Jamie Raskin Won’t Say Whether The Jan 6 Commission Will Have Mike Pence Testify
The House Select Committee’s first hearing on Jan. 6 is underway in Washington, DC, 18 months after the violent attack on the United States Capitol.
Former President Donald Trump took to Truth Social earlier in the day to claim that the attack on Congress by his supporters was “not just a protest” but actually “the largest movement” in US history. President Joe Biden took a very different view, calling it a “blatant violation of the Constitution”.
In his opening address, Chairman Bennie Thompson warned that the “conspiracy is not over” and that democracy “remains in jeopardy”.
Fragments of testimonies from close confidants of the ex-president are played during the prime-time televised hearing — including the former president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump and former Attorney General Bill Barr. These will be “a small…but meaningful part” of the evidence.
A former GOP insider told: the independent that Mr Trump will “lose his mind” when he watches the hearings and realizes there is no one to intervene on his behalf.
Committee members are also reportedly sitting on approximately 14,000 hours of unreleased Capitol Police bodycam footage, which is expected to be released when the hearing begins at 8 p.m. ET.
A video is played of Ivanka Trump saying that she supported what Bill Barr had said, that the election had not been stolen and that there was no evidence of voter fraud.
“I respect Attorney General Barr, so I accepted what he said.”
Oliver O’ConnellJune 10, 2022 01:29
More from former AG Bill Barr: “I have repeatedly told the president in no uncertain terms that I saw no evidence of fraud that would have influenced the outcome of the election. And honestly, a year and a half later, I still haven’t.”
Oliver O’ConnellJune 10, 2022 01:26
“President Trump called the crowd, gathered the crowd and lit the flame of this attack.”
She says Mr Trump oversaw an “advanced seven-part plan” to undo the election.
Oliver O’ConnellJune 10, 2022 1:24 AM
Tonight, you’ll see never-before-seen footage of the brutal attack on our Capitol and the assault that unfolded, while a few blocks away, President Trump sat watching television in the dining room next to the Oval Office.
You will hear about the brave police officers fighting for their lives and fighting to defend our democracy against the violent mob that Donald Trump refused to call off tonight and for weeks to come.
You will see evidence of what motivated insiders, including directly from those who took part in this attack. You will see a video where they explain why they did it. You see their posts on social media. We’ll show you what they said in federal court. There is no room for discussion on this point. Those who have invaded our capital and spent hours battling law enforcement are motivated by what President Trump told them the election was stolen and that he was the rightful president.
Oliver O’ConnellJune 10, 2022 01:21
Ms. Cheney continues to say that, aware of the ‘Hang Mike Pence’ chants at the Capitol, Mr. Trump said, “Maybe our supporters have the right idea. Mike Pence deserves it.”
Oliver O’ConnellJune 10, 2022 01:19
Mr. Thompson introduces Republican Representative Liz Cheney to give her opening statement, who says, “What an honor to serve on this committee.”
Ms. Cheney leads in Trump’s own words: “President Trump believed that his supporters in the Capitol, and I quote, are ‘doing what they should be doing’.”
Oliver O’ConnellJune 10, 2022 01:18
Thompson says, “I come before you tonight, not as a Democrat, but as an American who has sworn an oath to defend the Constitution. The constitution doesn’t just protect Democrats or just Republicans. It protects us all.”
He adds: “January 6 and the lies that led to insurgency have endangered two and a half centuries of constitutional democracy. The world is watching what we do here. America was long expected to be a gleaming city on a hill. A beacon of hope and freedom.”
Oliver O’ConnellJune 10, 2022 01:14
“Donald Trump was at the center of this conspiracy,” said Mr. Thompson. “And in the end Donald Trump – the President of the United States – urged a band of domestic enemies of the Constitution to march through the Capitol and undermine American democracy.”
“January 6 was the culmination of a coup attempt, a brutal attempt, as one rioter put it shortly after January 6, to overthrow the government. The violence was no accident.”
Oliver O’ConnellJune 10, 2022 01:14
First Video Evidence: Former AG Bill Bar
After saying that Donald Trump lost the 2020 election, Mr. Thompson plays the first video evidence – former Attorney General Bill Barr.
Mr. Barr recalled, “I made it clear that I disagreed with the idea of saying the election was stolen and putting out this stuff that I told the president was bullshit.”
Oliver O’ConnellJune 10, 2022 01:12
Rep Bennie Thompson delivers opening remarks
The hearing begins with an opening statement from Chairman Bennie Thompson.
“I come from a part of the country where people justified the actions of slavery, the Ku klux Klan and lynching. I am reminded of that dark history when I hear voices today trying to justify the actions of the insurgents on January 6, 2021.”
“We have taken an oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies, both foreign and domestic,” he said. “That oath was put to the test on January 6, 2021.”
Oliver O’ConnellJune 10, 2022 01:10