Jan. 6 live: Potential final public hearing will focus on Trump's effort to overturn the 2020 election

Jan. 6 live: Potential final public hearing will focus on Trump's effort to overturn the 2020 election
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  • The Jan. 6 panel convened on Thursday for its first public hearing in more than two months.

  • The hearing could be the committee's final gathering.

  • Panel members said Thursday's hearing would focus on Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

Kevin McCarthy made a 'huge tactical' mistake by not putting Republicans on the Jan. 6 panel, politics expert says

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

The January 6 House panel on Thursday closed what well may have been its final public hearing with an unprecedented conclusion: the congressional committee unanimously voted to subpoena former President Donald Trump to testify.

But the blockbuster finale, along with the panel's eight prior hearings, could have unfolded differently if not for the political makeup of the committee.

The nine-member House Select Committee investigating the 2021 insurrection includes seven Democrats and two Republicans, all of whom were appointed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The only two GOP members, Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, bucked party expectations to serve on the panel even after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy opted not to appoint any Republican members to the committee during its formation last summer.

It's a decision that members of the GOP started to publicly second-guess in June amid the peak of the panel's public hearings — and one which looks even more foolhardy following Thursday's ninth hearing, which ended with a "blockbuster" subpoena, according to Asher Hildebrand, associate professor of politics at Duke University.

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Trump solicits cash right after the January 6 committee votes to subpoena him and tells supporters he's fighting for their 'heritage'

Former President Donald Trump emailed out a fundraising ask just minutes after the House January 6 committee wrapped its 9th day of hearings, during which committee members laid out a damning case against Trump as the central instigator of the deadly Capitol riot.

Capitalizing on his "MAGA movement" being in the news, the ex-president told his supporters he's fighting for their "heritage."

"Our MAGA movement is, by far, the greatest political movement in the history of our Country, because I am fighting for YOU, YOUR home, YOUR heritage, and YOUR freedom," Trump wrote in the fundraising email.

After filling out a survey with questions such as "Are you concerned about the Radical Left's effect on this country?", Trump prompts supporters to donate at least $45 to the Save America Joint Fundraising Committee, which is composed of two of his post-presidential political committees: Save America and Make America Great Again PAC.

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Subpoenaing Trump to testify about Jan. 6 is the only way to fill in the blanks left by the 30-plus Trump aides who pleaded the Fifth to investigators: Democrats

Subpoenaing Donald Trump to tell his side of the January 6 story is the only way congressional investigators can plug in the gaps left by the dozens of Trump allies who clammed up when asked about the deadly attack on the US Capitol, House Democrats said Thursday.

Following the unanimous vote compelling the embattled former president to testify about his alleged plans to overturn the 2020 election and the riot that erupted following his "Stop the Steal" rally on the Ellipse, select committee member Jamie Raskin said hearing directly from Trump would help close the loop on all the one-sided conversations investigators had had with Trump-aligned witnesses who had invoked their Constitutional right against self-incrimination.

"One way of addressing the 30 or so witnesses who took the Fifth when it came to Donald Trump's own actions, is to call in Donald Trump himself," the Maryland Democrat told reporters outside the committee hearing room.

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The January 6 committee unanimously votes to subpoena former President Donald Trump

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Former President Donald Trump speaks during the America First Agenda Summit in Washington D.C, on July 26, 2022.Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The House select committee investigating the Capitol riot unanimously voted to subpoena former President Donald Trump for documents and testimony on Thursday.

The former president could be held in contempt of Congress and be criminally referred to the Justice Department for prosecution if he fails to cooperate with a subpoena.

Trump later slammed the panel for waiting months to ask for his cooperation. For now, the former president has not explicitly declared that he will not cooperate with the subpoena.

"Why didn't the Unselect Committee ask me to testify months ago?" Trump wrote on his social media platform, Truth. "Why did they wait until the very end, the final moments of their last meeting? Because the Committee is a total 'BUST' that has only served to further divide our Country which, by the way, is doing very badly - A laughing stock all over the World?"

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Pelosi, Schumer and McConnell huddled together in a secure location on January 6, calling Pence and Trump officials to help stop the violence

Pelosi, Schumer, Hoyer on Jan. 6

Congressional leaders had huddled together in a secure location on January 6, 2021, and reached out to Vice President Mike Pence, national security officials, and nearby state leaders to help quell the violence, according to new footage released Thursday by the House select committee investigating the riot.

In a roughly seven-minute clip played by the panel, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and others are seen on the phone with a number of officials, urging for more military and law-enforcement support after rioters broke into the Capitol.

"I'm gonna call up the effing secretary of DOD," Schumer told Pelosi before getting on the phone with then-acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller, asking him to deploy the Maryland National Guard.

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Secret Service email warned that the Proud Boys planned to 'literally kill people' on January 6

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A member of the Proud Boys wearing a t-shirt that reads "death to liberals" stands with other Proud Boys in Freedom Plaza during a protest on December 12, 2020 in Washington, DC.Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

The Secret Service warned in December 2020 that the far-right group Proud Boys planned to "kill people" during the January 6, 2021 march to the US Capitol.

That's according to internal emails released for the first time Thursday by the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol riot.

"They think that they will have a large enough group to march into DC armed and will outnumber the police so they can't be stopped," said one email sent a little after 9 p.m. ET on December 26, 2020.

"Their plan is to literally kill people," it continued. "Please please take this tip seriously and investigate further."

The email also noted that the Proud Boys had detailed their plans on a number of right-wing websites and forums.

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Cassidy Hutchinson testified that Trump told Mark Meadows 'I don't want people to know that we lost' 2020 election court case

Former President Donald Trump was "fired up" after the Supreme Court rejected a Texas lawsuit aiming to overturn the 2020 presidential election, former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson told the House committee investigating the January 6 riot.

Cassidy testified that she and her then-boss, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, crossed paths with Trump in the Rose Garden in December 2020 as the president was leaving the Oval Office.

"The president was just raging about the decision and how it's wrong and why didn't we make more calls and just his typical anger, outburst at this decision," she said in testimony the committee presented on Thursday. "He had said something to the effect of, 'I don't want people to know we lost, Mark. This is embarrassing. Figure it out. We need to figure it out. I don't want people to know that we lost.'"

The testimony supports a description of that conversation in a newly-revealed Secret Service message that the committee presented, saying he was "pissed" and "livid."

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Trump was 'pissed' and livid' after the Supreme Court rejected his 2020 election challenge, Secret Service email shows

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U.S. President Donald Trump pumps his fist as he departs on the South Lawn of the White House, on December 12, 2020.Al Drago/Getty Images

President Donald Trump was furious when the Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit to overturn the 2020 election results, according to details revealed during a Thursday hearing by the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot.

The committee shared a message from the Secret Service that described Trump's reaction to the news on December 11, 2020, as "livid."

"Just fyi. POTUS is pissed — breaking news — Supreme Court denied his lawsuit. He is livid now," the message read.

Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to ex-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, also testified to the committee that she saw Trump after the court's decision that day and that he was "fired up."

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Trump planned to prematurely declare victory as early as 4 months before Election Day 2020, Jan. 6 committee claims

President Donald Trump and his top aides planned as early as July 2020 for him to prematurely declare victory on election night if it was not apparent who was going to win, the January 6 committee claimed on Thursday, ahead of election that featured historic levels of mail-in voting that would take longer to tabulate.

"He told us he understood that President Trump planned as early as July that he would say he won the election even if he lost,"  Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a member of the panel, said during the hearing.

Lofgren was summarizing testimony former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale gave to the committee.

The California Democrat also presented evidence that Steve Bannon had "advanced knowledge" of Trump's intent to declare victory on election night regardless of the outcome of the 2020 presidential race.

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Jan. 6 panel convenes to present new evidence on Trump's effort to overturn the 2020 election

Reps. Liz Cheney, Bennie Thompson, and Adam Kinzinger sit behind a podium.

In what could be it's final public hearing, the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot convened Thursday to present new evidence and synthesize prior evidence showing former President Donald Trump's months-long effort to overturn the 2020 election.

Members of the committee said in opening statements that there would be no live testimony in Thursday's hearing.

The committee recently obtained thousands of Secret Service records, which are expected to make an appearance during the hearing and shed light on Trump's knowledge of the chance of violence on January 6, 2021.

The hearing, which is expected to last about two and a half hours, comes less than a month before the 2022 midterms.

Trump's awkward Jan. 7 video outtakes reveal his behavior behind the scenes as he argued with Ivanka, slammed the podium, and fumbled over his words

 

A series of video clips shown by House January 6 committee gave shocking insight into former President Donald Trump's behavior behind the scenes.

The video from January 7 last year — around 24 hours after rioters swarmed the Capitol — was played during the January 6 panel's eighth public hearing on Thursday.

The panel was shown a take where Trump appeared to struggle with disavowing the violence during the riot, and another where he banged on the podium in frustration after failing to say the word "defiled."

In another take, Trump paused partway through his address and began debating the language with his daughter Ivanka. He refused to say four words suggested by aides: "The election is over."


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Video shows Jan. 6 hearing room burst into laughter when shown footage of Josh Hawley fleeing the Capitol riot

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An image of Sen. Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican, is shown during a January 6 committee hearingTasos Katopodis/Getty Images

A video shows attendees of Thursday's January 6 committee hearing erupting into laughter when they were shown footage of GOP Sen. Josh Hawley fleeing the Capitol during the insurrection.

Rep. Elaine Luria, a Democrat on the committee, said that hours before fleeing, Hawley was seen raising his fist "in solidarity" with the protesters, and that a Capitol Police officer told the panel that the gesture "riled up the crowd."

The committee then played never-seen-before footage of Hawley running across a hallway and down a flight of stairs as the Capitol riot was underway.

Footage from inside the January 6 hearing room on Thursday showed the audience bursting into laughter as the clip was played.

