Thursday, July 21, 2022

Watch LIVE: Day 8 of the Public Hearings of the January 6th House Select Committee

by Nomad

A “minute-by-minute” account of Donald Trump’s actions throughout the melee at the Capitol- that's the focus of Thursday's prime-time hearing of the January 6 House committee. Sources tell us:
Investigators will press their case that Trump’s refusal to intervene more quickly is further evidence that the former president was squarely on the side of the protestors, even as their demonstration against Trump’s defeat escalated into a violent mob attack on Congress — one that threatened the lives of lawmakers and his own vice president.
Trump and family in the Oval Office on Jan. 6

Trump and family in the Oval Office on Jan. 6 (photos courtesy of the House Select Committee)

With their attention on Jan. 6 itself, investigators are aiming to dissect the chaos at the White House as anxious personnel sought Trump’s intervention to stop the violence, only to be disregarded by an irritated and dysfunctional president. The president instead preferred to watch the events unfold on television. 
The 187 minutes under scrutiny will feature his actions at the White House in the time when he returned from his speech at the Ellipse, at 1:10 p.m., to when he sent out a video asking his supporters to stand down, at 4:17 p.m.
Two former members of Trump's staff, Matthew Pottinger, former deputy director for the National Security Council, and Sarah Matthews, then deputy press secretary, are expected to give testimony before the panel. According to a statement by the committee member, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., Thursday's hearing is going to "open your eyes in a big way."
"The reality is, I'll give you this preview, the president didn't do very much but gleefully watch television during this time frame."
The hearing, the last of the summer season, will be broadcast at 8 p.m. ET. Watch the hearing LIVE here at Nomadic Politics, with running commentary from our lovely community of nomads.