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Jan. 6 hearing focuses on extremist groups at Capitol riot

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The ties between allies of former President Trump and the far-right extremists who attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, is the main focus of Tuesday’s listening to by the Home committee investigating the rebellion.

Members of the panel are utilizing the seventh public hearing to cowl an prolonged timeline from the electoral faculty’s Dec. 14, 2020, assembly to affirm Biden’s win till Jan. 6, 2021, when the electoral vote rely in Congress was interrupted by the assault on the Capitol. The committee is predicted to current proof and testimony on the preparations for the rebellion by extremist teams such because the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, whose members have since been charged with sedition.

Reps. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.) and Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) will lead questioning of witnesses following opening remarks from Chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Vice Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.). The committee didn’t launch witness names earlier than the listening to, citing considerations about their security, however a number of media retailers reported {that a} former spokesman for the Oath Keepers and a rioter who pleaded responsible to getting into the Capitol constructing can be amongst these testifying.

The panel will even have a look at a Dec. 18 White Home assembly by which Trump allies tried to persuade him to signal an executive order to seize voting machines, and is predicted to indicate how extremist teams took the president’s Dec. 19 announcement of a “wild” rally hours earlier than Congress met to certify the election outcomes as a cue to return to Washington to maintain him in energy by way of any means mandatory.

That tweet, despatched about an hour after the Dec. 18 assembly ended, “electrified and galvanized his supporters, particularly the harmful extremists within the Oath Keepers, the Proud Boys and different racist and white nationalist teams spoiling for a battle in opposition to the federal government,” Raskin mentioned.

Whereas Trump’s efforts to get Vice President Mike Pence to reject electoral votes on Jan. 6 continued, an alliance of extremists coordinated an effort to storm, invade and occupy the Capitol, Raskin mentioned, convincing a big and offended crowd who believed the election had been stolen from them to journey to Washington.

The connection between the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers and QAnon, in addition to former nationwide safety advisor Michael Flynn and Republican operative Roger Stone can be mentioned by the committee, which will even look at what White Home employees and advisors knew concerning the potential for violence and which members of Congress pressured Pence within the days earlier than Jan. 6 to vary the election consequence.

Flynn was a significant participant within the try to seek out proof of fraud after the election and was being escorted on Jan. 6 by a safety element made up of members of the Oath Keepers, a number of of whom have been charged for getting into the Capitol. Stone had a longstanding relationship with the Proud Boys and helped increase cash to placed on rallies round Jan. 6.

In her opening remarks, Cheney mentioned that after six hearings, Trump’s allies are pushing a story that Trump was poorly served by his outdoors advisors, together with California lawyer John Eastman, Trump lawyer Sidney Powell and Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.).

“This after all is nonsense. Donald Trump is a 76-year-old man. He isn’t an impressionable youngster. Identical to everybody else in our nation, he’s liable for his personal actions and his personal selections,” she mentioned.

Trump had entry to extra details about election integrity than maybe anybody else within the nation, however selected to push ahead with the lie that the election was stolen, Cheney mentioned.

“Donald Trump can not escape accountability by being willfully blind,” she mentioned.