The House select committee investigating thewill be holding on Tuesday, this time focusing on the role of extremists that day.
committee memberthat the upcoming hearing “will continue the story of Donald Trump’s attempt to topple the 2020 presidential election.”
CBS News will broadcast the hearing as a special report beginning at 1 pm ET.
Raskin noted Sunday that the committee has so far been describing former President Trump’s pressure campaigns on thethe , before the expected certification by Congress of the Electoral College on January 6. Documentary filmmaker Nick Quested, who joined the Proud Boys on January 6, provided film footage of him to the committee, some of which was shown at the .
“One of the things that people are going to learn is the critical importance of a meeting that took place at the White House” on Dec. 18, Raskin said.
“And on that day, the group of outside lawyers that has been dubbed the ‘Crazy Team’ by people in and around the White House, arrived to try to urge various new courses of action, including the seizure of voting machines throughout the country,” Raskin said. “So some of the people involved in that were Sidney Powell, Rudy Giuliani was present for part of that discussion, Michael Flynn was present for that. But up against this ‘Lock Team’ was an internal group of lawyers who essentially wanted the president at the time to acknowledge that they had lost the election, and they were much more willing to accept the reality of their loss at that time.
Raskin said that in the middle of the night on Dec. 19, Trump tweeted “following a crazy meeting, which has been described as the craziest meeting of the entire Trump presidency.”
“Donald Trump sent the tweet that would be heard around the world, the first time in United States history when a President of the United States called a protest against his own government, in effect, to try to stop the vote count of the electoral college in a presidential election that he had lost,” Raskin said. “Absolutely unprecedented, nothing like this has ever happened before. So people are going to hear the story of that tweet, and then the explosive effect it had on Trump World and specifically on domestic violent extremist groups, the most dangerous political extremists in the world. country. “
Last week, Trump White House counsel Pat Cipollone testified before the committee for more than eight hours. Raskin said Cipollone provided “valuable” information to the committee.
“We’re going to use a lot of Mr. Cipollone’s testimony to corroborate other things we’ve learned along the way,” Raskin said. “He was the White House counsel at the time. He was on top of every major move that I think Donald Trump was making to try to topple the 2020 election and essentially take the presidency.”
The House Jan. 6 committee held seven public hearings in June and July to show the evidence it gathered during the 11-month investigation. The committee has heard hundreds of hours of testimony, including from some of the top members of Trump’s inner circle.
In addition to information about the lobbying campaigns, the committee also revealed new details about the scheme allegedly proposed by Trump allies to present bogus voters from several battleground states that President Joe Biden won.
On June 28, Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows, testified publicly at a hastily aggregated hearing. Her successful testimony included Trump being told that the crowd at the Ellipse on Jan. 6 had guns and other weapons, and that the former president wanted to join them on the way to Capitol Hill. She also said she was told that Trump lunged at a Secret Service agent in a presidential vehicle.
Hutchinson also testified that Meadows told him in the days leading up to Jan. 6 that “Cass is going through a lot, but I don’t know, things could get really, really bad on Jan. 6.”
This weekend, lawyers for Trump campaign strategist Steve Bannon, who has been indicted by the Justice Department for refusing to comply with a subpoena to testify, sent a letter to the committee saying he is willing to testify publicly.
Bannon cited executive privilege in his refusal to testify, but Trump sent a letter to Bannon’s attorneys waiving executive privilege.Trump’s claims of executive privilege, and that has been .