January 6th Committee promised another hearing with new information about Donald Trump’s activities during the 187-minutes it took him to call the mob storming the Capitol to leave. Members tried to label the former president as a failure in his duty.
“He refused to defend our nation and our Constitution,” said Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), the committee’s vice chair. “He refused to do what every president must.”
The committee’s latest hearing was scheduled in primetime, building anticipation that this will akin to a season finale, with plans to reconvene in September. There is more information coming in.
“Doors have opened, more subpoenas have been issued and the damn has begun to break,”Cheney stated.
Reporters were expecting the committee to lay out a case that Trump did little to try to stop the storming of the Capitol — as he called those engaged in the siege as “great patriots.”Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a member of the Committee, released a video earlier in Thursday. It featured snippets by Trump aides.
Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-MS (virtually appearing after having tested positive for Covid), opened the hearing. He stated that Trump is his greatest enemy. “could not be moved to rise from his dining room table”Make a statement in the White House briefing rooms
“For 187 minutes on January 6th, this man of unbridled destructive energy could not be moved,”Thompson stated.
Matt Pottinger, the deputy national security adviser, is scheduled to give live testimony. Sarah Matthews, the deputy press secretary, is also scheduled. They were among the officials in the administration who resigned as protestants on January 6th.
The committee used TV production techniques to present its case. This was done over eight hearings.
Several hours before the hearing came some pushback from a White House figure on what she was doing that day — former First Lady Melania Trump. Fox News Digital asked her if she was. “fulfilling”She was performing her official duties during the siege, and she would have condemned the violence if she had been fully informed.
“I was fulfilling one of my duties as First Lady of the United States, and accordingly, I was unaware of what was simultaneously transpiring at the U.S. Capitol building,”She told the network. She was working with a group photographers to take shots of the White House renovations.
Stephanie Grisham, her then chief of staff, was to blame. “dereliction of duty”She did not inform her and she was not present at the White House.
Last month, Grisham tweeted a screenshot from a text message conversation she had with the first lady. “Do you want to tweet that peaceful protests are the right of every American, but there is no place for lawlessness & violence?”According to Grisham Melania Trumo replied back. “No.”
Broadcast networks preempted the hearing’s primetime lineups, just as they did in June when the committee launched its latest series of sessions. The hearing was also broadcast by cable news networks. Fox News remained true to its primetime lineup and moved its newsside coverage, which is anchored and anchored respectively by Martha MacCallum and Bret Baier, to the Fox Business Network.
More than 100 reporters crammed into tables and chairs in the hearing room to show their excitement for the upcoming session. Four rows of gallery seats were also filled with members of Congress and staffers.