House Jan. 6 committee unveils new testimony from top Trump officials at hearing

The House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol has released testimonials from senior Trump administration officials in its high profile. prime time audience on Thursday, with lawmakers arguing that former President Donald Trump was at the center of a “conspiracy” to overturn the 2020 election results.

The footage offered a preview of the committee’s plans to reveal the findings of its months-long investigation over several future hearings, based on the mountain of evidence Congressional investigators gathered in interviews with more than 1,000 witnesses, including some of the leading figures. in Trump’s attempt to retain power.

In a clip played during Thursday’s hearing, former Attorney General William Barr told the committee that he told Trump that his claims that the election was stolen were “bullshit” and that he “didn’t want to be a part of it.” .

“You cannot live in a world where the incumbent government remains in power based on its view, not supported by specific evidence, that there was election fraud,” Barr said in a taped interview aired by committee chairman Bennie Thompson. . Barr resigned as attorney general in late December 2020, shortly after publicly saying the Justice Department saw no evidence of widespread fraud that would have changed the election results, comments that infuriated Trump.

Jason Miller, a Trump campaign adviser, recalled a meeting in the Oval Office after the election in which the campaign’s top data analyst told Trump “in pretty blunt terms” that he would lose the election. The analyst’s conclusion was based on county-by-county and state-by-state data, Miller told investigators.

Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and a senior White House adviser, said she accepted Barr’s analysis that the election fraud allegations were false.

“I respect Attorney General Barr, so I accepted what he was saying,” she said in the recorded testimony.

The Chamber's January 6 Committee holds its first public hearing
Video testimony by Ivanka Trump, daughter and senior adviser to former President Donald Trump, is displayed on a screen during a hearing of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 attack on the Capitol on June 9, 2022.

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Alex Cannon, Trump’s campaign attorney, said he told Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, that the campaign was finding nothing in major states that would alter the election results.

He said Meadows responded, “So there’s no ‘there’ there.”

However, Trump still tried to pressure Vice President Mike Pence to overturn the Electoral College vote, encouraging his supporters to “come down” to the US Capitol while the Electoral College vote counting was in progress.

“If you don’t fight like hell, you don’t have a country anymore,” Trump said on Jan. 6.

In recorded testimony, Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, said his boss had more loyalty to the Constitution than Trump.

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