January 6 Commission | Highlights of past hearings

The commission’s hearing on Tuesday, January 6th, was the sixth since it opened on June 9th. Here are some revelations and statements that stood out in previous sessions.

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Andre Duchesne

Andre Duchesne
The press

“So I accepted what he said”


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Ivanka Trump appears on screen during the commission’s first hearing

At the first hearing on June 9, William Barr, a former United States Attorney General who resigned in December 2020, called President Trump’s allegations of voter fraud “bullshit.” Welcoming Mr Barr’s remarks, Ivanka Trump, the President’s daughter, said: “It has affected my perspective. […] I respect District Attorney Barr. So I accepted what he said. But a few days later, a clip from a documentary made her look bad when she said her father “has to fight until all legal remedies are exhausted”.

“Fraud” of US$250 million

Not only did Donald Trump, in the hours after the November 3, 2020 presidential election, heed the advice of his attorney Rudy Giuliani rather than that of the White House advisers and claimed the results were stolen, his party also cashed in donations Amount of US$250 million to be used for litigation. However, according to the Commission, this money was not used for this purpose. One of the Democrat members of the commission, Zoe Lofgren, said: “The big lie [dénoncé par Trump] was also a great fraud”. According to former presidential aide Jason Miller, Rudy Giuliani was “definitely drunk” the night after the vote.

Pence 12 yards from death


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Mike Pence, former Vice President of the United States

When the rioters entered the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, where the election results were being confirmed, and elected officials hurried, they were only 40 feet from Vice President Mike Pence. Belief of an FBI whistleblower that “the Proud Boys would have killed Mike Pence if they had the chance”. The Democratic Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, was also targeted. However, Donald Trump has done nothing to defend his Vice President.

“The President of the United States targeted me”

At its fourth session on June 21, the commission called Ruby Freeman and her daughter Shaye Moss, two poll workers in Fulton County, Georgia, targeted by Donald Trump and his custody of Joe Biden’s loss of that state. “The President set his sights on me,” said Mr.me Freeman, moved, about the pressure and threats received. “I’ve lost my name and my reputation. I lost my sense of security, all because of a group of people starting with number 45 [Trump] and his ally Rudy Giuliani made me the scapegoat. »

Refusal to turn his back on his oath

On the same day, Republican officials in Arizona testified to pressure from Rudy Giuliani, among others, to replace the Great Electors won by Joe Biden with people who are pro-Donald. Rusty Bowers, Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives, testified that he told Mr Trump: “You are asking me to do something that violates my oath when I swore on the Constitution to enforce it. »

The Justice Department on the brink of collapse


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Former senior Justice Department official Steven Engel, former Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and former Assistant Attorney General Richard Donoghue swore in oaths before the commission on June 23.

The fifth session (June 23) showed the Justice Department was on the brink of bursting after pressure from Donald Trump and his entourage to reverse the findings. Jeffrey Rosen will become United States Attorney General on December 24, 2020, following the resignation of William Barr. However, on December 27, Rosen and his deputy Richard Donoghue are proposed by a close friend of Trump’s, attorney Jeff Clark, to sign a letter highlighting serious irregularities in Georgia. Faced with her refusal, Donald Trump is considering sacking Rosen and replacing him with…Jeff Clark. A Justice Department adviser then told the President that such a move would be followed by “mass resignations.” Trump backed off.

“Your shame will remain”


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Liz Cheney, Republican Representative from Wyoming

Along with Adam Kinzinger, who will not run again this fall, Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney is the only Republican who has agreed to join the commission chaired by Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson. Opening the commission, Mr.me Cheney, who also voted to impeach (impeachment proceedings) of President Trump after January 6 said: “Tonight I say to my Republicans who defend the untenable: There will come a day when Donald Trump will be no more. But your shame will remain. Recent polls show that Mr.me Cheney is running for re-election.

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