Trump demands EQUAL ‘air time’ during the January 6 hearings to set out his election fraud claims


Trump demands EQUAL ‘air time’ during the January 6 hearings and tears into the ‘low-rated, one-sided and slanderous’ committee for repeating ‘lies and falsehoods’

  • Former President Trump blasted Jan 6 committee for ‘lies and falsehoods’
  • And on Thursday he demanded ‘equal time’ to set out his election fraud claims 
  • ‘It is a one sided, highly partisan Witch Hunt,’ he wrote in a Truth Social post
  • Trump’s claims of election fraud have failed in courts across the country
  • And the committee on Thursday heard how he was told by his vice president’s team that Mike Pence had no authority to overturn the election 

Former President Donald Trump on Thursday condemned the work of the January 6 committee and demanded he get equal TV time to set out his case of massive election voter fraud.

Television networks as well as cable news channels and online carriers broadcast the third public hearing of the investigation into the attack on the U.S. Capitol last year, as members set out how Trump pressured Vice President Mike Pence to overturn the 2020 results.

The first hearing, last week, was held in prime time as the committee tried to get the biggest possible audience for its work.

The former president used Truth Social, his social media platform, to express his fury at the way the committee was spreading its message.   

‘The Fake News Networks are perpetuating lies, falsehoods, and Russia, Russia, Russia type disinformation (same sick people, here we go again!) by allowing the low rated but nevertheless one sided and slanderous Unselect Committee hearings to go endlessly and aimlessly on (and on and on!),’ he wrote.

‘It is a one sided, highly partisan Witch Hunt, the likes of which has never been seen in Congress before. 

‘Therefore, I am hereby demanding EQUAL TIME to spell out the massive Voter Fraud & Dem Security Breach!’ 

He posted his demand again a minute later. This time in capital letters: ‘I DEMAND EQUAL TIME!!!’ 

Former President Donald Trump used his social media platform to demand equal time as the January 6 committee for him to set out his allegations of election fraud

Former President Donald Trump used his social media platform to demand equal time as the January 6 committee for him to set out his allegations of election fraud

The committee, led by its Democratic chairman Benny Thompson and Republican Liz Cheney, held its third hearing - of six scheduled this month - on Thursday

The committee, led by its Democratic chairman Benny Thompson and Republican Liz Cheney, held its third hearing – of six scheduled this month – on Thursday

The committee is building a case that Trump was told he had lost the election but pressed on with an attempt to overturn Joe Biden's victory, enflaming his supporters

The committee is building a case that Trump was told he had lost the election but pressed on with an attempt to overturn Joe Biden’s victory, enflaming his supporters

The committee has already presented evidence that aides repeatedly told Trump that he had lost the 2020 election and that there was no enough fraud to suggest the result had been stolen.

Since then, members have called witnesses to describe how the then president pushed ahead with plans to overturn the result.

In the third of six hearings expected this month, members laid out how Trump tried to pressure his vice president, who was tasked with overseeing ratification of the electoral college vote in the Senate. 

‘Mike Pence said no. He resisted the pressure,’ said Democratic Representative Bennie Thompson, the committee’s chairman.

‘He knew it was illegal. He knew it was wrong.

‘That courage put him in tremendous danger.’

Trump has repeatedly denied wrongdoing, insisting that he was entitled to use legal challenges to overturn cases of election fraud. 

But testimony laid out how Trump was told that Pence simply did not have the authority to change the result. 

MAGA supporters were heard yelling 'Hang Mike Pence' as they marched on the Capitol on January 6th - a noose was built outside the building

MAGA supporters were heard yelling ‘Hang Mike Pence’ as they marched on the Capitol on January 6th – a noose was built outside the building 

The third January 6 hearing on Thursday focused on Donald Trump's pressure campaign to get Vice President Mike Pence to stop Congress from certifying the 2020 presidential election results. Pictured: Pence sits with daughter, Charlotte (left), and brother, Greg, as his wife, Karen (right), draws the curtains in the ceremonial room off the Senate floor where he was evacuated to on January 6, 2021, as Trump supporters attacked U.S. Capitol

The third January 6 hearing on Thursday focused on Donald Trump’s pressure campaign to get Vice President Mike Pence to stop Congress from certifying the 2020 presidential election results. Pictured: Pence sits with daughter, Charlotte (left), and brother, Greg, as his wife, Karen (right), draws the curtains in the ceremonial room off the Senate floor where he was evacuated to on January 6, 2021, as Trump supporters attacked U.S. Capitol

Gregory Jacob, Pence’s counsel, told the committee the leading proponent of that theory, outside lawyer John Eastman, admitted in front of Trump two days before the attack that his plan to have Pence halt the procedure would violate the law. 

And Pence’s chief of staff said Trump’s pressure campaign led him to raise security concerns with the head of the vice president’s protection detail on the day before the riot.

‘My concern was for the vice president’s security, and so I wanted to make sure the head of the vice president’s Secret Service was aware that likely, as these disagreements became more public, that the president would lash out in some way,’ he said in videotaped testimony.

On Monday, Trump delivered a 12-page statement accusing Democrats of seeking to distract from the Biden administration’s failings with a ‘kangaroo court.’

Earlier the House committee had played testimony of Trump officials and aides describing how they had told Trump he lost the 2020 election and that there was not enough voter fraud to overturn the result.

