The only big topic on the second day of hearings on January 23 was Committee 6 that former President Trump had been repeatedly told — including by the attorney general — that his “big lie” about the rigged election was unfounded. But he made the false claim on election night anyway, and he hasn’t stopped since.
As they did during the opening hearing, the committee members used video testimony from some of Mr. Trump’s closest friends and advisers – including candid comments from former Attorney General William B. Bar – to show that the president should be aware that his allegations are unfounded.
Here are some other takeaways from the second day of the hearings.
He described Trump as “detached from reality” after the election.
the master. Barr’s video testimony was one of the most compelling of the morning, as former Attorney General Barr described Mr. Trump further increased “out of reality” in the days after the election. In his testimony, A. Barr said he had repeatedly told the president that his allegations of fraud were unfounded, but that “there was never any sign of interest in the actual facts.”
The disembodied image of the master. Trump is one of the mainstays of the argument the committee is trying to make: Trump knew that his allegations about a fraudulent election were not true and made them anyway. the master. Barr said that in the weeks after the election, he repeatedly told Mr. Trump “how crazy some of these allegations are.”
The Commission proves that Mr. Trump knew very well. but mr. Barr’s testimony offered another possible explanation: that the president had already believed the lies he was telling.
“I thought, boy, if he really believed in these things, he had lost connection with, you know, with — he had become detached from reality, if he really believed in these things,” Barr told the committee.
Two groups surrounded Trump: “The Ordinary Team” vs. Team Rudy.
The only thing that came out clearly on Monday was that there were two different groups of people around Mr. Trump in the days and weeks after the election.
Bill Stebbin, a. Trump’s campaign manager described his team as the “regular team” in contrast to the one led by Rudy Giuliani and Mr. Trump’s personal attorney.
Veteran Republican Activist, Mr. Steppin was among the campaign aides, lawyers, White House advisers and others who urged Mr. Trump to abandon his unsubstantiated allegations of fraud. the master. Giuliani’s team has been fueling the president’s paranoia to support baseless, fanciful allegations of ballot picking, voting machine tampering, and more. “We kind of call them my team and Rudy’s team,” Stebbin told commission investigators in interviews. “I didn’t mind being part of Team Normal.”
Committee members hope that the description of the two competing groups in mr. Trump’s orbit is proof that Mr. Trump made a choice – to listen to the group led by Mr. Giuliani instead of those who ran his campaign and worked in his administration. the master. Trump, in the words of the “regular team,” chose to listen to those speaking with “crazy” arguments instead.
Photo showing election night in the White House.
Monday’s hearing opened with a lively picture of election night at the White House, describing the reaction of the president and those around him when Arizona’s Fox News called Joseph R. Biden Jr. Using video testimony of the President’s closest advisers and some members of his family, the panel explained how Mr. Trump rejected the cautionary advice he had received.
the master. In the video, Stebbin said he urged the president not to prematurely declare victory, after he had already made clear that Democrats’ votes would likely be counted later in the night. the master. Trump ignored him, mr. Stebbin et al. Instead, he listened to Rudy Giuliani, who helped him say he was drunk that night, urging the president to declare victory and say the election was stolen.
Chris Stewart, the political editor for Fox News who was fired after making a live call to Arizona, told the committee that the shift in revenue that night that prompted the president to allegations of voter manipulation was no more than the expected results of the Democratic vote. Counted after the Republicans. He was proud that his team was the first to accurately call out the Arizona results and said there was a “zero” chance that the mr. Trump would have won that state.
The commission said millions of dollars had been sent to the non-existent Election Defense Fund.
It wasn’t just the “big lie,” according to the January newspaper. 6 committees. It was also the “Great Deceit”.
In a video presentation that concluded its second session, the panel described how Mr. Trump and his campaign aides used baseless allegations of election fraud to persuade the president’s supporters to send millions of dollars to the so-called Election Defense Fund. According to the committee, A. Trump supporters donated $100 million in the first week after the election, apparently in the hope that their money will help the president in the fight to overturn the results.
But a commission investigator said there was no evidence such a fund ever existed. Instead, millions of dollars poured into a super-joint executive committee that the president created on November 3. 9, just days after the election. According to the commission, PAC sent $1 million to a charitable foundation run by Mark Meadows, Mr. Trump’s former chief of staff, and another $1 million to a political group run by several of his former employees, including Stephen Miller, the architect of Mr. Trump’s immigration agenda.
Representative Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., summed up the findings this way: “During the commission’s investigation, we found evidence that the Trump campaign and its agents misled donors about where their money would go and what it would be used for.” She added, “So there was not only that big lie, there was a huge rip-off. Donors deserve to know where their money is actually going. They deserve better than what President Trump and his team have done.”