As striking evidence of the Capitol riots continues to emerge from the Jan. 6 committee hearings, the panel announced Thursday that it has scheduled additional meetings into July.
During the first six hearings, the panel heard from witnesses including Bill Barr and Jason Miller about the roles played by President Donald Trump and his associates leading up to, during and after the attack on the Capitol. Meanwhile, the former president fumed at the procedure, slamming ex-Vice President Mike Pence for not having the “guts” to overturn the election.
With each hearing stretching for hours, it’s easy to miss the latest buzz. We’ve provided you with the eight biggest bombshells from the hearings so far.
Rudy Giuliani may have been drunk when he told Trump to declare victory
It was the pivotal moment of election night in 2020: With millions of uncounted votes and even Fox News naming some critical swing states for Biden, Trump nonetheless declared he had won re-election.
The statement rallied the former president’s base, but others close to Trump — including campaign manager Bill Stepien — knew the claim was premature and told him so.
Jason Miller, a Trump campaign strategist, said in a recorded statement that his boss ignored his advice on election night to wait for more votes to be counted before doing a lap of honor.
So what made Trump boast of an early — and flawed — victory? Miller claimed it was a drunk Rudy Giuliani who pushed the president to do it.
Miller said Giuliani told the president to simply dismiss the findings, and Trump listened. What followed plunged the nation into chaos, sparking a month-long vote-rigging crusade that culminated in the Capitol Uprising.
“The mayor was definitely drunk, but I don’t know how badly drunk he was when he was talking to the president, for example,” Miller said.
Giuliani broke out after the statement played and took to Twitter to explain his sobriety and love for his drink of choice, Diet Pepsi, on election night.
In the typo-filled tweet, Giuliani said he was “right-wing disgusted and outraged [sic] Lie by Jason Miller and Bill Steppien [sic].” “I was upset that they weren’t prepared for the massive fraud (as were other attorneys around the President). I refused all alcohol that night. My favorite drink… Diet Pepsi.”
In a second tweet, Giuliani added: “Is Miller and Steppien’s false statement [sic] because I yelled at her? Are they paid to lie?”
Giuliani later deleted the tweets.
Matt Gaetz, Mo Brooks and Marjorie Taylor Greene have asked Trump for a pardon
Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney, a long-time thorn in Trumpworld’s side, teased at Thursday’s hearing that she would release the names of members of Congress asking Trump for a presidential pardon.
White House officials testified and named the officials who did just that.
They were: Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania; Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida; Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama; Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas; Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs; and Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia.
Perhaps the wildest request came from Gaetz, who asked Trump to forgive him “from the beginning of time to this day for all and all things.” Perhaps Gaetz had the allegations that he paid for sex with minors in the back of his mind.
None of the above eventually received the preventive clemency they requested.
Bill Barr says Trump was ‘detached from reality’ after election
Former Attorney General Bill Barr did not hold back when testifying how baseless most of Trump’s claims after his election loss were.
While speaking with Trump about allegations of voter fraud related to Dominion voting machines, Barr said he was “demoralized” and concluded that if he really believes this stuff, Trump has “detached himself from reality.”
Barr fired his shot at Trump in a video testimony this week. He told the panel Trump disregarded all the facts after his defeat, including privately. This differed from his interactions with the former president in previous years.
“Before the election, it was possible to reason with the president, and while you sometimes had to have a big wrestle match with him, it was possible to keep things on track,” Barr said. “I felt that after the election, he didn’t seem to be listening.”
Trump asked Arizona to vote for him
Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers, a Republican, this week confirmed what many had already speculated: Trump personally called after the election and ordered him to find a way to reverse his state from President Joe Biden to him.
Despite being a Trump supporter — and saying this week he would vote for Trump if he ran again — Bowers turned down the former president’s request.
“I said, look, you’re asking me to do something that’s against my oath,” Bowers testified. Bowers urged the president to produce evidence if he wanted his help. When none was given, he said, Giuliani joked to him, “We have a lot of theories, we just don’t have the evidence.”
After Bower’s rejection, he said conspiracy theorists had launched a barrage of hate against him. This culminated in a “disturbing” online smear campaign, bullhorn protests at his home and a gunman mocking his family, Bowers said.
Trump responded with approval to chants of “Hang Mike Pence,” aide says
Remember when Trump supporters chanted “Hang Mike Pence” during the Jan. 6 riot?
As it turns out, those chants met with approval from Trump, according to an aide to former chief of staff Mark Meadows, who testified on May 26.
Cassidy Hutchinson, the assistant, said Meadows “told colleagues that Mr. Trump said something like, ‘Maybe Mr. Pence should be hanged.'”
Hutchinson added that Trump “complained” when he heard his vice president had been taken to safety while his supporters breached the Capitol.
The alleged remarks are an apparent indication that Trump’s relationship with his vice president has deteriorated in their final days in office. According to Hutchinson, a Meadows attorney called the report of his comments “untrue,” while a Trump spokesman attacked the committee for “leaks.”
Trump pressured the DOJ to ‘just say it’s corrupt’
Trump personally pressured senior Justice Department officials to declare voter fraud had occurred and just let him and the GOP members of Congress carry on from there.
“Leave the rest to me and the Republican congressmen,” Trump allegedly said, according to former Assistant Attorney General Richard Donoghue, one of a few ex-Justice Department officials to oppose Trump in his final days in office.
Trump was so impassioned about the DOJ’s declaration that there was systemic voter fraud that he attempted to install Jeffrey Lord as acting attorney general so that he could use the Justice Department to expose the allegedly widespread fraud.
Trump was informed Pence was in trouble before tweeting incendiary devices aimed at his Veep
White House Counsel Ben Williamson testified that he accompanied White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to brief Trump that there had been violence in the Capitol. Williamson even texted Meadows that Trump might want to make a statement or tweet to encourage protesters to respect Capitol Police.
Minutes later at 2:24 p.m., Trump tweeted, “Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our country and our Constitution.”
Mother and daughter received death threats after Giuliani falsely accused them of cheating
The crusade by Trump and his allies to overthrow the 2020 election quickly faltered. Ferocious accusations of fraud — and accusations against innocent citizens — seared every battleground state it lost.
While Trump has kept it in every news cycle, those conspiracies have come at a personal cost to Georgia campaign worker Shaye Moss and her mother, Ruby Freeman, they testified this week.
Giuliani accused the pair of pulling out suitcases containing fake votes and handing each other a suspicious USB stick while they were counting ballots. The accusation quickly spread in right-wing media.
As it turns out, that “USB stick” — which Giuliani later suggested might have been goofy — was actually a breath mint. However, the damage was already done. Trump supporters made life difficult for the women, they said, with mad death threats and a mob forming at the home of a loved one.
The duo fought back tears as they recalled the horrors. Moss said the stress from it all caused her to gain 60 pounds, stop working and stop going out.
“I don’t do anything anymore,” Moss said. “I doubt everything I do. It has had a major impact on my life. In every way. All because of lies.”
Election lies were a big money grab for Trump
Who knew lying about an election could be so profitable. Trump raised $250 million based on election lies after losing to Biden, according to Amanda Wick, a senior investigative attorney for the panel.
The shockingly high number – for a politician who was a lame duck at the time – was released on June 13, as Wick explained how Trump and his team pulled it off.
Between Election Day and Jan. 6, 2021, Trump’s campaign sent “millions” of fundraising emails to supporters alleging a “left-wing mob” was undermining the election, Wick said.
The emails urged supporters to fight back with their wallets, Wick said. As it turns out, Trump supporters did just that, including using physical force on January 6th.
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