On Monday morning the January 6th Committee’s public hearings hit their first unexpected hurdle as one of the witnesses could not appear. Donald Trump’s one-time campaign manager, Bill Stepien, had agreed to testify in the second public hearing, but his wife reportedly went into labor, and prompting a delay.
The first public hearing went well, with high viewership and some strong revelations. When the committee released the witness list for the second hearing, it included a former Fox News editor, a former Trump Campaign manager, an election attorney, a former U.S. Attorney from Georgia, and a former City Commissioner for Philadelphia.
Hearing➡️Monday at 10:00am
•William Stepien, Former Trump Campaign Manager
•Chris Stirewalt, Former Fox Political Editor
•Benjamin Ginsberg, Election Attorney
•BJay Pak, Former US Attorney Northern District of GA
•Al Schmidt, Former Philadelphia City Commr
— January 6th Committee (@January6thCmte) June 12, 2022
Monday morning, though, a change of plans hit. The New York Times reported that Stepien was slated to discuss what Donald Trump knew about his election lies — presumably adding further evidence that the former president knew he did not actually win the election. Stepien is understood to have been present at meetings in which Trump was informed of his odds of winning key states, and specifically told Trump himself that his legal challenges to the outcome had low chances of any success.
However, about an hour before the hearing was set to commence, Politico Congressional correspondent Nicholas Wu shared that Stepien would not be appearing because his wife had gone into labor.
We’re told it is a genuine family emergency – his wife is in labor
— Nicholas Wu (@nicholaswu12) June 13, 2022
Instead, an attorney for Stepien is expected to appear and share prepared remarks.
CSPAN reported that the hearing’s beginning would also be delayed by 30 minutes, beginning at 10:30am.
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