During the ninth House Select Committee hearing to investigate the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, an audio recording of former president Donald Trump speaking to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is played. Getty Images, Mandel Ngan/AFP remove caption
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During the ninth House Select Committee hearing to investigate the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, an audio recording of former president Donald Trump speaking to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is played.
Getty Images, Mandel Ngan/AFP The ninth and potentially final session of the House Select Committee’s inquiry into the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 was place on Thursday. The hearing on Thursday put the committee’s findings into a wider perspective, in contrast to earlier sessions that focused on specific components of former President Donald Trump and his associates’ plan to annul the results of the 2020 election.
The panel presented fresh testimony from Republicans who worked for Trump’s administration as well as fresh Secret Service material.
In his opening remarks, Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., stressed that the panel was meeting as a “formal committee business meeting,” which meant that in addition to hearing testimony, it may also vote as a committee on whether or not to conduct additional investigations.
The committee did decide to summon Trump to testify, as it turned out. 9-0 was the unanimous vote.
Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., said, “We are required to ask questions of the man who started this whole thing, and every American is entitled to those answers so we can act now to safeguard our republic.”
On his Truth Social platform, Trump commented on the vote, branding the committee a “complete bust” and chastising it for delaying asking him to testify until now.
Here are some of the highlights from Thursday:
No of the outcome, Trump had long prepared to declare victory. According to Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., Brad Parscale, Trump’s former campaign manager, informed the panel that he believed Trump meant to insist on winning the November election no matter the outcome as early as July.
The panel also showed videos of Roger Stone, a longstanding Trump supporter who has already been found guilty of lying to Congress among other offenses. Prior to Trump’s pardoning Stone only weeks before he left office, Stone had been given a sentence of more than three years in jail.
The videos show Stone discussing election night plans with Danish director Christoffer Guldbrandsen.
I genuinely believe it will remain uncertain, Stone remarked. “The most important thing to do in that situation is to declare victory. Ninety percent of the law is possession. No, you’re f***ed; we won.”
The Select Committee recently acquired video of Roger Stone taken before and after the election. pic.twitter.com/6mRdWwMSmE
December 6th Committee (@December6thCmte) October 13, 2022 In another video, Stone stated: “Let’s start the bloodshed now, forget about the election. Pumpkin smashing will have to begin, if you know what I mean.”
In response to a question from the panel regarding the violence that occurred during the attack on January 6, Stone cited the Fifth Amendment.
The committee also aired recordings from Steve Bannon, another Trump aide, who declined to appear before the panel and is currently being sentenced for contempt of Congress. Bannon discusses a premeditated strategy to void the election in the audio.
“Trump will likely simply declare victory, am I right? He will proclaim victory. Even so, he is not necessarily a winner. He will simply declare himself the winner “said he.
“It will be much stranger if Trump loses by ten or eleven at night. He will simply sit there and claim that “they stole it.””
Trump loudly proclaimed victory but conceded defeat in a private conversation. Former White House employees’ testimony shows that the president was quietly accepting his defeat even as he publicly launched a campaign to annul the election.
Trump reportedly said something along the lines of “We lost, we need to let that issue go to the next guy” in the Oval Office, according to an audio clip of Gen. Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Alyssa Farah, the director of communications, remembers Trump saying this: “I stopped into the Oval briefly to tell the president the news and check on him. Can you believe I lost to this f***ing person, he muttered as he was watching TV.”
President Trump has occasionally admitted that he lost the election. Privately, he acknowledged that Joe Biden would succeed him as president even though he had declared victory publicly. pic.twitter.com/urgTGKVD3y
Ronna McDaniel, chair of the January 6th Committee (@January6thCmte) October 13, 2022 RNC, testified in a video that Trump and his lawyer John Eastman contacted to persuade her to set up a false elector plan.
I believe he mentioned being a professor before effectively handing the conversation to Mr. Eastman, who talked about the need for the RNC to assist the campaign in obtaining these contingent electors in case any of the current legal challenges changed the outcome of any state, according to McDaniel.
The Secret Service was aware of the anticipated violence on January 6. On December 26, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said that a Secret Service field office forwarded a tip that the FBI had obtained. The right-wing extremist group Proud Boys, according to the source, intended to march into D.C. armed.
