2022 January 6th Committee Hearings

Background

After his loss in the 2020 Presidential Election President Donald Trump repeatedly claimed election fraud, despite little to no evidence supporting his allegations. On January 6th, 2021, as Congress sought to ratify the results of the election and officially declare Joe Biden the next President, a mob of people including Trump supporters and members of rightwing organizations such as the Proud Boys broke into the United States Capitol. Trump had given a speech to these people a little under two hours before, and told them “We will never give up. We will never concede” after they which crowds began moving towards the Capitol.

After the Capitol was breached, police and protestors clashed, resulting in the deaths of 4 people and dozens of injuries. Both branches of the United States Congress were evacuated.

A few hours after the breach of the Capitol, Donald 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 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 storming of the Capitol.

In the spring of 2021, a Congressional Committee was formed to investigate the events of January 6th, and was joined by ten Democrats and two Republicans, Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney, both of whom were censured by the Republican party afterwards.

The Congressional Hearings were led by the chair of the committee, Democrat Benny Thompson, and Liz Cheney.

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