Key moments from January 6 House hearing

The House Select Committee, charged with investigating the root causes of the January 6 uprising, held its first public hearing Thursday night, after almost a year of investigating behind closed doors.

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), the committee chair, opened the hearing by saying former President Trump’s false claims sparked the uprising and were “the culmination of a coup attempt.” He said the federal government “cannot sweep what happened under the rug.”

Here were some key takeaways:

Barr said Trump’s election fraud allegations were ‘bullshit’

A video deposition of Trump’s former Atty was shown. Gene. William P. Barr said he told Trump he disagreed with his claim of voter fraud and that he spoke to the former president three times after Election Day. Barr said he “made it clear that I disagreed with the idea of ​​saying the election was stolen and putting out stuff like this that I told the president was bullshit.” Barr said he “didn’t want to be a part of it” and said the rhetoric was why he quit the job.

“You can’t live in a world where the incumbent government stays in power based on its position, not supported by specific evidence…that there was electoral fraud,” Barr said.

Ivanka Trump Didn’t Believe Her Father’s False Vote Fraud Claims

The House committee showed video footage of the virtual impeachment of former White House adviser Ivanka Trump, who said she accepted Barr’s assessment that the 2020 presidential election was not stolen from her father. Barr’s claim “affected my perspective,” she said.

“I respect Attorney General Barr, so I accepted what he said,” she said.

McCarthy begged the Trump family to call off the mafia

The committee’s top Republican representative, Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) the House minority leader was “afraid” and asked multiple Trump family members to suppress insurgents “after he could not convince the president himself”. The admission is astonishing for McCarthy, who has tried to distance himself from his earlier criticism of the former president’s actions that day. The Californian has downplayed the uprising and rounded up Republicans against Cheney for her involvement on the House selection committee.

Capitol Police Officer Remembers ‘Massacre’

Capitol Police Officer Caroline Edwards told the commission that she “slid into the blood of the people” as she fought insurgents during the siege.

“It was like seeing from movies,” said Edwards, the first officer injured by rioters that day. “I could not believe my eyes. There were officers on the ground. You know, they bled. They were throwing up. I mean, I saw friends with blood on their faces. I slipped in people’s blood. You know, I caught people when they fell. It was carnage. It was chaos. I can’t even – I can’t even describe what I saw. I never imagined in my wildest dreams that as a police officer, as a law enforcement officer, I would find myself in the middle of a battle.”

Meadows tried to rewrite the story of Trump’s response

Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows wanted to “confirm the story that the president is still in charge,” according to video testimony shared by General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, by Cheney.

Cheney noted that Trump was silent for much of that day; he did not call for federal law enforcement to suppress the siege during critical hours. Milley said Vice President Mike Pence reacted very differently, using “explicit” and “very direct” language and calling on the military and National Guard to stop the riots. According to Milley, Meadows said the government needed to kill “the story that the vice president makes all the decisions.”

Milley said Meadows’ comments were a “red flag” and interpreted them as political.

Times writer Noah Bierman contributed to reporting

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