As the Jan. 6 committee nears its final weeks of public testimony, some of its committee members believe they will be able to draw a direct link between two of its key issues: former President Donald Trump and his Oath-Keeper acolytes.
House Representatives Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), both members of the committee, appeared on NBC Meet the press and CNN’s state of the nation on Sunday for a preview of the coming week of panel public testimony. Their seats came two days after Trump’s last White House counsel, Pat Cipollone, testified to the committee for nearly nine hours, a key figure in last month’s testimony by Cassidy Hutchinson.
Murphy would not confirm to Chuck Todd how much of Hutchinson’s testimony was corroborated by Cipollone, but she did note that the public would hear more of his and others’ testimony during Tuesday’s hearing. She said the focus will be on “domestic violent extremists,” particularly those who responded to Trump’s call to arrive in Washington to protest the election results.
“We’re going to present the evidence that we have that talks about how the President’s tweet in the early hours of December 19, ‘Be there, be wild,’ was a siren call to these people,” Murphy said. She was referring to a tweet Trump sent urging his supporters to come to DC on Jan. 6.
“Big protest in DC Jan 6th,” he wrote. “Be there, it’s going wild!”
“We’re going to talk at length about what prompted them to do this — how that prompted them to organize, and who else reinforced that message,” Murphy said.
Lofgren continued to repeat this message state of the nation, host Jake Tapper to tell how the committee would publicly defend Trump’s complicity with the Oath Keepers during this week’s hearings – including asking whether Trump knew the far-right militia had gone to the Capitol.
“We will be connecting the dots between these groups and those in government circles who have tried to overthrow the election during these hearings,” she said. “I think you’ll have to draw your own conclusions, but based on what happened before the day, I think that would be a logical conclusion.”
Lofgren also said the committee is likely to hear from ex-Trump adviser Steve Bannon, who told the committee he will appear before them after Trump waives executive privilege. Who it won’t hear from: Stewart Rhodes, the jailed leader of the Oath Keepers charged with seditious conspiracy. Rhodes agreed to address the committee only if his testimony were broadcast live.
“This could be a pitch that needs to be released,” Lofgren said, likening it to a “Get Free From Jail” card. “I’m just saying that we already have information from Mr. Rhodes.”
https://www.thedailybeast.com/jan-6-panel-members-say-theyre-connecting-the-dots-between-trump-oath-keepers?source=articles&via=rss Jan. 6 Panel members say they are “connecting the dots” between Trump-Oath Keepers.