WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) — With never-before-seen video, new audio and a “mountain of evidence,” the House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol will attempt to show not only the deadly violence that erupted that day, but the defeated Chilling backstory as president, Donald Trump tried to reverse Joe Biden’s election victory.
Thursday’s prime-time hearing will open with eyewitness testimony from the first police officer killed in a mob riot and a documentary filmmaker who recorded the scuffle, and it featured committee accounts from Trump aides and family members of the deadly siege Will go to the U.S. Democracy is in danger.
“When you hear and understand the broader conspiracy and attempt to corrupt every lever and agency of the government involved, you know, the hair on the back of your neck should be standing,” Rep. Ellen Luria, D-VA , the 1/6 committee member said in an interview with The Associated Press.
“Putting it all together in one place and one coherent narrative will, I think, help the American people better understand what happened on January 6th — and the dangers that could potentially arise in the future.”
The 1/6 Panel’s annual inquiry into the Capitol attack will begin to show how America’s tradition of a peaceful transfer of presidential power has come close to slipping away. It will reconstruct how Trump refused to acknowledge the 2020 election, spread false claims of voter fraud and launched an unprecedented public and private campaign to reverse Biden’s victory.
The results of the coming weeks of public hearings may not change hearts or minds in a politically polarized America. But the committee’s investigation, with 1,000 interviews, aims to stand as the public record of history. A Final Report is intended to provide an account of the most violent attack on the Capitol since the British opened fire in 1814 and to ensure such an attack never happened again.
Emotions are still raw at the Capitol, and security will be tight-lipped for a hearing. Law enforcement officials are reporting an increase in violent threats against members of Congress.
Against this background, the committee will seek to talk a divided America ahead of the midterm elections, when voters decide which party controls Congress. Most TV networks will broadcast the hearing live, but Fox News Channel will not.
The committee chair, Civil Rights Leader Representative Benny Thompson, D-Miss., and Vice President Representative Liz Cheney, R-Vyo, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, will set the tone with opening remarks.
Two Congressional leaders will outline what the committee has learned about the events of that fiery January day in 2021 when Trump sent his supporters to Congress to “fight like hell” for his presidency Because parliamentarians did a generally routine job of certifying. November results
“People have to follow two intersecting streams of events — one would be an attempt to reverse the presidential election, that in itself is a sad story,” Representative Jamie Ruskin, D-MD, a member of the committee, told the Associated Press. .
“The second would be the sequence of events leading to a violent mob attack on the Capitol to halt the counting of the Electoral College votes and block the peaceful balance of power,” he said.
The first needs to be scoured accounts of police engaged in a one-on-one fight with a mob, with testimony from US Capitol police officer Carolyn Edwards, who was critically injured in the attack. Also appearing on Thursday will be documentary producer Nick Quest, who filmed the extremist Proud Boys in the Capitol. Some members of that group have since been indicted, as have some oath-keepers, on rare treason charges over military-style assault.
Along with live eyewitnesses, the panel will unveil multimedia presentations, including unpublished video and audio, and a “mountain of evidence,” said a committee aide, who insisted on anonymity, to preview the hearing. The aide said the accounts of Trump’s senior aides in the White House, the administration and campaign, as well as members of Trump’s family, would be recorded.
In the coming weeks, the panel is expected to “stop plagiarizing” Trump’s public campaign and put private pressure on the Justice Department to reverse his election losses — despite dozens of failed court cases and those by his own attorney general. was certified. No fraud on a scale that could have brought results in his favour.
The panel, made up of nine MPs, faced hurdles right from the start. Republicans blocked the creation of an independent body that could investigate the January 6 attack in the same way that the 9/11 Commission investigated the 2001 terrorist attack.
Instead, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi began building a 1/6 panel through Congress over the objections of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. He dismissed Republican-appointed lawmakers who had voted on January 6 against certifying the election results, selecting their preferred members for the service.
Trump has dismissed the investigation as illegitimate, and many Republicans are ready to defend him.
Representative Alice Stefnik, of New York, told a GOP leadership news conference that the committee’s “shameless prime-time show” is nothing more than a discredited campaign against the former president, his party and his supporters.
But by many measures, the attack came soon after Election Day, when Trump falsely claimed the vote was rigged and refused to budge after Biden was declared the winner.
The proceedings are expected to introduce Americans to a cast of characters, some famous, others elusive, and what they said and did as Trump and his allies try to reverse the election result.
The public will learn about the actions of the president’s chief of staff Mark Meadows, whose more than 2,000 text messages provided the committee a snapshot of the real-time scramble to keep Trump in office. John Eastman, the conservative law professor who was the architect of an unsuccessful plan to persuade Vice President Mike Pence to stop certification on January 6. Justice Department officials threatened to resign rather than go along with Trump’s shocking offers.
Lawmakers have also been caught in the investigation, including House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy, who rejected the committee’s summons requests to testify. Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump, who urged her father to call back the rioters, appeared in private before the committee.
The Justice Department has arrested and charged more than 800 people for that day’s violence, the biggest trap in its history.
Associated Press writers Kevin Freking and Michael Balsamo contributed to this report.
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