Jul 11, 2022
Steve Bannon says he is willing to testify before Jan. 6 committee 7/11/22 Transcript
Steve Bannon has told the House committee investigating the attack that he is now willing to testify. Read the transcript here.
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On Capitol Hill, the case against former President Donald Trump continues to gain momentum. Trump’s former chief strategist, that would be Steve Bannon now says he is willing to testify before the January 6th committee. There will be two more public hearings later this week. Scott MacFarlane is following all of this on Capitol Hill. Scott, good morning to you. Bannon deciding to testify, that’s kind of a surprise, isn’t it?
Scott MacFarlane: (00:22)
It is a turn, Gale. The next hearing is set for tomorrow and this committee is riding a wave of momentum. The weekend began with a marathon interview with a key witness, and the weekend ends with another key witness talking about a possible appearance.
Scott MacFarlane: (00:38)
After months of stonewalling, the select committee investigating January 6th and facing contempt of Congress charges, former Trump aid Steve Bannon says he’s now open to testifying at a public hearing. In a letter this weekend, former President Trump says he’s released Bannon from executive privilege to do so and slammed the committee as political thugs and hacks.
Rep. Zoe Lofgren: (00:57)
But I expect that we will be hearing from him. And there are many questions that we have for him.
Scott MacFarlane: (01:02)
Meanwhile, the committee says it’s armed with new insight after Friday’s eight hour interview with former Trump White House counsel, Pat [inaudible 00:01:09].
Rep. Stephanie Murphy: (01:09)
He claimed privilege on conversations that related to the advice he provided directly to the president or conversations with the president. But I think we still got a lot of relevant information from him.
Scott MacFarlane: (01:23)
Tomorrow’s hearing focuses on the mobilization of the mob and Maryland Democrat Jamie Raskin told Face the Nation, the committee will also make revelations about a White House meeting December 18th, 2020, between Trump and outside advisors in which the seizing of voting machines was discussed. The next day, the president tweeted, “Big protest in D.C. on January 6th. Be there, will be wild.”
Rep. Jamie Raskin: (01:47)
People are going to hear the story of that tweet and then the explosive effect it had in Trump world. And specifically, among the domestic violent extremist groups, the most dangerous political extremists in the country at that point.
Scott MacFarlane: (02:01)
Another hearing is expected Thursday in which the committee will argue. Trump failed to follow his oath of office during the riot.
Speaker 6: (02:07)
You can’t selectively pick what parts of the Constitution you defend or what branches of government. And you certainly can’t be gleeful during it.
President Trump: (02:14)
Ivanka Trump: (02:15)
My father, he’s very honest
Scott MacFarlane: (02:17)
And Documentarian Alex Holder has already released his video of Trump’s final days in office to the committee and Holder told Face the Nation, the film, which was released this weekend shows Trump doubling down on election claims on January 6th and talking about a crowd he helped enrage.
President Trump: (02:32)
It was a day where there was great anger in our country. The people went to Washington primarily because they were angry with an election that they think was rigged.
Scott MacFarlane: (02:43)
About Steve Bannon’s offer to testify before the committee, in an overnight court filing the Justice Department says it’s not genuine. It’s an attempt to avoid accountability in his forthcoming contempt of Congress trial. And they say he has still not produced the documents subpoenaed by this committee. Tony?
Speaker 9: (03:01)
All right, Scott, thank you very much.