Jan 6 hearings today: Trump tweet ‘put Pence’s life in danger’, committee aide


‘The Big Lie was also the big-rip off’: Jan 6 committee hears Trump’s fraud claims

The 6 January committee will today hold a hearing unpacking its evidence on the Trump team’s pressure campaign to get Mike Pence to overturn the 2020 election in Congress – and the panel’s staff have signalled that they will also explain how close the violent mob that stormed the Capitol came to reaching the vice president.

In a call with reporters last night, an aide to the committee said that “We’re going to show that that pressure campaign directly contributed to the attack on the Capitol, and it put the vice president’s life in danger.”

Meanwhile, a newly released photograph shows the then-vice presidentand his family in hiding after they were evacuated from the floor of the US Senate as a mob breached the US Capitol.

The image, obtained by ABC News , shows Mr Pence inside a ceremonial office near the Senate floor with his wife Karen Pence, his brother (US representative Greg Pence) and the his daughter Charlotte. Karen Pence can be seen drawing the curtains to the room.

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New light shed on Eastman’s claims about Supreme Court

The New York Times reports that John Eastman, the law professor who played a lead role formulating the plan to overturn the election in Congress, claimed in advance of the riot that a “heated fight” was underway between members of the Supreme Court over how to approach cases related to the certification of Joe Biden’s victory.

“So the odds are not based on the legal merits but an assessment of the justices’ spines, and I understand that there is a heated fight underway,” the paper quotes Mr Eastman writing in an email. If verified, the messages in the story raise the question of how Mr Eastman got this information, and from whom.

Andrew Naughtie16 June 2022 13:34

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CNN: Jan 6 committee has more Ginni Thomas evidence

Longtime right-wing activist Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas, has already been a person of interest in the 6 January investigation because of her exchanges with Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. And now, according CNN reports that according to “a source familiar with the committee’s investigation”, the select committee investigating the riot is in possession of emails between Ms Thomas and attorney John Eastman, who was a leading figure in the formulation of a plan for Mike Pence to overturn the election in Congress.

Read the full story below:

Andrew Naughtie16 June 2022 12:50

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When is the next Jan 6 insurrection committee hearing?

Today’s hearing of the 6 January select committee will focus on the pressure campaign mounted against Mike Pence by Donald Trump and his allies in the lead-up to the violent insurrection. The panel has made clear that its evidence shows this to have been a well-thought out and multi-stage effort.

Johanna Chisholm has more on how to watch today’s session.

Andrew Naughtie16 June 2022 12:20

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Mike Lindell’s pillows thrown out by crucial retailer

Mike Lindell, the sometimes unhinged Trump enthusiast and election fraud conspiracy theorist who was one of the…



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