The Jan. 6 hearing and the ‘big lie’

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Benjamin Ginsberg, Washington attorney and elections lawyer, left, BJay Pak, former U.S. Attorney in Atlanta, center, and Al Schmidt, former city commissioner of Philadelphia, are sworn in to testify as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol continues to reveal its findings of a year-long investigation, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, June 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Benjamin Ginsberg, Washington attorney and elections lawyer, left, BJay Pak, former U.S. Attorney in Atlanta, center, and Al Schmidt, former city commissioner of Philadelphia, are sworn in to testify as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol continues to reveal its findings of a year-long investigation, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, June 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The second day of the Jan. 6 House committee hearings presented evidence that former President Trump was repeatedly told by campaign staff, White House counsel and his attorney general Bill Barr that Joe Biden’s victory was legitimate and there was no election fraud. But Trump chose to deliberately spread false claims that the election was stolen in an effort to overturn the results. The committee also showed that these false claims were used as a fundraising tactic which successful funneled hundreds of millions of dollars for the Trump campaign.

The committee showed video testimony from Trump aides and lawyers and from witnesses who testified in-person at the hearing that Trump’s election fraud charges were repeatedly disproven. Among them was former Philadelphia City Commissioner, AL SCHMIDT, who joins us today to talk about the dangerous election lie that Trump created and spread. We’re also joined by New York Times congressional reporter, LUKE BROADWATER, who has been following the Jan. 6 committee investigation.

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