Jan. 6 Hearings Today: Gaetz “beg your pardon” as Trump pressured the DoJ over false election allegations

Jan. 6 Hearings Today: Gaetz “beg your pardon” as Trump pressured the DoJ over false election allegations

“I’ve lost my name, I’ve lost my reputation”: testimony of an official voter at the January 6 hearings

Hearings on Thursday, January 6th, examined in detail how Donald Trump and his allies are putting extreme pressure on the Justice Department to help bring down the 2020 election.

Former acting Assistant Attorney General Richard Donoghue told the committee Mr Trump personally directed him to say the election was “corrupt” and that he would use that as a nudge for Congress to act and refuse to accept the results to confirm.

“Just say it’s corrupt and leave the rest to me and the Republican congressmen,” Donald Trump said in words that Adam Kinzinger, member of the January 6 committee, read aloud.

Even after being repeatedly informed by DOJ officials that his campaign claims were unfounded, Mr. Trump still said he considers supporters who rioted in the Capitol “smart” because they believe the presidential campaign was stolen.

“They were angry about what happened in the election,” Mr Trump told filmmaker Alex Holder. “Because they’re smart and they see and they saw what happened and I think that was a big part of what happened on January 6th.”

As Republicans’ plan to contest the election progressed, Congressmen Matt Gaetz, Marjorie Taylor Greene and Mo Brooks asked Donald Trump for a clemency.

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What’s next for the January 6 hearings?

Federal agents issued new subpoenas regarding the Jan. 6 riots at the US Capitol and searched the homes of two people implicated in the conspiracy to overthrow the 2020 presidential election. The Washington Post reported.

The FBI confirmed this The post that it conducted authorized law enforcement activities at the home of Brad Carver, who allegedly signed a document to become Trump’s elector, and Thomas Lane, who worked on Trump’s efforts to overturn the Arizona and New Mexico elections.

Other potential participants in former President Donald Trump’s plan to send an alternative slate of voters to overthrow the 2020 presidential election received subpoenas.

The subpoenas and activities at the Houses come a day after Arizona House Speaker Russell “Rusty” Bowers and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Deputy Secretary Gabriel Sterling described the efforts of Mr Trump and his associates , the choice to tip results.

Eric Garcia and Andrew Feinberg learn about the next steps for the high-profile committee.

Josh MarcusJune 24, 2022 07:15

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VIDEO: Sean Penn watches the Jan. 6 hearings at the Capitol

Actor Sean Penn was in the stands Thursday to attend the Jan. 6 hearings and sat next to DC police officers who were assaulted during the Capitol riots.

Sean Penn is seated with Capitol Police officers at the Jan. 6 hearing

Josh MarcusJune 24, 2022 6:30 am

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Aside from the Jan. 6 hearings, right-wing news networks face their own reckoning over false election allegations

Proponents of the lie that the 2020 election was stolen are currently facing a very public reckoning. Millions of Americans are tuning in to see the Jan. 6 House Committee outline evidence of a concerted effort by Donald Trump and his allies to overthrow the election.

But another reckoning, so far largely out of sight, may yet take place for the people and institutions who encouraged these lies. In court, billion-dollar lawsuits are plaguing right-wing media companies that spread false claims about rigged voting machines — and they’re not going away.

At the heart of these lawsuits are two voting machine manufacturers whose devices were used in the 2020 election: Dominion and Smartmatic. They are in the process of jointly suing Fox News, Fox News’ parent company, and rising pro-Trump news outlets Newsmax and One America News (OAN) for billions of dollars.

The most famous of these cases targets the heart of the Murdoch dynasty. Dominion has claimed Fox Corp, Fox News’ parent company, has allowed false claims about the company to be circulated on its news outlet, and Chairman Rupert Murdoch and his son Chief Executive Lachlan Murdoch have allowed that coverage to remain known FALSE.

Read Richard Hall‘s full report.

Josh MarcusJune 24, 2022 5:45 am

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WATCH: Matt Gaetz requested a presidential pardon

During hearings on Thursday, January 6, committee members testified and revealed which Republicans sought a pardon from President Trump for their involvement in efforts to overthrow the election.

Among them was Matt Gaetz from Florida.

