The January 6 committee will meet today. This is what you can expect

The House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection on Capitol Hill will hold its next hearing at 10 a.m. PST today (Thursday) and will focus on how former President Donald Trump pressured then-Vice President Mike Pence not to count the legal electoral votes.

in a hearing preview videoRep. Liz Cheney, the top member of the Republican panel, said Thursday’s hearing will feature Trump’s “relentless effort” to prevent votes from being counted.

“President Trump had no factual basis for what he was doing. And he had been told it was illegal,” Cheney said in the video, adding that Trump worked with attorney John Eastman and others to try to overturn the January election result. .6th.

Thursday’s hearing comes after the panel postponed Wednesday’s scheduled hearing due to “technical issues,” according to committee member Rep. Zoe Lofgren. That session would have focused on Trump’s plan to fire former Attorney General Bill Barr. Barr resigned effective December 23, 2020 after disagreeing with the former president’s false claims of voter fraud.

A rescheduled date for that hearing has not been announced.

Who is testifying?

Two witnesses will testify in person today:

  1. Greg Jacob, attorney for former Vice President Mike Pence. In a memo sent to Pence a day before the Jan. 6 attack, Jacob wrote that blocking or delaying the certification of electoral votes would be a violation of federal law. Rejecting the votes was a strategy pushed by Eastman, a Trump legal adviser, who wrote two key memos to Pence on how to help Trump stay president.
  1. Conservative attorney and former federal judge Michael Luttig. The retired judge, for whom Eastman had clerked, provided the legal guidance to Pence and his staff that the vice president ultimately used to publicly reject Trump’s demands to overturn the election results. The day before the riots, Luttig took to Twitter with a thread about how the Constitution does not empower the Vice President “to in any way alter the votes cast, either by rejecting some of them or otherwise.”

The legal arguments that could arise

In his preview video, Cheney noted that a federal judge found that Trump’s behavior before January 6 “likely violated two federal criminal statutes.”

In March, US District Judge David Carter found that a memo written by Eastman influenced Trump’s plans for Pence to prevent the certification of electoral votes and “likely furthered the crimes of obstructing official process and conspiracy to defraud the United States.” Joined”.

Cheney made reference to Carter’s opinion at the first hearing on January 6.

“The judge evaluated the facts and concluded that President Trump’s efforts to pressure Vice President Pence into acting illegally by refusing to count electoral votes likely violated two federal criminal statutes,” Cheney said that day.

“The judge also said this: If Dr. Eastman and President Trump’s plan had worked, it would have permanently ended the peaceful transition of power, undermining American democracy and the Constitution.”

What we learned during the first hearing

Thursday’s hearing is the third of seven hearings scheduled throughout June.

The committee’s first hearing, which aired during prime time on June 9, set the stage for the upcoming hearings. He also began to establish a case against Trump, outlining a narrative that placed him squarely at the center of a voter fraud conspiracy that led to the deadly Jan. 6 attack.

The chairman of the panel, Rep. Bennie Thompson, said that Trump earlier that day “incited a multitude of internal enemies of the Constitution” to march on Capitol Hill and “subvert American democracy,” and that “January 6 was the culmination of a coup attempt”.

What we learned during the second hearing

In its second hearing, the House select committee argued that Trump’s repeated false claims about the 2020 presidential election directly led to the attack on Capitol Hill. The hearing included video footage of senior campaign staff, including Bill Stepien and Jason Miller, who said they urged him not to declare victory on election night as other advisers to the former president pressured him to do so, citing unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud.

The committee claimed that Trump used those allegations of voter fraud to collect millions of dollars from his supporters, while also setting the stage for his supporters’ display of violence and unrest.

Video and in-person testimony also showed Trump’s isolation of employees who disagreed with his false claims that the election was stolen.

How to watch Thursday’s hearing

You can watch the hearing beginning at 10 a.m. PST at iJPR.org.

Unlike the first prime-time hearing, Thursday’s will not be broadcast as widely on television. ABC and NBC chose to air the hearing only on their broadcast channels, while CBS plans to air the hearing on television as a special report.

CNN, C-SPAN and MSNBC are broadcasting the hearing. The hearing was not included in Fox News Channel’s broadcast schedule for Thursday, but will be broadcast live on the network’s audio channel.

You can also watch it on YouTube, streamed live by the committee.

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