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The surprising sixth hearing of the month will show “recently obtained evidence” about the 2021 U.S. Capitol attack, the House committee says.
The commission investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the United States Capitol abruptly announced Tuesday’s surprise hearing less than 24 hours before its scheduled start time. Numerous US media outlets have reported that Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to ex-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, will testify at the hearing. Tuesday’s hearing will “present recently obtained evidence and receive witness statements,” the House Committee said. Past hearings have focused on Donald Trump’s push to undo the 2020 election, including pressure campaigns against the Justice Department, state officials, and his Vice President, Mike Pence.
These are the latest updates:
60 minutes ago (15:56 GMT)
Ex-Trump White House employee as a key witness
Although the committee did not review the hearing publicly, multiple U.S. media sources have quoted sources as saying the key witness at Tuesday’s hearing will be Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to ex-White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows.
Hutchinson had appeared at the hearing last week as excerpts from her taped panel interview were played.
Hutchinson testified that Republican Congressmen Matt Gaetz and Mo Brooks had called for a general pardon for January 6.
“Mr. Gaetz pushed for a pardon and has done so since early December. I’m not sure why,” Hutchinson told the panel. “Mr. Gaetz had contacted me to ask if he could meet with Mr. Meadows about getting a presidential pardon.”
Cassidy Hutchinson is seen on a screen during a hearing on Capitol Hill on June 23, 2022 [Demetrius Freeman/Pool via Reuters]
1 hour ago (15:53 GMT)
Surprising hearing with ‘recently obtained evidence.’
The congressional committee investigating the Capitol attack was said to suspend its public hearings until next month before abruptly announcing Tuesday’s hearing.
The commission said it would “present recently obtained evidence and receive witness statements” at the previously unscheduled hearing.
The Select Committee will convene a hearing tomorrow, June 28, at 1:00 PM to present recently obtained evidence and receive witness statements.https://t.co/6knNdD9UWb
— Committee January 6 (@January6thCmte) June 27, 2022
1 hour ago (15:51 GMT)
FBI confiscates phone from former Trump election attorney
FBI agents seized the phone of Trump’s former election attorney, who the panel said played a key role in the ex-president’s efforts to undo the 2020 vote.
Attorneys for attorney John Eastman have confirmed the seizure of the phone in a lawsuit filed in federal court this week. Eastman is being called “movant” because he has a motion in court.
“On the evening of June 22, 2022, federal agents conducted a search warrant on movant while movant was leaving a restaurant,” the filing says. “Movant’s phone – an iPhone Pro 12 – was seized.”
A committee hearing earlier this month examined Eastman’s efforts to pressure then Vice President Mike Pence to refuse to confirm the election victory of incoming President Joe Biden based on false fraud claims.
John Eastman speaks alongside Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani at a rally against the 2020 election results in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021 [File: Jim Bourg Reuters]
1 hour ago (15:48 GMT)
Main conclusions of the last hearing
At the latest hearing, U.S. lawmakers investigating the deadly riot in the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, turned their attention to Trump’s campaign to press the Justice Department to undo the 2020 election.
The House committee held its fifth public hearing on June 23 this month, reiterating what it knows about Trump’s efforts to reverse the results of the US presidential election he lost to Biden.
Read the main conclusions of that hearing here.
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