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Has the January 6 Commission proved your case? Point-by-point analysis of his main claims and the evidence presented

(CNN) – The House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 riot at the US Capitol wrapped its first series of hearings on Thursday, in which it heard from witnesses, including former top Trump officials, poll workers who participated in the attack, and Many others were involved.

Through live testimony, video testimony and never-before-seen footage, the commission attempted to delineate the former president’s plan to stay in power and his role on January 6.

Vice President Liz Cheney, a Republican from Wyoming, used her opening statement during the first hearing in June to set the panel’s agenda. Here are some of the key points Cheney said the commission will explore at the hearing and what they’ve found so far. The panel plans to meet again in September for further hearings.

Trump’s former officials denied his messages against Pence during the rebellion 3:17

“President Trump called the crowd together, challenged it, and ignited the flames of this attack”

During the seventh hearing, the commission presented new information about the “unhinged” Oval Office meeting that took place on December 18, 2020, that followed then-President Donald Trump’s tweet, which Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-MD called “explosive” . invitation,” which called on supporters to come to Washington on January 6. During his speech that day, Trump told the crowd to “march” on Capitol Hill and that they needed to “fight like hell”. In the weeks following the call, Trump made false claims about the election results.

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During the seventh hearing, Stephen Ayres, a rioter convicted of trespassing on Capitol Hill on January 6, testified that he had no intention of entering the building until he heard Trump’s speech at the Ellipse.

“Well, basically, you know, the president pissed everyone off and told everyone to get out,” said Ayres, who lost his home and job. “So we were basically following what he was saying.”

“While the violence continued, President Trump took no immediate action to stop it and directed his supporters to leave the Capitol.”

The commission used the final hearing of its series to detail the 187 minutes former President Trump refused to act while the Capitol was under attack, about minutes after returning to the White House from the attack. Despite knowing

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Witnesses testified about Trump’s disregard for the security of his own vice president, responding agents, and a joint session of Congress for more than three hours, while watching the violence on Fox and asking his advisers and the crowd to stop. Despite receiving numerous pleas from Republican allies .

And according to never-before-seen video testimony during Thursday’s hearing, Trump did not make a single call to any of his law enforcement or national security officials as the riot unfolded.

“You will see that Donald Trump and his advisers knew that he had, in fact, lost the election … President Trump corruptly lobbied state legislators and election officials to change the election results”.

The commission showed that the then-president and his team advanced false election claims even after being presented with findings that their conspiracies were baseless.

Several former Trump aides testified before the commission that they tried to tell the then-president that there was no credible evidence of significant voter fraud and refused to go along with his plan to nullify the election.

The panel used the fourth hearing to detail the public and private effects of Trump’s lobbying campaign on election officials. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, told the commission that he and his family faced threats that he believed forced him to resign over his reluctance to participate in the nullification of the election. was attempted.

During the third hearing, the commission highlighted how Trump’s lawyer, John Eastman, knew that his plan to stall the election would fail if it reached the Supreme Court; However, the right-wing lawyer continued to feed Trump’s hope.

“President Trump is engaged in a massive effort to spread false and fraudulent information… and is investing millions of dollars in campaign funds to knowingly spread misinformation…”

During the second hearing, the commission advanced several conspiracy theories put forward by Trump’s advisers to convince state lawmakers to help overturn the election.

Some theories included accusing the Dominion Voting System of bulk transferring Trump votes to Biden votes, a truckload of ballots from New York to Pennsylvania, and Georgia poll workers scanning thousands of Biden ballots that came from a single bag. (All of these claims have been debunked.)

CNN’s Frederica Schouten wrote during the second hearing that an estimated $250 million raised after the election largely went to the former president’s political action committee, rather than to his donors in an effort to “enhance election integrity”, the commission said. .

“You will see President Trump’s corrupt scheme to replace the Attorney General of the United States for the Department of Justice to spread his false claims of stolen elections”

During the fifth hearing, the panel described a January 2021 meeting in which the then-president considered replacing acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen with Jeffrey Clark, a senior Justice Department official who advocates false claims of Trump voter fraud. Became

Rosen, who replaced Bill Barr after he resigned in December 2020, investigated allegations of voter fraud and found nothing that could have changed the outcome, using Justice Department powers to help Trump nullify the election Refused to do. Rosen testified before the commission that when he entered the meeting on January 3, 2021, Trump said “he doesn’t even agree with the voter fraud claims, and that’s the least this other guy can do,” Rosen said. testified referring to Trump. Looking to install Clarke.

Rosen’s deputy Richard Donoghue testified that while the presidential transition was taking place, the then-president told him and another senior Justice Department official that they should “just say the election was corrupt and leave the rest”. [él] and Republican congressmen.”

“… we will focus on President Trump’s efforts to pressure Vice President Mike Pence to refuse to count the electoral votes on January 6th … privately and publicly”

During a speech at the Ellipse on January 6, Trump urged then-Vice President Mike Pence to “do the right thing” by declaring electoral votes from battleground states illegitimate and sending them back to his state government for re-certification by Republicans. . for Trump.

Trump was repeatedly told by aides that his plan to overturn Pence in the January 6 election was illegal, but he tried to do so anyway, and the commission showed him video of rioters on Capitol Hill, with Pence complying. expressed his anger at his failure. ,

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The commission also learned from testimony from former Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson that she overheard her boss, Trump’s secretary of state Mark Meadows, saying that Trump agreed with the suggestion of some of the rioters recorded that day, that Pence be hanged. should be given.

“I remember (White House counsel) Pat (Cipollone) saying, ‘Mark, we’ve got to do something else, they’re really calling for the vice president to be hanged,'” he told the panel. “And Mark responded something like, ‘You heard him, Pat, he thinks Mike deserves it, he doesn’t think they’re doing anything wrong.'”

On Thursday, the commission showed just how dire the security situation had become for Pence during the riots, with a White House security official testifying that members of Pence’s security detail began saying goodbye to loved ones.

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