House Select Committee January 6 Attack Investigation

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Jan. 6 panel brushes off Trump 2024 in critical final sprint
Chair Bennie Thompson said the select committee has a “laundry list” to complete, including the final report and key decisions about criminal referrals.
(Politico) … the select committee is preparing to make some of its weightiest decisions — ones that could not only provide new evidence about Trump’s attempt to subvert the election, but also spoon-feed his political rivals plenty of attack fodder.
Thompson told POLITICO that includes an imminent response to Trump’s lawsuit last week aimed at blocking the committee’s subpoena for his testimony and documents, which Thompson said they’d likely have to file by Friday.
The panel will also need to decide how to handle the intake of new evidence, as the House’s official call for Republicans starts the ticking on the proverbial clock. Thompson said the spigot continues to flow — including a deposition scheduled for Tuesday with at least one witness from the Secret Service — even as the committee looks at an all-but-certain end date in less than two months.
Not to mention the select committee is still preparing a massive final report, a multi-chapter look at Trump’s scheme that lawmakers originally planned to release in the spring. But writing quickly grew increasingly complicated due to ongoing investigative efforts.

1 November
House January 6 committee ‘in discussions’ with Trump’s attorneys for him to testify under oath, Cheney says
(CNN) Cheney’s comments came days after CNN reported that Trump’s team formally agreed to accept service of a subpoena issued to him by the House panel seeking documents and testimony from the former president. Publicly, the response by Trump’s team has been limited to a rambling letter sent to committee members that attacked their work and declining to say whether Trump would agree to a sworn deposition.

14 October
Trump skirts testimony question in hostile 14-page Jan. 6 response
“This memo is being written to express our anger, disappointment, and complaint that with all of the hundreds of millions of dollars spent on what many consider to be a Charade and Witch Hunt, and despite strong and powerful requests, you have not spent even a short moment on examining the massive Election Fraud that took place during the 2020 Presidential Election, and have targeted only those who were, as concerned American Citizens, protesting the Fraud itself,” Trump wrote in the letter, which is dated Oct. 13.
The document includes numerous photos meant to demonstrate the crowd size at his Jan. 6 rally, as well as a state-by-state breakdown renewing baseless claims of election fraud in five states Trump lost to President Biden.
The Jan. 6 committee votes unanimously to subpoena Trump
(WaPo) Among the revelations presented by the committee on Thursday was a memo suggesting that the plan for Trump to declare the election stolen should he lose was a premeditated strategy hatched even before voters went to the polls.
The committee also provided new evidence that Trump privately understood voters had rejected his reelection bid, including by ordering a likely chaotic immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan and Somalia just four days after news organizations called the race for Joe Biden.

21 July Updated October 12
A guide to the biggest moments in the Jan. 6 hearings so far
As the committee holds what might be its last public hearing on Thursday, Oct. 13, here are the biggest takeaways from this summer’s hearings on the Jan. 6, 2021, attack.
1. The committee holds Trump responsible for the attack on the Capitol
2. Trump was told, repeatedly, that he lost the election
3. The committee raised at least four crimes they think Trump may have committed
4. Trump and his advisers pressured officials to keep him in power
5. The ‘absurd’ idea to pressure Pence to overturn election results
6. The Republican Party apparatus helped Trump try to overturn the 2020 results
7. After the attack, admissions of remorse and pardon requests
8. The terrifying violence, revisited
New evidence to show Trump was warned of violence on Jan. 6
The Jan. 6 select committee’s hearing on Thursday at 1 p.m. is expected to corroborate parts of the more-startling accounts of that day
The likely final public hearing of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol is expected to highlight newly obtained Secret Service records showing how President Donald Trump was repeatedly alerted to brewing violence that day, and he still sought to stoke the conflict, according to three people briefed on the records.

12 July
Heather Cox Richardson July 12, 2022
Today the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol held its seventh public hearing. This one focused on how former president Trump summoned right-wing extremists to Washington, D.C., on January 6, 2021, in a last ditch effort to overturn the 2020 election.
The committee made it clear that Trump deliberately created the crisis on January 6. …
The committee produced evidence from a number of emails and tweets from Trump and other organizers saying that after the rally, Trump would urge attendees to march to the Capitol, undercutting the argument that the move was spontaneous. In fact, it was long planned.
The committee also introduced evidence that the White House coordinated with members of Congress to encourage the Big Lie and to fight the election results.

