Did the January 6th Committee prove his case? A point-by-point breakdown of his key claims and the evidence presented – CNN | WHs Answers

Through live testimonies, video testimonies and never-before-seen footage, the committee attempted to paint a picture of the former president’s plan to stay in power and the role he played on January 6.
Vice Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) used her opening remarks during the first hearing in June to set out the panel’s agenda. Here are some of the key points Cheney said the committee would examine in the hearings and what they have uncovered so far. The panel plans to meet for further hearings in September.

“President Trump called the mob together, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack.”

During the seventh hearing, the committee presented new information about the “out of joint” Oval Office meeting that took place on December 18, 2020, prompting then-President Donald Trump to tweet what Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) described as ” explosive invitation,” prompted supporters to come to DC on Jan. 6. During his speech that day, Trump told the crowd to “march” to the Capitol and that they had to “fight like hell.” The calls to action followed weeks of Trump making false claims about the election results.

Watch the video presented by the panel showing how supporters responded to his request.
During the seventh hearing, Stephen Ayres, a rioter who pleaded guilty to illegally entering the Capitol on Jan. 6, testified that he had no intention of even entering the building until after Trump’s speech heard of the ellipse.

“Well, basically the president got everyone upset and told everyone to go downstairs,” said Ayres, who lost his home and job. “So we basically just followed what he said.”

“While the violence was ongoing, President Trump failed to take immediate action to stop the violence and to direct his supporters to leave the Capitol.”

The committee used its final hearing of the series to describe the 187 minutes that former President Trump refused to act while the Capitol was attacked, despite learning of the attack just minutes after returning to the White House.

Witnesses testified that despite watching the violence spread to Fox and receiving numerous pleas from aides and Republican allies, Trump disregarded the safety of his own vice president, responding officials and the joint session of Congress for over three hours to withdraw the mob .

And according to previously unseen video testimony played during Thursday’s hearing, Trump did not call any of his law enforcement or national security officials during the unfolding of the insurgency.

“You will see that Donald Trump and his advisors knew he had indeed lost the election… President Trump corruptly pressured legislators and state election officials to change the election results.”

The committee showed that the then-president and his team continued to make false electoral claims even after they were presented with evidence that their conspiracies had no merit.

Several former Trump advisers told the committee that they tried to tell the then-president that there was no credible evidence of significant voter fraud and refused to go along with his plan to overturn the election.

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The panel used the fourth hearing to detail the private and public impact of Trump’s pressure campaign on election officials. Georgian Foreign Minister Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, told the committee he and his family had faced threats that he believed were trying to get him to resign over his unwillingness to participate in the annulment of the election .
During the third hearing, the committee highlighted that Trump’s attorney, John Eastman, knew his plan to block the election would fail if he went to the Supreme Court — yet the right-wing attorney continued to fuel Trump’s hopes.
Read more about Trump’s efforts to overturn the Georgia election here.

“President Trump went to massive lengths to spread false and fraudulent information… and expended millions of dollars in campaign funds to deliberately spread false information…”

During the second hearing, the committee presented several conspiracy theories pushed by Trump’s advisers to convince state lawmakers to help him overthrow the election.

Some theories have included accusing Dominion Voting Systems of converting Trump votes into Biden votes in bulk, a truckload of ballots being shipped from New York to Pennsylvania, and poll workers in Georgia scanning tens of thousands of ballots for Biden who came from a suitcase. (All of these claims have been disproved.)

CNN’s Fredreka Schouten wrote during the second hearing that some $250 million raised after the election went mostly to the former president’s political action committee and not the “election integrity” efforts touted by his donors, said the committee.

“You will see that President Trump has corruptly planned to replace the United States Attorney General to have the US Department of Justice propagate his false claims about the stolen election.”

During the fifth hearing, the panel described a meeting in January 2021 where the then-president considered replacing acting Attorney General Jefferey Rosen with Jeffrey Clark, a senior Justice Department official who became a supporter of Trump’s false allegations of voter fraud.
Rosen, who replaced Bill Barr after resigning in December 2020, investigated allegations of voter fraud and, after finding nothing that would change the outcome, refused to use the Justice Department’s powers to help Trump overthrow the election. Rosen testified to the committee that when Trump entered the Jan. 3, 2021 meeting, he said, “You don’t even agree with the allegations of voter fraud, and this other guy could at least do something,” Rosen said, referring to Trump’s consideration the installation of Clark.

Richard Donoghue, Rosen’s deputy, testified that during the transition to President, he and another senior Justice Department official were told by the then-President to “just say the election was corrupt and leave the rest to them.” [him] and the Republican congressmen.”

“…we will focus on President Trump’s efforts to pressure Vice President Mike Pence to refuse to count the January 6 electoral vote…privately and publicly.”

During a speech in the Ellipse on Jan. 6, Trump urged then-Vice President Mike Pence to “do the right thing” by declaring battleground states’ electoral votes illegitimate and sending them back to their state government to be reconfirmed by Republican officials should vote for Trump.

Trump has been repeatedly told by advisers that his plan for Pence to overturn the Jan. 6 election was illegal, but he tried anyway, and the committee showed video of Capitol rioters expressing their anger at Pence , because he had not fulfilled Trump’s wish.

The committee also learned through testimony from former Trump White House adviser Cassidy Hutchinson that she heard her boss, Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows, say that Trump appeared to agree with a suggestion by some rioters, taped that day, that Pence should be hanged.

“I remember[White House Counsel]Pat (Cipollone) saying something along the lines of, ‘Mark, we’ve got to do something more, they’re literally demanding the vice president get the fuck hung,'” she said the panel. “And Mark had said something like, ‘You heard it Pat, he thinks Mike deserved it, he doesn’t think they’re doing anything wrong.'”

On Thursday, the committee revealed just how dire the security situation got for Pence during the riots, and a White House security official testified that members of Pence’s security detail began saying goodbye to loved ones.

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