What can we expect from the second public hearing on the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol?
The second hearing for the Select House Committee on January 6th will take place on Monday 13 June. Here is what to expect.
During the first public hearing of the Select House Committee on Janury 6th, held and broadcasted during primetime, those tuning in were given an outline of what is to be expected in the subsequent six sessions.
The next hearing will take place on Monday 13 June at 10 AM ET.
What can we expect from the next hearing?
During her opening statement, Vice Chair of the Committee Liz Cheney (R-WY) said that the public would “see that Donald Trump and his advisors knew that he had lost the election.”
“But, despite this, President Trump engaged in a massive effort to spread false and fraudulent information – to convince huge portions of the U.S. population that fraud had stolen the election from him,” said Con. Cheney from the dias.
The investigators were able to see that even before the election, the Trump campaign was seeing signs that they were not going to win. Jason Miller, a senior Trump campaign spokesman, testified to the committee that during a meeting in the lead-up to Election Day, Matt Oczkowski, the campaign’s lead data analyst, told “the President in pretty blunt terms that he was going to lose.”
The second hearing will focus on this element of the case: how the President began to prepare his supporters for the possibility of a loss and create confusion over possible fraud.
“There’s no there there”
The public will also hear from a lawyer for the Trump campaign, Alex Cannon, who was responsible for assessing election fraud allegations. Cannon testified that he spoke with Mark Meddows and told him that he did not find suffienct evidence that would be able to change any of the results in any of the key states.
These conversations took place in mid to late November, uncovering what was known within the White House as the former President made continuous efforts to undermine the election results.
Mark Meadows concluded, “so there’s no there there.”
Matt Morgan, who served as the Trump Campaign’s General Counsel, will also make an appearance in the second hearing. Those watching on Thursday saw a clip of Morgan where he recounted a conversation with former-President Trump, where is stated that even if “all of the fraud allegations and the campaign’s other election arguments [were] taken together and viewed in the best possible light,” it would make no difference to “the outcome of the election.”
Former Attorney General Barr called Trump’s claims “bullshit.”
After the election, Donald Trump peddled a conspiracy theory that votes who had cast their ballot using Dominaion voting machines had their votes changed. Barr told the committee that in his conversation with the former President, he said that claims were “baseless.” The allegations specific to the voting systems were particularly concerning to Barr, who saw its impact on the public. Many who believed the conspiracy of systemic corruption would be those who took to Washington DC on January 6th.
The former AG says he spoke with the President thrice between election day and his resignation on 23 December, and he affirmed his belief that many of the claims of fraud coming from the White House were “bullshit.” Eventually, Barr did resign his post, which gave Trump the power to place people more favorable to him in those positions of power.
However, even the people appointed to the Department of Justice like Jeff Rosen and acting Deputy Richard Donoghue “told President Trump repeatedly that the evidence did not support allegations he was making in public.”
Who else will the public hear from?
The second hearing will also feature testimony from members of the Trump family, including Ivanka Trump and Jarad Kushner, and long-time allies of Donald Trump, like Rudi Guliani.
Most news outlets will be taking the hearing live on their stations, but they can also be streamed on Youtube through the C-SPAN.