‘The lie hasn’t gone away’: Jan 6 committee chair says Trump’s election threat continues
Former White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows’ top aide, Cassidy Hutchinson, has testified before the commission investigating the Jan. 6 attacks on the Capitol.
Her comments to the congressional inquiry are perhaps the most damning yet for the panel, painting a picture of an erratic and violent Donald Trump in the events surrounding the Capitol riot.
She told the committee that the president said, “I don’t care if they have guns,” when he was warned that his supporters were heavily armed in the moments before encouraging them to march to the Capitol.
When the president finished speaking to crowds of supporters on Jan. 6, he was reportedly “furious” that his security personnel did not want him to make an unscheduled visit to the Capitol, so much so that he tried to grab the wheel of the presidential limousine. and allegedly assaulted a Secret Service agent.
In the end, according to Ms. Hutchinson’s testimony, when rioters broke through the Capitol, the president casually said Vice President Mike Pence “deserves” to have extremists chant that he should be hanged for refusing to undo the 2020 election.
The former president attacked the testimony, claiming he barely knew the “sick” Ms. Hutchinson.
Full Committee Summary of January 6: A Wild Day of Testimony
Former President Donald Trump was unconcerned by reports that many of the supporters who attended his Jan. 6, 2021 rally at the Ellipse were armed and wanted them to march to the US Capitol nonetheless, a top aide to the former chief of staff said. from White House Mark Meadows to the House Jan. 6 select committee on Tuesday.
During an interrogation by Committee Vice-Chairman Liz Cheney, former Special Assistant to President Cassidy Hutchinson revealed a series of bombshells, demonstrating that Mr. Trump and his closest allies knew exactly what was happening on the day of the riots, but were seemingly indifferent. were for the Danger. Ms. Hutchinson was Mr. Meadows’ principal aide during his tenure as the ex-president’s last chief of staff.
The testimony of the ex-White House staffer provided the select committee and the millions who watched the televised proceedings the most detailed record yet of how Trump and his top aides behaved before and during the pro-Trump riots.
Ms. Hutchinson’s stunning revelations included that Mr. Trump grabbed the wheel of his presidential limousine in an attempt to get to the Capitol to join his supporters; Mr Trump’s chief of staff warned it could get “really, really bad” on Jan. 6; Mr. Trump threw his lunch against the wall when his then-Solicitor General, Bill Barr, dismissed claims of mass voter fraud in the 2020 election; members of Mr Trump’s inner circle asked for a pardon after the violence; and the select committee has evidence of attempted witness tampering.
Andrew Feinberg and Eric Garcia got the whole story.
Josh MarcusJune 28, 2022 22:45
Arizona Congressman Calls on DOJ to Indict Donald Trump and Mark Meadows
US Representative Ruben Gallego is calling on the Justice Department to indict Donald Trump and his former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows after a blood-curdling day of testimonies during the Jan. 6 hearings.
“It’s heartbreaking to hear how broad and vast this conspiracy was,” the Arizona Democrat said in a video statement on Tuesday.
“We need some action now,” he added. “We need Merrick Garland and the DOJ to show that they actually hold people accountable. Both President Trump and Mark Meadows must be indicted. There is a clear violation. There is a clear intent to prevent us from certifying the electoral college, which is a crime. And that is how they should be treated.”
Check out his full comments below.
Josh MarcusJune 28, 2022 22:30
Cassidy Hutchinson testified. So why shouldn’t other top Trump officials do that?
Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Trump administration’s Office of Management and Budget, argues that if Cassidy Hutchinson can testify before the Jan. 6 committee, other top Trump officials, such as trade adviser Peter Navarro and Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, should too. .
“She would be covered by the exact same levels of ‘executive privilege’ as say Peter Navarro or Mark Meadows,” Mr Mulvaney wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. “If she can testify, so can they.”
Both men have claimed, to varying degrees, that their testimony is off limits due to administrative law.
Navarro has been charged with contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a commission subpoena, which he has pleaded not guilty to, while the Justice Department declined to impeach Meadows with similar charges.
