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Highlights of the 9th January 6th House Committee hearing

it was a the hearing Which put former President Trump center stage, a presentation that included every member of the Jan. 6 House Select Committee which resulted in a vote On issuance of a summons for documents and testimony before the panel by the former President. The resolution was passed unanimously.

Beyond that, however, were other notable revelations and previously unseen videos that emerged from what was likely to be the committee’s final hearing. Here are some highlights from the 9th Jan 6 hearing:

Pelosi and Congress leaders are asking for help on January 6


Pelosi, Schumer and others step into “huge leadership void” on Jan. 6

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The committee played video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer and other top Congressional officials working on the phone while contacting Virginia Gov. and Vice President Mike Pence. Pelosi tells Northam to activate the Virginia National Guard.

Representative Jamie Ruskin, a member of the committee, said he “stepped into the vast leadership vacuum created by the president’s coolness and studied inaction that day.”

Over the phone with Pence, who had been moved to a garage near the Capitol loading dock, Pelosi discussed how he would resume his work to confirm the Electoral College results, even That she could also see on television images of a crowd of Trump supporters violating her. Capital.

“We are being told straight away that it will take a few days for the Capitol to recover,” Pelosi told Pence over the phone. Twitter whistleblower Anika Navroli told the committee that outside the Capitol, there were shouts of “hang Mike Pence” and on Twitter, users were demanding his execution.

Pelosi assessed some of the damage done by the rioters, which could have delayed the return of lawmakers to the floor, remarking that some had defecated in the Capitol.

“I don’t think it’s hard to clean,” she said, “but I think it’s more from a safety point of view to make sure everyone is out of the building and how long it will take.”

“The poo-poo they’re making literally and figuratively can take time to clean up,” Pelosi said.

The footage was shot by Alexandra Pelosi, a documentary filmmaker and Pelosi’s daughter.

Multiple criminal referrals possible

Summarizing how much Liz Cheney, the committee’s vice chairman, has learned in her 15-month investigation, committee vice chairman Liz Cheney said she has “enough information to consider criminal referrals for multiple individuals”, and To recommend a series of legislative proposals to protect against another Jan. 6.”

Cheney named some of the people the committee has given criminal references to the Justice Department for failing to comply with the referral committee’s subpoenas. The committee has sent criminal referrals to Trump’s White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, chief of staff Mark Meadows and aides Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino. Both Bannon and Navarro were indicted, and Bannon has since been found guilty.

She also noted how many Trump aides took fifth place instead of testifying, and played a video montage in which they declined to answer questions from the committee.

Trump authorizes withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and Somalia


January 6 Committee: Trump arrives to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, learning that he has lost the election

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The committee testified about national security concerns arising from a memo, signed by Trump, that ordered the immediate withdrawal of all US troops from Afghanistan and Somalia.

GOP Representative Adam Kizinger presents testimony as a test[ple of the “unfinished business” Mr. Trump was taking care of in his final weeks in office.

“Keep in mind the order was for an immediate withdrawal,” Kinzinger said. “It would have been catastrophic, yet President Trump signed the order. These are highly consequential actions of a president who knows his term will shortly end.”

The order was drafted by Johnny McEntee, a political aide in the Trump White House who had been his personal aide, known as a “body man” and was later named director of the White House Presidential Personnel Office.

McEntee initially told a senior adviser to the defense secretary that the Pentagon should withdraw the troops. The adviser said Pentagon leadership would not do it without an order from the president and then gave McEntee the language for an order.

“I hereby direct you to withdraw all U.S. military forces from the Federal Republic of Somalia no later than 31 December 2020; and from the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan no later than 15 January 2021,” read the memo, which the committee showed on Thursday. 

“McEntee duly types it up, brings it in to the president, the president signs it, and boom, it’s over, faxed over or emailed over, scanned over, and [the acting Defense Secretary’s Chief of Staff] I wish Patel would pass it on to me,” General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in an interview with the committee.

“It’s weird. It’s non-standard. It’s potentially dangerous,” Milley told the committee. “I personally thought it was not militarily feasible, nor wise.”

In the end, Trump ordered troops to leave Somalia – a move that President Biden has reversed – and ordered a reduction of troops in Afghanistan. Mr Biden withdrew US troops from Afghanistan in August 2021.

Trump: “Can you believe I lost to this influential person?”

Even when he publicly insisted that he won and that the election was unfairly rigged, in private, the president admitted to some that he had lost. In a video played by the committee, former White House aide Alyssa Farah recalled Trump watching TV: “He was watching TV, and he said, ‘Can you believe I lost to this influential person? ‘”

Cassidy Hutchinson asked the Chief of Staff if Trump’s Mark Meadows really thought “he lost,” and Meadows admitted, “‘At times he’ll tell me he lost, but he wants to keep fighting it, And he thinks that might be enough to reverse the election, but you know, he’s pretty much admitted he’s lost.

Milley recalled that Trump said at one point, “Yeah, we lost, we should let that issue go to the next guy,” “meaning President Biden.”

no summons for pence

January 6 Selection committee chairman Benny Thompson, asked by reporters whether Pence would be summoned, replied, “No.”

But he nodded his head when asked if he expected Trump to appear in person.

Pence said over the summer that he would “consider” testifying before the committee if asked.

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