Key Moments from the Seventh January 6 Hearing

On Tuesday, July 12, the nonpartisan January 6 Committee held its seventh public hearing.

The hearing focused on how Donald Trump, desperate to hold onto power by any means necessary, spread lies about the election and summoned a violent mob to Washington, D.C. to stop the peaceful transfer of power. As early as December 2020, he plotted to spur the mob, led by the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys, to wage a violent attack on our electoral system on January 6.

Common Cause compiled the key moments:

1. President Trump knew he lost his bid for re-election in a free and fair election. He refused to accept that fact.

2. President Trump made false allegations of fraud in a court of law. He lost 60 out of 61 of his cases, with the courts finding no credible claims of fraud in the 2020 election. He went on to spread the Big Lie anyway.

3. President Trump’s own family, staff, and other Republican elected officials accepted Trump’s loss in the 2020 election and told him that he should accept defeat. He did not.

4. Days after the 2020 election in a tense White House meeting with shouting and profanity, President Trump’s staff refused to go along with his plan to illegally seize voting machines in the states and appoint Sidney Powell as special counsel to charge people with crimes.

5. Following the meeting in which staff stymied his radical plan, Trump took to Twitter to ask his supporters to join him for a “wild” rally in Washington, D.C. on January 6.

6. Trump’s followers, including the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, responded to his call to join him in Washington, D.C. with support, excitement, and threats of violence.

7. Representative Jamie Raskin reminded every American that political violence is as old our country, and that we ourselves have a choice to either continue or destroy our democracy.

8. Despite knowing the rally may turn violent, Trump did not cancel or try and stop the violence. Instead, Trump continued to promote the rally, more than a dozen times leading up to January 6.

9. Following a phone call with Donald Trump, Steve Bannon announced publicly that “all hell is going to break loose” on January 6.

10. Stephen Ayers, someone at the riot, said he and the other members of the violent mob on January 6 came to Washington D.C. because Donald Trump invited them. Trump tweeted that he “loved” them.

11. Representative Liz Cheney said that Trump has personally tried to call a witness and tamper with their testimony to the nonpartisan January 6 Committee.

12. Representative Liz Cheney underscored why Donald Trump must be held accountable for spurring a violent attack on our country.

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