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Congressman Thompson, Congresswoman Cheney, and Congressman Raskin at the January 6th hearings on June 9th, 2022.

2022 January 6th Committee Hearings Event

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Congressman Thompson, Congresswoman Cheney, and Congressman Raskin at the January 6th hearings on June 9th, 2022.

2022 January 6th Committee Hearings

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Origin: Washington, DC
Year: 2022
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Added Jun 10, 2022 at 07:09PM EDT by Aidan Walker.

Updated Jun 24, 2022 at 08:01PM EDT by Aidan Walker.

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Overview

2022 January 6th Congressional Hearings refers to a series of congressional hearings held by the United States Congress in June 2022. The goal of the hearings is to investigate the January 6th storming of the U.S. Capitol and determine who planned it and who should be held responsible for it. Over the course of the hearings, members of the January 6th Select Committee questioned former members of the Trump administration and others about the violence, how it was planned and how the administration responded. Two groups, in particular, were highlighted during the hearings, the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, which both had members indicted for conspiracy in early 2022. The hearings became a contentious topic online after beginning in June 2022, inspiring viral debates between users and many prominent politicians.

Background

After his loss in the 2020 Presidential Election President Donald Trump repeatedly claimed election fraud, despite no evidence supporting his allegations. These claims were later rejected by courts, state governments and members of his own administration.[8] On January 6th, 2021, as Congress sought to ratify the election results and officially declare Joe Biden the next President, a mob of people including Trump supporters and members of right-wing organizations, such as the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, moved toward the United States Capitol, past police barriers and then broke into the building. Trump had given a speech to a large crowd a little under two hours before and told them “We will never give up. We will never concede,” among other statements discussed in the hearings, after which many in the crowd began moving towards the Capitol.[1] After the Capitol was breached, police and protestors clashed, resulting in the deaths of four people and dozens of injuries. Both branches of Congress were evacuated.

A few hours after the breach of the Capitol, Trump issued a video through Twitter asking people to leave the building, and they did. Later, Congress continued counting votes and affirmed that Joe Biden would be the lawfully elected President.

In the aftermath of the insurrection, a number of congresspeople called for investigations into what happened and demanded consequences for those responsible. Trump was impeached (but not removed from office) and a large FBI investigation went after citizens who had taken part in the attack on the Capitol.

In spring 2021, a Congressional Committee was formed to investigate the events of the January 6th insurrection and was joined by 10 Democrats and two Republicans, Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney, both of whom were censured by the Republican party afterward. The Congressional Hearings were led by the chair of the committee, Democrat Bennie Thompson, and Liz Cheney.[2]

First Hearing June 9th, 2022

On June 9th, 2022, the first Congressional hearing for the January 6th attack began.[9]

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Online Reactions

On the morning before the June 9th hearings, Hillary Clinton posted a tweet (seen below) receiving more than 93,000 likes in 24 hours criticizing the fact that Fox News chose not to cover the hearings.[3]


Hillary Clinton @Hillary Clinton Just one great reason to watch today's January 6 hearings? Trump and the MAGA Republicans desperately don't want you to. 10:06 AM Jun 9, 2022 Twitter Web App 17.9K Retweets 1,384 Quote Tweets 93.5K Likes : Alison Bechdel Font

In liberal quarters, many highlighted the seriousness and significance of the hearings. For example, Tom Nichols sent a tweet (seen below) about how “everything is on the line” on the night of June 9th, 2022, immediately following the hearings and received over 7,000 likes and 1,600 retweets in less than 24 hours, one of which was from Senator Brian Schatz.[7]


Brian Schatz Retweeted Tom Nichols @RadioFreeTom I really hope that millions of Americans saw it and will now rethink the idea of voting for the GOP (or not voting) and destroying democracy just because gas is pricey this summer or they didn't get their student loans forgiven. It's clear that everything is on the line. Michael Beschloss @BeschlossDC 21h OK, how effective was that hearing? Anyone have an opinion? 10:05 PM Jun 9, 2022 TweetDeck 1,694 Retweets 94 Quote Tweets 7,087 Likes : Font

@CalltoActivism posted (seen below) on the afternoon of June 10th, comparing the relatively muted reaction to the Congressional Hearings to the hype around the Heard vs. Depp trial just a few weeks prior. They received 3,449 likes in the day following the tweet.


