The Jan. 6 House Committee hearing was a rollercoaster ride of violence, tears, and disgust. Viewers witnessed a disturbing account of Trump supporters attacking the U.S. Capitol.
Thursday night’s prime-time broadcast included new revelations about the terrorizing insurgency, which paralyzed the nation’s seat of government. Viewers also heard testimony from Trump allies who said the then-president’s inner circle knew full well his claims of a stolen election were really lies.
A video was played inside the huge hearing room with previously unseen footage. The footage showed Trump supporters hurling abuse at the Capitol building, smashing and shouting their way in. Officers who begged for reinforcements heard anguished radio calls as the president’s angry followers beat down the police.
As the screaming mob roared through the hall, law enforcement survivors held hands and wept together that Thursday night.
These are the key moments from the passionate hearing. Here’s a schedule of sessions that will follow next week.
Former Attorney General William Barr Calls ‘Bull***t”
Trump’s U.S. Attorney General William Barr, in videotaped testimony before the House committee, said he repeatedly told the then-president that his effort to overturn the 2020 election was based on false claims and “bull***t.”
“I made it clear I did not agree with the idea of saying the election was stolen and putting out this stuff, which I told the president it was bull***t, and I didn’t want to be a part of it,” Barr said during the taped deposition.
Barr said he had three conversations with Trump on Nov. 23, 2020, Dec. 1, 2020, and Dec. 14, 2020, before he ultimately resigned as attorney general.
Ivanka Trump Testifies She Believed William Barr
The former president’s daughter Ivanka Trump testified before the committee that she accepted Barr’s conclusion that her father’s claims of a rigged election were false. She and her husband, Jared Kushner, were on the president’s staff, but have attempted to distance themselves since the Jan. 6, 2020 attack on the Capitol.
“I respect Attorney General Barr so I accepted what he was saying,” she testified.
Trump’s Campaign Staff Told Him He Had Legitimately Lost the 2020 Election
Jason Miller, a former Trump campaign adviser, testified that the then-president’s data expert had a phone call with Trump after the election, and told him he had lost, based on poll results.
“I remember he delivered to the president pretty blunt terms that he was going to lose,” Miller told the committee.
Trump Cheered Supporters Who Chanted “Hang Mike Pence”
Rep. Liz Cheney, a Republican from Wyoming and a lead investigator on the House committee, cited testimony from Trump advisers.
She said those aides testified Trump had turned on former Vice President Mike Pence, who was inside the Capitol helping to certify the 2020 election results declaring Democrat Joe Biden the victor.
Trump supporters storming the Capitol had rigged a makeshift gallows with a noose outside Congress, and chanted “Hang Mike Pence!” as they overran the building.
“Maybe our supporters have the right idea. Mike Pence deserves it,”The advisers claimed that Trump said it to them.
Injured U.S. Capitol Police Officer: “I Was Slipping in People’s Blood.”
Caroline Edwards is thought to be the first police officer to be attacked by rioters. She testified before the committee on Thursday night. “What I saw was just a war scene,”She spoke. “It was something like I had seen out of the movies. I could not believe my eyes.
“There were officers standing on the ground. They were all bleeding. They were throwing their urine out. Friends had blood on their faces, which I noticed. I was getting in people’s blood. I caught people falling.
“I’m not combat-trained,”She spoke. “And that day, it was just hours of hand-to-hand combat.”
Behind her, Capitol officers and survivors of fallen were silently crying.
Serena Liebengood was the widow and chief of U.S. Capitol Police officers Howard Liebengood and Sandra Garza. Sandra Garza was the partner of fallen Officer Brian Sicknick, Harry Dunn, Sgt. Edwards’ graphic testimony made Aquilino Gonell appear to have overcome them all.
Another officer testified that rioters had thrown her down onto a set concrete steps. She fell on her head, blacked out, and then smashed her head against the concrete. After gaining consciousness, she stated that she was able stand up and assist fellow officers who had been beat and sprayed with chemicals.
She recalled trying to help Officer Brian Sicknick. He was beaten, sprayed, and then died the next day from two strokes.
“All of a sudden, I see movement to the left of me. I turned, and it was Officer Sicknick with his head in his hands and he was ghostly pale,” Edwards testified.
“My cop alarm bells went off, because if you get sprayed with pepper spray, you’re going to turn red. He turned just about as pale as this sheet of paper,”She spoke.
What happens next
Rep. Cheney outlined Thursday night the topics that will be addressed in future public hearings.
Monday will see the focus of the committee on ex-President Trump at 10 a.m. “massive effort to spread false and fraudulent information,”She spoke.
On Wednesday, at 10 a.m., the bipartisan group will hear testimony that senior leaders in the Justice Department and the White House threatened to resign and confronted Trump in his Oval Office, Cheney said.
The committee will hear details from Trump’s efforts at pressuring Vice President Pence to overturn the 2020 election on Thursday, she stated.
Cheney indicated that there are no additional hearings scheduled. They will highlight the efforts of the former President to get state legislators to invalidate ballots. Also, how those actions led the Capitol attack of Jan. 6, Cheney said.