8 July
Bannon says he will testify at public hearing as contempt trial looms
In a letter, former president Donald Trump told his former chief strategist he will waive his claim of executive privilege, which government lawyers have said never applied
By Isaac Stanley-Becker, Josh Dawsey and Jacqueline Alemany
(WaPo) The claim of executive privilege is disputed by government lawyers. But the effort suggests Bannon is seeking to bolster his defense against contempt of Congress charges filed after he refused to comply with a subpoena from the House committee last fall. A trial on those charges is scheduled to begin July 18, though Bannon has sought to delay the proceedings.

28 June
Witness Details Trump’s Rage and Meadows’s Inaction on Jan. 6
(NYT) Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to President Donald J. Trump’s final chief of staff, described Mr. Trump insisting that security allow armed protesters to move freely. She added that her boss, Mark Meadows, did little to try to manage Mr. Trump on Jan. 6 and sought a pardon for himself. Mr. Trump, responding on his Truth Social website, denied many of Tuesday’s accusations.
(NYT) Cassidy Hutchinson recently sat for a fourth interview with the committee behind closed doors and, with new counsel advising her, informed the panel of previously unknown information that lawmakers felt needed to get out quickly, according to a person familiar with the investigation. The panel had also grown concerned for Hutchinson’s security, so lawmakers decided to keep her planned testimony quiet for as long as possible, the person said on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak on the record.
Jan. 6 committee announces surprise Tuesday hearing
Capitol riot investigators, citing “recently obtained evidence,” changed course after deciding to pause their public events until July.
(Politico) …the sudden schedule change intensified intrigue in Washington, where the panel has mounted a carefully choreographed set of hearings about former President Donald Trump’s effort to subvert the 2020 election.

23 June
The January 6 Hearings Are Working
And even the staunchest Trump allies know it.
By Molly Jong-Fast
The greatest proof that the hearings are working? Trump Republicans are largely ignoring them. As George Conway told me, “Lots of Republicans want this to happen and they’re secretly rooting for Liz. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wants someone to stick the knife in [Trump]; he just doesn’t want that someone to be him.”
Perhaps the most decisive piece of evidence that the hearings are working is an ABC poll, done after the first three hearings, showing that “nearly 6 in 10 Americans believe former Pres. Trump should be charged with a crime for his role in the Jan. 6 riot.” It’s hard to get Americans to agree on anything, let alone something as polarizing as this. As Bill Kristol tweeted, “58% of Americans: Trump bears ‘great deal’ or ‘good amount’ of responsibility for Jan. 6. 60%: Committee is fair and impartial. 29%: Hearings make me more likely to support Democrat (19% Republican).”

17 June
Navarro pleads not guilty to contempt charges, will face jurors in November
Navarro is the second Trump ally involved in preparations to disrupt the transition of power on Jan. 6, 2021, set for trial this year on contempt of Congress charges.
Former Trump administration adviser Peter Navarro will go on trial in mid-November on charges that he defied a subpoena of the Jan. 6 select committee.
U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta set the schedule after Navarro’s attorneys initially requested an April 2023 trial date to avoid interfering with Navarro’s plans to market a pro-Donald Trump book he will release in September.

