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Ties between Trump allies and extremist groups to be focus of Jan. 6 panel hearing

The Jan. 6 committee on Tuesday plans to demonstrate how right-wing militia groups who led the assault on the Capitol were connected to key Trump allies,

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On Tuesday, the Jan. 6 committee hopes to show how the right-wing militia organizations that spearheaded the assault on the Capitol were linked to important Trump friends like Michael Flynn and Roger Stone, who were at the forefront of the plot to rig the 2020 election.

On a conference call with reporters on Monday, a committee staffer stated, “We’ll show how some of these right-wing extremist groups who traveled to D.C. and led the attack on the Capitol have relationships to Trump allies, including Roger Stone and General Flynn.

And we are aware that the DOJ has filed seditious conspiracy charges against both the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys in connection with their acts on January 6.

The committee is arguing that actions by Trump and his allies led to the violence at the Capitol that claimed the lives of both police officers and Trump supporters by linking both domestic extremist groups and the Trump inner circle, which was actively working to overturn Joe Biden’s election victory.

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The QAnon movement, which adheres to a series of weird, occasionally anti-Semitic conspiracy theories where Trump is portrayed as a savior combating the evil powers of the Deep State, will also be exposed at the hearing, according to aides.

The Democratic representatives Stephanie Murphy of Florida and Jamie Raskin of Maryland will serve as moderators for the committee’s seventh public hearing in this series on Tuesday. Jason Van Tatenhove, a former Oath Keepers spokesperson, is one of several witnesses who will provide live testimony; however, the Jan. 6 panel did not name them for security reasons.

Members of the panel will concentrate specifically on a crucial date: December 19, 2020.

On that day, Trump held a White House meeting with allies who were pushing the hoax that the election was stolen and rigged, including Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, and former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Trump was trying to maintain his position of power after losing the election. They talked about taking voting equipment or Powell being appointed as a special counsel to look into election fraud.

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Trump announced to his tens of millions of followers on Twitter shortly after the meeting that he would hold a protest demonstration in Washington on January 6 in response to the election results. He tweeted, “Be there, will be wild!” Raskin called this a “siren cry” for violent extremists.

According to a committee aide, “The Proud Boys are a member of that extremist coalition, which also consists of dangerous militias and hardline political personalities who are all involved in the illegal pressure campaign to overturn the election.” As a result, they started responding to his call right away by focusing on January 6 as the last chance to show support for President Trump.

Another hearing that was scheduled to take place during prime time on Thursday has been pushed out to the following week. The focus of that session is still anticipated to be on what Trump did when the Capitol was being attacked.

A committee assistant did not rule anything out when asked if additional hearings could be held later this year.

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“The select committee’s probe is still ongoing, to put it broadly. We keep learning new things every day, we keep hearing from witnesses, and we keep finding new facts, the assistant continued. The committee must release a report on its conclusions, probably prior to the November midterm elections, so it would be premature to rule anything out in terms of what might transpire in the future.

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