Jan 6 committee hearings – live: Trump accused of ‘lighting flame’ with Capitol riot ‘coup’

Liz Cheney tells Republicans defending rioters: ‘When Trump is gone, your dishonour will remain’

The House January 6 select committee’s first prime-time hearing wrapped up after two hours of testimony on Thursday. The hearing included bombshell revelations introduced by Reps Bennie Thompson and Liz Cheney.

Excerpts of interviews with former Attorney General Bill Barr, Ivanka Trump, and Jared Kushner were also played.

Mr Barr testified that he told then-president Donald Trump that the idea the election was stolen was “bulls***”. Ms Trump said she respected his opinion and had also accepted that.

The hearing also revealed that the former president thought then-vice president Mike Pence “deserved” hanging as rioters had chanted.

The hearing was shown unseen graphic footage of the attack on the Capitol that distressed some in the room.

After the hearing Mr Trump lashed out at the political “hacks” and “thugs” on the committee on his own social media platform.


Trump lashes out after hearing

Former president Donald Trump hit out at the January 6 committee following its first public hearing on Thursday evening and repeated falsehoods about the 2020 election.

“So the Unselect Committee of political HACKS refuses to play any of the many positive witnesses and statements, refuses to talk of the Election Fraud and Irregularities that took place on a massive scale, and decided to use a documentary maker from Fake News ABC to spin only negative footage. Our Country is in such trouble!” he wrote in a statement posted on his social media network Truth Social.

Sravasti Dasgupta10 June 2022 09:30


Capitol police officer says she shed ‘blood, sweat, and tears’

Capitol police officer Caroline Edwards who was seriously injured during the 6 January riot said during Thursday’s hearing that her “blood, sweat and tears” were shed defending US lawmakers during the attack last year.

“I, whose literal blood, sweat and tears were shed that day defending the building that I spent countless holidays and weekends working in.”

Sravasti Dasgupta10 June 2022 08:30


Committee shows last video of police officer before he died

Video footage of Brian Sicknick, the police officer who would die a day after the Capitol riot, was played on Thursday shortly before the committee adjourned for the night.

In the video, a uniformed officer identified as Mr Sicknick is seen holding his face in pain after apparently being attacked with pepper spray. The actual attack itself is not clearly visible.

“He was ghostly pale,” Officer Caroline Edwards, a member of US Capitol Police described during the hearing.

Sravasti Dasgupta10 June 2022 07:30


‘Not playing along,’ says Tucker Carlson as Fox News desists from broadcasting hearing

Fox News host Tucker Carlson said that the network was not going to show the proceedings of the January 6 House select committee hearing like other networks as “the whole thing is insulting”.

He also dismissed last year’s Capitol riot as “minor” and promised to show the viewers the “honest truth” instead.

“We’re not playing along with the January 6 show trial hearing,” he said. “The whole thing is insulting. They are lying, and we’re not going to help them do it.”

Sravasti Dasgupta10 June 2022 07:10


Capitol police officers cry during hearing

Some of the Capitol police officers present on the day of the January 6 Capitol attack could be seen crying and emotional as the committee showed a shocking compilation of bodycam footage and documentary video on Thursday during the first primetime hearing into the attack on Congress.

In the video, set up by committee chair Bennie Thompson, members of US Capitol Police are heard desperately calling for reinforcements as they are viciously attacked by a massive mob of Trump supporters who are seen smashing windows, striking officers, and wrestling with metal barricades.

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Capitol rioters ask for mercy just before hearing

Three Capitol rioters appeared in court just hours before the January 6 House select committee hearing and pleaded mercy before federal judges deciding their punishment for participating in the assault.

The three included Michael Daughtry, a gun store owner and former police officer arrested roughly a week after the attack on Capitol Hill and father son duo William M. Sywak and William J. Sywak.

“I made one mistake in my life and I have immediately taken responsibility for it,” Daughtry was quoted as saying by ABC.

“I apologize to the court for my indiscretion. But does a person not get to make at least one mistake in their entire life?”

“I’m embarrassed,” the younger Sywak was quoted as saying by Buffalo News.

“I’m very remorseful for what I did,” he said.

“It’s not right that so many police officers were injured.” Of the 820 individuals arrested and charged in connection with last year’s 6 January Capitol insurrection, 300 have pleaded guilty to an array of charges.

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Sravasti Dasgupta10 June 2022 06:30


‘Sham partisan bull****,’ Donald Trump Jr posts after hearing

Donald Trump Jr has dubbed the January 6 House select committee hearing “sham partisan bull****” in a statement on Twitter after proceedings ended on Thursday.

Accusing the Democrats of “distracting” Americans, he said: “Democrats hate America and they hate you!”

Sravasti DasguptaJune 10, 2022 06:08


Sean Hannity calls January 6 hearing ‘multi-hour Democratic fundraiser

Fox News host Sean Hannity hit out at the Democrats as the January 6 House Select Committee’s first hearing was held on Thursday.

Mr Hannity referred to the hearing as “the dullest, the most boring, there’s absolutely nothing new, multi-hour Democratic fund-raiser masquerading as a January 6 hearing,” during his show on Fox News, without giving details to his viewers about the proceedings of the hearing.

Sravasti DasguptaJune 10, 2022 05:49


Trump lashes out at Jan 6 committee following hearing

Former president Donald Trump hit out at the January 6 committee following its first public hearing on Thursday evening and repeated falsehoods about the 2020 election.

In a statement posted on his social media network Truth Social, Mr Trump called the committee investigating the attack on the US Capitol “political hacks.”

Sravasti Dasgupta10 June 2022 05:30


House panel to release closed door deposition transcripts

House select committee chairman Bennie Thompson has said that the panel will release transcripts of the closed door depositions that it conducted in its investigation into the 6 January insurrection.

“We’ll make it available,” Mr Thompson said in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper after the committee’s first hearing.

He added that the committee planned to cooperate, if requested, with the Justice Department’s investigation into the isurrection though the committee’s job wasn’t to determine whether crimes had been committed.

The Justice Department had asked for the transcripts last month, but the panel refused ahead of Thursday’s hearing.

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Sravasti DasguptaJune 10, 2022 05:08

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