Jan. 6 hearing Tuesday to focus on role domestic violent extremists played in Capitol attack
The committee, which is holding its seventh hearing, already has shared some of evidence it has collected about the alleged planning that leaders of two groups – the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers.
WASHINGTON – Tuesday's hearing of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack by a pro-Trump mob on the Capitol is expected to spotlight the role domestic extremists' played that day.
Committee member Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., said on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday that "the focus of this hearing will be on the domestic violent extremists, as well as members of Congress, and people that the president called in to assist him in this pressure campaign."
During its opening hearing last month, the committee shared some of the evidence it has collected about the alleged planning that leaders of two groups – the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers – took part in the day before the attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Former President Donald Trump's White House counsel Pat Cipollone's testimony from Friday will be featured in the upcoming hearing.
Cipollone was a highly sought-after witness, especially after bombshell testimony that he tried to prevent Donald Trump from challenging the 2020 election results and worked to stop the defeated president from joining the violent mob that laid siege to the Capitol, the committee said.
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Cipollone's testimony does not contradict what other witnesses have said, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., said Friday on CNN.
Lofgren, a committee member, clarified that "not contradicting is not the same as confirming." In some cases, the former White House lawyer was not present for the events described or "couldn't recall with precision" some details.
Trump team discussing seizure of voting machines
Another committee member, Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., told CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday that the public will learn about a meeting on Dec.18, 2020, where former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, Trump lawyer Sydney Powell and others talked about using the military to grab voting machines.
"On that day, the group of outside lawyers who've been (described as) 'Team Crazy' by people in and around the White House, came in to try to urge several new courses of action, including the seizure of voting machines around the country," Raskin said.
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Trump discussed with his advisers the possibility of appointing Powell to investigate election fraud claims and to possibly seize voting machines that the former claimed were rigged against him.
During the first six public hearings, the Jan. 6 committee sought to prove the president oversaw and coordinated "a sophisticated seven-part plan to overturn the presidential election and prevent the transfer of power," Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., said during the first hearing.