Jan 6 panel live news: Ex-Trump campaign manager will not testify

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Jan 6 panel live news: Ex-Trump campaign manager will not testify

    Trump’s former campaign manager Bill Stepien pulls out of his scheduled appearance before the panel, citing a family emergency, committee says. Chris Stirewalt, a former political editor of Fox News, is expected to testify. Jamie Raskin, a key Democrat serving on the committee, says the panel’s probe is referring “crimes” to the Justice Department as well as the US public. First hearing focused on Trump’s role and highlighted the violent nature of the attack on the Capitol building.

Here are the latest updates:

27 seconds ago (14:42 GMT)

Trump ‘knew he lost’ 2020 elections, panel says

In a Twitter post previewing Monday’s hearing, the January 6 committee said Trump’s unfounded claims of election fraud “set the stage” for the riots at the Capitol.

“The Select Committee will present evidence that Trump knew he lost the 2020 election but continued to spread false claims of election fraud,” the panel said.

“Trump’s false claims set the stage for the violent attack on January 6.”

8 mins ago (14:34 GMT)

Hearing delayed by more than 30 minutes

Monday’s hearing, previously scheduled for 10am local time (14:00 GMT), has been delayed by more than 30 minutes.

The panel announced earlier that Trump’s former campaign manager cancelled his appearance at the committee citing a family emergency.

46 mins ago (13:56 GMT)

Republicans pivot to Capitol security

Republican officials, who have dismissed the January 6 hearings as a political show, have been trying to draw attention to what they describe as inadequate security at the US Capitol on the day of the attack in an apparent effort to deflect from Trump’s role in the riots.

“Far-Left Democrats and their Partisan Puppets failed to focus on how to secure the People’s House,” House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik, a close Trump ally, wrote on Twitter.

Stefanik had replaced Liz Cheney, a Trump critic and one of two Republicans on the January 6 panel, as conference chair last year.

47 mins ago (13:55 GMT)

Former Fox News editor to testify

Chris Stirewalt, a former political editor of Fox News, is expected to testify at the panel.

Stirewalt came under fire from Trump and his supporters after the Fox News political desk was the first to call Arizona for Biden in November 2020. Fox has denied that his departure had anything to do with that call.

49 mins ago (13:53 GMT)

Key Democrat says panel referring ‘crimes’ to Justice Department, US public

Congressman Jamie Raskin, a key Democrat serving on the committee, has said the panel’s probe is referring the wrongdoings around the attack on the Capitol to the Justice Department as well as the US public.

“I suppose our entire investigation is a referral of crimes both to the Department of Justice and the American people, because this is a massive assault on the machinery of American democracy,” Raskin said on CNN.

56 mins ago (13:46 GMT)

Trump’s ex-campaign manager no longer testifying

Trump’s former campaign manager Bill Stepien has abruptly pulled out of his scheduled appearance before the panel, citing a family emergency, the committee said.

Stepien was expected to be a witness for the hearing as the panel delves deeper into what it calls the “big lie”, the defeated president’s false claims of voter fraud that spurred his effort to overturn the 2020 election.

The committee said Stepien’s lawyer will appear and make a statement on the record.

1 hour ago (13:40 GMT)

Key takeaways from last hearing

Former President Donald Trump took centre stage in the first of seven highly anticipated public hearings by the congressional panel investigating the January 6, 2021 US capitol riots.

Lawmakers tried to highlight the violent nature of the attack on the Capitol, warning that US democracy was “at risk”.

Read the key takeaways from last Thursday’s hearing here.

Welcome to Al Jazeera’s live coverage of a United States congressional committee’s public hearing in its probe into the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot.