They are getting much further than any court trial would right now it would appear….
They are holding their seventh hearing today live….
A new Politico/Morning Consult poll suggests the January 6 Committee could be changing the public’s understanding of that day’s events:
- 66% of voters say Donald Trump attempted to overturn the 2020 election.
- 66% say he claimed the election was fraudulent without evidence.
- 59% say he misled the public about the outcome of the election.
Also interesting: 44% of Republicans say Trump lied about the election results. That’s up seven points since the end of June…
Today at 1 p.m. Eastern, the House Jan. 6 committee “plans to make its most complex case yet,” write Nicholas Wu and Kyle Cheney: “that DONALD TRUMP’s words and actions influenced extremists and brought them to the steps of the Capitol.”
Central to that case is Trump’s tweet on Dec. 19, 2020: “Big protest in D.C. on January 6th. Be there, will be wild!”
Rep. STEPHANIE MURPHY (D-Fla.) described that tweet as a “clarion call” to members of the far-right Proud Boys and Oath Keepers. “We’ll show you how they began to organize around that date,” she said in an interview. Doing so, Nick and Kyle write, “will require investigators to delve into the sordid world of internet extremism and specifically lay out how Trump’s words rippled through its corners.”
The logistics: Murphy and Rep. JAMIE RASKIN (D-Md.) will lead the hearing following opening remarks from Chair BENNIE THOMPSON (D-Miss.) and Vice Chair LIZ CHENEY (R-Wyo.).
The witnesses: In a departure from past procedure (save for the surprise emergency hearing starring CASSIDY HUTCHINSON), the committee opted not to release the names of today’s witnesses in advance, citing security concerns and the “potential for harassment.” Even so, some names of expected witnesses have been reported:
- JASON VAN TATENHOVE, a former spokesperson and self-described“propagandist” for the Oath Keepers.
- STEPHEN AYRES, an Ohio man criminally charged for his actions during the Capitol insurrection, as ABC’s Mike Levine and Katherine Faulders scooped.
What else to expect:
- Cipollone’s interview: Murphy told Nick and Kyle that the hearing would feature the panel’s first public clips of its interview with former White House counsel PAT CIPOLLONE, who met with the committee for more than eight hours Friday.
- A look at possible ties between Trump’s advisers and members of the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys. Among the names that could come up: MICHAEL FLYNN andROGER STONE, both of whom have been interviewed by the committee, pleaded the Fifth and, as NPR’s Tom Dreisbach points out, have either appeared at events with one of the leaders of the groups or used the groups as a security detail….