The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection will resume its public hearings on Tuesday with a presentation focused on former President Donald Trump’s role in summoning the violent mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol as Congress met to certify the results of the 2020 election.
Speaking on background to reporters Monday, select committee aides said Tuesday’s hearing will show how, “in the weeks leading up to the 6th, Trump grew more desperate” to overturn his election defeat and sought to use “radical measures to stop the peaceful transfer of power.”
Tuesday’s hearing will be the seventh in an ongoing series in which the select committee has sought to present evidence of what the panel’s vice chair, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., has described as Trump’s “sophisticated seven-part plan to overturn the presidential election and prevent the transfer of presidential power.”
Unlike previous background calls that have been held in advance of other hearings in this series, the staffers declined to provide the names of any witnesses who may be planning to testify before the committee on Tuesday, citing “concerns we’ve had for witness security and the potential for harassment.”
Instead, they offered a preview of what Tuesday’s witnesses are expected to discuss, including what motivated those who came to Washington on Jan. 6, and the alleged connections between Trump associates and right-wing extremist groups like the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, whose members have been charged with leading the violent assault on the U.S. Capitol, as well as the QAnon movement.
Specifically, the aides said Tuesday’s hearing, which will be led by Reps. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., and Jamie Raskin, D-Md., will show ties between those extremist groups and political operative Roger Stone and Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, who were involved in efforts to challenge the results of the 2020 election.
During the committee’s last public hearing on June 28, former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson testified that Trump had ordered her boss, then-chief of staff Mark Meadows, to reach out to Stone and Flynn one day before the riot at the Capitol.
The aides also said the committee plans to share more information about a meeting Trump had with Flynn and others at the White House on Dec. 19, 2020, just hours before he tweeted urging his supporters to come to Washington for a protest on Jan. 6 that he promised “will be wild.”
A number of news outlets have reported that Jason Van Tatenhove, a former spokesperson for the Oath Keepers, is planning to testify at Tuesday’s hearing. According to NBC News, Van Tatenhove, who has not been involved with the antigovernment paramilitary group since 2017, is expected to talk about the Oath Keepers’ propaganda efforts and its radicalization over the years.
There has also been speculation that Tuesday’s hearing might feature videotaped testimony from White House counsel Pat Cipollone, who met behind closed doors with the committee for nearly eight hours on Friday.
A committee staffer declined to confirm whether the public will hear from Cipollone on Tuesday, saying only that, as with earlier hearings, the upcoming presentation will feature a mix of in-person testimony and taped witness interviews.
Despite earlier reports of another primetime hearing on Thursday evening, the aides said Tuesday’s hearing will be the committee’s only televised event this week. The next and likely final hearing “in this series” will take place next week, with more details to come.
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