Liz Cheney tells Republicans defending rioters: ‘When Trump is gone, your dishonour will remain’
The January 6 House select committee’s held its first prime-time hearing on Thursday, featuring bombshell revelations introduced by Reps Bennie Thompson and Liz Cheney.
Now the panel is scheduled to hold its next hearing at 10am ET on Monday 13 June, including testimony from Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, Bill Stepien, among others.
Mr Trump expressed his rage after the committee played excerpts of interviews with his former Attorney General Bill Barr, daughter Ivanka Trump, and son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Mr Trump called Mr Barr “weak” and a “coward” after he told the House panel that Mr Trump’s false claims of a stolen election was “bulls***”.
Ms Trump, one of her father’s most trusted advisors, also said she didn’t think the 2020 election was stolen and respects Barr. Her father countered she had “checked out” before the 2020 election and was being deferential to Barr.
Meanwhile, the Rupert Murdoch-owned New York Post published a harsh editorial accusing Mr Trump of being a “prisoner of his own ego”.
In her opening statement, GOP lawmaker Ms Cheney, noted a number of her party sought pardons from Mr Trump for their part in trying to overturn the election: “Tonight, I say this to my Republican colleagues who are defending the indefensible: There will come a day when Donald Trump is gone, but your dishonour will remain.”
Some 20 million Americans tuned in to watch, ratings show — equivalent to the audience for Sunday Night Football. That figure does not include streaming services.
Trump ‘has become a prisoner of his own ego’
ICYMI: The Rupert Murdoch-owned New York Post has published a harsh critique of Donald Trump, arguing that the former president “has become a prisoner of his own ego”.
“He can’t admit his tweeting and narcissism turned off millions. He won’t stop insisting that 2020 was “stolen” even though he’s offered no proof that it’s true.”
Graeme Massie13 June 2022 07:11
Fox News to broadcast hearing on Monday
Fox News plans to broadcast the January 6 Committee’s hearing on Monday, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The network had refused to broadcast the committee’s first hearing on Thursday on its flagship network, although it covered the proceedings on its Fox Business Network cable channel and streaming platforms.
The hearing had been covered by all other major networks.Fox News ran its regular programming of opinion shows by Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity but without commercials for two hours to counter the hearing programming.
The Fox News Channel averaged three million viewers over the two hours with its counter programming, on par with what the hosts attract on a typical night.
Sravasti Dasgupta13 June 2022 06:35
More than half of Republicans still believe debunked conspiracy that Capitol riot was Antifa plot
More than half of US Republicans still believe the 6 January Capitol riot last year was a conspiracy by left-wing protesters, a new poll has suggested.
Graeme Massie13 June 2022 06:06
Monday’s hearing to focus on Election Day 2020
As the January 6 House select committee conducts its second hearing on Monday, the focus is expected to remain on election day 2020 and the origin of claims that the polls had been stolen.
The committee will walk through the events of election day and night and how the origin of false election fraud claims unfolded in the weeks, reported Axios.
It will also bring attention to the hundreds of millions of dollars raised between Election Day and 6 January when the Capitol insurrection took place.
The Independent’s John Bowden has more on what to expect from Monday’s hearing:
Sravasti Dasgupta13 June 2022 05:30
Documentary filmmaker who testified: ‘It took us a while to process what we’d even seen’
ICYMI: Nick Quested, the documentary filmmaker who testified before the House January 6 committee last week, reflected on the shocking footage he captured on the day of the Capitol attack, in an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press.
“It took us a while to process what we’d even seen,” Mr Quested told the programme, adding that he was accustomed to covering political violence abroad but not at home in the US.
Graeme Massie13 June 2022 05:11
Trump’s former campaign manager Bill Stepien to testify today
Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Bill Stepien will testify before the January 6 House select committee on Monday.
Mr Stepien who had taken over the Trump campaign in 2020, had allegedly spread the messaging which “included the promotion of certain false claims related to voting machines despite an internal campaign memo in which campaign staff determined such claims were false,” the committee had said while isssuing a subpoeana to him.
Along with Mr Stepien, Chris Stirewalt, the former Fox News political editor will also appear before the committee, reported ABC News.
Mr Stirewalt had been fired after he defended the network’s early projection that the incumbent president had lost Arizona on election night.
Sravasti Dasgupta13 June 2022 04:51
GOP Rep Kinzinger: It was ‘obvious’ Trump knew he lost in 2020
GOP Rep Adam Kinzinger, who serves on the January 6 committee, told CBS’ Face the Nation on Sunday that it was “obvious” Donald Trump knew he lost the 2020 election, but that the former president simply “didn’t want to lose”.
Graeme Massie13 June 2022 04:03
Trump ‘knew risk of violence’ but ‘incited the mob anyway’
Congressman Adam Schiff took to Twitter on Sunday to slam one-term president Donald Trump, ahead of Monday’s second public hearing of the January 6 Committee.
“Trump knew the risk of violence on January 6. But he incited the mob anyway. Then watched as it fought for him, and threatened to kill his vice president. Trump didn’t try to stop them or demand they disperse. Because they were there for him. And that was all that mattered,” tweeted Mr Schiff, a Democrat from California.
Graeme Massie13 June 2022 03:01
Jan 6 panel says evidence it gathered enough to indict Trump
Members of the House committee investigating the Capitol riot say they’ve uncovered enough evidence for the Justice Department to consider an unprecedented criminal indictment against former President Donald Trump for seeking to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
Jan 6 panel says evidence it gathered enough to indict Trump
Members of the House committee investigating the Capitol riot say they’ve uncovered enough evidence for the Justice Department to consider an unprecedented criminal indictment against former President Donald Trump for seeking to overturn the results of the 2020 election
Graeme Massie13 June 2022 02:14
Kinzinger vows to show evidence of GOP members of Congress asking Trump for pardons
RepAdam Kinzinger is promising to provide solid evidence to prove the claims of the January 6 committee’s chairman and vice chair, Bennie Thomspon and Liz Cheney, regarding efforts by GOP members of Congress to seek pardons from Donald Trump.
The assertion that a number of Republicans in the House, including Rep Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, made behind-the-scenes requests for then-President Donald Trump to issue blanket pardons freeing them of any legal liability for the assault on Congress was one of several stunning moments that occurred during Thursday’s hearing. Mr Perry was the only member of Congress to be named by the committee that day, though Ms Cheney noted that there was evidence of “multiple” others seeking the same deal.
John Bowden has the details.
Graeme Massie13 June 2022 01:02
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