Four Takeaways From Thursday’s January 6th Hearing

From the New York Times by Alan Feuer:

The Jan. 6 committee’s hearing on Thursday, which documented the relentless but unsuccessful campaign by President Donald J. Trump to pressure Vice President Mike Pence into helping him to reverse his defeat in the 2020 election, swerved wildly at times between wonky discussions of constitutional law and unsettling images of the threats and violence that Mr. Trump’s attacks on Mr. Pence inspired.

But at the heart of the committee’s presentation was a straightforward narrative.

Trump’s Plan Would Have Created “First Constitutional Crisis”

From a story on axios.com by Erin Doherty headlined “Trump’s plan would’ve created ‘first constitutional crisis,’ witness says”:

Former federal judge J. Michael Luttig testified Thursday that if former President Trump succeeded in convincing former Vice President Pence to declare Trump the president in 2020, it would have been “the first constitutional crisis since the founding of the republic.”

The big picture: Luttig advised Pence that his only role was to “count the electoral college votes as they have been cast,” rejecting Trump campaign attorney John Eastman’s legal theory that Pence could unilaterally reject electors.

New York Times: Five Takeaways From the First January 6th Committee’s Hearing

From a New York Times story by Jonathan Weisman headlined “5 Takeaways From the First Jan. 6 Hearing”:

The committee’s chairman, Representative Bennie Thompson, Democrat of Mississippi, and vice chairwoman, Representative Liz Cheney, Republican of Wyoming, began laying out what they described as an elaborate, intentional scheme by Mr. Trump to remain in power, one unprecedented in American history and with dangerous implications for democracy.

“Jan. 6 was the culmination of an attempted coup,” Mr. Thompson said.