Key Takeaways from the Sixth January 6 Hearing

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On Tuesday, June 28, the nonpartisan January 6 Committee held its sixth public hearing. The Committee heard testimony from Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows. Hutchinson described the key moments and events in the White House leading up to, on, and following the violent attack on January 6.

Common Cause compiled the key takeaways:

1. Trump’s Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Rudy Giuliani knew as early as January 2 that there could be violence on January 6.

2. White House staff was informed that there were planned demonstrations and a potential for violence in the days leading up to January 6.

3. The morning of January 6, Donald Trump and his Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, were told that Trump rally-goers were dressed in military-style gear, carrying radio equipment, and armed with AR-15s, knives, spears, body armor, and other weapons.

4. When Donald Trump learned that individuals in the crowd with weapons weren’t being allowed into the rally, Trump told staff to get rid of the metal detectors, told staff those bringing weapons weren’t there “to hurt me,” and instructed staff to “let my people in.”

5. At his rally on January 6, Donald Trump, knowing the crowd had weapons and body armor, instructed them to march to the U.S. Capitol, where Congress was certifying the votes of the 2020 election. Trump wanted to join them at the Capitol.

6. White House staff and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy instructed Trump’s staff not to let Trump go to the U.S. Capitol, predicting Trump would be charged with crimes.

7. In the car just after the January 6 rally, Trump demanded he be taken to the U.S. Capitol. When staff objected, Trump reached to grab the steering wheel and then a secret service agent’s neck, saying, “I’m the f-ing president, take me to the Capitol.”

8. When a White House aide told Mark Meadows the rioters were chanting “Hang Mike Pence,” Mark Meadows refused to take any action, saying Trump didn’t think the rioters were doing anything wrong.

9. Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. wanted their father, Donald Trump, to tell rioters to leave the U.S. Capitol.

10. Kevin McCarthy and many other Trump loyalists also urged Trump to send the rioters home.

11. After the violent January 6 riot, Trump was “reluctant” to film a video asking for peace and for the rioters to leave the U.S. Capitol.

12. Following January 6, Trump’s Cabinet discussed removing him from power with the 25th Amendment.

13. Rudy Giuliani and Mark Meadows joined multiple members of Congress in seeking a pardon related to the events of January 6.

14. Someone connected to President Trump has been tampering with January 6 Committee witnesses in an effort to continue to hide the planning and promoting of January 6.

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