Jan 6 committee begins spelling out Trump’s inaction that day

What was then-President Trump doing when a violent mob raged in the Capitol for more than three hours on January 1st? On Thursday, September 6, 2021, the House Committee to Investigate the Prime Time Rebellion will take place.

In the previous seven hearings this summer, the committee has argued that Trump knew he had rightly lost his bid for a second term but decided to beat the stolen election charges anyway, and that he pressured state legislatures and Vice President Mike Pence. break the law to keep him in power.

The panel also focused on how Trump nearly replaced the acting attorney general with a supporter when the Justice Department failed to back up his false claims of election fraud.

Chairman Benny Thompson (D-Ms.) tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week and participated remotely via video. Thompson said committee hearings would resume in September.

Vice Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) said that new information, witnesses and evidence had come to light during the hearing and that the investigation would continue.

“The doors opened, new subpoenas were issued, and the dam began to break,” she said.

Thursday’s hearing is expected to provide a step-by-step account of the 187 minutes between the start of the uprising and Trump’s Twitter posting of a video urging his supporters to leave.

“It’s pretty simple. He didn’t do anything to actually stop the riots. In that time, we’ll be through almost minute by minute,” a spokesperson said. Elaine Luria, D-Va, told CNN, adding that witnesses would be involved in the hearing, oh whom the public did not hear, including people who were in the White House at the time of the attack and others who pushed Trump into action.

What others in federal government who did during the more than three hour window will also play a role in the hearing, Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.) told MSNBC.

“We’re really going to try and take you to the White House and some of the other departments and actors’ agencies to help lay out what happened in 187 minutes.” Trump did not act during the attack on the Capitol, she said. .

Luria and the Republicans. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois is presenting on Thursday.

Witnesses on Thursday are former Assistant White House Press Secretary Sarah Matthews and former Deputy National Security Adviser Matthew Pottinger.

Both were at the White House on January 1st. 6 and resigned due to Trump’s actions. Their testimony can be especially revelation.

Pottinger served on the National Security Council throughout the Trump presidency and was one of the most senior officials to resign that day. The former Marine intelligence officer served in the White House for four years and was in the vicinity of the Oval Office at various times throughout the day.

Matthews served in Congress and the Trump campaign before becoming Deputy Press Secretary. During her testimony, she told the committee that Trump had been briefed on the violence at the Capitol prior to sending his 2:24 p.m. tweet attacking Pence for not agreeing to reject electors in some states. In a video clip of her testimony, she likened the tweet to “pouring gasoline on a fire.”

“I remember us saying that was the last thing to tweet at that moment,” she said.