Michael Fanone, a former DC Police officer who was brutally beaten by January 6 rioters, said Hawley "ran like a coward" and called him a "clown."


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Sarah Matthews previously said Trump tweet about Pence was like 'pouring gasoline on the fire'

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Sarah Matthews, former deputy White House press secretary, testifies before the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the US Capitol in the Cannon House Office Building on July 21, 2022 in Washington, DC.Win McNamee/Getty Images

Sarah Matthews, former deputy press secretary for the Trump White House, testified before the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol attack on Thursday night.

Matthews was the deputy press secretary in the final months of Donald Trump's presidency. She was one of several aides to resign on the day of the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021.

She said in February that Trump's tweet about Mike Pence not having "the courage" to overturn the election was like "pouring gasoline on the fire."

She elaborated on that sentiment during her testimony on Thursday night.

"I thought the tweet about the vice president was the last thing that was needed in that moment," Matthews told lawmakers.

"It was essentially him giving the green light to these people — telling them that what they were doing at the steps of the Capitol, and entering the Capitol, was okay, that they were justified in their anger," she added. "And he shouldn't have been doing that. He should have been telling these people to go home and to leave and to condemn the violence that we are seeing."


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New video shows Trump wouldn't say the 'election is over' as he practiced his speech on January 7, 2021

An unedited video of then-President Donald Trump recording an address to the nation on January 7, 2021, is displayed on a screen during a hearing by the House Select Committee to investigate the January 6th attack on the US Capitol.
An unedited video of then-President Donald Trump recording an address to the nation on January 7, 2021, is displayed on a screen during a hearing by the House Select Committee to investigate the January 6th attack on the US Capitol.Al Drago/Getty Images

A day after the January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, Trump condemned his riotous supporters, saying they did not represent "our movement" or the country.

But he refused to say four words his aides suggested: "The election is over."

For the first time Thursday, the House committee investigating the Capitol attack aired unedited footage of Trump recording his national address on January 7, 2021, in which he declared that rioters involved in the insurrection "broke the law" and "will pay."

It was a marked change in tone from the day of the attack, in which Trump recorded a video telling the angry mob: ""Go home. We love you, you're very special."


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The House GOP appears to have mistakenly tweeted 'this is heresy' in response to the latest January 6 hearing when it meant to say 'hearsay'


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Twitter is having a field day with the January 6 committee's juxtaposition of Josh Hawley raising his fist in solidarity with the protesters and fleeing hours later

The Jan. 6 committee showed the photo of Sen. Josh Hawley raising his fist in solidarity with protesters storming the Capitol.

Then they played a video of him running from the protesters he helped rile.

Twitter users had a field day with chicken, Forrest Gump and running gifs, some set to music.


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Rep. Adam Kinzinger says Kevin McCarthy was 'scared and begging for help' from Trump and his family members on January 6

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

"Leader McCarthy, who was one of the president's strongest supporters, was scared and begging for help. President Trump turned him down, so he tried to call the president's children," Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican and member of the January 6 committee, said during Thursday's hearing.


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The House Republicans' official Twitter account attacked a January 6 witness who currently works for House Republicans

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A deleted tweet sent by the official House Republicans' Twitter accountScreenshot/Twitter

"Just another liar and pawn in Pelosi's witch-hunt," the @HouseGOP account wrote in a now-deleted tweet that retweeted Sarah Matthews, who served as Trump's deputy press secretary.

She is testifying before the January 6 committee on Thursday and is now the communications director for Republicans on the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.


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Jared Kushner testified to the January 6 committee that he was taking a shower as his father-in-law's supporters stormed the Capitol

An image of Jared Kushner, Former White House Senior Advisor to former President Donald Trump is displayed on a screen during the third hearing held by the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol on June 16, 2022 in the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, DC.
An image of Jared Kushner shown during a hearing for the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the US Capitol.Tom Brenner-Pool/Getty Images

"So I heard my phone ringing, turned the shower off, saw it was Leader McCarthy, who I had a good relationship with," Kushner said in video testimony the committee played on Thursday.

"He told me it was getting really ugly over at the Capitol, and said please, anything you could do to help, I would appreciate it."


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Trump was 'pouring gasoline on the fire' with Pence tweet, making January 6 'much worse,' former aide Sarah Matthews testifies

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Sarah Matthews, former deputy White House press secretary, testifies before the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the US Capitol in the Cannon House Office Building on July 21, 2022 in Washington, DC.Win McNamee/Getty Images

Then-President Donald Trump disregarded pleas from his own staff calling for him to seek an end to the January 6, 2021, violence and instead he sent a tweet attacking his own vice president that was akin to "pouring gasoline on the fire and making it much worse," a former aide testified Thursday.

"Mike Pence didn't have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution," Trump tweeted at 2:24 p.m. on January 6, 2021.

"I thought the tweet about the vice president was the last thing that was needed in that moment," Sarah Matthews, a former White House deputy press secretary, told the January 6 committee on Thursday.


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January 6 committee played video of Sen. Josh Hawley sprinting from the Capitol just hours after his famous fist-raised photo

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An image of Sen. Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican, is shown during a January 6 committee hearing on Thursday, July 21, 2022.Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Republican Sen. Josh Hawley fled during the attack on the Capitol just like the rest of his colleagues, the House January 6 committee pointed out in a juxtaposition between thefamous photo of the Missouri Republican raising his fist to protesters compared to a new security camera video showing him sprinting to safety.

The panel played previously undisclosed Capitol security footage showing Hawley, circled in case viewers didn't recognize him, running away. There was audible laughter in the hearing room as the footage was played.


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Members of Pence's security detail feared for their lives and were calling loved ones to say goodbye as violence escalated at the Capitol

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House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol hold a prime-time hearing in the Cannon House Office Building on July 21, 2022.Win McNamee/Getty Images

Members of then-Vice President Mike Pence's security detail were calling their loved ones to "say goodbye" as violence escalated at the Capitol on January 6, 2021, a former White House security official told the January 6 committee in testimony played on Thursday evening.

"The members of the VP detail at this time were starting to fear for their own lives. There was a lot of yelling, a lot of very personal calls over the radio, so it was disturbing. I don't like talking about it," the official, who was unnamed for security purposes, told the committee.


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Trump's official White House photographer was told 'no photographs' as the Capitol came under siege

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The House January 6 committee displayed a photograph of Trump in the Oval Office shortly after the "Stop the Steal" rally.Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

On January 6, 2021, then-President Donald Trump's official White House photographer wanted to do her job. As a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, the photographer wanted to document the sitting president because, as she put it, it was "very important" for history.

But the instruction to the official White House photographer, Shealah Craighead, was clear: "No photographs."

For the famously ratings-conscious Trump, it was a rare moment of eschewing a camera lens.


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Former White House security official says that if Trump walked to the Capitol on January 6 it would have become 'an insurrection, a coup'

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Audio of a former Trump security official's testimony is played during a House January 6 committee hearing.Alex Brandon-Pool/Getty Images

A former Trump White House security official said that there were fears that if President Donald Trump marched to the Capitol on January 6 that a "coup" could be underway.

"To be completely honest, we were all in a state of shock," an unnamed security aide testified before the House January 6 committee. "I think the actual physical feasibility of doing it, and then also, we knew what that implicated and what that meant, that this was no longer a rally, that this was going to move to something else if he physically walked to the Capitol."

Crucially, the security official's testimony appears to confirm what former Trump aide Cassidy Hutchinson previously told the panel.


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The US's top general said he was puzzled Trump didn't call on the military to help respond to the January 6 attack

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley.Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley expressed puzzlement over Trump's inaction on January 6, 2021.

"Nothing? No call? nothing? Zero?" he told members of the House January 6 committee.

The committee played a video of his testimony during its Thursday hearing.


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A timeline of what Trump was doing as his MAGA mob attacked the US Capitol

An image of President Donald Trump appears on video screens before his speech to supporters from the Ellipse at the White House
An image of former President Donald Trump appears on video screens before his speech to supporters from the Ellipse at the White House.Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

The January 6 Committee's eighth primetime hearing on Thursday zeroed in on Trump's actions — and refusal to act — during the 187 minutes that his supporters violently breached the US Capitol before he recorded a video urging them to "go home."

White House phone records provide a detailed accounting of Trump's many phone calls to aides, lawyers, and members of Congress before and after the riots.

But the phone records contain a nearly seven-hour gap between 11:17 a.m. and 6:54 p.m., a crucial period of time during which Trump spoke at a rally urging attendees to protest the certification of electoral votes, pressured Vice President Mike Pence, and watched the siege on the Capitol unfold on Fox News from his private dining room off the Oval Office, according to aides.

This timeline outlines what we do know about Trump's actions as the riot unfolded:


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Jan. 6 panel has summertime plans

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Jan. 6 Committee vice-chair Liz CheneySaul Loeb/AFP

The January 6 Committee leaders kicked off Thursday's hearing by outlining their plans for more summertime work as their panel continues its investigation of the 2021 insurrection at the Capitol.

Rep. Bennie Thompson, the panel's chairman, said via video that there'd be more hearings in September. A few moments later, Rep. Liz Cheney, said the panel plans to spend the August recess "pursuing emerging information on multiple fronts" before turning to additional hearings.

"The damn has begun to break," Cheney said.

 

 

Latest hearing will focus on Trump's reaction to the Capitol riot — and his alleged inaction to stop it.

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Former President Donald Trump gives the keynote address at the Faith and Freedom Coalition during their annual conference on June 17, 2022, in Nashville, Tennessee.Seth Herald/Getty Images

The House panel investigating the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021 will hold its eighth hearing on Thursday night.

The hearing — scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET — will focus on Trump's actions during the deadly insurrection at the Capitol building.

Committee members have argued that Trump knew of the violence and refused to take actions to prevent or stop it, despite the pleas from advisors in his inner circle.

