January 6th Committee Holds Public Hearings
The January 6th Committee of the House of Representatives held its first public hearing on June 9th at 8 PM EST. It was carried live on all the Networks but Fox. The hearing laid out the case that President Trump had orchestrated the events, including the events that led to the attack on the Capital in 2021
The January 6th committee was constituted by the House of Representatives to investigate the events of January 6th, 2021, when riders attacked the Capital of the United States. Initially, there was an attempt to create a bipartisan committee similar to the 9/11 committee to look into events, but the Republicans soon got cold feet and refused. Eventually, a committee was established that included two Republicans, Adam Kissinger and Liz Cheney. The chair of the Committee was Representative Bennie Thompson, and the vice-Chair was Liz Cheney.
In the first session, the Committee laid out a. Roadmap of their year-long investigation and a summary stating there was a seven-part conspiracy to stop the peaceful transfer of power between President Trump and then President-elect Biden. The steps were:
1. Spread false information about the election being stolen.
2. Mobilize the federal government to embrace the Big Lie and cast doubt on the election returns.
3. Pressure state officials for new results that favor Trump.
4. Push supporters in the states to file false slates of electors.
5. Pressure the vice president—publicly and privately— not to certify the election.
6. Summon the Proud Boys and other violent supporters to Washington.
7. Refuse to make a single call to anyone to stop the insurrection.
The first session included significant new information, including that when President True was told that the rioters wanted to hang Mike Pence, he reportedly said that might not be a bad idea. It was also revealed that several Congressmen requested a pardon from President Trump in the Administration's waning days. Six more public hearings will follow.
The second hearing concentrated on the fact that President Trump knew he lost. Was told repeatdelhy that he lost and despite knowing it made the claim of the stolen election. The hearing brought out that Trump had been told in advance about what is known as the Red Mirage. That being the fact that more Democrats then Republicans vote by mail, but that day of vote voting is counted first, so their is often a mirage showing that the Republcans ahead and that changes as the mail in votes got counted. So despite knowing that as the vote counting continued Trump called fraud with no basis. Fformer Attorney General William Barr,described what was “bullshit” (his description of the vote fraud charges) . He stated that dealing with the allegations was like “playing whack-a-mole,” and that the claims the Justice Department was asked to investigate were “completely bogus and silly and based on misinformation.” Barr testified that the “idiotic claims” were genuinely harmful. “It was crazy stuff that was doing a great disservice to the country. What also came out in the hearing that much of the reason for claiming that the election was stolen was to raise money.
The Third Hearing that took place on June 16th the constant attempts to convince Vice President Pence to do something that they know was illegal. Judge Michael Luttig a very respected conservate judge called the actions and the continued actions to claim there was a steal, a "Clear and Present Danger to the Republic."
The Fourth Day of the Hearing took place on June 21, 2022. That day was devoted to the pressure placed on Republican election officials. The lead witness was Rusy Bowers, the Republican Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives and a supporter of Trump. He related how Trump had brought up several untrue claims on a phone call together with Rudy Giuliani, including that 200,000 illegal immigrants voted. Bowers told them you're asking me to do something that is contrary to my oath." Rudy, he said, "would say, 'Aren't we all Republicans here?'" And then there was Giuliani's Freudian slip that, "We've got lots of theories; we just don't have the evidence."
The next witness was Brad Raffensperger, the Georgia State Secretary who was the recipient of the infamous Trump call in which he asked to find 11,780 votes for Trump. Raffensperger went on to say that he had investigated every single Trump claim, which was found to be false. When Raffesnsperger would not go along, he was threatened, as was his family. Including his widowed daughter-in-law. The day's hearings ended with the gripping testimony of Shaye Moss and a Georgia election official who Giuliani accused of election fraud. She described how her life had been turned upside down by threats from Trump supporters.
The fifth day of the hearings concentrated on the efforts to convince Justice Department officials to state that there were problems with the elections, that voting machines should be seized, and other actions taken. When the Justice Department officials refused, citing the fact that there was no evidence to back up the claims, President Trump tried to appoint Jeffrey Clark, a lower rank Justice official who supported Trump's allegations. Trump only backed off when the complete higher echelons of the Justice Department said they would resign if he was appointed. The hearings heard testimony from Steven Engel, Jeffrey Rosen, and Richard Donoghue. Richard Donoghue testified to a conversation with President Trump and Jeffrey Rosen where "The President said 'Just say the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the Republican Congressmen'… that's an exact quote."
Day sixth of the hearings was unscheduled and it was a blockbuster. Cassidy Hutchinson who Mark Meadow's senior assistant testified. Her most damming testimony was that President Trump knew that those attending the rally were armed, and he encouraged them anyway to march on the Capital. Hutcinson testified to hearing Trump say remove the magnometers that were stopping people with weapons from entering the demonstration area he stated "they are not here to hurt me". Hutichinson went on to say that Trump was fine with VP Pence being hung by the rioters.