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Jan. 6 select committee postpones third hearing to Thursday

Jan 6 select committee postpones third hearing to Thursday


The House select committee investigating last year’s Capitol riot announced Tuesday it had postponed its third scheduled open hearing to allow more time to put together its presentation.

The hearing had been scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, but will now happen Thursday. The committee did not announce a new start time.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) told MSNBC Tuesday the postponement was “no big deal.”

“Putting together the video exhibits is an exhausting exercise for our very small video staff,” said Lofgren, who later added: “It’s just too much to put it all together.” 

Former acting Attorney General Jeffery Rosen, Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue and Justice Department official Steve Engel are scheduled to testify Thursday about former President Donald Trump’s efforts to pressure the DOJ into supporting his claims of widespread election fraud.

The committee’s second open hearing, held Monday, focused on attempts by Trump’s allies and advisers to convince him that the outcome of the 2020 vote was legitimate.

Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6 hoping to overturn the results of the election.
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A mob of supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump fight with members of law enforcement at a door they broke open as they storm the U.S. Capito
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The hearing featured live testimony from former Fox News digital politics editor Chris Stirewalt, GOP election lawyer Benjamin Ginsberg, former Georgia US Attorney BJay Pak, and former Philadelphia Republican City Commissioner Al Schmidt, as well as pre-recorded video depositions from former Attorney General Bill Barr and Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien.

The video testimony revealed that Stepien warned Trump against declaring victory early on election night, saying: “My belief, my recommendation was to say that votes were still being counted, it’s too early to tell, too early to call the race.”

Trump, however, “thought I was wrong. He told me so,” Stepien recounted.

Former US President Donald Trump is seen on a screen above the January 6th Select Committee during the committee's hearing in the the Cannon House Office Building in Washington DC, USA, 13 June 2022.
A split emerged after Monday’s hearing among the top two committee members over whether they would refer Trump or others in his orbit to the Justice Department for potential criminal charges.
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By mid-December, Barr said, Trump was so invested in the belief that he had been cheated out of the election that he became “detached from reality.” 

“On the other hand,” the former attorney general recalled in his deposition, “you know, when I went into this and would tell him how crazy some of these allegations were, there was never an indication of interest in what the actual facts were.”

Following Monday’s hearing, a split emerged among the top two committee members over whether they would refer Trump or others in his orbit to the Justice Department for potential criminal charges.

“We’re gonna tell the facts,” Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) told CNN. “If the Department of Justice looks at it and assumes that there’s something that needs further review, I’m sure they’ll do it.”

“Our job is to look at the facts and circumstances around January 6, what caused it and make recommendations after that,” Thompson added.

Shortly after Thompson spoke, committee Vice Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said it was too early to say whether the committee would make referrals. 

“The January 6th Select Committee has not issued a conclusion regarding potential criminal referrals,” she tweeted Monday evening. “We will announce a decision on that at an appropriate time.”





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