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Jan. 6 committee to hear from ex-Trump campaign manager at hearing: live updates – USA TODAY

Monday’s hearing, set to begin at 10 a.m., will examine former President Donald Trump’s efforts to spread false information about the election.

WASHINGTON – Following Thursday’s prime-time introduction to the Jan. 6 committee investigating the Capitol attack’s findings, the second of eight hearings will dig into the details of former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election. 

Watch live:View the Jan. 6 committee’s second hearing here

When are the next hearings?

Monday’s hearing is set to begin at 10 a.m. ET.

There are two more hearings this week: Wednesday at 10 a.m. ET and Thursday at 1 p.m. ET.

The remaining four hearings have not yet been scheduled. 

– Ella Lee

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Capitol Police Officer on Jan. 6: ‘I was slipping in people’s blood’

During the January 6 House committee hearing, Officer Caroline Edwards described what she saw on that day when a mob stormed the Capitol.

Patrick Colson-Price, USA TODAY

Who are Monday’s witnesses?

The first panel of witnesses Monday features Bill Stepien, Trump’s former campaign manager, and Chris Stirewalt, a former Fox News political editor. In testimony revealed Thursday, a campaign spokesman and Trump campaign lawyer each said Trump was told election results showing he lost. The spokesman, Jason Miller, later said Trump didn’t believe his aides.

Stirewalt helped Fox News declare Trump’s loss in Arizona. The committee request for testimony from Stepien said the campaign reportedly urged state and party officials to delay or deny certification of election results by sending alternates slates of electoral votes to Congress.

The second panel of witnesses features Benjamin Ginsberg, an election attorney; BJay Pak, a former U.S. attorney for northern Georgia; and Al Schmidt, a former city commissioner in Philadelphia.

Pak reportedly expedited his departure from the U.S. attorney’s office after Trump complained during his Jan. 2 call with Georgia state officials he considered Pak a “never Trumper” who opposed his efforts to overturn the election.

– Bart Jansen

Who is on the Jan. 6 committee?

  • Chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss.
  • Vice chair, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo.
  • Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va.
  • Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md.
  • Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla.
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.
  • Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif.
  • Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif.
  • Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.

Why is Pence central to the Jan. 6 investigation

The House committee investigating the attack will focus during its June hearings on Pence’s key role presiding over the Electoral College vote count.

Rather than single-handedly rejecting electors from states then-President Donald Trump lost, as the president and his allies urged, Pence refused to interfere with or delay the count certifying President Joe Biden’s victory while a mob ransacked the Capitol and threatened the vice president’s life.

Thompson said lawmakers discussed having Pence testify, but that it might not be necessary because of cooperation from his top advisers. Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, and counsel, Greg Jacob, were among more than 1,000 witnesses, including more than a dozen from the White House, who met with the committee.

– Bart Jansen

Here’s who testified about the Capitol riot Thursday

Thursday’s hearing featured two witnesses: a U.S. Capitol Police officer who was injured during the riot and a documentarian who filmed parts of the violence. 

U.S. Capitol Police Officer Caroline Edwards was the “first law enforcement officer injured by rioters storming the Capitol grounds on January 6, 2021,” according to the committee. She told lawmakers Thursday that she was called “Nancy Pelosi’s dog” and “a traitor to my country, my oath and my constitution” during the violence, describing the Capitol grounds as an “absolute war zone.”

British documentarian Nick Quested filmed the leaders of two far-right groups, Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio and Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes, meeting in a parking garage near the Capitol. He told lawmakers Thursday that he met up with hundreds Proud Boys at about 10:30 a.m. on Jan 6, noting he was “confused to a certain extent” why they were walking away from the president’s speech because “that’s what I felt we were there to cover.”

-Marina Pitofsky, Ella Lee

What Bill Barr, Ivanka Trump told the committee

  • Former Attorney General William Barr told the House panel investigating the Capitol attack he resigned in December 2020 from the Trump administration rather than challenge the election results.
  • Ivanka Trump, the former president’s daughter and senior adviser, said she accepted the Justice Department’s finding of no fraud sufficient to overturn the 2020 – in contrast to her father.
  • Capitol Police Officer Caroline Edwards described how she suffered a concussion while grappling with rioters over bike racks. “I was slipping in people’s blood,” she said. “I was catching people as they fell. It was carnage.” She also recalled seeing Officer Brian Sicknick, who died the next day, turn ghostly white after being sprayed with chemicals.

What it was like in the room during the first Jan. 6  hearing

During first of eight hearings held by the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, the room remained mostly quiet, the crowd engaged, aside from reporters’ rapid typing on computers during moments of new information. Revelations evoked murmurs and sometimes tears from the audience.

Audience members’ moods abruptly shifted when a video chronicling the events of Jan. 6, 2021, played, many shifting in their seats and visibly on edge. During the video, Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn embraced the widows of two officers who died as a result of the attack, who used tissues to wipe tears from their eyes. 

In gripping testimony often stifled by emotion, Capitol Police Officer Caroline Edwards recalled navigating a “war zone” that day, slipping on the blood of fellow officers and catching them as they fell while the rioters stormed the Capitol.

– Ella Lee

Testimony: ‘It was carnage, it was chaos’: Capitol Police Officer Caroline Edwards recounts Jan. 6

Takeaways from the first Jan. 6 committee hearing

Members of a House Committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol began Thursday outlining their case that the insurrection was the final act of an intricate scheme orchestrated by former President Donald Trump to overturn the 2020 election.

The committee said that Trump knew he lost the 2020 presidential election, and despite that, enacted a “sophisticated seven-part plan” to overturn the election results. But not all Trump loyalists – or family – went along with Trump’s plans, the committee said.

The committee also sought to tie Trump to the actions of the Proud Boys, framing the extremist organization as a vehicle for Trump that was inspired to attack the Capitol by the former president. 

– Joey Garrison, Ella Lee

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