Last hearing Jan. 6: Trump ‘selfishly’ sits and watches riot on TV for 187 minutes as aides ‘beg’ for it to end

Last hearing Jan. 6: Trump ‘selfishly’ sits and watches riot on TV for 187 minutes as aides ‘beg’ for it to end

Jan. 6 Committee member says it ‘grossly inappropriate’ to try to witness Trump tampering

The committee’s eighth hearing on Jan. 6 focused on Donald Trump’s refusal to withdraw a mob of supporters who violently stormed Congress.

In addition to detailing Mr. Trump’s inaction while attacking Congress, the panel will reportedly screen outtakes from the then-president’s January 7 speech, and Two administrative staff Who resigned after the Capitol riots will testify in person.

The selection committee has not confirmed whether this will be the last hearing. The schedule has changed repeatedly since the hearings began in early summer, and panel members say they have received a flood of new evidence and witnesses as their sessions continue.

Meanwhile, prosecutors have suspended their case against right-wing activist and Trump ally Steve Bannon, who is in court facing charges of criminal contempt of Congress. The Justice Department argues that he “decided that he was above the law” when he refused to comply with the Select Committee’s subpoena on January 6.

In other news, former first lady Melania Trump took a swipe at her former chief of staff, Stephanie Grisham, claiming she wasn’t informed about the Capitol riots.

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Rep. Luria: “There is no official record of what President Trump did while in the dining room … The chief White House photographer wanted to take the picture because it was, in his words, ‘very important to his archive and history.’ But he was told, ‘no picture’.

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Rep. Elaine Luria: “Within 15 minutes of leaving the stage, President Trump knew the Capitol was under siege and under attack.”

Luria said he watched Fox News for more than two hours in his private dining room at the W.H. as the riots began.

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Sergeant Mark Robinson, a retired DC MPD officer, testified that he heard that Trump was upset and adamant about going to the Capitol, and that there was a “heated discussion” about it.

Mr. Robinson has participated in presidential motorcades more than a hundred times. He never witnessed an argument with the President about where to go.

The committee said two witnesses corroborated Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony that an angry exchange took place in the president’s car with Trump on his way to the Capitol on Jan. 6.

Rep. Luria: “The committee is also aware that some Secret Service witnesses are now retaining new private counsel. We expect more testimony under oath and other new information in the coming weeks.”

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A White House security official – who remains anonymous – testified to the committee that they were “alarmed” because “the president wanted to move hundreds of thousands of people into the Capitol.”

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In his opening remarks, Mr. Pottinger noted that he was proud of his service in the White House, and that he was pleased with Trump’s foreign policy successes. He said he was out of the White House on the morning of January 6 but returned around 2:30 p.m.

Ms. Matthews explained how she came to work at the White House and confirmed that she was working in the West Wing when rioters stormed the Capitol.

Alyssa Farah Griffin, a former aide to Mike Pence, observed that they were “a smart pair of witnesses.”

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The witness took the oath

Today’s witnesses were sworn in by Rep. Liz Cheney.

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On 6 January the Chair announced further hearings in September

The co-chairs of the January 6 Select Committee confirmed on Thursday that their inquiry will continue throughout the summer and will reconvene for a second round of public hearings in September.

Congressman Benny Thompson, the committee’s chairman, and Vice Chair Liz Cheney announced at the start of Thursday’s hearing, after noting in previous meetings, that more witnesses were coming forward and testifying to lawmakers.

John Bowden reports from Capitol Hill.

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GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger delivered his opening statement in which he said: “President Trump did not fail to act in the 187 minutes between leaving the Oval and telling the crowd to go home. He chose not to act.”

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Rep. Elaine Luria, Democrat of Virginia, began her presentation by quoting the president’s oath to “defend and defend the Constitution.”

He added that Donald Trump “betrayed his oath and neglected his duty”.

Today’s hearing will focus on 187 minutes from 1.10pm to 4.17pm on 6 January 2021. From when the then president finished his rally speech to when he finally told the rioters to go home.

Meanwhile: “Virtually everyone has asked President Trump to condemn the violence in clear and unequivocal terms.”

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‘The dam is starting to break’

Rep. Liz Cheney said “the dam is starting to break”, suggesting more evidence is coming.

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