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[WATCH] What to Expect From the Final January 6th Committee Hearing

[WATCH] What to Expect From the Final January 6th Committee Hearing

The January 6th House Select Committee’s final prime-time hearing this Thursday will focus on Donald Trump’s 187 minutes of inaction during the insurrection, with the panel taking the TV audience through the day minute-by-minute. Emphasizing that Trump knew he had lost the election and then spearheaded the plan to breach security at the Capitol and possibly exact physical revenge on his Vice President, Mike Pence, and Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, the Committee will also share the Secret Service’s erased text messages that they expect to have in full by Tuesday.

It is expected that the Committee will broadcast more clips culled from the eight and half hours of testimony given by former White House counsel Pat Cipollone after portions of his taped interview were shared at the penultimate hearing, which also directly tied Trump to the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers who carried out the first line of offense at the Capitol.

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The Committee has already corroborated key details involving Trump’s heated exchange with the Secret Service when Trump was told he could not go to the Capitol, which they will tie into his lack of response until he was forced to make a half-hearted video encouraging the rioters to go home.

Virginia Democratic Rep. Elaine Luria, who will help lead the next hearing, told CNN this week, “I look at it as a dereliction of duty. He didn’t act. [Trump] did not take action to stop the violence.”

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Even as the Committee prepares to wrap up its hearing to focus on its written report, expected in September, new details about Trump’s efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss to Joe Biden have continued to emerge. On Saturday, The New York Times reported that a little-known conservative lawyer, William Olson, spoke to Trump in December 2020 about efforts to enlist the Justice Department to sign on to a lawsuit at the US Supreme Court to overturn the presidential election results, according to a memo Olson drafted documenting the call. Olson urged Trump to replace his then-acting attorney general, Jeffrey Rosen, if Rosen would not endorse the Supreme Court lawsuit, according to the memo. Olson also encouraged Trump to replace lawyers in the White House counsel’s office and to take steps related to the election that would effectively have amounted to “martial law.”

Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, one of the panel’s two Republicans, told the Wall Street Journal in an interview this week that the committee is still considering asking Trump to testify and might request a written response from Pence or issue a subpoena for him to testify.

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