Former national security adviser Matthew Pottinger and Sarah Matthews, former deputy press secretary in the Trump administration, are expected to testify.

The committee is expected to add to the public's understanding of the critical 187 minutes between when Trump stirred up a crowd of his supporters at the Ellipse to when he posted a video to Twitter asking them to "go home."


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Rep. Kinzinger says Trump acted like an angry child during January 6 attack

Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois during a hearing on Capitol Hill on March 10, 2021.
Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois during a hearing on Capitol Hill on March 10, 2021.Ting Shen-Pool/Getty Images

GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who is expected to play a leading role in Thursday's primetime hearing, will focus on Trump's mindset and actions as he watched his supporters assault law enforcement and desecrate the Capitol.

In an interview with The Bulwark, Kinzinger said Trump "was someone who knew exactly what he was doing."


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Trump spent most of the January 6 attack watching TV in the White House dining room: new video

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Former President Donald Trump speaks during a "Save America" rally in Anchorage, Alaska, on July 9, 2022.Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Trump spent the bulk of his time during the Capitol attack watching reports of the insurrection on TV, according to video testimony given to the January 6 House panel.

Ahead of Thursday night's hearing on how Trump reacted to the storming of the Capitol, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., a member of the House Select Committee, shared a video compilation of the depositions on Twitter.


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Secret Service may have violated federal law by deleting messages around January 6

The leaders of the January 6 hearings say the Secret Service may have violated federal law by undergoing a process that led to text messages from the time of the Capitol riot to be deleted.

"The procedure for preserving content prior to this purge appears to have been contrary to federal records retention requirements and may represent a possible violation of the Federal Records Act," a letter from Reps. Bennie Thompson and Liz Cheney said.

So far, the committee had received one text message from the agency.

Jan. 6 hearings are 'undoubtedly starting to take a toll' on Trump's popularity, former ambassador says

Former White House counsel Pat Cipollone appears on a video display above the House January 6 committee.
Former White House counsel Pat Cipollone is seen on a video display during the seventh hearing held by the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol on July 12, 2022.Sarah Silbiger-Pool/Getty Images

A former ambassador who served during the Trump administration says the former president's popularity is taking a hit as more revelations about Trump's actions before and during the Capitol riot come out.

Attorney Randy Evans, who was ambassador to Luxembourg, said the hearings' "steadiness, the repetitiveness, has had a corrosive effect."

Evans added it's "all undoubtedly starting to take a toll — how much, I don't know. But the bigger question is whether it starts to eat through the Teflon. There are some signs that maybe it has. But it's too early to say right now."


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Secret Service has only submitted 1 text to the Jan. 6 committee: panel member

The House panel investigating the Capitol riot has received just one text message from the Secret Service in response to a subpoena, Rep. Zoe Lofgren said.

"In their letter they gave no indication that they have secured the phones in question and done some forensic work with them. That's something we want to know," Lofgren told MSNBC on Tuesday.

"Obviously, this doesn't look good ... Coincidences can happen but we really need to get to the bottom of this and get a lot more information than we have currently."


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Jan. 6 panel subpoenas Secret Service for text messages as DHS watchdog accuses agents of deleting them after being asked

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A US Secret Service agent takes position outside the White House in November 2020.J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo

The House committee investigating the Capitol riot has issued a subpoena to the US Secret Service after the Department of Homeland Security inspector general accused the agency of deleting text messages after being asked.

Rep. Bennie Thompson, the committee's chairperson, said in a Friday letter to Secret Service director James Murray that the panel was seeking text messages from January 5 and 6, 2021.

Thompson mentioned three previous requests for information, sent in January, March, and August of last year, pertaining to all communications between DHS officials and then-President Donald Trump about the Capitol riot.


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The Jan. 6 witness Trump tried to call is a White House support staffer, reports say

The Jan. 6 committee witness whom former President Donald Trump is alleged to have tried to contact is a White House support staffer, reports say.

At Tuesday's hearing, committee member Rep. Liz Cheney claimed that Trump sought to contact a witness who had not appeared publically, in what she characterized as a form of witness tampering.

CNN first reported, citing two sources, that Trump made the call to the witness after the June 28 testimony by another witness, the former White House staffer Cassidy Hutchinson.

According to the report, the support staffer was in a position to corroborate parts of Hutchinson's testimony, and had been providing evidence to the committee.

NBC News later said it had confirmed CNN's reporting. Neither outlet named the person.


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Watergate star witness predicts criminal charges after latest Jan. 6 testimony: 'Trump is in trouble'

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Former White House Counsel John Dean testifying on Capitol Hill on June 10, 2019.SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images

John Dean, a key witness in the Watergate investigation, said that former President Donald Trump and others will likely face legal repercussions from evidence presented at Tuesday's January 6 committee hearing.

In an interview with CNN, Dean highlighted testimony by former members of extremist group the Oath Keepers, who were part of the mob that stormed the Capitol.

Dean described them as "really classic authoritarian followers, following the leader."

He argued that the testimony proves the extent to which the rioters believed they had been sent by Trump, which he said could be used by prosecutors were they to bring charges against the former president.


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Trump 'liked the crazies' and wanted Alex Jones and Ali Alexander as Jan. 6 rally speakers despite red flags raised, former spokesperson says

Katrina Pierson, a former campaign spokesperson for Donald Trump and one of the organizers of the January 6 "Stop the Steal" rally, said Trump wanted Alex Jones and Ali Alexander to speak at the event despite the "red flags" they raised.

On Tuesday, Rep. Stephanie Murphy, a member of the House select committee investigating the Capitol riot, played a video of Pierson's testimony to the panel in which Pierson commented on Trump's love for "crazies" like Jones and Alexander.

"Yes, I was talking about President Trump. He loved people who viciously defended him in public," Pierson said in her deposition.


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Photo shows Mark Meadows escorting Rudy Giuliani from the White House following 'UNHINGED' West Wing meeting about 2020 election results

A photo that Cassidy Hutchinson took of Mark Meadows leading Rudy Giuliani away from the Oval Office.
A photo that Cassidy Hutchinson took of Mark Meadows leading Rudy Giuliani away from the Oval Office.Courtesy of CSPAN

Former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows had to escort former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani from the Oval Office following a chaotic, late-night December 2020 West Wing meeting about the election results, according to new January 6 testimony.

Cassidy Hutchinson, the former Trump White House aide whose explosive testimony stunned Washington last month, shared with the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol riot a photo she took of Meadows leading  Giuliani away from the Oval Office following the turbulent gathering, which was the site of a face-off between Trump's legal allies and White House lawyers over efforts to promote the then-president's baseless claims of election fraud, according to testimony.

The January 6 panel shared the photo alongside real-time text messages Hutchinson was sending from the meeting during its seventh live hearing on Tuesday.

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Former Twitter employee feared people were going to die on January 6

A former Twitter employee told the House committee investigating the attack on the US Capitol that activity on the platform raised concerns that there would be deadly violence in Washington on January 6.

The former employee, whose voice was obscured in a recording played during Tuesday's hearing, testified about trying and failing to get the company to intervene as former President Donald Trump's extremist supporters used the platform to repeat his statements about the upcoming protests to the 2020 election results.

On the night of January 5, the employee testified about slacking a colleague, a message to the effect of, "When people are shooting each other tomorrow, I will try and rest in the knowledge that we tried."

The former employee was on a team responsible for platform and content moderation policies during 2020 and 2021.

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Oath Keepers attorney used the 'Queer Eye' loft kitchen from Season 3 as her video background before the January 6 committee

Oath Keepers attorney Kellye SoRelle
Oath Keepers attorney Kellye SoRelle.C-SPAN

Testifying remotely before the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 insurrection, the Oath Keepers' attorney and acting president used a green screen background from the Netflix show "Queer Eye."

Erin Ryan, host of Crooked Media's "Hysteria" podcast, tweeted out a screenshot of the remote deposition from Oath Keepers acting president Kellye SoRelle alongside an image from the third season of the streaming series, which Ryan said she found from a reverse Google image search.

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Rep. Liz Cheney ends hearing with bombshell: Donald Trump called a witness in the House January 6 investigation

Former President Donald Trump called a witness in the congressional inquiry into the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol, Rep. Liz Cheney said Tuesday, prompting House investigators to notify the Justice Department.

"After our last hearing, President Trump tried to call a witness in our investigation. A witness you have not yet seen in these hearings. That person declined to answer or respond to President Trump's call and, instead, alerted their lawyer to the call," said Cheney, a Wyoming Republican, in a bombshell revelation that concluded the House January 6 committee's seventh public hearing.

"Their lawyer alerted us, and this committee has supplied that information to the Department of Justice," she added. "Let me say one more time: We will take any effort to influence witness testimony very seriously."

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The January 6 investigators obtained a video of Roger Stone reciting the Proud Boys' 'Fraternity Creed,' the first step for initiation to the extremist group

An image of Roger Stone projected on a video screen above the January 6 committee.
An image of Roger Stone is shown on a screen as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds a hearing at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, July 12, 2022.Doug Mills/Pool via AP

New details emerged at Tuesday's January 6 committee hearing on the close ties between Roger Stone and extremist groups, including that the longtime Donald Trump confidante was recorded reciting the Proud Boys' so-called "Fraternity Creed."

Rep. Jamie Raskin, who co-chaired the public hearing, described reciting the creed as "the first level of initiation" into the far-right group, five members of which are scheduled to be tried on seditious conspiracy charges in December.

"Stone's ties to the Proud Boys go back many years," Raskin said. "He's even taken their so-called "Fraternity Creed," required for the first level of initiation to the group."

Video then played showing Stone in a crowded outdoor setting, saying, "Hi, I'm Roger Stone. I'm a Western chauvinist, and I refuse to apologize for the creation of the modern world."

