The House selection committee is investigating thewill love the second of several on Monday morning at 10 a.m. ET to reveal some of what it learned during its 11-month probe.
The hearing will be broadcast as a special CBS News report, anchored by Norah O’Donnell, CBS Evening News editor-in-chief and editor-in-chief. She will be joined by CBS News chief political analyst John Dickerson, chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett, chief White House correspondent Nancy Cordes, chief election and campaign correspondent Robert Costa, and congressional correspondents Scott MacFarlane and Nikole Killion.
Committee assistants said Monday’s hearing will focus on the “big lie,” documenting how former President Donald Trump declared victory on election night despite being told he didn’t have the numbers to win, and how he continued to embrace baseless claims of voter fraud.
“We’re going to hear testimonies from government officials who have looked into the fraud and how efforts to expose these baseless allegations have been fruitless,” said a commissioner. “Simply, the fraud they were looking for didn’t exist and the former president was told the allegations were baseless over and over, but he kept repeating them anyway.”
Monday’s hearing will consist of two panel of witnesses. The first panel will consist of former Trump campaign managerand former political director of Fox News , which was released by Fox News shortly after the 2020 presidential election, in which his team rightly called Arizona for Joe Biden before other networks had done so. The second panel will include election attorney Benjamin Ginsberg, former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia BJ Pak, and former Philadelphia City Commissioner Al Schmidt.
Some witnesses are expected to testify about the basic logistics of electoral processes and how such action usually proceeds. A committee official said the committee will also show that Trump’s campaign staff used the allegations of voter fraud to raise hundreds of millions of dollars between the election and January 6. And finally, the aide said, the commission will show that “some of those responsible for the violence on the 6th repeated the same lies the former president told in the run-up to the uprising.”
Vice-Chairman of the Committee Rep.said last week that the second hearing will show that “Donald Trump and his advisers knew he had, in fact, lost the election.”
“But despite this, President Trump made a huge effort to spread false and fraudulent information — to convince large segments of the American population that fraud had stolen the election from him. This was not true,” Cheney said during Thursday’s hearing. .
Cheney and committee chair Rep. Bennie Thompson, which was held on Thursday. At that hearing, the committee sought to link Trump’s baseless claims about a stolen election to the chaos and violence of Jan. 6, which Thompson described as the “culmination point of a coup attempt.”
Testimonials were shown from some of the top figures in Trump’s orbit who said they told him he didn’t win the election. Thompson played a recording of former Attorney General William Barr’s testimony before the commission, in which he said he told the former president that his allegations about a stolen election were “bulsh**.” In another clip, Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, said she “trusted” Barr and accepted his insistence that her father had lost the election.
Cheney also said there were members of Congress asking Trump to be pardoned for their role in the attack. Cheney called Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania as one of those Republicans, a claim that…†
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, Cheney’s fellow Republican on the committee,on Sunday that “we are not going to make any accusations or say things without evidence or evidence to support it.”
Cheney said on Thursday for Republicans aligned with Trump after the attack: “There will come a day when Donald Trump is gone, but your dishonor will remain.”
In addition to the recorded testimony and some never-before-seen footage from January 6 shown during the first hearing, two witnesses also testified: documentary filmmaker Nick Quested, who was associated with the Proud Boys at the time of the riots, and Capitol Police Officerwho suffered a traumatic brain injury on January 6. Edwards described seeing a “war scene” on January 6.
“It was like I’d seen from the movies,” Edwards said. “I couldn’t believe my eyes. There were cops on the ground. They were bleeding. They were vomiting. I saw friends with blood all over their faces. I slipped in people’s blood. I caught people as they fell. It was massacre. It was chaos.”
The hearing also covered the‘ role in the January 6th attack. In video testimonials shown Thursday, some members of the group said they believed Trump’s remark during a presidential debate to “take a step back” was a call to action. Quested testified that the Proud Boys were organized and headed for the Capitol at 10 a.m., even before Trump’s speech at the Ellipse even began.
Thompson and Cheney tried to show that, amid the chaos at the Capitol, Trump was failing to fulfill his duties as president. They showed video testimony from General Mark Milley, the current chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who said former Vice President Pence — not Trump — had ordered the National Guard to come to the building.
While Pence probably won’t participate in the hearings, some of his top advisers will. Greg Jacob, Pence’s former chief adviser Marc Short, his former chief of staff, and conservative lawyer J. Michael Luttig, who advised Pence before Jan. 6, are likely to testify in the coming weeks.