Jan. 6 Committee Reveals Trove Of Reveal New Evidence As Trump Rages

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Amid ongoing public hearings by the House committee investigating the Capitol riot, committee members are continuing to obtain new information.

“The original hearings would have wrapped up in June, but we are picking up new evidence on a daily basis with enormous velocity,” panel member Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) told reporters after the committee’s Tuesday afternoon public hearing, which featured witnesses including Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who faced pressure from Trump after the 2020 presidential election to meddle with the outcome. Raffensperger didn’t comply.

“We’re constantly incorporating and including the new information that is coming out… We need to get back and meet… We’re going to have to take stock of all the new evidence we’ve received and then figure it out,” Raskin added, discussing the schedule for future public hearings by the committee: “I think that people are seeing that we’re running a serious investigation… and a lot of people [are] coming forward now with information.” Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.), another member of the riot committee, informed Axios “the schedule is fluid,” explaining there may be “a little more time before we have certain hearings.” Besides an initial hearing last year with four officers who helped defend the Capitol, the panel has so far held four public hearings, with a fifth — focused on pressure for officials at the federal Justice Department to act in support of Trump’s stolen election claims — scheduled for Thursday.

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), chair of the riot panel, told reporters Wednesday “that after Thursday, the select committee will resume hearings in July. The panel is reassessing its schedule after significant new tranches of evidence have arrived — including documentary footage, NARA productions and new tips,” as journalist Kyle Cheney summarized.

Witnesses for the Thursday hearing will include former acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, who took over at the helm of the Justice Department after then-Attorney General Bill Barr left after the 2020 presidential election. Barr indicated in private testimony to the riot committee that they’ve since revealed that he consistently stuck to the facts in private interactions with the then-president about claims of widespread election fraud. Discussing certain claims, Barr said: “And I was somewhat demoralized, because I thought, boy, if he really believes this stuff, he has lost contact with — he’s become detached from reality, if he really believes this stuff… On the other hand, when I went into this, and would tell him how crazy some of these allegations were, there was never an indication of interest in what the actual facts were… My opinion then, and my opinion now, is that the election was not stolen by fraud.”

Bill Barr isn’t some kind of secret liberal — neither are other figures on the Right who’ve been opposed to Trump’s election lies. Trump’s just wrong. During Tuesday’s hearing, Raffensperger laid out some of the details of his team’s rigorous investigations into allegations of election fraud — his office accumulated almost 300 probes connected to the 2020 presidential election, he explained. And in a clip of testimony aired by the committee on Tuesday, Barr also indicated that there was a federal examination of allegations of election fraud in Fulton County, Georgia. The lack of real-world evidence for the kind of fraud Trump claims plagued the election isn’t because nobody’s looked. Rather, officials at multiple levels in every state have gotten behind the 2020 election results.