January 6th committee's next hearing expected to mount evidence more closely to the Capitol attack
Liz Cheney's testimony, alongside with Steve Banon's and several other witnesses, might help to build a case for the Capitol riots.
The House committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol linked former President Donald Trump to the violence from the start.
A month later, the House committee is set to dive much more. The House January 6 committee's next public hearing, is scheduled for 1 p.m.
ET Tuesday is anticipated to focus on how the violent pro-Trump mob organized on January 6 and the role of far-right groups such as the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers.
During a briefing call with reporters on Monday, committee staffers said the panel's seventh hearing will focus on how a single tweet from Trump organized his followers, proving a "pivotal moment that launched a sequence of activities, including pre-planning by Proud Boys."
The committee intends to demonstrate that Trump tweeted that message immediately after a White House meeting during which he considered confiscating voting equipment and naming Sidney Powell, a conservative lawyer known for propagating conspiracy theories, as special counsel to investigate electoral fraud.
While some aides regarded the Electoral College meeting on December 14, 2020, as the conclusion of the race, Trump turned to another date for optimism, committee aides acknowledged Monday.
According to them, the hearing would demonstrate how Trump became increasingly anxious to retain power and summoned supporters to Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021, the day Congress was scheduled to certify the 2020 election results. Reps.
Jamie Raskin and Stephanie Murphy, both Democrats on the committee, are set to chair the hearing. The committee intends to show a video of former White House attorney Pat Cipollone's recent closed-door hearing.
An indictment of the president
The forthcoming hearing for the House January 6 committee will explore an issue foreshadowed by the panel in early June.
On June 9, the committee presented a video of Trump being asked to repudiate white nationalist groups during the September 2020 presidential debate.
The House committee went on to show how that statement galvanized the Proud Boys, with one member attributing a threefold increase in membership to the debate-stage remark.
Is there a case to be made
The House committee also highlighted how Enrique Tarrio, a former Proud Boys leader now charged with seditious conspiracy in connection with the Capitol attack, replied to Trump's statement on social media.
According to committee sources, the next hearing will highlight the ties between these extreme groups and people connected to Trump.
They also stated that they will not disclose any witness identities before to tomorrow's session owing to security concerns for the witnesses.
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