CALL TO ACTIVISM @CalltoActivism CALL TO ACTIVISM I want to wake up in a country where the January 6 hearings will get the same coverage and attention as the Johnny Depp trial. 3:23 PM Jun 10, 2022. TweetDeck 582 Retweets 19 Quote Tweets 3,449 Likes : Font

Donald Trump posted (seen below) in the early morning of June 10th on his own platform Truth Social to doubt the fairness of the hearings and rebuff them, receiving over 46,000 likes in less than a day.[6] There were reports in the days following the first hearing on June 9th that accounts on Truth Social which posted about the hearings were being shut down.


Donald J. Trump @realDonald Trump · 20h 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! 46,887 17,457 Jun 09, 2022, 22:24 Reply ReTruth Like ●●● ↑ Share World Font

During the first day, video testimony (seen below) from Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and former advisor, gained significant attention because of Kushner's characterization of White House Counsel Pat Cipollone's threats to resign because of election denial as "whining."[10]



Podcast host and former Obama advisor Tommy Vietor, along with others, posted a tweet (seen below) on the evening of June 9th criticizing Kushner, which received over 14,200 likes and 990 retweets over the next few days.[11]


Tommy Vietor @TVietor08 Every rare utterance from Jared Kushner reminds you of what an arrogant, insufferable little shit he is 8:48 PM Jun 9, 2022. Twitter Web App 990 Retweets 45 Quote Tweets 14.2K Likes : Font

Second Hearing June 13th, 2022

The second hearing set up a case that Donald Trump and people close to him were aware the 2020 election was legitimate, and fundraised off claims of election irregularities anyways. Following the election, Trump raised over $250 million off of claiming the election was stolen. The committee established that much of that money went to Save America PAC (which runs Trump's current operations) rather than to fighting election fraud.[14]

Congresswoman Liz Cheney began the proceedings on June 13th by speaking about events on Election Night, contending that "Trump followed the course recommended by an apparently inebriated Rudy Giulani to just claim he won." Jeff Yang quote-tweeted an MSNBC video of Cheney's remarks, gaining 276 likes on the afternoon of the 13th.[12]



Many mocked Giulani for being "apparently inebriated," producing memes about the former Mayor of New York and Donald Trump's attorney. @TheUSASingers posted a meme making fun of Giuliani (seen below) on the 13th, which gained over 1,500 likes that day.[13]


THE USA SINGERS The USA Singers @TheUSASingers · 6h Rudy Giuliani: Most likely to be drunk while trying to overthrow the government. CLASS OF 1965 RUDY GIULIANI Most likely to be drunk while trying to overthrow the government 419 1,490 о 42 : Rudy Giuliani Forehead Chin Hairstyle Eyebrow Smile Coat Jaw Tie Font Collar Sleeve Blazer Formal wear

The June 13th hearing also featured footage of former Attorney General Bill Barr dismissing claims of election fraud, and laughing at the Dinesh D'Souza film 2000 Mules, which made allegations of fraud. On the 13th, Adam Klasfeld tweeted about the Barr clips (seen below) reaching almost 4,000 likes over the course of the day.[15]



Third Hearing June 16th, 2022

The third hearing of the January 6th committee was originally scheduled for the 15th, but was delayed a day to give the video-production team more time to prepare.[16] The committee has made heavy use of video footage of the January 6th insurrection as well as of video depositions of public figures.

The third hearing focused on the legal side of plans made by Trump and others to undo Joe Biden's election victory. This tweet posted by the committee's official Twitter account in advance of the hearing and receiving laid out the line of argument for the day and received over 17,400 likes.[20]



Goaded on by law scholar John Eastman, Trump and his camp latched onto a fringe interpretation of the Constitution's 12th amendment which would allow Vice President Mike Pence to reject electors from swing states on January 6th, when the electoral votes would be officially counted and certified.[17] The 12th amendment, which describes the electoral college process and the counting of votes, only gives the Vice President (in their capacity as 'President of the Senate') authority to open and count electoral votes, not to reject or change them.[18] Eastman, recognizing the probable illegality of his plans, petitioned Trump for a pardon in the days following January 6th. A different federal judge has already found in a civil case that Trump and Eastman likely committed felonies, and called their plans "a coup in search of a legal theory."[19]

