Jan. 6 committee members schedule Tuesday’s listening to on the function of extremist teams within the Capitol riots

“We will, during these hearings, connect the dots between these groups and those who – in government circles – tried to overthrow the election. So we think this story is unfolding in a very serious way and quite believable,” said Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California of Tuesday’s hearing and another, who said in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” was not planned for the Trump administration and militias such as the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys. She acknowledged that two of those connections could be Roger Stone, an ally of former President Donald Trump, and Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, among others. Jason Van Tatenhove, a former spokesman and self-proclaimed “propagandist” for the Oath Keepers, is expected to testify Tuesday, a source familiar with the hearing plans confirmed to CNN on Sunday. Van Tatenhove announced his invitation to Colorado television station KDVR last week.

Van Tatenhove told KDVR he was never a member of the group but described himself as a former “employee”. He hasn’t worked for them very long but claims to have insight into the inner workings of the organization.

“I got a lot of insider access,” Van Tatenhove told KDVR.

Tuesday’s hearing, which the committee announced Sunday, will now begin at 1 p.m. ET instead of 10 a.m. ET and will be chaired by Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland and Stephanie Murphy of Florida, CNN has learned.

A spokesman for the special committee declined to comment on plans for Tuesday’s hearing.

Murphy told NBC Sunday that the panel could present evidence that members of Congress encouraged extremist groups to come to Washington, DC on January 6, 2021, echoing Trump’s December 2020 tweet that January 6 would become “wild”. She called this tweet a “siren call” for these groups.

“I think it’s all pretty public,” Murphy said of members of Congress inviting extremists to Washington on the day of the riot. “They have been fairly public about their efforts to ramp up the president’s call to use January 6 as a last stand to remain president.”

Raskin told CBS Sunday that Tuesday’s hearing underscored the “fundamental importance of a meeting scheduled for March 18.”

“People will hear the story of that tweet and then the explosive impact it had in the Trump world and particularly among domestic violent extremist groups — the most dangerous political extremists in the country at this point,” Raskin said.

A “breach of duty”

Murphy also suggested the Jan. 6 panel could present video of Pat Cipollone, Trump’s White House attorney, with the committee last week as part of its hearing on Tuesday.

“I imagine you’ll be hearing things from Mr. Cipollone, but also from others who have been in the White House,” she said.

Cipollone met with the committee for almost eight hours on Friday. He did not answer questions from CNN when entering or exiting the room. His appearance was the result of months of negotiations between his lawyers and the Jan. 6 panel over what issues could be discussed. He had previously met informally with the committee in April. Cipollone’s meeting with the panel came less than two weeks after Cassidy Hutchinson, former Trump White House adviser, testified before the committee in a blockbuster hearing last month. Hutchinson described her White House experience as someone close to Trump’s inner circle in the days leading up to and including the Capitol Hill riots, and also shared details of her conversations with Cipollone.

According to two sources familiar with the panel’s investigation, Cipollone was among the few people to spend time with Trump as he watched the Capitol riots on television from a dining room next to the Oval Office. The committee has heard from other witnesses who said Cipollone, along with other senior Trump advisers, including Ivanka Trump and Dan Scavino, had been with the President at various times during that time, and that Cipollone could help shed light on Trump’s state of mind violence took place.

Lofgren, meanwhile, told Tapper that Cipollone “has been able to provide information on virtually every critical issue we look at, including that of the President — which I would call a dereliction of duty on the day of January 6.”

This story has been updated with additional developments.

CNN’s Annie Grayer, Zachary Cohen, and Ryan Nobles contributed to this report.

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