House committee is investigatingIn what may be the final public hearing as the committee ends its investigation into former President Donald Trump and his influence as he refused to acknowledge ,
CBS News will air the hearing as a special report at 1 p.m. ET.
Committee aides said Wednesday that Thursday’s hearing is expected to take a broader look at Trump’s mindset during his efforts to reverse the 2020 election. Unlike the previous hearing, which focused on a specific topic, this hearing will look at the events before the election and after January 6. Each of the nine members of the committee shall present a share.
Also unlike the previous hearing, this hearing will not have any living witnesses. The committee’s aides said it would have video testimony of witnesses that the committee had previously shown in its hearings, as well as witnesses that the public had not yet seen.
New information to be introduced Thursday includes hundreds of thousands of pages of documents that were returned by the US Secret Service after a July summons from the committee, as well as previously unseen videos of attempts to respond in real time. was shown. Committee colleagues said that a riot was taking place in the Capitol.
An aide on the committee said, “What you’re going to see is a synthesis of some of the evidence that we’ve already presented with that new, never-before-seen information about the centrality of Donald Trump in pre-election planning.” I’ve never seen it to show.”
Aides would not say whether the testimony of former Secret Service officer Tony Ornato or Agent Bobby Engel, both of whom were identified during testimony from former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson, would be featured.On June 28, Ornato told him that Trump had tried to grab the steering wheel of the presidential vehicle from Engel in an attempt to reach the Capitol. Trump has denied that claim and has since ridiculed it at rallies. The Secret Service has disputed this account, saying that both men would be willing to testify, but it is unclear if either of them did. Ornato retired from the Secret Service in August.
Aides on the committee would not say whether he had any further affiliations with Trump or former Vice President Mike Pence when it came to testifying.that he would “consider” testifying before the Committee.
Representative Benny Thompson, Chairman of the Committee,Last month that committee plans to prepare an interim report in mid-October, with a final report due before the end of the year after the mid-term elections.
The committee held a series of public hearings over the summer which were also broadcast nationally. The hearing featured never-before-seen video of the attack, but it also showed video testimonyTo accept election results and plans by their allies that even when President Joe Biden won ,
That committee is “in talks” with the Justice Department about the fake voter scheme. In Those fake voters eventually met in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Nevada and Wisconsin on December 14, 2020, said committee member Representative Adam Schiff, signing documents claiming they were duly elected voters from their state. Were.
The committee said GOP Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin wanted to hand Pence alternative, fraudulent voters ahead of a joint session of Congress, according to texts provided by the committee.
The hearing highlighted the pressure campaigns of Trump and his allies on various branches of government to reverse the 2020 election results, including efforts by the former president.At the top of the Justice Department, the lawyer for Pence that he had the power to override the Electoral College, and Local and state election officials.
The hearing also included personal testimony from former Trump administration officials, aOne One among others.
The hearing included blatant revelations about Trump’s response to the January 6 attacks.
Hutchinson and other former White House aides testified – both in person and on video testimony – that they knew Trump had lost the election and that advancing the statement he won was a lie. Sarah Matthews, a former Deputy Press Secretary,The press office was debating Trump’s response and seemed taken aback that an aide did not want to condemn the riots because doing so would be “handing over victory to the media”.
“I couldn’t believe we were arguing this in the middle of the West Wing.. and so, I pointed to the TV and said, ‘Do you think we’re going to win? Because I Don’t think it does,'” Matthews said.
At the same hearing, the committee played a never-before-seen video of Trump rehearsing to make a statement on January 7, 2021. Even after the January 6 catastrophe and Congress ratified the Electoral College’s count, Trump refused to say he had lost the election.
“I want to start by addressing tomorrow’s heinous attack, and you will pay those who break the law,” Trump said in the footage. “You don’t represent our movement, you don’t represent our country, and if you broke the law – can’t say that. I already said you’ll pay…”
“But this election is over now. Congress has certified the results,” he continued, before pausing and possibly addressing his colleagues. “I don’t want to say that the election is over. I just want to say that the Congress has certified the results without the election being over.”