Jan 6 hearing – live updates: Trump lawyer stopped by FBI ahead of surprise testimony by mystery witness

‘The lie hasn’t gone away’: Jan 6 committee chairman says Trump threat to elections is ongoing

The January 6 committee has announced a surprise extra hearing that will contain new evidence of Donald Trump’s “deeliction of duty,” California representative Adam Schiff said on Sunday.

“The final hearing will cover what the president was doing and more importantly, what he was not doing as we were being attacked,” Mr Schiff told NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday.

The latest round of the highly watched inquiry will take place at 1pm ET on Tuesday, 28 June.

Previously, the special congressional committee had no more planned hearings until lawmakers returned from their 4 July recession.

The final hearing will bring to a close a month that featured five other days packed with shocking testimony before the committee.

Previous hearings in June revealed Donald Trump’s unprecedented pressure campaign on the Department of Justice to tamper with the election process, and strong evidence from the president’s own inner circle that Mr Trump was clearly warned his election conspiracies were “bulls*t“ but he went on claiming them anyway.

Meanwhile, outside of Congress, one of the company’s behind Donald Trump’s social media app Truth Social is under investigation, and infamous “coup memo” author John Eastman says he was searched by federal agents.

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The January 6 committee’s June surprise

The House January 6 select committee will hold a surprise hearing on Tuesday 28 July at 1.00 pm, just days after chairman Bennie Thompson said the panel would pause a series of hearings it has held this month while committee members review newly-acquired evidence.

In a press release on Monday, the committee said the hearing’s purpose will be to “present recently obtained evidence and receive witness testimony,” but the panel did not elaborate on the identity of the witnesses or the nature of the evidence.

On Thursday, Mr Thompson closed the panel’s fifth public session by telling attendees and viewers that the committee’s next hearings would “show how Donald Trump tapped into the threat of violence, how he summoned a mob to Washington, and how after corruption and political pressure failed to keep Donald Trump in office, violence became the last option”.

Andrew Feinberg has the details.

Josh Marcus28 Jun 2022 02:56

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Was Trump’s violent rhetoric ‘fair game’? His son certainly thinks so.

The British documentarian whose footage of former president Donald Trump and his family in the days leading up to the January 6 insurrection prompted a pause in the House January 6 select committee’s hearings says Mr Trump’s son Eric was unconcerned by the possibility that his father’s supporters would react violently to his lies alleging that the 2020 election was stolen.

Last week, filmmaker Alex Holder appeared to give evidence before the committee in an interview after turning over a copy of raw footage captured between September 2020 and mid 2021 for a documentary which will air this summer on Discovery+.

In an interview with The IndependentMr Holder said Trump family members — and Eric Trump in particular — were unbothered by the idea that the often violent rhetoric they and their patriarch espoused after his loss to now-president Joe Biden would inspire his supporters to act out.

Read Andrew Feinberg‘s exclusive interview.

Josh Marcus28 Jun 2022 01:56

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Star Watergate witness John Dean says surprise January 6 hearing ‘better be a big deal’

John Dean knows a thing or two about high-profile hearings. In 1973, the former White House counsel tested against Richard Nixon as part of the Watergate scandal.

Now he’s warning that the January 6 committee’s surprise extra hearing “better big a big deal,” to justify springing a new round of testimony on Washington right before the July 4 recession. “There was only one surprise witness during the Senate Watergate Committee hearings,” he wrote on Twitter on Monday. “On July 16, 1973 an unannounced witness appeared: Alex Butterfield, who tested to Nixon’s secret taping system — forever changing history!”

“The January 6 Committee is dealing with a very high historical standard in springing a surprise hearing and witness tomorrow,” he added. “If it is not really important information it’s going to hurt the credibility of this committee! Cancel now if you can’t match!”

Josh Marcus28 Jun 2022 00:45

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Kevin McCarthy says things “all good” with Donald Trump despite reports of fury at January 6 hearings

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy says things are “all good” with Donald Trump, despite a bruising round of January 6 hearings and reports that the former president is furious with congressional Republicans for electing not to participate in the inquiry and offer a defense of their party leader.

