Trump’s campaign manager and former state officials to headline Jan. 6 panel’s ‘Big Lie’ hearing

The June 13 hearing will focus on former President Donald Trump’s claim that his loss to Democrat Joe Biden in the November 2020 election was due to unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud.

WASHINGTON, DC, USA – Former President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager and former Atlanta and Philadelphia officials will testify on Monday before the US Congressional committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack against the Capitol, the committee announced on Sunday, June 12.

The House of Representatives Select Committee will hold its second public hearing this month beginning at 10:00 a.m. EDT (2:00 p.m. GMT), following a successful Thursday night session with testimony showing that close Trump allies — even his daughter Ivanka – dismissed his false claims. electoral fraud.

Monday’s hearing, the second in a series of six expected, will focus on the former Republican president’s claim that his loss to Democrat Joe Biden in the November 2020 election was due to unsubstantiated allegations of fraud. election, the so-called “big lie”.

The first panel of witnesses will include William Stepien, who served as campaign manager for Trump’s 2020 campaign, having served as Trump’s political affairs director in the White House from 2017 to 2018.

A committee aide, speaking on condition of anonymity to preview the hearing, declined to say whether Stepien should be a confrontational witness.

Stepien’s firm is now working with Harriet Hageman, a Trump-endorsed candidate who is running against Rep. Liz Cheney, vice chair of the Jan. 6 select committee, in the Republican primary for Cheney’s seat at the Wyoming House.

Chris Stirewalt, a former Fox News political editor, will also testify at the first panel. Stirewalt came under fire from Trump and his supporters after Fox News’ political bureau first called Arizona for Biden in November 2020.

Fox denied that his departure had anything to do with the call.

The second panel will include conservative Republican election lawyer Ben Ginsberg; Byung J. Pak, who resigned as a U.S. attorney in Atlanta as the Trump camp sought to overturn Georgia election results, and Al Schmidt, who was the only Republican on the Philadelphia Board of Elections and became the target of attacks by Trump after defending the integrity of the 2020 presidential election.

Georgia and Pennsylvania were among the states that supported Trump in the 2016 election but fell to Biden’s column in 2020. They have been at the center of baseless claims of voter fraud.

The committee aide said the hearing will also include recorded testimony from the more than 1,000 depositions and interviews conducted during the nearly year-long investigation by the Democratic-led select committee, made up of of nine members, on the events before and during the attack on the Capitol. – Rappler.com

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