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Sudden Change Of Plans For January 6th Committee As Former Trump Campaign Manager Misses Monday Hearing

Sudden Change Of Plans For January 6th Committee As Former Trump Campaign Manager Misses Monday Hearing

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.

Campaign manager Bill Stepien stands alongside Donald Trump as he speaks with reporters aboard Air Force One as he flies from Manchester, New Hampshire to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, August 28, 2020, following a campaign rally. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

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.

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.

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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