January 6 committee members preview Tuesday’s hearing on role of extremist groups in Capitol riot
Van Tatenhove told KDVR he was never a member of the group but described himself as a former « employee. » He didn’t work for them for very long but claims to have insight into the organization’s inner workings.
« I did get a lot of inside access, » Van Tatenhove told KDVR.
Tuesday’s hearing, which the committee announced on Sunday will now start at 1 pm ET rather than 10 am ET, will be led by Democratic Reps. Jamie Raskin of Maryland and Stephanie Murphy of Florida, CNN has learned.
A spokesperson for the select committee declined to comment on the plans for Tuesday’s hearing.
Muprhy told NBC on Sunday that the panel could present evidence that members of Congress encouraged extremist groups to come to Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021, echoing Trump’s tweet in December 2020 that January 6 would « be wild. » She called that tweet a « siren call » for those groups.
« I think all of that is pretty public, » Murphy said of members of Congress inviting extremists to Washington on the day of the insurrection. « They were quite public about their efforts to amplify the President’s call to use January 6 as a last stand in this effort to remain as president. »
« People are going to hear the story of that tweet, and then the explosive effects it had in Trump world and specifically among the domestic violent extremist groups — the most dangerous political extremists in the country at that point, » Raskin said.
A ‘dereliction of duty’
« I imagine that you will be hearing things from Mr. Cipollone, but also from others that were in the White House, » she said.
Cipollone was among the handful of people who spent time with Trump as he watched the Capitol riot unfold on television from a dining room off the Oval Office, according to two sources familiar with the panel’s investigation. The committee has heard from other witnesses, who said Cipollone, along with other senior Trump advisers, including Ivanka Trump and Dan Scavino, were with the President at various points during this time, and Cipollone could help shed light on Trump’s state of mind as the violence was taking place.
Lofgren, meanwhile, told Tapper that Cipollone « was able to provide information on basically all of the critical issues that we’re looking at and including the President’s — what I would call dereliction of duty on the day of January 6. »
This story has been updated with additional developments.
CNN’s Annie Grayer, Zachary Cohen and Ryan Nobles contributed to this report.