The House selection committee is investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol will hold another public hearing on Tuesday, this time focusing on the role of extremists that day.
Committee member Rep. Jamie Raskin said on “Face the Nation” on Sundaythat the upcoming hearing will “continue the story of Donald Trump’s attempt to overthrow the 2020 presidential election”.
CBS News will broadcast the hearing as a special report beginning at 1 p.m. ET.
Raskin noted on Sunday that the committee’s pressure campaigns on former President Trump’s… deputy directorthe Justice† state legislators and local election officials ahead of the Congressional-scheduled certification of the Electoral College on Jan. 6. Documentary maker Nick Quested, who was embedded with the Proud Boys on Jan. 6, has provided footage from his film to the committee, some of which were screened at the first public hearing on June 9†
“One of the things people are going to learn is the fundamental importance of a meeting that took place at the White House” on Dec. 18, Raskin said.
“And on that day, the group of outside attorneys branded ‘Team Crazy’ by people in and around the White House came in to try and push for several new actions, including the seizure of voting machines across the country,” said Raskin. “And so some of the people involved were Sidney Powell, Rudy Giuliani was around for part of that discussion, Michael Flynn was there for that. But against this ‘Team Crazy’ was an internal group of lawyers who essentially wanted the president at the time to acknowledge that he had lost the election, and were much more willing to accept the reality of his defeat at the time.”
Raskin said in the middle of the night on Dec. 19 that Trump sent a tweet “after a crazy rally, one that has been described as the craziest rally in the entire Trump presidency.”
Donald Trump sent the tweet that would be heard around the world, the first time in American history that a United States president protested his own government, in effect trying to count the votes of the electoral colleges. in a presidential election he had lost,” Raskin said. “Absolutely unprecedented, something like this had never happened before. So people are going to hear the story of that tweet, and then the explosive effect it had in Trump World and specifically among the domestic violent extremist groups, the most dangerous political extremists in the country.”
Last week, Trump White House attorney Pat Cipollone testified before the committee for more than eight hours. Raskin said Cipollone provided “valuable” information to the commission.
“We’re going to use much of Mr. Cipollone’s testimony to corroborate other things we’ve learned along the way,” Raskin said. “He was White House counsel at the time. He was aware of every major step I believe Donald Trump was taking to try to overthrow the 2020 election and essentially win the presidency.”
The January 6 committee of the House of Representatives held seven public hearings in June and July to demonstrate the evidence they gathered during the 11-month investigation. The committee heard hundreds of hours of testimony, including from some core members of Trump’s inner circle.
In addition to the press campaign information, the commission has also revealed new details about the plan reportedly proposed by Trump allies to put forward false voters from several battlefield states that President Joe Biden has won.
On June 28, Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, testified publicly in a hastily added hearing. Her blockbuster testimony included telling Trump that the crowd at the Ellipse on Jan. 6 had guns and other weapons, and that the former president wanted to join them on his way to the Capitol. She also said she was told that Trump jumped in a presidential vehicle to a Secret Service agent.
Hutchinson also testified that in the days leading up to January 6, Meadows told her, “There’s a lot going on with Cass, but I don’t know. It could get really, really bad on January 6.”
This weekend, lawyers for Trump campaign strategist Steve Bannon, who has been charged by the Justice Department for refusing to comply with a subpoena to testify, sent a letter to the commission stating that he is willing to testify publicly.
Bannon has cited executive privilege in his refusal to testify, but Trump sent a letter to Bannon’s lawyers to waive the executive privilege. Mr Biden has rejected Trump’s Claims to Executive Privilege, Which Is… upheld by the Supreme Court†