Subsequent listening to on January 6 to give attention to Donald Trump’s “siren name” to violent extremist teams

On December 19, 2020, President Donald Trump tweeted one of his many unsubstantiated claims about the presidential election, in which he claimed it was “statistically impossible” to have lost to Joe Biden and alerted his supporters to a Washington protest that was coming weeks.

“Big protest in DC on January 6th,” Trump tweeted at the time. “Be there, it’s going wild!”

That tweet would serve as an invitation to far-right militant groups like the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, as well as other violent extremists who were part of the pro-Trump mob that overran the US Capitol to block Biden’s certification from an Electoral College win, they said Members of the House of Representatives investigating the riot on Sunday.

The impact of that tweet — as well as other messages from Trump and his allies — will be examined this week when the committee resumes its public hearings. Tuesday’s session will focus on Trump’s ties to these far-right and political extremist groups.

“People will hear the story of that tweet, and then the explosive impact it had on Trumpworld, and particularly among domestic violent extremist groups, the most dangerous political extremists in the country at this point,” said Rep. Jamie B. Raskin (D -Md.) said on CBS News’ Face the Nation.

Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.), who is scheduled to chair Tuesday’s hearing with Raskin, told NBC News’ “Meet the Press” that the Dec. 19 tweet was a “siren call” to the groups meeting on Tuesday January 6 would be a “last stand” to keep Trump in power.

Trump has already launched a broad and ongoing campaign of pressure — on Vice President Mike Pence, the Justice Department and state election officials — to help overturn the election results, she added, and his tweet amounts to a call for these violent groups to “take additional action.” to seize support” by January 6th.

Committee members also confirmed Sunday that they received a letter from an attorney for former Trump chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon, saying Bannon would waive his right to executive privilege and testify at a public hearing. Bannon was charged with contempt of Congress last year after he refused to obey the committee’s subpoena.

Bannon could still assert his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and insist on conditions such as: B. Testimony on live television rather than behind closed doors, which committee members may not want to agree to.

Raskin said Sunday that the committee would be “very interested” in hearing from Bannon, but indicated his initial statement was unlikely to be made public.

Tuesday’s hearing will be the committee’s first since Cassidy Hutchinson, a former assistant to Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows, made a bombastic statement about Trump’s anger and inaction on the day of the Capitol attack. Hutchinson testified June 28 that Trump knew some of his supporters were armed but urged them to march on the Capitol anyway, and that Trump told Meadows to speak to some of his aides to establish ties far-right militias.

Former White House staffer Cassidy Hutchinson testified June 28 about President Donald Trump’s actions in connection with the January 6 attack on the Capitol. (Video: JM Rieger/The Washington Post, Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) said Sunday it was “a logical conclusion” that Trump knew the mob that day included members of these violent extremist groups.

“During these hearings, we will be connecting the dots between these groups and those in government circles who are trying to overturn the election,” Lofgren said on CNN’s State of the Union. “So we think this story is unfolding in a very serious and quite believable way.”

Raskin, Murphy and Lofgren all stated that testimony from former White House Counsel Pat Cipollone would be played during the hearing. In a behind-closed-doors hearing on Friday, Cipollone testified before the committee for eight hours and provided information that “corroborated key elements of Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony,” committee spokesman Tim Mulvey said in a statement Sunday.

Hutchinson had testified that Cipollone tried to prevent Trump from traveling to the Capitol with his supporters on January 6 for fear of criminal liability and told her “something to the effect of, ‘Please make sure we don’t go to the Capitol go up, Cassidy . keep in touch with me We’ll be charged with every crime imaginable if we get this movement going.’”

Image: Cassidy Hutchinson’s statement

There was much information from Cipollone’s testimony that “fits into this larger jigsaw puzzle” the committee is putting together, Murphy said Sunday.

“The general message we gleaned from all of these witnesses is that the President knew he had lost the election, or that his advisers had told him he had lost the election, and that he was looking for ways how he could remain in power and remain president when the democratic will of the American people was to elect President Biden next,” she said.

Former White House Counsel Pat Cipollone arrived on Capitol Hill on July 8 to testify behind closed doors before the January 6 Special Committee. (Video: The Washington Post)

The next hearing, according to Raskin, will also focus on “the fundamental importance” of a December 18, 2020 meeting of Trump allies, held at the Willard Hotel in downtown Washington.

During that meeting, a group of outside lawyers including Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani — dubbed “Team Crazy” by some in the Trump White House — discussed efforts to overturn the election results. Possible moves included confiscating voting machines across the country, Raskin told Face the Nation.

“But against this ‘Team Crazy’ was an internal group of lawyers who, at that point, essentially wanted (Trump) to acknowledge that he had lost the election and who, at that point, were much more willing to accept the reality of his defeat ‘ Raskin said.

Twitter banned Trump from its platform after the Capitol attack, citing the risk of further violence.

Jacqueline Alemany and Isaac Stanley-Becker contributed to this report.

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