The fifth hearing from the January 6 hearing focused on the pressures exerted by Trump to investigate false voter fraud accusations.
The commission continues to establish whether or not it led to the Capitol riot and who was responsible for what happened that day.
The committee for January 6 has begun to provide the findings.
The Thursdays hearing by the House committee on the deadly Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol put the focus on the Department of Justice, which was subjected to pressure from former President Donald Trump to investigate false election fraud allegations.
The committee, which was established almost a year ago, has been conducting research into the events behind the January 6 attack, as well as those who have influenced the more than 800 people who have been criminally charged in an attempt to halt Congress''s certification of President Joe Bidens in the 2020 election. So far, there have been two public hearings, with at least three additional scheduled for June.
When is the next Jan. 6 committee hearing?
The committee has not scheduled its next hearing. Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi legislator, said Thursday that additional hearings will take place in the coming weeks as they investigate new information.
How can I watch the previous hearings?
On the YouTube channel C-SPAN and the January 6 committees, hearings are available.
In the first hearing, what was the commission''s findings?
The first hearing, on June 9, gave an overview of what to expect, while also providing never-before-seen testimony and footage from the Capitol riot.
Rep. Thompson, the committee vice chairman and a Wyoming Republican, spoke throughout the two-hour hearing. They revealed how Trump''s administration believed it was fraud, how many Republican members of Congress demanded presidential pardons for their roles in attempting to defeat the election, and how, when the mob hit Hang Mike Pence, the vice president, Trump said: "He deserves it."
The first half of the hearing included testimony from two witnesses: documentary filmmaker Nick Quested and Capitol cop Caroline Edwards. Quested had been linked to The Proud Boys, a far-right organization founded on January 5, but was not present at a discreet meeting between the groups leaders at the time, Enrique Tarrio, and Stewart Rhodes, the leader of another far-right group called the Oath Keepers. Tarrio,Rhodes, and others members of their groups have since been charged with sedit
Quested said there were hundreds of Proud Boys coming to the Capitol on the morning of January 6, which was the catalyst for other supporters to travel to the Capitol, where Congress would be certifying Biden''s election victory.
Edwards spoke up about the deadly shooting on January 6 that sparked the support of Trump supporters. She spoke also about her injuries on the day before.
What did the second hearing tell us?
The phony statements made by Trump and his administration that the 2020 presidential election was supposedly stolen, which has been dubbed the Big Lie, were examined at the Monday hearing.
During the hearing, video testimony from former White House attorney Eric Herschmann, former White House staff secretary Derek Lyons, former Attorney General Bill Barr, and others, revealed that there was no evidence for election fraud allegations.
Trump bled the election, knew he lost, but continued to claim that the election was robbed, and spread the Big Lie.
Watch the Select Committees hearing the second recap pic.twitter.com/CQOXUKjLc6
BJay Pak, the former US Attorney General of Philadelphia, and the election attorney Benjamin Ginsberg, all presented live witness testimony debunking Trump and his administration. The commission also revealed the findings of its investigation into how the election conspiracies were used to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for anti-Trump organizations.
The select committee discovered that the Save America Pac made millions of dollars in contributions to Pro-Trump organizations, including one million dollars in contributions to Mark Meadows'' charitable organization pic.twitter.com/L0aJ1HeNwu
What was the third hearing about?
The whole hearing on June 16 included Pence. The committee explains how the former vice president did not have the authority to limit the counting of electoral votes. John Eastman, an attorney who advised Trump, promoted a legal theory of Pence having this power, although it isnt established in the Constitution.
Greg Jacob, the chief counsel of the Pences, and former federal judge Michael Luttig discussed the powers of the vice president, as well as their perception that Pence would not stop the vote count. Other senators also discussed the fact that, despite some contending that Pence could not alter the election outcome, and that some would continue to exert pressure on him to do so.
Deposition of Eastman, who admitted to the fifth more than 100 times during his testimony, was played by the committee and requested a presidential pardon for his actions.
What happened in the fourth hearing?
On Tuesday, the committee heard the testimony of Rusty Bowers, the speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives. He discussed how Trump and his lawyer, Rudy Guiliani, approached Bowers to propose pro-Trump electors instead of the legitimate electors the state planned to send to DC. Bowers also told two Republican lawmakers he was asked to support Trump''s plan to decertify Biden''s victory, which he did not approve.
Witnesses claimed that Trump took part in pushing the proposal to collect these bogus electors, along with Eastman, the lawyer who predicted the election, and played several deposition videos.
Bowers testifies on a second late December call with Trump that while he voted for him and supported him, he would never do anything unlawful for him. Photo.twitter.com/Phj4oUHIeR Proposed by Bowers, Inc.
After a series of meetings, the committee heard testimony from Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, his deputy Gabe Sterling, and Georgia election workers Wandrea Shaye Moss and her mother, Ruby Freeman. All four spoke of the almost non-stop abuse they received after Trump, Guiliani, and others described them as ''the ones who sacked them for for misleading statements that they helped steal the election.
Raffensperger expressed his concern about Trump''s refusal to vote on the grounds of physical violence. Sterling also discussed the threats of former presidents'' physical violence policies.
After video footage was used to falsely claim the two were conducting unlawful activities and counting fake votes, Moss and Freeman became a target for the Trump administration and his supporters. The mother and daughter described the numerous death threats, messages, and abuse they received as they were arrested once they were named by Guiliani. Both had to take precautions to maintain their safety and remain cautious when they were out in public in fear of someone acknowledging them.
Moss explain how she discovered that she and her mother were being bombarded with threats on Facebook after Giuliani revealed that he was involved in an election fraud video.twitter.com/1GeiUNDjL9
What was revealed in the fifth hearing?
The two witnesses were testimony from Jeffrey A. Rosen, the former acting attorney general, Richard Donoghue, and Steven Engel, the former attorney general for the office of legal counsel. All three were told by the White House that false statements about the election were stolen from him.
Trump and his supporters requested the appointment of a special counsel to investigate false claims, confiscating voting machines, and investigating a conspiracy theory that an Italian satellite was used to switch votes.
Christopher Miller, a former Secretary of Defense, stated that he actually contactd an Italian government official to investigate the absurd conspiracy theory about satellites changing votes. pic.twitter.com/9Yia28Ivlf
The three discussed whether senior Justice Department personnel would resign if Trump appointed Jeffrey Clark, an official with the department who supported the former presidents, claiming that false statements were made. In the aftermath of the Department''s investigation, Clark''s residence was raided Wednesday.
Former White House officials testified before the hearing concluded, claiming that Republican members of Congress requested a presidential pardon for their participation in the election. This group included Rep. Mo Brooks from Alabama, Matt Gaetz from Florida, Andy Biggs from Arizona, Luie Gohmert from Texas, and Scott Perry from Pennsylvania.
Mo Brooks has been petitioned for a pardon.
Matt Gaetz has been granted a pardon.
Andy Biggs has been asked to receive a pardon.
Louie Gohmert has been asked to get a pardon.
Scott Perry has been demanded a pardon.