The House committee investigating the January 6, 2021 riot in the Capitol convened Thursday for its final public hearing ahead of the closely-watched midterm elections.
Although there were no living witnesses at the 10th hearing, committee members presented new evidence blaming former President Donald Trump as the “central cause” of the attack.
Chairman Bennie Thomas emphasized that the evidence presented by the panel “did not come from Democrats or opponents of Donald Trump,” but from former Trump officials, White House staffers, senior state and national Republican figures, and even his own family.
Panel votes unanimously to subpoena Trump
Committee members voted 9-0 to subpoena the former president for documents and testimony related to the Jan. 6 attack, saying Trump “must be accountable for his actions.”
“We have left no doubt – none – that Donald Trump led an attempt to overthrow American democracy that led directly to the January 6 violence,” Thompson said. “He’s the only person that’s central to the story of what happened on January 6th. That’s why we want to hear from him.”
Three other presidents were summoned. Thomas Jefferson refused to comply, but turned over material in the treason trial of his former Vice President Aaron Burr; Richard Nixon resigned his post in response to his subpoena; and Bill Clinton’s subpoena was withdrawn when he agreed to testify voluntarily.
Roger Stone: ‘Let’s get straight to the violence’
At the beginning of the hearing, the committee showed clips of Trump’s ally Roger Stone taken by a Danish documentary film crew the day before the 2020 election.
“Fuck the voting, let’s get straight to the violence,” Stone said in the clip.
In another clip, he said that while the votes were still being tallied, “the most important thing is to get the win” and to tell people, “We won. You are wrong. F**k you.”
The panel then aired portions of Stone’s testimony invoking his Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination when asked if he played a role in the Jan. 6 violence.
Secret service warned of riots 10 days earlier
On Thursday, the committee presented Secret Service news showing the agency had received leads on how far groups like the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers would go to block the electoral college’s certification.
Emails sent to the agency on December 26, 2020 and received by the House panel showed that the Secret Service received messages stating that the Proud Boys’ “plan is to literally kill people. Please take this tip seriously and investigate further.”
“They think that they will have a group large enough to invade DC armed and that they will outnumber the police and be unstoppable,” the tipster wrote.
“Certain White House and Secret Service witnesses previously testified that they had received no information regarding violence that could potentially threaten one of their protectees on Jan. 6,” Rep. Adam Schiff said. “The evidence strongly suggests that this statement is not credible.”
Schiff said agents received warnings on the morning of Jan. 6 that Vice President Mike Pence was “a dead man walking unless he does the right thing.”
The committee also highlighted the ongoing trial of members of the Oath Keepers. Last week, testimony from a former member of the far-right group revealed that Secret Service agents allegedly had contact with the group’s leader, Stewart Rhodes, in the run-up to the attack on the Capitol.
Trump plans to overturn the July 2020 election
Representative Zoe Lofgren said former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale told the panel that “he understood that President Trump was planning back in July.”  that he would say he won the election even if he lost.”
Lofgren also played a clip, dated days before the election, in which former White House strategist Steve Bannon said, “What Trump is going to do is just declare victory, right?”
“It doesn’t mean he’s a winner. He’s just going to say he’s the winner,” Bannon explained. He said because more Democrats are voting by mail, Trump would “exploit” by declaring victory first. “When you wake up on Wednesday morning there will be a firestorm.
“He doesn’t just go out. If Biden wins, Trump’s going to do some crazy shit,” added Bannon, who was convicted of contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with the panel’s subpoena.
Top Trump aide boasted about ‘firing’ base
Days before the Capitol riot, former President Donald Trump’s communications adviser Jason Miller told then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows that he had “set the base on fire” to stop the violent rhetoric circulating about March 6.
Comments on a pro-Trump website that linked Miller to Meadows said things like, “Patriots will be there, armed to the teeth. Our ‘legislators in Congress can go one of two ways: 1. in a body bag 2. after rightfully confirming Trump as the victor.’
Schiff said Miller claimed he had no idea the comments were in the link he sent to Meadows, but “the Trump administration was aware of this type of violent rhetoric prior to Jan. 6.”
https://www.newsweek.com/trump-subpoenaed-roger-stone-videos-final-jan-6-hearing-key-takeaways-1751621 Closing hearing on January 6. Keys taken away