WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the house committee investigation of 6 Jan Uprising in the Capitol and Donald Trump’s attempt to overthrow the 2020 election Prime time hearing on Thursday He declared the attack an “attempted coup” that would “endanger two and a half centuries of constitutional democracy.”
Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said “the world is watching” the U.S. response to the panel’s year-long investigation into the Capitol riots and the defeated president’s extraordinary efforts to block Congress from certification Joe Biden wins the election. He called it a “brazen attempt” to overturn the election.
“Democracy remains in jeopardy,” Thompson said. “We must face the truth with openness, determination and determination.”
The committee presented a never-before-seen video and a slew of other evidence in an effort to unravel the “harrowing story” of the deadly violence on that day and also a terrifying backstory how Trump cardthe defeated President tried to tip over Bidens election victory.
In one clip, the panel played a joke by former Attorney General Bill Barr, who testified that he told Trump allegations of a rigged election were “bull——”.
Thursday night’s hearing delivered testimonies by the first cop to rush in the mob riot and from a documentary filmmaker who was investigating it extremist Proud Boys as they prepared to campaign for Trump immediately after the election and then led the storming of the Capitol.
Also the hearing featured accounts from Trump aides and family members questioned behind closed doors, including Trump’s former attorney general, who said he shared his claims with the president.
“When you hear and understand the wide-ranging conspiracy and effort to corrupt every lever and government agency involved, you know the hairs on the back of your neck should stand up,” said Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va. , a member of the 1/6 committee, in a pre-hearing interview.
The 1/6 panel results aim to show that America’s tradition of peacefully transferring presidential power was nearly derailed. You reconstruct how Trump refused to admit the 2020 electiondistribution false allegations of voter fraud and orchestrated an unprecedented public and private campaign to tip over Biden’s victory.
Biden said in Los Angeles at the Summit of the Americas that many viewers “will see many details that have transpired for the first time.”
“I think it was a clear, flagrant violation of the Constitution,” he said.
Trump didn’t apologize, dismissing the probe again – even declaring on social media that January 6 “represented the greatest movement in our country’s history.”
The result of the coming weeks of public hearings can not change hearts or minds in politically polarized America. But the investigation of the committee with 1,000 job interviews intended to stand as a public record for the story. A final report is used for accounting the fiercest attack on the Capitol since the British set it on fire in 1814, and to ensure such an attack never happens again.
More than 100 police officers were injured in the riot, many beaten and bloodied, as crowds of pro-Trump rioters, some armed with whistles, bats and bear spray, stormed into the Capitol. At least nine people who were there died during and after the riots, including a woman who was shot dead by police.
Emotions are still open in the Capitol, and security for the hearings will be tight. Law enforcement officials are reporting an increase in violent threats against members of Congress.
Against this background, the Committee predicts a divided America the midterm elections in the fall when voters decide which party controls Congress. However, most TV stations broadcast the hearing live Fox News Channel wasn’t.
Among the onlookers are several current and former police officers who fought mobs in a desperate battle to protect the Capitol, and lawmakers who were trapped together in the home’s gallery during the siege have remained nearby.
“We want to remind people that we were there and saw what happened,” said Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn. “We know how close we have come to the first non-peaceful transfer of power in this country.”
The committee chairman, leader of civil rights Thompson opened the hearing with a dash of American history. He said he’s heard from those who denied the stark reality of January 6th, his own experience of growing up in a time and place “when people saw the action of slavery, the Ku Klux Klan and lynching.” justified”.
He and Vice Chairman Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, outlined what the committee learned about events leading up to that brisk January day when Trump sent his supporters to Congress “Fight Like Hell” for his presidency as a legislature undertook the typically routine task of confirming last November’s findings.
A witness scheduled Thursday was documentary filmmaker Nick Quested filming the Proud Boys storming the Capitol — along with a crucial meeting between the group’s then-chairman Henry “Enrique” Tarrio and another extremist group, the Oath Keepersthe night before in the nearby parking garage.
Court documents show members of the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers discussed the need to keep Trump in office back in November. Leads both groups and some members have since been charged on rarely charges of sedition about the military attack.
Information from Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump, who urged her father to fight off the rioters, may have been shared from her private appearance before the committee.
In the coming weeks, the panel is expected to detail Trump’s public “stop the steal” campaign and the private pressure he was putting on the Justice Department to reverse his election loss — despite it Dozens of failed lawsuits and be own Attorney General He confirmed that there was no fraud of a magnitude that could have swayed the results in his favour.
The panel faced obstacles from the start. Republicans blocked the formation of an independent body to investigate the January 6 attack the way the 9/11 Commission investigated the 2001 terrorist attack.
Instead, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi initiated the creation of the 1/6 panel Congress on objections from Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell. She opposed Republican-appointed lawmakers who voted against confirming the election results Jan. 6, eventually naming seven Democrats and two Republicans.
House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy, who was involved in the investigation and has resisted the committee’s subpoena for an interview, Trump reiterated Thursday. He called the panel a “fraud” and described the investigation as a political “veil” on Democrats’ priorities.
The hearings are expected to introduce Americans to a range of characters, some familiar, some elusive, and what they said and did as Trump and his allies attempted to reverse the election result.
The public will learn about the actions of Mark Meadows, the president’s chief of staff, whose more than 2,000 text messages provided the committee with a snapshot of the real-time scramble to keep Trump in office. By John Eastman, the conservative law professor who was the architect of the unsuccessful plan to convince Vice President Mike Pence to stop certification on January 6th. By Justice Department officials who threatened to resign rather than go along with Trump’s proposals.
The Justice Department arrested and charged more than 800 people that day. the largest trawl in its history.
Associated Press writers Kevin Freking and Michael Balsamo and Alanna Durkin Richer in Boston contributed to this report.
For full coverage of the January 6 hearings, see https://www.apnews.com/capitol-siege.
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