The most talked-about witness at the third hearing was J. Michael Luttig, a conservative judge who refuted Eastman's theory. Many pointed out that Luttig may have been specially selected because of his centrality in conservative legal communities, including Robert Maguire, who tweeted in the middle of the hearing about how Luttig had been Ted Cruz's mentor, earning over 42,500 likes.[23]


Robert Maguire @RobertMaguire_ Just a reminder that Judge Luttig isn't just a conservative judge, he is Ted Cruz's mentor, whom Cruz referred to as being "like a father to me." John Eastman also clerked for him. He is currently testifying to the unprecedented "Constitutional crisis" caused by his mentees. 1:28 PM Jun 16, 2022. Twitter Web App . 11K Retweets 479 Quote Tweets 42.5K Likes Font

Luttig's slow and deliberate speech was also mocked and joked about, including by Sam Stein, who tweeted about it mid-hearing and earned 1,800 likes.[24]


Sam Stein @samstein Luttig...... is....... making............ some....... valuable.........….. points......... 1:27 PM Jun 16, 2022 TweetDeck 95 Retweets 29 Quote Tweets 1,800 Likes Rectangle Font

Many objected to the mocking of Luttig's speech, pointing out that the judge reportedly suffered a stroke recently which may have led to changes in his speech.

Footage of Representative Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) on January 5th giving an hours-long tour of the Capitol, including areas of the building and security checkpoints usually of no interest to tourists, were also publicized by the committee ahead of the third hearing. Some people in Loudermilk's tour, including a man who took pictures and video of the Capitol, later took part in the storming of the building. Loudermilk denies that he helped people reconnoiter the Capitol, but many of his colleagues did not believe him.[21] A tweet posted by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-NY) on June 15th showing footage of Loudermilk giving the tour earned over 124,000 likes.[22]


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez @AOC Jun 15 Rep. Loudermilk released this statement yesterday: "I never gave a tour of the Capitol on Jan 5, 2021." This morning, this footage was released. Dated January 5th, 2021. Capitol Police Surveillance Capitol Police Surveillance Capitol Police Surveillance Capitol Police Surveillance LIFEE Rep. Barry Loudermilk @RepLoudermilk. Jun 14 BREAKING: The truth will always prevail. As I've said since the Jan. 6 Committee made their baseless accusation about me to the media, I never gave a tour of the Capitol on Jan 5, 2021... Show this thread 3,817 26.5K 124.8K ↑ Product Font Screenshot Line Online advertising Web page Electronic device Multimedia

Fourth Hearing June 21st, 2022

The fourth hearing of the January 6th committee focused on state election officials in Arizona and Georgia who had been pressured by Trump and others to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

Arizona Republican State House Speaker Rusty Bowers described the pressure he faced to change votes.[25]



The testimony of Georgia poll workers who faced a campaign of harassment from Trump supporters following the election also received considerable attention online.[26]



Fifth Hearing June 23rd, 2022

The fifth hearing of the House Committee focused on President Trump's attempts to use the Department of Justice to help undo the results of the election. The hearings told the story of how Trump considered replacing Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen with a loyalist named Jeffrey Clark, who would assist him in turning the election his way.[27]

Clark, Trump and others came up with a plan to ask states to overturn the results of the election, and use the investigative muscle of the FBI to try and find election fraud. Officials across the Justice Department threatened to resign if Trump replaced Rosen with Clark, which ultimately led to the plan's failure.[28]

At the end of the hearing, the committee revealed the names of members of Congress who requested pardons from President Trump, including members of Congress Mo Brooks, Jim Jordan, Louie Gohmert, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Andy Biggs, and Matt Gaetz. Gaetz' request was especially memed, especially for its phrasing: the Congressman, who has been implicated in prostitution scandals for paying for sex with teenagers, reportedly asked for a pardon that would cover "any and all things" from the "beginning of time" onwards. Comedian Patton Oswalt commented on Gaetz' phrasing, earning over 74,000 likes over the course of a day.[29]


Patton Oswalt @pattonoswalt Oh WOW the wording of the Matt Gaetz pardon request. "Any and all things I've done from the beginning of time to now." Whaaaaaat?!? 6:51 PM Jun 23, 2022. Twitter for iPhone 6,822 Retweets 644 Quote Tweets 74.3K Likes : Font

Gaetz retorted that the investigation was politically motivated and sought to discredit it, earning almost 10,000 likes that same day.[30]


