The Jan. 6 Commission Reveals New Details During Its Hearing on the Capitol Attack

The public hearing of the House of Representatives 6 January The commission kicked off Thursday night with never-before-seen videos of testimonies from some of the key players in the Trump administration, including former Attorney General William Barr who said he told former President Donald Trump that his allegations of a stolen election were “bullsh**.” goods” .”

“I’ve had three conversations with the president that I can remember,” Barr said in his testimony. “…I made it clear that I disagreed with the idea of ​​saying the election was stolen and bringing out this stuff, which I told the president was bullshit. And I didn’t want to be a part of it and that’s one of the reasons I decided to leave when I did. I noted, I think it was December 1. Evidence that election fraud was committed.”

Commission President Rep. Bennie Thompson and Vice President Rep. Liz Cheney, in their extraordinary opening statements, describe what Cheney called a “conspiracy” — and how many people were involved. Cheney said there were Republican members of Congress who asked for a pardon for their actions on Jan. 6.

Cheney had harsh words for her fellow Republicans involved and those who have fallen in line since the attack: “There will come a day when Donald Trump is gone, but your dishonor will remain.”

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People gather in a park outside the U.S. Capitol to watch the investigation of the Jan. 6 commission in Washington, on Thursday, June 9, 2022.

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Two witnesses can be seen at Thursday’s hearing: documentary maker Nick Quested, who proud boys on January 6 and recorded hours of video that day, and Capitol Police Officer Caroline Edwards, the first law enforcement officer to be injured by rioters storming the Capitol grounds. Edwards suffered a traumatic brain injury and has been unable to work since the attack, according to the committee. Upon her arrival at the hearing on Thursday, Edwards said “good to go” when asked if she was ready.

James Goldstonthe former president of ABC News, helped the committee put together its presentation, which will include audio and video elements.

Among those in attendance are the widows of Capitol police officers Howard Liebengood and Jeff Smith, who both committed suicide after the Capitol bombing.

The committee has interviewed more than 1,000 individuals, collected more than 140,000 documents and received nearly 500 “substantive” tips through its tip line. Members have spent nearly a year reviewing documents and hearing testimonies from people ranging from former Trump officials to Capitol police to riot suspects.

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