The Jan 6 select committee’s first presentation of its conclusions wasn’t apparent to the nation. Still, the prime-time opening session Thursday night included a lot of fresh material and was delivered calmly and coherently.
The committee used behind-the-scenes and up-close footage from Jan 6 hearings to take the audience back in time. With on-camera evidence from Trump’s closest confidants, including his daughter Ivanka, the investigation presented a solid case that former President Trump was the principal figure accountable for what transpired. Despite Republican leaders who had previously attacked Trump for his participation in immediately turning his direction to win political favor with him, those closest to him understood it wasn’t stolen.
The Jan 6 hearings provided new information and revelations:
Videos from bodycams, Capitol hallway and office footage, and police radio transmission have never been viewed by the public before.
In an on-camera deposition, Trump’s attorney general, Bill Barr, admitted that he warned Trump that his election fraud claims were “b*******.” However, it is different when he tells the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about this in his book;
Ex-President Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, and a former White House senior advisor said during the Jan 6 Hearings that they accepted what Barr had to say. She was seen adding, “I respected Attorney General Barr. Therefore I accepted what he was saying.”
Milley said Vice President Mike Pence was being clear in his request for the military’s assistance at the Capitol and that Milley agreed. On the other hand, the White House’s attitude was somewhat different. Milley claimed that Mark Meadows, the White House Chief of Staff, sought to create a “narrative” that Trump was in charge. A “red flag” had been raised by Milley, who referred to it as smelling of “politics, politics, politics.”
Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, as well as “several other Republican legislators,” wanted “presidential pardons for their participation in seeking to invalidate the 2020 election,” according to Cheney.
There are new messages between Sean Hannity and Kayleigh McEnany, the White House Press Secretary during the Obama administration.
How was the production during Jan 6 hearings?
For a congressional hearing in prime time, it’s challenging to hold an audience’s attention (competing with NHL playoffs, no less). Even though we won’t know how many people tuned in until later, the video stood out for its force.
Trump’s address on Jan 6 hearings was virtually sliced in half to demonstrate how it encouraged the audience. Overhead cameras, police body cams, and radio communications showed the crowd’s tremendous power over law enforcement in this powerful piece. As a result, it was clear that the rioters were acting outside the law and against the police, whom Trump often praises.
Video also showed Trump’s tweets, and members of the audience who needed a mob revved up, physically repeating Trump’s tweets over a bullhorn practically as marching orders—all because Trump couldn’t bear losing. He lied to his throng of fans. In one scenario, a crowd of Trump fans struck police officers with hockey clubs. Five days later, Trump said they were “peaceful” individuals.
Additionally, officials from Republican leader Kevin McCarthy’s office can be seen running for the door. At first, Trump’s base of followers was critical of McCarthy, but he changed his tune when he realized he needed Trump’s support to become a House speaker.
Why was Trump targeted during the Jan 6 Hearings?
Trump is a renegade and volatile figure who refuses to listen to counsel from anybody who disagrees with his electoral narrative, according to the committee, notably Cheney. However, almost everyone in Trump’s inner circle was aware of the reality and could not tame or control him, including Fox’s Hannity and Trump’s press secretary, McEnany.
The 25th Amendment potential of the Cabinet removing Trump from office was “serious,” Hannity tells McEnany in fresh texts dated Jan 7, “No more stolen election rhetoric.” This is terrific counsel for McEnany; he says, “That’s fantastic. Sincerely, you may refer to this as your playbook. MANY THANKS for your assistance.” On the contrary, Cheney said, Trump was shouting at advisors urging him that he needed to do more and that he was aware of protesters chanting, “Hang Mike Pence!” on television while watching on television.
That was all we had on the Jan 6 hearings. This article should give you everything that you need to know about those hearings.