What’s next for the Jan. 6 panel: More hearings, more Trump

WASHINGTON – The House Committee Investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol has prepared a roadmap for this month’s hearings, examining President Donald Trump’s responsibility for the hand-to-hand combat and the resulting damage law enforcement officer Members of Congress and others present that day.

The next round of hearings won’t be in prime time like Thursday’s debut, but lawmakers will go into more detail on certain aspects of the insurgency.

Here’s a snapshot of what the committee says:

“FALSE AND FRAUDULENT”

Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the Republican vice chair of the committee, said lawmakers will present evidence Monday at the second hearing showing Trump “exerted massive efforts to disseminate false and fraudulent information” that the Wahl had been stolen – although advisers and allies told him repeatedly he had lost.

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The panel touched on this issue in its first hearing with a clip of the former attorney general Bill Barrwho testified that he repeatedly “told the President in no uncertain terms that I saw no evidence of fraud” affecting the election.

Also, Trump’s campaign attorney Alex Cannon was shown discussing talks with then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows sometime in November 2020.

“I remember telling him that we haven’t found anything that would be enough to change the results in any of the key states,” Cannon said.

When asked how Meadows responded, Cannon said, “I think the words he used were ‘so there isn’t one there.'”

PRESSURE ON THE JUDICIAL DEPARTMENT

Cheney says Wednesday’s third hearing will focus on how Trump urged the Justice Department to “spread his false claims about stolen elections in the days leading up to Jan. 6.” Senior Justice Department officials refused, telling him his allegations were untrue.

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She noted Trump trying to elevate Jeffrey Clark, an environmental attorney for the department, to acting attorney general. Clark had authored a letter to Georgia and five other states saying the Justice Department had “identified significant concerns that may have affected the outcome of the election.”

Trump nearly gave Clark the top job but backed down when senior Justice Department executives and White House attorneys threatened to resign, witness testimony has shown.

“The men involved, including acting attorney general Jeff Rosen and acting assistant attorney general Richard Donoghue, were appointed by President Trump,” Cheney said. “These men have kept their oath of office. They have done their duty and you will hear from them at our hearings.”

Clark has invoked his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination and has declined to testify before the committee.

HEADLIGHT: MIKE PENCE

Cheney said the fourth hearing will focus on Trump’s efforts to pressure Vice President Mike Pence to block Congress from confirming some voting votes for Biden on Jan. 6 — something he had no authority to do in his ceremonial role.

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There was a gasp in the hearing room as Cheney read a report from the White House on Thursday. When Trump was told the Capitol mob was chanting for Pence to be hanged for refusing to block the election results. Trump responded that the mob might be right, that they “deserve it,” Cheney said.

The day bodes well for political intrigue as both Trump and Pence seek to shape the Republican Party for years to come and perhaps run for the presidency in 2024.

“FIND” THE VOICES

Cheney said the fifth hearing, expected next week, will focus on the president’s efforts to pressure lawmakers and state election officials to change the election results, including additional details on Trump’s Calling Georgian officials asked them to “find” 11,780 votes.

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She also promises new details about efforts to instruct Republican officials in several states to do so create false electoral lists and forwarding those lists to Congress, Pence, and the National Archives, falsely confirming that Trump won states he had in fact lost.

BACK TO TRUMP

Cheney said the last two hearings would focus on how Trump called for supporters to march on the Capitol and failed to take immediate action to stop them when the violence was underway.

The final hearing will include a moment-by-moment account of Trump reaction to the attack by former White House staffers, both through live testimony in the hearing room and via videotape.

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“There is no doubt that President Trump was aware of the violence as it unfolded,” Cheney said. “White House staffers urged President Trump to step in and fight off the mob.”

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