Jan 6 Hearing Will Focus on Trump’s Pressure on Pennies – Deadline

Rep. Previewing the committee’s next Jan. 6 hearing, Liz Cheney (R-WY) said in a Twitter post that it would focus on Donald Trump’s “relentless effort” to pressure Mike Pence into number of electoral votes that showed Joe Biden the victor.

Cheney hinted that the hearing, which was set to begin at 10 a.m. ET Thursday, would examine whether Trump’s pressures violated federal law.

“As a federal judge has pointed out, this likely violates two federal criminal laws,” Cheney said. “President Trump had no factual basis for what he was doing and was told it was illegal. Despite this, President Trump, along with a lawyer named John Eastman and others, plotted a plan to undo the election results on January 6.

Cheney then introduced a clip with testimonials from Eric Herschmann, one of Trump’s White House attorneys. In the wake of the Capitol attack, Hershmann said he told Eastman, “I just want to hear two words come out of your mouth from now on: ‘Orderly transition.’”

“I said, ‘I don’t want to hear any other words come out of your mouth, no matter what happens, except an orderly transition. Repeat those words for me.’”

Hershmann said Eastman did.

‘I said, ‘Okay, John. Now I’m going to give you the best free legal advice you’ll ever get in your life: find a great criminal defense attorney. You’ll need it,” Hershmann said in his testimony. Part of Herschmann’s testimony was also played towards the end of Monday’s hearing.

A hearing for Wednesday was postponed, in what a committee member, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) said was to give staffers more time to prepare.

Last week’s primetime hearing attracted an estimated 20 million viewers, according to Nielsen. The full viewership is not yet available for Monday morning’s hearing, which was broadcast over broadcast and cable networks. According to preliminary data from Nielsen and released by Fox News, approximately 10 million were viewed on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NewsNation, and Newsmax. The numbers exclude NBC News.