VIDEO: The House Select Committee’s hearings on the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, day 2
In its second day of June hearings, the House panel investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection is making the case that former President Donald Trump and his advisers knew that his claims of fraud in the 2020 election were false. The argument is key to the committee's overall investigation as the nine-member panel is laying out the evidence about what led to the violent insurrection.
Close campaign advisers, top government officials and even Trump's family were systematically dismantling his false claims of 2020 election fraud on election night. But the defeated president was becoming “detached from reality” clinging to outlandish theories to stay in power. That's the assessment from former Attorney General Bill Barr testifying at Monday's House hearing investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. The panel is delving deeper into what it calls the “big lie,” the defeated Republican president’s false claims of voter fraud. The panel says Trump's falsehoods provoked a mob of his supporters to attack the Capitol.
Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, Bill Stepien, was supposed to be among the witnesses scheduled to testify at the hearing Monday. Stepien though abruptly pulled out of the scheduled appearance. The panel said the reason for the cancelation was due to a family emergency.
Committee members say they’ve uncovered enough evidence for the Justice Department to consider an unprecedented criminal indictment against the former president for seeking to overturn the results of the 2020 election. Trump has denied all wrongdoing.
The next hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at 8:00 a.m. MDT / 10:00 a.m. EDT.
Read a reacap of hearing from NPR: In video testimony, Bill Barr calls Trump's election claims 'detached from reality'