Jan 6 Committee Hearing Today: Panel Urges DoJ to Investigate Trump

Jan 6 Committee Hearing Today: Panel Urges DoJ to Investigate Trump

Jan 6 Committee Hearing Today: Panel Urges DoJ to Investigate Trump

Liz Cheney tells Republicans defending rioters: ‘If Trump is gone, you will remain dishonor’

The select committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol is meeting again today for another hearing, expected to focus on how Donald Trump and his lieutenants spread the so-called “big lie” in the months leading up to the revolt .

The event kicks off Monday at 10 a.m. ET and will feature testimonials from Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign manager Bill Stepien.

Ahead of the hearing, Democratic panelists Adam Schiff and Jamie Raskin both said the Justice Department should properly account for “credible evidence” they claim they have gathered about the president’s guilt for the uprising.

“There are certain actions, parts of these various attempts to reverse the election, that I see no evidence that the Justice Department is investigating,” Mr. Schiff told ABC News.

Last week’s hearing featured harrowing and never-before-seen footage of the riots themselves, as well as excerpts from the commission’s interviews with Mr. Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, and his son-in-law Jared Kushner.

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Schiff: Panel has ‘credible evidence’ for DoJ to follow up

Adam Schiff told ABC News yesterday that his panel has gathered enough evidence that the Justice Department should take seriously the possibility of bringing Donald Trump before a jury.

“Once the evidence is gathered, the Justice Department must make a decision as to whether it can prove to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt the guilt of the president or someone else’s,” Mr. Schiff said on CBS. “But they should be investigated if there is credible evidence, which I think there is.”

He added: “I would like the Department of Justice to investigate any credible allegations of criminal activity on the part of Donald Trump… There are certain actions, parts of these various attempts to undo the election that I am not aware of.” see evidence that the Department of Justice is investigating.”

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Andrew NaughtieJune 13, 2022 09:40

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Rep Don Bacon Suggests He Can Support Trump in Criminal Prosecution

Republican Congressman Don Bacon has suggested he is open to supporting a Justice Department referral and urging the agency to pursue criminal charges against Donald Trump, in what may be one of the first signs that the evidence of the Jan. 6 committee breaks through Republicans.

“I look at it this way: He’s already left. I think we should look forward to this more, but we’ll see what the evidence is regarding the president,” Mr. Bacon said in an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday.

Sravasti DasguptaJune 13, 2022 09:10

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Trump accused Ivanka of perjury by rejecting her statement to commission, says Mary Trump

Donald Trump’s niece, Mary Trump, has said the former president’s dismissal of his daughter Ivanka’s testimony before the Jan. 6 commission could be taken as an allegation of perjury.

Ms. Trump’s comments came in an interview with MSNBC on Sunday, RawStory reported.

“Like we knew would happen, Donald didn’t quite throw her under the bus. But I think it’s very important to point out that he said she checked out, although that’s kind of rude, it’s not really the issue. He’s actually accusing her of perjury,” she said.

When asked whether she expected this from the former president or his daughter, Ms. Trump replied, “It’s exactly what I expected from both of them.” “I think Ivanka walked a very thin line,” she said.

“She didn’t say anything that was necessarily inflammatory, but, as we thought would happen, she decided she had to choose what the facts support, which is that the election was not stolen.”

FILE – Donald Trump, left, his son Donald Trump Jr., center, and his daughter Ivanka Trump

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Sravasti DasguptaJune 13, 2022 08:35

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Republican Congressman Suggests He Can Support Trump in Criminal Prosecution

ICYMI: A Republican congressman has suggested he is open to supporting a Justice Department referral and urging the agency to bring a criminal charge against Donald Trump, in what may be one of the first signs that the commission’s evidence of January 6 breaks through with the Republicans.

John Bowden has the story.

Graeme MassieJune 13, 2022 07:54

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Steve Bannon Furious Over Possible Trump Indictment, Furious At Attorney General Garland

Steve Bannon, the former adviser to Donald Trump, has lashed out at Attorney General Merrick Garland on his podcast.

“Trump won the presidency. And he is the legitimate president of the United States, and your husband is illegitimate and the American people are becoming aware of that,” Bannon said Saturday.

“We don’t care what you have to say. And I dare Merrick Garland to bring that crap out there last night and try to indict Donald J Trump.”

“We challenge you because we will accuse you. We win in November and we’re going to blame you and everyone around you. F*** – screw the White House. We’re going to charge you and everyone in the DOJ,” he added.

A clip from the podcast was posted to Twitter by attorney Ron Filipkowski.

The House selection committee on Jan. 6 has said it has found sufficient evidence to indict Mr. Trump over his claims to invalidate the 2020 election.

Sravasti DasguptaJune 13, 2022 07:32

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Trump ‘has become a prisoner of his own ego’

ICYMI: The property of Rupert Murdoch New York Post has published a harsh critique of Donald Trump, arguing that the former president has “become a prisoner of his own ego”.

“He can’t admit that his tweeting and narcissism have knocked out millions. He will not stop insisting that 2020 was “stolen”, even if he has offered no proof that it is true.”

Graeme MassieJune 13, 2022 07:11

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Fox News to air hearing Monday

Fox News plans to broadcast the Jan. 6 committee hearing Monday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The network had declined to broadcast the committee’s first hearing on Thursday on its flagship network, though it did the proceeding on its Fox Business Network cable channel and streaming platforms.

The hearing was covered by all the other major networks. Fox News had its regular programming of Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity opinion shows, but without commercials for two hours to counter the hearing programming.

The Fox News Channel averaged three million viewers over the two hours with its counter shows, comparable to what the hosts draw on a typical evening.

Tucker Carlson lashes out at Jan. 6 committee as it holds its first public hearings

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Sravasti DasguptaJune 13, 2022 06:35

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More than half of Republicans still believe the debunked conspiracy that the Capitol Rebellion was an Antifa plot

More than half of US Republicans still believe the Jan. 6 Capitol riots were a conspiracy by left-wing protesters, a new poll shows.

Graeme MassieJune 13, 2022 06:06

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Monday hearing to mark election day 2020

As the Jan. 6 House selection committee holds its second hearing on Monday, the focus is expected to remain on Election Day 2020 and the origins of claims the polls were stolen.

The committee will walk through election events day and night and how the origins of false election fraud claims have evolved in recent weeks, Axios reported.

It will also draw attention to the hundreds of millions of dollars raised between Election Day and January 6, when the Capitol uprising took place.

The Independent’s John Bowden has more on what to expect from Monday’s hearing:

Sravasti DasguptaJune 13, 2022 05:30

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Documentary maker who testified: ‘It took us a while to process what we had even seen’

ICYMI: Nick Quested, the documentary filmmaker who testified before the House of Jan 6 committee last week, reflected on the shocking footage he shot the day of the Capitol attack, in an interview with NBC’s Meet the press.

“It took us a while to process what we had even seen,” Mr Quested told the program, adding that he was used to covering political violence abroad but not at home in the US.

Graeme MassieJune 13, 2022 05:11