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Jan. 6 insurrection hearings: How to watch and what to know

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly a year since its inception, the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol will go public with its findings starting this week as lawmakers hope to show the American public how democracy came to the brink of disaster.

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What we know about Trump’s actions as insurrection unfolded

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of the House committee investigating the events of Jan. 6 will hold their first prime-time hearing Thursday to share what they have uncovered about then-President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election, which culminated in the deadly storming of the U.S. Capitol. Part of their mission: determining Trump’s actions that day.

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Hearings guide: What to know as the Jan. 6 panel goes public

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol will hold the first in a series of hearings laying out its initial findings Thursday night, a highly anticipated look at evidence the panel has been gathering for the last year.

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Capitol riot panel blames Trump for 1/6 ‘attempted coup’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol has laid the blame firmly on Donald Trump, saying the assault was not spontaneous but an “attempted coup” and a direct result of the defeated president’s effort to overturn the 2020 election.

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Capitol officer recounts Jan. 6 ‘war scene’ in her testimony

WASHINGTON (AP) — Capitol Police Officer Caroline Edwards described to lawmakers the “war scene” that she and other officers faced when rioters began viciously attacking them on Jan. 6, 2021.

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1/6 panel: Told repeatedly he lost, Trump refused to go

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump was told the same thing over and over, by his campaign team, the data crunchers, and a steady stream of lawyers, investigators and inner-circle allies: There was no voting fraud that could have tipped the 2020 presidential election.

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A harrowing American moment, repackaged for prime time

NEW YORK (AP) — Promised: New footage. New testimony. New and damning revelations designed to eliminate all doubt. Hired to package it all for the airwaves: A former network news president. The time slot: 8 p.m. on the East Coast, once a plum spot for the most significant television programming in the land.

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Jan. 6 panel hears Trump ‘detached from reality’ amid defeat

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s closest campaign advisers, top government officials and even his family were dismantling his false claims of 2020 election fraud ahead of Jan. 6, but the defeated president seemed “detached from reality” and clinging to outlandish theories to stay in power, the committee investigating the Capitol attack was told Monday.

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1/6 panel probes Trump pressure on Pence to reject election

WASHINGTON (AP) — The 1/6 committee is set to plunge into Donald Trump’s last-ditch effort to salvage the 2020 election by pressuring Vice President Mike Pence to reject the electoral count — a highly unusual and potentially illegal strategy that was set in motion in the run-up to the U.S. Capitol riot.

https://apnews.com/article/capitol-siege-donald-trump-crime-presidential-elections-cdc64a3de7950e6f3291851b3c5d9b1a?

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Jan. 6 takeaways: ‘Heated’ Trump, Pence’s near miss with mob

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House committee investigating the Capitol insurrection used its latest public hearing on Thursday to focus on the pressure that then-President Donald Trump put on his vice president, Mike Pence, to delay or reject the certification of Joe Biden’s election victory on Jan. 6, 2021. The committee is trying to show how that pressure incited a violent mob to lay siege to the Capitol that day.

https://apnews.com/article/capitol-siege-biden-riots-government-and-politics-election-2020-0a325b3a16d10dd5db8d715b011c92f8?

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Jan. 6 witnesses push Trump stalwarts back to rabbit hole

One by one, several of Donald Trump’s former top advisers have told a special House committee investigating his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection that they didn’t believe his lies about the 2020 election, and that the former president knew he lost to Joe Biden.

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Watergate 50th meets Jan. 6. Common thread: Thirst for power

WASHINGTON (AP) — The wreckage of Watergate and Jan. 6 are a half-century apart yet rooted in the same ancient thirst for power at any cost.

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The moments resonating from the Jan. 6 hearings (so far)

NEW YORK (AP) — By the numbers, the Jan. 6 committee hearings attracted 20 million live viewers on opening night, 11 million for the first daytime session and nearly 9 million for Thursday’s third installment.

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Jan. 6 hearings continue

Team to offer evidence Trump pressured states

Chelsey Cox

USA TODAY

Day four of the hearings held by the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol is scheduled for today with former President Donald Trump once again a focus.