Check out the evidence below.

Matt Gaetz among lawmakers seeking a pardon from Trump announced the Jan. 6 hearing

Josh MarcusJune 24, 2022 05:00

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Trump aides shocked at reveal of unseen documentary subpoenaed by Jan. 6 committee: ‘What the heck is that?’

The Jan. 6 hearings aren’t the only TV report troubling Trump.

Unprecedented, A forthcoming documentary featuring interviews with Donald Trump and others has rocked those in his inner circle.

Graig Graziosi has the details.

Josh MarcusJune 24, 2022 4:15 am

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Who is the documentary maker shaking up the January 6 hearings?

That would be Alex Holder, who directed the upcoming series Unprecedented in the moments just before and after January 6th.

The film, which includes interviews with Donald Trump, his children and election experts, has now been reviewed by committee members.

Andrew Buncombe had this look at the director behind it.

Josh MarcusJune 24, 2022 03:30

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Donald Trump stood on the precipice of a new “Saturday Night Massacre”

The committee’s special hearings on Thursday, Jan. 6, revealed that Donald Trump was moments away from a repeat of President Richard Nixon’s infamous “Saturday Night Massacre,” when a number of senior Justice Department officials resigned in lieu of the cover-up for the watergate scandal further.

Donald Trump narrowly escaped such a fate, officials said Thursday.

He and his allies pushed for months to elevate an obscure Attorney General named Jeffrey Clark to acting attorney general, urging the DOJ to declare the 2020 election suspicious and encourage state officials to send out illegitimate lists of pro-Trump electors.

Things came to a head when DOJ leadership met with Donald Trump at the White House. They warned that if Mr Clark were given more power, along with hundreds of colleagues, they would resign en masse.

“The leadership would be gone. Jeff Clark would run a cemetery,” former Assistant Attorney General Richard Donoghue told the president, he testified.

Josh MarcusJune 24, 2022 2:45 am

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January 6 ushered in an era of political violence

Every day, it seems, American politics is getting more and more violent.

We have several stories today of politicians and individuals associated with Washington facing death threats for their positions.

Hopefully January 6th was the culmination of an increasingly violent era in US politics, but it doesn’t appear to be the end of it.

Josh MarcusJune 24, 2022 02:00

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Trump saw the Jan. 6 violence as “inevitable” and was “jovial” after the Capitol riot, says the British filmmaker

British filmmaker Alex Holder tells the story CBS News in an interview Thursday night that President Donald Trump viewed the Jan. 6 violence as “inevitable” and was “jovial” in the hours after the Capitol riot.

Mr Holder, whose documentary footage was reviewed by the January 6 committee, testified behind closed doors today what he had seen following Mr Trump and his inner circle in the months before and after the 2020 election.

Following his testimony and the public release of select footage from his upcoming three-part documentary series, set to premiere on Discovery Plus later this summer, Mr. Holder spoke out CBS News – To tell host Norah O’Donnell that he predicted the January 6 violence.

“The amount of rhetoric and kind of belligerence that came out after the election was so significant that I felt it eventually had to end with something violent,” Mr Holder said. “Even if you look at the course of the election campaign so far, the idea came up that it would be an irregular election. So for me, January 6th doesn’t come by itself.”

Abe Asher has all the details.

Josh MarcusJune 24, 2022 1:45 am

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Ivanka Trump wanted dad to ‘fight’ the election, though she has testified she accepted the 2020 results, screenings show

Ivanka Trump wanted her father to continue fighting the 2020 election outcome well into December, new documentary footage shows, and contradicts her statement at recent Jan. 6 hearings that she was quick to accept Donald Trump’s election defeat.

The former president’s daughter wanted Mr Trump to “continue fighting until all legal remedies are exhausted,” she told a film crew in mid-December as part of a yet-to-be-released documentary.

“As the President has said, every single voice needs to be counted and heard, and he has stood up for the voiceless,” Ms Trump said in an interview for the upcoming series Unprecedented, according to footage from CNN.

Here’s the clip that was released this Thursday.

Read more about Ms. Trump’s testimony at the Jan. 6 hearings in our story earlier this week.

Josh MarcusJune 24, 2022 1:30 am

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