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January 6th Hearings, Extremist Edition

July 12, 2022
NBC News, The Washington Times, AP NEWS, Washington Post, Axios
The context
Today's January 6th hearing focused on former President Donald Trump's ties to extremist groups that stormed the Capitol and his efforts to instigate the riot.
January 6th Hearings, Extremist Edition

Ayres testifies

  • Stephen Ayres, a former Trump supporter convicted for participating in the Capitol Riot, told the committee that trusting the former President had derailed and ruined his life.
  • Ayres lost his job at a cabinet company and had to sell his house after he was charged for participating in the riots.
  • He also said he believed the President's claims that the election had been stolen wholeheartedly but regretted doing so.
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Guilty Parscale

  • Trump's former campaign manager, Brad Parscale, texted a colleague after the Capitol riots that he felt "guilty" for his part in helping Trump win the presidency in 2016.
  • He expressed his regret for supporting the President after the riot and blamed Trump's rhetoric for the violence.
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Not for the faint of heart

  • The committee focused on a tweet from Trump in December they called a "call to action" when he tweeted, "Be there. Will be wild," referring to a rally he planned for January 6th. He also "called for backup" during the rally, telling supporters Pence and other Republicans lacked the courage to overturn the election results.
  • Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony referenced an "unhinged" meeting at the White House between Trump's advisors and White House Lawyers. In today's hearing, the committee provided more information about the meeting, including testimony from aides that described "screaming" back and forth for six hours.
  • After the meeting in which no claims of election fraud were validated, Trump sent the incendiary tweet encouraging followers to come to the Capitol.
  • Text messages between aides and Trump's team showed that it was an established plan to have his supporters march from his rally to the Capitol, even though they were aware of the "crazies" that the march would draw.
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No impressionable child

  • Representative Liz Cheney dismissed the claims that Trump was merely misled by members of his team, saying that Trump is "not an impressionable child" and that he is a "76-year-old man."
  • Former White House Press Secretary Judd Deere testified that he told Trump "the electoral college had met … and I believed at that point that the means for him to pursue litigation was probably closed."
  • The committee provided evidence that members of Trump's team interacted with members of extremist groups that marched on the Capitol and that they had done so at Trump's urging.
  • The committee also provided a draft tweet seen by the president that read, "I will be making a Big Speech at 10AM on January 6th at the Ellipse (South of the White House). Please arrive early, massive crowds expected. March to the Capitol after. Stop the Steal!!"
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Last minute bombshell

  • At the end of the hearing, Representative Cheney revealed that Trump had tried to contact an unidentified committee witness in an attempt to influence their testimony after the last hearing.
  • The witness immediately told their lawyer, who provided the information to the committee, and Cheney then relayed the information to the Department of Justice, which could charge Trump with witness tampering.
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Investigation update

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