January 6 committee reminisces about 2020 election night with Trump advisers

The Jan. 6 Committee spent much of its Monday hearing listening to testimony from former President Donald Trump’s closest advisers as they recalled conversations they had on election night in 2020.

The committee, made up of seven Democrats and two Republicans nominated by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), showed excerpts of testimony from people including former Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien and members of the Ivanka Trump family and Jared Kushner.

Their testimonies collectively illustrated that Trump declared victory in the early hours of November 4 despite the fact that some in Trump’s orbit did not support the move.

Stepien, who took over as campaign manager just over 100 days after the election, was asked in recorded testimony how he felt about Trump’s announcement of his victory late on election night as votes in several battleground states were still pending.

“It was way too early to make calls like that. The ballots were still counted. The ballots were still going to be counted for days,” Stepien said.

Stepien is currently advising Trump-backed Harriet Hageman in her run against Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), one of two Republicans on the committee.

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 13: U.S. Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY), vice chair of the select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, delivers closing remarks during a hearing at the January 6 Inquest at the Cannon House Office Building on June 13, 2022 in Washington, DC.  The bipartisan committee, which for nearly a year has been collecting evidence related to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, will present its findings in a series of televised hearings.  On January 6, 2021, supporters of former President Donald Trump attacked the United States Capitol in an attempt to disrupt a congressional vote to confirm President Joe Biden's Electoral College victory.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY) delivers closing remarks during a January 6 Committee hearing on June 13, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Stepien was scheduled to appear in person before the committee on Monday, but canceled at the last minute because his wife had given birth, Stepien’s lawyer confirmed to the committee.

The former Trump campaign official also said he recommends Trump tell his supporters at the end of election night “that the votes are still being counted. It’s too early to tell, too early to call the vote.” race, but we [are] proud of the race we ran and we think we are in a good position and we will have more to say about it the next day, or the day after, whenever we have something to say.

The committee also released testimony from former senior Trump adviser Jason Miller, who recalled that “there were suggestions from I believe it was the mayor [Rudy] Giuliani to go and declare victory and say we won it. »

Miller said: “I remember saying this – to the best of my memory – I was saying we shouldn’t go and declare victory until we had a better idea of ​​the numbers.”

Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, said in recorded testimony, “I don’t know if I had a clear idea what he should say in this circumstance. The results were always counted. It was becoming clear that the race would not be started on election night.

The committee also focused on the mental state of Trump lawyer Giuliani on election night, alleging he was intoxicated while advising Trump — against the recommendation of others — to announce that he had won the race.

Miller, when asked if he thought anyone present on election night “drank too much,” said he thought Giuliani did, but warned he was unaware of Giuliani’s “level of intoxication” when he spoke to Trump.

Miller spoke about Giuliani’s advice to Trump on election night, saying, “I think Mayor Giuliani was effectively saying, ‘We won it. They steal it from us. Where do all the votes come from? We have to say we won, “and basically anyone who disagreed with that position was weak.”

Stepien said two teams unofficially formed after the election, those of Giuliani’s team such as attorney Sidney Powell and those of Stepien’s team.

“I didn’t mind being characterized as part of the ‘normal team’,” Stepien said.

In this image from video released by the House Select Committee, an exhibit shows former Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, left, during a video interview with the House Select Committee investigating the attack of January 6 against the United States Capitol during the hearing on Monday June.  13, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (House Select Committee via AP)

In this still image from video released by the January 6 Committee, Bill Stepien, left, speaks during a deposition released during the hearing, June 13, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (House Select Committee via AP)

“I’ve been doing this for a long time, 25 years. I went through political ideologies from Trump to McCain to Bush to Christie,” Stepien continued. “I think along the way, I hopefully built a good reputation for honesty and professionalism, and I didn’t think what was going on was necessarily honest or professional at the time. , which caused me to walk away.”

The committee also aired testimony in support of Giuliani, former attorney general Bill Barr, former Fox News editor Chris Stirewalt and others.

The hearing marked the second in a series of public hearings the committee is holding, reportedly in the hope of refocusing public attention on the riot that occurred at the US Capitol about a year ago. and half.

The committee, whose work is costing taxpayers millions of dollars, says its hearings are aimed at summarizing its investigative findings to the public “on the multi-step coordinated effort to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election and prevent Power transfer.”

The third hearing is scheduled for Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Write to Ashley Oliver at Follow her on Twitter at @asholiver.

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