Primetime Jan. 6 hearing to detail ‘minute-by-minute’ account of Trump’s inaction during riot

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Committee aides said there will be new information presented at the 8 p.m. ET hearing, some of which was recently obtained by the House special committee.

The roughly two-hour session will be led by Representatives Eileen Luria, D-Va., and Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill. Aides said he would provide a “minute-by-minute” description of what was happening inside the West Wing and what Trump was doing during the 187 minutes. This is the period from the end of Trump’s Ellipse speech at 1:10 p.m. to 4:17 p.m., when he tweeted a video asking the rioters to “go home.”

Committee members on Thursday will Based on the details laid down in previous hearings. Aides said they would show that Trump not only wanted to join his supporters in the Capitol after his Jan. 6 speech, but continued to express a desire to go there even after his security team told him it wasn’t safe and took over. Bring it back to the White House.

Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, members of his family, allies and GOP lawmakers will be discussed during the hearing.

The committee will also examine Trump’s tweet at 6:01 p.m. that day, which was deleted. He had suggested that the Capitol attack be blamed on widespread election fraud.

These are the things and events that happen when a landslide sacred election victory is unceremoniously and brutally stripped of the great patriots who have been treated badly and unfairly for so long. Come home with love and peace. Remember this day forever! Trump wrote before deleting the tweet.

Rioters gather outside the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021.Olivier Doolery/AFP via Getty Images

In another development, aides said the January 6 panel chair, Benny Thompson, D-Mies, will lead the session “remotely” after he tested positive earlier in the week for the COVID-19 virus. Committee members said they had the ability to have Thompson appear via video conference.

“He is fine. He has been vaccinated and boosted, but of course, we will adhere to COVID protocols,” said an aide.

The hearing will feature live testimony from an ex-husband Trump aides in the White HouseSarah Matthews and Matthew Pottinger, who have already testified behind closed doors.

Both Matthews and Pottinger resigned over Trump’s actions on January 6, with Pottinger saying in testimony already broadcast by the committee that he was motivated by Trump’s 2:24 p.m. tweet that day. In it, Trump wrote that his deputy lacked courage as a mob in the Capitol searched for him and chanted “Hang Mike Pence!”

President Trump had the power to abolish the mob. An aide said he was the only person who could cancel the mob, and he chose not to.

The January 6 commission plans to hold more hearings later this year.

The rioters are trying to enter the Capitol
Rioters attempt to enter the Capitol in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021.Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

The commission’s investigators had hoped to receive A slice of text messages from the Secret Service This week it may provide more details about Trump’s actions on January 6. Former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson told the committee She was told that Trump tried to grab the wheel of his presidential SUV and got into a physical altercation with a senior security official after he was told he was not going to the Capitol.

The Secret Service handed over 10,000 pages of documents to the Jan. 6 commission on Tuesday but Only one text message related to the riot itselfAccording to a letter from the Secret Service to the committee. That letter was from then Capitol Police Chief Stephen Sund to the Secret Service, asking for help.

The Secret Service told the commission that the agents’ text messages on January 5 and 6, 2021, were deleted as part of a pre-planned system migration. Staff have been told how to maintain relevant texts and other data, but the Secret Service said it had no messages that the commission or oversight agency is seeking.

Committee members are angry at the Secret Service’s explanation.

“We have concerns about a system migration that we are told has erased Secret Service cell phone data. The U.S. Secret Service system migration proceeded on January 27, 2021, just three weeks after the attack on the United States Capitol where the Vice President of the United States was located. Under Secret Service protection, steps from a violent gang are looking for Ho,” President Thompson and Vice President Liz Cheney, Republican of the U.S. Department of State, wrote in a joint statement on Wednesday.

“Content preservation action prior to this purge appears to conflict with federal records retention requirements and may represent a potential violation of the Federal Records Act,” they said.

Ali Vitali And the Hallie Talbot Contributed.

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