Cheney says Jan. 6 attack was part of ‘well-organized’ plot before prime-time hearing

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The Wyoming lawmaker’s comments to CBS “Sunday Morning” come before the panel holds its first public hearing on June 9 at 8 p.m. ET. The prime-time presentation will be a preview of the committee’s 10-month investigation and set the stage for subsequent hearings, which are expected to cover certain topics or themes, sources previously told CNN.

“It’s extremely broad. It’s extremely well organized. It’s really scary,” Cheney told the outlet when asked if the attack amounted to a conspiracy, adding, “I don’t learned nothing that worried me less.”

Committee members teased that the hearings could focus on former President Donald Trump’s direct role in undermining the election results. Broadly, the panel worked on a thesis that Trump’s obsession with losing the election and his peddling of false claims about the results is what laid the groundwork for the violent and deadly riot on the US Capitol.

While setting up the hearings is a work in progress and in progress, sources told CNN, the presentations will likely include video clips from Jan. 6, as well as some of the nearly 1,000 interviews the committee conducted behind closed doors.

Cheney said Sunday she was confident new evidence from the investigation would grab viewers’ attention, as she blamed Trump’s threat to democracy for continuing.

“We are not in a situation where former President Trump has expressed any remorse about what happened. We are, in fact, in a situation where he continues to use even more extreme language, frankly, that the language that provoked the attack,” she said in the interview. “And so, people need to be careful. People need to watch, and they need to understand how easily our democratic system can crumble if we don’t stand up for it.”

Ahead of the hearings, Trump’s team communicated to some of his most loyal aides on Capitol Hill that the former president wants people to vigorously defend him and push back from the select committee while the public hearings unfold, sources say. GOP officials familiar with the request. .

In Congress, the targeted response to the hearings will be overseen by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, who coordinated the response effort with GOP members.

“We are fortunately not at a time of civil war, but we are certainly at a time of testing,” Cheney said. “We are absolutely in a moment where we have to make a decision about whether we are going to put our love of this country above partisanship. And for me, there’s just, there’s no gray area in this question.”

CNN’s Zachary Cohen and Ryan Nobles contributed to this report.

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