Jan 6 hearings – live: Trump calls rioters ‘smart’ in clip from shocking ‘Unprecedented’ documentary

‘I’ve lost my name, I’ve lost my reputation’: Voting official givers testimony at Jan 6 hearings

A new report says that Donald Trump is not only watching the 6 January hearings closely, but that he is furious that there are no Republicans on the panel to fight his corner because House leader Kevin McCarthy pulled three nominees out of the committee when it was formed.

According to The Washington Post, the former president is “about to scream at the TV” during the sessions, which have so far laid out devastating evidence of his and his associates’ plot to illegally wrest the presidency back from Joe Biden.

Meanwhile, as the committee’s fifth gets underway, chair Bennie Thompson has announced that with a flurry of law enforcement activity on Wednesday and a steady stream of new evidence, it is pausing its schedule after today’s hearing to resume once the House comes back from its 4 July recess.

The panel is in the process of securing the cooperation of longtime right-wing activist Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Congressman Mo Brooks, who spoke at the 6 January rally outside the White House, has also offered to testify but says he will only do so in public.

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Hearing to focus on unsigned draft letter Trump wanted DOJ to send to Georgia officials to push special session approving fake electors

Gustaf Kilander23 June 2022 20:18

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Trump ‘wanted the Justice Department to help legitimize his lies’, panel chairman says

“Donald Trump didn’t just want the Justice Department to investigate,” chairman Bennie Thompson said in his opening statement. “He wanted the Justice Department to help legitimize his lies.”

Gustaf Kilander23 June 2022 20:12

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‘Unpredecented’ filmmaker who stirred up January 6 investigation had ‘thorough’ meeting with committee

Alex Holder’s forthcoming documentary series Unprecedented, which features interviews with Donald Trump and other inner circle figures in the days around January 6, has shaken up the special committee’s investigation.

On Thursday, investigators met with the British filmmaker, who said he had a “thorough” convesation with committee members.

“I have provided the committee with all requested materials and am fully cooperating with the investigation,” he said in a statement. “I have no further comment at this time other than to say that our conversation today was thorough, and I appreciated the opportunity to share more context about my project.”

The series will air this summer on Discovery+.

Josh Marcus23 June 2022 20:10

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Actor Sean Penn at the US Capitol to watch hearing

Gustaf Kilander23 June 2022 20:10

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Chairman says fifth hearing will focus on DOJ pressure campaign

Committee chairman Bennie Thompson opened the fifth hearing by saying that it will focus on the pressure exerted by Donald Trump and his allies on the Department of Justice.

He said the panel will hear from DOJ officials and that the committee will show that the pressure campaign continued into January of last year, adding that Mr Trump wanted the department to call the election “corrupt”.

Mr Thompson added that Mr Trump attempted to replace the acting attorney general with a more loyal individual.

The chairman said Illinois Republican Adam Kinzinger will lead today’s hearing.

Gustaf Kilander23 June 2022 20:08

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What to expect during today’s committee hearing

In the letter, which his superiors rejected, Mr Clark wanted to tell officials that the DOJ had “identified significant concerns” and could send “a separate slate of electors supporting Donald J. Trump” to Washington to certify the winner of the election.

Top Trump-era DOJ officials Jeffrey Rosen, Richard Donoghue, and Steven Engel, will all testify on the tension inside the Justice Department, which ultimately stymied this plan.

Adam Kinzinger, one of the two Republicans on the January 6 committee, is expected to take a prominent role in the questioning during the hearing, which begins at 3pm ET.

You can watch the proceedings live here, via the January 6 committee website.

Here a preview from Andrew Feinberg on what to expect.

Josh Marcus23 June 2022 19:55

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Trump calls Capitol rioters ‘smart’ in clip from documentary that shocked his aides

Former President Donald Trump had little more than compliments for the rioters who stormed the US Capitol in new documentary footage from March 2021 that was obtained by the January 6 committee this week.

In the footage, published by CNN on Thursday, Mr Trump claims (falsely) that a “small” number of people stormed the Capitol and calls them “smart” for believing his claims about widespread election fraud, which his own attorney admitted in separate audio released this week that the Trump campaign had no evidence to prove.

“They were angry from the standpoint of what happened in the election. Because they’re smart, and they see and they saw what happened, and I believe that that was a big part of what happened on January 6,” says the former president in the clip.

John Bowden has the details on the former president’s shocking comments.

Josh Marcus23 June 2022 19:54

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WATCH: Mike Pence’s reaction to calls to remove Trump from office after Jan. 6

Mike Pence is the consumate straight man.

He didn’t react during the 2020 VP debates when a fly landed on his head.

He stood by Donald Trump for four years and would try to put a respectable face on whatever wild new direction the Trump administration was taking in a given week.

And despite extreme pressure from Donald Trump and his allies, the former vice-president refused to go outside the boundaries of his office’s power and overturn the 2020 election result.

So perhaps it should come as no surprise that when Mr Pence was informed that Congress was calling on him to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Donald Trump from office after the events from January 6, the vice-president’s reaction was ice cold.

In a new clip from the forthcoming documentary Unprecedented, Mr Pence is recorded receiving the news that Congress wanted him to axe Mr Trump.

Mr Pence declines to comment then tells filmmaker Alex Holder, “I’m always hopeful about America.”

Josh Marcus23 June 2022 19:40

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DOJ probing whether Trump ally Sidney Powell is funding Oath Keepers’ legal defence

The Department of Justice is looking into whether former Donald Trump lawyer Sidney Powell is funneling money into the legal defence of the Oath Keepers, a self-styled militia group that joined in the January 6 riots to prevent the certification of the 2020 election. “The government is … protecting the record by involving the Court in the process of addressing a potential conflict before it undermines a proceeding and a defendant’s right to competent and conflict-free representation,” the DOJ said in a court filing on Wednesday.

Ms Powell’s nonprofit group, Defending the Republic, has raised millions making false claims about the 2020 presidential race.

Four Oath Keepers on trial have taken funds from the group, reports Buzzfeed and Mother Jones.

Josh Marcus23 June 2022 19:25

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Trump calls January 6 rioters ‘smart’ in new clip from documentary

Donald Trump praises those who stormed the Capitol on January 6 in new footage from the forthcoming documentary Unprecedented, which features interviews with top figures in the Trump inner circle.

In a clip from the series, directed by British filmmaker Alex Holder, Mr Trump calls January 6 a “sad day” for the country, then praises those who stormed the Capitol in the next breath.

“They were angry from the standpoint of what happened in the election,” he said. “Because they’re smart, and they see and they saw what happened, and I believe that that was a big part of what happened on January 6.”

Footage from the documentary has been working its away around Washington, and is expected to figure in Thursday’s January 6 hearings. Trump aides were reportedly stunned by some of the relevations in the series.

Josh Marcus23 June 2022 19:15

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