The House Select Committee to Investigatewill hold another public hearing on Tuesday, this time focusing on the role of extremists that day.
committee member“that the upcoming hearing will “continue the story of Donald Trump’s attempt to overthrow the 2020 presidential election.”
CBS News will air the hearing as a special report beginning at 1 p.m. ET.
Raskin noted on Sunday that the committee had so far outlined former President Trump’s pressure campaigns on thethe , ahead of the planned Electoral College Congressional certification on Jan. 6. Documentary maker Nick Quested, who joined the Proud Boys on January 6, provided footage from his film to the committee, some of which was shown to the .
“One of the things that people will learn is the fundamental importance of a meeting that took place at the White House” on December 18, Raskin said.
“And that day, the group of outside attorneys who have been dubbed ‘Team Crazy’ by people in and around the White House, came in to try to come up with several new courses of action, including the seizure of voting machines across the country,” Raskin said. “And so some of the people involved were Sidney Powell, Rudy Giuliani was there for part of that discussion, Michael Flynn was there for that. But against this ‘Team Crazy’ there was an internal group of lawyers who basically wanted the president at that time to acknowledge that he had lost the election, and were much more willing to accept the reality of his defeat at that time.”
Raskin said in the middle of the night on Dec. 19 that Trump tweeted “after a crazy meeting, one that has been described as the craziest meeting of the entire Trump presidency.”
“Donald Trump sent the tweet that would be heard around the world, the first time in American history when a President of the United States called for a protest against his own government, in effect, to try to stop the tally of electoral college votes in a presidential election he had lost,” Raskin said. “Absolutely unprecedented, nothing like this has ever happened before. So people are going to hear the story of that tweet and then the explosive effect it had on Trump World and especially among domestic violent extremist groups, the most dangerous political extremists in the world. country. “
Last week, Trump’s White House attorney, Pat Cipollone, testified before the committee for more than eight hours. Raskin said Cipollone provided “valuable” information to the committee.
“We’re going to use a lot of Mr. Cipollone’s testimony to corroborate other things we’ve learned along the way,” Raskin said. “He was the White House counsel at the time. He was aware of every major move that I think Donald Trump was making to try to overturn the 2020 election and essentially take over the presidency.”
The House Jan. 6 committee held seven public hearings in June and July to present the evidence they gathered during the 11-month investigation. The committee heard hundreds of hours of testimony, including from some of the top members of Trump’s inner circle.
In addition to information about the lobbying campaigns, the committee also unveiled new details about the plan allegedly proposed by Trump allies to field fake voters from several battleground 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 hasty hearing. His hit testimony included that Trump was told the crowd at the Ellipse on Jan. 6 had guns and other weapons, and that the former president wanted to join them on the way to the Capitol. She also said she was told Trump rushed towards a Secret Service agent in a presidential vehicle.
Hutchinson also testified that Meadows told him in the days leading up to Jan. 6, “There’s a lot going on on Cass, but I don’t know, things could get really bad on Jan. 6.”
This weekend, lawyers for Trump campaign strategist Steve Bannon, who was charged by the Justice Department with refusing to comply with a subpoena, sent a letter to the committee saying he was willing to testify publicly.
Bannon claimed executive privilege in his refusal to testify, but Trump sent a letter to Bannon’s attorneys waiving executive privilege.Trump’s claims to executive privilege, and it has been .
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