The January 6th House panel holds its first public hearing: 10 key moments from the live broadcast

The first of two prime-time House hearings on Jan. 6 packed a lot into two hours: video testimonies from former President Donald Trump’s inner circle, including Bill Barr and Ivanka Trump; reports from an injured Capitol Police officer and other eyewitnesses at the scene; and texts between Fox News anchor Sean Hannity and Trump White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany the day after the riot.

The House of Representatives bipartisan committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol livestreamed the hearing Thursday night to “provide the American people with a summary of our findings the coordinated, multi-pronged effort to overthrow the 2020 presidential election.” And it began by placing Trump at the center of a conspiracy to overthrow the 2020 election.

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Trump responded in a message posted to Truth Social after the hearing by criticizing the committee for not showing “the many positive witnesses and statements” and playing “only negative footage.” United States today and CNBC reported.

These are 10 key moments from the first two hours of testimony during the committee’s Jan. 6 public hearing on Thursday:

Rep. Bennie Thompson begins by describing the January 6 riot as an “attempted coup.”

Rep. Bennie Thompson, the Mississippi Democrat who chairs the Jan. 6 panel, made a lengthy opening statement accusing Trump of instigating “an attempted coup” to prevent Congress from winning the president’s election To certify Joe Biden in 2020. “Ultimately, Donald Trump, the President of the United States, spurred a mob of domestic anti-constitutionalists to march down the Capitol and undermine American democracy,” he said.

The footage shows former Attorney General Bill Barr calling Trump’s vote fraud allegations “bullshit.”

One erupting moment during Thompson’s opening remarks included a clip of former Attorney General Bill Barr making a statement saying he tried to tell Trump he had lost the election and allegations of fraud were “bullshit.”

“I’ve made it clear that I don’t agree with the idea of ​​saying the election was stolen and publishing this stuff that I told the President was bullshit,” he said.

Liz Cheney says Trump ‘ignited the flame of this attack’

Vice chair of the Jan. 6 committee, Wyoming Republican Liz Cheney, doubled down on putting responsibility for the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol on the shoulders of the former commander in chief. “President Trump called the mob together, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack,” she said.

Ivanka Trump said she believed Barr when he said there was no evidence for the 2020 election was stolen’

The panel broadcast footage of Trump insiders, including his daughter Ivanka Trump, and told the committee they accepted the evidence that there was no widespread voter fraud. “I respect Attorney General Barr, so I accepted what he said when he said there was no fraud,” Ivanka Trump said in her statement.

Jared Kushner dismissed White House counsel’s threats of resignation as “whining.”

The panel also played video of Trump’s son-in-law and senior presidential adviser Jared Kushner downplaying the repeated threats of resignation from former White House adviser Pat Cipollone after Jan. 6, which Cheney described as “extremely rare and extremely serious.” .

The clip showed Cheney asking, “Jared, are you aware of any instances where Pat Cipollone has threatened to resign?” He replied, “I know he and the team have always said, ‘We’re going to resign, we won’t be there when that happens, when that happens.’ So I kind of took it as whining, to be honest.”

Pentagon top general says Pence coordinated January 6 security response – not Trump

On Jan. 6, Trump did not call the Secretary of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the National Guard or his Attorney General or the Justice Department to coordinate a security response to the Capitol break-in, Cheney said. But then — Vice President Pence did. The panel played audio of General Mark Milley, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, and testified that he had two or three calls with Pence that day. “He was very animated and giving very explicit, very direct and very clear commands,” Milley said.

But as for his conversation with Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows? Milley said Meadows told him, “We’ve got to kill the narrative that the vice president makes all the decisions.”

Sean Hannity texted the White House press secretary on how to talk to Trump after the attack on the Capitol

The panel also featured a series of previously released texts from Fox News host Sean Hannity and Trump’s then-press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, which outlined a five-point plan for the meeting with the commander in chief. For example, #1 is “No more stolen polls,” writes Hannity. And #2: “Yes, impeachment and the 25th Amendment are real, and a lot of people are going to quit.” McEnany, soon to be Hannity’s colleague at Fox, replied, “I love that. Thank you very much.” That’s the playbook.” She added, “You’re doing your country a great service. ”

The committee shared a new 12-minute video presentation of the violence in the Capitol on Jan. 6

The committee played an approximately 12-minute video presentation of the January 6 violence at the Capitol complex. It includes violent chants to “Hang Mike Pence,” scenes of rioters attacking Capitol cops, as well as the people who injured the building that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is visiting and “Nancy! Nancy!” Be warned that the footage is graphic and strong language is used.

The filmmaker, embedded with the Proud Boys, describes being “surprised” by the turn to “anger and obscenity.”

Documentary filmmaker Nick Quested was in DC to film the January 6 rally and described watching the crowd morph from protesters to rioters and rioters: “For anyone who didn’t understand how violent this event was – I’ve seen it, I’ve documented it, and I’ve experienced it,” he said.

Capitol Police Officer Caroline Edwards opens up about the “chaos” and “carnage” of January 6th.

Officer Caroline Edwards, who was briefly knocked unconscious and suffered a traumatic brain injury while trying to defend the Capitol, said she was called “Pelosis’ dog, incompetent, a hero and a villain” and “a traitor to my country.” for trying to protect lawmakers in the building.

“I wasn’t one of those things,” she said. “I was an American who faced other Americans and wondered how we got here.”

And she also likened the Capitol scene to a war zone. “Never in my wildest dreams did I think that as a police officer, as a law enforcement officer, I would find myself in the middle of a battle,” she said. “I’m trained to… hold a few subjects and handle a crowd, but I’m not battle-hardened. And that day it was just hours of hand-to-hand combat.” The January 6th House panel holds its first public hearing: 10 key moments from the live broadcast

Brian Lowry

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