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Trump planned to call on his supporters to march to the Capitol on January 6, according to a draft tweet

The House committee investigating the Capitol riot on Tuesday revealed a draft tweet in which President Donald Trump called on his supporters to go to the US Capitol after his speech on January 6, 2021.

"I will be making a Big Speech at 10AM on January 6th at the Ellipse (South of the White House). Please arrive early, massive crowds expected. March to the Capitol after. Stop the Steal!!" Trump wrote in the draft tweet, which is undated.

Trump never sent the tweet, but its existence, along with other messages exchanged between rally organizers, offer proof that the march to the Capitol was premeditated, the January 6 committee said.

Democratic Rep. Stephanie Murphy of Florida presented the evidence during Tuesday's hearing, and said: "The evidence confirms that this was not a spontaneous call to action, but rather it was a deliberate strategy decided upon in advance by the president."

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Trump's ex-campaign manger Brad Parscale said in private texts that Trump is to blame for Capitol rioter's death

In a series of texts revealed at the 7th hearing of the House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection, President Donald Trump's former campaign manger Brad Parscale suggested in a message to former Trump campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson that Trump's words led to the death of a capitol rioter.

Messages show Pierson tried to push back, writing that "it wasn't the rhetoric."

"Katrina," Parscale wrote back. "Yes it was."


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Pat Cipollone suggested Pence should get the Presidential Medal of Freedom for refusing to block the Electoral Collage count certification

A video of Pat Cipollone, former White House counsel, is shown as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds a hearing at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, July 12, 2022.
A video of Pat Cipollone, former White House counsel, is shown as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds a hearing at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, July 12, 2022.Doug Mills/Pool via AP

"I think the vice president did the right thing, I think he did the courageous thing," Cipollone said in testimony revealed at the House January 6 committee's seventh public hearing on Tuesday. "I have a great deal of respect for Vice President Pence."

Cipollone added that he didn't think Pence had any "legal authority" to do anything other than refuse to give into President Donald Trump's pressure campaign and interfere with the Electoral College certification on January 6, 2021.


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11 House Republicans met with Trump to strategize overturning the election results on January 6, and 5 of them later asked for pardons

According to Democratic Rep. Stephanie Murphy of Florida, a member of the January 6 committee, several Republicans met at the White House on December 21, 2020, as part of an effort to "disseminate his false claims and to encourage members of the public to fight the outcome on January 6."

Vice President Mike Pence, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and Rudy Giuliani were all at the meeting, along with President Donald Trump.

According to White House visitor logs, Rep. Brian Babin of Texas, Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona, Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas, Rep. Paul Gosar of Florida, Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland, Rep. Jody Hice of Georgia, Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, and Rep-elect Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia all attended the meeting.


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Former Twitter employee tells January 6 committee that Trump received special treatment from Twitter

Trump tweet displayed on screen behind January 6 committee

"I believe that Twitter relished in the knowledge that they were also the favorite and most used service of the former president and enjoyed having that sort of power within the social media ecosystem," the former Twitter employee told investigators in testimony aired in Tuesday's hearing of the congressional committee investigating January 6.

The employee, whose identity was kept secret, was introduced by Rep. Jamie Raskin as having worked on Twitter's content moderation team from 2020 to 2021.


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Cassidy Hutchinson texted a fellow White House aide 'the west wing is UNHINGED' as Oval Office meeting almost devolved into a brawl

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Cassidy Hutchinson, a top former aide to Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, testifies during the sixth hearing by the House Select Committee on the January 6th insurrection in the Cannon House Office Building on June 28, 2022 in Washington, DC.Andrew Harnik-Pool/Getty Images

According to messages released by the House January 6 committee, Hutchinson texted the message to another top aide, Anthony Ornato.

It was sent amid the scene of a December 2020 Oval Office meeting as Trump attorney Sidney Powell and White House lawyers clashed over efforts to push Trump's debunked election fraud claims.


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Former White House counsel Pat Cipollone 'set a new land speed record' trying to break up a meeting between Trump, Michael Flynn, and Overstock's CEO, Sidney Powell said

Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, one of the committee members leading Tuesday's January 6 hearing, said former President Donald Trump, election lawyer Sidney Powell, former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, and Patrick Byrne, the CEO of Overstock.com, had met to discuss an ongoing effort to reverse the results of the 2020 election.

Powell told investigators in previously recorded testimony, however, that the group had "probably no more than 10 or 15 minutes" with Trump before Pat Cipollone, then the White House Counsel, intercepted the meeting.

"I bet Pat Cipollone set a new land speed record," Powell quipped.

Rep. Jamie Raskin says the 'oldest domestic enemy' of US democracy' is 'whipping up mob violence to destroy fair elections'

Vice Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., left, listens as Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., speaks as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds a hearing at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, July 12, 2022.
Vice Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., left, listens as Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., speaks as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds a hearing at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, July 12, 2022.AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

"The problem of politicians whipping up mob violence to destroy fair elections is the oldest domestic enemy of constitutional democracy in America," Raskin said in his opening statement during Tuesday's January 6 hearing.

He mentioned a time during Abraham Lincoln's presidency, when an 1837 racist mob in Alton, Illinois, during which rioters broke into an abolitionist newspaper's office and murdered the paper's editor, Elijah Lovejoy.

"If racist mobs are encouraged by politicians to rampage and terrorize, Lincoln said, they will violate the rights of other citizens and quickly destroy the bonds of social trust necessary for democracy to work," Raskin said.


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Convicted Capitol rioter testifying in front of the committee warned that a 'Civil War will ensue' if Trump got robbed in 2020

Stephen Ayres, who pleaded guilty last month to disorderly conduct in connection to the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot, is set to testify in from to the House committee investigating the January 6 attack.

His testimony is expected to underscore how Trump summoned supporters to Washington DC on the day Congress was scheduled to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election.

On December 26, 2020, Ayres posted to Twitter: "If the [deep state] robs president Trump!!! Civil War will ensue!"

It was posted days after Trump called for a "big protest" in his own tweet.


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Ex-White House counsel Pat Cipollone was against Trump naming Sidney Powell special counsel

A video of former White House counsel Pat Cipollone is shown as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds a hearing at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, July 12, 2022.
A video of former White House counsel Pat Cipollone is shown as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds a hearing at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, July 12, 2022.AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

In previously unseen footage from his deposition to the House Select Committee last Friday, Cipollone spoke about Powell being Trump's pick to be special counsel for the Department of Justice to investigate repeatedly disproven wide spread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.

"I was vehemently opposed," Cipollone said when asked about Powell being made special counsel. "I didn't think she should've been appointed to anything."


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Rep. Jamie Raskin says Trump 'electrified and galvanized' his extremist supporters with a tweet calling for a 'big protest'

Jamie Raskin listens as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds a hearing at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, July 12, 2022.
Jamie Raskin listens as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds a hearing at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, July 12, 2022.AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Raskin, a Maryland Democrat, referenced a December 19, 2020, tweet from Trump during the House's January 6 committee hearing on Tuesday.

"Big protest in D.C. on January 6th," Trump's tweet said. "Be there, will be wild!"

Raskin said that Trump's tweet spurred on "the dangerous extremists in the Oathkeepers, the Proud Boys and other racist and white nationalist groups spoiling for a fight against the government."

"Here were thousands of enraged Trump followers, thoroughly convinced by the Big Lie who traveled from across the country to join Trump's wild rally to 'stop the steal,'" he added. "With the proper incitement by political leaders, and the proper instigation from the extremists, many members of this crowd could be led to storm the Capitol, confront the vice president in Congress and try to overturn the 2020 election results."


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Ivanka Trump told the House January 6 committee that she believed her father lost re-election 'probably prior' to a formal Electoral Collage vote in December 2020

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Ivanka Trump.Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Ivanka Trump told the House January 6 committee that she believed her father lost the 2020 presidential election likely before a formal Electoral College vote on December 14, 2020.

"Was that an important day for you? Did that affect your planning or your realization as to whether or not there was going to be an end to this administration?" an attorney for the committee asked Ivanka Trump in video taped testimony.

"I think it was my sentiment, probably prior as well," Ivanka Trump said in response.


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Pat Cipollone's testimony 'met our expectations," Cheney says

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 29 : White House Counsel Pat Cipollone arrives before President Donald J. Trump participates in a signing ceremony for H.R. 1327, an act to permanently authorize the September 11th victim compensation fund, in the Rose Garden at the White House on Monday, July 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Former White House Counsel Pat Cipollone.Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

January 6 committee vice chair and Republican Rep. Liz Cheney said former White House Counsel Pat Cipollone testified before the panel — and that his testimony "met our expectations."

The House committee then aired several clips of Cipollone's sworn testimony at the start of their seventh hearing on Tuesday.

Cipollone told the January 6 committee that he agreed Trump should concede the 2020 election and that he lost to Democratic nominee Joe Biden fair and square.

 

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Cheney: Trump is 'not an impressionable child'

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GOP Rep. Liz CheneyAP Photo/ Andrew Harnik)

GOP Rep. Liz Cheney pushed back on excuses for former President Donald Trump's actions during the Capitol riot, saying he was not simply misled about his election lies but knew they were false.

"President Trump is a 76-year-old man," Cheney said as the January 6 committee began its hearing on Tuesday. "He is not an impressionable child. Just like everyone else in our country, he is responsible for his own actions and his own choices."

Cheney said evidence shows Trump was warned "over and over" that there was no sign of widespread election fraud.

"No rational or sane man in his position could disregard that information and reach the opposite conclusion," she said, "and Donald Trump cannot escape responsibility by being willfully blind."


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Jan. 6 committee's next hearing expected to link Trump even more closely to the Capitol attack

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Lawmakers on the House January 6 committee will air the inquiry's findings during a public hearing Thursday.Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

From its very first hearing, the House committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol made a point of connecting former President Donald Trump to the violence of that day.

