What to look out for when Jan. 6 hearings will resume next week

Get ready for another round of January. 6 hearings.

The House committee investigating the 2021 Capitol uprising originally planned six of them, each focused on different aspects of President Trump’s efforts to undermine the 2020 election results. But the group extended the deadline for presenting evidence to the public as new information was discovered.

The committee concluded its first round of hearings on June 28 with a strong testimony from former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson, who worked under former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.

Hutchinson testified that Trump attacked a Secret Service agent while trying to get into the Capitol following his speech in January. 6 speech and that he urged his supporters to go to the Capitol, despite the fact that he knew that some of them were armed. She described several moments when a White House lawyer expressed fears that the actions of the former president could lead to criminal prosecution.

For lawyers, her testimony has opened up new questions that they hope the next hearing will answer. She and other witnesses also urged people to come up with facts they thought were irrelevant, the Rep. said. Adam Kinzinger, Illinois Republican on the committee.

“There will be a lot more information,” Kinzinger told CNN Sunday. “Keep for updates.”

The next hearing is scheduled for July 12. Here’s what to look out for as the committee continues its investigation:

Cipollone testified

Cipollone is set to testify before the committee in a closed-door interview on Friday after being subpoenaed last week, according to the New York Times. The interview will be filmed and transcribed.

The former White House lawyer became a key figure in the investigation. In her testimony, Hutchinson said that Cipollone warned her that they would be charged with “every conceivable crime” if Trump went to the Capitol after his speech in January. September 6, 2021, performing at the Ellipse near the White House.

The committee subpoenaed Cipollone the day after Hutchinson’s testimony, saying it had information about the efforts Trump and his allies made to disrupt the 2020 election and frustrate approval of the results. according to the letter sent to him from the chairman of the committee of the Rep. Benny Thompson (D-Miss).

Thompson wrote that Cipollone gave an informal interview to the committee in April, but declined to make an official statement or cooperate further. After that April interview, the chairman of the committee said the group had received evidence that Cipollone was “uniquely placed to testify.”

Cipollone could prove to be a valuable witness, or he could block the committee by claiming either attorney-client privilege or executive privilege.

Lara Brown, professor and director of the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management, said she would also like to hear from members of Congress who have asked for clemency and from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield), who spoke to Trump. during the attack on the Capitol. committee subpoenaed Rep. McCarthy, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Jim Jordan of Ohio, Andy Biggs of Arizona and Moe Brooks of Alabama in May.

Brown said the committee should refer them to the House Ethics Committee for their refusal to testify.

“While they place their party debt above their constitutional debt, they also cancel their debt to the very institution of Congress,” she said.

The committee may also take testimony from Virginia “Ginny” Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Jeannie Thomas spoke with Meadows and state legislators in Arizona, pleading with them to help undermine the results of the 2020 election. The committee also received emails between her and John Eastman, a conservative California lawyer who played a key role in Trump’s efforts to cancel the 2020 election.

Clarence Thomas was the only one A Supreme Court judge will vote to block Congress from receiving the Trump administration’s reports.

Lawyer Jeannie Thomas told the committee that she would not voluntarily testify.

“This is a battle that we may well see unfolding,” said Lisa Graves, a former deputy assistant attorney general during the Clinton administration. “How this will affect the remaining hearings is unknown.”

Consequences of Hutchinson’s testimony

Hutchinson’s testimony also revived interest in the hearings of Meadows and Secret Service agent Robert Engel. The House of Representatives voted to sue Meadows in contempt of Congress in December after he refused to obey a subpoena. The Justice Department did not charge him.

Hutchinson testified that former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Tony Ornato told her that Trump rushed Engel in a car when the president learned the Secret Service would not take him to the Capitol on January 1. 6. She said that Engel was in the room when Ornato shared this account and did not dispute it.

Since then, there were reports that Engel is ready to officially testify that Trump never attacked him. Trump and his allies also disputed parts of her testimony.

Committee members defended her by pointing out that she testified under oath while those who reportedly disputed her testimony did not, and future hearings may provide more evidence to support what she said or continue. clarifying which parts of her comments were shared by others.

Rep. Stephanie Murphy (Fla.), Jan. 6 committee, told MSNBC Last week, Ornato “didn’t have as clear a memory of that time period” as Hutchinson did.

“However, I think what we need to focus on is that the idea that the president wanted to go to the Capitol is supported by a lot of different witnesses,” she said.

Will there be more evidence to support a criminal charge?

The biggest unknown is whether Trump and his allies will face criminal charges.

Deputy Chairman of the Committee Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wayo) told ABC News on Sunday that the committee could decide on several criminal cases referred to the Justice Department.

“We will make a decision on this,” she said, adding that the department “does not have to wait for the committee to make a criminal case.”

Committee members also said they would refer criminal cases in cases where they determined that people were trying to intimidate witnesses. Cheney ended the hearing on June 28 with evidence of possible witness tampering. One unnamed witness told the committee that they received calls from people interested in their testimony, reminding them that Trump was reading transcripts and urging them to play as a team to stay in the former president’s good graces.

“It’s the crime family code,” Graves said. “That kind of question arises… who are they trying to keep from testifying? Who are they trying to influence and manipulate or interfere with?”

According to her, these issues may become the subject of future hearings.

Legal experts say more evidence has emerged since Hutchinson’s testimony that could lead to Trump being charged with incitement to riot, obstruction of the vote count or conspiracy to defraud the United States. These allegations come from the Department of Justice where Atty is. Gene. Merrick Garland is facing increasing pressure to prosecute the former president.

“I assess the likelihood of Trump and others being prosecuted at the state and/or federal level is high, very high,” Norm Eisen, who was a Democratic adviser during Trump’s first impeachment, said in a June 30 call to reporters. “Despite the promise not to do this, to initiate a criminal case, [the committee is] very eloquent.”