trump’s claim that the president tried to succeed in out to the National Guard through the violence after testimony showed then-Vice President Mike Pence needed to jump in when the president wouldn’t.

“I feel it’s very obvious that the president didn’t do anything but gleefully watch television when this was taking place,” Kinzinger told CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

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