WASHINGTON – The Jan. 6 committee is highlighting the ways violent far-right extremists answered Donald Trump’s “siren call” to come to a big Washington rally and probing whether they coordinated with White House allies in the deadly U.S. Capitol attack and effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
The panel investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol siege was convening Tuesday delving into what it calls the final phase of Trump’s multi-pronged effort to halt Joe Biden’s victory. As dozens of lawsuits and false claims of voter fraud fizzled, Trump tweeted the rally invitation, a pivotal moment, the committee said. Members of the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers groups who are now facing rare sedition charges readily answered.
“We will lay out the body of evidence that we have that talks about how the president’s tweet on the wee hours of December 19th of ‘Be there, be wild,’ was a siren call to these folks,” said one panel member, Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” In fact, Trump tweeted, “Be there, will be wild!”
Tuesday’s hearing is the seventh for the Jan. 6 committee. Over the past month, the panel has created a narrative of a defeated Trump “detached from reality,” clinging to false claims of voter fraud and working feverishly to reverse his election defeat. It all culminated with the attack on the Capitol, the committee says.
The panel on Tuesday also was expected to feature newly transcribed testimony from Pat Cipollone, the former White House counsel, who “was aware of every major move” Trump was making, said Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., who was leading the session.
Expected to testify in person was Jason Van Tatenhove, an ally of Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes. Another witness was to be Stephen Ayres, who pleaded guilty last month to disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building. He has said that on Jan. 2, 2021, he posted an image stating that Trump was “calling on us to come back to Washington on January 6th for a big protest.”
The committee is probing whether the extremist groups, including the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers and QAnon adherents who had rallied for Trump before, coordinated with White House allies for Jan. 6. The Oath Keepers have denied there was any plan to storm the Capitol.
It’s the only hearing set for this week, as new details emerge. An expected prime-time hearing Thursday has been shelved for now.
It’s the only hearing set for this week, as new details emerge. An expected prime-time hearing Thursday has been shelved for now.[ad_2]