The committee will present evidence showing Trump and his allies pressured Republican state legislatures to change or question election results in their states.

The proceedings follow a packed hearing Thursday that detailed how Trump and his team pressured then-Vice President Mike Pence to toss out a slate of electors as he presided over the Senate to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election. When Pence refused, Trump incited a riot, the committee argued.

What will the committee cover and when are following hearings scheduled? Here's what we know:

What time is the Jan. 6 hearing today?

The hearing is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. EDT.

How to watch the Jan. 6 hearing

USA TODAY will livestream the hearings on usatoday.com. The hearings have also been televised on C-Span and cable news networks.

What will the hearing focus on?

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., the

See HEARINGS, Page 4A

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committee's vice chair, said the committee will focus on how Trump and his team were determined “to transmit materially false electoral slates from multiple states” to federal officials and the pressures put on state legislatures to reverse lawful election results.

“Over the course of our next hearings, you will see information about President Trump's efforts, John (Eastman's) efforts, the Trump legal team's efforts, to apply pressure to Republican state legislatures, state officials and others,” Cheney said in her closing statements on Thursday, referring to Trump's lawyer.

Committee member Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said on CNN's “State of the Union” that the committee would show evidence of Trump's involvement in an effort to submit fake slates of electors.

“We'll show during the hearing what the President's role was in trying to get states to name alternate slates of electors, how that scheme depended initially on hopes that the legislators would reconvene and bless it,” Schiff said. “We'll also again show evidence about what his own lawyers came to think about this scheme.”

Trump's phone call to Georgia election officials will likely be presented as evidence. A transcript and audio recording of a phone call between Trump's team and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger revealed that Trump tried to pressure Raffensperger to “find” enough votes to reverse his election loss in the state.

Hearing schedule: When is the next hearing?

The committee has scheduled the next hearing for Thursday at 3 p.m. Time is subject to change.

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1/6 panel to hear from Raffensperger, others Trump pushed

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House 1/6 committee is set to hear from the caretakers of American democracy — elections workers and local officials — who fended off Donald Trump’s pressure to overturn the 2020 presidential election, at times despite frightening personal attacks.

https://apnews.com/article/2022-midterm-elections-capitol-siege-biden-donald-trump-presidential-70b3fad9f2b3d990c2e097c3d1143f1a?

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Trump’s pressure drew violence, threats to local officials, committee shows

In its fourth public hearing, the committee shared new evidence of Trump’s personal involvement in organizing the false elector strategy

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2022/06/21/trumps-pressure-drew-violence-threats-local-officials-committee-shows/

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Hearing: Trump told Justice Dept. to call election ‘corrupt’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump hounded the Justice Department to pursue his false election fraud claims, striving in vain to enlist top law enforcement officials in his desperate bid to stay in power and relenting only when warned in the Oval Office of mass resignations, according to testimony Thursday to the House panel investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot.

https://apnews.com/article/capitol-siege-elections-donald-trump-campaigns-presidential-4e7e68e2ff57aadd96d09c873a43a317?

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Former aide: Trump was told protesters had weapons on Jan. 6

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cassidy Hutchinson, a key aide in Donald Trump’s White House, told the House committee investigating the violent Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection on Tuesday that Trump was informed that the supporters he addressed that morning had weapons but he told officials to “let my people in” and march to the Capitol.

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JAN. 6 HEARINGS

Aide: Trump was told protesters had weapons

Testimony elaborates on former president's actions on day of Capitol attack

Mary Clare Jalonick, Farnoush Amiri, Eric Tucker and Michael Balsamo

ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON – Former President Donald Trump dismissed the presence of armed protesters headed to the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, and even endorsed their calls to “hang Mike Pence,” a key former White House aide told House investigators Tuesday, describing chaotic scenes inside and outside the executive mansion as Trump argued to accompany his supporters.

Trump was informed that some of the protesters in the crowd outside the White House had weapons, but he told officials to “let my people in” and march to the Capitol, testified Cassidy Hutchinson, who was a special assistant to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.

