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politicsClosed Jul 22, 2022
Jan. 6 Committee Hearing on US Capitol Riot
  • Hearing focusing on Trump’s actions, and inaction, during riot
  • Trump refused official photos, logged no calls during riot
  • Pence Secret Service agents feared for their lives, witness says
  • Panel lists people close to Trump who asked him to quell riot
  • Videos, testimony show GOP lawmakers’ fear during riot
Thank you for joining us this evening. Here are the key takeaways from Thursday’s House select committee hearing on the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot.

  • Part of the evidence the committee presented showed former President Donald Trump didn’t want a record of what he was doing during the assault on the Capitol. The White House photographer was discouraged from taking photographs of Trump, and both the presidential call log and his activity log were largely devoid of any entries for the afternoon of Jan. 6.
  • The committee backed up assertions that Trump made no calls to military leaders, law enforcement and government officials during the riot to try and stop it with video clips of interviews with former White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and Keith Kellogg, former national security adviser to Mike Pence. It also said it has confirmed that in numerous interviews with senior law enforcement and military leaders, Pence’s staff, and other officials.
  • Even on the day after the riot and Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory had been certified, Trump couldn’t bring himself to say he lost. The committee showed raw footage of the speech Trump delivered on Jan. 7, in which he started to say, “This election is now over, Congress has certified the results.” But Trump stopped and said, “I don’t want to say the election is over.’ I just want to say Congress has certified the results’ without saying the election is over, OK?”
  • Committee members sought to make the case that Trump’s inaction on the day of the riot went beyond a mere dereliction of duty and was part of an effort to overturn the election. Representative Elaine Luria, who ran Thursday’s hearing, called it his “final action” to try to usurp the will of the people.
  • The committee is far from done with their work. The panel already announced it was pushing back the date of their final report. Vice Chair Liz Cheney said that as the hearings have gone on, “doors have opened, new subpoenas have been issued, and the dam has begun to break,” and there is a wave of new information from subpoenas that they will continue to sort through. The committee says it will resume laying out the public case in September. Cheney said. “We have far more evidence to share with the American people, and more to gather,” she said.