Josh MarcusJune 28, 2022 22:15
‘No’: Melania Trump declined in text exchange to urge peaceful protests on Jan. 6, fmr. official claims
As rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol, Chief of Staff Stephanie Grisham wrote a series of texts urging her boss First Lady Melania Trump to condemn the violence.
“Want to tweet that peaceful protests are the right of every American, but there is no place for lawlessness and violence,” wrote Ms Grisham, according to a screenshot she shared on Twitter on Tuesday.
She reportedly got a simple answer from Ms. Trump: “No.”
The First Lady’s aide resigned a day later.
Josh MarcusJune 28, 2022 22:00
READ: Testimony describes coded threats from Trump allies not to testify against president
The Jan. 6 commission is concerned that Donald Trump and his allies are trying to influence the testimony of witnesses who appear before Congress.
Witnesses described being reached by unnamed Trumpworld insiders, who suggested they should not speak out against the president.
Read their full testimony below, via the Jan. 6 committee.
Josh MarcusJune 28, 2022 21:40
Capitol Police Officer Says New Evidence On Jan. 6 Shows Donald Trump Only Cares About ‘Himself’
Daniel Hodges, a U.S. Capitol police officer who was nearly crushed by pro-Trump uprisings, told the independent after today’s January 6 hearings, he is not shocked by what he heard about the former president.
“Most of what I hear during these hearings doesn’t really shock me because Donald Trump revealed his character long before he became president,” Mr. Hodges said.
“I knew the only person Trump cares about is himself. He doesn’t really care about officer safety or Congressional safety as long as he gets what he wants,” Mr Hodges added.
Here’s more about the shocking testimony.
And here’s more from our report from last year on Mr. Hodges’s own harrowing experience on January 6.
Josh MarcusJune 28, 2022 9:24 PM
Trump ‘clearly had violence in his sights’, says Jamie Raskin
After Tuesday’s hearing, panelist Jamie Raskin said Donald Trump had “clear violence in his sights” on Jan. 6.
“It is extraordinary to hear in such vivid detail that the White House chief of staff was aware of the armed people in that crowd on Jan. 6 and the reaction of the president, according to witness, was harrowing when he just said : ‘let them all in, take down the warehouses, take down the machines, let them all in. There were people with AR-15s,’ said Mr Raskin.
“There were people with guns and knives – ‘let them all in’ because they pose no threat to him,” the Maryland Democrat added. “So it didn’t bother him that that day there were armed people in the crowd in the crowd ready for violence. And that confirms that this was a president who was willing to do anything to overturn the presidential election…and clearly had violence in his sights.”
Eric Garcia and Gustaf KilanderJune 28, 2022 20:34
Jan 6 commission is ‘very serious’ that Trump allies are trying to tamper with testimonials
The Jan. 6 committee is alarmed that Donald Trump’s allies are trying to tamper with the testimonies of witnesses participating in the congressional investigation.
“Most Americans know that attempts to influence witnesses to testify falsely are very serious concerns,” committee vice-chair Liz Cheney said Tuesday.
The commission shared anonymous testimonies from Jan. 6 witnesses about mafia-style threats from unnamed Trump allies.
“They reminded me a few times that Trump reads transcripts and to keep that in mind as I went through my statements and interviews with the committee,” the witness told lawmakers.
Josh MarcusJune 28, 2022 8:11 PM
VIDEO: Rudy Giuliani and Mark Meadows ‘wanted presidential pardon’ after Jan 6, panel told
Rudy Giuliani and Mark Meadows ‘wanted presidential pardon’ after Jan 6, panel told
Ollie CooperJune 28, 2022 8:06 PM
Former Trump Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham Posts Text Conversation During Hearing
Former Trump press secretary Stephanie Grisham posted a text message that appeared to be dated January 6.
“Would you like to tweet that peaceful protests are the right of every American, but there is no place for lawlessness and violence?” Ms. Grisham asked a contact saved as “MT” – possibly then-First Lady Melania Trump.
“No,” came the answer.
Gustaf KilanderJune 28, 2022 8:04 PM