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WASHINGTON DC, June 13, 2022 ~ The House select committee investigating the January 6 2021 Capitol insurrection held its second public hearing Monday, offering testimony and deposition footage indicating that Donald Trump refused to believe a chorus of key advisors, all telling him that he lost. Instead, Trump sided with a minority contingent purporting election fraud, fronted by Rudi Giuliani.
June 13, 2022 ~ WJR Senior News Analyst Chris Renwick talks with Guy Gordon about the second televised hearing from the House committee investigating the January 6 insurrection.
(CONTINUED) The testimony tracked back to election night, with deposition footage from former Trump Campaign Spokesman Jason Miller contending that an inebriated Giuliani started the narrative that would consume the next 79 days.
Other testimony focused on how ‘the big lie’ turned into a quarter of a billion dollars in supporter contributions raised for Trump’s non-existent Election Defense Fund. Most of these funds got routed to Trump’s Save America Super PAC, which paid for – among other things – the January 6 pre-insurrection rally.
“It’s clear that he intentionally misled his donors, asked them to donate to a fund that didn’t exist, and used the money raised for something other than what he said,” committee member Zoe Lofgren told the media post session. “Now it’s for someone else to decide whether that’s criminal or not. That’s not the purview of a legislative committee.”
The televised January 6 insurrection hearings continue this Wednesday, with coverage expected to commence at 10 a.m. Eastern.
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