A month later, the House panel is poised to delve even deeper. At its next public hearing, set for 1 p.m. ET Tuesday, the committee is expected to focus on how the violent pro-Trump mob coalesced on January 6 and the involvement of far-right groups, including the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers.

Committee aides said Monday during a background call with reporters that the panel's seventh hearing would underscore how a single tweet from Trump mobilized his supporters, proving a "pivotal moment that spurred a chain of events, including pre-planning by Proud Boys."

"Big protest in D.C. on January 6th," Trump tweeted on December 19, 2020. "Be there, will be wild!"

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Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony jolted the DOJ into focusing on Trump in its Jan 6 investigation, report says

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Cassidy Hutchinson testifying before the Jan. 6 committee on June 28, 2022.Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo

Testimony by Jan. 6 witness Cassidy Hutchinson sparked debate among top Justice Department officials about Donald Trump's potential criminal culpability for the Capitol riot, The New York Times reported. 

The June 28 testimony by the former White House aide prompted officials to discuss Trump's actions on January 6, 2021, and questions about potential legal ramifications for the former president, sources told The Times.

Present at some of the discussions were Attorney General Merrick Garland, and Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco, the report said.


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Cassidy Hutchinson and Rep. Liz Cheney have forged an 'unlikely bond' amid January 6 testimony process, per report

Cassidy Hutchinson, the former Trump White House aide whose explosive January 6 testimony stunned Washington last month, has found a friend and ally in Rep. Liz Cheney, the Wyoming Republican who has been ostracized from the GOP for criticizing the former president and serving as vice-chair on the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot, according to The New York Times.

The two Republican women — both on the outs with the party's overwhelming Trump faction — have developed an unlikely bond in recent weeks as the January 6 panel riot zeroes in on increasingly damning testimony against former President Donald Trump.

The congresswomen admires Hutchinson's dedication to country over personal power, according to The Times.

"I have been incredibly moved by young women that I have met and that have come forward to testify in the Jan. 6 committee," Cheney said in a recent speech at the Reagan Library.


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A bad day for Steve Bannon

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Steve Bannon asked to delay his mid-July trial by at least three months.Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

Monday was not a good day in court for Steve Bannon.

The former Trump aide lost on several key pre-trial motions ahead of his upcoming July 18 federal trial on contempt of Congress charges.

U.S. District Court Judge Carl Nichols, a Trump appointee, ruled from the bench that Bannon's defense attorneys couldn't use several of their planned arguments. Nichols also denied Bannon's bid to have the trial date delayed.

Insider's Ryan Barber was at the courthouse in Washington, DC, and has more in his dispatch linked below.


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'That mob on the Mall'

An Oath Keeper from Idaho in Bozeman, Montana.
An Oath Keeper from Idaho in Bozeman, Montana.William Campbell/Corbis via Getty Images

We've got a handy preview for you on Tuesday's next big House January 6 hearing, which will focus on the right-wing extremist groups that in the words of Rep. Adam Schiff helped lead "that mob on the Mall."

Laura Italiano breaks down the five potential bombshells she'll be looking out for when the panel convenes at 1 pm. Check out what those are here:


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The most shocking revelations from the January 6 committee's first hearings on the Capitol attack

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Cassidy Hutchinson, former aide to Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, testifies as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol continues to reveal its findings of a year-long investigation, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 28, 2022.Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo

The next January 6 committee hearing is scheduled for July 12, at 10 a.m. ET.

Catch up on the biggest revelations from the public hearings thus far.


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Teasing new witnesses, Rep. Adam Kinzinger says of Trump and his allies: 'They're all scared. They should be.'

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Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL).Andrew Harnik-Pool/Getty Images

In a series of Sunday tweets, Rep. Adam Kinzinger said Donald Trump and his allies, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, are "scared" following last week's testimony by Cassidy Hutchinson before the Jan. 6 select committee.

"This BIPARTISAN committee has been able to find out things that up until recently were denied by the Jan 6th truthers, so they are left with trying to discredit a young woman with more courage than they could muster in a lifetime. Except… that isn't working," Kinzinger tweeted.

"Cassidy doesn't seek the limelight, but she is compelled with honor. She didn't even have to swear an oath to the constitution like Kevin, Elise, Kristi Noem and others did. But she volunteered to come under oath to tell what she knows. She is a better person than them all. "


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Liz Cheney says the January 6 panel won't 'stand by' and let 'men who are claiming executive privilege' attack Cassidy Hutchinson's character

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Cassidy Hutchinson, a top former aide to Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, arrives to testify during the sixth hearing by the House Select Committee on the January 6th insurrection in the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, DC, on June 28, 2022.Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Rep. Liz Cheney in an interview that aired on Sunday reaffirmed her confidence in former Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony and said that the House panel investigating the January 6, 2021, riot at the Capitol wouldn't sit by idly and let her endure anonymous attacks.

While sitting down with ABC News chief Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., the Wyoming Republican expressed confidence in Hutchinson and the credibility of future hearings.

"What Cassidy Hutchinson did was an unbelievable example of bravery and of courage and patriotism in the face of real pressure," she said.

"The Committee is not going to stand by and watch her character be assassinated by anonymous sources and by men who are claiming executive privilege. And so we look forward very much to additional testimony under oath on a whole range of issues," she added.


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Kinzinger says new witnesses have been coming forward to the Jan. 6 committee since Cassidy Hutchinson's 'inspiring' testimony

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Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Rep. Adam Kinzinger says that more witnesses have come forward since Cassidy Hutchinson's blockbuster testimony during the Jan 6. hearings last week.

"She's been inspiring for a lot of people," Kinzinger said Sunday on CNN's  "State of the Union." "Every day, we get new people that come forward and say, 'hey, I didn't think maybe this piece of the story that I knew was important, but now that you guys are talking' — I do see this plays in here."

Hutchinson, an ex-aide to White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, revealed in front of the Jan. 6 committee shocking details of former president Donald Trump's behavior on the day of the Capitol attack, including that he attempted to grab the steering wheel of his SUV and lunged at one of his Secret Service agents, as Insider's Grace Panetta previously reported.

"I mean, look, she is going to go down in history," Kinzinger said, referring to the 25-year-old. "People can forget the names of every one of us on the committee. They will not forget her name. And, by the way, she doesn't want that. She doesn't want to be out in the public spotlight."


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Liz Cheney says the Jan. 6 committee could potentially make multiple criminal referrals, including one against Trump

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U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) Vice Chairwoman of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol, delivers remarks during a hearing on the January 6th investigation on June 9, 2022.Win McNamee/Getty Images

Rep. Liz Cheney in an interview broadcast on Sunday said that the House committee investigating the January 6, 2021, riot at the Capitol could potentially make multiple criminal referrals, including one against former President Donald Trump.

During an interview on ABC's "This Week," Cheney — who serves as the vice-chair of the panel — was asked by correspondent Jonathan Karl if the work conducted by its members has shown that Trump's conduct warrants prosecution.

"Ultimately, the Justice Department will decide that," the Wyoming Republican said. "I think we may well as a committee have a view on that."

She continued: "If you just think about it from the perspective of what kind of man knows that a mob is armed and sends the mob to attack the Capitol and further incites that mob when his own vice president is under threat — when the Congress is under threat? It's just very chilling. And I think certainly we will continue to present to the American people what we've found."


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DOJ wants a DC judge to reject Steve Bannon's request to delay his contempt-of-Congress trial over January 6 hearings' publicity, saying that he has 'barely been mentioned'

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Steve Bannon argued in April that his criminal prosecution should be dismissed.Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

The Department of Justice asked a DC judge on Friday to reject Trump ally Steve Bannon's request to delay his contempt-of-Congress trial, arguing that the January 6 hearings have not revolved around him to the point of distraction.

On Wednesday, Bannon's lawyers asked a DC judge to delay his July 18 trial, citing a "media blitz" from the public January 6 committee hearings and saying the request was "due to the unprecedented level of prejudicial pretrial publicity."

DOJ lawyers said that Bannon is not as popular as he thinks he is.

"The Defendant's motion gives the false impression — through general statistics about the volume of viewership of the Committee's hearings and overall media coverage of the Committee's hearings — that all of the Committee's hearings and the attendant media coverage is about him," DOJ lawyers wrote in a filing on Friday. "The truth is just the opposite — the Defendant has barely been mentioned in the Committee's hearings or the resulting media coverage of them."


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2 Secret Service sources told CNN that Trump angrily demanded to be taken to the Capitol on January 6, partly confirming Cassidy Hutchinson's explosive testimony

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Former President Donald Trump.SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images

Two Secret Service sources told CNN on Friday that they heard about former President Donald Trump lunging at the driver of his presidential SUV on January 6, 2021.

The pair of sources, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, backed up much of former Trump aide Cassidy Hutchinson's explosive testimony on the altercation in the motorcade vehicle known as "the Beast" after Trump found out he wouldn't be driven to join his supporters at the Capitol.

"He had sort of lunged forward – it was unclear from the conversations I had that he actually made physical contact, but he might have. I don't know," one of the Secret Service sources told CNN. "Nobody said Trump assaulted him; they said he tried to lunge over the seat – for what reason, nobody had any idea."


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Michael Cohen says Trump uses a 'mob boss' playbook

Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's former personal attorney, compared the former president to a "mob boss" amid allegations that Trump allies sought to intimidate Jan. 6 witnesses.

"Donald Trump never changes his playbook," Cohen told The Washington Post. "He behaves like a mob boss, and these messages are fashioned in that style. Giving an order without giving the order. No fingerprints attached."


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Trump allies paid legal fees for multiple Jan. 6 witnesses, including Cassidy Hutchinson, sparking witness-influencing concerns, report says

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Cassidy Hutchinson, a former top aide to Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, testifies before the January 6 committee in Washington, DC, on June 28, 2022.Brandon Bell/Getty Images

Former President Donald Trump's allies and supporters paid the legal fees for multiple people who had provided testimony to the January 6 committee, including the former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson, The New York Times reported.