16 June
Heather Cox Richardson June 16, 2022
On CNN this morning, Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD), a member of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol, said: “New evidence is breaking every single day now. Suddenly, a lot of people want to tell the truth.”
After the committee’s third public hearing today, we can see why. The window for getting onto the good side of the investigation by cooperating with it is closing, and the story the congress members are laying out makes it clear that those sticking with Trump are quite likely in legal trouble.
[retired federal judge J. Michael] Luttig hammered home that Trump’s scheme was an attempt to overturn the rule of law and to destroy our democracy. And, he warned, the danger is not over. Trump and his supporters remain “a clear and present danger to American democracy.”
Luttig’s testimony was powerful, but even more extraordinary was a statement he released before today’s hearing. Luttig, for whom both Eastman and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) clerked, warned that “January 6 was…a war for America’s democracy, a war irresponsibly instigated and prosecuted by the former president, his political party allies, and his supporters.”
Stephen Colbert: T****’s Lawyers Knew Overturning Election Was A Crime
John Eastman and the rest of the lawyers advising the former president knew that his plan to overturn the election was a crime, and today’s Jan. 6th Committee hearing revealed that the insurrectionist mob got alarmingly close to getting their hands on VP Mike Pence that day.
Today’s Jan. 6 committee hearing is about the details of the intense pressure campaign against Pence on Jan. 6. Much of today will be devoted to unpacking this line from Vice Chair LIZ CHENEY’s (R-Wyo.) opening statement last Thursday:
“Aware of the rioters’ chants to ‘hang Mike Pence,’ the president responded with this sentiment: ‘maybe our supporters have the right idea.’ Mike Pence ‘deserves’ it.”
In what could be some of the most dramatic moments today, the committee will juxtapose these three things:
• Trump’s comment about Pence deserving to hang.
• The increasingly frantic pleas from Pence aides that the vice president was in danger
• The details of Pence’s whereabouts in the Capitol as rioters came extraordinarily close to him and his Secret Service agents searched for a safe route of escape.
One of the intended takeaways from today’s presentation is that Trump — knowingly — almost got Pence killed.
Greg Sargent: Decoding Liz Cheney’s big hint about John Eastman — and Donald Trump
We still don’t know if Trump or his co-conspirators will ever face a criminal investigation relating to Jan. 6. But Cheney just dropped a big hint about the case the committee will make against both Eastman and Trump.
… In the video, Cheney reminded us the committee has convincingly demonstrated that Trump was extensively informed he’d lost. Cheney then said Thursday’s hearing will focus on Trump’s relentless pressure on Pence to subvert the electoral count in Congress.
“President Trump had no factual basis for what he was doing, and he had been told it was illegal,” Cheney continued. Despite this, she added, Trump “plotted” with Eastman and others to overturn the election on Jan. 6, 2021.
Trump’s pressure on Pence to abuse his role as president of the Senate by delaying the election’s conclusion is the key that unlocks this whole scandal. Eastman concocted a bogus legal justification for Pence to secure this delay, which would allow states to revisit the voting, find it fraudulent and certify sham electors for Trump, overturning his loss.

12 June
Next Jan. 6 hearings to focus on how Trump’s ‘big lie’ fueled rioters
(WaPo) The second public hearing by the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection will focus on then-President Donald Trump’s baseless claims that the 2020 election was stolen — dubbed the “big lie” — and how those false claims were connected to the pro-Trump mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol that day in a bid to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s electoral college win, lawmakers on the bipartisan panel said Sunday.
In a background briefing with reporters on Sunday night, a select committee aide said the hearing on Monday, led by Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.) with an assist from Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), will also dissect the fundraising apparatus that was built around the “big lie” to drive up the post-election cash haul.
“We will reveal information about how the former president’s political apparatus used these lies about fraud, about a stolen election, to drive fundraising, bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars between Election Day 2020 and January 6,” a committee aide said.

Pence-world’s final takedown of Trump’s Jan. 6 bid to remain in power revealed in his lawyer’s memo
Top adviser told the then-vice president that the courts would likely not support him if he gave in to Trump’s pressure to delay certifying electoral votes.
Betsy Woodruff Swan and Kyle Cheney
(Politico) The memo informed Pence’s ultimate decision to rebuff pressure from Trump to reverse the outcome of the election. Pence announced his decision the next day, when he traveled to the Capitol to preside over the Jan. 6 meeting of the House and Senate. His decision, in a letter that closely tracked Jacob’s memo, inflamed a crowd of thousands of Trump supporters that the president had called to Washington to protest his defeat.

