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Trump tried to call a witness on Jan. 6, Cheney says

Liz Cheney, the Republican vice chairman of the January 6 commission, said that donald trump he himself tried to contact one of the witnesses of the investigation.

According to Cheney, the witness, who has not yet been publicly disclosed as a participant in the committee’s investigation, declined the appeal.

Instead, the witness told his attorney about Trump’s attempted appeal. The lawyer then informed the commission of January 6, which transmitted the information to the Ministry of Justice.

“Let me say once again: We will take all efforts to influence witness testimony very seriously,” Cheney said.

Cheney warned in the latest hearing that at least two witnesses had been contacted by Trump allies urging them to remain loyal to the former president when testifying before the committee.

These efforts raise questions about potential witness tampering, which could open Trump and his allies to criminal charges.

Former Oath Keepers spokesperson says January 6 could have ‘ignited a new civil war’

Jason Van Tatenhove, a former spokesman for the far-right group Oath Keepers, said Capitol insurgents had planned “an armed revolution” on January 6.

He notes that the insurgents erect a gallows to Mike Pence, as Vice President oversaw Congressional certification of Joe Bidenvictory in the 2020 elections.

“I mean, people died that day,” Van Tatenhove said. “That could have been the spark that ignited a new civil war, and no one would have won there.”

Capitol Insurgent Stephen Ayres said his life had changed significantly since January 6. He lost his job and had to sell his house, in addition to pleading guilty to a federal charge.

“It changed my life – not for the good. Certainly not for the better,” Ayres said.

He was asked how he feels when he sees donald trump continuing to peddle lies about widespread fraud in the 2020 election, Ayres said, “It drives me crazy because I was hanging on to every word.”

Stephane Ayres, who participated in the Capitol insurrection and pleaded guilty to a federal charge of disorderly conduct inside a restricted building, said he followed closely donald trump2020 election lies on social media.

Liz Cheney, the Republican vice chairman of the Jan. 6 committee, asked Ayres if it would have made a difference to him if he knew Trump had no evidence of widespread fraud in the election.

“Oh, definitely,” Ayres said. “Who knows? Maybe I didn’t come here then.

Ayres said Trump ‘pissed everyone off’ by telling his supporters to come to Washington on Jan. 6, as Congress has certified Joe Bidenelection victory.

“We just followed what he said,” Ayres said.

Asked when he decided to leave the Capitol on Jan. 6, Ayres said he left after seeing Trump’s tweet asking his supporters to leave the building.

“Basically when President Trump posted his tweet, we literally left right after he came out,” Ayres said. He added that he could have left earlier if Trump had sent his tweet sooner.

Jason Van Tatenhove, a former spokesman for the far-right group Oath Keepers, said he decided to leave the organization after hearing members suggest the Holocaust was not real. (This is, of course, a baseless lie.)

“I can tell you that they may not like to call themselves a militia, but they are. It is a violent militia,” Van Tatenhove told the January 6 committee.

The Oath Keepers were one of several violent militia groups that helped orchestrate the January 6 violence, alongside the Proud Boys and the Three Percenters.

Trump ally blames president’s rhetoric for Jan. 6 death

Brad Parscale, a former senior campaign adviser donald trumpsaid he felt “guilty” for helping him win the election in the days after the Capitol uprising.

Parscale described Trump as “a sitting president asking for civil war,” in reference to his efforts to disrupt Congress’s certification of Joe Bidenis victory.

Responding to text message from Parscale, another Trump adviser Catherine Pierson said, “You did what you felt right at the time and so that was fine.”

Parscale replied, “Yes, but a woman died.” He later added, “If I were Trump and I knew my rhetoric killed somebody.”

Pierson replied, “It wasn’t the rhetoric.”

“Katrina,” Parscale said. “Yes it was.”

The committee identified 10 Republican House members who attended a White House meeting Dec. 21 to discuss options for overturning the 2020 election results.

According to the committee, these members were:

  • Brian Babin
  • Andy Bigg
  • Matt Gaetz
  • Louie Gohmert
  • Paul Gosar
  • Andy Harris
  • jody i did
  • Jim Jordan
  • Scott Perry
  • Marjorie Taylor Greene (then elected to Congress)

In his closed-door testimony before the committee on January 6, Pat Cipollone, Donald Trumpthe former White House attorney, applauded the actions of the vice president Mike Pence this brutal day.

Despite intense pressure from Trump and some of his allies, Pence refused to go along with the then-president’s plans to interfere with Congressional certification of Joe Bidenis victory.

After the Capitol attack, Pence returned to the Senate on Jan. 6 to complete the certification process, paving the way for Biden to be sworn in.

“I think the vice president did the right thing. I think he did something brave,” Cipollone told investigators on Friday.

“I think he’s done a great service to this country. And I think I suggested to someone that they get the Presidential Medal of Freedom for their actions.

Trump made a ‘deliberate’ plan to call for a march to the Capitol, says Murphy

committee member Stephanie Murphy shared a draft tweet written by donald trump encouraging his supporters to march to the Capitol on January 6.

“I’ll be giving a big speech at 10 a.m. Jan. 6 at the Ellipse (south of the White House),” the draft tweet read. “Please arrive early, massive crowds are expected. March to the Capitol after. Stop the flight!!

The draft tweet, obtained by the committee from the National Archives, was undated, but was stamped with the words “the president saw.”

Murphy said, “Evidence confirms that this was not a spontaneous call to action, but rather a deliberate strategy decided upon in advance by the President.”

The committee also showed messages from some of the organizers of the Jan. 6 rally indicating they were aware of plans to march to the Capitol but kept them quiet.

Rally organizer Kylie Kremer said in a message that Trump was just going to call for the march to the Capitol “unexpectedly.”

The January 6 hearing resumed after a short break, and a committee member Jamie Raskin shared additional information about collaboration between far-right groups in the weeks leading up to the attack on the Capitol.

Raskin posted a Facebook message written by the head of Oath Keepers Kelly Megg December 19, the same day as donald trump sent out a tweet encouraging his followers to come to Washington on Jan. 6 for a “wild” event.

In the message, Meggs said he had organized an “alliance” between the Oath Keepers and two other far-right militias, the Three Percenters and the Proud Boys.

“We decided to work together and shut this shit down,” Meggs said in the post.

Raskin said the committee obtained phone records showing Meggs speaking with the leader of the Proud Boys Enrique Tarrio for several minutes later in the afternoon.

“The very next day, the Proud Boys got to work,” Raskin said.

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