Washington (AFP) – The House of Representatives Committee of Inquiry on Jan. 11. 6, 2021 case systematically rebelled at the second hearing On Monday, Trump and his advisers learned that his allegations of fraud in the 2020 election were false.
The argument is key to the commission’s investigation as the nine-member panel details its evidence about what led to the violent insurgency. The rioters who stormed the Capitol that day and boycotted President Joe Biden’s victory were repeating Trump’s lies that he, not Biden, was the winner of the election.
Takeaways from Monday’s session:
The witness explodes, but the video tells the story
The hearing began with a jostling as former Donald Trump campaign manager Bill Stebbin, the panel’s top witness Monday, said he would not appear due to a “family emergency.” Committee Chair, Mississippi Rep. Benny Thompson, Steppen’s wife said she was in labor.
But the commission had a plan B – hours of Steppin’s previous interview with the commission, which was videotaped. The committee aired several clips from that interview, along with others, as the hearing began.
Stebbin told investigators that Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani was urging Trump to declare victory on election night, despite Steppin’s warnings that it was “too early” to speculate in this way.
“My belief, my recommendation, was to say the votes are still counting, too soon to tell, too soon to call the race,” Stebbin said in one of the clips.
However, Trump took to the podium in the White House press room and said the preliminary results were a “fraud of the American public” and that “honestly, we won this election.”
‘Trump’s mind has crystallized’
Trump advisers have repeatedly told him that he should wait for results and not report widespread election fraud. But Trump did not listen, and the increase relied on wild allegations made by Giuliani and Trump’s lawyer Sydney Powell, among others, according to the testimony.
The billboard featured a video of Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump, her husband Jared Kushner and campaign aide Jason Miller. Ivanka Trump told the committee it was “obvious” that no election would be called on election night, and Kushner said he told Trump at one point that Giuliani’s advice was not “the approach I would take.” But Trump responded that he trusted Giuliani.
Miller said there was an election night meeting where he told Trump they shouldn’t declare victory until they had a better sense of the numbers. But Trump told a room of advisers that anyone who disagreed with Giuliani was “weak.”
Steppin said his group of advisors has been called the “normal team.” Eric Hirschman, another White House attorney, said the fraud theories — including Powell’s assertions that voting machines were rigged to switch votes — were “crazy.”
Former Attorney General William Barr, who publicly announced While there was no evidence behind Trump’s allegations of fraud, he said the president was increasingly “out of touch with reality”.
Long monthly campaign
Trump’s allegations of fraud did not begin after Election Day. The panel showed clips where Trump outlined his strategy in speeches throughout his 2020 campaign. In August of that year, he told the audience that fraud was the only way he would lose.
Steppin told the committee that he and GOP leader Kevin McCarthy met with Trump in the summer of 2020 and made a two-pronged argument for why he stopped criticizing mail-in voting. He and McCarthy told Trump he would leave “a lot to chance” and that there were GOP staffers on the ground who could help get votes by mail for Trump.
McCarthy, who refused to cooperate with the newspaper. Stebbin said that despite the subpoena, 6 paintings “made the same argument.”
“But the president’s mind made up his mind,” Stebbin said.
“The Red Mirage”
Chris Stewart, the former political editor for Fox News, was auditioned in person at the hearing. Miller said Stirewalt made an election night call that President Joe Biden had won Arizona — a moment that sparked “anger and disappointment” on Trump’s inner workings of the White House.
Stirewalt explained that the network, along with others, predicted that there would be a so-called “red mirage” at the start of the evening as the Republican’s personal votes entered, and many of the votes by mail that would be counted later would lean on democracy. He noted that it happens in every election.
Trump has not only exploited this pattern to make false allegations of fraud, but also contributed to his campaign to discredit mail-in voting.
“We’ve been through pains, and I’m proud of those pains, we went to, to make sure we told viewers that this was going to happen because the Trump campaign and the president made it clear that they were going to try and exploit this anomaly,” Stewart said.
Associated Press writers Varnosh Amiri and Kevin Friking contributed.