News Headlines 6/10/22

JANUARY 6TH HEARINGS ALLEGE COUP ATTEMPT INSTIGATED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP: In the first of a series of televised hearings, a bipartisan House committee investigating the January 6th, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol began to lay out their case that President Donald Trump instigated the assault through his words, actions, and Tweets. The presentation included videotaped depositions of Trump associates, testimony from people on the scene, and never-before-seen video from the event.

Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat, said Trump had encouraged the assault in order to prevent the peaceful transfer of power to a newly elected president and remain in power, thwarting a process that had prevailed for 220 years: 

[“Unlike in 1814, it was domestic enemies of the Constitution who stormed the Capitol and occupied the Capitol, who sought to thwart the will of the people, to stop the transfer of power. And they did so at the encouragement of the president of the United States. The president of the United States trying to stop the transfer of power. A precedent that had stood for 220 years even as our democracy had faced its most difficult test.”] SOUNDCUE: (0:36 OC…its most difficult test.)

Representative Liz Cheney, the Republican co-chair of the committee, said a Tweet from Trump inviting his followers to come to Washington on January 6th set off a chain of events that led directly to the attack:

[“President Trump sent the Tweet on the screen now, telling people to come to Washington on January 6th. ‘Be there,’ he said. ‘Will be wild.’ As you will see, this was a pivotal moment. This tweet initiated a chain of events. The Tweet led to the planning for what occurred on January 6th, including by the Proud Boys who ultimately led the invasion of the Capitol and the violence on that day. The indictment of a group of Proud Boys alleges that they planned ‘to oppose by force the authority of the government of the United States.’ And according to the Department of Justice, on January 6th, 2021, the defendants directed, mobilized and led members of the crowd onto the capitol grounds and into the Capitol, leading to the dismantling of metal barricades, the destruction of property, the breaching of the Capitol building, and the assaults on law enforcement.”] SOUNDCUE (1.00 OC …assaults on law enforcement.)

The evening’s most compelling testimony came from Capitol Police Officer Caroline Edwards, who was injured during the assault: 

[“What I saw was just a war scene. It was something like I had seen out of the movies. I couldn’t believe my eyes. There were officers on the ground. They were bleeding. They were throwing up. I mean, I saw friends with blood all over their faces. I was slipping in people’s blood. I was catching people as they fell. It was carnage. It was chaos. I can’t even describe what I saw. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that as a police officer, as a law enforcement officer, I would find myself in the middle of a battle.”] SOUNDCUE: (1:01 OC …in the middle of a battle.)

CHECK IT OUT: Ivanka Trump, a close advisor to the president, told the committee she accepted Attorney General Bill Barr’s statement that the election was not stolen. (Below.)

CHECK IT OUT: Former Attorney General Bill Barr says he told President Trump three times that the allegations of election fraud had no basis. NOTE LANGUAGE. (Below.)

MICHIGAN GOVERNOR CANDIDATE ARRESTED: Ryan Kelley, the Republican candidate for governor of Michigan, was arrested by the FBI yesterday on misdemeanor charges related to the January 6th, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol. He was released on a personal recognizance bond after a hearing. Prosecutors filed four charges against Kelley: knowingly entering a restricted building; disorderly and disruptive conduct; knowingly engaging in an act of physical violence in a restricted building or grounds, and willfully injuring or committing depredation against federal property.

(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)