Hutchinson depicted a president flailing in anger and prone to violent outbursts as the window to overturn his election loss closed and as aides sought to rein in his impulses. Told by security officials that it wasn't safe to go to the Capitol after he addressed his supporters, he lunged toward the steering wheel of the presidential SUV.

Hutchinson said she was told of the altercation in the armored vehicle – dubbed “The Beast” – by Meadows' deputy shortly after it happened.

It wasn't clear what Trump would have done at the Capitol as a violent mob of his supporters was breaking in. But there were conversations about him “going into the House chamber at one point,” Hutchinson said.

As his supporters laid siege to Congress, both Trump and Meadows appeared unconcerned about cries in the crowd to “hang Mike Pence!” The president tweeted during the attack that Pence didn't have the “courage” to object to President Joe Biden's victory as he presided over the joint session of Congress that day.

Hutchinson quoted Meadows as saying that Trump “thinks Mike deserves it.”

See HEARINGS, Page 4A Cassidy Hutchinson, a special assistant to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, quoted Trump as directing his staff, in profane terms, to take away the metal-detecting magnetometers that he thought would slow down supporters who'd gathered in Washington.

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And as for the rioters, Meadows said, “He doesn't think they're doing anything wrong.”

Hutchinson's explosive testimony – featured in a surprise hearing announced just 24 hours earlier – came as the House committee investigating the Capitol insurrection holds a series of hearings to inform the public about what happened as Trump's supporters beat police, broke in through windows and doors and interrupted the certification of Biden's victory.

“As an American I was disgusted,” Hutchinson told the committee, reacting to Trump's tweet about Pence. “It was unpatriotic, it was un-American, and you were watching the Capitol building get defaced over a lie.”

Hutchinson quoted Trump as directing his staff, in profane terms, to take away the metal-detecting magnetometers that he thought would slow down supporters who'd gathered in Washington. In videotaped testimony played before the committee, she recalled the former president saying words to the effect of: “I don't (expletive)care that they have weapons.”

“They're not here to hurt me. Take the (expletive) mags away. Let my people in. They can march to the Capitol from here,” Hutchinson testified.

Before they left the Ellipse, where Trump had addressed them between the White House and the Washington Monument, she said, she received an angry call from House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, who had just heard the president say he was coming to the Capitol. “Don't come up here,” McCarthy told her, before hanging up.

In the days before the attack, Hutchinson said that she was “scared, and nervous for what could happen” ahead of the riot after conversations with Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, Meadows and others.

Meadows told Hutchinson that “things might get real, real bad,” she said. But she described him as unconcerned as security officials told him about the people at Trump's rally who had been caught with weapons - including people wearing armor and carrying automatic firearms.

Giuliani told her it was going to be “a great day” and “we're going to the Capitol.”

As a White House insider, she told stories of a raging president who was unable to acknowledge his defeat. At the beginning of December, Hutchinson said, she heard noise inside the White House around the time an Associated Press article was published in which then-Attorney General William Barr said the Justice Department had not found evidence of voter fraud that could have affected the election outcome.

She said she entered a room and noticed ketchup dripping down a wall and broken porcelain. The president, it turned out, had thrown his lunch across the wall in disgust over the article and she was urged to steer clear of him.

The 25-year-old, who was a special assistant and aide to former Trump chief of staff Meadows, had earlier provided a trove of information to congressional investigators and had sat for interviews behind closed doors. The committee called the surprise hearing this week after she agreed to give public testimony.

In excerpts of her closed-door testimony, Hutchinson told the committee in recent months that she was in the room for White House meetings where challenges to the election were debated and discussed, including with several Republican lawmakers. She revealed that the White House counsel's office cautioned against plans to enlist fake electors in swing states, including in meetings involving Meadows and Trump lawyer Giuliani. Attorneys for the president advised that the plan was not “legally sound,” Hutchinson said.

During her separate depositions, Hutchinson also testified about her boss' surprise trip to Georgia weeks after the election to oversee the audit of absentee ballot envelope signatures and ask questions about the process.

