WASHINGTON – Former Vice President Mike Pence’s refusal to single-handedly reject electoral votes on January 6, 2021, as pressed by former President Donald Trump, will be the subject of Thursday’s House hearing investigating the attack on Capitol Hill.
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Pro-Trump Rioters: Hang Mike Pence!
The committee played chilling videos of Jan. 6 rioters who threatened Mike Pence when they learned he had refused to nullify electoral votes, a demand made by his sponsor, Donald Trump.
“I’m hearing reports that Pence has relented!” said a troublemaker during a profane tirade.
Another tape showed protesters chanting a heartbreaking song: “Hang Mike Pence! Hang Mike Pence!”
Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., chairman of the Jan. 6 House Committee, opened the third hearing Thursday, saying the testimony will reveal a pressure campaign waged by former President Donald Trump to reject electoral votes. confirming the electoral victory of Joe Biden.
“Donald Trump wanted Mike Pence to do something no other vice president had ever done. The former president wanted Pence to reject the votes and declare Trump the winner or send the votes to states to be counted again.
“Mike Pence said no. He resisted the pressure. He knew it was wrong. We are fortunate for Mr. Pence’s courage.”
Thompson added: “When Mike Pence made it clear that he would not give in to Donald Trump’s scheme, Donald Trump turned the mob against him.”
– Joey Garrison
The chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., told reporters Thursday that the committee wants to question Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, about her contacts with a lawyer who developed a plan to nullify the 2020 elections.
The committee had previously discussed going after Ginni Thomas because of text exchanges with former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows over the 2020 election results.
But the committee recently obtained emails between Ginni Thomas and John Eastman, a lawyer for former President Donald Trump who developed the plan for Vice President Mike Pence to single-handedly swing the election in Trump’s favor, according to The Washington Post.
“We think it’s time that, at some point, we invite her to come talk to the committee,” Thompson told reporters, according to Axios reporter Andrew Solender.
Trump raised money for ‘election defense’ and gave millions to his allies
A fundraising committee affiliated with former President Donald Trump raised millions of dollars for an “Official Election Defense Fund,” but the Jan. 6 committee said at its Monday hearing that it found no evidence such a fund existed.
Most of the money went to a leadership fund called Save America. who gave millions to Trump allies. For example, nonprofits affiliated with consultant Kellyanne Conway and chief of staff Mark Meadows received $1 million each. Campaigns of candidates running to unseat Trump’s enemies in Congress received $5,000 each.
E. Danya Perry, who served as an assistant US attorney for the Southern District of New York from 2002 to 2013, said the case has the building blocks of a “pretty neat” wire fraud case, an issue that is “bread and walnuts”. butter for federal prosecutors.”
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Detailed plans for ‘1776 Returns’ to occupy buildings near the Capitol
A document purportedly delivered to Proud Boys president Henry “Enrique” Tarrio prior to the January 6 insurrection sets out detailed plans to occupy more than half a dozen buildings surrounding the U.S. Capitol Palace.”
The entire document titled “1776 Returns,” attached as evidence in a court filing Wednesday by Tarrio’s co-defendant, Zachary Rehl, was described by a former federal prosecutor as “absolutely devastating evidence.”
Patrick Cotter, a former federal prosecutor in Chicago who has practiced criminal law for 40 years, said the “1776 Returns” document is a bombshell for prosecutors, assuming it can be verified. “The perpetrators are clearly planning multiple, multiple crimes; they’re saying how they’re going to do it, and it’s all in the service, apparently, of a broader crime, which is sedition.” he said.
– Will Carless
Pence in Cincinnati, Ohio as the January 6 hearing focuses on him
On the same day, the House Jan. 6 committee is expected to examine how former President Donald Trump pressured Pence to nullify the 2020 election.
The round table will not be open to the public. It will be hosted by the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program. Pence will also be in town to raise money for Rep. Steve Chabot’s re-election campaign at the home of Nancy and David Aichholz, according to an invitation sent out by the GOP.
–Scott Wartman, Cincinnati Enquirer
Pennies in Ohio: Mike Pence in Cincinnati today as the January 6 committee discusses how Trump pressured him
What time is the January 6 hearing on Thursday?
the audience is scheduled to start at 1 pm ET.
How to watch the January 6 hearing
USA TODAY will broadcast the hearings live here at USATODAY.com. The hearings have also been televised on C-Span and cable news networks.
Trump lawyer: Pence was calm when told there was no voter fraud
Alex Cannon, a lawyer for the Trump campaign, described a stoic vice president, Mike Pence, compared to other Trump advisers in response to the lack of voter fraud.
Cannon found no evidence of enough voter fraud to change the election. At one point during a November 2020 White House meeting, Pence asked Cannon for an update.
“I don’t remember his exact words, but he asked me if we were finding anything, and I told him I personally wasn’t finding anything sufficient to alter the election results,” Cannon said. “He thanked me. That was our interaction.”
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In a promotional tweet on Tuesday for the audiencethe committee released a video of Eric Hershmann, one of Trump’s lawyers, who described warning Eastman the day after the riots that he should find a “great” defense attorney.
Eastman had contacted Hershmann to discuss the Georgia election results because he was unable to communicate with other Trump advisers. Hershmann questioned Eastman’s sanity, telling him that the only phrase he wanted to hear from Eastman from then on was “orderly transition” to the Biden administration.
“Eventually he said, ‘Orderly transition,'” Hershmann said. “I said, ‘Okay, John. Now I’m going to give you the best free legal advice you’ve ever received in your life. Get a great criminal defense attorney. You’re going to need one.'” Then I hung up on him.”
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Who is testifying? Pence’s former lawyer, Greg Jacob
Greg Jacob, the Pence attorney who investigated the vice president’s power to turn away voters when Congress counts presidential votes, told Eastman in an email on January 6, 2021 at 2:14 p.m. that his advice ” essentially it was completely made up,” according to the court. records.
In an Oval Office meeting with Trump on Jan. 4, Pence emphasized his “immediate instinct that there is no way the framers could trust one person to wield that authority,” according to Jacob.
When the mob sacked the Capitol two days later and Pence evacuated the Senate chamber, Jacob emailed Eastman to say “thanks to your bull—-we are now under siege,” according to court records.
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Who is Michael Luttig? Retired judge to testify
Eastman clerked for Michael Luttig, a retired judge on the US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. rumored as a possible Supreme Court nominee during the administration of President George W. Bush.
The same day that Trump pressed Pence and Jacob in the Oval Office, Pence’s personal attorney, Richard Cullen, called Luttig to ask about Eastman. Luttig tweeted his disagreement with Eastman’s argument the morning of January 5.
“The sole responsibility and power of the Vice President under the Constitution is to faithfully count the electoral college votes as cast,” Luttig said. “The Constitution does not empower the Vice President to alter in any way the votes cast, either by rejecting some of them or otherwise.”
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Former Pence Chief of Staff Marc Short Says He Sided with the Constitution on Trump
Marc Short, Pence’s chief of staff, told the committee that the vice president was proud of what had been accomplished during the four years of the Trump administration, but he sided with the Constitution in the election matchup.
“I think he was proud to have stood by the president for all that has been done,” Short said in a videotaped statement. “But I think he finally learned that his fidelity to the Constitution was his first and most important oath.”