February 4, 2023

Representative Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat and committee chair, plans to chair the remote hearing after testing positive for Covid-19 this week.

The panel has already begun detailing some of his evidence of Mr Trump’s inaction. Ms. Matthews told the committee that a tweet Mr Trump sent to attacking Vice President Mike Pence while the riots were underway was like “pouring gasoline on the fire”.

Mr. Trump had unsuccessfully tried to pressure Mr. Pence, who was in the Capitol when rioters broke through the building chanting “Hang Mike Pence,” to reject the official Congressional vote count to elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. as the President-elect to confirm.

Both Mr. Pottinger and Ms. Matthews have cited that tweet as contributing to their desire to leave the White House.

“These were people who believed in the work of the administration, but on this day, when faced with the circumstances, the inaction of the President and some of the statements he made, they decided they were done, that they would resign,” said Mrs. said Luria. “That’s very powerful when you hear directly from them.”

The commission has also said it has received testimony from Keith Kellogg, a retired lieutenant general who was Pence’s national security adviser. He told the panel that Mr Trump’s eldest daughter Ivanka Trump had urged her father to call off the violence at least twice, as had Mark Meadows, the chief of staff, and Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary.

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