Stephanie Murphy suggests Jan. 6 Committee ready to scrutinize members of Congress
Rep. Stephanie Murphy with Meet The Press host Chuck Todd. Image via Twitter.

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The next public hearing takes place on Tuesday.

U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy says an upcoming congressional hearing will focus on violent groups and other members of Congress who aimed to subvert democracy on Jan. 6, 2021.

“I think all of that is pretty public,” Murphy said. “They were quite public about their efforts to amplify the President’s call to use Jan. 6 as a last stand in this effort to remain as President.”

Murphy, a member of the Jan. 6 Committee, spoke to NBC News’ Meet the Press about what topics may arise in the next public hearing on Tuesday.

Like much of the committee’s work over the past year, there will be attention focused on President Donald Trump’s desire to overturn the certified results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Democrat Joe Biden defeated him.

“The focus on this next hearing will be on the domestic violent extremists, as well as members of Congress — people that the President called in to assist him in this pressure campaign,” Murphy said.

“And this pressure campaign is a follow on to the previous hearings where we talked about how the President pressured the Vice President, pressured the Department of Justice, pressured state election officials to just call the race in his favor.”

MTP host Chuck Todd pressed Murphy on whether they had testimony suggesting an absolute understanding that Trump wanted groups like the Oath Keepers to potentially break the law if it resulted in Trump remaining President. Murphy said she would let testimony later this week tell the story, but a series of incidents can be directly tied together.

“We will lay out a body of evidence that we have that talks about how the President’s tweets on the wee hours of Dec. 19 of ‘Be there, Be wild’ was a siren call to these folks,” Murphy said, referencing a tweet where Trump alleged it was statistically impossible he lost the election.

“We’ll talk in detail about what that caused them to do, how that caused them to organize, as well as who else was amplifying that message.”

That will include elected representatives who consistently maintained the results of the election were not valid. That likely includes U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, who has already come under fire in prior hearings for prior remains. Those included a Turning Point USA speech, where Gaetz stated: “Democracy is left undefended if we accept the result of a stolen election without fighting with every bit of vigor we can muster.”

Murphy did not indicate which congressional colleagues would come under a microscope.

She did discuss a recent closed-door interview with Pat Cipollone, former White House counsel at the time of Jan. 6. Murphy said the attorney informed committee members he had advised against many actions Trump took in the buildup to Congress certifying Biden’s victory.

Murphy would not say Cipollone had confirmed many of the more colorful details of prior testimony, including from Cassidy Hutchinson about the President wanting to march with protesters into the Capitol or that he was advised that could result in criminal charges. But she said Cipollone did testify he advised against many of Trump’s moves.

“He made very clear that he took the side as many of the folks before the committee and was asserting that there wasn’t enough evidence to prove the election was not being fair,” Murphy said.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • Damond

    July 10, 2022 at 11:25 am

    I have come to find it very misleading with some of our career oriented politicians. For example: Mayor Hazelle Rogers of the City of Lauderdale Lakes and $400/$500,000+ homes that built in that city. Are those homes being built for low income citizens of Lauderdale Lakes and Broward County? Not even a teacher in that city and Broward County can buy one of those homes. She needs to be honest with Broward and stop misleading us.
    To elect Hazelle Rogers for County Commission, District 9, is like selling our birthright to the highest bidder. We need honest people who really care about the middle and lower class families. Not career driven politicians. I say, “No to Hazelle Rogers “

    • PeterH

      July 10, 2022 at 2:53 pm

      Developers and Contractors build homes. Politicians do not build homes, they do not own the real estate on which Developers build homes. Developers and Contractors build homes to maximize profits. It’s called capitalism.

  • rasa

    July 11, 2022 at 7:52 am

    All the anti-Americans who backed the “stop the steal” grift, such as Rona DeSatan, did major damage to our Constitutional republic. Tramp was able to grift a quarter Billion dollars from poor fools who believed the demonstrable lie that the 2020 election was “rigged”. As clearly established, Tramp lost. The courts said so. The post election audits and recounts said so. The Department of Homeland Security said so. Yet, Tramp and other MAGA liars persist in the grift, all at the expense of destroying our Nation. The truth has become irrelevant. The cult of personality akin to Hitler persists. Everyone should watch the January 6th committee hearings. The attempt to prevent the will of the voters is being shown through sworn testimony and evidence. One can only hope that traitors will be arrested, tried, and punished. Step up, patriot, defend our republic!

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