Jan 6 hearings – live: Trump accuses Democrats of ‘playing the insurrection card’ and defends Capitol rioters

Jamie Raskin says Trump has ‘essentially’ admitted to January 6 crimes

Donald Trump has taken to Truth Social to once again attack the 6 January select committee’s investigation. Deriding it as a symptom of “Trump Derangement Syndrome”, he fumed that “crazed” Democrats are “playing the ridiculous Insurrection Card” because of his supposedly strong polling.

The ex-president yesterday defended the violent rioters who stormed the US Capitol in his name as “well behaved”.

The committee is today turning its focus to two pivotal swing states for its fourth public hearing, which will tell the story of Mr Trump’s efforts to personally pressure elected officials in Georgia and Arizona to overturn his defeat in their respective states.

The Georgia section of the hearing will feature testimony from two key state officials, secretary of state Brad Raffensperger and his lead deputy, Gabe Sterling, both of whom resisted direct personal and public pressure from the then-president to overturn the result.

As he pressured them to bend the results his way, Mr Trump called on personal loyalties and even threatened criminal prosecution as reprisal.

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Jan 6 panel subpoenas footage from Trump filmmaker

Politico has dropped a major scoop to start the day: according to an unnamed source, the 6 January committee has subpoenaed documentary filmmaker Alex Holder for footage he shot while following Donald Trump, his children and Mike Pence during and after the 2020 election campaign:

According to the subpoena, which was obtained exclusively by Playbook, the committee wants three main things from Holder:

(1) Raw footage from Jan. 6.

(2) Raw footage of interviews from September 2020 to present with Trump, Pence, DONALD TRUMP JR., IVANKA TRUMP, ERIC TRUMP and JARED KUSHNER.

(3) Raw footage “pertaining to discussions of election fraud or election integrity surrounding the November 2020 presidential election.”

Holder is expected to fully cooperate with the committee in an interview scheduled for Thursday.

Read the full subpoena obtained by Playbook here.

Andrew Naughtie21 June 2022 11:45

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Trump accuses Democrats of “playing the ridiculous Insurrection Card”

Along with defending the violent rioters who stormed the Capitol as “well behaved”, Donald Trump has posted another rant on Truth Social framing the 6 January committee as a political witch hunt – the successor to the supposedly disingenous investigation into his team’s alleged collusion with Russian agents during the 2016 election.

Here’s his post in full…

(Truth Social)

Andrew Naughtie21 June 2022 11:27

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Kinzinger: ‘Evil thrives in darkness’

Having released a photo of the written death threat to him and his family, 6 January committee member Adam Kinzinger has issued a defiant message insisting he remains unintimidated in the face of such messages.

Andrew Naughtie21 June 2022 11:00

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Trump takes credit for rise of Ron DeSantis

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has become one of the most popular Republicans aside from Donald Trump, and is often talked about as a probable 2024 presidential candidate – perhaps even a challenger to Mr Trump himself.

This has reportedly rankled the former president, who is now taking credit for helping Mr DeSantis get elected governor of Florida in the first place.

Andrew Naughtie21 June 2022 10:25

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Schiff: Multiple 6 Jan panel members receiving death threats

CBS News’s Scott MacFarlane reports that Adam Schiff, one of the Democrats on the 6 January committee, told him that he and many others on the panel are frequently receiving death threats in response to their work – part of “a fuelling of political violence” that “has accelerated in recent months, in recent years”.

Watch the report below.

Andrew Naughtie21 June 2022 09:50

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Rusty Bowers to describe pressure from Trump to overturn Arizona election results

On Tuesday, the January 6 committee’s first witness will be Rusty Bowers — a Republican who is the speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives. He is going to speak about how Donald Trump pressured him to overturn his state’s election.

Mr Bowers is planning on describing the pressure campaign by the former president and his allies, according to a committee source.

The New York Times reported that he will also describe the harassment he endured before and after 6 January and also its impact on his family.

Maroosha Muzaffar21 June 2022 08:45

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Mark Meadows sent ‘MAGA’ hats to people conducting audit of Georgia election

On Tuesday, the committee is going to release new information about the deep involvement of Mark Meadows – Donald Trump’s chief of staff – during the events around 6 January last year.

Among the evidence, Representative Adam Schiff confirmed to New York Times, will be text messages revealing that Mr Meadows wanted to send autographed ‘Make America Great Again’ hats to people conducting an audit of the Georgia election.

Andrew Naughtie21 June 2022 08:15

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Adam Schiff says committee will demonstrate Trump’s lies

At its fourth televised hearing this month, scheduled for 1pm, the house select committee investigating the Capitol riots of last year will seek to demonstrate that Donald Trump knew — or should have known — that his lies about a stolen election were wrong.

The committee is also expected to highlight the vitriol and death threats that election workers endured because of Mr Trump’s lies.

Representative Adam B Schiff said that the house select committee “will show evidence about what his [Donald Trump’s] own lawyers came to think about this scheme. And we will show courageous state officials who stood up and said they wouldn’t go along with this plan to either call legislatures back into session or decertify the results for Joe Biden.”

Maroosha Muzaffar21 June 2022 07:27

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ICYMI: Trump’s ‘friend’ dig at Pence was not childish talk but a coded Mafia-style threat, claims Michael Cohen

Mr Cohen, in a video posted on the YouTube channel Meidas Touch, analysed the former president’s speeches before 6 January last year and said: “If anyone knows how Donald Trump speaks in code, it’s me.”

Read the full story here:

Maroosha Muzaffar21 June 2022 06:48

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Why the January 6 committee is focused on Trump’s plot in Georgia

The January 6 committee will meet for its fourth public hearing on Tuesday with one state firmly in its crosshairs: Georgia.

The site of a surprise victory for Joe Biden in 2020, the southern state was previously considered a stronghold and reliable source of Electoral College votes for Republican candidates, despite deep Democratic constituencies in Atlanta and some other areas, writes John Bowden.

Read the full story here:

Maroosha Muzaffar21 June 2022 05:45

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