What's next for the panel investigating the assault on the federal Capitol

What’s Next For The Panel Investigating The Assault On The Federal Capitol

Washington — The House committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol has outlined a schedule for hearings this month, laying out its findings about President Donald Trump’s responsibility. for the assault and the resulting damage to the police officers, congressmen and others who were there that day.

The next round of hearings will not take place in prime time like Thursday, but lawmakers will delve into specific aspects of the insurrection.

This is a summary of what the commission says is coming:

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“Fake and Fraudulent”

Republican Rep. Liz Cheney, the commission’s vice chair, said lawmakers will present evidence at Monday’s second hearing that shows Trump “engaged in a massive attempt to spread false and fraudulent information” that the election had been stolen, despite that advisers and allies told him repeatedly that he had lost them.

The panel touched on that issue in its first hearing with a video featuring former Attorney General William Barr testifying that he repeatedly told the president “in no uncertain terms that he saw no evidence of fraud” that would have affected the election. .

The panel also featured Alex Cannon, a lawyer for the Trump campaign, speaking about conversations with then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows sometime in November 2020.

“I remember sharing with him that we weren’t finding anything that was enough to change the results in any of the key states,” Cannon said.

When asked how Meadows responded, Cannon noted, “I think the words he used were, ‘So there’s nothing significant there.'”

Pressure on the Department of Justice

Cheney noted that the third hearing on Wednesday will focus on how Trump pushed for the Justice Department to “spread their false claims that they had stolen the election from him in the days leading up to January 6.” High-ranking Justice Department officials refused, telling her that his claims were not true.

He noted how Trump tried to promote Jeffrey Clark, an environmental lawyer with the department, to the job of acting attorney general. Clark had drafted a letter to send to Georgia and five other states saying the Justice Department had “identified significant concerns that could have impacted the election outcome.”

Trump came close to giving the top job to Clark, but backed off when senior Justice Department officials and White House lawyers threatened to resign, according to testimony.

“The men involved, including Acting Attorney General Jeff Rosen and Acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue, were appointed by President Trump,” Cheney said. “These men honored their oaths of office. They did their duty, and you will hear from them at our hearings.”

Clark has invoked the Fifth Amendment constitutional privilege against self-incrimination and has refused to testify before the commission.

Spotlight: Mike Pence

Cheney said the fourth hearing will focus on Trump’s attempts to pressure Vice President Mike Pence into stopping Congress from certifying some electoral votes for Joe Biden on Jan. 6, something he lacked the power to do in his ceremonial role.

A gasp went up in the courtroom when Cheney read a version Thursday from the White House. When Trump was informed that the Capitol mob was chanting that Pence be hanged for refusing to prevent the certification, the president responded that perhaps the mob was right, that “he deserves it,” Cheney said.

The day promises plenty of political intrigue as Trump and Pence try to shape the Republican Party for years to come, and perhaps run for president in 2024.

“Find” the votes

Cheney said the fifth hearing, scheduled to take place next week, will focus on the president’s pressure on state lawmakers and state election officials to change election results, including additional details about the Trump to Georgia officials urging them to “find” 11,780 votes.

In addition, she promised new details about attempts to instruct Republican officials in various states to create fake election lists and transmit those lists to Congress, Pence and the National Archives, falsely certifying that Trump won states he had actually lost.

back with trump

The last two hearings, Cheney said, will focus on how Trump urged supporters to march on Capitol Hill, and when the violence had already begun, failed to take immediate action to stop them.

The latest hearing will include a moment-by-moment account of Trump’s response to the insurrection from former White House staffers, through live testimony in the courtroom and via video.

“There is no question that President Trump was well aware of the violence as it unfolded,” Cheney said. “White House staff urged President Trump to step in and call in the mob.”

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