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The House Jan. 6 Committee will not hold a hearing on Thursday

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A committee aide told CNN later Monday that “we plan to hold a hearing next week.”

The reason for the postponement of the hearing, the aide said, was to give members and investigators time to process the “new and important information” they received “on a daily basis”.

The panel had not formally advised a Thursday hearing, which usually must take place a week in advance, but there were preliminary plans in the works to hold the Thursday hearing during prime time. The committee may convene a hearing at short notice with the agreement of the president and the vice-president.
This hearing is expected to focus on the 187 minutes the US Capitol was under siege and what former President Donald Trump was, and perhaps more importantly, was not doing while the riot unfolded. Committee members described his conduct as a “dereliction of duty”.
The decision to postpone the hearing may be linked to the recent testimony by the committee of former White House attorney Pat Cipollone, who met with investigators last Friday for more than seven hours. Cipollone is believed to have unique insight into what was happening in the West Wing during key moments on Jan. 6, and excerpts from his closed-door interview with the panel are expected to be presented at the committee’s next hearing, committee aides said Monday.
The next hearing is scheduled for Tuesday at 1 p.m. ET, and committee members said it will focus on how the violent mob came together and the role of extremist groups in the deadly insurgency.

Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California, a committee member, in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on the “State of the Union,” said Tuesday’s hearing will focus on ties between the Trump administration and militias such as the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys. She acknowledged that Roger Stone, a Trump ally, and Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, could be two such relationships, among others.

Cipollone’s recorded testimony expected on Tuesday

Cipollone’s video testimony is expected to appear during Tuesday’s hearing. Cipollone was asked about a meeting that took place on December 18, 2020 at the White House, where Trump hosted a group of the most extreme election deniers in the West Wing, to chart a course to try to oppose Joe Biden. . certification as President of the United States.

As CNN previously reported, the meeting included Flynn and his attorney Sidney Powell, two people familiar with the matter said, describing a session that started as an impromptu gathering but eventually escalated and eventually erupted into screaming matches at some moments as some of Trump’s aides pushed back on Powell and Flynn’s most outrageous suggestions about voiding the election.

On Monday, select committee aides told CNN that Flynn would be among former Trump associates whose role in overturning the election will be highlighted at Tuesday’s hearing.

Two sources familiar with Cipollone’s testimony told CNN he was questioned at length about his role in that meeting and what was discussed. A source close to Cipollone’s testimony told CNN that he described to the committee his views on the insanity of the meeting.

Committee aides also said the December 18 meeting was of great interest to the panel’s investigation. They pointed to a tweet sent by Trump the next day encouraging his supporters to descend on Washington as a key moment that ultimately led to violence on Capitol Hill on January 6.

“We’ll talk about how it was a pivotal moment that set off a chain of events, including pre-planning by the Proud Boys, who you probably know are an extremist group that led the invasion of the Capitol that day,” the aide said. .

Former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne, an ally of former President Donald Trump who attended the mid-December meeting, is expected to meet with the panel on Friday, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

Other witnesses to testify on Tuesday

Stephen Ayres, one of many people who descended on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6 and was later charged and pleaded guilty to unlawfully entering the Capitol, will be among those scheduled to testify at Tuesday’s hearing, confirms to CNN a source familiar with the committee’s plans. . ABC News was the first to report Ayres’ scheduled appearance.

Jason Van Tatenhove, a former spokesperson and self-proclaimed “propagandist” for the Oath Keepers, is expected to testify on Tuesday, a source familiar with the hearing plans confirmed to CNN on Sunday. Van Tatenhove informed Colorado TV station KDVR of his invitation last week.

Ties between Trump associates and extremist groups have emerged in Justice Department cases against members of the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys, including some members providing “security” to Stone, for example. Stone has also had close ties with prominent members of the Proud Boys for years. Neither Stone nor Flynn have been charged with any crime related to Jan. 6.
What the January 6 Committee will present this week and what we have learned so far

Committee aides said on Monday the hearing would seek to draw connections between the various pressure campaigns Trump has undertaken to try to overturn the 2020 election and how “all the pieces came together” and erupted in violence. at the Capitol on January 6.

The hearing, aides said, would examine Trump’s actions, including the Oval Office meeting held in December 2020 to discuss the possibility of seizing voting machines or appointing a special counsel to investigate alleged voter fraud. , as well as the tweet Trump sent afterwards encouraging people to come to Washington, DC, on January 6.

The hearing will show the “impact” Trump’s tweet had on the build-up to Jan. 6, aides said, saying it was “a pivotal moment that set off a chain of events, including the pre -planning by Proud Boys”.

Democratic Representatives Stephanie Murphy of Florida and Jamie Raskin of Maryland will jointly lead the hearing, which also plans to examine the Q-Anon movement and examine how members of Congress were involved in Trump’s pressure campaign leading to the January 6, specifically linked to then-Vice President Mike Pence.

This story was updated with additional developments on Monday.

CNN’s Jamie Gangel, Pamela Brown and Devan Cole contributed to this report.