The GOP leader told Fox News’s Dana Perino he had talked with Mr Trump “recently” and things were “all good.”

That’s not what leaks from Mr Trump’s camp would suggest.

A close advisor told The Washington Post that Mr Trump is at “the point of about to scream at the TV” as he watches the hearings.

Josh Marcus27 Jun 2022 23:58

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Trump donors are reportedly ‘getting sick of the sh** show’

Donald Trump’s backers in the Republican world may be getting tired of the “sh** show” that surrounds the former president and his election conspiracies, according to a new report in Politico.

The January 6 hearings might be a tipping point, according to GOP donor Dan Eberhart.

“Trump is facing an important onslaught of negative facts with these hearings and there is no real defense. He has no friendly members on the committee and there aren’t facts to put in front of the public to make any of this sound less bad,” he told the outlet.

This frustration could create an opening in the 2024 presidential campaign for Mr Trump’s rival Ron DeSantis of Florida.

“I think the January 6 hearings are continuation of the exhausting circus that surrounds Trump,” a close DeSantis added. ““It’s a shitshow…Some donors are getting sick of the shitshow.”

Josh Marcus27 Jun 2022 23:38

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Trump’s ‘coup memo’ lawyer John Eastman claims FBI stopped him at restaurant and seized his phone

A lawyer linked to Donald Trump’s efforts to reverse the result of the 2020 election has claimed the FBI stopped him outside a restaurant and seized his phone.

In a court filing, John Eastman said that federal agents approached him on the evening of 22 June.

Andrew Buncombe is following the breaking news story.

Josh Marcus27 Jun 2022 23:18

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Trump election lawyer says federal agents took his phone

John Eastman, the Trump campaign elections attorney who helped shape the former president’s plans to overturn the 2020 election, says in a new court filing federal agents took his phone as part of a search warrant.

Mr Eastman, author of the infamous “coup memo,” said agents seized his iPhone on June 22, according to a New Mexico court filing.

He claims he wasn’t able to get a copy of the warrant until after his phone was seized, and is seeking to retrieve his property.

Josh Marcus27 Jun 2022 23:02

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Half of Americans think Donald Trump wanted to stay in office illegally: poll

Half of Americans think Donald Trump wanted to stay in office using illegal means, according to a new poll from CBS News and YouGov.

However, just less than half, 46 per cent, say the January 6 committee should recommend that the former president face criminal charges.

And in a sign of just how partisan the reaction to 6 January really is, half Republicans still consider the storming of the Capitol to be “patriotism.”

Unpack the full poll results via CBS.

Josh Marcus27 Jun 2022 22:31

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ICMYI: Matt Gaetz, Mo Brooks and Louie Gohmert among lawmakers who asked for pardons from Trump, Jan 6 hearing told

One of the biggest bombshells from the January 6 hearings so far was the revelation of which Republican lawmakers sought pardons during the effort to overturn the 2020 election.

“The only reason you ask for a pardon is if you think you’ve committed a crime,” Rep. Adam Kinzinger said during the hearings.

Here’s our full report on the pardons.

Josh Marcus27 Jun 2022 21:50

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Trump lashes out over rumours Republicans are ditching him over Jan 6

Donald Trump is lashing out over suggestions that the Republican Party is rejecting him because of the January 6 insurrection as the House Select Committee lays out a detailed description of what led up to and followed the attack on Congress.

On Sunday, Mr Trump took aim at conservative columnist Peggy Noonan, saying that she doesn’t understand his base and its politics.

In a statement issued via his political action committee Save America, the former president said: “I listen to all of these foolish (stupid!) people, often living in a bygone era, like the weak and frail RINO, Peggy Noonan, who did much less for Ronald Reagan than she claims, and who actually said bad things about him and his ability to speak”.

Mr Trump was responding to a piece Ms Noonan wrote in the Wall Street Journal on Thursday that “both parties are rejecting their leaders, Donald Trump and Joe Biden. It’s a continuing tectonic shift and the story underlying every daily political story. It’s building and will only grow. Both parties are starting to scramble for what’s next, who’s next. Both are casting about”.

Gustaf Kilander is following the story.

Josh Marcus27 Jun 2022 21:30

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