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Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., spoke on July 12 as the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack presented its findings to the public. The focus of the hearing was on extremist far-right groups like the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers and the role they played in the Capitol insurrection.
Murphy said that former White House Counsel Pat Cipollone thought that former Trump lawyer John Eastman’s theories that Vice President Mike Pence held the ability to lawfully challenge the results of the 2020 election were “nutty.” Cipollone was also apparently turned away from a Jan. 4, 2021 meeting between former President Donald Trump, Eastman and Pence, according to Murphy’s remarks during the July 12 hearing.
Murphy also noted that earlier this year, a federal district court judge concluded that Trump and his former lawyer Eastman “more likely than not violated multiple federal criminal laws in their pressure campaign against the vice president.”
A former, anonymous Twitter employee testified before the Jan. 6 committee that on Jan. 5, 2021, they sent a message to a colleague that said something akin to “when people are shooting each other tomorrow, I will try and rest in the knowledge that we tried.”
The witness said they believed that without intervention, people would die on Jan. 6, and that they attempted to ring the alarm on this issue internally for months.
“On Jan. 5, I realized no intervention was coming. As hard as I had tried to create one or implement one, there was nothing and we were at the whims — at the mercy — of a violent crowd that was locked and loaded,” the former Twitter employee testified.
In the year since its creation, the committee has conducted more than 1,000 interviews, seeking critical information and documents from people witness to, or involved in, the violence that day.
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