He dismissed its efforts on Monday as a ‘sham.’ 

‘The January 6th Unselect Committee is disgracing everything we hold sacred about our Constitution. If they had any real evidence, they’d hold real hearings with equal representation,’ he said in an emailed statement.

Former President Donald Trump blasted the January 6 committee with a 12-page statement on Monday evening

Former President Donald Trump blasted the January 6 committee with a 12-page statement on Monday evening

‘They don’t, so they use the illegally constituted committee to put on a smoke and mirrors show for the American people, in a pitiful last ditch effort to deceive the American public…again.’

The committee has interviewed more than 1000 witnesses and assembled hundreds of thousands of pages of documents.

‘There was never an indication of interest in what the actual facts were’: Top quotes from the second January 6 hearing

‘The mayor was definitely intoxicated’: Former Trump adviser Jason Miller on Rudy Giuliani 

‘I don’t know that I had a firm view of what he should say’: Ivanka Trump on what her father should say on election night when it was too early to call the result

‘Right out of the box on election night, the president claimed that there was major fraud under way. I mean, this happened, as far as I could tell, before there was actually any potential of looking at evidence’: Former Attorney General Bill Barr 

 ‘Very, very, very, very bleak’: Trump’s former campaign manager Bill Stepien on their chances of winning the 2020 election 

‘I told him that the stuff his people were shoveling out to the public was bulls***’: Barr on election fraud claims

‘There was never an indication of interest in what the actual facts were’: Barr on Trump’s attitude to fraud claims

‘The 2020 election was not close’: Republican campaign lawyer Ben Ginsberg

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The result, its members hope to show, places Trump at the heart of a conspiracy to topple American democracy.

But Trump, in his response, relies on the partisan support of his former adviser Peter Navarro and conservative activist Dinesh D’Souza to repeat his case that the election was stolen.

Its footnotes are riddled with references to ‘2000 Mules,’ D’Souza’s much critcized documentary that claims to show how dropboxes were abused and the election was stolen from Trump.

Yet earlier in the day Trump’s former Attorney General Bill Barr snorted with laughter as he discussed the documentary.

‘My opinion then and my opinion now is that the election was not stolen by fraud.

‘And I haven’t seen anything since the election that changes my mind on that, including the “2000 Mules” movie,’ he said before laughing at the film widely criticized by factcheckers.

Trump used his statement to accuse Democrats of trying to distract from the crises facing the Biden administration.

‘We have a White House in shambles, with Democrats, just this week, declaring that Biden is unfit to run for reelection,’ he said.

‘And what is the Democrat Congress focused on? A Kangaroo court, hoping to distract the American people from the great pain they are experiencing.’

‘Seventeen months after the events of January 6th, Democrats are unable to offer solutions. 

‘They are desperate to change the narrative of a failing nation, without even making mention of the havoc and death caused by the Radical Left just months earlier.’

He also questioned the committees methods. 

‘MAGA witnesses were interrogated behind closed doors and ordered to not record their own testimony,’ he said.

‘Members of my staff, my friends, supporters, volunteers, donors, were subjected to hours upon hours of inquisition oftentimes having nothing to do with January 6 lives were turned upside down for obvious reasons.’

Earlier Trump‘s former lawyer Rudy Giuliani raged at the January 6 committee on Monday, claiming lawmakers ‘have no case’ as they were presenting evidence in their second of six hearings.

Rudy Giuliani appeared on former Trump adviser Steve Bannon's podcast just as the January 6 committee was holding its second hearing

Rudy Giuliani appeared on former Trump adviser Steve Bannon’s podcast just as the January 6 committee was holding its second hearing

Rep. Liz Cheney said during her opening statement that Trump 'rejected the advice of his campaign experts on election night' in favor of advice from 'an apparently inebriated Rudy Giuliani'

Rep. Liz Cheney said during her opening statement that Trump ‘rejected the advice of his campaign experts on election night’ in favor of advice from ‘an apparently inebriated Rudy Giuliani’

The event largely focused on Giuliani’s role in pushing Trump’s false claims that the 2020 presidential election was rigged.

‘They have no case,’ the former New York City mayor said on Trump adviser Steve Bannon’s War Room podcast. ‘This is a follow-up to Russian collusion, Ukrainian conversation – the millions of hours they’ve spent trying to find a crime on Donald Trump and can’t do it.’

‘They started this frame about five years ago. It’s the same cast of characters – Bennie Thompson, and shifty [Adam] Schiff, you see [Eric] Swalwell, not on the committee, but in the background.’

He went on to say that the committee’s Vice Chair Liz Cheney was ‘hysterical’ and had ‘gone off the deep end’ – though he appeared to confuse her momentarily with sister Mary Cheney.  

Cheney said during her opening statement that Trump ‘rejected the advice of his campaign experts on election night’ in favor of advice from ‘an apparently inebriated Rudy Giuliani’ who told him to declare victory that night and insist the vote count be stopped ‘to falsely claim everything was fraudulent.’ 

Giuliani denied the assertion that he was drunk through his lawyer – despite multiple former Trump advisers being shown to have made the claim.

‘Giuliani denies all falsehoods by the angry and misguided Ms Cheney,’ his attorney told CNN. 

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