Hutchinson eventually fired the lawyer who was paid for a pro-Trump group, and went on to provide damning testimony about Trump, the report said.

Two sources familiar with the committee told The Times that they believe Hutchinson's decision to part ways with the lawyer — who had been recommended by Trump allies and paid for by a pro-Trump PAC — likely played a role in her decision to provide new evidence.

There are no laws against a third party paying for a witness' legal representation in a congressional inquiry, but the situation may raise some ethical concerns, according to the report.


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Former Secret Service agent said he, too, would have defied Trump's request to be taken to the Capitol on January 6

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Former President Donald Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence.PhoPhoto by Brendan Smialowski / AFP via Getty Images

Former Secret Service agent Jonathan Wackrow said in an op-ed that he also would not have taken then-President Donald Trump to the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

In an op-ed published by Newsweek, Wackrow said he was shocked by Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony to the January committee regarding Trump's actions on the day of the Capitol riot. Hutchinson, a former aide in the Trump White House, claimed that Trump had gotten into a physical altercation with the head of his security detail while demanding to be brought to the Capitol.

"If I had been working on Trump's security detail on January 6, I would have made the same decision as Secret Service Special Agent in Charge Robert Engel to not go to the Capitol based on the known escalating threats," Wackrow wrote.

He added, however, that he believed Trump still respects the Secret Service because he probably has seen "first-hand what they're willing to do to protect him and his family."


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GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger says Cassidy Hutchinson is a 'hero' and has 'more courage than most' Republicans after January 6 testimony

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Cassidy Hutchinson testifies during the sixth hearing by the House Select Committee on the January 6th insurrection.Andrew Harnik-Pool/Getty Images

GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois on Thursday applauded Cassidy Hutchinson for her testimony to the January 6 committee, saying the former top aide to White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has "more courage" than most of his Republican colleagues.

"Cassidy Hutchinson is a hero and a real patriot (not a faux 'patriot' that hates America so much they would attempt a coup.)," Kinzinger, one of two Republicans on the House committee investigating the January 6 insurrection, said in a tweet.

"Of course they will try to bully and intimidate her. But she isn't intimidated. More courage than most in GOP," Kinzinger added of Hutchinson.


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GOP Sen. Pat Toomey says Trump's chances of winning the party's 2024 presidential nomination are 'much more tenuous' following the January 6 committee's hearings

Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania at the White House with Trump in February 2018.
Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania at the White House with Trump in February 2018.AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania suggested Thursday that public hearings from the House select committee investigating January 6, 2021, had damaged former President Donald Trump politically, even among Republicans.

At the end of a wide-ranging interview with Bloomberg that focused on the Supreme Court's recent ruling on the Environmental Protection Agency and the Federal Reserve's approach to tackling inflation, the retiring lawmaker was asked whether he believed the hearings would preclude Trump from seeking a second term as president in 2024.

"I don't know that it means that. I mean he gets to decide whether he's going to run," said Toomey, who was one of seven Republican senators who voted to convict Trump on a charge of incitement of an insurrection after the Capitol riot.

"Look, I think he disqualified himself from serving in public office by virtue of his post-election behavior, especially leading right up to January 6," Toomey said. "I think the revelations from this committee make his path to even the Republican nomination much more tenuous."


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Cheney 'absolutely confident' that former White House aide's explosive testimony is credible

Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, a nameplate identifying her right in front and a pair of American flags at her back, participates in a January 6 committee meeting on Capitol Hill.
Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, vice-chair of the select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol, speaks during a business meeting on Capitol Hill on December 13, 2021 in Washington, DC.Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Republican Rep. Liz Cheney, who serves as vice-chair of the House's January 6 committee, said she is "absolutely confident" that a former White House aide's damning testimony is accurate.

"I am absolutely confident in her credibility. I'm confident in her testimony," Cheney told ABC News's Jonathan Karl about the allegations made by top Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson this week.

Cheney said that Hutchinson showed "an unbelievable example of bravery and of courage" by testifying.


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Bannon wants his contempt trial to be delayed because of Jan. 6 hearings

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Steve Bannon outside of the E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse on June 15, 2022 in Washington, DC.Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

Trump ally Steve Bannon has asked for his contempt-of-Congress trial to be delayed because the hearings on the Capitol riot are getting so much publicity.

A federal grand jury indicted Bannon in November 2021 on two counts of contempt of Congress after he refused to comply with a subpoena from the House committee investigating the Capitol riot.

In a Wednesday court filing, Bannon's lawyers argued that the coverage of the committee's hearings would make his trial unfair.


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January 6 panel subpoenas former White House counsel Pat Cipollone

White House Counsel Pat Cipollone (R) waits for the beginning of a cabinet meeting in the East Room of the White House on May 19, 2020 in Washington, DC. Earlier in the day President Trump met with members of the Senate GOP.
Former White House Counsel Pat Cipollone said he would testify about Jeffrey Clark, a DOJ official who outlined ways for Trump to challenge the 2020 election.Alex Wong/Getty Images

The House's panel investigating the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, has subpoenaed former White House counsel Pat Cipollone.

The demand for Cipollone to appear before the committee comes after explosive testimony from a former top White House aide in the Trump administration, who described Trump and his inner circle's actions before and during the insurrection.


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Former Secret Service agent says Trump's 'girth' would have made it impossible to attack driver

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Outgoing US President Donald Trump waves as he boards Marine One at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2021.MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images

A former White House aide testified that former President Donald Trump grabbed the steering wheel of his SUV and lunged at a Secret Service agent on January 6, 2021, after they refused to take him to the Capitol building.

But former Secret Service agents told Insider they have doubts about the story.

"Trump's not a little guy, right? And the space to actually be able to lunge towards the wheel is not that big," one former agent said, speaking on background to Insider.  "I don't mean to sound disparaging to the former president, but just his girth would prevent him from actually getting to the steering wheel."


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House Republican who led rioter on tour before insurrection could oversee Capitol police

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Republican Rep. Barry Loudermilk — who led a Capitol rioter on a tour of the building the day before the insurrection — could end up overseeing Capitol police.

If Republicans regain control of the House, Loudermilk would be next in line to lead the committee that has oversight over the police force attacked by Trump supporters on January 6, 2021.

Loudermilk has faced backlash from Democrats after video showed him taking a group on a tour of the Capitol building, showing them hallways, security areas, and stairwells. The next day, members of the tour flaunted a sharpened flagpole bearing the American flag as they marched near the Capitol.

It remains unclear whether the group entered the Capitol building itself during the riot.


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Former Jan. 6 committee investigator announces run for Senate

Senior investigative counsel John Wood questions witnesses during the third public hearing of the January 6 committee on June 16, 2022.
Senior investigative counsel John Wood questions witnesses during the third public hearing of the January 6 committee on June 16, 2022.Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

January 6 committee investigator John Wood is launching an independent Senate campaign in Missouri in an effort to stop GOP nominee Eric Greitens.

Wood told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he believes Greitens — the former Missouri governor — is likely to win the Republican nomination, and that voters deserved an alternative.

Wood, a Republican, said he will run as an independent.


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Trump ally says Hutchinson's testimony was a 'campaign commercial' for Ron DeSantis in 2024

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis addresses a joint session of the legislature, Tuesday, January 11, 2022, in Tallahassee, Florida.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisPhelan M. Ebenhack/AP Photo

Explosive testimony by a former Trump White House aide could be a boost to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to replace Trump on the presidential ticket in 2024, CNN reported.

One Trump adviser said the hearings — which painted as Trump as violent and volatile — were "basically a campaign commercial" for DeSantis. Another told CNN that "no one is taking this lightly."

DeSantis has flirted with larger political ambitions and is a rising Republican star who would be poised to fill the leadership vacuum if Trump is forced aside.


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Secret Service agents willing to dispute Hutchinson's claims about Trump's outburst, reports say

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Secret Service agents are willing to testify before the January 6 House panel to refute former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson's claim that Trump tried to grab the steering wheel when he demanded to be taken to the Capitol on the day of the insurrection, according to multiple reports.

The driver of the car and the head of Trump's security are ready to testify under oath that the former President never lunged for the wheel or physically assaulted the driver, according to CBS News.


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Hutchinson's testimony could lead to legal trouble for Trump: report

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Cassidy Hutchinson, former aide to Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, testifies as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol continues to reveal its findings of a year-long investigation, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 28, 2022.Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo

Former aides to Donald Trump worry the explosive testimony by a former White House aide could put Trump in legal jeopardy, according to the New York Times.

"This hearing definitely gave investigators a lot to chew on," former Attorney General Bill Barr told the Times after testimony from top White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson detailed Trump's behavior on the day of the Capitol riot.

Hutchinson's testimony painted Trump as a volatile man who knew his supporters were armed on January 6, 2021. Trump also demanded to be taken to the Capitol building, but his security staff refused, Hutchinson said.

Mick Mulvaney, who was once Trump's White House Chief of Staff, said evidence of possible witness tampering could open his orbit up to charges.


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Former Trump press secretary shares text that appears to show Melania Trump to condemn Capitol riot violence

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Melania Trump speaks at the White House on October 09, 2019Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Former Trump Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham shared a text exchange on Tuesday that purportedly showed former First Lady Melania Trump refusing to condemn the violence during the Capitol riot.

The apparent screengrab of a text exchange was between Grisham and a person named "MT."

"Do you want to tweet that peaceful protests are the right of every American, but there is no place for lawlessness & violence?" read the message.

"No," the person replied.

Representatives for Melania Trump at Trump's post-presidential press office did not respond to a request for comment from Insider.


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John Eastman drops lawsuit blocking his phone records from January 6 committee

John Eastman testifies before the House Ways and Means Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 4, 2013.
John Eastman testifies before the House Ways and Means Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 4, 2013.Charles Dharapak/AP

In a late Tuesday filing, John Eastman dropped a lawsuit he'd filed to prevent the Jan. 6 committee from accessing his phone records.

