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WATCH LIVE: January 6 Committee Hearing – Day 3

Warning: This hearing may contain footage of violence.

WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) — Donald Trump’s closest campaign adviser, top government official and even his family were debunking his false claims of 2020 election fraud as early as Jan. 6, but the president defeated “reality”. different from” and clinging to external principles to live by. in power, the committee investigating the Capitol attack was told Monday.

Before the show begins at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 16, Nicole Ellis of PBS NewsHour will chat live with Laura Barron-Lopez of PBS NewsHour to preview the proceedings. Watch both events in the player above.

With amusing testimony, the panel is telling in step-by-step fashion how Trump flipped his campaign team’s data one state after another for Joe Biden, and instead turned to conspiracy theories, court cases and victories. instead of his announcements lay down. Have to admit defeat.

Trump’s “big lie” of electoral fraud escalated and turned into a marching order that called on supporters to Washington and then sent them to block Biden’s victory at the Capitol on January 6.

Former Attorney General William Barr testified in his interview with the committee, “If he really believes this stuff then he’s detached from reality.”

Barr called the voting fraud claims “bull–,” “fake” and “silly” and subsequently resigned. “I didn’t want to be a part of it.”

The House 1/6 committee tried to convince the defeated Republican president in the morning hearing that Trump’s claims of election fraud and the countless ways surrounding him were not true, and that he simply lost the election.

Witnesses on Monday, mostly Republicans and several testified in pre-recorded videos, described in blunt words and sometimes in detail how Trump refrained from seeking the advice of those closest to him, including members of his family. refused. As those around him split into “team generals” led by former campaign manager Bill Stepian and others led by Trump confidant Rudy Giuliani, the president chose his side.

watch: Testimony from Trump aides sheds light on former president’s false voter fraud claims

On election night, Stepian said, Trump was “getting increasingly unhappy” and refusing to accept a “serious approach.”

Son-in-law Jared Kushner tries to distance Trump from Giuliani and his far-right theories of voter fraud. The President will have none of this.

The January 6 race intensified back and forth. Former Justice Department official Richard Donoghue recalls cracking down on one claim after another — from truckloads of ballots in Pennsylvania to missing suitcases of ballots in Georgia — and telling Trump “the information you’re getting is false. “

Still, he continued to make his false claims even after dozens of court cases collapsed.

On Monday, an unrepentant Trump called the hearing “ridiculous and seditious” in his familiar language and reiterated his claims.

The former president, considering another run for the White House, defended the Capitol attack as the only Americans seeking to “hold their elected officials accountable.”

Nine people were killed in the riots and aftermath, in which a Trump supporter was shot dead by Capitol police. More than 800 people have been arrested, and members of two extremist groups have been indicted on rare treason charges for their role in accusing the Capitol.

During the hearing, the panel also provided new information about how Trump’s fundraising machine collected nearly $250 million after the November election with its campaigns of “Stop Stealing” and others, mostly from Americans. From small-dollar donations. A petition for cash went out 30 minutes before the January 6, 2021 uprising.

Read more: Who is BJ Pak and why is he testifying in the January 6 hearing?

“Not only was there a big lie, there was a big rip-off,” said D-California Rep. Joe Lofgren.

President Representative Benny Thompson, D-Miss. began Monday’s hearing, saying Trump had “betrayed the trust of the American people” and “tried to stay in office when the people voted for him.”

As the hearing goes on for the public, he is also being watched by one of the most important spectators, Attorney General Merrick Garland, who must decide whether his department can prosecute Trump. No current or former president has faced such an indictment.

“I’m watching,” Garland said in a press briefing at the Justice Department on Monday, even though he couldn’t watch all of the hearings live. “And I can assure you that January 6 prosecutors are also watching all the hearings.”

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Biden was getting updates but was not looking “shocked.”

Stepian was to witness mainly in person on Monday, but abruptly withdrew from appearing live because his wife was in labor. Stepian, who is still close to Trump, was summoned to appear. She is now a top campaign adviser to the Trump-backed House candidate, Harriet Heijman, who is challenging Representative Liz Cheney, the committee’s vice president, in the Wyoming Republican primary.

The panel proceeded one morning after scuffles and delays, witness after witness said Trump hugged and reiterated his claims about the election, though those closest to him told him theories of stolen ballots or rigged voting machines. were just not true.

Stepian and senior adviser Jason Miller described how the festive atmosphere at the White House turned grim on election night as Fox News announced that Trump had lost the state of Arizona to Joe Biden, and aides advised Trump what next. To do.

But he ignored their advice, opting to listen instead to Giuliani, who was described by several witnesses to be intoxicated. Giuliani issued a general rebuttal on Monday, dismissing “all the lies” he said were being told about him.

watch: Tamara Keith and Amy Walter at the January 6 hearing and a framework for gun legislation

“My belief, my recommendation was to say that while the votes were still being counted, it is too early to tell, too early to call the race,” Stepian said.

But Trump “thought I was wrong. He told me so.”

Barr, who also testified at last week’s blockbuster hearing, said Trump was “as crazy as I had ever seen him” when the attorney general later explained that the Justice Department would not take sides in the election.

Barr said that while he would tell Trump “how insane some of these allegations were, there was never any sign of interest in the actual facts.”

For the past year, the committee has been investigating the most violent attack on the Capitol since the War of 1812, which some believe posed a serious threat to democracy.

Monday’s hearing also included live witnesses, including former Fox News Channel political editor Chris Stirwalt, who announced at Election Night that Arizona was being won by Biden. Also visible was BJ Pak, a former US attorney in Atlanta who abruptly resigned after Trump pressured Georgia Secretary of State Brad Riffensper to find enough votes to reverse his defeat.

The panel also heard from election attorney Benjamin Ginsberg, who discussed the criteria for the election campaign challenges, and former Philadelphia City Commissioner Al Schmidt, the only Republican on the city’s election board, who told the panel that even though some of the claims are “brilliant.” City officials investigated what Trump and his team were making. They discussed the dangers they face after Trump criticized him in a tweet.

Associated Press writers Kevin Freaking and Michael Balsamo in Washington and Farnoush Amiri and Jill Colvin in New York contributed to this report.

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