Jan. 6 Public Hearing Takeaways: How to Watch the Next Session

Tuesday’s listening to from the US House committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol checked out the alleged plan by former President Donald Trump and members of his administration to ship faux electors to Congress in an try to overturn the 2020 presidential election. The session additionally featured testimony from election officers and employees who have been the goal of harassment by Trump and his fanbase. 

Formed almost a 12 months in the past, the select committee has been investigating the circumstances behind the Jan. 6 assault and people who influenced the more than 800 people who have been criminally charged in an try to cease Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s win in the 2020 election. The committee has had two public hearings to date with not less than three extra deliberate for June.

When is the subsequent Jan. 6 committee listening to? 

The fourth public listening to is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, June 23, at 12 p.m. PT/3 p.m. ET. 

How can I watch it? 

Hearings might be accessible reside on C-SPAN and the Jan. 6 committee’s YouTube channel. So far, it is unclear if networks will carry the subsequent hearings reside. 

What did the committee reveal in the first listening to?

The first listening to, on June 9, gave an summary of what to count on whereas additionally displaying never-before-seen deposition testimony and pictures from the Capitol riot. 

Rep. Bennie Thompson, the committee chairman and a Democrat from Mississippi, and Rep. Liz Cheney, the committee vice chairwoman and a Republican from Wyoming, spoke all through the two-hour listening to. They revealed how officers from Trump’s administration didn’t believe his claims of voter fraud, how a number of Republican members of Congress (*6*) in making an attempt to overturn the election, and the way, when the mob chanted “Hang Mike Pence,” the vp, Trump said: “He deserves it.”

The second half of the listening to included testimony from two witnesses: documentary filmmaker Nick Quested and Capitol police officer Caroline Edwards. Quested had been embedded with the far-right group The Proud Boys and was in attendance at a discreet assembly on Jan. 5 between the group’s chief at the time, Enrique Tarrio, and Stewart Rhodes, the chief of one other far-right group known as the Oath Keepers. TarrioRhodes and different members of their teams have since been charged with seditious conspiracy for his or her actions. 

In his testimony, Quested additionally confirmed that there have been a whole bunch of Proud Boys who have been making their manner to the Capitol on the morning of Jan. 6 earlier than Trump gave his speech that day, which was the catalyst for different supporters to transfer towards the Capitol, the place Congress can be certifying Biden’s election win. 

Edwards testified about the violence on Jan. 6 dedicated by the mob of Trump followers. She additionally spoke about her accidents on that day.

What did the second listening to inform us?

Monday’s listening to checked out the false claims made by Trump and his administration that the 2020 presidential election was supposedly stolen, which has been dubbed the “Big Lie.” 

Video testimony from former White House legal professional Eric Herschmann, former White House employees secretary Derek Lyons, former Attorney General Bill Barr and others, performed throughout the listening to, confirmed these officers confirming there was no foundation for the claims of election fraud. 

Former US Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia BJay Pak, former Philadelphia City Commissioner Al Schmidt and election legal professional Benjamin Ginsberg offered reside witness testimony debunking the claims made by Trump and his administration. The committee additionally revealed the discovering of its investigation into how the conspiracies about the election have been used to increase a whole bunch of hundreds of thousands of {dollars} for pro-Trump political organizations. 

What was the third listening to about? 

Almost the whole listening to on Thursday was about Pence. The committee detailed how the former vp did not have the authority to cease the counting of electoral votes. John Eastman, an legal professional who was advising Trump, promoted a authorized concept of Pence having this energy, though it is not established in the Constitution. 

Greg Jacob, Pence’s chief counsel, and former federal choose Michael Luttig testified about the powers of the vp and their evaluation that Pence could not cease the vote depend. The committee additionally performed depositions from individuals on Trump’s employees who mentioned the former president and others in his administration did agree that Pence could not change the election outcomes, regardless that some nonetheless utilized stress for him to accomplish that. 

In addition, the committee performed the deposition of Eastman who pleaded the fifth greater than 100 instances throughout his testimony and had requested a presidential pardon for his actions. 

What occurred in the fourth listening to? 

On Tuesday, the committee first heard the testimony of Rusty Bowers, speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives. He testified on how Trump and his lawyer at the time, Rudy Guiliani, urged Bowers to agree to put forth pro-Trump electors as a substitute of the reliable electors the state was already going to ship to DC. Bowers additionally mentioned two Republican members of Congress requested him to assist Trump’s plan to decertify Biden’s victory, which he did not agree to. 

The committee performed a number of deposition movies from witnesses who mentioned Trump took half in pushing the plan to collect these faux electors together with Eastman, the lawyer who theorized the election might be overturned. 

After a recess, the committee heard testimony from Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, his deputy Gabe Sterling together with Georgia election employees Wandrea “Shaye” Moss and her mom, Ruby Freeman. All 4 spoke of the nearly continuous abuse they acquired after Trump, Guiliani and others singled them out for over false claims that they helped steal the election. 

Raffensperger testified about the name he had with Trump who was asking him to discover 11,000 extra votes. Sterling talked about the threats of bodily violence election employees acquired based mostly on false claims made by the former President about the election. 

Moss and Freeman grew to become a goal for Trump’s group and his followers after video footage was used to falsely declare the two have been conducting unlawful actions and counting faux votes. The mom (who offered her testimony through video earlier) and daughter spoke about the quite a few dying threats, messages and abuse they acquired as soon as they have been named by Guiliani. Both had to take precautions for his or her security and nonetheless attempt to hold a low profile when out in public in worry of somebody recognizing them. 



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