"Plaintiff brought this lawsuit primarily to protect the content of his communications, many of which are privileged," the latest filing read. "The Congressional Defendants represented in their motion to dismiss that they were not seeking the content of any of Plaintiff's communications via the subpoena they had issued to Defendant Verizon."

The former Trump lawyer's phone was seized by federal agents on June 22, according to a separate suit he filed on Monday, seeking the return of his property. Of interest to investigators are call logs from Eastman's personal device, and the search warrant indicates investigators will not review any additional content from his phone without a court order.


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Trumpworld shocked by former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson's explosive January 6 testimony, calling it the 'most damning day' and 'insane'

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Cassidy Hutchinson, former aide to Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, testifies as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol continues to reveal its findings of a year-long investigation, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 28, 2022.Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo

It took six hearings for the January 6 select committee to finally break through to embattled former President Donald Trump's inner circle.

Cassidy Hutchinson, a top aide to then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, testified during a surprise hearing Tuesday that Trump was determined to go to the US Capitol with his armed supporters on January 6, 2021, as Congress was certifying the election results.

Hutchinson's additional revelations about that day came crashing down on Trumpworld during the two-hour hearing. Among them were that Meadows told Hutchinson "things might get real, real bad" on January 6, that Trump knew his supporters were armed when they flooded the Ellipse to attend his "Stop the Steal" rally, and that Trump said "Mike deserves it" when rioters chanted "hang Mike Pence."

"Definitely most damning day of testimony," one former White House aide told Insider.

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Fox News host says it's not 'wholly out of character' that Trump 'might throw his lunch' after January 6 testimony on ketchup dripping down the wall

Former President Donald Trump and Fox News Chief Political Anchor Bret Baier.
Former President Donald Trump and Fox News Chief Political Anchor Bret Baier.Brendan Smialowski / AFP via Getty Images

Moments after a colleague referred to Tuesday's January 6 committee testimony as "stunning," Fox News host Martha MacCallum downplayed new revelations about former President Donald Trump's violent outbursts surrounding his efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

Former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson testified that Trump threw a plate in the White House dining room after he found out former Attorney General Bill Barr publicly said there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud, leaving "ketchup dripping down the wall."

"I mean, I'm not sure that it really shocks anybody that the president just — knowing what we've seen, observing him over the years — if he got angry then he might throw his lunch," MacCallum said. "I'm not sure. It's obviously a very dramatic detail, and the way that she describes it, um, is. But I'm not sure if this is wholly out of character with the Donald Trump and the President Trump that people came to know over the years."

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Here are all the people who sought preemptive pardons from Donald Trump after the Capitol riot, per January 6 committee witnesses

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., joined from left by Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, and Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., speaks at a news conference about the treatment of people being held in the District of Columbia jail who are charged with crimes in the Jan. 6 insurrection, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021.

At least nine people close to former President Donald Trump requested preemptive presidential pardons in the wake of the Capitol attack, according to testimony shared with the January 6 panel.

At least six Republican lawmakers were among those who reportedly requested the pardons and a former top White House aide on Tuesday alleged that former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and former Trump counsel Rudy Giuliani also asked the president for pardons.

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Trump rattles off a dozen livid social media posts as ex-aide gives explosive testimony to Jan. 6 panel

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A trailer for a documentary that centers on Trump and January 6 was released by Discovery Plus.Seth Herald/Getty Images

Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday unleashed a dozen social media posts in the wake of the testimony of a former top White House aide before the January 6 committee, calling the staffer a "total phony," "third rate social climber' and suggesting she was a "whacko" because of her handwriting.

"There is no cross examination of this so-called witness. This is a Kangaroo Court!" Trump wrote on his social media platform.

In another post, he said that her "body language is that of a total bull…. artist. Fantasy Land!"

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A former Trump White House chief of staff says the latest January 6 hearing provided 'stunning' new evidence of potential criminality

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WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 05: U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and Acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney (L) listen to comments during a luncheon with representatives of the United Nations Security Council, in the Cabinet Room at the White House on December 5, 2019 in Washington, DC.Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Tuesday's congressional hearing on the insurrection was a "very, very bad day" for the former president, former Trump White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said.

The hearing featured a former White House aide testifying that Donald Trump knew some protesters were armed before they marched to the US Capitol — and that his own top advisors asked for pardons after the January 6 riot.

"A stunning 2 hours," Mulvaney, a onetime Trump loyalist, posted on Twitter following the testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to Mark Meadows, who succeeded Mulvaney as Trump's White House chief of staff.

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A Capitol Police officer injured on January 6 said 'our own president set us up'

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US Capitol Police Sgt. Aquilino Gonell wipes his eye as he watches a video being displayed during a House select committee hearing on the Jan. 6 attack on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 27, 2021.Jim Bourg/Pool via AP

A US Capitol Police officer injured during the January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol told HuffPost's Igor Bobic "our own president set us up" during the sixth public hearing of the House committee investigating the Capitol riot.

Sgt. Aquilino Gonell, an Army veteran who was in the room during Tuesday's hearing, testified before Congress last year about the injuries he suffered while defending the Capitol. Gonell underwent surgery and was moved to desk duty as a result of the injuries he sustained to his foot and shoulder while being physically attacked by rioters during the Capitol siege.

"I just feel betrayed," Gonell told Bobic on Tuesday. "The president should be doing everything possible to help us and he didn't do it. He wanted to lead the mob and wanted to lead the crowd himself ... he wanted to be a tyrant."

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Congressman says Trump sent police to the Capitol to be 'potentially slaughtered'

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Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people try to storm the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.Brent Stirton/Getty Images

Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego said US Capitol cops were 'sent to be potentially slaughtered' on January 6 after a former White House staffer gave stunning testimony that former President Donald Trump knew that protesters were armed and heading to the Capitol.

"If it wasn't because of this brave 25-year-old woman, we wouldn't even know what was happening," the Arizona lawmaker told reporters at the hearing on Thursday, referring to Cassidy Hutchinson. "This is a very sad moment in our country right now."


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Former top White House aide says Trump's attacks on Pence 'disgusted' her

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Former Trump White House aide Cassidy HutchinsonJacquelyn Martin/AP

Former top Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson said ex-President Donald Trump's attacks on then-Vice President Mike Pence during the Capitol riot "disgusted" her.

"I remember feeling frustrated, disappointed, and really, it felt personal, I was really sad," she testified when asked for her reaction to Trump's praise of the rioters on January 6, 2021. "As an American, I was disgusted. It was unpatriotic, it was un-American. We were watching the Capitol building get defaced over a lie."


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Liz Cheney shares evidence of witness tampering at Jan. 6 hearing

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January 6 panel vice chair and GOP Rep. Liz Cheney shared two messages purportedly received by witnesses before their testimony that she said are signs of witness tampering.

Cheney shared two messages that she said witnesses had received ahead of their depositions. The witnesses, who Cheney didn't name, subsequently shared the messages with the committee.

In one, a witness received a phone call: "[A person] let me know you have your deposition tomorrow. He wants me to let you know that he's thinking about you. He knows you're loyal, and you're going to do the right thing when you go in for your deposition," the caller allegedly said.

Witness tampering is a federal crime.


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Ex-White House aide said she wanted Mark Meadows to 'snap out of it' during Capitol riot

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Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows' former top aide testified that she wanted him to "snap out it" and pay attention to the chaos unfolding at the Capitol building on January 6, 2021.

During her testimony before the January 6 committee, Cassidy Hutchinson said she saw Meadows on his couch on his phone as rioters stormed the Capitol building and fought with police.

Hutchinson said she asked Meadows: "The rioters are getting really close. Have you talked with the president?"

Meadows allegedly replied: "No, he wants to be alone right now."


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Rudy Giuliani and Mark Meadows both sought pardons from Trump

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Donald Trump's lawyer and ex-mayor Rudy Giuliani as well as the president's Chief of Staff Mark Meadows both sought pardons after the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021.

That's according to explosive testimony from Meadows' aide during a House hearing investigating the insurrection.


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Trump threw dishes and flipped tablecloths 'several times' while at the White House: former aide

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Cassidy Hutchinson, a former top aide to Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, testifies before the January 6 committee in Washington, DC, on June 28, 2022.Brandon Bell/Getty Images

Former President Donald Trump's temper flared "several times" in the White House, a former top aide says, recounting how he threw dishes and flipped tablecloths in the White House dining room.

"There were several times throughout my tenure with the chief of staff that I was aware of him [Trump] either throwing dishes or flipping the tablecloth to let all the contents of the table go onto the floor and likely break or go everywhere," said former aide Cassidy Hutchinson.

After one outburst, Hutchinson said she had to wipe ketchup off the wall.


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Fox News host: Trump throwing his lunch isn't 'wholly out of character'

Fox News host Martha MacCallum downplayed new revelations about former President Donald Trump's violent outbursts while he attempted to overturn the 2020 election.

Former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson testified that Trump threw a plate in the White House dining room after he found out former Attorney General Bill Barr publicly said there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud, leaving "ketchup dripping down the wall."

MacCallum said the alleged outburst didn't sound "wholly out of character," even as a Fox News colleague called the revelations "stunning."


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Donald Trump says he 'hardly' knows the former top aide who gave damning testimony against him

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Former President Donald Trump called the ex-White House aide who gave damning testimony about his actions on January 6 "bad news" and said he "hardly" knew her.

"I hardly know who this person, Cassidy Hutchinson, is, other than I heard very negative things about her (a total phony and "leaker") ...," Trump wrote in part on his social media platform, Truth.


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Mike Flynn pleaded the 5th when asked whether the violence on January 6 was justified

Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn at a campaign event in Brunswick, Ohio on April 21, 2022.
Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn at a campaign event in Brunswick, Ohio on April 21, 2022.Dustin Franz/Getty Images

Mike Flynn, a former 3-star general and Trump's national security advisor, waited over a minute before pleading the Fifth Amendment when asked if violence during the Capitol riot was justified.

