Headline RoundupJuly 22nd, 2022

Jan. 6 Committee Holds Final Summer Hearing

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The January 6 committee investigating the Capitol riot held its final hearing of the summer Thursday, with committee leaders accusing former President Donald Trump of trying to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Thursday's hearing focused specifically on a 187-minute period after Trump spoke before supporters in D.C. on Jan. 6, 2021, directly before the riot. Committee chairman Bennie Thompson opened the hearing by accusing Trump of doing "everything in his power to overturn the election." Vice Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said Trump "would not get on the phone and order the military or law enforcement agencies to help" and alleged that he "refused to defend our nation and our Constitution." Several former Trump staffers testified, including Matt Pottinger, former deputy national security adviser, and Sarah Matthews, former White House deputy press secretary. The panel said it will resume hearings in September as more information emerges.

The hearing was covered prominently across the political spectrum, especially by left- and center-rated sources. Coverage of the hearings continues to reflect partisan divides over the riot and Trump's culpability. A report from AP Politics said the panel was "diving into the 187 minutes that Trump failed to act on Jan. 6, 2021." A report from the New York Post described the panel as examining "former President Trump’s actions after his fiery speech on the Ellipse."

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