Jan 6 hearings ratings – live: Donald Trump Capitol riot probe viewed by nearly 20 million people, ratings show

Liz Cheney tells Republicans defending rioters: ‘When Trump is gone, your dishonour will remain’

The January 6 House select committee’s first prime-time hearing wrapped up after two hours of testimony on Thursday after bombshell revelations introduced by Reps Bennie Thompson and Liz Cheney.

Former President Donald Trump expressed his rage after the committee played excerpts of interviews with his former Attorney General Bill Barr, daughter Ivanka Trump, and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Mr Trump called Mr Barr “weak” and a “coward” after he told the House panel that Mr Trump’s false claims of a stolen election was “bulls***”.

Ms Trump, one of her father’s most trusted advisors, also said she didn’t think the 2020 election was stolen and respects Barr. Her father countered she had “checked out” before the 2020 election and was being deferential to Barr.

In her opening statement, GOP lawmaker Ms Cheney, noted a number of her party sought pardons from Mr Trump for their part in trying to overturn the election: “Tonight, I say this to my Republican colleagues who are defending the indefensible: There will come a day when Donald Trump is gone, but your dishonour will remain.”

Some 20 million Americans tuned in to watch, ratings show — equivalent to the audience for Sunday Night Football. That figure does not include streaming services.


GOP candidate: ‘Hitler is the kind of leader we need today’

A Republican House candidate has come under fire for supposedly lauding Nazi leader Adolf Hitler’s ability to fire up “the crowds” and saying that he was “the kind of leader we need today”.

Businessman Carl Paladino was speaking to Buffalo, New York radio station WBEN in February last year when he made the controversial comments.

Oliver O’Connell10 June 2022 22:40


Pelosi: Committee’s purpose is to seek truth

Oliver O’Connell10 June 2022 22:30


What to expect from the January 6 committee’s next hearing

The House January 6 select committee’s next hearing will largely focus on showing that former president Donald Trump knew he had legitimately lost the 2020 election when he began spreading the lies which culminated in the worst attack on the Capitol since 1814, but nonetheless mounted an extensive propaganda campaign to convince his supporters that he was the true victor.

Monday’s hearing, the second of an expected six sessions this month, will zoom in on the role played by the news media in the run-up to the 6 January 2021 attack.

Oliver O’Connell10 June 2022 22:20


Will Biden benefit from Capitol riots investigation?

No serving president has ever wondered aloud whether their vice president should be hanged, as the evidence shows Donald Trump said about Mike Pence on 6 January 2021. But will such revelations turn voters against the Republicans in significant numbers, asks Sean O’Grady

Oliver O’Connell10 June 2022 22:10


Jeffrey Rosen to testify at 15 June hearing

Former Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen will testify at the upcoming January 6 select committee hearing on 15 June at 10am.

Chairman Bennie Thompson was informed by lawyers acting on behalf of Mr Rosen, who said that the Department of Justice had given its authorisation for him to appear.

He will sit on a panel with former Justice Department colleagues Richard Donoghue and Steven Engel.

“The president was persistent with his inquiries, and I would have strongly preferred that he had chosen a different focus in the last month of his presidency,” said Mr Rosen, during the closed-door session, one person who was familiar with the remarks told The Washington Post.

Mr Rosen went on to stress that his agency “consistently acted with integrity” and declined to aid Mr Trump in his work to hold on to power, adding: “[T]he rule of law held fast”.

Oliver O’Connell10 June 2022 22:02


Kushner attacked for calling Trump counsel’s threats to quit ‘whining’

Oliver O’Connell10 June 2022 22:00


Capitol police officer recalls ‘slipping on people’s blood’

A Capitol police officer who witnessed the January 6 insurrection first hand gave dramatic testimony during the first public hearing of the January 6 House select committee on Thursday.

Speaking before the panel on Thursday, officer Caroline Edwards recounted how she was “slipping in people’s blood” as chaos engulfed the Capitol when a mob of Donald Trump descended in an attempt to block the certification of Joe Biden’s election win.

“It was carnage. It was chaos. I can’t even describe what I saw,” she said.

Oliver O’Connell10 June 2022 21:45


Ratings show nearly 20 million people watched prime time Jan 6 committee hearing

Preliminary ratings from Nielsen showed that nearly 20 million people watched the House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot’s first prime time hearing.

Oliver O’Connell10 June 2022 21:35


Ashli Babbitt’s husband responds to Jan 6 hearing saying she was trying to stop riot

Ashli Babbitt’s husband has said that she was trying to stop the Capitol riot, echoing a new claim pushed by figures on the far-right.

“Every time something big January 6 pops up, I can count on two things: Complete BS from the left and then Ashli trends on Twitter,” he told host Greg Kelly just before the hearing began.

Oliver O’Connell10 June 2022 21:30


Liz Cheney lauded for prosecutorial performance at first Jan 6 hearing

Liz Cheney, the anti-Trump Wyoming Republican representative, put her career on the line as one of just two members of the GOP on the January 6 Committee.

However, after the first public hearing on Thursday, she has been widely praised for her courage and prosecutorial performance in laying out the case against former president Donald Trump.

Oliver O’Connell10 June 2022 21:15

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