The panel has held five hearings so far, mostly laying out Trump's postelection campaigning to various government institutions in the weeks leading up to the Jan. 6 joint session of Congress.

The committee has used the hearings to detail the pressure from Trump and his allies on Pence, on the states that were certifying Biden's win, and on the Justice Department.

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Aide: Trump dismissed Jan. 6 threats, wanted to join crowd

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump rebuffed his own security’s warnings about armed protesters in the Jan. 6 rally crowd and made desperate attempts to join his supporters as they marched to the Capitol, according to dramatic new testimony before the House committee investigating the 2021 insurrection.

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7 hours ago, phkrause said:

Aide: Trump dismissed Jan. 6 threats, wanted to join crowd

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump rebuffed his own security’s warnings about armed protesters in the Jan. 6 rally crowd and made desperate attempts to join his supporters as they marched to the Capitol, according to dramatic new testimony before the House committee investigating the 2021 insurrection.

https://apnews.com/article/capitol-siege-government-and-politics-9e7c03bb83f43fb17b4fd90d1360993d?

Really is amazing. The dramatic new testimony seems to come with some disagreement as to either her memory or her honesty. Strange how that happens with so many of the democratic "bombshell" accusations against Trump. With the problems Trump creates for himself it might make more sense for the Trump haters to let him dig his own grave. They wouldn't look so vindictive and as guilty of the dishonesty they accuse Trump of

 

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23 hours ago, bonnie said:

Really is amazing. The dramatic new testimony seems to come with some disagreement as to either her memory or her honesty. Strange how that happens with so many of the democratic "bombshell" accusations against Trump. With the problems Trump creates for himself it might make more sense for the Trump haters to let him dig his own grave. They wouldn't look so vindictive and as guilty of the dishonesty they accuse Trump of

 

Secret Service agents are prepared to testify that Trump did not lunge at them or try to take control of the car to …

Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to Mark Meadows, testified that Trump sought to go to …

Right!! All the witnesses are Republicans!! And we will see if any that disagree with her will actually testify, so far as I've heard they will not because they will have to raise there right hand and say they will be telling the truth, the whole truth etc.!! Personally I'd be surprised if they testify. If they're anything like Stone, Flynn, Bannon, and a number of others who have declined to testify because they know the consequences of lying!!!!!

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About half say Trump should be charged for 1/6: AP-NORC poll

WASHINGTON (AP) — About half of Americans believe former President Donald Trump should be charged with a crime for his role in the U.S. Capitol attack on Jan. 6, 2021, a new poll shows.

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About half say Trump should be charged for 1/6: AP-NORC poll

WASHINGTON (AP) — About half of Americans believe former President Donald Trump should be charged with a crime for his role in the U.S. Capitol attack on Jan. 6, 2021, a new poll shows.

https://apnews.com/article/capitol-siege-crime-donald-trump-congress-government-and-politics-bb9efcbca309c3acb66e9c6d8a13657d?

I believe it was about the same number that believed the darling of the democratic party about Russian collusion. Same thing with Hunter Biden's laptop, those nasty Russians again    Swept  the rather sick report of Ashley's diary under the rug and shh,be quiet. I believe the FBI confirmed it was hers. So excuse me if I don't get all excited about the honesty and integrity of the accusers.

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1 hour ago, phkrause said:

Right!! All the witnesses are Republicans!! And we will see if any that disagree with her will actually testify, so far as I've heard they will not because they will have to raise there right hand and say they will be telling the truth, the whole truth etc.!! Personally I'd be surprised if they testify. If they're anything like Stone, Flynn, Bannon, and a number of others who have declined to testify because they know the consequences of lying!!!!!

I would suspect most that worked during this administration were republicans. That is hardly a newsflash. So far the secret service have said absolutely they would testify.

Unlike the democrats that didn't pay any consequences for lying.  You may have privileged information as to why some have not testified, I don't know their reasoning but I agree they have more to lose than Hillary Clinton.

It will be interesting as it plays out. It doesnt really matter what the truth is it will go the way of the Russian collusion

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