As the committee takes its own hiatus — new hearings aren’t expected until the end of the month — here are the most important things we’ve learned so far.
The rioters may be going to jail and the committee may be documenting the role of Trump and some of his allies in trying to undermine the 2020 election, but the insurgency isn’t exactly over, Rep. Liz says. Cheney, a Republican from Wyoming who serves as the committee’s vice chair.
Cheney is among the few Republicans to continue to loudly condemn Trump, and she faces losing her GOP primary in Wyoming later this summer. She said other Republican leaders “have made themselves willing hostages of this dangerous and irrational man.”
Trump wanted to participate in the march on the Capitol and the Secret Service may have arrested him
While this is largely based on hearsay — things other former aides and a White House valet had told him — the allegations are incredible.
Hutchinson’s most striking statement concerned Trump angrily realizing he would not be taken to the Capitol on Jan. 6 trying to grab the steering wheel of a Secret Service agent’s presidential vehicle. He wanted to lead the protesters. These are the same protesters who would eventually burst in, threatening the life of his vice president.
Trump had a temper after his loss
His descriptions of ketchup tossed on the White House wall, dishes tossed on the floor in fits of rage, speak to the emotions running through Trump as he faced losing power. This perhaps helps explain why it has been so difficult for people inside the White House to influence him.
The investigation is not over
The committee’s public hearings in June began with a sense of a pre-planned spectacle staged for the effect of proving indisputably that a plot to overturn the election had taken place. But it becomes clear that the committee is learning new things and following leads.
Cipollone notably defended Trump in the former president’s first impeachment trial, but was, according to multiple witnesses, among White House aides encouraging him to accept the election results and challenging the crackpot legal theory that the vice -President Mike Pence could simply reject the election results of some states.
Trump’s orbit may be trying to sway testimony
Pence was key to the plot. And then he was the target of the riot
Protesters who stormed the Capitol came within 40 feet of Pence.
That’s one side of the story
It’s always important to remember that only two Republicans, Cheney and Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois — both opponents of Trump — sit on the committee. Neither may be present at Congress next year. Cheney may well lose his next GOP primary (stay tuned) and Kinzinger is not running for re-election.
Democrats barred Trump loyalists who questioned the validity of the election from serving on the committee. Some of those Republicans, we now know, have apologized to Trump for their efforts to undermine the election on his behalf.
Many of Trump’s closest White House associates declined to testify — although, as in Meadows’ case, some provided the committee with key information such as text messages.
Trump’s effort to influence the vote count was widespread
We already knew from a leaked audio tape that Trump personally wanted Georgian officials to “find” votes and fabricate a victory for him there after he lost the official vote tally.
Trump conspiracy theories rocked the Justice Department
Rioters believed they were taking inspiration from Trump after he refused to accept his loss
These hearings can have an effect
“Trump is a disgrace,” according to the newspaper. “Republicans have much better options for leading the party in 2024. No one should think otherwise, let alone support it, ever again.”
It’s an important sentiment as Trump considers running for president again, his current plan.