Preview of Coming Attractions (Jan 6 Committee Hearings)

“Calling Mike Pence…”

Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie) email thingie places their wagers on what will happen tomorrow:

— “Expect an intense focus on the reaction within the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers to Trump’s Dec. 19 tweet urging supporters to come to D.C. for a ‘wild’ protest. This was seen within the groups as a call to action, and led to a flurry of coordination and planning.

— “Expect the committee to zoom in on what Trump was doing just hours before he issued the fateful tweet: huddling with attorney SIDNEY POWELL, former national security adviser MIKE FLYNN and other fringe figures discussing plans to potentially seize voting machines or invoke the Insurrection Act. Trump also edged toward a plan to name Powell special counsel to pursue election fraud, prompting what some witnesses say was a resignation threat from White House counsel PAT CIPOLLONE.

— “Which brings us to Cipollone himself. His taped testimony last Friday may come into play for the first time during the discussion of this extraordinary meeting.

— “The bill of the hearing will likely be about the tacit but understood impact Trump’s words and actions had on domestic extremist groups — and the awareness that those in Trump’s orbit had about the people his words were activating. Though the hearing is unlikely to show any explicit planning or coordinating between Trump and members of these groups, the key word is ‘convergence’ — the alignment of interests between the extremist groups and Trump as they sought to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power.”

Worth noting: “Select committee intrigue isn’t limited to Tuesday’s hearing. In fact, it’ll begin today, when STEVE BANNON heads to the federal courthouse across from the Capitol for a crucial hearing ahead of his July 18 criminal trial for defying the Jan. 6 committee. It’s likely that Judge CARL NICHOLS will press him, DOJ and committee attorneys about Bannon’s abrupt offer to testify — and whether that affects prosecutors’ calculus. Bannon is seeking to postpone his trial to October, and he’s also fighting a longshot battle to subpoena members of the select committee for trial testimony.”

Just Security has charted what Hair Füror knew and when he knew it. If they are right, then he’s totally eff’ed in the dark.

The AP has an intriguing story:

After members of the far-right Oath Keepers extremist group stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan 6, 2021, their leader called someone on the phone with an urgent message for then-President Donald Trump, another extremist told investigators.

While gathered in a private suite at the Phoenix Park Hotel, an Oath Keeper member says he heard their leader, Stewart Rhodes, repeatedly urge the person on the phone to tell Trump to call upon militia groups to fight to keep the president in power.

“I just want to fight,” Rhodes said after hanging up with the person, who denied Rhodes’ appeal to speak directly to the Republican president, court records say.

Federal prosecutors have not said who they believe Rhodes was speaking to on that call, which was detailed in court documents in the case of an Oath Keeper member who has pleaded guilty in the riot. An attorney for Rhodes says the call never happened.

Politico has the theater program for the Dramatic Personae sure to appear sooner or later, each with a thumbnail sketch. It might be good to bookmark.

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