Rep. Matt Gaetz @RepMattGaetz · Jun 23 The January 6 Committee is an unconstitutional political sideshow. It is rapidly losing the interest of the American people and now resorts to siccing federal law enforcement on political opponents. 3,139 15.6K 9,806 Sky Mammal Organism Font

Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-CA) tweeted about the pardon requests on June 23rd, earning over 111,000 likes in less than a day.[31]


Rep. Eric Swalwell @RepSwalwell You know who doesn't seek pardons? Innocent people. 5:43 PM Jun 23, 2022. Twitter for iPhone 15.2K Retweets 886 Quote Tweets 111K Likes Font Sky

Various Reactions


Max Burns @themaxburns Seeing a lot of folks getting banned from Trump's Truth Social for posting updates about the January 6 Committee hearings. Apparently free speech has its limits even in Trumpland. 7:48 AM Jun 10, 2022 Twitter for Android 5,527 Retweets 388 Quote Tweets 31.3K Likes : Human Organism Font Dinesh D'Souza @Dinesh DSouza The problem with the January 6 Committee hearings is that "2000 Mules" has blown up their underlying premise. The "big lie" turns out to be a documented truth. The 2020 election was demonstrably stolen by the Democrats. Patriots came to DC on January 6 to complain about that! 3:10 PM Jun 6, 2022. Twitter for iPhone 6,248 Retweets 294 Quote Tweets 19K Likes Organism Font Aaron Rupar @atrupar January 6 hasn't been mentioned a single time during today's edition of Fox News's Outnumbered show. But they have found time for these hard-hitting stories. LIVE BERS BEBENT V/FOX FOX BRITNEY'S EX ATTEMPTS TO CRASH HER WEDDING NEWS channel ICYMI IN CASE YOU MISSED IT B SEEKS HELP IDENTIFYING "STRANGI ICYMI IN CASE YOU MISSED IT FOX STUDY: LACK OF SLEEP MAKES YOU FIND PEOPLE UGLIER NEWS 11:50 CT ICYMI IN CASE YOU MISSED IT 12:53 PM Jun 10, 2022. Twitter Web App 527 Retweets 53 Quote Tweets 2,162 Likes LIVE World Font Screenshot Mary Bovard @MaryBovard1 Raise your hand if you're not watching and don't care what the January 6 committee has to say. 包原图 4:05 AM Jun 10, 2022. Twitter Web App 530 Retweets 82 Quote Tweets 5,276 Likes Font

Search Interest

External References

[1] NPR – A Timeline Of How The January 6th Attack Unfolded

[2] The Guardian – January 6 hearings: who are the key players on the House committee?

[3] Twitter – @HillaryClinton

[4] Twitter – @CalltoActivism

[5] Twitter – @themaxburns

[6] Truth Social – @realDonaldTrump

[7] Twitter – @RadioFreeTom

[8] Reuters – Trump's false claims debunked

[9] NY Times – Jan 6 Hearings

[10] Twitter – Bloomberg

[11] Twitter – @TVietor08

[12] Twitter – @originalspin

[13] Twitter – @TheUSASingers

[14] NPR – Jan. 6 panel says Trump fleeced his base and 5 other takeaways from the 2nd hearing

[15] Twitter – @KlasfeldReports

[16] CBS News – Jan. 6 committee postpones hearing scheduled for Wednesday

[17] The New York Times – Here are 4 takeaways from Thursday’s Jan. 6 hearing

[18] Congress.gov – Constitution of the United States

[19] The New York Times – Federal Judge Finds Trump Most Likely Committed Crimes Over 2020 Election

[20] Twitter – @January6thCmte

[21] The Guardian – Man who took part in Capitol riot was given tour of building by Republican on January 5

[22] Twitter – @AOC

[23] Twitter – @RobertMaguire_

[24] Twitter – @samstein

[25] Twitter – @January6thCmte

[26] Twitter – @January6thCmte

[27] CBS News – 6 takeaways from the fifth Jan. 6 select committee hearing

[28] Slate – How Trump’s Plot to Make an “Effin’ A-hole” Attorney General and Steal the Election Almost Came to Fruition

[29] Twitter – @pattonoswalt

[30] Twitter – @RepMattGaetz

[31] Twitter – @RepSwalwell

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