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Former Trump White House staffer who met panel on Jan. 6 attacks witnesses, lawmakers in profane and sexist diatribe

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A former Trump White House aide who met with the Jan. 6 committee earlier this week went on to livestream his testimony in a profane and sexist diatribe, ranting at lawmakers and attacking other witnesses, according to the audio posted on his Telegram.

The assistant, Garrett Ziegler, met with the House panel on Tuesday. Lawmakers were likely interested in hearing from him because of his ties to one of the most shocking episodes of the 2020 election series: a White House rally where then-President Donald Trump’s outside allies tried to convince him to go under martial law. and use the military to confiscate voting machines.

In the 27-minute livestream, Ziegler used vulgar and misogynistic language to attack Cassidy Hutchinson and Alyssa Farah Griffin, two women who worked for the Trump White House but have since publicly broken with the former president and have collaborated with the panel of 6 January.

He also accused the House January 6 select committee of being “anti-white”, without any evidence. (The nine-member panel is led by Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat, who is black.)

“They’re Bolsheviks,” Ziegler said in the stream, referring to the far-left communists who ran the Soviet Union, “so they probably hate the American founders and most whites in general. This is a Bolshevik anti-white campaign. If you can’t see that, your eyes are damn closed. And so they see me as a young Christian that they can try to scare, right?”

The live stream is audio only, but the voice on the recording is consistent with Ziegler’s previous videos. CNN contacted the Jan. 6 committee and Ziegler’s attorney to request comment.

At the White House, Ziegler was an aide to Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro, who was charged with contempt of Congress for defying the panel’s subpoena. (He pleaded innocent.)

The New York Times previously reported that Ziegler escorted some of Trump’s most controversial allies to the White House for the now infamous December 2020 meeting to discuss martial law. In Ziegler’s online postings, he contested parts of the Times story.

On his Telegram channel, Ziegler continues to promote debunked conspiracy theories about the 2020 election. He falsely claimed in recent reports that “the elections were stolen” and that the January 6 attack on the US Capitol was “one of the largest orchestrated false flags in history”.

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