A Secret Service communication stated, “They believe they will have a large enough group to march into D.C. armed and will outnumber the police so they can’t be stopped.”
They literally intend to kill people, the source said. Please, please look into this tip more and take it carefully.
Michael Fanone, a former member of the D.C. Metro Police, Daniel Hodges, Aquilino Gonell, Harry Dunn, and Michael Fanone are all present at the hearing on Thursday. Getty Images/Alex Wong remove caption
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Michael Fanone, a former member of the D.C. Metro Police, Daniel Hodges, Aquilino Gonell, Harry Dunn, and Michael Fanone are all present at the hearing on Thursday.
Getty Images/Alex Wong Agents had reported that Trump supporters would march and occupy the Capitol on December 31, 2020.
The organization discovered a social media account on January 5, 2021, that said someone had threatened to bring a sniper weapon to a gathering the next day.
Trump was aware of the fact that the crowd that arrived on Jan. 6 was well-armed and that many people wouldn’t access the Ellipse because they would have to pass through magnetometers, according to testimony given by the panel in earlier hearings.
The committee emailed a link to a website with violent remarks about January 6 along with a text message from Jason Miller, Mark Meadows’ communications advisor, that read: “I GOT THE BASE FIRED UP.”
One remark stated: “There are two ways that our Congressmen and women can depart. In a body bag, one. two, following correctly declaring Trump’s victory.”
During the attack, new video of lawmakers being transported to a secure place was shown. The committee played video of the leaders of the House and Senate from the two parties gathering in a safe place as the assault continued.
Do you think this is true? After learning that lawmakers on the House floor were donning tear gas masks in anticipation of a breach, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, is heard stating to House Majority Whip Rep. Jim Clyburn.
Additionally, it was shown that Pelosi was on the phone with Virginia’s then-Gov. Ralph Northam discussing the need to send more security to the Capitol. Other video showed Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York, conversing with Jeff Rosen, the acting attorney general.
A sharp contrast to Trump’s actions that day can be seen in the footage of congressional leaders rallying to ensure that they could both fulfill their constitutional obligations by certifying the election results and safeguard the Capitol and everyone within. The committee presented evidence showing that Trump disregarded advisors’ requests for him to issue a statement to stop the violence.
Cassidy Hutchinson, a former White House assistant, claimed to have overheard Chief of Staff Mark Meadows state that Trump didn’t “believe they’re doing anything wrong.”
Pence’s security was a concern for Secret Service. According to newly released agency records, one agent advised that it was “probably not going to be good for Pence” after Trump tweeted his dissatisfaction with his choice for vice president on January 6. Another agent remarked that in just two minutes, Trump’s tweet had received 24,000 likes.
Anika Navaroli, a former Twitter employee, claimed in court that as soon as Trump’s message on Pence went out, the protesters were “actually shouting for killing.”
GOP Rep’s description of McCarthy’s call to Trump is confirmed by Mick Mulvaney. Republican Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington earlier revealed details of a conversation between Trump and Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy on January 6, in which McCarthy requested Trump to cancel his rally as his team was “racing for their lives.”
I think they’re just more furious about the election theft than you are, the president reportedly remarked in response.
Mulvaney, a former member of Trump’s administration, backed up that assertion in video testimony that was released on Thursday.
“The president allegedly said to Kevin, “Perhaps these individuals are just more outraged about this than you are. They might be more upset.”
Trump was the key figure. The hearing provided more information on how then-President Trump felt after losing the election and how he kept looking for ways to challenge the results.
According to Thompson, “Trump tried to take away the American people’s voice in choosing their president and replace the will of the voters with his will to remain in power. The story of what happened on January 6 revolves around him alone.
Even when senior law enforcement officials informed the President that his allegations of election fraud were untrue, Trump continued to repeat the gibberish to a large audience. pic.twitter.com/PIRy9XSF3O
December 6th Committee (@December6thCmte) October 13, 2022 Cheney has frequently placed the probe in the broader perspective of American democracy during these hearings.
She remarked, “Our country cannot just punish the foot soldiers who invaded our Capitol.” “With every attempt to rationalize or defend the former president’s actions, we undermine the very core of our Republic.”
Without accountability, she sounded the alarm that another uprising and assault on democracy would occur.
Added her: “Please take into account the historical context of our country. Think about if we can make it another 246 years.”