The House Select Committee will draw from more than 1,000 statements and thousands of documents as it presents the findings of its investigation to the American people in at least six public hearings over the next few weeks. The hearings start on Thursday.
Almost all of the committee’s work has taken place behind closed doors, but enough information has emerged from court filings, public statements and leaked media to pinpoint who the key players might be.
Here’s a breakdown of who’s who and how they perform at the hearings.
Trump’s inner circle
Then-President Trump’s personal attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani and several members of his legal team were pursuing conspiracy-filled lawsuits alleging voter fraud altered the outcome of the 2020 election. At the same time, they played a central role in efforts to persuade state legislatures and Congress, in public and private sessions, to overturn the results.
Also to be mentioned Bernie Kerika former New York City Police Commissioner who worked with Giuliani after the election to gather evidence of fraud and gave the committee a lengthy testimony, and the former Army Colonel. Phil Waldronwho was Giuliani’s key witness and explained in detail how the alleged election fraud could have happened when Giuliani tried to persuade state legislators and congressional Republicans to challenge their states’ certified election results.
Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, his former lawyer Sydney Powell and former CEO of Overstock.com Patrick Byrn, who helped fund an attempt to gather evidence of voter fraud, have been involved in weeks-long attempts to gain access to electronic voting data to prove their theory that fraud had altered presidential election results. The trio met with Trump in the Oval Office on Dec. 18, 2020, to propose an executive order that would have allowed the federal government to seize voting machines and polling data in certain counties to scrutinize the results and invoke national security emergency powers to investigate allegations of foreign interference in the election. White House attorneys and Giuliani persuaded Trump to reject the idea.
John C Eastman, a conservative lawyer and former law professor, wrote memos outlining how Trump could stay in power as vice president Mike Pence on Jan. 6, state electors rejected or delayed confirmation of the vote to give state lawmakers time to review allegations of fraud and possibly send voters back for Trump instead of Biden. A federal judge in a case deciding whether Eastman must turn over documents to the committee found that Eastman and Trump most likely committed a criminal offense.
Former Executive Branch Officials
Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows, which initially provided the Jan. 6 committee with a plethora of emails, texts and other documents detailing efforts to overthrow the election, is now refusing to cooperate. The emails show that Meadows played a significant role in states planning to send alternate voter rolls to Washington. The House of Representatives voted to consider him a contempt of Congress for failing to comply with a subpoena from the committee.
Former White House Advisor Peter Navarro, who said in his book and in interviews that he was involved in an “operation” to keep Trump in office by getting Congress to reject the results of the 2020 election, has declined to cooperate with the committee speak. The House of Representatives voted to punish him with contempt for refusing to comply with his subpoena.
Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff and Social Media Director Dan Scavino Jr. has been accused of helping Trump spread false information about voter fraud on social media and recruiting a crowd for the January 6 rally in Washington.
Former assistant Atty. Gene. Jeffrey Clark supposed to have repeatedly urged his Justice Department colleagues to investigate new fraud theories, urging the department to order some states to “decertify” the findings. Trump considered installing Clark as attorney general in place of incumbent Atty. Gene. Jeff Rosen, who said there was no evidence of fraud affecting the election. Trump relented when Justice leaders and White House attorneys at a Jan. 3 meeting threatened to resign en masse if he did so.
Pence’s chief of staff Marc Kurz and Advocate General Greg Jacob Each told the committee of Trump and Eastman’s pressure campaign on the vice president to scrap a handful of states’ election results in the days leading up to Jan. 6.
Former Meadows employee Cassidy Hutchinson was in the room with Meadows at many of the meetings prior to and on January 6 that underlie the investigation, including meetings with Republican lawmakers planning to object to the inclusion of voters from certain states. She has testified behind closed doors at least three times.
Fourteen people falsely claimed to be electors for Trump in 2020 in states won by Biden: Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, New Mexico, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Although a majority of voters chose President Biden, these fraudulent voters submitted their votes for Trump to the National Archives. The plan included some Trump campaign aides and Republican Party officials and was intended to give members of Congress space to question the legitimacy of the results they had gathered to confirm on Jan. 6.
members of Congress
Leader of the House Minority Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) spoke to Trump during the attack on the Capitol and in the days that followed, including whether Trump was in any way responsible for instigating the attack and what to do in response.
The committee has claimed Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.), leader of the Conservative House Freedom Caucus, “was directly involved in efforts to corrupt the Justice Department and install Jeffrey Clark as acting attorney general.”
Representative Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) spoke with Trump on Jan. 6 and participated in meetings and discussions on strategies to cancel the election in late 2020 and early 2021, the committee said. Pelosi refused to allow him to serve on the committee, prompting McCarthy to withdraw all of his recommendations for GOP members.
Representative Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) helped plan various aspects of Jan. 6, including ferrying protesters to Washington for the vote count and trying to convince state officials that the 2020 election was stolen, the committee said.
Representative Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) Speaking at Trump’s rally ahead of the Capitol attack, encouraging those in attendance to “start taking names and kicking ass.” He has also made public talks that took place in the fall of 2021 in which Trump urged him to campaign for the annulment of the 2020 election.
All five refused to comply with subpoenas to appear before the committee.
Extremist groups and rally planners
The panel is investigating some white nationalist leaders and militia groups, including the proud boys and its leader Enrique Tarrio, and the Oath Keeper and its leader Steward Rhodesabout how and if the groups helped coordinate the attack on the Capitol, and what the rally organizers may have known about their intentions.
The committee is also expected to discuss the organizers involved in planning and funding the Jan. 5 and Jan. 6 rallies, including the one where Trump spoke before the attack.
https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2022-06-07/jan-6-who-key-figures-congressional-hearings Who’s who: Key figures in the Jan. 6 hearings