9-10 June
Heather Cox Richardson June 10, 2022
…a great deal of the power of the committee’s presentation last night came from the fact that many of its key witnesses were themselves members of Trump’s inner circle. Those witnesses included his attorney general, William Barr; Trump campaign spokesperson Jason Miller; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley; and Trump’s own daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. They established that Trump indeed knew he had lost the election, that he nonetheless stoked a movement to keep him in power, and that when the insurrectionists attacked the Capitol to stop the counting of electoral votes, he refused to intervene to protect lawmakers, law enforcement officers, or the law.
…As Trump’s attack on his daughter indicates, last night’s hearing appears to have exacerbated the chaos in the Republican Party as Trump and his supporters struggle to cling to power in the face of damning evidence that they tried to destroy our democracy.
The Jan. 6 Hearing Put a True-Crime Drama on Prime-Time TV
The first night of the Jan. 6 hearings was serious public service, but it told an engrossing story with the tools of a limited series drama.
(NYT) Representatives Bennie Thompson, Democrat of Mississippi, and Liz Cheney, Republican of Wyoming, led the first hearing on the Jan. 6, 2021, attack, which was packaged like a prime-time news special.
The first night of the congressional Jan. 6 hearings was not an entertainment. It was deadly serious reality, offering a panorama and a terrifying close-up of a real nightmare: The attempt, through violence, to effectively end American democracy by overturning the will of the voters and keeping President Donald J. Trump installed in an office that he lost.
But the hearings were also television, fighting for attention in a cacophonous media environment. This is not just me speaking as a TV critic. The committee itself acknowledged this by bringing on James Goldston, a former ABC News president and producer, to shape the broadcast, and by airing it, unusually, in prime time.
This was not simply a dutiful time capsule for the historical archives. This was TV meant to break through, and to matter, now.
5 Takeaways From the First Jan. 6 Hearing
Trump was at the center of the plot.
Key figures around Trump never believed his lie of a stolen election.
A Capitol Police officer who battled the rioters humanized the drama.
The Proud Boys mounted an organized effort.
There is more to come on the role of Trump and Republicans
At Least 20 Million Watched Jan. 6 Hearing
… Fox News, the most-watched network in cable, did not carry the hearings live, instead sticking with its usual prime-time lineup.
The Fox News hosts Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity dedicated their shows to Jan. 6, and both had the hearing playing live in a split screen — but the feed from Congress was muted while the hosts spent two hours belittling the committee’s efforts.
January 6 Committee Opens With a Narrative MasterClass
Teasers, hooks, special guests, mic drop—what we just saw is must-see TV.
(Mother Jones) That Trump and his cronies tried to overthrow election results has been clear for more than a year to those who are paying attention.
But what if you haven’t been?
Well, the January 6 Committee has made a deft play to get your attention, and they’re doing it by deploying all the tricks of a limited-run HBO series or podcast. First, they use structure—a “seven-part plan” to overthrow a free and fair election, as Reps. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) told us, and they’re going to devote an episode to each part of that plan. Care to see which members of Congress begged for a presidential pardon for their role in the coup? Tune in to episode 4!
In the prologue, they laid out where they’re going to go, and which night you can tune in for what part. They’re dropping little previews of the juicy depositions (I especially appreciated the way they let Jared show himself to be the callous traitor he is) and other evidence to come. And then they cut to a film, a timeline of sorts, of what went down that day—maybe 10 minutes of how the rioters talked of their plans, how they started to breach the Capitol, how Trump egged them on from the bandstands and then via Twitter, how the police fought for their lives and the lives of members of Congress.
Liz Cheney got her chance to rebut her dishonorable peers. She didn’t miss.
By Dana Milbank
(WaPo) Liz Cheney was addressing her fellow Republicans. But more than that, she was speaking to posterity.
“I say this to my Republican colleagues who are defending the indefensible,” she said at Thursday night’s opening hearing of the Jan. 6 House select committee. “There will come a day when Donald Trump is gone, but your dishonor will remain.”
Over 35 minutes, she delivered a methodical indictment of Trump’s role in planning and fomenting the violence, drawing occasional gasps and murmurs from the media, staff and lawmakers in the room.
It’s beyond the Jan. 6 committee’s mandate to explain how so many people who began with honorable instincts ultimately retreated to join Trump. And there is probably no convincing them, nor the tens of millions they have deceived, to correct course now. But the committee’s work gives hope that the dishonorable will, at least, earn history’s rebuke.
E.J. Dionne: Cheney leaves Trump and his GOP apologists reeling

The Jan. 6 insurrection, 1 year later | PBS NewsHour presents (2 hrs 53 mins)
Congress is still investigating the people and organizations linked to the Jan. 6 attack — the most violent assault on the U.S. Capitol since the British attack during the war of 1812. The PBS NewsHour looked back at what happened that day, the lasting impacts on those who survived, where the investigations stand, and the broader effects on American politics, culture and democracy itself.
Day of Rage: An In-Depth Look at How a Mob Stormed the Capitol (video)
A six-month Times investigation has synchronized and mapped out thousands of videos and police radio communications from the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, providing the most complete picture to date of what happened — and why.

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