During a House panel on the insurrection, committee vice chair Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming aired a clip of Flynn appearing to struggle with the question.

Flynn also refused to say whether he supported the peaceful transition of power.


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Trump threw his lunch at the wall after Barr said there wasn't widespread voter fraud: ex-aide

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Cassidy Hutchinson, a top former aide to Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, testifies during the sixth hearing by the House Select Committee on the January 6th insurrection in the Cannon House Office Building on June 28, 2022 in Washington, DC.Andrew Harnik-Pool/Getty Images

A former top White House aide testified that ex-President Donald Trump threw his lunch at a wall after then-Attorney General Bill Barr told him there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud.

"There was ketchup dripping down the wall and there was a shattered porcelain plate on the floor," Cassidy Hutchinson testified on Tuesday before a House panel investigating the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021.


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Trump said Mike Pence 'deserves it' as Capitol rioters chanted that he should be hung: ex-aide

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Donald Trump and former US Vice President Mike Pence in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House on April 2, 2020, in Washington, DC.MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Donald Trump defended Capitol rioters who were chanting to hang Vice President Mike Pence during the Capitol riot, a top White House aide testified.

"Mike deserves it," Trump allegedly said, according to testimony from ex-aide Cassidy Hutchinson.

Donald Trump also said that the rioters storming the Capitol building "weren't doing anything wrong."


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Ex-aide says top GOP Rep. Kevin McCarthy warned White House officials that Trump shouldn't go to the Capitol on January 6

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President Donald Trump (R) speaks as he joined by House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (L) in the Rose Garden of the White House on January 4, 2019 in Washington, DC.Alex Wong/Getty Images

Former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson testified that top House Republican Kevin McCarthy called White House advisors on January 6, 2021, warning that then-president Donald Trump should not come to the US Capitol.

Hutchinson told a House panel that she got a call from McCarthy after Trump's speech on the Ellipse that day. McCarthy wasn't convinced that Trump wasn't planning to make his way to the Capitol building.

"Well, he just said it on stage, Cassidy. Figure it out. Don't come up here," she testified he said in the call.


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Trump lunged at his driver and demanded to be taken to the Capitol on January 6.

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Former President Donald Trump.AP Photo/Joe Maiorana

Former President Donald Trump lunged at his driver and tried to grab the steering wheel on January 6, 2021, as he demanded to be taken to the Capitol building as his supporters were marching away from his speech that morning, a former aide testified.

Cassidy Hutchinson, a former top aide to the then-White House chief of staff, told a House panel investigating the Capitol riot that a Secret Service agent relayed the story of what happened to her.

Hutchinson said that Trump "said something to the effect of 'I'm the effing president, take me up to the Capitol now.' "


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Trump knew the January 6 crowd was armed, but said 'they're not here to hurt me,' aide testifies

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A former White House aide said Donald Trump knew that his supporters were armed on January 6 hours before they stormed the Capitol building.

"I don't fucking care that they have weapons. They're not here to hurt me," Trump said the morning of the insurrection at the US Capitol, according to former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson.

Hutchinson said Trump was incensed that there were gaps in the crowd of his speech on January 6.


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Trump was 'fucking furious' armed supporters couldn't get to his speech: former aide

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Former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson.Brandon Bell/Getty Images

An ex-White House aide testified that President Donald Trump was "fucking furious" that people in the MAGA crowd weren't able to get to his speech on January 6, 2021 because they were carrying weapons.

Trump was insistent that security remove the metal detectors outside the White House so more people with weapons could get into the grounds, former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson told the House panel investigating the insurrection.

She also quoted the president as saying: "Take the fucking mags away. Let my people in. They can march to the Capitol from here."


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Feds seized John Eastman's phone

John Eastman testifies before the House Ways and Means Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 4, 2013.
John Eastman testifies before the House Ways and Means Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 4, 2013.Charles Dharapak/AP

Another big development emerged Monday in the widening federal criminal probe into Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

This one involves federal agents who seized the phone of John Eastman, a conservative lawyer who advised Trump during his failed bid to stop the inauguration of Joe Biden. Eastman made the feds' move public in a filing with a New Mexico federal court, seeking the return of property from the government.

According to his filing, FBI agents acting on behalf of DOJ's internal watchdog stopped Eastman as he was leaving a restaurant in New Mexico on June 22, taking his phone.


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Cassidy Hutchinson in the spotlight

Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony is shown during the fifth January 6 committee hearing on June 23, 2022.
Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony is shown during the fifth January 6 committee hearing on June 23, 2022.Demetrius Freeman-Pool/Getty Images

Cassidy Hutchinson is the surprise lead witness for Tuesday's sixth hearing of the House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection.

The former top aide under then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows is a direct witness to many of the events and discussions of interest to the panel.

She's given the committee several important pieces of information, including the six GOP House members who sought pardons from Trump and that the president told Meadows he agreed with rioters demands to "hang" Vice President Mike Pence.


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Select committee announces surprise hearing.

January 6 committee chair Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi speaks to reporters following the committee’s fifth hearing on June 23, 2022.
January 6 committee chair Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi speaks to reporters following the committee’s fifth hearing on June 23, 2022.Brandon Bell/Getty Images

The Jan. 6 select committee announced it would hold a sixth hearing to start Tuesday at 1 p.m. ET during the congressional recess and despite previous statements that it would hold its next hearings in July.

A committee advisory said it would present "recently obtained evidence" and feature witnesses, whom it did not name.


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Kamala Harris said she commended her vice presidential predecessor Mike Pence for 'courage' in certifying Biden as president despite Trump's pressure

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Vice President Kamala Harris.Al Drago-Pool/Getty Images

Vice President Kamala Harris said Monday that she commended former Vice President Mike Pence for certifying Joe Biden as president on January 6 despite him facing tremendous pressure by former President Donald Trump to overturn the election.

"I think that he did his job that day," Harris said in a CNN interview after reporter Dana Bash asked her whether her opinion of Pence had changed. "And I commend him for that because clearly it was under extraordinary circumstances that he should have not had to face. And I commend him for having the courage to do his job."

This month the House Select Committee probing the January 6 Capitol attack has detailed how Trump tried to push Pence not to recognize Biden's victory in the days leading up to January 6, 2021. Trump wanted Pence to "send back" slates of electors for Biden back to their states in order to overturn his election loss.

But Pence put out an open letter saying he didn't have the authority to take such actions, and his role in the certification process was largely ceremonial.


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Kevin McCarthy says it's 'all good' between him and Trump as the former president fumes about the lack of Republicans on the Jan. 6 committee: 'The right decision was the decision I made'

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Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and President Donald Trump.Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times/POOL/Getty Images

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on Monday that everything is good between him and Donald Trump as the former president publicly questions whether it was wise to keep more Republicans off of the House January 6 committee.

"The right decision was the decision I made," McCarthy told Fox News' Dana Perino. "If other people change their opinion, read the rules and I think they'll come back to the same conclusion."

The former president and McCarthy have talked recently, according to the top House Republican. When Perino asked if things were "all good?" McCarthy responded, "Oh, all good. Yes."

McCarthy repeated his long-held defense of the decision, arguing that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would have only selected Republicans that would have fit her views. The California Republican then named three of the 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump as examples of people Pelosi would have supported.


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How to watch the House January 6 committee hearings on the Capitol attack

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The House Select Committee Investigating the January 6 Insurrection at the US Capitol is bringing to light its findings from a year's worth of work with a series of public hearings this summer.

The select committee, formed in May 2021, has nine members, seven Democrats, including Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, and two Republicans, Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger.

Its members and staff have spent the past year conducting hundreds of closed-door interviews, poring over hundreds of thousands of documents, and parsing phone and email records to reconstruct how President Donald Trump and his allies sought to overturn his 2020 election loss before a mob of pro-Trump rioters breached the US Capitol in an effort to stop the final certification of the 2020 election.

Five public hearings, including one in primetime, have already taken place, and one more hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, June 28.


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January 6 hearing takeaways: Pardon pleas, more Bill Barr, and a riveting account of how Trump turned to the Justice Department and a loyal lawyer to 'help legitimize his lies'

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Spanning more than two hours in the late afternoon, the House January 6 committee's fifth public hearing captured the drama that unfolded inside the Justice Department and White House as Trump looked to some of the country's most senior and important law enforcement officials to help him remain in power.

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Matt Gaetz 'personally' pushed for a pardon from Trump 'from the beginning of time up until today, for any and all things,' Trump officials testify

Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida at the White House on May 8, 2020.
Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida at the White House on May 8, 2020.Anna Moneymaker-Pool/Getty Images

The January 6 committee aired a series of video testimonies from former Trump administration officials detailing which Republican members of Congress sought pardons from former President Donald Trump at the end of his term as he and his allies exhausted different avenues to stay in power.

Most prominently featured: Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida.

According to various officials who spoke with the committee, Gaetz began pushing for a pardon well before other Republicans who were involved in the attempt to overturn the 2020 election.

"Mr. Gaetz was personally pushing for a pardon, and he was doing so since early December," said Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, in testimony aired by the committee on Thursday.

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Fox News cut away from the Jan. 6 hearing minutes before testimony by Trump aides about GOP lawmakers who sought pardons

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Plaque at the entrance to Fox News headquarters in New YorkErik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images

Just as former Department of Justice Officials were detailing how they threatened to resign en masse if former President Donald Trump went ahead with his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results, Fox News cut away to air its previously scheduled talk show, "The Five."

CNN and MSNBC aired the hearings in full, which ended with Rep. Adam Kinzinger listing six GOP lawmakers whom Trump aides testified sought pardons in the administration's final weeks.

Other than the first of the five hearings so far, Fox News has carried the proceedings without commercial breaks, save for recesses during the proceedings.