The committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol has revealed that Donald Trump attempted to contact a witness connected with the panel about his investigation into the former president and the 2021 Capitol attack discussed.
ep. Liz Cheney said that person refused to take or respond to Trump’s call. Instead, they alerted their attorney, who contacted the committee, which notified the Justice Department.
“We will make every effort to take testimony very seriously,” Cheney said.
A Trump spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Yesterday’s hearing was the seventh for the Jan. 6 committee. It revealed details of an “out of joint” late-night White House meeting with Trump’s outside attorneys, who suggested the military seize voting machines to investigate false allegations of voter fraud before the defeated president called a mob into the US Capitol.
As dozens of lawsuits and his allegations of voter fraud fizzled, Trump met with attorneys at the White House late into the night of December 18 before tweeting the invitation to the rally — “Be there, will be wild!”
Members of the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers groups are now facing rare sedition charges over the siege.
The panel included new video testimony from Pat Cipollone, Trump’s former White House attorney, who recalled the explosive meeting when Trump’s outside legal team presented a draft executive order to seize voting machines — a “terrible idea,” he said.
Another helper called the meeting “out of joint”. Cipollone and others sought to intervene in the late-night meeting Trump had with attorneys Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani, retired national security adviser Michael Flynn and the head of online retailer Overstock. It erupted in screams and screams, another responder testified.
“Where is the evidence?” Cipollone claimed of the false allegations of voter fraud.
“I thought what they were proposing was crazy,” said another White House official, Eric Herschmann.
But Trump was intrigued, essentially telling his White House attorneys that at least Powell and outside allies were trying to do something.
“You guys aren’t tough enough,” Giuliani recalled in a video statement to the president, which he told White House attorneys. “You guys are p—” he said in crass language.
As night fell, Trump tweeted a call for supporters to come to Washington when Congress would count the Electoral College results. “Be there. Will be wild,” Trump wrote.
The extremists reacted immediately. The panel displayed graphic text messages and played videos of right-wing figures, including Alex Jones and others, stating that January 6th would be the day they would fight for President. It would be a “red wedding”, according to a message in a right-wing extremist forum, a reference to mass killings. “Bring handcuffs.”
Some members of the Capitol Police, who had been fighting the mob that day, sat in the front row of the committee room, their faces frozen.
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/north-america/donald-trump-has-tried-to-contact-upcoming-witness-january-6-committee-says-41835724.html Donald Trump has attempted to contact the closest witness, the Jan. 6 committee says